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ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) 2013 abridged results.Company ProfileARDOVA PLC formerly (Forte Oil Plc) sources and markets petroleum products in Nigeria which includes fuels, production chemicals, lubricants, greases and power generation for automobiles, aircraft, machines and equipment. The Fuel division supplies white petroleum products, aviation turbine kerosene and Jet A-1 aviation fuels; the Upstream division supplies ancillary products for the exploration and production sub-sector of the oil and gas industry; retail and industrial products include lubricants and grease; organic and petro-chemicals; premium motor spirit, automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene and fuel oils. Forte Oil Plc also has business interests in power generation through the 414MW Geregu power plant located in Kogi state. Established in 1964 and formerly known as African Petroleum Plc, the company changed its name to Forte Oil Plc in 2010. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. ARDOVA PLC is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
I have long been a fan of HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA) as an investment. Unfortunately this is now one stock that coronavirus has me more uncertain about than any other. Unlike some other industries that I feel are oversold because of fear, banking has a big issue that could cause it trouble. Bankruptcies.There is almost no doubt that despite the government’s best efforts, many small businesses will go under. The lockdown is keeping people away from pubs and shops alike. Many firms simply will not survive. 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If we did, we could make choices.Unfortunately, as HSBC investors, some of the prospects that make the stock interesting are no longer there. Once one of the best dividend yields on the FTSE 100, the bank has now suspended its payout. This is for the first time in 75 years, and came on the back of UK government pressure due to the coronavirus. Investors in Hong Kong are now threatening legal action.HSBC restructuringThe other key problem for HSBC is that its planned restructuring is now on hold. This was set to be a combination of job cuts and re-allocation of capital. Personally I am of the opinion that both of these things would be of great benefit to investors.HSBC has long had an overinflated headcount across its business. In addition, re-allocating assets and people away from less profitable areas and into better ones seemed likely to set HSBC on a good path for the future.Specifically, the bank was going to concentrate its efforts in Asia, where it is most profitable. An optimistic view may say that at least the plans are only on hold. In a first-in, first-out way, Asia seems likely to recover from the coronavirus before much of the rest of the world. This may mean HSBC will get even more benefit from reinstating its plans.However, it seems unlikely that either US or European lawmakers will be happy with the bank cutting jobs just as we head out of lockdown.To sum up my feelings around HSBC, I am certainly holding on to the stock I have, but I am not buying more. I can see potential for the current price to be a bargain, but for now things are just far too uncertain.I will. however, be watching this space! Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Karl Loomes | Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 | More on: HSBA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Se Nombran Delegados Provinciales de la Iglesia Episcopal para la Reunión de las Naciones Unidas de 2015, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [18 de noviembre de 2014] La Obispa Presidente Katharine Jefferts Schori ha nombrado a la reverenda Joan Grimm Fraser de la Diócesis de Long Island para que sirva como delegado provincial y represente a la Iglesia Episcopal en la 59ª Sesión de la Comisión de las Naciones Unidas 2015 sobre el Estado de las Mujeres (CSW), en la reunión del 9 al 20 marzo de 2015.La Obispa Presidente también nombró a delegados de toda la Iglesia para que representen a la Iglesia Episcopal en el evento. La delegación UNCSW es: HelenAchol Abyei, Diócesis de Colorado; Nellie Adkins, Diócesis de Virginia; (Lesley)Gracia Aheron, Diócesis de Virginia; Delores Alleyne, Diócesis de Connecticut;Digna de la Cruz, Diócesis de la República Dominicana; Jayce Hafner, Analista de Política Interior en la Iglesia Episcopal; Julia Ayala Harris, Diócesis de Oklahoma;Pragedes Coromoto Jiménez de Salazar, Diócesis de Venezuela; Heidi Kim,Misionero de la Iglesia Episcopal para la Reconciliación Racial; Lelanda Lee,Diócesis de Colorado; Rev, Gawain de Leeuw, Diócesis de Nueva York; Rev.Vaike Marika Madisson López de Molina, Diócesis de Honduras; Lynnaia Main,Oficial de Relaciones Globales en la Iglesia Episcopal; Hollee Martínez, Diócesis de Texas; Rev. Glenda McQueen, Oficial de Alianzas para América Latina y el Caribe en la Iglesia Episcopal; Erin Morey-Busch, Diócesis de Pittsburgh;Consuelo Sánchez Navarro, Diócesis de Honduras; Barbara Schafer, Diócesis deNevada; Rev. Stacy Walker-Frontjes, Diócesis de Chicago.La delegado provincial y los delegados de la Iglesia podrán asistir a las actuaciones oficiales de UNCSW en la ONU y representarán a la Iglesia Episcopal/Comunión Anglicana en abogacía ante la ONU, incluyendo abogacía conjunta con la coalición Mujeres Ecuménicas.El tema de UNCSW de 2015 es una revisión de los progresos realizados en la implementación de la Declaración y Programa de Acción de Beijing, 20 años después de su adopción en la Cuarta Conferencia Mundial sobre la Mujer en 1995. Vea más aquí beijing20.unwomen.org/“La experiencia, cualidades de liderazgo y diversidad de los delegados elegidos por nuestra Obispa Presidente asegurará que la Iglesia Episcopal esté bien representada en la reunión UNCSW de marzo”, comentó Lynnaia Main, Oficial de Relaciones Globales en la Iglesia Episcopal. “Esperamos poder centrarnos en equipo sobre las cuestiones que se nos presenten cuando revisemos los progresos realizados de la Declaración y Plataforma de Acción de Beijing”.Para obtener más información acerca de UNCSW, póngase en contacto conLynnaia Main, Oficial de Relaciones Global en la Iglesia Episcopal,[email protected] 59: www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw59-2015UN Women’s Beijing Turns 20 beijing20.unwomen.org/UN Women: www.unwomen.org Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations www.aco.org/ministry/un/ Global Partnerships: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/page/office-global-partnershipsEcumenical Women: www.ecumenicalwomen.orgIglesia Episcopal: www.episcopalchurch.orgFacebook: www.facebook.com/episcopalianTwitter: www.twitter.com/iamepiscopalianYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/EpiscopalChurchYT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Year: Architects: Nakasai Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Houses House In Hori / Nakasai Architects House In Hori / Nakasai ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse In Hori / Nakasai ArchitectsSave this picture!© Syouichi UchiyamaHouses•Toyama, Japan Japan photographs: Syouichi UchiyamaPhotographs: Syouichi Uchiyama+ 21 Share CopySave this picture!© Syouichi UchiyamaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. A odd-looking site located in the middle of a residential area has been treated like a blind spot in this area. Once it was used for a field, and then for a fish farm. However it hasn’t been used for a residential purpose for a long time. Houses surrounding the site have windows facing the site. When planning, it was crucial to preserve the privacy of clients while providing an open atmosphere. To that end, the first floor and second floor are connected by a spiraling corridor facing a courtyard, which limits the visibility from outside and serve to preserve the privacy. Its living space is open toward a courtyard which is in the middle of this house as a comfortable “outside space.” Surrounding the courtyard is the spiraling corridor, porch, dinning, kitchen, stairs, bedroom, entrance, and garage. As you walk up a corridor, a face of the house changes. Each space has its own characteristics, therefore they are very flexible and grow into a house with a rich variety depending on how it’s used. Save this picture!© Syouichi Uchiyama It is worth mentioning that in this house, each space such as an entrance or garage is built in relation to a covered alley and the courtyard so that the outside gradually blends into the inside from the entrance to the garage through a covered alley, from the garage to the living space or porch through the courtyard. This provides a comfortable living structure in such heavy-snow regions with low temperatures as Toyama.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessExhibition: Beyond the SupersquareEventreSITE 2014: Cities and Landscapes of the New EconomyEvent Share Photographs 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/475958/house-in-hori-nakasai-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/475958/house-in-hori-nakasai-architects Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeNakasai ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesToyamaHousesJapanPublished on February 19, 2014Cite: “House In Hori / Nakasai Architects” 19 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Uruguay 2014 Save this picture!© Federico Cairoli+ 26 Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/793549/libertad-street-house-pedro-livni-plus-karin-bia Clipboard Year: Architects: Karin Bia, Pedro Livni Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/793549/libertad-street-house-pedro-livni-plus-karin-bia Clipboard Projects “COPY” Houses Libertad Street House / Pedro Livni + Karin Bia Libertad Street House / Pedro Livni + Karin BiaSave this projectSaveLibertad Street House / Pedro Livni + Karin Bia Photographs CopyHouses•Montevideo, Uruguay Photographs: Federico Cairoli Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Alufran, Anibal ABBATE, Vidrieria BIA, Carpintería MB, Giannotti, Samic, TodeschiniStructural Calculation:Ingeniero Alberto CatañyVisualisations:Victoria MartinModel:Federico LapeyreArchitect In Charge:Adirah MautnerCity:MontevideoCountry:UruguayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico CairoliRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. Starting with the aforementioned demands and the conviction of designing an urban house, two ideas relative to the spatial organization prevailed above the rest.The first consisted of appealing to the horizontal dimension: this was materialized through the configuration of the living spaces in an open plan set at street level. In this manner it established a link and an uninterrupted prolongation of the interiority and domestic uses onto the exterior spaces. Continuity only mediated and protected from the street noise by green spaces. This was achieved with the application of diverse mobile walls which with their hiding and different configurations enable the spatial performance. Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!Plan 2Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThe second idea, and as a counterpoint to the previous one, was to introduce the vertical dimension: for this a rotative center was defined, occupied by the stairs and the double height hallway, which organizes the floor plan distributing the different rooms around itself. Likewise, this center allows the access of direct natural lighting to all of the common areas of the house and establishes a very intense relation between the ground floor of communal use and the first floor reserved to the private spaces. Finally, from a material standpoint the monomateriality of reinforced concrete is resorted to for slabs and vertical surfaces in contrast to the application of the warmer wood for the pavements and mobile dividing elements.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Federico CairoliProject gallerySee allShow lessSteven Holl’s Hunters Point Community Library Tops Out in QueensArchitecture News3 Firms Selected in Competition to Design National “Science Island” in LithuaniaArchitecture News Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officePedro LivniOfficeFollowKarin BiaOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMontevideoUruguayPublished on September 30, 2016Cite: “Libertad Street House / Pedro Livni + Karin Bia” [Casa en Calle Libertad / Pedro Livni + Karin Bia] 30 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Recycling Appeal passes £2 million mark Thanking supporters for helping them achieve the £2 million figure, Jamie Rae, Chief Executive of Redeem, pointed out that, with an estimated 90 million mobiles lying gathering dust across Britain and around three quarters of the UK’s printer cartridges being thrown away, there was still plenty more recycling and fundraising to be done. 31 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading Recycling experts Redeem plc have announced that their Recycling Appeal has generated £2 million from used printer cartridges and old mobile phones for good causes across the UK and Ireland.In addition to the funds raised, Recycling Appeal has also helped protect and preserve the environment “by diverting nearly 4,000 tonnes of unnecessary waste from landfill”. Recycling Appeals works with charities, schools, community groups and other good causes to receive cash for used printer cartridges and old mobile phones. Its charity partners include Macmillan Cancer Support, RSPB, Oxfam and Marie Curie Cancer Care as well as many local charities. Advertisement Howard Lake | 26 July 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Howard Lake | 29 January 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 See3 Communications is inviting charities and nonprofits around the world to nominate videos to their annual DoGooder Awards.The DoGooder Awards have been run for 10 years to highlight the power of video to create change in the world.This year the awards feature a new category of YouTube Creators for Good.The other categories are:• The Best Nonprofit Video Award: honouring nonprofit organisations using video to make change• The Funny for Good Award: recognising effective use of comedy to make people laugh and take action.Entries are now open and the deadline for entries is 12 February 2016.A shortlist for each category will be drawn up, and the public will be invited to vote on these finalists between 22 February and 21 March 2016.The awards are supported by YouTube. Winners receive free registration to the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference.The promotional value of winning the DoGooder Video Awards • Watch the winning videos in the DoGooder Video Awards 2014.• Watch the winning videos in the DoGooder Video Awards 2013. 48 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 DoGooder Awards 2016 invite entries Tagged with: Awards video 47 total views, 1 views today Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Denis Levin and Svetlana Licht.Simferopol, Crimea — Svetlana Licht is a trade union activist and leader of the Marxist Union Borotba (Struggle) of Ukraine. Forced to leave Kiev after the U.S.-backed far-right coup, she went first to Kharkov, where she helped to lead the city’s anti-fascist protest movement, known as AntiMaidan. In May, a death squad attempted to kidnap Licht’s companion and fellow union activist Denis Levin. They fled to her native city of Donetsk, capital of the recently liberated Donetsk People’s Republic in the majority Russian-speaking Donbass region, where she lived through the brutal Ukrainian military siege this summer. Licht recently arrived in Simferopol, Crimea, where Workers World spoke with her in September.Workers World: What was it like growing up in Donetsk after the destruction of the Soviet Union?Svetlana Licht: Growing up in the Donbass was no different from any other industrial region of the former Soviet Union: widespread poverty, unemployment and collapse of production. I think that in many ways the period is very similar to the beginning of the decline of Detroit. Only there is one difference about the post-Soviet countries: the majority of people, for example, residents of Donbass, remember who built our industry, science and culture in the region. It was built by the Soviet people. They remember how life was in the Soviet Union, when there was work and social protection.With the decline of industry, there was a decline of culture and education. History textbooks were rewritten several times. Every year, there were more and more myths of Ukrainian nationalism and vilification of the Soviet period. This was serious ideological indoctrination for the destruction of remaining social programs and to promote a full transition to capitalist market relations in all spheres of life. After all, nationalism — Ukrainian or Russian, it does not matter — is the chief defender of the commercialization of all spheres of life. In the first place, it is directed against the Soviet experience of building socialism.WW: How did you experience the division between western and eastern Ukraine?Svetlana Licht: I graduated in 2005 from the second Ukrainian language school in Donetsk. Most of the teaching staff came from western Ukraine. In 2004, most of the teachers began to espouse moderate nationalist positions. There were also outspoken nationalists who were not ashamed before anyone, not even children. For example, in the midst of the Orange Revolution [an earlier right-wing uprising] in 2004, my history teacher told us that those who live in the Donbass are only cattle and lumpen and similar social-racist stuff. But there were also those who, on the contrary, strongly emphasized their unwillingness to introduce this political agenda in the learning process. So my generation of Donetsk Ukrainian school graduates are skeptical of such things as nationalism and “revolutions of honor.”In pre-war Ukraine, most people were sensitive to the difference between the views of people from different regions of the country. We have different histories, different economic development. People understood this, even in spite of the propaganda that attempted to divide inhabitants of different regions on territorial and cultural grounds. If people had more opportunities to travel around the country, they would see that the workers live the same everywhere, that all who sell their labor power share common problems and troubles that they can solve only by uniting as a class.WW: Tell us about your activity in Kiev before the February coup.Svetlana Licht: I worked as a union organizer, along with Denis Levin, in rail transport. One of our most successful campaigns was against the privatization of the Ukrainian railways, which managed to unite passengers, railway workers, civic organizations and trade unions.In 2012, we began to organize actions and social networks on the topic. Together with the trade unions, we demanded that the government stop the looting and privatization of rail transport. And the government was going to negotiate and make concessions.In 2013, we launched a campaign to establish independent trade unions for Kiev public transport workers. By the beginning of the Maidan movement [pro-imperialist protest movement led by fascist gangs and funded by Washington], we had already won a couple of small victories. After the destruction of the headquarters of Borotba in Kiev, we had to leave the city.WW: After the February coup, you went east to Kharkov, Ukraine’s second-largest city. What was your work in the AntiMaidan movement? Why were you forced to leave Kharkov?Svetlana Licht: We mainly engaged in propaganda activities. There were workers who undertook printing leaflets. We formed committees and organized people to campaign in the city, to spread the message. Together with Kharkov civil initiatives, we began to organize anti-war actions in early April, drawing many women anti-fascists. But in late April, the police attempted an illegal search of the Kharkov Borotba headquarters. Before that, there was a wave of arrests of those who took part in the second capture of the Kharkov Regional State Administration building — more than 100 people were arrested. Because of the repression, activities of Kharkovites began to fall sharply.Then came the May 2 Odessa tragedy [when at least 48 anti-fascists were killed by neo-Nazis at the House of Trade Unions]. Fewer people came out onto the streets. On May 8 — just before Victory Day [anniversary of the Soviet victory over German fascism in World War II] — the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) illegally seized our headquarters, destroyed everything and took all the newspapers, leaflets, flags, sound-amplifying equipment and generator. This was done to prevent us from taking action on Victory Day. But we still participated in a citywide protest which attracted several thousand people.Although the activity of the people receded, we still made leaflets. Many people in Kharkov had already become activists, and they began to organize help for political prisoners and conduct anti-war actions. By the end of May a more-or-less permanent core of Kharkovites had formed who continued to meet on Freedom Square under the statue of Lenin. The group ranged from 150 to 300 people.In late May, SBU agents attempted, without charges, to kidnap Denis Levin directly from the square, and then we left the city. A small number of people continued going to the monument of Lenin all summer to protest against the war.WW: How was life different in Donetsk when you were there during the so-called Anti-Terrorist Operation? How did people you know respond?Svetlana Licht: Hundreds of thousands of people left Donetsk. Workers remained at only a few companies. Public utilities and municipal enterprise [workers] in the city worked hard, trying to provide water and electricity. But it was just a heroic job as attacks occurred every day.Every day, dozens of people were killed.Those who remained in the city had real courage. People were angry at the junta, but tried not to lose heart.Almost every night, there was impenetrable darkness in my area of the city. People did not want to turn on the lights, read or watch the news — every day they could hear with their own ears what was happening in the city. And the lies of the bourgeois media only further inflamed their pain and anger.Here is one of the most memorable days: One afternoon we heard loud explosions not far from our house. With terrible despair, our neighbor cried out, “These bastards bombed the hospital!” And from the news, we learned that several shells fell inside the dental clinic 500 meters from our house. The same evening in a house opposite ours, a man was loudly blasting Soviet pop music. He stood on the balcony and smoked. All his neighbors began to ask why he played this comforting music. To which he replied: “They want us to be afraid and stop enjoying life. This is my answer!”WW: How do you see the civil war between the People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk and the Kiev junta?Svetlana Licht: I believe that the people’s republics are a response to the lies, violence and propaganda of the fascists, oligarchs and nationalists.WW: What future do you see for the workers of Donbass and Ukraine?Svetlana Licht: I believe that from a historical perspective, victory belongs to the working class and socialism, and I am looking forward to the future.As long as the war drags on in Ukraine, the crisis will worsen. But those who believed the nationalist propaganda will see through the lies and realize that another world, another way, is possible.WW: What is your message to the workers and youth of the United States?Svetlana Licht: Unite everywhere and always. 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ATU 998 protest at Milwaukee County Courthouse during 72 hour workThe Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 will resume negotiations with the Milwaukee County Transit System Aug. 10 with the assistance of a federal mediator.ATU 998, which represents over 700 bus drivers and mechanics and is a majority African-American union with a progressive Civil Rights history, is fighting cut-back proposals from the county. These include attempts to decrease wages, increase part-time positions, gut the pension system and refuse to increase safety and bathroom breaks on bus layovers, which are now on average just four minutes.The union, with widespread labor-community support, waged a 72-hour work stoppage July 1-4 in opposition to these proposals. Other protests have taken place at locations such as Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s posh apartment in downtown Milwaukee. ATU 998 President James Macon says another work stoppage is a possibility if the county continues with its austerity proposals.ATU leaders are asking supporters to call Abele and tell him to stop attacking the union with outrageous proposals that would drive down the standard of living even more for the bus drivers, mechanics and all workers in Milwaukee and statewide. Call Abele at 414-278-4211. For more information, go to the ATU-Local-998 Facebook page at tinyurl.com/pfxu3bd.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this