Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) 2017 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange
Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) 2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLafarge Africa Plc is a cement manufacturing company in Nigeria offering high quality concrete and aggregates for the home building and construction sectors. The company is one of the oldest cement manufacturing companies in Nigeria and is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the largest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It also diversified interests in manufacturing paint, repairing electric motors, transport services and Kraft bag production. Lafarge Africa Plc has plants in Ewekoro and Sagamu in the South West district; Mfamosing in the South-South district; and Ashaka in the North East district of Nigeria. The company has installed cement production capacity of 10.5MTPA and has plans to increase its production capacity. Its product range includes cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and pulverized fly ash. Cement solutions are marketed under the brand names Elephant, Ashaka, Supaset, PowerMax and Unicem. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags [Anglican Communion News Service] Mothers’ Union leaders from around the world are this week meeting in Zimbabwe to learn how Anglicans there use the Community and Church Mobilisation Process (CCMP) to positively transform themselves and their communities.The team of thirteen drawn from various countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa began the tour of the Diocese Harare on Sunday, May 18. It will end on May 23.Juliet Ross, a Trustee and Coordinator for the Action and Outreach Unit Committee in the Mothers’ Union talked to ACNS soon after a tour of some of major CCMP sites in Harare.She said: “I have heard so many moving stories about the Mothers’ Union and CCMP from Zimbabwe.“It’s so dramatic what the program has done for the people here, and it seems the impact keeps growing from nothing to enormous. It’s so inspiring to see how the people are open, caring and willing to share information and success stories with others,” she added.Lizzie Zimunya, the Mothers’ Union Community Development Coordinator in Harare Diocese, has been instrumental in the success of the diocese’s CCMP program.She told ACNS: “This visit encourages us in Zimbabwe and helps us celebrate our successes. It also motivates many others willing to start the process in their own churches. This is also an indication that this programmis not only for Harare Diocese, because others are also willing to implement it.Other members of the Mothers’ Union team include the Worldwide Coordinators Programme Officer Robert Dawes, the Head of Action and Outreach Worldwide Nicola Lawrence, and the Worldwide Regional Development Officer, Hannah Taylor.The Community and Individuals Fundraising Officer, Naomi Mardon is also part of the team, as is the representative from the Mothers’ Union Literacy and Financial Education Program in South Sudan, Anne Gardner.The team began by visiting three main sites within the city of Harare that are practicing CCMP including an old railway township called Rugare. Others included an old high-density suburb called Mabvuku and the farming town of Glendale on the outskirts of Harare.CCMP as a community concept is inspired by the belief that poverty is a result of broken relationships between man and God, which can be restored through the word of God. It also challenges communities to build relationships, identify their own problems and to discover how they can use the readily available resources to address them.It was only November 2012, when Zimbabwe Anglicans were able to reclaim the churches and other properties taken from them by a renegade bishop and his supporters.“The problem of being in exile for our parish as well as the rest of the diocese made it difficult to bring back God’s flock. The youths were confused and did not understand why they could not worship in their own churches,” explained the Parish Priest of St Christopher’s Anglican Church in Rugare, the Revd Fresh Chamalenga.“But through CCMP we were able to bring about unity and become one community which cares for one another. Using youth-friendly methodologies such as poetry and drama has made it possible to reach especially the young people in our community,” he said.From the discussions, which the team had with the local CCMP participants, it was clear that this program has greatly impacted the various communities. Members from Mabvuku community, where St James Anglican Church is found, explained how they are usually faced with the challenge of water shortages, and how quarrels over sharing the little available water were once commonplace.“CCMP has helped us in the fair distribution of work as well as resources,” said a local parishioner, Charity Matsiwe. “We challenge people in our community to help from as little as they have. We also teach communities how to love and care for each other and let them understand how to best help each other with the little available resources.”A CCMP Facilitator from St James, Moreblessing Ruhukwa also made it clear that many other human resources such as mechanics, electricians and teachers can be put to good use for the Church.At a time when many other poorer communities look for outside help to address their local challenges, CCMP is reminding Christians of the many resources that are already available to them like water, soil and human resources and how they can be put to good use within the community. 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Wild rice is not endangered or threatened in Florida. It can be harvested by kayak along streams and wetlands, but only with permission and on private land. Take care not to disturb the wetland habitat as you gather. Harvest in fall, and in moderation, as wild rice is an important food source for Florida’s migrant birds. And, as always, be sure of your identification before consuming any wild plant.Take care not to confuse annual wild rice with giant cutgrass (Zizaniopsis miliacea). While the leaf margins of wild rice are rough, those of cutgrass are sharp enough to have earned it a grisly name. You can distinguish it from annual wild rice by its flowers, all of which are drooping. The bases of young cutgrass plants are flattened as well, while wild rice’s bases are round and spongey.For more information about adding ornamental grasses and edible plants to your home landscape, or for help identifying wild rice, contact your county Extension office.For more information on Rice, contact your county Extension office. Rice is a staple grain but it also comes in beautiful, ornamental varieties. Credit: Brie Arthur, briegrows.com Harvesting Homegrown RiceRice is an easy-to-grow grain, but it is not a perennial. If you’d like to continue growing rice without purchasing new seed each year, you’ll need to save seed each season. Harvest grains when the husks are dry and yellowed by cutting the seedhead off the stem. Allow the seed to dry, in its husk, indoors and then store in a dark, air-tight container until next spring.If you’d like to enjoy your harvested rice in a meal, you’ll need to thresh, de-hull, and mill the rice. These are labor-intensive processes, but necessary to make rice edible. For directions on processing homegrown grains, we recommend “Gardening with Grains” by Brie Arthur. She’s an avid foodscaper and was the first author featured on the Florida Master Gardener Volunteer Book Club.Florida’s Native Wild RiceFlorida’s annual wild rice (Zizania aquatica) is almost exclusively found in the state’s natural wetlands. The plants are very tall, with flower stalks sometimes reaching nine feet. The blades are strap-like, thick, and usually 3-4 feet long. The leaf margins are wide and toothed. The rice is produced on spikes of male and female flowers, above the leaves. The lower flowers are male and bear pollen on drooping branches. The upper, erect flowers are female; this is where grains of rice develop. The ripe fruits are surrounded by a yellow to reddish hull.Annual wild rice is native to North and Central Florida. Credit: UF/IFAS The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Focus on Gardening: Plant of the MonthFrom Madeline Iyer, University of Florida (UF), Institute of Food and Agriculture SciencesFor the green thumbs and garden-dreamers alike, every month we’ll highlight a UF / IFAS feature plant that deserves a spotlight in Florida-friendly gardening.RiceRice is one of the most important crops on Earth. This simple grain meets 21% of the caloric needs of our planet’s human population. That’s more than wheat, corn, or any other crop cultivated. And, as a water-loving, warm-season grain, rice can do well in Florida, too.Ornamental grasses are enjoying a landscaping renaissance, and rice shouldn’t be overlooked! The healthy, green blades add fresh color to planters, even in our summer heat. Gardeners hoping to support wildlife will enjoy how attractive the grain is to birds, too. And, while foodscapers don’t usually harvest enough rice to meet their daily needs, growing rice is still a fun and tasty experiment.Florida also has a native species of wild rice, Zizania aquatica. As the name suggests, it is usually grows along streams and spring runs. It is most commonly found in North and Central Florida.Characteristics‘Black Madras’ rice has eye-catching foliage and seedheads. Brie Arthur To read the original article in full, see UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions.Apopka UF/ IFAS LocationUF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research & Education Center2725 S. Binion Rd.Apopka, FL 32703Phone: (407)410-6961Email: [email protected]: Every Tuesday 1pm – 4pm, excluding holidays. Thousands of acres of rice are grown commercially in South Florida’s Everglades Agriculture Area (EAA). It is often gown in flooded, fallow sugarcane fields during the summer months. For more information on commercial rice production, see the EDIS resources linked below.When planted commercially, rice is grown in a flooded plain, or “paddy.” Interestingly, flooding is not necessary for rice cultivation. Rather, fields are flooded to suppress weeds; rice happily tolerates “wet feet” in shallowly flooded soil, but weeds drown.In the home garden, rice does not need to be flooded to thrive. That said, rice does grow best with heavy irrigation. Plant it at the beginning of Florida’s wet season (around May) to minimize the amount of additional water needed. It is especially at home in areas of your yard where water pools, like under downspouts. Planting rice in these areas can help reduce soil erosion.For the majority of Florida gardeners, we recommend planting rice in containers. You can even sow seed in planters without drainage holes. If heavy, summer rains flood the containers, and the rice will remain happy and healthy as long as you tip out the extra water once in a while. In drought conditions, water to keep the soil evenly moist, but not waterlogged.At home, weed your rice plantings carefully, especially while the plants are young. Dense, mature stands of rice can usually suppress weeds on their own, but you will still need to keep the edges of plantings weeded.Rice can be sown or transplanted, but direct sowing usually produces the best results. Plant rice when the temperatures begin to warm as seed does not germinate well in cool weather. Sow the seeds densely and then top-dress to cover them with a very thin layer of soil.Like most grasses, rice prefers nitrogen-rich soil. If the leaves begin to yellow as they mature, either low nitrogen or insufficient moisture is usually the culprit. Amend sandy soil heavily with compost before planting. Some gardeners who grow rice in containers use compost instead of soil, although this is not necessary.Commercially, rice is susceptible to a wide variety of pests and diseases. Most of these are not encountered in the small plantings found in the home landscape.Author Brie Arthur with a container planting of rice. Credit: Brie Arthur Rice is a semi-aquatic, annual grass. It thrives during the warm season, and prefers hot, wet weather. It grows in stands of bright, upright leaves. Late in the growing season rice produces tall flower stalks. The flower heads eventually droop gracefully under a heavy load of colorful grains.Cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) is the most common rice species available. The color and length of the leaves, the color of the fruits, and its ideal growing conditions vary by variety. Some ornamental varieties boast purple and red tinted leaves or bright gold husks. Stands of ornamental rice grow in tight, lush clumps and add interest in both landscapes and planters. The colorful seed-heads are particularly striking around harvest time.In general, rice seed is a limited and unusual catalog offering. The most common commercial varieties are ‘Diamond’ and ‘Cheniere’ but home gardeners won’t find these for sale. Instead, choose ‘Carolina Gold’ or ‘Charleston Gold’ for a light green leaf, ‘Blue Bonnet’ for darker green leaves, or ‘Black Madras’ for red/purple foliage. The number of ornamental rice varieties grows each season, however. We would encourage gardeners to experiment with whatever varieties they find offered.Planting and CareMatthew VanWeeden conducting research in a rice paddy at the Everglades Research and Education Center. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794433/hilltop-residence-miro-rivera-architects Clipboard 2013 United States Hilltop Residence / Miró Rivera Architects Contractor: Projects Architects: Miró Rivera Architects Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Lutron, Agabekov LED, Benjamin Moore, Fleetwood, LBL Lighting, Linnea, Pavestone, SONOS, Waterstone, ArcLight Design, Jim Thomas Bronze Studio, Zebrawood & Wenge ArchDaily CopyHouses•Austin, United States CopyAbout this officeMiró Rivera ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAustinUnited StatesPublished on September 01, 2016Cite: “Hilltop Residence / Miró Rivera Architects” 01 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
House in Chau Doc / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS Projects Houses 2017 Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/878765/house-in-chau-doc-nishizawaarchitects Clipboard House in Chau Doc / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTSSave this projectSaveHouse in Chau Doc / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTSSave this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki+ 39Curated by Diego Hernández Share Manufacturers: American Standard, Toto, AcorArchitects In Charge:Shunri Nishizawa, Nguyen Do Hong Quan, Luong Thanh TungContractor:Local carpentersCity:Thành phố Châu ĐốcCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiRecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotText description provided by the architects. Located in a suburb of ChauDoc town in AnGiang province, Southern Vietnam, this house is a sharing residence of 3 nuclear families who are kin. Although this project budget was tightened with local standards, which only allowed us to build a house with thin corrugated metal panels, we have tried to satisfy not only the regional spirits but also the rich lifestyle in which is fulfilled by sunlight, greenery and natural ventilation, as it were, living in a half-outdoor gardens.Save this picture!SketchAround 7 hours travelling from HoChiMinh city by long-distance bus and ferry, ChauDoc, a border town closed to Cambodian boundary, has been developed along a branch of Mekong River. Wandering around the neighboring site, what we could easily recognize is the several layers of the regional environment. The first layer is depicted by hundreds of floating houses on the river, and secondly, there are embanked roads along two sides of the river banks which turn into the main traffic for the local society, while the third layer is scattered with a plenty of pilotis houses extended from the roads by private small bridges, and the last one is painted in green by beautiful rice-field as far as our eyes could reach. Generally, pilotis houses in this area are mostly composed of stone or concrete columns on the ground and floating timber frames wrapped by thin corrugated metal panels. Due to the height limitation of the column which only can lift the house over flood water and also due to the minimum dimensions of timber frames for the local daily floor-sitting lifestyle, we could feel about the human-scaled and gentle impression from these local houses. And the more deeply we approached into their living context, the better we could understand about the harsh natural environment that they have to cope with, when all the grounds except the embanked roads used to be under the water during 4-5 months in the rainy season annually till they have completed the concrete embankments very recently. Anyone who visit this area could recognize the scent of their intelligence about how to co-exist with the large-scaled Mother Nature for such a long time.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiOn the other hand, ironically, we have found that their daily-life has become unstable and un-organized especially after the recent drastic changes when they compulsively eliminated floods which had given a lot of inconveniences to them. An apparent evidence is that almost all the inhabitants have abandoned their ground level with their no-use garbage or excreta from their domestic animals such as pigs, gooses and chickens. This fact could drive their living environment into bad condition since those houses have too low ceilings without insulations and too small windows for ventilations. Formerly, flood in the rainy-season would wash away all excreta accumulated in the dry-season, and the covering water would be helpful to lower the surrounding temperature as well.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiBased on these conditions mentioned above, what we aimed is to adopt regional customs such as local materials, carpenters’ techniques and their construction methods as much as possible except 3 new architectural intentions below. Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki1/ To invert the roof shape from ordinal-roof into butterfly-roof in order to open the interior space to surrounding environment, and then cover all the site by 3 butterfly-roofs in different heights.Save this picture!Axonometric2/ To hang up rotating metal windows from end to end at the big openings between each roofs and façades to adjust the amount of sunlight and natural wind.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki3/ To replace all the internal solid walls into movable partitions to create one big continuous space.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiThese 3 architectural principles are clearly intended to realize a half-outdoor and contemporary spaces with full of natural elements such as sunlight, wind, water, soil and plantings. However, at the same time, it is also an important theme for us to preserve the regional customs and spirits inside the house which can be listed as floor-sitting lifestyle, human-scaled dimensions and floating timber frames on the concrete columns. This theme is also consistent with its exterior design, which is to blend with the surrounding environment but to outstand by modern design languages.Save this picture!SectionNowadays in Vietnam, urban and stateless housing style starts spreading even into the rural areas and changing their unique cultures, landscapes and lifestyles of their own regions. (In fact, 5 story building is under construction on the adjacent plot). It would be one of emergent subjects for us, Vietnamese architects, to propose alternative and contemporary way of living by inheriting their cultures, not by fading out their regional spirits.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiOriginally published on September 05, 2017Project gallerySee allShow lessLa Cucina / Myeongborang / Choon Choi ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPlot # 1282 / Bernard Khoury / DW5Selected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/878765/house-in-chau-doc-nishizawaarchitects Clipboard Area: 340 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: “COPY” “COPY” Photographs CopyHouses•Thành phố Châu Đốc, Vietnam Vietnam ArchDaily Architects: NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeNISHIZAWAARCHITECTSOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesThành phố Châu ĐốcIcebergVietnamPublished on May 30, 2020Cite: “House in Chau Doc / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS” 30 May 2020. 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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. London Marathon 2008’s official charities announced Tagged with: Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The 2008 Flora London Marathon has announced that there will be two Official Flora London Marathon Charities, Spinal Injuries Association and H·E·A·R·T UK.Each charity receives 250 guaranteed places at the event for runners to sign up to and use to fundraise for it. In addition, the two charities are already receiving promotion on the London Marathon website with direct encouragement via editorial and adverts for runners to support them. “Both charities”, say the event oganisers, “offer a fantastically rewarding experience and a chance to really feel part of a worthwhile team and this is why they have been selected.”Runners with the two official charities will receive their own sponsorship page on justgiving.com. Advertisement 33 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 May 2007 | News
Despite reports for the last several years that there have been significant declines in poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, a recently released World Bank study indicates that, despite “growth,” the actual number of people living in poverty has increased by 100 million over the last 15 years.In an attempt to reinforce the view of poverty decline, figures are presented that the proportion of people living in severe economic deprivation has declined. But with rising populations, those who are in distress are in fact numerically increasing.The World Bank presented its report on “End Poverty Day” in Ghana, the first country south of the Sahara to gain national independence from Britain in 1957. Ghana is now often championed by Western financial publications as a “success story” in the broader effort to ameliorate poverty and underdevelopment in Africa.A World Bank press release states: “The report finds that progress in ending poverty in all its forms has varied greatly across countries and population groups, with the levels of achievement remaining challengingly low. Africa posted the slowest rate of poverty reduction of all major developing regions, with the share of people living in extreme poverty (less than US$1.90 a day) declining only slightly, from 56% in 1990 to 43% in 2012. But since 2012, extreme poverty fell to a projected 35 percent in 2015 in the region, based on the World Bank’s new poverty line of $1.90 a day. Globally, according to Bank estimates released earlier this month, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty will likely fall to under 10 percent for the first time, to 9.6 percent this year.” (Oct. 16)These figures are plagued by conjecture due to the lack of credible measurement tools and, moreover, whether reliable data was collected on these subjects. In rural areas the number of people living without adequate supplies of water, fuel, food and communications technology often goes overlooked.The report itself acknowledges this fact: “Gauging Africa’s human well-being remains tremendously difficult. The report shows that in 2012, just 25 of the region’s 48 countries had conducted at least two household surveys over the past decade to track poverty. The authors urge action across Africa in improving the availability and access to regular and reliable data on income poverty and other dimensions of well-being. They also stress that national support for adhering to methodological and operational standards is essential.”How is growth, development measured in Africa?The World Bank report reveals the contradictions between foreign direct investment growth and actual income levels, quality of life improvements and socioeconomic development. Setting an extreme poverty level at below $1.90 for individuals and households is problematic.Many of the advances made in Africa involve the availability of mobile phones and other consumer goods. These goods have enhanced the standard of living in many states by facilitating communications and therefore economic, political and social interactions. Nonetheless, these products come at a price, whether they are manufactured outside the country, as is the case more often than not, or domestically.Consequently the cost of living is increasing, creating hardship despite the rising household income generated through increased production and trade. Recent strikes in Ghana by private, public and educational workers have largely centered on the decline in the value of the cedi (national currency), requiring larger amounts of money to cover expenses.In Nigeria, proclaimed in 2014 by the Western-based financial publications as having the largest economy in Africa, many strikes involve workers who are more skilled and have higher incomes. Work stoppages in the medical, educational and oil sectors demand not only higher wages and better employment conditions, but also that employees actually receive their salaries on a regular basis.In various state departments in Nigeria, public sector workers have gone months without salaries. This has also been a major issue in Ghana among junior physicians and educators.The distribution of national wealth is the most important factor in determining actual development. Africa has produced billionaires in Nigeria, South Africa and other states. However, the existence of abject poverty remains. Class structures inherited from colonialism have not been eliminated. Those who are in a position to benefit from the continuing integration of Africa into the world capitalist and imperialist system stand to advance their social positions in society.In Nigeria and South Africa, the largest and most advanced states on the continent, both labor unions and community organizations have demanded that the mining and other extractive multinational corporations reinvest in the environmental and social well-being of the areas where they derive their wealth. Although the workers may earn more than people living in and confined to the rural areas, if resources are not reinvested into creating schools, improving education, cleaning up chemical and industrial waste, and constructing roads and health care facilities, it is not possible to define such a set of circumstances as genuine development.Wealth must be equitably distributed to foster developmentThe issues of wealth distribution and production relations must be addressed before there is real qualitative development in Africa and other geopolitical regions. Of course, the World Bank cannot address these issues due to the inherent class bias of its approach to economic growth.Both the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were founded by the U.S. capitalist class at the conclusion of World War II to facilitate its dominant position in the imperialist world. In the earlier phase of this development, tremendous resources were poured into Western Europe to rebuild industry and infrastructure destroyed from 1939 to 1945.However, after the emergence of independent African states during the 1950s and 1960s, IMF-World Bank officials arrived, ready to restructure the postcolonial political economy, emphasizing a neoliberal approach to development by shrinking the size of the public sectors and lowering the value of currencies. Rather than establish import-substitution industries, a path to growth was engineered to emphasize Western foreign investment.With fluctuations of energy and commodity prices, such a set of international relations leaves the postcolonial states dependent upon the strength of the economies in the former colonial and still imperialist countries. This vulnerability of the oppressed nations, largely located in Africa, the Asia-Pacific and Latin America, stifles and even obliterates the capacity to engage in long-term planning for the benefit of the broad populations in these states.The constraints placed on making major advancements in agricultural, industrial, educational and social service industries and sectors requires alternative approaches. Socialist economic planning could channel earnings from worker productivity and trade into those aspects of the economy that would produce the most desirable outcomes.Internal conflict is cited in the World Bank report as a major factor in preventing economic growth. However, the World Bank cannot acknowledge the imperialist destabilization of Africa through military operations and covert activity, since it would directly challenge the foreign policy imperatives of the ruling classes in North America and Western Europe.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News July 21, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Yasser Al-Mou’alimi escaped gun fire attack RSF_en Organisation Yasser Al-Mou’alimi, a presenter on the government satellite TV station Yemeniya, escaped with just a foot injury when gunmen opened fire on his car in an apparent murder attempt as he was returning home on 21 July. Mou’alimi, who was hospitalized after the shooting, had expressed his support for the opposition protests. Help by sharing this information