Part time jobs fuel surge in employment

first_img THE NUMBER of people in employment grew at the fastest rate since records began in the three months to July, official figures revealed yesterday – boosted by a surge in part-time workers as employers cut back on working hours. Employment for the quarter rose by 286,000 to 29.16m, representing a 0.4 per cent rise in the rate to 70.7 per cent. This is the biggest quarterly rise since 1971, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).However, the figure was boosted by 166,000 part-time jobs, continuing a trend during the year for employers to rely increasingly on part-time workers. Part-time workers now account for 27.2 per cent of total employment, up from 25.4 per cent as of mid-2008.Despite the rise in employment, the number of Britons claiming jobless benefits in August rose for the first time since December 2009.Overall, the claimant count rose by 2,300 last month, taking the total to 1.466m, and ending seven consecutive months of a decline in those claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance. This increase was entirely borne by women, the figures showed. The mixed picture painted by yesterday’s data, especially the more recent claimant count figures, disappointed economists. “The jump in part-time employment indicates that many companies are reluctant to add full-time workers amid serious concerns over the sustainability and longer-term strength of the recovery,” said economist Howard Archer at IHS Global Insight.Although earnings growth picked up, it still remained subdued. Headline average weekly earnings rose 1.5 per cent in the three months to July up from 1.1 per cent in the quarter to June. But stripping out the more volatile bonus component, core earnings growth rose to 1.8 per cent in July , a little stronger than expected. Part time jobs fuel surge in employment by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald whatsapp Show Comments ▼ whatsappcenter_img KCS-content Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Wednesday 15 September 2010 8:44 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

ICC announces sign language commentary for cricket live streaming

first_imgCricketInternational Cricket CouncilLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 50/3 (16.4 ov)- Follow Live Updates Previous articleWorld Cup 2019: MTV Beats launches Blood Mein Hai Blue anthemNext articleWorld Cup 2019: When India-Pakistan match becomes everything but cricket Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. By Kunal Dhyani – June 15, 2019 Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri brace ensure 3-1 win; Switzerland’s fate hangs on other Group results Cricket WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow… PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickGeorgetown UniversityLearn from Anywhere This Summer with Georgetown’s Online Summer CoursesGeorgetown UniversityTreehuggerHow To Protect Yourself Against CyberthreatsTreehuggerThe sign language commentary will be provided by former captain of the England national deaf cricket team Umesh Valjee, MBE, the longest-serving deaf cricketer in England with the honour of wearing the No. 1 shirt for his country. Umesh stated, “I am very excited and looking forward to be a part of this special occasion. Cricket has given me so much, and I hope I can inspire the next generation by giving them some access to some high level cricket from Guernsey at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Final 2019”.Also Read: ICC World Cup 2019 LIVE: When and Where to Watch live streaming and Full…New Zealand at ICC World Cup 2019: Squad, full schedule, tickets, timing- all you…ICC World Cup 2019: Williamson calls on New Zealand to be adaptable at World…ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli’s profileThe commentary will be delivered in British Sign Language, though Umesh explained “knowing these games will be live-streamed across the world, I will try to make my signing more international and the global language of cricket will help”.Umesh will be joined by Sula Gleeson, BSL/English Interpreter who stated “it is amazing that this opportunity has been arranged so that the international Deaf community can have access to mainstream high level cricket in their own language for the first time”.Ian Martin, Head of Disability Cricket at the ECB was delighted with the news, “In many ways hearing impairment is a hidden disability and is often overlooked and the needs of the hearing impaired community are never given the same priority as the needs of other disabled groups. Therefore the broadcasting of commentary with the addition of sign language is a huge step forward towards making the game more accessible to a broader audience”.The ICC are proud to be streaming all 15 games, with a focus on 18 June and the two games with live sign language commentary. Ed Shuttleworth, ICC Development Manager Europe explained “The ICC are utterly committed to ensuring cricket is a sport for all and across Europe we champion a culture of inclusion”.Also Read: ICC World Cup 2019: Taking wickets upfront is key to beating India, says New…World Cup 2019: Uber anthem to be played during matchesICC World Cup: Select Dugout is back on Star Sports Select 1ICC World Cup LIVE: Catch India’s matches in Inox multiplexes Cricket In a first for live cricket broadcast, International Cricket Council is all set to experiment with the “sign language” commentary from the venue of the match. In its commitment to ensure cricket is accessible to all sectors of society, the ICC will be live stream two T20I games of the Men’s T20 World Cup Europe Finals on June 16 with integrated sign language.The ICC is committed to ensuring the sport is accessible to all sectors of society. The 18 June will mark an important day to celebrate and champion inclusion across Europe. The day will include two games being streamed live with dedicated sign language commentary coming direct from the action, rather than a translation of the audio commentary, ICC has stated in a Press release. 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Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgCopperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC.zm)  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileThe Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC), a member of the SAPP and listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is a Zambian incorporated power transmission, generation, distribution and supply company and a major developer of energy infrastructure in Africa, respected for its skills in designing and operating transmission systems. CEC owns, operates and maintains power transmission, generation and distribution assets servicing customers in Zambia and the DRC, and is one of the largest international power traders in the region.last_img read more

Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgHwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hwange Colliery Company Limited (HCCL.zw)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHwange Colliery Company Limited extracts, processes and distributes raw coal and coal products in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa. The Hwange Coalfield and Chaba Mine are located in the north-western region of Zimbabwe; its head office is in the capital city, Harare. Hwange Colliery operates in three segments; mining, medical services and estate management. The Mining division operates in categories that include thermal coal, industrial coal and coking coal. The coke categories include foundry coke, metallurgical coke, coke peas and coke breeze. The by-products include benzole, tar naphthalene and coke oven gas. The Medical Services division manages a healthcare service for its employees and local communities in the mining areas. The estate management division provides and manages properties for rental and sells retail goods and services. Hwange Colliery Company Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgRDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRDC Properties Limited is a property management, development and rental company in Botswana. It also has interests in Madagascar through a Mauritian-based subsidiary. The company develops and manages commercial, industrial and residential developments which are based in prime locations in major towns and cities of Botswana. RDC Properties Limited offers long-term value to its shareholders through construction income, rental income, hospitality income, capital appreciation and the sale of premium properties. Landmark properties in its portfolio include Masa Centre, Standard Chartered House, Chobe Marina Lodge and Isalo Rock Lodge. RDC Properties is investigating investment opportunities to expand its footprint in South Africa, Mozambique and Namibia.last_img read more

UK share investing: one of the best FTSE 100 stocks to buy now

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The past 12 months have been an extremely difficult time for many UK retail shares. 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JD Sports also has a significant e-commerce proposition which has enabled the company to offset the mass closure of its stores.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…An ambitious UK growth shareIn fact, while the distress signals coming out of the British retail sector have been deafening over the past year, this FTSE 100 stock has been stepping up its ambitious expansion programme instead. It felt confident enough to pay almost half a billion dollars in early February to acquire DLTR. The move expands its presence in the US even further following the $325m takeover of California-based Shoe Palace at the end of 2020.And the business raised £464.2m via a share placing in recent sessions to continue investing in expansion and to capitalise on future M&A opportunities. Indeed, the JD Sports board said: “There are a number of potentially attractive acquisition opportunities that will become available in due course and which will continue to support [our] successful global expansion strategy.”Flies in the ointment?Things might not continue to be plain sailing for JD Sports though. As I explained in a recent piece about Boohoo, signs are emerging that British consumers are beginning to rein in spending as the domestic economy struggles.The FTSE 100 business faces significant long-term dangers too. The growing importance of sustainability in consumers’ minds might damage UK fashion shares like JD Sports. Sales volumes could also take a significant hit if citizens reduce their wardrobe sizes. Rising demand for recycled clothes could also weigh on profits growth.An IBM report last summer showed that around six out of 10 consumers it surveyed were “willing to change their shopping habits to reduce environmental impact.”On top of this, fashion trends come and go with staggering haste, and while sportswear is popular right now, there’s no guarantee it will still be five or 10 years from now. Demand for JD’s products could well collapse through the floor.A FTSE 100 share on my ISA radarCity analysts reckon JD Sports’ long record of annual profits growth will continue over the medium term, at least. They forecast earnings rises of 19% and 23% in the financial years to January 2022 and 2023 respectively. This leaves the FTSE 100 share trading on a slightly-toppy forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 23 times.It’s important to remember that City estimates can fall short of expectations if trading conditions worsen. Still, this is a UK share I’d gladly add to my own Stocks and Shares ISA today. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” UK share investing: one of the best FTSE 100 stocks to buy now Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Sunday, 21st February, 2021 | More on: JD Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Tinel Vacation Houses / SODAarhitekti

first_img “COPY” Photographs Manufacturers: Grohe, Heidelberg Cement AG, Hormann, MARAZZI, Schüco, Sto, Bauder, LK Systems, kamen benkovac ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904038/tinel-vacation-houses-sodaarhitekti Clipboard 2017 CopyHouses•Korčula, Croatia Projects Architect Collaborator:Maša MedošTeam:Mihaela Goluža, Jure ČudinaConstruction Consultants:Vlaho MiljanovićHydromechanics Consultants:Dragutin VukovojacElectrical Installations Consultants:Renata GajšakThermal Installations Consultants:Tomislav VučinićBuilding Engineering Physics Consultants:Mateo BilušTraffic Consultants:Hrvoje KostelacClient:Radman grupa d.o.o.Awards And Honorable Mentions:Leonardo 2015. Award – 2. prize – family houses, MinskExhibitions:VI. Minsk International Biennale of Young Architects | Leonardo 2017 Award – Exhibition of awarded designs, The Union of Architects of Russia, Moscow | 20. Salon arhitekture, Novi Sad | 53. Zagrebački salon, Desetljeće 2008-2018City:KorčulaCountry:CroatiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marko MihaljevićRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. The steep and narrow plot with relatively small area and northern slope lead to architectural solutions creating a pleasant living environment. The design meets the original value of local architectural heritage such as simplicity, functionality and appropriate human scale.Save this picture!© Davor RadmanThe buildings are designed in order to achieve new values in accordance with today’s lifestyle. One of the goals was setting the appropriate human scale, building proportions and size. In such a steep terrain the objective was to make the building the part of the landscape.Save this picture!© Marko MihaljevićSave this picture!Floor plansSave this picture!© Marko MihaljevićIt is designed as a half-buried building in simple, small volumes that are interconnected in such a way to realize the rich spatial relationships between inner and outer space. Given all of the above, flat roofs are elements that allow maximum use of the outdoor space and outdoor living, which is an important feature of using traditional Mediterranean architecture.Save this picture!© Marko MihaljevićThe whole plot is contemplated as an integral structure consisting of spaces of different character. Suitable local climate provides a splendid growth of Mediterranean plants, which is a very important factor in the local region. The outer edges of the building are designed with pots with Mediterranean plants.Save this picture!© Marko MihaljevićProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Tallest Residential Building in the World is coming to New York CityArchitecture NewsAbstract Gallery / Yin Peiru Architecture StudioSelected Projects Share Tinel Vacation Houses / SODAarhitekti “COPY” Photographs:  Marko Mihaljević, Davor Radman Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Marko Mihaljević+ 47Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Year:  Area:  480 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Tinel Vacation Houses / SODAarhitektiSave this projectSaveTinel Vacation Houses / SODAarhitektiPresented by: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904038/tinel-vacation-houses-sodaarhitekti Clipboard Lead Architects: Vedran Jukić Architects: SODAarhitekti Area Area of this architecture project Croatia Houses CopyAbout this officeSODAarhitektiOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKorčulaGerman Design CouncilCroatiaPublished on October 18, 2018Cite: “Tinel Vacation Houses / SODAarhitekti” 18 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More 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 streamlast_img read more

SMALLfri on Orange Community Futures

first_imgSMALLfri on Orange Community Futures AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 August 2005 | News SMALLfri, the funding information service for new and small organisations, is once again sharing news of a funding opportunity, this time from mobile telecomms company Orange.Once again, the mobile phone company Orange is looking to fund projects within the UK that are working to make a difference to people with sensory disabilities. Through the provision of awards, they seek to recognise and reward innovative community projects that use communication to enable people with sensory disabilities to participate more fully in society. The awards are grants of between £2500 and £5000. The scheme focuses on small voluntary organisations and charities.The emphasis is on innovation, and Orange particularly encourages applications from projects focused around music, film, literature, sport and information technology. Projects should: Advertisement * Benefit those with sensory disabilities as a priority;* Use communication to enable people to participate more fully in society;* Benefit a group of people, not an individual;* Benefit people in the UK.Applications are only invited from small voluntary organisations and charities: your income level must not exceed £75,000.Last year 21 organisations were supported, including:* British Computer Association of the Blind;* CTC Scotland; * Dacorum Talking Newspaper;* Different Strokes North East;* Gillingham/Kent Deafblind Club;* Lincolnshire Federation of Disability Sport;* Sensory and Physical Support Children¹s Fund;* Stroud Macular Disease Society.For full details call the Community Futures information line on 0845 070 0112 or write to:Community Futures AwardsPO Box 229West MailingKentME19 4DRYou can also find the information atlast_img read more

Jim-Crow-era voting law protested

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteHundreds of people gathered outside the Philadelphia Municipal Building on Sept. 16 for an early morning rally to oppose the implementation of a regressive voter identification law. The rally was held on the first day of arguments in Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court around the controversial law, which many see as an attempt to reinstate racist Jim-Crow — and poll-tax-type legislation. In August, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court refused to grant an injunction requested by the American Civil Liberties Union against the law.Pennsylvania is among 31 states where restrictions on voting rights have recently been implemented. The law here requires all voters to produce a photo identification card with a current expiration date. Voters who lack a driver’s license, passport or other photo identification must secure a Voter ID card through a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation office.It is estimated that more than 759,000 voters are not listed in the PennDOT database for licenses or photo identification cards. An additional 500,000 voters may have expired PennDOT identification cards. It is estimated that one in four active Pennsylvania voters over 80 years of age lack the required identification.The law requires voters to produce original birth certificates and Social Security cards. For many voters, particular the elderly, these documents may be impossible or difficult, time-consuming and costly to produce. Obtaining them poses particular hardship for those with disabilities or people who don’t live near a PennDoT center.Proponents of the Voter ID law have failed to provide any evidence of alleged voter fraud, which is the basis for the law. Pennsylvania State Rep. Daryl Metcaulfe (R-Butler), who sponsored the bill, has attempted to pass other legislation that adversely affects Muslims, African Americans, immigrants and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities.The real motivation behind the law was revealed by Majority Leader of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Mike Turzai. He told the Republican State Committee that the law would allow Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to carry Pennsylvania in this year’s election.Organizations participating in the rally included the Pennsylvania NAACP, Action United, Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, National Action Network-Philadelphia Chapter, The Advancement Project, Fight for Philly, Occupy Philly and the following unions: Steelworkers, Communication Workers, Transit Workers, and Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776. Speakers promised to continue the fight to stop the racist repression of voting rights, regardless of the outcome of the court hearing.The TWU, CWA and NAACP announced the formation of a coalition to protect voting rights. From Sept. 17 until the Oct. 9 registration deadline, all three organizations will mobilize members to hit the streets with registration forms and information on voter ID requirements. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Delbert Africa speaks following release from prison

first_imgPhiladelphiaA historic press conference was held at the Kingsessing Library in West Philadelphia on Jan. 21 to officially welcome home MOVE 9 activist Delbert Africa from his over 41-year imprisonment. The room was packed with press, MOVE supporters and several people who had witnessed the police siege and attack on MOVE’s Powelton Village home that led to Delbert’s 1978 arrest.Pam Africa, Minister of Confrontation for the MOVE organization, stated, “While this was the first press conference we’re having concerning Delbert’s release, there will be more press conferences as we have more people coming home.” Several speakers noted that MOVE 9 member Chuck Africa expects to be released soon. Court appeals for Mumia Abu-Jamal are in progress.Pam Africa introduced MOVE members Consuela Africa, Carlos Africa and Sue Africa, noting the number of years each had been imprisoned by the state. With them was Delbert’s daughter, Yvonne Orr-El, and Ramona Africa, the sole living survivor of the state’s infamous bombing of the MOVE family house in 1985 — who Pam introduced as “Fire Walker.”They were later joined by Fred Hampton, Jr., whose father, Fred Hampton, a leader of the Black Panther Party, was murdered by Chicago police on Dec. 4, 1969.From left to right: Fred Hampton, Jr., Yvonne Orr-El, Delbert Africa, Ramona Africa and Pam Africa speaking at Jan. 21 press conference. (WW photo: Joe Piette)‘It lifted me right up’Delbert began, “My name is Delbert Africa and I’m out here free and feeling good – any questions?” He contrasted his experience of four decades of imprisonment with being in the midst of family, friends, supporters and loved ones. “It lifted me right up,” he said.Delbert recalled his time in prison with Phil Africa, who died while incarcerated. MOVE 9 member Merle Africa also died in prison. Delbert said, “I wish Phil and Merle could be here with us today.  Once we get Chuck Africa out and free Mumia, we’ll have all our MOVE family with us.”Since being released from Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution Dallas on Jan. 18, Delbert has yet to formally meet with his parole officer.  He addressed the issue of parole restrictions: “The system always throws barricades onto people being and working together. The judge who sentenced us in 1978 threatened us as a family. He gave us 30 to 100 years, and they kept denying us parole saying: ‘You have no remorse.’ But they had no remorse for what they did to our family in 1985. We have no regrets because we were innocent in 1978.”Delbert continued: “As a family and organization we are still on the move. They claimed we were violent — but we were trying to eliminate violence in our community, trying to stop the exploitation. You live over there with eight houses, yet I live here in a tent. We’re trying to stop that. The system wants to push people down, oppress you, but John Africa taught us that we don’t have to take it anymore. It’s been a long time caught up on somebody else’s schedule, but now I’m back on MOVE’s schedule.”Constant police attacks on MOVEDelbert told the audience about the confrontation with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo in May 1977: “MOVE was peaceful, but we were suffering brutality at the hands of the police — so brutal that they physically kicked a baby out of the womb of one MOVE member and murdered Janine Africa’s baby, Life Africa. We made up what people thought were weapons so we could make an impression on city officials who saw a bunch of primarily Black people rescuing animals and growing our own food in an area of Philadelphia where the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel wanted to expand.“Rizzo went nuts and started a blockade — not so much to keep us in but to keep community supporters out,” Delbert explained. “But the neighborhood responded and brought us food. The city tried to evict us. They got warrants naming people who never lived in the house.  But just because it’s legal, don’t make it right. Slavery was also ‘legal.’ ”Delbert related the events of Aug. 8, 1978:  “Neighbors warned us that police were surrounding the house. We got the children and everyone into the basement. They emptied water cannons into the basement. At a press conference after the attack, police bragged about emptying rounds of machine gun fire into the house. During the attack I was shot in the chest, but was able to come out of the house through a window.”Delbert described the immediate police attack on him when he went outside the house: “One cop hit me with a steel helmet on one side of my face. Another cop used his shotgun against my head to break my jaw. One cop pulled me by my hair across the street where they all started to jump on me, beating me. Their excuse was to claim I was armed, but I had removed my shirt and was naked from the waist up.”Supporters shout:  ‘On the MOVE!’“At the hospital they removed the shotgun pellet from my chest without using anesthesia,” Delbert stated. “But when I finally got moved to the Round House [police headquarters], there were literally 20 or more people from the neighborhood yelling, ‘On the MOVE!’”MOVE 9 members were sentenced collectively in connection with the death of Police Officer James Ramp, who was off-duty then and had not been assigned to the scene.“We thought he came there for the chance to kill some Black folks,” Delbert said. “On Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, newspapers reported that firemen who were facing our house complained about gunfire coming in from behind them. None of the MOVE people had any gun residue on our hands.”Community activist Walter Palmer, who was in the audience, backed this up: “I was facing the MOVE house and heard gunshots from behind me. I had to hit the ground to avoid being shot. James Ramp was standing outside by a corner of the house. MOVE never killed officer Ramp, and MOVE did not shoot first.”Several people who attended the press conference were residents of Philadelphia’s Powelton Village during the police siege and shootout. All of them told of MOVE’s support for the people in the community. Those who spoke seemed to welcome Delbert’s release as an opening for them to finally tell their own stories.Yvonne Orr-El spoke about her mother who was an official in the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party. Orr-El told of the circumstances of her birth on the side of a lake as her parents fled police threats against BPP members in Illinois. When she was nine years old, she was traumatized in school witnessing television coverage of her father being dragged from the MOVE house and brutally beaten by police.Palestinian solidarity with MOVE Palestinian activist and writer Susan Abulhawa, who was in the audience, welcomed Delbert home on behalf of Palestinian people.  She expressed solidarity from the people of Palestine to the MOVE organization, stating: “The MOVE family is not just a local struggle. It is an international struggle. My people in Gaza live in an open-air prison. We are with you.”Fred Hampton, Jr. said:  “I’m honored and humbled to be here on our terms. The will of the people is greater than the man’s technology. We are the original victims of terrorism:  Dec. 4, 1969; Sept. 11, 1971; Aug. 8, 1978; May 13, 1985. We have to acknowledge the war we are in and put this in war terms. Prisons are concentration camps. We have to make this part of every conversation in barber shops and more.”Editor’s Note: Fred Hampton, a Black Panther Party leader, was killed in an assault by COINTELPRO forces on Dec, 4, 1969. On Sept. 11, 1971, leaders of the Attica Prison Uprising presented demands of the incarcerated men to the state of New York, which then launched a massacre of inmates. The Philadelphia Police Department orchestrated the brutal attack on the MOVE family and house on Aug. 8, 1978. The state bombed the MOVE house, killing 11 members of the family, including five children, on May 13, 1985.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more