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SAP remains cautious despite solid profits

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first_img GERMAN business software maker SAP AG stuck to its full-year targets in third-quarter results, dashing investor hopes that had been raised by solid results from North American peers.SAP said third-quarter operating profit rose 16 per cent to €716m. Software and software-related service revenue (SSRS) rose 20 per cent to €2.32bn.Operating profit was forecast at €803m on SSRS sales of €2.30bn in a Reuters poll.SAP stuck to its 2010 growth forecast for non-IFRS key software and software-related service revenue in a 9-11 per cent range. That includes contributions of 6-8 percentage points from US database company Sybase, which SAP acquired in May.It also reiterated its full-year target for a non-IFRS operating margin of 30-31 per cent.Technology bellwether Oracle, which is SAP’s fiercest rival, Blackberry maker Research In Motion, and IBM have reported solid results, easing investor concerns about tech spending. “Top-line numbers are better than expected and this is obviously important,” Heino Ruland of Ruland Research said. Share Tags: NULL SAP remains cautious despite solid profits Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap 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 PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesDiscovery23+ Sports Stadiums Around the World That Are Abandoned NowDiscoveryMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So KCS-content center_img whatsapp Wednesday 27 October 2010 8:24 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

Lloyds warns over new hit from Irish portfolio

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first_imgFriday 17 December 2010 9:30 am Show Comments ▼ Share Part-nationalised bank Lloyds has warned that it would take a further hit from impairments on its Irish portfolio as a result of Ireland’s economic and fiscal deficit problems.The update on its Irish exposure caused Lloyds shares to fall sharply, dragging down other banks such as Royal Bank of Scotland, which is also exposed to Ireland via RBS’ Ulster Bank unit.Lloyds shares were down six per cent while RBS fell five per cent.Ireland’s economic turmoil was highlighted on Friday as credit rating agency Moody’s cut the country’s credit rating by five notches.Lloyds said a further ten per cent of its £26.7bn Irish portfolio would become impaired by the 2010 year end.It added it would increase the level of provisions against the portfolio, and expected an increase in the impairment charge relating to Irish exposures for the full year 2010 to about £4.3bn.Lloyds said this would result in an increase in provisions as a percentage of impaired Irish loans to approximately 54 per cent at the 2010 year end. Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof John Dunne Lloyds warns over new hit from Irish portfolio whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Low rates reduce business costs

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first_img whatsapp Share whatsapp Despite rising global commodity prices, business costs continued to fall in December, driven lower by cheap financing costs. “A pick-up in investment demand from the corporate sector is perhaps our best hope of securing a sustained recovery through 2011,” commented Erik Britton of Fathom, who published the results yesterday. KCS-content Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrapcenter_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ 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 PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For Monday 17 January 2011 8:45 pm Low rates reduce business costs last_img read more

Rugby Rant: Back off, touchjudge

June 23, 2021 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_img Doing his duty: Wayne Barnes runs touch in the Aviva Premiership It’s a constant din, with the artists formerly known as touchjudges providing a commentary to the referee. and while their input is no doubt useful to the whistler in the middle, it all feels a bit much. the referee needs more autonomy, writes BBC commentator and reporter Chris Jones. This Rant first appeared in the August issue of Rugby World THERE IS little doubt that rugby union has never been a harder sport to referee. Players are not only quicker and stronger but arguably more streetwise, while coaches are constantly looking for ways to manipulate the existing laws of the game.The ‘jackal’, the ‘choke tackle’ and the ‘fox’ (no-ruck tactic) are just three examples of modern-day players and coaches nding loopholes in the laws and exploiting them.Yet the referee still must retain his or her authority as the main arbiter of rugby truth and justice. “SURELY A TOP REFEREE WANTS TO BE DOING JUST THAT – REFEREEING?” At the moment it seems like there are four referees out there, and it is becoming confusing for both players and supporters alike.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS For the Lions test matches and warm-up games, World Rugby have loaded their officials teams with the best of the best, with top referees also running the line.But is this part of the problem? surely a top referee wants to be doing just that – refereeing? Isn’t a Nigel Owens or an angus gardner going to be tempted to highlight things the referee hasn’t seen, to the point where their help actually becomes an interference for the match-day referee?FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERE As a result, too many big calls are being made by assistant referees, undermining the actual referee in the process. While it would be backwards to resort to having assistant referees just to run the line, there has to be a balance. thanks to the New Zealand Rugby union, us media folk fortunate enough to be covering the Lions tour are treated to an earpiece through which the referee’s communications can be heard throughout a game. Not only the referee but the whole of cials group – assistant refs and Television Match Officials – are also clearly audible.last_img read more

first_img Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release General Convention 2015, Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Structure, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [15 diciembre de 2014] El Grupo de Trabajo para “Re imaginar” la Iglesia Episcopal (TREC) ha presentado su informe final a la 78a Convención General y a la Iglesia, y para su inclusión en los informes de la Convención General, comúnmente conocido como El Libro Azul.El informe, disponible en inglés y español, está colocado aquí.El trabajo de TREC fue ordenado por la Resolución C095, aprobada en la 77ª Convención General del 2012, con la misión específica de  preparar recomendaciones para la 78a Convención General sobre la “re imaginación” y reestructuración de la Iglesia.La 78a Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, del 25 de junio al 3 de  julio del 2015 se llevará a cabo en el Centro de Convenciones de Salt Palace en Salt Lake City, UT (Diócesis de Utah).La Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal se celebra cada tres años, y es el órgano de gobierno bicameral de la Iglesia. Se compone de la Cámara de los Obispos, con más de 200 obispos activos y jubilados y la Cámara de los Diputados, con el clero y los laicos representantes elegidos de las 109 diócesis de la Iglesia, con un total de  más de 800 miembros. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 TREC presenta el informe final para su consideración en la Convención General de 2015 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA General Convention, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church Posted Dec 15, 2014 Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJlast_img read more

Donna’s Deals: Half Off Starbucks Drink

June 19, 2021 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_img Please enter your comment! What most moms refer to as “May madness” is now in full swing. During these last few weeks of school, where it’s a daily event to attend meetings, parties, events, graduations, you could probably use an extra boost of caffeine. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSDonna’s DealsStarbucks Previous articleHow to choose between carpet and hardwood flooringNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 So, we found the perfect deal for you.  Starbucks will offer Frappuccinos half-off from 3 pm – 6 pm until May 14th.Unfortunately, the Unicorn Frappuccino is no longer available in stores as it was only in stores during the month of April.There are a few things on the menu to try, Starbucks did bring back the popular S’Mores Frappuccino for the summer.In addition, they also released a new flavor- The new Midnight Mint Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage swirls extra dark cocoa with Frappuccino® Roast coffee, milk, ice, and cooling mint sugar crystals, and is cut with a layer of whipped cream. Topped with more whipped cream and a dark cocoa dusting. It’s bold, rich and refreshing. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Villa 3S / LOVE architecture and urbanism

June 17, 2021 | kzmwuuff | No Comments

first_img “COPY” Photographs:  Jasmin SchullerText description provided by the architects. A gorgeous property on the fringes of Graz Geidorf, a very limiting land-use plan and a very ambitious budget form the starting point for the planning of my own house. Simple yet complex; clear but also playful; light and optimistic; small yet also big. A place that is architecturally distinct, yet eminently livable; unconventional and unique, yet still functional for everyday living – these are the attributes of my family’s future home.Save this picture!© Jasmin SchullerOne of the fundamental ideas was to incorporate the relatively large property into the living space, meaning to make the boundaries between house and garden as fluid as possible in order to extend the living space over the entire property. This means as many subtle, boundaries and transitions between the inside and the outside as possible: large-scale vitrification with very large sliding doors; terraces that lead into the property and sheltered areas serve to blur the borders.Save this picture!© Jasmin SchullerThe relatively strict land-use plan, which stipulated a saddle roof with a designated inclination, presented a further challenge. A folding begins at the seating platform on the southern terrace over the outside walls, continues over the roof, covers the building structure and thereby forms a “saddle roof” without taking on the appearance of a conventional saddle roof. This folding spatially differentiates the individual areas, thereby providing more excitement to the entire complex. Due to the spatiality and “perspectivity” created in this way, the house looks different from every angle. The interior rooms will be up to 4 meters tall, which will make the entire house appear much larger. The interior of the house is centered around one main room for cooking, eating and living. When open, large sliding doors between the individual rooms connect a fluid, complete spatial structure. With the sliding doors closed, each room maintains its intimacy and distinctiveness and also extends to its own outdoor area or access. For example, the bathroom has its own, opaque terrace with an outdoor shower, which can be converted to an interior room with the use of broad folding doors. Weather permitting, the bathroom space can be doubled in this way.Save this picture!© Jasmin SchullerThe building is a massive brick construction with concrete walls and a reinforced concrete roof. This roof also serves as a thermal storage mass to provide a pleasant indoor climate and is covered with wood outside. This shades the planking and visually blends the terrace and roof into a unified whole.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessChangsha Songya Hu Mixed-Use Project / Steinberg ArchitectsArticlesTodd Saunders Lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in MunichArticles Share Architects: LOVE architecture and urbanism Photographs Villa 3S / LOVE architecture and urbanismSave this projectSaveVilla 3S / LOVE architecture and urbanism CopyHouses•Graz, Austria Austria Projects Villa 3S / LOVE architecture and urbanism “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Jasmin Schuller+ 27 Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeLOVE architecture and urbanismOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHouses3D ModellingGrazAustriaPublished on January 20, 2012Cite: “Villa 3S / LOVE architecture and urbanism” 20 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?3S别墅 / LOVE Architecture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

Alegria / Agence Bernard Bühler

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first_img Housing Projects Alegria / Agence Bernard BühlerSave this projectSaveAlegria / Agence Bernard BühlerSave this picture!Courtesy of Agence Bernard BühlerHousing•Bayonne, France Area:  169 m² Area:  169 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAgence Bernard BühlerOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingBayonneHousingFrancePublished on June 18, 2013Cite: “Alegria / Agence Bernard Bühler” 18 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ EffectPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceBricksEndicottBrick Facade at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural CenterBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenRailing / BalustradesSolarluxBalcony Glazing – SL 60eUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Products in Palazzo VolpiChairshorgenglarusUpholstered Chair – diva 5-154Wall / Ceiling LightsHE WilliamsLED Downlight – 4DR RoundMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopySave this picture!Courtesy of Agence Bernard BühlerRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. The site is on the periphery of the city of Bayonne. On one side, we have small collective housings (R 4 maximum), and on the other side agricultural land. Save this picture!Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler – In the basement, parking for 45 seats allocated to housing. It fills the entire plot.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler- Ground floor, three commercial premises open onto a small square  Save this picture!Courtesy of Agence Bernard Bühler- Access to housing is through the north side through a corridor dressed with vertical blades glazed red. All apartments are south-facing. Each housing is extended by a balcony on the south side.  The buildings are very simple in their form and are animated by colored elements such as screens or blades glazed colored red.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessCanterbury Cathedral Landscape Design CompetitionEventOMA Leads Pont Jean-Jacques Bosc Competition in BordeauxArticlesProject locationAddress:Avenue Joseph Pinatel, 64100 Bayonne, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: Agence Bernard Bühler Area Area of this architecture project France Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2013center_img 2013 Alegria / Agence Bernard Bühler Photographs Year:  ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Photographs:  Agence Bernard Bühler+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital New agency Beautiful World opens its doors Howard Lake | 11 May 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  59 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Beautiful World is a new digital agency that offers fundraising and digital expertise to charities “and any organisation that wants to do the world some good”.The Shoreditch-based agency has been founded by Rachel Beer, Simon Frank and Adam Waller, combining their strategy, data and creative expertise with commercial and charity experience. Beer was formerly Head of Client Services at Cascaid; Frank was Creative Director at The Good Agency and Cascaid; and Waller headed up Blue Frog’s data services.The new agency’s clients already include the RSPCA, Bullying UK, Women’s Resource Centre and Digital Unite. Advertisement Rachel Beer, social media expert and co-founder of the new meetup group of charity sector Twitter users, said: “We are different in that we bridge the gap between agencies that understand traditional fundraising and digital agencies that don’t. We think that our understanding of social media and our take on how charities can use it to get results is unique.”Simon Frank added: “Times have changed. The new frontier is online. Our integrated approach recognises this from the off.”Photo: The sofa by hello:beautifulworld on World has a launch offer of “24 hours on its sofa”. It is offering the first 24 charities to apply one hour’s free consultancy “on any subject they choose”  60 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

first_imgA new edition of “Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was published earlier this month. Whenever one of Solzhenitsyn’s books is rolled out, one must ask what the political reasons are for doing so. The publishing history of Solzhenitsyn’s work is closely tied to major historical developments of the last half century, and this new edition is no different.Peculiar to this moment is a new foreword, written by alt-right celebrity Jordan Peterson. This may come as a surprise to some. When it was first published in 1973, and still to this day, many on the left thought that “Gulag Archipelago,” which claims to document life in the Soviet labor camps during the Stalin period, played a progressive role in exposing the undemocratic nature of the Soviet Union.How, then, could someone like Peterson — who advocates enforced monogamy, refuses to recognize trans people and believes the eugenicist lie that there are inherent IQ differences along racial and ethnic lines — also claim Solzhenitsyn as his own? What could Solzhenitsyn and Peterson have in common?A lot, actually.To understand the political significance of this new edition, it is necessary to go over the details of Solzhenitsyn’s life, many of which are left out of the introductions in high school and college textbooks of this author who, of all people, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. The first part of this series will cover Solzhenitsyn’s life and his views. The second will analyze the political significance of the new edition.Who was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn?Solzhenitsyn, born in 1918, came from the class of rich landowners whose property was expropriated during the Russian Revolution. His father, a tsarist officer, took his own life when the Red Army confiscated his large estate.Solzhenitsyn was then raised by his mother and aunt and received an advanced education before being drafted into the Red Army during World War II. He was promoted to captain and participated in campaigns to repel the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union.As the tide of war changed and Soviet forces moved swiftly through Poland toward Berlin, KGB officers discovered documents on Solzhenitsyn suggesting he was part of a conspiracy to subvert the war effort. Solzhenitsyn, throughout his life, denied this. In fact, his whole subsequent career as a writer was built on the idea that he was unjustly imprisoned and that his arrest was a clear sign of a despotic regime.Later biographers corroborate Solzhenitsyn’s claim, insisting that while he was deeply critical of the Soviet Union and the evidence found by the KGB reflected that, he had not organized any conspiracy, which was the main crime that led to his imprisonment. It is also clear from his later works, however, that Solzhenitsyn sympathized with Soviet citizens who collaborated with the Nazis, as his glowing portrait of Lieutenant General Andrei A. Vlasov in “Gulag Archipelago” indicates.Whatever the case, Solzhenitsyn was sentenced to eight years in a political labor camp, or gulag as it later became known, and upon release never ceased to criticize the Soviet Union.What many leftists don’t understand, however, is that this criticism was consistently from the right, not the left. Criticisms of the excesses of the dictatorship of the proletariat during the Stalin period are certainly merited. The best of them can be found in Trotsky, Che and Sam Marcy, the founding chair of Workers World Party. But they cannot be found in Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn takes advantage of the situation, exaggerating the crimes in many cases, in order to completely discredit the idea of socialism and communism.This is where the relationship between Jordan Peterson and Solzhenitsyn becomes clear. What was Solzhenitsyn’s solution to the ills of Soviet society? Essentially, a patriarchal ethno-state.In his 1978 “Letter to the Soviet Leaders,” Solzhenitsyn claimed that the Soviet Union’s commitment to communist movements abroad had come at the expense of “national interest.”Not only did he advocate abandoning the global proletariat, but he envisioned Russian nationals within the Soviet Union splitting off to form their own homogeneous ethno-state. He argued that the republics and autonomous regions of the Soviet Union — the “Central Asian underbelly,” as he called it — were living off the hard work of the Russian people. This parallels right-wing lies accusing immigrants of leeching off the U.S. “welfare state.”Women and the patriarchal ethno-stateHe also had much to say on women’s role in this new society. Instead of “financing South American revolutionaries,” he advocated that the Soviet Union use that money to ensure that women wouldn’t have to work — since their “natural” place is in the home. He thought that the workers’ state was merely a substitute for the family, the natural unit of society, and that the degeneration of Soviet society resulted from the breakup of the family.This vision, of a patriarchal ethno-state, is the exact same idea promoted by the alt-right, including Jordan Peterson. That Peterson was asked to write the introduction should come as no surprise to those familiar with the real Solzhenitsyn.For the most part, Peterson fails to bring out this side of Solzhenitsyn in his forward. Instead, he zeroes in on Solzhenitsyn’s attack on socialism. He invokes the slander that “100 million people or more” were killed by communism, even though historians have disproved this number, and asks why expressing admiration for Marx and professing socialism is still acceptable in polite company.Of course, Peterson can’t help but try to slip in some eugenicist racism for good measure. Toward the end, Peterson invokes Solzhenitsyn’s own belief that perhaps inequality is intrinsic to all social orders — that some people will always be more able and more wealthy.In his time, Solzhenitsyn used this idea to question the merits of universal suffrage. Today, Peterson uses his belief in inequality to criticize “social justice warriors” who don’t buy into his racist rant that whites are a biologically superior race.Suffice it to say, that if we are to build a revolutionary socialist movement in the U.S., the left would best be served by learning the lessons of previous struggles. But we have to be careful about who we draw those lessons from. A proper analysis of what happened in the Soviet Union is in order, but the right wing never had this.The next part will cover how Solzhenitsyn’s critique has been used in the past by right-wing forces inside and outside the Soviet Union. It will also offer an analysis of how Solzhenitsyn is being used by right-wing forces today.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more