British Airways ground staff at Heathrow airport have accepted a settlement in a long-running dispute over pay and staffing levels, the GMB and Unite unions said yesterday. The deal, which covers 2,850 staff, will see the reduction of 500 jobs by March 2011, more flexible working conditions and the introduction of a one-year pay freeze. Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ BA cuts ground staff deal Tags: NULL KCS-content Monday 13 September 2010 8:46 pm
Newgioco has plans to dominate the industry in the coming years, but expansion efforts in markets such as the US and its native Italy have been slowed by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, as chief executive Michele Ciavarella tells Robin Harrison, rather than deterring the business, it has instead prompted a temporary shift in approach.Newgioco has set out ambitious plans for expansion in the US as it looks to build on robust foundations established in its native Italy through a flurry of acquisitions.The business was first established in 1998 as Empire Global Corporation but it was a series of acquisitions from 2014 onwards that put it firmly on the map. First, it acquired land-based and online gaming operator Multigioco in 2014, before doing with a deal for Rifa – via Multigioco – to burnish its Italian land-based operations in 2015.This was followed by the 2016 acquisition of Odissea, now Newgioco’s software development arm and creator of its Elys sportsbook platform, the core component for its US expansion plans. A bolt-on acquisition of Ulisse, another land-based gaming operator in its native Italy followed later that year, as did a rebrand to Newgioco Group. This has since been complemented by a deal for virtual sports specialist Virtual Generation, agreed in January 2019.“Our strategy goes back around five years,” chief executive Michele (Mike) Ciavarella explains. “The plan was to develop this brand-new software to become one of the major operators around the world, and to deploy it first in the Italian market then expand around the world.“In the long term we aspire to be the next GVC – we want to blanket the globe with our product like they have done so successfully.”If these aspirations seem especially lofty, Ciavarella believes the Elys platform gives it a unique advantage over its competition in the US. Using the experience gained in the highly competitive Italian market, he says the business is working on “a platform module that is unique for the US sports betting market”.Development of this platform is expected to be completed and ready for launch, though only “once the current global health crisis subsides and sports leagues get back underway”, Ciavarella says.With Italy the first European market to be hit hard, shutting down betting shops and gaming halls, before the shutdown of all major sports leagues and US casinos followed, Newgioco has seen much of its business disrupted.“Clearly, sports is an important product vertical,” Ciavarella notes. “However, what the pandemic has also done is forced us, like others, to rely on our non-sports products such as online casino, poker and virtual sports so that we can continue to service our clients and provide an entertaining experience while most people are in self-isolation.”He argues that to some extent the pandemic has offered a silver lining for the business, for two reasons.“The first is that because most other markets are suspended, we now have greater capacity for our technology team to focus on the US platform coding project. Secondly, it has put the brakes on our competitors’ growth and therefore held back market development in existing regulated states in the US, thus allowing us to complete our development schedule in parallel.”That’s not to say the business is struggling to keep the lights on, though early in April Newgioco reported a 42.7% decline in sportsbook revenue as a result of Covid-19. However, this was mitigated in part by a shift to online casino and poker, with activity up by around 25-30%, and revenue rising 16.6%.“In addition, we also saw a shift to virtual sports and games in our online channel compared to what we find is traditionally a land-based favourite,” he says.However, Ciavarella adds a caveat, noting that the shutdown of betting shops initially resulted in a drop in virtual sports revenue, reflecting the products’ popularity across its retail network.“But even though we experienced an initial decrease we have been working towards preparing incentives for customers to switch on online play of virtual products,” he says. “The challenge, however, is there is a ban on advertising that makes it difficult to promote gaming products through traditional channels.”Virtual pivot All this makes January 2019’s acquisition of Virtual Generation, and the scope to expand beyond its core Italian market, more important. The team behind the subsidiary developed the product on the Elys platform, meaning Newgioco was very familiar with the business and the team behind it.“After they proved the concept of their virtual RNG engine, we completed the acquisition,” Ciavarella explains. “Now it’s part of the group and we’re expanding it.”This has seen Virtual Generation quickly snap up Colombia’s first online virtual sports licence, and agree a quintet of supply agreements with as-yet-unnamed partners in Africa, including two in the Kenyan market.Having met with a number of potential partners at Clarion’s ICE Africa show in Johannesburg, it came away with 12 potential partners, in various stages of licensing processes, and aims to spread across the continent through these partners.By having this broad range of products, Ciavarella believes Newgioco will be able to be nimble, to meet demand for a certain product as and when it arises. With virtuals currently seen as a way to mitigate sporting suspensions, it just so happens they are the product in demand today, but these agreements will be used to expand partnerships into other products and verticals.“In the US, aside from the Covid-19 situation, if we open with the Elys platform and start signing clients, we hope to cross-sell into Virtual Generation,” he explains. “It’s the same in South America – we have a very unique virtual product, with some of the highest sales in the region.“So as the rules start to materialise, such as in Brazil, we want to cross-sell into our other products. We have a number of potential clients in Brazil for virtual sports, and we want to cross-sell into our sportsbook. And it’s also the same in Africa; we want to cross-sell ELYS to partners to whom we are providing the Virtual Generation software.“It’s a process of being nimble and taking up opportunities, rather than going into a jurisdiction and saying ‘you have to take everything’. We can provide components as they need them.”Acquisitive nature And this agility, he argues, will help it identify and take advantage of opportunities as and when they arise, especially when it comes to M&A. Ciavarella believes Newgioco has built a strong core, one which can help it grow organically in its core Italian market.“That all said, we believe that there are several good M&A opportunities available,” he adds. “But we are focused on screening those opportunities that are accretive to our existing core business and can add an element, component or technology that will add efficiencies and additional flexibility as we grow into our prospective new markets.”After all, if it is to achieve its ambition of emulating GVC, it could be expected to look to add more B2C elements to its predominantly B2B business. And with its heritage in the regulated, competitive Italian market, Ciavarella sees the company as having greater prospects of growth in other regulated territories.“Since we were formed and developed in the regulated Italian market, we are very good at operating in the regulated space,” he says. “In essence, it’s easier for a regulated operator to grow into new regulated space, while it is challenging for an operator accustomed to non-regulated markets to pivot to regulated operations.”But being nimble to take advantage of opportunities does not mean Ciavarella will jump before he feels the product is ready. While Newgioco, in partnership with Handle19, is preparing to make its US debut in Washington DC, the Covid-19 enforced delay to the market opening is not a setback, he says.“We are not planning to launch until the product is absolutely perfected,” he says. “This is quite critical, because sports betting is quite unique, it is the only product in the world where the vendor competes with the customer and that competition results in business risk. This requires patience.“The differentiator with Newgioco is that our Elys platform has a specialised risk-management processor that is purpose-built for this industry. Therefore, when we have our US platform ready, we will execute on our plans. You can expect strong market adoption throughout the US including DC at that time.”DC, by allowing smaller retailers to compete against the state lottery, is taking a different approach to states that have made land-based gaming operators the power brokers. Ciavarella believes it is the most accurate representation of what the US sports betting market will ultimately evolve to be.“The situation in Washington, quite uniquely, is that they are allowing the retail locations to get a licence and open up,” he says. “I see that same scenario in Virginia, Maryland and Illinois, so it’s very interesting how the DC folks gave the online rights to Intralot with the state lottery.“The US market is going to be more like Washington DC than New Jersey. It’s going to be more restaurants, bars and delis getting licences to provide betting, so I think what’s happening with DC is a brilliant opportunity, and people are not looking at it.”“I’m happy to be working with [Handle19 founder] Shane August in that market, as my expectation is that the model we see in DC is the model that’s going to go across the US.”This might take five or even ten years, he says, but Ciavarella is convinced that is what the US market will ultimately look like.This, obviously, is on hold until Covid-19’s spread is slowed or halted. But in the meantime, through its expansion into virtuals and supported by its online casino and poker offerings, Newgioco has a buffer that can help it mitigate the pandemic’s impact.After all, if it is serious about its ambition of becoming the next GVC – a company that has “done an exceptional job of growing [its] business globally,” Ciavarella notes – this drive to be the best across all verticals will be crucial.“We believe that having built one of the newest state-of-the art betting systems in the world, we definitely expect to see global adoption of our products as these new jurisdictions come online,” he adds. “The US market is one such prime example of this capability.” Regions: Europe LATAM US Southern Europe Italy Colombia Washington DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Newgioco has plans to dominate the industry in the coming years, but expansion efforts in markets such as the US and its native Italy have been slowed by novel coronavirus (Covid-19). However, as chief executive Michele Ciavarella tells Robin Harrison, rather than deterring the business, it has instead prompted a temporary shift in approach. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Strategy 18th May 2020 | By contenteditor Lofty ambitions Email Address Legal & compliance
SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) 2010 annual report.Company ProfileSIC Insurance Company Limited is a leading insurance company in Ghana providing non-life products in the motor, marine and aviation, fire and accident sectors. The motor division covers accidental loss of motorbikes and vehicles and third-party accident, fire and theft. The Marine and Aviation division covers airborne cargoes, ships and fishing vessels, ports and harbour installations and aviation insurance covering aircrafts, cargo and passengers. The Fire division covers accidental destruction of properties including household, personal, commercial and industrial buildings and effects. The Accident division’s coverage ranges from personal and family accidents to cash-in-transit, banker’s indemnity and contractor’s all-risk insurance. SIC Insurance Company also offers workmen’s compensation insurance, general bonds and engineering and construction insurance as well as offering investment, asset and fund management advisory services. SIC Insurance Company was founded in 1955 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. SIC Insurance Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Projects Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture General Contractor: Fast + Epp Floating House / Arno Matis ArchitectureSave this projectSaveFloating House / Arno Matis Architecture Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture Year: CopyHouses•Vancouver, Canada ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/803541/w38th-residence-rufproject Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© John Sinal Share Houses Photographs: John Sinal, Michael Elkan Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2015 Manufacturers: Rimadesio, Savant, Vancouver Gas Fireplaces, Casa Dolce Casa, LA SCALA INTEGRATED MEDIA, Marble Art, Perspective Lighting, RAVI DESIGN/CURTAIN OTAKU, Unison Windows “COPY” Area: 3880 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Canada B Cryderman Electric Geotechnical Engineer: Structural Engineer: Electrical: GeoPacific Consultants GWilson Construction Ltd. Architects: Arno Matis Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Landscape Architect: Photographs Original Architect:Iconstrux Archtects Ltd, Arno MathisBuilding Envelope:Spratt Emanuel Engineering Ltd.Millwork Production:Intempo InteriorsConstruction Admin Design:RUFprojectCity:VancouverCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© John SinalRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. This highly innovative private residence breaks new ground with an architectural concrete envelope that uses a completely unique white concrete mix custom developed exclusively for the project. The project is a fusion of contemporary east-Asian, and west coast design influences. The composition appears to float on a large reflecting pool set within an oriental garden setting. Large expanses of glazing and sliding doors are framed in African mahogany wood and screened with a dynamic architectural wood screen. The interiors flow with cascading floor slabs and dramatic volumes as unnecessary partitions are removed to create interior ‘exhibition’ spaces. The minimalist interior finishing details include stone slab floors, a suspended main stair of steel and hardwood; floating ceilings; and suspended custom fireplaces.Save this picture!© John SinalSave this picture!Ground LevelSave this picture!© Michael ElkanSave this picture!SketchesSave this picture!© John SinalProduct Description. We used a variety of stone within the design of the home; one of the unique applications was for the master fireplace; which floated large panels of translucent onyx over DLC Lumisheet; an edge lit acrylic panel system that was used to back light the entire fireplace itself. Technically it was challenging to ensure a consistent edge to edge glow across the entire fireplace structure without shadowing while maintain the illusion that the fireplace was stone column suspended from the ceiling. This was only possible through the extensive collaboration between the contractor; the electrician, lighting supplier; custom gas fireplace manufacturer; and the stone supplier & installer. Save this picture!© Michael ElkanProject gallerySee allShow lessRichard Meier & Partners’ Teachers Village Looks to Revitalize Downtown Newark Throu…Architecture NewsRural Houses Refurbishment in Trebilhadouro / André TavaresSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/803541/w38th-residence-rufproject Clipboard ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeArno Matis ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVancouverCanadaPublished on February 15, 2017Cite: “Floating House / Arno Matis Architecture” 15 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
FRSB rejects sex discrimination complaint against Cancer Research UK event Howard Lake | 13 September 2010 | News 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. 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Fundraising Standards Board Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) has ruled on a formal complaint made against Cancer Research UK that it was acting unfairly in not accepting men to run in its 5km fundraising event, Race for Life. The complainant suggested that the charity’s approach might even be in breach of the Human Rights Act and the 1975 Sex Discrimination Act.In its adjudication the FRSB Board considered the complaint in the context of the Fundraising Promise commitment “We are fair and reasonable”. Following a full review it was the Board’s unanimous decision that the complaint should not be upheld. It judged that there was no breach of the Fundraising Promise and that no further action was necessary.The complaint had reached the final Stage 3 Adjudication level. A member of the public had complained first to the charity and then, at the suggestion of Cancer Research UK, to the FRSB, making it a Stage 2 complaint. The FRSB worked both with Cancer Research UK and the complainant to assess and resolve the complaint at this stage.The charity explained that its market research indicated that making Race For Life a mixed event would dilute the event’s appeal and ability to raise as much money. It pointed out that it runs other fundraising running events that welcome male and family participation, including the men’s fun run Run For Moore; and that it encourages and supports individuals that wish to organise their own fun run events in aid of the charity.However, the complainant felt the issue remained unresolved and requested that the complaint should be escalated to final Stage 3 FRSB Adjudication.At this point, Cancer Research UK sought advice from the Equality & Human Rights Commission to check whether it was adhering to human rights legislation, and informed both the FRSB and the complainant that it was doing so. The Commission responded by stating that, in light that the charity provides events for both men and women, it had decided that it was complying with its obligations and that no action was required.Colin Lloyd, Chair of the FRSB, said: “The complainant contended that Cancer Research UK was unfair in dealing with his request to participate in the 5K Race for Life and also breached the Human Rights Act and Sex Discrimination Act. It should be noted that the case files had a number of legal considerations and, although the charity provided positive information in this area, the board was mindful that it could not comment or act upon the legalities of the case as they were outside its remit. The FRSB is responsible for safeguarding and regulating best practice and standards in accordance with the Institute of Fundraising’s Codes of Practice and The Fundraising Promise. Having considered the case presented before it the board was unanimous that the complaint was not upheld and ruled accordingly.“The board was encouraged that Cancer Research UK handled the case with sensitivity,” had added, “it presented exemplary best practice in complaint handling which the FRSB is committed to fostering across its membership.”www.frsb.org.uk
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. Tagged with: Events London marathon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Advertisement Howard Lake | 23 April 2017 | News 123 total views, 3 views today As the largest ever field sets out to run the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, here are some of the people running in this year’s event.Many have stories to tell about why they are running for charities. Others are trying to tell the story of the charity they support by adding their own distinctive approach to running a Marathon. Fundraising stories from Virgin Money London Marathon 2017 124 total views, 4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7
Melanie May | 30 September 2020 | News Community business leaders in England have until 2 December to apply for an entrepreneurial learning programme and a grant of up to £10,000 to help pandemic proof their businesses.Applications open today for the fifth and final year of Community Business Trade Up, which has supported nearly 300 community businesses since 2017. The programme helps community businesses in their early stages to grow their impact and resilience, aiming to help them to diversify and increase income from trading, be less grant dependent and become sustainable.According to the programme, community businesses on the programme typically increase their income from trading by 64%, or over £22,000, year on year. In total, participants have generated an additional £13million of income from trading, employed 500 people, supported 1,400 volunteers and reached 400,000 beneficiaries.Community Business Trade Up participants get a fully-funded nine-month learning programme (12 learning days), a Trade Back grant up to £10,000, and the support of a peer network of other community business leaders. In total £0.5m is available in Trade Back grants.It is run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in partnership with Power to Change.Due to the impact of the pandemic, Power to Change and SSE have adapted the programme in three ways:Applications from those hit hardest by Covid-19 will be prioritised. In particular, community businesses that are led by black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME), support BAME communities and/or located in and giving support to very deprived or disadvantaged local communities. This year, Ubele Initiative will be working with Power to Change and SSE to ensure funding reaches the widest range of people and communities.Programme participants each receive a Trade Back grant up to £10,000. Created by the SSE in response to the pandemic, Trade Back is a new type of grant that incentivises social organisations to trade, while supporting them to recover and rebuild. Trade Back grants match ‘pound-for-pound’ any increase in income from trading above Covid period levels.Programme content will be co-designed with community business leaders to ensure it is relevant to the needs of community businesses through and beyond the new pandemic economy, with a focus on digitisation.Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said:“Community businesses strengthen local economies and enrich the fabric of society. But running them can be challenging, especially during the pandemic. While many saw their income drop off a cliff, others have seen a surge in demand for their services. Their future is still uncertain.“We’re thrilled that community businesses also get the added support of our new Trade Back grants. We’re also excited to be working alongside Ubele Initiative as part of SSE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.” Advertisement 573 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Vidhya Alakeson, CEO of Power to Change, added: “The Covid-19 pandemic has shown just how agile community businesses can be, many adapting quickly to meet the needs of their local community. But the social and economic outlook remains challenging and in order to survive in a constantly shifting ‘new normal’, community businesses will need to build resilience. The Community Business Trade Up programme will give them the tools and support they need.” 572 total views, 2 views today Grants of up to £10k available in final round of community business programme AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Funding About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
On Friday the 13th — yes, an ominously superstitious date — the U.S. House of Representatives voted 227 to 198 to start the process of repealing the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. All 227 were Republicans. The day before, the Senate passed a similar measure 51 to 48, also along party lines.The public reaction was really scared. Since the Republicans have not put forward even the outlines of a bill that would replace the ACA, there is great anxiety and uncertainty about what will come next.Some 22 million people have received health insurance under the ACA. Some who had not previously been able to afford coverage benefited from an expansion of Medicaid and other government assistance. Some had been barred from getting coverage because of preexisting medical conditions. In other words, they were very sick and, because they were sick, they were denied health insurance. That’s how this cruel, totally profit-driven system works.Will they lose their medical coverage now? Will premiums for private insurance go up and government assistance be cut? Many horror stories could be told about uninsured people losing everything because of catastrophic medical costs.There is much reason to worry that the blatantly right-wing, big-business gang that will now be running not only both houses of Congress but also the White House is, even before taking office, crafting a bill to help the profiteers while eliminating aspects of the ACA that allowed the rest of us to get some coverage.Wall Street seems to like this idea. On the very day that Congress voted to dismantle the ACA, forbes.com reported that health care stocks were the best performing sector in afternoon trading.It’s the health of profits that concerns Congress, not the health of people. These wealthy politicians and the even richer capitalists they represent see more money coming in from a smaller number of people, with or without insurance.Not that the Affordable Care Act has been anything like a national health system that would be paid for out of public funds and guarantee inexpensive care to everyone with a minimum of bureaucracy. Most developed capitalist countries have such health systems, which have worked effectively to improve people’s health and longevity while lowering the costs involved.Another way is possibleIn socialist Cuba, they’ve gone further. Although a much poorer country than the U.S., especially after more than a half-century of the economic blockade imposed by Washington, little Cuba has a record of providing health services to its own people and to millions more, especially in Latin America, Haiti and Africa, that is astounding.In the book “Too Big to Succeed: Profiteering in American Medicine,” California neurosurgeon Russell Andrews wrote, “The cost of health care in the United States is at least 50 percent greater than that of any of the other developed countries, despite the fact that by commonly accepted measures of effectiveness of health care (e.g., life expectancy and infant mortality), the United States ranks lower than many developing countries that spend far less on health care (e.g., Cuba).”World Health Organization figures confirm Andrews’ conclusions. Its 2015 report on life expectancy for people born that year showed the U.S. and Cuba virtually tied at 79.3 and 79.1 years, respectively. On infant mortality, the CIA World Factbook, of all things, reports that in 2015 deaths per live births were 5.87 in the U.S. and only 4.63 in Cuba. Cuba has just announced its infant mortality rate for 2016: it’s down to 4.5.But this is only half the story. In the five years before the Cuban Revolution, 1955-1959, infant mortality there had been as high as 70 deaths per 1,000 live births, while in the U.S. it was just 27.3.The money spent on health care is equally striking. In 2014, the World Health Organization’s latest figures, the U.S. annual expenditure for health care per capita was a whopping $9,403, compared to just $2,475 for Cuba!Most of the difference represents the huge profits that the current system of health care in the U.S. delivers to its capitalist owners and investors.Fighting for socialism here is not just some pretty utopian dream. And it is not just patching up a ridiculously venal and rotting system. It is more and more becoming a life-or-death struggle as we build a movement for revolutionary change while we fight to keep and expand what little remains in social programs.The health and futures of the vast majority of people in the U.S. are being sabotaged by lying bourgeois politicians who have built their careers either sucking up to the extremely rich exploiters or, in Trump’s case, being one of them himself. The Democratic Party, by comparison, comes on as Wall Street Lite, while the Republicans are masters of their craven subservience to big capital.All of capitalism’s wealth comes from exploiting workers, not from “entrepreneurs” who are good at just one thing: increasing their own bottom line. Workers built it all; we are suffering from the stranglehold over the wealth that should belong to society; and we have the right to get rid of capitalism.Let’s build a movement for revolutionary socialism to reclaim and share the wealth we have created. 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printLeadership and Horned Frog spirit are what drive the TCU Rangers, according to their leadership team.The Rangers are a spirit organization with a “two-fold purpose,” said Rangers co-president David Penn. “Our main goal is to be out there and support TCU athletics in any way that we can,” Penn said. “In addition to supporting TCU athletics, it’s about being a part of the TCU community and helping people engage in the TCU community so that all of our members can grow and develop and become better leaders.” The Rangers organization was created in 2009 by students, the chancellor and the athletics director to enhance spirit, said the Rangers coach Jason Lesikar. “They wanted a way to involve more students and increase spirit and visibility on the field,” Lesikar said.Their jobs include operating the Frog Horn, raising the field goal nets, running the flags and shooting the t-shirt cannon during football games.In addition to attending TCU athletic events, the Rangers support the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and participate in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, co-president Diana Schwene said. They are most known for their appearances on the football field, but the Rangers also participate at baseball games, women’s soccer games and men’s basketball games. Penn said the Rangers are comprised of a variety of students and recruit those who want to be involved on campus.“We want people who want to engage further in the TCU community and see other sides that they are not a part of,” Penn said. Applications for the Rangers can be found on their OrgSync page. For more information about the Rangers email them at tcurangers.gmail.com or find them on Facebook. Linkedin ReddIt Twitter Twitter Nicole Stronghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nicole-strong/ Nicole Strong Linkedin Previous articleTCU receives $20,000 grant to become smoke-freeNext articleFounder of Vietnam Women’s Memorial speaks on struggles of women Nicole Strong RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nicole Stronghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nicole-strong/ Nicole Stronghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nicole-strong/ + posts ReddIt Delta Gamma goes for gold with Lectureship event The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Facebook The TCU Rangers carry the flags on the field during a football game. (Photo Courtesy: TCU Rangers) Alpha Chi Omega’s fashion show raises awareness about domestic violence A new dining option is rolling through the BLUU Facebook Nicole Stronghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/nicole-strong/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Pi Phi Wing competition promotes literacy