RDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) 2001 Annual Report

first_imgRDC Properties Limited (RDCP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2001 annual report.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)  2001 annual report.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

Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgMorison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMorison Industries Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceutical and hygiene products in Nigeria as well as imports and distributes medical, surgical and hospital consumables. The company is a leader in the field of Woundcare solutions, trauma/arthroplasty and bone graft products in Nigeria. Its Advance Wound Management business offers a range of products from initial wound bed preparation to full wound closure. Antiseptics and disinfectants are marketed under the Morigad brand name. Other well known brands include Gypsona, Dynacast, Soffban, Cutisoft and Leukomed. Morison Industries Plc is involved in merchandising hip, knee and shoulder joints implants as well as ancillary products such as bone cement and biomaterials for elective orthopaedic and trauma surgery; and is a distributor of the full range of Braun medical products. Morison Agro Allied is a subsidiary of Morison Industries Plc and markets a range of agricultural preparations including herbicides and biocide disinfectants under the brand names Glutacide, Germicide and Lysol. Morison Industries Plc has an export license from the Nigerian Exportation Promotion Council to export shea nuts, cashew nuts, cocoa, ginger, bitter kola and sesame seeds. The company also has a division which manufactures and markets products made from fish oil with High Omega 3 content in addition to selling lifestyle products which improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Morison Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

I’d avoid the Barclays share price and buy this FTSE 250 growth stock

first_img Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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. 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. I’d avoid the Barclays share price and buy this FTSE 250 growth stock At first glance, I think the Barclays (LSE: BARC) share price looks cheap. It’s currently trading at a discount of more than 50% to its book value. This implies the business could be worth more if it was broken up and sold piece by piece.Of course, this is unlikely to happen, at least in the near term. As such, using book value to work out how much the bank could be worth is a bit misleading. 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…The business behind the Barclays share price A better way to understand how much the business could be worth is to look at its profitability. Here, Barclays is struggling. The group has two main income streams, lending to customers and its investment bank.To a certain extent, the profitability of the lending business is determined by central bank policymakers, who set the country’s interest rates. Higher rates could mean larger profit margins for the lender. Low rates usually translate into lower margins. Unfortunately, that’s just what’s happened over the past decade. Interest rates are currently at record low levels, and it doesn’t look as if they’re going up any time soon. I think this will impact Barclays’ profitability for years to come. While the group’s investment banking business has picked up some of the slack, this might not last. Of course, this is only my assessment of the situation. There’s a chance interest rates could jump in the next few years. That would help widen the bank’s profit margins, leading to improved investor sentiment towards the Barclays share price.The group may also see a better-than-expected period of profits from its investment bank. This may also help improve investor sentiment. However, there’s a lot of uncertainty here. That’s why I’m going to avoid Barclays for the time being. FTSE 250 growth stockInstead of throwing my weight behind the Barclays share price, I’d buy FTSE 250 growth stock IG Group (LSE: IGG) instead. I think this company has two key advantages over Barclays. For a start, its main business is providing stock trading services for customers.While this is a highly competitive business, the critical difference between IG and Barclays is the former can set its own costs and charges. It’s not reliant on central banks to set interest rates. In my opinion, this means the group has more control over its future.Thanks to these advantages, the FTSE 250 growth stock already trades at a higher valuation than the Barclays share price. It’s trading at three times book value. As I mentioned above, this figure can be a bit misleading when used for valuations, but as a rough guide to gauge investor sentiment, the difference is revealing. That’s not to say IG doesn’t face any risks of its own. It does. A few years ago, group profits plunged when regulators introduced new rules to cap the selling of leveraged derivates to clients. Additional regulatory constraints could emerge at any point. A sudden bout of market volatility, leading to large client losses, may also weigh heavily on the FTSE 250 organisation.Despite these risks, I think IG is a better investment than the Barclays share price. That’s why I’d buy the FTSE 250 growth business for my portfolio today.  Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Rupert Hargreaves | Friday, 12th March, 2021 | More on: BARC IGG 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.center_img Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Ulster v Edinburgh: The Preview

first_img TAGS: Edinburgh RugbyUlster EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 22: Edinburgh Rugby wing Tim Visser in action during the Pool two match between Edinburgh Rugby and London Irish at Murrayfield Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) Ulster by seven. There’s no doubt Edinburgh will put in a hearty performance but the Northern Irishmen’s combination of power and experience will break the Scots down.Can Ulster stop Tim Visser?ULSTER v EDINBURGH, SATURDAY 28 APRIL, AVIVA STADIUM, KICK-OFF 5.45pm. ULSTER: Stefan Terblanche; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Craig Gilroy; Paddy Jackson, Ruan Pienaar; Tom Court, Rory Best, Declan Fitzpatrick, Johann Muller (capt), Dan Tuohy, Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon, Pedrie Wannenburg.Replacements: Nigel Brady, Paddy McAllister, Adam Macklin, Lewis Stevenson, Robbie Diack, Paul Marshall, Ian Humphreys, Adam D’Arcy.EDINBURGH: Tom Brown; Lee Jones, Nick De Luca, Matt Scott, Tim Visser; Greig Laidlaw (capt), Mike Blair; Allan Jacobsen, Ross Ford, Geoff Cross, Grant Gilchrist, Sean Cox, David Denton, Ross Rennie, Netani Talei.Replacements: Andrew Kelly, Kyle Traynor, Jack Gilding, Steven Turnbull, Roddy Grant, Chris Leck, Phil Godman, Jim Thompson.Referee: Romain Poite Johann Muller celebrates beating Munster in the Heineken Cup quarter-finalBy Bea Asprey, Rugby World writerUlster are favourites to reach their first Heineken Cup final since 1999 on Saturday, but Edinburgh will arrive in Dublin preparing to put up a fight. The Scots have never reached this stage of the tournament before, but despite having a poor season in the RaboDirect Pro12 they overcame the odds to beat Toulouse in the Heineken Cup quarter-final at Murrayfield, and will run out at the Aviva Stadium confident that they are capable of causing another upset.Fan base  Ulster are the home side and as such they will enjoy the majority of the support on Saturday, but Edinburgh are expecting between four and five thousand of their own fans to make the trip to Dublin. While their numbers may pale in comparison to those of the Ulstermen, this is a big achievement for a club that was playing in front of crowds that size in the early stages of the tournament. Furthermore, official fan zones have been set up in Edinburgh where people can go to watch the game, and the Heineken Cup fever will filter through to the team and give them a welcome boost.No pressure Edinburgh can enjoy playing this game with the knowledge that they have nothing to lose. Their Heineken Cup campaign has already been a success and if they reach the end of the road on Saturday they will still return to Scotland as heroes. Ulster, however, have the uncomfortable pressure of being favourites, and will only be happy if they reach the final. They have been knocking on Europe’s door for a couple of seasons, but their historical win over Munster to earn them a semi-final spot will have been in vain if they don’t back it up.Stephen Ferris is a powerful cog in Ulster’s back rowPower struggleThere’s no doubting the influence that Ulster’s overseas signings have had, and Johann Muller has brought great leadership and a winning mentality to the province. Despite their All Black prop John Afoa missing out due to suspension, they still have plenty of big hitters and strong ball-carriers in the team, with Muller combining with Dan Tuohy in the second row, and the formidable back row of Stephen Ferris, Willie Faloon and Pedrie Wannenburg. With that trio running at them all day, Edinburgh will have a job to withstand the pressure.Young guns  Ulster have raised eyebrows by bringing in a number of overseas players, but they’re also developing a number of young stars who are benefiting from training with experienced internationals day in day out. Winger Craig Gilroy and Paddy Jackson, who gets the nod over Ian Humphreys at fly-half, are two glimmers of a bright future for the province and Ireland, and though Edinburgh have their own try-machine in Tim Visser, Gilroy will be looking to match his performance against Munster at the Aviva Stadium (click here to see his try at Thomond Park).The verdict  LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Helpful tips for Hurricane cleanup now and in the future

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! TAGSFEMAHurricane MatthewState Emergency Response Team Previous articleMercury fillings could be hurting youNext articleHow to Save Money on Halloween Decor, Food, and More Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Before returning to your home, make sure you have the following items among your clean-up and salvage supplies: government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, etc.) and proof of address; bottled water and non-perishable foods; first aid kit; cleanser or hand cleaning gel; hygiene products and toilet paper; insect repellent and sunscreen; flashlights and extra batteries; camera or cell phone to document damage; a list of important phone numbers; and plenty of cash (ATMs may not work).It’s also smart to create a back-up communication plan with family and friends in case you’re unable to call from your home or other areas affected by the hurricane.If you haven’t done so already, report your damage from the hurricane to your insurance company and local emergency manager.For more information on Florida’s disaster recovery visit fema.gov/disaster/4280, twitter.com/FEMA, facebook.com/FEMA, and fema.gov/blog. For imagery, video, graphics and releases, see www.fema.gov/hurricane-Matthew. Tips for Cleaning Your Home after Hurricane Matthew Florida residents returning to or repairing homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew should keep in mind that safety should always be their first consideration when inspecting and cleaning up buildings damaged by flood waters.Below are a few simple guidelines to follow that will make the clean-up and salvage process safer and easier:Always wear protective clothing including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, rubber or plastic gloves and waterproof boots or shoes.Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines and other exterior damage.Take photos of your damage before you begin clean up and save repair receipts.Your home may be contaminated with mold, which raises the health risk for those with asthma, allergies and breathing conditions. Refer to the Center for Disease Control for more info on mold.Open doors and windows so your house can air out before spending any length of time inside.Turn off main electrical power and water systems and don’t use gas appliances until a professional can ensure they are safe.Check all ceilings and floors for signs of sagging or other potentially dangerous structural damage.Throw out all foods, beverages and medicines exposed to flood waters or mud including canned goods and containers with food or liquid.Also, throw out any items that absorb water and cannot be cleaned or disinfected (mattresses, carpeting, stuffed animals, etc.).Beware of snakes, insects, alligators and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with flood waters.Clean all hard surfaces (flooring, countertops, appliances, sinks, etc.) thoroughly with hot water and soap or detergent.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Cat lovers targeted with Valentine’s appeal

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cat lovers targeted with Valentine’s appeal 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.center_img Advertisement Cats Protection is approaching its existing supporters with a Valentine’s Day-themed direct marketing campaign highlighting the needs of cats in the charity’s care.The objective of the strategy, developed by TDA, is to encourage recipients to increase their monthly donation or make a one-off gift. Two creative executions are being tested; one follows a newspaper lonely hearts column format profiling a range of cats that are looking for new homes. The second takes a harder hitting approach and gives the details of a case where 29 cats were discovered in desperate living conditions and a poor physical state. Howard Lake | 14 February 2006 | Newslast_img read more

Multi-newspaper Christmas appeal launched for homeless veterans

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Multi-newspaper Christmas appeal launched for homeless veterans  63 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Howard Lake | 1 December 2014 | News For the first time the Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers have launched a joint Christmas charity appeal.The titles are joined by The Independent on Sunday, The i, London Live, and i100 to appeal on behalf of two service charities – ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and Veterans Aid. The focus of the appeal is on homeless veterans.The campaign, the biggest run by the publications’ parent media group, marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It is supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation.As a result, the campaign has received extensive coverage and promotion within the titles, including several front page stories.2014 Christmas appeal by The Evening Standard, The Independent and The i.The fundraising activities include not just appeals to readers and viewers to donate, but also a three-part online auction which runs past Christmas.The Independent recently shared details of the impact of its 2013 Christmas Appeal for elephant protection charity Space for Giants. It raised £495,972which includes Gift Aid which has not yet been received by Space for Giants. Tagged with: christmas corporate newspaper 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.last_img read more

M&S asks people to take decisions that count on first Make it Matter Day

first_img M&S is asking people to be more thoughtful about the decisions they take this June, with its first Make it Matter Day.Make it Matter Day takes place on 1st June and asks people to #Spenditwell, by turning off their autopilot and thinking more consciously about what they do that day. M&S is also asking that they share their achievements, which could include doing good deeds through the #Spenditwell hashtag.The ad campaign includes suggestions for how to #Spenditwell including not buying clothes that cost the Earth, and not staying silent with a shot of people at a demonstration.The event follows the release of a report by M&S that surveyed 3,000 people and found that 96% of the UK population is living on autopilot, saying yes to an average of four things a day that they should say no to, and making 15 decisions without really thinking about them. Steve Rowe, CEO, M&S said:“Our customer study has shown that living life on autopilot is a direct consequence of us being so hectic and means that we don’t always get the most out of life. However, for most people one small change a day can make a huge difference. That’s why we are calling on the nation to stop saying yes to things that don’t matter and start making more conscious decisions.” Tagged with: charity ideas corporate Fundraising ideas AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24  174 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24  173 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 16 May 2017 | News 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. M&S asks people to take decisions that count on first Make it Matter Daylast_img read more

Tech Trust achieves milestone of £200m in savings for charities

first_img 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. Melanie May | 27 November 2017 | News  118 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9  117 total views,  1 views today Tech Trust, which helps third-sector organisations access donated software has now helped charities save £200m.Tech Trust was set up over 16 years ago and now serves 32,000 charities and provides donated products from Adobe, Cisco, Microsoft, Symantec and others.Future plans include the launch of the Tech Trust 101 guide, which will build on the educational content and news blogs on the organisation’s Charity Digital News website. Tech Trust 101 will provide a platform through which trustees and senior managers can collaborate with others going through similar journeys. A charity-technology marketplace site is also planned to help IT service providers and cloud-based companies discount their offerings to charities.Tech Trust’s Chairman, Charles Mindenhall, said:“In our first thirteen years, UK charities saved £100m through our programmes. That same amount has been saved again in the last four. In the last financial year alone, over 5,000 new charities registered with us, saving £22m on IT procurement costs between them.”“The rapid growth is being driven by the realisation within the sector of the benefits that technology can bring to charitable organisations, while at the same time, many are finding that they need to evolve to make stretched funds go further.” Advertisement Tech Trust achieves milestone of £200m in savings for charities Tagged with: Donated goods Technology AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9last_img read more

Why the January 23 neighborhood remains a bastion of revolution in Caracas

first_imgTeruggi is an Argentine journalist and political analyst living in Caracas. This article was published May 16 in pagina12.com.ar. Translation by Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto.Caracas is several different cities at once. The neighborhoods turn their backs on each other, often fear each other. In the east is the hotbed of news about Juan Guaidó and the opposition; in the west is the territory of Chavista majorities, the Miraflores Palace, the centers of power. In the east, people live in foothills, while in the west they live in mountains.Entrance to the 23 de Enero neighborhood, one of the bastions of Chavismo on the west side of Caracas.One of these mountains is where you find the neighborhood of 23 de Enero, where there has been a wave of popular resistance since before the emergence of Hugo Chávez. It’s there that people established several collectives, which is the name of one of the forms of Chavista organization.The word collective has come to embody the right-wing myth meant to demonize the revolution. According to this myth, the collectives are criminal gangs dedicated to carrying out the dirty work of the state security forces, such as preventing opposition mobilizations. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio said the United States should classify the collectives as terrorist organizations. One of the collectives is called January 23rd — that of the Alexis Vive [Alexis Lives] Patriotic Forces, named after the late Alexis Gonzalez. The organization announces its presence at the entrance to the neighborhood, where above a high arch you can read: “Welcome, Socialist Commune El Panal 2021.” Upon entering, you will find the communal bakery and follow the daily life of a popular neighborhood in Caracas with children, wearing school uniforms, newsstands, murals, motorcycles, music and people seeking shade to avoid the Caribbean sun. “We collectives are grassroots social organizations that work in the political, social, communal, productive construction,” says Robert Longa, a representative of the Alexis Vive collective. He is sitting in Radio Arsenal, which was built in front of the communal sports court. In the January 23 Commune there are about 30 collectives, he says. “We are a radical communal movement; we believe that we should be merged with the masses. This is a theme of the collective avant-garde, and that collective avant-garde is the commune; we are part of the insurgent force in the neighborhood,” he says. Alexis Gonzalez was assassinated at the beginning of the revolution in one of the right-wing coup attempts. Thirteen thousand people live in the communal territory, and the commune, hand in hand with the Alexis Lives Patriotic Forces, has set up organs of self-government and has focused its development on economic and social aspects of life. These include a sugar factory, a bakery, a textile factory, a collection center, a blacksmith shop, a currency of its own, a dance school, a sports school and a swimming pool for kids on weekends.Targeted by rightistsThe Alexis, like other collectives, is the target of media and political attacks from the right. “They [the reactionaries] see the collectives in the neighborhoods as the pockets of [Chavista] resistance and the retaining walls of Bolivarian government. Much like the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution in Cuba, we are the focus of media and material attacks in an attempt to implode the arteries of our communities. On Feb. 27, 1989, we came down from the mountains, and on April 11, 2002, we also came down. We played a fundamental role in the seizure of power, and I can surmise that the reactionaries see the collectives as the cornerstone to generate the social explosion they seek,” he says.The sector of January 23rd that houses the Patriotic Forces and the Commune Panal 2021 is calm. The organization manages to provide answers to problems such as insecurity and tackles the daily struggle represented by the economic situation. The picture is complex among the popular masses in Caracas and even more so in the cities far from the capital. This is a product of the economic and financial blockade declared by the United States and also of its own errors: “We make mistakes, but we think that the dirty laundry of the revolution should be washed internally; inside the revolution we should make any changes necessary, outside the revolution nothing,” says Longa.The day I visited, an activity took place in the field: The Ministry of People’s Power in the Communes delivered tools for production. Communes from the west of Caracas came to the activity. The people debated about the economic situation, about the difficulties and necessities of maintaining production of goods, about prices, about the meetings between the United States and Russia — all this can take place [even] in a context of such instability, as long as the popular organization plays a central role within the structure of Chavismo to build and defend the country. “We always knew that this moment would come, that sooner or later we would have to face the empire,” Longa says. “We can expect everything from them; they bet on surgical operations ranging from assassination to the imprisonment of the president; they seek to generate friction in the Bolivarian National Armed Force to achieve a rupture that will lead us to a civil war; they put U.S. contractors [mercenaries] with Colombian paramilitaries to generate Syria-like scenarios.”Power of the peoplePolitical time in Venezuela offers few moments of surface tranquility, although in this area, as in most of western Caracas, Guaidó’s emergency never translated into mobilizations of support for him. Chavismo has deep roots — of identity, cultural, organizational: “The proof that Chavismo exists is the popular rank and file and is the resistance that we have had in this period, which has consolidated Chavismo. The people are convinced that the strategic line that Chávez proposed is the correct line. The communes, the power of the people will prevail — regardless of the mistakes of some leaders who are gambling on the stagnation of the revolutionary process, which are part of the contradictions of the process,” says Longa.  At any moment, time can speed up again like a gunshot. The Alexis Vive Patriotic Forces know this. Like so many forms of popular organization, Alexis Vive has been declared a target by the campaign that not only seeks to overthrow Maduro, but also to reshape society. These reactionaries would eliminate the Chavista rank and file who learned to play a leading role in politics. Longa is one of the thousands who are convinced that the reactionaries will fail: “Venezuela is a country carrying the traditions of liberation based on spilling the blood of tyrants,” he says.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more