Working class unites across India250-million-strong strike!

first_imgWorkers World newspaper will cover more on the class struggle in India in its next issue, to be published on Dec. 10. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this For the second time this year, a class-wide mobilization in an “All-India strike” brought out 250 million workers. With one in four working-age people in India participating, this 24-hour work stoppage can again claim the status of “world’s biggest strike.” The first record-breaking general strike had taken place on Jan. 8.Women played a prominent role in the All-India strike, Nov. 26.Ten of India’s labor federations took part, uniting under the “joint platform.” Five states — Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana — were completely shut down, while daily activity was curtailed in many others. News Click, a progressive Indian news source, reported on Nov. 26: “The strike saw stoppage of work in banks, financial services, various government services, transport, steel units, port and docks, telecommunication services, plantations, power generating units, coal and other mines, oil and natural gas production units, and millions of other miscellaneous industries.”The report continues: “Government offices, railways, post and telegraph services and scores of other government offices are also likely to be affected as employees will hold solidarity demonstrations. Several [hundred thousand] women working as Anganwadi [rural childcare center] workers/helpers, health care workers, mid-day meal cooks and those employed in other government-run schemes have also gone on strike.”Quoting from the joint union statement, it states: “Reports of successful strikes in coal and copper mines, including other mineral resource mines, have been received. The employees of postal, telecom and steel sectors were also in action and gramin dak sevaks [rural postal workers] observed a 100 percent strike.” (tinyurl.com/y4wsthaw)Sit-ins, street blockadesStrikers held sit-ins and mass rallies, and blocked traffic and train tracks. They burned an effigy of right-wing Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There was massive participation by the unemployed, unorganized, self-employed and informal sector workers, as well as students. Women played a prominent role.The labor federations’ joint platform put forth demands for a minimum income, food for poor families, a guaranteed number of workdays, higher wages, pensions for everyone, and the end of forced early retirements. It called for the government to stop privatizations and also withdraw all “anti-farmer laws and anti-worker labor codes.”Additional demands emerged around a range of issues, from ending the outsourcing of work to reimposition of the 12-hour day.  The provision of safety measures to stop the spread of COVID was a key issue, as India has the second-highest coronavirus infection rate in the world. (Worldometers, Nov. 29)While 250 million workers struck, farmers from all over the country attempted to march on Delhi, the country’s capital. They are protesting a new, pro-corporate agribusiness “farm bill,” but the farmers are also in full solidarity with the workers. Government forces blocked the farmers’ paths with barricades and barbed wire, and fired tear gas and water cannons in the bitter cold. But, anticipating government-imposed obstacles, farmers packed a variety of supplies, from food and water to cell-phone chargers. These determined farmers refused to move, breaking through blockades until they were allowed to proceed to Parliament and present their demands. last_img read more

USDA Report Raises Corn/Wheat Exports, Boosts Price Outlook

first_imgSource: NAFB News Service COARSE GRAINS: U.S. feed grain ending stocks for 2013-14 are expected lower with a 150-million bushel increase projected for corn exports. Global trade data and strong export sales support this month’s outlook for increased world corn imports. Reduced foreign export prospects also lower competition for U.S. corn in the world market. U.S. corn ending stocks are projected 150-million bushels lower with the export increase. The season-average farm price for corn is raised 10-cents on both ends of the projected range to $4.20 to $4.80 per bushel. Season-average farm prices for the other feed grains are also projected slightly higher. By Gary Truitt – Feb 10, 2014 USDA has lowered ending stocks estimates by 150-million bushels on increased export estimates for the record 2013 corn crop. The change resulted in an upward revision to the average farm price by 10-cents per bushel on both ends of the spectrum. National Corn Growers Association President Martin Barbre says it’s clear America’s farmers have the ability to produce an abundance to meet all needs. He says it’s imperative to maximize markets for this essential national resource. By the numbers – NCGA points out that average yield estimates for the crop are 158.8-bushels per acre – while harvest area estimates are 87.7-million acres. The resulting yield broke previous records with 13.9-billion bushels of U.S. corn produced in 2013. Projected corn exports were raised 150-million bushels from the previous month to a new total of 1.6-billion bushels in 2013. At the same time – projected ending stocks declined by the same amount. The season-average farm price was raised slightly to $4.50 per bushel – still sharply down from the record $6.70 to $7.10 the prior year. Global 2013-14 rice supply and use projections are little changed from last month. Global 2013-14 rice production is forecast at a record 471.5-million tons up 0.4-million from last month. Global consumption and trade are up slightly from last month. World ending stocks are lowered marginally from a month ago to 105-million tons. Facebook Twitter WASDE at a GlanceThe latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was released Monday. Here are some of the highlights. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Report Raises Corn/Wheat Exports, Boosts Price Outlook WHEAT: U.S. wheat ending stocks for 2013-14 are projected 50-million bushels lower as higher expected food use and exports more than offset an increase in projected imports. Imports are raised 10-million bushels. Projected food use is increased 10-million bushels based. Food use increases are projected for Hard Red Winter and HRS wheat. Exports are projected 50-million bushels higher – with exports projected higher for all classes except Durum. The season-average farm price for all wheat is narrowed five-cents on both ends of the projected range to $6.65 to $6.95 per bushel. The milk production forecast for 2014 is raised from last month on expected higher cow numbers in the second half of the year. USDA’s Cattle report estimated dairy replacement heifers expected to calve during 2014 were up about two-percent from a year ago – while the number of milk cows was fractionally below a year ago. Strong returns resulting from higher milk prices and moderate feed costs are expected to boost expansion later in the year. Milk per cow is unchanged. Fat-basis exports for 2014 are raised on increased sales of butter and cheese. Skim-solids exports are lowered mostly on reduced exports of lactose. Fat and skim solid imports are unchanged. For 2013 – supply and use estimates for 2013 are updated based on data for December. Product price forecasts for cheese, butter and whey are higher – supported by strong demand and price strength to date. Nonfat dry milk (NDM) is lower for 2014 on expectations of competition from other exporters in second-half 2014. The Class III price is raised on higher cheese and whey prices. The Class IV price is down as lower NDM more than offsets greater butter. The all milk price is forecast at $20.85-21.55 per cwt. SHAREcenter_img OILSEEDS: U.S. soybean supplies are increased five-million bushels to 3.46-billion on higher projected imports. Soybean exports for 2013-14 are projected at 1.51-billion bushels – up 15-million from last month – reflecting the record pace of shipments and sales through January. Higher U.S. soybean meal exports are offset by reduced domestic use – leaving soybean crush unchanged at 1.7-billion bushels. Residual use is reduced 10-million bushels this month. At 12-million bushels – projected residual use remains above the exceptionally low level of the past 2 marketing years. Projected soybean ending stocks are unchanged at 150-million bushels. The 2013-14 season-average soybean price range is projected at $11.95 to $13.45 – up 20-cents on both ends. The soybean meal price is projected at $425 to $465 per short ton – up 10-dollars on both ends of the range. The soybean oil price projection is lowered 1.5-cents at the midpoint with the range narrowed to 34.5 to 37.5 cents per pound. Facebook Twitter SHARE Global coarse grain supplies for 2013-14 are projected 2.1-million tons higher with higher foreign beginning stocks and production. Coarse grain production for 2013-14 is up 0.8-million tons as small increases in sorghum, barley, oats and millet production more than offset a reduction for corn. Global 2013-14 coarse grain consumption is raised five-million tons. Global corn imports for 2013-14 are raised 3.2-million tons. Global barley imports are also raised. Global corn ending stocks are projected 2.9-million tons lower. At the projected 157.3-million tons – world ending stocks remain at a 13-year high.RICE: Slight revisions are made to the U.S. all rice and rice-by-class 2013-14 supply and use balance sheets. All rice domestic and residual use is unchanged at 120-million cwt – however – long-grain domestic use is raised one-million to 89-million and combined medium and short-grain domestic use is lowered one-million to 31-million. The all rice export forecast is raised one-million cwt to 100-million with combined medium- and short-grain exports raised one-million to 33-million and long-grain rice exports unchanged at 67-million. Rough rice exports are increased 36-million – and brown and milled rice exports are unchanged at 64-million (rough-equivalent basis). The increase in the export forecast is due to higher-than-expected exports of medium-grain rice to Turkey as reported in the U.S. Export Sales report. All rice ending stocks are lowered one- million cwt to 27.3-million – with long-grain stocks down 16.3-million and combined medium-and short-grain stocks unchanged at 8.7-million. The 2013-14 average milling yield is increased 0.75-percentage points to 71-percent. This is the highest milling yield achieved since 2009-10 and is a full percentage point higher than last year. The 2013-14 long-grain season-average price range is narrowed to $15.10 to $15.70 per cwt – up 30-cents on the low end of the range and lowered 10-cents on the high end. The midpoint of the range is raised 10-cents from last month. The combined medium- and short-grain season-average price range is narrowed to $17.20 to $17.80 per cwt – up 90-cents on the low end of the range and up 50-cents on the high end. The midpoint of the range is raised 70-cents from last month. The all rice season-average price range is narrowed to $15.70 to $16.30 per cwt – up 40-cents on the low end of the range and unchanged on the high end. The midpoint of the range is raised 20-cents from last month. The reduced prospects for 2014-15 medium-grain production in the Sacramento Valley of California due to drought and reduced irrigation supplies have significantly raised medium-grain prices in California beginning in January. Additionally – export demand for medium-grain rice is up nearly 12-percent from last year. USDA Report Raises Corn/Wheat Exports, Boosts Price Outlook COTTON: The U.S. cotton estimates for 2013-14 are unchanged – with ending stocks projected at three-million bales. The marketing-year average price is projected in a narrower range of 74-78 cents per pound – with the midpoint of 76-cents raised from 74.5-cents last month. The 2013-14 world cotton supply and demand estimates include lower production and ending stocks. Global consumption is unchanged this month. Offsetting export adjustments result in total trade being virtually unchanged. World stocks are lowered to 96.5-million bales. LIVESTOCK, POULTRY, AND DAIRY: The 2014 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is lowered from last month as higher beef production is more than offset by lower pork, broiler, and turkey production. For beef – relatively large cattle placements in the fourth quarter of 2013 are expected to carry through into the first half of 2014 – which will result in higher slaughter in 2014. Cow slaughter is also expected to remain relatively strong during the first half of 2014 with favorable cull cow prices. Pork production is lowered as reports indicate that Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv) continues to spread. Broiler production is reduced on slower growth in slaughter. Turkey production is reduced as recent eggs-set and poultry placements remain below a year earlier. Egg production is unchanged. Estimates of 2013 meat and egg production are adjusted to reflect data for December.Beef import and export forecasts for 2014 are unchanged from last month. Pork exports are lowered as tight supplies and high prices reduce competitiveness. The broiler export forecast is lowered as weaker-than-expected December exports and recent weakness in leg quarter prices may reflect reduced demand. Turkey exports are unchanged. The egg export forecast is raised. Meat and egg trade estimates for 2013 are updated based on data for December. Cattle prices for 2014 are raised from last month – reflecting tight supplies and recent price strength for fed cattle. The hog price forecast is raised on reduced supplies of market hogs and strong demand. Broiler, turkey and egg prices are raised on expected demand strength and reduced supplies of competing meats in 2014. Global 2013-14 wheat supplies are lowered 1.1-million tons. Foreign wheat exports for 2013-14 are lowered. Global wheat ending stocks are projected 1.7-million tons lower. Global oilseed production for 2013-14 is projected at 506-million tons – up slightly from last month. Global soybean production is raised 0.9-million tons to a record 287.7-million. Global sunflower seed production is projected at 43.3-million tons – down 0.4-million. Global oilseed stocks are projected higher.SUGAR: Projected U.S. sugar supply for fiscal year 2013-14 is decreased 56-thousand short tons, raw value (STRV), from last month with a three-thousand STRV decline in beginning stocks and a 53-thousand STRV drop in sugar from sugarcane production in Florida. Projected use is unchanged – leaving ending stocks at 14.91-percent of use – down from 15.37-percent in December. Previous articleFood Prices, Ag Economy Tied to Proper Labor ReformNext articleGlobal Demand for Transportation Biofuels To Grow Gary Truittlast_img read more

Steel contract signed for Australia’s new Hunter-class ships

first_img View post tag: Royal Australian Navy “This contract is an important first step in potentially supplying steel into the build phase of the nine submarine hunting warships,” John Nowlan, BlueScope Chief Executive, Australian Steel Products, said. Vessels Steel contract signed for Australia’s new Hunter-class frigates View post tag: BAE Systems Australia During this phase, the processes, systems, tools, facilities and workforce competencies will be extensively tested and refined before construction commences on the first frigate in 2022. Related Article As explained, this is the first of a number of contracts ASC Shipbuilding will award to Australian businesses in the lead up to the Hunter program’s prototyping phase and realises the company’s commitment to use Australian steel for the $35 billion Hunter-class frigate program. Categories: June 9, 2020, by Under the AU$2.6 million contract, BlueScope Steel AIS will deliver more than 1,500 tonnes of steel plate to ASC Shipbuilding. Posted: over 2 years ago Vessels View post tag: Hunter-classcenter_img ASC Shipbuilding secures contract for Hunter-class frigates “The Hunter program is about more than just building warships; it is about building an enduring and uniquely Australian sovereign industrial capability that will support Australia’s continuous naval shipbuilding strategy for generations to come.” During prototyping, five representative ship ‘blocks’ will be built at the world-class Osborne Naval Shipyard in South Australia. Naida Hakirevic BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, has signed a contract with Australian company BlueScope Steel AIS for the prototyping phase of the Hunter-class frigate program, due to start at the end of this year. Posted: over 2 years ago ASC Shipbuilding will design and build nine Hunter Class ships, which are expected to be among the world’s most advanced anti-submarine warfare frigates, for the Royal Australian Navy. View post tag: ASC Shipbuilding “Today’s (June 5) contract signing is the first of many contracts that we will award to Australian businesses in coming months, as we count down to prototyping cut steel in December,” Craig Lockhart, ASC Shipbuilding Managing Director, commented. View post tag: Frigates Back to overview,Home naval-today Steel contract signed for Australia’s new Hunter-class frigates Share this articlelast_img read more

Tappin’ Thru Life Will Close Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Maurice Hine’s Tappin’ Thru Life will play its final performance on February 21 at New World Stages off-Broadway. At the time of closing, the show will have played 21 previews and 46 performances.Tappin’ Thru Life explores Hines’ life and career, from working at the age of five with his brother Gregory to establishing a career inspired by such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Lena Horne and Judy Garland. His numerous credits include a Tony-nominated turn in Uptown…It’s Hot!, Bring Back Birdie and The Cotton Club.Joining Hines on stage are tapping siblings John and Leo Manzari and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra, led by drummer Sherrie Maricle.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Maurice Hines in ‘Tappin’ Thru Life'(Photo: Carol Rosegg)center_img Tappin’ Thru Life Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016last_img read more