Teachers of Mexico say: ‘Our education is not for sale!’

first_imgSupporters of embattled teachers’ union CNTE march in Morelos.Morelos, Mexico, July 10 — Many public schools in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas, Tabasco and others will remain closed tomorrow even though the school year has not ended. The real education will take place in the streets of Mexico, where teachers, parents and other supporters continue their strike against the privatization of public education.On July 11, thousands of members of the CNTE (Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación), which has a membership of over 200,000 teachers, will march in the capital, Mexico City, to demand an end to so-called “educational reforms” that will in effect lead to privatization and the end of public education in Mexico.The CNTE, a radical alternative to the official teachers’ union, the SNTE (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación), has rejected President Peña Nieto’s demand that all teachers take a national exam in order to keep teaching. According to the CNTE, this evaluation is punitive, costly and has nothing to do with changing the educational system. In addition, like in the United States, students are now forced to take costly standardized exams. Parents are being forced to pay for school supplies, books and exams. Each “public school” now requires parents to give up at least one day’s pay per year for their child’s education. Parents are mandated to pay a fee or work at the school cleaning, painting or doing other tasks. For most parents in Mexico, these educational “reforms” are impossible to meet.On June 19, the police opened fire on a group of protesters supporting striking teachers in the southern state of Oaxaca. Oaxaca’s people have a long history of organizing to overturn the privatization of public services. Twelve protesters were killed by the police and at least 100 injured, although the government denies using bullets. (The Mexican government lives in a state of denial.) A number of leaders of the CNTE have been incarcerated for several months.According to Jonathan Ackerman, a political analyst from TeleSUR, “We have, on the one hand, our completely unarmed, peaceful teachers, who are defending their jobs, who are defending the tradition of humanist critical education in Mexico, and on the other hand, the government, which is doing everything possible to impose a so-called education reform on these teachers.”The CNTE and the communities in Oaxaca, Chiapas and other states have responded by calling an indefinite strike until the Mexican government and its secretary of education (SEP) enter into a dialogue with striking teachers. In the first week of July, hundreds of roadblocks were set up by teachers, parents and their supporters in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Chiapas and other areas. The response of the state continues to be one of repression against the teachers.In addition, the government has waged a disinformation campaign from the beginning of the teachers’ struggle, attempting to turn the population against the teachers. However, the recent massacre of unarmed demonstrators in Oaxaca, the indefinite incarceration of CNTE leaders and the exposure of government lies about the teachers are breaking through the government’s plans. One day, the SEP announces that it will pay reparations to the families of the murdered protesters. The next day, it withdraws the offer. SEP says it will meet with the CNTE and then refuses. The parents of Mexican public school students, particularly in the impoverished states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, Chiapas and Michoacán, have allied themselves with the striking teachers.This week, the Zapatistas of Chiapas (EZLN) announced full support for the teachers and are donating 10 tons of food to the struggle for justice. Many unions and communities of Indigenous people have joined the picket lines, the blockades and the marches, despite the ultimatum of Interior Minister Miguel Ångel Osorio Chong that they must dismantle the struggle or else.The CNTE has called for a large protest in Mexico City on July 19, exactly one month after the massacre in Oaxaca. Teachers will drive in convoy from Oaxaca and other areas starting on July 17 before a massive convergence in the capital.The union will continue its indefinite strike until it wins changes from the government. International solidarity by teachers’ unions and others in the U.S. and around the world is needed for this important struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

HUD Touts Successes, Accomplishments From Past Year

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that it served over 990,000 single-family homebuyers through HUD’s Federal Housing Administration-issued mortgage programs. “The Trump Administration continues to deliver on its promise to create greater economic opportunity for low-income families and revitalize underserved communities,” said HUD Secretary Benjamin Carson. “HUD is committed to doing its part to help families get on the path to self-sufficiency and I look forward to working with President Trump to continue building on these successes in the new year.”Among the accomplishments touted by HUD, is the Capital Reserve Ratio hit 4.84%—the strongest ratio since 2007—saved $2.7 million by lowering agency costs for shared services, and began implementing new oversight processes for Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Department in December announced the allocation of more than $2.3 billion to support disaster-relief efforts in 15 states, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Island, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands. California received the most funds from this announcement, bringing in $525 million for disasters that occured in 2018. The state has received a total of more than $1 billion over the past two years. Puerto Rico will reportedly receive $277 million, on top of the $19.9 billion it received for disasters linked to 2017. The island has been granted more than $20 billion stemming from disasters in 2017. Additionally, Carson announced in October that HUD will address FHA perimeters, which will impact how the False Claims Act is invoked, during a segment on CNBC’s Squawk Box. Carson cited the need for “depository lenders to come back” as a key reason for this change.“Almost 50% of the people who originated loans that were originated by FHA were depository banks,” Carson said. “That number is down to less than 15% because of the way people fled. We really looked at that and said ‘what can we do to fix this?’” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development 2020-01-03 Mike Albanese Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles Subscribecenter_img January 3, 2020 2,983 Views  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago HUD Touts Successes, Accomplishments From Past Year Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD Touts Successes, Accomplishments From Past Year Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae: Adapting to the Times Next: FEMA, NFIP Announce $1.33B Transfer in Reinsurance Placement About Author: Mike Albaneselast_img read more

Wintershall Dea: Hydrogen from natural gas instrumental in decarbonisation of energy

first_imgHydrogen is supposed to play a key role in the decarbonisation of the energy system – but only if it is harvested from renewable energies, that is according to the German government’s draft National Hydrogen Strategy (NHS). “If we want to ensure the rapid development of a functioning and viable hydrogen market we cannot leave any potential technologies on the shelf. Otherwise, we risk falling into a new subsidies trap, and thus the failure of the strategy. Market outlooks “The German government is losing sight of what the actual objective is. For our ambitious climate targets and hydrogen strategy to succeed, it is not so important whether the hydrogen comes from natural gas or renewables: what is important is that its production is climate-neutral”, points out Mario Mehren, CEO of Wintershall Dea, with regard to the draft strategy at the SPD Economic Forum, in which more than 500 listeners participated. Wintershall Dea has called for the National Hydrogen Strategy to be open to all technologies. While other countries such as the Netherlands and Japan are forging ahead, Germany runs the risk of missing out – instead of playing a leading role in the global hydrogen market, Wintershall Dea pointed out. In other news related to the development of the hydrogen market, DEME Offshore has joined the team behind the PosHYdon project, which aims to integrate the offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen as part of the first offshore green hydrogen plant in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. “We need an approach that is open to all technologies, one that considers all climate-friendly hydrogen production methods”, Mehren continued. Subsidies trap Categories: Thanks to its considerable price and volume advantages, decarbonised blue and turquoise hydrogen from natural gas can make up for the shortfalls in renewables capacities and accelerate the much-needed development of the hydrogen market. Hydrogen on oil and gas industry’s decarbonisation horizoncenter_img Posted: 4 months ago After all, renewable hydrogen will also benefit from a functioning market, the German company concluded. Mehren emphasized the company’s commitment and support of the German government’s climate targets and concluded: “Hence, we wish to play a key role in the decarbonisation of our energy system. And we firmly believe that hydrogen from natural gas will be instrumental in achieving this“. As reported by DNV GL, carbon-free hydrogen production, transmission, and distribution are now widely recognized as central components to the oil and gas industry’s decarbonisation efforts. Posted: 4 months ago The publication of the National Hydrogen Strategy has been delayed for months. On top of that, Wintershall Dea pointed out that the hasty decision to limit it to green hydrogen – the one produced from renewable energy – doesn’t help anyone because at the moment hydrogen cannot be produced from renewables competitively or in sufficient quantities. Wintershall Dea is currently conducting research together with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) into the CO2-free industrial production of turquoise hydrogen from natural gas. The PosHYdon pilot is an initiative of Nexstep, the Dutch association for decommissioning and reuse, and TNO, the Dutch organisation for applied scientific research, in collaboration with the industry. German oil and gas company Wintershall Dea believes that hydrogen from natural gas will be instrumental in the decarbonisation of energy system and that the much-needed hydrogen market will not succeed without natural gas. According to DNV GL’s recent report, named Heading for Hydrogen, while hydrogen gas produced from renewable energy – so-called ‘green hydrogen’ – is the industry’s ultimate destination, analysis shows that the sector can only realistically scale up to large volumes and infrastructure with carbon-free hydrogen produced from fossil fuels combined with CCS technology, or what is known as ‘blue hydrogen’.last_img read more

Paul G. Nedderman – Sunman

first_imgPaul G. Nedderman, of Sunman, was born on December 25, 1932 at the Whitlach Clinic in Milan, a son to Roy and Viola Doehleman Nedderman.  He served his country with the United States Army in St. Jean Dangly, France from May 1953 until May 1955 as an Army PFC in the 3rd Division.  Upon his return he married his grade school sweetheart, Mary M. Geyer on July 30, 1955 at Sunman Community Church.  Paul owned and operated the Nedderman Feed Mill in Sunman for many years.  He was very active in his community – serving on the Board of Directors of Peoples Bank and Trust, and as a member of the Sunman Fire Department, St. John Lutheran Church-Hubbells, and the Sunman American Legion Kenneth L. Diver Post #337.  In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, traveling and lawn mowing.  On Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the age of 86, Paul passed away at the Chateau in Batesville. Donations can be directed to St. John’s Fellowship Hall or to the Sunman Volunteer Fire Department.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to serve Paul’s family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran – Hubbells.  Friends and family are afterward invited to gather in the church hall for fellowship and sharing of memories.  Cremation was chosen and burial will be at the convenience of the family in St. Paul Cemetery.center_img Those surviving who will cherish Paul’s memory include his loving wife of over 64 years, Mary Nedderman; one son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Cindy Nedderman of Cold Spring, KY; one daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Mark Harmon of Sunman; three grandchildren, Kendra (Scott) Harmon Rienschield, Mary Nedderman, and William Nedderman; one great-grandchild, Cade Rienschield, and one sister, Ruth Ann (William) Hoyt.  He was preceded in death by his parents.last_img read more