Financial Nightmares – Indigo Dreams http://indigodreams.net/ Tue, 17 May 2022 20:30:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://indigodreams.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/default1.png Financial Nightmares – Indigo Dreams http://indigodreams.net/ 32 32 Britain is wasting Mrs Thatcher’s legacy – and it’s all Tory fault https://indigodreams.net/britain-is-wasting-mrs-thatchers-legacy-and-its-all-tory-fault/ Tue, 17 May 2022 20:30:00 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/britain-is-wasting-mrs-thatchers-legacy-and-its-all-tory-fault/ Unsurprisingly, the new statue of Margaret Thatcher caused controversy a few minutes after its unveiling. Jeremy Webster, 59-year-old assistant director of an arts centre, decided to stick with the big man (or woman) the traditional way – by throwing eggs at it. Only one of his four missiles actually broke on the statue (although he […]]]>

Unsurprisingly, the new statue of Margaret Thatcher caused controversy a few minutes after its unveiling. Jeremy Webster, 59-year-old assistant director of an arts centre, decided to stick with the big man (or woman) the traditional way – by throwing eggs at it. Only one of his four missiles actually broke on the statue (although he boasted on social media that he landed the first hit). Anarchy in the UK, this is not the case. The incident seemed a sublimely pathetic mix of cultural stereotypes – youthful exhibitionism meets baby boomer entitlement. But what a mark of respect. Who but Mrs. Thatcher could, after all these years, still reduce her opponents to egg-splattering rage?

It’s good to have a little laugh. Given the steady stream of depressing economic news, there’s little to laugh about these days. But it brings cold solace – Mrs Thatcher may retain the power to inflame her critics, but her legacy is muddied far more viscerally than a clutch of off-target eggs ever could.

Inflation was something Mrs Thatcher, as the daughter of a Grantham grocer, had in her bones. She knew he possessed the power to overthrow governments, seeping into everything – insidious at first, then overwhelming as he gained momentum.

Today, even the most affluent feel the pinch; that momentary gasp when the steep electricity bill hits the doormat or the mind-boggling jolt when the full tank of diesel exceeds £120 for the first time. For the poorest, every visit to the supermarket becomes a nightmare, compounding an overwhelming sense of panic as once-common costs suddenly become prohibitive. Inflation reduces our independence and self-esteem; stable prices give people the confidence to save, invest and plan for the future.

Thatcher, who came to power amid spiraling inflation and took drastic measures to reverse it, would surely have reacted furiously to Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey’s admission of feeling ‘helpless’ in the face of economic calamity. The Bank had previously dismissed rising inflation as a “transitional” trend. Even today, they show a remarkable carelessness.

But blaming Threadneedle Street alone is too easy; successive governments bought into the complacent, technocratic narrative that these masters of the financial universe had defeated inflation, while the proponents of “sound money” were dismissed as old-fashioned relics. How wrong they were. The desperate printing of money supposedly designed to fund the government’s Covid strategy is expensive.

Yet rot goes much further than that. Conservative MPs were once steeped in economy. The Thatcherite generation – think of John Redwood or Liam Fox – still tends to approach things from an explicitly economic point of view. They understand the morality of low taxes but also the power of incentives, and they are acutely aware of the roots of wealth creation.

Their successors seem neither interested nor particularly knowledgeable about it. Asked to list their successes, they will return to the inputs, citing the latest spending commitments – invariably described as an “investment”, regardless of its results. They will talk enthusiastically about abstract things like “green growth” – assuming that just spending the money does the work for you.

This means that they have no qualms about actively embracing leftist solutions – usually stated in explicitly leftist language. They no longer seem to have the intellectual foundations to identify the kind of levers that a Conservative government could pull.

In the case of energy, they refuse to consider changing or even temporarily suspending green levies which add around £150 a year to the average household electricity bill (and an additional £250 per household to the cost of annual life). Rather than defending the principle of tax cuts, MEPs and Ministers opposed the reduction of VAT on fuel on the grounds that it would benefit the richest and poorest households alike. The Treasury frequently follows Gordon Brown’s logic of taxing people and then returning some of it to them through complex rebates and loans – rather than not raising taxes in the first place.

Inaction and procrastination have left them lacking ideas and the stomach to fight back, while their regular abandonments to leftist economics have themselves created an inescapable socialist dynamic. Having wholeheartedly defended the NHS, not just its hardworking staff – and followed Labor’s logic that its problems can be solved simply by spending more money – it will now be even harder for the Tories to push for the necessary reforms in the years to come. Energy price caps are another example, essentially committing the government to bailing out companies indefinitely without doing anything to address the fundamental supply problem.

What, if any, of Mrs. Thatcher’s legacy remains intact? Where Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson reduced the personal income tax burden, their successors raised taxes to a 70-year high, leaving even the reasonably well-off to question their incentives to work long hours. hours and taking risks. Although Britain has not reversed privatization, we have compensated for this by increasing the regulatory burden in all areas of life.

Conservatives today speak well of the housing question, but few seem to share the Thatcherite belief that capitalists must be able to acquire capital, that home ownership confers a stake in society on the very owner of the more modest studios. The Government introduced some sensible planning reforms in the latest Queen’s Speech, but noticeably avoided rocking the boat with anything too radical that might scare off their wayward backbench MPs.

Unfortunately, the PM embodies the new philosophy underlying so many of our problems. Mrs. Thatcher did not care to be liked; she understands that doing the right thing in the long run can be painful and can even get you kicked out of the office, but it’s necessary nonetheless. In contrast, in their obsession with the short-term media cycle and not offending anyone, our current leaders have institutionalized the art of can-kicking. It’s becoming clearer day by day that this may be enough to win a job, but it won’t keep you in power.

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Big Brother Australia 2022 winner leaked! https://indigodreams.net/big-brother-australia-2022-winner-leaked/ Mon, 16 May 2022 02:09:58 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/big-brother-australia-2022-winner-leaked/ Are the fans right? Seven Flocking at Sportsbet, Big brother viewers bet on the return of his roommate Reggie Bird to be victorious, with odds of 2.25. Scheduled finalists include two rookies: Big brother super-fan Johnson Ashak and musician Taras Hrubyj-Piper, both with a rating of 3.75. It makes sense […]]]>




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Flocking at Sportsbet, Big brother viewers bet on the return of his roommate Reggie Bird to be victorious, with odds of 2.25.

Scheduled finalists include two rookies: Big brother super-fan Johnson Ashak and musician Taras Hrubyj-Piper, both with a rating of 3.75.

It makes sense that fans would be confident that Reggie will beat the other housemates, given that she already did so in 2003 – taking home $250,000 in prize money.

But the triumph didn’t come with boundless glitz and glamour, as the star has had quite a heartbreaking journey since leaving reality TV.


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Just a year after his season of Big brother, Reggie was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa and is now legally blind. “I lost my peripheral vision and I have 10 degrees of central vision left. I no longer have night vision,” she said during The daily edition in 2016.

Reggie also suffered a stroke in 2017 following a heart condition.

“They told me I had a hole in my heart. I was literally heartbroken. But it makes sense now, why am I always so tired and sick, and what caused my stroke l last year,” she revealed to women’s day the next year.

Unfortunately, the health conditions extend beyond Reggie’s, with his youngest son Lucas struggling with cystic fibrosis.


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Reggie welcomed his first child, Mia, four years later Big brother with her second husband, Dale Sorensen. Three years later, the couple had Lucas.

The mother has already explained to Now love that the condition comes with daily physical therapy and medication to help Lucas digest food and break down mucus from his lungs.

“It’s mentally and physically exhausting for Lucas, so I have to stay strong for him. It’s a constant battle to try and put weight on him, so he has to drink supplements and eat a high calorie, high fat diet. I hope he will live after the 37 years of the expected time.

Along with dealing with the financial aspects of these health issues, Reggie also struggled with a financial burden.

“I left everything and moved to Sydney. I couldn’t find a job for about two years after the show because nobody wanted to take me seriously. I spent all the money I I had rent left…” Reggie said. news.com.au’s Not here to make friends Podcast.

WATCH: Reggie Bird on Big Brother 2022 (Article continues after video)

Also, after a man allegedly claimed to be a TV producer with the means to fund the pilot for a new travel show she was to star in, Reggie paid over $40,000 for the fraud.

“I thought it was legit. He said he had no money and asked to borrow five thousand dollars and another five thousand dollars and then everything snowballed,” he said. she told the podcast.

the Big brother alum even nearly got deported in 2017, telling her story to women’s day.

“I’m so scared. One day your kids are cuddled up, warm and safe and just like that, everything could go away. I owe my kids a warm bed and a safe home, that’s not too much to ask, is not it ?

“It’s hard to believe that I became known as the girl who survived multiple deportations in the Big brother house, to 14 years later be confronted with the real thing,” she added. “Since then, I’ve been having nightmares, wondering where we’re going to go.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.

Looking for more Big Brother content? Check out the links below!

Confirmed! Here is the official cast of Big Brother Back To The Future
Tully, Drew and other Big Brother royalty return in first look at new season
Reggie Bird on Life After Big Brother: “I Spent All The Money I Had Left On Rent”
Big Brother’s Trevor Is Back: “I’m Out of My Comfort Zone”
What happened to Big Brother’s Tully & Drew? A complete breakdown of their relationship
Big Brother Couples: Where Are They Now?

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Organizations leading mental health initiatives for Ukrainian newcomers and families https://indigodreams.net/organizations-leading-mental-health-initiatives-for-ukrainian-newcomers-and-families/ Sat, 14 May 2022 14:05:39 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/organizations-leading-mental-health-initiatives-for-ukrainian-newcomers-and-families/ Froese, who was born and raised in Ukraine, is a licensed psychologist based in Saskatoon. She said that while her parents still in Ukraine are physically safe, she is not immune to the grief that Ukrainian Canadians feel. She wanted to use her experience in the areas of trauma and grief to help her people. […]]]>

Froese, who was born and raised in Ukraine, is a licensed psychologist based in Saskatoon. She said that while her parents still in Ukraine are physically safe, she is not immune to the grief that Ukrainian Canadians feel.

She wanted to use her experience in the areas of trauma and grief to help her people.

“I feel empowered by what I can do or at least try to do here.”

Froese began volunteering. She said she created a self-help manual, written in Ukrainian, and provided it to organizations helping people fleeing the Eastern European country. She is also working with a group of volunteers to create a website with easily accessible mental health resources.

Providing individuals with basic mental health information and education can help them feel settled and safe, Froese said.

“After traumatic events, many of us can recover quite quickly and perhaps with minimal support. (This) is a bit more about triaging and triaging people’s needs.

Dr. Dillon Browne, Canada Research Chair in Clinical Child and Family Psychology at the University of Waterloo, has been following how social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok portray war.

Browne has done extensive research on children’s mental health, including the effects of digital media.

He discovered that people in Ukraine were posting videos or live streaming graphic attacks.

“There’s a lot of really heavy stuff out there,” Browne said in a phone interview with The Canadian Press. “It made me wonder if there’s anything we can do.”

The level of vulnerability varies among people who view war content online, Browne said. He pointed out that it is not uncommon for children to have nightmares about disturbing things they see in the media.

Browne decided to reach out to colleagues in Ontario to gauge their interest in volunteering support. He found the response to be overwhelmingly favorable.

“We were skeptical whether there would be an appetite for it due to the fatigue everyone is going through (during the COVID-19 pandemic),” he said. “It seems (the invasion) has stirred something up in people because it’s such a blatant and terrible situation.”

The Canadian Psychological Association has taken up Browne’s initiative and is developing a list of psychologists across the country who are willing to offer their services to Ukrainian-Canadians who feel distressed by the war.

The association says there are significant barriers to psychological services in Canada, including those related to insurance coverage, supply and wait times.

Elsewhere in Canada, efforts to mobilize mental health support for Ukrainians coming to Canada are underway.

The Alberta Psychological Association commissioned one of its members to create a directory of mental health supports for newcomers. She also invites psychologists who wish to volunteer to contact the Canadian association.

The Center for Refugee Resilience, through the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, helps people supporting Ukrainian families. The center helps immigrants, refugees and their families who may be dealing with trauma.

The need for groups to work together to ensure mental health supports are included in resettlement efforts underscores a larger problem, Browne said — a lack of publicly funded mental health programs in the country. .

“The fact that we had to do something like this tells you that our system is broken.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 14, 2022.

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This story was produced with the financial assistance of Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship

Brittany Hobson, The Canadian Press

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‘Foodie’ takeaway owner’s £350,000 tax cheat uncovered thanks to success of Just Eat and Hungry House https://indigodreams.net/foodie-takeaway-owners-350000-tax-cheat-uncovered-thanks-to-success-of-just-eat-and-hungry-house/ Wed, 11 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/foodie-takeaway-owners-350000-tax-cheat-uncovered-thanks-to-success-of-just-eat-and-hungry-house/ A woman who handled nearly £350,000 ‘out of sheer greed’ while running a Chinese restaurant in Hull has been surprised after an investigation revealed how much she earned from Just Eat and Hungry House. Mother-of-three Ying Ni grossly under-declared income from Moon River takeaway on Holderness Road to dodge huge VAT, income tax and corporation […]]]>

A woman who handled nearly £350,000 ‘out of sheer greed’ while running a Chinese restaurant in Hull has been surprised after an investigation revealed how much she earned from Just Eat and Hungry House.

Mother-of-three Ying Ni grossly under-declared income from Moon River takeaway on Holderness Road to dodge huge VAT, income tax and corporation tax payments on a period of five years.

Services such as education and health services were hit by fraud and she knew exactly what she was doing and did not act in ignorance of regulations, Hull Crown Court heard.

Read more: Moon River’s grim catalog of food hygiene nightmares to take away

Ni, 35, of Holderness Road, admitted to nine offenses of fraud or cheating with public revenue between 2015 and 2020. Her husband, Chief Fengsi He, 38, appeared with her in the dock but the charges charges against him were dropped.

Howard Shaw, prosecuting, said Ni under-reported the company’s taxable turnover and profits, failed to register for VAT and failed to submit VAT returns, and fraudulently evaded payment of VAT, income tax and corporation tax. The total fraud involved was £349,775 and the breaches came to light in December 2020.

She registered the business with Just Eat and Hungry House for online sales and claimed the total five-year turnover between 2013 and 2018 was £341,483. But inquiries revealed that, for those two outlets alone, the turnover was £950,990 – just over three times the figure she had reported to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

The income tax evaded for those five years was £87,378. Financial year sums for VAT evasion included £68,349 for 2018 to 2019 and £44,787 for 2019 to 2020. She failed to provide precise business figures for turnover and profit and dishonestly omitted to provide correct information.

In an interview with investigators, Ni said her husband was the boss and helped run the business. She claimed that she misunderstood the VAT requirements. To date, nothing had been refunded but she said she wanted to make refunds.

Mitigating Jessica Strange said: “It’s a lot of money and it was over an extended period of time. There’s no denying that these are very serious offences.

“She fully accepts the dishonesty in relation to these offences. There is no suggestion that it was a mistake. She accepts the dishonesty. We accept that it was an extended period.

“It’s one of the less sophisticated offenses of its kind. No doubt it was always going to be discovered.” Online records of sales were kept and these could be easily found.

Ni launched the company in 2013 and it initially operated legitimately for the first two years. There were food hygiene infractions but there was no prior dishonesty.

Ni had three children, a son aged five and two daughters aged 15 and 13. She still ran the Moon River restaurant in Hull and had three employees. “All his financial affairs are now in order,” Miss Strange said.

“If she goes to jail, the business just won’t be able to run. She works six days a week. Employees will lose their jobs. She won’t be able to run the business.”

The family lived above the premises and, as the lease included the whole building and not just the takeaway, their home would be in danger. Ni’s husband ran a separate takeaway in Hornsea.

Judge Sophie McKone told Ni: “Out of sheer greed and not ignorance, for a significant period of time, that is five years, you have deprived Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs of a sum significant amount of money, just under £350,000.

“You did this because you grossly under-reported the amount of money you made from your business by not registering for VAT and then, of course, not paying the VAT you should have.

“You have deprived the government, in fact the public really, of a large amount of money which could have been used for much needed services, the most obvious being education and health, and so it is a crime against people because if everyone did what you were doing, there would be no services, no health service.

“That’s why it’s extremely important that people take responsibility and pay what they owe. This was fraudulent activity carried out over an extended period of time – five years.”

Ni had fled China in 2006 because she feared persecution and had important responsibilities to care for her three children. She took medication for a lifelong illness.

Ni was imprisoned for two years and four months. She was banned from being a business director for five years, but no confiscation order was made because HMRC would make its own arrangements to recover money.

The court proceedings were translated for Ni and her husband in the dock by a Mandarin interpreter.

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Great moving companies are easy to find with a little research https://indigodreams.net/great-moving-companies-are-easy-to-find-with-a-little-research/ Sun, 08 May 2022 06:05:56 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/great-moving-companies-are-easy-to-find-with-a-little-research/ For many consumers, May is the first moving month. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short-distance local move or coast-to-coast, moving your personal belongings can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times. Added to this stress is the unfortunate possibility of being involved with a less than reputable mover. Bad movers are notorious […]]]>

For many consumers, May is the first moving month.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a short-distance local move or coast-to-coast, moving your personal belongings can be a nerve-wracking experience at the best of times.

Added to this stress is the unfortunate possibility of being involved with a less than reputable mover. Bad movers are notorious for moving in with your money and belongings during peak moving season.

An in-depth investigation by the Better Business Bureau revealed that scams are rampant in the moving industry. BBB receives an average of 13,000 complaints and negative reviews about movers each year, with many complaints describing how experiences with dishonest moving companies have turned into financial and emotional nightmares.

The good news is that there are plenty of high-quality, reputable movers out there, and checking reviews and ratings on BBB.org is a great place to start. The bad news for consumers who don’t do their research is that they can end up in the hands of bad movers who can inflate prices, add extra costs to the move, take items hostage, or be outright scammers.

The main things that should alert you include receiving an unwritten or unclear estimate which could easily lead to additional charges or little liability if things go wrong. Beware of low estimates which may seem like a lot but end up being much more expensive once a bad mover has your belongings. BBB receives complaints where customers say movers have doubled or even tripled prices, and delivery dates are often weeks or even months later than expected.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

Often, you might have a contract for the mover to pack your items and promise to deliver your goods on time. Then you get a call that your stuff is in the back of a truck behind two other people’s stuff, so you can’t get your items until theirs is delivered first.

A disreputable mover may also add extra charges based on unsubstantiated reasons, like giving you an estimate based on weight, but once your valuables are on their truck, they charge you extra, claiming that the feet cubes exceeded the weight estimate.

Every detail of a move should be written into the agreement, and I urge you to get several estimates.

There are several other ways to protect yourself from unscrupulous movers. Before hiring a moving company, look up a mover’s license number on the FMCSA website.

Check that the mover has a real address and is not just a scammer representing a reputable moving company. Make sure the mover has listed the physical address on their website and contact details.

Never pay in cash because when you pay in cash there is no proof of a transaction. If your belongings are not moved or you do not collect them, you have no proof that you ever paid for the service.

Check with your insurance agent to see if and how much coverage you might have in your home insurance policy. If you need it, buy additional insurance. A reputable mover will offer you additional types of insurance to ensure you have the best protection in the event of an accident or damage. If you are the victim of a moving problem or a scam, in addition to going to BBB.org to file a complaint or report a scam on Scam Tracker, I recommend that you file a report with the local police and of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Doing your homework can be time consuming initially and don’t just pick the price. Your personal items and your peace of mind are priceless.

• Steve J. Bernas is President and CEO of BBB Chicago and Northern Illinois. He can be contacted at sbernas@chicago.bbb.org

]]> Arts Forecast: choose your own adventure in a city full of wonders https://indigodreams.net/arts-forecast-choose-your-own-adventure-in-a-city-full-of-wonders/ Tue, 03 May 2022 16:09:26 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/arts-forecast-choose-your-own-adventure-in-a-city-full-of-wonders/ HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Walking through the abandoned canyons of the Financial District on a Sunday morning, the institutional cliffs cast a shadow over you as you make your way to North Beach, plunging into every little alleyway you can find (cobblestoned Gold, kooky Leidesdorff). Double espresso on ice and a band of traditional Italian neighborhood musicians […]]]>

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Walking through the abandoned canyons of the Financial District on a Sunday morning, the institutional cliffs cast a shadow over you as you make your way to North Beach, plunging into every little alleyway you can find (cobblestoned Gold, kooky Leidesdorff). Double espresso on ice and a band of traditional Italian neighborhood musicians in Trieste, then a Milanese sandwich with the works and a can of Sofia blanc de blancs in a can of Alimento deli, eaten in Washington Square Park while you ogle the faithful – maybe duck inside you for a whiff of incense and grace.

I’m going to live inside this Milanese sandwich from Alimento. They also have great vegetable options.

Then record at 101 Music (no more damp basement full of used gems, alas) and of course a trip upstairs to the poetry room at City Lights for real world news. One more coffee, then it’s time for a late dim sum scavenger hunt at various locations in Chinatown – Good Mon Kok is a great start. Now that the sun is out, everything is fine.

ARTISTIC EVENTS TO NOTE

WED/4-28 STAR TREK LIVE! THE WOMEN OF MUDD Teleport aboard a drag genre parody of interstellar proportions at Club Oasis, where you’ll find an irreverent take on a fan-favorite “Star Trek” episode in which the crew of the Enterprise fall in love. enchantingly beautiful extraterrestrials (drag queens). These live shows are always fun, and I can’t wait to see longtime stage legend Leigh Crow as Captain Kirk. (Plus, it starts on May 4, which is a real nerd joke.) Many times, Oasis, SF. More info here.

JEU/5: FUTURE OF MIGRANTS: SERIES OF POETS WITHOUT DOCUMENTS Javier O. Huerta hosts and curates this showcase for often overlooked voices at Medicine for Nightmares (formerly Alley Cat Books). The guests of this episode are Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Aline Mello and Alan Pelaez Lopez. All courtesy of Small Press Traffic, check out something new. 7-9 p.m., Nightmare Medicine, SF. More info here.

SET/5: FIRST LINE ASSEMBLY Eighties goth kids will remember dancing to FLA’s thrilling mix of industrial, electronic and ethereal, liberally sprinkled with politics – and though their output has been somewhat chameleonic over the decades that followed, it will always be one for the fists dyed black. raised children, especially since the new electro-industrial disc, mechanical soulrecalls that old-school angst and charm. 7 p.m., DNA lounge, SF. More info here.

GAME/5: ROB REGER: DARK MATERIALS Rob Reger introduced the world to the indelible character Emily the Strange, an icon of empowering alternative girls and underdogs of all ages who has become a global phenomenon. His design house Cosmic Debris “was born from a tangle of roots joining the DIY punk scene of the 80s with the art of guerrilla warfare, surrealism and the psychedelic explosion of the 60s.” But he also creates stunning oils, prints, watercolors and collages that reflect his abstract and neo-surrealist interests. His exhibition opens at 111 Minna with “Colorless Green Ideas,” a solo show by painter Adam Caldwell, who delves into figurative collage. Both shows will run until June 22. Opening Reception 5-11 p.m., 111 Minna, SF. More info here.

GAME/5: STARRY NIGHT I love the weekly Thursday night mixers at Cal Academy, where you can bump into the lovely singles crowd and learn a thing or two too! This nightlife, they collaborate with One Sky Project to “celebrate Indigenous astronomy and shine a light on how the myriad ways that cultures view the cosmos have contributed to our collective knowledge of the universe.” Don’t miss the planetarium after a few cocktails (reservations required). 6-10 p.m., California Academy of Sciences, SF. More info here.

GAME/5: PUNK/PERFORMANCE IN OPENING RECEPTION ‘FAR “Tenderloin Museum is proud to present ‘Punk/Performance in the Loin,’ a gallery exhibition and series of public programs that explore the intersection of punk rock and performance art in the wild and tattered Tenderloin of 1980s, curated by the late, great video artist Dale Hoyt. Focused loosely on a triptych of art spaces that were mainstays of the 1980s TL scene – Sound of Music, Club Generic and the side-by-side Market galleries St. ARE & Jetwave, Inc – Punk/Performance in the Far features over a dozen long-form video interviews shot by Hoyt that create impressionistic portraits of each location and its respective community, as well as a collection of posters, photos and ephemera. The show runs until July 2. Opening Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tenderloin Museum, SF. More info here.

FRI/6: NORTH BEACH FIRST FRIDAYS CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY Last Sunday’s May Day Parade was great and I ended up taking a bus home full of fabulous young DSAs. But the celebration of International Workers’ Day isn’t over — you can catch up on the cultural end of things at this month’s North Beach First Fridays art walk, which is full of the festive spirit of protest. of the neighborhood, including art, poetry and song in support of Bay Area workers. 5-9 p.m., Columbus Street and around Washington Square Park, etc., SF. More info here.

FRI/6-13 MAY: CHINESE PIONEERS May 6 marks the 140th anniversary of the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act, an edict that has deep resonance in the Bay Area, and the California Historical Society, in conjunction with the Chinese Historical Society of America, is offering free admission to his Chinese Pioneers: Power and Politics in the Age of Exclusion Photographs exhibition until May 13. “The exhibition examines depictions of the Chinese people in photography and the illustrated press in the years before and after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. It sheds light on the history of Sinophobia and resonates with broader issues on immigration, citizenship and border control currently under discussion. Many times, California Historical Society, SF. More info here.

Sister Roma hosts ‘Metamorphosis’

SAT/7: METAMORPHOSIS: 10 ANNIVERSARY GALA OF QUEER LIFESPACE Sister Roma, Juanita More and a cavalcade of gay lebrities and artists (love, love Rahni NothingMore, Dulce de Leche and Fauxnique) join forces for a flowery dance party and drag show to raise funds for Queer LifeSpace , an essential mental health resource for the community, especially during the pandemic! Noon, Jones, SF. More info here.

SAT/7: MILL VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL This inaugural show at Friends Field features some of our favorite artists like La Doña and Los Amigos Invisibles, teaming up with Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, Lettuce and Liz Cooper for a wonderfully diverse day. Noon, Champ des Amis, Marin. More info here.

SAT/7: LILA DOWNS Salute to this superhuman singer, who isn’t afraid to raise hell with a little conscience. “Mexican American singer and activist Lila Downs is adored by her many fans for staying true to her roots even as she always moves forward. Thanks to a long career that has earned her multiple Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards, she now ranks among the most recognizable singers in Latin alternative music. 8 p.m., Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley. More info here.

SAM/7-SUN/8: AT WAR WITH OURSELVES — 400 YEARS OF YOU The Kronos Quartet joins forces with composer Michael Abels (of get out fame of the soundtrack), librettist Nikky Finney and a choir led by Valérie Sainte-Agathe for a piece that “explores the current conundrum of race relations and movements for social justice, civil rights and resistance”. Many times, SFJAZZ. More info here.

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Cycling legend Stephen Roche vows to bankrupt comeback after Spanish cycling holiday company goes bankrupt https://indigodreams.net/cycling-legend-stephen-roche-vows-to-bankrupt-comeback-after-spanish-cycling-holiday-company-goes-bankrupt/ Sun, 01 May 2022 17:22:07 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/cycling-legend-stephen-roche-vows-to-bankrupt-comeback-after-spanish-cycling-holiday-company-goes-bankrupt/ CYCLING legend Stephen Roche has vowed to return after being declared bankrupt in Spain. A civil court in the country has ordered the 1987 Tour de France winner to repay €750,000 to creditors after his Mallorca cycling holiday business went bankrupt. 2 A civil court in the country has ordered the 1987 Tour de France […]]]>

CYCLING legend Stephen Roche has vowed to return after being declared bankrupt in Spain.

A civil court in the country has ordered the 1987 Tour de France winner to repay €750,000 to creditors after his Mallorca cycling holiday business went bankrupt.

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Stephen Roche said he would be making a comeback

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Stephen Roche said he would be making a comeback

A judge blasted him for “knowingly and negligently” bankrupting his Spanish company, Shamrock Events SL. The ruling also bars him from being a business manager in Spain for seven years.

But father-of-four Roche said he would fight to overturn the findings against him and is appealing the decision.

Roche, who lost his father Larry last week, said: “I will bounce back, definitely. I promised my father that I would.

“The most important thing is that we are appealing (the decision). It’s not final. »

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The former professional road racer, considered one of the best cyclists of his generation, built a successful cycle touring business after retirement, but it went bankrupt in 2017.

Roche added: “We have to wait for the call to be heard.

“There’s no evidence for a lot of things and there are huge consequences for something that’s not totally clear.

“We still believe we have a chance to turn things around.”

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Separately, Stephen’s son Nicolas told the Irish Sun last month that he was juggling five jobs to pay his bills after retiring from cycling.

Former top rider Nicolas, 37, split from wife Deborah Robles in 2017 shortly after the birth of their daughter Chloe, now four.

But the Olympian revealed he was struggling to match what he earned before his retirement in 2021.

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He said of his current financial situation: “I still have nightmares about it. I was good and didn’t spend all my money.

He added: “I need to work. I can’t stop working.

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Political parties running for office in Winchester explain why they deserve your vote https://indigodreams.net/political-parties-running-for-office-in-winchester-explain-why-they-deserve-your-vote/ Sat, 30 Apr 2022 07:14:27 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/political-parties-running-for-office-in-winchester-explain-why-they-deserve-your-vote/ With Winchester’s election campaign well underway, major political parties explain why they deserve your vote. On May 5, thousands of residents will vote in local elections for Winchester City Council. The council has 16 wards with two or three councilors representing each, this year there will be one seat in 15 district wards up for […]]]>

With Winchester’s election campaign well underway, major political parties explain why they deserve your vote.

On May 5, thousands of residents will vote in local elections for Winchester City Council.

The council has 16 wards with two or three councilors representing each, this year there will be one seat in 15 district wards up for election.

Nine of those seats are held by the Liberal Democrats who currently control the council with a majority of 26 out of 44 seats.

READ MORE: Who you can vote for in Winchester 2022 election – full list of candidates

The remaining six seats to be filled are held by Conservatives who hold 16 seats in total and act as the main opposition party.

Council leader Councilor Lucille Thompson said the Liberal Democrats had an “overwhelmingly positive response” to residents’ doorsteps.

“People really like what we do in terms of recycling and our concern for the environment,” she said.

“We want to test low-carbon garbage trucks and electric buses, but we need to figure out how we provide the infrastructure.

“We are also making great strides in our program of building new council houses, I think we have around 130 under construction at the moment and we have already completed 120 in the past two years.

“We would like to continue our environmental improvements in the neighborhood and help those most in need.”

Councilor Caroline Horrill, Leader of the Opposition, said the Conservatives are the party ‘to get things done’.

“We’ve had three years of Liberal administration and no progress on any major project,” she said.

“We advocate for a financial regime that does not impose a cost on our residents, the current administration has increased council tax and fees and charges by 3% and has increased parking charges wherever it can.

“We have indicated that we will cancel some of these charges where we can and indeed before we stick to a zero per cent council tax increase – that would be our position going forward.

“One of the issues is the local plan, there was a lack of transparency on the number of houses the current administration will engage in and there was a lack of involvement from our parish councils to participate in this consultation process.

“The second point is the absolutely outrageous abuse of democratic power in agreeing to sell the River Park Leisure Center to the University of Southampton, not that decision itself but the fact that they failed to consult with residents.

Patrick Davies, Labor candidate for St Bartholomew ward, said residents have lacked a Labor voice on council for years.

“Liberal Democrats and Conservatives both lead the council, but the truth is that they have failed to solve a lot of the problems,” he said.

”They don’t get a serious challenge that, when we had a union group on the council, was able to do that.

“The housing issue is a desperate situation throughout the district because property prices are so absurdly high.

“Fighting to provide housing for the next generation is one of the real nightmares because the locals are sorry their children can’t stay put.”

Malcolm Wallace, Green Party candidate for Central Meon Valley, said his party was focused on “fairness and community, while protecting the places we live and the people we care about”.

“These values ​​resonate in communities across the country. In England and Wales, there are now over 460 elected Green Councilors, a number expected to rise on May 5.

“Other candidates are told how to vote by their party, Greens are free to stand up for what is best for our region, including defending our green spaces from overdevelopment.

“Greens work hard all year, listening to residents, then taking action to support our communities.”

Cost of living crisis

The rising cost of living has become a major political issue at the forefront of this year’s local elections.

Cllr Thompson said people on fixed incomes and the most vulnerable “are really worried”.

“How are they going to pay for an £800 increase in fuel costs – for some of them it will mean heating or eating,” she said.

“We are really keen to help people with the current cost of living crisis and we have put more money into our council tax hardship fund so if people are really struggling they can contact us.

“We’ve maintained our grant budget, so we’re funding our key organizations that really provide support to those who need it most in our communities.”

Cllr Horrill shares concerns about the cost of living crisis and has been ‘very proactive’ in distributing the grants the government has allocated.

“We have supported additional funds in our Winchester budget to provide additional support for those in difficulty,” she said.

“We have an improved municipal tax refund system that my predecessor put in place that puts more money in the pot for officers to distribute.

“We are trying locally to provide more money to our residents, those who are particularly in need.”

Mr Davies said residents have been very receptive to Labor campaigns because of the rising cost of living.

“It comes up every day and people know it can only be solved at the national level,” he said.

“Keir Starmer called for an emergency budget to help households is really what we need and to ditch the National Insurance hike and further business rate cuts and serious money for home insulation that has been completely ignored.

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“Also a windfall tax on the profits of oil and gas producers – that would be a serious approach to dealing with the difficulties people are facing.”

Mr Wallace pointed out that energy efficiency measures would help people in difficulty to reduce their heating bills.

“It’s hard to believe that the government’s energy strategy that was presented earlier this month made no mention of energy efficiency,” he said.

“Rolling out a national program to insulate people’s homes would be great for the economy, reduce carbon emissions and help keep homes warm.

“An insulation program doesn’t look very glamorous, but it can deliver something incredible: a warm home even on the coldest days with a much lower heating bill.”

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BJP Peninsular Ground | Party’s focus on OBCs, KCR’s broken promises adding up to Telangana? https://indigodreams.net/bjp-peninsular-ground-partys-focus-on-obcs-kcrs-broken-promises-adding-up-to-telangana/ Thu, 28 Apr 2022 02:40:58 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/bjp-peninsular-ground-partys-focus-on-obcs-kcrs-broken-promises-adding-up-to-telangana/ From just seven states in 2014 to 17 states in 2022, the BJP’s footprint has grown beyond traditional strongholds to conquer new forts like the Northeast. But Vindhyas’ wall has been hard to break so far. In this special series on the BJP’s Peninsular Pitch, News18 looks at the saffron party’s renewed push for electoral […]]]>

From just seven states in 2014 to 17 states in 2022, the BJP’s footprint has grown beyond traditional strongholds to conquer new forts like the Northeast. But Vindhyas’ wall has been hard to break so far. In this special series on the BJP’s Peninsular Pitch, News18 looks at the saffron party’s renewed push for electoral success in southern India.

In Part 4 of the series, we follow the BJP’s growing inroads into Telangana, where it has yet to give Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao too many nightmares, but has certainly forced him to sit down and fight. take note.

When the Bharatiya Janata Party won four parliamentary constituencies from Telangana in 2019, it was seen as a term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Few saw it as signs of the party’s growing influence in the state.

However, Dubbaka’s victory and later Huzurabad Assembly proxy polls upended the political equations of the state, as well as the way the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) viewed the BJP.

As the saffron party grows more aggressive every day, stepping up its attacks on the policies of Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao (KCR), analysts see it emerging as the alternative and main opposition to the ruling TRS, pushing Congress in third place.

“Dubbaka was a shock to the TRS as it was a constituency sandwiched between seats represented by KCR family members, just like the GHMC municipal elections where the BJP came second. They channeled money to extend the financial benefits of their programs in the constituency. Still, the BJP won. In Huzurabad, considered a TRS stronghold, Eatala Rajender won as the BJP candidate,” said Tarun Chugh, BJP Leader, Telangana.

The OBC pitch

Telangana is a largely backward caste state including OBCs. Party leaders say the state has nearly 50 percent of voters from the other backward-class community. However, the main politicians of the ruling class belong to the upper caste despite having no electoral base, a BJP leader has said.

Bandi and Dharmapuri being constantly attacked by the TRS, the feeling that the TRS is anti-OBC is gaining ground

The BJP nurtured an OBC leadership. Bandi Sanjay Kumar was appointed Chairman of Telangana Unity in 2020. He became the face of the party against the TRS government. Another key state leader is Arvind Dharmapuri, who belongs to the Munnuru Kapu community, an OBC caste. T Raja Singh, the BJP leader in the Telangana assembly, is also a prominent face, along with Shruthi Bangaru and G Vivek Venkatswamy.

“BJP leaders are mostly OBCs. With Bandi and Dharmapuri under constant attack from the TRS, the sentiment that the TRS is anti-OBC is gaining ground. With Bandi being taken into custody for protesting government policies and Dharmapuri prevented from entering his constituency, TRS is at risk,” a senior BJP official said.

The caste struggle

The KCR Chief Minister belongs to the Velama upper caste community which has a population of 1% to 2% in the state, BJP leaders say.

“Yet they control the power structure because the regional TRS party is run by a family. The second powerful community is the Reddy community, and so far it has been associated with Congress. Prior to 2014, whenever Congress was in power, the Reddys were the most powerful. These two communities are the ‘Thakurs’ of Telangana,” explained Dharmapuri, MP for Nizamabad.

“As Congress has the Reddys, the Velama community has moved on to the TRS, which is more powerful in the state. Velamas are Kammas in Andhra. So the current TRS is a combination of the TDP and Congress. Whoever supported the establishment of Telangana joined TRS after 2014.”

Assembly polls in 2014 launched a mixed record. The TRS hosted members of Congress. The Telugu Desam party was routed in Telangana. And even the BJP has ceased to regard Congress as a worthy adversary.

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Revanth Reddy, chairman of the Telangana Congress and the face of the party here, is trying to revive his original voting base that existed in each village.

“However, the TRS over the past eight years has built its base at every village panchayat level and so it will be difficult for the Congress to recover its vote bank,” Chugh added.

When it comes to Muslims, many BJP members believe that the majority of the community votes for whoever can defeat the saffron party. However, BJP MP Dharmapuri is optimistic. “Even Muslims can leave if they get a better deal with the BJP,” he said. “Progressive Muslims should turn to the BJP.”

Praja Sangrama Yatra to mobilize the framework

BJP Telangana Chairman Bandi Sanjay Kumar is taking the second leg of his padyatra against the TRS administration in the state. He had been arrested while protesting earlier this year, prompting party leader JP Nadda to lead a protest against the decision.

Many party leaders believe that this mobilization of cadres that has been dormant for years will bring benefits to both the Lok Sabha elections and the assembly.

Such is the confidence that top leaders believe that if there is one southern state other than Karnataka that the Bharatiya Janata Party is likely to win soon, it is Telangana.

The BJP demanded the withdrawal of the government order on employee transfer policy, calling it unbalanced. Government employees live in large numbers in the state and are also essential voters.

Furthermore, the BJP’s ideological mentor, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has been active in the state for years and has actively worked at the grassroots level. Chandupatla Janga Reddy, one of the party’s first two MPs to enter the Lok Sabha, winning the elections in 1984, and recently deceased, had been associated with the RSS since the 1950s.

Arithmetic

Senior party leaders believe the BJP is seeking at least 45 assembly seats out of 119 in the elections to be held in 2023.

“We have already touched 28 to 30 assembly constituencies if we consider those of the four parliamentary seats won by the BJP. Count in Dubbaka and Huzurabad. Add to that the KCR family feud, with the CM embracing Muslims and the yatra undertaken by our party leader in the state. The party is targeting at least 45 seats so far,” a senior BJP official said.

Farmers

The Chief Minister brought the issue of paddy supply to the nation’s capital, while his son who is a government minister and incumbent chairman of the party, KT Rama Rao, sat on a dharna.

He (KCR) encouraged farmers to throw good quality paddy

The BJP launched a counterattack against the CM for “misleading” farmers, which led to the TRS government announcing state purchases.

“He encouraged farmers to throw good quality paddy. He told them that he was the only CM in the country who takes care of the supply. He never took the name of FCI or the Modi government. What is the status of purchases? During the Dubbaka elections, 2020, he asked farmers about the quality of paddy which attracts more diseases, low yield and high labor cost. The CM promised more money in exchange for the harvest and did not keep their promise. Many had sold the crop privately. Farmers face a dilemma,” Dharmapuri said.

Tracking TRS Broken Promises

The BJP believes that all the promises on which Telangana was born – jobs, water, money and resources – are still unfulfilled. While Hyderabad deals with revenue, other promises are yet to be fulfilled.

Counting the Ayushmaan Bharat program, Prime Minister Awas Yojana, Covid vaccination, etc., as well as the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi among its bright spots, the saffron party hopes to make deep inroads in this southern state.

The party tells people what they didn’t get because of TRS policies – the benefits of central programs.

Nizamabad MP Dharmapuri claimed KCR’s ambitious Dalit Bandhu Scheme was also a non-runner.

“Ayushman Bharat, Fasal Bima Yojana and other schemes, where the state is in partnership, it has not paid the premium and hence these are not implemented there. Take education: whether school or university education, everything has been ignored. KCR has redefined Gurukul for its political purpose. Health facilities are in ruins. There are more than 70% vacancies in hospital staff,” Dharmapuri added.

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Despite Macron’s victory, the French elections remain a far-right victory https://indigodreams.net/despite-macrons-victory-the-french-elections-remain-a-far-right-victory/ Tue, 26 Apr 2022 09:30:58 +0000 https://indigodreams.net/despite-macrons-victory-the-french-elections-remain-a-far-right-victory/ Like all worst nightmares, we woke up to find we were still dreaming. Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election is not the end of anything. Had Remain won in 2016, it wouldn’t have marked the end of Project Brexit either. In France, as everywhere in Europe, the center and […]]]>

Like all worst nightmares, we woke up to find we were still dreaming. Emmanuel Macron’s victory over Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election is not the end of anything. Had Remain won in 2016, it wouldn’t have marked the end of Project Brexit either.

In France, as everywhere in Europe, the center and the center left seem to think they can repel the extreme right by giving it ground and aping its rhetoric. The result is a “new normal,” in which the far right has become the main opposition to the status quo. They cannot be defeated just like that.

Five years ago, in the spring of 2017, Le Pen was on the brink of the French presidency and Europe was on the brink of disintegration. As France’s center-left crumbled, opponents of the far-right were forced to rally around centrist newcomer Macron, whose platform combined unabashed pro-Europeanism with an open determination to confront the unions and to “modernize” (i.e. deregulate) the French economy. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leading an insurrectional campaign of the “sovereignist” left, failed to qualify for the final round and remained third.

On Sunday, French voters made exactly the same choice, after an almost identical result in the first round. The turmoil and trauma of the pandemic, along with a major war on Europe’s borders, only rearranged the conditions under which Le Pen and Macron met. Le Pen’s financial ties to Russia and his political ties to Vladimir Putin have not dented his popularity. Instead, the far right achieved its best electoral result, winning over 40% of the vote. Le Pen, a candidate who has promised to ban the hijab in public spaces and deny non-citizens access to welfare, won almost three million votes more than in 2017, including a high vote among young people and a clear majority of French workers.

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It is an outcome that will embolden racists across the Western world and should serve as a wake-up call to progressives everywhere – and to our entire political class. Yet for many it will be a sleep aid. The rise of Macronism is a crucial supporting pillar of the self-confidence of much of Europe’s political leadership, whose position is based on their belief that the old technocratic political model can hold. For this narrative, Macron’s initial victory in 2017, alongside Donald Trump’s defeat in 2020, marked the moment when the new global far right retreated.

The problem with this view of history is that it relies on a selective reading of reality. Yes, liberal progressives have just won in Slovenia. But in Hungary, Orbán has just won a landslide re-election. The populist right-wing Swedish Democrats are expected to retain their third place in September. The Lega are no longer in power in Italy, but they are within touching distance. The Alternative for Germany (AfD), Dutch Freedom Party and Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) are all here to stay. In Spain, the far-right Vox party has made inroads, although in a much more limited way.

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