Leftist parties in Venezuela call for unity to defend the homeland against U.S. aggression

first_imgWe, the political parties and social movements that are members of the Popular Anti-imperialist and Anti-fascist Front (FPAA), condemn the assault by U.S. imperialism, in partnership with the European Union and the Lima group, against our nation [Venezuela]. This onslaught represents an act of provocation and interference that threatens the sovereignty and peace of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and all of Latin America and the Caribbean.The goals behind the aggression and robbery that animate big international capital and its local right-wing lieutenants against the national dignity and well-being of the Venezuelan people are no longer a secret. For more than half a century the U.S. big bourgeoisie, the big internal capitalist monopolies and their related parties have been taking actions against the interests of workers, peasants and communities in Venezuela and Latin America.The imperialist assault has increased considerably in the last decades of the Venezuelan political process [the Bolivarian Revolution]. This not only includes political conspiracy, assassination and plans for national fragmentation in order to seize and occupy the oil and mining zones, but also economic sabotage, the grotesque rise in the prices of the basic food basket, the boycott of transportation, anarchy and thousands of other abuses committed daily by the pro-imperialist right wing. It is well known that for the advancement of these plans the right takes advantage of impunity and other errors committed by the government.In recent months their plans to isolate Venezuela and carry out both economic and military provocations have entered a new phase. They seek to further tighten the blockade of the Venezuelan nation, to deliver the final blow against the Bolivarian process and its leaders. The imperialists and their lackeys, suffocated by the enormous and prolonged underlying structural crisis that consumes them, consider that the opportune moment has come to strike at the core of the struggles of the Venezuelan people, to wreck the programs providing social services, to drive the people into a corner and remove the Bolivarian government by any means available. This is why these plotters authorized the coup d’état promoted by U.S. imperialism, the lackey governments in Latin America and the subservient anti-patriotic right wing rooted on Venezuelan soil.The policy of intervention by coup d’état developed by the imperialist government of the United States and the European Union, with the unworthy collaboration of a series of Latin American governments, now focuses its objective on aggressive politico-military propaganda, disguised as the so-called “humanitarian aid,” which seeks to justify the invasion of our country.We condemn the imperialist plans to pillage and privatize natural resources, publicly declared by the United States, the European Union, the Lima group, FEDECAMARAS-VENAMCHAM and the [Venezuelan National] Assembly, which exists in contempt of the law, led by Guaidó.We, members of the FPAA, call for preparation, organization and popular mobilization; we urge the government to take a hard line against saboteurs, interveners and terrorists; immediate imprisonment for speculators; we request the application of Articles 113 and 114 of the Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to monopoly speculators, particularly regarding the financial system. We call for the establishment of worker-peasant-communal and popular control over the processes of production, commercialization and distribution and for the promotion of a plan of national industrialization and a true agrarian revolution that will definitively remove us from the dependence, exploitation and ruthless anti-patriotic extortion by the great historical enemies of the Venezuelan people and the world.AGAINST IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION!UNITY AND MOBILIZATION!Communist Party Of VenezuelaHomeland for All PartyRevolutionary Labor PartyGay MovementFeb. 20, prensapcvwordpress.com; translation: Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Panthers’ Roberto Luongo announces retirement in farewell letter

first_imgThe time, commitment and mounting pressure became too much for him, and Luongo said he found himself dreading his offseason workouts.”… Thinking about getting onto the ice in late July, for the first time in my career, I wasn’t excited about it,” Luongo wrote. “That was the sign for me. It’s not that I don’t love playing hockey anymore, but I had to listen to my body. I’m at the point where my body was telling me it just needed a rest. It didn’t really want to get going.”The legend hangs up his pads.Thank you for everything, Lu. pic.twitter.com/eOUjanrJGU— Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) June 26, 2019Luongo, 40, added that telling his children was difficult, since they love seeing their dad play. He also talked to family and friends about the decision, and even though they told him to play one more season, he said he felt that retirement was the best course for him.He added that he will remain in southern Florida and he and his family will be moving into a new house in Parkland this summer.I’ve decided to take my talents to a South Beach retirement home ✌🏼 pic.twitter.com/BTuZIo8XT8— Strombone (@strombone1) June 26, 2019″I’m looking for some privacy as I spend time with my family and reflect on my career. Down the road we’ll have a lot of time to discuss retirement and what’s to come in the future,” Luongo said of remaining involved with hockey.”For now though, I’m just another retiree in South Florida. I’ll be going to get my senior citizen’s card here pretty soon.” Roberto Luongo is calling it a career.After much speculation as to whether the Panthers goalie would return for a 20th season, Luongo announced Wednesday he was listening to his body and decided to retire. Ryan Hartman doesn’t know Flyers traded him to Stars, mom says NHL free agency rumors: Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin meeting with Panthers on Mondaycenter_img “This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it,” Luongo wrote in a farewell letter, via the Panthers’ website. “After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game.”1,044 NHL GP (second-most by a goaltender)489 NHL W (third-most wins)2x Olympic gold medalistCongratulations to @strombone1 on an amazing NHL career that spanned 19 seasons! https://t.co/2nphRZNOa7 pic.twitter.com/ypSOtJD2Ff— NHLPA (@NHLPA) June 26, 2019According to Luongo, the hip surgery he had a couple of years ago was a huge reason he decided to end his NHL career. He said he needed to show up 2-3 hours before practices and games to work out his hip so he didn’t injure it again. Related News Luongo was drafted by the Islanders with the fourth overall pick in 1997 and began his NHL career in 1999, where he remained for one season.He was then traded to the Panthers in his first stint with the team until 2006. He headed up north to play with the Canucks in 2006 and was signed to a 12-year, $64 million contract in 2010. However, he was ultimately dealt back to Florida at the 2014 trade deadline for Jakob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias and AHL forward Steven Anthony.In 1,044 NHL games played, Luongo posted a career 2.52 GAA and .919 save percentage.last_img read more

Singer Shibani Kashyap enters fiction space on TV

first_imgSinger Shibani Kashyap is set to make her acting debut with fiction TV show Ek Veer Ki Ardaas…Veera. She will be seen as a mentor and says the character is close to her real life.Shibani’s character in the show will be called Megha, a famous singer who was boycotted from the industry due to her starry tantrums. When she meets the character Ranvijay, she realises his potential and agrees to mentor him. So, she takes it up as a personal challenge to make him popular, and also to make a comeback in the industry herself.Excited about the role, Shibani said in a statement: ‘The character is very reflective of me and how I am in real life. I am really excited to be making my fiction debut with ‘…Veera’ as the character comes easy to me and I am exploring it through the show.’ The track is expected to go on air next week onwards. The show airs on Star Plus.last_img read more

Roomba Once Was Blind But Now It Sees

first_imgSeptember 17, 2015 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Automated device maker iRobot, which has sold 14 million robotic vacuums worldwide, just announced a major play for the Internet of Things with its Roomba 980, the company’s first connected vacuum with an affixed camera for smarter home navigation.At a lofty press event yesterday in Manhattan, where CEO Colin Angle likened Roomba’s household cleaning expeditions to those of Lewis and Clark in their discovery of the Pacific Coast, the company positioned its latest Roomba as a foray into the connected home market — which is expected to be worth $71 billion by 2018.“iRobot is positioning itself not just to be the best vacuum in the world,” Angle said, “[but to] lead us toward a future where robots can do much more in service of humanity.”If the old Roomba was blind, says Christian Cerda, iRobot’s SVP and general manager of Home Robots, the latest model — priced at a hefty $899 — can see.Related: The Robot Battle of Your Childhood Dreams Is Actually HappeningAs opposed to previous models, which could only clean two or three rooms and react to obstacles reflexively, the Roomba 980 uses sensors and cameras to build a map of its surroundings as it moves for a smarter cleaning job. A battery charge lasts up to two hours — at which point the Roomba scoots back to its base, powers up and then gets back to work.This is the first Roomba that is Wi-Fi-connected and can be operated by smartphones with a dedicated app to schedule cleanings, the company said.Connectivity also means that iRobot collects data from its machines — though the company is only “collecting average data” about cleaning performance and not videos or images, Cerda assures. “We have developed it against hacking, we have tested it against hacking,” he says, his voice trailing off, “but hopefully that will never happen.”The company expects the 980 to become the most popular connected home product in the world within a year, Cerda said, at which point iRobot plans to bring connectivity to different devices beyond its beloved Roombas. Related: This Startup’s Mission: A 3-D Printer in Every Homecenter_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more