first_imgBy Alyssa Faith and Summer AutumnSchool districts across Utah are planning to open with in-person classes for the start of the new school year, despite the state having twice the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus as they did when schools closed in March. Governor Gary Hubert requested school districts open for in-person learning, while leaving planning and procedures up to individual school districts. School boards have been making minimal changes without input from teachers, school employees and parents. Teachers demonstrate outside school board meeting, Aug. 4. WW photo: Summer AutumnThe Granite Education Association, representing teachers in Utah’s largest school district, held a rally outside the district offices during a school board meeting on Aug. 4. The rally was attended by approximately 600 workers. They demanded the school board listen to workers and do more to keep employees and children safe.  They also expressed concern over the district’s plan to offer both in-person and virtual learning, with no plan to hire more teachers — effectively doubling teachers’ workload without compensation or support. Workers who have expressed concern about returning during the pandemic, either due to being high-risk or having high-risk loved ones at home, have been offered no alternatives other than to resign, retire or take Family and Medical Leave Act unpaid time off. Members of the union are debating striking if an education plan that does not involve face-to-face in-person education is not implemented. It would be the first Utah educators’ strike in three decades.   Utah is an anti-union “right-to-work” (for less) state. Many workers are hesitant or unsure about how to speak out, in fear of losing their jobs. Utah has the lowest rate of educational funding per child in the country. The lack of funding has led employees to doubt the district’s ability to provide proper personal protective equipment and cleaning materials. Teachers have expressed concerns and doubts about the practicality of expecting younger students to maintain social distancing in schools and classrooms not spacious enough to accommodate social distancing with large class sizes. Opening schools to force parents back to workRecent comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, labeled the reopening of schools as an “experiment” to see how the virus would spread among children and workers in a school setting. This suggests the powers in charge are not opening schools due to a belief that it is safe to do so, but rather to use the schools as a means of child care in order to send parents back to work. It is an abuse of the working class for the ruling class to force parents to risk their children’s lives in order to return to work for the capitalists. The affluent classes will have other options for safer child care or alternative incomes, while the majority of workers will have no choice but to send their children into unsafe schools in order to maintain income and housing — placing entire communities at risk of illness or death. When school districts in Chicago announced a return to in-person schooling, the teacher’s union there held a meeting and announced an intent to strike, and the government announced the next day that schooling would take place entirely online. A strong union has the power to protect its workers’ rights and, in times such as now, perhaps the safety and lives of entire communities. Teachers are fighting for the safety of the children in their communities. Act in solidarity with teachers and workers!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

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first_img Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves | Friday, 6th March, 2020 | More on: CCL I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” FTSE 100 dividend stock Carnival has crumbled 30%! Here’s what I’d do now Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Shares in cruise giant Carnival (LSE: CCL) have crumbled over the past few weeks. It’s easy to see why investors have been running for the hills. The coronavirus outbreak has impacted a range of companies in a variety of different industries, but none more so than Carnival.Virus outbreakThe Carnival group owns Princess Cruises, which is the owner/operator of the Diamond Princess, the cruise ship that became a coronavirus breeding ground. Of the 2,600 guests on board, just under a third contracted the virus.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…And it now looks as if another Princess Cruises vessel could be struck down. The Grand Princess, which was on a 15-day voyage, has had to cut its trip short after a man on board died from the virus.These developments are bad news, not just for Carnival, but for the broader cruise industry in general. What’s more, at this stage, it’s impossible to tell if any more of the company’s customers will fall ill with the virus and what the financial cost will be to the business. It seems as if management is just as in the dark as its investors.In a short trading update published at the beginning of February, the company declared a fall in bookings and cancelled voyages as a result of coronavirus would have a “material impact” on its financial results. The update went on to say that “since the situation continues to evolve, the company is currently unable to determine the full financial impact on its fiscal year 2020.“Management is planning to give investors a further update at the end of March.Undervalued?Considering all of the above, it’s no surprise investors have been selling shares in the cruise giant over the past few weeks.However, for long term investors, this could be a great opportunity. While there’s no doubt the current development will have an impact on Carnival’s earnings this year, it’s unlikely to have a significant influence on the group’s growth over the next five to 10 years. The cruise industry still only makes up a small percentage of the total global tourist market. And the sector is growing rapidly. Carnival is one of the most prominent players in the sector, and that gives it a tremendous advantage. The company’s robust balance sheet, combined with its reputation, should help the group pull through the current situation. Smaller peers might not be so lucky, with their weaker balance sheets likely to suffer more than the giants of the industry.Experienced teamThe last time Carnival saw such a hostile environment was in the financial crisis. Not only did the group pull through, but it came out stronger the other side. The company’s current CEO and chairman were also with the business during this time, suggesting they have the experience to help the group pull through this time around.Therefore, after recent declines, the stock could be an attractive investment for long-term income seekers at current levels. The cruise operator’s dividend yield stands at 7.5%, and the distribution is covered twice by earnings per share. That could be too good to pass up in the current low-interest-rate environment. Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Carnival. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Carnival. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Roche | Friday, 4th June, 2021 | More on: TLW The Tullow Oil share price is rising: should I buy now? Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Tullow Oil (LSE: TLW) is an oil explorer and producer operating in Africa and South America. The Tullow Oil share price rose about 140% in the past year. The stock traded with a low price of 13.42p and a high of 65.82p during this period. I have missed this stock market rally. Is it too late for me to invest in this penny stock?The bull case for the Tullow Oil share priceTullow Oil’s recent results are good, taking into consideration the disruptions caused by Covid-19. The company’s revenue fell by 17% year on year to $1.4bn. Sales volume increased by 0.8% to 74,600 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd). This was offset by a 23% decline in average realised oil prices to $50.9 per barrel (bbl) of oil.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Oil prices have been on a steady rise this year. They have remained above $50/bbl and currently are trading at around $72/bbl. The strong demand and supply restraints of oil have led to an upward trend. This is positive for Tullow Oil’s share price. The company reported free cash flow of $432m. An asset sale in Uganda helped to raise cash and reduce debt. The company also plans to sell assets this year, which should help the company focus on productive assets with good cash flows.Particularly, management is confident in its Ghanaian oil fields. It has only produced about 393m barrels, of the estimated 2.8bn barrels in Ghana. Recently, it also started its multi-year and multi-well drilling in this region. This was an important milestone for the company, which should help realise its 10-year business plan.A high debt a concern?The company has reduced its net debt from $2.8bn to $2.4bn at the end of December 2020. Even though the reduction is positive, the debt is still very high. The company’s market capitalisation is about $1.3bn at the time of writing. Its equity at the end of December 2020 was negative $210m. Credit rating agencies also have downgraded their ratings in the past year. This would make it difficult for the company to raise debt and also increase its interest costs.Tullow Oil’s chair, Dorothy Thompson, recently decided to step down. This is a bit of concern unless the company finds a good replacement, since Thompson was instrumental in cost savings, asset sales, and efficiently handling the company. The long-term outlook is not very encouraging for the energy sector. Most countries are looking for a reduction of oil consumption and looking for clean energy alternatives. So, in my opinion, oil prices might be under pressure, which is negative for Tullow Oil’s share price.ConclusionTaking all things into consideration. I like the company’s focus on cash flows and trying to achieve its 10-year business plan. However, the debt is a bit of worry for me. 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