January 16, 1990 |
U.S. Memories, an ambitious venture to wrest control of the vital computer memory chip market from the Japanese, officially folded on Monday, a victim of lackluster support from the American electronics industry it was designed to aid.
August 20, 2009 |
With prospects fading that the Senate will include a government-run insurance option in healthcare reform legislation, congressional Democrats and Republicans are already sparring over an alternative -- a series of private regional cooperatives that advocates say could achieve the goals of a public plan without the potential for government interference. The key negotiators in the Senate -- the so-called Gang of Six of three Republicans and three Democrats from the Senate Finance Committee -- are scheduled to meet today by teleconference to discuss prospects for keeping a bipartisan health plan alive, which could hinge on the acceptability of co-ops to both sides.
July 22, 2003 |
In the hills of Assam state, the children of tea pickers pluck tea, and farmers' sons become farmers. But since Azaduddin Talukdar's father was a notorious bandit, he became what police call a BC-A1 -- "Bad Character Class A1," the worst category of criminal. He followed admirably in his father's footsteps, earning a good living from thievery, extortion and kidnapping.
September 24, 1987 |
The ruling Politburo today approved a measure that would allow the opening of the first semiprivate stores in the Soviet Union in 59 years in order to increase the sales of consumer goods. The 14-man policy-making body ruled that individual small stores, kiosks or stalls can be set up by cooperatives or families, the official Tass press agency said.
March 24, 1988 |
Mikhail S. Gorbachev called for greater freedom for collective farmers and other cooperatives Wednesday to rejuvenate the Soviet Union's struggling agricultural sector and enable the nation to feed itself. Gorbachev called the cooperatives a "brilliant discovery" of Soviet founder Vladimir I. Lenin that have been under-used, and even despised, by subsequent rulers.
February 2, 1998 |
The boards of two major farm cooperatives have approved a merger that would result in one of the nation's largest farmer-owned co-ops with about $10 billion in annual sales. Members of Cenex Inc. of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Harvest States Cooperatives of Falcon Heights, Minn., will be asked to approve the merger in a mail-in ballot to be tabulated April 15. Harvest States has 600 local co-op members, 38,000 direct farmer members, 2,350 employees and sales of $7.1 billion.
March 19, 1993 |
What makes cooperative preschools special is just that--their spirit of cooperation, the ability to incorporate the entire family into the program. They are parent-run organizations, usually consisting of 15 to 30 families. The idea isn't new. The first cooperative nursery school originated in 1915 at the University of Chicago, where researchers wanted to offer socialization for children and provide parent education simultaneously.
May 2, 1988 |
At the Riga Market here, the Soyuz cooperative offers attractive women's blouses for $85 along with the cheery slogan: "We're one step ahead of the fashion." The garments have been patched together from home-dyed T-shirts and have sleeves made from lace window curtains. A huge crowd presses around an outdoor stall, where youths in vinyl jackets sell homemade "stone-washed jeans" with counterfeit designer labels.
March 7, 1997 |
The U.S. Agriculture Department said it reached compliance agreements with four major fruit and nut co-operatives and decided not to bar them from government programs. The agreements were signed with four co-operatives affiliated with Sun-Diamond Growers of California: Diamond Walnut Growers Inc., Sun-Maid Growers of California, Sunsweet Growers Inc. and Valley Fig Growers.
April 23, 1989 |
Fidela Pizarra thinks she might make enough money to start rebuilding the home she lost in a typhoon. Helen Rodica no longer has to beg in the streets to feed her family. Their new opportunity comes from Marie de la Soudiere, a Frenchwoman who barks orders--and word of encouragement--to them in the small, second-story office of Thread of Hope for Economic Advancement, or THEA. They are two of 40 women from impoverished squatter settlements who are making nightgowns for boutiques in the United States and a half dozen other places in the world.