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Forget the top Cash ISA rate. I’d pocket 7.7% here

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Alan Oscroft Forget the top Cash ISA rate. I’d pocket 7.7% here “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The number of people taking out a Cash ISA each year has slumped since 2008-09 when 12,234 were attracted to the idea. In 2017-18, that had dropped to 7,783, and the reason is clear — today’s very low interest rates. The top easy-access rates you can get these days top out at around 1.35%, which isn’t even enough to cover inflation. My only puzzlement is over why those 7,783 folk thought getting one was a good idea.But the cash has not gone into Stocks & Shares ISAs, as the number of those has remained pretty much constant. And that’s a shame, because I see a Stocks & Shares ISA as a very good thing.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…StrategyIt’s a bit more work than cash, as you have to decide which shares to buy. But I think there’s a relatively straightforward way to make a small selection. I’d start with a list of the FTSE 100‘s biggest dividend payers, and work my way down from the top. Then for each one, ask three questions.Is the company in the same sector as one I’ve already selected? If it is, skip it, because it will only be a small portfolio and I want some diversification. I’m only going to pick five shares, and I don’t want the risk of two that could go bad together.How about the reliability of the dividend? Is it well covered by earnings? The necessary cover varies from business to business, with more predictable and cash-generative ones (like energy suppliers) not needing the same cover. If it’s low, is there a special component and does it look like there will still be decent long-term levels?Finally, I’d check on recent Fool articles on each stock to see if there are any red flags.SelectionFirst is Evraz, a Russian steel maker with a forecast dividend yield of 12.8%, which is huge. But at just 1.2 times, cover is weak for a potentially volatile business. Finally, the share price has been plummeting and the chairman has been selling. That’s out.Imperial Brands is next, yielding 11.1%, with 1.3 times cover. I’d prefer higher cover, but it’s a cash-rich business and I think that’s acceptable. The big yield is down to the falling share price, but I think the fear is overdone. So that’s in.Then comes housebuilder Taylor Wimpey on a yield of 9.3%. Again cover looks low at 1.1 times, but that includes a special dividend and I think there’s enough cash generation to keep decent dividends going. Persimmon is next on 8.9%, but that would be a sector duplicate.BT Group is offering 7.8%, covered 1.5 times, but analysts are expecting a cut next year. I’ll pass.Insurer Aviva is next, with a 7.3% yield covered 1.9 times, and no red flags. It’s in.Skipping shares that don’t fit my criteria, I reach the recovering Centrica (5.5%), and Royal Bank of Scotland (5.1%) to make up my five stocks.That gives me an overall expected yield of 7.7%, which wipes the floor with a Cash ISA while having the potential for long-term share price gains as a bonus. 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Image source: Getty Images. Alan Oscroft owns shares of Aviva and Persimmon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands. 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. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Alan Oscroft | Monday, 30th December, 2019 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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.last_img read more

State Pension age rises! Boost your financial future with the stock market

first_img 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. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. State Pension age rises! Boost your financial future with the stock market Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. If you’d like help to prepare to top up your State Pension by investing in a SIPP, let the Motley Fool help you get started… A rising State Pension age has been in the works for some time, and today it officially hit 66. Depending on when you were born, this number will continue rising to 67 and then 68 years of age. Those qualifying for their State Pension at 66 were born between 6 October 1954 and 5 April 1960.A dwindling State PensionThe amount qualifying citizens receive today is £175.20 a week, which works out at around £9,110 per year. This is lower than what most minimum wage recipients earn and far from enough for the average person to comfortably live on. That’s why topping up your State Pension with additional income streams is vital to a happy and relaxed future.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…Battling to get by on a meagre income is not only difficult, but it’s bad for your health. The struggle to afford basic amenities can cause undue stress, leading to depression and health problems. You don’t want to be poor and miserable in your retirement years if you might avoid it. Thankfully, there’s a way for those with the means and it starts with the stock market. By investing regularly, you can achieve a much better standard of living later in life.Regular investingInvesting in the financial markets is one way to build up a significant sum to your State Pension and enhance your twilight years. It’s a quick and easy process to set up a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) from which you can buy a wide range of investments. These include index funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), investment trusts, company stocks or corporate and government bonds.If you know little about investing and would rather take a passive approach, you can commit to regularly investing in a simple tracker fund. There are many funds to choose from and the simplest follow the trajectory of an entire financial index, such as the FTSE 100 or FTSE 250. This can provide an excellent introduction to stock market investing and is easy to understand. Although the financial indexes have seen extreme volatility this year, historically they have risen over longer periods.There’s a very clear risk-reward ratio when it comes to investing in equities. This means the riskier the investment, the higher the chance of a reward (a big return on your initial sum). However, when it’s your future financial stability we’re talking about, safer is always better. That’s why a fund is safer than individual shares for beginners.To buy individual shares, you really need to be confident in what you’re buying, before risking your hard-earned cash in speculative companies for the thrill. Don’t let this put you off, though. If you’ve the time and interest in learning how to invest for profit, equity investing can be a very enjoyable and lucrative journey. Be preparedThe coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the range of health issues present in society, even among the young and healthy. Underlying health issues can arise at any time, and could have a detrimental effect on your ability to work, possibly forcing you to retire early. I think it’s very likely that if you’re under 40, you will be looking at a State Pension age of 70-plus. This illustrates why it’s more important than ever to prepare for your financial future as soon as you possibly can. 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. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 6th October, 2020 See all posts by Kirsteen Mackay Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50last_img read more

Rugby Explained: The importance of executing in the opposition 22

first_img Cory Hill scores for Wales against England (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Geraint Davies and the team at Bajad8a break down the building blocks of elite rugby. Here they look at being efficient on attacking forays Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.center_img Argentina celebrate beating New Zealand (Getty Images)A further, perhaps clearer example of the importance of efficiency was Argentina’s historic first win over the All Blacks in the 2020 Tri-Nations. During this game Argentina achieved five 22 entries scoring 16 points (3.2 PPE), while New Zealand had double the amount of opportunities within the opposition 22m but only scored 15 points (1.5 PPE).Having an outstanding defence and taking your chances is obviously a key part of winning rugby matches. But there are always exceptions. Staying with Argentina, let’s consider the first of two drawn games with Australia, in the 2020 Tri-Nations.In their first encounter Australia had 70% territory and five entries into the Argentinian 22m, but only came away with an efficiency score of 1.8 PPE. Interestingly, Argentina’s score was even worse at 0.75 PPE, with only four 22 entries. Rather than needing to invade deep into Australian territory, Argentina relied upon the boot of Nicolas Sanchez and were happy to take shots at goal from distance. They supported this tactic with an extremely well-structured exit strategy from kick-off reception, and an outstanding defence.No team has experienced more success at international level than New Zealand. As demonstrated by the table below, they rely heavily on entering the opposition 22m in order to score points.Points scored by Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand during their 2020 tournament.As can be seen from these examples, it’s essential that teams know their strengths and build their strategy around the ways they can best score points, as well as how they can stop the opposition scoring points.When playing against Argentina it would be essential to avoid giving away penalties in the middle third of the field, while preventing New Zealand from entering your 22m would be a key focus when playing them. Far easier said than done of course and that is one of the many things I find interesting about analysing and coaching rugby union! Rugby Explained: The importance of executing in opposition 22Rugby has changed significantly over the years and continues to evolve with each game played. A key driver behind this evolution is the pursuit of new ways to enter opposition territory and score points, and in preventing the opposition from entering your own half of the pitch.It follows therefore, that the closer a team gets to the opposition try-line, the easier scoring points through penalty kicks becomes, and indeed the more likely it is that they will score a try. A key metric to help determine how effective a team is at scoring points is ’22 entries’ – a concept first publicised by Simon Gleave.A 22 entry is defined in slightly different ways, depending on the analytics company tasked with collecting the data. However, the team at Bajad8ta have used Gleave’s original idea, to define a 22 entry as: “a controlled possession within the opposition 22m”.Hugo Keenan scores for Ireland against Italy (Getty Images)Therefore, if a team has a lineout within the opposition 22m following a penalty kick to touch, but they did not win the lineout, this would not count as a 22 entry as they were not controlling possession of the ball. If a team enters the 22m and is then pushed back by the defence, but then manage to re-enter the 22m during the same possession, this would count as a single 22 entry. It is logical to suggest that a team who enter the opposition 22m on the most occasions will score the most points. However, it is not quite so simple. Let’s look at some recent examples.When Wales defeated England 40-24 in the 2021 Six Nations, England entered the Wales 22m area on eight occasions, scoring 18 points. Wales did so on three fewer occasions (five) but scored 31 points.Of importance here is a team’s efficiency within the 22m and not just the number of times they enter. Teams who can enter the opposition 22m and come away with points each time (known as, points per entry or PPE) have a very good chance of winning, provided of course that you are able to stop the opposition from doing the same in their own 22m. A good example of this can be found in Wales’ narrow 25-24 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.Both teams achieved six 22 entries and scored all of their points from these entries. Wales earned a 22m efficiency score of 4.2 point per entry compared to Scotland’s 4 points per entry.last_img read more

Hurricane Irma: 100 days later

first_img26,274 volunteers from about 270 voluntary agencies logged more than 1.24 million hours to help survivors 100 Days Marks Hurricane Recovery Progress  In the 100 days since the Sept. 10, 2017, presidential disaster declaration following Hurricane Irma’s destructive path through Florida, the state, with help from federal partners, has progressed from a response to significant recovery.Milestones point to this progress: Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter $519.8 million National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) payments on claims Bill What no one has a clear picture of yet, are the gaps in rebuilding. 13,000 homes have a blue tarp. How many have sufficient funds from FEMA or insurance to repair/replace those roofs? There are many low income homeowners, who had crummy insurance, or none, that need help figuring out how to get the repairs done. A $5000 deductible might mean nothing happens. In St Johns County, after Mathew, FEMA reported there were 600 elderly home owners who filed a claim AND reported they had no insurance. It’s a community economic issue when they either fall into a crisis, or they walk away, ad leave another abandoned home to be dealt with over the next few years. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! More than $1 billion in disaster assistance low-interest loans approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 13,370 temporary roofs were installed. Operation Blue Roof has been completed in the state of Floridacenter_img Nearly 303,747 homes visited by FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance teams 1 COMMENT LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply December 20, 2017 at 8:24 am Reply TAGSFEMAHurricane Irma Previous articleNew dredging project is underway at Lake ApopkaNext articleBecker calls for Apopka City Council to re-visit Medical Marijuana ban Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR $958 million approved for survivors through the Federal Emergency Management  Agency’s (FEMA) Individuals and Household Program (IHP) $3.2 million in Disaster Unemployment Assistance to more than 5,900 Floridians who lost work or income due to Irma As of Dec. 14, federal agencies have provided more than $2.49 billion to help cover losses caused by Hurricane Irma. This includes money paid out to NFIP policyholders, through low-interest disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and from FEMA grants. These funds make it possible to begin rebuilding homes and restoring communities.Soon after Hurricane Irma struck, FEMA sent Disaster Survivor Assistance teams to affected areas informing survivors of available assistance. These teams spoke with and delivered information to about 190,000 people.More than 2.6 million survivors in the designated counties have registered for assistance. At the peak of the response to Hurricane Irma, 22 Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) were open to assist survivors with registration and answer questions. The remaining two open DRCs close permanently this week.Individuals and families received more than $940 million in FEMA grants, including $160 million for repair of disaster-damaged housing and nearly $490 million in rental assistance.SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters and business owners. The SBA has approved more than $1 billion in disaster loans to help over 28,400 businesses and residents to repair, rebuild, replace and recover.The NFIP has received more than 27,555 claims and paid more than $519.8 million to policyholders, including advance payments to help homeowners with repairs.Public Assistance (PA)Currently, FEMA and the state are assessing projects submitted for federal disaster assistance. FEMA’s Public Assistance Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain nonprofit entities for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure. To date, 1,174 Requests for Public Assistance have been received by the state. The federal share of assistance for this disaster is 75 percent of eligible costs.Voluntary Agencies and Unmet NeedsVolunteers from the state of Florida and across the country are lending their time and talent to the Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. Currently, volunteer agencies, faith-based groups, local service clubs and individual volunteers are helping with cleanup and rebuilding from Jacksonville to the Keys. Together, these volunteers are assisting in resolving unmet needs and clearing the way for recovery.For more recovery information, visit www.FEMA.gov/IrmaFL, or follow us @FEMARegion4 on Twitter and on FEMA’s Facebook page. 99,973 Floridians received face-to-face assistance at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) throughout the state $2.49 billion in survivors’ pockets Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

National CSR Awards rebrand as Global Good Awards for 2018

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  206 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 National CSR Awards rebrand as Global Good Awards for 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 The National CSR Awards are rebranding as the Global Good Awards for 2018, it has been announced.The National CSR Awards were launched in 2015 by CEO and founder Karen Sutton. After three years, Sutton has made the decision to change their name to ‘reflect the ideal of ‘change’ more dynamically’. With the name change, the aim is to make the Awards more inclusive, and to reward businesses, NGOs, charities and social enterprises achieving ‘Global Good’. They will also include a number of new categories. Entries will re-open for 2018 on 1st December 2017.Karen Sutton, CEO and founder of the Awards, said:“These awards were originally born out of an ideal that everyone should be changing their actions in work – and in their personal lives – in order to make the world a better place. After three highly successful years, I wanted the Awards’ name to reflect that ideal more dynamically.”This year’s winners were announced on 18th May. Awards included Best Individual Community Partnership, which went to UK Youth and Microsoft for their digital skills programme which expanded in 2016 with the creation of Generation Code, a programme to inspire the next generation of coders.The joint Best Partnership in the Community award went to Selfridges and the Zoological Society of London for Project Ocean, an ongoing partnership to stop overfishing and pollution; increase ocean protection; and engage new audiences in marine conservation, and Best Community Partnership (Legacy) was awarded to Investec and the Bromley by Bow Centre for their Beyond Business initiative, a social enterprise incubator that launches and supports sustainable businesses in Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham.  205 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Awards Corporate Social Responsibility Melanie May | 7 June 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Editor released from prison after paying fine

first_img May 31, 2021 Find out more For more information about the Talla case, read the previous release . ———————————————————————————17.12.2009 – Newspaper publisher held for past week on charge of insulting presidentReporters Without Borders correspondent Jules Koum Koum managed to visit newspaper publisher Jean-Bosco Talla in Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison today. Arrested a week ago, Talla was brought before a court in Mfoundi yesterday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of insulting President Paul Biya.“I just published passages from a book,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “I don’t see what crime I committed and I am therefore not worried.” Talla is due to appear in court again on 21 December.“We once again remind the Cameroonian authorities that there are never grounds for arresting a journalist in a defamation case,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for Talla’s immediate release.The publisher of the privately-owned weekly Germinal, Talla was arrested on 10 December and was taken to the State Secretariat for Defence (SED), a police unit tasked with combating organised crime. After being held there for four days, he was transferred on the evening of 14 December to Kondengui prison and was taken before the state prosecutor the next day.Talla was arrested for publishing passages from Ebale Angounou’s book “Blood for Blood” in issue No. 46 of Germinal. Banned by the Cameroonian authorities as libellous in 2001, the book claims that, before becoming president, Biya pledged fealty to his predecessor, Ahmadou Ahidjo, in a secret pact that was sealed by “a homosexual act.”A particularly combative journalist, Talla has been targeted by the authorities in the past. In July he reported receiving anonymous death threats a few days after the publication of a report by the Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development (CCFD) about personal assets allegedly acquired by President Biya with public funds. Talla had helped to prepare the report.Another journalist is currently detained in Cameroon. It is Lewis Medjo, the publisher of the weekly La Détente Libre, who has been imprisoned in the southwestern city of Douala since 26 September 2008 for publishing a report about an alleged ploy by President Biya to get the supreme court president to retire early. A court sentenced him on 7 January to three years in prison and a fine of 2 million CFA francs (about 3,000 euros) on a charge of “disseminating false news.”The government continues to keep articles in the criminal code that punish press offences harshly. If a newspaper article is deemed to be libellous, sentences of up to several years in prison can be passed on its author or the newspaper’s publisher. News Organisation CameroonAfrica RSF_en January 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor released from prison after paying fine Receive email alerts May 19, 2021 Find out more Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica April 23, 2021 Find out more Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Jean-Bosco Talla, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Germinal, was released from Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison on 13 January after paying the fine imposed by a court on 28 December on a charge of insulting the president.Talla, who described himself as “calm,” told Agence France-Presse that Germinal would continue to be published “without any change to its editorial line.”——————————————————————————-29.12.2009 – Court stops short of jailing newspaper publisherA Yaoundé court yesterday sentenced newspaper publisher Jean-Bosco Talla to a suspended one-year jail term, three years of probation, a fine of 3 million CFA francs (4,500 euros) and court costs of 154,000 CFA francs (234 euros) on a charge of insulting the president. “The sentence is a relief inasmuch as Talla will not have to spend months in prison but he will have to live with a permanent threat that will force him to censor himself,” said Reporters Without Borders, which urges the Cameroonian authorities to fully decriminalise press offenses. “We hope that payment of the fine will allow him to be freed without delay.” Talla, who has been detained since 10 December, was taken back to Yaoundé’s Kondengui prison after yesterday’s hearing pending payment of the fine and costs. His lawyer, Jean-Marie Nouga, said he intended to appeal. News to go further News Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Newslast_img read more

Two cyberdissidents handed down harsh prison sentences

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News September 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two cyberdissidents handed down harsh prison sentences Receive email alerts to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage after two cyberdissidents, Kong Youping and Ning Xianhua, were sentenced respectively to 15 and 12 years in prison. They were both accused of “subversion of state power” for posting articles on the Internet in support of the Chinese Democratic Party (CDP). June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Organisation News ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders has expressed outrage after two cyberdissidents, Kong Youping and Ning Xianhua, were sentenced respectively to 15 and 12 years in prison by a court in Shenyang in Liaoning province in the north-east of the country.They were both accused of “subversion of state power” for posting articles on the Internet in support of the Chinese Democratic Party (CDP). The cyberdissident Xu Guang, also a member of the CDP, was released just two days earlier after serving a five-year jail term.”These sentences are the latest in a long list of repressive measures the Chinese government has taken recently to stifle freedom of expression on the Internet,” said the international press freedom organisation in reaction to the 16 September 2004 sentences.Kong Youping was arrested in December 2003 for posting five articles and seven poems on a foreign website challenging the official version of the Beijing Spring and criticising corruption among political leaders. He had also called for the release of the young Internet-user Liu Di, who was released in November 2003.Xu Guang had been arrested in June 1999 with three other cyberdissidents, Mao Qingxiang, Zhu Yufu and Wu Yilong. The four CDP activists were sentenced by the Hangzhou intermediate court in Zhejiang province in the east of the country for “subversion” for circulating pro-democracy articles on the Internet and for their work with the magazine Zai Yedang (Opposition Party). Mao Qingxiang was sentenced to eight years in prison, Zhu Yufu to seven years and Wu Yilong to 11. They are all still in prison.The CDP, founded in 1998, is an underground opposition party. Around 30 of its activists are currently behind bars. last_img read more

Authorities step up intimidation, jailing LankaeNews editor

first_imgNews News Reporters Without Borders calls on the Sri Lankan authorities to immediately release LankaeNews editor Benette Rupasinghe, who was today arrested by the Colombo police for allegedly threatening another man. Aged 68 and a diabetes sufferer, Rupasinghe is currently being held in the infirmary of Colombo prison.The press freedom organization condemns the way the government is hounding Rupasinghe and the other journalists who work for this Colombo-based opposition news website. The methods it is using to silence opposition journalists are outrageous and unacceptable.Rupasinghe was arrested when he went to Wellampitiya police today in response to a summons to make a statement. The police arrested him without taking him before a court. His lawyers tried without success to obtain his release on bail.It seems he will now remain in detention until 7 April, pending the completion of the police investigation into the clearly premeditated arson attack on the LankaeNews office on 31 January. According to LankaeNews, the police have accused him of threatening the brother of a suspect in the arson attack.Since the website’s creation in 2005, its staff have been the target of intimidation, threats, smear campaigns and abduction.Rupasinghe’s arrest marks an escalation in the government’s campaign of harassment. Reporters Without Borders urges the international community and human rights and press freedom organizations to do everything possible to help get Rupasinghe released. Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific to go further Help by sharing this information Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Receive email alerts March 31, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities step up intimidation, jailing LankaeNews editorcenter_img News Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri LankaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 29, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalistslast_img read more

Man Charged With Murder, Elder Abuse In Connection With Fatal Attack on Woman in Pasadena

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Oscar Villamil, 43, pictured in a photo released by the Pasadena Police Department on Jan. 2, 2021. (Credit: Pasadena Police Department)Prosecutors on Thursday filed a murder charge against a homeless man who detectives say assaulted an elderly Pasadena couple out for their morning walk in a seemingly random attack, killing the woman.Oscar Villamil, 43, faces one count of murder and one count of elder abuse in connection with the deadly attack, which Pasadena police say took place at about 7:45 a.m. on Dec. 29 at Colorado Boulevard and Arroyo Parkway, said Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Ricardo Santiago.Arraignment was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but delayed after the defendant missed his appearance, Santiago said. The reason Villamil missed court was not available, and the next appearance was yet to be scheduled.Pui Gee Ng Lee, 80, of Pasadena, was initially hospitalized in critical condition but ultimately succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday morning, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo.Lee was crossing the street with her husband when Villamil approached, and without any apparent provocation began punching, kicking and shoving the couple, police said.The woman, who fell from a 4-foot-tall ledge and struck her head during the attack, suffered severe injuries. Her husband suffered lesser injuries and was released from hospital care, police said.Sheriff’s deputies apprehended Villamil Tuesday morning at the Metro Gold Line Fillmore Station after a tipster spotted him on a train, recognized him from a wanted flier and notified authorities, according to police. He was then turned over to the custody of Pasadena police.According to L.A. County Superior Court records, Villamil has a lengthy and violent criminal history which included two pending charges of battery at the time of his arrest.Prior convictions include battery committed by an inmate on a non-inmate; vandalism; assault of a custody official by “gassing,” a term used to describe assaulting jail staff with bodily fluids; assault; battery on a peace officer; assault with a deadly weapon; annoying or molesting a child; two counts of battery; child endangerment; solicitation to commit a lewd act in public; and DUI, records show.Bail for Villamil was set at $2 million.Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at (626) 744-4501. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.See also:Suspect Arrested in Connection With Random, Fatal Attack on Elderly Couple in Old PasadenaPolice Seek Man in Relation to Attack on Elderly Couple in Old Pasadena Public Safety Man Charged With Murder, Elder Abuse In Connection With Fatal Attack on Woman in Pasadena By BRIAN DAY Published on Thursday, January 7, 2021 | 2:26 pm Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Top of the News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Brian Montgomery Confirmed as Deputy HUD Secretary

first_img Brian Montgomery Confirmed as Deputy HUD Secretary Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. May 12, 2020 1,552 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Brian Montgomery Confirmed as Deputy HUD Secretary The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Subscribe About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Hon. Brian MontgomeryU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson applauded the confirmation of Brian D. Montgomery to serve as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the second most senior official at HUD, Montgomery will manage the day-to-day operations of the agency and will advise and assist the Secretary in leading the Department’s nearly 8,000 employees.“Brian has done an exemplary job both leading FHA and performing the additional duties of the Deputy Secretary since January 2019. During this unprecedented pandemic, he has been by my side every step of the way as we have implemented policies to protect Americans across the country. As the head of FHA, Brian has helped HUD relieve the burden on renters and homeowners experiencing financial hardship, and to ensure no one loses their home as a result of this national health and economic emergency.” Secretary Carson said. “The IT modernization effort underway at FHA under his stewardship has been central to our ability to continue to serve as a source of strength to the housing market. I am thrilled that the Senate agrees that he will be an excellent Deputy Secretary. Congratulations to Brian and his family on his confirmation.”As Federal Housing Commissioner since June 2018, Brian Montgomery has managed FHA’s more than $1.4 trillion mortgage insurance portfolio, which includes its Single Family, Multifamily, and Health Care programs. As Assistant Secretary for Housing, he has overseen HUD’s Project-based Section 8 rental assistance housing program, the Office of Housing Counseling, and HUD’s Manufactured Housing Program.“I am honored to take on this new role, supporting the outstanding leadership of Secretary Carson during an extraordinary time for our country. We will continue to do everything possible to protect our country’s most vulnerable populations – including the homeless, the elderly, and many others with compromised health. We will provide critical support to low-income renters in public housing, seniors, people with disabilities and with AIDS, among others, including homeowners under stress at this time and those hoping to make it into a decent, safe, affordable home,“ Montgomery said. “I am proud to help lead the Department and humbled to be able to offer all that I can to our endeavors, to deliver it more effectively, efficiently, and with the highest integrity on behalf of American taxpayers.”“Brian Montgomery’s long and respected record of service more than establishes his ideal qualifications to serve as HUD’s Deputy Secretary,” said Ed Delgado, President and CEO, Five Star Global. “Across three administrations, he has worked tirelessly to strengthen FHA and to help bring the dream of homeownership within the reach of people across the nation. From upgrades to FHA’s technological infrastructure to much-needed changes in CWCOT guidance, Deputy Secretary Montgomery has demonstrated a clear vision for progress within HUD. I look forward to seeing how much he can accomplish in this new role.”Montgomery recently sat down with Five Star Global’s President and CEO Ed Delgado for a conversation on HUD’s response to COVID-19, changes to the CWCOT program, and what the department is doing to help homeowners.Listen to the full conversation in the embed below. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Carson FHA HUD Montgomery 2020-05-12 Seth Welborn Tagged with: Carson FHA HUD Montgomery Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: HUD, FHFA, CFPB Join Forces to Assist Homeowners Next: Prepping for a Delinquency Spikelast_img read more

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