Investors have ‘given up’ on the UK, says Nick Train

first_img 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. Will Nick Train join me? It’s unlikely: property plays aren’t the sort of business that attract him. But even so, I bet he can see the value. Right now, as he says, many investors seem to have just given up on the UK stock market – and that includes its REITs. 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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. I’ve still a little cash left to play with, and I suspect that most of it will find its way into REITs. Steer clear of the worst-hit sectors, such as travel and hospitality, and even the most conservative of investors is likely to find stocks with obvious appeal. Investors have ‘given up’ on the UK, says Nick Train Personally, I think that a number of property-based investments – especially Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) – look oversold right now, and I’ve been taking the plunge. But whereas those indices had risen 60% or so since late March, the Footsie’s performance has been far more anaemic. As I write these words, in fact, the FTSE 100 is up just 20% over the same period. And it’s not just this year, or the Covid-19 pandemic, that’s to blame, either. Citywire, for instance, points out that the FTSE All‑Share is up just 15.9% over five years, versus a 93.1% gain for global stock markets.The UK, in short, is on sale right now – and if investors don’t buy UK shares, then overseas predators are happy to step in. Security firm G4S, for instance, is now the subject of unwelcome attention from not just one but two foreign firms. Both of them, what’s more, are substantially smaller than G4S itself.What I’ve been buyingWhere to look? What to buy? In a market like this – despite the turmoil caused by Covid-19 – investors are really spoiled for choice. What’s interesting is why.“I genuinely believe this in part reflects the long period of disappointing absolute and relative returns delivered by the UK stock market,” he wrote. “It’s simply that more opportunities are being presented to us as other investors give up on the UK. I don’t exaggerate when I say ‘give up’: have you seen the industry data showing monthly outflows from across all UK equity funds? They are substantial and sobering.”In other words, a valuation gulf has opened up between global investors’ attitudes to the UK stock market, and Train’s own assessment of the prospects it offers for the sort of high-quality UK stocks that he likes. Malcolm Wheatley | Saturday, 7th November, 2020 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. On a total return basis, his Lindsell Train UK Equity Fund has produced a total return of 352% since being launched in 2006, compared with 83% for the FTSE All-Share.Finsbury Growth & Income Trust, the investment trust that he manages, has done equally well. Over the five years to 31st August, for instance, its shareholders saw a 65% total return, versus 17% for the FTSE All-Share index.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…He’s certainly not an active trader, though: many of the stocks that he holds have been in his funds’ portfolios for over ten years.But just recently, he’s been on something of a buying binge, taking stakes in soap manufacturer PZ Cussons, drinks firm Fever-Tree, and now credit rating agency Experian. PZ Cussons, when he bought it late last year, was the first new UK-listed stock that he’d bought in nine years, according to Citywire.Bargains ahoyTrain’s latest quarterly update for investors in the Lindsell Train UK Equity Fund makes for fascinating reading. Non-property purchases have included beaten-down banking giant HSBC, and specialist pensions and insurance firm Chesnara.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Famously very much a ‘long-term buy and hold’ investor, Nick Train is one of the most respected investment managers in Britain. The subtext: normally unapologetic about sitting on his hands for years a time, Train is right now seeing opportunities – and so expect more purchases in the months ahead.Anaemic growthI pointed out at the beginning of September that huge international disparities could be seen in stock valuations. The S&P 500 index, I wrote, was higher then than it was back in late March, when America and Europe went into lockdown – likewise the Dow Jones index, and Nasdaq. Malcolm owns shares in Supermarket Income REIT, the Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, HICL Infrastructure, Regional REIT, HSBC, and Chesnara. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings, PZ Cussons, Experian and Fever-Tree. Since the end of September, for instance, I’ve taken positions in Supermarket Income REIT, the Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, HICL Infrastructure, and Regional REIT. See all posts by Malcolm Wheatley Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Noting that Experian was the third new holding to have been initiated in the last 12 months, Train openly joked that this was “an unusually high rate of actionable new ideas” for him. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Red light cameras go dark after unanimous vote to end the…

first_img TAGSApopka City CouncilRed Light Camera Program Previous articleCookies and Milk with a Cop this weekendNext article5 Money-Wasting Habits When Buying Gas Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Opinion/AnalysisBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka Voice“You don’t have Nixon to kick around anymore…”-Richard Nixon Like an unwanted guest who overstays his welcome, the red light camera program was ridiculed, insulted and threatened before finally being run out of town on a rail. Perhaps the Museum of the Apopkans will keep one of the cameras around for historic symbolism, but otherwise by January 1st, 2019 the RLC’s will be nothing but a memory.The Apopka City Council, at its meeting last night, voted 5-0 to end the red light camera program before a full house at Council chambers. It took about 60 minutes of public comments, discussion and votes to end the 12-year program. The unanimous vote brought loud applause from the mostly anti-RLC crowd.You won’t have red light cameras to kick around anymore.But before public comments began, Apopka City Commissioner Kyle Becker wanted to dispell a theory within the community and online about balancing the budget based on revenues from the RLC program. “When you look at the budget… the proposed budget that we received at our workshop, you have in there $463,000 in revenue through the end of December and with corresponding expenses which is the cost of service back to ATS of $300,000. So the difference is $163,000 of net revenue that we would see. One of the things I’ve heard in the community and through some of the media sources is if we extend this another year it’s going to solve our gap woes and that’s simply not the case if you use the number that’s in our budget worksheet. If you project that $163,000 for the remaining three quarters that adds up to $489,000. So it doesn’t address the $775,000 that we’re currently projecting on the budget that we were proposed at the workshop. So I just want to squash that idea pretty quickly.”Editor’s Note: According to a statement by City Administrator Edward Bass at the July 5th budget workshop, net revenues of the RLC program are approximately $800,000-$900,000 per year. That figure along with a half-mill increase to the millage rate (which brings in an additional $1.4-$1.5 million) was what The Apopka Voice drew its conclusions from for its budget suggestions.Frank Drescher an Orlando resident and former Ocoee police officer who was representing the RLC vendor American Traffic Solutions (ATS), warned the Council about the safety ramifications this vote might have. “It’s critical everyone understand the impact of the decision tonight. The safety program that has been endorsed by your police department professionals is used not only as a safety tool to catch red-light violators, who break the law and put your community at risk, but it is also used as a crime prevention and apprehension tool as numerous videos have been used to identify criminals, all at no cost to the city taxpayers as this is a violator funded program. As you make your decision tonight, I hope you make safety your first priority. Seatbelts save lives. Airbags save lives. And red light cameras save lives.William Gussler, an Apopka resident, pushed back on Drescher’s assessment that the program focused on safety. “A couple of things I’d like to respond to from the distinguished gentleman from ATS that caught my attention right away… I know he is a former police officer from Ocoee. But he did mention his concern coming over here and making sure his kids were safe. He’s well paid by ATS to be here. It’s not motivated by his concern for safety and that’s the basis of my point here. It’s not about safety it’s about the profits and that’s not why we’re here and that’s not why we put them in in the first place.”Derek Ryan, an Apopka resident and longtime opponent of RLC’s, believes the program is unnecessary government intervention. “As a landscape salesman covering central Florida, I travel the roads at a rate of 3 to 4 times the typical driver. Because of this, on occasion, I received what I refer to as a “bomb threat letter” in the mail with a picture of my license plate along with some very intimidating words telling me that I recently committed a horrible sin of driving through a red light and hurting no person or no property. Every time I receive these bomb threats I fight them and I beat them because they have no legal leg to stand on. They are typical government intimidation to raise revenue and when the government tries to solve problems, there are always unintended consequences.”Glen Chancy, an Apopka resident who ran for Mayor of Apopka in 2014 advocating against the red light cameras, also challenged the assertion that it was a safety program.  “If this is really a safety program why aren’t we willing to fund it with taxpayer dollars? So if we are not willing to fund it with taxpayer dollars, if we require a positive return, then are we really talking about safety? What other safety programs are we willing to cut? None. But this we can.”Rod Olson of Apopka was the final speaker and only advocate for red light cameras outside of the ATS representative. “I’m quoting the Insurance Institute of Highway safety ‘red light cameras reduce injury crashes by 25%’. The Federal Highway Administration says right-angle crashes show a 22% injury versus a 2% injury rate because of rear-end crashes. The Centers for Disease Control says red light camera increases rear-end crashes but reduces side-impact crashes and reduces overall crash severity. Safety I think is the most important thing.”Commissioner Alice Nolan, who at the July 5th budget workshop proposed the idea of using RLC revenues to balance the budget after receiving numerous emails and phone calls in support of the program, was swayed by the overwhelming amount of calls and emails she received after that initial proposal. “I got a lot of emails and phone calls from the citizens and I appreciate it because when it comes to something like this I do want to hear from you guys. Even if we differ in opinions I really do want to hear from you because, in the end, that’s how we have to vote.”Commissioner Doug Bankson, who also called for using RLC revenue over a millage rate increase in the July 5th workshop, was also swayed by the overwhelming will of the people. “Slamdunk. It is the will of the people. That’s what determines what we decide. The information is also what we have to factor in, and you know it’s a moving target. You read some reports and they’re this way and others they’re the other way. The challenge with this is it’s not a scientific poll so where do we get that information? We don’t have a general source of that from the people. Quite honestly I’ve heard from people on both sides of the fence, so both arguments are passionate. For me personally, I don’t like red light cameras but I don’t like speed limits either. It goes back to what’s best for us and what do the people want? The best that I can poll for myself, draw from online polls and all of these different things is it seems to be the will of the people, so the other things to me are a moot point. Discussions about revenue are an important thing, but I just want the citizens to have the right information and then they tell us what they want our community to reflect and represent. I’ve been convinced the majority of people want to see red light cameras gone and that’s what moves my decision.” Commissioner Alexander Smith had no speeches but made his intention clear. “I’m ready to vote.” Becker also pointed out the initial goal of the program and how those numbers increased over the last few years. “With a reduction in Violation Notices being the primary goal… in 2014 there were 22,283 violations… in 2015 there were 23,204… in 2016 there were 31,773. In 2017, there was still 26,602, but according to ATS, we had eight cameras off so it may have been flat or maybe even an increase. And even if we’re going to extend this for a period of time it’s not going to solve our budget gap. In fact, we have several cameras that are taking a loss. They don’t even pay for themselves and why would we do that? If we wanted a program like this we would fund it out of the general fund. There are just too many things that don’t add up to reveal itself as having the safety impact that people think it has.” Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, who ran against the RLC program in the 2018 mayoral election, made the final case for balancing the budget without RLC revenues. “Obviously I ran on getting rid of red light cameras for a lot of reasons. I also voted for red light cameras back when I was in the Legislature, and I don’t regret my vote… and then a couple years later I proposed a bill to try to take some of the sting out of what the red light cameras did, and one of those things was to put a ticket on the tag so you wouldn’t lose your drivers license if you didn’t pay the ticket. But as for the budget, we look at revenue and we look at the budget… But I’ll tell you when we look at last year’s budget including red light cameras we took out $1.3 million from reserves to balance the budget. We also took out an additional $2 million in loans to balance the budget. This year which includes only three months of red light camera money… and we’re going to add $600,000 in additional debt not from this Council, but we’ve still reduced our budget by $900,000 so we’re getting close to a balanced budget without red light camera revenue after January 1st… So I think when you look at even the revenue side… I think we can get to a point where we feel comfortable with a very, very small tax increase. It may be a slight one and still keep us under Orange County without revenue coming in from red light cameras. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

300 charities sign up for this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge

first_img300 charities sign up for this year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge Melanie May | 16 November 2016 | News More than 300 charities are involved in the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, the Big Give Christmas Challenge, which launches on #GivingTuesday this year.Together, the charities are expected to raise around £7.5 million in 72 hours following the campaign launch at 12pm on 29th November.Participating charities include Canine Partners, Act4Africa, and ASH Wales and span a wide variety of causes including child poverty, reducing loneliness amongst the elderly, international development, arts, the environment, and animals.Donations made between 12pm on 29th November and 12pm on 2nd December will be matched by a combination of charities’ key supporters and Big Give Champions.  The Champions are philanthropic organisations who donate matching funds. This year they include The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Candis Magazine, Big Lottery Fund and The Postcode Support Trust.The Big Give is also trying a geographical approach with this year’s Christmas Challenge, partnering with the Big Lottery Fund and The Waterloo Foundation to support 21 charities working in Wales who will be raising funds collaboratively to raise support for the welfare of people in the country. Funds will also be ring-fenced for participating charities.Alex Day, director of The Big Give, said:“We’re excited for this year’s campaign, particularly because we’ve had the opportunity to listen to feedback from charities and implement changes to the campaign. Match funds are expected to last a lot longer than usual because they will be ring-fenced for each charity this year. We hope as many people as possible can join us on #GivingTuesday to donate to a cause they feel passionately about.”Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £71 million for more than 2,500 charity projects. Last year, the event raised over £6.4m in the first three days with 258 charities participating.A number of tweets have already gone out from participating charities to raise public awareness and support of the event: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Tagged with: christmas Giving Tuesday match funding The Big Givecenter_img  80 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 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.  79 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Promo clothing up for grabs with Scimitar Sports competition

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Scimitar Sports has launched a competition that will see one charity win £2,018 towards their next sportswear and promotional item order.Scimitar Sports, which supplies custom sportswear to the charity and event sector, launched the competition at the London Marathon Expo and charities have until 31st July to enter.Any UK charity can enter, and the winner will be drawn at random and announced by 31st August. Entry is via an online form on the Scimitar Sports website.Adam Church-Millward, marketing manager for Scimitar Sports, said:“Having worked with hundreds of charities for a number of years, Scimitar are keen to give something back to the community, The money will go towards a Scimitar order of your choice – from sportswear, promotional material and clothing. We encourage charities from across the UK to put their name in to the hat by filling out the form.” Tagged with: competition Promotional sport 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. Advertisement  158 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7  157 total views,  1 views today Promo clothing up for grabs with Scimitar Sports competition Melanie May | 18 May 2017 | Newslast_img read more

NCGA CEO Talks Trade, Trade Aid, and Ethanol with HAT in…

first_img By Eric Pfeiffer – May 13, 2019 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News NCGA CEO Talks Trade, Trade Aid, and Ethanol with HAT in DC SHARE Facebook Twitter NCGA CEO Talks Trade, Trade Aid, and Ethanol with HAT in DCNational Corn Growers Association CEO Jon Doggett spoke to Hoosier Ag Today’s Eric Pfeiffer in Washington, D.C. about trade with China, trade with Canada and Mexico, the push for year-round ethanol, and the potential for more trade aid coming from USDA. Doggett believes the formula for calculating the aid for corn farmers needs to change this time around to account for market loss in Mexico. He says that if more trade aid is on the way, it needs to be much better than a penny per bushel. Listen to my full interview with Doggett above. Previous articleDon’t Push the Panic Button YetNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for May 14, 2019 Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter NCGA CEO Talks Trade, Trade Aid, and Ethanol with HAT in DClast_img read more

Fishers Focuses on 33-Acre Educational Agriculture Complex

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Aug 8, 2020 Facebook Twitter Fishers Focuses on 33-Acre Educational Agriculture ComplexWhile some Indiana communities downplay their agricultural roots and place zoning restrictions on farms, one Indiana town is making agriculture the centerpiece of its community.Fishers, in Hamilton County, was once a farming community. In recent years, however, it has become a suburb of Indianapolis and one of the fastest growing retail and commercial areas In the state.Yet, city leaders have made a 33-acre complex in the heart of the city a park dedicated to agricultural education.“There are a lot of kids and people in Fishers today who are several generations removed from the farm. Our fear was that the next generation would have no idea about the history and heritage of agriculture or how their food is produced,” said Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness.Fadness told HAT that community support the AgriPark has been strong.“I really think we have tapped into something there. The response has been overwhelming. People today are looking for a place to get out and be in a safe environment. This provides them that chance.”The public has the chance to volunteer to help with the planting and tending of crops and the management of livestock.The park features a large vegetable production area, livestock area, a tree farm, and a kids play area with an agricultural theme.Purdue alumna Jackie Leeuw has been hired to develop educational programs for the public and area schools.“The fall season will be a special time at the AgriPark. In May, 10 acres of field corn were planted, which will be home to a corn maze this fall. In addition, another field will house a gourd and pumpkin patch for picking, and a field of sunflowers will be grown for photo and craft opportunities,” stated Leeuw.The mayor says all the produce of the farm is donated back to the community, “We are not profit oriented but experience driven, so all the food we produce is donated to food banks and offered free to the public.Indiana House speaker Brad Huston, a Fishers native who was on hand for the ribbon cutting last week, says he is proud to see the heritage of agriculture highlighted.“Many of us are proud of Indiana’s agriculture history, and it is great to see it being recognized and honored.”The park will be open until the end of October this year and then reopen in the spring.More details at FishersAgriPark.com. Fishers Focuses on 33-Acre Educational Agriculture Complex Home Indiana Agriculture News Fishers Focuses on 33-Acre Educational Agriculture Complex SHARE Previous articleHoosier Ag This Week – The Week in Review Podcast for August 8thNext articleTimely Rains Lead to Excellent Crop Conditions for Most of Indiana Gary Truittlast_img read more

Volleyball announces four matches for spring schedule

first_imgJonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU vs Green Bay volleyball in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in Fort Worth, Texas on December 6, 2017. (Photo/Sharon Ellman) What we’re reading: Attempts for background checks on stranger-to-stranger gun sales in Texas Previous articleWomen’s basketball tops Oklahoma, advances to first Big 12 semifinalNext articleHoroscope: March 4, 2018 Jonathan Abraham RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin printDirector of Volleyball Jill Kramer announced this week that TCU volleyball will play four matches, all in the state of Texas, as the spring season begins.“Our team’s effort has been great in the spring season and we are looking forward to playing against some competition other than ourselves in March and April,” Kramer said. “The spring is always important to our program’s progress because it’s when our student-athletes have the opportunity to really push themselves to develop as athletes in the weight room and in conditioning, hone their skills in the gym and strengthen our team systems.”The spring season starts March 3 when the Horned Frogs head to San Antonio to take on the UTSA Roadrunners at 5 p.m. TCU then travels to San Marcos, Texas to take on the Texas State Bobcats April 7.The team will return to Fort Worth for its final spring games as they play host to the SMU Mustangs April 13 at The Rickel. The spring season will come to close April 21 when the Frogs welcome back the TCU volleyball alumni for a match.TCU advanced to the postseason for the third consecutive season as the team made it to the semifinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) to close out the 2017 season. Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Athletics Weekend Roundup: equestrian triumphs, swim and dive falters, and women’s golf finishes strong What we’re reading: Most Texas House members disapprove of Trump’s Syria actions ReddIt TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jonathan Abraham + posts ReddIt Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter Women’s basketball defeats Alcorn State to tie best start to a season Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Jonathan is a journalism major from Philadelphia who is also minoring in Spanish. When Jonathan is not writing for TCU 360, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams (76ers, Eagles, Union, Phillies, and Flyers).last_img read more

Tunisian police attack reporter during demonstration

first_img News Receive email alerts Organisation November 11, 2020 Find out more Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder September 19, 2017 Tunisian police attack reporter during demonstration RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the action of the Tunisian police in attacking and arresting a radio reporter as he covered a demonstration yesterday in the southeastern city of Sfax, and calls for a thorough and impartial investigation with the aim of identifying and prosecuting those responsible. News to go further Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ViolenceImprisoned TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ViolenceImprisoned Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Although clearly identified as a journalist, Diwan FM reporter Hamdi Souissi was assaulted by a group of policemen while providing live coverage of a sit-in in support of a primary school school-teacher accused by parents of “atheism” and having “a bad influence” on their children. After receiving injuries to the face and shoulder, Souissi was taken to the South Sfax police station, where he was interrogated for more than two hours and his radio equipment was confiscated. “The violence of the attack was unprecedented,” Souissi told RSF. “The police became more aggressive when I identified myself as a journalist. It was as if it was a crime to cover a sit-in.” In the recording of his live coverage of the sit-in, he can be heard to identify himself and the police can be heard insulting him. “There is no justification for using violence against a journalist who is doing his job,” RSF said. “We strongly condemn this attack and we call for a swift investigation that sheds light on an incident that is unacceptable in a democracy.” When RSF phoned interior ministry press officer Yasser Mosbah, he declined to answer any questions. The National Union of Tunisian Journalists reported that the police station’s commander apologized to Souissi after the interior ministry intervened, and that the interior ministry attributed the incident to “confusion.” When Diwan FM editor in chief Mehdi Ben Amor went to collect Souissi from the police station, he and Souissi were subjected to further aggressive police behaviour that was witnessed by a court bailiff. Ben Amor said they would lose no time in filing a complaint. Diwan FM is a general interest radio station based in Sfax. Tunisia is ranked 97th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist

first_imgThese six human rights defenders, pictured above from left to right here are: Zohrab Ismayil: forced to leave Azerbaijan, his NGO, Public Association for Assistance to Free Economy, paralysedEmin Huseynov: unable to work in Azerbaijan, due to legal action against his NGO, Institute for Reporters Freedom of Safety, subject to travel banGulnara Akhundova: forced to leave Azerbaijan, no longer able to represent her NGO, International Media Support from within the countryRasul Jafarov: in pre-trial detention on politically motivated chargesIntigam Aliyev: in pre-trial detention on politically motivated charges, unable to take his cases at the European Court for Human Rights forwardRashid Hajili: forced to stop working as human rights defender, his NGO, Media Rights Institute seized operatingThe IPGA calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to cease its harassment of Khadija Ismayilova and stop the silencing of its critics through imprisonment and politically motivated legal actions. Member states of the Council of Europe, the main human rights institution in Europe, need to speak up and hold Azerbaijan to account for failing to implement its human rights obligations. With Azerbaijan as chair of its Committee of Ministers until 14 November, the integrity and accountability of the institution is at stake. For further information about Khadija Ismayilova, also see the recent IPGA report “Azerbaijan – when the truth becomes a lie”. RSF_en Related documents When the truth becomes a liePDF – 1.66 MB RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 4, 2021 Find out more News As part of the International Partnership Group on Azerbaijan (IPGA), APC, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Index on Censorship, the European Federation of Journalists, Freedom House, Freedom Now, the Human Rights House Foundation, International Media Support, the Media Diversity Institute, PEN International and Reporters without Borders, call on the international community, and in particular Council of Europe member states to immediately and publicly condemn the ongoing harassment and politically motivated criminal charges against Khadija Ismayilova. With the next court hearing taking place on Friday 17 October, at 11.30 in Binagadi district court in Baku, Council of Europe member states should publicly request to attend and send a representative to monitor the hearing. IPGA members believe that Khadija Ismayilova’s attendance at the most recent session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg triggered the latest string of harassment, including a five hour search upon arrival at the airport following her trip, the criminal defamation charges and the imposition of a travel ban.“Those who raise concern about the existence of political prisoners in Azerbaijan at the Council of Europe are themselves specifically targeted by the authorities, and such reprisals are incompatible with international human rights standards the Azerbaijani authorities claim to adhere to,” said David Diaz-Jogeix, Director of Programmes of ARTICLE 19.“The ongoing harassment of one of Azerbaijan’s most outspoken critics follows an unprecedented wave of arrests of human rights defenders, civic activists and journalists in Azerbaijan who have dared to publicly criticise the authorities. Those who have spoken about the issue of political prisoners in Azerbaijan at PACE have been particularly targeted.” said Florian Irminger, Head of Advocacy and Geneva Office at the Human Rights House Foundation (HRHF). “We are deeply concerned by the increasing persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan and, in particular, continued attempts to stifle free expression through intimidation and harassment of journalists like Khadija Ismayilova and Arzu Geybulla. The international community – and especially the Council of Europe of which Azerbaijan is part – needs to speak out loudly and firmly against the crackdown in Azerbaijan,” stated Jodie Ginsberg, CEO of Index on Censorship.”Khadija Ismayilova is one of the most recognized investigation journalists in Azerbaijan. Harassing her is sending a clear signal of intimidation to the entire media profession,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. News Receive email alerts The Azerbaijani authorities should immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Khadija Ismayilova and cease all legal proceedings against her. Against the backdrop of the unprecedented crackdown on civil society, Khadija Ismayilova’s arrest on criminal defamation charges seems imminent and would confirm the authorities’ intent to silence all critical voices in the country. June 8, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia October 16, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Stop harassment and legal action against leading investigative journalist Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Organisation News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Azerbaijan to go further April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Westridge School Dean Dies After Battle with COVID-19

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Subscribe People Westridge School Dean Dies After Battle with COVID-19 Carol van Zalingen impacted students’ lives STAFF REPORT Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 | 12:17 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. Community News Community News 46 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News center_img A popular staff member at the Westridge School for Girls died after a battle with Coronavirus according to an email by school officials.“I write today with the unthinkable news of the loss of Carol van Zalingen, a dearly beloved member of our school community. Carol, our Lower and Middle School Dean of Student Support, died today just after 4 a.m. in Huntington Hospital from complications related to COVID–19,” wrote Elizabeth J. McGregor, head of the Westridge School for Girls.To aid mourning students, school was canceled on Tuesday and online support groups were provided.Officials at the school are in the process of developing an online memorial for Zalingen.An online celebration of her life will be held at a later date.Zalingen joined Westridge in 2008 as an eighth grade English teacher. In 2015 she transitioned to her current role of Dean of Lower and Middle School student support.The latter role combined her exquisite talent as an educator and her seemingly bottomless capacity for empathy and caring, according to the email.In the classroom she was known to connect in a very special way with each of her students. Her colleagues describe her as “a safe space for students and adults.”“She was known as gentle and wise, always reaching out to help others in a supportive and non-judgmental manner,” McGregor wrote. “She never wanted a light shined in her direction, but her ability to listen, be present, and hold time and space for students and friends was uncanny.”Zalingen was instrumental in helping students progress along a path to being independent learners and finding and following a positive personal narrative. Many Upper School students consistently cited her as one of the faculty members who made a significant impact on their lives. She indeed changed lives and made a mark on our hearts.“Please keep Carol and her family close to your hearts. She would not want the attention, but she certainly deserves every ounce of love in the universe – she was a special person who touched so many lives.” Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more