FTSE 100 vs FTSE 250, which will end higher in 2021?

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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Many years ago, I came across the old adage: “FTSE 100 for income, FTSE 250 for growth.” The idea is that growth companies make their way up through the FTSE 250, and finally reach the FTSE 100 where they mature and turn to paying bigger dividends.I often also hear the claim that the FTSE 250, perhaps as a result, tends to outpace the FTSE 100. That sounds plausible, if the smaller-cap index contains more growth companies. But wait, doesn’t the FTSE 250 lose out and fall back every time one of its stocks grows too big and makes it into the top 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…I took a look back at the two indexes since their inception in 1984, and I was surprised by what I saw. To date, the FTSE 250 has indeed outstripped the FTSE 100. But it’s only a relatively recent phenomenon. Up until 2003, the two indexes were pretty much neck and neck. And only since then have the mid-cap companies of the FTSE 250 pulled ahead of their bigger cousins.FTSE 100 pulling backThe two came close to convergence again by 2009, during the financial crisis. The UK’s top banking and insurance giants are all FTSE 100 companies. So there’s no real surprise that’s where the carnage happened.The ongoing weakness of the financial sector, being hit hard by Brexit and then by Covid-19, probably helps explain the rapid outperformance of the FTSE 250 since then. Climate change has likely played a part too, with big oil companies suffering. After all, the top of the index was long dominated by Shell, BP and the banks.But what’s been happening more recently? Well, the pandemic-driven stock market crash hit the FTSE 250 more heavily. But it’s already recovered more strongly and is back in the lead.Since mid-February 2020, we’re looking at a gain of 3% compared to a loss of 6% for the FTSE 100. Again, I can’t help thinking the banking factor has played a significant part. Without the banks, I think the two indexes would have been closer together.A strong FTSE 250 future?For the rest of 2021 and beyond? I can see financial sector weakness continuing. Barclays, with its wider international reach and its investment banking exposure, looks like being the exception. But the other big names are still suffering, and I reckon Brexit could weigh heavily on them for some time yet. The UK’s departure agreement might have secured tariff-free movement of goods, but it doesn’t cover services.I do think we could see the FTSE 250 beating the FTSE 100 again over the next few years. One thing a stock market meltdown can do is open up possibilities for smaller and more nimble companies. Brexit looks sure to bring changes in the UK economy, and that too could open up possibilities for smaller cap companies.I prefer to focus on individual companies, and I’ll buy what I think is a good stock no matter which index it’s in. Saying that, in the next few years, I think I could be seeing more attractive smaller companies than usual. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Enter Your Email Address FTSE 100 vs FTSE 250, which will end higher in 2021? See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Manu Tuilagi – a rare interview

first_img“Everyone who plays rugby wants to play in a World Cup and every English player wants to play for England. Hopefully the dream will continue. Playing at Twickenham for England is in the back of my mind and I’d love to be able to do it.”Click here to find out why Rugby World’s Sarah Mockford believes Manu could be the answer to England’s midfield problems. “Being called up to the England Saxons was a surprise too. It was a real bonus to get a call from [head coach] Stuart Lancaster in the first place and now I’m starting so I’m just trying to keep my cool. For me it’s a massive step from the academy to the first team and then from Leicester to the Saxons.”Tuilagi’s brothers have all played internationally for Samoa but he qualifies for England by residency after coming to the country six years ago and working his way through the ranks at Welford Road. Once last summer’s visa problems were resolved his path was clear.“I was born in Samoa and came over at the age of 13, so all my rugby pretty much has been learned in England and Leicester have been great for me every step of the way,” he said. “You don’t get anything free and easy there.“It [the visa appeal] went on for a long time but I didn’t let it affect my rugby. I thought, well, if I’m gone, I’m gone. I just tried to keep playing and not thinking about it. It all worked out well in the end, thank God.“At the moment I’m just focused on playing well at club level and for the Saxons and the next game on Saturday, but the World Cup? I don’t know. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Teenage Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi is doing his best to keep his feet on the ground as he prepares to make his first start for England Saxons.The Samoan-born 19-year-old was in danger of being sent back to the Pacific island last summer, winning an appeal against deportation and being granted indefinite leave to remain in the country.Since then his progress has been rapid, stepping up out of the Tigers academy to feature for the first team and start their last five games in the Heineken Cup, Aviva Premiership and LV=Cup, following in the footsteps of five brothers to have featured for Leicester.A former England Under 18 international, he was named in the national Under 20 squad in July, then promoted to the Saxons group as an injury replacement for Mathew Tait and will line-up alongside established star turns like Ugo Monye and James Simpson-Daniel as well as Tigers teammate Billy Twelvetrees against Italy A at Sixways on Saturday (3.15pm).On the way, he’s even been mentioned as a contender for a place in this year’s World Cup squad after displaying a frightening combination of power, pace and subtle handling on his arrival in the Tigers team.“Back in the summer I was just looking to get a start in the Leicester first team and that’s quite hard because you’ve got guys like Dan Hipkiss, my brother [Alesana] on the wing, Anthony Allen at 12, and so on all around you.“But because of some injuries I’ve got an opportunity to come on, then get some starts and I’ve started the last five games now. It’s a big step up from the Leicester academy and the standard is very high in the Aviva Premiership and in the European Cup. We’ve played the likes of the Scarlets and Exeter away from home recently and they’re all tough games.last_img read more

Camelot wins National Lottery licence

Howard Lake | 19 December 2000 | News Camelot has won the second licence to run the UK’s National Lottery, beating Sir Richard Branson’s People’s Lottery. After a 4-1 decision by the commissioners, Hilary Blume, a commissioner from the charity sector, resigned in protest. Read Camelot wins lottery licence and Charities demand funding security by Guy Campos at SocietyGuardian. Find out more about Hilary Blume in Charity doctor sets record for good causes by Adam Sherwin at The Times About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Camelot wins National Lottery licence read more

Finding Company Sponsors for Good Causes

first_imgFinding Company Sponsors for Good Causes  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 November 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Migrants and the world capitalist crisis

first_imgTeresa Gutierrez.From a WWP Conference talk by Secretariat member Teresa Gutierrez.I had a dilemma in preparing this talk. What should I focus on? Should it be the migrant struggle? Or another issue I care deeply about, global warming? As we witness heart-wrenching devastation in the Philippines, how can you not think about the climate crisis? What has been the U.S. response? Further militarization of the country! But we say U.S. troops should get out of the Philippines now — after paying reparations for centuries of plunder.The climate crisis necessitates that our party consider dedicating a specially convened conference on this issue, which cries out for worldwide socialist revolution. We have to get this message out that the only thing that can save humanity from this crisis is to abolish the capitalist system. Only organizations and governments that thoroughly put the needs of the people before the capitalist class have the answers. Cuba of course took it further; they ousted and kept out the capitalist class altogether!But as a comrade born in stolen Mexico, I need to bring the party’s attention to developments on the immigration question. I place my remarks within the context of the pre-conference document written by Comrade Holmes.As we have written about extensively, the global working class faces an unprecedented capitalist economic crisis. Capitalism is at a dead end. And a dying animal is a desperate animal, a dangerous animal.As Marxists, we know that every single capitalist crisis contains the seeds of the system’s own destruction. How do we prepare for this destruction? How do we accelerate it? First, of course, by studying the crisis and its period well.Conditions for migrants here and around the world provide much material for understanding this crisis as well as the next steps of the struggle: building the People’s Power and Workers’ Assemblies, recruiting and in general preparing the party to be even more battle ready.Where is the struggle for migrant rights today?The upsurge of millions of migrants and their supporters in 2006 pushed back heinous U.S. legislation. But the ruling class took note of this massive upsurge and carefully and meticulously responded accordingly. It began to wage an unprecedented assault against this vulnerable sector of the working class.It mirrored the monstrous assault on the Black community. Mass incarcerations and mass deportations of oppressed people became the rule. An entire generation is experiencing untold dehumanization and degradation. This is a war on the oppressed, especially on youth.Since 2008, about 2.5 million workers have been deported under the Obama administration. Thousands have been picked up under the E-Verify system. Racial profiling is wide sweeping. It is now a felony to cross the border without documents!And if current legislation in Washington passes, it will be a felony for a so-called citizen to give an undocumented worker water in the scorching Arizona desert or a ride home from work in Tennessee. This is divide-and-conquer at its worst.Government policy mandates that 35,000 beds in detention centers must be filled every night by detained migrants, making humongous profits for the Corrections Corporation of America. This policy did not stop during the recent government shutdown. The militarization of the border continues. The money allocated to ICE — Immigration and Customs Enforcement — now numbers in the billions.Young people lead resistanceNone of this has stopped the struggle. Resistance to the war on migrants has been diverse and heroic. It can be as small but profound as young people in Mexico throwing rocks at migra agents across the border.In fact — a note for FIST comrades — most of the resistance is being led by young people. No surprise. Of the 250 million workers who have been forced to migrate from nations around the world, the vast majority are young people.The Dreamers, after many appeals to Congress, are now very frustrated and are moving in an independent and radical direction.Over the last few months, young migrants have deliberately gone up to ICE agents and gotten themselves detained. Why? So they can go into CCA detention centers, organize the incarcerated and condemn conditions inside.The only way you can describe that is bold, damn bold! Those are the kinds of youth we need to join FIST, work with the PPA and recruit to the party. And the resistance goes on, like that of the exemplary struggle of the Boston school bus drivers.The migrant rights movement, like many others, is not necessarily class conscious or revolutionary. It is diverse, scattered, single issued, and there are still those who have hopes that the social democrats will lead them out of the void. Class consciousness is not high, but seeds of it are everywhere. This all must be part of our critical assessment.On other fronts, unions that have made a progressive turn are attempting to fill their ranks with low-wage workers, those traditionally out of the conventional labor movement. We want to work side by side with these sectors, no matter their ties to the capitalist parties. We want to be in the trenches with them and fan the flames of struggle at every turn.We understand the role of the Democratic Party, which serves to put a brake on the struggle, but we are not ultra-leftists who spew strident rhetoric that can also put a brake on the struggle. Our entire history of more than 50 years is one of nonsectarian, bold but principled intervention. We are some of the best coalition builders in the country, including with social democrats. Let’s be proud of that. We know that they are not the enemy; the capitalist class is.But if the movement is led by those who count on the capitalist parties, then it will be a movement like the capitalist system — at a dead end. The migrant question illuminates this.There are many who accept the proposed legislation now in Congress. It is not what migrants have been fighting for. It does not address the root causes of migration. That would challenge imperialism itself.It accepts guest workers, which means accepting Homeland Security’s program of slamming the back door while opening wide the front door. More workers are being deported than ever before, at the very same time that more workers are coming in through these guest worker programs than ever before, working in conditions that the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as near slavery.Need for People’s Power AssembliesThe most important thing the Party can do in terms of the mass struggle is build the movement for the People’s Power Assemblies. Our class urgently and desperately needs the PPA. The migrant question dramatically demonstrates the need for an independent, class-conscious, revolutionary formation to up the ante.We need to get into the mass struggle even more. We must fight for every right for our class, whether legalization, an end to the prison pipeline or just a traffic light at the corner.A dying animal is a dangerous animal. Look at what the ruling class did after the migrant movement upsurge. Workers flexed their muscles in 2006 and said, “Bosses cannot run this country without us. You cannot pick the food in the fields, deliver it in the restaurants, take care of the children, and all the rest, without us.” After this upsurge, the ruling class carried out all the anti-immigrant attacks we see today.The flexing of class power by migrants in 2006 hit the ruling class hard: they lost profits. We must remember that May Day 2006 was a strike, a walkout. That single day cost the ruling class billions of dollars.Some in the labor movement, many of them well-meaning and dedicated, tried to stop that May Day. Now those same elements are leading the demonstrations for migrant rights, but targeting only the Republicans. That is why we need the PPA.I think that perhaps the PPAs should soon, maybe not this year or the next but soon, consider taking the example of our migrant sisters and brothers and call for a general strike.But we cannot and will not call something like that, something so crucial to our class, lightly or cavalierly. Everyone must be united and in genuine collaboration with each other every step of the way for that to mean anything. And we must examine the material basis and conditions to see if they exist. But sooner or later, we must be bold, like the workers at Chicago’s Republic Windows and Doors when they took over their factory in 2008.Soon we will see workers walk out of factories and offices and then go back and run them without the bosses. But that can only start by building classwide solidarity and consciousness.We will fight for all this and more. And we will win.We will win a world with no borders, where workers are free to come and go without fear of being caught like an animal in the desert, without fear of drowning in the icy waters of the Mediterranean, a world where the drive for profits or the death and destruction of climate change no longer create migrants.I would like to end with a fist up to Honduras. They have an important election coming up where presidential candidate Xiomara Castro is calling for socialism. Like many places around the world, they too are carrying out People’s Assemblies. Here is how they describe it in one of their election cards:“People’s power in simple words is the power of the people expressed through different forms of participation in major decisions in the life of a country, the political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, international, … moving from a representative democracy to a participatory one, this people’s power must be organized.”Let us take this cue from the workers in Honduras and workers around the world who are assembling everywhere in righteous struggle. The greatest act of solidarity we can give them is to build the revolutionary movement right here in the U.S., a movement that defeats capitalism once and for all. That is the task at hand.Build a Workers World! Socialism or death!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Day of solidarity with Venezuela

first_img[youtube=https://youtu.be/pjIS_hTMU8g&rel=0]Video report on the April 19 International Days of Solidarity with Venezuela.Below is the announcement of the event:International Days of Solidaritywith VENEZUELA  TELL PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hands OffThe Bolivarian Revolution!#REPEALTHEOBAMADECREEALL OUT SUN ►APRIL 19Rally @ 2 pm in Times Square42nd & 7th Ave.March @ 3 pm to Simon Bolivar59th St. & 6th Ave.Over the last few years, Washington has worked nonstop on an aggressive attempt to overturn the revolutionary progress in Venezuela.  Upon the election of President Hugo Chávez in 1998, a wave of revolutionary momentum developed.  Huge gains were made for the Venezuelan people, especially the most impoverished.  The standard of living lifted dramatically; students who had never dreamed of going to school were now attending both on primary and university levels.President Nicolás Maduro along with many political and mass organizations have carried on this legacy today.On March 9, President Barack Obama declared Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States” and announced that the U.S. would be applying to Venezuela the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.The organizations below heed the call for solidarity from Venezuela. We will not be quiet. We must let Washington and Wall Street know that the solidarity movement will do everything it can to stay the hand of intervention. Venezuela needs breathing space, freedom from acts of sabotage and intervention in order to build the kind of society it wants.National Call for Solidarity endorsed by the following organizations:• International Action Center• Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle• Alliance for Global Justice• United National Anti-War Coalition (UNAC)• HondurasUSAResistencia• May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant RightsFor more information visit iacenter.orgor call 212-633-6646 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU ‘out-worked’ by No. 6 Baylor, loses by 18, 70-52

first_imgGarrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Garrett Podell Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas + posts ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Facebookcenter_img TAGSgame lostpostgameTCU in title Linkedin Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleTrack and Field sets new records at Frisco InvitationalNext articleMissed shots, rebounds cost TCU against No. 2 Baylor Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier printTCU’s three-game Big 12 winning streak ended quickly and quietly Saturday in Waco to No.6 Baylor, 70-52. The Horned Frogs never held a lead and fell behind by as much as 21 in the second half.The loss dropped the Horned Frogs’ record to 17-8 overall and 6-6 in the Big 12. TCU is still looking for its first win over an AP Top 25 team since a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015. The Frogs have lost its last 20 games against ranked opponents.A key factor in TCU’s defeat was losing the battle on the boards, as they were out-rebounded by ten,  36-26.“We really got outworked tonight, defensively, on the boards, rebounding,” TCU forward Kenrich Williams said. “It’s just surprising and a bit of an embarrassment.”Williams’ head coach concurred, as the Horned Frogs surrendered 42 points to the Bears, double the amount TCU scored at the rim, 26.“We got out-rebounded by ten in a low possession game, we didn’t get them to turn the ball over, and they made shots,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Our defense and rebounding let us down.”Three players did most of the damage for Baylor: forward Johnathan Motley, point guard Manu Lecomte, and guard King McClure. The trio scored 40 of the Bears’ first 46 points. Motley finished with a game-high 25 on a near-perfect 12-15 shooting, Lecomte scored 17, and McClure added 13. Lecomte and McClure each hit three three-pointers.Frustration boiled over for Williams with 12:33 left in the game. After a foul by Baylor forward Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. halted a TCU fast break that would’ve resulted in an easy dunk, Williams slammed down the basketball in frustration, resulting in the game’s only technical foul.However, TCU freshman point guard Jaylen Fisher provided the Horned Frogs with their lone bright spot in what was the Horned Frogs’ biggest loss of the season, scoring a career-high 18 points.“He’s making open shots and he just has to continue taking good shots, which he did in the second half,” Dixon said. “We have to get him to improve defensively and he has to take more rebounds and loose balls.”The Horned Frogs also noticed that opponents are bringing more intensity to their matchups against them this season.“Being here two years, I’ve seen teams mess around and not take us seriously,” Williams said. “This year, you can tell teams are watching film on us and scouting more seriously this year.”The Baylor players said as much.“Coach Drew emphasized defense in practice, and Coach Mills did a great job with the scouting report, taking away and having us know certain plays that they run against the zone defense,” Baylor guard King McClure said.Fisher had a few thoughts on what TCU needs to do to get back to their winning ways.“I felt like we didn’t take the open-shot, we were trigger-shy,” Fisher said. “We can improve on our effort, coming out there from the jump to start games.”The Horned Frogs return home to Schollmaier Arena for their next game on Wednesday against Oklahoma State. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Horned Frogs guard Brandon Parrish (11) dives to save a ball from going out of bounds. (Photo Courtesy of GoFrogs.com) The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

Hydara case: Why have the police never questioned the “Green Boys”?

first_img Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom GambiaAfrica News July 23, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts On the 40th anniversary of Gambia’s independence today, Reporters Without Borders called on police investigating the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara to examine the possibility that it was political motivated and that, in particular, it may have been carried out by group calling itself the “Green Boys” which has threatened other journalists. Help by sharing this information GambiaAfrica Organisation to go further Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Follow the news on Gambia News On the 40th anniversary of Gambia’s independence today, Reporters Without Borders called on police investigating the murder of journalist Deyda Hydara to examine the possibility that it was political motivated and that, in particular, it may have been carried out by group calling itself the “Green Boys” which has threatened other journalists. “The shadow of a horrible killing hangs over the Gambian national holiday this year,” the press freedom organization said. “We do not understand why, despite promises made by the authorities immediately after Hydara’s death, the Gambian investigators have not considered all the possible motives.”The organization continued: “Most of Hydara’s friends think it was politically motivated. The circumstances and preceding events point to this. Yet the police have never given it serious consideration. On the contrary, the political authorities appear to have excluded it.”When we call on the Gambian government to do everything possible to solve Hydara’s murder, we believe this includes establishing the identity of the ‘Green Boys.’ To be considered serious and credible, the investigation must shed light on this shadowy group of activists who, for the police, should be the leading suspects in our correspondent’s murder.”The “Green Boys” directly threatened Gambian journalists at least three times in 2004, sending them violent and explicit messages with impunity. Initially called the “22 July Movement” after the coup that brought Col. Yahya Jammeh to power on 22 July 1994, the group was formed from young activists who came from the ruling party, the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). Officially disbanded in 1999, they were thereafter dubbed the “Green Boys,” after the APRC’s identifying colour. Local sources say members were sent to Libya in the mid-1990s to be instructed in the use of firearms and receive religious training. Back in Gambia, they served as a support group for the ruling party.The Independent managing editor Alagi Yorro Jallow received a letter signed by the “Green Boys” on 13 January 2004 giving him a “final warning” because of his coverage of the trial of Baba Jobe, the president’s former right-hand man and majority leader in parliament. The message said (with original grammar and punctuation): “Stop it now or else you will never see a newspaper again. We have also warn you (…) to be very very careful of us stop telling lies and writing about Baba Jobe or you will regret it.” On the night of 12 April, six masked gunmen set fire to The Independent’s printing press. During a national assembly session on 23 July, opposition National Reconciliation Party leader Hamat Bah claimed that two members of the national guard, Cpl. Sanna Manjang and Sherif Guisseh, participated in this arson attack, that Cpl. Manjang sustained burns in the course of the operation, and that he afterwards received treatment for his injuries at the home of the presidential guard commander, Maj. Bajinka. The police never investigated these allegations.Demba Jawo, the president of the Gambia Press Union (the journalists’ union), received a threatening fax with no originating number or signature on 7 July. Reporters Without Borders has a copy. Claiming to act “in defence of the revolution,” the anonymous sender accused Jawo of being an “agent of the west” who was “always happy to go hard on our good president” by means of “ranting and lies.” The fax continued: “Very soon we will teach one of your journalists a very good lesson so that all of you will learn one or two things from him.” It concluded: “We are therefore warning you in advance to calm down or we will tame you. Am sure you don’t want your bones and flesh to be thrown to dogs and vultures.” There was never any serious police investigation into this threat.The BBC’s head office in London received an e-mail message signed by the “Green Boys” on 29 July criticising the “negative” reporting of its Gambia correspondent, Ebrahima Sillah. “We will not sit idly by to see that our president is criticised unnecessarily,” the message said. Referring to Sillah, it said he had been “warned several times through telephones threats to him, but stubborn as he is, he is not listening. This is the final warning to him.” Sillah’s home was set on fire in the early hours of 15 August. This arson attack remains unpunished.Aged 58, married and the father of four children, Hydara was shot dead at the wheel of his car on the evening of 16 December as he was driving two of his employees home. He had been Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent since 1994 and was one of Gambia’s most respected journalists. Co-founder and co-editor of The Point, a newspaper that appears three times a week, he was also the Agence France-Presse correspondent. He was one of the most outspoken critics of two new laws drastically curtailing press freedom that were approved by the national assembly two days before his murder. According to several local sources, he had received anonymous threats in the days prior to his death. The police investigation has so far yielded no results. August 6, 2020 Find out more News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia January 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News February 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hydara case: Why have the police never questioned the “Green Boys”?last_img read more

‘Westfest’ unveil sale of restored furniture at food and craft fair

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Email The recently established community up-cycling initiative ‘Back2New’ will unveil its products at the upcoming ‘Westfest’ Food and Craft Fair Saturday 14 and Sunday 15.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Started in April, the Newcastle West based project was set-up to develop the skills and future employability of participants on the TÚS Community Work Placement Scheme.TÚS is a national initiative for people on the Live Register designed to provide short term working opportunities for unemployed people.The work supports community development and the services of benefit to the community. It will be managed at a local level by West Limerick Resources who have over one hundred placements in the West Limerick Area.The pilot social enterprise initiative is based in a dedicated enterprise unit in Newcastle West and currently has twelve participants who have been busy revamping and up-cycling disused furniture and waste material over recent months.“Back2New evolved as a collaboration between West Limerick Resources TÚS programme, its local and Community Development Programme and the Waste Management Section of Limerick County Council who have been providing raw materials such as old furniture and paint,” says Irene O’Callaghan of West Limerick Resources.“The twelve participants, who come from a range of backgrounds, have been developing their practical and creative skills over the last few months and are now ready to progress towards the sales and marketing side of the initiative” says Ms O’Callaghan.A wide range of furniture, which was up-cycled using a variety of appropriate techniques, will be on sale at the Food and Craft Fair which takes place on Saturday and Sunday September 14 and 15 at the Newcastle West Community Centre.People will also be able to meet and talk to those who created the pieces and will be encouraged to support the project through the purchase of some of the unique items on show.  Money generated from sales will be reinvested into the future development and expansion of the initiative.“In addition to providing employment and training opportunities to participants the project is also promoting waste minimisation as it diverts waste from landfill and encourages reuse and recycling in the local area,” Ms O’Callaghan says.“To date we have received a number of generous donations of unwanted furniture from local households and I think that the former owners will be surprised to see how they have been transformed through a bit of imagination and a lot of hard work on the part of the participants”, she says.Due to the large volume of stock which has now built up as a result of the project, a follow-up sale is planned to be held at the Up-cycling Centre in Unit 2, Newcastle West Enterprise Centre, on Friday September 27th with dates of future sales to be announced over the coming months.‘Westfest’ is a family-fun festival running for five days in September from the 11th to 15th in Newcastle West. There will be live music and entertainment set against the backdrop of Desmond Castle. Advertisement News‘Westfest’ unveil sale of restored furniture at food and craft fairBy Staff Reporter – September 11, 2013 654 center_img Twitter Print WhatsApp Previous articleMinister says plans ready for troubled regeneration residentsNext articleInformation evening for Limerick city retailers and businesses Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Industry Pulse: Compliance Technology Advancements and New Office Expansions

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News Previous: Mortgage Industry to Convene for Five Star Virtual Conference Next: FHFA: Forbearance Plans Dominated May Foreclosure-Prevention Actions Asurity Best Homes RiskExec 2020-08-20 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily RiskExec added Fair Servicing into its leading reporting and analysis platform for HMDA, CRA, and Fair Lending. That’s because loan servicing practices have become ever more critical in the world of COVID-19 loan forbearance and modification, according to a company spokesperson.To aid lenders and loan servicers in navigating these challenges, RiskExec this month has announced a cutting-edge compliance module dedicated to Fair Servicing. RiskExec Fair Servicing is specially configured to help lenders and servicers manage complex loan forbearances and modifications authorized under the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.RiskExec is a comprehensive web-based compliance reporting and analysis platform that automates Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Community Reinvestment Act, redlining analysis, and fair lending compliance processes. Developed by Asurity, which delivers end-to-end products and services for the mortgage lending market, RiskExec monitors borrower treatment and manages regulatory compliance obligations for lenders. Asurity is “proud to add Fair Servicing to our product suite, making us the most integrated fair lending compliance solution on the market,” said Dr. Anurag Agarwal, Founder, President and Chief Architect of RiskExec. “Compliance is very complicated. Our clients must react quickly to the evolving compliance landscape, and RiskExec’s rapid development process keeps them current.”_____________________________________________Best Homes Title Agency (BHT), a provider of residential and commercial title insurance, announced the opening of their newest office location in Gateway Executive Park, at 1821 Walden Office Square Suite 400, Schaumburg, IL 60173–company executives say the new location is set to service their expanding regional market presence.“The opening of Best Homes Title Agency’s newest Chicago office was an important step in continuing to offer our clients the highest level of convenience and customer service” said Founder and President Neil Sherman. “As a company we are continuing to grow and we needed our regional footprint to support our clients closer to home.”He said the title industry has continued to evolve over the last several months and BHT has been at the forefront of these swift changes, adding, “Today, as a result of the pandemic, we are as much a technology company as we are a title and escrow services business. We will continue to enhance our services and service areas to evolve with and for our customers and the industry as a whole. We are excited to expand our team and look forward to being in the Greater Chicago area.” Home / Daily Dose / Industry Pulse: Compliance Technology Advancements and New Office Expansions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Industry Pulse: Compliance Technology Advancements and New Office Expansions Related Articles Share Savecenter_img  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Asurity Best Homes RiskExec Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago August 20, 2020 1,293 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more