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How I’d invest £20k in this stock market crash to retire early

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Image source: Getty Images. Tom Rodgers | Friday, 10th July, 2020 Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! How I’d invest £20k in this stock market crash to retire early Tom Rodgers has no position in the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img The 2020 stock market crash has unlocked some incredible opportunities for investors. Buying undervalued equities in a Stocks and Shares ISA or SIPP offers some of the best opportunities to get rich and retire early.That is, if you’re willing to buy sound businesses cheaply and wait until their true value is realised. This requires foresight and not a little patience.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…But choose wisely and hold fast, and I believe you can sit back and watch as your portfolio value rises.UndervaluedNow could be the perfect time to invest in a diverse range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks to take best advantage of value for money. Buying when share prices are relatively cheap could improve your chance to retire early.It’s true that some shares have recovered a little from the late February stock market crash. However, there is still a significant disconnect between the true value of many quality FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 companies and their current share prices.Vanguard investing giant John Neff has advised that picking underdogs was the best way to get rich and retire early. “It’s not always easy to do what’s not popular, but that’s where you make your money,” he says. “Buy stocks that look bad to less careful investors and hang on until their real value is recognised.”Stock market crash valueOne of the reasons Neff’s investments beat the market is his decision to pick overlooked and undervalued stocks. A simple way we can emulate him and have a decent shot at retiring early is to look at shares with relatively low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios. The FTSE 100 market average is 14.6, while the FTSE 250 is 13.Stocks and shares with P/E ratios below this number are cheaper than average. If we then look at the quality of their sales and revenue to see how they might perform in future, we can discern whether they are undervalued.Remember: at any time the market might significantly undervalue high-grade FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares. The stock market crash of 2020 has made this list longer than usual too. So our chance to retire early on our Stocks and Shares ISA or SIPP portfolio alone is greater now than at any recent point in history.P/E, P/S = ProfitTo get started I would be looking at high-quality companies that are trading at low P/E ratios, combined with low P/S ratios — that’s the share price compared to sales. The lower the P/S ratio, the more attractive the investment is. Generally anything under 1 is considered undervalued.These are the companies most like to to be able to trade strongly out of the stock market crash and into the future. And then, for the market to realise their true value, as John Neff reminds us.In the FTSE 250, I think that’s companies like Drax (P/E 8.2, P/S 0.21) and Ferrexpo (P/E 6, P/S 0.86).In the FTSE 100 I would be looking at the likes of Royal Dutch Shell (P/E 9, P/S 0.38) and Barclays (P/E 8, P/S 0.86). It’s certainly true that these share prices are cheaper than at any point in recent history.The desire to retire early is common, but the route there is uncommonly hard. That is, unless you are willing to follow these time-tested investing principles, in my view. 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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. See all posts by Tom Rodgers 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.last_img read more

New Springboks Rugby World Cup 2019 jersey launched and it’s called ‘UNSTOPPABLE’

first_imgThursday Apr 25, 2019 New Springboks Rugby World Cup 2019 jersey launched and it’s called ‘UNSTOPPABLE’ The Springboks will be wearing an “unstoppable” jersey, designed and manufactured by SA Rugby’s official apparel and footwear sponsor ASICS, which features technological advancements to give the men in green and gold an extra edge at the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.ADVERTISEMENTThe new Springbok jersey, which will go on sale in South Africa on Friday, was designed with unique characteristics and features to compliment the playing style and technical requirements of the Boks.At the same time, ASICS launched an all-new brand film, “What is the difference?”, which offers an inside look into the dedication, sacrifice and focus it requires for a professional rugby player to be selected to represent his country on the biggest stage that rugby has to offer.“It’s a momentous year as the Springboks aim to win our third World Cup in Japan,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “Every little detail counts and that includes all the focus and effort put in by ASICS into making this the most advanced jersey for the Boks to wear in Japan and support them in their quest to reach their goal.”ASICS and the Springboks tested more than 10 versions of the jersey with 30 different fabrics at their laboratories in Japan.Players were also interviewed about their requirements to give them the necessary advantages on the field, and the message was clear – they don’t want to be restricted by anything and want to feel “unstoppable”.“I don’t want to be restricted by anything when playing,” said Springbok Test centurion Tendai Mtawarira.ADVERTISEMENT“The jersey is the perfect balance between fast and strong – and it’s challenging to reach that. ASICS have produced a jersey that not only meets but surpasses expectations of what we wear on the pitch.”Based on this feedback and in-game analysis, ASICS was motivated to create an “UNSTOPPABLE” jersey, devoid of any loose fitting areas or unnecessary tightness.Alistair Cameron, President and CEO of ASICS Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “The launch of the new Springbok jersey is a chance for us to further expand brand awareness and exposure within the South African market, whilst continuing to support the Springboks in their quest to become the number one rugby side in the world on the biggest stage world rugby has to offer.”ADVERTISEMENTKey features of the new Springbok jersey:Durable iconic collarFabric is lighter and thinnerGrip print for ball catching and carryingStretch material feature to provide the anti-grab and easy escapeStretch side panel and under arm gusset strategically placed for the mobility of armsSide seam for strong bindingSpecial pattern for players based on 3D measurement and fittingThe Springboks’ home jersey has a more traditional olive green and orange gold look that draws inspiration from the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team.Furthermore, as with the RWC tournaments in 2011 and 2015 and in line with World Rugby’s commercial requirements for playing apparel, the Springbok emblem will again move to the left sleeve of the jersey, with the South African national emblem, the King Protea, the jersey manufacturer’s mark (ASICS) and the RWC emblem on the front.Closer to the of the Rugby World Cup, ASICS will also be launching a series of tongue-in-cheek videos aimed at helping visitors to Japan as well as supporters watching from home to get insights into local customs and traditions featuring some of your favourite Springbok players.The Springboks start their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign against New Zealand on 21 September 2019.The all-new Springbok jersey will be available in sport stores in South Africa from Friday, 26 April 2019 and worldwide in June 2019. 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Cabinet of Curiosities / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Houses Manufacturers: TECU®, Boffi, HERMPAC, Mafi, Aruibus, Gazco Photographs:  Hazel Redmond Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Hazel Redmond Photography+ 32Curated by María Francisca González Share CopyHouses•Christchurch, New Zealand New Zealand ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects Year:  “COPY” Photographs CopyAbout this officePhil Redmond Architecture + UrbanismOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesChristchurchNew ZealandPublished on April 24, 2018Cite: “Cabinet of Curiosities / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism” 24 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Lead Architects: Area:  504 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Phil Redmond 2018 Consultants:TM Consultants, Access Land SurveyingTeam:Madeleine ClarkeCity:ChristchurchCountry:New ZealandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hazel Redmond PhotographyText description provided by the architects. The brief was to design a new home on the site of the previous- lost in the Christchurch Earthquakes. A home that could house the client’s large art collection and desires to challenge local architectural conventions. The result is a cabinet of curiosities, housing her collections, archiving the lineage of the site, and referencing local and international architecture. A Home for art, art as Home.Save this picture!© Hazel Redmond PhotographySave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Hazel Redmond PhotographyComposed of gable pavilions with a gold-clad box balanced above, the space between forms a central gallery and circulation. A collection of painted characters shade this space digitized as perforated steel screens. Pavilions are compartmentalized into a series of living scales, from the large kitchen dining space to the reclusive homage room. Reinterpreted parameters of lost spaces, previous stud height, the glazed dining roof and excerpts of colonial language set the tone for the new form.Save this picture!© Hazel Redmond PhotographyPlaying with duality and the subversion of conventions, we have contrasted traditional local architectural typologies with contemporary form and materiality. The project re appropriates local architectural references of the Christchurch canons heavily figured concrete work from the 60’s and 70’s and international architects Scarpa, Siza, Scharoun, and Shinohara. A home as a cast, forming something other, something new.Save this picture!© Hazel Redmond PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessGansu Provincial Superior People’s Court / BIADSelected ProjectsGlendessary Lane / PLACESelected Projects Share Cabinet of Curiosities / Phil Redmond Architecture + UrbanismSave this projectSaveCabinet of Curiosities / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanism Cabinet of Curiosities / Phil Redmond Architecture + Urbanismlast_img read more

Spinal Injuries Campaign Boosted by Pro Bono Support

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) campaign to protect specialist NHS services for spinal cord injured people has been highlighted at a high-profile reception in the House of Commons. The event, attended by a large number of MPs and Peers, follows a year long campaign to focus political attention on the issues, boosted by pro bono lobbying support from one of the leading political consultancies in the field.Whitehouse Consultancy has been providing pro bono support to the SIA throughout 2006 on a campaign to protect and upgrade services provided through a small number of NHS spinal cord injury centres. The specialist public affairs agency was able to use its strong background in the health sector to undertake an accelerated programme of activity, culminating with the reception on the House of Commons Terrace.More than a hundred guests listened to speakers, including the sponsor, Dr Roger Berry MP, highlight the shrinking number of specialist beds and call for urgent Government action to protect high risk patients.Over 75 cross-party MPs have signed an Early Day Motion supporting the SIA campaign and expressing concern at the practice of treating spinal cord injured people in non-specialist hospitals. The SIA, which represents 40,000 spinal cord injured people, will be raising these concerns directly with the Minister, Ivan Lewis MP, in a meeting in January.Paul Smith, Executive Director of the SIA said:“When we submitted the SIA’s pro bono application to Whitehouse we never realised fully just how much of an impact they would have. The profile of SIA with politicians and civil servants has been raised hugely by Whitehouse.“They have guided us carefully, taking into account the limited resources we have. They have provided excellent advice and have been hands-on with the campaigning activities – we could not have asked for more. In addition they have left us a lasting legacy and enabled us to continue our vital work after the pro bono period has ended. We would like to express our thanks to the Whitehouse team for their support.”Chris Whitehouse, Managing Director, of the Whitehouse Consultancy said “We are proud to lead the way in offering pro bono services and particularly pleased with what we have been able to achieve with the SIA. With some support, the charity has proved itself to be a consummate operator able to punch well above its weight in the public policy environment.“We now look forward to renewing the pro bono programme and working with another organisation in the coming year. We will be making an exciting announcement on this front soon.”———————————Ends————————————-For more information, please contact:Richard Robinson, Whitehouse Consultancy020 7463 [email protected] to Editors:1. The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the national charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people. It was founded in 1974 and today has over 5000 SCI members. Further details are available through The Whitehouse Consultancy is one of the fastest-growing public affairs agencies, advising clients how to approach, inform and influence key decision-makers in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels. Its clients include Field Studies Council, I CAN, Holland & Barrett, Ajinomoto, Assura Group, Volunteer Reading Help, Slimming World and the All Party Parliamentary Media Group.3. Whitehouse launched their pro bono programme in October 2005, offering a year free consultancy services to one successful applicant as part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility approach. The SIA was selected to benefit from the pro bono offer on the basis of a strong and focussed application and the passion and drive of the SIA team.4. The applications process for the Whitehouse pro bono programme for 2007 has now closed. Future opportunities will be advertised through the RobinsonThe Whitehouse Consultancy LtdSpecialists in Public and Parliamentary AffairsSouthbank House,Black Prince Road London SE1 7SJTel: Switchboard: +44 (0)20 7463 0690Tel: Direct line: +44 (0)20 7463 0696Fax: +44 (0)20 7463 Europerue Wiertz 50/28, 1050 Brussels, BelgiumPhone: +32 (0)2 401 87 98Fax: +32 (0)2 401 68 68www.whitehouse-europe.comMembers of the Association of Professional Political Consultants Spinal Injuries Campaign Boosted by Pro Bono Support  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate 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. 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Buy Once Give Twice rebrands as Giving Lots

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Buy Once Give Twice rebrands as Giving Lots  57 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 April 2010 | News Online fundraising service Buy Once Give Twice is rebranding and relaunching on 19 April as Giving Lots.Co-founded by Emma Leschallas and launched in April 2008, the auction site has raised over £570,000 by reselling items that were bought at charity auctions and were never used. The site was bought in November 2009 with backing from two private investors.Continuing under the banner ‘philanthropic recycling for the 21st century’, the new site promises to feature an expanded set of fundraising services.Giving Lots has been chosen as the online auction partner for the Elephant Parade London 2010, hosted by the charity Elephant Family, which will see 257 colourful model elephants taking to the streets of London. Next month Giving Lots will also have a travel auction in aid of Quintessentially Foundation.A seminar for all partner charities is planned for late May. Meanwhile, the company says that all BuyOnceGiveTwice charities will be personally Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Counseling and mental health center implement changes to better assist students

first_imgLinkedin Fraternity looks to highlight minority women through pageant Ariana Williams ReddIt Ariana Williams Linkedin + posts Previous articleNew software at health center hopes to increase organizationNext articleOpponent of restructuring employee benefits removed from committee Ariana Williams RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printTCU’s mental health center is looking to rethink the traditional model of college mental health through the implementation of new programs and initiatives.The counseling and mental health center received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Department of Health & Human Services to create dedicated intake and crisis response teams. Across the country, 34% of college students received treatment for mental health, according to a recent study from the American Psychiatric Association, highlighting its importance on campus. The grant provides funding for other campus partners to host prevention programs for specialized populations such as veterans and first-generation students.The changes to the collegiate recovery programs aspire to help students who deal with depression, anxiety and eating disorders, offering after-care services and support communities for students with an array of different needs, including those who are trauma survivors.  Some of these services include a suicide ideation crisis center, which helps people with suicidal thoughts, and an eating disorder crisis center. Each of these programs aims to create an easier transition back to TCU for students who are hospitalized for suicidal ideation or a suicide attempt, as well as catering to students who need a higher level of care.Eric Wood, the director of the counseling and mental health center, is in charge of spearheading these initiatives.Director of the counseling and mental health center, Eric Wood. Photo courtesy of TCU.“Our hope is that these changes expand our scope of care and focus our mission at providing treatment, recovery and after-care services to students,” Wood said.Another program that will be implemented is the Comprehensive Care Model — a program that is unique to TCU. This initiative pairs the Counseling and Mental Health Center with local treatment centers and private donors to offer advanced care programs to students on campus. Additionally, it includes an intensive outpatient program and behavior therapy programs for students with persistent symptoms. The removal of session limits will be one of the biggest changes, Wood said.Previously, a student would be limited to three on-campus visits with a counselor — now, sessions will have no set limit. Instead, they will be goal-directed so that therapists and students can efficiently monitor progress and ultimately determine when counseling can be completed. Also, the mental health center extended its hours to 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with evening services available on Monday through Wednesday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. by appointment. “I think it’s great that they have more availability, I really could’ve used that last year, and I know some other dance majors that could have as well,” said Claire Schoellerman, a sophomore double major in ballet and modern dance. The mental health center is implementing new programs and initiatives. Photo by Kathryn Lewis. Haley Polk, a senior film, television and digital media student is excited to see how these changes will better TCU’s student body. “I was a bit frustrated at first with the session limits,” Polk said. “I had my counselor taken away after a few limited sessions, and it was not great. This is going to be very useful for the new students coming in.”Wood said there has been overall support for the programs and initiatives thus far.“I have received positive remarks from colleagues at other schools in terms of our new treatment model,” Wood said. “We are still in the adjustment period as we transition our services, but the support and mentality from the university has been amazing.”The changes made to TCU’s counseling center aim to further cater to the different needs that students may have regarding mental health.The mental health center is available for both walk-in and scheduled appointments. Students can visit the center’s website and learn more about programs, hours of availability and ways to contact the faculty and staff. What we’re reading: Arrest warrant issued for former Fort Worth police officer 25 years of legacy: Women and gender studies at TCU Facebook Ariana Williams Music group builds foundation, friendship for 2 TCU students World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Twitter Ariana Williams Facebook Ariana Williams TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Newspaper editor’s trial adjourned again

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more News News Organisation NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Ahmed Benchemsi, the editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane and its sister French-language weekly Tel Quel, was charged yesterday with “disrespect for the king” under article 41 of the press law. Reporters Without Borders denounces the repressive media law that offers the court many ways to convict journalists who dare to break taboos imposed on the moroccan society. June 8, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance September 3, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor’s trial adjourned again Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts A Casablanca court adjourned newspaper editor Ahmed Benchemsi’s trial again during a second hearing on 31 August. The prosecutor requested an adjournment until 7 November in order to be able to demonstrate that he has a previous conviction. The editor of the sister weeklies Nichane and Tel Quel, Benchemsi is being tried on a charge of “disrespect for the king.” He received a suspended prison sentence for libel in 2005 and could therefore go to jail if convicted this time.His lawyers opposed the adjournment, say the case was ready to be tried.___________________________________07.08 – Casablanca newspaper editor faces up to five years in prison for criticising king’s speechReporters Without Borders is outraged that Ahmed Benchemsi, the editor of the Arabic-language weekly Nichane and its sister French-language weekly Tel Quel, was charged yesterday with “disrespect for the king” under article 41 of the press law.“Benchemsi is a fervent defender of a bold and independent press that has been able to break many of the taboos imposed on Morocco’s journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “His boldness clearly continues to upset the country’s most senior officials.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Both media owners and printers are subjected to a great deal of political and financial pressure. The repressive media law offers the courts many ways to convict journalists. It also allows the authorities to seize and destroy entire issues without any possible recourse for the victims. Virtually all of the journalists prosecuted under article 41 in recent years have been convicted. In fact, journalists never win when they are tried by the state.”Benchemsi received a summons from the Casablanca judicial police for the first time on 4 August after the latest issue of Nichane had been seized from news stands on the orders of Prime Minister Driss Jettou. He was questioned late into the night and was summoned for further questioning the next day.The police also went to the IDEALE printers in Casablanca on 5 August, seizing all the copies of Tel Quel and destroying them, this time on the orders of interior minister Chakib Benmoussa. And they questioned one of the people in charge of the printing press.Benchemsi was summoned by the police for the third day in a row yesterday, when he was taken before Casablanca prosecutors and notified that he was being charged with “disrespect for the king” because of an editorial in both weeklies in which he criticised a 30 July speech by King Mohammed about the legislative elections scheduled for 7 September.As the latest issue was a special one for the month of August, a total of 50,000 copies of each of the two weeklies had been printed. Benchemsi estimates that their confiscation will cost him nearly 130,000 euros.IDEALE owner Youssef Ajana told Reporters Without Borders that Moroccan printers are nowadays in a “delicate situation.” He told Agence France-Presse he sent the authorities a copy of the latest issue of another weekly, Journal Hebdomadaire, “for advice and as a precaution.” As a result, its distribution was delayed.Under article 41 of the press law, anyone insulting the king or a member of the royal family can be sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 dirhams (10,000 euros). Many journalists have been convicted under this article, which has been in effect since 2002.Benchemsi’s trial is scheduled to open on 24 August. News to go further Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Families of Sandy Hook shooting victims win legal victory in lawsuit against InfoWars, Alex Jones

first_imgDrew Angerer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Six families of victims killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School won a legal victory Friday in their fight against controversial radio and internet personality Alex Jones.A judge in Connecticut has granted the families’ discovery requests, allowing them access to, among other things, InfoWars’ internal marketing and financial documents.The judge has scheduled a hearing next week to decide whether to allow the plaintiffs’ attorneys to depose Jones.The families sued Jones and InfoWars for defamation and accused him of perpetuating a “monstrous, unspeakable lie: that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged and that the families who lost loved ones that day are actors who faked their relatives’ deaths.”Jones has sought to dismiss the lawsuit. “Plaintiffs suffered a horrible tragedy,” his defense attorney, Jay M. Wolman, wrote in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. “Alex Jones and InfoWars are not responsible for this tragedy. To punish them for First Amendment protected speech on this matter of public concern will not bring back the lives lost.”Jones’ lawyer did not immediately respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.The judge’s ruling on discovery gives the plaintiffs access to any communication Jones had about the Newtown massacre and to documents that could point to the inner workings of InfoWars.The plaintiffs — families of four children and two educators killed in the December 2012 shooting — have said the “deeply painful” lies they’ve accused Jones of pushing have caused them to endure “malicious and cruel abuse” as well as harassment and death threats on social media.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Water rushes onto bus as driver plows through flooded street in California

first_imgTwitter/@EricaJoy(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Passengers on a public transit bus in Oakland, California, were up to their ankles in water after a driver plowed through a flooded intersection on Thursday.The Bay Area has been deluged by record rains this week, causing streets to flood around the region. But one driver’s decision to risk the rising waters has him in trouble with his bosses.A rider shared video of an AC Transit bus plowing through water several feet deep near the Port of Oakland. The water was higher than the bus’s tires and immediately flooded the interior of the vehicle. Riders can be seen lifting their feet to avoid the rising water.Erica Joy, who filmed the video, can be heard saying, “That’s wild,” after the bus reached the other side.Driving through standing water is against AC Transit policy and is part of the company’s training program, officials said.“No operator with AC Transit is ever instructed to drive through standing water. That is absolutely against all procedure and protocol as well as their nine-week training,” AC Transit spokesman Robert Lyles told San Francisco ABC station KGO-TV.Lyles said an investigation is underway and the driver could face disciplinary action.“We don’t expect a bus to drive through standing water and we don’t expect riders to be on buses that are going through standing water,” Lyles said.The intersection was later closed, though in the interim KGO filmed dozens of cars and trucks driving through the water. A BMW stalled in the deep water before being pushed out by a semitrailer.San Francisco received a daily record of 2.5 inches of rain on Wednesday, while Oakland saw 1.46 inches. Oakland saw another 0.89 inches of rain on Thursday. Venado, which is about 90 minutes north of San Francisco, received over a foot of rain in the past two days.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

It’s official! Land Registry house price index is the most accurate

first_imgThe government’s statistics boffins have given the Land Registry’s house price index an official stamp of approval and made it a ‘national statistic’ alongside nearly 900 other official sources of information.Office of National Statistics officials have been working with the three Land Registries in England, Wales and Scotland to examine the accuracy of their property sales data, and now say it meets the “highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value as defined in the Code of Practice for StatisticsIts data includes sales volumes, average prices by property type and cash/mortgage sales but, as the Land Registry is keen to suggest in its official communication, it records ‘sold’ data rather than the asking prices that Rightmove and other organisations publish.The Halifax and Nationwide house price indexes, which are widely reported in the media as if they were national figures but only account for 8% and 20% of house sales, include their own customers’ sold price data and, particularly in the case of the Nationwide, are regionally biased.Policy decisionsAlso the UK’s dozen or so national ‘average house price’ indexes vary hugely. Rightmove currently says it’s £304,061, Halifax £229,968 and the Nationwide £214,745. Other monthly indexes include RICS, which is a sentiment survey of its members and ZPG’s Hometrack, which zooms in on cities. LSL also publishes a monthly index produced by Acadata which has been running for 15 years and consider itself to be more timely than the government’s own index.And, the Land Registry points out, unlike these commercial organisations, its data is used by The Bank of England, the Treasury and other government departments to help form policy decisions.The current official house price index was set up as an experimental report in 2016 to provide a more accurate snapshot of house prices.  house prices Halifax Land Registry Hometrack House price index Nationwide Rightmove September 19, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » It’s official! Land Registry house price index is the most accurate previous nextHousing MarketIt’s official! Land Registry house price index is the most accurateHouse price data published by the Land Registry is made an official National Statistic alongside electoral, population and death info.Nigel Lewis19th September 201803,172 Viewslast_img read more