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Rolls-Royce shares: Norway blocks its sale. Should I be worried?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Nadia Yaqub Image source: Rolls-Royce plc 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. Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) shares are in the spotlight again. The engine maker recently released its full-year results, which revealed it made a loss in 2020. I’ve commented on them previously, but I wasn’t surprised by the news. Especially given how the pandemic hit the travel industry last year.The stock is now in the limelight after the sale of a business was blocked by the Norwegian government. But I’m not worried about this and I’d still buy Rolls-Royce shares in my portfolio. Here’s why.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…Blocked saleDisposing businesses is part of Rolls-Royce’s recovery plan. It intends to raise at least £2bn from the sale of its assets by 2022. But the disposal strategy has faced a hurdle.Rolls-Royce’s sale of Bergen Engines to the Russian company TMH Group has been halted by the Norwegian government. The reasons were based on national security grounds.The Norwegian government said that “the technology possessed by Bergen Engines, and the engines they produce, would have been of significant military strategic interest to Russia, and would have boosted Russian military capabilities”.So what does this mean for Rolls-Royce shares now?I’m not too concerned about the news. Of course, it puts a spanner in the works for Rolls-Royce but this was only a small sale. The Bergen disposal would have raise approximately £130m. This is a drop in the ocean compared to the bigger £2bn total Rolls-Royce expects to raised from the sale of its assets.The shares took a hit on the news, but I think this was a reality check that the FTSE 100 firm isn’t out of the woods yet. It’s worth noting that Rolls-Royce has a plan but it won’t be smooth sailing.Rolls-Royce released a statement in response to the blocked sale. For now the disposal process has been paused but the company is keen to sell the business. Rolls-Royce is now working with the Norwegian government to “swiftly find another option”.Bright sideI don’t think things are all bad for the engine maker. For now it has enough liquidity to weather the coronavirus storm. It has raised money from a rights issue and there are sufficient credit facilities in place.According to its 2020 full-year results, approximately 30% of Rolls-Royce’s revenue comes from its defence division, which includes contracts with the UK and US governments. This should provide the company with some revenue stability and visibility.The defence division should remain robust especially after it has 90% order cover for 2021. I like that Rolls-Royce has high barriers to entry and a strong brand, which should hold the business in good stead.The long road to recoveryI don’t underestimate that Rolls-Royce has a long journey ahead to recovery. The pandemic hit its main business of producing and servicing aircraft engines very hard.Rolls-Royce shares are highly dependent on the vaccine roll-out as well the easing of lockdown restrictions. The stock is likely to be sensitive to delays in returning to pre-coronavirus normality.For now I’d buy the stock in my portfolio. I reckon the company has done enough to survive and the worst it behind it. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 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. Nadia Yaqub | Friday, 26th March, 2021 | More on: RR center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rolls-Royce shares: Norway blocks its sale. Should I be worried?last_img read more

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Heineken Cup round four: Team of the weekend

first_img Saints Day: Luther Burrell helped Northampton to victory over Leinster in Dublin, and makes our team of the weekBy Charlie Morgan 15. Luke Arscott (Exeter Chiefs)With characteristic defiance, the Chiefs carried the fight to the European champions in their own back yard at times. Statistics for full-backs can often have an inflated look about them, but 191 running metres with four clean breaks and an incredible 11 defenders beaten reflect Arscott’s attacking prowess. There was a nice looping pass in the build-up to Don Armand’s opener and he would have had a late try too without the superb intervention of Drew Mitchell.14. Charlie Walker (Harlequins)With Marland Yarde and Christian Wade set to miss the Six Nations, this is a perfect time for young English winners to be catching the eye. Walker is certainly doing that, and brushed off Dan Lydiate on the way to the line yesterday in a performance full of excellent evasion, pace and deceptive strength. One seriously exciting 20 year-old.13. Niki Goneva (Leicester Tigers)While not quite hitting the explosive heights of last weekend’s Welford Road masterclass in midfield incision, the Fijian was a constant threat in the south of France. He was also opportunistic enough to be on Marcos Ayerza’s shoulder in the dying seconds, cannily scampering under the posts to secure another great escape for Leicester.12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)Somewhat shell-shocked as his side were ruthlessly dismantled by Leinster at Franklin’s Gardens, Burrell stormed into the second leg of the halfway double-header with renewed intent. Perhaps helped by the distracting presence of new centre partner George North – whom he set up for an early score with a neat pass – the burly Saint was also solid in defence opposite Gordon D’Arcy, making 13 thumping tackles.11. Napolioni Nalaga (Clermont)A try after 17 seconds is a pretty good way to begin an afternoon, and such an early score took the wind from Scarlets’ sails. As the clock ran down, Nalaga completed his brace with another powerful, predatory close-range barge to ram home Clermont’s superiority.Cuddle time: Beauxis and Médard celebrate10. Lionel Beauxis (Toulouse)Out of contract at the end of the season, Beauxis gave a convincing audition for budding suitors – ensuring in the process that there would be no repeat miracle at Showgrounds. A pair of kicks into space behind the Connacht rush-defence handed Maxime Médard a double, while he also bagged 12 points from the tee.9. Benoit Paillaugue (Montpellier)Ben Youngs grew in influence at the end of Leicester’s sensational smash-and-grab, but that was only after this five foot seven throwback of a half-back had departed the scene. Before making way, the diminutive Montpellier scrum half produced a display full of spark and imagination, laying on a try for Enzo Selponi with a rapid run and extremely unselfish pass.1. James Cronin (Munster) TAGS: Exeter Chiefs LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Munster’s last-gasp success in Perpignan added another chapter to their vast history in this tournament, but while it was JJ Hanrahan’s stunning, stepping score that clinched it, Cronin was the real star. Along with BJ Botha, he demolished the Catalan set-piece and was spritely enough to make 22 metres with ball in hand.2. Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)Montpellier made seven changes to their pack, but their insane squad depth still meant they gave Tigers a hefty, hungry set of forwards to deal with. Youngs was the heartbeat of that first victorious Channel-hop for Leicester since 2006. A try, 11 tackles, 13 carries, decent lineout throwing and some typically tenacious ruck-work gives you an idea of the hooker’s simply immense effort. Oh, and he picked a fight with Mamuka Gorgodze.3. Jon Welsh (Glasgow)Welsh must still be wondering how Glasgow contrived to be beaten by Cardiff Blues at Scotstoun on Friday evening. Alongside Ryan Grant, he gave the hosts a fine platform with some hugely destructive scrimmaging that sent opposite number Sam Hobbs to the sinbin on the half-hour mark. There were also six carries, none of which added to Glasgow’s suicidal tally of 23 turnovers.4. Christian Day (Northampton)Eye-watering physicality was the order of the day in Dublin and this unsung Saint stepped up to the plate magnificently. Day never receives the column inches reserved for Courtney Lawes’ Hollywood hits, but his presence at the lineout and combative industry elsewhere allowed Jim Mallinder’s men to secure sweet revenge and stay afloat in the competition.5. Dan Tuohy (Ulster)A trip to Treviso has long been considered a perilous banana skin in European rugby. However, Ulster negotiated a potential tricky tie – not to mention a farcical amount of fog – with relative ease. On his 100th game for the province, Tuohy laid the foundations for a consecutive bonus-point win that puts keeps a tough pool in his team’s hands.In the pink: Copeland celebrates6. Calum Clark (Northampton)Another of Dylan Hartley’s pack to thrive in the most intense fixture of this round, Clark demonstrated why he should probably have started last weekend. Granted, the late withdrawal of Sean O’Brien was a bonus, but he epitomised Saints’ ferocity at the breakdown and in the contact area, topping the tackle-count with 14.7. Roddy Grant (Edinburgh)Gloucester boss Nigel Davies used his post-match interview to hand out some thinly-veiled criticism to his half-backs, but with Grant yapping at their heels it was never easy for them. The Edinburgh openside made 19 tackles without missing once, and hopes of a Scottish quarter-finalist are still alive.8. Robin Copeland (Cardiff Blues) Having secured a move to Munster that will fuel international ambitions nicely, Copeland proved he still has plenty to offer his current employers with a gritty, scrapping night of effective graft that somehow held off a woefully wasteful Glasgow. “It was a dogfight,” asserted the back-rower at the end – just how he likes it.last_img read more

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Bishops offer ‘Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting’

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Gun Violence, Bishops offer ‘Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting’ Advocacy Peace & Justice, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Nov 8, 2018 Liturgy & Music Tags Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Collierville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL center_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ [Bishops United Against Gun Violence] In response to the mass shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, Bishops United Against Gun Violence today released “Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting”  to commemorate the dead, comfort their loved ones, and honor survivors and first responders. “[W]e do so,” the bishops wrote, “with the reminder that one does not pray in lieu of summoning political courage, but in preparation for doing so.”Bishops United is a group of more than 80 Episcopal bishops working to curtail the epidemic of gun violence in the United States.Much of what can be said in the wake of such appalling carnage has been said,” the bishops wrote. “It was said after the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and it was said after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the two devastating events that brought Bishops United Against Gun Violence into being. And it was said most recently after the anti-Semitic massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, just 12 days ago. Mass shootings occur so frequently in our country that there are people who have survived more than one.“While the phrase “thoughts and prayers” might have become devalued by elected leaders who believe speaking these words discharges their duty in the wake of a massacre, we nonetheless believe that we are called to pray for the dead, those who mourn them and those who respond to the scene of mass shootings.”Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting is available online at: http://bishopsagainstgunviolence.org/litany-in-the-wake-of-a-mass-shooting/ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME last_img read more

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Toolkit to help fundraisers make colleagues proud of their work

first_img A toolkit to help fundraisers make all their colleagues proud of the work they do has been released by the Institute of Fundraising.Drawing on the work of Adrian Sargeant’s and Jen Shang’s Great Fundraising report, the toolkit – produced by Alan Clayton’s Revolutionise organisation – aims to help fundraisers overcome two “crucial cultural challenges”:1. Your organisation must be every bit as proud of its fundraising and its fundraisers as it is of its mission.2. Every member of staff and every volunteer should view themselves as being essential to great fundraising.Having established “the seven pillars of great fundraising”, the toolkit presents case studies of how charities have transformed their fundraising and action boxes for fundraisers to develop their own ideas under each of the seven pillars.The seven pillars of great fundraising are:1. LeadershipFundraising should be led from the top and led by example.2. UnityThe whole organisation should be united behind a well-defined single emotional proposition that reconnects with both the belief and passion of the founders of your charity and the reasons donors give. Advertisement Howard Lake | 10 July 2014 | News Tagged with: Institute of Fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Toolkit to help fundraisers make colleagues proud of their workcenter_img 3. InvestmentRaising money costs money. So bold investment with a minimum five-year view is sound sense.4. DonorsDdonors are vital to your mission and everyone in the organisation should understand this as a fundamental foundation and seek opportunities to engage with and strengthen mutually beneficial relationships with their donors.5. CommunicationAt the heart of effective communication are emotional stories that drive action.6. Inspiration and motivationFundraisers raise more when they’re motivated, when all can see their central role in ensuring that donors are inspired and emotionally happy organisations are ones that achieve their mission.7. Telling the worldOnce the internal messages are right organisations have to boldly and proudly present their passionate case to all external audiences.Download the toolkit from the Institute of Fundraising.  72 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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

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Why U.S. rulers fear new Asian investment bank

first_imgBritain, France, Italy and Germany have agreed to join China in establishing an Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. China has already announced it will put up $50 billion in initial capital.It is too early to say what role this bank will play in helping underdeveloped countries modernize their infrastructure. Negotiations among the principals on the bank’s structure and policies are expected to take place for at least a year. What will emerge cannot be predicted at this time.But one thing is very clear: Wall Street and Washington are fuming over the fact that the European imperialist countries are joining in, despite strong U.S. pressure to stay out.Criticism of the new development bank by the U.S. has begun, with government officials telling the media they fear it will undermine the “good work” done by the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, which, they say, have aided developing countries while imposing regulations to protect the environment and help the poor.You’re choking on this outrageous lie right now? So are we.Tons of both popular and scholarly analyses of these institutions, and especially of the “structural adjustment programs” they have forced down the throats of poor countries, show that the kind of “development” they foster has usually done just the opposite: stripped countries of needed government services, increased their indebtedness and  hurt the environment, all to benefit the financial institutions of the imperialists.Take the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, for example, which have been going through the most horrific public health emergency caused by the spread of the Ebola virus. These countries are so poor that, even after Liberia declared an end to new cases, a televised news report on the return of a score of students to classes pointed out that their grammar school, which when full serves 1,000 students, has no electricity and no running water.On Dec. 22, The Lancet, a preeminent British medical journal, published a commentary called “The International Monetary Fund and the Ebola outbreak.” It reads: “A major reason why the outbreak spread so rapidly was the weakness of health systems in the region. … Since 1990, the IMF has provided support to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, for 21, 7 and 19 years, respectively, and at the time that Ebola emerged, all three countries were under IMF programs. However, IMF lending comes with strings attached — so-called ‘conditionalities’ — that require recipient governments to adopt policies that have been criticized for prioritizing short-term economic objectives over investment in health and education.”The authors add that “economic reform programs by the IMF have required reductions in government spending, prioritization of debt service, and bolstering of foreign exchange reserves.” In other words, recipient countries — which should be receiving reparations for all the wealth extracted from them by colonial rule — have instead been forced to cut back on health care, education and other services in order to pay interest on loans.Bretton Woods, the IMF and World BankWhy does the U.S. ruling class feel particularly threatened by this new China-headed development bank? Because U.S. banks have dominated the financial architecture of the capitalist world for decades. The U.S. emerged from World War II as the undisputed global industrial and financial powerhouse, while Europe and Japan were in ruins and all regions involved in the world war were suffering.The intention of the U.S. imperialist ruling class to translate its military and industrial muscle into financial domination over the rest of the world was made clear even before the war ended, with the founding of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944. This conclave in New Hampshire of the soon-to-be-victorious Allied powers was dominated by Washington and London. It established the “tradition” that the president of the World Bank would always come from the U.S.One can read many critiques of these institutions. One was an interview by Greg Palast with Joseph Stieglitz, a former chief economist of the World Bank, member of Bill Clinton’s cabinet and chair of his Council of Economic Advisers who turned against his former bosses.Stieglitz told Palast that when nations are “down and out, [the IMF] squeezes the last drop of blood out of them. They turn up the heat until, finally, the whole cauldron blows up.” He referred to these social explosions as “IMF riots,” pointing to what happened when the IMF eliminated food and fuel subsidies in Indonesia in 1998, when it made Bolivia increase water prices in 2000, and when the World Bank imposed a rise in cooking gas prices on Ecuador in February 2001. (“IMF’s Four Steps to Damnation,” The Observer, April 29, 2001)In Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the people have tried to get rid of governments that served as tools of these imperialist-dominated financial institutions and have looked for other ways to climb out of poverty. In Latin America, the result has been ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America) — an alliance of countries, led by Venezuela, that is trying to break free of the stranglehold over their economies imposed by U.S. imperialism for nearly two centuries.The anti-colonial revolutions that began in Asia in the 1930s and spread throughout the so-called Third World in the 1950s and 1960s drove out the structures of direct colonial rule. Bretton Woods was the answer of the imperialists: Keep the masses of people enslaved to the banks.Washington’s objections to the new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have nothing to do with anything except the fear of U.S. capitalists that they could be losing their grip on what has been their main tool for world domination. As a backup, of course, they have the Pentagon, making the struggle against imperialist war ever more urgent.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Grant Opportunity Provided for Specialty Crop Growers

first_img Grant Opportunity Provided for Specialty Crop Growers Facebook Twitter By Indiana State Dept. of Agriculture – Mar 2, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News Grant Opportunity Provided for Specialty Crop Growers The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is currently accepting proposals for the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. These funds are allocated to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops, which are defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops.“Indiana is home to such a diverse agriculture industry and this diversity adds so much to our economy and society,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I encourage specialty crop growers and organizations to take full advantage of this funding opportunity.”The Specialty Crop Block Grant program offers federal funding to the state departments of agriculture to support the specialty crop industry. The allocation amount for Indiana is unknown at this time.Applicants can include producer groups, trade associations, nonprofits, colleges and universities. Grants should focus on improving marketing, trainings, food safety,  pest control and plant health. Organizations interested in this funding opportunity must apply through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.Funding will not be awarded to projects that benefit a particular commercial product, or provide a profit to a single organization, institution or individual. Each project must identify at least one expected measurable outcome that specifically demonstrates the project’s impact on enhancing the competitiveness of eligible specialty crops.  And, must be in one of the following funding priorities:Funding Area I: Market EnhancementFunding Area II: Access, Education, and TrainingFunding Area III: Research“This funding will go a long way in shoring up Indiana’s specialty crops in incomplete areas, like research and marketing,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “I encourage organizations to look at the key issues they are facing and see if this funding opportunity is something they would like to pursue to improve this diverse sector.”Applications are due by March 22, 2020, and proposals must be submitted online through the Indiana State Department of Agriculture’s Grants Management System.For more information click here or visit www.isda.in.gov. For a full list of eligible specialty crops please click here. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Pork and Indiana Soybean Partner with Fair OaksNext articleUSDA Opens Signup March 23 for Added Causes of Loss Under WHIP+ Indiana State Dept. of Agriculturelast_img read more

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What we’re reading: Big Saturday plans for Trump

first_imgTexas Government 101 Twitter printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from “Fox News” to the “Washington Post.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, Trump’s chief of staff is stepping down, new legislators make promises to pay their interns and an appeals court rules against Trump’s asylum ban. Trump’s chief of staff stepping down President Donald Trump’s chief of staff John F. Kelly will step down by the end of the year. Kelly’s departure had been rumored for months; in the past year, Kelly was heard telling colleagues, “I’m leaving and I’m not coming back,” according to the New York Times.Trump’s top choice to replace Kelly is currently Nick Ayers, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. New lawmakers intend to pay their interns Newly elected lawmakers are already breaking historical norms by offering their interns above minimum wage compensation. The trend began when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) announced this week that she would be paying her interns above minimum wage in an attempt to bring diversity to Capitol Hill. Several democratic lawmakers followed suit.Among Democratic lawmakers, only 3.6 percent in the House and 31 percent in the Senate offer paid internships. Among Republicans, 51 percent in the Senate and 8 percent in the House offer paid internships, according to the Washington Post. Appeals court rules against Trump’s asylum banA panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused the Trump administration ban on asylum for immigrants that illegally cross the United States-Mexico border, according to NBC News. “Just as we may not, as we are often reminded, ‘legislate from the bench,’ neither may the Executive legislate from the Oval Office,” Judge Jay Bybee wrote for the majority opinion. The U.S. Department of Justice had no comment on the ruling. Palestinian terror group taunts U.S. after failed resolution Hamas, a Palestinian terror group, verbally attacked the United States after the U.N. General Assembly failed to pass the U.S. resolution that condemned the group’s rocket attacks against Israel. Hamas stated the result was “a slap in the face of America” and a “victory for the Palestinian resistance,” according to Fox News. The resolution held 87 votes in support and 58 against with 32 abstentions. The resolution was 30 votes shy of passing. Trump flips coin at the Army-Navy game President Trump flew to Philadelphia to toss the coin at the 119th annual Army-Navy football game. Several members of the Trump administration were also in attendance, including the Secretary of State, Defense Secretary and the Secretaries of the Army and Navy according to CNN. Although Trump’s toss landed in favor of Navy, Army defeated the Midshipmen with a final score of 17-10. Justice Department connects Trump to federal crime The Justice Department stated that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to two women to silence their claims of an extramarital affair, according to ABC News. Prosecutors stated in a court filing that Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, arranged the payments to two women during the 2016 election per Trump’s request. Although Trump is connected, the court filings did not officially charge the president of committing a crime.That’s all we have for today. Facebook Griffin Conboyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/griffin-conboy/ What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Griffin Conboy Facebook Linkedin Griffin Conboyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/griffin-conboy/ Griffin Conboyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/griffin-conboy/ TCU’s University Union early voting location for Texas primary elections Previous articleStudents and faculty offer winter health adviceNext articleRobinson to transfer from TCU Griffin Conboy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Trump’s budget would change student loan process, rates Linkedin President Donald Trump, center right, accompanied by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, center left, waves as they walk on the field before of an NCAA college football game between Army and Navy, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) ReddIt Griffin Conboyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/griffin-conboy/ Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Fort Worth mayor attends White House meeting amid sanctuary city debate ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts last_img read more

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Unknown Islamist group claims Al-Arabiya car-bomb

first_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News Follow the news on Iraq Reporters Without Borders has firmly condemned the 30 October car-bomb attack on the Baghdad bureau of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Arabiya in which, according to the latest toll, five of the station’s employees were killed and 14 others were injured. The attack has been claimed by an unknown Islamist group calling itself the Jihadist Martyrs Brigade in Iraq. News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts In a videotape broadcast on Al-Arabiya, the Thaourat Al-Ichrine Brigades (1920 Revolution Brigades) have denied any involvement in the 30 October car-bombing of Al-Arabiya’s Baghdad bureau. But an unknown Islamist group calling itself “Saraya Al-Chouhada Al Jihadiya fil Iraq” (Jihadist Martyrs Brigade in Iraq) claimed responsibility in a statement published on the Internet on 31 October. It said it attacked the pan-Arab TV station “because it has insisted on praising (Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad) Allawi’s government and the criminal Americans, describing them as the liberators” of Iraq, and because it “pretends to be unaware of the heroic mujahideen operations.” The statement’s authenticity has not been confirmed.——————————–02.11.2004Seven dead in car bombing in front of Al-Arabiya televisionSeven people were killed when a car bomb exploded in a car park opposite Al-Arabiya television in Baghdad on 30 October, five of them employed by the station. Fourteen staff members were injured, seven of them journalists.Those who died were: security guards Ali Adnan and Nabil Hussein, kitchen assistants Ramziya Moushee and Alahin Hussein and computer engineer Hassan Alwan.The bombing also caused very serious damage, destroying or damaging 80 per cent of the station’s equipment, but the station has continued broadcasting. “This car bombing has minimized our output and has slowed our movement but it has not stopped us”, bureau chief in Baghdad Haidar Al-Wattar told Reporters Without Borders.———————————————30.10.2004Car bomb outside TV station shows contempt for press freedomA car bomb yesterday outside the Baghdad office of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Arabiya that left seven dead and at least 19 wounded, including employees of the station, was condemned as “criminal” by Reporters Without Borders today.”This attack is further evidence of the contempt that the parties to the conflict display for press freedom, without which there will be no democracy or lasting peace in Iraq,” the organisation said. It called for a thorough investigation both to identify and punish those responsible, and to establish whether the TV station was the intended target.Reporters Without Borders said Iraq is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists and news media assistants. At least 45 have been killed since the start of the war and two others are missing. French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot and their driver Mohamed Al-Joundi have been held by the Islamic Army in Iraq for the past 73 days.The chief of Al-Arabiya’s Baghdad bureau, Haidar Al-Wattar, said five of his employees were missing and could have been among those killed. Twelve of the 19 people so far reported injured were also believed to be Al-Arabiya employees. The car bomb, which went off in the parking lot outside the Al-Arabiya’s offices, caused massive damage to the building, which also houses the bureaux of the Arab TV stations MBC and Al-Ekhbariyah. Both the Iraqi interior minister and Al-Arabiya said a suicide bomber may have been inside the car that exploded.By late yesterday, it was still unclear if Al-Arabiya was the target. Responsibility for the bombing was nonetheless claimed by a group called the Thaourat Al-Ichrine Brigades (1920 Revolution Brigades) in a statement saying: “The building collapsed on the spies, the Americanized journalists… mouthpiece of the US occupation.” But it was not known if the statement, posted on a website, was authentic.Al-Arabiya director Abdulrahman Al-Rashed rejected the allegation of a pro-US bias. On the contrary, the station was a “victim of its neutrality,” he said, pointing out that three of its journalists have been killed by US gunfire. He said the station would not be intimidated and would continue to work in Baghdad. With headquarters in Dubai, Al-Arabiya is largely financed by Saudi capital. to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan November 3, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unknown Islamist group claims Al-Arabiya car-bomb News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

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After three decades on death row, Mumia Abu-Jamal won’t be executed

first_img News RSF_en News June 3, 2021 Find out more News to go further Prosecutors will no longer seek the death penalty for African-American journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams announced yesterday, two days before the 30th anniversary of Abu-Jamal’s arrest on 9 December 1981 for policeman Daniel Faulkner’s murder.The announcement came two months after the US Supreme Court declined to consider the district attorney’s bid to uphold Abu-Jamal’s death sentence. The effect of yesterday’s announcement is to commute the sentence to life imprisonment.“This announcement is victory that ends an inhuman wait for execution,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are pleased that Mumia Abu-Jamal’s life has finally been saved after nearly 30 years of contradictory judicial decisions on death row. But there is a major limitation: any appeal is now impossible and Abu-Jamal’s conviction for Daniel Faulkner’s murder cannot be challenged although the 1982 trial was unfair and marred by racial prejudice.”Abu-Jamal’s death sentence was quashed in April by a Philadelphia federal appeals court on the grounds the original jury was given poor instructions. The court gave the state of Pennsylvania six months to select a jury and hold a new sentencing hearing, or otherwise agree to a life sentence.District attorney Williams tried to get the Supreme Court to confirm the original death sentence, but in an 11 October decision, the court refused to examine the case. Only the sentence has been at issue. There has been never been any question of a retrial.Writer Jacques Lederer, joint coordinator of the Mumia Abu-Jamal support collective in France, told Reporters Without Borders: “His transfer to another prison will give him more freedom but will not necessarily provide him with effective protection.” Comments by Faulkner’s wife suggesting that Abu-Jamal may not be safe in prison are cause for concern.Two members of the collective, Jacky Hortaut and Claude Guillaumaud, flew to Philadelphia yesterday to meet with Abu-Jamal.“This is very political case, Guillaumaud told Reporters Without Borders. “The district attorney, Seth Williams, wants to be mayor of Philadelphia, and that is impossible without the support of the Philadelphia Police Fraternal Order. A new hearing would have opened up a Pandora’s box. A new jury hearing would have raised questions about the Philadelphia police, presented new evidence and cast doubt on Mumia’s guilt. It was a strategic choice. Mumia would have preferred a new hearing in order to make his voice heard. The battle goes on.”Reporters Without Borders continues to support Abu-Jamal, an international symbol of the campaign against the death penalty. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Statescenter_img News United StatesAmericas December 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After three decades on death row, Mumia Abu-Jamal won’t be executed WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Stigmatisation of neighbourhoods under discussion

first_imgPrint Linkedin Email Twitter NewsLocal NewsStigmatisation of neighbourhoods under discussionBy admin – November 10, 2011 524 WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Advertisement THE emotive issue of the so-called “address syndrome” was spotlighted at a recent symposium held at the West End Youth Centre on Childers Road, Ballinacurra Weston.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Organised by the UL Department of Sociology and Institute for the Study of Knowledge in Society, the event examined how disadvantaged neighbourhoods come to be stigmatised.Chaired by TV3 Presenter and Irish Times columnist Vincent Browne, Dr. Eoin Devereux, Head of the Department of Sociology at UL,  co-organiser of the event, referred to the “substantial evidence of the stigmatisation of neighbourhoods by the media and others which can have real and lasting effects on how residents see themselves and how they are perceived by others.”Dr Devereux said that the symposium examined evidence from local, national and international settings that included Limerick, Dublin, Utrecht and Australia.Speakers referred to the prevalence of “misrepresented communities, both in Ireland and abroad.”Speaking about “The Media and Moyross” were Amanda Haynes, Eoin Devereux and Martin Power from the Department of Sociology, ULThe event, which marked the commencement of UL’s new MA in Sociology (Youth, Community and Social Regeneration), which has attracted 23 students to its programme, is, the university stresses, “evidence of UL’s strong commitment to the local community.“The programme will allow students to critically examine issues pertaining to regeneration in limerick and beyond,” says Dr Devereux. Previous articleWest Limerick farmer to be imprisoned indefinitelyNext articleFormer church has role to play in city’s rejuvenation adminlast_img read more

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