£5k to invest today? I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 stocks in an ISA to get rich and retire early

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. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 16th May, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 stocks in an ISA to get rich and retire early Investing £5k, or any other amount, in FTSE 100 shares after the recent market crash may not seem like an attractive proposition to many investors. Even though the stock market has rebounded from its March lows, an uncertain economic outlook could halt the FTSE 100’s progress over the near term.However, low valuations on offer across the index could make now a worthwhile buying opportunity. With it being cheaper and simpler than ever to invest in a tax-efficient manner through a Stocks and Shares ISA, buying FTSE 100 shares today could improve your chances of retiring early.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…FTSE 100 uncertaintyDue to the world economy facing an unprecedented crisis from coronavirus, the future performance of FTSE 100 stocks is highly uncertain at the present time. They could continue their recent rebound to produce a strong market rally, or further cases of coronavirus may push the index back into a decline.That risk, however, could mean that there are attractive buying opportunities available for long-term investors. Indeed, in the past the FTSE 100’s best buying opportunities have often coincided with its periods of greatest uncertainty. Risks cause investors to price-in wider margins of safety. This can lead to higher returns as the stock market recovers.Therefore, although buying shares today may produce paper losses over the short run, in the long run the strategy may lead to a strong performance that improves your retirement outlook.Stock valuationsClearly, some companies merit low valuations at the present time. Some industries, for example, are partially or even fully closed. Therefore, some stocks in the FTSE 100 may experience a period with zero sales that cause significant losses.However, other FTSE 100 companies may be substantially undervalued. Although their financial performance may suffer to some extent in the near term, their dominant market positions and capacity to return to growth in the coming years may mean that they are highly attractive following their recent share price falls.They may be suffering from a desire among some investors for less risky assets, which has reduced demand for equities. Investors who are able to take a long-term view of their portfolios may, therefore, be in a strong position to pick and choose the most attractive businesses in the index.Stocks and Shares ISAThe simplest way to invest in FTSE 100 shares at the present time may be through a Stocks and Shares ISA. It is cheap to set up, simple to manage and offers a great amount of tax efficiency. It also provides unlimited withdrawals without penalty, so could provide flexibility for a wide range of investors who are at different stages of their lives.Although there is no guarantee that the FTSE 100 will recover from its recent market crash, its track record suggests that such an outcome is likely. Capitalising on low valuations has been a successful strategy to generate high returns in the past, and could offer similar performance in the coming years that allows you to retire early. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

What I think Covid-19 variants mean for the Rolls-Royce share price

first_img Since early December, the Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) share price is down almost 30%, wiping out some of the gains after the rally that began in October. The fall also means its 12-month decline is 60%+ when factoring in the rights issue’s effects.Why has this happened just as vaccines seem to offer light at the end of the lockdown tunnel? I see the increasing spread of Covid-19 variants such as the South African and UK strains as a key factor. Some Covid-19 vaccines don’t work as well against the variants. There have been reports that the vaccine made by AstraZeneca isn’t as effective against moderate and mild cases of the South African strain. This has caused some concern among investors over how quick the travel sector’s recovery might be. 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…The changing nature of Covid-19 variants could affect the Rolls-Royce share price going forward. After all, RR is very much a share dependent on what’s happening globally, rather than just a successful vaccine rollout in a few countries. But how much could Covid-19 variants affect the Rolls-Royce share price going forward?Mutating virusIt’s impossible to fully vaccinate everyone against Covid-19 in a very short amount of time. So Covid-19 could always be around and will also very likely continuously mutate. Some mutated strains could spread fast — some commentators have already said the UK strain could become dominant globally.There’s always the possibility that a mutation gets out of control again before new vaccines arrive. Such mutated strains could severely disrupt air travel’s recovery trajectory.I think that makes the future of air travel-linked stocks hard to predict. Essentially, the threat of new variants means an airline can’t say that it will make X amount of money next year with as much certainty as before the pandemic. What might his mean for shareholders? I reckon companies might feel the need to have stronger balance sheets than pre-pandemic levels to prepare for any potential declines in travel ahead. That could mean lower capital returns in the near term.And the Rolls-Royce share price?Because Rolls-Royce sells jet engines to airlines and maintains them, variants also affect the company. If airlines try to beef up their balance sheets more to protect against potential variant effects, some might delay orders for new jet engines. This could mean a more-drawn-out recovery phase for Rolls-Royce’s civil aviation unit.How the variants affect the Rolls-Royce share price going forward is unclear given the uncertain nature of mutations. On the upside, if the pandemic can be controlled globally by current vaccines and new vaccines developed quickly to deal with mutations, I see potential for the Rolls-Royce share price to rise.I think the company’s civil aviation unit will recover, but could take a while to fully do so.I’d still buy Rolls-Royce shares, however, given the company’s potential in green technologies. Rolls-Royce is a leader in aircraft engines and I think it could be a leader in electric aircraft engines and/or electric aircraft in the future too. This is an area its moving into. With aircraft such as electric air taxis potentially being more convenient than regular land vehicles in many cases, I reckon the market could be huge. If management makes the right decisions, I feel Rolls-Royce has a big growth opportunity ahead that could add a lot of value.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address 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.center_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. Jay Yao | Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 | More on: RR Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended The New York Times. 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. What I think Covid-19 variants mean for the Rolls-Royce share price Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Jay Yaolast_img read more

3 UK funds to buy for a Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img Enter Your Email Address Paul Summers owns shares in Vanguard LifeStrategy 80% Equity Fund and Lindsell Train Global Equity. 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. How someone decides to spend the up-to-£20,000 they can put into a Stocks and Shares ISA in any financial year will depend on their financial goals, risk tolerance and time horizon. As a long-term investor, having a good proportion of money invested in funds I don’t need to tamper with makes a lot of sense to me. Here are three that I like, two of which I already own.Instant diversificationOne holding I continue to accumulate within my Stocks and Shares ISA is the Vanguard Life Strategy 80% Equity Fund. Offered by the US passive investing giant, this fund might be considered a one-stop-shop for anyone who has very little interest in stock markets beyond increasing their wealth. Alternatively, I think it can be a great way of counterbalancing riskier investments.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…This Ronseal-like ‘does-what-it-says-on-the-tin’ fund invests 80% of the money I put to work across thousands of companies around the world. The remaining 20% is shoved into fixed-income assets, which tend to be less volatile than stocks. This strategy won’t stop the fund from dipping in value during a market crash, of course. However, it should help mitigate the (temporary) pain.  Of course, there will come a time in life when people want to reduce their exposure to stocks. Recognising this, Vanguard also offers 20%, 40% and 60% versions of the LifeStrategy fund. A 100% Equity fund is also available.Quality pickMy love of Vanguard’s cheap, passive range doesn’t mean I’ve no time for funds managed by proven professional investors. After all, the former will only give me the market return. To beat the market, I’ll need to use the latter (or pick stocks myself).One active fund I’ve been buying quite a lot of recently is Lindsell Train Global Equity. This highly-concentrated, low-turnover fund has climbed a little over 350% in value since 2011.  Investors wouldn’t have got that sort of return by simply holding a FTSE 100 index tracker!Despite its stellar track record over the years, owning Global Equity isn’t without risk.  Some of its biggest holdings — FTSE 100 firms Diageo and Unilever — have been hit to some extent by the pandemic. The fact that this fund doesn’t buy value stocks could also hamper returns for a while.Nevertheless, I’m a firm believer that quality always wins out over the long term. Go smallAs a long-term investor with many years left in the market, I think having some exposure to the smaller businesses in my Stocks and Shares ISA is really important. Market minnows have the ability to grow far quicker than larger listed firms, which should ultimately lead to larger share price gains. This is why my final pick is Premier Miton UK Smaller Companies. Since launching in 2012, the AIM-focused Premier Miton fund has achieved an annual return of 18.5%. That compares very favourably to the 12.7% return of the IA UK Smaller Companies sector. No wonder it’s the most researched fund of its kind, according to Trustnet.  Of course, there are a few things to remember. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns. Moreover, these returns could vary wildly from year to year due to the volatility of small-cap stocks. Also, investors must be comfortable paying the relatively high management fees compared to, say, the LifeStrategy 80% fund.  The Premier Miton fund won’t suit all investors, but I’d be happy to buy it today. 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. Image source: Getty Images 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Paul Summers | Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 | More on: DGE ULVR 3 UK funds to buy for a Stocks and Shares ISAcenter_img Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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In-depth update on European refugee crisis

first_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Collierville, TN Tags 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Anglican Communion, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Photo: United Society[United Society] From the air it looks like someone has run an orange highlighter pen around the Lesvos coastline, such is the density of life jackets that litter the coast from refugees who have arrived from Turkey.Since the beginning of 2015, more than half a million refugees have arrived on Lesvos in small boats from Turkey. January this year saw 36,175 refugees arrive, compared with 742 in January last year.On the island, there are now established processes for taking care of refugees once they arrive. Typically, volunteer groups meet refugees on the shore, often at night, to provide medical care, warm clothes, food and a place to sleep.The Anglican Chaplaincy in Greece, supported by the United Society, is funding Lighthouse Refugee Relief (LRR), an NGO set up last year by volunteers from Sweden, Norway and the UK. LRR is one of over 80 NGO and volunteer groups helping on the island. Co-ordination meetings take place near the shoreline.LRR co-ordinator Henry Hartley said the situation for refugees has been very difficult over winter. Refugees arrive with serious medical conditions brought on by the cold weather. LRR set up a small clinic. Instructions on the walls remind volunteers how to treat half-drowned or hypothermic patients.The number of deaths in the Aegean Sea so far this year is already alarming, with around 250 in January. Just last week, Marit, an LRR nurse and local resident, was walking with her dogs on the beach when she stumbled on the body of a baby girl. Experiences like this take their toll, and LRR is working with experts in trauma to support people, both refugees and helpers.LRR’s ‘stage one’ camp is only metres from the sea. Next to the clinic are three large sleeping tents (two with heating), a kitchen, carefully-organised clothes-sorting areas, toilets and hand-washing stations.Given the extraordinary level of chaos and tragedy, it is surprisingly calm. The pebble paths between tents are carefully groomed, and the tents are neatly labelled with colourful hand-painted signs in Greek. There are even rock gardens with decorative flower pots.Henry refers to the refugees who arrive as ‘guests’, and says it’s important not to treat people arriving as if they are part of a production line.Refugees who land at this location are lucky because it is easy to disembark from the small boats, and assistance, including road transport to the refugees’ next destination, is readily available. By contrast, boats that get lost in the dark often come ashore on more inhospitable parts of the coast, such as near the Korakas Lighthouse, where the light beam – in a cruel inversion of its intended purpose – rather than warn people to keep clear, instead attracts the refugees to a dangerous rocky shore.The Korakas Lighthouse is an hour’s drive away from the nearest village, along a narrow dirt road, which means providing assistance there is difficult. On our journey there we are stuck behind a car that has broken its wheel.Henry explains that funding from the United Society means there are LRR volunteers at Korakas Lighthouse every evening and through the night. Funding has also been used to buy search lights, tents, sleeping bags and tools, and to cover transport costs to access the site by four-wheel drive.The Korakas team watches for refugee boats as they arrive from Turkey. When the volunteers spot a boat coming in, they radio official search and rescue vessels who can then either rescue those on board or guide the boat to safer parts of the coastline.Liz, who has been an LRR volunteer for a month, has returned from her 5pm to 10am night shift at the lighthouse. She is glad to report that no boats arrived in the night, but said preceding days had been cold and busy with arrivals.Three days ago, a wooden boat, which was not spotted early enough, arrived at Korakas packed with 146 people. Volunteers were able to help the refugees to safely disembark and scramble up the rocks, then arrange dry clothing for them and assist with transport to the next point of transit.The boat now sits stranded on the shore. The LRR team is much too self-effacing to say so, but there can be little doubt they are saving lives.Refugees arriving on Lesvos eventually find their way to a processing centre on the island where they stay for several days. They are interviewed, finger-printed and given registration papers giving permission to stay temporarily in Greece.Lesvos is the island receiving the highest number of refugees, but there are also four other islands where refugees land.On Samos island, Greek organisation Medical Intervention provides healthcare and psychosocial intervention, supported financially by the United Society and the Anglican Church in Greece.The medical issues for refugees arriving on Samos are numerous. Besides routine maladies and medical conditions, many are suffering from conditions, like scabies, brought on by their arduous journeys and cramped living conditions. Refugees are also provided with soap, blankets and sleeping bags, and there is baby milk for those with young infants.From the islands to AthensAfter registration on the islands, refugees catch regular passenger ferries to Athens.In Athens, most refugees are bussed from the port and unceremoniously dropped in squares close to central Athens.When we visit, there are around 200 people in Victoria Square, including a large number of families with small children. Most are Afghan.We meet a very large family of around 20 Afghans from Parwan province, close to Kabul. Behzad is travelling with his wife and three children, aged 10, six and four years old. He explains that his family cannot return to Afghanistan where they fear the violence of the Taliban. The family is also increasingly concerned about the increasing power of Daesh (ISIS) in their country.Behzad and his family arrived on Lesvos three days ago, and now they plan to make their way to Germany. In the evening, they will catch a bus to the Macedonian border where they will likely spend the night waiting in the cold at a bus station. The unpredictable closing of borders means large numbers of refugees can often find themselves stranded when their route into northern Europe is blocked.For the moment, however, Behzad and his family are enjoying some respite having visited the Salvation Army’s day centre. The children can play and the family is given some new clothing for their cold journey ahead. The day centre gives refugees a safe place to rest and take provisions for their stay in Athens or for their onward journey.One of the great challenges is providing good information so that refugees can make safe choices and avoid expensive and dangerous smuggling rings. With funding from the United Society, the Salvation Army is soon to benefit from a Dari (Afghan language) interpreter to help improve communication.Refugees in AthensFor Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees their stay in Athens is typically short. Most will hang around Victoria Square for a day waiting for a bus to the Macedonian border; others may stay one or two nights in accommodation for vulnerable refugees set up by church groups and NGOs close to Victoria Square.For refugees and migrants who can no longer cross the border into Macedonia, accommodation in Athens can be difficult to find especially as more and more refugees become stuck here.The Macedonian authorities only allow the passage of certain nationalities through from Greece, namely Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi. This is a practice that Human Rights Watch has labelled as discriminatory because it takes no regard for the individual protection issues that individuals from other war-torn countries may be facing.Over the past six months, the Greek government has opened former Olympic venues for temporarily housing refugees. One such site is Elliniko, a former hockey stadium where 220 people are currently staying in makeshift open accommodation. The refugees sleep on camp beds and food is distributed by the Salvation Army.I met a young Palestinian man in a wheelchair who was disabled by a bomb in Palestine. A group of Iranians sit chatting on their beds. Others are cleaning the bathrooms, one of their duties as guests in the centre.For those in Elliniko not allowed to cross into Macedonia there is a strong sense of hopelessness and there are difficult choices to be made. They have limited time before they become liable for detention for staying illegally, and many do not wish to claim refugee status in Greece because of the limited opportunities that Greece provides to recognised refugees.Petrou Ralli, a detention centre in southern AthensThe greatest concern at the moment is that if the borders close in the north then Greece won’t cope with the huge numbers of refugees who will be unable to move out of the country.UNHCR estimates border closures would result in up to 200,000 refugees needing long-term assistance in Greece. This concern is echoed strongly by churches of all denominations in Athens.Many church groups and organisations are providing practical assistance to refugees in Athens, including accommodation, food, clothes and advice. But their assistance, even combined with the efforts of international NGOs, are simply not enough to deal with large numbers of people.The re-opening of detention centres for migrants in Athens is an indication that things are changing for the worse.Petrou Ralli is a detention centre in southern Athens for refugees whose temporary stay papers have expired. They are brought here after being picked up from the street by the police.Petrou Ralli also deals with migrants who have outstanding issues with their claims for asylum in Greece.At the entrance, there is queue of people from multiple nations clutching various documents related to their asylum cases; this morning there are Afghans, Pakistanis and Ivorians.Two men from Côte d’Ivoire, Jean and Eric, stand by the gate waiting to speak with the policeman who will screen them into the centre.Jean explains he has been living in Greece for five years. His claim for refugee status was successful and now he is helping his friend get through the process.Eric, his friend, has been in Greece four years but his refugee claim is still not finalised. He has been detained on multiple occasions for over-staying in Greece and fears he will be forced to return to Côte d’Ivoire and face persecution there. (Nearly 450,000 Ivorians fled their country in 2010-2011 in the wake of violent political unrest following a disputed election. Although the security situation in the country has improved, individuals facing specific risks may have claim to refugee status.)The domestic system for asylum seekers and refugees in Greece is notoriously defective, and rates of refugee recognition are worryingly low. In 2014, as an Eritrean, your chances of being recognised as a refugee was 48 per cent, roughly half the 89 per cent average elsewhere in Europe. As a Syrian, your chances of being accepted were 60 per cent, compared with a 95 per cent elsewhere in Europe.The Greek authorities are still struggling with a backlog of 23,000 asylum appeals, and the appeal committee which reviews the claims of rejected asylum seekers has not functioned since September last year.And being recognised as a refugee in Greece is by no means the end of the struggle. For several years the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has reported on the absence of measures to help refugees integrate in Greece. The ongoing economic crisis in Greece results in further marginalisation of refugees here.Jean, a recognised refugee, explains that during his five years in Greece he has never held a job. ‘I have nothing,’ he says, ‘I live in a crowded bunkhouse with many others. No one has a job. There is nothing here for us.’Inside Petrou Ralli detention centrePetrou Ralli is also a detention centre and is currently holding 160 foreign men whose papers in Greece have expired.In the face of the refugee crisis, the Greek authorities have returned to a previously fraught policy of detention for some migrants.While the media headlines have focussed on the extraordinary numbers of people flowing through Greece, the increasing use of detention in Greece is relatively hidden, but is becoming a serious concern.In early 2015, under a new government policy, migrants were released from detention due to the squalid conditions in the centres and because there had been a number of deaths due to suicide and mismanaged medical care.Civil society and legal advocates, who welcomed the changed policy, are now worried to see migrants being detained again.While it is true that not all those travelling by boat to Greece have a refugee profile, it is critical that these people have access to fair procedures to assess why they might fear returning home. And, of course, regardless of which country people come from, they must be treated with dignity.The cells at Petrou Ralli are filled with a mix of nationalities; many are from Morrocco and Algeria, but we also meet Iranians and a man from Myanmar.The place resembles a prison in most respects, with the migrants greeting us through thick bars. If the weather is good the inhabitants are permitted to exercise outside in a concrete basketball court.Outside in the exercise area is Mohammad, a tall Iranian man, whose shoes are tied together with plastic bags. Other men are playing football.Mohammad says his mother is in Canada and his wife is in Germany. Legal assistance is known to be scarce in the detention centres. We are with a lawyer from the Greek Ecumenical Refugee Programme who explains to Mohammad about his options for possible family reunification.Dhanu, from Myanmar, explains that the food in the detention centre is poor. He shows us his long fingernails, which he is unable to cut in the centre.The lawyer explains that even if an individual hopes to obtain refugee status in Greece, they are unlikely to apply from the detention centre because this is likely to result in them being held for longer at the centre. Instead, most are waiting for the legal time limit they can be detained (18 months, though in practice often six months) to expire, then, once outside, they will claim asylum. Others are considering whether it might be safe enough for them to return home voluntarily.Rami, a young man from the Magreb, is waiting to appeal a refusal of his claim for refugee status. He fears returning to his country because, as someone who is gay, he is at risk of persecution. Rami says food in the centre is poor and often cold. He pulls up his shirt to show me the scares on his back caused by other detainees beating him.Despite the difficult conditions in Petrou Ralli, the lawyer says conditions are much better than a year ago, when many centres were closed due to inhumane conditions.But food remains an issue. Church groups know that food in the centres is too little and substandard; a problem UNHCR has confirmed. In response the Anglican Chaplaincy in Greece, with the support of the United Society, has started a programme to provide one extra hot meal a week to occupants in two detention centres in Athens.Apostoli, the humanitarian arm of the Greek Orthodox ChurchThe huge numbers of refugees, combined with the shifting policies and procedures, has been a challenge for groups trying set up support programmes. For example, temporary accommodation might open up in Athens, holding thousands, requiring the quick mobilisation of NGO and volunteer assistance, before being shut down just as suddenly. For those wanting to fund programmes it has been difficult to identify which organisations to support.As a central figure in the ecumenical church community Fr Malcolm Bradshaw, the Senior Anglican Chaplain in Greece, has been instrumental in bringing together a large group of churches in Athens who assisting refugees.Fr Malcolm has identified the work of Apostoli, the humanitarian arm of the Greek Orthodox Church, as worthy of considerable funding.In Athens, Apostoli is providing food and hygiene kits at temporary accommodation sites for refugees. And on the islands of Chios, Samos and Kos, it is providing tents, sleeping bags, food, warm clothing and hygiene kits. Apostoli also works with local authorities to improve the structures which house refugees on the islands.Vassi Lentari, Apostoli’s director of programmes, says it is Apostoli’s close connection with communities that makes their work effective. They have good relationships with municipalities, police authorities and local churches, which means they have a greater flexibility to respond when procedures change.Click here to support the work of the Diocese in Europe and the United Society in this area. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Lowest bid to renovate Alonzo Williams Park is $400,000 over grant…

first_img Reply Reply This is really strange to me. It was understood that additional costs to the city would have to be added to the grant money to complete the project. They went over everything, they amended certain things that were shown, and I thought it was a go….green light. They boasted about it on various sites, and in the media, and then, I read where they are considering sending the grant money back?????? That is not right, at all, I am sorry, but it is not right! They got people’s hopes up, and let them down. Barbara McLeod March 22, 2018 at 7:08 pm Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply It was learned at the Wednesday Apopka City Council meeting that the lowest bid to renovate and build a community center at Alonzo Williams Park was over $400,000 above the grant amount of $750,000.Dr. Ray Shackelford, an Apopka resident who often speaks during the public comments portion of the meeting asked the Council what was happening with the Alonzo Williams community center. Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer then asked City Administrator Glenn Irby for an update on the project.“We actually put it on the street for bids,” said Irby. “We got three back. The grant we received was for $750,000. The bids came back and the lowest one was over $400,000 more than the $750,000 we have in the grant.”Irby went on to explain that the City is trying to understand why the bids were higher than the grant, and the timeline for action to keep the project going.“We’re trying to figure out why. We still have the grant, but we need to be under construction by the end of the year or we do stand a chance of losing it at that particular point in time. We’re trying to actually value-engineer it where we can get the price lower. If that fails, then we can do a couple of things depending on what the Council wants to do. One of the things we could do is let it go, which I don’t think the Council wants to do, the second would be at the budget session to try and come up with the additional $400,000-plus, and the third would be to take it from reserves.”In November of 2016, the City announced winning the federal grant and at that time believed construction would begin in 2017.The 5,500 square foot center is proposed to be twice as large as the current building.Once a bid is accepted, the long-awaited project will demolish the existing structure at Alonzo Williams Park, 515 South Hawthorne Avenue, and construct a new community center in its place. The new building will be twice the size of the existing facility with more than 5,500 square feet and feature a large meeting area, offices, activity rooms and a covered entry with a vehicle driveway. It will also include paved parking along M.A. Board Street and future parking adjacent to the facility.The federal grant is administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, which provides between $18 and $26 million in federal funds each year to benefit local governments. Michael Heaton 5 COMMENTS Hmmmm. The Anatomy of Fear March 22, 2018 at 9:10 pm Reply Please enter your name here Alonzo Williams Park is a three-acre facility with multi-purpose fields, outdoor basketball courts, a softball field and a playground. It also received a separate $50,000 grant through the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program to improve its recreation areas in 2016. So the 100,000 spent was just a vision. Nothing that took into consideration actual cost of redesign. My son could have made a pretty rendering for $99,995 less. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. March 24, 2018 at 10:23 am March 25, 2018 at 1:34 pm March 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm Michael Heaton $200 per square foot?? What have they built into the specifications in the documents for that building? Must be some gold plated fittings in those restrooms! Somebody needs to check the plans and specs for that building and get with the architectural firm regarding their design! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Apopka Resident Mama Mia Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Is the covered entry way really necessary? Quite a bit of expense there with structure, brick work and roofing. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSAlonzo Williams ParkCity of Apopka Previous articleTip-a-Cop coming to Apopka in AprilNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Nuffield Foundation Commonwealth Programme

Howard Lake | 24 March 2000 | News The Nuffield Foundation is inviting applications for five-year programme grants to support the development of policy and service provision in Southern and Eastern African commonwealth countries. Outline applications must be received by 31 May 2000. 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.  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nuffield Foundation Commonwealth Programme read more

Irish Cancer Society launches new company fundraising initiative

first_img Tagged with: corporate Ireland As part of its annual Daffodil Day appeal this year the Irish Cancer Society (ICS) has introduced a company initiative called ‘Our Company Cares’ which is designed to involve company employees in the nationwide fundraising collection.The overall target for Daffodil Day 2012 which will take place on 23 March has been set at €3.5 million. The challenge ICS has set itself this year is to recruit at least 200 companies, to take part in the ‘Our Company Cares’ campaign.Funds raised through ‘Our Company Cares’ will go directly to providing free cancer information and nursing services. This includes the Society’s free home based night nursing service to seriously ill cancer patients.ICS has already recruited computer company Dell as lead partners for Daffodil Day and they are encouraging employees in businesses and corporate sectors across the country to think of creative and fun ways of raising funds in their workplace throughout March. Suggested activities include organising cake sales and coffee mornings, turning workplaces yellow, and desk cleaning.In 2010 Dell Ireland became the Irish cancer Society’s lead partner for Daffodil Day for a three year period until 2013. In addition to providing financial support Dell’s 2,300 employees are supporting the campaign by volunteering time and expertise to ICS in the lead up to Daffodil Day and on the day itselfwww.cancer.ie AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Irish Cancer Society launches new company fundraising initiative  17 total views,  2 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. Howard Lake | 21 March 2012 | Newslast_img read more

Engineering and Technology Career Fair offers networking opportunities

first_imgFacebook Dylan Guest is a journalism major and Spanish minor from the Caribbean island of Aruba. Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ ReddIt Dylan Guest TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Further investigations on KavanaughNext articleMazzoli earns top-five finish at Nike Collegiate Invitational Dylan Guest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ + posts printWednesday’s career fair will begin at 10 a.m. in the Tucker Technology Center.Students looking for an internship or full-time job in the science and engineering field can find more information at the Engineering and Technology Career Fair Wednesday.Gabriela Pineider, the career consultant of the College of Science & Engineering, said several different employers such as AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Southwest Airlines and Textron will be in attendance.“Every year we have over 100 students attend ranging from seniors all the way down to first-year students,” Pineider said. “The majors include engineering and computer science/computer information technology, all the way to mathematics, chemistry, physics and geology.”Engineering & Technology Fair Oct 3 @ 10am – 1pmMeet with Engineering and Technology employers interested in connecting with students about internships, part-time, or full-time positions. To register visit Frogjobs at https://t.co/5ap1ZrBnPy pic.twitter.com/uiTlbacqGr— TCU Career Center (@TCUCareerCenter) September 20, 2018The fair offers students the chance to meet with company recruiters, networking opportunities and information on how to pursue an internship or career.“For students who have already begun applying to opportunities prior to the fair, this gives them the chance to follow up on their applications and express their continued interest,” said Pineider. “Networking is a key part to the internship and job application process, so having employers come to campus makes it that much easier.”In addition to those benefits, Pineider said many students are able to lock down either full-time employment or summer internship opportunities at this fair. It is also an opportunity to learn about companies students would not otherwise be exposed to.“Of course I’d like to potentially get an internship, but the experience I gain from the career fair will be important,” said Warren Riley, junior computer science major.Whyn Pho, also a junior computer science major, knows that a career fair can have many benefits.“I hope to find my next internship and gain connections,” Pho said. “It is also beneficial to get your face out there and know the market.”Pineider also provided some tips for students to know going into the fair. Students should view the list of attendees on Frog Jobs, allowing them to prepare their conversations ahead of time.The fair will start at 10 a.m Wednesday and students from all majors are invited to attend. Twitter Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ TCU housing helps upperclassmen find their home National Parks road trip to be held during spring break Community Engagement Programming to offer alternative spring break Linkedin Wednesday’s career fair will begin at 10 a.m. in the Tucker Technology Center. Facebook ReddIt Dylan Guesthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dylan-guest/ Health, communication and media: New minor is on the waylast_img read more

Website editor arrested after publishing emails linking mayor to spying and corruption

first_img Receive email alerts December 16, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Website editor arrested after publishing emails linking mayor to spying and corruption LatviaEurope – Central Asia Organisation Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns yesterday’s arrest of Leonīds Jākobsons, a news website owner and editor who for the past month has been posting copies of a series of compromising emails that had been sent or received by Nils Ušakovs, mayor of Riga and a former member of the Latvian parliament. The organisation demands his immediate release. The emails that Jākobsons began posting on his website Kompromat (www.kompromat.lv) on 17 November indicated that Ušakovs provided information to a member of the Russian embassy in Riga and engaged in a strange correspondence that has aroused suspicions about the nature of Ušakovs’ activities.The winner of the National Journalism Prize in 2009 in the “Defence of Media Freedom” category, Jākobsons is reportedly also in the possession of other – so far unpublished – emails suggesting that illegal commissions were used to finance a political party’s election campaign illegally.“We demand Jākobsons’ immediate release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that a journalist can be jailed for an alleged media offence in a European Union member country. “The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is being seriously threatened by the seizure of all of his computer equipment and by the pressure being put on him to reveal how he obtained the emails.“The mayor of Riga can bring a legal action against Jākobsons if he thinks it is necessary, or he can take advantage of the right of reply if he thinks he has been defamed. But Jākobsons’ arrest and imprisonment and the confiscation of all of his equipment seem more like an act of revenge than the actions of an impartial judicial system.”During a raid on Jākobsons’ apartment yesterday, police seized two computers and all the computer storage material and devices they could find. After completing their search, they arrested Jākobsons on suspicion of illegally acquiring electronic communication data. The police also went to the premises of an Internet Service provider and seized the three servers that hosted the Kompromat website, which can no longer be accessed.The day after Jākobsons posted the first emails on Kompromat, the site began being the target of a major DDoS attack that lasted several days. On 21 November, a hacker succeeded in deleting all of the site’s archives (more than 10 years of content in Russian and Latvian). The site’s editors were able to restore all the content from a backup but the attacks continued.The police had refused to accede to a request by Jakobsons for an investigation into the origin of the cyber-attacks on his site.A well-known and widely-read site, Kompromat has done a lot of investigative coverage of corruption, organized crime, drug trafficking and other criminal activity. It has often been pressured and prosecuted, but none of its personnel had ever been attacked or arrested in the past.Currently held at Čiekurkalns police station in Riga, Jākobsons is expected to be transferred to the city’s main prison shortly. Conditions in the jail are poor and Reporters Without Borders has been told he will probably have to share a cell with ordinary offenders. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Newscenter_img News Help by sharing this information LatviaEurope – Central Asia December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Latvia News News to go further November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Instead of combatting Covid-19, Algeria’s authorities crack down on journalists

first_img AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Covid19ImprisonedImpunityInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation Judicial proceedings, imprisonment, draconian laws, website blocking and cyber-harassment have all been used to step up pressure on the last independent journalists and media outlets in Algeria, where more than 550 coronavirus deaths and nearly 7,200 cases have been officially reported since the first case on 25 February. Journalists who have been covering the “Hirak” wave of anti-government street protests that began more than a year ago have been particularly exposed to the government crackdown on dissent.They include Khaled Drareni, the editor of the Casbah Tribune and Algeria correspondent of RSF and TV5 Monde, who was arrested on 7 March while covering one of the peaceful Hirak protests in Algiers, and has been held since 29 March on a charge carrying a possible ten-year jail sentence. An initial request for his provisional release was rejected on 6 May. Another Algiers court is due to issue a decision on 27 May.Drareni is not the only journalist to have been jailed. Sofiane Merakchi, the correspondent of the Lebanese TV channel Al Mayadeen, who also works as a producer for other foreign TV channels such as France 24 et RT, has been detained since September and was sentenced on 5 April to eight months in prison on a charge of importing equipment without a permit and evading customs duties. He was the first journalist to be imprisoned since the start of the Hirak protests.As well as judicial pressure, the authorities have also been using website blocking to censor media outlets.Several sites have been blocked in recent weeks and are no longer accessible in Algeria. Maghreb Emergent and Radio M have been blocked since 10 April. Then Interlignes and DZVid were rendered inaccessible. Matin d’Algérie’s management has accused the authorities of “practices… as in the good old days,” practices associated with Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s two decades as president.The website Tout sur l’Algérie (TSA) was repeatedly blocked in a similar manner in 2017 and again in 2019.  Fearing reprisals, the satirical newspaper El Manchar has meanwhile opted to stop publishing. Its staff decided that the oppressive climate and the arrests constituted too much a threat.Cyber-harassment has also been growing since Abdelmadjid Tebboune was sworn in as president in December. More and more journalists have found themselves the targets of exceptionally violent social media hate campaigns because of comments that caused annoyance. When arrest without a specific charge is not used, as it was with Drareni, every other kind of method is used to harass or silence government critics.“Anyone who dares to judge – even if only in a colourful but unspecific way – or to criticize the actions of the government in place since mid-December is accused of playing into ‘foreign hands’ and of serving the interests of those plotting to destabilize Algeria,” said a journalist who requested anonymity for fear of government reprisals.“The increase in attacks against journalists and media is extremely dangerous,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “The Algerian authorities are going after the wrong enemy because the reporting provided by journalists is vital during the pandemic. By persecuting Khaled Drareni, they are showing their contempt for freedoms and for what remains of a free press in Algeria. This is why RSF calls for the immediate release of this journalist, whose only crime was to do his job.”Draconian and vaguely worded lawThe coronavirus pandemic has been windfall for the Algerian government because it has undermined the protest movement, and the authorities have taken advantage of this to clamp down drastically on the provision of news and information.On 22 April, parliamentarians voted in favour of a bill criminalizing “fake news” that “undermines public order and security” or “state security and national unity.” This amendment to the criminal code provides for penalties of one to three years in prison, twice that in the event of a subsequent offence, and even five years in prison for a first time offence if it takes place “at a time of a public health lockdown or a natural, biological or technological catastrophe or any other form of catastrophe.”RSF issued a press release at the time condemning the hypocrisy of legislation designed above all to censor online media and social media users. Under Algeria’s constitution, press offences cannot be punished by imprisonment and, at his first cabinet meeting in January, President Tebboune called for press freedom to be consolidated.Algeria is ranked 146th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources Covid19ImprisonedImpunityInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expressionEconomic pressureJudicial harassmentViolence News May 18, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria to go further Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News May 12, 2021 Find out more Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections RSF_en News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the fact that, instead of combatting the spread of Covid-19 in what is North Africa worst hit country, the Algerian authorities are exploiting the pandemic to harass independent journalists and media and to gag press freedom. June 8, 2020 Instead of combatting Covid-19, Algeria’s authorities crack down on journalistslast_img read more