first_img Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family Proof Sunday 28 November 2010 9:36 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ LESS GOVERNMENT SECTOR JOB LOSSES THAN EXPECTED, SAYS ITEM REPORT Share whatsapp KCS-content GOVERNMENT sector job losses have been overstated, according to a report out today.The Ernst and Young Item Club (Item) expects job cuts of 400,000 across this parliament, below current estimates of 490,000.The revision is due to greater savings from welfare reform, leaving more funds for Whitehall budgets. Departmental spending will be £11bn higher than set out in June’s emergency Budget, the report says. The Item report expects the government to better its deficit target for 2010 by £10bn, largely due to increases in revenue from corporation tax, VAT and income tax. It adds business investment is at least two per cent higher than expected this year, despite government projections of a half per cent fall. Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Clipper Logistics shares are up 35% in 2021. Should I buy?

first_imgClipper Logistics shares are up 35% in 2021. Should I buy? 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. 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. I identified Clipper Logistics (LSE: CLG) shares as one of my top UK small-cap picks for 2021 in December. And I’m pleased to report that the stock hasn’t disappointed me. The share price is up over 35% in 2021 so far and has increased more than 160% during the last 12 months.Of course, past performance isn’t an indication of future returns, but I reckon this rally could continue. Hence I’d still buy Clipper Logistics shares even at this level. The company released a year-end trading update yesterday, which was positive. I think it’s worth taking a closer look.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…Strong numbersClipper Logistics reported some strong numbers. The company performed well throughout its 2021 financial year. It expects full-year revenue of £698m, which is an impressive 39% increase compared to the prior year.It also said that “full-year EBIT (IAS17 basis) is expected to be in line with expectations of £31.6m, an underlying increase of 53% on the £20.6m achieved in FY20, excluding the negative goodwill which arose in FY20”.Let me first start by saying that these rises are huge. Clearly, the company has emerged from the pandemic as a winner. The structural shift to online shopping was accelerated during the coronavirus crisis. And I think the firm will continue to see momentum in e-fulfilment after Covid-19.It’s also worth highlighting that the strong performance has been driven by a combination of organic growth and new contract wins. To me, this shows that the company has an impressive track record of supporting and providing solutions to online retailers.It has even upgraded its guidance for 2022 and 2023. The company is clearly optimistic about the future and I feel Clipper Logistics shares could rise further.AcquisitionThe firm also reported that it has acquired Wippet. This is to support and extend its own reach into the Life Sciences sector. This has been identified as a “potential significant growth opportunity”.Wippet will launch an online business-to-business (B2B) platform in September, “initially targeting buyers from the fragmented elderly care market, which is a sector worth up to £2.5bn per annum, alongside vendors who sell to more than 5,500 care homes across the UK”.I think it’s great to see Clipper Logistics diversifying its sector exposure and revenue. It will now own a platform, which in time has the potential to expand internationally.Contract extensionAs I previously mentioned, Clipper Logistics is clearly doing something right. It has renewed its contract with ASOS in Europe with a three-year extension. The logistics company already provides returns management services for ASOS’s mainland Europe operation. This will continue under the extended contract. Not only is it winning new clients but it’s also maintaining existing ones.RisksClipper Logistics shares do come with risk. The stock is expensive with a price-to-earnings (P/E) of 49x. In fact, the shares are trading close to an all-time high. So investors need to be aware that the stock could be very sensitive to any negative news. This even includes any slight slowdown in growth.But, I reckon Clipper Logistics shares could rise further. The company is well positioned to continue to capitalise the online shopping trend. Hence I’d buy the stock. Image source: Getty Images Nadia Yaqub | Tuesday, 8th June, 2021 | More on: CLG Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS and Clipper Logistics. 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.center_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Analysis: Five areas England must fix from France defeat

first_img There were some small crumbs of comfort for Stuart Lancaster to take from Paris. Mako Vunipola, Nick Easter and Danny Cipriani excelled from the bench, wing Jack Nowell grafted all evening and the final ten minutes showcased phenomenal fitness levels.But inaccuracies and concentration lapses littered England’s opening 70 minutes. A five-point margin of defeat flattered them. The biggest positive was that such a display happened in rehearsal rather than at Twickenham during the Rugby World Cup. A similar display against Fiji, Wales or Australia would really be a disaster – perhaps tournament-ending.We take a look at five areas that Lancaster and his coaches will be focussing on over the next four weeks.Breakdown discipline and decision-makingCaptain Chris Robshaw refused to sugarcoat a first half that saw England concede seven penalties. The openside flanker bemoaned “shocking” discipline levels. And he was spot on.Five three-pointers were kicked to give France a 15-6 lead at half-time, but just as damaging as scoreboard pressure was the fact that the infringements did not allow England any foothold. At the end of 40 minutes, they could boast just 31 per cent of possession and 30 per cent of territory.Bar the scrum setbacks – which we will come onto later – none of the offences were forced, either. England’s defence made 115 tackles and missed just 13. Aside from Yoann Huget‘s sensational solo try, Andy Farrell’s system stayed firm.This misjudgment from Dan Cole offered up an easy chance for Frédéric Michalak and epitomised some unnecessary overzealousness at the breakdown:An excellent piece of spoiling from Ben Youngs starts off this sequence. He sees Yoann Maestri is holding the ball above the floor for Damien Chouly……and clasps on. Referee Jaco Peyper rules that a maul has been formed, so Youngs must keep the ball above ground to force the turnover:However, Cole comes right around to hold up Chouly from behind:The tighthead would be perfectly legal were this merely a tackle. Peyper’s maul call means Cole should have entered the breakdown from behind the back foot, though. A penalty is awarded to France.Clearly indicating to Peyper that he had not heard the maul declared, Cole feels hard done by:Of course, his annoyance does not matter. The result means it was a poor decision, just like a later intervention from James Haskell:This situation comes about as England are on the front foot. Joe Launchbury has charged down Michalak and, though Mathieu Bastareaud covers well before outstripping Billy Vunipola, Cole and Courtney Lawes take the centre low.Haskell has made up a great deal of ground, as the below screenshot shows:And swoops to compete for the ball on the floor:However, Peyper adjudges that Haskell is not supporting his own bodyweight:France could kick to touch, relieving pressure and building an attacking platform to test England once more. Les Bleus had been let off the hook by sheer overeagerness.All eight members of England’s pack were starting their first match of the  season. While these mistakes were slightly worrying, rustiness was probably the overriding cause.In a canny selection from Philippe Saint-André – stop sniggering – France deployed a a spine of No 8 Louis Picamoles, lock Maestri and hooker Guilhem Guirado after the same trio received significant game-time at Twickenham last week. As such, France’s pack seemed far more cohesive.England did manage glimpses of class up front. Cole forced a penalty for his team’s first points:The visitors set themselves from a restart and steam up onto Chouly, who is the obvious receiver:Tom Youngs, tireless as ever in the loose, takes the France back-rower low……and shows good discipline to roll away from the tackle area, freeing up Cole to jackal. Billy Vunipola has a subtle role too. He latches on, providing added ballast so it is more difficult for France to clear Cole:This was a rare triumph for England in the first half, though. It started to go wrong from their first very attack.Phase-play organisationLaunchbury batted back Tom Youngs’ opening lineout throw and Nowell bypassed two-would-be tacklers to give England front-foot ball. Then this happened:As Ben Youngs passes out to Billy Vunipola, look at George Ford:Screaming for a pass, the Bath Rugby fly-half has identified that the French defence is rather narrow. Indeed, with five men outside him and the hosts’ wings covering in the back field, there is scope to exploit an overlap from deep:A swivel-pass from the first receiver – a pattern England use often – would have proved dangerous here. Miscommunication means Billy Vunipola trucks it up with just Cole for support. France swarm him and an over-ambitious offload goes to the floor:Ford kicked from the next phase, all impetus from the attack exhausted.In the early exchanges of the second half though, things improved:As Jonny May ships right to Billy Vunipola and the No 8 turns to find Ford, the key man to watch in the France line is skipper Pascal Pape. His shoulders are facing in, anticipating a narrow carry:After a further pass to Burrell, Pape has pinched in and is wrong-footed. The centre has enough space to arc outside his man with ease:England had more joy manipulating the French defence in the final stages, but by then it was too late.Compounding errorsYou can tell a great deal about a team from their reaction to a slip-up. When things are going well, it is easy to forget and move onto the next job. Under the cosh, errors can easily exasperate.When Ford booted downfield from Billy Vunipola’s carry above, an unfortunate chain reaction started:Luther Burrell went into Saturday night seven days after witnessing a fine outing for the midfield combination of Sam Burgess and Henry Slade. The Northampton Saint needed to respond, and his chase here was excellent, completed by a robust challenge on Scott Spedding: Stuart Lancaster knows his England side must improve on their performance in Saturday night’s 25-20 loss at the Stade de France. We pick out five issues to put right before the World Cup. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Plenty to ponder: Stuart Lancaster and Andy Farrell trudge off the Stade de France turf center_img Haskell is on hand to threaten the tackle area and Guirado could have been penalised for entering into the side of the ruck:Instead, Peyper pings Burrell, who is trapped over the ball and impeding France’s attempt to recycle:Spedding got to his feet, brushed himself off and landed a 55-metre penalty to give France a 3-0 lead. Ford then rushed the restart and put it out on the full:One error had become two, and France were back in the ascendancy with a scrum on halfway. Ford finished strongly, but vicious circles can spiral quickly if a player loses their composure for just a second.Set-piece problemsGraham Rowntree is among the premier forwards coaches on the planet and his pride will be hurting. For the second successive game, England endured difficulties at the set-piece.For so long a reliable platform, the lineout went awry quickly. This Tom Youngs’ throw, from good field position, was nicked by Bernard Le Roux:Lifting two jumpers to minimise Youngs’ margin for error, France clearly targeted this area. The feed is not far off its target, but Le Roux cleverly slips his right hand in front of Lawes (blue circle) and his side come away with the ball:Now, Tom Youngs’ statistics in the Aviva Premiership are excellent. He is capable of delivering better arrows, but the calling system clearly needs refinement too.The lineout became another site for English indiscipline too. Here, Robshaw and Lawes combine to stifle a driving maul:Even so, a penalty to France resulted. Panning out, we see that Peyper is watching Billy Vunipola, stationed in midfield:The Saracen encroaches too early. Peyper points him out and blows the whistle, the complaints of Michalak (circled) ringing in his ears:Debutant Jamie George saw his first throw in Test rugby pinched at the front. That said, a subsequent effort demonstrated some excellent core skills:Finding Lawes at the tail at the peak of his jump, England have a pristine launchpad:The scrum was more even, both teams winning four and losing one of their five put-ins.Still, the sight of England getting so comprehensively splintered as they were at this first-half set piece  is not one we are used to:Haskell and Robshaw end up facing 90 degrees to the right of their initial position, underlining the dominance of the French forwards, all of whom have their heads facing towards the England line:Rowntree must patch things up before Ireland visit Twickenham.Choosing the time to go directThree slick tries characterised last weekend’s win for England, but the backline stuttered at the start in Paris, especially from first phase. This move from a lineout broke down as Mike Brown knocked on:Deployed at first receiver, Jonathan Joseph simply takes the wrong option here. As he goes to the line, Bastareaud anticipates a pass out the back to Ford. He begins to drift left, leaving a gap between himself and Michalak.Burrell, coming from out to in on an potent line, could have caused havoc:Instead, Ford receives the ball and Bastareaud slides onto him. Wesley Fofana covers May and Noa Nakaitaci has Brown under close surveillance:This attempted pattern from a scrum was similarly ineffective, Bastareaud halting a lateral move with a burly hit on Nowell:England were far more effective when holding defenders and running punchy angles. Watch Burrell cannon over the gain-line here:A lovely pull-back pass from Launchbury gives Joseph space to take on the France line. He singles out Michalak, who plants his feet, and Burrell can attack the left shoulder of Bastareaud:Haskell found success stepping back towards the ruck shortly after half-time:And these two carries directly foreshadowed Joseph’s try in the 78th minute:Easter’s relationship with clubmate Danny Care comes to the fore here. As the scrum-half darts across the field, he cuts an acute angle against the grain……takes Care’s offload skilfully……and sucks in two French tacklers:England recycle rapidly and Billy Vunipola is next to come off Care’s shoulder. He also steps off his right foot……and both Vincent Debaty and Remi Tales must commit to the tackle: Two phases later, Joseph went over in the left-hand corner. Ford converted to set up a grandstand finish but Lancaster’s charges could not quite land what would have been a ludicrous heist.Now England must use this sharp shock to shake off the rustiness and deliver something far more cohesive when Ireland arrive at Twickenham in a fortnight. Then, we will find out a great deal more about their World Cup prospects.last_img read more

Easyfundraising generates 300% increase in donations at Christmas

first_imgShoppers at online shopping site easyfundraising raised almost £100,000 in donations for causes around the UK in the Christmas trading period of October to December 2007, representing a 300% increase on the same period last year.Becky Coleman, spokesperson for easyfundraising, said: “This is a remarkable achievement which demonstrates the huge growth we are experiencing at easyfundraising.“Over £46 billion was spent online in the UK last year and our service has allowed charities and good causes to tap into this trend and boost their fundraising targets, particularly at Christmas, a time when there are already so many demands on peoples’ pockets and charities may feel the pinch”.She added that, although many high street shops had suffered a drop in sales in the first few weeks of 2008, sales at easyfundraising were still performing well.The site has raised over £250,000 for charities and good causes since it launched in October 2006, but the run up to Christmas 2007 was its most successful period.Coleman added that the site had a number of new developments scheduled for launch during 2008 “which will further enhance the fundraising experience for our member groups and their supporters.”Easyfundraising enables charities to receive a commission each time their supporters shop at one of over 500 popular retailers featured on the site, including M&S, Amazon, NEXT, Boots, eBay, Dell, Woolworths, Direct Line, Screwfix, Interflora, Staples, and Expedia.www.easyfundraising.org.uk Tagged with: Digital Trading Easyfundraising generates 300% increase in donations at Christmas  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 January 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Behind the Grenfell Tower disaster: capitalism

first_imgCapitalist greed is the root cause of the raging inferno that killed at least 79 residents of Grenfell Tower in London on June 14 and left hundreds homeless. It began and spread through unsafe building materials that even some capitalist countries have barred from use.The British government is guilty of neglect and prioritizing cost-cutting above all in maintaining and renovating the high-rise building.  Of lesser — or no — importance to the British rulers was ensuring safe public housing for the multinational working-class and poor families, including many immigrants, who lived there.Protesters, including survivors, community members and other progressive forces immediately mobilized to demand that the empty luxury housing in that area house all survivors of the catastrophe.  Labour members of Parliament called for uninhabited housing in wealthy Kensington, where Grenfell Tower was located, to be provided for them. Calls resounded for Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation and for criminal prosecutions of those responsible for the fire.People came from all over Britain to express their solidarity with the victims.  Across the country and worldwide, people expressed outrage at the British government’s callous disregard for human life.May and her Tory colleagues were shaken to the core by this crisis and the domestic and global reaction. The government quickly announced that it had purchased 68 apartments in the posh Kensington Row complex for those displaced by the fire. (Guardian, June 21)For years, Grenfell Tower residents had complained of the 24-story building’s dangers — no alarm system, no sprinklers, no fire escapes, no evacuation plan and only one exit.  Showing disdain for the tenants, the Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, the building’s owner, and its management company, ignored them.  Racism and class contempt factored into their neglect.Residents’ complaints grew louder in 2016, when a contractor, the Rydon Group, refurbished Grenfell Towers, cutting costs at every corner to maximize profits.  Dangerous work imperiled tenants during the renovation.  Unsafe materials were used to cover the building’s façade. Called “cladding,” the material in this case was made of aluminum-composite panels encasing flammable insulation. This type of cladding easily ignites, allowing a fire to climb quickly up the exterior of the building and spread inward to the apartments.Architects and building experts blame this flammable cladding for the conflagration.Arconic, a cladding manufacturer, admitted on June 22 that its flammable panels were used in Grenfell Tower. A mere $6,377 more would have purchased non-combustible cladding for the entire building!An extensive June 25 New York Times article on the disaster points to “failure of government oversight, a refusal to heed warnings” and corporate-friendly Conservative and Labor governments’ drive “to free businesses from the burden of safety regulations.” Fire safety laws were weakened and fire inspections reduced.  Pro-business politicians decided that “cost concerns outweighed the risks of flammable materials to be used in façades.”Safe housing is a right!About 800 households were evacuated on June 23 from Chalcots’ five public housing high-risers after fire inspectors determined that the buildings were dangerous. The British Guardian newspaper reported on June 25 that, to date, 60 housing towers across England had been found to have unsafe cladding in post-Grenfell Tower fire inspections.Diane Abbott, Labour Party MP and shadow home secretary, blamed the Conservative government for the disaster, saying hundreds died.  She stressed: “Grenfell Tower is not just an accident.  Those hundreds of people who died are a direct consequence of Tory attitudes in social [public] housing.  The Tories think people in social housing are second-class citizens … and they are offering them second-class standards of safety.”   (Independent, June 24)In 1987, Abbott was the first Black woman elected to Parliament, and still faces racism and misogyny.Fire survivors, community members and progressive activists are seeking the truth about the number of casualties. Many people suspect a cover-up, with information being withheld to assuage growing anger and “unrest,” says Labour MP David Lammy. There is concern about the status of apartment subletters, visitors and undocumented immigrants, whose families fear deportation if they inquire about their relatives.John McDonnell, Labor Party shadow chancellor, said the victims were “murdered by political decisions” made over recent decades. He cited austerity measures, such as the closing of fire stations and elimination of 10,000 firefighters. (Guardian, June 25)British capitalists, including landlords, aim to maximize profits. Building expensive housing for the rich is very lucrative.  Public housing is a low priority, with costs minimized and safety coming last. Profits trump human need, even human life.Only continuing struggle will bring justice for the Grenfell Tower victims.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Harsh law used to threaten journalist in South Waziristan

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders deplores the threats made by a Pakistani government official against the journalist Farooq Mahsud on 20 July in the South Waziristan tribal region in the west of the country. Mahsud was threatened with arrest under the Frontier Crimes Regulations (FCR). “We are concerned about the difficulties faced by journalists who work in the tribal areas,” the press freedom organization said. “Besides the overall insecurity in this region close to the Afghan border, there are threats from both the Taliban and the local authorities.“The Frontier Crimes Regulations, frequently used against journalists, is a sword of Damocles for media workers in the tribal areas and an obstacle to greater respect for press freedom in the region.“The law gives government officials in tribal areas special powers to prosecute and fine, and even expel, someone from the area if he or she is found to be a threat to civil order.”On 20 July, Mahsud telephoned the assistant political officer, Hameedullah Khan, who mediates between the authorities and the local population, seeking information from an official source about returning internally displaced people from South Waziristan. The official responded by threatening the journalist, questioning his right to carry out such an investigation and threatened him with arrest if he published his report.Mahsud works as a freelance reporter in the Dera Ismail Khan border area for outlets including 96 International Radio Network and Metro One TV.The Frontier Crimes Regulations were enacted under British colonial rule and have been in force since 1901. They apply only in regions known as Federally Administered Tribal Areas. They confer broad powers on officers and civil servants who are responsible for maintaining law and order and act as intermediaries between tribal groups and the federal government.Pakistan is in 151st place in the World Press Freedom Index of 179 countries compiled by Reporters Without Borders. Follow the news on Pakistan April 21, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information Organisation PakistanAsia – Pacific News News July 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Harsh law used to threaten journalist in South Waziristan January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Experts Call on Obama to Promote Bahrain Reform During Visit to Saudi Arabia

first_img News News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Dear President Obama,We are writing to encourage you to discuss the crisis in Bahrain with your counterparts in Saudi Arabia during your upcoming visit to the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia has significant influence in Bahrain through its strong political, economic, and social ties with the Bahrainis. Real and lasting stability in Bahrain can only be achieved through genuine reform, and we call on you to urge the Saudi leadership to play a more constructive role in this regard. As Deputy Secretary of State William Burns recently noted, when the United States and the Gulf “work in concert, we can help shape outcomes that not only advance reform, but also advance stability.” You have a key opportunity to achieve this goal in Bahrain. As the situation in Bahrain continues to deteriorate, addressing this issue must be an urgent priority. The State Department recently assessed the Bahraini government’s progress in implementing the recommendations of the 2011 Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI), and found that only five of its 26 recommendations were fully implemented. The assessment also recognized the Government’s failure to investigate claims of torture and cases that resulted in death, to ensure that individuals are no longer charged or detained for exercising their right to free speech, or to foster an environment that promotes dialogue.Efforts last year to negotiate a political solution collapsed after the process failed to deliver any real progress, key opposition figures were arrested, and human rights violations continued. As you said in 2011, “The only way forward is for the government and opposition to engage in a dialogue, and you can’t have a real dialogue when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail. The government must create the conditions for dialogue, and the opposition must participate to forge a just future for all Bahrainis.” That was true then, and remains true today.The Crown Prince and opposition political societies in Bahrain have recently announced the launch of a new phase in negotiations aimed at revitalizing a process to find a political solution to the country’s crisis. The people of Bahrain have made it clear that their legitimate, democratic demands for reform will not go away, and must be addressed with solutions. As two of Bahrain’s most influential allies, the United States and Saudi Arabia possess a special obligation to pursue stability in the country by promoting reform that meets these demands. The Bahraini ruling family would be greatly affected by hearing from the King and other Saudi royals that compromise, not repression, is the only path to stability.We urge you to discuss Bahrain during your upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia, and seek to enlist the Saudis in an approach that can end the political crisis and the violence that afflict Bahrain. Reform and stability can co-exist, and the United States must demonstrate the leadership needed to realize that model in the Gulf. Sincerely, Organisation Follow the news on Bahrain *This letter reflects the views of the individual signatories; institutional affiliations are listed for the purpose of identification only.  News March 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Experts Call on Obama to Promote Bahrain Reform During Visit to Saudi Arabia March 10, 2014President Barack ObamaThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NWWashington, D.C. 20502 to go further March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest June 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Christophe DeloireReporters without bordersStephen McInerneyProject on Middle East DemocracyElliott AbramsCouncil on Foreign RelationsMichele DunneCarnegie Endowment for International PeaceMichael RubinAmerican Enterprise InstituteHusain AbdullaAmericans for Democracy and Human Rights in BahrainMatthew DussCenter for American ProgressStephen GrandThe Brookings InstitutionEmile NakhlehUniversity of New MexicoBrian DooleyHuman Rights FirstShawna Bader-BlauSolidarity CenterJennifer L. WindsorGeorgetown UniversityFrederic WehreyCarnegie Endowment for International PeaceToby C. JonesRutgers UniversityCathy FeingoldAFL-CIOJames T. KolbeGerman Marshall FundDonna McKayPhysicians for Human RightsAnne MarloweHudson InstituteRobert NaimanJust Foreign PolicyDavid Andrew WeinbergFoundation for Defense of DemocraciesSarah ChayesCarnegie Endowment for International PeaceJon RainwaterPeace Action WestLarry DiamondStanford UniversityJoshua MuravchikJohns Hopkins UniversityChristopher J. GriffinForeign Policy InitiativeLisa SchirchAlliance for PeacebuildingCharles DunneFreedom House BahrainMiddle East – North Africa October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutorslast_img read more

RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision

first_img Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information ©Kalle Ahlsén Shirin Ebadi,Lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2003 News to go further (Note: In a complaint filed on 21 October 2020, RSF asked the Swedish judicial authorities to investigate crimes against humanity in the case of Dawit Isaak and accused Isaias Afwerki, Eritrea’s president since 1993, and other senior Eritrean officials of responsibility for these crimes. The National Unit for International Crimes, which is attached to the Swedish prosecutor’s office, announced on 12 January that it had decided not to conduct an investigation although it recognized the existence of grounds for regarding Dawit as the victim of a crime against humanity. RSF formally asked the Swedish general prosecutor’s office to reverse this decision on 8 April.)Dawit Isaak: Swedish prosecutor rewards a dictatorial regime in world longest detained journalist case”The Rule of Law and the primacy of fundamental rights are at the heart of prosecutorial functions.” This sentence is taken from the guidelines for prosecutors on crimes against journalists, adopted by Unesco and the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) in December 2020.It rings strange when you read the recent decision by a Swedish Prosecutor, who suspects crimes against humanity against one of the longest detained journalists in the world, Swedish-Eritrean Dawit Isaak. Mr. Isaak has been held in Eritrea for almost two decades without ever being tried in court. Yet the Swedish Prosecutor decided not to open an investigation of the crimes she suspects are being committed against him. We cannot accept the decision and are now appealing to a higher prosecutor.Dawit Isaak was imprisoned in Eritrea when the regime in Asmara decided to ban all independent newspapers and started rounding up journalists in September 2001.Dawit Isaak and his colleagues are now the longest detained journalists in the world. His case has been brought to the Swedish Prosecution Authority by his brother, Reporters without borders (RSF), his Swedish legal team and 12 prominent international human rights lawyers. The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and lawyer Shirin Ebadi signed the complaint. Navi Pillay, former UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Canada’s earlier Justice Minister Irwin Cotler and the former chair of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Pansy Tlakula are also behind the complaint.But the Swedish Prosecutor does not think Dawit Isaak, Swedish citizen since 1992 deserves an investigation.The Prosecutors Guidelines state: “When prosecutors make fair decisions, impartially and with integrity to secure justice to victims and the public, they help maintain a free and democratic society.”We believe the Prosecutor’s decision is neither fair nor convincing. It does not secure justice to Dawit Isaak or the public, all the most concerned by crimes against humanity. Nor does she help maintain a free and democratic society. In her decision she declares it would be possible to investigate the crime that she suspects and says it could be tried by a Swedish court. But she gives two reasons to not even try.First that an investigation would need her to go to Eritrea and that she would most likely not be given permission to do that. We agree. Eritrea is one of the world’s most repressive countries when it comes to the media. In Reporters without Borders Press Freedom Index Eritrea is at place 178 of 180 countries.But in our complaint, we present evidence that can be found outside of Eritrea, witnesses to when Dawit Isaak was arrested, a person who shared a cell with him, journalists who have been hunted and detained by the regime. And we point to the trove of evidence which were collected by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea. The evidence is held in Geneva and is available to Prosecutors investigating crimes against humanity in Eritrea.It is no surprise that crimes against humanity may be the most complex to investigate. Legislating about them and creating a specialised prosecutorial unit aims precisely at confronting that complexity instead of avoiding it and rewarding impunity.Second the Prosecutor contends that an investigation may harm Sweden’s relations with Eritrea. She does not want to do that for fear of making it harder for Sweden’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs to achieve Dawit Isaak’s freedom. That is of greater value, she states, than that of pursuing justice trying to investigate the most serious international crime called crimes against humanity. The argument is hollow. Sweden has been trying to negotiate Dawit Isaak’s release for almost two decades. It has been fruitless. Swedish diplomats have never been allowed to see Dawit Isaak, they have indeed never even been given proof of life despite demands.In our complaint we refer to a statement by the Foreign Minister herself. In Parliament Minister Ann Linde described her Ministry’s many efforts regarding Dawit and said: “I am forced to conclude that Eritrea, in no way has listened to our concerns or acted on them.”Neither this nor almost two decades in detention in one of the most hostile countries to journalism on earth impresses the Swedish Prosecutor. She thinks an investigation would be made difficult by Eritrea and thus rewards a dictatorial regime by giving up without trying to battle impunity. And she hopes for some magic to happen on the diplomatic front while acknowledging that diplomatic efforts have been vain including since 2016 when her predecessor refused to open an investigation for the same reason.It is unreasonable and runs counter to the final conclusion in the IAP/UNESCO Guidelines for Prosecutors: “All above are part of the general commitment of prosecutors to protect justice, equity, the public interest and the common good.”We are now asking for a review higher up in the Prosecution Authority. For the sake of protecting justice, equity, the public interest and the common good. And for the sake of the journalist, husband and father of three who risks his life in the Eritrean prison system every day.Signatories :Jesús Alcalá,Dawit Isaak’s Swedish legal teamEsayas Isaak,Brother of Dawit Isaak News June 7, 2021 Find out more Antoine Bernard,International lawyer, Senior Advisor for International Strategic Litigation and AdvocacyReporters sans frontières (Reportrar utan gränser/Paris)Björn Tunbäck,Dawit Isaak team leaderReportrar utan gränser (RSF/Sweden)Irwin Cotler,Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of CanadaBernhard Docke,Criminal Defence Lawyer, Human Rights Lawyer and member of the Human Rights Committee of the German Federal Bar Susanne Berger,Raoul Wallenberg Research InitiativeDavid Matas, Canadian HR Lawyer  News Navanethem Pillay,Former Judge, High Court of South AfricaFormer President. International Criminal Tribunal for RwandaFormer Judge, International Criminal CourtFormer United Nations High Commissioner for Human RightsFrans Viljoen,Director Centre for Human Rights, University of PretoriaProfessor of International Human Rights LawEditor-in-chief African Human Rights Law JournalConvening Editor, African Human Rights Yearbook SwedenEritreaEurope – Central AsiaAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedImpunity Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Receive email alerts SwedenEritreaEurope – Central AsiaAfrica Protecting journalists ImprisonedImpunity June 4, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan In an op-ed published in Norway, Sweden and South Africa, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) explains why it has formally asked the Swedish prosecutor’s office to reverse its decision not to open an investigation into crimes against humanity in the case of Dawit Isaak, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Daniel Mekonnen,Director of the Eritrean Law Society, LLD (Dr of Law), independent consultant News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says April 14, 2021 RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decisionlast_img read more

Ocwen Closes MSR Joint Venture

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Millennial Purchases Pick Up in March Next: Price, Competition, Speed of Sale Set Housing Market Records Ocwen Closes MSR Joint Venture in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, News, Secondary Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Glen A. Messina mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) MSR Asset Vehicle LLC Ocwen Financial Corporation PHH Mortgage Corporation Texas Capital Bank 2021-05-07 Eric C. Peck Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Eric C. Peck Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribecenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 23 days ago 773 Views Ocwen Financial Corporation has announced the completion of a previously announced transaction with funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management LP to operate a mortgage servicing rights (MSR) investment joint venture, MSR Asset Vehicle LLC (MAV).Ocwen and Oaktree will invest up to $250 million of capital into MAV to acquire Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac MSRs. The parties will fund the investment on a pro rata basis equal to their respective ownership interest of 15% for Ocwen and 85% for Oaktree. MAV is currently approved to purchase Freddie Mac MSRs, and expects to receive approval to purchase Fannie Mae MSRs in the near future.“We are very pleased to complete the transaction and begin operating MAV with Oaktree,” said Glen A. Messina, President and CEO of Ocwen. “This is an important component of our growth strategy as it allows us to significantly expand our participation in the bulk market and grow servicing and subservicing on a capital efficient basis.”PHH Mortgage Corporation, a subsidiary of Ocwen, will act as the sole provider of subservicing, portfolio recapture services and certain other administrative services to MAV. The company expects MAV to add up to $60 billion of subservicing unpaid principal balance (UPB) for PHH.Ocwen recently reached multiple agreements with Texas Capital Bank to acquire the Bank’s Correspondent Lending business, which originated approximately $2.4 billion of volume in the fourth quarter of 2020. Ocwen also entered into an agreement with Texas Capital Bank to purchase, in bulk, MSRs attributable to a mortgage loan portfolio approximating $14 billion, with approximately 60,000 loans expected to transfer to the PHH Mortgage servicing platform in Q3 of 2021.“Our recently announced transaction with Texas Capital Bank to purchase $14 billion in bulk MSRs is expected to provide roughly 25% of the targeted servicing UPB for MAV, and we expect to accelerate funding in the third quarter,” said Messina. “We are excited about our alliance with Oaktree and look forward to working with them to reach the full potential of MAV.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Glen A. Messina mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) MSR Asset Vehicle LLC Ocwen Financial Corporation PHH Mortgage Corporation Texas Capital Bank Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen Closes MSR Joint Venture  Print This Postlast_img read more

Working group to make business easier to do in Donegal

first_imgNews Working group to make business easier to do in Donegal Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Previous articleNCBI warn that sight loss is becoming a growing problem in DonegalNext articleRape charges dropped against Derry man in New York News Highland Pinterest Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry By News Highland – September 28, 2011 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Donegal County Council is to establish a working group ahead of the 2012 budget to discuss ways of making it easier to do business in the county.The move is off the back of a motion from Councillor Barry O’Neill who wants more done to assist smaller business survive in these more challenging times.Councillor O’Neill says the amount of vacant business premises in towns and villages is a cause of concern…[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/oneillam.mp3[/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in Northlast_img read more