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1 FTSE 100 and 1 FTSE 250 stock to buy

first_img 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. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in ITV. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I own a mix of large and mid-cap stocks in my portfolio. I’m planning to buy more companies as the UK economy reopens and returns to growth. With that in mind, here is one FTSE 100 and one FTSE 250 stock I’d buy to add to my portfolio. FTSE 100 stock The first company on the list is pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN). Best-known for its coronavirus jab today, there’s much more to this business than its vaccines division. 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…Astra also has a large and growing oncology business, which I think is far more exciting. The group has developed several treatments for major cancers that are currently on the market. These drugs could become billion-dollar brands over the next few years.  And management is focusing on developing this area of the business. It’s likely to be a key profit centre for the group in the future because of the new treatments in the pipeline and the rising prevalence of cancer in the global population. The key risks facing the company are competition. It’s not the only firm developing cancer treatments. These treatments are also costly to develop and don’t always work. A string of development failures could cost the group huge sums and would dent its repetition. Despite these risks and challenges, I’d buy Astra for my portfolio as an FTSE 100 blue-chip investment. FTSE 250 champion As well as Astra, I would add to my holdings of broadcaster ITV (LSE: ITV).A former FTSE 100 constituent, ITV crashed out of the index last year when the pandemic decimated its revenue. However, I now see the company as a recovery play. As the UK economy reopens, advertising demand is increasing. According to its latest trading update, the company believes advertising demand will be 85% to 90% of 2019 levels by June. In the meantime, the group is benefiting from increased demand for its studios operation. Total external revenue increased 2% in the first quarter of 2020, with the growth almost entirely driven by the studios business.Total advertising revenue for the first half is predicted to rise 26%. As well as improving advertising trends, ITV is on track to deliver its £30m cost-saving target this year. This should help increase overall profit margins. All in all, ITV is seeing increased demand for its studios business, recovering advertising revenues, and lower costs. Looking at these three tailwinds, I believe the outlook for the FTSE 250 stock is incredibly appealing. That’s why I would buy more shares for my portfolio today. That said, I am worried about ITV’s debt load. Net debt, which includes leases, was £558m at the end of March, compared to £545m at the end of December. That’s a little higher than I would like, and I think the company’s elevated level of borrowing could impact its ability to invest for growth. I think that’s the biggest challenge the group faces right now.  Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 19th June, 2021 | More on: AZN ITV Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 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Los Angeles bishop coadjutor says disputed St. James property sale…

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Aug 14, 2017 Bruno Hearing, Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events October 15, 2017 at 11:47 am The lawyers and confidants who are advising Bishop Taylor that the “secret sale” is binding and should not be litigated, are the same lawyers and confidants who approved spending hundreds of thousands of dollars hiring lawyers to unsuccessfully defend the misconduct of Bishop Bruno at the disciplinary proceedings, advised that he should “secretly sell” the Sanctuary and undermine the process while the panel was deliberating, and now are approving spending more money on a pointless “appeal.” Instead of dismissing those advisors, the Bishop’s letter tries to sugar-coat what is essentially a “we need the money more than we need the congregants” decision with empty words of reconciliation and “and go forth cheerfully to love God and our neighbor.” Does anyone at the Diocese realize how hypocritical and duplicitous this looks? Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI mike geibel says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Pete Haynsworth says: Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Los Angeles bishop coadjutor says disputed St. James property sale contract is legally binding Comments (2) The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Episcopal News Service] Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop Coadjutor John Taylor has written to the diocese about the disputed St. James the Great Episcopal Church property on Lido Island in Newport Beach, California, that is at the heart of disciplinary proceedings against diocesan Bishop J. Jon Bruno.Taylor’s bottom line is that the contract to sell the property that Bruno struck is legally binding on the diocese.“In prayerful discernment, we opened our hearts to a variety of possibilities for reconciliation in Christ and healing for St. James and our whole community. But Bishop Bruno has entered into a binding contract to sell the property. The buyer has the legal right to expect the seller to honor the contract,” Taylor wrote in a letter emailed to the diocese Aug. 14 and posted on the diocese’s Facebook page. “Much as we might wish it were otherwise, we do not believe that it would be in the interests of the diocese or consistent with our fiduciary responsibilities to endorse any steps leading to breaching or threatening to breach an enforceable contract that could lead to further expense and litigation.”However, Taylor said, the contract with Burnham-Ward Properties/Burnham USA, a major commercial property owner in Newport Beach, “offers one way forward.”“Burnham has longstanding ties to the community. It plans to preserve the worship space so it may continue to be used by churches and other community organizations, including St. James if it wishes,” Taylor wrote. “We were encouraged to learn of preliminary conversations some weeks ago between Burnham and a congregation representative about the possible use of the space by St. James.”Waltert Stahr, an attorney and St. James member, wrote in an Aug. 14 email to the congregation that he and the Rev. Cindy Voorhees, the St. James vicar, met earlier in the day with Taylor; the Rev. Rachel Nyback, head of the Standing Committee; and Bob Williams, canon for community relations.“They informed us that they have decided to proceed with the sale of the St. James property to Burnham Ward. They stated that there is a binding, legal agreement with a future closing date, which they did not disclose, for the sale of the property. They assured us that if St. James the Great wishes to continue as an Episcopal congregation, they will support us—just not in our building. We will provide more detail as events unfold,” Stahr wrote. “I know how devastating this will be for many of you, but the story is not over.” Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR August 16, 2017 at 10:01 am Whatever the outcome of this controversy – and, for that matter, of the one in Low Country South Carolina, the trajectory for TEC’s well-underway decline is emerging: One day the denomination will be all dioceses and few-or-no parishes.The mission of dioceses will, in large part, be to convert non-liquid assets – real estate and silver Communion sets – into more fungible wealth. Might be a good idea for dioceses to, if they haven’t already, hire banks’ OREO (Other Real Estate Owned) and “workout” specialists.Then … what will be done with all that wealth? Remaining pewsitters may never know, given the trend of oblique transactions, such as St James-Great’s, and the murky, at best, financial transparency of dioceses. Don’t even _try_ to wrench loose the fiscal CPA audit from most dioceses. Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Property Comments are closed. Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The hearing panel that considered disciplinary action against Bruno issued a final order Aug. 2 reaffirming its draft recommendation that he be suspended from ordained ministry for three years because of misconduct. It is awaiting word on whether Bruno plans to appeal that sentence.The full text of Taylor’s letter follows. Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Rector Bath, NC A Letter to the Episcopal Diocese of Los AngelesThe Rt. Rev. John Harvey Taylor, Bishop CoadjutorAugust 14, 2017On behalf of the Rev. Dr. Rachel Anne Nyback, president of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, and me, I write today to summarize conclusions we have reached about matters that have roiled our diocese for over two years, since the public learned of the initial plan by the “Bishop as Corporation Sole” to sell the property on Via Lido in Newport Beach. I write in the spirit of Resurrection and love and the hope of reconciliation. I also write to acquaint our community with the limitations imposed on us all by the reality of present circumstances.On July 31, the Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, wrote to Dr. Nyback and me that he had concluded that Bishop J. Jon Bruno “is not in a position to exercise pastoral oversight of St. James.” He said he wished to give us episcopal jurisdiction over St. James-related matters. He continued:The purpose of this is to create space for the Bishop Coadjutor and the Standing Committee to, a) exercise their respective ministries of healing and reconciliation within the diocese, and, b) seek to resolve the conflict over and determine the disposition of all matters related to the property, congregation and Vicar, which is the proper domain of their respective authority and responsibility as leaders of the Diocese.Bishop Curry drew a distinct line between his charge to the Standing Committee and me on the one hand and the work of the Hearing Panel on the other. “The Hearing Panel’s canonical and pastoral focus,” he wrote, “is on the actions and behavior of [Bishop Bruno] in these matters.”In the two weeks since Bishop Curry’s invitation, which he formalized in an order dated August 1, Dr. Nyback and I have gathered information as widely as we can, including but not limited to consultation with the Standing Committee, Bishop Bruno and his colleagues, representatives of St. James the Great, legal experts, and the contracted buyer of the Via Lido property.The Property on Via LidoIn prayerful discernment, we opened our hearts to a variety of possibilities for reconciliation in Christ and healing for St. James and our whole community. But Bishop Bruno has entered into a binding contract to sell the property. The buyer has the legal right to expect the seller to honor the contract. Much as we might wish it were otherwise, we do not believe that it would be in the interests of the diocese or consistent with our fiduciary responsibilities to endorse any steps leading to breaching or threatening to breach an enforceable contract that could lead to further expense and litigation.The St. James CongregationWe understand that the Hearing Panel’s ruling, which awaits the possibility of Bishop Bruno’s appeal, calls on us to return the congregation to the building. The four concurring Hearing Panel members and the attorneys who advised them evidently did not take fully into account the existence of a binding contract nor all the ways the dispute begs for wider reconciliation. (One panel member dissented and supported Bishop Bruno.)Their advocacy bespeaks a commendable pastoral connection with the people of St. James. As recently as the filing of the church attorney’s brief after the hearings in Pasadena in March, those conducting the proceeding against Bishop Bruno made it clear that he could avoid being sanctioned if he would relent on his intention to sell the property. This is not to understate the significance of the panel’s findings against Bishop Bruno. But we trust that from the painful experience of the Diocese of Los Angeles, The Episcopal Church will learn lessons about how, in disciplinary settings, to differentiate between actions by a respondent which deserve sanction and a complainant’s wish to reverse an operational decision.We share the panel’s profound concern for the people of St. James. Bishop Bruno asked them to start a new congregation, and under the leadership of the Rev. Canon Cindy Voorhees, they accepted the challenge. They praised, worshipped, and served, as they continue to do. We are not here to relitigate Bishop Bruno’s actions or the Hearing Panel’s verdict. In all likelihood, after 40 years of ordination, including many moments of courage and vision, he will lose the right to say Holy Eucharist and to baptize, confirm, and bless for three years. It is also outside the realm of Bishop Curry’s charge to assess how long it would have taken St. James to achieve sustainability. Suffice it to say that it was making good progress and that losing its church building was a disappointment and shock.Amid their shock, some have gone to unfortunate extremes. We have gathered, examined, and shared with the Presiding Bishop copies of numerous anonymous e-mails and letters sent to persons who supported, agreed with, and worked for Bishop Bruno and to members of their families. We trust that the leaders of St. James have no knowledge of them. They contain threats; ridicule; accusations of corruption, perjury, cowardice, and submission to patronage; and demands that volunteers and diocesan staff members resign. Standing Committee members were particularly singled out for this treatment. We were heartened by Bishop Curry’s decision to meet with the Standing Committee on July 7 and listen to members’ perspectives. He exhibited a pastor’s heart and leader’s wisdom by expressing respect for the committee’s ministry in his July 31 email.Canon VoorheesCanon Voorhees is entitled to confidentiality when it comes to any conversations that may occur about her ministry in our diocese. We look forward to open dialogue and prayerful discernment in the weeks and months ahead.The Way ForwardThe Standing Committee and I wish it were possible to achieve a settlement in which all could receive everything they sought. Unfortunately, in the short term, this cannot be the case. And yet we continue to believe that healing and reconciliation are possible for our whole community.First, for the people of St. James. Our greatest regret concerns the opportunities that were missed all along the line that would have enabled the congregation of St. James the Great to fulfill its gospel mission without being dependent on being within the walls of the facility on Via Lido. The responsibility for these missed opportunities is shared by both sides. Whatever happens with the contracted sale, we prayerfully and earnestly urge the congregation to discern about what might be possible instead of what is not. I look forward to being part of that discernment to the extent the community may wish. I quickly accepted Canon Voorhees’ invitation to visit the congregation when she extended it recently. I offered a number of dates. I look forward to the blessings of worshiping with the congregation and sharing fellowship at their convenience.The sales contract itself offers one way forward. Although it contains a nondisclosure agreement, we have received permission to describe some of the details. Bishop Bruno entered into an agreement with Burnham-Ward Properties/Burnham USA, a major commercial property owner in Newport Beach. Burnham has longstanding ties to the community. It plans to preserve the worship space so it may continue to be used by churches and other community organizations, including St. James if it wishes. We were encouraged to learn of preliminary conversations some weeks ago between Burnham and a congregation representative about the possible use of the space by St. James.When by the grace of God I succeed Bishop Bruno on his retirement, I pledge to do all I can pastorally, logistically, and financially to support the St. James congregation should it wish to remain together and reapply for mission status. Their purpose and drive these last two years demonstrated that they love their church building and also that they don’t need it to be the church, to remain in unity, and to praise God and serve God’s people.Second, for all the people of our diocese. Once the St. James matter is settled, our diocese needs a season of open, face-to-face dialogue, accountability, and reconciliation. In a conflict such as this one, reconciliation is in the eye of the beholder. The dispute has affected every aspect of our community’s life. Bishop Bruno is accountable for his actions. So too are some of the leaders of St. James. As we move forward together, the Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, Canon to the Ordinary-designate Melissa McCarthy, the Standing Committee, and I, working with Stillpoint and others in our diocese, are in conversation about ways we can use this wearying season as a focal point for new energy and ministry in this time when our neighborhoods, nation, and world need The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Los Angeles to be at their most unified and effective.Third, for the financial life of our Diocese. The St. James matter demonstrates that our diocese must be more transparent and deliberative about finances. For months, a committee has been working hard on a reform plan for Corporation Sole. As its incoming trustee, I have been working with them closely. A progress report is imminent.A former Wells Fargo Bank executive, Bishop Diane Jardine Bruce is preparing to take responsibility for the diocesan budget. Our goal is a Mission Share Fund budget that feeds hungry hearts by revealing the true heart of the diocese — what we really care about, what we can afford, and what we can’t yet afford but seek to make possible through additional stewardship and fundraising. We will create a grant application procedure to ensure equitable access to designated Corp Sole funds. We pledge to do all we can to ensure that capital sums received by the diocese, including proceeds from the Via Lido sale, are conserved for the sake of generations to come.As for our generation, our unity amid diversity and difference, our grasping one another’s hands across chasms of conflict and misunderstanding, are vital if we are to be the church our God in Christ needs us to be in this time and place. The 21 st century is inviting The Episcopal Church to create communities of enduring familial connection where we accept one another as we are, participate in divine mysteries that invite transformation, and go forth cheerfully to love God and our neighbor.Accepting one another as we are can be the hardest part. But it is the holiest work of all. As Paul writes (Romans 8:28), “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Each moment affords each person of faith the opportunity to preach the good news in word, deed, and love. Each moment of certitude invites us to ask if we may be wrong. The hurts we suffer, even when we have every right to expect accountability, activate our hearts of forgiveness.I look forward eagerly to walking with all our people in the way of the Cross in the months and years ahead. May our God in Christ, through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit, richly bless you, this day and forever. Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more

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COVID Numbers Drop To Orange Tier Level; Move Possible In Early April

first_imgCommunity News COVID Numbers Drop To Orange Tier Level; Move Possible In Early April L.A. County numbers continue to drop CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 2:44 pm STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Community News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena could be in the orange tier in early April according to numbers released on Tuesday.According to the state’s weekly update of county-by-county COVID figures, Los Angeles County’s average daily rate of new virus infections fell to 3.7 per 100,000 residents, down from 4.1 last week. A county qualifies for the orange tier if its case rate is 3.9 or less.The new rate means the county officially meets the criteria to qualify for a move out of the current red tier and into the less-restrictive orange tier. However, the county needs to meet the orange tier criteria for two consecutive weeks before it can advance in the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy.The county also needs to remain in the red tier for at least three weeks before it can advance to another tier.Pasadena moved into the red tier on March 12, so the earliest it could move to orange is the first weekend in April, assuming there’s no reversal in the downward COVID case trends.Moving to the orange tier would authorize the county to lift all capacity restrictions at retail and personal care businesses while raising the capacity limit from 25% to 50% for movie theaters, churches, museums, zoos, aquariums, and restaurants. Fitness center capacity could be increased from 10% to 25%.The orange tier also would allow for bars to reopen outdoors, while card rooms and family entertainment centers could be cleared to resume indoor operations.A complete description of the activities permitted under the various tiers of California’s COVID-response policy can be accessed online by clicking here.The county could, however, opt to maintain stricter rules than the state authorizes.Speaking to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer confirmed the timeline for a possible move to the orange tier, but she again warned that increases in COVID-19 cases are being seen in many states and other countries, so there is continuing fear of another bump in infections locally.“We continue to remain concerned about the potential risks that can thwart our progress,” she said. “The risks include increased circulation of variants of concern, increased case numbers across much of Europe and many states, re-openings and actions taken by individuals related to spring break and spring holidays.”She again pointed to recent testing showing increased presence of various COVID-19 variants, which are believed to be far more easily spread from person to person, meaning they could lead to a rapid rise in infections.The most recent testing on a limited number of specimens showed 16% of them were identified as a variant first found in New York, 5% a variant first identified in the United Kingdom, and 40% a variant that developed in California and has been spreading worldwide.“The results do indicate that variants are widely circulating, and it may make it easier for virus transmission to occur if we’re not vigilant in practicing safety precautions,” Ferrer said.Ferrer said she remains confident that current vaccines are still effective against the variants, but said only a limited portion of the population has been vaccinated, and a rapid spread of infections could lead to another surge that overwhelms hospitals.The county on Monday reported 516 new cases of COVID-19 and nine additional fatalities, though Monday’s relatively low numbers may reflect reporting delays over the weekend.Monday’s numbers brought the county’s totals to 1,214,178 cases and 22,806 deaths since the pandemic began, according to the county health department.The number of county residents hospitalized with the virus was 719 as of Tuesday, a slight rise from 713 on Monday, according to state figures. The number of people in intensive care was listed at 180.The county on Monday also registered another slight rise in the COVID-19 transmission rate — which is the average number of people a COVID patient infects with the virus. The rate on Monday was listed at 0.93, up from 0.87 the previous week.When the rate is below 1.0, COVID cases are projected to decrease, but if it tops 1.0, case numbers could begin rising again. The current figures suggest that one in 830 residents is infected with the virus and potentially spreading it to others.Ferrer also said Monday that the county was entering into a memorandum of understanding with the state and Blue Shield for the giant health insurance company to oversee COVID-19 vaccination efforts. She stressed that the county’s vaccination providers and overall distribution strategy would remain the same, but would now be coordinated with Blue Shield, allowing for more data dashboards among other improvements. Top of the News center_img Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

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Derry man due in court on drugs charges

first_img Google+ Pinterest Derry man due in court on drugs charges Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A 25-year-old man is due in court in Derry today on drugs charges.He is accused of being concerned in the supply of Class A and Class B drugs and possessing them with intent to supply.The charges follow a police search in the Northland Road area on Tuesday during which cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy tablets were seized. Google+ News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCouncil called on to look at ways of limiting speed in built up areasNext articleQuigley to face Lanny Dardar in fourth pro fight News Highland By News Highland – February 12, 2015 Twitter WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Allahabad High Court Stays Arrest Of Man Booked Under UP Ordinance Against Religious Conversion For Marriage

first_imgTop StoriesAllahabad High Court Stays Arrest Of Man Booked Under UP Ordinance Against Religious Conversion For Marriage Akshita Saxena18 Dec 2020 4:21 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of a man booked by the UP Police under the recently promulgated Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Pankaj Naqvi and Vivek Agarwal has asked the UP Police to not take any coercive action against the accused, Nadeem, until the next date of hearing. The Court…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Allahabad High Court on Friday stayed the arrest of a man booked by the UP Police under the recently promulgated Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020. A Division Bench comprising of Justices Pankaj Naqvi and Vivek Agarwal has asked the UP Police to not take any coercive action against the accused, Nadeem, until the next date of hearing. The Court said,”Victim is admittedly an adult who understands her well being. She as well as the petitioner have a fundamental right to privacy and being grown up adults who are aware of the consequences of their alleged relationship. “The Court also observed that the issue of right to privacy has been held to depend on the exercise of autonomy and agency by individuals.Further, the Bench has tagged Nadeem’s plea, as it also challenges the vires of the ordinance, before a Chief Justice led division Bench which is already seized of the matter. The Bench was hearing a criminal writ petition filed by Nadeem, who was booked by the UP Police on November 29, two days after the Ordinance was promulgated, on a complaint filed by one Akshay Kumar. This is the first time that an affected party has approached the High Court against this ordinance. Nadeem, represented by Senior Advocate SFA Naqvi, has submitted that the impugned ordinance is in conflict with the Court’s latest pronouncement in Salamat Ansari & Ors. v. Union of India & Ors., whereby it was held that Right to live with a person of his/her choice irrespective of religion professed by them, is intrinsic to right to life and personal liberty. It may be noted that this judgment was passed by the same Division Bench of Justices Naqvi and Vivek Agarwal. The Petitioner submitted that impugned ordinance is a fraud on the Constitution inasmuch as it is directly in confrontation with Article 19, 21, 25 and 26 contained therein. “By means of this ordinance an atmosphere of fear and terror is being created amongst the people having desirous to marry a person of another religion or cast, which in itself is direct infringement upon fundamental right guaranteed to a citizen of this country,” Nadeem said in his plea. He further pointed out that the ordinance is in direct conflict with a Central Act namely Special Marriage Act 1954, which defines degrees of prohibited relationship. He submitted, “once prohibited degrees for marriages beyond religion and castes are defined then by impugned ordinance new prohibited degrees are created on religious grounds this amounts to creating a communal and divisive legislation which is not at all permissible in our constitutional scheme.” It may be noted at this juncture that the Chief Justice-led Bench has already issued notices on a batch of PILs challenging the ordinance and has fixed the case for hearing on January 7. Allahabad High Court Issues Notice To UP Govt On Pleas Challenging Love Jihad Ordinance; Posted For Hearing On Jan 7 Nadeem pointed out that the new law confers unbridled powers upon the State Police which is already abusing it. He said in his plea that within nine days of passing of the Ordinance, the UP Police registered five cases under it. However, two of these cases, lodged within 24 hours of each other, present a sharp contrast — and show how police have wielded the new law selectively. The plea stated, “In Bareilly the police did not entertain the complaint of a father that his daughter had married a Hindu man after conversion. Police said they went by the woman’s testimony that she got married in September before the law came into force. But in Moradabad the police arrested and jailed a Muslim man under the anti-conversion law despite his wife saying that they got married in July. The man’s brother was also arrested and jailed. In Bareilly, police said they dropped the woman back at her husband’s home. In Moradabad, police said the woman has been lodged in a state protection home.” In this backdrop Nadeem submitted that the impugned ordinance is selectively aimed at Muslim boys marrying Hindu girls and not targeted at Hindu boys marrying Muslim girls. Nadeem had also sought quashing of the FIR lodged against him under Sections 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120B (Criminal conspiracy) of IPC and Sections 3 and 5 of the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance 2020. It was alleged in the FIR that Nadeem developed an illicit relation with the Complainant’s wife with the purpose of converting her religion and was attempting to convert her by threat as well as by exerting undue pressure. Nadeem has denied all the allegations and asserted that he is a poor labourer who had been falsely implicated in the case by the Complainant, merely to avoid payment of some dues which the Complainant owes to him. He pointed out that initially, he was booked only under IPC and a bare perusal of the FIR would indicate that provisions under the Impugned Ordinance were “mischievously added” later on hand, by hand as the same is not computer type. He has claimed that the Section 3 and 5 of the Impugned Ordinance were added with the purpose to “create religious disharmony” and give effect to the “oblique motives” with which the impugned ordinance was passed.Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Boston schools closed as snowstorm pummels New England

first_imgJonathanLesage/iStock(BOSTON) — Public schools are closed in Boston Tuesday as snow pummels the region. Northbridge, Massachusetts, is covered in 15 inches of snow while Worcester, Massachusetts, saw 12.4 inches. Boston streets are coated with four inches of snow so far and the fluffy flakes are still falling, with about two more inches expected.Over 2,000 snow crews are plowing and treating roads across the state Tuesday morning. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is urging residents to avoid driving if possible during periods of heavy snowfall. For those commuting in the eastern part of the state Tuesday, Baker asks residents to build-in extra time and consider public transportation. Snow alerts remain in effect from Rhode Island to Maine Tuesday morning. In Maine, another four to six inches of snow are expected through the afternoon.Before moving into New England, this nor’easter first struck New York state on Monday. Albany, New York, is covered in 22.6 inches of snow — the biggest snowstorm there since 1993. Fultonville, New York, saw a whopping 28 inches, while Readsboro, Vermont, recorded 22.4 inches.By Tuesday night the storm will move into Canada, leaving lingering snow showers in northern Maine.But it’ll remain chilly for most of the Northeast Tuesday, with gusty winds reaching 20 to 40 mph.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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DARPA, US Navy to Set Up Fab Lab at MARMC

first_img View post tag: Fab Lab Authorities Share this article February 13, 2015 DARPA, US Navy to Set Up Fab Lab at MARMC View post tag: News by topic DARPA and the US Navy recently agreed to locate a fabrication laboratory, or Fab Lab, at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) in Norfolk, Virginia, under DARPA’s Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach Two (MENTOR2) program.The goal of MENTOR2 is to reduce logistics supply chain costs and boost defense readiness by improving training and tools for operating, maintaining and adapting complex military equipment in low-tech environments—for example, repairing unmanned aerial vehicles in austere locations or fixing ship systems at sea. Some machine shops and fabrication capabilities exist aboard ships and in deployed areas, but these facilities provide only a fraction of the components needed for deployed operations—largely due to limited access to the adaptive manufacturing technology and comprehensive design expertise needed for in-theater fabrication. MENTOR2 aims to provide troops advanced tools and training, so they can rapidly design and fabricate needed components on the spot.Fab Labs are design and fabrication shops outfitted with modern digital tools and equipment—such as laser cutters, routers, 3D printers, vinyl cutters for flexible circuit boards and digital design tools that use open-source software. DARPA is establishing the Navy’s customized Fab Lab through the Fab Foundation.Navy leaders at MARMC said they foresee significant benefits from having modern training and tools on hand for ship maintenance and repair.The Fab Lab installation and initial operation is expected in April.[mappress mapid=”15122″]Image: BAE Norfolk Systems Ship Repair View post tag: MARMC View post tag: Set Up View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: DARPA Back to overview,Home naval-today DARPA, US Navy to Set Up Fab Lab at MARMC View post tag: US Navy View post tag: americaslast_img read more

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Turfgrass Field Day

first_imgThe University of Georgia Turfgrass Research Field Day is set for Thursday, Aug. 9, on the UGA Griffin campus.UGA Cooperative Extension specialists and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences scientists will provide updates on their latest research about the diseases, insects and weeds that affect Georgia turfgrasses. Most presentations will take place on the plots where the research is being conducted.Registration will start at 8 a.m. The program will begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. The morning session, from 9:15-11:30 a.m., will also be offered in Spanish.Displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment will also be on site from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Afternoon self-guided tours will begin at 1:15 p.m. and conclude at 2:30 p.m., after a catered barbecue lunch.Georgia Pesticide License Credit hours will be available for categories 10, 21, 24, 27 and 32. Pesticide recertification credits will also be available for Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.The registration fee — $65 before July 17 and $80 after — covers the day’s presentations, a detailed program booklet and a barbecue lunch. Four or more people who register as a group qualify for a 10-percent discount, and students can attend for $25 ($30 after July 17).Register by:Calling the UGA-Griffin Office of Continuing Education at 770-229-3477.Mailing the fee to the Office of Continuing Education, University of Georgia Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, Georgia 30223.Going online to www.GeorgiaTurf.com.Faxing the form to 770-233-6180.Visiting the UGA-Griffin continuing education campus.last_img read more

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Pope marks ‘Easter of solitude’ in virus lockdown

first_imgPope Francis offered a prayer for coronavirus victims in an unprecedented livestream Easter Sunday message delivered from a hauntingly empty Vatican to a world under lockdown.The 83-year-old pontiff spoke softly at a solemn ceremony attended by just a handful of priests and a small choir that was spaced out across the expansive marble floor of Saint Peter’s Basilica.The pandemic raging outsides the Vatican’s locked gates has killed more than 109,000 people and left billions confined to their homes. The pope’s message was livestreamed for the first time — a bow to technology in the face of a new illness that has changed the shape of society and altered the way religion is observed.”For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,” he said. A handful of priests and a few faithful also gathered at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City — locked down like the Vatican — to say prayers at the spot where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected on Easter.The majority of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics were in forced confinement as the pope spoke and almost all of the world’s churches were shut on Christianity’ holiest day. ‘Not a time for division’The pope pleaded with the world’s leaders to put aside their political differences and call back their armies during a global health emergency of a magnitude not seen in 100 years.”This is not a time for division,” Francis said.”May Christ enlighten all who have responsibility in conflicts, that they may have the courage to support the appeal for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.”He said health considerations required world powers to ease crippling economic sanctions imposed against their adversaries — a possible reference to those weighing over pandemic-hit Iran.”In light of the present circumstances, may international sanctions be relaxed, since these make it difficult for countries on which they have been imposed to provide adequate support to their citizens,” Francis said.He called for a “reduction, if not the forgiveness, of the debt burdening the balance sheets of the poorest nations” and for European nations to show the same “solidarity” they did in the wake of World War II.”After the Second World War, this beloved continent was able to rise again,” he said.”The European Union is presently facing an epochal challenge, on which will depend not only its future but that of the whole world.”And he offered a prayer for those killed and those mourning the victims of a disease that spread from China to Europe in February and has now encircled the world.”Today my thoughts turn in the first place to the many who have been directly affected by the coronavirus: the sick, those who have died and family members who mourn the loss of their loved ones, to whom, in some cases, they were unable even to bid a final farewell,” he said.Religious improvisationThe pope’s virtual Easter Sunday message was the most vivid example of religious improvisation in the age of social distancing and confinement.The faithful have already followed his advice and found creative solutions.The archbishop of Panama took to the air and blessed his tiny Central American nation from a helicopter.The faithful in Spain blasted religious music from their balconies during Holy Week.Easter Sunday itself saw some faithful leave wreaths of flowers outside of the locked doors of churches from where festive processions had departed in previous years in the southwestern Spanish city of Seville.A parish near the Philippines’ capital Manila pasted the empty pews with family photos that the faithful had emailed to the priest. The Orthodox Church in Greece is planning to hold mass behind closed doors for its Easter on April 19.Jews across the world did their best by using Zoom or other video-conferencing apps to “seder-in-place” when the eight-day Passover holiday started on Wednesday evening.State television in Lebanon broadcast mass under lockdown from an empty church north of Beirut.Catholics in neighbouring Syria — where celebrations had continued in Christian quarters of Damascus despite years of agonising war — stayed home this time because of the virus, but many watched a Facebook Live celebration by the country’s patriarch.Sri Lankan Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told a live mass broadcast that the southeast Asian country’s Roman Catholic Church had forgiven suicide bombers behind attacks that killed at least 279 people last Easter.”We offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us,” he said.Westminster Abbey in London is following the trend by releasing Easter podcasts for the faithful of the Anglican Church.And priests at France’s Roman Catholic shrine in the southwestern town of Lourdes were relaying nine consecutive days of prayers on Sunday by Facebook Live and YouTube.’Saints next door’The lockdown forced the pope to improvise throughout Holy Week.In previous years he had observed Holy Thursday service marking Christ’s last supper by washing the feet of 12 inmates on the outskirts of Rome.The virus made that impossible this year.Francis instead said a prayer for the dozens of priests and health workers who have died across Italy while attending to the sick.”They are the saints next door, the priests who gave their lives by serving,” Francis said.He invited five nurses and doctors to accompany him for the Good Friday processions in order to highlight their profession’s sacrifices over the past month.Francis himself has reportedly been tested twice for COVID-19 since coming down with a cold at the end of February.Topics :last_img read more

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German pension liabilities jump by 7% in wake of Brexit, study shows

first_imgFunding across German corporate pension plans has declined significantly over the second quarter, as Willis Towers Watson (WTW) blamed the impact of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) policies and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.According to the consultancy’s German Pension Finance Watch estimates, pension assets across Germany’s DAX and MDAX stock markets remained broadly stable over the second quarter, standing at €237bn at the end of June across all DAX companies.However, liabilities rose by 7% as a result of a 42-basis-point drop in the actuarial discount rate, to 1.7%, since March – meaning the discount rate has fallen 0.7 percentage points since December last year.Thomas Jasper, the consultancy’s head of retirement for Western Europe, said: “This decline can be traced, for one, to the interest rate policies implemented by the European Central Bank and the US Federal Reserve but also to the increasing interest in safe haven assets. “The widening of the ECB’s quantitative easing and the market turbulence triggered in the wake of Brexit has seen interest in AA bonds, crucial for determining interest rates, increase further.”Despite the market turbulence outlined by Jasper, the consultancy estimated assets within DAX occupational schemes rose to €237bn at the end of June, an increase of 0.7%, while the pension assets of MDAX companies remained stable at €27.8bn.As a result of the 7% increase in liabilities, WTW further estimated funding across DAX occupational schemes now stood at 55.3% – down by 3.5 percentage points compared with March, while MAX companies saw funding decline by 2.7 percentage points.The fall in funding levels comes only a few months after the German government amended the discount rate, or Rechnungszins, dictated within the HGB, the country’s accounting law, to allow for rates to be smoothed over a 10-year period to offer the occupational pensions sector some relief in light of ever-lower interest rates.last_img read more