2021 dividend forecasts: Lloyds, HSBC, Centrica

first_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Alan Oscroft owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings and Lloyds Banking Group. 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 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. 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. Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 26th November, 2020 | More on: CNA HSBA LLOY In 2019, the FTSE 100 delivered approximately 4.7% in dividend returns. In 2020, it looks set to be slashed to around 3.2%, though I think that’s still a decent yield. Forecasts are already looking better for 2021, with a yield of around 4.2% on the cards. Today, I’m looking at three stocks I’d buy for dividends in 2021.Banking dividend cutLloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) severely cut its dividend in the early days of the Covid-19 crisis. That was at the behest of the Prudential Regulation Authority, but probably wise anyway. Possibly a handy opportunity for Lloyds too, as I think its rapid dividend progress since emerging from the banking crash was perhaps a bit hasty.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…With the final dividend for 2019 suspended, that year produced a 1.8% yield — down from more than 6% in 2018. And it’s only the dividends that had been keeping me cheerful about my Lloyds shareholding. The current pandemic year looks set to deliver a dividend of only a little over 1% from Lloyds.Analysts are forecast an earnings rebound in 2021, though not quite back to 2019 levels. But a dividend restored to about half of 2018’s pre-cut payment would yield 4.5% on the current share price. That’s only possible because Lloyds shares are down 40% in 2020. But I think it represents a great buying opportunity, and it’s a top-up candidate for me.A 2021 recovery pickI turn now to Centrica (LSE: CNA), whose earnings have been sliding for years. Centrica pared its 2019 dividend to the bone, though I reckon that was seriously overdue. It was another company in trouble, with dividends sliding into uncovered territory. But it stubbornly kept paying, for at least two years too long in my view.The 2020 dividend is set to yield only 1.3% this year. And that’s after Centrica shares have shed almost 80% of their value in five years. The price is down 47% so far in 2020. Still, Centrica bottomed in April and has since climbed 60%.There should be a further earnings slip this year. But analysts finally have an upturn on the cards for 2021. If they have it right, we’ll see a modest uptick in earnings and the reinstatement of a decent dividend. It’ll be a lot less than the old days, but on today’s share price it would yield 4.6%. I rate Centrica a recovery opportunity to keep an eye on.Eastern focusMy third choice is another bank, HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA). HSBC is a worldwide giant, with a reach stretching around the world. In recent years it’s been looking a bit cumbersome and a bit over-extended, when many banks are striving to be more lean and streamlined.To rectify that, HSBC has been reducing headcounts and is refocusing on its most profitable home markets in the Far East. Is it a British or European bank? Or is it a Hong Kong bank? Well, the clue’s in the name, and a swing back towards its roots should improve the long-term outlook.The dividend was cut along with the rest, and it’s set to yield around 1.5% this year. But a forecast hike in 2021 would take it to 5.8%. I do wonder if cover of only around 1.5x might be a bit tight during a restructuring phase. But I see a solid long-term future for HSBC dividends, and it joins my candidates for 2021. 2021 dividend forecasts: Lloyds, HSBC, Centrica See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Coca Cola announces grant shortlist

first_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Coca Cola Thank You Fund in Ireland has shortlisted 45 projects from the nearly 300 which applied to the €125,000 fund available for 2012.Those projects short listed will now go forward to the public voting state which will make up 50 percent of the vote, with a judging panel making up the other 50%. The vote by the judging panel will take place in tandem with the public vote.The Facebook voting will be via the Thank You Fund’s website and will run from now until 1st October. In 2012, the Fund will award grants to selected organisations that are delivering initiatives under the theme ‘Supporting an Innovative Approach to the Promotion of Active Lifestyles in Irish Communities’.Last year, the Fund’s inaugural year, a total of 15 grants were made to non-profit, voluntary and charitable organisations. These grants helped to support Social and Education Programmes aimed at Youth, Healthy and Active Lifestyles, and Environmental Leadership.The winning project will receive funding of €25,000. Ten other projects, based on the scores they receive, will each receive €10,000 grants to facilitate the roll-out of their programme in their local community.www.coca-cola.ie Howard Lake | 3 September 2012 | News Tagged with: Funding Ireland 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. Coca Cola announces grant shortlist AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Boston Women’s Fightback Network celebrates IWD

first_imgBoston — Under the banner, “Uphold the Legacy of Women’s Resistance,” the Women’s Fightback Network held a powerful International Women’s Day celebration on March 26, uniting the anti-imperialist struggles of women globally, from Puerto Rico and India to Pakistan and Honduras, with the Black Lives Matter, immigrant rights and LGBTQ people of color movements confronting racist police violence, state repression and anti-trans bigotry in the U.S.The voices of Sweet Honey and the Rock singing “We are the Ones” reverberated through the room as co-chairs Myia X and Rachel Hassinger invited the multinational, intergenerational crowd to share the resistance writings of Lolita Lebrón, Assata Shakur and the Dalit women of India. Martha Morgan Guevara, a Spanish teacher and volunteer with Centro Presente in East Boston, spoke passionately about her work supporting immigrant families, mainly women and children, who have been forced to migrate to the U.S. from their homelands and are living with severe trauma and the daily threat of deportation. Sandra McIntosh, teacher and co-chair of the Coalition for Equal Quality Education, paid homage to the women who influenced her life by saying their names, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisholm (the first woman to run for U.S. president), anarchist Emma Goldberg and Berta Cáceres, the Indigenous Honduran activist tragically murdered by U.S.-backed mercenaries in March. She shared with the crowd an old African proverb: “As long as someone remembers you, you will live forever.”Freelance writer Karina Friedman focused on women political prisoners, highlighting the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani-born Muslim activist, mother and honors graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Brandeis University. In 2003, she was kidnapped, imprisoned and brutally tortured under the “global war on terror” and currently remains incarcerated at FMC Carswell, a U.S. military prison in Texas. The WFN, which has joined with the national Aafia Foundation in demanding her freedom, helped organize a demonstration on the steps of MIT in Cambridge, Mass., on March 8, to raise awareness about Dr. Siddiqui’s unjust imprisonment and demand her repatriation home. Workers World Party presidential candidate Monica Moorehead spoke on the revolutionary history of International Working Women’s Day and its origins in the heroic struggles of immigrant women garment workers in New York City following the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. Subsequent workers’ strikes shook the capitalist system in the U.S. and inspired women socialists in Europe to call for the creation of a global day of solidarity with women workers’ struggles as a concrete gesture of solidarity. Moorehead also saluted the Black Lives Matter movement and heroic LGBTQ movements, linking arms in the fight against racism, bigotry and oppression. She addressed the Hillary Clinton campaign, emphasizing how Clinton does not represent the interests of poor and working-class women. Moorehead explained how socialism cannot be voted in and must be fought for by people’s movements; and that racism, sexism and anti-LGBTQ bigotry cannot be voted away. The bourgeois elections come and go every four years but the conditions stay the same or worsen, unless there is an independent fightback movement led by the workers and oppressed to defend our interests. Revolutionary warrior poet Letta Neely uplifted and strengthened the crowd with readings from her book of poems called “Juba,” including a special tribute to the four little Black girls killed in the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963: “Which patent leather shoe belongs to which found leg?” She reminded the crowd that the same oppressive system that bombed those children continues to murder our children today, and urged the crowd to keep building a movement that will sweep away these conditions completely. Dr. Padma Balasubramanian reported on the student movement in India, its fight against the privatization of education (as demanded by the World Trade Organization and the World Bank), institutionalized discrimination against Dalit students (formerly called untouchables), the criminalization of dissent, and state terror against students and academics who speak up. Student communists and socialists are now joining hands with brave students from the Dalit caste to fight the rampant injustices created by capitalism and imperialism.Rachel Corey, an organizer with the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, spoke about the growing campaign to stop the construction of a new women’s prison in Massachusetts. She urged the crowd to join the local movement for a moratorium on building any new jails while also calling for bail reform, alternatives to mass incarceration and to vote against the Massachusetts bill S1297.Professor Susan Massad reported on the March 20 Washington, D.C., anti-Zionist protest outside the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference, opposing U.S. financial support for Israel. She also gave an update on Palestinian activist and attorney, Rasmea Odeh, who was arrested and imprisoned for “unlawful procurement of naturalization.” On Feb. 25, a ruling from the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals determined that the trial judge who sentenced Odeh, Gershwin Drain, wrongfully barred expert torture witness Dr. Mary Fabri from testifying at the trial. The case will be remanded so that admissibility of the expert testimony can be determined. Supporters are hopeful that Odeh will get a new trial.The meeting ended with a revolutionary salute from Myia X to the founding members of the Women’s Fightback Network, now celebrating 15 years of organizing together. X said: “Solidarity is our most potent weapon, so let’s keep building and uniting our struggles to confront and abolish the system that oppresses us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Quiz: Which TCU head coach are you?

first_imgHoneycutt claims strong support, wins SGA top spot Marissa Stacy COVID-19 vaccination site at TCU opens for second weekend Linkedin Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ TCU News Now 3/3/2021 print &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;Which TCU Coach are you?&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Take this quiz to find which TCU coach you are most like.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;Coach Dixon&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;You are dedicated to the Horned Frog spirit, much like Coach Dixon. Dixon played at TCU as a student and has now coached at TCU for 4 years, so you are dedicated to the school just like him. Dixon cares about his players and the rest of the TCU community, just like you do. Go Frogs!&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Coach Patterson&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Much like Coach Patterson you are very driven. You know how to keep a team&#8217;s spirit high. You love your trusty visor and polo. You are well respected in the TCU community because of your accomplishments, like Patterson.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Coach Schlossnagle&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Like Coach Schlossnagle you are very respected. People admire your ideals and how you run things. You work hard and make sure to keep your team involved. The hard work you put into things does not go unnoticed.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Coach Pebley&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;You always look serious but are actually a very friendly person, much like Coach Pebley. You always are there to motivate your inner team. People look to you for words of advice and what their next move should be.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Coach Bell&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;You have a fun-loving spirit much like Coach Bell. You work hard and lift others up, including your team. You are always smiling and helping others. Like Bell, people admire you and look up to how you treat people. You are a person of few words, but that&#8217;s not always a bad thing.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Coach Kramer&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Much like Coach Kramer you are very well respected by your peers. You have a super chill personality. If anybody needs you they will find you with a coffee in hand and wearing workout clothes, like Kramer. She was also on the first-ever TCU volleyball team, which makes her very dedicated to the Horned Frog spirit, much like you.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h2&amp;gt;How would your friends describe you?&amp;lt;/h2&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Your team is losing, how do you react?&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;What is your favorite class?&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Which item can you not live without?&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;What is your dream job?&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;How do you prefer to spend your Friday nights?&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;h3&amp;gt;Where would you want to live?&amp;lt;/h3&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;/section&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />&amp;lt;p&amp;gt; + posts TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Gary Patterson. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. Twitter Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Student body officer candidates talk campus issues in first-ever live debate ReddIt Marissa Stacy is a journalism major from Indianapolis, Indiana. Marissa enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with friends and finding great places to eat around Fort Worth. Facebook Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ Twitter Facebook Marissa Stacyhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/marissa-stacy/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Linkedin Previous articleSoccer can’t find equalizer against Kansas, falls in conference championshipNext articleSoccer makes NCAA tournament for fourth-straight season Marissa Stacy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddItlast_img read more

International delegates travel to Turkey’s Silivri Prison to show support for imprisoned journalists

first_imgNews January 27, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 International delegates travel to Turkey’s Silivri Prison to show support for imprisoned journalists to go further Receive email alerts News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Türkçe / Read in TurkishThe delegates, representing the International Press Institute (IPI), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), were present outside the prison gates to greet supporters of Dündar and Gül participating in the “Wait for Hope” vigil and to speak with media about the case and Justice Ministry’s denial of their request to visit to the two journalists behind bars.The delegates arrived at Silivri Prison at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. Members of the coalition they represent also issued the following statement.————-Turkey must allow supporters to meet with imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem GülLeading international free expression and press freedom groups condemn government’s refusal to allow supporters to visit pair jailed for their reporting, call for their releaseA coalition of leading international free expression and press freedom groups condemns the Turkish government’s refusal to allow supporters to visit journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, who are behind bars for reports claiming that Turkey’s intelligence agency secretly armed Islamist rebel groups in Syria, and calls for their immediate release.Dündar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Gül, the newspaper’s Ankara bureau chief, are being held at the high-security Silivri Prison, west of Istanbul, reportedly awaiting trial on charges of aiding a terrorist organisation, espionage and disclosure of classified documents. The charges remain unclear, as the defendants have not been allowed to review indictments against them. However, the case is believed to stem from a May 29, 2015 report published in Cumhuriyet that included a video purportedly showing Turkish security forces searching intelligence agency trucks en route to Syria containing crates of ammunition and weapons.In recent years, when nearly 100 journalists were held in Turkish prisons, journalists in Turkey were often allowed to visit their imprisoned colleagues. However, in recent months, Turkey’s Justice Ministry has effectively barred most visits for both Dündar and Gül; the only visitors allowed to see them are close family members, lawyers or members of Turkey’s Parliament.Following the Ministry’s recent refusals to respond to visitation requests put forward by journalists’ groups in Turkey and others, a coalition of 11 international free expression and press freedom defenders submitted a joint request on Jan. 8, 2016 seeking permission to visit Dündar and Gül on Wednesday, Jan. 27.The coalition includes the International Press Institute (IPI), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), ARTICLE 19, Index on Censorship, the Ethical Journalism Network (EJN), PEN International, the World Association of Newspaper Publishers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the South East Europe Media Organisation.On Jan. 22, however, Turkey’s Justice Ministry denied the request. In a response, the Ministry cited articles of statute and regulation requiring the Ministry’s permission for such a visit and indicated that the request was denied because permission to visit was not given.The coalition condemns Turkey’s refusal to allow supporters to visit Dündar and Gül, who were held in solitary confinement for 40 days before finally being allowed to share a cell together early this month, as well as the charges against them. The persecution of these journalists in retaliation for having reported on a matter of urgent and undeniable public interest, and the refusal to permit visitation in the manner that any other prisoner would be allowed, represent a violation of their rights and a gross abuse of authority. This wrong is compounded by the fact that neither Dündar nor Gül have been convicted of any crime, much less informed of the allegations against them.The misuse of anti-terror law against these journalists is only the latest in a litany of such cases in Turkey, and joins a list of developments that illustrate growing authoritarianism and a blatant erosion of human rights. They include politicisation of the judiciary, the similar abuse of other criminal laws, the imposition of outright bans on disseminating certain content, the use of state agencies and economic levers to silence media outlets, verbal and – in some cases – physical attacks on critical journalists, and the orchestration of online hate campaigns targeting government critics, among others.The coalition accordingly calls on Turkish authorities to free Dündar and Gül without delay, to drop all charges against them, and to free all other journalists currently detained in connection with their journalism or the opinions they have expressed. It further urges lawmakers in Turkey to take steps to reverse the country’s trend toward authoritarianism and urges the governments of democratic countries to pressure the Turkish government to meet its human rights commitments under domestic and international law.-The International Press Institute (IPI)-The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)-Reporters Without Borders (RSF)-The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)-The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)-ARTICLE 19-Index on Censorship-The Ethical Journalism Network (EJN)-PEN International-The World Association of Newspaper Publishers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA)-The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) News Delegates from a coalition of leading international free expression and press freedom groups travelled to Turkey’s Silivri Prison today to demonstrate support for imprisoned journalists Can Dündar and Erdem Gül, to protest Turkish authorities’ denial of permission to visit to the two journalists, and to call for their release. RSF_en Related documents rsf_turkiye_basin_bulteni.pdfPDF – 61.54 KB Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism lawcenter_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Organisation Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Court sentences editor in absentia for five years in prison

first_img February 23, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders is outraged to learn that a Tripoli court sentenced Amara Abdallah Al-Khitabi, the editor of the privately-owned newspaper Al-Umma, in absentia to five years in prison and ordered him to pay 250,000 dinars in damages for allegedly defaming judicial officials. RSF_en News Receive email alerts LibyaMiddle East – North Africa to go further On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Follow the news on Libya December 17, 2019 Find out more June 24, 2020 Find out more November 28, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court sentences editor in absentia for five years in prison News Charged with criminal libel for publishing a list of allegedly corrupt judges and prosecutors in November 2012, Khitabi, 68, was convicted of criminal libel on 17 August but the sentence was not notified to him and his lawyer until last week.“Khitabi does not deserve to go to prison for publishing this list”, Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. “We urge the Libyan authorities to overturn this decision and to drop the case.”Arrested in December 2012, Khitabi refused to reveal where he got the list. But, according to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, it had already been posted on social network sites before Al-Umma published it. The judicial officials on the list were said to have taken bribes or obtained money illicitly from other sources.He was charged under article 195 of the Gaddafi-era criminal code, which is very controversial and repressive. The interim parliament, known as the General National Congress, passed an amendment to the criminal code on 5 February 2014 but it did not provide any additional guarantees for freedom of expression.After four months in prison, Khitabi was released in April 2013 on medical grounds, but was ordered to remain at home and was banned from travelling abroad.His lawyer, Ramadan Salem, plans to file an appeal on the grounds that the sentence has been issued at time when Tripoli’s courts are paralyzed because of clashes between rival militias.According to Human Rights Watch, as well as jailing Khitabi and ordering him to pay damages to each of the five plaintiffs who brought the case, the court also banned him from practicing journalism while serving his sentence, and ordered that the withdrawal of his civil rights should continue for a year after his release.Khitabi is on the list of “100 information heroes” that Reporters Without Borders compiled for this year’s World Press Freedom Day (3 May).Libya is ranked 137th out of 180 countries in the 2014 press freedom index of organization. Help by sharing this information LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Newslast_img read more

Families of those who died from COVID-19 at nursing facility still looking for answers

first_imgABC NewsBy KRISTOFER RIOS, CHO PARK, MATTHEW MOSK and LAUREN EFFRON, ABC News(NEW YORK) — For Dante Maglioli, a box of photographs is a time capsule. They show moments spent with his father during his childhood — something he holds most sacred.“I remember being a kid and saying, ‘Santa, you smell so much like my dad … and you have the same exact shoes,’” Maglioli told ABC News. “Literally today, to this day, [I] hear his voice resonate, laughing and crying at the same time because he recognized that I know it was him.”His father, Joseph Maglioli, was often looking to laugh and he was a man who always put his family first, Dante Maglioli said as he wiped away tears.“My father definitely did as much as he could … to make me have a good life when I was a child,” he said.Years later, Dante Maglioli and his siblings wanted to make sure their father was well cared for as he aged.He said the decision to check Joseph Maglioli into a nursing home was a difficult one. But they had settled on the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center in Andover, New Jersey, because Dante Maglioli’s brother lived close by.“The Andover place was supposed to be kind of temporary until we were able to get him somewhere else,” Dante Maglioli said. “My brother was working on trying to get him somewhere else and obviously that didn’t work out in due time.”The decision to admit their father into the home is now one that continues to haunt Dante Maglioli to this day. His father died of COVID-19 on April 9, becoming one of the more than 36,000 nursing home residents that have died from the coronavirus in the U.S.Those who’ve died in nursing homes account for 27% of the total COVID-19 deaths in the country, although the number is likely higher.Joseph Maglioli’s family believes he was one of the 13 bodies authorities discovered in April at Andover Subacute Rehabilitation Center One and Two — the two facilities run by the center. Police said they found the bodies after receiving a large request for body bags from the nursing home.Eighty residents and two employees at the Andover have died from COVID-19. Now the two centers are facing a state investigation and two lawsuits.“I was told by several of the staff members that this morgue, as one of them had called it, was full,” said Jennifer Jean Miller, who covered the Andover incident as a reporter for The New Jersey Herald.The incident has raised numerous questions about how the facility was preparing for the pandemic and whether more oversight by the state was necessary.“That’s the thing that’s really bothers me is they knew what was going on,” said Michael Lensak, mayor of Andover Township. “It was obvious. Like I said, I’m not a medical professional. But it doesn’t take a rocket scientist. When bodies are piling up, there’s something wrong.”Meanwhile, families that have lost their loved ones are caught in the middle.“It baffles me… So many people die at the hands of a place like Andover,” Dante Maglioli said. “And they’re still open and there are still people there, living there.”In some ways, the disaster at Andover may have begun long before COVID-19 entered its halls. The facility, which consists of two buildings, is the largest long-term care facility in New Jersey with a total of 702 beds.“The common perception has been, for years, that it’s never been a great facility. That it’s really– it’s always been loaded with problems,” Miller said. “There was already trouble in that facility in that they already had citations … and they just really started to snowball as the pandemic got worse.”Just a month before the virus swept through the facility, a routine inspection by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) found several cases of substandard infection control practices, including cases where the facility staff failed to wash their hands and failed to use required personal protective equipment (PPE).Attorney Daniel Marchese is representing multiple families — including Dante Magioli’s — in two lawsuits against the facility and its owners, which allege they did not have adequate infection control and staffing in place and didn’t protect the residents adequately during the pandemic.“They should’ve had these protocols in place … and they weren’t, so they only have themselves to blame,” Marchese said.He pointed to a recent audit by federal inspectors that shows a breakdown in protocols when the first case of the virus appeared in March.“There were basic things that these facilities didn’t do to prevent the spread. There were breakdowns in protocol of how to properly equip the employees,” Marchese said.These breakdowns may have allowed the virus to sweep through the facilities at an alarming rate, the lawsuits allege, even as the staff tried to get the outbreak under control.“They didn’t protect the patients,” Marchese alleged. “The facilities had COVID patients in with other non-COVID patients… The employees weren’t wearing protective equipment in the rooms with COVID patients and then went to rooms with patients without COVID.”As the pandemic continued, Dante Maglioli said his family received very little information from the facility about how it was caring for residents. He said the residents themselves were being kept in the dark as well.Maglioli said the first time he heard about a COVID-19 case at Andover was from his father.“[He] literally said to my sister on the phone … ‘Hey, I found out that someone’s got this COVID-19… Someone died. I’m really scared. What do we do?’” Maglioli said. “And my sister called up Andover, addressed it with the nurse, and the nurse said, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about. No one’s sick. … There’s no COVID-19. No one’s died.’”As more residents became sick with COVID-19, Miller said staffing became an issue.“I can speak for staff members that I have gotten to know through my reporting, and they’re very caring people. … But there aren’t enough of them, really, to take care of the needs of the residents,” she said.By Easter weekend, the outbreak had taken hold of the facility. More residents were dying, forcing the facility to request help.“I remember a Saturday mid-afternoon, getting a phone call that they needed 20 body bags,” said Sussex County Sheriff Michael Strada, one of the local officials who responded to the call.“Some individuals were being placed outside because there was no room in the facility to keep the bodies,” he added.By this point, some families say they still weren’t alerted about the dire situation at the facility. Francesca Veen, whose grandmother lived at the facility, said she became worried when she heard about the COVID-19 deaths at the home.“I wanted to know,” Veen said. “Anybody would want to know… Is she one of those bodies?”Desperate for answers after she says her numerous calls to the facility went unanswered, Veen posted a video to Facebook in April. The post went viral.“I am sick and tired of being told that I cannot talk to her,” Veen said in the video. “That I cannot see her [on video]. We have not heard from her. We are told when we do get someone [that] she is sleeping and that she is OK. I want to talk to her.”Veen said she just wanted to bring awareness to the situation and express how angry and sad she was over it.Many are now questioning how the situation at Andover escalated so quickly. Miller said the state should have been well aware of Andover’s poor inspection record and that the state should have stepped in earlier.“The state had access to this information back in early March. So they knew about this,” she said.Lensak agrees that the state should have stepped in sooner.“The fact of the matter is, yes, I do think the state dropped the ball in a huge way,” he said. “They were directing the hospitals to not keep the patients there, to bring them back to the nursing home… Thus bringing back possible COVID [patients] and putting them back into the most vulnerable people that we have in our town.”Since the start of the pandemic, Sheriff Strada’s team has provided local nursing homes with protective equipment. He said that in the beginning, most of the PPE donations were from local residents.After the deaths at Andover, county officials requested that the state activate the National Guard to help the facility with operations, which the state eventually did in May. Strada says that his team is now receiving an adequate amount of PPE to distribute from the state Department of Health.The New Jersey Department of Health told ABC News that in addition to providing directives to nursing home facilities, once ”the outbreak was reported to them,” the health department started monitoring Andover, responding to complaints, and providing PPE and staffing support as needed.But for families like the Magliolis, it’s too little too late. Dante Maglioli still doesn’t have confirmation that his father is among the bodies that were being held at the facility during Easter weekend. He also says his family still has not been contacted from Andover to offer condolences.“I wish that we were able to have gotten him into a safer place that was a better place,” he said. “There’s a lot of things I wish I could do over. I wish I literally could have just taken him out myself.”Veen says she also still hasn’t been able to reach her grandmother who is still inside the facility.“I haven’t talked to her. I miss her. This is when she first met my son,” she said. “She was so happy that I was a mom.”Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Center denied all allegations contained in the lawsuits and issued a statement saying its health care professionals worked around the clock and took proactive steps to prepare and handle the crisis internally, including separating sick patients and following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It says it also reached out to government agencies for help dozens of times.The center said that it has made significant progress since the height of the pandemic, taking extra steps to ensure patient and staff safety, and that it has not had a single COVID-19 symptomatic resident since May 12.To date, both buildings at the Andover facility remain operational and are now, along with several other nursing homes, part of a statewide investigation by the attorney general.New Jersey now says they’re implementing reforms based on an independent review of long-term care facilities in the state, which the Andover facility plans on cooperating with.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Agents warned over dangers of relying on ‘gut feel’ to spot AML criminals

first_imgHome » News » Agents warned over dangers of relying on ‘gut feel’ to spot AML criminals previous nextRegulation & LawAgents warned over dangers of relying on ‘gut feel’ to spot AML criminals88% of estate agents tell iamproperty.com that their instincts are reliable in detecting money laundering in a property sale.Sheila Manchester13th February 20200643 Views New research from iamproperty reveals that almost 60% of estate agents thought that AML wasn’t a problem in their area, with the highest proportion of these based in the North East.  Almost 90% of Estate Agents believed their instincts alone were reliable in detecting money laundering.The four most common red flags: A vendor reluctant to provide their documents to prove their identity and that they are the owners of the propertyThe funds from the sale coming from an unknown and unidentified sourceBuyers paying in cashA client who bought a property 6 months ago and is looking to sell it already, at a reduced priceThe research is the second phase in a campaign (pictured above) launched to raise awareness of the need to reduce the reliance on purely human instinct when it comes to identifying risks of money laundering in the house selling and buying process.The research also found that 42% of respondents wouldn’t continue with a full AML check if speed was essential to the sale, if they didn’t think it was necessary or if they knew the buyer.Ben Ridgway, Group Managing Director, iamproperty said, “An industry that once relied solely on relationship building, a friendly approach and a good handshake now has to take a step back and add a layer of technology.  It is no longer OK to trust that relationship or just a gut feeling, and Estate Agents that do are putting themselves at risk.“Money laundering has become ever-more complex in the last few years with more faceless transactions and anonymous bank transfers. Nowadays it’s not often a case of a house-buyer turning up with a bag of cash. Our people-focused industry needs to rely on a more robust technological approach to sussing out issues with money laundering.”Can you smell it?The campaign ‘smell the difference’ was created to launch iamproperty’s new compliance product, the only AML compliance offering designed with Estate Agents in mind; offering integrated risk assessments and certifications, a comprehensive suite of educational resources, ongoing support from Compliance Matters with a compliance helpline and integration with Land registry.David Beaumont, compliance expert working with iamproperty, said, “Working your way through the complex obligations of the HMRC’s AML requirements is stressful, ensuring your agency complies is even worse. Failing to meet the ever-changing requirements of HMRC can result in large penalties. I encourage agents to use technology-based systems and I recommend this one as it is designed and built specifically to make compliance as simple as possible, so agents can focus on listing and selling houses.”Claire Kendall, Partner at Richard Kendall Estate Agent said, “Estate Agents would very much like to focus on selling houses for a living, however, the compliance requirements from the HMRC are a considerable burden. To try to alleviate this we use iamproperty compliance to reduce some of the stresses we face in ensuring that we are meeting our AML obligations. I can relax knowing we have a constantly evolving system ensuring that we meet the standards required for AML compliance both now and in the future.”Read more about iamproperty. February 13, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Anger at proposed Campsfield expansion plans

first_imgLarry Sanders, Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon has sent Cherwell a strongly worded statement about the proposed plans to expand the Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in Kidlington.Proposing to more than double the capacity for incarceration, from 276 to around 600, expansion plans for Campsfield House would turn it into what Sanders calls a “mini-Guantanamo”. He also says that: “Locking up 300 more asylum seekers without charge or hearing or crime proved is contrary to British traditions of justice and meaningless in face of the total mess created by the Home Office.”Striking out against the Conservative & Lib Dem government’s plan, Sanders says that it’s “an expensive part of its attempt to win votes back from UKIP” whilst Bill MacKeith, of the Campaign to Close Campsfield calls it “wrong, inhumane and unnecessary”.Student societies such as Amnesty International also voice their condemnation of the plans. Paul Ostwald, Amnesty International Press Officer, said “Larry Sanders is right in proposing that the solution is not constructing more cells, but enabling a more effective judicial process for asylum seekers”. Whilst Vera Wriedt, on behalf of OMS (‘Oxford Migrant Solidarity’) believes that “the expansion of Campsfield means the expansion of a racist regime which excludes, incarcerates and even kills those who are deemed not to belong… Campsfield should be closed down, not expanded.”Larry Sanders is not alone in the local political sphere in standing up and vocally opposing Campsfield and the plans for expansion. Conservative MP Nicola Blackwood clearly demarcates her position by posting on her website that “doubling the size of Campsfield would be wrong for Kidlington and wrong for detainees”.Ending his letter sent to Cherwell last week, Larry Sanders said: “The Green Party wants all the Detention Centres closed and for the refugees to be with their families while waiting for speedy and fair hearing.” Concerning his constituency and voters as a whole, he believes that “taxpayers don’t want to waste tens of millions of pounds on the building plus tens of millions every year while the Government says there is no money for an adequate NHS or affordable housing or even food for the thousands queuing at Food Banks.”last_img read more

COA Affirms Damages Award To State

first_imgCOA Affirms Damages Award To StateOlivia Covington for www.theindianalawyer.comThe state of Indiana was entitled to more than $1 million in costs and treble damages after a township auditor criminally misappropriated funds, the Indiana Court of Appeals held Tuesday, though it reduced the total amount of damages owed to the state.In 2010, Alan Mizen, chief financial officer for Center Township in Marion County, deposited a check for nearly $350,000 into an account held by “Alan S. Mizen DBA Attorney’s General Clearing Tr.” He transferred the funds into his personal accounts and used the money to make various personal purchases. The check was supposed to be made payable to the treasurer of the state of Indiana, but instead was made payable to “Attorney’s General Clearing Tr.”A routine audit of the township in 2014 revealed discrepancies related to the check, and Mizen was subsequently charge with theft in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He pleaded guilty and agreed to pay restitution in the full amount of the check.Then in June 2015, the state filed a complaint to recover public funds against Mizen, seeking nearly $55,000 in costs related to the State Board of Accounts’ special investigation into the township, as well as roughly $1 million in treble damages, court costs, attorney fees and other costs under the Crime Victims Relief Act.Both parties moved for summary judgment, which was granted to the state in April 2016. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed that decision in part Tuesday, with Judge Patricia Riley first noting that, despite Mizen’s argument to the contrary, the state’s CVRA claims were filed within a two-year statute of limitations because they earliest the state could have known of the criminal misappropriation was January 2014.Further, Riley wrote that the attorney general had specific authority to recover the nearly $55,000 because Indiana Code 5-11-5-1(a) gives his office authority to recover public funds that are diverted as a result of a public employee’s malfeasance.Finally, Riley wrote that the state is entitled to recovery treble damages that equal no more than three times its actual damages. But because Mizen has already paid the nearly $350,000 in restitution, the case was remanded for the $1 million treble award to be reduced to roughly $687,000, plus attorney fees and costs.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more