Forget buy-to-let. I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares in this market crash to retire early

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Forget buy-to-let. I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares in this market crash to retire early Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address 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. 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. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The FTSE 100’s recent market crash has left many investors with significant losses on their existing holdings. This may naturally dissuade them from buying further stocks, since they may wish to recover their losses before investing further in large-cap shares. They may even decide that less volatile assets, such as buy-to-let property, are more attractive.However, the FTSE 100’s low valuations, its recovery potential and the chance to diversify across the world’s fastest-growing economies mean that it may offer a superior risk/reward opportunity than buy-to-let. As such, buying shares in this market crash could help you to retire early.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…DiversificationOne of the challenges facing buy-to-let investors is that diversification requires an exceptionally large amount of capital. Buying a handful of properties to reduce risks (such as rent not being paid, void periods and repairs being required) is likely to cost a significant amount of money – even if you borrow a large proportion of the purchase price.By contrast, diversifying among FTSE 100 shares is a relatively low-cost and simple exercise. The index generates around two-thirds of its revenue from economies outside of the UK. It also contains a wide range of companies that operate in varied sectors. Therefore, investors can build a portfolio of businesses that, together, offer a high degree of diversity. This reduces overall risk, and may improve your long-term returns.ValuationsAs well as offering a greater amount of diversification, the FTSE 100 appears to be more attractively priced than buy-to-let property after the market crash. Many FTSE 100 companies are now trading on valuations that are well below their historic averages. In some cases they face very challenging futures. But many large-cap shares have the financial strength to overcome their short-term risks and produce improving profitability in the coming years.Buy-to-let property may not have experienced a visible decline in its value in recent weeks, as per the FTSE 100. But it seems unlikely that the coronavirus lockdown will have left prices at a similar level to where they were a few months ago. Fears surrounding job security and an uncertain economic outlook may mean that, as well as being relatively unaffordable, property prices experience limited growth in the coming years.FTSE 100 recovery prospectsBoth buy-to-let property and FTSE 100 shares have solid track records of recovering from their past downturns. Therefore, they are likely to deliver high returns in the long run that could produce strong capital growth for investors.However, low valuations across the FTSE 100 mean that it could produce higher returns than buy-to-let property. It also appears to offer less risk due to its diversification prospects. Therefore, buying FTSE 100 shares today could be a sound means of boosting your financial outlook. It could even help you to retire earlier than you had previously expected. 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Forget a Cash ISA! Here’s why I’d invest in high-growth FTSE 100 stocks to retire early

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’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. Jonathan Smith does not own shares in any firm mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Flutter Entertainment. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Halma. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Forget a Cash ISA! Here’s why I’d invest in high-growth FTSE 100 stocks to retire early I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Jonathan Smith | Wednesday, 13th May, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Early retirement is something that’s almost unanimously wanted. The ability to hang up your boots for good, and spend more time doing exactly what you want to do is appealing. Some investors aim to speed up this process by savings funds in a Cash ISA. Others look to invest in high-growth FTSE 100 stocks instead. I believe that the latter option is much more likely to help generate enough profits for early retirement.Years versus decadesTime is of the essence when looking to make money from your investments. Something that will make you 10% in a year is much more attractive than a return of 5% over five years. This is especially true when you’re starting to think about how early you could potentially retire. So how do FTSE 100 growth stocks compare to Cash ISAs? 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…Cash ISA rates haven’t changed much over the past few years. They track the Bank of England base rate fairly closely, and this has been in a range of 0.1%-0.75% for a decade. An average Cash ISA return would have given you around 1%-1.5% per year return.Investing in growth stocks is harder to pin down an actual return. If you look at stocks such as Ocado, Halma and Flutter Entertainment, impressive returns can be seen. Ocado and Halma have generated over 100% returns over the past three years, with Flutter not much behind. Even if you invested in 10 of these companies and nine returned zero, the one that doubled in price would easily beat years’ worth of Cash ISA returns.Capped versus uncapped returnsWhen looking to retire early, you’ll always want to err on the cautious side when budgeting how much you need. From this angle, you don’t want to have a limit on how much profit you can make from your investments. With a Cash ISA, you have exactly that. A fixed rate of interest for a year or longer. Yes you have protection on the downside, but you have no potential upside greater than the interest rate.With FTSE 100 growth stocks, your upside is completely uncapped. This can be of huge benefit when you add up potential returns over the course of several years. I agree that this also means your downside is uncapped, and so investors need to be happy with the risk they’re taking on. Volatile moves lower can happen, as we’ve seen so far this year.Yet on balance, as growth stocks are fast-moving, rapidly-expanding companies, in most cases I’d be happy to take on this risk. The chance for higher returns is clearly evident.FTSE 100 growth stock ideasMy Foolish takeaway would be to look at some good examples of growth stocks currently available. The recent pandemic has provided some share price slumps that offer a cheaper buy-in price than a few months ago. On top of Ocado, Halma and Flutter, some more examples of growth companies can be read about here. 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Underground Railroad re-enactment celebrates Absalom Jones Day

first_img February 15, 2012 at 1:01 am why can’t it be presented as a national treasure? i think there are steps to follow for that designation. maybe that will help with the needed funds. I hope it stays open Linda Duplessis says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Vivian Varela says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs February 15, 2012 at 11:45 am Yes, national treasure and educational site – it could be a place of pilgrimage, retreat, a way station for people on their way to baptism or confirmation. it could be a place to sensitize all people to others’ realities of oppression, or fear and of real danger. it could be a place of safety for refugees from so many tyrannies still extant in the world… it could continue to be a place of hope and love… Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN John Geyer says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA By Sharon SheridanPosted Feb 13, 2012 Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img Rector Shreveport, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Comments are closed. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Comments (4) Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Underground Railroad re-enactment celebrates Absalom Jones Day Rector Tampa, FL Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Danielle Baker, playing the role of Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman, guides her first group of fellow parishioners portraying escaped slaves through a back door into the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church parish house en route to “Freedom Land.” Photo/Sharon Sheridan[Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Karen Eberhardt’s first face-to-face encounter with racial discrimination still resonates, half a century later.She was visiting the North Carolina drug store where her aunt worked when an African-American woman entered with a boy, two years at the oldest. He made a beeline for the seats at the soda fountain and began spinning around on them.Because he was black, “my aunt had to say to the woman, ‘You know he can’t do that,’ and I was devastated,” Eberhardt recalled. Her aunt told her: “I don’t own the store, and it’s the owner’s policy, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I need to keep my job.”“It has stayed with me all my life,” said Eberhardt, now a deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.The Rev. Karen Eberhardt, deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and creator of the Underground Railroad re-enactment, watches as nearly 100 people playing the roles of escaped slaves take their last steps to freedom. Behind her, a plantation owner, played by Paul Hausman, seeks in vain to recover the fugitives. Photo/Sharon SheridanSuch experiences, along with seminary studies of black history and racism, led her to create a 13-week curriculum on the Moses story and U.S. slavery that culminated in a re-enactment of the Underground Railroad in which human “conductors” guided escaped slaves from safe house to safe house en route to freedom in Canada. She hopes to publish a guide to the re-enactment activity, which has been tried at different venues in the diocese, for use in churches, schools and elsewhere.On Sunday — commemorating the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Absalom Jones, first person of color ordained an Episcopal priest — Eberhardt teamed up with the Rev. C. Melissa Hall to bring the Underground Railroad re-enactment to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.Starting at the “plantation” – the church’s vesting room – more than 100 people of all ages divided into four teams portraying escaped slaves. Guided by conductors – including historic figures Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth as well as Quaker farmers – the fugitives followed clues to creep from sanctuary to sanctuary. They navigated secret passageways and spiral staircases throughout the campus as they sought to elude the plantation owner and “patrollers,” who brought anyone they captured back to the plantation (to escape again, if they dared).“Watchers” wearing pipe-cleaner stars escorted the groups from station to station, motioning them to crouch and hide whenever they spotted a baseball-capped patroller. Tubman and the other characters conveyed historical information during each 10-minute station stop. Eventually, most found their way through a hidden passage in a closet in Hall’s office to the parish house stage – standing in for Canada – where a sign above a cross proclaimed, “Thank God Almighty! It’s Freedom Land.”The Underground Railroad program completed a church school unit examining the themes of slavery and liberation. During worship before the re-enactment, Hall, St. Peter’s assistant rector, explained the significance of Jones and Lincoln as well as the Underground Railroad.“The kids know it’s not a real railroad. It’s a secret road,” she told the congregation, adding that the re-enactment was “not a game.“It’s an exercise in love. … It’s an exercise to say we will never forget the mistakes we made, and we will do our best never to make those mistakes again.”Those who guided the slaves to safety “were black people, and they were white people,” Hall preached. “And they were scared, but they did it anyway. And we will do it in their memory. The Holy Spirit calls us to love and trust and justice.”After the service, congregants gathered at the “plantation” for a speech by its owner, who warned them about “Northern radicals” causing trouble and criticizing the South’s way of life.“The Bible says, ‘Slaves, be obedient to your masters.’ Our Father Abraham had slaves. There’s nothing wrong with the way we are,” he said, reminding the “slaves” that they were property and would be recaptured if they escaped. Participants then received paper tickets dividing them into their teams.The handful of teen and adult patrollers officially found few fugitives; those crouched down in hiding mostly were considered invisible. But the patrollers took their roles seriously enough that Hall had to redirect them several times (“why don’t you go look in my office?”) so the escaping groups could sneak safely to their next stations.“It was very frustrating, ’cause you’d hear them and you weren’t allowed to see them,” said patroller Mary Woolley, 13, who snared five captives. In the context of the game, she didn’t feel guilty because she thought about the patrollers’ actions from their viewpoint, she said. Her perspective on the real thing? “It was probably really cruel.”Gayle Shephardson slipped past the patrollers with her three daughters. “The scariest part was that sense that people are pursuing you … that we don’t have to live with in our ordinary lives,” she said.Partway through the re-enactment, one teen patroller told Hall: “I feel bad. I want to help people escape.”That’s just the sort of insight she hoped the re-enactment would generate, Hall said. She recalled another incident that occurred when she used the program several years ago while serving as chaplain at All Saints Episcopal Day School in Hoboken. A teacher came upon a group of second-graders portraying escaped slaves.“It’s the farmer’s wife! Let’s kill her,” they said.“Why?” a startled Hall asked.“Because that’s what she’d do to us.”An earnest discussion ensued, with the group ultimately voting to lock the teacher in the “barn” (the school’s kitchen).“It became a moral, ethical teaching moment,” Hall said.She asked Eberhardt to help her introduce the program at St. Peter’s, she said, because she wanted “to create an experience where children and adults learn something important together.”“That’s my ministry, is justice,” she said. “I think we’re under the misapprehension in this country that we’re done in terms of race relations, and we’re just starting. So an opportunity to visit who we were in the past and who we are now and who we can be in the future, I think, is critical. And what better way to do that with children and adults than through play, play at something very serious and critical? Then they can turn around to each other and talk about it and reflect on the experience of how God calls us to liberation in our actions and in our souls.”One of St. Peter’s senior members, Valarie Gilliland, joined the dozens of children and parents hiding in the secret passageway hidden behind a bookcase in the rector’s office and tiptoeing through the parish hall toward freedom.“I totally enjoyed it. I was like one of the kids,” she said. “For the children, this was an introduction to a very important part of American history, and it’s something that they’ll never forget.”Reflecting on the actions of the real Underground Railroad’s conductors, Gilliland said, “They knew they could be persecuted themselves. It took tremendous courage, and I wonder in today’s world if any of us would have that courage.”—Sharon Sheridan is an ENS correspondent. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ February 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm Please keep St. John’s Episcopal Church, Cleveland in your prayers…it’s an underground railroad station, the only documented station in Cleveland, and the last stop before crossing Lake Erie for freedom in Canada. I chair a group of trustees charged with trying to find a future for it, now that it’s been closed. We want it to be a center of liberation, pilgrimmage and hope. It’s been very difficult finding resources, financial and otherwise, but the group of Trustees is committed to discerning God’s will for this holy place…Many thanks for the article written above and for honoring African Americans of all generations. Blessings, Dan+ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Rev. Daniel H. Schoonmaker says: May 8, 2012 at 8:00 am Hundreds of Whites risked lives and property to provide way-stations for the Underground Railway. It would be nice if some of them were remembered by name as were the three Black conductors. “…as well as Quaker farmers…” doesn’t really do justice to their willingness to sacrifice. They weren’t all Quakers and they all had names. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

People’s power defeats new jail

first_imgSan Francisco, Dec. 18 – Against all odds, a grassroots coalition has defeated a plan to build a new, 384-bed downtown jail at a cost of between $240 million and $465 million, with 30 years of debt financing. In what the No New SF Jail Coalition called “an historic moment in our long and difficult fight against jail expansion,” the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted on Dec. 15 to reject the new jail plan.“I am not going to support another stand-alone jail to continue to lock up African Americans and Latinos in this city. We are not going to continue to lock up people who have mental illness and substance abuse problems and clearly need to be treated,” said Board President London Breed, reported the Dec. 14 San Francisco Examiner.Activists shut down budget meetingThe decisive moment in the two-year No New SF Jail campaign may have come earlier on Dec. 2, when about 100 people took over the Board of Supervisors chambers in City Hall to demand “Stop the jail project now!” As five young organizers deployed a lockdown, the crowd unfurled a banner and shut down a Budget Committee meeting that had been expected to rubber-stamp the jail proposal.Meanwhile, three young Black women led nonstop chanting and dancing for more than two hours until police cleared the room. They chanted, “Lift us up, don’t lock us up,” “Kids not cages,” “Affordable housing, not jail beds,” “Supervisor Tang, do the right thang” and “House keys, not handcuffs.” Protesters shook their keys in time with the chant. When an official tried to stop the chanting, saying, “So we can get on with public comments,” an older man shouted, “This is public comment!”Last-minute vote was unanimousThe fate of the jail proposal was touch and go, right up until the last minute. Many people thought the plan would pass, as it was backed by the sheriff, the mayor and other movers and shakers in the city. As a No New SF Jail Coalition statement said, “This just goes to show that when we use our people power we actually shift our political conditions and realities.” (Dec. 16) In the end, the board vote on Dec. 15 was a unanimous “No!”Community members had testified at the public hearing and made key points: Some 85 percent of people in the San Francisco jail are simply awaiting trial and cannot afford bail. So the jail is really “a paupers’ prison.” They stressed that African Americans make up more than half of those locked up in city jails, yet are only 4 percent of the city’s population, as a result of gentrification, displacement and lack of jobs.Another point raised was that jail promoters used tricky financing — “certificates of participation,” where taxpayers pay a higher interest rate — in order to get around public opposition. Normally a bond issue is used to finance projects like the new jail, but that wouldhave required a ballot measure that jail promoters knew they would lose.Lisa Marie Alatorre, in a statement from the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness, said, “We don’t want jails that are newer and nicer. We want alternatives to imprisonment and permanentaffordable housing, and for people locked inside to return to their communities. As we’ve shown today, we will make this happen through our collective strength.” (Dec. 15)Kamau Walton, a member of Critical Resistance Oakland and Black Lives Matter Bay Area, emphasized, “[W]e reject the notion that Black residents’ only way of accessing resources like mental healthcare is by criminalizing them, arresting them and locking them away.”(sfbayview.com, Dec. 15)Others supporting the campaign to stop the new jail included the Letter Carriers union, Teachers union, Tenants union and California Coalition for Women Prisoners.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Commentary: Transparency Needed in More than Just Food

first_img Commentary: Transparency Needed in More than Just Food Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 24, 2019 Home Commentary Commentary: Transparency Needed in More than Just Food SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary TruittOver a decade ago, consumers and activist groups started asking, “Where does my food come from?” Actually, they wanted to know far more than just where; they wanted to know how, when, and why. As the foodie movement became chic, self-styled experts wanted to know more and more. Retailers and restaurants responded by demanding all kinds of information from producers. With the help of technology, you can now discover an amazing amount of information about your food in a matter of seconds. But, in some other key sectors of our economy, we consumers are still in the dark ages.At first reluctant to give out production information, farms soon discovered the advantages of sharing their story with consumers. Big retailers like Wal-Mart drove this trend, but now even small restaurants will feature the story of how your fish is caught, chicken raised, or what your beef ate. A bar code on a package in a grocery store can tell you the farm where it was produced and if the factory that processed it had any peanut molecules floating around. The level of traceability and transparency in the food system today is a triumph of technology and cooperation. It serves as an example of what can be done when consumers make their demands known.Other areas of our economy can boast of similar achievements. Watch a movie and, if you bother to sit through the credits, you can discover the names of almost everyone who had anything to do with the film — not only the location, the writers, directors, actors, and cameramen but down to the bus drivers, accountants, and even the people who cooked the food. Purchase a piece of music and you can readily learn where it was recorded, on what equipment it was recorded, and who took the photos for the liner notes.Yet, get a prescription from your doctor, and you enter a black hole. My physician recently wrote me a prescription for a very common antibiotic.  Actually, he did not write out a prescription; he just clicked a few boxes on an iPad and the order was sent electronically to the pharmacy I had on file with his office.  When I asked if he knew what it would cost, he said no. When asked if my insurance covered this drug, he had no idea.  In other words, neither the prescriber nor the prescribee had or could obtain any information about the product in question. The situation did not improve when I got to the pharmacy.  They could tell me the cost but not explain why. The reason I asked was because one year ago the exact same prescription cost me $15. Now it cost $95.When the pharmacist revived me with smelling salts after I passed out on his counter, he said something about the insurance company changing their formulary and that this was no longer a tier 1 drug. Ever try and get an answer about a formulary from the customer service line of your insurance company?  Now here is where the story takes a really bizarre twist.By bringing up a free app on my smartphone, I was able to obtain a coupon, at no cost, that cut the $95 price tag in half. Why this works and how this works is a mystery to us normal humans. Yet it begs the question: if two taps with my finger can cut the price in half, why are they charging $95 to start with and why was it OK to only charge $15 a short time ago?The issue of  medication costs is becoming a political one. Hillary Clinton made it a campaign issue, and Indiana Senator Braun has been talking about it of late. People with diabetes, who depend on insulin to live, have been especially vocal. In the past decade, they have seen the cost of the drug they depend on soar from around $20 to over $200.This is a complicated problem and a very complex system, but the drug makers, pharmacies, and insurance companies had better begin to figure out a solution before the government steps in and makes an even bigger mess of things, like they did to many with the Affordable Care Act. Consumers are getting angry about being kept in the dark about their drugs and feeling ripped off with drug prices that change more often than gasoline prices do.  The food industry has proven transparency is achievable. Now let’s see it applied in other areas. Previous articleChina Purchases U.S. Corn, Sorghum as Trade Talks ContinueNext articleTechnology Helping Golden Harvest Seed Advisors Make Better Recommendations Gary Truittlast_img read more

Kazakh opposition newspaper editor arrested in Russia

first_img March 10, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kazakh opposition newspaper editor arrested in Russia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News to go further Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information RSF_en May 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img May 28, 2021 Find out more Russian police arrested and questioned Irina Petrushova, editor of a Kazakhstan newspaper, on 9 March in St Petersburg on the basis of an arrest warrant issued by the Kazakh authorities.Petrushova, editor-in-chief of the Kazakh opposition weekly Assandi Times (formerly Respublica) “has been harassed for several years in Kazakhstan because of her newspaper’s political stance,” said Reporters Without Borders. “It is unacceptable for this persecution to follow her to Russia,” it added.The international press freedom organisation demanded that the Kazakh authorities justify its arrest warrant and also asked for an explanation from the Russian interior ministry.On a visit to St Petersburg, Petrushova was arrested when she went to the No 19 police station in the Vyborg district to register her presence in the city, as she is obliged to do as a resident of Moscow.Police handed the journalist a document from the Russian interior ministry to the effect that the Kazakh tax police were seeking her arrest for infringing a tax law (Article 222-2 of the criminal code).Police received an order four-and-a-half hours later to release her unconditionally. An interior ministry source told Petrushova her that it was a political matter and that the Russian police would not get involved. When they released her however police said there was a risk of the same thing happening again.Petrushova told Reporters Without Borders that she had not received any summons from Kazakh courts and did not know what it could be about. Since she has Russian nationality she cannot be deported, but she is convinced that the Kazakh authorities are trying to keep her under surveillance.The weekly, then called Respublika, was banned for three months on 6 August 2003 on the basis of a complaint from the information ministry that it was not legally registered.Petrushova was sentenced to 18 months in prison on 4 July 2002 and then immediately amnestied, for not having declared her Russian nationality. On 22 May the same year, the weekly’s offices were destroyed after a Molotov cocktail attack. Three days earlier the decapitated body of a dog was found hanging in front of the entrance to the newspaper. On 8 March the journalist was sent a funeral wreath. June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News Organisation Follow the news on Belarus Newslast_img read more

Hrant Dink murder trial about to end in cover-up, unless…

first_img Receive email alerts January 17, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hrant Dink murder trial about to end in cover-up, unless… TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News April 28, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Turkey The verdict in the trial of 18 people accused of participating in the January 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian newspaper editor Hrant Dink will probably be handed down today. After blowing hot and cold for several months, Judge Rüstem Eryilmaz announced this at the end of the trial’s 24th hearing on 10 January.“Whatever it decides, we do not expect a lot from this court,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Five years after Dink’s murder, this court has proved to be powerless to shed light on all the complicity within the state apparatus and to identify the masterminds. No one can regard this case as solved. Elements within the police and judicial apparatus have been obstructing the investigation up until the final moment. The end of this trial will almost certainly confirm the failure of a judicial system that did not give itself the resources it needed to get at the truth.“There is only a faint hope that justice will finally be rendered to Dink. Everything now depends on the desire and ability of the prosecutor’s office to assemble enough evidence to open a new trial. Countless aspects of this case still need to be clarified and a new judicial investigation is absolutely essential. Together with Dink’s family and colleagues, we hope the end of this sham trial will mark a new start to the investigation and we will press for this with more determination than ever.”Even if the trial is ending, the investigation by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office continues and the Dink family lawyers hope that it will finally make some progress. In a major development, the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) finally decided at the start of December to surrender the records of the mobile phone calls that were made in the immediate area of the murder around the time it took place on 19 January 2007. But the utmost vigilance is needed. It was again the Dink family’s lawyers who made the investigation advance, despite obstructionist manoeuvres by the Istanbul police. The lawyers established that calls were made from five numbers to the phones of two of the defendants, Mustafa Öztürk and Salih Hacisalihoglu, while they were near the scene of the murder. At least 14 other people were in regular contact with them from other places. The Istanbul police nonetheless submitted a report saying that none of the 6,235 phone call listed by the TIB involved any of the 19 defendants.“Even we, with the limited resources and time available to use, managed to establish this link,” Dink family lawyer Fethiye Cetin said. “The Istanbul police report proves that the police did everything possible from the outset to cover this up.”Impunity continues to reign within the state apparatus. The announcement of an investigation into 30 senior officials in February 2011 seems to have been nothing more than that – an announcement designed to impress the European Court of Human Rights, which had criticized the Turkish judicial system’s failure to investigate the apparent complicity of police officials and others.The prosecutor’s office announced in September that it was abandoning an investigation into two members of the MIT intelligence service who had threatened Dink in 2004 after inviting him for a chat. Dink had reported that the two intelligence officials, Özel Yilmaz and Handan Selçuk, had advised him to be “prudent” and to not “go too far.” The MIT took three and a half years to acknowledge that the two men were MIT employees and it was only in January 2011 that the prime minister’s office gave its approval for a judicial investigation into the matter. In its September announcement, the prosecutor’s office simply said that it had proved impossible to complete the investigation within the permitted time period.In their closing arguments at the last hearing, the Dink family lawyers reiterated their request for senior officials to be brought to trial, including former national police intelligence chief Ramazan Akyürek, who allegedly recruited one of the defendants, Erhan Tuncel, as an informant and protected him.Another of the defendants, Yasin Hayal, one of the murder’s alleged organizers, referred at the last hearing to pressure from within the state apparatus and claimed that he was being threatened by some of the guards at the prison in the nearby city of Tekirdag where he is being held.Ogün Samast, the youth who was convicted separately in July 2011 of being the hit-man who shot Dink, is meanwhile now being tried on a charge of membership of the alleged terrorist organization known as Ergenekon. The next in hearing in that trial is scheduled for 26 April.(Picture: AFP) Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Newscenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Related documents _sahte_yargilamayla_ancak_bu_kadar_olur_.pdfPDF – 67.52 KB News Read the statement in Turkish: RSF_en News Organisation to go further April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

“Petitioners Have Approaches Us At The Eleventh Hour”; Bombay HC Refuses Stay On Final Year Examinations Of Undergraduate Students [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates”Petitioners Have Approaches Us At The Eleventh Hour”; Bombay HC Refuses Stay On Final Year Examinations Of Undergraduate Students [Read Order] Nitish Kashyap5 Sep 2020 7:14 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Saturday rejected the ad-interim prayer of nine students of various streams of the Maharashtra University Of Health Science, Nashik who sought stay on examinations in physical mode of final year undergraduate medical students set to begin across the State from September 8.A division bench of Justice AA Sayed and Justice SP Tavade observed-“The Petition itself…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 Bombay High Court on Saturday rejected the ad-interim prayer of nine students of various streams of the Maharashtra University Of Health Science, Nashik who sought stay on examinations in physical mode of final year undergraduate medical students set to begin across the State from September 8.A division bench of Justice AA Sayed and Justice SP Tavade observed-“The Petition itself discloses that there are about 10,000 students who are to appear in the physical mode of examination as per the time table published by the MUHS, annexed at running page 102 of the Petition. The examinations are to be held from September 8, 2020. In our view, the Petitioners have approached this Court at the eleventh hour. There is only one working day between today i.e. 5 September 2020 (Saturday) and 8 September 2020 (Tuesday). Hence, we are not inclined to grant any ad interim relief staying examination. The prayer for stay of the examination is rejected.”Petitioner students had sought withdrawal of the Circular dated August 21, 2020 pertaining to the holding of physical mode of examination of under-graduate medical students of final year across the State of Maharashtra. Thereafter, the bench referred to the Supreme Court’s order in the case of Sayantan Biswas & Ors. vs. National Testing Agency (NTA) & Ors. dismissing the Writ Petition seeking postponement of NEET UG-2020 and JEE (Main) April, 2020 via order dated August 17, 2020 wherein the apex court had observed as follows:”We find that there is absolutely no justification in the prayer made for postponement of the examination in question relating to NEET UG-2020 as well as JEE (Main) April, 2020. In our opinion, though there is pandemic situation, but ultimately life has to go and the career of the students cannot be put on peril for long and full academic year cannot be wasted. Thus, we find no merit in the petition. The writ petition is, accordingly dismissed.” The next date of hearing is on September 17. Advocate Kunal Kumbhat along with Advocate Sanket Bhandarkar for the Petitioners. Advocate Priyanka Patil for Respondent No.8 and Government Pleader PP Kakade with AGP MM Pable for the State.Click here to download the Order Next Storylast_img read more

Counting continues in Donegal Electoral Area

first_img By News Highland – May 26, 2019 Counting continues in Donegal Electoral Area Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Counting continues in the Donegal Electoral Area, and after the fifth count, Justin Coughlin, Valerie McNulty, Cyril Brennan, Seán Ó Beirne and Diarmaid Doherty have all been eliminated.Doherty’s 432 votes will now be redistributed.No candidate has yet made the quota of 2,042.The transfer of 126 votes to John McNulty is the biggest transfer in the count yet and leaves him on 1106.Niamh Kennedy (1661)has increased her lead over Noel Jordan (1598). Pinterest Facebook Twittercenter_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Previous articleAudio update – Mc Brearty and Doherty elected in Lifford StranorlarNext articleFF gave me no support – Bonner News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNewsx Elections 2019 Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Goshen employees reinstated

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author Two employees at Goshen High School who were placed on administrative in April leave have been reinstated.Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said Monday that the employees were back on campus before school was out for the summer.“The employees have been reinstated and there is nothing more that I can share,” Bazzell said.The Messenger reported on April 4 that Bazzell confirmed that two certified employees of the Pike County School System had been placed on administrative leave. He did not reveal the place of employment of either of the employees. He did say employees are placed on administrative leave when there are concerns about the performance of their duties in the manner expected or about other issues. Goshen employees reinstated Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories Print Article Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img Published 11:41 pm Monday, June 9, 2014 Skip By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like County approves lump sum bonus for retirees A few Pike County retirees will receive a lump sum bonus this fall. The bonus is the result of a… read more By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more