4 Sep
2021

Profits propped up at Goldman

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Tags: NULL Profits propped up at Goldman center_img Tuesday 19 April 2011 9:05 pm GOLDMAN Sachs saw earnings and revenues drop compared to last year, with the financial advisory division of its investment bank losing market share and its brokerage seeing revenues fall by more than a fifth. Pre-tax profits fell by 22 per cent to $4bn (£2.45bn) despite a smaller fall of seven per cent in revenues, which were $11.9bn.Profits were saved from a larger drop by the division in charge of propriety investment activities – Goldman’s investing and lending of its own money – which is still under a regulatory cloud as to its long-term future.The bank’s “investing & lending” division, which was only recently introduced as a reporting category in an effort to improve transparency, saw revenues jump by 37 per cent year-on-year to $2.7bn for the quarter. Operating costs rose slightly but expenses were worst hit by a $220m impairment charge on a sale of a mortgage servicing business, Litton Loan Servicing. The cost of pay and benefits declined five per cent to $5.3bn, a 44 per cent compensation-to-revenues ratio.Goldman’s investment bank – its fee-based advisory and underwriting services on client actions like floats and M&A – has had a sluggish start to the year, underlined by its demotion in several market share league tables for the first-quarter of 2011.The bank has missed out on some of the biggest deals so far this year, including AT&T USA’s bid for T-Mobile and Duke Energy’s merger with Progress Energy. Fees from advisory work dropped to $357m, 23 per cent down on last year. But Goldman says that it has a larger backlog of advisory work in the pipeline that is likely to translate into better revenues during the next quarter.Despite losing advisory share, the investment bank’s overall revenues were up by five per cent compared to last year to $1.3bn, largely due to a 32 per cent jump in revenues from debt underwriting, with the bank’s high yield division said to be seeing strong demand. Goldman’s largest revenue source, executing trades for institutional clients, delivered what the bank called a “solid performance”.Although its revenues were down 22 per cent on the equivalent quarter last year, they were 84 per cent up compared to the last quarter of 2010. They totalled $6.6bn. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBe Sharelast_img read more

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5 Jul
2021

Is capital gains tax about to be raised? Here’s what I’d do now

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. David Barnes | Tuesday, 21st July, 2020 Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Last week, the Treasury announced a review of capital gains tax (CGT). This has led to speculation that the government may announce a tax grab on investors in the autumn budget.The coronavirus pandemic has pushed government borrowing to a predicted £350bn this year. The government forecast in March was £50bn–£60bn. This extra borrowing will have to be repaid at some point and the Institute of Fiscal Studies says that higher taxes are inevitable.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…So how could this review of CGT potentially impact investors and what can you do now to protect yourself?How does CGT work currently?CGT is a tax on the profit when you sell an asset that has increased in value. Individuals have a tax-free allowance of £12,300 in the current tax year. However, there are an array of rules, allowances, and loopholes available. I can understand why the government might want to review and simplify CGT.CGT is currently 10% for basic ratepayers and 20% for higher and additional ratepayers (18% and 28%, if it relates to residential property that is not your primary residence).How could this affect investors?Those who pay CGT are twice as likely to pay higher rate income tax. Therefore, a tax increase imposed on people who are perceived to be wealthier could be viewed as more acceptable by the general public at a time when jobs and finances are under pressure.One potential solution would be for the government to raise the CGT rates closer to the income tax rates. This could raise a significant sum for the government given the current CGT rates are about half the income tax rates, and bring in more than £10bn per year.Alternatively, the tax-free allowance could be either abolished or scrapped. Labour had already promised to reduce this allowance from £12,300 to £1,000 had it won the last election. Both moves could significantly impact investors.What I am doing nowThe government has maintained the review is ‘standard practice’. But there are several things you can do to minimise any potential future impact as an investor in the stock market.First, you can take advantage of the tax-free ISA allowance. This is £20,000 per tax year and is currently exempt from both UK income and capital gains tax.If you are under 40, I would consider opening a Lifetime ISA. You can invest up to £4,000 a year (out of your £20,000 limit) and the government will top-up your contribution by 25%. However, do note that with a Lifetime ISA, your money is locked away until you are 60.Pensions are also exempt from CGT and your contributions are also tax efficient up to annual limits. Again, this assumes you are comfortable with your money being tied up until retirement. I’ll certainly be looking to maximise all these vehicles before I consider using a share dealing account. 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. Views expressed 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.  Is capital gains tax about to be raised? Here’s what I’d do now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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5 Jul
2021

5 UK shares I’d buy and 5 I’d avoid in 2021

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Sage Group and Synthomer. 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. Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.center_img G A Chester | Friday, 8th January, 2021 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 5 UK shares I’d buy and 5 I’d avoid in 2021 The stock market made an impressive recovery last year, following the spring crash. And with UK shares also starting 2021 strongly, sentiment is clearly improving.They say a rising tide lifts all boats. But I don’t see this as a reason to be complacent about the quality of the businesses we invest in. With this in mind, here are five UK shares I’d be happy to buy and five I’d avoid.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…Contrasting technology [email protected] Capital has negligible revenue, but a market capitalisation of £197m. With directors offloading shares — and the company’s nascent “Inventory Monetisation©” fintech platform (using “innovative legal schemes”) unproven in practice — I’m avoiding the stock.But I’d gladly buy shares in £6.3bn-cap Sage. It’s the global leader in technology that helps small- and medium-sized businesses manage their supply chains, inventory, invoicing, payments, cash flows, tax, and so on. Good profit margins and cash conversion point to a high-quality business.Silver screen UK sharesInternational cinema group Cineworld had a weak balance sheet even before the pandemic. This was due to a risky debt-fuelled acquisition strategy. The £930m-cap firm last reported net debt of an eye-watering $8.2bn. I’m avoiding it, because I think a painful financial restructuring is inevitable.But I reckon smaller UK chain Everyman is very buyable. It had a stronger balance sheet pre-pandemic, and reinforced it with an early equity fundraising. The £93m-cap company last reported net debt of £82.7m. Post-pandemic, I think it can resume its prudently-paced growth.Forget jam tomorrowThe £95m market valuation of Versarien seems to rest on hopes for its graphene business. However, a multitude of collaborations announced in recent years have produced very little revenue (£142,000 last year). It looks a perennial jam-tomorrow stock to me, so I’m avoiding it.However, I’d happily buy £1.9bn-cap stock Synthomer. This speciality chemicals group made a £100m profit last year on £1.5bn revenue. Its 2020 performance is expected to be ahead of that, and I think it has solid longer-term growth prospects too.UK shares in far-flung placesEurasia Mining is a Russian miner of platinum group metals (PGMs). Last year, this £1.1m revenue earner said it was entering a formal sale process. The share price has gone bonkers, and the company’s valuation has risen to a mind-boggling £938m. I’m avoiding the stock because I see little upside. Further, I reckon the shares could crash if no bid materialises.Meanwhile, £251m-cap Sylvania Platinum generated $114m of revenue last year. It operates in the PGM-rich Bushveld Igneous Complex in South Africa, and pays generous dividends. The shares have risen strongly since I first tipped it in 2018, but I still see the stock as very buyable today.Another tale of two contrasting UK sharesOnline travel ticketing platform Trainline was burning cash even before the pandemic. I think we’ll see lower passenger volumes, due to more homeworking post-pandemic. I’m avoiding the stock as there’s no visibility on when, or if, it’ll generate enough free cash flow to justify a £2.1bn valuation.By contrast. I’d be happy to buy fast-growing, cash-generative Gamma Communications. It’s profiting from the rise in unified communications as a service. I reckon its premium valuation — a market-cap of £1.5bn versus revenue of £329m last year — is justified by the size of its growth opportunity. 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19 Jun
2021

Male Call: 6 symptoms men should never ignore

first_imgFrom Florida Hospital Apopka Please enter your comment! On average, men go to their doctor half as often as women.It’s true. Men are notorious for putting off doctor visits. Many think they’re invincible or can’t be bothered. And others only seek medical attention when they’re at death’s door — or when their wives, sisters, mothers, daughters or friends prod them into going. A 2007 Harris Interactive poll revealed that 92 percent of men waited days before seeing a doctor in case the problem got better on its own.While every symptom may not warrant a doctor’s visit, some seemingly minor signs shouldn’t be ignored. Below are six danger signs that physicians at Florida Hospital say you can help him watch out for: SYMPTOM #1: CONSTIPATIONAfter 50, constipation worsens in men and women, says Charlene LePane, DO, gastroenterologist. Changes in diet, less exercise, medications, certain diseases, or bed rest after an accident or illness are typical culprits.Over-the-counter remedies may work for occasional constipation. However, frequent constipation could signal a tumor in the lower bowel that’s blocking waste from exiting the body.Any change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea) that lasts two weeks or more should be evaluated. Both can signal colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer-related death in men. Also, pay attention to bloody or narrow stools, unexplained weight loss or fatigue, cramping and bloating.“Colorectal cancer symptoms often don’t appear until the cancer is well advanced, and sometimes that can be too late,” says Dr. LePane. So see a doctor right away if you have any of the above. SYMPTOM #2: SHORTNESS OF BREATHShortness of breath can mean a number of things. It can signal a heart attack or congestive heart failure. Or, it could mean a lung disease such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma or pulmonary hypertension.“Many of these are caused by smoking,” says Jorge Guerrero, MD, pulmonologist. “Secondhand smoke, chemical fumes, air pollution and dust can be factors as well.”Symptoms shouldn’t be ignored because all these conditions worsen over time, adds Dr. Guerrero. If caught early, treatments may prevent diseases from progressing.SYMPTOM #3: TROUBLE URINATINGPain when urinating usually means a urinary tract infection for women. In men, it signals an enlarged prostate gland or prostate cancer.“Most men are going to have to deal with an enlarged prostate at some point in their lives,” says Stephen Dobkin, MD, urologist.Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, may be caused by hormone changes in aging men.“Fifty percent of men in their 60s and as many as 90 percent in their 70s have it,” says Dr. Dobkin.But painful urination can be a sign of a more serious problem: prostate cancer, which affects one in six men, according to the Prostate Cancer Foundation.His risk increases if he’s over 50, overweight, doesn’t exercise, is African-American, or has one or more first-degree relatives (father, brother, son) with a history of the disease.Early stages of prostate cancer often have no symptoms, so routine screening for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels is important. Trouble urinating, weak urine stream, blood in urine or semen, pelvic pain or discomfort, and frequent urinary tract infections are all symptoms of prostate cancer and BPH.SYMPTOM #4: HEAVY ACHE THAT DISAPPEARS QUICKLYIs it indigestion or a heart attack? “Even if it’s short in duration, it can be a sign of something serious,” says Linus Wodi, MD, cardiologist.A blood clot may have lodged in a narrowed section of a coronary artery, completely cutting off the flow of blood to one section of the heart. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, severe lightheadedness or sudden pain in the shoulders or arms, call 9-1-1!About 50 percent of deaths from heart attacks occur within three hours of the first symptoms. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death in men.SYMPTOM #5: DAYTIME SLEEPINESSFalling asleep during the day — at the movies or in front of the TV — can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, where the airway narrows or is blocked during sleep, cutting off breathing and disrupting slumber five to 30 times an hour.“We all have a night here and there when we don’t sleep well. But if the fatigue doesn’t go away, obstructive sleep apnea can cause an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes,” says J. Scott Magnuson, MD, otolaryngologist. And it can increase the risk of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, and even heart failure.Common in overweight men and heavy snorers, the condition can be treated with breathing devices such as a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), an apparatus that you wear at night to keep airways open and TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS), a minimally invasive procedure where surgeons remove obstructive tissue at the base of the tongue.SYMPTOM #6: A PAIN IN THE SIDEAny pain between the ribs and your hips could be a symptom of appendicitis, pancreatitis or an inflamed gallbladder. In all three cases, the cause is the same: Something has blocked up the organ in question, resulting in a potentially fatal infection.If the pain is in your lower right abdomen and your white-blood-cell count is up, says Juan Omaña, MD, general surgeon, it’s probably appendicitis. Pain in the upper abdomen with high white blood cells usually means an inflamed gallbladder.And if it hurts below your breastbone and certain enzymes in the blood are elevated, then pancreatitis is most likely the culprit. The pancreas stays, but a gallstone may be blocking things up. If so, the stone and the gallbladder may have to come out. These symptoms are true for women as well. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here TAGSFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleThe fight against poverty begins with “Me, Myself, and I”Next articleOrange County remembers fallen soldiers, officers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! 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19 Jun
2021

For Blue Darters and Mustangs, dress rehearsal is over

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! TAGSApopka Blue DartersWekiva Mustangs Previous articleBlue Darters and Mustangs land in pre-season Top 10 pollNext articleDon’t pitch it, fix it! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Apopka and Wekiva open the regular season at homeThey trounced their opponents in spring jamborees. They went on the road in pre-season kickoff classics and returned home victorious. But tonight things get real.Dress rehearsal is over.The Apopka Blue Darters and Wekiva Mustangs begin their regular season tonight with high hopes and expectations.Heading into their openers, both Apopka schools are in the Associated Press pre-season top 10 poll for Class-8A schools in Florida. Wekiva is ranked first, while Apopka is ranked fifth in the poll.The Blue Darters are coming off an 8-4 season, including a playoff victory over Seminole High School on the road in Sanford. Many schools would be celebrating such a season, but Apopka’s expectations after winning three state championships far exceed that modest amount of success. Being ranked 5th in a pre-season poll only confirms their statewide reputation.The Mustangs, on the other hand, enjoyed their best season in school history, finishing 2017 with a 12-2 record, which included a 10-game winning streak, a District 8A-4 title, a victory over Apopka and a trip to the state semifinals – all firsts for Wekiva. However, their expectations are also more in alignment with their #1 ranking.The regular season begins tonight when Apopka hosts the Ocoee Knights and Wekiva is at home against the Jones Tigers.The Blue Darters throttled Ocoee last season 44-7 and 62-7 in 2016. Ocoee is coming off a disappointing 1-9 record in 2017.The Mustangs take on a much stronger opponent in Jones. The Tigers are coming off a 10-2 record in 2017 which also sent them to the postseason state playoffs.Both games start at 7 PM. Tickets are $6. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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15 Jun
2021

Ministro Villegas, ¡el paramilitarismo sí existe!

first_imgPor Olga Lucía Marín,guerrillera de las FARC-EPTodos los días me levanto con la esperanza que el presidente Santos y sus ministros al fin decidan acabar con la Teoría de la Seguridad Nacional como estrategia de defensa y las FFMM jueguen su papel constitucional: Proteger las fronteras patrias, el más importante. Voy a la computadora a leer las noticias con esa ilusión. Nada. Al contrario, la prensa alternativa colombiana informa de más asesinatos de dirigentes sociales, defensores de derechos humanos o militantes de Marcha Patriótica y otros movimientos de la resistencia.La responsabilidad de estos asesinatos es del paramilitarismo, fenómeno que sigue vigente y que es resultado de esa Teoría de defensa impuesta por la Escuela de las Américas. Las cifras y las circunstancias en las que han muerto tantas y tantos colombianos confirman que el gobierno de Álvaro Uribe no los acabó como quiso hacer creer a la comunidad nacional e internacional. En el gobierno de Juan Manuel Santos van 346 crímenes de Estado. “…no es ningún fantasma invocado por la insurgencia. Ni una elucubración dilatoria para postergar la paz”.El paramilitarismo no puede considerarse únicamente como una máquina que mata a su oponente político, es una concepción estratégica, “un pensamiento y una corriente política que ha hecho de la guerra y el terror, su principal medio de enriquecimiento” de un sector muy poderoso de colombianos y colombianas que utiliza el asesinato y el miedo para mantener sus privilegios de clase.No puede ser casualidad, ahora que avanza el acuerdo de paz en La Habana, reaparece el paramilitarismo en varios lugares del país. Regiones como Putumayo, área de la “Brigada Móvil N°13 con una larga lista de hombres y mujeres[1], algunos ejemplos son: en Mapiripán-Meta, las comunidades indígenas y campesinas denuncia el asesinato de Sikuani, Luis Rodríguez Castro, uno de sus líderes como una nueva arremetida paramilitar; en Santander del Norte, en el municipio de Hacarí, el líder Orangel Galvis de Ascamcat, recibió amenazas telefónicas por parte las Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia. En la región, como siempre, hay un batallón que nunca se entera de nada.Y no podía faltar, estos señores si no logran sus objetivos con el compañero a quien amenazan le advierten que le pueden matar a “su señora y a sus hijos”.La semana pasada, el país conoció el famoso “paro forzado” desarrollado por los paramilitares en varios departamentos: Antioquia, Córdoba, Chocó, Sucre y Magdalena, entre otros. Demostrada está su capacidad de aterrorizar y horrorizar con el apoyo evidente de importantes sectores políticos, económicos y militares, y lo más vergonzoso, de sectores del mismo gobierno colombiano.Como era de esperase el jefe del Centro Democrático, senador y ex presidente Álvaro Uribe Vélez, y sus partidario no trinaron, ni hablaron del “Proselitismo armado”, evidente en este paro, ni mucho menos alzaron voz alguna “en repudio por los crímenes recientes de militantes de la izquierda y activistas de derechos humanos”.Y el Ministro de Defensa, Luis Carlos Villegas en entrevista con Semana dijo: “Es irresponsable calificar a estas bandas de paramilitarismo…En el país no hay paramilitarismo ni permitiremos que vuelva a aparecer”. Si eso es así, ¿por qué ante la toma de las carreteras, y algunos barrios de Medellín con actos vandálicos, no aparecieron ni la policía, ni el ejército o el ESMAD siempre prestos en los paros agrarios o estudiantiles?Se queda corto el ministro de defensa al negar la existencia de esta política por parte de las instituciones del Estado y del paro reciente por las AGC, la gente le recuerda la frase del Presidente, “el tal paro no existe”. Que raro, un fantasma que deja muertos de carne y hueso ¿no existe?Y luego de una enterarse de la realidad, auscultando entre la prensa alternativa, pues los grandes medios de desinformación, sobre esto poco dice, no queda más que decirle al señor Villegas, Ministro abra el ojo, porque ¡el paramilitarismo sí existe!Llamamos por tanto a la población colombiana a cerrarle el paso a los enemigos de la paz con la movilización activa en defensa de los diálogos y a exigirle al gobierno cumplimiento de los acuerdos firmados tanto en La Habana como en el país, si de verdad está comprometido con la paz para Colombia. Porque mientras continúe el paramilitarismo la paz solo será un hermoso sueño.[1] Lista de asesinados en el Putumayo: Duber Vélez, Luis Donado, Héctor Gómez, Luis Obando, Sabulon Burbano, Ana María Rendón, Jonatán Torres, Óscar Arango y Gonzalo Rodríguez.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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14 Jun
2021

USDA August Crop Report Finally Here – A Snapshot

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA August Crop Report Finally Here – A Snapshot By Andy Eubank – Aug 12, 2019 USDA August Crop Report Finally Here – A Snapshot A quick look at the corn and soybean production numbers from the USDA August crop report:Corn production for grain is forecast at 13.9 billion bushels, down 4 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 169.5 bushels per harvested acre, down 6.9 bushels from 2018. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 82.0 million acres, down 2 percent from the previous forecast, but up less than 1 percent from 2018. Area planted for all purposes totaled 90.0 million acres, down 2 percent from the previous estimate but up 1 percent from 2018.Soybean production for beans is forecast at 3.68 billion bushels, down 19 percent from 2018. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 48.5 bushels per harvested acre, down 3.1 bushels from 2018. Area harvested for beans is forecast at 75.9 million acres, down 4 percent from the previous forecast, and down 14 percent from 2018. Area planted for all purposes totaled 76.7 million acres, down 4 percent from the previous estimate, and down 14 percent from 2018.The full report is here:August-12-2019-Crop-Production SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleState Fair Big Cheese Sculpture Portrays Dairy Farmers as Super Heroes on the HAT Monday Morning EditionNext articleNew Purdue Research Aims to Optimize Farmland Use for Crops, Solar Electricity Production Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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12 Jun
2021

Mumia still on death row, but executions of journalists on the wane

first_imgNews Organisation RSF_en October 7, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Mumia still on death row, but executions of journalists on the wanecenter_img Help by sharing this information On the eve of the 9th World Day Against the Death Penalty, Reporters Without Borders and the Paris-based NGO Together Against the Death Penalty (ECPM) would like to point out that being a journalist, editing a website or keeping a blog can still expose a person to the possibility of the death penalty in some countries.The charges of “subversion,” “endangering state security” and even “apostasy” can be used in some countries to convict and execute someone who has criticized the government, made fun of a leader in a cartoon or just covered a highly sensitive subject. Around 10 people, mostly bloggers and netizens, are awaiting execution or are facing the possibility of a death sentence in Iran and Vietnam. What will become of Vahid Asghari, 25, who has been jailed since 2008 in Tehran and who was sentenced to death on a date that was never made public?As well as a negation of justice, capital punishment is also a deadly threat that encourages self-censorship. China, which leads the world in executions, has no fewer than 55 capital offences of which three are direct threats to freedom of expression: “endangering public security,” “instigating the country’s division” and “divulging state secrets.”In Uganda, the imprisoned journalists Augustine Okello and Patrick Otim are still waiting to know whether the charges of subversion and treason that have been brought against them will cost them their lives. Abdelrahman Adam, a Sudanese radio journalist who has been held since October 2010 on a charge of violating state secrets, is in the same situation.Nonetheless, the number of journalists being sentenced to death is declining. Even in Iran, which ranks second in the world in the number of executions, death sentences are being commuted or quashed. Capital punishment neither deters crimes nor compensates for the damage caused. Still less can it destroy the inalienable right to inform, question and speak out.Of the few journalists actually under sentence of death, the one who has been in the situation longest has become a symbol of the campaign for abolition. He is not an Iranian, Vietnamese or Sudanese. He is a citizen of the United States. Sentenced to die for the murder of a policeman at the end of a trial marked by irregularities and racism, Mumia Abu-Jamal will soon complete his 30th year on death row.Would he have suffered the same fate if he had not been what he called the “Voice of the Voiceless,” a voice that still makes itself heard from his cell ? Would he still today be the victim of judicial persecution by a Pennsylvania district attorney, who is trying to block a new sentencing hearing?Thirty years on death row is a long time. But 30 years since France abolished the death penalty and scrapped the guillotine is not. The coincidence reinforces the symbolism. All the more reason to insist that, after Troy Davis’ execution, Mumia Abu-Jamal is not subjected to judicial murder too. last_img read more

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12 Jun
2021

Opinion: The Subtle Effects of The Mack Robinson Processing Facility Closure

first_img More Cool Stuff 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Recently the Mack Robinson Processing Facility closed without fanfare. This closing affects some 125+ employees, their families, and the community as a whole. Employees have been dispersed to other facilities around the greater Los Angeles area. These dispersals could be permanent, temporary, or end up in lay-offs. Families face the possibility of being uprooted and the uncertainty of unemployment.But it isn’t just the employees and their families that are affected. It is the entire Pasadena community. Mail faces delivery delays of 2-4 days because it now has to go to a facility further away. Prescriptions, social security checks, small business mailings, and parcels from online businesses like eBay and Amazon will be affected. Want to send a package or buy stamps? Well, if your station has closed, you have to find one elsewhere. We have already seen the closure of the Washington and Raymond Annex stations. Orangewood could be next. San Marino and Sierra Madre – your stations could be shut down as well.Some people will say that this is the Post Office’s own fault. But most of the current problems can be traced to Congress passing the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) in 2006. PAEA forced the Post Office to have to pre-fund healthcare benefits for future retirees for the next 75 years all within a decade. No other public agency or private business has had to carry this type of burden.And it doesn’t end there, if members of Congress, like Rep. Darrell Issa, and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe have their way, more stations will be closed. They are trying to pass H.R. 2309 which will destroy the Post Office. Call your Representative and tell them to vote against H.R. 2309. Visit www.savethepostoffice.com to learn more. It is vital to the Post Office’s existence. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News center_img Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Opinion & Columnists Opinion: The Subtle Effects of The Mack Robinson Processing Facility Closure By: Tim Nistler Published on Monday, July 16, 2012 | 2:04 pmlast_img read more

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4 Jun
2021

Fake 50 euro notes in circulation

first_imgTwitter Print Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp THE NUMBER of fake 50 euro notes circulating in Limerick was up this week, with seven incidents reported to Gardai.The duds were given in exchange for goods in various outlets across Limerick, mainly grocery stores, petrol stations, a pharmacy and a juice bar. In some of the instances the fraudsters managed to con staff, but in other cases, the forgeries were spotted and the notes were not accepted. On a couple of occasions staff held on to the fakes until gardai arrived.One of the culprits involved in trying to use these dud notes is described as a young red haired male of approximately 19 years and reported to have been wearing a navy tracksuit and runners at the time at the time of the attempted fraud.Gardai remind people to make sure and carry out essential security checks on euro notes. Obvious security features should be identified before accepting notes, these include; checking for the watermark, security thread, hologram patch and raised print. The value numeral on the 50 euro note will also change colour from purple to olive green or brown when tilted if the note is a genuine.By taking a few seconds to feel, examine and tilt euro notes, fraudsters can be prevented from passing off their fakes as the real thing.center_img Previous articleCollins family to march in honour of Roy’s deathNext articleLease Market’s Field for soccer, cllr pleads admin Email Facebook NewsLocal NewsFake 50 euro notes in circulationBy admin – May 7, 2009 2497 last_img read more

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