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Forget the National Lottery! I’d buy FTSE 100 dividend stocks to retire early

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See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves The National Lottery might seem like an easy way to make a life-changing sum of money, but did you know that the odds of winning the jackpot are more than 40m to one?This suggests you are more likely to become Prime Minister than win in this game of chance. With that in mind, FTSE 100 dividend stocks are a much better way to grow your wealth over time.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…Unlike the National Lottery, which is gambling, FTSE 100 dividend stocks have the potential to provide you with a steady, growing, passive income stream for life that could help you retire early.Buying the FTSE 100The FTSE 100 may have delivered impressive returns over the past 12 months, but there are still plenty of companies in the index that offer attractive dividend yields.Around 30% of the index’s constituents offer dividend yields of more than 5%, significantly above the rate of interest most savers would be able to achieve from high street banks.Overall, the index currently supports an average dividend yield of 4.3%. That’s what you would get if you were to buy a low-cost FTSE 100 tracker fund.As noted above, some stocks offer a higher level of income, and many also trade at a discount to their historical averages. This may mean they could generate capital growth as well as income over the long term.Total returnsThrough a combination of income and capital growth, the FTSE 100 has produced an average annual return for investors of 9% since inception. This rate of return is enough to grow even small sums into a substantial nest egg.For example, if a saver aged 30 started saving into the FTSE 100 today with a monthly deposit of £300, by the time they reach the state pension age of 65 they would have accumulated a total savings pot of £890,000. That suggests a potential annual income of £38,270 if the money was invested in the FTSE 100 fund.If this nest egg was invested in FTSE 100 stocks with dividend yields of more than 5%, a saver could generate a total annual income of £44,500.The one big difference between the National Lottery and investing in the FTSE 100 is the fact that, as the National Lottery is classed as gambling, winnings are tax-free. The same is not true of the FTSE 100. This could be a big issue for savers now that the annual dividend tax-free allowance has dropped to just £2,000.One way to make sure that you don’t have to hand a large chunk of your earnings over to the taxman is to use a Stocks and Shares ISA. These investment wrappers are very tax efficient.There’s no further income tax or capital gains tax to pay on profits earned inside a Stocks and Shares ISA.Therefore, if you want to retire early, avoiding the National Lottery and investing in the FTSE 100 via a Stocks and Shares ISA could significantly increase your chances of doing so. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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I’d buy FTSE 100 dividend stocks to retire early Rupert Hargreaves owns no share 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.last_img read more

The Indonesian bloodbath, Part 2

first_imgIn Part 1 of this article, we wrote about the U.S. role behind the scenes in bringing about the horrendous massacre of up to a million people in Indonesia in 1965-66.It is now 50 years since the military coup and slaughter began that drowned in blood the Indonesian Communist Party and also decimated the mass organizations of workers, peasants, women and youth that the party had built up over decades of struggle. Together, at least 15 million activists had participated in this broad progressive movement, which was then crushed by the reactionary, pro-imperialist forces in the military, backed by U.S. imperialism and much of Indonesia’s capitalist and landlord ruling classes.We look now at what effect this monstrous setback had on the world struggle against imperialism, which had been gaining momentum as more countries won their liberation from the colonial powers.After World War II, Washington tried to turn back the revolutionary tide that was sweeping Asia. A key part of this effort had been the U.S. imperialists’ massive invasion and war in Korea, which lasted three years. But even though the U.S. Air Force dropped more bombs on People’s Korea in the north than it had on Europe in all of World War II, the conflict ended in 1953 with a stalemate at the 38th parallel, where it had begun. In reality, this was a hard-won victory for the Korean people’s struggle for sovereignty. It was the first time that U.S. imperialists had been fought to a draw.By the 1960s, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was strongly moving ahead with reconstruction on a socialist basis after the ravages of the war.The People’s Republic of China, which had assisted the Korean struggle in the 1950s by sending more than a million volunteer soldiers and workers to the front, had hundreds of millions of mouths to feed. It was now focused on modernizing agriculture through the revolutionary development of communes.Socialist North Vietnam was building up industry and agriculture while at the same time supporting the struggle in the south for liberation and national reunification.Communist-led guerrilla movements were fighting for national liberation in the Philippines, Malaya and Laos.How did the massacres in Indonesia affect the liberation struggles going on in Vietnam, Laos and later Cambodia? Certainly, the success of Washington’s maneuvering with the Indonesian generals emboldened the U.S. ruling class in their anti-communist crusade in Asia. They continued their terrible wars in Southeast Asia for another 10 years, until the U.S. itself was engulfed by anti-war and anti-racist struggles.‘Jakarta is coming’The bloody massacres in Indonesia were hailed by hardliners in the imperialist countries and by the regimes they had cultivated and brought to power in areas formerly “owned” outright by the colonial powers. These reactionaries hoped that the ferocious elimination of those fighting for the rights of the masses in that large and strategic country would undercut similar movements elsewhere.Indeed, what the forces of imperialism and reaction had achieved in Indonesia was soon used to intimidate progressive movements as far away as South America. One can see the hand of the CIA in graffiti that appeared on the walls in Santiago, Chile: “Jakarta is coming.” Similar threats were directly conveyed to members of the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende before the fascist coup there. (Andre Vltchek in Counterpunch, Nov. 22, 2013)Most leaders of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) had refused to back down or grovel before the fascist generals, speaking out forcefully at the phony “trials” that preceded their deaths. But the international left movement was painfully lacking in their support. Much of this was due to the internal crisis that had occurred in the Communist movement with the Sino-Soviet split.Sino-Soviet splitThe Chinese leaders had rightfully opened up criticism of the policies advocated by the Communist Party of the USSR, beginning several years after Nikita Khrushchev became its general secretary in 1953. They accused it of accommodating to the pressures of U.S. imperialism and the Cold War by openly revising principles that had been basic to communism, at least on paper, since the time of Lenin.However, this split between the two socialist giants degenerated from a political struggle to a state-to-state one, leading many imperialist analysts to gleefully predict war between the two. That did not happen — beyond a very brief ­border clash in 1969 — but the effects on the international movement were severe. In almost every country, the parties divided into pro-Moscow and pro-Beijing wings. The PKI was not immune to this.Nor were the parties in most of the imperialist countries themselves. Instead of mobilizing in defense of the PKI and the left in Indonesia, the opposing factions blamed each other for the defeat.This needs to be brought up because the need for a united front against capitalist reaction must be understood in the movement. Political differences should not be papered over; they are real and need to be debated to achieve clarity. But in the struggle with the capitalist enemy, the working-class movement must seek to present a united front.Environmental destructionThere is another area of great concern to today’s progressive movements that is directly connected to the bloodbath in Indonesia: the destruction of the environment.The victory that imperialism achieved through the bloody elimination of Indonesia’s progressive forces opened up the country for massive exploitation by transnational corporations, especially those that had greedily eyed Indonesia’s abundant natural resources.Corporations like Mobil Oil, Freeport Sulphur, Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Uniroyal, Union Carbide and Unilever rushed in, sometimes availing themselves of virtually free labor from the hundreds of thousands of political prisoners. Of course, the military overlords got their cut.Once the imperialists were in control of Indonesia’s underground resources and its precious trees, some of which had been growing for centuries in rainforests teeming with life, the result was an ecological disaster.In the words of Greenpeace.org: “Indonesia is a treasure chest of biodiversity; it is home to between 10 and 15 percent of all known species of plants, mammals and birds. Orangutans, elephants, tigers, rhinoceroses, more than 1,500 species of birds and thousands of plant species are all a part of the country’s natural legacy. The mass destruction of Indonesia’s rainforests and carbon-rich peatlands for palm oil and paper threatens this and is the main reason why Indonesia is one of the world’s largest emitters of climate-changing greenhouse gases.”Solidarity with the young workers’ movement now struggling to breathe in Indonesia is one of the important ways to fight for a better future — for them, for us and for the planet.[tb_book id=”22165″]FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The strength of women: Venezuelan commune members confront the blockade

first_imgPublished July 19 in Sputnik News. Translation Resumen Latinoamericano, North America bureau. Lightly edited by WW staff.Women in Caracas slums have a plan. They are setting up an economic system that allows them to ensure that food arrives directly from producers to their tables. Organization is key; it is what they are calling people’s power.“It looks like a star-spangled horizon at night. If you could see it when the lights are switched on,” says a commune member on the roof of an unfinished house in the La Libertad neighborhood in southern Caracas. It’s in the area where the hills of the poor meet green mountains, at the border at the end of the city. As usual, there is a class and political geographic division.  The heights belong to the poorest — most of them Chavistas [named for late president Hugo Chavez]. The lower areas are for the lower-middle classes who are, in general, opponents of the government.The commercial epicenter is in the lower part; a street roundabout in a neighborhood district is the most important area. Everything you need can be found there. There, the problem is about prices, as in the rest of the country. There you find retail stores, supermarkets and grocery stores.  And there is a corridor in a small shopping mall where the seat of the System of Communal Socialist Economic Initiative [“the System”] was set up a month ago.This store has packages of cornmeal, coffee, sugar, salt, laundry soap bars and shelves stocked with butter and buttermilk. There is little left. Almost all of it has been distributed, and [the commune members] are waiting for a new shipment. The previous shipment had around 14 tons of goods. This one will be bigger and will include two new products: bars of soap and wheat flour.“One of the plans is to prove that when people are organized, mobilizing, aware, they can face the war and help to preserve the revolution and build it with concrete actions,” says commune member Yaritza Navarro, while surrounded by several women.Yaritza Navarro, La Libertad, VenezuelaThe System began three months ago. The need for it appeared earlier  when it was evident that major problems with pricing were due to the monopoly of several products, the chain of intermediaries and speculation on behalf of many traders. The question was always how to transform the diagnosis into action.The starting point was the conviction to move on with self-organization and the certainty of doing it while having the support of the state — or not. How do you start when you do not have capital in a scenario like Venezuela’s current economy?The diagnosis went like this: There are rural communes producing foods, and there are urban communes willing to buy them. It is necessary to build a system of a communal economy where food goes directly from the first one to the second, while at the same time staying in charge of the final distribution and pushing intermediaries and traders aside.Communal economy begins with coffeeThe commune members started with 1,000 kilograms of coffee obtained on credit. The hardest part was to convince the commune, located in the state of Lara in the country’s western area, to send that amount without prepayment, while taking care of the transportation as well. Both confidence and the legitimacy of the communes meeting in Caracas were decisive. Taking its first step, the System brought together 13 communes in one district of Caracas.The second step was to receive the coffee without yet having a storage center.  It is now open in the small shopping center. Each commune was in charge of distribution and sales, gathering the money and paying the coffee-growing commune. This primed the mechanism that allowed them to get their first capital and coffee surplus.“With that surplus we took the risk of more links with producers and other food staples,” Yaritza explained. In a scenario of currency devaluation, the women decided to reinvest in more products, as it’s better to have food than money. They used the surplus on an essential tool: a communal truck, as theirs was broken and they did not have money to repair it.People’s power in actionThe System of Communal Socialist Economic Initiative started. It was designed to deal with three elements at the same time: economics, organization and politics. The goal was never to open a store to trade products from rural communes, but to strengthen every territorial organizational means through concrete actions. This is called people’s power.Commune member Luisa Gragirena showed me a copy of the Organic Law on Communal Economy and explained: “This is our foundation. Our beloved president Hugo Chávez left us the legal platform so that we, as people’s power, develop and break the schemes of the capitalist system. It is not easy, of course, but it’s not impossible.”Luisa read: “The present law aims at developing and strengthening people’s power, establishing the norms, principles and procedures for the creation, operation and development of the communal economic system … to satisfy the collective needs and reinvest the surplus socially by means of strategic, democratic and participatory planning.”There is no communal economy without people’s organization, without building democratic bodies to participate and make decisions. In the System, the members decided that this main body meets every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Commune representatives meet, evaluate, plan and decide.For instance, last Wednesday, they presented new products that will be included in the next operation. These products are manufactured by the Family Production Unit represented by Rosa Melendez, a commune member from Caricuao in southwestern Caracas: It has soap, shampoo and hair conditioner. So far, they have manufactured 4,000 bars of soap a month. They expect to reach 20,000 per month through the funding and shops provided by the System.The target is to move toward production: “We are going to fund certified seeds, and according to the land, we are going to boost productive units. By December, we will be able to eat our green onions, bell peppers and the vegetables used for our traditional food at Christmas,” Yaritza explains.Next steps in fighting the blockadeEvery step has been achieved by means of organization. The commune members expect to set up storage centers in every commune section of the System, add two new items in every new dispatch and add more communes. They aim to achieve communal chains that may be sustained in this context, so that it ensures a fair income for producers and reinvestment of the surplus.[The organizers] have achieved a strategic gain in three months: guaranteeing products to provide the breakfasts eaten in poor neighborhoods — coffee, arepa, butter and now buttermilk, which had disappeared from the market. They still lack cheese and animal protein sources; obtaining them is one of their goals.The commune members have many goals. They — most of them women —  have a strong will to face their difficult moments collectively. Chavism here has one of its clearest meanings — in each of these women, in communal councils, communes and the System. There are thousands like Yaritza and Luisa across the country.As we said goodbye, they said, “It’s good that people know how Venezuelans are fighting against the economic blockade.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Skiff: December 10, 2015

first_imgA fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Facebook The Skiff by TCU360TCU Box 298050Fort Worth, TX [email protected] ReddIt printFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoVolume 114, issue 16: TCU graduation weekend event guideAlso: TCU plans new interior design building; Heavy traffic expected for fall graduation ceremony; TCU allows students to submit Advent devotionals; Individual SAG movie nods fall short on diversity; John V. Roach Honors College searches for new dean; Magnolia Avenue offers restaurant options for graduation weekend; Senate clears major education bill, sends it to Obama; Suicide prevention coordinator is making a difference on campus; Local church hosts study event during dead days; Faculty, upperclassmen advise incoming first-years; Muslim Student Association focuses on community after Paris attacks; TCU sending most students abroad ever, despite alert; Professors emphasize importance of eSPOTS; Roxo awarded for its third consecutive year at Worthy Awards; House tightens controls on visa-free travel to U.S.; Model UN returns to campus after Czech Republic conference; Education majors give glimpse of college to international students; Newman Center to provide place for prayer, studying; Connections program gearing up to welcome the class of 2020; Commencement to be opening event in new arena; New medical school used to persuade students to come to TCU; Tickets not required to attend fall commencement ceremony; German leader Angela Merkel named Time’s Person of the Year; December graduates may fair better on the job market; Frogs CARE aims to increase student wellness, decrease stress; SGA says: ‘It’s okay to not be okay’ through Empower TCU; Judge: No hearing this week in Syrian refugee case; FBI: California shooters radicalized at least 2 years ago; Women’s basketball takes 11th consecutive win at home; Texas gun rights group plans fake mass shooting demonstration; TCU to face Oregon in the Alamo Bowl; Texas public schools are poorer, more diverse; Hill Democrats seek spotlight to curb terror suspects’ guns Seniors send message with decorated graduation caps; Group exercise classes gain a high-intensity upgrade; Wary high court tackles Texas ‘one person, one vote’ case; Students react to future library renovation plans; Chemistry professor schools students on and off the courts; Fort Worth Heritage Tree Program adds two more; TCU Cello Ensemble makes its semester finale; Student publishes kid’s book, ‘The Howard Gardner Zoo’; Syrian refugees welcomed by agencies despite states’ fight; Two students arrested after shot fired near Arlington Heights School; Abbot, Cruz push new curbs on Syrian refugees entering U.S.; U.S. job openings slip in October; Consumer credit rises $16 billion in October; TCU player explains evolution of game day for team; Boston College: 80 sickened after eating at Chipotle; Homeowner upset with students’ parking in neighborhood; College-aged man suspected of indecent exposure; Texas Republicans vote down secession proposal; Puppies and pinatas help de-stress students before finals week; Legal experts agree: Trump’s proposal unconstitutional; TCU falls just short of victory against No. 7 Hawaii; TCU men’s basketball defeats Colgate 76-49; Breakdown: TCU fall graduate numbers and major The Skiff Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Linkedin The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Facebookcenter_img Previous articleTCU’s record-setting offensive efficiency leads to 88-55 blowout of Stephen F. AustinNext articleCommencement to be opening event in new Schollmaier Arena The Skiff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR + posts The Skiff: Nov. 14, 2019 ReddIt Twitter The Skiff: Dec. 5, 2019 The Skiffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/the-skiff/ Linkedin Life in Fort Worth The Skiff: Nov. 21, 2019 The Skiff: Nov. 7, 2019last_img read more

Chabad of Pasadena: Holistic Holiness

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Faith Essays & Inspirations Chabad of Pasadena: Holistic Holiness By MENDEL KALMENSON Published on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 4:04 pm HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff 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. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Subscribe Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS If you were asked to define Judaism in one line, what would you say? Is it unique among religions, and if yes, how? What has it brought to the table of religious discourse?Holiday NamingThose who have named children, companies or products, or have picked titles for books or events, know the amount of thought that goes into the process. Which name best expresses the uniqueness of this item, person, or gathering? How do I capture the essence of the name-bearer?The same is true regarding Jewish holidays.The G‑d-given names of the dates we celebrate, spread throughout the Jewish calendar, were chosen to convey the central theme and unique message of that particular holiday.(So that Passover, for example, which teaches freedom, is called in the Torah Chag HaMatzot [the “Festival of the Matzahs”], after the matzah or unleavened bread we eat. The name recalls the haste with which G‑d redeemed our people from Egyptian bondage, and the simplicity of the bread [called “poor man’s bread”] bespeaks humility—the key to achieving freedom. The names of other Jewish holidays are winners as well.)What about the holiday of Sukkot, named after the sukkah, the outdoor hut we call home throughout the week-long holiday of Sukkot?Why is this mitzvah chosen to represent the inner message of the holiday—what of the holiday’s other mitzvot? There’s the biblical command to take the Four Kinds, the mitzvah to be extra joyful, there’s the water-drawing celebrations, etc. These rituals and mitzvot also seemingly define the manner in which we celebrate this momentous festival and the attitude and mood that pervades it, not merely the mitzvah of sukkah.If anything, the mitzvah of sukkah—and the name Sukkot—seems to point only to the holiday’s setting and venue. Why, then, did the Torah choose to name the holiday after the mitzvah of sukkah, a mitzvah that seemingly demands of us no more than the switching of our location?But that’s what Judaism is all about.Do whatever you normally do, all those mundane activities—but move it to the holy shade of the sukkah, and you’ve done a mitzvah. Same is true with everyday life: do whatever you normally do, all those mundane activities—but move it to the realm of holiness.The sukkah emphasizes that almost every act of living can be holy, and that no act (that isn’t expressly forbidden by the Torah or the sages) is intrinsically â€œmundane.”It teaches that holiness need not be imported from heaven, but is to be readily found here on earth. Holiness need not be created, for it’s already extant in creation, waiting only to be accessed and revealed.“Holiness” is a fancy word that describes perspective and choice of function, and has much to do with motive and intent. Take the act of eating for example. How I view my (kosher) food determines its level of “holiness”; it can be gluttonous and self-serving, or sacred and G‑d-serving. The difference is purely in the mind.The sukkah thus teaches that physical existence need not be transformed into something it is not; it needs only to be looked at differently, recognized for what in essence it truly is.In sum: The sukkah is not just about a shift of location for living life, but a shift of perspective on living life.To connect with G‑d, so long as that is your objective, you don’t need to draw water, you can drink water; and you don’t have to bind and bless fruit, you can eat them. For material life doesn’t need to be renovated or its sanctity generated—only activated.1And about Judaism in one line:Here’s how the Lubavitcher Rebbe answered the question, “How would you define Judaism in a nutshell?”“Judaism is not something abstract,” the Rebbe replied, “detached from ordinary everyday activities. Judaism must concern the Jew twenty-four hours a day, in every environment and in every activity. This is the Jewish way of proclaiming G‑d is one!”What’s in It for Me?Many of us tend to dichotomize and compartmentalize our lives, interests, values, and even personalities: there’s the secular and the sacred, the spiritual and the material, the refined and the natural. There’s who I am in the synagogue, and there’s who I am on the street. Often, the two seem hardly related.To be holy is to be holistic.Just as G‑d is one, we must be one.A chassidic lumber merchant in Riga was calculating his accounts. Under a column of figures, he inadvertently wrote, “Total: Ein od milvado—there is none besides Him!” In response to his assistant’s raised eyebrow he said: “It is considered perfectly natural that during prayer one lets his mind wander off to his lumber in Riga. So what is so surprising if in the middle of business dealings, my mind is invaded by thoughts of the unity of G‑d . . . ?”– By Mendel KalmensonAbout Rabbi Mendel KalmensonRabbi Mendel Kalmenson has traveled Europe, Asia and South America, reaching out to Jews in the remotest areas. He now resides in Crown Heights with his wife Chanale, daughter Geulah, and son Dov. Mendel is an editor at the Judaism Website—Chabad.org.Chabad of Pasadena, 1090 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, (626) 564-8820 or visit www.chabadpasadena.com. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Garda appeal for witnesses following fatal crash

first_imgGARDAI are appealing for witnesses following a fatal crash at Gooig in Castleconnell on Sunday morning last.Shortly after 6:15am on Sunday morning, a male pedestrian in his 40s was struck by a car and fatally injured at the scene.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The driver of the car was uninjured and the man’s body was taken to the University Hospital Limerick where a postmortem examination was carried out.Garda Forensic Collision investigators examined the scene but Gardai at Henry Street are appealing for any witnesses to come forward ad contact them on 061 212400 or 1800 666 111. Email Facebook Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin NewsBreaking newsGarda appeal for witnesses following fatal crashBy Staff Reporter – February 8, 2016 764 WhatsApp Previous articleProtest braves storm to demand clean airNext articleBarry Douglas at UCH with his Camerata Ireland Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Donaldson inquest adjourned until September as DPP promises prosecution decision in three months

first_img Donaldson inquest adjourned until September as DPP promises prosecution decision in three months WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – March 21, 2013 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleHockey – Raphoe On The Cup Trail AgainNext articlePower outages in Donegal after overnight wind News Highland Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Newscenter_img Google+ Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Denis DonaldsonThe Director of Public Prosecutions is close to deciding whether there will be criminal prosecution into the murder of Sinn Fein spy Denis Donaldson.If he orders a prosecution the inquest will be adjourned indefinitely, the 11th session of the hearing before the coroner was told today.The 56, was shot dead seven years ago by gunmen in a rural cottage near Glenties . The Real IRA claimed it was responsible.Glenties-based Supt Michael Finan told the coroner, Dr Denis McCauley, at the Letterkenny hearing that after the previous session in November it was hoped to announce if there would be a criminal prosecution by today.But the Director of Public Prosecutions had sought additional information from the gardai. That had now been supplied and the DPP told him a minimum of a further three months would be sufficient for a decision on a prosecution.Dr McCauley said if there was a decision to prosecute then in law the inquest proceedings would have to be adjourned indefinitely.But if the decision was not to prosecute then he would proceed at the next sitting with the inquest and his inquiries would focus on five main areas. They would include what led to Mr Donaldson’s death, his connections in Northern Ireland and his interaction with gardai after he fled to Glenties.Ciaran Shiels, solicitor for the Donaldson family, said they needed to know if there would be a prosecution.. He added that the family had taken some comfort from what the coroner was prepared to address in certain areas.The inquest today was adjourned for a further six months to September 26. 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Groundskeepers

first_imgOpen Until FilledYes Job Close Date Northern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity/EqualAccess/Affirmative Action institution. We embrace inclusiveness,equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seekexcellence through diversity among our students, administrators,faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups isencouraged. Monday-Friday 6:30AM to 3:00PM Commitment to Inclusive Excellence Minimum EducationHigh School Diploma Posting DetailsTo create a Posting, first complete the information on this screen,then click the ‘Next’ button or select the page in the left handnavigation menu. Proceed through all sections completing allnecessary information. To submit the Posting to Human Resources,you must go to the ‘Posting Summary Page’ by clicking on the ‘Next’button until you reach the Posting Summary Page or select PostingSummary Page from the left navigation menu. Once a summary pageappears, hover your mouse over the orange Action button for a listof possible approval step options. Qualifications Quick Linkhttps://jobs.nku.edu/postings/9750 High school diploma/ GED required.Valid driver’s license required.Possess the ability to: perform medium heavy to maximum physicalexertion on a regular basis;Lift and carry bulky objects weighing 50 lbs or moreWork in extreme weather conditions (i.e. heat, cold, rain, snow,sleet, etc.)Autonomously operate all related equipment including, but notlimited to,– dump trucks– tractors– loaders– mowers (both riding and push)– seeders– gators– snow plows– chainsaws– pruning tools– various types of hand toolsRequires reliable transportation and ability to respond and work asneeded during snow and other emergencies.Strong commitment to customer satisfaction and understanding ofsafety requirements.Communicate using a 2 way radio system.Required to work independently on a regular basis.Any candidate chosen for this position will be required to undergoa pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by statelaw. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?NKU Jobs SiteHigherEdJobs.comCareerbuilder.comInside Higher EdEmployee ReferralIndeed.comOther Position Number30000236 Working TitleGroundskeepers DepartmentRoads & Grounds Primary Responsibilities Salary$11.25/hr Work Schedule Preferred EducationHigh School Diplomacenter_img Job Open Date12/02/2020 Pick up litter and empty outdoor trash receptacles.Turf maintenance. Snow and ice removal.Road installation repair and maintenance. Assist in concreteinstallation and repair.Maintain and install signage for roads and campus as needed.Response to emergency situations as necessary during and afternormal work hours.Maintain and repair all Roads & Grounds equipment.Assist the Operations & Maintenance department, the campus andthe community with issues related to the outdoor environment.Consistently communicate updates with supervisor and other teammembers. Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Hours per Week40 Compensation Title Is this an internal only posting? Pay GradeS63 To enhance the aesthetics of the University by assisting with theinstallation and maintenance of campus landscapes, pruning,athletic fields, turf-grass areas and other associated projects forthe university community on the Highland Heights campus.Performs snow/ice removal duties.Work schedule including days and hours are subject to changedepending on the needs of the university and the FacilitiesManagement Operations & Maintenance Department.This position is “mission critical”. Requisition Number2020S1275 Minimum ExperienceSee posting detail Purpose of Position Position StatusRegular, Temporary Do you have a valid driver’s license and are you permitted todrive without restrictions?No ResponseYesNo Months per Year12 Please list any hand/power tools and equipment related togroundskeeping you are familiar with and have operatedproficiently.(Open Ended Question)Do you possess the ability perform medium heavy to maximumphysical exertion and to lift 50 lbs. or more on a regular basis?YesNo Documents Needed to ApplyRequired DocumentsOptional DocumentsResumeCover Letter/Letter of Applicationlast_img read more

Buried Treasurer

first_imgA surprise vote of no confidence in St Anne’s JCR Treasurer Alexander Gallagher failed to remove him from the post, but last night Gallagher resigned anyway.At Sunday’s JCR meeting, Gallagher was called upon to defend his position after a college-wide email sent by the JCR President proposed a vote of no confidence. Gallagher survived the vote as only 57 per cent of those present voted in favour failing to meet the required threshold of 66 per cent.Gallagher reportedly failed to attend seven out of eight JCR Committee meetings this year.  According to the JCR constitution, missing more than three results in an automatic no confidence motion.The motion also drew attention to instances in which members of the JCR Committee had not been reimbursed for outstanding expenses since Michaelmas.It has also been reported that there were inconsistencies between Gallagher’s reasons for non-attendance to the JCR Committee and his defence on Sunday evening.The meeting in which the motion was debated was very heated. Gallagher’s competence for the role and the handling of the matter by the JCR both came under fire.As Gallagher was officially unaware of the vote until the college-wide email was sent this week, many claimed that the JCR acted “heavy-handedly”.  However, one St Anne’s student claimed, “While the JCR handled it pretty badly, he still should have gone”.On Thursday Gallagher resigned, stating  in  an  email to undergraduates, “After recent events, I now feel unable to remain part of the committee”, and apologising for the delay in reimbursements.Many of those who were at the JCR meeting wanted to stress that Gallagher was “a lovely guy” and that the no confidence motion failed was a reflection of this.last_img read more

Zoom library and Discord beer pong: Virtual college life takes form

first_imgExeter JCR has created a “Zoom library”, which students can join to study alongside each other. To recreate the library atmosphere, participants place their microphones on mute while working. Students wishing to have a break or chat with friends can join a breakout room, acting as a “virtual JCR”. The event was Pride-themed and over 50 people attended. The Entz team gave out awards for best outfit and drink. They added: “The highlights would probably be the ‘dance floor’ room where music was playing pretty loud and there was also a virtual beer pong game going on in one room with people coming in and out. We are really excited for the next one.” “At first the idea was a bit of fun,” said JCR President William Dobbs, “but then we thought having an online space where people could work alongside each other might make it more bearable. Image Credit to: Vadim Sherbakov/@madebyvadim/unsplash.com Mansfield has also produced an e-magazine called “Virtual Quad”. It gives information about where to find support and welfare tips from staff and students. “We planned on opening it only on weekday mornings, but it’s since taken off and it’s now open all day throughout the week. People come and go as they like and keep it on in the background while they work. It has only worked because everyone has responded so well and kept it busy.” Social distancing has not stopped students from continuing college life. Whilst buildings may be closed, Entz and welfare events have transitioned online this term.  St Catherine’s Entz team has hosted social events on the video call application Discord. The platform allows users to join different ‘tables’, each with a small number of people, and switch between them, as they would do in the college bar. Different activities, including dancing, take place in each ‘table’. “The highlights have to be when people get their families involved. We’ve had someone perform a duet with their father on accordion, someone’s mother read out some poetry, and had a brother-sister singing duet.”center_img “Open Mic Reps” Guy and Memoona said: “We’ve already had two which were very successful, family members have been getting involved and the reception has been great. We have people perform covers, original music, poetry, and stand-up comedy. We’ve actually had a turnout that’s better than some of the in-person events. For the first event, organisers encouraged students to wear fancy dress and make a cocktail from a suggested recipe.  Elizabeth Li, Junior Dean, added: “Our hope is the welfare teas will help students to continue to feel part of the Mansfield community even where they’re not here physically. It’s helpful for students to see that everyone is experiencing similar feelings and challenges.” Several colleges are using video calls to continue welfare support during lockdown. This includes Mansfield College’s weekly welfare teas, run by Chaplain Sarah Farrow.  “It’s a way to reconnect with the Mansfield community –   to remember that you are part of something bigger,” said Rev’d Farrow. “If you’re feeling ‘stuck’ – at home, in college or wherever you are –joining the online welfare tea is a good way to get outside of one’s own situation.” Entz Reps Laura and Benji told Cherwell: “We knew we wanted to carry on with Entz this term because it’s such a big part of Catz life. The Discord server worked really well, and people could chat and easily move between conversations like they do normally at Entz events.” Meanwhile, University College Music Society has organised open-mic nights via Zoom.last_img read more