July 5

2 income stocks I’d buy right now for my Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img Rachael FitzGerald-Finch 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. Income stocks are widely recognised as one of the greatest ways to add value to your ISA. However, the number of FTSE companies paying a decent dividend is dropping as companies try to conserve cash for operations.In fact, 32 FTSE 100 companies have recently announced a cut, suspension, or a deferred dividend for shareholders. Moreover, only a small handful of firms will be paying the majority of the dividend payments that remain. Indeed, the top 20 dividend payers make up 84% of the whole index.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…I think this is really risky for income investors. But if you can find a good firm, going cheap, and with one of the more reliable dividends, your ISA could be in for a long-term gain. And there are such firms on the FTSE 100 right now.Income stock investors look to miningOn of the sectors supporting the rising FTSE 100 is mining. In fact, the mining sector is closely associated with the index. If miners are doing well, chances are that the footsie is too. Source: London Stock ExchangeSo, the recent rise of the FTSE 100 looks good for mining stocks, and in particular, Anglo-American (LSE:AAL) and Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO).These companies have benefitted from a combination of a high price for iron ore and financial belt-tightening. Iron ore is central to the production plans of both miners.China is a major buyer of iron ore, where it is used in steel production. China is responding to the US trade tariffs by chucking money into road, rail, and construction projects. But economic stimulus like this becomes less effective over time. It’s likely that the coronavirus shut-down will also reduce demand in the short-term which may impact profitability.However, these income-producing mining firms have solid steel balance sheets that should help them through a slow down.Sustainable dividends for investors  These companies were originally fairly cyclical, but are now cash-rich. Some analysts think of them as ‘boring dividend payers’.But what may be ‘boring’ for them, I consider to be pretty exciting right now. A sustainable dividend payer is exactly what my ISA needs to improve my passive income.Both Anglo-American and Rio Tinto are top-20 FTSE 100 dividend payers. Rio Tinto, in particular, is noted for its excellent yield, currently at 6.6%, compared with Anglo’s 5.4%.And both are pretty safe. Rio Tinto can cover its dividend 1.6 times over but Anglo-American’s 2.49 times is even more impressive. And longer term, Anglo-American’s orientation towards consumption-driven commodities, such as platinum, may stand it in good stead for China’s potential future slow-down.However, Rio has higher asset values relative to its peers, meaning it is able to keep profiting through commodity cycles. This is a big pull for me. Rio Tinto and Anglo-American are currently trading on price-to-earnings ratios of 9.2 and 5.9 respectively. These are below the usual double-figure average. The mining sector as a whole is far cheaper now than it was in 2019, when I think it was overpriced. Both companies are cash-rich, dependable dividend payers at attractive prices. This is what my ISA needs right now. I’m in. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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June 20

Proposed draft 2013-2015 budget, explanation now available online

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit an Event Listing Comments are closed. Rector Belleville, IL March 2, 2012 at 10:51 am 90% decrease in Formation and Vocation? How does that help the church grow? Program Budget & Finance Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC By ENS staffPosted Mar 1, 2012 [Episcopal News Service] The draft proposed 2013-2015 budget adopted by Executive Council in January has now been posted on the General Convention website here.The budget is located under “Attendee Resources” and is accompanied by a narrative explanation prepared by a subcommittee of Executive Council.That narrative says that council has proposed a budget that “responds to the changes facing us by funding the development of new kinds of resources for congregations, dioceses and provinces. These resources enable us to increase capacity, foster relationships, generate leadership, and imagine a new way of being the church together.”The council also said that it heard from Episcopalians “that the church is participating in new ways of being church and should support new ways of doing ministry on a church-wide level. These new ways include changes in the role of church-wide staff, provinces and the emerging voices of other kinds of networks.”Thus, the council said, “funding is reduced for mission that we were told was best done on a local level.”At the same time, the budget includes three new line items that the council said in its narrative will fund “new work that we believe must be coordinated church-wide.” One designates money for a churchwide consultation on “the significant structural change we believe must be our faithful response to our changing context,” council said. The other two new line items call for an “Episcopal Co-op” to create church-wide arrangements for contracting certain administrative services and purchases, and a covenant with the Episcopal Service Corps to develop its ability to develop and plant new programs as a sustainable organization that empowers local ministry with a church-wide focus.The council noted that it had provided “significant investment in the ministry of Communications, including the Episcopal News Service, as a primary resource for evangelism and to ensure Episcopalians everywhere have the information they need to create the networks necessary to do the work of mission. ”The 2013-2015 draft budget represents $105 million in income from dioceses and investments plus other sources such as facilities rental, and an equal amount of expenses. That amount does not include income and expenses for the church’s refugee resettlement work, which is performed in large part under government grants. The total income for that government-supported work is forecast to be $47.6 million.The draft budget reflects a decrease in income from the current triennium. That budget, as approved by General Convention in July 2009, was based on income of $141 million, including $118 million in non-governmental sources and $22.8 million in government grants for refugee resettlement.In January, Treasurer Kurt Barnes estimated that 2010-2012 income from government grants to Episcopal Migration Ministries for its refugee resettlement work will have increased to slightly more than $40 million by the end of the triennium. At the same time, non-governmental income for the triennium is estimated to end up at $109 million rather than $118 million. That difference results from several factors: slightly reduced income from diocesan contributions, the closing of the unprofitable Episcopal Books and Resources and the Episcopal News Service’s monthly newspaper, and a reduction in fees received for the General Ordination Exams.The difference in expected income for church-supported activities between the two triennial budgets is also due in part to General Convention’s decision in 2009 to reduce the amount of money the church’s 110 dioceses were asked to contribute to the cost of funding the denomination’s work. The amount went from 21 percent of diocesan income in 2010 to 20 percent in 2011 and 19 percent in 2012. The draft 2013-2015 budget is based on an annual 19 percent asking. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

June 20

Brazil’s Anglican bishops condemn hatred and lies in pre-election statement

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Tags Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Press Release Service Anglican Communion, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Job Listing Brazil’s Anglican bishops condemn hatred and lies in pre-election statement Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ center_img Youth Minister Lorton, VA 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY [Anglican Communion News Service] The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Anglican Church of Brazil is urging the country’s Christians to “read your Bible in a profound and prayerful way” as the nation prepares for the run-off presidential election. Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro will faceFernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party on Oct. 28.Read the full article here. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Posted Oct 17, 2018 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Latin America 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

June 2

Uganda’s Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president’s win

first_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleOtonomo, Leading Platform and Marketplace for Vehicle Data, to List on Nasdaq Through a Business Combination with Software Acquisition Group Inc. IINext articleMasks, social distancing and speed: Snowmobiles enjoy boom Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitter Local NewsWorld News Pinterest Uganda’s Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president’s wincenter_img WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 Twitter TAGS  WhatsApp KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Monday launched a court case seeking to overturn the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, had suggested he did not want to legitimize Museveni’s victory in last month’s polls by seeking justice with a court that has been reluctant to rule against the president in past elections. The Supreme Court ruled three times that electoral irregularities were not substantial enough to affect the outcome. Museveni won the Jan. 14 elections with 58% of the vote while Wine had 35%, according to final results announced last week by the electoral commission after accounting for results from nearly all polling stations. Wine has accused electoral authorities of declaring “cooked-up results,” alleging irregularities such as soldiers stuffing ballot boxes, casting ballots for people and chasing voters away from polling stations across the East African country. He has urged his supporters to protest his loss through nonviolent means. Despite the assertions of fraud, Wine’s National Unity Platform party was not always sure that going to court was the right move. Some members said it was “a total waste of time” while others argued that it was necessary “to expose Museveni and put the judiciary on trial,” said Joel Ssenyonyi, a spokesman for Wine. It was not immediately clear when courtroom arguments will begin. Anthony Wameli, a Ugandan attorney who is part of Wine’s legal team, said they had amassed “glaring evidence” of malfeasance and would “dissect the voter register” in trying to prove that Museveni’s victory is invalid. But he cited challenges such as harassment by state agents he accused of detaining over 1,000 of Wine’s supporters before and after the elections. “We are doing everything in hiding,” he said. “We are going to seek witness protection.” Wine in a Facebook post on Monday highlighted the case of a missing man he said was among many victims of alleged abductions. “Countless Ugandans have been abducted and taken to unknown places,” he said. “Those who are lucky to return speak of horrifying stories of torture.” Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, an independent analyst who is a prominent rights attorney in Uganda, said he believes Wine will find it hard to convince the panel of judges to annul Museveni’s victory even if there is strong evidence. “The only problem is the judges,” he said. “The judges want stability. They know that if they annul an election it can cause a coup or it can cause instability. That’s what they fear.” Museveni has dismissed allegations of vote fraud. Uganda’s elections were marred by violence ahead of polling day as well as an internet shutdown that remained in force until four days after the vote. Social media sites remain restricted. Police surrounded Wine’s home for days after the elections, with authorities citing an urgent need to prevent him from leading protests. They withdrew from Wine’s residence last week after a judge ruled that Wine’s home is not a detention facility. The United States and the European Union have noted concerns about Uganda’s elections. Natalie E. Brown, the U.S. ambassador, in a statement last week cited “deep and continuing concern about the extrajudicial detention of opposition political party members, the reported disappearance of several opposition supporters, and continued restrictions on the (National Unity Platform’s) operations.” A popular singer before he won a seat in Uganda’s parliament, the 38-year-old Wine has emerged as the country’s most powerful opposition figure. Wine has captured the imagination of many at home and abroad in his generational clash with Museveni. He has repeatedly called for the retirement of Museveni, a U.S. ally on regional security who accuses Wine of being a foreign agent. Wine denies the allegation. Museveni was able to run again after lawmakers removed the last constitutional barrier — an age limit — to what some see as a possible life presidency for the 76-year-old leader. Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1962 — one reason why even some within Museveni’s party urge him to preside over an orderly transition.last_img read more

May 31

Preparing Banks for National Flood Insurance Program Deadline

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Banks flood nfip 2019-11-14 Seth Welborn Related Articles Previous: Mortgage Debt Hits New Highs Next: Federal Judge Weighs in on CFPB’s Ocwen Suit Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Banks flood nfip Preparing Banks for National Flood Insurance Program Deadline November 14, 2019 1,259 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Seth Welborncenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Preparing Banks for National Flood Insurance Program Deadline Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) was extended through November 21 earlier this year, but if it isn’t funded again, what can banks do to prepare? Diana Banks, Senior Counsel for fair and responsible banking at the American Bankers Association (ABA), noted in ABA’s journal what banks should do before and after a lapse.A lapse in NFIP funding will impact both loans that have not closed and borrowers with existing NFIP policies.“Remember: flood determinations, disclosures, and notices to borrowers and other regulatory requirements must continue during a lapse,” Banks said. “It’s also important to evaluate safety and soundness risk and adequately document the bank’s management of those risks during a lapse. Remember to consider the overall portfolio risk created by a lapse in coverage, particularly if the bank has a significant amount of loans secured by property located in a special flood hazard area.”After a lapse, Banks notes that banks should heck whether the reauthorization is retroactive, which determines the effective date of coverage for any NFIP policies applied for during the lapse.“ If the reauthorization is retroactive to the date of the program lapse, then NFIP policies are effective as of the date of application and payment,” Banks said. “If the reauthorization is not retroactive, then NFIP policies are not effective until the actual date of reauthorization, at the earliest.”Reauthorization of the NFIP may come with changes in policy. According to Director of the Water & Climate Team at the Natural Resources Defense Council Rob Moore, the existing NFIP is not equipped to handle the financial reality of today’s storms. In an opinion piece published on The Hill, Moore stated that the NFIP’s debt load is growing, as the program, originally intended to encourage communities to take steps to progressively reduce the risk of flooding, has done the opposite. However, new legislation such as the National Flood Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2019 may “turn the tide.”“The NFIP bill includes language that would make voluntary buyouts an eligible activity for ICC coverage,” Moore told The Hill. “These are funds that policyholders typically use to elevate a property. Increasing the coverage amount and clarifying that voluntary buyouts are available would simplify and shorten the buyout process, making buyouts a more viable option for residents of flood-prone areas.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

May 18

Capital Gazette mass shooting suspect Jarrod Ramos held grudge against paper

first_imgAnne Arundel Police(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — The alleged gunman accused of fatally shooting five people inside a Maryland newsroom may have been nursing a longstanding grudge against the newspaper.Jarrod Ramos, a 38-year-old resident of Laurel, Maryland, has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder, court records show. A judge ordered on Thursday that Ramos be held without bond because he has reasons to believe the man “is a danger to another person and community.”Four journalists and a sales assistant were killed and two others were injured Thursday after Ramos allegedly opened fire on employees inside the office building of the Capital Gazette, a local daily newspaper in Annapolis. Police said they aren’t looking for additional suspects and believe Ramos acted alone.Tom Marquardt, a former editor and publisher of the Capital Gazette, told ABC News that Ramos had previously filed a defamation lawsuit in 2012 against the newspaper following a story about a harassment case in which Ramos was the defendant.“He represented himself and took advantage of the legal system to keep the case alive for a long period of time during which he sued lawyers, judges, anybody who crossed his path and disagreed with him,” Marquardt said. “Because of that grudge, innocent people died.”Marquardt, who worked at the newspaper for 35 years before retiring in 2014, told ABC News he once received a death threat from Ramos and alerted authorities. Police investigated but didn’t have enough evidence to file any charges against Ramos, according to Marquardt.“We had actually contacted the police to pursue one particular comment in which he wished I would be dead and the police looked into it,” he added. “Beside that, there wasn’t a strong enough case to take to court and our strategy really at that point was to lay low and to not infuriate him more than necessary because we just didn’t want the argument to escalate into something worse.”Court documents show that Ramos pleaded guilty to a criminal harassment charge in the District Court of Maryland in Anne Arundel County nearly seven years ago. An article about the case was published in the Capital Gazette five days later, written by then-staffer Eric Thomas Hartley.According to the 2011 article, Ramos reached out to a former high school classmate on Facebook, saying he was having some issues and asked her for help. The woman, who was not named in the story, tried to help and suggested he seek counseling.“That sparked months of emails in which Ramos alternately asked for help, called her vulgar names and told her to kill herself. He emailed her company and tried to get her fired,” the article said.Court documents show a judge placed Ramos on 18 months of supervised probation and ordered him to continue therapy and refrain from any further contact with the woman or her family.A year after the story ran, Ramos filed an initial complaint against Hartley, Marquardt and Capital Gazette Communications, claiming he was defamed in the newspaper article. A few months later, Ramos filed another complaint that added a charge of invasion of privacy.The case was ultimately dismissed.A Twitter account with Ramos’ name under the handle @EricHartleyFrnd has tweeted several times about Hartley and the Capital Gazette. The account’s profile description says, “Dear reader: I created this page to defend myself. Now I’m suing the shit out of half of AA County and making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities.”One tweet in November 2015 includes a screenshot of a Google search of pianist Jarrod Radnich, with Ramo’s name appearing above Radnich’s in the search bar. The tweet’s caption says, “In anticipation of forthcoming rape and murder, I am now officially more famous than Jarrod Radnich. Thanks JabbaTH.”Then there was this tweet in December 2015: “Eric Thomas Hartley knows from experience, but doesn’t appreciate how bad it can get. Journalist Hell awaits.”The Twitter account has since been suspended.“There’s clearly a history there,” Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare told reporters Friday morning, responding to questions about Ramos’ connection to the newspaper. “We were not aware of that history until last night.”Altomare said investigators had secured Ramos’ residence and conducted a search warrant there Thursday night, finding evidence that shows “the origination of planning.”Authorities have described the shooting as a “targeted attack,” saying the gunman “looked for his victims as he walked through the lower level” of the office building where the newsroom is located.“This person was prepared today to come in,” Anne Arundel Police Department Deputy Chief Bill Krampf said at a press conference Thursday night. “This person was prepared to shoot people. His intent was to cause harm.”Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams said Ramos “hunted” his victims, including those who tried to flee. He even barricaded the back exit of the newsroom so employees couldn’t escape, according to Adams.Ramos allegedly wielded a pump-action shotgun that was legally purchased about a year ago, according to Altomare.Police arrived at the scene of the shooting within a minute and apprehended Ramos within two minutes. No gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and police.Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh told ABC News that police found him hiding under a desk in the newsroom before taking him into custody.Police have identified the victims who died as Tom Fischman, Robert Hiasen, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters.Two other employees, Janet Cooley and Rachel Pacella, were treated for minor injuries and released from Anne Arundel Medical Center on Thursday night, according to a hospital spokesperson.Ramos did not have a wallet or ID on him when he was taken into custody and refused to cooperate with authorities during an initial interview, according to the Anne Arundel Police Department.Investigators were unable to identify the suspect using his fingerprints due to a problem with a machine, law enforcement sources told ABC News. So they used facial recognition software instead, though it’s unclear whether it was from a photograph or a witness, the source said.Court officials told ABC News that when Ramos arrived for an initial appearance around 1:30 a.m. local time Friday, the judge asked if he wanted an attorney. Ramos apparently responded, “I’m not going to corporate.” A public defender represented Ramos during his bail hearing Friday morning.The chiefs of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Annapolis Police Department told ABC News in an interview Friday morning that Ramos was still not talking.Phil Davis, a courts and crime reporter for the Capital Gazette, wrote on Twitter that the gunman shot through a glass door and into the newsroom, which is located on the first floor of a multi-office building.He said he hid under his desk as the gunman fired at employees, at one point stopping to reload.“There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you’re under your desk and then hear the gunman reload,” Davis tweeted after he was safe.Ismael Reyes lives with his wife and children two floors above the apartment where Ramos resides in Laurel, about 25 miles from Annapolis. Reyes told ABC News he has lived in the building for seven years and hardly ever saw Ramos.Reyes said he never saw Ramos carrying any guns or ammunition.Reyes also told ABC News he never saw any visitors coming or going from Ramos’ apartment, and Ramos himself rarely left the residence or moved his car, a black Honda Fit. He always kept the blinds on his windows closed, Reyes said.“Like a hermit, really quiet,” he said of Ramos.Reyes said he was coming home from grocery shopping on Thursday when he saw police outside the building. He and his family were ordered to evacuate and weren’t allowed back inside until early Friday morning.“I couldn’t believe it,” Reyes told upon hearing that Ramos was the alleged gunman in Thursday’s shooting.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 18

Put equal rights issues under one umbrella

first_imgPut equal rights issues under one umbrellaOn 14 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. There is not much which angers me more when trying to do my job thanbureaucracy and the wasted effort that so often accompanies it. In the past fewyears we in the personnel department have suffered from a huge amount ofbureaucracy generated domestically and by Brussels. However, there is anotherform of that same disease which seems to be afflicting us and which iscontagious in the extreme. I refer to the proliferation of agencies – officialand unofficial, quangos and voluntary groups – set up to support and focus ourattention on equal opportunities. At the last count there was more than 40.This may be dangerous territory, akin to challenging motherhood and applepie, but my objective in raising the topic is not to draw attention away fromthe issues but rather the opposite. I think the multi-faceted aspects of equalopportunities are currently being badly served by the very fragmentation whichbesets the subject.Even a well-resourced personnel department in a large or medium-sizedenterprise that wants to keep up-to-date with all the legislation, codes ofconduct and best practice in equal opportunities will find extreme difficultyin doing so faced with the constant barrage of letters, training courses, up-dates,guidance notes, etc. Each claims priority, argues a perfectly reasoned case asto why organisations should take the particular issue seriously and why itshould engage the support of line managers and employees in putting theappropriate policy into action. And if large or medium-sized organisations arehaving problems coping how does the small business manage?I pity the organisation, typically a small business, operating without apersonnel officer but receiving a barrage of information daily on the wholerange of equal opportunities topics. Who do you turn to for unbiased, free, andreadily available advice on how to navigate a safe way through all therequirements? Is it beyond the wit of man to combine all equal opportunitiesissues under one broad agency?I am reminded of the cautionary tale of the Federation of Small Businesseswhich, faced with the huge welter of legislation of the past two years, askedfor some modest relief by asking the Government for a single inspectorate todeal with all the regulations on health, safety, fire and environment. Thereply by the agencies was a classic: “No one person could possibly masterso many rules” …except presumably the small business man or womandesperately struggling to make sense of them all and run a profitable businessat the same time.I recognise that lots of independent agencies, lobby groups and supportgroups would not wish to be limited by being under such an umbrellaorganisation but as the various aspects of equal opportunities become enshrinedin the law, surely there is a case for bringing them together in some moremanageable way.By Mike Judge Personnel director ofPeugeotlast_img read more

May 12

IT chiefs handle cuts sensitively

first_img Comments are closed. More than half of UK directors in the IT sector prefer to communicate newsof redundancies to staff through an informal meeting between manager andemployee. Research by RHI Consulting finds the next most popular method of informingstaff about lay-offs is by using formal group meetings, with 36 per cent ofemployers choosing this approach. Only 6 per cent of directors advocate using memos to inform staff about joblosses. Phil Sheridan, area manager at RHI Consulting, said: “Recent lay-offsin the IT sector have caused an atmosphere of caution and directors have becomeincreasingly sensitive to the way bad news is communicated.” The study, based on a survey of 1,100 HR, financial and general directors incharge of recruiting IT professionals, also reveals 65 per cent of employersthink the use of temporary staff will rise. Only 12 per cent of respondents expect the use of temporary staff todecrease. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article IT chiefs handle cuts sensitivelyOn 5 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

May 12

People focus boosts bank’s fortunes

first_img Comments are closed. People focus boosts bank’s fortunesOn 5 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Thefocus of Barclays’ chief executive on people policies helped the bank recoverfrom its financial woes of the late 1990s, according to its most senior HRprofessional.MattBarrett was brought in by Barclays in 1999. The bank had fallen to 22nd place inthe global banking market from a high of fourth position, and the previouschief executive had just been fired in the middle of a board meeting.HisHR background meant he was aware that focusing on people and culture was thekey to turning Barclays around, said Gary Dibb, chief administration officer.”Forthe first two years, Matt was on a constant circuit talking to employees,”he told delegates at the Economist HR Directors’ European Summit. “If anemployee had an idea that worked, they would get a personalised letter or phonecall from the chief executive.”Barrett’sfirst target of cutting costs by £1bn meant that HR spend was slashed by 39 percent. But he also changed the culture. Barclays consisted of four highlyautonomous businesses -retail banking, Barclays Capital, Barclaycard andPrivate Banking – which rarely communicated with each other.”Wemade big changes to the 10-strong executive committee,” said Dibb. “There was also lotsof movement between businesses, breaking down the silos.” Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

May 3

Sub-fusc tour auction

first_imgAn enterprising Oxford graduate has attempted to sell a special tour of Oxford online. The person set up an online listing on eBay, and advertised a “Day in the Life of an Oxford student”, showing the self-named “auctionwilliam”, clad in sub-fusc. He promised afternoon tea at the Grand Café, punting and even access to lectures and “exclusive parts of Colleges”. He recommended his services as being “ideal for foreigners”. Nobody hasARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img