American home sales increase

first_img Share Tags: NULL American home sales increase whatsapp Pending home sales in the US increased by two per cent in December, as November’s increase was revised down to 3.1 per cent. The rise – reported by the National Association of Realtors – was double the rate forecast by economists. “It looks like an improving trend, but with the glut in existing homes, housing won’t be a significant contributor to GDP this year,” said Jim O’Sullivan of MF Global. Meanwhile US durable goods orders fell by 2.5 per cent in December, greater than the predicted fall of 1.5 per cent. However, Paul Ashworth of Capital Economics described the figures as “very suspicious looking” after non-defence aircraft orders were shown plunging by 99.5 per cent. He described the statistic, released by the US commerce department, as “nonsense.” The weekly jobless claims data showed an increase of 51,000, although the rise was blamed on seasonal volatility and snow. Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp Thursday 27 January 2011 7:33 pm Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof last_img read more

These are the 5 top FTSE 100 shares over 5 years. I like 3 today

first_imgOCDOOcado Group3.9-1.5-10.0-12.0-8.763.090.0634.9 See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Image source: Getty Images. EVREvraz-3.4-8.78.438.2105.3-4.024.8372.1 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. These are the 5 top FTSE 100 shares over 5 years. I like 3 today Our 5 Top Shares for the New “Green Industrial Revolution” The FTSE 100, the UK’s main stock market index, has ridden a rocky road over the past five years. In mid-June 2016, prior to the UK’s Brexit referendum, the blue-chip index hovered around 6,000 points. In both January and May 2018, it surged above 7,775 points, hitting an all-time closing high of 7,877.45 on 22 May 2018. So far, so good.The FTSE 100 crashes 35%The index then drifted up and down until 17 January 2020, when it closed at nearly 7,675 points. But then catastrophe arrived as the Covid-19 virus spread. As global infections rose, the Footsie crashed spectacularly, plunging to close at 4,993.89 on ‘Meltdown Monday’ (23 March 2020). The index lost over 2,680 points in two months, collapsing more than a third (34.9%). However, in the subsequent 16 months, the index recovered much of its losses and currently trades around 7,139.55 points. That’s a capital gain of almost a fifth (18.6%) over the past half-decade.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…These are the Footsie’s top five shares since 2016As an index, the FTSE 100 tells you nothing about the performance of its individual constituents. As you’d expect, some Footsie shares have done extremely well, whereas others have performed terribly since mid-2016. For the record, these five shares are the top performers in the FTSE 100 over the five years to today: Enter Your Email Address It was released in November 2020, and make no mistake:It’s happening.The UK Government’s 10-point plan for a new “Green Industrial Revolution.”PriceWaterhouse Coopers believes this trend will cost £400billion……That’s just here in Britain over the next 10 years.Worldwide, the Green Industrial Revolution could be worth TRILLIONS.It’s why I’m urging all investors to read this special presentation carefully, and learn how you can uncover the 5 companies that we believe are poised to profit from this gargantuan trend ahead! SMTScottish Mortgage Investment Trust1.613.15.18.964.5135.4132.5371.2 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares AALAnglo American-3.2-8.73.723.965.954.267.6365.4 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. AHTAshtead Group-2.67.120.655.0102.1159.9113.4416.9 Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Ocado Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. TickerCompany1W1M3M6M1Y2Y3Y5Y Cliff D’Arcy | Saturday, 12th June, 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. Access this special “Green Industrial Revolution” presentation now As you can see, the #1 performer in the FTSE 100 over the past five years is online supermarket Ocado. Its shares have skyrocketed by nearly 635%, turning £1,000 into £7,349 since mid-2016. That is a fantastic return, easily eclipsing the 18.6% rise in the wider index. But it’s possible that Ocado stock has gone too far too fast and is now over-cooked. Hence, I’m not a fan of this superstar growth stock today, so I don’t own this share.Four five-star FTSE 100 stocksThe second-best performer is Ashtead Group, which rents out industrial equipment and has had a cracking five years. Its share price is up over seven of the eight time periods shown, only to dip 2.6% this week. This consistent winner releases its latest quarterly results next Tuesday, 15 June. I’d like to see these before forming an opinion on the merits of this five-star FTSE 100 share. I don’t own this stock today.The third winner is Evraz, a FTSE 100 steelmaker and miner mainly operating in Russia, Ukraine, and North America. Its biggest shareholder is Roman Abramovich, owner of Premier League football team Chelsea. I like the look of this £9.1bn firm, not least for its 5.7% dividend yield, but have not yet pressed the buy button so far.Number four is SMT, a FTSE 100 investment trust with heavy exposure to US and Chinese tech stocks. I regard SMT as a bubble stock built on bubble stocks. Its shares have fallen from a peak of 1,415p four months ago to 1,241p today. As a value investor seeking high dividends, SMT just isn’t for me.Finally, in fifth place is Anglo American, which mines platinum, copper, nickel, iron ore, coal, and diamonds. Even though this stock is up 78% in the past 12 months, I have high hopes for global miners in any sustained post-Covid-19 boom. Hence, though I’d don’t own AAL, I would be a buyer at the current share price of 3,151p.last_img read more

House of Bishops seats 8 new members, says no to…

first_imgHouse of Bishops seats 8 new members, says no to ‘business as usual’ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA General Convention, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA July 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm I’m hoping the Very Rev. Nick Knisely was one of them. Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm Headline: House of Bishops Seats 8 New MembersThe newly recognized bishops remain anonymous? Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH House of Bishops Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Albany, NY By Pat McCaughanPosted Jul 6, 2012 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Bath, NC Harry W Shipps says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET General Convention 2012, Comments are closed. Rector Belleville, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Bill Locke says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing July 7, 2012 at 4:17 pm Sounds like an exciting meeting in the House of Bishops. I wish I were able to be there. This is no time for ‘business as usual’+HWS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET center_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] The House of Bishops greeted international and ecumenical visitors, seated eight new bishops-elect and made it clear they weren’t about to conduct “business as usual” during a second day of deliberations at the 77th General Convention in Indianapolis.Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani was among more than a dozen international guests visiting the bishops. He said that although funding to the Al Ahli Arab Hospital, Gaza’s only Christian medical center, had been cut, the diocese has no intention of closing it (see related story).Later in the morning, the bishops broke into applause, whistles and laughter when greeted via telephone by the Rt. Rev. Jon Bruno, bishop of Los Angeles, who has been undergoing treatment for acute monocytic leukemia and was unable to attend convention.Bruno said he missed General Convention, “and I never thought I would say that.” He thanked the presiding bishop and the bishops for their many expressions of support, adding, “The truth is, you haven’t gotten rid of me. I’m coming back with vigor.”He said that one of the most touching notes he received was from someone “who disagrees with me on everything, yet stood with me in prayer and love.“We have a family, an evolving church that is growing and becoming a stronger place because we understand the great gift of God and power of grace in our lives.”Some of those family disagreements emerged during business sessions later in the morning.Bishop Michael G. Smith of North Dakota told other bishops that “inspired by our committee work in Structure, I’m going to start voting no on a lot of things,” including Resolution A078. He added that he didn’t oppose the issue the measure addressed but was rejecting the legislation “because it’s business as usual and it bogs us down in General Convention.”The resolution called for dioceses to adopt a statement acknowledging the fundamental human right to know one’s historical heritage, medical history and genetic derivation.Bishops also rejected an amended version of Resolution A023, after stripping the measure of $60,000 suggested funding. The Social and Urban Affairs committee had proposed rerouting the legislation, which dealt with the development of federal prison chaplaincies, to a church commission.The resolution sparked a flurry of questions and discussions about protocol for funding, and prompted Bishop Suffragan James Curry of Connecticut to raise “a point of personal privilege. I’m concerned we’re using now resolutions about specific things to argue about the elephant in the room, which is the organization and budget. It seems to me we have to have that conversation before we start making decisions about policy and how we want to do God’s mission in the future.”There was lively debate before bishops rejected Resolution A063, from the Prayer Book Liturgy and Church Music committee, which asked Program, Budget and Finance (PBF) to consider allocating $105,000 for meetings of the standing commission on liturgy and music during the next triennium.“I’m not clear about what proposed budget we’re talking about and if this is an item that appeared in the several different proposed budgets,” said the Rt. Rev Cathy Roskam, retired bishop suffragan of New York. “I have the same concern (heard before) that we haven’t had the budget discussion … that we’ll vote that decision simply by doing it line by line without having considered the whole thing. Is it the same in the several proposed budgets we’ve had or is there a significant difference?”PBF Bishop Chair Steve Lane of Maine told the bishops, “We are witnessing the normal process of this convention of enabling resolutions, and directing things to PBF for their consideration. This is an enabling resolution to affirm that we think that this is important and to request that PB&F consider it in building the budget.”But Bishop Andrew Doyle of Texas said he was rejecting the resolution because “this is an example of how our system does not work.“PB&F is already making decisions on this,” he said. “We spend time in a committee now on this. We sent it through a secretariat; now it’s come to us. We’re going to spend time debating it and at the end of the day they (PB&F) are already making decisions about it.”He added, “The system needs to change. The majority of the blue book is from this committee. I’m not against doing liturgical work,” he added. “But the amount of time and energy and money we spend on this particular thing is completely spent on ourselves primarily and not on mission. So I will vote no on this and will vote no on many of the others.”Lane reassured the house “that although PB&F is working on the budget and is considering many, many items and receiving regularly a notification about pending legislation, we have not yet concluded our conversation.”There is a July 7 hearing on spending “and I would not want the impression to be left that we’ve already decided about this item,” he said. “It is currently in the draft but we’re still doing our work. I do not want to leave the impression that PB&F is deciding about the budget line items apart from this convention.”— The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a member of the Episcopal News Service team at General Convention. Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem July 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm These are in fact the eight bishops elected within the time frame that requires consent at General Convention. They were consented to by the bishops, presented to the House of Deputies, and then seated in the House of Bishops with seat and voice. They include our new bishop, Nick Knisely. Rector Smithfield, NC Ann Lamb says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Karen White says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Comments (4) Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Cathedral Dean Boise, IDlast_img read more

Gaza news blockade : Petition by Reporters Without Borders and 160 news media about handed in at Israeli embassy

first_img Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts RSF_en The following medias have already signed the appeal:Afghanistan (Killid Group), Algeria (Echorouk, El Khabar, El Watan), Argentina (Desde Neuquén), Austria (Austrian Journalists Club from Vienna, ZDF), Azerbaijan (Turan News Agency), Bangladesh (Media Watch), Belgium (De Morgen, De Standaard, La Libre Belgique, Le Soir, RTBF TV et radio, VRT), Brazil (Associação Brasileira de Journalismo Investigativo (Abraji)), Canada (CBC, In These Times, Le Devoir, The National Free Press, Now Magazine, Public News Service, Rabbles.ca, Sources.com, Wire Tap Magazine), France (ARTE, LCI (rédaction), L’Express, Le Figaro, Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Humanité, Mediapart.fr, RFI, RMC, RTL, Rue 89.com), Georgia (Media.ge), Germany (AFPA Press, ARD, Breakingnews4all.de, Der Spiegel, Die lokale Onlinezeitung zum Mitmachen, Die Tageszeitung, Die Welt, Entwicklungspolitik Online, The Financial Times Deutschland, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Frei Medien, GEO, Menschen Machen Medien, N24, N-tv, Nachrichtenmagazin Focus, Panoriental TV, Stern, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Teuto Radio, Under.Attack Information, ZDF), Greece (Elefterotipia, Ethnos, Kathimerini, Le Petit journal, Nea, Vima), Guatemala (Guatemala Times), Guinea Bissau (ANG, Bombolom FM, Diário de Bissau, Gazeta de Notícias, Kansaré, NÔ Pintcha, Rádio Galáxia de Pindjiguiti, Rádio Jovem, Rádio Nossa, Rádio Sol Mansi, RDN, TGB, Última Hora), Hong Kong (Hong Kong Journalists Association), Italy (Carta, Il Manifesto, Liberazione, Radio 24, Radio Radicale, La Repubblica, Secolo XIX, L’Unita), Mauritania (Le Calame), Mexico (Dia Siete, El Diario de ciudad Juárez, El Manana de Nuevo Laredo, El Universal, Zócalo), Morocco (Atlantic Radio, Tel quel – Nichane), Netherlands (Firat News Agency), Nigeria (Economic News Media Group), Norway (Bergens Tidende, Scanpix Norway, Stavanger Aftenblad), Peru (Asociación de Periodistas de Lima Norte, El Comercio), The Philippines (Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility), Qatar (Al Jazeera), Romania (Adevarul Newspaper, Cotidianul Daily, Jurnalul National, Realitatea TV), Spain (ABC, Cadena SER, Cubamatinal.com, COM Ràdio, CNN+, Cuatro, Diariocritico.com, El, Mundo, El País, El Periódico de Catalunya, Independant docs TV, Inter Press Service – Comunica, La Aventura Humana, La Sexta, Nuevatribuna.es, Periodistas-ES.org, RNE (information services), TVE (information services), Vida Positiva TV & Raio), Sweden (Fria Tidningar, Nerikes Allehanda, Stockholm City, Sundsvalls Tidning, Svenska Dagbladet, Sweden, Aftonbladet, Världshorisont, Vestmanlands Läns Tidning), Switzerland (Le Courrier, Le Quotidien Jurassien, Le Temps), Tunisia (Kalima Radio), Turkey (Demokrat Radyo), United Arab Emirates (Al Arabyia), United Kingdom (Article 19, BBC Arabic, Libre News Agency, Sky News, The Guardian, Welsh Nation (Wales), Y Ddraig Goch (Wales), Y Papur Gwyrdd (Wales)), United States of America (ABC Newsk, Cartoonists Rights Network International, CBS News, CNN, Minnesota Independent, New York Times, NPR, PeriodismoCiudadano.com), Uzbekistan (Ferghana.ru, Uzmetronom.com, Uznews.net). News June 3, 2021 Find out more The text of the petition to the Israeli authorities, launched by Reporters Without Borders on 9 January, and the first 156 signatures:Allow the news media into the Gaza Strip!Appeal by the world’s media and Reporters Without Borders to the Israeli authoritiesWe, the news media of the entire world, join the international press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders in urging the Israeli authorities to allow our reporters back into the Gaza Strip.In view of the scale of the military operations and the repercussion they are having throughout the world, we believe the Israeli government’s decision to exclude the press from the Gaza Strip is untenable and dangerous.It is incomprehensible that Israel is preventing the press from providing independent coverage of events that concern us all.There is only one solution to this situation: while taking the necessary security measures, the Israeli authorities must grant immediate access to the Gaza Strip to the media personnel who have been sent to cover this conflict.You, international medias want to sign the appeal, please contact us at: [email protected] to go further Reporters Without Borders went to the Israeli embassy in Paris today and, in a symbolic gesture, handed a copy of the call signed by 160 international news media to restore media access to the Gaza Strip. News Follow the news on Israel News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes IsraelMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders went to the Israeli embassy in Paris today and, in a symbolic gesture, handed a copy of the call signed by 160 international news media to restore media access to the Gaza Strip.The gesture was intended to reinforce the pressure on the Israeli government to lift the news blockade around the Gaza Strip, the target of an unprecedented military offensive since 27 December. The news blockade violates international humanitarian law and Israeli supreme court decisions.This situation is all the more absurd as a large number of foreign journalists have, since last weekend, been allowed to enter the Gaza Strip across the Egyptian border at Rafah.Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard also announced that Reporters Without Borders will visit the Gaza Strip as soon as it is reopened to the press in order to investigate the conditions in which journalists are working and to assess the impact of the news blockade on coverage of Operation “Cast Lead.” January 20, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gaza news blockade : Petition by Reporters Without Borders and 160 news media about handed in at Israeli embassy IsraelMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Europe & ex-USSR

first_img RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF_en to go furthercenter_img Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 8, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia There is little change at the head of the index this year. Aside from Canada and New Zealand, the top 20 countries are all European. None of the European Union’s 27 members is outside the top 60. Europe’s bad boy, Bulgaria (59th), trailed behind the others because of its failure to deal firmly with corruption and violence that is both gangland and political in origin. Italy (44th) and Spain (36th) also received mediocre rankings due, in the former, to a poor overall climate and to mafia threats and violence, and in the latter, to the fear imposed by the Basque armed separatist group ETA.France (35th) has for the past two years held the European record for police and court interventions linked to the confidentiality of journalists’ sources, with five searches, two preliminary indictments and four summonses. The arrest of Guillaume Dasquié of Geopolitique.com by the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST), an intelligence agency, and the arrest of an Auto Plus reporter, accompanied by raids on his home and office, show that the confidentiality of sources is not always adequately protected in the “land of human rights.”The most significant development in the former Soviet periphery is the deterioration in the Caucasus, where two of its three independent countries – Armenia (102nd) and Georgia (120th) – had major problems and introduced states of emergency. Several journalists fell victim to the sudden outbreak of war in Georgia.The countries of Central Asia continue to lag far behind, with Uzbekistan (162nd) and Turkmenistan (171st) coming in the last 20 along with Belarus (154th). The situation in Russia (141st), where the press continues to be subject to violence and harassment, has been changed little by Dimitri Medvedev’s election as president. Europe – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News October 22, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Europe & ex-USSR June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Family of alleged YouTube shooter warned police ‘she might do something’

first_imgABCNews.com(SAN DIEGO) — Relatives of the suspect in Tuesday’s shooting at YouTube’s headquarters in California said they told police about her vendetta against the company and warned them “she might do something.”Nasim Najafi Aghdam of San Diego allegedly opened fire at the tech giant’s Bay Area headquarters Tuesday afternoon, injuring three people before killing herself, according to police.Aghdam allegedly used a pistol in the shooting. So far, there’s no indication she had obtained it illegally, police said.The three victims were transported to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, spokesman Brett Andrew told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. At the time, a 36-year-old man was in critical condition, a 32-year-old woman was in serious condition, and a 27-year-old woman was in fair condition.The San Bruno Police Department said it is still investigating a motive for Tuesday’s shooting. There’s no evidence at this time to suggest the shooter knew the victims or that individuals were specifically targeted, police said.Earlier reports linked the attack to a domestic situation, two law enforcement officials told ABC News. The incident did not appear to be terror-related, the sources said.“We have a pretty good idea, but we’d like to get some more information before we can definitively say exactly what that motive was. But obviously she was upset with some of the practices or policies that the company had employed,” San Bruno Police Chief Ed Barberini said in an interview Wednesday on ABC’s Good Morning America.Aghdam’s family said she was a passionate vegan activist who often posted videos on her YouTube channel about animal cruelty. She developed a grudge against the video-sharing site after a change in its filtering policy caused her to lose followers, her family said. Aghdam also had a website with a manifesto that targeted YouTube for demonetizing her videos and cutting her ad revenue, according to ABC affiliate KGO-TV.“I’m being discriminated and filtered on YouTube, and I’m not the only one,” Aghdam said in one video. Aghdam had also embedded videos from other content creators who complained that YouTube’s new advertising policy caused them to lose traffic, subscribers and ad revenue.Aghdam’s brother, who asked to conceal his identity, said his family reported her missing over the weekend when she disappeared and stopped answering phone calls.The family’s worries grew when police said they had located her vehicle in Mountain View, about 30 miles southeast of YouTube’s headquarters, her brother told ABC affiliate KGTV.“I Googled ‘Mountain View’ and it was close to YouTube headquarters. And she had a problem with YouTube,” he told KGTV. “So I called that cop again and told him there’s a reason she went all the way from San Diego to there, so she might do something.”“So they didn’t do anything, and she got killed,” he said, adding, “And three or four more people got hurt.”The Mountain View Police Department confirmed that officers had found a woman of the same name asleep in a vehicle early Tuesday morning in a parking lot.“Our officers made contact with the woman after the license plate of her vehicle matched that of a missing person out of Southern California,” Mountain View Police spokeswoman Katie Nelson said in a statement. “The woman confirmed her identity to us and answered subsequent questions. At the conclusion of our discussion, her family was notified that she had been located.”The Aghdam family said the shooting incident was totally out of character for Nasim.“She was a nice person,” her brother said. “I mean, maybe not today, but she never hurt any creature.”He said his sister would have celebrated her 39th birthday on Wednesday.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Resources guide for stress

first_imgFeatures list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Personnel Today offers a list of resources and references which can help youbetter manage work-related stress in your organisation.Websiteswww.isma.org.uk International StressManagement Association. Charity with a multidisciplinary professionalmembership which promotes sound knowledge and best practice in the preventionand reduction of human stress. National Stress Awareness Day organiserwww.workstress.net aims to educateand raise awareness of work stress and to improve legislation on health, safetyand employment rights in UK and Europewww.stress-ip.co.uk Stress inPerspective. Ethical and professional consultancy providing advice and trainingto help reduce stress in the workplacewww.cipd.co.uk Professional body forthe personnel/human resources sector. Useful links to information on stress atwork, how to tackle it, legal implications and morewww.employment-studies.co.ukConductsresearch into workplace and employment issues, including stress and stressrelated problemswww.theworkfoundation.comGives advice and training on work-life and stress-related issueswww.statistics.gov.uk Officialstatistics, reflecting Britain’s economy, population and society at nationaland local levelwww.hse.gov.uk Health and SafetyExecutivewww.hsebooks.co.uk Good forsearching HSE publications. Some can be downloaded free in pdf formatwww.eoc.org.uk Equal OpportunitiesCommissionwww.acas.org.uk Arbitration andconciliation servicewww.tuc.org.uk Trades Union Congresswww.ilo.org International Labour Office.Provides statistics on working hours conditions etc. See also www.eurofound.ie – the European Foundationfor the Improvement of Living and Working Conditionswww.cbi.org.uk Employers’ organisationwhich offers advice on all aspects of employmentUseful organisations Health and Safety Commission (HSC)Tel: +44 (0) 207 717 6630Fax: +44 (0) 207 717 6644Stress at WorkTel: +44 (0) 1604 259 770Stress Education ServicesTel/Fax: +44 (0) 1560 486888E-mail: [email protected] Andrea Adams TrustTel/Fax: +44 (0) 1273 704900E-mail: [email protected] and Safety ConsultingTel: 07742 633129Email: [email protected] of Occupational Medicine (IOM)Tel: +44 (0) 131 667 5131Fax: +44 (0) 131 667 0136Email: [email protected] of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)Tel: +44 (0) 116 257 3100Fax: +44 (0) 116 257 3101E-mail: Consultants’ Register [email protected] Labour Office (ILO)Tel: +44 (0) 20 7828 6401Fax: +44 (0) 20 7233 5925E-mail: [email protected]/londonPublic Concern at WorkTel: +44 (0) 20 7404 6609Fax: +44 (0) 20 7404 6576E-mail: [email protected] of work, Health and Organisationswww.nottingham.ac.uk/iwhoPublicationswww.stress-management-nl.org/journal2.htmlOfficial publication of the ISMAOccupational HealthLeading monthly for OH professionalsFor subscriptions, phone: 01444 445566Employers’ LawThe monthly insight into the law at workFor subscriptions, phone: 01444 445566Stress in the UK workplaceA comprehensive report on the findings of the October 2003 stress survey bythe Health and Safety Executive and Personnel Today is available now. Price£25. Tel 01371 810433 for more information or e-mail [email protected] Today One Stop Guide to Managing IncapacityTo order a copy go to www.personneltoday.com/goto/18843Personnel Today survey: UK line managers – are they good enough?To order a copy go to www.personneltoday.com/goto/18844Stress and employer liabilityJill Earnshaw and Cary Cooper.CIPD. London. 2001Tackling work related stress: A manager’s guide to improving andmaintaining employee health and well beingSudbury. HSE Books. 2001Organisational interventions for work stressTom Cox, Amanda Griffiths and Claire Barlowe Sudbury. HSE Books. 2001Help on work related stress: a short guideSudbury. HSE Books. 2000Occupational StressIndustrial Society. London. 2001Creating a stress free officeSimon Priest and Jim Welch. Aldershot, Gower. 1998Managing organisational stressNoreen Tehrani. CIPD. London 2002.Available from www.cipd.co.uk/infosource/guidesArticlesTackling the drivers of stress go toHow the NHS is managing stress go to www.doh.gov.uk/iwl/index.htmStress managementFind out what local government workers are doing about stress at www.lg-employers.gov.ukFor a list of stress management consultancies go to www.personneltoday.com/directory Resources guide for stressOn 21 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. center_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:last_img read more

After coronavirus, we must ‘build back better’ on workplace health

first_img No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Previous Article Next Article Could ‘long Covid’ become the biggest return-to-work challenge yet for OH?Covid-19 is not just a discussion about those who recover from the virus and those, sadly, who do not. A… Photo: Shutterstock As we rebuild our economy post pandemic, employers must not leave behind their renewed focus on employee health and wellbeing, writes Simon Hodgson.It’s now roughly a year since the general election, at which one political party pledged to nationalise the railways, expand the size of the state, and immediately enact reforms to make the welfare system more generous. That party didn’t win the election, but all those things happened anyway.About the authorSimon Hodgson is chair of GRiD’s Public Policy Committee. GRiD (Group Risk Development) is the industry body for the group risk protection sectorWe’ve all been glued to our screens and watched a global pandemic disease ensnare both our economy and the political sphere. Watching leaders across the world attempt to grapple with this gigantic challenge on our behalf has been both terrifying as well as farcical at times – a bit like accidentally taping Contagion over a repeat of Yes, Minister.Despite the difficulties we face now, it makes sense that most aspects of our working lives will return to relative normality in time: meeting clients over coffee, swapping stories at the watercooler, and, unfortunately, catching a crowded train home. But there are some things that shouldn’t go back to how they were.Much of the political debate now centres on how the country will ever deal with the cost of the emergency support package put in place to soften the economic impact of the pandemic – the cost of which had already topped £100bn as quickly as 30 April 2020.Eye-watering cost of ill healthYou might be surprised to learn that ill health that prevents us from working was already such a big problem that in normal times it cost our economy that much every single year – around the same as the total bill for HS2 or over three times the lifetime cost of the UK’s new fleet of Dreadnought-class ballistic missile submarines.Most of this eye-watering annual drain on the economy is lost output, along with around £7bn of unnecessary expenditure in the NHS. It should go without saying that if we hope to not just recover our previous economic position, but to improve growth and productivity, then major reforms will be needed. And they’re long overdue.Take statutory sick pay, for example, which many have been shocked to discover offers workers payments of just £95.85 a week. It’s a system that was introduced while ships were returning from the Falklands War and Morrissey was forming The Smiths, so perhaps it’s not surprising that there’s plenty wrong with the scheme besides the fact it’s not enough to live on: it’s far more complicated than it needs to be, doesn’t account for part-time or flexible working, and leaves out two million workers the TUC calls “too low paid to fall ill”. There must be a way to give British workers better protection than this.Leaving aside financial security, many workers in the UK lack access to the right support they need to stay in work after becoming disabled or adjusting to the impact of a long-term health condition on their job. The government estimates only around half of employees can get even basic occupational health support through their workplace.Lack of access to vocational rehabilitationThe proportion with access to vocational rehabilitation and return-to-work support such as that available with a group income protection policy is sadly smaller still. It can be hard for smaller firms to find impartial information about the services that are out there, not to mention find the funding to give their staff the support they’d like.Government is working hard to resolve these issues and, of course, the occupational health, insurance, and vocational rehabilitation community will do all it can to help.Crucially, what the international evidence shows is the key to tackling sickness absence and keeping disabled people and those with health conditions in sustained employment is the active participation of engaged employers. The good news is that, despite the challenges of the pandemic and its impact on business finances, more employers than ever before are now becoming interested in good work that supports good health.The bad news? Many businesses, having turned to government-backed credit or become reliant on state support for furloughed staff, may be in dire straits and simply not have the bandwidth to continue to prioritise this vitally important issue over the coming years.Facing the government will be a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, demands to limit business distractions and get the economy moving. On the other, a growing consensus behind ensuring people aren’t forced to face hardship in the future if they are unfortunate enough to fall ill, whether from a resurgent coronavirus or otherwise.As business tightens its collective belt, achieving the step change needed is not going to be easy – but, as occupational health practitioners know, there are plenty of things businesses can do to improve workplace health that don’t cost the earth.Value of ‘good’ work in supporting good healthWhat is crucial in the short-term is to sound a clarion call to businesses not to lose focus on the value of ‘good’ work in supporting good health, and early intervention in helping those with a mental or physical health condition to stay in work where they can.We can now come together – as occupational health and vocational rehabilitation experts, policymakers, clinicians, employers, and business organisations – to develop a consensus statement on the importance of creating healthy and inclusive workplaces which allow everyone to reach their full potential and remain in work, recognising the vital role played by employers in supporting the nation’s mental and physical healthPrevious work on a consensus statement for healthcare professionals set the backdrop for a range of successful interventions to deliver “work as a health outcome” – from more training for GPs and undergraduate medical students to the rollout of ‘health and work champions’ across NHS trusts. A PHE evaluation commended it as “symbolic evidence of the importance of the programme across clinical disciplines and government”.We can now come together – as occupational health and vocational rehabilitation experts, policymakers, clinicians, employers, and business organisations – to develop a consensus statement on the importance of creating healthy and inclusive workplaces which allow everyone to reach their full potential and remain in work, recognising the vital role played by employers in supporting the nation’s mental and physical health.Only by working across sectors and in partnership with business and employer organisations can we turn today’s good intentions into tomorrow’s effective action. The pandemic has shown us just how important it is to look after our employees well. We can’t lose sight of that as we build our workplaces back better after the virus.References“UK Covid-19 business bailouts have already cost more than £100bn”, The Guardian, April 2020, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/30/uk-coronavirus-business-bailouts-have-already-cost-more-than-100bn“Work, health and disability green paper data pack”, Department for Work and Pensions, October 2016, pp.15, available online at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/644090/work-health-and-disability-green-paper-data-pack.pdf“High Speed 2 (HS2) costs”, Institute for Government, https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/high-speed-2-costs“Dreadnought submarine programme: factsheet”, Ministry of Defence, February 2018, available online at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/successor-submarine-programme-factsheet/successor-submarine-programme-factsheet#future-costs“Statutory sick pay”, Department for Work and Pensions, https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay“Millions of low-paid workers don’t qualify for sick pay – and women are worst affected”, TUC, October 2019, https://www.tuc.org.uk/blogs/millions-low-paid-workers-dont-qualify-sick-pay-and-women-are-worst-affected“Health is everyone’s business Proposals to reduce ill health-related job loss”, Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health and Social Care, July 2019, pp.14. Available online at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/815944/health-is-everyones-business-proposals-to-reduce-ill-health-related-job-loss.pdf“Work as a Health Outcome: a qualitative assessment of the influence of the Health and Work Champions pilot programme and the clinical consensus statement”, Public Health England, October 2020, pp.6. Available online at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/923531/PHE__HWMC_Evaluation__2_.pdf Related posts: After coronavirus, we must ‘build back better’ on workplace healthOn 20 Nov 2020 in Coronavirus, OH service delivery, Return to work and rehabilitation, Sickness absence management, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Returning to work after brain injury: unpicking five myths and challengesThree experts in this field debunk some common myths around returning to work following a brain injury or stroke. 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Risk exposure trade-offs in the ontogeny of sexual segregation in Antarctic fur seal pups

first_imgSexual segregation has important ecological implications, but its initial development in early life stages is poorly understood. We investigated the roles of size dimorphism, social behavior, and predation risk on the ontogeny of sexual segregation in Antarctic fur seal, Arctocephalus gazella, pups at South Georgia. Beaches and water provide opportunities for pup social interaction and learning (through play and swimming) but increased risk of injury and death (from other seals, predatory birds, and harsh weather), whereas tussock grass provides shelter from these risks but less developmental opportunities. One hundred pups were sexed and weighed, 50 on the beach and 50 in tussock grass, in January, February, and March annually from 1989 to 2018. Additionally, 19 male and 16 female pups were GPS-tracked during lactation from December 2012. Analysis of pup counts and habitat use of GPS-tracked pups suggested that females had a slightly higher association with tussock grass habitats and males with beach habitats. GPS-tracked pups traveled progressively further at sea as they developed, and males traveled further than females toward the end of lactation. These sex differences may reflect contrasting drivers of pup behavior: males being more risk prone to gain social skills and lean muscle mass and females being more risk averse to improve chances of survival, ultimately driven by their different reproductive roles. We conclude that sex differences in habitat use can develop in a highly polygynous species prior to the onset of major sexual size dimorphism, which hints that these sex differences will increasingly diverge in later life.last_img read more

Hong Kong Jockey Wins On First U.S. Mount At Ellis Park;

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare HENDERSON, Ky. (Sunday, July 30, 2017) — You couldn’t hardly find a more juxtaposed racetrack from the two in skyscaper-crammed Hong Kong (population 7.3 million and with the world’s largest betting pools) than Ellis Park, with its soybeans and now also corn and pumpkins in its infield.But the track affectionately called the Pea Patch is where Hong Kong-based jockey Keith Yeung had his first American mount — and win — Sunday, guiding favored Flying Tipat to neck victory amid a swarm to the wire of the $42,000 turf allowance feature. Young, 29, also finished third in his second mount, aboard Iconic in a maiden race. Both horses are trained by Dale Romans.Yeung has won races in Hong Kong, Macau and Australia but had never even visited the United States until he flew into Louisville via Chicago a week after the Hong Kong season ended July 16. He’s scheduled to be here two more weeks, working horses at Churchill Downs for Romans and riding some at Ellis Park.“It was exciting,” he said, adding in reference to Romans’ partner Tammy Fox, “I said to Tammy in the parade ring, it feels like the first time I was on a racehorse in Australia. I was so excited, my heart was pumping. I was really excited for this trip and getting on a horse in the race. Fortunately I won the race — and nothing better than this.”Yeung’s tie to America is Fox’s brother Billy, who as a jockey rode in Hong Kong, including for one of the trainers for which Yeung now works. Yeung said he tried to visit America a couple of years ago but couldn’t get the proper visa in time.The jockey said you can’t compare Ellis Park to Hong Kong’s two racecourses: the urban Happy Valley and Sha Tin, where all the horses are stabled in multiple-story barns — a necessity with land at such a premium. That’s quite the contrast to Ellis Park, with its surrounding farmland.“Tammy told me this is a really country track,” Yeung said. “I like it here. I enjoy the atmosphere. It’s relaxing. Back home it’s more like a betting place; we enjoy racing but we’re more into the betting. But here they come with their family and children. Perfect!”“He’s a world-class jockey — showing up at Ellis Park,” Romans, who visited Hong Kong in 2013, said by phone from Saratoga. “The takeaway is that Ellis Park is getting bigger and bigger on the world stage. Everything about Ellis is on a major upswing.… Happy Valley is right in the center of downtown, like being in Times Square. And Ellis Park is in the center of a cornfield. It just goes to show that horse racing is popular no matter where you go.”Flying Tipat, the 2-1 favorite owned by Louisville businessman Frank Jones, covered 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:43.09, the 5-year-old Tapit mare’s final sixteenth clipping six seconds to edge Pour Girl and jockey Sophie Doyle by a neck, with Deedeezee and Assembly losing by a total of a half-length.“She always shows speed and she’s an honest horse, giving it her best,” Yeung said of Flying Tipat. “We’re happy she won this race. At the 800 meters when the leaders stopped, I got a beautiful run behind them and was lucky enough to get there at the finish line.”It was Flying Tipat’s third win in 25 starts, with three seconds and four thirds. “She’s not an easy horse to ride,” Romans said. “I thought he did a good job.”Yeung is scheduled to ride at Ellis Friday and Saturday for Romans.“I think I’ve been staying home too long,” he said. “I decided it was time for me to go and look around the world and see if I can improve myself.”Yeung won the $42,000 allowance feature before a large and festive crowd that included many children enjoyed a sun-kissed day with low humidity.“It’s beautiful,” the jockey told Ellis Park owner Ron Geary. “Like before when I was riding in Australia, I was riding at track in Melbourne. They don’t have a crowd like this. Here, there was more fun, more joy than I was expecting. I was really surprised to see this.” Hong Kong Jockey Wins On first U.S. Mount At Ellis Park;last_img read more