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Lookers bullish on 2011 outlook

first_img Share whatsapp KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Lookers bullish on 2011 outlook Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Wednesday 9 March 2011 7:53 pm LOOKERS yesterday reported a better-then-expected full-year profit, driven by a strong performance from its motor and car parts businesses and a reduction in costs, and the British car dealer said it was well-placed for further growth.The 124-outlet firm, which sells cars from manufacturers including Ford, Vauxhall, Nissan and Toyota, said January to December adjusted pre-tax profit was £33.6m, compared with £28.3m a year ago. Revenue climbed 7.7 per cent to £1.9bn. It said it would also pay a final dividend of 1.2p a share. last_img read more

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Looking for FTSE 100 income? Do these big share buybacks show the way?

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 7th January, 2020 | More on: AAL CRH Alan Oscroft 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. Looking for FTSE 100 income? Do these big share buybacks show the way? 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. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Alan Oscroft Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! CRH (LSE: CRH) is in the building materials business, and Anglo American (LSE: AAL) is a miner with a wide spectrum of earthly products. But other than the fact that they’re both constituents of the FTSE 100, what else do they have in common?They’re both engaged in share buybacks, which I’ve always been a bit wary of. It’s a roundabout way to return surplus capital to shareholders. The idea is than when shares are repurchased and cancelled, future earnings and dividends are spread over fewer shares, so EPS and the dividend should be higher — and that in turn should drive the share price up.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…Why not just pay out special dividends? There may be tax benefits, but there’s also the idea that buying up shares when they’re undervalued should provide better long-term benefits — but I’ve seen so many misplaced buybacks that I’m not entirely convinced.New phaseDublin-based CRH has just “completed the latest phase of its share buyback programme, returning a further €240 million of cash to shareholders,” having repurchased 7.6m shares since 26 August 2019. On Tuesday it announced a new phase, with the intention of spending a further €200m on more of its own shares.That seems like a statement of confidence in the value of the stock, but the decision seems perhaps questionable to me as the shares are flying high right now. The price is up 43% over the past 12 months, resulting in a P/E based on 2019 expectations of a little over 16. That’s doesn’t look significantly overvalued by any means, and there may well be more growth to come. But for a company in a relatively mundane business paying dividends yielding around 2% to 2.5%, it doesn’t look like obvious undervaluation to me.My feeling is that companies like CRH with surplus cash should almost always use special dividends to return it to shareholders, and let them decide for themselves whether they think the shares are cheap enough to buy more. I think companies themselves should focus on running the business, and almost always pretty much ignore the shares.Ongoing phaseAnglo American snapped up 283,960 shares on 6 January at an average price of £21.44 apiece, in its plan to return up to $1bn that started in July 2019 and is set to extend to “no later than 31 March 2020“.Again, we’re looking at a share price that has done well in the past year. That can be partly due to the share buyback itself, so it’s not necessarily an indicator that the buyback plan was a poor idea. But Anglo American shares were soaring before the buyback commenced, and initially slumped after the announcement — and they’re still below the pre-buyback price.I see signs that trouble me a little over the Anglo buyback programme. We have a P/E of 10 and a dividend yield of 4%, and that looks good value compared to the FTSE 100 average. But the mining business is characteristically cyclical, and two years of forecast 10% EPS falls would push that ratio up to nearly 12 — so maybe the shares aren’t such good value now.The Anglo share price has nine-bagged since the depths of the firm’s troubles in January 2016, so it would be ironic if the share buyback ends up tracing the share price’s cyclical peak. Image source: Getty Images. 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Melanesian primate calls sexual violence against children ‘a crime against…

first_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Children Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events 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 Posted Mar 27, 2018 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Melanesian primate calls sexual violence against children ‘a crime against humanity’ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Job Listing Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Advocacy Peace & Justice, Anglican Communion, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Bath, NC [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop George Takeli, primate of the Anglican Church of Melanesia, has spoken out after a spate of high-profile cases of sexual violence against girls in the Solomon Islands. The archbishop issued a statement in his role as chairman of the ecumenical Solomon Islands Christian Association.“We strongly condemn acts of violence in every form, and declared that sexual violence against our children and girls is sin by its painful dishonest exploitation, and a crime against humanity,” he said.Read the full article here. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

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Institute seeks feedback on two Codes of Fundraising Practice

first_img The Institute of Fundraising is consulting on the development of two Codes of Fundraising Practice covering Event Fundraising and Face to Face Fundraising.Draft Codes have been prepared and are published online at the Institute’s website. The first Events Code and revised Face to Face Fundraising Code are now open for consultation and the Institute is asking charities to add their comments to improve the drafts.The Draft Code on fundraising events covers planning, what to do on the day and follow up, plus an extensive legal section detailing charity law as well as legal requirements relating to event licensing requirements, music and considerations for when children will be attending. Advertisement The Draft Code on face to face fundraising, one of the most visible forms of fundraising, covers street fundraising and house to house collectionsm and is a revision of the Institute’s Code ‘Personal solicitation for Committed gifts’.Consultation on both codes closes on until 7 May 2006. Institute seeks feedback on two Codes of Fundraising Practice AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 March 2006 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Individual givinglast_img read more

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News of the World investigates donated clothes “charity racket”

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The News of the World today features an investigation into “rat-bag collecting firms [that] are lining their own pockets at the expense of big-name charities, the vulnerable – and caring families who donate their old gear”.In You rat bags reporters Daniel Jones and Lee Sorrell say that they filmed collectors licensed to collect by some charities taking clothes left for completely different charities. These were then taken, they say, to the licensed company, that is sub-contracted to collect clothes for RNLI and Kidney Research UK, for transfer out of the charity bags into plain black bin bags for sale by the company for its own profit.The newspaper said that “charities hit by the scam include Help the Aged, the NSPCC and the British Heart Foundation”. It named two Lithuanian men it had spoken to as involved in the operation.Both Kidney Research UK and the RNLI said that they would investigate the allegations and co-operate in any police investigation.The Institute of Fundraising said that it was important to expose and eliminate bad practice. However, it wished to stress that “such cases are the exception rather than the rule and that the majority of charity clothing collections are legitimate and adhere to best practice”.Louise Richards, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Institute of Fundraising, said: “The Institute is constantly working to raise the standard of best practice in the charity sector. A revised version of the House-to-House Collections Code of Practice is about to go out to public consultation. The Code contains a new section on goods collections and is intended to highlight best practice standards for the charity sector in this area.”www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/news/994104/Charity-bag-collectors-steal-clothes-donations.html AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis News of the World investigates donated clothes “charity racket”  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 September 2010 | News Tagged with: Law / policy Tradinglast_img read more

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Sue Perkins counts down to pancake day – with seven bowls of porridge

first_img Howard Lake | 3 March 2011 | News  9 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A TV presenter and a champion porridge maker have joined forces to help feed some of the world’s hungriest children, in the the run-up to Shrove Tuesday, a traditional day of feasting in the UK.Over the course of the next few days, Sue Perkins, known for her appearance in the ‘Supersizers’ series, and cook Anna Louise Batchelor, freestyle winner at the World Porridge making Championships, will be filmed creating seven different dishes.The recipes and tasting sessions will be shown online to raise money for the charity Mary’s Meals, which runs school feeding projects in developing countries.All the recipes feature porridge, the meal given to children at the charity’s schools in Malawi, and one of the foods that christians in Britain could traditionally eat during lent, when fasting meant that rich foods like butter and eggs were not consumed.The recipes and films will be shown on website See the Difference (www.seethedifference.org), a new initiative which helps charities to raise money and awareness through short films – and guarantees donors that they will see evidence of the difference their donation has made.Sue said: “I eat porridge most days, I just take it for granted, but half way around the world it’s a life-transforming food. Mary’s Meals’ very specific remit is to feed children so they are full and able to study. What they do on one level is incredibly simple, but on another level quite profound. Education is the greatest gift you can give a child.”Dom Vallely, from See the Difference said: “In the UK, Pancake Day is often spent enjoying lots of rich, luxurious food. We felt the days leading up to it were a perfect time to draw attention to the lives of children who don’t have enough to eat – focusing on porridge, a food that isn’t rich or a luxury, but can be delicious as well as life-changing.”It costs less than £7 to provide a child in Malawi with a mug of nutritious, maize-based porridge every school day for a year. See the Difference hopes that the recipes will encourage many supporters to donate £7 towards the £3,563 needed to feed all the children at Mchenza primary school, in the Balaka region of Malawi, for a year.“If we manage to raise enough money to feed these children, we will definitely be celebrating with a pile of pancakes, and maybe a bowl of porridge as well,” said Dom.Mary’s Meals is one of over a hundred charity projects supported by See the Difference. Other small organisations who have benefited from high profile support through its films include Women and Children First, backed by Sarah Brown, and the National Bat Helpline, which has been supported by Chris Packham.You can see the films online at http://www.marysmeals.org or http://www.seethedifference.orgcenter_img Sue Perkins counts down to pancake day – with seven bowls of porridge About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Irish charity sector bodies to merge

first_imgIrish charity sector bodies to merge  64 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: Fundraising Ireland Ireland Law / policy Managementcenter_img Fundraising Ireland (FI) and the Irish Charity Tax Reform group (ICTR) are to merge, according to a letter sent to FI members jointly signed by FI chairman Mícheál Sheridan and FI CEO Lucy Masterson.“Based on a recognition of the very real benefits of increased co-operation and after much discussion, consideration and joint meetings, the Boards of both Fundraising Ireland and ICTR have now agreed in principle to a proposal to merge our two organisations into one entity,” the letter says.The letter said that the merger will provide better advice and training on fundraising and reporting best practice and help deal with the challenges from forthcoming regulatory requirements and expectations regarding the sector generally.The ICTR sent out a similar letter to their members signed by their Chairperson and CEO.The boards of FI and ICTR are now carrying out the necessary work to facilitate arrangements for a merger.  This will involve Extraordinary General Meetings (EGMs) of both organisations. The new entity will be a registered charity with charitable tax exemption.ICTR was formed in 1991 ‘to optimise tax effective giving, reduce the tax burden on the sector and ensure regulation is appropriate to the needs of Irish charities’. The organisation, which has been led for most of its existence by Sheila Nordon, had an income of €184,000 in 2014. ICTR receives income from membership, foundations, including Atlantic Philanthropies, and the Irish government.FI had a turnover of €169,000 in 2012, according to the most recent accounts on its website. Most of its income is derived from the organisation’s annual fundraising conference.  63 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 25 May 2016 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Stop crude oil ‘bomb trains’

first_imgThe 105-car train included 103 cars loaded with the crude oil, with eight derailing, south of Galena, Ill. March 5, 2015.March 7 — In the past three days, two trains carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in North America, one March 5 in northwestern Illinois near the Mississippi River and one March 7 in Gogama, Ontario, the second such incident in Canada in three weeks. These wrecks follow a fiery explosion February in West Virginia and a January derailment in Philadelphia.When a CSX train carrying 3 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil derailed in Fayette County, W.Va., on Feb. 16, huge fireballs shot hundreds of feet into the sky, houses burned and at least 2,400 residents were evacuated. The train had jumped the tracks, sparking a fire that lasted over three days and left area residents worried about long-term water quality in a nearby river.No one was injured in a remote area of northern Ontario on Feb. 15 when a 100-car Canadian National Railway Co. train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire. In 2013, however, an unattended crude oil train rolled into the center of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, unleashing a major fire that destroyed dozens of buildings and killed 47 residents.Federal authorities from the Department of Transportation predicted that these dangerous derailments could become commonplace in upcoming decades. The DOT anticipated an average of ten incidents a year costing billions of dollars and endangering large numbers of people. Beating that estimate, there have now been five such incidents in 2015 in just over two months.Most trains involved were carrying highly combustible crude oil from North Dakota’s Bakken shale formation. These potentially deadly “bomb trains” are becoming all too common.There are currently no federal regulations for oil extracted by hydraulic fracturing in shale regions. The oil contains extremely high levels of volatile components, including propane and butane, from chemicals used in the fracking process.The energy industry has resisted demands to extract these components from the oil prior to shipping, claiming it’s too expensive. The more gaseous mixture happens to bring a higher profit for the energy industry.25 million people at riskSince 2008, rail shipments of oil increased from 9,500 carloads to around 500,000 in 2014. The oil trains travel through towns and cities unprepared to respond. There has been “no corresponding increase in safety preparedness plans,” according to the Center for Biological Diversity.A study by the CBD released Feb. 19 estimates that 25 million people in the U.S. live in the one-mile evacuation zone near rail lines, which is recommended by the U.S. Department of Transportation. When a tank car containing crude oil catches fire, federal guidelines call for the evacuation of people living within a half mile.The study raised concern that oil trains routinely pass within a quarter mile of streams, lakes, wetlands, reservoirs, the Hudson, Mississippi and Columbia rivers, the Puget Sound, Lake Champlain and Lake Michigan. The CBD called for a moratorium on “bomb trains” until safety can be ensured. (biologicaldiversity.org)In Philadelphia alone an estimated 704,000 people live or work within a half mile of CSX and Norfolk-Southern rail lines that run through the region. These tracks are traversed several times a day by mile-long trains with over 100 cars, most filled with oil from North Dakota.Most people in Philadelphia are probably unaware that their lives are at risk. Local officials say they can do little to regulate the railroads, which come under federal jurisdiction.Between 45 to 80 trains carrying shale crude oil travel through Philadelphia each week. The majority carry the volatile North Dakota crude. Two oil-train derailments already occurred in Philadelphia — one in early 2014 when several cars skipped the track and hung precariously over the Schuylkill River; the second in January when a CSX oil train left the tracks in a rail yard in South Philadelphia near Interstate 95.Neither incident resulted in explosions or oil spills, yet both served to expose the city’s glaring lack of any viable evacuation plan or campaigns to raise public awareness of the potential risk. On the contrary, what has come to light is city officials’ reluctance to disclose the schedules of oil-trains on “public security” grounds.Philadelphia public safety officials say they have an emergency evacuation plan, yet denied a 2014 right-to-know request from environmental activist Mary Donahue, who wondered what “they don’t want the public to know.” (Phila.com, Feb. 22) Other activists have questioned whether there really is a plan.A public hearing on the danger of train derailments in Philadelphia is planned for March 12.Putting profits before peoplePhiladelphia is not the only major city facing this threat. Trains carrying millions of gallons of crude oil routinely travel through major cities, including Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, Pa., and Albany, N.Y.North Dakota crude oil production is over 1 million barrels a day and 90 percent moves by freight rail. Even if the Keystone XL pipeline were to be completed, it has a capacity to move only 830,000 barrels a day.Fracking for North Dakota crude oil is a billion dollar business, and railroadshave become the primary method of transport to expanding East Coast refineries. The two richest men in the U.S., billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, have controlling shares in BNSF Railway and the Canadian National Railway Co. In 2014 Canadian National had profits of $59.2 billion.While the overall number of train accidents in the U.S. has decreased in recent years, the number of dangerous crude-oil train derailments has grown. The trains carrying oil are longer, heavier and more difficult to control or stop. The train that derailed in Ontario in February was over a mile long and weighed 14,355 tons.In many cases the aging railway infrastructure, especially bridges, was never designed to carry such heavy loads. Class 1 tracks have a weight capacity of around 286,000 lbs., or 143 tons. The Federal Railway Administration does not keep data on bridge inspections, and most states don’t employ workers dedicated to inspecting bridges.The railroad industry has called for tighter regulations, and is receiving greater scrutiny from some government agencies. But the refineries and the oil industry that own the cars have resisted making changes, including upgrading tank cars, because that cuts into their profits.Many of the initial accidents were blamed on outdated DOT-111 tank cars that were never designed to carry volatile crude. Changes in DOT regulations due to take place in May 2015 require the use of newer, supposedly more resilient CPC 1232 models. However, most of the recent explosive derailments involved these “safer” cars.Also, simply reducing the speeds at which the trains travel through heavily populated areas may not solve the problem. The train involved in the Lac-Megantic disaster was stopped at the time.Concern for human life and the environment must be put before the greed of the energy industry’s drive for higher profits. Until the safety issue is addressed there needs to be a moratorium on train transport of crude oil. Unless these corporations take measures to address growing safety concerns, millions of people remain sitting ducks — potential victims of corporate greed, just waiting for disaster to happen.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Open Streets event closes roadway in order to open for people

first_imgLinkedin Community to host fundraiser Monday to support injured Fort Worth officer Claire Girman Claire Girmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/claire-girman/ + posts ReddIt The109: Community hosts fundraiser to support injured Fort Worth officer Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature printOpen Streets closes roads to open for people from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.Representatives from a local non-profit organization said one of their least expensive events to finance on the calendar has become renowned for uniting people and area businesses.Open Streets, an event facilitated by representatives of Fort Worth South, Inc., was showcased on Sunday for the sixth year in the Near Southside District along Magnolia Avenue.Mike Brennan, the Director of Planning for Fort Worth South, Inc., said the intent of the event is to convert a popular roadway to a space where people can walk, ride bicycles and skateboard, but also engage with local businesses.“Something people don’t think about very often is how the streets we drive on every day can become an incredible public space that can be used in all sorts of ways,” Brennan said, “if we take the opportunity to shut them down.”He said the idea of Open Streets was inspired by a movement that started in South America.“The government was dealing with smog problems,” he said. “They said: ‘You know, we would benefit from a reduction in car traffic at least once a week.’ So on a Sunday afternoon, they would close a major roadway to cars and open them up to people.”Brennan said he’s seeing more people discovering the Near Southside based on the sheer growth in the event’s attendance over the years.“Based on last year’s crowd, it got to a point where the street was so congested, we had to take some steps this year to ensure people who were on bicycles, skates or skateboards had a section of the street where they could safely ride,” he said.Amy Warner, a representative of DFW Beagle Buddies, said this is the organization’s fourth year participating in Open Streets.“This year I’ve noticed they’ve put more of an emphasis on the bikes and giving more room for people to ride,” Warner said. “I think that’s a really nice change they’ve done.”Brennan said accommodating bicyclists, skaters and walkers this year remained a high priority, but also leaving enough space for local businesses to offer activities to families and passerbys.Visitors and families could participate in a variety of events hosted by area businesses, which ranged from face painting, hoola-hooping, dancing to playing music.“This is a fun way of increasing awareness of the area and businesses for the people who are here,” he said.Brennan said the event originally catered to residents in the surrounding neighborhoods of the Near Southside district, but growing attendance has proven the event is reaching others across Fort Worth.“It started at the neighborhood scale. People could roll out of bed on Sunday, get their bikes together and ride down the street and this event would be going on,” Brennan said. “It’s now turned into a regional draw. The goal now is to provide a fun time for the surrounding neighborhoods and the rest of the community.”Angela Kaufman, a campus minister at TCU, said this was the first year she and her two children have visited Open Street.“This [event] is huge for the community, because it reminds us how important it is to get to know our neighbors,” Kaufman said. “Fairmount and this whole area of town sets a great example for the rest of us. It’s important to realize that we live together and we ought to live together well.”Brennan said many people were quick to get behind the idea of bringing visitors and natives together, as well as building camaraderie among the small businesses.The general sponsors for this year’s event were Baylor Scott & White All Saints Medical Center, Dunaway Associates, Pilates Works, Site Barricades and Tarrant County College.“In addition to this, we had a long list of people who wanted to help,” he said. “A neighborhood resident, John Shay, was in charge of setting up the skate park for this year’s Open Street event. Cowtown Marathon donated the water coolers.”In preparation for next year’s event, Brennan said the planning of the event will remain relatively the same, but his team will continue finding ways to draw more people to the area.“We are at the stage in the event’s evolution, where we sort of know how everything comes together,” he said. “We come from our large annual banquet at the end of February, to adding this event as our next major project. Within that time period, it’s really a pretty quick turnaround, and it comes together nicely.”He said the event wouldn’t be a success without the help of visitors, residents and community partners who make a presence every year.“The team at Fort Worth South, Inc. just gets the word out – it’s our partners who say ‘we’re gonna be there’ and it all comes together pretty smoothly,” Brennan said.[View the story “Open Streets 2016” on Storify] Claire Girmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/claire-girman/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Previous articleeHarmony co-founder speaks with TCU studentsNext articleA look at Jamie Dixon’s impressive resume Claire Girman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Twitter Claire Girman is a journalism major from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She’s fueled by college sports rage, literature and French press coffee. 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Press freedom situation is “serious” in Colombia, Cuba and Haiti

first_img Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information RSF_en News June 7, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further On the eve of the second European Union – Latin American nations Summit in Madrid, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) notes that state of press freedom in three Latin American countries – Colombia, Cuba and Haiti – is serious and that delicate problems have arisen recently in six others – Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela.Since these 33 countries committed themselves at the last such summit, on 28-29 June 1999 in Rio, to “promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms”, RSF calls on European Union member-states to demand that their Latin American partners keep this promise.RSF notes that Cuba is the last country in the region that systematically imprisons journalists and asks the EU states to persuade the Cuban authorities to hold a referendum on democratising the regime and respecting freedom of expression, as called for by the opposition inside the country. This referendum, known as the Varela Project, has recently received the backing of former US President Jimmy Carter during a visit to Cuba.RSF also urges the EU heads of government to end the impunity currently enjoyed by the killers of journalists in Haiti with the complicity of the authorities there by imposing individual sanctions (denial of visas and freezing funds held abroad) on Haitian officials who are blocking the judicial process, including President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more Delicate problems in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and VenezuelaIn each of these countries, except for Panama, a journalist has been killed over the past 18 months. The murder of Parmenio Medina, of Radio Monumental in Costa Rica, a country considered a model of respect for human rights, shows the media is not safe from violence anywhere in Latin America. Costa Rica’s civil society is concerned at the authorities’ silence about the progress of the enquiry into the murder. In Paraguay, the killer of Salvador Medina, who was gunned down in January 2001, was tried and convicted, but those who ordered the killing were not touched.Three of the five murders in these countries were connected with the victim’s revelations of corruption or supposed links between politicians and the underworld. In Guatemala, a dozen journalists were threatened or physically attacked for such reasons in 2001. In April this year, another journalist was forced to flee the country after investigating abuses committed by the army during the 1960-96 civil war.The situation has recently deteriorated in Venezuela. Photographer Jorge Tortoza was killed on 11 April this year while covering opposition demonstrations that led to the short-lived soup d’état against President Hugo Chávez. On 10 May, the president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights deplored the climate of insecurity for the media, fed by inflammatory remarks about journalists made by the president and members of his government.In Panama, using laws that still provide prison terms for “defamation” and “damaging a person’s reputation,” state officials who do not like being criticised keep up a constant legal harassment of the media. Ninety suits against journalists for alleged defamation are currently on the books. On the eve of the second European Union – Latin American nations Summit in Madrid (17-18 May), Reporters Without Borders notes that state of press freedom in Colombia, Cuba and Haiti is serious and that delicate problems have arisen recently in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela. It calls on the European Union to back the Varela Project in Cuba and take sanction against the haitian President. center_img News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says 20.5.2002 – European Union hails Cuban dissidents’ referendum planThe European Union has said it approves the “Varela Project” petition recently presented to the Cuban national assembly calling for a referendum to show support for democratic reforms.It said it hoped the action of the dissidents “would be used to open a debate that will lead to a process of peaceful transition to a pluralist democracy and a reconciled Cuban society,” according to a statement issued in Madrid on 20 May. Spain currently holds the EU presidency.The EU called the Varela Project “an important step by Cuban civil society towards introducing the changes Cuba needs and that Cuban society itself wants.” News June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Serious situation in Colombia, Cuba and HaitiWith five journalists and two media assistants killed over the past 18 months, the plight of the media in Colombia remains dramatic. The main cause is the war between paramilitary groups and communist guerrillas. Things have got worse since the beginning of this year. The main offices of three media outlets have been damaged by bomb attacks, apparently by the FARC (Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces). During the presidential election campaign, at least three journalists have been threatened and a fourth obliged to flee into exile after having investigated the past of candidate Alvaro Uribe. Five journalists in all have gone into exile abroad so far this year.In Cuba, the Constitution stipulates that the state has a monopoly of the media. Repression of members of independent press agencies the state refuses to legalise is aimed at protecting this monopoly. Cuba, the last dictatorship in the Americas, is also the only country where journalists are systematically imprisoned. Four are currently in jail there. Since the beginning of this year, about 30 arrests or acts of harassment against their colleagues have been recorded and the sale of computers to private individuals has been banned. Access to the Internet is strictly controlled. This sanitised media environment is occupied by the official press, which only puts out material approved by the Department of Revolutionary Guidance.In Haiti, all state institutions are participating in the climate of impunity. The obstacles encountered by the investigation into the April 2000 murder of journalist Jean Dominique, head of Radio Haiti Inter, are proof of this. The police are suspected of involvement in the death of two key suspects. The senate has refused to lift the parliamentary immunity of the chief suspect in the killing, Sen. Dany Toussaint. President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has stepped up reassuring statements but he has covered up for these irregularities. His followers, confident of not being punished either, have increased attacks on journalists who criticise the regime. This culminated last 3 December in the murder of another journalist, Brignol Lindor, and the departure for exile abroad of more than a dozen journalists. RecommendationsRSF calls on European Union countries to persuade their Latin American and Caribbean partner states to respect their commitment made at the previous EU-Latin American summit in Rio to “promote and protect all human rights and fundamental freedoms”.RSF especially asks the EU countries to:- Help fund the programme to protect journalists set up by the Colombian government and press Colombian officials to push ahead in the fight against impunity in the murder of journalists.- Persuade the Cuban authorities to hold a referendum on democratising the regime as requested by opposition groups inside the country. Making use of a clause in the Cuban Constitution, moderate government opponents have delivered to Parliament a petition with the 10,000 signatures required for a referendum to be held. It would be a vote on five points: freedom of expression and association, amnesty for political prisoners, recognising the right to own a business, drafting a new electoral law and, if these points are approved in the referendum, holding free elections within nine months. This opposition initiative, known as the Varela Project, received the backing of former US President Jimmy Carter during his recent visit to the island.- Take individual sanctions against Haitian officials, including President Aristide who, deliberately or by omission, is blocking investigations into the murders of Jean Dominique and Brignol Lindor. These sanctions should include refusing entry and transit visas to EU countries for these officials and their families and the freezing of funds they hold abroad. The list of 24 officials can be seen on RSF’s website (www.rsf.org).- Ask the authorities in Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Paraguay and Venezuela to investigate the murders of Juan Carlos Encinas (Bolivia), Parmenio Medina (Costa Rica), Jorge Mynor Alegría Almendáriz (Guatemala), Salvador Medina (Paraguay) and Jorge Tortoza (Venezuela), so that those who carried out the murders and those who ordered them are punished. RSF also urges that the Panamanian authorities be pressed to abolish laws providing for jail terms for media offences. Organisation Europe – Central Asia ————————————————————————————————————–16.05.2002 – Press freedom situation is “serious” in Colombia, Cuba and Haiti May 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom situation is “serious” in Colombia, Cuba and Haitilast_img read more

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