BP jumps on talk of Shell bid

first_img SHARES in oil major BP hit a six-month high yesterday after reports rival Royal Dutch Shell considered a takeover bid, and that economic damages from its oil spill will be lower than forecast.BP shares were up 5.9 per cent to 492.90p by the close of trading.The Daily Mail newspaper, citing sources close to the Anglo-Dutch group, reported Shell weighed an opportunistic bid for BP as crude gushed into the Gulf last summer, but was discouraged by the potentially uncapped legal liabilities.The newspaper said Shell could yet bid for BP if another suitor emerged but Europe’s largest oil company by market value was unlikely to be the “first mover” for number two, BP.Dealers and analysts including Mic Mills, head of electronic trading at ETX Capital, said BP was also being boosted by comments late on 31 December from the lawyer running BP’s gulf oil spill compensation fund that suggested damage payments could be half the expected level.Ken Feinberg, the independent administrator of the $20bn (£12.8bn) fund set up by BP, told Bloomberg Television about half the fund’s assets should be adequate to cover claims for economic losses.One dealer said the reports highlighted the fact BP shares were cheap compared to rivals. “BP remains cheap and vulnerable at these levels but I do not think a bid is likely,” he said.FAST FACTS | BPBP posted a 63 per cent drop in quarterly profit when it last reported in November.The UK-listed oil giant said the April oil spill had cost $39.9bn to date, including the $20bn set aside for compensation claims. whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo Tuesday 4 January 2011 7:27 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img KCS-content BP jumps on talk of Shell bid More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: NULLlast_img read more

How I’d invest £200 a month to aim for a passive income

first_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Harshil Patel | Wednesday, 16th June, 2021 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. How I’d invest £200 a month to aim for a passive incomecenter_img Investing in shares can be a good way to earn some passive income, in my opinion. Bank interest rates are low, so I’m always looking for where else I can park my money.Investing in shares involves greater risk compared with putting money in a savings account, of course. But I’m comfortable with additional risk for the additional returns I could potentially get.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…Regular investmentsTo earn a passive income from shares, I’d first set up a regular monthly investment. The stock market can be volatile at times, and it’s sometimes psychologically difficult to buy shares when prices have fallen a lot, even though that’s often a good time to buy. An automated monthly investment buys shares without the need to think about it and helps to smooth out the peaks and troughs.On average, a diversified selection of global shares has achieved a return of 8%-10% over the long term. Of course, past performance doesn’t guarantee future stock market returns. But as the historical period is many decades, I’m going to use it in my example.I calculate that by investing just £200 per month at a rate of 10% per year, I might be able to build an investment pot of shares worth £265,367 over the next 25 years. Let’s say at that point, I’d like to withdraw an annual passive income.Going with the industry standard, I should be able to withdraw 4% as income every year without denting on any of the original capital. That annual passive income would be £10,615. Again though, this isn’t guaranteed.What to invest in first?Once set up, I’d need to decide what to invest in. With a long investment period of 25 years, I would choose growth stocks in the earlier years. I’d look for fast-growing companies that could become much larger in the coming decades.Ideally, they’d demonstrate double-digit sales growth, have large total addressable markets, and be disruptors in their fields. And growth stocks don’t have to be minnows. Companies such as Paypal, Nvidia, and Amazon come to mind.An alternative to picking individual shares is to pick well-run managed funds or investment trusts. Growth-focused funds I currently like include Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and Fundsmith Equity.A word of warning, however. Fast-growing shares can be more volatile and can be prone to booms and busts. That said, this risk can be mitigated with a long investment time frame.In the latter years, I’d switch strategies and look for lower growth but dividend-paying shares.Passive income from dividendsPassive income from shares can come in the form of dividends. This share of company profits can provide relatively regular income. Many companies pay dividends quarterly.  That said, dividends aren’t guaranteed. Even regular dividend-payers experience shocks to their business. For instance, when Covid-19 hit, many businesses suspended dividend payments. Some have since reinstated them, but others are yet to resume payouts.Therefore, it’s good to be picky when it comes to creating a passive income from dividends. I like to find companies that have a decent track record of providing consistent dividends. For instance, at least five years of payouts. I also like companies that can sustainably pay for dividends from cash flows.Although there are dozens of options, some dividend-paying shares that I’d add to my portfolio include UK housebuilder Persimmon and mining giant Rio Tinto. Image source: Getty Images. Harshil Patel owns shares in Persimmon, Amazon, Nvidia, Paypal, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and units in Fundsmith Equity. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon, NVIDIA, and PayPal Holdings. The Motley Fool UK has recommended the following options: long January 2022 $1,920 calls on Amazon, long January 2022 $75 calls on PayPal Holdings, and short January 2022 $1,940 calls on Amazon. 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. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Harshil Patellast_img read more

Sam Burgess wants to continue in Union as a flanker, insists Bath coach Ford

first_img“He is going to play for us for the next few years. He loves rugby union, he is settled in Bath and he knows he is a six,” Ford added.“Proving he is an international back-rower is the big challenge now for Sam. He’s always been a No. 6 for us, no question. We’ve talked about next time the England squad gets selected, his goal’s got to be to be there as a six.” With the England stars set to return to their club sides early after their final game of the tournament against Uruguay on Saturday, Ford believes Burgess has the opportunity to impress on the blindside against some of the best in the world as Bath kick off their European and domestic campaigns.The England squad is likely to undergo an overhaul both on and off the pitch following the World Cup failure, meaning Burgess could fight for a place in the pack for the Six Nations campaign. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sam Burgess has no desire to head back to rugby league after a disappointing England World Cup campaign, according to his coach at Bath, Mike Ford.In fact, Ford says the former Super League and NRL player wants to secure a place as a flanker for his country’s squad for the 2019 World Cup in Japan.Bath played him in the back row numerous times at the end of the 2014/15 season, having initially weened him into the game at centre, and Ford insists that’s the position he was destined to play.“The last conversation I had with him, he was going to extend his contract with us and he wanted to go for the next World Cup,” Ford was quoted as saying by the Times.center_img Bath coach Mike Ford insists Sam Burgess wants to challenge for a place in the pack for England’s next squad, rubbishing rumours that he’ll head back to rugby league Sam Burgess playing at flanker for Bath last_img read more

Canadian bishop inhibited from ministry as disciplinary case begins

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 People [Anglican Journal] Bishop Lincoln McKoen of the Anglican Church of Canada’s Territory of the People has been formally inhibited from ministry following unspecified allegations that will now be subject to disciplinary proceedings by the provincial synod.On June 1, Primate Linda Nicholls publicly shared that Archbishop Lynne McNaughton, metropolitan of the Ecclesiastical Province of British Columbia and Yukon, had decided to inhibit McKoen from his duties as diocesan bishop effective immediately.In a letter to the territory, McNaughton — describing what she called a “difficult decision” —cited the Anglican Church of Canada’s 2001 adoption of the document “A Call to Human Dignity” and the related commitment by Council of General Synod to ensure “those who hold positions of trust or power in the church do not take advantage of, or abuse, that trust or power.”“The Territory of the People and the Anglican Church of Canada have a strictly enforced, zero tolerance policy in regard to misconduct,” McNaughton said in a subsequent media release, adding that McKoen will be “inhibited from functioning in any ministry role until the matter of allegations about him has been resolved.” The metropolitan plans to work with senior clergy to appoint an administrator for the territory for the months ahead.Nicholls said she was “painfully aware of the impact this action will have on the Territory and parishes and I can assure you that the pastoral needs of the community will be a priority for the church over the coming months.” Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Posted Jun 10, 2021 Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Anglican Communion, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Tags Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canadian bishop inhibited from ministry as disciplinary case begins Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL 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 Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH last_img read more

Leinster edge Clermont at the RDS

first_imgSunday Apr 11, 2010 Leinster edge Clermont at the RDS Leinster made the semi finals of the Heineken Cup as they narrowly beat Clermont-Auvergne 29-28 at the RDS on Friday night. Jonathan Sexton kicked a late penalty and Brock James failed to slot a last chance drop at goal.It was a see-saw battle as both Clermont looked like they were in command late in the game despite James missing a host of kicks at goal, and two drop goal chances, in what was a bit of a nightmare night for him.He missed five of his nine kicks at goal, whereas Sexton was immaculate with the boot, kicking seven from his eight chances, including the deciding penalty on 73 minutes.“I was rubbish tonight. It was just one of those things because I don’t know what got into me,” said Clermonts Australian flyhalf James.“I just wasn’t good enough and it’s so disappointing because we had the opportunity to win the game but there must be something mental about this team. Leinster capitalised on our mistakes. We really wanted to reach the next stage of the Heineken Cup but now we’ll have to concentrate on the Top 14,” he added.“Brock James had a difficult night,” commented Clermont coach Vern Cotter. “It’s hard to know what he’s going through.”Irelands number eight, Jamie Heaslip, was the star of the show though for Leinster as he scored two tries. He admitted that his side had their fair share of luck though.“Clermont came out all with guns blazing and we wanted to front up and weather the storm, taking our chances when they came,” said Heaslip.“We nearly got a try midway through the second half but it was knocked back by the TMO and that would certainly have made it easier for us. We’re happy with the win but we still have a lot of work left to do in this tournament.“Clermont worked themselves into the right areas to drop goals and we knew they were going to do that so we had to put pressure on them. There was a bit of luck because that last one didn’t miss by much but you need that luck in the tournament sometimes.”Julien Malzieu scored a hat-trick of tries for Clermont, but it wasnt enough as James failed to slot the kicks that should have taken them through to the next round.Sexton fractured his jaw during the game, but has apparently had a metal plate inserted and should be available in three weeks time for the semis.ADVERTISEMENT Time: 05:00 Note: Better quality highlights will replace these if possible. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

PlanetGiving.com raises $109,000 in under a month

PlanetGiving.com raises $109,000 in under a month AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis PlanetGiving.com, the US auction online company, reports that in three and a half weeks in May it raised $109,000 though an online auction for the TJ Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 20 June 2000 | News read more

Baker Tilly welcomes Joint Committee on Draft Charities Bill report

first_imgBaker Tilly welcomes Joint Committee on Draft Charities Bill report AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Accountancy firm Baker Tilly has welcomed many of the recommendations in today’s report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Charities Bill.Carol Sellwood, Director of the firm’s charities and education group, said: “There is a lot of very good news in this report. I am particularly pleased to read of the Committee’s recommendation to allow charities to trade more extensively. Trading is absolutely essential to ensure the healthy future of our charities in the UK. Last year the voluntary sector’s income in the UK was £16.5 billion, with one third of that arising from contracts and trading.”She added: “The Committee’s recommendation would allow charities to trade within the charity and enjoy tax exemption on trading income. The most important part of this is that the report recommends that this trading is subject to an overall limit higher than the current £50,000 small trade tax exemption.” Advertisement 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. Howard Lake | 29 September 2004 | News “The Committee has clearly listened to the evidence put before it and as a result has come up with a very sensible, practical change. Now we need to make sure that all not-for-profit organisations and charities take part in the suggested consultation and have their say on what the new upper limit should be. “There is a clear need to collate evidence on the amount involved in the various trade activities carried out by charities to ensure a practical limit is proposed.”Of the rest of the report, Sellwood said she was pleased to see so much decisive action being suggested. “There is a lot of good news in this report for charities. I am extremely pleased to see the recommendation that the Government consults the Scottish Executive on the implications for national charities of any differences between the two draft Bills. It is crucial that any anomalies and confusion between the two Bills are ironed out. “Only last month, following the progression of the draft Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill, we spoke publicly about our concern that all charities undertaking profile raising or fundraising activities in Scotland could face more red tape and costs by having to register with the newly formed Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). “Our concern was that charities would be following the Charities Bill in England and Wales, not realising that they also needed to be taking into consideration a draft charities bill in Scotland. The recommended closer working of the Government and Scottish Executive is hugely welcomed.”Sellwood added that she was also pleased to see the recognition for a definition of religion to ensure non-deity and multi-deity groups satisfy the definition of ‘religion’ for charitable purposes.last_img read more

10 more MPs give through payroll giving

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 September 2015 | 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. 10 more MPs give through payroll giving  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Payroll giving agency Workplace Giving UK reports that 17 MPs at Westminster now give monthly, tax-effective donations to charity via payroll giving. This is 10 more than in 2013.Payroll giving (or workplace giving) has been available to MPs for 20 years. However, even with the new users, this still means that only 2.6% of MPs are giving via this method. The national average at employers who offer the scheme is 6% take-up by employees.Elena Joseph of Workplace Giving UK, which pointed out that:“if all 650 MPs gave their recent 10% increase to good causes via their Workplace Giving scheme, the charitable sector would receive an extra boost of £392,916 per month, which equates to an astonishing £4.3 million per year”.There was certainly an opportunity to increase the numbers when 69 MPs publicly stated that they would donate their recent 10% pay rise to charity.Nevertheless, Workplace Giving UK welcomed the increase, adding that the House of Commons now qualifies for the bronze payroll giving quality mark. To reach the silver mark they need to achieve 5% of take-up. Advertisement Photo: Houses of Parliament, London – by Claudio Divizia on Shutterstock.com Higher rate tax-payersIt is possible that MPs think they are giving tax-effectively by giving via Gift Aid. However, Gift Aid is only ever reclaimed at the standard tax rate – and all MPs are higher-rate tax-payers.For example, for every £10 donated via payroll giving, the gift is worth £16.66, compared to £12.50 via Gift Aid. This is a difference of £4.66 every month for charities.Workplace Giving UK had to resort to Freedom of Information Acts in 2013 and 2015 to acquire the information on whether MPs gave via payroll giving.This year’s Payroll Giving Excellence Awards will be held at ‘The Other Place’, as MPs refer to it, namely the House of Lords. Tagged with: Individual giving payroll giving Research / statisticslast_img read more

‘El primer prisionero ambientalista en el mundo’

first_imgJoe Piette, Bryant Arroyo y Ted KellySegunda y última parte de la entrevista con Bryant Arroyo, prisionero dentro del cárcel a SCI Frackville, Pensilvania.Años más tarde, cuando Bryant Arroyo encabezó un tipo de levantamiento sin precedentes en la prisión, fue su amigo y mentor Mumia Abu-Jamal quien lo apodó “el primer prisionero ambientalista en el mundo’.Escribiendo en el 2013, Mumia explicó el contexto. “En 1998, un ex gobernador de Pensilvania, Tom Ridge, invitó a un empresario del área a unirse a él en un viaje a Sudáfrica. El empresario John W. Rich Jr., era un operador de planta de energía y un terrateniente importante en el área del condado de Mahanoy Susquehanna, una región empobrecida y en dificultades donde las minas de carbón cerraron hace décadas. Rich se reunió e hizo tratos con la empresa de energía y químicos SASOL de Sudáfrica, y poco tiempo después, anunció planes para un importante proyecto de convertido de carbón a gas líquido, literalmente al lado de la prisión estatal en Mahanoy”.Un aviso oficial de la Agencia de Protección Ambiental captó la atención de Bryant entre lo que él llama una “vorágine” de otros avisos, regulaciones y anuncios clavados en el tablón de anuncios en Mahanoy. Lo sacó y le preguntó a uno de los desconcertados superintendentes que quería ver la declaración de impacto ambiental de esta planta de gasificación de carbón que estaba programada para construirse a 300 pies de la prisión a la que estaba confinado. Los resultados eran claros: esta planta iba a envenenar a todos en la instalación.Así que Bryant se enfrentó a SASOL, Bechtel, Chevron, Shell, Jack Rich, Tom Ridge y Ed Rendell. Calificó la campaña como una básica, caminando por el bloque de celdas y haciendo que otros prisioneros se unieran a él para detener la construcción de la planta. Consiguió que los reclusos más precariamente posicionados, las personas LGBTQ, las pandillas rivales y tanto las facciones negras como las racistas cooperaran entre sí.Si bien es ilegal circular peticiones entre prisioneros, Bryant no pudo encontrar ninguna razón por la cual no pudiera organizar a los presos para que enviaran sus propias cartas. Cambió el lenguaje en el texto de “nosotros” a “yo”, y “nuestro” a “mi” y “mío”. Los censores solo podían encogerse de hombros. Irónicamente, el individualismo proporcionó la salida para la acción colectiva revolucionaria.Cuando el periódico local publicó una historia en primera plana sobre la campaña liderada por los prisioneros para luchar contra la planta química, Jack Rich y sus compinches quedaron apopléjicos. Más tarde esa misma semana, los reclusos en Mahanoy podían oír ruidos ensordecedores de construcción cerca de las paredes. Desde ciertos puntos de observación en el patio, se veía claro que Rich estaba limpiando el área para comenzar la construcción, nivelando la tierra y talando árboles.Así que Bryant respondió consiguiendo que otros 500 prisioneros enviaran cartas. En total, hubo 902 cartas enviadas de una población carcelaria de 2.300. Para visualizar cuan asombroso fue este logro, imagínese caminando por un bloque de celdas de la prisión, sabiendo que cada tercera celda estaba ocupada por un prisionero que arriesgaba sufrir una severa represalia por escribir una carta inscribiéndose a este movimiento.Las contradicciones de clase eran tan crudas, que incluso algunos oficiales correccionales de la prisión aplaudieron en silencio sus esfuerzos, haciendo inusuales pequeños gestos de apoyo a los prisioneros. Bryant dice que aprendió “a juzgar a una persona por el contenido de su carácter, no por el color de su uniforme”. Después de todo, dice: “Todos estamos aquí encerrados juntos”. El sindicato de guardias se unió a la oposición del proyecto.Al final, el proyecto fue desechado. Bryant Arroyo luchó contra los estafadores corporativos, y ganó.Una casa, para todos nosotrosDe vuelta a Frackville, Bryant nos cuenta acerca de una entrevista que leyó de un astronauta que estaba en la Estación Espacial Internacional. Explica con elocuencia y en detalle lo que vivir en condiciones de gravedad cero le hace al cuerpo, cómo se expande la columna vertebral y cómo los astronautas en realidad son una o dos pulgadas más altos cuando regresan. Bryant quedó impresionado por la descripción que hace el astronauta de la experiencia trascendente y alucinante de ver la Tierra desde fuera de la Tierra y cómo las pequeñas barreras (muros, bordes, cercados blancos) nos distraen del hecho de que todos tenemos una sola cosa en común.Bryant, a su pesar, hace una pausa durante bastante tiempo. No puede continuar hasta poner en orden sus pensamientos. “Todos tenemos un hogar. Y no importa hacia dónde te diriges, siempre intentas ir del punto A al punto B. Todos intentamos ir a nuestra casa”.Bryant Arroyo tiene el corazón compasivo de un ecologista. Siempre cuando discutía los efectos tóxicos de la planta de carbón que ayudó a bloquear, él es inflexible en recalcar que se trataba de proteger a los prisioneros, a los guardias, a la comunidad en general, pero específicamente a nuestra “progenie” y las generaciones futuras. Bryant, siendo padre, está profundamente preocupado por salvaguardar la salud de los niños, que son tan vulnerables a la contaminación y al desperdicio tóxico. Es oportuno decir que el programa educativo que le permitió a Bryant obtener su diploma de GED lleva el nombre de Daniel Pennock, un niño de 17 años que murió en 1995 después de que se vertiera lodo tóxico al lado de su casa cerca de Reading, Pensilvania,“Cuando un niño muere”, escribió Mumia después del asesinato de Tamir Rice, “el orden natural se rompe, las estrellas lloran y la tierra tiembla”.Ya sea que envenenen al niño con lodo o plomo o polvo químico, o le disparen sin considerarlo dos segundos, los magnates corporativos son inhumanos en su desprecio por las vidas de los niños. Bryant es categórico en la lucha contra este tipo de inhumanidad.Mientras nos alejábamos de Frackville, garabateé apresuradamente notas en una libreta legal que había traído para la entrevista. A pesar de las múltiples garantías del personal penitenciario previo a la visita, a Joe y a mí se nos negó la autorización para traer papel y un bolígrafo. La autorización como reporteros fue misteriosamente eliminada del registro. Mientras escribía todo lo que podía recordar de nuestra conversación con este extraordinario individuo, volví a pensar en esa incomprensible cifra: hay 2,2 millones de personas más en las cárceles de Estados Unidos.Esta fue solo una historia. Una historia entre millones.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU addresses pedestrian safety

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt What we’re reading: Buttigieg drops out of the race and COVID-19 continues to spread in the US Mel Morrishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mel-morris/ Will you be my quarantine? National Finals Rodeo heads to Globe Life Field this December Mel Morrishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mel-morris/ Linkedin ReddIt Mel Morrishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mel-morris/ Facebook Twitter Mel Morris Mel Morrishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mel-morris/ Previous articleSMU rivalry holds more meaning than usual this year for footballNext articleWhat we’re reading: Trump speaks out, environmental issues persist Mel Morris RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Linkedin + posts printA TCU police officer monitors the crosswalk at University Drive during class change. Photo by Cristian ArgeutaSoto. TCU police officers have new assignment: ushering students through the crosswalks along South University Drive during peak crossing times. The measure is part of an effort to prevent traffic from backing up when students cross against the light, said Adrian Andrews, the assistant vice chancellor for public safety.Andrews said this was becoming a safety issue for pedestrians and drivers. The TCU police are working with a consulting group to study eight of TCU’s crosswalks, he said. Further decisions will be made after the conclusion of the study, which will last about one month.“We put our heads together and decided the best thing we could do is to put officers out there during high traffic times, and make sure everyone can get where they’re going safely,” Andrews said.Officers will be monitoring the crosswalks along University Drive 10 minutes before and after class change, Andrews said. Officers will be patrolling crosswalks during “peak hours,” which is 10 minutes before and after class change. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, South University Drive is at “average” for pedestrian fatalities. Several years ago, the university threatened to ticket jaywalkers. But Andrews said ticketing students is not the priority; their safety is. “The police have the right to give tickets, but we don’t want to do that,” Andrews said. “My thought is that we are here to keep everyone safe. To this date, we have not given out one ticket yet.”The assistance isn’t sitting well with some students. Senior psychology major Sydney Vandermeer said that the lights are very long and that it is especially frustrating to wait for extended periods when there is little traffic present. “Sometimes I don’t have time to wait five minutes when I’m trying to get to my next class,” Vandermeer said.A spokesperson for the city of Fort Worth said pedestrians along University Drive should expect to wait 80 seconds and two minutes to cross, depending on traffic. Andrews said he wants the city to shorten the light cycle when no cars are present. He said TCU and Fort Worth are discussing the timing of the traffic lights during peak traffic times. His goal is to make the crosswalks more efficient for both drivers and pedestrians.“We ask our young people to leave a little earlier, but we are going to work on the timing of the lights to make sure that it is more conducive to our students getting to their classes,” Andrews said.Kendalyn Ferner, a junior communication major, said she appreciates the police presence at campus crosswalks. “As a commuter, I appreciate the police presence when I’m driving through campus,” Ferner said. “I know that they’re keeping us safe, and it can get pretty scary sometimes. People would run across the street during green lights and it always made me nervous.”Andrews encouraged people from the community, faculty, staff and students to reach out if the police presence is not working. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU to host a mental health panellast_img read more