Here’s how I’m targeting £1,000 a month from passive dividend income

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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. When I think about an amount of money that would make a tangible difference to me each month, £1,000 comes to mind. That four-figure sum would enable me to do plenty of different things each month. From booking a summer holiday (I’m optimistic), to being able to spend more on my wants versus needs, the possibilities are endless. Actually making that passive income is the hard part. But with careful planning, I believe there’s a way I can try to get to this figure via dividend income from UK stocks.How I’m making passive incomeBefore I get into the numbers, I want to run through the concept. When I buy shares in a company, I’m entitled to some of the profits that are paid out to shareholders. Usually once or twice a year, a business will pay out a dividend to its owners, based on the profits for that period. I receive this as cash. When I weigh up the dividend per share versus the price I bought the share for, I can calculate my dividend yield. 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…The higher the dividend yield, the higher my passive income from investing in the company. It’s known as “passive’ income because I don’t have to run the business myself. The managers run it, with the aim of generating a profit (and paying out dividend income). All I have to do is stump up the cash to begin with and buy the stock. Deciding which shares to buy to make me the most sustainable income is the only real active part of the process.There are risks to this strategy. The main one, in my opinion, is that a dividend isn’t guaranteed. It’s not like a bondholder who gets paid a set coupon each period. Dividends are paid out depending on profitability. There were plenty of FTSE 100 companies that cut dividends last year due to the impact of Covid-19. So I need to be aware that the income generated can fluctuate, and my dividend yield can change if the company reduces (or even axes) the payout.Getting to £1,000 a monthSo what do I need to do to generate £1,000 a month? There are actually several approaches, depending on my financial situation. I’m going to assume that the average dividend yield I’ll be making is 6%, although I could achieve more than that, but I could also get a lot less. If I were to have large cash savings or got an inheritance windfall, I could invest £166,666 as a lump sum. This would generate me £1,000 a month.If I don’t have such a large starting balance, I’ll have to work my way up to it. If I invest £750 a month, and reinvest my dividends, I’ll potentially get to the figure of £166,666 in year 12. From then on, I won’t have to reinvest the dividends and I could enjoy the £1,000 a month as passive income. I do need to be aware that the share price of the stocks fluctuates. If I need to sell stocks for any reason, this could result in a capital loss if the share price has fallen.But even with those caveats, I feel it’s achievable for me to reach the goal of making £1,000 passive income a month from dividends. On balance I think the risks are manageable with careful planning.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Here’s how I’m targeting £1,000 a month from passive dividend income Enter Your Email Address Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 16th February, 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. See all posts by Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

The greatest gift of all?

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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 December 2000 | News Instead of giving Christmas gifts just to your friends and loved ones, why not give a gift to people that would really make a difference? At GreatGifts you can buy and send school desks, low-tech equipment and clean water well equipment to schools, hospitals and communities in the developing world.The idea is not new of course. Heifer International pioneered it online two years ago, as UK Fundraising reported in November 1998.Nevertheless, the idea of charities encouraging supporters to make a gift to them instead of a Christmas, wedding or birthday gift is still largely untried. The humour and aptness of shopping list offers such as that from Heifer International could be applied to many other charities’ funding needs. Advertisement  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The greatest gift of all? read more

700+ protests demand: No raids! Close the camps!

first_imgWith each shocking photograph, the reality becomes ever clearer: The U.S. government is holding migrants in concentration camps. The latest images came after Vice President Mike Pence himself toured two camps. Hundreds of men, so densely packed into a cell they cannot even lie down, cry out, “No shower!” Children are sleeping on concrete with only emergency mylar blankets for bedding. Pence first tried to claim the detainees were well-treated, but after seeing another camp even he acknowledged, “This is tough stuff.” Reporter Josh Dawsey found the camps’ stench “horrendous.” Adults and children were denied blankets, mats, pillows, food and hygiene items. Mats were taken away from children suffering with head lice after one of them lost a comb. Young children were caring for infants. (Washington Post, July 12) Images and stories have gone viral and the horrors are public knowledge. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet condemned the conditions, saying, “This should never happen anywhere.” (Al Jazeera, July 9)New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez initially came under fire for characterizing detention centers as concentration camps until progressive Jews, including Holocaust survivors and descendants, defended the term in protests outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices. “Never Again Is Now” has become a rallying cry. Japanese survivors of U.S. internment during World War II have also spoken out against the camps.Im/migrant communities face terrorAfter the Supreme Court recently ruled against including a question about citizenship in the 2020 U.S. census, President Donald Trump promised to either bring a new argument to SCOTUS or overrule the high court via an executive order. On July 11, he retreated on the question, a concession to the strength of the im/migrant rights movement.However, the xenophobe-in-chief is waging war on migrants by other means. Raids in 10 cities, aimed at apprehending some 2,000 undocumented immigrants, were originally planned for June, but delayed until July 14. Pending deportation, arrestees could find themselves in one of the same horrible concentration camps housing asylum-seekers.Mayors of nine cities — Denver, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Baltimore and Houston — are refusing to cooperate with the raids. All of these mayors, with the exception of New York City’s Bill de Blasio, are African American or Latinx. (Planned raids in New Orleans were called off because of the approach of Hurricane Barry.)Immigrant rights advocates and attorneys conducted a widespread, well-organized “Know Your Rights” educational campaign leading up to the announced raids. Volunteers patrolled streets, monitoring ICE presence. Chicago Alderwoman Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez organized 160 community members into neighborhood brigades, while “ICE catchers” roamed Metro Atlanta. With these preparations in place, where ICE cops did knock on doors, they were ignored or turned away when they failed to produce a warrant. Most of the nine cities reported no arrests; the latest ICE tactics were reportedly a scaled-down operation over the course of the week.Nevertheless, the threats of arrest, detention and deportation created a climate of fear and intimidation among im/migrant communities. Immigrants stayed home from work, avoided shopping, skipped church services, and in general stayed inside on July 14. The atmosphere remains tense in the nine targeted cities as ICE cops could return over the next week with arrest warrants in hand.With no advance warning, ICE agents knocked on doors in Immokalee, Fla. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has won successful boycott campaigns against fast-food chains and is currently boycotting Wendy’s for its refusal to join the Fair Food Program. While no one was arrested, the attempted arrests were a menacing act against farmworkers.Meanwhile, the horrors at the border continue. On July 14, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown was denied entry to children’s detention camps in Texas by Customs and Border Patrol agents, while Trump fired off blatantly racist tweets against Congresswomen of color Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, all of whom call for closing the camps.The masses speak: ‘Close the camps!’The July 12 call for actions to close the camps brought out masses of outraged people. Protests took place in 700 to 800 U.S. cities and around the world. The number of people participating ran from the hundreds to the thousands. Homemade signs bore familiar slogans — “No human being is illegal,” “Close the camps,” “Never again is now.” But many who brought signs were new to activism. Here are just a few examples of the coordinated outrage that was replicated from coast to coast. Demonstrations continued through the weekend, building momentum for grassroots efforts to thwart the raids. Rhinebeck, N.Y.The biggest banner at a vigil at the main intersection of the small town of Rhinebeck, N.Y., read, “Hudson Valley Strong — Power through action.” People in the area turned out about 80 strong, many coming from a service in a local church. The handmade signs, more than a few written on the backs of signs supporting Planned Parenthood, included messages like “Our Line in the Sand: Child Torture” and “Immigration is not a crime.” While many of the cars passing by honked in solidarity, the best moment was when a large Fed-Ex truck passed with the driver leaning hard on a loud horn.A large crowd, demanding closure of immigrant detention camps, blocked traffic for over an hour and a half at a busy intersection in downtownBuffalo, N.Y.Buffalo, N.Y., on July 11. Trapped at the front of the line of traffic was a UPS truck driver. While protesters refused police demands to let him through, this African-American union member honked support for the protest and gave demonstrators high-fives.Police arrested nine activists. Before the demonstration, a smaller group occupied Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office and presented a list of demands.“We are here to demand action from our leaders,” said protest organizer Rachel Ablow. “As an American Jew, I am horrified to see history repeating itself and feel compelled to join many others, including Holocaust survivors, in demanding the closure of the camps.” (News release from Justice for Migrant Families)PhiladelphiaNearly 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets of Philadelphia, shutting down major roadways in the heart of the city. Workers World Party’s contingent marched under the banner of “Abolish ICE, the Police, and the Pentagon,” drawing widespread support. Chanting “Free the Families! Close the Camps!” and demanding the abolition of ICE and closure of the local Berks Detention Center, activists marched around City Hall and then to the local Department of Homeland Security headquarters, which is the most active and aggressive ICE office in the country. They also demonstrated outside the “Round House,” where the notorious Philly Police Department is headquartered, linking the struggle of migrants and refugees to that of prisoners and Black and Brown workers in the U.S.Cleveland, OhioIn Cleveland, 1,000 people filled Market Square Park for a nighttime candlelight vigil where a multinational, multigenerational crowd chanted, “Close the camps!” Homemade signs included, “Deport the racists” and “Queer as in abolish ICE.”About 30 people participated in a rally at Seville Park in downtown Pensacola, Fla., on July 7. The protest was hosted by Strive, the local transgender advocacy group; Workers World Party; Party for Socialism and Liberation; and Dream Defenders. Speakers, one for each group, stressed the need for all protests against ICE and its attacks on im/migrants to take an internationalist, proletarian approach to liberation. They urged looking beyond reformist measures and insisted on the abolition of ICE. Participants discussed possible plans for future resistance, including a bus trip to the Texas/Mexico border and a fight to shut down Pensacola’s local Border Patrol office.Aurora, Colo.In Aurora, Colo., over 2,000 people protested jailing immigrants, separation of families, deportations and the threats that refugees are facing. They marched 2 miles to the Aurora Processing Center, a detention facility run by the private Geo Group, east of Denver, where Lights for Liberty was holding a vigil. Cheers for the speakers could be heard inside the center where more than 1,500 immigrants have been detained without bail for months and cannot get out. Protesters banged on the doors and screamed, “Tear it down!” A young woman told Workers World how her husband was deported and she now has two children to provide for. It will cost $15,000 to try to bring him back, money she does not have. Portland, OreProtesters in Portland, Ore., held a “week of action,” rallying outside and marching into Microsoft and four Portland banks to demand they divest from ICE. Bank of America and Suntrust said they would divest, but that the process will take months to complete. Other banks targeted were PNC and Bank of the West. Businesses were forced to shut and lock their doors for hours. Demonstrators told workers to call their managers and tell them to end their contracts with ICE or the protests would continue. ICE contracts with Microsoft use Azure Government software.On July 12 over 1,000 people gathered in front of the ICE detention center, then marched through downtown Portland demanding: abolish ICE, stop corporate profiteering, reunite im/migrant families and end the inhumane conditions at the detention centers.The July 12 “Lights for Liberty” actions were mainly initiated by Democratic Party-oriented organizations such as Indivisible, with the goal of activating voters ahead of next year’s election. “Vote him [Trump] out” was one of their chants. Growing section of working class in solidarity with im/migrants The massive turnout over the weekend shows a growing section of the working class is repulsed by the stench of racism and xenophobia emanating from the White House and is deeply concerned about the attacks on im/migrants. This in itself is progressive, despite the Democratic Party’s maneuvering to direct anti-racist sentiment into electoral channels. Unions are taking a strong position against bigotry. The United SteelWorkers explained in a July 6 statement: “This is about human decency. This is about recognizing that many of the people coming to our borders seeking asylum are workers.” Referring to the campaign to get major hotel chains not to contract with ICE, UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor said: “We’ve gotta do action at every one of those hotels. We’ve gotta turn up the heat … we’ve gotta get off our asses and get off Twitter and get in the streets where this evil is going on.” (Daily Kos, July 12) Marriott and Choice hotels have announced they would decline any request from ICE to house detainees.Trump’s policies, designed to mobilize a racist base for his 2020 election campaign, have the unintended consequence of provoking widespread resistance.John Catalinotto, Julianna Cordray, Ellie Dorritie, Ted Kelly, Johnnie Lewis, Lyn Neeley and Viviana Weinstein contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Stalin’s grandson loses libel case against “Novaya Gazeta”

first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia October 14, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Stalin’s grandson loses libel case against “Novaya Gazeta” Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Help by sharing this information RSF_en Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Organisation Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the decision of a Russian court dismissing a libel action brought against the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta by the grandson of Josef Stalin.Yevgeny Dzhugashvili had claimed that an article carried in a supplement of the newspaper on 22 April 2009 describing Stalin as a bloody dictator personally responsible for the execution of Soviet citizens and thousands of Polish officers killed at Katyn in 1940, had “damaged the honour and dignity” of his grandfather.Hailing the ruling by the court in Basmanny, Moscow, yesterday rejecting the complaint against Novaya Gazeta, the worldwide press freedom organisation said, “This is a victory for common sense. Any other decision, outlawing the debate on Stalin’s record, would have constituted a serious setback for freedom of expression and a very worrying sign of the political climate in Russia”. Receive email alerts A spokesman for the newspaper, Nadezhda Prusenkova, voiced her satisfaction with the outcome as a “first victory”. “The Basmanny district court was probably not in a position to launch a major social debate on Stalinism ; access to military archives that we called for to assess historical facts was denied. But this decision brings up in their tracks those nostalgic for Stalin who hoped to make use of this trial as a grandstand and to attempt to rehabilitate the dictator”, she said.In an unrelated case, the newspaper has still not received any official notification of another libel suit against it that was announced on 6 October by the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ gazeta.ru)—————————-14.10.2009 – Novaya Gazeta being sued by Stalin’s grandson and Chechen leaderReporters Without Borders condemns the two libel suits that have been brought in rapid succession against the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta by Joseph Stalin’s grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili and Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. Dzhugashvili is demanding 10 million roubles (229,000 euros) in damages from Novaya Gazeta and journalist Anatoly Yablokov for an article published on 22 April entitled “Beria found guilty,” claiming that his grandfather personally signed execution orders for Soviet citizens and several thousand Polish prisoners shot by the NKVD (the KGB’s predecessor) in Katyn in 1940.The suit, which a Moscow court began hearing today, objects in particular to the following sentence in the article: “Stalin and the chekists are bound by the blood they spilled, by the grave crimes they committed, above all against their own people.”The Chechen leader meanwhile announced on 6 October that he is suing Novaya Gazeta over an article headlined “Gunshot in Vienna” suggesting that he was linked to the January murder of Umar Israilov, a former bodyguard turned opponent, in Vienna. Despite the announcement, the newspaper has yet to receive any official notification of the lawsuit. But Kadyrov’s determination to silence all criticism can only have been reinforced by another Moscow court’s ruling in his favour the same day.On 6 October, Judge Tatiana Fedosova ordered the human rights group Memorial and its director, Oleg Orlov, to pay Kadyrov 70,000 roubles (1,600 euros) in damages for accusing him of being “responsible” for the 15 July murder of Memorial representative Natalia Estemirova. Orlov was also ordered to publish a retraction. Commenting on the ruling, Kadyrov’s lawyer said: “It is a pity the damages award is so small because it would have been a good lesson for the other liars.”Reporters Without Borders said: “It is surely no coincidence that two representatives of what is most reactionary in Russia have brought these lawsuits against Novaya Gazeta in quick succession. These attacks highlight the importance of the struggle being waged by Novaya Gazeta and other independent media in Russia and the need to support them.”Many human rights activists have condemned the widespread rehabilitation of Stalin, praised as the leader who turned Russia into a super-power and defeated the Nazi invaders. Last year, the Soviet dictator was ranked third in a nationwide “Heroes of Russia” competition based on TV viewers’ votes. An inscription paying homage to him that had disappeared from a Moscow metro station in the 1950s reappeared on 25 August after the station was restored.Former Soviet-era dissident Alexandr Podrabinek has been in hiding since 25 September after receiving death threats over an article criticising current attempts to promote the Soviet Union’s image and ignore Stalin’s crimes.Referring to the suit by Stalin’s grandson, Novaya Gazeta deputy editor Sergei Sokolov said: “Aside from the explanation of the article, we hope the judges will take a position on the substance of the issue, in which case we will be able to base our defence on historical documents.” Reporters Without Borders added: “These lawsuits are contributing to an oppressive climate of intimidation in a country where the murders of 25 journalists, five of them Novaya Gazeta reporters, are still unpunished. They also highlight how two subjects – the Soviet past and the situation in the Russian Caucasus – are being steadily and silently being turned into taboos to which journalists must shut their eyes.” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown May 5, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Russia News to go further News May 21, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Football: Arcadia Stays Undefeated, Defeating Muir 19-12 in Pacific League Contest

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Make a comment Business News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Sports Football: Arcadia Stays Undefeated, Defeating Muir 19-12 in Pacific League Contest From STAFF REPORTS Published on Saturday, October 1, 2016 | 12:00 am 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Arcadia’s Jahlique Stephens had two second-half scores in leading the Apaches (5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pacific League) to a 19-12 victory Friday night over the visiting Mustangs.Daren Myers’ 21-yard TD run gave Muir (2-3, 0-2) a 6-0 lead, that was set up when defensive back Elijah Blades picked off Arcadia quarterback Max Davila.But what the Mustangs took, the Mustangs also gave away. as they fumbled a punt return and Arcadia’s Rolandiss Whitener recovered the ball for a TD to give the Apaches a 7-6 lead.Jonathan Stephens 2-yard TD run gave Muir the lead in the second half.But it was Jahlique Stephens that was the game-changer, scoring on runs of 12 and 11 yards, respectively, to give the Apaches the cushion it needed and held on to.Pacific League Standings (as of Sept 30):Arcadia (5-0 overall, 2-0 in league)Crescenta Valley (4-1, 2-0)Burbank (3-2, 2-0)Burroughs (3-2, 2-0)Hoover (2-3, 0-2)Muir (2-3, 0-2)Glendale (1-4, 0-2)Pasadena (0-5, 0-2) faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News last_img read more

No cabinet position means Mid West will need special attention

first_imgTwitter WhatsApp Email Linkedin Previous articleNewly acquired Limerick Lace shawl belonging to Kitty Kiernan on display as Limerick Museum re-opensNext articleSamaritans kicks off July with ‘Talk to Us’ Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie THE new Government has been asked to give specific attention to the Mid West region in light of the storm clouds gathering over the local economy.Commenting on the absence of representation from the Mid-West in the second successive cabinet, Limerick Chamber President David Jeffreys said that the government will have no option but to give special attention to the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Considering the population of Limerick and the wider Mid-West, we are naturally very disappointed and concerned that we did not get a senior cabinet ministry for the second time in succession. Limerick has been working hard to recover from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, the departure of large-scale computer manufacturing and the damaging legacy of having two local authorities,” Mr Jeffreys explained.“We will give the newly formed government the benefit of the doubt that the lack of a senior minister will not deny the region in any way. They must recognise that large swathes of the local economy here is at tipping point.“The impact of Covid-19 is yet to be fully realised, with the worst likely to be ahead of us. So far, we have had a complete collapse of international tourism in the region, Shannon Airport has been floored by the impact and, as a result, the lack of corporate travel is having a double impact on our hotels.“Our city centre is already struggling for footfall and major losses have been endured over recent weeks and months with the closure of big brand retailers such as Debenhams in April and now Argos in June, without even mentioning the numerous independent retailers who have already closed their doors.“Most SMEs are severely challenged, being heavily dependent on the current government subsidies and it’s reasonable to assume that foreign direct investment will be severely hampered. Key elements of the agri sector are in crisis and then we have Brexit coming down the line.“Now is a time for Limerick and theMid-West to get specific attention and I cannot see how this government would not recognise that. We look forward to a constructive, positive working relationship with its members here as we seek to ensure that we get the attention we deserve. We cannot accept anything else,” Mr Jeffreys declared.Chief executive Dee Ryan said the Chamber will not be found wanting if the worst fears around the cabinet make-up were to be realised.“There are key red line issues for us that this government has to act on and they include City centre revitalisation, support for Shannon Airport, maximising the enormous opportunity from the natural deep waters of the estuary, developing the M20 as a priority, as well as the link road to Foynes and the Northern Distributor Road.“All of these will deliver an economic dividend to the city, region and state so we see no reason whatsoever why they would not happen,” Ms Ryan added.center_img Advertisement Facebook Print BusinessNewsNo cabinet position means Mid West will need special attentionBy Staff Reporter – July 1, 2020 289 last_img read more

Mc Mahon calls for action to repair Ballycoleman street lights

first_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Mc Mahon calls for action to repair Ballycoleman street lights A local councillor says urgent action is needed to repair street lights in the Ballycoleman area of Strabane which have been out of action since a junction box fire three weeks ago.Cllr Brian Mc Mahon says they lights still haven’t been assessed by an engineer, and he’s concerned that as a result of recent cuts, if the repair proves to be a major job, it might not be done at all.He says it is a serious situation…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/mcmahonlights.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By admin – August 6, 2015 Facebook Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Facebook Previous articleDerry’s Northland Road to close later this month as resurfacing works reach completionNext articleDarron Gibson to miss Everton’s opener admin Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Homepage BannerNews 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Reportlast_img read more

Minnesota protest updates: Trump warns military could ‘assume control’ of protest response

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStockBy ELLA TORRES and WILLIAM MANSELL, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Authorities have released the 911 call in connection to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.The video of Floyd’s death has now caused outrage in the city of Minneapolis and all over the country. Residents of the city have protested his death since Tuesday. Though they have been mostly peaceful, on Wednesday, officials said “a core group of people” not from Minneapolis caused destruction.City leaders have called for the community to voice their outrage in a lawful manner.This story will be updated as protests continue throughout the country. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern:6:59 a.m.: CNN reporter, crew arrested live on airCNN reporter Omar Jimenez and his production crew were arrested in Minneapolis live on air Friday morning while reporting on the Floyd protests.The news outlet is reporting that police said they were arrested because they were told to move and didn’t.“A CNN reporter & his production team were arrested this morning in Minneapolis for doing their jobs, despite identifying themselves – a clear violation of their First Amendment rights,” CNN said in a statement Friday morning. “The authorities in Minnesota, incl. the Governor, must release the 3 CNN employees immediately.”Minnesota State Sen. Jeff Hayden phoned into CNN and said he just had a joint text with the governor and mayor and that they were just trying to get control of the area and weren’t aware of the CNN reporter getting arrested.“Hoping that we can figure it out,” Hayden said.6:44 a.m.: 70 arrested or summonsed in New York City during George Floyd protestsAt least 70 people were arrested or summonsed during a series of protests that started in Union Square and spread through Lower Manhattan through Thursday night.Most will be summonsed for obstruction of governmental administration and social distancing violations, but there will also be assault and weapon possession charges.The protest began in Union Square after 3 p.m., Thursday but after that broke up, protests reemerged at Foley Square courthouses, City Hall and Zuccotti Park, the site of the 2011 Occupy Wall Street protest, and moved toward the West Side Highway.Several police officers were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, one with a possible concussion.One person was arrested for assaulting a police officer for throwing a garbage can into a crowd and striking a police officer in the head.Another person attempted to grab the service weapon from a Deputy Inspector’s holster. That person will be charged with robbery.1:15 a.m.: Trump says military could assume control in city, ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’President Donald Trump weighed in on the destructive protests in Minneapolis early Friday morning, saying the military could “assume control” of the response.“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” Trump tweeted early Friday morning. “Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”Trump also attacked Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, saying the protests are a result of a lack of leadership.“Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump tweeted.Frey responded to Trump at an early-morning press conference Friday, saying it’s weakness to point fingers during times of crisis.“Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your actions. Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis,” Frey said. “Donald Trump knows nothing about the strength of Minneapolis. We are strong as hell. Is this a difficult time period? Yes. But you better be damn sure that we’re gonna get through this.”12:48 a.m.: Minneapolis asks residents to ‘retreat’ over precinct explosion possibilityAfter people protesting George Floyd’s death forcibly took over a Minneapolis precinct and began to ignite fires, city officials are now warning residents to leave the area in case the building explodes.“We’re hearing unconfirmed reports that gas lines to the Third Precinct have been cut and other explosive materials are in the building,” the city tweeted. “If you are near the building, for your safety, PLEASE RETREAT in the event the building explodes.”Frey said residents must clear the area so the fire department can put out fires.“We are working with @MinneapolisFire to deliver resources and respond for a beloved neighborhood in our city,” Frey tweeted. “We all need to work together to ensure the safety of our friends, family, and Minneapolis residents. And right now working together means clearing the area.”The Minnesota National Guard has been activated for the area and said it’s helping the fire department safely get to fires to help them battle the blazes.Since the protests started, the Saint Paul Police Department said more than 170 businesses have been damaged or looted. Despite the destruction, with dozens of fires set, authorities said there are no reports of serious injuries. “Calm on the horizon,” the department said late Thursday night.12:32 a.m.: Governor ‘shocked’ after vehicle attempts to run over protesterColorado Gov. Jared Polis said he is “absolutely shocked” by video of a car attempting to run over a person protesting the death of Floyd in Denver on Thursday. What started as a peaceful protest turned chaotic with reports of vandalism and violence.“Tonight is a very sad night for our state. While we are still uncovering all of the facts, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor,” Polis tweeted. “Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.”Previously shots were fired across the street from Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver.11:51 p.m.: Protesters gain access to police precinctPeople protesting the death of Floyd have reportedly taken over the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd precinct and set it on fire, according to authorities.Minneapolis Police spokesperson John Elder said staff was evacuated from the building around 10 p.m. local time and that protesters forcibly entered the building and ignited several fires.Shortly after reports of the precinct takeover, the Minnesota National Guard said it was deploying more than 500 soldiers to the area.“We have activated more than 500 soldiers to St. Paul, Minneapolis and surrounding communities,” the National Guard said in a statement. “Our mission is to protect life, preserve property and the right to peacefully demonstrate. A key objective is to ensure fire departments are able to respond to calls.”9:20 p.m.: Colorado protest marred by gunshotsProtesters outside Colorado’s State Capitol in Denver received a scare when someone apparently fired shots nearby, causing the assembled group to flee.There were no injuries, authorities confirmed to ABC News.“Officers on scene at W Colfax Ave and W 15 st on shots fired in the area of the Capital. This is an ongoing investigation and the motive is unknown,” Denver police wrote on Twitter.Leslie Herod, who is a state representative, tweeted about the incident as well. She added that someone was apprehended, though police have not confirmed any arrests.The Capitol was put on lockdown, with Herod, who fled inside included. Herod told an ABC News producer she was not scared by the incident.“No. This only makes me more resolved. We have more work to do,” she said.8:31 p.m.: 911 call releasedThe 911 call made by the store owner who accused Floyd of using fraudulent money was released by authorities Thursday evening.According to the transcript of the call released by the state of Minnesota, the caller — a store owner — told the operator that Floyd entered the store drunk and tried to pay for something with “fake bills.” He later left the shop and sat on his car. It was there where police found him when they arrived at the scene.“Someone comes [to] our store and give us fake bills and we realize it before he left the store, and we ran back outside, they was [sic] sitting on their car,” the caller said. “We tell them to give us their phone, put their… thing back and everything, and he was also drunk and everything and return to give us our cigarettes back and so he can, so he can go home but he doesn’t want to do that, and he’s sitting on his car cause he is awfully drunk and he’s not in control of himself.”The operator then asked the caller for Floyd’s race and sex.“No, he’s a black guy,” the caller replied. “Alright,” the operator said, letting out a sigh according to the transcript, before the caller asked, “How is your day going?”6:25 p.m.: Investigation is ‘top priority’ for DOJThe Department of Justice has made the investigation into Floyd’s death a “top priority,” Erica MacDonald, attorney for state of Minnesota, said at a press conference.MacDonald said President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr are “directly and actively” monitoring the case.“It is critical, it is essential, it is imperative that the investigation is done right and done right the first time,” she said. “And that is what we are going to do.”No federal or state charges against the officers were announced at the press conference.Hennepin County Attorney Michael Freeman asked for “patience.”“Give us the time to do this right and we will bring you justice — I promise,” Freeman said.He said his office has been flooded with calls on the status of the investigation. The main question, he said, has been, “what’re you gonna do about the murder of George Floyd?”“We are going to investigate as thoroughly as justice demands,” Freeman said.He called the officer’s action “excessive and wrong,” but said he needs to determine if it was criminal.Both MacDonald and Freeman called on the public to come forward with any information they may have.There was a delay in starting the press conference, which MacDonald apologized for and said she was hoping to share a development but that it was not the right time.5:35 p.m.: City releases complaint history of 4 officersThe police officer seen in a video with his knee on Floyd’s neck was involved in 18 complaints prior to being fired, according to records released by the city.Derek Chauvin, who was fired following Floyd’s death, was only disciplined for two of those complaints, according to the city records.The documents do not provide the details of the complaints or the disciplines.Tou Thao, who was the officer seen standing up in the video, had six complaints, one of which remains open, according to the records. Thao, who was also fired, was not disciplined for the other five complaints.The other two officers who were fired, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng, have had no complaints.5:15 p.m.: Governor signs executive order activating National GuardGov. Tim Walz signed an executive order activating the Minnesota National Guard following Wednesday night’s protests.Walz said the purpose of the National Guard was “to protect people, to protect people safely demonstrating, and to protect small business owners.”“The anger and grief of this moment is unbearable. People deserve to be seen. People deserve to be heard. People deserve to be safe,” he said in a statement. “While many Minnesotans are taking extensive safety precautions while exercising their right to protest, the demonstration last night became incredibly unsafe for all involved.”The National Guard Adjutant General will work with local government agencies to provide personnel, equipment, and facilities needed to respond to and recover from the protests, according to Walz’s office.There will also be about 200 members of the Minnesota State Patrol that will work with state, county, and local community and public safety partners. State Patrol helicopters and fixed wind aircraft on the ground will assist law enforcement officers, the governor’s office said.5:03 p.m.: Families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery issue joint statementThe families of Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery — all of whom died after incidents with current and former law enforcement — are demanding change and calling for government action to address this “national crisis.”“We’re devastated about the senseless violence that has broken the hearts of our families,” the families said in a joint statement. “While we are grateful for the outpouring of love and support, it’s important that now – more than ever – we use our voices to enact change, demand accountability within our justice system and keep the legacies of Breonna, Ahmaud and George alive. This is a national crisis and our government needs to take immediate and widespread action to protect our black and brown communities.”The families have called for a congressional hearing and a national task force to create new bipartisan legislation that is aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability.They will also present a case to United Nation Human Rights Committee for sweeping changes to the nation’s criminal justice system. A date for when they would be presenting their case was not provided.Taylor, a black woman, was a front-line worker who died after a police-involved shooting. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping inside their Springfield Drive apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a “no-knock” search warrant.Three plainclothes officers opened Taylor’s front door and “blindly” opened fire into their apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in April by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer. Taylor was shot at least eight times and died.Arbery, a black man, was out for a jog when two white men saw him and set off to confront him, police said. The men, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, a former police officer, were armed.A video shows Arbery and Travis McMichael tussling with the shotgun before three shots are fired. Arbery stumbled and fell to the ground, where he was pronounced dead.City leaders react to protestsThe mayor, police chief and city council vice president in Minneapolis emotionally addressed the violent protests that took place Wednesday night over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was seen pinned down in a video by a white police officer and later died.Mayor Jacob Frey, who at one point became choked up and tearful, said that the protests were “the result of so much built up anger and sadness.”“Anger and sadness that has been engrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years,” Frey said at a press conference. “If you’re feeling that sadness and anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.”Police Chief Medaria Arradondo said he knew that there was a “deficit of hope” in the community and that his department has contributed to that deficit.He also said that the violence and destruction seen in Wednesday night’s protest was mostly caused by a “core group of people” who were not from Minnesota. He said that most of the community members who have been protesting since Floyd’s death Monday have been peaceful.Arradondo said he wanted to ensure that people could safely protest, but he said he could not allow for criminal acts.Wednesday night’s protest caused destruction and chaos in Minneapolis, including a deadly shooting, looting and multiple fires.The protests, which had been largely peaceful up until Wednesday night, were in wake of Floyd’s death after he was apprehended by Minneapolis police Monday. Disturbing video emerged on social media showing a police officer with his knee on the man’s neck as the man repeatedly yells out, “I can’t breathe.”“I can’t breathe, please, the knee in my neck,” the man said in a video showing a police officer pinning him to the ground. “I can’t move … my neck … I’m through, I’m through.”City Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins sang “Amazing Grace” at Thursday’s press conference before addressing the protests.Jenkins said she wanted to offer “amazing grace” and her condolences to the Floyd family.“We feel as if there was a knee on all of our collective necks, a knee that says black lives do not matter,” Jenkins, who is black, said. “I am part of this system to help to take that knee off of our necks.”Jenkins, Frey and Arradondo said they would be working with the community leaders. A “healing space” will be created at the 3rd Precinct in Minneapolis for residents to express their concerns and anger in a safe and humane way, Jenkins said.Overnight developmentsPolice said during the protests they responded to a call of a stabbing victim and found a man in grave condition near the protests. The man later died in the hospital and authorities learned he died from a gunshot wound, according to John Elder, the director of communication for Minneapolis police.One person was in custody after the shooting, police said. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the owner of a pawn shop opened fire on a man he believed was burglarizing his business and fatally shot him.Police said multiple businesses were looted during the protests and the city’s fire department said there were 30 intentional fires during the protests, including at least 16 structure fires.Massive flames were seen in the sky on videos that circulated throughout social media. As of Thursday afternoon, the fire department said crews were still extinguishing fires along East Lake Street.People were also throwing rocks at fire department vehicles responding to the scene, according to the fire department, which noted there were no firefighter injuries. Elder had said people were throwing rocks at firefighters.Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd’s family, wrote on Twitter the family thanked the protesters and wanted peace in Minneapolis, but “knows that Black people want peace in their souls — and until we get #JusticeForFloyd there will be no peace.”“We cannot sink to the level of our oppressors and endanger each other as we respond to the necessary urge to raise our voices in unison and in outrage,” Crump wrote Thursday morning. “Looting and violence distract from strength of our collective voice.”Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy. The area along Lake has become unsafe. We are asking for your help in keeping the peace tonight. https://t.co/kRZuWGJY29— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 28, 2020The city requested assistance from the National Guard late Wednesday during the protests, according to ABC Saint Paul affiliate KSTP.The National Guard did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.“Tonight was a different night of protesting. Last night we had 8,000 protestors all peaceful. Tonight we did not have that,” Elder said.Elder said that there were no serious injuries to officers. He was not sure about the number of people arrested.The fire department said there were no civilian injuries from the fires.Gov. Tim Walz urged people to leave the area as the situation escalated.“The situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation. For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene,” Walz wrote on Twitter.Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey also asked people to evacuate the area.“Please, Minneapolis, we cannot let tragedy beget more tragedy,” Frey wrote on Twitter.The Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing Floyd’s death. On Thursday, it was announced that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office were conducting a “robust” criminal investigation into his death.“The federal investigation will determine whether the actions by the involved former Minneapolis Police Department officers violated federal law. It is a violation of federal law for an individual acting under color of law to willfully deprive another person of any right protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States,” according to a joint statement from United States Attorney Erica MacDonald And FBI Special Agent In Charge Rainer Drolshagen.The officers involved in the incident were identified by police as Officer Derek Chauvin, Officer Thomas Lane, Officer Tou Thao and Officer J Alexander Kueng.All four officers were fired, according to Frey.“This is the right call,” the mayor said.The Minneapolis Police Department said Monday that officers were initially called to the scene “on a report of a forgery in progress” in a statement on their website.The statement added that officers were advised that the suspect “appeared to be under the influence” and that he “physically resisted officers.”He later “appeared to be suffering medical distress” and officers called an ambulance. He was transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance, “where he died a short time later.”The police department said there were no weapons of any type used by anyone involved in the incident and no officers were injured.ABC News’ Catherine, Thorbecke and Will Gretsky contributed to this report. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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