See all posts by Peter Stephens Forget NS&I Premium Bonds and Income Bonds. I’d buy FTSE 100 shares for a 5% dividend income The stock market crash means the FTSE 100 currently trades over 20% down on its 2020 starting price. While many companies have cut or postponed their dividends in response to tough operating conditions, the index continues to offer a dividend yield of around 5%.As such, it may provide a more attractive passive income than other options, such as NS&I Premium Bonds and Income Bonds. Low interest rates mean they may fail to deliver an above-inflation return in the long run.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 FTSE 100’s passive income opportunityAs mentioned, the FTSE 100 currently has a dividend yield of around 5%. Certainly, there’s no guarantee this will be the passive income return generated over the next year. An uncertain economic outlook means that companies could decide to lower their shareholder payouts.However, at the same time, an improving economic outlook may mean that dividends increase at a relatively fast pace.Even with an uncertain outlook, the FTSE 100 index appears to offer a more attractive passive income opportunity than NS&I Premium Bonds and Income Bonds. Their prospects have been negatively impacted by low interest rates that could remain in place for a prolonged period of time.The challenging economic outlook may persuade policymakers to retain a loose monetary policy for a number of months, or even years. Holders of NS&I Premium Bonds or Income Bonds may therefore find that their returns fail to offer a worthwhile passive income.Building a portfolio of UK dividend sharesOf course, it’s possible to build a portfolio of FTSE 100 shares that offers a higher dividend yield than 5%. A number of UK shares currently trade at significantly lower prices than at the start of the year.Therefore, their dividend yields may be relatively high – especially if they have been able to maintain their shareholder payouts. Buying a diverse range of them may offer a significantly better passive income return than that of the wider index.Clearly, a number of FTSE 100 companies may yet cut their dividend payouts. As such, it’s important to diversify across a wide range of sectors and geographies when building a passive income portfolio.This could certainly create a more stable income stream that is more resilient and robust during what is a tough period for the world economy. It may also lead to higher growth in dividends in the coming years, as an investor has exposure to a wider range of growth opportunities.A long-term viewFTSE 100 shares are clearly riskier than NS&I Premium Bonds and Income Bonds. However, the difference in income returns between them at the present time may mean that UK shares offer appeal over a long-term time horizon.They may also deliver impressive capital appreciation as the world economy recovers and investor sentiment does likewise. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens | Thursday, 5th November, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares
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Youth in Buffalo, N.Y., support Black Lives Matter and blast violence against trans people.On June 5, a youth contingent of Workers World Party and the International Action Center marched in the Buffalo Pride parade in anti-racist solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and against transphobic violence. This militant contingent was unique given the many corporate entries in the parade and drew a tremendous response from the crowd. Everywhere people raised fists and loudly cheered on the contingent, whose demands included an end to racist police brutality and anti-trans violence.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Artists fight evictions.Residents of the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights are savoring a rent-strike victory organized by a group of tenants. The Mariachi rent strike forced a rich real estate developer to sign the first-ever collective bargaining agreement between tenants and a landlord in Los Angeles.About half the tenants in the 24-unit building are Mariachi entertainers. They moved there to be near Mariachi Plaza, where these traditional performers gather to get paid gigs.Real estate developer Frank BJ Turner purchased the building with a plan to spike the rents of five to seven tenants at a time, each step giving him more leverage over the remaining tenants. Turner quickly demanded rent increases of 60 to 80 percent on seven apartments. He named the building “Mariachi Crossing” to exploit the culture even as he aimed to drive people out.Boyle Heights fights gentrificationDuring the Bill Clinton administration a plan was initiated to demolish federal housing projects and build smaller, single-family dwellings. A group of Boyle Heights women known as “Mothers of the Projects” blocked the bulldozers at three different housing projects. They demanded that the replacement housing be provided to neighborhood residents — at affordable rents — and they won.More mothers joined and they became “Unión de Vecinos,” Union of Neighbors. They have been fighting for the rights of Boyle Heights tenants ever since.Recently investors bought art galleries and apartment buildings in Boyle Heights. Apartment rents are rising. Low-income people are being forced out. Galleries that formerly featured local artists are being replaced by showrooms selling artwork for sometimes tens of thousands of dollars.Activists have disrupted “art tours” and protested gentrification. Unión de Vecinos has gained community esteem. Fernando Ramirez, an East L.A. resident, staff organizer for the United Electrical Workers and a tenant rights organizer, told Workers World: “We don’t want corporate art, we have our own art. None of these galleries has connections with our community. And there’s nothing wrong with homes being fixed and updated. But there’s a saying in the struggle: Your luxury won’t be our displacement!”Gentrification and spiking rents are plaguing all of LA, and working-class people have been fighting back. In 2015 the Los Angeles Tenants Union was formed and began opening chapters in different neighborhoods. Unión de Vecinos founded the Boyle Heights LA Tenants Union. The seven tenants who were suddenly facing unaffordable rent increases in early 2017 contacted the union.Their outreach emphasized their connection to Mariachis, the beloved icon in this Mexican community, and to expose the name and face of Frank BJ Turner. Other tenants joined the campaign and posters appeared all over the building. Social media got the word out widely.When Turner refused to meet, they kept up the pressure, calling a rent strike that lasted nine months. Each month they paid their pre-increase rent to Turner and put the increase in an escrow account. After returning the checks for two months, Turner began accepting them, while still demanding increases.‘See you at your house’Some 75 to 100 tenants demonstrated at Turner’s Beverly Hills office and then at his home in the lavish Rancho Park neighborhood. Clearly rattled, Turner’s office finally agreed to a meeting — if the tenants would just call off a planned demonstration. Although he wanted to meet only one tenant at a time, he finally agreed to meet a committee. After his lawyers offered practically nothing, the organizers walked out, saying, “See you at your house!” which they did.Turner’s lawyers asked the tenants to stop protesting at his house, but still wouldn’t offer anything. A second demonstration at his home was larger and drew other chapters of the LA Tenants Union.Even some of his Turner’s wealthy neighbors brought food to the picketers, and the local media again covered the story extensively. Turner’s office offered deals to individual tenants, but no one broke their unity. Later in November, activists showed up at his home a third time — but this time they pitched tents on the sidewalk, and Mariachis performed late into the night.In early December, Turner’s office came to the bargaining table and the tenants won.Ramirez explained the agreement that Turner was forced to sign: “Of the nine months of extra rent withheld during the strike, the tenants were allowed to keep six months. The rent would increase by 14 percent, but each year after, the increase can only be 3.5 percent. When the agreement expires, Turner is legally obligated to negotiate again, which was something his lawyers opposed from the beginning. And maintenance of the building is in the contract.”Ramirez added: “We try to always link the immigration struggle with our tenants’ rights struggle, because Immigration and Customs Enforcement is driving people out and that makes the neighborhood even more vulnerable to these corporate thieves.“When they knock down a building and put up a new one, we want the rents to be appropriate for the median income of the people who live in the neighborhood so the same kind of tenants can move back in. We want to negotiate five-year contracts that spell out the limits on rent increases and to always have maintenance as part of the agreement.”Currently rent strikes are happening or being planned in four more Los Angeles neighborhoods, with a combined count of about 400 rentals.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
The whole structure of the world’s financial system — where every day, trillions of dollars, euros and yuan zip from bank to bank, from individuals to companies, to and from all sorts of institutions — still reflects the domination of the U.S. dollar.Graph shows increase in total remittances to Haiti by Haitian immigrants in millions of dollars. These remittances, over $3 billion, now equal 32 percent of the country’s GDP.According to the World Bank, 50 percent of all bonds and loans issued throughout the world are valued in U.S. dollars, and the share of world commerce valued in dollars is four times the amount of world commerce coming from the U.S. Also, 60 percent of the countries in the world, which produce 70 percent of the world’s output, rely on the U.S. dollar to value their currency.Put another way, most of the world’s trade is in U.S. dollars, even between entities outside the U.S.The 32 U.S. actively enforced sanctioned regimes, which include not just sanctioned countries and organizations such as the “Transnational Criminal Organizations,” but also countries which do business with these sanctioned entities, change frequently. Some, like the sanctions against Cuba, have remained in force for decades. Other countries with a significant number of neocolonies, such as France, have their own sanctions policies.Germany, whose economy produces much more per worker than does the U.S. economy, has nevertheless had to follow the U.S. decree of strict sanctions against Iran. German banks, stock markets and trading companies need access to the capital that is locked behind the U.S. dollar. After powerful Germany folded before the might of the dollar, weaker European powers like Belgium, France and Italy fell into line on the sanctions, even though their governments complained.It wasn’t the first time German imperialism felt the power of the U.S. dollar and sanctions. After the November 1918 armistice ended the fighting in World War I, it took eight months before the peace treaty was signed in June 1919. The Allies maintained their sanctions on German ports for those eight months, while 100,000 Germans died of starvation and preventable diseases. Sanctions let U.S. hide its roleTanks, bombs, explosives, bullets and napalm leave a clear trace. Children missing limbs because they played with the mines and bomblets that the Pentagon has dropped in great abundance can be photographed and interviewed. When the U.S. Armed Forces shoots at people and occupies a country, the people often shoot back.This popular resistance can arouse opposition in the U.S. to supporting such military measures.On the other hand, if children die from lack of vaccines or their parents die from lack of money for blood pressure medicine, the political impact is less. And the governments in sanctioned countries can be blamed, instead of the country which imposes the sanctions. An example is media coverage of Zimbabwe.Countries use tightly networked relationships to make trades, and many trades are monitored by computer servers located in New York City. This makes it hard for countries facing sanctions to hide their trades.Remittances The U.S. and French governments impose sanctions on Mali, a poor landlocked West African nation of 20 million people, which has a large migrant community in France. Sanctions prevent the migrants from simply wiring money home. According to a 2015 study by the World Bank, the way most Malians in France send money home is by courier: Somebody puts the money in a belt and takes a plane.Sanctions are not the only financial weapon Washington has in its arsenal. For five countries — Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Central Asia, Haiti, Liberia and Nepal — remittances from abroad are equivalent to a quarter or more of each country’s economic output, which is traditionally measured as gross domestic product.In 2018, remittances to Haiti were slightly over 30 percent of GDP. In 2016 and 2017, the percentage of remittances was also very close to 30 percent. In absolute terms, this works out to approximately $60 million a week.Over the past three years, hundreds of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets to demand significant changes in government policies: lower fuel prices, higher minimum wages, support for farmers. If the Haitian government tried to make political changes that Washington opposes, the U.S. could slow down the money flow or even stop the remittances. This punishment would mean immediate, substantial damage to Haiti’s economy.The Trump administration has tried to end Temporary Protective Status for 50,000 Haitians currently living and working in the U.S. Ending TPS would not only be a disaster for the individuals protected by it, but also a major blow to Haiti’s economy.International Days of Action Against Sanctions & Economic War will be held March 13-15. The organizers say: “Sanctions kill! Sanctions are war! End sanctions now!” For more information: sanctionskill.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
By Andy Eubank – Jul 22, 2014 Previous articleRenewable Energy Provides 56% of Electrical GenerationNext articleFirst Summer Heat Wave Stressing Cattle and Crops Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter USDA wants to remind farmers and ranchers about the changes through the 2014 Farm Bill requiring them to have a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form on file. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says it’s important for farmers and ranchers who take the right steps to conserve valuable farm and natural resources to have AD-1026 forms on file at their local Farm Service Agency office to ensure they remain eligible for crop insurance support. The form must be filed by June 1, 2015. For the revised form visit www.fsa.usda.gov.Source: NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News Conservation Compliance Changes Reminder Conservation Compliance Changes Reminder read more
Help by sharing this information to go further News RSF_en Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 8, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Follow the news on Syria News October 2, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release Khalil Ma’touq Immediately, Unconditionally News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out more The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally free the prominent human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq and his colleague Mohamed Zaza, 26 organizations said today, on the second anniversary of their enforced disappearance. Ma’touq, director of the Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research, is a human rights lawyer who has been defending peaceful activists for more than 20 years. He and his colleague and assistant Mohammed Zaza have been missing since October 2, 2012, when they were en route from Ma’touq’s home in Sahanaya, a Damascus suburb, to his office in Damascus. It is believed that they were arrested at a government security checkpoint solely due to their legitimate and peaceful work in human rights. Multiple reports have indicated that the two men are being held by the Syrian authorities, who appear to move them among various detention facilities in Damascus, including the “Palestine Branch”, a detention center run by Military Intelligence. The repeated requests by their families and lawyers for information about their fate and whereabouts and for a visit are rejected. Syrian authorities deny that the men are in custody, placing them at particular risk of torture or other ill-treatment and even extrajudicial execution.UN Security Council Resolution 2139, adopted on February 22, 2014, strongly condemned the “arbitrary detention and torture of civilians in Syria (..) as well as kidnappings and abductions and enforced disappearances” and demanded “the immediate cessation of such practices and the release of all persons arbitrarily detained.” Ma’touq suffers from advanced lung disease and has severe breathing difficulties. Reports from former detainees indicate that he is in extremely poor health, a source of great concern for his family, his lawyers and the organizations. The Syrian government should immediately and unconditionally release Ma’touq and Zaza, the organizations said. The UN Security Council should ensure the immediate implementation of Resolution 2139, and use all the related mechanisms at its disposal to ensure that anyone arbitrarily detained as a result of their peaceful political activism, human rights, humanitarian or media work in Syria is released immediately and unconditionally.Co-signing organizations in alphabetical order:Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT)Amnesty InternationalArabic Network For Human Rights Information (ANHRI)Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR)CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) Freedom HouseFront Line DefendersGulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)Human Rights Watch (HRW)Humanistic Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS)International Federation for Human Rights – in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (FIDH)Iraqi Journalists Rights Defence Association (IJRDA)Iraqi Network for Social Media (INSM)Lawyers for Lawyers (L4L)Maharat FoundationPAXReporters Without Borders (RSF)Samir Kassir FoundationSyrian Centre for Legal Studies and ResearchSyrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR)Syrian Women’s NetworkTunisian Initiative for Freedom of ExpressionWomen’s Studies Centre – PalestineWorld Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) – in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders read more
News UpdatesTelangana HC Calls Upon State Govt. For Information On Security At Hospitals After Attack On Doctors, Destruction Of Property [Read Order] Sanya Talwar14 April 2020 8:24 PMShare This – xOn Wednesday last week, Telangana High Court took stock of a letter initiated as a PIL seeking directions to the State Government for remarks and records in connection with the security arrangement(s) made by the police to Doctors & other supporting staff treating COVID19.”In compliance with the directions of His Lord the Hon’ble Chief justice on the office note dated 04.04.2020 filed…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginOn Wednesday last week, Telangana High Court took stock of a letter initiated as a PIL seeking directions to the State Government for remarks and records in connection with the security arrangement(s) made by the police to Doctors & other supporting staff treating COVID19.”In compliance with the directions of His Lord the Hon’ble Chief justice on the office note dated 04.04.2020 filed under Article 226 of the constitution of India praying that in the circumstances stated in the letter dated 02.04.2020 sent by the petitioner herein through email, this hon’ble court may be pleased to issue an appropriate Writ, Order or Orders more particularly, on ein the nature of a Writ of Mandanmus to call for remarks and records form the Respondents herein relating to and in coonection with the inaction of the State Governemnt to take appropriate steps in providing security to the Doctors and other supporting staff who are treating COVID19 patients…”A bench comprising Cheif Justice Sri Raghvendra Singh Chauhan & Justice T. Amarnath Goud directed the Advocate General appearing on behalf of the State Government and concerned Authorities to inform the Court about security arrangements being made at those hospitals, which are specificallY designated for treating COVID-19 patients, both in Hyderabad as well as in other cities of the state on on before April 16, 2020. The Court took up the issue in light of a letter dated April 2, 2020 filed by Advocate K. Karuna Sagar which highlighted a “shocking incident” that allegedly took place on April 1, 2020, wherein Duty Doctors treating the COVID 19 Patients were attacked by the family members of a deceased COVID19 patient and destroyed the hospital property by breaking the windows, who developed COVID19 after attending the Tablighi Jamat meeting at Delhi’s Nizammuddin.The letter stated that,”…though the doctors and staff are working 24/7 for the last one month, this type pf inhuman behaviour towards doctors and staff if highly condemnable and stringent action should be taken against miscreants and that this type of incidents took place in Khammam and Nizammuddin Districts also and nemch non-bailable cases should be registered against the assaulters under IPC, particularly u/s 11 of Telangana Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institutions (Precention of violence and damage to property) Act, 2008.”The matter will now come up for hearing on April 17, 2020.Click Here To Read Order[Read Order]Next Story read more