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2 UK shares I’d buy to double my money in 2021

first_img 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. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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 2021 could be an excellent year for UK shares, in my opinion. The economic slump of 2020 could reverse if the Covid-19 pandemic is brought under control. Several pharmaceutical giants have announced vaccines and deployment should start this week.The roll-out of vaccines over the coming months could help release the country from lockdowns and social-distancing restrictions. I’m expecting an economic recovery to follow as the UK public get back to shopping, eating out, and socialising with friends and family.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…UK shares in the spotlightI think several UK shares that are related to the UK consumer could double in 2021. Marks & Spencer (LSE: MKS) is one on my watchlist that I’d consider for my Stocks and Shares ISA. Its share price is down by over 30% so far this year. M&S was a former star of the high street, but it has struggled in recent years in the battle against online shopping and a rapidly changing retail environment.Competitors such as Boohoo and ASOS have grabbed market share in clothing. Online-only business models enable them to operate with lower costs versus the higher rents and rates payable by traditional high street clothing retailers.Nonetheless, M&S is undergoing a business transformation. Already several years in so far, I think 2021 will be the year for M&S to recover.M&S is undergoing a digital transformation. Its food business holds a strong brand and consistently performs well. Now available through Ocado, so far it seems to be doing well online. It’s also aiming to sell 40% of its clothing online within the next three years. I reckon that’s a step in the right direction.  Chairman Archie Norman is well respected and led prior transformations at Asda and ITV. M&S has a strong management team and I reckon they will lead a successful transformation at this popular high street retailer.A growing retailerUK shares in the consumer discretionary sector are currently in a sweet spot, in my opinion. Another British well-known retailer that I’d consider is B&M European Value Retail (LSE: BME). 84% of its revenue comes from the variety retailer B&M and the remainder comes from Babou in France and Heron Foods.I like founder-led, entrepreneurially run companies in structurally growing sectors. I’d say that B&M fits these characteristics perfectly. I like that it’s also cash generative and revenues are improving.During the lockdown, B&M was classed as an essential retailer and was permitted to stay open. In this period, it even attracted new customers, and trading was consistently described as “strong”. A string of positive trading updates followed throughout the year.In its half-year report in November, chief executive Simon Arora reported that “The Group delivered a strong performance in the first half, with our business model proving well-attuned to the evolving needs of customers”.Although both are retailers, I’d say M&S could be described as a potential recovery stock and B&M as a low-volatility growth stock. Regardless, I consider both M&S and B&M to be UK shares that could double in 2021. 2 UK shares I’d buy to double my money in 2021center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Harshil Patel owns shares in boohoo group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, B&M European Value, boohoo group, and ITV. 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. See all posts by Harshil Patel Harshil Patel | Monday, 7th December, 2020 | More on: BME MKS last_img read more

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The saga of Rock Springs Ridge moves back to Apopka City…

first_img Rock Springs Ridge GC TAGSApopka City CouncilApopka Mayor Bryan NelsonRobert Dello RussoRock Springs RidgeRock Springs Ridge Golf Course Previous articleCity Council supports proposal for Air Medical Base in ApopkaNext articleYour rejection slip is showing Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Reggie Connell, Managing EditorWhen it existed, the Rock Springs Ridge Golf Course gave golfers all they could handle. Depending on the 18 holes you played, it stretched out to over 7,100 yards from the back tees, had a course rating of over 74, and a slope rating of 133.If you don’t know what any of that means, take my word for it, that course could take you apart. I finished several rounds there feeling like a boxer who just faced Mike Tyson in the 80s.RSR had a long par-three hole with a tree in the middle of the green (at least that’s how I remember it). The signature finishing hole was guarded by a lake that allowed diners (or well-meaning hecklers) to watch players complete their rounds from the clubhouse porch.It was a tough track usually in good shape, and one I would love to see returned to its prime. It’s hard to drive through RSR without seeing the shadow of that course under the thick grass and weeds. I wish profit and loss margins were not a factor in determining which ones survive, and which ones end up as parcels to fight over in courtrooms. The Rock Springs Ridge Golf Course belongs in the sports section of an online news site, not the business section.My apologies for the digression, but I simply cannot write this many words about a golf course without also describing its one-time splendor.In the meantime, the never-ending saga of what will happen to the RSR Golf Course property moved back to City Hall Wednesday.At the end of the May 5th City Council meeting, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson gave an update on how the RSR deal with owner Robert Dello Russo and the residents of RSR is advancing.“We’re meeting with (Orange County Supervisor of Elections) Bill Cowles to figure out how we get the vote for the residents [of RSR]. “There is mixed information in the statutes [as to how a consensus can be established]. We’re getting Bill and his team to try and clean it up. There are different ways to vote, and they need to be a lot clearer than they are. We should have a price tomorrow for an election based on 1,320 homes.I’d rather his office do that so there’s no question as to the integrity of the election.”It was a little over a week ago that Nelson stood before 500 RSR residents at The Apopka Amphitheater, sounding enthusiastic about this deal.“As you all know, I got elected three years ago,” he said. “And ever since then, we’ve been trying to set up an arrangement to get Dello Russo out of Rock Springs Ridge.”But in front of the Council, a week later, his fervor to get a deal done seemed to be less passionate.“You’re [RSR residents] entitled to say no for $2.4 million,” Nelson said. “I’ve got no dog in that hunt. I’m fine with whatever you all decide.”Nelson also referenced a potential lender if the RSR Homeowners Association wanted to buy the course from the City, if it chooses to go in that direction.“…We should also have some information from a bank if the HOA wanted to take a loan to buy the course instead of form a recreational district. There are pros and cons to that. The pro is a recreational district is a lot more structured, whereas an HOA is a lot more informal, and that’s the question as to how the residents want to do it. You can get it done faster [with a loan]. There would probably be less attorney fees in an HOA buyout.”Commissioner Diane Velazquez, an RSR resident, was bombarded with questions following the meeting from her neighbors and others interested in how the deal with the City might be structured.“They are concerned with the cleanup,” she said. “The environmental state of the property. The maintenance costs. The trees have been neglected for so many years. The cost itself outside of what the property is going to be swapped for is the real concern. They know the cost of the land, but they don’t understand the real cost of owning the golf course.”“We can talk to Dello Russo and find out what they are spending [on maintenance] – obviously not a lot. That’s for sure,” Nelson said. “The Tavern [Restaurant in Rock Springs Ridge] said, according to them, their rent pays for the maintenance of the property.”“We’re just looking for clarity on the real cost of owning the golf course,” said Velazquez.“It just depends on what you decide to do with the property,” said Nelson. “If you put a golf course in, that’s one set of numbers. If you leave it very, very primitive, it’s lesser numbers, and if it’s somewhere in between where you’ve got walking paths, that would be somewhere in the middle.”He also expected to have more details the next time the City Council gets together on May 19th.“By the next meeting, we can probably answer the questions as to who is paying for what.”Velazquez also asked Nelson about the evolution of this deal, and what other properties might have been offered or suggested.“Who initiated this land swap? Whose idea was it?”“The attorney for Dello Russo,” Nelson said. “Or Chad [Barton], his partner.”Nelson asked City Attorney Michael A. Rodriguez for his recollection of how the deal transpired.“They had several proposals and then they threw out a land swap,” Rodriguez said. ” [They said] Do you have any properties you could swap?”I think we’re putting the cart before the horse,” said Commissioner Alexander H. Smith, also an RSR resident. “At what point does the HOA vote to even enter into this agreement?”“Maybe in the next 60 days,” said Nelson.“A lot of this is hypothetical, but the residents can organize a petition drive,” said Rodriguez. “And if a majority of the residents present the City Council with a petition then the process has begun.”“But we don’t even know if they want to enter into this agreement,” said Smith. “So when will that vote take place?”“Let’s just start from scratch here,” said Commissioner Kyle Becker. “If you’re saying that there could be a petition drive, and they just need the majority of ownership in their neighborhood to create this district… if you’re saying that’s the most basic way to do it, how is the City equipping or educating these people to put ink to paper? Yeah, the $2.5 million number is out there, but what are the details? What’s the cost of maintenance? What’s the current appraised value of the golf course? All of [the details] that people need to make an informed decision. How does that get out to RSR residents?”“I would advise that it’s going to have to fall on the RSR residents to take the lead to determine,” Rodriguez said. “I know that about a year ago this board voted on creating an advisory committee for Errol Estate. An advisory committee to take a look at what it’s going to entail to create a recreational district. But that onus is going to fall on the residents. But if there’s not a consensus of residents to take ownership or to take the acquisition of the golf course, then we’re back to square one.”“To everybody’s point, this is not the kind of deal I would have made,” said Nelson. “I would have rather the RSR residents figure out a price with Dello Russo and kept us out of this thing because obviously, it’s not the way I want it.”Smith was also concerned about the price of the course, and if a bond or lender could be secured if the golf course did not appraise for the proposed sale amount.“It’s been said that no matter what the golf course appraises for, we could still get a bond for $2.4 million,” he said. “Is that a fact? And then, if we choose not to do a bond and do a traditional bank loan, will the bank loan us $2.4 million for a golf course only worth $1.2 million?”“Yes,” said Nelson.“They will?” Smith asked again.“Yes,” said Nelson. “I talked to a banker, and she said as long as the HOA puts certain things in its bylaws, then yes they can loan them the money.”Nelson would not disclose the name of the bank or the banker. He did, however, return to the theme of the RSR residents taking the lead on this deal.“A lot of this is for the residents of RSR to do the due diligence. It’s not up to the City to figure out the cost to maintain it. At some point, you have to figure out what you’re going to do with it. The only question we’re trying to answer today is ‘do the RSR residents want us to buy it and pay back the $2.45 million value of the properties we’re swapping?’ Everything else is up to the residents. As soon as we get that done, it’s theirs to take in whatever direction they choose. Rock Springs Ridge is obviously an important community, but I have to look out for the City. I have to protect the other 50,000 residents as well.” Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear 1 COMMENT Steven T. Williams @ shirechairs Please enter your name here Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Great post! Very interesting to read. I would like to read some more updates from you. Thanks for sharing your post. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. May 8, 2021 at 1:58 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Villa Geef / Damilano Studio Architects

first_imgCopyHouses•Sondrio, Italy Architects: Damilano Studio Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Italy ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs:  Andrea Martiradonna Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  4150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Ares, Flos, Porcelanosa Grupo, Rimadesio, RÖFIX, Schüco, Wall & Decò, Antrox, Fiemme 3000, GriesserArchitect In Charge:Duilio DamilanoCollaborator:Enrico MassiminoCity:SondrioCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrea MartiradonnaRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. Villa GEEF was born in a compromised context in the first outskirts of Sondrio (Italy) within a lot that was used as a relax time place by employees of an electric company. The large lot was in fact occupied by a building and playgrounds all around.Save this picture!© Andrea MartiradonnaDespite the existing fabric, the area was presented with great potential due to its size and the surrounding mountain landscape characterized by typical vineyards of Valtellina. In the first intention of the client there was a desire to build a multi-storey villa, the project developed by Damilanostudio Architects focused on a villa on a single ground floor for both the comfort and the relationship with the landscape, the choice of building a home on one floor opens its eyes to the vineyards and the private park.Save this picture!© Andrea MartiradonnaSave this picture!Save this picture!© Andrea MartiradonnaThe villa develops in to two different areas joined by the covered porch in line with access to the lot. On the one hand, the garage and the dependance for the guests. On the other hand, the owners’ residence.Save this picture!© Andrea MartiradonnaProject gallerySee allShow lessSolar Car Port: Renewable Energy to Charge Your E-CarArticlesArquia / RipollTizonSelected Projects Share “COPY” Villa Geef / Damilano Studio ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVilla Geef / Damilano Studio Architectscenter_img Save this picture!© Andrea Martiradonna+ 22Curated by Clara Ott Share Year:  Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/909432/villa-geef-damilano-studio-architects Clipboard Villa Geef / Damilano Studio Architects 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/909432/villa-geef-damilano-studio-architects Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeDamilano Studio ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSondrioItalyPublished on January 16, 2019Cite: “Villa Geef / Damilano Studio Architects” 16 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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first_img Howard Lake | 12 January 2015 | News Tagged with: relationship fundraising Research / statistics Rogare Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University’s Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, is to embark on its first research project. It will review and refashion the concept of ‘relationship fundraising’ to incorporate new developments in relationship marketing and the latest theories on relationship building from the fields of psychology and social psychology.Six stage research projectThe project consists of six stages:1) Canvass the views of senior practitioners on the definition, scope and current success of relationship fundraising techniques.2) Collate evidence of what is currently considered best practice and case studies of success.3) Conduct a thorough review of the academic and practitioner literature to identify theories, frameworks and ideas from the domain of relationship marketing that might be applied to fundraising.4) Conduct a similar review of the domain of ‘relationship management’ in psychology and social psychology to identify theories, frameworks and ideas that that might be used to inform fundraising practice.5) Based on the two literature reviews, assess the views of senior practitioners on the direction that relationship fundraising will take in the future and the challenges it must overcome.6) Compile a final report that summarises the learning from steps 1-5 and outlines the future direction that relationship fundraising might take.The research project is being jointly funded by US donor management software company Bloomerang and American fundraising agency Pursuant.‘First systematic review of the concept in 20 years’Adrian Sargeant, Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy,Plymouth UniversityProfessor Adrian Sargeant, director of the Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, said: Advertisement  49 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Rogare’s first project is to ‘review and refashion’ relationship fundraisingcenter_img “This promises to be a fascinating project as it will really be the first time anyone has systematically reviewed the concept of relationship fundraising since Ken Burnett first mooted it more than 20 years ago.“When Ken’s book Relationship Fundraising was first published in 1992, the science of relationship marketing had yet to really emerge and database technology was so poor that there were very real limitations on what could realistically be achieved…“In the intervening years there has been an explosion of interest in the topic. Yet there is still little agreement among practitioners about what relationship fundraising actually is, and what a relationship approach might practically mean for the way in which we steward our relationships with donors”.“Fundraisers certainly have a general sense of what it might mean as a guiding philosophy, but no idea of the theories, tools or frameworks that could be guiding their approach, nor the results that might be achieved if they did so. This Rogare project aims to provide relationship fundraising with its theoretical foundation.”Need ‘to find true best practices’Steven Shattuck, BloomerangSteven Shattuck, vice-president of marketing at Bloomerang, explained why the company was helping to fund the research:“In the age of blogging and social media, there’s no shortage of fundraising advice, and it can be very difficult to cut through the noise to find true best practices in how fundraisers build lasting relationships with their donors. The Rogare project is so needed not only because it fills a gap, but because the scope of the research and the pedigree of its participants is unlike anything the sector has seen before.”Project advisory panelAs a first step in this project, Rogare intends to assemble of panel of around 30 people who can assist the project by sharing their opinions (good and bad) on relationship fundraising.In particular Rogare is looking for their definitions of relationship fundraising, details of their relationship building practice, and their thoughts on what relationship issues they are presently wrestling with, the thinking they have engaged in to manage these issues, and any lessons that have accrued as a consequence.To be considered for this panel contact Rogare’s manager Ian MacQuillin by 23 January.Rogare aims to deliver the final report in September 2015. 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 MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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White supremacist protested at Virginia Tech University

first_imgDuring the week of March 20, hundreds of faculty, students, staff and community members held a variety of protests at Virginia Tech University in Blackburg, Va., against white supremacist author Charles Murray. Murray, author of “Losing Ground” and co-author with Richard Hernstein of “The Bell Curve,” among other books and articles, was given space to speak March 25 by the Virginia Tech administration as part of BB&T bank’s “Capitalism and Freedom” lecture series. BB&T Corp. sponsors similar series and departments currently at over 60 universities, and the bank is known for distributing free pro-capitalist literature such as Ayn Rand books, writing curriculum and more. According to a report entitled “The Feeding Trough” issued by A Job Is A Right Campaign, the Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation, the largest right-wing foundation in the United States, supported the writing of the notoriously racist book, “The Bell Curve,” to the tune of  $1 million. The book was co-funded by the Pioneer Society, a holdover from the white-supremacist eugenics movement of the 1920s and 30s.The book argued that poverty is the result of the existence of a permanent class of genetically inferior people — who just happen to be disproportionately people of African descent. The book ignored the legacy of slavery, the impact of economic conditions, personal dislocations or racial, sexual, gender or other discrimination. Protesting Charles Murray March 25 at Virginia Tech university.Murray’s work is an integral part of Wall Street’s right-wing foundation network that has as its goal to eviscerate all legal, social and other barriers to making profits by capitalists. This includes promoting deregulation and privatization, busting unions, promoting funding for the Pentagon instead of funding for cities such as Flint, Mich., and advocating the destruction of social safety nets such as Aid to Families with Dependent Children.We reject Murray!Immediately upon learning of Murray’s scheduled appearance at Virginia Tech, student organizations, the Coalition For Justice and others, including numerous faculty from a rainbow of disciplines, joined together to resist Murray.“We reject Murray’s work. We oppose the racist, sexist, classist bias in Murray’s writings. His hateful rhetoric and scholarship has been widely critiqued and dismantled,” reads a flyer distributed by Still Concerned: A VT Faculty Initiative. Protest events included a March 23 Teach-In Against Hate that drew over 200 people, counterlectures and a protest at the site when Murray spoke March 25. On March 21 information about the Murray protests was shared at “Hip Hop for Justice” with Black Workers for Justice members near Virginia Tech.On March 25, at The Inn at Virginia Tech, the site where Murray spoke for $10,000, a diverse, multinational, multigendered crowd of all ages participated in a strong “Protest Against Human Inferiority.” Anti-racist banners, signs and chants began an hour before Murray’s arrival. Just before Murray’s speech, the crowd of protesters moved inside the building and set up a two-sided, picket-line gauntlet which all those attending Murray’s speech had to walk through. Dozens honored the “Boycott (Racist) Charles Murray” call by the Coalition for Justice and Still Concerned by refusing to go to the speech and joining the picket line. The protests against Charles Murray are part of a series of anti-racist, pro-worker actions in central and southwest Virginia in recent weeks. Since Kionte Spencer, an 18-year-old African-American student, was killed by Roanoke County cops Feb. 26, a variety of protests and support activities have taken place.On Feb. 29 at Radford University in Radford, hundreds came out to disrupt and protest Donald Trump. On March 21, hundreds took part in a “Rally Against Racism” in Lexington to protest the distribution of KKK material there in early March. And on March 26 in Martinsville, a “United We Stand, United We March: A March of Equality, A Rally Against Hate” took place. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa One week after an appeal court upheld a six-year jail sentence against independent journalist Fahem Boukadous, Reporters Without Borders today releases a report showing how independent Tunisian media find it impossible to freely and peacefully do its job of informing the public.The report, entitled “Tunisia, the courage to inform the public”, follows an on-the-spot investigation in November 2008 in which a delegation from the worldwide press freedom organisation met independent journalists who continue to work despite the relentless pressure from the Tunisian security forces.Reporters Without Borders also examines the way in which the Tunisian president uses the opposition press as “an ornament” of a bogus pluralism. Journalist Fahem Boukadous’s coverage of social unrest in Gafsa amounted to a negation of this effort and a historic challenge to the authorities’ determination to impose a total blackout on news about the disturbances there. Faced with these problems, some voices continue, despite everything, to condemn the Tunisian regime’s security and totalitarian abuses, accepting the gamble of news-gathering and putting themselves at risk of loss of liberty or of a peaceful life.Reporters Without Borders ranked Tunisia 143rd out of 173 countries in its world press freedom index for 2008. Reporters Without Borders releases a report today on the overwhelming obstacles to newsgathering faced by the independent Tunisian media. The report follows an in-country investigation by the organisation in November 2008. Reporters Without Borders ranked Tunisia 143rd out of 173 countries in its world press freedom index for 2008. Download the report “Tunisia, the courage to inform the public”: News Receive email alerts News RSF_en Organisation Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Tunisia Reports TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out more to go further News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Related documents Tunisia Report – mission November 2008PDF – 235.15 KB February 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “Tunisia, the courage to inform the public”: Reporters Without Borders meets journalists living under high-level surveillance November 12, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgTop Stories”If Business Does Not Start, How Long Will People Sustain Without Jobs?” SC Issues Notice In Plea Against Media Houses Laying Off Employees Amid Lockdown Sanya Talwar27 April 2020 12:24 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday issued notice in a plea against all media organizations who laid off employees or forced them to take remuneration kickbacks in wake of the nationwide lockdown.A bench of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul & B.R. Gavai expressed concern over the said issue of termination of employees amid the Coronavirus induced lockdown and stated that this issue…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday issued notice in a plea against all media organizations who laid off employees or forced them to take remuneration kickbacks in wake of the nationwide lockdown.A bench of Justices NV Ramana, Sanjay Kishan Kaul & B.R. Gavai expressed concern over the said issue of termination of employees amid the Coronavirus induced lockdown and stated that this issue required consideration.Senior Advocate Colin Gonsalves drew attention of the bench to the incessant terminations of journalists across several media organisations.Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that Notice be issued and a copy be supplied to the Centre. “Some serious issues have been raised. It requires a hearing. Other unions also saying this. The question is, if business does not start, how long will people sustain. This issue needs hearing” the bench noted.In light of this, the bench directed that a copy of the petition be supplied to the Centre and reply be filed within two weeks, after which it shall be taken up again by the bench.Accusing employers in newspapers and the media sector of meting out inhuman and illegal treatment towards their employees, this petition seeks immediate suspension of all termination notices, wage reductions, resignations received pursuant to oral or written requests from the employers, and directions to go on unpaid leave which took place after the announcement of the lockdown.The petition, jointly filed by the National Alliance of Journalists, the Delhi Union of Journalists and the Brihan Mumbai Union of Journalists, accuses employers in the media sector of taking arbitrary action despite advisories being issued by the Union Ministry of Labour and Employment as well as two appeals from the Prime Minister.”Despite the fact that the Government of India has specifically permitted print and electronic media establishments to continue functioning, the appeals made by the Prime Minister of India and advisories issued by the Government of India to not terminate services or reduce wages of employees, several employers/ establishments in the newspaper/ media sector have taken unilateral knee-jerk decisions to terminate services, reduce wages and also send employees on forced indefinite unpaid leave” the Petition reads.Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgTop StoriesDelhi HC Issues Notice On Shashi Tharoor’s Plea To Preserve Sunanda Pushkar’s Twitter Account & Tweets Radhika Roy8 Jun 2020 2:57 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the Delhi Police in an petition filed by MP and senior Congress leader Dr. Shashi Tharoor, seeking for directions to the Investigating Officer to write a letter to Twitter for securing and preserving the inactive Twitter account of his late wife Sunanda Pushkar. Justice Manoj Ohri of the Delhi High Court heard the Application which states…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?LoginThe Delhi High Court on Monday issued notice to the Delhi Police in an petition filed by MP and senior Congress leader Dr. Shashi Tharoor, seeking for directions to the Investigating Officer to write a letter to Twitter for securing and preserving the inactive Twitter account of his late wife Sunanda Pushkar. Justice Manoj Ohri of the Delhi High Court heard the Application which states that the inactive Twitter account of late Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor is extremely relevant to the criminal trial which is pending against Dr. Tharoor for allegations of abetment of suicide of Pushkar. Senior Advocate Vikas Pahwa, along with Advocate Gaurav Gupta, appeared on behalf of Dr. Tharoor, and argued that the perusal of the tweets of Sunanda would help to shed a light on her actual frame of mind, and thereby, contradict the prosecution’s case. It had been previously argued that the Delhi Police was selectively providing evidence in order to further their case. Pahwa argued that Pushkar never had any suicidal ideations, which could be manifested from the series of tweets that have been withheld by the Delhi Police from the Trial Court. However, Additional Public Prosecutor Dr. MP Singh, appearing on behalf of the Delhi Police took a stand that the tweets had not been considered and that they did not have in their possession a copy of the same. Pahwa, in response to the Delhi Police’s stand, submitted that the tweets were in public domain and can be accessed by everyone. Accordingly, Justice Ohri issued notice to the Delhi Police and sought for a reply to the Application. The matter is now listed on 15th July. Pushkar had been found dead in January 2014 at a hotel in New Delhi. In 2015, the Delhi Police reported that Pushkar had been murdered and an FIR had been filed in this regard. In May 2018, Dr. Tharoor was charged with abetment to suicide and marital cruelty under Sections 306 and 498A of the Indian Penal Code. Previously, in February 2020, Justice Ohri had issued notice to the Delhi Government and had directed for a status report to be filed on a petition by Dr. Tharoor, who had moved the High Court against a 30th January Order rendered by a trial court which had dismissed Dr. Tharoor’s plea for directions to the police for the production of certain tweets of Pushkar.  Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgNews UpdatesAllahabad High Court Grants Protection To Inter-Faith Couple, Who Married 3 Years Ago, From Police Harassment Under UP Ordinance Akshita Saxena13 Jan 2021 10:16 PMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court on Wednesday restrained the UP Police from taking action against a married inter-faith couple, alleging harassment ever since invocation of the controversial Love-Jihad Ordinance. A Division Bench of Justices Ritu Raj Awasthi and Saroj Yadav at Lucknow ordered that till the next date of listing, the petitioners shall not be harassed by the police on the basis…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?LoginThe Allahabad High Court on Wednesday restrained the UP Police from taking action against a married inter-faith couple, alleging harassment ever since invocation of the controversial Love-Jihad Ordinance. A Division Bench of Justices Ritu Raj Awasthi and Saroj Yadav at Lucknow ordered that till the next date of listing, the petitioners shall not be harassed by the police on the basis of the impugned F.I.R. The couple claimed that they married out of their own sweet will three years back and they are living peacefully and enjoying their matrimonial life. They also have one child aged one and a half year. They alleged that they were compelled to approach this court at present due to harassment by the police under the garb of the said ordinance. The government’s advocate sought a week time to file the reply to the petition. Thus, considering the entire aspect of the matter, the Court precluded the authorities from harassing the Petitioners until the next date of hearing. Recently, a Division Bench of the High Court had reunited an interfaith couple while noting that the Woman (Shikha) had “expressed that she wants to live with her husband (Salman @ Karan) she is free to move as per her own choice without any restriction or hindrance being created by third party.” Also Read: “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law Last week, the High Court reiterated that no one is entitled to disrupt the lives of two adults, who reside together willingly. Holding thus, it came to rescue of another inter-faith couple, facing harassment at the hands of their families. Also Read: Upholding Love : In Last One Month, Allahabad High Court Grants Protection To Over 125 Inter-Faith/Caste Couples Yesterday, in a path breaking judgment, the High Court held that requirement of publication of notice of intended marriage under Section 6 and inviting/entertaining objections under Section 7 of the Special Marriage Act is not mandatory. Justice Vivek Chaudhary observed that making such publication mandatory would invade in the fundamental rights of liberty and privacy, including within its sphere freedom to choose for marriage without interference from state and non-state actors, of the persons concerned. Also Read: Allahabad HC Comes As Saviour For Inter-Religious Couples Caught Between Special Marriage Act & UP Anti-Conversion Ordinance In the instant case, the Petitioners have also challenged an FIR lodged against them in 2017 under Sections 363 (Kidnapping), 366 (Kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage, etc.) of IPC at Police Station Kamrauli, District Amethi. It is significant to note that a batch of petitions challenging the Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance, 2020 shall be heard by the High Court tomorrow, i.e. January 15.Meanwhile, the UP Government defended the Ordinance saying that nowhere is the term “Love Jihad” employed in the Ordinance. It claimed that the Ordinance is equally applicable to all forms of forceful conversions and is not only confined to inter faith Marriages.  Case Title: Chandni & Anr. v. State of UP & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgNews Updates’Blemished Investigation With Political Maneuvering’: Punjab & Haryana High Orders Re-Investigation In Kotkapura Firing Case Akshita Saxena24 April 2021 3:17 AMShare This – xTearing into the “blemished” and “impartial” investigation conducted by former IGP of Punjab Police, Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has given a clean chit to former CM Parkash Singh Badal in the Kotkapura Firing Case. A Single Bench of Justice Rajbir Sehrawat noted that the Police firing was neither unprovoked nor intended against peaceful protestors, as otherwise claimed by Singh in his challan report. It further noted that the firing order was passed by the magistrate present on the spot, only after assessing the situation that had arisen on the spot. It noted that the protestors chased and attacked the police, including with the swords and it is thereafter that the Magistrate granted permission to use tear gas in the first instance, lathi charge thereafter, and the gun firing at the third stage. “The firing is stated to have taken place at the third stage, after the third order passed by the civil authorities and not in the first instance. However, before that; in the above description itself; the protestors are recorded to have chased and attacked the police, including with the swords. Therefore the conclusion that the protestors were sitting peacefully when the police started firing; and also the conclusion that firing by the police was unprovoked; is against the record even on this count,” the Single Judge found. Background The firing incident dates back to the year 2015 during protests against alleged sacrilege qua Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy Book of Sikhs. During the process of maintaining the law and order situation, the police are stated to have fired upon the protestors at Kotkapura, where some police persons were seriously injured, one protestor allegedly received grievous gunshot injury and some other persons allegedly received minor injuries. The investigation was handed over to a SIT headed by Singh, which submitted in its final report against some police official, along with allegations of conspiracy with higher police officials and the higher political functionaries. Singh alleged that there was a conspiracy between the then CM Badal, the then Deputy Chief Minister, the then senior police officers and the Petitioner-accused, on the basis of the call record showing the Chief Minister talking to the DGP and the District Administration, as well as, to his political representative in the area. Findings In its order, the Single Judge observed that mere factum of a Chief Minister talking to the District Administration or to the DGP of the State in the times of a situation where the law and order is disturbed, in itself, would not be sufficient to infer his conspiracy to kill or injure anybody through firing by the police upon the protestors, unless there is some other material collected by the investigating officer to establish prior meeting of minds for conspiracy. “If mere talking of the Chief Minister, or for that matter by a minister with his DGP or the District Administration, is taken as a criminal conspiracy then any Chief Minister can be held criminally liable every day for any wrong-doing resulting from wrong functioning of district officials,” Justice Sehrawat remarked. The Judge further said, the fact that the then Chief Minister was in contact with the district officials, rather, shows that he was alive to the situation and to his responsibility as a Chief Minister; even in the odd hours. “Had the then Chief Minister not been in contact with the District Administration and his DGP in such a critical situation, then he would have run the risk of being branded as another Nero who played fiddle when the Rome was burning,” the Judge said. Blemished Investigation The Single Bench has ruled that Singh had gone to the extent of manufacturing the statements of witnesses to suit his designs, by recording differing statements of same witnesses in these two FIRs; with convenient omissions in their statements recorded under section 161 CrPC, qua the violence by the protestors. This, the Court noted, had not happened qua one or two stray witnesses. Rather several police officials had changed their statements to further the allegations made in the impugned FIR by going totally contrary to the record and in contravention of their earlier statements. “The investigation carried out by the Respondent No.3 [Singh] is not free from blemish. His personal malice and malafide functioning by totally usurping the powers of SIT constituted in the first instance, has been duly demonstrated on record,” the Bench noted. The Judge was of the opinion that Singh misused his official position to further his designs and indulged in theatrics and political maneuvering. The order stated, “Respondent No. 3 has been manipulating the statements as it suits him in a particular case despite the witnesses being the same and the incident being the same… Hence, the integrity of the investigation totally stands demolished because of this manipulation on the part of the respondent No.3 while recording the selective statements of alleged witnesses.” Societal pressure to hold administration guilty The Bench noted that the investigation process is influenced by what some “hyper-charged” section of the society pressed for. It concluded that public pressure to get the alleged erring police officials convicted appears to have adversely affected the fairness of the investigation and as a result, the fairness of investigation stands vitiated. “Howsoever justified and whatever be the sentiments of the public; that cannot be any substitute for law. The same cannot be permitted to permeate and influence the investigation and adjudication. The investigation has to be totally fair, impartial, rational and comprehensive which has to be conducted while following the statutory provisions and a just and fair procedure,” the Bench cautioned the investigating authorities. Political inclinations during investigation “The political interest of the current dispensation in the state qua the investigation; and the political theatrics of respondent No.3 during the instant investigation; by going to media and by repeatedly highlighting allegations against the outgoing politicians without filing challan against them; intended to create a narrative in favour of one political party and against the other party during the election process; has duly been established as per the record.” Re-investigation The Court was of the considered opinion that this is one of the rare cases where it is under duty to step-in to prevent miscarriage of justice, instil confidence in the investigation and also pre-empt the misuse of the process of the court, by quashing the investigation and the consequent report under section 173 CrPC. The Court has ordered for a fresh investigation into the incident by issuing the following directions: The State Government shall constitute a SIT of 3 senior IPS officers from the State of Punjab, which shall not include Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, and which shall include at least 1 officer senior to Singh, to conduct the investigation;There shall be no interference from any quarter; internal or external; with this SIT qua the investigation. This SIT shall not report to any State executive or police authority qua the investigation in question. It shall report only to the concerned Magistrate, in accordance with law;The SIT so constituted by the State Government shall work jointly. All the members of the SIT shall put their signatures on all the proceedings of the investigation as a mark of the fact that they have agreed to the said investigation;Once constituted, that SIT shall not be changed by the State Government except in case of retirement, incapacity or death of the officer concerned;The final report of investigation shall be filed jointly as a team; under signatures of all the members of the SIT, who shall also be cited as witnesses in the list as the investigating officers;The members of SIT shall not leak any part of the investigation, before filing the final report before the concerned magistrate. They shall not interact with media qua any aspect of investigation. Right to protest Before parting, the Bench reiterated that the Constitution of India provides right of speech and expression, as well as, the right to peaceful assembly. However, these rights are not absolute rights and have been made subject to certain restrictions. Thus, in exercise of rights to protest, the protesters can neither resort to violence nor can they occupy a public place permanently. The Bench further made it clear that in case the protests go out of hand, then for controlling the situation, law permits even use of force by the authorities. However, there are established procedures and protocols for use of force by the authorities, including by the police, it cautioned. “The protesters cannot claim to have any legitimate expectations that police would never evict them from the place; where they have assembled in violation of the directions of the authorities and created a law and order problem,” the Bench made it clear. It cautiously added that the Police also have to use the force within the authority prescribed for them and as per the procedures and protocols put in place for the same. “While use of force by the police, if the same is within the authority and as per established procedures and protocols, may not bring any criminal consequences to the police merely because of the fact that some protester got injury of any kind during that use of force, yet, if there is deliberate excessive use of force by the police; in violation of authority and protocols; and there is mens rea on the part of a particular officer using the force; to cause injury to anybody; and there is a resultant injury caused by such officer, then such officer would also be liable to face the criminal consequences; at par with any other person who is accused of a similar crime,” the Bench ruled. Case Title: Gurdeep Singh v. State of Punjab & Ors. 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