DraftKings recruits MLB icon Cal Ripken Jr as advisor

first_img DraftKings recruits MLB icon Cal Ripken Jr as advisor Topics: People DraftKings has appointed Major League Baseball Hall of Famer and entrepreneur Cal Ripken Jr as a special advisor to its board of directors. 25th February 2021 | By Richard Mulligan Regions: US “Cal Ripken Jr. embodies the qualities of perseverance and integrity we value so highly at DraftKings, and on behalf of the entire company I want to extend our warmest welcome to him as a special advisor,” said Robins. Ripken, a successful businessman and philanthropist since his retirement from baseball in 2001, will be consulted on company strategy, product development and marketing activities. Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Read the full story on iGB North America. People Ripken, the Baltimore Orioles icon and 19-time All-Star, will lend strategic insights to the board and chief executive Jason Robins on key company initiatives and will become a DraftKings equity holder. Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: DraftKingslast_img read more

Stock market crash: I think these 2 UK shares could be the best to buy right now

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Another stock market crash could be on the cards. The FTSE 100 and other UK indexes opened lower today after China announced the US consulate in Chengdu is to close. The move was in response to the US closing a Chinese consulate in Houston.Increasing tensions between two economic superpowers is never a good thing for the markets; especially with the coronavirus pandemic still not under control. Traders will be watching for and reacting to signs of escalation in US-China tensions and coronavirus cases. Stock markets are likely to be volatile, and a plunge in share prices cannot be ruled out.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…Thriving on volatilityVolatile markets are, however, a good thing for a few stocks. CMC Markets (LSE: CMCX) and Plus500 (LSE: PLUS) are in the online trading business. When the coronavirus pandemic sent the stock market crashing earlier this year, new users signed up in droves to trade on CMC and Plus500’s websites.Those people signing up for online accounts were drawn in by the volatility in the stock market. The belief is that choppy stock markets and fast moves in share prices are what make overnight fortunes. Here at the Motley Fool we caution our readers against day trading. Instead, we encourage a long-term view and diversified portfolios of stocks. But, day traders signing up en masse is a boon for CMC and Plus500.Traders who enter and exit trades multiple times a day generate a lot of commissions for their brokers. CMC and Plus500 have benefitted enormously from a surge in online trading in both existing accounts and new ones. Plus500 posted a record level of half-yearly customer income in 2020, of $556.9m, compared to just $175m for the first half of 2019. CMC also had a record pre-tax profit of £98.7m for its fiscal year ended 31 March (£6.3m 2019). CMC increased its earnings per share from 2.0p in 2019 to 30.1p in 2020: that’s a 1,405% change.Market crash opportunityUnsurprisingly, this stellar performance has not gone unnoticed by investors. The CMC share price is up 247% in a year, and Plus500 stock is up 87% in a year. However, it might not be too late to benefit from a business model that thrives when markets are volatile.If the coronavirus inspired stock market crash brought increased trading activity to both firms, in both new and existing accounts, then it is reasonable to assume other causes of volatility will do the same. Rising tensions between the US and China could cause the stock markets to get very jittery, and this could be good for Plus500 and CMC.If I had to choose one of the two stocks to invest in right now, it would be CMC. Both businesses generate plenty of cash, are not capital intensive. and have low levels of debt. However, Plus500 deals exclusively in contracts for difference, which appeal mainly to retail traders. CMC Markets has a slightly more diverse customer base.Both companies should benefit from increased stock market volatility, and either might make a diversifying addition to a portfolio in these turbulent times in the markets. But, investors should be aware that the fortunes of the companies might change if the markets return to a state of calm. James J. McCombie | Friday, 24th July, 2020 | More on: CMCX PLUS Enter Your Email Address See all posts by James J. McCombie Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Stock market crash: I think these 2 UK shares could be the best to buy right nowcenter_img James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

I believe these 3 dividend stocks are practically money machines

first_img Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tritax Big Box REIT. 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. Image source: Getty Images. I believe these 3 dividend stocks are practically money machines There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… 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. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 29th November, 2020 | More on: BATS BBOX BHP center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Most investors buy dividend stocks for one reason: they want dividend income. Unfortunately, many income investments have disappointed this year. At the beginning of the pandemic, countless companies cancelled their dividends to preserve cash. While firms have since restarted their distributions, it still looks as if UK investors will be left nursing a significant dividend hole this year. However, some companies have bucked the trend. These dividend stocks are practically money machines. I’m interested in buying a selection of them. 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…Dividend stocksOne dividend stock that has performed exceptionally well over the past 12 months is British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS). This company did not reduce its dividend in the pandemic, and management is still forecasting an increase in the payout for the full year. Yet, despite this positive performance, the stock continues to trade below the level at which it began the year.I think this could be a great opportunity, although it is, of course, a ‘sin stock’. Shares in the tobacco giant currently support a dividend yield of 8.3%. This is backed up with robust cash flows from its operations. It also has a long track record of above-inflation dividend increases. That’s why I believe the dividend stock is practically a money machine. Over the past few months, it has proven that no matter what the economic environment, investors can rely on the dividend. Big boxes E-commerce has been the primary beneficiary of the pandemic. A side effect of this is the growing demand for logistical assets such as warehouses, to help fulfil orders. That’s where Tritax Big Box (LSE: BBOX) comes into play. This company specialises in constructing and leasing so-called big box warehouses. These giant facilities are essential parts of the e-commerce logistical chain. Tritax builds the facilities and then leases them to customers on long contracts. The real estate investment trust is then able to return any excess profit to investors. At the time of writing, the stock supports a dividend yield of 4%. I believe this is exceptionally secure as it is backed by cash flows from the growing e-commerce sector. As such, I reckon this is an excellent way for me to gain exposure to a booming sector and generate a steady income stream at the same time. ReconstructionGovernments around the world have committed hundreds of billions of dollars in funding to rebuild after the pandemic. This suggests to me there’s going to be a surge in demand for essential commodities in the years ahead. One of the best ways for me to play this trend, in my opinion, is to own BHP (LSE: BHP). As one of the largest mining groups in the world, the company has the best profit margins in the sector. This means it is also excessively cash generative. After years of reducing debt, it can return a lot of money to investors as well. Analysts reckon the stock has the potential to support a dividend yield of 6% next year. I think that’s conservative. The price of iron ore has already jumped more than 40% in 2020. This tells me BHP could report big profits for 2020. Considering the firm’s history of returning cash to shareholders, I think this could translate into large dividends.  Enter Your Email Address 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

It’s awards season again…

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WRPA awardsPlayers’ player of the season – Justin Tipuric (Ospreys)Young player of the season – Justin TipuricTry of the season – Ryan Bevington (Ospreys v Ulster)IRUPA awardsPlayer of the season – Nick WilliamsYoung player of the season – Robbie HenshawTry of the season – Craig Gilroy (Ireland v Argentina) Here are the awards handed out so far as the season reaches its climax:Aviva Premiership awardsPlayer of the season – Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)Discovery of the season – Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)Director of the season – Mark McCall (Saracens)Golden boot – Freddie Burns (Gloucester)Try of the season – Dan Bowden (Leicester Tigers v Saracens)RaboDirect Pro12 awardsPlayers’ player of the season – Nick Williams (Ulster)Young player of the season – Luke Marshall (Ulster)Coach of the season – Gregor Townsend (Glasgow Warriors)Golden boot – Ian Madigan (Leinster)Try of the season – Andrew Trimble (Ulster v Connacht) LEICESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 21: Justiin Tipuric of the Ospreys looks on during the Heineken Cup match between Leicester Tigers and Ospreys at Welford Road on October 21, 2012 in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Shiny happy hooker: Showing off his fancy new paperweight is Aviva Premiership Player of the Season Tom YoungsBy Alan DymockIT IS awards season and whether you agree with the esteemed panels or punters’ votes, there are a few players carrying off more gongs than Daniel Day Lewis.Ulster’s Nick Williams was the talk of the Celts, with the brutish No 8 claiming the RaboDirect Pro12 players’ Player of the Season as well as the same award from the Irish Rugby Union Players’ Association, a fillip for the wrecking-ball breakaway before tonight’s Pro12 semi-final against Scarlets.Colour clash of the Titan: Osprey Justin TipuricAnother double winner was Ospreys and Wales flanker Justin Tipuric, who went home with the Players’ Player and Young Player award after the Welsh Rugby Players’ Association dinner following an impressive season in which he displaced Sam Warburton on the Welsh openside and posted imperious displays against the likes of England.The theme at these events seemed to be one of youth or at least change, though. At the Aviva Premiership dinner Leicester, England and now Lions hooker Tom Youngs took the top honour as Player of the Season while Joe Launchbury was their equivalent of Young Player of the Year. Freddie Burns won their golden boot.At the Pro12’s gala event scrubbed-up youngsters were claiming silver as Luke Marshall was named Young Player of the Season while Ian Madigan claimed the golden boot.Connacht’s 19-year-old full-back/centre Robbie Henshaw was also recognised for his contributions this season, winning the IRUPA’s inaugural Nevin SpenceYoung Player of the Season award.last_img read more

How turkey beat duck, goose and chicken as the official main…

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply … And how advertising shaped the holiday as we know itThe VOICE of ThanksgivingBy Dr. Samantha N. N. Cross, and first published in theconversation.comI have always been intrigued by Thanksgiving – the traditions, the meal, the idea of a holiday that is simply about being thankful.For my family, Thanksgiving is all about the food. Some foods, like turkey and mashed potatoes, may be familiar. But there are a few twists. Since I grew up in the Caribbean, I’m allowed a Caribbean dish or two. The reliability of the menu – with a little flexibility sprinkled in – seems to unite us as a family while acknowledging our different cultural backgrounds.Chances are you and your family have similar traditions. Filipino-American families might include pancit. Russian-American families might serve a side dish of borscht. That’s what makes Thanksgiving unique. It’s a holiday embraced by people regardless of their religion or ethnicity.Yet despite this adaptability, there’s a core part of the meal that almost everyone embraces. How did this come to be? Although few appreciate it, advertisers have shaped the meal as much as family tradition.A uniquely broad appealWhen Sarah Josepha Hale, the editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book, first advocated for Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1846, she argued that it would unify the country. In our research, my colleagues and I have been able to show that Hale’s vision for the holiday has been largely fulfilled: Inclusivity of people and traditions has been Thanksgiving’s hallmark quality.A reason for its broad appeal is that it lacks any association with an institutionalized religion. As one interviewee told us, “There is no other purpose than to sit down with your family and be thankful.” And after interviewing a range of people – from those born in the U.S. to immigrants from countries like South Africa, Australia and China – it became obvious that the principles and rituals they embraced during the holiday were universal no matter the culture: family, food and gratitude.But as a relatively new holiday – one not tied to a religious or patriotic tradition – a shared understanding of the celebration and the meal is crucial to ensure its long-term survival.While there might be subtle variations, the Thanksgiving meal is the lodestone of the holiday, the magnet that brings people together. Today, familiar items constitute the meal: turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, gravy, alcohol, salad, apple pie and pumpkin pie. Many of our interviewees tended to serve some version of this list.But why these items and not others? What makes turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie so special? My colleagues and I studied 99 years of Thanksgiving ads in Good Housekeeping magazine to find out.Marketing a ritualStarting with Thanksgiving’s early champion, Sarah Josepha Hale, the history of Thanksgiving is rooted in marketing. Marketers not only helped create many of the rituals and cultural myths associated with the Thanksgiving meal, but they also legitimized and maintained them.Aladdin Cooking Utensils advertises its double roaster in a 1920 issue of Good Housekeeping. Good HousekeepingInitially, the Thanksgiving turkey competed with other meats, like duck, chicken, and goose, for the centerpiece at the Thanksgiving table.But by the 1920s, turkey had become the only meat advertised. Early ads would focus on how to prepare and present the perfect bird, promoting branded tools like roasters, ranges, pop-up thermometers and oven-cooking bags.Iconic Swift’s Premium turkey ads focused on the sacredness of the meal by featuring families at prayer, giving thanks before the meal begins. The importance of the turkey to the Thanksgiving celebration dominates, helping to perpetuate the Thanksgiving turkey tradition.Meanwhile, early ads for the Eatmor Cranberry Company positioned their whole cranberries as a perfect complement to any and all Thanksgiving meat dishes. This brand dominated until the 1930s when another brand, Ocean Spray, entered with its canned gelatin cranberry sauce.Eatmor Cranberries – which used to be the king of Thanksgiving cranberry sauce – advertises in a November 1926 issue of Good Housekeeping. Good HousekeepingAds for both brands implied that cranberry sauce has been around since the first Thanksgiving dinner, which was highly unlikely. However, the brand positioning war successfully promoted cranberry sauce as the natural condiment for the Thanksgiving turkey. Ocean Spray would triumph and, to this day, promotes whole cranberries and canned gelatin.Considered by many to be the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert, pumpkin pie also wasn’t present at the first Thanksgiving meal. (The Pilgrims lacked the butter, wheat flour and sugar to make the pastry.) Nonetheless, beginning as early as 1925, a range of brands – for example, Borden’s, Snowdrift, Mrs. Smith’s and Libby’s – have competed fiercely to connect pumpkin pie to the season, the holiday and the meal. It’s a rivalry that continues to this day.The role of the consumerNot every product category or brand succeeded in becoming a core part of the Thanksgiving meal.A Swift’s Premium Turkey ad from 1964. WishbookA Welch’s ad from the 1960s implies that the first Thanksgiving meal included juice made from grapes. In 1928, Diamond marketed their walnuts as an accessory to dress up Thanksgiving dishes. Despite vociferous ad campaigns, few associate Welch’s grape juice or Diamond walnuts with Thanksgiving today.But those early 20th-century ads for turkey clearly resonated: Today, nearly 88 percent of U.S. households have turkey on Thanksgiving, and approximately 20 percent of the turkeys consumed in any given year are consumed at Thanksgiving. This is a testament to the enduring influence of marketing on the holiday. For brands like Butterball (formerly Swift’s Premium), Thanksgiving is big business.Whether you’re a turkey fan or not, prefer apple pie to pumpkin pie, enjoy canned gelatin over whole cranberry sauce, by celebrating Thanksgiving, you play a role as well. Marketers may have shaped many of the rituals of the holiday. But all Americans – from all backgrounds – certainly do their part to maintain them.After all, brands need customers to survive.Dr. Samantha N. N. Cross is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Debbie and Jerry Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. Her research examines how diverse entities, identities, perspectives, and beliefs co-exist in consumers, households and society. She incorporates innovative multi-method approaches in her research, which has been presented in several national and international forums. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSThanksgivingThanksgiving Dinnerthe conversation.comThe VOICE of ThanksgivingTurkey Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext article12th annual Taste of Apopka attracts over 800 guests Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Roma339 : Roma340 / Diseño Espacial

first_img Houses “COPY” Roma339 : Roma340 / Diseño Espacial ArchDaily CopyHouses•Mexico Mexico Save this picture!© Ana Eunice Ortíz Pámanes+ 22 Share photographs:  Ana Eunice Ortíz PámanesPhotographs:  Ana Eunice Ortíz PámanesConstruction:Diseño EspacialStructural Project:Nabla Ingeniería y Diseño, S.A. de C.V.Design Team:Carlos Ortega Arámburo, Daniel de León Languré.Country:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ana Eunice Ortíz PámanesText description provided by the architects. Two identical houses in Angelópolis, a suburban neighborhood in the city of Puebla. Built with a limited budget and their leasing in mind, the challenge in their creation was to offer a design that would be spatially attractive to two unknown groups of users. Their design entailed a reading of the socioeconomic profile of the potential tenants, as well as interpretation of their possible domestic expectations.Save this picture!© Ana Eunice Ortíz PámanesA high prism in its access contains half of the house’s vertical circulation, followed by a ground floor that has practically no dividing walls. By taking advantage of the preexisting levels in the site’s topography, the house grows in height as the user walks towards the public spaces of the house.Save this picture!Floor PlanBoth houses maintain the use of walls at a minimum, using steel and window niches that replace standard windows by framing different views from its interior from floor to ceiling. Each of the four walls in every room presents a view to the outside, marked by support columns that form rectangular niches. These niches produce different framing effects towards the exterior , conceived to match with the line of vision in which furniture such as desks and sofas might be employed.Save this picture!© Ana Eunice Ortíz PámanesThe structure is mainly composed by brickwork in ‘kit-kat’ imbrication, supported by structural concrete elements that match the soft pink color of the clay brickwork and its interior walls, which are mostly plastered. The houses deliberately seek unity within themselves and the neighborhood.Save this picture!SectionWith the intention of keeping the spatial requirements to and not constraining the usage of spaces, the design of both houses merely separates the public and private functions within a simple, middle-class living programme. Its design represents an exercise in restraint.Save this picture!© Ana Eunice Ortíz PámanesProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: Frank Gehry, Paul Goldberger and Charlie Rose on the Art and Science of Archi…VideosMurphy House / Richard Murphy ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777899/roma339-roma340-diseno-espacial Clipboard Architects: Diseño Espacial Photographs Projects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777899/roma339-roma340-diseno-espacial Clipboard Roma339 : Roma340 / Diseño EspacialSave this projectSaveRoma339 : Roma340 / Diseño Espacial CopyAbout this officeDiseño EspacialOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMexicoPublished on November 30, 2015Cite: “Roma339 : Roma340 / Diseño Espacial” 30 Nov 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore 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

Four-month jail term for libel seen as test for EU membership will

first_img March 30, 2021 Find out more Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović Receive email alerts Follow the news on Montenegro RSF_en News MontenegroEurope – Central Asia News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders is outraged by a Podgorica court’s decision this week to sentence journalist Petar Komnenic to four months in prison on a libel charge for reporting in 2007 that high court judges had been illegally placed under surveillance.“We are extremely disappointed and disturbed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Imposing a jail sentence on a journalist for a press offence is absolutely unacceptable, especially in a country that is a candidate to join the European Union.“The Komnenic case is a test for the government’s recent reforms. Officially, Montenegro decriminalized defamation and insults last July. Even if this case predates that, it would be inconceivable for Komnenic not to benefit from the new provisions. Furthermore, the many murky aspects of this absurd case raise even greater concerns about the impartiality of the courts and respect for European standards.”Currently a Vijesti TV editor and stringer for Reuters and Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), Komnenic wrote his 2007 article about illegal surveillance of high court judges for the weekly Monitor.In response to a lawsuit by former high court president Ivica Stankovic, now a member of the supreme court, Komnenic presented all of his evidence in court, including a copy of email exchanges and a statement by one of the judges involved. But the file containing the evidence mysteriously disappeared and he was finally sentenced in February 2011 to a fine of 3,000 euros or four months in prison if he failed to pay the fine.Komnenic refused to pay and appealed to a higher court, which changed the jail sentence to community service. But a Podgorica court reimposed the four-month jail sentence on 18 April, ignoring the higher court’s ruling.“Komnenic’s jail sentence seems more like an act or revenge that an independent judicial system’s calm decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Must we point out that the European Court of Human Rights has consistently ruled that imposing a sentence for a media offence is only acceptable in a democratic society if it is ‘proportionate’ and ‘necessary’? Account must be taken of the journalist’s good faith and public figures are expected to be more tolerant of criticism. Have these principles been respected?“We unreservedly support the appeal that Komnenic has filed against this latest sentence and we hope that this absurd ruling will be overturned as quickly as possible. Any other outcome would constitute a grave act of intimidation for investigative journalism and a major obstacle for the EU accession talks that are due to begin in June.”Montenegro is ranked 107th out of 179 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further April 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four-month jail term for libel seen as test for EU membership will News Organisation News November 11, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information MontenegroEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties

first_img About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Home / Daily Dose / Two Indiana Municipalities Receive Funds to Eliminate Blighted Properties Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana 2014-11-21 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Blight Blight Elimination Hardest Hit Fund Indiana Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily  Print This Post November 21, 2014 768 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann announced on Friday that two of the state’s municipalities were recipients of a combined total of approximately $2.9 million in awards from the Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).In what was the second out of six rounds of funding for the BEP, the city of Fort Wayne and the town of Arcadia were the successful applicants for the funds to help eliminate blighted, vacant, and abandoned homes in their respective communities in an effort to decrease foreclosures in the areas.”The Blight Elimination Program is allowing communities throughout Indiana to address long-standing problems with blighted and abandoned homes,” Ellspermann said. “This second round of funding provides an even larger impact, providing communities with an opportunity to obtain and remove structures that would otherwise continue to negatively impact neighborhoods.”Fort Wayne received $2.8 million of the money recently awarded in order to acquire, demolish, and facilitate an end use for 122 blighted, abandoned residential properties. City officials in Fort Wayne believe the demolition of the blighted properties will facilitate investment and growth as well as prevent avoidable foreclosures. Arcadia received $18,000 for the acquisition, demolition, and end use of one abandoned, blighted property located on Main Street in Arcadia.”Cities across Indiana have been struggling with the damaging effects caused by vacant and blighted properties and will soon see the benefits of these federal funds,” said Sarah Bloom Raskin, Treasury Deputy Secretary. “Removing blighted properties is important in the fight to reduce foreclosures and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the State of Indiana to help stabilize hardest hit communities.”Ellspermann announced the BEP for Indiana in February 2014. In the first round of funding in May, successful applicants to receive a combined total of approximately $15 million in funding were East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, Indianapolis, and Lawrence. The U.S. Department of Treasury approved the use of $75 million for the BEP to help eliminate blight, drawn from the $221.7 million allocated to Indiana for the Hardest Hit Fund. Previous: Economic Forecast Exceeds October Predictions Next: DS News Webcast: Monday 11/24/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Motorcyclist dies crashing into bear in Oregon

first_imgBend Fire Department(WARM SPRINGS, Oregan) — A motorcyclist died on Saturday after crashing into a bear in Oregon.Rhett Larson, who worked as a firefighter in Bend, Oregon, was killed when he hit the bear and fell off his motorcycle, police told Oregon ABC affiliate KATU. Larson was then stuck by an oncoming SUV on Highway 26 near Warm Springs.Larson was returning from Portland at the time of the accident, Oregon State Police said.Police said the driver of the SUV needed to be airlifted to the hospital, but KATU said there was no update on their condition.The bear was also killed in the accident.The 39-year-old Larson started working for the Bend Fire Department in 2002, according to KATU.“Rhett was not only an exceptional firefighter, he was a loyal friend, respected mentor, and loving father,” the Bend Fire Department said in a statement. “The loss of such a fun-loving, energetic soul is felt deeply by both our department and our community.”Warm Springs is an extremely rural part of Oregon that’s part of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. It’s about two hours east of Portland and an hour north of Bend.According to the wildlife nonprofit Oregon Wild, there are about 25,000 to 30,000 black bears in the state of Oregon. Black bears can weigh up to 500 pounds, though an average male is 200 to 250 pounds.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

At least 8 injured in Colorado school shooting, authorities say

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(DENVER) — At least eight people have been injured in a shooting at a Colorado school, according to authorities.Two suspects are in custody, Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson Kluth told reporters during a press conference. Emergency dispatchers received reports that shots were fired at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch just before 2 p.m., according to a tweet by the sheriff’s office.The suspects are believed to be juveniles, but it is unclear whether they are students at the school, Kluth said. A struggle may have ensued between the suspects and someone at the school, she added.Multiple people who were injured were students, Kluth said. The extent of their injuries is unclear.The school does not have a school resource officer, but a school resource officer in the area was one of the first authorities on the scene, Kluth said. It is still an active shooter situation.The charter school teaches kindergarten through 12th grade and has more than 1,800 students, Kluth said. More than 500 of those students are elementary age, ABC Denver affiliate KMGH reported.The shooting started in the middle school, Kluth said.The school was under lockdown as SWAT teams went from classroom to classroom to clear them, Kluth said. Nearby schools were placed on lockout, according to KMGH.Parents were instructed to pick up their children nearby at the Northridge Recreation Center. Images showed dozens of children in a single file line with their hands on their heads.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more