The FTSE 100 has tanked. Here’s what I’m doing now

first_imgThe FTSE 100 has tanked. Here’s what I’m doing now Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Legal & General Group, Sage, and Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Sage Group. 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. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Image source: Getty Images. center_img It’s fair to say it’s been a terrible few weeks for global stock markets. Due to the uncertainty in relation to the impact of the coronavirus, the FTSE 100 has fallen significantly. This morning, the index was down more than 8% at one stage.At times like this, when stocks are tanking, investing can feel extremely challenging. Confusion, frustration, disappointment, and anger are just some of the emotions that investors might be feeling right now.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…However, history shows that in the past, the stock market has always recovered from short-term setbacks. With that in mind, here’s a look at how I’m handling the current FTSE 100 sell-off.Staying calmI’ve had a look at my investment portfolio this morning and it doesn’t look good. Plenty of my favourite FTSE 100 stocks are down significantly. Yet I’m not going to panic and do anything irrational. I’ve experienced large stock market declines many times before (the Brexit referendum, the Global Financial Crisis, 9/11, etc) and the market has always recovered.Of course, given the uncertainty over the coronavirus, there’s a chance that the high level of stock market volatility we have seen in recent weeks could persist for a while. However, eventually, I expect stocks to recover.Looking for opportunitiesThe next thing I’m doing is scanning my watchlists for buying opportunities. History shows that market collapses like the one we are experiencing at present can prove to be a great time to buy if you’re a long-term investor. As Warren Buffett says, if you want to make money from stocks, the key is to be “greedy” when others are “fearful”.Right now, I’m certainly seeing a lot of value emerging. In my view, there are plenty of high-quality FTSE 100 companies that have been beaten up and now trade at attractive valuations.For example, just look at Legal & General Group. Less than a month ago, it was trading near 320p. Now, its share price is just 225p. As a result, its forward-looking P/E ratio is just 6.6 and its prospective yield is 8.3%. That’s a steal, in my opinion.Another good example is alcoholic drinks champion Diageo. In January, it was trading near 3,300p. Now, its share price is just 2,650p. That means you can pick the stock up on a forward P/E ratio of less than 20 with a prospective yield of 2.7%, which is rare for DGE, given its track record. I also like the look of accounting solutions specialist Sage at the moment. It was trading near 800p in February, yet currently trades for less than 640p. That puts its forward-looking P/E ratio at 21.7, which is an attractive valuation for a company of Sage’s ilk, in my opinion.Buying slowlyFinally, I’m drip-feeding money into the market slowly.I’ve invested a little bit of money in recent weeks as the market has fallen, but I still have plenty of cash on the sidelines. I’ll be looking to put that cash to work in the coming days and weeks, taking advantage of opportunities when they emerge.Given that no one can predict what stocks will do in the short term, I believe that drip-feeding money into the market is the best way to deal with stock market weakness.  Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 9th March, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

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Mosler Lofts / Mithun-Solomon

first_img Photographs Photographs:   Benjamin BenschneiderText description provided by the architects. Designed by Mithun, the 12-story Mosler Lofts were the first LEED Silver certified condos in Seattle. An example of how to create value through innovative, sustainable design beyond an initial development vision, this development was 90% sold within the first 6 months on the market due to its highly sustainable features and contemporary design.Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsMosler Lofts features natural ventilation and daylighting strategies, low VOC finishes, and a green roof that filters rainwater while creating a gathering place for residents. Two-story townhouses on the street level integrate the Lofts with the culture and activity of the Belltown neighborhood, bringing city life into the naturally lit spaces. Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderExtensive glazing maximizes passive heating. Operable Energy Star windows, patio doors, shading from balconies, and interior sunshades temper summer heat gain. Every residence has individual control of its heating and cooling. CO2 sensors control ventilation in the units and parking garage. The roof is super-insulated (R-45) and contains extensive planting areas. Ten-foot-tall windows allow maximum daylight. Occupancy sensors control lighting. Compact fluorescent fixtures are used throughout the public corridors. LED lights are used for exterior lighting. The building incorporates high efficiency boilers and a reduced energy elevator, and purchases renewable green power. Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderMosler Lofts’ commitment to sustainability begins by using an infrastructure already in place. The previously developed urban site is connected to the resources of an established city – utilities, roads, public transportation and neighborhood services. Three levels of underground parking, instead of surface parking, eliminate the generation of total suspended solids (TSS), which tax our wastewater systems. Bike storage encourages biking and reduces private automobile use. Street level landscape and paving patterns enhance the pedestrian experience and help tie the building to the site. Clay Street – a designated “green street” – features an extra wide planning strip and generous planters. Along Third Avenue, 5,000 sqf of retail space adds needed amenities to the neighborhood. A green roof detains and filters stormwater – lessening Mosler Loft’s impact on Seattle’s stormwater system.Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderCarbon monoxide sensors in the garage limit exhaust fan use. Generous floor to ceiling glazing in residential levels provides ample daylight to lessen electricity use. A high performance, thermally broken wall system with low-e, argon filled double glazing (U-0.38) helps reduce solar gain and excessive heat loss. An energy model will determine baseline energy use and percent over ASHRAE-90.1 2004, while the infrastructure for future measurement and verification (gas and electric pulse metering) will ensure the system performs as designed. Commissioning during construction and a year after completion will also increase the system’s efficiency. A high efficiency central chiller for air conditioning and boiler for domestic hot water and energy efficient elevators ensure the major mechanical components of the building consume as little energy as possible. One hundred percent of the power used on the building for two years will be offset through the purchase of Green Tags – supporting the generation of wind power. Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderEighty-five percent of the waste generated during demolition of three existing buildings was diverted from landfills, and approximately 94% of waste generated during construction was diverted as well. Concrete ceilings, columns and core walls were left exposed and unpainted to keep finishes to a minimum. Wood floors are FSC certified (Kahrs) atop recycled rubber acoustic pads. Carpets are Greenseal labeled and paints are low-VOC. Regional materials and fabrications were extensively, with the goal of achieving LEED® credit MR 5.1.Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderThis project achieves a 30% reduction of potable water through the use of low flow fixtures and dual flush toilets. Water efficient front loading washing machines are specified for all units. Plants used for landscaping, including the green roof, are native and drought tolerant. Water conserving drip irrigation is used for plant establishment. Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderTraditional Seattle zoning for high rises requires a step-back at 65 feet and another at 85 feet. Within the mandatory design review process, this project proposed a different building modulation. The base of the entire building is set back 6 feet along a designated green street to create space for townhouse stoops and plantings. The next step-back occurs at the 4-story mark, consistent with the historic scale of the neighborhood. The resulting building is smaller at the bottom and bigger at the top to create more development value, and is welcomed by the entire community.Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderClay Street, designated as a Seattle “Green Street,” did not formerly have a design direction or precedent. Mosler Lofts replaces diagonal, on-street parking with parallel stalls and additional open space for a more pedestrian-friendly environment with wider sidewalks and landscaping. A grassy swale improves stormwater management, attenuating runoff and allowing it to infiltrate and recharge the soil.Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderThe residence was conceived and designed as a simple “drawer in the city” – emphasizing openness, space, light and views. All units feature open floor plans, 10-foot high concrete ceilings, exposed ductwork and floor-to-ceiling glass. Natural daylight fills the lofts, which contain a minimum of defined rooms so that residents may adapt spaces to their needs and choices. Mosler Lofts capitalizes on its central location to promote alternative transportation options, such as walking, biking and access to public transit just steps away. The garage includes bicycle storage and a changing area. Membership to an on-site hybrid ZipCar is available to all residents. Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderCommon facilities are designed to welcome residents: The lobby features an original Ann Gardner sculpture and a two-story, richly appointed library and art gallery; shared spaces are living room-style; a business center; workout area, café, and green rooftop terrace create a strong sense of community. Residents support a healthier way of living by paying for a green power contract as part of their regular homeowner’s fee that will offset 35 percent of the building’s electrical use for two years.Save this picture!©  Benjamin BenschneiderProject gallerySee allShow lessUpdate: Elbe Philharmonic Hall / Herzog and de MeuronArticlesVideo: Farewell Chapel / OFIS ArhitektiArticlesProject locationAddress:Seattle, WA, USALocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Loft ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/123409/mosler-lofts-mithun Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/123409/mosler-lofts-mithun Clipboard Mosler Lofts / Mithun-SolomonSave this projectSaveMosler Lofts / Mithun-Solomon Save this picture!©  Benjamin Benschneider+ 18 Share 2007 “COPY” Area:  242800 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  CopyLoft•Seattle, United States “COPY” Projects Architects: Mithun Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Mosler Lofts / Mithun-Solomon United States CopyAbout this officeMithunOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftSeattleWoodSustainabilityHousingUnited StatesPublished on March 30, 2011Cite: “Mosler Lofts / Mithun-Solomon” 30 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore products »Read commentsSave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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House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects

first_imgPhotographs:  Nick Guttridge , Nick Kane , Niall McLaughlin Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects CopyAbout this officeNiall McLaughlin ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousescorkCorkIrelandPublished on December 23, 2012Cite: “House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects” 23 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Read commentsSave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 stream House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects Photographs Structural Engineer: Houses Ireland Architects: Niall McLaughlin Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/308390/house-at-goleen-niall-mclaughlin-architects Clipboard Year:  CopyHouses•Cork, Ireland Manufacturers: PBA 2009 Price & Myers Projects Save this picture!© Nick Guttridge+ 20 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/308390/house-at-goleen-niall-mclaughlin-architects Clipboard Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Main Contractor:C.H.O.M Construction LtdQuantity Surveyor:AKC Chartered SurveyorsM&E Engineer:EDC Engineering Design ConsultantsLandscape Architect:Desmond FitzGerald ArchitectsStone Consultants:Harrison GoldmanTimber Consultant:TRADACity:CorkCountry:IrelandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nick GuttridgeRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineSkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationText description provided by the architects. Client Brief The existing house had suffered the abuse of the local climate and haphazard development over a period of years resulting in a fragmented plan and disjointed appearance. The clients brief was straightforward; to retain part of the original structure and to provide additional accommodation and landscaping fit for the quality of the site. Save this picture!© Nick KaneExisting Site The site is located in an area of exceptional natural beauty. Sea views and rugged yet lush landscapes combine with fast changing skies and wild deep blue seas. The site faces the sea to the east. The existing house was set between a steep rock face to the north and a small stream to the South. The access road winds down the cliff from the west to the house. To the east a long gently sloping lawn stretches seaward towards the rocky coastline. Save this picture!© Nick GuttridgePlanning Constraints Outside of the local development boundary and set just below one of Europe’s most scenic roads, the character of the views and the landscape seen from the land around the house and the sea had to be maintained. The local design guide proposed traditional or vernacular forms as acceptable but was clear that designs of exceptional quality with an emphasis on energy efficiency offering diversity in design would be acknowledged. Save this picture!© Nick GuttridgeDesign The house is formed of a series of linear pavilions set parallel to the original house. The pavilions step down the 1.6m fall of the site creating a meandering path through the house from the entrance on the west to the living space and sea views to the east. The form of the existing cottage influenced the design of the new structures and its ridge was used as a datum that defines the heights of the new buildings. A series of pitched roofs are staggered across the site creat- ing pockets of space forming semi-enclosed courtyards. At the end of the journey a large terrace reveals spectacular views of the cliffs, the sea and the islands of West Cork. Guest bedrooms are located in the refurbished cottage. Visitors pass through a glass link into the first of the limestone buildings, the first of which accommodates the master bedroom and bathroom. Save this picture!© Nick KaneThe second limestone pavilion con- tains the dining room and kitchen. The final pavilion is broken into two parts, one for the living room and the other a freestanding study, accessed via stone doors and a small bridge over the cascading pools. Materials Method of Construction The existing house is roofed in natural slate with rendered white walls. New structures are clad in Irish blue limestone. This natural material weathers over time to match the geology of the surrounding cliffs. The stone becomes highly reflective when wet. The loads of the stone to the roof and the walls are supported by a reinforced concrete structure providing thermal mass that regulates temperatures and stores heat.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessCall for Submissions – CLOG: SCI-FI IssueArticlesNew Vision for Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 Forecourt / Grimshaw ArchitectsArticles Sharelast_img read more

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U.S. computer makers lose markets as more NSA spyware exposed

first_imgKaspersky Lab, a well-regarded, Russian-based, computer security company, released a report in mid-February describing a U.S. National Security Agency secret spyware program that lets the U.S. government read all the data on computers’ hard drives.At the same time, the Chinese government has been demanding that U.S. software companies provide them with the encryption keys to read the data files that their software produces.  This would allow China to more effectively fight terrorist groups, but it would also allow the government to detect bribery and corruption, which are central to imperialist domination around the globe.When the U.S. government, on behalf of the Silicon Valley technology industry, objected to China’s demands, the Chinese government pointed to the sheer  hypocrisy of the U.S. position — particularly referring to the scope of NSA spyware activities.The Kaspersky report reveals just how insidious is the NSA’s new family of malware.  The report calls it “The Equation Family” and states that it “surpasses anything else” the company’s staff has ever seen. (“How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling,” wired.com, Feb. 23)This hacking tool actually places spyware code in a computer hard drive’s “firmware.” That means that existing anti-virus programs cannot get rid of it.Even if the user reformats the hard drive and removes all the data, this spyware is untouched. It will hack any new data placed on the hard drive.The “Equation” malware can even store data, including passwords, before they are encrypted.  So, even if the user purchases special software that converts the data into an unreadable format, the NSA spyware can hide the readable files on some “hidden” area of the hard drive.Even if the infected computer is never attached to the Internet, the NSA can still retrieve these hidden files when the computer is brought through customs, such as at an airport or border checkpoint, or if it is stolen.Most of the infected computers that Kaspersky found were in Iran.  But the company also found infected computers in Belgium, Germany, Britain, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Lebanon and the Palestinian Territories.  Moreover, others were found in the U.S. — particularly among those used by Muslim activists and religious organizations.  (“Researchers Find ‘Astonishing’ Malware Linked to NSA Spying,” firstlook.org, Feb. 17)The latest revelations about NSA spyware add to those already made by whistleblower Edward Snowden. They have deservedly hurt global sales of U.S. computers and software.Forrester Research pegs potential losses at $180 billion, especially affecting technology firms and managed service providers. “Suspicion of U.S. vendors is running at an all-time high,” says Andrew Jaquith, chief technology officer at the cloud-security firm SilverSky. (“NSA surveillance hurting tech firms’ business,” usatoday.com, Feb. 28, 2014)Sales of computers and other equipment to China have been sharply affected.  It illustrates the fact that ruthless imperialist strategies meant to advance the interests of U.S. big business can blow back to harm some of them.On the one hand, U.S. corporations and banks hunger for huge profits from exploiting Chinese labor and from selling products, like computers, to the Chinese people.  On the other hand, the imperialists’ main goal has always been to destroy the socialist foundations of the People’s Republic of China — to undermine the planned economy and to install a regime subservient to Wall Street’s will.Bribery and corruption are tools the imperialists use to carry out their goals in China.  Refusing China’s demands for the encryption keys allows the U.S. to shield its personnel and collaborators from China’s anti-corruption efforts, but at the same time it undermines the sales of U.S. computers to Chinese people.The NSA provides no “security” for the workers and poor, either in the U.S. or abroad.  Its sole mission is to protect the banks and corporations that feast off the poverty and misery of the world’s people. Only socialism, a system that places people before profits, can harness this technology to serve the interests of the workers and oppressed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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‘I have rights too’

first_imgBy Miley Selena FletcherThe following letter is from a transgender incarcerated worker at SCI Forest in Pennsylvania.When I write for Workers World about the wrongs going on here and the unprofessional abuse of authority by correctional officers or staff, I am called down to a security office. I am told: “We’re only concerned about your safety.” Or they will say, “Why don’t you write us first?” even when I have written them first.When I write them, nothing is ever done — or the correctional officer or staff alike are still around you, so the individual can retaliate against you by filing false misconducts or try to intimidate you. Or as a prisoner, you are moved to another block or transferred for speaking up.I am an advocate for transgender rights and for others who cannot speak for themselves. It makes sense to me, but to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections or institutional administrations it does not. And that is because you are interfering with their monopoly!“You are problematic; you are a chronic complainer,” etc., etc. That is how the PA DOC and administrators classify a prisoner who exposes the corruption, deceit and lies that govern the institutions. But you are telling the truth, and they fear the truth because of their lies.My being an advocate, a voice for the people, scares them. That is why you are moved to another block or transferred to another prison. They have been getting away with this for so long. They don’t want us to have a voice or a place that will print and expose them.It is the standard policy of the PA DOC and their administrators to do what they want when they want to — always remember that. Yet can’t I write and say what’s right or wrong without being called down and subjected to questions? I have rights too.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The Skiff: Feb. 25, 2021

first_imgA fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes Life in Fort Worth Twitter printVol. 119, Issue 18: Storm snowballs into damagesAlso: Students launch hat company to raise money for charity and Varsity Tavern has liquor license suspendedFailed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Previous articleTCU announces online-only weekend classes as makeup for winter storm cancellationsNext articleWomen’s Basketball on three-game skid after loss to Oklahoma Alexandra Lang Alexandra Lang is a Journalism and Political Science double major from San Antonio, Texas. She has worked for TCU360 since her freshman year, and she is currently the Executive Editor of The Skiff. Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/ Facebook The Skiff: April 15, 2021 Alexandra Lang + posts The Skiff: April 8, 2021 The Skiff: Digital IssuesThe Skiff: Feb. 25, 2021By Alexandra Lang – February 25, 2021 491 Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/center_img ReddIt Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/ The Skiff: April 1, 2021 Twitter Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Alexandra Langhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexandra-lang/ The Skiff Graduation Issue: April 22, 2021 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Two bloggers jailed, a third held incommunicado

first_img December 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two bloggers jailed, a third held incommunicado News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of three bloggers – Reda Abderrahman Ali (http://www.elaphblog.com/page.aspx?U=459&page=2), Mohammed Adel (http://43arb.info/meit) and Abdelaziz Mogahed (http://elmogahed02.blogspot.com) – in the past seven weeks because of what they posted online. News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff to go further Follow the news on Egypt Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolutioncenter_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests of three bloggers – Reda Abderrahman Ali (http://www.elaphblog.com/page.aspx?U=459&page=2), Mohammed Adel (http://43arb.info/meit) and Abdelaziz Mogahed (http://elmogahed02.blogspot.com) – in the past seven weeks because of what they posted online.The press freedom organisation has just learned that Adel and Mogahed, who were arrested four weeks ago, are being held in prisons near Cairo. But Ali has been held incommunicado since his arrest on 27 October and his location is still not known. Ali’s family has not been able to see him since his arrest. “I need to know what has happened to my brother,” his sister told Reporters Without Borders. “There is no law that convicts someone for their beliefs. We have written lots of letters but none has been answered. Together with my 68-year-old mother, we have been summoned by the authorities, who have harassed us and even threatened to prevent me from studying.”She said she thought Ali was being held in Cairo but the authorities have not confirmed his arrest and he has not been officially charged.“Holding a blogger incommunicado is a new way of intimidating the Egyptian blogosphere,” Reporters Without Borders said. “And it is easier to target bloggers than established journalists, who have news organisations to support them. We want to know where Ali is and what he is charged with. It is intolerable that his family has had no news of him for more than a month and a half.”Aged 32, Ali has been blogging for nearly two years. He has had a lot of problems with his employer over his blog entries. And according to his sister, he has been threatened with prosecution by Al-Azhar University because of what he has written about the Koranist movement, which believes that the practice of Islam should be based on the Koran and no other texts.Reporters Without Borders has learned that the police arrested Adel on 20 November after searching his parents’ home and confiscating books and CD-ROMs. In his blog, he expressed support for the Palestinian Islamist party Hamas and openly criticised Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, accusing him of being “more concerned about the security of the Israelis than that of the Palestinian people.” In his last post, on 10 November, he defended Hamas’ decision to control the Gaza Strip by force. Organisation February 6, 2021 Find out more News February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts According to the Egypt-based Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Mogahed, a fellow Hamas supporter, was arrested at the same time as Adel. They were both initially held at Nasr City prison in Cairo but then Adel was transferred to Tura prison, south of Cairo, while Mogahed was transferred to Wadi Natrun, northwest of the city.Reporters Without Borders added: “While condemning calls for violence, we urge the Egyptian authorities to release these two bloggers, who should have the right to express their views online. The interior ministry violated the state of emergency law by holding them incommunicado and by not telling them why they were arrested.”Egypt is ranked 146th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. The state of emergency law that has been in effect for the past 26 years accords all detainees the right to know why they are being held. January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Denial Of Access To Food To Poor Aggravates Lockdown Distress: Delhi HC Passes Directions For PDS Shops[Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDenial Of Access To Food To Poor Aggravates Lockdown Distress: Delhi HC Passes Directions For PDS Shops[Read Order] Akshita Saxena27 April 2020 11:48 PMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Monday observed that ‘denial of access to food’ due to improper distribution of food grains among the poor and marginalized has “further aggravated” the hardship caused due to the ongoing lockdown. “The distress caused to the residents of the city, by the ongoing lockdown imposed in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has been further aggravated…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 observed that ‘denial of access to food’ due to improper distribution of food grains among the poor and marginalized has “further aggravated” the hardship caused due to the ongoing lockdown. “The distress caused to the residents of the city, by the ongoing lockdown imposed in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, has been further aggravated by the stated denial of access to food grain to the poor, under-privileged and marginalized sections of the populace,” a Division Bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul & Talwant Singh observed. The remarks were made in a PIL filed by Delhi Rozi-Roti Adhika Abhiyan, raising concerns over widespread violations in the implementation of the National Food Security Act, including ration shops being shut during working hours, denial of access to food grain and other key resources and lack of implementation of necessary grievance redressal and accountability mechanisms. In order to ensure that “no one goes hungry,” the bench has directed the Delhi Government to immediately set up a Grievance Helpline Numbers, so as to enable members of the public, who may be aggrieved qua the lack of distribution of the food grains, to seek redressal of their grievances, by contacting the Nodal Officers appointed for the said purpose. The court has also sought a detailed response from the Government, and has listed the matter for hearing on May 6. The Delhi government had informed the Court that it was undertaking necessary steps to alleviate their suffering through various measures, stated to include the serving of hot meals twice a day at a large number of specified locations. Hunger Relief Centres are set up within 200 metres of each residential zone which are feeding around 10 lakh people every day. Moreover, the benefits of the mid-day meal scheme are not just extended to the students but also their parents, the government had submitted. The submission was opposed by the Petitioner which informed the court that 37% of ration shops in Delhi were found to be shut on working days, and thus there was a pressing need to make the data on the functioning of ration shops and the grievances, public. In these circumstances, the court ordered the Government to ensure that all the Public Distribution System (PDS) are open and efficiently disbursing ration to beneficiaries, as per the PDS scheme. Delhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Monitor Ration Shops And Ensure That Ration Is Being Disbursed To Beneficiaries”The GNCTD shall also ensure that food grains are distributed to the poor, needy and marginalized non-PDS residents from the PDS, as well as, other distribution centers stated to be set-up by them, for the said purpose,” the bench added. The process of distribution of ration to both the PDS and non-PDS residents has to be “strictly monitored” through Sub Divisional Magistrates, and daily updates on disbursement of ration after each day have to be maintained on their official websites. Case Details:Case Title: Delhi Rozi-Roti Adhikar Abhiyan v. Union of India & Ors.Case No.: WP No. 2161/2017Bench: Justice Siddharth Mridul & Talwant SinghAppearance: Senior Advocate Sanjay Parikh and Advocate Prasanna S. (for Petitioner); Advocates BS Shukla, Anuj Aggarwal and Zoheb Hussain (for Respondent) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Subscribe 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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Bois Locker Room : Letter Petition Before SC Seeks Criminal Action

first_imgTop StoriesBois Locker Room : Letter Petition Before SC Seeks Criminal Action Nilashish Chaudhary5 May 2020 6:28 AMShare This – xThree practicing lawyers have written a letter to the Supreme Court asking for appropriate proceedings to be initiated in regard to the recently leaked screenshots from Instagram group ‘Bois Locker Room’ which have now gone viral. Addressing the Secretary-General, the 5-page letter throws light on the incident which surfaced on May 3 and urges the Apex Court to take up the matter…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?LoginThree practicing lawyers have written a letter to the Supreme Court asking for appropriate proceedings to be initiated in regard to the recently leaked screenshots from Instagram group ‘Bois Locker Room’ which have now gone viral. Addressing the Secretary-General, the 5-page letter throws light on the incident which surfaced on May 3 and urges the Apex Court to take up the matter since the incident is one that shocks the very conscience of the nation. After giving a detailed overview of the nature of the group, the content that was leaked and activities that take place in the ‘Bois Locker Room’, it is informed that the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) took up the matter and issued notice to Instagram and Delhi police on May 4. Subsequently, it is further apprised, the Delhi Police Cyber Crime Cell has taken cognizance of the matter while a case has also been registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and IT Act on the basis of social media reports. “The above acts also constitute offence under Section 67 and 67A of the Information Technology Act, 2000 and Section 506, 507, 509, 465 and 471 IPC”, it is stated. However, it is the concern of these lawyers that Instagram could cite privacy concerns being involved and use the same to delay proceedings. Believing that a timely investigation is the need of the hour, the Apex Court has been urged to ensure the same by monitoring the probe. “On basis on social media reports, a case has been registered under relevant sections of IT Act &other relevant IPC sections. However, the tech giants have the potential of citing privacy concerns and thus, lead to a delay in the entire inquiry and investigation process. While we do not discount that the social media platforms would need adequate information and formal police complaints will be required to be lodged to probe into this matter, however timely redressal will in our opinion restore the faith in the process of investigation and fair trial which has shaken to the core by the wrong-doers.” The primary concern that has been thrown open here is regarding the privacy and safety of women on video sharing platforms. The incident, write the advocates, brings to light the ease with which cyber bullying can be indulged in under the veil of anonymity, as obscene and objectionable material may be shared comfortably. This aside, the alarming attitude of teenage boys objectifying girls, glorifying rape and threatening girls with same is an extremely serious problem, adds the letter. Since the matter involves sensitization and counselling of juveniles, the Top Court must intervene. “It is appalling how boys as young as 15 years of age glorify rape, discuss techniques of raping and gang-raping women and objectifying them in the most horrendous manner. Above all, instead of being apologetic or fearful, they are openly threatening the girls who are calling them out in public with dire consequences. If threats such as being raped, gang-raped, tortured and being beaten are so casual and common that they do not incite fear among the wrong-doers, then these wrong-doers certainly do not dread being investigated, charged or being punished”, claim the three advocates practicing in Supreme Court. “In view of the above, we request that this horrific incident be taken up by the Hon’ble Supreme Court on the judicial side to address the multifarious issues arising therefrom. This issue raises issue of not only privacy, safety and well-being of women, but also of sensitisation and counselling of juveniles who are engaging in such conduct.” Additionally, the Court has been implored to intervene so as to ensure that jurisdictional challenges to not become an impediment in pursuing the investigation. “We also request the intervention of the Hon’ble Supreme Court since there might be jurisdictional challenges in pursuing the inquiry and investigation into this offence due to the nature of the offence being such. A directive of the Hon’ble Supreme Court would ensure that such challenges do not become an obstacle in timely inquiry, investigation and adjudication of the allegations.” The letter has been written by Advocates Anand Varma (AOR), Kaustubh Prakash and Shubhangni Jain in their personal capacity. LiveLaw spoke to Jain about the gravity of the incident and why they felt the need to approach the Top Court. She said- “The ‘Bois Locker Room’ is a group of boys, mostly minors, glorifying rape culture. It is appalling that these 15-16 year old boys take gang-rape so lightly. The chats reveal a sense of no fear or consequences of committing a grievous crime. While we believe that a formal police complaint is required to be lodged to probe into this matter, however, we thought of approaching the Supreme Court for a court-monitored investigation for timely and fair redressal. In addition, we want the Court to address the multifarious issues arising therefrom like privacy, safety and well-being of women, sensitisation and counselling of juveniles who are engaging in such conduct and how the anonymity of the accounts has become an easy medium to threaten whoever you want to and indulge in cyberbullying.”Click here to download the Letter Next Storylast_img read more

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Anti- CAA Protests: Gauhati HC Grants Bail To Akhil Gogoi In Three Cases

first_imgNews UpdatesAnti- CAA Protests: Gauhati HC Grants Bail To Akhil Gogoi In Three Cases Press Trust of India16 July 2020 7:12 AMShare This – xPeasant leader Akhil Gogoi was on Thursday granted bail by the Gauhati High Court in three cases lodged by the Assam Police in connection with the violent anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in December last year.However, he will remain in jail for the cases being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Hearing the bail applications in the three cases registered at Chabua…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?LoginPeasant leader Akhil Gogoi was on Thursday granted bail by the Gauhati High Court in three cases lodged by the Assam Police in connection with the violent anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests in December last year.However, he will remain in jail for the cases being probed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).Hearing the bail applications in the three cases registered at Chabua police station in Dibrugarh district, Justice Manash Ranjan Pathak granted bail to the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) leader.Gogoi’s advocate Santanu Borthakur said: “Now he has got bail in all cases, except the two NIA cases. The hearing in one of these two cases will start in the next few days. We hope the court will grant bail to him.” The three cases, for which Gogoi was arrested on May 29 while he was already in jail, were related to burning of a post office, a circle office and a branch of the United Bank of India in Chabua during violent protests against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act.NIA is investigating two cases, which were initially registered at Chandmari and Chabua police stations, related to the alleged role of Gogoi in the violent protests.Gogoi, the adviser of KMSS, tested positive for COVID-19 inside Guwahati Central Jail on July 11 and is being treated at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) at present.In the midst of the intense anti-CAA movement, Gogoi was arrested on December 12 last year from Jorhat as a “preventive measure” in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in the state and his three colleagues were taken into custody the next day.The four leaders were later arrested in a number of old cases registered across different police stations in Assam. They have got bail in most of these cases.The special NIA court had granted bail to Gogoi on March 17 in the Chandmari police station case and subsequently to others after the investigating agency failed to file a charge sheet within the specified period of 90 days. The Gauhati High Court later stayed the bail.On May 29, the NIA filed the charge sheet against Gogoi and three of his colleagues for sedition and terror activities.KMSS leader Bittu Sonowal, who was arrested by NIA along with Gogoi, was granted bail by a special NIA court on Wednesday.On Monday, another KMSS leader Manash Konwar got bail by the special NIA court here and he was released from the jail on Tuesday.The fourth associate, Dhaijya Konwar, has not yet received bail. He along with Gogoi and Sonowal are being treated at GMCH after testing positive for COVID-19.Next Storylast_img read more

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