The Aston Martin share price is falling again! Here’s what I’m doing now

first_img Investor demand for UK shares is steadily picking up as optimism over the economic recovery grows. The FTSE 100 has just hit new 15-month highs above 7,100 points, for instance, whilst the FTSE 250 has struck fresh record peaks. The Aston Martin Lagonda (LSE: AML) share price has failed to benefit from this pick up in risk appetite though.Not even an encouraging set of financials this week has bolstered market appetite for the luxury carmaker. Indeed, the Aston Martin share price has continued its steady drop in Friday business and just hit lows not plunged since late January.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…Does this provide a dip-buying opportunity for UK share investors like me? Or will the Aston Martin share price continue to fall?Sales move into the fast laneLet’s look at Thursday’s first-quarter update to begin with. As I said, it gave grounds for the carmaker to be optimistic following what has been a tough few years since its IPO in October 2018.Yesterday, James Bond’s favourite carmaker reported a sharp snapback in customer demand. Revenues at the business soared 153% in the first quarter, to £224.4m. This was driven by a 134% year on year improvement in wholesale volumes (that is sales to dealerships). This clocked in at an impressive 1,353 units. Stronger pricing dynamics following the destocking of its GT and Sport models also helped the top line to soar.Losses narrowAs a consequence Aston Martin’s pre-tax loss narrowed significantly in the quarter. This fell to £42.2m from £110.1m a year earlier. What’s more, a combination of cost-cutting and a recent share placing reduced the FTSE 250 firm’s net debt pile to £722.9m from £956.1m in the first three months of 2020.Demand for Aston Martin’s high-end vehicles was particularly-strong in The Americas and Asia Pacific (and more specifically China). Global sales of the carmaker’s newly-launched DBX sports utility vehicle (SUV) were especially robust, too. Indeed, SUV units of 746 accounted for more than half of all Aston Martin’s car wholesale sales in the first quarter. Additionally, sales of Aston Martin’s Sport model soared 66% year on year to 312 motors.Here’s what I’m doing about Aston Martin’s share priceThis week’s release provides compelling evidence that Aston Martin (and possibly its share price) has turned the corner. Sales are recovering after being gutted following the Covid-19 outbreak. The carmaker’s Project Horizon plan to improve efficiency and supercharge sales (it’s targeting wholesale sales of 10,000 a year by 2024/25) has also started with a bang.The Aston Martin share price has risen 113% over the past 12 months as investor confidence has improved. But I myself am not tempted to buy just yet. Net debt levels have fallen at the carmaker, but these still sit at uncomfortably high levels. Another heavy wave of Covid-19 infections could sweep away the sales recovery quite swiftly and put debt firmly back into focus. Aston Martin is making great progress, sure. But I’d still rather buy other UK shares at this moment. Royston Wild | Saturday, 8th May, 2021 | More on: AML 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. 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Reinventing ministry

first_img Rector Bath, NC Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET December 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm In EFM I was introduced to the fact that culture shapes the church, which I do believe to be a fact. Our culture has changed dramatically. That being true, how can we not expect the church to change? The presiding bishop said the heartbeat of the church is mission. But, what I hear most is the importance of the liturgy, music, and the need to get more young families. That’s not mission, that’s attempting to maintain the status quo. A major focus of church should be those outside the church, not just the people that are already there. The church should be about strengthening us to go out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ, ministering to the needs of those we meet. Our churches should be transforming our lives–the way we live–so we can help others transform their lives by the love of God. We must wake up to the fact that we are all children of God. We should be working to connect one to another and to God in community, a community that is larger than one building or one congregation. Whether Christian, Muslim, Jew, or any other religion, we must seek community with one another. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York By Dan WebsterPosted Dec 11, 2012 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Reinventing ministry Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Comments (1) Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET John D. Andrews says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Rev. Canon Dan Webster[Episcopal News Service] I promise not to use the words “nimble” nor “entrepreneurial” in this commentary.  Both are overused even though folks using these descriptors are searching for ways to discuss how the church is – or must – change.Since the first century, the gospel has been enculturated for its generation and setting. It has found its way into the hearts of millions through stories and actions that meant something to those experiencing the gospel.New expressions of ministry are emerging throughout the Episcopal Church. Just as parish day schools or parish nursing programs were established to meet needs in communities, we now see other expressions of ministry that seek to spread Good News.An Episcopal congregation in a small Kansas town started “Laundry and Lattes” on Sunday nights at a local laundromat near the town’s community college. They offer free coffee to the mostly student clientele and even keep plenty of quarters on hand to make change. If it’s your birthday you get a free wash and dry compliments of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Parsons, Kansas.Harcourt Parish in Gambier, Ohio saw a need for guest housing in this rural town during parents’ weekend at Kenyon College. Given the shortage of hotel rooms they began offering “Harcourt Homestay @ Kenyon” and got listed on the college’s website for such occasions.  This ministry of hospitality matches visitors with parishioners who open their homes to the college community they serve.  The donations they receive from the guests contribute to the parish budget.When the parish of St. John’s in the Mt. Washington neighborhood of Baltimore discerned they could no longer pay the upkeep on their historic church building, the vestry voted to sell it.  They now worship in the chapel of a nearby former Methodist senior living center and  hope this decision will free up funds for outreach both locally and globallyThere are dozens more such examples of congregations thinking differently about how to spread the gospel.  We will learn about them over the next year or so from the Rev. Tom Brackett, our denominational missioner for fresh expressions of ministry, redevelopment and new church planting.  Throughout 2013 he will visit all nine provinces of our church, gathering data from similar examples of innovation.  I expect we’ll get a much better picture from his work of how the Holy Spirit is breaking through and reinventing ministry across The Episcopal Church.Whenever I lead vestry retreats I hear many lamentations about the current state of the church. We’d be a lot better off “if only we had more younger couples with children,” or, “if we had more casserole fundraisers.” Some actually believe we’d be better off if the church was “the way it used to be.”I’m certain of one thing.  We’re never going back to the way it was.We are living in a wonderful time of discovery.  We are experiencing many new opportunities, like so many of our forebears, to make the Good News of Jesus Christ relevant to our time.The Rev. Bob Edgar, former general secretary of the National Council of Churches and current president of Common Cause, used to say, “We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for. ”  I’m pretty sure he got that from June Jordan’s poem or from Alice Walker’s book, We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For.But whatever, or whoever, inspired it, we are the Episcopalians we’ve been waiting for to help lead God’s church into a new and exciting Spirit-led future.— The Rev. Canon Dan Webster is canon for evangelism and ministry development in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.  He lives in Baltimore. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

Texas death penalty is the REAL crime

first_imgRobert Garza on death row with his three children. He was executed Sept. 19.In just one week in September, several events surrounding the death penalty in Texas go to the heart of its criminal inhumanity.With the Sept. 19 execution of Robert Garza, many were shocked that a person who killed no one could be executed. Yet he was, like countless others. Garza was the only person tried under Texas’ Law of Parties and sent to death row after four women were murdered in the town of Donna in Rio Grande Valley, South Texas, in 2002. As Garza recently told a reporter: “Who and where was the party? I was the only one convicted in this Law of Parties case.” (deathpenalty­news.blogspot.com, Sept. 18)On Sept.18 — one day before Garza’s execution — at a press conference, the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Review Project released a 500-page report distributed to political leaders at the state Capitol in Austin. The team found a system riddled with flaws and shortcomings which undermine public confidence that innocent defendants will not be wrongfully executed.Focusing on the fairness and accuracy of Texas’ death penalty system, the report found that “in many areas, Texas appears out of step with better practices implemented in other capital jurisdictions, fails to rely upon scientifically reliable methods and processes in the administration of the death penalty, and provides the public with inadequate information to understand and evaluate capital punishment in the state.”Though not part of the eight-member study team, former death row prisoner Anthony Graves — exonerated after more than 18 years in prison for multiple murders he did not commit — was invited to speak at the news conference.Graves calls himself living proof that the system is flawed, stating: “I had two execution dates. I was almost murdered by the state of Texas. Had these recommendations been in place, you probably wouldn’t even know my name today.”Graves was exonerated in 2010 after a federal appeals court said the prosecutor intentionally withheld evidence that could have helped his defense. He has since been working nonstop to prevent other cases of innocent people being sent to death row and also working to end the practice of keeping all death row prisoners in Texas in permanent solitary confinement.Texas recently reported that its supply of pentobarbital, the single drug used in executions, was expiring but their execution drug protocol would not be changed. This news was bizarre since there are now no drug manufacturers who are willing to sell their drugs to prison systems to be used for executions. “We have not changed our current execution protocol and have no immediate plans to do so,” Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesperson Jason Clark said in a statement to the Associated Press. (Sept. 20)Activists based in Europe waged a serious struggle which finally resulted in the lack of execution drugs available to states within the U.S. that participate in capital punishment.“How can anyone believe that what goes on with the death penalty is fair or logical? We know that the system is broken beyond repair,” Joanne Gavin, a longtime activist with the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, told WW. “With the execution of a man who did not pull a trigger, with the ABA report citing one wrong after another, with Texas scrounging for drugs to satisfy its addiction for legal lynchings — it is ludicrous for this racist madness to continue one more day.”Texas has six more executions scheduled for 2013 and three already set for 2014. On Sept. 26, Arturo Diaz is to be executed in Huntsville. Garza’s execution was number 504 for Texas since executions resumed here in 1982 and the 12th this year.Shut down death row! Stop ALL executions! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two women journalists threatened during Fiji election campaign

first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Their coverage of TV debate cancellation prompts threatening phone calls and Facebook threats Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Asia – Pacific News September 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two women journalists threatened during Fiji election campaign News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Asia – Pacific Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Political reporters covering Fiji’s first parliamentary election campaign since a coup d’état in 2006 are being subjected to threats and intimidation on a scale comparable only to what is at stake in the election.Two women journalists – Vosita Kotowasawasa of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) and Jyoti Pratibha of the Fiji Sun newspaper – received death threats on 9 September over their previous day’s coverage of the cancellation of a live TV debate between the leading contenders for the post of prime minister.According to Pacific.Scoop, a news website affiliated to the Pacific Media Centre, Kotowasawasa received several threatening phone calls while Pratibha was threatened via fake Facebook user profiles.Both had covered the previous day’s last-minute decision by Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa, the head of the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA), to pull out of the debate with interim Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe “Frank” Bainimarama.“We condemn all forms of intimidation of journalists,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk, and David Robie, the head of the Pacific Media Centre.“Supporters of the various political parties may disagree with journalists and their coverage of events but threatening comments must be punished. The self-censorship generated by these threats seriously endangers the democratic process in these first parliamentary elections.”The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation said it was working with Telecom Fiji to trace the threatening calls. The Fiji Sun said it was doing its own investigation in a bid to identify those behind the fake Facebook profiles Pratibha told the Fiji Sun: “I will not be intimidated or cowed by cowards who use fake profiles to threaten us.”Ranked 107th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Fiji is due to undergo a Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council next month. In a joint submission to the Human Rights Council, Reporters Without Borders and the Pacific Media Centre have recommended a constitutional amendment and adoption of a freedom of information law. Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom News News June 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

TA Associates Enters Exclusive Negotiations for Majority Growth Investment in DL Software

first_img TAGS  BOSTON & PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– TA Associates, a leading global growth private equity firm, today announced that it has entered exclusive negotiations to make a majority growth investment in DL Software, a leading France-based group of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software providers. Current DL Software majority shareholder 21 Invest France, as well as company founders and management, would each retain a stake in the business following TA’s investment. The envisaged transaction, which is currently under review by representatives of the company’s employees, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, subject to customary approvals. Financial terms were not disclosed. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005585/en/ Founded in 2003, DL Software is comprised of 13 industry-specific ERP software vendors serving a variety of end markets in France across the healthcare, insurance, retail, wholesale, real estate and tourism industries. In 2020, the group achieved total revenue of €74 million, up from €48 million in 2016. DL Software provides a number of centralized/corporate resources, including financial, marketing and HR support, and promotes the implementation and sharing of best practices in product development, lead generation, sales execution and customer service. The group employs a total of 550 employees and serves more than 20,000 SME, mid- and large-cap companies. DL Software’s key strategic objectives are to accelerate investment in technological innovation, to deliver high-quality and agile software solutions, and to foster growth for itself and its customers. “DL Software has become a leading B2B software player in France through a longstanding strategy of acquiring and growing highly-verticalized ERP vendors,” said Maxime Cancre, a Principal at TA Associates who would join the DL Software Board of Directors. “We are pleased to announce this prospective investment and look forward to partnering with DL Software management and our fellow investors in actively seeking new growth opportunities for the company.” “It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to welcome TA Associates as an investor in DL Software,” said Jacques Ollivier, President of DL Software. “DL has developed significantly in recent years, both organically and inorganically, and we are excited to combine our know-how with TA’s software investing experience with an aim to deliver sustained strong performance for years to come. With the support of our investors, DL will continue to seek additional acquisition opportunities in France and may consider other markets in Europe.” “We have been very impressed with the development of DL Software under the ownership of 21 Invest France and its co-investors, Amundi Private Equity Funds and Swen Capital Partners, and the leadership of Jacques Ollivier,” said Patrick Sader, a Managing Director at TA Associates who would also join the DL Software Board of Directors. “DL Software enjoys a high-quality revenue model and the French ERP market is large, so we see meaningful expansion opportunities for the company. We are very excited to embark on this journey.” “I join the DL Software team in welcoming TA as a future investor,” said Stephane Perriquet, Managing Partner at 21 Invest France. “We have enjoyed collaborating with DL Software, helping to grow the company’s market share over the past several years, and look forward to this next phase in the continuing evolution of the company.” De Pardieu Brocas Maffei served as legal counsel, DC Advisory as M&A advisor and Eight Advisory as financial advisors to DL Software and its shareholders. Latham & Watkins served as legal counsel, Bryan Garnier as M&A advisor and KPMG as financial and tax advisor to TA Associates. Jausserand Audouard and Oloryn advised management. About DL Software Founded in 2003, DL Software is a specialist in business ERP. The group has 13 independent and specialized companies whose solutions address more than 30 vertical sectors, including health, insurance, retail, trading, real estate and tourism. Since its founding, DL Software has realized an average annual growth rate of more than 10%. For more information, please visit www.dlsoftware.fr. About TA Associates TA Associates is a leading global growth private equity firm. Focused on targeted sectors within five industries – technology, healthcare, financial services, consumer and business services – TA invests in profitable, growing companies with opportunities for sustained growth, and has invested in more than 500 companies around the world. Investing as either a majority or minority investor, TA employs a long-term approach, utilizing its strategic resources to help management teams build lasting value in high quality growth companies. TA has raised $33.5 billion in capital since its founding in 1968 and is committing to new investments at the pace of over $3 billion per year. The firm’s more than 100 investment professionals are based in Boston, Menlo Park, London, Mumbai and Hong Kong. DL Software will be TA’s eleventh investment in France since 2009. More information about TA Associates can be found at www.ta.com. About 21 Invest An active shareholder alongside management teams, 21 Invest supports companies based in France, Italy and Poland and accompanies them into new stages of development. Over the last 29 years, 21 Invest has realized more than 105 investments. In France, 21 Invest invests in growing and resilient SMEs in the healthcare, business services, and technology sectors. More information about 21 Invest can be found at www.21invest.com. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210208005585/en/ CONTACT: For TA Associates: Marcia O’Carroll TA Associates +1-617-574-6796 [email protected] Fishleigh BackBay Communications +44 203 475 7552 [email protected] Nunes BackBay Communications +1-617-391-0792 [email protected] For DL Software: La Nouvelle Agence Siriane Bajot [email protected] +33 01 83 81 76 82Jonathan Smadja [email protected] +33 01 83 81 76 87Eloise Provino [email protected] +33 01 75 43 50 73For 21 Invest: Astou Ciss 21 Invest +33-6-49-05-28-92 [email protected] KEYWORD: MASSACHUSETTS EUROPE UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA FRANCE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SOFTWARE TECHNOLOGY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE SOURCE: TA Associates Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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The North’s DRD given more time to prepare A5 submissions

first_img Twitter Facebook By News Highland – March 20, 2013 Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Pinterest Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Facebook News The Department for Regional Development  has been given more time to make submissions in a legal case over the A5 dual carriageway.Last week, a judge said the department had not carried out a proper Habitats Directive assessment. The case was due to heard today but the case was adjourned as a DRD barrister was unavailable.A group of farmers and landowners is challenging the redevelopment of the A5 between Derry and Aughnacloy, County Tyrone.Last week Mr Justice Stephens said he was minded to quash the decision to proceed with the A5 project because the department had failed to carry out an appropriate assessment of the rivers Foyle and Finn special areas of conservation under the Habitats Directive.In the wake of that ruling, the Norths Regional Development Minister, Danny Kennedy said that his department will now prepare the necessary submissions in relation to the Habitats Directive.Mr Justice Stephens gave the the Department for Regional Development until today to make further submissions on the matter.This morning, a DRD lawyer conceded that if the judge found that there had not been an appropriate assessment carried out then a decision to proceed with the project had to be quashed.However, the judge ordered that all work cease until the matter is resolved. The DRD was also ordered to pay the adjournment hearing costs. Another hearing will take place on 12 April.center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleNorth West MEP says CAP agreement is good for DonegalNext articleGAA – Devine Calls Time On Tyrone News Highland Google+ 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report The North’s DRD given more time to prepare A5 submissions RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegallast_img read more

Remembering the women who helped MLK propel the civil rights movement

first_imgDr. Martin Luther King with his wife Correta Scott. (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — As the nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, what would have been his 90th birthday, it is also a time to remember the women who helped King propel the civil rights movement forward.“There would be no King holiday, no civil rights movement, no opportunity to be reflective of how far we’ve come if it wasn’t for scores of women,” said Marcia Chatelain, associate professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University.“For every name we know, there are scores of names we don’t know because of sexism,” she said. “It’s incredible, the fact that women still continue to participate and make sure that more room is created so that future generations don’t have to confront the biases that women in the past faced.”There were women who boycotted, women who organized carpools and held bake sales and women who strategized with King, all of whom helped chart the course of history.Here are five women to know more about as the nation marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day:Coretta Scott King“I believe Martin was chosen, I believe I was chosen, and I say to the kids, this family was chosen as well,” Coretta Scott King said in her posthumous memoir, My Life, My Love, My Legacy.Scott King, a mother of four, remained by her husband’s side throughout his almost 13 years as the leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement and up until his assassination in 1968.She would ultimately go on to preserve her husband’s memory through the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as lobby for 15 years to help establish Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday.Journalist Barbara Reynolds, who traveled with Scott King and wrote her posthumous memoir, said people have to look no further than the Montgomery bus boycott to see Scott King’s influence.Just before the boycott, in 1956, the Kings’ Montgomery house was bombed while Scott King was home alone with their infant daughter. They both survived and Scott King refused to leave Montgomery, even after her father and father-in-law pleaded with her to do so.“She told them that she was married to Martin but she was also married to the movement,” Reynolds recalled. “Dr. King later said that if she had left, he would have left and if he would have left, people say there may have never been a Montgomery bus boycott.”“We have to talk about the courage of the women in this movement,” Reynolds said.Dorothy CottonDorothy Cotton was invited by King to work at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the center of the civil rights movement.Cotton served as the conference’s national director of education for 12 years, helping to train countless activists in non-violent action. She was the only female member of the executive staff and a close confidant of King, according to the Cotton Institute.Cotton is credited with typing King’s “I Have a Dream” speech in a hotel room in Washington. She was also in Memphis, at the same hotel as King, before his assassination in 1968, according to The New York Times.Jo Ann RobinsonJo Ann Robinson was a college professor who is remembered as the real architect of the Montgomery bus boycott, according to Reynolds.King even praised Robinson in his memoir.“Apparently indefatigable, she, perhaps more than any other person, was active on every level of the protest,” he wrote, according to the King Institute at Stanford University.Robinson was the first person in her family to graduate from college and became a teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. There, Robinson was degraded by a bus driver for sitting in the bus’ “whites only” section, according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.When Robinson later became president of the Women’s Political Council in Montgomery, she made it a priority to desegregate the city’s buses. She became a key player behind the scenes of the Montgomery bus boycott and was arrested and faced acts of violence and intimidation.Robinson was among the boycott’s leaders who eventually had their homes guarded by state police, according to the NMAAHC.Ella BakerElla Baker is credited with organizing and guiding countless leaders through her work at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and as a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.She moved from New York City to Atlanta in the late 1950s to help King run the SCLC. Baker then went on to organize student activists with the SNCC after the Greensboro, North Carolina sit-ins where black college students were denied service at a Woolworth’s lunch counter, according to the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights.“She believed in the power of every person to be a leader,” said Chatelain. “Her principles informed the generation of people whom King was able to mobilize.”Baker was nicknamed “Fundi,” a Swahili word meaning a person who teaches a craft to the next generation, according to the Ella Baker Center.Rosa ParksRosa Parks is famous for starting the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white male passenger on a public bus. But historians say there is much more to the woman known as the “mother of the civil rights movement.”“She is hugely important and hugely misunderstood,” said Jeanne Theoharis, distinguished professor of political science at Brooklyn College of CUNY. “Her stand on the Montgomery bus came out of her long resistance.”Parks was a lifelong activist who served as secretary and youth leader of her local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, according to the The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, which she co-founded in the 1980s to help young people.Years before the bus boycott, Parks helped work on behalf of Recy Taylor, a young black mother and sharecropper who was abducted and gang raped in Alabama by six white men.“She investigated sexual violence against black women, was thinking of the ways black women were ignored by justice system and she organized other black women,” Chatelain said of Parks. “Her activism before the bus boycott was strong.”Parks “created a platform that King could carry on,” according to Chatelain.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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Young woman’s bound body discovered in suitcase along Connecticut road: Police

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(GREENWICH, Conn.) — A young woman’s bound body was discovered in a suitcase along the side of a road in Greenwich, Connecticut, police said.The woman, whose identity was not released, was believed to be between the ages of 18 and 30, Greenwich police officers said at a news conference Tuesday.Highway workers made the discovery in the affluent area around 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, reported ABC New York station WABC-TV.The body was bound at the hands and feet, officials said. Authorities did not disclose what was used to bind her.Police did not release the manner or cause of death, but WABC said a homicide investigation is underway.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

More information is needed on data act

first_imgLeaving no room for uncertainty Employee monitoringThemonitoring of employees has proved the most contentious issue covered by thedraft code of practice.The codecalls on employers to establish a specific business purpose for the need tomonitor, and warns that monitoring should not intrude unnecessarily onemployees’ privacy or autonomy. Generally, employers feel the code is toorestrictive. Mike Duffay, joint managing director of Northampton-basedEmployment Law Advice Centre, said, “I don’t see why there should beprivacy for the employee at work. They are being paid to do their job, not makepersonal telephone calls and e-mails.”Ithink the employer has the right to monitor them to make sure they are notabusing the facilities.”Employersare angry at the code’s position on covert monitoring. It states that, “Itis difficult to see how covert monitoring of performance can ever bejustified.” It goes on to suggest that it should only be used if”specific criminal activity has been identified”.TheEmployers’ Forum on Statute and Practice (EFSP) believes this is”seriously restrictive” and doesn’t allow for a preventative approachby employers if they have reasonable suspicions about an employee.Security issueIt is alsoconcerned with the proposal that suggests employers should provide a means bywhich employees can get rid of e-mails they have sent or received. EFSPbelieves this would create a significant security issue with employees needingaccess to a company’s server. The forum concludes that the code “placesunreasonable obligations on the employer while offering excessive licence tothe employee”. The TUC’ssenior employment rights officer Sarah Veale said, “We think the code isvery clear in terms of definition. It introduces checks and balances on thesurveillance of e-mail and guarantees employees a right of privacy. Employershave also criticised the retention period for employee information as being tooshort.The codecalls on employers to implement a system whereby, “records are not keptbeyond the standard retention time unless there is a justified business reasonfor doing so”. It warns that “information should not be retainedsimply on the basis it might come in useful one day”.EFSPclaims it is necessary for employers to be able to hold on to information inthe longer term because it provides an accurate record in the event of a claimbeing instigated by an employee.The codealso instructs employers not to hold records about employee’s sickness or unionmembership without their permission. DianeSinclair, CIPD employee relations adviser, said, “These regulations are atodds with employment tribunal proceedings and leave employers uncertain abouttheir legal situation.”VanceKearney, vice-president of HR at Oracle, said, “How are we supposed torecord how much to pay people who are sick when we cannot keep a record of whenthey were off?”Many ofthe employers Personnel Today contacted feel that it is often difficult topredict the timing of cases for unfair dismissal so it is necessary to keeprecords of sickness absence for a reasonable period of time.ITN’s headof HR Martyn Hurd agreed, “If an employer cannot hold records about anemployee’s sickness without an employee’s permission, this means that employerswill be unable to identify patterns of absenteeism or sickness, which clasheswith health and safety legislation.”Mergers and acquisitionsThe codesates that, “If employers are transferred to a new employer but withcontinuity of employment their employment records can be transferred. Theyshould be advised that this is happening and be given an opportunity to checkthe accuracy of the key information that is passed on.”The EFSPis concerned that this will place an obligation on the employer to activelyoffer every employee being transferred the option of checking the informationheld on them before a transfer. If a largenumber of employees is to be transferred and each requires to see and commenton the information, it could render the process unmanageable within settimescales, the EFSP submission claims. It suggests it would be sufficient foremployees to be able to access the information within a reasonable time ofmaking a request as a general rule under the Data Protection Act. Previous Article Next Article Staffprivacy, or too much licence? Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Followingthe Data Protection Act 1998 the Data Protection Commissioner was given thepower to produce a code of practice to police areas where there was a need forguidance.IainBourne, strategic policy manager for the Data Protection Commissioner,explained, “We thought that the relationship between the employer andemployee was a fertile ground for uncertainty. The code is to make sure thatindividuals have some sort of rights and to make clear to employers what thestandards expected of them are.”Bournesaid the commissioner had taken on board criticisms that the code was too longand unwieldy and was planning to break it down into different sections thatwould be like user manuals, to make it more accessible and clearer.There arelikely to be separate guides, which advise on issues such as recruitment,record keeping, surveillance and drug testing.By RichardStaines The DataProtection Code is intended to offer guidance to employers on the use ofemployees’ personal data. Unfortunately, it has raised more questions than ithas answered.Employershave angrily lobbied the Data Protection Commissioner Elizabeth France inresponse to the Government’s proposals on the draft code of practice. About 100UK employers expressed their views on the draft version of the code during thethree-month consultation period, which ended at the beginning of January (News,16 January). Many HRprofessionals contacted by Personnel Today are unsure about both the detail andthe possible impact of the code once it is published in April. NicolaSmith, personnel officer for Vickers Defence System, said, “The amount ofwork needed to implement the requirements will provide an administrative burdenfor employers. “Thereis a lack of definition of key terms within the data protection code and thisneeds to be reviewed. I don’t think there has been enough consultation for thisdocument either.”Butemployers will not be able to avoid it, and breaches of the code could landthem in trouble. DavidBeswick, partner at law firm Eversheds, said tribunals and courts would takeinto account a company’s adherence to the code and would not look favourably onthose firms that had broken it.Beswicksaid, “This code will have the same status as codes under other acts, suchas the Disability Discrimination Act.”Theapplication of the code will also depend on the interpretation of the DataProtection Commissioner.EllenTemperton, partner at law firm Baker McKenzie, said, “It is unclear howElizabeth will use the code. At first she is likely to recommend remedialsolutions and then she is likely to escalate her actions if there is continuedinfringement of the code.”The codehighlights what is acceptable behaviour when handling data and what is a breachof the existing law.But italso provides instructions about what the data protection commissioner feels isgood practice when handling personal information. Lawyersare advising employers to read it carefully. The plain text in the code setsout what companies are legally obliged to do, whereas italicised text containsFrance’s advice on best practice.Beswickhopes that the final code will be published in two forms – a best practiceguide and a legal guide.RobbieGilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute and Practice,believes employers need more information on how the code will be enforced. Heis worried that the code threatens employers with legal action for breaches,but doesn’t clarify what form this action would take.Inaddition to the confusion over how the code will be applied, employers havealso raised serious doubts over its structure and content.The draftcode is too long, claim employers. The eight principles have been developedinto 207 standards and more than 70 pages of text. Diane Sinclair,CIPD employee relations adviser, is calling for a revised draft version to bedrawn up that highlights the key principles but avoids preaching to HRprofessionals on how to perform their work. Shesaid,”We feel that a simpler, shorter code would be far more effective –the code as it stands is far too prescriptive.”The CIPDis concerned that the code could lead employers to destroy information vital totribunals, as reported in Personnel Today last week.  France claims in the code that asking for employees’ consentbefore holding files on the number of sick days they have taken is bestpractice. But thiscould present serious problems for employers should they face tribunalproceedings following the sacking of an employee over prolonged absences. Anotherconcern is the treatment of employee monitoring. Temperton believes the codeundermines employers’ capability to police the workplace.Gilbertsays the code is too focused on employee rights. He says, “The codeseriously fails to appreciate the nature of e-mail and Internet communicationin a business context and that its approach places unreasonable obligations onthe employer while offering excessive licence to the employee.”The CBI’shead of employment relations Dominic Johnson has described the document as”unworkable”. It isclear that France has a lot of work to do if the code is to become a usefultool for handling employee data. More information is needed on data actOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today www.dataprotection.gov.uk New codeis too long and leaves many questions unanswered, say employers. last_img read more

The effect of disturbed-time electric fields on the inner plasmasphere

first_imgResults from a mathematical model provide a description of the mid-latitude, low L-shell ionosphere and plasmasphere. Variations in the composition and dynamics of the plasmasphere and changes in the nature of the coupling between the plasmasphere and the ionosphere are studied for moderately disturbed conditions. Modelled results are compared to group delay and Doppler shift measurements of whistler mode signals at Faraday, Antarctica (Lapprox2.5), to investigate the effects of disturbed time electric fields on the inner plasmasphere and ionosphere. The disturbed time electric field causes a rapid outward drifting of the plasma leading to a decrease in modelled plasmaspheric electron density at a fixed L-value, which agrees with experimental observations. During the periods of outward drift, the modelled coupling flux is upwards to the plasmasphere which can lead to a significant depletion of NmF2 values.last_img read more