How do I find the best stock dividends right now?

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. When we say “best stock dividends”, our minds usually think of the yield. This makes sense; it is the return on our investment after all. However, making sure that we pick quality dividend shares can be more important than yield alone. For most of us it wouldn’t matter if a share has a high yield if it only pays it out once.Here are some of my main considerations when choosing shares for quality income.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The best stock dividends are paid consistentlyThis is my number one priority when looking for a long-term income shares. The best stock dividends are those that are most secure. This means the company has a strong and consistent history of paying them out.It also goes beyond regularity. Ideally we would see a company increasing its payouts each year. This is called dividend growth, and is required to at least keep up with inflation.If a company is doing well, we can expect its share price to be climbing. This means without dividend growth, the same cash payout would be a lower yield each year. To maintain its percentage payout, it needs its dividend (in pence) to climb as well.A company should be able to afford dividends in the first placeThis is my second criterion for choosing income shares. The best dividend stocks are those from companies with good finances. This may sound obvious, but it is often far from it.Stock dividends are a massive draw for investors. There are even models that value shares based on their payouts. This can lead to some companies offering dividends to entice investors, even when their finances do not warrant it.It is often a more sensible strategy for a company to reinvest its profits rather than distribute money to shareholders. For this reason, I look for companies with solid earnings numbers for many years.For me, this usually means looking at the larger, blue-chip companies of the FTSE 100. This has the added benefit of limiting the downside risk of losses to my capital.If I am investing for income, I do not want my initial investment depreciating. Ideally it would increase over the years. Large, well established companies with solid brands are almost always less risky.YieldsI started by saying the best stock dividends are more than just yields. This is true, but it is not to say yields are irrelevant. With the first two criteria in mind, I then look for the right payout.This usually takes two routes for me. As a general rule, I think of the Goldilocks zone — about 4%–6%. Anything less than this and I don’t feel it pays enough. Anything more than this and it is perhaps paying too much… usually.However as yields are determined by share price as well as the dividend, opportunities can be found. When share prices dip in the short run, higher yields can be locked in.As long as the share price drop is through nothing fundamental (which is where good investment advice comes in), it can be a great opportunity. Personally I have locked in yields above 8% many times.When looking at income shares, always keep this thought in mind:There is more to consider for the best stock dividends than yield alone. How do I find the best stock dividends right now? Image source: Getty Images. Karl Loomes | Friday, 20th November, 2020 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. 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Executive Council begins new term with orientation, look to the…

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 15, 2012 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and the Rev. Terry Star, a deacon from the Diocese of North Dakota and member of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council, lead the council Oct. 15 in its first Eucharist of the 2013-2015 triennium. Photo/Mary Frances Schjonberg[Episcopal News Service – New Brunswick, New Jersey] The members of the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council opened their first meeting of the 2013-2015 triennium here by teaching each other about their role and by beginning to consider the work ahead of them.The Oct. 15-18 meeting at the Heldrich hotel and conference center in the Diocese of New Jersey, began with Eucharist, celebrating the feast day of St. Teresa of Avila.Using the appointed “you are the salt of the earth” gospel for the day (Mathew 5:13-16) Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori reminded council members that salts are charged molecules that react in the presence of water or other solvents and thus underlie most of the chemical reactions that give life, including the light given off by the sun.“Saltiness is the potent ability to interact with the world around us – and it’s intimately related to our created nature – it’s part of our earthiness,” she said. “We can’t be light-bearers if we reject our created nature … If we have no salt, we can shed no light.”Teresa challenged her colleagues in the religious life “to let go of the non-essentials, the frills and the frivolity, so that their own salt could be readier to interact with God,” Jefferts Schori said. “We’re challenged to do similar kinds of work – recovering and focusing on the central aspects of God’s mission that engage this church and its partners. That’s radical work – going back to the roots, to get back to the essence of God’s call to heal the world, and to let go of the details that so often distract us.”Council members spent Oct. 15 in plenary sessions and in committees learning about and discussing their role in the governance of the Episcopal Church. Council members are divided among five joint standing committees Advocacy and Networking (A&N), Finances for Mission (FFM), Governance and Administration for Mission (GAM), Local Ministry and Mission (LMM) and World Mission (WM).The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1)(a). The council is composed of 38 members, 20 of whom (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 lay people) are elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms, plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. About half of the members are new to the council with this meeting, having just been elected by General Convention and the provinces.In their opening remarks to the council, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, council president, and the Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies and council vice president, outlined their sense of the work ahead in the coming three years.Jefferts Schori began with a brief overview of the council’s responsibilities and how it lived out those responsibilities during the past three years. The council “is responsible for oversight of policy and oversight of management but, it’s not the managing body,” she said.The presiding bishop said there is “an eternal tension” in understanding that division of duties, adding that council made “some significant progress in its understanding of that tension” during the last triennium.She said that council must be willing to exercise a “creative and faithful responsiveness to changing realities over the triennium.”“Yes, General Convention makes decisions on behalf of the whole church but it only meets once every three years. Therefore, the Executive Council has to be willing to make a thick interpretation of General Convention decisions,” she said. “By that I mean you have to think deeply about what those decisions of convention meant and be willing to let them grow in the midst of the triennium. You can’t take them literally.”There was conflict with in the council during the last triennium, especially as it wrestled with “new ways of acting and being together,” Jefferts Schori said.“That’s not all bad,” she added. “Conflict is necessary for growth.”“There’s more growth possible part in terms of relationships and trust,” Jefferts Schori suggested, between members, between members and staff and between members and the wider church.“We’re not simply a board; we’re a community of discernment. Each person here is called to be in some way a spiritual leader in this body for the good of God’s mission that the church engages in,” she told the members. “We’re stewards of the church’s resources, its budget, its reputation, its practices and policies” and are called to “help church be a more effective builder of God’s reign.”“We have a very hopeful platform from which to begin these three years,” she said. “I hope and pray the church looks quite different three years from now because of the work this body is engaged in.”In her opening remarks, Jennings discussed her appointments to the interim bodies, which work between General Conventions, but she warned council that “simply appointing a new crop of leaders to populate old structures won’t do us much good.”“As wonderful as I think the people who have accepted appointments are, and as much confidence as I have in the yet-to-be-named structure task force, we can’t sit around waiting for three years for that group to think big thoughts, write a wise report, and save the Episcopal Church,” she said.Jennings noted that since Jefferts Schori returned in early October from sabbatical, the two of them have begun the “stimulating and collaborative process” of nominating members to the structure task force called for by General Convention in Resolution C095. There were nearly 450 nominations for the 24 possible seats on the task force, according to Jennings.“We’re not done yet, but we’ve made plenty of progress and even had some fun. I am grateful for the warm welcome and collegiality of the presiding bishop and members of her staff during these past few months and for their assistance as I learn the ropes,” she said.Jennings said the members “need to start practicing restructuring right now,” adding that this means “we’re called to give up some of our old ways of doing things, give up some of our power to make room for new leaders, and give up some of our entrenched positions to see if we can’t just make practicing restructuring look a lot like practicing resurrection.”Council looks at the 2013-2015 budgetCouncil heard a brief presentation of proposed new initiatives that would be funded in each of the Anglican Communion’s Five Marks of Mission according to goals General Convention set out in the 2013-2015 budget. The Rt. Rev. Stacy Sauls, Episcopal Church chief operating officer, said the proposals were developed by five teams made up of council members and church-wide staff that also consulted with people involved in such work throughout the church.Sauls said the proposals were meant to be conversation starters and not the final word on how the budgeted $5.5 million will be spent. The proposals have been assigned to council’s Advocacy and Networking, Local Mission and Ministry and World Mission committees.The Five Marks of Mission, the Episcopal Church 2013-2015 budget goals related to each and the money budgeted to each are:* Proclaim the Good News Goal (goal of starting new congregations — $2 million)* Teach, baptize, and nurture new believers (goal of strengthening Province IX for sustainable mission — $1 million)* Respond to human need in loving service (goal of making missionary service available for all Episcopal young people — $1 million)* Seek to change unjust structures (goal of engaging Episcopalians in the eradication of domestic poverty through Jubilee Ministries — $1 million) and* Strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth(goal of creating and strengthening local networks to care for creation — $500,000).Council committees will begin considering the proposals during this meeting and are to formally report at the Feb. 25-27 meeting.Council’s orientation sessions Oct. 15 included information on its canonical, legal and financial responsibilities. As part of the financial portion, Treasurer Kurt Barnes described how the church-wide triennial budget is funded. He reported that income from dioceses (which amounts to two-thirds of the triennial income) has increased this year, despite a budgetary assumption that it would decline by one percent. The Episcopal Church asks that each diocese contribute 19 percent of its income two years earlier, minus $120,000.Barnes reported that 52 dioceses give the full asking, 32 give between 10 to18 percent and 14 give from one to nine percent. Thirteen dioceses have not filed a report on their income, Barnes said, and thus his office has been unable to calculate the percentage of their payments.In response to a question about how to improve the financial response from dioceses, Barnes said that while there is a certain amount of “moral suasion” that can be brought to bear, there is no mechanism to require a diocese to pay the asking at any level. He reminded council that some dioceses impose penalties such as a removal of diocesan convention voting privileges, and he suggested that General Convention and council might want to once again consider whether there ought to be penalties for dioceses that do not pay the full asking.“I would encourage you as members of Executive Council, if your diocese is not at the full asking to question that at your diocesan convention or ask your financial officer or bishop,” he said.The most current list of diocesan giving is here.The Rev. Canon Gregory Straub honoredJennings also presented the inaugural House of Deputies Medal to the Rev. Canon Gregory Straub, executive officer and secretary ofHouse of Deputies President Gay Jennings presents the Rev. Canon Gregory Straub, executive officer and secretary of General Convention, with the inaugural House of Deputies medal Oct. 15 during the first day of Executive Council’s first meeting of the 2013-2015 triennium. Straub is retiring at the end of the year after nearly eight years and three General Conventions. Photo/Mary Frances SchjonbergGeneral Convention, who is retiring at the end of the year after nearly eight years and three General Conventions.Jennings said council and the church would soon be “bidding farewell to one leader whose jackets will be impossible to fill.”Straub is known for wearing colorfully patterned sports jackets when he sits on the dais during General Convention, and photos of Straub in some of his more stunning jackets were projected as Jennings presented the award.Straub’s greatest gifts are “his love of the Episcopal Church, his integrity and strength of character, his ability to size up situations and make good decisions, his devotion to friends and colleagues, his perceptive mind and deep appreciation of history and tradition and his wickedly dry sense of humor,” Jennings said.She has established the medal to honor clergy and laypeople who have given distinguished service to the House of Deputies and the Episcopal Church.The executive officer oversees all aspects of the work of Episcopal Church governance, from site selection for the meetings of General Convention through supervision and funding of the work mandated by the convention, according to information here. The executive officer may also be elected to serve as the secretary of the House of Deputies and, if elected by both houses of General Convention, secretary of the General Convention.“I’m flattered to receive the first House of Deputies medal,” Straub said later. “It’s been an unalloyed joy being secretary of the House of Deputies. One of my favorite parts of my job has been my time on the podium at General Convention.”Also on the council’s agenda:On Oct. 16 council will visit the Church Center in New York, about 50 miles north of here. While there, the members will meet the church-wide staff and participate in an anti-racism/diversity training session.The members will return to New Brunswick Oct. 17 for the final two days of their meeting. Council will spend most of Oct. 17 in committee meetings after a final orientation session in plenary. On Oct. 18 council will meet in plenary session to hear committee reports and to consider resolutions.— The Rev. 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A trip to Everest

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply July 9, 2017 at 8:12 pm Climb EVERY mt! charles towne EJ Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adapted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy filled life. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSInspiration Previous article4 essential shoes to have in your wardrobeNext articleOrange County welcomes new sculpture on the Lawn Exhibit Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 3 COMMENTS July 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm Linda July 9, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, gives us peace that the world can not understand, and comfort us with the comfort we give others! Blessings to you and Nancy! Linda InspirationBy Charles TowneWhat is your Mt. Everest?Yes, you are climbing Mt. Everest! You are living your dream! Imagine that you have spent years dreaming and planning for this moment and now it is happening. This challenge, this incredible experience, this dream fulfilled; this privilege is yours.You have spent well over one hundred thousand dollars in preparation, equipment and travel permits. Yes, one hundred thousand dollars to climb the mountain.There are no guarantees that you will stand on the summit. No guarantees that you won’t die by falling into a bottomless crevasse, or being blown off the mountain by gale force winds to never be seen again. Or you could die by being buried in an avalanche. You might lose fingers or toes from frostbite.   Pulmonary edema or mountain sickness might kill you. A broken arm or leg on the mountain could be a death sentence.Imagine that you have almost reached the summit. Every step is almost beyond your endurance. Each breath an effort. You look up. You can see the summit just there. It is only another six hundred feet of snow and rock, but It might as well be six thousand miles.You turn your back on your objective and began retracing your steps.   Life is precious. You have had enough. You can’t go on. You quit. Why?   Over 60% of the climbers turn back before they reach twenty thousand feet. Why?   One man quit because there was no more lemonade.   Another quit because he didn’t like another climber. The fact that the other climber was his wife did not bode well for their future together.People quit for any number of reasons.Some suffer from fatigue or illness.   Pneumonia can be a death sentence on the mountain.   There are a lot of bodies still up there, and there they will remain. Some climbers become intimidated by the enormity of the task ahead, or they lose their will, they decide it is just not worth all of the effort.Now imagine that you are faced by another type of challenge. Maybe it involves a relationship that has turned sour, or perhaps you are faced with a habit that you know is killing you, or your boss is a jerk, or there is no more lemonade!   Each of us is faced by our very own Mt. Everest.   Mine is being my dear wife’s caregiver for over fifteen years, what is yours?Remember, Papa God calls us to success, not failure.   Imagine that you can see the summit of your mountain just ahead of you.   You can do it! Keep your focus on the small individual steps and you will reach your goal.Live wholly,Love fully,Love God, and make a difference, today Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Reply Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here E.J., There are all sort of mountains aren’t there? Some are mental, some physical, and then there are the spiritual. By trusting Him we have it all don’t we? Blessings on you and yours my friend. Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Earth Day began as a “teachable moment” on the environment

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By the early 1960s Americans were becoming aware of the effects of pollution on the environment. Rachel Carson’s 1962 bestseller “Silent Spring” raised the specter of the dangerous effects of pesticides on America’s countrysides. Later in the decade, a 1969 fire on Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River shed light on the problem of chemical waste disposal. Until that time, protecting the planet’s natural resources was not part of the national political agenda, and the number of activists devoted to large-scale issues such as industrial pollution was minimal. Factories pumped pollutants into the air, lakes and rivers with few legal consequences. Big, gas-guzzling cars were considered a sign of prosperity. Only a small portion of the American population was familiar with–let alone practiced–recycling.Did You Know?A highlight of the United Nations’ Earth Day celebration in New York City is the ringing of the Peace Bell, a gift from Japan, at the exact moment of the vernal equinox.Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1962, Senator Gaylord Nelson, a Democrat from Wisconsin, was determined to convince the federal government that the planet was at risk. In 1969, Nelson, considered one of the leaders of the modern environmental movement, developed the idea for Earth Day after being inspired by the anti-Vietnam War “teach-ins” that were taking place on college campuses around the United States. According to Nelson, he envisioned a large-scale, grassroots environmental demonstration “to shake up the political establishment and force this issue onto the national agenda.”Nelson announced the Earth Day concept at a conference in Seattle in the fall of 1969 and invited the entire nation to get involved. He later recalled, “The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters. Telegrams, letters and telephone inquiries poured in from all across the country. The American people finally had a forum to express its concern about what was happening to the land, rivers, lakes and air—and they did so with spectacular exuberance.” Dennis Hayes, a young activist who had served as student president at Stanford University, was selected as Earth Day’s national coordinator, and he worked with an army of student volunteers and several staff members from Nelson’s Senate office to organize the project. According to Nelson, “Earth Day worked because of the spontaneous response at the grassroots level. We had neither the time nor resources to organize 20 million demonstrators and the thousands of schools and local communities that participated. That was the remarkable thing about Earth Day. It organized itself.”On April 22, rallies were held in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles and most other American cities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In New York City, Mayor John Lindsay closed off a portion of Fifth Avenue to traffic for several hours and spoke at a rally in Union Square with actors Paul Newman and Ali McGraw. In Washington, D.C., thousands of people listened to speeches and performances by singer Pete Seeger and others, and Congress went into recess so its members could speak to their constituents at Earth Day events.The first Earth Day was effective at raising awareness about environmental issues and transforming public attitudes. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Public opinion polls indicate that a permanent change in national priorities followed Earth Day 1970. When polled in May 1971, 25 percent of the U.S. public declared protecting the environment to be an important goal, a 2,500 percent increase over 1969.” Earth Day kicked off the “Environmental decade with a bang,” as Senator Nelson later put it. During the 1970s, a number of important pieces of environmental legislation were passed, among them the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Toxic Substances Control Act and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. Another key development was the establishment in December 1970 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which was tasked with protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment—air, water, and land.Since 1970, Earth Day celebrations have grown. In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day activities. In 2000, Earth Day focused on clean energy and involved hundreds of millions of people in 184 countries and 5,000 environmental groups, according to EDN. Activities ranged from a traveling, talking drum chain in Gabon, Africa, to a gathering of hundreds of thousands of people at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Today, the Earth Day Network collaborates with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. According to EDN, more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it “the largest secular civic event in the world.” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here April 21, 2017 at 7:45 pm Please enter your comment! Earth Day is Saturday, April 22ndFounded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday that is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green awareness. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the antiwar protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. Sure wish someone would invite one of the tribal rainmakers to conjure up and ask the Lord’s blessings for some rain in honor of the Earth Day celebrations planned for tomorrow. This wildfire situation is killing so much wildlife and is destroying some homes. The lakes are drying up and the grass in the yards look dead. Smoke on the highways is imperiling driving.  Earth day historycenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Mama Mia Reply Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSEarth Day Previous articleNelson takes a big lead in fundraisingNext articleApopke Police Department joins West Orange Narcotics Task Force Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 1 COMMENTlast_img read more

The Overhang House / DADA & Partners

first_imgArchitects: DADA & Partners Photographs Projects Photographs:  Ranjan SharmaSave this picture!© Ranjan SharmaText description provided by the architects. The brief required a house for a family of five on a 350 Sq. site, located in the suburbs of Delhi. The clients aspired for a contemporary, iconic house that housed not only a living unit but also work and entertainment zones on different levels. At the same time they wanted landscape ideas that could inter connect with all spaces both horizontally and vertically. The clients’ penchant was towards a slick modernist vocabulary that amalgamated the habitable spaces with the landscape. Working closely with the client a brief emerged which sought to carefully create a contemporary house, with a more fluid arrangement of spaces, rather than just a functional design. Save this picture!© Ranjan SharmaThe first move was to introduce light and ventilation by opening up the south face of the house and punching a courtyard up to the roof level. This internal courtyard serves as a separator between the kitchen, living room and the parent’s room on the ground floor whilst ensuring visual connection from all living zones between all levels. Save this picture!© Ranjan SharmaThe ground floor is essentially a transparent podium, which engages with the outdoor landscape. Glass plays along, around and above the solid elements while pivoted glass doors open up to outside. The interior and exterior spaces blend seamlessly into each other due to the use of frameless floor to ceiling glass and a continuity of materials from the inside to the outside. Save this picture!© Ranjan SharmaOne of the key features of the house is the son’s duplex unit between the first and second floors. Natural light pervades every corner of the duplex and reacts to the red and grey color palette to create a stark interior. The elegant steel and wood stair cantilevers out precariously from the grey textured wall. The room on the lower floor serves as the lounge with an intimate timber decked terrace while the upper part is used as the bedroom that connects to the outdoor deck on the roof garden. Save this picture!© Ranjan SharmaThe master bedroom and bathroom have been generously placed to the front of the first floor with ample views to the front landscaped garden. The 200 sq.ft master toilet positioned right over the entrance cantilevers out without any structural support hence the name ‘overhang’ house. Natural light floods the bath through full height glass windows placed strategically and keep it private at the same time. Save this picture!© Ranjan SharmaConnecting all levels is a staircase that steps inwards from the building edge creating a skylight at the top of first floor. The wall just below the skylight is clad with vertical wooden members while the rest is glass with horizontal metal louvers creating a lantern feel to the stair core. This volume subtly changes shape and depth, casting shadow by pulling in daylight and glows like a lantern during evenings. Save this picture!© Ranjan SharmaThe architecture was required to respond climatically and aesthetically to its context and at the same time tried to be sustainable. The house incorporates passive design techniques to maximize its benefit from the southern sun during winters and ventilated cooling through the courtyard. The building captures all rainwater into harvesting pit, provides for all its hot water heating using rooftop solar thermal panel collectors. Architectural features such as timber louvers, huge overhangs not only add to the design vocabulary but assist in reducing heat gain into the building and hence making the structure more thermal efficient. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessGuerrilla Green Sustainable Showdown CompetitionArticlesHelsinki Central Library Competition Entry / Tanni Lam, Johnny Chiu, Adrian LoArticles Share “COPY” Save this picture!© Ranjan Sharma+ 31 Share The Overhang House / DADA & Partners CopyHouses•New Delhi, India ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeDADA & PartnersOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasWoodResidentialNew DelhiHouses3D ModelingIndiaPublished on December 18, 2012Cite: “The Overhang House / DADA & Partners” 18 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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TalkTalk and Tinder Foundation partner to launch online safety course

first_img  138 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Melanie May | 20 October 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 TalkTalk has partnered with digital inclusion charity, Tinder Foundation, to launch an internet safety and security learning course aimed at helping people benefit from digital technology and better protect themselves from online threats.‘Staying Safe In Your Digital World’, was developed in consultation with Get Safe Online and Internet Matters. The learning modules highlight common online threats, provide advice on topics including protecting personal information online, and provide learners with the tools to spot telephone and online scams. Learners will also have access to a downloadable guide with advice and information.The course launched on Get Safe Online Day (Tuesday 18th October) and will be available in over 5,000 UK online centres nationally, as well as accessible online by visiting the Learn My Way site. It will also be shared with TalkTalk’s broadband, TV, landline and mobile customers.Helen Milner, chief executive of Tinder Foundation said:“We’re pleased to be working with TalkTalk to tackle one of the key barriers that prevent people from getting online: the concerns people face around keeping themselves safe and secure. With the digital world evolving at such a rapid pace, companies have a responsibility to help promote online safety to truly support those with little or no digital skills.”This summer TalkTalk also launched Beat the Scammers – a nationwide awareness and education campaign in partnership with Get Safe Online, while working with Tinder Foundation hundreds of TalkTalk employees have so far become Digital Champions, volunteering at UK online centres to support people lacking basic digital skills. Advertisement TalkTalk and Tinder Foundation partner to launch online safety coursecenter_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via  137 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: corporate Digitallast_img read more

Venezuela still resists for Hugo Chávez

first_imgCaracasPublished in on March 5. Translation by Michael Otto.  Seven years have passed since the death of Hugo Chávez. The situation in Latin America and in Venezuela has changed during that time, and yet the reality of the country can still be explained in part by what his life meant, particularly for the masses of farmers and workers in the country.One could feel the night at its deepest in front of the Caracas Military Hospital. It was March 5, 2013, and thousands of us gathered to confront the most dreadful news: the death of Hugo Chávez. It gave birth to a sadness and a centuries-old oath deep in the heart of the country.Hugo Chávez                                                                                  Photo: TelesurNicolás Maduro gave us the news at 4:25 in the afternoon. There are many stories about those minutes. One remembers a chill wind blowing under heavy clouds that darkened the city. I saw it from Baralt Avenue near Bolivar Square where we gathered until the early hours of the morning.The funeral procession began on the morning of March 6. Chávez was taken from the Military Hospital to the Military Academy. We were millions, literally. The multitude crossed Caracas like a slowly surging red wave, Chávez’s casket in the center of a sea of flowers, posters, tears, flags and songs.The vigil lasted for ten days. Women and men came from all over the country, however they could, with whatever they had, to say goodbye to Chávez, to the commander, to thank him, to make a vow. Queues stretched for miles during the day, at night and before sunrise. I saw him around 10 o’clock at night when a woman had fainted near me, while outside the lights on the hill called to mind a nativity scene.In those days, you could see the purest image of what Chávez represented to millions. And that was the depth of a political process that moved a whole people, refounding their history. There was no doubt that the majority, the poor, were with Chavismo, and that its adversary, anti-Chavismo, with an indelible upper-class brand, would never be willing to understand this.A month and nine days later Maduro won the presidential elections and Henrique Capriles Radonski, his opponent, refused to recognize the victory. Instead he attempted a coup that caused 11 deaths, as well as burning health centers and party buildings.Another eraChávez died when he was at the height of his powers. A majority of progressive, left-wing administrations governed the continent at the time. For example, Evo Morales, president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia, accompanied the procession from the Military Hospital to the Military Academy.In attendance were the presidents of Ecuador, Rafael Correa; of Uruguay, José ‘Pepe’ Mujica; of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes; and of Cuba, Raúl Castro. They were joined by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner of Argentina and President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, who was accompanied by Lula Da Silva, the former Brazilian president.The U.S. government was preparing to soon wage an aggressive campaign of revenge to restore [its neoliberal puppet regime]. One of the expressions of that process was, and is, a policy of dismantling the advances in Latin American integration created in previous years, such as the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).Chávez had been at the center of these advances, in a phase of the consolidation of forces that began in Mar del Plata, Argentina, in 2005 to stop the U.S. attempt to impose the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). In addition to the above mentioned organizations, Chávez also promoted the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA).Chávez was one of the main architects of the period of the greatest Latin American unity since the era of independence. His death was cause for sadness not only in Venezuela, but throughout Latin America.ChangesHow can you measure the transformations and stability of a country? How do you measure a political process with the power that the Bolivarian Revolution deployed? To arrive in Venezuela in the time of Chávez was to jump into a current that projected its advance toward a clear outcome.The country radiated political energy, an effervescence with a fundamental wellspring: the emergence of the poor workers and farmers as the protagonists, of the popular neighborhoods, of the rural areas, as the makers of policies, despised and underestimated by anti-Chavismo.The material impacts [of the blockade] began to appear in 2014 and centrally in 2015 with shortages. Cities were packed with long lines at the doors of supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies at any time of the day or night. The country that had experienced years of growth was entering hard times of resistance.The Venezuelan government called out their two main enemies: on the one hand, the oligopolistic capitalist class inside Venezuela, which was blamed for the hoarding of products; on the other hand, the government of the United States. Both were held responsible for what was denounced as an economic war.Difficulties mutated during those years [of sanctions]: the devaluation of the currency forced monetary changes, inflation reached levels of hyperinflation and then decreased; the gross domestic product contracted by more than half; there was large-scale emigration, a change from formal to informal work; and currently, there is a process that is known on the streets as “dollarization.”Those years included a legislative electoral defeat for Chavismo in 2015, right-wing insurrectionary escalations in 2014 and 2017, the election of a National Constituent Assembly in 2017, along with governorships and mayors that same year, a presidential election in 2018, and finally in 2019, the formation of a parallel fictitious government.Time was always dizzying during the absence of a truce when profound changes were occurring.  In an attempt to draw the elites into an alliance, the government discarded its discourse that big business was an enemy and instead focused on the confrontation with the U.S. and the putschist sector of the opposition.The social fabric, torn by assault after assault, both political and economic, experienced a restoration of material and symbolic inequalities. The political energy that had permeated the whole country was reduced to specific territories and timeframes, and Venezuela changed from being a largely mobilized society — whether by Chavismo or the opposition — to a largely demobilized society on the surface.PermanencesThe image of Chávez’s funeral revealed the depths of Chavismo. Those who have always sneered at the Bolivarian process have never measured what the Revolution represented to the humble people at every level: rational, political, subjective, cultural, emotional and collective.Chavismo grew into a political identity that was centrally shared by the masses. The people in the millions have refused to give in since the death of Chávez — those people who make up the approximately 25 percent of “hardcore Chavismo.”Those who never gave up, who fought for the dream, were and are ironically the people hardest hit by the [criminal sanctions]. Loyalty was upheld as a banner in the hills, in the peasant communities, where, before the Bolivarian Revolution, they were excluded and had to fight [hunger] daily with “arepa” corn pancakes.During seven years of absence of Chávez, of the reconfiguration of several key policies, of a new economic scenario where those who are gaining are the ones who have historically won, a perfect storm of events were still unable to obliterate a political and cultural identity.That is why Chavismo is a daily experience in working-class neighborhoods, in debates, in visions of the future country. That is also why in the electoral projections for, as an example, the next legislative elections in December 2020, there is the possibility that they will obtain a majority.The impact of Chávez can still explain a central aspect of Venezuela’s current situation. That is the reality denied by the big media, the lies of the opposition and the [self-serving and false] U.S. narrative. 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Race & Reconciliation chair hopes upcoming hip hop masterclass can provide perspective

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Pfizer vaccine shows effectiveness in teens, Biden unveils infrastructure planNext article2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – AFC West Skye Moreno RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Skye Moreno TCU traditions and history Dr. Gooding is leading the Race and Reconciliation Initiative at TCU this year. (Photo courtesy of TCU Magazine) Skye Moreno + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Skye Moreno An upcoming campus event is looking to use hip hop music to educate students and show them a unique perspective. The event, billed as a ‘hip hop masterclass’ will feature two longtime connoisseurs of the hip-hop game, Rashad & Confidence.It is sponsored by the John V. Roach Honors College and put together by Dr. Frederick Gooding, the chair of the Race & Reconciliation Initiative (RRI), and his undergraduate research assistant Steven Mendoza. Gooding, who is also an Associate Professor of African American studies, said he wants the event to expose students to the message of underground hip-hop.“The tracks that you listen to, they are substantive, they’re talking about meaningful issues, the struggle of life. This is what we want to capture and educate people about,” he said. “The real stuff is largely underground, you have to know where to look and listen, and that’s what we’re trying to expose.”Beyond this message, Dr. Gooding said the event will help students to “understand how hip-hop fosters a true understanding of one’s humanity, dignity and respect.”Rashad and Confidence are going to take about their lives and how they create music at the event. Gooding wants the event, like his honors course on hip hop, to go beyond the surface and look at what the songs are meant to do. An RRI connection Gooding also sees the connection between hip hop music and the ongoing RRI efforts at TCU. “In a larger sense, they [race and reconciliation] are connected,” Gooding said. “The idea is that, in order for us to reconcile, we have to acknowledge that there are many members of our community with different perspectives, and I think that the hip-hop perspectives brings to bear a critical perspective.”This perspective, he said, should help community members accept each other for who they are. “This idea that you should accept me the way I am and as I come are very powerful messages in hip-hop that can hopefully resonate across campus,” he said. Gooding emphasized that there is more than one way to communicate a message, and if people want to join in and understand hip-hop it may be one step closer to reconciliation, in terms of “understanding that there are many people who do appreciate hip-hop, and that depend on hip-hop.” The masterclass will be held from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 12. For the link to the event, click here. Facebook New platform launched to ease scholarship finding process for current TCU students Linkedin ReddIt Linkedin print What we’re reading: British COVID-19 variant is most common in U.S., Biden moves up vaccine timeline TCU extends use of campus recreation center as shelter for students Facebook ReddIt Masterclass flyer for John V. Roach Honors College event via ‘Genius of Hip Hop’ course. (Steven Mendoza/Undergraduate Research Assistant) Twitter Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Skye Moreno Skye Moreno last_img read more

Mayor Seeks Federal Help In Funding Transit and Other Projects

first_img Business News Subscribe Government Mayor Seeks Federal Help In Funding Transit and Other Projects By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 4:42 pm 29 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena officials are seeking help from federal lawmakers to take advantage of being allowed to direct spending to projects in their districts now that a 10-year ban on the practice has been lifted by Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress.Known as “earmarks,” the practice has been rebranded for the fiscal year 2022 federal budget process as “Community Funding Projects,” in the case of the House Appropriations Committee, or “Congressionally Directed Spending” in the case of the Senate Appropriations Committee.In letters to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla, and to U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo outlined four local projects that could fit the categories for federal funding support.These projects include the expansion of free Wi-Fi to all city parks in Pasadena, a sewer relining project in Northwest Pasadena, utility undergrounding in a wildfire-vulnerable Northwest Pasadena neighborhood, and the expansion of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure in the city’s Robinson and Victory Parks.“All four of our requests would impact that critical area,” Gordo said in the letters. “As you know, wildfires are an increasing threat in California, and we are proposing to underground overhead utility lines for some homes in Northwest that are particularly vulnerable to wildfires. In addition, a federal contribution to our annual work to reline our aging sewer pipes will benefit Northwest Pasadena.”Writing to Chu, Gordo also mentioned two more projects that could fit into the categories set by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for so-called “Member Designated Projects,” which include federal highway and transit programs.These projects are the Union Street Protected Bike Lane Project, the first two-way protected bike lane project in Pasadena; and the plan to purchase two zero-emission buses for Pasadena Transit, along with the associated refueling/charging stations.“As you know, even though Pasadena Transit is a robust system serving over 1.5 million riders annually, as a local provider we are not a direct recipient of federal transit funding for our operations or capital needs,” Gordo wrote. “Like many bus systems in the country, we did not collect fares for most of the pandemic, further eroding our ability to secure revenue for important projects.”Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez is set to report about these requests when the City Council’s Legislative Policy Committee meets on Tuesday, May 25, in a special virtual meeting.The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and can be accessed by the public through and may be submitted by email to [email protected] or through Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community Newslast_img read more

Mac Lochlainn to raise Dail questions about concerns over new bus service contracts

first_imgNews Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleHeaney airport tapestry to be unveiled by Paul SimonNext articleAhead of public meeting tonight, Alcorn is confident that Lettermacaward PO can be saved News Highland Facebook Pinterest Google+ Facebook WhatsApp It’s emerged that while a contract has been given to a private contractor to run the Buncrana to Derry bus service previously operated by Lough Swilly Bus Company, there is no provision for travel passes to be recognised.This has been identified by local Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn as one of number of pressing issues that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.He’s tabling a number of Dail questions for next week…Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsAppcenter_img LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – April 23, 2014 Twitter Twitter Mac Lochlainn to raise Dail questions about concerns over new bus service contracts Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterestlast_img read more