Lloyds investors! I’d grab some BIG dividends for an ISA with this 13% yield

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Lloyds investors! I’d grab some BIG dividends for an ISA with this 13% yield “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Royston Wild | Wednesday, 1st April, 2020 | More on: SLP I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. It’s been an awful start to the month for Lloyds Banking Group investors.In an age of low economic growth in the UK — and even lower interest rates — ‘The Black Horse Bank’ hasn’t been a decent pick for those seeking ripping earnings growth for some time now. Instead, it was the promise of big dividends that kept stock pickers piling in.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…So news today that Lloyds was one of several banks to cancel dividends has gone down like a bucket of cold sick. Sure, it may help save an economy battered by the coronavirus outbreak. It is estimated that canning shareholder payouts for 2019 and 2020 will boost the banks’ lending capacity by £8bn.But it’s another disappointing blow for UK investors, individuals who continue to be battered by a steady stream of dividend cuts as firms frantically try to build cash. Estate agents Savills and stockbroker finnCap are another couple of London-listed companies to have just cut dividends.Careful now!Share investors clearly need to be on their guard like never before (well recent history at least).That’s not to say investors should sell everything and run for the hills. Far from it. Indeed, there are many great dividend payers that should continue to thrive in spite of the virus. There are some that could even receive a profits boost from the current difficulties in the global economy.Take Sylvania Platinum (LSE: SYL) as an example. It’s a producer of platinum group metals (PGMs) like platinum, palladium and rhodium. These are popular safe-haven commodities in times of severe macroeconomic, geopolitical and social unrest like these. This AIM-quoted company should therefore ride the likely rise in metal prices in the months ahead.13% yields!Don’t think that Sylvania is just a great pick for the current time, however. Thanks to rising auto emissions standards all over the world, the long-term demand outlook for its product looks pretty robust too. Palladium and platinum are widely used to clean up exhaust fumes in catalytic converters.So what makes the South African digger such a great pick for income chasers? Well, City analysts are forecasting a 5p per share dividend for the current fiscal year (to June 2020). This results in a mighty 13.1% yield.And unlike Lloyds, Sylvania has the balance sheet strength to make good on broker projections. It’s so financially robust, in fact, that it followed through on another share buy-back exercise just today. The low-cost producer has zero debt on its books and has the sort of cash flows to make jaws drop. It had a cash balance of $33.8m as of December as a result, up significantly from $20.2m a year earlier.Whether or not you’ve been burnt by Lloyds’ decision to cut dividends, Sylvania is a great income play for these troubled times. Image source: Getty Images center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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Stock market crash 2.0: I’m definitely buying these 2 FTSE 100 shares if it happens!

first_img Manika Premsingh | Tuesday, 30th June, 2020 | More on: JD “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Manika Premsingh owns shares of AstraZeneca, JD Sports Fashion, and Rightmove. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Rightmove. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Stock market crash 2.0: I’m definitely buying these 2 FTSE 100 shares if it happens! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Manika Premsingh Image source: Getty Images. center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Even as the FTSE 100 index continues to make gains, talk of another stock market crash are rising. And for good reason. There’s news of a fresh increase in Covid-19 cases in the UK as well as in other countries like China and the US. We don’t fully know yet the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis. And Brexit talks have re-started, which, as we know from past experience, can create much uncertainty. We investors don’t need to fret, however. If the latest stock market crash is anything to go by, we know that it’s the best time to invest in high-quality FTSE 100 shares. The index alone is up 25% from the lowest point of the crash. Some stocks have seen index-beating gains. I’m definitely going to buy these ones if the crash happens again. Or if I hold them already, then I’ll load up. 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…Stock market crash buying opportunityOne FTSE 100 share I bought in the stock market crash is JD Sports Fashion, whose share price has more than doubled from its lows. It has run into choppy waters in the recent past, make no mistake. The Competition and Markets Authority has prohibited it from going ahead with its Footasylum acquisition from last year. JD is now appealing the decision. It’s executive chairman, Peter Cowgill, also recently sold off part of his holdings, which may well reflect dimming confidence in JD. The recession is also likely to hurt consumer demand, which could impact JD Sports Fashion’s sales. Further, with social distancing measures still in place, footfall in retail stores will be lower.But there’s a lot going for it as well. I believe in the company’s long-term story. As we become more health conscious, focus on physical activity will only increase. JD Sports Fashion has a growing international presence, and is poised to benefit from this growing demand. It has also been a profitable business in the past. While it will see a dip, like any other cyclical business, during the recession, I reckon it will be back on its feet soon enough. I think it’s a good stock to hold for the next few years. More quality optionsAstraZeneca is another stock I like. But it’s almost never on a downswing except in a wide-spread stock market crash. The FTSE 100 pharmaceutical biggie and Covid-19 vaccine developer has been an investor favourite for a while now. In fact, it’s one of the few stocks whose share price is now actually higher than it was during the pre-crash period. If that isn’t a vote in favour of AZN, I don’t know what is! AZN’s portfolio of successful products form the basis for all the investor interest in it, and the coronavirus vaccine may well be another feather in its cap.There are many others FTSE 100 stocks I like. These include the pest control and hygiene services provider, Rentokil Initial, property portal Rightmove, and medical devices manufacturer Smith & Nephew to name a few. With an investing wish-list ready, I’m ready to invest in the stock market crash again, if it happens. last_img read more

That time we witnessed the unthinkable as Rugby’s first ever OWN TRY was awarded

first_imgWednesday May 27, 2020 That time we witnessed the unthinkable as Rugby’s first ever OWN TRY was awarded We’ve seen some quite unbelievable things in rugby over the years, in all corners of the globe, but perhaps none more bizarre than the time that an ‘own try’ was awarded in a National Rugby Championship match in Australia. ADVERTISEMENTIn 2014 we reported on rugby’s first ever own try, scored in Australia’s NRC in a match between the Sydney Stars and the North Harbour Rays.The outing gave forward Mitch Lewis a chance to pick up a hard-earned try and get on the scoresheet, but he never would have guessed it would be against his very own team.Yes, the match produced what was quite possibly the worst ever decision on a rugby field.And even more bizarrely, technology played a part.In football (or soccer) own goals aren’t unusual, as defenders occasionally slot the ball into the back of their own net. In rugby, however, no such thing exists, because as you know, when a player grounds the ball over his own try line it’s a 5m scrum if carried over, or a 22m drop-out if not.All that changed in Sydney on that fateful night, as the TMO and referee combined to award what is quite possibly the first ever own try in rugby!ADVERTISEMENTReferee Ian Smith struggled to see who planted the ball, and with both teams having yellow at the top of their jerseys, the Television Match Official made an absolute hash of the decision.The look on prop Lewis’ face was priceless. At first he was probably concerned that he’d given away a 5m scrum, but when they went upstairs and awarded the try, he was absolutely gobsmacked.Sydney went on to win the match 49-40 against Lewis’ North Harbour Rays, and the moment is one that has never been forgotten, but hopefully will never be repeated!ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

‘Let’s give it a crack and see if I can still do it’ – SBW admits retirement was a consideration

first_imgMonday Aug 10, 2020 ‘Let’s give it a crack and see if I can still do it’ – SBW admits retirement was a consideration Crosscode star Sonny Bill Williams has revealed that retirement crossed his mind before answering an SOS to return to the Sydney Roosters and the NRL.ADVERTISEMENTWilliams, counting down his final days in mandatory quarantine in a Sydney apartment before joining his Roosters teammates, said it was hard to believe he was on the verge of an NRL comeback.The 35-year-old former All Blacks and Roosters premiership player has signed a short-term NRL deal.His return to the NRL comes after a stint with Toronto was cut short because of the pandemic that has forced the Wolfpack to withdraw from the remainder of the 2020 Super League season.“I’m not going to lie. I didn’t know when the Toronto thing fell through. I was kind of tossing up if that was it,” Williams told Nine Network’s 100% Footy.“I was a little bit sad to think things might have ended on that note. But then you fast forward a couple of weeks and the opportunity arose to come back here.ADVERTISEMENT“And it’s like ‘well, let’s give it a crack and see if I can still do it’. I’m 35 coming off surgery so that’s the challenge … hopefully we can make some good new memories over the next few months.”Williams rejoins the Roosters as they bid for their third successive title amid one of the worst injury tolls in the NRL.He will finish quarantine later this week and is reportedly on a timetable to be available for selection when the Roosters meet Canberra in another grand final rematch in the nation’s capital on September 5.After starting his NRL career with Canterbury, Williams walked out on the Bulldogs in 2008 to join French rugby side Toulon.ADVERTISEMENTHe went on to enjoy a successful Super Rugby career as well earning 58 caps for the All Blacks, winning a World Cup, before he was lured back to rugby league.Williams made an immediate impact on his return to the NRL in 2013, helping the Roosters to premiership success. He stayed on for the 2014 season before returning to rugby.He also said that a boxing bout with retired NRL star Paul Gallen was “one hundred per cent” certain to happen. According to Williams, the fight could be held within six months.Gallen has long held an ambition to get into the ring with Williams but their boxing careers are yet to cross paths. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Charity Awards 1999

Charity Awards 1999 Howard Lake | 25 November 1999 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Entries for awards for the best charity publications are now open.Entries are now open for the Financial, Technical and Charity Awards 1999. Sponsored by Charity Times, this is the eighth year of the competition which aims to reward high standards by publishers.Charity Times is sponsoring the Charity and/or Religious Publication of the Year. In 1998 this was won by Oxfam. Advertisement Entries should be submitted by 31 December 1999.  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Evening Standard’s Dispossessed fund raises £4.5m

first_img The Evening Standard’s Dispossessed fund has now raised £4.5 million “for London’s most vulnerable”. Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the the achievement as “fantastic news”.More than £1.7 million has been donated by Evening Standard readers together with some of London’s biggest firms. This has been matched by the government, which has also made available a further £1 million from their Grassroots project.The fund will distributed £1 million to some of the capital’s charities “within weeks”. The remaining funds will then be used to create a permanent fund to help London’s dispossessed.The fund was launched on 20 July to address the plight of the city’s poorest people – “London’s Dispossessed”.http://dispossessedfund.communityfoundations.org.uk Evening Standard’s Dispossessed fund raises £4.5m Howard Lake | 14 September 2010 | News Tagged with: corporate Giving/Philanthropy London Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

‘An injury to one…’

first_imgThe new immigration ban order signed by President Donald Trump on March 6 is a continuation of the all-out assault on the multinational U.S. working class by the extremist far-right administration.The Islamophobic ban, tweaked from an earlier version to try to evade legal challenge, still bars entry into the U.S. of citizens of Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. Iraq was exempted by request of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to aid U.S. military action there.Omar Jadwat, the director of the Immigrants’ Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, described the order clearly: “[I]t’s just another run at a Muslim ban.”This presidential order is one more wave in a torrent of repression and terror against all immigrants unleashed by the election of the xenophobic president. The attack on immigrants had previously been ramped up under President Barack Obama whose agencies deported almost 3 million people between 2009 and 2014.The bipartisan attacks on immigrants reveal a consistent ruling-class strategy of “divide-and-conquer” — an attempt to defeat a rising U.S. worker movement.The U.S. working class is increasingly young, of color, multinational, multigendered, low-wage — and reeling economically from the continued effects of the 2007 Great Recession. These workers are forging closer and closer ties with each other. And immigrant workers, with traditions of resistance in and connections to their countries of origin, threaten the ruling class with unity among the international working class.Daniela Vargas exemplifies the militant challenge by young immigrant workers. She held a press conference on March 1 to denounce Trump’s first immigrant ban and the aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency raids that detained her family. Now Vargas, herself undocumented, is threatened with deportation, despite being brought to the U.S. as a 7-year-old and knowing no other home.Vargas and other young “Dreamers” who came undocumented as children to the U.S. were offered some protection under the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But now they find themselves threatened by the racist, anti-worker ideology enforced by ICE, as well as the Department of Homeland Security, both of which particularly target people of color.The racist terror campaign against immigrants ratcheted up March 4 when DHS announced tentative plans to separate children from their families trying to enter through the U.S. southern border with Mexico.Meanwhile, a horrific sweep of raids continues across the country. This unprecedented oppressive attack includes hiring 10,000 new ICE agents, building more detention centers and “deputizing” local law enforcement to arrest and detain oppressed people. (For a detailed WW article on the raids, see Teresa Gutierrez, “Wave of Terror Unleashed on Immigrants,” Feb. 28)The challenge for all revolutionaries, for all in the multinational working class, for all on the path to liberation and justice is to forge solidarity with those being targeted.We must live the old union slogan: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” If we hesitate and underestimate this threat, we will weaken the struggle to smash racism and the threat of fascism.If we unite and move boldly forward in solidarity against these attacks, we will strengthen working-class unity and the struggle for revolutionary socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Abortion access now!

first_imgThe state of Texas is holding hostage a 17-year-old unaccompanied immigrant minor who wants an abortion.Held in a federally funded shelter in legal custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, she obtained a judicial bypass to have an abortion with the help of the pro-choice group, Jane’s Due Process. A bypass is allowed when it’s impossible to obtain the parental consent required in Texas. However, the director of ORR ordered the shelter not to take Jane Doe (so designated to protect her identity) to a clinic appointment or to allow her court-appointed guardian to do so.Instead she was taken to a right-wing “crisis pregnancy center” where she was forced to undergo anti-abortion counseling. CPCs do not provide health care, nor are they regulated; they are infamous for promoting medically incorrect and biased information to dissuade women from having abortions.The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit Oct. 5 for a temporary restraining order to immediately allow Jane to be transported to a clinic. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton countered with a friend-of-the-court brief supporting ORR, arguing that immigrants do not have constitutional rights.The relief sought by ACLU includes stopping ORR officials from pressuring Jane to talk to her mother about wanting an abortion. She is refusing to do so because her parents beat her pregnant sister so badly that she miscarried. Fear of physical abuse is why she fled to the U.S.The ACLU also wants Jane added to a June 2016 class action suit against ORR for denying abortion care to unaccompanied immigrant minors. Susan Hays, JDP legal director, says the government’s treatment of immigrant minors is “absolutely horrifying.” Such mistreatment is not surprising considering the loud-mouthed, anti-immigrant, anti-choice, misogynist-in-chief in the Oval Office.To sign the petition demanding immediate abortion care for Jane Doe, visit ­tinyurl.com/y7ud5gmz.Government ‘sanctioned classism and racism’Reproductive justice groups and advocates issued calls for ending the Hyde Amendment, which forbids abortion coverage to millions of low-income Medicaid recipients, on Sept. 28, the 41st anniversary of Hyde’s passage. Prominent on the All* Above All website is a 1980 quote from Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall: “The Hyde Amendment is designed to deprive poor and minority women of the constitutional right to choose abortion.”Marshall’s words were statistically validated by a report in the Feb. 17 issue of Social Work in Health Care, titled “The Undue Burden of Paying for Abortion: An Exploration of Abortion Fund Cases.” This is the first study of women who need private financial aid to help pay for abortions — predominantly low-wage working women of color, youth, immigrants, rural residents, transpeople, women with disabilities and women subjected to domestic abuse. The study concludes that public funding restrictions, including economic, geographic and legal barriers to abortion, are “state and federally sanctioned classism and racism.” (Rewire, Feb. 27)Dr. Gretchen E. Ely and co-authors at the University of Buffalo School of Social Work looked at 3,999 women requesting help for abortion care from the George Tiller Memorial Fund from 2010 to 2015. The fund, run by the 70-member groups in the National Network of Abortion Funds, honors Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas provider murdered in 2009 by an ­anti-abortion fanatic. The Tiller Fund gives priority to women seeking second trimester procedures, which account for 1.5 percent of abortions and are more costly than those in the first trimester.About a third of NNAF fund ­recipients relied on public assistance like food stamps. The majority had children: 41 percent had one; 17.5 percent had three or more. The average distance recipients had to travel to clinics doubled from 97 miles in 2010 to nearly 200 miles in 2015 — reflecting 288 restrictions passed in those years. Most lived in states with many restrictions and few clinics, nearly half in the South and 27 percent in the Midwest. All were able to scrape ­together an average of $500, but that was much less than the $2,000 ­average for second trimester procedures.Ely told Rewire that donations to the Tiller Fund “are actually picking up a chunk of public health costs [and] helping women access a procedure that should be part of the mainstream health system.” The study calls for “abortions to be fully covered by all health insurance, both public and private.”20-week abortion ban, nonrenewal of children’s health careCongress could care less about the hardships that abortion restrictions impose on the majority of working and oppressed women in the U.S.By a vote of 237 to 189 along party lines, members of the House of Representatives approved a bill Oct. 5 to ban abortions 20 weeks after gestation. The supposed rationale is that anti-abortion zealots believe a fetus begins to feel pain at 20 weeks. However, all major medical groups in the U.S. and England assert a fetus cannot feel pain until the third trimester at 28 weeks. Legal experts contend this ban is unconstitutional because it violates a key provision of Roe v. Wade, which provides for a right to abortion until fetal viability, medically determined at about 24 weeks.If enacted, which is doubtful because passage in the Senate requires 60 votes, the bill would impose enormous burdens on women whose test results late in the second trimester show fetal abnormalities, as well as on those who postpone the procedure due to fear stemming from rape, incest or domestic violence or those trying to scrape together funding.Meanwhile, one of the House co-sponsors of the ban, Tim Murphy, was forced to resign Oct. 11 after reports that he had urged an extramarital lover to have an abortion in January. The text exchange occurred on Jan. 25, the day after Murphy had co-sponsored the Life at Conception Act. Caught-in-the-act of hypocrisy!The House exposed the overall hypocrisy of the Republican majority’s so-called pro-family stance when it didn’t renew funding on Sept. 30 for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which subsidizes health care for 9 million youngsters. That means children in some states will soon be unable to get routine checkups, immunizations, sick visits and other services. Talk about a cynical move by legislators who appear to care more about defending lives of the “pre-born” than about caring for needy existing children!Such blatant hypocrisy aligns with Trump’s cynical attempt on Oct. 13 to kill the Affordable Care Act. Saying it’s “time to negotiate health care that’s going to be good for everybody,” the liar-in-chief stopped payments, effective immediately, that keep health care coverage affordable for millions of low-to-middle-income families. (See article on p. 9.) That’s consistent with Trump’s abolition of free contraceptive coverage for 62.5 million women on Oct. 6. (See article in Oct. 12 WW.)Positive strides promote abortion careBut the fight to expand access to abortion care recently advanced on two fronts.The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit Oct. 3 challenging Food and Drug Act restrictions on where a woman may receive the medical abortion pill Mifeprex, which is a tested, safe and effective method of ending pregnancy up to 10 weeks. Currently, patients may not fill a prescription at a retail pharmacy, but must be handed one at a clinic, medical office or hospital from providers who pre-register with the drug maker and order and stock such medications at their facility.The suit argues that FDA’s restrictions are medically unnecessary and that many qualified clinicians are unable to satisfy them, forcing patients to seek medical abortions elsewhere or resort to surgery. Such restrictions do not exist in other countries, are not medically mandated and are not supported by leading U.S. medical organizations. The suit asserts these “politically motivated regulations place needless burdens on women seeking this option.” That claim rests on a 2016 Supreme Court decision that regulations cannot impose an undue burden on abortion access without valid medical justification.In another advance, two states — Oregon and Illinois — have passed legislation promoting access to abortion. Gov. Kate Brown signed an act Aug. 15 to ensure that Oregonians, regardless of income, citizenship status, gender identity or type of insurance, have access to the full range of preventive reproductive services including family planning, abortion and postpartum care.Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Sept. 28 allowing state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for abortions. More than two dozen states provide Medicaid coverage for abortions only in cases of rape, incest or if the pregnant woman’s life is in danger, in line with Hyde Amendment exceptions to its ban. Seventeen states now use state-only funds for women seeking abortions for other reasons, 13 because of state court orders.There is no stopping the fight for reproductive justice. It can only accelerate, led by women of color opposing blatant racism and austerity measures by state and federal governments. Women’s human rights and women’s liberation will win!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New RVP Rules Required to Level Playing Field, Encourage Investment in…

first_img In a letter submitted today to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) urged the agency to take immediate administrative action to eliminate an arcane regulatory barrier that is impeding growth in the use of E15 and other higher-level ethanol blends.“Many gasoline retailers have rejected E15 because EPA’s current gasoline volatility regulations make it nearly impossible for them to sell E15 to EPA-approved conventional automobiles year-round,” said Bob Dinneen, RFA President and CEO. “Most gas stations are unwilling to dedicate storage tanks and dispensing equipment to a fuel that they can only sell for part of the year.”EPA’s current regulations, which grant a volatility waiver to E10 (referred to as the “1-psi RVP waiver”) but not to any other ethanol blends, have created an uneven playing field for E15 and other higher-level blends. According to the RFA letter, “The 1-psi RVP waiver—originally provided to expand the production and use of fuel ethanol—is now having the perverse effect of discouraging greater ethanol use in today’s gasoline market, and it is obstructing the successful implementation of important fuel and carbon reduction policies enacted since then, including the Renewable Fuel Standard.”Rather than asking EPA to extend the 1-psi RVP waiver to E15, RFA’s letter encourages the agency to take action to eliminate the relevancy of the waiver for E10 by requiring refiners to slightly lower the volatility of summertime conventional gasoline blendstock. This would ensure that retailers can freely offer E15 to conventional automobiles year-round. It would also clear the way for higher-level ethanol blends like E20 or E25 to meet applicable gasoline RVP requirements.Anticipating familiar claims from the oil industry that such an administrative action would “raise gasoline prices,” RFA also submitted third-party analysis to EPA showing that lowering the volatility of gasoline blendstock by 1.0 psi in the summertime might be expected to add just $0.006 per gallon in refining costs. However, this cost would not likely be translated to retail prices because it would be offset by blending more ethanol (which, historically, has been priced well below gasoline blendstock at wholesale).Moreover, reducing the volatility of gasoline blendstock to facilitate greater ethanol blending would have positive implications for air quality. A separate third-party analysis provided by RFA showed that lowering gasoline volatility by 1.0 psi would reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds.In closing, the letter notes that “This action would improve air quality, remove arcane barriers to innovation and consumer choice in the retail fuel marketplace, simplify engineering of emissions control systems, and help facilitate compliance with Renewable Fuel Standard requirements. In addition, removing the waiver would not noticeably affect refining costs.”Read the full letter here. New RVP Rules Required to Level Playing Field, Encourage Investment in Higher Ethanol Blends Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Dec 9, 2015 Home Energy New RVP Rules Required to Level Playing Field, Encourage Investment in Higher… Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleStudy shows Veterinary Medicine Has Big Economic Impact in Indiana Gary Truittlast_img read more

Limerick councillor surprised to learn that he’d bought a convent

first_imgLimerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Linkedin New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Twitter Print NewsLimerick councillor surprised to learn that he’d bought a conventBy Alan Jacques – January 19, 2018 5105 Advertisement TAGSCllr John GilliganCllr Séighin Ó CeallaighKieran LehaneLimerick City and County CouncilLimerick Metropolitan DistrictLimerick Twenty ThirtySalesian ConventSalesian Secondary SchoolSinn Fein WhatsApp Limerick city centre gets a deep cleancenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Cllr John Gilligan is surprised to read in the Limerick Post that he has acquired a convent.INDEPENDENT councillor John Gilligan spoke of his absolute surprise on reading in the Limerick Post last week that he had bought a convent.The straight-shooting City North representative, was commenting in City Hall on the announcement that Limerick City and County Council have purchased the former Salesian Secondary School and Convent for Limerick Twenty Thirty as part of its redevelopment of urban areas.“Nobody told me,” Cllr Gilligan told the executive of the local authority at this month’s Metropolitan District meeting.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I had to read it in the Limerick Post that I had bought a convent. I thought Limerick Twenty Thirty was supposed to have been set up for the redevelopment of three key sites at Patrick Street, the Hanging Gardens on Henry Street and the Cleeve’s site.“Now, all of a sudden there are four sites. Next we will be hearing they have bought a big dairy farm in Kerry,” he said.Cllr Gilligan expressed his disappointment that councillors were not informed beforehand about plans to purchase the Salesian’s site, which had been in use as a girls secondary school at Fernbank since the 1960s.“No one told us until afterwards. In fact I had to read about it in the paper. This should not be allowed. This should not happen and is something that will definitely have to change,” he insisted.Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh then described Limerick Twenty Thirty as the NAMA of Limerick City and County Council. He felt councillors did not have enough of a say in what goes on in local government and saw the situation as “worrying”.“We are elected representatives and should have a say. I thought Limerick Twenty Thirty was going to look at key derelict sites that need to be developed, not some NAMA-esque quango,” he fumed.“It is worrying when we don’t know what’s happening”.Director of Services for the Metropolitan District, Kieran Lehane explained that the Salesian Secondary School and Convent was acquired as its boundaries extended onto the Cleeve’s site.“This makes it a more complete site with a range of fine buildings. The Council has acquired an asset,” he informed councillors.by Alan [email protected] Facebook Email Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line Previous articleFresh Film Festival 2018 – Last CallNext articleParticipation in Limerick’s RDS science fair reaches record high Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick last_img read more