Topps Tiles is upbeat as it pays dividend

first_img whatsapp Tuesday 30 November 2010 8:10 pm whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was The Dream Girl In The 90s, This Is Her NowMoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterUndo BRITISH tile and wood flooring retailer Topps Tiles was yesterday upbeat on its prospects in the face of tough economic headwinds, saying its focus on customer service has paid off and it will restart its dividend.“I do not really see there being any reason why we cannot continue to take market share. But if the market is down, there is little we can do apart from continue to outperform that market,” chief executive Matthew Williams said yesterday.Williams said Topps Tiles was winning share both from large DIY sheds – Kingfisher’s B&Q, Home Retail’s Homebase and Travis Perkins’s Wickes – as well as from small independent players.He was speaking after the 312-store Topps Tiles met forecasts with a seven per cent fall in full-year profit, resumed dividend payments and reported solid current trading.Sales at stores open over a year were up 3.2 per cent in the first seven weeks of the company’s new financial year.Arden Partners analyst Nick Bubb said the current trading data was “encouraging and better than expected”.Williams said there was pent-up demand for tiling projects, which typically average £300-£350. “At some stage these things have to start coming through because people need to get on with life.”Topps made an underlying pre-tax profit of £16.3m in the 53 weeks to 2 October, in line with analyst forecasts of £14.5m to £16.6m and up from £17.5m in 2008-09.Revenue rose two per cent to £182m, with sales at stores open over a year up 1.7 per cent.Topps, which cut net debt by £22.1m to £49.1m, is paying a final dividend of 1p.Yesterday its shares closed up 1.69 per cent at 60p. Topps Tiles is upbeat as it pays dividend Tags: NULLcenter_img KCS-content Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Sharelast_img read more

China’s Bright Foods eyeing GNC

first_img Share Show Comments ▼ KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times China’s Bright Foods eyeing GNC China’s Bright Food Group is close to a deal to buy US vitamin retail chain GNC Holdings for $2.5bn to $3bn, a source familiar with the situation said yesterday. The potential acquisition of Pittsburgh-based GNC, which is owned by Ares Management and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, could be announced in the next few days, said the source. GNC, which sells nutrition supplements, vitamins, sports drinks and other diet products through 7,100 stores worldwide, had been exploring an initial public offering for which it registered papers in September, as well as an outright purchase. center_img whatsapp Monday 6 December 2010 9:16 pm More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (TPL.mu) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgTropical Paradise Co Ltd (TPL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (TPL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (TPL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (TPL.mu)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTropical Paradise Co Limited  engages in the tourism and leisure sector where it operates hotels in Mauritius. Headquartered in Moka, Mauritius, the company operates the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Hennessy Park Hotel, and Port Chambly Hotel. Tropical Paradise Co Limited (Ordinary) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

I’d drip-feed £300 a month into a Stocks and Shares ISA to get rich from the new bull market

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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. Royston Wild | Monday, 19th October, 2020 center_img Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I’d drip-feed £300 a month into a Stocks and Shares ISA to get rich from the new bull market A Stocks and Shares ISA is a terrific way for investors to try to get rich and retire early. It allows individuals to get exposure to lucrative UK share markets, entities that tend to deliver an average annual return as high as 10% to long-term investors. To put the cherry on top, such ISAa shield you and I from the greedy mitts of the taxman too.I use every opportunity I have to invest in my Stocks and Shares ISA. With a maximum yearly allowance of £20,000 it fits my needs perfectly. And it meets the investing requirements of the vast majority of Britons too. It’s why the number of people using these tax wrappers to buy UK shares has ballooned in recent years.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…Market confidence remains pretty weak right now. And it could continue to do so as Covid-19 infection rates keep rising, while political uncertainty in the US and a bumpy Brexit process rattle investor nerves too. But those brave enough to buy UK shares despite the tough macroeconomic backcloth could make a fortune further down the line.They could even become one of those legendary Stocks and Shares ISA millionaires.How to make a million As I mentioned above, investors in UK shares can expect to make an average annual return of up to 10%. This figure applies to those who buy stocks with a view to holding them for, say, a decade or more. Under a weaker scenario, they tend to make a yearly return of 8%. This means that they can anticipate making a fat wad of cash from their savings.Let’s say that you have £5,000 to spend in a Stocks and Shares ISA at the beginning of your investing journey. And you can plough £300 a month into it thereafter. Based on those rates of return, you can realistically anticipate having made at least £660,000 after 34 years. At the higher end, you’re likely to have cooked up a whopping £1.05m. You’d have become one of those famed ISA millionaires.Getting rich with Stocks and Shares ISAsThese huge sums are what we can expect to make under normal conditions. And here’s the good news for those who are buying UK shares today. Those who invest in their ISAs after a stock market crash like that of early 2020 can expect to make even more stunning returns.This is because they can buy top-quality stocks at the bottom of the market, and then watch them explode in value as economic conditions improve, corporate profits bounce back, and market confidence gradually recovers. It’s the reason I’ve continued to invest in my own Stocks and Shares ISA despite the macroeconomic meltdown. And it’s how the lion’s share of those ISA millionaires have made their fortunes.There are stacks of top UK shares like this that are trading at rock-bottom prices. And The Motley Fool, with its extensive catalogue of free and exclusive reports, can help you dig these out. So do some research and get investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA today. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear First published on theconversastion.comIf someone asked you to picture a philanthropist, chances are a billionaire like Bill Gates or John D. Rockefeller Sr. would come to mind. But not all philanthropists are billionaires, or even millionaires for that matter. People who make modest gifts of time or money can make a big difference in their communities.We are professors who teach and do research about philanthropy, the practice of expressing generosity by giving away money and in some cases time. We see our job as motivating and preparing college and graduate students to become future leaders of nonprofit organizations or donors with good ideas about how to make a difference – starting right now.Teaching about givingOne approach, known as “experiential philanthropy,” teaches about charitable giving through hands-on experiences. Students get real money, typically about US$10,000 per class, to give away to local nonprofits. One of us (David) has determined that these courses are being taught on more than 80 different campuses.Northern Kentucky University pioneered this approach in 1999. Since then, students there have collectively awarded more than $1.5 million to local charities as part of their coursework.A wealthy donor, Geoffrey P. Raynor, is building on that model through the Philanthropy Lab. So far, this national initiative has spread to more than 20 universities, including many attended by the nation’s richest students, such as Princeton and the University of Chicago.These courses are for all students, however. Undergraduates majoring in everything from chemistry to philosophy and business to history enroll. While some of them are or want to become rich, others do not come from wealth or aspire to become upper-class. All of them sign up because they want to learn how to use their money and time to make change on the issues they care most about.Learning by doing can help turn students into philanthropists. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.comDoes it work?Giving away money – particularly when it’s not yours – can be fun. But does it actually teach students anything about philanthropy or how to become philanthropists?To find out, one of us (Lindsey) led a study published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly that surveyed more than 600 Northern Kentucky University students who had taken an experiential philanthropy course there from 2009 to 2013.The research team found that students were more interested in donating to and volunteering at local nonprofits after taking the course. They were also more likely to know more about issues affecting their community and what nonprofits were doing about them.Our findings suggest that by studying – and actually engaging in – philanthropy, students learn more about what philanthropy is, why they should do it and how they can make a difference.Paying for itWhile the logic behind these programs may be clear, the question of where the money students give away comes from is not because it’s not something covered in a traditional university budget.So far, foundations like the Learning by Giving Foundation, founded by philanthropist Doris Buffett – Warren Buffett’s sister – and the Once Upon a Time Foundation, funded by the same person as the Philanthropy Lab, are a leading source of financial support.Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation funds undergraduate courses at colleges and universities across the country that offer for-credit courses that combine the study of theory with the practice of philanthropy.The federal government has also pitched in to support a program called Pay it Forward, which engages college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making and volunteer service. However, Congress abolished that funding in 2011. Its courses are being taught today only in Ohio, where local foundations foot the bill, at campuses like Denison University, The Ohio State University-Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and the University of Cincinnati.Cutting these programs means that young people will be less likely to be able to take philanthropy courses in college. This is troubling, because one of us (Jodi) found that after having opportunities to be actively engaged in giving with a group of peers, young people can better understand philanthropy’s impact.That’s because after learning through these hands-on philanthropic experiences, students often want to donate their own money to nonprofits.Many other kinds of courses about philanthropy and nonprofits are taught at U.S. and foreign universities. But experiential philanthropy is different because students gain practical knowledge and skills. Whether a class gives away $200 or $2,000, they become equipped for future leadership in the charitable world.Education is, to a degree, about investing in the potential of students. And philanthropic education gets students to think about their responsibilities to invest in the communities in which they live. It helps them see the power they have to make a difference. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSPhilanthropythe conversation.com Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext article“Let’s Talk About It” Episode 12: Solutions for at-risk youth Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more

U20 World Championship to be broadcast to over 100 countries and live online

first_imgMonday Jun 1, 2015 U20 World Championship to be broadcast to over 100 countries and live online The Under 20 World Championship kicks off in Italy tomorrow, as the future stars of world rugby will be on show and available to over 160 million homes around the globe. Find out how you can tune in to see the tournament that regularly produces future Test rugby players.World Rugby will broadcast this year’s U20 Championship to more than 100 countries around the globe. The eighth edition of the tournament will be staged in northern Italy, with matches played at venues in Parma, Calvisano and Viadana with the final played in Cremona on 20 June.New Zealand’s U20s won the event from 2008-2011 with South Africa winning the event on home soil in 2012. England lifted the coveted trophy in 2013 and 2014 and will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins at Stadio Giovanni Zini in Cremona on 20 June this year. Since its inception in 2008, an impressive total of 343 players have made the step up from the U20 Championship (formerly the Junior World Championship) to win full international honours, with many of them expected to feature prominently at Rugby World Cup 2015. VIEW THE POOLS AND FIXTURESWorld Rugby Chief Executive Brett Gosper said: “Rugby fans are well aware that it has produced some of the best internationals, and that’s been evident with players like Handré Pollard, Julian Savea, George Ford and Sam Warburton emerging from the ranks of the U20s in the last few years. “The will to win the U20 Championship is becoming more intense every year and I’ve no doubt that England will face a tough battle to retain their crown in Italy. Some top rugby awaits fans this June,” said Gosper.FIND OUT WHERE TO WATCH U20 CHAMPIONSHIP 2015Matches from the U20 Championship will be streamed on worldrugby.org although geo-blocking will apply in certain areas. Viewers should check with their local broadcasters for more information.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny 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

London’s Air Ambulance & One Feeds Two win DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

first_imgLondon’s Air Ambulance & One Feeds Two win DBA Design Effectiveness Awards London Air AmbulanceThe charity needed generate financial support to help deliver a second helicopter so The Clearing focused on the livery as the most visible asset of the brand to communicate key messages to Londoners and potential donors.The helicopter became a billboard featuring a call to action, number of critical missions and trauma team messaging. Green and yellow chevrons signaled the Trauma Team’s role in an emergency.This positive approach attracted new commercial sponsors and saw huge increases in social media engagement. £4.5 million of the five-year £6 million target was raised within months with a campaign featuring the rebranded helicopter, and the second helicopter was acquired two years after the new designs were launched.Graham Hodgkin, CEO London’s Air Ambulance 2012-2016, said:“Our goal was the acquisition of a second emergency medical helicopter. Enhancing the livery on the current aircraft helped us promote the critical messages of the advanced trauma service, that we are funded by donations and how many patients we have cared for. Building equity into the livery design turned our helicopter into a powerful communication and awareness tool.”Deborah Dawton, Chief Executive of the Design Business Association said:“Design uniquely cuts to the heart of every business it touches. It closes the gap between business risk and market success. So when it comes to our nation’s competitiveness, infusing design universal into business should be a priority in order to drive long-term growth and economic advantage for the UK. The DBA Design Effectiveness Award winners prove why.”The charities received their awards on 22 February, from Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who presented the Awards at the ceremony, which took place at The Brewery in central London and was hosted by journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed.  289 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Awards brand design Melanie May | 27 February 2018 | Newscenter_img One Feeds Two and London’s Air Ambulance have both won DBA Design Effectiveness Awards.The DBA Design Effectiveness Awards recognise projects that demonstrate the tangible effect design has on an organisation, looking at its strategic and commercial value, and judged by design and marketing heads of organisations including The Hershey Company, Ministry of Defence, Waitrose, British Airways, Barclays, Twitter and IBM.Both charities worked with brand consultancy The Clearing on their winning projects, with food charity One Feeds Two receiving a Gold award, and London’s Air Ambulance a Silver award.One Feeds TwoThe charity’s aim is to bring together food companies, charities and consumers to give school meals to children living in poverty. To evolve the original brand to create mass-market appeal, attract a credible commercial partner and provide an easy choice for consumers, The Clearing repositioned the brand, and created a new visual and verbal identity, putting the key message at the heart of the brand: that good food shouldn’t just taste good, it should do good. It used a smile to indicate this approach at the point of purchase on partners’ packaging.Since launch in 2014, One Feeds Two has delivered nearly three million meals, and signed up brand partnerships with Byron Hamburgers, Cook, Higgidy Pies and Rola Wala.JP Campbell, co-Founder and CEO of One Feeds Two said:“The Clearing grasped our vision to challenge both the food and non-profit sectors. Our new brand helped us to communicate and deliver this challenge – and make our vision a reality. The brand has doubled our efforts. An additional“One million meals are attributable to our relationship with Byron Hamburgers, a relationship that wouldn’t have happened without the new brand.” Advertisement 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 www.thepurplepim.com.  290 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12last_img read more

“The tragedy of Guatemala’s journalists”, the story of Jose Pelico, a Guatemalan journalist living under constant protection after being threatened by armed men.

first_img April 28, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 “The tragedy of Guatemala’s journalists”, the story of Jose Pelico, a Guatemalan journalist living under constant protection after being threatened by armed men. News Organisation Help by sharing this information _ _ RSF_en Reporters Without Borders publishes an account by Jose Pelico, journalist and press freedom activist of the organisation Cerigua (Centre for informative reports on Guatemala), forced to live under protection after being threatened by armed men. Last April, Reporters Without Borders provided him with emergency funding so that he could stay in the secure residence in which he and his family have been living for six months. When I was ten I already knew I wanted to be a journalist for a daily newspaper or a radio. Today, I have realised that dream, but after ten years in the profession, I am paying a price for it: my family and I have been threatened with death. According to Guatemala’s Observatory for Journalists, organised crime, drug traffickers and gangsters regularly threaten members of the profession. The Observatory warned two years ago of the dangers of criminal gangs infiltrating to the heart of Guatemalan society. They have found Guatemala an ideal territory to establish themselves, thanks to the impunity that holds sway within its institutions and in particular the police, whose leaders nevertheless boast about their success in the fight against crime. The reality is utterly different in a country where on average 17 people meet a violent death every day.These criminal gangs are a particular danger to the regional and local press. No-one dares mention the presence of the drug cartels in places such as San Marco, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, El Quiche, Alta Verapaz, Peten and Puerto Barrios, where criminal gangs operate. Journalists in the rural areas have also been silenced, intimidated and sometimes co-opted by members of the mafia, who are seen as “saviours” and enjoy a certain prestige in communities which have been let down by the state institutions. When a journalist takes the risk of exposing the power exerted and deadly influence of crime gangs on the country’s institutional life, they immediately receive threatening calls, are intimidated or worse still murdered.Jorge Merida, a journalist in Coatepeque, in the Quetzaltenango region, was killed in his home a year ago after receiving threats. His killing has still not been punished and the investigation has stalled. In another disturbing case, Rolando Santis, a journalist on the programme Telecentro 13 on privately owned Telecentro television, was the victim of a cowardly murder on 1 April 2009 as he returned from reporting on a criminal act committed in the red zone of the Guatemalan capital. His cameraman was badly injured and is still in hospital.Both these journalists had been threatened for having referred to two similar cases. Santis told me that he knew that intimidation was the lot of journalists. Unfortunately, there is no official protection for journalists. Santis paid with his life for being a combative journalist, for exposing abuses against the people and investigating organised crime in the capital. Local newspapers published reports that shortly before he was killed, Rolando Santis was gathering information about a house where authorities later discovered drugs and sophisticated weapons. The office of the public ministry, responsible for investigating attacks against journalists and trade unionists, set up to investigate attacks on the press, persecutes community radios and does not fulfil its role of investigation and protection.We journalists, devastated by this murder of our colleague, ask ourselves questions. How much longer do we have to wait before the Guatemalan authorities guarantee freedom of expression? How many other people will pay with their lives before any concrete action is taken? When will journalists be able to do their job in complete freedom?For my part, I am afraid for the future. My family is also a victim of this and I do not want to abandon them. I am afraid, because of these people who, annoyed by exposures by journalists have no hesitation in carrying out their threats, as the killings of Merida and Santis proves. However I am finding some small comfort as a result of the solidarity shown by people, institutions, colleagues and fellow professionals. I must thank them for the help they have given me since I became the target of intimidation.I am currently receiving protection, supplied to the government of Guatemala by the Inter-American Commission on human rights. But these steps cannot complete guarantee my safety nor that of my family. The government does not have enough resources. Despite the huge danger, we only have two officers taking it in turns to protect us. This also has repercussions for my daily life. For example, since I can’t travel in public transport, I have to take taxis and that is expensive and I can’t manage it in my financial situation. Another example is the fact that I have to frequently change my address, which also involves major expense. All these costs deprive me of my freedom, without even mentioning the psychological effects on my children. We are prisoners in our own home.Jose Pelico last_img read more

Health Minister at Letterkenny General Hospital for official opening of new building

first_imgNews Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleSoccer – Finn Harps v Longford Town PreviewNext articleGAA – Harte Makes Three Changes For Newbridge News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Health Minister Dr. James Reilly is in Donegal today for the official opening of the new Emergency Department and Medical Block at Letterkenny General Hospital.The new bloc cost €24 million to construct, with significant delays experienced after the initial contractor went into liquidation.First, Minister Reilly will open the new ‘Jigsaw’ premises on Pearse Road, providing men tal health support services for young people. Google+center_img Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp By News Highland – March 22, 2013 Pinterest Facebook Health Minister at Letterkenny General Hospital for official opening of new building Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Woman threatened at gun point in Lifford robbery

first_img Facebook Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Google+ A young shop-assistant has been left badly shaken after she was threatened at gunpoint and had her car stolen during an armed robbery in Lifford on Wednesday night.The young woman, who was alone in the shop,  had a handgun pointed at her when two men raided a shop in Porthall  at around 7.15pm.They demanded cash and stole her car – a black BMW 316 .Local Cllr Gerry Crawford, who knows the young woman who was working in the shop, said it was a terrible ordeal for her: 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Previous articleWoman jailed for hairspray attack on policeNext articleOvercrowding still an issue at Letterkenny General News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – January 6, 2012 Twitter Woman threatened at gun point in Lifford robbery Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more