Income investors: these FTSE 100 stocks haven’t cut dividends! I’d buy them in an ISA now

first_img Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild | Saturday, 20th June, 2020 | More on: LSEG SN 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. Income investors: these FTSE 100 stocks haven’t cut dividends! I’d buy them in an ISA now Buying shares for income has become a minefield of late. Companies of all shapes and sizes are cutting or reducing shareholder payouts as their profits sink and their balance sheets feel the strain. Even stacks of FTSE 100 stocks have decided to rebase their dividend policies in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis.Fear not though. The UK stock market remains jam-packed with companies that should continue to lavish their investors with dividends over the short-to-medium term. And some of these FTSE 100 businesses are worthy of serious investor attention today.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…Markets mammothLondon Stock Exchange Group’s (LSE: LSE) 1% dividend yield for 2020 clearly isn’t one of the biggest out there. But never mind that: the rate at which the blue-chip has lifted annual dividends over the past half decade has been truly staggering. And City analysts expect payouts to continue exploding, despite the coming economic storm.In fact, the group stands to benefit from these conditions that are driving turbulence on financial markets. Major buying and selling activity drove London Stock Exchange’s total revenues 13% higher during the first quarter. It also drove demand for the Footsie firm’s information services, and its data services arm FTSE Russell enjoyed a 7% sales uptick between January and March.Finally, London Stock Exchange has a rock-solid balance sheet to support its ultra-progressive dividend policy. I’d happily buy it in an ISA today.Another FTSE 100 starSmith & Nephew (LSE: SN) has, like London Stock Exchange, decided to persist with paying dividends despite the Covid-19 quake. Healthcare-related stocks are considered to be some of the safest out there in tough economic times. And this FTSE 100 giant’s decision to maintain its payout policy underlines this theme.That’s not to say that the artificial limb maker hasn’t had a torrid time of late. Smith & Nephew has seen demand for its high-tech products slump in recent months as the coronavirus outbreak has caused non-essential surgeries across the globe to be kicked into the long grass. This caused underlying revenues at the Footsie firm to crumble 8% in the first quarter.Getting back to businessHowever, with countries having expanded their healthcare facilities to deal with coronavirus patients and global infection rates beginning to slow, Smith & Nephew can look forward to demand for its products gradually picking up again.Indeed, back in early May the company declared that “the recovery in China is encouraging, as is the restart of elective surgeries in many other countries, and especially within the US.” Sales in these hot growth regions rocketed 8% and 24% respectively back in 2019, underlining the exceptional long-term revenues potential of these territories.Smith & Nephew’s near-term dividend isn’t the biggest either. In 2020, it sits at 1.4%. But like London Stock Exchange, City brokers expect steep rises in the annual payout over the medium term at least. 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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. Image source: Getty Images 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. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Concern Remains Over Estate Tax

first_img Facebook Twitter Concern Remains Over Estate Tax Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Dec 13, 2012 Republicans and President Obama seem to be in a deadlock regarding the Estate Tax – and if bipartisanship on the issue continues to lack – some of America’s family farms could experience a major tax increase. Senate Finance Chair Max Baucus wants to preserve reductions in estate taxes and provide an economic cushion to family farms and ranches planning to pass their property from generation to generation. The current Estate Tax rate is 35-percent on estates over 5-million dollars. If Congress doesn’t act – the rate will increase to 55-percent with a 1-million dollar exemption. SHARE SHARE source: NAFB News Service Previous articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 1:11 update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/12/2012Next articleSurvey Participation Vital for Purdue Extension Custom Rates Guide Gary Truitt One in 10 families are estimated to pay the Estate Tax in the coming year if exemption levels go untouched by Congress – many seen as asset-rich and cash-poor. Currently 96-percent of American farms and ranches are family-owned and operated – but less than 50 family farms and ranches had to pay the tax in 2011. If the 2009 Estate Tax levels are reinstated – 75-hundred estates would be required to pay the tax – compared to 36-hundred estates at current levels. Home Indiana Agriculture News Concern Remains Over Estate Taxlast_img read more

Security officials question Reporters Without Borders correspondent

first_img Follow the news on Sudan SudanAfrica Reporters Without Borders protested today against the lengthy interrogation of its correspondent in Sudan, journalist Faisal el Bagir, on his return on 8 June from Athens where he had attended an international conference of the future of the news media in Iraq.”The aim of the interrogation was clearly to intimidate this journalist and human rights defender,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We call on the Sudanese authorities to put a stop to this kind harassment, which is completely unjustified.”On his arrival in the early hours of 8 June at Khartoum airport, Bagir was detained for two hours by airport security officials who searched his bags and confiscated his passport and several newspapers. They also told him to report later in the morning to the political affairs department of the national security office. There he was questioned about his journalistic activities, his political views, his trip to Athens, and his links with the Sudan Organisation Against Torture (for which he works), the Khartoum Centre for Human Rights and Reporters Without Borders.Bagir was previously detained at his home by airport security officials on 7 October 2002 on returning from Cairo, and was interrogated for several hours about an international conference on freedom of expression he had just attended in Dakar. He was also summoned several times during 2002 by security officials for questioning about articles he had written on human rights issues and about his links with human rights organisations. News Help by sharing this information Organisation News RSF_en to go further News April 6, 2020 Find out morecenter_img March 29, 2020 Find out more Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal April 10, 2020 Find out more June 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Security officials question Reporters Without Borders correspondent Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Receive email alerts Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa SudanAfrica last_img read more

Pasadena Student Leads the Fight Against Climate Change in Pasadena

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Business News Sequoyah High School Senior Ozzy Simpson thought something was off with the school’s learning management system so he took matters into his own hands.“He spent months interviewing teachers, interviewing teachers at other schools, talking to web developers and you know, whoever [he] needed to talk to, to develop his own learning management system,” said Laura Haney, science department chair at the Sequoyah School. “He built this really great thing that we’re all scrambling to use. He did it entirely outside of school hours. He’s very autodidactic. He just teaches himself everything he needs to know. He’s really, really impressive in that way.”Now Simpson is taking other matters into his own hands. He will serve as one of the moderator’s at the Youth Climate Action Forum, which kicks off at 5 p.m. tonight at the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena.Simpson, along with other students at the Sequoyah School, has led two die-ins at City Hall to help draw attention to climate change.All four mayoral candidates are scheduled to attend tonight’s event, along with most of the City Council candidates.Simpson is co-president of the student government at the Sequoyah School. He also serves as the editor in chief on the school’s newspaper. He has operated a web designing business since he was 10. He likes to ski at Lake Tahoe.“He’s a major, serious problem solver,” said Ozzy’s father Michale, a music producer. “He’s just always showing great patience. He’s always been very, very good with computers he’s just a great kid.”The idea for the forum started after the Global Climate Strike in September when several people from the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition reached out to Simpson.During the Climate Strike, four million people around the world engaged in demonstrations staged to compel political leaders everywhere to take action on climate change.A reported 2,500 such events were held in cities in 150 countries, according to USA Today. In Germany, 270,000 people rallied in Berlin. In England, 100,000 people turned out in London, and 100,000 rallied in Melbourne, Australia, USA Today reported, adding the event was the biggest climate change protest in history.As that was going on around the country, young people in Pasadena, including Simpson, were lying silently on the steps of City Hall for 11 minutes, to represent the approximately 11 years the scientific community estimates the world has left to stave off the climate crisis’ most catastrophic effects.Those effects include higher temperatures that dry out vegetation and soil, creating more wildfire fuel, shorten the rainy season and extend the fire season, shifts to Santa Ana winds, slower jet stream, leading to more California heat waves and high-pressure ridges in the Pacific.Those ridges deflect from the state some storms that would otherwise bring much-needed moisture.The students have convinced a handful of candidates to sign a pledge to support a green new deal. The pledge also asks council members and candidates to turn away donations of more than $200 from businesses in the fossil fuel industry and turn down contributions from oil industry executives, although there isn’t a big fossil fuel industry in Pasadena, some candidates have been impressed by his efforts.“He’s actually meeting candidates,” Hardin said. “He’s writing letters, he’s mobilizing, he’s organizing. That is the epitome of what a lot of us need to be doing, It’s very inspiring and very commendable.”But that has not moved City Councilmembers. So far no sitting councilmember has signed the pledge, a point that is sure to come up at tonight’s forum.Simpson has created a form letter designed to convince Mayor Terry Tornek to sign on.Tornek continues to push the city’s Climate Action Plan which Under the Pasadena Climate Action Plan, the city commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels this year, and 40 percent below that level by 2030 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.Under state mandates, utilities get 33 percent in renewable energy by the end of this year. Pasadena plans to procure 60 percent of its power sources from renewable energy by 2030, along with a 75 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as compared to 1990 levels.In response, Simpson and his fellow students keep showing up at Pasadena City Council meetings calling for an emergency declaration. Last week he told the council he would keep showing up and asking them to uphold their responsibility in combating the climate crisis.“He doesn’t wait around for other people to do things for him,” Haney said. “He does it himself and he organizes people and he’s good at drawing people to him like. He’s been at forming a team and keeping it together and keeping it productive.” faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWho Was The Hollywood ‘It Girl’ The Year You Were Born?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 13 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it 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.center_img Top of the News Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe Community News Pasadena Student Leads the Fight Against Climate Change in Pasadena Youth Climate Action Forum scheduled for tonight By DONOVAN McCRAY Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 5:06 amlast_img read more

Limerick finish season undefeated with away win to Kerry

first_imgAdvertisement Email Limerick maintained their 100 per cent winning record on Sunday when they defeated Kerry to complete a perfect league campaign, finishing 5 points clear of their nearest competitors. Limerick 4 wins from 4 in their league run with on game going down as a no result due to a suspect Covid-19 case before the game in which Limerick shared the points.Limerick made the short and familiar journey to Galway due to an unplayable ground in Tralee, Kerry still being the home team giving skipper Arslan Anwar the call at the toss. Incidentally, he would lose the toss and Kerry put Limerick into field on what was a sluggish outfield due to some light rainfall in recent days.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Kerry however, were not sluggish in their start to the innings as their openers needed no second invitation to find the boundary off some uncharacteristically loose bowling from Limerick as the home side settled into their innings. Despite this lightning start, Arslan looked to counter and the trusty pair of Shani Alam and Farman Yousafzai came on at first change to steady the ship and bring Limerick back into the game. Shani was on the money and his spell reaped dividends. He took 3 wickets and Farman only went for 14 off his 18 deliveries as Limerick tightened the screw on their opponents.Once Limerick got into the tale, it was a matter of a procession as Kerry lost wickets at regular intervals and in doing so losing a lot of momentum. What once looked like a sizable total was reduced to just 115 leaving Limerick with a run rate of just under a run a ball needed from their 20 overs.Former Kerry player Azeem Khan and last week’s hero Swaroop Burra gave Limerick the start they needed before Swaroop lost his wicket in the fourth over to opposition skipper John Roux. Limerick would lose Farrukh Bhagat in the next to bring Kerry back into the game as the Limerick innings needed rapid reconstruction. Australian Tim Smithies came in at 4 and pushed the ball around the field finding the gaps and keeping the score ticking over as Limerick edged closer to the total. The two put on a 50-run partnership before Azeem was caught on the boundary at the end of the 14th over. Captain Arslan Anwar came in at 5 and played a sensible captain’s knock as he and Smithies (36*) steered Limerick to victory with 9 balls remaining giving the away side a 7 wicket victory, a superb end to an extraordinary season for the first XI. The team enjoyed a meal (socially distanced of course!) after the game in celebration of their achievements this year.It was a clean sweep for LCC at the weekend with wins also coming in Div 3 and Div 2 on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Limerick 4th XI captain Gavin Devereux lifted the Div 3 league on Saturday when his side beat Cork Harlequins ensuring them the trophy and another piece of silverware for the club in what is turning out to be a very rewarding year with still one final yet to come and one league up for grabs.Limerick’s 3rd XI ran out easy winners against Cork County on Sunday in the Mardyke, a rain-affected game was reduced to 15 overs in which Limerick ran out comfortable winners by 36 runs. Limerick opener Saurabh Teke approving himself to be the big difference between the two sides with a quick fire 74 off just 49 deliveries as Limerick raced the 136-5 from their first innings giving the home side too much to chase in reply.The post Limerick finish season undefeated with away win to Kerry appeared first on Sporting Limerick. WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Print Previous articleMan arrested for Robbery in Limerick on August 27, 2020Next articleNew strategy to transform Limerick’s cycling environment Jack Neville NewsLimerick finish season undefeated with away win to KerryBy Jack Neville – September 8, 2020 101 last_img read more

Mc Conalogue urges government to address delays in TAMS programme

first_img Previous articleRuaille Buaille le Colm Feiritéar 07/06/16Next articleApplications invited for 2016 Back to School scheme admin Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Mc Conalogue urges government to address delays in TAMS programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – June 9, 2016 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp A Donegal Deputy is claiming that farmers are being prevented from starting important investment projects on their farms because of delays in approving applications for funding under a new modernisation scheme.Deputy Charlie McConalogue, the Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson, says farmers are furious at the delays in processing applications under the TAMS programme.He says TAMS opened last year, but 12 months on from its establishment, more than 5,000 applications are awaiting full approval.Deputy McConalogue says many farmers had planned on starting projects in May, but the delays mean they are now on hold…………. Google+ Facebook Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/charlietams.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme last_img read more

‘Lack Of Accountability Towards Well-Being Of Workers”: NLUD Workers-Students Solidarity Group Turns Down Offer For Alternate Employment Of Former Housekeeping Staff

first_imgNews Updates’Lack Of Accountability Towards Well-Being Of Workers”: NLUD Workers-Students Solidarity Group Turns Down Offer For Alternate Employment Of Former Housekeeping Staff LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 July 2020 8:00 AMShare This – x”We wish to reiterate that in the face of an unprecedented crisis, the workers have held their ground with utmost dignity and strength. The workers shall not trade respectful recognition of the hard-won outcome of their struggle for their rights, for hollow ‘charity’ from the University.” The NLUD Workers-Students Solidarity group has turned down the “hollow offer” made by the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”We wish to reiterate that in the face of an unprecedented crisis, the workers have held their ground with utmost dignity and strength. The workers shall not trade respectful recognition of the hard-won outcome of their struggle for their rights, for hollow ‘charity’ from the University.” The NLUD Workers-Students Solidarity group has turned down the “hollow offer” made by the NLU-D Administration for providing alternate employment to its former housekeeping staff and has urged the University to exercise its powers to implement the order the Delhi Labor Minister for reinstatement of staff, without causing any further delay. In a statement issued by the group, it is stated that the said offer does not address the concerns raised by the workers time and again, and is hence unanimously turned down. On June 27, the NLU-D administration offered to make arrangements for employment of the terminated former staff, in the nearby areas as per the applicable, reasonable, and appropriate terms and conditions. As per the students group, a similar offer was made to the workers earlier but was promptly rejected for fear of “victimization” by the new employer and uncertainty of such employment. The present offer also, as per the students, suffers from the same “vagueness” and “lack of accountability” towards the well-being of the workers. Further, the students state that the offer is an “abrupt” and “delayed” attempt to side-line the illegality of RMG’s exploitative contract and the related concerns of the workers. The students point out that even the Delhi Labour Minister rejected the offer, after hearing the concerns of the workers and illegalities in the present contract, however, “The present offer is made, maintaining absolute silence on illegality of RMG’s contract- almost as a way of pushing the glaring illegality into oblivion,” the students said. About 55 safai karmcharis, working with White Fox or Golden Companies, were rendered unemployed after the University’s contract with the Company allegedly expired. The University entered into a new contract with Rajendra Management Group (RMG), which set off a prolonged student protest, seeking that the former staff be re-instated. While some of the workers were later employed by the new Contractor- RMG, on University’s persuasion, the University had recently assured that it will make requisite arrangements for the remaining unemployed workers, on moral grounds. In the meanwhile, the matter was also brought to the attention of the Delhi Labour Minister, who after holding meetings with all the stakeholders, directed the University to re-instate all the former workers. The students have been demanding 100% retention of all old contractual workers and seek that the new contract with RMG be cancelled. Reminding the University administration that saving manpower beyond 20% amounts to exploitation, the students insisted that the University should strictly comply with all labour laws and other statutory provisions. Giving a factual position of the matter on June 22, the University said that it hired the services of house-keeping staff through a contractor in 2008, without any legal requirement for assessment of manpower requirement. However, guidelines for the same were issued by the Delhi Government in 2012, pursuant to which the State Audit Team as well as the CAG Audit Team asked the University to float fresh tender for outsourcing the services of safai karmcharis. It was stated that following the norms to assess the requirement of safai karamcharis, the University had to a float fresh tender, which was awarded to the present contractor RMG. Further, since the tenure of earlier contractor White Fox and Golden was over, its manpower was withdrawn, and there was no illegality in the new contract. The matter is still pending consideration of the University Chancellor. The students have rejected the University’s offer and have remarked, “Despite having direct access to the workers, the University administration made this communication to the faculty, student body and media portals. More than helping the workers, the offer is geared towards publicising the University’s ‘magnanimity’. xxx We insist that the University administration channel their efforts towards expediting the implementation of the present directions of the Hon’ble Labour Minister. Kindly let us know what is the progress with respect to the implementation of the Directions dated 17.06.2020, and what is the stage of deliberations before the EC/GC members. Also, kindly make public the details of the representations made to the members of the Executive/Governing Council, and the Hon’ble Chancellor.” Click Here To Download Statement Read Statement Next Storylast_img read more

Police Force Under Stress Both Physically & Psychologically: Madras High Court Voices Concern, Poses Series Of Questions To State

first_imgNews UpdatesPolice Force Under Stress Both Physically & Psychologically: Madras High Court Voices Concern, Poses Series Of Questions To State Sparsh Upadhyay9 Dec 2020 8:25 PMShare This – x”Unless the welfare of the Police Force is looked into, it is very difficult to maintain law & order and prevent crimes.”The Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) on Monday (07th December) took note of the suicides and desertions within the police force while observing that “there is no mechanism available in the Police Force and that is the reason why so many genuine grievances of the Police could not be addressed.” The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi also noted that the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court (Madurai Bench) on Monday (07th December) took note of the suicides and desertions within the police force while observing that “there is no mechanism available in the Police Force and that is the reason why so many genuine grievances of the Police could not be addressed.” The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice B. Pugalendhi also noted that the “Uniformed Police Force is under stress both physically and psychologically”. While noting that “frustrated police personnel tend to take emotional decisions”, the Bench took judicial note of the fact that “the Police Constables are denied leave for even attending their children’s birthdays, marriage celebrations or festivals unreasonably.” In this context, the Court also remarked that sometimes, the circumstances force police personnel to work round-the-clock, “without adequate rest and leave and there is not even a day’s off, even though the staff of the other Departments are enjoying two days of holidays every week.” The Court further noted that most police personnel lack in stress management skills, some of them are addicted to alcohol and some are even driven to commit suicide. Importantly, the Court said, “Unless the welfare of the Police Force is looked into properly and their morale is kept up, it is very difficult to maintain law and order and detect and prevent the crimes.” The matter before the Court A Writ Petition was filed before the HC seeking direction for the respondents to increase the per capita income of the Police Force in the State and to fill up the vacancies in the post of Constable and Sub-Inspector of Police and pay higher salary. To this, the Court also observed that the problems of the Police could not be highlighted because of lack of Association by the Police Force. Concerns raised by the Court The Bench, in its order, noted that the Teachers working in the Elementary Schools are getting more salary than the Policemen and the salary of the Policemen, who are working in Tamil Nadu, is very low when compared to other States. The Court also remarked, “Work pressure, long working hours, stress and separation from family have been affecting police personnel.” Importantly, the Court noted, “Nowadays, the Police Force has been facing a lot of problems. Stress and work pressure have led to an increasing number of suicides and desertions affecting the morale of the Force.” Further, the Court raised the following queries to be answered by the respondents: (a) What are all the problems faced by the Policemen in general? (b) Is there any mechanism available to express their grievances to the Higher Authorities, as Police Association is prohibited in Police Force? (c) Whether time-bound promotions are given to the Police Force? (d) Whether the orderly system has been dispensed with or still it is followed by the Police Force, violating the Government Order passed in 1979? (e) Whether the one-day statutory holiday is being given to the Police Force? (f) Why not dispense with an allowance given, in lieu of week-end holidays for work? (g) Whether the Police People are given leave for attending social functions and also birthday functions of their children? (h) How many desertions have taken place for the past 10 years? (i) How many Policemen committed suicide for the past 10 years? (j) How many persons died due to health issues? (k) How many posts are vacant in the Police Force? [cadre-wise and categorywise details to be given for each Wing viz., Law and Order, Crimes, Traffic, etc.] (l) When was the last recruitment made and how many posts are vacant as on today in the Police Force? (m) What are the steps taken to fill up the vacant posts? (n) What is the existing ratio and the required ratio of Policemen vis-a-vis the population? (o) Whether strength of the Police Force is increased according to increase in population? (p) Whether the Police Force is having any special insurance benefits, as they are facing risks while discharging their duties? If it is so, give the details of the same? (q) How many Police Persons are facing criminal cases and departmental proceedings as on date? (r) Is it a fact that the pay scale of Policemen and Elementary School Teachers was one and the same at one point of time and there is a huge gap between the present pay scale between them? (s) Why not the pay scale of the Police Force be increased, considering the risks involved in discharge of their duties? The answers to the above said queries and also a comparative statement of pay band to the Police Force in Tamil Nadu and the other States have to be filed by the respondents on or before 17.12.2020.Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Man in court following high speed chase in Rathmullan

first_img Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleCouncil urged to consider plans for wheelchair access boardwalk in RathmullanNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday April 30th News Highland Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Pinterest WhatsApp A man has appeared at Buncrana District Court today following a high speed chase in Rathmullan yesterday evening which resulted in a vehicle colliding with a Garda car.The male has been charged with 18 offences under the Road Traffic Act.He was bailed and will appear again in Letterkenny District in the coming weeks.Two other men were arrested following the incident but have since been released.Shortly after 7pm Gardai in Milford were first alerted to a drunk driver in the area.Two units were dispatched and subsequently attempted to stop the vehicle outside Rathmullan however the driver failed to stop and was involved in numerous counts of dangerous driving towards Letterkenny.Assistance was requested from Gardai in Letterkenny and the Roads Policing Unit.A checkpoint was set up and the vehicle was eventually stopped after it collided with a marked Garda car attached to Milford.Gardai wish to thank the public for their assistance during this incident. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook By News Highland – April 30, 2019 WhatsApp Man in court following high speed chase in Rathmullan Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic last_img read more

Finding m’niche

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell “We had this barn that really wasn’t being used and it seemed like a good place for a gift shop,” Hubbard said. “I thought that a gift shop out here in the country would be ‘interesting’ and fun.”With creativity and a lot of hammering and nailing, what had been a dusty barn with a tractor shed was transformed into a unique, woodsy, artsy gift shop but one without a name.While looking around at the shop, a friend remarked to Hubbard that she had found her “niche.”“She said that had found m’niche,” Hubbard said, laughing. M’Niche. It stuck.That was in 2009 and, for a while, business was pretty good but Ramer didn’t escape the downturn in the economy.Hubbard decided that, if the gift shop couldn’t put a jingle in her pocket, it could put a song in her heart.Locals had kind of adopted M’Niche as a stopping off place – a place to gather. Much like the way people gathered around the old pot bellied stove at the country stores of old.But, with business next to nothing, Hubbard had no choice except to look for some other way to bring life back into M’Niche.“My thoughts had been to open the gift shop from time to time and invite people to come and play and sing,” Hubbard said. “My son has a band and my brother is a musician. I thought it would be a fun place for people to gather and enjoy good music.”In November, Hubbard opened the doors of “M’Niche” again, not for business though, but to provide a venue for local folks to come and play their music on Sunday afternoons.“We open at 3 o’clock and stay around until everybody’s ready to go home,” Hubbard said. “What used to be the tractor shed is now the venue for the musicians. They really like playing there because of its uniqueness and intimacy.”The music place is decorated with art, most of which, was done by Hubbard, who considers herself a folk artist more than anything else. But it also features the creative talents of locals who like to dabble in, say, the making of wooden bowls or the more professional like Sandra Barnes, whose work is widely known and appreciated.There is no admission charge to the Sunday serenades. There’s a tip jar for those who make the music and a bucket of iced down soft drinks for those who need to wet their whistles.Hubbard said Sunday afternoon at M’Niche is just that. She has no hopes of making it anything more. She’s just proud to provide a place for local musicians to come and perform for a small but appreciative audience.“Most of the music is country, blues or bluegrass but we have ‘rocked,’” Hubbard said with a smile. “Some of the musicians write their own songs and they enjoy having an audience to hear them.”Some of those who perform at M’Niche are on-stage for the first time.Three Pike County up-and-coming “stars” took the stage for the first time on March 20 and Dakota Anderson of Goshen admitted that he had a bit of stage fright but it was not evident.The young guitar player and singer had the audience “in his lap” as he sang familiar songs like “What a Wonderful World” and whistled a few tunes, too.“I was nervous but I had a good time,” Dakota said. “Next time, I won’t be as scared and I’ll loosen up a little more.”Two sisters from Banks, Kate and Kathleen Deal, turned it loose with their renditions of John Denver songs, including “Country Roads” and, if they were nervous, it was only their tapping toes that gave them away.“I wasn’t nervous. I was having fun,” Kate said and her sister added that singing before an audience is what it’s all about.“We like to sing at home but we like to sing in front of people,” Kathleen said. “We just like to sing and this is a great fun place.”Lenny Trawick performed along with his guitar students and said that M’Niche is a comfortable niche for young people who are just beginning to step into the spotlight.“It’s a great place to perform especially for young people because it’s such a neat place,” he said. “It’s small and not at all intimidating. M’Niche is a comfortable place to perform whether you’re just starting out or have been around a long time like me.”Hubbard said performers at M’Niche have the full attention of the audience because there are no distractions like at bars or hotspots.Tony Brook, Adam Hood, Johnny Barron, Jarrett Flint, David Hubbard and Trawick are frequently in the spotlight at M’Niche and Hubbard said she always welcomes talented young people to the stage.The Sunday afternoons at M’Niche are such a success that Hubbard is considering building a stage outside for bigger bands and larger audiences.“But what we’re doing now is working so well,” she said.-After a pause she added, “I don’t want to mess up a good thing. This is ‘m’niche.’” Latest Stories Finding m’niche Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Tinkering Man A lifetime of ‘tinkering’ helped Mike Richards carefully restore this 1934 Chevy truck. Richards of the Tarentum community would probably… read more Next UpJoyce Hubbard smiled as she gestured toward the “shingle” over the recycled barn in the sleepy little community of Ramer, the hub of the “three cities” Ramer, Grady and Dublin (not Ireland).“M’Niche,” Hubbard said. “It’s like ‘m’mama, m’daddy, m’house.’ Like that. M’Niche.”Hubbard was explaining how a barn was transformed, first, into a gift shop and now into a destination for those who are looking for an entertaining way to spend a lazy summer Sunday afternoon or cozy up to one that’s cold and dreary.center_img Book Nook to reopen Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 9:23 am Saturday, March 26, 2011 M’Niche is not French.Sounds like it, but it’s notWhat it is, actually, is a Southernism. Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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