Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgContinental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Continental Reinsurance Plc (CONTIN.ng)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileContinental Reinsurance Plc offers reassurance services for life and non-life classes through service centres in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tunisia and Botswana. The company’s reinsurance offering covers fire and engineering; motor, liability and general accident; marine and aviation; oil and energy; and individual and group life risks. Continental Reinsurance Plc also provides specialist advisory services for reinsurance structuring, actuarial and risk management and product development support. Continental Property and Engineering Risk Services (CPERS) Limited in South Africa is a subsidiary of Continental Reinsurance Plc and operates as a technical referral competence with the Group. The subsidiary company was established to meet the growing demand for specialist engineering insurance risk cover and advisory services. Its core functions are underwriting, risk surveys, claims handling and training. Continental Reinsurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Continental Reinsurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

3 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy to avoid the market meltdown

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Friday, 6th March, 2020 | More on: BA NG UU 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. There are a handful of FTSE 100 dividend stocks that stand out as defensive investments in the current market environment. As such, these shares could be attractive additions to your portfolio today, if you’re looking for investments to avoid the market meltdown.United Utilities GroupUnited Utilities Group (LSE: UU) appears to be a great haven in stormy waters. As the rest of the market has slumped, shares in United have stayed relatively buoyant, which stands testament to the group’s defensive nature.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…While analysts are forecasting a mild decline in the group’s earnings per share over the next two years, the dividend looks safe. The stock currently supports a dividend yield of 4.1%, and the distribution is covered 1.4 times by earnings per share.Unfortunately, the stock doesn’t come cheap. It’s currently dealing at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 17.7. That might look expensive, but because this is one of the largest water providers in England, it could be a price worth paying.Indeed, as United owns most of the water infrastructure in the North West of England, it’s unlikely a competitor will ever emerge to challenge the group. Doing so would cost tens of billions of pounds and capital spending and would take decades to replicate.As such, it looks as if United can continue to provide investors with a steady income stream for many years to come.National GridNational Grid (LSE: NG) offers similar defensive qualities. The company owns and operates the vast majority of the UK’s electricity infrastructure. Replicating this network would also cost tens of billions and take years — that’s assuming regulators would allow it.As a result, National Grid has a tremendous competitive advantage, which makes it a great income stock. At the time of writing, shares in the infrastructure operator support a dividend yield of 4.6%. The distribution has increased at a compound annual rate of 0.6% over the past six years.The stock also trades at a premium multiple. It’s dealing at a P/E of 17.2, around 30% higher than the rest of the market. Still, considering its defensive nature, this seems to be a price worth paying. After all, National Grid is one of the most defensive investments in the UK.The shares are virtually unchanged over the past two weeks. That stands testament to the defensive nature of the business.BAE SystemsAerospace and security company BAE Systems (LSE: BA) has similar attractive qualities to National Grid and United.The coronavirus outbreak is unlikely to cause governments to reduce spending on defence. The epidemic might disrupt the company’s operations, but its order book should remain robust.Therefore, the group should be able to recover from any disruption in the near term relatively quickly. Other companies could face insolvency if the current business environment prevails for an extended period.As a result, the stock appears to be an attractive investment to avoid the market meltdown.It currently supports a dividend yield of 4% and trades at a discount valuation of just 12.6 times forward earnings. That’s below the group’s long-term average, which sits in the mid-teens.The dividend payout is covered twice by earnings per share, which suggests it’s secure for the time being. 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. Image source: Getty Images. Rupert Hargreaves 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.center_img See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 3 FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy to avoid the market meltdownlast_img read more

The State Pension triple lock could be scrapped. This is what I’d do to protect myself

first_img 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. The State Pension triple lock could be scrapped. This is what I’d do to protect myself The State Pension is a source of much frustration for many people in the UK. It’s not hard to see why.For starters, the new State Pension is currently just £175.20 per week. That equates to just £9,110 per year, well below the amount you realistically need to live a comfortable retirement.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…Secondly, the State Pension age is rising. In the past, you could claim yours at 65. However, by 2028, the State Pension Age will hit 67 for both men and women. When you consider the average life expectancy in the UK is 81 years, that’s not ideal.The State Pension triple lock could be scrappedMaking matters worse, there’s now talk the State Pension’s triple lock could be scrapped. This is the mechanism that ensures annual increases are decided by whatever is the highest out of price inflation, average earnings growth, or 2.5%.The reason the triple lock could be scrapped is that, next year, average earnings may soar due to the fact many people in the UK have been furloughed this year. This would mean hard-pressed taxpayers would essentially have to fund a large pension increase for those who are retired. So, the triple lock could be scrapped, meaning more uncertainty in relation to future State Pension increases.All in all, it’s a grim situation for those in, or approaching, retirement.Protect yourself now Of course, if you’re yet to retire, there are ways to protect yourself against the State Pension weakness. Plan ahead, and you may not have to worry about the size of the State Pension, or issues such as the triple lock.When it comes to saving for retirement, one of the smartest things you can do is save into your own pension. The reason is that all contributions into a private pension come with tax relief. This is essentially a reward from the government for saving for retirement. Basic rate taxpayers receive 20% tax relief, meaning that an £800 pension contribution gets topped up to £1,000.Investing your retirement savings properly is another strategy that can help protect you from the State Pension. If you’re not going to need access to your retirement savings for a few years, it could be a good idea to invest some of your money in shares.While shares can be volatile in the short term, they tend to generate much higher returns than other assets, such as bonds and cash savings, in the long run. Historically, shares have produced returns of around 7-10% per year for investors over the long term.That kind of return could make a big difference to your retirement savings. Invest £10,000 per year (you’d only need to invest £8,000 if saving into a pension once you factor in tax relief) and earn 8% per year on your money. Then you could be looking at savings of nearly £150,000 within 10 years.Investing for retirement has never been easierInvesting doesn’t need to be complicated. It’s possible to generate great returns with a simple long-term, buy-and-hold strategy. As always though, the key is to start saving and investing as soon as possible. The sooner you start planning for retirement, the more protected you’ll be from a meagre State Pension. 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Saturday, 20th June, 2020 Views expressed 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. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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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3 reasons why I’d start investing £250 per month in FTSE 100 shares in an ISA to retire early

first_img 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. Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 1st July, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. Investing £250 per month in FTSE 100 shares within an ISA may not seem to be enough to make a real difference to your retirement plans. After all, a sizeable nest egg is required to provide a passive income in older age – especially with rises in the State Pension potentially slowing over the coming years.However, even modest regular investments in a tax-efficient account such as an ISA can really add up over the long run. Now could be the right time to start that process while many large-cap shares trade on low valuations.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…FTSE 100 buying opportunitiesBuying FTSE 100 shares at the present time may not lead to high returns over the coming months. Coronavirus cases continue to rise across the world, which could lead to a challenging period for the global economy.However, many of the risks facing businesses appear to be factored into their share prices. Therefore, it’s currently possible to buy a range of high-quality companies while they trade on low valuations. In the past, this has allowed long-term investors to enjoy strong recoveries. That’s due to the stock market always producing new record highs after even its very worst bear markets.Through buying FTSE 100 shares while they trade on low valuations, you can maximise your capital returns. This could have a significant positive impact on the size of your ISA when it comes to retirement.Capitalising on short-term risksIf the FTSE 100 experiences a second market crash in the short run, regularly purchasing stocks could prove to be a sound strategy. It will enable you to take advantage of even lower stock prices, which could further enhance your long-term returns.Furthermore, buying shares regularly can help to provide you with peace of mind during volatile periods for the stock market. In other words, if share prices fall, a regular purchaser of stocks is more likely to view it as an opportunity rather than a reason to worry about their portfolio’s performance. This can help you to maintain a disciplined approach to investing that leads to a larger retirement nest egg.Other opportunitiesWith interest rates currently low, house prices being high versus average incomes, and the price of gold having surged higher in 2020, the FTSE 100 could offer the most attractive investing opportunity available on a relative basis. Other assets may struggle to maintain its rate of return as investor sentiment and the prospects for the world economy improve over the coming years.The index could offer the most potent risk/reward opportunity for investors who are seeking to gradually build a retirement portfolio so that they can potentially retire early. Therefore, now could be the right time to start investing regularly through a tax-efficient account such as an ISA. 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. 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. 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!center_img See all posts by Peter Stephens 3 reasons why I’d start investing £250 per month in FTSE 100 shares in an ISA to retire early Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Outcome of climate talks not good for poor nations, leaders…

first_img Environment & Climate Change Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Events Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Anglican Communion, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ecumenical & Interreligious, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Fredrick NzwiliPosted Dec 14, 2011 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Advocacy Peace & Justice, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY [Ecumenical News International, Nairobi, Kenya] United Nations climate talks achieved minimal success, say Christian leaders and activists, who claim the outcome does too little to respond to the impact of climate change on poor countries.At the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks, political leaders agreed to retain the Kyoto Protocol — though Canada withdrew from it — and start negotiations in 2015 for a new legally binding deal to take effect in 2020. A fund for climate aid to poor countries was also agreed upon at the conference, which ran from Nov. 29 to Dec. 9 in Durban, South Africa.“We need to listen to vulnerable countries and populations, and think of the legacy we are leaving to our children. Churches should continue to act and pray, especially during this time when we prepare for Christmas, the event when God sent his Son, Jesus, to save our beloved planet,” said the Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary, in a statement on Dec. 13.Climate change has severely affected African countries, Pacific Island States, and South America and Asian peoples, according to observers from faith groups, despite the Kyoto Protocol, which was adopted eight years ago to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Religious leaders say the problem should be addressed as a moral, ethical, and spiritual issue.“After five years, we come back to Africa and find that the faith communities and the civil society are still pleading, requesting and demanding climate justice for all,” said a WCC statement read to government leaders on 9 December by Elias Crisostomo Abramides, an official from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul.In Nairobi, Jesse Mugambi, a professor of philosophy and religious studies at the University of Nairobi who attended the talks, cautiously welcomed the outcome, but observed that developed nations were not keen to commit to bidding agreement for cutting the emissions.“It appears, for the poor and powerless, it is between them and their God. They should not count on the rich nations to help them. Justice and equity have been left out for profits,” said Mugambi in a telephone interview with ENInews. “In 2020, it will be 50 years since the first conference was held in Stockholm (Sweden). Regional leaders will have abdicated their responsibility (over rescuing the planet) to the next generation by then, and that is unethical.”United Church of Canada moderator Mardi Tindal, who was part of an international delegation of Church leaders, wrote in her blog on 9 December that the longing to see more leadership than politics ran deep.“We as Canadians must convince our Minister and our other political leaders that we will follow them when they do the right things; that the political cost of giving climate change leadership is not as great as they might fear. Indeed there could very well be a political gain for our government if it is prepared to lead,” she said. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Outcome of climate talks not good for poor nations, leaders say Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs last_img read more

Why all workers should support REPARATIONS

first_imgMore than 100 people marched through downtown Newark on June 24 demanding reparations for the African holocaust. The marchers received an overwhelmingly friendly response from bystanders.July 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the four-day Newark rebellion, sparked by the vicious beating of a Black cab driver by white police. State troopers and National Guard soldiers, along with the nearly all-white police force, attacked crowds of Black youth with clubs and bullets. When it was over, 26 people, mostly African Americans, lay dead.Then, as now, the roots of such rebellions reached deeper than the daily racist attacks on Black youth by white cops, as terrible as those are. Job discrimination, redlining, segregated schools and other aspects of institutional racism have combined to oppress and exploit African-American people.This oppression is not a sidebar to capitalist production. It is, and always has been, at the core of this economic and social system, which exploits the labor of millions of workers and directs the surplus value they produce into the pockets of parasitic billionaires who control the state. Many of the banking houses, insurance companies and financiers that funded the industrial revolution in Europe and the U.S. accumulated their initial capital from huge slave plantations in the colonies and the U.S. South. Many of today’s big Wall Street firms owe their beginnings to slavery. Their continuing robbery of oppressed communities has only piled more wealth into their vaults.The brutality of slavery, with its torture, rape and murder, is beyond measure. But the immense wealth created by the labor of millions of unpaid enslaved people has been calculated. Among many published studies, one authored by University of Connecticut researcher Thomas Craemer estimates the value of that plunder as $6 trillion to $14 trillion at today’s value. And that covers just the period between the founding of the U.S. in 1776 and the Civil War. (newsweek.com, Aug. 19, 2015)Since the dawn of capitalism, workers have waged an unrelenting struggle with the capitalist class over the surplus value their labor has created. This struggle takes many forms. For example, Wall Street, using Trump and other capitalist politicians, now aims to sharply reduce that portion of the surplus value that is used to purchase health care for the workers and poor through Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid. This fight addresses whether billions of dollars of wealth produced by the workers will be used for their families’ health care or instead to fund tax breaks for the billionaire class.For the working class as a whole, the struggle for reparations is a front in that same battle. The issue is not how long ago slavery existed or how reparations may be distributed. It is whether the immense value accumulated from the unpaid labor of enslaved people should go to their working-class descendants to uplift their living standards, which are far below those of many other workers.Even though he speaks of the working class and calls himself a socialist, Bernie Sanders refused the advice of Ta-Nehisi Coates and other Black activists who urged him to include support for reparations in his presidential campaign program. Sanders invoked the difficulty of getting it through Congress, but that can be said of any righteous demand for the workers, including single-payer health insurance, which he does advocate.By contrast, Workers World Party’s 2016 presidential ticket of Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly made the demand for reparations number one on their list of campaign planks. As a Marxist-Leninist, multinational, working-class party, Workers World recognizes that supporting the call by oppressed communities for reparations is essential to unite the working class in the struggle to overturn this racist system and transfer all the wealth now monopolized by the banks and bosses into the hands of the class that produced it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Guest Opinion: Negotiating Body Camera Policy with a Stacked Deck

first_img Community News 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. After secretive and opportunistic public policy-making for six years on whether police officers will be advantaged compared to other witnesses by getting an early look at video of their shootings, Pasadena under interim City Manager Steve Mermell is moving to a somewhat more open process to decide public policy – but it still carries forward elements of the past secretive public policy determination. The issue being debated at tonight’s Public Safety Committee meeting is whether public policy on the December body cameras roll-out will be decided by a process that is a stacked deck against the public or whether it will be fully transparent and fair to the public interest.6-years making secret public policyIn August, 2009, the Office of Independent (“OIR”) Group Report on the Pasadena Police Department’s LeRoy Barnes killing recommended that police officers, like all witnesses, should not view video of an incident before giving their statements in the incident’s criminal investigation. 5 months later the Pasadena PD signed a secret agreement with its sergeant and rank-and-file unions that purported to require the PD to do the exact opposite of the OIR Group’s recommendation by giving officers the videos before their criminal investigation interviews. This secret 2010 agreement was not disclosed at the time to the City Council and, in violation of Pasadena City Charter §1001, it apparently was not approved by the City Attorney.In 2012, the Pasadena PD shot and killed another African-American youth, the unarmed Kendrec McDade. The OIR Group Report’s recommendation on that shooting were first transmitted to the PD in 2013 but not disclosed to the public. Those OIR Group recommendations reiterated the 2009 recommendation that officers see the video only after they give their criminal investigation statements. The Pasadena PD kept the OIR recommendations bottled up until the summer of 2014, when City Manager Beck announced that only the OIR recommendations would be released. After a public outcry about such limited release and City Council Member demands that the report be released to the maximum extent permitted by law, we filed Public Record Act (“PRA”) requests for release of the Report – as did various media including the LA Times. Faced with the deadline to respond to those PRA requests, City Attorney Michelle Bagneris invited the police officers union to file suit, which it dutifully did. That lawsuit continued to bottle-up the OIR Group Report.On May 29, 2015, while the PRA lawsuit was on appeal, the Pasadena Police Department adopted a use of force policy which implemented the secret 2010 agreement with the police unions. Insofar as we can determine, the City Council and its Public Safety Council were not consulted on, were not advised about, and were not asked to review that policy. Rather, it appears that the only arguable disclosure was an information item on the Public Safety committee agenda noting that Police Department policies were online.The OIR Group McDade shooting Report ultimately was released in 2 stages in mid-November and December 1, 2015. For the marathon City Council meeting on December 7, 2015, Chief Phillip Sanchez provided a written Response quarreling with the OIR Group’s recommendation that the City revisit the 2010 agreement and adopt the interview-first/video-after policy; his Response for the first time transmitted to the Council the secret 2010 agreement and the 2015 use-of-force policy implementing it.The road ahead – a stacked deck against the public interestThe current process set by the City staff is the following: The Police Chief and HR will “meet and confer” with the police unions on a body cameras policy. The City staff will adopt a policy that will be disclosed to the Public Safety Committee for its March 21 meeting. Newly-appointed interim City Manager Steve Mermell will be the ultimate decision-maker on the policy that the staff will adopt and disclose to the PSC and the public. Mermell has invited civil liberties activists (including the authors) to provide him their input at a meeting with them on February 24.We applaud the new City Manager for the greater transparency and openness he has brought to the process – his disclosing the decision-making process, his inviting public input through hearings before the PSC, his seeking a meeting with us to get our input into the policy, and his commitment to contemporaneously disclose the staff’s policy decisions rather than keeping the policy secret or burying it in an opaque announcement. All of these are significant, but they still leave a stacked deck against the public interest.A fairer and more transparent approach: let the Council decideThe City Council should decide in the first instance the important public policy disputes on body camera policy; they should not be decided by an imperial executive. City staff should not confront the City’s democratically-elected representatives with the fait accompli of an implemented policy that the City Council has to reverse. Rather, the staff should refer disputed issues to the City Council to decide. The voters in City Charter in §604(J) have provided that “[i]t shall be competent for the City Council to instruct the City Manager in all matters of policy…” It is consistent with that mandate for the City Manager to seek instruction from the City Council to decide hotly-disputed public policy matters rather than acting imperially to implement a policy and then dare the City Council to overrule him.Police union input, but not a special seat at the tableThe police unions are doing what they would be expected to do – i.e., seeking the most favorable body camera policy for their members irrespective of the public interest. The police unions’ voices need to be part of the dialogue, so the City Manager or the Chief getting their input is as important as getting our public interest input. But the police unions are being given a special place at the table by the Chief “meeting and conferring” with employee unions. Meeting and conferring is a statutorily-mandated process under California law for employers and unions to negotiate on wages and working conditions. There is a duty to bargain in good faith on wages and working conditions, and there are legal consequences to not doing so. But there is no duty to meet-and-confer with employee unions on fundamental management decisions and policy matters such as the policy for body cameras. Moreover, there appears to be nothing to negotiate because Chief Sanchez has already repeatedly allied himself with the police unions on camera video policy; their “negotiation” is the equivalent of the police department going into a phone booth to call itself on the phone for negotiations with itself. The proper treatment is not to put the police unions on a special path to decision-making but to hear their concerns in the same manner as the rest of the public.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who successfully litigated the PRA lawsuit to release the OIR Group Report on the McDade shooting. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. 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Affinitiv Announces Rebranding of Caldwell & Kerr Advertising to Affinitiv Advertising

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Facebook Pinterest TAGS  Twitter WhatsApp Caldwell & Kerr Advertising has rebranded to Affinitiv Advertising WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsBusiness Affinitiv Announces Rebranding of Caldwell & Kerr Advertising to Affinitiv Advertising Twitter Pinterest Previous articleCelebrating Glamour on the Gridiron: A Look at Tiffany & Co.’s Vince Lombardi TrophyNext articleAndersen Global Enters Yemen With Leading Law Firm Alaghbari & Partners Digital AIM Web Support Facebooklast_img read more

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first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip We’ve encouraged each other and supported each other. We’ve fussed at each other and forgiven each other. That’s what friends do.The first time I saw Sheila was on a cold, rainy day in Jonesborough, Tennessee.Sheila, a storyteller and seventh generation ballad singer from the mountains of Western North Carolina, stood on stage in a circus tent at the National Storytelling Festival and, for all the world, sounded like my granny as she sang those old love songs.A year later, Sheila agreed to come and perform in “the backside of nowhere” and the storytelling tradition at the We Piddle Around Theater in Brundidge was born. You Might Like Healthcare and choice By Daniel Sutter The U.S. has experienced explosive growth in spending on healthcare, from 5% of GDP in 1960 to… read more But it almost didn’t happen. Sheila was sick with a high fever, chills and a sore throat. And, there we were with a theater full of folks, 25 gallons of soup on the stove and 25 pies in the oven.I’d had read the contract. Sheila didn’t have to perform but she did. For nearly two hours, she stood “bold upright” and entertained those folks.Sheila is at her best when she’s singing those old love songs and sometimes “dirty” ballads “ac-a-po-co.” She’s at her best when she’s playing the banjo, clawhammer style.She’s at her best when she’s speaking with mountain voices telling stories of growing up in the little, isolated mountain community of Sodom, North Carolina.She’s at her best when a devilish grin cracks her face and her eyes punctuate it.She wanted to be at her best that night and “by net” she tried her best. It was a gutsy performance by a gutsy gal. I didn’t know that night but it would be years down the road before I realized what a real gusty gal Sheila Kay Adams is.Sheila would be the first to say that she’s had a long, hard row to hoe. And, she would say that some of it was her own doings. Some was not.But there was one mountain that just seemed too high for her to climb. In March 2009, her husband, best friend, traveling companion and the love of her life, Jim Taylor, took his life. During the dark, dark times that followed, it seemed as if the music would stop, if no more stories would be told, if the laughter would cease.But, then the toughness of the mountain women who shaped her life surfaced and Sheila stood bold upright and faced life again with renewed faith that gave her reason to believe in herself again.When she was here in January for the Pike Piddlers Storytelling Festival, we sat on my porch steps late one night and Sheila questioned what God wanted her do with her life. Now she knows. The NEA National Heritage Award was God’s answer.Sheila is a tradition bearer who will carry forward the tradition of unaccompanied ballad singing that has enriched her community for more than two centuries. As Sheila said, life has given her a second chance and she’s after it with both hands.This week, Sheila will receive the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts at a ceremony in Washington D.C.And, I’ll be so happy that I think I’ll just haul off and spit. The next best thing to something great and wonderful happening to you or your family is something great and wonderful happening to a friend.Something great and wonderful has happened to a friend.Sheila Kay Adams has been named a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow. The award is the highest honor that our nation bestows upon its folk and traditional artists. Each year “national living treasures” from across the nation are chosen to receive this one-time-only Fellowship in recognition of lifetime achievement, artistic excellence and contributions to our nation’s cultural heritage. By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Published 5:46 pm Friday, September 20, 2013 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The next best thing Email the author And, I’m so happy that, as Sheila would say, I could spit.Sheila and I have been friends for nearly ten years.We have laughed together and cried together. And, Lord, knows we’ve had plenty reason to do both. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? 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Jussie Smollett staged hoax attack as ‘publicity stunt…to promote his career’: Police

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson blasted Jussie Smollett in an emotional press conference on Thursday in which he said that Smollett’s alleged staging of a hoax attack was a “publicity stunt…to promote his career.”“Jussie Smollett tool advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Johnson said. “Why would anyone especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? … How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?”Johnson charged that Smollett, an actor on the hit show ‘Empire’ who has consistently denied any role in staging the alleged attack, orchestrated it because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”In addition to staging the attack, officials said, Smollett also sent himself a hate-filled letter to the Fox studio where the hit show is filmed.Smollett turned himself in at 5:15 a.m. local time and made a statement to police before being taken into custody. His lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, were not present at the time but they released the following statement the night before, “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”Police add that Smollett gave no statement to police after turning himself in and that his lawyers had reached out to them Wednesday night to discuss his surrender.During a press briefing later Thursday morning, Chicago law enforcement officials said that Chicago police detectives interviewed more than 100 people and reviewed dozens of police cameras trying to get to the bottom of Smollett’s claims.Johnson, a well-regarded and popular big city police chief and Chicago native, appearing genuinely aggrieved as he described how, he said, Smollett took advantage of the pain of racism to advance his career.“Why would anyone use the symbol of a noose” to further his “own public profile,” Johnson wondered aloud.“I’m offended by what happened and I’m angry,” Johnson continued. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t own and certainly didn’t deserve.”Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men near his apartment in Chicago. The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and a chemical compound was poured on him. The alleged assailants yelled “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan, police were told.In an interview with “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned his story.Police identified and questioned two “persons of interest” captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time of the alleged attack. The men, who are brothers, were arrested on Feb. 13 but then released without charges, with police saying they were no longer considered suspects.While being questioned by investigators, the brothers claimed that Smollett paid them to help orchestrate and stage the crime after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent Jan. 22 to the Fox studio where “Empire” is filmed, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News.On Wednesday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false crime report. By that evening, police officially had classified the actor as a suspect in the ongoing investigation. Detectives subsequently presented evidence to a Cook County grand jury.“That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago,” Guglielmi told ABC Chicago station WLS in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “Chicago trusted this young man. We loved ‘Empire,’ and we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more