Dividend investing: Should you buy oil stocks like BP if another FTSE market crash comes?

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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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Saturday, 20th June, 2020 | More on: BP Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhD For many market participants, it feels good to see shares, including oil stocks, going in a positive direction. Oil prices have moved far beyond the negative prices that we have saw a few months ago. The price of Brent crude, the internationally accepted benchmark, is now around $41. And this recent move up in oil prices has brought the decimated oil sector up with it.What might be next for oil major BP (LSE: BP) shares, especially if there is yet another FTSE market crash this year?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…Is another FTSE market crash coming?Since late March, the FTSE 100 index is up over 25%. Put another way, if you were brave enough to invest £1,000 in the index in early April, you’d now have over £1,250.Understandably market participants are nervous about what may happen to their portfolios if the FTSE crashes again in the coming months. After all, in early 2020, Britons witnessed one of the steepest market drops in recent history.So far in the year, we’ve seen a bear market, the Covid-19 pandemic, an oil price war, record-low interest rates, and even a bull market. If history is any guide, extreme declines and spikes in shares are likely to happen in the future too. However, investors may do due diligence on a wide range of stocks to see which ones may be more appropriate for their portfolios.Fortunately, Foolish investors don’t need to worry about short-term volatility. We know how important it is to buy solid companies and hold for the long term. Are oil stocks like BP cheap enough to buy now?Year-to-date, the BP share price is down about 33% and hovering at 320p. Yet that metric tells only half the story. Since the lows seen in March, BP shares are up over 35%. Hence if you were brave enough to invest £1,000 in the company then, you’d now have over £1,350.According to a recent trading update, management now expects “on-cash impairment charges and write-offs in the second quarter, estimated to be in an aggregate range of $13 billion to $17.5 billion post-tax“. This is a big write-down. In fact it is the biggest write-off since the Macondo oil spill of 2010.I believe it would be important to see the next quarterly results before making a long-term investment case in BP stock. The decrease in global energy demand will likely hurt the company’s upstream and downstream business further in Q2.Is BP’s dividend safe?Over the years, dividend-paying shares, like BP stock, have been darlings especially among passive income seeking investors. BP is still paying a quarterly dividend and thanks to the sagging stock price, the current yield is 10.6%. Yet, how long can this dividend yield last when so many other companies have been cutting theirs? Indeed, the trading update of mid-June may be taken as a potential warning that the drop in profitability may hurt the dividends.If the company were also to decrease the dividend, the BP stock price would likely come under pressure. I’m too of the camp that a dividend cut is a matter of ‘when not if’ and I expect the announcement to be made with the Q2 results.Long-term market participants may want to consider buying BP stock around 300p. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Dividend investing: Should you buy oil stocks like BP if another FTSE market crash comes?last_img read more

New Zealand v England 3: Five things we’ve learnt

first_img Give it some Aaron: All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden puts his team on the attack LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS One New Zealand newspaper called on their team to “send a message to the world” this week, to seal a series whitewash with authority and remind everyone that – though England have competed gamely this month – Kiwi defeat is unthinkable.As it was, Steve Hansen’s men needed little over half an hour. When Aaron Smith crossed for the hosts’ fourth try in Hamilton on 33 minutes, the All Blacks had dismantled England with a mauling that sent tremors around the planet.All Blacks intensity scrambles England’s instinctsThough they set off on the wrong foot thanks to an undercooked Freddie Burns kick-off, England immediately recovered when Ben Youngs harassed Kieran Read from the first scrum. Chris Robshaw was all over Richie McCaw (more of that later) and Jerome Garces gave a penalty. Though Burns sent his attempt wide, it seemed the tourists were primed for battle.Then it slid away. England’s defensive system is a fearsome beast at its best.However, the sheer pace New Zealand played at – taking lineouts rapidly, smashing rucks to give Aaron Smith a pristine platform – did not allow it to get set. The destructive “destroy and enjoy” linespeed that Andy Farrell has engendered is founded on a proactive mind-set. The All Blacks’ urgency forced England to be reactive, tentative. It was rabbit-in-the-headlights confusion. Aaron Cruden glided, Julian Savea scythed and Ben Smith was Ben Smith – bloomin’ brilliant. Half-time came and England had missed 13 tackles. When you leak seven line-breaks and four tries before the break, you are sunk in any game.Painful experience: Kyle Eastmond had a day to forget for EnglandPatience and perseverance – virtues that reap rewardsCaught in the eye of a midfield storm, Kyle Eastmond got hauled off to define a key difference between these two teams over three games – consistency in selection. Just 26 men represented New Zealand this series. England called on 33. Rewind to 16 days ago in Auckland. Eastmond outplayed Ma’a Nonu, making nine tackles without missing one. Perhaps he could have built on that had he kept the number 12 shirt for Dunedin. We’ll never know.Lancaster is hardly at fault. The scheduling of this trip was totally shambolic and he had to trust those who excelled during the Six Nations when they became available. Courageous displays over the first two games and during the Crusaders victory demonstrate England’s enviable strength in depth. But that is only useful if a best 23 is identified and stuck by for most of the remaining 12 Tests before September 2015. New Zealand’s immense success is built on such loyalty – decisions such as retaining hooker Dane Coles after an uncertain night in Auckland. Hansen knew the talent was there and he’d get better. So it proved. TAGS: Highlight Stuart Lancaster’s charges will be in the hunt for World Cup glory in 2015 but they have some wounds to lick. Here are 5 facets to take from their tough tour Robshaw: UnbowedThe All Blacks are now level with the world record of 17 consecutive victories among tier one nations (in the lower echelons of international rugby, Cyprus are currently on a golden run of 23 wins). They can genuinely profess to being the planet’s outstanding sports team, transcending rugby alone. Before this series, a composite side may have included a few Poms – Dylan Hartley maybe, Courtney Lawes and Mike Brown too. That trio looked tired, and could not influence as they would have liked. Geoff Parling was very close to Sam Whitelock, but just one other tourist looked fully worthy of wearing black.Driven by insatiable desire for individual improvement, Chris Robshaw bettered Richie McCaw in all aspects over three games – getting over the ball at the breakdown, carrying, defensive work-rate. From his galloping burst in the opening minute of the series and throughout, he was a Harlequin possessed. At Forsyth Barr Stadium a week ago, Robshaw tallied 19 tackles and two turnovers – hitting 25 rucks along the way. Those are statistics of a world-class openside, as if he needs to justify himself to anyone any more.Heart of the matter: Chris Robshaw was in the thick of things for EnglandThree contrasting gemsIt was harder to pick positives from the rubble of Saturday’s reverse – Auckland and Dunedin offered longer periods of encouragement. Still, three men showed themselves to be important parts of the 2015 jigsaw. Youngs shook off indifferent form to spark everything good about England’s evening with a series of fine snipes and harrying defence. Scrum-halves often need a second wind to inject their career with impetus. He and Danny Care are an excellent 80-minute combination to go forward with.Marland Yarde’s defensive uncertainty will ease and is not damaging enough to ignore some serious potency as a runner. His predatory try this weekend was a fourth in five Tests. Finally, Kieran Brookes looks hugely exciting. In 28 minutes on the field this series, he won three scrum penalties. That’s an eye-catching strike-rate, and one that means England have their third tighthead prop to develop behind Dan Cole and David Wilson. All roads lead to TwickenhamNew Zealand’s trip to Twickenham in November not only makes it five meetings between them and England in a calendar year; it marks the start of a momentous month for Lancaster’s team. In subsequent weeks, they face South Africa, Samoa and Australia at a venue from which they will mount an offensive on a World Cup. Three wins is a bare minimum. Refreshingly, those standards are very attainable too.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5192PKjB7Qlast_img read more

How to get strong for rugby – fast!

first_img This article outlines a fool-proof way for any rugby player to attain that base-level strength quicker than ever before…Strength is not the Holy Grail for optimising performance but it is really important to understand where strength sits as a key performance indicator as basic physics tells us we need to be able to produce force to use force. Being strong allows front row forwards to scrummage as hard as they can every time they pack down. Being strong allows a centre to power their way through contact in close quarters situations. Being strong allows a winger to accelerate onto the ball at blistering pace. It is a fundamental trait which enables higher physiological qualities to be developed.So how do we get there?Let me introduce you to a concept of training called eccentric training. Eccentric training is the most time efficient way to build strength. As a rugby player or strength and conditioning coach trying to build your athletes’ ability to express power on the field, this is the place to start.So why is eccentric training so important?Every dynamic movement begins with an eccentric muscle action. An example of this could be anytime someone tries to jump in the air. As the athlete dips to generate force to propel themselves in the air this causes eccentric stress. This preloading mechanism puts the muscles in motion to create explosive dynamic movements. This is a product of the stretch shortening cycle. In short, the stretch shortening cycle consists of three phases; eccentric (stretching, pre-loading), isometric (force conversion), concentric (shortening, force expression).Building strength: Lots of Test teams now use resistance bands to improve accelerationAn easy way to visualise this is by imagining you have an elastic band in your hand. When you pull that elastic band you create the eccentric stress, the harder you pull it the more force it creates when you let it go. In short, that is the stretch shortening cycle. Therefore, the eccentric portion to any movement is the starting point and where a majority of our force production capabilities come from. This highlights the importance of emphasising this portion of a movement in training.How do I train the eccentric portion of the movement? Strength isn’t the only physiological quality you need to possess to be a successful rugby player but it is a crucial base from which all performance is built Strength is key: Dan Carter works on his power during the World Cup Bret Peterson and Cal Dietz (authors of Triphasic Training) advise that you train the movement as a whole emphasising the eccentric phase. Training the eccentric portion of the movement can be done in multiple ways but the safest way I have found is using submaximal loads (60-85% of 1RM) to do this. The method requires the athlete to lower the weight for five seconds and then accelerate the bar as hard as possible. This can be done for multiple reps…See an example below:This video was at a peak week of an accommodating resistance training cycle. As you can see you can get some serious load on the bar.If you could spend more time developing speed, power, conditioning and your skills, will you choose eccentric training to boost your strength?center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sam Portland is a Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach who consults via Sportland Training and Fitness. Sam has worked with Wasps Rugby, Rosslyn Park & Brunel University and currently works track and field and semi-pro rugbyFollow Sam on Twitter @SPORTLAND_TNFlast_img read more

The Everything Guide to Fundraising Book Everything Guide to Fundraising Book: From Grassroots Campaigns to Corporate

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 22 October 2008 | News The Everything Guide to Fundraising Book Everything Guide to Fundraising Book: From Grassroots Campaigns to Corporate  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Community fundraising Funding Individual givinglast_img read more

Pluralism is more than figures – RSF and Le Desk release Media Ownership Monitor Morocco findings

first_img April 15, 2021 Find out more Casablanca, 17 November 2017 – According to the MOM’s findings, nine of the 36 media companies involved in Morocco’s most influential media are directly linked to the state, the government or the royal family.Four of them – SOREAD, SNRT, EcoMedias and Horizon Press – are among the most important media companies in terms of turnover and show the potential influence of politically linked media owners. The royal family itself is a leading media owner. Its holding company, the Société Nationale d’Investissement (SNI), has shares in four media companies, three of which are among the top five media companies (SOREAD, EcoMedias and Radio Méditerranée Internationale).One of the key questions raised by the MOM’s findings is why leading figures from the business and financial world invest in newspapers that make no profit. Some of Morocco’s richest businessmen have stakes in five of the nine French-language publications examined by the MOM: Aujourd’hui Le Maroc, La Vie Eco, Les Inspirations Eco, La Nouvelle Tribune and L’Economiste. Two of these businessmen, Aziz Akhannouch and Moulay Hafid Elalamy, are also government ministers.The Moroccan media landscape and its links to the country’s power centres have been closely scrutinized for the first time. The Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) sheds light on its faces and connections, and the impact of advertising – with its still opaque channels – on the funding of some media. It also looks at the flaws in the methods use to measure audience.TV mostly state-owned, online media more fragmented“This study confirms that diversity and pluralism are not synonymous,” said Le Desk publisher Ali Amar, who supervised the research. “For the first time, a map has been compiled of the ecosystem of Moroccan media outlets that count. It confirms a disturbing tendency for a cartel with common interests to form at the intersection of the political and business worlds, a cartel that is undermining pluralism and therefore media independence.”The MOM investigation, which took three months, focussed on 46 media outlets and the 36 companies that own them. It has revealed that each media sector – TV, radio, print media and digital media – has different ownership characteristics. The state is the leading owner in the TV sector, along with the royal family and one of Morocco’s wealthiest businessmen. The radio sector is dominated by the state but its ownership is otherwise more diverse, consisting of several smaller companies that have emerged in the past ten years.The print media are clearly split between Arabic-language outlets that are on the rise and whose owners mostly come from the world of journalists, and French-language outlet that are on the wane and whose shareholders include leading figures from the Moroccan business and financial sectors. The online media are still the most fragmented in terms of ownership.Conducted using the same standardized methods employed in similar MOM studies in other countries, this survey also uses a set of indicators that measure the risks to media pluralism in each country. In this respect, Morocco is located in the mid-range of the countries being studied, with a medium level of threats to pluralism.“While the risks to media pluralism are not as great as in other countries, the MOM’s findings nonetheless show the need for reform,” RSF International president Michael Rediske said. “The royal family, government ministers and other powerful businessmen should not be in a position to control key media sectors.”RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire added: “Defending journalistic independence vis-à-vis political and financial power centres must be a priority for media freedom in Morocco. We hope that that the Moroccan media sector’s players will be able to use this study to press for quality journalism that is free and independent.”Most of the information about media company ownership is dated and sometimes results in inconsistencies. Transparency laws and requirements exist but they tend to be bypassed. Of the 36 companies surveyed by the MOM, 17 answered questions about their ownership structure. This is less than half, but it is more than in the 12 other countries in which MOM surveys have so far been carried out. In Brazil, for example, no company replied.No longer a state broadcasting monopoly but…The Moroccan state’s broadcast media monopoly ended in 2005 but state TV channels are still watched by a majority of the country’s viewers and state radio stations still have many listeners. No fewer than 26.73% of listeners tune into the radio stations run by the state-owned Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT), while 8.67% of viewers watch its TV channels. The part state/ part privately-owned SOREAD (of which 72% is owned by the Ministry of Economy and Finances and 20% is owned by the SNI) has 5.62% of radio listeners, while 33% of viewers watch its 2M TV channel. Both the SNRT (which receives 88% of public funding for the media) and SOREAD (which gets a great deal of advertising) have financial problems that raise questions about their long-term viability.Advertising biasThe opaqueness of the Moroccan media market is also linked to the way the advertising market functions. The lack of fairness in the allocation of advertising helps to sustain an opaque environment that escapes public control and in which popular newspapers can be the victims of boycotts. This was the case with TelQuel, Nichane and Le Journal Hebdo at the start of the 2000s.The data analysed by the MOM shows that the TV sector is the most attractive one for advertisers, with a 39.8% share of the market in 2017. The next biggest share of the advertising market was taken by billboards and posters (29.10%), followed by radio (16.7%) and print media (13.2%).Audience impenetrabilityAs investment shows, Morocco’s biggest media owners are not particularly motivated by the size of their audience or readership, the measuring of which continues to be a problem in Morocco. Recognized entities exist but their data is often problematic, either because it is not publicly available or it cannot be used. Furthermore, market research also seems to subject to economic interests.There are two entities that measure broadcast media ratings in Morocco. They are the Centre Interprofessionnel d’Audimétrie (CIAUMED) for television and the Centre Interprofessionnel de Mesures d’Audience Radio au Maroc (CIRAD) for radio. CIAUMED is operated by a coalition of economic interests that includes SNRT, SOREAD, Médi1TV and the advertising agency Régie3 (one of whose clients is SOREAD). CIRAD was set up in similar way.For the print media, the Organisme Marocain de Justification et de Diffusion (OJD) is a recognized entity that publishes newspaper circulation figures. It publishes the figures provided by the newspapers themselves, after verifying them. In some cases, the figures are inflated by free distribution, which allows some newspapers to increase their earnings from advertising.As in many countries, digital media audience measurement is not reliable because no specific entity is in charge. Advertisers regard Google Analytics as one of the best ways of assessing the number of visits. Although website owners can post this data on SimilarWeb, only some do. The buying of clicks or “likes” by both legal and illegal methods is also widespread.Implications of contradictory dataThe MOM Morocco evaluated the availability of data to the public, as well as the data’s level of detail and credibility. All of the media surveyed bar two were registered with the competent authorities. Nonetheless, most of the information about their ownership is dated, with the result that data is sometimes inconsistent and unverified.The media sector shares in the opaqueness that prevails in Morocco’s world of finance. According to Register of Commerce data, 40% of companies do not provide their accounts. In this study, 16 of the 40 surveyed media companies did not publish their financial information (including turnover, shareholders and number of shares issued) although transparency guidelines exist. Of the 17 companies that responded to the MOM’s request, three provided information that contained discrepancies with the publicly available information.Some media companies lack an up-to-date entry in the central register of the Moroccan Office for Industrial and Commercial Ownership (OMPIC) although, in some cases, their capital structure has changed or is thought to have changed. When the MOM’s staff asked the High Authority for Broadcast Communication (HACA) for up-to-date information about companies with a presence in the broadcast sector, the request was refused. These companies nonetheless provide the HACA with this information every year.Media Ownership MonitorDeveloped by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and funded by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) is a global research and advocacy project aimed at promoting media transparency and pluralism worldwide. In Morocco, this survey was carried out with Le Desk. Since 2015, the MOM has been conducted in Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, Philippines, Mongolia, Serbia, Ghana and Brazil. As well as Morocco, it will be launched this year in Albania and Mexico.An independent and interactive news and research website, Le Desk (www.ledesk.ma) was launched in 2015 by three journalists and two other partners who shared the belief that Morocco needed a new kind of professional, credible and innovative media outlet. Conscious of the key role that the media must nowadays play – providing completely independent information on the subjects that interest the public – Le Desk has staked everything on giving power to its readers, the only ones who can guarantee its editorial independence and economic viability.Contact:Le Desk:Fatima-Zahra Lqadiri: +212 (0) 5 224 52426 / +212 (0) 6 117 13357 – [email protected] Without Borders Germany:Christoph Dreyer, media relations officer: +49 (0) 30 6098 9533 55 – [email protected] Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa to go further The Moroccan media market has grown in size and complexity since the state’s broadcasting monopoly ended and broadcasting was opened up to private enterprise in 2005. While the state continues to have a significant presence, the media sector is dominated by the royal family and leading business interests. A survey by the Moroccan news website Le Desk and the international media freedom NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has identified the Moroccan media sector’s leading players and their interests outside the media. The findings of this survey, entitled Media Ownership Monitor Morocco (MOM), and the first database about Morocco’s media are now available to the public at www.maroc.mom-rsf.org – a trilingual website (French, Arabic and English) that was unveiled in Casablanca today. November 21, 2017 Pluralism is more than figures – RSF and Le Desk release Media Ownership Monitor Morocco findings RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Receive email alertscenter_img News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance last_img read more

Young blogger freed after being held and mistreated for seven weeks

first_img News Help by sharing this information Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution to go further February 1, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails the release of cyber-dissident Dia’Eddin Gad, who was arrested at his home in the Nile delta province of Gharbiyah on 6 February because of the views he had expressed in his blog. He was freed on 27 March from Katta prison, northwest of Cairo.Read his testimony on his detention conditions الإفراج عن المدوّن ضياء الدين جاد بعد سبعة أسابيع من الاحتجاز News Organisation EgyptMiddle East – North Africa February 6, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF_en Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison January 22, 2021 Find out more Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that a verdict has been postponed for the third time in blogger Tamer Mabrouk’s appeal against his conviction for allegedly libelling an Egyptian company, Trust Chemicals, in a June 2008 blog entry accusing the company of dumping hazardous waste in Lake Manzalah and the Suez Canal. As a result of a suit brought by the company, Mabrouk was fined 2,500 Egyptian pounds (340 euros) on 20 January. The next hearing has been set for 28 April. News Follow the news on Egypt April 1, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young blogger freed after being held and mistreated for seven weeks In a note sent to HRInfo, Gad wrote: “An officer threatened me during interrogation, saying: ‘All you need is a spade, a hole and a soldier to bury you. But for the time being I am just going to strip you naked, give you electric shocks and put you in a freezer.’ I did not reply. As a result, officers deprived me of sleep by making me stand for two days. When I continued to remain silent, they beat me (…) They said they were State Security officers and did not take orders from the courts or prosecutors.”Gad began keep his blog, called “Voice in Anger” (http://soutgadeb.blogspot.com), in January. In his blog entries, he criticised the Egyptian government’s position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and described himself as “an Egyptian citizen who loves his county and wishes it and its people a long life.” EgyptMiddle East – North Africa الإفراج عن المدوّن ضياء الدين جاد بعد سبعة أسابيع من الاحتجاز Reporters Without Borders hails the release of cyber-dissident Dia’Eddin Gad, who was arrested at his home in the Nile delta province of Gharbiyah on 6 February because of the views he had expressed in his blog. He was freed on 27 March from Katta prison, northwest of Cairo.“Free expression is in the process of disappearing in Egypt,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Dia’Eddin Gad is an ordinary student who posted his views on a range of subjects online. His arrest was illegal and we condemn the treatment he received while detained. We call on the authorities to explain the precise reasons for his abduction by the security forces.”Aged 22, Gad was taken from his home by police who drove away with him to an unknown location. Lawyers representing the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRInfo) had to complain to public prosecutor Abdel Majid Mahmoud in order to get the authorities to say where he was being held. According to the judicial authorities, Gad was arrested under the state of emergency law.During prison interrogation sessions, he was accused of insulting President Hosni Mubarak. While held, he was put in solitary confinement and deprived of light. The authorities suggested that he and his family should join the National Democratic Party (the ruling party since 1981) in order to facilitate his release.last_img read more

Mayor launches the Redemptorists’ two day SleepOut

first_imgChristmas at the Redemptorists TAGSCBS Pipe BandFr Seamus EnrightLimerick All Ireland HurlersMayor Michael SheahanRedemptorist Centre of MusicRedemptorist ChoirRedemptorist Christmas Hamper AppealSociety of St Vincent de Paulst.clements college limerickTeresa Delaney Hum to yourself, “It’s going to be cold, cold, cold at Christmas”. In 2018, our then All Ireland Limerick hurlers helped launch the Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal SleepOut.Left, volunteer and Christmas Appeal secretary Teresa Delaney with Limerick hurlers Peter Casey, David Dempsey and Shane Dowling and Fr Seamus Enright braved the night frost.Photo: Oisín McHugh/ True MediaCOUNCILLOR Michael Sheahan, Mayor of Limerick City and County, launched the SleepOut in support of the Redemptorist Christmas Hamper Appeal today, Friday December 13 at 12noon.The SleepOut, at the corner of O’Connell Street and Thomas Street, will continue until Saturday 14 at 6pm and every warm small and friendly donation, no matter how small, is welcome.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This initiative is supported by students and staff from St Clement’s College who will lay on the entertainment and collect funds on Friday afternoon. Entertainment on Saturday 14 will be provided by the Redemptorist Church Choir, CBS Pipe Band and the students and staff of the Redemptorist Centre of Music.The Redemptorists, in partnership with the Society of St Vincent de Paul and 30 relevant organisations, will distribute 6,000 Christmas hampers across the city and county and in neighbouring parts of Clare and Tipperary.All support will be welcomed hugely by the stakeholders and  of course, the interdenominational households they assist during the festive season in the Mid-West.Further information, talk to Fr Seamus Enright, Rector CSsR on his mobile 086-8325 999. Twitter Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Dolan’s celebrating 25 yearsNext articleShannon needs funding support to drive growth Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A People’s Poem for Limerick center_img Plenty goings on for Polish Arts Festival Leaving no one behind at Christmas NewsCommunityMayor launches the Redemptorists’ two day SleepOutBy Rose Rushe – December 13, 2019 298 Limerick Post Show | Redemptorists Limerick Print Facebook City and Soul: Reaching out for the Reds Emaillast_img read more

Syncrude awards construction and site maintenance services agreement to Worley

first_imgWorley delivers projects, provides expertise in engineering, procurement and construction and offers a wide range of consulting and advisory services Syncrude awards a construction and site maintenance services agreement to Worley. (Credit: Worley.) Syncrude Canada (Syncrude) has awarded Worley a services agreement for its Canadian hydrocarbon facilities.Under the agreement, Worley will provide construction and site maintenance services at the facilities over a five year term. This continues Worley’s29‐year relationship with Syncrude. Worley’s field services team will deliver services for bitumen production, bitumen processing, utilities, upgrader, extraction and exchanger units within the facilities.Worley’s field services team will execute the work under this agreement, in collaboration with our Canadian and Global Integrated Delivery offices which provides engineering, procurement and project delivery services, operating under a separate agreement with Syncrude.“We are pleased to continue supporting Syncrude and to build upon our long term relationship. As an Australian company operating globally, we look forward to continuing to service the Canadian energy and resources market”, said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Police Beat Compiled by Marilyn Baer

first_img*Crackle * Are you there? OverHoboken resident Thomas Steed, 24, was arrested on Thursday July 27 at 5:09 p.m. Steed was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and an outstanding warrant from Secaucus for bail jumping.Officers Ryan Houghton and Ramon Estrella were on patrol in the Hoboken Housing Area when they saw Steed in the area of Fourth and Harrison Streets. The officers knew he had an outstanding warrant and placed him under arrest. He allegedly had a walkie-talkie as well as 50 empty Ziploc bags in his possession commonly used to store and distribute drugs. According to the press release the officers believed the walkie-talkie was used to communicate with other while allegedly distributing narcotics. Steed was remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Jersey City resident arrested on multiple drug countsJersey City resident Christopher Bale, 32, was arrested on Saturday July 29 at 2:50 a.m.He was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of PCP, three counts of possession with intent to distribute, three counts of possession within 1,000 feet of a school, three counts of possession within 500 feet of a public park, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to make lawful disposition of the drugs to law enforcement, resisting arrest, and driving while intoxicated.Officers Michael Losurdo and Joseph Dimartino were dispatched to the area of Fifteenth and Madison Streets on a report of an allegedly intoxicated person getting into a Nissan Rouge. The officers arrived to find the defendant in the car. The officers approached and smelled PCP. The driver allegedly refused to exit the vehicle. The officers attempted several times to get him out of the vehicle but the driver allegedly resisted by tensing his body and allegedly refused several commands to exit the car. The driver then grabbed a backpack from the back seat and would not let it go. The officers were finally able to remove Bale and the bag from the car. The bag allegedly contained cocaine, marijuana, PCP, a scale, and other drug paraphernalia. Officers also found cigarettes allegedly laced with PCP and money believed to be the alleged proceeds of a drug deal. Bale was transported to the Hoboken University Medical center for treatment and then remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Man arrested for assault, alleged accomplice not foundHoboken homeless person Juan Rodriguez, 54, was arrested on Saturday July 29, at 2:31 p.m. He was charged with simple assault, bail jumping, and unlawful possession of a weapon.Special Officer Christopher Barral, Sergeant Dennis Figueroa, and Det. Anthony Olivera were sent to the area of Third and Garden Streets on the report of an assault. The victim stated she was allegedly assaulted by a man and woman who had just left. The victim was acquainted with the couple. She stated that when she was allegedly assaulted she observed Rodriguez allegedly holding a knife at his side. She was transported to the Hoboken University Medical Center for treatment.Later, they received a call that the same man and woman were allegedly in a fight in the area of Third and Bloomfield Streets. The officers were able to locate Rodriguez but not the woman. He was arrested and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Burn your tongue?Jersey City residents Hector Gonzalez, 36, and Nelson Ledesma, 28, were arrested on July 29 at 4:25 p.m.Both were charged with possession of PCP, being under the influence of drugs, and defiant trespass. Ledesma was additionally charged with tampering with evidence.Officer Tyrone Huggins was on patrol in the Hoboken Housing Authority area when he saw two men in the area of Third and Harrison Streets passing a brown lit cigar back and forth to each other. Huggins approached and saw Ledesma allegedly place the cigar in his mouth to conceal it. Huggins smelled PCP and requested for back up and officers Joseph Cahill and Ricky Truppner arrived. Both men were arrested and transported to headquarters for processing before they were remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Man arrested in high-end wallet theftHoboken resident Edward Monogon, 21, was arrested on Monday July 31 at 6 p.m. and charged with burglary and theft.Detectives Robert Roman and Anthony Olivera were investigating leads for a burglary and theft to a vehicle that had occurred on Saturday July 1. Olivera determined that Monogon had allegedly entered a parked vehicle in the area of Eleventh Street and Willow Avenue. The victim reported a Louis Vuitton wallet, valued at approximately $700 was taken from the vehicle. On Monday July 31, Roman observed Monogon walking in the 200 block of Ninth Street. Roman knew there was an arrest warrant on Monogon and placed him under arrest. He was transported to headquarters for processing and remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Alleged shoplifters apprehendedOn Wednesday Aug. 2 the Hoboken Police Department arrested Jersey City residents Melvin Jones, 54, and Lloyd Worthy, 51, at 9:37 a.m.Jones was charged with two counts of shoplifting and one count of bail jumping and Worthy was charged with three counts of shoplifting.Officers William Oquendo and Libon Schemety were sent to a local drug store on downtown Washington Street on a shoplifting report.Before the officers arrived the men left the business. The officers were given descriptions and they were found a short distance away. The stores loss prevention officer informed the police that the men allegedly shoplifted two earlier times as well.In total they are accused of stealing over $1,300 in merchandise. Both men were remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Man arrested for alleged bicycle theft attemptOn Friday Aug. 4 at 7:08 p.m. Jersey City resident Eddie Candelaria, 48, was arrested and charged with theft, criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools.While on patrol Detectives Christine Collins and John Quinones observed Candelaria standing next to a bicycle rack at 1400 Garden St. They recognized him from previous bike theft investigation. They observed him allegedly remove an object from his fanny pack and then using bolt cutters cut the lock off of a bike. Collins identified herself to Candlaria and placed him under arrest. While handcuffing him she noticed the open fanny bag contained multiple tools commonly used to commit burglaries. The bike was returned to its owner. Candelaria was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. Woman charged with drug possession37 year-old Bayonne resident Jennifer Lopez was arrested on Friday July 28, at 12:21 a.m.She was charged with burglary, theft, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of heroin paraphernalia, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription, and an outstanding burglary warrant from Jersey City.While off duty, Detective Arturo Gonzalez saw Lopez in the area of Thirteenth and Washington Streets. Gonzalez knew her from past investigations and followed her. He saw her allegedly enter a building near Tenth and Bloomfield streets and exit with a package. He watched her walk with the package and opened it as she walked. More officers then arrived on scene to back him up and attempt to stop her. Gonzalez identified himself and placed her under arrest for alleged package theft which was not addressed to her. While under arrest Lopez allegedly voluntarily handed over several syringes along with seven wax folds of suspected heroin. She was transported to headquarters where she was processed and later remanded to the Hudson County Correctional Facility. last_img read more

Mayor Jay Gillian: ‘Most Aggressive Attempt to Improve Infrastructure in History of City’

first_imgShallow water at low tide on the bay near West 17th Street in Ocean City. Credit: George RobinsonThe following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Jan. 16.Dear Friends:Last evening, the administration presented City Council with our recommended Five Year Capital Plan.  This plan is the most aggressive attempt to improve our infrastructure in the history of the city. The plan proposes spending $79.4 million over the next five years.  Due to sound financial planning, our stabilized tax base, our excellent bond ratings and low interest rates, this spending can be undertaken responsibly.Highlights  of the plan include:Over $15.5 million in road and drainage improvements throughout the island including a pump station for the area between 1st and 8th Streets from West Avenue to the bay.$10 million for bay and lagoon dredging including emptying a portion of our Confined Disposal Facility known as site 83.Over $12.5 million to complete the boardwalk replacement project to 12th Street by 2018, including new pavilions.Over $6 million dollars for streetscape improvements in the downtown.Recreational facility improvements including the resurfacing of tennis courts, the establishment of pickleball courts, playground upgrades, construction of a bocce ball court and construction of a restroom at the North Street Playground.I would like to thank the city team members who have devoted a great deal of time and research into the development of this exciting plan.You can view the materials presented to City Council at: www.ocnj.us/capital-projectsI look forward to seeing you at this weekend’s Martin Luther King events!Warm regards,Jay A. Gillian MayorRead more: About $80 Million in 5 Years to Fix Roads, Beaches, Boardwalk and Baylast_img read more