The week’s stock market news – Friday, 30th October

first_imgThe week’s stock market news – Friday, 30th October Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Alan Oscroft 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Alan Oscroft owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC Holdings, and Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Alan Oscroft | Friday, 30th October, 2020 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. The UK stock market had a tough week this week, as the spectre of Covid-19 is rising again and local lockdowns are extending. By midday Friday, the FTSE 100 stood at 5,574 points, down 4.9% on the week. The prospect of London’s top index ending the year above 6,000 points is looking increasingly remote. Banks were in the news this week, releasing third-quarter updates that beat analysts’ expectations. HSBC Holdings was first on Tuesday, posting a $3.1bn pre-tax profit, with an adjusted figure of $4.3bn.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…Lloyds Banking Group and NatWest Group both reported returns to profit, on Thursday and Friday respectively. For Lloyds, pre-tax profit came in at £1bn, more than twice the figure expected by analysts. NatWest, meanwhile, recorded an operating profit of £355m, where the City had been expecting another quarterly loss.All three reported decent liquidity, with comfortable CET1 ratios and impairments below expectations. The stock market responded unenthusiastically and shares across the sector didn’t move much.Oil and telecomsIt wasn’t just banks that reported returns to profit this week, as BP did the same. BP is in the midst of possibly the biggest upheaval in its history, as it retargets itself at renewable energy and aims to reach net zero status by 2050. Against that background, an adjusted Q3 profit of $86m didn’t impress, especially when compared to $2,254m for Q3 2019. With a forecast 2021 yield of 9%, BP’s dividend is among the stock market’s biggest.On the subject of dividends, this year Royal Dutch Shell ended its run of never having cut its dividend since World War II. And though the Q3 dividend is up a bit at 17c, it’s still way down on 2019’s 47c. Adjusted earnings, reported Thursday, beat the Q2 figure at $955m. But we need to contrast that with last year’s $4.77bn.BT Group, whose shares are down nearly 50% in the stock market crash, saw its shares blip upwards Thursday. First-half results provided the drive, though revenue was down 8% with pre-tax profit falling 20%. But there was optimism for the future, as the telecoms giant lifted its full-year earnings guidance and spoke of “sustainable growth” going forward.Stock market beaterNext, meanwhile, gave us some idea of how fashion retail is going with a Q3 update Wednesday. Full-price sales in the quarter were up 2.8% on last year, with total sales up 1.4%. The nine-month period was tougher, with full-price sales down 20%, mind. The company has lifted its full-year guidance, and now expects profit to reach £365m, which is £65m better than September’s hopes. Year-end debt should fall by £487m to £625m. Next’s online channels helped its sales, though, and others in the sector won’t be doing so well.Pharmaceuticals companies are popular now, for obvious reasons, but GlaxoSmithKline shares are not weathering the stock market crash well. They’re down 27% so far in 2020, and weren’t helped by Wednesday’s report of a 3% decline in Q3 revenue to £8.6bn. That was below analyst expectations, though adjusted EPS did beat predictions at 35.6p per share. On the current share price, Glaxo offers a forecast 6.2% dividend yield. Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Covid-19 vaccine news sends markets crazy! Here’s what I’m doing right now

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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. No more social distancing. No more masks. No more lockdowns. No more fear over infecting our parents or kids. No more panic over cleaning every surface. That’s the promise of a Covid-19 vaccine. So it’s no wonder the news that Pfizer produced positive results from its Covid-19 vaccine trial sent stock markets crazy on Monday, 9 November. 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…The FTSE 100 bounced over 5% to levels not seen in months. Travel stocks like IAG and Carnival jumped more than 30% in a single day. Covid-19 vaccine: what I’m doing now My initial reaction was to do something. Anything. Capitalise. Buy something or sell something. Any careful, proven investing strategy I might have developed went out of the window. The adrenalin swept through me, immediately turning my logic centres to mush.On the other end of the scale from fear and volatility are exuberance and joy. And that’s something that many people will be feeling. Not just from an investing point of view, but on a human level. I’m a hugger, you see. I’ve not been able to hug any strangers for nine months. It’s been torture. The idea that this dark period might be coming to an end with a Covid-19 vaccine? I’m opening the champagne. But investing? No. Not today, at least.The hero we needNews of a potential Covid-19 vaccine has produced extremes of emotion. Whenever I’m feeling like this I usually turn to Benjamin Graham. He’s not alive any more. In fact he died in 1976. But the author of The Intelligent Investor has been my constant companion on my investing journey. He usually has words of wisdom for every occasion. It’s no wonder Warren Buffett idolised his mentor so much. The ones I’m choosing today are: “The investor’s chief problem — even his worst enemy — is likely to be himself.”Perhaps the number one worst time to invest is when I’m feeling emotional. It’s certainly been the biggest killer of investment gains for me. Excitement leads me to risk more money than I should. Fear leads me to sell more shares than I actually wanted to. I wrote at the very start of this mad period — the worst stock market crash since 1987 — that I would turn off my phone. I said I’d also delete my investing apps to prevent any mistakes I’d regret. I think that’s probably solid advice for today as well. My conclusionIf we think that normality can return to the world on the basis of this Covid-19 vaccine news, I see that as an overreaction. The Pfizer vaccine is still in phase 3 trials and the data has not been peer-reviewed yet. The pharma giant itself has said that the reported 90% efficacy rate could still fall. So there is much still to do before we have a solution to the coronavirus crisis.  And investors who have been hoovering up cheap UK shares by the thousands and waiting for the bounce? They’ll probably be fighting to log on to their investing apps to take short-term profits.So this searing market rise may not last. While today might be a day to hug my family, it’s probably best for me to leave any investing decisions until the extreme emotion has subsided, I feel. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Covid-19 vaccine news sends markets crazy! Here’s what I’m doing right now Tom Rodgers | Monday, 9th November, 2020 center_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Tom Rodgers Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares TomRodgers 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.last_img read more

Why the AVEVA share price plunged 20% on Wednesday

first_img TomRodgers 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Why the AVEVA share price plunged 20% on Wednesday Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Tom Rodgerscenter_img The AVEVA (LSE:AVV) share price plummeted on Wednesday 25 November to hit a low not seen since April. The frightening drop saw the FTSE 100 software firm lose a total of £1.36bn from its market cap. Outside of a wider market crash, it’s extremely rare to see the share price of stable FTSE 100 companies fall this much.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…And with stock markets building intense bullish pressure in recent days, shareholders might be concerned to see such a steep drop.So what exactly happened?Making it right(s)In early November, it announced a £2.84bn rights issue to help it fund a buyout of US software group OSIsoft. Three months earlier, AVEVA said it had agreed a total £3.8bn takeover bid for the US real-time data producer. CEO Craig Hayman said this at the time the takeover bid was announced: “Combining AVEVA and OSIsoft is yet another significant milestone in our journey to achieving the ambitious growth goals that we have set.”When companies grow to a multi-billion market cap, they often find it difficult to grow organically. Even quite large increases in sales or profits can make little difference to the share price. So that’s why they tend to take over rival companies. That is, if they are able to find a willing participant.The firm’s growth has been steady, rather than spectacular, over the past decade. In that time the AVEVA share price has grown by around 105%, from 1,500p to today’s price.  AVEVA share price downIn order to pay for the massive buyout, AVEVA said it would need to issue 125 million new shares at 2,255p each. Current investors would be allowed to buy seven of these rights issue shares for every nine existing AVEVA shares they own. So if they currently hold 900 of the shares, investors will be entitled to buy 700 new ones.This complex calculation is similar to that faced by Rolls-Royce shareholders recently. In order to raise £2bn to help shore up its balance sheet, the FTSE 100 defence and engineering firm said it would issue 6.4bn new shares. So, for every three shares an investor held, they could buy 10 more at a cheaper price. Heavy discountThe rights issue price of 2,255p came at a 32% discount to what is called the ‘ex-rights issue’ AVEVA share price of 3,338p. That was the value of the share price at the close of business on 5 November 2020, when the plan was announced. So these new shares officially started trading on the morning of Wednesday 25 November. And  markets priced it in. That’s the main reason why the share price fell by 20%.  AVEVA’s largest shareholder is French data-centre provider Schneider Electric. In 2017 the two companies agreed a £3bn merger. Schneider then took a 60% stake in the enlarged business. And it said it would take part in the new rights issue in full.AVEVA said it would find the rest of the money it needs for the OSIsoft takeover by using cash reserves and by issuing shares to OSIsoft co-owner Estudillo Holdings. 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. Tom Rodgers | Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 | More on: AVV “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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.last_img read more

Church of England to spend $1.2 million to reach unchurched…

first_imgChurch of England to spend $1.2 million to reach unchurched young adults and students Rector Belleville, IL Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL [Church of England] Tens of thousands of students and young people who may never have been to church before are to be reached by the Church of England with the message of the Christian faith as part of a $1.2 million funding program for mission projects across the country announced May 20.Church of England parishes are to form new congregations aimed at reaching young adults and students in Leeds and Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, Blackburn in Lancashire and coastal areas of Paignton in Devon and Brighton and Hove in east Sussex.The grants are part of the church’s program of Renewal and Reform.Read the full news release here. 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Music Morristown, NJ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Posted May 20, 2021 Submit a Press Release Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Servicelast_img read more

Big Give Grenfell appeal raises £2.6m: its biggest ever total for an individual cause

first_img Melanie May | 7 September 2017 | News James Reed, a Trustee of the Big Give, said:“We have been humbled by the incredible response of the public to our appeal, and are grateful to our partners at The K&C Foundation for ensuring that the funds raised are being used to best effect. We’ve seen incredible acts of generosity throughout the past twelve weeks. The whole concept of match funding is that giving together is better, and there has certainly been a sense of ‘coming together’ to support the North Kensington community.”WATCH: London Live interview with Alex Day 16/06/17[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwjJhn_bRVE[/youtube]  187 total views,  1 views today  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Tagged with: disaster match funding matched giving The Big Give The Big Give campaign to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire has closed after raising £2.6m.The total is the Big Give’s highest ever for an individual cause. The Grenfell Tower appeal was set up in the hours following the fire with The K&C Foundation, and offered to double public donations through match funding commitments from local companies and philanthropists. Significant match funders include The Cadogan Estate, Julia and Hans Rausing, Monsoon Accessorize, DMGT Plc, Reed Recruitment and The Bjorgolfsson Family amongst others.The appeal raised £1m in the first 48 hours and reached £2m a week after the fire. In total it raised £2,612,646.  A total of £1,184,032 public donations were matched with a further £244,582 being contributed in unmatched donations and Gift Aid.The Big Give appeal contributed to a total of £5.75m raised by The K&C Foundation. Over 50% of all of the funds raised have now been committed:£120k within days of the tragedy to six local organisations working on the frontline. This money was given out to meet the immediate needs of people who had lost their homes or been displaced£1.2 million to a joint charity initiative (with the British Red Cross and and The London Community Foundation/Evening Standard, coordinated by the Charity Commission) to pay grants of £40,000 to the next of kin of people who have lost their lives or are missing and up to £20,000 to support each seriously injured person£1.6 million for ‘Fresh Start’ grants of £10,000 for each household from Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk to help them rebuild their livesThe remaining £2.9m will focus on the medium to long-term response with The K&C Foundation talking to relevant groups to identify the evolving needs of the people at the centre of the tragedy and acting on them.Susan Dolton, Director of The K&C Foundation said:“The response to our appeal with the Big Give has been touching and inspiring and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has given to help those affected by the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower. We are working to ensure that those whose lives have been so tragically altered by this unprecedented tragedy are helped at this most difficult time. As a local charity, we are also committed to standing by the community and helping with long term needs”. Advertisement Big Give Grenfell appeal raises £2.6m: its biggest ever total for an individual cause About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Deteriorating health of arbitrarily detained human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq

first_img Organisation March 8, 2021 Find out more June 5, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deteriorating health of arbitrarily detained human rights lawyer Khalil Ma’touq Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more New information obtained by human rights organizations has heightened concerns about the secret detention and failing health of a prominent Syrian human rights lawyer who has not been heard from since his arrest eight months ago. Khalil Ma’touq, the 54-year-old director of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research, was arrested along with his friend and assistant, 48-year-old Mohammed Thatha, on 2 October last year. It is believed they were detained at a government security checkpoint on their way to work in the capital Damascus. They have been subjected to enforced disappearance as, despite repeated requests from family and lawyers, the Syrian authorities continue to deny they are in custody. Such conditions increase the risk of their being subjected to torture or other ill-treatment, which is rife in Syrian prisons, the organizations said.Two weeks ago, people close to the two men received a tip-off suggesting that Khalil Ma’touq was indeed in detention and that he was in extremely bad health. His health is seriously at risk as he suffers from advanced lung disease and has severe breathing difficulties. He takes regular medication and must be under constant medical supervision.“While this report of Khalil Ma’touq’s presence in detention gives his family some sense of his fate after eight months of silence and denials from the authorities, the reports of his worsening health are very troubling”, the organizations said. Because of his human rights work as executive director of the Syrian Centre for Legal Studies, Khalil Ma’touq was banned from travelling between 2005 and 2011. He wrote and published articles and legal studies in several newspapers and websites such as Al-Hiwar Al-Mutamiden. This included a research paper in which he analysed the connections between the International Criminal Court constitution and Syria’s Penal Codes.Family members and colleagues of Khalil Ma’touq and Mohammed Thatha have suggested that their current detention may be related to this human rights work. Shortly before his arrest, Khalil Ma’touq had returned from a trip to France to obtain medical treatment, which may also have raised the authorities’ suspicions about him. “Khalil Ma’touq must be given all medical treatment he requires. Both men must be given immediate access to their families and lawyers; these men are detained for their peaceful work in defence of human rights and they should be released immediately and unconditionally,” the organizations added.In February 2013, in response to a request for information from a group of lawyers, a public prosecutor in Damascus denied that Khalil Ma’touq was being detained. However, detainees released at that time from the State Security branch 285 in Kafr Soussa in Damascus reported seeing him held there during that month. In April, Khalil Ma’touq’s lawyer told Amnesty International that a State Security officer had informed him of his client’s transfer to an Air Force Intelligence branch in late March. Since the tip-off about Khalil Ma’touq’s health earlier this month, nothing further has been heard about him or Mohammed Thatha. The authorities must urgently come clean about the whereabouts of these two men and the legal basis for their detention, the organizations said. Khalil Ma’touq, a prominent human rights lawyer has provided legal assistance to many victims of human rights abuses in Syria for many years. He has defended hundreds of political prisoners, journalists, and prisoners of conscience, including those tried by the Supreme State Security Court which fell far short of international standards of fair trial and was abolished in 2011. In 2012, he was involved in the trial of human rights defender Mazen Darwish and his colleagues after they were arrested during a raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) in February of that year. Torture and other ill-treatment has been widely documented in Syrian prisons and detention centres for decades, and is believed to have caused or contributed to the deaths of many if not most of the 1,300 individuals reported to have died in custody since March 2011 when anti-government protests first broke out. The situation has since evolved into an internal armed conflict across the country.Tens of thousands of individuals in Syria have been arrested, often arbitrarily, in the same period, many of whom remain held, often in conditions amounting to enforced disappearance. Some have been referred to the Anti-Terrorism Court in Damascus, which began work in September 2012.The 19 undersigned human rights organisations condemn the continued enforced disappearance of Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant Mohammed Thatha, and in light of new and existing information, call on the Syrian authorities to: Immediately and unconditionally release human rights defender Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant Mohammed Thatha, as they are both detained due to their legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights and are therefore considered prisoners of conscience.Immediately disclose the whereabouts and fate of Khalil Ma’touq and his assistant Mohammed Thatha to their families; Grant Khalil Ma’touq immediate access to any medical treatment he may require; Ensure both men are protected from torture or any other form of ill-treatment. Co-signing organizations in alphabetical order:1. Alkarama Foundation2. Amnesty International (AI)3. Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)4. ARTICLE 195. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS)6. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)7. Front Line Defenders8. Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR)9. Humanist Institute for Cooperation with Developing Countries (Hivos)10. IKV Pax Christi11. International Media Support (IMS)12. LAWYERS FOR LAWYERS13. Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a jointprogramme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) andthe World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)14. PEN International15. Reporters Without Borders (RSF)16. SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom17. Syrian Centre for Legal Studies and Research18. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria to go further News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa center_img News Follow the news on Syria News RSF_en News Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Previous articleResidential apartments to be made available for local artistsNext articleDrama guaranteed on final day of Ulster Bank League #UBL Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Twitter ODEON Limerick is this week giving away one pair of tickets and two large combo meals for a film of your choice at their cinema at the Castletroy Shopping Centre.To be in with a chance, answer the following question and email your answer to [email protected] by 9am on Tuesday April 18.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Who does the voice of Boss Baby?A. Ted DansonB. Alec BaldwinC. Tom Selleck Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival center_img WhatsApp Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGScinemacompetitionlimerickOdeon CinemaOdeon LimerickThe Boss Baby RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsWin cinema ticketsBy Alan Jacques – April 14, 2017 986 last_img read more

Worldwide Nucleic Acid Amplification Detection and Diagnostics Industry to 2027 – Rising Prevalence of…

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitter Previous articleSingapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA) Approves Interim Authorization of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna For UseNext articleUber Eats Launches Eat Local: A Renewed Commitment to US Local Merchants Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– The “Nucleic Acid Amplification Detection and Diagnostics Market Forecast to 2027 – COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis by Nucleic Acid; Process; Product Type, Direct Nucleic Acid Detection, Next Generation Sequencing; Application; End User, and Geography” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. According to this report the global nucleic acid amplification, detection, and diagnostics market is expected to reach US$ 38,162.68 million by 2027 from US$ 14,014.59 million in 2019. The market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 13.4% from 2020 to 2027. The report highlights trends prevailing in the global nucleic acid amplification, detection, and diagnostics market and the factors driving market along with those that act as hindrances. Based on nucleic acid, the global nucleic acid amplification, detection, and diagnostics market is segmented into deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). In 2019, the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) segment held the largest share of the market; also, the same segment is estimated to register the highest CAGR in the market during the forecast period. Factors such as rising adoption of DNA detection and amplification for disease diagnosis are estimated to contribute to the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) segment growth. The growth of the nucleic acid amplification, detection, and diagnostics market is attributed to the factors such as increasing prevalence of chronic conditions and increasing demand for accurate and modern diagnostic measures. However, lack of expertise and inadequate infrastructure in emerging countries is likely to restraint the growth of the market during the forecast period. The emergence of Coronavirus is expected to have positive impact on the market growth. As nucleic acid related diagnostic technologies offer superior outcomes, majority of the market players are focusing on the product development equipped with nucleic acid tests. However, implementation of physical distancing policies and total shut down of businesses in order to prevent the viral infection disrupted the supply chain operations, which deterred the market growth by certain extent. Reasons to Buy:Save and reduce time carrying out entry-level research by identifying the growth, size, leading players and segments in the nucleic acid amplification, detection, and diagnostics market.Highlights key business priorities in order to assist companies to realign their business strategies.The key findings and recommendations highlight crucial progressive industry trends in the global nucleic acid amplification, detection, and diagnostics market, thereby allowing players across the value chain to develop effective long-term strategies.Develop/modify business expansion plans by using substantial growth offering developed and emerging markets.Scrutinize in-depth global market trends and outlook coupled with the factors driving the market, as well as those hindering it.Enhance the decision-making process by understanding the strategies that underpin security interest with respect to client products, segmentation, pricing and distribution. Market Dynamics DriversIncreasing Demand for Accurate and Modern Diagnostic MeasuresRising Prevalence of Chronic Conditions and Infectious Diseases RestraintsLack of Expertise and Inadequate Infrastructure in Emerging Countries OpportunitiesGrowing Investments for the Development of New Biotechnological Diagnostic Technologies Future TrendsAutomations in Nucleic Acid Amplification and Detection Companies MentionedBDbioMerieux SABIO-RAD LABORATORIES INC.THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC INC.Illumina, Inc.DanaherQIAGENAbbottMeridian Bioscience, Inc.F. HOFFMANN-LA ROCHE LTD. For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/km9dv3 View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005604/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BIOTECHNOLOGY INFECTIOUS DISEASES HEALTH GENETICS MANAGED CARE SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/03/2021 09:28 AM/DISC: 02/03/2021 09:28 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005604/encenter_img Worldwide Nucleic Acid Amplification Detection and Diagnostics Industry to 2027 – Rising Prevalence of Chronic Conditions and Infectious Diseases Is Driving Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.com Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  last_img read more

Rebuilding Paradise

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Rebuilding Paradise Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago November 22, 2018 6,149 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features, Story Crawl Rebuilding Paradise Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Borrowers Claims Disaster FEMA Foreclosures Hazard Homeowners Homes HOUSING Hurricane Maria Insurance Lenders PR18 Puerto Rico Storm 2018-11-22 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Editor’s Note: This feature originally appeared in the November issue of DS News.With Puerto Rico having marked the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s landfall on the island this past September, the long road to recovery still seems very long in many respects. USA Today reported in early October that, to date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had “approved more than 460,000 applications and more than $1.4 billion in direct individual and household assistance funds” for the island. In April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that Puerto Rico would receive $18.5 billion to go toward rebuilding its housing market. But even those grand totals seem like mere drops in a very large bucket.Even a year later, as other damaging storms have long since eclipsed Maria across the hectic 24-hour news cycles, the shadow of the hurricane looms large over Puerto Rico and her people. The Puerto Rico Builders Association estimated that the devastating storm damaged 250,000 housing units and outright destroyed 35,000. The island’s government estimates it will require $139 billion to rebuild the island, with $33 billion needed to restore and reinvigorate Puerto Rico’s housing.Even more sobering are the death tolls for the storm. An independent study from George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health, commissioned by Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rossello and released in August 2018, raised the official death toll attributed to the storm’s impact on Puerto Rico from 62 to 2,975. A Harvard University study released in May 2018 pegged those numbers even higher, estimating that more than 4,600 people could have died as a result of the storm and delayed medical care during the chaos that followed.Puerto Rico is in need, and the mortgage and servicing industry has the tools to assist—so long as the will is there as well. That call to action underpins PR18, an upcoming leadership summit organized by the Five Star Institute (DS News’ parent organization) and set to unfold this November 14–16 at the San Juan Marriott in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With the challenges many and the needs dire, DS News spoke to some of the participating industry leaders to learn more about the state of the situation on the ground, where the industry can help, and how PR18 hopes to help drive progress toward Puerto Rico’s full restoration.THE LOOMING CHALLENGESWhen Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, it brought with it winds of nearly 160 miles per hour, coupled with storm-surge flooding. The island’s 3.5 million residents were left without power, and repairing that infrastructure took the better part of the intervening year in many cases—the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority announced in August that service had finally been restored to all parts of the island. All told, the storm caused nearly $90 billion in damages and forced many residents to flee the island, both in the immediate aftermath and in the long months that have followed.The long months that have followed. Dealing with the physical damages alone would be daunting enough. While significant progress has been made in urban areas such as the capital of San Juan, Nickalene Badalamenti-Kalas, President, Five Brothers Default Management Solutions, told DS News that “clean-up efforts in rural areas are understandably lagging.”“Safety has to be in the forefront,” said Angela Hurst, SVP, USRES, Inc. and RESNET. “Statistically, many of the buildings that have been abandoned on the island folded to the wrath of the winds or the rains, more than the surge of the ocean waters. Working with the local government to determine if these properties meet updated building codes is critical to the rebuilding of the island.”Efforts by field services personnel on the island face abundant difficulties, ranging from funding to a lack of materials and skilled labor—and that’s barely scratching the surface. Property access can also be challenging, Badalamenti-Kalas said. Even reaching a property in order to gauge its status can sometimes be difficult if not impossible.Moreover, the damages across the island were in many cases exacerbated by the condition of structures even before the storm arrived. Emilio Colón Zavala, President of the Puerto Rico Builders Association, estimated that as much as 55 percent of the island’s housing stock was built “informally,” without permits or failing to meet the island’s building-code standards.“Homes that were not built up to code were left especially vulnerable to hurricane devastation,” Badalamenti-Kalas told DS News.With so much damage and so many people leaving the island both before and after Maria, it’s no surprise that the island continues to face both an economic and a foreclosure crisis.“Even before the hurricane, we were seeing a lot of issues in Puerto Rico financially,” said Andrea Tromberg, Owner, Tromberg Law Group. “There was already economic hardship and issues within the court system and government that the people were trying to improve and resolve. When you take that situation and compound it with a devastating hurricane, it only made matters worse.”“The biggest challenge our industry faces is the lack of identifiable information,” Hurst said. “Puerto Rico has an MLS (multiple listing service), but it is not widely or consistently utilized, so the information contained within it is not reliable. In our industry, the reliability of values, comparables, and returns is critical and the accuracy of that information determines whether a buyer will make an offer on a property or if an investor will enter the market. The Puerto Rican market is gaining a lot of interest from the states for investment opportunities or vacation properties, but the lack of reliable information is a deterrent.”Hurst cited First Bank Puerto Rico as an example. She explained that the bank, one of the largest lending institutions on the island, “recognized the challenge they were having gaining outside interest into the island because of the fragmented methods of marketing properties. RES.NET built First Bank Puerto Rico a website in their dialect so their properties can be found and so they can best market their repossessed bank-owned properties.” The bank and RES.NET then sent out a press release in both the U.S. and in Latin American markets in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. “Since the release of the site, First Bank has tripled the number of buyers interested in their listed assets.”The island also faces a foreclosure crisis. While foreclosure moratoriums snapped into place in the days after the storm, the timelines inherent in those moratoriums are usually not well suited to a disaster of Maria’s scope or the length of the island’s ongoing recovery. In July 2018, The New York Times reported that “over the [preceding] four months, nearly 300 new foreclosure actions were filed in federal court in San Juan and in local courts across the island.”While some Puerto Rican homeowners may have relocated and now lack either the means or the desire to return to their properties, servicers are faced with a difficult process in even tracking down those owners in the first place.“The biggest complexity we face when processing the foreclosures is the clear communication with the borrowers,” said Genevieve López-Stipes, Founder and Managing Attorney of GLS Legal Services, a firm founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Juan. “If the investors are located in the states, there is a language barrier. Whenever we are in the process of a foreclosure in which we see that there is a lack of communication we interfere using a third party, so as not to have any conflict of interest, and assist the borrower in getting direct communication with the investor.”“In many respects, the Puerto Rican recovery effort is similar to the housing crisis recovery a decade ago,” said Steven Horne, Founding Member of HMB Law Group, a new firm Horne formed in October with attorneys Stephen M. Hladik, Miguel Maza, and Rose Marie Brook. “Both involved large populations of borrowers unexpectedly thrown into default,” Horne continued. HMB also operates out of San Juan and was, according to the initial press release, “designed from the ground up to meet the dynamic legal challenges of both financial institutions and Puerto Rican community members as the island recovers.”“Applying the lessons learned from the housing recovery, we have learned that law firms can be an important safety net to identify and facilitate alternatives for borrowers with the desire and ability to retain their homes,” Horne said.HOW THE INDUSTRY CAN HELPHelping facilitate communication between borrowers, servicers, attorneys, government agencies, and field services companies were cited as key needs by many DS News spoke to for this piece.“Our clients need to understand what the borrower’s intentions are,” Tromberg said. “We need to know if they do not want the property so that we know to do a deed-in-lieu or cash for keys, or whatever we can do to move that property so that it can be put into REO and resold and rehabilitated. If people are looking to modify their loan based on their circumstance, we need to secure the proper documentation so that the lenders can consider a modification. If we aren’t able to get ahold of people, or if people are too afraid to call or communicate, then we won’t be able to resolve the situation.”The challenges, from a legal standpoint, are numerous. “One of the unique issues is service of process,” Tromberg continued. “It is difficult to serve people on the island. They are very strict about the rules if you do not serve timely.” Failing to abide by those standards could lead to the dismissal of a case, forcing the entire process back to the starting line.“Our country has never experienced so much devastation in one year,” Hurst said. “Our emergency management infrastructure remains taxed. The best way to work on reconstruction is to look to the future and place priority on avoiding the same mistakes. There is a strong desire to act swiftly and assist Puerto Rico, however, the lines of communication remain fractured due to a difference in local vernacular, custom, and use of resources such as technology and social media.”“One lesson from the housing crisis a decade ago is that the states that did the best job in quickly acknowledging and resolving the legal issues surrounding real estate were the quickest to recover,” Horne said. “Beyond the core legal processes, our job is to find each borrower, determine their intention—are they coming back to the island, do they still want their house?—and work with the lender to find the solution that best meets their needs.”“Local law firms have the knowledge to handle all the different hurdles we face on a daily basis with the local government entities, such as property taxes and title issues,” López-Stipes said. “Expeditious delivery of construction materials; rapid evaluation, filing, and review of hazard claims; timely appropriation of local and foreign vendors to facilitate repairs is a start,” Badalamenti-Kalas said. “An estimated 5,000–8,000 small businesses have closed, and there has been a mass exodus of almost 200,000 residents.”“Improving the availability of materials and a conscious effort to expedite the bid/repair cycle may improve the speed to market,” BadalamentiKalas continued. “The creation of low-income housing, in which vacant units are converted into affordable housing to accommodate the families that lost their homes, may be a viable solution.” She also added that investment in the island, as well as the creation of private-sector jobs to stimulate the economy, will continue to be critical to Puerto Rico’s recovery.THE WAY FORWARDThis November, the PR18 summit will bring together executives and representatives from mortgage banks, servicers, suppliers, nondepository institutions, government agencies, and officials for a series of discussions abouthow to best help move Puerto Rico forward into recovery and renaissance.Scheduled topics include an overall “State of the Island,” a look at the policies and programs shaping the island’s recovery, an examination of Puerto Rico’s ongoing foreclosure crisis, borrower outreach options, a legal services update, and a breakdown of the unique property preservation challenges presented by Maria’s aftermath.“When crises happen, we must all react quickly and collaboratively to effect change,” said Ali Haralson, Chief Business Development Officer, Auction.com. “This proactive response is in line with the message of PR18: hope and restoration. By convening in Puerto Rico for this important summit, our industry leaders will be bringing visibility to the needs of the island and supporting relief and recovery efforts collectively.”“The biggest challenge facing Puerto Rico’s recovery right now is the need to build relationships between all the parties that need to work together for a more successful recovery,” Horne said. “Mainland firms are not familiar with Puerto Rico, and parties based in Puerto Rico need to work with mainland partners they can trust. The beauty of the Five Star PR18 Conference is that it is the perfect time in the recovery process to build those relationships.” About Author: David Wharton Previous: How Fire-Ready Are Americans? Next: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Equator, LERETA, Radian, and More … David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Borrowers Claims Disaster FEMA Foreclosures Hazard Homeowners Homes HOUSING Hurricane Maria Insurance Lenders PR18 Puerto Rico Storm Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Police concerned about missing 15 year old from Derry

first_img Police in Derry are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a 15 year old girl from the Cornshell area of the city.Aoife O’Hagan was last seen in the Omagh area on Monday last. She has been in touch with family members on various occasions via her mobile phone however she has not returned home and her family are very concerned.Aoife was last seen wearing a burnt orange cardigan, grey ‘skinny’ jeans, a cream flowery vest top and light coloured brown boots with white fur around the tops.Aoife, or anyone who knows of her whereabouts, is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000. Twitter NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Police concerned about missing 15 year old from Derry Facebook Facebook 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Newsx Adverts Previous articleIrish Cancer Society to provide information service at Letterkenny General HospitalNext articleDonegal has lowest level of disposable income in the state News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 26, 2012 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more