Millennial investors: 3 stocks I think they should be buying

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Millennial investors: 3 stocks I think they should be buying Enter Your Email Address From my observations, it seems millennial investors are ready to take a little more risk than investors approaching retirement age. Which is how it should be. With time on your side, a long-term portfolio can be grown at a steady pace and there is more leeway for mistakes to be made. So, if you are a millennial investor with plenty of investing time ahead, you may like to consider the following three stocks for your Stocks and Shares ISA. I like easyJet (LSE:EZJ), Aston Martin Lagonda (LSE:AML) and Plus500.My top airline stock: easyJetAfter falling 54% this year, the easyJet share price looks to be in budget territory. Clearly, with talk of the global pandemic being far from over, there’s risk associated with buying airline stocks. However, I do think they will eventually recover, and global flights will resume. When it does, easyJet looks well placed to continue where it left off and should rise to the occasion.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…EasyJet has a price-to-earnings ratio of 7, earnings per share are 88p and it has access to enough cash to cover a nine-month grounding (if such a dismal scenario arises).Given time, I think this airline will recover, but its share price may have further to fall before it does. I think it’s one stock for millennial investors to watch, waiting for a dip and buying with patience in mind.My top car stock: Aston Martin LagondaThe Aston Martin share price has been yo-yoing all over the place these past few weeks. From a high of 80p in early June it’s now back down 37.5% to hover around 50p. Hitting the headlines on close to a daily basis, Aston Martin has many reasons for its share price volatility. In late April, the company resorted to a £500m rights issue, its CEO confirmed his exit at the end of May, followed by the news it would axe 500 jobs. Last week it then confirmed another share placing, to raise a further £152m to get it through the coronavirus crisis.Despite all the challenges it’s facing, the company has big plans to produce luxury electric cars, including a £1.5m+ hypercar for launch next year. I think this is an interesting speculative stock for millennial investors to buy. It could offer significant upside in the years to come, but remains risky given its volatile history since listing.My top investing/personal finance stock: Plus500The Plus500 share price has been enjoying a winning streak since the pandemic struck. It’s up over 50% year-to-date. The cancellation of sporting activities brought a lot of would-be gamblers into the stocks and shares arena. This resulted in many new customers opening accounts with Plus500 to begin their journey into trading equities, cryptocurrencies and a myriad of other financial offerings.Plus500 has low debt, a price-to-earnings ratio below 12, earnings per share are £1.09 and it pays a dividend yield of nearly 4%. It may prove to be a cyclical buy, faring better when markets are volatile, but over the long term, I think it looks a top stock to buy for further growth and income.I think this is a good selection of diversified stocks to add to millennial investors’ portfolios. Risky, yes. But diversifying your shares with companies from a selection of sectors helps to offset that risk. 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Woodland Trust launches its first online raffle

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 | 11 June 2002 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Woodland Trust launches its first online raffle  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The raffle is being managed by Charity Technology Trust. Woodland conservation charity the Woodland Trust is launching its first online raffle in partnership with the BBC Weather Centre team.The winner will get the chance to forecast the weather with meteorologist and TV weather presenter Isobel Lang.Proceeds from the raffle will support the development of the UK Phenology Network which is encouraging people to observe and keep records of naturally occurring seasonal events that they see in woods, gardens, parks and high streets. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lloyds Bank Foundation commits £4m in first grant round of 2016

first_img Melanie May | 14 April 2016 | News Lloyds Bank Foundation commits £4m in first grant round of 2016  80 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 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. The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales has committed £4m in new grants to 90 small and medium-sized charities in the first of its three annual grant rounds.The funding will help charities with an income of £25,000 – £1m that are tackling disadvantage in local communities across England and Wales. The Foundation has made 60 grants under its Invest programme, which will help charities fund core programmes and vital services, and 30 grants under the Enable programme which will help strengthen charities through developing their capacity and infrastructure.Of the 90 grants awarded, 21% will help people overcome long-term unemployment, 17% are focused on combating domestic abuse and 14% will be supporting people to move on from homelessness. The charities receive funding for up to three years.Benefitting charities include Healthy Minds, in Calderdale, Yorkshire, which received £44,264 over two years to support people with mental health difficulties, and Amirah Foundation in Birmingham (pictured), which received £72,738 over three years to support women affected by domestic abuse.Paul Streets, CEO of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales said:“We are delighted to fund small and medium-sized charities which have a deep knowledge of their local communities and are able to reach and support disadvantaged people in a way that larger organisations often cannot.. We are more committed than ever to providing vital funding to strengthen and supporting charities such as the 90 we have just funded, so they can grow, help more people, and thrive in the years to come.”  79 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Tagged with: Funding trusts and foundations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5last_img read more

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Research on Narrow Row Corn Planting Ratcheting Up

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Research on Narrow Row Corn Planting Ratcheting Up Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articleA New Approach to Crop ProtectionNext articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubank Becks narrow row PFRWill the industry standard of 30-inch row corn planting ever narrow, and what will drive that change? Discovery that it is profitable would help drive the change and that’s the focus of Beck’s Hybrid’s research currently underway. Jason Webster is the Practical Farm Research Innovation Lead for Beck’s. He told HAT the switch from 36” and 38” rows to 30 happened about 40 years ago.“We’ve been monitoring this whole row width thing in corn trying to see if maybe we need to make the shift to narrows again,” he said. “I know some growers have done it in the past and some it worked out and some it didn’t. But I just wonder if we’re at a point in time where we have the right genetic packages that like narrow rows. And we’re getting more people in the world, we’re going to have to feed more people and increase yields, so if we’re going to raise 300 bushel corn in the future can we do in 30” rows or do we have to go narrower. So that’s why we’re testing narrow rows compared to the industry standard 30’s.”Webster says the testing for narrow row planting needs to be done with one planter.“So we’re going to take some of the platforms we’ve used with multi-hybrid planting, changing corn hybrids on the fly, but I want to look at it and address changing row width in different environments. So we want to look at hybrid performance, seeding rate performance, and I just think this project is going to be great. One planter, 30’s and 20’s on the same toolbar. Every pass through the field we’ll have a clean, pure comparison and we’ll evaluate the hybrid selection, the seeding rate, the leaf architecture on all of these hybrids in a wide vs. a narrow row, and then we’ll start to address some things like nutrient management. How do we side dress narrow row corn?”He says they’ll be sharing that experience by showing growers how they side dress narrow row corn. Beck’s will also bring in multi-directional corn heads at harvest. Webster told HAT there is already 7 years of data from PFR research using 2 different planters. But with the new equipment coming on board they’ll want another 3 years at a minimum to collect and analyze the data.Hear more in the HAT interview:Jason Webster-Narrow Rows SHARE SHARE Research on Narrow Row Corn Planting Ratcheting Up By Andy Eubank – Mar 10, 2016 last_img read more

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Tribute to exiled journalist Liu Binyan, “China’s conscience,” dead at 80

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Help by sharing this information RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders voiced deep sadness today at the death of leading Chinese writer and journalist Liu Binyan yesterday in a hospital in New Jersey, in the United States, after a long battle with cancer. He was 80.The organisation said it was outraged by the Chinese government’s refusal to let him return to die in his own country. The Chinese media were not allowed to report the death of this long-time champion of free expression, who was persecuted in several Maoist purges.“Even in death, Liu scared the Communist Party,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This regime has no pity or compassion for intellectuals who openly condemn the Communist Party’s corruption and authoritarianism. He will be remembered as a committed journalist, who was convinced that China needed freedom of expression.”On his 80th birthday in February, the author of “Nightmare of the Red Mandarins” asked the Beijing authorities for permission to return home and end his days in China, which he left in 1988. The authorities refused.Born in 1925 in the province of Jilin, Liu came from a modest family. After joining the Communist Party of China in 1944, he worked as a reporter for the daily China Youth News. In 1956, he began producing newspaper reports about corruption and bureaucracy and wrote a famous book, “Our newspaper’s inside story,” about the lack of press freedom.He was a victim of the purges against “right-wingers” in 1957, and from then until 1978 he spent several spells in labour camps. Partially rehabilitated, he went back to writing about the Communist Party’s excesses and the plight of the very poor. He was the victim of another purge in 1987 and left China the following year. He was never allowed to go back.There has been nothing in the Chinese media about his death and a search for “Liu Binyan” on the English-language site of the government news agency Xinhua yields no response.Liu was ranked as an Asian hero by Time magazine in 2003. Professor Perry Link, Professor of Chinese Literature at princeton Univerity, described him as “China’s conscience” and as “fearless and incorruptible.” Related documents RSF_s_Tribute_to_Liu_Binyan-2.pdfPDF – 76.02 KB April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China News Reporters Without Borders voiced deep sadness today at the death of leading Chinese writer and journalist Liu Binyan yesterday in a hospital in New Jersey, in the United States, after a long battle with cancer. He was 80. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more News December 6, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tribute to exiled journalist Liu Binyan, “China’s conscience,” dead at 80 ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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More than 100 media outlets and organizations are backing the Journalism Trust Initiative

first_imgThe Global Editors Network (GEN) is the worldwide association of editors-in-chief gathering senior news executives and media innovators from all platforms. GEN is focused on newsroom innovation, new storytelling methods and sustainable journalism through several programmes and the GEN Summit, its annual conference. RSF_en The missing link Help by sharing this information “The scheme needs to be tested, scalable and trusted by online platforms and the public. That’s why we prefer the path of standardization under CEN guidelines,” he continued. ​The Journalism Trust Initiative, proposed and organized by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its partners, EBU, AFP and GEN, is entering its decisive phase this week. The second out of four workshops under the European Committee for Standardization’s (CEN) rules will be hosted by UNESCO in its Paris headquarters on Tuesday, 5 February.​ At the upcoming meeting in Paris on Tuesday (Feb 5), the group of stakeholders, composed of around 120 representatives of media outlets, regulatory authorities, tech companies, academia and international organizations, will discuss first drafts of indicators to identify trustworthy journalism and thus, guide both human and algorithmic decision making in news distribution and consumption. Press contacts and interview requests:RSF: Julie Bance, Press Officer [email protected] +33 7 81 76 02 25EBU:  Dave Goodman – Senior Communications Officer [email protected] +41 79 634 9097GEN:  Jenni Karlsson – Director of communications [email protected] + 33 1 48 04 06 97 After the Paris meetings on February 4th and 5th, another two workshops are planned including a public consultation phase. The results of the JTI will be published as a CEN Workshop Agreement at the end of 2019. The project ist hosted by the French and German standardization bodies Afnor and DIN on behalf of the European Committee for Standardization, CEN. Curran suggested that a set of standards, once published, could then pave the way for numerous non-for-profit and commercial actors to build audit and enforcement schemes around them. Accordingly, some of them, like NewsGuard and the Global Disinformation Index, have recently joined JTI to explore synergies of the ongoing efforts. “It’s not rocket science to define the basic journalistic principles : many ethical codes exist as long as journalism exists,” claimed Christophe Deloire, RSF’s Secretary General. As a major problem he mentioned the algorithmic distribution of online content, because it does not include an “integrity factor” and amplifies everything that goes against these professional norms – sensationalism, rumours, falsehoods and hate. Therefore existing best practices of the journalistic trade need to be translated to code of the Internet. This is a condition to reverse its logic, according to Deloire, by rewarding and eventually re-monetizing compliance with these norms. Other stakeholders, which are not part of the drafting committees, include Facebook and Google, Internews, the International Press Institute, the Thomson Foundation, the Worldwide Web Consortium, the French regulatory authority CSA, IMPRESS and IPSO from Britain and the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. “JTI is the missing link between journalistic principles and methods on one side, and algorithms on the other”, he added. Three so-called drafting committees and an advisory technical task-force gathered for preparatory  meetings already on Monday (Feb 4). The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is the world’s foremost alliance of public service media (PSM). Its mission is to make PSM indispensable. The EBU represents 117 member organizations in 56 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and have an additional 34 Associates in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas. The EBU operates Eurovision and Euroradio services. “We have an opportunity for a breakthrough here in providing reliable and trusted news more prominently to the public and making it easier for them to find it. In an age of fake news and misinformation that is a goal EBU Members are committed to.”Responsiveness matters “Whilst many start-ups and initiatives are launching a variety of ranking and rating schemes for the media, it is essential that a universally accepted and inclusive ranking and rating scheme be developed and supported by the big players in the media world, such as Public Service Media organisations and commercial allies”, observed Noel Curran, the Director General of the EBU. February 4, 2019 – Updated on September 5, 2019 More than 100 media outlets and organizations are backing the Journalism Trust Initiative “It is critical to answer properly to the public distrust in media, by offering to the citizens landmarks and visible tags on the web to distinguish trustworthy content easily”, emphasized Phil Chetwynd, AFP’s Global News Director. Standardization framework is key Sorted into  the three different drafting committees, the project is currently developp machine-readable criteria for media outlets, big and small, in the domains of identity and ownership, journalistic methods and ethics. Founded in 1835, Agence France-Presse (AFP) is the third largest international news agency in the world delivering fast, accurate, in-depth coverage of the events shaping our world. It is an autonomous entity created by the French parliament whose independence is at the heart of its fundamental obligations. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is one of the world’s leading NGOs in the defence and promotion of freedom of information. RSF is registered in France as a non- profit organization based in Paris, with foreign sections, bureaux in 13 cities, and a network of correspondents in 130 countries.                 More information: CEN/WS – Journalism Trust Initiative News JTI is funded through voluntary contributions of its key stakeholders RSF, EBU and AFP, and through a grant provided by the French Ministry of Culture (Fonds de soutien à l’émergence et à l’innovation dans la presse) “Promoting an enabling environment”UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, Moez Chakchouk, re-affirmed the organization’s commitment to strengthening quality journalism across the globe. On the occasion of hosting the second JTI workshop at its Paris headquarters he declared: “We are supporting the sustainability of independent journalism, by fostering enabling environments for press freedom, in particular promoting transparency and compliance with professional standards.” #journalismtrustinitiative Online freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression “For us as a news agency, workability of the solution in the daily routine is key and it is extremely important, for all of us working on JTI, to propose a solution that serves the interests of the citizens first and foremost.” He mentioned the public consultation stage as one critical element in drawing up a standard under CEN guidelines, but also the plan to test and evaluate the final results. “Any standard is subject to constant review, particularly in fast-moving industries, and we expect this one to be no exception”, Chetwynd added, “but we have to start somewhere and we have to do it now.” “We understand that there is a substantial demand for these indicators, on the side of major platforms, advertisers, but also regulators and the media sector itself”, explained Bertrand Pecquerie, GEN’s CEO. But according to him, the process of developing them must be fully self-regulatory. “We do not want to see governments or regulators or advertisers or big tech telling us what good or bad journalism is”, he said, “and therefore it must be us, the journalist’s community, to take the lead!” For this reason, the JTI’s drafting committees are composed of industry professionals only, representing major media outlets like AFP, AP and dpa, the BBC, TV 5 Monde and France Télévision, RTL Group, Gazeta Wyborcza, Tagesspiegel or Tamedia, as well as professional organizations and NGOs like the EBU or the Ethical Journalism Network. The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI) aims at creating a mechanism to reward media outlets for providing guarantees regarding transparency, verification and correction methods, editorial independence and compliance with ethical norms. Launched by Reporters sans frontières and its partners, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Global Editors Network (GEN), the initiative is pursuing a self-regulatory and voluntary, though authoritative process. Organisation Online freedomsMedia independenceInternational bodies Freedom of expression Journalists in chargelast_img read more

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Harassment of Radio Shabelle journalists continues

first_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News SomaliaAfrica Organisation Related documents Open letter from Reporters Without Border to the Somali Prime Minister PDF – 257.51 KB January 8, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Somalia November 30, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Harassment of Radio Shabelle journalists continues to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News Help by sharing this information RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists March 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns leading journalist Abdiimalik Yusuf’s arbitrary detention since 24 November, when security forces arrested him in the capital, Mogadishu. The head of Shabelle Media Network (the owner of Radio Shabelle), Yusuf is being held in the same Mogadishu prison where Radio Shabelle reporter Mohamed Bashir has been held since 20 November.“The prolonged detention of these two journalists and the broadcasting ban imposed on Radio Shabelle testify to a government determination to gag independent journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that Yusuf and Bashir have not yet been brought before a judge.”“Their conditions in Mogadishu’s main prison are also intolerable and we fear the worst. We call on the authorities to free them at once and allow Radio Shabelle to resume broadcasting.”Yusuf and Bashir began a hunger strike on 27 November.The two journalists with state-owned Radio Mogadishu who had been accused of rape in an interview conducted by Bashir were arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department on 24 November but were released within hours. According to some sources, their release was a result of the interior minister’s intervention.Yusuf was arrested later the same day after criticizing the interior minister on the Shabelle website. By talking to the BBC Somali service’s correspondent, he was alleged to have violated the conditions of his release on bail on 20 November.More information on the recent persecution of Radio Shabelle.———————————-21.11.2013 – Authorities arrest journalist, keep hounding Radio ShabelleReporters Without Borders deplores Radio Shabelle journalist Mohamed Bashir Hashi’s arrest yesterday and the government’s continuing harassment of this radio station and other independent media.Hashi had posted a video on the Radio Shabelle website in which he interviewed a young female reporter describing her alleged rape by two male journalists. Hashi and the woman were later arrested after one of the two incriminated journalists filed a complaint against them. “We call on the authorities to immediately release Hashi and the young woman he interviewed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This arrest shows the government’s determination to silence any form of criticism, whatever the subject. It also shows the urgency of the need for the government to review its priorities on human rights and freedom of information.”“We welcome the response from the United Nations, which stressed the importance of freedom of information, and we urge the international community to adopt concrete measures to ensure respect for this freedom, which is constantly flouted in what is Africa’s deadliest country for journalists.”Abdiimalik Yusuf, the head of Shabelle Media Network that owns Radio Shabelle, was also briefly arrested yesterday on the pretext that the camera used to film the interview belonged to Radio Shabelle Yusuf was released but Hashi and the woman are still held.This is not the first time that the authorities have arrested a rape victim who dared to denounce her attackers. Another young girl and the journalist who interviewed her were sentenced to a year in prison in February. They were eventually released two months later following international criticism.Commenting on the latest rape allegation and arrests, UN special representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay yesterday described “legal representation, proper investigation and media freedom” as “important issues.”Radio Shabelle’s website is the station’s only remaining space for free expression as it has been unable to broadcast since 26 October, when the police evicted its journalists from its offices and seized its equipment.Reporters Without Borders and members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) had reacted to the eviction threat by sending an open letter (Download the Reporters Without Borders letter to the Somali prime minister:) to the Somali authorities and western governments. It has not received a reply.The authorities finally allowed Radio Shabelle employees into the station’s former premises on 16 November in order to recover radio and video equipment but they found it all damaged and unusable.The information ministry is meanwhile reported to have explicitly refused to give Radio Shabelle a broadcasting permit, although it has issued permits to other Mogadishu-based radio stations.Somali is ranked 175th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Photo : Mohamed Bashir Hashi News SomaliaAfrica RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland regionlast_img read more

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Daily vaccination figures to be published from next week on

first_imgThe HSE says daily vaccination figures will start to be published from next week.The latest update shows just under 58,000 doses have been administered in the last week – around 8,000 per day.It brings to more than 219,000 the number of people who’ve received at least one dose of a Covid jab. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Daily vaccination figures to be published from next week on By News Highland – February 4, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleDonegal Deputy hits out at Tanaiste following Lynsey Bennett settlementNext articleMain Evening News, Sport, Farming News and Views and Obituary Notices Thursday February 4th News Highland Google+ Homepage BannerNews Facebook Pinterest Facebook Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

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Judge bans citizenship question in 2020 census, says Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross ‘violated public trust’

first_imgliveslow/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Trump administration cannot ask a question about citizenship status in the 2020 census, a federal judge in New York ruled Tuesday.U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman concluded that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had violated the public trust in his decision to include a citizenship question on the next census, calling Ross’s decision “arbitrary and capricious.”More than a dozen states, six cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and several immigrant rights advocacy groups claimed in a lawsuit filed in April that asking citizenship status as part of the census is unlawful and could undercount populations, thereby threatening billions in federal funds which relies on accurate population counts.A separate suit on the same issue was filed by the state of California and is currently being heard in San Francisco. The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on the issue on Feb. 19.In his 277-page decision, Furman wrote that such a question would be constitutional, but that Ross had not followed proper procedures when he decided to add it.“He failed to consider several important aspects of the problem; alternately ignored, cherry-picked, or badly misconstrued the evidence in the record before him; acted irrationally both in light of that evidence and his own stated decisional criteria; and failed to justify significant departures from past policies and practices,” Furman wrote.On Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James praised Furrman’s decision in a statement.“Today’s ruling is a win for New Yorkers and Americans across the country who believe in a fair and accurate count of the residents of our nation. The attempts by the Trump Administration to mandate a question about citizenship were not rooted in a desire to strengthen the census process and would only undermine our immigrant communities. Inciting fear in our residents is not only immoral but also ill-conceived,” James wrote.The last time the census asked respondents about their citizenship status was in 1950. Since then, the U.S. Census Bureau and former Bureau officials have opposed periodic efforts to reinstate a citizenship question on a universal basis.In March, Ross directed the Census Bureau to reinstate the citizenship question on the 2020 census. He said he included it to fulfill a request letter from the U.S. Justice Department, which argued it needed better citizenship data to enforce the Voting Rights Act.President Donald Trump took credit for this direction shortly after the announcement in an email his campaign sent to supporters: “President Trump has officially mandated that the 2020 United States Census ask people living in America whether or not they are citizens.”But in July, Furman questioned that rationale and ruled that the lawsuit could proceed.“There is no indication in the record that the Department of Justice and civil rights groups have ever, in the 53 years since the Voting Rights Act was enacted, suggested that citizenship data collected as part of the decennial census would be helpful, let alone necessary, to litigate such claims,” Furman wrote in his decision to allow the lawsuit to proceed at the time.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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BNFL improves safety by working with unions

first_img Comments are closed. British Nuclear Fuels has dramatically improved the safety record atSpringfields nuclear plant through fostering a close working relationshipbetween management, staff and the union. A partnership agreement with the AEEU at the site has reduced the number ofserious staff accidents from 56 in 1990 to zero, Andrew Donovan, head of HREuropean Fuel Business of BNF told the IPA Partnership & Performanceconference last week. Donovan claimed that the more open working environment that HR has developedhas also seen staff grievances reduced from 20 a year to zero. This has been achieved despite the prospect of job losses at the Lancashireplant in the future, as the BNF tries to increase its competitiveness. He said, “We’ve gone through huge change and we’ve taken the tradeunions and the workforce with us. Our next challenge is to manage job lossesand keep the right people here.” The partnership agreement included training and “getting to knowyou” sessions between management and union reps, and led to joint workingon shared issues like safety and training. Closer working meant that the site was able to develop a new policy of staffownership of safety across the site,” said Donovan. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article BNFL improves safety by working with unionsOn 16 Oct 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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