A ‘V’-shaped recovery is looking more likely

first_imgA ‘V’-shaped recovery is looking more likely Who knows? Britain may yet sink into a slump, as opposed to experiencing a sharp decline and rapid bounce-back — a technical recession, to be sure, but not a ‘real’ recession such as 2008–2009. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable, veteran economist JK Galbraith once memorably remarked. For another data point, in mid-June I ordered a new computer, built for me by a specialist company in the UK. The delivery date? The last few days in July: until then, their manufacturing slots are booked. There has, apparently, been “a large influx of orders” during the lockdown. 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. And the narrative that those data points are suggesting is one of more buoyant consumer confidence than the gloomy headlines suggest. Deposits in banks and building societies rose by £52bn in May, following an increase of £37.3 billion in April, and £67.3 billion in March. Households repaid £7.4 billion of consumer credit, net, during April – apparently the largest net repayment since the Bank began collecting such data. May’s net repayment figure wasn’t quite as high, at £4.6bn, but was still a decent wedge. Yet to me, things so far don’t feel like a ‘real’ recession. And plenty of consumers – who collectively drive around two-thirds of the UK’s GDP – aren’t acting as though they were experiencing a ‘real’ recession. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Yes, people are losing their jobs. Yes, certain sectors of the economy – and the workforce – are suffering from lockdown: anything to do with aviation, for instance, is having a torrid time of it, and is likely to continue doing so for some time. But lots of people haven’t lost their jobs, and their incomes haven’t suffered during the lockdown. On the contrary, their actual disposable incomes will have actually risen, as many of them haven’t been incurring the costs of travelling to work, and with shops shut, there haven’t been so many opportunities to spend money. And for investors, the implications are obvious. The FTSE 100 is already up 20% on March’s lows. As the recovery gathers pace, and more sectors of the economy return to something like normal, returning economic confidence should drive share prices even higher.Enforced savingI don’t have a crystal ball, to be sure. Nor do I have an econometric model on which to run complex simulations. But I do have something else: an eye for some interesting data points in the real economy.center_img And 4 July, when pubs and restaurants re-open, will provide yet another interesting data point, of courseRational exuberanceNow, I may be wrong. And – like you – I’m reading about businesses laying people off, especially retail and travel businesses. Even in defensive sectors such as food retail, Covid-19 is adding to costs, and making life difficult. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The statistics might not show it yet, but the savings ratio will have been rocketing upwards – partly propelled by such enforced saving, and partly by the government’s various stimulus packages.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…Household deleveragingAccording to the Bank of England’s monthly money and credit statistical release, households and many businesses have been pumping money into their bank accounts during the lockdown. I’m not so sure. As far as the UK goes, I think that the odds of a ‘V’-shaped recovery – as in 2009 – are pretty good. And within hours of the news last week that holiday accommodation could reopen from 4 July, hordes of consumers were planning holidays and making bookings – another sign of consumer confidence. For me, the contrast with the 2008–2009 recession couldn’t have been more stark: back then, the talk was of ‘staycations’, with many people interpreting that as ‘stay at home’, rather than ‘stay in the UK’. That’s not a sign of economically distressed consumers, in my view. Neither were the long queues reported at stores like IKEA when they reopened in mid-June, with eager shoppers happily queuing for hours. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Time will tell. But personally, I’m increasingly discounting talk of a ‘U’-shaped or ‘W’-shaped recovery. In my book, the likelihood of a ‘V’-shaped recovery has risen substantially. 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. Malcolm Wheatley | Friday, 3rd July, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Galbraith’s words seem particularly apposite right now, with mainstream economic thinking predicting a long, slow economic recovery. As with 2009, letters of the alphabet are much in vogue: a ‘U’-shaped recovery, a ‘W’-shaped recovery, and so on. See all posts by Malcolm Wheatleylast_img read more

Stock market crash: I’d buy cheap UK shares in an ISA today to double your money

first_imgStock market crash: I’d buy cheap UK shares in an ISA today to double your money Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 9th August, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The stock market crash may have caused some investors to become less optimistic about the prospect of doubling your money through buying UK shares. They may view the risks ahead, such as a second wave of coronavirus, as being reasons to avoid purchasing bargain stocks at the present time.However, undervalued shares provide an opportunity to buy high-quality businesses at low prices. Over time, they could recover in many cases, and allow you to make a 100%+ return on your ISA portfolio over the long run.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…Past performanceDespite the recent market crash, the FTSE 100 has returned around 8% per annum since its inception in 1984 when dividends are included. This may not sound like an especially appealing return to some investors at a time when gold is surging higher and Bitcoin has doubled in price since its March low. However, when compounding is factored in, an 8% return means that your capital will double every nine years.For example, if you had invested £1,000 when the FTSE 100 was formed in January 1984, you would now have a portfolio valued at over £16,000. During that time, the index has experienced a wide range of bear markets, corrections and downturns. However, it has always recovered to post new record highs. Through simply buying and holding UK shares, you could more than double your money over the long run.Buying after a market crashThe time it takes to double your money via UK shares may be shortened through buying after a market crash. This may sound counterintuitive at first, since risks are generally higher following a severe downturn for the stock market. However, those short-term risks mean that many UK shares trade at lower prices than their historic averages. Therefore, they have greater scope to deliver capital growth, which could lead to market-beating returns for investors who build a portfolio of cheap stocks.Clearly, it is imperative to buy companies that can survive short-term challenges to benefit from a long-term recovery. Therefore, purchasing businesses with wide economic moats, solid balance sheets and sound growth strategies may be important to allow your portfolio to grow in size as the next sustained bull market commences.ISA investingFurthermore, investing in UK shares through an ISA may be worthwhile after the recent market crash. A Stocks and Shares ISA provides tax efficiency that can lead to higher net returns versus investing through a bog-standard sharedealing account. Over time, avoiding capital gains tax and dividend tax could lead to a significantly higher portfolio value.Therefore, now could be the right time to buy high-quality businesses in a Stocks and Shares ISA. Over time, they could double your money and significantly improve your financial prospects as the stock market gradually recovers from its recent downturn. 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. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

U20 World Cup scouting report: Round One

first_imgJohn Davidson reports from the AJ Bell Stadium on nifty nines, passionate Argies, Georgian slaughter and sensational Scots from the opening day of the World Rugby U20 Championship in Manchester. Hold him back: Jack Maddocks makes a break down the wingImpressive Scottish prop Zander Fagerson crossed soon after and it was game on. The contest ebbed and flowed, Australia edging ahead again by two points with a penalty goal, before Scotland snatched the lead back thanks to an outstanding solo try from winger Darcy Graham. The flyer beat a handful of chasers in his sensational match-wining score from 30 metres out. The Aussies kept coming in the final quarter, and a had contentious try ruled out by the TMO and a blade of grass, but Scotland dug in to record a famous victory. There was no Craig Joubert around this time to spoil the party.Young winger Graham was a standout for the men in tartan, while forward Fagerson led from the front. Australia’s giant full-back Jack Maddocks and wing partner Simon Kennewell were dangerous, willing to throw the ball around and run at defenders, but unable to capitalise on their eye-catching running rugby. This result could have dire consequences for Australia’s tournament, with Italy and hosts England next up. For Scotland, anything is possible at this point.Remember the name: Shaun Stevenson celebrates with Caleb Makene (14)New Zealand 55-0 GeorgiaGeorgia have been promoted into the U20s World Cup for the first time and were given the hardest initiation possible – a date with the Baby Blacks. It took the junior Kiwis all of 84 seconds to score, full-back Shaun Stevenson crossing out wide. Winger Caleb Makene touched down in almost identical fashion seven minutes later and a cricket score loomed. But as the rain tumbled down Georgia managed to stem the bleeding for a while, winning several scrums and lineouts to mount their own attacks.New Zealand notched five tries in the first half and in the second added four more to complete their 55-point rout. But the men in black didn’t have it all their own way, with plucky Georgia strong in the set-piece and refusing to back down. New Zealand’s back three terrorized the Europeans with both Makene and the perfectly named Jonah Lowe finishing with two tries each, along with potent openside Mitchell Jacobson. Remember the name of Shaun Stevenson – this rangy full-back is destined for bigger things. Making history: Andrew Davidson of Scotland celebrates a monumental win over Australia Argentina 24-15 FranceIt doesn’t matter where they’re playing, Argentina always have the loudest and most passionate fans. The country’s national anthem brings tears to the eyes and though the crowd was sparse at the sunny AJ Bell for their U20 World Cup opener against France, it felt like a home game for the men from South America. Argentina finished ninth in last year’s tournament, winning just one of their four games. They’re seeking to do better in 2016 and on today’s showing they will.The Argentines staged a late comeback to miraculously down the French, after looking out of it at 15-6 on 52 minutes, when France bagged a penalty try. But some inspired substitutions and a slew of penalties changed the momentum of the game. The Pumitas scored two successive penalty goals and then crossed for two tries in three minutes to steal the match. It was a scrappy first 40 minutes, neither sides totally convincing, but Argentina found a second gear at the death to get the vital result.He’s a handful: Castres scrum-half Antoine DupontOne player that caught the eye early from the Pumitas was fly-half Domingo Miotti. Like a tall version of Jonny Wilkinson, Miotti possesses a monster boot and knocked over a penalty from halfway in just the first few minutes. Back-rower Bautista Delguy also has some skills, displaying a turn of pace to score a handy try that embarrassed the French cover defence.Gallic scrum-half Antoine Dupont scored the only try of the first half with an individual moment of magic. Seeing a hole in the Argentine defence he grubbered in behind, showed great pace to regather his own kick and touch down. With creative instincts and speed to boot, the nifty Castres No 9 will go far.Scotland 15-10 AustraliaScottish eyes are smiling after this dramatic five-point victory over a haphazard Australia. This was an all-action match marked by Aussie centre Campbell Magnay, who was red carded after separate tip tackles in each half, and referee Thomas Charabas who went to the TMO with nearly every chance he had. Scotland fell behind 3-7 after Isack Rodda scored in the first half, but everything changed when Magnay receiving his marching orders.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS New Zealand move on to tougher opponents in Ireland, as they seek their sixth world title from nine attempts. Rest assured this Kiwi outfit looks as strong as in previous years. Georgia has a slight change of pace in Wales, who will be undoubtedly eager to make up for their one-point loss to the Irish. Unfortunately it doesn’t get any easier for the men of Borjgali.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here and find out how to download the digital edition here.last_img read more

Against the odds: rugby loves an upset

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS It may not be seen as too significant, but over the weekend two results caught the eye; one a surprising Aviva Premiership result, the other a lower-tier Test that although against the odds, will not have registered on too many radars.The first was a rare loss for reigning European Champions Cup and Premiership holders Saracens against Harlequins. A strong rearguard effort and tries sweeping in from distance resigned Sarries to a 17-10 loss and Maro Itoje’s first defeat in a top-flight match he has started for his club or England ­ an incredible run that lasted 31 games.The other result on Saturday worth noting was Poland’s 22-0 walloping of Ukraine ­ a side who were much higher than them in the world rankings. The opening win of the Rugby European Trophy meant that the Eastern European side climbed three places in the rankings to 34 in the world, while Ukraine fell from 27 to 28.Why bring both of these up in the same breath? Because rugby fans love an upset. There is something about the underdog snarling their way to victory that gets us excited. We look set for another season of ups and downs. We may not see Connacht double up in the Pro12, but maybe La Rochelle can cling on to first place in France’s Top 14? Scarlets may be the only Welsh side in this season’s Champions Cup, but can their incredibly talented back-line come alive or can the other three sides take inspiration from the Dragons’ surprising 23-21 won over Gloucester in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup last year, with maybe one of them lifting the trophy?You may be lucky enough to tell when the next upset is coming from, but guaranteed there will be one somewhere and you can bet the rest of us will find ourselves involuntarily revelling in the result as well. Against the odds: Japan’s famous victory over South Africa in 2015 Incredible journey: Connacht win the Pro12 title against the oddsWe will talk about Japan’s 2015 Rugby World Cup victory over South Africa for as long as we live. We shook our heads, chuckled and said, “They’ve done it again!” when Japan’s men’s sevens pulled off a shock win over their New Zealand counterparts in the recent Olympic games. In that same tournament an unfancied Team GB got all the way to a silver medal. And how often will we hear of Connacht’s wonderful rush to the Guinness Pro12 title last season? It was ­ a trophy success lovingly compared to Leicester City’s stunning title grab in the English Premier League soccer – and one which would have made you a fair windfall had you used the best rugby union betting tips.Of course these upsets don’t always go in your favour. Wales fans still cringe whenever their side draw a Pacific Islands nation in the World Cup, harking back in pain to 1991’s 16-13 loss to (Western) Samoa, 38-31 loss to the same side four years later or 2007’s 38-34 loss to Fiji.last_img read more

Bishop of Jamaica elected to serve as archbishop of the…

first_img Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Bath, NC Bishop of Jamaica elected to serve as archbishop of the West Indies Director of Music Morristown, NJ Posted May 30, 2019 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Anglican Communion News Service] Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Howard Gregory has been elected to serve as archbishop and primate of the Church of the Province of the West Indies.Howard was elected during the 40th synod of the province, being held in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He succeeds Archbishop John Holder, who retired as bishop of Barbados in February 2018.Read the full article here. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Anglican Communion An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem 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 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 Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

World Day Against Death Penalty: urgent need for abolition also concerns journalists

first_img Organisation October 9, 2008 – Updated on January 25, 2016 World Day Against Death Penalty: urgent need for abolition also concerns journalists On the eve of the 6th World Day Against the Death Penalty tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders would like to highlight the fact that this archaic form of punishment, whose continuing use is a political and human rights outrage, is still being used against journalists and those who defend free speech.“It would be inappropriate, when talking about the death penalty, to suggest that its use in some cases is more appalling than in others,” the press freedom organisation said. “But we want to highlight one of its pernicious aspects, which directly concerns journalists and free expression, with the aim of responding once and for all to those who still hesitate to support calls for the abolition of this irreversible punishment on the grounds that it is only used against the most horrible criminals.”The most emblematic case today is in a country which, paradoxically, is under the surveillance of powerful parliamentary democracies – Afghanistan. Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, a young journalist and student, and contributor to the magazine Jahan-e Naw (“New World”), languishes in a Kabul prison cell awaiting the outcome of the interminable appeal proceedings against his conviction on a blasphemy charge.Despite demonstrations by many fellow Afghan journalists and writers, this young man is still under the sentence of death that was issued by a court in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif in January 2008, at the end of a summary trial behind closed doors at which he was not defended by a lawyer. In just one week’s time, on 17 October, he will begin his second year in detention, which in itself is an appalling punishment for someone whose only crime was to have downloaded and kept articles about the role of women in Muslim society. A medical report confirms that he has been tortured while in detention.A similar case in Iran last year highlighted how the death penalty can be a terrifying tool for silencing dissenting voices. Adnan Hassanpour, a 26-year-old journalist in Iranian Kurdistan who wrote for the now banned weekly Asou and various foreign news media, was arrested on 25 January 2007 and imprisoned in Mahabad (Kurdistan). After sentencing him to death twice for “subversive activities against national security,” the Iranian courts finally decided in September of this year that he could not be regarded as a “mohareb” (enemy of God) and transferred his case to a civil court in Kurdistan. This impassioned young advocate of Kurdish cultural rights is now being held in Sanandaj. He has already gone on hunger strike twice in protest against his prison conditions.The charge of being “mohareb,” a very vaguely defined capital crime, is often used in Iran as a weapon for threatening those who might be tempted to defy the government of the day. The blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, for example, was accused in 2005 of insulting the prophets before finally being acquitted.Iranians who campaign for the abolition of the death penalty are also liable to the target of systematic repression. The authorities have for years been venting their anger on journalist and abolitionist Emadoldin Baghi, who has often been jailed. He was last arrested on 14 October 2007 after being charged with “propaganda against the regime” and publishing secret government documents “obtained with the help of detainees held for violating the security of special establishments.”He had just founded Guardians of the Right to Life, the first organisation to be formed in Iran with the specific aim of campaigning against the death penalty. The winner of the French republic’s human rights prize in 2005, Baghi served a three-year prison sentence from 2000 to 2003 after writing a book about a 1998 wave of murders of intellectuals and journalists, and a column for the daily Neshat defending a modern view of Islam and its relationship to the death penalty.But the Iranian government is not giving any ground. In fact, the parliament passed an extremely harsh bill on its first reading in July that is intended to “reinforce penalties for crimes against society’s moral security.” If definitively adopted, this law would be unique in the world, making the “creation of blogs and websites that promote corruption, prostitution or apostasy” punishable by hanging or by “amputation of the right hand and left foot.”Our concerns are not limited to the Muslim world. The Ethiopian authorities jailed the leaders of the main opposition party on charges of high treason and genocide in November 2005 after a wave of rioting and bloodshed was triggered by the announcement that Prime Minister Meles Zenawi’s party had won the parliamentary elections. Around 20 pro-opposition newspaper publishers and editors were also jailed on the same charges. They were all eventually acquitted or pardoned in 2007, but before that, some of them were sentenced to death for what was regarded as an ethnically-motivated coup attempt.The case of radio journalist and Black Panther Party member Mumia Abu-Jamal in the United States serves as a reminder that capital punishment still has not been abolished in the world’s biggest economy. Sentenced to death in 1982 for the fatal shooting of a policeman, Daniel Faulkner – which he denies doing – Abu-Jamal has spent 26 years on death row. A Philadelphia federal appeal court commuted the sentence in March of this year to life imprisonment. The prosecution could still appeal. RSF_en On the eve of the 6th World Day Against the Death Penalty tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders would like to highlight the fact that this archaic form of punishment, whose continuing use is a political and human rights outrage, is still being used against journalists and those who defend free speech. News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

A History of the Braley Building

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Subscribe The Braley Building, now home of the Church of Scientology of Pasadena, was originally constructed in 1906 for civic and business leader Edgar Braley. It housed Braley’s bicycle emporium, then with the rising popularity of the automobile, was subsequently transformed into Pasadena’s first electric car dealership.The design, including the classic Beaux Arts exterior and magnificent galleria, is the work of C.W. Buchanan, one of Pasadena’s most prolific architects.By the late 1970s the Braley Building, along with the rest of Pasadena’s old town, had succumbed to urban blight and was slated for demolition. A concerted band of citizens joined forces and saved the building—and in so doing, catalyzed the revitalization of the entire historic district.L. Ron Hubbard founded the Church of Scientology with the vision that all Churches of Scientology become what he termed Ideal Organizations that do not only provide the ideal facilities for Scientologists on their ascent to higher states of spiritual freedom. The organizations should also serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground of cooperative effort to uplift people of all denominations.Since 1980, the Church served a growing congregation in Pasadena and surrounding communities.As the Church grows, the physical establishment of Scientology also improved. The Church meticulously renovated and preserved its distinctive architecture and elements. Among these are the historic storefront windows; the original tin-formed ceilings; the Craftsman millwork and square columns throughout; and the atrium’s bicycle-inspired stained-glass windows, as well as its iron balusters and original clocks.All renovations were planned and executed in accordance with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.Dedicated as the home of the Church of Scientology in July 2010, the building remains a significant tribute to the past and herald of the future for Pasadena.The Church was honored for its preservation of Pasadena’s rich architectural history with the city’s Historic Preservation Award. It has always been an important part of the Old Pasadena, which is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the most cherished and visited destinations in Southern California.At the same time, the Church remains committed to upholding the rich heritage that has imbued Pasadena with its cultural values and quality of life. They look forward to working together with every individual and group dedicated to achieving our shared dreams of drug-free, crime-free communities and a flourishing future for all generations to come.The Church of Scientology Pasadena, 35 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 792-7532 or visit www.scientology-pasadena.org.center_img Make a comment 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Faith & Religion News A History of the Braley Building From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, May 23, 2014 | 5:47 pm Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Man indicted in stabbing death of roommate’s girlfriend

first_imgHome Local News Crime Man indicted in stabbing death of roommate’s girlfriend By admin – March 7, 2018 WhatsApp Local NewsCrime Man indicted in stabbing death of roommate’s girlfriend Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: March 7Next article2018 Primary featured a mostly crowded field admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook Scales of Justice 3 Scales of Justice 3 While being interviewed by Texas Rangers, Roberts admitted to stabbing and killing Williams while he was trying to leave the apartment, the affidavit detailed, and told them he had hidden Williams inside of a large duffel bag and disposed of her body in a dumpster near Eighth Street and Meadow Avenue, where officers later found her body.Roberts was initially charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, but after reviewing the completed investigation and presenting all the facts to the grand jury, an indictment for capital murder was returned. The release said Ashley Williams was killed during the course of a robbery.Ramirez told police Roberts had taken his vehicle without his consent, the probable cause affidavit said.District Attorney Bobby Bland said a capital murder charge requires the murder to be committed while committing another crime, such as robbery or burglary, and has stricter penalties than first-degree murder.The penalty for first-degree murder is 5 to 99 years in prison with possibility of parole, while capital murder is either life in prison without parole or death.Bland said they have decided to waive the death penalty for Roberts at this point, but that has the possibility to change during the course of the trial.Ramirez was also indicted by a grand jury on two counts of sexual assault of a child, but Bland said the case is unrelated to Williams’ murder.Jail records show Roberts is currently in the Ector County Detention Center and has two bonds totaling $1,025,000.Roberts has an arraignment to be formally issued the charges scheduled for 3 p.m. March 19, court records show. The hearing will take place in the 161st District Court of Judge John Smith. WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img 1 of 2 Kevin Lee Roberts (new) Youngsters urged to be safe over graduation weekends Twitter Pinterest Twitter Southern Style Potato SaladFruit Salad to Die ForSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay An Ector County grand jury indicted a man Monday accused of killing his roommate’s girlfriend while trying to commit a robbery last December.Kevin Lee Roberts, 23, was first charged last December with the stabbing death of 21-year-old Ashley Williams, the girlfriend of his roommate, Kevin Ramirez.After calls from neighbors about a disturbance and later a report from Ramirez that his car had been stolen and Williams was missing, officers obtained a search warrant for Ramirez’s and Roberts’ apartment at Quail Run Apartments, 5335 N. Grandview Ave. Witnesses also told police they had seen Roberts cleaning up blood transfer marks outside of the apartment, the affidavit stated.Roberts was pulled over that night by the Department of Public Safety in the 2016 Chevrolet Impala reported stolen. A red bloodlike substance was found on the vehicle, the report stated. Police searching for man connected to hit and run Police searching for woman connected to husband’s death last_img read more

Conaway talks shutdown, new Congress

first_imgLocal News Congressman Mike Conaway talks to the Odessa American on Monday morning. The Democratic Party is officially in control of the U.S. House of Representatives as of Thursday, and U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Midland, said it feels a lot like 2011 when Republicans took over. “In 2011, we beat 63 sitting Democrats, those folks came in with an agenda ready to go,” Conaway said. “I think the same thing is happening now, just on the other side.” Because the House rules are set so that just a simple majority controls everything, Conaway said that new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can rule with an iron fist. He said a new rule packet passed gives Pelosi the authority to speak on behalf of the entire House whether Obamacare is constitutional, and has lowered the number of votes required to change the tax rate from three-fifths to a majority. “They put rules in place without a lot of consultation from us,” Conaway said. “In 2011, I don’t remember consulting them very much when we took over for them and set the rules. It’s one of these classic ‘to the victor belongs the spoils’ and they get to run the shop the way they see fit.” Conaway said he hasn’t had a one-on-one conversation with Pelosi, having only a couple of brief conversations, but called her street smart and said she has a terrific team around her. “She’s built a lot of IOUs over the years from the crowd that does surround her,” he said. “I’m not sure where that strength came from, other than she paid her dues and parlayed that into a leadership role.” There hasn’t been much running of government lately, as Democrats and Republicans argue over passing a bill that would end the government shutdown that has been ongoing since Dec. 22. President Donald Trump has said he would not pass a bill to end the shutdown without funding for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, which Pelosi has said won’t happen. Conaway called the debate over a border wall a fake argument. “It’s a fake argument in a sense because it’s really about not letting Trump have the victory he wants,” Conaway said. Conaway said if you ask anybody if it’s in America’s best interest to know who and what is coming in and out of the country, most people would say yes. What is on the table right now, Conaway said, is $5.7 billion to buy 2,000 employees and infrastructure improvements along the border where it’s needed. There are many fences already up on the border needing to be replaced, Conaway said, with different sectors of the border that have different needs. While Trump initially wanted a concrete wall, Conaway said Border Patrol has told them a see-through fence would be better. “Let’s be smart about it and spend our resources properly, but operational control of the border is in our best interest,” Conaway said. Conaway said he didn’t think revoking the pay of Congress members during government shutdown would speed up the issue, because many of the faces of the shutdown, like Trump and Pelosi, are independently wealthy and wouldn’t be affected, and said it didn’t have an impact in October 2013 when the government was completely shut down. He expressed concern about how the shutdown affects employees who live pay check to pay check. Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a constitutional amendment Friday that would create term limits for Congress members — three terms for representatives and two terms for senators. But Conaway said he would not be in support of term limits, and would like to know if this means Cruz will not run for a third term. Conaway said term limits would be a solution in search of a problem. Were term limits to be enacted, Conaway said Congress members could do what they want during their last term. “You want that threat there,” Conaway said. “It’s also particularly un-republican in the sense that if I’m earning people’s votes, I should be able to get those votes. Do you really want government telling you who you can and can’t vote for?” Conaway differentiated this from presidential term limits by saying the position of the president is so powerful that it’s essential to not have that power engrained, while one Congress member, on their own, isn’t nearly as powerful. One of the latest bills Conaway was able to get passed was an $867 billion farm bill, passed in December with a 386-47 vote. One part of the original bill Conaway pushed for, but wasn’t passed, was increased work requirements for Supplement Nutritional Assistance Program beneficiaries. This would have raised the age limit requiring SNAP recipients to work 20 hours a week from 49 to 59. “That 20 hours says that if you were to be on food stamps for more than three months out of 36, you need to work 20 hours a week,” he said. “If you do that, you can stay on food stamps in that regard. If you choose not to work and not help yourself, we’ll limit food stamps because you ought to go get a job.” Conaway also wanted to limit the waiver for work requirements, which he said had been abused. But he said Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue had authority over the waiver process because the U.S. Department of Agriculture sets the process in place. What he did get in the bill, Conaway said, was program integrity. There will be a database created by the USDA to catch people who are “double dipping,” as in, people who are on individual SNAP programs in separate states. Conaway added that Perdue had told him he had released a proposed rule to do what was in the House version of the farm bill regarding the waiver issue. “The advantage of Sonny doing it is that it becomes $15 million of deficit reduction,” Conaway said. “From a fiscal conservative standpoint, that’s actually a better answer.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img TAGS  Pinterest Previous articleLate penalty helps Nimes win and move out of relegation zoneNext article010919_Katy_Taylor_Hoyng_0 Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Conaway talks shutdown, new Congress Twitterlast_img read more

Dual credit proves fruitful for NTO grads

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Dual credit proves fruitful for NTO grads Pinterest Twitter TAGS  center_img Previous articleAndrew TorresNext articleMOLLETTE: Graduation Time in America Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Pinterest Local News Facebook George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa seniors Danielle Hornbuckle, Andrea Liette Ruiz and Auden Salazar pose with their degrees and certificates from Odessa College. They graduate from NTO Friday. Auden Salazar, Andrea Liette Ruiz and Danielle Hornbuckle are just three of a number of George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa students who are already half way through college, even though they are graduating today.Commencement is set for 10 a.m. today at the Odessa College Sports Center, 201 W. University Blvd.Salazar, 18, earned his core completion from Odessa College; Ruiz, 18, earned an associate of arts degree and certificate in criminal justice; and Hornbuckle, 17, got certificates as a certified nurse assistant and EMT.All three said they thought being able to earn associate degrees and certificates while still in high school was a great head start.“I think it’s a really great opportunity that I got and I took it. I only had to pay for two classes because most of my classes at New Tech were free for my dual credit program, so I’m super excited to use my degree and pursue a higher bachelor’s degree with it. It saved me a lot of time,” Ruiz said.She added that another reason she wanted to get her associate degree was that she’s planning to go into the Air Force and this will give her a higher rank, an E3, or Airman First Class. While in the Air Force, Ruiz said she plans to pursue a communications degree from University of Texas Permian Basin and then go through Grand Canyon University for a degree in education to become a teacher.“I want to be a teacher because in my life when I was growing up I saw a lot of teachers who impacted my life and they really did teach me. I was with them most of the time here. You’re with your teachers more than you’re with your parents. They’re the ones who teach you about life lessons. They just teach you about everything and I want to be able to impact a kid’s life one day like how my teachers did with me,” Ruiz said.Salazar was dreaming of earning a degree from NYU or UT Austin to pursue filmmaking, but that didn’t work out, so he applied to UT San Antonio and got in.Salazar said he knows college is the path he wants to take, but if he goes to UTSA, he plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications.While his dream is still to work in the film industry, his more realistic dream is to work in advertising or another communication-based career, he said.“I just very much enjoyed the idea of storytelling, or telling any type of story. When I was younger, I would always write stories but then whenever I came to New Tech, I found a passion for filmmaking. I found that I really liked to link stories to visual concepts … so that’s what I wanted to pursue,” Salazar said.“But for advertising, I just think that’s an extremely interesting part of the business culture and how that works; how marketing goes into it; how you have to use certain colors to get this type of demographic. I find all of that extremely interesting, so that’s why I want to pursue it,” he added.Hornbuckle plans to become a pediatric nurse. She’s going to start at OC to get her registered nurse degree and then transfer to another university, probably Texas Tech, to get her bachelor’s degree in nursing.For a long time, Hornbuckle said, she wanted to be a neonatal intensive care unit nurse, but has recently begun moving toward pediatrics.“I love little kids and I love being able to make them feel better,” Hornbuckle said. “I love seeing the smiles on their faces.”The three students also agree that New Tech was the right choice for them because of its project-based learning, technology and dual credit options.“… Whenever I first heard about it, it immediately caught my attention,” Salazar said. “I liked how they were technology based and how they were project based. That’s one of the most interesting parts of New Tech is how we essentially take all of our curriculum and put it into a project and then complete it. That’s how we’ve been learning over the past four years and I really liked it.”“New Tech has given me a lot of opportunities that I feel like I wouldn’t have been able to get at any other school. I’ve spoken at film festivals for short PSAs (public service announcements) that I’ve made. I’ve been able to volunteer with the United Way. I’ve been on the Superintendent’s Advisory Council. There’s just a lot of things that I’ve felt that I’ve been able to do for my community through coming to New Tech, so I’m really glad that I came here and I got my basics and they helped me out with that,” Salazar added.Ruiz said NTO has benefitted her greatly by being able to earn college credit while in high school and it also taught her how to communicate with people better, speak clearly and get her point across.“I just think it was such an amazing school to be at,” Ruiz said.Hornbuckle said attending New Tech got her headed toward the medical field.“Going to Permian or OHS, I don’t think I would have had had the opportunity to take the CNA class or the EMT class, but I think definitely coming here I was definitely pushed to go into the medical field and I was given the opportunity to take these classes and this is what I want to do when I get older,” Hornbuckle said.Principal Amy Hoxie said she thinks the dual credit students are amazing.“To be able to get a certification or a degree at the same of having to do PBL (project-based learning) here I think is awesome. And I think it really speaks to all the things that they’ve learned here since being students that they’re able to juggle and manage that and be successful,” Hoxie said.“I’m very happy for them. They act like it’s nothing, but it really is a huge deal and I’m very happy; very proud of them. I hope that they get to not have to spend so much money on college now that they don’t have to go for the four to six years that most of us do,” she added.last_img read more