Forget buy-to-let! House prices may crash in 2021 so I’m buying UK shares instead

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones 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. See all posts by Harvey Jones 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Harvey Jones | Friday, 11th December, 2020 Forget buy-to-let! 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Enter Your Email Address 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. Buy-to-let or UK shares? That is the question most investors find themselves asking at some point. Right now, investors have a real incentive to buy property, thanks to the stamp duty holiday, which applies to buy-to-let landlords as well as residential buyers.For me, the answer has always been UK shares, and current events do not change that. The vast majority of my long-term wealth will go into FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks rather than investment property, and here’s why.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 UK property market is buoyant right now. Prices rose 6.5% in the year to December, according to Nationwide. Rock bottom interest rates, the urge to exchange cramped urban flats for houses with gardens, and the stamp duty holiday are mostly to thank/blame for that. So why am I buying UK shares in the middle of a house price boom?Here’s why I’m buying UK sharesPersonally, I do not believe the boom can last much longer. It may already be tailing off, as new research from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors shows buyer enquiries starting to slide. Its members expect sales to slow dramatically in 2021.Currently, the stamp duty holiday is due to end on 31 March. It may already be too late to put in an offer and complete in time, given transaction delays. I have a sneaking suspicion that Chancellor Rishi Sunak will extend the tax break, just as he extended furlough, but we don’t know yet. Another worry is that the Help to Buy scheme will be scaled back from March, and of course furlough ends as well. All this will come as unemployment starts to peak, adding to the pressure on property.I am particularly concerned that the latest boom has pushed house prices to unsustainable highs, and this will aggravate any crash. I don’t expect a total meltdown as demand for property is too high, but I am wary. By contrast, I think UK shares could be set for a good 2021, having underperformed by international standards.Buy-to-let is too much botherAccording to MSCI, the UK All Cap index fell 14.55% in the year to 30 November. By comparison, the rest of the world has climbed 11.19%, with the US up 16.56%. The UK has been underperforming since the EU referendum in 2016. So while UK property looks overpriced, UK shares do not.As the vaccine programme kicks in, I’m hoping the economy will be back next year, making now a good time to buy UK shares. There are uncertainties, though, primarily Brexit. Also, the pandemic will not suddenly end but could drag on tediously. But I’m still optimistic for a brighter 2021. We need it.There is another reason why I would buy UK shares over buy-to-let. They are so much easier to trade, and you can hold them free of all income tax and capital gains tax inside a Stocks and Shares ISA. Property is horribly illiquid, and it takes four or five months to complete a transaction these days. I much prefer the flexibility of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks, and that’s why I’m buying them to fund my retirement.last_img read more

Growing dental care ministry has roots in Tennessee cathedral’s outreach…

first_imgGrowing dental care ministry has roots in Tennessee cathedral’s outreach to struggling women Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC June 9, 2018 at 9:34 am My husband is a soon to be retired dentist. We have 3 dental chairs to donate if anyone is interested Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Georgiana Vines says: Judy yodd says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls By David PaulsenPosted Jun 7, 2018 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA Larry Waters says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bruce Walker says: Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA June 7, 2018 at 10:29 pm Simply outstanding. Ministry happens when you put skills together with big hearts and seek to serve others as Jesus showed us and instructed us to do. Being a dentist and priest, I am grateful, proud and inspired by your ministry. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Comments (4) Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Comments are closed. 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET June 7, 2018 at 10:01 pm This is absolutely wonderful! And all because people cared and did not expect or wait on government aid. My mother would have benefitted from this caring group. Blessings on all of you. Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET June 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm Thank you for doing this story. Dr. Borole, her staff, Pattie Thiele and Friends of St. John’s deserve the recognition. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Smiles for Hope, led by Dr. Smita Borole, center, is a nonprofit providing free dental care in Knoxville, Tennessee, that grew out of outreach by St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral to the YWCA and the work of congregation member Pattie Thiel, front left. They pose here with other Smiles for Hope volunteers. Photo: Smiles for Hope[Episcopal News Service] Sometimes outreach can take on a life of its own. That’s the case at St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral in Knoxville, Tennessee, where the congregation’s decade of support for the local YWCA sprouted a dental care ministry that has grown into a nonprofit organization with a model that leaders hope can be replicated around the country.“There’s not much in the way of free dental care in this country,” said Pattie Thiel, a member of St. John’s and one of the lead volunteers with Smiles for Hope. “There’s free health care if you need it, but not free dental care.”Smiles for Hope started with the idea that dental care was nearly as important as medical care for people living on the economic margins. In a little over two years, the ministry has provided an estimated $200,000 in pro bono dental work, from routine cleanings to tooth extractions and dentures, to the women living in transitional housing at YWCA Knoxville. And although those dental services have expanded well beyond the outreach that initially was supported by St. John’s, a spiritual mission still inspires Smiles for Hope’s volunteers.“I’m convinced that this is something that is meant to be,” said Dr. Smita Borole, the dentist who now is the driving force behind the Smiles for Hope nonprofit. Borole is from India, where she was raised in the Hindu faith but also attended a Catholic school, and she feels a higher power guiding her work with Thiel and the YWCA.“The mission is so important, and the difference that we’re making in people’s lives, it is so impactful,” Borole told Episcopal News Service.St. John’s connection to the YWCA began through a group of lay members that call themselves St. John’s Friends. The group began by offering dinners for the women living at the YWCA, and over the years members of the congregation have led Christmas craft projects, donated movie passes and gift cards to the women and worked to provide items from wish lists created by the YWCA.“The Y is just a block from our cathedral, so they are our neighbors,” said Zulette Melnick, who has volunteered with the St. John’s Friends group in the past. “It kind of started on that premise. … It certainly has evolved over the years.”That kind of outreach “really means the world to our residents,” said Emma Parrott, social services coordinator with the YWCA. “We just really appreciate their involvement with us.”The YWCA’s 58-bed facility opened in 1925, and since then it has offered transitional housing for women struggling with a variety of challenges, such as homelessness, the threat of eviction and domestic violence. The demand is great, and the YWCA’s waiting list for rooms is long, Parrott said.St. John’s offers a grant program to help the women pay part of their $140 move-in fees. Residents must have some form of income and can stay up to two years in the single-occupancy rooms, with the average stay being a little more than a year. “The goal is to get them into something more permanent,” Parrott said.YWCA officials gather the women once a month for meetings that provide guidance, support and connections to other services. And at each meeting, the women are offered dental screenings and invited to make appointments with Smiles for Hope.The dental care ministry had been underway for a few years, at Thiel’s instigation, before it became known as Smiles for Hope. Thiel, now 77, previously worked as a dental assistant, and after retiring about 10 years ago she began looking for volunteer opportunities. At the same time, she was wrapping up participation in the Education for Ministry program and scanning the church bulletin when she spotted an opening for a volunteer dental assistant at Knoxville’s Volunteer Ministry Center, which supports people who are homeless.“It was kind of like, OK, well, I guess that’s God saying I need to do something about this,” she said.The Volunteer Ministry Center was developing a new headquarters to include a three-chair dental clinic to serve the chronically homeless, and when that was up and running, Thiel signed on to help. But she also thought of the women staying at the YWCA, who wouldn’t qualify for the Volunteer Ministry Center’s services but still would benefit from free dental care.Thiel said she approached the dentist who was working with the center and asked if he’d be open to treating the YWCA residents on one Saturday a month, when the dental clinic otherwise wouldn’t be in use. He agreed to help, and a new ministry was born.After a few years of that work, the clinic received a fortuitous visit from another dentist who was interested in volunteering. That dentist was Borole, and as she joined the team, she took on more of a leadership role.“She was the spark that we needed,” Thiel said. “She is committed, very, very committed to this ministry.”Under Borole, the ministry incorporated as the Smiles for Hope nonprofit in October 2017 and continues to schedule appointments once a month. Borole attends the YWCA’s meeting with its residents on the first Wednesday of every month and schedules women for appointments over four hours on the following Saturday. The Smiles for Hope clinic typically serves a dozen or more women each month, and Borole and Thiel are supported by several other volunteers, such as hygienists, dental assistants, a lab technician and people who handle paperwork and the intake process.Some patients receive root canals, fillings or crowns. Dental cleanings are common, but Borole’s team also often handles more intensive procedures, such as removing multiple teeth at a time to outfit the women with dentures. Many of the patients have had little to no dental care in the past, either because of the expense or lack of an opportunity to see a dentist, Borole said, so their teeth are decaying or already missing.The goal is to get as much dental work done at once, so the women don’t have to keep coming back for follow-up visits. “They’re leaving that day with a smile,” Borole said.She said she approaches each patient in a gentle manner, because dentistry’s intimacy sometimes can be intimidating. It may be uncomfortable to let a stranger into your personal space, especially for women who have been physically and emotionally abused.The results, however, can be transformative. Borole said she sometimes bumps into former patients in public and is encouraged by their boosted self-esteem and their successes, whether it be securing permanent housing or finding a job interacting with customers without feeling self-conscious about their teeth.“We’ve really gotten to know these women personally, and it really is touching,” she said.Thiel continues to help at the clinics every month, though her role has evolved into something of a general coordinator. Borole sees Thiel as sort of the glue that holds the ministry together, its tireless cheerleader. Thiel said she is happy simply directing traffic when things get hectic on a Saturday morning. Her years of experience with this work are a key asset.“I’m 77 years old. I’ve seen it and done it, been there and back again,” she said. “They can’t present me with much I’ve never encountered.”Thiel and Borole also hope to create a template for other organizations interested in offering free dental care in their own communities, and Smiles for Hope is looking for ways to expand within the Knoxville community as well, such as by working with domestic abuse shelters.“Our goal is to be able to help as many women and children as we possibly can,” Borole said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET last_img read more

A football game in Vietnam the day after Christmas 1969

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Thank you for this article! charles towne Michael J Heaton Reggie Connell Please enter your comment! Reggie Connel, that my friend is some damned fine writing! Life is like that, the ball isn’t always retrieved. But, somewhere out there in no-man’s land, like memories lost, is an old piece of pigskin. No sniper found it but landmines protected it as it laid there in repose. It is no longer a ball, just a rat chewed fragment, that if it were to be retrieved today would proudly sit on the mantle of our minds, and when we looked at it we would smile and remember old friends and realize anew that just perhaps we left something more than a football in that far away place. Chaz Michael J Heaton December 25, 2019 at 11:25 am December 26, 2019 at 10:05 pm Thanks Chaz. Not sure if we knew what we were really doing at the time, but as we look back now, it is very apparent. All military can stand proud and we can really appreciate those serving today and enjoy the fruits of their efforts on our behalf!! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 8 COMMENTS You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reggie Connell Reply Reply December 26, 2019 at 11:46 am I remember reading this story last year right here and it brings tears to my eyes again this year as I was in that God Forsaken country that Christmas too and unfortunately we didn’t have a football, but we had some special whiskey to do some shots and we managed to get through that Christmas crossing off another day on the calendar until DEROS. Welcome home to all my brothers!! Merry Christmas in the good ole USA!! Reggie Connellcenter_img charles towne December 26, 2019 at 3:13 am Reply Mike, I guess it goes to prove that we can find the unexpected when we least expect it. This article by Reggie Connel struck me as fine writing even though I never served in what can only be described as hell. I for one appreciate what you guys did, Chaz Reply December 26, 2019 at 4:55 pm TAGSChristmas 2018InspirationVietnam Previous articleNancy’s Christmas twigNext articleWashington’s perilous Christmas night crossing of the Delaware: Health hazards worse than war Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yes, and you’ll probably read it again in 2020. Lol. Thanks again for your service, Mike. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Thank you, Flo. It’s always an honor to have you share your thoughts on the site. Reply Reply December 27, 2019 at 10:41 am Flo Nelson Christmas 2019InspirationBy Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceEditor’s Note: This article was republished from the December 25th, 2017 and 2018 editions of The Apopka Voice, and probably will be again in 2020.It was Christmas night in 1982, and I was at Mastry’s Bar and Grill in St. Petersburg with several writers and editors close to last call. For the first time in my life, I worked on Christmas Day to help publish the December 26th edition of The St. Petersburg Times. I was by far the youngest person in the group and had by far the least amount of work experience, but for some reason, I uttered this remark to a group of journalists that had been away from their homes on many Christmas evenings.“This is the first Christmas I have spent away from home.”This comment, coming from a 19-year old stringer who had worked on the news desk less than one year, was like kindling in a smoldering fireplace to the seasoned veterans present. What could be better than a teenager complaining about working on Christmas?When the laughter died down, their recollections began…“Are you serious kid?” said a 50-something reporter who was chain-smoking and drinking gin and tonics like he was going to the electric chair the next morning. “This is probably the 20th Christmas I’ve worked.”I tried to qualify my statement… ‘it was matter-of-factly, not a complaint’, I would say… but was interrupted by another ghost of Christmas past.“My God I covered war zones on Christmas,” said the next grizzled-editor to take a shot at me. “If you can’t handle working holidays son, you may as well quit now.”The next guy up I think claimed he covered the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. “You should’ve seen those Roman Centurions push us around… you wouldn’t have lasted five minutes kid.”Finally, the attacks ended when another group of Times staffers showed up, and the conversation shifted mercifully away from me. That was also when Shelby Strother sat down beside me to check on my well-being.“Don’t let the bastards get you down,” he said, knowing the cliche’ would make me laugh.Shelby was a staff writer and columnist for the sports department, and the greatest writer I have ever known. I worked with him for a couple of years at The Times before I went off to college, and he went on to be one of the best sports writers of the 80’s and 90’s.Shelby died after a brief bout with cancer in 1991. If he were alive today, I believe he would have been one of the great novelists in American history.He had a rare collection of personality traits. He was shy and kept to himself, seeking out remote areas of the news floor to write his articles. Despite his desire for solitude, his attire was that of an extrovert – Hawaiian shirts, leather jackets, and dark sunglasses being his staples. He didn’t share a lot of himself with people, or a lot of his experiences, but when he did it was substantive, and would always draw a crowd of interested listeners.But when it came to writing, no one was more passionate.Shelby would fight with editors about every single comma, period, word, sentence, and paragraph of his articles.He talked a lot about sentence rhythm.Words were like lyrics to him. Columns were like songs. And if an editor didn’t understand that, he went from shy to full-throated debater in the blink of an eye.Shelby was on a constant search for great stories, and the perfect words to tell those stories. He was a sort of mentor to me. Perhaps the only person I have ever described that way. I hung on his every word as it related to sports, journalism, reporting, and writing.But there was a side of him I never knew.I asked him when his first Christmas was away from his family, and he told me it was 1969. I thought about that for a moment, and then asked him where he was in 1969.“Vietnam,” he said.It wasn’t something he talked a lot about. At least not to me. But on that Christmas night in 1982, he shared a story about that historic event that I will always remember.* * * * *“On the day after Christmas, in 1969, I had powdered eggs and Jello for breakfast,” he said. “I drank the Jello. They mixed it up and served it before it began to set and it almost tasted like Kool-Aid depending on how thirsty you were. It was bad, but the eggs were worse. Powdered eggs were one of those things that never got mentioned when someone would ask what it was like in Vietnam.”On this particular day, Shelby had a bad case of the Christmas blues.“It was my first Christmas away from home,” he said. “And the Southeast Asian winter wonderland with the acne of bomb craters and questionable morals could not be any further from home.”He knew when Christmas came because the bulletin board told him. A typed message declared:Christmas will be celebrated on 25 December by order of…“Oh, there were efforts and allusions,” he said. “Like Christmas Eve, when the uneasy truce made things seem almost like a Silent Night. If I tried hard enough, I could hear the unlucky guy who drew guard duty whispering Christmas carols to himself while smoking a joint. And Christmas morning the cooks wore chef hats, instead of fatigue caps. And the line for confession was conspicuously long. And the Armed Forces Radio Network played Handel’s Messiah instead of the usual fare of feel-good rock n’ roll. And maybe for a few minutes, I got that toasty warm feeling Christmas Day always provided.”Then he saw a pal, a Marine whose nerves had gotten so bad that lately, he had taken to drinking himself to sleep. The Marine was feeling sorry for himself and tears tracked down his hard face. Beside him was a tape recorder, playing his children’s wonderfully butchered version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town. He hadn’t written home in months.“I  thought about saying something,” Shelby said. “Then I changed my mind.”The Marine rewound the tape and started it again and his sobbing grew louder.“The ornaments and decorations that had been hung in the bunkers had been gnawed and chewed up by rats during the night. There was a small Christmas tree, but it was an aluminum one and someone had thrown up underneath it.”He said that the mail had not come for a week and that even the guys who didn’t have hangovers felt lousy. The depression mounted for him, but then the word spread that mail arrived, and there was a package for him. Maybe he would get some cookies. For sure, a letter, something from his kid sister or folks or girlfriend, any words of support he could use to keep his contemporary world at arm’s length.It turned out to be a football.“Not just any football,” he said “But one caught in the stands by his father back in the days before the nets were hoisted in the end zone at college games. A genuine game ball from the University of Miami. It was my father’s prized possession.”There was also a note from his father. His mother usually wrote. This time his father did. There was the usual small talk, but at the end of the letter, there was something about thanks for making the sacrifice.“My father was a career military man, a retired officer, a patriot, the hawk who prayed nightly for the dove. Now, his country’s sentiments were divided. There were people sticking flowers into gun barrels. Conscientious objectors and people who were afraid of dying and people who simply did not support what was going on. Some chose to live in Canada. My father did not understand.”His father thanked him for spending this Christmas away from home. ‘It means a lot’, he wrote.“A football,” Shelby explained. “A sacrifice for a sacrifice.”“I began realizing some things that day after Christmas and years later, I still remember a lot of them. It was a bad war and our general fears and narrow ambitions were raised to high principle. Maybe we’d get to the light at the end of the tunnel before some incoming horror lit us all up and turned us into jellyfish. I thought a lot about whether the war was right or wrong. But suddenly I realized I was there in it regardless. And that counted for something.”Now he had a football.“I decided the thing to do with this football, this treasure of a grown man’s life, was to have a game with it. Kick it and throw it and fumble it and – what the hell – just let it get all scruffy and embedded with the funk that got under your skin and didn’t go away for six months until after you left the country.”The call went out.Anyone wanting to play a pickup game would meet beside the tin Quonset hut that always smelled because that was where body bags were filled. A nearby field was mowed. A bag of flour was used to line it. Sides were picked. Of course, there was an uneven number. Nothing ever goes completely by design in a police-action like Vietnam.“The game started anyway and within minutes, everyone was back in his own backyard,” Shelby said. “There was no war going on. Just a bunch of kids playing football. To the best of everyone’s knowledge, the score was tied an hour later. Not that anyone really cared.”Then Shelby described what would be the last play of this game.“In the huddle, the old pump-fake play was called. Parker, a Marine who could run faster than anyone else despite the several pounds of love beads and necklaces he always wore, would take three steps, pivot, then take off. Brito, the quarterback who always bragged of the days he led his high school team to the state finals two years in a row, promised he could fake the short pass and hit Parker as he streaked down the flour line.”Shelby said he was a blocking back on the play, and remembered it vividly.“The defender bit on the fake and was a beaten man. Brito wound up with all his might and let loose with a mighty grunt. The ball fluttered off to the right, bounced off a cooler and rolled down a gully into some thick undergrowth.”And because of the dangers of Vietnam, they did not attempt to retrieve the ball.“No search party was formed. Nobody wanted to go stomping through some area where there may or may not be some forgotten land mine. Or maybe a viper, a 30-pacer, the deadliest of snakes not walking around on two feet.”Game called on account of reality.* * * * * In later years, Shelby wrote about this football game and his recollections of his time in Vietnam. In the article, he called himself “the airman” and concluded the story with this account:“The football stayed there at least for the next 218 days when the airman transferred out. For all he knows, it’s still there.Some people later criticized him for not treating the football with the same reverence his father had. He didn’t care to listen. If anybody really wanted to know what he thought, he would have told them that the football and that football game on the day after Christmas were the best presents he ever received.The present was himself. Faith and hope and self-dignity and perspective and yeah, feeling. All were restored as he remembered once more what the world celebrates each December 25th.He might have been only a few clicks away from being the burn-out loser so many people became in that misbegotten country. But he found himself when he lost that football. For a day, he got to be a child again. He regressed and meandered through safer circumstances with less significant circumstances. The hope and fears of all the year were set aside. It was glorious.So many of his memories of that country are horrible ones. So many memories still strafe an overworked conscience. So many are contained in Washington, D.C., where the chiseled names on a stark granite wall include a free spirit named Parker. But the one memory that overrules all the others has to do with a football.There always will be a danger of confusing Christmas with that day when everyone gets a bunch of nice presents. Just as people often will mistake the gift with the package it came in.But the meaning of giving and sacrifice and Christmas, not to mention the taste of powdered eggs, will never go away for the airman who became a little more of a man by becoming a little boy again.”* * * * * Editor’s Note: Not a Christmas has passed that I don’t think of Shelby, his experiences in Vietnam, and the influence and inspiration he had in my life and my writing. This article is in memory and honor of him. Much of his prose was woven into my recollection of the conversation I had with him that evening.  Reply Thanks, Chuck. I hope you have a great Christmas. December 25, 2019 at 12:29 pm December 26, 2019 at 12:14 am Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

E-mail lists for Alms users

 16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Users of Visual Alms, the fundraising database system from Westwood Forster, now have three e-mail discussion lists on which to share advice and tips on using the softwareUsers of Visual Alms, the fundraising database system from Westwood Forster, now have three e-mail discussion lists on which to share advice and tips on using the software.Visualalms is run on and was launched in April 2000. Unfortunately the list’s moderator has failed to reply to UK Fundraising’s requests for further information, including letting us know who he or she is. Advertisement E-mail lists for Alms users Howard Lake | 29 June 2000 | News Two other discussion lists for Visual Alms users were set up on the university e-mail list system Mailbase in January 2000. Visual-alms is a list for all users of Alms, whether the Visual or original version, and visual-alms-he is a list for users among alumni and development staff in the higher education sector. The former list for all users is the more popular in terms of number of messages posted. Both lists were set up and are managed by Janice Sorrell at the Development Office of City University, former home of UK Fundraising. None of these three lists are run by the supplier Westwood Forster although they are reported to be planning an e-mail list for those clients who have signed up for the “relationship initiative”.Find out more about these and other discussion lists for fundraisers at UK Fundraising’s directory of e-mail discussion lists. 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 Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Charities must improve protection against online attacks, says Government

first_img Charities are just as susceptible to online attacks as businesses and must do more to protect themselves from threats, a new Government report has found.The research, Cyber Security in Charities, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, involved 30 in-depth interviews with a range of charities by Ipsos MORI as part of the National Cyber Security Programme.It found that charities are just as susceptible to online attacks as businesses, with many staff not well informed about the topic and awareness and knowledge varying considerably across different charities. Other findings show those in charge of online security, especially in smaller charities, are often not proactively seeking information and relying on outsourced IT providers to deal with threats.Where charities recognised the importance of online security, this was often due to holding personal data on donors or service users, or having trustees and staff with private sector experience of the issue. Charities also recognised those responsible for online security need new skills and general awareness among staff needs to raise.Helen Stephenson CBE, Chief Executive at the Charity Commission for England and Wales, said:“Charities have lots of competing priorities but the potential damage of a cyber attack is too serious to ignore. It can result in the loss of funds or sensitive data, affect a charity’s ability to help those in need, and damage its precious reputation. Charities need to do more to educate their staff about this threat and ensure they dedicate enough time and resources to improving cyber security.“We want to make sure charities are equipped to do this, and we encourage them to use the advice on our Charities Against Fraud website. We also continue to work closely with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to help charities protect themselves online.”This year’s high profile WannaCry ransomware attack affected businesses worldwide, and at least three hospices in the UK have been reported as having fallen victim to online thefts so far during 2017. Back in May, Dorothy House Hospice Care had £130,000 stolen from its bank account through an online attack, while in July Bury Hospice lost £235,000 through online fraud, and at the beginning of August, Highland Hospice was reported to have lost £500,000. Advertisement 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  111 total views,  1 views today  112 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Melanie May | 22 August 2017 | Newscenter_img Charities must improve protection against online attacks, says Government Tagged with: Charity Commission data protection Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9last_img read more

Atlanta cop kills 911 caller

first_imgKevin Davis with his sisters.Atlanta — Kevin Davis’ family and friends are in disbelief and sorrow.How could police have shot and killed Davis, a hardworking, 44-year-old beloved brother and uncle, a “good guy,” after he called 911 for help?On the night of Dec. 29, Davis’ girlfriend, April Edwards, was involved in an altercation with Terrance Hilyard, a co-worker whom Davis had befriended and who was staying at his apartment temporarily.The argument escalated. According to Edwards, Hilyard stabbed her in the arm with a kitchen knife and fled. While Davis was rendering first aid to Edwards, he called 911.DeKalb County police officer Joseph Pitts came in through the apartment’s front door, unannounced, and shot and killed Davis’ three-legged dog Tooter, who had started barking.Edwards says that Davis, hearing gunshots in his living room, feared that Hilyard had returned, armed. He retrieved his gun from his bedroom. As he came out of the doorway, he was immediately shot several times by Pitts.Edwards came running out of the bedroom, screaming, “What have you done? Why did you shoot him?” She and other witnesses say Pitts never identified himself as a police officer or ordered Davis to drop his gun before shooting him.As Davis lay bleeding on the floor, he was arrested, handcuffed and charged with aggravated assault on an officer. The popular restaurant worker was taken to Grady Hospital in police custody, which meant his family was not allowed to be with him in his hospital room. Family members beseeched everyone in authority, from police to doctors, to let them visit him — to no avail.Davis died two days later, on Dec. 31. Only then did police coldly grant them permission to see their family member.One month has passed since Kevin Davis was killed by a DeKalb County police officer. Despite repeated requests for information about an investigation into this officer-involved shooting, there has been only silence. Since it is common practice to involve the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in such police killings, the community suspects a cover-up in this case.At an emotional rally at the DeKalb Courthouse steps on the one-month anniversary of his shooting, Delisa Davis, one of his sisters, spoke of the unfeeling attitude of the police, saying her family and Kevin were “dismissed like yesterday’s garbage.” She appealed to the community to help, saying they can’t fight this alone.The large group walked a few blocks from the courthouse to the downtown Decatur sandwich shop where Davis’ friendly and personable manner had made him a favorite with customers and co-workers alike. Next door is a bike shop where he fixed up discarded bicycles to give to neighborhood kids.The family is asking that people request a GBI investigation into Kevin Davis’s death by calling the DeKalb County Police Department at 678-406-7929 and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office at 404-371-2561.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Seed Consultants Market Watch 10:58 Update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/31/2012

first_imgHome Market Market Watch Seed Consultants Market Watch 10:58 Update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/31/2012 Seed Consultants Market Watch 10:58 Update with Gary Wilhelmi 12/31/2012 By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 31, 2012 SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleJanuary USDA Report Could be Trouble for Bean PricesNext articleOil Ends Up Near $92 but 2012 Steeped in Red Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter SHARE 10:58 updateFeb hogs off $1.25 at $85.15 on soft pig reportCattle will focus on advance beef bookings for next weekSupports: March corn last weeks low, March Soybeans $14.00 and March wheat $7.62Feb hogs about $83 and Feb cattle $129-134Dow 12,661S&P 1380-140010:16 updatePig crop nets out bearishCash hogs steady a callArgentine soybeans mostly good to excellentRussian grain harvest latest 70.4 MT from 71 MT earlierIraq wheat tender pendingWheat has held above chart supportWatch last weeks low on March corn140,000 tons of soybeans to unknowns which last week were German. Indonesian or Viet NanStocks pensive and at risk of falling over an equity cliff if congressional finagling is unsatisfactoryFinancialTwo years of haggling and we have accomplished nothingPresident passed ball to the grid locked senateStocks have been calm, but beware the first of the yearAsian markets were higherMerkel warns Germans of a tough year in 2013Crude $90.42 off $.38Gold up $7 at $1662Dollar 79.70 in rangeDAX index down .6^ and FTSE down .5%Dow opens 33 lowerLivestockFeb cattle at $133.50 were $7 over cashCarcass weights up 30# equals 25,000 added slaughter for the weekBoxed beef eases to $193Pig crop off a shade on inventory and marketing and up a bit on breedingPork cutout down $.24 with loin’s up $1.24 and hams down $.08Holiday slaughter again this week with pricing for first full weekMilk price spike said to be averted but I have not seen the detailsGrain and soybeansMarch corn came in at $6.91 up 3, March beans $14.14 off 10 and March wheat $7.71 or 8 lowerFew fundamentals to react tooDry week ahead with seasonally cold temperaturesExport sales picked up in wheat, remained horrible in corn and are getting more S American selective in beansLow water impairs movement on MississippiFiscal foolishness continues to haunt all marketlast_img read more

Three men acquitted of TV cameraman’s murder

first_img Follow the news on Indonesia News News Organisation March 9, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three men acquitted of TV cameraman’s murder News Help by sharing this information August 12, 2020 Find out more News August 21, 2020 Find out more IndonesiaAsia – Pacific center_img Receive email alerts On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia RSF_en to go further Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua November 19, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns today’s decision by a court in Tual, in the eastern province of Maluku, to acquit three men of the murder of Sun TV cameraman Ridwan Salamun, who was killed on 21 August 2010 while covering a clash between the inhabitants of neighbouring villages. The press freedom organization calls for a judicial review of the case and a retrial.The prosecutors had originally charged the three men – Hasan Tamange, Ibrahim Raharusun and Sahar Renuat – with “committing murder” but subsequently changed the charge to “persecution” and requested sentences of just eight months.Although the three defendants are widely regarded as responsible for the cameraman’s death, the presiding judges ruled that the prosecution had failed to prove its case and ordered them freed under Indonesia’s Criminal Procedure Law (KUHAP)No one has so far been arrested in the investigation into the 17 December murder of Alfrets Mirulewan, the editor of Pelangi Weekly, in the same province.—————————————————–Cameraman killed covering clash between villagers in Maluku Islands24-08-10Reporters Without Borders is horrified to learn that Ridwan Salamun, a cameraman working for SUN TV, was hacked to death in Tual, in the eastern province of Maluku, on 21 August by a group of villagers who did not welcome his attempt to cover a clash with residents of a neighbouring village.“A thorough investigation is urgently needed so that those responsible for this murder can be arrested,” Reporters Without Borders said. “To ensure the investigation is carried out properly, the provincial authorities must dispatch additional policemen because, according to several local sources, policemen at the scene did not try to save Salamun or arrest those who attacked him.”The news website quoted the head of SUN TV, Indonesia’s leading television network, as saying that Salamun’s assailants struck him on the neck and back with machetes and that he died from his injuries as he was being taken to a hospital.Only recently hired by SUN TV, Salamun had been trying to cover a clash between rival groups from the villages Banda Eli and Mangun.Two other Indonesian journalists have died in recent weeks in circumstance that have not yet been clarified. They were Merauke TV investigative journalist Ardiansyah Matra’is (,38…) and Muhammad Syaifullah, the Borneo bureau chief of Kompas (,38029.html).last_img read more

Pasadena-based Guidance Software Names Alfredo Gomez as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

first_imgCompany News Briefs Pasadena-based Guidance Software Names Alfredo Gomez as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 15, 2015 | 5:02 pm 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Guidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: GUID), makers of EnCase®, the gold standard for digital investigations and endpoint data security, today announced that it has named Alfredo Gomez as its new Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. In this role, Gomez will direct worldwide legal operations for Guidance Software, including software licensing, securities, and general corporate law.Alfredo brings an excellent legal background in advising public companies as well as solid financial and intellectual property experience to this important role,” said Patrick Dennis, president and CEO at Guidance Software. “We’re delighted to have him join our team and are confident that he will be a great asset to our company at a time when we’re poised for growth.”Previously, Gomez served as Deputy General Counsel at Hanmi Bank and General Counsel at the publicly traded EMCORE Corporation. In these positions, he directed and executed on legal strategies in the areas of contracts, litigation, employment, compliance, governance, and securities. Gomez earned a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University. He has also held legal positions at j2 Global Communications Inc., Western Digital Corporation, and Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, LLP.“Alfredo’s years of experience providing guidance to corporations on governance and financial matters will be instrumental to our success with current business initiatives,” said Barry Plaga, chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Guidance Software. “We welcome his perspective and operational experience and look forward to even greater success together.”For more information about Guidance Software, please visit, “Like” our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter, or follow our LinkedIn page.About Guidance SoftwareGuidance Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: GUID), the maker of the EnCase technology platform, is the gold standard in digital investigations and endpoint data security, helping organizations around the world lower business risk by providing the most complete visibility to data everywhere it’s stored—on the endpoint, across servers, and into the cloud. Guidance Software solutions are built for integration within a rich technology ecosystem, including Dropbox, HP, Cisco, Box, and Blue Coat Systems. Recognized as the market leader in endpoint detection and response by Gartner, the company’s EnCase platform has been deployed on an estimated 25 million endpoints and is used with confidence by more than 70 of the Fortune 100 and hundreds of government agencies around the world. For more information about Guidance Software, please visit®, EnScript®, FastBloc®, EnCE®, EnCEP®, Guidance Software™, LinkedReview™, EnPoint™ and Tableau™ are registered trademarks or trademarks owned by Guidance Software in the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be used without prior written permission. All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Sheriff Villanueva to Explain Decision to Close Altadena Station in Virtual Meeting Today

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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. Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Public Safety Sheriff Villanueva to Explain Decision to Close Altadena Station in Virtual Meeting Today Sheriff invited to attend Thursday’s Civilian Oversight Commission meeting STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | 2:58 pm 46 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Sheriff Alex Villanueva will discuss closing the Altadena substation at 9 a.m. on Thursday in a virtual meeting of the Sheriff’s Civilian Oversight Commission.“In the last few days, I have heard from many of you concerning the closure of the Altadena station; as mentioned, I share in your frustration,” said LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.On Monday, Villanueva announced his decision to shutter the station on July 1. Barger represents Altadena where the station is located.The board of supervisors allocates the budget, but Villanueva controls it, which gives him the power to close the station.Hours after Monday’s announcement, Barger told Pasadena Now said she was “disappointed” in the decision.“The Chief Executive Office has provided the Sheriff’s Department with guidance and suggestions for appropriate budget cuts that would not impact public safety or community service, such as limited overtime and scaling back academy classes. I am disappointed that instead of more sensible adjustments, he is responding by eliminating sheriff’s stations, including in Altadena, an unincorporated area that I represent.”Last week the two sides traded insults as they sparred over the department’s $3.5 billion budget.According to supervisors, the county’s jail population has decreased by 5,000 inmates, yet Villanueva has not decreased the staffing in the county’s jails.Supervisors also want Villanueva to further cut overtime.Villanueva was elected in 2018 when he beat incumbent Jim McDonnell, becoming the first outsider to lead the department in a century. He soon came under fire for critics for hiring deputies formerly fired.To participate in the meeting, visit to register now. Then on May 7, join via computer or smart phone. When prompted, enter the information requested and the event password: COC-123If you have any questions, please email [email protected] or call (213) 253-5678.center_img Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more