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Paul Summers | Friday, 29th January, 2021 | More on: HAT KETL XPS 3 under-the-radar dividend shares I’d buy for passive income To say I like the idea of making money from doing very little — otherwise known as ‘passive income’ — is putting it mildly. That’s why some of my savings are invested in dividend-paying companies, including some in the small-cap space. Today, I’ll discuss one example of the latter and two more that are on my watchlist. Passive income generatorI’ve held a stake in kettle safety control supplier Strix (LSE: KETL) for some time now. I see no reason for this to change following Wednesday’s encouraging update on trading over 2020.5G 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…Yesterday, Strix stated it had seen “a marked recovery” in demand from July to December. This performance should see it deliver “modest” profit growth for the period. That’s pretty encouraging considering just how awful 2020 was for most businesses.Of course, Strix’s small-cap status means its share price is likely to be more volatile than your typical FTSE 100 beast. As an investor with time on his side (I hope!), that doesn’t bother me. However, it might make the shares unsuitable for others with shorter time horizons. Positively, Strix appears to have started the year well. Talk of a “strong” order book for January and Q1 should help the company reduce debt even further and continue paying passive income to holders. As far as the latter’s concerned, a 7.7p per share total dividend becomes a trailing yield of 3.3%, based on today’s share price. Boring… but beautiful?Another small-cap generating passive income for its holders is XPS Pensions (LSE: XPS). Analysts have estimated a 6.6p per share cash return in the current financial year (ending 31 March). Using today’s share price, this gives a chunky forecast yield of 5.5%. For perspective, the best I can get from a Cash ISA at the moment is a measly 0.55%! Trading at 12 times forecast earnings, XPS also looks very reasonably priced, in my opinion. Any downsides? Well, the likely share price performance is unlikely to quicken pulses soon. As the largest pensions consultancy in the UK, XPS will never attract the sort of attention that other stocks might. This being the case, I wonder if the biggest risk in buying XPS is the opportunity cost of not taking opportunities elsewhere. Still, if I was looking for a relatively mundane, uncyclical business that pays out cash to its owners without too much fuss, XPS surely ticks the box! Outperforming expectationsA final under-the-radar small-cap stock offering decent passive income is pawnbroker H&T (LSE: HAT). Benefiting from strong demand for jewellery, and the fact that most of its 253 stores could remain open, the company experienced “stronger than anticipated trading” in the final two months of 2020. This, H&T believes, will now lead it to outperform market expectations on profit for the full year.Sure, some investors may be put off by the image of the industry in which H&T operates. The small matter of the company’s unsecured cash loans business being reviewed by the Financial Conduct Authority is an example of this.For those comfortable with the ethics of this sector however, analysts currently have the company down to return 9.7p per share for 2020. That would equate to a 3.4% yield at the current share price. Factor in a £34m cash balance and no debt and I suspect cash payouts might rise again in 2021. 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. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Les Carrés de Bellefontaine / Taillandier Architectes AssociésSave this projectSaveLes Carrés de Bellefontaine / Taillandier Architectes Associés Les Carrés de Bellefontaine / Taillandier Architectes Associés “COPY” Area: 7200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Taillandier Architectes Associés Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/891123/les-carres-de-bellefontaine-taillandier-architectes-associes Clipboard “COPY” Year: Projects France 2017 Photographs: Roland Halbe Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Apartments Save this picture!© Roland Halbe+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/891123/les-carres-de-bellefontaine-taillandier-architectes-associes Clipboard Manufacturers: Artel, De Lima Pro Deco, GBMP, OXXO, Vivre en BoisClient:KMG Promotion
Associated Architects:Jean-François Sirvain ArchitecteCity:ToulouseCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Roland HalbeRecommended ProductsCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinCurtain WallsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSCurtain Walls SystemsCurtain WallsKalwall®Facades – Specialty ApplicationsText description provided by the architects. In the southwest of Toulouse, “Les Carrés de Bellefontaine” consists of a mixed-use program: collective social housing, a professional training center, a restaurant and private office spaces.Save this picture!Plan RDCThe project is composed of 5 apartment blocks 4 stories high and implemented according to the historic north/south Mirail masterplan drawn by the architect George Candilis in the sixties.Save this picture!© Roland HalbeThe main blocks are interconnected by volumes composed of loggias and balconies, while a secondary block of intermediate housing 2 to 3 stories high is set back at the rear of the project and completes the composition organised around a central garden occupying the centre of the project.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Roland HalbeSave this picture!SectionThe positioning of the blocks in relation to the street creates a staggered set-back from the public space. These spaces ae planted with trees lining the street as is typical of the neighbourhood.Save this picture!© Roland HalbeEvery apartment block has an independent entrance and hallway in order to have a maximum of 4 apartments per landing. The majority of apartments benefit from a double or triple exposition and all apartments have large balconies or loggias partially shaded by wooden slats protecting the privacy of these spaces. These volumes of loggias and balconies animate the façades of the project.Save this picture!© Roland HalbeThe choice of materials is voluntarily reduced to a minimum: glass, concrete, wood and metal. Save this picture!© Roland HalbeProject gallerySee allShow lessBIG’s Shenzhen International Energy Mansion Captured by Laurian GhinitoiuArchitecture NewsArknat / Sweco ArchitectsSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Allée de Bellefontaine, 31100 Toulouse, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments•Toulouse, France CopyAbout this officeTaillandier Architectes AssociésOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsToulouseFrancePublished on March 24, 2018Cite: “Les Carrés de Bellefontaine / Taillandier Architectes Associés” 24 Mar 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Funding for Welsh groups promoting bilingual activities Community organisations in Wales that promote bilingual activities or make social events more enjoyable for people with hearing difficulties are eligible for funding that closes within a month.The final grants round of the Agor Drysau/Opening Doors scheme will be made in May 2003. The scheme, managed by Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) with support from the Camelot Foundation, offers grants of 100% or up to £2,000 for translation equipment and induction loops. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 14 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement Howard Lake | 7 April 2003 | News
Advertisement Howard Lake | 16 March 2020 | News 395 total views, 1 views today CFNI opens coronavirus fund for older people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: coronavirus Funding Northern Ireland Applying to the fundThe Fund is open from 9am 16th March 2020 and will remain open on a rolling call basis. Depending on current funding available, and any future funds raised, CFNI may decide to close for applications within a relatively short space of time if they do not have enough funds to meet the demand for support. 396 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI) has launched a new emergency fund in response to the coronavirus outbreak.The focus of the fund will be to offer community organisations emergency funding to deal with emerging issues in the community, affecting older people (aged 50 and over), as a result of the continuing threat of coronavirus and the need for self- isolation and potential for further exacerbation of loneliness and isolation of these older people.The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland states that the fund is designed to support community groups working together, particularly in smaller geographical communities. The fund encourages a partnership approach and one application from one lead organisation rather than a number of separate applications.To be eligible to apply your project must support older people (aged 50 and over) and help to:• Reduce isolation and vulnerability of older people during any isolation period that may arise as a result of the threat of COVID-19• Support ongoing needs of older people, to ensure that their well-being is maintained• Any initiative that will help ensure older people remain connected with the outside world during this timeWhat the funding is forFunding will be provided for running costs for organisations to provide such support, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport; providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries.Small capital costs are eligible, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the Fund, and is linked to keeping the older person connected to the outside world.Examples include:• Enabling older people to keep warm by accessing home heating oil or warm clothes.• Enabling older people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready made meals.• Enabling and encouraging older people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.• Reaching out to isolated older people by telephone, and befriending if possible. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Berlin Bulletin No. 189, May 23It’s no great surprise that most German media, reporting on the Israel-Palestine war, were one-sided, bigoted and misleading! There were samples of fairer treatment, at first, showing the demolition of Palestinian homes, the shutdown of a meeting place for young people, the far-rightist gangs marching in East Jerusalem chanting “Death to Arabs,” the invasion of Al-Aqsa Mosque at the height of Ramadan with stun grenades, tear gas and “skunk-fluid” spray.Even timid hints that Netanyahu’s provocations aimed at distracting attention, gaining popularity and avoiding a prison term, even if it led, as he certainly knew and planned, to a major round of violence.German police attacked peaceful demonstrators demonstrating solidarity with Palestine — Berlin, May 14.But the fairer reports dwindled as the media returned to “Israel’s need for self-defense, the right of every country” — with no mention of any similar Palestinian need.It equated rockets fired from Gaza, or those 10% which pierced Israel’s protective “Iron Dome” and did then wreck homes and cause deaths, with the constant, hour-long torrents of death and destruction blasted by one of the strongest military forces in the world into a small, densely populated confine, which could in no way deter the fighter-bombers and missiles, the drones circling low, night and day, over homes and families, for Gaza had no “Iron Domes” sent over by U.S. arms producers.The media seemed largely to accept the huge disproportion, showing the mourning and heartbreak when a Jewish child was tragically killed by a rocket, but remaining almost silent about Palestinian children.Crimes of the Israeli stateIbrahim al-Talaa, 17, told of feeling it was the end for himself and his family.“The Israeli warplanes bombed many different places in my area with more than 40 consecutive missiles, without issuing the prior warnings they used to issue in the past three wars. The sound of the bombing and shelling was so terrifying that I cannot describe it. . . . As the bombs fell heavy and close, the house was shaking as if it would fall on our heads. . . . My nerves collapsed, and I was about to cry out, but I tried to restrain myself, just to give my family some strength. I saw my 13-year-old sister crying in silence. I hugged her for a while trying to cheer her up.”Maha Saher, 27, a mother of two daughters: Sara, 4, and Rama, 5 months old, told how during the heaviest of attacks, her daughter Sara wept uncontrollably, asking for her father to return home.“I don’t fear death itself. But I fear to lose one of my children — or they to lose me. . . . I fear they will target my apartment while we are sleeping, as they did with the al-Wehda street massacre.”Israeli warplanes had bombed three houses on al-Wehda street on Sunday, killing 42 civilians, mostly children and women. “They then destroyed the street itself to prevent the ambulances and fire trucks from reaching the destroyed buildings and wounded people,” she said.It was Al Jazeera which quoted one father: “We awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of the bombardment. . . . Now only two of our family are alive; 14 members — women, children and men — are gone. Six are still under the rubble.”For much of the world, the sixty-six dead Palestinian children remained little more than numbers, like the daily count of new COVID cases. There almost seemed to be media rules for one-sided reporting.Ongoing descriptions of conditions in Gaza were equally rare. Unlike Ashgerod or Bathsheeba in Israel, there was a water shortage, an almost total lack of clean water. We were not told what three or fewer irregular hours of electricity meant for people with COVID, whose oxygen containers need electricity — or incubator babies when generators stopped working. And aside from the days and nights of bombing, how many were told of the decades of enforced shortages, joblessness, isolation, hopelessness and abiding fear in Gaza?Such one-sidedness might be blamed only on Israel for not permitting journalists to enter Gaza. For the few already there at Associated Press and Al-Jazeera, bombs aimed at their building after a 60-minute warning destroyed equipment and prevented further pictures of Gaza from their rooftop.However, German media bias is part of a larger picture with a long history.Back in 1949, the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany soon grasped that the worsening Cold War enabled it to welcome back all but the most notorious Nazis in every field: schools, courtrooms, the police, universities, top military posts, diplomatic service, all political levels even as chancellor or president and, in the most essential, basic power positions, the same economic titans who built up Hitler and fattened on war profits achieved with mass slave labor.But there were two conditions for acceptance in the western community of nations. One was loud espousal of democracy and freedom, with elections and a variety of political parties — as long as they were not too conspicuously pro-Nazi, and safe support of western free-market rule.The second obligation was a repeated, wordy repudiation of anti-Semitism and total approval of anything said or done by the government of newly founded Israel.It has held to this exercise in bonding. A key episode was the Eichmann Trial in 1961. Israel refrained from any finger-pointing at active former Nazis and Shoah-leaders, most notably Hans Globke, known as “the second most important man in West Germany.” In gratitude, Globke’s protective boss Konrad Adenauer agreed to help finance and build up Israel militarily, with 2 billion marks for a starter.This policy, praised as admirable repentance, cemented West German rebirth as an industrial, political, military bastion and attack base against the “Bolshevik East.” But the obligations remained! Did Israel support Guatemalan killer troops with Galil rifles and Uzi machine guns and all bloody dictators in Central America with weapons and surveillance equipment?Was it eagerly supportive of apartheid South Africa, also in weapons development? Was it the last remaining supporter in the U.N. of Washington’s illegal blockade of Cuba, after even semicolonies like Palau backed away? Take care!German media slanders progressive JewsWhile progressive Jewish journalists in Israel opposed their reactionary government, the mildest utterer of criticism in Germany was quickly condemned as an anti-Semite! Or if Jewish, as a “self-hater!” Ignore that rule at your peril — of almost total censorship and ostracism!This applied most strictly to the expanding settlement of the West Bank. Roads shut down for Palestinians, with roadblocks and checkpoints at every turn; ever smaller shares of limited water supplies; family ties between Arabs in Israel, Gaza or the West Bank restricted by walls and Israeli soldiers; West Bank children jailed, even tortured for throwing stones; homes with panicked children smashed into at all hours; and the recurring bombing of Gaza recalling World War II (or Korea and Vietnam). It was all defended, even welcomed, by nearly every political leader, publication and journalist as “necessary self-defense of our eternal friend” — through thick and thin.As the polemics against “Palestinian terrorists” increased, whose violent or nonviolent rebellion against occupation justified every countermeasure, I turned, always a history buff, to a speech by President Andrew Jackson in 1833, when he asserted that the [Native peoples] “. . . established in the midst of another and a superior race . . . must necessarily yield to the force of circumstances and ere long disappear.”They soon did; the U.S. Army moved 60,000 “Indians” to arid territory west of the Mississippi, with thousands dying on the “Trail of Tears.” Are there no parallels today?In November 1868, George Custer and his 7th Cavalry attacked the Cheyennes and Arapahos and slaughtered 103 warriors, plus women and children. He reported “a great victory . . . the Indians were asleep . . . the women and children offered little resistance.” He boasted: “The Seventh can handle anything it meets . . . there are not enough Indians in the world to defeat the 7th Cavalry.” We know what happened to him.No, Hamas is not modeled after Sitting Bull or Crazy Horse. But don’t Custer’s boasts find echoes in loud words heard in the Knesset? And again we must face the question: Which are the terrorists?Battle of AlgiersIn Pontecorvo’s film The Battle of Algiers, about the fight for independence after 130 years of French oppression, explosives concealed in baskets kill innocent French civilians. To a bitter rebuke, the Algerian response was: “Give us your bombers, and you can have our baskets.”Desperate desires for freedom and equality, with no available peaceful response to torture and repression, lead almost inevitably to violent responses — anti-apartheid bombs in South Africa or the explosive derailment of German trains, even with civilians, by anti-fascist French partisans.Rockets from Gaza were nasty and bloody, but what else was available against fighter-bombers? And with 12 Israelis killed, two of them children, but almost 250 Gazans, 66 of them children — I must again ponder: “Who are terrorists?”The world is grateful for the cease-fire, but the price for it was heavy. Beyond the tragedy of any human loss or maiming on either side, airstrikes in Gaza hit 17 hospitals and clinics, wrecking the only COVID-testing laboratory. Fifty schools were damaged or closed, three mosques were leveled and 72,000 Gazans lost or had to leave wrecked homes. Water, electricity, sewage disposal are now almost hopelessly crippled, far worse than before.As those 11 terrible days ground on, the German media (as in the USA and elsewhere) found it increasingly difficult to distort or ignore what was really happening. More and more people questioned the almost total support for Netanyahu by every party except the LINKE (and even it was sadly split on some aspects). As a result, as if by command, the focus was altered. Not Gaza’s rockets became Germany’s main enemy, but again anti-Semitism.Of course it existed and, as always, had to be fought, relentlessly, as part of a century-long struggle. Anti-Semitic attacks or actions had indeed increased in recent years — committed mostly by Germanic Nazi-types who hate Muslim “foreigners” as much as or more than they hate Jews. In fact, “anti-Islam” attacks were in the majority, if only because so many more Muslims live in Germany than Jews. But also, perhaps, because there are neofascist nests ensconced in the ranks of the police, the armed forces — even in some of the high positions which they wholly dominated in postwar years.Of course, Palestinian desperation inevitably spread to Germany among sons, daughters or cousins of those killed or again homeless in Gaza or suffering under repression in the West Bank and Israel.A week ago I took part in a demonstration to oppose the bombing of Gaza alongside many thousands, mostly young Palestinians and other Arabs living in the West Berlin borough of Kreuzberg. Anti-Israeli feelings prevailed in countless signs, most of them handmade on cardboard. But I saw and heard not one example of an anti-Jewish nature; I saw no crossing of the line to racism. The atmosphere was determined but peaceful; the sunny weather lent almost a picnic aspect.After two hours my feet gave out and I left for home. Then, in the evening news, I learned that at the end of the march, some group had indeed shouted anti-Semitic slogans. This caused the police to step in — hard! Or was it because the huge crowd, though dutifully wearing the obligatory face masks, could hardly keep to full social distancing in the crowded streets? So the march, one of three in Berlin alone that day, ended in violence and many arrests.As for the shouters, it seems that some may have been far-right Turkish groups. Long experience leads to a suspicion that they included, in part, some hastily recruited provocateurs, so at least the closing minutes of what had been a peaceful demonstration would provide the media and the politicians just what they wanted. They did. And the sober, fair description of the event by a journalist on Berlin’s official TV channel was quickly deleted — and replaced by an amazingly abject apology for “biased reporting”!Who can admire Netanyahu?This disturbed march became the centerpiece of a campaign fed by excited reports about stones thrown at a synagogue, anti-Semitic smearing of a few plaques, burning of Israeli flags in two cities, a punch to someone wearing a kippa. All nasty, but not very hard proof of what the media shouted: “Alarming Anti-Semitism on the Rise!!!” Yet under the klieg lights, the politicians outdid themselves in their warnings, while always adding their defense of Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state — but now tending to avoid direct mention of Benjamin Netanyahu. Who could admire him?Interior Minister Horst Seehofer of the right-wing Christian Social Union, notorious for his efforts against refugees and immigrants, demanded “the full force of the law” against anti-Semitism.Annalena Baerbock, the Greens’ candidate to be next German chancellor, interrupted her attacks on détente with Russia to visit a synagogue and declare that “I am shaken to hear that Israeli flags are being burned in Germany. . . . In these difficult hours we stand firmly at the side of Israeli women and men. . . . Israel’s security is part of German state reality.”Armin Laschet, her Christian Democratic rival in the race for top office, not wanting to be outdone, demanded that the flag of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) be forbidden in Germany — although this secular, pro-Marxist organization rejects anti-Semitism.A counterdemonstration was quickly organized at the Brandenburg Gate, where more political leaders added their anxious voices, denouncing burnt or torn flags and stones and again stressing Germany’s unalterable support for Israel’s right to protect itself. The dead children of Gaza went unmentioned.Don’t make Palestinians pay for Nazi crimesIt was a professor with Palestinian background who noted sadly: “I believe it is time for the people of Germany and the German elite to stop making Palestinian children in Gaza pay for the crimes of the German people against European Jews.” No halls were available for people with such ideas.And as for those Arabs demonstrating in Berlin, most of them, born here, could not be deported. But they had better watch their step! I could not help but recall the months after Pearl Harbor and how Japanese-Americans were depicted — and how they were treated! Or some Asian-Americans today!So many people confuse the views and policies of some fanatics and some leaders, whether fundamentalist Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus or Buddhists, with large groups of very varied human beings in each category. To counteract this, in Germany, I would offer two suggestions — though without much hope of great success (except perhaps on a local scale).Why couldn’t the Jewish community in Germany state its disavowal of all repression of Palestinians in the West Bank, in Israel and in Gaza — its rejection of the accelerated settlement of West Bank areas, the discrimination against the Arab language within Israel and the isolation and suffocation of Gaza — all policies of Netanyahu, his Likkud and other parties — and thus make clear that these are not “Jewish policies” and should not be Israeli policies.A united front! Why not?It could then call for a united front of both Jewish and Muslim groups and people in Germany to oppose all forms of anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or attacks against anyone because of color, religion or cultural differences. This might be the best way to oppose the sinister elements which have troubled Germany for so long, most terribly when in control, still sinister when underground. It could be a model for all of Europe and beyond it.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter The condition of this year’s corn crop is drastically different across the Corn Belt. Pockets of Central Illinois, Eastern Iowa, and Indiana have reported corn beginning to tassel, while farmers in the Western Corn Belt continue to deal with wet and flooded fields. Yet, in Monday’s crop condition report, the USDA made no changes to crop ratings from a week ago. The USDA put corn conditions at 75% of the crop rated “Good” or “Excellent”, unchanged from the previous week, but a 7% increase from last year; 20% was considered “Fair” down 1% from last week, while only 5% was considered “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Corn silking was reported at 15%, a 10% increase from last week, but 3% behind the five-year average. By Gary Truitt – Jul 7, 2014 SHARE Facebook Twitter The winter wheat crop was reported 57% harvested, up 14% from last week, but 3% behind the five-year average. There was a slight change in the conditions report for wheat; 31% was rated “Good” or “Excellent” a 1% increase from last week; 25% was rated “Fair” a 1% decrease from last week; and “Poor” or “Very Poor” rated crop was unchanged at 44%. The USDA World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimate (WASDE) report will be released on Friday. It will give a better idea of the USDA’s expectation for this year’s corn crop following the extensive amount of flooding, hail, and wind experienced by farmers in the Western Corn Belt throughout June. SHARE US Crop Conditions Remain Unchanged Despite Storms Home Indiana Agriculture News US Crop Conditions Remain Unchanged Despite Storms Soybean emergence was reported at 98% in the last week it will be reported this year. That is a 4% increase from last week and 1% ahead of the five-year average. Soybean conditions were reported with 72% of the crop in “Good” or “Excellent” condition, unchanged from last week, but a 5% increase from last year; 23% was reported in “Fair” condition, while only 5% was reported as “Poor” or “Very Poor.” Soybeans blooming were reported at 24% this week, up 14% from last year, and 3% ahead of the five-year average. Some market sources had been expecting a slight decline in soybean ratings because of the wet conditions. Previous articlePrepare Now for a Successful HarvestNext articleIndiana Farmer Taking Action Against Resistant Weeds. Gary Truitt
News July 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights activist and journalist’s three children released TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts December 18, 2020 Find out more News News Follow the news on Turkmenistan читать на русскомReporters Without Borders today called on foreign ambassadors in Ashgabat to press for the immediate release of Ogulsapar Muradova, a human rights activist and Turkmenistan correspondent of the US radio station Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, who was arrested at her Ashgabat home without any warrant or summons on 18 June and taken to interior ministry headquarters.The intelligence services have also been holding her three adult children – Sona and Maral Muradova and Berdy Muradov – since 19 June. Three other members of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights – Annakurban Amanklychev, Elena Ovezova and Sapardurdy Khajiyev – were also arrested between 16 and 18 June. All of them are being held in a provisional detention centre in Ashgabat.“These arrests are totally illegal,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We are horrified by the lack of respect for the rule of law in Turkmenistan, where the police arrest whomever they fancy. It has proved impossible to get more information about the conditions in which Ogulsapar Moradova, her three children and the three human rights activists are being held or about their state of health.”The press freedom organisation said that it would hold the Turkmen authorities responsible if anything happened to them, and that it feared they could be sentenced to long prison terms on trumped-up charges as other dissidents have in the past.“We call on foreign ambassadors stationed in Turkmenistan to put pressure on the authorities to release them at once,” Reporters Without Borders added. “And we support the statements by Amnesty International, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights and the Turkmen Initiative for Human Rights condemning the arrests of their members.”Reporters Without Borders has been told that Muradova was transferred to the headquarters of the national security ministry (the former KGB office), where she was interrogated about her activities until 2 a.m. on 19 June. Intelligence officers then made her ask her children to bring her mobile phone, computer and fax machine. The three children were arrested on the morning of 19 June by national security agents and were questioned at the interior ministry for several hours.Tajigul Begmedova, the Bulgaria-based chairperson of the Turkmenistan Helsinki Foundation, told Reporters Without Borders she was very worried about Muradova’s state of health, as she suffers from high blood pressure. “It is more than 50 degrees centigrade in Ashgabat at the moment and they often put 50 or 60 detainees in a single cell,” she said.She said that according to the information she had obtained, Muradova had been drugged during the interrogation sessions conducted by intelligence agents. “All of the various authorities pass they buck and no one is taking responsibility for these arrests,” she protested, adding that neither the police, the intelligence services, the prosecutor’s office or the interior ministry were giving any more information.According to the President Separmurad Nyazov’s television station, Ashgabat TV, Muradova and the other human rights activists are suspected of hatching a plot against the president. Help by sharing this information Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan —————22 june 2006Call for immediate release of Radio Free Europe correspondent, her three children and three human rights activists Organisation to go further March 13, 2020 Find out more Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan A journalist and her three adult children are being held by the authorities without any grounds. They are the victims of a crackdown on human rights activists. Reporters Without Borders urges foreign ambassadors in Turkmenistan to press for their immediate release. читать на русском The three adult children of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty journalist Ogulsapar Muradova who were arrested on 19 June, a day after their mother, were freed on the evening of 1st July. An activist with the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights, Elena Ovezova, was also released the same day.According to various sources consulted by Reporters Without Borders, Muradova’s children – Sona and Maral Muradova and Berdy Muradov – have not been charged and no explanation has been given for their arrest. Someone calling themselves a prosecutor reportedly forced them and Ovezova to sign a statement undertaking not to file a complaint against the authorities for illegal arrest. TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries March 31, 2020 Find out more
News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more December 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Liu Xiaobo: “I have No Enemies: my final statement” China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Organisation Receive email alerts Here’s a statement from Liu Xiaobo dated Dec. 23, 2009.June 1989 was the major turning point in my 50 years on life’s road. Before that, I was a member of the first group of students after restoration of the college entrance examination after the Cultural Revolution (1977); my career was a smooth ride, from undergraduate to grad student and through to PhD. After graduation I stayed on as a lecturer at Beijing Normal University. On the podium, I was a popular teacher, well received by students. I was also a public intellectual: in the 1980s I published articles and books that created an impact. I was frequently invited to speak in different places, and invited to go abroad to Europe and the US as a visiting scholar. What I required of myself was: to live with honesty, responsibility and dignity both as a person and in my writing.. Subsequently, because I had returned from the US to take part in the 1989 movement, I was imprisoned for “counter-revolutionary propaganda and incitement to crime”, losing the platform I loved; I was never again allowed publish or speak in public in China. Simply for expressing divergent political views and taking part in a peaceful and democratic movement, a teacher lost his podium, a writer lost the right to publish, and a public intellectual lost the chance to speak publicly. This was a sad thing, both for myself as an individual, and, after three decades of reform and opening, for China. News Thinking about it, my most dramatic experiences after June Fourth have all been linked with the courts; the two opportunities I had to speak in public have been provided by trials held in the People’s Intermediate Court in Beijing, one in January 1991 and one now. Although the charges on each occasion were different, they were in essence the same, both being crimes of expression.Twenty years on, the innocent souls of June Fourth are yet to rest in peace, and I, who had been drawn into the path of dissidence by the passions of June Fourth, after leaving the Qincheng Prison in 1991 lost the right to speak openly in my own country, and could only do so through overseas media, and hence was monitored for many years; placed under surveillance (May 1995 – January 1996); educated through labour (October 1996 – October 1999s), and now once again am thrust into the dock by enemies in the regime. But I still want to tell the regime that deprives me of my freedom, I stand by the belief I expressed twenty years ago in my “June Second hunger strike declaration”— I have no enemies, and no hatred. None of the police who monitored, arrested and interrogated me, the prosecutors who prosecuted me, or the judges who sentence me, are my enemies. While I’m unable to accept your surveillance, arrest, prosecution or sentencing, I respect your professions and personalities. This includes Zhang Rongge and Pan Xueqing who act for the prosecution at present: I was aware of your respect and sincerity in your interrogation of me on 3 December.For hatred is corrosive of a person’s wisdom and conscience; the mentality of enmity can poison a nation’s spirit, instigate brutal life and death struggles, destroy a society’s tolerance and humanity, and block a nation’s progress to freedom and democracy. I hope therefore to be able to transcend my personal vicissitudes in understanding the development of the state and changes in society, to counter the hostility of the regime with the best of intentions, and defuse hate with love.As we all know, reform and opening brought about development of the state and change in society. In my view, it began with abandoning “taking class struggle as the key link,” which had been the ruling principle of the Mao era. We committed ourselves instead to economic development and social harmony. The process of abandoning the “philosophy of struggle” was one of gradually diluting the mentality of enmity, eliminating the psychology of hatred, and pressing out the “wolf’s milk” in which our humanity had been steeped. It was this process that provided a relaxed environment for reform and opening at home and abroad, for the restoration of mutual love between people, and soft humane soil for the peaceful coexistence of different values and different interests. It provided the explosion of popular creativity and the rehabilitation of warm heartedness with incentives consistent with human nature. Externally abandoning “anti-imperialism and anti-revisionism”, and internally abandoning “class struggle” may be called the basic premise of the continuance of China’s reform and opening to this day. The market orientation of the economy; the cultural trend toward diversity; and the gradual change of order to the rule of law, all benefited from the dilution of this mentality. Even in the political field, where progress is slowest, dilution of the mentality of enmity also made political power ever more tolerant of diversity in society, the intensity persecution of dissidents has declined substantially, and characterization of the 1989 movement has changed from an “instigated rebellion” to a “political upheaval.”The dilution of the mentality of enmity made the political powers gradually accept the universality of human rights. In 1998, the Chinese government promised the world it would sign the two international human rights conventions of the UN, marking China’s recognition of universal human rights standards; in 2004, the National People’s Congress for the first time inscribed into the constitution that “the state respects and safeguards human rights”, signalling that human rights had become one of the fundamental principles of the rule of law. In the meantime, the present regime also proposed “putting people first” and “creating a harmonious society”, which signalled progress in the Party’s concept of rule.This macro-level progress was discernible as well in my own experiences since being arrested.While I insist on my innocence, and hold the accusations against me to be unconstitutional, in the year and more since I lost my freedom, I’ve experienced two places of detention, four pre-trial police officers, three prosecutors and two judges. In their handling of the case, there has been no lack of respect, no time overruns and no forced confessions. Their calm and rational attitude has over and again demonstrated goodwill. I was transferred on 23 June from the residential surveillance to Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Detention Center No. 1, known as “Beikan.” I saw progress in surveillance in the six months I spent there.I spent time in the old Beikan (Banbuqiao) in 1996, and compared with the Beikan of a decade ago, there has been great improvement in the hardware of facilities and software of management.In particular, Beikan’s innovative humane management applies more flexible management of what the discipliners say and do, on the basis of respecting the rights and dignity of detainees. This management, embodied in the journals Warm Broadcast and Repentance, music played before meals and when waking up and going to sleep, gave detainees feelings of dignity and warmth, stimulating their consciousness of keeping order in their cells and countering the warders’ sense of themselves as lords of the jail. It not only provides detainees with a humanized living environment, but greatly improves the environment and mindset for their litigation. I had close contact with Liu Zhen, in charge of my cell. People feel warmed by his respect and care for detainees, reflected in the management of every detail, and permeating his every word and deed. Getting to know the sincere, honest, responsible, good-hearted Liu, really was a piece of good luck for me in Beikan.Political beliefs are based on such convictions and personal experiences; I firmly believe that China’s political progress will never stop, and I’m full of optimistic expectations of freedom coming to China in the future, because no force can block the human desire for freedom. China will eventually become a country of the rule of law in which human rights are supreme. I’m also looking forward to such progress being reflected in the trial of this case, and look forward to the full court’s just verdict ——one that can stand the test of history.Ask me what has been my most fortunate experience of the past two decades, and I’d say it was gaining the selfless love of my wife, Liu Xia. She cannot be present in the courtroom today, but I still want to tell you, my sweetheart, that I’m confident that your love for me will be as always. Over the years, in my non-free life, our love has contained bitterness imposed by the external environment, but is boundless in afterthought. I am sentenced to a visible prison while you are waiting in an invisible one. Your love is sunlight that transcends prison walls and bars, stroking every inch of my skin, warming my every cell, letting me maintain my inner calm, magnanimous and bright, so that every minute in prison is full of meaning. But my love for you is full of guilt and regret, sometimes heavy enough hobble my steps. I am a hard stone in the wilderness, putting up with the pummeling of raging storms, and too cold for anyone to dare touch. But my love is hard, sharp, and can penetrate any obstacles. Even if I am crushed into powder, I will embrace you with the ashes.Given your love, my sweetheart, I would face my forthcoming trial calmly, with no regrets about my choice and looking forward to tomorrow optimistically. I look forward to my country being a land of free expression, where all citizens’ speeches are treated the same; where, different values, ideas, beliefs, political views… both compete with each other and coexist peacefully; where, majority and minority opinions will be given equal guarantees, in particular, political views different from those in power will be fully respected and protected; where, all political views will be spread in the sunlight for the people to choose; all citizens will be able to express their political views without fear, and will never be politically persecuted for voicing dissent; I hope to be the last victim of China’s endless literary inquisition, and that after this no one else will ever be jailed for their speech.Freedom of expression is the basis of human rights, the source of humanity and the mother of truth. To block freedom of speech is to trample on human rights, to strangle humanity and to suppress the truth.I do not feel guilty for following my constitutional right to freedom of expression, for fulfilling my social responsibility as a Chinese citizen. Even if accused of it, I would have no complaints.Thank you!Liu Xiaobo (December 23, 2009)(Translation by Prof. David Kelly of the China Research Centre, University of Technology Sydney) Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China to go further
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