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One FTSE “Snowball Stock” With Runaway Revenues Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Image source: Getty Images There have been plenty of interesting events moving the stock market so far this year. Good opportunities to buy the top UK stocks have arisen at times. Depending on the news (Covid-19, inflation, lockdown easing), different stocks have reacted differently. But let’s say that I’ve got £1,500 ready to invest right now. Based on where we’re at in June, where would be the best place for me to invest?Looking at a top-down approachBefore I pick the specific top UK stocks, I need to look at a broader level. To find good value, I think I should be looking at areas that are starting to rebound already from the pandemic. The sectors that come to mind are finance, banking, travel, and property. 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…I don’t have to look just at these areas, but other stocks that weren’t hit hard by the pandemic already seem to be fairly priced. In this regard, there is potentially less upside to be had in these areas.However, the risk of targeting stocks that have suffered from the pandemic is that they might not see consumer demand return right now. For example, a company like Rolls-Royce might not be the top UK stock to buy. If the UK continues to have most countries not on the green travel list, demand for airplane engine maintenance is likely to stay low for a while.I do accept this risk, but I’m a long-term investor. Therefore my £1,500 will stay invested for years to come. So even if demand takes longer than I think to return to some sectors, as long as I’m confident that it will eventually return, I’m ok with holding it.Specific top UK stocksWithin the sectors I mentioned above, there are some individual top UK stocks I like. For example, let’s consider financial services. NatWest are a UK-based bank with a strong history. Due to the pandemic, it struggled during 2020, posting a loss of £351m. However, provisions needing to be set aside for bad debt provisions have significantly reduced. As a result, the outlook looks a lot more positive. This is one reason why the share price is up 74% over the past year. A good portion of the move happened in 2021.Another example of a top UK stock is Rightmove. It’s the go-to online marketplace for buying and selling property. As I wrote recently, the UK property market is rallying, with prices up 9.5% over one year according to a recent survey. I think the company is best placed to take advantage of such continued demand that’s pushing prices higher. The stamp duty holiday finishing could be a bump in the road, but I don’t see it as a material stumbling block.With my £1,500, I’d look to split it into a few top UK stocks. Putting £300-£500 into each one allows me to diversify my cash but at the same time have enough skin in the game should one stock outperform. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Grab your free report – while it’s online. Enter Your Email Address If I had £1,500 to invest, here are the top UK stocks I’d buy now See all posts by Jonathan Smith
Sainsbury’s launches Local Charity Partner 2016/17 138 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 Sainsbury’s has launched its search for its next Local Charity Partners for 2016-2017.Stores have each selected a Local Charity of the Year to partner with since 2009 and have so far raised over £11 million. Each store has nominated a longlist of local charities that benefit their own local community, and these were invited in to present to the store before each store decided on its final shortlist of up to three local charities.Stores have now announced their three shortlisted charities for customers to vote for, both in-store and online through the Sainsbury’s site. Once voting is over, the winning charity for each store will be announced.Store manager, Jason Hill, from Sainsbury’s Kempshott, which has shortlisted The Pink Place, Basingstoke Voluntary Action, and The Life Right Foundation said:“It’s always an exciting time of the year for our colleagues and, the local community. The voting unit at the store is already proving very popular.”Picture: Staff from Kempshott store, Robbie Gould, Jane Barfoot, James Beaumon with the store’s voting box. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 Melanie May | 23 June 2016 | News 137 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: 5k Charity Run corporate Sainsburys About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
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Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges February 8, 2019 Several Ugandan journalists arrested while investigating corruption News The two journalists, BBC producer Mohamed Kassim and Godfrey Badebye, a cameraman with the Ugandan TV channel NBS, were arrested together with their fixer and driver in the capital, Kampala, while investigating the suspected theft of drugs by government employees from public health centres for the purpose of sale to nearby countries such as South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Organisation Mohamed Kassim, journaliste d’investigation pour la BBC. Crédit : www.pulselive.co.ke RSF_en Follow the news on Uganda UgandaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisoned Receive email alerts “By arresting journalists on the verge of exposing corrupt practices instead of arresting those presumably responsible for these practices, the Ugandan police are going after the wrong targets and are casting doubt on the sincerity of the government’s declared fight against corruption,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These journalists were just doing their job and should never have been detained. We call for their immediate and unconditional release.” to go further The creation of a special unit to combat corruption within the state administration and identify corrupt officials was announced by President Yoweri Museveni last December with great fanfare. Uganda is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index. The police issued a statement saying they had arrested five suspects, including two journalists, for “illegal possession of classified drugs,” a charge punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of 477 euros. June 4, 2021 Find out more UgandaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisoned January 13, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of two Ugandan journalists who were arrested on 6 February while doing an undercover investigation into trafficking in pharmaceutical drugs between Uganda and neighbouring countries. In RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, Uganda is ranked 117th out of 180 countries, five places lower than in 2017. News Help by sharing this information In an attempt to arrest Solomon Serwanjja, another NBS journalist working on the same story, the Kampala police went to his home on the night of 6 February, but he was not there and has been in hiding ever since. When reached by RSF, Serwanjja said the police searched his home, seized several boxes of medicines acquired during the investigation, and arrested his wife. “It’s a big theft racket,” Serwanjja told RSF by telephone. “Our story exposes the whole rot in the system.” He added that he was going to turn himself in to the police “because that’s the condition they put for releasing my wife”. UpdateReporters Without Borders (RSF) is relieved to learn that three Ugandan journalists who had been arrested in connection with their undercover reporting were released today. Two of them had been arrested on the evening of 6 February and the third had turned himself in to the police earlier today. In a statement, the police recognized that the journalists had been trying to demonstrate the ease with which pharmaceutical drugs could be acquired illegally from public health centres. The police statement also encouraged the journalists to continue making their TV documentary designed to expose this kind of corruption. RSF, which condemned the arrests, is nonetheless concerned about the ambiguity of the position taken by the police, who conditioned the release of the journalists on payment of bail, and who say they are continuing to investigate whether the journalists broke any laws when acquiring the drugs. RSF calls for all proceedings to be dropped so that the journalists can continue their public interest reporting without any threat hanging over them. March 12, 2021 Find out more Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election News
ColumnsCaste And The Statue Of ‘Manu’ In Rajasthan High Court Anurag Bhaskar6 May 2020 4:10 AMShare This – xRecently, the Rajasthan High Court has issued an standing order that the caste of any person, including accused, should not be incorporated in any judicial or administrative matter. The direction has been issued against the practice of the officers of the Registry of the High Court as well as by the presiding officers of lower courts and tribunals, who used to mention a person caste’s…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginRecently, the Rajasthan High Court has issued an standing order that the caste of any person, including accused, should not be incorporated in any judicial or administrative matter. The direction has been issued against the practice of the officers of the Registry of the High Court as well as by the presiding officers of lower courts and tribunals, who used to mention a person caste’s in the court documents (For example: ABC, by Caste ‘XYZ’ v. State of Rajasthan). The order notes that such a practice is against the “spirit of the Constitution”. This has come after an advocate wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India raising concerns over the “regressive practice” of mentioning the caste in the cause title/affidavit/memo of parties in court filings. The decision of the High Court is a welcome step. Ideally, mentioning of castes in case titles should have never happened after the Indian Constitution came into force. In our society, caste has resembled a system of hierarchy and prejudices. The lower castes have been stereotyped and discriminated against. The Constitution rejects this system of hierarchy, and replaces the notions of prejudices and stereotypes attached to castes with the assurance to every individual of the right to lead a dignified and an equal life. It prohibits any form of discrimination and stigmatization. The Constitution gives every individual the opportunity as well as the right to break the restrictions of the socially entrenched caste identities. Addressing the Constituent Assembly on 4th November 1948, Dr B.R. Ambedkar had thus emphasized on the importance of individual identity in our constitutional framework: “I am glad that the Draft Constitution has… adopted the individual as its unit”. A person might not want to restrict herself/himself to the caste identity imposed upon her/him by the society. It is upon an individual to define her/his private as well as identity and thus choose to dissociate oneself from the identities which were forced upon her/him by birth — be it religion, caste, etc. Whenever an individual approaches a court of law, she/he does so primarily in the capacity of a citizen of the country, and therefore case title cannot mark her/him as belonging to a particular caste. The Constitution does not recognize caste identity as the defining identity for an individual. A court decides the issue on the basis of the law of the land, and not by the regressive social codes which impose an unfair advantage to an individual, based on caste identity. The courts in Rajasthan should not have started this practice of mentioning the caste during court or any administrative proceedings, in the first place. A judgment, however, may record the caste of an individual in the summary of facts in two circumstances. Firstly, it can happen for the purpose of identification. There is a difference between identity and identification. Identification is a matter of proof — of establishing that a person is actually, the individual who claims a right, entitlement or a benefit. For an individual to claim the constitutional benefit of affirmative action, she/he would have to disclose his identity as a Scheduled Caste/Tribe or a Backward Class as required by the Constitution. A court may record the claim and nature of dispute on the basis of this constitutional identity of a citizen. Secondly, a judgment may mention an individual’s caste in the summary of facts in cases of caste atrocities or clashes. It is very much required that the cause of the case is highlighted in clear terms. For example, when an atrocity is committed against a Dalit because of her/his caste identity by an upper caste, a court must deal with the issue with utmost sensitivity towards the victim as well as firm language and a stringent approach towards the crime. While the Rajasthan High Court has done away with one regressive practice, it must do another thing immediately : to remove the statue of ‘Manu’ from the premises of its Jaipur Bench. Manu is seen as a figure whose ideas are blatantly discriminatory to Dalits, women and weaker sections of the society. The ancient socio-legal code codified by Manu, called the Manusmriti, had led to the institutionalization of caste hierarchies and oppression. Opposition to Manu and Manusmriti has been the core of social reform and anti-discrimination movements. In particular, Dr. Ambedkar was unequivocally critical of the Laws of Manu. He questioned the rules framed by him. For instance, Manusmriti prescribed heavy sentences such as cutting off the tongue or pouring of molten lead in the ears of the Shudra (lower caste), who recites or hears the Veda. In his classic, yet delivered speech ‘Annihilation of Caste’, Dr Ambedkar termed Manusmriti as the infamous code of “social injustice”. Under his leadership, copies of Manusmriti were burnt during the Mahad Satyagraha on December 25, 1927, as a symbolic move against the hierarchical and oppressive caste-based social order — a day which is celebrated every year as ‘Manusmriti Dahan Diwas’ by his followers. Dr Ambedkar had once remarked, “I may seem hard on Manu. but I am sure my force is not strong enough to kill his ghost. He lives, like a disembodied spirit and is appealed to, and I am afraid will yet live long”. The presence of Manu’s ‘statue’ in the premises of a High Court is a testimony to Dr. Ambedkar’s fear. The statue was installed in 1989 by Rajasthan Higher Judicial Officers’ Association, with the permission of then Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court N M Kasliwal. After that, on July 28, 1989, in a full court meeting of the High Court, the judges unanimously decided that the statue would be removed. But just as it was about to taken down, VHP leader Acharya Dharmendra and others challenged the decision on the judicial side and obtained a stay order. Since then, the matter has been pending in the court without any final decision. There have also been several protests seeking removal of the statue, including the incident of two Dalit women blackening the statue in October 2018. Courts are looked upto as place of equality, where justice is ought to be done. The presence of a symbol of inequality and caste-hatred within a court premises in independent India is antithetical to constitutional values of equality and dignity as well as an insult to the centuries-old struggle against inequality. It sends a wrong message about our courts, and undoes the progressive path initiated by the founding parents of India. Like the practice of mentioning of castes in judicial orders, the statue of ‘Manu’ should have never been installed in the Court premises. The Rajasthan High Court must adopt corrective measures for it as well.Views Are Personal Only (Anurag Bhaskar is a lecturer at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat and an affiliate faculty with the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. He is also a contributing editor at Live Law. He tweets at @anurag_bhaskar_.) Next Story
Top StoriesBREAKING : ‘Woman Has Right To Put Her Grievance Even After Decades’ : Delhi Court Acquits Priya Ramani In MJ Akbar’s Criminal Defamation Case Shreya Agarwal17 Feb 2021 2:40 AMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Wednesday acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar over the “metoo” sexual harassment allegations made by her.”Woman has right to put her grievance at a platform of her choice even after decades”, the Court observed. It observed that a man of social status can also be a sexual harasser.”Sexual abuse takes…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court on Wednesday acquitted journalist Priya Ramani in the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister MJ Akbar over the “metoo” sexual harassment allegations made by her.”Woman has right to put her grievance at a platform of her choice even after decades”, the Court observed. It observed that a man of social status can also be a sexual harasser.”Sexual abuse takes away dignity and self confidence. Right of reputation can’t be protected at the cost of right to dignity”, the Court held.”The society must understand the impact of sexual abuse and harassment on its victims”, the Court observed taking particular note of the absence of Vishakha guidelines at the relevant time.”Article 21 and the right to equality is guaranteed under the Constitution. She has full right to put up her case in any platform of her choice””Time has come for our society to understand that sometimes a victim may for years not speak up due to the mental trauma. The woman cannot be punished for raising her voice against sexual abuse”, the order said.”Woman has a right to put up the grievance at any platform of her choice even after decades. Woman cannot be punished for raising voice agains sex abuse . Right to reputation cannot be protected at the cost of right to dignity”The court accepted the possibility of defence of accused that she made the disclosure after other women named Akbar as a sexual predator. The Court also accepted that Akbar was not a man of stellar reputation.It accepted Ramani’s contention that Akbar’s claim of a stellar reputation was demolished by Ghazala Wahab’s testimony, who was also allegedly sexually abused by Akbar.The judgment was delivered by the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Ravindra Kumar Pandey in open court in the presence of both parties.Reacting to the verdict, Ramani said “I feel amazing, I feel vindicated to have my truth accepted in a court of law.”#PriyaRamani says after her acquittal in MJ Akbar’s defamation case, “I feel amazing, I feel vindicated to have my truth accepted in a court of law.” pic.twitter.com/KDefjsPOtx— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) February 17, 2021 Priya Ramani’s lawyer Senior Advocate Rebecca John told the media “The defence of truth pleaded by Priya Ramani was vindicated”.#PriyaRamani’s lawyer Senior Advocate Rebecca John speaks to the media after the acquittal in #MJAkbar’s defamation case.”Defence of truth pleaded by Priya Ramani was vindicated”, John says. pic.twitter.com/Ae4V8Au9hK— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) February 17, 2021 “It’s an amazing judgment, we feel grateful that the court has gone through the evidence so meticulously. The defense had put up a very, very strong rebuttal to the case of the complainant, that defense is upheld”, John added. The court had on Feb 1, 2021, reserved judgment in the case after hearing rebuttal arguments of Akbar and Ramani. The judgment which was originally reserved for February 10, was deferred for February 17 after the judge noted that the written submissions were submitted late to the court and therefore more time was needed to deliver the verdict. Senior Advocate Geeta Luthra represented Mr. MJ Akbar whereas Ms. Priya Ramani was represented by Senior Advocate Rebecca John. The Court, while reserving judgment in the matter, granted liberty to the parties for filing additional written statements within 4 days. The criminal defamation case was filed by MJ Akbar in a Delhi Court in October 2018, after he was accused by several women of sexual harassment, following a tweet by Ramani as part of the ‘#MeToo’ movement, revealing that the person referred to as a sexual harasser in an earlier article written by her in ‘The Vogue’ was Akbar. The then Minister of State for External Affairs, Akbar initiated the defamation case after a slew of allegations of sexual harassment followed against him after Ramani’s tweet. His case is that before Ramani’s alleged defamatory tweet, he had enjoyed a “stellar reputation” in the society, which was damaged following her tweet and therefore she was liable for criminal defamation. Akbar has also claimed that Ramani’s tweet had led to a social media trial against him, something that cannot be permitted in a lawful society. Ramani, on her part, has claimed public interest, public good, and truth as her defense and argued that one accused of sexual misconduct cannot in the first place claim to have a stellar reputation, therefore was no question arising of the reputation being destroyed and defamation having occurred against Akbar. Ramani was summoned by the Court in the case in January 2019 and released on bail in February 2019. The arguments were earlier completed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja. However, following his transfer to the Karkardooma Court in November 2020, the final arguments started again before ACMM Ravindra Kumar Pandey. The recording of evidence of the witnesses was done before ACMM Pahuja.When ACMM Pandey took charge of the case, he had asked the parties if there was a chance to compromise. However, Ramani said that she was standing by her statements and refused to settle the matter.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
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