The stock market crash: here’s how I’m investing right now

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Investing any money after the recent stock market crash might seem like a risky bet for many investors. Indeed, the coronavirus crisis is still rumbling on, and we don’t know how badly the crisis will affect the economy in the short term.The market has recovered steadily from its March lows over the past few weeks, but we might see another downturn in the near term if there’s a second virus wave.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…However, the economy has been through many tough periods in the past. On every occasion, it’s recovered gradually over the next few years. The stock market has generally benefited from this revival. With this in mind, I’ve been using the current stock market crash to increase my portfolio. Some stocks are much more appealing than others. Buying in the stock market crashAs noted above, uncertainty stalks the market right now. As such, it’s a difficult time for investors. Some companies may not survive the coronavirus crisis. On the other hand, some may come out of the crisis much stronger than they went in. Picking the companies that will emerge stronger is the hard part. Defensive businesses with strong balance sheets and large profit margins may be best positioned to weather the stock market crash. Meanwhile, cyclical firms and businesses with weak balance sheets are likely to suffer significantly. To further reduce risk, it may be best to own a diverse portfolio of defensive businesses. This will allow you to profit for any upside while minimising downside risk. If one company in the collection fails, there will be plenty to take its place. This might not be the right approach for everyone. Picking stocks can be a challenging and time-consuming process, especially in a stock market crash. Even the professionals get it wrong on a regular basis.Therefore, if you’re not willing to pick individual companies yourself, the best approach may be to buy a low-cost index tracker fund.Funds for diversificationThese funds simply buy-and-hold the market. This means you can benefit from any upside and, because the portfolio is well-diversified, the downside risk is minimised.The FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are both great indexes to track. The FTSE 250 has a domestic focus, while more than two-thirds of the FTSE 100’s profits come from outside the UK. This suggests the blue-chip index might be a better buy for international diversification. Clearly, as uncertainty prevails, investors who buy stocks and funds today shouldn’t expect high returns in the short run. But after the challenges of the stock market crash gradually subside, they’re likely to give way to a market recovery. As investor confidence returns, the market could go on to create new highs as it had done after every crash in the past. As such, now could be the right time to buy a selection of stocks or funds while they offer wide margins of safety. The stock market crash: here’s how I’m investing right now See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img 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. Rupert Hargreaves 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 31st May, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Stock market crash: FTSE 100 stocks easyJet, BT, and BP are soaring. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Manika Premsingh owns shares of BP, BT GROUP PLC ORD 5P, and easyJet. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market crash: FTSE 100 stocks easyJet, BT, and BP are soaring. Here’s what I’d do now 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. The FTSE 100 index remained virtually unchanged in yesterday’s trading. But some FTSE 100 stocks bucked the trend. Stocks like easyJet, BT, and BP were big gainers. As I write, EZJ and BP are still making gains. They stand out because they’ve been beaten down for a long time. The uptick is easily traced to their recent updates. These shares are still reeling from the stock market crash and the recession. But going by these updates, I think the worst is behind them.Upbeat update helps FTSE 100 stock easyJetFirst, let me talk about easyJet, whose share price showed the biggest gain, of 8.7%. This followed the company saying that in July, demand levels were better than expected. It now expects its losses to shrink in the next quarter compared to this one. This coupled with progress in addressing coronavirus and first signs of economic recovery bodes well for EZJ in my view. And I think my perspective is the same as all other investors’ who are driving up its share price. I think it’s still a somewhat risky call, but this FTSE 100 stock can be considered at the very least.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…BT’s financials likely to stabiliseThe BT share price has been suffering for a long time. After the stock market crash and the subsequent withdrawal of its dividend, things got even worse. This decline seems to have been arrested now, however. This is evident from the sharp rise in share price of over 8% since yesterday, following its latest results on Friday. Much like easyJet, I think this FTSE 100 stock has also benefited from its positive outlook. It expects to be profitable in this financial year and to “return the business to sustainable adjusted EBITDA growth” after it, according to CEO Philip Jansen. I think the BT share price can show further recovery from here and reckon that in time it will start paying dividends again too. It’s one to consider. BP’s making positive changesOil biggie BP saw an increase in share price of over 6% yesterday despite the fact that it cut dividends and reported a loss. However, it also reduced debt and is making strides towards clean energy. BP has long been a dividend-paying stock, so I think its passive income is dependable for now even though its loss-making. But the near to medium term outlook for the economy is iffy. This will play on oil demand, and relatedly, price. I already hold the stock, but if I didn’t, then I’d wait for at least another quarter for more signs of turnaround before investing. In the meantime, I’d invest in FTSE 100 stocks that offer more guaranteed returns.  Investing view on FTSE 100 stocksAmong the three, this may sound contrarian, but I’m most inclined towards the BT share price, followed by EZJ and BP. But if I’m really not convinced of any of these FTSE 100 stocks, I’d look at some high-performing defensives that have held investors in good stead despite the market crash.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

Christian Wade Is Swinging For The Fences With NFL Move

first_img Christian Wade Is Swinging For The Fences With NFL MoveThe news that Christian Wade has stepped away from rugby to pursue a career in American Football’s NFL is a stunner.The 27-year-old winger is third on the all-time try-scorer list in the Premiership. In fact, in the current issue of Rugby World, team-mates at Wasps wax lyrical about the wide man’s ability to make something out of nothing. As team-mate Jimmy Gopperth told us: “Not many players have that X-factor and it baffles me that he’s not had better luck internationally.”Such a statement may offer potential reasoning for Wade’s shocking switch – perhaps there is frustration at a lack of opportunities to represent England – whilst also compounding how gobsmacking such a move would be.Related: The exchange of ideas between rugby and NFLCurrently details are scant. So we do not know via which route the hot-stepping Wade, who has only ever earned one England cap, intends to attack the NFL. But we know about those who have gone before him.Wade could try the IMG Academy. They train athletes to be ready for the NFL combine – the ‘meat market’ where hopefuls, with an overwhelming majority out of college, jump, sprint, lift and run around cones to impress scouts. Operating out of a base in Florida, they work with newbies to teach and drill and practise with hopefuls so they can learn the vagaries of a new game. The Wasps wing could become the top try-scorer in Premiership history but that is not stopping him from chasing an NFL dream LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS That is a tough ask. For all the talent an athlete possesses, there are too few polymaths who can excel in several differing sports. As it stands, two former rugby union players in Christian Scotland-Williamson and Alex Gray are currently on practice squads. Both tight ends, Scotland-Williamson is in his first year of a protected contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, while Gray is in his second year with the Atlanta Falcons.Both men have had to battle to get where they are, and both have some way to go to convince teams to let them take plenty of snaps in the big show. Former Aussie rugby league U20 player Jordan Mailata is finding his feet, learning to play left tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles – but again, he is yet to play.Strike a pose: Christian Wade of Wasps poses before the season startsThen we think back to league star Jarryd Hayne’s on-again-off-again stint with the San Francisco 49ers, where ultimately some dropped kick returns saw him demoted from the active team to the practice squad. He did not hang around for another season.Which means, while some are salivating at the prospect of Wade being a kick returner in the NFL, there is plenty to temper such enthusiasm. There are lots of little things mentioned on that stream. And there’s more.Handling visas can be a nightmare, first off. But let’s say that’s sorted for him. There’s then learning the basics, possibly with someone at IMG, maybe directly with private coaches or a team who has already said they are keen on him as an undrafted free agent – like Hayne when he was snapped up.But as the tweet thread posted above suggests, there are a lot of moving parts to life in the NFL and no matter how basic you make a role – as some would like, just a kick returner on special teams – you still have to operate within a rigid framework. There are so many other players and coaches involved in any one play call and in meetings you have to understand what the lingo means. You still have to match their hours in the analysis rooms, if not put in more as a rookie.Kids in the United States learn early on about the number of hours needed in training and watching game film. They learn early how to consume and disseminate different playbooks piling up. There is, frankly, little like it in western sports outside the US and Canada; certainly not in the UK and Ireland. So say experts who have worked in both rugby and the NFL.Related: Alex Gray captained Atlanta Falcons in pre-seasonWhich is not to say this is all beyond Wade. He could take to it no bother.Some will scoff at his age; that it is too late to pick things up. But look at his gifts. His feet are impressive regardless of the sport he is in.If suggestions of disillusionment are true, and he is truly hungry for a new challenge, then what a journey to embark upon now.Sure, you could advise Wade to hang on for a little while, try to break the Premiership try-scoring record. Then if he is still fed up, a former Wasp, coach Shaun Edwards, is taking over at Wigan Warriors in Super League post 2019 World Cup so he could give him a buzz.center_img Just check out the thread of tweets which starts here for some thoughts on this: Try machine: Christian Wade scores for Wasps last season But then, rugby league in the UK does not quite have the glittery sheen of American sports, does it? If you are going to take a big swing, make it the biggest swing possible. If you don’t make the fences, at least you will have an incredible story about the attempt.You can read more about Wade in the current issue of the magazine – out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Apopka Weekly Arrest Report

first_img TAGSAPDApopka Police DepartmentArrest Report Previous articleApopka boys win state bowling title. Again.Next articleSunrail begins Saturday service tomorrow Claire Haslett RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apopka Police Department Arrest Report ~ October 25 – October 31The Apopka Police Department reported the following statistics for the week ending October 31st:Calls For Service      1,256Traffic Citations             35Crash Reports               19In addition, the Apopka Police Department reported 15  arrests for the week ending October 31st.  No  juveniles were arrested.Arrested and charged were 10 adults from Apopka,  1 adult from Altamonte Springs, 2 adults from Orlando, 1 adult from an Unknown residence.All of the arrests are listed here:VALLEJO, JASON ROMEO (33) of WINTER PARK  – Vehicle TheftTHOMAS, CHRISHAWNA PATRICE (20) of ALTAMONTE SPRINGS – Multiple charges including Battery & RobberyRHODES, EDDIE RAY (53) of UNKNOWN – Multiple charges including TheftKING, ANTONIO M (41) of APOPKA –  TrespassingEDWARDS, KENDRICK DAVID (26) of APOPKA  – Multiple charges including DUI and Drug PossessionHARVEY, DAVON (21) of APOPKA  – ShopliftingPINSON, JENNIE MARIE (35) of ORLANDO  – Drug PossessionDUNN, WILLIAM FRANK (52) of APOPKA  –  ShopliftingROSARIO CONTRERAS, MIGUEL ANGEL (20) of APOPKA  – Multiple charges including Drug PossessionSTRICKLAND, CODY (28) of APOPKA  – Failure to AppearLONDON, ALYSON NICOLE (45) of APOPKA  – Multiple Charges Including Solicitation to Commit Sexual BatteryVALLEJO, BRITTANY M (26) of APOPKA  – Failure to AppearMATOS, JOEL (34) of APOPKA  – Multiple charges including BatteryRENDON, BRITTANY LYNN (23) of ORLANDO  – Multiple charges including Stalking and Aggravated AssaultHALL, DANA L (49) of APOPKA  – BatteryArrest report details provided by the Apopka Police Department Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Where the green grants went

first_imgWhere the green grants went The Environmental Funding Network has published the fifth edition of its report ‘Where the Green Grants Went’. Available as a free PDF download, the 52 page document analyses grants data from nearly 150 UK-based trusts and foundations that fund different types of environmental work.The new edition covers grants made in the three financial years 2007/08, 2008/09 and 2009/10. The grants information is also put into context with comparisons with environmental giving by government and in other countries.According to the report, environmental philanthropy still represents less than 3% of total UK philanthropy. It has reached a plateau of around £75 million per year during the period examined, following two years of growth. However, a number of new funders supporting environmental causes have emerged and other funders have started to include environmental grants for the first time.Nearly half (43%) of all grants are made for international environmental work, with UK funders supporting work in more than 60 countries in each of the three years examined. Africa received the largest share at 9.6% across the three years, with Asia close behind on 7.8%.Funding for regional and local environmental work in the UK remains uneven: the East Midlands, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber “are perennially under-funded in comparison to other areas”.The proportion of environmental grants made to tackle climate change rose during the three years, but these grants, at £15.8 million in 2009/10, still account for less than 0.7% of total UK grants. The report’s authors contrast this with the success of the National Galleries in London and Edinburgh raising “£50 million in four months to purchase a single painting”.The Environmental Funders Network (EFN) is an informal network of trusts, foundations and individuals making grants on environmental and conservation issues. It aims to increase the overall level of financial support for environmental causes and to help environmental philanthropy to be as effective as it can be.www.greenfunders.org/wp-content/uploads/Where-the-Green-Grants-Went-Five.pdf Howard Lake | 1 February 2012 | News 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.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Former army chief of staff gives up any idea of appeal in lawsuit over “predator” photo

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Follow the news on Turkey Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor May 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former army chief of staff gives up any idea of appeal in lawsuit over “predator” photo Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img The Turkish army’s former chief of staff, Hüseyin Kivrikoglu, has abandoned any idea of appealing against a Paris court’s ruling rejecting his lawsuit against Reporters Without Borders over his inclusion in a display of photographs of predators of press freedom on a map of the world at Saint-Lazare station in Paris on the occasion of International Press Freedom Day last year (3 May 2002).In its 29 January ruling against Kivrikoglu’s suit, which had claimed the display caused unwarranted harm to his public image, the court ordered him to pay costs and 2,000 euros in damages to Reporters Without Borders.The organisation has decided to hand over this sum to the families of Mustafa Benli, Kemal Evcimen, Memik Horuz and Nureddin Sirin, who are in prison in Turkey for their part in publishing or broadcasting news which was deemed by the authorities to be a threat to public order or state unity but which was entirely within the right to freedom and diversity of expression.To highlight the systematic harassment of Turkish journalists who dare to criticise the army and the fact that the army is accorded a permanent right to influence the country’s political life and press, Reporters Without Borders will include the photo of Kivrikoglu’s successor, Gen. Hilmi Ozkok, in its display of 42 predators of press freedom on the occasion of International Press Freedom Day tomorrow. News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Councillor says work to repair damaged sea wall must be fast tracked

first_imgA Donegal Councillor is calling for the fast tracking of proposed sea defences for Creeslough.Councillor John Sheamais Ó Fearraigh made the comments following recent discussions with An Bord Pleanála about the reinstatement of the area’s coastal defences which were destroyed last year.That caused the flooding of some 64 acres of nearby farmland in Creeslough.Just over €100,000 has been secured from the government for this work to be carried out, but repairs were later delayed because the area is classified as an area of conservation.An Bord Pleanála says it will assess the situation as quickly as possible, Cllr O’Fearraigh says it’s vital that this is done…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/creesloughwall.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – May 6, 2015 Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Previous articleNext phase of Strabane Pedestrian Bridge construction starting todayNext articleLatest INMO stats show LGH trolley numbers fell in April but are up 38% since January admin center_img WhatsApp Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Councillor says work to repair damaged sea wall must be fast tracked Twitter Pinterest Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Breaking: All Accused Acquitted In Babri Masjid Demolition Case; Act Not Pre-Planned, Says Court

first_imgTop StoriesBreaking: All Accused Acquitted In Babri Masjid Demolition Case; Act Not Pre-Planned, Says Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK29 Sep 2020 11:59 PMShare This – xA Special CBI Court at Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 persons accused of hatching the criminal conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque on December 6, 1992.The acquitted persons include prominent BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh etc.Special CBI Judge S K Yadav, in his 2000-page verdict, held that the demolition of the mosque was…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 Special CBI Court at Lucknow on Wednesday acquitted all 32 persons accused of hatching the criminal conspiracy behind the demolition of the Babri Masjid mosque on December 6, 1992.The acquitted persons include prominent BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh etc.Special CBI Judge S K Yadav, in his 2000-page verdict, held that the demolition of the mosque was not premeditated and that there was no criminal conspiracy behind it.The Court said that the demolition was not pre-planned and that the accused had actually tried to stop the mob and not incite them.”Those who climbed on the dome, they are anti-social elements”, the Court stated.The authenticity of the audio and video clips produced by the CBI is not proved, the court held.Further details of the verdict are awaited.26 out of the 32 accused persons were physically present in the court today. Six accused persons including Advani, i, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharati, Kalyan Singh appeaered via video conferencing. Uma Bharati had tested positive for COVID-19 few days ago.The Babri Masjid in Ayodhya was demolished in December 1992 by Hindu Kar Sevaks who claimed that the land on which the mosque was built was the birth place of Hindu deity Ram.The Supreme Court had extended the deadline for the trial court to complete the trial several times, with the last extension given on August 19, 2020.On April 19, 2017, the Supreme Court Bench of Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman had restored the conspiracy charges against the accused by allowing an appeal filed by the CBI against the discharge given by the Allahabad High Court to them.Invoking its extraordinary constitutional powers under Article 142 of the Constitution, the bench also transferred the pending separate trial in a Rae Bareilly Magistrate court and clubbed it with criminal proceedings in the Lucknow CBI Court.The top court had further ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years in the case.On July 19, 2019, a bench headed by Justice R F Nariman had directed the Trial Court to complete the recording of evidence within six months and deliver judgment within nine months. The Court had also directed the UP Government to issue administrative orders to extend the tenure of the Special Judge of CBI Court, Lucknow till the delivery of judgment. The judge was otherwise due to retire on September 30, 2019.Later, on May 8, 2020, a Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justices Nariman and Surya Kant had extended the deadline for Special CBI Court, Lucknow to deliver its judgment in the case by August 31, 2020 after considering a request for extension made by the Special Judge.On July 24 this year, the Trial Court recorded the statement of Advani via video conferencing.Pleading innocence, the 92-year old former Deputy Prime Minister denied his involvement in the alleged conspiracy along with ‘Kar sevaks’ to demolish the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992. He pleaded he was completely innocent and was unnecessarily dragged in the case owing to political reasons.The civil case pertaining to Ayodhya-Babri Masjid dispute attained finality on November 8, 2019, when a 5-judge bench directed that the entire disputed land of 2.77 acres in Ayodhya must be handed over for the construction of Ram Mandir.The Top Court had held that an alternate plot of 5 acres must be allotted to the Sunni Waqf Board for the construction of a mosque. This direction was passed invoking powers under Article 142 of the Constitution.The Court had then observed that the destruction of Babri Masjid in 1992 was a violation of law. The act of placing idols beneath the central dome of the mosque in 1949 was an act of “desecration”, observed the Constitution Bench comprising of then CJI Ranjan Gogoi along with Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer.Click here to download the trial court judgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Mediation Motto: Let The Parties Decide

first_imgColumnsMediation Motto: Let The Parties Decide Sudhanshu Batra, Senior Advocate2 Oct 2020 7:34 AMShare This – xMediators can’t Judge, can’t advise, can’t suggest or can’t even compel the parties to decide. What Mediators can certainly do is to empower the parties to decide for themselves. What is ’empowerment’? It is the process of becoming more confident and stronger, especially in controlling one’s life. It is acceptance of responsibility and the refusal to perceive himself or herself as…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?LoginMediators can’t Judge, can’t advise, can’t suggest or can’t even compel the parties to decide. What Mediators can certainly do is to empower the parties to decide for themselves. What is ’empowerment’? It is the process of becoming more confident and stronger, especially in controlling one’s life. It is acceptance of responsibility and the refusal to perceive himself or herself as a victim. Empowerment allows us to see choices and to challenge the existing beliefs. It results in seeing the choices that the parties had not seen before or experiencing the freedom to make the choices that they are able to see. Seeing, realizing and believing that new choices or options are indeed possible. Empowerment is thus seeing such new choices or options. This aspect of empowerment could be termed ‘Awareness’. Awareness is characterized by a sense of individual agency and the confidence that it can be done. We have come across numerous instances, where a party remained in an abusive relationship for years. The reason is that the party lacked the sense of personal empowerment to see or understand that he or she had other options/choices that are possible or doable. An outsider could see it. But the party was clearly disempowered to make other choices because he or she could not discern its possibility in the midst of emotional turmoil and conflict. This awareness to observe and recognize the existence of choices is a critical aspect of ‘Empowerment’. Awareness to observe and recognize the choices comes from the second critical aspect of empowerment, which is ‘Language skill’. In other words empowerment comes from the use of a new language for self-expression. For example, if a low feeling in a person is always described by the word “sad”, then the person would understand every low emotional state as ‘sadness’. However, a low emotional state may also be a form of ‘depression’. By expressing each low emotional state as “sad” only, does not make the person realize the cause or source of their emotion and so find it much harder to address it. There is thus a deep connection of people with the language. What is said, how it is said and interpreted. Thus, empowerment includes introducing the person with a wider vocabulary, which helps him or her to improve their own understanding of the conflict and to address the cause or source of their discontentment. New language or vocabulary plays a critical role in allowing deeper meaningful self-expression. In fact, the role of language is intertwined with the capacity to reflect on oneself and one’s psychological and social state of mind and makes us capable of new expression and thus new experiences. The third critical aspect of empowerment is termed “Emotional”. Empowerment gives us a new emotional understanding and therefore a new relationship to our emotions. Often the people who are disempowered are those who are not in touch with themselves or who tend to deny their needs in the bid to either please others or fulfil social norms or to maintain a ‘good image’ of themselves that society expects of them. Disempowered people are so deeply immersed in themselves that they can’t see a way out. In all such cases their feelings come out in an unhealthy manner. This is either due to a pathological fear, mixed with other emotions such as being rejected or ostracized or due to their rigid and narrow perspective. Empowerment includes facilitating a new relationship to one’s emotions. From the repressed tendency, it takes the value of distance and rejects the idea of running away from uncomfortable feelings. From the overly emotional person, it takes learning to feel one’s feelings, but rejects being a slave to them at all times. Empowerment allows our emotions to run their course, without judging them. In this context, empowerment consists in being able to observe one’s emotions, see and recognize new options and choices, and thereby give a new expression to the problem and its solution with interest and compassion. Disempowerment leads to negative thinking and negatively judging oneself. How do Mediators empower the disputants? The most crucial requirement for facilitating empowerment is to first attain some level of empowerment ourselves as Mediators before we are able to facilitate others in an attempt to empower them. It is only after achieving the state of self-empowerment that the process of facilitating empowerment amongst disputants begins. A key skill to facilitate empowerment is the ability to listen, observe, witness and recognize as to what is going on internally between the parties. Once a Mediator develops and discerns these competencies, he or her needs to possess appropriate language skills that helps him or her to describe the situation in a positive way and help the parties to meaningfully reflect. As Mediators we need to ask ourselves, whether we practice such skills. There are many “transformative practices” that can help cultivate the capability and capacity to witness that lies at the heart of empowerment. As Bernard Meyer would say, ‘the focus of all conflict resolution should be empowerment’. The skill to listen gives the Mediator the ability to observe, recognize and understand the needs of the parties as distinguished from their desirous. It also gives an opportunity to understand their emotional barriers, responsible for disempowering the parties. The underlying conflict not expressed but felt is unfolded with Listening skills. In addition to active listening, the skill to inquire, by asking the right questions facilities the empowerment process. Open-ended questions more often than not elicit much more information. It is important to remember that being curious is more natural and effective than a narrow inquisition. In order to empower the parties to reach their own settlement, mediators must focus on what is it that the parties really want and need. In ‘Getting to Yes’, the authors define these as ‘interests’. Interest-based mediation assists parties in finding creative solutions by asking thoughtful questions. “. . . ‘What is important to you?’ especially when asked in an open, non-judgmental way. It communicates … what matters to that person, regardless of why it matters or even whether it should matter.” The power to enquire is to focus on the future interests rather than fanning their emotion from some past drama. Therefore, reframing the ‘interests’ is a must-have skill in the mediator’s toolbox. Reframing Skill amongst other repertoire of skills becomes easier once the Mediator learns and develops his or her language skills. What to say, how to say and when to say. A Mediator, who uses these mediation skills, recognizes that helping parties identify their own present and future interests assists them in generating their own options, rather than soliciting suggestions or advising them what to do. Therefore, the motto “let the parties decide” fits in well in the Mediators toolbox.Views are personal only.(Author is a Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India And a Mediator) Next Storylast_img read more

NRP Álvares Cabral Hosts Medal Hand-Over Ceremony

first_img View post tag: EUNAVFOR View post tag: News by topic NRP Álvares Cabral Hosts Medal Hand-Over Ceremony View post tag: Medal Share this article View post tag: Alvares July 25, 2013 View post tag: Cabral View post tag: ATALANTA View post tag: Hand Over Back to overview,Home naval-today NRP Álvares Cabral Hosts Medal Hand-Over Ceremony center_img  During their recent port visit to Djibouti, the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) flagship, NRP Álvares Cabral held a medal ceremony on board. The ceremony was presided over by the EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Commodore Jorge Novo Palma and the Commanding Officer of NRP Álvares Cabral, Captain Nuno Sobral Domingues.The French Ambassador based in Djibouti, Mr René Forceville, and the Commander of French Forces in Djibouti, Major General Joel Rode were invited to attend the event.The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) Atalanta Service Medal is an European military decoration awarded to personnel of the European Union Naval Force Somalia Operation Atalanta for their effort and commitment to counter piracy operations.The Atalanta Medal can also be awarded to people who have provided outstanding support to the EU Naval Force.On this occasion, Lieutenant Colonel Jean Luc Simonin, head of the logistics and personnel branch (J4) of the French Forces in Djibouti, was awarded the Atalanta medal for his outstanding dedication and exceptional contribution in support to the EU NAVFOR Support Element Atalanta during his tour duty from July 2010 to July 2013. The EU NAVFOR Force Commander commented that: “Awarding the Atalanta medal during this ceremony allows us to recognise those servicemen and women, who have shown outstanding dedication to the EU Naval Force. This has been the case with Lieutenant Colonel Jean Luc Simonin, members of the multinational EU NAVFOR Support Element Atalanta, the crew of the Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafe Orion Detachment, the Force Headquarters staff and the crew of NRP Álvares Cabral. I ask you to always remember the words on the reverse of the medal you have been awarded: “Pro pace unum”, meaning “united for peace”. Each one of you, using a specific skill, has contributed to the shared, collective effort to reduce piracy in the region of the Horn of Africa and helped strengthen stability in the region. I would like to underline to you all, and in particular to those awarded, that you should all be proud of the decisive contribution that has been achieved in the maritime security environment. However, we must remember that our mission is not over, our counter piracy success is reversible. We must remain committed, vigilant, agile and adaptable to continue to deter and repress piracy.”[mappress]Press Release, July 25, 2013; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: Navy Authorities View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: hosts View post tag: Defence View post tag: NRP View post tag: Somalia View post tag: Navallast_img read more