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Passive income: should I buy Rolls-Royce shares in 2021?

first_img 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 Kirsteen Mackay | Wednesday, 30th December, 2020 | More on: RR 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Passive income: should I buy Rolls-Royce shares in 2021?center_img Kirsteen 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Many of us dream of generating a passive income. It’s become an increasingly popular target in the past decade or so due to the growth of internet investing. But it’s been possible for longer than that. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett recognised the miracle of generating a passive income when he was still a boy. Thanks to his father, an investment broker, he grasped the beauty of stock market investing. Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) is one FTSE 100 stock that has been in the spotlight this year, and this trend is likely to continue. But is it a good stock to buy for passive income generation? What is a passive income?A passive income involves making money with little to no effort. Dividends make this a possibility via stock market investing because dividends are like interest that’s paid back to the shareholder.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…It’s debatable how effortless stock market investing actually is. It can be a completely hands-off pursuit if employing an investment manager to take care of it. But that can be expensive. Index funds are another fairly effortless way for an individual to invest as they’re managed by a team of professional investors. This is becoming a popular investment option for busy people.In any form of passive income generation, whether from author royalties, second property income, affiliate earning or other investments, it requires effort at the outset. Considering this, I think generating a passive income from stock market investing is the most appealing. It’s also very simple and can be extremely lucrative.I need to research which stocks to buy. But once they’re bought, I can forget about them for years and let the passive income roll in. So what about Rolls-Royce? Unfortunately its dividend was cancelled this year and I imagine it will be a while before it’s reinstated. I think that makes it a less of an option for passive income generation and more of a potential buy-and-hold share for capital gains. But what are the prospects for its dividend?Rolls-Royce shares: a good passive income buy? Rolls-Royce has had a rough ride in 2020 so can it recover enough to see its share price surge in 2021? I’m not sure the tough times are over yet. And until we bring the pandemic under control, share price volatility is likely to continue.The Rolls-Royce share price is down over 50% year-to-date, but may have further to fall. Flight bans and less international travel are the big issue. With the vaccine rollout signalling a return to freedom, the share price rebounded. Unfortunately, the appearance of new Covid-19 strains has thrown a spanner in the works.More lockdowns will set companies back again. While the vaccine rollout should make a difference in time, we don’t know how long it will be until it takes effect. This setback could leave Rolls-Royce waiting a lot longer to return to its former glory.The company wasn’t in great shape even before the pandemic struck and hasn’t been in profit for three of the past five years. However, it has successfully fundraised this year and I can’t see it going under unless things get much worse. I also think management will be keen to reinstate the dividend at the earliest opportunity. I imagine that won’t be before 2022, but I’d consider buying Rolls-Royce shares in 2021 to hold for 10 years+. 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. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackaylast_img read more

‘Run it Straight Challenge’ doesn’t end well for this guy

first_imgTuesday Jan 9, 2018 ‘Run it Straight Challenge’ doesn’t end well for this guy The ‘Run It Straight Challenge’ has been around on social media for a while now, originating with Rugby League fans in Australia. This latest one-on-one submission comes from the UK, and was brutal to say the least. 18-year-old Tavis Hunter stepped up and dealt with his challenger in no uncertain terms, proving to be quite popular on our facebook and instagram pages.The ‘challenge’ has been fairly controversial because of the nature of some of the tackles going in, mostly illegal and often alcohol fuelled, with a high risk of injury. The tackle above looked legal, but below you can see a compilation of some of the wilder ones.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Amateur , Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 32 WEEKS AGO Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down… 69 WEEKS AGO RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round… 69 WEEKS AGO RD BLITZ – Disaster, just when it looked… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

OKS CASA / seARCHOFFICE

first_imgOKS CASA / seARCHOFFICESave this projectSaveOKS CASA / seARCHOFFICE Save this picture!© Spaceshift Studio+ 37Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Photographs Thailand “COPY” Projects Architects: seARCHOFFICE Area Area of this architecture project 2017 CopyHouses•Khwaeng Bang Wa, Thailand ArchDaily “COPY”center_img Area:  3200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/899966/oks-casa-saarchoffice Clipboard Manufacturers: Gaggenau, Grohe, Kohler, Poliform, Forma, GROHE/ KOHLERSave this picture!© Spaceshift StudioRecommended ProductsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Renders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™DoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. On the land around 2.0 Rai on Pattanakarn road, Bangkok, this private exclusive residence for the extended family. Consist of three houses, each are in their own privacy yet connected to each other by the common area and swimming pool. According to the function requirement of the family, the area requirement is almost 3000sqm combined which make the building add up to 4 storey at the highest.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioTo compose these building into homely scale, the Architecture is design to appear horizonal by the hidden lower floor underneath the common function : the drop off area, swimming pool and the pavilion.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioAt the approach level, the House is appear to be access on ground level but in fact the underneath level are all service quarter, which all connected. The function are : the main garage, maid quarter, mechanic room, storage and wine cellar and shooting gallery.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioThe Concept design is to create special space to enhance the normal practical house and go beyond. There are many highlight space in this project, intentionally designed hidden to be found, even for the owners.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioSave this picture!First floor planSave this picture!© Spaceshift StudioFor the visitor, after a brief approach to the main entrance space with cobble stone plaza, a comfortably descending slope leads to the Supercar Gallery. This space is specially design to house 6 supercars, 5cars in the gallery and the most favorite one in the cockpit room adjacent to it.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioThe structure spans 18 metre without any column while a supercar can be driven to display in  the cockpit room, where function as a guest gathering place, entertainment lounge with minibar and living area. From this room, the space is visually connected to the Supercar Gallery towards the landscape, the shaped green hill to the main house dinning room.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioThis space is also visually connected to the upper level of the owners’ living room. And from the top view, through inverse curve void on , top view of The Enzo’s Ferrari is framed for enthusiasts’ appreciation. The Family Pool area performs as the connection space of all buildings together, and also as a central space, visually and physically.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioPavilion is created adjacent to the pool to contain space for recreation and equipped multifunction space. Inside is an air conditioned lounge area with a minibar. The bar shares part of the pool in section. The user could dive through the glass wall from the pool outside into the bar counter to join the activity in this pavilion.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioAt the main house, Owners can entry from the garage by glass elevator  which moves up through section of water. Emerge from the depth of water, is the Living hall. The double height open lobby of this main house face toward pool and landscape. Large tree is design to position as a foreground of the view as well as the natural tool for scale down the height of the building.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioNatural light plays a great role for this house. By the very specific detail treatment and design, the sublime space of marble stone wall and a play of natural light, the staircase is on of the highlight for the house. Attention to the very detail is the key of this architecture. The Architect and builder work closely together on site to achieve such finest craft. For the owner, this house has become their everyday retreat, the Architecture of serene living.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioCorridor is another interesting space not only used to connect the house together but also create an enclosure for the pool. Special detail design of steel columns where they touch the wooden ceiling is on hidden gem of this space. This shallow water part of the pool, alongside this corridor, is another playground for kids.Save this picture!© Spaceshift StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessM9 Workspace / M9 Design StudioSelected ProjectsRenovation of Cotton Lab in Changzhou / Atelier ArchmixingSelected Projects Share Year:  OKS CASA / seARCHOFFICE ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/899966/oks-casa-saarchoffice Clipboard Houses Photographs:  Spaceshift Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeseARCHOFFICEOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKhwaeng Bang WaThailandPublished on August 13, 2018Cite: “OKS CASA / seARCHOFFICE” 13 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalSinkshansgroheBasin FaucetsPaintSTAC BONDComposite Panel Finishes – MetallicsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 70 ADUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Hinged Door | AlbaWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BlockGreen FacadesSempergreenLiving Wall – SemperGreenwallMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Mirasal Residential / Balzar Arquitectos + Julia Alcocer

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Mirasal Residential / Balzar Arquitectos + Julia AlcocerSave this projectSaveMirasal Residential / Balzar Arquitectos + Julia Alcocer 2017 Photographs Mirasal Residential / Balzar Arquitectos + Julia Alcocer Save this picture!© Mariela Apollonio+ 45Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Architects: Balzar Arquitectos, Julia Alcocer Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Houses Projectscenter_img Area:  77656 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/906873/mirasal-residential-balzar-arquitectos-plus-julia-alcocer Clipboard Manufacturers: Alumed, Expormim, Santa & Cole, ViccarbeSave this picture!© Mariela ApollonioRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. Torrevieja is a seaside town located south of Alicante, known for its major tourism attraction. Its surroundings have a high landscape and ecological value on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the form of Las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja Natural Park.Save this picture!© Clemente VergaraSave this picture!© Mariela ApollonioDistant views towards this natural park with mesmerizing light pink hue of the salt lagoon, a recently constructed urbanization in which there are no neighboring buildings yet, striking topography and a complete triangular block form the context in which Balzar Arquitectos and Julia Alcocer have designed the Mirasal residential complex.Save this picture!© Mariela ApollonioThe project resolves the placement on the lot by conforming to its perimeter, creating a large interior garden. The building seeks to harmonize with the topography, mimicking the levels of the natural terrain. It is architecture which aims to express itself as a whole, whose plasticity is a result of its horizontal proportions and white materials.Save this picture!© Mariela ApollonioSave this picture!Level +34Save this picture!© Mariela ApollonioThe building is currently under construction, with an estimated end date for the first phase of construction in early 2019. Recently, two show homes have been finished and equipped in order to commercialize the complex.Save this picture!© Mariela ApollonioProject gallerySee allShow lessIncineration Center of Domestic Waste Comprehensive Treatment Plant at Chaoyang Dist…Selected ProjectsPomarino House / SommetSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/906873/mirasal-residential-balzar-arquitectos-plus-julia-alcocer Clipboard CopyHouses•Torrevieja, Spain CopyAbout this officeBalzar ArquitectosOfficeFollowJulia AlcocerOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousestorreviejaSpainPublished on December 05, 2018Cite: “Mirasal Residential / Balzar Arquitectos + Julia Alcocer” [Residencial Mirasal / Balzar Arquitectos + Julia Alcocer] 05 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® Premium SeriesMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – Patina_VariationsBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS PlusCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalWindowspanoramah!®ah! Soft CloseWoodAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)American Oak by ASHChairs / StoolsOKHADining Chair – BarnettMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Spain Photographs:  Mariela Apollonio, Clemente Vergara Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

PFRA aims to double council agreements for F2F within a year

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lucy Ellender said that she was looking forward to helping both charities and councils balance their needs: She said: “The prospect of helping charities to identify and gain new donors and funding as well as giving councils and their communities greater control over how and when fundraising takes place really attracted me to this role”.Ellender will work full-time for the PFRA but will spend one day a week working out of the LGA’s offices in Westminster.The secondment is another product of the working relationship that the LGA and PFRA have developed over the past six months. In November 2012 they launched a joint Pledge to improve standards of street fundraising.www.pfra.org.uk The Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) is aiming to double the number of agreements with local councils to manage face-to-face fundraising within a year.Lucy Ellender, a programme officer at the Local Government Association, today joins the PFRA on a year-long secondment to help them achieve this.Dr Toby Ganley, PFRA’s head of policy, explained: “We have set ourselves the target of having 100 signed agreements with councils by the end of 2013. To do that we are going to need to be able to find ways into councils we haven’t had much engagement with and, with her extensive contacts, Lucy is the perfect person to help us do that.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 February 2013 | News PFRA aims to double council agreements for F2F within a yearcenter_img 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. Tagged with: face-to-face Individual giving Law / policy PFRA  33 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

London Mayor & 18-strong charity coalition unite in campaign to help city’s rough sleepers

first_img Tagged with: GoFundMe London Mayor of London  158 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 Melanie May | 15 December 2017 | News  157 total views,  3 views today 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 The Mayor launched the campaign today (15 December) on a visit to start work on the new permanent hub in Hackney, which is for the No Second Night Out service, which provides a rapid response to assess the needs of new rough sleepers and give them an offer so they do not have to sleep out for a second night. The hub should be open and ready to help people off the streets early next year. In the spring, work will start on a second hub and a staging post, both in Lewisham, that will provide short-term accommodation for people the hub can’t help immediately.The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:“I know there are millions of Londoners who want to do something to help rough sleepers get off the streets for good. That’s why I am pleased to be joining forces with our new coalition of charities dedicated to this cause, offering a single donation point for Londoners who want to give money to those who need help the most. I urge Londoners to donate and join me in helping people sleeping on our streets to connect with vital services.“As Mayor, I am investing in services right across the capital and doing everything within my power to tackle this issue. But the government also needs to play its part by providing additional funding so that we can boost much-needed services in London, and by tackling the long-term causes of homelessness and rough sleeping.”Howard Sinclair, Chief Executive of St Mungo’s, said:“St Mungo’s is proud to have provided the No Second Night Out service since its inception in London and, through it, helped thousands of people to move away from the streets as soon as possible. Five years of temporary premises, however, has been very challenging for the service so we very much welcome the Mayor backing the need to get NSNO hubs on a permanent footing. The new hubs, in Hackney and Lewisham, will help transform the service NSNO staff are able to provide and result in many more people, we hope, being able to rebuild their lives.” London Mayor & 18-strong charity coalition unite in campaign to help city’s rough sleepers Eighteen charities have joined forces with the Mayor of London in a campaign aimed at helping rough sleepers in the capital.Mayor Sadiq Khan has brought the charities together to form a coalition, the London Homeless Charities Group, to offer Londoners an easily accessible single donation point, with all funds generated going equally to all 18 charities to direct services where they are needed most. Charities in the coalition include Albert Kennedy Trust, Centrepoint, The Connection at St Martins, Crisis, St Mungo’s, Depaul, and Homeless Link. The campaign will also show Londoners how they can direct outreach services towards people found sleeping rough.The campaign asks people to donate to the London Charities Homeless Group via a GoFundMe page set up by the coalition. In addition, the Mayor has announced that he will open emergency weather shelters on every ‘sub-zero’ day with all 33 London boroughs signed up to the scheme, with work also beginning on a new permanent hub to help first-time rough sleepers.The campaign runs for two months and will be promoted on London Underground and supported across the Mayor’s social media channels.last_img read more

Autoworkers picket Detroit auto show

first_imgProtest in Detroit at General Motors shareholders’ meeting in solidarity with Colombian GM workers.Photo: Frank HammerFor the seventh year in a row, rank-and-file United Auto Workers members and supporters picketed outside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11. This year, the theme of the protest, sponsored by Autoworker Caravan, was “People Before Profits.” The NAIAS is the biggest auto show in the country and is where the auto bosses tout their billions in record profits and car sales, which have exceeded pre-recession levels.In September, the contracts between the UAW and Ford, General Motors and Chrysler expire. Workers are tired of givebacks and want to see an end to two-tier pay; a pay raise, which many have not had since 2005; the elimination of temporary work; and an end to inhuman “alternative work schedules” that undermine the eight-hour day.In addition to raising contract issues, the pickets drew attention to the fact that the profit motive has compromised vehicle safety, resulting in hundreds of deaths. As in previous years, Autoworker Caravan chided the industry for contributing to climate change and called for the reopening of closed plants for green jobs, demanding that people be put to work making solar panels, wind turbines and products for mass transit.Solidarity with Colombian GM workers who were fired after they were injured on the job was a theme, as it has been since 2012, when the president of their association conducted a 72-day hunger strike here in Detroit.There were many chants on a variety of issues. “Sit-downs then! Die-ins today! Solidarity is the way!” linked the struggles of the past, present and future.At a get-together after the action, conversation focused on how to build a campaign inside the plants to make ending divisive two-tier pay scales a make-or-break contract issue. Workers hired after October 2007 now make two-thirds or less than what their higher-seniority counterparts earn.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU, former professor each file motions for judgment in discrimination lawsuit

first_imgBenton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Twitter Linkedin Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Benton McDonald Facebook printLawyers for TCU have asked a federal court to reject a discrimination claim filed by a former economics professor, arguing in part that she voluntarily resigned. But attorneys for Dr. Silda Nikaj, who has alleged that she faced racial and gender discrimination while in the economics department, are arguing that Nikaj never intended to resign, and instead was seeking a leave of absence.Both sides filed motions in a Dallas federal court last week seeking a judgment. A spokesperson for TCU released a brief statement to TCU360:“As a practice, TCU does not comment on pending litigation beyond the papers we file in court. TCU is focused on creating a respectful and inclusive community for all students.” Along with the claim of unlawful termination, TCU is also asking the court to consider rejecting Nikaj’s claims of:A violation of Section 1981, which covers discrimination charges based on raceUnlawful pay by TCUA host of other miscellaneous claims related to teaching assignments, incomplete investigations by TCU, an increase in research assignments and a failure to take an alleged hate crime seriously enough that were filed under Title VIINikaj is seeking a ruling on counterclaims filed by TCU last February that she breached her contract because she failed to inform the university that she had accepted a full-time position at the National Institute of Health (NIH) while she was still a TCU employee. Read More: TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissedLawyers for the university argued that Nikaj’s claims under Section 1981 should be barred by the two-year statute of limitations. The events that Nikaj is citing occurred between 2012-2017, meaning they fall outside of the limit.Nikaj left for a job at the National Institute of Health while under contract at TCU (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)TCU counsel also said that some of Nikaj’s claims fail as a matter of law.For both the unlawful termination and unlawful pay claims, TCU presented a host of reasons that assert “legitimate business reasons” for how they acted that aren’t discriminatory. These included:Denying her leave of absence request and subsequently accepting her resignation because she violated university policy Treating her failure to follow policy as a non-discriminatory reason to consider her actions a resignation Paying a male colleague of Nikaj a greater starting salary because he had competing offers and negotiated with the universityPaying the same male colleague a higher salary after hire because he was rated higher under the economics departments pay-adjustment procedure and received two merit raises The lawyers cited the statute of limitations for most of Nikaj’s miscellaneous claims, which were made under Title VII. The federal law preventing employment discrimination has a 300-day limitation. Nikaj filed her discrimination claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on June 27, 2017, so TCU’s lawyers argue anything before Sept. 2, 2016, is outside of the statute of limitations. This includes seven of the discrimination claims made by Nikaj, mainly related to actions surrounding her position like disparate treatment and a tenure requirement that allegedly benefited a male colleague at her expense.TCU’s lawyers argued the rest of the claims weren’t “ultimate employment decisions” required for Title VII discrimination cases and shouldn’t be acted on by the court. These included changes to evaluation criteria and expectations on her attendance at faculty meetings. “Title VII’s anti-retaliation provision does not shield an employee from those petty slights and minor annoyances that all employees experience,” they wrote.All of these claims came secondary to the central focus of both motions: The timeline and circumstances surrounding Nikaj’s departure from TCU to the NIH in late 2016. At issue is whether Nikaj resigned from the university or was terminated, and if it had to do with her complaints of discrimination.Former Provost Dr. Nowell Donovan denied Nikaj’s request for leave and accepted her resignation. (Cristian Arguestasoto/ Staff Photographer)A request for leaveOn Dec. 23, 2016, Nikaj emailed a letter to then-Dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts Dr. Andrew Schoolmaster and then-Provost Nowell Donovan informing them that she would be going “on leave from TCU without pay and no longer permitted to operate in an official capacity for TCU.”The letter came two weeks after the NIH confirmed to Nikaj that she had accepted a full-time appointment with a one-year trial period, and just three days before she began working for them. Lawyers for TCU claimed in their motion for judgment that the timeline of Nikaj’s actions violated the university policy for requesting leave. According to the policy, applications are due to the Provost no later than Nov. 15 of the academic year before leave.  During a deposition for the suit, Nikaj was asked why she notified TCU of her intent to go on leave only days in advance of leaving. “It was the end of the semester, so, you know, I needed time to finish up the semester, and I needed time to think about what I needed to do,” she said. “And I’m sorry. Just, you know, I must have been really busy at that time.”TCU claimed that Nikaj’s letter, which was sent while the university was closed for the holiday, “created havoc on TCU’s employees.” Nikaj was under contract to teach two classes in the upcoming spring semester and expected to advise 30 students. One class, labor economics, was dropped by the university and the enrolled students were placed in an urban economics class. On Jan. 3, 2017, Nikaj formally submitted her application for an 18-month unpaid leave from the university while she worked at the NIH. Dr. Zack Hawley, an economics professor at TCU, testified that he had never heard of a tenure track assistant professor like Nikaj requesting an unpaid leave of absence. Two days after she submitted the request, Donovan denied it and said that Nikaj had “constructively resigned,” because of her actions. “In direct contravention of your employment agreement, you have accepted and commenced working in a full-time position at the [NIH] in Maryland,” the provost wrote in his letter to Nikaj. “It is disappointing that you never notified your department of your application for this external position and that you did not initiate your leave request or notify TCU of your employment decision until the very last minute.” Donovan concluded the letter by accepting Nikaj’s resignation and she received her last paycheck at the end of the month. Dr. Rob Garnett was the chair of the economics department at the time of Nikaj’s departure. (TCU) Internal discussions Both motions covered the emails and discussions had by TCU officials in the two-week period between Nikaj’s initial letter and the provost’s acceptance of her resignation. Dr. Robert Garnett, then-chair of the economics department, said he believed that Nikaj’s request for leave should be denied because she did not follow the policy. Other colleagues agreed and some said that she should be fired because of her actions. Vice-Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer Yohna Chambers was also involved in the discussions and said in one email that TCU’s “employment-related dilemma is whether or not we choose to continue her employment with TCU.” Also factoring into the discussion was Nikaj’s complaint letter to the TCU Title IX office that was sent the month before she went on leave. Nikaj asked the university to look into  her “disparate treatment and retaliations for my claims of disparate treatment.” Garnett learned about the complaint in the days after Nikaj revealed she was going on leave and emailed Dr. Darron Turner, former chief inclusion officer, to check its status. University lawyers argued in their motion that this timeline of events proves that Garnett was not retaliating against Nikaj when he recommended that her leave request be denied. An HR employee was in the midst of investigating the complaint when Nikaj left the university, according to TCU’s motion. Nikaj has claimed retaliation because the university did not complete the investigation. The employee had planned to conduct interviews after the winter holiday. When Schoolmaster asked Garnett to check Nikaj’s office in early January, it was cleaned out. Chambers viewed the Title IX complaint and Nikaj’s leave request as separate matters, according to an email in Nikaj’s brief.Dr. Andrew Schoolmaster was the dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts at the time. (TCU)After receiving Nikaj’s application for formal leave and additional documents related to her negotiations and employment with the NIH on Jan. 3, Chambers recommended to the provost that TCU should deny the request and accept Nikaj’s resignation. Chambers wrote in one email to Garrett and Schoolmaster that university attorneys seemed on board with accepting Nikaj’s resignation. “I’ll keep you both posted once I hear from our attorneys,” she wrote. “I had a preliminary conversation and they seem willing to support our ‘accepting her resignation’.”Nikaj’s lawyers argued in their brief that TCU violated their own policy by not reaching out to Nikaj for alternatives to termination.“While this retaliation took several different forms, the end result was that TCU terminated her employment and instead of following its own policy, TCU tried to say that she resigned,” they said. The debate over Nikaj’s departure made up a bulk of the arguments from both sides. The motions were filed in Federal court last week. (Esau Rodriguez Olvera/Staff Photographer) Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Linkedin ReddIt Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Previous articleHoroscope: February 28, 2021Next articleWomen’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Facebook ReddItlast_img read more

Call for ‘deeds not words’ as Justice minister talks of amending law on insult to Turkish identity

first_img News News Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey News Receive email alerts Newscenter_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today urged the Turkish authorities to move to ‘deeds not words’ on reform of Article 301 of criminal law allowing prosecution for “insulting Turkish identity” after the justice minister yesterday made a new statement of intent.“It’s been two years now since, alongside Turkish journalists and press freedom organisations, we have called for the law to be amended and proceedings dropped against those who criticise, on the pretext that they are” insulting Turkish identity,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We cannot forget that Turkish authorities have used Article 301 as a tool of terrible repression. It gives voice to and stokes up nationalist tensions at work in Turkey and finds fervent advocates in the Turkish legal system,” the organisation said. The Turkish journalist of Armenian origin Hrant Dink, murdered on 19 January 2007, was himself prosecuted under this article. His son, Arat Dink was given a one-year suspended prison sentence on 11 October, for reprinting in the weekly Agos an interview given by his father to the Reuters news agency, in which he recalled that the massacres of Armenians between 1915 and 1917 were genocide”, it continued.Justice minister Mehmet Ali Sahin told the Anatolie news agency yesterday that the government in Ankara had decided to amend Article 301. He specified that the council of minister would “at the first opportunity” examine various projects on the basis of proposals from civil organisations, select some and then seek debate on them in parliament.This statement was in response to the conclusions of the annual report on the state of negotiations on Turkish membership of the European Union (EU), released by the European Commission on the same day. The report stressed that “considerable effort is still required on freedom of expression” and urged the Turkish government to take “immediate steps” in this area.Turkish President Abdullah Gül told the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on 3 October that he was in favour of amending Article 301. The Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made similar promises in November 2006 ahead of the publication of the annual EU report. Article 301 headed “denigration of Turkish identity, of the republic, the institutions or organs of state”, imposes a sentence of six months to three years on “anyone who openly denigrates the government, organs of state justice or military or police structures.” Not only do the Turkish courts severely apply this law, but they ignore paragraph 4 which stipulates that, “Expressions of thought intended to criticize shall not constitute a crime”. April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law to go further Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit November 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for ‘deeds not words’ as Justice minister talks of amending law on insult to Turkish identitylast_img read more

Limerick’s LaCucina is best in Ireland

first_imgCOME to Limerick and head for Castletroy and there you will find the best place in Ireland for Casual dining. That is according to the Restaurant Association of Ireland who announced LaCucina to take the coveted title at a gala reception this week in Dublin. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a hotly contested category, the Limerick duo behind the very popular establishment Lorraine Fanneran and Bruno Coppola were “thrilled and delighted” with the win noting their surprise at the announcement. The pair credited their staff, loyal fans and customers as the restaurant continues to thrive since its refurbishment earlier this year. The Italian themed slick operation, frequented by many players from the Munster and Irish rugby teams, took the award ahead of the likes of Le Bon Crubeen, Dublin, Avoca, Kilmacanogue, Sol Rio, Mayo and No. 27 in Antrim – all provincial winners in the category. The awards took a different element this year by including scoring from “mystery guests”, public text votes, menu submissions as well as the expert opinion from a panel of judges. WhatsApp Previous articleGardai seize drugs in Kilmallock – two arrestedNext articleOpening of Limerick Tunnel welcomed admin Facebook Print Linkedincenter_img Email NewsLocal NewsLimerick’s LaCucina is best in IrelandBy admin – June 11, 2010 612 Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more