6 UK stocks I’d buy now for my Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img Jonathan Smith | Monday, 15th February, 2021 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 6 UK stocks I’d buy now for my Stocks and Shares ISA 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. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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 deadline to buy stocks via my Stocks and Shares ISA for my 2020/21 allocation is coming up. Fortunately, I’ve still got plenty of the £20,000 allocation to take advantage of over the next couple of months. Therefore I’m on the lookout for UK stocks to buy now. Any stock I add into the ISA will allow me to benefit from relief from capital gains tax. This means I can sell my stocks for a profit, and keep all of that profit within my ISA, untaxed.Stocks within the finance sectorThe first sector I think offers me some good UK stock to buy now is finance. Shares like Barclays, NatWest and Legal & General look appealing to me. The banks have survived the large impairments needed due to the potential for bad loans last year. Several have also mentioned that dividend payments could be resumed in 2021. Legal & General (as a non-bank) has maintained the dividend payout during Covid-19. It’s got an attractive dividend yield of 6.76% at the moment.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…Companies in this sector do carry risks. If I bought these UK stocks now, I’d need to be conscious of the impact negative interest rates would have. It would likely reduce the banks’ margins on lending, reducing profitability. If we saw another market crash like last March, the funds operated by investment managers such as Legal & General could also see large outflows. This would reduce the fees generated from the assets under management.Are supermarkets super stocks?UK stocks within the retail space look attractive to me to buy now too. These include J Sainsbury, Tesco and WM Morrison. These three supermarket firms controlled 53% of the total market share within the sector as of 2020. I think they’re worthy buys right now as their performances should be good regardless of the UK economy this year. Even with a recession and Covid-19, J Sainsbury saw total retail sales growing 7.1% year-on-year through to the middle of September. The nature of the merchandise sold allows for consistent revenue during bad and good times.The risks to buying these stocks now is stiffer competition. For example, Ocado grew retail revenue by 35% last year. Online grocers like Ocado offer an alternative for consumers from having to physically go to the supermarket. Another risk of buying is the low profit margins in the industry. The average profit margin of goods is between 1% and 3%. This doesn’t leave much room for error, particularly if indirect costs rise or volumes sold fall.UK stocks: buy now or later?With the uncertainty still surrounding around the UK economy at the moment, I could hold off from buying right now. We could see another dip in the market like we saw last March. However, I can’t predict the future. I certainly can’t perfectly time the market. Given that I fundamentally believe the potential rewards outweigh the risks for the above, I’d prefer to buy these UK stocks now.  jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays and Tesco. 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. 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 Jonathan Smithlast_img read more

The Orange County Procurement Process: Contract Bids and Proposals

first_img Please enter your comment! TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleCookies and Milk with a Cop coming this weekendNext articleState website allows voters to register online Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonThe Orange County Procurement Division manages the County’s procurement program through the effective use of a wide array of purchasing and contracting procedures involving the issuance of various solicitations, negotiation and award of contracts for all types of goods and services including construction and architectural and engineering services. Some of the responsibilities of the Division include obtaining fair prices for materials, equipment, goods and services, and generally defining how to effect cost savings and coordinate procurement procedures for Orange County.The purchase requisition serves to inform the Division of the needs of the user department/division and to correctly define the good or service requested. Purchase requisitions must be submitted with sufficient time for the Division to obtain competitive prices. The following minimum time requirements are necessary to secure competitive prices after receipt of requisition(s) and correct specifications by the Division: 10 working days for goods or services that will be quoted (greater than $1,500 to the mandatory bid limit); 6 to 9 weeks for goods or services that must be procured via formal solicitation; and 12 weeks for goods and services that must be procured via a formal solicitation requiring board approval. Purchases totaling $1,500 or less will be made by the Division only upon written request. All requisitions must be authorized by the Department Director/Division Manager or designee; should originate in the user department/division at the level where the purchase is to be used; and should proceed to the designated approval authority prior to being sent to the Division.Upon receipt of a purchase requisition, the Procurement Division will research  sources of supply and facilitate the procurement process for the goods or services. The user department/division may obtain quotes for commodities or services up to the mandatory bid limit, from at least 3 vendors (including at least one M/W/BE vendor, if applicable) independent of the Procurement Division provided that they are submitted to the Division and verifiable. This Division reserves the right to verify such quotes or obtain additional quotes at its discretion.The Procurement Division will solicit bids/proposals from responsible prospective vendors obtained from commodity code cross-reference, market research, suggestions from the user department/division and previous vendors.  This Division seeks to maximize competition by uploading all formal solicitation opportunities on the website for download by interested parties at no cost.  Bids/Proposals must be received no later than the established deadline at the location specified in the solicitation, where failure to meet this deadline will result in the return of an unopened bid/proposal to the bidder/proposer. Upon request, the formal solicitation is provided to prospective bidders/proposers; public notice of solicitations shall be posted in the Procurement Division office and on the County website. Bids and proposals are publicly opened at the time and location stated in the solicitation.As mandated by the Procurement Ordinance, a security bond is required to be submitted with a bid or proposal in the form of bonds, a certified check or a cashier’s check, based on specified dollar thresholds.The Procurement Division will obtain a recommendation of award from the user department/division prior to award. Award of the bids under the approval limit of the Board of County Commissioners will be made by the Procurement Division.The Procurement Ordinance outlines a protest process for bidders/proposers who seek to challenge a recommendation for award in the formal solicitation process.When required, the successful bidder or proposer shall promptly execute a formal contract signed by the proper authority. The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Imani Henry: ‘I believe that we can win’

first_imgImani HenryThis talk was given on Nov. 19 at the 2017 Workers World Party national conference in Newark, N.J.I’m going to be very honest with you, comrades. I’ve changed my talk completely — the talk I prepared. I want to thank and dedicate this to candidate Rachel from Baltimore who made me think about how I wanted to give this talk today. Rachel asked me in a workshop yesterday, “Why did you join the party?”That totally threw me and made me flustered, and it made me think about my evolution as an activist. I’ve been in the party since 1993. I wanted to be very thoughtful and political because I’m fighting to liberate myself, and I’m fighting to liberate my class, and fighting for socialism.I met the party when I was 22 years old as a Black, newly queer, not-yet-trans being in the world. I was wearing dashikis and combat boots. I think I had dreads at that point of my life. But as an activist, to be honest, the reason I joined Workers World Party is because I wanted to win. I didn’t have a lot of big political philosophy behind that. I just knew in my gut that this organization was the organization I was going to join because I wanted to win.For me and I think for a lot of us that have come into the world as an activist, it’s a lot about the objective conditions. It’s a lot about who we are. On either side of my family, I was the very first to be born in the United States. My parents are Caribbean, Jamaican, migrants. I was the guinea pig who was going to school for the first time in Boston, Mass., in a racist, segregated city.Workers World Party had a big demonstration in Boston in 1974. I was four years old, so I wasn’t at that demonstration.  And four years later, I was still a child on a school bus having rocks thrown at me, having the N-word thrown at me, snowballs, taunting back and forth. This is me just going to school every single day, a child going to elementary school. These are the things that shake me.There were two things that actually politicized me as a person.One was the first Gulf War in 1990. I might not have known that much about Palestine. I probably wasn’t really clear about what was going on in the Middle East. But what I did know was that I had a friend who was Jamaican. He was younger than me, a young brother who was going into the military because he didn’t want to go to college, because he wanted to find a job. I gave him a going-away party in August. By the fall of 1990, he was one of the first ground troops in Saudi Arabia.I understood in that moment maybe not the words “U.S. imperialism,” but I understood that I was opposed to this war. I understood that I didn’t want my friend to be killed. I understood that Black and Brown people who can’t find a job within the borders of the “ United States” shouldn’t be sent away somewhere else to die in some war.So I joined the Emergency New England Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East. And that was the first time I met and knew of the Party.The other thing that shook me politically was the Rodney King verdict. I should say the non-verdict of the four cops who brutalized Rodney King. I was in college. I was 22 years old. I was graduating. This was before the days the internet took off. There was no social media. We didn’t have cell phones. None of that was happening. But someone had videotaped his beating. And it went global.That was the first time in my life we didn’t have to explain police brutality. You saw it. You knew it happened. Then the verdict came down. I will always remember 11 p.m. that night on television when the verdict came down. My house phone lit up from folks in the community, at my school: “This is outrageous.”Young people took to the streets. People started saying, “Hell, no.” This was the first time in my life I ever organized a demonstration, actually with my sister and my cousin. The very first time. Students were marching all over the country.I understood in that moment that it didn’t matter that I had a piece of paper that said I had graduated from college. It didn’t matter because police don’t care about our education or anything that’s valuable to our lives. They see our skin, they see our gender, they see our age, and they kill us. They brutalize us. In that moment I knew that I wanted to be a revolutionary.But fast forward. I want to share the moment truthfully of what made me join Workers World. I had met the party. I was in the coalition for three years. I was kind of checking out the party like a lot of you folks are: “I’m going to check out Workers World Party, see what they’re about, see how these folks roll.”The freedom of Nelson Mandela happened. And he was touring across the country. He was going everywhere. The city of Boston decided that the only place Nelson Mandela would be is downtown Boston, the whitest of places, downtown Boston Commons. It was a good place to have demonstrations. We have demonstrations there all the time.But he wasn’t coming to the Black community. And the Black youths I knew from Free My People said: “Hell, no. Nelson Mandela is coming to Roxbury, Mass., coming to the Black community.”In the end, young people I knew were on stage with Nelson Mandela. The city had to bring him into the Black community. It was a big celebration. It was amazing. Our party was part of that. It was awesome.But what made me want to join the party was when the African National Congress had a private reception, and the social service groups, the nonprofits, the mass groups that I was around didn’t get invited. The group that got invited — that the ANC wanted at this private reception — was Workers World Party.That made me understand the distinction of what it is to be in a party, to have international relationships with other organizations worldwide. And I’ve had this experience when we’ve had trips to Cuba and Venezuela and other liberation struggles.The distinction of what a party does is to be a vanguard, fighting organization. That is what made me understand: “Oh, what is necessary to win!” I don’t even know how to count how long I’ve been in the party. It’s not been that long, but to me it feels limitless in so many ways, because of how much I have learned and have gained from being a member of Workers World.First and foremost, this organization fights on every level. We have decades of years around the disabled struggle, or we could talk about our going to Standing Rock and the Day of Mourning and how many years we have been a part of that Indigenous struggle. Or we could talk about [Dotty Ballan’s 1971] book on feminism and Marxism or [Bob McCubbin’s 1976] book on LGBT liberation and Marxism. And we could talk about how comrades have never had to hide in the closet in the party for being a communist and being queer at the same time.Many times at WWP conferences, comrades disclose things about themselves, whether it’s their process about their recovery, or their process around the jobs they have chosen in their lives, or what have you, all the things we are.Every member of our class, whether they be sex workers, whether they be migrant workers, whether they be low-wage workers, is part of the working class.We don’t just come to these realizations. We grapple with them. We look at them. Again, there are generations of history and struggle in our getting a better understanding that there are comrades among us who don’t use pronouns. And there are comrades around us who are binary like myself who like the pronoun “he” — because I spent a lot of money to transition as a trans person. I love my binary identity, but still fight tooth and nail for my gender-nonconforming comrades. And, even more importantly, there are cis comrades who are sometimes out there the furthest.The last thing is how I actually, truly met the party. Comrade Maureen in Boston was the first comrade I ever met. Again, as a young person in Boston, Mass., who didn’t have a lot of Marxist understanding or analysis, I just knew I wanted to be free. I wanted to win.During the opening stages of the first Gulf War, there was sort of a convergence of people, I wouldn’t even call it a rally. Bombs were flying. The U.S. was putting out that it was going to war and people met in an area of Boston. Folks didn’t even have signs, but they were chanting and moving back and forth. And there were Zionists, right-wingers, screaming, yelling.The truth of the matter was that I didn’t know anybody. These were not my folks. These were not my people. I didn’t know any of the folks there. I was alone, by myself.Then a Zionist jumped up in my face and started screaming and yelling at me. Before I knew anything, a white woman jumped in and grabbed him in front of me and started screaming back at him and was ready to defend me, defend the Palestinians, defend the people of Iraq.I said, “And what is your name?” That was Comrade Maureen.This is what we’ve been talking about. That the party is not rhetoric. It is about what the practice looks like in the struggle: the Leninist application of the national question and fighting racism.I’m also going to mention Comrade Berta because she’s the first comrade who I heard talk about how we’re not a utopian organization. We figure out stuff every single day. We figure out internationalism. We figure out intergenerationalism. We figure out LGBTQ with each other every day.We are a cadre organization. We are a revolutionary organization. We are a fighting organization. And in a lot of ways we are like a family. Truly like a family. We know that we have each other’s back. That we can call each other at 4 o’clock in the morning and say: “Comrade, there is something going on in the city and we need to move on a dime.” If our comrades are getting death threats, or if our comrades are being chased by the state, we know we are going to mobilize and our cameras are ready. That’s what we do in the party.We are here if you’re looking for a political home, if you’re looking for a place to belong, if you’re looking for comrades. That is the highest expression that we can give each other. It’s the best gender-neutral so-called “pronoun.”Vinnie Copeland said that the “Blacker we get, the Browner we get, the Redder we are.” I want to throw in the queerer we are, the kinkier we are, the younger we are, the more Indigenous we are, the more disabled we are, then the better we are, the more able we are to defeat this ruling class, to defeat capitalism, to overthrow it, to finally get rid of it, to thank goodness be free of it. So we can just live our lives.I believe — I want to say it over and over again — that we are the party that can make that happen. I believe that we can win.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Frogs defeat No. 5 WVU in penalty kicks, advance to Big 12 Championship

first_imgRobbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Previous articleTCU’s Interfraternity Council continues Movember campaign with 6K Recovery RunNext articleStrong post presence leads Frogs to victory over Texas Wesleyan Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award printTCU avenged multiple losses to West Virginia, including last season’s Big 12 Championship, with a victory in penalty kicks Friday night in the Big 12 Semifinals.“Our kids played very well,” head coach Eric Bell said. “I’m very happy for them and for their performance. We gave them everything they could handle.”The Mountaineers almost broke the game open in the 24th minute, but the presence of sophomore goalkeeper Katie Lund saved the Frogs. A point-blank strike from West Virginia’s Michaela Abam was fired toward the back of the net, but a rising Lund deflected the shot off the crossbar and out of the net.The Frogs built and maintained a strong backline throughout the first half, nullifying any West Virginia attack. Freshman defenders Tijana Djuricek and Ariana Owens along with senior defender Ryan Williams limited quality scoring opportunities for the Mountaineers and had an answer for each attack.The Mountaineers outshot the Frogs in the first half 6-3, all three of TCU’s shots were on goal and saved by West Virginia’s goalkeeper Rylee Foster. Lund recorded two saves in the first 45 minutes.The Frogs found the back of the net in the 52nd minute. A corner kick from senior forward Emma Heckendorn found Owens on the opposite side of the penalty box, shot the ball towards the net and found the head of senior forward Allison Ganter, who headed the ball into the back of the net. The goal was her sixth of the season and 18th of her career, tying Allison Calleri for eighth all-time in goals scored.The Mountaineers pulled even in the 77th minute of the match. A rare miscue by Lund led to a corner kick for West Virginia. She inadvertently made contact with the ball on its way out of bounds, setting up the corner kick opportunity. Amandine Pierre-Louis scored the goal directly off the corner kick, curling the ball in from the corner spot.The match was tied at one after 90 minutes of action, sending the Frogs into their third straight overtime match.Both overtime periods were full of back-and-forth action and both goalies were forced to make one save each.The Horned Frogs ended the game in a penalty shootout for the second straight match. The penalty shootout was reminiscent of Wednesday’s match. TCU did not miss a shot and Lund made an impressive save to outscore the Mountaineers 5-3 in the shootout. The Frogs are nine for nine on penalty shots in the tournament.Bell praised the senior leadership following the match, citing it as one of the main factors in determining the victory.“We put Ryan at No. 5 [in the shootout] because we know she’s got ice water in her veins,” Bell said. “Allison is always there to score a big-time goal. We rely on those guys, more so now than ever and they are leading us. I’m happy with their performance and I’m happy with the team’s performance.”With the victory, the Horned Frogs will advance to their second straight Big 12 Championship game, setting a school record with eight overtime victories. They are unbeaten in all eight.Sunday’s appearance in the Big 12 Championship marks the third conference championship game the Frogs will play in since joining the conference. They previously played in the game in 2012 and 2016.“Nothing is ever guaranteed,” Bell said. “We are fortunate to be back here, but it’s hard to get back here. We have to take advantage of the opportunity and hopefully come away with a championship.”The Frogs will conclude play at the Big 12 Championship in the title game Sunday afternoon against Baylor. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. and the match will be televised on FS1. Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Facebook Robbie Vaglio ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/center_img What to watch during quarantine Twitter + posts Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Linkedin ReddIt I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Facebook Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Music professor says Placido Domingo harassed her, grabbed her breast

first_img Previous articleNew year, same problem: Parking pains for commutersNext articleDoomsday art exhibition inspires students in debut Associated Press RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter + posts Facebook Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ Facebook Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages ReddIt printIn this Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999 file photo, Placido Domingo acknowledges the audience after receiving the 1999 Hispanic Heritage Award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. An evening before a performance of “Le Cid,” part of the Washington Opera’s 1999-2000 season, opera singer Angela Turner Wilson said she and Domingo were having their makeup done together when he rose from his chair, stood behind her and put his hands on her shoulders. As she looked at him in the mirror, he suddenly slipped his hands under her bra straps, she said, then reached down into her robe and grabbed her bare breast. “It hurt,” she told The Associated Press. “It was not gentle. He groped me hard.” She said Domingo then turned and walked away, leaving her stunned and humiliated. (AP Photo/Leslie Kossoff)Editor’s Note: TCU 360 reached out to Angela Turner Wilson, but she declined to comment. The glittering production was a high point of the Washington Opera’s 1999-2000 season: Jules Massenet’s “Le Cid,” about a legendary Spanish conqueror, starring a tenor legendary in his own right — Placido Domingo, then the company’s artistic director.The opera, also being filmed for broadcast on public television, was unquestionably a career break for a 28-year-old singer named Angela Turner Wilson, an associate professor of professional practice in the TCU College of Fine Arts who’d been cast as the second female lead and was singled out for praise in reviews. “I knew this was the start of big things for me,” she says now.But one evening before a performance, she said, she and Domingo were having their makeup done together when he rose from his chair, stood behind her and put his hands on her shoulders. As she looked at him in the mirror, he suddenly slipped his hands under her bra straps, she said, then reached down into her robe and grabbed her bare breast.“It hurt,” she told The Associated Press. “It was not gentle. He groped me hard.” She said Domingo then turned and walked away, leaving her stunned and humiliated.Wilson, now 48 and a college voice teacher in the Dallas area, was one of 11 women to come forward after an Aug. 13 AP story in which numerous women accused the long-married, Spanish-born superstar of sexual harassment or inappropriate, sexually charged behavior and of sometimes damaging their careers if they rejected him.In the weeks since that story was published, the women have shared new stories about encounters with Domingo, currently the general director of Los Angeles Opera, that they said included unwanted touching, persistent requests for private get-togethers, late-night phone calls and sudden attempts to kiss them on the lips.Several additional backstage employees described for the AP how they strove to shield young women from the star as administrators looked the other way.Taken together, their stories reinforce a picture of an industry in which Domingo’s behavior was an open secret and young women were left to fend for themselves in the workplace.Domingo’s spokeswoman issued a statement disputing the allegations but provided no specifics.“The ongoing campaign by the AP to denigrate Placido Domingo is not only inaccurate but unethical. These new claims are riddled with inconsistencies and, as with the first story, in many ways, simply incorrect,” spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer said. “Due to an ongoing investigation, we will not comment on specifics, but we strongly dispute the misleading picture that the AP is attempting to paint of Mr. Domingo.”The AP obtained a copy of an email sent Thursday to LA Opera employees saying that administrators, who hired outside counsel to investigate after the initial accusations, “are very troubled by the ongoing allegations raised by the Associated Press, and take them very seriously.” The email noted that Domingo would not be involved in day-to-day management until the investigation concluded and asked employees not to comment publicly.Thursday evening the Dallas Opera announced it had canceled a March 2020 gala in which Domingo was scheduled to perform. The opera’s statement cited “ongoing developments regarding allegations” against Domingo.Washington National Opera issued a statement saying it was “disturbed and disheartened” by the new allegations, but did not say whether it planned to investigate them.Wilson said she was spurred to come forward after the 78-year-old Domingo’s reaction to the AP’s initial story, in which he said he believed his actions “were always welcomed and consensual” and added that “the rules and standards by which we are — and should be — measured against today are very different than they were in the past.”Wilson rejects the idea that such behavior has ever been acceptable.“What woman would ever want him to grab their breast? And it hurt,” she said. “Then I had to go on stage and act like I was in love with him.”Melinda McLain, who was the production coordinator at LA Opera for its inaugural season in 1986-87 and also worked at the Houston Grand Opera with Domingo, told the AP she made it a point not to put Domingo in rehearsal rooms alone with young female singers, even if he specifically requested it, and also tried to supply him with male dressers.“We created these elaborate schemes for keeping him away from particular singers,” McLain said. “I never would have sent any woman of any sort into his dressing room.”McLain said another strategy was to invite Domingo’s wife, Marta, to attend company parties “because if Marta was around, he behaves.”In this Aug. 30, 2019 photo, Melinda McLain stands for a portrait in El Cerrito, Calif. Now a pastor, McLain, who was the production coordinator at LA Opera for its inaugural season in 1986-87 and also worked at the Houston Grand Opera, said that at both opera companies, she made it a point to never put Placido Domingo in a rehearsal room alone with a young female singer, even if he specifically requested it, and also tried to supply him with male dressers. “We created these elaborate schemes for keeping him away from particular singers.” (AP Photo/Terry Chea)Several people who have worked in the costume department of the LA Opera, where Domingo has served in various capacities since the 1980s, said his backstage behavior was common knowledge and that management had been aware of it for years. One employee said her colleagues tried to steer clear of sending women into fittings with Domingo as recently as the 2016-2017 season.“I was told by my direct boss that they avoided sending any sort of attractive young woman into a fitting with him because of his behavior,” said one employee who requested anonymity because she is still in the opera industry and fears repercussions. She said Domingo was known for “getting too close, hugging, kissing, touching and being physically affectionate.”Another costume employee described narrowly avoiding a wet kiss on the lips from Domingo by turning her head at the last minute so it landed on the side of her mouth. She said she reported it to a supervisor who told her to avoid being alone with Domingo.The need for women to come up with their own avoidance strategies just to get their jobs done is a classic example of a sexually hostile work environment, a key legal component of sexual harassment, experts note.Wilson was the only new accuser to speak to the AP on the record. The others requested anonymity because they still work in the industry and said they feared recriminations in a world long dominated by Domingo and other powerful men.One established soprano said she feared not only for herself but for her husband, who also works in opera. Others spoke of wanting to protect an art form that is struggling to remain relevant in the U.S. And some said vocal support for Domingo in Europe — and skepticism of the women’s accusations — has made them more fearful of coming forward publicly.Domingo’s sometimes brazen backstage pursuits were an open topic of discussion, according to a number of singers and others in the industry.One former LA Opera staffer said Domingo once backed her up against a wall, grasped her hand and whispered into her ear as her male boss looked on awkwardly. Someone should have told Domingo it was inappropriate, she said, “but it shouldn’t be the girl in the hallway on a headset trying to do her job.”The employee said wardrobe staff had a joke about spraying female singers “with tenor spray, like bug spray, to keep the tenors off you.”Some of the women told the AP that avoidance strategies included asking Domingo about his grandchildren to distract him and giggling awkwardly and pretending they didn’t quite understand when he asked for their phone numbers or suggested they meet somewhere.Baritone Robert Gardner said he was surprised the star’s behavior hadn’t become public sooner “given his reputation inside the industry.”Gardner contacted the AP to say he witnessed Domingo’s behavior with mezzo-soprano Patricia Wulf, who previously was the only accuser willing to be identified by name. Wulf worked with Domingo and Gardner in 1998 at Washington Opera, where the legend also served as general director, and the baritone confirmed that the star persistently propositioned her.“I saw him positioning himself and maneuvering around rehearsal rooms and in the hallway to get close to her, and she was clearly avoiding him,” Gardner said.Wulf told the AP that Domingo would confront her night after night when they performed together with the same whispered question, uttered very close to her face: ”‘Patricia, do you have to go home tonight?’”Though she strenuously tried to avoid him, she said his pursuit seemingly had no bounds and that she feared leaving her dressing room if he was in the hallway. Though Domingo did not physically touch her, she said there was no mistaking his intentions.Both Wulf and Angela Turner Wilson said they did not report the star’s behavior to management, fearing they wouldn’t be believed and that they would be the ones penalized.Wilson told the AP she was aware of Domingo’s reputation by her third season at Washington Opera, but wanted to believe his interest was professional when he began to single her out in the fall of 1999. She said he would sit by her during rehearsal breaks for “Le Cid” and talk to her, telling her “I adore you, Angela.” But it soon became clear his interest was not entirely in her singing, she said.In this Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file photo, Placido Domingo and his wife, Marta, attend a rehearsal for the opening gala of the Gerard of Sagredo Youth Forum and Sports Center in Szeged, Hungary, a day prior to the event. Melinda McLain, who was the production coordinator at LA Opera for its inaugural season in 1986-87 and also worked at the Houston Grand Opera, said she and others would invite Marta to attend company parties “because if Marta was around, he behaves.” (Tibor Rosta/MTI via AP)There were frequent invitations, Wilson said — to come to his apartment to watch a video of a role he wanted her to sing. To go to dinner. Just the two of them.“I would say ‘No, maestro.’ I said that a lot. I felt like if I put ‘maestro’ on it, it would still be respectful,” she said.“I stuck to no — ’No, I won’t meet you. No, I won’t go with you upstairs to your apartment. No, no, no.”Not long after performances started Oct. 30, she said he came to her dressing room and entered without knocking, saying he wanted to wish her a good show. Then, she said, he added: “I need a kiss. It’s a demanding role. I need a kiss for strength.”Wilson said she declined, again reminding him she was married, but he continued to insist.“I remember thinking ‘I have to get to the door,’” she said. “I started to open the door and he slammed the door with his foot and his hand and kept his hand on the door and he said, ‘I need that kiss.’ And he wouldn’t let me out.”“I said, ‘I’ll make you a deal. You can kiss my cheek’ So he kissed me on my cheek. And then he left. And it scared me so badly. I went back to my dressing table and was shaking. I remember thinking, ‘Now I’m in trouble. How am I going to manage him now?’”For the rest of the run, she said, “I would lock my dressing room door. My dresser would tell me if he was outside. She would tell me if he was in the hall and if it was safe.”Later in the show’s November run, Wilson said she was scheduled to have her makeup done alongside Domingo, which “I thought was strange. … Usually, big stars, especially headliners, get their makeup done in their dressing room.” But she said was reassured by the fact that the makeup person was also present and the door to the room was open.She said that when Domingo first placed his hands on her shoulders, it merely seemed friendly.“I didn’t think I was in jeopardy,” she said. “We were having a friendly conversation. … It just came out of nowhere. It wasn’t like he was complimenting me or seducing me or anything, where I would think I need to be on guard.”She said that after he grabbed her breast, she cried out in pain and asked the makeup person, “Did you see that?” Reached by the AP, the makeup artist said he did not recall the incident and did not want to comment further on the record.She said she called her husband and her parents that night — and also the night he tried to kiss her — and all three confirmed to the AP that she was upset and in tears when she related to them what happened.Wilson provided the AP with copies of a journal she kept at the time that notes rehearsals for “Le Cid” began Oct. 4, 1999. In an entry a month later, she wrote that Domingo “has told me several times how happy he was with my singing,” but also “he hits on me all the time.” She added, ’Please God don’t let it get any worse.”The next season, she said she had three roles but that Domingo barely talked to her or acknowledged her.Though she won the company’s prestigious Artist of the Year award that season, in 2000, she said the Washington Opera never again hired her, which she attributes to her interactions with Domingo.“Anybody who gets ‘singer of the year’ at that company or any company looks at it as a ticket to a relationship with that company,” she said. “It’s saying you have done good work and deserve to come back. It’s not usually a farewell.”FILE – In this Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004, file photo, Placido Domingo sings during his performance at the National Theater in Santiago, Dominican Republic. Nine women in the opera world have told The Associated Press that Domingo, one of the most celebrated and powerful men in the industry, tried to pressure them into sexual relationships and sometimes punished women professionally when they refused his advances. (AP Photo/Miguel Gomez, File)Her career lasted another decade before she switched mainly to teaching. She sang three seasons at the New York City Opera and at other venues around the country, including the Dallas Opera and Boston Lyric Opera. She also performed at a state dinner at the White House during the Clinton administration and at the opening of George W. Bush’s presidential library.A number of the women who criticized Domingo’s behavior also expressed a lingering admiration for the star, calling him charismatic and generous, with a knack for remembering everyone’s name, and someone who has made indelible contributions to the industry.Wilson said she realizes it’s hard for many among his legions of admirers to come to terms with stories of his sexually aggressive actions.“It would be hard as a fan to justify or rationalize how somebody so charming and generous in so many ways could be this person,” she said.For years, Wilson said she remained silent about her experiences with Domingo “because I felt that nobody else would say anything.” But when she read the initial AP story, she said she realized something could be done.“I know if I miss this opportunity and move on in silence, I will feel 20 times worse,” she said. “It’s a big burden to carry around through your life. And every time another #MeToo story comes out, I go into a dark place, and I’m tired of it.”She said she also came forward for the sake of the young women she now teaches as the chair of a university voice department.“The music, the art, is so wonderful,” she said, “and I wish the business could at least have the integrity to give these young women a fair shot.” Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Shooting from the hip: Curry’s impact felt in March Madness Associated Presshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/associated-press/ Heisman winner, former TCU coach Pat Sullivan dies at 69 Associated Press last_img read more

Two journalists complete 100th day in prison

first_img Receive email alerts News RSF_en April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Related documents Media and justice in Turkey – mistrust and repressionPDF – 6.83 MB to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Turkey News April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists complete 100th day in prison Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Read the previous Reporters Without Borders releases on this subject:-Wave of searches and arrests of investigative journalists (04.03.2011)-Court orders two journalists held on terrorist conspiracy charge (07.03.2011)-Courts refuse to back down, so journalists to remain in prison pending trial (17.03.2011)-Seizure and destruction of Ahmet Sik’s unpublished book: “a very dangerous precedent” (25.03.2011)(Picture: Ayça Söylemez, Bianet) Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit As investigative journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener completed their 100th day in prison, hundreds of people marched down Istanbul’s Istiklal Avenue on 18 June to demand their release and the release of all the other journalists detained in Turkey. It was the third big march since their arrest on 6 March.There is no sign of any weakening in support for Sik and Sener, whose fourth request for provisional release has just been rejected by the Istanbul prosecutor’s office. They have yet to be formally indicted.“Now that the 12 June elections are over, the government must move quickly to end the persecution of journalists by the police and judicial authorities and to guarantee the right to news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The immediate release of Sik and Sener would be an important symbolic step in this direction.”Reporters Without Borders notes Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement that he is withdrawing the defamation suits he had brought against 14 people including several journalists such as Ahmet Altan of Taraf or Meriç Velidedeoglu of Cumhuriyet.But this gesture does not affect the thousands of other lawsuits and prosecutions currently under way against journalists, as CNN Türk journalist Ridvan Akar said on behalf of the “Friends of Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener” during the 18 June demonstration.“Such an expression of anger by just one man in a position of power, like his forgiveness, is incompatible with democracy,” Akar said. “Democracy in our country does not need half measures. It needs a judicial system that functions properly. What journalists want from the prime minister is repeal of the Anti-Terror Law and abolition of the special courts, instruments that thejudicial system keeps using to prosecute and often imprison journalists.”These demands head the recommendations that Reporters Without Borders makes to the Turkish authorities in a newly-released report entitled “Media and justice in Turkey – mistrust and repression.” The report focuses above all on the Sik and Sener case, which typifies judicial persecution of journalists in Turkey.Read the Reporters Without Borders report: TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Weapons seizure on grounds of Co. Derry church

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Weapons seizure on grounds of Co. Derry church Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Google+ Loaded shotguns, knives, and suspected acid have been removed from the grounds of a church in County Derry, following an incident yesterday.The discovery was made in a pre-planned search by the PSNI at St Mary’s Church on the Altinure Road, where more than 200 people had gathered.Officers were forced to use batons when tensions between two groups escalated.There are no reports of any injuries or arrests.The PSNI says police enquiries are ongoing. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Twittercenter_img Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous article‘Not many expected a Donegal win’ – Donegal Ladies manager Maxi CurranNext articleINMO adds two extra days to strike action News Highland WhatsApp By News Highland – February 3, 2019 Twitter Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Gardai charge man with lorry theft in Stranorlar

first_img WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – March 23, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai charge man with lorry theft in Stranorlar Twitter Google+ Facebook A man arrested in Stranorlar in connection with a suspected theft of a lorry in the area yesterday has been released on bail and is due to appear in court next month.He was detained as part of a major cross-border operation conducted by Gardai and the PSNI.The man, who is in his 50s and from outside the jurisdiction, has been charged with a theft offence and will appear before Letterkenny District Court on April 9th.A file is to be completed for final directions from the office of the DPP. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Google+center_img Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleNumber awaiting admission to LUH dropsNext articleBrogan calls for council action on Glencar waste ground News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

Heavy rain, strong storms target water-logged South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Lake Effect snow has ended in the Northeast and temperatures are actually set to trend milder across the eastern U.S. over the next few days.Attention turns immediately to a complex system developing in the western U.S. and part of this system will track across the country this week and set off yet another widespread heavy rain event in the South.On Sunday morning, there are some snow showers from Idaho to California with areas of limited visibility and slippery travel. As this storm system starts sliding south today, both precipitation and winds will increase from California to Wyoming.Winds in the San Francisco Bay area could reach 45 mph today which could cause some downed trees and power lines Sunday.In Southern California, there is also a small chance of thunderstorms with hail Sunday evening in the lower elevations and winds in the hillsides and mountains of Southern California could gusts up to 45 mph. Light snow will be possible on parts of I-5 through Grapevine and locally up to 6 inches of snow will be possible in southern California.Locally, up to 14 inches of snow will be possible in parts of Wyoming through Sunday and early Monday and travel on I-80 through southern Wyoming could be affected.On Monday, a part of this system will move eastward and begin a multi-day heavy rain event for parts of the southern U.S. The first batch of rain will move into parts of the Ohio and Tennessee Valley on Monday with the heaviest rain from Kentucky to northern Alabama. There could also be some strong thunderstorms over this area on Monday night with some gusty winds possible.On Tuesday, another impulse will sneak in and could cause another round of heavy rains to spread from Texas to Georgia with strong thunderstorms possible again.Widespread heavy rainfall could bring some flash flooding in the region too and some severe weather will be possible across parts of Texas with damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible.On Wednesday, another round of widespread showers and thunderstorms will move into the Deep South and bring additional chances for flash flooding.There is increasing confidence that the highest rainfall totals this week will be over portions of Mississippi, Alabama and northern Georgia. Portions of Mississippi and Alabama have seen more than a foot above their average year to date rainfall. If the heaviest rain tracks close to some of this region – flash flooding and river flooding could quickly become a concern in the region this week. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Convoy protesting stay-at-home orders targets Michigan’s capital

first_imgpabradyphoto/iStock(LANSING, Mich.) — For three decades, Meshawn Maddock and her family have run the A-1 Bail Bonds business in Milford, Michigan. But just days ago, she said she was forced to lay off her last three employees due to courts being shuttered and jails being emptied to blunt the spread of coronavirus in the hard-hit state.Michigan Gov. Grethen Whitmer has imposed some of the strictest stay-at-home orders in the nation, including limiting the number of customers in essential stores to four for every 1,000 square feet; prohibiting employers from making employees come to work unless they are “necessary to sustain or protect life or to conduct minimum basic operations”; suggesting people limit the number of household members running errands; and banning all public and private gatherings outside homes.Maddock said Whitmer has gone too far by doing things like banning motorboats; prohibiting travel to in-state vacation residences; forcing stores to close areas dedicated to carpeting and furniture; and declaring plant nurseries and garden centers non-essential businesses and landscapers non-essential workers. She has also warned that fines could be up to $1,000 for violating social distancing rules.“Nobody is denying that this is a crisis, a worldwide crisis, but we’ve also all learned to be safer. Everybody has learned a lesson in hand-washing, face touching and social distancing. And so many businesses and hobbies, and just everyday things, have been restricted by our governor,” Maddock told ABC News.On Wednesday, Maddock, a member of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, plans to drive 60 miles from her home to Lansing, the state capital, to lead a protest from her vehicle of Whitmer’s stay-at-home rules, saying, it’s “absolutely time to get workers back to work, small businesses reopened.”“We were hoping, in the beginning, because people were so fed up and so frustrated with our [state] administration, that we would get a few hundred cars down there, but instead we’re going to have thousands,” Maddock said. “Our local government can’t even run our unemployment website right now. They can’t solve this crisis, and they’re only perpetuating it. So we just really wanted to give people a way to be heard, and right now we have no way for our voices to be heard.”Maddock said she’ll lead a procession of vehicles beginning at noon on what would normally be Tax Day, encircling the capitol, in hopes Whitmer will get the message from her constituents that “bankrupting the state is not going to cure this virus.”“She’s trying to put her thumb on us,” Maddock said.On the group’s Facebook page announcing the demonstration, dubbed “Operation Gridlock,” more than 4,000 people as of Tuesday afternoon said they planned to attend, while another 15,000 expressed interest.“We are telling people to stay in their vehicles,” Maddock said, referring to social distancing rules of staying at least 6 feet apart. “I can’t see any reason why we would have any issue with the authorities. We’re exercising our First Amendment right to peacefully protest.”During a daily briefing on the pandemic this week, Whitmer said she doesn’t plan to try to stop the demonstration.Whitmer added that the extraordinary measures she and other governors are taking are intended to “make sure that we avoid a second wave at all cost.”“That would be devastating for our economy,” Whitmer said. “Not one of us wants to go through this again, not in a month, not in the fall. … And I want you to have your freedom. I want to have mine, too. We will get to a place where we can be with our friends and family again. It’s OK to be frustrated, it’s OK to be angry. If it makes you feel better to direct it at me, that’s OK, too. I’ve got thick skin. And I’m always going to defend your right to free speech.””So I just ask that those who are protesting these orders, do so in a safe manner so that you don’t get sick and you don’t subject our first responders to risk either,” she added. ”This is a tough enough situation. Let’s not make it harder on one another.”Michigan confirmed the state’s first case of coronavirus, or COVID-19, on March 11. As of Tuesday, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, more than 1,700 had died among more than 27,000 positive cases.Whitmer said she needs to see solid and consistent data showing the epidemic is abating, that a plan for widespread testing is in place and that hospitals are stocked with what they need to fight the virus before she even considers reopening state’s economy.“So we’re going to make decisions based on science and having a real strategic phase-in of our economy, when it is safe and feasible to do so,” Whitmer said.She suggested that some of the anxiety state residents are feeling is being caused by false rumors about her stay-at-home orders.“Nothing in the stay-at-home order prohibits buying car seats for your children. There’s no prohibition on that,” Whitmer said. “You can buy bug spray, you can buy American flags. I have not banned homeschooling. These are a few of the falsehoods that have been disseminated on social media that I wanted to clear up.”Maddock, also the chair of the 11th District Congressional District Republican Committee in Michigan and co-founder of Michigan Trump Republicans, told ABC News that Wednesday’s demonstration has nothing to do with the politics of the first-term Democratic governor, who last week appeared on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s newly launched podcast, fueling speculation she’s on his shortlist for a running mate.“This is not partisan. Jobs are not partisan. Workers are not partisan. This is just a frustrated expression of people,” said Maddock, whose husband is a Republican member of the state Legislature. “We’re watching our businesses burn down, and they’re claiming that this is a stunt because we care about these things. We expect our government to act with reason instead of emotion, and our government is failing us. Elected officials need to step up and start acting reasonably.”Maddock said she has had two friends who contracted coronavirus and died, and knows others who have been infected. She said she’s not insisting on opening the economy full tilt all at once.“I think that people are a lot smarter than our government gives us credit for, and I think that people have common sense. When I get on a motorcycle, I put a helmet on, not because the government tells me to wear a helmet. The same thing with the seatbelt in the car,” Maddock said. “I understand safety, and I know how to take care of my own family.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more