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Both offer a marginally better dividend than Scottish Mortgage, but their shares’ performance has varied over a five-year period. A rise of over 43.5% over a five-year period is pretty healthy for Witan Investment Trust’s share price, and Scottish Investment’s shares have risen a modest 22% in the past five years.Witan Investment Trust is less technology focused compared to Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust, preferring to focus on stalwarts like Tesco and Unilever. Scottish Investment Trust’s holdings focus on different companies, like US banking giant Wells Fargo and UK telecoms leviathan BT.Scottish Investment Trust’s objective is to “provide long-term above average returns through a diversified portfolio of international equities and to achieve dividend growth ahead of UK inflation”. Meanwhile, Witan’s objective is to “achieve an investment total return exceeding that of the benchmark of the Company over the longer term, together with growth in the dividend ahead of inflation through active investment in global equities”.Both Witan and Scottish Investment Trust are very much investments for the long term, with both companies looking to achieve dividend growth ahead of inflation, which is more than can be said for their peer Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust.Although Scottish Mortgage has succeeded in an impressive share price increase over the years, it has recently been knocked back due to the volatility of Tesla’s and Amazon’s shares which forms a significant part of its holdings – a weighting of 8.89% for Tesla and a weighting of 6.55% for Amazon. This volatility might be repeated in the future. 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April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts GuineaAfrica December 9, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Suspension order against newspaper lifted Help by sharing this information May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Guinea On 8 December 2004, the National Communications Board (Conseil national de la communication, CNC), Guinea’s media regulatory body, announced the lifting of a suspension order against “Le Quotidien” newspaper. The paper was suspended “indefinitely” more than three weeks ago and its editorial team is experiencing serious financial difficulties as a result of the forced closure.”We applaud this decision, as late as it is,” said RSF. “We maintain that Siaka Kouyaté, the (paper’s) publication director and author of the offending article (that resulted in the suspension), did not violate any rules of journalistic conduct and that the newspaper did not deserve such a heavy penalty. ‘Le Quotidien’ must be allowed to resume publishing without delay. We hope that there will be no further obstacles to its publication and distribution,” RSF concluded.Following international pressure, threatening phone calls to Kouyaté stopped a few days after the paper’s suspension. But Kouyaté and “Le Quotidien”‘s entire editorial team found themselves and their families under serious financial strain as a result of the CNC decision.————————-22.11.2004Authorities close the country’s sole privately-owned dailyReporters Without Borders today condemned the “indefinite” closure of Guinea’s only privately-owned daily, Le Quotidien, by the National Communication Council (CNC) since 13 November because of a column headlined, “The country is in bad shape… when will the uprising take place?”The press freedom organisation also deplored the threatening phone calls which the newspaper’s editor, Siaka Kouyaté, has been receiving for the past week.”Le Quotidien’s closure is clearly unjustified,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such a radical measure should be a last resort but it was taken without prior warning. The way this affair is developing in fact suggests that an attempt is being made to terrorise Kouyaté and his staff and silence them for good.”The organisation added : “After reading Kouyaté’s article we have concluded that it in no way violates Guinea’s laws or disturbs ‘the peace, calm and democracy,’ as the CNC argues. Le Quotidien must be allowed to resume publishing immediately in order to safeguard the diversity of news and information in Guinea.”The column, which ran on the newspaper’s front page on 7 November, was an analysis of Guinea’s social, political and economic situation. It spoke of the country’s poor health and referred to a “national confession.” It said: “Everyone realises there is only one solution for such a situation – an uprising. And, quite logically, everyone seems to be waiting for the president to be the first to give the signal.”The article defined this uprising as a “revolt against our bad practices, our bad reflexes and our bad choices,” and called for a national reawakening. “The people expect that the chief they have chosen should give the signal for violence, the positive violence that all great nations adopt when the historic moment demands.”Kouyaté learned that his newspaper was to be closed down from a CNC communiqué broadcast on national radio and television that said the column was “very harmful and tendentious” and violated press ethics. Guinea’s news media would not allowed to “turn into subtle and undeclared dispensaries of racism or hate,” the statement added.Kouyaté went to the CNC’s headquarters in attempt to explain, but was turned away. He told Reporters Without Borders that since then he has received “phone calls of a threatening tone that clearly betray a desire to intimidate.” He said some of the calls were anonymous and some came from the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST). GuineaAfrica Guinean journalist finally freed after being held for nearly three months News News Organisation Guinea : RSF and AIPS call for release of two imprisoned journalists News to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more News Guinean journalist’s continuing detention is “incomprehensible,” RSF says RSF_en
Ector County’s Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 candidate Eddy Spivey reads early voting results Tuesday night at the Ector County Administration building annex. Greg Simmons gives a victory speech after he is announced as the winner of the Ector County Precinct 2 County Commissioner race Tuesday night at an election party. Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Facebook Ector County Justice of the Peace candidate Gary Dunda reads early voting results Tuesday night at the Ector County Administration building annex. Home Local News Government 2018 Primary featured a mostly crowded field Local NewsGovernment 2018 Primary featured a mostly crowded field Ector County Justice of the Peace candidate Matthew Stringer reads early voting results Tuesday night at the Ector County Administration building annex. Previous articleMan indicted in stabbing death of roommate’s girlfriendNext articleSeven suspects charged with capital murder admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Twitter 1 of 10 Debi Hays receives a hug from her mother Alta Grozier, 82, after she is announced as the winner of the Ector County Judge race Tuesday night at an election party. Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation State Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) held off two GOP challengers including former Midland Mayor Mike Canon and Amarillo businessman Victor Leal to hold on to his seat with 50.41 percent of the vote. Seliger will now face Libertarian Jack Westbrook in the upcoming November election.Of the 80,636 total votes, Canon ended up with 31.39 percent of the vote and Leal with 18.19 percent. Canon won Ector County.Seliger said his victory was “absolutely wonderful.”“It’s fulfilling and vindicating and all those kind of things,” Seliger said.He added that he and his team worked very hard and had a message of service and accomplishment to the district.“We ran a positive campaign. …,” Seliger said.In Ector County’s county judge race Odessa businesswoman Debi Hays won more than 60 percent of the vote over attorney Chris Fostel.It was the first time in 16 years that the county’s top administrator had been decided by a contested election, with 7,805 votes cast in the race. And it fell as the county faces critical challenges including the prospect of an ongoing budget crisis and finding a way to replace a courthouse in disrepair.Hays will be the first county judge in decades who is not an attorney, a fact she and her supporters touted during the campaign.“I think that voters are really going to look to make sure that I’ve kept my word of making sure that their vote counts, and that there is transparency, that I have an open-door policy, and that the county is a good steward.”The race was decided Tuesday because no challenger had filed for the November election. Incumbent County Judge Ron Eckert’s term expires at the end of this year. But Eckert, who announced he would not seek re-election after voters shot down a proposal last year to create a sales tax for unincorporated parts of Ector County, has left open the possibility of resigning before the end of his term.The heated GOP race for the Precinct 2 county commissioner’s seat went to the incumbent with Greg Simmons defeating Brandon Tate by almost 17 percentage points.Simmons won nearly 60 percent of the vote in a race that played out with almost daily social media jabs between the candidates and their supporters. There is no Democratic challenger in November.Unofficial results from the Ector County Elections office show Simmons received a total of 2,585 votes and Tate received 1,836 votes.Simmons said he’s proud of his track record and also excited to work with Ector County’s new county judge, as well as work toward the fruition of possibly a new county sales tax and a new courthouse sometime down the road.“And so I’m glad to be a part of that and just very humbled that the people have entrusted me,” Simmons said, adding that he was thankful for everyone’s support.Republican candidates for county commissioner Precinct 4, Russell Wright and Arlo Chavira, also had some mudslinging since the beginning as Chavira aired dirty laundry about Wright’s arrest history.Wright came out on top Tuesday night though, receiving 341 votes to Chavira’s 191 votes, unofficial results showed. Chavira could not be reached for comment Tuesday.After results came in Tuesday, Wright said the campaign has been an uphill battle all the way.“From the Precinct Chair, all the way, every turn that I made it was an uphill battle. But I didn’t walk it alone. I had faith and my wife by my side,” Wright said. “I just had a good ground game, went door to door.”Wright said he’s not getting too excited about the win, though.“We’re only halfway there. We still have one more hill to climb,” he said.Wright will face incumbent Armando Rodriguez in November. Rodriguez has held the office for 12 years.Rodriguez came out ahead of Virginia Bryant in the Democratic Primary by 88 votes, unofficial results showed. Rodriguez won 55.56 percent of the vote with a total of 440 votes, with Bryant taking 44.44 percent with a total of 352 votes.After the results came in, Rodriguez said he appreciated God and appreciated all of his supporters.“I will fight for what we can do together to improve our community and Precinct 4,” Rodriguez said.One county race is headed to a runoff. The race had seven candidates but is down to two. Missi Walden and Matthew Stringer will face each other in a May runoff election.Walden stands in first place — the unofficial final results show her taking 31.7 percent of the vote with 1,361 votes. Stringer took second place at 22.87 percent of the vote with 982 votes.“Right now, I have the plurality of the votes and I think that’s a good indication, and I’m hoping everyone will look and see that I have the experience and hope they’ll vote for me,” Walden said.Stringer said he was tired and hungry after the results finally came in around 9 p.m. Tuesday night, but was happy with the results and is feeling confident going into the runoff.Gary Dunda took third place in the election, taking 13.23 percent of the vote with 568 votes.“I’m just happy at my age that I was able to run with the young ones,” Dunda said. “And I’ll be supporting Missi.”Jet Brown had the fourth highest amount of votes at 449, taking 10.46 percent of the vote, followed by Sheryl Jones, who took 9.15 percent of the vote with 393 votes.The two with the least amount of votes were Marvin Jennings, with 263 votes and 6.59 percent of the vote, and Steven Westfall, who took 6.01 percent of the vote with 258 votes.The runoff election for the vacant seat will take place on May 22, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be early voting from May 14 to May 18. Whoever wins the runoff will be the de facto winner of the seat, as they will face no Democratic challenger in the November election.Longtime incumbent Eddy Spivey held onto the Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 seat, defeating challenger Jesse Porras by more than 100 votes.Spivey took 57.55 percent of the vote with 427 votes, defeating Porras, who took 42.45 percent of the vote with 315 votes.This is the second time Spivey has beaten Porras for the seat, who challenged Spivey once before in 2014.Spivey, a Democrat, was first elected to the seat in 1995, and will continue serving at least until the next election in 2022, as he faces no Republican challenger in the November election.The May runoff Kris Crow, left, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis, center left, Debi Hays, center, and Bill Page read early voting results Tuesday night at an election party. WhatsApp WhatsApp Slap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Sausage Cream Cheese Crescents NextStay Ector County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 candidates Gary Dunda and Sheryl Jones read early voting results Tuesday night at the Ector County Administration building annex. Pinterest Tuesday’s primary election decided many local offices with no contested races in November but also left one race headed to a runoff and a few contests slated for November.Here’s the rundown:U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway easily won his GOP primary with 82.27 percent of the vote to challenger Paul Myers’ 17.72 percent.“Suzanne and I are grateful for the outpouring of support we’ve received, and we’re looking forward to protecting the America we know and love for future generations to come,” Conaway said late Tuesday in a news release. Facebook Debi Hays receives encouraging words from her husband Dwayne Hays after she is announced as the winner of the Ector County Judge race Tuesday night at an election party. By admin – March 7, 2018 The runoff election for the vacant seat will take place on May 22, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be early voting from May 14 to May 18. Candidates Missi Walden and Matthew Stringer will be on the ballot. Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Debi Hays gives a victory speech after she is announced as the winner of the Ector County Judge race Tuesday night at an election party. Matthew Stringer, left; Missi Walden Greg Simmons gives a victory speech after he is announced as the winner of the Ector County Precinct 2 County Commissioner race Tuesday night at an election party.
Previous: The Inside Track on FHA Property Preservation Next: South Beach Blues: Miami’s Delinquency Rate Nears 6% Print This Post Tagged with: Economy Fed Powell Economy Fed Powell 2020-02-11 Seth Welborn About Author: Seth Welborn Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago During the first part of Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell’s Monetary Policy Report, Powell reported that the U.S. Economy is currently in a “very good place,” citing the 11th consecutive year of economic expansion, as well as a moderate increase in activity and a strengthened labor market.Powell has said that he does not believe that the markets are at risk of a recession.“I don’t think so and I certainly hope not,” Powell said. “There’s no reason why the expansion can’t continue. There’s nothing about this expansion that is unstable or unsustainable.”On Monetary Policy, Powell noted that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) believes that the current stance of monetary policy will support continued economic growth, a strong labor market, and inflation returning to the Committee’s symmetric 2% objective.“Taking a longer view, there has been a decline over the past quarter-century in the level of interest rates consistent with stable prices and the economy operating at its full potential,” Powell said. “This low interest rate environment may limit the ability of central banks to reduce policy interest rates enough to support the economy during a downturn. With this concern in mind, we have been conducting a review of our monetary policy strategy, tools, and communication practices.“Public engagement is at the heart of this effort,” he added.During his testimony, Powell also noted that the Fed will be “closely monitoring” the coronavirus and its impact on global economic growth. Despite the threat from the virus, he said Fed policy is well positioned after a series of rate cuts in 2019.“As long as incoming information about the economy remains broadly consistent with this outlook, the current stance of monetary policy will likely remain appropriate,” he said.Powell’s testimony will continue on Wednesday, February 12. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fed Chair Discusses Recession, Economic Expansion February 11, 2020 3,022 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Fed Chair Discusses Recession, Economic Expansion
365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Derry Magistrates CourtA District Judge in Derry has said that the judiciary has been telling the health trusts ‘for ages’ that they were not building a big enough facility to provide secure beds for young people but had not been listened to.The comments by District judge Barney McElholm came during a bail application by a youth charged with attempted rape and sexual assault of a girl in the Creggan area of Derry on March 18.The youth is also charged with the false imprisonment of the girl, threatening to kill her and assaulting her all on the same date.During the bail application a solicitor for the youth, Ms Elaine Kirk, said her client would stay with a relative and abide by any conditions imposed by the court.Judge McElholm asked how far was it between this address and where the girl went to school and was told that it was about half a mile. He said he was concerned about the girl meeting the youth, adding she has every right to expect that the court would protect her from any potential risk.Judge McElholm said he did not want the youth to spend any longer in custody than he had to but that something else would have to be found.He said the trusts had been told they were not building big enough facilities to provide secure accommodation but had not listened. The trusts should be doing everything in their power to obtain secure accommodation he said, adding “it is quite disgraceful there are never enough secure beds.”He adjourned the bail application to see if an alternative acceptable address could be found.The youth will appear again on April 24. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook Previous articleHarkin says Hogan must pull back on plan to limit Leader companies’ independenceNext articleUpdate – “Crude but viable” device made safe in Derry News Highland WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Derry Judge criticises failure to provide secure beds for young people Twitter Google+ Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 11, 2014 News Pinterest Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest €70,000 worth of drugs seized near Letterkenny Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Approximately €70,000 worth of drugs have been seized during a weekend operation just outside Letterkenny.Gardai raided two properties in Drumkeen on Saturday and seized MDMA to the value of €40,000, Cocaine worth €22,000, cannabis to value of €8000.A man in his 20s was arrested and detained at Letterkenny Garda Station for questioning with investigations ongoing.In a statement, Inspector Goretti Sheridan said that this is a very significant seizure by the Drug Unit in Letterkenny. It highlights the type of drugs which are available in the community.Gardai are urging the public to report any suspicious activity to An Garda Siochana if they suspect any persons to be involved in or premises being used for the sale and supply of drugs. Previous articleCampbell urges people with LIS applications to attend public meetingsNext articleSean Devenney stays on course for World qualifying News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – February 19, 2018 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter
2013 Miss Artisan Pageant in Ocean CityMembers of The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection will visit Ocean City June 6 through 8 for the 69th time.They will hold the annual Miss Artisan Pageant on Saturday, June 7, to select a young lady to represent the organization for the coming year.The free program starts 8 p.m. at the Ocean City Music Pier (Boardwalk at Moorlyn Terrace) and is open to the public. It will feature unusual entertainment. A group of professional circus clowns will provide an amusing interlude during the evening.The Artisans will be led by Most Excellent Master Artisan, Theresa Ludwig, who will be presented a “Key to the City” during the evening. Mrs. Ludwig’s father, Gene Geary, was MEMA 30 years ago and recently swore her into office.The Artisans have been very supportive of Ocean City events and were one of the patrons of the Mr. Mature America Pageant that raised $1,000 for both the City’s Food Cupboard and the Philippine Recovery Effort. Every year during their visit they make a generous donation to the Food Cupboard.The Artisans Order of Mutual Protection was formed following the Civil War to provide economical insurance to working people.— News release from the City of Ocean City
Twitter Bobby “Slick” Leonard, Indiana basketball legend, dies at 88 Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleCommunity tip leads to arrest by SBPDNext articleSouth Bend high school teams to honor Jackie Robinson Tommie Lee Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketSports (Photo supplied/Indiana Pacers) An Indiana basketball legend has passed away.Bobby “Slick” Leonard was the coach of the Pacers from 1968 to 1980, and spent years after that as a radio color commentator for the team.He died at his home in Carmel on Tuesday.Leonard was a Naismith Hall of Famer who led the Pacers to three ABA championships in the early 1970s before the team joined the NBA. As a player he scored the winning shot for Indiana in the 1953 NCAA Tournament and played in the NBA before becoming one of its youngest coaches ever.“Slick” was 88. Tommie Lee MNC News. Pinterest Google+ By Tommie Lee – April 13, 2021 0 135 Pinterest WhatsApp
The radar system at Saxa Vord is an important part of ensuring that the RAF can fully protect both the UK’s airspace and that of our NATO allies, in the face of increasing pressure from Russia. Right at the tip of Shetland, Saxa Vord is a very remote site, so I’m extremely grateful to the team who have been working hard through the cold of winter, with snow and 120 mph gales, to ensure that the construction has remained on schedule. Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, visited the site of the new £10m Remote Radar Head facility, at Saxa Vord, Unst, Shetland, to inspect its progress.The radar will improve RAF and NATO understanding of the airspace north of Britain and further out across the Norwegian Sea, improving the UK’s sovereign capability at a time of heightened Russian military activity. It will see the island return to the role it performed during the 1960s and 70s, when the site was used as an early warning radar on NATO’s northern flank.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: We will always protect our skies from Russian aggression. This radar is a vital part of the UK’s defences as we react to intensifying global threats and reinforce our ability to tackle them. Russia’s actions are not limited to Europe’s eastern borders – the threat to British livelihoods is severe and real. Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff, said: The Air Defence and Electronic Warfare Delivery Team has shown outstanding innovation and teamwork to deliver this vital capability ahead of time and within budget. During his two day visit to Shetland, Sir Stephen Hillier also toured the adjacent Saxa Vord RAF and Exhibition Centre and met representatives from Shetland Islands Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Sullom Voe and Shetland Space Centre Ltd, as well as delivery personnel from FCO Services & ADEWS, Brody-Forbes, 90 SU, Serco, Mobile Met Unit and McDonald Scaffolding.Scotland is home to more than 10,000 regular and 4,000 reserve armed forces personnel, whilst Scottish industry benefits from defence spending £1.5bn with it each year. This investment supports 9,750 private sector and highly skilled jobs in Scotland. The Saxa Vord Radar head will provide key information on aircraft movements to the north of the UK and feed the nationwide Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) operation which is responsible for policing international and UK airspace from RAF Lossiemouth in Moray and RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, as well as supporting civil air traffic control.During the last five years, the RAF has carried out 69 QRA launches. Just last week (15 Jan), two Typhoon aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth were scrambled to intercept two approaching Russian military aircraft which did not respond to the air traffic control authorities.The RAF monitored the jets as they passed through international airspace, before escorting the Russian Blackjacks out of the UK’s area of interest. At no time did the Russian bombers enter UK sovereign airspace.Defence, Equipment and Support, the MOD’s procurement organisation, managed the redevelopment of the site and delivered the new infrastructure and capability for the RAF, commissioning the works through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Services. The Saxa Vord remote radar head will be operated remotely by RAF personnel and contractors will only attend the site for maintenance.Simon Dakin, Director Intelligence Surveillance Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance, for Defence Equipment and Support, said: