5 Jul

Should I buy UFC shares today?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Should I buy UFC shares today? That’s the question I’ve been asking myself after its parent, Endeavor Group (NYSE: EDR), hit the market at the end of last week. Endeavor is the owner-operator of the UFC mixed martial arts league.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…That’s not the only entertainment business owned by the group. It also owns the Miss Universe Pageant, the IMG talent agency and other top sports and entertainment properties.However, it’s probably best known for the UFC business. That’s why many analysts and investors have taken to calling Endeavor by the name of its subsidiary. Nonetheless, in trying to answer the question of whether I should buy UFC shares, I also want to know if I am happy owning the other enterprises in the Endeavor group.Tough yearLast year was a rough one for the group. As the coronavirus pandemic disrupted sport and entertainment events around the world, revenues plunged.According to financial documents submitted ahead of the company’s IPO, revenue plummeted nearly 24% to $3.5bn for 2020 with a net loss of more than $625m. The public offering has added some much-needed cash to the group’s coffers. It planned to raise as much as $511m via the IPO. As part of the IPO process, Endeavor also received $1.8bn through a private placement from New England Patriots parent Kraft Group LLC, Michael Dell’s MSD Capital, Silver Lake and other investors. In addition, Tesla CEO Elon Musk is also joining the company’s board of directors. Should I buy the shares?This year might be a better one for the group, but uncertainty currently dominates the outlook for the entertainment industry. It’s unclear how long it will take for the industry to recover to 2019 levels of activity and whether advertising and viewer demand will ever return to those levels.Investors like me in UFC shares also have a minimal interest in the business. Endeavor’s senior executives and other controlling investors hold nearly 90% of the company’s outstanding shares, according to the IPO prospectus.That means public investors hold around 10% of the stock. This may mean that individual investors’ are overlooked at the expense of larger holders. Although this is not a certainty. Still, despite these risks and challenges, if the entertainment industry sees a strong recovery in 2021, Endeavor shares could roar higher. It owns a portfolio of highly valuable franchises, which may help drive the recovery after the pandemic.In an uncertain environment, advertisers and customers are more likely to spend with well-known brands. This could work in the group’s favour and help drive the company’s post-pandemic recovery. Despite this potential, I am not going to buy UFC shares today. Considering the current outlook for the entertainment industry, it’s difficult for me to tell what the future holds for the enterprise’s parent company. This makes it challenging for me to value the stock. However, other investors with more insight into Endeavor may come to a different conclusion.  Image source: Getty Images 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. 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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. Should I buy UFC shares today? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

20 Jun

Born to be ‘bikers’: Motorcycle ministries reach out to under-served

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA September 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm Great story……………………..great ministry and witness……………blessings…….! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Fr. Michael Neal says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Lori Hale Babcock says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Isaiah Chong says: Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Robert w. Scruggs says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 August 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm I was a late-arrival to the Episcopal Church, and upon entering St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Kapolei, Hawaii, of which the Rev. Paul Klitzke is vicar, I knew I had found a home. Fr. Paul’s outward appearance, though may be startling to others, served as a sign to me, a sign of God’s unconditional love for all and reminds us of the come-as-you-are mentality so many churches and denominations have forgotten; All should be welcomed to church, regardless to tattoos, bikes, gender, finances, skin colour, without regard to anything at all! After seeing the “rock star vicar,” yes, Fr. Paul only mentioned his tatts and Kawasaki, but he’s also a great rocker and makes our church a lively one, I am glad to see St. Nick’s and its vicar got the attention of ENS, and I hope our church will continue to proclaim the gospel for years to come!Don’t forget to visit St. Nick’s online!http://www.stnickschurch.episcopalhawaii.org/ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Janet MacKenzie says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] The Rev. Canon William “Jay” Geisler has baptized during a biker rally over a motorcycle sidecar, performed weddings with the bridal couple in black leather and sparked rousing cheers when he told mourners “there’s only two types of bikers — those who have gone down and those who will go down.”“Someone got up [at a funeral] and asked ‘where’s Billy?’ and I started talking about God’s love for all of us. I said he’s with God of course,” Geisler recalled during a recent interview. “Everybody erupted with cheers of happiness, because they’ve been told they’re bad people.”An avid biker, Geisler, 57, rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh, realized the need for a motorcycle ministry after a biker said to him, “you don’t know what it’s like to look like Frankenstein and have the heart of Shirley Temple.”He and other biker priests say their love of motorcycles has opened up new avenues to proclaim the Gospel to an overlooked and underserved community.Motorcycle masses in MarylandThe Rev. Steve McCarty was inspired to begin a motorcycle ministry after another biker asked about the Episcopal shield on his jacket.“I said, yeah I’m an Episcopal priest,” recalled McCarty, a biker since age 16. “We spent an hour and a half talking about his faith and how he’d been shunned from the church he was at, how they didn’t accept him, and he didn’t think he was good enough to go there.Biker priest the Rev. Steve McCarty, vicar at St. Andrew’s Church in Clear Springs, Maryland. Photo: Episcopal Diocese of Maryland“He knew Scripture. He said, ‘I need someplace where I can be accepted the way I am.’ I thought, maybe I’ll do something about it,” said McCarty, vicar at St. Andrew’s Church in Clear Springs, Maryland.He began holding motorcycle masses one Saturday evening a month in June 2012 at St. Mark’s Church in Lappans. The services have grown to about 30 regular worshipers.After Eucharist, “if the weather’s good, we take a short ride to some place to eat,” said McCarty, 53, a retired Maryland state trooper.Not all of the once-monthly motorcycle worshipers are bikers, however, but all of the offerings – collected by passing a motorcycle helmet – are donated to local food banks, shelters and other human service agencies assisting the community.McCarty, who rides a Harley Davidson, says he has been able to make “good community” also by having a booth at local biker rallies. “People come by – people tattooed from knuckle to neck – and say they’ve tried to find a church that would take them, but that churches always told them to cover themselves up.“One guy told me that, ‘I’ve got tattoos, but my soul’s not tattooed. He asked for a blessing and I said yeah, I can do that.”He has become known as that “biker priest” and jokingly admits to sometimes speaking “Harley language.” Appearances may deceive, however; his beard and mustache often “throw people off,” added McCarty. “It’s funny. It gives me fodder for sermons sometimes, you know like, don’t judge.”For Geisler, having spent time in jail is “a good thing” for his motorcycle ministry because it makes him “much more human” to his flock, he says.The Pittsburgh native is a former steelworker and a former Roman Catholic priest, who was jailed during protests of the 1980s steel mill closings and loss of worker benefits and jobs. An Episcopal priest since 1999 and a biker for nearly 40 years, his ministry has grown because “bikers know other bikers.”Like McCarty, he says a church medal on his BMW motorcycle often arouses curiosity and leads to requests for pastoral care.“I am frequently contacted to do funerals for bikers who are alienated from church,” he said during a recent telephone interview with ENS. “I try to carry the public proclamation of the Gospel into their language.”Describing what hell would be like to mourners at a recent funeral, he said: “It’d be like you in the rain, completely alone with a motorcycle and you can’t get it started. But, you keep trying to kick-start it, but it won’t turn over and you’re just frustrated.”On the other hand, “heaven is a place where we’re all together as family and celebrating those things that we enjoy.”Geisler, and his congregation, are a series of contradictions. The church blends wealth and poverty, privilege and marginalization, the urban and suburban. “There are people here with education and wealth, and others with street smarts,” he says. “We have immigrants from Romania, refugees from the former Yugoslavia and a group from Ethiopia.”He officiates at an annual blessing of the bikes and also mentors new clergy, including the Rev. Frank Yesko, a psychologist and Harley enthusiast. Yesko was ordained June 15 and will begin serving as deacon-in-charge of St. Barnabas in Breckenridge, Pennsylvania in September.“It’s been an incredible journey,” said Yesko, 56, a community college psychology teacher, who acknowledged that Geisler’s mentorship fueled what might have been an unlikely path to ordination.“As I continued to grow and we got closer, I considered him my spiritual mentor or advisor,” he recalled. “I started getting active in the church, and it snowballed.”He views his motorcycle as “a vehicle to reach out. I try to be open-minded in terms of the opportunity to serve God,” he said.“I try not to rule out any possibilities. I believe serving God encompasses all of my life, including riding a motorcycle. Breaking down those stereotypes is a wonderful way to serve God.”‘Harley Hallelujahs’ in MississippiThe Rev. Ann Whitaker says she misses conducting biker masses now that she’s moved on from serving the Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton, Mississippi, to St. Peter’s Church in Oxford.“I think we’re missing something when we don’t offer it, there’s a lot of bikers out there,” she said during a recent telephone interview from Oxford.She isn’t a biker but took a 150-mile ride, to Vicksburg, on the back of one in 2008. It “reminded me of the Holy Spirit,” Whitaker recalled in a reflection she authored, titled “Harley Hallelujahs.”“At first, I simply wanted to grab the sidebars and hold on. I could not see over Pete Jr., or around him and certainly not through him. If I was going to enjoy the ride, I simply had to trust him to keep me safe,” she wrote.Her husband drove the entire way behind them in a car but “only once did I truly feel unsafe. A log truck coming from the opposite direction moved a mighty wind; later I laughed and said I was still pulling splinters out of my face,” she wrote. “It was amazing how different things smell on the back of a bike on the open road; you really smell the wood on those log trucks up close and personal! Riding into Vicksburg, we smelled bacon cooking along the road.”“I saw so many parallels in this place of where we have to trust God with every fiber of our being,” added Whitaker during a recent telephone interview with ENS. “I had to learn to not fight him. If he leaned to the right going around a curve I had to lean with him; otherwise we’d have wiped out.”The experience also raised issues about “how do we draw people in who are unchurched,” Whitaker said. “How do we draw people who might not sit in church ordinarily on Sunday morning and what do they have to say to us? It has a lot to say about how we meet God.”‘Blessing of the wheels’ on O’ahuOn Aug. 25, the Rev. Paul Klitzke blessed wheels of all sorts – skateboards, roller skates, bicycles, cars, vans, motorcycles, and even a walker – at St. Nicholas Church, Kapolei, in the Episcopal Diocese of Hawai’i.The 33-year-old Klitzke believes that, while his tattoos and Kawasaki Vulcan may “change the crowd and the dynamic at church some, mostly they open up the door for conversations with all kinds of people. It gives me the opportunity to meet people I wouldn’t otherwise meet.”He began riding motorcycles “because of a guy in my church” while serving in the Diocese of Alaska. “He told me if I took the basic rider course he’d lend me a bike to get me started.”He has tattoos of: a Jerusalem cross; a triquetra, symbolizing the Trinity; a tree of life, and a dove, representing the Holy Spirit. “Then this year I added around my cross, to symbolize the four gospels, the signs of the evangelist, a winged person, a winged ox, a winged lion and an eagle,” he said.Both his tattoos and his bike are often conversation-starters and stereotype-removers, he said.“Often, people are surprised to hear I’m a priest,” he recalled. “They talk to me because they like my tattoos or because I’m on a motorcycle. It’s a different sense of community, but when they ask about my tattoos they are asking about my relationship with God, and whether they intend to or not, it opens up a conversation about church and faith.Both help to dispel stereotypes.“The world stereotypes churchgoers and the world stereotypes people with tattoos and piercings and bikers,” Klitzke said.“But, when we twist those images, people with tattoos may have to rethink their presumptions about church and churches may have to rethink their presumptions about bikers and people with tattoos.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR center_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET August 29, 2013 at 10:00 am This is a wonderful article, and I am grateful to learn about this priestly ministry; yet I would have liked to learn more — about ways the ‘pew’ people and the bikers might find to be in genuine community with each other; about the special gifts bikers have to offer those of us using 4 wheels – for example, freedom from the idolatry of safety. Bikers’ gifts to their neighbors should be named, gratefully acknowledged and celebrated. It is not simply that the church could do more, but that, in failing to be intentional in our outreach to those who consider themselves not welcome, we also fail to honor their gifts and fail to benefit from them. What are the gifts that God is longing for us to receive from the underserved? Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing August 29, 2013 at 11:29 am I didn’t know this group of people is so disenfranchised from the church. Thanks for raising my awareness and blessings to the priests and others offering this ministry. Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books By Pat McCaughanPosted Aug 28, 2013 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments (5) This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Born to be ‘bikers’: Motorcycle ministries reach out to under-served Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA August 28, 2013 at 4:58 pm The Great Commission, in directing us to go into ‘all the world’ must have referenced both a geographic and social direction. The article mentions priests who surely embrace the idea of not only a plural society, and also a plural church family. Bikers at times have not been fully embraced by an element which considered itself more ‘mainstream,’ and at best regards ‘bikers’ with the quasi-charitable view that they are ‘OK in their place.’Those priests who are attending to bikers realize, as that great Bach chorale “We all worship one God proclaims, that we must go to the rich and the poor, and minister to the great diversity that comprises mankind. Thankfully, there are some among us who consider bikers worthy of the Kingdom of God, and thankfully the ‘Episcopal news’ regards their ministry as worthy of being publicized. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments are closed.last_img read more

16 Jun

OMG button to make mobile giving even easier

first_img  64 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Howard Lake | 15 September 2015 | News Test it outYou can test the OMG Button by making a 50p donation using it to DEC’s Nepal appeal. Donations will be matched by Open Mobile Global.It works best without wifi. If you’re on a desktop you can still use it but of course you’ll be asked for your phone number and have to respond to a code texted to you for confirmation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 OMG button to make mobile giving even easier Giving via mobile phone is getting simpler and faster. Open Mobile Global has created the OMG Button which lets you donate simply by clicking the donate button.When the donor taps their screen to give, the system reads the device’s SIM card and takes the donation from their mobile bill. The full value of the gift is received by the charity.Paul de Gregorio of Open Mobile Global describes the button as “a frictionless method of taking a mobile payment in any digital environment”. He adds that it “works on any mobile phone and can be embedded in any site”.He explained:“This is a real breakthrough. While PSMS [premium SMS] allowed for rapid, almost-frictionless donations via mobile, it has limitations when you try to use it in a digital environment.“Now we have a way to allow mobile browsers to give by simply tapping their screen. And because the gift is tied to a mobile number, we can also deliver great stewardship and follow-up appeals if donors want them.“You can put a button on any site where you have some control of the code. And where you don’t, a simple link will take supporters directly to a bespoke donation page”.How to use itDe Gregorio said that the OMG Button can be used in various ways, from corporate partnerships (where corporate supporters add the button to their site) to incorporation with a charity’s social channels and messaging.Other possible uses include:* Linking to a payment page from an email, a tweet or an SMS.* Using the new Facebook donate button to link to an OMG Button page.* Using paid social to drive potential donors towards these pages.* Including a button on a your mobile optimised or general check-out pages.There is no automatic Gift Aid message included, but that, together with whether and how charities choose to respond in the follow-up thank you message, is down to the charity. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital mobile payment OMG in OMG Button?The OMG stands for Open Mobile Global, sister company to mobile giving specialists Open Fundraising. But doubtless it doesn’t harm their brand if people assume it means Oh My God. The two click option The one click option on desktop – on mobile you don’t have to add in your mobile number. 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.last_img read more

13 Jun

Blanket Coverage Podcast – Episode 103

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Facebook ReddIt 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Twitter printJack and Noah discuss the in’s and out’s of Week 10’s college football action, including another bitter TCU loss, the first CFP rankings, and the outlook on potential conference champs. In NFL talk, they look at a thriller in Seattle, Lamar Jackson “breaking” the Patriot’s D, and the Bears beginning to spiral. We wrap up the show with a little more pre-season college basketball, NBA talk on the red-hot Lakers, and some picks to close things out. Facebook Jack Wallace 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Twitter ReddIt Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Linkedin Linkedin + posts 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Previous articleHoroscope: November 11, 2019Next articleBlanket Coverage Podcast – NBA Preview Jack Wallace RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU News Now 4/28/2021 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. The Blanket Coverage podcast. Photo by Jack Wallace and Noah Parker. last_img read more

12 Jun

Stateless blogger facing deportation after being tricked by immigration authorities

first_img News December 23, 2020 Find out more News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Related documents Stateless blogger facing deportation after being tricked by immigration authorities (In Arabic/بالعربية)PDF – 57.56 KB Help by sharing this information United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group June 8, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on United Arab Emirates May 25, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Stateless blogger facing deportation after being tricked by immigration authorities April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say to go further Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns the possibly imminent deportation of Ahmed Abdul Khaleq, a blogger and member of a group of five pro-democracy activists known as the “UAE 5,” following his arrest on 22 May after being summoned to the immigration department in the northeastern emirate of Ajman in connection with his statelessness.Khaleq is currently being held in Abu Dhabi’s Al-Wathba prison, but is due to be transferred to Al-Sadr prison (which is notorious for its mistreatment of detainees) and then to be deported to Comoros under a 2009 agreement between the United Arab Emirates and the Indian Ocean island nation.Reporters Without Borders calls for his immediate release and suspension of the deportation process.“By re-arresting Khaleq, the Emirati authorities have again shown the extremes to which they are ready to go to silence dissidents,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Their cynicism has repeatedly been demonstrated, above all in the comments by Col. Abdul Rahim bin Shafi of the interior ministry displaying complete contempt for public opinion and fundamental freedoms.”Khaleq and other members of his family who, like him, are stateless, were told on 21 May that they would be given Comorian passports under the 2009 agreement that would allow them to continue residing in the UAE as Comorian “economic” citizens (without political rights) as a first step toward being naturalized as Emirati citizens.To receive the Comorian passports, they had to surrender the documents showing they were stateless persons residing in the UAE. It was supposedly for this purpose that Khaleq was summoned to the immigration department on 22 May. But the authorities arrested him with the intention of deporting him, while giving his family the Comorian passports that will allow them to remain in the UAE.Khaleq and the four other members of the “UAE 5” were arrested in April 2011 after issuing a petition calling for democratic reforms, and were held until late November.The United Arab Emirates is listed as a country under surveillance in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders issued in March. The UAE authorities recently stepped up their harassment of online dissidents. Organisation last_img read more

12 Jun

Doris Tsao Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

first_imgHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Subscribe Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. center column 1 Doris Tsao Named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator By LORI DAJOSE Published on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 | 11:54 am Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * credit Jeff LewisThe Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has selected Caltech professor of biology Doris Tsao (BS ’96) as one of 26 new HHMI investigators. Investigators represent some of the nation’s top biomedical researchers and receive five years of funding to “move their research in creative new directions.”Tsao is a systems neuroscientist studying the neural mechanisms underlying primate vision. She and her group aim to discover how the brain “stitches together” individual pixels of light—the photons hitting our retinas—to create the visual experience of discrete and recognizable objects in space.“The central problem I want to understand is how visual objects are represented in the brain, and how these representations are used to guide behavior,” she says. “I feel inexpressibly lucky for the support from the HHMI that will allow us to dive deep into this program.”The group has used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanning to study neural responses to images and has identified discrete areas in the brain, called “face patches,” that play important roles in detecting and identifying faces.Tsao received her PhD in neuroscience from Harvard after completing her undergraduate studies in biology and mathematics at Caltech. She returned to Caltech as an assistant professor in 2008 and became a full professor in 2014. Her appointment brings the number of current Caltech HHMI investigators to eleven.last_img read more

27 May

Man with Letterkenny address denies child abduction in Derry

first_imgNews Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Man with Letterkenny address denies child abduction in Derry Twitter By News Highland – March 26, 2010 Google+ Facebook Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released center_img Facebook WhatsApp A Nigerian with an address in Letterkenny has pleaded not guilty to child abduction charges when he appeared at Derry Crown Court today.Victor Ibeyo of Riverview in Letterkenny was charged with unlawfully abducting a15-year-old female on a date unknown between May 14 and May 17 last year.When the charge was put to him he said ‘I am not guilty.’ He also denied a charge of false imprisonment on the same female, sexually assaulting her and assaulting her during the same period.The court was told that reports had to be gathered from an engineer on the vehicle involved in the case and also phone records had to be considered.A date was set for June 21 for the trial to take place and Ibeyo was remanded in custody. Previous articleCWC welcomes changes in department structureNext articleNew Letterkenny Cancer drop in centre officially opened News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

26 May

CBI Books 16 Persons Over Social Media Posts Targeting Judges Of Supreme Court & AP High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesCBI Books 16 Persons Over Social Media Posts Targeting Judges Of Supreme Court & AP High Court LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK16 Nov 2020 7:56 PMShare This – xThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked 17 people for allegedly defaming the Indian Judiciary and targeting the judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court as well as the Supreme Court. The development comes in the backdrop of a direction made by a Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, ordering CBI Inquiry into cases registered for defamatory remarks against…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has booked 17 people for allegedly defaming the Indian Judiciary and targeting the judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court as well as the Supreme Court. The development comes in the backdrop of a direction made by a Division Bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, ordering CBI Inquiry into cases registered for defamatory remarks against Judiciary by YSRCP leaders. [Andhra HC Vs Jagan Govt] HC Orders CBI Inquiry Into Cases Registered For Defamatory Remarks Against Judiciary By YSRCP Leaders While expressing displeasure over the investigation by the State CID, the High Court had directed the CBI to take over the probe into the alleged derogatory comments made by ruling YSR Congress leaders on social media against some judges and against the Judiciary as an entity. The central agency on Monday combined 12 cases, being investigated by the State Crime Investigation Department, in view of the similarities in the nature of allegations and the modus operandi. These cases were registered on the basis of complaints made by the Registrar General of Andhra Pradesh High Court, that the key personnel who are occupying posts of prominence in the State, made interviews/ posts/ speeches, attributing motives, caste and corrupt allegations to judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court in delivering orders/ judgments. It was also alleged that some posts were abusive, life threatening and intimidating. The 17 accused persons, named below, have now been booked under Sections 153A, 504, 505(2) and 506 of IPC and Section 67 of the IT Act. (i) Konda Reddy Dhamireddy, (ii) Mani Annapureddy, (iii) Sudheer Pamula, (iv) Adarsh Reddy, (v) Abhishek Reddy, (vi) Siva Reddy, (vii) Sridhar Reddy Avuthu, (viii) Jalagam Venkata Satya Narayana, (ix) G Sridhar Reddy, (x) Linga Reddy, (xi) Chandu Reddy, (xii) Srinath Suswaram, (xiii) Kishore Reddy Darisa, (xiv) Chiranjeevi Reddy, (xv) Linga Reddy Rajasekhar and (xvi) K Gowthami. The seventeenth accused is Unknown. In related news, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy wrote a letter to the Chief Justice of India, alleging that certain judges of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh were biased towards the main opposition party in the State, the Telugu Desom Party. The explosive complaint alleged that Justice Ramana has been influencing the sittings of the High Court including the roster of a few judges in matters that are important to the TDP. He requested the CJI to look into the matter and consider initiating steps “as may be considered fit and proper to ensure that the state judiciary’s neutrality is maintained”. On October 10, Ajeya Kellam IAS, the Principal Advisor to the Andhra CM, convened a press meeting to release the contents of the letter to the media. Two petitions have been filed in the Supreme Court against Reddy for making “false, vague and scandalized remarks and political allegation openly in the public and media”. On Monday, Justice UU Lalit recused himself from hearing those petitions. When the matter came up on the docket, Justice Lalit said, “I have difficulty, I can’t hear this matter. As a lawyer, I have represented parties in this matter in litigations. We will say ‘list before a bench of which Lalit, J. is nota part…We will direct the registry to seek appropriate instructions from the Chief Justice of India and list it before the appropriate court at the earliest”.Next Storylast_img read more

26 May

University Agreed To Give 30% Concession: Madras High Court Disposes Plea By Students Of School Of Excellence In Law

first_imgNews UpdatesUniversity Agreed To Give 30% Concession: Madras High Court Disposes Plea By Students Of School Of Excellence In Law LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 March 2021 4:35 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court has disposed of a PIL filed by over 90 students of the School of Excellence in Law, affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, challenging levy of fees for certain unutilized facilities in the academic year 2020-21, when academic learning was restricted to online classrooms, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A Single Bench of Justice B. Pugalendhi…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court has disposed of a PIL filed by over 90 students of the School of Excellence in Law, affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, challenging levy of fees for certain unutilized facilities in the academic year 2020-21, when academic learning was restricted to online classrooms, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A Single Bench of Justice B. Pugalendhi disposed of the matter after the University informed that it’s Finance Committee has decided to grant 30% concession in the fee (other than Admission fee, Tuition fee, & AIR Cafe fee) payable during the academic year 2020-2021. The Single Judge recorded that 30% concession will be given under the following heads— Library fee, Internet fee, Infrastructural faciities fee, Class Amenities fee, Sports fee, Moot Court fee for students of the first year to the final year of all 5 year / 3 year LLB (Hons) and LLM students. The order stated, “The learned counsel for the respondents by relying upon the Letter (MS)No. 318 dated 08.12.2020 would submit that considering the situation, the Government has also granted waiver of 30% fee to the students for the academic year 2020-2021. Recording the said submissions made by the learned counsel for the respondents that the government has already awarded 30% fee concession for the academic year 2021, this writ petition is disposed of.” Background The students had challenged two Circulars issued by the Law School: (i) on August 29— calling upon the students to pay Internet Fee, Library Fee, AIR Café fee, Infrastructural Facilities fee, Sports fee, Moot Court Fee, etc.; and (ii) on September 14 whereby the representations for reduction in fees was rejected and instead, the deadline for payment of full fees was extended. They submitted that the various heads of accounts apart from the tuition fee are “arbitrarily charged” while the academic activity is restricted purely to online learning. Thus, it is a violation of their right to education enshrined in Art 21A of the Constitution. Further, they argued that the valuation so arrived for collecting the utility fee per annum by the Law School, when the facility itself is not put to use, should be in line with the actual no of working days after commencement of physical classes, excluding the working days conducted online. On the final hearing of the Writ Petition, the Counsel appearing of the Petitioner contented that the facilities offered in the college are subject to the executive powers of the government conferred under the Disaster Management Act,2005. They submitted, “As the government has unfettered powers under the statute to cancel/abrogate any event during the course of pandemic, the fee must be valuated in consonance with the SOPs issued by the government at the given time. Any event which is likely to stand cancelled must be taken into account and the fee must be waived of for the same. E.g. : Sports fee, Cultural fee.” The University made a submission before the Court that taking into consideration of the ground realities and visualizing the financial difficulties faced by the students and parents due to sudden outbreak of COVID – 19, its Finance Committee has recommended to grant concession of 30% in the fee. Advocates KM Mrithunjayan, AM Manav, A. Venkatesh, N. Zahid Ahmed, Senthil Kumar and Anbarasi R. appeared for the Petitioners. Advocates K. Parameswaran and V. Vasantha Kumar for Respondents. Case Title: Gopinath & Ors. v. State of Tami Nadu & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

25 May

Donegal student believes predictive grades should be an option

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ By News Highland – January 8, 2021 Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleKyle Coney ends Tyrone CareerNext articleIntoxicated motorist attempts to evade police close to Donegal border News Highland A Leaving Cert student in Donegal believes that predictive grades should be an option this summer and that the Government should consult more with students generally going forward. It comes as more than 23,000 people have signed a petition calling for predicted grades to be an option, with those behind the call say students shouldn’t be expected to sit a normal exam when nothing about this year has been normal.They say predictive grades should be issued in the spring so that pupils who wish to re-sit exam can do so later in the year.Local student Sarah says it would be fair to students to find a middle ground:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/sarah1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Donegal student believes predictive grades should be an option Facebook WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR cliniclast_img read more