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  • Sanlam Kenya Plc (SLAM.ke) 2010 Annual Report

    first_imgSanlam Kenya Plc (SLAM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Sanlam Kenya Plc (SLAM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sanlam Kenya Plc (SLAM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sanlam Kenya Plc (SLAM.ke)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileSanlam Kenya Plc (formerly Pan Africa Insurance Holdings Co. Ltd) is an insurance company which underwrites classes of short- and long-term insurance businesses in Kenya. The company offers services for ordinary life insurance, superannuation, general insurance and investments; providing individual life, group and general insurance products as well as investment management services. Sanlam Kenya underwrites life and non-life insurance risks associated with death, disability, credit protection, education, retirement, mortgage protection and property protection. It also has expertise in financial planning and retirement fund management and offers solutions for investment and wealth management as well as diversified asset management solutions. Formerly known as Pan Africa Insurance Holdings Limited, the company changed its name to Sanlam Kenya Plc in 2016. The company is a subsidiary of Hubris Holdings Limited with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. Sanlam Kenya Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

  • This cheap share has suffered severely in 2020. I’d buy it today!

    first_img 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. Enter Your Email Address Cliffdarcy has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img This cheap share has suffered severely in 2020. I’d buy it today! Cliff D’Arcy | Monday, 30th November, 2020 | More on: BP 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. With November into its final hours, what a month this has been for UK shares. As I write, the FTSE 100 index has soared 785 points since Halloween, leaping by 14.1% in one month. That’s the Footsie’s best monthly performance since its inception in 1984 (when I was just 16). Investors across the Atlantic have also had a bumper month, with the S&P 500, NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrial Average indices all hitting record highs last week. Although American investors have had another good year, we Britons cannot say the same. The UK stock market has has a tough 2020, leaving too many cheap shares buried deep in the FTSE 100.The FTSE 100 struggles in 2020The S&P 500 is ahead by 12.6% in 2020, largely thanks to the stunning outperformance of mega-cap tech stocks. Meanwhile, the European Stoxx 600 index has slid by 5.5% this calendar year. The FTSE 100 — perhaps the world’s most unloved index — has dived by 15.7% since 2019. Obviously, the Covid-19 pandemic has battered UK equities. Likewise, the prospect of a no-deal Brexit in just over a month has scared off global investors from buying UK stocks. In addition, the FTSE 100 is packed with ‘old economy’ shares — financials, energy companies and miners — that a new generation of investors shun in favour of momentum stocks such as Tesla.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…Value investing still worksI’m an old-school value investor: I aim to make market-beating returns by tracking down unloved, undervalued and unwanted cheap shares. I’m also a contrarian, which means that I prefer to go against the herd. I aim to sell when markets are euphoric and buy when markets are miserable. For example, during the spring market meltdown, my family moved our entire cash pile into shares towards the end of March. The amazing returns since then have been among the highest in my 34 years as an investor. Sometimes, as billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett says, it pays to “be greedy when others are fearful”.When cheap shares get cheaper, I’d buyUntil this month, energy giant BP (LSE: BP) was among the FTSE 100’s ‘most hated’ cheap shares. BP has had a hideous year. At the start of 2020, it was riding high, with its share price peaking above 508p on 6 January. Then came Covid-19, triggering an oil-price collapse that sent the price of a barrel of Brent Crude crashing from $70 to below $16 on 22 April. With economies in lockdown and oil demand falling, BP shares capitulated. Just over a month ago, on 28 October, BP shares hit a 26-year low of 188.52p. The last time they were this low was in early 1994. Wow.As I write, BP’s stock stands at 256p, almost 67.5p (35.8%) above its recent low. That’s a healthy return in just 32 days. Nevertheless, I believe there are more gains to come from these cheap shares. Today, BP’s market value is just £53.5bn, a mere fraction of its previous heights. Though BP cut its dividend in 2020, its shares still pay quarterly dividends adding up to a cash yield nearing 6.2% a year. Also, the oil price has bounced back to hover around $48. For these reasons, I think that BP could be a champion stock in 2021. That’s why I’d buy these cheap shares today, ideally inside an ISA, to enjoy years of tax-free cash dividends and future capital gains! See all posts by Cliff D’Arcylast_img read more

  • Rugby World Cup 2019 Travel Guide: Takayama

    first_imgDiscover Japan’s past, deep in its beautiful countryside Go with the flow: Hida Osaka Falls TAGS: Japan travel.kankou-gifu.jp/enWORLD CUP VISITPart of the Gifu Prefecture, there are no World Cup ties in Takayama, but if you want to explore the Japanese countryside and get in some hiking or cycling, this is the place – especially before or after matches in Toyota.Related: Rugby World Cup 2019 venuesGETTING THEREThe JR Limited Express Hida train from Nagoya to Takayama has a journey time of two hours 35 minutes.DID YOU KNOW? Takayama is often called the ‘Little Kyoto of Hida’ because of its impressive historical district and numerous old temples. You can enjoy them in relative peace without the constant presence of large crowds that are found in other tourist destinations. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TOP TIPThe Takayama Autumn Festival, which is on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list, takes place during the World Cup on 9-10 October. So why not time your visit to take that in too? Advertising FeatureRugby World Cup 2019 Travel Guide: TakayamaSEETakayama is a city in the Hida region of the Gifu Prefecture and is located amidst the mountains of the Japanese Alps, ensuring picturesque views that you won’t find elsewhere in Japan.Explore the narrow streets and closely-knit shops of Takayama’s historical district or stroll through the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site Shirakawa-go, where you will find traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses. The steep, thatched roofs are “constructed like hands in prayer” and as well as touring the area, you can even stay overnight in one of the houses.Historical site: Shirakawa-goDOTake a guided tour through the scenic Japanese countryside in Hida Furukawa or the breathtaking landscapes of Hida Osaka. The Satoyama Experience offers guided bike tours and walking tours through traditional Japanese villages, allowing you to learn about village life and interact with locals.At Hida Osaka Falls you can visit some of the thousands of waterfalls that were originally formed by a volcanic eruption that took place 54,000 years ago. After breaking a sweat, relax by taking a dip at Okuhida Hot Springs, famous for outdoor baths that have gorgeous views of the Japanese Alps, or Gero Hot Springs.EATYou must try Hida beef, a designation given only to the highest quality of Japanese Black cattle that are bred in the hills of the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. The meat is famous for its rich flavour and marbled texture.Guided: The Satoyama ExperienceTOURIST WEBSITElast_img read more

  • NCC commends Pope Benedict for a ‘wise and graceful exit’

    first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Pope Resigns AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Press Release Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ecumenical & Interreligious, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [National Council of Churches Press Release] The President of the National Council of Churches USA commended Pope Benedict XVI Tuesday for a “wise and graceful exit that shows enormous courage and a deep commitment to the ongoing effectiveness of his ministry.”NCC President Kathryn Lohre expressed gratitude for the Pope’s long ministry as pontiff, cardinal, university professor, and priest.Lohre noted the pope’s decision to step down February 28 after eight years as head of the world’s largest Christian church had “stunned the world, certainly including the 40 million persons who relate to the 37 member communions of the National Council of Churches.”No pope has voluntarily abdicated his office since 1415, and that was in the midst of a bitter conflict involving three competing pontiffs.“Pope Benedict’s retirement is virtually unprecedented,” Lohre said. “This is an historic moment that alters expectations for sacrificial leadership in all communions. He is bravely facing up to the realities we all confront: the fragility of the human body and the inevitability of the time when we can no longer shoulder the burdens placed upon us.”Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, NCC Associate General Secretary, Faith & Order and Interfaith Relations, praised Benedict as scholar, writer, and teacher. “He communicates the essential teachings of the Catholic Church with clarity and precision,” Kireopoulos said. “There are no precedents for the role of an ex-pope. Perhaps his unexpected retirement will give him a chance to write more, or teach.”The Roman Catholic Church is not a member of either the National Council of Churches USA or the World Council of Churches, Kireopoulos noted. “Catholics serve on commissions and committees in both councils, and their participation has been invaluable,” Kireopoulos said.Before he became Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger served on the WCC’s Faith and Order Commission, Kireopoulos recalled.“As Pope, he was very open to ongoing dialogue with other Christian communions and faith groups,” Kireopoulos said.Kireopoulos, an Orthodox Christian, said Benedict has developed a close relationship with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and has helped to foster closer Orthodox-Catholic relations.Kireopoulos recalled a commentary he wrote after he was named to his NCC Faith and Order post, on the second encyclical of Pope Benedict, Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope). Benedict addressed important truths that are affirmed by Christians in and outside the Roman Catholic Church, Kireopoulos wrote.In April 2008, Benedict accepted an elegantly hand-lettered edition of the New Revised Standard Version St. John’s Bible. The New Revised Standard Version was translated under the auspices of the National Council of Churches USA, which owns the copyright.Persons who observed the presentation noted the pontiff’s obvious pleasure at seeing the volume.“The pope’s eyes lit up with joy and enthusiasm as he turned the pages,” Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, D.C., told the Associated Press.“That enthusiasm,” said Kireopoulos, “was a sign of Benedict’s deep appreciation for the common ministries shared by all the Christian communions.”The St. John’s Bible, a $4 million project funded by private donations, was commissioned by St. John’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minn. The calligrapher is British artist Donald Jackson.The Pope received a copy of the Wisdom Books. The 1,150 page, 7 volume edition of the entire Bible, measuring 3 feet wide when opened, is nearing completion.The NRSV was chosen as the translation because it is widely regarded as theologically sound and is used by most major Christian churches. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Posted Feb 13, 2013 NCC commends Pope Benedict for a ‘wise and graceful exit’ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Tampa, FL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN 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 Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

  • Crepain Spaens House / CSD Architecten

    first_img 2009 Projects Crepain Spaens House / CSD ArchitectenSave this projectSaveCrepain Spaens House / CSD Architecten “COPY” Crepain Spaens House / CSD Architecten Year:  Photographs ArchDaily CopyHouses•Antwerp, Belgium ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/45440/crepain-spaens-house-csd-architecten Clipboardcenter_img Architects: CSD Architecten Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Belgium “COPY” Save this picture!© Luc Roymans+ 16 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/45440/crepain-spaens-house-csd-architecten Clipboard Photographs:  Luc RoymansText description provided by the architects. 1. The client and the program for this house We build this house for ourselves, Britt Crepain & Stefan Spaens (previously CSO ontwerpers, currently CSD Architecten) 2. The context A very small plot of land (4x15m / build 4×12,5m), in a narrow street in the Centre of Antwerp, rear facade facing south. The design responds by opening up both facades maximum, split-levels and a void (with a roof of glass) on the top 3 levels (the main living areas : bureau/library/kitchen/dining and the highest split level is the sitting room with open fire and views of city and sky, from there you access the roof-terras (still splitleveled) with views over the entire city. In total the house has a basement, ground floor and 4 levels. The splitlevels bring the light from the south through the house. A lot more than with a normal (or standard) racking of floors, that most houses have. Sunlight comes through everywhere, especially in wintertime when the sun is low (ecologically we benefit from a south facade in winter, in summer we can open op top windows and create a natural ventilation through the void and the opening to the roofterras, currently (it’s snowing) the top level is almost like an iglo, with the open fire, and snow that lays on the glazed inclined windows.Save this picture!© Luc RoymansRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BrickworkCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD23Residential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsPolymer Concrete Facade in Diagonal Tower3. Choice of materials We chose all materials as natural as possible, colours flowing into each other, to create a monolithic character (other wise). Inspiration for the color pallet was found on a beach in france (driftwood, pebbles, the color of the sand) Save this picture!© Luc Roymans4. Surfaces & levels Footprint : outerwall 50 sqm 47 sqm innerwall, (when splitleveled : front =27sqm/vide stairs/elevator 4/level behind 16sqm )? 6 and a half (-1 basement (storage)/ 0 groundfloor (polyvalent for bureau/commercial or as it is now ‘carport’, washing room and extra storage behind a curtain). level 0,5 = vestiaire, level 1 : front main bedroom/master bathroom, rear second bedroom + showerroom / level 2 : front bureau – rear hobby+guest room / level 3 front : kitchen – rear dining / level 4 sitting room aroud open fire and access to first roof terrace / level 5 main roof terrace 5. Architecture & interior Britt Crepain designed all the furniture, completely integrated (functional and esthetically) in the architecture that Britt & Stefan both designed. some of the fittings (for example glazed doors, are also designed by her) The rest of the fittings carefully selected… 6. The atmosphere The changing of the colors by the sunlight that you cannot capture on foto (only on video), the warmth of the house, the iglo, the silence on the top floor and roof-terras, our favourite spots to sit, and the angle of view that you have there. In short : the actual and always changing atmosphere. (but to capture this, you have to live here for a while)Project gallerySee allShow lessBurj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai) opens: the tallest building in the worldArticlesB199 / Oncuoglu ArchitectureArticles Share CopyAbout this officeCSD ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAntwerpBelgiumPublished on January 05, 2010Cite: “Crepain Spaens House / CSD Architecten” 05 Jan 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Talis SVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Solid ColorPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesDining tablesZeitraumWood Table – TautBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USARoll Towel Dispenser – Electronic TouchlessWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesAluminium CompositesSculptformClick-on Battens in Victoria GardensMetal PanelsLongboard®Metal Ceilings – DauntlessWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsPerforated Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Rainscreen Cladding Panels for Lightweight Facades in Apartment BlockBricksAcme BrickModular Size BrickMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

  • Take Necessary Action Against Banned Organization ‘Sikh for Justice’, Directs Punjab & Haryana HC [Read Order]

    first_imgNews UpdatesTake Necessary Action Against Banned Organization ‘Sikh for Justice’, Directs Punjab & Haryana HC [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 July 2020 12:47 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Friday disposed of a PIL filed against banned organization, “Sikh for Justice”, with a direction to the Central and the State Government to take necessary action against the same. The plea was disposed by a bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli, after the Government assured that all necessary measures are being taken…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 High Court of Punjab and Haryana on Friday disposed of a PIL filed against banned organization, “Sikh for Justice”, with a direction to the Central and the State Government to take necessary action against the same. The plea was disposed by a bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli, after the Government assured that all necessary measures are being taken to prevent any kind of anti-national activities being undertaken by the organization. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Advocate Bikramjit Singh Bajwa, who submitted that the organization had suddenly become very active furthering the cause of separate State for Sikhs i.e. Khalistan. He submitted that the organization was going ahead with all kind of anti national activities and was also provoking the residents of the Punjab, especially the Sikh youths, to declare a war against the present Punjab Government. However, the Additional Advocates General present for the states of Punjab and Haryana as well as the Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Union of India assured the court that steps are being taken to block the “proposed referendum” being taken by the organization. They added intricacies of the steps being taken by them could not be disclosed however, “being sensitive and for security reasons.” In view of the above statements made by the Respondents, the court said, “the petition filed by the petitioner is disposed of with a direction that necessary action be taken by the authorities. The information available with the petitioner may be analyzed and necessary steps for dealing with the threat perception be taken, if so required.” Further, based on the Petitioner’s submission that the organization had been threatening him with “dire consequences”, the Government assured, “Let the petitioner bring all the facts to the notice of the police authorities and upon evaluating the threat perception to the petitioner, all possible steps, as are necessary, for securing the life and liberty of the petitioner shall be taken.” Sikh for Justice was banned by the Government of Punjab on July 10, 2019 and the head of the organization, namely, Gurpatwant Singh Pannu was declared as a “designated terrorist” by the Government of India on July 1, 2020. As per the Government, 116 Whatsapp group relating to this organization have been blocked and as many as 16 FIRs have been registered against the organization. Case Details: Case Title: Bikramjit Singh Bajwa Case No.: CWP PIL No. 70/2020 (O&M) Quorum: Chief Justice Ravi Shanker Jha and Justice Arun Palli Appearance: Petitioner in person; Addl. Advocate General PS Bajwa (for State of Punjab); Addl. Advocate General Deepak Balyan (for State of Haryana); ASG Satya Pal Jain with Standing Counsel Dheeraj Jain (for Union of India) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

  • Woman allegedly trafficked through Backpage.com says new legislation brings ‘closure’

    first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — For Jessika, standing in the Oval Office today was an emotional moment, as the president signed new legislation that would help prevent what happened to her from happening to other young girls.Jessika is one of hundreds of young women who say they were sold for sex allegedly through Backpage.com, the highly controversial classifieds site that federal authorities shut down last week, indicting seven of its top officials with facilitating prostitution and money laundering.President Donald Trump signed a new law today that will hold online services responsible for abusive content knowingly facilitating sex trafficking. The “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act,” or the “FOSTA” bill, goes into effect immediately.Survivors of sex trafficking “are very brave,” Trump said at the White House today.As part of the signing ceremony, Jessika got a chance to speak with Trump, as well as attend a private meeting with the president’s daughter Ivanka Trump.“I was a little nervous,” Jessika said. “For him to shake my hand and tell me thank you was really kind of the cherry on top of this whole experience, and it was worth it. It’s been a long fight, but … it’s closure.”And today, she said she realized she has an “army of mothers and sisters” standing with her.“It is really, truly a day for real healing to really truly begin,” Jessika’s mother, Nacole, added. “[Jessika] has been so brave, and so courageous over the years to come out and use her voice to champion good, and to not let this experience silence her.”Jessika is not alone. ABC News’ “Nightline” has been conducting an investigation for the past two years on underage sex trafficking through ads on Backpage.com and the efforts to stop it. “Nightline” first met Tom, Nacole and their daughter Jessika in 2016.Jessika estimates she was paid for sex over 150 times when she was 15 years old, and she firmly believes Backpage.com made it possible for her pimp to post ads offering her for sex over and over again.Jessika is now a 23-year-old mother to two young children who is part of a major civil lawsuit against Backpage.com. In October, she won her own personal civil suits against Backpage, the first to focus on the claim Backpage knowingly facilitated prostitution of underage girls.“I have done a lot of self-healing,” Jessika said. “I’m very confident with what I know about myself and what I’ve learned about myself, and it is something that you have to accept, you can’t ever change it. I can’t ever change it, but I can become better from it, and … I’m OK with that.”Backpage.com operated as a website where people can sell cars, furniture and other items, but critics have said – and a Senate investigation concluded – the vast majority of the site’s revenue came from its racy adult section, with categories like “escorts” and “body rubs” — technically legal services that law enforcement described as thinly veiled codes for prostitution.Federal authorities have seized Backpage.com and its affiliated websites, according to a notice posted by the FBI and other law enforcement agencies on the site last week. The notice did not detail the reason for the seizure but noted that Justice Department’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, as well as the offices of the Texas attorney general and California attorney general, were involved.The U.S. Senate has been investigating underage trafficking on Backpage.com for years. In January 2017, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a new report saying Backpage.com had knowingly facilitated underage trafficking on its site by actively editing ads posted in the “adult services” section.The subcommittee found that Backpage.com was erasing words that would indicate underage trafficking. Through its automatic word filtering system, the site would erase terms like “Lolita,” “Little Girl” and even “Amber Alert” from ads posted in the “adult” section, then post the “cleaned up” ads to the site.Jessika’s parents testified at the January 2017 Senate hearing and have been by her side through every step of the way, fighting for the past seven years to get legislation passed to protect sex trafficking victims.“I just couldn’t hear the word ‘no,’ that this was not going to happen,” Nacole said today. “For me, ‘no’ wasn’t the right answer and just working that phone every day and calling our legislators … we really we built an army, and it took everybody’s voice to get this done.”Backpage.com has said its ads are constitutionally protected free speech. Its argument is based on the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which is a law that protects all internet hosting companies from being held legally responsible for what users post on their websites, including anything related to sex trafficking.In the past, many women and girls who say they were trafficked on Backpage.com have tried suing the site, but nearly every lawsuit was dismissed under the CDA.But the new law Trump signed today seeks to weaken this legal shield.“That’s what this legislation says, is that in the U.S. we do not sell our kids,” Nacole said.Backpage.com has repeatedly claimed that it was part of the solution, not the problem. The company told ABC News in a previous statement that it employs moderators who diligently screen ads to stop underage trafficking on its site. It added that it has voluntarily undertaken a multitiered “policing system to prohibit and report attempts at human exploitation and the advertisement of prostitution” that screens for words and phrases that might “suggest illegal activity.”The company also has said it actively cooperates with law enforcement and reports suspicious ads to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).In 2012, Backpage’s attorney told “Nightline” that “online human trafficking exists … and the best tools to fight it are online, and Backpage.com is currently one of the very best tools to fight it.”One former Backpage employee, who agreed to speak with “Nightline” last year under the condition of anonymity, said her job was to moderate ads to make sure they didn’t contain pictures or certain terms indicating prostitution or underage trafficking.“The way they described the job … is that we would be monitoring ads that came through the site for our adult content section,” she said. “The ads were basically, ‘Hey come have a good time with honey’ … ‘no raincoats’ would be code word for ‘no condoms.’“… These ads would be so cheap that they would post them constantly,” she continued. “So if the ad did get deleted, they would take $5 and post five more ads of the same one. So it becomes really frustrating because you know you just deleted this ad and 10 minutes later, you’re seeing it again.”CEO Carl Ferrer has declined “Nightline’s” repeated requests for an interview, and when we tracked Ferrer to a classified ad industry conference in Amsterdam in 2016, he again refused to speak with us. Ferrer was not among the seven indicted last week but the initials “C.F.” are referred to throughout the indictment.ABC News legal analyst Sunny Hostin says, “It is noticeable that Carl Ferrer is not a named defendant in this indictment. But when the initials C.F. appear throughout the indictment and a lot of the information for this case seems to come from a C.F. that tells me that perhaps C.F. is a cooperator. Perhaps C.F. is an informant.”Today, after meeting with the president, Jessika said she finally felt her voice was heard, and she encouraged others not to give up in their fight to share their stories.“Everybody’s journey and recovery is so different,” she said. “But … don’t give up on yourself, even you feel like everything is just caving in and falling down. Just, keep, keep pushing because you’ve already, you made it through probably one of the worst, traumatic experiences of your life.“It’s going to seem difficult and there is mountains to climb in your life, but just don’t give up on yourself because you’re totally worth it,” she added.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Sen. Rand Paul says he was ‘attacked by an angry mob’ after leaving White House

    first_imgABC NewsBy LAUREN LANTRY and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Rand Paul claimed he was “attacked by an angry mob” early Friday morning in Washington, D.C., while walking with his wife from the White House after listening to President Donald Trump’s closing remarks at the Republican National Convention.“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” Paul said in a post on Twitter, while thanking the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia for “literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020In one video taken by a bystander who posted it on social media, Paul and his wife Kelley are seen being escorted by police through a rowdy crowd of protesters as the officers shout, “move back.” Some protesters can be heard yelling, “say her name” and “Breonna Taylor.”The Republican senator represents Kentucky where Taylor, an unarmed 26-year-old Black woman, was shot to death by police at her home in March.The officer flanked to Paul’s left is seen using his bicycle to hold back protesters. At one point, the officer appears to push a protester with his bike and the individual pushes back hard enough to cause the officer to lose his balance. Paul braces the officer with his arm to keep him from falling.The video doesn’t seem to show Paul or his wife being touched by any protesters. The couple also did not appear to be injured.Sen. Ted Cruz took to Twitter early Friday to weigh in on the incident, calling it “horrific.”“This madness has to stop,” Cruz tweeted.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Prep Sports Roundup: 4/2

    first_img2-A Central ENTERPRISE, Utah-Madi Robinson homered and Tavy Gale doubled but it wasn’t enough as the Enterprise Wolves downed Beaver 12-5 in 2-A South softball action Tuesday. Region 15 RICHFIELD, Utah-Morgan Albrecht pitched four innings and amassed seven strikeouts, earning the win as the Richfield Wildcats downed Manti 7-2 Tuesday in Region 15 baseball action. Albrecht added 2 RBI in the win for Richfield, while Emmitt Hafen added a home run for the Wildcats. Adam Huff had a 2-run homer in defeat for the Templars. The win improves Richfield to 6-0 in Region 15 play while Manti slumped to 4-1 in region games. Non-Region PANGUITCH, Utah-Laci Sissener went yard and the Parowan Rams pummeled Panguitch 22-0 in 2-A South softball action Tuesday. Maddy Stubbs added two triples and Madison Mathews doubled, tripled and pitchd a perfect game in the circle for the Rams. Maci Johnson also doubled in the win for Parowan. JUNCTION, Utah-Maddie Edwards homered twice and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs routed Piute 20-1 Tuesday in 2-A Central softball action. McKaylyn Edwards and Paige King also went yard for the Bulldogs while Tayler Brackett had three doubles and Katelyn Cherry also doubled for Gunnison Valley. Gracy Christenson earned the win in the circle for the Bulldogs. Ashley Talbot and Brinnly Mirramontes doubled in defeat for the Thunderbirds. BEAVER, Utah-Bryan Pimentel and Filipe Pedreina each found the net and the Beaver Beavers blanked Gunnison Valley 2-0 in 2-A South boys soccer action Tuesday. Brody Pollman posted the shutout for the Beavers. April 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/2 2-A South NEPHI, Utah-Damon Davidson tripled and Trey Lund added a double as the Juab Wasps routed Morgan 12-2 in non-region baseball action Tuesday. Brock Cragun earned the win on the mound for the Wasps. Tags: Adam Huff/Emitt Hafen/Manti/Morgan Albrecht/Region 15 baseball/Richfield MONROE, Utah-Brady Jacobson amassed a hat trick as the North Sanpete Hawks pounded South Sevier 8-0 in Region 15 boys soccer action Tuesday. Kyle Thornberry and Luis Alderate scored two goals apiece for the Hawks and Luis Rodriguez added another goal for North Sanpete. Mario Hernandez posted the shutout for the Hawks. CASTLE DALE, Utah-Spencer Hadfield scored twice and the Emery Spartans humbled Richfield 4-3 Tuesday in Region 15 boys soccer action. Jaume Llabres scored twice in the loss for the Wildcats and Mason Solt also found the net for Richfield. KANAB, Utah-Jaidyn Rooser and Niesha Mognett each doubled as Kanab pounded Milford 15-0 Tuesday in 2-A South softball action. Rylie Staton took the win in the circle for Kanab. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseball GUNNISON, Utah-Kolton Petersen doubled twice and Janzen Keisel took the win on the mound as the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs pounded Monticello 17-1 Tuesday in 2-A Central baseball action. Braxton Sylvester and Ty Hill also doubled in the win for the Bulldogs. ENTERPRISE, Utah-Hunter Hafen tripled, posted 4 RBI and earned the win on the mound, leading the Beaver Beavers to a 6-5 win over Enterprise in 2-A South baseball action Tuesday. 2-A South Region 15 MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Brennen Hunt, Kaetz King and Karson Hunt each doubled and the South Sevier Rams edged North Sanpete 4-3 in Region 15 baseball action Tuesday. Jaren Robb earned the win on the mound for South Sevier. Region 15 DELTA, Utah-Jordan Faussett earned the win on the mound as the Carbon Dinos downed Delta 8-6 in Region 14 baseball action Tuesday. 2-A Central Region 14 KANAB, Utah-Bryson Barnes went yard and Bret Beebe took the win on the mound, while also tripling and netting 3 RBI as the Milford Tigers got past Kanab 12-11 Tuesday in 2-A South baseball action. Written by MANTI, Utah-Shane Arnoldsen scored, helping the Manti Templars to a 1-1 draw with Grand Tuesday in Region 15 boys soccer action. Bailey Shelton found the net for the Red Devils. MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Aubree Ison, Graciee Christiansen and Sarah Oldroyd all homered as the North Sanpete Hawks pummeled South Sevier 11-1 Tuesday in Region 15 softball action. Addelyn Brotherson, Daryan Long, Nakiah Taylor and Oldroyd each added doubles for the Hawks. Taylor also took the win in the circle for North Sanpete. Janessa Gayler doubled in the loss for the Rams. Boys Soccer 2-A South SALINA, Utah-Burke Mickelsen doubled and earned the win on the mound as the North Sevier Wolves downed Millard 8-5 in 2-A Central baseball action Tuesday. Brody Butler added another double for the Wolves in the win. Dillon Lund doubled in defeat for the Eagles. Softball SALINA, Utah-Breonna Bingham and Kamree Brunson each doubled as the North Sevier Wolves humbled Millard 5-3 in 2-A Central softball action Tuesday. Abby Johnson earned the win in the circle for North Sevier. Brad Jameslast_img read more

  • US Navy Sends Fresh Water to Japan

    first_img US Navy Sends Fresh Water to Japan Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Sends Fresh Water to Japan View post tag: News by topic Japan’s government revealed a series of missteps by the operator of a radiation-leaking nuclear plant on Saturday, including sending workers…By Eric Talmadge and Mari Yamaguchi (signonsandiego)[mappress]Source: signonsandiego,March 27, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Japan March 27, 2011 View post tag: sends View post tag: water View post tag: Navy View post tag: Fresh View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more