Exposure to tech stocks: Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust vs Allianz Technology Trust

first_imgExposure to tech stocks: Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust vs Allianz Technology Trust Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Ben Watson holds no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any stock 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. Ben Watson | Sunday, 4th October, 2020 | More on: ATT SMT Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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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. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stellar. In my opinion this is the only word to describe the performance of Scottish Mortgage Trust (LSE: SMT) in 2020. Up 80% in the past six months, the tech stock trust has generated a return to leave investors smiling.Examining the underlying top holdings of the trust, the reason for the gains become clear. Underpinning the portfolio are giants of the tech stock genre. Tesla, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify are all featured in the top 10 holdings ,and have substantially increased in valuation since the low water mark of April this year.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…Overall, my thoughts on the trust are positive. There are low annual charges and it is currently trading at a narrow discount. The management philosophy of James Anderson and Tom Slater is ‘the best potential, durable growth opportunities for the future’, an ethos that will chime with many Fool readers. Earlier this year, Paul Summers cited the stock as a long-term holding for retirement.I would ,however, sound one gentle note of caution. In the case of SMT, the concern is the proportion of total holdings tied up in a relatively narrow spread of tech stocks.Digging deeperFor any investment trust or fund that I hold, I like to keep abreast of its major components as they can signpost future movements in price. As an early investor into the short-lived Woodford Equity Income fund, I became concerned in 2018 when the top 10 holdings revealed only a singular defensive dividend-paying stock, namely, Imperial Brands. Such stocks should be the bedrock of that fund style, but the remainder were high risk or unquoted companies. As a result, I sold my holding and avoided the later chaos as the Woodford fund was suspended.Applying this logic to Scottish Mortgage, my concern is that Tesla and Amazon account for 23% of the entire trust. Ultimately, the performance of these companies will hold huge sway over share price movements. This isn’t to say that they won’t continue to grow or that I don’t like the investment as a whole, merely something to be aware of when making decisions.The Foolish alternativeI like the look of Allianz Technology Trust (LSE: ATT). For those wishing to gain exposure to tech stocks, it contains similar holdings to Scottish Mortgage, but in smaller overall proportions. Edward Sheldon examined its tech stock credentials earlier this year.Led by its position in tech giant Apple, it has performed strongly against its benchmark index (Dow Jones World Technology) over the longer term, and is well positioned to continue this through its exposure to companies that have benefitted from the coronavirus pandemic shift to home working and increased online activity. The management team looks to invest in potential high-growth mid-cap companies, seeking leaders in sectors that are driving change through innovation or lower costs.The trust charges both a management and performance fee, but these are offset by strong returns in the years where the performance fee is levied.Foolish final thoughtsIt is clear to me that the tech stock sector will be a huge driver of growth over the next 10 years, and therefore any investor would benefit from some exposure within their portfolio. Either of these two trusts offer that exposure and are well placed to benefit from that growth.last_img read more

Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch the Autumn Nations Cup match

first_imgDon’t miss the opening game of the tournament wherever you are in the world Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Lead role: Johnny Sexton will captain Ireland against Wales (Getty Images) Sign up to FloRugby Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to the Autumn Nations Cup from the Land of the Long White Cloud, Sky Sport NZ have the rights. Ireland v Wales kicks off at 8am on Saturday morning, with coverage on Sky Sport NZ1 from 7.50am.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 31 January 2021 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offer Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from the UKChannel 4 have the exclusive rights to show Ireland v Wales (kick-off 7pm) free to air in the UK. Coverage starts at 6.30pm.Free-to-air Welsh language channel S4C also has live coverage of Ireland v Wales. In Wales, you’ll find S4C on: Sky channel 104, Freeview 4, Virgin TV 166 and Freesat 104. In the rest of the UK, it’s Sky channel 134, Freesat 120 and Virgin TV 166.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Ireland v Wales takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from IrelandIreland v Wales (kick-off 7pm) will be broadcast live on free-to-air RTE 2 and RTE Player in Ireland, with coverage starting at 6pm and featuring Eddie O’Sullivan, Jamie Heaslip and Stephen Ferris.Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, FloSports have the exclusive rights to show every Autumn Nations Cup match live. You can stream Ireland v Wales (kick-off 2pm EST and 11am on the West coast) via FloSports or watch via the app.A FloRugby monthly subscription costs $29.99 and the annual subscription is $150, with both packages also giving you access to the entire FloSports network, which includes coverage of cycling,motorsport and American football. Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, beIN Sports has the rights to show Autumn Nations Cup matches, with Ireland v Wales kicking off at 6am on Saturday morning on beIN Sports 3.Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action.You can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers so you could take advantage of that to watch some of these Autumn Nations Cup matches.Kayo Sports offer We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch the Autumn Nations Cup from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go. Ireland v Wales is being shown on SuperSport Rugby (kick-off 9pm).There are various DStv packages available that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch from AsiaPremier Sports has the rights to broadcast Autumn Nations Cup matches, like Ireland v Wales, in Asia and will show matches in 22 territories – Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.A weekly pass to Premier Sports Asia is $19.99 or you can take out a rolling six-month contract for $59.99.Premier Sports Asia subscription Ireland v Wales live stream: How to watch the Autumn Nations Cup matchThe Autumn Nations Cup gets underway with two familiar foes – Ireland and Wales – going head-to-head at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin tonight (kick-off 7pm UK & Ireland time).Wales are looking for their first win at the Aviva Stadium in a competitive match since 2012 as they aim to bounce back from a disappointing Six Nations while Ireland are giving new combinations a go as they continue to develop their identity under Andy Farrell.You can read our full Ireland v Wales preview here and below we explain how to find a reliable live stream of the match wherever you are…How to watch Ireland v Wales from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Autumn Nations Cup coverage, like Ireland v Wales, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Autumn Nations Cup live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. 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Private Gymnasium Pavilion & Guest Unit / Malan Vorster Archit…

first_img “COPY” Projects Photographs Architects: Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design Area Area of this architecture project Area:  180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2020 “COPY” Gymnasium Private Gymnasium Pavilion & Guest Unit / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior DesignSave this projectSavePrivate Gymnasium Pavilion & Guest Unit / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design CopyGymnasium, Houses•Cape Town, South Africa Manufacturers: Modular Lighting Instruments, western red cedar, HackwoodArchitect In Charge:Pieter Malan, Jan-Heyn Vorster, Peter UrryDesign Team:Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior DesignStructural Engineer:Design Tech Structural EngineersQuantity Surveyors:Heinrich Beer Quantity SurveyorsLandscape:Mary MaurelMain Contractor:Arnold MeiringSpecialist Carpenter:Theunis NaudeSpecialist Metalwork:Link EngineeringSpecialist Cabinetry:VersfeldCity:Cape TownCountry:South AfricaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adam LetchRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. The project brief called for the addition of a gymnasium pavilion to the existing context of a large family estate in Constantia. The architects have been involved in the master planning and various buildings on the estate, and the aim was to reduce the impact of a new structure on the well-established gardens, informing the decision to construct the gym pavilion onto the existing concrete slab roof of an older guest cottage and storage area.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSave this picture!Second Floor LevelThe chosen position within the estate presented exciting prospects: surrounding mature trees offered shelter and sitting perched on the edge of an existing retaining wall provided a sense of dynamic balance.  The site, being between the main upper lawn of the garden and the parking werf below it, would allow the building to engage with a wide range of different view aspects as well as connect to the difference terraced levels surrounding it.  The position also meant the gymnasium could be linked to the guest suite below it by means of an internal staircase. The guest suite received an update with new open-plan layout, finishes and furnishings.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSteel and timber construction methods were employed to minimize the impact of concrete and other wet works, as most of the components could be manufactured off site, reducing the environmental impact of the construction process. The architects have been involved in the design and construction of a tree house-like structure for the same client, which is on higher ground not far from the newer gymnasium pavilion.  The tree house has served as the inspiration for the selection of materials, construction methodology and detailing.Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe gymnasium pavilion, similarly, is an exercise in treading lightly on the landscape and aims to make the connection with nature a key design informant – especially as one is acutely aware of the owner’s passion for nature and gardening.  It was seen as paramount to design the structure as being recessive to the landscape.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSave this picture!SectionThis intention, however, created a paradox, since the very nature of the pavilion typology is one of object rather than the intangible.  A lesson learnt from the older tree house project was that the materiality of a building can reduce the impact of an architectural object in the landscape: the natural textures and colors of wood and rusted steel, for instance, can mitigate the starkness of glass; dematerializing building mass can be accomplished by means of slatted  screens and pergolas; but most importantly,  the result of time’s passing should be embraced, so that natural weathering and oxidation can tone down the marks of man’s hand and tools on wood, copper and steel. Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe tectonic stance of the building, that is, to make the architectural concept and logic easily accessible to the viewer or inhabitant, is seen as a dialogue between the response to the landscape, the technical construction aspects thereof and the detailing of every material aspect of the building: Save this picture!© Adam Letch The gymnasium space is housed under a pavilion-like and hovering roof.  The roof is expressed as a folded and floating copper canopy, with two opposite corners lifted upwards to afford views into the adjacent oak trees. The roof is seemingly levitating on frameless glazing, achieved by shaping the steel roof supports to minimal blade-thin slivers. Save this picture!North and South Elevation The wall planes have been distilled into three distinct elements:   o   Firstly, one encounters the curved and timber clad façade that contains the entrance door and houses the staircase to the guest suite in the existing building below. The curved wall elements give a nod to the adjacent tree house geometry.Save this picture!© Adam Letcho   Secondly, the façade facing the lower gardens and parking “werf” have been treated as a combination of semi-transparent and solid planes: the glazing and aero-foil shaped timber privacy screen elements rest on a sandstone slab wall set back from the existing building edge, to enable plants to creep over the rough and unpainted plaster wall of the guest unit below.  The sandstone wall cladding on the new gym is a smoothly honed plane, in the same material but contrasting with the existing building’s roughly hewn sandstone buttresses.  The aero-foil timber screens can be adjusted by the inhabitant to suit one’s need for privacy when exercising, or to open up views to the north-eastern gardens and historic cork oak trees situated there.Save this picture!© Adam Letcho   Thirdly, the remaining two facades are glazed, with stacking sliding doors opening up completely to the corner of the building, also overlooking a new surrounding fish pond. The doors provide access to a meditation deck on the north-western side, sheltered by an overhead timber pergola.  This deck has long views over adjacent vineyards and distant mountains.Save this picture!East and West Elevation The various facades are structurally linked through a steel H-section column and beam frame, of which two beams extend to form the pergola.  Steel H-section have been filled in with western red cedar elements, all shaped to have softer organic details and edges. Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe gym’s interior material selection is a continuation of the building’s materiality, with cedar ceilings, rough sawn timber floors and touches of hand turned brass elements.  The same materials are carried through to the renovation of the existing guest unit below, which can be accessed from the gym by means of a cedar clad stairwell lit from above with a round skylight looking up into the tree branches.Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe guest unit consists of a living/dining room with kitchenette, linked to a bedroom suite with privacy pocket-doors on both sides of a floating central tv-unit and headboard wall. The kitchen and all other cabinetwork were custom designed by the architects.Save this picture!© Adam LetchProject gallerySee allShow lessRetroscena Apartment / La Macchina StudioSelected ProjectsThe Technion’s Entrance Gate / Schwartz Besnosoff ArchitectsSelected Projects Sharecenter_img Private Gymnasium Pavilion & Guest Unit / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design South Africa Photographs:  Adam Letch Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952687/private-gymnasium-pavilion-and-guest-unit-malan-vorster-architecture-interior-design Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officeMalan Vorster Architecture Interior DesignOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsSports ArchitectureRecreation & TraininggymnasiumResidential ArchitectureHousesGymnasiumCape TownSouth AfricaPublished on December 07, 2020Cite: “Private Gymnasium Pavilion & Guest Unit / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design” 07 Dec 2020. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952687/private-gymnasium-pavilion-and-guest-unit-malan-vorster-architecture-interior-design Clipboard Save this picture!© Adam Letch+ 26Curated by Hana Abdel Sharelast_img read more

RSF calls on the UK to protect role of journalistic sources in treatment of Julian Assange

first_img Follow the news on United Kingdom News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment On 11 April, Assange was arrested by Metropolitan Police officers at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, on a warrant issued by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 29 June 2012, for failing to surrender to the court. Assange had been living at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since that time, having successfully sought asylum after a British court approved his extradition request to Sweden in connection with a rape investigation that Sweden later dropped in 2017.Assange had refused to leave the Ecuadorian embassy during that time out of fear that he could be extradited to Sweden and face charges in the United States in connection with Wikileaks’ publication of more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables in 2010.“Targeting Assange after nearly nine years because of Wikileaks’ provision of information to journalists that was in the public interest (such as the leaked US diplomatic cables) would be a purely punitive measure and would set a dangerous precedent for journalists, whistleblowers, and other journalistic sources that the US may wish to pursue in the future. The UK must stick to a principled stance with any related requests from the US to extradite Assange, and ensure his protection under UK and European law relevant to his contributions to journalism”, said RSF Secretary-General Christophe Deloire.RSF calls on the UK authorities to prioritise the principles of freedom of expression and protection of the role of journalism, including journalistic sources, in their treatment of Assange, in line with UK law and the UK’s international human rights obligations. As such, the UK should refrain from complying with requests to extradite Assange to the US that would aim at sanctioning his journalistic-like activities.The UK and US are respectively ranked 40th and 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested in London for alleged breach of bail. He was taken into police custody on 11 April after being evicted from the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living for nearly seven years. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the UK to prioritise the principles of freedom of expression and protection of the role of journalism, including journalistic sources, in their treatment of Assange. News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources InternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment ALERT: US – Chelsea Manning sent to jail for refusing to testify on Wikileaks News to go further July 30, 2018 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF Index 2018: UK remains one of the worst-ranked Western European countries Organisation US – National Whistleblower Day: Will journalists be spared in the Trump administration’s crackdown on whistleblowers? March 8, 2019 Find out more April 25, 2018 Find out more April 11, 2019 RSF calls on the UK to protect role of journalistic sources in treatment of Julian Assange Newslast_img read more

Who owns the media in France?

first_img FranceEurope – Central Asia Reports and statisticsMedia independence News to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more May 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is publishing a detailed report that highlights how French media ownership is now dangerously concentrated in the hands of a few billionaires who have constructed often very intricate and opaque share-holding arrangements. Who owns the media in France? This apparently simple question is actually very complex, according to the findings of this survey, which was carried out for RSF by Julia Cagé, a specialist in media economics. Using data gathered from December 2015 to August 2016, Cagé has compiled a list of all the shareholders in the news media together with the main economic sectors in which they are active. These are the main characteristics of the French media landscape described in the report: – The growing concentration of media ownership is not synonymous with clarity. This study shows that the media ownership structure in France is characterized by complexity and a lack of transparency. – In France, 51% of the print and online media are controlled by companies from the financial and insurance services sector, which have created complex and opaque shareholding structures that make it hard to identify the final owner. – The print and online media capital controlled by the financial and insurance services sector is almost three times what the actual “information and communication” sector controls, which is just 18%. – Nowadays the media are usually owned by companies and rarely by individuals. The big “families” that long owned the media have gradually sold out to corporations in recent decades. – The French state and its offshoots constitute only 1% of print and online media owners, but public ownership in the broadcast media is much higher – 43%. – The survey calculates the layers or “ranks” of share ownership between each media and its final owner and the complexity of its ownership structure, measured in terms of “nodes,” finding an average of 2.5 ranks and six nodes in each print or online media outlet. A large number of nodes may just reflect a diverse ownership, with a large number of very small shareholders, but it may reflect a deliberate complexity that makes it harder to identify the individual or company that is the final owner. – The report points out that an order issued by the National Resistance Council in August 1944 made it compulsory for newspapers to publish the names of their owners and their owners’ professions in each issue. Unfortunately, this order was never enforced. – The November 2016 law “aiming to strengthen media freedom, independence and pluralism” constitutes a significant step forward. Article 19 of this law says: “Every year, the publishing company must provide the publication’s readers or the online press service’s users with all relative information about the composition of its capital, in the event that 5% or more is owned any individual person or entity, and its governing bodies. It must identify each shareholder (whether a person or entity) and how many shares they hold.” – This article is an important first step but it is not enough because media outlets are not required to identify the main business activities of their shareholders. As shareholding in the media is extremely fluid, the report calls for the creation of a detailed “map” of media share ownership that is updated in real time and is accessible to everyone, so that the public can always know exactly who owns the media. The full report can be downloaded here. AFP Organisation News Help by sharing this information center_img Receive email alerts News December 8, 2017 Who owns the media in France? June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Reports and statisticsMedia independence News Follow the news on Francelast_img read more

Councillor believes latest West Donegal gorse fire was deliberate

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ WhatsApp Twitter There’s been another gorse fire in West Donegal, close to the scene of last week’s blaze which came close to damaging homes.That blaze was accidental, but local Councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig believes on this occasion, the fire was started deliberately.Gardai are at the scene, and are investigating what happened.Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig says this again points to the need for a special local task force to tackle gorse fires and support the fire brigade…….. Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/17firemichael.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest By News Highland – May 11, 2020 Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Facebook Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleFF members have “huge issues” with FG coalition plans – O’CuivNext articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 11th News Highland Councillor believes latest West Donegal gorse fire was deliberate Google+last_img read more

Neighbor who filmed aftermath of shooting of Botham Jean has received death threats, she says

first_imgPhoto by Stewart F. House/Getty Images The casket carrying Botham Shem Jean arrives at Greenville Avenue Church of Christ on September 13, 2018 in Richardson, Texas.(DALLAS) — The woman who filmed the aftermath of the shooting of Botham Jean — the man killed in his own apartment by former Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger — said she has been receiving death threats and was fired from her job after she uploaded the video to social media.The video shows an apparently distressed Guyger, still in her police uniform, talking on her phone as she paces back-and-forth outside Jean’s apartment on Sept. 6. The neighbor who took it, who only wished to be identified by the name “Bunny,” said in an interview published on Jan. 20 on YouTube by the Advise Media Network that she began recording about 60 seconds after hearing two gunshots and hearing a male voice saying, “Oh my God. Why did you do that?”Bunny says she didn’t plan on uploading the video at first, but in the days after the shooting, she saw reports that contradicted what was on the video she took on her phone.Jean, 26, lived on the fourth floor of the Southside Flats apartments in Dallas, according to an arrest warrant filed in September. Guyger, who lived directly below Jean on the third floor, said she parked on the fourth floor and walked down the hallway to what she “thought was her apartment,” the warrant stated.Bunny cast doubt in the interview on Guyger’s explanation, saying that she “would have had to walk down two pretty long hallways to get to his door,” and would have passed “plenty” of signage to indicate which floor she was on.The neighbor also argued that the apartments are equipped with fire safety front doors that “shut as soon as your release them,” saying that it was unlikely that Jean’s door was ajar when Guyger approached it.When Guyger entered the apartment, she saw a “large silhouette” in the dark and shot Jean, thinking he was a burglar, according to her arrest warrant. She was off duty and not wearing a body camera at the time because it had been left at the station, per police protocol.Filming from a lower floor through the staircase railings, Bunny said in her interview that it sounded as if Guyger was making a personal call — rather than to 911 — as she frantically walked around the hallway outside Jean’s apartment. She added that it appeared Guyger did not attempt to render aid to Jean.“It was just a lot of crying, a lot of hysterics,” Bunny said. “She was just pacing back-and-forth for at least seven minutes, according to my video.”Police said after the shooting that Guyger called 911 for help, and the responding officers administered aid to Jean at the scene.Once police arrived on the scene, one of the officers told Guyger that she was “doing too much” and another took her cell phone from her, Bunny said. The investigators then took Guyger back to the scene, Bunny added.Jean was then taken to a local hospital where he later died, police said.Bunny said she gave the video to the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors did not offer a comment to ABC News due to a gag order on the case.The harassment began shortly after Bunny uploaded the video to social media, she said.“I did get a few threats from people saying they weren’t gonna leave any witnesses behind, telling me I need to watch my back, things like that,” she said.Trolls also found the name of the pharmaceutical company where Bunny worked and began harassing the company by phone, email and posting to its Facebook page, saying she was a “radical,” “anti-police” and “a black extremist,” she said.Bunny said her employer let her go, explaining that they “didn’t want their company associated with a high-profile case.” When she threatened to go to the media, they then “took it a step further” and blacklisted her credentials, which she said they were able to do because she earned the credentials while working for them.Bunny did not reveal the name of the company because she is in the process of appealing the blacklisting of her credentials, she said. ABC News could not independently confirm her claims that she was fired, or, if so, why.While Bunny said she would only interact with Jean — who worked at multinational professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers — in passing, in the interview she described him as “very, very friendly” and said that he “seemed to have good energy about himself and be in good spirits.”Guyger, 30, was fired on Sept. 24 after an internal affairs investigation found that she “engaged in adverse conduct” when she fatally shot Jean, according to an email sent by Dallas Police Chief Rene Hall that day. She was indicted on a murder charge on Nov. 30.Guyger’s attorney, Robert Rogers, told ABC News he is prohibited on commenting on the case due to a gag order. A hearing for Guyger scheduled for Tuesday has been reset for a later date. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Flooding rain expected for the East Coast as record heat moves into Texas

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm system is producing flooding from the Great Lakes to the Carolinas Thursday morning, with some areas receiving more than 4 inches of rain in just hours. In one tragic incident, five children were swept away east of Lexington, Kentucky, Wednesday afternoon as they tried to cross a low water bridge. The bodies of four children have been recovered and one is still missing. That same storm system also produced a tornado north of Tallahassee, Florida, where homes were damaged and trees uprooted. Now, the storm system stretches from Florida all the way to the Great Lakes Thursday, with heavy rain moving east towards the I-95 corridor.Flood watches are extended from North Carolina to New York state Thursday. As this storm system moves through the East Coast over the next 24 to 48 hours, some areas could see more than 3 inches of rain. This could cause a threat for flash flooding.In the Southwest, more records were tied or broken amid the heat wave. Tucson, Arizona, tied a record at 102 degrees, Las Vegas tied a record at 99 degrees and was only 1 degree off from the hottest temperature recorded in April in the city.Phoenix hit 104 degrees Wednesday, making it the hottest temperature so far this year and just 1 degree shy of the hottest April temperature ever recorded in the city. Excessive heat warnings continue for California, Nevada and Arizona Thursday, with more triple-digit temperatures possible.Over the next several days, the core of the hottest air will move east into Texas, where some areas could see record highs and the first 100 degree temperatures of the year, including in Dallas and San Antonio.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Unions demand action on equal rights for gay staff

first_imgUnions demand action on equal rights for gay staffOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Unions are calling for the immediate enactment of UK legislation to stampout discrimination against gay staff ahead of the EU’s law on equality in 2003.The Scottish Court of Session dealt a blow to equality in the workplace thismonth when it over- turned an Employment Appeal Tribunal ruling. The courtstated the interpretation of “sex” in the Sex Discrimination Actconcerns gender, not sexual orientation. John Monks, general secretary of the TUC, said, “The decision isdisappointing because it confirms that existing sex discrimination laws cannotbe used to protect gay people who have been discriminated against. “Sadly, gay workers have another two years to wait before new Europeanlaws are introduced over here. But there is no need for further delay, as theGovernment could outlaw anti-gay discrimination at a stroke by bringing in anew UK law.” The controversial decision centres on the Macdonald v MoD case, whichinvolved an Army flight lieutenant who, during an interview for another role inthe forces, stated he was a homosexual. He was subsequently asked to resign andwhen he refused, he was sacked. The Government will have to implement the EU’s framework directive by theend of 2003, which will make it illegal for employers to discriminate againstemployees because of their sexuality. It puts HR in a difficult position, said Nick Hurley, solicitor at CharlesRussell. He said, “With the EC directive coming in two years’ time,employers still have to be careful about the situation. “The sensible course for all HR directors would be to stamp outdiscrimination now.” Bruce Warman, personnel director at Vauxhall, claimed that time is needed toaddress the issues properly. He said, “We need a definition of a couple.Pensions in final-salary schemes say that employees’ married partners continueto collect the money. This is not extended to non-married heterosexual couplesor gay couples, and because of this we cannot rush legislation through.” www.tuc.org.ukBy Paul Nelson Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

DARN/SuperDARN

first_imgThe Dual Auroral Radar Network (DARN) is a global-scale network of HF and VHF radars capable of sensing backscatter from ionospheric irregularities in the E and F-regions of the high-latitude ionosphere. Currently, the network consists of the STARE VHF radar system in northern Scandinavia, a northern-hemisphere, longitudinal chain of HF radars that is funded to extend from Saskatoon, Canada to central Finland, and a southern-hemisphere chain that is funded to include Halley Station, SANAE and Syowa Station in Antarctica. When all of the HF radars have been completed they will operate in pairs with common viewing areas so that the Doppler information contained in the backscattered signals may be combined to yield maps of high-latitude plasma convection and the convection electric field. In this paper, the evolution of DARN and particularly the development of its SuperDARN HF radar element is discussed. The DARN/SupperDARN network is particularly suited to studies of large-scale dynamical processes in the magnetosphere-ionosphere system, such as the evolution of the global configuration of the convection electric field under changing IMF conditions and the development and global extent of large-scale MHD waves in the magnetosphere-ionosphere cavity. A description of the HF radars within SuperDARN is given along with an overview of their existing and intended locations, intended start of operations, Principal Investigators, and sponsoring agencies. Finally, the operation of the DARN experiment within ISTP/GGS, the availability of data, and the form and availability of the Key Parameter files is discussed.last_img read more