Would an end to Covid-19 really boost the BP share price?

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Enter Your Email Address Karl has shares in BP. 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.center_img Karl Loomes | Friday, 13th November, 2020 | More on: BP Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Would an end to Covid-19 really boost the BP share price? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The positive news from Pfizer this week has many running to buy shares that were suffering before. Generally I think these moves are too much too soon. It does have me wondering though, if the 25% jump in the BP (LSE: BP) share price this week is sustainable.Covid-19 as a crude oil catalystThe BP share price, as with almost all oil firms, is closely related to the price of crude oil (and natural gas) itself. Crude oil has been seeing a bad year. Lockdowns and restricted travel has been weighing heavily on hydrocarbon demand.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…But oil was already suffering before Covid-19 hit. The crude market currently has a large oversupply. More specifically, there is a large amount of spare capacity. Earlier this year, the American crude benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), grabbed headlines by dropping into negative territory. The European benchmark Brent hit lows of $20 a barrel.This caused two major reactions in the oil industry that have helped bring prices back up. Firstly, producers turned off the switch. Lack of demand simply means they reduced production and refinery throughput. Secondly, OPEC and Russia have both also tightened their supply. Currently, the two are keeping an estimated 8m barrels a day offline.Personally I am of the opinion that the Covid-19 outbreak acted more as a catalyst for a quick drop in crude prices than a long-term fundamental problem. The market was waiting for something to tip it over the edge, and Covid-19 did so. The BP share price followed suit.Long-term problems?My biggest concern at the moment is recession. If a global recession comes about, oil and share prices both will suffer. Personally I think this will delay, though probably not cancel out, my positive outlook.But if we can avoid a recession, however, the fear that drove oil lower should recede. Crude will still face a large spare capacity, but as always producers will regulate this production for their own interest. Higher oil prices should lead to a higher share price.The price of oil may not rocket to $100/bbl again, but BP doesn’t need it to. Already, with Brent at $40, the company has been able to return to profit in Q3. In 2021, Brent is expected to climb back to an average of $50/bbl.Will this help the BP share price?With all this talk of the oil markets, it’s fair to ask if this will really help the BP share price. Personally I think yes. I am bullish on BP, which is why I recently increased my position in the company.I originally had BP in large part as a dividend stock. When the company reduced this I was not happy. However with the share price at recent lows, even the current dividend translates to a yield of about 8%. A more buoyant crude market should see its payout go back at some point.BP is also investing heavily in green and renewable energy sources. For me this sets it up for the long-term. Public sentiment is moving away from crude oil, and so too must oil companies. As I said, I have been bullish on BP for a while. Nothing that has happened this year had changed my mind.last_img read more

Argentina Rugby Championship Squad

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Argentina Rugby Championship SquadMario Ledesma has made two changes to the side that lost to New Zealand last weekend with Ramiro Moyano coming in to replace Bautista Delguy and Matias Orlando comes into the outside-centre position. He replaces Bautista Ezcurra.To cater for these changes, Matias Moroni has shifted to the opposite wing and Jeronimo de la Fuente moves into his preferred inside-centre position.There are no changes in the starting pack.Argentina team to face Australia in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 6th OctoberBoffelli, Moroni, Orlando, de la Fuente, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Herrera, Creevy, Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Montoya, Garcia Botta, Medrano, Alemanno, Leguizamon, Cubelli, Gonzalez Iglesias, CancelliereArgentina team to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 29th SeptemberBoffelli, Delguy, de la Fuente, Ezcurra, Moroni, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Herrera, Creevy, Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Montoya, Pablo Zeiss, Medrano, Alemanno, Leguizamon, Cubelli, Orlando, CancelliereArgentina team to face Australia in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 15th SeptemberBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, de la Fuente, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Medrano, Creevy, Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Montoya, Garcia Botta, Pablo Zeiss, Alemanno, Leguizamon, Landajo, Ezcurra, Cruz Mallia.Argentina team to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 8th SeptemberBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, de la Fuente, Moyano, Sanchez, Landajo, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Lezana, Lavanini, Petti, Tetaz Chaparro, Creevy (c), Garcia BottaReplacements: Montoya, Pablo Zeiss, Cortes, Alemanno, Matera, Cubelli, Ezcurra, Cruz Mallia.Argentina team to face South Africa in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 25th AugustBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, Ezcurra, Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Lavanini, Petti, Figallo, Creevy (c), Tetaz ChaparroReplacements: Bosch, Garcia Botta, Medrano, Alemanno, Lezana, Cubelli, de la Fuente, MalliaArgentina team to face South Africa in the Rugby Championship – Saturday 18th AugustBoffelli, Delguy, Moroni, Ezcurra,  Moyano, Sanchez, Bertranou, Ortega Desio, Kremer, Matera, Alemanno, Petti, Figallo, Creevy (c), Tetaz Chaparro Back: Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomás Cubelli, Martín Landajo, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Nicolás Sánchez, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago González Iglesias, Matías Moroni, Matías Orlando, Sebastián Cancelliere, Bautista Delguy, Ramiro Moyano, Emiliano Boffelli, Juan Cruz MallíaDon’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. Michael Cheika has named his Australia squad for… South Africa Rugby Championship Squad Take a look at the full squad the… Replacements: Fortuny, Garcia Botta, Medrano, Lavanini, Lezana, Landajo, Gonzalez Iglesias, Cruz MalliaThe Argentinian Super Rugby franchise Jaguares had their best-ever season this year after making the play-offs for the first time, which was unquestionably a step in the right direction for rugby in Argentina.However, in terms of the national side, it will be harder to make a significant jump considering they play in the Rugby Championship alongside New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.Los Pumas regularly struggle to match the three rugby powerhouses and it is a huge challenge for new coach in Mario Ledesma, who takes on the national role after being in charge if that Jaguares’ run.Related: Mario Ledesma named Argentina coachArgentina had a disappointing June, with heavy defeats by Wales – twice – and Scotland, which resulted in the departure of coach Daniel Hourcade, and aside from a victory over Italy last November, they haven’t beaten a Tier One nation in almost two years.Article Continues Below South Africa Rugby Championship Squad Expand Australia Rugby Championship Squadcenter_img Take a look at the squad Steve Hansen… Ledesma has included six uncapped players – all in the pack – in his 36-man squad for the upcoming tournament.They are as follows: Lucas Favre, Marco Ciccioli, Diego Fortuny, Santiago Grondona, Franco Molina and Mayco Vivas.In 2017, Argentina failed to register a single point in the tournament and below is the squad looking to alter that.Argentina Rugby Championship SquadForwards: Marco Ciccioli, Lucas Favre, Santiago García Botta, Santiago Medrano, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mayco Vivas, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Agustín Creevy (captain), Diego Fortuny, Julián Montoya, Matías Alemanno, Ignacio Larrague, Tomás Lavanini, Franco Molina, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Bruni, Santiago Grondana, Marcos Kremer, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio Australia Rugby Championship Squad New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad New Zealand Rugby Championship Squad See the Pumas squad new coach Mario Ledesma has picked for the upcoming Rugby Championship Expand Collapselast_img read more

Serenity in the City / PENY HSIEH INTERIORS

first_imgPhotographs:  Hey!Cheese Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Taiwan (ROC) Manufacturers: Neolith, BEAL, Inalco, San Marco, DANTO Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904400/serenity-in-the-city-peny-hsieh-interiors Clipboard “COPY” Products used in this ProjectStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Grey – Iron CollectionSave this picture!© Hey!CheeseText description provided by the architects. A serene view from the top of the house strengthens the busyness of the city. All come into view. A great contrast and comparison are formed between the busyness of city and serenity of the room; they are conflicted yet connected at the same time. It’s a life style, a beautiful balance between fast and slow, move and still, busy and leisure in our life. It’s an attitude for our life, and a beginning of design.Save this picture!© Hey!CheeseAn inspiration from the outdoor and the primal nature emphasize the slow life style. From the entryway, the façade and ceiling extend the three-dimensional lines, and the subtly embedded light source stretch out like streams flowing out of seams.Save this picture!© Hey!CheeseTurning around, we could see a paradise before us: the wide living room takes gray as the basic hue, revealing the truth of life by the primal texture; wavy arches ripple on the ceiling;Save this picture!© Hey!Cheesean impressive screen wall depicts a leveled vision of landscape; black window frames and walls create scenery where conversation between the inside and the outside is formed. The tempo and emotional transformation of dreamy life are reflected.Save this picture!© Hey!CheeseSave this picture!© Hey!CheeseSave this picture!© Hey!CheeseIn the corner, the greenery of the garden in the air is an energy that smoothes our life, bringing leisure and rumination to Serenity in the City. The aisle adapts the image of outdoor brick walls, connected to the main bedroom space on the other end. It’s also a harmonious interlude between public area and private serenity.Save this picture!© Hey!CheeseThe main bedroom is covered by 2 gray wooden cases, which form a warm hole along with the arch falling down from the top. The light slowly infiltrate through the window and the walls, speaking of an eternity.Save this picture!© Hey!CheeseSave this picture!© Hey!CheeseSuddenly, in the membrane of the inside and the outside, the busyness of city is simply a sigh beneath our feet, and the nature is only a step from us. A breeze blows from the landscape. Relieving our heart, a deep but calm force bring the din away.Save this picture!© Hey!CheeseProject gallerySee allShow lessAD Classics: Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza VieiraArchitecture ClassicsBaradari / Studio LotusSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Section 2, Ren’ai Road, Zhongzheng District, Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Museum piece

Howard Lake | 4 July 2000 | News Museum piece Advertisement  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Raiser’s Edge„¢ fundraising software from Blackbaud, Inc has been honoured by the Smithsonian. It has been included in the Permanent Research Collection on Information Technology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. It is one of 440 software packages from around the world which are recognised as producing “positive social, economic and educational change”.Find out more from Blackbaud, Inc. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. read more

ZSL launches regular giving campaign for ‘Wildlife Champions’

first_imgZSL launches regular giving campaign for ‘Wildlife Champions’ 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. Welcome pack for ZSL Wildlife Champions who support Conservation Technology Welcome pack for ZSL Wildlife Champions who support Animals Under Threat AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 International conservation charity the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has launched Wildlife Champions, a new regular giving fundraising scheme that lets people choose which area of its work they want to support.Launched with the help of television presenter Ben Fogle, Wildlife Champions invites donors to give £3 a month. They can choose to direct it to one of ZSL’s conservation work, such as Animals Under Threat and Conservation Technology. In this way the charity hopes that supporters will become part of a conservation community and become more involved in conservation.Ben Fogle supports ZSL’s Wildlife Champions. (c) ZSLWildlife Champions will receive a welcome pack when they sign up, including information about the species supported in their chosen area of ZSL’s work, and copies of the charity’s Wild About magazine. They will also be kept up to date with how their donations are being used. Howard Lake | 16 June 2015 | News  50 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: environment Individual giving regular givinglast_img read more

Hurricanes, floods and capitalism

first_imgIn “Capital,” Karl Marx described capitalism as a system that is designed entirely around the exploitation of labor — but its true character is hidden.Unlike previous social systems like slavery and serfdom, where the use and abuse of slaves or serfs to produce wealth was evident to everyone, capitalism’s exploitation is hidden underneath a bunch of ideas that workers and bosses are equal, independent agents, and part of a democratic system that guarantees complete freedom for all.For capitalism to survive as a system of exploitation, it needs to constantly hide the true character of all phenomena. No matter what’s at stake, what’s important, what any given struggle is really about — the dominant, ruling-class interpretation of events has the effect of obscuring reality.There is a very public struggle for truth over whether Hurricane Harvey was preventable or unprecedented. In this struggle the opposing sides are, on the one hand, scientists and environmental activists who tried to warn the public about both global warming and how Houston’s sprawl prevented the ground’s absorption of flood water. On the other hand are climate-change deniers and politicians who deliberately ignored the warnings of scientists for reasons of expediency, improper planning or greed.This debate is crucial. Climate change is affecting millions. The experience of the Gulf Coast is magnified tenfold in India, Nepal and Bangladesh, whose populations are right now suffering massively — 1,200 killed and tens of thousands left homeless — under another record-breaking monsoon made worse by climate change.But even this struggle over how disasters happen, with excellent points from the scientific climate-change crowd (the “500-year flood” has happened three times in the last three years), obscures the true nature of what is unfolding in Houston, the Gulf Coast and South Asia: a massive societal breakdown because of a global social system that prioritizes the right to exploit people for profit over human needs.U.S. capitalist reaction vs. Cuba’s socialist preparationLargely left out of the discussion is that the emission of greenhouse gases is caused by capitalism. Also ignored is the crime that, unlike the wealthy 1%, the vast majority of this society are left to their own devices in extreme-weather crises caused by the system.This becomes more strikingly apparent when you compare the massive preparations made by the socialist Cuban government for and with its people whenever a hurricane hits. The loss of life there is overwhelmingly less than in capitalist countries.This fact is readily admitted by rescue and humanitarian agencies like the Red Cross, the Red Crescent, the U.N., Oxfam, etc. A person is 15 times more likely to be killed by a hurricane in the U.S. as in Cuba, admitted the Center for International Policy in 2013. But they never attribute these amazing results to Cuba’s social system.The first thing that sets Cuba apart from capitalist countries is that the response to hurricanes take place well before they hit. Every sector of society is involved, and annual trainings start with people when they are young.With regular annual training exercises, emergency stockpiles, round-the-clock alerts in the media and evacuation preparations beginning 48 hours before landfall, the dominant mode of Cuba’s handling of hurricanes is preventive. The dominant way capitalist regimes respond to hurricanes is reactive.Another outstanding approach in Cuba is called “community risk mapping.” A 2004 study by Oxfam reported how this is carried out by community leaders. A member of the Cuban Women’s Federation explained: “If a hurricane hits, I know that inside one multi-family unit is an old woman in a wheelchair, who is going to need help to leave. I have 11 single mothers on second and third floors of apartment buildings with children under two who will need more support to evacuate and special needs in the shelters. I have two pregnant women, one in that block and one on this one, who will need special attention.”Some argue that having to contend with more frequent hurricanes is what makes Cuba’s hurricane defense superior — not its social system.But Cuba’s approach to other health and human welfare issues is also superior. Take the Zika virus, a phenomenon that was devastating to the people of Haiti, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Colombia and other countries, as well as in south Florida.True, Cuba’s response to Zika was helped by its years of fighting the mosquito-borne dengue and chikungunya diseases. But that doesn’t explain why its Zika infection and death rate have been so much lower than in the capitalist countries around it — and, like its hurricane system, universally praised by health experts.Carlos Espinal Tejeda, a tropical disease specialist at the University of Miami, told the health publication STAT: “In Miami and in places in Latin America, they waited until they had cases and then mobilized. … In Cuba, it’s the opposite. When they see a virus about to arrive, they mobilize.”And of course Cuba does all of this under the harsh conditions of the U.S. blockade, which prevents its planners and doctors from buying supplies on the world market that are available to capitalist countries.On Sept. 1, HuffPost published the aptly named article “Houston, We Have a Problem.” Referring to the extreme weather in both the U.S. Gulf Coast and South Asia, the author issued a clarion call for humanity to address the scourge of climate change.“By continuing with business as usual, we exploit and use oil and gas at record levels, despite the warnings of scientists,” writes the author. “We must not live in a fool’s paradise thinking that we can continue on our current course and that everything will be okay.”This is true. But a social system like capitalism is focused on making money now. It doesn’t have the ability or the motivation to think ahead and avoid problems — unless those problems affect the bourgeoisie’s ability to make a profit.Texas politician Bill King wrote an op-ed piece in the Aug. 28 New York Times titled “Houston’s Mayor Was Right to Not Evacuate.” He stated, “It is logistically impossible to evacuate millions of people from low-lying areas ahead of a major hurricane.”Compare that with the following: “In September 2004, Cuba endured Ivan, the fifth-largest hurricane ever to hit the Caribbean, with sustained winds of 124 miles per hour. Cuba evacuated almost 2 million people — more than 15 percent of the total population. One hundred thousand people were evacuated within the first three hours. An incredible 78 percent of those evacuated were welcomed into other people’s homes. Children at boarding schools were moved. Animals and birds were moved. No one was killed.” (Fred Goldstein, Workers World, Jan. 13, 2005, “Deaths not just act of nature — Socialist organization & planning can save lives.” The article, available online at workers.org, gives a detailed explanation of how Cuba is organized on every level to deal with such problems.)What appears to be possible and true depends on a society’s social system.Yes, Houston, we have a problem. The problem is capitalism. Capitalism is hostile to people’s needs and ability to keep ourselves and loved ones healthy.What has caused so much suffering in the Gulf Coast also causes layoffs, racism, poverty and war. We have to overthrow capitalism and replace it with socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Canada – RSF decries harassment of Quebec reporter

first_imgNews to go further September 27, 2016 Canada – RSF decries harassment of Quebec reporter November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” Condemning last week’s raid on the Journal de Montréal newspaper and the seizure of a reporter’s computer as disturbing media freedom violations, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Canadian authorities to refrain from inspecting the computer’s contents and return it to its owner without further delay. CanadaAmericas Protecting sources Judicial harassment The Quebec police seized Journal de Montréal reporter Michael Nguyen’s computer during a search of the newspaper on September 21 in response to a complaint by Quebec’s judicial council about a story in June describing a judge’s aggressive behaviour after a Christmas party in December 2015.According to the search warrant, the aim of the raid was to establish how Nguyen got the information for his story. The warrant does not accuse him of any crime.“The seizure of Michael Nguyen’s computer threatens journalists’ independence and the confidentiality of their sources,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s US Director. “The judicial council seems to be trying to intimidate this journalist in order to prevent the publication of articles that are critical or not very flattering about officials.” Journal de Montréal managing editor George Kalogerakis said: “Our reporter did not break any laws to get his story. We do not break laws at the Journal. We will contest the validity of the search warrant as far as we can.”In a statement released on September 22, Jean-Thomas Léveillé of the Quebec Federation of Professional Journalists (FPJQ), an RSF partner organization, said: “It is unacceptable to search journalists or news organizations in order to discover sources, when what was revealed was in the public interest, which is the case here. The public has the right to know how representatives of the state who are charged with applying the law behave.”This latest media freedom violation in Canada comes after the Ontario superior court ordered a Vice News reporter to hand over all of his communications with a source to the Royal Canadian Mountain Police.RSF and local Canadian media freedom organizations issued a joint letter in April condemning the order. RSF is part of a group of NGOs that is supporting VICE News’ appeal against the ruling.Canada is ranked 18th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, after falling 10 places in 2015.Image credit: KAREN BLEIER / AFP Help by sharing this information Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 19, 2020 Find out more News CanadaAmericas Protecting sources Judicial harassment January 15, 2021 Find out more News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Follow the news on Canada News Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

Bangladeshi and Tibetan bloggers win “Reporters Without Borders” category awards

first_imgNews BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Organisation RSF_en Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Help by sharing this information Bangladeshi journalist Abu Sufian’s blog about extrajudicial executions and other kinds of injustice is the jury choice in the “Reporters Without Borders” category of this year’s BOBs (Best of Blogs competition), organized by the German radio station Deutsche Welle. It was was chosen from 11 finalists by an international jury consisting of bloggers and a Reporters Without Borders representative.A reporter for the bdnews24.com website, Sufian exposes himself to threats and considerable danger to provide detailed investigative coverage of extrajudicial executions, a problem that the government denies and the traditional media largely ignore, although the victims number in the thousands. He won an award from a national journalists’ organization in 2006.His reporting has included coverage of last February’s murder of husband-and-wife journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi, which has prompted unprecedented protests and joint demands for justice by Bangladeshi journalists and bloggers. He is also campaigning for a “right to information” law that would force the government to be more transparent.Life is not easy for journalists in Bangladesh, which is ranked 129th out of 179 countries in the press freedom index that Reporters Without Borders published in January. The editors of two newspapers were recently threatened with death and reprisals, privately-owned TV stations are harassed and the authorities did not hesitate to threaten journalists in March.An additional award was made in the “Reporters Without Borders” category on the basis of votes cast by the public on the BOBs website from 13 March to 2 May. The public’s choice was Invisible Tibet, a blog about the situation in Tibet that Beijing-based writer and poet Tsering Woeser keeps despite the permanent news blackout that the Chinese authorities try to impose on Tibet.An outspoken critic of the government’s policies in Tibet, Woeser has been covering the many cases of self-immolation by Tibetan monks and a wave of arrests of Tibetan intellectualls in western China. She was recently prevented from leaving China to receive an international award and was placed under house arrest in March.Last year’s jury choice in the “Reporters Without Borders” category was Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico, a courageous blog by Spanish journalist Judith Torrea about drug cartel activities, government repression and police corruption in northern Mexico.The public’s choice last year was the blog that is kept by the staff of the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Providing outspoken coverage of such stories as the Caucasus and police abuses, the newspaper and its blog have become an institution in Russia and abroad but its journalists have paid a high price.This year’s prizes will be presented at Deutsche Welle’s Global Media Forum in Bonn on 26 June. center_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts May 2, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bangladeshi and Tibetan bloggers win “Reporters Without Borders” category awards February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh to go further May 19, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena Senior Center Partners with Others to Feed Hungry Older Adults During COVID-19 Crisis

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News Pasadena Senior Center Partners with Others to Feed Hungry Older Adults During COVID-19 Crisis STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 | 3:15 pm 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. Two residents at the Green Hotel Apartments for low-income older adults receive meals from Carmen Macias (right), social services director for the Pasadena Senior Center.Dozens of needy older adults in the Pasadena area are receiving free restaurant meals once a week thanks to a newly formed collaboration among the Pasadena Senior Center, ALTAeats Restaurant and Harvest Village Ministries, all of which were aware that many older adults are experiencing difficulty getting enough food since the coronavirus hit.“In some cases, during our regular wellness calls to older adults through our Telephone Reassurance Program, some people said they hadn’t eaten a full meal in up to four days,” said Akila Gibbs, executive director of the Pasadena Senior Center. “In other cases, loved ones of older adults called the center to let us know about these emergency situations.”When the COVID-19 crisis began, the city of Pasadena notified the center that it is an essential community service that needs to stay open. Since then its main focus has been providing vital social services to older adults in need, including the delivery of food and other necessities.Gibbs said many are housebound and their usual caregivers can’t shop for them anymore under the circumstances. Others have in the past depended on family members who are unemployed currently and lack the funds to spend on extra groceries.The Pasadena Senior Center now has a list of nearly 200 local older adults who need emergency food deliveries. Boxes with a combination of free food and other necessities, such as toilet paper, are delivered to help those with emergency needs.A generous family prepares to deliver free hot meals to needy older adults in Pasadena identified by the Pasadena Senior Center.Early in the operation, the center’s industrial-size refrigerator broke down. Initially it was a problem for the center’s emergency food pantry, and then it opened the door to a greater opportunity. Marie Cantor, the center’s associate director of foundation relations, decided to see if a local restaurant might be able to help. She reached out to one of her favorites, ALTAeats on Allen Avenue in Pasadena.ALTAeats owner Paul Ragan didn’t have a spare refrigerator, but told Cantor he had been looking for a way to provide food to first responders, health care workers and people who were struggling to get enough to eat. Sharing food with needy recipients was an idea he developed with his daughter as one of her school projects years earlier. They called it Emma’s Pantry, but they hadn’t figured out a way to make it work.A typical box of food and other supplies provided to needy older adults by the Pasadena Senior Center.Ragan was ready to have his staff prepare meals at the restaurant. All he needed, he told Cantor, was someone to identify those with the greatest need and have the meals delivered. The Pasadena Senior Center was ready to do both. Staff at the center could pinpoint the neediest seniors on the emergency food list, and, thanks to Harvest Village Ministries volunteers, it already had a distribution network.Harvest Village Ministries is a small church that traditionally has focused on violence prevention by conducting workshops at local high schools. When the coronavirus crisis hit, church leaders realized they needed to change course. They decided they could defuse potentially stressful or violent situations in homes by delivering food to those in need. Myhisha Myles, the church’s director of operations, reached out to the Pasadena Senior Center and other groups and offered to facilitate food delivery.The offer was just what the Pasadena Senior Center needed to connect meals from Ragan’s ALTAeats restaurant to older adults with food emergencies. Every Thursday, Ragan’s staff prepares the meals, which are then brought to the center. Carmen Macias, the center’s social services director, organizes neighborhood routes with the names and addresses of recipients. When Harvest Village Ministries drivers arrive at the center, each takes a route and a map and heads out to make their contactless deliveries.Initially Ragan committed to providing 40 meals every Thursday for distribution. The following week he doubled that to 80 meals, and the next week he upped it to 90. He’s also providing meals for health care workers and first responders. When he heard the staff at a local convalescent home was locked down due to the virus outbreak, he provided 50 meals for them as well.Ragan is picking up the tab for the food himself, and a few of his regular guests have given him donations for the cause.“I realized that people are hungry, people are out of work and they’re out of money,” Ragan said. “I could help because what I do is feed people.”Although the ALTAeats dining room is closed during the COVID-19 crisis, he offers one set meal a day, which he calls a “Roastie,” that’s available for pickup. His income doesn’t come close to what it was before, but this keeps his four chefs working. His servers take turns working shifts to bring “Roasties” to customers’ cars, and Ragan makes sure his employees are paid. He has applied for California Governor Gavin Newsom’s “Great Plates” program that helps fund restaurants providing food for the needy, but he hasn’t heard back about his application yet.Noor restaurant at Paseo Colorado is also contributing food for hungry older adults. Gibbs said Noor donates 25 to 30 quarts of soup weekly to the Pasadena Senior Center to be delivered in boxes of food.“Our older adults call and say how delicious the meals from ALTAeats and the soup from Noor are and how thankful they are. It’s a really big hit,” Gibbs added. “The restaurants are so kind to provide this food.”Meals are also delivered by Pasadena Senior Center staff as well as volunteers consisting of families and others.She said the Pasadena Senior Center purchases a huge amount of food and other supplies to give away in the boxes, and the restaurant meals help stretch the center’s food budget. The center’s refrigerator has been replaced.“Still, I’m nervous we could run out of money,” she said. “We’re a non-profit so we need to keep raising money so can continue to feed our most needy older Pasadenans.”For more information about the programs and services of the Pasadena Senior Center, or to make a donation, visit www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org or call (626) 795-4331. 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