Is the ASOS share price too cheap to ignore?

first_imgIs the ASOS share price too cheap to ignore? 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. 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. 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Indeed, towards the end of March, the stock hit a level not seen since 2011. The ASOS share price has since recovered some of its losses, although it’s still trading at half the level it reached in February 2018. As such, the stock looks cheap, and now could be a great time to buy this global fashion retailer. 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…ASOS share price valueThe firm was one of the first public pure-play online retailers. When the ASOS share price went public in October 2001, online shopping was still a distant dream for many. Over the past 20 years, the market has ballooned, and the coronavirus crisis has only accelerated this trend. According to the latest forecasts, the online fashion industry’s growth will triple this year to account for 23% of European sales. Previously, analysts were forecasting 2024 for this target. The share of the market is now projected to hit 37% by 2030. This is excellent news for the likes of ASOS and its peers. The company’s UK peer, Boohoo, has been leading the charge. The group recently reported a 45% increase in first-quarter revenue. Other companies in the sector have reported growth rates in the mid-teens. These numbers have helped support the ASOS share price. And it looks as if the sector is only just getting started. Cheap shares Unfortunately, ASOS hasn’t been able to escape the coronavirus crisis unscathed. The company has had to write down the value of several million pounds worth of stock. Still, it looks as if overall top-line growth will offset these losses. Therefore, now could be an excellent time to buy the ASOS share price. As noted above, the stock is trading around 50% below the level it did at the beginning of 2018. This could mean it offers a margin of safety as it doesn’t look as if investors have priced in the firm’s recent good fortune. Furthermore, the ASOS share price looks cheap, compared to rival Boohoo. The former is trading at a price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of just 1.2, compared to 4.1 for the latter. While Boohoo has reported faster growth this year, this significant value disconnect doesn’t appear to be warranted. This seems to support the conclusion the ASOS share price currently offers a margin of safety. So, overall, while the rest of the retail world seems to be struggling in the coronavirus crisis, the ASOS share price appears to offer good value. It also appears to be a great way to play the booming online retail market, which is only expected to expand further in the next few years.The stock could generate attractive total returns for long-term investors in the years ahead. Especially for those who are prepared to look past its short-term problems and focus on its future potential.  Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 28th June, 2020 | More on: ASC Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended ASOS. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. 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.last_img read more

10 top charity new media resources

first_img10 top charity new media resources Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 1. UK Fundraising – – go here for all the latest and archive news about fundraising, join the newsletter, and watch for examples from others of what and what not to do with new media.2. Join charitywebforum – – so you can ask questions and share information with a peer community of charity website managers and New Media professionals.3. To get started with IT related questions, use It for Charities – – it’s a bit of who’s who or what’s what directory with contact information too. What a time saver!For facts and figures for your presentations and reports, and to sway the skeptics, go to the next 3:4. nfpSynergy – – Virtual Promise is the sector’s only annual survey into charities use of online channels to market. It is now entering its 5th year. Read this important material and more importantly, get people debating it. I’d like to get the sector debating it too.5. The Office of National Statistics – – it’s official, over half of households access the Internet. Business statistics too.6. The Mobile Data Association – – is a not for profit global association. 78% of the UK population own a mobile phone and across all income brackets. 43% of adults use text messaging.If you have some money to spend, the best commercial source I use is:7. E-consultancy – It’s good enough for its news, discussion boards and some free reports, but a paid subscription buys you unlimited access to all their trend analysis and best practice guides. Well worth it at £99 + VAT. Or in some cases you can pay per view.For highly professional, totally free and totally vital media communications help:8. Media Trust – – two ‘don’t miss it’ free services are its media matching database and Communitynewswire, a partnership with the Home Office and the Press Association where 20 charity news stories a day will go out to the nation’s. And finally, two community-driven resources I must mention because only we, the users, can make them what we really need them to be. And because the people trying to put these things together really are trying to do something amazing, difficult and potentially invaluable:9. Citra – -white papers, resources, events and opinions (yours) on technology and related issues10. Capaciteria – – the only global peer-rated resource service I know of on literally every subject non profit organisations need to know about. Of course, there’s plenty on the Internet and fundraising. Go there to rate existing links and resources, or to add your own.  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 28 September 2005 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Following a question from the audience at yesterday’s New Media Fundraising conference, panel member and charity new media expert Sarah Hughes of Charity21 has drawn up a list of her top 10 resources for news and advice on charities’ use of new media. She is sharing her list with UK Fundraising.Whilst there are potentially hundreds of useful resources out there, here are the ones I dip into regularly and consider the best for getting your armament of help, knowledge and those all important facts and statistics together.Places to learn, post and interact: Advertisementlast_img read more

Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies Honors Departing Professor

first_img Dr. Alejandro Arbelaez, who is departing the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (CHDS) after several years of service to return to Colombia, was honored on November 27, by the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Arbelaez was presented with the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award and was named Distinguished Member Emeritus of CHDS at a short ceremony at the Center presided over by its Director Dr. Richard Downie. Vice Admiral Henry Blain, chief of the Colombian delegation to the Inter-American Defense Board (IADB); Major General Javier Florez, liasion officer between the IA DB and the Organization of American States; and Colonel Carlos Ignacio Gonzalez, advisor to Maj. Gen. Florez, also attended. Dr. Arbelaez was honored in remarks given by Dr. Scott Tollefson, assistant dean for academics and fellow Colombian faculty member General Carlos Ospina. Dr. Arbelaez, former vice minister of defense of Colombia and governor of the Colombian state of Arauca, was recognized for his superior performance as a professor of National Security Affairs. During his tenure with CHDS, Dr. Arbelaez was a contributing author in the study, Colombia’s Road to the Recovery: Security and Governance 1982-2010, and is currently coediting the forthcoming, From the Abyss to Democratic Security: Security and Governance Lessons in Colombia 1994–2010, with Dr. Downie. He directed, organized, and taught the Terrorism and Counterinsurgency course and also lectured before various groups and courses. He lectured and wrote on a wide variety of topics, including the formulation and implementation of public policies, governance and politics, and civilian-military relations. Dr. Arbelaez will be returning to Colombia at the end of this month to become a political analyst for a national media group and will also serve as an advisor to former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe. By Dialogo November 30, 2012last_img read more

Fishermen Help Panama’s National Aeronaval Service Fight Crime

first_imgSENAN officials work continually to combat this scourge; since January 1, SENAN has conducted 32 operations in different coastal areas, resulting in the seizure of 12,000 kilograms of drugs, including more than 11,800 kilograms of cocaine and seven kilograms of heroin. Fishermen partnering with the program have cooperated by providing information, which has been very helpful in confiscations, according to Lt. De León. In the Gulf of Panama for example, which includes the Las Perlas archipelago and Taboga Island, the program is active in 40 fishing communities; and so far, 4,050 fishers and their families have received training. Panamanian waters are a target for international drug traffickers who transport narcotics through Central America to Mexico, the U.S., and other destinations. Program improves the lives of fishermen Continuing training and education for fishers and their families have created an environment in which the community is actively involved with crime prevention efforts, according to Lieutenant Omar De León of the National Aeronaval Service (SENAN, for its Spanish acronym), the coordinator of Fishermen’s Watch. Panamanian security authorities are working with civilians to develop a culture of prevention in which the population works with officials to ensure public safety, and have even extended these efforts to coordination with the country’s fishers. Moreover, the common interests shared by security officials and fishers have worked to the latter’s benefit. Under one component of the program, authorities help participants maintain their boats — which they use to earn a living — in good working condition, in part so that the fishers can maintain their vigilance. Such assistance is crucial to SENAN’s efforts to fight drug trafficking. Fishermen help security forces with information Presently, Fisherman’s Watch operates in six of the 10 provinces that make up the political divisions of the country’s territory: Panamá Oeste, Colón, Panamá, Los Santos, Herrera, and Coclé. And authorities expect the other four provinces to join the program in the coming months. By Dialogo October 05, 2015 I believe collaboration is very useful, as long as it isn’t between politicians or lawyers because they lose patriotism, we should help in the struggle as non-paid volunteers. That’s how we don’t lose the country. center_img “Our purpose is to work every day to build a better country, and to do so we need the population on our side,” Lt. De León said. “These communications between the people and the authorities must be stronger and stronger, and this is what we are achieving with each fishing family that participates in Fishermen’s Watch.” “A fisherman’s life is difficult,” added Bravo, who has been fishing for approximately 50 years. “At sea, you have to fight many things, like bad weather and mechanical failures on the boats, among other things. But under this new program, everything has changed. Now we feel safer, not only because we speak often with SENAN officials, but because they have also taught us about prevention and security measures at sea. We are more confident and we know how to report anything unusual.” “The fishermen have received training on a variety of topics, from basic security measures when navigating to family therapy to strengthen the relationships within the home. In less than a year, since we launched the program, we have had more than 50 percent of the fishermen become legal by obtaining a license through the Panama Maritime Authority or renewing their fishing permits at the Panama Aquatic Resources Authority, which are the two institutions working with us on this initiative.” The initiative is having a positive impact for fishermen, said Daniel Bravo, the Fishermen’s Watch citizen coordinator in his community on Saboga Island. “The idea is for them to monitor their beaches and report anything unusual using the 108 emergency telephone line. This program has led to reduced theft of engines and boats. We have given talks on preventing consumption of alcohol and illegal substances on ports and ships. There are fewer cases of searches for abandoned ships due to mechanical problems and, very importantly, we have reduced the entrance and exit of illegal substances through the country’s ports and beaches.” Through Fisherman’s Watch, a program intended to create close communication between fishermen and authorities, participants are encouraged to report suspicious situations that may involve theft or drug trafficking to law enforcement officials. The initiative, which started on November 20, 2014, is designed to operate similarly to Neighborhood Watch, a community crime prevention and educational program launched by the National Police in 1995. Fishermen primarily aid in the effort by maintaining alertness and sharing information. last_img read more

Retirement insecurity

first_imgBaby Boomers are retiring in droves—with the age 65-and-over population expected to double by 2030—and most of them have little or no retirement savings. Among households ages 55 and older, 52 percent have no retirement savings in a defined contribution plan or IRA. And among households ages 65 and older, Social Security provides most of the household’s retirement income.These latest findings are highlighted in a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report prepared for Senator Bernard Sanders (D-VT), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Retirement Security, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. The report examines the financial resources of workers approaching retirement and of current retirees. As more Baby Boomers retire, there is growing concern as to the retirement security of this ageing segment of the population—given the sizeable shift from defined benefit plans to defined contribution plans, longer life expectancies, and uncertainty about Social Security’s long-term financial health.In preparing the report, the GAO reviewed studies of retirement savings adequacy, interviewed experts about retirement readiness, and analyzed household financial data—including retirement and savings income—from the Federal Reserve’s 2013 Survey of Consumer Finances.Households Ages 55–64The GAO found that four in ten households ages 55–64 have no retirement savings and few other financial resources. About 55 percent of households ages 55–64 have less than $25,000 in retirement savings, including 41 percent who have no retirement savings. Of the 41 percent with no retirement savings, 85 percent have less than $25,000 in total financial assets, such as savings accounts or non-retirement investments.Of the six in ten households ages 55–64 that have some retirement savings, the estimated median amount saved is $104,000. Nearly 15 percent of the households have more than $500,000 in retirement savings, 24 percent have less than $25,000, and 11 percent have less than $10,000 in retirement savings. This is equivalent to an insured inflation-protected annuity of $74 per month for a 60-year-old with $25,000 in savings or $310 per month for a 60-year-old with $104,000 in savings.Households Ages 65–74The report found that among households ages 65–74, 52 percent have no retirement savings and rely primarily on Social Security for retirement income. Households with no retirement savings and no defined benefit plan assets have few resources to draw on during retirement and have a median net worth of approximately $57,000—one-sixth of the net worth of other households of this age.Of the 48 percent of households ages 65–74 that have some retirement savings, the estimated median amount saved is $148,000. This is equivalent to an insured inflation-protected annuity of $649 per month for a 70-year-old. About 20 percent of the households have more than $500,000 in retirement savings, while 16 percent have less than $25,000 in retirement savings.For households ages 65–74, median annual income is about $47,000 and Social Security makes up the largest source of household income. Nearly 90 percent of the households receive some Social Security income, with about 41 percent of these households relying on Social Security for more than half of their income and 14 percent relying on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income. About one-fifth of household income comes from work and one-fifth comes from defined benefit plans.Households Ages 75 and OlderThe GAO also found that most households ages 75 and older have no retirement savings and rely on Social Security for most of their household retirement income. Among households ages 75 and older, 71 percent have no retirement savings. Of the households that have some retirement savings, the estimated median amount saved is $69,000. This is equivalent to an insured inflation-protected annuity of $467 per month for an 80-year-old.Median annual income for households ages 75 and older is about $27,000, 61 percent of which is derived from Social Security benefits. Social Security makes up a larger percentage of household income for households ages 75 and older—more than any other age group. About 62 percent of households rely on Social Security for more than half of their income, and 22 percent rely on Social Security for more than 90 percent of their income.Retirement Security vs. Retirement InsecurityWill today’s near-retirees be adequately prepared for retirement or will they be empty nesters with no nest egg? Experts agree that retirement security should be measured by a household’s ability to maintain its pre-retirement standard of living into retirement. However, there is no consensus among experts as to how much of a household’s pre-retirement income is needed to maintain the household’s standard of living in retirement.Many studies show that large numbers of households lack the retirement savings to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College calculates that 52 percent of households face the risk of not having enough retirement income to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. And the Employee Benefits Research Institute projects that about 44 percent of households are at risk of having retirement income that is insufficient to cover their minimum expenditures in retirement—with lower-income households facing the greatest risk.On the other hand, a number of other studies have shown that households are likely to have enough income in retirement to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living. A 2006 study by Scholz, Seshadri, and Khitatrakun finds that only 16 percent of households will have savings below their model predictions for adequate income. A 2012 study by the Investment Company Institute (ICI) also rebuts the argument that households lack adequate retirement savings. The ICI study found that most near-retiree households have some assets in employer-sponsored retirement plans or IRAs. The percentage rises with household income. The ICI concluded that on average, households are able to maintain their pre-retirement standard of living in retirement.The GAO report makes no specific recommendations, but it highlights the importance of adequate savings for retirement, given the decline in defined benefit plans, longer life expectancies, and the large percentage of retirees relying on Social Security for the bulk of their retirement income. The report provides more evidence that there will be increasing scrutiny on the cost and effectiveness of IRAs and retirement savings tax incentives as Congress prepares for comprehensive tax reform. 25SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dennis Zuehlke Dennis is Compliance Manager for Ascensus. Mr. Zuehlke provides clients with technical support on tax-advantaged accounts (including individual retirement accounts, health savings accounts, simplified employee pension plans, and Coverdell education … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Five ways to localize your credit union’s marketing strategy

first_img 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melany Maurer Melany Maurer is a marketing professional and content creator based in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has spent the last 4 years working … Web: Details Sources:1 Connecting and engaging with cardholders is no easy task. 71% of Gen Y (18-34 year olds) would rather go to the dentist than listen to what their financial institutions are saying1.To help bridge this communication gap, community financial institutions need to bring a more personal touch to their marketing strategies by utilizing their place in the local communities.Here are five tips to help community financial institutions better connect with their cardholders and their local community:Be Present on Social MediaSocial media is a quick, easy way and inexpensive way to engage with cardholders. With over 1.65 billion monthly active Facebook users, and five new profiles created ever second2, don’t underestimate the kind of reach social media can provide your institution.Not only that, but by connecting with your cardholders on social media, you can start effectively promoting your connection to the local community.See how the president and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond, Jill Castilla, was able to use social media to do this here.Host a Community EventThis one’s a no-brainer. To promote your local connection, start by being where your cardholders are so that they recognize you as an active participant within their community.Host a community movie night. Cheer on the local high school sports teams. Sponsor a booth at a chamber of commerce event. By adding these personal touches to your marketing strategy, you’ll fortify your place in the community while showcasing your superior customer service.VolunteerFinancial institutions should also make it a point to volunteer in the local community. Organize a park cleanup or sponsor a little league team. You can even utilize your team’s financial knowledge to provide a learning seminar at local elementary schools. There’s no wrong way to give back, so don’t be afraid to get creative.Provide Updates on Local OffersDid you know that more than half of all consumers expect their financial institutions to locate discounts for them3, and consumers would rather receive discount notifications than financial advice from their financial institution3?Start promoting local deals and discounts around town on your institution’s social media channels. Not only will you help your cardholders save with the best bargains, you’ll also be supporting locally owned businesses, while opening the door for new commercial business accounts at your institution.Reward Your CardholdersTake #4 a step further by giving your cardholders a rewards program that provides offers from local businesses and also awards points for local spending. You’ll help your institution stand out while easily demonstrating your investment in the local community.By supporting your community with local marketing and rewards, you’ll be helping your members and local business, and the best part is, you’ll be the one that wins in the end.last_img read more

The last obstacle for the implementation of the project “Tourist valorization of the St. Ante in Šibenik “

first_imgIn April this year, Prefect Goran Pauk and Minister of State Property Goran Marić signed an agreement on the allocation of the former military property Minerska to Šibenik-Knin County, and at the beginning of this week an addendum was signed to Šibenik-Knin County for an arrangement for which there is already a ready conceptual design.The island of Školjić is located in the ceremony of approaching the fortress of St. Nikola, which was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List last year, and with the construction of a pedestrian bridge towards the fortress, it will become a kind of its lobby. Namely, the info center of the fortress will be located on it, within the walls of the existing ground floor ruined building, which is located on the side towards the fortress, and all other interventions on Školjić refer to “cleaning” the situation in the area. In terms of content, it is a simple program that includes the sale of tickets for visiting the Fortress, info and promo materials and souvenirs, a small bar with refreshing drinks and a toilet for visitors.”By signing this amendment to the contract, the Šibenik-Knin County, as the user of the real estate and as the founder of the Public Institution Priroda, resolves the property-legal relations which are a precondition for the implementation of II. phase of the project “Tourist valorization of the Channel of St. Ante in Šibenik ”as well as the realization of the arrangement of the Visitor Center which will be co-financed by EU funds in the total value of 26 million kuna. Šibenik-Knin County is now ready to continue the implementation of this very important project and the arrangement of an island of 19738 m2”, Said the prefect Goran Pauk when signing the addendum to the contract, adding that the arrangement of Školjić will begin soon.The arrangement of the island of Školjić includes plots that are part of the significant landscape Kanal – Luka, and the protection refers to its natural features. However, as within the entire protected area, numerous and equivalent layers have formed as a result of human activity. On Školjić itself, there are remains from the time of military administration: bunkers and structures next to the bunkers, the arrangement of which includes cleaning and covering with safety nets. The bunkers will be illuminated from the inside, which will be perceived from the outside as ambient lighting. Arrangement of building structures next to the bunker includes cleaning and repair of dry stone walls, and some of these areas will be equipped with benches and tables.The economic potential of this area is exceptional, and its importance will become even greater after the completion of the rehabilitation and revitalization of the protected cultural property of the fortress of St. Nikola, which has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since last year. Kanal All Ante has been declared its buffer zone, which makes Minerska as such key to the protection of the UNESCO cultural monument – the pearl of Renaissance fortification architecture, for which funds have already been provided by EU funds for the preparation of project documentation…Thus, the last obstacle for the implementation of the project “Tourist valorization of the St. Ante in Šibenik ”. Of course, the financial construction of the entire project remains to be secured, but a good part of the funds has already been secured, and in accordance with Šibenik’s successful practice in withdrawing funds from EU funds and revitalizing fortresses, it is not questionable how the financial plan will be closed soon.So far, the Šibenik-Knin County has attracted more than 50 million kuna of EU money just for the revitalization of fortresses, and that is certainly not the end. Exactly next on the list of revitalization are the fortresses of St. Nicholas and St. Ivan, with which Šibenik will complete the revitalization of all four fortresses that will become a unique tourist product, such as the fortresses of St. Michael and the Baron.Tourist valorization of the St. Ante in ŠibenikBy the way, Šibenik is the first city in Croatia with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list, which certainly additionally means the wind behind the development of cultural tourism in Šibenik.Tourist valorization of the St. Ante in ŠibenikKanal All Ante is part of the wider site “Kanal – Luka”, a significant landscape protected in 1974. It is more than 2000 meters long and between 140 and 220 meters wide. It represents the gate of Šibenik to the open sea and the entrance to the city. At the same time, the channel symbolically ends the path of the river Krka, but also its final confluence with the Adriatic. It is visible from all parts of Šibenik and although it is close to the city and relatively easily accessible, for historical reasons it has remained isolated and unknown.With natural beauties noticeable at first sight and a beautiful panoramic view of Šibenik, the Šibenik archipelago and the Fortress of St. Nikola, the canal hides numerous cultural and natural values.With the completion of the project and the construction of infrastructure, the site will provide the citizens of Šibenik and visitors with the opportunity to stay in nature and enjoy various activities. From afternoon family walks throughout the year, to organizing large events during the tourist season. Arranged trail, pier and lookouts, cultural goods and recreational facilities will enable various activities throughout the area.See more about the whole project HERERELATED NEWS: ATTRACTIVE SPACE OF TEF IN ŠIBENIK AFTER A LONG-TERM BLOCKADE FINALLY OPEN FOR INVESTORSŠIBENIK FIRST IN CROATIA GETS A BUILDING RECORDING SYSTEMNEW VISUAL IDENTITY OF THE TOURIST BOARD OF THE CITY OF ŠIBENIKlast_img read more

Will Omega become the north-west’s Stockley Park?

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Anti-gay video backing Putin reforms causes stir

first_imgTopics : ‘Defending the family’ Patriot’s head Nikolai Stolyarchuk said in a statement on Tuesday that the video was “not campaigning against homosexuals” but “defending the institute of family as a union of a man and a woman,” while adding he disapproves of adoption by gay couples.The vote will not in fact affect Russia’s existing lack of gay marriage or official adoption by gay couples. Since returning to the Kremlin in 2012, Putin has brought in legislation banning “gay propaganda” to minors that has been used to silence activists and shut down gay pride events.The head of the board of trustees at Patriot is Prigozhin, according to its website. The businessman nicknamed “Putin’s chef” owns a company called Concord that the US has accused of funding the campaign to meddle in their 2016 presidential election. He and his company are on the US sanctions list.Reports in Russian and Western media have said he also funds the Wagner private military group active in the Middle East and Africa. He denies all these allegations.This latest video is reminiscent of another clip released in 2018 urging Russians to re-elect Putin or live in a “nightmare” future in which they are forced to co-habitate with gay men. Patriot released the ad on social media on Monday where it has had tens of thousands of views. It says it shot the video with its own money and is making others.Leading opposition politician Alexei Navalny posted the video on social media with mocking comments.”Putin’s officials have gone completely out of their minds on the subject of homosexuality,” he tweeted. A video backing constitutional reforms that President Vladimir Putin is putting to a national vote next month sparked widespread criticism Tuesday for its anti-gay message.In the video made by a media group called Patriot linked to US-sanctioned Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, a small boy from a Russian orphanage finds out he is being adopted by a gay couple.”Here’s your new mum. Don’t be upset,” one of them says while the other pulls out a dress for him to wear. “What Russia do you choose?” the voiceover says. “Decide the future of the country. Vote for the amendments to the constitution.”Despite the ongoing virus crisis, Russians are set to vote July 1 on constitutional changes that would allow Putin to stand again as president. The video focuses on another proposed change, a stipulation that marriage is a union between a man and woman.last_img read more

Jakarta gears up for possible collapse of healthcare system

first_imgThe city’s isolation bed occupancy rate stood at 77 percent and the intensive care unit (ICU) bed occupancy rate at 83 percent as of Sunday. The city currently has 4,456 beds in isolation rooms and 483 beds in ICU rooms. The COVID-19’s task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito recently said that 80 percent of bed occupancy is considered a safe rate so that hospitals could carefully and promptly treat patients.Jakarta also reported a positivity rate of 12.2 percent for the past week, well over twice the World Health Organization standard of 5 percent, after the city met the WHO’s minimum testing rate of one test per 1,000 people per week.Jakarta recorded a positivity rate below 5 percent a week before reopening the economy in June. The ratio gradually increased starting from the second week of July.Despite the rising number of positive cases, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has extended the so-called transitional PSBB phase five times since June, with the latest being at the end of August. His move sparked concerns from experts who demanded he reinforce stricter social restrictions in the city.Read also: Jakarta on ‘right track’ in COVID-19 handling, Anies says, despite rising numbers The healthcare system in Jakarta is at risk of collapsing as hospitals are reporting “alarming” shortages of beds needed to treat COVID-19 patients.On Wednesday, Jakarta recorded 1,026 new cases and 17 deaths — bringing the tally to 49,837 confirmed cases, 11,245 of which are active cases. About 4,554 active cases are hospitalized.With the worsening COVID-19 situation particularly observed after the gradual easing of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in June, bed occupancy rates — the number of people hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 — in the city’s hospitals are increasing. A projection by researchers from Social Resilience Lab, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), in collaboration with the LaporCOVID (Report COVID-19) community, shows that the healthcare system in Jakarta may collapse by the end of the year unless a massive intervention is made to curb transmission of the disease.The modeling, which analyzed data from Aug. 1 until Sept. 3 using the Gaussian equation, predicted up to 3,000 deaths by the end of October as more people requiring hospitalization were unable to access treatment because hospitals had run out of beds, according to NTU researcher Fredy Tantri.“We developed the best- and worst-case scenarios for the next two months. The [worst-case scenario] model shows that the city’s healthcare capacity would be fully occupied in the fourth week of September,” Fredy said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.By Wednesday, Jakarta had reported a total of 1,347 deaths since the outbreak emerged.Around 37 percent of positive cases in Indonesia’s capital have shown medium to severe symptoms that require treatment in hospitals, prompting the Jakarta Health Agency to consider increasing bed capacity.It is planning to allocate more beds in 13 city-owned hospitals for COVID-19 patients, add beds in 67 referral hospitals, as well as cooperate with private hospitals for additional referral hospitals, Jakarta Health Agency head Widyastuti said. With the scheme, Jakarta will have an additional 851 beds, bringing the total number of beds for COVID patients to 5,432 — comprising 4,807 isolation beds and 636 intensive care beds.Read also: Patients crowd hospitals as Indonesia loses 183 ‘priceless’ medical workersWidyastuti, however, said that to increase the number of medical workers was never an easy task.The agency earlier this week recruited 1,174 new medical workers, including pulmonologists, internists, anesthetists, pediatricians, nurses, midwives and public health educators who came from across the country.Indonesia, home to 271 million people, has 0.13 specialist doctors per 1,000 people, fewer than half the government’s target of 0.28 per 1,000 people as part of its health reform program, according to National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) data cited by the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI). The figure for general practitioners is 0.52 per 1,000 people, fewer than half the ideal target of 1.12.On Wednesday evening Anies eventually decided to reinforce stricter restrictions that will take effect starting next Monday due to the surge in COVID-19 deaths and rising hospitalizations since mid-August. He cited the city administration’s projection that isolation beds would be fully occupied in mid-October and ICU beds on Sept. 25 unless the city returned to stricter PSBB.“Without strict restrictions, it [a collapsed healthcare system] is a disaster waiting to happen,” he said while announcing his decision on Wednesday night.Read also: Testing disparity looms over Greater Jakarta’s efforts to break chain of transmissionWidyastuti, meanwhile, suggested the central government and other regions adopt a more universal policy to curb the outbreak given the high mobility of people entering the capital.“[Comprehensive policies] must not only apply to Greater Jakarta but also Indonesia as a whole, as [people from] one province also have the potential to transmit COVID-19 to other people in other provinces,” she said, citing that 30 percent of confirmed cases in Jakarta originated from outside the city.In an attempt to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, Anies recently revealed a plan requiring all people in need of mandatory self-isolation to be quarantined at facilities run by the city administration. The plan was a response to the lack of discipline among self-quarantining individuals who occasionally failed to abide by the existing health protocols.The makeshift hospital at the Kemayoran former athletes village in Central Jakarta will open this month another two towers within its compound to accommodate up to 4,000 patients with mild or no symptoms who need no hospitalization but must self-isolate.Topics :last_img read more