Every FTSE 100 crash offers bargain shares. I’d buy cheap dividend stocks to retire early

first_img Image source: Getty Images Peter Stephens | Saturday, 18th April, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The FTSE 100’s market crash in 2020 has caused many investors to worry about the performance of their portfolios. That’s understandable as a wide range of large-cap shares have recorded price falls and dividend cuts in recent weeks.However, the FTSE 100 has experienced similar declines in its past. And it has always been able to record higher highs following its falls. Additionally, its income prospects have gradually improved since its inception.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…As such, for long-term investors, now could be the right time to buy a diverse range of large-cap shares. Doing so could improve your prospects of retiring early.Income opportunitiesA large proportion of the FTSE 100’s historic total returns have been derived from the reinvestment of its dividends. So recent cuts to shareholder payouts across the index could be viewed as a cause for concern.However, in previous bear markets and global recessions, dividend cuts were also commonplace. Likewise, in previous market downturns a wide range of FTSE 100 companies asked their shareholders to provide capital to help them through economic challenges. As such, share placings and rights issues have been fairly common in the past. And they may yet be ahead for some FTSE 100 members.Despite this, the index has been able to offer relatively impressive dividend growth over the long term. And this has helped to increase its price level. Moreover, past crises have never lasted in perpetuity, and FTSE 100 stocks have generally gone on to pay generous dividends that rise at an above-inflation pace over the long run. Although the same outcome cannot be guaranteed following the difficulties associated with coronavirus, history shows that a long-term recovery is highly likely.Risk/rewardClearly, buying any stock at the present time is likely to be a risky move in the near term. The FTSE 100’s price level could decline in the coming months.However, through buying companies with solid financial positions you can reduce your risk of loss. For example, a business with a significant amount of cash and access to credit facilities may not require shareholder investment. It may not even need to cut dividends – especially if it operates in an industry such as defence or some consumer goods sectors where demand may be unaffected by coronavirus.Likewise, diversifying across a range of sectors and geographies may further reduce your risk of loss. It could lead to you being less reliant on a small number of stocks for an income, which could lead to greater stability and a faster rate of dividend growth in the long run.Relative appealWith other mainstream assets such as bonds and cash offering low income returns, dividend shares could become increasingly popular over the medium term. As such, now may be the right time to buy a selection of businesses that are relatively likely to maintain their dividend payments in the short run, and increase them in the long run. They could deliver high total returns that increase your chances of building a large nest egg to enable you to retire early. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Every FTSE 100 crash offers bargain shares. I’d buy cheap dividend stocks to retire early See all posts by Peter Stephens Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address 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. Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

How I’d find top growth shares to buy at cheap prices in December 2020

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens | Thursday, 3rd December, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” How I’d find top growth shares to buy at cheap prices in December 2020 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Taking the time to find top growth shares to buy at cheap prices could be a worthwhile move in the long run. It may allow an investor to take part in improving company performances, while benefiting from a potential increase in valuation over the coming years.Through focusing on solid businesses operating in sectors with strong growth outlooks, but that face challenging near-term prospects, it may be possible to capitalise on the stock market’s future growth potential.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…Identifying top growth shares in attractive sectorsTop growth shares are likely to deliver improving profitability in the coming years. That is because of the attractive prospects for the industries in which they operate. If they have weak operating conditions in the years ahead, they are more likely to record disappointing sales and profit growth.As such, identifying industries with attractive growth prospects could be a sound move. This process may understandably be more difficult at the present time due to the rapid changes that are taking place across the global economy in response to the pandemic. However, some sectors appear to have sound long-term growth prospects that could be conducive to rising profitability for their incumbents.For example, sectors such as healthcare and technology may provide long-term opportunities for top growth shares. Think of trends such as an ageing world population and changing consumer tastes that rely to a greater extent on new technology. They may mean that opportunities to expand sales and profitability are extensive within those sectors.Focusing on strong companies facing uncertain operating conditionsFinding top growth shares at cheap prices may mean focusing on strong companies that face challenging near-term prospects. Strong companies may be those that have solid financial positions that can be used to buy up rivals or to develop new goods and services. They may also have wide economic moats that could enable them to deliver superior financial performances to their peers over the long run.However, they may be facing difficult operating conditions in the short run caused by the pandemic. This may provide an investor with the opportunity to buy them while they trade at cheap prices. Other investors may be more concerned with their near-term outlooks, rather than their long-term growth potential. Through having a patient approach, it may be possible for an investor to capitalise on long-term growth opportunities at low prices.Managing risksClearly, the prospects for top growth shares can change rapidly. Their current outlooks may improve or worsen over the coming months and years. Therefore, it is crucial to manage risk, in terms of diversifying across a range of sectors and geographies. This may not only mean lower losses, but could also create a less volatile portfolio. And that could provide a more effective means of achieving an investor’s financial goals in the coming years. Enter Your Email Address 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Troia Peninsula Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura

first_imgArchDaily Photographs Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGText description provided by the architects. To draw a housing where comfort, modernity, functionality and maximization of the space occupation can reign, guaranteeing that it is intensely lived in the past and in the future, and also resolving the necessities of those who come to inhabit it. Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodEGGERLaminatesThe single-family two storey Tróia housing exhibits formal and material sobriety, as a result of a game between two volums and the addition and subtraction of those, where the ratio and metrics delineate the interior and exterior space. Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThus, the slope roof volume edge away from the front sidewalk “retracting himself”, endowing an ample exterior space on the swimming pool to the housing. This white concrete “skin” volume opens into two windows to the street and is in this wall where the color is introduced by the shape of wooden laths aligned in parellel, with horizontal orientation. Save this picture!detailed 01Another parallele piped volume, all white, installs over this one, pretending apparently dense and compact, although it partially opens into three of the four sides. It’s in this entirety of openingsthat the woodenlaths of the floor level makeits repetition, becoming this a plural patina, giving life to this powerful volume.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessTheater of Cachan Proposal / O-S ArchitectsArticlesLavance Shade Screen / Benjamin Hall & Michael LavanceArticles Share Tanzania “COPY” Troia Peninsula Housing / Quadrante ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveTroia Peninsula Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 20 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/214957/troia-peninsula-housing-quadrante-arquitectura Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officeQuadrante ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesTanzaniaPublished on March 19, 2012Cite: “Troia Peninsula Housing / Quadrante Arquitectura” 19 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardBedsFlorenseBed – UpholsteredSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassMetal PanelsTrimoMetal Panel Finishes – ArtMeSkylightsLAMILUXRooflight F100 CircularWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in TransportationSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement-Bonded Particle Board – Viroc NatureMetal PanelsRHEINZINKSeam Systems – Flatlock TilesSofasMenuDining Bench – EaveTablesArtisanCoffee Table – BloopMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Troia半岛豪宅 / Quadrante Arquitectura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img 2010 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/214957/troia-peninsula-housing-quadrante-arquitectura Clipboard “COPY” CopyHouses•Tanzania Houses Architects: Quadrante Arquitectura Year Completion year of this architecture project Troia Peninsula Housing / Quadrante Arquitecturalast_img read more

Next year’s early May bank holiday to move to mark VE Day

first_img Tagged with: Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Next year’s early May bank holiday to move to mark VE Day Melanie May | 10 June 2019 | News Next year’s early May bank holiday will be moved back by four days to Friday 8 May to mark VE Day, it has been announced.This is only the second time the May Day bank holiday has been moved, with it happening for the first time in 1995 to mark the 50th anniversary of VE Day. It will move in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the day, which celebrates a day towards the end of World War 2 when fighting against Nazi Europe stopped. VE Day was first celebrated on 8 May 1945 when Allied Forces formally accepted Germany’s surrender. The weekend of 8-10 May 2020 will see commemorative events held across the country. The news was announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark. He said:“Moving next year’s early May bank holiday to VE Day itself is a right and fitting tribute. It will ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to remember and honour our heroes of the Second World War and reflect on the sacrifices of a generation.”May is a popular month for fundraising events, including Red Cross Week, which this year took place from 6-12 May, and Christian Aid Week, which took place from 12-18 May. Many fundraising events also take place over the bank holiday weekends in May such as fetes and fairs benefitting good causes, and sporting events, which means the date change is likely to have ramifications for a number of charity events. Advertisementcenter_img  311 total views,  2 views today  312 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Hospice launches free online & telephone Wills service

first_imgJenny Peake, Supporter Engagement Manager at St Barnabas Hospice, said:“Since we re-launched our Make a Will Month scheme in 2018, it has supported so many people to start planning for the future. Although we are in the middle of a pandemic, we recognise that it is now more important than ever for our supporters to sort out their life admin and make sure things are in place for their family, friends and even beloved pets.“Normally we would offer face-to-face appointments with local solicitor firms, but this just isn’t possible because of lockdown. We would like to thank our three solicitor partners for adapting to help us keep the scheme running.“I am also really excited that the Hospice will be providing free online Wills for the first time in history. This opens up the service to those who struggle to attend appointments during working hours, and particularly our incredible key workers with varying shift patterns.”When the Make a Will Month scheme re-launched in 2018 with new branding, it saw a 300% increase in people signing up to make their Will and leave a gift to the hospice. The success led to it winning Digital Campaign of the Year at the 2019 Lincolnshire Technology and Innovation Awards.  351 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 26 May 2020 | News  352 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Tagged with: legacies legacy fundraising Hospice launches free online & telephone Wills service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Lincolnshire based St Barnabas Hospice is running its annual Make a Will Month scheme virtually this May, to help supporters plan for the future during the pandemic and while isolating.Statistics show that Will enquiries in the UK have increased during the coronavirus pandemic, with The Law Society reporting a 30% increase on the usual requests to create Wills at the end of March. Legal firms have also reported a rise in enquiries as more people seek to ensure their affairs are in order.This month’s St Barnabas Hospice’s ‘Make a Will Month’ enables St Barnabas supporters to make a basic Will virtually and free of charge. Local solicitors from Dale & Co., Roythornes, and Sills & Betteridge are helping supporters make their Will via telephone appointments and providing answers to any questions they might have.For online Wills, the hospice has teamed up with Guardian Angel to give supporters the chance to make their Will online in around 15-30 minutes.last_img read more

French racism, repression ignite protests in Africa

first_imgProtests against Charlie Hebdo have taken place in several African countries.More protests took place throughout the Muslim world after the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo once again highlighted a cover cartoon that was deliberately offensive to Islam.The magazine’s office was attacked and 12 staff members killed on Jan. 7. According to French police, two brothers of Algerian descent, Cherif and Said Kouachi, who had lived their lives in the impoverished suburbs outside of Paris, were responsible. They were killed soon after in a shootout with police. Amedy Coulibaly, a French citizen of West African origin, was killed along with four other people on Jan. 9 in what police said was a hostage-taking episode linked to the magazine shootings.Since these events, the French government under François Hollande has intensified its repressive apparatus, targeting largely African, Middle Eastern and Muslim communities in France.Dozens of Muslims have been arrested by police and intelligence services.The official French position, along with their allies in Europe and North America, is that the so-called “ideology of radical Islam” is the central problem fomenting terrorist attacks. There has been very little discussion in the corporate media about the overall social conditions facing Africans, Arabs and Muslims in France or on the African continent.Muslims demonstrate across AfricaDemonstrations have taken place in Algeria, Senegal, Sudan, Mauritania and Niger, where a French cultural center was attacked on Jan. 16. All these states have large Muslim populations, and many viewed the cover of the latest Charlie Hebdo magazine as an affront to their religious beliefs.In addition to the demonstrations in Africa, similar protests have occurred in Yemen, Pakistan, Turkey, Jordan and other countries. In many of these demonstrations people who gathered outside French embassies clashed with police.In Niger, at least 10 people were killed during three days of demonstrations during Jan. 16-18. In Niger’s second-largest city, Zinder, a French cultural center was damaged during protests.Other demonstrations were reported in regional cities like Maradi, 360 miles east of Niamey, the capital, where two churches were struck by arson. Another church and a residence of the foreign minister were said to have been torched in the eastern town of Goure.Niger has a population of 17 million, most of whom are Muslims. A former French colony, Niger is rich in mineral resources, mainly uranium, but the people are poor. The uranium mines are largely controlled by Areva, a French multinational based in Paris.Niger has U.S. and French military contingents stationed on long-term missions. The U.S. Africa Command operates a drone station inside the country.The French and the U.S. are using Niger to carry out a counter-insurgency war against what these imperialist states describe as terrorist groups that have established bases in northern Mali. The military presence of Washington and Paris in no way benefits the masses of working people, farmers and youth in Niger.France distorts freedom of expression, libertyFrance, a longtime colonial and neocolonial power in Africa, is upholding the right of satirical publications to insult oppressed groups inside France, while it carries out policies of discrimination and oppression against those whose ancestry is rooted in Africa and the Middle East.The domestic racism in France is a direct outgrowth of capitalist policies of slavery, colonialism and imperialism in operation since the 18th century. Due to the legacy of postcolonial French domination and exploitation of its former colonies, societal development has been stifled, creating the conditions that drive the large-scale migration of African people.At the same time, the overall economic conditions in France itself are by no means good. Unemployment has hovered over 10 percent for many years, and successive regimes have failed to bring down the high rates of joblessness and poverty which are greatest among people of color.Consequently, the character of immigration policy, the existence of racism and anti-Islamic bigotry, and the failure of integration or assimilation cannot be overlooked when analyzing the current social crisis in France. This is coupled with the disastrous foreign policy of Paris, which in recent years has bombed Libya and also provided material and political support to the rebels fighting against the government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.The French government is well aware that its citizens have been recruited to serve in rebel groups that France claims to oppose in both Iraq and Syria. In fact, Hollande has admitted that his government has supplied Syrian rebels with arms to fight the secular government.These policies in Libya and Syria are compounded by French interventions in African states over the last few years — in Gabon, the Central African Republic, Libya, Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Chad, Somalia, Djibouti and other states. Despite its proclaimed altruistic motivations in Africa, the result of this unwarranted interference in the internal affairs of these countries has caused further instability and economic stagnation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New website to be launched to raise awareness about the dangers of legal highs

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest New website to be launched to raise awareness about the dangers of legal highs By News Highland – January 18, 2014 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week center_img Facebook The mother of a Donegal man who tragically died after taking legal highs in the UK, hopes a new website set up in her sons memory will help raise awareness about their dangers.20-year-old Jimmy Guichard suffered a heart attack and brain damage after taking legal highs bought from a headshop in Kent last October.His mother Karen Audino said that no parent or family should have to go through the same pain she did, and hopes the website will help pressure the British Government to change the laws on legal highs.On Wednesday a British MP called for a review of the status of legal highs in the UK.Home Office Minister Norman Baker warned: “People think they are safe and legal when they may not be.”The website in memory of Jimmy  is set to be launched on Monday. Previous articleDerry MLA criticises Housing Minister over failure to spend fundingNext articleFemale staff member threatened during late night robbery News Highland Twitter Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Thursday Island Cousins Reunite Aboard HMAS Bathurst

first_img View post tag: Defence View post tag: Bathurst View post tag: Aboard Thursday Island Cousins Reunite Aboard HMAS Bathurst View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defense View post tag: Cousins Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Thursday Island Cousins Reunite Aboard HMAS Bathurst View post tag: News by topiccenter_img May 20, 2013 View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Thursday View post tag: Navy View post tag: Island For two cousins who grew up on an Island, the Royal Australian Navy was an obvious option when it came to picking what service to join in the Australian Defence Force.ABBM Tai Nona and SMN Thomas Fuji are from Thursday Island and are now serving with the ATTACK SIX crew embarked in HMAS Bathurst.The two cousins joined the Navy a year apart in 2011 both as Boatswains Mates and have now been reunited onboard Bathurst.ABBM Mate Tai Nona is very excited to put his new skills to use onboard Bathurst. His tasks will include jet RHIB driving skills, weapons handling and various ship survivability skills.“I am so happy to be at sea, it has been a steady progression since Recruit School but I am finally at sea doing the job that I trained for,” said ABBM Nona.“I am really excited that I have been posted with my cousin and the crew have been so helpful.”His cousin SMN Thomas Fujii feels the same way.“It is great to be at sea, meeting new people and learning so much. My cousin and I grew up together and now that we are working together I feel it has worked out really well,” said SMN Fujii.Since joining Bathurst, the two sailors have visited Singapore after participating in the Singaporean Navy hosted International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX) Asia 13 and the Western Multilateral Sea Exercise.“This was my first time overseas, it was amazing to experience it with my new ship mates and my cousin,” said AB Nona.[mappress]Press Release, May 20, 2013 View post tag: Reunite Share this articlelast_img read more

NAME THAT PHRASE By Jim Redwine

first_imgFor more Gavel Gamut articles go to www.jamesmredwine.comOr “Like” us on Facebook at JPegRanchBooks&KnittingFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare NAME THAT PHRASEGavel Gamut By Jim RedwineWhen I want to take a walk I prefer my most comfortable pair of boots. When I want to return to a destination I choose the route I previously successfully traveled. Even when I mow my yard I normally approach the task the same way each time. Surprises are okay for birthdays and Christmas, but for almost everything else familiarity tends to work best if it is an option.So when the New Harmony, Indiana Working Men’s Institute asked me to speak this Fourth of July after the initial glow of pride the rush of trepidation led me to seek out shelter in time-tested material such as the following offerings. As most of the original authors have already received their “summonses to join that innumerable caravan..”, I presume a little plagiarism will pass without complaint.As to July 04, 1776It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The British had provided America with a system of government, but imposed taxes upon us to pay for it without allowing us to be represented in our own government.It was a time of dark and stormy nights filled with British soldiers being quartered in our homes without our permission and Americans being impressed to serve on British ships. Such treatment incited the embattled American farmers to stand at Lexington and Concord and fire the shots heard ‘round the world. At least one patriot decided death was preferable to dishonor and wondered why some still remained silent while their brethren were already in the field.Others declared the course of human events made it necessary to sever America’s ties to Great Britain and take its rightful place among the nations of the world. From 1620 until 1776 people had dithered and wondered whether to be or not to be free. Whether it was nobler to suffer Britain’s slings and arrows or to take up arms and oppose them. In other words, should we drink high taxed tea or dump it in the harbor?Fortunately for us our Forefathers and Foremothers chose liberty over acquiescence, freedom over paternalism and sacrifice over dishonor. Thanks to all of them.last_img read more

NJ Sharing celebrates 30 years of saving lives

first_imgNEW PROVIDENCE – NJ Sharing Network, the nonprofit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for New Jersey residents, celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Gala held on Thursday, Nov. 9 at Liberty Science Center in Jersey City.With the generous support of Presenting Sponsors Novartis and Mitch and Ali Kogen in memory of Riley Kogen, Platinum Sponsors MTF Biologics and RWJ Barnabas Health, and numerous Gold, Silver, Bronze and Table Sponsors, NJ Sharing Network was able to raise almost $400,000, supporting the Foundation in exceeding its annual $1.8 million fundraising goal.The evening celebrated the past 30 years of saving lives, the future of innovative transplant research and education and the continued effort to raise awareness on the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In attendance were transplant recipients, living donors, families of organ and tissue donors, NJ Sharing Network volunteers, board members and staff who work to facilitate life-saving organ and tissue transplants every day.“NJ Sharing Network has grown in so many ways over our 30 year history. The gala was a chance for us to thank everyone who has helped us become the life-saving organization that we are today,” said Joseph Roth, president and CEO, NJ Sharing Network. “However, there is still more work to be done and more lives to save. We look forward to what the future holds.”Presenting Sponsors Mitch and Ali Kogen spoke in memory of their late daughter, Riley Kogen. Riley gave the gift of life as an organ donor and saved the lives of two women. After losing their daughter at only five years old, Mitch and Ali started Riley’s Dance, a program of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, in hopes of improving the quality of life for transplant recipients and those waiting to receive transplants. They do so by providing funds to struggling families in need of medical coverage and financial aid.The event’s venue, Liberty Science Center, is also home to an Interactive Exhibit on Organ and Tissue Donation as well as a “Live From” Surgery Program where high school students observe a living donor kidney transplant or deceased donor heart transplant from partner physicians and hospitals.Today, there are over 120,000 people waiting for a transplant and 22 die each day, but one donor can save eight lives and one tissue donor can restore health to over 75 others. In New Jersey, one person dies every three days waiting for an organ transplant. NJ Sharing Network saved more lives than ever before by making 613 transplants possible in 2016, a 16 percent increase from 2015. Tissue donation also helped an unprecedented number of patients with a 10 percent increase from 2015.New Jersey residents can help save lives by registering as an organ and tissue donor, having a conversation with family and friends and joining NJ Sharing Network at its upcoming events. To learn more and register as an organ and tissue donor, visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org. ×last_img read more