Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Christopher Ruane | Thursday, 14th January, 2021 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Shares are often seen purely in financial terms. But some companies treat shareholders as privileged part owners of the company. A number of companies offer perks to investors holding as few as one share. This can be an additional benefit and in some cases it can even be an incentive to buy a small holding. Here are two UK shares with perks I would buy.These UK shares offer a 6% yield – and moreGeneral insurer Legal & General (LSE: LGEN) is an attractive investment to me for a number of reasons. Its long business history in the relatively stable insurance sector gives me confidence that it will be around for a while.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…While insurers such as Aviva suspended their dividends last year, Legal & General did not yield to regulatory pressure and continued to pay out. That in itself is attractive to me as a yield hunter. But I also like the fact that, whereas Aviva recently announced a dividend cut, Legal & General has outlined a five-year plan to increase dividends. At the current share price, it yields over 6%. That is an attractive yield for blue-chip UK shares like L&G.And the perks for shareholders in L&G? Discounts across a range of insurance products. For example, L&G offers shareholders 15% off the cost of its travel insurance plan. For this and a range of other discounts, the qualifying shareholding is just one share. One I’d tuck away in storageA different sector I am bullish on as a whole is self-storage. The industry has grown a lot in the UK but still lags far behind the US in terms of its scale. So I expect years, if not decades, of growth to come.One of the larger players in self-storage is Safestore (LSE: SAFE). While these UK shares plunged close to 500p last year, they are already 60% up since then. As well as its strong-performing business in the UK, the company is expanding in Europe. In its last quarterly results, it noted improving trading momentum and record occupancy. Long-term I am optimistic about the shares, although at a price-to-earnings ratio of around 30, I don’t think its shares are cheap.I might value them differently if I wanted to put some items in storage, though. That is because these are shares with perks. As a new Safestore customer, being a shareholder with at least 100 shares would entitle me to a 25% discount on storage charges.I already hold L&G shares without claiming a discount and would only ever buy based on my belief in the company’s prospects, rather than the perks. But I also think those perks incentivise shareholders to get more involved with the businesses in which they are investing. To me, management engaging shareholders in this way is positive. It suggests they are serious about building a business that clicks with shareholders as customers. Over time I would hope such an approach would reflect positively on a company’s business prospects and its share price too. christopherruane owns shares of Legal & General Group. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Siren PR has already helped Motability raise awareness of some significant changes to the Motability Scheme including the launch of a new brand in February 2003.Alison Cameron, Motability’s Communications Manager said: “We appointed Siren as they have worked well as an extension of our in-house PR team and have demonstrated the ability to add value and generate creative routes to raise awareness of Motability’s work in this important year.” 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. The PR agency will help the leading car scheme for disabled people raise its profile in its Silver Jubilee Year.Siren PR will work alongside Motability’s in-house teams throughout 2003, its Silver Jubilee Year.Siren’s work will run from April to November, although the main focus will be the busy Silver Jubilee Celebration period May, June and July. The agency will amplify the charity’s involvement in several key activities in addition to developing a campaign to encourage Motability’s 3,500 accredited car dealers to get involved in Silver Jubilee activities around the country. Advertisement Howard Lake | 17 April 2003 | News 32 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Motability appoints Siren PR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies read more
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 August 2006 | News Hunnybun’s appointment coincides with an expansion into larger premises this month that will take The Phone Room’s capacity to 1.3 million contacts a year. Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Recruitment / people New business development manager at The Phone Room 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. 21 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Telephone fundraising agency The Phone Room has appointed Rachel Hunnybun as business development manager as part of its current expansion plans.Rachel Hunnybun, who joined the Oxford-based agency from data management company CCR Data, will focus on increasing their client base and campaign size over the next year, andon increasing The Phone Room’s profile within the not-for-profit sector.“I’ll be looking to acquire a much larger and broader depth of clients than we have pitched for in the past and raise our profile among medium-sized and major charities, Hunnybun told UK Fundraising. “I’ve already started to lay the foundations for putting the business development strategy into place.” Advertisement read more
Howard Lake | 24 January 2008 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Finance HMRC Law / policy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 35 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis VAT decision could see millions of overpaid tax returned to charities– charities urged to act swiftly before HMRC slams the door shut –24 January 2008: VAT experts at PKF Accountants & business advisers are advising charities which believe they overpaid VAT at any point between 1973 and 1996 to consult their tax advisers and claim before HM Revenue & Customs slams the door, following Wednesday’s (23.01.08) ruling by the House of Lords in the Fleming and Conde Nast cases.PKF VAT partner Gerry Myton believes that there could be a six month window of opportunity to submit a claim as the Lords ruled that it would be lawful for HMRC to introduce a prospective cut-off ‘with adequate warning for claims’. Cases are expected to cost the Treasury as much as £1 billion in claims and interest, with the charity sector potentially a major beneficiary.Gerry says, “This ruling is hugely significant; overpayments of VAT before the introduction of the three year cap on 4 December 1996 (or 1 May 1997 for certain claims) are still live, so it is not too late for charities to check their records and submit claims. For tax overpaid after December 1996 (or 1 May 1997 in some cases) the three year cap will apply so claims can only be made within 3 years of the overpayment.“VAT was introduced in 1973, so there are potential claims going back that far to be made. The only issue is whether calculations will be made on a compound basis as that will significantly increase the sums payable.“Given HMRC’s attitude to this over the years, charities should be entitled to compound rather than simple interest but it may be necessary to go back to court to get that principle established. Currently I have a number of business clients who are taking legal action before the VAT and Duties Tribunal on that point and I’m talking to a number of charities.“Any charity which thinks it may have overpaid VAT should consult its tax advisers as early as possible. HMRC will undoubtedly move to close this window as soon as possible and given that this is a 23 year period, there will be a great deal of paperwork that needs to be examined”, Gerry concludes.The judgment concludes a battle which began nearly 12 years ago when HMRC announced that claims for overpaid VAT, including claims which had already arisen, would only be met if submitted within 3 years of the overpayment. This instantly cut off the taxpayers’ rights to reclaim VAT overpaid back as far as 1973.This spawned litigation which went from the tribunal all the way to the European Court of Justice involving Marks and Spencer and further litigation involving other taxpayers which concluded with today’s judgment from the House of Lords.-ends-For further information, please contact:Jason Gowar, PR Manager, 020 7065 0573, [email protected] Murray, PR Executive, 020 7065 0135, [email protected] to Editors:1. PKF is a leading firm of accountants and business advisers with more than 1,800 partners and staff operating in 23 offices in the UK mainland firm, a wholly-owned financial planning company and associated offshore practices. The firm specialises in advising growing and entrepreneurial/owner-managed businesses, AIM and fully listed companies, and also has extensive experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Principal services include assurance and advisory; taxation; consultancy; corporate recovery and insolvency; corporate finance and forensic. The firm has particular expertise in advising sectors such as hotels and leisure; mining and resource; public sector; real estate and construction; professional practices; not-for-profit; and medical. The firm’s web site is www.pkf.co.uk.2. PKF (UK) LLP also offers financial services through its FSA authorised company, PKF Financial Planning Limited. PKF (Isle of Man) LLC is a limited liability company registered in the Isle of Man. PKF (Guernsey) Limited is incorporated in Guernsey.3. PKF (UK) LLP is a member of PKF International which is an association of legally independent firms with more than 14,650 people operating in 119 countries around the world. VAT decision could see millions of overpaid tax returned to charities read more
Detroiters protest inside Bank of America, June 13.WW photo: Kris HamelAfter picketing the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building on June 13 to demand the end of water shutoffs to thousands of Detroit households behind in their bills, “Detroit Freedom Friday 6” participants boldly marched through downtown to Bank of America. Chanting, “Make the banks pay, not the retirees!” the protesters entered the historic Guardian Building and headed up the stairs to the mezzanine, where BOA employees grinned as a loud, boisterous picket line took place in front of the low-paid tellers.City of Detroit retirees, as part of the state-imposed municipal bankruptcy, are being asked to take huge cuts to their pensions, health care and other hard-won benefits and accrued wages. The night before, the Detroit Light Brigade hit various targets around the city, illuminating messages like “Shutoffs kill” in front of city hall and other locations.The U.S. Department of Justice on June 9 rejected as inadequate a $12 billion offer by BOA to settle claims of mortgage fraud. According to Moratorium NOW! Coalition organizers, Detroit is the city most affected by this BOA fraud, especially Countrywide’s subprime and predatory lending practices. The coalition says Detroit is entitled to a large payout as restitution for the approximately 100,000 home foreclosures which occurred from 2005 to 2010. Instead, the city is actually paying BOA $42.5 million on top of the $300 million already paid to it for interest rate swaps which allowed the bank to profit from the destruction of the city.A leading coalition activist told Workers World, “They profited from their own fraud in Detroit. At least $1 billion is owed to Detroit by Bank of America alone, which is more than the so-called ‘grand bargain’ being trumpeted in the corporate media as the solution to Detroit’s crises. This racist plan relies on corporate charity (‘charitable contributions’) from many of the same corporations and their foundations which also owe reparations to the city, as well as a meager contribution from the state, which helped bankrupt the city by withholding revenue sharing, and the fiscal takeover of Detroit for 20 years.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more
Facebook Twitter printA baby born today has a Sun in Libra and a Moon in Leo until 12:56 a.m., when the Moon enters Virgo.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020:Toughly perfectionist, success-oriented and very funny, you’re destined to have much success this year. Relax more and take a break (the pandemic gives that to you), and you’ll do even better. Intense work is the theme of your 2021. If single, you know the instant you see someone, and it happens this June. If attached, your union is passionate, sweet, and loving. Don’t forget the fun. AQUARIUS lights your fire.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★Sunlight carries health-giving and antiseptic properties. Be aware of how the quality of light in your workplace is affecting you and adjust it until it’s ideal. You’ll be amazed at how proper lighting enhances your well-being. Tonight: Meditate by the light of a favorite lamp.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★★Develop your creative potential. Purchase an attractive journal and matching pen to record your ideas. They’re likely to be too good to let them fall by the wayside. Artistic endeavors of all kinds will flourish today. Tonight: Be patient; success comes.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★Special projects can lead to a new career emphasis. You’ll play host to visitors. Home improvements can be planned. Experiment with bold, bright colors. Children have much to teach you and can be a catalyst for change. Tonight: A new competitive quality develops.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★Today promises a variety of important emails and phone calls. You will be juggling several projects and appointments simultaneously. Confirm plans with others to avoid confusion, and much is accomplished. Tonight: Your great capacity for problem-solving is in evidence.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★★★You will be able to make purchases you’ve longed for, and it will be possible to use money to generate true enjoyment. Just be cautious about over-extending yourself. Compare prices and remember to budget. Tonight: Your famous love for luxury is satiated.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★★★★You’ll be enthused and motivated. Today will conclude on a very upbeat note. Many worthwhile projects will — finally — be in the works. Be versatile and creative in applying your job skills; your earning ability will blossom. Tonight: A great sigh of relief.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★Answers and inspiration come from within now. New appreciation of the peace and freedom of solitude develops today. Perform an anonymous act of kindness, and a deep sense of satisfaction comes. Tonight: You would benefit from a change of scene.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★★★Today finds your physical vitality improving. Depression lifts, and your faith helps you carry plans forward. Helpful guidance comes from friends. It’s a good time to seek an opinion or request advice. Tonight: A conversation can be very significant. Listen closely.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★Today is all about interaction with others. Remember the value of networking and improving your people skills. Maintain a balance between your personal and professional life. Being well-rounded will better prepare you to reach your goals. Tonight: Surround yourself with loving energies.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★Penetrating yet cautious, a flair for business and a yearning for practical achievement motivate you. A plan for growth develops. Keep your faith strong, but act independently. Relationships between grandparents and grandchildren can be mutually enjoyable. Tonight: Contact a foreign friend.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★Others tend to be generous if you seek financial advice or assistance. Your sensitivity and thoughtfulness win the loyalty of another. A message from a loved one who has passed on may comfort you. Tonight: An early night of restful sleep.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★Others have a different viewpoint regarding love. Communicate. You will prevail if you respect the perspectives of those you are intimate with. There is much exploring and probing in progress. Tonight: A wonderful dinner date with a loved one.Born today: Comedian Lenny Bruce (1925), singer Paul Simon (1941), comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (1971) + posts Tamia Banks Horoscope: April 28, 2021 Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 ReddIt Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ ReddIt Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Linkedin Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Previous articleFirst-year students adjust to living away from home during COVID-19Next articleWithout a break, TCU students feel more overwhelmed Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 30, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ read more
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Changes in students’ schedules and general operations such as fewer breaks and a shorter semester have had a major impact on student mental health, said Stephanie Villaire, the founding president of Active Minds at TCU.Villaire founded TCU’s chapter of Active Minds in 2017. She said she knew that TCU needed a student group that would foster inclusivity for people struggling with mental health. The organization offers that peer-to-peer experience that shows students they are not alone in their struggles. The organization brings guest speakers to campus and organizes events to raises awareness for mental health through education.Stephanie Villaire on the mental health impacts of COVID-19One of the biggest changes this semester is the strong reliance on online classes and how it has affected students. According to the fall 2020 TCU Undergraduate Student Experience Survey:72% of students have at least 80% of their classes online.48% of students are dissatisfied with the number of classes they have online.78% of students reported that they had experienced a noticeable increase in anxiety since the beginning of classes due to COVID-19.54% of students reported they had experienced a noticeable increase in depression since the beginning of classes due to COVID-19.“We’re having a lot of these different issues that people aren’t necessarily used to seeing,” said Villaire. “That’s going to be creating a lot of depression and a lot of anxiety that I think the community needs to start addressing.”The increase in anxiety and depression may be partially due to the added work students cite having in online classes. “Student mental health is honestly just being drained,” said Villaire. “Online classes are especially taking a toll because people are having this workload that they’re not used to having, and then they also can’t regulate their schedules in the same way.”The student experience at TCU mirrors trends cited in a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). Researchers found that of 195 students they interviewed at a large public university in the U.S., 71% indicated increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 outbreak.More than half of the participants said their academic workload increased due to COVID-19. This is only one factor contributing to students’ increased stress and anxiety. Read more: Without a break, TCU students feel more overwhelmedDifficulty concentrating on academic work due to various sources of distraction affected 89% of participants. Online classes were often the cause of distraction. Of the 89% of students who said they had trouble concentrating, 10% said it is easier to get distracted in online classes because of the lack of interactions and prolonged attention to a computer screen. The results also showed that 82% of students worry about their academic performance being affected by the pandemic, and 38% of students cited the transition to online classes as the biggest perceived challenge. Students worry about sudden changes in the syllabus, the quality of the classes, technical issues with online applications and the difficulty of learning online. JMIR Survey: Participants’ ratings on mental health aspects in an order of negative impacts (mild, moderate and severe)Chart: Journal of Medical Internet ResearchTCU addresses increase in mental health issues During the student town hall last week, Chancellor Victor Boschini said there is concern about the effects of COVID-19 on students’ mental health.“I think the mental health ramifications of COVID are much worse than the physical health ramifications so far,” said Boschini. “And, I think we’re seeing that all around our society and definitely all around our campus.”How COVID-19 is impacting Villaire and Active Minds Trained psychologists at the Counseling and Mental Health Center want to help students, Boschini said. The university is also offering online groups for people facing mental health issues. Students can even send and receive virtual care letters to one another.Despite the availability of tele-counseling and widespread promotion of such services by universities, 93% of students who participated in the JMIR survey said they had not used school counseling services during the pandemic. Active Minds sees its roles as a bridge between university offerings and students in need of care. It gives students the opportunity to have student -to-student conversations about their struggles without attending a formal therapy session,Villaire said.“We’re here to just have these kinds of candid conversations about mental health,” said Villaire.Boschini also told students to talk to the people they live with and not just about surface-level things. He said to really let them know how you are feeling.“You have to say like, ‘I’m struggling right now, I need your help,’” said Boschini. “You need to let people that are around you know that because one, they want to help you, and two, I bet you’ll find they’re experiencing some of the same things, but they’re afraid to say it too. Sometimes it just helps to know that somebody else is feeling what you’re feeling.”Approximately one-third of the participants from the JMIR study said the primary way they have dealt with stress and anxiety during the pandemic is through talking with their families and friends. read more
Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts OCCRP Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is extremely concerned about Afgan Mukhtarli, an imprisoned Azerbaijani journalist who has begun a hunger strike despite being diabetic. RSF holds the Azerbaijani authorities responsible for his fate and calls on the international community to press for his immediate release.This well-known investigative journalist is in great danger because, although suffering from both diabetes and hypertension, he began a hunger strike on 22 September in protest against the arbitrary treatment that both he and his lawyer are receiving from the prison authorities.“He is aware that this hunger strike is putting his life in danger,” his wife, Leyla Mustafayeva told RSF. “He has taken this decision despite everything because the judicial procedures offer him no hope.” The only response from the prison authorities to his hunger strike has been to place him in solitary confinement.Mukhtarli was sentenced to six years in prison on an absurd charge after being abducted and brought back by force from self-imposed exile in neighbouring Georgia in May 2017. As if that were not enough, the prison authorities have done everything possible to cut him off from the world, limiting visits and appeals to the utmost and putting pressure on his fellow inmates.Mukhtarli finally decided he could stand no more after his lawyer, Nemat Kerimli, was searched on entering Mukhtarli’s cell on 20 September and again on leaving, when prison officials demanded to see the notes he had taken during the meeting. Kerimli says that when he refused, the guards slammed him against a wall, grabbed his bag and locked him up for three quarters of an hour while they read his notes.Kerimli had already been prevented from visiting Mukhtarli at the end of August. Mukhtarli suggests that this latest harassment could be a reprisal for the visits he received during the summer from two senior European officials. He is demanding an end to the impunity enjoyed by the prison staff, starting with the prison’s deputy director, Emin Aliyev.“We are extremely concerned about Afgan Mukhtarli and we hold the Azerbaijani authorities responsible for his fate,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “From abduction in Georgia to harassment in prison, the injustice to which he is being subjected is intolerable. We call on the Azerbaijani government to release him as a matter of urgency, or else we will do everything possible to have international sanctions placed on everyone involved in persecuting him.”Mukhtarli was kidnapped on 29 May 2017 in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, where he had been living for three years, often writing about high-level government corruption in Azerbaijan. Against all evidence, the Azerbaijani authorities claimed that he was arrested with 10,000 euros in his pockets after entering Azerbaijan illegally. Georgia’s investigation into his abduction has not so far yielded any conclusive results.Azerbaijan is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. The leading critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked and at least six journalists are currently in prison. June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan to go further September 24, 2019 Although diabetic, leading Azerbaijani journalist on hunger strike in prison News Follow the news on Azerbaijan RSF_en News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisonedJudicial harassment News News April 9, 2021 Find out more read more
Azerbaijan is ranked 162nd out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. August 21, 2015 – Updated on May 26, 2016 Prosecution requests nine-year jail term for Khadija Ismayilova Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the monstrous sentence sought by the prosecution in journalist Khadija Ismayilova preposterous trial’s in Azerbaijan, a nation that suffered one of the biggest falls of any country in RSF’s 2015 press freedom. News RSF_en “This is so obviously an absurd and outrageous political trial, a judicial sham that elevates this case into a symbol of the wave of persecution of independent media that began a year ago,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. Organisation Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia After several attempts to pressure and intimidate her, including a blackmail attempt with a sex tape, the authorities finally arrested her on 5 December 2014 on the trumped-up charge of inciting a fellow journalist to attempt suicide. Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We urge the international community to condemn this trial and to remind Azerbaijan of its obligations under the many international commitments it has given. Pressure must be put on this regime in order to obtain the unconditional release of Ismayilova and all the other journalists arbitrarily detained in Azerbaijan.”Held partially behind closed doors, the trial has been conducted in a blatantly hostile manner with the clear aim of denying justice. In order to dispatch the case as quickly as possible, the judges accepted almost none of the defence lawyers’ requests, thereby preventing them from presenting evidence that would have demonstrated the absurdity of the charges. The judicial sham will soon be over. After a series of hearings in which the defendant’s rights were systematically flouted, a Baku prosecutor today requested a nine year sentence for Ismayilova. Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News After he retracted his statement incriminating Ismayilova, the authorities brought four new charges against her – large-scale embezzlement, illegal trading, tax evasion and abuse of authority in connection with the Baku bureau of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, which Ismayilova once headed. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says The access of Ismayilova’s family and friends to the courtroom has been restricted on the grounds that there has been no space. According to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the courtroom was filled with people recruited for the occasion. The independent press has also been denied access. June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Azerbaijan’s leading investigative journalist, Ismayilova is well known for her coverage of high-level government corruption, much of it involving members of the ruling Aliyev family. June 4, 2021 Find out more News April 9, 2021 Find out more read more