Nearing retirement? I like these FTSE investment trusts for income and growth

first_img Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Investing in the lead up to retirement is all about balancing risk with reward. Naturally, you still want to grow your wealth. Yet now isn’t the time to be taking big risks with your money.Investing in income-focused investment trusts is a good way to achieve this balance, in my view. With these kinds of investment trusts, you can potentially generate a nice mix of income and capital gains over time, while keeping overall portfolio risk relatively low.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…With that in mind, here’s a look at two lower-risk investment trusts I like for income and growth.Murray Income TrustThe first investment trust I’d like to highlight is the Murray Income Trust (LSE: MUT). Its aim is to achieve a high-and-growing income combined with capital growth, and comes with a 5-star rating from research group Morningstar.The reason I believe this trust is well suited to those nearing retirement is that it predominantly invests in large, well-known FTSE dividend-paying companies, such as GlaxoSmithKline and Diageo.This provides an element of stability. However, what sets it apart from many other UK income investment trusts is that it has the flexibility to invest a little bit of capital internationally, which is an advantage when it comes to generating growth. For example, the trust has benefitted from having US-listed Microsoft in its portfolio recently – the technology stock is up over 100% in the last two years.I also like the fact the trust has a solid performance track record (it has comfortably outperformed the FTSE All-share index over one, three and five years) and that it’s an AIC (Association of Investment Companies) ‘dividend hero’. This means it’s notched up at least 20 consecutive dividend increases.Overall, I see MUT as a top choice for those looking for income and growth in the lead up to retirement. Ongoing charges are a reasonable too, at 0.65% per year.City of London Investment TrustAnother lower-risk investment trust that I believe is well suited to those approaching retirement is City of London (LSE: CTY). Its objective is to provide long-term growth in income and capital, principally by investment in UK equities. It has a 4-star rating from Morningstar.If you’re looking for a ‘sleep-well-at-night’ investment, CTY is a good choice, in my opinion. That’s because portfolio manager Job Curtis – who has managed the trust for nearly three decades – is a very conservative investor. You can rest assure that he won’t be taking big risks with your money. Top holdings in the trust currently include FTSE 100 names such as Royal Dutch Shell, Diageo, and Unilever.CTY has a solid long-term performance track record. Over the 10 years to 31 December 2019, it outperformed its benchmark, the FTSE All-Share index, by a wide margin. It also has a brilliant long-term dividend growth track record and is another AIC dividend hero.All things considered, I see City of London as a good investment trust for those seeking income and growth with a lower level of risk. Ongoing charges are low, at 0.39%. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Nearing retirement? I like these FTSE investment trusts for income and growthcenter_img Edward Sheldon owns shares in Murray Income Trust, GlaxoSmithKline, Unilever, Diageo, Microsoft, and Royal Dutch Shell. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline, Microsoft, and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft and short January 2021 $115 calls on Microsoft. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Saturday, 8th February, 2020 | More on: CTY MUT Image source: Getty Images. 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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

PA_House / Atelier Design N Domain

first_imgCopySave this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahText description provided by the architects. Living in the tropics is all about enjoying the nature and the climatic conditions. The unforgiving sun, the extreme humidity, the scent of earth just after the first showers and the relentless downpour that follows; the clear skies and the natural picture postcard landscapes often are the settings for the tropics.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahPa house has been designed as a cluster of pavilions held together by sun decks and verandahs. The house has a definitive front and a back- the front side is more intimate and private while the back visible from the driveway accommodates the paddock area and the stable. The front side accommodates the pool, jacuzzi pavilion and the large landscaped lawn where at one end sits a gazebo. The layout has been done keeping in mind that the spaces enjoy the vantage of the hills in the north.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahThe layout has clusters which have been given definition by roofs cape and scale of structure. The formal living dining pavilion which also house the master suites at upper level enjoys the maximum height in elevation. The entertainment block with its lean too roof is less than two storeys in height but its footer print more square establishes a larger volume. The roofs cape addresses the mountain range ahead. The guest wing is a string of rooms held together by a corridor for circulation and a common hip roof. Aligned with this structure is the utility and service block.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahThe pa house is an experience of inside outside spaces. The powder toilet volume surrounded by a lily pond, the transit between the living pavilion and the entertainment block with its shaded glass walkway, the several internal courtyards created for spa or outdoor shower areas all enhance a singular experience- being one with nature.Save this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahArchitectural restrain in materials is evident with plain white plaster walls, dry wooden cladding and slate stacked walls, and shingles used in the roof.Save this picture!Site PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessShould Architects Follow a Code of Ethics?Architecture NewsForn de la Vila de Llíria Restoration and Musealization / hidalgomora arquitecturaSelected Projects Share Projects Photographs:  Sebastian Zachariah+ 24 Share PA_House / Atelier Design N DomainSave this projectSavePA_House / Atelier Design N DomainSave this picture!© Sebastian ZachariahHouses•Khandala, India Photographs India CopyAbout this officeAtelier Design N DomainOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKhandalaIndiaPublished on June 09, 2013Cite: “PA_House / Atelier Design N Domain” 09 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ EffectPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceBricksEndicottBrick Facade at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural CenterBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenRailing / BalustradesSolarluxBalcony Glazing – SL 60eUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Products in Palazzo VolpiChairshorgenglarusUpholstered Chair – diva 5-154Wall / Ceiling LightsHE WilliamsLED Downlight – 4DR RoundMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 stream “COPY” Year:  2012center_img “COPY” ArchDaily Area:  20000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Atelier Design N Domain Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses PA_House / Atelier Design N Domainlast_img read more

Yorkville Residence / Alan Nicholson Design Studio

first_img Structural Engineer: ArchDaily Yorkville Residence / Alan Nicholson Design Studio Endrestudio, Paul Endres Projects Yorkville Residence / Alan Nicholson Design StudioSave this projectSaveYorkville Residence / Alan Nicholson Design Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Hawkes Construction CopyHouses•Yorkville, United States Year:  Houses Save this picture!© Alan Nicholson+ 21 Share Builder: 2014 Rammed Earth Walls:John RichardsEnergy Modeling:Gilleran Energy ManagementArchitect In Charge:Alan NicholsonCity:YorkvilleCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alan NicholsonRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. Located in the northern California coastal hills and designed for two retired geo-physicists, the 2750 2ft. residence was conceived as a sheltering nest with wings to lift and water to anchor and reflect the earth and sky. The cantilevered roof is supported by two internal utility columns to give an economy of the open structure. The house is sited to wrap around an excavated rock-knoll and follows the contours of the land and solar orientation. It is energy independent and efficient; incorporating active solar panel technologies for power and heating, and passive design for sustainable comfort.Save this picture!© Alan NicholsonA long cantilevered shed roof gathers and gives lightness to the structure, opening to the landscape and embracing the 270 degree view. Concrete, rammed earth, glass, steel, wood and water are employed to enhance the connection between the building, and the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!© Alan NicholsonIn a carefully choreographed entry sequence, the massive rammed earth entry walls part to reveal folded full height sixteen foot glazed walls enveloping central living, dining, and kitchen areas, with circulation following the layered earthen walls. The solid eight-foot-high entry walls are capped with two feet of butt-glazed curtain wall along the entire 100-foot length of rammed earth, to give the roof plane an airy, floating character. The curtain walls are a unique custom-designed, thermally broken glazing system. In the living and sleeping areas the curtain wall is integrated into a floor to roof vertical assembly to reduce mullion size and support the floating roof.Save this picture!Site PlanThe structural system is designed to complement and strengthen the architectural emphasis of lightness and flight. By utilizing a steel frame and streamlining structural systems, the design minimizes material consumption and allows for maximum performance. The curtain wall construction of the south and east walls utilize a custom vertical truss system with cast-steel web struts. The roof system, is framed with very light steel shapes held in plane by three-dimensional cable-stayed trusses and the custom cast-steel web struts, allowing the roof a long clear span, floating on the glass walls. Save this picture!© Alan NicholsonTo further integrate the house to its site, the north wall of the house floats in a 70 foot reflecting pool. The south terrace is stepped to eliminate railings and provide a lower lap pool terrace. The owners’ landscape intent is to restore indigenous, native meadows, with a small olive orchard and kitchen garden viewable from the house, and a few specimen plantings adjacent to the house.Save this picture!© Alan NicholsonProduct Description.The steel roof plane is supported with cast steel struts in a three-dimensional cable truss system which is supported at the perimeter by the custom curtainwall glazing system and a composite steel vertical truss assembly.Save this picture!© Alan NicholsonThe underside of the roof is clad with Western Red Cedar, visually laid through the glazed curtainwall.Much of the lighting, both interior and exterior is custom designed and fabricated for this residence.Save this picture!© Alan NicholsonProject gallerySee allShow lessWXY and BLA Unveil New York Affordable Housing DevelopmentArchitecture NewsTadao Ando’s First NYC Residence Tops Out in NolitaArchitecture News Share Photographs:  Alan Nicholson Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lutsko Associates, Ron Lutsko Landscaping: Architects: Alan Nicholson Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project United States “COPY” Photographs Area:  2750 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Artemide, B-K Lighting, Elkay, Fleetwood, Kohler, Solar Innovations, Stepstone, TechLighting, Blu, Chandler Lighting, Gawthrop, Haussman, Limestone, Surface Arts, Wheeler, Zamaroni, anDesign CopyAbout this officeAlan Nicholson Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesYorkvilleUnited StatesPublished on February 18, 2017Cite: “Yorkville Residence / Alan Nicholson Design Studio” 18 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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! 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Will E15 Availability Grow in New Administration?

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Will E15 Availability Grow in New Administration? SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Dec 5, 2016 SHARE Will E15 Availability Grow in New Administration? Previous articleHouse Speaker Promises Regulation Relief in Next CongressNext articleIs It Too Early to Start Talking About the Farm Bill? Andy Eubank dinneen-and-regulationsA higher octane, less expensive fuel might be coming to a gas station near you, or it might already be available. More E15 gas with 15 percent ethanol is available every month at pumps in parts of the U.S. and Indiana. The increase in availability will continue, says Bob Dinneen with the Renewable Fuels Association.“So far it’s happened because the industry itself through a program called Prime the Pump, with help from USDA as well, but investing their own money to encourage major marketers to help them with the infrastructure cost to make that more feasible for them. And that will continue.”But Dinneen adds, with key regulatory relief marketers would be more likely to take the leap and with less effort from the renewables industry.“With some regulatory relief it’s going to be a lot easier for them to make that choice themselves, and that’s what we’re really looking forward to,” he told HAT. So hopefully while it’s been sort of house to house warfare so far, you’ll see a sea change and just more and more marketers being willing to step up because what gasoline marketer wouldn’t want to offer a higher octane, lower cost fuel for their consumers? Of course they do.”Dinneen feels help in the regulatory world may well be on its way in the form of the Trump administration.“He’s a businessman,” Dinneen explained. “I’m sure he’s faced nonsensical regulations himself, and I think he will be persuaded, and the people he appoints I think will be sensitive to the needs of business and will respect what’s in the best interest of consumers ultimately, which is to allow businesses to get their products to them in the most efficient way, without a lot of unnecessary bureaucratic red tape.”Dinneen made clear that he doesn’t mean important safety and health regulations, just those that have no real consumer or environmental benefit. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

United Nations asked to investigate the fate of journalists imprisoned in Eritrea

first_img Related documents 110110_Letter_Nowak_ENG.pdfPDF – 174.83 KB Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation January 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders regards the sanctions imposed on Eritrea by the UN Security Council on 23 December at Uganda’s suggestion as “very positive” and reiterates the recommendation it has been making to the European Union for several years that it should ban senior Eritrean civilian and military officials from entering the EU.Copies of the Reporters Without Borders letter were sent to:- Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights- Franck La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expressionRead the letter: Follow the news on Eritrea RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision News Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case RSF_en Receive email alertscenter_img News EritreaAfrica Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? October 27, 2020 Find out more EritreaAfrica Reports January 11, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 United Nations asked to investigate the fate of journalists imprisoned in Eritrea News Reporters Without Borders wrote today, the third anniversary of Eritrean journalist Fessehaye “Joshua” Yohannes’ death in detention, to Manfred Nowak, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, asking him to do everything possible to obtain an improvement in the conditions of journalists imprisoned in Eritrea.“The conditions in which Eritrean detainees are held are among the most disturbing in the world,” the letter said. “The situation is made all the more appalling by the fact President Issaias Afeworki’s government, which has become the disgrace of Africa, refuses to provide any information about them. This is why we ask you to do everything possible to obtain news from the authorities and, if possible, to go to Eritrea.”Voicing great concern about the 26 journalists and two media workers currently held in Eritrea, the letter continued: “We urge you to request access to the imprisoned journalists in order to enquire about their state of health and about prison conditions in Eritrea. We also ask you to put enough pressure on the Eritrean government to ensure that they are tried or released.”A writer and playwright as well as a journalist with the now-banned weekly Setit, Fessehaye succumbed on 11 January 2007 to the especially harsh conditions in which he had been held in the Eiraeiro detention centre in the desert of Northern Red Sea province for most of the time since his arrest in 2001. His body was never handed over to his family.He was arrested when he surrendered to the police during the week of 18-23 September 2001, after around 10 other journalists and many members of the political opposition had been arbitrarily arrested and the privately-owned press had been “suspended” by the authorities. A veteran of the independence war against Ethiopia and head of a dance and theatre troupe, he was a leading intellectual figure in political and media circles. After verifying with credible Eritrean sources in Asmara and abroad, Reporters Without Borders is in a position to say that Fessehaye was the fourth journalist to die in Eiraeiro, following Said Abdulkader, co-founder and editor of the weekly Admas, Medhane Haile, co-founder and deputy editor of the weekly Keste Debena, and Yusuf Mohamed Ali, the editor of the weekly Tsigenay. The other three died in 2005 and 2006. Reporters Without Borders has decided to withdraw these four names from its list of journalists imprisoned worldwide. Those currently detained in Eritrea include Dawit Isaac, a journalist with Swedish and Eritrean dual nationality who worked for the newspaper Setit and who was one of the three finalists for the 2009 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. He has health problems, has been transferred several times and was taken to the air force hospital in Asmara last year. According to the latest information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, he was also admitted to Asmara’s Habtemariam (St. Mary) Hospital, a psychiatric clinic, twice last year. It is not clear where he is being held now. The same uncertainty surrounds the current situation of Temesghen Gebreyesus, a sports journalist and member of the board of the biweekly Keste Debena, and Mattewos Habteab, co-founder and editor of the biweekly Meqaleh. Both were transferred to a prison in the Dahlak Islands (located in the Red Sea off Massawa) in December 2008. April 14, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

SAOZ measurements of stratospheric NO2 at Aberystwyth

first_img——————————————————————————–We present in this paper fifteen years measurements, from March 1991 to September 2005, of stratospheric NO2 vertical columns measured by a SAOZ zenith-sky visible spectrometer. The instrument spent most of its time at Aberystwyth, Wales, with occasional excursions to other locations. The data have been analysed with the WinDOAS analysis program with low-temperature high-resolution NO2 cross-sections and fitting a slit function to each spectrum. Because of a change in detector in May 1998 there is some uncertainty about the relative changes before and after this date, which are partially constrained by the results of an intercomparison exercise. However, the effect of the Mt Pinatubo aerosol cloud is very evident in the data from 1991–94, with a decrease of 10% in NO2 in the summer of 1992 (the SAOZ was located in Lerwick, Scotland during the winter of 1991–92 and observed very low NO2 values but these cannot be directly compared to the Aberystwyth data). To focus more on interannual and long-term variations in NO2, a seasonal variation comprising an annual and semi-annual component was fitted to the morning and evening twilight separately from 1995 to the present. This fit yielded average NO2 columns of 4.08 × 1015 cm–2 and 2.68 × 1015 cm–2 for the evening and morning twilight, respectively, with a corresponding annual amplitude of ±2.08 × 1015 cm–2 and ±1.50 × 1015 cm–2. Departures from the fitted curve show a trend of 6% per decade, consistent with that reported elsewhere, for the period 1998–2003, but in the past two years a distinct interannual variation of amplitude of 8% has emerged.last_img read more

Aker Solutions secures maintenance and modifications work for ConocoPhillips in Norway

first_img Aker Solutions secures maintenance and modifications work for ConocoPhillips in Norway. (Credit: Shutterbug75 from Pixabay.) Aker Solutions has secured a three-year contract extension to an existing framework agreement for work at North Sea fields operated by ConocoPhillips.The company will continue as ConocoPhillips’ main supplier of maintenance and modifications work offshore Norway. The agreement runs from January 2021 until the end of 2023.The contract value will be determined by future call-offs for maintenance and modifications work and could range between NOK 300 million and NOK 700 million per year. The range does not represent a minimum or maximum amount and is subject to change.“We look forward to delivering new projects and services to one of the largest maintenance and modifications portfolios offshore Norway,” said Kjetel Digre, chief executive officer of Aker Solutions.The work will be managed and executed by Aker Solutions’ office in Stavanger and fabrication yard in Egersund. The agreement will also provide work for the company’s offshore employees.The contract will be booked as order intake in the third quarter of 2020. Source: Company Press Release Aker Solutions will continue as ConocoPhillips’ main supplier of maintenance and modifications work offshore Norwaylast_img read more

Law Students And Attorney Note Challenges To Indiana’s Public Defense System

first_imgLaw Students And Attorney Note Challenges To Indiana’s Public Defense SystemMay 16, 2019  By Erica IrishTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — West of the Indiana Statehouse, students at Indiana University’s McKinney School of Law often ponder their options for employment after law school.For law students Tiffany Wire-Costley, 36, and Macie Linn Ellis, 27, this often involves browsing local law bulletins and online job portals, where the two compare salary options, benefits and, of course, the mission behind the practice itself.And money is in short supply for public defenders, when law students are comparing the positions to job openings at private firms. The average annual salary for public defenders statewide remains 33 percent below the national average of $41,947 per year, according to data gathered by the job search website Indeed..The women certainly don’t lack ambition or passion for public service. They each serve on the boards of two specialized clinics in McKinney’s immersive program. Ellis is a board member of the social work clinic, which provides free services and consultations on child custody disputes and related cases, and Wire-Costley volunteers at a pro bono law clinic on the campus.Ellis, who is pursuing both a degree in law and a master’s in social work, put it bluntly: “I need to make money. There’s no way around it.”The student from Seymour, Indiana, is pursuing a career as a social worker, but she tacked on a law degree to add a second level of expertise to her work. Because she is single and has no children, Ellis said a high salary isn’t a necessity, as long as she can pay off her student debt.Wire-Costley, a married mother of three, returned to law school after spending several years out of state.The Indianapolis native returned to her home city and enrolled in McKinney’s program because of its reputation and proximity to the state’s epicenters of public policy.Wire-Costley benefits from the GI Bill through her husband, a member of the U.S. Air Force. While the bill covers her tuition costs, she said she wants to be paid an equitable salary for her time spent preparing for the practice to best serve her future clients.Wire-Costley also criticized lawmakers’ inability to advance a measure — House Bill 1453— that would have allowed the Indiana Public Defender Commission to reimburse public defenders for their work on misdemeanor cases.“The reality is once you have a family and stuff like that, it does matter,” Wire-Costley said.  “If you show up in these Statehouse meetings and show that you don’t value what public defenders are asking for and you deny them that, people in law school will know.”Carey York, a general practice attorney for Fortville Law Associates in Fortville, Indiana, also spoke to the unavoidable conflict between life responsibilities and a career in public defense.Until six months ago, York served as a supervisor for the Level 6 felony and misdemeanor division for Marion County’s public defender agency. He started at the county office after completing his law degree at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law and worked his way up to the supervisory position. Overall, he spent more than a decade at the agency.“I never envisioned I would be there as long as I was,” York said.It was time to leave, York said, when his annual salary maxed out at $62,500. The lawyer, who is married, a homeowner and a father to a young son, said this followed a starting salary of $47,000 and four promotions across his 11 years at the agency.While he applauded his former office’s efforts to raise salaries for first-time defenders and its focus on building an environment motivated by work-life balance, he said there is plenty of room for improvement. But that requires direct investment by the state, he said.“I can’t imagine there’s anyone making $75 [thousand] at the most,” York said.York also criticized counties that limit private practice by public defenders, which can provide opportunities for the attorneys to seek out additional cases to compensate for a salary that’s less than ideal.“It’s difficult to sell that to people,” York said. “You’re saying we need more money and more attorneys, when in the same breath you’re told you’re not allowed to practice privately.”Robert Hill, the chief public defender for Marion County, said his office employs recent law school graduates from many states, not just Indiana. He added that his office has made a conscious effort in recent years to raise salaries, mostly to help defenders pay off their law school debts without sacrificing milestones like homeownership or raising a family.Ultimately, Hill said, securing much needed funds for public defense is a matter of showing respect for the profession and the many sacrifices made by public attorneys.“Legally, I represent the most in need. The people that are neediest and don’t have the ability to defend themselves against the system,” Hill said. “It’s really important that we as a great state not let them slip through the cracks.”FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

a celebration of talent

first_imgIn these challenging times, it is more important than ever to recognise the passion and hard work of Britain’s best bakers and bakery companies. Times may be tough for some, but we must not forget that there are still a huge number of highly successful people and businesses in the baking industry, producing top-quality products at affordable prices.To this end, British Baker is delighted to launch the Baking Industry Awards – now in its 22nd year. The awards celebrate the people and companies that make the British baking industry one of the most exciting and innovative in the world.Open to businesses of all sizes, from one-shop retailers and tiny artisan bakers to the largest plant manufacturers, this is an opportunity to bang the drum for your business and celebrate our vibrant and diverse industry. With several new categories launched this year, there should be an award to suit everybody.Key players from the baking industry will attend the gala Awards Dinner, to be held at the Park Lane Hilton in London on Tuesday 8 September. These will include representatives from major plant bakeries, craft companies, millers, leading supermarkets, bakery trade bodies and suppliers. It’s a glamorous networking opportunity not to be missed.The closing date for the Awards is 1 May. For an entry form or advice on completing it, call Helen Law at William Reed Events on 01293 846587. Alternatively, complete the slip on page 17 and return it to the address provided. Details can also be viewed at, which gives advice on how to fill in the quick and simple entry forms.Entrants do not have to be a supplier or a customer of any of the category sponsors. A panel of judges, organised by the sponsoring company, will adjudicate each of the categories in the Awards.Each panel contains representatives from the sponsoring company, plus an independent expert judge, selected in agreement with British Baker. This panel will draw up a shortlist of competitors and will visit each finalist’s business or workplace. Or, the panel may call the short-listed finalists to their premises to be judged.A British Baker staff member then joins each of the final judging panels to help decide the finalists, who will make the trip to the Awards ceremony in London, as well as the overall category winner.A company may enter more than one category, BUT different company representatives must enter each of the chosen categories. No one person can enter more than one category.The winner of each of the categories will receive a trophy, while finalists receive a certificate. Last year’s glittering awards night featured various exciting events and entertainment. Look out for news of what will be happening at this year’s ceremony in upcoming issues of British Baker.More awards follow soon. In the meantime, please browse the various awards categories in the following pages and work out which you want to enter. We wish you the best of luck.last_img read more

Phil Lesh To Perform In Central Park With Melvin Seals And Nicki Bluhm And Pay Tribute To Jerry Garcia Band

first_imgOn August 30th, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will perform in New York City’s Central Park for a Summerstage show along with the Terrapin Family Band and two special guests, Melvin Seals and Nicki Bluhm. With Melvin Seals on deck to perform on the electric organ, the collection of musicians will perform one tribute set for Jerry Garcia Band, the group headed by the late Grateful Dead guitarist and whose music has been kept alive and well by Seals and JGB.Melvin Seals and Nicki Bluhm have each performed with the Grateful Dead bassist in the past before, with Bluhm joining Lesh, The Terrapin Family Band, and Bob Weir at Terrapin Crossroads in March for the venue’s 5th anniversary. This past weekend, Phil Lesh joined Melvin Seals and JGB for the first time ever at Terrapin Crossroads. To catch all of these musicians in action together, you can check them out when Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band hit Central Park Summerstage on August 30th. Tickets go sale to the public on May 19th, with more information about ticketing available here.[Photo: Andrew Scott Blackstein]last_img read more