Forget buy-to-let and Cash ISAs: I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 stocks in the market crash

first_imgForget buy-to-let and Cash ISAs: I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 stocks in the market crash Peter Stephens | Thursday, 9th April, 2020 | More on: IMB SLA 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 Peter Stephens 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens owns shares of Imperial Brands and Standard Life Aberdeen. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The sharp decline in the FTSE 100’s price level may persuade some investors to focus their capital on other assets. Think Cash ISAs and buy-to-let properties. Such assets may be viewed as lower risk by some investors, or less volatile in the short term.However, the FTSE 100’s recent decline could present buying opportunities for long-term investors. The index has a solid track record of recovery from its lowest levels during past bear markets. As such, now could be the right time to buy these two falling stocks and hold them for the long term.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…Imperial BrandsThe Imperial Brands (LSE: IMB) share price has fallen by around 17% since the start of the year. This is somewhat surprising. Why? Well, the business reported at the end of March that coronavirus has not materially hit its financial performance.Therefore, the company appears to still have a significant amount of defensive characteristics. And that is despite a gradual shift of consumers away from tobacco products. This could mean that its share price displays less volatility than many of its FTSE 100 peers in the coming months.Of course, Imperial Brands is currently experiencing a period of change. It has refreshed its management team in recent months. And it is seeking to transition its products towards less harmful next-generation offerings such as e-cigarettes.Whether they fully replicate the revenues and profitability of tobacco products is a known unknown. However, with Imperial Brands’ share price now trading at a similar level as that recorded in the financial crisis, it seems to offer good value for money. As such, now could be the right time to buy a slice of the business for the long term. That is especially so while the FTSE 100 continues to face an uncertain future.Standard Life AberdeenThe share price of Standard Life Aberdeen (LSE: SLA) has declined by around 35% since the start of the year. That’s not a major surprise, since its financial performance is highly correlated to the performance of global stock markets. At a time when most risky assets across the world have been negatively impacted by coronavirus, investor sentiment towards the business has understandably weakened.As with many financial services business, Standard Life Aberdeen’s share price is now trading at a level that was last seen in the global financial crisis. Although it could decline further in the near term, the financial strength and market position of the company suggest that it has the capacity to survive a period of economic weakness.Furthermore, the stock market has always recovered from its downturns to post new record highs. Therefore, Standard Life Aberdeen’s operating environment is likely to improve over the coming years. This could catalyse its financial performance, and lift investor sentiment towards its shares after what has been a challenging period for the wider sector. 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Blue Darter verbally commits to USF

first_img Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSApopka High School FootballDemetri BurchUniversity of South Florida Previous articleDo Sexual Predators Live in Your Neighborhood?Next articleWork Begins on Final Section of Wekiva Parkway Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Demetri BurchApopka Blue Darter Quarterback Demetri Burch won’t have to travel too far to continue his football career after high school. Burch, the Senior signal caller who led the Blue Darters to a state championship in 2014 as a sophomore, verbally committed to play football with the University of South Florida in 2017.“The reason why I picked USF is because of the coaching staff,” he said. “Just talking to the coaching staff, I knew it was all about family and I know they care about their players. With all of the visits I’ve taken, the longest I’ve ever talked to a head coach was about 5-10 minutes. With USF, I spoke to their head coach (Willie Taggert) for about an hour, and that let me know that this was the school for me.”Burch chose USF over larger schools like the Universities of Kentucky, West Virginia, Louisville and Syracuse.Burch rushed for 1,117 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015 as a junior. He will switch to wide receiver at USF.In his most recent game, Burch led the Blue Darters to a 35-14 win over the Osceola Kowboys last May to close out the spring season. Burch accounted for 271 all-purpose yards and three TDs. He ran 16 times for 156 yards and a score and was 5-of-9 passing for 115 yards and two more TDs. Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Cancer Research UK launches monthly podcast

first_imgCancer Research UK launches monthly podcast 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Howard Lake | 12 November 2006 | News Cancer Research UK has launched its first podcast. The monthly 15-minute magazine-style programme will showcase the charity’s work, from scientific research to health awareness campaigns, and from fundraising efforts to survivors’ stories. Each show is around fifteen minutes long and designed to appeal to all ages. The podcast is fronted by Dr Kat Arney, who has helped present the BBC’s ‘Naked Scientists’ radio show for the past three years.Dr Arney said: “Podcasting is a great way to communicate with our supporters and the public. I hope that people will tune in every month to catch up on the latest news and stories. Advertisementcenter_img “The first show kicks off with a roundup from the recent National Cancer Research Institute conference, catching up with the latest news in cancer research from around the world. We’ll also be finding out how our supporters have been celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month – from celebrity guests to making a splash in the Serpentine.“And there’s a chance to win a limited edition pink rubber duck, signed by our celebrity guest.”Cancer Research UK’s chief executive, Professor Alex Markham, said: “We are embracing new media such as podcasting because we’ll be able to increase the number of people we can speak to, informing them about our progress towards beating the many different types of cancer, offering advice on how to reduce the risk of getting the disease, and also how they can support our life-saving scientific research.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

International calls for release of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike

first_imgThe International Association of Democratic Lawyers, in a resolution released late last month, called for the immediate release of Maher al-Akhras, a Palestinian man imprisoned by Israeli occupation. Detained without charges under the notorious “administrative detention” policy, al-Akhras has been staging a hunger strike for almost 100 days.Hunger striker Maher al-Akhras. Photo: Oren Ziv/ActivestillsFormed in 1946, two years before the creation of the so-called state of Israel, the IADL is a coalition of lawyers who consult with UNESCO with the stated mission of upholding international law and human rights. Released Oct. 25, the resolution identifies Israel as an “occupying power” that does not have the right to defend itself from Palestinians. ( It calls for the release of all Palestinian prisoners as well as eight other demands:the immediate release of Maher al-Akhras and other Palestinians jailed without charge or trial under Israeli administrative detention;the release of all other Palestinian prisoners jailed by Israel. The Israeli military courts, “security” prisoner regulations and administrative detention system are attempts to impose a legal fig leaf on illegal occupation and colonialism;an end to the practice of administrative detention, imprisonment without charge or trial;the end of the E.U-Israel Association Agreement and other free trade agreements with the Israeli state that serve to support and legitimize torture, occupation and colonization;the end of U.S. aid to Israel, which encompasses $3.8 billion in direct military aid to perpetuate the ongoing occupation of Palestinian and Arab land, including the occupation of the Syrian Golan Heights;Urges the U.N. Secretary General and all U.N. committees and agencies to take all available procedures and steps to bring to an end Israeli apartheid, war crimes and crimes against humanity in occupied Palestine, including the exclusion of the Israeli state from participation in the U.N. General Assembly as well as other committees and bodies;demands that the Israeli Ministry of Public Security, including the Israeli police and the “Border Police” in occupied Jerusalem, be excluded from research programs and joint initiatives funded by the European Union; andstands in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle for national liberation, self-determination, equality and return.As WW reported Oct. 26, in putting his life on the line for the Palestinian struggle against colonial oppression, al-Akhras has shown immense courage, dedication and selflessness. His case further highlights both the resolve of Palestinians to be free in their own homeland and the extreme cruelty of Zionist occupiers who continue to rob Palestinians of their land and their freedom. His sacrifice is a beacon of hope for all those fighting for a free Palestine.Free Maher al-Akhras! Free Khalida Jarrar! Free Georges Abdullah! Free Them All! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New cases of Tibetan writers being arrested, attacked

first_img June 2, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New cases of Tibetan writers being arrested, attacked News Organisation to go further News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Reporters Without Borders condemns two new serious cases of detention and use of violence against Tibetan journalists and writers in the past few days. Two magazine editors were arrested by police in Chengdu on 5 June and were mistreated all night before being released, while a writer and monk was arrested without a warrant for the second time in 13 months on 24 May in Ngaba, in eastern Tibet, and has been held ever since without being able to see his family.“The Chinese authorities are offering an idealised vision of a peaceful Tibet in the 2010 Shanghai World Expo but the information coming from the Tibetan areas is very different,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Arrests, violence and surveillance are the common lot of those who defend Tibetan identity. We urge Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to give clear orders for the release of all imprisoned Tibetan intellectuals.”Goyon and Thupten Gedun, the editors of the magazines Tibet and Purgyal Kyi Namshey (Soul of Ancient Kings), were circulating on foot in Chengdu on the evening of 5 June when around 15 policemen descended from two vehicles, used tear-gas on them, and then took them to a police station. After confiscating their mobile phones, cameras, ID cards and wallets, they tied them to chairs and interrogated them.“The police officers used violence to interrogate us,” the journalists said. “They asked us about our work and our political activities, all the while hitting us. They also threatened us by putting guns against our heads. When we asked what we had done wrong, they hit us even harder.” One of them was tortured with electrical equipment to make him confess.“The next day, the police checked our police records and discovered they were empty. So they let us go, but not without threatening to arrest us again.”In Ngaba, writer Dokru Tsultrim was arrested on 24 May in Gomang monastery, where he has been staying for the past five years. A relative living in exile in the Indian city of Dharamsala said he was arrested because of two articles by him that have been published.“Dokru Tsultrim refused to give his laptop to the police but they confiscated documents they found in his room,” the relative said. “Until now our family has been denied the right to see him.” Tsultrim is very involved in promoting literature among young Tibetans but is not a member of in any political movement, the source added.Information about Tsultrim’s previous arrest in 2009:,32608.htmlReporters Without Borders has also learned that the authorities plan to make the inhabitants of Lhasa show their ID in order to be able to photocopy any document. And only permanent residents will be able to make photocopies. This new restriction appears to be aimed at preventing the circulation of “separatist” documents.At least 50 Tibetans have been arrested since March 2008 for sending information abroad:,36…The Garden of Freedoms at the Shanghai expo:,37120.html China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figurescenter_img ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Workers worried about being replaced by robots

first_imgNewsBusinessWorkers worried about being replaced by robotsBy Alan Jacques – October 1, 2018 1159 Print Advertisement WhatsApp TAGSbusinessLimerick City and CountyNewsTechnology Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up O’Connells Butchers bringing a new element to customer service Previous articleDesignPro brings 30 more jobs to RathkealeNext articleLimerick Suicide Watch launch new app at St Mary’s Cathedral Alan Jacques center_img Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic 39% of Irish adults are worried about robots or artificial intelligence (AI) replacing their jobs, according to a new survey commissioned by Lero, the SFI Irish Software Research Centre. And concerns rise to one in two (49%) adults aged between 18 and 34.The survey of 1,038 adults was conducted for Lero by RED C Research in June 2018.Of those worried about their jobs being taken over, 11% believe that this will occur within the next five years. 25% expect it to happen within the next six to ten years. One in three anticipate that the robotic arm on the shoulder will occur within the next 11-15 years.“This is not an unfounded fear,” commented Professor Brian Fitzgerald, director of Lero, the SFI Irish Software Research Centre. “People are not stupid and have observed how artificial intelligence and machines have replaced bank staff and supermarket checkout operators.“However, technology will create new jobs.” He referenced a recent survey by KPMG which found that 96% of Irish CEOs believe that that Artificial Intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys.Pic Sean Curtin True Media.A NEW survey commissioned by Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, which is headquartered at the University of Limerick, has found that 39 per cent of Irish adults are worried about robots or artificial intelligence (AI) replacing their jobs.And that rises to 49 per cent among adults aged between 18 and 34, the survey of 1,038 adults conducted for Lero by RED C Research discovered.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Of those worried about their jobs being taken over, 11 per cent believe that this will occur within the next five years. Twenty-five per cent expect it to happen within the next six to ten years. One in three anticipate that the robotic arm on the shoulder will occur within the next 11 to 15 years.“This is not an unfounded fear,” commented Lero director Professor Brian Fitzgerald.“People are not stupid and have observed how artificial intelligence and machines have replaced bank staff and supermarket checkout operators.“However, technology will create new jobs.”Professor Fitzgerald referenced a recent survey by KPMG, which found that 96 per cent of Irish CEOs believe that Artificial Intelligence will create more jobs than it destroys.“However, the big challenge for Irish education is to prepare our young people to develop the skills and retrain existing workers for jobs of the future. This is particularly challenging as in many cases we don’t know today what these jobs will be.”While many have concerns over robots taking over their jobs, the Lero study established that people are divided on whether robotics will safely replace drivers over the next 15 years. 37 per cent believe that self-driving cars will be safer but 39 per cent are convinced that software-controlled vehicles will be less safe.Home working is likely to increase because of the high cost of housing, especially in the main cities and resulting in long commutes.The Lero report found that just over a quarter of the population work from home at least occasionally. This rises to 38 per cent among those aged 25 to 34. Twitter Email Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

California Housing Market Surging After Wildfires

first_img Related Articles About Author: Alison Rich Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Alison Rich has a long-time tenure in the writing and editing realm, touting an impressive body of work that has been featured in local and national consumer and trade publications spanning industries and audiences. She has worked for DS News and MReport magazines—both in print and online—since they launched. March 28, 2018 3,581 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Share Save Tagged with: Homebuyers Trulia Trulia Research wildfires Previous: Ocwen Mortgage Mods Helped Thousands Avoid Foreclosure Last Year Next: GSEs Launching Uniform Mortgage-Backed Securities The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / California Housing Market Surging After Wildfirescenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago California Housing Market Surging After Wildfires in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago As Northern California rises from the ashes, so too does its housing market, suggests just-released Trulia data. After catastrophic fires swept through the area five months ago, it’s not only are resident choosing to stay—new ones are also aiming to move in, the report says. The heightening demand is creating a highly competitive market, with would-be homeowners jockeying for a seat at the buyer’s table.To assess how the fires changed the region’s housing market—and, conversely, didn’t change it—Trulia looked at metrics such as prices, listings, and search data. What the company noticed is that the number of lots for sale rose, while the number of homes for sale took a sharp tumble.Trulia also uncovered a pair of data points revealing current residents’ and non-residents’ desire to live there. First, even though citizens of Sonoma and Napa counties are looking outside the area at a higher rate than they did a year ago, most are still searching close to home. ZIP codes in the heavily devastated city of Santa Rosa are the top five ZIPs searched from inside the region, Trulia notes. There, empty-lot listings surged 235 percent to 231 in March, up from 69 the same period a year ago. Single-family home listing slid 16.6 percent to 267 from 320 in the same period.Home prices have also risen appreciably. While Trulia attributes some of the increase to decreased supply, much of it simply stems from people’s desire to live in the area, the report says. Much of that demand stems from the San Francisco and Oakland areas, where prices are the steepest in the nation, Trulia says.Inbound searches to Santa Rosa rose 8 percent in February from the same period in 2017. Searchers in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose were the top out-of-towners seeking a spot in Sonoma County, Trulia reports.“As the region rebuilds and new supply comes on the market, house hunters should snap up new supply if current conditions—including high Bay Area home prices—hold,” Trulia concluded in its report.According to February study by Redfin, an estimated $1.5 trillion worth of homes are projected to be at risk from wildfires in the year to come—around 7.7 percent of the United States’ total housing value. Homebuyers Trulia Trulia Research wildfires 2018-03-28 Alison Richlast_img read more

Municipal District Meeting to discuss Letterkenny road issues

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Municipal District Meeting to discuss Letterkenny road issues Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img Facebook WhatsApp Previous articlePublic consultation opens on LPTNext articleMc Hugh announces referendum on emigrant voting rights admin Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Letterkenny road issues are high on the agenda at this afternoon’s meeting of the Letterkenny Municipal DistrictCouncillor Michael McBride is calling for action to address the current layout of the junction at McDonald’s in the town while he and Councillor James Pat McDaid want progess on the Bonagee link.Currently, no work on The Bonagee Link will happen until at least 2022 – it’s needed not least as crashes on the road between the Polstar Roundabout and Dry Arch roundabout cause traffic chaos.Today’s meeting will hear calls from Councillor Gerry McMonagle for action to be taken to make that safer- he says unpopular decisions may have to be made………….Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By admin – July 12, 2016 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

‘Painted Poetry’: A canvas of kindness and beauty

first_img She realized early-on that there are ways of communicating other than talking. Art, she realized, was yet another way of communicating.“I found paint,” she said. “I always allow the viewers to have their own experiences with my work. Nature is my teacher. All I have to do is pay attention.”Land approaches painting like a conversation.“It’s between me, the paint, the surface and my brush,” she said. “Lots of back and forth going on – inquiring, listening, asking and waiting. There’s a kindness and beauty that I always try to convey. It’s what I want around me, so that’s what I paint – kindness and beauty.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author Published 9:16 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Print Article Georgia artist Trish Land was like a breath of fresh air floating through the Johnson Center for the Arts during TroyFest weekend.Land is the featured artist at the Johnson Center through June 15. She was honored with an artist’s reception on Friday night and was also featured in an Art Talk about her exhibition, “Painted Poetry” a noon on Saturday.Brenda Campbell, JCA director, said the weekend events at the JCA were opportunities for the community to get to know Land more personally and to learn to appreciate her artwork even more. Jaine Treadwell | The Messenger‘Painted Poetry,’ the art of Trish Land, will be featured at the Johnson Center for the Arts through June 15. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip You Might Like The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… ‘Painted Poetry’: A canvas of kindness and beauty Book Nook to reopen Marshall discusses reality of human trafficking Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall spoke to the Pike County Republican Women about why he considers human trafficking to be… read more “It seems that knowing more about artists gives viewers an even greater appreciation of their work,” Campbell said. “Trish is a very open and friendly. She meets people really well. She has been a storyteller all her life and that allows people to get to know her as well as appreciate her art.”Land grew up dancing.“It was like a dream,” she said. “I could move and tell a story with music and my body.” By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Painting, for Land, has the essence of dreaming and dancing and the mysterious journey is the story she likes to tell, always allowing the viewer to have their own experience with her work.“I am fascinated by stories we are able to tell with paint,” she said.“My journey starts every day as if everything I see is new.”And, those who view Trish Land’s artwork see the world in a new and intriguing way, Campbell said and invites everyone to experience a new and magnificent world as seen fresh and new through the eyes of Trish Land.The Johnson Center on East Market Street in downtown Troy is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free. By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Family of missing Fort Hood soldier speaks out, urges no one enlist until ‘we get justice’

first_imgU.S. ArmyBy ABBY CRUZ, LUIS MARTINEZ and CHRISTINA CARREGA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As unanswered questions loom over missing Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, her family members spoke out about holding on to hope that the system that “failed her” can improve to help others.“Since she was little, she wanted to join the Army to have better opportunities for herself and for my parents, to be someone in life, to be someone important,” Lupe Guillen, her sister, told ABC News on Wednesday, fighting back tears. “That’s why she wanted to join, to protect and serve. But yet they failed her.”Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last seen in a parking lot on the Fort Hood base on April 22, according to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command. Since her disappearance, her rank was upgraded to specialist from private first class.Investigators found unidentified human remains on June 30 about 20 miles away from the base that are being analyzed. Natalie Khawam, an attorney for the Guillen family, believes them to be Vanessa’s, but the Army has not independently confirmed that.A suspect investigators say they’ve connected to Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance died by suicide on Wednesday morning after being confronted by Killeen, Texas, police officers and federal marshals. That suspect was identified on Thursday as Aaron David Robinson, 20.Robinson’s death by suicide, Khawam added, is “leaving us still with no information,” a big reason why Vanessa Guillen’s family is calling for a Congressional investigation.A previously unidentified female suspect, described by authorities as “the estranged wife of a former Fort Hood soldier,” also has been taken into custody. She’s since been identified as 22-year-old Cecily Aguilar of Killeen.Khawam told ABC News that CID officials told her Aguilar had made a confession, but there hadn’t been an arrest warrant issued for Robinson, “which is really disturbing.”Aguilar, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, has been charged with with one count of conspiracy to tamper with evidence.Robinson, according to the criminal complaint, told Aguilar “he killed a female soldier by striking her in the head with a hammer” on April 22 at Fort Hood, and Aguilar helped him dispose of the victim’s body.The Guillen family and Khawam said at a press conference on Wednesday that Robinson was Vanessa Guillen’s superior, and accused him of sexually harassing her.But at a news conference at Fort Hood on Thursday, Damon Phelps, the Army’s lead investigator in the case, described Robinson as a coworker who was not in her chain of command. Phelps disputed the family’s claim that Guillen had been harassed by Robinson.“There is no credible information that Specialist Robinson sexually harassed Specialist Guillen,” Phelps said.Lupe and Mayra Guillen said their sister’s fear of reporting a sex-related crime in the military isn’t uncommon.“She was afraid to report it. She reported it to her friends. She reported it to her family. She even reported to other soldiers on base, but she didn’t want to do a formal report because she was afraid of retaliation and being blackballed, and she, like most victims, just tried to deal with it herself,” Lupe Guillen told ABC News on Wednesday.Lupe Guillen said she started the “Find Vanessa Guillen” Instagram account after her sister was reported missing. With over 100,000 followers, the hashtag #findvanessaguillen became an outlet for others.Hundreds of military members have reacted to the account, airing their own grievances in the comment section or in private messages. Like Vanessa Guillen, many said they were afraid to speak up.The Pentagon’s latest report on sex-related crimes in the military showed a 3% increase in the number of sexual assaults reported in the 2019 fiscal year — 6,236 compared with 6,053 a year earlier.The report said the military received 1,021 formal sexual harassment complaints, a 10% increase from 2018.ABC News reported in May that the number of sexual assaults at the three military service academies spiked by 32% over the last year, with 149 reports of sexual assault involving a cadet or midshipman as a victim and/or subject during the 2018-2019 academic year.In the wake of Vanessa Guillen’s disappearance and claims by her family, the Army launched an investigation into a program at Fort Hood that’s intended to support sexual harassment or sexual assault victims.The Army has sent a seven-member inspection team to the base at the request of the base’s senior leadership for a week-long investigation into how the program operates, assessing whether the command climate is supportive of soldiers who step forward.Data from the 2018 RAND study that looked at sexual prevalence in the military found that in fiscal year 2014 Fort Hood had the highest number of reported sexual assaults and rapes of any U.S. military facility worldwide.The 885 reported sexual assaults from October 2014 through September 2015 made the sprawling base the 10th riskiest Army facility for female soldiers that year and the eighth riskiest for male soldiers.Fort Hood also has been rocked by a number of scandals, including a prostitution ring discovered in 2014.At this time, the Guillen family and Khawam said they want justice not just for Vanessa but for all members of the military.The family wants to host a large protest outside military bases, including Fort Hood, pass a bill called “I am Vanessa Guillen” to help protect both men and women from sexual harassment, and urge people not to enlist in the military until justice is served.“Knowing that this could happen to anyone, knowing that there’s more victims out there, would you let your child, your son or daughter, sign a contract with the Army knowing that their life is at risk?” said Lupe Guillen, tears streaming down her cheeks. “My sister deserves to be protected. Your child deserves to be protected. Don’t let them recruit you until we get justice — until Vanessa gets justice.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more