Forget your State Pension worries! I’d listen to Warren Buffett and buy cheap UK shares

first_imgForget your State Pension worries! I’d listen to Warren Buffett and buy cheap UK shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Buying cheap UK shares to build a retirement nest egg may not sound like a worthwhile move at the present time. Risks such as Brexit and coronavirus could cause a further stock market crash later this year.However, by following billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s lead and purchasing undervalued shares, you could build a surprisingly large nest egg. In doing so, you may reduce your reliance on what continues to be a relatively inadequate State Pension.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…Buying cheap UK shares after a stock market crashFollowing the stock market crash, there are a wide range of cheap UK shares available to buy. Purchasing them now could mean you benefit from their long-term growth potential. Especially since an economic recovery is likely to take place in the coming years.Buffett has used a similar approach for many decades. His aim has consistently been to buy high-quality businesses when they are suffering from temporary challenges. For example, a company may have a solid financial position and a competitive advantage over its peers that can produce high profit growth in the long run. However, in the short run, it may be suffering from weak consumer sentiment or challenging economic conditions that will eventually improve.Certainly, some cheap UK shares deserve to trade at low prices. In some cases, they may struggle to survive what could be a difficult period as the coronavirus pandemic continues. However, investors who have a long-term horizon are likely to have sufficient time for them to post recoveries as sentiment improves and their profitability moves higher.Building a nest egg to beat the State PensionWhile other assets may be less risky than cheap UK shares in the short run, their long-term growth potential may be somewhat lacking. For example, bonds and cash offer low returns due to a loose monetary policy. Meanwhile, high house prices suggest the buy-to-let market may lack value for money.By contrast, indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 haven’t yet recovered from the recent stock market crash. Within them, many companies with dominant market positions and long-term growth potential currently trade at prices that are significantly below their historic averages. This suggests that they offer wide margins of safety that could translate into high returns in the long run.As such, buying a diverse range of cheap UK shares could be a sound means of overcoming the State Pension. With it amounting to just £9,110 per year, it is unlikely to provide financial freedom for most people in older age. Therefore, now could be the right time to follow Buffett and buy strong businesses at prices that do not fully reflect their future prospects. Doing so could improve your retirement prospects in the coming years. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 3rd October, 2020 See all posts by Peter Stephens Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: The Motley Fool last_img read more

2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in an ISA today

first_img2 cheap UK shares I’d buy in an ISA today 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Peter Stephens Peter Stephens owns shares of Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Auto Trader. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img 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. Buying cheap UK shares today could lead to high returns in the long run. The stock market has a long history of delivering recoveries after its bear markets. Therefore, buying FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares when they trade at low prices could be a means of maximising your returns.With that in mind, here are two British shares that appear to offer good value for money. They could catalyse your ISA returns as they deliver on their strategies and enjoy improving operating conditions.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…Recovery potential relative to other cheap UK sharesAviva’s (LSE: AV) 20% stock price fall in 2020 could make it a relatively attractive value investing opportunity compared to other cheap UK shares. The company recently announced changes to its strategy under a refreshed management team that could improve its financial prospects.For example, the business will focus on a more limited geographical area where it has its greatest competitive advantages. It will also invest in delivering higher service levels to customers, while using greater innovation to reduce costs where possible.Aviva’s share price fall means it currently trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 6. This suggests it offers a wide margin of safety relative to other UK shares. It’s expected to post a 9% rise in net profit next year, which could lead to improving investor sentiment.Clearly, the company faces an uncertain future that could negatively impact on its financial prospects in the near term. The economic outlook remains challenging in many of its key markets. However, it seems to offer good value for money and could be worth buying in an ISA alongside a diverse range of other cheap UK shares.Growth at a reasonable priceAuto Trader (LSE: AUTO) is another FTSE 100 stock that appears to offer good value for money relative to other cheap UK shares. That’s despite its recent share price recovery that means it’s now in positive territory in the current calendar year.It’s forecast to post a 40% rise in net profit next year, as the UK’s economic prospects improve. This puts it on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 0.4, which suggests it offers capital growth potential.Certainly, the company’s forecasts are subject to change, depending on how factors such as Brexit and coronavirus progress. However, its recent updates have shown it’s adapting to a changing operating environment through innovative customer offerings. They could strengthen its competitive position and allow it to maintain its status as a dominant operator within the online automotive marketplace.Therefore, now could be the right time to buy a slice of Auto Trader while it trades at an attractive price level. It could deliver impressive returns as part of a diverse ISA portfolio of cheap UK shares. 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Daily news from New Zealand – 16 October – Video

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Brad Thorn and Richie McCaw celebrate after beating Australia to reach the RWC FinalOn today’s RWC Daily we have all the reaction to the RWC 2011 semi-final between Australia and New Zealand as the two teams looked to book their place in the final against France. Plus we visit the RWC 2011 Best-dessed street in New Zealand. New Zealand All Black lock Brad Thorn (L) and New Zealand All Black flanker Richie McCaw wave to fans as they leave the field after the 2011 Rugby World Cup semi-final match New Zealand vs Australia at the Eden Park in Auckland on October 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)last_img read more

Heineken Cup: Five things we learned from Rd 2

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scarlets have made everyone feel all warm inside with their galloping, long-range rugby, replete with handling flourishes and impossible side-steps. However, at the heart of all of it is Rhys Priestland.He admits that last season he genuinely struggled with professional rugby, but he seems to have had a word with himself and in this competition in particular he has shone, helping set up flowing tries and kicking beautifully. He has nailed more kicks at goal than any other player with 13 and he is the competition’s top points scorer with 34. Impressive. Pretty in pink: Cardiff Blues celebrate under the posts after scoring against a shell shocked Toulon side on SaturdayWEEK TWO of the Heineken Cup gave us a dizzying doozy of a round, with some teams turning week-old convention on its head, some teams playing well but still somehow throwing themselves out of contention and others somehow scraping to the tops of tables.Here is what we learned this time round.Toulon are not invincibleThe bookies still value Toulon as favourites to win the whole thing, but the fact Jonny Wilkinson blanked a handful of reporters at the weekend after the match tells you that the talismanic fly-half and his well-remunerated chums from the south of France were most displeased with their loss to the Cardiff Blues.They can turn it on at home and they now have pedigree, but while they should progress there will be many hoping that away from home or at neutral grounds the flash boys from Toulon could be gotten at.Sock it too me: Maxime Medard hands kit to fans after winImpressive away wins should scare usUlster defeating Leicester Tigers in Belfast was impressive, but to back that up with 25-8 win away to Montpellier should cause everyone else in the competition to leak a bit of sweat. It could be assumed that the province will win twice against Treviso and no-one will want to play Ulster in Europe off the back of four wins.Meanwhile, a sleeping old giant looks to have finally climbed out of its funk as Toulouse beat Saracens by a single point in front of 61,000 fans at Wembley. It took a big crowd and a hefty, slapping challenge for them to look like they are up for a competition and they only just made it because of Owen Farrell’s wayward kicking, but they could be back in business and in scoring a timely, from-behind try with substitute (!) Louis Picamoles they have shown some old championship know-how. Pool 2 is tighter than a Walrus’ waistcoatWith Exeter Chiefs annihilating Cardiff Blues in one half and Toulon cantering to 50-odd points in week one you would expect the pair to do something similar the next week, but Glasgow Warriors ground out a win against the Chiefs and the Blues left everyone surprised with a brave win over Toulon.Chiefs and Toulon have six points each and Glasgow and Blues have five. Who knows which of the three – OK, we’ve already said Toulon should go through eventually – will go through, if they can. It will be interesting to see if anyone has enough points to qualify as the second place team, particularly if the sides revert back to scoring as freely as they did in round one.Leinster may be at it again…Against the Ospreys Sean O’Brien flexed his muscles and barreled headlong into the breakdown. Then, against Castres, they leant on Jimmy Gopperth and pointed to the sticks. They have no try bonuses, but the group is so tight underneath them that this means little. They know how to edge in front and stay there and if Northampton Saints cannot beat them in the next two matches there is every chance that Leinster will continue to grow into that pale blue beast everyone fears.Calling the shots: Rhys Priestland is in fine form this termRhys Priestland is a man in form <> at Parc y Scarlets on October 19, 2013 in Llanelli, Wales. last_img read more

Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMasao Yahagi ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTatebayashiHousesJapanPublished on March 04, 2013Cite: “Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects” 04 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More 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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/336805/diamond-house-masao-yahagi-architects Clipboard Area:  145 m² Area:  145 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Diamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects Diamond House / Masao Yahagi ArchitectsSave this projectSaveDiamond House / Masao Yahagi Architects Japan “COPY” photographs:  Koichi TorimuraPhotographs:  Koichi TorimuraCollaborators:Kenji NawaSite Area:260.29 m2City:TatebayashiCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Koichi TorimuraRecommended ProductsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumSkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesThe music studio was requested in this house because the client is a well-known musician.The studio considers the acoustic quality by planning non-parallel walls (pentagon) of the reinforced concrete construction.  Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraEach wooden room was arranged in surroundings of the music studio. This has two effects. The first is to have life with a focus on the music, the other is soundproofing to the neighbor. Each room has courtyard that slightly connected with the outside.  As a result, all rooms face outside and obtain the daylight and breeze through the one of the courtyards. On the other hand, it protects privacy from the outside. Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraThis house has a sort of elements such as the studio of reinforced concrete construction, each wooden room, courtyards, and rambling activity. Those elements are dramatizing of various life scenes.  Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessRooms / Ando CorporationSelected ProjectsLandfill Reclaimation: Fresh Kills Park Develops as a Natural Coastal Buffer and Par…Architecture News Share Houses Projects 2012 2012 CopyHouses•Tatebayashi, Japan Photographs “COPY” Year:  Year:  Architects: Masao Yahagi Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/336805/diamond-house-masao-yahagi-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Koichi Torimura+ 13 Sharelast_img read more

Volresource expands events listings and news section

first_img Howard Lake | 23 April 2001 | News Volresource expands events listings and news section  8 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Volresource, the “portal for voluntary and community organisations,” today launches an expanded events listing and news section at voluntarynews.org.uk. Volresource, the “portal for voluntary and community organisations,” today launches an expanded events listing and news section at voluntarynews.org.uk. Project director John Howes will launch the service at Charityfair at which he will be speaking on Making Effective Use of the Web.Visit VoluntaryNews. Advertisementcenter_img 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New Fundraising Executive at Fight for Sight

first_img Sarina Jesudason has joined Fight for Sight as a Fundraising Executive.Sarina’s responsibilities include managing sponsored events and regional and community fundraising. She has previously organised all-day concerts for the Terence Higgins Trust, Shelter and No Sweat as a volunteer. Tagged with: Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 27 October 2004 | News  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Advertisement New Fundraising Executive at Fight for Sight 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.last_img read more

Cascaid appoint Scottish Director

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 11 February 2005 | News Cascaid appoint Scottish Director Alan Clayton, Group Managing Director, explained Cascaid’s latest appointment: ” The Scottish fundraising sector is the fastest moving and most dynamic in the UK at this moment in time, and the need for high level agency support has grown in parallel with the sector. With a board that is 50% Scots, Cascaid are obviously well served to meet this need. “Lorna’s breadth of fundraising experience will be a great asset to clients throughout Scotland as she leads our service provision and growth north of the border.”  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Lorna Duncan has joined full service direct marketing agency and fundraising consultancy Cascaid as Director (Scotland). Lorna is currently the Fundraising Manager at the Royal Scottish Corporation, having previously worked for Macmillan Cancer Relief as a Regional Fundraising Manager. She will take up her Edinburgh-based position in April 2005.Lorna had previously worked with Cascaid as a client when she hired them to run a direct marketing campaign and capital appeal. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Management Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Easyfundraising.org.uk raises £500,000 for charities

first_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Easyfundraising.org.uk raises £500,000 for charities Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Trading Shopping website easyfundraising.org.uk has now helped good causes across the UK raise over £500,000 simply by generating commission each time their supporters shop online.The site features links to over 600 online retailers including Argos, Next, Amazon, M&S, eBay, Woolworths, Direct Line, Screwfix, Interflora, Staples, and Expedia. When shoppers make a purchase, a free cash donation is generated from the retailer for the shopper’s chosen good cause.Easyfundraising’s Becky Coleman said: “Asking supporters to donate again and again is difficult at the best of times, but particularly as money becomes tighter. The beauty of easyfundraising is that supporters don’t need to put their hands in their pockets to raise funds”.Easyfundraising is confident that Christmas will prove successful for its partner charities with “78% of shoppers intending to buy presents online this year” according to Coleman.Easyfundraising now features a product comparison service. Price Checker compares thousands of products and prices from easyfundraising retailers, allowing shoppers to save money while continuing to help their chosen cause.The site’s search engine, easysearch.org.uk, is also generating income for charities: “every search supporters make generates a small donation”, adds Coleman. Over 6 million searches have already been made through easysearch.Neither service charges charities or users to use them. Any UK charity, good causes and non profit organisation can register to use easyfundraising and easysearch, including schools and nurseries, sports clubs, youth groups such as brownies and scouts, community groups, churches and individuals undertaking sponsored events and challenges.www.easyfundraising.org.uk Howard Lake | 13 November 2008 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Rugambage finally freed after being held for 11 months by popular tribunal

first_imgNews News February 13, 2020 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Rwanda Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist Help by sharing this information Jean-Léonard Rugambage of the Kigali-based independent fortnightly Umuco was freed on 28 July after a ‘gacaca’ popular tribunal finally recognised on appeal that the warrant for his arrest issued on 7 September 2005 was fraudulent and that his detention was therefore arbitrary, Rugambage told Reporters Without Borders today.His release came two days after the gacaca appeal court overturned his conviction on a charge of a contempt of court, for which he had already served eight months of a one-year prison sentence. In all, Rugambage spent 11 months in detention.Speaking in Kigali, Rugambage said: “I am grateful to all the organisations, including Reporters Without Borders, that campaigned for the truth to finally emerge, and to the national agency of gacaca courts that enabled my case to advance.”He also hailed “the efforts of the government, as part of national reconciliation, to make the population more aware of the role of the gacaca courts, which are often seen as means for settling scores.”Reporters Without Borders said it hailed the end of the political and legal harassment of Rugambage, in which he was kept in prison by the use of legal procedures that the Rwandan judicial authorities themselves now recognise as arbitrary.Still pending against him is a charge of murder, described as genocide. After two hearings on 7 and 14 June, the gacaca said it was not qualified to hear this charge. Although he could still in theory be tried by an ordinary court, the executive secretary of the gacaca courts, Domitille Mukantaganzwa, told him his case would be closed. Now that he has been released, further proceedings seem very unlikely.Rugambage plans to resume working soon as Umuco’s editor.——————————27.07.2006 – Journalist kept in prison after conviction overturned on appealReporters Without Borders today condemned the failure to release newspaper reporter Jean Léonard Rugambage after the judges of a “gacaca” people’s court in Mbati, in the district of Ruyumba, yesterday overturned his conviction on a charge of a “contempt of court”, for which he had already served eight months of a one-year prison sentence.“We call for an end to this travesty of justice being carried on behalf of unclear personal interests and we demand that Rugambage should be released once and for all,” the press freedom organisation said.A reporter with the independent fortnightly Umuco, Rugambage still faces a charge of “planning genocide” in 1994 when he was an army corporal. He withdrew an appeal against this accusation when two of his defence witnesses were beaten and a third was arrested during a hearing on 7 June.The irregularities surrounding the manner in which he was placed in pretrial detention on 7 September 2005 are supposedly going to be examined in a later closed hearing.In yesterday’s appeal hearing, judge Théophile Bonabagenda referred to the original warrant for Rugambage’s arrest which he and two other people were forced to sign by two policemen and a military officer, without consulting the gacaca district coordinator. Bonabagenda also insisted that one of the signatures was forged.In an additional irregularity, Rugambage was held for six days at a police station in the central province of Gitamara after his arrest, although he should have been transferred immediately to the central prison.——————————- 1.12.2005 – Travesty of justice from popular court for detained journalistReporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at all the judicial iniquities undergone by reporter Jean Léonard Rugambage of the independent fortnightly Umuco since his arrest on 7 September, the latest of which is the one-year prison sentence for contempt he received on 23 November after contesting the impartiality of the gacaca (popular court) appointed to try him.As a result, his trial on a charge of alleged participation in a murder during the 1994 genocide has been postponed until next year when he has completed the sentence for contempt of court.“Everything in this story is marked by bad faith, denial of justice and victimisation,” the press freedom organisation said. “The murder charge seems to have been trumped up because his newspaper criticised irregularities and aberrant behaviour by some of the gacacas.”Reporters Without Borders added: “After examining the facts, we can only conclude that his arrest, charging and imprisonment were all the result of a machination which we firmly condemn, and we are horrified to see the gacacas being used to settle personal scores, impose authority and silence news media.”The sentence for contempt was imposed at a public hearing by a gacaca in Mbati, in the municipality of Ruyumba (in the central prefecture of Gitarama), on 23 November. It was Rugambage’s second appearance before this gacaca. According to a report published by the Swiss news agency Hirondelle, the hearing began with Rugambage immediately introducing a motion denouncing the “partiality” of the president judge, Theophile Kalisa.Rugambage argued that by systematically refusing to hear defence witnesses, Kalisa had demonstrated a lack of neutrality. Kalisa immediately responded that Rugambage had “shown disrespect to a man of integrity.” In the Kinyarwanda language, the gacaca judges are called “inyangamugayo,” which means “men of integrity.”The court’s seven judges then withdrew to deliberate in private about the incident. On their return, Rugambage was given a lecture and then got the one-year sentence for contempt. His trial on a charge of alleged participation in the genocide was deferred until his completion of this sentence.When Rugambage asked if the two and a half months he had already spent in detention would be deducted from the one-year sentence, the judge replied, “We are not aware of your arrest.” Rugambage, who was wearing a prisoner’s pink uniform, protested to the judge and pointed that he had been arrested “on the basis of a charge drawn up by this court.” The judge put an end to any further discussion by claiming that this was a police matter and nothing to do with him. Yet Rugambage was told by the Gitarama police who arrested him on 7 September that they were acting on an order issued by the Ruyumba gacaca.Rugambage was arrested 10 days after the publication of an Umuco issue containing an article he wrote about corruption among certain gacaca judges in Ruyumba and the use of the gacacas to settle personal scores.A Reporters Without Borders representative was present when he appeared for the first time before the gacaca on 5 October and witnesses accused him of such crimes as distributing arms and forging passports. One witness accused him of killing a bank manager during the genocide after looting the bank, although the victim’s father said he had never seen Rugambage.Rugambage arranged to be accompanied to the 23 November hearing by two fellow inmates who had confessed to killing the bank manager. He said the bank manager, who was of Hutu origin, was killed for money, not for any reason to do with the genocide.Rugambage was anyway already tried and acquitted by an ordinary court in 1996 for the bank manager’s murder. Kalisa was already one of his accusers back then, he said. April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en RwandaAfrica August 1, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rugambage finally freed after being held for 11 months by popular tribunal The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News Jean-Léonard Rugambage of the Kigali-based independent fortnightly Umuco was freed on 28 July after a ‘gacaca’ popular tribunal finally recognised on appeal that the warrant for his arrest issued on 7 September 2005 was fraudulent and that his detention was therefore arbitrary, Rugambage told Reporters Without Borders today. 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