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See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 25th August, 2020 | More on: BRBY IHG So far, 2020 has been a turbulent year for investors. The coronavirus crisis has had a significant impact on the global economy, and many UK shares are still trading below the level at which they began the year. However, growth is expected to return in 2021. And with that in mind, I think now could be an excellent time for long-term investors to snap up a basket of cheap blue-chip stocks. Here are two companies I’d consider buying today. 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…UK shares to buy right now The coronavirus crisis has had a significant impact on luxury retailer Burberry (LSE: BRBY). The group was forced to close the majority of its stores at the height of the pandemic, and sales slumped as a result. The company could also continue to struggle in the near term. In an economic downturn, sales of luxury goods and services tend to decline. Nevertheless, Burberry’s most significant advantage is its brand. The group’s worldwide brand recognition, coupled with its global footprint, suggests to me the business is one of the best UK shares to buy to profit from the global economic recovery. What’s more, Burberry’s strong balance sheet and robust profit margins should help the business weather the storm in the near term. As such, I think this stock could be worth buying as part of a diversified basket of cheap UK shares. It could rise in value significantly as the global economic recovery starts to gain traction.InterContinental HotelsThe crisis has also severely impacted InterContinental Hotels (LSE: IHG). Lockdowns forced the company’s hotels around the world to close, and they’re only just starting to reopen. It could be some time before occupancy returns to pre-Covid levels. This suggests the company faces a lot of near-term uncertainty. Still, as one of the largest hotel companies in the world, I think InterContinental can make it through this uncertainty. It’s also well-positioned to profit from an economic recovery on the other side as global travel resumes.A healthy balance sheet and global diversification only add to my belief that this business is one of the best UK shares to own for 2021. There has also been some speculation that InterContinental may merge with its European peer, Accor, as it tries to recover from the crisis.Such a deal would catapult the enlarged company to the top of the hotel industry. It would be the largest operator of hotels in the world. This could be a huge positive for investors. 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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS GloucesterLondon WaspsNorthampton SaintsSaracensGroup C, 29 July, Edgeley Park, Sale:Leicester TigersNewcastle FalconsSale Sharks Winners: Saracens raise the trophy after victory at JP Morgan sevens 2010By Charity KnightNorthern hemisphere rugby stops for no one as the JP Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby Sevens Series continues into its second year.Last year’s winners Saracens are looking to defend their title as all 12 AVIVA Premiership clubs will battle it out to reach the finals at the Twickenham Stoop on 5 August.Tackle: Fred Burdon of Newcastle Falcons tackles Don Barrell of Saracens at the 2010 JP Morgan sevens seriesThe profile of sevens is increasing worldwide now it will be reintroduced to the Olympics at the 2016 Games in Rio, so the sides will be looking to attract new fans to the sport.The tournament will be a great place to see the clubs new signings, giving them a real chance to shine.Harlequins full-back Ollie Lindsay-Hague said: “Expect fast-paced games. We will always look to play quick taps and at a fast tempo which the teams won’t be able to live with and spectators will enjoy watching us with our talent and pace.”Sevens team-mate Miles Mantella, added: “It [sevens] really helps with your development; it gets you playing in front of larger crowds and in more pressured situations which are more akin to playing in the Premiership. It is a real chance for you to show what you can do and gives the young boys an opportunity to perform.”Wrapped up: Quins’ Miles Mantella is tackled by Rob Vickerman of NewcastleAfter the clubs are split into three groups for the tournament, the winner and runner-up of each regional event go through to the final. There will be six games played each evening, with each match consisting of two seven-minute halves with a two-minute break, ensuring a high-energy and high-scoring game. Events kick off on Fridays at 7.30pm.Watch live from 7.15pm on ESPN.Teams:Group B, 22 July, Franklin Gardens, Northampton: Worcester WarriorsFinal, 5 August, The Stoop, Twickenham
Photographs: Federico Cairoli Structures:Ing. Ariel FridmanBuilding Services:Ing. Julio BlancoEnergy Consultants:Ing. Orlando Giampaoli, Tec. Adolfo FraccalvieriCity:Buenos AiresCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico CairoliText description provided by the architects. Quintana 4598, at the corner of Calle Arias, is a building of 12 functional units. The structure is modular, easily implemented and flexible. There are three apartments per floor in which the bathroom, kitchen, storage, closet and bedroom space are organized in a “furniture” format, as a piece attached sideways to the larger space. The specific programs take advantage of the 3m height and are condensed by a superposition in this structure. This operation provides a large volume of air to the dynamic area of the house.Save this picture!AxonometricThe plan is completed with a fourth larger unit, governed by the same organization criteria, although in this case the “furniture” is set at the back, to exploit the more favorable front. The building envelope no longer needs to be controlled by the user, it transfers its variable functions to the natural cycle. The windows on the first enclosure, in turn, repeat a standardized and economic modulation. The projecting boxes, built in polycarbonate, extend the area of the units and compared with a balcony, allow their use independently of any weather restrictions.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThe common areas in the building complement the minimum dwellings in social terms, besides encouraging interaction between users. Similarly, we think that settling to live in a building with these energy characteristics supposes a participatory consciousness. To the water recirculation system, which allows an approximate consumption of 10% compared to normal, we add one Biodigestor, a percolator and six solar panels to preheat water.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliProject gallerySee allShow lessPinterest Round Up of Our Favorite Nap Time RetreatsArticlesPop-up Café / PYESelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Quintana 4598, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects Apartments Year: Quintana 4598 / IR arquitecturaSave this projectSaveQuintana 4598 / IR arquitectura CopyApartments•Buenos Aires, Argentina Save this picture!© Federico Cairoli+ 34 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/571444/quintana-4598-intile-and-rogers-arquitectura Clipboard Photographs “COPY” ArchDaily 2013 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/571444/quintana-4598-intile-and-rogers-arquitectura Clipboard Argentina Quintana 4598 / IR arquitectura Architects: IR arquitectura Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeIR arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBuenos AiresArgentinaPublished on November 27, 2014Cite: “Quintana 4598 / IR arquitectura” [Quintana 4598 / IR arquitectura] 27 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Giving Tuesday returns on 28 November Giving Tuesday goes global The fourth annual Giving Tuesday will take place this year on Tuesday 28 November. The event, marked in a growing number of countries, promotes giving money, time or thanks for charities.This year’s campaign, promoted by Charities Aid Foundation, was launched in London at the offices of Royal Bank of Scotland, one of the campaign’s original corporate supporters.CAF’s CEO Sir John Low, recently knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, described the day, now marked in 98 countries around the world, as the day for “doing good stuff”. Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation corporate giving day Giving Tuesday (l-r) Kirsty Britz – Director of Sustainable Banking, RBS; Dr Sam Godfrey, Science Communications Manager, Cancer Research UK; Kait Sheridan, Global Campaign Lead, #givingtuesday; John Low – Chief Executive, Charities Aid Foundation 332 charities to double their donations on Giving Tuesday via The Big Give Christmas Challenge (29 November 2016)PayPal sets world record on Giving Tuesday (11 January 2016)Ideas for making more of Giving Tuesday (15 October 2015) 188 total views, 8 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis15 Advertisement Watch John Low announce Giving Tuesday 2017[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7S4HB31BlVk[/youtube] Kirsty Britz, Director of Sustainable Banking at RBS, said that Giving Tuesday had boosted monthly giving via its reward current account by 269% to £43,097. Watch Kirsty Britz at Giving Tuesday launch[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnd0PnUbZjg[/youtube] Watch Kait Sheridan at Giving Tuesday launch[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgURtgnM4Fk[/youtube] He said that 4.5 million people had taken part in Giving Tuesday, and that a third of these said that their experience had resulted in them planning to do something more for charity. 187 total views, 7 views today Howard Lake | 22 June 2017 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Consumers Get Short-changed in RFS Debate EPA, Congress and governors across the country would do well to keep a broader economic picture in mind than narrowly focusing on the profit margins of a few select industries.Source: Bob Dinneen RFA Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleTippecanoe County Farmers Featured as New Vendors at Purdue Football GamesNext articleOSU Researchers To Demo Military Technology Adapted For Agriculture At Farm Science Review Gary Truitt Home Energy Consumers Get Short-changed in RFS Debate Facebook Twitter Here’s how: if EPA waived the RFS for next year, food inflation might reach 3.35 to 3.44 percent instead of 3.5 percent, according to USDA, and average household food expenditures for 2013 might fall to $6,533 to $6,527 instead of $6,536. In other words, waiving the RFS might save $3 to $9 per household for the full year, or roughly 0.8 to 2.5 cents per day. Yet, eliminating ethanol from the gasoline supply would put upward pressure on prices at the pump. According to the Energy Information Administration, the average household consumes approximately 1,100 gallons of gasoline annually. Research from Iowa State University, Purdue University, Louisiana State University and others suggests that a potential 500 million to 1.4 billion gallon reduction in ethanol under a waiver would result in an increase in gas prices of 3 to 8 cents per gallon. Therefore, waiving the RFS would increase average household gasoline expenditures by at least $33 to $88 for the year, offsetting the miniscule savings a waiver might produce on food expenditures. The fact is that consumers would be much worse off if the calls to end domestic ethanol production were heeded. Not only would tens of thousands of jobs all across rural America be in jeopardy, but consumers would begin to see immediate spikes in gasoline prices if ethanol— today 10 percent of the gasoline supply and 50 to 60 cents cheaper than gasoline—were eliminated from the marketplace. Simply put, waiving the RFS likely would result in a net increase in annual household spending of at least $24 to $85 in 2013. This increased burden on the family budget would be particularly unwelcome at a time when unemployment remains high and economic recovery remains sluggish. This summer’s drought is taking a toll on America. It has hemmed in the productive power of American farmers. It has brought cries of doom and gloom for livestock and poultry producers. And, it has caused knee-jerk, emotionally charged reactions for Capitol Hill and state capitols all across the country. The events of this summer have brought an avalanche of calls to end America’s production and use of renewable fuels like ethanol. In the name of livestock industry profits, we must stop ethanol production today, or so we are told. Hiding behind claims of concern for consumer pocketbooks, corporate livestock interests, factory poultry operations and food manufacturers have petitioned the U.S. EPA to waive the requirements of the renewable fuel standard (RFS) to prevent higher prices for consumers. That is quite magnanimous of these industries. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Sep 13, 2012 The renewable fuel standard waiver language clearly states that EPA must look at the whole economy in conducting research for the waiver requests and come to a finding of severe economic harm resulting from the implementation of the RFS. Clearly, comparing just consumer food prices to consumer gasoline price demonstrates more harm than good would come from granting a waiver. Moreover, when the cost of gasoline is considered as a factor in the overall price for food in grocery stores, it’s obvious that eliminating ethanol use would not only cause pain at the pump, but erase any miniscule savings that might have resulted from a lower corn prices as a result of less ethanol production.
Facebook Twitter Monsanto Acquires Climate Corporation By Andy Eubank – Oct 2, 2013 SHARE Facebook Twitter Monsanto purchases Climate CorpMonsanto is acquiring Climate Corporation for $930 million, and the two companies say the result for farmers will be access to more information about the all important factors affecting their crops and yields. In making the Wednesday announcement, Kerry Preete, Monsanto executive vice president of global strategy, said farmers face more and more challenges but need to increase yields in the coming years.“Farmers around the world are going to be asked to produce more on their existing footprint of land while at the same time minimizing the impact on the environment. For these reasons as we look at it as an agriculture company, innovation is going to become more important than ever.”The Climate Corporation offers expertise in agriculture analytics and risk-management with products including crop insurance, weather insurance and web and mobile software tools for farmers.“Today farmers have access to so much information, from yield data to soil information, and they tell us that they just don’t know how to get value from all that information,” said David Friedberg is the chief executive officer of The Climate Corporation. “We recognize that data is just another commodity but the insight you can provide from that data can make every moment and every decision count on the farm. The ability to turn complex information into actionable insights and provide real time management decisions is vitally important for agriculture around the world.”He went on to say that this is an important point in time for agriculture, and data holds the keys.“We’re entering a new chapter of innovation ahead as data becomes more ubiquitous and farmers begin embracing online services. The ability to better understand and interpret environmental and agricultural data will help farmers optimize yields through smarter seed genetics, planting rates, and other decisions, and that’s why we’re looking forward to working with Monsanto.”Both companies estimate the majority of farmers have an untapped yield opportunity of up to 30 to 50 bushels in their corn fields.The complete Monsanto news release is here. Home Indiana Agriculture News Monsanto Acquires Climate Corporation SHARE Previous articleShutdown Will Have Minimal impact on AgricultureNext articleDow AgroSciences Named Company of the Year for Women in Agribusiness Andy Eubank
Organisation Receive email alerts After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more News News IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Follow the news on Iran March 18, 2021 Find out more News to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Paris, 3 February 2012 – Reporters Without Borders, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights urge the international community to take a much firmer stance on respect for human rights in Iran by raising this essential issue in the talks currently under way with the country’s authorities. These three human rights organizations also urge the EU and international community to publicly condemn the unacceptable treatment that imprisoned journalists and netizens receive at the hands of the Revolutionary Guards.Farsnews, an Iranian news agency that is close to the Revolutionary Guards, reported on 29 January that the supreme court had upheld the death sentence that was passed on Saeed Malekpour, a computer specialist and Canadian resident. Farsnews also published a communiqué by the Centre for the Surveillance of Organized Crime expressing “satisfaction” with the supreme court’s decision. Malekpour’s execution is believed to be imminent.Two other netizens, information technology student Vahid Asghari and website administrator Ahmadreza Hashempour have also had their death sentences confirmed by the supreme court in the past few days.A fourth netizen, Mehdi Alizadeh, a website developer and humorist who was arrested for the second time in March 2011 in connection with his satirical posts, has just learned that he has been sentenced to death by Abolghasem Salevati, the head of a revolutionary court.“We call on the international community to intercede directly with the Iranian authorities on behalf of these four netizens and to request the acquittal and release of all imprisoned journalists and bloggers,” the three human rights organizations said. “The issue of respect for fundamental rights must at the same time be raised during the ongoing economic and scientific discussions.”These four netizens, aged from 25 to 40, are the victims of machinations by the Centre for the Surveillance of Organized Crime, an entity that was created illegally by the Revolutionary Guards in 2008. In March 2009, this centre announced the dismantling of a “malevolent” Internet network and the arrests of several website moderators, whose photos and “confessions” were published a few days later by the Gerdab website and other outlets.Under torture, they admitted to having links with websites that criticize Islam and the Iranian government and to having intended to “mislead” Iranian youth by distributing pornographic content. They were also forced to confess to participating in a plot backed by the United States and Israel.The detainees were placed in solitary confinement for long periods – more than a year in some cases – and the confessions obtained under torture were used against them at their trials. Malekpour and Asghari described how they were tortured during interrogation in letters to the judges in charge of their cases. At the same time, their defence lawyers were unable to meet with them or have access to their case files.The three human rights organizations support the appeal that 39 political prisoners, journalists and intellectuals issued on 25 January, calling for the release of all prisoners of conscience including the leaders of the protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection.Mir Hossein Mousavi, the former Prime minister and owner of the closed newspaper Kalameh Sabaz, his wife, the bestselling writer and intellectual Zahra Rahnavard, and Mehdi Karoubi, the former President of Parliament and owner of the closed newspaper Etemad Melli, have been under house arrest since 24 February 2011. Karoubi’s wife, Fatemeh Karoubi (the editor of the magazine Iran Dokhte), who was arrested at the same time as him, was finally released in September. Mousavi, Rahnavard and Mehdi Karoubi have been deprived of all their rights for nearly a year. Their relatives have not been able to visit them for months and are very worried about their state of health.The Islamic Republic must bring this unacceptable state of affairs to an end. Arbitrary arrest and the holding of political prisoners incommunicado violate international law. Such practices are tantamount to enforced disappearance, yet are widely and frequently used by the authorities. IranMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rights groups urge international community to press Iran to end violations News Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more