Gold and oil prices surge, but investors need to be creative in how they react

first_img Michael Baxter | Monday, 6th January, 2020 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. Gold and oil prices surge, but investors need to be creative in how they react 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. Maybe the recent rise in global tensions between America and Iran could be the catalyst to set off the next shift in the oil and gold cycle. Before you dive into gold and oil, however, consider another perspective.The oil cycle has been oscillating for more than 100 years. When the oil price is high, onlookers start talking about the price of oil being permanently high and refer to such concepts as ‘peak oil’, suggesting we are running out of the black stuff. But in such times, consumers slowly change behaviour, replacing existing cars with more fuel-efficient models, for example, or insulating their lofts. Simultaneously, oil companies invest more in exploration.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…It can take several years, but eventually oil demand falls while supply rises — the price can then collapse.When oil is cheap, we often see the opposite effect.In recent years, fracking has added a new dimension. When oil is relatively cheap, fracking companies either reduce or temporarily cease activity; when the oil price rises, they step up activity. For this reason, since around 2016 Brent crude oil has been trading in a corridor of between $40 and $80 a barrel.Gold reacts differently, it is often seen as a hedge against inflation. It soared in price after the 2008 crash, in part because it was seen as a safe haven in times of uncertainty, and in part because of a mistaken belief that record low interest rates and quantitative easing would create inflation.This all begs the question: will recent rises seen in the oil and gold prices continue? If so, will oil companies and gold miners benefit?The appetite for another war in the Middle East is not strong; it is hard to judge what will happen next in the region, and for that reason it is far from clear whether oil and gold will continue to rise.There is another potential winner from a surge in the oil price, and this is an area that ethical investors may be more comfortable with. If the oil price does carry on rising and passes, say, $100 or even $150, then demand for oil alternatives should rise and that especially means renewable energies, demand for which is in any case increasing.The oil companies themselves are in a difficult position. Those that are not reliant on shipping oil through the Strait of Hormuz will probably see a boost to profits from a high oil price, but fears over climate change are growing. Some describe oil reserves as stranded assets, so the imperative to invest more in oil exploration may not be so great.By contrast, companies with a strong renewable energies base could be big beneficiaries — a company like Drax, for example, while not an especially fashionable investment, generates around 15% of all UK renewable energies.As for gold, remember that so far this century, underlying inflation has been weak even when the oil price was high; it feels like a hedge against a non-existent threat. As a ‘safe harbour’ investment, gold may advance – but I believe this depends on how the US and Iran respond to the current crisis… “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! 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Crazy or dedicated? I’ll let you decide.

first_img Charles Towne November 8, 2020 at 8:51 am You discovered the answer to an ongoing mystery! Of course those raccoons didn’t have a wood burning stove but I just bet the Kebler elves DID! And everybody knows that raccoons and elves love to hang!Otherwise you are admitting you aren’t bright enough to get out of the rain!!! charles towne Reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Judith Hankes Mignon Waller Reply Doc InspirationBy Charles Towne            The matriarch of our clan, my dear mama, said to me, ”As far as I know there has never been anybody in the family that was certifiable, but every one of us has brought eccentricity to a very fine degree of perfection.”I don’t know if I’m ready for the funny farm, or just extremely dedicated? Perhaps equal parts of both. I’ll let you decide for yourself.Here I sit in a tiny camera blind, knee deep in water, in the middle of a creek, in the center of a dense Florida swamp. (Yeah. Now you’re beginning to get the picture. But let me continue.) Most of the cute little lady mosquitoes are doing whatever it is that lady mosquitoes do on a chilly day in the sunshine state. I imagine they are sleeping, perhaps dreaming of the delicious blood they are going to extract from yours truly, once the weather warms up again.It is cold and damp as a wet clam, as well as overcast, with a depressing gray cloud-layer that bodes no good for man or beast.  On top of all that cheer, it has been raining – a chilly drizzle – Florida’s excuse for snow.Ensconced as I am in the blind, I sit on an upturned five-gallon bucket, which will, after a few hours due to the fact that I forgot my wimp cushion, begin to feel like a combination of a chunk of ice and a handful of rusty railroad spikes.Crazy or dedicated?The only thing that I have seen in the last hour is a retarded raccoon taking an early morning stroll. The water gently laps against the sides of the plywood blind, and as my nose runs copiously and soaks my mustache, a bitter-cold wind is blowing down my neck.   Ah, what a day! What a life! The raccoon shivers, wipes his nose with one paw and, glancing in my direction, shakes his head as he decides to call it quits, hastily retiring to a hole in an old cypress tree that houses his nice warm den.  And I called him retarded?! I swear that I can see smoke coming from a hole further up in the raccoon’s tree; could he actually have a little wood-burning stove in there? And suddenly my imaginer goes into its red zone.Now, I want you to understand that this is the danger area in all imaginations; the forbidden zone, the outer limits, the “DANGER, THIN ICE” region, where even the most adventurous angels fear to tread… but… oops! It’s too late.At the thought of the little stove heating up that nice warm den tree, I can see the raccoon removing his cute little overshoes and his scarf as Mrs. Raccoon calls him to dinner.There they are, Mr. Raccoon and his wife, and the little raccoon’s, Bosh, Huck, Apple-Blossom, Teddy and Pinky Doodle. There they are, the entire little raccoon family sitting down to a delicious meal of fried crawdad tails, hot bread made of the finest acorn flour, and blackberry pie! The bread is all slathered real thick with blackberry preserves, and all of this is washed down with great mugs of hot chocolate swimming with lots and lots of marshmallow topping.I begin to wonder: is there enough room for me in the raccoon’s snug den? And will they share their meal with me? My gaze lingers on the rising imagined smoke… maybe…?Suddenly the chill wind blowing down my neck brings me back to reality. The wind is picking up and the palm fronds are making a terrible racket with their dry rattling. Any dyed-in-the-wool naturalist knows the futility of attempting to photograph wildlife while the wind is blowing; animals simply don’t like to move as the noise of the wind could conceal the approach of a predator. But here I sit, in a chilly plywood blind, in the middle of a creek, in the center of a swamp, hoping that I don’t catch a terminal case of pneumonia.Yesiree… I bet Mr. raccoon and his family are all nice and warm, sitting around their little wood-burning stove, telling stories and drinking those huge mugs of hot chocolate, while I sit here with this darned cold draft blowing down my neck! (Yeah. Perhaps you’re right. I don’t have the good sense the good Lord gave a goofy gopher.)Dear Papa God, please protect us from ourselves, and at the same time allow us to dream of wonderful things as we take jaunts into “the wild side”.  Lead us and guide us, and help us to be what you want us to be. I thank you for giving me a mother that introduced me to Imagiland – that strange place populated with wonders of which dreams are made.  Amen Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. November 10, 2020 at 1:55 pm Charles Towne 22 COMMENTS Long time friend. I know you bright enough to get out of the . I know that every piece you write is incredible! This one is fantastic. November 12, 2020 at 9:17 am Reply Richard, and I can remember my own sweet mama admonishing us with the words, “and don’t you dare get struck by lightning!” And do you know what? We obeyed her. Chaz Doc, WOW! Sometimes it is sooo good to dance in the rain, especially with good friends! Keep looking up , and many blessings on you and yours, Chaz Reply Reply While driving down a tree-lined wooded area on my way to work, I was often confronted by racoons that had been hit by cars. It was so sad to see them. There they were, lying still on the road, life gone. I actually imagined a racoon revolt on humanity and a trial of humans who hit the poor helpless creatures. There would be a Racoon Judge, with the robe and everything expected in a regular courtroom. All humans were summoned to appear in court. In my imagination, the conclusion of the trail was, humans guilty. The solution was that humans were to create the “Racoon Walkway”. This would be a bridge that the racoons could walk on to avoid the racing cars on the road and preserve their lives. I imagined a lovely bridge over the road and racoons happily crossing it in peace. What an imagination! Reply Reply November 8, 2020 at 5:22 pm Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Reply November 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm November 8, 2020 at 5:16 pm TAGSCharles TowneHumorInspirationNaturephotographyRaccoons Previous articleApopka Wildlife Drive online donation option now available, thanks to repeated requestsNext articleWhy is it so hard for atheists to get voted in to Congress? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Well, I don’t know about the restof the folks, but I am definitely ready for a big mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream on top. That raccoon family has got it going on!! After I get my hot chocolate, lean back in the recliner and get comfy, I’ll be ready to enjoy more of your stories!!Thanks for the vivid mental pictures. I love them, especially on a rainy day like today!! CSG, WOW, you were bit by the imagibug too! Bless sings on you, Chaz Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. November 9, 2020 at 7:09 am Faith November 8, 2020 at 4:21 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Don Young CSG Photo by Zdenek Machacek on Unsplash Mike McFadden Richard November 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm Charles Towne Reply Reply November 8, 2020 at 9:36 am November 10, 2020 at 6:47 am November 10, 2020 at 1:21 pm Reply November 8, 2020 at 11:37 am November 29, 2020 at 8:23 pm Ah my friend, a good laugh is a marvelous way to start the day! I remember my own sweet mother, when she had enough of 3 young boys for a while would send us outside to play….. But momma, it’s raining!…practice running between the drops so you don’t get wet! And the funny part was we would run around in the yard, actually trying to do what we were told! That was our version of dancing in the rain! Richard November 12, 2020 at 5:49 pm Reply Please enter your name here Reply Charles Towne November 12, 2020 at 5:41 pm Reply Charles Towne Don, if we could always see through the eyes of compassion it would surprise us mightily at the emotions of animals! This is the heart of compassion that most humans have lost today. Your daughter was displaying the heart of our Lord that day. Blessings on you all, Chaz It is amazing how your words create a very vivid mental image. Keep the stories coming sir – they are much appreciated. I love this. You have such a creative imagination:) Very appropriate for today’s weather as well! November 10, 2020 at 7:06 am Reply NH, yes, when I was about knee high to a short snake i was bit by an imagibug. I have been walking around with a goofy grin on my mug ever since. God bless you dear one, Chaz My dear Mignon, you are too right; What an imagination! What you have described is Heaven, where there will be no mor pain or death and all creatures will live in a garden of peace, joy and harmony. How beautiful! May or loving Pap God bless you and yours. Chaz Reply Mignon Waller November 9, 2020 at 6:49 am Faith, what a joy to be accepted by the animals as one of them, a friend to all creatures, great and small. Chaz Charles Towne Charles Towne Please enter your comment! OK, Charles now, we have concluded that you are dedicated. But it helps to have the imagination to go with that. Imagination helps in the work. Imagination stirs dedication! J & M January 9, 2021 at 9:54 pm Reply Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter NH November 12, 2020 at 9:23 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Charles Towne Great imagery!I suppose you could shape shift to the size of a raccoon, climb the tree, tap on the entry and be invited inside . . . just imagine the conversation you could have sitting in front of that cozy fire and sipping hot chocolate. You could compare political perspectives, discuss the purpose of existence, or just tells some good jokes Dear Sir Mike, you bless me with your words of approbation and praise. If my feeble gift touches one person in a positive way I am blessed mutely, After all; the word tells us that all good things come from Papa God. Isn’t He good? Bless you and your lovely wife my friend, Chaz The Anatomy of Fear Love it!!!! I’m sure they were enjoying every morsel and would have enjoyed your company!!! November 9, 2020 at 7:15 am Dear Mignon, the imagination is a true gift from God. Without it, the imagination, we would not be able to see any of the glory the father has in store for us. As Jimmy and I visited today I realized just a bit of what the Father has in store for us. What a joy. I love you both. Keep looking up my friends, Chaz Judith Hankes Reply Great imagery!I suppose you could shapeshift to the size of a raccoon, climb the tree, tap on the entry and be invited inside . . . just imagine the conversation you could have sitting in front of that cozy fire and sipping hot chocolate. You could compare political perspectives, discuss the purpose of existence, or just tells some good jokes Reply True Story: my oldest daughter has a second story deck that has lots of bird feeders, always full of seeds. The local raccoons continually raid the seeds at night. One night she heard a noise, and when she checked….yep, a mother raccoon with 3 young ones! She opened the door, yelled as loud as she could and stomped her feet a number of times. Mother raccoon and two babies took off, down the stairs to ground level. One raccoon baby was looking at my daughter and started to cry! She said it really put up a loud cry but was too afraid to move. She was finally able to nudge the baby toward the stairs and the baby ran down to Mother mother raccoon. My daughter said she really felt sorry for the baby raccoon, and said it surprised her that the baby could cry like that. Charles Towne Richard, when I was a boy I could hardly wait for Sunday so we would be able to get the funny paper. Of all the cartoons my favorite was THE TEENY WEENIES! These were little people the size of a mans thumb that lived in the woods. I knew they were there because I built little shelters for them and if I built houses for them that must mean they were there, right? I mean, that is just logical, right? You take care and all sorts of blessings on you, Chaz P.S. And they were my friends, so there! November 8, 2020 at 8:05 pmlast_img read more

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On the eve of May Day, another Venezuela coup attempt fails

first_imgBulletin, April 30: President Nicolás Maduro stated that his government’s mandate was to avoid confrontation at all times and that those involved had to surrender peacefully. He announced that 80 percent of the military and police professionals who were summoned to Altamira were duped: “They were told that they were going to do an operation in the prison of Tocorón” before they saw Leopoldo López and Juan Guaidó and learned the true nature of the mission. (Venezuela TV News, vtv.gob.ve)This article, originally published in pagina12.com.ar on April 30, and translated by Michael Otto, is available in Spanish at tinyurl.com/y2hggxhd.Tens of thousands of Venezuelans gather at Miraflores, the Presidential Palace, to defend their country against the April 30 coup attempt by the U.S.-backed right wing.[At the end of the April 30 coup attempt], Leopoldo López, [right-wing opposition leader], finally took refuge in the Chilean embassy. He did it together with his wife Lilian Tintori and his daughter.In less than 12 hours [López] escaped from home detention, joined [presidential pretender] Juan Guadió’s attempted coup d’état [near] the most important military base in Caracas, La Carlota, and then took refuge in an embassy in the afternoon. Unless the original plan was a big operation to free Lopez, it didn’t produce the hoped-for results.Events began at 4 a.m. when a small group of 100 members of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) attempted a coup led by Guaidó and López. The self-proclaimed “incoming president” sent a message through his social networks that the FANB was under his command. The action in La Carlota was short-lived, and the coup plotters quickly moved to the Altamira area, an opposition stronghold in the wealthy Caracas region.It was known early on that La Carlota — the base — was never under Guaidó’s control and that the country’s troops continued their support for President Nicolás Maduro. This information was announced by the minister of communication, Jorge Rodríguez; the commander of the FANB, Vladimir Padrino López; as well as the president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, among others. As time passed, the coup’s threatened violence dissipated.Guaidó claimed that this was the final phase of what he called “Operation Freedom.” The military provocation had international support from the U.S. government, through Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; President of Colombia, Ivan Duque; the Argentine government through its Chancellor Jorge Faurie; Secretary of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro; and President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, among others. The government of Spain, for its part, rejected the uprising: “It must be clear that Spain does not support any military coup whatsoever.”The day then ended with the news of López taking refuge in the Chilean embassy and with conflicting announcements from Guaidó regarding his next steps. Violence centered in areas where the rightists usually deploy their forces, leaving many questions about May 1 unanswered.Will the right wing make an attempt to insert itself into the [Bolivarian] mobilization announced for tomorrow [May Day] to create a scenario of greater violence? Is there another [right-wing] group within the FANB willing to lead an action following this outcome? What was the [plotters’] final objective? Donald Trump himself claimed to be following events closely.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Journalist flees after heavily-armed men burst into his radio station

first_img February 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expression Journalist and director of radio Ngoma ya Amani RNA Byobe Malenga. January 2019. Facebook photo. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expression Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Gomacenter_img Receive email alerts to go further Based in Fizi, in the south of Sud-Kivi province, Radio Ngoma ya Amani (RNA) received the visit from three masked men armed with Kalashnikovs on the night of 27 September. After asking for the director, Byobe Malenga, and learning he was not there, they went to his home but he was fortunately not at home either.The next day, Malenga – who is also the BBC’s Swahili-language correspondent in the region – alerted local security officials, one of whom simply advised him to “take precautions.” Fearing for his life, Malenga fled the area by canoe. When reached by RSF, Malenga said he has received many threatening messages, which RSF has been able to view. Some of the social media messages accuse him of reporting “the enlistment of Burundian refugees in armed groups.” Other messages, such as one from the DRC’s decentralization minister, Azarias Ruberwa, accuse him of being “in the service of the Mai Mai,” a militia active in the region.“It is not right that the only response to a journalist facing death threats of this kind is an invitation to take care of his own safety,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Combatting the armed groups operating in the eastern DRC needs effective support from the journalists and media covering them, who can broadcast messages that discourage enlisting in the militias.” Froger added: “We ask the authorities to guarantee this journalist’s safety and to conduct a thorough investigation to identify and locate those responsible for the threats. The creation of a dedicated alert and rapid response mechanism for protecting journalists – as RSF has been proposing for more than a year – is essential in order to improve the way cases are handled and to deter those seeking by every means possible to silence journalists and media that jeopardize their warlike or criminal designs.”When reached by RSF, Col. Mukaz Davi, a Congolese army officer based in the region, said an investigation was “under way” but the armed men had not yet been identified.This is the second time in the past few days that RSF has learned of a Congolese journalist being forced to flee or go into hiding after receiving death threats. Rozenn Kalafulo, the editor of Pole FM, a radio station based in the neighbouring province of Nord-Kivu, has been in hiding for the past week after learning that senior army officers had threatened to kill her.A discourse that is much more favourable to press freedom has prevailed in the DRC since Félix Tshisekedi became president 21 months ago but, in the absence of reforms, abuses against journalists and media continue at the extremely worrying rate that was typical under his predecessor, Joseph Kabila, regarded by RSF as a press freedom predator.The DRC is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to do what is necessary to identify and arrest three heavily armed men who stormed into a small radio station in the eastern province of Sud-Kivu and threatened its director. The authorities must also protect the station’s director, RSF said. October 15, 2020 Journalist flees after heavily-armed men burst into his radio station February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarianlast_img read more

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Pasadena Author Brian Garfield of “Death Wish” Fame, Dead at 79

first_img Subscribe HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeauty Brian Garfield. Image by Bina GarfieldBrian Garfield, who earned A-list writer status with his 1972 novel “Death Wish,” has died in Pasadena.His literary agent Judy Coppage informed media outlets that the scribe passed away Dec. 29, at his home from causes related to Parkinson’s disease.Garfield was a prolific writer of books, and reportedly sold over 200 million copies, some of which were adapted to the film genre.The aforementioned “Death Wish,” arguably his best-known work, was adapted into a feature film starring 1970s action hero Charles Bronson.The plot was rooted in bloodlust and revenge. A liberal-minded accountant’s wife is killed, and his daughter left clinging to life in a home invasion. His response is to take up a gun and go after, not just the perpetrators of that crime, but other equally wicked criminals staining the urban landscape.There were four sequels, apparently none of which were to Garfield’s liking. He is on record as having a dim view of Bronson’s acting talents. More recently, Bruce Willis starred in a remake.Garfield was born in New York, but grew up in Arizona where his exposure to writers in his home environment led to his first completed novel at the age of 18. He was, in addition to a prolific writer, a touring member of the 1950s doo-wop group, The Palisades. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Make a comment Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff People Pasadena Author Brian Garfield of “Death Wish” Fame, Dead at 79 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, January 3, 2019 | 6:14 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

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J&K HC Seeks Status Report On Restoration Of 4G Internet Services In UTs Of J&K And Ladakh [Read Order]

first_imgTop StoriesJ&K HC Seeks Status Report On Restoration Of 4G Internet Services In UTs Of J&K And Ladakh [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK12 April 2020 12:45 AMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday asked the administration of both the UTs of J&K and Ladakh to file a status report on the issue of restoration of 4G internet services in the valley. The direction was made by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal based on the submissions made by amicus curiae Monika Kholi that on account of non-availability of 4G services…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Friday asked the administration of both the UTs of J&K and Ladakh to file a status report on the issue of restoration of 4G internet services in the valley. The direction was made by a division bench headed by Chief Justice Gita Mittal based on the submissions made by amicus curiae Monika Kholi that on account of non-availability of 4G services in the valley, the students in the Union Territories are unable to access the educational courses being sent by institutions in order to enable the students to cope with the classes which they are missing amid the lockdown. The Central government had imposed a complete communications blackout in the erstwhile state of J&K in August 2019, right after abrogation of Article 370. Five months later in January 2020, on the basis of a Supreme Court order in the case Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India which found Internet shutdown illegal, the services were partially restored, only at 2G speed for mobile users. Vehemently opposing the same, the amicus curiae argued that the students in both the UTs were being put at a disadvantageous position as due to the low speed internet, they have not been able to download the study material. Additional Solicitor General Vishal Sharma on the other hand informed the court that the issue was already under consideration before the Supreme Court in a PIL filed by the Foundation for Media Professionals, notices whereon had been issued earlier this week. A bench comprising Justices N.V. Ramana, R. Subhash Reddy & B.R. Gavai had issued notice to the standing counsel of Jammu & Kashmir via email on Thursday, returnable within a week. Nevertheless, the division bench also comprising of Justice Rajnesh Oswal ordered, “Let a status report on this issue be placed by the Secretary, Home Department of the UTs of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Ladakh.” The matter is now listed for hearing on April 16. Pertinently, a PIL contending that the lack of 4G connectivity for internet in Jammu and Kashmir is infringing the fundamental right to education, filed by the Private Schools Association, Jammu & Kashmir (PSAJK) is also pending before the top court. Case Details: Case Title: Court on its Own Motion v. Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir Case No.: WP(C) PIL no. 5/2020 Quorum: Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

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Bupa grants wishes for its workforce

first_imgBupa grants wishes for its workforceOn 20 Apr 2004 in Personnel Today Bupa Care Homes are rewarding staff with the opportunity to fulfil theirdreams – from swimming with dolphins to voluntary work in South Africa, andfamily reunions abroad. Two one-off recognition schemes, ‘Wishes Come True’, and ‘Holidays of aLifetime’, were launched after the company did well last year. Julia Hurst, Bupa Care Services’ HR director, said the sector is lowly paid,and this is the company’s way of saying ‘thank you’. “Our people do a fantastic job, sometimes under difficultcircumstances,” she said. “This is the first time we have run theseinitiatives, which are designed to reward our people, show them how much wevalue what they do, and give the winners an experience of a lifetime. The prizedraw and competition have been very well received.” The 20 holiday prize winners were randomly chosen, with staff having a onein a 1,000 chance to win a holiday worth £2,500. For the ‘Wishes Come True’ competition, care home managers were asked fortheir greatest wish, and a panel selected the nine best ideas. These included apromise to help a school in a South African township, and employee AngelaFawcett’s wish for professional advice from singing coach Carrie Grant, fromthe Fame Academy TV talent show. Hurst hopes the schemes will make staff feel valued, retain workers and helpto recruit others by word of mouth. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

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Edgy adverts help leading London agent grab extra market share

first_imgLSL estate agency brand Marsh & Parsons has claimed that its sometimes controversial and ongoing advertising campaign has helped it significantly increase market share within London’s turbulent property market.The company has also claimed that its humorous adverts, which pair types of people to different kinds of property, has worked in a market where most estate agency advertising is ‘vanilla’.But the campaign, which has been running for at least three years, has run into trouble in the past.During March 2017 a poster with the strapline ‘A charming period property with a modern extension’ featuring a young woman draped over an older man prompted several complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority and was withdrawn after being called sexist by many people on social media.RisksBut the rewards of taking risks have been significant. Marsh & Parsons has revealed that its market share in the capital has increased by 20% this year alone, has seen a 17% increase in brand awareness and 62% of those quizzed during research sessions remembered the campaign.Marsh & Parsons also says the ads have helped it leap from 7th to 3rd place in terms of homes sold, although it doesn’t reveal over which period.“We wanted a campaign that made us feel human and approachable in a market that can often be stereotyped as the opposite of that,” says Marcus Flacks (left), the company’s marketing director.“Our OOH media planning allowed us to showcase our suite of fantastic creative in a powerful and engaging way, driving exceptional results for our business.”  marcus flack poster advertising Marsh & Parsons November 27, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Marketing » Edgy adverts help leading London agent grab extra market share previous nextMarketingEdgy adverts help leading London agent grab extra market shareMarsh & Parsons says ongoing and sometimes controversial poster and newspapers ads have helped it increase market share by a fifth.Nigel Lewis27th November 201901,495 Viewslast_img read more

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News story: DHSC publishes Brexit guidance for pharmaceutical industry and suppliers of medical devices

first_img separate contingency plans are being developed stock holding at a national level will be increased further information will be provided to industry in September Matt Hancock said: increase their medicines stocks by at least 6 weeks on top of their usual buffer stocks ensure plans are in place to air freight products with a short shelf life that cannot be stockpiled unilateral recognition of batch testing of medicine life sciences IT system life sciences tobacco-related products organs, tissues, cells blood safety and quality standards The government has made significant progress in negotiations with the EU and remains confident we will leave with a good deal for both sides, that supports existing and future healthcare collaboration. However, as a responsible government, we continue to prepare proportionately for all scenarios, including the unlikely outcome that we leave the EU without any deal in March 2019. Given the significant amount of work that has now been done, I am confident this gives a clear basis for the health and care sector and the life sciences industry to plan so that patients can continue to receive high-quality care unhindered.center_img The Department of Health and Social Care has published additional guidance for the pharmaceutical industry.Six technical notices relating to health have been published by the government, covering: In his letter to pharmaceutical companies (PDF, 65.9KB, 3 pages) Matt Hancock asks suppliers to: In his letter to suppliers of medical devices and clinical consumables (PDF, 62.3KB, 2 pages) he says that:last_img read more

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Professor explores creation and evolution theories

first_imgNotre Dame theology professor Celia Deane-Drummond concluded the two-day Templeton Colloquium with a discussion of creation ex nihilo and Darwinian evolution Wednesday afternoon.The Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study (NDIAS) and visiting Templeton fellow Dr. Douglas Hedley of Cambridge University sponsored the colloquium. Featured speakers from multiple disciplines discussed Plato’s notion of participation in the divine, used in a Christian sense to explain the relation between creature and Creator. Deane-Drummond began her talk by posing a question about the current predicament of science and faith.“How, in a secular world dominated by an evolutionary paradigm, is it still reasonable to think about creation, Christ and spirit?” Deane-Drummond said.Within this frame, Deane-Drummond explored possible answers to this question through secular and religious outlets that engage with the biological sciences.“Evolutionary theory has, ever since Darwin, resisted the idea of non-material forces operative in the emergent beings,” she said. “But, more recently, secular writers are beginning to open up alternatives that biologists are prepared to take seriously. ”Deane-Drummond cited New York University philosopher Thomas Nagel as one such writer who is willing to accept the presence of a non-material transcendent force in the universe but does not credit creation to a god.Deane-Drummond made use of Aquinas’ understanding of creation to bring Platonic notions and the theory of evolutiony into agreement.“Aquinas develops a hierarchy in the ordering of being, from rocks through to intelligent lif, and, ultimately, humanity,” Deane-Drummond said. “Aquinas marries this hierarchal view with Platonic concept of an absolute Being that is the ultimate source of all such being.”Deane-Drummond proceeded totdiscuss evolutionary theory as an enduring hypothesis based in speculation through a biological viewpoint..She said a model of analogy would make best sense of possible relations between the philosophical concept of participation and evolutionary theory.She said suggested analogies included the symbiosis of creatures contributing to the life of each other while ultimately dependine on God. The process of cooperation of organisms through niche-construction theory was also posited as an analogy of how creatures participate in God’s immanence.“I suggest the language of analogy edges towards the meaningful in what might seem incomprehensible difference,” she said. “It is only by experimenting and speaking a language that resonates with those we are in dialogue with that a faint glimmering of insight can come to the surface.Tags: creation, evolution, Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Study, participation, Templeton Colloquiumlast_img read more

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