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. Image source: Getty Images Standard Life Aberdeen (LSE: SLA), Aviva, Prudential. They’ve all taken a hit from the Covid-19 stock market crash. Aviva has done the worst of the three — and can you guess which one I hold?Meanwhile, the Standard Life share price has risen from the early depths of the slump. But it’s still down around 20% so far in 2020.5G 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…That’s pretty much bang on the FTSE 100 average, so it’s not a sector-specific crunch. And the insurance companies are doing better than the banks. So should we buy insurance shares, and is the Standard Life share price itself a bargain?Let me start off with a personal word of caution. I like the insurance sector, and have done for decades. In fact, it’s possibly the sector I’ve done best from over the course of my investing career. Now, markets tend to price stocks for the short term, and that’s where my caution comes in.If you’re worried about where your stock prices are going to go this year, next year, or even the next five years, I’d keep away from insurance stocks. If you don’t like cyclical volatility, I’d keep away from insurance. But do you have an investing horizon of a decade or more? Do you like to take a contrarian approach? Then I think the insurance sector is seriously worth considering for a portion of your retirement fund.Financially strong first halfWhat about the Standard Life share price itself? A first-half update on 7 August revealed figures impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, as expected. But insurance companies are set up to expect and survive financial hard times. And on the liquidity front, Standard Life Aberdeen is looking solid to me.Chief Executive Keith Skeoch said that, despite the pandemic pressures, “our foundations are firm, we have a strong balance sheet which enables us to both invest in our business and maintain our interim dividend of 7.3p.” Maintaining the interim dividend at this stage is a welcome result, especially when income from the financial sector has been severely hit.The company also revealed a “strong balance sheet including surplus regulatory capital of £1.8bn, up compared with £1.7bn at FY 2019.“During the period, Standard life attracted net inflows (excluding Lloyds Banking Group tranche withdrawals of £24.9bn) — of a modest £0.1bn, but still positive. Redemptions fell by 27%.Standard Life share price cheap?The restructuring of the firm after the merger of the old Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management has caused some uncertainty in recent years. Partly as a result of that, the Standard Life share price is down around 50% over the past five years. But with a new CEO in the person of Stephen Bird set to take over, investors are becoming increasingly optimistic that we’ll see some restructuring and acquisitions.Whether the company will maintain its dividends in the short term if it needs cash to expand is an open question. But I think the next couple of years could see significant progress. And I reckon the currently depressed Standard Life share price makes it a time to buy. Tempted by the Standard Life share price? Here’s what you need to know Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 | More on: SLA 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. 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“COPY” CopySave this picture!© Steven MassartRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodEGGERLaminatesFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. The narrow sloping and afforested site, south faced towards the Beukenlaan, is not that typical Flanders plot. In the past the neighbourhood seems to have been a residential recreation zone, where Belgians used to build their individual summer houses. When asked to build a new spacious residence on this particular site, AST77 was confronted with a bungalow and extension. Replacing the old buildings the architects made an intelligent use of the existing retaining wall. Rather than following the direction of the street, the house faintly changes the direction of its long front facade in favour of the direction of the perimeter at the back. Save this picture!© Steven MassartWalking on the slightly sloping path along the long front facade towards the entrance, one notices the length and narrowness of the house. The exceptional dwelling is 26.3 m long and only 4.5 m wide and seems to be partly dug into the slope of the terrain, be it that excavations were limited due to the use of the retaining wall. With its roof following the slope of the site, the volume of the house is reduced. The exterior is clad with ecological bamboo sticks vertically placed in black steel frames. In combination with the surrounding trees mirrored in the glazing, this creates an interesting effect. Save this picture!© Steven MassartThe entrance is situated in the underpass where a balcony offers a view towards the garden and forest. At the right side there is a storage. Behind the entrance door the house reveals an entirely open space. From the reception hall one can walk down towards the kitchen and afterwards to the living area and garden level. Another ‘promenade architecturale’ brings you to some introvert volumes with bedrooms and bathroom. Strategically placed windows in between and in the volumes provide various views on the tree crowns. During winter period sunlight is able to provide passive solar gain through the windows after passing through the trees on the opposite side of the street, while in summer the trees provides a natural sunscreen. In the near future new trees will be planted in front of the house to replace some trees which did not survive during construction. Not only will they provide a supplementary sunscreen but also an extra buffer towards the street. Save this picture!© Steven MassartThe cellar houses the installations for water cleansing and recuperation of rain and offers access to the garden. A heat pump, floor heating, extensive insulation, a ventilation system and its favourable orientation make this house a sustainable and effective low energy house. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessDetroit River Front Competition Entry / AMAArticlesLansdowne Park Sports Center Proposal / Cannon DesignArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/306183/low-energy-bamboo-house-ast-77-architecten Clipboard Architects: AST 77 Architecten Area Area of this architecture project Year: Low Energy Bamboo House / AST 77 Architecten 2010 Low Energy Bamboo House / AST 77 ArchitectenSave this projectSaveLow Energy Bamboo House / AST 77 ArchitectenSave this picture!© Steven MassartHouses•Rotselaar, Belgium ArchDaily Area: 118 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Photographs: Steven Massart+ 31 Share Projects “COPY” Belgium CopyAbout this officeAST 77 ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasWoodRotselaarHouses3D ModelingBelgiumPublished on December 20, 2012Cite: “Low Energy Bamboo House / AST 77 Architecten” 20 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Wildfires have been raging ferociously in California this year. According to meteorologist Craig Clements at San Jose University, wildfires have also been much larger than usual. Fire seasons typically run from May to November in northern California, Napa Valley and Sonoma counties. In the summer, 100-degree temperatures dry out the grass, and droughts add to the problem.In 2017, fires in California were the deadliest since the beginning of record keeping, with 100,000 people forced to evacuate and around 75,000 displaced when their homes and businesses were destroyed. It took more than 11,000 firefighters to battle those blazes.Officially, at least 35 to 40 percent of Cal Fire, the state’s firefighting force, are prison inmate crews, and the number may be even higher. ‘‘Any fire you go on statewide, whether it be small or large, the inmate hand crews make up anywhere from 50 to 80 percent of the total fire personnel,’’ says Lt. Keith Radey, a commander in charge of one of the inmate fire camps. (Daily Beast, Oct. 14, 2017)About 4,000 inmates each week fight wildfires alongside civilian firefighters. That number includes approximately 250 women. There are 43 inmate firefighting camps. The three camps for women were opened in 1983.In the fires, women wear either yellow or orange fire-retardant suits, helmets and handkerchiefs to cover their mouths and necks. Each one carries 50 to 60 pounds of gear and equipment in her backpack, and some also carry chainsaws. Crews of 14 people each fight on the front lines.Firefighting is dangerous, grinding work requiring endurance and includes injuries and some deaths. Prison crews in California firefighting bring to mind chain gangs without the chains.Prison labor and firesInmates have been doing work as prisoners in California since the mid-1800s. The earliest state prison was on a ship. Prisoners slept on deck at night and during the day built San Quentin, the state’s first prominent prison.In the early 1900s, inmates were paid to build roads and highways. During the Depression, they were moved into temporary camps in a public relief program. They also harvested crops and repaired infrastructure. During World War II, prisons became factories for the military.In 1946, the Conservation Camp Program began using prison labor to fight deadly fires, under the joint supervision of the Division of Forestry and the Department of Correction, and later under the supervision of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).Nowadays, California’s institutionalized inmates make license plates, prison uniforms, office furniture for state employees and anything else the prison may need. They usually earn between 8 cents and 95 cents per hour.But inmates in the forestry program are paid more to fight fires. They can make up to $2.56 a day in camp, plus $1 an hour when fighting fires, though during training they may be paid nothing at all.In comparison, full-time civilian firefighter salaries start around $40,000 yearly or $17 per hour minimum.In 2014, when California courts took up the issue of overcrowded prisons, the state attorney general’s office argued against shrinking the number of inmates because prisoners were needed to fight fires. In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown agreed. Other states use prisoner firefighters, but not nearly on the scale that California does.Most California inmates volunteer to fight fires. They must pass a fitness test, and then they receive as little as three weeks’ training, compared to a three-year apprenticeship for full-time civilian firefighters.Prisoners fighting fires are serving terms for nonviolent, low-level crimes, such as drug or alcohol-related offenses. Volunteers have to earn the right to be chosen for “rehabilitation work.” High risks are involved, but they earn more money than in other prison jobs — in a less violent atmosphere, in more physical space than a prison cell offers. The risks are weighed against the same amount of time served inside a correctional facility.At-risk women prisonersWomen prisoners interviewed have given a range of feelings about being in the forestry program. At firefighters’ camp, they have woodworking areas, softball fields and libraries. They enjoy being outdoors and having barbecues with family visits. Children see their parents in a camp environment rather than inside a restricted prison.And women may get to see their children on the outside sooner because their sentences are reduced due to firefighting credit. For every day they are in a camp, their sentence is reduced by one day. Some women provide this labor for years. They resent the hardship and intense physical labor, but say it is worth the risk.Since women in the firefighting camps are available 24 hours a day for work, they are considered a “resource” for the state. California’s firefighting program saves taxpayers close to $100 million each year, according to the CDCR. The cost for housing each inmate in a prison facility is $76,000 a year, as opposed to using them to fight blazes.But the ACLU’s director of the National Prison Project, David Fathi, points out that such dangerous work outside prison walls certainly runs the risk of governmental abuse and that inmate firefighters may not also be aware of the long-term health risks. (The Daily Beast)Prisoner firefighters put their lives on the line for very little money. Fire camp may be a “nicer way” for them to be in prison — but they’re still prisoners.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Planting Window Opens for Some Indiana Farmers Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Planting Window Opens for Some Indiana Farmers SHARE Planting Window Opens for Some Indiana Farmers Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Apr 30, 2014 SHARE Ryan PeilRain remains in the forecast, and soils remain too wet in many areas of the state. But, for a few growers in Central Indiana, the chance came yesterday to get rolling between storms. “I was traveling west on SR 28 in the Tipton area and I saw planters in the field,” reported Ryan Peil, field agronomist with DuPont Pioneer. “All the way along as I headed toward Lafayette, I saw ground being worked and even some dust in the air.” He said many areas of Central Indiana have received over an inch of rain in the past few days, but in areas where the rain has been lighter producers are able to get into the field, “There is a lot of variability out there, and I have talked with many farmers who feel they will have a change to get back in the field this week, even with the threat of more rain.”But even where planting is taking place, soil temperature is still a concern, “This is a real concern. Our research shows that the first 24 to 48 hours a seed is in the ground is critical.” Peil added that the first drink of water a seed should have should be warm water in warm soil and that seeds planted this week may not get that. He indicated fields planted last week, where warmer and drier conditions persisted, may be off to a good start. One good thing, early season weed pressure has been minimal due to the cooler weather. Peil says, for the most part, the soil has been in good condition, “The soil has been ideal to work with, and most producers have had time to get their spray programs working so weed control and burndown has not a serious issue.”You can hear the complete interview with Ryan Peil on the agronomy page on this web site and app for smartphones and tablets, sponsored again this year by DuPont Pioneer. Throughout the growing season, Pioneer field agronomists will provide updates on crop and field conditions across the state. In addition agronomic advisories and research updates will be posted in this area. This is the 3rd year that DuPont Pioneer has partnered with HAT to provide this timely and vital information to Hoosier farmers. Previous articleEPA Proposes to Register Enlist Duo HerbicideNext articlePaying it Forward: Indiana Farmer Wins Contest and Makes Donation Gary Truitt
Short Term Weather How Indiana Crops are Faring Versus Other States Minor Changes in June WASDE Report Name Sym Last Change But not all of Indiana has been impacted the same way. In fact, Scheeringa says some parts of the state are too dry, “Southeastern Indiana has been dry this spring; and, in fact, Kentucky is currently in drought.” He admitted it is unusual, but not unheard of, to have droughts and floods at the same time. He stated that the cool summer does not correlate with the likelihood of an early frost. All quotes are delayed snapshots STAY CONNECTED5,545FansLike3,961FollowersFollow187SubscribersSubscribe More Wet and Cold Weather Ahead for July SHARE In the short term more heavy rain this week. Hoosier Ag Today chief meteorologist Ryan Martin says, “This week, we have 3 more systems coming through, and then at least 2 next week. And there is little time in between for dry down. If there is any silver lining on this situation, though, it would be that we are looking at significantly lower precipitation totals out of each event coming forward, and therefore we should not increase our oversaturation situation. Right now, we look for the rains that come to be matched fairly closely with the evaporation potential of the days in-between. So, there is at least that. However…that also does not mean we are looking at any kind of “net drying” anytime soon.” Check the weather page for a more detailed forecast. Ken SheeringaWith many Indiana farmers and communities experiencing some of the worst flooding in decades, the prospect for relief is not good. Not only is the short term forecast full of more rain but the long term outlook for the coming month holds out little hope for relief. Purdue economist Chris Hurt says the June weather has caused close to $300 million dollars in crop damage in Indiana; and that assessment, made on Friday, may already be outdated as more rain caused more flooding and crop damage over the weekend. State Assistant Climatologist Ken Scheeringa says July will hold much of the same. “I do not see significant improvement in July,” said Sheeringa. “Perhaps a little less rain, but I think we will continue on this wet track and there will be more rain in the future.”He said the below normal temperatures and lack of growing degree days that have slowed crop development are also likely to continue during the critical period of corn pollination, “With the cooler temperatures and cloud cover, it will be tougher to get those growing degree days accumulated.” Scheeringa added this could become a serious concern later in the season. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 29, 2015 Lean Hogs HEM21 (JUN 21) 122.68 0.22 SHARE Battle Resistance With the Soy Checkoff ‘Take Action’ Program Facebook Twitter Previous articleIs Your Food Racist?Next articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR More Wet and Cold Weather Ahead for July Wheat ZWN21 (JUL 21) 680.75 -3.00 Feeder Cattle GFQ21 (AUG 21) 151.18 2.78 Live Cattle LEM21 (JUN 21) 118.70 1.13 Soybean ZSN21 (JUL 21) 1508.50 -35.50 Corn ZCN21 (JUL 21) 684.50 -14.50 Home Indiana Agriculture News More Wet and Cold Weather Ahead for July
A leading critic of then President Slobodan Milosevic’s regime, Curujiva was shot 14 times in the back outside his home by two masked man on 11 April 1999. This courageous and professional journalist’s murder became a symbol of the regime’s authoritarian excesses, but 15 years went by before the suspected killers were arrested and charged. While hailing the conviction of Curujiva’s killers, RSF points out that two other murders of Serbian journalists – Dada Vujasinović on 8 April 1994 and Milan Pantić on 11 June 2001 – have yet to be solved, and calls for the investigations to be relaunched. According to the Association of Serbian Journalists (UNS), over 30 journalists working for Serbian media were killed or went missing during the wars in former Yugoslavia. RSF_en News Organisation SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImpunityViolence Serbian journalist Slavko Curuvija . AFP “We welcome this highly symbolic conviction, one that testifies to a strong commitment by the Serbian authorities to respect the rule of law and the fight against impunity,” said Pauline Adès-Mevel, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “The justice system must nonetheless continue its efforts in order to convict all those involved in Slavko Curujiva’s murder, including the person who gave the orders.” News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Receive email alerts Serbia is ranked 76th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. April 5, 2019 Serbia : four men convicted of Serbian journalist’s murder in 1999 Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImpunityViolence News to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) hails the “historic” sentences of 20 to 30 years in prison that four men received today in Belgrade for Serbian newspaper editor Slavko Curuvija’s murder in 1999, and urges the authorities to pursue the investigation in order to identify and punish the person who ordered the murder. June 7, 2021 Find out more July 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Serbia Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage It took 20 years, including four years of judicial proceedings, for the perpetrators of Curuvija’s murder – former four state security officers – to be tried and convicted by a special court for organized crime. This is the first time in recent Serbian history that anyone has been convicted of murdering a journalist. Help by sharing this information June 29, 2020 Find out more
Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes A bill by Pasadena Assemblymember Chris Holden which would require the California Department of Motor Vehicles to include information in the California Driver’s Handbook regarding a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop has passed in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing.Holden introduced the bill in February. It passed the Assembly in May and ordered to the Senate where it passed the transportation and housing committee Tuesday.Under Assembly Bill 2918, the new information that will be provided in the Driver’s Handbook will be determined by a group of stakeholders convened by the Department of Justice (DOJ).“The Driver’s Handbook includes suggestions on how to conduct one’s self during a stop, but stops short of stating the rights of the driver,” Holden said. “Being informed of these rights are critical in situations that can quickly go from calm to worse.”The stakeholder group will be directed to provide information about the extent and the limitations of a peace officer’s authority during a traffic stop, and the rights of drivers and passengers, the bill said. This information will be developed by the DOJ and DMV after consulting with stakeholders in public safety and civil justice.“Studies show that people of color in California are most affected by traffic stops,” Holden said. “Safety is paramount and staying informed of the driver’s rights can help alleviate stress and avoid escalations caused by being on edge.” Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Make a comment Community News Top of the News 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Government Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Bill to Inform Drivers of Their Rights During Police Stops Passes Senate Committee Published on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 | 5:57 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff
There were nearly 8,700 assaults on health staff last year. Almost half of the victims were nurses.According to freedom of information figures, there were 8,667 reports of assaults on HSE staff in 2020.6,900 were direct physical attacks, while 1,707 were verbal and 60 were sexual assaults.Of all the attacks, nurses make up by far the highest amount, at over 48 per cent.In total, there were 4,166 assaults against nursing staff last year.The largest amount of assaults was in the Donegal/Sligo/Leitrim/Cavan/Monaghan area, with 1,028 reports last year.The HSE says ensuring the safety of employees and service-users is a priority, and training on managing violence and aggression is provided. Previous articleOver 70s could begin to be vaccinated at clinics next weekNext articleIreland’s in for the “long haul” in Covid-19 fight News Highland Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Largest amount of assaults on health staff in North West Facebook Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter By News Highland – February 4, 2021 DL Debate – 24/05/21