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It’s not all doom and gloom in the City

first_img KCS-content Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity Timesmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBeach RaiderSee The Woman Bradley Walsh Is Dating At 61Beach Raider whatsapp IT is important, every so often, to focus on what is going right, rather than on what is going wrong, and on hope, optimism and success rather than failure and misery. That was one of the reasons for City A.M.’s inaugural awards last night, where we celebrated the best and brightest firms and individuals that are leading London’s private sector recovery. I recommend the full coverage of our awards, on page 1 and pages 10 to 14.It is vital that those of us who believe that London’s financial and business community must prosper and grow again identify and highlight examples of good practice and successful innovation. Many of the individuals and firms that we recognised are truly exciting. I will single out just three that I find particularly interesting: Burberry, winner of our company of the year award; Neptune, our fund manger of the year; and Inflexion, our alternative manager of the year. Congratulations to them and to all our other winners – not least Boris Johnson, our personality of the year.GERMANY BOOMINGContrary to what almost every commentator was expecting, Germany has emerged as one of the great recovery stories of the past year. Its rebound, partly driven by buoyant exports of capital goods, has been truly spectacular. The newsflow has remained exceptionally good, with unemployment falling again yesterday despite the ending of special job markets subsidies. The IFO index rose to 107.6 in October, driven by an increase in the expectation component, suggesting more growth ahead.The main reason for Germany’s success – which comes after decades of paltry expansion and general morosity – is its renewed competitiveness. Following the launch of the euro, Germany realised that it would not be able to devalue its way to prosperity. It thus became the only significant European economy to actually take an axe to its costs and to tighten its belt. Wages remained subdued for years; its public spending is now far lower as a share of GDP than Britain’s. This, together with other reforms, has allowed the German economy to shrug off the strength of the euro, which many believed would neuter its performance.Paradoxically, however, Berlin’s success is proving to be a headache for the European Central Bank and further confirmation that the single currency is in terminal crisis. The gap between booming Germany and the near bankrupt peripheral countries, such as Greece, is greater than ever. As Societe Generale’s economists cogently argue, the euro’s strength is having a deeply asymmetric effect, by harming the growth prospects of the less competitive southern Europe while barely impacting Germany’s manufacturing sector. Italy is a prime example of the losing side of the equation: close to two-thirds of its deficit for August was accounted for from outside of the EU, the SocGen research suggests. Persistent euro strength will accentuate divergences and lead to even bigger imbalances in the region. The euro was always an artificial construct, an attempt by Eurocrats to forge a political union by using economic tools. The only country that has truly attempted to make this work is Germany, the Eurozone’s long-suffering paymaster. Yet monetary union is doomed: it has already been holed beneath the waterline by the Club Med nations’ absurd profligacy; another shock, let alone a full-scale sovereign default, would kill it off completely. Mark my word: it will end in tears. [email protected] Show Comments ▼ It’s not all doom and gloom in the City Thursday 28 October 2010 9:30 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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10 cheap UK shares I’d buy in 2021 and hold until 2030

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Britvic, DS Smith, GlaxoSmithKline, Imperial Brands, Sage Group, and Unilever. 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. One way of unearthing cheap UK shares is to examine the dividend. A generous yield could be flagging a company with a modest valuation.Another useful step to take when researching shares is to try to figure out whether shareholder dividend payments are sustainable in the coming years.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…Of course, looking ahead isn’t easy. But I reckon it’s important to try because we invest ‘ahead’, so to speak. And one of the things I like to see is a multi-year record of consistent cash inflow.Where I’m finding cheap UK sharesThe past is no reliable guide to the future but I think a solid trading record demonstrating the cash-generating qualities of a business is a good start. And we can find many solid, cash-producing businesses in those sectors known for their defensive nature.In other words, sectors that tend to be less vulnerable to cyclical ups and downs. I’m thinking of industries such as healthcare, branded fast-moving consumer goods, utilities, energy, IT, technology, food supply and others.Meanwhile, there’s been something of a dash to cyclical recovery stocks over recent months. And I reckon investors might have left behind some of the defensive stocks. Indeed, some great companies are seeing their share prices wilt a bit right now. And maybe that’s because investors can’t have their money everywhere all at once. If that’s right, perhaps they’ve rotated out of defensive names causing the weaker share prices.So, I’m shopping for defensive shares that can be bought and held until 2030 and beyond. And I can’t ignore the biggest defensive yields on offer in that category. They’re to be found in the wider fast-moving consumer goods sector with smoking products companies British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands.Other stocks on my radarBoth companies are yielding above 7% and they each sport an impressive record of cash inflow and shareholder payments. I think it’s clear the tobacco sector is out of favour with investors right now.However, there’s also good value among companies dealing in less dangerous products. For example, I’m keen on Unilever’s forward-looking yield running near 3.5%. The firm is perhaps the king of fast-moving consumer goods on the London market and it usually looks expensive. So, I tend to become interested whenever there’s weakness in the share price.  In the FTSE 250, soft drinks supplier Britvic has an interesting yield running above 3.5%. I think the stock would make an excellent long-term hold in my portfolio. Finally, I’d pursue the theme of fast-moving goods with DS Smith. The packaging company serves the supply chain of the industry and is yielding above 3.5% as I write.In healthcare, I’d go for GlaxoSmithKline’s yield, which is just below 6%. And in energy and utilities, my picks for further research are National Grid yielding above 5%, Severn Trent above 4%, and SSE just higher than 5%. Finally, I like the look of business software provider Sage with its yield above 3%.Dividend yield won’t tell me everything for making good long-term share picks. But, to me, this list of 10 names is a decent jumping-off point for further thorough research. Enter Your Email Address 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. Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img See all posts by Kevin Godbold 10 cheap UK shares I’d buy in 2021 and hold until 2030 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold | Monday, 18th January, 2021 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

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HP6 House / AHL architects

first_img “COPY” Houses Architects: AHL architects Area Area of this architecture project Vietnam HP6 House / AHL architects “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/891896/hp6-house-ahl-architects Clipboard Photographs Save this picture!© HoangLe Photography+ 47Curated by Fernanda Castro Share HP6 House / AHL architectsSave this projectSaveHP6 House / AHL architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/891896/hp6-house-ahl-architects Clipboard 2017 Year:  Photographs:  HoangLe PhotographyC&S:Vũ Văn CườngSupervisor:Phí Đình CườngContractor:B-up Construction; Phạm Công Sáu (Gialong); Lưu Huy (Vietbeton)Function:Private HouseInspiration:Void and privacyArchitect In Charge:Hưng Đào, Phí Đình CườngCivil Engineer:Vũ Văn CườngStructural Engineer:Vũ Văn CườngCity:Phúc LợiCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© HoangLe PhotographyRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. Urban housing often encounters a collision, especially a collision of vision, which affects the privacy of the owner. Inadequacies in open-close design will lead to the appearance of shutters or even windows that do not open … to help people create their own privacy.Save this picture!Diagram / Second voidA house may need a solution to maximize the privacy of its owner without compromising their visibility or freedom in the house.  Save this picture!© HoangLe PhotographyThe project is a semi-detached house, the distance from the neighbor’s house is quite limited (3m). Narrowing distance with side windows opens to one another, which easily leads to the “death window” – a door that does not open and pulls the curtains  for privacy reasons. And naturally, the three-sided open house, but only two directions look ahead and behind.Save this picture!© HoangLe PhotographyThe solution is based on our observation of that fact. We think it is necessary to create more than two directions for the space of the house. A space at the center of the house is loosened, lifted to accommodate the courtyard, where the bedroom system is provided with a viewing angle, a light interval, ventilation and a private space. The current window system turns to a neighbor’s house which is no longer valid, and is blocked.Save this picture!© HoangLe PhotographyThe second void was created for the convection, ventilation of the whole house as well as the natural light supply to the toilet system. As usual on AHL projects, behind the logical analysis to determine the location, the size of the voids is the play of light on the familiar materials used:  raw concrete, steel, wood.Save this picture!© HoangLe PhotographyHP6 house is not so different in the overall urban landscape but it brings special value to the owner, who uses the inner spaces day by day.Save this picture!© HoangLe PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessSternenstrasse / Tom MunzSelected Projects7 Iconic Buildings Reimagined in Different Architectural StylesArchitecture News Share ArchDaily CopyHouses, Renovation, Houses Interiors•Phúc Lợi, Vietnam Projects Area:  235 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAHL architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsPhúc LợiVietnamPublished on April 22, 2018Cite: “HP6 House / AHL architects” 21 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore 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 streamlast_img read more

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Logansport Tyson Plant Closing ‘Devastating’ for Hoosier Farmers

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Logansport Tyson Plant Closing ‘Devastating’ for Hoosier Farmers Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Apr 22, 2020 Logansport Tyson Plant Closing ‘Devastating’ for Hoosier Farmers Previous articlePlant 2020 Posing Some Unique ChallengesNext articleLogansport Tyson Plant Closing Devastating for Hoosier Farmers and the Unique Challenges of Planting in 2020 on the HAT Thursday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer Tyson Foods in Logansport is closing for 14 days due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the plant. The Indianapolis Star is reporting that 146 employees have tested positive for the virus, leading to the two-week closure.Tyson is partnering with the Cass County Health Department to provide testing for all of its 2,200+ employees at the plant.Cass County Commissioners voted to close the plant for 14 days, something that Indiana Farm Bureau Vice President Kendell Culp says is devastating news for Hoosier farmers.“That’s over 15,000 hogs a day processed through there. I’m told about 60 percent of that 15,000 are Indiana hogs. The question is, where are they going to go? And that’s the question we don’t have an answer for right now. My barns and many other producer’s barns are full of hogs that are market-ready and need to be shipped and no place to go with them.”Culp, who is a livestock producer who sells to Tyson, says there are just no good answers on what to do next. The industry was struggling even prior to COVID-19.“You continue to feed these animals thinking, ‘Well, they’re going to find a solution, find a market for us,’ but those pigs and cattle, they keep eating every day. So, that means you keep growing producing more meat, and in the situation we’re in right now, we have an oversupply- an overabundance- of livestock in the country. Our numbers are high and that’s putting pressure on the on the market, irrelevant of COVID.”There is one potential answer that doesn’t sit well with Culp or any other producer.“Is euthanasia a possibility? I’m afraid it is.”The Indiana State Board of Animal Health issued guidance on Wednesday about humane herd-reduction methods. That guidance is below:BOAH reminds producers animal welfare is a top priority. Animal pens should not be overcrowded, and pigs must continue to be fed appropriately. Herd-reduction methods must be carried out in a humane manner, and carcasses must be disposed of appropriately.Approved methods for carcass disposal in Indiana include: rendering, burial, incineration and composting. More information online: www.in.gov/boah/2363.htmThe National Pork Board published a Farm Crisis Operations Planning Tool in March. This guide provides guidance on managing swine operations during any crisis that disrupts the pork supply chain.The Pork Checkoff library has resources for producers including humane euthanasia, carcass disposal and more.The American Association of Swine Veterinarians has resources for veterinarians and COVID-19 response: www.aasv.org/Resources/publichealth/covid19/index.phpOther Coronavirus-related ResourcesBOAH COVID-19 resources: www.in.gov/boah/2905.htmIndiana State Department of Health: www.coronavirus.in.gov SHARElast_img read more

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Bank of America’s Q1 Earnings Take a Hit

first_img  Print This Post Bank of America Banks Earnings Profits 2016-04-14 Brian Honea Subscribe Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Bank of America’s Q1 Earnings Take a Hit Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. It was a tough first quarter for Bank of America, as the bank experienced a year-over-year decline of 13 percent in net income down to $2.7 billion, or earnings per diluted share of $0.21, according to the bank’s Q1 earnings statement released Thursday.The bank’s net income was also down by $0.6 billion over-the-quarter from Q4’s net income of $3.3 billion, according to Bank of America.Consumer performed well for Bank of American in Q1, with consumer banking’s net income jumping by 22 percent up to $1.8 billion as positive operating leverage was created by higher revenue from increased customer activity combined with lower expenses. The bank’s sales and trading revenue were down by 16 percent in Q1, however.”This quarter, we benefited from good consumer and commercial banking activity,” said Brian Moynihan, CEO. “Our business segments earned $4.5 billion, up 16 percent from the year-ago quarter. This was partially offset by valuation adjustments from lower long-term interest rates and annual compensation expenses. Despite volatile markets, our Global Markets business produced solid earnings. As always, we are focused on loan and deposit growth and managing expenses. By doing that, we continue to improve on what we do best: helping consumers live their financial lives and helping businesses grow and employ more people.”Bank of America’s Legacy Assets and Servicing revenue was down by $235 million, from $914 million down to $669 million due to a decline in net interest income on lower loan balances and a drop in non-interest income. The bank’s mortgage banking income declined due to lower servicing fees and mortgage servicing rights net of hedge results. The factors causing the decline were partially offset by gains on certain loan sales, according to the earnings statement. The number of residential loans serviced by Bank of America that were 60-plus days delinquent declined over-the-year by 42 percent, down to 88,000, during Q1.Non-interest expense declined by $1 billion down to $14.8 billion.Click here to view Bank of America’s complete Q1 earnings statement.Wells Fargo’s Profits Fold Under PressureWith intense pressure stemming from falling oil prices, historically low interest rates, and volatile financial markets profits at San Francisco-based Wells Fargo did not come in strong for the first quarter of 2016.Wells Fargo & Company reported in its earnings statement released Thursday, net income at the bank reached $5.5 billion, or $0.99 per diluted common share, for first quarter of 2016. Last year, during this time, the bank reported a net income of $5.8 billion, or $1.04 per share and in the fourth quarter of 2015 it reported $5.6 billion in income, or $1.00 per share.Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, John Stumpf, said, “Wells Fargo’s first quarter results reflected the benefit of our diversified business model as we managed challenges presented by a volatile operating environment for our industry. We again generated solid growth in the fundamental drivers of long-term value creation: loans, deposits and capital. We also completed two important acquisitions from GE Capital, which are great additions to our company and demonstrate the benefit of our strong financial position. We remain focused on meeting the financial needs of our consumer and business customers, and I believe we are well positioned for the future.”The statement showed that net interest income in first quarter of 2016 rose $79 million from fourth quarter 2015 to $11.7 billion. The bank attributes this increase to “earning asset growth, including a partial quarter impact from the assets acquired from GE Capital, the benefit of the fourth quarter increase in the federal funds rate and disciplined deposit pricing.” However, the net interest income increase was partially offset by reduced income from variable sources (periodic dividends and loans fees) and one less day in the quarter.Wells Fargo reported that mortgage banking noninterest income was $1.6 billion in the first quarter of 2016, down $62 million from fourth quarter 2015. This decline was “primarily driven by a decrease in mortgage originations and production margins in the first quarter, partially offset by higher servicing income.” Residential mortgage loan originations decreased down $3 billion to $44 billion in the first quarter, and the production margin on residential held-for-sale mortgage loan originations was 1.68 percent, compared with 1.83 percent in fourth quarter.Servicing income, however, experienced an increase, rising from $730 million in fourth quarter to 850 million in the first quarter. Total loans were $947.3 billion at March 31, 2016, up $30.7 billion, or 3 percent, from December 31, 2015, the report stated. This total includes $24.9 billion from the GE Capital acquisitions. Total average loans were $927.2 billion in the first quarter, up $14.9 billion from the prior quarter, and included an $8.8 billion impact from the GE Capital acquisitions.“Our first quarter results demonstrated an ability to produce consistent revenue and net income across economic and interest rate cycles. While challenges in the energy industry and persistent low rates impacted our bottom line, our diversified business model was again beneficial to our results. We were disciplined in deploying liquidity into investment securities in the quarter, with gross purchases well below recent quarters,” said CFO of Wells Fargo John Shrewsberry. “This was partially responsible for the $30 billion increase in our federal funds and short-term investment balances compared with the prior quarter. Our capital remained very strong with Common Equity Tier 1 (fully phased-in) of $142.7 billion. Our net payout ratio was 60 percent in the quarter, as we returned $3.0 billion to shareholders through common stock dividends and net share repurchases.”Click here to view Wells Fargo’s First Quarter 2016 Earnings Statement. 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Covid-19: ‘Forget Common Man, Even If I Were To Ask For A Bed, It Would Not Be Available Right Now’: Justice Vipin Sanghi Of Delhi High Court

first_imgTop StoriesCovid-19: ‘Forget Common Man, Even If I Were To Ask For A Bed, It Would Not Be Available Right Now’: Justice Vipin Sanghi Of Delhi High Court Shreya Agarwal22 April 2021 5:54 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court today expressed concern over the acute shortage of hospital beds for treating critical Covid-19 patients in the capital city. “Forget common man on the street, even if I were to ask for a bed, it would not be available right now,” Justice Vipin Sanghi remarked today looking at the shortage of beds at Covid-19 hospitals in Delhi. He insisted that immediate needs of the people should be met. “We hope and expect that Centre will look into the requirements of COVID beds and work to enhance availability,” the Bench also comprising of Justice Rekha Palli said. The Bench is hearing an urgent petition filed by Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Rohini citing shortage of Oxygen supply. The hearing is underway. Apart from making several recommendations on procurement, transport and distribution of Oxygen to various hospitals, the Bench also asked the Centre to ramp up bed availability at hospitals. Non-availability of Hospital Beds During the hearing, Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi Government told the Court that even though the Central Government claims to have increased the number of beds at centrally controlled Covid hospitals but, at the ground level they haven’t been handed over to the State. He submitted that the increased number does not reflect on the App. “So how will people know, which beds are available and where? ICU beds, normal beds, no information there. The problem is, no matter who you are, you’re not getting a bed,” he added. Additional Secretary (Health) Arti Ahuja on the other hand clarified that all the beds are present and reflecting on the Delhi app and there is no handing over process. “Our contribution includes the ESIC hospitals and Railway coaches, 4159 beds given to Delhi Govt excluding 300 beds in base hospital. We are tying up with corporates, PSUs to give CSR funds for makeshift hospitals as well,” she added. However, Mehra expressed reservations at this facility and said that these are merely ‘isolation beds’, not medically equipped hospital beds. “These are isolation centres not hospital beds. This way every house has a bed. The specific order was for beds with and without ventilators and oxygen. Isolation beds are not hospital beds,” he said. Oxygen Supply by Steel Industries On earlier hearings, the Division Bench had called upon the Government to restrict steel production if need be and divert all industrially produced Oxygen towards medical use. Also Read: ‘If Tatas Can Divert Their Oxygen, Why Can’t Others? This Is Height Of Greed’ : Delhi High Court Wants Industries To Supply Oxygen For COVID Emergency In this backdrop, Additional Secretary (Steel) Rasika Chaube appeared before the Bench today and informed that production can’t be fully stopped for technical reasons. He explained to the Court that liquid Oxygen is an associate product and in case production is halted, then they will not be able to dispense liquid Oxygen. “When we produce gaseous oxygen only then we give liquid oxygen, so production can’t be fully stopped…When we reduce the gaseous oxygen production, thereby reducing production of steel then also you can produce liquid oxygen for medical use. But there is a technical capacity for this,” Chaube submitted. He insisted that the steel sector is extending all the help it can and since September 2020, the industry has supplied more than 1,00,000 MT of Oxygen for medical use. “There is about 16,000 MT in the storage tanks of all steel plants, that has been made available already. We are ready to dip into the safety stock also, which is nearly 20,000 MT,” he added. Transport of Liquid Oxygen During the hearing, a suggestion was made Centrally coordinate procurement of Liquid Oxygen by the Central Government and its need-basis transportation to various states via the Railway Network. [It may be noted that airlifting of Oxygen supplies has technical difficulties, as pointed out by Justice Sanghi earlier during the hearing.] At this juncture, Additional Secretary (Railways) Manoj Singh appeared before the Bench and informed that ODC (Over-dimensioned consignment) charges have been waived off and dedicated trains are being run for the purpose. “You could also ensure that these trains are prioritized for movement, they don’t have to stop,” the Division Bench suggested. Also Read: Ensure No Obstruction In Transport Of Oxygen To Delhi: Delhi HC To Centre, Warns Of Criminal Action Against Erring Authorities SG Mehta, appearing for the Centre told the Court that transporting Liquid Oxygen will be a challenge. However, the Union has chalked out a plan for it. “Transport is a challenge, we had already submitted. The govt has set up channels as much as possible.” At this juncture, the Railways representative made it clear that the Department does not have cryogenic containers and the same will have to be arranged by each State itself. “We direct GNCTD to look into this aspect. In case cryogenic containers are not available with producers, they may take steps,” the Bench accordingly directed. [Earlier today, the Tata Group had announced that it is importing 24 cryogenic containers through special chartered flights to meet the current oxygen crisis in the country.] Wastage of Vaccine The Bench reiterated its observations against wastage of vaccines in India and suggested registration of eligible intending persons, so vaccines don’t go to waste. Also Read: Wastage Of Single Dose Of COVID19 Vaccine Would Be A Criminal Waste : Delhi High Court On an earlier occasion also, Justice Sanghi had suggested that the people should be provided information regarding availability of vaccine near them, to both make the process more convenient and ensure that the resources do not go to waste. “When you’re registered on the app, you get updates in a geo-sensitive manner about which centre you have to go to as well. There are hospitals and centres where you can just walk in. Now people are able to register for the vaccination on the app, initially there were problems. If they know which centre they have to go to, they can immediately go, the vaccination is not wasted,” he had opined. Medical assistance for Labourers Advocate Shyel Trehan pleaded the issue of medical assistance/ benefits for laborers. “A corpus set up under the Building Act has nearly Rs. 3k crimes corpus. The DDMA passed an order after the High Court’s order directing for food kitchen to be run. However, the Bench preferred that the matter be restricted to medical assistance only and not into other issues. Thereafter, on an apprehension expressed by Advocate Trehan that the entire corpus maintained under the Building Act may be wiped out, the Bench observed, “For those who are already registered you should definitely provide medical assistance and those who produce RT-PCR you should give out Rs. 4,000-5,000. We had directed that the ex-gratia amount of Rs.5,000 should be also paid to those whose registrations were pending approval at the time that the relief was announced.”Edited by Akshita SaxenaTagsDelhi Hgh Court Advocate Rahul Mehra SG Tushar Mehta Oxygen Supply COVID-19 outbreak COVID-19 second wave Next Storylast_img read more

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Lobster boat saves helpless deer that drifted 5 miles offshore

first_imgJared Thaxter(ADDISON, ME) —  A group of fishermen on a lobster boat reeled in an unexpected catch off the coast of Maine.Jared Thaxter, who was aboard Warren (Ren) Dorr’s commercial fishing boat, told ABC News the three men were off the coast of Addison, Maine, just south of Nash Island when the incredible rescue took place.Dorr shared a series of photos on Facebook that showed how he and two other lobstermen helped rescue a deer that they spotted swimming five miles offshore.“Couldn’t let the poor guy suffer and drown so we brought him aboard and sailed him half hour to land and dropped him off on the beach,” Dorr wrote on Facebook. “And sailed back out to haul!”Dorr, a captain aboard the Ryss & Stace 32-foot commercial fishing vehicle, received countless thank yous and congratulatory comments on the Facebook post, which has over 5,600 likes and nearly 1,000 comments as of the time of publication.“We had to circle a few times to get a hold of him,” Thaxter said. “They grabbed him by the spikes and maybe a leg or two and just dragged him in.”Once the deer was safely aboard the boat, they gave the animal space and let it rest, Thaxter added.Thaxter, who worked alongside Shawn Dowling, his stern man, told ABC News he “just started going [out] with them as the third man about a week ago.”“It was a great feeling once they helped him back into the water, headed in the right direction, and to see him finally touch land,” Thaxter said.”“It was definitely worth the time and effort,” he added. “You can’t let anything suffer like that when you can easily help.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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USS Lake Erie Returns from Western Pacific Deployment

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Lake Erie Returns from Western Pacific Deployment June 16, 2014 The Hawaii-based Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Erie (CG 70) will return June 16, from a four-month deployment to the Western Pacific. View post tag: Returns USS Lake Erie Returns from Western Pacific Deployment View post tag: Western Pacific View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Lake Erie Training & Education “While on deployment, Lake Erie leveraged her accomplishments and proficiencies on the test range and defended the homeland and our allies on multiple Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) operations,” said Lake Erie Commanding Officer Capt. John S. Banigan.Lake Erie is expected to replace USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) this summer as a rotational BMD deployer from San Diego, as John Paul Jones takes Lake Erie’s place in Hawaii as the nation’s BMD Test Ship.“I’m looking forward to welcoming Lake Erie back to our waterfront,” said Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific Rear Adm. Rick Williams.“Capt. Banigan and his team have made a difference. The crew of Lake Erie stepped up and filled a critical need on this deployment. They represent the epitome of the CNO’s tenets: warfighting first, operate forward, be ready. I couldn’t be prouder,” Williams added.[mappress]Press Release, June 16, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: Deployment View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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Speech: Health and Social Care Secretary’s statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 5 March 2021

first_imgGood afternoon and welcome to Downing Street for today’s coronavirus briefing.I’m joined by Dr Susan Hopkins, from Public Health England and NHS Test and Trace.Today, I’ve got an update on progress in our battle against coronavirus, some new evidence of the effectiveness of the vaccines, an update on the cases of the Brazilian variant of concern and extra funding to support mental health in schools.Because, of course, on Monday that marks our first step in our opening up after this lockdown.Next week, classrooms will be buzzing with activity once more. I know parents across England will be delighted and relieved that all children are going back to school.Also, from Monday, I’m just so pleased that we’re able to reopen care homes to visitors.We’ve put in place a really careful policy so each care home resident will be able to register a single regular visitor, who’ll be tested and wear PPE.I know this really matters to hundreds of thousands of people with a loved one in a care home.And I’m really glad that we can make this step.So, first, let’s turn to the latest coronavirus data.This data shows this progress we’ve made, including more evidence on the impact of the vaccine in saving lives.First slide please.Here, you can see the number of cases of COVID-19.I’m pleased to say that the cases are still falling.The average daily number of cases is now 6,685 – the lowest since late September and the weekly case rate across the UK is now 84 per 100,000.The latest figures from the ONS, which were published earlier today, reported a further significant decline. They show that in England 1 in 220 people have coronavirus, a fall from 1 in 145 last week.This is all encouraging news and it should give us all confidence that we can safely take the steps we’re taking on Monday.Next slide please.Slide 2 shows the hospital admissions with COVID and it shows that they are falling too.There are still 12,136 people in hospital in the UK with COVID.That’s still too high, but the average number of new admissions to hospital is 900, the lowest since October.Next slide please.Thankfully, the number of deaths with COVID are also declining steeply.The average number of deaths per day is 248, also the lowest since October.And here, the decline is in fact accelerating.The halving time of the number of deaths has come down from 19 days – so the number of deaths each day – last month, to halving every 11 days now.Not only that, there are now fewer people dying of all causes in care homes than is normal for this time of year.Taken together, these 3 slides show that we’re heading in the right direction, although there is further to go.And what we can also see in the data, across the whole UK, is that the vaccine programme is working to protect the NHS and saving lives.Next slide please.The best way to see this is by looking at how fast cases, hospital admissions and deaths are falling.The number of cases have been falling, in a fairly even way, since around the middle of January, by a quarter every week. Just a little bit more in the past few days.It’s not been completely smooth.A week ago, I stood here and we said that we were worried that the fall in cases was slowing down.Thankfully, as you can see in the chart, that now looks more like a temporary blip.Which is good news for us all.Next slide please.Now let’s turn to the number of hospital admissions.Again, this is falling steadily, at around a quarter every week.But there are early signs that this fall is getting a bit faster.In fact, the 29% fall in the last week is the fastest fall in hospital admissions at any point in the entire pandemic.Final slide please.But where you can really see the effect of the vaccine is in the fall of the number of deaths.The number of deaths is falling faster and faster.And now deaths are falling by over a third every week. And in fact in the last week have fallen by 41%.Faster than before.The Chief Medical Officer told us weeks ago that you’d first see the effect of the vaccine in fewer people dying, and then in reduced hospitalisations.And I believe that that is exactly what’s happening.What this all shows is that the link from cases to hospitalisations and then to deaths, that have been unbreakable before the vaccine – that link is now breaking. The vaccine is protecting the NHS and saving lives and that right across the country, this country’s plan is working.And as well as this real-world data, I want to share the results of a study by the University of Bristol which clearly shows the difference our vaccination programme is making.The study looked at all patients over 80 who were admitted with serious respiratory disease in Bristol.The results showed a single dose of both the Pfizer or Oxford/AstraZeneca jab offers around 80% protection against hospitalisation after at least 2 weeks even amongst the most frail, and those with underlying medical conditions.Again, as with the data that were published last week, the effect was slightly stronger in the Oxford jab than with Pfizer. What this corroborates is that what we have seen over the past couple of weeks is that vaccines work. And they’re the best way of securing our freedom.As of midnight last night 21.3 million people have been vaccinated.I can tell you that we have vaccinated two fifths of the entire adult population of the United Kingdom.Yesterday, I was in Scotland, seeing the combined teamwork of NHS Scotland, Scottish local authorities and the armed forces, delivering jabs in Hamilton.They were all working together as one, towards a common goal. Protecting us all.As anyone who has been to a vaccination centre will know, the joy on people’s faces when they get the jab is unbelievably uplifting.And more and more people will be getting this feeling of protection over the next few weeks and months.We’re on course to hit our target of offering a first dose to everyone who’s 50 or over, or part of an at-risk group, by 15 of April.And all adults by the end of July.The vaccine roll-out has allowed us to set out our roadmap for how we’ll carefully lift some of the restrictions that we’ve all endured for far too long.And as we do this, we’ll be drawing on the huge testing infrastructure that is now in place.We are now testing 2.8 million people a week.The roadmap is built on the principle of replacing the protection that comes from lockdown with the protection that comes from vaccines and regular testing.So, as we open up – for instance, care homes as I mentioned a moment ago, to visitors – that will come with regular testing for visitors.And as schools and colleges return we will be giving teachers, staff, parents, secondary and college students and their households access to rapid regular testing twice a week in term time and in holidays.And I urge all those and the households of those who are going back to school or to college next week to take up this offerOne of the most dangerous things about this virus – one of those dangerous things – is that around one third of those who get it don’t get any symptoms at all and yet can still pass the disease on to others.That’s why it’s so important that all of us follow the social distancing and take the precautions that we know we must.So rapid, regular testing is a critical part of our response.And we can do so much more because of the huge capacity we’ve built up in NHS Test and Trace.I would urge you if you’re eligible to participate in one of these regular testing programmes like I do, because that is how we will keep this virus under control as we continue to roll out the vaccineFor more information on how you can get a test, go to gov.uk/coronavirus.I’d urge everyone who’s eligible to get that regular testing.Now, I know that this pandemic has been an anxious time for so many young people.Growing up, after all, is tough enough at the best of times.But during these difficult times, it’s even tougher.Home schooling, being unable to see your friends, sport cancelled, and being stuck at home.I know just how much people are looking forward to going back to school, seeing friends in a classroom not just on Zoom.Monday will be a long-awaited day for many.But for some it’ll be a moment of unease and anxiety too.We need to help young people to get through this and get their life going again.And give them the help and support that they need.We’ve worked hard throughout the pandemic to make sure mental health services are open. And we’ve set up 24/7 support for those in need.I’m delighted to announce today that we’ll be allocating an extra £79 million to boost mental health support for children and young people.Almost 3 million children and young people will benefit from more mental health support teams, and those mental health support teams in schools will be working hard to ensure people get access to the support and care that they need.And we’ll be expanding access to mental health services in the community too.I’d like to end with some good news on our work to tackle new variants.Thanks to the brilliant team who’ve been working so hard over the past week, we’ve now successfully identified the sixth case of the variant of concern first identified in Manaus in Brazil.Using the latest technology, and the dogged determination of our testing and tracing scheme, we’ve successfully identified the person in question.The best evidence is that this person in question stayed at home and that there’s no sign that there’s been any onward transmission.But as a precaution, we’re putting more testing in Croydon, where they live, to minimise the risk of spread.This positive outcome was only possible because of the huge genome sequencing capacity that we now have in this country and our test and trace team, so we could identify these cases, track them down and contact them.It shows how important this capacity we’ve built is, and how important it is to be transparent whenever new variants are found.Because whether it’s here at home or around the world, testing, sequencing and being transparent about what you find helps stop the spread of this disease – and in particular these variants of concern which are so worrying – and protects lives.I’m really delighted at the work the team have done this week. They’ve worked absolutely flat out since these 6 cases were first identified on Friday and found the 6 positive cases, even though the form wasn’t filled in quite right.So Susan is going to say a little bit more about this in a moment but my summary is:Things are moving in the right direction.These are challenging times.But thanks to the vaccine, we’re making progress.But we’re not there yet.So, as we go down the road to recovery, it’s vital everybody plays their part, follows the rules and when their call comes, get your jab.last_img read more

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Cotswold flour miller in board shake-up

first_imgCo-owner of FWP Matthews, Graham Matthews, has sold his interest for an undisclosed sum to pursue new challenges.The family-run flour miller has now employed new members to the board following Graham Matthews’ departure.Managing director and relation of Graham, Paul Matthews, has been joined by brother Stephen Matthews as financial director, and Nigel Freer as non executive chairman. Graham had worked for the Oxfordshire-based milling business for 28 years, which is now one of the leading organic flour millers. The company specialises in a range of French products with its partners Moul-Bie.Stephen has previously worked at the Charles Taylor accountancy firm, where he was also financial director.He said: “It is a pleasure to join the family business after many years in the City. This is a big change for us internally and we will do our best to minimise the impact on our many customers and suppliers.”Freer has spent his career in the food and drink industry, and was previous CEO of Merrydown Cider.He said: “I am now delighted to be back as an investor and NX chairman to assist Paul and Stephen on strategy and development of the company. We already have an exciting and ambitious strategy in place, which we are all keen to be getting on with.”last_img read more