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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. FTSE 100 mining company BHP Group (LSE:BHP) has had a better than expected year considering the pandemic forced some mines to close. Rising commodity prices have helped the iron ore and copper producer offset losses in oil and gas. This share price rise helped BHP achieve the rank of top FTSE 100 company by market capitalisation after reaching a valuation of £115bn. But is it among the best shares to buy now?BHP share price fluctuationsFrom 2011 to 2016, the BHP share price declined. But from 2016 until today, it has rebounded nicely with a rise of 230%. However, it has fluctuated plenty during these five years. BHP’s price-to-earnings ratio is 17, earnings per share are £1.14, and its dividend yield is 4.7%.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…Mining shares make notoriously risky investments. That’s because a miner’s value is often closely correlated with commodity prices, which rise in low interest environments and fall when interest rates rise. We are enjoying a rising commodity price environment just now, and many metals are becoming increasingly sought after for renewables. This is tempting me to consider investing in the sector. 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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Strength in operationsIn its half-year operational review, ended 31 December, BHP results were mixed. It achieved record production in iron ore and a rise in zinc, but copper production was flat. It bought a bigger stake in its Shenzi petroleum asset and it’s making excellent progress in its iron ore and potash projects.Like many of its peers, BHP is focussing its attentions on mining for the sought-after metals of the future. These include copper and nickel which are vital in the production of electric vehicles and renewable infrastructure. Nickel is essential to the lithium ion batteries used in battery electric vehicles. To this end, BHP’s Nickel West saw its nickel production increase by 31% in the six months to 31 December.Climate activism and electrification require mining to varying degrees, so BHP is doing its bit to improve its ESG rating. In the latest in a string of renewable agreements, BHP signed a 10-year contract to buy 50% of its electricity at its Kwinana Nickel Refinery from a big solar farm in Western Australia. It’s also moving away from coal and focussing on greener alternatives. To do this, it plans on selling its New South Wales Energy Coal unit, along with a stake in a Colombian coal mine. Doing so means it will incur a hit of between $1.15bn and $1.25bn on the asset. According to Refinitiv, BHP scores 87 out of 100 for ESG. This indicates an excellent ESG performance and high degree of transparency in reporting material ESG data publicly.Covid-19 poses challengesWith the pandemic not yet behind us, I think BHP could face continued disruption to production. In the second half of 2020 its petroleum production decreased by 12% and production of crude oil, condensate, and natural gas liquids decreased by 14%. Covid-19 also resulted in a 30% reduction in operational workforce in BHP’s Chilean assets, and this is likely to continue to be a challenging jurisdiction.I think the uncertainty combined with a high P/E means this stock is possibly getting on the expensive side. However, I do think its involvement in the metals of the future and respectable dividend yield make it appealing. I’m not rushing to buy BHP today, but I’ll keep it on my watch list.
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ArchDaily Manufacturers: Rathscheck SchieferCollaborator:Jakub ZygmuntStructure:Jan KostorzArchitect In Charge:Robert SkitekCity:KatowiceCountry:PolandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tomasz Zakrzewski Recommended ProductsCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. The house is located in a quiet district in the south of Katowice. There was an orchard with apple trees on the existing plot. The neighboring building and zoning plan imposed pitched roof geometry.Save this picture!© Tomasz Zakrzewski The building is located along the road to cut off private garden from the street. The gable windowless walls are as close as possible to the neighboring plots. Main black solid with pitched roof, is fully clad with slate. The distinctive frontal diagonal line of the hood is lowering in accordance with lowered bedroom’s floor above the garage.Save this picture!© Tomasz Zakrzewski All the windows in the black solid, including the roof, are strip windows.The main body is pierced by contrast, heavily glazed, white cubic element, which houses living area. Living room is completely ejected outside the main solid to catch southern light, completely glazed two walls widely open it for a garden with apple trees.Save this picture!Section AASave this picture!Section DDOn the ground floor classically there is open space living area with guest room, utility room and garage for two cars. First/upper Floor accommodates the sleeping area, child’s room, work room and an open mezzanine with a bookcase. All the separate rooms on the first floor are lit from the east.Save this picture!© Tomasz Zakrzewski Project gallerySee allShow lessNew Ice Skating Hall / Herrmann + Bosch ArchitektenSelected ProjectsIsemachi Public Toilet / Kubo Tsushima ArchitectsSelected Projects Share 2015 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781135/house-in-slate-rs-plus Clipboard Houses Save this picture!© Tomasz Zakrzewski + 22 Share CopyHouses•Katowice, Poland Year: Photographs Photographs: Tomasz Zakrzewski Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project House in Slate / RS + Robert Skitek CopyAbout this officeRS+ Robert SkitekOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKatowiceTychyPolandPublished on February 06, 2016Cite: “House in Slate / RS + Robert Skitek” 06 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 31 December 2004 | News Charities are still receiving large volumes of online donations from people keen to support the response to the Asian floods disaster.Disasters Emergency Committee Chief Executive Brendan Gormley reported yesterday evening that about £500,000 was being donated online to the appeal every hour.The Guardian reports that, after it expanded its Christmas charity appeal to include support for the disaster appeal, online donations for this object totalled £14,000 within a few hours. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 25 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online donations continue to pour in to Asian floods emergency
Cairngorm Mountain Bike Challenge raises over half a million pounds for charity About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Some 540 colleagues from Bank of Scotland Corporate raised almost £600,000 for CLIC Sargent and two other charities when they participated in the Bank of Scotland Corporate Cairngorm Mountain Bike Challenge on Saturday 8 September. Of the 540 participants, over 300 completed the 110km Gold Route.The event raised money for the HBOS Foundation’s Million £ Challenge, which this year will make substantial donations to CLIC Sargent, Age Concern and Diabetes UK.The HBOS Foundation are match-funding every pound raised by the competitors in the Cairngorm Mountain Bike Challenge. The competitors have already collected well over £250,000, with the money still left to come in expected to push that figure nearer £300,000. The HBOS Foundation’s match-funding will bring the total raised to almost £600,000.Peter Cummings, Chief Executive of Bank of Scotland Corporate, was at the event supporting the teams. Peter said: “I continue to be extremely impressed with the commitment of Bank of Scotland Corporate colleagues to fundraising activities like this one. It was a great day, and I could scarcely think of a better cause than CLIC Sargent.“Everyone who made the weekend such a success – from the organisers to the participants – should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.”Carole Easton, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent added: “Staff at HBOS have worked tirelessly throughout the year to raise more than £1.5m for CLIC Sargent which will go directly in to supporting CLIC Sargent services. On behalf of all the children, young people and families who are living with cancer we would like to say a special thank you to all those employees who jumped on their bike this weekend to take part in The Cairngorm Mountain Bike Challenge.”ENDSNotes to editorsThe Bank of Scotland Corporate Cairngorm Mountain Bike Challenge took place on Saturday 5th September. The 12 hour challenge took participants off road through the picturesque highland scenery around Aviemore. There were 3 different routes – the 60km Bronze Route, 84km Silver Route and 110km Gold Route. Of the 540 participants, over 300 attempted the Gold Route. Each route started at the Macdonald Aviemore Highland Resort, taking in the beautiful forests of Rothiemurchus and Glenmore Forest Park, and finished at Loch Morlich.The HBOS Foundation (www.hbosfoundation.org) was established in May 2002, following the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland to create HBOS plc. The Foundation operates as an independent company and works with charitable and ‘not-for-profit’ organisations across the UK, supporting people and their local communities. Million £ Challenge charities are voted for by HBOS colleagues – this year they chose CLIC Sargent as charity of the year, with fundraising over £1m being divided between CLIC Sargent, Age Concern and Diabetes UK. In addition, the HBOS Foundation is committed to working with colleagues throughout the HBOS group who want to put something back into their local communities, either through fundraising for local charities or volunteering. In 2007, over 10,000 colleagues volunteered their time and skills for charities and good causes. The HBOS Foundation is a registered charity No.SCO32942.CLIC Sargent (www.clicsargent.org.uk) is the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity. Every day in the UK, 10 children and young people are diagnosed with cancer or leukaemia. CLIC Sargent acts as a lifeline keeping families together when the unimaginable happens. We provide clinical, psychosocial, emotional and financial care and support to them and their families.Note to Sub Editors: Please note that the name ‘CLIC Sargent’ should not be abbreviated to CLIC, and that the word ‘CLIC’ should always appear in capitals, as above.For further information, contact:Andy MaciverSenior Media Relations OfficerBank of Scotland Press Office0131 243 7016OrKat ForseSenior Press OfficerCLIC Sargent0117 314 [email protected] 52 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Events Howard Lake | 11 September 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
67 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 28 September 2014 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Cancer Research UK Events Advertisement Cancer Research UK introduces student fundraising event for Stand Up To Cancer Cancer Research UK is promoting a new fundraising event designed to involve students in fundraising for Stand Up To Cancer, the charity’s joint fundraising campaign with Channel 4.The Undie Run challenges students to strip down to their undies and run 1km to raise money. This week Student Event Managers at 35 universities will start promoting the campaign as students start the new academic year.The Good Agency has worked with CRUK to devise the event strategy, creative look and feel, on and offline marketing materials and social media strategy for the event. The microsite features a leader board, which will be topped by the university with the biggest Undie run team.Chris Norman, Strategy Director, The Good Agency said:“We’re incredibly proud to bring the Undie Run to the UK and we’re excited to see it take off around the country. We believe it is the perfect opportunity for a whole host of young people to be defiant in the face of cancer and tell it, it’s pants. This new initiative is fun and the perfect way for students to get involved and Stand Up To Cancer this October”.
Facebook Previous articleTCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area studentsNext articleWorth Hills construction delayed by recent vandalism Clayton Youngman RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Clayton is a senior journalism major from Mesquite, Texas. He’s worked at The Dallas Morning News and PolitiFact in Washington, D.C. He holds the all-time record for highest batting average at his high school after he hit a single in his only at-bat during his senior season. printBob and Pat Schieffer have created a new scholarship that will pay for just about everything.The iconic CBS news anchor and his wife have established the Gladys Payne Schieffer Scholarship, which will cover full tuition, room and board, books, fees and other expenses for up to four students each year. Students who receive the scholarship, the Schieffer Scholars, will also get funds to study abroad or pursue internships and research.The first Schieffer Scholars will be selected for the 2016-2017 school year.“We have long enjoyed our relationship with TCU and will continue to support the development and growth of the university,” said Pat Schieffer, a member of the TCU Board of Trustees, in a TCU press release. “We hope that these scholarships have a lasting impact on the lives of the young people who benefit from them.”The value of the Gladys Payne Schieffer Scholarship, named in honor of Bob Schieffer’s mother, far exceeds that of the Chancellor’s Scholarship, formerly the most prestigious academic scholarship available at TCU.The total cost of attendance for the 2016-2017 is projected to be more than $55,000. That would make the Schieffer scholarship worth more than $210,000 over four years. Chancellor’s Scholars receive full tuition for four years, currently valued around $162,000.The Schieffer Scholars are also selected based on financial need, unlike the merit-based Chancellor’s Scholarship. Schieffer Scholars will also be chosen based on high scholastic achievement, service and leadership qualities, according to an email from TCU spokeswoman Holly Ellman.Chancellor Victor Boschini will select the recipients of the scholarship, Ellman wrote.The new scholarship is another step in the Schieffer family’s increased involvement at TCU. The College of Communication was renamed in Bob Schieffer’s honor in 2013. Schieffer had also previously hosted an annual symposium featuring big-name journalists from across the country. Clayton Youngman Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ Linkedin + posts Frogs close regular season with 9-3 win, sweep over Kansas State Linkedin The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Facebook Twitter Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ ReddIt Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ ReddIt Three longtime social work faculty set to retire Bob and Pat Schieffer at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Gala in 2013. The Schieffer family has established a new TCU scholarship worth more than $200,000 over four years. Clayton Youngmanhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/clayton-youngman/ Twitter TCU drops rubber match 3-1 to Texas Tech; Frogs lose 2nd straight Big 12 series New dean selected for honors college
November 12, 2019 Find out more Related documents 130225_cp_tunisie_radios_ar.pdfPDF – 237.81 KB December 26, 2019 Find out more News News to go further News RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia February 25, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New radio stations threatened with closure or prosecution Help by sharing this information Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 11, 2020 Find out more Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders is very worried about the increasingly uncertain future of the radio stations that emerged in the aftermath of Tunisia’s January 2011 revolution. A news conference is to be held at the National Union of Tunisian Journalists in Tunis this afternoon to draw attention to journalists’ concerns about the media’s future and to protest against the government’s foot-dragging and failure to take needed decisions.Reporters Without Borders regards the emergence of these new radio stations as indispensible for developing and reinforcing media pluralism and information diversity in Tunisia, and reiterates its support for the creation of new media, especially in the remoter parts of the country.“One can only wonder about the reasons for this foot-dragging and clear lack of interest in reforming the media sector for the past two years,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Will we have to await a wave of popular discontent when stations are closed before the authorities finally take the decisions that are so crucial for freedom of information?“Tunisia’s current political and economic crisis cannot be used as an excuse. Terms of reference must urgently be established for privately-owned and community radio stations. At the same time, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (HAICA) must finally be created.”Since the fall of the dictatorship in January 2011, only 12 radio stations have obtained a licence to broadcast in Tunisia and they are now threatened with closure. Those that agreed to sign a contract with the National Broadcasting Office (ONT) now find it impossible to pay the exorbitant sums demanded by the ONT – an average of 100,000 dinars (48,460 euros) from each radio station – for the rental of its transmitters and other broadcast equipment.Those that chose to reject the ONT monopoly of broadcasting equipment and operate independently are now illegal. All could be forced to close if reforms are not quickly adopted.Those that are not facing direct closure will have to reschedule their debt payments, but will nonetheless still be unable to meet them because the ONT is pressing for unrealistic amounts and is hounding them with warning letters.“Whether they are unable to pay the ONT’s bills or whether they are broadcasting illegally, the survival of these radio stations is a major challenge for the right of Tunisian citizens to receive and impart news and information,” Deloire added.These 12 radio stations owe their existence to the can-do attitude of the National Body for Reform of Information and Communication (INRIC), an entity created in March 2011 to reform the media sector. Seeking to renew Tunisia’s media landscape, INRIC gave the green light for the creation of these radio stations on 28 June 2011.But ever since the 28 October 2011 elections and the installation of the Troika, reform of the media has been blocked by political differences. The INRIC’s recommendations for the continuation of the reform process have been ignored. Although the INRIC has been dissolved, the authorities have not moved ahead with the creation of the Independent Broadcasting Authority (HAICA).The broadcasting landscape inherited from the era of the ousted President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali is now paralyzed, and unblocking it does not seem to be one of the priorities of the current government, which has taken advantage of the legal void to keep the state-owned media under close control and discourage any local initiatives.As a result, those who want to create radio stations have nowhere to go to apply for a broadcast frequency and those who decide to ignore the legal void and broadcast without a permit risk a sentence of six months to five years under the current telecommunications law for “using a broadcast frequency without prior permission from the National Agency for Frequencies (ANF).”Despite repeated requests by the Tunisian Union of Free Radio Stations (STRL) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the authorities have yet to establish a special status for community radio stations. And it is impossible for new radio stations to import the equipment they need to build a transmitter without exposing themselves to severe penalties.Former information technology and communication minister Mongi Marzoug and ONT president Sadok Toumi told Reporters Without Borders on 12 February that the ministry is currently considering a revision of the charges for radio stations but no deadline has been set for completing this revision. The new tariffs could be based on the following criteria: number of inhabitants in an area, the geographical development index, existence of a state subsidy and the kind of radio station (community, state-owned or commercial).The ONT’s monopoly of broadcasting equipment is meanwhile being challenged and, to end the current impasse, community radio stations are demanding the right to broadcast using their own equipment. But the much-criticized ONT is powerless to make the changes itself. Ending the ONT monopoly and allowing privately-owned broadcasters would require a political will to make the necessary legislative changes but, for the time being, the politicians prefer to use the ONT as a scapegoat.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to show some understanding by suspending payment of the sums owed to the ONT, quickly revising the ONT’s tariffs and ensuring that radio stations using their own transmitters are not prosecuted pending reform of the telecommunications law. Organisation Receive email alerts News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa