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The threat of a global recession resulting from Covid-19 has made markets jumpy and volatile. That does create opportunities for long-term investors.One of the hardest-hit companiesShares in Melrose Industries (LSE: MRO) have fallen over 66% in just this year so far. This follows a strong performance in 2019 and into the beginning of this year. The economic slowdown has changed everything.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…The industrial turnaround specialist, which acquired listed company GKN for £8bn in a hostile takeover, has been hit hard for a number of reasons.It faces challenges because GKN is a major aerospace supplier, an industry that has been hit hard by the global pandemic.The deal has also massively increased Melrose’s debt to £3.3bn. High debts are now something investors are wary of at a time when revenues will be lower. This largely explains the share price fall, along with the fact the group has major aerospace customers.Now though, with the price-to-earnings below six and the shares among the worst performers in the FTSE 100 I think the shares are too cheap to ignore. The dividend has been cut and other cost savings are being found.The business is well run. In early March the industrials group announced full-year revenues rose 34% to £ 11.6bn. Operating profits rose 35.5% to £ 1.1bn. So, assuming COVID-19 doesn’t close down the business for too long, it should come out the other end of this stronger. Especially if it means competitors go out of business, which is highly likely.Another major FTSE 100 fallerThe Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) share price has fallen by 55%, making it also one of the hardest-hit companies in the FTSE 100. Unlike Melrose, it wasn’t performing spectacularly well before the coronavirus came along, but there is an opportunity for a turnaround. Investing in its shares suits only a patient investor.Another similarity to Melrose comes from the fact Rolls-Royce is a major supplier to the global aviation industry, which now has most planes grounded, staff furloughed, and little to no need for maintenance on engines.It’s a challenging time for the company but with the shares at a level not seen for a decade, they might be too cheap to ignore.Rolls-Royce will be helped by cash reserves of £6.7bn. This money should see it through the crisis, or at least until the back end of this year. Like other companies, it has taken measures to cut costs and draw down on credit facilities.Given how cheap the shares are, I think a bounce back when markets move higher – and they will at some point – is definitely on the cards.Both shares have potential and look undervalued. The recent market sell-off has given investors, prepared to invest for the long-term, the chance to buy two great companies at knock-down prices. 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Click here for match highlightsPost-match bulletin– It was a dream-like farewell to the Aviva Stadium for Brian O’Driscoll on the day he won his world record-breaking 140th cap. He was deservedly named Man of the Match for the creative role he played one week before his Test retirement.“To leave here is going to be hard,” said O’Driscoll after the match, “But it was a good way to leave it today and hopefully we set ourselves up for next week. I feel humbled by the reception today.”Winging it: Leonardo Sarto scored Italy’s try– Martin Castrogiovanni’s record-breaking 105th appearance for Italy lasted just seven minutes as he limped off to be replaced by Lorenzo Cittadini.– Italy made 208 tackles in the match, setting a new record for a Test match. It was their 18th consecutive away defeat in the Six Nations, which is a tournament record.– Ireland ran 658 metres with the ball, compared to Italy’s 276. They won 154 rucks out of 157 whereas Italy won just 44 out of 49. DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 08: Leonardo Sarto of Italy runs in his team’s first try of the game during the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World’s proposed Italy XV v England: Luke McLean; Angelo Esposito, Michele Campagnaro, Gonzalo Garcia, Leonardo Sarto; Tommaso Allen, Edoardo Gori; Alberto de Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Bortolami, Joshua Furno, Robert Barbieri, Sergio Parisse.Skipper Sergio Parisse, rested this week, will surely return and the half-backs could change again, with Tommaso Allen and Edoardo Gori playing after a bit of bench time this week. Martin Castrogiovanni many miss out through injury, so Lorenzo Cittadini could replace him. TAGS: Leinster Centre of attention: Brian O’Driscoll is applauded off by his team-mates at the end of the 46-7 win over ItalyBy Katie FieldThe match in 30 secondsIreland will surely be crowned RBS Six Nations champions next weekend if they win in Paris, after running in seven tries to take their positive points difference in the table to 81. Man of the Match Brian O’Driscoll created three of the scores as Ireland turned a 17-7 half-time lead into a rout.Italy were in the game at 7-7 as the half-hour approached, but conceded a penalty and a try before half-time and the hosts ran away with it after the break.Ireland – Tries: Jonathan Sexton (2), Andrew Trimble, Cian Healy, Sean Cronin, Fergus McFadden, Jack McGrath. Cons: Sexton (2), Paddy Jackson (2). Pens: SextonItaly – Try: Leonardo Sarto. Con: Luciano Orquera. What’s next?– The Six Nations title is there for the taking for Ireland after winning by this margin. They need to keep cool heads in the build-up to next weekend’s game in Paris and on the pitch at the Stade de France and if they do, they have the quality and form to send O’Driscoll into retirement with another winners’ medal.– It seems daft to criticise Ireland after a win by this kind of margin, but they spent much of the first half going through the phases without making much ground, so they need to get their heads up earlier in the game and look for the spaces.Oh baby: O’Driscoll and daughter Sadie after the game– It looks like O’Driscoll may have employed Shane Williams’ script writer (remember the Welshman’s final touch in Test rugby?!) so we can all hope for more magic from the living legend as he plays his very last game of international rugby. He has some act to follow after this week’s performance, but O’Driscoll looks to be handling the pressure and emotion brilliantly.– Italy welcome England to Rome next Saturday and need to find a way to hang onto more possession if they are to win, or come close. They had just 25% of the possession and 21% of the territory and lost two of their own lineouts and one of their own scrums. Rugby World’s proposed Ireland XV v France: Rob Kearney; Andrew Trimble, Brian O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy, Dave Kearney; Jonathan Sexton, Conor Murray; Cian Healy, Rory Best, Mike Ross, Devin Toner, Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Chris Henry, Jamie Heaslip.Assuming Joe Schmidt doesn’t “do a Gatland” and drop O’Driscoll (just joking!), Ireland are only likely to make injury-related changes. Peter O’Mahony will return if he’s fit, after missing out this week. If Cian Healy’s injury rules him out, Jack McGrath will start, just as Eoin Reddan will replace Conor Murray if the scrum-half cannot play. – Rob Kearney didn’t get among the try-scorers but he was a potent attacking force, running 116 metres. Chris Henry was Ireland’s busiest defender, making 12 tackles.– Italy’s full-back, Luke McLean, also had a good game, making 60 metres in attack, while Joshua Furno was their star defender with 22 tackles.
Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGS2020 Hurricane SeasonForecastNational Oceanic Atmospheric AdministrationNOAAThe Center Square Previous articleFederal judge strikes down Florida’s 2019 felon ‘pay-to-vote’ lawNext articleUPDATE MISSING TEEN – Help needed: Leah Brown was returned to parents, ran away again Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center issued its update in a release forecasting “a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms, of which six to 10 could become hurricanes, including three to six major hurricanes” of category 3 or higher.“NOAA’s analysis of current and seasonal atmospheric conditions reveals a recipe for an active Atlantic hurricane season this year,” NOAA Acting Administrator Neil Jacobs said Thursday.An average hurricane season, which begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30, produces 12 named storms, of which six become hurricanes, including three “major” storms.In early April, the oft-cited Tropical Meteorology Project at Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science predicted as many as four major Atlantic hurricanes, with a 70 percent chance of at least one category 3 or larger hurricane making landfall on the U.S. East Coast and/or Gulf Coast.The CSU model projects there will be 16 named storms, including eight hurricanes, with four major storms of category 3 or higher.Both models indicate “above normal” hurricane activity, marking the first time such a forecast has been issued for five consecutive years.For the sixth year in a row, a named Atlantic basin storm already materialized as Tropical Storm Arthur emerged from the south Atlantic last week.The combination of several climate factors is driving the strong likelihood for above-normal activity in the Atlantic this year, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said.According to the center, “El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) conditions are expected to either remain neutral or to trend toward La Niña, meaning there will not be an El Niño present to suppress hurricane activity.”La Niña is a climate pattern that enhances Atlantic hurricane formation while the other extreme, El Niño, depresses hurricane formation.NOAA’s forecast indicates there is a 50 percent chance the Atlantic will remain in the middle of the two extremes, in what’s known as neutral conditions, and a 40 percent chance a La Niña could develop.NOAA also cites “warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea, coupled with reduced vertical wind shear, weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, and an enhanced west African monsoon (that) all increase the likelihood for an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season.”Florida officials have taken measures to address hurricane preparation amid the COVID-19 emergency, including the Florida Public Service Commission’s plan to establish more staging areas to reduce massing of relief workers, shifts to single-serve packaging of food and revamped sleeping arrangements for electrical restoration crews.Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) Director Jared Moskowitz said in early May his agency is developing plans about evacuations designed to reduce crowding in shelters.Former FEMA and Florida DEM director Craig Fugate told The Southern Group’s virtual education conference recently that more school campuses with smaller capacities but larger footprints should be converted into shelters and FEMA’s Transitional Shelter Assistance should make more hotels and motels available.“We actually have kind of an unusual situation, a lot of vacancies in hotels and motels across the state that would not normally be there during the peak of hurricane season,” he said. “So this seems to be a very viable option to be able to, at least for higher risk – particularly elderly, pre-existing conditions or people who have had exposures – going straight to a hotel or motel. But I don’t think we get out of schools as primary shelters.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here The Miami skyline is shrouded in clouds Friday, May 15, 2020, as a cyclist rides along Biscayne Bay at Matheson Hammock Park in Miami. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, said Thursday six to 10 storms could develop into hurricanes this season. Lynne Sladky / AP The Anatomy of Fear By John Haughey | The Center SquareThe National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) warned there is a 60 percent chance for another “above normal” hurricane season in the Atlantic basin this year. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
September 27, 2016 Find out more The continuing prosecution and trial of three Azamn journalists in Oman has been marked by procedural flaws and the abuse of punitive press laws, according to a final Trial Observation Report published by a coalition of human rights groups today. On 07 November 2016, the Omani Appeal Court in Muscat heard the case against three journalists of “Azamn” newspaper, Ibrahim Al-Maamari, Yousef Al-Haj, and Zaher Al-Abri. The coalition of rights groups which monitored the trial was composed of the Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Front Line Defenders, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), and both the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. The independent human rights lawyer, who attended the Appeal Court trial on 7 November 2016 in Muscat, finds that the hearing fell below international fair trial standards. The verdict was set for 17 November but is now due on 12 December 2016. The coalition therefore renew its calls for the charges to be dropped and/or for the defendants to be acquitted. See: http://www.gc4hr.org/news/view/1424 The full report finds, inter alia, that: Pre-trial detention of the three defendants in the summer of 2016 was arbitrary and disproportionate, while conditions in solitary confinement constituted inhuman and degrading treatment; There was a failure by the State to afford the defendants timely access to legal support; The central charges brought against the defendants act as a broad and disproportionate tool for state action against the media, offend the principle of legality and pose a significant obstacle to successfully mounting a fair defence. The Appeal Court trial failed to remedy the irregularities in the lower Court hearings. Read the full report online here. Help by sharing this information News RSF_en News Joint letter to the Sultan of Oman on the right of press freedom and the targeting of journalists and human rights defenders Organisation RSF condemns Omani judicial persecution of independent daily Follow the news on Oman Receive email alerts Omani newspaper journalists freed pending outcome of appeal News The continuing prosecution and trial of three “Azamn” journalists in Oman has been marked by procedural flaws and the abuse of punitive press laws, according to a final Trial Observation Report published by a coalition of human rights groups today. OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses OmanMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses to go further October 10, 2016 Find out more News October 18, 2016 Find out more November 25, 2016 – Updated on November 28, 2016 Oman: Court postpones verdict of “Azamn” journalists, in a trial held below international standards, according to trial observation report
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Top StoriesIndia A Secular Country, A Religious Group In Majority Can’t Resist Other Community’s Fundamental Right To Hold Religious Processions, Festivals: Madras High Court Sparsh Upadhyay9 May 2021 9:34 AMShare This – x”If religious intolerance is going to be allowed, it is not good for a secular country. Intolerance in any form by any religious group has to be curtailed and prohibited,” observed the Madras High Court recently. The Bench of Justice N. Kirubakaran and Justice P. Velumurugan was dealing with a dispute involving a long-standing dispute between the Hindu and Muslim residents (in a village) over the conduct of certain Hindu festivals/Religious Procession. Significantly, the Court observed that, “India is a secular country and merely because one religious group is living in the majority in a particular area, it cannot be a reason for not allowing other religious festivals or processions through that area.””If religious intolerance is going to be allowed, it is not good for a secular country. Intolerance in any form by any religious group has to be curtailed and prohibited”#MadrasHighCourt issues significant observations in a Judgment: A Thread 👇 pic.twitter.com/V5Hg2uZZvu— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) May 9, 2021Facts in brief Right from the year 1951 onwards, there had been a dispute between the two religious groups regarding the usage of 96% of Government Poramboke land While the Muslims wanted the land to be used as commonplace, the Hindus claimed long use of Poramboke land and objected to its common usage. Due to this, many clashes took place between the two religious groups with regard to the said site, pursuant to which many cases were also filed against both the groups. However, till 2011, there was no issue in connection with the conduct of certain Hindu festivals, and three days festivals of the 3 temples were peacefully conducted till the year 2011. Only from the year 2012 onwards, the Muslims started objecting to some of the Hindu festivals terming them as Sins and contending that the areas were dominated by the Muslim population. Between 2012 and 2015, the festivals did place, however, with restrictions put in place by the Court through various orders, in view of the petitions filed objecting to the conduct of the festivals Further, in the year 2018, an order was passed by the Revenue Divisional Officer allowing which, in effect, allowed the conduct of the festivals, subject to certain conditions and these conditions, in turn, were challenged in the High Court. The Madras High Court, while allowing the festivals to conducted, put in place allowed certain conditions, however, these were challenged before the Division bench (present matter). Court’s observations At the outset, the Court observed that as per Section 180-A of the District Municipalities Act 1920, roads or streets should be used as access to the people irrespective of their religion, caste, or creed. The Court also noted that all along there had been religious tolerance and the religious festivals were conducted very smoothly and religious procession were conducted without any problem through all the streets and roads of the village. Further, allowing the three days festival of the 3 temples of the village, the Division Bench, also imposed certain conditions: on the following terms, i.e. ” There shall be a direction to the authorities to permit the Hindus to conduct two processions on the first and second day of the village temple festivals through all the streets and roads which have been conducted till 2015. As far as the procession on the third day of temple festival is concerned, the petitioner himself accepted that Hindus would not conduct the procession in which the turmeric water would be sprinkled.” However, the Court did not stop there and issued the following observations: Merely because one religious group is dominating in a particular locality, it cannot be a ground to prohibit from celebrating religious festivals or taking processions of other religious groups through those roads. If it is to be accepted, then a day will come when a particular religious group which is predominantly occupying the area, will not allow the people belonging to other religious groups even to use the roads even for movement, transportation or the normal access. Even the marriage processions and funeral processions would be prohibited/prevented which is not good for our society.The temples are there for decades together. Merely because a religious group got settled in a locality and has become vociferous, they cannot object to the custom of taking Temple’s procession through all the streets in the Village and consequent upon their objections, the customary and traditional practices cannot be prevented or prohibited.In this case, intolerance of a particular religious group is exhibited by objecting for the festivals which have been conducted for decades together and the procession through the streets and roads of the village are sought to be prohibited stating that the area is dominated by Muslims and therefore, there cannot be any Hindu festival or procession through the locality. If resistance is being exhibited by one religious group and it is reciprocated by the other religious groups, there would be chaos, riots, religious fights causing loss of lives and destruction of properties. Consequently, the secular character of our country will be destroyed or damaged. Court’s order Once it has been declared by the authorities as roads or streets as per Section 180-A of the District Municipalities Act, the roads and streets, which are “secular”, should be used as roads by all the people irrespective of their religion, caste or creed.Any procession including the religious procession shall be conducted through all the roads and streets without any restriction. Any procession including the religious procession cannot be prohibited or curtailed merely because another religious group is residing or doing business in the area predominantly.There cannot be a prohibition for any procession including religious processions through roads by the District administration or police authorities and there can be only regulation by the police or other Government authorities to see that no untoward incident occurs or any law-and-order problem arises. Every religious group has got fundamental right to take out a religious procession through all the roads without insulting the other religious sentiments and without raising any slogans against other religious groups, affecting their sentiments, public law, and order.Merely because there is one place of worship belonging to another religious group, the same cannot be a ground to decline/deny permission to conduct procession including the religious procession of other religions to go through those roads or streets. The presence of religious structures/places of worship cannot take away the right of other religious groups who have been enjoying all the rights including the conduct of religious procession for the past many years. The criminal cases filed against both the parties are directed to be withdrawn. 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Small anomalies in ice-shelf surface temperature correlate with measured microtopography. Clear-sky thermal infrared (TIR) images of the Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctica, frequently show persistent patterns of anomalous snow surface temperatures. The anomalous signatures appear as stripes orientated along the ice flowline and are of the order of 5 K in magnitude. The positional persistence of the stripes suggests a topographic mechanism for their formation. In order to test this hypothesis, the TIR stripes are compared to a digital terrain model (DTM) derived from a kinematic global positioning system survey of the ice shelf. Ridges and valleys are seen in the DTM; the ridges correspond to the warmer TIR stripes, the valleys to the colder areas. In order to investigate the mechanism that couples elevation with thermal signature, two comparable but contrasting sets of clear-sky infrared images are presented, along with surface meteorological data. The first shows strong TIR stripes, whilst the second, despite similar snow- and air-temperature profiles, shows a weaker signature and smaller sensible-heat flux, H. Two possible mechanisms are presented which explain the TIR signature: surface elevation mapping onto the vertical air-temperature profile or, alternatively, enhanced surface sensible-heat flux on elevated areas. At present, there is insufficient information to resolve this uncertainty.
Teekay secures contract for the Foinaven FPSO. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay) Teekay Corporation (Teekay) announced that it has entered into a new bareboat charter contract with the Foinaven Operator (Britoil Limited, a subsidiary of BP p.l.c.), for the Petrojarl Foinaven (Foinaven) floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit for up to approximately ten years (the Contract). Under the terms of the Contract, Teekay is expected to receive an upfront payment of approximately $67 million in cash, a nominal per day rate over the life of the Contract, and a lump sum payment at the end of the Contract period, which is expected to cover the costs of recycling the FPSO unit in accordance with the EU Ship Recycling Regulations.As part of the transaction, Teekay Offshore Partners L.P., now known as Altera Infrastructure L.P. (Altera Infrastructure) has entered into agreements with the Foinaven Operator directly to provide the operations and shuttle tanker services for the Foinaven FPSO.“We are pleased to announce this new contract for the Foinaven FPSO, which allows our customer to continue to maximize the value of the Foinaven field whilst eliminating Teekay’s operational exposure to the FPSO unit,” commented Kenneth Hvid, Teekay’s President and CEO. “The new contract further reduces our exposure to the offshore business, which is a strategic priority, improves our profitability, and allows us to further delever and strengthen our balance sheet.”BP North Sea Regional President, Ariel Flores, said, “This new arrangement will enable BP and its joint venture partner RockRose Energy to introduce an innovative contractual framework for the FPSO’s operating services and shuttle tanker provision, giving BP greater influence over the strategic direction of operations, while allowing us to build on our existing strong relationship with Altera Infrastructure. It will also help ensure safe, reliable and efficient operations out to at least 2025 and give us space to set the Foinaven area up for future success.”Altera Infrastructure FPSO President, Chris Brett, commented, “We are proud of our 24 years of continuous operations on the Foinaven field in the harsh West of Shetlands environment. This innovative new contractual model allows us to keep providing our unique competency to BP and their partners as we work together to extend the Foinaven field safely into the future.” Source: Company Press Release Teekay is expected to receive an upfront payment of approximately $67m in cash