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Classic defensives are one example of this kind of share. You might argue that even after the sharp drop in share price, these stocks don’t look particularly cheap on a relative basis. It’s true. The earnings ratio of some defensives are still quite high. But I don’t think a high earnings ratio necessarily means the stock is expensive. I think we need to look at these stocks from the perspective of where they would be two to three years down the line. If the company is likely to perform well in the future, then the likelihood of its share price rising is also higher, irrespective of where it is now. The earnings ratio shows the premium investors place on these stocks. Two examples I’ve talked about in the past are the FTSE 100 pharmaceuticals provider AstraZeneca and online grocer Ocado. Their share prices still look elevated because of their long-term prospects. There are others like them too. 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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS IN THE last instalment of Rugby World TV we review the final round of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations. Super Saturday got our blood rushing as we watched a confident Wales shatter England’s dream of a Grand Slam and a Six Nations title! Plus we pick our Lions contenders, and our stars of the tournament. Thanks for all your feedback as always! Do you agree with our views? Join in the discussion on Facebook Rugby World Magazine and Twitter @rugbyworldmagThanks to Tom Macleod and We Are Iris.Italy v Ireland Wales v England France v Scotland
What’s Ford got to say about it?“I talk to Owen a fair bit and I’ve wished him well in what he’s done. We went to school together, lived next door, and I played against him in rugby league.“He’s done amazingly, but I want the chance to do that myself. That’s why I’ve come to Bath. I just wanted to play and thankfully I’ve had four or five games in a row now.Time not titles: Ford won trophies with Leicester but wanted more game-time“I’ll try to keep my head down, keep working hard in training and see where it takes us.“I’m not going to lie, I was frustrated at Leicester. Like any young lad, you just want to get out there and play.”Will he be whooping or weeping this weekend? By George! Ford has been running the game with skill and poise for Bath and has put himself in the England frameBy Katie FieldWho is the man of the moment?George Ford, Bath’s 20-year-old fly-half and the former IRB Young Player of the Year, who is hoping to pilot his team to their fourth Aviva Premiership win out of five when they meet Sale Sharks at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, 4 October (7.45pm).Why is he in the spotlight?After years playing second fiddle to Toby Flood at Leicester, the youngster moved to Bath this summer and has produced some stunning performances. He kicked 17 points against his old club in Bath’s 27-20 triumph over the Tigers in mid-September and topped that last week when he was the standout player in the 33-18 win against London Irish.Side by side: Ford (right) and Farrell were England U20 team-mates, with Ford playing fly-half LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Ford’s quick thinking, taking a swift throw-in, created a try for Guy Mercer, and he scored a spectacular one of his own with a run from the Bath half. His skills and vision had London Irish coach – and former England backs coach – Brian Smith calling for England to bring him into the squad for the November Tests.Ford is good friends with England and Lions fly-half Owen Farrell, who played outside Ford at centre for England U20s. Regular club rugby at Saracens helped Farrell make himself at home on the full international stage before Ford, but the Bath player is now putting him under pressure. LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 25: George Ford of Leicester Tigers celebrates after their victory during the Aviva Premiership Final between Leicester Tigers and Northampton Saints at Twickenham Stadium on May 25, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Sale Sharks have made a better start to this campaign than they did last season, winning two of their first four Aviva Premiership games, but their Salford home is not impregnable as they lost 15-14 at home to Newcastle three weeks ago. Bath were in sublime form last week and should come away with the spoils.Watch Ford and Bath take on Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium on Friday, 4 October, kick-off 7.45pm.
Photographs: Michel Vanden EeckhoudtText description provided by the architects. This project is about the construction of 15 social housing units in Brussels. The apartments are organized in duplex and form a set of “small houses”. The chromatic work is by artist Jean Glibert in the stairwell.Save this picture!© Michel Vanden EeckhoudtRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodEGGERLaminatesProject gallerySee allShow lessMIT’s Festival for Art Science and Technology ‘FAST Light’ArticlesVideo: ‘Untitled’ by Ai WeiweiArticlesProject locationAddress:Bisschopsstraat 9, 1000 City of Brussels, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” Projects Year: “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/132582/social-housing-in-brussels-nicolas-vanden-eeckhoudt-olivier-noterman Clipboard Social Housing in Brussels / Nicolas Vanden Eeckhoudt & Olivier NotermanSave this projectSaveSocial Housing in Brussels / Nicolas Vanden Eeckhoudt & Olivier Noterman Area: 1600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/132582/social-housing-in-brussels-nicolas-vanden-eeckhoudt-olivier-noterman Clipboard Save this picture!© Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt+ 21 Share Belgium CopySocial Housing•City of Brussels, Belgium ArchDaily Photographs 2009 Architects: Nicolas Vanden Eeckhoudt & Olivier Noterman Area Area of this architecture project Social Housing Social Housing in Brussels / Nicolas Vanden Eeckhoudt & Olivier Noterman CopyAbout this officeNicolas Vanden Eeckhoudt & Olivier NotermanOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingCity of BrusselsHousingBelgiumPublished on May 05, 2011Cite: “Social Housing in Brussels / Nicolas Vanden Eeckhoudt & Olivier Noterman” 05 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Follow the news on Syria March 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Campaigners mark one year of bloodshed in Syria – Russia urged to back UN action News Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News Help by sharing this information The coalition is calling on:1. The UN Security Council to urgently pass a resolution calling on the Syrian government to bring an immediate end to its indiscriminate shelling and attacks on peaceful protesters, 2. The international community to provide full support to Kofi Annan, the UN Special Representative for Syria, including to engage Russia and China in any UN initiative to end the crisis 3. The Syrian government and other armed actors to guarantee full and unimpeded humanitarian access to all areas of the country in which there is a need in accordance with international law 4. The ‘Friends of Syria’ group to uphold promises made in Tunis to provide funding for humanitarian assistance “The Syrian people have survived with outstanding courage one year of systematic and widespread crimes and bloodshed as the world stood by and watched. The international community must unite and help Syrians bring an end to the horror,” said Souher Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). News February 3, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Organisation Campaigners around the world will today (Thursday 15th March) mark one year of violence in Syria by calling on Russia to back UN Security Council action to end the crisis.A coalition of 200 NGOs from 27 countries – including Human Rights Watch, Christian Aid, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, CIVICUS and International Federation of Human Rights – is demanding that the UN Security Council immediately unite and pass a resolution calling on the Syrian government to stop indiscriminate shelling of civilian neighbourhoods and other violations of international law, stop arbitrary arrests and torture and grant urgent access to humanitarian workers, journalists and human rights monitors.“For a full year, the death toll in Syria has escalated to the horrifying total of more than 8,000 dead, including hundreds of children. Isn’t it time for the world to unite behind effective steps to stop this now?” said Ziad Abdel Tawab, Deputy Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights.Across the world, from Indonesia to Egypt, UK to South Africa, Turkey to Brazil, activists and celebrities will join a call for the international community to ‘Unite for Syria: Stop one year of bloodshed’.Some of the world’s largest tweeps (influential individuals with a large following on Twitter), including Indonesian singer @SherinaMunaf, British actor @StephenFry and singer @NellyFurtado, will join leading activists from the Middle East, such as Egypt’s @AsmaaMahfouz and Syria’s @AnonymousSyria, in a Twitter campaign that will reach several millions of people. In solidarity with all those still engaged in non-violent protest in Syria, activists will also join celebrities by holding up hand-written placards calling on the international community to stop the killing (see link to the Facebook group below).“Russia and China have twice blocked Security Council action, a defence of Assad that he has interpreted as a license to kill. Moscow and Beijing should stop providing diplomatic cover for Syrian atrocities, and start demanding an end to indiscriminate shelling and attacks on peaceful protesters” said Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists
News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders reveals state secrets in reaction to Gao Yu’s sentence Related documents document_10-4.pdfPDF – 217.97 KB After public criticism, Deutsche Welle had step by step watered down its original announcements: In September 2014, the broadcaster spoke of a “deepening of cooperation” with CCTV and “possible co-productions in the fields of music and business”. In a December 2014 interview, in contrast, DW chairman Peter Limbourg said co-productions would be limited to media coverage of activities of the German national youth orchestra and a joint project at the Beethoven Festival in the city of Bonn. Receive email alerts News RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more In response to the seven-year jail sentence that a Beijing court passed today on the journalist Gao Yu for “disclosing state secrets,” Reporters Without Borders is releasing internal Chinese Communist Party documents as a form of protest and to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of the government’s attempts to control news and information. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China News RSF also welcomes Deutsche Welle’s announcement, made in response to today’s verdict against Gao Yu, to suspend cooperation negotiations with Chinese state broadcaster CCTV. RSF had criticized the cooperation plans because of CCTV’s role as a part of China’s repression machinery against critical journalists. April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison By releasing these documents, Reporters Without Borders is showing that independent journalists and activists inside China will continue to send censored information abroad and will continue to expose the Communist Party’s lies and propaganda.The internal memos and directives obtained by Reporters Without Borders, which came from the State Internet Information Office and other departments, show how the authorities stepped up their control of the Internet at the end of last year. The documents – which include censorship directives to news media, memos circulated within Internet companies that cooperate with the censors, and summaries of meetings – testify to the scale of the party’s efforts to shape public opinion in accordance with its political vision.“We are appalled by this verdict and sentence, which ignored the proof of Gao Yu’s innocence supplied by her lawyers,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“Today, the Chinese authorities ensured that a lie prevails so we would like to remind them of a truth: for each journalist or blogger they convict and turn into a political prisoner, they create ten new defenders of freedom of information and media freedom, ten new activists who will defend the public interest by revealing what the authorities want to cover up. Ismaïl added: “It was thanks to one of these journalists that we obtained these internal Chinese Communist Party documents.”After the sentence was announced, Gao’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said he would appeal. The authorities accused Gao of sending an internal Communist Party document that was “secret” to a foreign news organization although the document, identified as “Document No. 9,” had already been posted online.Yesterday, on the eve of the announcement of the sentence, Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to free Gao and drop all charges against her. Gao, who won the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in 1997, has been held since 24 April 2014.Extracts from the messages to Internet censors and directives to news media and various news websites are available here. Reporters Without Borders will soon post all the documents it obtained. ChinaAsia – Pacific
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Top StoriesDon’t Politicize COVID-19 Crisis; Simply Highlighting Flaws Of State Will Only Create Fear In Minds Of People : Gujarat HC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK31 May 2020 2:40 AMShare This – xCOVID 19 crisis is a humanitarian crisis, not a political crisis, the Court said.Merely criticizing the government in power is not going to magically cure people of COVID 19, nor is it going to to make the dead come back to life, observed the High Court of Gujarat.A division bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala also said that the COVID-19 crisis should not be politicized.The Court made these observations after passing a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginMerely criticizing the government in power is not going to magically cure people of COVID 19, nor is it going to to make the dead come back to life, observed the High Court of Gujarat.A division bench comprising Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala also said that the COVID-19 crisis should not be politicized.The Court made these observations after passing a slew of directions for improvement of conditions in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital. The Court also directed that COVID-19 testing should be done immediately, without waiting for the approval from the government authorities.In parting, the Court made observations against politicizing the issue, and said that in times of crisis “we need to bind, not bicker”.”The COVID 19 crisis is a humanitarian crisis, not a political crisis. Hence, it is imperative that no one politicise this issue. The uncertainty about COVID19 and its impact on our economy makes it even more important that the government does the right thing in terms of its policies”, the Court said.As regards the role of opposition, the Court observed :”In these extraordinary circumstances, the role of the opposition is equally important. There is no denying that the role of the opposition is to hold the government to account, but in times like this a helping hand would be more beneficial than a critical tongue”.”By politicising this issue one would in fact be downplaying the widespread suffering it has caused and further would be placing politics and political intent before the aim of helping and saving lives”.The Court said that while adversarial criticism may do no good, constructive criticism can help. “Simply highlighting the flaws and gaps in the State’s handling of the situation only creates fear in the minds of people. People are least concerned about political ideologies and rivalries when their lives are at stake”.The bench made these observations in the context of the earlier orders of the Court against the conditions in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital putting the State Government in a spot.The Court expressed anguish over “the unnecessary debates and comments that are going on as on date on the social media and other platforms”.”We have gathered an impression that our orders passed time to time in the larger interest of the public are being misused for some oblique motive”, the bench observed.On May 22, different bench composition of Justices J B Pardiwala and Ilesh J Vora had come down heavily on the health department for the conditions in Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, which were termed “pathetic” and “as good as a dungeon” by the bench.Expressing alarm over the high mortality rate of COVID-19 patients there, the Court asked if the State Government was aware that the lack of adequate number of ventilators was causing it. The bench constituted a committee to examine the conditions of the hospital and directed the Government to have an an independent inquiry into the contents of an anonymous letter stated to have been sent be a Resident Doctor of the Civil Hospital, highlighting the shortcomings there.Later, the State Govt filed application to recall the scathing observations against Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, stating that they will shake the confidence of common man in the hospital, and will demoralize the medical staff. Claiming that the steps have been taken to improve the conditions in the hospital, the Government urged the Court to “make few suitable observation so as to inspire confidence in the mind of a common man”. On May 25, the same bench headed by J Pardiwala considered the matter. While taking note of measures taken by the Govt, the Court said that it was too early to give certificate as regards civil hospital. The bench also added that it may even do surprise visits at the hospital.On May 29, following a roster change, the case was listed before a different bench composition of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J B Pardiwala.The bench on Friday clarified that it was only attempting to remind the State of its constitutional duties and observed that the State has taken the matter seriously.”Ordinarily, the High Court would not interfere with the functioning of the State Government. The Court steps in by mandamus when the State fails to perform its duty. The true test of an efficient Government can be determined from its performance in times like the present one. In difficult times, it is expected of any Government to rise to the occasion and protect its citizens. This litigation is in Public Interest. Whatever we are doing as on date is for the welfare of the people at large. All that we are doing is to remind the State Government of its constitutional obligations and the directive policies of the State. In such circumstances, we expect the State Government to accept our orders passed in the Public Interest in the right spirit bearing in mind the paramount consideration of the health and well being of the people as imperatively implicit in the right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. All good work that the Government would do will surely be appreciated and hailed. If we find any remiss, negligence or carelessness, we shall come down heavily. In the first place, why should the State Government invite any criticism from the Court. The Government knows its obligations towards its citizens very well and should be efficient in discharging its duties. We would like to observe that the State Government has taken up this litigation in Public Interest very seriously. All that is now required is to remain vigilant, careful and active”. The bench added :”If the State Government would not have been doing anything, as alleged, then probably, by now, we all would have been dead. All that we are doing in this litigation is to keep the State Government conscious and active by reminding its constitutional and statutory obligations”As regards Civil Hospital, the Court said the necessary medical protocols must be strictly adhered to, and passed the following directions : There should be no shortage of manpower in all categories: specialists, doctors, nurses, servants, technicians, physiotherapists etc; The patients admitted in the COVID Hospitals are demanding attention and care in terms of the medical care protocols required for proper treatment. There are different medical protocols for different categories of patients. There could be severely symptomatic patients, there could be moderately symptomatic patients and there could be mild symptomatic patients and for each of the categories of such patients, the protocols to be followed are different. It is alleged that the medical protocols required for different categories of patients are not being strictly followed. There is another circumstance which relates to the COVID patients. No Attendants are allowed to assist and take care of the patients. Normally admitted non COVID patients are allowed one attendant who takes care of their hygiene, their food, their daily necessities. However, for COVID patients, such care is to be taken by the Nurses, attendants and other staff of the hospitals. Although not confirmed, but, there are reports both in the print and digital medias that the COVID patients have lost their lives on account of proper care and attention not being provided to them. It has also come to our knowledge on account of dehydration and other negligence, COVID patients have lost their lives. There are also reports that necessary precaution are not being taken for the attending doctors and staff in terms of providing essential protective gadgets, consumables, PPE kits, etc. They cannot be put to risk under any circumstances. The Court reminded that “it would still like to keep a close watch of the functioning of the Civil Hospital” and added “if we are not satisfied with the same, then we may have to take some further steps in accordance with law”.Reports about other directions passed by the Court in the same order may be read below Private Doctors Need Not Await Govt Approval For COVID-19 Tests On Categories Of Patients Mentioned In ICMR Guidelines : Gujarat HC [Read Order] Gujarat HC Asks ICMR To Explain Rationale Behind COVID-19 Testing Policy [Read Order]Private Hospitals Exploiting COVID-19 Crisis For Profiteering Will Face Strict Legal Action, Warns Gujarat HC [Read Order] Click here to download orderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story