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Why I think Royal Dutch Shell (and these other stocks) could struggle in a post-Covid-19 world

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Why I think Royal Dutch Shell (and these other stocks) could struggle in a post-Covid-19 world 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! It looks likely that Workspace Group (LSE: WKP) is in for a lot of pain following the Covid-19 crisis. The business has already had to offer customers affected by government-imposed quarantine measures a 50% reduction in their rents. Lockdown measures will be loosened at some point, but the office space provider is set to suffer from falling client demand in the upcoming recession too.The impact of the coronavirus breakout threatens to damage revenues at Workspace over a much longer timeline. Why? Well the need for millions of workers to clock in and operate from home has likely quickened the rate at which the home working revolution will being adopted.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…Companies the world over are already putting systems in place that will enable their employees to perform remotely in case of another crisis like the one Covid-19 has created. It’s a development that has made shared work spaces and centralised offices that bit more redundant. I don’t think that a slightly-elevated forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of above 20 times reflects Workspace’s muddy earnings outlook, in both the near term and beyond.Stay out of TownTown Centre Securities (LSE: TOWN) is another property owner that stands to lose from a likely surge in remote working in the wake of the coronavirus. The prospect of subdued demand for its office space is only one part of the problem for this small-cap though.Retail assets and car parks form significant parts of Town Centre Securities’ bricks and mortar portfolio too. They are properties which have suffered a significant drop in footfall during the ongoing lockdown. And they are assets whose long-term outlooks have taken a whack because of the mass adoption of e-commerce by housebound Britons.Most recent data from the British Retail Consortium shows that online sales in March rocketed 18.8% on an annual basis. The internet has long cast a shadow over the likes of Town Centre Securities. But the Covid-19 tragedy has exacerbated its troubles as new users flock to do their shopping online.I don’t care about this stock’s low forward P/E ratio of around 11.5 times. It’s a share whose long-term profits outlook is becoming increasingly scary.Another Covid-19 crisisFossil fuel producers like Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) also stand to suffer in the post-coronavirus landscape. It’s not just a near-term demand crash that they need to fear either. It’s a renewed drive to cut greenhouse gasses in the wake of the pandemic.Experts have noted that some of the areas most affected by Covid-19 happen to be some of the most polluted, like Wuhan in China and Lombardy in Italy. It’s a connection that scientists made during the SARS outbreak at the beginning of the century too. And it’s a theme that could see global governments become even more determined in their drive to cut carbon footprints.Shell’s forward P/E ratio of 23 times is sky high considering its growing profits problems, though its reduced 3.6% dividend yield takes the edge off a bit. Still, it’s not a share I’ll be touching with a bargepole. I’d much rather invest my money elsewhere. See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 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Face-off: Should men’s Team GB join the World Sevens Series?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS One in the eye: Rob Vickerman fends off a Fijian tackle in the USA Sevens in San Diego, 2009 (Getty)COLIN GREGORThe former Scotland Sevens captain“I can’t see a merger being good news for Scotland and I’d oppose it. I might think differently if we had more than two pro teams or if Edinburgh and Glasgow had A teams for younger players to play in, but we don’t and there’s no sign of us getting any more than two in the distant future. The sevens is the closest thing we have to a third team and we must protect it.The SRU introduced the Super Six in a bid to help bridge the gap between amateur and professional rugby, but the early reports are that it’s not working – the gulf is too big. Talented young players need to play at a higher level and there’s a bit of a roadblock in Scotland with us only having two professional outfits.International colours: Glasgow’s Kyle Steyn (Inpho)This is about talented young players being given an opportunity to play. There are many examples we could look at but the most recent one is Kyle Steyn, Glasgow’s centre-cum-wing.Kyle was on the fringes at Scotstoun. A game here and a game there. It wasn’t enough to help his development. He went away and played sevens and learnt a lot on the circuit. He came back and now he’s a full Scotland international.Sevens is the bridge. The survival of the team was in serious doubt five years ago, but it’s found its niche now. A GB team on the World Series circuit might suit other countries, and perhaps World Rugby too. But it wouldn’t be a good move for Scotland.” What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the September 2020 issue of Rugby World. Face-off: Should men’s Team GB join the World Sevens Series?ROB VICKERMANThe former England Sevens captain“Sevens is its own entity now, it’s an Olympic sport and you can’t have people coming in thinking, ‘I’ll have a crack and then go back to 15s’. It’s a different game completely now and there is a focus on specialist sevens players.I’m pro having a Great Britain team on the World Sevens Series because it’s a more powerful commercial entity than England, Scotland and Wales individually, and sponsors can be aligned with an Olympic team.Another reason to move towards a GB team is the investment needed. You’ll have fewer players than if you have England, Scotland and Wales teams, so you’ll be able to pay them a better salary and there will be more competition for places.Wales are not competitive on the series and have struggled to pull squads together [the WRU announced on 28 August that its men’s sevens programme would cease to operate for the foreseeable future due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19]. Scotland cite it as a development pathway but the only person to really come through in recent years is Darcy Graham. If Scotland do see sevens as a pathway, they need to invest more in it.Exception: Scotland wing Darcy Graham transitioned to Test rugby from sevens (NurPhoto)One caveat is that the series should reduce to 12 teams, so the men’s and women’s events are the same. If you get rid of England, Scotland and Wales as individual teams and have GB that gets rid of two teams. And then you move the two at the bottom of the table, who are likely out of their depth, into the Challenger Series.Some fans look at it patriotically and how teams aren’t wearing the badge, but sevens is more of an event-based product; it’s not purely about supporting England or Wales.There needs to be change and now is a great time to do it.”center_img Tangible success: Team GB’s men’s team won silver at the 2016 Olympics in Rio (AFP/Getty Images) With England and Wales having scrapped their sevens programmes, is the time right to create one unified team on the circuit? Read this debate from our September 2020 issuelast_img read more

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Matale Holiday Retreat / Thisara Thanapathy Associates

first_imgMatale Holiday Retreat / Thisara Thanapathy AssociatesSave this projectSaveMatale Holiday Retreat / Thisara Thanapathy Associates Projects Save this picture!© Waruna Gomis+ 31 Share Sri Lanka 2009 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/798068/matale-holiday-retreat-thisara-thanapathy-associates Clipboard Architects: Thisara Thanapathy Associates Area Area of this architecture project Matale Holiday Retreat / Thisara Thanapathy Associates ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/798068/matale-holiday-retreat-thisara-thanapathy-associates Clipboard Area:  1725 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDailycenter_img Houses Manufacturers: Guardian Glass, Jat, MetroofStructural Engineer:Wasantha ChandrathilakeCivil Contractor:SunilClient:Sanjeewa MaddumageArchitect In Charge:Thisara ThanapathyAssisting Architect:Nadun SaputhanthriCity:MataleCountry:Sri LankaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Waruna GomisRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. The building is positioned to create an immense enclosure of space between the building and encircling crescent of mountains across the valley.Save this picture!© Waruna GomisThe building is linear in form. It does not dominate the landscape, but tries to be a gentle noticeable part of it. This thin form does minimum damage to the vegetation, while allowing the sun and rain to fall on the ground. All this minimizes the damage to the ecology. By being on pillars it allows the breezes to cool the building. Timber grills used on either side of the upper level bedrooms provides ample natural ventilation. A thin metal roof with its long eaves, shades the building.Save this picture!© Waruna GomisSalvaged materials are used for the building. These salvaged materials had been purchased prior to designing the building. Steel and timber grills were salvaged from a demolished factory.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!First Floor PlanThe decks are out of salvaged railway sleepers. Rest of the timber was purchased from the locality. There are only two main masonry walls, except the peripheral walls of the toilets.Save this picture!© Waruna GomisThe building is approached via a long walkway by the side of an elongated wall. At the end of the long walkway begins a viewing deck which is perpendicular to it. This viewing deck is pierced through the building and is in the center of the vast space between the mountain range and the building enabling the user to fully experience it. This viewing deck is orientated towards a patch of paddy field, which is a significant feature of this landscape.Save this picture!ElevationWhile the building tries to capture different views from the dinning room and the bed rooms, it is the extreme end of the significant deck that provides the dramatic experience of an encompassing space defined by the mountain range and the building.Save this picture!© Waruna GomisProject gallerySee allShow lessSolid Concrete Studio + Gallery / ASWASelected ProjectsReturning Hut / FM.X Interior DesignSelected Projects Share Photographs CopyAbout this officeThisara Thanapathy AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMataleMathaleSri LankaPublished on October 26, 2016Cite: “Matale Holiday Retreat / Thisara Thanapathy Associates” 25 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersEducational3MProjection Screen Whiteboard FilmPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsLinoleum / Vinyl / Epoxy / UrethaneTerrazzo & MarbleTerrazzo in The Gateway ArchSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in Kansas City University BuildingGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Curved Glass PrintingMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamChairs / StoolsFreifrauBarstool – OnaSealants / ProtectorsWoodenha IndustriesFireproofing System for Wood Cladding – BIME®More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Matale 度假屋 / Thisara Thanapathy Associates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 stream Photographs:  Waruna Gomis Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  “COPY” “COPY” CopyHouses•Matale, Sri Lankalast_img read more

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Cancer Research UK urges volunteer citizen scientists to help analyse its data

first_img Howard Lake | 5 December 2012 | News Cancer Research UK has launched ClicktoCure, an online initiative that aims to crowdsource help from the public in analysing data from its studies of the disease.The charity is asking ‘citizen scientists’ to examine images amassed from testing treatments on tumor samples and flag up any that appear to be irregular cells. Thousands of people have already donated their time to the project and 278,962 images have been analysed.CRUK explains to participants “our datasets still require analysis by real people and cannot be left to computers alone. It takes human intuition and the human eye to spot patterns, defects and anomalies-computer algorithms just aren’t good enough. The process is slow for a lone scientist, but with the collective power of hundreds of thousands of people, we can speed up this research by years”. Advertisement  70 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The minisite has been created by citizen science organisation Zooniverse who work with NASA and other organisations to run large scale public participation science activities online.www.clicktocure.net Tagged with: crowdsourcing Digital Volunteeringcenter_img 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. Cancer Research UK urges volunteer citizen scientists to help analyse its data AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Advanced Gift Aid Portal reaches £1 billion milestone

first_img Melanie May | 11 April 2017 | News  102 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Advanced Gift Aid Portal reaches £1 billion milestone AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 The cloud-based Advanced Gift Aid portal has now helped charities process more than £1 billion in donations since its 2013 launch.This £1 billion in value of gross donations has resulted in tax repayments of around a quarter of a billion pounds.The cloud-based solution integrates with Advanced’s fundraising solutions for charities, and helps them manage the online Gift Aid processing requirement for HMRC Charities Online, guaranteeing that report submissions have been validated and have been successfully processed, and issuing alerts if there are errors in the entry, prior to submission. It is used by charities including Save the Children UK, RSPB, RSPCA, WWF, Plan UK, The English Heritage Trust, Marie Curie, Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Cats Protection and Amnesty International UK.Tony Gamble (pictured), head of IT for Cats Protection, said:“We are able to process claims 50% faster compared to paper claims which used to take the team a whole afternoon.  We claim Gift Aid income on behalf of our 250 volunteer-run branches who care for unwanted cats, so very much welcome the increased efficiencies.”Mark Dewell, managing director, commercial and third sector, Advanced, said: Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Finance Gift Aid “Gift Aid is an incredibly valuable source of funds for charities. This is an example of how a digital-first strategy delivers a positive impact for everyone – for HMRC in being able to automate claims, for charities in receiving their Gift Aid rebate from HMRC much quicker, and for consumers in maximising their donations. We’re delighted to have reached this milestone.”  101 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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President Chávez: ‘We live in a really and truly free country’

first_imgHugo ChávezOn Feb. 4, Vice President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela read a message to the Venezuelan people from President Hugo Chávez — who is recuperating from cancer treatment in Cuba — to mark the 21st anniversary of the rebellion of February 4, 1992, known as the National Day of Dignity.  Below are President Chávez’s remarks in their entirety provided by the Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S.  Comrades, in commemorating the 21st anniversary of the civil-military rebellion of Feb. 4, 1992, I want to direct this fervently Bolivarian and revolutionary message to the people and the armed forces as an indivisible whole.How much I regret being physically absent from our national territory for the first time on this luminous date of birth, but that is what is required by this battle I am facing for my full recovery in brotherly and revolutionary Cuba; however, my spirit and heart are with you on this Day of National Dignity.There are dates on which all the volume of history is revealed and that mark the path of peoples once again; there are dates that seal and clear things up, that become a commitment and a signal of a destiny that has to happen to calibrate the past and let us see with greater clarity the liberating horizon, and Feb. 4, 1992, was one of those dates.On that memorable day, all the struggles of our people were vindicated, on that memorable day our liberators returned from all paths, on that memorable day [Simón] Bolívar returned and entered into battle now and forever.Those of us who, like Bolívar, Robinson and Zamora, took up arms and went out that dawn to risk our lives for the country and the people, were fully aware that Venezuela had reached the bottom three years ago during the rebellion of Feb. 27, 1989, a day that marked our path, when the people risked their lives fighting in the streets against the savage neoliberalism that Washington tried to impose on us.Those of us in the military didn’t want to continue shouldering the disgrace of being the praetorian guard of a political class that was as oppressive and corrupt as it was criminal. Never again would they use us to drown the people’s calls for justice in blood.The Caracazo marked an end and a beginning; the end of a system drowned in shame, the beginning of an era of change that required the rebirth of popular dignity.Those of us who burst into the shadows of injustice and indignity that overwhelmed Venezuela in those days were, as Che Guevara said, guided by a great feeling of love; a love that was Bolivarian, of the people, rebellious, combative, an infinite liberating frenzy that brought us, as the liberator wanted, to cast off fear and save the nation.Our poet Gustavo Pereira tells us with an eerie simplicity the following: “Love is the only important thing in the world.” It has been 21 years since that Feb. 4th, of anguish and the dawn, of bravery and sacrifice. The march continues to be difficult, but with the irresistible force of love we recall Bolívar, we are on our way to achieving definitive independence, a socialist and liberated nation.I want to exalt today the role of Venezuelan women on Feb. 4th, of Columbas Rivas, Marisol Terán; a robust group of women that accompanied the rebellion, they were there at the moment of generosity and heroism, with all their patriotic fervor, all their abnegation.The time is coming, history is coming; history made with the people that forge it each day, there is Feb. 4th like a sacred cry from our collective memory that told Venezuela to get up and move forward.  And thanks to the collective Lazarus that is the land of Bolívar, all of us are artifices of the resurrected nation, of the country that finally took in its arms the Bolivarian flag to be reborn in the light of dignity.From the deepest reaches of the heart of the people I say, with Aquiles Nazoa, that thanks to Feb. 4th, every compatriot can with full certainty “have a tomorrow, look upon the countryside and say this is my city, this is my nation.”Brothers and sisters, today after 21 years of that civil-military rebellion, that decision made with the greatest sense of love for Venezuela, which we thought and rethought as the only possible way to have a nation, we live in a really and truly free country.On Feb. 4th our people saw the dawn of their hopes thanks to the military community; the people once again felt accompanied by patriotic soldiers. We left to brandish our swords in defense of social guarantees, of the rights of the greater Venezuelan community. We were only motivated by the ambition to become the heirs and followers of the independence army. We wanted to return to our Bolivarian essence, to truly be the people in arms forging liberty.My history was already known. The patriotic and revolutionary military insurgencies in Carpano and Puerto Cabello, and in the 1960s created a historic opening, and despite the fact that both rebellions were brutally put down by the bourgeois democracy, a furrow for a seed remained. That is where we come from, and from further back, from Indigenous resistance, from the slave rebellions, from Chirinos, Gual and España, Miranda, Bolívar, Sucre, Zamora, and Cipriano Castro.I recall a memorable passage from a great revolutionary thinker named Walter Benjamin: “The past comes with a temporal code through which it delivers redemption; there exists a secret meeting between past generations and our own.” We could very well say that this secret meeting took place on Feb. 4th, 1992, where the past, present and future received redemption.Feb. 4th has been fully justified by history. Those of us who were against the Pact of Punto Fijo have been blessed by a people who are today at the vanguard of the fight for peace and justice, and who serve as examples for the peoples of the world.Honor and glory for the fallen soldiers and students!In 1828, our liberator wrote: “Patriotism is a sacred fire that cannot be hidden and that often, when it is extended in truly pure sentiment, leads to greater happiness for the country.” I have long meditated on these words from our great commander, and the more I do so, the more convinced I become that this was the fundamental reason that led us to undertake that heroic action on Feb. 4th. The sacred fire that stirred within could no longer be hidden.To the brave Bolivarian soldiers, it is up to us to enhance that liberating fire of justice that will last century upon century, while we have the nation we now finally have.Luis Alberto Crespo said of this servant: “His courage stems from that February 4th, and that courage is not just mine because I am not Chávez, Chávez is the people, and in reality and truth, as long as that sacred fire is extended in truly pure sentiment, it will be to the benefit of the greater happiness of our nation of the Americas and the immense nation we call humanity.”We were not wrong in the certainty that encouraged the Bolivarian soldiers, which is identical to that which was personified in millions of fellow citizens at the time, and which is found in every corner of this nation that is making into reality the sentiment which spurred the rebellion.I am going to repeat what I said 21 years ago: if our movement is triumphant, we will hand over power to the people so that they can strongly exercise it. And it is a fact that today the people exercise power strongly and fully.Feb. 4th was a day that set off forces that are still expanding. Feb. 4th has not ended; its spirit should accompany us each day because the powers we confronted for more than two decades persist in their attempts to stop the course of history in Venezuela, in our Americas and in the world. They are the powers that threaten humanity and the planet with destruction.The spirit of rebellion should live on in each of us to continue advancing and not be thwarted. Let us remember these words from our eternal leader, Bolívar: “Nothing is finished while there is still work to be done.” That is why the “for now” of 21 years ago, is today a “forever” for the Bolivarian people.Let us always stay true to the ideal of our liberator: unity, unity, unity. Let us proclaim unity without wavering and build it each day. Let us be inspired by it, so that the empire and its lackeys in their repeated attempts to divide us cannot succeed. Let us allow the inestimable good of unity to flourish. We still have much of the nation to liberate, and that is why we need to be even more united as a people.From my soldier’s heart I send an infinite embrace to the people, to the Bolivarian National Armed Forces; may you feel that I am with you on this Day of National Dignity. I am with you in my red beret and tricolor armband, strengthened by the people’s love, the love that heals me and gives me life. Feb. 4th will now and forever be blessed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Two weeks of dire relations between president and news media

first_img Organisation Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Kenya KenyaAfrica Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the present “dire” state of relations between the Kenyan press and President Mwai Kibaki’s administration, which have deteriorated sharply over the past two weeks in a series of public clashes that are all the more shocking in country that has enjoyed relative stability until now. News News Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more November 27, 2020 Find out more May 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two weeks of dire relations between president and news media Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the present “dire” state of relations between the Kenyan press and President Mwai Kibaki’s administration, which have deteriorated sharply over the past two weeks in a series of public clashes that are all the more shocking in country that has enjoyed relative stability until now.”President Kibaki should realise this battle with the privately-owned media of the past weeks will only lead to an even worse situation,” the press freedom organization said. “The mounting threats, harassment and attacks against the press are not only a very bad example for Kenya society but also the sign of something beginning to go awry with the country’s democracy.”The organization added: “It is time for President Kibaki to extricate himself from a personal quarrel that is reaching grotesque proportions, and to behave like a head of state by calming things down rather than adding fuel to the flames.”Relations began to deteriorate when First Lady Lucy Kibaki led a heavy-handed raid on the premises of the Nation Media Group, Kenya’s largest press group, shortly before midnight on 2 May accompanied by her bodyguards and Nairobi’s chief of police. She stayed for several hours in the offices of The Nation newspaper, insulting and threatening journalists because of their “unfair” reports about her and demanding their immediate arrest.When she realised that Kenya Television Network (KTN) cameraman Clifford Derrick had been filming the scene, she leaped at him, slapping him hard and trying unsuccessfully to snatch his camera. She was enraged about reports in that day’s issues of The Nation and The Standard about her attempts to put a stop to the noise at a farewell party on the night of 29 April for Makhtar Diop, the World Bank’s representative in Kenya.Derrick filed a complaint with the police on 10 May, while the first lady filed a request for sanctions with the Media Council, whose job is to regulate the press.The government yesterday asked director of public prosecutions Philip Murgor to reject Derrick’s complaint. The judicial authorities are due to decide tomorrow whether the case will be taken any further. The presidential press office said Lucy Kibaki’s complaint to the Media Council was made “with a view to encouraging the news corporations and individual editors, journalists and photojournalists to approach the First Office and the First Family with much more decorum and protocol, much more respect, fairness and balanced reporting … than has been the case for some time now.”Angwenyi Gichani, The Nation’s correspondent in the western district of Nyamira, was meanwhile physically attacked on 6 May by Stephen Orwenyo, the director of the Sangany tea plant in the town of Kisii. In the presence of his company’s chairman, Migiro Ongwae, Orwenyo hit Gichani with a chair after accusing him of covering his activities in a “negative” manner. Gichani was rescued by security guards employed by the hotel where the incident took place.The same day, the Mombasa high court ordered the press group that owns The Nation to pay the exorbitant sum of 10 million shillings (103,000 euros) in damages for allegedly libelling a judge, David Musinga, in a 1999 article that quoted the claims of an accident victim’s relatives that Musinga, then a lawyer, never paid them the damages they were awarded by a court. The Nation refused to apologise to Musinga on the grounds that the report was in the public interest.Press offences are no longer punishable by imprisonment in Kenya, but judges appointed by the president on the basis of “loyalty” sometimes order newspapers to pay disproportionate sums in fines and damages. In December 2000, a court ordered two British writers to pay the record amount of 30 million shillings (310,000 euros) for supposedly libelling former cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott in book that referred to his possible involvement in the murder of former foreign minister Robert Ouko. Bookpoint, a leading Nairobi bookstore, was also ordered to pay 10 million shillings (103,000 euros) just for selling the book.In March 2002, the People Daily newspaper was sentenced to pay 20 million shillings (207,000 euros) for supposedly libelling a minister in a 1999 report implying that he was corrupt. KenyaAfrica News to go further June 13, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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The Power of Entanglement: A Conversation with New Caltech Professor Fernando Brandao

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Business News Community News Subscribe Community Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Fernando Brandão Credit: Courtesy of F. BrandãoComputers are a ubiquitous part of modern technology, utilized in smartphones, cars, kitchen appliances, and more. But there are limits to their power. New faculty member Fernando Brandão, the Bren Professor of Theoretical Physics, studies how quantum computers may someday revolutionize computing and change the world’s cryptographic systems.What do you do?My research is in quantum information science, a field which seeks to merge two of the biggest discoveries of the last century: quantum mechanics and computer science. Particularly, I am interested in studying quantum entanglement. Entanglement is a special kind of correlations only found in quantum mechanics. We are all familiar with the concept of correlations. For example, the weather in Southern California is pretty well-correlated from one day to the next—if it is sunny today, it will likely be sunny tomorrow. Quantum systems can be correlated in an even stronger way. Entanglement was first seen as a weird feature of quantum mechanics—Einstein famously referred to it as a “spooky action at a distance.” But with the advancement of quantum information science, entanglement is now seen as a physical resource that can be used in information processing, such as in quantum cryptography and quantum computing. One part of my research is to develop methods to characterize and quantify entanglement. Another is to find new applications of entanglement, both in quantum information science and in other areas of physics.What is a quantum computer?At the most basic level, computers are made up of millions of simple switches called transistors. Transistors have two states—on or off—which can be represented as the zeroes or ones that make up binary code. With a quantum computer, its basic building blocks (called qubits) can be either a one or a zero, or they can simultaneously exist as a one and a zero. This property is called the superposition principle and, together with entanglement and quantum interference, it is what allows quantum computers to, theoretically, solve certain problems much faster than normal, or “classical,” computers could. It will take a long time until we actually have quantum computers, but we are already trying to figure out what they can do.What is an example of a problem only solvable by a quantum computer?It is a mathematical fact that any integer number can be factored into the product of prime numbers. For example, 21 can be written as 3 x 7, which are both prime numbers. Factoring a number is pretty straightforward when it is a small number, but factoring a number with a thousand digits would actually take a classical computer billions and billions of years—more time than the age of the universe! However, in 1994 Peter Shor showed that quantum computers would be so powerful that they would be able to factor numbers very quickly. This is important because many current cryptographic systems—the algorithms that protect your credit card information when you make a purchase online, for example—are based on factoring large numbers with the assumption that some codes cannot be cracked for billions of years. Quantum computing would change the way we do cryptography.What got you interested in quantum information?During my undergraduate education, I was looking online for interesting things to read, and found some lecture notes about quantum computation which turned out to be by Caltech’s John Preskill [Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics]. They are a beautiful set of lecture notes and they were really my first contact with quantum information and, in fact, with quantum mechanics. I have been working in quantum information science ever since. And now that I’m on the Caltech faculty, I have an office right down the hall from Preskill!What is your background?I am originally from Brazil. I did my bachelors and masters degrees there in physics, and my PhD at Imperial College London. After that, I moved among London, Brazil, and Switzerland for various postdocs. Then I became faculty at University College London. Last year I was working with the research group at Microsoft, and now I am here at Caltech. The types of problems I have worked on have varied with time, but they are all within quantum information theory. It is stimulating to see how the field has progressed in the past 10 years since I started working on it.What are you particularly excited about now that you are at Caltech?I can’t think of a better place than Caltech to do quantum information. There are many people working on it from different angles, for example, in the intersection of quantum information and condensed-matter physics, or high-energy physics. I am very excited that I get to collaborate with them.What do you like to do in your free time?I used to go traveling a lot, but six months ago my wife and I had a baby, so he is keeping us busy. Along with work and exercise, that basically takes up all my time. 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Gardai warn of Department of Justice scam email

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Gift that keeps on giving

first_img Often people sit back and enjoy “things” without ever giving much thought to the who and why behind them.Cathrine Jordan, Troy administrative assistant, said there are many people in Troy who give unselfishly of their time, talents and dollars and do so without receiving the recognition they deserve.“They do what they do because they love Troy and the people here and just want to do something to show how much they care,” Jordan said. Gift that keeps on giving Print Article Published 10:12 pm Thursday, June 25, 2009 Email the author You Might Like Jobless totals spike The number of unemployed in Pike County has risen in the last month, but it’s still well-under a state average… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen “Every time we have a Brown Bag lunch or some other event on the square, I think how much the gazebo is used and enjoyed and how much it enhances the beauty of the square. And, not many people know that it was donated by Mrs. Gertrude Stephens. It’s people like her who make Troy such a special place.”The gazebo was built in 2001 and dedicated to the memory of Gertrude Stephens’ husband, Otis Stephens.“There’s a plaque at the Gabebo with that information that but I’m not sure that a lot of people know,” Jordan said. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder The more Stephens thought about the idea, the more she liked it.“I went to Mayor Jimmy Lunsford and told him my idea ,” she said.“I told him that, if I could get permission to have it built, I would pay for it. The mayor said he would be delighted – that it would add to the beauty of the square. So, that’s how it happened.”The gazebo is used for a variety of special events, including weddings and a place to sit and enjoy being in small town America.“The gazebo has really helped fix up the downtown and just about every time that I go through town, the gazebo is being used, Stephens said. Skip “But I know that we are all very grateful to her for such a wonderful gift.”Stephens said the gazebo was almost an afterthought.“I have a gazebo in my backyard and, one afternoon, several of us were enjoying sitting out there ,” Stephens said.“I said that I thought it would be nice if we had a gazebo on the square where people could go and sit and relax while they were visiting downtown.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

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