10 FTSE 100 shares I’d like to buy right now

first_img-17 See all posts by G A Chester Relx Intertek 565 Discount to 52-week high (%) “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. +11 Diageo Rightmove G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Avast Plc, Diageo, Halma, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Intertek, RELX, Rightmove, and Sage Group. 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. 559 10 FTSE 100 shares I’d like to buy right now +8 -23 Enter Your Email Address +22 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! 1,693 -17 Image source: Getty Images 5,356 +14 n/a* -27 -8 1,386center_img 2,267 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 2,236 +13 +12 Reckitt Benckiser 6,000 2,813 +21 Sage Halma -17 -25 Money has flooded into cyclical recovery stocks in recent months. With the rollout of vaccines, many investors have viewed FTSE 100 shares in the financial, oil, mining, travel and hospitality sectors as the best to buy.Conversely, many previously-favoured ‘quality’ stocks have been weak. Indeed, the 10 FTSE 100 shares I’d like to buy today are as much as 27% off their 52-week highs. I think the market is giving me an opportunity to invest in some wonderful businesses at attractive prices.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 FTSE 100 shares I’d like to buyThe table below shows the current prices of my top Footsie buy-list stocks and the discounts to their 52-week highs. It also shows long-term performance in their annualised 10-year returns. -23 G A Chester | Monday, 1st March, 2021 Current share price (p) I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. -13 Hikma Pharmaceuticals +9 462 10-year annualised return * Annualised 25% since listing on the stock market in May 2018 As you can see there’s a big contrast between the recent performance of these FTSE 100 shares and their longer-term returns. I think this makes the discounts (and the businesses) attractive.Technology stocksAvast is a global leader in digital security and privacy products. Sage, is in accountancy technology for small and medium businesses. Relx, another global business, owns unique databases and analytical tools. And Rightmove is the UK’s dominant property portal.The strength of the businesses in their respective markets is what appeals to me. But I’m also aware there are risks with each of these FTSE 100 shares.Floated in 2018, Avast doesn’t have a long pedigree as a public company. Sage comes with execution risk, because it’s transitioning away from licence sales to subscription revenue. Meanwhile, Relx’s exhibitions business has suffered badly over the last year, and there’s uncertainty about the timing and level of recovery. Part of Rightmove’s growth has come from regularly ramping up its prices, but such increases may not be sustainable long term.Brand powerhousesGlobal consumer goods giants Diageo and Reckitt Benckiser are also FTSE 100 shares I’d like to buy. The former owns great spirits brands, such as Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka. The latter owns popular hygiene and health brands, such as Dettol and Gaviscon.Still, I’m mindful there’s a risk traditional brands could come under pressure. This is because new media and structural changes in retailing have significantly lowered the barriers for fresh brands to enter the market.FTSE 100 healthcare sharesI believe healthcare is an attractive sector, due to ageing populations. Medical devices group Smith & Nephew and pharma firm Hikma are my favoured shares to buy in the sector. I think they have good scope for growth.Having said that, Smith & Nephew has suffered from postponements and cancellations of elective surgery over the last year, and there’s a risk recovery may take some time. Meanwhile, with a big focus on generic medicines, Hikma is exposed to the risks of costly legal battles and setbacks on regulatory approvals of its products.Safety firstFinally, health & safety technologies specialist Halma and quality assurance provider Intertek are other FTSE 100 shares operating in markets where I see strong structural drivers for growth.Acquisitions have been a big part of both companies’ strategies. By contrast to firms focused solely on organic growth, failures in due diligence or integration are risks for acquisitive companies like Halma and Intertek. Smith & Nephew -13 Avast +9last_img read more

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Artiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita

first_img Projects ArchDaily Area:  260 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Artiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita Artiagoitia House / Raimundo AnguitaSave this projectSaveArtiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita Chile Year:  Houses CopyHouses•Vitacura, Chile Architects: Raimundo Anguita Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/523919/artiagoitia-house-raimundo-anguita Clipboard Manufacturers: XiloforStructural Engineer:Rene Lagos & AsociatesMechanical Engineer:Darco MicerdaGeneral Contractor:Daniel AlemparteDesign Team:Raimundo Anguita , Elvira GuillonCity:VitacuraCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. The area is located in Vitacura’s commune, in a residential zone of the 80s where it has begun a renovation of the constructions The order consisted of a modern house for a large familySave this picture!© Oliver YanezaRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAIn the design there was prioritized the need to create spaces that were satisfying the desire of the client to favour the familiar meeting and with friends. A house that in which the children could invite many friends at the same time. From the previous thing, the idea of conquering the area and environment with a plant in the shape of cross, of controlling the privacy of the house towards the street and of generating different spaces of meeting.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe house develops in two floors, with the living and dining room dividing the area in two courts. The first  very opened and transparent floor, where there were staying the most public zones of the house and the second hermetic enough floor from the exterior but that rescues the sights to the hill Manquehue. Besides three big exterior courts, the house possesses 3 interior courts that illuminate and integrate the spaces.Project gallerySee allShow lessCommunity Centre for Evangelical Reformed Church in Würenlos / Menzi Bürgler Archite…Selected Projects”Casa Futebol” Proposes a Different Olympic Legacy For Brazil’s StadiumsMisc Share CopyAbout this officeRaimundo AnguitaOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVitacuraChilePublished on July 12, 2014Cite: “Artiagoitia House / Raimundo Anguita ” 12 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. LaurenceMonterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall SystemTable LampsLouis PoulsenLamps – Panthella PortableBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersSealantsEffisusMetal Roof Flashing – Stopper MRDropped CeilingsPure + FreeFormLinear Clip-Strip Ceiling SystemUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryLouversAccoyaAccoya® Wood for Shutters and LouvresSpa / WellnessKlafsGyms & Relaxation RoomsMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/523919/artiagoitia-house-raimundo-anguita Clipboard Save this picture!© Oliver Yaneza+ 25 Share “COPY” “COPY” Photographs:  Oliver Yaneza Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2012last_img read more

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Palestinian youth defy Trump & Israeli soldiers

first_img“The young women shown assaulting the soldiers ‘should finish their lives in prison’” was the view expressed by Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Dec. 20. He was talking about a small group of Palestinian women who confronted heavily armed Israeli soldiers during protests in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh on Dec. 15. (haaretz.com)The soldiers had broken into a home, destroying and seizing property and assaulting people. They shot 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi point-blank, so that the rubber bullet lodged in his skull. Miraculously, he survived after six hours of surgery.One of those protesting women was 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi, Mohammed’s cousin, who witnessed the shooting. Four days after the protests, she was rousted out of her bed in the middle of the night and arrested for allegedly slapping a soldier. She has been in jail since. Her mother was arrested when she visited Ahed in jail.On Jan. 2, an Israeli military court indicted Ahed Tamimi on 12 charges. Her father, who endured years in an Israeli prison, says she faces years, perhaps decades, in prison. “Her fate is now in the hands of people who don’t even see Palestinians as full human beings,” he said. (Aljazeera.com, Jan. 2)Ahed Tamimi has a record of struggle for the Palestinian cause. In 2015, she was photographed biting the hand of an Israeli soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old, which helped win his release.‘Identity planted in the struggle’Tamimi has no lack of eloquence: “We may be victims of the Israeli regime, but we are just as proud of our choice to fight for our cause, despite the known cost,” she said at a meeting in South Africa last August. “We knew where this path would lead us, but our identity, as a people and as individuals, is planted in the struggle, and draws its inspiration from there.“Beyond the suffering and daily oppression of the prisoners, the wounded and the killed, we also know the tremendous power that comes from belonging to a resistance movement; the dedication, the love, the small sublime moments that come from the choice to shatter the invisible walls of passivity.“I don’t want to be perceived as a victim, and I won’t give their actions the power to define who I am and what I’ll be,” she asserted. (haaretz.com, Dec. 31)The Trump regime’s decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem and declare that city Israel’s capital — which enables the settler state’s relentless campaign of destruction — has sparked a new wave of resistance, particularly by Palestinian youth.Over 600 Palestinians have been arrested for protesting Trump’s action, including at least 170 children. However, these demonstrations, like the case of Ahed Tamimi, have received little coverage by U.S. corporate media. Wall Street’s reliance on Israel as the chief guardian of the oil monopolies’ interests motivates their stony silence toward the Palestinian people’s plight and their heroic struggle.Israeli youth defy apartheidThe Palestinian struggle has struck a chord among Israeli youth, just as the heroic Vietnamese liberation struggle inspired U.S. youth to face jail or exile rather than fight the Pentagon’s war. According to Haaretz, a group of 63 high school students have publicly declared they will refuse to be drafted into the Israeli Defense Force.“We have decided not to take part in the occupation and oppression of the Palestinian people,” they wrote in a letter sent to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, and the defense and education ministers. “The ‘temporary’ situation has dragged on for 50 years, and we will not go on lending a hand. … The army is carrying out the government’s racist policy, which violates basic human rights and executes one law for Israelis and another law for Palestinians on the same territory.”The students also protested “intentional institutional incitement against Palestinians on both sides of the Green Line” (referring to the 1949 armistice line separating Israel from the West Bank), “and we here — draft-age boys and girls from different areas of the country and from different socioeconomic backgrounds — refuse to believe the system of incitement and to participate in the government’s arm of oppression and occupation.”The signatories include Matan Helman, 20, of Kibbutz Haogen, who is serving jail time because of his refusal to be drafted into the army.The IDF is working on a plan to increase the number of draftees for combat service. Currently, enlistment rates are sinking and dropout rates stand at over 7,000 soldiers annually.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Tufts University dining hall workers to take strike vote

first_imgUNITE HERE Local 26 Dining Hall workers marched and rallied March 5, eight months into contract negotiations with Tufts University. Tufts has resisted unionization for years, but workers have been building power, and this show of force was about 1,000 strong. During the organizing drive, 75 percent of the workers signed union cards — the National Labor Relations Board requires at least 30 percent for a union representation election — and 127 out of 146 workers voted to join Local 26 in April 2018. Contract negotiations began last August; with community support, workers are fighting back against the anti-union university. A strike vote is scheduled for March 14, and most workers have indicated that they would vote to authorize a strike.While picketing and drumming all over campus, demonstrators left hundreds of signs planted in the snow in front of the president’s office during a cold two-hour demonstration that drew enormous student turnout as well as other area union members. Local 26 members, who have had their own struggles against Harvard and Northeastern universities as well as Marriott International, all came out to show support. Boston’s hotel workers, who weathered a 46-day strike last fall, were an especially strong contingent on the picket line. One Harvard union member, a veteran of the 22-day Harvard strike in 2016, came out to support her mom who is also a dining hall worker and a union activist at Tufts.Local 26 has led the way in bringing the strike weapon back to the Boston area, and the 2016 Harvard strike has been an inspiration to workers far and wide. The Harvard strike showed the importance of organizing within a union — developing strong leaders, not just growing the union to as many members as possible. Without this effort, unions cannot fight effectively against management’s cuts or contemplate a strike when necessary. So the Harvard strike empowered hotel workers to fight back and win. The Northeastern campaign and one-day strike followed Harvard in 2017 and reinforced the importance of student solidarity through groups like Harvard Student Labor Action Movement, Huskies Organizing With Labor at Northeastern and now Tufts Dining Action Coalition. The Tufts Coalition has mobilized students and secured statements of support and acts of solidarity from Robin DiAngelo, author of the recent book “White Fragility” who visited the university; the mayors of Medford and Somerville, municipalities that include Tufts’ campus; and even fraternities such as Theta Chi that hoisted a banner reading “Frats for Dining Worker Power.” Student solidarity has added pressure on the university to do the right thing. Just as it has been a major advantage for all unionized education workers, especially teachers who have repeatedly struck, even in “right-to-work” states.However, the triumph of UNITE HERE hotel workers, who simultaneously struck in 10 locals across the country, shows that strong organization can win, even without the student solidarity that education workers have. While employers have become greedier, unions prepared to strike can still push back. Workers who fight to form a union or make their union better have an impact on the whole working class — by raising wages and winning the respect all workers deserve.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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O’Sullivan selected as Limerick City General Election candidate

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Willie is a real Limerick landmark Covid-19 is no excuse to close Lyric A woman well able to fight her corner WhatsApp Previous articlePro debut for Limerick boxer McCormack-O’SheaNext articleHomelessness will scar a generation Editor Print Labour Party Housing spokesperson Jan O’SullivanThe Limerick City Labour Party has unanimously selected sitting TD Jan O’Sullivan as their general election candidate at a selection convention chaired by Deputy Alan Kelly last night.Speaking after her selection, Deputy O’Sullivan said the Labour Party stood for integrity and true respect for all citizens.“Limerick is on its way; we have made great strides in bringing jobs but there are still many communities left behind, there is still a crisis in the emergency department at UHL, the M20 has been promised but not yet progressed and the National Planning Framework is not strong enough in its ambition for Limerick, to say the least.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I want to fight these battles. I have the experience and passion to do so. Limerick needs a Labour Voice in the Dáil. Unlike those on the hard left we don’t just shout about what’s wrong, we get stuck in and do something about it, in Government and in Opposition.”Her selection was proposed by Labour Party Constituency Youth Officer Conor Sheehan who said: “We have enormous potential to build the decent society we all want to live in.  That potential is being squandered away by this ramshackle minority government through regressive budgets that have failed to properly fund the infrastructure we need.”“Limerick needs Labour and Labour needs Jan O’Sullivan in the next Dáil,” he declared.More political news here Twittercenter_img Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Cllr Conor Sheehan has called for Limerick City and County Council to waive city centre parking charges during the Covid-19 crisis. Richard’s rare ability to make grown men weep TAGSAlan KellycandidateConor Sheehangeneral electionJan O’SullivanLabour Partylimerick NewsPoliticsO’Sullivan selected as Limerick City General Election candidateBy Editor – December 1, 2017 3501 The poster boy for resurgent Sinn Féin last_img read more

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Conaway’s re-election opposed

first_imgConaway’s principal issues are immigration, national security and the national debt and deficit. He backs securing the U.S.-Mexico border “by using the most effective tools across each sector,” he said, “standing strong against threats against our country” from ISIS, North Korea and Iran and passing a constitutional amendment mandating a balanced budget.He said the Defense Department audit he had long pushed for as an Armed Services Committee member had found 29 Blackhawk helicopters the department didn’t know it had, although they were being flown.Myers is a 37-year-old Abilene native who majored in political science at Cisco Junior College and Texas State University in San Marcos. He was district manager for Rig Testers Inc. for 15 years and is an agent for the Keller Williams real estate company. He and his wife Emily have two children.“Mike Conaway has shown that he will vote for budgets we cannot afford,” Myers said. “I will not vote for a budget that is not balanced. My opponent’s voting record shows that his alliances are to the big money donors from outside the state. The district deserves better.”Myers is a proponent of the Second Amendment, which guarantees the right to keep and bear firearms. “The Second Amendment is a right granted to us by our creator,” he said.“That right is the spine that supports all the others. We are a republic, a nation of laws. We have laws regarding border security and immigration that must be enforced. I am pro-life and would not vote in favor of a budget with any money designated for clinics that provided abortions.”Pfalzgraf is a 38-year-old native of Glendale, Ariz., who has lived in Odessa for 24 years, having worked the past four years as an ECISD bus driver and tire technician after attending Odessa High School, Odessa College and UTPB. Pfalzgraf has three children. His wife’s name is Onnie Marie.“I believe our representatives should truly represent their districts,” he said. “As a blue collar, paycheck to paycheck average American worker, I can better gauge how a bill will affect us. The career politicians don’t understand what it’s like to live a normal life, given that most of them have never had to deal with the things we have.”Pfalzgraf supports term limits and a government-sponsored app to make information about bills and issues easily available to the public.Leeder is a former Llano County Democratic chair who has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education and athletic administration from Texas State and Ohio University. She is a former schoolteacher and coach who worked in educational curriculum sales.Leeder was her party’s nominee in the 2016 District 24 state senate race but lost to Lakeway Republican Dawn Buckingham. “The infrastructure in Texas and our nation is appalling,” she said.“This is evident in the state of our roads, bridges and energy grids. Solar and wind power are the energy sources of the future. Global warming and environmental pollution are also serious concerns that need to be addressed.”2018 Election Facts 11th Congressional DistrictTwo-year term.Salary: $174,000 per year.Pension: based on age and years of service, the average is $36,732.Health care: through the Affordable Care Act.Administrative budget: $1,268,520 annually to operate the office in Washington and offices in Brownwood, Granbury, Llano, Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. Local NewsGovernment Conaway’s re-election opposed By admin – February 18, 2018 First day of early voting: Tuesday.Last day of early voting: March 2.Election Day: March 6. Home Local News Government Conaway’s re-election opposed U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, is the incumbent candidate for District 11 in the Primary Election March 6.  Paul Myers of Midland is a Republican candidate challenging incumbent Mike Conaway for the Congressional District 11 office in the Primary Election March 6.  Incumbent Mike Conaway, top left; challenger Eric Pfalzgraf, top right; challenger Paul Myers, bottom left; challenger Jennie Lou Leeder, bottom right. Eric Pfalzgraf of Odessa is a Democratic candidate for the Congressional District 11 office in the Primary Election March 6. Facebook WhatsApp 1 of 5 Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Twittercenter_img Paul Myers of Midland is a Republican candidate challenging incumbent Mike Conaway for the Congressional District 11 office in the Primary Election March 6.  Pinterest Just The Facts In office since 2004 and chairing the House Agriculture Committee, U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway seeks another two-year term against the opposition of fellow Midland Republican Paul Myers and Democrats Eric Pfalzgraf of Odessa and Jennie Lou Leeder of Llano.Odessa Libertarian Nicholas Landholt, 62, who got 23,677 votes or 10 percent of the total cast in November 2016, is campaigning for his party’s nomination at its state convention April 13-15 in Houston.The 11th Congressional District covers 29 counties from Odessa-Midland to Lamesa, San Angelo, Brownwood and Granbury. The primaries are March 6 and the general election Nov. 6.Conaway is a 69-year-old Borger native who graduated from Permian High School, got a bachelor’s degree in accounting at East Texas State University in Commerce and served two years in the Army. He has four children and seven grandchildren. His wife’s name is Suzanne. Previous articleRunoff a possibility for Senate seatNext articleGUEST VIEW: Destined to achieve: Celebrating education through financial planning admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Jennie Lou Leeder WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Summer Spaghetti SaladHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

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Beny Steinmetz found guilty of corruption

first_imgMessage* Beny Steinmetz (Getty) A Geneva court has found Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz guilty of corruption.Steinmetz, who is reported to be a silent backer of New York real estate, was sentenced to five years in jail for paying bribes to a Guinean public official in order to secure rights to an iron-ore mine.The official, Mamadie Toure, is the wife of Guinea’s late former president, Lansana Conté. Steinmetz’s lawyer denied the tycoon had been involved in any payment, according to Bloomberg News.“The fact that Steinmetz wasn’t aware of all details doesn’t change a thing,” the judge said. “Steinmetz had his hand on the payments and was able to oversee the bribery process.”Steinmetz reportedly described the ruling as a “big injustice.” His lawyer said they would appeal.Last month, Steinmetz was sentenced to five years in a separate case in Romania. In that case, the court found Steinmetz and his partner Tal Silberstein, a media consultant, had collaborated with a Romanian businessman and the grandson of the country’s former king in an attempt to defraud the state.Steinmetz, who made his fortune in the diamond trade, is also reportedly a silent real estate investor, according to sources. In the past he has been tied to the Chrysler Building and HFZ Capital Group, though the latter “vigorously” denied his involvement in its Chelsea project, the XI.[Bloomberg News] — Sylvia Varnham O’ReganContact Sylvia Varnham O’Regan Full Name* Email Address* TagsBeny SteinmetzcorruptionNYC developmentReal Estate Lawsuits Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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Christ Church defeated in kebab van row

first_imgChrist Church authorities have this week lost their battle to have a kebab seller relocated away from college, to the delight of the JCR.College authorities have complained that the smell of the food form he van, known as ‘posh nosh’, distracted students trying to work and sleep, as well as being unpleasant for visitors to the college.They also claimed that it attracted drunkards to the college entrance who made too much noise and littered the area on the gateway to the college, adding that some students had been attacked at the van.The college authorities requested that the City Council ban the owner of “posh nosh”, Saeid Keshmiri, from obtaining a license unless he agreed to move his van further down the road and distance himself from the entrance to the college.Heamn Hassan, an employee of Saeid Keshmiri who works at Posh Nosh stated that he was “very pleased” that the kebab van had been allowed to stay, but spoke of his unhappiness at having his right to serve outside the college questioned. He said:“I was not very happy. After it happened, many students came by every night and asked us not to move away from college. They said that we are part of the college here. I feel part of the life and college too.”Saeid Keshmiri has also stated that he enjoys working outside Christ Church. He admitted that the drunkards that visited the van had caused problems and acknowledged that litter was generated around the van.However, he stated that such anti-social behaviour was generated by those who hung around the bus stop, and not specifically by those who visited his van. Christ Church students have spoken out to defend the van’s presence outside the college, stating it to be a fundamental part of their time at university.One a third year student at Christ Church, claimed that the kebab van constitutes an important part of student life.He said, “Posh Nosh is very much seen as a tradition amongst the college’s undergraduate population, as much of a feature of college as life as, for example, Mercury Foutain. And it’s a damn sight more useful.Many of us are fed up of the college authorities doing things without taking our wishes into account, so I say hurrah for something happening that reflects our enjoyment.”Past students have also defended the van’s right to stay. Ex-JCR President Garth Smith who graduated last year reminisced about the college’s role in day to day life.He said, “when I was there, everyone used it and was grateful that it was there. I never heard any complaints at all, about the smell or otherwise. I knew students who lived in rooms that were right next to the van, but no one ever complained that the van shouldn’t be there.”Whilst the Council authorities have not forced Keshmiri to relocate, they have nevertheless suggested that he moves his van elsewhere in future to avoid further controversy within the city. He has moved 200 yards further down the road in a compromise agreement.An Oxford University spokesman said, “the van is outside the college seven nights a week and the smell lingers on long after it has left for the night.“A number of staff have raised concerns over whether it is suitable for students to work best in such conditions.“We encourage students to eat healthily but the issue with Sid’s Kitchen has nothing to do with that. The college is concerned with students having the best possible environment for study.”last_img read more

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Press release: Foreign Office Minister visits Libya

first_img Follow Minister Burt on Twitter @AlistairBurtUK Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn For journalists The UK is a strong partner and friend of Libya. I look forward to continuing our closework on security, counter terrorism, reforming the economy and trade. I appreciated the opportunity to discuss complex migration issues and also matters relating to the legacy of years of terrorism. Helping Libyans to break the political deadlock and build strong state institutions is in Britain’s interests because this is the only way to help Libya re-establish control over its own borders and defeat terrorism for good. Media enquiries Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook The Minister arrived in Libya on Sunday 8 April for a 2-day visit that included meetings with representatives from the Libyan Government of National Accord, civil society organisations working to empower Libyan women and combat human trafficking, as well as other senior politicians.Mr Burt said: This visit was the final stage of a 3-country trip that also included Paris for the Lebanon CEDRE donor conference and Tunisia.Minister Burt reflects on his visit to LibyaMinister for Middle East visits Tripoli, LibyaFurther informationlast_img read more

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Wedding Cakes

first_imgThe wedding cake market, although competitive, is undeniably a profitable market to get into. For most people their wedding cake will be the most elaborate, expensive and pondered-over cake purchase they will make in their lives, so they are great orders to get, with lots of scope for profit.I have found that customers ordering cakes for their weddings require a much more personal service than any other event. It is the bride and groom’s special day, so they will want everything to be perfect and you must make them feel that is what you can provide. Make them feel treated by giving them a consultation over a glass of bubbly and some cake samples. Be prepared to do a lot of listening, answering questions, discussing options, emailing photographs and ideas back and forth and providing samples. You will need to be patient, understanding and sympathetic to your customer’s needs. But also, be firm and clear in what you can and cannot create and make sure you put forward your own ideas and recommendations. You are far more experienced in the world of cake than your customers, so if asked to make something you think will be hideous, say so – in the most tactful way possible, of course.At Upsy Daisy Bakery we have catered cupcake towers with a small topper cake for cutting for lots of weddings. We find these work really well, as they are so easy to adapt to each customer’s budget, numbers, taste and design requirements. I also find them reasonably easy to price up, though you need to make sure you charge sufficiently for all those little particular additions your customers will request.One area that can be easily overlooked is delivery and set-up. Firstly, you must add a charge for this if you will be doing it yourself. Do not underestimate the time this will take and be sure to always be very punctual with your delivery and setting-up; you don’t want to be rushed, as this can lead to mistakes, which you really want to avoid. One example from my own experience is, while rushing on a delivery, my panicked driving led to two dozen cupcakes getting splattered across the inside of my windscreen. Not advisable!For the occasions when mistakes do happen, I usually take a few essential bits of kit when setting up cakes – just in case I need to fix any damage that can occur in travelling. I would also advise you ask about the details of your setting up in advance: where will you be able to park?; where should the cake be set up?; will someone else set up the table and tablecloth for you or will you need to work this out on the day?; who do you contact with any questions on the day? And so on.Lastly, and by no means least, make sure you take pictures. They will be your best advertisement for gaining future commissions. Invest in a decent camera, if possible, and take lots of shots to be sure you have everything you need. It is also always worth enquiring after any photographs taken by the newly-weds’ photographer from the day, which include the cake. It’s nice to have that cake-cutting moment. And, just so you know, after a speedy return to my bakery, I did manage to get those cupcakes deliveredAbout Emily JohnsonCakeBlogger Emily Johnson runs Upsy Daisy Bakery in Hammersmith and was winner of the National Cupcake Championships 2012.last_img read more

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