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Is it too late to buy Royal Mail shares? What happened to Royal Mail shares?Looking at the historical price chart for Royal Mail shares, the company had been struggling for several years until recently. This appears to be mainly due to the firm’s over-reliance on delivering letters — something for which the demand has been in decline for quite some time. But over the last 12 months, it has made an impressive recovery. How did it do it?The management team quickly pivoted to focus more on parcels delivery. Parcels volumes have been steadily rising parallel to the increased adoption of online shopping. The pandemic significantly accelerated this transition. Consequently, for the first time since its inception in 1516, Royal Mail delivered the majority of its revenue through parcels rather than letters in 2020.As a result, total revenue increased by double-digits for the first time in years. It rose by 16.6% from £10.84bn to £12.64bn. Meanwhile, adjusted operating profits more than doubled from £325m to £702 — a rise of 116%. This surge in capital allowed the management team to substantially pay down its long-term obligations. So net debt also fell from £1.13bn to £457m, with plenty of cash to spare.Overall, I think the company is in a much stronger financial position and seemingly primed for long-term growth. Therefore seeing Royal Mail shares continue to climb is not all that surprising.The risks that lie aheadAs promising as this progress is, the parcels delivery market remains highly competitive. Royal Mail may have a size advantage, especially with its established delivery infrastructure network. But with so many rival courier services to fend off, it doesn’t appear to have any tangible pricing power.Therefore, I believe the leading businesses within this space will be the ones with the greatest level of operational efficiency. Unfortunately, this isn’t something Royal Mail is known for. The management team has begun investing in warehouse automation with its APS system. However, this technology is still being constructed and won’t be usable until 2023. With other courier services already using automation technology, Royal Mail may get left behind, as its shares might.The bottom lineDespite the rapid price rise of Royal Mail shares, the company still looks relatively cheap, trading at a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.5. And considering the long overdue shift towards parcel delivery services is already beginning to generate substantial profits — despite competitive pressures — I will admit to being cautiously optimistic.But ultimately, the firm’s economic moat remains quite small. And so, while I do believe the Royal Mail share price can climb higher, I’m not adding it to my portfolio today. Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Royal Mail Group. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Royal Mail Group (LSE:RMG) shares continued their upward trajectory last week following the publication of the business’s full-year results. Given the rise, I think it’s fair to say investors were quite impressed. I know I was.This latest boost has pushed the price of Royal Mail shares up by nearly 60% since the start of the year. And over the last 12 months, the stock has yielded a return of more than 200%. But is it too late to add this business to my portfolio?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… 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. 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Australia Photographs “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Aperture Photography+ 17 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/178752/clayfield-house-shaun-lockyer-architects Clipboard Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area: 450 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Photographs: Aperture PhotographyText description provided by the architects. In January 2010, clients commissioned SLa to do a ‘traditional’ build-in-under project to their 1890’s Queenslander that had already undergone a substantial renovation some years before. The house, while grand and in great condition, ignored the site attributes and did not adequately address the needs of contemporary living in the sub-tropics. Save this picture!Floor PlanRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornThe final outcome essentially left the ‘history’ alone by adding 3 distinct ‘pods’ that allowed the house to be re-programmed. The architecture is deliberately sympathetic to the client’s interest in continuity rather than distinction. Materials are consistent throughout old and new, so the legibility of the juxtaposition comes across in the form rather than the material. What is new and what is old is manifestly clear while still allowing for a quiet, harmonious dialogue to exist between the two. Save this picture!© Aperture PhotographyThe ‘pods’ allow for appropriate consideration of light, air and transition such that previous dark and under-utilised spaces become warm and engaging. Internally, the removal of post war additions also allows the traditional spaces to be reinvigorated in such a way that the centre of gravity remains within the original cottage, which we felt to be appropriate. A simple (even reductive) but warm palette of white vj’s, weatherboards and new hardwood shiplap cladding creates a historically sensitive approach while simultaneously delivering on our contemporary aspirations. Save this picture!© Aperture PhotographyThe outcome is a reflection of an enormous leap of faith by the client who was clearly uncertain about the particular approach we initially proposed. Their feedback is that the outcome not only surpassed their expectations but has offered them a degree of freedom about how the house can be used into the future. From a design point of view, a happy client together with sense of joy and craft within the architecture is what we strive for. The project has certainly delivered on this. Text provided by Shaun Lockyer ArchitectsSave this picture!© Aperture PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessClosing Reception: Sacred Spaces in Profane BuildingsArticlesAffordable Utopias Lecture / Hrvoje Njiric + ArhitektiArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/178752/clayfield-house-shaun-lockyer-architects Clipboard 2011 Clayfield House / Shaun Lockyer Architects CopyHouses•Australia ArchDaily Projects Year: Clayfield House / Shaun Lockyer ArchitectsSave this projectSaveClayfield House / Shaun Lockyer Architects CopyAbout this officeShaun Lockyer ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on October 30, 2011Cite: “Clayfield House / Shaun Lockyer Architects” 30 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Slovakia CopyHouses•Vrakuňa, Slovakia “COPY” Year: ArchDaily House With Stone Patio / beef architektiSave this projectSaveHouse With Stone Patio / beef architekti ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936391/house-with-stone-patio-beef-architekti Clipboard Save this picture!© Lenka Némethová+ 17Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936391/house-with-stone-patio-beef-architekti Clipboard Houses Photographs Photographs: Lenka Némethová, Peter Čintalan, Roman Dibarbora Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2018 Area: 261 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project House With Stone Patio / beef architekti Projects Manufacturers: Chaos Group, Alape, Ariostea, Delta Light, HELUZ, Isover, Steinberg, MEDERA okná dvere fasády, Metamod, TON – SLOVENSKO, TrimbleClients:Vladimír BilčíkEngineering:Róbert Stósz s.r.o.Collaborators:Carpentry – EBEN City:VrakuňaCountry:SlovakiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter ČintalanRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. On the one hand simple masses, basic geometric shapes, admitted materiality and the time, esprit, airiness, elegance on the other. Clean solutions like these do not often occur in Slovakia. There are no borders for housing. It does not end with the interior but smoothly continues to the exterior. A house worthy of an investor who recognizes true qualities and an architect who can make a generous solution without unnecessary gestures.Save this picture!© Peter ČintalanSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Peter ČintalanThe estate is located in the heterogeneous development of eastern suburban district of Bratislava on the site of an old gardening colony with no clear regulations or architectural qualities. The main idea insists on creating two terraces, each with a different quality and spreading the living space around. The first one, including the pool, is oriented on the sunny side of the plot and partially shaded by the huge concrete flying roof and the vertical wooden lamellas. The second one is a small central “piazza” – the colder northern summer terrace with original big cherry tree and surrounded by real solid materials (stone, concrete and brick). Both of these places are just a few steps from the centrally placed kitchen.Save this picture!© Lenka NémethováSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Peter ČintalanAn integral part of the concept is a simple, semi-transparent slat fence, which, when viewed from the street, gives an impression of the volume composition behind it. Architects created an alternative to the usual multi-storey housing. Everything is on one level, logically arranged, wheelchair accessible. Simple and clean in its form. This suitably built concept and the resulting architectural solution can work with a seemingly unattractive environment. Neutral modern architecture can be lively, dynamic, interesting and adapt to the surroundings and user preferences.Save this picture!© Lenka NémethováProject gallerySee allShow lessHow to Minimize Harmful Effects of Formaldehyde Gas IndoorsArticlesStudy at Gropius’ Bauhaus Dessau – Call for SubmissionsCall for Submissions Share Architects: beef architekti Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officebeef architektiOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookVrakuňaSlovakiaPublished on March 30, 2020Cite: “House With Stone Patio / beef architekti” 30 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 41 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Personal finance expert Martin Lewis, publisher of the “consumer revenge” site MoneySavingExpert.com, is supporting the Meningitis Trust in its campaign to urge people to use Gift Aid when donating funds to its work.The broadcaster, journalist and author is well known for his advice on saving money and on how to survive the current recession.The Meningitis Trust estimates that it could generate an extra £100,000 if everyone who has donated to the charity in the past six years – and is a UK tax payer – sent in a completed Gift Aid declaration.Martin Lewis said: “Gift Aid is an absolute no-brainer. If you’re giving money to the Meningitis Trust, use Gift Aid – it gets an extra 25p per pound on top. There’s nothing dodgy; it’s a scheme which means the charity can get your tax back from the government, and it doesn’t cost you a penny.“So unless you’re not a UK taxpayer, simply provide your name, address and declare that you’re a UK taxpayer and you get to give much more cash, without much more cost. Simple!”Sue Davie, Chief Executive of the Meningitis Trust, said: “We are very grateful for the support of Martin Lewis with this campaign, because if anyone knows how to get more for your money, it’s him! We just hope that people will remember to tick the box and fill in the information when they’re raising money for us, as it will help us enormously.”www.meningitis-trust.org Howard Lake | 11 March 2009 | News 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. Money Saving Expert backs Meningitis Trust’s Gift Aid campaign Tagged with: Celebrity Gift Aid
Court appearance postponed for Tyrone woman accused of drug smuggling RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Previous articleOver 2,000 Donegal students receiving Leaving Certificate results todayNext articleNew Finn Valley Leisure Centre to open at the weekend News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic News WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire The family of the Irish woman being held on drugs charges in Peru says they are is confident she will be fully exonherated.The family of Michaella McCollum Connolly from Dungannon have issued a statement saying they are making arrangements to travel to Peru to visit her.She and her Scottish friend Melissa Reid stand accused of smuggling 11 kilograms of cocaine which was found in their luggage last week.The family says it is “shocked and distressed” at the events.Michaela has been questioned by the police and has denied involvement in any criminal offence. She will be appearing before an examining judge shortly.Speaking on behalf of the family Peter Madden, of Madden & Finucane, said Michaela’s family fully support her and they are making arrangements to travel to Peru.They have contacted support groups in Lima to ensure that her current needs are met.Meanwhile, Peter Madden, who is representing the family spoke to Michaela last night and she has denied that she is guilty of any offence.The families solicitor added she is well and that she is not on hunger strike contrary to reports.And he said Michealla was finding it difficult to cope with the current situation, so far from home, but she is optimistic.Meanwhile, the girls’ court appearance has been postponed until next week.The Daily Mirror’s U.S. editor Chris Bucktin is in Lima – and interviewed the women in their police holding cell.He’s been outlining the reason for the delay……[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/bucktinperu.mp3[/podcast] Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – August 14, 2013
Top Stories”Hathras Case A Shameful Testimony To The Systemic Caste-Based Discrimination”:Activists From Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi-Vimukta Communities Seek Intervention In The Case Before SC Radhika Roy13 Oct 2020 10:03 AMShare This – xAn Impleadment Application has been filed in the matter pertaining to the rape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras by 11 women and queer persons who are activists, academics and journalists belonging to Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi-Vimukta communities. The IA, filed on behalf of Radhika Vemula, Cynthia Stephen, Grace Banu, Manjula Pradeep, Pradnya Daya Pawar,…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?LoginAn Impleadment Application has been filed in the matter pertaining to the rape and murder of the 19-year-old Dalit woman in Hathras by 11 women and queer persons who are activists, academics and journalists belonging to Dalit-Bahujan-Adivasi-Vimukta communities. The IA, filed on behalf of Radhika Vemula, Cynthia Stephen, Grace Banu, Manjula Pradeep, Pradnya Daya Pawar, Prof. Sujatha Surepally, Disha Pinky Sheikh, Chhaya Khobragade, Neetisha Khalkho, Swati Kamble and Riya Singh, submits that it has been moved “in a larger bona fide interest for upholding the rights of the Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe (SC/ST) community and that of the society at large”. It has been filed in the PIL seeking for CBI/SIT probe after the Uttar Pradesh Police failed to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the gangrape and murder of a Dalit woman by upper-caste men in Hathras and surreptitiously cremated her in the middle of the night without the consent of the victim’s family. The IA states that the Applicants “collectively possess field experience and analytical data which and above all personal struggles that provide insights into caste-based atrocities faced by Dalits, especially Dalit women and limitations to speedy and fair access to the criminal justice system to Dalit girls and women in India”. In light of the Hathras tragedy, the Application has been moved to underline the fact that the incident “is not an isolated incident but actually stems from the country’s long oppressive history based on caste that continues even in 2020”. The IA submits that crimes against Dalits were on the rise between 2006-2016. It further submits that despite the fact that the Constitution of India guarantees no discrimination based on caste, in pursuit of Untouchability (Offences) Act, 1955 and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, caste-based discrimination has not abated. “The Hathras tragedy is a shameful testimony to the systemic caste-based discrimination existing in State machineries. The police personnel, politicians, and government officials, in the present tragedy have not only failed to implement the rule of law, protect the marginalized, but they have further inflicted more pain and violence on the Hathras gangrape and murder victim’s family”.Non-Implementation of Prevention of Atrocities ActComplacency of the State of Uttar Pradesh is evidence from the fact that the State has not even identified “atrocities prone areas” as per Rule 3 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Rules (“PoA Rules”), 1995 despite being the state with highest cases of atrocities against SC/ST community.The Petitioners also allege that Uttar Pradesh State-level committee meant to monitor the implementation of the PoA Act under Rule 16, PoA Rules has not met even once in three years — 2016, 2017 and 2018, according to information provided by the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry Resolve of the Respondent State of Uttar Pradesh not to actively eliminate caste-based atrocities is clear from their long- standing slumber of not implementing PoA in the state thoroughly. The conduct of the State Authorities and government while dealing with investigation in the Hathras gang-rape tragedy conclusively points to their inability to understand prevalence of systemic caste-based discrimination in their State. Prayers* For an order directing transfer of all connected cases in the Hathras gang-rape and death from Uttar Pradesh to Delhi Special Court to ensure fair trial and meet the ends of justice as done by this Hon’ble Court in Re: Alarming Rise In The Number Of Reported Child Rape Incidents Suo Motu Writ Petition (Criminal) No. 1/2019 (Unnao Rape Case) vide order dated 1.8.20, Nivedita Jha vs The State Of Bihar 2019 An order directing the constitution of an independent Special Investigation Team (“SIT”) by this Hon’ble Court for investigating the Hathras gang-rape & death tragedy to be monitored by this Hon’ble Court. Special intervention and vigilance of this court is a must owing to the fact that the ruling party is the same both at Centre and State where the crime was committed therefore, there persists a serious chance of political interference. That Justice Lodha of this Hon’ble Court in 2013 had remarked that the CBI is a “caged parrot with many masters” during the Coal Block Scam proceedings. It is therefore imperative to remove any possibility of foul play, an independent Special Investigation Team should be constituted by this Hon’ble Court to conduct investigation in the Hathras gang-rape & murder tragedy which must be monitored by this Hon’ble Court.An order restraining Respondents from conducting Polygraph test, Naro Test and Brain Electrical Activation Profile on the victim’s family as being violative of the 3-judge bench judgement in Selvi v. State of Karnataka, (2010) 7 SCC 263 where this Hon’ble Court unequivocally held Article 20(3) of the Indian Constitution and section 161(2) of CrPC protect accused, suspects and witnesses from making self-incriminating statements. Testimonial compulsions are prohibited by law and that Polygraph test, Naro Test and Brain Electrical Activation Profile is an unjustified intrusion into the mental privacy of an individual. It would also amount to “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” with regard to the language of evolving international human rights norms. Furthermore, placing reliance on the results gathered from these techniques comes into conflict with the “right to fair trial”. For an order directing Respondent State and investigating agencies to secure rights of the victim’s family and witness, provide protection, and be treated with fairness, respect and dignity and with due regard to any special need that arises because their age or gender or educational disadvantage or poverty as prescribed under section 15A, Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. For an order directing the Respondents to strictly implement Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, especially the State of Uttar Pradesh. Accordingly, the IA has been filed seeking for impleadment of the aforementioned Applicants. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Quick-connect components lock in pressure integrity to reduce potential leak paths, enhance safety The Velox Wellhead System. (Credit: Weatherford International plc) Weatherford International plc (OTC Pink: WFTLF) today announced the Velox™ wellhead system, a best-in-industry solution for operators needing to lock in pressure integrity while enhancing safety and improving efficiency. Velox delivers unmatched isolation between casing strings with quick-connect components that maintain pressure control, reduce potential leak paths, and minimize non-productive time during installation in many applications, including high-pressure, high-temperature, and sour-gas wells.The Velox system expedites installation by enabling the packoff to be run in a single trip from the rig floor, which removes personnel from the cellar. The system also reduces potential leak paths by eliminating conventional flange-to-flange methods and external lockdown screws.“The Velox wellhead system enables operators to lock in pressure fast,” said Dean Bell, President, Drilling, Evaluation & Intervention, Weatherford. “Operators can run the upper and lower packoff assembly from the rig floor to isolate the annuli of multiple intermediate and production strings. The benefits combine to create one indisputable truth: Velox is best-in-the-industry for pressure control.”Velox Features and BenefitsSimplify Operations: Reduce potential leak paths from lockdown screws; eliminate costly blowout preventer separation to accommodate new casing sizes; support American Petroleum Institute and premium connections using a fluted mandrel hanger.Improve Efficiency: Expedite installation by eliminating wait time for cement to cure; enable mandrel hanger installation from the rig floor rather than the well bay; accelerate assembly to the blowout preventer stack with Rapid-Lok design feature.Enhance Safety: Isolate the annuli of multiple intermediate and production strings; protect personnel by latching the wellhead from the inside; work in wide-ranging environments, including high-pressure/high-temperature and sour gas wells. Source: Company Press Release