first_img Image source: Getty Images. British American Tobacco 5 FTSE 100 shares with yields of 5% or more I’m considering now An investment strategy focused on buying the shares of high-yielding companies can be successful. And many investors target big market capitalisations such as stocks in the FTSE 100 index.Even big FTSE 100 shares carry some riskSometimes big Footsie companies appear to be more stable with mature, well-established businesses. However, even big businesses can go into decline causing their share prices to fall. So, one risk we face following a dividend-led strategy is the possibility that shrinking capital values can erode dividend gains due to falling share 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…I reckon one of the most important things to consider when researching dividend investments is the potential sustainability of dividend payments. Therefore, I’d aim to verify that dividend payments have a long history of support from trading. And I’d look for a decent and consistent record of cash flowing into the underlying business. On top of that, I’d also aim to analyse the potential of a business to keep paying dividends in the years ahead.So, with all those points in mind, should I buy shares in the following five FTSE 100 shares with yields above 5%? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 5% 2,765p 8% 868p 5.7% 5.8% 6.3% Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares National Grid has a unique monopoly position in Britain’s energy infrastructure. Indeed, the firm runs the system for transmitting electricity and gas long distances up, down and across the country to where it’s needed.  And it also operates a regulated energy business in the US.But one of the risks for investors is that regulatory requirements for capital investment within the business could change in the future. And that could potentially put shareholder dividend payments under pressure. Nevertheless, I’d be tempted to add the stock to my dividend portfolio.Earnings look set to rebound for VodafoneTelecoms company Vodafone has a fair bit of debt on its balance sheet, which is something to keep an eye on. Nevertheless, the record of cash flow looks robust and City analysts expect a double-digit percentage rebound in earnings ahead. However, the valuation looks lower than it was three or four years ago. And, on balance, I’m tempted to buy some of the shares to collect the dividend.  Tobacco volumes are in long-term decline. But British American Tobacco continues to enjoy powerful cash flow and has a record of raising the shareholder dividend incrementally. So, I’m tempted by the fat dividend on offer today.Although growth in earnings remains elusive for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, the cash flow remains strong and the firm keeps paying shareholder dividends. The payments have remained flat for a number of years. And the share price has dropped a fair bit since the beginning of 2020. But I’m tempted by the stock today.Lloyds Banking operates a cyclical business. And that’s led to a record of volatile earnings, cash flow and shareholder dividends. The share price has also suffered large swings over the past few years. For those reasons, I’m inclined to avoid the share for my long-term portfolio. Although I reckon the company has the potential to deliver decent shareholder gains over a shorter-term holding period. 126p 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. Vodafone Kevin Godbold | Saturday, 30th January, 2021 Lloyds Banking GlaxoSmithKline 1,389p Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! National Grid Stock Recent share price 32p Kevin Godbold has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Lloyds Banking 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. 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. Forward-looking dividend yield Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address 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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first_imgNY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $2.5 million to increase the resiliency of the Sauquoit Creek through the construction of an innovative floodplain ‘bench’ that will store and slow floodwaters and protect downstream communities. In addition, the governor announced new coordinated state actions to help Mohawk River Basin communities hard hit by recent floods that will include $250,000 in new funding.This announcement complements the ongoing multi-agency flood response efforts of the Departments of State, Environmental Conservation and Transportation, as well as Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and local emergency personnel.“As severe weather becomes the new normal, it is critical that all levels of government coordinate effectively and advance projects that enhance the resiliency of our infrastructure,” governor Cuomo said. “This investment will protect homes and businesses along the Sauquoit Creek for years to come and help prevent future flood events in the Mohawk Valley.”Pending regulatory approval, necessary permits and land acquisitions, construction is anticipated to begin in spring 2018 and be completed by 2019.last_img read more

first_imgIt’s a busy day in the Premier League with four games down for decision.The pick of the games comes from Anfield where Liverpool play host to Arsenal.Liverpool will be hoping to build on their qualification to the Champions League group stages midweek, while Arsenal lost to Stoke 1-nil last time out. Kick off is at 4pm, while at the same time Tottenham host Burnley at Wembley.First up at 1.30 it’s Chelsea against Everton, and West Brom versus Stoke.Yesterday evening Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League – after keeping up their one-hundred percent record with a 2-nil win over Leicester.Romelu Lukaku missed a penalty at Old Trafford – before substitutes Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini scored the goals.last_img

first_imgJordan Hunter converted both scores.The victory was sweet for the injury-riddled Bombers which dropped a 28-7 decision in the opening game of the 16-team tournament to Southridge of Surrey.LVR now moves on to play Windsor of North Vancouver Thursday at 12:30 p.m. The Lower Mainland squad hammered city rival Alpha 27-0.The tournament is idle Friday before the teams conclude play Saturday. The L.V. Rogers Bombers lived up to their seventh seeding as the Kootenay reps bounced Equimault 12-5 in consolation round action Wednesday at the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships in Abbotsford.Cail Spencer and Jake Lock each scored a try to power the Bomber machine.last_img

first_img“‘Vatreni’ (the “Fiery Ones” in Croatian), you are the biggest, you are our pride, your names will remain written in gold forever!” the newspaper said.It showed a photo of captain Luka Modric who was awarded the Golden Ball for the best player at the tournament, holding a trophy, although with a sad face after the defeat.“Brave hearts – You made us proud,” said Jutarnji List daily.“Croatia celebrates you, you are our gold!” echoed the Vecernji List.It noted that for the past month coach Zlatko Dalic’s team “made Croatia better”.“They restored pride, pulled it out of the pessimism” reigning in the country whose economy remains among the weakest in the European Union.More than 100,000 red-and-white-painted Croatian fans were expected to welcome the squad home later Monday in the capital Zagreb.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Croatian midfielder Luka Modric won the Golden Ball trophy as best player at the Moscow football World Cup tournament © AFP / Johannes EISELEZAGREB, Croatia, Jul 16 – Croatian media on Monday hailed their team as heroes after the small country’s historic success in reaching the World Cup final where France beat them 4-2.“Thank you, heroes! – You gave us everything!” read the Sportske Novosti frontpage.last_img read more

first_imgThe final member of the 2018 class is Timmons, who is from Davenport, Iowa. She is a three-year letterwinner for Davenport Assumption High School. A pitcher, Timmons helped the Knights earn a runner-up finish at the 2016 Class 3A State tournament. In the circle as a junior, she finished with a 21-3 overall record and a 0.74 earned run average and earned first team all-state accolades. “They each have outstanding characteristics, a great passion for the game and excel in the classroom,” Calvert said. “Time will tell on the impact they will have on the softball field, but they all come from programs, whether high school or club, that have achieved tremendous success during their time. We look forward to seeing them develop over their careers.” Print Friendly Version Johnson is another local product who plays for Winterset High School. A shortstop, she has been named first team all-state each of previous two seasons and first team All-Raccoon River three times. Johnson competes in three other sports, basketball, track and field and volleyball, for the Huskies. Winterset finished as runner-ups at the 2015 Class 4A State tournament. Anderson is a local product from nearby Boone High School. A catcher, she has been selected to the second team All-Raccoon River Conference as a sophomore and junior. Anderson has helped the Toreadors compile an 86-37-1 record in three seasons, capped by a fourth-place finish at the 2016 Iowa Class 4A State tournament.   Ryan is the sister of former Drake softball four-year letterwinner, Sarah Ryan (2012-15), and hails from Mount Vernon, Iowa. Ryan, a utility player in softball, is another talented multi-sport athlete who competes in basketball, track and field and volleyball for Mount Vernon High School. She has helped each Mount Vernon team qualify at least once for the state tournament in basketball, softball, and volleyball and is an eight-time medalist at the state track meet. “We feel the most important aspect in the recruiting process is finding quality student-athletes that represent Drake softball both on and off the field,” Calvert said. “We have found that in this class, that will have big shoes to fill in replacing a strong senior class.” DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University softball team has signed four high school standouts, Laura Anderson (Boone, Iowa), Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa), Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) and Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) to National Letters of Intent for the 2018 season, head coach Rich Calvert announced.last_img read more

first_imgOn behalf the Nelson Mandela family, we take this opportunity to extend our sincere gratitude to the religious community for the thoughts and prayers extended to our family through prayer and meditationIndeed our burden of pain and sorrow is daily being lessened by the outpouring of national and international grief for our father and elder. We have always been mindful that we share Tata with rest of South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.Our mothers, Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are cognisant of the love, support, care, prayers and meditation extended to the family in the different form and manner during this hour of need.Both our mothers, Graca Machel and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela nonetheless express their conviction that Nelson Mandela, like a flower will continue to blossom forever in all your heartsThe family of our departed dear father, is comforted in the knowledge that the world so deeply shares our sense of loss for one of Africa’s greatest sons. We are melancholy but we do not despair.  Instead, we are filled with hope.Part of us is indeed gone forever, but he has left us enduring lessons and examples of what must be continued, what must be intensified, what must be ended and what must still be strived for. Though he answered to the name father, husband, granddad, son and a statesman, we all understood that ultimately Tata remains an inspiration not only to us but the rest of humanity.We who were privileged and honoured to share part of his being, a profound mix of sadness, pride and gratitude is the strongest emotion we share as a family.That we were blessed to be associated with this great icon, and to have a role in perpetuating his legacy which he gifted humanity, is the most precious birth-right which he has bestowed on us all.As we lift our eyes to the dawn of a new era without a family elder at our sides, we hope you will join us with all the passion, fervour, prayer and support with which you help us mourn his passing and to keep his dream alive.Keep Nelson Mandela’s dream alive. Let us pledge to keep Mandela’s dream alive, in the way in which we honour the humanity in each other; in the way in which we solve our most difficult problems; and in the way in which we raise up the poor, the downtrodden; and the marginalised. In this regard, we enter into a solemn covenant with you the people of our country, Africa and citizens of the world that we will be true to the values and ideals  which Tata stood for and was prepared to pay the supreme prize.As a family we have no option except to be bound by these values. Let the word go here from hence that we dare not fail! And we know and know too well that you the people of the world will not fail Madiba.May we also use this opportunity to inform the South African public that our king, The King of the Thembu Nation, Zwelibanzi Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and his delegation is visiting the family today, Sunday 7 December 2013 to comfort and counsel, and to apprise himself of the funeral and burial arrangements.Thank you.BY Lieutenant General (retired) Temba Templeton Matanzima(Official Spokesperson of the Mandela Family)last_img read more

first_imgInstead of chasing points, identify valuesThis summer, I had the opportunity to work on research in this very area, identifying a process and even the vocabulary to help identify project values that are nested in sustainability systems.We are looking at ways to integrate with BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), and eventually LEED, but all of us already have the innate ability to look at the impact and connections of our actions. It’s the way our brains are wired. It’s just unfortunate that we have not developed our management processes with this same sense of purpose and connectivity. Green building programs have a tendency to focus on the means rather than the end, to the point of not even identifying a comprehensive end goal. Two examples illustrate my point.The first example is a bit like the game of “gossip” or “telephone” that we used to play around the campfire. You know, one person whispers something into the ear of the next person, who whispers what they thought they heard to the next person, until it has gone around the circle. Invariably, the final wording is absurdly different from the original. RELATED ARTICLES Pensive About ProcessReady, Set, Go!Pondering the Sorry State of Green BuildingA Slow Living Summit in Brattleboro, VermontResilient CommunitiesGBA Encyclopedia: Integrated Design BLOGS BY VERA NOVAK Praise for the Czech Team’s Solar Decathlon EntryAdaptations That Accommodate NatureDealing with Rising Damp in Building ReconstructionDisseminating Building Science Knowledge Developing a holistic planFocusing just on the listed “green” improvement was not wrong or harmful, but it missed the bigger picture. The process wasn’t set up for the three agencies (parks, buildings, and social work) to get together and design a holistic plan, or even to articulate the end goal. Without the end in mind, the green building actions ended up being a bit random, disconnected and not as effective as they could have been.Green building programs have been very helpful in cataloging specific actions and categories of actions. They are great tools, but as we all know, tools alone do not build a great project. Of what use is a well-built chair if it only has two legs? Or a beautiful dining room chair if there is no table? The collaboration on the design and implementation is a good step in the right direction (thank you, LEED), but maybe it is time to dig deeper in the problem shaping and project conceptualizing. Healthy food options for an affordable housing projectA similar story is ubiquitous in building circles. In this case of an affordable housing project, the funding agency identified a need for improving the food security of the residents. The site was far from a decent grocery store, and there is the basic problem of high relative costs of fresh produce and existing junk food cultures (a.k.a the Jamie Oliver crusade). This is not an uncommon scenario in social housing.So, the architect drew an “urban garden” into the plan. The specs provided no details, in order not to restrict the contractor. When the GC subbed out the landscaping, he provided the directive for the landscape to support the green building program. The landscaper earned all sorts of green building points, and included a lovely little herb garden to fulfill the “urban garden” component. Great — now we can put fresh basil on our potato chips… Bike paths without bikesThe second case was a large scale restoration project of a park area. Bicycle paths were added as a relatively typical “sustainability” improvement, and the proximity to the housing project lent some credence to the appropriateness of that action. In fact, there was a high percentage of teens in the housing complex, hanging around in gangs, and the community social workers identified the need to channel their time into some alternate activities. So far, so good.We have paths that connect the housing to a woodlands area (which already had bike paths). From a “green program” perspective, this earns some points, and the mission would seem to be accomplished.However, on closer inspection, there was missing component — bikes! It seems that not many of the teens in the housing complex had bikes, there was no safe place to store them, and the few bikes we saw were in bad repair. The housing project itself was undergoing a massive energy-efficiency upgrade. Again, very good on the green program scale. Adding bike parking might have earned more points, but the problem was a deeper social need, and the solution more complex.In addition to providing safe bike storage, a recommendation was made to turn one of the (empty) ground floor units into a “bike kitchen,” which could be set up to help the kids learn to repair and rebuild bikes. There were several other components of the plan, but the point is that the ultimate goal related to the bike paths was intrinsically linked with social needs, possibly transportation needs, and perhaps even a job-creation need. Dr. Vera Novak was recently awarded a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning by Virginia Tech. Her work is dedicated to increased depth and breadth of sustainability in construction, by leveraging the points of greatest potential impact. She is currently working on optimizing corporate sustainability practices to support regenerative design, as well as adapting a lean thinking process for smaller scale projects. She also writes the Eco Build Trends blog. There is no fault here, but several points of information drift. The point of divergence from the original idea happened when the concept of ‘food security’ became implemented as the action item “urban garden.” From that point on, the best one could do was to reduce project creep. Each layer of the implementation chain based their actions on the information provided.Imagine instead if there were a way to communicate the project goal of “food security.” The architect might identify an urban garden, but the contractor might recognize the opportunity for a small learning kitchen facility in the common room, and the landscaper could offer not only vegetable gardens, but a full edible landscape with berry bushes, fruit and nut trees.Articulating and communicating the end goal could provide opportunities for input at every step of the design and delivery chain and could continue to evolve with input from the residents. For a great example of how this can work in real life, watch the TED talk about the town of Todmorden, England.last_img read more

first_imgDelhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal on Monday met the Unnao rape survivor at a hospital in Lucknow where she was admitted following a road accident on Sunday.Stating that the survivor is in a “critical condition”, Ms. Maliwal said that the survivor should be airlifted to Delhi for treatment.In a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Ms. Maliwal demanded that BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar, who is an accused in the case, be removed from the party and disqualified from the Assembly within 24 hours.“The most shameful has been the fact that till date Kuldeep Sengar happens to be an MLA. Neither has he been removed from the party nor from the legislature. I appeal to you in the interest of humanity to ensure that he is immediately removed both as a member of the BJP and from the UP legislative assembly,” read the letter to the CM.The women’s commission chief also alleged that Sunday’s incident was a “conspiracy” and not “a mere accident”.“First her father was killed inside the jail, then an eyewitness in the case and now two of her aunts have been killed. Presently, she and her lawyer are battling for their lives in the hospital,” Ms. Maliwal wrote. She said while all the evidence hint at a conspiracy, the UP police are trying to brand the incident as a mere accident and is taking no steps to investigate into the matter. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in a tweet, said: “Systematic attempts to eliminate the Unnao rape victim and her family appear to be a pre-planned conspiracy and mockery of rule of law. How can any civilised society allow such state sponsored barbarism? [sic].”last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMyla Pablo has once again reached the pinnacle of individual performances in the Premier Volleyball League after earning the Most Valuable Player plum of the Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Pocari Sweat’s marksman won her second MVP trophy and the 1st Best Outside Spiker after leading the Lady Warriors to a 5-2 record in the elimination round with a total of 143 points, the highest in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Pocari’s defensive anchors Jeanette Panaga and Melissa Gohing took the league’s 1st Best Middle Blocker and Best Libero awards.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPanaga led the league with 0.65 kill blocks a set while Gohing had the best digging rate of 5.15 per set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCreamline’s Jia Morado was named as the conference’s Best Setter after averaging 13 excellent sets per period.Bali Pure’s duo of Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato won the conference’s 2nd Best Outside Spiker and 2nd Best Middle Blocker while Philippine Air Force’s Iari Yongco was named as the Best Opposite Spiker. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Metta World Peace arrives in Manila, satisfies Filipino food craving K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more