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first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 24th August, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Edward Sheldon owns shares in Royal Dutch Shell, Lloyds Banking Group, Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Softcat, dotDigital, ASOS, Keywords Studios, Hargreaves Lansdown, and JD Sports Fashion, and Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust and has holdings in Fundsmith, Blue Whale Growth, Polar Capital Global Technology. Suzanne Frey, an executive at Alphabet, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alphabet (C shares), Apple, and Microsoft. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS, dotDigital Group, Hargreaves Lansdown, Keywords Studios, Lloyds Banking Group, and Softcat and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft and short January 2021 $115 calls on Microsoft. 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. 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. 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.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. It’s fair to say it’s been a terrible year for the FTSE 100 index so far. As a result of the coronavirus, the index has fallen about 20% year to date. Many Footsie stocks have done much worse.I own a number of FTSE 100 stocks that have taken a beating this year. For example, I own Shell, which is down about 52%. I also own Lloyds Bank, which is down about 56%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…Yet, overall, my share portfolio is up in 2020. It’s outperformed the FTSE 100 by a wide margin. And I’ve achieved this without doing anything complicated.Interested to learn how I’ve beaten the UK’s main stock market index? Read on and I’ll tell you.International stocks have helped me beat the FTSE 100   One thing that’s helped me beat the FTSE 100 this year is international diversification. This is something I was stressing the importance of last year.The UK has plenty of world-class companies. But a fully-diversified portfolio should have exposure to companies listed internationally as well. My exposure to top companies listed overseas has made a huge difference to my returns this year.For example, my largest portfolio holding (and Warren Buffett’s largest), Apple, is up over 60% this year. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Alphabet (Google), two companies I have decent-sized stakes in, are up about 30% and 15% respectively.My global equity funds and investment trusts have also done well this year. Fundsmith, Blue Whale Growth, and Polar Capital Global Technology are all up for the year. Meanwhile, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust has soared higher.Overall, this international exposure has really enhanced my returns.Top UK sharesBut it’s not just about my international holdings. Another thing that’s led to outperformance is my exposure to UK mid-cap and small-cap companies. Many of these have outperformed the FTSE 100 by a wide margin in 2020.For example, video game company Keywords Studios is up over 40% this year. Digital marketing specialist dotDigital is up about 35%. FTSE 250 technology company Softcat, which is benefitting from the work-from-home trend, is up about 10%.Having these kinds of under-the-radar growth stocks in my portfolio has boosted my returns significantly.Stock market crashFinally, buying stocks during the stock market crash has also helped me outperform the FTSE 100.You see, one thing I always do is keep some cash on the sidelines in preparation for a stock market pullback. Going into the stock market crash, around 20% of my portfolio was in cash. And when stocks crashed, I bought big. This has paid off.For example, I bought ASOS shares at around 1,100p. They’re now near 5,000p. I bought JD Sports Fashion shares at 320p. They’re now near 670p. And I bought Hargreaves Lansdown at about 1,275p. They’re now at near 1,700p.These kinds of gains have powered my portfolio higher in 2020. Simple strategy Overall, there’s nothing complicated about my investment strategy. I simply diversified my portfolio and bought stocks when other investors were panicking. With a very simple investment strategy, I’ve outperformed the FTSE 100 by a wide margin. Image source: Getty Images While the FTSE 100 has fallen 20% in 2020 my portfolio has increased in value. Here’s what I did 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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

first_imgBACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio “Bing”Leonardia has directed all barangay officials to comply with the strictimplementation the city’s “no segregation, no collection” policy. “If it becomes necessary, we will makea sample. If we will be forced to do so, then we have to impose sanctions,”warned Leonardia. Solid Waste Management Boardsecretariat Atty. Vicente Petierre III explained that under the law, anybodycan file a case to any person violating RA 9003. The city government had intended tostart implementing the policy on March 1, but was deferred next month to givebarangay officials ample time to enforce it, since they are presently tied upwith five other major tasks as ordered by the national government. The “no segregation, no collection”policy is in compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9003, or the Ecological SolidWaste Management Act of 2000. center_img “It is stated clearly under the lawthat this is segregation at source, which means the first person that will takecare the compliance is the barangay, Petierre claimed. For his part, Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran, head of the Solid Waste Action Team, reminded all village headsthat the Environment Management Board will issue a notice of violation tonon-compliant barangays. He added that they will review the Environment Code ofthe city in order to penalize violators./PN Those who will be caught notsupporting or uncooperative may face sanctions. last_img read more

first_imgBen Stokes blasted his eighth century and third against Australia.England levelled the five-match Ashes series 1-1.England were bowled out for 67 in their first innings. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img New Delhi: During the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, there were a lot of comparisons for the Pakistan cricket team when they were making progress. The progress of the Pakistan cricket team in 2019 was very similar to the one in the 1992 World Cup. After losing to West Indies, they defeated England and their next match against Sri Lanka was abandoned. After losing to Australia and India, Pakistan won their next games against South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh and it mirrored their success in 1992, where they won all their games after winning only one out of five games. The comparisons are back in cricket, this time for the Ashes contest. Ben Stokes’ brilliant, unbeaten 135 helped England secure a thrilling one-wicket win against Australia in Leeds. The comeback win for England is simply remarkable after they were bowled out for 67, the lowest total at home for the hosts in Ashes contest since 1948. England seemed to be down and out when they were reduced to 286/9 but Stokes shared a brilliant 76-run stand with Jack Leach for the final wicket as the hosts squared the series in style. Many social media users, cricket fans and other analysts are comparing Ben Stokes’ effort with that of Sir Ian Botham, who had blasted 149 and helped England revive their fortunes at the same venue in 1981. However, the comparisons go much deeper than that. In 1981, Australia had won the first Test in Trent Bridge by four wickets while the second Test in Lord’s ended in a tense draw. In the third Test, England were following on but Sir Ian Botham blasted 149 in the second innings and Bob Willis took 8/43 as England registered a remarkable 18-run win. England leveled the series 1-1 after three Tests.The progress in 2019 is eerily similar. Australia won the Edgbaston Test by 251 runs while the Lord’s Test ended in a thrilling draw with only four wicket remaining. In Leeds, Australia had almost retained the Ashes on England soil but a devastating knock from Stokes ensured England leveled the series in Headingley. In 1981, Botham produced remarkable all-round performances with both bat and ball to help England win the next two Tests and win the series 3-1. With Stokes having produced a knock of similar impact in Leeds, will England go for the kill against an Australia side which will be thoroughly deflated after the carnage in Leeds? last_img read more

first_imgNASA and SpoaceX will try again this weekend to put two American astronauts into orbit using an American rocket from American soil. This after yesterday’s launch was scrubbed at the last minute due to weather. It has to happen at exactly 3:22pm because it has to meet up with the International Space Station, but the forecast is not looking good for Saturday at 3:22 pm right now in fact they’re saying about a 40% chance of the weather being good enough for launch.If that doesn’t happen then SpaceX would look at a possible Sunday launch, if that doesn’t happen, they would consider a possible Tuesday launch.President Trump says he will return for take two of the historic blast off in Florida. Trump tweeted he’ll be back for the rescheduled launch, cancelled Wednesday because of the weather. Trump thanked NASA and SpaceX for “their hard work and leadership” and said he looks forward to being back Saturday.It will be the first time since 2011 that Americans are sent into space from U.S.last_img read more

first_imgFacebook5Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Center for the Performing ArtsThe 4th Annual CENTER Stage Awards & Gala will be held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, July 25, 2019. The event is a fundraiser for the Washington Center and an opportunity to celebrate local artists and supporters of the arts. “This year’s gala will have a mid-century modern feel,” says Jill Barnes, Executive Director. “Think Palm Springs or Mad Men season one.”In celebrating local arts, the gala features a selection of local groups who regularly perform at the Center and call the Center “home.” Barnes says, “We have such a depth of arts in our community, and we’re proud to be able to feature local performing artists during the gala. It’s an eye-opening display of how vast the cultural talent is here, and the gala is an opportunity for them to gain new audiences and appreciation.”During the gala, the Excellence in the Arts awards will be given to those whose work, support, and creativity help build a vibrant cultural community. This year’s Achievement in the Arts awards will be awarded to Jill Carter. Jill Carter is a consummate technical set design expert. Her work has appeared on many stages throughout the Pacific Northwest and around the world for over 20 years. “Her sets have transported artists and audiences to new places,” says Barnes. “She has made a successful career as an artist herself, and mentored countless youth and students.”This year’s Commitment to the Arts award will be awarded to R.L. Ray Violin Shop. R.L. Ray Violin Shop has been operating in Olympia since 1999. The artists at R.L. Ray are world-class craftsmen who make, maintain, and repair instruments, and their impact goes far beyond their business. The shop believes strongly in providing philanthropy through scholarships and organizational support. Barnes says, “The generosity of R.L. Ray Violin Shop has made it possible for students to attend music school, summer camps, master classes and more.”In addition to cocktail hour, full dinner, awards ceremony, live auction, and entertainment, this year’s fund-a-need will help raise money for the latest gold-standard audio equipment technology.Tickets are $125 per person through July 5 and are currently on sale at the Washington Center by calling 360-753-8586 during Box Office hours, or online 24-hours a day at www.washingtoncenter.org.last_img read more

first_imgBy John BurtonTRENTON – The Christie Administration announced it will be making $100 million in grants available to owners looking to elevate their homes, offering some protection from future storms.The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program’s elevation program will be available to homeowners in nine counties, including Monmouth, that were hit the hardest by Super Storm Sandy last October.Eligible homeowners could receive up to $30,000 in reimbursements to assist them, as raising homes could both lower the risk of future flood damage and reduce flood insurance premiums, according to the governor’s office.The program is using money the state has received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but FEMA registration is not required and there is no income requirement.The program is limited to homes located in the 100-year floodplain in the nine counties, but would exclude homeowners targeted for state’s Home Mitigation Grant Program acquisition program.Those interested in the program can apply online at www.renewjerseystronger.org; by phone at 1-855-SANDYHM (1-800-726-3946); or in person at a county housing recovery center, which in Monmouth County is located at 3 Paragon Way, Suite 50, Freehold.last_img read more

first_img The Basic Education Department’s General Household Survey 2010 indicated that 1% of female learners attending school fell pregnant in 2009/10, equating to approximately 89 390 girls. UNAids regional director and a member of the taskforce, Sheila Tlou, said the prevention of unplanned pregnancies and HIV infection in young girls should be a major priority of the South African government. “Keeping girls in school is the best thing we can do to reduce new infections among girls and women and help them to reach their potential,” she said. The taskforce noted how crimes of gender-based violence, including brutal hate crimes against the LGBTI community, and in particular the “corrective” rape of lesbians, created a climate of fear and drove communities underground, fuelling HIV infection. Shaban commended Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Lulu Xingwana for initiating the National Council against Gender-Based Violence and urged her department to strengthen the council’s capacity to fight gender-based violence as part of addressing HIV/Aids. “Our collective conscience as a nation must refuse to accept that women and girls continue to perish from preventable diseases as a result of our failure to place gender equality and women’s empowerment at the centre of our policies,” Xingwana said. The department’s Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, said the work done by the taskforce would help them to identify gaps and challenges, which would enable them to develop more effective intervention programmes. “Any programme aimed at addressing gender-based violence and HIV prevention must target men. We have a responsibility to mobilise, educate and empower men and ensure that they are part of the solution,” she said. Source: SANews.gov.za 29 October 2012 A United Nations high level taskforce on women, girls, gender equality and HIV for eastern and southern Africa has called for accelerated efforts in protecting the rights and well-being of women and girls in South Africa. The taskforce concluded its one-week high-level political advocacy mission in South Africa on Saturday. The taskforce was in the country to conduct a mid-term review. The Women, Children and People with Disabilities Department had invited the taskforce to do an independent assessment of South Africa, and to share its experiences on critical issues facing women and girls in the country, such as teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and sex work. Members of the taskforce met with South Africa’s political leadership, the United Nations in South Africa, civil society organisations and other stakeholders working on the HIV response. They also held discussions with networks of women, people living with HIV, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities as part of their assessment process.Reducing mother-to-child transmission Kenyan Minister of Gender, Children and Social Development and leader of the delegation, Naomi Shaban, applauded the South African government for its efforts in the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. “South Africa has done a commendable job in significantly reducing transmission of HIV from pregnant women to their new-borns, but more still needs to be done to keep mothers alive,” Shaban said. South Africa has seen a decrease in mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) from 3.5% in 2010 to 2.7% in 2011, and is well on its way to meeting the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV and Aids target of virtually eliminating MTCT by 2015. South Africa has also developed a programme with four outcome areas: increasing life expectancy; addressing maternal mortality, dealing with tuberculosis and HIV; and strengthening the health care system. The taskforce, however, noted that despite South Africa’s progress in the HIV response, women and girls remained disproportionately affected by the epidemic, with young girls – particularly teenagers – still vulnerable to unplanned pregnancy and HIV infection. ‘Keeping girls in school’last_img read more

first_imgArsenal aim to close Denis Suarez deal with Barcelona on Mondayby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hope to close a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on Monday.The 25-year-old is surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp, and is believed to be keen on a move to join the Gunners this month.According to Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, Emery will push for a deal that included an option to buy at the end of the season.He tweeted: “Arsenal is continuing to talk with Barcelona for Denis Suarez (agreement with Sanllehi).”Unai Emery has offered a transfer on loan with option to buy. Blaugrana prefers a permanent deal.”Monday there will be new contacts between Gunners and Barca.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: After almost tenth day of the dehydration, hunger and with the plummeting blood sugar level the eleven Jawaharlal Nehru University students, who had commenced a hunger strike on March 18 to get the Vice-Chancellor of JNU to listen to their demands over the arbitrary changes in the University’s admission policy, have called off their strike.Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) president N Sai Balaji made a statement among the large gathering of the students and J Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers Association (JNUTA), ” We called off the hunger strike now, on the condition that all the students will support us in getting rid Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderof this V-C and any other Mamidalas in other universities and this government that is enabling them,” However, JNUSU said that they intended to launch a stiff anti-BJP campaign ahead of the Lok Sabha poll in upcoming month to ensure that the existed government would be voted out of power. “We will march to Parliament and start a movement to defeat this government,” he added. He further added that the decision to call off the strike came after a concerted request on the part of the JNUTA’s Atul Sood who read out a declaration – a charter of demands made by the forum of the people of India and the government- ending with a call to end the strike. The decision had been mulled over for two days not, ever since worsening health parameters of the eleven students coincided with a stubbornness on the part of the VC to meet with them or pay heed to their demands. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMoreover, JNUTA in a reading of the Sabarmati declaration (Adopted by the JNUTA National Convention of Universities — ‘Shiksha, Samajik Nyay, aur Sangharsh’ on 27 March 2018), Professor Atul Sood placed the following points; “Public education must be publicly funded. Academic institutions are in a state of collapse. He added that we reject all these schemes and policies and at least 1.5 out of 6 pc of the GDP spent on education.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: The NIA has asked former PDP MLA Mir Aijaz to appear before it in New Delhi on April 12, officials said Tuesday, apparently in connection with the looting of eight weapons from his official residence in Srinagar by a special police officer in September last year. SPO Adil Bashir, a resident of Zainapora village of Shopian, had decamped with seven AK assault rifles of the personal security officers of the legislator from Wachi constituency in Shopian. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Immediately after the incident came to light, police registered a case and announced a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for any information leading to the arrest of the SPO. The National Investigation Agency has summoned the former legislator at its headquarters in Delhi on April 12, the officials said. The appointment of the SPO, who had fled with the weapons, is also under a cloud as investigations have showed that proper procedure was not followed in his case, officials have said.last_img read more