FTSE 100 dividends! I’d buy this 6.5% yield for my Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” FTSE 100 dividends! I’d buy this 6.5% yield for my Stocks and Shares ISA Image source: Getty Images. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address The FTSE 100 is still struggling for traction as global Covid-19 infections rise. It could continue to do so as Covid-19-related news flow rattles investor nerves. Despite this, though, SSE (LSE: SSE) is a share I’d happily load up on following the outbreak.I haven’t always taken a bullish stance on this particular utilities provider. The shocking erosion in its retail customer base long made it an unattractive pick despite its big dividend yields. But the sale of its battered retail arm to Ovo Energy earlier this year now makes it worthy of serious attention today.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…No Covid-19 effectLook, SSE isn’t a company without risk. The Covid-19 outbreak and its significant economic impact had had “no material impact” on the FTSE 100 colossus yet by late March, it said previously. It’s not necessarily a surprise given the ultra-defensive nature of its operations.SSE did warn, however, that it could change the timing of dividend payments should its businesses begin to struggle following the outbreak. It said that the decision would be made “in the long-term interests of the company.”The power play had also advised last month’s earnings would come in at the lower end of estimates for the then-outgoing financial year (to March 2020), even stripping out the coronavirus effect.Dividends maintained!As I say, though, March’s update underlined the robustness of SSE’s operations. Electricity is one of those essential commodities that individuals and business cannot do without. These are unprecedented times, sure, but it’d be a mistake to expect the Footsie firm’s earnings to suddenly fall off a cliff.This explains SSE’s decision to keep the five-year dividend plan it released almost two years ago up and running. Under the plans, annual payouts of 80p per share are slated for fiscal 2020 and 2021. As a consequence the blue chip’s forward yield sits at a mighty 6.5%. It’s a particularly impressive figure as dividends from other FTSE 100 firms fall like dominoes.A FTSE 100 starNow SSE hasn’t been immune to the share price washout of recent weeks. It has dropped 27% in value since the coronavirus panic stepped up several notches in late February. Other major utilities players like National Grid and Centrica have also fallen heavily.Why? Fears over their liquidity mixed with concerns over their ability to get credit. However, the boffins over at UBS believe that such fears are possibly being overplayed. They comment that “the strong liquidity position of the utilities… supports our view that the sector as a whole has been underperforming and should be behaving more defensively in the current market conditions.”What’s more, they comment that SSE has enough liquidity to meet its financing needs for the next year at least. It looks then like the market has overreacted in busily selling the electricity giant more recently. I’d take advantage of this by buying the business on its cheap forward price-to-earnings ratio of 13.4 times. And that gigantic dividend yield provides another great reason to pile in.center_img Royston Wild | Saturday, 18th April, 2020 | More on: SSE Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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The National Grid share price is down: should I buy it for my Stocks and Shares ISA?

first_img 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 21st January, 2021 | More on: NG Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!center_img 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. 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. The National Grid share price is down: should I buy it for my Stocks and Shares ISA? I always keep a list of shares I like the look of. And right now, I’m looking at potential buys for my Stocks and Shares ISA in 2021. I keep coming back to one key question: why do I not hold National Grid? The company repeatedly makes it onto my list of desirable dividend stocks. And the National Grid share price is down over the past 12 months, tempting me further.In fact, looking back further, National Grid shares have lost 15% over the past five years. And during that time, the company has been paying a progressive dividend. Between 2016 and 2020, the dividend grew by 12%. That’s nicely ahead of inflation. And as long as the dividends are increasing in real terms, I wouldn’t be too worried about the National Grid share price weakness. If the dividends continue to grow, I’d expect the share price to come back.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 think the company has a couple of key strengths (although there is a potential weakness growing). One is that it has a monopoly on energy distribution networks. Whoever is competing with the latest offers on electricity and gas prices, National Grid takes its cut.Visibility of earningsThe other key advantage is visibility. Few companies have such a clear view of their future streams of income than energy and utilities providers. This one also has a pretty good idea of its likely future expenditure. That enables it to pay a large proportion of its annual earnings out as dividends. And that reliability has surely been underpinning the National Grid share price for years.But I do see some potential downside coming from the growing move away from fossil fuels. It shouldn’t have any effect on its electricity network. The electricity still has to flow, whether it comes from coal, oil, wind turbines, or solar panels.But what about the gas network? There’s not going to be any solar gas entering the pipelines. And that part of the delivery network could become increasingly sidelined in the years ahead. Shifts away from gas and towards clean electricity may well be evened out. But decommissioning of gas networks and expansion of the electricity grid would cost money.National Grid share price supportSo would that take away from some of the cash available for dividends? And would any slowing of the firm’s progressive dividend policy damage the National Grid share price?I think I’m probably being a little pessimistic here. I can see our gas usage declining, but only relatively slowly. And I expect it will be at a fairly predictable rate, allowing National Grid plenty of time to make the necessary changes.So, I’m still seeing it as a good long-term ISA stock. And that’s especially true as I get older and move mainly towards investing for dividend income. On that front, dividend yields of better than 5% do make the National Grid share price look attractive.Will I actually buy any for my 2021 Stocks and Shares ISA? Well, it depends on what competing buying opportunities there are out there. And right now, with the stock market still weak, I do see plenty of potential buys. Still, National Grid makes it to my shortlist. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

A week in the life of a Sale Sharks academy player, Part One

first_img60 minutes trainingFood: WeetabixToastSalmon FajitasProtein ShakeTomato PastaGlass of MilkThursdayWe have an hour after school and the standard two to three hours of homework before a run through at Friday lunch. Friday night usually consists of a large meal of usually wholemeal pasta with a tomato sauce and chicken – this is usually eaten with my computer on the table, watching footage of our lineout in the Leicester match on my laptop whilst occasionally glancing at the plethora of Snapchat stories as my friends’ nights out are just beginning to start.Sport: School training 60 minutesFood: Weetabix and blueberriesBanana, milk and toastHam sandwichBagel and butterPasta CarbonaraFridaySport: Light run through 30 minutesFood: WeetabixHash browns and toastCheese sandwichBagel and cream cheesePasta, tomato sauce and chickenSaturdayFollowing a late start and my customary Weetabix breakfast, I had a relaxed drive in to Carrington before playing Worcester in a do-or-die match. Fortunately amends were made, and we managed to secure a convincing win against a talented Worcester side. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Sale Sharks SundayOutmuscled, outplayed, outclassed. We’ve just lost to Leicester, and playing against a Tuilagi and an Umaga is little consolation to the grim reality that Academy Finals Day at Allianz Park is looking ever increasingly unlikely. Ten kilos and four England caps lighter than my opposite man, it was a hard day at the office. Yet this is no office, and this isn’t a full-time job. Tomorrow the work starts in every sense of word – I need to get in the gym, start the recovery, and hand in a history essay – all by 11am. Combining the lives of a Premiership rugby academy player and a Sixth Form student taking four A-levels is not glamorous; the match was lost, the body is broken, but the grind must go on in all aspects of work in the morning.Sport: MatchPost-match Food: Roast Chicken, Vegetables, PotatoesMondayIt’s 6am. This Saturday against Worcester is the chance to make amends. The post-match pains are a regular thing, playing against those who are older, bigger, and more experienced, and with the state of my hip flexor as it is, standing up in the morning can be a struggle. Foam rolling will be the only relief. There is the standard pre-school panic as I try and spend my few spare minutes rolling out the hamstrings and getting a few exercises in my hip rehab program out of the way before quickly eating my usual breakfast, a tube of Weetabix.I’m in school for half seven and head straight for the bikes to try and get moving again – we’re cycling as a team to Sri Lanka over the next month to fundraise for our school rugby tour. Our first team coach allows me to miss training after school as is usually the case after a Sunday match, it’s a relief as my body is tired and a training session in this state would only be detrimental.Despite the brief respite, mocks are in two weeks and there’s little time to rest as I catch up with the homework from the weekend, finish the essay and get some revision in. Whilst I would love to make a start on gaining some of the much-needed mass, the body is too tired and the recovery time too short to fit in a heavy lifting session this week. It’s frustrating, knowing that many of my counterparts at rugby schools, AASE schools or even on full-time contracts are able to spend the majority of their days training without the added pressure of four A-Levels, and I could really do with a bulk now the season is coming to an end.Sport: Cycling in gymFood: Weetabix, Banana, BlueberriesHash Browns, ToastChicken Fillet, Potatoes, VegetablesBagel and cream cheeseChicken Breast, Roasted Vegetables, CouscousBanana BreadSchool run: Pozniak attacking for Manchester Grammar (pic by Eugene Pozniak)TuesdayTuesday brings similar challenges, however with a slightly more rejuvenated feel and a lighter spring in my step, I manage to fit in a gym session at lunchtime with the Firsts. Nutrition throughout the week is always tough, as I have to be up early I can’t prepare my meals for the day as would be ideal, but school lunches are usually substantial. The day will usually start with a tube of Weetabix with milk and some fruit; then pick up some toast, hash browns and a banana at break before grabbing some lunch in the school refectory. Then a snack before rugby, a protein shake if I go to the gym, and a large carb-based supper at home with plenty of protein and veg. Food is the biggest expense of my life by far. We’ve had folders full of sheets and hours of talks from Sale Sharks over the years about the benefits and necessity to eating and drinking well. I’d love to say I take it all into account all the time, and the vast majority of my meals are planned and reasonably healthy, but the odd pizza does occasionally slip by on a post-training cheat meal. As a teenager it’s easy (and I maintain necessary) to have a few brief and glorious moments off from training and strict nutrition.Sport: Gym at Lunchtime – back sessionFood: Weetabix, BananaApple, ToastHam and cheese baguette and bananaProtein ShakeChilli con CarneWednesday Today is probably the biggest physical challenge of my week: an hour and a half of school training in the afternoon, before driving myself in rush hour traffic to Carrington for three hours at Sale Sharks before coming home for 9pm. It’s taxing, but the school work is usually light on a Wednesday and I rarely leave work due in on Thursday until the night before.Sport: 90 minutes First Team rugby60 minutes gym at Salecenter_img The week was tough, and the work intense with mock exams around the corner; despite the challenges, all, however, was balanced, and I managed to make it through – topping the tackle count in the match and managing to get four essays written. Whilst the life may be not exactly glamorous, it is the one I’ve chosen and the one I love. Sacrifices have had to be made over the years – I’ve had to quit water polo and playing the piano in order to stay on top of my workload, and whilst I may miss them, holding on to regrets is a futile exercise.To find out more about best practices for grass-roots rugby, check out the Rugby Innovation Summit Charlie Pozniak is a 17 year old currently playing lock for Sale Sharks U18 in the Premiership Academy League. He is in Year 12 and studying four A-Levels at The Manchester Grammar School: Russian, History, Politics, and RS.last_img read more

Law amendment made to one of rugby’s quirkiest laws

first_imgTuesday May 12, 2020 Law amendment made to one of rugby’s quirkiest laws World Rugby has announced that, with immediate effect, it will no longer be possible to score a try by grounding the ball against the post protector.ADVERTISEMENTThe minor amendment to Law 8 was approved by the World Rugby Council during its special meeting held via teleconference today and follows a recommendation by the international federation’s Rugby Committee and specialist Laws Review Group.With defending players currently legally obliged to stay behind the goal-line and post-protector shape and size increasing for welfare reasons, it is increasingly difficult for teams to legally defend this area.In some extreme cases, post protectors have been lifted or moved by defending teams, leaving the posts exposed and therefore increasing the risk of injury.The amended law will now read: The post protector is no longer an extension of the goal-line and therefore Law 8.2 (a) will read: A try is scored when the attacking player is first to ground the ball in the opponents’ in-goal. World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “World Rugby’s mission is to make the game as simple, safe and enjoyable to play as possible. This law amendment reflects that mission.“By stipulating that an attacking team can no longer score against the post protector and therefore must ground the ball in-goal, this gives defending teams a fair chance of preventing a try from being scored.”ADVERTISEMENTMeanwhile, World Rugby continues to monitor evaluate ongoing closed law trials, which have been implemented with enhancing player welfare in mind. They will resume when rugby resumes.Initial feedback for the 50:22 and the below the waist tackle are encouraging, with the latter resulting in a three-fold decrease in injuries and a 60 per cent reduction in concussion in the French community game. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Paso Robles Residence / Aidlin Darling Design

first_img Berkeley Structural Design, Bill Lynch Manufacturers: Artemide, Atas International, Basalite, Benjamin Moore, Corian® Design, DuPont, Duravit, Fleetwood, IB Roof Systems, Kohler, Lightolier, Miele, Okalux, O’Keeffe’s, Subzero/Wolf, Toto, Acor, Amana, Hunza Outdoor Lighting, VALVO CopyHouses•Tustin, United States Architect In Charge:Joshua Aidlin, Peter Larsen, Michael PierryLandscape Design / Build:Madrone Landscape, Rick MathewsCity:TustinCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Matthew MillmanRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacText description provided by the architects. This rural home sits on an 80-acre agricultural site in California’s Central Coast wine region. From the plan layout to the assembly details, the building responds to the extreme climate of its desert locale, to the social dynamic of an extended family, and to the indoor-outdoor continuity of rural life.Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanThe making of the home is grounded in the primal act of masonry walling. Concrete block walls create the spatial, social, and ecological organization of the building. Masonry was chosen for its elemental presence, its link to historic building traditions, and its visual and textural harmony with the surrounding natural environment. These walls create the primary spaces of the home, defining private and public zones and anchoring them into the land. Their vectoral arrangement structures views outward, framing distant landmarks to provide orientation within the landscape, while their tough muscularity provides both physical and psychological shelter.Save this picture!Programmatic StrategiesThe design organizes domestic activity around the passage of the sun throughout the day, choreographing the quotidian rhythm of life on the land. This rhythm – and the plan of the building – is centered around a covered outdoor living and dining room, the heart of the home and the hub of family activity.Open interior living spaces adjoin the outdoor living zone, creating comfortable and casual gathering spaces for both the small nuclear family and larger extended-family groups. Removed from the primary living zone, intimate bedrooms offer privacy and retreat when desired, each with its own separate outdoor domain.Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanIn addition to creating an enjoyable rural retreat, the house was designed with ecological responsibility as a principal goal. Despite summer temperatures soaring to 115 degrees, the house was built without air conditioning. A combination of thermal mass, building orientation, shading devices, and intelligent ventilation (borrowing the “night cooling” concept from area wineries) allows a bright, open home that remains comfortable throughout the day and throughout the year. This energy-efficient performance allows solar photovoltaic and thermal panels to provide electricity, space heating, and hot water.Save this picture!© Matthew MillmanThe design team approached sustainability as more than simply a checklist of aggregated features.One of our guiding principles was the simultaneous performance of multiple functions by a single design element, achieving maximum benefit from minimal means. Beyond mere efficiency, this multiplicity ensures that each component is elemental and meaningful. Ecologically responsible decisions are integrated throughout the design, making sustainability a deeply-embedded and inseparable quality of the completed project.Save this picture!Master PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessBuenos Aires Contemporary Art Museum / MonoblockSelected ProjectsApplications Now Open for Harvard GSD’S $100,000 Traveling FellowshipArchitecture News Share Civil Engineer: Paso Robles Residence / Aidlin Darling DesignSave this projectSavePaso Robles Residence / Aidlin Darling Design Geo-West, Barak Miles Area:  2500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/468072/paso-robles-residence-aidlin-darling-design Clipboard Houses Projects “COPY” Structural Engineer: Semmes and Company Builders, Turko Semmes Photographs Year:  2010 Save this picture!© Matthew Millman+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/468072/paso-robles-residence-aidlin-darling-design Clipboard ArchDaily Paso Robles Residence / Aidlin Darling Design Architects: Aidlin Darling Design Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Matthew Millman Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project United States General Contractor: “COPY” CopyAbout this officeAidlin Darling DesignOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTustinUnited StatesPublished on January 21, 2014Cite: “Paso Robles Residence / Aidlin Darling Design” 21 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Fine WoodPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesCultural / SportsPENT FitnessFitness Equipment – BANKA™ Weight BenchSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in OfficesBricksFeldhaus KlinkerFacing Bricks – Waterstruck VascuWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for FurnitureCurtain WallsMetawellFacades – Aluminum Curtain WallsHeatingFocusFireplaces – PaxfocusPatios / TerracesGlas MarteGlass Pavilion – GM Pavillon360More products »Read commentsSave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! 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Stop the execution of Quintin Jones

first_imgQuintin JonesOn May 19, the State of Texas plans to execute a man who was 20 years old in 1999 when he committed a terrible crime. He killed his great-aunt Berthena Bryant so he could steal $30 from her to buy drugs. There is more one should know about Quintin Jones, however.Quintin Jones is a friend to many, including pen pals around the world and his dear friend in Houston, Angie Agapetus, who has visited him several times a month for 11 years. He is nephew to his great-aunt Mattie Long, the sister of the victim, and  twin brother to Benjamin Jones.Even before his trial and since then, Jones has expressed deep remorse for the killing; for a long time, he believed that he deserved to die for what he had done. He hated who he was as a youth and tried to commit suicide several times.Jones’ life was filled with violence, poverty, neglect, sexual abuse and drug addiction. His mother, struggling with addiction, continuously told him that she hated him. He left home at age 12 and stayed with relatives, including Long. Long and Bryant were best friends. Long had breakfast and lunch every day with her sister and took her to run errands.Today Jones’ great-aunt and his twin brother have long since forgiven him and both have pleaded for clemency.Friends appeal for clemencyA pen pal and friend, Suleika Jaouad, wrote in a May 10 opinion piece in the New York Times: “He entered at an unimaginable low, as lost as a soul can be. And through prayer, sobriety, reconciliation with his family and longstanding correspondence with pen pals, he has found a way to lead a meaningful life and even to enhance the lives of others. The victim’s family — who is also Quin’s family — has forgiven him. . . . He has transformed himself into a kind, decent, compassionate man.”In a letter to the editor of the Houston Chronicle, Agapetus wrote, “  . . . in 2018 Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued his only commutation of a death row sentence, for Thomas Whittaker, who is white, to life without parole in a case with some similarities to Jones’ case. Jones is Black. Whittaker was wealthy and arranged the killing of his mother, brother and father for inheritance. His father survived and requested clemency.”Whether Abbott will take into account the Black family of Jones, who is not upper-middle class and university educated, but who, like Whittaker’s family, has forgiven him, remains to be seen.In a video sent to the Texas governor, Jones’ plea is simple: “It took me years to forgive myself. Another thing that helped me out was my great-aunt, Aunt Mattie. It was her sister. So by her loving me enough to forgive me, it gave me the strength to try to do better and to want to do better. All I’m asking you to do, if you find it in your heart, Mr. Abbott, is to give me a second chance at life.”Long told CBS News reporter Omar Villafranca that she does not believe Jones should die. “I love him very much. I think the governor should spare him, because he has changed, and he’s a different person than he used to be,” she said. Long has regularly visited Jones on death row.Science has proven that young peoples’ brains do not fully develop until they are around 25 years of age. Youth are impulsive, prone to peer pressure and can’t grasp the long-term consequences of their actions.Agapetus, an activist with the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement, says she’s a nervous wreck waiting for the Texas Board of Pardons to decide if they will recommend clemency to the governor, and if they do, if the governor will follow their decision. “I believe he is a caring, matured and decent man. He is a different person than the person he was years ago. He is also ethical, intelligent and thoughtful.“Texas has five executions scheduled for 2021, but no one should be executed, whether they are innocent or guilty. The death penalty is dying, and Texas and the whole U.S. should abolish it now!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

“Independent journalism – a combat sport”

first_img Organisation The result of a visit to Sochi in mid-September, this report examines the methods of dependency and intimidation that induce most of the local media to censor themselves. It documents specific freedom of information violations, including journalist Nikolai Yarst’s detention. It also looks at the conditions in which the media will be operating during the games.This report, like the international communication campaign being launched today, is also intended to pay tribute to all those who help to maintain a degree of diversity and independence in the news and information available in this unwholesome environment.Economically precarious and subject to every kind of pressure, independent journalism is a combat and endurance sport. Those who practice it do so out of a strong personal sense of civic responsibility. They deserve our attention and support.Reporters Without Borders will wage its 2014 Sochi campaign until the games start on 7 February 2014. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.For more information, contact Johann Bihr, head of RWB Eastern Europe & Central Asia desk: +33 1 83 84 67, [email protected] News News Receive email alerts Reports May 21, 2021 Find out more October 8, 2013 – Updated on June 8, 2019 “Independent journalism – a combat sport” Help by sharing this information Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Today, the seventh anniversary of independent journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, the Sochi Winter Olympics torch began its journey across Russia, the longest of any host country in Olympic history. Reporters Without Borders has chosen this day to release a report about freedom of information in the region hosting these games. RSF_en Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

18,443 Asthmatics in Limerick urged to take precautions during the Beast…

first_imgWater levels continue to rise on River Shannon WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleMACE retailers from Limerick at Charleville meetingNext article​The Queen of the Circus to lead this year’s Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Met Éireann issues Status Orange weather warning for Limerick NewsHealth18,443 Asthmatics in Limerick urged to take precautions during the Beast from the EastBy Staff Reporter – February 27, 2018 4897 As the Beast from the East approaches The Asthma Society of Ireland is asking people affected by asthma to be conscious of the seasonal triggers that might worsen their asthma throughout the cold period.With 470,000 people affected, Ireland has the fourth highest prevalence of asthma worldwide. Approximately one person a week dies as a result of asthma, yet 90% of these deaths are preventable.Kevin Kelly, Advocacy and Communications Manager at the Asthma Society of Ireland commentedSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Fluctuating weather conditions, common colds, viral infections and flu can cause symptoms of asthma and can bring on an asthma attack, so it is important to use a reliever inhaler before going out on cold windy days and to wrap a scarf around your face to reduce the affect of the cold air.”For more information, visit www.asthma.ieMore about health here. Email Storm Jorge brings Orange Weather Warning this weekend Linkedincenter_img TAGSAsthma Society of Irelandbeast from the eastKevin Kellyweather RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Flood prevention measures continue across parts of Limerick Twitter Facebook Sunshine expected this weekend with temperatures of 20 degrees Dense fog around Limerick until midday Printlast_img read more

Washington Federal, Inc. Commences a Modified Dutch Auction Tender Offer to Repurchase up to…

first_img Twitter SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Washington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD) (“Washington Federal” or the “Company”) announced today that it has commenced a modified “Dutch auction” tender offer (the “Tender Offer”) to purchase for cash up to $290 million of its common stock (the “Common Stock”) at a price per share not less than $26.50 and not greater than $31.00, less any applicable withholding taxes and without interest, using proceeds from the Company’s recent depositary shares offering, which closed on February 8, 2021. The maximum purchase price of $31.00 represents an 11.75% premium over the 5-trading day Volume Weighted Average Price (VWAP). On February 8, 2021, the closing price of the Common Stock was $28.93 per share. The Tender Offer will expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of the day on March 9, 2021, unless extended or terminated. If the Tender Offer is fully subscribed, the Company will purchase between 9,354,838 shares and 10,943,396 shares, or between 12.3% and 14.4%, respectively, of the Company’s outstanding Common Stock. Any shares tendered may be withdrawn prior to expiration of the Tender Offer. Stockholders that do not wish to participate in the Tender Offer do not need to take any action. None of our directors or executive officers will tender any of their shares in the Tender Offer. A modified “Dutch auction” tender offer allows stockholders to indicate how many shares of Common Stock and at what price within the range described above they wish to tender their shares. Based on the number of shares tendered and the prices specified by the tendering stockholders, the Company will determine the lowest per-share price that will enable it to acquire up to $290.0 million of Common Stock. All shares accepted in the Tender Offer will be purchased at the same price even if tendered at a lower price. To tender shares of Common Stock, stockholders must follow the instructions described in the “Offer to Purchase” and the “Letter of Transmittal” that the Company is filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). These documents contain important information about the terms and conditions of the Tender Offer. The Tender Offer will not be contingent upon any minimum number of shares being tendered or any financing conditions. The Tender Offer will, however, be subject to other conditions, which will be disclosed in the Offer to Purchase. The Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) believes that a modified “Dutch auction” tender offer is an efficient mechanism that will provide all stockholders with the opportunity to tender all or a portion of their shares. The Board has authorized the Tender Offer. However, none of the Company, the Board, the dealer manager, the information agent, the depositary or any of their respective affiliates are making any recommendation to stockholders as to whether to tender or refrain from tendering their shares in the Tender Offer or as to the price at which stockholders may choose to tender their shares. No person is authorized to make any such recommendation. Stockholders must decide how many shares they will tender, if any, and the price within the stated range at which they will offer their shares for purchase. In doing so, stockholders should read carefully the information in, or incorporated by reference in, the Offer to Purchase and the Letter of Transmittal (as they may be amended or supplemented), including the purposes and effects of the Tender Offer. Stockholders are urged to discuss their decisions with their own tax advisors, financial advisors and/or brokers. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC is acting as dealer manager for the Tender Offer. The information agent for the Tender Offer is D.F. King & Co. Inc., and the depositary is American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC. The Offer to Purchase, the Letter of Transmittal and related documents will be mailed to registered holders. Beneficial holders will receive the Offer to Purchase and a communication from their bank, broker or custodian. For questions and information, please call the information agent toll-free at (800) 207-3159. Certain Information Regarding the Tender Offer The information in this press release describing the Tender Offer is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell shares of Common Stock in the Tender Offer. The Tender Offer is being made only pursuant to the Offer to Purchase and the related materials that the Company is filing with the SEC, and will distribute to its stockholders, as they may be amended or supplemented. Stockholders should read such Offer to Purchase and related materials carefully and in their entirety because they contain important information, including the various terms and conditions of the Tender Offer. Stockholders of the Company may obtain a free copy of the Tender Offer statement on Schedule TO, the Offer to Purchase and other documents that the Company is filing with the SEC from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Stockholders also will be able to obtain a copy of these documents, without charge, from D.F. King & Co. Inc., the information agent for the Tender Offer, toll free at (866) 856-3065 or Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC toll free at (800) 323-5678. Stockholders are urged to carefully read all of these materials prior to making any decision with respect to the Tender Offer. Stockholders and investors who have questions or need assistance may call D.F. King & Co. Inc. About Washington Federal Washington Federal, Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD) is the parent company of Washington Federal Bank, dba WaFd Bank (“WaFd Bank”), a national bank with business consisting primarily of accepting deposits from the general public and investing these funds in loans of various types, including first lien mortgages on single-family dwellings, construction loans, land acquisition and development loans, loans on multi-family, commercial real estate and other income producing properties, home equity loans and business loans. WaFd Bank also invests in certain United States government and agency obligations and other investments permitted by applicable laws and regulations. As of December 31, 2020, WaFd Bank has 234 branches located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Through WaFd Bank’s subsidiaries, Washington Federal is also engaged in insurance brokerage activities. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS The foregoing information should be read in conjunction with the financial statements, notes and other information contained in Washington Federal’s 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K. This press release contains statements about Washington Federal’s future that are not statements of historical fact. These statements are “forward looking statements” for purposes of applicable securities laws, and are based on current information and/or management’s good faith belief as to future events. The words “estimate,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” and similar expressions signify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve inherent risk and uncertainties, which change over time; and actual performance could differ materially from those anticipated by any forward-looking statements. In particular, any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting governmental and societal responses. Washington Federal undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005466/en/ CONTACT: Washington Federal, Inc. 425 Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98101 Brad Goode, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer 206-626-8178 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA IDAHO OREGON WASHINGTON UTAH NEW MEXICO TEXAS ARIZONA NEVADA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: FINANCE PUBLIC RELATIONS/INVESTOR RELATIONS BANKING COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Washington Federal, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Exclusive: Asylum seekers arriving to Donegal today

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – July 15, 2019 Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Previous articleOisin Orr steers Eadbhard to victory at FairyhouseNext articleDonegal beat Meath as McBrearty celebrates 100 appearances – Reaction News Highland It’s been confirmed that a total of 16 asylum seekers are arriving in Donegal today and are to be housed in Portsalon. It follows weeks of speculation that a number of people would be coming to the county however the exact location had not been disclosed.They are to be housed in emergency temporary accommodation on a six month basis in a property in the seaside village.Local Cllr Liam Blaney says it’s a remote location with little services available and he’s concerned that it may not provide a sufficient platform for integration:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/liamgfhgfhgfhasylm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twittercenter_img Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Exclusive: Asylum seekers arriving to Donegal today Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more