Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Andy Ross Andy Ross | Sunday, 28th June, 2020 | More on: NG RIO “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Andy Ross owns shares in National Grid. 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. 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! Most investors will know by now that many companies have cut their dividends as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. However, despite the doom and gloom there are FTSE 100 shares still paying a decent dividend. Given dividends play a big role in total returns for most investors I think it could be worth checking some of them out.A 6.8% dividend yield makes this share excitingThe first high yielding FTSE 100 share I’d think about buying is Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO). The company is clearly not without controversy, as shown by the recent furore over the blowing up of caves important to Aboriginal people in Australia. This may bring with it increased political pressure which could hold back the share price and pose a risk.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…On the point about risks, the growth of ESG investing, especially among the large institutional investors, perhaps has the potential to also hold back the share price. More so possibly in the future than has been the case in the past. However, fundamentally and longer-term I think the group is attractive from an investment point of view. Rio Tinto is a high margin business. Demand from China especially for iron ore seems unlikely to significantly fade, which should support the share price.Rio Tinto always carries some risk. It’s cyclical, which means the shares do fluctuate more than other FTSE 100 shares. But overall I think the yield, at 6.8%, makes it an attractive investment.A safe and steady 5% FTSE 100 dividend yieldNational Grid (LSE: NG) is a very different kind of share. It’s a defensive share so is less volatile. It’s earnings are regulated giving it much more visibility over its future income and allowing it to plan its capital expenditure. National Grid’s business is unlikely to deliver surprises either good or bad. This makes it well suited to providing income for investors; even more so in the uncertain times we’re currently in.The share price is up just a smidgen so far this year. This shows how the shares lack volatility. Despite the V-shaped recovery (so far) many other shares are still at least a little down on where they started 2020.For National Grid I think one of its strengths is that it operates in very stable markets. It has operations in the US and the UK. National Grid has been increasing operating profits in the US and I think that market has potential for more growth.With a 5% dividend yield, I think National Grid shares are a great buy for any investor’s portfolio. The payout is covered by earnings and has been steadily growing year-on-year, which I expect to continue.With demand for electricity not going away anytime soon, I think the shares provide one of the safest FTSE 100 dividend yields. I think other defensive shares also are well-suited to investors looking for income. 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The 90 minute debate was balanced, fair, and for the most part civil, something rare in the GM debate. Before the program began the audience was polled on their positions; the results were 32% in favor of GM, 30% against, and 38% undecided. Keep in mind this was held in NYC, where they have regulated the size of soft drinks and are trying to ban the use of horses to pull carriages. How To Win the GMO Debate By Gary Truitt – Dec 7, 2014 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Here are a few quotes that sum up the position against Biotechnology:“We have to look at the fact that there are still safety concerns about this technology, particularly about the long term effects. And that’s what the American Cancer Society says. Yes, the current products are safe, but the long-term concerns are still out there.” By Gary Truitt “Right now I think we have too much faith in genetic engineering, which as I said, has not — it really hasn’t proven itself except in one instance. So, I do think it’s important that we face that.” Previous articleWell saidNext articleThe Problems for Ag in Washington DC Gary Truitt Here are a few quotes that sum up the position in favor of Biotechnology:“As a parent, it’s my responsibility to use the best possible information to protect the health of my family and to determine what the scientific consensus is on technology. That is why my kids drink pasteurized milk and have had all of their childhood vaccinations. Sometimes the risks that concern people and the risks that kill people are entirely different. For too long, the debate over the merits of genetically modified food has focused on unrealized hypothetical risks and has been conflated with the use of pesticides.” A few weeks ago I wrote about how the current debate over biotechnology was not about science. I suggested that showing people the benefits of GMO technology would win their support. Just a week after that column was published, came a dramatic example of just that point. A group of New York City consumers, most of whom were opposed to biotechnology or at least undecided about it, overwhelmingly voted in support when shown the benefits. “I’d like to do is actually highlight what a vote against the motion really means, what it would be like to live in a world without GMO crops, what that would look like. First thing, there’d be a significant impact to the land. Without GMOs, farmers would need to dramatically increase their use of herbicides and insecticides. I estimate it to be about 100 million pounds added to the environment each year. Second, since GMOs improved yields and helped farmers deliver more food, in their absence means we’re going to have to farm more land. And you know, it’s going to take about 120 million acres more land to just keep where we are today. That’s about one California or four New York states.” On December 3, Intelligence Squared US, an organization that hosts public debates on significant issues, held a debate on biotechnology in New York City. The question before the audience was “Should We Genetically Modify Food?” Presenting the case for biotechnology was Robert Fraley, the chief technology officer at Monsanto and literally one of the original inventors of GM crops. With him was Alison Van Eenennaam, a specialist in animal science at UC Davis. Opposing biotechnology was Chuck Benbrook, a professor at Washington State and an outspoken opponent of biotechnology, and Margaret Mellon, with the Union of Concerned Scientists. SHARE As you can see those supporting GM crops focused on the benefits of the technology or the reality of the costs of not using the technology. Those against relied on fear of what we might not know about technology that has been in use for over30 years. In the end, when the audience voted again, 60% said they favored GM foods and 31% were opposed. When we get beyond the science and the fear mongering and show consumers why biotechnology is important, they will support it. Another important point made in the debate that all sides agreed on is that GM use in food production is safe but not perfect. It is also not the entire answer to world food security. The debate over GM crops is not an either or debate. So let’s stop wasting time and resources on this argument and focus on how to apply the appropriate technology in specific situations to produce food security, safety, and sustainability for all the people of the world today and into the future. SHARE Home Commentary How To Win the GMO Debate
52 Views no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share Logo of Emancipation Celebrations 2011. Photo credit: dominicalitfest.comSound Engineer of the Swinging Stars Band Marcel Cruickshank was among the awardees who received the Golden Drum Awards last night.Cruickshank has been involved in sound engineering for over 40 years and also provides advice and assistance to many young, upcoming bands.The other Golden Drum Awardees were Paulette Prosper for over 35 years of service as a Church Pianist, Derrick ‘De Hunter’ St. Rose, for over 25 years service in the development and promotion of the calypso art form and Davis Marceline for over 40 years of preserving the traditional art of storytelling.Meantime Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence while addressing the ceremony at the Arawak House of Culture says culture must continue to play an important role in Dominica’s development.Lawrence says there is a need for continued support for the further development and continuation of our culture.Special Recognition Awards were also presented to Davidson ‘Observer’ Victor, and Cecil ‘Checker’ Burnett for the promotion of calypso, Julian L. Benjamin for consistent involvement in the performing arts, Marcia Baptiste for Carnival Queen Pageantry, and Sakis for the preservation and promotion of Carnival Arts.Dominica Vibes News Share Share LocalNews Golden Drum Awardees told culture must continue to be pivotal in Dominica’s development. by: – July 28, 2011
Polly Jane (Hall) Bowles, age 92 of W. Harrison, IN, born March 19, 1923 went to be with her Lord February 23, 2016. She was born in Booneville, KY, the daughter of Rhodes Depsi Greene Hall. She was united in marriage with Clarence Elliot Bowles on April 20, 1940 in Newport, KY. Mrs. Bowles was a founding member of the West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle in W. Harrison, IN.She is survived by her children Audie Bowles (Martha) of W. Harrison, IN, Donna J. Bowling (Hobert) of W. Harrison, IN, Rhonda F. Hicks (Wade) of W. Harrison, IN and Allen Keith Hall (Julie) of St. Leon, IN. She will be missed by 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her beloved sister Beulah Caudill (Henry) of Bright, IN and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, beloved stepmother Easter Turner Hall, brothers Hobert, Clint, Harvey, Rhodes Jr., Clovis & Carl and sisters, Chlora, Eva, Katherine & Nan.Visitation will be Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 4-8pm at Jackman Kercheval Meyers Funeral Home, Harrison,OH. Funeral Services will be Friday, February 26, 2016 at 11:00 AM at West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle with Rev. Wade Hicks & Rev. Hobert Bowling officiating. Burial will immediately follow services at Glen Haven Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to West Harrison Pentecostal Tabernacle c/o the funeral home. Online condolences at www. jkmfuneralhome.com
Our hearts are broken by the sudden passing of Brandon Adams. He was a tremendous teammate and friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. https://t.co/bNXgnwwu03 pic.twitter.com/LaZlicpnEg— Georgia Tech Sports (@GTAthletics) March 24, 2019“On behalf of the entire Georgia Tech athletics family, I offer my deepest condolences to Brandon’s family and friends, including his past and present coaches, and his brothers in the Georgia Tech football family,” Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said.Adams, originally from Brentwood, Tennessee, is survived by his mother, Lisa Greer, his stepfather, Reginald Woods, and his sister, Rian. Georgia Tech defensive tackle Brandon Adams died Saturday in Atlanta, the university announced Sunday. He was 21.The school did not disclose information about Adams’ death. “Our entire Georgia Tech football family is heartbroken by the news of Brandon’s passing,” coach Geoff Collins said in a press release. “In the short time that I have had the privilege and honor of knowing Brandon, I admired and respected him, first and foremost as a terrific human being, but also as an outstanding teammate and leader.”A rising senior majoring in business administration, Adams played in 33 games over three seasons with Georgia Tech where he recorded 41 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and forced two fumbles. He posted career-high season totals with 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and two forced fumbles in 13 games last season.
The CDC has officially released guidelines schools K-12 should follow in order to reopen in the fall.Keeping desk at least 6-feet apart (when possible)and in the same direction, sitting students on the same side of tables but six feet apart, installing sneeze guards and barriers in areas social distancing is not available, and mask for all staff members and students over the age of 2-years-old are just some of the regulations schools are expected to put in place.The CDC also recommends that a staff nurse be designated as the point person to deal with COVID-19 concerns.While some schools have opted to reopen their doors to students and staff, other schools have decided to continue with virtual education for the time being.To see the full list of recommendations from the CDC , click here.
“I think we struck a good balance,” Taikina replied, concerning the plan’s changes.But it appeared to be of no avail. Board Chairwoman Joan Jay continued to object to the two exits onto River Road, as she and other board members said they would like to see traffic leave by way of Cedar. “There’s too many kids in that specific area,” feared Jay.Board member Jacob Rue felt the brick structure with stone accents, spoke to chain business styling, with Investors’ banks all looking the same. Rue made the comparison to McDonald’s golden arches and felt that uniformity wasn’t in keeping with the town’s character.Board member James Ingle agreed with Rue, believing “design-wise, it’s way off the palette.”“I think it’s a great looking building,” Taikina countered. By John BurtonFAIR HAVEN – It’s back to the drawing board for M&M Realty Partners, seeking additional time for its proposal to build an Investors Bank branch on River Road.Faced with a skeptical Planning Board and a possible denial of the proposal on Tuesday evening, John E. Taikina, director of real estate development for M&M, requested the board adjourn his application for at least 60 days to give the developers an opportunity to re-evaluate the proposal or other options for the site.Taikina faced a board that continued to express concerns over the plan to construct an approximately 2,700-square-foot Investors Bank branch with drive-thru windows on the site of a former Sunoco gas station, at 626 River Road, on the corner of Cedar Avenue.When the planning board began hearing this application on May 10, its first formal hearing on the bank proposal, board members had voiced concerns over the building’s design and with possible safety considerations for traffic entering and departing the bank.In response to those comments, the developer had tinkered with the plan, providing additional landscaping along the property buffer, scaling back lighting, having a lower fence, reduced to 3 1⁄2 feet from the original 6-foot, and moving the placement of the trash dumpsters. He further explained this is the style Investors has adopted around the state with the bank standing firm on the design – as well as with the exit onto River Road – putting him “in a box,” with no maneuver room on those issues.M&M Realty Partners, Rivers Edge, is the contract purchaser of the former Sunoco and now vacant site, with hopes of leasing the space to Investors Bank, Taikina said after the hearing adjourned.Taikina let his frustration show when addressing the planning board. “I’m asking you to tell me what you want and we can work with it,” he said. “Don’t just tell me you don’t like it.”With little wiggle room for Taikina and a board seeming to stand steadfast on these issues, Taikina asked for and received the adjournment for now.But Taikina informed the planning board “If it’s not a bank, it changes our whole thinking.” He suggested the next plan could be a restaurant with outside dining or a retail space, something that maybe more intensive of a use. “If it’s not a bank,” he again said, “it’ll be more.”“I think a planner of your skill will come back to dazzle us,” said Board member Peter Lucas.
The Trinity Western University Spartans snapped a historic British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) streak on Friday night, scoring a 6-1 victory over the Selkirk College Saints to secure the semi-final series sweep.The Saints entered the BCIHL post-season with four straight championship titles and looking to complete a fifth.The Spartans put a kink in the plan Thursday night when they opened the series with a 4-1 win at Langley’s George Preston Recreation Centre and followed it up with the series clincher the next night.“Obviously everyone involved is disappointed in the outcome,” says Saints head coach Brent Heaven.“Expectations were very high this year and we were hoping to pull off the fifth straight championship. With all the adversity we faced this year — losing players to injury and other issues — it just made it really difficult. We were hoping to peak at the right time, but we just couldn’t get the puck in the net and had a really tough time keeping it out of our net this last weekend.”On Friday night, Trinity Western got off to a fast start with three unanswered goals in the first period. Despite out-shooting the Spartans in the second and third period, the Saints could not mount a comeback.Rookie forward Jack Mills scored early in the third period that saw the Saints fire 18 shots at Trinity Western goaltender Silas Matthys.Needing a win to stay alive, the Saints managed 17 shots in the first period of Game Two, but still found themselves behind 1-0 after 20 minutes. Five minutes into the second period, Dane Feeney scored for the Saints to make the score 2-1. The Spartans responded with four straight goals, three of them on the powerplay, to secure the series win.“It’s humbling and upsetting,” Heaven says of the mood in the dressing room after the Game Two loss.“There are good chunk of guys in that room who will be graduating from the program and it’s an emotional time for those players. For some it is the end of their competitive hockey career and they have been playing hockey since they were four or five years old. They have spent a lot of their lives on the ice and being part of a team… for it to end abruptly like that, it’s going to take some time for that to set in.”After dominating the BCIHL over the previous four seasons, the Saints had a challenging 2016-2017 season. The biggest blow came early in the new year when prodigious scorer Dallas Calvin was lost with a season-ending injury.The Saints ended up finishing third in the regular season standings (14-9-0-1) and for the first time in five seasons did not host a semi-final series at the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex. “Every season is completely different, but nothing can ever be expected like this,” Heaven says of the adversity.“It was a tough year for us, but the guys really battled hard and there was a compete level that you take a lot of pride in. There’s a box that didn’t get checked off at the end of the year, and it’s something that we are going to re-focus on our energies on for the season coming up. But I’m proud of these guys, proud of the way they competed and handled themselves as men. The direction they are all moving in their personal lives is positive.”Players will now focus their energy on the final weeks of school and the coaching staff will continue the ongoing process of recruiting new student athletes to the program. With almost half of the team expected to graduate — including third-year forwards Ryan Edwards, Tyler Kerner, Alex Milligan, Mitch Rosko and Matt Martin — the emphasis will be on bolstering the offense.“We will continue to focus on building a strong program with character individuals,” says Heaven, who completed his second season as head coach.“We’ll take a look back at the season and see where it differed from years previous. We will see what we need to do to rectify those issues and bring in a competitive group for next year.”The BCIHL final will feature Trinity Western University and the University of Victoria, the latter pulling off the upset of first-place Simon Fraser University last weekend.Trinity Western University features Lucas Hildebrand and Stefan Gonzales, both former Saints who helped Selkirk College win championships.
Producing consistent results in sales is difficult. Opportunities can die due to reasons beyond your control. You can lose deals that you expected to win. And some deals may not turn out to be as good as you expected them to be.One of the main reasons you produce inconsistent sales results has nothing to do with any of the reasons listed above. It has to do with a lack of prospecting.Consistency Is KeyHere are some easy numbers with which to illustrate this point and that you can model.Let’s say you schedule 3 new sales calls with prospective customers in week one. In week two or three—if you have gained the commitment you needed during these sales calls—you should have 2 or 3 future sales calls already on the books.In week two, you schedule another 3 new sales calls. Plus, you already have a couple sales calls from week one. If you schedule you next meeting before you leave these sales calls, you will have banked 2 or 3 more calls for week three or week four.In week three, you are consistent enough with your prospecting to schedule 3 more sales calls. You already have 4 to 6 other sales calls to make on the prospects that you had a first call with during weeks one and two. You are gaining momentum. You get the idea that the sales calls you make in one week are future sales calls.At some point (let’s assume a 90-day sales cycle), you start producing consistent wins. You might not have a new win every week, but they do start piling up because you have been so consistent about prospecting, gaining commitments, and following your sales process.How to Dig Yourself Into a Massive HoleSalespeople that take days off of prospecting often end up taking weeks off. One week turns into two weeks, and two weeks turns into months of no prospecting. The guilty parties who take time off from prospecting are often salespeople who create big opportunities and sit on them like a mother hen waiting for them to hatch, overconfident that they will win and doing no prospecting in the meantime.Because no prospecting was done in one week, there are no 2nd appointments in week two. The failure to prospect in week two means that there are no new sales calls and no 2nd calls on prospects in week three. At the 90-day mark, there are no new clients being won because no prospecting was done a few months early. Not prospecting for weeks and months is how you dig yourself a deep hole from which it is damn near impossible to extricate yourself.It’s the law of the farm. You plant in spring, and you reap in fall. The law is unforgiving and punishes those who don’t follow it, even when they are ignorant of the law.The reason you produce inconsistent sales results is because you are inconsistent in your prospecting. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now
Dharamsala: Former South Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener feels that a phenomenal talent like Rishabh Pant will do well to learn from others’ mistakes rather than make his own in a bid to become more consistent for India in near future. An average of 22.90 in ODIs and 21.57 in T20s doesn’t do justice to the kind of talent the flamboyant left-hander possesses and his impetuous shot selection is an indication that he is getting ahead of himself, feels the 48-year-old Klusener. “It would hard for me to pinpoint but with a phenomenal talent like that, one always tends to get a bit ahead of himself,” Klusener, who is currently in India as the white ball batting coach of the South African team, said during an interaction. Klusener has seen a bit of Pant when he was roped in as Delhi senior team’s white ball consultant last year. “He needs to give himself time to get in and that bit of time will allow him to showcase his talent,” said Klusener, who played 49 Tests and 171 ODIs for the Proteas. While people believe that a player learns most from his own mistakes, Klusener has a different take on the matter. He believes it is more beneficial if the player manages to learn from others’ follies. “What gets you ahead in international cricket is learning from others’ mistakes rather than making your own mistakes along the way and learning,” he said. “I will tell you why. You can learn from your own mistakes but it will take a lot more time to realise, correct and become a better player using that process. If you look at mistakes others are making, you will learn quickly and thus improve fast,” said Klusener. The 1999 World Cup’s Player of the Tournament also believes that it would be great if Pant can soak in advice from all the great seniors in the Indian set-up. “It’s wonderful to have the talent like Rishabh in the twilight years of MS Dhoni’s career. From an Indian point of view, maybe they should try and get him to contribute more.” “He has some wonderful coaches and players around him so take their advice but at the same time don’t curb your natural talent,” advised Klusener. He, along with Jacques Kallis and England’s Andrew Flintoff, belonged to a generation of pure all-rounders (pace bowling) with Ben Stokes carrying the baton among the current crop of players.