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Why I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 defensive shares today

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Why I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 defensive shares today Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Manika Premsingh | Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 | More on: HIK ULVR “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. It is not like I am expecting a recession or even a slowdown. But I do think that it is a good idea to allocate a proportion of my stock investing portfolio to FTSE 100 defensives or safe shares. Why buy FTSE 100 defensivesThe reason is that economic growth happens in cycles. This means that we should always be prepared for the next phase, and that includes downturns. Moreover, sometimes these come about unpredictably, as we saw last year. 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…The FTSE 100 index has a number of high-quality defensives to choose from, ranging across sectors from healthcare to technology, that I can choose from today. Here are two of them:#1. Hikma Pharmaceuticals: robust healthAfter touching all-time highs in October, drug manufacturer Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE: HIK) has now seen a share price fall of 18%. But going by its results, I think that the manufacturer of Covid-19 medication is due for another share price rally. For the full year 2020, the company saw a 23% increase in operating profit and its revenues increased as well. It expects to continue making progress in 2021 too. A small positive in buying the share is also its dividend payouts. It has a yield of 1.6%, but it is increasing its dividends. The flipside here is that its reported earnings per share (EPS) fell by 9% in the year. To me, this makes further increases in dividends unlikely.Also, I think this FTSE 100 share could take its time to start rising from here. Defensives or safe stocks are less attractive to investors now, as the economic outlook improves. For the long-term, though, it is a buy for me. #2. Unilever: back to market crash levelsThe consumer staples’ giant Unilever (LSE: ULVR) saw a sharp share price fall early last month after it reported an underwhelming set of financials. Both the company’s revenues and profits fell.Going by the company’s past resilience however, I see this more as a blip than the start of a trend. This is even more so now that the economy will recover in 2021. Importantly, for income investors the 1% decline in its EPS was disappointing too. The Unilever stock did not have a high dividend yield in the past. But after the hit to dividends across the board in 2020, it does look relatively more attractive from the income perspective. It has a yield of 3.6% now, which I think is alright compared to many others. The risk to Unilever is that of a slow recovery or if cost pressures mount.Another poor year for the UK’s consumer giant will tell further on its share price. Investors have made their disappointment with the latest results amply clear already. In the weeks following the results, its share price dropped to the levels seen during last year’s stock market crash. The FTSE 100 share has started recovering since, and I am optimistic about its prospects on balance.  Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Unilever. 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.center_img 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 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

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Gang member gets 30 years for murder of journalist in 2004

first_img News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Dominican Republic Hostile climate for Dominican media since start of 2015 May 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gang member gets 30 years for murder of journalist in 2004 September 22, 2014 Find out more Journalists wounded while covering street clashes in Santo Domingo Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders today said it was horrified by the fatal shooting of Listín Diario correspondent Juan Andújar by a criminal gang on 14 September in Azua, a town 120 km east of the capital, and called on the authorities to move quickly to bring those responsible to justice. Help by sharing this information Dominican RepublicAmericas Edri Vladimir “Vla” Pujols, a member of a gang known as Los Zayayines, was sentenced on 2 May 2007 to 30 years in prison for the 2004 murder of Juan Andújar, a correspondent of the daily Listín Diario. He was also ordered to pay the equivalent of 30,000 euros in compensation to another journalist, Jorge Luis Senció, who had to have an arm amputated after being attacked by Pujols because he witnessed the murder.Fellow gang-member Juan Ricardo Muños Herrera was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of 7,000 euros for conspiracy. The court said it could not try a third member of the gang, Maikel Bienvenido Agramonte, because he was a minor at the time. His case will be transferred to a court for minors.Pujols and other members Los Zayayines were previously arrested several times in 2001 and 2002 in connection with other crimes but until now they had always been released by the courts.—————————————————-31.03.06 – Arrest of suspected killers of Juan Andújar Reporters Without Borders notes the arrest of one of the suspects in the 14 September 2004 murder of Juan Andújar, correspondent for the daily Listín Diario, in Azua, 120 kilometres east of Santo Domingo.Vladimir Pujols, known as “Vla” was picked up overnight on 29-30 March in San José de Ocoa province in the east of the country. His alleged accomplice, Tejada Filpo, died in an exchange of fire with police shortly after the murder.Vladimir Pujols is the leader of “Los Zayayines”, a criminal gang which has carried out a number of attacks on journalists, who, like Juan Andújar, investigated their illegal activities in the region. Police chief, Bernardo Santana Paez, said there have been many previous unsuccessful operations against Pujols, who now faces up to 30 years in prison.____________________________________________________16.03.04 – Gang guns down newspaper correspondent Reporters Without Borders today said it was horrified by the fatal shooting of Listín Diario correspondent Juan Andújar by a criminal gang on 14 September in Azua, a town 120 km east of the capital, and called on the authorities to move quickly to bring those responsible to justice.”We are very worried by the increase in violence in the area and its effect on press freedom, and we urge you to do everything possible ensure that the killers are arrested and brought to trial,” the organisation said in a letter to interior minister Franklin Almeyda Rancier.”As all of the press in this area seems to be threatened by these gunmen, we also call on you to provide protection to all journalists who request it,” the letter added.Andújar was shot in the head as he left Radio Azua, where he had just presented his regular news programme. The station said the gunmen knew who they were killing because they called out his name before shooting. A fellow journalist who was with him, (Jorge Luis Sención of Radio Enriquillo, was shot in the left arm, which had to be amputated.The gang member who fired the shots has been identified as Vladimir Pujols. Four members of his gang had been killed earlier that day in a shootout with the police. The police arrested another member of the gang last night.Radio Azua said that, shortly before Andújar was gunned down, it received a phone call from the gang warning that all of the town’s journalists were going to be killed. Other news media received similar messages and several journalists had taken refuge in the police station. They included the correspondent of the El Nacional newspaper, Juan Sánchez, who received more threats than anyone else and who has been given police protection.All of the targeted journalists had criticised the criminal activities of the gangs operating in the area. “You cannot live here any more,” one Radio Azua journalist told Reporters Without Borders by telephone.Aged 49, Andújar had been a journalist for more than 20 years. He was also active in local peace and environmental groups. News RSF_en June 25, 2015 Find out more Dominican Republic: News presenter and producer gunned down in mid-broadcast News News February 15, 2017 Find out more Dominican RepublicAmericas last_img read more

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Grand opening of Wolverine’s third credit union coming soon

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Another business recently popped up at a new location. Wolverine State Credit Union recently opened a new branch in Oscoda Township.A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place May 2 at 9 a.m. for the grand opening event. The celebration will continue until 5 p.m. with food and refreshments provided for all who attend. The Oscoda–AuSable Chamber of Commerce will commence with free give–a–ways every hour.CEO Nick Montie said the Oscoda branch is Wolverine’s third building location. The others are located here in Alpena on Bagley and Chisholm streets.“We feel that opening a location outside of the community is a great way for us to really expand Wolverine State Credit Union outside our traditional geographic location,” said Montie.  “We realize there’s a unique opportunity in the Oscoda community. There have been a couple financial institutions that pulled out over the last couple years and there are some looking at lessening their current presence.”Montie said Wolverine is ready to grow in that community.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Gas prices up another 5 cents this weekNext Photo of the Day for Monday, April 8last_img read more

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Borough Explores More Ways to Sell Beach Badges

first_imgBy Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – In an effort to accommodate its beachgoers, most of whom live out of town, the borough will offer sales of half-price passes for the 2017 season on four Saturdays, from Dec 1 through March 31.Previously, the bargain prices for the passes were available only on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.“People should not have to take a day off to get a beach pass,” said Borough Clerk Christine Pfeiffer.Last summer, 70,752 beachgoers visited the town’s beach. “We get the overflow from Sandy Hook,” Pfeiffer said.Passes will be sold 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Borough Hall on December 17, January 21, February 18 and March 18. The cost of regular beach passes will be priced at $100, the same as last season. But there is a 50 percent discount for patrons 16 through 64 when purchased between Dec. 1 and March 31.Those 65 years and older or disabled pay a discounted rate of $35 at all times.There is no fee for children under 11 or for active military personnel or their family members. Locker rentals will cost $250.Costs for going to the beach in the town jumped sharply last year when the borough installed a metered parking system costing a dollar an hour, in parking lots that had long been free. The borough is exploring the idea of an electronic beach badge system which will allow visitors to purchase season, daily or special entrance passes with a mobile device, such as a smart phone. Users can flash the beach badge from their mobile phones when necessary. Similar systems are in use at Manaquan and Asbury Park.Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said that there would be no cost to the town for the use of the service but users would pay a small fee.last_img read more

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‘NEC Should Axe Code of Conduct Clause’

first_imgThe Governance Commission (GC) has made a strong recommendation to the National Elections Commission (NEC) to declare the Code of Conduct’s exclusion rule inapplicable.The GC made reference to Part V Sections 5.1 and 5.2 of the Code of Conduct that seek to exclude from candidacy, high officials of the Executive Branch of government, who did not resign from their positions at least three years prior to the holding of elections. The GC said its recommendation was made in view of the doubts about the constitutionality of the provision, as it is now under challenge and the disruptive effect its enforcement will have on the October 2017 elections, and recommended that “the provision should be considered inapplicable to the presidential and legislative elections in the same manner and spirit the 10-year constitutional provision was considered inapplicable to the 2005 and 2011 elections.”In 2009, the Executive Branch of Government submitted a bill – the Code of Conduct – to the Legislature for passage into law, prescribing the activities of public officials. The Code of Conduct, after languishing at the Capitol for nearly five years, was ratified by the lawmakers and signed by the President. It took effect as of 2014, and is referred to as the Code of Conduct 2014.The GC’s recommendation on the Code of Conduct was just one of several made to the government in its Annual Governance Report (2016), presented last week to the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The Code The completion of the Code of Conduct raised a storm, because of its decision that government officials interested in contesting for public office should resign three years before the elections. It also received huge public commendations, citing provisions regarding the conduct of public officials, who many see flouting the laws.The 3-year clause was challenged by some civil society organizations; but the Supreme Court could not hear the case, suggesting that those who were affected should rather come to court and make their case.While the argument was on, former Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan announced his resignation, stating his decision was in line with the provisions of the Code of Conduct on the exclusion rule.At the time, former Executive Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia Dr. J. Mills Jones had toured the country providing to locals with access to finance to build their businesses in an arrangement that received public support. However, politicians denounced him, claiming he had political ambitions, seeing the exercise as an effort to win the people to his side.Therefore, many political hawks saw Dr. Jones’s passionate provision of financial access to the people as an undue advantage to endear himself to the people. However, sources said that providing access to loans to poor Liberians was part of the Central Bank’s policy that was not explored to benefit the people during previous administrations.The situation seemed to have been given a cold shoulder until the GC raised it and suggested that the portion that raised eyebrows should be declared ‘inapplicable.’The GC, in additional recommendations, said the NEC must align its process of certification of political candidates with decisions from the Supreme Court. The GC said early certification of candidates led to the filing of numerous writs of prohibitions and the exacerbation of tension, confusion and negative aspersions on the electoral system.“The Supreme Court and the NEC would do well to ensure expeditious and properly aligned processes of the court ruling and NEC’s certification,” the GC said.It suggested to the government that preparing for referendum on Constitution amendment propositions should be adopted by the Legislature before the end of the 2017 legislative session.“The NEC will do well to begin the process of preparing for a referendum on the propositions, including the mobilization of financial and material support early in 2018, following the 2017 elections,” it said.It also recommended, among other things, that the NEC and the Legislature should note that while the Constitution is said to be ambiguous about the holding of municipal elections, it is clear about the requirement to hold chieftaincy elections, adding that the Constitutional grounding of Liberia’s electoral democracy is incomplete as at now, without addressing electoral requirements at local levels of governance.The GC suggested that the challenge should be joined by the NEC following the October polls.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Real Madrid beats Manchester United 2-1 to win Super Cup

first_imgReal Madrid’s Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas (C) holds the trophy after winning the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid and Manchester United on August 8, 2017, at the Philip II Arena in Skopje. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFSKOPJE, Macedonia — Real Madrid eased to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to win the Super Cup on Tuesday, with goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco.Cristiano Ronaldo watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United Cup on a hot night.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Casemiro hit the bar with a header and fired a shot over the top before scoring in the 24th minute. The Brazilian slid in for a left-foot finish, served up by Dani Carvajal.Isco extended the lead for Zinedine Zidane’s European champions with a shot in the 52nd, after Gareth Bale helped him run through United’s defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMaking amends for an earlier miss, United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku made it 2-1 in the 62nd, beating Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had blocked a powerful shot from Nemanja Matic.“Key to winning this game was two things we do well,” Zidane said. “We hold and control well, and we finish our chances at the right moment. “The second half was not great, but the first half was spectacular. We have talented players who want to win every challenge. That how they want to grow as players.”The players needed two cooling breaks to cope with temperatures of 32C (90 F) that led to three spectators being taken to hospital.The Super Cup pitches the previous season’s Champions League winners against the Europa League holders.It was Zidane’s second consecutive Super Cup title. For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was a third failed attempt to add the trophy to his collection.United matched Madrid for pace but lacked the finish to turn the match around. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who regularly burst forward, and substitute Marcus Rashford provided much of United’s threat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both Rashford and Paul Pogba missed glaring second-half chances, failing to score with Navas at their mercy.The game was watched by former United coaching great Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo went on after the 80th minute and had little chance to make an impact as Madrid closed down its opponents.Moments before the final whistle, a shirtless fan ran onto the pitch and was wrestled to the ground by stewards.More than 2,500 police officers were on duty for the game in the tiny Balkan country. Four people were arrested, accused of selling unauthorized tickets. Authorities reported no major public disturbances after the match ended.Following the award ceremony, Mourinho handed his medal to a young fan and later joked that he saw no point in holding onto it.“Sometimes when I win I don’t keep the medal, so imagine when I lose,” he said. “For me, the medal would go to some place in my house and for that kid, it’s the moon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seen

first_imgChelsea defender David Luiz: Cesc one of best players England has seenby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea defender David Luiz has paid tribute to departing teammate Cesc Fabregas.Fabregas, on way to Monaco, bid an emotional farewell to Blues fans as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.“I think Cesc is one of the best players to have played in England for many, many years,” the Brazilian told talkSPORT.“It was emotional, not just for him, but for everybody.“Maybe he is not going to play for Chelsea anymore so we are sad, but we wish him all the best because he is a great character and a great player and we will miss him.“It’s always hard, but it’s always part of the process.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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5 days agoShearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastleby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer praised Callum Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United.Chelsea beat Shearer’s former side Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s late goal.But it was Hudson-Odoi who provided the assist, his third of the season, as Chelsea continued their winning ways under manager Frank Lampard.”He has played three times this season and he has three assists,” Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day.“He had such a terrible injury which he’s come back from. He’s 18 years of age and can spray the ball around like that, left or right, and he is full of confidence.”He can go on the outside and come on the inside.”Everything Chelsea did well he was at the heart of it.“He did his bit defensively which he had to do and he was hugging the touchline, and with that drive that he’s got he makes it very difficult for defenders.”For the goal he sets it up for Alonso, puts it into his path and says ‘go on, have a go’ and that was the winning goal. Chelsea were the better team and deserved to score.” last_img read more

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Rutgers Commit Marques Ford Makes It Clear He Wouldn’t Re-Consider Tennessee

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that he planned to sign with the Scarlet Knights.Because Tennessee lost a commitment from four-star running back Kendall Bussey this afternoon, some Vols’ fans on Twitter broached the idea of trying to bring Ford back into the fold, but the four-star recruit dismissed any notion of that tonight.All this talk about me going back to Tennessee and im just like ..  #CHOPNation— 5⃣6⃣ (@Marques_Ford) February 3, 2015Even with Bussey de-committing, it’s doubtful Tennessee would have tried to move back in on Ford. If they did, he indicated he wouldn’t be interested. Somehow, I think this one works out well for all parties: UT still has a highly-rated class under Butch Jones, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood lands a talented four-star and Ford ends up in a place where he is clearly wanted.last_img read more

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NEATs Northern Cohort seed and garden supply exchange

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – NEAT’s Northern Co-hort proudly presents the 1st Annual Northern Seed and Garden Supply Exchange.The Co-hort shares this will be a day of community building being held Saturday, April 13, 2019, from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm at the NEAT Offices, 10003 95th Ave, Fort St John, above the NEAT Finds Thrift Store.Pack up your seeds and garden supply’s for the first of many exchanges. There will be workshops offered on mason bees, pruning and permaculture. As well as the opportunity to meet local ecological farms, gain access to local meats, canning, plant starts and weekly veggie box information. 12:30 pm – Pruning Principals with Sonya Runacres1:30 pm – Permaculture with Katy PeckTo pre-register to ensure space at our workshops; CLICK HERETo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERE This is a family event and kids can paint and plant their own flower pot to take home.You can also sign up for a community garden bed, play with composting worms and veggie themed block prints.There will also be door prizes to win.Entry fee into the exchange is $5 which also gets you a 25% discount at NEAT Finds Thrift Store.The Professional Workshops are $10 each or $25 for all 3 (pre-register to ensure your spot)11:30 am – Mason Bees with Emony Nichollslast_img read more