Tempted by the Standard Life share price? Here’s what you need to know

first_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. Image source: Getty Images Standard Life Aberdeen (LSE: SLA), Aviva, Prudential. They’ve all taken a hit from the Covid-19 stock market crash. Aviva has done the worst of the three — and can you guess which one I hold?Meanwhile, the Standard Life share price has risen from the early depths of the slump. But it’s still down around 20% so far in 2020.5G 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…That’s pretty much bang on the FTSE 100 average, so it’s not a sector-specific crunch. And the insurance companies are doing better than the banks. So should we buy insurance shares, and is the Standard Life share price itself a bargain?Let me start off with a personal word of caution. I like the insurance sector, and have done for decades. In fact, it’s possibly the sector I’ve done best from over the course of my investing career. Now, markets tend to price stocks for the short term, and that’s where my caution comes in.If you’re worried about where your stock prices are going to go this year, next year, or even the next five years, I’d keep away from insurance stocks. If you don’t like cyclical volatility, I’d keep away from insurance. But do you have an investing horizon of a decade or more? Do you like to take a contrarian approach? Then I think the insurance sector is seriously worth considering for a portion of your retirement fund.Financially strong first halfWhat about the Standard Life share price itself? A first-half update on 7 August revealed figures impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, as expected. But insurance companies are set up to expect and survive financial hard times. And on the liquidity front, Standard Life Aberdeen is looking solid to me.Chief Executive Keith Skeoch said that, despite the pandemic pressures, “our foundations are firm, we have a strong balance sheet which enables us to both invest in our business and maintain our interim dividend of 7.3p.” Maintaining the interim dividend at this stage is a welcome result, especially when income from the financial sector has been severely hit.The company also revealed a “strong balance sheet including surplus regulatory capital of £1.8bn, up compared with £1.7bn at FY 2019.“During the period, Standard life attracted net inflows (excluding Lloyds Banking Group tranche withdrawals of £24.9bn) — of a modest £0.1bn, but still positive. Redemptions fell by 27%.Standard Life share price cheap?The restructuring of the firm after the merger of the old Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management has caused some uncertainty in recent years. Partly as a result of that, the Standard Life share price is down around 50% over the past five years. But with a new CEO in the person of Stephen Bird set to take over, investors are becoming increasingly optimistic that we’ll see some restructuring and acquisitions.Whether the company will maintain its dividends in the short term if it needs cash to expand is an open question. But I think the next couple of years could see significant progress. And I reckon the currently depressed Standard Life share price makes it a time to buy. Tempted by the Standard Life share price? Here’s what you need to know Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 | More on: SLA 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. 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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Journalists are World Cup’s big losers

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts Follow the news on Brazil to go further Police and demonstrators attacked a total of 38 Brazilian and foreign journalists during the FIFA World Cup in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July – a competition used by Reporters Without Borders as a peg for a campaign to draw abuses against journalists to the attention of governments and the international community.The highest daily figure was registered on the day of the final in Rio de Janeiro on 13 July, with 15 attacks on journalists covering protests against the World Cup and FIFA.The victims included Canadian freelance photographer Jason O’Hara, who was kicked in the face by military police after being thrown to the ground while filming a protest. Reuters photographer Ana Carolina Fernandes was the victim of a teargas attack. Felipe Peçanha of Mídia Ninja, an independent news website, was one of several bloggers and netizens roughed up by police during the same protest.“We urge the authorities to ensure that the acts of violence against journalists by members of the military police do not go unpunished,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “Despite the government’s promises, journalists cannot always count on the state protection they are supposed to receive under a national protective mechanism.”At a meeting in the presidential palace in Brasilia last week, presidential aides told Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire that the military police are trained in how to handle peaceful demonstrations. However, the government does not have direct control over the military police, they said. The aides also told Reporters Without Borders that an entity is being created to monitor violence against journalists but does not as yet have any staff.According to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists (ABRAJI), 120 cases of abusive treatment of professional and non-professional journalists were reported by media and unions during more than a year of street protests against government spending resulting from the World Cup.These 120 cases, 38 of which occurred during the World Cup itself, included insults, threats, robbery of equipment, arbitrary arrests and physical attacks.One of the worst cases came on the first day of the tournament, on 12 June, when military police arrested Mídia Ninja journalist Karinny de Magalhães during a demonstration in Belo Horizonte, and subjected her to several hours of verbal, physical and sexual aggression until she lost consciousness.Bandeirantes TV cameraman Santiago Ilídio Andrade was fatally injured by an explosive device while covering a protest in Rio de Janeiro on 6 February.Ranked 111th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Brazil is Latin America’s second deadliest country for the media, with 15 journalists killed in connection with their work in the past for years. Organisation RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports News BrazilAmericas center_img 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies July 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists are World Cup’s big losers Help by sharing this information News Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil BrazilAmericas April 15, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Call for justice reiterated in Paris and Abidjan on sixth anniversary of journalist’s disappearance

first_img October 29, 2020 Find out more April 16, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for justice reiterated in Paris and Abidjan on sixth anniversary of journalist’s disappearance Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News conferences were held simultaneously in Paris and Abidjan today to mark the sixth anniversary of Franco-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer’s disappearance in Abidjan. His brothers, Bernard and Eric Kieffer, and his daughter, Canelle, gave a news conference at Reporters Without Borders headquarters in Paris together with the press freedom organisation’s secretary-general Jean-François Julliard, and French lawyer Alexis Gublin, while the Ivorian Guy-André Kieffer Truth Collective gave a news conference at the Abidjan Press Club.At the same time, large (4mx3m) posters were put up on billboards in several busy parts of Abidjan. The posters, which will be displayed for two weeks, carry this legend: “16 April 2004 – 16 April 2010: six years have passed since our friend and colleague Guy-André Kieffer disappeared in Abidjan.” The Guy-André Kieffer Truth Collective and Reporters Without Borders have also arranged for the same message, together with the words “Where is he?”, to be published as an announcement in six Ivorian newspapers – Soir Info, L’Inter, L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, Le Nouveau Réveil, L’Expression and Le Patriote – from today.Tomorrow, the anniversary of Kieffer’s abduction, a commemorative event will held in the Dapper Museum in Paris, with the screening of Guy Deslauriers’ film “Aliker” and a debate on the subject of “Journalism, a dangerous profession.” It will start at 7:00 pm.Speaking at today’s news conference in Paris, Julliard said he was “concerned to see the case bog down” and insisted that “the obstacles could be overcome with more political will on both the Ivorian side and the French side.” Hailing the efforts of the French judge who is investigating the case, Bernard Kieffer said he regretted that the French authorities had not requested anything in exchange for the improvement in relations between the two countries.“Why did the authorities agree at the end of 2009 to restructure Côte d’Ivoire’s public debt to France and reduce the debt service payments by 90 per cent until 2012 without at the same time negotiating the least legal concession in the Kieffer case?” he asked. “We wrote to President Sarkozy but he did not reply.”Gublin, who represents the Kieffer brothers, argued that Jean-Tony Oulaï’s provisional release, due to take place on 16 April, was a positive development because “it gives Judge Ramaël more time and should therefore give a new impulse to the French judicial proceedings.”Canelle Kieffer called on the French and Ivorian presidents to help the family finally find out what happened to her father.Ivorian First Lady Simone Gbagbo’s lawyer, Rodrigue Dadjé, invited himself to the news conference and made an intervention. He insisted that the Ivorian authorities were not blocking the French investigation and had cooperated fully with all of Judge Ramaël’s requests. Dadjé also said he did not understand why the French investigation had not explored the so-called “French hypothesis,” by which he meant the possibility that Kieffer’s disappearance was the result of a dispute between French citizens.“Quite simply because there was never the least evidence to support the French hypothesis,” Bernard Kieffer replied. Julliard added: “Neither Judge Ramaël nor Reporters Without Borders, which is civil party to this case, had any prior assumption as regards a hypothesis. If the French hypothesis has been ruled out, it is because it did not seem serious and because nothing came to light to support it, unlike the other hypotheses.”Kieffer was kidnapped from an Abidjan supermarket parking lot on 16 April 2004 after been lured there by Michel Legré, the brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, Simone Gbagbo. French investigating judge Patrick Ramaël indicted Legré on 21 October 2004 on a charge of “abducting and holding” Kieffer.After 18 months in an Abidjan detention centre, Legré was supposedly placed under house arrest in Abidjan but in fact he is moving about the city freely and has even been abroad.Jean-Tony Oulaï, an Ivorian citizen who claims to have been a captain in the Ivorian army, was placed under investigation while in France on January 2006. Arrested in France in late 2007 on the same charge of “abducting and holding” Kieffer, he is due to be granted a provisional release on 16 April, after two and a half years in detention.The French investigation has been handicapped by the fraught nature of relations between France and Côte d’Ivoire, the difficulty of conducting enquiries in Abidjan and the code of silence observed by those involved, who are all close to President Gbagbo.The chronology of the Guy-André Kieffer case (in french): [http://fr.rsf.org/cote-d-ivoire-enlevement-de-guy-andre-kieffer-a-15-04-… Côte d’IvoireAfrica Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News to go furthercenter_img Reports Organisation RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire October 16, 2020 Find out more News Côte d’IvoireAfrica Newslast_img read more

NAFCU supportive of NCUA’s hiring reform; requests additional details

first_img continue reading » NAFCU offered its support for the NCUA’s proposed guidance that would allow credit unions to more easily hire job candidates with minor criminal records as it “ensures the safety and soundness of credit unions while extending opportunities to qualified candidates.”“NAFCU appreciates the NCUA updating its rules to reduce the number of minor criminal offenses that preclude individuals who pose a low risk to credit unions from working for, or otherwise participating in the affairs of, a credit union unless they obtain the NCUA’s written consent,” wrote Mahlet Makonnen, NAFCU’s regulatory affairs counsel, in response to the proposal. “… This proposed Second Chance IRPS improves consistency with other prudential regulators, allows credit unions to better serve their communities, and decreases the burden of the waiver application process.”The NCUA’s proposed Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS), or “second chance IRPS” focuses on a section of the Federal Credit Union Act that prohibits credit unions from hiring candidates that have been convicted of certain criminal offenses without NCUA Board consent. NCUA headquarterscenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season

first_img By: Teresa Osborne, Secretary of Aging Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Holidays,  Human Services,  Seniors,  The Blog With the holiday season upon us, many families are likely to get together at some point during the next two weeks.  Such family gatherings serve as the perfect time to check in and quietly assess how elderly family members are faring and to determine if they may need some extra help.  There are five primary areas recommended to check on.Look around the house or apartment.Do you see dark stairwells, loose rugs, clutter or fire hazards?  Would brighter lighting and clearer passage ways help?  Could the home be easier to navigate with simple modifications, such as easier to use handles and switches, a tub bench, comfort height toilet, or walk-in shower?  Are the stairs easy to manage, or would a stair glide help?  Would it be safer if all living quarters were on one level?  Is there a bath on the ground floor or a room that could become a bedroom? Do you see scorched pots and pans?  Is the home more un-kept than usual?  Are the smoke alarm batteries working?Look in the refrigerator and assess nutritional status.Are there healthy foods, fresh produce and meats?  Are food products expired or moldy?   When you sit down for a meal or go out to eat, are they eating less or showing little interest in food?  Do they appear to have lost weight?Look at medications and assess health & social status.Have they recently seen their primary care physician?  Are their prescriptions up to date or are expired pill bottles mixed in with current ones?  Ask how their medications make them feel?  Do they remember to take their medications properly?  Are the pills organized?  Would a pill organizer help?  Ask when was the last time they went out with friends or did things they like to do, such as go out to a movie, to eat or to church?  Can you carry on a coherent conversation?  Do they keep repeating the same story?Look at their financial situation.Is mail left unopened?  Are household bills piling up?  Have late-notices been received?  Are there bills that they simply cannot afford to pay?  Ask if all of their financial information is one place in case you ever need to access it in an emergency?Look at their car.If they are still driving, let them take you for a drive so you can assess their driving skills. Do they drive too slow, miss traffic signals or signs or have trouble at intersections?  Assess the car, are there dents or dings on the car or garage?  Have they received any recent speeding or traffic tickets?While these quick tips will allow you to check in respectfully and gracefully, it’s important that your elderly family members have the support and tools needed to live independently after your holiday visit has ended.  If your check in leads to concerns make any necessary home adjustments and arrange for proper supports and resources to help them remain safely at home.  Your local area agency on aging is available to provide you and your loved one with proper guidance and can be located here.During this time of year when many seniors are more prone to loneliness or depression, in addition to checking in with your own elderly family members, pausing to remember the elders in your community by making a visit to a nursing home or bringing a meal or plate of goodies to your elderly neighbor are some of the greatest gifts you can give.center_img BLOG: Caring for Senior Family Members This Holiday Season December 17, 2015last_img read more

Mid-Atlantic Data Portal Offers Maps and Resources for Ocean Planning

first_imghttp://portal.midatlanticocean.org/By Jenna Moldaver |POINT PLEASANT – The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is a publicly available online tool that consolidates data and provides visual representations of ocean resources.It can be accessed at portal.midatlanticocean.org. The mapping and visualization technology is available for free use in the five mid-Atlantic states, from New York in the north to Virginia in the south. The portal includes data in 12 categories, including marine life, recreation, oceanography, renewable energy and fishing.In July, the American Littoral Society offered a free public workshop at Jenkinson’s Aquarium to introduce the portal and talk about ocean planning and management of the New Jersey coast. The event was led by American Littoral Society member Helen Henderson and Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute’s Karl Vilacoba. There were 17 attendees, including biologists, engineers and members of Clean Ocean Action.Following the Trump Administration’s replacement of the National Ocean Policy in June, whichcut federal involvement in ocean planning and reprioritized extractive resources over the maintenance of ocean ecosystems, environmental groups are examining the potential impact on regional ocean plans, and advocating for state and local support for ocean planning in the future.The goal of the portal is to advance the priorities of the mid-Atlantic states, which include preparing coastal communities for changing ocean conditions like sea level rises and generating data on offshore habitats for job creation.Professionals from the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School and Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, The Nature Conservatory and Ecotrust actively work as a team in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Region Ocean Council representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia to manage the portal and facilitate ocean planning in these areas.Vilacoba explained that the tool can be read almost like a weather map, with different colors signifying amounts of activity. Introducing the marine life category, Vilacoba noted the specificity and depth of the data.“It shows specific groups and species here,” he said. Vilacoba also noted that in many categories, data goes back as far as 20 years. In total, the site contains over 3,000 maps.The tool also invites its users to import data, which requires embedding a link from an online source with records of the findings.This is not the first time Jersey Shore residents have been called to participate in a crowdsourcing effort to preserve environmental conditions in the region. In 2016, the New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency enforced littering laws by introducing an app that allows users to report on conditions in their area. Much like that, this portal relies on the public to submit data and engage with local environmental problems.“The data must be published,” said Vilacoba. However, with the portal accessible to anyone interested, the availability of information and thus the productivity of ocean planning is hopeful in the mid-Atlantic region.Participants in the workshop experienced themselves just how accessible this tool is. They each either logged in to or signed up for the portal as part of the presentation and experimented with the tools in guided exercises.Despite legislative barriers, regional efforts reaffirm the strength of state and local interest in advancing ocean planning and prioritizing healthy marine economies and ecosystems.This article was first published in the Sept. 6-13, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of Week — Kootenay Thunder

first_imgThe Kootenay Thunder received a taste of the sport of soccer in the fast lane during the Seattle Field-turf Showcase Tournament this past weekend in the Emerald City.The squad, consisting of 14-16 year-old players from throughout the Kootenays, played in the tournament’s strongest division and finished with a 0-3-1 record.Despite the result the Thunder were not overly matched by any of the teams, that included playing against two state champions.Staff and management at Mallard’s Source For Sports would like to salute the Kootenay Thunder with with Team of the Week honours.The contingent includes, Andrea Stinson, Brittany Wheeler, Taylor Stewart, Paige Mansveld, Ameeta Bhabra, Brenna McKay, Kathryn Heagendorm, Tasha Hewat, Elise Hewat, Morag Patterson and JallaDerochie. Front, Erica Augsten, Jessica Britton, Taylor McKinnon, Danika Bartlett and Samantha Einarson. Missing coaches Dave Spendlove and Iain Harvey.last_img read more

The Value of Linked Open Data [Infographic]

first_imgalex williams A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… What is available open Linked Data. Wikipedia provides open Linked Data as does data.gov.Sites like data.gov have started to provide Open Data as a central, searchable catalog, often with the option of accessing the data through APIs, which makes it a lot easier to consume the data, as it doesn’t have to be transformed, combined and prepared for a program to use. With this central catalog in place, it is now possible to go a step further and start transforming this data into a huge Linked Open Data set that is accessible to everyone. The issue is with the data itself. It can often be of poor quality, making it difficult to use for visual creators.There are several ways to make sure data is open and linked:The data is freely accessible and verifiable.It can be accessed by other people and turned into other works.The data is connected to other databases.Knowledge is built into the database so more people can work with it.There are more examples but this gives a picture of what is meant by open linked data. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Analysis#cloud#cloud computing People still know little about data visualization, much less how to access data to turn it into a visual experience.A post on Datavisualization.ch provides a thorough perspective about the value of Open Linked Data for visual creators.The post explains the Semantic Web and Linked Data. To show the connection, Peter Gasner adds the concept of Open Data as a third pillar for visual creators.Open, Linked Data has clear licensing terms and it can be easily linked to other data sets. He created an image to show how open Linked Data is represented. You can see that it is a small amount of the overall data we have available. The light blue data represents what is open. Dark blue is open and linked. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Dawson Creek Fire Department responds to house fire

first_imgThe cause of the fire is still under investigation. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek Fire Department responded to a structure fire on Wednesday morning on 121 Avenue.The fire started in a home in the 900 block of 121 Avenue. According to the Fire Department, the fire was contained to the room of origin, but the whole home suffered heavy smoke damage.The Dawson Creek Firefighters Charitable Society has donated a $500 gift card from Walmart to the family.  This will help the family replace basic necessities that were lost in the fire.last_img

Drilling forecast cut due to lower expectations for 2019 oilpatch spending

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is cutting 1,000 wells from its 2019 drilling forecast due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.The industry group says it now expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in Canada this year, down from its November forecast of 6,600, and 19 percent behind the 2018 total of 6,948 wells drilled.In B.C. the number of wells remains unchanged at 382. PSAC CEO Gary Mar says a lack of market access continues to discourage investment in oil and gas exploration and production in Canada.“While we are excited about the final investment decision of LNG Canada for its Kitimat LNG project, development, and production activity to supply the natural gas for the facility is still years away”, continued Mar.He says Alberta’s decision to curtail oil production by 325,000 barrels per day as of Jan. 1 has added to uncertainty levels, leading to more delays on spending decisions by producers.He says his members are laying off workers and struggling to stay solvent with current active rig levels below 40 percent, down from over 50 percent at the same time last year.The forecast reduces the number of wells expected to be drilled in Alberta by about 580 to 2,950, and in Saskatchewan by about 450 to just under 2,000.last_img read more