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Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 22nd May, 2021 | More on: POLY PSN UU 3 FTSE 100 dividend stocks to buy 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. 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FTSE 100 dividend stocksThe first company on my list is precious metal miner Polymetal International (LSE: POLY). Precious metals have been rising in value recently, which could translate into higher profits for this business.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…Indeed, net profit at the group more than doubled last year after a significant increase in gold and silver prices. Off the back of this growth, management hiked the company’s dividend by more than 100%. At current levels, the stock offers a dividend yield of 5.4%. I wouldn’t rule out a further dividend increase as precious metals prices increase.Unfortunately, commodity prices can fall as fast as they rise. This means the company may have to cut its dividend if prices fall significantly. That’s always going to be a risk of investing in mining businesses. Still, it would be one of the FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy based on its income potential.Defensive industryUtility companies can be the perfect income stocks. I reckon United Utilities (LSE: UU) fits the bill perfectly. At the time of writing, shares in the water company support a dividend yield of 4.4%. I think that looks attractive in the current interest rate environment. The provision of water and wastewater services is an incredibly defensive industry. Consumers will always need access to this precious commodity. This suggests United will be able to earn steady profits for years to come. The company should also be able to increase profits and its dividends in line with inflation as prices rise.However, the one major challenge the firm faces is regulation. Ofwat essentially controls how much profit water companies are allowed to earn on their assets. If the regulator decides to clamp down and reduce profitability, United may have to cut its payout. Even after taking this significant risk into account, I’d still buy the company for my portfolio, based on its potential.Housing marketThe UK housing market is currently firing on all cylinders. This bodes well for homebuilders like Persimmon (LSE: PSN). This business is currently struggling to meet the demand for new properties, which is an excellent position to be in considering the overall economic environment. City analysts believe the business will earn a net income of £778m in 2021, up from £638m in 2020. This could support a dividend of 236p per share, the highest level of income in five years. That would give a dividend yield of 7.6% on the current share price.This level of income is far from guaranteed, but I think it showcases the company’s potential. Key risks and challenges to growth include a sudden increase in interest rates, which may hit demand for new-build properties. Rising labour costs could also hurt profit margins. Considering the overall outlook for the UK housing market, I’d buy this company for my portfolio of FTSE 100 dividend stocks. Rupert Hargreaves 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. The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Joonyoung ENC Sunwoo ENC 2013 Construction: Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/480358/cherry-blossom-house-tru-architects Clipboard Area: 132 m² Area: 132 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Mechanical Engineer: Eun Engineering deArchis Architects: TRU Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses•South Korea ArchDaily Year: 2013 “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of TRU Architects+ 17 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/480358/cherry-blossom-house-tru-architects Clipboard Structural Engineer: Photographs: Courtesy of TRU Architects Electrical Engineer: Houses Cherry Blossom House / TRU Architects Cherry Blossom House / TRU ArchitectsSave this projectSaveCherry Blossom House / TRU Architects Designers:Choi, Jaeil; Yoon, Kyungok; Park, Joonho; Kim, DoyunWood Structure Consultant:StugaArchitects In Charge:Cho SungikCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanText description provided by the architects. The site is located in a rural town surrounded by the beautiful mountains. Its garden is full of old cherry blossom trees which completely cover the site with flowers by mid-April.Save this picture!Courtesy of TRU ArchitectsThe owner, a retired business man, wanted a simple house for him and his wife looking to escape the busy city life. The house should also accommodate his two sons, their wives, three grandchildren and many friends whom he loved to invite for the night.Save this picture!Courtesy of TRU ArchitectsConsidering the nice view toward the nature and the occasional visitors, TRU Architects proposed a family hotel-like house with an observatory. The house is composed of the L-shaped white painted concrete box and wood gable roof clad with dark-grey flat roof tiles. Save this picture!Courtesy of TRU ArchitectsUnder the roof, there are lounge, deck and three bed rooms which have a southern exposure and tree view. The Observatory tower has a bar/guest room and roof top deck with the beautiful distant view. Project gallerySee allShow lessSpanish Pavilion Expo Zaragoza 2008 / Francisco MangadoSelected Projects”Invisible Cities” App Turns the Data of City Life Into an Extraordinary LandscapeArchitecture News Share Projects South Korea CopyAbout this officeTRU ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesWoodSouth KoreaPublished on February 26, 2014Cite: “Cherry Blossom House / TRU Architects” 26 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Houses ArchDaily Projects Landscape: Australia Great Ocean RD / ITN ArchitectsSave this projectSaveGreat Ocean RD / ITN ArchitectsSave this picture!© Aidan HalloranHouses•Fairhaven, Australia photographs: Aidan HalloranPhotographs: Aidan Halloran CopyEngineering:Jomil EngineeringBuilt:Dunstan ConstructionCity:FairhavenCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Aidan HalloranRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. Ordinary architecture for an extraordinary situation. Given an exceptional site, with opposing conditions of extreme weather exposure, dramatic views and very close proximity to the busy ocean road, the house is a simple diagram of a solution to the puzzle- achieving ocean views from every room, private and protected outdoor spaces, protection form the worst of the summer sun, a very small actual footprint on the sensitive coastal site, and a simple greying timber form, that although visible from one direction, is slowly disappearing into the surrounding ti-trees. The ageing of the external materials will give the building a history with fading silvertop ash and semi rusted steel shading screens streaking black stains on walls and decks. There is no architectural agenda beyond serving the brief. The interior is all hoop pine ply featuring a spine shelving wall that runs the length of the house. Simple, basic materials and finishes were used throughout, tough enough for sandy feet and surfboards,its a house purposely designed to be subservient to its exposed coastal environment.Save this picture!© Aidan Halloranthe house was designed as semi-permanent residence for a couple with 3 adult children, so is zoned to allow half the house to be unoccupied, as needed.Save this picture!© Aidan HalloranWith one a writer and the other a keen surfer, the exposure of the site puts the occupants in the centre of the dramatic weather changes of the coast- a stimulating refuge, while still being a casual basic beach house.Save this picture!© Aidan HalloranThe built form is crucially linked to the site and surrounding environment. Fairhaven is a typical west coast mainly beach house community, with a range of dwellings from older basic shacks to multi-million dollar clifftop mansions.Save this picture!© Aidan Halloranthe simple basic forms are a nod more to the former, when beach houses were unpretentious occasional homes, rather than aping “the lifestyles of the rich and famous”. Although not a humble dwelling, its materials, form and siting are consciously subservient to its dramatic locationSave this picture!© Aidan HalloranThe house is truly a built expression of the clients brief. there are no extraneous indulgences. The house has performed well in all the extremes of weather it has already experienced.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe landscaper designed a sympathetic layout, with all indigenous plants, with flowing graphic lines complimenting the rectilinear building. The elevated base of the house will eventually disappear into the undergrowth, leaving a very sheltered private living space under.Save this picture!© Aidan HalloranProject gallerySee allShow lessGarcias House / Warm ArchitectsSelected ProjectsStealth Cabin / Superkül incSelected Projects Share + 28 Share Sea Echo ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/504372/great-ocean-rd-itn-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeITN ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFairhavenHousesAustraliaPublished on May 10, 2014Cite: “Great Ocean RD / ITN Architects” 10 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Facebook I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Twitter Linkedin Horned Frogs earn a gutty victory against Coastal Carolina, pick-up consecutive sweeps to open season. printTCU was able to edge Coastal Carolina in a gritty performance to win all three sets earning consecutive sweeps to begin the season.Each set came down to the wire. In the first set, the Frogs were down 20-13 when head coach Jill Kramer called a time-out to slow down the game and take momentum away from the Chanticleers. The Frogs came back to win the set 26-24.“We were really taking ourselves out of the game,” Kramer said. “Our serving turned on, we started touching the ball in the block a bit more, we started slowing the game down, and they started to make some errors that they hadn’t made throughout the set at that point.”The Frogs won the second set 26-24, and the third set 27-25. Kramer was extremely proud of her girls for “gutting out” three very close sets in the game.“At some point we were behind in every one, so it was great to fight,” Kramer said. “We were too focused on the score yesterday and it determined how hard we were going to play. I thought they did a better job of managing that today. They made big plays at the end of sets to close it out, and everybody that went in had ice in their veins.”Kramer commented on why Coastal Carolina was able to play so tough against the Frogs.“They’re very athletic,” Kramer said. “They have a lot of great players, are a very good serving team, and are very well coached.”Kramer has known Coastal Carolina’s head coach for a while. She met him almost 10 years ago when she was an assistant coach for the University of Alabama and he was a coach for Mississippi State.Kramer thanked the students and fans for all of the support while the team was down.“We have an amazing group of students, and they were huge for us,” Kramer said. “They get louder the closer the game gets to the end. They may have had the biggest impact on the team when we got down 20-13, they didn’t sit down or give up!”Kramer promises that before the next home match, she will get all of the students together and take them to lunch. If any students want to join, email or direct message Coach Kramer on Twitter.TCU finished the Cowtown Classic with two wins and zero losses. The Frogs’ next home match will be against Rice Sunday at 2:00 p.m. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Previous articleTCU police department focuses on ‘community policing’Next articleHouston faces flooding, more rain from tropical storm Harvey Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU What to watch during quarantine Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Linkedin Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Facebook Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ ReddIt + posts TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Robbie Vagliohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/robbie-vaglio/ Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Robbie Vaglio
Facebook TAGS National Geographic Announces Line-Up of Four Projects From FREE SOLO’s Award-Winning Documentary Duo, E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin THAI CAVE RESCUE will chronicle the dramatic 2018 rescue of the team trapped deep inside a flooding cave, the perilous world of cave diving, the bravery of the rescuers and the dedication of an entire community that made great sacrifices to save these young boys. A full 360-degree view of the crisis, told through unexpected angles and with untold stories, the film will bring to light the imagination and determination displayed during the heroic endeavor. Directors and Producers E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin during production. Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleCOVA Acquisition Corp. Announces Closing of $300 Million Initial Public OfferingNext articleNational Geographic and Double Oscar® Nominee Cynthia Erivo Reveal Highly Anticipated Premiere Date and New Trailer for the Emmy® Award-Winning Anthology Series, GENIUS: ARETHA Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Twitter Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Facebook
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 18, 2021 Local NewsUS News Twitter Facebook Pinterest James Emerges as A Winner in National Competition Celebrating Hometown Business Heroes Supporting Peers During COVID Era AVE MARIA, Fla., Feb. 18, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The largest online referral network for small businesses, Alignable.com is announcing the results of its month-long North American search for local business leaders who’ve gone above and beyond to help peers during the COVID Crisis. Today, Alignable’s network is honoring Faith James of The Personal Branding Consultancy as Ave Maria’s 2021 Alignable Local Business Person Of The Year! Alignable amassed an incredible 86,000+ votes and recommendations about hometown business heroes. This is the third year Alignable has hosted this contest and the participation levels for 2021’s competition topped 2020’s by a monumental 800%. During a time where at least two-thirds of small businesses have regularly reported suffering negative effects from COVID issues, it’s clear with this outpouring of support just how much small business owners wanted to recognize the extraordinary efforts of their peers. A Testament To The Bond Between SMBs “To see so many business owners celebrate their peers was awesome — 60 votes landed every minute at the height of the contest,” said Eric Groves, Alignable’s Co-Founder and CEO. “This frenetic level of participation is a testament to the strength of the business relationships forged and reinforced over the past year.” Alignable’s 2021 Local Business Person Of The Year Contest ran from January 6 to February 5, 2021. Alignable invited its 6 million+ members to vote for their favorite peers. In all, 2,962 local business people emerged victorious across North America, after 61,000+ votes were tallied and 25,000+ recommendations were reviewed. We’re Stronger Together Ave Maria’s community means a great deal to me and, like many of my peers, I have gladly helped my fellow small business owners overcome a number of obstacles during this tough time,” said James. “I am beyond honored to receive this award and very grateful for the heartwarming support from my peers. We’re all stronger together.” James and other 2021 Local Business People Of The Year in communities across the U.S. and Canada have received badges on their Alignable profiles, in recognition of their contributions. In past years, the awareness generated through this contest has helped drive additional connections, prospects, and new business for many winners. Networking Surge Kicks Off 2021 “We hope the popularity of this year’s contest will lead to even greater awareness and business success for 2021’s winners,” said Alignable’s Co-Founder and President Venkat Krishnamurthy. “We’ve already heard from some members that the surge in networking, referrals, and recommendations that occurred during 2021’s contest got them off to a stronger start this year.” To arrange interviews with Faith James and/or an Alignable representative, please contact Alignable’s Head Of PR Chuck Casto at [email protected] He also can offer JPEGs and other visuals, recommendations supporting winners, and additional information. About The Personal Branding Consultancy, LLC The Personal Branding Consultancy is an international personal brand development agency serving clients from Atlanta to Austria. The range of brand development services include but are not limited to brand strategy, social media branding, website design, brand identity kit development, branded photoshoot sessions, brand content development and more. Learn more at http://www.faithjames.com/ and join the Savvy Branders Tribe Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/977320862418176 About Alignable https://www.alignable.com/ is the largest online referral network for small businesses in the U.S. and Canada. With 6 million+ members across 35,000+ local communities, Alignable is the network where small business owners drive leads and prospects, generate referrals, land new business, build trusted relationships, and share great advice. 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Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Public meeting in Ramelton over mast concerns Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A public meeting is being held tonight in Ramelton in opposition to plans to erect a mast in Drumonaghan Woods.Planning permission for the telecommunications mast has already been granted by An Bord Pleanála.The meeting is due to get underway at 8pm at the entrance to Drumonaghan Woods.Local Councillor Ian McGarvey believes a more suitable site needs to be found:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/mcgarsdfdfgdfgdfvey1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ By News Highland – June 24, 2020 DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleNass win for Luke McAteerNext articleStute “Saddened & Dismayed” with NIFL solution News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp
Ryan Herron/iStock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — The controversy surrounding Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s alleged ties to a racist yearbook photo has been followed by the discovery of a similar image in a University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill yearbook.Colin Campbell, an editor in North Carolina for the Insider State Government News Service, tweeted the yearbook photo, which appeared on a fraternity’s page, on Wednesday. It shows two people in Ku Klux Klan garb pretending to hang a man who is wearing blackface and a noose around his neck.Campbell wrote in the tweet that he “randomly flipped through the 1979 UNC-Chapel Hill yearbook today just to kill some time, and found this photo on one of the fraternities’ pages.”Both UNC and the fraternity in question have released statements condemning the photo.Colin Campbell/Twitter“The photos found in the 1979 student yearbook are abhorrent. We fully and wholly condemn both the photos and the racist behavior they depict. That kind of behavior has no place on our campus now or then,” said Joel Curran, the vice chancellor for communications at the university.Campbell said it was the yearbook photo scandal embroiling Governor Northam that prompted him to look at the UNC-Chapel yearbook, he told ABC News.The yearbook that he selected was for the graduation year of North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper. Campbell said that while “there weren’t any photos of him that were objectionable,” he saw the racist photo on a nearby page for the Chi Phi fraternity.“We strongly denounce the behavior and sentiments displayed in these images. Bigotry is not welcome in our Fraternity,” Chi Phi National wrote on Twitter in response to Campbell’s post.The university did not immediately respond to requests for details on whether any action would be taken.This is not the first race-related issue that UNC-Chapel Hill has had to deal with this year. The school’s chancellor announced in January that she would resign at the end of the school year amid an ongoing debate over the removal of a Confederate monument on campus called “Silent Sam,” which was toppled as part of a student demonstration in August. The chancellor supported the removal of the statue.Campbell said that there’s been, “not surprisingly, a large amount of outrage” after he posted the picture to Twitter.He said that no one had identified the individuals involved because their names were not listed directly below the picture. But, in a subsequent tweet posted by Campbell that showed the full spread of the page, there was a photo of the fraternity members with each of their names listed.The scandal over Northam’s yearbook photo has prompted a chorus of calls for his resignation, and it comes only a few months after Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh faced questions over references to drinking and partying in his high school yearbook during his confirmation hearings.“What it has really shown us, this school year in particular, is just how significant a yearbook really is — not only for now but for later,” Sarah Nichols, the president of the Journalism Education Association, told ABC News in the wake of the scandal about Northam’s yearbook.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
UPDATED Thursday 6th December A report issued by the tribunal investigating last term’s Union Presidential election is highly critical of key figures involved in the allegations, Cherwell24 has learned.Disqualified candidate, Krishna Omkar, is reprimanded in the report for showing a “disturbing arrogance” towards the rules of the Union and the tribunal. In particular, Omkar is alleged to have intimidated a key witness from giving evidence at the tribunal.The witness, a senior figure at the Oxford Student, was said to appear “intimidated and upset” while giving her evidence, and produced a text message from Omkar that appeared to corroborate her claims.The electoral malpractice charges against Krishna centre on a meeting held at Magdalen College the evening before the election, which was supposedly a ‘slate party’. Krishna and his associates are alleged to have been ‘lining’, a practice whereby candidates encourage members to vote for a string of other candidates, all of whom attract votes for one another.Alex Priest, Returning Officer of the Union, said, “I am aware that in the past there have been slates but they’re bad for the Union because they mean the wealthy and the popular but not necessarily hard-working get ahead…They’re inherently unfair.” When approached, Krishna declined to comment due to Union regulations.The panel of three who authored the report also state their ‘dismay’ that outgoing Union President Luke Tryl and “at least one Deputy Returning Officer” were present at the ‘slate’ meeting, when their positions “demanded the discouraging of electoral malpractice.”Several other members came under fire for displaying “a startling lack of integrity”, for seeking to disrupt the tribunal proceedings, and the panel lambaste what they see as a “culture of arrogance” where “overt and complacent disregard for the Rules is tolerated.”Under the tribunal ruling, Krishna Omkar is disqualified from standing in a re-run of the polls next term, although it is suggested that Charlotte Fischer, another Presidential candidate who brought the original complaints, will not seek to stand either. UPDATE: Krishna Omkar today lodged a formal appeal against the tribunal’s ruling. Union Returning Officer Alex Priest told Cherwell24 that “Mr Omkar has lodged an appeal on the grounds of Rule 33(d)(i) (1), (2), and (3).” These relate to: breach of tribunal procedures as outlined in the rules, that the decision of the tribunal was founded on an error of law, and that there has been a breach of any of the Principles of Natural Justice. Further details of Omkar’s claims based on these grounds are not known.It is not yet known when the hearing will take place. However, the Appellate Board must report back within 28 days of Notice of Appeal.The Appellate Board is convened by the Returning Officer under the instructions of the Senior Officers of the Union, and consists of three members of Convocation, which is the body formed by all graduates of the University. Check back to Cherwell24 for more coverage as events unfold.Additional reporting, Laura Pitel