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Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild owns shares of Bunzl. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Landsec. 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. Will BT Group be the next FTSE 100 income stock to cut dividends? Another day, another round of dividend cuts by Britain’s blue-chips. Land Securities and Centrica are among the latest FTSE 100 income stocks to bang the head on shareholder payouts in Tuesday trade.The biggest story, though, is news that Bunzl — a company that’s raised annual dividends for the past 27 years on the spin — won’t be recommending a final dividend for 2019. This is a firm that even managed to keep yearly payments rising even during the 2008/2009 global economic meltdown.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…Share pickers need to get used to dividends collapsing as corporate profits come under pressure. As United Nations secretary general António Guterres told reporters on Wednesday, the coronavirus crisis “represents a threat to everybody in the world… [and] will bring a recession that probably has no parallel in the recent past.”Under pressureI fear BT Group (LSE: BT-A) could be the next FTSE 100 income stock to axe dividends. It’s a company that’s long been tipped as a possible dividend slasher. And the Covid-19 breakout is likely to push it over the edge, at least in this Fool’s opinion.The telecoms titan continues to be bashed from all sides. Revenues are falling due to intense competition on the consumer side and tough economic conditions for its business operations. The top line dropped another 2% in the three months to December, to £17.2bn.Fixed-line telecoms are historically seen as safe havens in difficult times like these. But it’s clear BT faces additional turnover trouble because of the coronavirus crisis. Enders Analysis, for example, estimates it faces a £228m revenues hit should sports events at home and abroad remain on lockdown for four months.BT also pays huge amounts to keep its infrastructure up and running. It also faces an acceleration in capital expenditure costs as its fibre broadband rollout programme ramps up. On top of this, the business is having to keep making enormous contributions to the company’s pension scheme. It set aside an extra £1.3bn for this during the last quarter alone.Up against itOn the plus side, BT still generates lots and lots of cash. Unfortunately though, its debt mountain continues to grow. Sooner or later, the firm will be forced to take drastic steps to scythe it down. Net debt blew up by an extra £7.2bn between last March and December to finish 2019 at an eye-watering £18.2bn.BT has managed to resist cutting annual dividends for the past couple of years. It’s paid rewards of 15.4p per share since fiscal 2017, but City analysts reckon a cut is just around the corner. They predict 15.1p per share for the 12 months to March.I fear a much larger reduction could occur, however. That predicted payout is covered just 1.5 times by anticipated earnings, below the widely-regarded safety watermark of 2 times. It also has those monster financial liabilities to deal with, of course.For this reason I’m unshaken by BT’s 13% dividend yield. This is a share to be avoided at all costs. 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About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 37 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Corporate fundraisers offered bursary to attend IoF National Convention The Institute of Fundraising’s Corporate Special Interest Group is for the first time offering a bursary to attend the Institute’s annual National Convention in July.The there is a 3-day, 2-day and 1-day pass is available to members of the Group, one of the many volunteer-run special interest and regional groups run by members of the Institute. The winners will also receive up to £200 to reimburse travel costs.If the successful applicant is not a member of the Institute, the prize will include one year’s membership.To apply you simply have to completed the downloadable application form and explain in no more than 250 words how the bursary would benefit you.Applicants must be working for a UK registered charity/social enterprise at the time of application, and should work on corporate fundraising for at least part of their role. The Group might, at their discretion, also accept applications from those seeking employment, but prior contact with the Group is recommended if you are in this position.The deadline for applications for the Corporate SIG bursary has been extended to 26 May 2015. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Institute of Fundraising National Fundraising Convention Howard Lake | 20 May 2015 | News
By Wayne McLaurinUniversity of Georgia You know you’re a gardener if … You have an extra refrigerator for storing seed. You feed more than seven families with one zucchini plant. Your seed-packet collection dates back to 1976 or earlier. You get up in the middle of the night to see if your seeds have germinated. Every scratch pad in your house is filled with landscape ideas. You’ve moved a plant more than 11 times. Neighbors close their door when they see you coming with a paper sack full of vegetables. You get more than 35 seed catalogs per year. You’re building an extra outbuilding to house your gardening tools. You have more than one notebook filled with garden plans. Your children refuse to stop at just one more garden on the “vacation garden tour.” You’ve gotten a load of manure for a Christmas present. You’ve broken a truck axle hauling sand or stones for a walkway. Your garden pond is more advanced than your indoor plumbing. You’ve been brave enough to plant bamboo. You’ve given your wife a rototiller for your anniversary. You’ve financed a plant for more than six months. You have more than three compost piles in your backyard. You’ve been banned from more than two botanical trial gardens. You have a secret credit card account for fertilizer and plant charges. You’re taking Spanish classes to better understand your gardener. You’ve chained yourself to a three-year-old tomato plant you’re trying to save. You think that bamboo has potential as a container plant. You’ve used a sweet potato as a centerpiece at a dinner party. Collards are a necessary part of your landscape, or collards growing inside of a cut-and-painted tire are. You’ve put one of those stupid artificial rocks with the writing on it in your garden. Your encourage your spouse to go fishing to have the fish heads for fertilizer under your plants. You use your chipped pots for toad houses. You let the garden snakes stay because they eat bugs even though they scare the daylights out of you every time. The eating of the first tomato is ritualized with a candlelight dinner and is the only time you use an ironed, cloth tablecloth all year. They’ve reserved your parking space at the garden center. Your raised beds are better constructed than your back steps. You’ve replaced the soil in your beds with the soil cleaned from the back-entrance hallway. Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 7
Bangkok: Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) produced another lion-hearted performance to enter the finals along with three other Indians in the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok on Thursday. Deepak Singh (49kg) and Ashish Kumar (75kg) joined Bisht in the men’s finals, while Pooja Rani (75kg) advanced in the women’s draw in the early session of the marquee event’s last-four stage. Settling for bronze medals were veteran L Sarita Devi (60kg) and last edition’s silver-medallist Manisha (54kg). It was a positive start to the day for India with national champion Deepak advancing to the final without exchanging a single blow after getting a walkover from Kazakhstan’s Temirtas Zhussupov due to injury. It was a second successive walkover to the Indian. Next up was Bisht, who had upstaged reigning world champion Kairat Yeraliyev of Kazakhstan in his quarterfinal contest. He was up against Mongolian Enkh-Amar Khakhuu and was aggression personified. Willing to risk a few blows, the quick-moving Bisht stunned his rival by the sheer power of his punches and gave him a bloodied right eye in the second round.RELATED The intensity was high in the final three minutes and Khakhuu inflicted a cut over Bisht’s right eye as well. However, that was not enough to deter Bisht, who edged out Khakhuu in a split verdict. The boxer from Uttarakhand came into the tournament after a gold-winning show at the GeeBee Cup in Finland. Another high-voltage bout followed with Ashish fighting it out against Iran’s Seyedshahin Mousavi. The Indian was slow off the blocks against the sprightly Iranian, who clearly had the early momentum. But Ashish raised the bar in the second and third rounds to counter Mousavi with some precisely-placed hooks and straights. Among the women, Manisha lost to Taiwan’s Huang Hsiao-Wen, while Sarita (60kg) went down to China’s Yang Wenlu. Pooja (75kg) was up against Kazakhstan’s Fariza Sholtay and emerged triumphant in a unanimous decision. The evening line-up has Shiva Thapa (60kg), assured of an unprecedented fourth successive medal, taking on Kazakhstan’s Zakir Safiullin, a 2015 silver-winner in the event. Last edition’s bronze-medallist and Asian Games champion Amit Panghal (52kg) and Ashish (64kg) will clash with China’s Hu Jianguan and Uzbekistan’s Bobo-Usmon Baturov respectively. Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Satish Kumar (+91kg) has Kazakh Kamshybek Kunkabayev waiting for him. Among the women, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen (51kg) will face Vietnam’s Nguyen Thi Tam and world silver-medallist Sonia Chahal (57kg) will take on Thaliand’s Nilwan Techasuep. National champion Simranjit Kaur (64kg) will square off against Uzbekistan’s Maftunakhon Melieva. highlights Sarita Devi lost against China’s Yang Wenlu.Manisha Maun lost to Taiwan’s Huang Hsiao-Wen.Kavinder Singh Bisht came into the tournament after a gold-winning show at the GeeBee Cup in Finland. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Adjustment required for dates in the Levant could undermine published results by decades and impact debates about Biblical chronology.Radiocarbon dating has become a staple method for corroborating dates of archaeological sites. Often the results appear to confirm dates arrived at by other methods. A new paper in PNAS by Manning et al.,1 however, warns of anomalies that could undermine published dates:We observe a substantive and fluctuating offset in measured radiocarbon ages between plant material growing in the southern Levant versus the standard Northern Hemisphere radiocarbon calibration dataset derived from trees growing in central and northern Europe and North America. This likely relates to differences in growing seasons with a climate imprint. This finding is significant for, and affects, any radiocarbon application in the southern Levant region and especially for high-resolution archaeological dating—the focus of much recent work and scholarly debate, especially surrounding the timeframe of the earlier Iron Age (earlier Biblical period). Our findings change the basis of this debate; our data point to lower (more recent) ages by variously a few years to several decades.Readers will recall that radiocarbon dating only concerns biological artifacts within thousands of years, not millions. Because of the C-14 half-life of 5,730 years, no radiocarbon should be left after 100,000 years or more. Even so, radiocarbon dating is often looked to as one of the most reliable radioactive dating methods.These scientists measured material from native Junipers in the Levant (region including Lebanon and Israel), calibrating it against tree rings. To their surprise, the results did not match the standard dataset used globally for radiocarbon calibration. Like they say, climate conditions apparently cause an “imprint” of local fluctuations, and “more interestingly, this offset seems to vary in importance through time.”Hezekiah praying in the Temple about the Assyrian threat (II Kings 19). Does the Bible need science to “prove” its reliability?Their findings become important for Biblical interpretation. “Scholarly debate” has raged for years about the “high chronology” vs the “low chronology” of the Iron Age, which overlaps with the times of Kings David and Solomon in Jerusalem.While relatively small, such an offset has substantial relevance to high-resolution 14C chronologies for the southern Levant, both archaeological and paleoenvironmental. For example, reconsidering two published studies, we find differences, on average, of 60% between the 95.4% probability ranges determined from IntCal13 [the current standard Northern Hemisphere 14C calibration curve] versus those approximately allowing for the observed offset pattern. Such differences affect, and even potentially undermine, several current archaeological and historical positions and controversies.Complicating the picture is that the offset fluctuates. It cannot be easily solved by adding an adjustment factor.Although, overall, the 14C offset identified here produces what may seem to be relatively small dating changes, these are revealed to be of a scale that is important for high-resolution chronological work. They are especially important for the contested and detailed chronology debates in archaeological scholarship on the southern Levant region, particularly for those focused on differences of only a few decades to ∼50 y to 100 y in recent “high” (or conventional) versus “low” chronology debates. Thus, we recommend that users must proceed with caution when dating plant material from the southern Levant with a winter to spring growing season. It also seems likely that the offset we observe fluctuates, and thus is not best compensated for via a static, systematic, adjustment.It remains to be seen which side of the controversy will “win” with revised radiocarbon dates that include the new offset. More significant, perhaps, is the recognition of a new factor that had not been considered in previous uses of radiocarbon dating. Here we see an “unknown unknown” coming to light that changes things. What other unknowns are out there?1. Manning et al, Fluctuating radiocarbon offsets observed in the southern Levant and implications for archaeological chronology debates. PNAS May 29, 2018. 201719420; published ahead of print May 29, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1719420115 If radiocarbon has this previously-unknown factor that is significant enough to change interpretation of recent material, how much more could other dating methods (the ones that yield millions or billions of years) be off by significant factors that could undermine evolutionary beliefs? Scientists cannot go back millions of years to check their dates with a stopwatch. They rely on radioactive decay as a kind of stopwatch, but what if the stopwatch fluctuates due to “unknown unknown” factors? They calibrate their dates with evolutionary assumptions, but what if those assumptions are invalid? (See cartoon below.) This new paper should remind all scientists that reliability on methods is only tentative at best, and at worst, is like a reed that can poke the side of the person leaning on it. (Visited 761 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The National Library of Finland has launched a new program to support the digitization efforts of its archives. The project, Digitalkoot (Digital Volunteers), blends microtasks, crowdsourcing, and video games to break up and distribute some of the dull repetitive work of verifying digitized records.“We have millions and millions of pages of historically and culturally valuable magazines, newspapers and journals online. The challenge is that the optical character recognition often contains errors and omissions, which hamper for example searches,” says Kai Ekholm, Director of the National Library of Finland. “Manual correction is needed to weed out these mistakes so that the texts become machine readable, enabling scholars and archivists to search the material for the information they need.”In order to accomplish this, the National Library has joined forces with Microtask, with the latter helping to design two games that will make this work entertaining. In ‘Mole Hunt’ (Myyräjahti), the player is shown two different words, and they must determine as quickly as possible if they are the same. This uncovers erroneous words in archived material. In ‘Mole Bridge’ (Myyräsilta), players have to spell correctly the words appearing on the screen. Correct answers help badgers build a bridge across a river. Again, the game helps verify the OCR and make sure that digitized materials are accurate and searchable.“We wanted to set up ‘Angry Birds for the Thinking Person’ – something which entertains but is also useful to us as a nation,” says Ekholm, who anticipates teachers and children will enjoy volunteering to help these digitization efforts. Additional phases of the project will be aimed at “more serious historical buffs.”As libraries and archives worldwide are moving to digitize their collections, they face many challenges – in terms of technology, funding, access, and planning. To date, four million pages of different types of texts from the 18th to 20th centuries have been digitized, but there still remain huge bulks of cultural heritage archived only in paper files. “Our archives are national cultural heritage,” says Ekholm. “I am proud that even such a small nation as we are able to launch something like this.” Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Priyanka Chopra in curled tressesKareena Kapoor has it, Sonam Kapoor adorns it very often and sexy diva Piggy Chops can be seen flashing her curves and curls wherever she goes. Walk into any of the Punjab’s high-end parties and you will find many girls sporting the curls. Not only does,Priyanka Chopra in curled tressesKareena Kapoor has it, Sonam Kapoor adorns it very often and sexy diva Piggy Chops can be seen flashing her curves and curls wherever she goes. Walk into any of the Punjab’s high-end parties and you will find many girls sporting the curls. Not only does it make your hair look wavy but the style is snazzy and extremely attractive.Neat and elaborately arranged hairdos are passe. This is the time for long flowing tresses and grungy look that is doing the rounds at most of the party circuits. And if combined with coloured streaks, it makes for a sassy look. While the women have gone all nude with their make-up, there are some interesting hair trends making a comeback this season. Looks like the messy side hair braid is here to stay for long. From romantic curls to quirky layers, these are the hair trends that got us talking. Indira Ahluwalia, a known makeup and hairstylist from Ludhiana says, “Classic Hollywood glamour is something to consider. Sleek and glossy waves are back in vogue. Shine is an important factor to be taken care of. Dull and rough hair are a complete no no. So if you want your tresses to look shiny get aproper treatment done or sport the popular hair colour.”Bollywood beauty Kareena can be seen flaunting her curls”Parties are all about lookingglamorous and your most resplendent self. So this season when you are all set to flaunt your grooves, let your shiny hair do the talking. Opt for softer curls which complement the minimalistic makeup. If your face is heavy, do not go for the tighter curls as these highlight your jaw,” quips Ahluwalia.The other thing to consider iscolour. A new shade for every party you attend this month. This is possible if you learn to colour your hair at home. Quick, easy and trendy, your look for the New Year bash is complete. Shades of brown, deep reds and golden hues are the ‘colour of the moment’. Be brave and courageous about your hair. Curls and colour are the buzzwords this season. Sonam KapoorNikita Malhotra, 22-year-old quips, “I wanted something new so chestnut is my choice for the coming year. I have got my hair coloured and curl them up occasionally. This is what you get to see at most of the parties. So why not go for it.” Agrees, Mohita Chabbra, a 25-year-old professional, “Be it a formal or an informal occasion, coloured layers are everywhere to be seen.” However, one should go easy on curls. Style you hair according to the facecut you have. Neelu Grewal, makeup and hair stylist, Chandigarh suggests, “A lot depends on your facecut, haircut and your capacity to maintain them. So if you have a long face,your hair shouldn’t be so long. Ideally it should not be more than four inches below your shoulders. Heavy layers suit this type of face but it should start from somewhere near you nose.” Those of you who have a broad face should have curls starting from the top. “Curls draw all the attention and make you jaw look small,” quips Grewal. Also, if your hair are unmanageable and you can’t do with updos then go for the messy ones. Grewal suggests some offbeat looks, “Matte deep red lips go well with a messy hairdo. Or smokyshimmery eyes, nude lips with sleek pulled back hair, these are sure to become the centre of attraction. So get set for the party.”advertisement
AdvertisementImage Courtesy: ICCICC Chief Executive, David Richardson announced his decision to step down from his post after the culmination of the 2019 ICC World Cup.Richardson held the position from 2012. The former South African cricketer was a part of the ICC since 2002. Richardson revealed the thought behind the decision of quitting after the end of the mega event. Here’s what he said:” The hardest thing as a cricketer is knowing when the time is right to retire. But for me, the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup next year is about right,”The Chief Executive also went on to say that he is proud of the growth that the gentleman’s game has managed to attain. He said:“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the ICC and I am particularly pleased with what we have achieved in recent times in creating a greater context for all formats of the game and securing increased opportunities and clear pathways for all members to play at the highest level. “The International Cricket Council has confirmed that David Richardson will step down as Chief Executive when his contract expires post next summer’s ICC Cricket World Cup.More ➡️ https://t.co/6wG1nEtPmk pic.twitter.com/jKXonpMKyH— ICC (@ICC) July 3, 2018 Advertisement Read Also:India vs England: 1st T20I Preview- Clash of the mega-weights at Old TraffordCricket: Sachin Tendulkar sends his birthday wishes to the Turbanator
HUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – B.C. Hydro says that progress is being made on upgrading the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dams.In the two updates, one explained projects to upgrade the two dams’ generating stations while the other goes into detail about upgrades to the facilities’ safety systems.One of the largest projects BC Hydro was undertaking was replacing the rip-rap on the upstream said of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam. Hydro can effectively cross that off their list, as the project has been completed. Over the past year and a half, workers replaced a large portion of rip-rap by replacing the original rock with stronger limestone rock to better withstand erosion. Workers finished placement of the required rock for the rip-rap in March, but additional activities like repaving the Dam Crest Road and the reclamation of the Sand Flat Quarry have yet to be complete.Hydro explained that the refurbishment of ten sets of GMS draft tube maintenance gates would commence in late 2018 finish in late 2020. The refurbishment will include reconditioning the gate sections as well as the associated components to ensure they continue to run safely.Hydro announced the same refurbishment for six PCN draft tube maintenance gates as well. Unlike at GMS, the gate segments at Peace Canyon are not disassembled when the gates are not in use. Instead, the complete assembled gate is stored in a gate storage slot. These updates are scheduled from mid-2018 to mid-2020.Thirty GMS 500 kilovolt disconnect switches were also mentioned saying they needed a replacement because of their increased age. The plan to switch the switches will commence from mid-2019 to mid-2021.Photo by B.C. Hydro.
New Delhi: As many as seven children were rescued from a placement agency in South East Delhi’s Govindpuri on Tuesday. The Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) said that the rescue was the result of continuous surveillance on the agency. According to DCPCR, two girls, aged around 14, were rescued by Madhya Pradesh state commission in 2018 from Indore. The minors claimed that they were forced into child labour by a Delhi based placement agency. Later, the Madhya Pradesh state commission informed DCPCR. “After receiving the information we kept continuous surveillance on the agency,” said Roop Sudesh Vimal, member DCPCR. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsTo take action against the agency, Roop Sudesh Vimal on March 5 wrote to Delhi Police mentioning that the girls were working at a doctor’s house. “Therefore you are directed to take appropriate action and submit the detailed action taken report,” claimed the letter accessed by the Millennium Post newspaper. On Tuesday, DCPCR with Delhi Police reached the placement agency and rescued five girls aged (8-14) and two boys (aged 10-12) mostly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”They were kept in two rooms. We have also seized several registers containing details of other children,” said Roop adding that they are verifying the license of the placement agency. DCPCR official further informed that before placing the minors, the agency used to give them health kits containing soaps and other items. “We suspect that in the register, the ages of children were changed. We have recovered several phones too,” said an official. He further said that the human trafficking angle is also being probed. NGO Mission Mukti Foundation helped the commission in the rescue operation. Delhi Police is further investigating the case.