Enter Your Email Address Karl Loomes | Tuesday, 5th January, 2021 | More on: BA BP GSK Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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 My 3 top dividend shares for 2021 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” As always, the start of a new year has many of us looking forward to the investments that might do well. Personally, I think income stocks may offer some of the best investment opportunities in the next 12 months. With that in mind, here are my top dividend shares for 2021.My criteria for my top 2021 picksFirstly, it is worth considering my criteria when choosing the top dividend shares for 2021. I pick companies that I think will pay out consistently, with likely annual dividend growth. I look for stocks that have solid financials so as not to lose my initial capital.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…In terms of yield, there will be higher numbers out there, but I want payouts that I think are the least risky. For me, a yield below 4% is not worth it, and anything over 6% needs questions to be asked about why it is so high. So here are my three favourites.BAE SystemsBAE Systems (LSE: BA) has actually been one of my top dividend shares for the last few years, not just for 2021. This is with good reason — it is a solid performer in a solid sector. Currently offering a yield of about 4.5%, it is not the highest dividend on my list, but perhaps one of the safest.Recently, the UK government confirmed plans to increase defence spending, which BAE will undoubtedly benefit from. The company’s accounts will also be bolstered after the German government’s confirmation that it will be buying 38 Eurofighters. I think this dividend is safe for some years to come.BPAs with BAE, BP (LSE: BP) has long been one of my top dividend shares. But last year the company cut its dividend, as Covid and low oil prices weighed on its finances. This low price is what makes it one of my top picks for 2021.Even with the lower payout, it currently has a yield of about 8%. This is mainly due to its low share price. The price, I believe, should see some recovery this year as the oil market stabilises. This means now may be the perfect time to lock-in this high yield.It is true that crude has some fundamental weaknesses right now, but the concerns surrounding Covid should hopefully abate in the latter half of the year as vaccines reach most of the population. I think even a small recovery in oil prices will help the BP share price bounce back.GlaxoSmithKlineLast but not least is the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK). Though most of the buzz surrounding pharma right now concerns the Covid vaccine, this is not directly why GSK is one of my top dividend shares for 2021.I do think in the long run, however, most of the pharmaceutical industry will benefit from the current drugs focus at government level. There is almost certainly going to be increased interest in, and government backing for, pandemic research and vaccines. It is also not unforeseen that a regular jab may be needed for Covid in the future.Though some other firms may be better situated to benefit from this in terms of growth, with a current yield of 5.6%, GSK is a clear choice of the dividend shares in this sector, I feel. Karl has shares in BAE Systems and BP. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. See all posts by Karl Loomes
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Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Demonstrators knocked down a controversial Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Monday, capping off a night that began as a peaceful protest, school officials said.The university said a group of protesters toppled the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument on campus at around 9 p.m. Monday as a part of a demonstration urging officials to remove the century-old statue.At least 250 protesters attended the rally, according to the university, but it’s unclear how many participated in the statue’s destruction.UNC Chancellor Carol Folt condemned the vandalism in a statement on Twitter after the incident, but said the school understood why people were frustrated.“The monument has been divisive for years, and its presence has been a source of frustration for many people not only on our campus but throughout the community,” Folt said. “However, last night’s actions were unlawful and dangerous, and we are very fortunate that no one was injured.”Police are investigating the incident and “assessing the full extent of the damage,” she added. There were no injuries reported.Some protesters carried anti-white supremacy banners, while other uttered chants like “hey, hey, ho, ho, this racist statue has got to go.”Video posted on social media showed a group draping the monument with a large white tarp, obstructing it from the cheering crowd’s view, before it came crashing down.The crowd roared as the bronze figure smashed against the concrete. Dozens of police officers surrounded the statue after protesters stomped on it and covered it with dirt. Gov. Roy Cooper’s office said it was in contact with local police and the university in the wake of the incident.“Governor Cooper has been in contact with local law enforcement and UNC officials regarding tonight’s rally and appreciates their efforts to keep people safe,” Cooper’s office said in a statement. “The Governor understands that many people are frustrated by the pace of change and he shares their frustration, but violent destruction of public property has no place in our communities.”Cooper proposed moving the Confederate-era monuments last year in the wake of a violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year that left one dead and 19 others injured.The August 2017 rally began over the planned removal of a monument of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Australia-based oil and gas company Otto Energy has decided that it will not be participating in the drilling of Byron Energy’s SM 71 F4 well in the Gulf of Mexico.SM 71 F platform; Source: ByronIn late August, Byron proposed the SM 71 F4 well, a D5 Sand extension well designated the Sausage prospect, to its 50-50 partner Otto Energy.Under the terms of the SM 71 offshore operating agreement, Otto had until September 30 to respond. Byron was notified that Otto elected not to participate in the drilling of the well.According to the company, the well was assigned a gross 1.26 million barrels of oil and 0.75 bcf of gas. Under the SM 71 operating agreement, Byron has 120 days to spud the SM 71 F4 well.Byron said that it also submitted an authority for expenditure to Otto for a compressor upgrade to the jointly owned SM 71 F platform.Otto approved the compressor upgrade to minimize production downtime while drilling. The two companies agreed the SM 71 F4 well would not be drilled until after the new compressor was.The compressor is expected to be installed in late November or early December this year while Byron expects to spud the SM 71 F4 well in January of 2020 with completion operations to follow immediately if the well is successful. Since Otto refused to participate in the well drilling, Byron will take up 100 percent of the drilling expenses.It is worth noting that the SM 71 F4 well is fully permitted and ready to drill and it is anticipated that the Enterprise 263 rig will be used for the drilling.Also, during the 30-day election period, Byron and Otto discussed the SM 71 F5 well. Byron will submit the SM 71 F5 authority for expenditure and proposal in due course.The company added that if the next well was not successful, the well would be left in a manner that it could be used for future wells such as the SM 71 F5 well by side-tracking below surface casing.Maynard V. Smith, Byron CEO, said: “The SM 71 F4 well is an attractive target from both a reserve and risk standpoint and we look forward to drilling it early next year.“Our seismic data does a very good job of delineating the Sausage prospect and if successful, will increase D5 Sand reserves.“We are disappointed that Otto will not be a part of this well, but this is the right time to drill and bring on new production in the life cycle of the SM 71 platform and project.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
French veteran Thierry Henry has brought down the curtain on a stellar career, announcing his retirement from football on Tuesday.Henry, 37, ended his four-and-a-half-year stay with MLS club New York Red Bulls earlier this month ahead of his contract expire at the end of the year.The former France international, who won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as he amassed 123 international caps, was linked with an emotional return to Arsenal.But Henry – Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer with 228 goals – has decided to call time on his career, making the announcement via his official Facebook page.Henry will work as a pundit for Sky Sports next year.”After 20 years in the game I have decided to retire from professional football,” Henry wrote.”It has been an incredible journey and I would like to thank all the fans, teammates and individuals involved with AS Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona, the New York Red Bulls and of course the French National Team that have made my time in the game so special. “It is now time for a different career path and I am pleased to say that I will be returning to London and joining Sky Sports.”I will hopefully,share some of the insights, observations and experiences I have learnt over the years with you guys.”I have had some amazing memories [mostly good!] and a wonderful experience. I hope you have enjoyed watching as much as I have enjoyed taking part.”See you on the other side…”Henry enjoyed a trophy-laden career, winning titles in three different countries. After lifting the Ligue 1 title with Monaco in 1996-97, Henry went on to claim two Premier League titles, three FA Cups as well as two Community Shields during his Arsenal spell.He also clinched two La Liga crowns and the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League among others as a Barcelona player.
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Of all Drake’s sideline antics from Game 1 of the NBA Finals, none were more disturbing than when the rapper was seen plucking something out of Stephen Curry’s hair Thursday night.It turns out Drake struck gold when he pulled some lint off the Warriors star’s head. He later playfully suggested he would make a profit off Curry’s lint.
2 December 2009South African healthcare insurer Discovery has announced its intention to expand into China with the acquisition of a 24.99% stake in Ping An Health Insurance.While China’s private health insurance market is still nascent, there is strong growth potential – in 2007, gross written premiums were approximately 19-billion Yuan (R21-billion), while McKinsey & Company estimates that in 2008, private healthcare premiums reached approximately 55-billion Yuan (R59-billion).The Chinese company is owned by Ping An Insurance, the second largest insurer in China with a market capitalisation of 292-billion Yuan (about R319-billion).“Ping An is an excellent partner,” Discovery CEO Adrian Gore said in a statement this week. “The group is a leader in the Chinese insurance market, providing immediate scale, brand and distribution capability in this rapidly growing market.”Social health insurance limitationsWhile large portions of the Chinese population are covered by the Social Health Insurance (SHI) system, this has strict coverage caps and co-payments, and there is inadequate access to top-tier hospitals and healthcare facilities.According to Discovery, this inadequate cover, coupled with increasing consumer awareness about the need for preventive healthcare, has created demand for private medical insurance.The growing disposable income amongst the 25-40 million middle-class households means many consumers can afford top-up cover, while there is also increasing demand for cover for private healthcare facilities, diagnostics and branded drugs that fall outside the limited SHI schedule of benefits.According to Discovery, the Chinese government recognises the limitations of the SHI, and through their reform process, is encouraging private healthcare insurance providers to play an active role in developing a multi-level health insurance system.Ping An Health currently holds one of a limited number of health insurance licences issued by the Chinese Insurance Regulatory Commission.Middle and upper class customers“Ping An Group currently has a 30% share of the ‘riders’ or ‘supplementary’ private health insurance market,” said Gore. “In 2005, Ping An grasped the enormous growth opportunity and potential of the comprehensive health insurance market, and Ping An Health was established in Shanghai.”Ping An Health’s products and services are primarily aimed at middle and upper income customers, and it has branches in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. It has recorded significant growth over the last three years with sales increasing more than 400% over the period.“Ping An Health is a fast-growing, well capitalised business,” said Gore. “We are confident that it will be able to maintain its growth trajectory as the Chinese health insurance market develops and it is able to leverage off Ping An group’s comprehensive distribution network and scale in the Chinese market.”The conclusion of the transaction is subject to definitive agreement between the parties, following which it would be subject to the requisite regulatory approvals and other conditions precedent.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Hailing from a family of staunch Congress supporters, Ashish Deshmukh’s decision to contest the 2014 Assembly polls as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate came as a surprise to many. However he could not adjust to the party and resigned as MLA to return to the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls this year. Though he did not contest those elections, and his Assembly seat went to NCP, the young politician was asked to take on Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in Nagpur South West, considered as one of the most difficult seats for the Congress. He tells The Hindu why he feels this is the best opportunity for him, how the CM could not perform despite his five-year mandate, and why senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari is close to him.You are battling one of the toughest battles in the State. What are you telling the voters of Nagpur?Devendra Fadnavis closed down his residence in Nagpur and went to Mumbai five years ago. He has lost touch with the people and is considered an outsider. People here feel neglected. He has lost affection for the city. In last five years as Chief Minister he could not open a single manufacturing unit or big industry in Nagpur. Employment generation is zero. Then what is the use of having a Chief Minister from the city? The economic slowdown has affected existing industries where retrenchment is happening. There is anger against Chief Minister’s policies.Devendra Fadnavis however claims to have brought development to the city. What is your response?He is talking about Nagpur Metro or concrete roads. Did anyone ask for Metro in Nagpur? Where exactly does he want people to go in this Metro? The city already had good roads. Is this the development that a Chief Minister should be talking about? These projects have emptied government treasury. From national level to the State, such wrong policies of the government are putting financial burden on government, banks and ultimately on common people. Maharashtra happened to be the driving force behind country’s growth but now it is in a shambles. Mr. Fadnavis is to be blamed for this. My allegation is that he or the BJP is not at all working to bring prosperity, jobs and wealth in Vidarbha. You quit the BJP at a time when party is at the prime of its performance. Do you ever feel that it was a wrong decision?No. I understand that this is an ideological battle. Nagpur has always been with Gandhi and Ambedkar, never with Hegdewar or Golwalkar. I quit BJP because it is a party of loudmouths who do no work. Congress could not have given me better opportunity. The party is in my blood. Mr. Fadnavis is a symbol of all things wrong with the BJP and I will defeat him.But he has emerged as the strongest leader in the party, be it Nagpur or Maharashtra.That’s the difference between him and leaders like Nitin Gadkari. Mr. Gadkari kept cordial relations with all. On the contrary Mr. Fadnavis was aloof and kept himself busy in enlarging his own image. He will remain alone after elections as he will be defeated. He worked on isolating Mr. Gadkari, (Vinod) Tawde or Chandrashekhar Bawankule. It is going to have a strong reaction from the community that was traditionally with the BJP. While traditional Congress voters are with me, Mr. Fadnavis is going to face troubles due to ongoing Save Merit Save Nation movement.Do you have cordial relations with Nitin Gadkari?Of course. He is the one who helped me in politics. In 2014, I was one of the leading MLAs who made a demand to make him Chief Minister. Everybody knows it. I am sure that he will have his good wishes for me in this election.What is the reason that the issue of separate Vidarbha is missing from this election?I always worked in favour of this demand. I sat on fasts, arranged protests. I felt that BJP is positive on this. But they took no steps in the last five years. They are anti-Vidarbha. CM, while in opposition had moved a Private Member’s Bill for a separate Vidarbha seven times. He too protested, and approached the Centre. But when he was appointed as head of State, he became a Mumbaikar and forgot about Vidarbha. He says he will wait for the right time. I think, it is time to make him sit at home.Nagpur Congress is infested with infighting and groupism. Is the party able to set aside differences and work as a unit?The party is united from Delhi to every gully. We are all working together without any problem. But when a party like BJP which worked for five years only for collecting money is against you, it is obvious that the money will be used for elections. But it is the people who have decided to throw the BJP out.