Stocks to watch: Will these FTSE 100 UK shares soar or plummet in 2021?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Stocks to watch: Will these FTSE 100 UK shares soar or plummet in 2021? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kirsteen 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. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 | More on: BT-A SLA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The world is constantly changing, and investment opportunities are always arising. Coming into 2020, few of us could have anticipated which FTSE 100 stocks would soar or plummet. It’s been a roller coaster, to say the least. But out of the carnage many great UK shares are being revealed and many that suffered still live to tell the tale. That’s why I think buy-and-hold is the best investing strategy anyone can choose. Here are some stocks I’m watching in the months ahead.Will BT shares recover in 2021?Telecoms group BT (LSE:BT-A) is restructuring in a bid to boost revenues. The BT share price plummeted this year and is down almost 33% year-to-date. Covid-19 obviously sent it crashing in March. But its dire state of repair, high debt, cancelled dividend and low profit, kept it there. Competition and regulation have suppressed company profits in recent years, weighing heavily on the BT share price. It is down over 72% in the past five years.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…BT must cough up a fair amount to remove all traces of Huawei from its infrastructure and will need to spend more to upgrade in alignment with technological advancements. Nevertheless, it should be due help from the British government in achieving this and I don’t think it will go bust. Personally, I think there are better UK shares out there and BT will take a while to recover. I also think volatility will continue for the BT share price throughout 2021.Is Standard Life Aberdeen a good buy?Standard Life Aberdeen (LSE:SLA) is a FTSE 100 investment company popular with income investors. Its share price remains down nearly 16% year-to-date but has been recovering on the back of the November rally. Standard Life shares have been extremely volatile this year, but its generous dividend yield has kept investors in the game.It has a yield of 7.6% today and price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) is 25, while earnings per share are 11p. There are concerns the company may cut the dividend in 2021 to strengthen its balance sheet. But not everyone shares this view. The company is already invested in its share buyback program, which it intends to complete this year. JP Morgan also indicated it thinks Standard Life might look to acquisitions to continue to grow through 2021. It’s not a cheap UK share, but its dividend yield is very tempting. I’d consider buying Standard Life shares next year.Are Aviva shares a good FTSE 100 buy now?Aviva is a FTSE 100 insurance company. It sold its Italian life joint venture stake for €400m in late November. This came after a sale of its Aviva Singapore arm in September. Both brought the value of the company up and helps streamline the business.The Aviva brand is very well known and under new leadership determined to benefit shareholders. It looks to be embarking on a new chapter. With its very attractive dividend yield of nearly 7% I think it looks a good addition to a long-term investment portfolio. Its P/E remains very low around five, so it’s also a cheap UK share.Apart from these UK shares, I like the look of Vodafone’s foray into 5G. And its dividend yield of over 6% is also tempting. I think Vodafone is another stock to watch as it’s had a dismal few years but may return to growth in 2021.  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. 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Bic Residence / NatureHumaine

first_img Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778142/bic-v-angl-naturehumaine Clipboard photographs:  Adrien WilliamsPhotographs:  Adrien WilliamsCity:RimouskiCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrien WilliamsRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0FastenersSchöckRainscreen Cladding Facade Fasteners – Isolink®MetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedSave this picture!Underground Floor PlanText description provided by the architects. In the Rimouski region, close to the Bic National Park, the clients own of a small house located on the heights of the village that they wish to extend while retaining a trace of its presence. Their new needs lead to completely transform and enlarge the original house. Two volumes of wood and steel are juxtaposed in an L shape to the existing volume coated in brick, now containing the entry,office space and living room.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsThe two new volumes host the kitchen and dining room on the ground floor and the bedrooms and bathrooms on the second floor. The two new overlapping boxes protrude towards the edge of the forest allowing to insert a new terrace overloking the garden.Double height volumes flooded with natural light are thus defined at the junction of the three boxes. Organising the inner space, they delineate pictureframes onto the surounding landscape. A color palette composed of gray, black and blue juxtaposed to cedar wood corridors create a visual and geometric continuity within the living spaces.Save this picture!© Adrien WilliamsProject gallerySee allShow lessCreate Your Own Holiday Scenes With Rich McCor’s Paper CutoutsArchitecture NewsMalmö Live / schmidt hammer lassen architectsSelected Projects Share Photographs Area:  3860 m² Area:  3860 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 2015 Projects Save this picture!© Adrien Williams+ 18 Share Canada Bic Residence / NatureHumaine Year:  CopyHouses•Rimouski, Canada “COPY” Bic Residence / NatureHumaineSave this projectSaveBic Residence / NatureHumaine Architects: NatureHumaine Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/778142/bic-v-angl-naturehumaine Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeNatureHumaineOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRimouskiCanadaPublished on December 06, 2015Cite: “Bic Residence / NatureHumaine” 06 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeBathroomsGeberitBathroom Series – ONESkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassAluminium CompositesAmerican MetalcraftAluminum Panels – Decorative Fencing for BridgesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsWater Facade PanelDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Concealed Sliding Door | MareaWall / Ceiling LightsiGuzziniExterior Light – WalkyWoodPlycoWood Boards – Birch LaserplyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Standards need to be set to ensure quality of coaching

first_imgThe sudden proliferation of agencies offering coaching to executives has ledto a wildly uneven quality of serviceIn business, the demand for better results, improved performance andincreased productivity grows daily. The impact of these demands on the peoplewho must deliver them is often ignored. While in the City having your own personal coach has become a status symbol,many more organisations should be considering coaching. In many workplaces, itis no longer enough to be a manager – you must be a coach as well. Coaching is a way of helping people achieve more but in a fulfilling manner– and perhaps bringing a little humanity and joy to the workplace. In the world of executive coaching – a one-on-one relationship with aprofessional, usually from outside the organisation, lasting anything from afew weeks to a year – the potential benefits could be lost in the confusionthat is beginning to characterise provision in this area. There has been a proliferation of agencies providing executive coaching –’boutique’ consultancies, offshoots of larger consultancies and trainingorganisations, as well as independent coaches. The people offering executive coaching come from a variety of backgrounds,including the psychological and psychotherapeutic disciplines, training andconsultancy, sport, ‘popular’ psychology and from the business world, wheresome managers chose to engage in a second career. The offerings varyconsiderably as well, and include programmes lasting from a few weeks to a yearor more; from programmes where the content is driven by the provider’sbackground and expertise, to those where it is driven by the needs andinterests of the participant. There are no agreed standards, principles, or ethics. There are for instancequite differing positions on who the client is. Is it the person being coachedor the person who is paying the bill? The answer has a major impact on issuessuch as confidentiality and on the goals agreed. Professionals with a background in say psychotherapy tend to view the personbeing coached as the client. I believe this is not right, in most cases atleast. Where the employer organisation is paying the bills, and the coaching isdesigned to help the individual achieve business goals, then the organisationis the client – and should have certain ‘rights’ over the intended outcomes. Supervision also remains a grey area. The notion of supervision is borrowedfrom the counselling profession and describes the relationship between theprofessional and another, usually more experienced, colleague. It ensures the best interests of the individual being coached and the clientorganisation are protected and that the coach is supported and continueslearning. Very few coaches have this as a regular feature but it is a strongindicator of professionalism. There are no standards for the training of coaches. The small number ofproviders that offer such training have very different course structures, whichvary from two-day workshops to year-long programmes. The School of Coachinghas, however, recently started training business coaches and it is certified bythe University of Strathclyde. It’s not yet the Wild West. And in many ways it is an inevitable part of afast-growing, important and exciting discipline that has yet to agree rules,regulations and standards. But changes are inevitable. Standards need to be defined. We need aregulating body. It is imperative that such a body is as inclusive as possibleand the diversity that is currently a problem is also a source of richness,creativity and learning. And it is vital that these changes happen beforeclients become disillusioned and executive coaching becomes devalued. Watch this space. Until then we must rely on encouraging and educatingconsumers to ask tough questions. By Myles Downey, director of studies at the Work Foundation Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Standards need to be set to ensure quality of coachingOn 21 May 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Prince’s Band The Revolution Announces New Year’s Plans & 2018 Dates

first_imgThough it had been many years since they performed together, Prince’s backing band The Revolution reunited in honor of The Purple One’s untimely death back in September of 2016. After reuniting, the members of The Revolution decided to continue honoring Prince’s legacy with a full fledged tour across the country that concluded this summer of 2017. After such a successful time on the road, The Revolution have now confirmed they will perform additional dates in North America this coming New Year’s weekend, in addition to more shows in 2018. The Revolution is Wendy Melvoin, bassist Brown Mark (Mark Brown), drummer Bobby Z (Robert Rivkin) and keyboardists Matt Fink and Lisa Coleman. Two shows are set for New Year’s weekend in Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, LA. The band will reconvene in February for a trio of shows in New Orleans, LA, Ft. Lauderdale, FL and finally, Atlanta, GA (Brown mark’s current homebase).The Revolution formed in 1979 when Prince joined drummer, Bobby Z and keyboardist Matt Fink. Over the next four years, several formations would emerge until finally Prince found the band he felt could master the challenging musicality of his vision.  The legendary final line-up included Lisa Coleman on keyboards/piano, Wendy Melvoin on guitar and Brown Mark on bass. The Revolution was credited on three Prince studio-albums, Purple Rain, Around the World In a Day and Parade while some members also played on 1999, Controversy, Dirty Mind, Around The World in A Day and Sign O The Times. Together, they earned multiple #1 hits, as well as two Grammy® Awards and an Oscar, with the song “Purple Rain,” for Best Original Song Score in 1985.THE REVOLUTION 2017/2018 Tour Itinerary:December 29 1st Bank Center Broomfield, CO (with My Morning Jacket)December 31 Paragon Casino Resort Marksville, LAFebruary 22 The Joy Theater New Orleans, LAFebruary 23 Revolution Live Ft. Lauderdale, FLFebruary 24 The Tabernacle Atlanta, GA*More dates TBA*last_img read more

Trail Mix – The Congress CD Release!

first_imgYou have to love a good homecoming.For The Congress, having returned home to Richmond after forming in Denver, that will never ring truer than tomorrow night, when the band celebrates the release of its new record, The Game, with a host of hometown friends, family, and fans at The Broadberry.The Game, the band’s second full length record, was self-produced and recorded in both Denver and Richmond. It sizzles with the band’s blend of psychedelic old school country soul.Having toured with the likes of Lake Street Dive, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Hard Working Americans, The Congress is now set to make a run across the country on a headlining tour.Perhaps the most memorable stop on the run will be tomorrow’s release party. There is just nothing like pulling out all the stops for the hometown folks.I was happy to catch up with the band and pepper them with questions about life on the road.BRO – Best way to pass time in the van?TC – Turd Ferguson. Yes, Turd Ferguson. This is a trivia game we created a few years back using Trivial Pursuit cards from 1981 and 1984. Over the years, we have written an extensive “constitution” of sorts that outlines the rules of the game. We have spent days playing and have gone through four boxes of trivia cards. The game is temporarily stalled, as we haven’t purchased more cards, but Turd Ferguson will live on.BRO – Any preshow rituals?TC – We have an exercise we call “stirring the pot.” We link hands and make a circular motion while screaming nonsense louder and louder as the rotations get quicker. It’s pretty silly, but usually it gets us pumped up.BRO – After the show, I just want to . . . . TC –  . . . dance with somebody, somebody who loves me.BRO – Three items you would like to add to your rider, just to see if you could get them?TC – An O2 tank. We had one backstage at Red Rocks and it was awesome. A ping pong table, as we pride ourselves on being an exceptional ping pong band. And an M&Ms and Goldfish mixture, which makes for a surprisingly delicious combo.BRO – City you have played that made you think, “Yeah, I could live here.”TC – Seattle.BRO – Most interesting item ever tossed on stage?TC – Someone put a napkin filled with psychedelic mushrooms on stage in Jackson, Mississippi, a few weeks ago.BRO – One item you cannot hit the road without?TC – Pillow.  Crucial.BRO – One thing you never want to hear the sound technician say?TC – “This is my first day.”BRO – Lastly, how does it feel to be putting this record out in front of the hometown crowd?TC – Comfortable. It’s hard to say how this record will be received by the world, but we know that the home team in Virginia will always show support, as they do with all local bands. It will be a good boost of confidence before we hit the road.The Congress will be celebrating the release of their new record, The Game, tomorrow night at The Broadberry in Richmond. Trail Mix wants to give you and a friend the opportunity to check out the show for free!Take a shot at our trivia question down below. Email your answer to [email protected] Don’t drop you answer in the comments section here! A winner of two passes to tomorrow night’s show at The Broadberry will be chosen from all correct answers received by 8 A.M. tomorrow morning. Good luck!Question . . . . . . . How many people currently serve in the United States Congress?If you can’t make tomorrow night’s show, surf over to the band’s website to see when The Congress might be rocking a stage near you. Also, make sure you check out “The Game,” the title track from the new record, on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Chile Shines in Best Warrior 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 21, 2017 Chilean service members fought alongside their peers from the United States and the Czech Republic in the fifth 2017 Best Warrior competition (BWC) held from March 2nd to 4th at Camp Swift, Texas. The annual competition tests their abilities, strength, and resistance on the battlefield. BWC is held by the Texas National Guard to select the best warriors by testing their fighting skills, resistance, intelligence, physical fitness, and military knowledge. Taking part in the competition were 27 service members from the Texas National Guard and Texas Air National Guard, two service members from the Chilean Army, two from the Chilean Navy, and two from the Czech Army. The competition was divided into two categories – one for officers and the other for noncommissioned officers from various units of the participating services. Joint training “It’s worth the effort because it offers something more than a chance for service members to compete for a title,” said Sergeant Major Mark Weedon, the main advisor to the Texas National Guard, according to a press release from that service. “The true value of training comes from the learning that happens when working with other nations in real world operations,” he added. This was the second consecutive year that the Chilean Army was invited to the competition. The exchange is part of a cooperation agreement between Chile and the Texas National Guard under the National Guard’s State Partnership Program, which allows various military units from the United States and different countries to train together and share knowledge and experiences. The Chilean delegation was chosen in a national competition. “This competition was tough and demanding. The main challenge was facing off against service members from other countries, comparing our skills and capabilities under the same conditions and stresses,” said Corporal Second Class Juan Pablo Moncada, from the Chilean Army’s 14th Motorized Infantry Battalion “Aysen”, who took part in the competition. Demonstrating capabilities The three-day competition included 16 timed and marked trials, such as mock urban combat, physical fitness, weapons handling, marching with military gear, nighttime overland orienteering, telecommunications, written tests, personal interviews by a military commission, and battle exercises that are relevant to the current military operations environment. “The nighttime orienteering trial allowed me to put my training to the test. In our country [Chile], the terrain is quite different as far as the vegetation and orientation,” said Corporal 2nd Class Moncada, who came in eighth place in the noncommissioned officer category. “That trial was very hard. I will carry this experience with me through the rest of my career,” he assured. Corporal First Class Camilo Riffo, from the Chilean Army’s 16th Infantry Regiment “Talca”, took second place in the noncommissioned officer category and won the marching trial, which was over 12 miles. “For the Chilean Army, this was hugely positive, despite our scant years of participation. The main impact is the motivational aspect of the personnel,” said Colonel Alejandro Kluck Valenzuela, head of Command Operations Efficiency Department 2 at the Land Operations Command of the Chilean Army. Chilean service members have shared these kinds of experiences through other military events in recent years. For instance, Chile participates in PANAMAX, a multinational exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command, which is a maritime training for protecting the Panama Canal and the Central American region. According to Col. Kluck, this invitation to participate is an “endorsement for the way training is being conducted in the Chilean Army. In addition to marking our presence in high-level competitions and demonstrating our own abilities to the other participating armies, we are brought closer in our interpersonal relations by being subjected to the same extreme demands.” For Chile, it is, “an honor to be considered to take part in such an important competition. We hope to be able to compete every time we have the option to do so,” Col. Kluck said. “This shows the seriousness and the professionalism with which all of the members of this institution work, day in and day out, to be an Army that is committed to its nation and that is decisively advancing towards an increasingly brighter future,” he concluded.last_img read more

Biden’s Win Means a Demotion for Netanyahu and Less Focus on Israel

first_imgMost immediately, analysts and officials said, Israel will feel the transition to a Biden administration as a shift of focus away from the conflict with the Palestinians. With a pandemic, a battered economy and deep societal fissures demanding his attention, Mr. Biden, to the extent he looks abroad, is expected to place greater emphasis on tensions with China and Russia, climate change and repairing the frayed trans-Atlantic alliance.Looming large, however, are questions about Iran. Mr. Biden has spoken of showing Tehran a “path back to diplomacy,” offering to re-enter the Obama administration’s nuclear deal if Iran returns to strict compliance. Mr. Netanyahu crusaded against the agreement and cheered Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from it.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In contrast to Mr. Trump’s favoritism toward Israel, Mr. Biden has promised a return to a more balanced approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.That could mean, analysts and former officials suggested, that if Arab states like Morocco, Oman or Saudi Arabia express willingness to normalize ties with Israel, a Biden administration might encourage them to insist on Israeli concessions to the Palestinians in return.Still, Mr. Biden is under few illusions, his advisers say, that a settlement is achievable with Mr. Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas, the longtime Palestinian president, still in their jobs.- Advertisement –center_img Instead, the new administration is expected to exert a calming influence. That could mean reopening the American consulate in Jerusalem, which Mr. Trump disbanded, as a quasi-embassy to the Palestinians; reopening a Palestinian diplomatic mission in Washington, and restoring U.S. funding for East Jerusalem hospitals, aid projects on the West Bank and Palestinian refugees.last_img read more

Messi divorce: ‘Bombshell’ fax signals end of era, legal fight at Barcelona

first_imgSix-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi told Barcelona he wants to leave — on a free transfer — in a “bombshell” fax on Tuesday that is expected to trigger a legal battle over a buy-out clause worth hundreds of millions of dollars.Signaling the end of an era at Barcelona, where Messi is the record scorer and has won four Champions League titles, the disgruntled Argentine wants to terminate his contract “unilaterally” by triggering a release clause, a source told AFP.Relations have plummeted this year and speculation swirled about Messi’s departure after this month’s humiliating 8-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich, which left Barca without a trophy for the first time since 2007. Drastic changesBarcelona have yet to react officially but are understood to believe Messi’s release clause expired in June, and that he remains under contract until the end of the 2021 season.”In principle, this clause expired on June 10, but the unusual nature of this season disrupted by the coronavirus opened the way for Messi to ask to be released from his contract now,” wrote Spanish sports daily Marca.”It’s the first step towards opening negotiations over his departure, on the basis of which his release clause amounts to 700 million euros ($828 million).”Messi joined Barcelona’s youth academy at the age of 13 and made his debut in 2004 as a 17-year-old, before going on to score a club record 634 goals.  But his future at Barca was thrown into serious doubt by the 8-2 loss to Bayern, the first time Barca had conceded eight goals in a game since losing to Sevilla 8-0 in the 1946 Spanish Cup.The defeat has sparked drastic changes. Coach Quique Setien was sacked after barely six months in charge, and sporting director Eric Abidal was also dismissed.According to Spanish media, Messi met with new coach Ronald Koeman last week and told the Dutchman he saw himself “more out than in” at the club.Koeman has vowed to “fight to put Barca back on top” and said at his unveiling he was hopeful Messi would remain at the club for several more years.But Koeman has reportedly told Luis Suarez he is no longer part of Barca’s plans, delivering a similar message to Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti. The 33-year-old’s demand sparked protests against Barcelona’s under-fire president Josep Maria Bartomeu outside the Camp Nou where Messi, synonymous with the club’s most successful period, is worshipped by fans.”I don’t see him anywhere else. I can’t believe it,” said Ruben Tejero, 28, one of about 100 fans at the stadium calling for Bartomeu to resign.”I prefer to think it’s an ultimatum given to management for Bartomeu to go.”Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Inter Milan are among those to have been linked to Messi, who is among the greatest players in history and has wages to match, with a reported weekly salary of nearly a million euros. ‘Rock bottom'”The club needs changes,” said defender Gerard Pique following the Bayern demolition. “Nobody is untouchable, least of all me. Fresh blood is needed to change this. We’ve hit rock bottom.”Argentine sports daily Ole described Messi’s wish to leave as a “complete bombshell”, but he has had regular disagreements with the club’s board in recent times.The Lisbon loss, Barca’s heaviest in Europe, exposed an ageing team that Messi repeatedly had said was simply not good enough.He said it in February and again in July, when a rant in the aftermath of handing Real Madrid the title turned into a brutal, but honest, assessment of their season. As his relationship with the club hierarchy grew increasingly strained, Messi also reacted publicly when Abidal appeared to blame the players for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January. He also led the fightback from the Barcelona players over a dispute with the board in March regarding pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.”Respect and admiration, Leo. All my support, friend,” tweeted Barca great Carles Puyol, a long-time former team-mate of Messi, to which Suarez replied with two applause emojis.Vidal also tweeted: “When you shut a tiger in a cage he doesn’t give in, he fights back.” Topics :last_img read more

DON’T PARTY YET – DEFENSOR | Quarantine rules relaxed but virus threat remains

first_imgThus, according to the Department of Health, the region’s active COVID-19 cases stood at only 22. * Bacolod City – 10 Defensor urged Ilonggos not to let their guard down and consistently “mag maskara (wear facemask), mag distansya (maintain physical distance from one another) and manghinaw (frequent hand-washing).” There has been no COVID-19 community transmission in the province, Defensor stressed, and no inter-municipality transmission. All persons will be allowed outside their houses, although minimum public health standards will still have to be complied with. Public gatherings such as movie screenings, concerts, sporting events and other entertainment activities will be allowed, but participants may fill no more than half of the capacity of the venue. Defensor recommended a distance of 1.5 meters between persons. An MGCQ is the transition phase between general  community quarantine and the “new normal” when restrictions are further relaxed and become less necessary such as limiting people’s movement and public transportation, the operation of industries and the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine. For 73 days since March, Iloilo province was subjected to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and GCQ. “Ang transmission limited to high-risk contact,” said Defensor. “I am not celebrating kay wala pa matapos ang problema. Amo man gihapon dapat ang aton panghugot,” said Defensor. * Aklan – six * Antique – 14 It was only on May 16 when Iloilo transitioned from ECQ to GCQ. Still, according to Defensor, the further downgrading of the quarantine level and easing of restrictions in Iloilo is an acknowledgement of the effectiveness of the anti-COVID measures that the provincial government has been enforcing such as limiting the movement of people, the mandatory wearing of facemask in public, observance of social distancing, restricting public transport, prohibiting mass gatherings, and imposition of curfew, among others. * Iloilo City – 19 “Ang aton pagsakripisyo, pagpasensya kag pagpaumod nagabunga,” said Defensor. The same rule will apply to religious gatherings, community assemblies and non-essential work gatherings. As recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and announced by President Rodrigo Duterte, Western Visayas is now under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ). As of May 31, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas stood at 113 with 81 patients having recovered and 10 mortalities. Defensor said Iloilo province has only one active case left – a 34-year-old male from Alimodian town (Western Visayas’ Patient No. 103). Here’s the breakdown of the 113 cases: All industries and businesses are now allowed to resume their operation – although at only 50 percent of their operational capacity – to “rally the economy…under a regime of public health standards,” said Defensor. The world is still in the middle of the first wave of the coronavirus outbreak, WHO emergencies head Dr. Mike Ryan told an online briefing, noting that while cases are declining in many countries they are still increasing in Central and South America, South Asia and Africa. * repatriates – 35 (Aklan, two; Antique, four; Guimaras, three; Iloilo province, four; Negros Occidental, seven; Bacolod City, four; Iloilo City, 11) ILOILO – The further downgrading of the community quarantine level in this province is most welcome, according to Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. But this is not yet the time to celebrate because the threat of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains, he stressed. There is still no vaccine against COVID-19, he stressed. There was also a chance that infection rates could rise again more quickly if measures to halt the first wave were lifted too soon, he said. * Iloilo province – 20 * Guimaras – zero Ryan said epidemics often come in waves, which means that outbreaks could come back later this year in places where the first wave has subsided. Just last week, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) warned that countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak. * Negros Occidental – three * Capiz – six He commended mayors for their strict enforcement of quarantine regulations./PNlast_img read more

England’s women are European champions

first_img 7 July 2016 England women reach Euro semi-finals The England women’s team are through to the semi-finals of the European team championship after a narrow 4-3 win over Sweden. Team coach Steve Robinson told his players afterwards: “I’m totally proud of the England woman’s team today, whether you won your points or lost, you battled so hard.” The team got off to a good – but tough – start when they won both morning foursomes 2-0 at Oddur Golf Club in Iceland. Curtis Cup team-mates Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson endured a marathon battle before scoring their point on the 22nd hole. Meanwhile, Bronte Law – another Curtis Cup player – and Emma Allen won their game 1up. The singles were equally tough, with Sweden staging a great fightback. But again the Curtis Cup players came through with Alice Hewson winning 3/2 and Bronte Law providing the winning point with her 2/1 victory. Elsewhere, however, there was bad news for England’s other three teams, who all lost in their first match pay round. The girls, who reached the championship match play flight at Oslo Golf Club in Norway, are now out of the medal hunt after losing 5-2 to Sweden. The team’s points were scored by Lily May Humphreys and Amelia Williamson in the foursomes and by Humphreys in the singles. The men’s team, who are playing for place after missing the championship flight at Chantilly, France, lost 3-2 to Switzerland. The team’s points were scored in the singes by Alfie Plant (5/3) and Adam Chapman (3/2). The boys’ team, also playing for place at Diamond Country Club, Austria, lost 1½-3½ to Slovenia. Matty Lamb won his singles 3/2 while John Gough halved. Click here for full scores 6 July 2016 Women and girls in hunt for Euro medals England’s women and girls are in the hunt for medals at the European team championships. Both teams came through the qualifying stages of the championships within the top eight places and are now in the quarter finals. The women finished sixth in qualifying, while the girls were seventh. Both teams will play Sweden in the quarter finals, with the women’s matches taking place at Oddur Golf Club, Iceland and the girls’ in Oslo Golf Club, Norway. Top scorer for the women’s team was Curtis Cup player Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) who was two-over par for the 36 holes of qualifying. Lily May Humphreys, 14, (Channels) led the girls’ scoring on level par. To contest for a medal at the championships it is essential to finish in the top eight after the qualifying stages. Both the England men and boys missed out on a place in the medal flights in their championships, played respectively in Chantilly, France and Diamond Country Club, Austria. The men finished 10th and will play for place in Flight Two. Their first match is against Switzerland. The boys finished ninth, five shots behind eighth placed Sweden. They also will play for place and their first match is against Slovenia tomorrow. Teams: Women – Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and OIivia Winning (Rotherham). Girls – Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale), Sharna Dutrieux (Wrotham Heath), Lily May Humphreys (Channels), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer). Men – Jamie Bower (Meltham), Adam Chapman (Windermere), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood),  Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park). Boys – Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Callum Farr (Priors Hall) John Gough (Stoke Park, Matty Lamb (Hexham), Daniel O’Loughlin (Ruddington Grange) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor). Click here for full scores Caption: The England women’s team. Back row, from left: Alice Hewson, Meghan MacLaren, Olivia Winning. Front row: Bronte Law, Emma Allen, Lizzie Prior.  (Image copyright EGA and Oddur GC) The England women’s team are European champions for the first time in 23 years. The team are celebrating a superb campaign after they beat Spain 4-3 at Oddur Golf Club in Iceland to win the gold medal at European ladies’ team championship. It’s their first victory since 1993 when, coincidentally, they also beat Spain to the title. Since then they’ve had three silvers and, for the past three years, they’ve been involved in bronze medal play-offs but have left the championships empty handed on each occasion. Today, though, it was the gold medal, with the winning point scored by English champion Bronte Law, who won all five of her games in last month’s Curtis Cup match. The team, coached by Steve Robinson of Yorkshire and captained by Anne Baines of Lancashire, was Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and OIivia Winning (Rotherham). The final was incredibly tight with six of the day’s seven matches going to the 18th hole. Only Law and partner Emma Allen won a game in comfortable fashion, claiming the team’s morning foursomes point 5/4. In the other foursomes Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson lost 1 down. In the singles, England quickly moved ahead in the early stages but were steadily pegged back by Spain. It eventually fell to the team’s three Curtis Cup players to provide the necessary points for victory with MacLaren, Hewson and Law all winning 1up. Allen and Winning, who was playing the world number three, were both beaten by the same narrow margin. Steve Robinson said: “The Curtis Cup girls have been immense with their performances but the other girls have been huge as well. They have dug in and fought for every single point. There has been a huge fighting spirit and never once did I see heads go down. We just all thought we could win. “Spain played some great golf this afternoon but Meghan just ground it out, followed by Alice, who ground it out, and Bronte, who likes a starring role!” He also paid tribute to Winning, Allen and to Lizzie Prior, who, said Robinson: “Didn’t play as much, but she was a massive support and I can’t thank her enough. Anne has been a great captain, very, very supportive and everyone at England Golf has gone above and beyond. Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf’s Women’s Performance Manager said: “I could not be happier for Steve and the team. This title is a product of huge belief, long-term hard work and determination.” Elsewhere there were good wins for England’s three other teams at their respective European championships. The England girls beat the hosts, Norway, 3.5-1.5 at Oslo Golf Club, to finish 5th in their Flight A. It was the best result they could achieve after losing their quarter-final match. The England men beat the Netherlands 3.5-1.5 in Chantilly, France, and finished 13th overall in their championship, securing their place for next year. The England boys beat Wales 4.5-0.5 in Austria and also finished 13th in their championship, securing their place for 2017. Teams: Girls – Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale), Sharna Dutrieux (Wrotham Heath), Lily May Humphreys (Channels), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer). Men – Jamie Bower (Meltham), Adam Chapman (Windermere), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood),  Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park). Boys – Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Callum Farr (Priors Hall) John Gough (Stoke Park, Matty Lamb (Hexham), Daniel O’Loughlin (Ruddington Grange) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor). Click here for full scores Caption: The winning England team, from left: Emma Allen, Olivia Winning, Lizzie Prior, Steve Robinson (coach), Alice Hewson, Bronte Law, Meghan MacLaren and Anne Baines (captain). 8th July 2016 Super singles take England women into Euro final The England women’s team put on a great singles performance today to beat Switzerland 4-3 and reach the final of the European ladies’ team championship in Iceland. They will play Spain tomorrow. England were put on the back foot in their semi-final after narrow defeats in the morning’s two foursomes games, with Alice Hewson and Meghan MacLaren losing on the 21st and Emma Allen and Bronte Law bowing out on the 18th. But they came out in determined mood in the singles, with big wins for Hewson (5/4), Law (6/4) and MacLaren (4/3) before a brave 1 up win by Allen took them over the line and into the final. Allen had been four down after seven holes but, in the words of team coach Steve Robinson: “She just ground it out and ground it out. It’s hugely windy here but Emma made an absolutely amazing birdie on the 17th to go one up and closed it out with a par on the last.” He went on: “All week the spirit and the belief has been massive. We have totally believed that we can play anyone. We have prepared and we have dealt with adversity and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they have made.” The last time England reached the final was in 2009 when they won the silver medal. The team last won the gold medal in 1993. Elsewhere, the England girls’ team put on another excellent singles show to defeat Denmark 3-2 in Norway. The girls also lost their foursomes when Louisa Brunt and Sharna Dutriuex were beaten on the 18th and had another setback when Lily May Humphreys lost the top singles 4/3. But Amelia Williamson (3/1), Bel Wardle (1up) and Emily Price (2/1) delivered the necessary points for a 3-2 win. The girls lost their quarter-final yesterday but are aiming to finish no worse than fifth in the championship. In tomorrow’s final game they play Norway to decide their placing. In France the England men returned to form with a 4.5-0.5 win over Portugal in Flight B. Teenagers Bradley Moore and Marco Penge led the way in the foursomes (3/2) and were followed in the singles by wins from Jamie Bower (6/4) Scott Gregory (3/2), and Alfie Plant (2/1) with a halved match for Adam Chapman. In Austria, the England boys did even better with a 5-0 win over Portugal in Flight B. Dan O’Loughlin and Toby Briggs won the foursomes 54/ while singles wins came from Matty Lamb (2up) Callum Farr (2/1), John Gough (1up) and Charlie Strickland (3/1) Teams: Women – Emma Allen (Meon Valley), Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted), Bronte Law (Bramhall), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough), Lizzie Prior (Burhill) and OIivia Winning (Rotherham). Girls – Louisa Brunt (Royal Birkdale), Sharna Dutrieux (Wrotham Heath), Lily May Humphreys (Channels), Emily Price (Cleobury Mortimer), Bel Wardle (Prestbury) and Amelia Williamson (Royal Cromer). Men – Jamie Bower (Meltham), Adam Chapman (Windermere), Scott Gregory (Corhampton), Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park), Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood),  Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park). Boys – Toby Briggs (Dunston Hall), Callum Farr (Priors Hall) John Gough (Stoke Park, Matty Lamb (Hexham), Daniel O’Loughlin (Ruddington Grange) and Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor). 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