Forget buy-to-let: I think these 2 FTSE 100 stocks can help you obtain a £1m ISA

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! James J. McCombie owns shares of Scottish Mortgage Inv Trust. 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. James J. McCombie | Monday, 20th July, 2020 | More on: INF SMT “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Forget buy-to-let: I think these 2 FTSE 100 stocks can help you obtain a £1m ISA Although it might be the right path for some, buy-to-let is a tough investment to make and manage. I am willing to bet that for the majority looking to build wealth, a Stocks and Shares ISA built around FTSE 100 stocks might be a better option. ISAs are easy to open. You can build up ISA wealth gradually, investing any amount regularly and spread the risk across multiple stocks.Compare the ease of ISA investment with the work required for buy-to-let. First, you have to buy the property. That usually means getting a mortgage and making repayments. Next, you have to find reliable tenants because missed rent payments could make mortgage repayments difficult. Then there are the costs of maintaining the property.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 the long run, an ISA portfolio can swell to quite a size, and yes, there are ISA millionaires out there. That portfolio can provide income, via dividends, in retirement. If you want to cash the portfolio in, it’s as simple as clicking ‘sell’ on your ISA provider’s website – compare that to trying to sell a house.So if the idea of a Stocks and Shares ISA sounds appealing, here are two FTSE 100 stocks that I would buy and hold inside one.Informa your ISARight now, the Informa (LSE: INF) share price of 428p looks like a bargain. The coronavirus crisis shut down Informa’s events business, and events deliver about 65% of revenues, which explains why the shares are trading 49% lower than there were a year ago. However, subscription-linked businesses account for 35% of Informa’s revenues, and these have continued to trade well. A recent £1bn equity raise has strengthened the balance sheet, at the cost of diluting shareholders. Informa has not had to ask its debtholders for any favours as yet. A healthy balance sheet and ongoing subscription businesses are buying time for Informa’s events business to get back on track. Investors like to look for catalysts to get a share price moving and being allowed to host events will be such an event for the Informa share price.The prospect of a return for some major events in China from this month onwards is a welcome sign. The long term prospects look good for Informa with 90% of analysts rate it as a buy. Since the share price is so low at present, they reckon investors could make 88%+ over the next 12 months by investing in this FTSE 100 share. A FTSE 100 stock with a differenceShares in Scottish Mortgage Trust (LSE: SMT) have returned 64% over the last year, comfortably beating the FTSE 100’s return of -18%. The rather drab title of the company is at odds with its business of maintaining a rather exciting investment portfolio. Buying shares in Scottish Mortage gets you access to this portfolio, which is overseen by an experienced management team.A Stocks and Shares ISA is probably going to be built around UK-listed companies, many of them in the FTSE 100 index. Buying Scottish Mortage trust shares gains an investor exposure to companies listed in the US, Europe, and China. There is also exposure to unlisted companies. Both of these attributes will help to diversify a portfolio of publically traded, UK-based shares.Scottish Mortage’s investments could be volatile in the future. 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Charity Commission publishes top charities’ accounts online

first_img From the beginning of April, members of the public have been able to scrutinise the accounts of over £10 billion of charitable income via the Charity Commission’s Web site.The Charity Commission has launched its online database of charity accounts and governing documents, starting with those of 300 leading charities in England and Wales. The initiative is an attempt to promote greater transparency and accountability in the sector.The new database of charity financial information is part of the Charity Commission’s eBusiness strategy that, over the next two years, will enable charities to file their annual returns online and new organisations to register as charities online. Advertisement Howard Lake | 20 April 2004 | News This first stage is a pilot project. It includes data from 100 charities in Llandudno and Dorking as well as that from the 300 large charities.The Commission says that this new service will be complementary to that which will be launched by GuideStar UK in April 2005. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Finance Giving/Philanthropycenter_img  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity Commission publishes top charities’ accounts online 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Workers resist unsafe conditions

first_imgAll over the country, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, workers are fighting for and winning safer working conditions, the right to stay home and income protection. They are both unionized and nonunionized and work in a range of occupations. Here is a sampling of their successful struggles.Cleveland construction workers win right to stay homeOhio Gov. Mike DeWine announced a “stay at home” order on March 22 that went into effect at midnight the next day. All “non-essential” businesses were ordered closed. The order, however, deemed housing construction “essential,” meaning that construction of new, expensive condos in areas being gentrified would continue. Construction workers, fearful for their safety, were being forced to continue working without proper sanitation, on jobs where safe “social distancing” was impossible. The workers, who argued that their work is in no way essential and they should not have to work under unsafe conditions, had been told by officials in Cleveland’s building trades unions that if they took a voluntary layoff they could not collect unemployment benefits.On March 23, workers reported to work as usual at a construction project in a Cleveland neighborhood recently reinvented with the made-up name “Hingetown.” This small section of Ohio City is undergoing a second wave of gentrification, forcing many residents to seek housing elsewhere and tying up traffic with an abundance of luxury apartment construction.Unwilling to continue working unsafely, the union electricians walked off the job, while union plumbers began a sit-down. Before morning’s end, and after workers met with construction company management and union leadership, the workers won the right to take voluntary layoffs and collect unemployment.Workers at other construction sites have reportedly been taking similar actions. They need supporters to call Gov. DeWine at 614-644-4357 and ask that he declare this unsafe work non-essential.Trader Joe’s workers win hazard pay  Under the banner “We won!” on March 20, the Coalition for a Trader Joe’s Union announced a victory won from the company in response to a petition seeking a “special bonus pool” for all the company’s employees. The concession was time and a half pay in recognition of the hazards Trader Joe’s workers face by keeping stores open in the midst of the pandemic.The coalition is still seeking paid sick leave for workers who are at high risk  and paid family leave for workers who have children at home from school but no access to child care. Another key issue concerns workers’ right to wear gloves when working cash registers. While the corporation claims to have a policy providing this minimal protection, workers complain of still being sent home without pay for refusing to work registers without gloves. DCH1 Amazonians United Members together with Amazon workers from around the worldAmazon workers win paid time off for allWith so many workers temporarily out of work, the struggle for paid time off is of primary importance, especially for low-wage workers. Amazon warehouse workers at the DCH1 warehouse in Chicago began demanding PTO in January after reading in the employee handbook that everyone working 20 hours or more a week was entitled to it. The company tried to claim only full-time workers could take days off with pay.Most of the workers at DCH1 are Black and Latinx. When they met with the company, “They talked to us like stupid workers who can’t read.” (Amazonians United) The workers’ group, DCH1 Amazonians United, distributed leaflets and wore buttons that read “Amazonians United for PTO.” Strike talk was part of the conversation.The campaign for PTO picked up steam when the COVID-19 crisis really hit, and Amazonians also began demanding protections to prevent the spread of COVID-19.On March 20, the company issued a memo informing all Amazon workers — not just workers at DCH1 — they were eligible for PTO.NYC’s $12 billion emergency reliefA $12 billion relief plan to help businesses and workers impacted by the pandemic in New York City was proposed at the March 19 City Council meeting. The multipronged plan includes a temporary universal basic income for all New Yorkers and unemployment protections for those who have had their hours cut, workers in the gig economy and freelancers. The plan is projected to be paid for by the federal government. But if that doesn’t come through, it can be funded by city bonds, which helped the city rebuild after the 9/11 disaster in 2001. Based on the council’s estimates, over 500,000 workers and more than 40,000 businesses are among the hardest hit in NYC.A broad coalition of worker justice advocates also held a virtual press conference on March 20 to call for expansion of New York City’s Earned Safe and Sick Leave Act. That would expand unemployment insurance, extend paid sick leave to workers at gig companies, and establish a fund for workers who otherwise would not qualify for assistance, such as undocumented workers and those categorized as independent contractors: Uber and Lyft drivers, Amazon Flex delivery drivers, food delivery workers, nail salon technicians, home care workers, janitors and others.Teamsters Local 804 fights for New York UPS workersFor workers deemed “essential,” the fight for safe working conditions is paramount. This included package delivery workers. Because they are unionized, United Parcel Service workers are better-protected from COVID-19 than their counterparts at FedEx and Amazon. Representing UPS workers in New York City, Teamsters Local 804 President Vinnie Perrone sent an update to members on what the union has demanded from the company.Demands included cleaning and sanitizing trucks and buildings, staggered start times to reduce overcrowding and cleaning work to be done by union members. Management has agreed to the demands, but Perrone reminded members: “We all need to stick together and keep the pressure on to make the company comply with CDC and OSHA guidelines and protect members and the public.” (, trustee of UAW Local 869, retired last year from FCA after 31 years. Sue Davis (UAW Local 1981, National Writers Union) and Betsey Piette contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Million Meals,’ Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Receive Farm Credit Gifts

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News ‘Million Meals,’ Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Receive Farm Credit Gifts ‘Million Meals,’ Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, Receive Farm Credit Gifts The Million Meals program was started in 2009 as a partnership between Indiana Pork and agricultural industry partners and individuals. Together they committed to donating one million servings of whole-hog ground pork to FIsH. The program delivered its millionth meal in October 2011, but the need has continued and so has the program. To date, approximately 1.5 million pork meals have been delivered. “Reaching the one millionth meal was the goal of the program, however, the Indiana Pork Board of Directors felt it was important to continue the momentum and the relationship with Feeding Indiana’s Hungry,” said Josh Trenary, executive director of Indiana Pork.  “The need is still great and our desire to serve the community in this capacity has not changed.” Heather Hill (president of the Indiana Pork Producers) and Kaye Whitehead. (director for Farm Credit Mid-America) presenting a $25,000 check to Emily Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and John Etling of Catholic Charities Terre Haute.Hunger isn’t just a problem in third-world countries. “Our most recent figures from USDA say that more than one million Hoosiers are at risk of hunger, and for children, it’s one of four,” said Emily Weikert Bryant, executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry (FIsH) the state association of Indiana’s eleven regional food banks. “We expect to provide more total pounds of food this year than last.” To aid in the effort to alleviate at least some of that hunger, Farm Credit Mid-America has stepped up for the fourth straight year to make a donation of $25,000 to Indiana Pork’s “Million Meals for the Hungry” program.  “If we can just be a small part of helping to feed those in need, I don’t know of anything better we could be doing with our Community Giving Program dollars,” said Craig Blume, Farm Credit’s regional vice president for Northwest Indiana. With this fourth donation, Farm Credit has now provided $125,000 to the Million Meals program, which has provided 500,000 servings of the high-quality protein. Bryant explained that it’s difficult for clients to buy protein, and also expensive for the agencies. She said that while the regional food banks have adequate storage capacity, many of the 1,700 food pantries and soup kitchens that FIsH works with in the state don’t. “Farm Credit’s been a fantastic partner since the inception of the Million Meals program,” said Bryant. “They’re very active in their communities and know well what the needs are and how the local agencies are doing their best to meet those needs. We really appreciate their insightfulness and generosity.” Blume said that giving back to the communities they serve is one of Farm Credit’s core values. “Our Community Giving Program is a key element of who we are.” By Gary Truitt – Aug 5, 2013 SHARE Previous articleWhy I Farm: Bryon CoffmanNext articleCountryMark Fuels Power the Indiana State Fair Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Two journalists still held, others arrested or attacked

first_img February 6, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is alarmed by the growing hostility towards journalists in Egypt, especially after a statement by the State Information Service (SIS) on 17August inveighing against the foreign media’s coverage of the recent turmoil.More arrestsRWB condemns the many arrests of journalists during this past week and reminds the authorities that they have a duty to allow reporters to work in the best possible manner. In particular, Reporters Without Borders urges them to release Metin Turan, a reporter with the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT), who has been held since 16 August, and Al-Jazeera reporter Abdallah Shami, held since 14 August. No formal charges have been brought against either of them.Turan was arrested by police at the same time as Hibe Zekeriya of the Anadolu news agency while covering a raid by the security forces on Al-Fath Mosque in Cairo’s Ramses Square on 16 August. Zekeriya subsequently managed to tell his agency by phone that they had been taken to Tora prison. She was finally released eight hours later, on 17 August, but Turan is still being held. A Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman said negotiations are under way to obtain his release.According to the Al-Jazeera website, Shami was transferred to Abu Zaabal prison yesterday, following his arrest on 14 August, and his detention was extended for 15 days, although he has not been charged.A France 2 crew consisting of reporter Dorothée Olliéric, cameraman Stéphane Guillemot, editor Arnaud Gidon and fixer Rime El-Fawal were arrested outside Al-Fath Mosque on 17 August and were held for 10 hours at an “intelligence” centre before being released.German freelance journalist Sebastian Backhaus was finally released on 16 August, 48 hours after being arrested in Cairo and held in a police station. News News August 19, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists still held, others arrested or attacked Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution EgyptMiddle East – North Africa to go further Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News News February 1, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Egypt Violence and intimidationReporters Without Borders also condemns the violence and intimidation to which Jared Malsin, who strings for Time Magazine and other media, and freelance photographer Cliff Cheney were subjected near Ramses Square on 16 August.In a report on the Time website , Malsin said he and Cheney were stopped by men armed with sticks, who took their cameras and slapped Malsin. Shortly thereafter, they recovered some of their equipment but another group then stopped them and took them to a garage, which they not allowed to leave for two hours because of the “security situation.”On 17 August, the interior ministry banned these self-proclaimed “popular committees,” which have been protecting their neighbourhoods from the Muslim Brotherhood by arming themselves, setting up roadblocks and controlling all those who want to pass.In an interview for France 2 on 18 August, Olliéric linked the intimidation and humiliation to which she and her crew were subjected to the growing resentment that Egyptians are displaying toward the international media.Most Egyptians “do not understand and cannot bear the international community’s criticism” of Gen. Al-Sissi’s strong action,” she said. By attacking the media, the Egyptians were sending a message, she added, they were saying: “Let us combat terrorism in our own way, and you just stay out of it.”The climate for journalists became even tenser on 17 August when the State Information Service issued a statement to the foreign media condemning their coverage of recent events.Ignoring the fact that three journalists have been killed many others have been attacked or arrested, the English-language statement said: “Egypt is feeling severe bitterness towards some western media coverage that is biased to the Muslim Brotherhood and ignores shedding light on violent and terror acts that are perpetrated by this group in the form of intimidation operations and terrorizing citizens.”When a journalist asked the interim president’s political adviser, Mostafa Hegazy, about the growing hostility towards the foreign media at a press conference later the same day, Hegazy responded by reiterating the government’s condemnation of the foreign media’s perceived bias.At the end of the news conference, journalists were given a press pack entitled “Egypt Fighting Terrorism 14th-16th August” containing photos and comments about the violence by deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters. Organisation January 22, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Body of man recovered from River Shannon

first_imgWhatsApp Divers from the Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service (LMSARS) recovered the man’s remains this Monday from the River Shannon.   Picture: Alan Place.THE body of a man has been recovered from the River Shannon this Monday lunchtime following a series of extensive daily searches since before Christmas.A spokesperson from Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service confirmed that a three man volunteer crew recovered the man’s remains from the water at an area known as Meelick Light shortly after 1.30pm.The remains were brought from the water to the slipway at Atlas Avenue off the Dock Road and transferred to the University Hospital Limerick for formal identification and post mortem examination.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Marine Search and Rescue Service had been conducting two searches per day – including Christmas and New Year’s Day, after two reports of persons seen entering the water in Limerick during December.Searches have now concluded, the spokesperson confirmed. Advertisement Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSbodyfeaturedlimerickLimerick Marine Search and Rescue ServiceRiver Shannon Email Twitter Previous article#WATCH 76 thoroughbreds airlifted from Shannon bound for ChinaNext articleLimerick football side named to face Clare Staff Reporter NewsBody of man recovered from River ShannonBy Staff Reporter – January 9, 2017 1042 center_img Linkedin Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

EPA provides further details on Ithaca Falls work; barrier will be permanent

first_img Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at [email protected] More by Matt Butler ITHACA, N.Y.—In the interest of implementing a more significant solution to the ongoing contamination issues near the base of the Ithaca Falls, the Environmental Protection Agency has clarified that its limestone barriers placed at the base of the cliff-face adjacent to the falls will be permanent. The containment barrier will be located very close to the base of the cliff, meaning those who visiting the falls won’t have their paths impeded too much. However, EPA crews will begin working on the site soon, and will be there Monday-Friday until July or August. The EPA’s Buffalo-based Community Involvement Coordinator, Mike Basile, was on-site Tuesday, May 18, for media availability. He said the EPA hopes that the barrier will serve as a more final solution to the contamination issues than previous approaches, which he called “band-aids.” “What we’re doing is going into the gorge and removing lead-contaminated material from the gorge, and we’re going to be doing that for the next 2-3 weeks,” Basile said. “Once that’s removed, we’re going to install the barrier construction wall.”Local environmental activist Walter Hang commended the contamination barrier plan, but additionally said it was an “exercise in futility” if the scope of the clean-up isn’t widened to include adjacent areas that contribute to contamination. Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: Federal money will be used for the weeks-long removal process, according to Basile. When installed, the barrier will be a series of limestone blocks that are two feet wide by about two feet tall, and about three feet long. They will extend for about 150 feet, parallel to the cliff by Basile’s estimation, and are meant to block potentially contaminated soil and sediment crumble from reaching the frequently used paths below the cliff. Behind them there will be three chain-link fences. The barriers are, hopefully, the last in a line of proposed solutions to protect the public from the contamination that has been in the area for decades as a result of firearm testing next to the Ithaca Gun factory that formerly resided on the hill next to the falls. It was first discovered in the early 2000s, then clean-up, removal and containment strategies have continued for about the last 15 years, with the EPA removing thousands of tons of contaminated soil. “We determined that there were some elevated levels of lead and arsenic in the wall that continue to come down the gorge face to the bottom of the gorge,” Basile said. “We made a decision that in order to protect public health and the environment, the only way to do this is remove any of the material that is still there and contaminated, and put the wall in. The wall will be the final element that will protect human health and the environment so people can continue to use the gorge area, and do it safely.” Matt Butler Tagged: arsenic, environmental protection agency, ithaca falls, Ithaca Falls Natural Area, lead, limestone, Matt Butler, mike basile last_img read more

Pandemic food assistance extended for up to 25 million Americans

first_imgfcafotodigital/iStockBY: KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — Americans hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic will see relief when it comes to putting food on the table and fighting food insecurity.The federal food assistance policy from President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan will help as many as 25 million Americans who “may not always have access to nutritious food,” the administration reported.The plan will provide families with access to the Pandemic EBT program so they can “purchase healthy food more easily during the pandemic,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s American Rescue Plan website. The program will be available for the “duration of the health emergency”, including during the summer.Last March at the onset of the pandemic, Congress first approved emergency benefits through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), sometimes referred to as food stamps, for low-income households to receive monthly benefits.The American Rescue Plan will extend the 15% increase in SNAP benefits for all participants through Sept. 30 — about $28 per month per person. The policy will also make “investments in technological improvements to expand access for families to use their SNAP benefits to purchase groceries safely online.”The plan also includes $880 million to help parents get more access to fruits and vegetables within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and $37 million will be added for senior nutrition through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.Another $1 billion will be added in nutrition assistance for U.S. territories, according to the USDA.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SECNAV Discusses Partnership with Republic of Korea

first_img View post tag: americas SECNAV Discusses Partnership with Republic of Korea Back to overview,Home naval-today SECNAV Discusses Partnership with Republic of Korea View post tag: discuss View post tag: SECNAV View post tag: Naval View post tag: partnership Authorities View post tag: Republic of Korea View post tag: Navy The secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) visited the Republic of Korea (ROK) Dec. 8-9 to meet with Sailors, Marines, and senior leaders to reaffirm the Department of the Navy’s strong commitment to the U.S. and ROK alliance.During his visit, Secretary Ray Mabus met with Mark Lippert, the U.S. ambassador to the ROK, Han Min-koo, ROK minister of national defense, Adm. Choi Yoon-hee, ROK chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Hwang Ki-chul, ROK chief of naval operations, and Lt. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas, deputy commander, U.S. Forces Korea, where he received operational updates and discussed future initiatives to enhance partnerships with the ROK armed forces.Mabus also conducted all-hands calls with Sailors and Marines stationed in Seoul and Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC) where he thanked service members for their important contributions to the security of the Korean peninsula.Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea is the regional commander for the U.S. Navy in the Republic of Korea and provides expertise on naval matters to area military commanders, including the Commander for the United Nations Command, the Combined Forces Command, and Commander, U.S. Forces Korea.[mappress mapid=”14664″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: asia December 10, 2014 View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more