6% dividend yields! This is how I’d spend £5k on UK shares for 2021

first_img6% dividend yields! This is how I’d spend £5k on UK shares for 2021 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. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS and boohoo group. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_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. See all posts by Royston Wild UK share markets have enjoyed a terrific recovery over the past month. There’s a long way to go, but hopefully these recent price gains herald the beginning of the new bull market.Irrespective of whether or not the world economy’s about to turn the corner, though, now’s a great time to buy UK shares. Plenty of quality stocks continue to trade at dirt-cheap prices today. Here are some dividend heroes I’d happily buy for my own Stocks and Shares ISA.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…The gold standardGold prices fell at their worst pace for four years in November. They slumped 6% in value as news of a Covid-19 vaccine boosted appetites for riskier assets like stocks and Bitcoin and damaged demand for safe-havens like gold.You’d be mistaken for thinking that gold — which hit record peaks above $2,000 per ounce in August before slumping more recently — has shot its bolt. I personally believe there’s plenty of reasons why bullion prices could rocket again, from a prolonged recovery from Covid-19, a lumpy economic rebound, and a severe Brexit-related hangover, to further rounds of money printing from the Federal Reserve and other major central banks.For this reason I reckon Centamin could be a great UK share to buy for 2021. I think this FTSE 250 stock’s a particularly great buy at current prices too. Today it trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 13 times for 2021 and carries a meaty 6% dividend yield.Centamin isn’t just a great bet for the near term though. Yesterday the gold digger announced ambitious plans to produce 450,000-500,000 ounces of gold per year at all-in costs below $900 an ounce by 2024. It plans to slash annual costs by $100m at its Egyptian operations by then too. This is a share I’d happily buy for my ISA today and hold for years.Another top UK share for BIG dividendsThe prospect of a bumpy time for the UK economy in 2021 casts a pall over the domestic retail sector. It’s not something that many with sophisticated internet operations or online-only models need to worry too much about though. The boost that Covid-19 has given to e-commerce means that plenty of retail-focused UK shares like ASOS and Boohoo should still enjoy decent profit growth next year.I consider both these companies to be hot buys today. But their low dividend yields don’t necessarily make them attractive stocks for dividend investors. Personally speaking I’d rather purchase shares in Urban Logistics REIT. Its yields for the financials years ending March 2021 and 2022 clock in at a terrific 4.6% and 6.2% respectively.Urban Logistics owns and operates distribution hubs all over the country, putting it in the box seat to enjoy terrific profits growth as e-commerce clicks through the gears. And the AIM share remains active on the acquisition front to drive earnings expansion as well (it acquired a total of 20 properties in the six months to September alone). This is a top UK share for both growth and income investors, in my opinion. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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Anglican Communion secretary general ‘excited’ by his new peace role…

first_imgAnglican Communion secretary general ‘excited’ by his new peace role in Nigeria Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Advocacy Peace & Justice, Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Press Release Service Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Anglican Communion News Service] The secretary general of the Anglican Communion, Josiah Idowu-Fearon, has spoken of his excitement at being appointed to lead a peace commission in the northern Nigeria state of Kaduna. The state, where dowu-Fearon previously served as bishop, has been wracked by violence between rival groups for decades.He insisted that he would be able to fulfil his new role alongside his responsibilities with the Anglican Communion. And he added that he had the backing of the archbishop of Canterbury and also his successor as bishop in Kaduna in his new position.Read the full article here. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Africa, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Anglican Communion Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Tampa, FL Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Albany, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Job Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Posted Dec 1, 2017 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tagslast_img read more

Officials in Khimki try to prevent residents seeing letter drafted by journalist who was beaten nearly to death

first_img Organisation RSF_en RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further News BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus February 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Officials in Khimki try to prevent residents seeing letter drafted by journalist who was beaten nearly to death Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more All copies of the 18 February issue of the Moscow-based biweekly Novaya Gazeta that were to have sold in the Moscow satellite town of Khimki were bought up by the local authorities prior to distribution so that the only way for Khimki residents to be able to read its content was to go the newspaper’s website.The issue included an open letter from a number of Khimki residents to President Dmitri Medvedev, and to the federal agency for the control of natural resources, Rosprirodnadzor, opposing the construction of a motorway through Khimki forest. It was the finished version of the letter Mikhail Beketov, the editor of the Khimki-based local newspaper Khimkinskaya Pravda, had been drafting in November when he was the target of a brutal attack that left him in a coma, Novaya Gazeta revealed.“Buying up all the copies of a newspaper is both ridiculous and arbitrary, and is just one more example of the Khimki local government’s misdeeds,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is an urgent need for the competent authorities to examine the way the town and its resources are being managed. More serious consideration should also be given to the possibility that local officials were involved in the attack on Beketov.”This is not the first time that the local authorities have obstructed the dissemination of media reports in Khimki. When TV Tsentr, whose signal is received by satellite in Khimki, dedicated its “Moment of Truth” programme on 12 and 13 January to the situation in Khimki and the attack on Beketov, reception was blacked out in Khimki.Beketov also opposed a real estate project being promoted by Khimki mayor Victor Strelchenko and, prior to the attack, had been about to publish information about the business activities of members of the mayor’s family. Strelchenko is seeking another term in the 1 March local elections. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

Almost 21,000 people were signing on in Donegal last month

first_img Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal News Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter By News Highland – January 8, 2013 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+center_img Pinterest A regional breakdown of the live register figures for December show a month on month increase in those signing on in Donegal but a drop when compared to December 2011.The figures show there were 20,902 people signing on last month up 326 on November.There were 694 fewer people singing on in Donegal in December 2012 compared to December of 2011. Many attribute the reduction to emigration or people re-entering the education system.Around the county, there were 2,662 signing on in the Finn Valley area, an increase of 31 on November – In the Ballyshannon area, a fall of 48 was recorded.The number signing on in Inishowen stood at 4,418 – that figures is up 35 on December 2011.There were small decreases recorded in Donegal Town, Dunfanaghy Dungloe and Killybegs.While in the Letterkenny area – 5,970 people signined on last month, up 75 in a year. Almost 21,000 people were signing on in Donegal last month WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous article18 year old charged with the murder of his father in TyroneNext article“Don’t be bullied into accepting Revenue’s property valuations” – Cutliffe News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Coy Danner honored by Brundidge VFW Post 7055

first_img Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “The Veterans Monument is dedicated to those who served honorably in our nation’s armed forces,” Turner said. “It is a very impressive monument to all our veterans. I don’t know of any cemetery around that has a more impressive monument to America’s veterans.”Turner said it was fitting for a Veterans Monument to be built at Elam Cemetery.“There are about 60 veterans buried in Elam Cemetery and flags fly to honor them all,” he said. “Post 7055 is proud to honor Mr. Coy Danner for his service to our country and for the pride in country that he displays every day.”Danner said flying the American Flay is an honor and “all I can do now to honor my country.” Next UpDanner expressed deep appreciation for the Citizen Award, which he said, “means so much to me.”“I’m honored to be a lifetime member of the VFW Post 7055,” he said. “These veterans hold a service at Elam Cemetery on Memorial Day that honors our deceased veterans and they come back and honor all of our military men and women, past and present, on Veterans Day. We should be honoring them.”Freddie Turner, Post 7055 quartermaster, said Danner and his brother, the late Homer Danner, spearheaded the efforts to build a monument to veterans at Elam Cemetery. They worked tirelessly with Clio VFW 8039 until the monument was completed. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 8:55 pm Monday, August 18, 2014 By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Second hayfield fire in a week at property MESSENGER PHOTO / SCOTTIE BROWNGoshen Volunteer Fire Department responded to a hayfield fire Friday. A hayfield fire was re-ignited after… read morecenter_img Coy Danner honored by Brundidge VFW Post 7055 By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Sponsored Content Danner has honored his country with his military service and the daily posting of the American Flag. He also founded the Veterans’ Room at the George C. Wallace Heritage Center in Clio.“We shouldn’t ever forget the men and women who have served our country,” Danner said. “I wanted us to have a place where they would be remembered.”“Somewhere around 1975,” Danner began an individual effort to locate names, dates of service and photographs of those in the Barbour County area who had served in the United States military.He received permission to use an upstairs room in the Heritage Center to display the photographs and the biographical information. Danner did most of the construction of the display areas so there would be a place of prominence for each photograph.As word of the Veterans Room spread, people were appreciative of Danner’s efforts to honor the local veterans and gave their project their support by bringing in photographs.“I guess, we’ve got around 300 photographs up there now,” Danner said. “I can’t go up the stairs anymore but I’m just proud to know there is a place in the Heritage Center where we honor our veterans.”Those who would like to visit the Veterans Room may do so on weekdays. Danner is usually at the Center and said he will gladly make the necessary arrangements. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Email the author World War II veteran Coy Danner was honored with a lifetime membership to Brundidge VFW Post 7055 at a ceremony at Elam Church in Elamville Sunday afternoon.Henry Middlebrooks Post commander, said Danner also received the Post’s Patriot Citizen Award for his unsolicited and inspirational daily display of the American Flag.“Mr. Danner served his country during World War II and we honor him for that,” Middlebrooks said. “But, he is an American patriot. Every day, he flies the American Flay in honor of all those who have served and those who are serving and in honor of our country, the United States of America.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

FIED TRIP: Fifth-graders enjoy ‘classroom in the forest’

first_img Book Nook to reopen You Might Like Pryor pleads guilty to 2014 shooting of Jacquerean Marshall A Troy man has been sentenced to a 10 year split sentence after pleading guilty to a shooting three years… read more Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Skip “The Renfroe Farm is an ideal setting for Classroom in the Forest and we greatly appreciate Gene and Jana Renfroe hosting the event for us,” Wesley said. “An outdoor classroom is an ideal setting for leaning about the world around us.”Wesley said the students were divided into five groups and the groups rotated to the different classrooms.“The students learned about pond management, wildlife, prescribed burning and tree identification,” Wesley said. “They also visited the Soil Tunnel Trailer and learned about the different soils in our region and the animals that make their homes in the soil.” Randy Hale, former NRCS director, taught the students how to flag a tree and also the value of both pine trees and hardwoods. Knowing the difference between a poison ivy and a harmless vine could mean the difference between a night of restful sleep and one of itching and scratching.The Skins and Skulls station provided the students with an opportunity to learn about the furry creatures that inhabit South Alabama’s forests. Esther Gilbert, the county’s 4-H agent assistant, identified the dried skins of a fox, a bobcat and a coyote and the students had the opportunity stroke the animals’ fur.Bence Carter, Alabama Extension agent, conducted the class on pond management and included information on how to balance a pond. “Bass reproduce one time a year,” he said. “Bream reproduce four times a year. Do the math and you will understand how quickly a pond can get our of balance.”He discussed the different methods that can be use to get pond back in balance from fishing to shocking the pond.The Deborah Huggins Davis team gave tours of the Soil Tunnel Trailer. Students could actually go “underground Alabama” and experience what life is like for animals that live under the ground.Dr. Stephanie Tucker, Pike County Elementary School, said the fifth-grade students have been studying the ecosystem and were prepared to receive the information offered to them at Classroom in the Forest.“This farm is a beautiful place and it’s an opportunity for the students to see what can be achieved when you are good stewards of the land,” Tucker said. Carol Dorrill, Pike County Treasure Forest Association president, agreed the Renfroe Farm is an ideal setting for Classroom in the Forest. She also said what the students experienced though the hand-on learning opportunities will re-enforce what they have learned in the classroom and be building blocks for future learning. Published 3:00 am Wednesday, April 5, 2017 Email the author The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article Students from Goshen, Pike County and Pike Liberal Arts School attended class in the forest Tuesday at the Renfroe Family Farm, where they learned about the world around them. Classroom in the Forest is an annual event sponsored this year by the Pike County Chapter of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Pike County Extension Office, Pike County Farm City Committee. Alabama Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service office and Alabama Farmers Federation.More than 125 fifth-grade students from Goshen, Pike County and Pike Liberal Arts schools attended class in the forest Tuesday at the Renfroe Family Farm in the hinterlands of Pike County. Classroom in the Forest is an annual event sponsored this year by the Pike County Chapter of the Alabama Treasure Forest Association, Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District, Pike County Extension Office, Pike County Farm City Committee. Alabama Forestry Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service office and Alabama Farmers Federation.Heath Wesley, Pike County Extension coordinator, said Classroom in the Forest 2017 was, once again, successful in providing an opportunity for fifth-grade students to spend a morning of fun and learning in an outdoor classroom. By Jaine Treadwell Alabama foresters Jeremy Lowery and Johnny Knighten talked with the students about the difference between prescribed burning and wildfires and the different ways in which they are fought.“It’s hot out here today but think about how hot you would be if you had to put on all the gear that a firefighter has to wear when attempting to put out a fire,” Lowery said. “Firefighters have to wear a helmet and heavy turnout gear. And, sometimes, they have to wear it for 24 hours without taking it off and without sleeping.”A.J. Brown, a Goshen Elementary student, volunteered to put on several items of turnout gear – a helmet, jacket, radio and gloves. He was instructed to shovel the grass down to the ground. “This is hard work and it’s hot,” A.J. said after a few attempts to “hit ground” failed. FIED TRIP: Fifth-graders enjoy ‘classroom in the forest’ Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Latest Stories Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Despite lack of ceremonies, Memorial Day reflections continue

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Skip Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen Published 6:08 pm Monday, May 25, 2020 Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Despite lack of ceremonies, Memorial Day reflections continue State death toll rises Although Memorial Day celebrations were cancelled or toned down in Pike County and statewide, the lifting of restrictions drew thousands… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img “We know the death toll of the wars that America has fought,” he said. “We lost more than 400,000 members of our Greatest Generation in World War II and 58,000 in Vietnam. But those wars continue to have casualties today. Not in the loss of lives but in the quality of life for many of our veterans.”Ross said those who serve in the military do become a “band of brothers.” Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “Unless we have been there and actually experienced what it’s like to be on the front lines of war with death and dying all around, we can’t know what war is like,”  he said. “And to come home with those memories that you cannot forget. Those veterans are casualties of the war, too. Many of them suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and others just keep in all inside. We must remember them, too.”On Memorial Day, many people took advantage of the opening of the beaches to enjoy the holiday. “But we must never forget the men who died on the beaches of Normandy and other war-torn beaches,” he said. “They died so that we might enjoy the sand and surf on hundreds of holidays.   On this Memorial Day, we are involved in another war -against a deadly virus. Many Memorial Day services were canceled due to COVID-19 but I believe that Memorial Day was honored in a very personal way for those who have lost loved ones in military service and for many veterans who cannot forget the death and dying.” Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… All was rather quiet on the home front on Memorial Day.Only a few public services honoring those who gave their lives in service to their country were held. An early morning memorial service was held in Brundidge and a short morning service at Elam Cemetery in Barbour County. However, many churches throughout the county, honored those who gave their lives that this nation might live at Sunday services.“The people of Pike County did not and do not forget those who willingly gave their lives so that we can live in ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave,’” said Randy Ross, Pike County Veterans Affairs Office. “As I rode around the county on Monday, I took great pride in seeing the many American flags flying at half-staff and the impressive display of American Flags at Bicentennial Park and the stately display on Main Street in Brundidge. Pike County did not forget.” Ross said Memorial Day is held annually on the last Monday in May and honors those who gave their lives defending freedom.“We honor those fallen heroes, those men and women who were willing to give their all in service to their country,” Ross said. “We honor them —those who did not come home.As the Pike County Veterans Affairs Officer, Ross is often reminded of the sacrifices made so that America can remain free. Print Article You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemsonlast_img read more

Employment law timetable

first_imgEmployment law timetableOn 1 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today This month’s employment law timetable Spring 2003 The Government is expected to introduce the equal pay questionnaire on whichit has consulted. 6 April 2003 The right for employees with a child under the age of six, 18 in respect ofa disabled child and subject to qualifying requirements to request to workflexibly and for employers to consider that request seriously will come intoforce. A statutory procedure for progressing an application will be introduced.22 May 2003 The Government’s consultation on options regarding the review of theEmployment Relations Act 1999 closes. Summer 2003 The Government is expected to issue a consultation document and draftregulations on the implementation of the directive which will establishprocedures for information and consultation in undertakings with 50 or moreemployees. Nicola Whitlock, social policy manager, EFSP in association withEversheds Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Inside the best place to work in Britain

Inside the best place to work in BritainOn 8 Jul 2003 in Personnel Today MicrosoftUK was this year named the best company to work for in the UK. But its people,profits and culture director believes there is still room for improvement, Simon Kent reportsWhatis it that has earned Microsoft the number one place in The Sunday Times’ listof 100 Best Companies to Work for 2003? Walking around the purpose-built campusat Thames Valley Park in Reading, it is easy to jump to conclusions. There areextensive on-site facilities ranging from a well-being centre to personalbanking. The working environment has been carefully styled – from the mainatrium, scattered with easy chairs, sofas and tables, to the Anarchy Room, tothe numerous and infinitely flexible presentation areas. There are a choice ofcaf‚s and employees can even adjourn to the lakeside gazebo in the companygrounds if they wish.Workanywhere policyThroughoutthe campus, flat-screen televisions constantly play news and music, keepingworkers in touch with the world outside work. X-Box games consoles are free forstaff to use, giving them the chance to unwind while experiencing a key companyproduct. Regularly updated message boards supporting Microsoft’s workphilosophy or echoing current external marketing campaigns adorn the walls.Microsoftemployees have generous desk space, and their computers and phones link to awireless network enabling them to work anywhere in the grounds – even at thegazebo. And if they’d prefer to work from home, occasionally or on a regularbasis, that’s fine too, because each home boasts a wireless network too,enabling staff to log on without needing to construct a complete home office.Perhapsit comes down to the fact that Microsoft treats its workers as adults. It letsits staff decide when and where they work best. They have free, constant accessto the resources they need during the working day – be it paper, photocopyingor refreshments – without needing to fill out any forms or seek permission. Givenfreedom and autonomy at this level, employees in Microsoft UK do not sit backand count their blessings, but understand they are here to work hard. And theyare paying back their employer handsomely for good working conditions –delivering higher revenue per head than operations in any other country. Putsimply, Microsoft UK works hard to attract highly-skilled people who will loveworking for Microsoft. In turn, those employees attract other highly-skilledpeople who also love working for Microsoft. It is a virtuous circle – but likeeverything else, it had to start somewhere.Thatstarting point is Steve Harvey, director of people, profits and culture. Hismaster plan was hatched seven years ago, as a result of his perception ofMicrosoft’s position within the sector at that time, and the pressures that itwould face in the future. “Myphilosophy is based on the view that there are not enough smart people to goaround, and that situation is only going to get worse,” he says.”Eventually we will reach the stage where the industry will be populatedwith corporate freelancers who will work when and wherever they feel like it.Therefore, you need to create a place where people want to work.”Tosome extent, Harvey seems more proud of the company’s achievement in the 2002list when the company came first in the IT sector: “We wanted to becomethe IT employer of choice and five years ago – particularly with the dotcomboom – we were probably one of the unexciting places to work.”Staffturnover stands at 5 per centAllthat has changed. Harvey is particularly pleased that 89 per cent of employeeslove working at Microsoft while 93 per cent feel pride in the company and agreethat Microsoft ‘makes a positive difference to the world we live in’. That’salmost 10 per cent above the second highest scorer in this category,pharmaceuticals giant Eli Lilly & Co at 84.3 per cent. “Whatwe are trying to do is get our current employees to say that they wouldn’t wantto work anywhere else,” explains Harvey, “If they say that, they willwork as evangelists for the company and attract people with the same mentality.”Althoughtwo-thirds of Microsoft’s 1,600 employees earn more than £40K, the company isnot the highest paying in its sector – indeed, some people take pay cuts tojoin. An employee share ownership scheme covering 95 per cent of the workforceprovides an effective incentive, as well as added financial reward. Staffturnover currently stands at 5 per cent and annual sales have grownsignificantly, rising by more than £1bn this year to £17.62bn.Harveygains satisfaction from the external adjudication afforded by The Sunday Timesand the opportunity to benchmark his employees’ attitudes against othercompanies, but the overall picture is one he was already aware of throughMicrosoft’s own measures and analysis – not least the annual employee survey,which was voluntarily completed by 93 per cent of the workforce last year. “Thereare benchmarks used across the company,” says Harvey. “Financialbenchmarks, revenue levels – the whole model is based around realising annualgrowth.”Thereappears to be no distinction between the measures used and studied by the HRfunction and those used across the rest of the company. Oneof Harvey’s key measurements is revenue per head, a figure that directly linksthe performance of each employee to the performance of the whole company. Thecompany constantly reviews the data it generates to assess areas for revenuegrowth, market penetration and overall structure of the company and theindustry in which it operates. This data is as much the concern of HR as anyother manager in the company. Harveyconsciously avoids the compartmentalisation of people management from the restof the business – a fact borne out by his own job title. “Thewhole philosophy is around creating a long-term people strategy,” he says.”It’s not just an HR strategy, it’s not purely about people, it’s aboutthe overall strategy of the company.” Harvey doesn’t drive this strategy,it is created by the board of directors and realised through the work of everymanager. Itis difficult to discuss specific HR initiatives or policies because theorganisation is constantly responding to the demands of its own customers andsector, rather than addressing general employment practice. Thefocus is on creating an environment “where great people can do their bestwork”, and that means being pro-active, ensuring terms and conditions,benefits and rewards that attract and retain the people they need. Thesefeatures are usually far ahead of any legislative minimum.DedicatedHR managers exist in Microsoft at a ratio of roughly 1 to every 100 workers.However, with all admin and support functions outsourced to specialistsuppliers, these people rarely discuss pure HR issues. According to Harvey,listening to an HR manager speak is indistinguishable from listening to anyother manager. “Ican get quite emotional sometimes when I hear the HR people discussing businessproblems. They are out there supporting workers at the front end, where theyare needed,” he says. “They’re constantly asking what the businessstrategy is, where the business is going and what we need to do to help peopleget there.” SatisfiedcustomersItfalls to Harvey and his team to ensure that strategy is implemented – the ideabeing that if great people are put in great jobs, led by great managers andleaders, then satisfied customers, growth, results and rewards will naturallyfollow.Crucialto achieving this base has been the company’s use of the Strength ProfilingSystem, created in consultation with Gallop. This approach was inspired byBuckingham and Coffman’s book, First, Break All the Rules. The system is basedon the idea that people do not change. You can apply as many developmentresources as you wish to create well-rounded individuals, but ultimately, theywill never excel in areas where they are not naturally gifted.”No-oneenjoys doing something they’re not good at,” says Harvey. “Wheneveryou receive 360-degree feedback it doesn’t focus on what you’re good at, itsuggests areas you might try and improve.”Playingto their strengthsStrength-profilingstates that everyone has a few areas in which they excel and these strengths,already manifested in a child of 10, do not alter in adulthood. Therefore,ensuring workers play to their strengths results in happier staff andsignificant productivity gains for the company.”Itis recognised that on average, only 20 per cent of employees say that when theyare at work they do what they are best at,” says Harvey, “If youcould move that percentage to 30 or 40 per cent within your company, imaginehow much overall performance would improve.”Whilethe approach appears to make perfect sense, getting staff to buy into themindset has not been all plain sailing”Morethan one manager asked me to stop this initiative because they had gotindividuals who wanted to change their job,” he says. “These peoplewere no longer happy because their jobs didn’t match their strengths. Butthat’s the whole point – if they aren’t happy with what they are doing, theywill leave the company.”Insome cases, individuals simply haven’t liked their identified strengths.Aspirational salespeople, for example, have sometimes found their actualstrength lies in backroom disciplines. While initially dispiriting, Harveymaintains that in the long run these employees found more satisfaction inplaying to their strengths rather than attempting to follow a perceivedstructure of progress.Moreover,the process of identifying these strengths – a discussion around 12 criticalquestions – has given the company a new vocabulary with which to tackleprojects and assemble effective teams. “You need to have that discussion,because you need to get the base of the organisational pyramid right,”says Harvey. “People need to understand what’s expected of them, and havethe tools and equipment to achieve that aim. Strength-profiling helps us to dothat.”Naturally,Microsoft is still subject to the same pressures and challenges which allemployers face, and it seeks to tackle these issues in the usual ways. There isa great awareness of the difficulty of finding effective people managers. Whenthey are identified, there are both internal and external training anddevelopment resources available – structured courses, coaching, mentoring – toget them skilled up and to monitor their performance within the company.Diversityis a priority”Wespend a huge amount of effort managing our stars – the top five per cent of thecompany,” says Harvey. “If we didn’t do that, then poor performerswould survive at the top, and our employees are bright enough to see that anddecide to go somewhere else. “We do some work at the bottom, to make surewe have the right managers, but the focus on star performers is a big part ofthe business.” Thatsaid, Harvey believes the company can do a better job at developing andsupporting the company’s managers in the future. “We don’t have a way ofmeasuring who is an effective manager and why,” he says, “I’d like todo more on that.”Diversityin recruitment is also a big priority for the firm. With 40 per cent of hirescoming through referrals, Harvey likes the fact that current employees bring inlike-minded staff, but he is aware it means those individuals replicate themajority of Microsoft employees – white men in their mid-thirties. Tacklingthis is not just a matter of ensuring good practice exists in recruitment, andthat flexible working is available to fit in with any lifestyle, but thecompany also recognises the need to promote diversity at the level of highereducation.Accordingto Harvey, Microsoft’s people philosophy has meant creating the optimum workingenvironment for high- performing individuals on an intellectual, emotional andphysical level. While this sounds daunting, he believes any organisation canachieve similar results.”Peoplehave said we can only do this because we’re Microsoft, but I believe in thisapproach passionately. There have been risks along the way,” he adds, notleast the creation of a new HR team dedicated to realising Harvey’s vision.”You can’t spend your whole career waiting for corporate approval to acton something you believe in.” Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article read more

USA: Maritime Administration Awards Contracts Worth $77 Million to Crew and Maintain National Defense Reserve Fleet Ships

first_img View post tag: contracts View post tag: ships View post tag: usa View post tag: million View post tag: $77 View post tag: Administration Share this article View post tag: Reserve View post tag: Defense View post tag: Maritime View post tag: crew View post tag: Navy View post tag: fleet February 17, 2011 USA: Maritime Administration Awards Contracts Worth $77 Million to Crew and Maintain National Defense Reserve Fleet Ships The U.S. Maritime Administration has awarded contracts totaling $77 million to three companies to operate 10 National Defense Reserve Fleet ships through July 27, 2015.The contracts were awarded to Ocean Duchess Inc. of Houston, Texas for $16,618,430; Keystone Ocean Shipping of Bala Cynwyd, Pa. for $30,212,588; and Interocean American Shipping Corporation of Moorestown, N.J. for $30,533,710. These companies are responsible for maintaining the ships in good mechanical condition and ensuring crews are available for their operation when needed.Eight of the ships are reserve-status cargo ships, part of the Department of Transportation’s Ready Reserve Force, and two ships are used to assist Missile Defense Agency operations. Ready Reserve Force ships have been activated 91 times since 2002.“Missions in Haiti, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as rescue efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, show the need for a prepared and ready-to-act fleet of ships,” said Maritime Administrator David T. Matsuda. “We rely on the U.S. merchant mariners for the day-to-day operation of these reserve duty and special-mission ships.”The money was awarded to the companies which offered the best value to the government and was funded through Department of Defense funding and implemented by Marad under the Ready Reserve Force program.[mappress]Source: Marad, February 17, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Maritime Administration Awards Contracts Worth $77 Million to Crew and Maintain National Defense Reserve Fleet Ships View post tag: Maintain View post tag: Naval View post tag: awards View post tag: Nationallast_img read more