Enter Your Email Address There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Image source: Getty Images Paul Summers owns shares of Burberry. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Burberry. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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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Revenue at Burberry fell 30% over the first half of the last financial year due to the company needing the close its stores as many countries around the world went into lockdown. Travel restrictions also meant that trade from tourists was heavily impacted.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 second half of the year, however, sales bounced back by 8%. The fourth quarter was particularly good with comparable store sales almost returning to the levels seen in FY19. This was despite 16% of Burberry’s estate remaining closed. Full-price sales were also 63% higher than over the same three-month period in the previous year as a result of decent trading in China, Korea and the US.All this leaves revenue down 10% (£2.34bn) for the year to 27 March. That’s really not too bad considering the challenges the firm has had to face. What’s more, full-price comparable store sales rose 7% as a result of an “excellent response” to new products, innovating selling formats and Burberry succeeding in attracting new, younger shoppers. Adjusted operating profit of £396m was down 8% at constant currency compared to the previous year. However, this actually beat the consensus forecast of £378m.Dividend delightThere was more good news for shareholders. Although not really known for its income credentials, Burberry said that it would reinstate its full-year dividend to 42.5p per share. Based on the share price as I type, that gives a yield of 2.2%.Commenting on today’s numbers, CEO Marco Gobbetti reflected that the company had achieved its objectives for the period despite the pandemic. Considering this, one might wonder why the Burberry share price tumbled 10% this morning. Since the COVID-19 headwind was already known, I wonder if at least some of this is due to the outlook provided by the company. Where next?Looking ahead, Burberry said that it expects revenue to increase “at a high single-digit percentage compound annual growth rate”. This will be supported by “continued outperformance of full-price sales“. However, the sticking point for the market appears to be down to margins being impacted in the short term due to increased investment. As a buy-and-hold investor, that doesn’t bother me, but it does seem to have put off those with more limited time horizons. Some profit-taking is perhaps inevitable.Ongoing fears surrounding rising inflation won’t have helped either. On a different day, Burberry’s share price may have proven more resilient. However, today’s reaction does underline just how quickly sentiment can turn.Long-term holdAs frustrating as today’s setback to the Burberry share price is, I’m not about to sell my stock any time soon. Although past performance is certainly no guarantee of future returns, I’m led by what the company has achieved over many years rather than over a short trading period. On that basis, this remains a high-quality company with strong returns on capital and solid finances. Besides, those buying exactly one year ago would still be 42% up!Far from running for cover, I think today represents another opportunity for me to add to my position. 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January 30, 2018 Blocking of leading Belarusian news website seen as test for EU BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Exiled mediaFreedom of expressionInternet Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Help by sharing this information News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Exiled mediaFreedom of expressionInternet Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Follow the news on Belarus to go further News News June 2, 2021 Find out more As European commissioner Johannes Hahn visits Minsk, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the blocking of Belarus’s most popular news website, Charter97, for the past six days, regarding it as yet another act of censorship that directly contradicts the Belarusian government’s blandishments towards the European Union.Despite its desire for a thaw with the EU, the government is intensifying its crackdown on its remaining online critics. Just over a month after the regime began blocking the Belaruski Partyzan website, Charter97 became inaccessible on 24 January. The information ministry acknowledged that it was responsible for the blocking the next day.An information ministry communiqué accused Charter97 of posting reports “liable to harm Belarus’s national interests,” mentioning unauthorized demonstrations and carrying “extremist” content. But the authorities did not specify what content they regarded as illegal and why.“This is one of the country’s leading independent media outlets that President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is trying to silence,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “The European Union must make it clear to Minsk that the unblocking of the Charter97 website and respect for media freedom are non-negotiable conditions for a rapprochement with Brussels.”Created in 1998 by the well-known journalist Oleg Bebenin, Charter97 gets its name from a 1997 call for democracy in Belarus that was backed by opposition and human rights groups. Aligned with the opposition, the website has always been persecuted and has been blocked in the past for periods ranging from a few days to several months. Because of mounting harassment, Charter97’s headquarters have been located in Poland since 2011.“The blocking of Belarus’s most visited website is a new blow to freedom of expression,” Charter97 editor Natallia Radzina told RSF. “For the past 20 years, the authorities have been using all possible means of pressure to combat us, ranging from blocking to arrests and murders of journalists.”Today will see a visit by Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner for enlargement and European neighbourhood policy, to Minsk, where the Lukashenko regime has been seeking a rapprochement with the EU in recent years because of economic difficulties and because it wants to loosen the Russian embrace.Brussels settled for the release of leading political prisoners in 2015 as grounds for lifting the targeted sanctions that it had imposed on regime officials four years before.However, despite a slight let-up in 2016, the authorities did not loosen their grip on the media and 2017 saw more than 100 arrests of journalists and around 60 cases of journalists being fined. Control has become even more zealous since Ales Karliukevich’s appointment as information minister last September. Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out more
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:A massive solar-plus-storag project with a $1.17 billion price tag (US$822 million) has been waved through by the South Australian government. The facility will feature 500 MW (AC) of solar PV generation capacity collocated with 250 MW/1,000 MWh of battery storage around five kilometers northeast of Robertstown.The power station will be built in stages and connected to the Robertstown substation via 275 kV transmission lines. A previous assessment has determined the facility could export energy to the grid without significant restraint, but it will potentially incorporate synchronous condensers to support reliability and security of supply.According to EPS Energy, the Robertstown project is on track to break ground in the middle of next year and generate around 275 jobs during construction and 15 or so full-time jobs once operational. When commissioned, the facility will generate enough electricity to power 144,000 homes during its 30-year life.For EPS, the Robertstown project is one of several large scale solar and battery storage schemes in its gigawatt-scale portfolio. The company’s South Australian pipeline includes the Bungama Solar project – a proposed 280 MW generation capacity and battery project near Port Pirie – and the Yoorndoo Ilga Solar project, a 200-400 MW solar capacity and battery facility near Whyalla.The Robertstown plant is one of two large scale solar and battery plans in the area, along with the Solar River Project which received development approval a year ago. That facility comprises a 200 MW solar generation plant plus 120 MWh of battery storage and is likely to add another 200 MW of solar and a further 150 MWh of battery storage in a second stage if a proposed high-voltage transmission line to Victoria goes ahead.More: South Australia gives 500 MW solar farm plus 250 MW battery plan the go-ahead South Australia government approves massive solar-plus-storage project
Strong Pitching by Kendall McCool Leads Franklin County in Shut Out of Union CountyKendall McCool shut down Union County, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Franklin County Wildcats Varsity to a 1-0 victory on Friday. Franklin County moved to 5-0 on the season while Union County fell to 5-4.The pitching was strong on both sides. Kendall McCool earned the win, going seven strong innings, allowing no runs, three hits, walked two, and struck out 12. Fayth Hill also pitched seven strong innings, allowing one unearned run, six hits, no walks, and ten strikeouts.The lone run for the Wildcats came in the sixth inning. Camryn Brewer led off the inning with a single. Then with one out, Kamryn McCool grounded into a fielder’s choice and took over the spot on first base. Then on a 1-2 count, Kamryn McCool began to steal when Hannah Hornsby hit a hard grounded to third base. The third baseman of the Patriots overthrew the first baseman and the softball rolled along the fence in right field. After the right fielder picked up the ball, Kamryn McCool was rounding third and trucking towards home. A perfect throw appeared to have McCool dead in the rights, but a brilliant head first slide around the tag allowed the Wildcats to score the only run of the game.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity totaled six hits. Camryn Brewer and Gabby Mitchum each racked up multiple hits for Franklin County Wildcats Varsity. Brewer led Franklin County Wildcats Varsity with three hits in four at bats.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity was sure-handed and didn’t commit a single error.Franklin County and Union County played a second game Friday night to complete the double header. Please see the second wrap-up for information on game two.Franklin County Claims Double Header Sweep with 8-2 Win Over Union County in Game 2The Franklin County Wildcats bats finally woke up on the young season in an 8-2 victory over Union County on Friday evening. Franklin County moves to 6-0 on the season with the victory, and Union County falls to 5-5 with the loss.The Franklin County Wildcats notched three runs in the seventh inning. Gabby Mitchum, Izzy Hoff, and Tessa Harper all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.Kamryn McCool was the winning pitcher for Franklin County Wildcats moving to 3-0 on the season. She lasted seven innings, allowing three hits and two unearned runs while striking out 13.Roya Walton took the loss for Union County. She went seven innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits and striking out four.Franklin County Wildcats Varsity had eight hits in the game. Maggie Wendel and Mitchum all had multiple hits for Franklin County Wildcats. Mitchum and Wendel boht had two hits to lead Franklin County Wildcats.Franklin County will be back in action on Monday night traveling to St. Leon for an EIAC matchup with the East Central Trojans. First pitch is scheduled for 5 pm.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Alex McCool.
The Ghana football Association has dismiss reports in the media that Black Stars Coach Kwesi Appiah has subjected his provisional 30-man squad for the tournament in Brazil. According to the reports, there are no major surprises in the squad except for the inclusion of former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong and defender Jeffrey Schlupp who plays for English side Leicester City.All the players that were called up for Ghana’s last World Cup qualifier against Egypt have all been included.But Ghana FA president Kwasi Nyantakyi who doubles as the Black Stars management committee head in an interview with Joy sports stated that the provisional squad is not out and all reports suggesting the inclusion and exclusion of certain players should not be taken serious because it is just a hoax.“We have a meeting on May 12 and that is the day we will release the squad so any suggestion now is premature and speculative in nature,” he told Joy sports“We will do 30 and that is what we have agreed so the coach will bring a 30 man squad to us and it will be reduced to 23 as required by FIFA on the due date.”