9% and 11% dividend yields! Should I buy these UK shares for my ISA today?

first_img 2020 has proved to be a colossal challenge for dividend investors. Hundreds of UK shares have cut, postponed, and/or cancelled shareholder payouts in response to the Covid-19 crisis.Investing conditions could remain difficult well into next year too, as coronavirus cases keep rising and mass lockdowns re-emerge.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…Recent data shows the rate of dividend declines has eased in recent months. But UK share investors aren’t out of the woods yet. Link Group expects “further sharp declines” in this quarter and the first three months of 2021. Its hopes of a bounce-back beginning next April could also come under threat if the global economy fails to rebound.Treading carefully with UK sharesWe at The Motley Fool believe the 2020 stock market crash provides a brilliant investing opportunity. It allows long-term UK share investors like me to buy top-class quality stocks that plummeted in value during the melee. They can then make a fortune in the eventual economic recovery. They’ll rise in value as corporate profits improve and market confidence rebounds.But clearly dividend investors need to be extremely careful. The global economy hasn’t faced a challenge like this for generations and even the biggest British companies are scrambling to conserve cash. More than half of FTSE 100 shares reduced or stopped paying dividends following the Covid-19 outbreak. Those looking to keep enjoying healthy income flows over the next couple of years could still end up disappointed.Dividend yields of 9% and 11%The following UK shares have caught my eye on account of their gigantic near-term yields. But are they brilliant buys or dangerous investment traps? Let’s take a look:BP has long been a favoured stock among dividend-hungry UK share investors. Its exceptional cash flows have meant shareholder payouts have historically bounded past the FTSE 100. I fear, though, the tide has finally turned after the oil giant cut dividends in August. And I believe it’ll struggle to reclaim its former glories. It’s not just the threat of growing market oversupply in the short-to-medium term that BP faces. I believe the transition to green energy will throw up additional, and colossal, problems for the Footsie firm. This is why BP’s 11% dividend yield for 2020 doesn’t appeal to me.Trans-Siberian Gold looks like a rock-solid dividend share for the next few years. And the best thing is that today it carries a dividend yield north of 9% for 2020. I’m confident that gold prices should keep rising during the medium term at least. I also like Trans-Siberian because of its low cost base, its robust track record of production, and its high ore grades (these came in at 7.4 grams per tonne in the third quarter). Finally, at current prices, this gold-producing UK share trades on a bargain-basement forward P/E ratio of 7 times. Royston Wild | Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 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. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img 9% and 11% dividend yields! Should I buy these UK shares for my ISA today? See all posts by Royston Wild Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 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. Royston Wild 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.last_img read more

Wing JP Pietersen’s big tackle on Eighthman David Denton

first_imgFriday Nov 22, 2013 Wing JP Pietersen’s big tackle on Eighthman David Denton Springbok winger JP Pietersen marked his 50th Test by finishing off a fantastic try and making a thumping hit on Scotland number eight Dave Denton. Pietersen then got a bit overzealous and rubbed Denton’s face in the dirt, quite literally. Some fans and pundits weren’t amused by what he did, saying it was unsportsmanlike and a bit dirty. Others viewed it as simply a bit of gamesmanship, questioning why some are so sensitive in a sport that fundimentally involves getting the better of your opponents physically. The tackle itself was perfect. It was a rare chance for Scotland but Pietersen ushered Denton towards the touchline then went in and smashed him. It wasn’t the first knock the South African schooled Scotland number eight took, as Fourie Du Preez also levelled him earlier in the game. To Denton’s credit, in both cases he wasn’t entirely balanced and was there for the taking, and in terms of getting his face shoved into the ground, his non-reaction showed class. If anything Pietersen let himself down a bit by doing that, a bit like Delon Armitage and George North did when they wagged their fingers at hapless defenders. It’s not ideal and crosses the line a little, but the players themelves are aware that the excitement of the moment got the better of them. The Springboks will be looking for more dominant tackles and performances when they take on France in Paris on Saturday night. They haven’t beaten the French in away since 1997, when they won 52-10. The last time the two sides met, in Cape Town in 2010, South Africa won 42-17.The home side are coming off a solid performance against the All Blacks, where they impressed by nearly sneaking a draw, so will probably fancy their chances of springing an upset.What was your reaction to the tackle and ‘afters’ from JP Pietersen?ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Lt. Governor Ellspermann Announces New Office of Community & Rural Affairs…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Lt. Governor Ellspermann Announces New Office of Community & Rural Affairs Director By Gary Truitt – Oct 25, 2013 Previous articleFarm to School Off and Running at Tippecanoe County Elementary SchoolNext articleLawmakers from Both Chambers Call for Farm Bill Support for Beginning Farmers Gary Truitt SHARE Lt. Governor Ellspermann Announces New Office of Community & Rural Affairs Director Facebook Twitter Davis was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 2004 and currently serves as Chairman of the Public Policy Committee, is a member of the Elections and Apportionment, Employment, Labor and Pensions and Roads and Transportation Committees. He also served on the Ways and Means Committee from 2005 through 2010.Prior to his role on the state level, Davis retired from Meshberger Bros. Stone Corporation after 32 years in sales and marketing. He later owned and operated Limestone Products, Inc., a transportation and construction company. SHARE Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann has named Indiana State Representative Bill Davis as the director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The agency was created by legislation in 2005, making rural Indiana a major focus for the first time. OCRA’s mission is to promote community prosperity to strengthen Indiana’s economy by providing capacity-building solutions to assure ready, marketable, and competitive communities for economic growth. “Bill Davis has deep experience in rural community and economic development,” said Lt. Governor Ellspermann. “His leadership in Jay County and as a state representative will make Bill a great servant leader for the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. We are excited to have him at the helm helping our OCRA team to work effectively with Indiana’s smaller communities and rural counties to grow jobs, improve their quality of place and attract talent.” Active in the state and local communities throughout his career, Davis is the past president of the Portland Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of Jay County Development Corporation. He also served as a member of the Jay County Hospital Board of Directors.A native of Portland, Davis is married to his wife Mary and has three daughters and eight grandchildren. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Frog fans raise thousands for ISU kid captain

first_imgFacebook Twitter Linkedin + posts Evan Watsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/evan-watson/ Baker’s brilliance just part of great team performance Frogs win their second game at CWS for first time ever ReddIt Evan Watsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/evan-watson/ Evan Watson TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printTCU fans are pledging their support for the Iowa State kid captain who’s captured the nation’s attention since being featured in a photo with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin.A fundraising page to offset Abby Faber’s medical expenses began accepting donations Thursday morning, raising more than $7,500.According to the crowd-funding page donations will help pay for Abby’s physical and vision therapy, as well as an orthopedic surgery on both of her legs that will be needed in the coming years.Abby Faber was kid captain for the TCU-ISU football game last Saturday. Abby, who was in a wheelchair, took the field with the players for the coin toss before kickoff. While she was there, Boykin stopped to talk with her.Galen Steeg wrote on Abby’s donation page, “the greatest thing about the ISU-TCU football game was not the score but that we in the Frog Family and the Nation got an introduction into a special young lady named Abby Faber.”The donation page has more than 135 supporters, many of whom called Abby an “inspiration” and praised her courage and strength.A donor identified as Lewis Boykin wrote, “Abby, The Frog Family and the Boykin family wish you the best and prayers will never cease to go up in your behalf, you are greatly loved. Lewis & Carly Boykin.”Kim Wehde, the creator of the donation page, wrote in an email that “this has been so amazing to see. Genuine acts of kindness going to help genuinely good people. Make my heart happy!”The donation page began with a goal of $5,000, but as donations surpassed that mark the goal was increased to $10,000. The website has been shared more than 1,000 times ReddItcenter_img The Power of Three: TCU and the CWS Abby Faber (bottom) and her family pose for a photo at the TCU-Iowa State game on Saturday, October 17. (Courtesy of Abby Faber’s youcaring.com donation site) Facebook Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award George W. Bush to speak at Neeley luncheon Twitter Linkedin Previous articleFestivals around Fort Worth to look out forNext articleLibrary’s west entrance is up for a renovation Evan Watson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Evan Watsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/evan-watson/ Evan Watsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/evan-watson/last_img read more

Rauf Mirkadyrov should not be in prison!

first_img Organisation July 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rauf Mirkadyrov should not be in prison! Receive email alerts RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders is outraged to learn that a Baku court extended journalist Rauf Mirkadyrov’s pre-trial detention for another four months on 15 July at the prosecutor-general’s request.A well-known correspondent for the independent Russian-language newspaper Zerkalo, Mirkadyrov has been held since 18 April on a charge of high treason. In reality, he is one of the latest victims of the government’s campaign to stamp out all criticism“By keeping Mirkadyrov in detention, the politicized judicial system is showing that it is bent on persecuting him,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “His only crime is an independent attitude. We again call on the authorities to drop the charges and free him at once.”The prosecutor-general said there was a danger Mirkadyrov would try to flee if granted a conditional release. Mirkadyrov responded that, when released for three days at the end of May to attend his father’s funeral, he neither tried to escape nor violate the confidentiality of the judicial investigation. The court rejected his request to take account of his mother’s poor health and allow him to stay with her.Mirkadyrov’s last position with Zerkalo was its correspondent in Ankara, where the Turkish authorities arrested him on 18 April and immediately extradited him back to Baku. The Azerbaijani authorities arrested him on arrival on a trumped-up charge of spying for Armenia.One of Zerkalo’s leading writers for many years, he is known for being critical not only of the Azerbaijani government but also the Turkish and Russian ones. Zerkalo was forced to suspend publishing in May after being economically throttled.Azerbaijan is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Read our previous statements on this case:- Deprived of income, Azerbaijani paper is forced to stop publishing (20.06.2014)- Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation (22.04.2014)(Photo: Zerkalo) Help by sharing this information April 9, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News News News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Court orders well-known reporter held for four more months to go further News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

OCC to Banks: Don’t Let Technology Come Between Us

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / OCC to Banks: Don’t Let Technology Come Between Us Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Banks OCC Technology Related Articles Banks OCC Technology 2016-04-27 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. April 27, 2016 1,074 Views The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been a little down on technology as of late.In mid-March, Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry declared in a public speech that so-called emerging “fintechs,” or financial technology companies, would not take the place of banks. On March 31, Curry spoke again of emerging fintechs and stressed the difference between “responsible” innovation and just plain innovation.On Wednesday, the OCC issued a bulletin to remind national banks and federal savings associations of their obligations when it comes to maintaining and retaining records—and allowing examiners access to those records, which includes not letting technology get in the way.“The OCC has become aware of communications technology recently made available to banks that could prevent or impede OCC access to bank records through certain data deletion or encryption features,” the bulletin said. “Use of communications technology in this manner is inconsistent with the OCC’s expectations regarding data retention and availability.”The OCC said that in order to meet its supervisory responsibilities, its examiners must be able to communicate freely with bank personnel and have timely access to banks’ records. The purpose of the bulletin was to remind banks that the OCC should have full and unimpeded access to a bank’s books and records pursuant to the OCC’s authority, and that access should not be limited by communications technology.“Certain available communications technology contains data deletion and encryption features that can be used to prevent or impede OCC access to a bank’s books and records,” the bulletin said. “For example, the OCC is aware that some chat and messaging platforms have touted an ability to ‘guarantee’ the deletion of transmitted messages. The permanent deletion of internal communications, especially if occurring within a relatively short time frame, conflicts with OCC expectations of sound governance, compliance, and risk management practices as well as safety and soundness principles.”Any technology used by bank management must allow the OCC’s examiners access to appropriate bank records, the OCC said.center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News OCC to Banks: Don’t Let Technology Come Between Us Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: This Year’s Housing Forecast Looks a Lot Like 2006 Next: Is Something Amiss in the Reverse Mortgage Industry?last_img read more

Everything you need to know about hurricanes

first_imgiStock/Darwin BrandisBY: JOYEETA BISWAS and MEGHAN KENEALLY, ABC News(NEW ORLEANS) — Hurricane Laura is roaring toward the Texas-Louisiana border as a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall Wednesday or early Thursday, bringing with it dangerous storm surge and heavy rain.The National Weather Service (NWS) said an “unsurvivable storm surge with large and destructive waves” is expected to cause “catastrophic damage from Sea Rim State Park, Texas, to Intracoastal City, Louisiana, including Calcasieu and Sabine Lakes.”“Only a few hours remain to protect life and property and all actions should be rushed to completion,” the NWS warned.Here are some of your questions on hurricanes, answered by ABC News meteorologists Max Golembo, Samantha Wnek and Melissa Griffin.How are hurricanes formed?Hurricanes are formed by feeding off the warmth and moisture of the ocean. Air then rises and is replaced constantly by the surrounding air. Below all this rising air, low pressure develops.How long does a hurricane usually last?If you are in the hurricane, conditions could last 12 to 18 hours. In a slow-moving hurricane, conditions could last up to 24 hours.The hurricane itself, from its formation to its deterioration, can last in the ocean for weeks.How long do hurricanes take to form?It can take up to a week for hurricanes to form and some tropical cyclones never make it to hurricane status.One of the fastest hurricanes to form was Humberto in 2007, which developed in less than 19 hours from a tropical depression to a hurricane.How do you know when a hurricane is coming?If you’re relying on the weather to know when a hurricane is coming, often you won’t get any indication at all. The day before a hurricane could have sunny skies with calm winds.That’s why you should listen to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio or pay attention to warnings from authorities.What is a storm surge and why is it so dangerous?As pressure falls in the hurricane’s center, water levels rise. The water accumulates while the storm is still over the open ocean.When the hurricane closes in on land, its strong winds push that water toward the coast and up onto land, creating walls of water sometimes as high as 20 feet.The danger to people inside houses on the coast is the vicious deluge of water that can flood homes and climb up walls rapidly. When Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey in 2012, many homes filled quickly with water.The risks can be even greater if storm surge combines with high tide, creating a devastating, rapid rise in water levels.ABC News’ Emily Shapiro contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Silver Quarter development launches

first_imgSiteSales Property Group, a residential property sales and development consultancy in London and the South East, has launched 55 shared ownership units in the Silver Quarter development in Newham, East London, part of the £3.7 billion ongoing regeneration of the Canning Town and Custom House area.The 55 apartments have 1-3 bedroom, priced from £387,500 to £580,000 and are part of the 349 residences that will make up Silver Quarter. Silver Quarter is situated opposite Canning Town tube station and offers stylish, modern housing at affordable prices. Features of the shared ownership apartments include streamlined, fitted kitchens; bold, modern bathrooms; open plan living areas; private outdoor spaces and retail units.SiteSales Property Group was appointed by One Housing Group to manage the sales of the properties having previously sold Silverlight, the shared ownership units in a previous phase of the development in 2015.Murray Smith, Managing Director, said, “We are proud to continue our strong partnership with One Housing Group in the ambitious and exciting regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House that has improved the quality of life of local residents.“The launch of these 55 shared ownership units is a reflection of our commitment to contributing to the supply of affordable and high quality properties to property buyers across London.”Newham Silver Quarter development SiteSales Property Group East London February 8, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Silver Quarter development launches previous nextLand & New HomesSilver Quarter development launchesThe Negotiator8th February 20180549 Viewslast_img read more

Fraser-Beaulieu 3rd in Grand Prix Freestyle; Carier Bergeron Wins U25

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Email* Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. SIGN UP Week ten of the 2021 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) continued on Friday, March 19, at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, FL, with a winning ride for Adrienne Lyle (USA) and Harmony’s Duval in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm. AGDF 10 continues through Sunday, March 21, and the circuit hosts 10 weeks of international and national dressage competition until April 4. Free live streaming and on-demand of select classes are available to view at globaldressagefestival.com.Lyle and Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Rousseau, conquered the freestyle under the lights, riding to a score of 80.020%. “It was worth staying up past my bedtime!” she joked.“There’s really nothing that compares to riding at Global on a Friday Night Stars,” continued Lyle. “It’s one of my favorite experiences in the horse world. To do this on Duval, who we had from when he was unbroke, all the way up to becoming an individual gold medalist here, is just really special. I’ve got an unbelievable group of owners that have supported me along the way. ”Lyle noted that her freestyle is from her previous mount Wizard in 2011 at Dressage at Devon, but thought it would fit well for her mount’s second ever freestyle.“I wanted to go back to something I knew since Duval has done one freestyle in his life, so I could give him a good experience out there,” she explained.Lyle and the gelding produced top performances all week, achieving the highest scores in both the grand prix and grand prix special before contesting the freestyle. “I started with the canter work with him [when planning the degree of difficulty]” she remarked. “I think he’s got some fun, powerful canter work. It’s not the most difficult freestyle out there nowadays. When I made it, they didn’t have the degree of difficulty score the way that they do now. But it still has double pirouettes [and] piaffe pirouettes, so it gets enough [degree of difficulty points]. I think it’s a really fun one; it doesn’t always have to be for him the most difficult every time he goes out.”Judge at C Stephen Clarke (GBR) awarded Lyle with an 82.775%, and commented on her strong performance. “The reason why I gave Adrienne such a high mark,” he explained, “was an easy one – the hair on the back of my neck was standing up because the music and power and expression of the whole performance was outstanding.”Second place went to the night’s youngest competitor, 21-year-old Benjamin Ebeling, who excelled in his first senior grand prix freestyle under the lights at AGDF with Illuster Van De Kampert, a 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Speilberg owned by Amy Roberts Ebeling and Sasha Cutter for Nuvolari Holdings LLC.“I was talking with my teammates Adrienne [Lyle] and Katherine [Bateson Chandler] and Jennifer [Williams], [about the fact that] it’s so cool that I got to grow up watching Adrienne and Katherine and people like my dad [Jan Ebeling] all ride on a team together,” he said. “Finally I’m here, and it’s surreal.”Ebeling had a successful career in the Under 25 division and worked his way up to the senior level with Illuster. “I would be remiss if I did not mention George Williams and Charlotte Bredahl,” he continued, “going through the pipeline of junior, young rider, U25, and now the international grand prix. The support I’ve had from them has really been amazing. Like Adrienne said, I don’t think there’s anything like riding under the lights here. I’ve always wanted to do it for the last four years that I’ve been in Wellington. To do this for the first time is really, really cool.”The pair had never ridden this freestyle together, and Ebeling noted that the “Star Wars”-themed ride had just been finished the day before. “It was ready yesterday, and I ran through it on foot before I got here. That was the first time ever riding to it,” he stated. “This is his first time competing for three days in a row. In the warm-up he was a little tired, which is to be expected. But then as we got in that arena, he perked up. Let me tell you, I had so much fun riding that freestyle, because I’m also a ‘Star Wars’ fan!”He concluded, “I need to mention the support of the two owners, my mom, Amy Ebeling, and Sasha Cutter. They’ve been behind me all of the way and have been a big part of our development along with my dad who’s my day-to-day coach, and Christoph Koschel who has really helped me fine tune the horse. I’m so proud of his development. At the beginning of last season we weren’t doing so well, but we finally managed to calm down his nerves and bring a presence into the show arena that I’m so proud of, and I’m so proud of the whole team.”Third place was awarded to Canada’s Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and All In, Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango, who received a 77.065% for their test.“All In had to have 10 days off because he had really bad allergies,” explained Fraser-Beaulieu. “That’s why I had to withdraw from the five star. Personally he wasn’t as fit as I would have liked him to be for the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special this week, but each day I felt him get better and better.“Tonight he felt like his old self again,” she said. “That, for me, made me very happy, and it was a relief to say, ‘He’s back, and he has this.’ He’s so fun under the lights. He has so much power, so much scope. Last time we competed under the lights was a year ago at Nations Cup. It’s always such a fun time.”Carier Bergeron Ends Successful AGDF Season with Freestyle VictoryCamille Carier Bergeron and Acoeur. (©SusanJStickle)Canada’s Camille Carier Bergeron added a second gold medal to her week’s collection after riding to the top of the podium in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO-U25, presented by Diamante Farms.The 20-year-old piloted Acoeur, Gilles Bergeron’s 2007 Württemberger gelding by Acordelli, to a score of 74.485%. “I’m over the moon,” she admitted. “I can’t really believe what a successful few weeks it’s been; it feels unreal. It makes me happy to see that our hard work has paid off and that we can be successful in the ring. I’m thrilled.”The pair rode to a personal best in their freestyle created by Karen Robinson, and Carier Bergeron noted her horse’s strengths and her fondness for the music. “Acoeur is very strong in all of the movements from the canter tour,” she explained. “We usually get higher points there. When our test is clean and the canter tour is strong, we can end up in the 70s.”Watch the winning ride! ©Richard’s Equine VideoVideo Playerhttps://s3.amazonaws.com/pbiec-cdn/video/gdf/2021/GDF%2010/Camille%20Carier%20Bergeron%203%2019%2021.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.She continued, “I first rode [my freestyle] here at the Nations Cup last year; it was my first time riding it and then everything shut down, and we went home. This is only my fourth time riding it, and we achieved a personal best, so it is really exciting. The inspiration for some of it comes from the advertisements for my uncle’s private game preserve in South Africa. When I saw the videos I loved it, and my uncle thought that it was a great idea. So now each time I ride it, I think of my family, my uncle, South Africa, so it also makes me travel.”This week marked the last at AGDF 2021 for Carier Bergeron, and she concluded by thanking those that made her successful season possible: “When I first got down here, it took us a few shows before we really had our game face on. When we finally got that back, I had a personal best at the [Florida International Youth Dressage Championships] during AGDF 8, and now a personal best in the freestyle today, so I feel like this season was a success. I’m sad to leave and go home because I feel like we are on such an up. But that is life, and I am just thankful to the organizers here for hosting a show and competing here safely.”Codi Harrison (USA) earned her third silver medal of the week, keeping things consistent aboard Katholt’s Bossco, her own 2007 Danish Warmblood stallion by Blue Hors Don Schufro, riding to a 74.030%. “My freestyle actually belongs to my trainer Lars (Petersen),” revealed Harrison. “Marlene Whitaker made it for him, and he didn’t end up using it. I needed a freestyle a few years ago, and he let me borrow it and it matched the horse quite well, so we’ve stuck with it.”The 24-year-old has been partnered with her mount for seven years, and the pair has worked their way up together from the young rider levels of the sport. “I got him as a young rider horse,” said Harrison, “and we struggled through that, and then he ended up actually being a better grand prix horse. He’s been so fun to learn the grand prix with, and he’s so consistent. We’re finally able to take the performance we have at home and bring it into this ring. He’s a good boy with a good heart, and he’s a lot of fun.”Third place went to the USA’s Hope Cooper and Hot Chocolate W, Mary Mansfield’s 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Hochadel, winners of yesterday’s FEI Grand Prix 16-25 CDIO-U25, presented by Diamante Farms, with 70.695%. “I’m really happy to be sitting here with these two amazing riders,” began Cooper. “We grew up together, and I can’t say I’m disappointed to be sitting here next to them.”She continued, “I don’t think it was our best test today. I think he was a bit tired, and that made him a little less focused on me and a little more focused on the surroundings, which happens to the best of us. He really did try and is always amazing and tries to really be on it, so I couldn’t ask for more from him. Three days in a row at this level is hard, but he did his best, and I’m happy to be here.”Earlier in the afternoon, Dongseon Kim (KOR) rode his own DSK Belstaff to victory in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center. Kim and the 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Brentano II rode to a score of 72.910%.“In 2008, I was here [in Wellington] and getting 56% and always on the bottom,” explained Kim. “Thirteen years later, to win something like this is an amazing feeling. I want to repeat this experience on horses that I have trained myself. I’m competing one horse in the Grand Prix Special tomorrow that I’ve owned since two [years old] and trained since three [years old]. I want to repeat the winning experience on horses that I’ve trained myself. That would be a real goal for me.”Kim has ridden DSK Belstaff for three years; the talented horse was previously trained by Hubertus Schmidt and competed at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon for Denmark.“He has lots of experience,” said Kim. “He’s a little bit of a heavier type of horse, and my previous horses were much lighter, so he’s taught me to really sit and ride well and get a heavy horse sensitive.”This is the 32-year-old’s third time competing at AGDF, and he spends the remainder of his year in Seoul, Korea. “I’d really like to thank Cho Won-Tae, the Chairman and CEO of Korean Air,” expressed Kim, “for sponsoring me to come here and flying my horses from Korea to here. It’s a great gesture for him to do that. It’s a big trip for them to come here [from South Korea], and if it wasn’t for Chairman Cho Won-Tae of Korean Air, it wouldn’t have been possible.”Kim has his sights set on the Tokyo Olympics, and after a successful season in Wellington, he hopes to be chosen to represent his country when the time comes. He concluded, “Korea has qualified an individual for the Tokyo Olympics. I would really like to be the one who gets to go, but we don’t know until June.”Second place in the FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDI3*, presented by Wellington Regional Medical Center went to the USA’s Jan Ebeling riding Ann Romney’s 2010 Oldenburg gelding, Status Royal OLD (Statesman), to a score of 72.645%. Third went to Canada’s Evi Strasser on Déjà Vu Tyme, Erika Murphy and Evi Strasser’s 2007 Hanoverian gelding by Dauphin, with 68.045%.Competition at AGDF 10 will continue tomorrow with a full schedule of classes, including the FEI Intermediaire A CDI3* and FEI Intermediaire I CDI1*, followed by the FEI Grand Prix Special CDI3*, presented by Iron Spring Farm beginning at 12:35 p.m. For more information and to see a full list of results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO3*, presented by Stillpoint Farm:1. Adrienne Lyle (USA) on Harmony’s Duval, Duval Partners LLC’s 2008 KWPN gelding by Rousseau: 79.200, 78.675, 82.775, 79.300, 80.150; 80.020%2. Benjamin Ebeling (USA) on Illuster Van De Kampert, Amy Roberts Ebeling and Sasha Cutter for Nuvolari Holdings LLC’s 2008 Belgian Warmblood gelding by Speilberg: 76.175, 78.425, 75.950, 79.475, 77.750; 77.555%3. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In, Brittany Fraser and Marc Andre Beaulieu’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Tango: 72.800, 78.375, 77.550, 79.325, 77.275; 77.065%4. Jennifer Williams (USA) on Millione, Millione Partners LLC’s 2003 Danish Warmblood gelding by Milan: 74.750, 75.675, 74.525, 76.700, 75.200; 75.370%5. Naima Moreira Laliberte (CAN) on Statesman, KML S.a.r.l.’s 2007 Hanoverian stallion by Sandro Hit: 75.275, 76.400, 71.400, 76.825, 73.300; 74.640%6. Kelly Layne (AUS) on Samhitas, Nori Maezawa and Kelly Layne’s 2009 Oldenburg gelding by Sir Donnerhall I: 74.350, 76.200, 75.175, 73.275, 72.725; 74.345%7. Chris Von Martels (CAN) on Eclips, Barbara Soederhuizen and Chris Von Martels 2009 KWPN gelding by Apache: 73.625, 76.375, 72.350, 71.075, 74.250; 73.535%8. Carlos Salguero Ocana (ESP) on Vagens Star-Light, Mary Hankey’s 2009 Danish Warmblood gelding by Skovens Rafael: 67.025, 69.725, 65.975, 67.850, 65.275; 67.170%9. Katherine Bateson Chandler (USA) on Alcazar, Jane Forbes Clark’s 2005 KWPN gelding by Contango: 63.750, 66.275, 56.375, 67.550, 63.775; 63.545%Final Results: FEI Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO-U25, presented by Diamante Farms:1. Camille Carier Bergeron (CAN) on Acoeur, Gilles Bergeron’s 2007 Pferdezuchtverband Baden-Württemberg gelding by Acordelli: 75.525, 73.125, 76.000, 72.875, 74.900; 74.485%2. Codi Harrison (USA) on Katholt’s Bossco, her own 2007 Danish Warmblood stallion by Blue Hors Don Schufro: 74.800, 75.225, 74.000, 73.250, 72.875; 74.030%3. Hope Cooper (USA) on Hot Chocolate W, Mary Mansfield’s 2005 Hanoverian gelding by Hochadel: 71.600, 66.875, 69.350, 71.325, 74.325; 70.695%4. Paula Matute Guimon (ESP) on Delagronge, Carolin Mallmann’s 2008 Oldenburg stallion by De Niro: 70.875, 70.275, 70.125, 70.225, 71.300; 70.560%5. Vanessa Creech-Terauds (CAN) on Fleur De Lis L, Diane Creech and Louise Leatherdale’s 2009 Hanoverian mare by First Dance: 73.450, 71.275, 66.435, 69.500, 70.975; 70.325%6. Beatrice Boucher (CAN) on Baldacci, Camille and Gilles Bergeron’s 2006 KWPN gelding by Havidoff: 68.500, 72.050, 73.000, 68.650, 69.375; 70.315%7. Rosemary Julian-Simoes (USA) on Rankrado, Rankrado LLC’s 2004 ZfDP stallion by Ranko: 67.475, 71.050, 68.625, 67.200, 67.175; 68.305% Tags: Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Camille Carier-Bergeron, All In, AGDF, Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, Harmony’s Duval, Acoeur, Adrienne Lyle (USA), last_img read more

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first_imgConfectionery company Lees Foods says is on the acquisition trail to further boost its profile in the bakery industry after recording bumper profits last year.Chairman and MD Raymond Miquel said the company was “actively looking” at possible acquisitions and has considered several possibilities.“We are actively looking at possible acquisitions and have considered several possibilities to date,” said Miquel. “While none have come to fruition at this stage, we continue to pursue our objective of finding companies which will enable us to expand in the food industry.”The company, which floated on the AIM stock exchange last year owns Lees of Scotland and The Waverley Bakery. It announced last month that it saw pre-tax profits rise 21% to £613,916 on sales up 5% to £13.4 million for the year ended 31 December 2005. Miquel said the figures were satisfactory considering the extremely competitive market and the substantial cost increases which it had had to absorb – includinng raw materials, packaging and labour. He said the figures had been achieved in part through a new product development programme, with the introduction of a new tub range of mini snowballs, snowcakes and meringues, as well as a new Raspberry Coconut-Ice Bar.Miquel added that sales for the next six months should be in line with last year although Lees would continue to be faced with cost increases which it could not pass on to customers.Lees makes snowballs, teacakes, confectionery and meringues for most of the major food retailers including Tesco, Asda, Somerfield, Morrisons, Sainsbury, the Co-operative Society, Makro, Aldi and Farmfoods.last_img read more