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In fact, many of them will probably take years to return to pre-crash levels.Airlines, cruise firms, oil companies and banks appear to be the worst-hit sectors, but many others have been affected too.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…Pharmaceuticals and tech companies have fared better. This should not come as a surprise as many investors actively seek solutions to world problems and both pharma and tech offer answers to the challenges created by the pandemic.Tech savvy stocks to buyA UK tech company that has enjoyed a share price recovery past pre-lockdown levels is Computacenter (LSE:CCC). A FTSE 250 computer services company that serves both private and public sector businesses throughout Europe. The £2bn company has enjoyed excellent returns this year, surpassing analysts’ expectations.Computacenter carries a roughly 7% free cash flow yield. It has a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 22 and earnings per share are 90p. At the end of July, it had around £280m in net cash, so although it has paused its dividend, the likelihood the company will reinstate it is positive. It appears to have a well-managed setup throughout its distribution channels ensuring value for shareholders.Lockdown created a surge of home workers and home schooling, boosting demand  for IT services, and I think this will continue. We are going to have to learn to live with the pandemic for the time being and so businesses will continue with an ongoing focus on ensuring staff are tech savvy. Many businesses are embracing home working for the long term, IT security is paramount, and I think Computacenter will continue to deliver value to shareholders. I think this is a good stock to buy.Digitalisation and healthcarePower products supplier XP Power (LSE:XPP) is another FTSE 250 stock that has seen its share price surge past pre-pandemic levels. Its share price has enjoyed a good week after reinstating its dividend payout, something income investors are actively seeking. The interim dividend payment will be 18p per share, which is nearly 50% lower than last year, but very welcome nonetheless.XP Power has a market cap of £847m, its order intake for the first half of the year has improved by 45%, adjusted pre-tax profit rose 2% and revenue increased by 6%. It is well placed to benefit from both digitalisation and increased healthcare spending. This is because XP Power creates controllers for electrical equipment needed in manufacturing products like ventilators, patient monitors, and X-ray machines.It also has a record backlog of customer orders to process. These mainly relate to orders from its semiconductor equipment manufacturing and healthcare customers. The company has already expanded its capacity in China and Vietnam to fulfil demand.Although this looks a well-managed company and its share price has enjoyed a fantastic rise. I think it may be set to return to business as usual in the second half of the year. The fact that it offers a dividend is great, but growth may not be so rapid. It has a very high P/E of 40. So I think its share price could see some volatility. I think this would be a good stock to buy in a dip. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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first_img Tweet 15 Views   one comment Share Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Nissan bus and Toyota car collide outside Public Works by: – April 13, 2012 Sharing is caring! Blue Nissan bus registration # HE041 and a Toyota Car registration #4287Early morning vehicular accident in Roseau has left one man nursing injuries.A blue Nissan bus registration # HE041 and a Toyota Car registration #4287 collided outside the Public Works Corporation.Details are sketchy at this point however Dominica Vibes News understands that the car had to be cut open to remove the driver, but the extent of his injuries has not yet been confirmed.Blue Nissan bus registration # HE041 and a Toyota Car registration #4287 Photo credit: Trestle AlexanderDominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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first_img26 February 2014Tabling his 2014 Budget in Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a massive expenditure plan that will be anchored by the country’s National Development Plan (NDP).Gordhan said that government spending would be R1.25-trillion for the 2014/15 financial year, with consolidated non-interest spending increasing to R1.3-trillion by 2016/17 – an increase of about 2% per year over the next three years.Here’s a quick look at where the money will be going.Education and training will get the lion’s share, with an estimated allocation of R254-billion, followed by health (R146-billion) and social protection (R144-billion). Some R143-billion will go towards housing and community amenities, while R57-billion will be spent on employment and social security programmes.  About R10.3-billion will go towards manufacturing development incentives, while R15.2-billion will be set aside for economic competitiveness and support packages for job-creating businesses. A further R3.6-billion has been allocated for job creation in the country’s special economic zones.  R11-billion will be spent improving the country’s rail infrastructure, including new rolling stock and signalling upgrades.  R77-billion will be spent on primary healthcare services and a further R240-billion on public hospitals.  A total of R600-million has been allocated for the roll-out of a new vaccine against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Young girls at primary schools will be vaccinated from next month in order to prevent future development of cancer of the cervix.  R1-billion will be added to the conditional grant for HIV/Aids prevention and treatment to sustain the roll-out of the state’s free antiretroviral treatment programme. A total of 2.5-million South Africans are currently under treatment, and 500 000 new patients are expected to join the programme each year.  R19.3-billion will be spent on refurbishing clinics and hospitals, while R1.2-billion will be set aside for contracts of general practitioners, ahead of the full implementation of the country’s National Health Insurance.  Six metro municipalities have been targeted for a new grant of R300-million a year to build their capacity to plan for integrated human settlements.  R899.2-million has been set aside for the provinces to upgrade their sanitation infrastructure. Over the next two years, R1.9-billion will be spent on eradicating the bucket system, while R15.4-billion will be spent on regional bulk infrastructure over the next three years. Source: read more

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It has been a very frustrating planting season for Adam Kirian and his brother on their Hancock County farm.The cool, moist conditions from March through mid-May were great for the wheat, but not for much of anything else on the corn, soybean, hay, fresh produce, and cattle operation.“I made a joke a couple of days ago and said that I wished we had planted everything to wheat because it looks excellent. We had a cool damp spring and it was favorable for the wheat. There is a lot of fungicide going on right now as we get closer to filling grain. I would say we are 40 or 45 days at least away from wheat harvest. It is starting to warm up right now,” said Adam Kirian on May 26. “We didn’t get any corn in the ground until May 20. We started working ground the day before on the well-drained stuff. As we have gotten some heat, things have really gotten nice. We finished up our own corn planting last night and we are doing some custom work now. Hopefully we should have some beans going in the ground this afternoon. By the middle of next week, with the looks of the forecast, we should have everything in the ground. There were times in April where the ground was dry and we planted some sweet corn. We had issues getting it to emerge, though, because of the cool temperatures. We had problems with too much moisture but the ground temperature was as big of a problem this spring.”While the cool and wet conditions kept planters out of the field, the wheat continued to thrive after a mild winter and good growing conditions the previous fall.“The wheat really looks good. As far as ground moisture, we have a fair amount to help fill the heads out with grain. The big thing is that we have gotten so warm and so humid so quickly after being so cool all spring that disease is going to be a bigger issue. You are seeing a lot of preventative maintenance spraying around here after all of the issues we have had the last couple of years,” Kirian said. “If you are cool and dry you don’t have a lot of issues. This year we are planning on spraying everything. Last year we decided to spray and we avoided a lot of the issues in terms of quality.”While the dry weather was a welcome and necessary change to get crops planted on the farm, the switch in weather patterns was a concern.“We have missed a couple of rains now and I start to get nervous when we start to get in that trend,” he said. “We have stuff to do, but things could get too dry too soon. Missing rains is good right now so we can finish up and get some hay made but after that I would welcome some rain.”Another major challenge for the early growing season for corn, soybeans and wheat was the very late frost in mid May. On May 16, air temperatures dropped into the upper 20s and low 30s causing some freeze injury to crops around Ohio, particularly in low parts of the fields. Though there was not widespread injury, there were some corn and soybean fields replanted due to frost injury in some areas and some wheat showed signs of damage as well.The May 31 USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service crop progress report showed that Ohio’s farmers were taking advantage of the warmer, drier conditions planting significant amounts of corn and soybeans. There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 29, allowing corn and soybean planting to catch up to the five-year average, though emergence was still behind due to the previous planting delays.Some growers replanted corn that had been stunted by the cold temperatures after early planting. Some soybeans will also need to be replanted, due to frost damage and pythium incidence. There were reports of wheat rust that may lead to diverting fields to forage.In addition, producers were cutting and baling hay as the moisture surplus was no longer an issue. Some areas are even beginning to become too dry, particularly in the northern part of the state. Vegetable producers were also planting their crops. Other activities included sidedressing, hauling manure, and spraying, though high wind hampered spraying in some areas.Stay tuned to see how progress continued over the last week with a new Crop Progress report being released later today.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  By Olivia Hettinger, Zane Trace FFA ReporterThe Zane Trace FFA chapter will be recognized as a three star chapter at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis this fall. Only the top 10% of all FFA chapters in the nation are recognized for this honor each year. This will be the chapter’s 6th year receiving this award. There are many things the ZT FFA has done to be recognized for this award. Some examples are the annual sausage breakfast where a large percentage of the money is donated, Pioneer Pantry which is an in-school pantry filled with items that students who are in need of are allowed to take home. The chapter also recently built a blessing box outside of the school, along with Pioneer Pacers, a running club for grades three through five. Elementary lessons about agriculture are also taught by FFA members. The Zane Trace FFA also has a positive social media presence, and takes yearly trips to the National FFA Convention.last_img read more

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first_imgWith this helpful video tutorial on ISO, you’ll be turning that dial to manual in no time.ISO is a funny measurement that can certainly be confusing to new filmmakers and photographers. In its most basic form ISO is a measurement of the sensitivity of your image sensor; higher ISO being more sensitive and lower ISO being less. When an ISO number is high (3200+), you can expect to see an overall brighter/noisier image. On some video cameras this is measured as gain.The following video created by the camera experts at Adorama gives us some better insights into how ISO works. It covers:Reducing NoiseShooting in Low LightDisadvantages of High ISO NumbersISO is just one of the three big factors in what is known as the “exposure triangle”.This video was first shared on Adorama’s YouTube Channel. Thanks for sharing guys!As the video states increased ISO numbers have historically been associated with increased noise, but new cameras such as the Sony A7S offers incredible performance at high ISO numbers with minimal noise. So who knows, maybe in the future ISO is going to go the way of the dinosaurs, or the DV tape for that matter.If you want to be a real master at exposing your images be sure to read up on ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture, here on the Premiumbeat Blog.Have any tips for working with ISO? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgKitten Rescue will hold its 8th annual “Furball at the Skirball” fundraiser on Saturday, September 10th.Hosted by actor and activist Billy McNamara, Kitten Rescue will honor Gloria and Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) with their Advocacy Award. Celebrity guests include Tricia Helfer, Jackson Galaxy and Bonnie-Jill Laflin. The evening supports the organization’s efforts to rescue, rehabilitate and place homeless animals into loving homes, with a special focus on raising funds for their new Kitten Nursery.Tickets are priced at $150 and include an open bar, appetizers, an elegant plant-based dinner, live entertainment, a silent auction, awards and video presentations.“The main focus of this year’s event is to raise funds for the Kitten Rescue Nursery,’” said Sandra Harrison of Kitten Rescue “The Kitten Rescue Nursery is dedicated to saving the most helpless victims of the homeless cat cirsis- orphaned, unweaned kittens. While the Kitten Nursery has increased our lifesaving ability, it has also doubled our operating budget, making our need for funds greater than ever.”Now in its 8th year, “Furball at the Skirball” has become one of Los Angeles’ most prominent fundraisers for homeless animals. Last year’s event raised $55,000 to help Kitten Rescue launch their Journey Home Transport Program and pay for much needed medical care for rescued cats.The festivities take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, September 10th at the Skirball Center’s Ahmanson Hall. Tickets may be purchased here.Kitten Rescue is a non-profit, no kill, cat rescue organization based in Los Angeles, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and placement of homeless animals since 1997.For further information, please visit read more