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My top 3 FTSE 250 dividend shares for 2020

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first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. 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. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. When you think dividend stocks, do you automatically think FTSE 100? Well, there are some big dividend yields in the FTSE 250 too, though some of them might come with a little more risk. Here are three that look like tempting New Year buys.53 yearsMy first is a pretty safe choice, I think. It’s the City of London Investment Trust (LSE: CTY), and its dividend yield is not huge at around 4.5%. But what makes it stand out is that the dividend has been raised every year for 53 years in a row, beating all other investment trusts.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 trust’s target is to outperform the total return of the FTSE All-Share index through a combination of capital growth and income, and it’s been outperforming that benchmark quite nicely. With its track record, very low charges, investment mainly in blue-chips, and with the same manager, Job Curtis, at the helm since 1991, I see City of London as a solid long-term investment.One possible downside is that it runs at a 12% gearing, and I’m not over-enthusiastic about debt, although that is low. And the shares are trading at a premium to net asset value of about 2.5% when most trusts are on a discount. But those are picky objections.RiskIf you fancy a bit of contrarian risk-taking, you might like the look of Petrofac (LSE: PFC), which provides oil field services.What we’re looking at is a predicted yield of 7.8%, and though earnings look set to decline, it should be well covered.The oil price crisis hit Petrofac hard, and with prices still a bit low, it’s not getting the level of business it really wants, but I think it could be a good long-term investment for patient investors as I expect oil to firm up in the next few years.The big risk with Petrofac is that it’s facing a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation into Middle East bribery allegations, and we don’t know how long that will last or what the final cost might be.But that uncertainty has led investors to dump the shares and push the price down 60% since February 2017, and that’s resulted in a forward P/E of only 6.1. That’s why I see it as a contrarian risk-taker’s stock, but I think it has the potential to double (and keep paying dividends).Bricks and mortarMy third pick is also perhaps contrarian, in NewRiver REIT (LSE: NRR), a real estate investment trust.NewRiver invests in retail properties, and that’s put it firmly out of favour with those who have been fearing a Brexit-led property collapse and further carnage on the high street. As a result of heavy selling, the share price is down 36% over the past two years — but it has been enjoying a bit of a bull run since August, so it might have turned the corner.With the price down so heavily, while the dividend is expected to be held flat, yields have climbed to a predicted 10.5%.While its property valuations have declined this year, NewRiver’s underlying operational cash flow has remained healthy, which makes me optimistic. I think we could see further share price strengthening in 2020, with a resumption of dividend rises not too far into the future. 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.center_img Alan Oscroft | Saturday, 28th December, 2019 | More on: CTY NRR PFC My top 3 FTSE 250 dividend shares for 2020 Alan Oscroft 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. 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. See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

PTSD in women may have genetic link

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first_img 95 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! CNN News Share Tweet After a single traumatic event, as many as one-fourth of people exposed will develop post-traumatic stress disorder, a psychiatric disorder characterized by anxiety, hyperarousal and persistent unwanted memories.Scientists are looking for genes or gene pathways that can help better predict PTSD. A new study in the journal Nature suggests one such route in women: through a protein called pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide, which is known to regulate the cellular stress response. Women are more likely to have PTSD in general; 10% of women and 5% of men develop the condition sometime in their lives.Participants, of which there were more than 1,200, came from an impoverished area around Atlanta, Georgia, and did not have military-related trauma. Interpersonal violence, gunshot violence, sexual assaults and other abuse were some of the triggers of PTSD reported.Study results suggest that a particular gene variant for PACAP may be sensitive to both estrogen and stress, because it is associated with women who have PTSD.“It helps us to understand that PTSD is complex,” said Dr. Kerry Ressler of Emory University School of Medicine, lead study author. “There are many individual ways that people come to PTSD, in the same way that there are probably 100 different ways to come down with heart failure.”This is probably one of many biological pathways that lead to PTSD, he said. Understanding it will help get a better picture of the biology and the neural circuitry of PTSD, and could have implications for future diagnosis and treatment of the condition.Ressler’s group found that this gene variant is highly associated with all three subcategories of PTSD: hyperarousal, intrusive memories and avoidant behavior. It could be broadly linked to all of them, or perhaps the definition of PTSD is not specific enough to what’s going on biologically, Ressler said.In rodents, the parts of the brain associated with fear and stress alter the regulation of these genes with fear learning. This could be happening in humans also, he said.The gene variant described in the research influences the key human stress response system, which is central to PTSD and so it makes clinical sense that it would be involved, said Dr. John Markowitz, PTSD researcher at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, who is not a geneticist but offered his clinical perspective on the research.But, Markowitz cautioned, in an e-mail, “the history of psychiatric genetics is littered with findings subsequently retracted or not borne out.” This particular study, which he called an “elegant research report,” has results that apply only to an estrogen gene in chronically traumatized women.There is more work to be done to examine the roots of PTSD in men, and there may be other pathways involved in women with acute trauma, Markowitz said. Another next step would be to examine whether the results of this study are consistent in members of the military. Share HealthLifestyle PTSD in women may have genetic link by: – February 25, 2011last_img read more

Gilas off to Japan sans hotshot

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first_imgView comments Coach Chot Reyes has until Nov. 23, or a day before the clash with Team Nippon, to decide on who the final three cuts would be.Gilas has had a long streak of success against Japan, which will be spearheaded by its naturalized player, 6-foot-5 guard Ira Brown, and the talented 6-foot-10 center Jojie Takeuchi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Filipinos will have the size that can match up with the Japanese, with Carl Bryan Cruz, Troy Rosario and Raymond Almazan to backstop Blatche and the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.Gilas also has a lot of talent and agility in the small forward position with Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva and Mac Belo. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Gunslinger Matthew Wright, RR Pogoy and Allein Maliksi are Reyes’ top outside guns even as the 5-foot-10 Romeo is still included in the list of players the coaching staff initially submitted to the Fiba.With Romeo out because of an injury, Reyes will be taking Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena to be the back-up of Castro, though Alas and Ravena will be hard-pressed to come up with the more than 22 points a game, Romeo’s average in the last Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut in Lebanon.“The coaches haven’t decided on it yet,” team manager Butch Antonio said in a text message when asked if Reyes and his deputies have more or less figured out on who the final cuts would be.One of the shoo-ins would have to be the veteran Gabe Norwood, who could be the best defensive man on Reyes’ roster as far as handling Brown is concerned.Gilas will play Japan on Friday before flying back home the following day to play Chinese Taipei and Quincy Davis III at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Standhardinger powers HK Lions past Alab PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Gilas Pilipinas pool. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Smart SportsA Gilas Pilipinas crew that will be without prolific point guard Terrence Romeo departs for Haneda, Japan, on Tuesday, seeking to open its Fiba World Cup Qualifiers Asia stint on a bright note against the host squad three days later.Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, naturalized Andray Blatche and two-time Asia’s best point guard Jayson Castro banner a 15-man team that flies out at 8:55 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele Steele

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first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very old Instagram/SteeleInstagram/SteeleOver the past few weeks, we’ve all been seeing a lot more of ESPN bureau reporter Michele Steele. Why? Because she’s been given the honor of filling in for Chris McKendry with co-host Jay Crawford during the 11:00 AM ET SportsCenter show. Steele, who is usually based in Boston to cover the Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics, has done a fantastic job in her new role, leading many to wonder if she’ll ever be given the full-time gig, like her coworker Cari Champion.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star.In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Michele SteelePages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

COSCO Shipping Lines Falls Victim to Cyber Attack

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Kees Torn COSCO Shipping Lines confirmed that it has been hit by a cyber attack impacting its internet connection within its offices in America.As such, local email and network telephone were not working properly and the company decided to shut down the connections with other regions for further investigation.Based on the information released so far, the incident that took place on Tuesday, July 24, was described as a ransomware attack.The Chinese shipping and logistics company said that its vessels were not impacted and that its main business operation systems were performing stably. However, COSCO’s terminal at the Port of Long Beach was affected.“We are glad to inform you that we have taken effective measures. Except for above regions affected by the network problem, the business operation within all other regions will be recovered very soon. The business operations in the affected regions are still being carried out, and we are trying best to make a full and quick recovery. We will keep you updated of the latest progress through various channels,” the company said.The latest attack is a stark reminder of the ever growing threat from cyber attacks in the maritime world which ic becoming increasingly dependent on digital technology.Even though the impact was not as severe as the one experienced by Maersk Group in June 2017, companies are encouraged to boost their cyber security if they want to avoid the scenario that cost Maersk around USD 300 million.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Kees Torn/Flickrlast_img read more

Premiers forge ahead with Indigenous meeting despite boycott by three groups

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first_imgEDMONTON – Canada’s premiers met with a reduced group of Indigenous leaders Monday after three national bodies — including the Assembly of First Nations — boycotted the event.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said work was done discussing issues such as the socioeconomic challenges for Indigenous women and the state of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.“I think we reached agreement and a fairly shared common purpose on these issues, and I think we’ll see some good work coming out of it,” Notley told reporters.She and the leaders of Canada’s provinces and territories met with National Chief Robert Bertrand of Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Francyne Joe, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.Referring to the absentees, Notley said, “Although we regret that they were not here today, we are fully committed to engaging with these leaders face-to-face around a common table.“We are also steadfast in our resolve to making progress on issues that are critically important to Indigenous people.”Earlier Monday, the heads of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Metis National Council announced in Toronto they were boycotting the meeting to draw attention to their bid for “full and meaningful inclusion” in the larger annual gathering of provincial and territorial leaders known as the Council of the Federation.Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said Canada’s Indigenous Peoples are not just another special interest group and won’t stand to be treated as such.“We’re not ethnic minorities. We are Indigenous Peoples with the right to self-determination, because we have our own lands, we have our own laws, we have our own languages, we have our own identifiable peoples and we have our identifiable forms of government,” he said.Though the groups have met with the premiers in the past, they said long-standing issues have come to a head in the last year, particularly when contrasted with the federal government’s more inclusive approach.“Unless we start taking a stand, they’re not going to really listen to us,” said Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council.Back in Edmonton, Bertrand declined to say what he thought of the boycott decision, but said it’s in the best interests of the people he represents to meet the premiers face-to-face.“It was well worth our while to have been present here,” said Bertrand.“Mainly for having made connections with all the premiers of the provinces. This way if in the future there are any problems, you can pick up the phone and discuss it with either the premier or with another person who will be able to help us.”Joe echoed those remarks: “My membership expects me to do whatever I can to discuss the issues that are affecting our women.“We hope that the others will join us at some point so that we can work together to address these issues.”New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said it’s unfortunate that the process of how best to meet detracts from a focus on improving the lives of aboriginal people.“Process can be very important, but at the end of the day it’s only important because we’re all trying to achieve results that will improve the quality of life of Indigenous people,” said Gallant.The premiers meet Tuesday and Wednesday in the Alberta capital for the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation.B.C. premier-designate John Horgan is being sworn in Tuesday and therefore is not attending.— With files from Paola Loriggio in Torontolast_img read more

Rogers cutting onethird of digital content and publishing team about 75 jobs

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first_imgTORONTO – Rogers Communications said Thursday that it had laid off about 75 full-time employees from its digital content and publishing team.The Toronto-based company said the cuts amount to about one-third of the department, reducing the size of that team to about 150 people.The digital content and publishing division produces content for Maclean’s, Today’s Parent, Hello! Canada, Flare, MoneySense, Canadian Business and Chatelaine.Rogers said the job cuts reflects the “headwinds” faced by its industry, which has been dealing with a years-long change in consumer reading habits and a loss in advertising revenue at most established publishers.The company also said the reorganization will see Steve Maich, senior vice-president of digital content and publishing, leave the organization later this summer. Sarah Trimble was named vice-president, digital content and publishing.“Throughout his extraordinary 14-year tenure at Rogers Media, Steve Maich has left an indelible mark on all those who have had the pleasure of working with him, and all the loyal readers who have enjoyed his writing,” Rick Brace, president of Rogers Media, said in a statement.Lianne George, editor in chief at Chatelaine, also tweeted that she has decided to leave the magazine and Rogers.“It’s been the greatest joy to work for this publication, and with this wonderful, big-hearted group. I know the team will continue to do great things,” George tweeted from her verified account.The majority of the cuts were staff based in Toronto and included a variety of editorial roles.Rogers has one of Canada’s biggest media businesses, active in print and digital publishing, radio broadcasting and television including the Sportsnet specialty channels.However, Rogers Media is much smaller than the company’s wireless and cable divisions.It said that all of its current publishing brands will continue and the company remains committed to producing high-quality editorial content.Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B)last_img read more

The Latest 5 banks work to reduce greenhouse emissions

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first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — The Latest on climate talks taking place in Poland (all times local):10:50 a.m.Five international banks are pledging to use the billions at their disposal to steer clients away from businesses that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases.The banks, led by ING of the Netherlands, announced the plan Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. climate summit in Poland.The Katowice Commitment, named after the city hosting the two-week summit, is also backed by BBVA, Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas and Societe Generale.The banks, with a combined loan book of over 2.4 trillion euros ($2.72 trillion), say they want to support the Paris accord on curbing climate change.Measures include developing tools to ensure lending is aligned with emissions-reduction goals and financing low-emissions technologies.The banks say they won’t exclude any clients but instead “work with them on their transition.”___10:05 a.m.Negotiators gathered for the U.N. climate talks in Poland are getting down to the nitty-gritty part of the two-week meeting.Diplomats from almost 200 countries began holding a series of technical talks Tuesday aimed at finalizing the rules that define the 2015 Paris accord on curbing global warming.Decisions on crunch issues are expected to be left to ministers when they return to the southern Polish city of Katowice next week.U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made a dramatic appeal to governments Monday to confront the threat of unchecked climate change.Scientists say manmade emissions of greenhouses gases must be reduced to net zero by 2050 to stop catastrophic warming this century.____Read more stories on climate issues by The Associated Press at https://www.apnews.com/ClimateThe Associated Presslast_img read more

Stock markets surge higher following news of USChina trade talks

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first_imgIndex and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — North American stock markets surged higher in late-morning trading following news of trade talks between the U.S. and China set for next week.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 190.79 points at 14,403.54.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 680.15 points at 23,366.37.The S&P 500 index was up 76.76 points at 2,524.65, while the Nasdaq composite was up 245.47 points at 6,708.97.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.69 cents US compared with an average of 74.02 cents US on Thursday.The February crude contract was up US$1.91 at US$49 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.7 cents at US$2.97 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$9.60 at US$1,285.20 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 6.4 cents at US$2.63 a pound.last_img read more