Forget buy-to-let and Bitcoin. I’d buy these 2 UK shares in an ISA today to retire rich

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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. Peter Stephens | Thursday, 5th November, 2020 | More on: FRES ULVR 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. Forget buy-to-let and Bitcoin. I’d buy these 2 UK shares in an ISA today to retire rich “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Peter Stephens owns shares of Fresnillo and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fresnillo and Unilever. 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. Buying UK shares may not be as popular as investing in buy-to-let property or Bitcoin at present. After all, the stock market crash has caused sentiment towards a wide range of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares to come under pressure.However, building a portfolio of high-quality British shares now while they appear to offer good value for money could be a shrewd move. It may enable an investor to take part in a likely stock market recovery.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…With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 shares that appear to offer capital growth potential. They could be worth buying and holding in a Stocks and Shares ISA.Strong performance relative to other UK sharesNot all UK shares have declined in price since the stock market crash. Gold and silver miner Fresnillo (LSE: FRES) has gained over 100% since the start of the year.It’s benefitted from rising precious metals prices. Investors have become increasingly concerned about the prospects for the world economy. Combined with low interest rates, this has increased the appeal of gold and silver.Looking ahead, Fresnillo is forecast to double its net profit in the current year and next year. Despite its recent outperformance of other UK shares, it currently trades on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 0.3. This suggests it continues to offer a wide margin of safety. And it may produce further share price growth.The company’s recent updates have shown it’s making progress in improving its operational performance after a mixed couple of years. As such, it may offer impressive returns relative to other FTSE 100 shares over the long run.A FTSE 100 total return opportunityUnilever (LSE: ULVR) could also outperform other UK shares in the long run. This may make it a more attractive investment opportunity than Bitcoin and buy-to-let.The global consumer goods company has reported a resilient performance in response to tough operating conditions. Its diverse range of products means that weak sales in areas such as ice cream has been offset by stronger performance elsewhere. This could make it a relatively less risky option through which to gain exposure to growing incomes across the emerging world.Looking ahead, Unilever is expected to return to positive earnings growth next year. Although it has a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 21, its long-term growth potential suggests it currently offers fair value for money. Its focus on sustainability across its product range may improve its appeal among consumers and allow it to adapt to changing tastes.The company’s dividend yield of 3.2% is currently beaten by the income returns of other UK shares. However, its dividend growth prospects, as highlighted by the 5.5% forecast growth in shareholder payouts next year, indicates it could offer impressive total return potential. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Lloyds share price: here’s my outlook for the rest of the year

first_img 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. 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. The Lloyds Banking Group (LSE:LLOY) share price currently trades just under 50p. So is that good? Depending on the historical timeframe you look at, different opinions can be formed. For example, over one year this represents a gain of 44%. Yet over two years, the share price is actually down 15%. Clearly, there’s a mixed story here, and I think this carries forward into the outlook for the rest of the year.Looking back before looking forwardFrom 2015 to 2019, the Lloyds share price traded in a rough range between 50 and 85p. The bank wasn’t setting the world on fire with its offering to customers, but at the same time it was performing OK. 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…This all changed during the stock market crash in March of last year. The share price plunged through the key 50p barrier, and closed at 27.7p in the first week of April. No one could have predicted the extent of the negative impact that the pandemic would have on the economy.But with the share price currently around 50p, clearly the impact of the pandemic wasn’t fatal for the bank. This was for a few reasons. Firstly, the stock market tries to be a forward-looking barometer. The Lloyds share price fell heavily in that month as investors tried to predict the worst-case scenario. This would mean large losses due to loan and mortgage defaults, both for individuals and companies.It’s true that Lloyds did have to set aside large amounts for the potential losses. In Q2 2020, it set aside £2.4bn in impairment charges just for that quarter. Yet in reality, the impact was less severe, meaning charges could be reduced by the time of the annual report.Another reason why the shares have bounced back from the lows is that Lloyds is heavily exposed to the UK economy. But the outlook for the economy is much better now than it was a year ago. Positive sentiment has therefore lifted the shares.My outlook for the Lloyds share priceSo would I buy it today? I’d put my outlook as cautiously optimistic right now. I think the Lloyds share price will continue to have a strong correlation to the UK economy. Retail sales data for April showed monthly growth of 9.2%. If it continues to move higher, this could be good news for Lloyds. I’m cautious regarding the economy as some parts of it might still be fragile. For example, house prices are soaring, but banks only lent £3.3bn to homebuyers in April, down from £11.5bn in March. Any disruption in this market would impact the economy. It would also be damaging for Lloyds, which is a large lender in this space.The Lloyds share price should be boosted from the resumption of dividend payments. Income investors could start to buy the shares again for the income that comes with them. If the yield moves higher by the end of the year, this should help the Lloyds share price move above 50p. The risk here is that if the dividend remains low (the payment last month was 0.57p per share), it might struggle to attract any large inflows from income-hungry investors.Overall, I think the Lloyds share price can move higher in the second half of the year, so would be happy to buy it at 50p.  jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge See all posts by Jonathan Smith Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Lloyds share price: here’s my outlook for the rest of the yearcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Jonathan Smith | Monday, 7th June, 2021 | More on: LLOY last_img read more

UK shares: should I buy N Brown on its latest trading news?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. 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. UK share prices are, broadly speaking at least, putting in a disappointing performance on Thursday. Both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are down by around half a percent on news that the Federal Reserve is making plans to raise rates. The N Brown Group (LSE: BWNG) share price is having a particularly bad time today after a frosty reception to latest financials.The clothing retailer saw product revenues return to growth in the three months to May, it said, the top line rising 4.6% from the same 2020 period.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…Sales of the UK retail share’s so-called strategic brands like Jacamo, SimplyBe, and JD Williams rose 15.5% in the first fiscal quarter. This more than offset sales of its other brands falling by almost a quarter over the same period.However, with revenues from its financial services arm also falling 5.9% between March and May, turnover at group level edged just 0.5% higher. While the market has taken fright from this marginal increase, N Brown has kept its full-year forecasts unchanged. It expects group revenues to rise between 1% and 4% in financial 2022. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (or EBITDA) meanwhile is projected at between £93m and £100m. This compares with adjusted earnings of £86.5m which the company reported last year.N Brown’s share price takes a whackN Brown’s share price is up 67% over the past 12 months. But it has been gradually edging down in recent weeks and today hit its cheapest since the end of 2020. As I type it’s down 4% on the day at 56.5p. Investor appetite for the UK share has soured on resurgent Covid-19 infection rates and their subsequent impact on the government delaying its lockdown exit.Its true that the ongoing public health emergency presents huge risks to the retailer. However, as a long-term investor I still maintain a positive take on N Brown. I like its online-only model, something which should stand it in good stead as the broader e-commerce market rapidly grows. And I also like its focus on the increasingly large demographic segments of plus size and older customers.Indeed, N Brown chief executive Steve said, “The strategic transformation initiatives we have enacted over the past two years have now started to deliver product revenue growth, with customers responding well to the new ranges across our core brands”.Too cheap to miss?Those recent share price falls mean that the British retailer now changes hands on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8 times. This leaves it well inside the bargain-basement terrain of 10 times and below that is often characteristic of high-risk stocks. But I don’t think N Brown is worthy of such an accolade.City analysts in fact believe that the UK retail share will rebound from a 9% drop in earnings per share in financial 2022 with a 25% bottom-line bounce the following year. Of course, forecasts can change based on future developments, and I’m not rely on them. But I’d happily buy N Brown shares for my own shares portfolio in anticipation of excellent earnings growth beyond the medium term. Royston Wild | Thursday, 17th June, 2021 | More on: BWNG Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. 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. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge UK shares: should I buy N Brown on its latest trading news? And I think the following UK share, identified by The Motley Fool’s crack team of analysts, is a top stock to buy too. 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2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifying Process

first_imgHow the best women’s teams from across the globe can book their place at the tournament in New Zealand Open space: Ireland’s Edel McMahon breaks the Scotland defence (Getty Images) 2021 Rugby World Cup Qualifying ProcessNine countries have already qualified for the 2021 Rugby World Cup, but ten teams are still competing for the remaining three places.The qualification process to decide the final places for New Zealand 2021 has been thrown up in the air by the pandemic and is one of the factors in the women’s tournament being postponed until 2022.New Zealand, England, France, USA, Canada, Australia and Wales qualified after finishing in the top seven at RWC 2017. South Africa and Fiji booked their places by winning the Rugby Africa Cup and Oceania Rugby Championship respectively.Other qualifying matches were all due to take place before the end of 2020, but that was not possible due to the postponement of competitions.The RWC 2021 European qualifiers, which will feature Ireland, Italy, Scotland and the winner of the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship, have now been postponed twice with no news yet on when they will be held. The winner of that tournament qualifies automatically for the World Cup, with the runner-up heading to the repêchage. However, with the window in which to fit qualifiers getting ever smaller, particularly when you consider that some 15s players will also be involved in sevens campaigns ahead of the Olympics, it is little surprise that the tournament has been postponed.Related: Olympic preparations for sevens teams up in the airAnother outstanding fixture before the repêchage is the play-off between Colombia and Kenya. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img One match that has taken place is the play-off between Samoa and Tonga to determine who would take part in the four-team repêchage tournament. Samoa were comfortable 40-0 winners in that fixture at Trusts Arena in New Zealand.The postponement of RWC 2021 now gives organisers more time to arrange the remaining qualifiers. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Spain have been able to book their place in that qualifying tournament after beating Russia 56-7 and the Netherlands 87-0 in February to win the Rugby Europe Women’s Championship.With regards the qualifiers, a Rugby Europe statement said: “World Rugby and Rugby Europe continue to consult with unions and Six Nations Rugby Limited regarding a window that provides a fair opportunity to deliver the Europe qualifier, who will qualify directly for Rugby World Cup 2021 in New Zealand. The runner-up will progress to the final qualification tournament to be held in 2021.”There is also uncertainty in other parts of the world over when qualifiers will be played. The Asia Rugby Championship, which features Hong Kong, Japan and Kazakhstan, was due to take place in March, was postponed until May and then rescheduled for March 2021.However, that was called off as well, with a World Rugby statement reading: “In light of ongoing Covid-19 travel and quarantine restrictions, Asia Rugby, in full consultation with the Hong Kong Rugby Union and participating unions, have taken the decision not to host the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship on 5, 9 and 13 March in Hong Kong as originally planned.“Asia Rugby, participating unions and World Rugby continue to work closely to determine alternative hosting solutions.”last_img read more

Congregation to celebrate legacy of parishioner who died in Civil…

first_img Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Press Release Service The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Tampa, FL Congregation to celebrate legacy of parishioner who died in Civil War, was buried under church Rector Knoxville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL A bell honoring John Codman Pollitz has been a fixture at Trinity Episcopal Church in Roslyn, New York, for more than a century, but the precise location of Pollitz’s grave under the church remained a mystery until last year. Photo: Trinity Episcopal Church[Episcopal News Service] A 19-year-old parishioner who died while serving in the Civil War has been buried under Trinity Episcopal Church in Roslyn, New York, for more than a century, but until now, the final resting place of this hometown hero mostly was the stuff of legend.Much of that legend is embodied by Trinity’s historic bell, which has long been on display at the church and bears the name of the young soldier, John Codman Pollitz, who paid for the bell out of his army pay. It was first tolled at his funeral, Feb. 1, 1863.“His grave is under this church,” a plaque on the bell reads, providing no further detail about the location of the grave. The burial site hadn’t been accessed since 1914, and its place wasn’t marked.Then last year, Trinity Episcopal embarked on an extensive renovation project that involved replacing the church’s floor. Parishioner Karl Hansen told Episcopal News Service he and other members of the congregation who were familiar with Pollitz’s history were curious if construction crews would find evidence of the grave. Sure enough, removing the old floor, they revealed Pollitz’s gravestone resting on the dirt of a crawl space.“Legend had it that he was buried under there, but now it’s completely confirmed,” Hansen said, adding that the congregation brought in a specialist with a radar device to pinpoint the location of an underground box presumed to be Pollitz’s coffin.The congregation plans to celebrate Pollitz while dedicating his burial site and a new plaque at a ceremony June 2 after the Sunday Eucharist.The floor has since been restored, and the plaque was placed over the site of the grave, its location precise – 16 feet off the west wall and 15 feet off the south wall of the church, at the back of the church’s nave, Hansen said.Though the location of his grave had been a mystery, Pollitz’s story was well known. He had taught Sunday school for the Episcopal congregation in Roslyn starting in 1859, a decade before Trinity parish was founded. The early congregation worshipped in a chapel that Pollitz thought was “a dream come true” for his religious classes, according to an excerpt of a 1969 parish history article that was reprinted in a 2007 newsletter.He was barely 18 when he joined the Union Army. With his regiment in New Bern, North Carolina, he fell ill and died on Jan. 7, 1863. The parish history reported exhaustion as the cause of his death. A 1914 article in The New York Times about Pollitz said he died of “camp fever.” Hansen, who served in the Marines in the early 1970s, said he and others suspect Pollitz succumbed to dysentery.Whatever the cause, he was remembered at Trinity as a hero. His remains were buried “under the shadow of the chapel belfry,” the newsletter article says.The bell he had purchased for the congregation arrived at about the same time that his body returned home for burial, and it “was sweet in tone” when it first tolled at his funeral, according to the Times. The bell soon produced a note, however, that suggested to the congregation that it had cracked, prompting the decision to lower it, turn it upside down and fill it with dirt and flowers “to serve as an urn in the grave enclosure” at the chapel, the Times reported.Trinity Episcopal Church was built in 1906, and the floor was installed over John Codman Pollitz’s burial site. Photo: Trinity Episcopal ChurchA new, larger church was built in 1906 over the grave and bell, but no record was kept of the grave’s location. It was accessed and the bell recovered and restored in 1914 when a crack in the church foundation led to “a crawling circuit of inspection under the parts of the church most difficult to access,” the Times said in its article that year previewing the dedication of the restored bell.For a century, the congregation maintained only a general sense of the grave’s position under the floor, with no visible evidence of its existence. Now that it again has been uncovered, Trinity is giving it a permanent marker on the floor so no one will ever forget.Trinity is a small congregation, with about 50 people typically attending Eucharist on Sundays. Its rector, the Rev. Margaret Peckham Clark, presided over her final service at the church this month before leaving for a new call in the Diocese of Newark, so Trinity is welcoming supply priests on Sundays until it names an interim rector and embarks on a search for a permanent replacement.At a time when Trinity is planning for its future, the June 2 dedication of Pollitz’s grave is an opportunity for parishioners to take another look back at the short life of a young man who gave his time to the education of the congregation’s children, his money to the parish’s early growth and his life in service to his country at war, said Hansen.“Pretty impressive, I think,” he said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By David PaulsenPosted May 13, 2019 last_img read more

Why you should start colorectal screenings sooner

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate “I think most people would agree that it was time for an update because there’s been a consistent and steady drift toward colorectal cancer occurring at a younger age,” says John R.T. Monson, MD, Executive Director for Colorectal Surgery at Florida Hospital.Dr. Monson weighed in on these important new guidelines and explained why colonoscopies are so valuable: they not only detect cancer, they can help prevent it from happening at all.Types of Colorectal ScreeningsDr. Monson advises that although there are different types of screenings, all roads tend to lead to colonoscopy.“Traditional colonoscopy remains the gold standard simply because it’s the methodology used to view the colon, remove polyps if they’re there, and to biopsy any suspicious lesions that might be cancer,” he said.Stool testing can look for microscopic amounts of blood or genetic material that might point to cancer, but Dr. Monson explained that this testing is more commonly used only if there is a need to reduce the demand for colonoscopy in a community. Those stool test results, however, may indicate the need for a colonoscopy anyway.If a patient refuses a colonoscopy or had one that was unsuccessful (their physician was unable to adequately see inside the colon due to its anatomy or other factors), a barium enema may be necessary. This is an X-ray test in which a white liquid (barium) is placed into the rectum and colon through the anus to enhance the imaging of the bowel.How Often Do I Need to Get Screened?If your initial colonoscopy is normal, and you have no factors that make you “high risk,” Dr. Monson says you can likely wait ten years between screenings.“The fine print is that this depends on a normal examination, no new symptoms, and no additional high-risk factors like strong family history, or underlying conditions such as colitis,” he said. The majority of people are considered “average risk.”Overcoming Colonoscopy AnxietyIt’s important to Dr. Monson to stress the benefits of this type of screening. A colonoscopy’s best feature is its ability to not just detect, but also prevent cancer from developing.“Almost 90 percent of colorectal cancers start as a very small benign polyp,” he said, “and if that is removed during routine colonoscopy, it simply doesn’t turn into a cancer. That is not the same as a mammogram, for example, where you’re detecting what’s there, but not preventing it before it happens.”“Colonoscopy does two things: it picks up cancers earlier, therefore the outcome of treatment is better, and most importantly, it actually prevents you from getting cancer. It’s enormously beneficial.”He understands that preparation for a colonoscopy, which includes fasting as well as drinking a liquid that flushes out your system, isn’t the most enjoyable process. “While still not wonderful, the prep that we use nowadays is enormously better than it was 20 years ago.”And for those worried that this is a big, daunting event: “You’re in and out of the facility in just a few hours, and it really is incredibly safe.”If you’d like more information about colorectal screenings or want to start the scheduling process, we’re glad to be your guide. Please give us a call at 855-303-DOCS (3627) or visit GetScreenedToday.com. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here TAGSFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleWekiva grad a first round choice in Major League Baseball draftNext articleThe political evolution of Robert F. Kennedy Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From Florida Hospital Apopka LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Five tweets for fundraisers for 2 November 2016

first_img4. Buttons undone?The generic ‘donate now’ button is truly part of the navigation menu of a site and easy to ignore. By all means test it, but relevant calls to action are much more likely to be effective. Five tweets for fundraisers for 2 November 2016  154 total views,  1 views today 3. Mobile, mobile, mobile AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Howard Lake | 2 November 2016 | News 5. More #FiverGiverThe entry into circulation of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s first polymer-based £5 note has given the #fivergiver campaign, the idea of UK Fundraising blogger John Thompson, another lease of life.center_img Tagged with: Charity Website Design Community fundraising Money Search Here is another in our occasional round-ups of tweets for fundraisers. They can be good examples, inspiring quotations, useful tips, or plain quirky posts.1. Think localCancer Research UK is using a 45 second video posted on social channels to give practical tips to help its supporters collecting cash in their area. That’s so much better than an A4 download of tips: show, don’t tell. 2. SEO rulesSocial sharing matters, but so too does being found on Google.  155 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

‘Day of Mourning’: Indigenous protest at Plymouth Rock

first_imgDay of Mourning, Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 22.WW photo: Liz GreenHundreds of Native people and their supporters gathered in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 22 to commemorate the 43rd annual National Day of Mourning — a protest of the “Thanksgiving” holiday.Moonanum James detailed the history of the NDOM, saying that “the Pilgrims and Native people certainly did not live happily ever after.” Indigenous speakers described current conditions for Indigenous people, including the high youth suicide rates on some reservations, and went over the history of Native nations following the arrival of European settlers.Juan Gonzalez gave a statement from the Mayan elders that the world is not going to end on Dec. 21, 2012, despite false claims by some non-Mayan people to that effect. “The world already ended for us in 1492” when Columbus arrived, said Gonzalez.Mahtowin Munro explained some parallels between the Palestinian and Native struggles and expressed solidarity with the people of Gaza. The assembled crowd listened intently to a statement from Leonard Peltier. Later, they marched through the streets of Plymouth to a rally at Plymouth Rock, described by Moonanum James as a “monument to racism and repression.” Other speakers included Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Rosalba Gonzalez, Anawon Weeden and Stephanie Adohi. A full audio of the program is available at tinyurl.com/ccxzg6t.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Railroad workers acquitted in Lac-Mégantic disaster trial

first_imgForty-seven people were killed when a runaway train with 72 oil tank cars crashed in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, on July 6, 2013. The resulting fires and six explosions leveled the small city’s downtown area. Several other victims’ bodies were never found; it’s thought they were vaporized by the extreme heat.A jury in Sherbrooke, Quebec, found three railroad employees not guilty of criminal negligence on Jan. 19. They were engineer Tom Harding and rail traffic controller (train dispatcher) Richard Labrie, members of the United Steelworkers, and Jean Demaitre, a management employee.“Everybody I talked to said they were scapegoats,” said former Lac-Mégantic resident Jean-Guy Rancour. (Montreal Gazette, Jan. 20) So who are the real culprits?Engineer Harding was the only person handling the train. The railroad’s cheapskate CEO Ed Burkhardt had eliminated conductors on his Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway. So besides operating a locomotive, Harding had to ensure that a sufficient number of hand brakes were applied on the 72 tank cars.An engineer is supposed to “tie-down” a nearly mile-long train containing thousands of tons of volatile oil without any assistance.According to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the lead locomotive hauling the 72 cars that ran away in Lac-Mégantic shouldn’t have been in service.Ten days after the Lac-Mégantic tragedy, safety agency Transport Canada banned one-person train crews. This was a confession that the agency had tolerated an unsafe condition.The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration is running into resistance from the Association of American Railroads for enacting a similar rule in the U.S. The AAR President Edward R. Hamberger declared that “the simple fact is that no data exist showing two-person crews will enhance safety.” (AAR release, Aug. 15, 2016)Try telling that to the families in Lac-Mégantic whose loved ones were burned alive.‘A bomb train’Oil trains have been trouble since Standard Oil founder John D. Rockefeller demanded rebates on his competitors’ shipments, targeting the Vanderbilts and other railroad moguls.Back in 1888, the Pennsylvania Railroad’s general freight agent told the Interstate Commerce Commission that carrying oil in tank cars “is the most undesireable business we do.” The manager described a fire involving tank cars in New Brunswick, N.J., causing $800,000 in damages. That’s millions of dollars in today’s money. (“Wealth Against Commonwealth” by Henry Demarest Lloyd)The 72 tank cars entrusted to a one-person crew came from the Bakken Formation oil fields in North Dakota and included chemicals used for fracking. This made the crude oil as volatile as gasoline.  It was virtually a bomb train that barreled into Lac-Mégantic at 65 mph.Fracking injects dangerous chemicals into the water table. This guarantees that these chemicals mixed with crude oil will make it dangerous to transport by any method.Promoters of the Dakota Access Pipeline have used the Lac-Mégantic tragedy to justify trespassing on Indigenous Sioux land. But pipelines leak and explode, too.None of this bothers bigot in chief Trump, who was lavishly backed by frackers like billionaire Harold Hamm.Oil not the only dangerU.S. railroads transport 80 percent of all dangerous chemicals.A Norfolk Southern train hauling chorine and other chemicals derailed in Graniteville, S.C., on Jan. 6, 2005; the released poison gas killed 10 people. That train was operating in what railroaders call “dark territory” — track without wayside signals. Only a small switch target warned engineer Christopher Seeling too late that the track was misaligned for a factory siding. Signals save lives, but profits come first to the railroad brass.The train that crashed in Lac-Mégantic was in “dark territory” too. Rail traffic controller Richard Labrie had no idea that a runaway train was going down a steep grade into the Quebec town. If a signal was tripped, Labrie would have given a warning that could have saved lives.The Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway was originally a mainline of the Canadian Pacific that opened in 1889. This last link in that transcontinental system connected Montréal with Saint John, New Brunswick.But like North American railroads, the Canadian Pacific sold off its less-profitable lines. They were often gobbled up by vultures like Ed Burkhardt who run them into the ground. By the time of the Lac-Mégantic disaster, stretches of the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway were limited to 25 mph or slower.Why isn’t Burkhardt in jail?Burkhardt is an ex-Chicago & North Western railroad executive who picked up most of the Soo Line’s tracks in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan in 1987 and renamed it the Wisconsin Central. Workers were fired and the railroad was run as a non-union outfit until railroaders voted for union representation in 1997. (joc.com, July 21, 1997)Lac-Mégantic isn’t the only town where Burkhardt brought disaster. A one-crew Wisconsin Central 34-car train derailed in Weyauwega, Wis., on March 4, 1996. The railroad track was found to have numerous defects. Fourteen of the cars were filled with propane or liquefied petroleum. The resulting fire burned for two weeks and forced 1,700 residents to flee. Fortunately, no one was killed. (Reuters, July 21, 2013)This rotten safety record didn’t stop Burkhardt from taking over railroads in Tasmania and New Zealand, the British rail freight system and the former Canadian Pacific line in Quebec and Maine. Neither did it stop the industry organ “Railway Age” from naming this union-buster one of its 1999 “Railroaders of the Year.”But Ed Burkhardt is chump change compared to Warren Buffett, the third richest person on earth, whose fortune is estimated at $78 billion, says Forbes magazine. Buffett controls the 32,000-mile-long BNSF Railway Company. The billionaire bragged in his 2016 Berkshire Hathaway annual report that railroad employment has dropped 86 percent in the U.S. since 1947. More than a million jobs were destroyed.Working and poor people need to take over the railroads from all the Burkhardts and Buffetts.Millies is a retired Amtrak block operator and train dispatcher and a member of the Transportation Communications International Union and the American Train Dispatchers Association.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick’s homeless crisis is continuing to worsen

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick’s homeless crisis is continuing to worsenBy Alan Jacques – January 7, 2017 1155 Twitter Previous articleNeville is seeking submissions on frackingNext articleLimerick software development report is far from science fiction Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email TAGSAlan JacqueshomelesshomelessnesslimerickMaurice Quinlivan TDSinn Fein Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live THE homelessness crisis in Limerick is continuing to worsen.That’s the view of Limerick City Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan, who says the rising level of homelessness in Limerick is “appalling and simply not acceptable”.The Department of Housing Homeless Report for November 2016 showed that the total number of people experiencing homelessness in Ireland has almost reached 7,000 for the first time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In the Mid-West region it was recorded that 33 families, which included 79 children were now homeless. The figures show that some 70 children in Limerick City were homeless back in November.“The Department’s report shows that 6,985 people, 2,549 of them children, were accessing emergency accommodation in November. These included 219 adults and 70 Children in Limerick City,” said Deputy Quinlivan.“While these figures are both shocking and appalling, they don’t include adults and children in emergency domestic violence refuges funded by Tusla, non-residents in emergency accommodation funded by the New Communities Unit of the Department of Social Protection or those people sofa surfing.”“Neither do they detail the length of time people are spending in emergency accommodation with some families in Limerick now spending months in inappropriate hotels or bed and breakfasts.“Given that Fine Gael have been in office for the last five years, these figures are a damning indictment of the failure of their housing policies. It demonstrates that they are not willing to address the crisis. Despite the spin from Government, the numbers desperately seeking housing keeps rising.“There is an urgent need for the Government to step up its house acquisition and building programme to get these adults and children out of emergency accommodation,” Deputy Quinlivan added.“AIB and PTSB have offered the State up to 1,000 vacant houses for purchase yet inexplicably Government has only provided money for the purchase of 200. Likewise there are 189,000 vacant units across the State yet the funding being made available to get these units back into active use is a drop in the ocean. We learned recently that there are 41 council properties vacant in Limerick while people linger in hotels.2017 can be the year Government ends homelessness if it wants to. Failure to act decisively will be a stain on Government. However the crisis will only be addressed if they match their words with action and crucially with funds. These rising homeless figures are a stark reminder that government actions to date are still not working and the crisis will deepen,” he concluded.by Alan [email protected]last_img read more