3 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy and hold for the long term

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See all posts by Kevin Godbold Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 28th March, 2021 | More on: HIK RMV SMDS Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img 3 FTSE 100 shares I’d buy and hold for the long term Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended DS Smith, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, and Rightmove. 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 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 When it comes to selecting FTSE 100 shares, I’m keen on several of the smallest companies in the index.PharmaceuticalsFor example, Hikma Pharmaceuticals (LSE: HIK) has a market capitalisation of just over £5bn. And that’s small compared to mega-caps like AstraZeneca with its almost-£94bn valuation.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…Hikma makes its living producing generic, branded and injectable medicines. And the business has been growing because of the strong demand for the company’s offering. In February, chief executive Siggi Olafsson pointed out that Hikma played a “critical” role in the pandemic. The firm supplied essential medicines for treating Covid-19 patients. And it also continued to provide medicines for patients’ every-day needs.There’s an ongoing programme of new product launches and partnership agreements helping to drive future sales. The outlook is positive and Olafson expects further growth ahead. However, with the share price near 2,225p the forward-looking earnings multiple is around 15 for 2022, which looks fair rather than cheap. And if forward earnings slip, we could see the valuation contract causing a loss of invested capital as the share price moves lower. But despite that risk, I’m keen to own some of the shares.PropertyProperty portal operator Rightmove (LSE: RMV) has a market capitalisation of just above £5bn. I like the company because it has a strong position in the UK property market. Most estate agents and property sellers will list their offerings on the site and it’s the first port of call for many buyers these days.In February, the firm reported lower earnings and revenues because of the pandemic. And the directors acknowledged further short-term uncertainty ahead. But the outlook beyond the pandemic is positive.However, the attractions of the stock have driven up the valuation. And I reckon there’s a significant risk of volatility in the share price if earnings don’t hit expectations. City analysts have pencilled in an earnings uplift of almost 12% in 2022.  But with the share price near 593p, the forward-looking earnings multiple for that year is around 26. I think that looks expensive. So I’d watch the stock for now with a view to buying later if the valuation drops.PackagingPackaging company DS Smith (LSE: SMDS) operates in a sector with defensive characteristics. With the share price at 405p, the market capitalisation is near £5.5bn. And in early March, the company reported decent trading and a positive outlook for both its European and American operations.The business is benefitting from the growth of e-commerce and fast-moving consumer goods. And it’s hard for me to imagine weakness ahead for those industries in today’s world. City analysts expect earnings to advance by around 24% in the trading year to April 2022. Meanwhile, the forward-looking earnings multiple is just below 14. And the anticipated dividend yield is around 3.5%.I think that valuation looks fair rather than cheap. But the shares could decline if those forward estimates are missed. And one possible threat is that Smith isn’t the only player in the packaging sector, so competition could bite into future profits.Despite the risks, I’d focus on the positives with these three and aim to buy their share on dips, down-days and market reversals. Then I’d hold for the long term, aiming for capital and income growth from my investments. 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.last_img read more

What A Wonderful World: Celebrating The Birthday Of Jazz Icon Louis Armstrong

first_imgWhether you know him by his given name Louis Daniel Armstrong, his nickname Satchmo, the rhythm of his singular scat singing style or just the unmistakable peel of his trumpet, Louis Armstrong is one of the most indelible presences in music history. When the rest of the nation was segregated by bigotry and law, Satchmo’s popularity among all races was an important first step for the integration of music and society itself. Though there were always those who wished he did more, few entertainers had a more profound effect on race relations than Armstrong.As a child in the dirt poor, turn-of-the-century South, Armstrong faced the toughest of roads. Abandoned by his father while still an infant, he saw his mother forced to turn to prostitution to ensure the family’s survival. Armstrong took odd jobs and sang in the street, trying desperately to help feed his family. A chance encounter with a Jewish junk-dealing family taught him that the ugliness of institutional racism that he had come to take for granted applied to more than those who shared his skin color.Here’s Satchmo with one of his signature hits, “When The Saints Go Marching In.”Honing his considerable playing gifts on corners, in taverns and on the decks of steamboats, Armstrong began to catch the eye of the major players. Job offers started coming that would free him from the need to work during the day, allowing him to live for his music. Growing into adulthood, he started to understand how the world really worked. He had long accepted that, while some audiences would never see him as anything more than another black man there for their amusement, the power of music was the greatest equalizer. His vocal and playing skills, as well as his megawatt smile and easy going demeanor charmed the hearts of all within earshot of his amazing performances.Armstrong moved to the hub of the jazz world, Chicago. His emerging genius on the trumpet saw him performing with every up-and-coming horn player who came through town. Though he was content to finally be making enough money to survive comfortably, his wife Lil pushed him to seek more prominence among his peers, commensurate with what his impressive talents deserved. Following opportunities to New York and then back to Chicago, Armstrong finally began to play and record under how own name and make real money.While his playing was blowing minds, his scat singing and vocal improvisations were quickly changing the very concept of singing. Coupled with his unmatched expressive playing style, Armstrong was a true force for music innovation. He led his bands with an assured sense of style and confidence that transcended the confines of recordings and live performances. As the decades progressed and tension between the races came to a boil, Armstrong found himself living in New York and missing his lost home, though he had never stopped writing his friends and family in New Orleans.The only thing that made it all worthwhile to Armstrong was playing. “When I’m out there, and I’m blowin’ my horn or singin’ my songs, ain’t nobody can bring me down” he said when asked how he escaped the strain of expectations. His use of his star power to share the spotlight with Ella Fitzgerald and many of the other big names and rising talents of the day helped build the careers of his fellow players and provide an example to black youth who had never even considered the path of entertainer.Watch Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald performing their classic duet, “Dream A Little Dream Of Me.”The last decades of his life were marked by great civil unrest, and those at the forefront of that movement openly questioned Armstrong’s lack of commitment to the struggle for equality. Though he would never manage to speak his mind as plainly as some wished, through his playing he showed the world that the color of skin matters little next to the passion of the heart. It’s hard to imagine anyone living a life as much in the public eye at such a crucial time in history with as much restraint and dignity as Armstrong managed. Louis Armstrong was a true hero to more than just the music world…he was a hero for us all.To close this piece, we’ll leave you with one more Armstrong ballad: “What A Wonderful World.”last_img read more

A photographic self-exploration

first_img“In the shoots that followed, it was very clear that he’s someone who really values just being intentional in every degree,” Thompson said. “We talk a lot about what we’re trying to accomplish [and] what we want our viewers to feel and experience and even in that first shoot, he was extremely encouraging. His intention is always just to bring you out in the best light and to just showcase people in a very beautiful and simple way.” (Photo courtesy of Caleb Griffin) Griffin’s self-portrait, “Consuming Fire,” will be exhibited in his upcoming solo show for the Handtmann Prize for Photography. “As he’s grown as an artist, and as I’ve been able to see more of his work, I’ve been able to see him telling his own stories,” Kelly said. “It’s so powerful to hear him stand confidently and tell his own story … I get so proud of him. Because we both started very far from where we are now but it’s a very emotional experience to watch.” Throughout his portfolio, many of Griffin’s main subjects are performers. He has been mesmerized by performance ever since childhood. The son of a pastor, Griffin watched his father perform for a congregation every Sunday.  But being a pastor’s son came with challenges. As a gay man, Griffin found it difficult to navigate the world he saw his father immerse himself in; wanting to escape from the societal pressures on his sexuality felt like a performance in its own right. Griffin used his photography collection “Praise Break” as a vessel to explore this tension.  Griffin is inspired by an array of artists, including photographers Deanna Lawson and Richard Avedon, as well as painters like Hindy Wiley. The book “Steal Like an Artist” by Austin Kleon not only taught him how to draw ideas from artists such as these without plagiarizing but also how to analyze the world around him to develop original ideas. Griffin seeks to bring out his subjects’ emotions in their entirety. “We spent about two hours every day in our area of interest, and mine happened to be photography from my freshman year to my senior year,” said Griffin, who majored in art with a concentration in photography. “So from me already having a love for art and fashion, it grew into photography. [I] was drawn to it because I could include so many things I liked within one medium.” “[‘Praise Break’] was more about me trying to figure out how to engage with specific materials or specific attributes of the Black church,” Griffin said. “It definitely has let me hone in on what it feels like to be consumed by religion.”  “Every Sunday made me realize why I like photographing people like in the liminal space so much of being consumed by their performance or their activity where they don’t rely on the audience at all,” Griffin said. “It’s just about them. It’s just about committing to that performance.” (Photo courtesy of Caleb Griffin) Whether creating self-portraits or photographing family, friends or performers, alumnus Caleb Griffin focuses on bringing out the emotional palette of each of his subjects.  “My process is informed by ideas and emotions and how best to pack those emotions within a photo, whether that’s manipulating the pictures in some Photoshop way,” Griffin said. “Because I feel like a lot of my work teeters the line between graphic design and documentary photography, which I like. There’s a tension there. So I want that to be a part of it.” In high school, Griffin knew he wanted to pursue a career in the arts. When he arrived at USC, Griffin planned on studying graphic design because he felt that it was a viable career for an art major. However, he quickly discovered that graphic design was not his passion and returned to his first love: photography.  Kelly met Griffin in an on-campus Bible study club where they quickly became close friends. Now, Griffin serves as the creative director for Kelly’s music, having a say in every decision from the songs on Kelly’s records to the outfits he wears in Instagram posts. Watching Griffin’s growth in this role and as an artist has been extremely rewarding for Kelly.center_img Griffin’s high school photography classes taught him a number of essential skills that have helped shape him into the photographer he is today. Under the guidance of Roski School of Art and Design’s program, based primarily on critical theory, he has continued to hone those skills. With all of his work, Griffin hopes to introduce viewers to perspectives they may have not been exposed to before and address the biases they may not have known they possessed. Some photos from the collection were taken in Griffin’s home state of Alabama, and some were taken at his apartment in Los Angeles and the Roski photography studio. This duality added a dimension to the photographs of craving religion in an unfamiliar place.  Caleb Griffin is coming out from behind the camera and into the spotlight. With photography that is rooted in reality but also maintains an otherworldly aspect, Griffin, a 2020 graduate, aims to bring his own truths and the truths of others to light.  “My goals as a photographer are to confront the viewer’s inherent biases as well as inform them on different aspects of life that they, for whatever privilege [or] whatever background, have not been exposed to prior,” Griffin said. Thompson and Griffin met a few times through the music scene at USC. They first worked together in early 2019 for a casual shoot. Ever since, the two have worked on numerous other projects, where Thompson has watched Griffin work behind the camera. “It was about me … feeling displaced, longing for a familiar  connection because I’m so far away from home,” Griffin said. “‘How am I about to engage with the spiritual realm that I’ve been distant from for the last three years?’” In addition to creating his own photography, Griffin photographs a number of USC musicians. Two that Griffin photographs are USC artists Ayoni Thompson, a rising senior majoring in popular music performance, and Amir Kelly, a USC alumnus who majored in popular music performance.  “My original plan was to be a graphic designer because I figured … [it was] the easiest way to get a job while majoring in art,” Griffin said. “[But] I realized in college that I don’t like graphic design that much. So I was like, ‘OK, I’m gonna do this photography thing full speed ahead,’ and the surrounding photography was artistic direction.” “[I now] construct visually what I’m experiencing in my mind,” Griffin said. “Whether that is the composition or the color palette or the materiality that I’m working with … [critical theory] has helped me think critically about what the topic is and how I’m going to build the image around that topic.”  Since childhood, Griffin has been drawn toward artistic mediums such as drawing and fashion design. Before coming to USC, Griffin attended the performing and visual arts division of the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery, Ala., where he concentrated on photography and saw his love for the artform bloom. last_img read more

USC leaves first tourney disappointed

first_imgThe USC men’s golf team tied for eighth amid a strong field at its inaugural tournament of the season, the Olympia Fields Invitational in Chicago. The Trojans shot 43-over 883 (295-290-298) for the weekend.USC coach Chris Zambri wasn’t thrilled with the result but saw things the team could build on.Dropoff · Junior Matthew Giles led USC overall, but fell to 10th on the leaderboard on Sunday. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Information“I’m disappointed and I know every one of them was too,” Zambri said. “I’m disappointed in our finish, but I saw a lot of good things out there from guys.”Seven of the top 10 teams in the country took part in the event, including Stanford and tournament victor Arizona State. The No. 5 Sun Devils seized the lead after the second round and held on for the victory, shooting 30-over 870. Stanford finished fourth, six shots behind the pace.USC was in fifth place at 25-over through the first two rounds but struggled down the stretch, shooting 18-over on Sunday. The Trojans were tied for ninth after the first round of action.Zambri said he thought the team was a little off throughout the weekend despite playing well at times.“There’s a huge difference between seeing some good signs and putting up a good round,” he said.Still, Zambri doesn’t think his team is far from putting up good rounds and being a consistent threat to win tournaments.“I don’t think there are many teams out there that if we play really well we can’t go out and win the tournament,” he said. “We just need to improve enough so that we don’t have to play perfectly to win. We want to be able to play just okay to win.”Junior Matthew Giles paced USC with a 6-over 216 (74-67-75). He shot toward the top of the leaderboard Saturday after posting a 3-under 67 but faltered late and finished 10th. Giles entered the final day of play in fifth place.His second round 67 was the best individual round of the tournament.“His game looks pretty good,” Zambri said. “He was real rusty from having a wrist injury, so he needs to just knock off the rust and chip and putt a little better.”Zambri was also pleased with how his trio of freshmen performed in their college debuts. Martin Trainer tied for 19th at 10-over 220 (73-72-75). T.J. Vogel tied for 33rd at 13-over 223 (74-74-75) and Sam Smith tied for 45th at 17-over 227 (74-77-76).“I was happy to see Martin Trainer play OK in his first college tournament,” Zambri said. “I was happy to see Sam Smith play a good nine every day … T.J. Vogel played OK. His score counted for us every day.”Sophomore Steve Lim rounded out the USC group. He tied for 52nd at 19-over 229 (77-79-73).Most of the team struggled in the final round, although Zambri attributed that more to coincidence than nerves or fatigue.“One of your rounds has to be your worst,” he said. “It was a tough golf course and we really didn’t play as well as I know we can.”Giles, Trainer and Vogel all had their worst round of the weekend on Sunday. Only Lim posted his best score of the tournament on the final day.Zambri and assistant coach Josh Brewer sat down with each player after the tournament and told them where they needed to improve.“Some of them it was more physical and some of them it was a little more mental,” he said. “If they improve, they’re really talented and we have a chance to be one of the better teams.”The Trojans will get their first chance to prove him right this weekend at The Fall Preview in Bremerton, Wash.last_img read more

Witness describes Spector’s behavior on night of killing

first_imgOn that Sunday night, Feb. 2, 2003, she said she told Spector he should not be drinking but he ordered two daiquiris before dinner. “He was not his usual self,” she said. “He was not interested in what I had to say. … In all the time I went out with him, he was great fun to be with. … This weekend, the behavior was totally different.” The personality change began on Friday and continued Saturday and Sunday nights, she said. “Something was terribly wrong,” Davis testified. She said she never saw Spector with a gun but she recalled that when they first started going out together, “He said to me very politely, `I want you to know I carry a gun in the trunk of my car.”‘ LOS ANGELES – The night that would lead to actress Lana Clarkson’s death began for Phil Spector with a dinner date with an old friend, who testified Thursday she was concerned because the music producer was drinking and taking medication and “was not his usual self.” Rommie Davis said she and Spector were high school classmates who renewed their friendship at a 2002 Fairfax High class reunion and began to go out to dinner frequently. She said they dined out all three nights of the weekend leading up to Clarkson’s killing and Spector’s behavior concerned her. He was ordering drinks at each restaurant they visited on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and it was the first time he had consumed alcohol during the their five-month relationship, she said. “I was very concerned about him,” she said. “He took medication and I knew that alcohol and medication is a lethal combination.” She added, “I remember feeling impressed that he had told me about it. He never mentioned it again.” On cross-examination by defense attorney Roger Rosen, Davis said she did not remember if Spector finished both drinks he ordered and she could not recall if he ate his full meal at the Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. “I think he may have picked at the meal,” she said. “He was not himself.” She said she couldn’t tell if he was drunk but “his behavior was not what it had been on other occasions, so yes he must have been drunk.” “You never saw him in possession of gun?” asked Rosen. “Never,” said Davis. “And he didn’t threaten you?” Rosen asked. “Never,” she responded. She said Spector delivered her back to her home at 11:15 p.m. The testimony set the stage for a detailed account of events in the hours before Spector arrived at the House of Blues, where he was introduced to Clarkson, a hostess, and asked her to accompany him to his home. She would be found dead there in the early morning hours of Feb. 3, 2003. The defense claims Clarkson shot herself. Before Davis took the stand, the defense sought to undermine the credibility of one of the four women who have testified to being threatened with guns by the record producer. Melissa Grosvenor told a story similar to the others – initially finding Spector to be charming and suddenly being terrorized with a gun when she sought to leave his presence. Rosen sought to attack her story and suggested one of her sisters had heard a different account from her. Grosvenor said the sister is a drug addict and she believes the sister is receiving money from Spector. Rosen also sought to emphasize that she didn’t know if a gun she claims Spector pointed at her was loaded. She acknowledged she did not know. Prosecutors also followed up on previous testimony by Stephanie Jennings, a music industry photographer who told of being held hostage by a gun-wielding Spector at the Carlyle Hotel in New York and later being threatened by him when she stood him up for a date. Prosecutors played for jurors expletive-filled messages left on Jennings’ answering machine in which Spector berated her with obscenities and threatened to make sure she wouldn’t work again. “I’ll \ put you out of business,” he said. “I’m gonna try real hard to do so and I guarantee you I will. You know who this is. Trust me, I’m good at what I do.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Tusker Malt Lager Golf Series Tees off at Uganda Golf Club

first_imgOne of the participants at Uganda Golf Club, Kitante (Photo by Abraham Mutalyebwa)KAMPALA – This past weekend officially marked the teeing off for the Tusker Malt Lager Golf Series at Uganda Golf Club.The series will run for 17 weeks and will take place at six courses including , Uganda Golf club, Fort portal November 10,   Mbarara Sports club November 24 , Jinja Golf club December 8,  Entebbe   January 26, Serena Kigo February 2 and Uganda Golf Club  February 23, 2019.The series opener is sponsored by Tusker,Pepsi, MTN, Vivo ,Kenya Ports Authority, Commercial Bank of Africa, Serena group and Ethiopian Airlines.Speaking at the start of the series, Pepsi Brand manager, Audrey Lang expressed his delight for being part of the event.“As Pepsi we have always supported sports and our involvement in Golf  shows commitment to the game and look forward to making the series a memorable experience with our products, said Audrey.Also at the event, Head of Beer at Uganda Breweries Estella Muzito thanked other partners for coming on board.“This is the first series and am very grateful that we have had big brands partner with us for the Series opener, said Muzito.“This shows togetherness and love for Golf.The Uganda Golf qualified Teams:Mutyaba Desmond / Owachi Jerry (46) points.Atuhaire Andrew / kakire Tom (45)Ndyaguma Paul / Mukiibi Moses (45)Mbaguta Gloria / Njeri Grace (44)Odiana David / Nyago Francis (43)Individuals:Men:Goup A: Sejjakka Sam (40)Basabose John (38)Waibi Noah    (38)Group B:Owachi Jerry (40)Vishay Haria (38)Atuhaire Andrew (38)Group C:Kakira Joel (38)Byamuhisha Nester (38)Mukiibi Moses (37)Ladies:Group A:Mbaguta Gloria (37)Kabasweka Peace (36)Group B:Wendy Angudeyo (41)Kamunyu Jackie (39)The best female, Male and Top 2 teams or 2 players each will win a fully paid Golf holiday trip to Pattaya, Thailand and gifts worth 100M in cash and prizes.Comments Tags: Tusker Malt Lager Golf Serieslast_img read more

Community Focus: Glenties Cardiac First Responders group shows it has real heart

first_imgGlenties Cardiac First Responders (CFR) is a newly formed group made up of local volunteers that are trained to assist in the event of emergencies such as Cardiac Arrest. Here secretary of GCFR, Susan O’Donnell, explains the aims of the group and why they are looking for new volunteers. Our aim is to be able to respond to emergency calls in Glenties and its surrounds (to a radius of 8km) as deemed appropriate by the National Ambulance Service (NAS). A team will be dispatched carrying a mobile defibrillator with the possibility that they could be on scene attending to a patient within minutes whilst waiting for an ambulance which we know in rural Donegal can unfortunately, take anything from 20 minutes to an hour.Like many other towns in the country, Glenties is working hard to fully establish this service and join those already in existence.On 1st August 2019, Ardara Cardiac First responders celebrated the 1st Anniversary of their existence.  They have been an enormous help to us in every way from the provision of training, lending of equipment, assistance with administration and imparting their acquired experience from their first year in operation.We would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to Teague McFadden and the Ardara Group for their kindness and generosity.  Your support has been and continues to be invaluable. Presently, our Glenties group has 24 trained members with a number waiting in the wings for the next training session.  This training includes CPR (compressions and ventilation), recognising the signs of stroke, how to deal with a choking incident and intervening in an array of other life-threatening conditions.  In addition to the training delivered previously by the Ardara CFR group, we are fortunate to have AJ Gallagher on board to train both new members and to deliver refreshers every month.Ultimately, we would endeavour to have defibrillators installed outside every Primary School in the area as well as other units strategically placed within the 8km specified zone.Presently the area has three defibrillators.  Provision of additional defibrillators will mean that when someone is in need of this intervention, they will only be a few minutes away from their nearest unit, enhancing the ‘Chain of Survival’ and increasing the victim’s survival rate by 7% to 10%.The cut-off points within the 8km recommended radius are: Donegal Road (R262) intersection with Thower Crossroads, Ardara Road (N56) turn off to Glenconwal where we overlap with the Ardara Cardiac First Responders, Narin Road (R261) at Ballyeriston, Dungloe Road (N56) at Gweebarra Bridge, Fintown Road (R250) at Pairc Achla and Glen Road (R253) at Lough Ea.Anyone who is living in these areas and feels they would like to join with the group and potentially help save the lives of family members, neighbours and friends, please contact Anne (089 9746050), Brian (087 9354012), Colleen (086 3585564) or Susan (086 1798692).  You can also send us a message on Facebook and perhaps give us a wee ‘like’ so we can spread the word.  Simply type in ‘Glenties Cardiac First Responders’ and you should find us. During the initial set up process, fundraising has been a huge aspect of our focus.  In order to get up and running and ‘go live’ with the NAS, we must first have the required equipment.The potential cost of set-up is in the region of €4,000 and moving forward, if we are to purchase additional defibrillators the predicted cost would be in the region of €10,000.  Unfortunately, a number of applications submitted to state agencies were unsuccessful and this has been a set back to our efforts.Thankfully, our members are a determined bunch and we have put in huge efforts to raise necessary monies to realise our aim.  To date, we have received donations from various individuals and groups in the town of Glenties and we are so grateful for their generous contributions.  Tír Conaill GAP Cycling Club donated €750 from their Easter Charity Ride, €500 was received from a Mental Health Awareness Day co-ordinated by Edeninfagh NS and involving the pupils from St Riaghan’s NS Drimnacrosh, Fintown NS, Meenagowan NS Lettermacaward and Doochary NS, €1,100 was raised by Gemma O’Donnell, Glen Road for her 21st Birthday and just recently our first Church Gate Collection in Glenties and Edeninfagh yielded a massive €1,025.A number of businesses in the town have been extremely supportive and have offered to purchase a defibrillator for our use.  We will be in touch with them soon to further discuss their generous offers.  For these and all contributions thus far, we are truly humbled and grateful. It is our dream to be up and running in early September.  Working in teams, we will initially provide cover from 7p.m. to 7a.m. responding to ambulance call-outs.This means that if an ambulance is called from anywhere within the 8km radius, the on-duty team will be notified and dispatched to the address of the patient.  Trained personnel will endeavour to be on scene within minutes of the call being received to help and offer reassurance to the patient and family members.  After entering the house, a brief assessment of the overall situation will be carried out by the CFR team and following proper procedure they will carry out appropriate intervention on the patient, continuing until the ambulance and its crew arrives.Upon arrival of the Ambulance Crew, the CFR team will give a quick briefing and hand over the patient.  As an example of the success of Community First Responder Groups, Ardara CFR were called out 49 times in their first year.  There is no doubt that this service saves lives!Moving forward, in the coming months we intend carrying out further fundraising.  If we are to have Glenties and its surrounds fully equipped with defibrillators, recruit and train new members and pay for the upkeep of our initial equipment, then it is vital that we have funds at our disposal.To this end we will be out and about raising funds and raising awareness.  If anyone has an idea that they would like to share with us regarding fundraising, please feel free to contact a group member.  All ideas welcome!We would also love to see new faces joining us on the team.  Training takes place locally and is delivered in a friendly and coherent manner.  You will be joining like-minded enthusiastic locals who just want the best for their community.Why not arm yourself with the knowledge and skills to save a life should the need arise?  Please get involved!  No team member will ever be sent to a call-out alone and you will always receive support, before, during and after an event.What are you waiting for – please contact one of the contacts previously mentioned and don’t forget our Facebook page!Community Focus: Glenties Cardiac First Responders group shows it has real heart was last modified: August 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:cardiacdonegalfirst responders groupGlentieshealthlast_img read more

KZN kicks off 20 Years of Freedom celebrations

first_img11 March 2014 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu, joined by leaders from various communities, released doves as a symbol of peace at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Monday to mark the official start of the province’s celebrations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom. Mchunu also unveiled the symbolic 20 Years of Freedom Flame, which will criss-cross the province’s 11 districts over the coming months, with a series of activities been lined up in each district to welcome the flame. “It is impossible to talk about Tata Madiba’s vote in the first ever democratic elections in his lifetime without referring to KwaZulu-Natal,” Mchunu said at the unveiling: “The unpleasant fact is that at any mention of apartheid, the people of KwaZulu-Natal remember a period of great cruelty, the torture and killing of political activists, the break-up of families and the suffering of orphans and widows. “In sharp contrast, at any mention of Tata Nelson Mandela, the faces of the people of KwaZulu-Natal lighten up, as he represents the end of suffering and hope for a better future.” Mchunu said Mandela understood the suffering of the people of KwaZulu-Natal under apartheid, and would often travel to the then Natal province to meet with ordinary community members, political activists and leaders of the African National Congress (ANC). Mchunu urged the province to “hold each other’s hands and embrace this freedom, reconciliation, acceptance and respect for all communities. “Respect for human rights must be the new culture of our new South African nation. Let no one take away your right to be free and enjoy the fruit of this democracy. Let us work hard together to create this positive future for our children.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis: Your questions answered from the webinar!

first_imgLet’s keep up the conversation!  Please share your thoughts on this topic or any other questions or resources you have found valuable in your practice!This blog was posted by Robin Allen, a member of the Military Families Learning Network (MFLN) Nutrition and Wellness team that aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness concentration on our website on Facebook, on Twitter, and LinkedIn. Licensed by R. Allen/ShutterstockOver 280 participants attended the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness free webinar Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis, presented by Dr. Hannah Holscher. This topic is so timely and in the news, the questions kept flowing to the extent we ran out of time to answer them. As promised, Dr. Holscher has answered them in this blog post.Dietitians can still earn 1 CEU by listening to the recording posted on the event page.Questions and Answers from Gut-Microbiota-Brain Axis Webinar from July 27, 2017:How viable are the probiotic supplements that are in liquid form, in glass bottles, and refrigerated? Food scientists and manufacturers work very hard to test and create optimal storage conditions so that the consumer receives a food product with viable probiotics. My recommendation is to store the items as recommended and toss it when it expires to ensure the viability of the probiotics. Supplements are not always as stringently tested, so look for USP certifications and only buy supplements from reputable sources and stores.Are fibrous foods the best sources of butyrate? Butryate is primarily a by-product of microbial fermentation of fiber. So, yes, consuming foods that contain fermentable fibers will provide the greatest boost in colonic microbiota production of butyrate. However, butter and milk fat also contains butyrate. The small bolus of butyrate released from butter digestion will also provide a source of butyrate directly from the diet and independent of microbial fermentation.How do you measure short chain fatty acids (SCFA)? SCFA are analyzed using gas chromatography.When did the importance of the gut-microbiota-brain become known? Are current dietetic students being taught this? a: Some of the early research, although it’s likely that the importance was noted early, occurred in the early 1900s. Dr. Illya Mechnikov noted that the Bulgarians were living significantly longer than those in many other countries. He proposed that the fermented milk they were drinking was contributing to their longevity. Over the last 5 years, this research area has exploded because of the funding and results of the Human Microbiome Project. The advances in sequencing technologies have revolutionized our understanding of the microbiome.  The use of germ-free animals is also helping us to better understand these complex relationships between the gut-microbiota-brain axis. b: Dietetic students do learn some of these topics through courses at the University of Illinois. I incorporate lectures on the microbiota in my Nutritional Aspects of Disease course, which is required for dietetics students. I also teach a Diet and the GI Microbiota graduate level course that undergraduate students in Dietetics (and other majors) can enroll in as well.Is this the definition of fiber used for food labels? Not currently, but it will be very soon. The original change to the new food label was set for this summer, however, because FDA is currently reviewing some fibers for inclusion, the updated food labeling and use of the new fiber definition to categorize fiber in the foods has been delayed.  I anticipate that we should have more clarity on this topic before the end of this year.I would love to see that plant-based/ animal-based study redone without so much processing of the animal-based foods.  For instance, serve grass-fed steak, or goats milk, or cage-free eggs etc. I agree that a study utilizing less processed meats would provide additional valuable information about the impact of a meat-based diet on the microbiota as we can appreciate that the levels of sodium and nitrates would have also been very high in those processed meats as compared to steak. In my opinion, the most important take home message from this study is that what we eat can very rapidly (within a couple of days) change the composition of the microbiota. This means that we should continue to encourage consumption of foods rich in fiber, like vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and fruits to support a diverse gut microbiota.What would a source of agave inulin be? Agave is a plant that primarily grows in Mexico and the inulin from the agave plant is a byproduct that is collected while the plant is being used to make tequila. Some parts of the agave plant may be safe to eat and thus would provide a source of agave inulin. In the US and in the US food market, chicory inulin is the most commonly supplemented inulin. Chicory inulin also supports a bloom in Bifidobacterium. Inulin-type fructans are naturally found in a number of foods including, artichokes, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onions, leeks, and wheat.What about the cellulose that is added to white bread? Cellulose added to bread will help contribute to a laxative effect and/or help with regularity. In general, cellulose is not fermented by microbes in the human gut.Does the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) certify these supplements? Some supplements will have USP certifications.Do you recommend food sources or supplements for prebiotics? In general, consuming whole foods is superior because you get the benefits of the fibers and the other phytonutrients in the food. My recommendation is to consume a diet that is rich in different types and amounts of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and whole grains, which will provide a variety of different types and amounts of fiber, which can, in turn, help support a more diverse and health gut microbiota. However, some prebiotics, like polydextrose and soluble corn fiber, are synthesized.  So, if you are trying to consume those specific fibers you would need to find foods that have those fibers supplemented, like muffin or pancake mixes or specific supplements. Again, I encourage you to only consider purchasing supplements if they are from a reputable source.Do the probiotics in yogurt survive pasteurization? No, they generally do not survive pasteurization. However, food manufacturers will add back in the live and active cultures after pasteurization. Look for the “live and active” phrase on the side of the container to confirm.Is there a recommended amount of yogurt or kefir per day to achieve a measurable amount of probiotic benefits? This will depend on the yogurt or kefir and the desired health outcome. In the studies presented today, 250 g/day or ~8 oz. per day for 4 weeks helped reduced stress in women. This probiotic guide provides some great information about the efficacy of different probiotics for different diseases/conditions.Do you recommend Kombucha as a probiotic drink? I recommend caution when making your own fermented beverages because pathogenic bacteria can get into these homebrewed beverages. However, if you’d like to make your own, you can pasteurize it at home prior to consumption by heating it to at least 161F for > 15 seconds. With regard to products available in the grocery store, I’m not familiar with any research indicating that they are beneficial (or detrimental) to human health.  Those that are immunocompromised, the very young, and elderly individuals should also be cautious about consuming these beverages.Can you provide feedback about why probiotics tend to be contraindicated in critical care settings? This probiotic guide provides some great information about the efficacy of different probiotics for different diseases/conditions.Do you recommend taking probiotics and prebiotics when taking antibiotics?  Yes, some probiotics have been shown to help reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea. See this guide for more information.When would it be indicated that a probiotic supplement would be more beneficial than eating yogurt? The beneficial effect of consuming a probiotic will be related to the specific strain that is consumed. For example, some strains have been shown to be effective for constipation while others help boost your immune response. So, you should match the probiotic to the desired outcome.  Unfortunately, not all probiotics will be found in yogurt.  So, if you are just trying to support overall general health, consumption of a yogurt may be better than consuming a supplement because the yogurt will also provide other nutrients like calcium, which helps support bone health.  This probiotic guide provides some great information about the efficacy of different probiotics for different diseases/conditions.Do you know of any studies that measured impact of fermented vegetables (kimchee, natto, sauerkraut, etc.) on gut microbiota? No, I’m not familiar with any.Can too much probiotic food sources/supplements have harmful effects? Yes, too much of anything can be harmful. Probiotics may be contraindicated for those that are immunocompromised or in critical care.Do you have any thoughts on the FODMAP (Fermentable Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides, and Polyols) diet? This diet eliminates many short chain carbohydrates for a period of time for those with IBS. The FODMAP diet can be a useful dietary approach for those with IBS that are sensitive to gas and bloating. I recommend working with a Registered Dietitian to try to titrate back in as many foods as possible so that the diet is not lacking in the phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are also present in some of the foods that are excluded when the FODMAP diet is implemented.last_img read more

24 days agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: We deserved penalty

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: We deserved penaltyby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United were denied a penalty in Monday’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Sead Kolasinac appeared to handle the ball inside the box just prior to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s equaliser for the visitors.However, the referee decided against using VAR and Solskjaer thinks he was wrong.”I thought so. You’d rather blow the whistle and check it after if you’re not sure,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports post-game. “I was, and quite a few Man United fans were sure, that was a penalty.”Then again, sometimes you get them, sometimes you don’t. We’ve got our share of those against us some we’ll get some at the end.” last_img read more