Is this FTSE 100 share a ‘best buy’ as the coronavirus crisis rolls on?

first_img Enter Your Email Address 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Saturday, 18th April, 2020 | More on: CNA You might think that Centrica (LSE: CNA) would be a brilliantly-defensive FTSE 100 share to buy today. It’s safe to say that the essential services of utilities providers gives them better earnings visibility than most other shares in these troubled times. Unfortunately the British Gas owner can enjoy no such luxury.Why? Well customers continue to leave it in whopping great numbers in search of a better deal. Latest data from Energy UK showed that more than 1m individuals had changed their energy supplier in January and February. This was up 20% from the same period in 2019.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The trade association’s data showed that growth in the numbers switching was highest in February too. Then a mammoth 558,836 customers changed their provider, a 23% year-on-year rise. Some 34% of all switchers in February went from one of the nation’s largest suppliers like Centrica to one of the small- or mid-tier operators.Under pressureThere have been a number of high-profile casualties in the energy supply market of late. But there’s still a glut of cheap, independent suppliers to pull profits away from the FTSE 100 share’s British Gas unit.As Energy UK head Audrey Gallacher comments: “This a significant increase in switching numbers… [It] shows that increasing numbers of consumers take advantage of the competitive and innovative services on offer by around 60 suppliers.”The coronavirus crisis could well have boosted the number of switchers in more recent weeks too. With millions of furloughed workers now on reduced pay, and economic uncertainty rising, it’s likely that the number of people hunting for a better deal on their energy and gas has risen.You should expect the volumes of households leaving British Gas to remain elevated as a painful recession looms. An Official for National Statistics study shows that more than one in five adults are already reporting a hit to their household finances following the Covid-19 breakout. And almost half of adults expect their finances to deteriorate over the next 12 months.Avoid this FTSE 100 shareBut of course, Centrica’s problems aren’t confined to its retail division. Falling Brent prices will hit adjusted operating cash flows at its Upstream division by around £100m, it advised recently. But this is not all that’s been plaguing the FTSE 100 stock.The planned sales of Spirit Energy and its nuclear asset, meanwhile, have had to be paused “until financial and commodity markets have settled,” it said. To complete the run of bad news, Centrica has also endured additional power outages at its Dungeness B and Hinkley Point B nuclear plants.Centrica comes pretty cheap right now, its share price commanding a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of below 5 times. 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Young mum who used bank card to steal €27,000 from pensioner is jailed

first_imgA young mother of three who took a pensioner’s bank card before stealing her life savings of almost €27,000 has been jailed for 18 months.Heartless Alicia Shaw, now 24, befriended elderly Brid Murphy and went for shopping for her. However, when she got hold of her bank card and pin number she went on a theft splurge that lasted weeks.Shaw regularly withdrew up to €700 a day without out the knowledge of Ms Murphy.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how Ms Murphy, who is now 82 years old, had worked hard all her life with both the ESB and in a legal firm and sent all her children to third-level education after her husband Frankie died aged just 51.However, she has been now left a recluse in her own home in Buncrana after she was preyed upon and robbed by Shaw from Kingscourt in Cavan between February and March in 2015.She became so frustrated by the thefts that she suspected everyone including her children and grandchildren.The massive fraud was first noticed when Ms Murphy received her six-monthly bank statement she became aware that a huge sum of money was missing from her account and notified Gardai.Gardai launched an investigation and downloaded CCTV footage from the bank from February and March in 2015.A woman in her 20s was observed in the footage withdrawing money on a regular basis at times that matched the withdrawals of Ms Murphy money.Garda Caroline Whelan lived on the same housing estate as the accused and noticed that she was friendly with the victim and she was arrested on suspicion of the thefts.Shaw initially denied the thefts and said she was using her own card.She then claimed that her friend gave her the card and asked her to withdraw the sums of cash but did not know the card was stolen.However, she later admitted her part in the deception.Ms Murphy’s daughter Ruth Jackson spoke on her mother’s behalf and told of the devastation the theft had brought to her mother and their entire family.She told how her mother is still of sound mind but that she could not face coming to court because her pride kept her away.Her daughter fought back tears as she told how her mother fought through disabilities to ensure all her children were given a third level education.However, since her account and her life savings were taken, Ms Murphy no longer trusts anyone, according to her daughter.She referred to one occasion when just €4.04 was left in her mother’s account because the thief had taken the €250 of her old age pension money which had just been lodged.Terrified Ms Murphy now locks all the doors in her home, has become a virtual recluse despite previously always being out in the town and even takes her handbag to the toilet with her.Ms Jackson added “She lives with suspicion of everyone including her whole family which is a tragedy.”She also added how Bank of Ireland had refused to reimburse her mother for the money which was stolen from her account.Barrister for the accused, Ms Catherine Taffe outlined Shaw’s upbringing and how her mother and father split up when she was young and her mother had brought her children to live in Donegal from Glasgow.She went back to Glasgow to try to reunite with her father but that did not end well.She became dependant on alcohol and also suffers from ADHD, a personality disorder and dyslexia.“Nothing we can say will minimise the impact this has had on the elderly victim and her family,” said Ms Taffe.She said her client, who wants to train to become a nurse, was hugely upset and the tears she cried in the courtroom were not “crocodile tears.”Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer said Shaw had pleaded guilty to nine out of 57 charges of theft.He said the thefts were devastating for Ms Murphy and her family.He said the particularly aggravating factor was that the money was taken from such a vulnerable person in such a systematic way.He said such offences carry a maximum prison sentence of ten years and he placed these particular thefts in the mid-range of such crimes and said they merited 5 years on each charge.He took into account Ms Shaw’s age, the fact that she had no previous convictions, suffered from ADHD, chronic low self-esteem and dyslexia and was remorse.He said he was sentencing Shaw to three and a half years in prison on each charge.He said he had the option to suspended part or all of this sentence and did suspend the final two years of the sentence meaning Shaw will serve 18 months in prison.He said that although he did consider the fact that she had young children but said he had to find a balance in order to protect the elderly in our society.Young mum who used bank card to steal €27,000 from pensioner is jailed was last modified: July 26th, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Alicia Shawbank cardbuncranacourtdonegaltheftlast_img read more

Junior Davis puts forth his best start of the season, Humboldt Crabs blow out California Storm 16-0

first_imgArcata >> It was the kind of start that Junior Davis had been waiting for since he stepped back onto the Arcata Ball Park mound earlier this month.And it didn’t hurt that his offense gave him more than just a little breathing room, either.Davis became the latest Humboldt Crabs starting pitcher to throw nothing but zeroes up on the scoreboard, as the Hoopa Valley native allowed just four hits in six shutout innings and looked a lot like the pitcher from a season ago in Wednesday night’s 16-0 …last_img read more

Brain Synapse Machinery Is Finely Tuned

first_imgThe New York Times published a brief article on brain facts that is astonishing, when you think about all that goes on in thinking.  Nicholas Wade reported on a new inventory of the proteins involved in the synapses, the key junctions between neurons.  The research team, led by Seth Grant of the Sanger Institute near Cambridge, England, compiled the first exact inventory of all the protein components of the synaptic information-processing machinery.  No fewer than 1,461 proteins are involved in this biological machinery, they report in the current issue of Nature Neuroscience….    Each neuron in the human brain makes an average 1,000 or so connections with other neurons.  There are 100 billion neurons, so the brain probably contains 100 trillion synapses, its most critical working part.    At the side of a synapse that belongs to the transmitting neuron, an electrical signal arrives and releases packets of chemicals.  The chemicals diffuse quickly across the minute gap between the neurons and dock with receptors on the surface of the receiving neuron.    These receptors feed the signals they receive to a delicate complex of protein-based machines that process and store the information.    The 1,461 genes that specify these synaptic proteins constitute more than 7 percent of the human genome’s 20,000 protein-coding genes, an indication of the synapse’s complexity and importance.    Dr. Grant believes that the proteins are probably linked together to form several biological machines that process the information and change the physical properties of the neuron as a way of laying down a memory.Lest one think there is a lot of leeway in the system for evolution, the article went on to describe what mutations do.  Single mutations in 169 genes, the Sanger team found, cause 269 different human diseases.  “The tolerances of these machines seem to be very fine because almost any mutation in the underlying genes leads to a misshapen protein and, consequently, to disease,” the article said.  Science Daily reported that a single gene deletion leads to the most common form of adult brain cancer.    See also the 11/19/2010 entry on brain-boggling facts.Are you thinking that Darwin doesn’t have a prayer explaining this?  Look: machines made of other machines, information processing, fantastic complexity, very fine tolerance.  If you are thinking rightly, you will be thanking the Maker of your designed brain.    This is the 700th “Amazing Facts” entry in Creation-Evolution Headlines brought to you in over 10 years of reporting.  Putting all of them together would make a sizeable book.  If you appreciate this amazing information made available here for free, consider supporting our site with a year-end donation.  Click the Donate button on the right-hand column.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Wushu star Parantac out to get third SEA Games gold

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Read Next Daniel Parantac. AFP File PhotoKUALA LUMPUR — For the past two Southeast Asian Games, Daniel Parantac was the epitome of silent efficiency.The 26-year-old Parantac, champions in wushu’s forms events taijijian and taijiquan, has brought gold medals to the country in the Singapore and Napyidaw editions.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games He is again expected to carry Team Philippines when wushu events jianshu, gunshu and taijijian — all forms disciplines but with different weapons — unfurl Sunday with five golds medals at stake.Joining him in the hunt are Thorton Quiney, Kimberly Macuha and Norlence Ardee Catolico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWushu is hoping to once again be a gold mine in the SEA Games after producing only one gold and four silvers in Singapore two years ago. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoLille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Baba

first_imgLille join growing interest for Chelsea fullback Bababy Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe interest in Chelsea fullback Abdul Rahman Baba is growing.With Schalke cutting short Baba’s loan six months early, the Ghana international is fielding new offers from across Europe.Chelsea are happy for Baba to move out on a temporary deal again this month.And Revier Sport says Lille are the latest club to express interest in a loan deal.Baba has also attracted enquiries from Villarreal and Girona in recent days. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Ohio St’s D’Angelo Russell Shows Off His Ridiculous Dribbling Skills – With A Football

first_imgd'angelo Russell dribbles a football in his gym.d’angelo russell dribble footballD’Angelo Russell can handle a basketball pretty well. The former Ohio State star guard proved this dozens of times during his first-and-only season with the Buckeyes. The future NBA first-round pick had crazy highlight plays like this and this. It turns out that he’s nearly just as good with a football. Russell showed off his handling ability to former Kentucky guard Devin Booker while the two were working out together. Russell is expected to be a top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, which is set to take place on June 25.last_img read more

Kahnawake elects Okaera grand chief to gain take helm

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Mohawk territory of Kahnawake has a new grand chief.This past weekend, voters chose Joseph Norton who was grand chief from 1980 to 2004.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story on Norton’s return to politics.last_img

US consumer confidence rises in October to 17year high

first_imgWASHINGTON – American consumers are the most confident they’ve been in nearly 17 years, more good news for an already healthy economy.The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index hit 125.9 in October, up from a revised 120.6 in September and the highest reading since December 2000.The business research group’s index measures consumers’ assessment of current conditions and their outlook for the next six months. Both rose in October.A healthy job market contributed to the sunny mood. Unemployment is at a 16-year low 4.2 per cent. More than 36 per cent of survey respondents told the Conference Board that jobs were “plentiful” — highest share since mid-2001.The overall index hit bottom at 25.3 in February 2009 at the depths of the Great Recession before rebounding as the U.S. economy recovered.Economists monitor Americans’ confidence because consumer spending accounts for about 70 per cent of U.S. economic output. The economy grew at a healthy 3 per cent annual pace from July through September.The October confidence readings “suggest the economy will continue expanding at a solid pace for the remainder of the year,” Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said.last_img read more

TSX partially rebounds from weak start as the oil prices dip to

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index partially rebounded Tuesday after falling to a six-month low in early trading, while oil prices closed at a two-month low.Markets on both sides of the border were on a roller coaster ride, initially sinking deep into the red on geopolitical concerns out of Italy and Saudi Arabia and in response to a corporate earnings reports from Caterpillar Inc. and 3M Co.The weak opening followed a European Commission’s rejection of Italy’s budget, which will force the government to revise and re-submit it over the next three weeks or so.Risks from the fallout from Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the death of a journalist at its consulate in Turkey also caused concerns, along with the repercussions from the upcoming presidential vote in Brazil, says Dominique Barker, portfolio manager at CIBC Asset Management.Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who is the front-runner in polls, has vowed to purge the country of left-wing “criminals.” That raises questions about the post-election outcome of a government headed by a former military leader.“So Brazil continues to be a risk that I am personally monitoring from a geopolitical perspective,” she said in an interview.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 127.53 points to 15,285.17 after losing two per cent or 318 points in morning trading.Gold, consumer staples, utilities and consumer discretionary sectors rose while health care, base metals and key sectors of energy, industrials and materials led on the downside.The biggest names in the marijuana business extended recent weakness early in the day but trimmed their losses in final trading.Aurora Cannabis Inc., which debuted on the New York Stock Exchange, was down as much as 19.3 per cent on the U.S. market and closed off 99 cents or 11.39 per cent to US$7.70. Aurora shares lost $1.34 or 11.7 per cent to $10.08 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Canopy Growth Corp. closed down 1.5 per cent, after being down as much as 11.6 per cent on the day. Aphria Inc. rose 0.7 per cent after initially losing 12.7 per cent.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 125.98 points at 25,191.43 after being down as much as 548.62 points. The S&P 500 index was down 15.19 points to 2,740.69, while the Nasdaq composite was down 31.09 points at 7,437.54.While U.S. corporate results this quarter have been strong, shares of Caterpillar Inc. lost 7.6 per cent after analysts were told during a conference call that growth can’t continue forever, signalling a moderation in growth expectations, said Barker.“One of the things we’ve been seeing in this earnings season, which is quite a change from recent memory, is that good news is being interpreted negatively, so no matter what you say, even if you’ve got good news, it seems like there’s some skepticism by the market.”In Canada, West Fraser Timber’s shares surged after the Vancouver-based producer said its third-quarter profit doubled despite lower lumber prices.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 76.35 cents US compared with an average of 76.31 cents US on Monday.The December crude contract was down US$2.93 at US$66.43 per barrel, the lowest level since August.Oil prices decreased after Saudi Arabia said it would produce as much crude as it can, under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.The November natural gas contract was up 7.4 cents at US$3.21 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$12.20 at US$1,236.80 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 2.75 cents at US$2.76 a pound.last_img read more