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Worried about dividend cuts? This 7% FTSE 100 yield should still pay BIG dividends in 2020

first_imgWorried about dividend cuts? This 7% FTSE 100 yield should still pay BIG dividends in 2020 Dividend cuts are becoming a more frequent concern for investors as the coronavirus crisis spreads.FTSE 100 stalwart ITV has become the latest blue chip to hack back shareholder rewards. It backpeddled on plans to pay a final dividend for 2019 and to pay an 8p per share reward in 2020, too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The broadcaster said that it might consider paying an interim dividend depending on circumstances later in the year. However, such an event appears most unlikely at this stage.Prime Minister Johnson’s assertion last week that Covid-19 will be defeated in 12 weeks – a timeframe that would take us well into the summer – has been dismissed by many health experts. ITV has recently endured a stream of advertising deferrals, which could clearly continue to be a problem for a long time.Safe as housesIn times like this it can pay to park your cash in non-cyclical shares with much more stable earnings. It may even pay to invest in companies whose products or services thrive in times of crisis like this.Polymetal International (LSE: POLY) is one Footsie-quoted share I’d happily put my money in today. This gold miner is in great shape to ride a strong gold price in the weeks and month ahead. While many other blue chips are cutting dividends like crazy, this is one stock I think could make good on broker forecasts for big dividends in 2020.The yellow metal’s price movements remain curious. Gold’s caught in a conflict between heavy, margin-call-related selling and strong flight-to-safety buying. For the moment it’s holding around the $1,500 per ounce marker. Just just a fortnight ago, however, it nosedived from seven-year highs above $1,700.I expect it to rise again amid increasing global panic concerning Covid-19 and its economic impact.Sales boomData from The Pure Gold Company illustrates just how strong bullion demand is today. Apparently, gold bar and coin sales have leapt by an eye-popping 980% over the past seven days, compared to the past year’s weekly average.The retailer says that “demand is being driven by acute fear and uncertainty about the trajectory of the virus and the economic damage most people expect will continue (for years to come) after the virus disappears.” Sales are gaining traction and I believe prices will hit new major milestones before very long.No wonder then that City analysts expect earnings at Polymetal to bounce up 29% in 2020. This leads to expectations that dividends will also grow again, resulting in a bulky 7% yield. The digger’s meaty dividend coverage of 1.8 times suggests it is in great shape to meet current expectations.If you’re afraid of more dividend cuts from major UK equities, I think you should seriously consider buying shares in this proven income hero. Royston Wild | Monday, 23rd March, 2020 | More on: POLY Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images 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. 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See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. 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. 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.last_img read more

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Bahrain urged to release 12 detained news providers

first_img As a Manama court prepares to rule on internationally-renowned photographer Ahmed Humeidan’s appeal on 25 August, Reporters Without Borders has prepared the following overview of these 12 detainees. The youngest is 15. Eight are photographers or video reporters and four are online activists. Eight have been given prison sentences ranging from three months to life.RWB calls for their release and withdrawal of all charges or the quashing of the convictions of those already sentenced.The Bahraini authorities arbitrarily arrest news providers and peaceful civil society activists in an attempt to suppress dissent. Bahrain is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Follow the news on Bahrain Twelve news and information providers are currently detained in Bahrain. Many of them are photographers or cameramen, who have been repeatedly targeted by the authorities since the start of the unrest in Bahrain in 2011 because their visual coverage of the protests and the government’s crackdown threaten the kingdom’s image. Receive email alerts to go further – Ammar Abdel Rasoul Ali, a freelance photographer who has won many awards including one in the 2014 IPA International Digital Photography Competition, was arrested by plainclothes men at his home in the village of Eker on 24 July after a search of his apartment in which two cameras and a mobile phone were seized. He told his wife that he was threatened, insulted and tortured during the 72 hours he was interrogated at the Criminal Investigation Directorate (CID) and that he was asked questions about his activities as a photographer. His lawyer, Saeed Sarhan, said he is to be tried for “attacking the security forces” and “illegal assembly,” charges he denies. He is currently held in El-Hod El-Gaf (Dry Dock) prison under a 45-day detention order “for the purposes of investigation.”- Firas Al-Saffar is a 15-year-old boy who has been held for nearly three months. He was arrested on 1 June, as he was about to go to school, and was taken to Manama’s Al-Hura police station. Reporters Without Borders has been told he is to be prosecuted for filming unauthorized demonstrations. A court ordered him held in pre-trial detention for another 45 days on 17 July.- Sayed Ahmed Al-Mousawi, a freelance photographer who has received many international awards, was arrested on 10 February for giving SIM cards to demonstrators and taking photos of demonstrations. His detention was extended for 45 days on 27 July. He has been awarded more international prizes for his photography since his arrest.- Mansoor Al-Jamri, a social network activist who photographed events in his village, Bani Jamra, was arrested on 9 January 2014, interrogated at CID headquarters and then taken to Dry Dock prison. He was transferred to Jaw prison to serve a six-month sentence (passed on 17 October 2012) for illegal assembly. He should be released on 2 September but is still facing charges of “attacking security forces” and “harbouring a wanted person.” He was not allowed to attend his grandmother’s funeral at the start of August 2014.- Cameraman Jaffar Marhoon, 25, was arrested in a hair-dressing salon on 26 December 2013, interrogated by the CID for three days and then taken to Dry Dock prison. Prior to his arrest, he was given three jail sentences: three months for illegal assembly, six months for illegal assembly and one year for illegal assembly and vandalism. He is also charged with involvement in a homemade bomb attack on 17 December 2013 in Dimistan. His detention for the purposes of the investigation into this case was extended by 45 days on 20 August.- Freelance cameraman Qassim Zain Al-Deen was arrested at his home on 2 August 2013 and was sentenced in December 2013 to three months in prison for illegal assembly. He was sentenced to an additional six months in prison on 15 January on another charge of illegal assembly and a charge of “vandalism.” He is now being prosecuted on another charge of “vandalism” in connection with unrest inside Dry Dock prison on 16 August 2013. The next hearing has been set for 24 September. On 15 December 2013, Reporters Without Borders and nine other human rights organizations asked Frank La Rue, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and Juan Méndez, the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, to investigate the detention and torture of Al-Deen and two other Bahraini news and information providers. They reiterated this request during the UN Human Rights Council’s 26th session.- Hussain Hubail, a well-known freelance photographer working for various news media including Agence France-Presse and Voice of America, was arrested as he was about to board an international flight at Manama airport on 31 July 2013 and was interrogated for four days at CID headquarters without being allowed to contact his lawyer or family. He was then taken to Dry Dock prison. Charged three weeks later with “membership of the 14 February media network,” “calling for and participating in illegal demonstrations,” “inciting hatred against the government” and “maintaining relations with government opponents in exile,” he was sentenced to five years in prison on 28 April 2014. He said he was mistreated and tortured while in pre-trial detention – claims that have never been the subject of an international investigation. A court began hearing his appeal on 22 June. A second hearing was held on 20 August and a third has been set for 21 September.In May 2013, the independent newspaper Al-Wasat awarded Hubail a prize for a photo of demonstrators in a cloud of teargas.He is one of the three news and information providers named in the letter that ten human rights organizations sent to UN special rapporteurs Frank La Rue and Juan Méndez in December 2013.In mid-March, Hubail was treated for several days for respiratory problems and chest pains in Salmaniya prison hospital. After his conviction, he was transferred to Jaw prison, where he has not received appropriate medical treatment. On 11 August, his family launched a campaign, #SaveHussain, to demand access to proper care for Hubail, and released a video.- Ahmed Humeidan, 26, an internationally renowned photographer held since 29 December 2012, was sentenced to ten years in prison on 26 March for allegedly attacking a police station in Sitra on 8 April 2012. A court is due to rule on his appeal on 25 August. He told his family and his lawyer he was subjected to psychological torture and death threats following his arrest. His lawyer has repeatedly requested an independent investigation into these claims. He has also asked the prison authorities to let his client be examined by a doctor. Humeidan was awarded the Washington-based National Press Club’s press freedom prize on 30 July. 8 photographers and video reporters Ammar Abdel Rasoul Ali, arrested on 24 July 2014 Firas Al-Saffar (a minor), arrested on 1 June 2014Sayed Ahmed Al-Mousawi, arrested on 10 February 2014Mansoor Al-Jamri, arrested on 9 January 2014 and sentenced to six months in prison on 17 October 2012Jaffar Marhoon, arrested on 26 December 2013 and sentenced to successively to three months, six months and one year in prisonQassim Zain Al-Deen, arrested on 2 August 2013, sentenced to six months in prison on 15 January 2014 and awaiting another trialHussain Hubail, arrested on 31 July 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison on 28 April 2014Ahmed Humeidan, arrested on 29 December 2012 and sentenced to ten years in prison on 26 March 2014 RSF_en 4 online activists Takrooz, arrested on 17 June 2014Ali Al-Mearaj, arrested on 6 January 2014 and sentenced to 30 months in prison on 8 April 2014Jassim Al-Nuaimi, arrested on 31 July 2013 and sentenced to five years in prison on 28 April 2014Abdeljalil Al-Singace, arrested in March 2011 and sentenced to life imprisonment on 4 September 2012 News Organisation Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News March 17, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bahrain urged to release 12 detained news providers October 14, 2020 Find out more News – The blogger Takrooz was arrested at Manama airport on his return to Bahrain on 17 June on charges of “inciting hatred against the regime” and “using expressions that incite sectarianism” on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. The detained blogger, who has not been named, denied being the owner or user of the offending Twitter account but acknowledged being the owner of the email address to which it was registered. His detention was extended for another 45 days on 31 July.- Blogger Ali Al-Mearaj, 36, was arrested on 6 January 2014 and was sentenced to 30 months in prison on 8 April on charges of “misusing information technology” and insulting the king. A court was supposed to have heard his appeal on 5 May but the hearing was postponed and has been postponed again three more times (on 13 May, 14 June and 10 July). It is now set for 3 September.- Masked plainclothesmen arrested cyber-activist Jassim Al-Nuaimi at his home on 31 July 2013 on charges of inciting anti-government hatred and calling for illegal demonstrations in messages posted on social media. He was transferred to Dry Dock prison on 3 August 2013 and then taken before a prosecutor. He said he was tortured and forced to sign a confession. During a hearing on 27 January 2014, Nuaimi testified that he was not in Bahrain when the offending messages were posted and that he had sold his computer before they were posted, so he could not have been responsible. He was sentenced to five years in prison on 28 April. A court began hearing his appeal on 22 June. A second hearing was held on 20 August and a third has been set for 21 September.- Detained since March 2011, Abduljalil Al-Singace, a blogger and member of the Al-Haq Movement’s human rights bureau, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a military court in June 2011. He was one of 21 opposition leaders and activists convicted of membership of terrorist organizations and trying to overthrow the government. A high court of appeal upheld his sentence on 4 September 2012. The appeal that he and 12 other human rights activists submitted to the Court of Cassation was rejected on 7 January 2013. 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