Image source: Getty Images There’s something to be said for investor optimism. The FTSE 100 index has closed at 6,000+ levels in the last nine trading sessions. Further, it has crossed the 6,500 mark as I write, in today’s trading. To put this in context, these are pre-pandemic levels. So far, so good. But I’m not ready to throw caution to the winds, at least not yet. I think there are still risks to financial markets. These could trigger another stock market crash.Easing lockdowns too soonA key risk is that of easing the lockdown too soon. It’s a catch-22 situation. If the lockdowns aren’t eased, a widespread hit to business and incomes is likely. If they are eased too soon, we run the risk of a second round of coronavirus infections and another stock market crash. 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As a result, the spurt in activity seen as the lockdowns are eased could taper off quite quickly and another stock market crash could happen.Anti-globalisation waveTepid economic activity is especially likely to happen, if globalisation loses even more favour than it already has, after the Covid-19 crisis. Talks have begun again between the UK and the EU, which may well result in a no-deal Brexit. US-China tensions have only escalated because of the pandemic. With the biggest economies in the world at loggerheads, I think it’s very likely that global growth will be negatively impacted in the foreseeable future.Preparing for another stock market crashWith this risky backdrop, as an investor I’m thinking about where I should put my money if a stock market crash happens. I see two options. The first and most obvious one is to invest in fast-rising healthcare and pharmaceutical stocks. They have run up a lot in the past few months, and their prospects seem bright. AstraZeneca is one example of this. At the other end of the spectrum, I’d consider stocks that have been unjustifiably hammered because their business suffered most from lockdowns. These include aviation stocks like easyJet and IAG.They have started rising in the past days, but I wager they’d continue to be volatile in these uncertain times. I’d buy them if and when the stock market crash happens. Here’s why a stock market crash could happen again! And this is what I’d buy Manika Premsingh 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. 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Anthony Werkman, BetwayBetway has further strengthened its presence within UK racing by agreeing a set of deals with Jockey Club Racecourses, Arena Racing Company (ARC) and York Racecourse to retain its sponsorship of headline contests while extending its support to Newmarket and Haydock. New ventures on the Flat for the bookmaker include the listed Betway King Charles II Stakes on May 20and the Group 3 Betway Criterion Trophy on 1 July at Flat racing’s HQ.Betway, who gained Authorised Betting Partner status last October, has also branched out to Haydock to sponsor the Group 3 John Of Gaunt Stakes on 10 June.As well as covering new ground, the firm has renewed its backing of the Group 2 Betway Yorkshire Cup and Group 2 Betway Great Voltigeur at York, along with the traditional season starter, the Betway Lincoln. Anthony Werkman, Marketing & Operations Director at Betway, commented on the firm’s commitment to UK racing;“We are totally committed to supporting British horseracing and are really excited to announce these new deals, as well as the extensions to some of our flagship Flat sponsorships.“Our involvement in key races across York, Doncaster, Newmarket and Haydock means that we’ve got a calendar packed full of great sponsorships and we’re looking forward to the Flat season ahead.” Related Articles Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Share Share Submit StumbleUpon
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The Bandhkaam Kamgar Sena, a city-based outfit working with labourers at construction sites, has written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Monday demanding recruitment of more ‘sensitive’ labour officers to preclude tragedies like the Kondhwa wall collapse that resulted in the death of 15 workers and their kin, including women and children.The letter, also addressed to the Labour Minister, has strongly condemned the apathy and corruption in the labour office in Pune.“We urge the State government to ensure that after this tragedy, the Labour Welfare Board wakes up and register construction labourers so that they can avail of the benefits of the 28 welfare schemes announced by the State government… We hope in the near future that the labourer, who has done so much to change the face of Pune district, can at least dream of travelling by an airplane instead of his corpse being transported for last rites by the same conveyance,” reads the letter by Jayant Shinde, founder, Bandhkaam Kamgar Sena.In the letter, Mr. Shinde pointed out that in June 2013, a committee had been formed under the Deputy Labour Commissioner comprising a police officer, a labour officer and two staff inspectors.This panel was tasked with inspecting construction sites especially during the monsoon season so as to prevent tragedies like this.‘No action taken’ “But after a month, no action was taken by this committee which has long faded into oblivion. So, we have every reason to fear that despite the bureaucratic buzz following the Kondhwa tragedy, nothing will ultimately change and that any fresh policy directives drafted would only be confined to paper,” he said, speaking to The Hindu.Accusing the Labour Welfare Board of being in cahoots with builders, Mr. Shinde alleged that the office, ostensibly set up for the welfare of labourers, had no proper records of the number of labourer deaths or casualties at construction sites.Mr. Shinde said that in February this year he had written to the Labour Commissioner in Pune detailing instances of rampant corruption in the labour office.“We discovered instances of labour officials stamping blank registration forms and siphoning off government money intended for labourers. But no action was forthcoming on our letter. Again, when we sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act in March this year regarding labour fatalities in the past year, we were informed of deaths of only 40 labourers which is in stark contrast to our information of 80 deaths at construction sites and elsewhere,” Mr. Shinde said.He said that of these 40 ‘officially recorded’ fatalities, the labour office could furnish details of only half the casualties.As per rules, the builder or contractor has to pay the labour office ₹85 per worker as one-time registration fees which holds good for five years.“Very often, it is found that labour agents demand high sums for registration and end up not registering him at all. Aware of the corrupt practices of the authorities, the builder does not care about registering his workforce as he is aware that they will migrate soon after their work with him is done. This way, the labourer ends up an ‘orphan’, with no financial protection at all in the event of a mishap,” Mr. Shinde said. ‘Suspend ward engineer’Meanwhile, the Sambhaji Brigade has held authorities of the Pune Municipal Corporation responsible for the Kondhwa wall collapse.It accused PMC officials of corruption and demanded that a case of culpable homicide be lodged against city engineer Prashant Waghmare and the civic body authorities in Kondhwa.“We demand that Mr. Waghmare and the ward engineer and other civic authorities be held responsible for the Kondhwa incident and be immediately suspended. The PMC always gets into its ‘cover-up’ mode whenever such accidents occur and is prompt to pass the blame onto the builder,” said Santosh Shinde, Pune district president of the Brigade.He said nearly 60% of all new constructions coming up in Pune district were ‘illegal’, and alleged that corrupt civic body officials gave permission to builders without even visiting the site.An experts’ committee comprising Pune civic body officials and a team from the College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) have conducted a preliminary investigation of the mishap site. The committee has indicated that there were significant flaws in the construction of the retaining wall which crashed on to the labourers’ hutments in the wee hours of Saturday.
The existing Assembly has witnessed 22 MLAs switching their political parties from which they had won the elections in 2014. Of them, 17 are sitting MLAs from the Opposition, who joined either the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) or Shiv Sena. The defection started with former Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil joining the BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.Only two legislators — one each from the BJP and Sena — have shifted to the Opposition. Katol’s former BJP MLA Ashish Deshmukh and Suresh Dhanorkar, former Sena MLA from Varora in Chandrapur, joined the Congress before the general elections. Mr. Dhanorkar is now the lone Congress MP from Maharashtra. BJP’s Anil Gote from Dhule has rebelled against the party while Sena’s Harshvardhan Jadhav from Aurangabad’s Kannad Assembly seat contested the Lok Sabha elections against his party candidate. Sena’s Pratap Chikhlikar is now BJP’s MP from Nanded.Among the opposition MLAs who switched the sides, the NCP has suffered the most with eight of its MLAs deserting the party.Of them, five joined the Sena and rest the BJP. Seven Congress MLAs have quit the party, of whom three joined the Sena and BJP respectively. The lone Congress MLA, Nitesh Rane, is part of the Maharashtra Swabhiman Party, founded by his father Narayan Rane, which is now part of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.Vilas Tare of the Bahujan Vikas Aghadi and Sharad Sonawane of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena have joined the Sena.“Those who are afraid, those who cannot live without power, and those who have something to hide are joining the ruling alliance. We wish them well. But after the 2019 Assembly polls, they will find themselves either defeated or in the Opposition once again. The people will give them a fitting reply,” NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said.Social activist Anjali Damania said in olden days, people used to take sides depending on the ideology with which they agree.“Now the only ideology that runs our country is power. The induction of people like Kripashanker Singh, Ganesh Naik and Narayan Rane, who have very serious charges of corruption against them, along with a long list of Congress and NCP leaders, clearly shows that the BJP is not at all interested in fighting corruption. Its only agenda is to destroy the Opposition, and this is very dangerous for democracy,” she said.
By @JulianTFA â€“ Sunshine Coast Stadium, QueenslandThe Gap between Alliance and big States closing?Two games through the day stood out not so much for the win as the margin. A 7-4 or 7-3 scoreline generally looks a comfortable win in anyoneâ€™s books. But to consider that the ACT Raiders boys went down to the strong NSW Combined Independent Schools (CIS) by only three says much about the progression of the Alliance states as the deficit. And, in the girlâ€™s, Victoria went down to the strong NSW CCC 3-7; no doubt emboldened by the Victorian Womenâ€™s T-League victory at this yearâ€™s NTL event in March. However, match of the day seemingly was the Victoria Storm boys against their fancied South-West QLD rivals the Swans, with an exciting 7-all draw mid-afternoon. As the NSW CIS Coach, Mark Tipple said sideline post-match against the ACT Raiders: â€œItâ€™s fantastic to see them emerge and theyâ€™re really showing great improvement; there really is no easy games and believe me, that was a tough one,â€ he said. But when the lights came on at night the real magic happened. The Victorian boyâ€™s showed just how far the Alliance program has come giving the NSW CHS boys an almighty fright in the last match of the day. Down 4-5 to CHS with six minutes to play, the Victorians almost did enough to win only to see CHS take command and steal the win in the closing minutes, prevailing seven tries to four. SA Heat Boys Running HotIn terms of statements and potential meeting progress / portents for the future, you canâ€™t go past the significance and symbolism of South Australiaâ€™s 7-6 win over Sunshine Coast Pineapples in round one, day one. While the SA girls in recent years have been turning heads off the back of repeat strong performances at this event, does this win herald the climb of the SA Heat boys onto the big stage and emerge finally from the shadow of the girlsâ€™ success? While itâ€™s early in the tournament, their last timeslot this evening at 6.10 against the very strong NSW Development team will speak volumes of their claims as real players in this event; as did the Sunshine Coast Pineapplesâ€™ narrow loss to the â€˜NSW Devâ€˜ early afternoon. But, as an opening salvo, it was emphatic.NSW CCC boys call it evens with Brisbane CobrasIn a 9-all cliff-hanger two of the heavyweights of the boyâ€™s competition slugged it out and emerged with a point apiece. In games following the Cobras narrowly went down to Central Queensland (A) 6-10. Just what this says about their progress through the tournament, and their ability to go deep in the draw, is difficult and early to tell. In terms of a signal to other teams though, both teams showed theyâ€™re here to compete and should match it with the better and more fancied rivals. QSST train rolls onâ€¦NSW Development girls on the right trackWhat else can you say about QSST? The defending champions in the girls asserted their dominance early and signalled to all comers at Sunshine Coast Stadium: theyâ€™re back, theyâ€™re here to play and theyâ€™re pretty ready to be repeat offenders this year. A 14-1 blowout over NZ early followed by a 9-3 victory over North Queensland set the tone for the girlâ€™s competition and putting everyone on notice. But it was their foes south of the border, NSW Development Team who also nailed their colours to the mast early with an 18-0 win over NT and 14-2 victory over NSW CIS; providing no doubt something of a preview for the weekendâ€™s finalsâ€™ showcase. NSWCHS boys and girls on the march Both boys and girls CHS teams this year will be smarting from last yearâ€™s results and will be very keen to make amends and turn the tables this year. The girls are off to a flyer with big consecutive wins opening their day one account: 10-0 over CIS and 7-1 over SA Heat. Not to be outdone the boys defeated NT 10-1 and 7-1 over WAâ€™s Western Tigers all clinical displays and momentum and their combined confidence building. Fair to say they showed the right stuff and composure to see off the brave Victorians at dayâ€™s end. Will this be the year they both put it together?Traddy likes what he seesâ€¦now and on the horizon Keen observer of generation next at this event, Australian Menâ€™s Open Coach, Tony Trad, is mighty impressed by the opening stanza. While the respective NSW and QLD juggernauts remain a sharp focus of his, itâ€™s not merely the emergence of the Alliance states over various performances that caught his attention, rather the shape of their play and structures in defence and attack. “Overall, you look at how the alliance states have come along with their skill, the way they play the game, the way they defend now – there are some really positive signs, and we have four more days of this which will be great,” said Tony. Check out all fixtures, results and ladders hereRelated LinksWrap up of NYC day 1
BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU’s Tiger Stadium, colloquially known as “Death Valley” is one of the most intimidating places to play in all of college football. It’s game day environment is outstanding, and the noise inside of it can best be described as deafening.Perhaps that’s why this hype video LSU released is so awesome. It’s called “Saturday Night in Death Valley” and it’s sure to bring out goosebumps on hardcore fans of the purple and gold.[ Saturday Down South ]
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the East Bypass Road no longer functioning as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and due to the steady residential growth, this requires the renaming of the road to the Northern Lights Drive.The name Northern Lights Drive becomes effective June 26, 2019, which City Council recognizes will require an address change. The City shares while this is necessary, this may cause some inconvenience to affected Property Owners.Recently, the City sent letters by registered mail regarding the renaming of the road to help alleviate the inconvenience, remuneration is available to affected Property Owners by following the steps identified in the letter.If you have questions, contact the Planning and Engineering Department at; 250-787-8150 or email; [email protected]