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Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Grab your free report – while it’s online. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. As an income-orientated investor, I’m always on the lookout for the best dividend stocks to buy now. This is because dividend yields are constantly changing. Although the interest rate on my cash balances doesn’t often change, dividend yields change due to movements in the share price and dividend payments. As a result, it’s handy for me to revert back to my checklist when thinking about adding new stocks into the mix.Checking why the yield is attractiveIt’s rare that a dividend stock would come onto my radar out of the blue. Most established FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks have a history of paying dividends. So the best dividend stocks right now are likely candidates that have been on my list before. 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…For arguments sake, let’s say a company that I didn’t know well was offering a high dividend yield. This would interest me, and the first thing I’d look at on my checklist is why the yield is attractive. Which component was the driver – the share price or the dividend?If the driver was a falling share price, I’d be more hesitant to conclude that this was a dividend stock worth buying straight away. A falling share price could indicate that the company was in trouble. The knock-on impact of this could be that the dividend might actually be cut in the future. 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The ultra-deep-water gas field is projected to reach plateau gas production of around 12.9mmscmd in 2021 Reliance and BP had sanctioned development of the R Cluster gas field in June 2017. (Credit: QR9iudjz0 from FreeImages) Reliance Industries and BP have started production from the R Cluster ultra-deep-water gas field in the KG D6 block in the Krishna-Godavari Basin off the east coast of India.R Cluster is one of the three deepwater gas projects being developed by the partners in the KG D6 block alongside Satellites Cluster and MJ with a combined investment of INR350bn ($4.75bn).Contained in a water depth of over 2,000m, the R Cluster field is located nearly 60km from the existing KG D6 control and riser platform (CRP) off the Kakinada coast.The R Cluster project consists of a subsea production system that is tied back to KG D6 CRP through a subsea pipeline. It is projected to achieve plateau gas production of around 12.9 million standard cubic meters per day (mmscmd) in 2021.BP chief executive Bernard Looney said: “This start-up is another example of the possibility of our partnership with Reliance, bringing the best of both companies to help meet India’s rapidly expanding energy needs.“Growing India’s own production of cleaner-burning gas to meet a significant portion of its energy demand, these three new KG D6 projects will support the country’s drive to shape and improve its future energy mix.”The development of the R Cluster discovery was sanctioned in June 2017, while the development of the Satellites Cluster and the MJ projects were approved by the partners in April 2018 and June 2019, respectively.Satellites Cluster project to begin production in 2021The Satellites Cluster project is slated to begin production next year, while the MJ project is to come onstream in 2022.Reliance Industries and BP had allocated an investment of INR350bn ($4.75bn) in the three gas projects that are estimated to cover nearly 15% of the gas demand in India by 2023.The projects involve the development of a total of approximately three trillion cubic feet (tcf) of discovered gas resources.All the three offshore gas projects will make use of the existing hub infrastructure in KG D6 block.Reliance Industries chairman and managing director Mukesh Ambani said: “We are proud of our partnership with bp that combines our expertise in commissioning gas projects expeditiously, under some of the most challenging geographical and weather conditions. This is a significant milestone in India’s energy landscape, for a cleaner and greener gas-based economy.“Through our deep-water infrastructure in the Krishna Godavari basin we expect to produce gas and meet the growing clean energy requirements of the nation.”Reliance Industries with a 66.67% stake is the operator of the KG D6 block, while BP has a stake of 33.33%.
Arguably one of the most eclectic versions of “Happy Birthday” drifted through the Kirkland House Junior Common Room on Monday.The offbeat rendering was no surprise given the diverse mix of musicians behind it, members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma’s collective of artists that explores musical crossroads. In between performing new compositions for a packed house, the players serenaded one of their own, tabla player Sandeep Das, with the familiar song for his special day.On the impromptu stage at the end of the wood-paneled hall were the string instruments typically associated with the classical repertoire, violins, a cello, a viola, and a bass. But there was also a kamancheh, a Persian bowed-string instrument, and a pipa, a four-stringed instrument from China, and a gaita, a Galician bagpipe, and the shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute.Made up of internationally renowned performers and composers from more than 20 countries, the ensemble was back in residency at Harvard during winter break as part of a five-year collaboration between Harvard and the project, a nonprofit inspired by the cultural traditions of the ancient Eurasian Silk Road trade routes that connected East with West.For the next several years, the group will present a series of performances, workshops, and collaborations with local arts, cultural, and educational institutions.During the week the ensemble worked on four new commissioned works, which they played for the evening concert, which was co-sponsored by Harvard’s Office for the Arts’ popular Learning From Performers program.Addressing the audience before the show, violinist Colin Jacobsen said the week during which the musicians and composers worked in a “creative cauldron” was “amazing.”Yo-Yo Ma (left) speaks with composer Vijay Iyer, who created “Playlist for an Extreme Occasion,” a work that included a type of musical dialogue between the cello and the tabla, along with the use of the piano as a percussive instrument, and segments of improvisation.So too was the input from Harvard students, he said.“To have Harvard students reflect on what we were doing as we were doing it and give us their feedback was incredibly valuable for us.”Composer Vijay Iyer created “Playlist for an Extreme Occasion,” a work that included a type of musical dialogue between the cello and the tabla — a pair of Indian drums — along with the use of the piano as a percussive instrument, and segments of improvisation.In creating the work, Iyer said he tried to “think about how we experience music today, what is it for, and how does it function in our lives. … You can’t force meaning onto any musical situation, but you can at least open it up as a question.”David Bruce composed the four-part work “Cut the Rug,” which included a frenetic final movement that he said “sort of raises the roof.” He said he was forced to rethink how to craft a work for musicians with such different approaches to the art form.“I am used to writing everything down. … And knowing that there were some musicians who don’t come from traditions where that happens, it was quite hard for me to get my head around.The evening also included the rhythmically challenging work “Mille Etoiles” by Glenn Kotche, percussionist for the alternative rock band Wilco. Inspired by a night camping in France under the stars and the birth dates of members of his family, the work is based on impossibly complex time signatures like 31/8.A taped rehearsal would have been peppered with “four-letter words,” joked bass player Jeff Beecher. To prepare the piece, the musicians broke it down into sections, he said during a question-and-answer session with the audience, working slowly and prepping “for the inevitable.”As part of the recent residency, the ensemble also took part in a Wintersession arts intensive titled “Knowing the Score: A Workshop in New Music Without Borders.” Throughout the week, ensemble members met with a small group of undergraduate and graduate students to help them develop independent projects based on the ensemble’s work.Harvard participants included Graduate School of Design student Timothy Carey, who was interested in the collaborative process of music as opposed to that of design. Robert Moore, a student in the Graduate School of Education’s International Education program who has worked in Nepal to establish a national music curriculum, was also eager to see the group’s rehearsal and collaborative process. Freshman Stella Fiorenzoli, an aspiring composer, created a mini-composition for the group based on Tibetan and Indian folk tunes.The intensive culminated in a final presentation of the projects, which included discussions and the performance of brief compositions.
Kylian Mbappe scored his 31st goal of the season as Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain edged to victory at Toulouse.Thomas Tuchel’s side are running away with the title and maintained their 20-point cushion after second-placed Lille came from 2-0 down to beat Nantes 3-2.The visitors thought they had gone ahead but the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled out a Marquinhos goal.Mbappe’s well-taken touch and first-time finish settled the contest with 16 minutes remaining.–Source: BBC Sport
Our junior basketball team made a great success last night by winning over Czech Republic and by placing itself into A division.Our juniors will surely be among the first 12 representations, but we don’t know yet on which position. Our team’s playmaker Đorđe Aleksić played a great match yesterday and scored 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. At the whole tournament, he has an average of 11.3 points, 3.6 assists and 2.6 rebounds.“We achieved a great result. We followed all coach’s ideas he had before this match and won. We are now among the 12 best in Europe and we placed ourselves into A division. I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate to all boys on great matches and their big effort, and to thank are expert team and the Basketball Union on supporting us.” – was communicated from the www.basket.ba. (Source: Sport Centar)