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My simple plan to get rich by investing in UK dividend stocks

first_imgMy simple plan to get rich by investing in UK dividend stocks Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… James J. McCombie | Saturday, 31st October, 2020 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. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address 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.center_img James J. McCombie owns shares of Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever. 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. My plan for getting rich from investing in UK stocks is so simple. First, open a Stocks and Shares ISA. Second, buy reliable dividend-paying stocks and reinvest the dividends for the long term. Hunting for triple-digit return stocks in the next big thing is not necessary to build real wealth. In fact, reducing the tax paid (legally) on modest and sustainable returns can make me a rich man as well.Tax-free Stocks and Shares ISAThe single biggest decision I made that improved my investment return was to open and use a Stocks and Shares ISA (Investment ISA). Any gains made on stocks or funds bought inside such an ISA are completely tax-free. Interest and dividend income do not attract any tax either.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…In the table below, the results of investing £100 at various returns and time horizons with and without a 30% tax rate are compared. The higher the investment return, and the longer the investment, the bigger the impact of tax-free investing.For example, an investment earning 15% for 25 years with zero tax ends up being worth 171% more than if returns were taxed at 30% annually. Investing in a zero-tax environment is the easiest way to supercharge returns.UK dividend stocksGrowth stocks have their place in my portfolio, but I won’t shun dividend-paying stocks. Jeremy Siegel, a finance professor, found that investing in slower-growing, dividend-paying companies often outperformed backing the high-growth, new and exciting ones. The explanation offered is that investors pay too much for shares in fast-growing companies because they overestimate future growth. Furthermore, dividend yields are low on growth stocks, which limits the number of shares accumulated through reinvestment of dividends.Reinvesting dividends is the critical factor in determining investing success in the long run, reckons Siegel. I agree with him. Those that disagree may point to a chart of the FTSE 100 (full of big dividend-paying companies), which has barely gone anywhere in years.However, those charts do not usually consider dividend reinvestment. A £10,000 investment in the FTSE 100 at the start of 1986 would have grown to about £54,000 by 2020 without dividend reinvestment. But, the same investment with dividend reinvestment would have grown to about £196,000. Dividend reinvestment almost doubled the annual average return from 5% to 9%.Long-term, tax-free, dividend reinvestmentThe core of my tax-free Stocks and Shares ISA portfolio consists of UK dividend hero stocks like Diageo, GlaxoSmithKline, and Unilever. I reinvest all the dividends I receive, meaning I buy more of the stocks that paid the dividend. Companies that have got to the stage where they can return cash to shareholders in the form of dividends, or share buybacks, might be considered dull. But the long-term investment returns on offer from these types of companies are not. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Image source: Getty Images See all posts by James J. McCombielast_img read more

Las Vegas y Puerto Rico: Lo que sabemos

first_imgEditorial WW-MO 4 de octubre de 2017La horrenda matanza que tuvo lugar en Las Vegas durante un festival de música en la noche del 1 de octubre ha causado la muerte de 59 personas y 527 heridas. Es la masacre más letal en términos de números que ha ocurrido en suelo estadounidense en la historia reciente.Tardará días, semanas y -quien sabe- quizás incluso meses para que una investigación completa responda ciertas preguntas que conducen al motivo del supuesto perpetrador, Stephen Paddock. Una pregunta obvia es cómo fue capaz de traer 10 maletas llenas de 18 a 20 rifles automáticos, muchos de ellos completamente cargados, a su habitación del hotel de 32 pisos con vista al festival, sin despertar ningún tipo de sospecha.Otra pregunta obvia es: ¿Por qué este acto atroz no se consideró terrorismo doméstico tan pronto como Paddock, que es blanco, fue identificado? Por lo general, el gobierno y la prensa corporativa son rápidos en caracterizar a los musulmanes como “terroristas”, pero no en este caso. La policía sólo declaró que Paddock era un atacante “solitario”.Esto no  debería sorprendernos, ya que los ataques de la supremacía blanca en Charlottesville, Virginia, el 12 de agosto, que resultaron en la  muerte de la activista antifascista Heather Heyer, no fueron caracterizados por el presidente Donald Trump ni por la prensa como terrorismo doméstico.Hay algunos hechos políticos relacionados con Las Vegas que sabemos. Por ejemplo, para citar una cita popular de béisbol, “los tiroteos masivos son tan americanos como el pastel de manzana”. Una gráfica, compilada por el Guardian Británico, indica que ha habido 1,516 tiroteos masivos en los Estados Unidos durante los últimos 1,735 días – la tasa más alta de cualquier país desarrollado registrado desde 2012. Un tiroteo en masa es definido por el Archivo de Violencia Armada como cuatro o más personas disparadas en un incidente, ya sea muertas o heridas.También sabemos que el racismo juega un papel prominente en determinar cuales vidas reciben más prioridad que otras. El movimiento de Las Vidas Negras Importan refleja el hecho de que cuando se trata de discriminación racial por parte de la policía o vigilantes, las vidas negras y marrones son deshumanizadas diariamente.Cuando dos huracanes golpearon Puerto Rico en un período de dos semanas, devastando virtualmente toda la isla y dejando a las/os residentes con poca o ninguna agua potable, electricidad, comida o suministros sanitarios, Trump acusó a la alcaldesa de San Juan, Carmen Yulín Cruz, de tener un “pobre liderazgo”. Esto fue después de que ella amonestó a su administración por no responder inmediatamente a la crisis de 3,4 millones de ciudadanas/os estadounidenses. Cerca de 60 vidas se han perdido hasta la fecha en Puerto Rico y probablemente muchas, muchas más se perderán debido a la falta de medicamentos y otros tipos de carencias.Diez días después de que el huracán María azotara Puerto Rico, Trump visitó la isla por un día, el 3 de octubre. Después de afirmar que visitaría otro territorio estadounidense destruido por el huracán, las Islas Vírgenes que tiene población predominantemente negra, decidió no visitarlas.En contraste, Trump estaba programado para visitar Las Vegas, donde las víctimas de la masacre eran en su mayoría blancas, el 4 de octubre, apenas tres días después de la carnicería. El pasado fin de semana, Trump estuvo en un torneo de golf en Jersey City, N.J., donde dedicó el trofeo a la gente de Puerto Rico. ¡¡¡¡¿Qué?!!!!!!!La respuesta de Trump muestra como el pueblo  puertorriqueño, debido a la opresión nacional, es tratado como menos que humano. Un artículo del Washington Post del 3 de octubre (“Trump dice que los funcionarios de Puerto Rico deberían estar “orgullosos” de que no hayan muerto más como en Katrina), informa que durante su visita a Puerto Rico, condescendientemente les dijo a los funcionarios: “Odio decirles, Puerto Rico, ustedes ha lanzado nuestro presupuesto fuera de onda”.Muchos dicen que las armas son un problema social cuando en realidad, el capitalismo -un sistema que depende de la violencia de clase y sobre todo de la supremacía blanca para sobrevivir- es el VERDADERO problema que debe erradicarse.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Visit Cuba, break the blockade!

first_imgIFCO/Pastors for Peace has announced its 29th Friendshipment Caravan to take place this July in Eastern Cuba. After a mandatory orientation in Toronto July 16-18, a flight to Santiago, Cuba, will begin the 11-day visit.On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro and other revolutionaries launched their attack on the Moncada Barracks of the Batista dictatorship. This delegation will take part in the 65th anniversary celebration of that event in Santiago.The program in Cuba also includes a trip to Guantánamo province where participants will learn about the impact of the notorious and illegal U.S. naval base on the Caimanera community next to the base. They will also see how the province has recovered from Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and learn about Cuba’s advance preparation for such natural disasters. IFCO invites people to “explore how the Cuban people are moving forward in fields such as health care, organic farming and sustainable tourism, as well as their efforts to tackle the legacies of racism, sexism and homophobia. … Witness and explore the role of organized religion in Cuba.”The program costs $1,650. Round trip travel to Toronto from the U.S. is not included. The application deadline is May 1. Forms are available from [email protected] or by calling 212-926-5757, extension 5.Before the Cuba trip, Caravan educational events will be held throughout the U.S. from June 22 to July 1.IFCO points out that “U.S. citizens are free to travel anywhere in the world, except Cuba. To travel to Cuba you need permission, a license, from the U.S. government. This has been the case for over 50 years. In his final years, President Obama made licenses very easy to get, as well as taking some steps to reduce the underlying U.S. economic blockade of Cuba. However, President Trump has adopted a very hostile stance toward Cuba, partially reversing Obama’s actions, and reducing the possibilities for individual licensed travel.“IFCO/Pastors for Peace believes that licenses should be scrapped and we should be freely able to travel to Cuba and meet our Cuban sisters and brothers. Since 1992, we have taken 28 Caravans of people to Cuba without a license as a conscious act of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.”Space is still available with the earlier International May Day Brigade, which travels to Cuba from April 22 to May 6. For more information, contact ­[email protected] Applications and full payment are due by March 23.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Radio journalist gunned down, full investigation needed

first_img October 21, 2020 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Colombia RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Radio Guadalajara director José Naudín Gómez was murdered in Buga, in the western department of Valle del Cauca, on 29 July, 2013. He was shot in front of passers-by as he was about to enter the radio station, located near the city’s law courts.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to consider all hypotheses, including the possibility that the murder was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist. Investigators too often rule this out from the start.In this case, the authorities lost no time in saying that the motive for Gómez’s murder was personal.“It is almost impossible to determine in less than 12 hours whether or not Gómez’s murder was linked to his journalistic work,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigation must be conducted thoroughly and impartially.”A businessman who started a second, parallel career as a radio journalist a few years ago, Gómez hosted a morning programme in which members of the public were able to express their views and criticisms.Although he had apparently not received any threats, robbery can be ruled out as a motive because the gunman took nothing from his victim. And Gómez’s son insists that his father’s business activities were completely legal.“He supported justice and equality,” the son told Reporters Without Borders. “Drug trafficking was one of the last subjects my father covered in his programme. He was against it and said he appreciated police efforts to combat it.” August 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist gunned down, full investigation needed to go further Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img Reports ColombiaAmericas RSF_en Receive email alerts News April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America ColombiaAmericas last_img read more

Extensions Account for Most Forbearance Activity

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago November 17, 2020 1,030 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Extensions Account for Most Forbearance Activity Related Articles Share Save About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Bell Bank Hires Schwab as Chief Risk Officer Next: Will Suburban Migration Continue? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-11-17 Christina Hughes Babb The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) reported this week that the number of loans in forbearance dropped last week, marking the 11th week in a row of decreases.MBA estimates that as of November 8 2.7 million homeowners are in active mortgage-loan forbearance. The overall rate of loan forbearances decreased last week from 5.67% of all servicers’ portfolio volume to 5.47%.Broken down by type of loan:The share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans in forbearance dropped 13 basis points to 3.36%Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased 25 basis points to 7.70%Private-label securities (PLS) decreased by 32 basis points to 8.38%Independent mortgage bank (IMB) servicers decreased 25 basis points to 5.94%Depository servicers decreased 17 basis points from the previous week to 5.43%”Declines in the share of loans in forbearance continued this week, with a significant increase in the rate of forbearance exits—particularly for portfolio and PLS loans,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist. “More than 76% of borrowers in forbearance are now in an extension, as we are well past the six-month point for most borrowers’ forbearance plans.”Added Fratantoni, “While the rate of new forbearance requests has declined and exits are increasing, homeowners who continue to be impacted by hardships related to the pandemic should contact their servicer for relief.”Of those in forbearance, 30.6% continued to make monthly payments; 23.9% requesting forbearance resulted in a loan deferral/partial claim; 16.9% resulted in reinstatements, in which past-due amounts are paid back when exiting forbearance; 12.8% represented borrowers who did not make all of their monthly payments and exited forbearance without a loss mitigation plan in place yet; 7.1% resulted in loans paid off through either a refinance or by selling the home; 6.8% resulted in a loan modification; and the remaining 1.9% resulted in repayment plans, short sales, deed-in-lieus or other reasons, according to MBA.Along with tracking weekly forbearance activity, the association also reports forbearance-related call volume and response time. Find the full report at MBA.org. Extensions Account for Most Forbearance Activity Subscribelast_img read more

Broken bottles scattered over Tullagh beach by revellers

first_imgNews Facebook Broken bottles scattered over Tullagh beach by revellers WhatsApp Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleLifford Community Hospital will not be closing if Fine Gael get into governmentNext articleMan dies after hotel window fall News Highland center_img Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Tullagh Bay Beach was hit by vandals over the weekend.There was a party on the beach over the weekend and the group of people left the beach covered in broken bottles.Derry Councillor, Shaun Gallagher visited the beach with family and friends on Saturday.He said those responsible should be ashamed of themselves.[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/shaung.mp3[/podcst] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – June 21, 2010 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

Updated: Adams Glass to host Christmas Open House

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Charles Adams and Santa Claus invite people of all ages to the Adams Glass Open House. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Skip Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Published 5:58 pm Tuesday, November 24, 2020 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Updated 7 p.m. Nov. 25 to correct times.Christmas Open House at Adams Glass Studio has been a Thanksgiving tradition for people around Pike County  for 42 years and the tradition continues.The doors of the Christmas Open House is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday Word from the North  Pole is that  Santa Claus will be at Adams Glass Studio from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday to hear the Christmas wishes of the little children. Book Nook to reopen “This year, we have toy soldiers that are also very popular,” Adams said. “We have four-foot toy soldier and, of course, red trucks, candy canes and candles.”And especially popular are Adams’ glass necklaces with angels and Christmas trees.Adams Glass Studio introduced the Christmas tree necklaces in 2019 and couldn’t keep them on the shelf,“They are whimsical and are fun to wear and a great way to meet people who want to know ‘where did you get that  necklace?’ “ Adams said. “We think the angels will be just as popular.”In addition to the glass artwork of Adams and his son, David Adams, the work of several other local and area artists will be on display and for sale,  including Scott and Jeannie Swindall, Walter Black, Rex Thrash, Carol McCready and Dawn Driest.And, that’s not all folks!Adams Glass Studio does not stand alone. It also includes the Nut Shop that features homemade candies,  jams, jellies, barbecue sauces, relishes, fresh boiled peanuts and short Coca-Colas and more. Latest Stories Invite everyone to come and make themselves at home.” Adams, laughingly, said he doesn’t mind if his friends and neighbors and strangers, too, do a little shopping when they are at the studio/shop.“We always have new glass items for gifts and holiday decorating and personal enjoyment,” Adams said,”For Christmas  2020, which will be one not readily forgotten, we have new nativity scenes that are selling really well,” Adams said. “The scenes are what I would call, more abstract. Those who know more than I do, might have a more knowledgeable way of describing them. I’ll just say, ‘folks like ‘em.’Of course, the open house features several different Christmas angels, tree ornaments of all kinds, complete nativity sets as well as those those with   only Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. The Open House will continue throughout Friday and on into the night. Those who enjoy twilight shopping will enjoy shopping from 5 until 7 p.m. Refreshments and friendly conversation will make for a most enjoyable evening, said Charles Adams, owner and glass artist.“The Adams’ family always looks forward to open house at Thanksgiving time,” Adams said “It’s a very casual event and  we By Jaine Treadwell You Might Like Updated: Adams Glass to host Christmas Open House Print Article Griffin family hosts holiday meal Neither rain nor sleet nor COVID-19 have kept the Cornelius Griffin family from hosting a Brundidge community Thanksgiving dinner for… read morelast_img read more

Police: NY man intentionally runs over family with car, killing one, injuring children

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — A New York man was arrested Wednesday after he intentionally drove his car into a family of eight, killing a woman and injuring multiple children, police said.Jason Mendez, 35, was charged with murder after he allegedly crashed into the family after getting into an argument with one of them, police said.A 32-year-old woman was killed as the remaining family members, including six children, were injured, police said. A 35-year-old man and three of the children were listed in serious condition, but none of their injuries appeared life threatening.Mendez faces one count of second-degree murder and seven counts of attempted murder, but police may file additional charges.The deadly crash happened outside of a 7-Eleven in Haverstraw, New York, about 35 miles north of Manhattan, around 2 p.m. The suspect allegedly got into an argument with the 35-year-old male victim.“The male suspect had a verbal altercation with a member of the family moments earlier. The suspect then proceeded to enter his vehicle, which was parked in the 7-Eleven parking lot, and drove the vehicle forward striking eight family members,” the Haverstraw Police Department said in a statement. “The suspect then reversed the vehicle and drove forward again, striking the family members for a second time.”Witnesses said the children ranged in age from an infant to about 10 years.“She was laying on the ground,” Allison Rodriguez, a witness, told ABC New York station WABC-TV, referring to the woman who was killed. “Nobody was around her. We just kinda knew she wasn’t gonna make it.”Police said they found the suspect waiting in his vehicle when authorities arrived at the scene.“The suspect was brandishing a knife and failed to comply with the responding officers’ verbal commands to drop the knife,” the department said in a statement. “The suspect was subsequently tased, subdued and taken into custody without further incident.”Mendez, of Washingtonville, New York, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday night and is due back in court next week, according to WABC.“The investigation is still ongoing and it is anticipated that several additional charges will be filed,” Haverstraw Police Department said. “The names of all involved parties are being withheld at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

SUU Football Announces Media Availability Times For Big Sky Conference Media Day

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Sunday and Monday as the Big Sky Football media days for 2019 commence at Spokane, Wash., Southern Utah University’s athletic department has revealed media availability times Monday for head coach Demario Warren, senior offensive lineman Zach Larsen and senior tailback Jay Green Jr.The two-day event will see Warren interviewed at 10:40 am MDT with Larsen and Green to address the media at 1:22 pm MDT.The Thunderbirds’ season commences August 31 at Las Vegas against the UNLV Rebels. Brad James Tags: Big Sky Conference media day/Demario Warren/Jay Green Jr./Las Vegas/SUU Football/UNLV Rebels/Zach Larsen Written by July 11, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Announces Media Availability Times For Big Sky Conference Media Daylast_img read more

UK: HMS Agryll Celebrates 21 Years of Service

first_img View post tag: celebrates View post tag: 21% Share this article UK: HMS Agryll Celebrates 21 Years of Service View post tag: of View post tag: Navy View post tag: Agryll View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Agryll Celebrates 21 Years of Service center_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMS Training & Education The men and women of HMS Argyll certainly enjoyed the big day – and we’re not talking about the Diamond Jubilee. On the eve of national celebrations marking the Queen’s 60-year reign, a rather lower key, but no-less-enjoyable party was held aboard the Devonport-based frigate to mark her 21st birthday.The ship was the second Type 23 frigate to be commissioned into the Navy on the last day of May 1991 – and with HMS Norfolk no longer under the White Ensign she’s now the oldest 23 in service with the Royal Navy.Twenty-one years to the day later, her new Commanding Officer, Cdr Tim Neild, and the youngest sailor onboard, nineteen-year-old ET Martin Woods, sliced the birthday cake, prepared by the chefs onboard, in front of the rest of the crew.Commander Neild said:“It’s a special achievement for a ship to reach such an impressive milestone but despite being the oldest frigate in her class, following a multi-million pond upgrade in 2010, she remains one of the most capable ships in the Fleet.” Cdr Neild had only joined the ship a week earlier and the birthday celebration provided a fitting culmination to a highly significant week in his career.He said:“I am extremely privileged and honoured to be taking Command of a ship with such an impressive reputation. “This is the pinnacle of my career and I look forward to leading a crew that has recently returned from a hugely-successful deployment to the Middle East and proven itself in the most demanding of operational theatres.” After the celebrations the ship’s company have turned his attention to preparation for a period of high readiness over the summer, operational training under the team from the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation in the autumn followed by a six-month deployment to the South Atlantic in 2013.Cdr Neild added:“With the uncertain nature of the world we live in it is vital that Argyll is ready for whatever task my commanders and the government require.” [mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 7, 2012; Image: Royal Navy June 7, 2012 View post tag: years View post tag: Servicelast_img read more