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U.S. socialite Paris Hilton, left, walks with her friend Kim Kardashian through the crowd at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. The 25-year-old American socialite, sometime screen siren and budding songstress, showed off a golden dirndl-inspired creation in this Bavarian city famous for its beer drinking and its annual Oktoberfest, which began Sept. 16. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

Paris Hilton was a pioneer in reality television, co-starring in “The Simple Life” with Nicole Richie from 2003 to 2007, long before any of the “Real Housewives” or cast of “Selling Sunset” came onto the silver screen. The premise of “The Simple Life” was to show how two out-of-touch, trust fund party girls could adjust to humble living as farmhands, fast food workers, and camp counselors.

During that time, Hilton’s personal assistant and stylist, Kim Kardashian (now West) became an iconic fixture in socialite culture. Almost as if she were passing on the baton, the Kardashian-Jenner family got their own show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” in 2007.

Last week, Kim Kardashian West announced that after 14 years and 20 seasons, the iconic show would be coming to an end. The 21st and final season will air early 2021.

Hilton believes it’s a logical time for the family to take a break from the show.

U.S. socialite Paris Hilton, left, walks with her friend Kim Kardashian through the crowd at the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Monday, Sept. 25, 2006. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher)

“Well, I think after 20 seasons, they were probably like, ‘Let’s just enjoy the empires that we’ve built.’ And they have, all have beautiful families and children now. So I haven’t spoken to them, so I’m not sure why they did. But I’m assuming that after doing it for 20 seasons and created such huge empires, they probably just want to focus on that and enjoy their lives,” she told Yahoo Finance.

The Kardashian-Jenner clan has a burgeoning portfolio of makeup products with Coty (COTY), and in addition to Kardashian West’s shapewear line SKIMS, she is reportedly planning to launch a skincare line and home goods brand.

Last year, the two reunited for the music video for Hilton’s song, “My Best Friend’s Ass.” Hilton told Yahoo Finance that the longtime friends have “some surprises coming up soon.”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Jonathan Cheban, Paris Hilton, Winnie Harlow, Kim Kardashian West and Winnie Harlow attend KKW Beauty KKWxWinnie dinner at L’Avenue in Saks Fifth Avenue on September 12, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for KKW Beauty)

Meanwhile, Paris Hilton is attempting to reshape her legacy with her new documentary, “This is Paris,” out on YouTube today.

Referring to her clothing, perfume and makeup line, in addition to her career as a DJ, Hilton says, “I feel that if people don’t know about what I’ve done in business. They assume that I’m just that airhead character I was playing on ‘The Simple Life,’ and that’s not what I want my legacy to be. I want to be respected for what I’ve achieved,” she said.

Melody Hahm is Yahoo Finance’s West Coast correspondent, covering entrepreneurship, technology and culture. Follow her on Twitter @melodyhahm.

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Angry about Breonna Taylor? Do what Barack Obama said in 2016: ‘Don’t boo. Vote’

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Angry about Breonna Taylor? Do what Barack Obama said in 2016: 'Don't boo. Vote'

Has anybody talked to Barack Obama lately?

Something he said in 2016 strikes me as the best perspective on how to handle disappointment over the Breonna Taylor case: “Don’t boo. Vote.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron brought charges of “wanton endangerment” against one of the officers involved, angering those who thought multiple murder charges were justified.

Taylor was asleep in her apartment when police burst in looking for drugs that weren’t there. Her boyfriend heard people in the home, assumed they were intruders and shot an officer in the leg. Officers returned fire, killing Taylor, who died never knowing what happened.

It became a focal point for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Suzette Hackney: Pain permeates the streets of Louisville after Breonna Taylor decision

Cameron, who also is Black, was deliberate in bringing the charges, which came about six months after Taylor’s death. He clearly wasn’t going to bow to public pressure from WNBA players who wore Taylor’s name on their jerseys or social media campaigns that urged authorities to “arrest the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor.”

We can measure equality in votes

Speaking at the Republican National Convention last month, Cameron said that “Republicans will never turn a blind eye to unjust acts, but neither will we accept an all-out assault on Western civilization.”

Cameron also quoted President Dwight Eisenhower, saying that “democracy is a system that recognizes the equality of humans.”

He’s right.

And one of the ways that equality is measured is in votes.

So, vote.

President Obama speaks during the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on July 27, 2016.

Cameron isn’t up for election until 2023, so anyone who’s dissatisfied can take it out on his party.

Vote against Kentucky U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell. Vote against President Donald Trump. Vote against every Republican you see and encourage others to do the same.

Those who think November is too far away, could get others to register to vote.

The voter registration deadline is Oct. 5 in Kentucky.

We can still hold the GOP accountable

And if you’re not in Kentucky, that’s OK.

There are judges, district attorneys, county attorneys, attorneys general, senators and presidential candidates on ballots across the nation. (Joe Biden has made a point of embracing the Black Lives Matter movement; Donald Trump encourages racists.)

And before anybody makes the argument that one vote doesn’t count in the grand scheme, consider all of the effort that’s been made throughout history to prevent people from voting.

There’s no need to go back to the Freedom Rides or Jim Crow laws, just consider voter ID laws that disproportionately affect poor people, older people or minorities — voters who are most likely to support Democrats.

Louisville: Grand jury made right call in Breonna Taylor case

Or the dismantling of key provisions of the Voting Rights Act.

Or the opposition to mail-in voting.

Or the lack of a federal holiday on Election Day.

Or the elimination of polling places in predominantly Black cities.

If that’s not good enough, consider that Florida was decided in 2000 by 537 votes.

Cameron did his job. Now we can do ours

Cameron’s job was to evaluate the evidence and make the decision he saw fit.

The job of the American people is to see whether they agree with such decisions, then use the system to their advantage to support or rebuke the people who make them.

If you don’t like what Cameron said, listen to what Obama said at the Democratic Convention back in 2016.

A billboard sponsored by O, The Oprah Magazine, is on display with a photo of Breonna Taylor. Twenty-six billboards are going up across Louisville, demanding that the police officers involved in Taylor's death be arrested and charged.
A billboard sponsored by O, The Oprah Magazine, is on display with a photo of Breonna Taylor. Twenty-six billboards are going up across Louisville, demanding that the police officers involved in Taylor’s death be arrested and charged.

“Don’t boo. Vote.”

If more people had taken his advice, the nation would look much different today.

Cameron has done his job.

Now he and his party had better hope the people don’t do theirs.

Greg Moore is a sports columnist at the Arizona Republic, where this column originally appeared. Follow him on Twitter: @WritingMoore.

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The Allied Motion Technologies (NASDAQ:AMOT) Share Price Has Gained 108%, So Why Not Pay It Some Attention?

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7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500

While the S&P 500 and a wide range of stocks continue their September slide, many investors are understandably jittery, wondering if a second market crash is coming this year. In response, they’re searching for industries that can offer more stability, but also growth and income over the coming quarters. One such group are the so-called “sin stocks,” which benefit when humans indulge in vices.Although there may be different definitions of sin stocks, these businesses include those in alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, gambling, adult entertainment, weapons and defense industries. What is viewed as a sin stock today may also change over time.Recent research by David Blitzo of Robeco Asset Management in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Frank J. Fabozzi of EDHEC Business School in Nice, France, highlights how “various studies … [of] the historical performance of sin stocks … [show] they have delivered significantly positive abnormal returns.”InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThat is to say, sin stocks outperform the broader market time and again, and that isn’t based on one study; it’s based on many studies, by different researchers at different times.Sales figures from companies back up the anecdotal evidence that even in economically difficult periods, tobacco and alcohol consumption remain fairly stable. In fact, during the early weeks of the pandemic, alcohol sales in the U.S. increased by 27%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Therefore, for investors whose convictions allow them to invest in these firms, such stocks can provide meaningful diversification during volatile market periods. On the other hand, some sin stocks, particularly casino stocks, have suffered greatly as gambling locations remain closed due to lockdowns.With all that in mind, here are seven sin stocks to invest for the long-run: * Advisor Shares Vice ETF (NASDAQ:ACT) * Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) * ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) * iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (CBOE:ITA) * Smith & Wesson (NASDAQ:SWBI) * VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (NASDAQ:BJK) * Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:VDC)Most sin industry stocks also bear juicy dividends. Thus, they could be appropriate for investors seeking passive income, especially in a low-interest environment such as this. Sin Stocks to Buy: Advisor Shares Vice ETF (ACT)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $16.16 – 26.95Dividend Yield: 2.41%Net Expense Ratio: 0.99 % per yearOur first choice is an exchange-traded fund (ETF), best for investors who would rather not risk capital on one company. The AdvisorShares Vice ETF concentrates mainly on U.S.-listed alcohol and tobacco companies. It may also hold stocks of firms conducting federally legal cannabis business, per the U.S. government.As regular InvestorPlace readers likely know, marijuana remains illegal at the federal level in the U.S. At the state level, legal status depends on the laws of the individual state. Outside of Canada, which was the first G7 country to nationally legalize cannabis, the size of the legalized marijuana industry remains very small. Yet that market is expected to reach $40 billion by 2023.In terms of ETF composition, cannabis-related firms top the list with a 40.9% weighting. Next are alcohol (27.1%), Restaurant & Entertainment (12.2%), and Tobacco with Cannabis Exposure (11.3%). Close to 80% of the companies come from North America, followed by Europe (13.3%).ACT’s top ten holdings comprise around 60% of total net assets, which stand close to $10 million. ACT’s top five companies are Boston Beer (NYSE:SAM), Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), Turning Point Brands (NYSE:TPB) and Abbvie (NYSE:ABBV). A closer examination of the holdings shows that there is considerable emphasis on life-sciences. For example, in Canada, Thermo Fisher undertakes cannabis compliance activities. Another holding is Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG), which is known for its fertilizer products, used by marijuana producers.So far in 2020, the fund is up around 3%. Yet since the lows seen in early spring, ACT is up around 55%. In fact, on September 16, it hit a 52-week high.Any decline toward the $22.5-level would make the fund more attractive for long-term investors. However, we’d like to underscore the high management fee as well as the fact that it is still a smaller size fund. Constellation Brands (STZ)Source: ShinoStock / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $104.28 – $210.65Dividend Yield: 1.62%Victor, New York-headquartered Constellation Brands’ website highlights that it is the fastest-growing large consumer packaged goods (CPG) company in the U.S. at the retail level. And in addition to the U.S., the global alcoholic beverage company has operations in Mexico, New Zealand and Italy as well.The group produces and markets beer, wine and a diverse range of spirits. Several of its well-known brands include Corona, Modelo, Pacifico, Robert Mondavi, SVEDKA Vodka, Casa Noble Tequila and High West Whiskey.In 2018, Constellation Brands took a considerable stake in Canada-based Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), providing the company with managerial and financial backing. There may be investors who are hoping that Constellation Brands, which holds a 38% stake in the company, will acquire the remaining shares of Canopy Growth. Given the question marks surrounding the cannabis industry and the global economy, we don’t expect such an acquisition to happen in the near-term.Year-to-date (YTD) the stock is down about 2%. Part of the weakness in price may come from the fact that its wine and spirits business has seen lower shipments in 2020. But the beer business is strong, posting the tenth consecutive year of rising shipments. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Since the lows seen in March, the shares are up about 80%. As a result of the rapid increase, forward P/E and P/S ratios have also been pushed up, standing at 20.75 and 4.33 respectively. We’d look to buy the shares around $170. ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $8.81 – $23.44Dividend Yield: 10.76%Expense Ratio: 0.75%Our next choice is an ETF from the cannabis space. The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF tracks the Prime Alternative Harvest index. MJ stock invests in companies that have exposure to global medicinal and recreational cannabis legalization moves.Pharmaceuticals (56.4%), Tobacco (24.7%) and Biotechnology (9.1%) are the top 3 sectors for MJ, which has 35 holdings. The top ten holdings comprise about 60% of total net assets, which are around $550 million. MJ’s top five companies are GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:GWPH), Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON), Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC), Corbus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CRBP) and Aurora Cannabis (NYSE:ACB).It’s important to note that U.K.-based GW Pharmaceuticals, a leading cannabinoid-focused biotech company, is MJ’s largest holding, accounting for 11.1% of its assets. Its drugs are widely used to treat spasms in multiple sclerosis patients. The fund also owns shares of the companies providing ancillary products and services to the cannabis companies.So far in 2020, Canada-based marijuana stocks have been plumbing new lows. Producing cannabis is capital-intensive, meaning pot firms make substantial initial and ongoing investments. These companies are also vulnerable to supply and demand issues.Over the past year, a wide range of Canadian regulatory logjams have resulted in supply problems for companies like Cronos, Canopy Growth, and Aurora Cannabis. Plus, most of the demand for cannabis is currently limited to Canada where there is still a resilient black market. As a result, the next few months may see consolidation in the industry north of the border.YTD, the fund is down about 36%. It is likely that MJ may re-test its lows seen earlier in March. Investors who are able to spare risk capital may consider investing for the long-run around $7.5. iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA)Source: Shutterstock 52-Week Range: $112.47 – $240.62Dividend Yield: 2.26%Expense Ratio: 0.42%The iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF provides exposure to U.S. companies that manufacture commercial and military aircrafts and other defense equipment. ITA, which has 35 holdings, tracks the Dow Jones U.S. Select Aerospace & Defense Index.The top ten companies comprise 75% of net assets under management, which stand close to $2.7 billion. Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), Raytheon Technologies (NYSE:RTX) and Boeing (NYSE:BA) are the top three holdings for ITA. Put another way, investors are relying on a few major players for returns. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now Many analysts concur that U.S. defense spending is likely to remain high. However, the headwinds affecting orders, especially for Boeing, may stay with us for some time. This fact is potentially already reflected in the price, which is down close to 30% YTD.Contrarian and dividend-seeking investors may find this fund appealing. Smith & Wesson (SWBI)Source: Supakorn Pe / Shutterstock.com 52-Week Range: $4.16 – $22.40Dividend Yield: 1.26%Springfield, Massachusetts-based firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson is our next stock. The company was founded in 1852. Earlier in August, it spun off American Outdoor Brands (NASDAQ:AOUT) as a separate entity.In August, the company released FY 2020 annual report and highlighted that nationwide firearm demand remained extremely high. Sales numbers and anecdotal evidence suggest that guns have recently been flying off the shelves in many parts of the country.During the year, the group introduced 230 new firearms. A third of those were brand new products, while the rest were line extensions. Net sales for the fiscal year were $678.4 million, an increase of 6.3% from a year ago. The firearms segment gross sales represented a 10% increase over fiscal 2019 sales. The company’s gross margins have been climbing and now stand at a robust 40.2%.YTD, SWBI shares are up close to 70%. The upcoming U.S. Presidential election may bring volatility in the stock price. However, long-term investors may consider buying the dips. Its P/S and P/B ratios stand out, at 1.01 and 1.95 respectively. VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF (BJK)Source: Shutterstock 52 Week Range: $ 20.02 – 43.73Dividend Yield: 3.23%Expense Ratio: 0.65%The VanEck Vectors Gaming ETF provides exposure to companies in the global gaming industry. That includes casinos and casino hotels, sports betting, lottery and gaming services, and gaming technology and equipment.BJK, which has 42 holdings, tracks the MVIS Global Gaming Index. The top sector allocation is Consumer Discretionary (91.1%), followed by Real Estate (9.2%).The top ten holdings constitute over 55% of net assets, which stand around $53 million. Flutter Entertainment (OTC:PDYPY), Galaxy Entertainment Group (OTC:GXYEF) and Draftkings (NASDAQ:DKNG) are the top three firms in BJK.At present, in the U.S., DraftKings and FanDuel, which is part of Europe-based Flutter Entertainment, are the two main online platforms for sports and sports fantasy betting. DKNG stock, which went public in late April, is up over 400%. Flutter Entertainment, which is one of the largest gambling companies in the world by revenue, is also up about 23%. * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy on Robinhood Now However, the fund as a whole is down about 9% so far in 2020. Investors who want to capitalize on the potential of sports betting as well as the growth in fantasy sports both in the U.S. and worldwide may want to do further due diligence on the fund. We’d look to buy the dips. Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF (VDC)Source: Shutterstock 52-week range: $120.70-$172.31Dividend Yield: 3.05%Expense Ratio: 0.10% per yearOur final pick is another ETF. However, it’s not a pure play on sin stocks. Instead the Vanguard Consumer Staples Index Fund ETF provides exposure to a range of large-, mid-, and small-cap U.S. stocks in the consumer staples sector. As a result, this fund is defensive in nature.VDC, which has has 94 holdings, tracks the Spliced US IMI Consumer Staples 25/50 Index. The most important sectors (by weighting) are Household Products, Soft Drinks, Packaged Foods & Meats and Hypermarkets & Super Centers. In total, these four sectors make up about three-quarters of the fund.The top ten holdings comprise 65% of total net assets, which stand at $6.5 billion. These are businesses with competitive positions and strong balance sheets and revenue streams. Among those ten companies are two businesses that would be considered sin stocks, i.e., Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) and Altria (NYSE:MO).Phillip Morris International is a global cigarette and tobacco manufacturing company, whose products are sold in over 180 countries outside the U.S. The most recognized brand is Marlboro. Altria’s subsidiaries, on the other hand, include Philip Morris USA, which is engaged in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes in the U.S. as well as several other brands which manufacture, produce and market tobacco products and wine.In 2020, the fund has returned about 0.3%, i.e. it’s flat. Given the health and economic uncertainties due to the pandemic, market participants may consider allocating some capital into VDC. We’d look to buy the dips, especially around $155 or below.On the date of publication, Tezcan Gecgil did not have (either directly or indirectly) any positions in the securities mentioned in this article.Tezcan Gecgil has worked in investment management for over two decades in the U.S. and U.K. In addition to formal higher education in the field, she has also completed all 3 levels of the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) examination. Her passion is for options trading based on technical analysis of fundamentally strong companies. She especially enjoys setting up weekly covered calls for income generation. She also publishes educational articles on long-term investing. More From InvestorPlace * Why Everyone Is Investing in 5G All WRONG * America’s 1 Stock Picker Reveals His Next 1,000% Winner * Revolutionary Tech Behind 5G Rollout Is Being Pioneered By This 1 Company * Radical New Battery Could Dismantle Oil Markets The post 7 Sin Stocks To Buy That Will Outperform the S&P 500 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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China name dispute moves from birds to climate change

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'Taiwan is Taiwan': China name dispute moves from birds to climate change

TAIPEI (Reuters) – The dispute over international organisations referring to Taiwan as Chinese has moved from wild bird conservation to climate change, after a global alliance of mayors began listing Taiwanese cities as belonging to China on its website.

China has ramped up pressure on international groups and companies, no matter how small or obscure, to refer to democratic Taiwan as being part of China, to the anger of Taiwan’s government and many of its people.

Beijing views the island as merely a wayward Chinese province.

This month a Taiwan bird conservation body said it had been expelled from a partnership with a British-based wildlife charity after they demanded the Taiwan group change their name and sign documents stating they did not support Taiwan’s independence.

Late on Saturday, the government of the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung said the website of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy had begun listing Taiwan member cities like itself as part of China.

On Sunday, Taiwan’s government reacted with anger.

“Taiwan is Taiwan. China is China. Taiwan is not a city of China’s. If there is incorrect usage we think this is extremely improper,” Premier Su Tseng-chang told reporters.

“China hopes to make Taiwan part of it in the world, a city of its. This is not in line with the facts.”

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry said it had asked the group to make a correction, while Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chi-mai said his city was known globally as being in southern Taiwan, rather than as part of China.

The Global Covenant’s secretariat said in a short email to Reuters that they “may not be able to respond until business hours resume Monday”.

The Global Covenant says its mission is to “galvanise climate and energy action across cities worldwide”, representing a population of over 800 million. The only Chinese city it lists as a member is Hong Kong.

China’s Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Additional reportig by Ryan Woo in Beijing; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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