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Invest like Warren Buffett! A 6.6% dividend yield AND a top growth stock I’d buy in January

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: The Motley Fool Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Invest like Warren Buffett! A 6.6% dividend yield AND a top growth stock I’d buy in January Royston Wild | Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 | More on: CINE GHG I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Royston Wildcenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! You don’t get to be an investment titan like Warren Buffett without having a packed locker of wise words and nuggets of brilliant advice. But speaking as a share picker who loves to dig out those stocks offering supreme value, his belief that you should “be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful” resonates particularly strongly with me.Risk appetite might be returning to financial markets, but there’s a galaxy of great stocks that continue to fall, shares that I believe have been sold off unfairly. And many of these recent sinkers look too cheap to be true, at least in my opinion.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…Matinee idolTake Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE) as an example. This is a share that continues to lose value (down another 6% over the past month alone) as investors fret over the size of the company’s debt pile, built up on the back of titanic acquisitions in North America in recent years.A more modest performance for the global box office, amid a thinner slate of crowd-pulling blockbusters, has hurt investor appetite for the share too. But more fool the bears, I say. The coming decade is jam-packed with the sort of CGI-heavy, superhero-jammed, family-friendly flicks that draw moviegoers in their droves. A quick glance at Disney’s release schedule alone, which is currently packed with around 20 blockbusters a year through to 2023, gives me as an owner of Cineworld stock a lot to be excited about. Cinema admissions in the UK rose to two-decade highs of 177m in 2018, Deloitte data shows, an ascent that was built on movies like this.That share price weakness I spoke of leaves the cinema chain dealing on a mega-low forward P/E ratio of 8.8 times, not to mention a whopping 6.6% corresponding dividend yield. I think it’s too good to pass at these levels.One for the growth hunters!Georgia Healthcare Group (LSE: GHG) is another firm that has fallen massively out of favour with equity investors of late. It’s now trading at its cheapest since its IPO in November 2015 and was recently dealing around 125p per share. And I believe market-makers are failing to notice the brilliant long-term profits opportunities here.The company operates hospitals and clinics, offers pharmacy services and provides health insurance to tens of thousands of Georgian citizens. And it is rapidly expanding, to extend its dominance of the country’s healthcare market. It saw revenues and EBITDA leap 14% and 12% respectively in the third quarter, and I expect to see both its top and bottom lines continuing to balloon amid strong economic growth and a steadily-expanding population.The 28% fall in Georgia Healthcare’s share price over the past month now leaves it trading on a rock-bottom forward P/E ratio of 9.3 times. And for growth investors in particular, I think it’s too good to miss at current prices (City analysts expect profits to explode 48% in 2020 and 26% in 2021). Royston Wild owns shares of Cineworld Group. 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. 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. 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. 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Tie a yellow ribbon in memory of a loved one

first_imgEmail Linkedin Previous articleSports letter of the weekNext articleA True Culinary Christmas Wonderland admin Facebook WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img AN opportunity for Limerick people and visitors to the city to remember their loved ones who are no longer with them is available by visiting the Christmas Remembrance Tree, at the junction of Bedford Row and O’Connell Street until Thursday, December 22. The official placing of the tree was attended by Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, members of Limerick Thomond rotary Club and representatives from the nominated organisations set to benefit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The public will have the opportunity to write the name of the person they wish to be remembered on a yellow ribbon which will be put on the Remembrance Tree.It is estimated that over 10,000 names will be remembered.Commenting, Eamonn Flynn, president of Limerick Thomond Rotary Club, said that the location of the tree on Bedford Row is a focal point of assembly for shoppers and visitors to the city.“It’s a lovely way to remember a loved one by tying a ribbon on the tree in their memory, and the tree will stand proudly in the heart of our city centre this December.“We would be delighted if schools’ choirs and choral groups would use this site for singing carols that are so much part of our Christmas celebrations”.Limerick Thomond Rotary Club is nominating a number of organisations to benefit from the voluntary donations that the public may contribute to this project.“Headway Limerick, The Parkinson’s Association of Ireland, The Irish Motor Neurone Association and Multiple Sclerosis Limerick are most deserving of support and members of these organisations will be in attendance at the Remembrance Tree each day to encourage participation by all in this unique event in our festive calendar,” concluded Mr Flynn. Print NewsLocal NewsTie a yellow ribbon in memory of a loved oneBy admin – December 19, 2011 687 Twitterlast_img read more

A new species of Eualus Thallwitz, 1891 and new record of Lebbeus antarcticus (Hale, 1941) (Crustacea: Decapoda; Caridea; Hippolytidae) from the Scotia Sea

first_imgEleven specimens representing two hippolytid genera, EualusThallwitz, 1892 and LebbeusWhite, 1847 were sampled recently from the Scotia Sea (1517–2598 m). Seven specimens are described and illustrated as Eualus amandae sp. nov., and its morphology is compared with those of previously described species. Four female specimens, morphologically consistent with Lebbeus antarcticus (Hale, 1941), are described and illustrated to supplement previous descriptions of this rarely collected bathyal species. Partial COI mtDNA and 18S rDNA sequences were generated for both species. Only limited DNA sequences are available for the Hippolytidae. COI phylogenetic trees are presented to illustrate that the new species is genetically distinct from all other species in GenBank. This record enhances existing knowledge of Antarctic invertebrate biodiversity and species richness of decapod crustaceans in the Southern Ocean.last_img read more

RBT: From Christ Church to Athens

first_imgMention the letters RBT to anyone involved in Oxford rowing and they’ll know who you are talking about: Robin Bourne-Taylor, of Christ Church, and more recently Great Britain.Whilst his contemporaries were on the Isis two weeks ago, Bourne-Taylor, described by Sydney veteran Tim Foster as a “rising star” of British rowing, was in Munich competing at the second world cup regatta of the season, in his third consecutive year in the Great Britain VIII. He will now head to the Olympics in Athens to compete in a boat that won gold last time around. In September, he will return to Oxford as President of OUBC and look toward finishing his engineering degree, another Boat Race, another world championships, and finally, Sandhurst. Exuding a quiet confidence, he is obviously somebody who is sure of his own abilities, yet unpresumptuous about what the future might hold. When I ask him how he thinks he will feel if the schedule allows him to go to the opening ceremony of the Games, he stresses the fact that official selection is yet to be made but says, “I’m a patriotic type of guy, so I imagine it would be pretty special.” Equally, the respect for the abilities of the people he competes with is palpable. When Robin arrived in Oxford, he rejected the life of a typical student and devoted himself fully to OUBC. “I made the conscious decision that I wasn’t going to go out and get pissed every night. I wanted to win the Boat Race and see where my rowing went from there.” One sacrifice he does seem to lament a little is his involvement in college life, but again emphasising the positives, he says, “The relationships you have with the guys in the crew are pretty tight, and I don’t feel I’ve missed out too much.” Anybody who watched the Boat Race in 2002 or 2003 would be inclined to agree. The other thing about Bourne- Taylor is that unlike some university oarsmen, he seems genuinely enthusiastic about college rowing. “I can’t think of anywhere where there is such a massive enthusiasm for rowing concentrated in such a small environment,” he says. He has acquired legend status within his college Boat Club. Affectionately referred to as the RBT3000, freshers are passed down a mantra attributed (no-one is sure whether accurately) to him: “I do not feel pain, I feel electrical impulses to my brain.” In his first Summer Eights, stroking his college 1st VIII, he won first division blades without having to row out of the gut; last year, in the midst of finals, he rushed home from a GB training session to race in the top division. Conversation naturally moves to the Great Britain squad and his hopes for this summer. Bourne- Taylor says whilst the fifth place at the first international regatta of the season was below par, the fourth achieved in Munich was more encouraging. As he points out, the important thing is to be quick in August, not June, and he has great belief in what the crew can achieve then. Whilst he will not be drawn on whether he is expecting a medal, highlighting that the goals the VIII have set themselves are not about potential outcome, one senses that as a highly competitive individual he has his sights set on gold. After that, as a member of Oxford University Officer Training Corps, an organisation that he cites as giving him support over the past four years, he is relishing the prospect of Sandhurst. I ask him whether he will continue to row to such a high level when in the army, and his response is typical: “I hope to, but we’ll see what happens.” Given his track record, I wouldn’t bet against it.ARCHIVE: 6th week TT 2004last_img read more

Summer Feet

first_imgAs I hastily jumped from the side of the boat, the blistering hot boards at the marina stung my feet.  Oddly though it was a comforting pain, a welcome feeling and one I had experienced many times before.Walking back to the hotel that day in April as the warm trade winds blew through my hair, the familiar kiss of the warm summer sun touched my skin, and the smell of sunscreen floated everywhere.  I knew what the pain was all about.  It was time to start preparing my “summer feet,” the ones that could walk over the scalding sand in July, take a stab from a rogue shell, or the poke of a splintering, weathered section of the boardwalk, all without a misstep.   I stopped, sitting on the closest bench overlooking the Caribbean Sea and quickly slid on my flip flops.  I could see the spot between my toes where the thong rests red, swollen, angry and the sides of each foot just as irritated.  I wasn’t quite ready for summer just yet.  I needed to prepare both physically and mentally.Summer Feet in progressAs the plane touched down and we headed back to our home town, we all had a sense of euphoria rising.  We had made it through yet another long, wet and windy winter in Ocean City.  Climbing over the bridge at dusk and gliding into town that familiar feeling rose in our bodies once again.  Not only happy to be home, we were encouraged that we could see signs of summer in town from the peak of the bridge. This was even more evident as we began our slow descent onto the island.Trees were blooming, small blades of grass had begun to poke through, awnings hung, pressure washers were humming, and planters brimmed with signs of summer.  Porch lights were glowing, and from our vantage point inside the car we could see the faint light of many more televisions glowing through the open windows.  Outdoor furniture suddenly occupied the empty space on the front porch of each of the island homes, unfamiliar cars lined driveways, bikes scattered about the lawns, the line in hardware stores lengthened, and sheets of plywood were removed to give us peeks inside of the famed boardwalk restaurants and trinket shops.Just hangingWeeks later the smell of donuts interrupts my morning workout on the boards, and the thick scent of fried onions tempts me in the late afternoon while coasting down West Ave.   The traffic reporter shows us the line of traffic headed our way, miles and miles of headlights facing south on the parkway. My son’s dirty blonde hair begins lightening ever so slightly, eventually ending in up in a streaky, sunny tone. It is a natural combination of color women all over town would pay good money for.  As the summer sun begins to touch my daughter’s fair skin, she can’t seem to control the outbreak of freckles.  The outside shower is scrubbed and ready for long breezy visits.  The dustpan is full of beach sand from the gaggle of kids already invading my house.Our deck is open and ready for our weekly Sunday dinners, no invitation required. My young nephew and resident deck DJ has our summer playlist complete. My husband applies WD-40 to the beach cart he uses to drag our well-worn beach chairs down to the sand.  Each year he applies this hoping to get “one more season” out of it.  The light above the ice cream shop on the corner stays on much later, and the line is now spilling out onto the sidewalk. Boats have been declared seaworthy for the season.  They rest in the lagoon waiting for us to climb aboard and head out for a lazy sunset dinner cruise.  More signs of summer are all around us.And now the weekend is here.  The countdown is over.  The preparations are complete. It is the unofficial start of summer and the town is alive.  We all have our own rituals to prepare ourselves for summer.  If you see me I won’t be wearing those flip flops.BreakfastComment to let us at OCNJDaily know how you are getting ready for summer in Ocean City! Visit: our Facebook page  . Summer Time is Herelast_img read more

Worshipful Company of Bakers award winners announced

first_imgThe Worshipful Company of Bakers has announced the winners of its awards who will all get the chance to attend a course at the Richemont school in Lucerne, Switzerland.The Joseph Travelling award was won by Teresa Grant of Bakemark; the Piero Scacco award was given to John Breach of Reeves the Baker and Gabrielle Baxter from Tameside college; and the ABIM accolade went to Trevor Spinks of Dunn’s of Crouch End.Accolades were also given to the following students: Harry Clegg – Thameside College; Susina Maiden – University College Birmingham; and Holly Blackman, Nathan Giles and Mark O’Neill – The National Bakery School, London Southbank University.Blackman was crowned the top student at The National Bakery School 2009 and will be presented with the Freedom of The Worshipful Company of Bakers at the October court meeting.*  There are also places available on a two-day bread and confectionery course at The Richemont school in October 2009. For further details please contact [email protected] or [email protected], or call Christopher Freeman on 07776 480 032.last_img read more

MLAX : ARMORED: SU allows fewest goals in 3 years in thrashing of Scarlet Knights

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — After Syracuse allowed the fewest goals in more than three years, Joel White still deflected the credit away from the typical names synonymous with the Syracuse defense.It wasn’t John Galloway or John Lade or Brian Megill who drew immediate praise from the SU senior long-stick midfielder. Rather, it was the short-stick middies.‘Our defensive middies — short sticks — are just phenomenal,’ White said. ‘The three of them we have out there, they’ve just been playing the best lacrosse. In Tim Harder, Kevin Drew and Joe Moore, they’re really bringing up our defense.’The play of those three midfielders and the tenacity of the No. 4 Orange’s ride combined to smother Rutgers (5-7, 0-3 Big East) in a 12-2 win, capping off the 2011 version of the ESPNU Warrior Classic in front of 4,748 at Rentschler Field. The two goals allowed by Syracuse (12-1, 4-0) were its fewest since a 2008 regular-season game against Binghamton, and the Orange held Rutgers scoreless for a stretch of 53:30.Rutgers head coach Jim Stagnitta said his team’s game plan going into the game was to challenge the Syracuse short sticks. It was a strategy he said worked in the Scarlet Knights’ last game, when they tallied 42 shots against Princeton.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Saturday, though, it garnered a mere 16.‘We weren’t trying to sit on the ball,’ Stagnitta said. ‘We wanted to be aggressive behind on the cage on the short sticks. It’s a part of the game we’ve been successful at in the last few weeks. Honestly, we weren’t aggressive — as aggressive as I would have liked us to be.’Where Rutgers lacked aggression, the SU short sticks prospered. And as the early portions of the game wore on, Stagnitta’s postgame assurance of not wanting to hold the ball became questionable.His team was called for three stall warnings in the first quarter, and the Syracuse short sticks were forced to drift farther and farther away from goal to keep hounding their men. After the third and final stall warning of the first quarter was issued with 1:54 to go, Scott Klimchak and Will Mangan played keep-away behind the goal until SU’s Moore forced a turnover and brought the ball the other way.Later, Rutgers trailed 4-1 and still showed no urgency offensively in the middle of the second quarter. This time it was Matt Klimchak and Michael Diehl taking turns making probative runs toward goal, only to retreat. Harder eventually swooped in and slashed the ball away from Klimchak to give SU possession.‘They had a great opportunity to hold the ball against us and control tempo, but our short-stick middies, Joel, they really stepped up today,’ Galloway said. ‘You don’t really see that on paper, but the way that they played was unbelievable.’White and the three short-stick middies combined to force five turnovers and scoop up 12 groundballs.When it wasn’t those four wreaking havoc on the defensive side of the field, the SU attack made life miserable for Rutgers as it tried to clear the ball from its own defensive third — in particular, SU attack JoJo Marasco.With less than one minute remaining in the first half, Rutgers defender Jacob Fradkin attempted to clear the ball with a long lob pass from behind his goal up the left sideline. But as Marasco retreated, he reached up over his head with his stick in his right hand and snared the clear attempt.He whirled around instantly and found Collin Donahue alone out in front of the goal for an easy catch and shoot. That put the Orange up 6-1 at halftime.Earlier in the game, fellow attack Tom Palasek shoved Rutgers’ Ben Schwing out of bounds as he attempted to cross midfield to give SU the ball.‘I thought we rode extremely well,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘I think our riding helped our cause. I think we got a couple goals off our ride, and anytime the other team is holding the ball — like they were trying to against us — it’s great to ride them and get a possession back, let alone scoring against it.’Though Stagnitta wasn’t pleased with the way his team executed offensively, he couldn’t help but give credit to the way the Orange played defensively. After all, the 24 Scarlet Knights turnovers couldn’t be attributed solely to poor offense.The full-field defensive effort proved insurmountable.‘I certainly thought Syracuse’s defensemen were tough and played well all over the field,’ Stagnitta said. ‘The more unforced errors we had, the harder we pressed. And the harder it got.’[email protected]center_img Published on April 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13last_img read more

Gyan made permanent Black Stars captain

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has announced that Asamoah Gyan has been appointed permanent captain of the Black Stars.This follows the decision to elevate John Mensah to the role of a General captain of the senior national team.“I have the pleasure of announcing that defender John Mensah has been elevated to the General Captain of the Black Stars,” Kwesi Appiah said in a statement.“Subsequently, I have appointed Asamoah Gyan as the permanent captain of the Black Stars.“John Mensah remains an integral member of the Black Stars.“I urge all players to give the necessary support to Asamoah Gyan to help Ghana achieve success in our future challenges.”last_img read more

Chelsea Ladies boss targets new signings

first_imgChelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes says further signings are on the way as she looks to build a team capable of winning the Women’s Super League next season.Hayes was speaking as her squad was preparing to depart Tokyo, having reached the final of the International Women’s Club Championship before losing 4-2 to Japanese league and cup champions INAC Kobe Leonessa on Sunday.Recent recruit Rachel Williams was the Blues’ star player in Japan, scoring one and making one in the final as Chelsea almost pulled off a remarkable comeback having trailed 3-0 to their impressive hosts after 80 minutes.Williams has been joined in west London by her fellow England international Laura Bassett, with both opting not to sign new deals at Birmingham City Ladies in favour of the move south.And despite the tournament in Japan only just endingm Hayes revealed she has no plans to take a break, instead putting her time and energy in to building a side capable of topping the WSL pile next year.New signing Williams impressed in Japan.“We have big expectations for next season at Chelsea and I think once everyone sees the signings we bring in you will see that we have very serious intentions to compete and win our league next season,” said Hayes, who oversaw a 3-2 win over Sydney FC in the semi-final in Japan.“I think once we complete the signings of a few more players we will add good quality to the team. But we also have some good youngsters coming through and I think you will see a much more competitive Chelsea next season.“Being here has allowed us to build a spirit, which is the most important thing. We will have more time to train when we are back in England and we will use this trip as a motivation for the players as it has been a massive success on and off the pitch as we have had time to spend in the community in Tokyo and Okayama.’INAC Kobe were the big favourites for the game and opened up a 3-0 lead before Williams and Hannah Blundell pegged them back, only for the hosts to catch Chelsea on the break in injury time.And Hayes believes running a side packed full of internationals so close during what is effectively pre-season for Chelsea will stand her players in good stead for next year.“We knew it would be a difficult game against a top team and due to the time of the year we didn’t have the fitness levels to play a high-pressing game,” she added.“In general I think we had good opportunities, we hit the bar and had a one on one but we missed those chances at crucial times and as we didn’t convert 3-0 was too difficult a score to come back from.“‘But the team showed great character second half and I think if we played them again during our season we would give them an even better game.“INAC are a team that have played together for a long time and that is the difference. We have similar philosophies and they have top players but the time together was the main difference.’See also:Chelsea Ladies sign duo from ArsenalChelsea Ladies snap up Dutch 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Afcon 2013 countdown begins

first_img10 October 2012With 100 days to go before the kick-off of the 2013 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in South Africa, the Gauteng provincial government has called on locals to get behind the tournament.The biennial competition will be staged in five South African cities, namely Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Rustenburg and Nelspruit, between 19 January and 10 February.With both the opening and closing matches billed to take place at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium (formerly Soccer City), the Gauteng government is pulling out all the stops to ensure a successful event.“We are very proud to once again be hosting the opening and closing of a major sporting event following the successful 2010 Fifa World Cup,” said Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Lebogang Maile.‘Start wearing the green and gold’“As we join millions of South Africans in celebrating this milestone, I would like urge all Gauteng citizens to get ready for the tournament, buy tickets and rally behind the tournament to ensure that it becomes a success.”Everyone should start wearing green and gold and fly the South African flag high, Maile added.Leading up to the tournament, the department has planned a number of campaigns aimed at encouraging Gauteng communities to rally behind the tournament.These include Magnificent Fridays, public viewing of the screening of the Afcon draw, the Mandela Challenge and Bafana Bafana matches.The draw for the tournament is scheduled to take place in Durban on 24 October. Fifteen teams, who will emerge from the final qualifiers, will join hosts South Africa for the draw to determine the first-round groups for the tournament.Zambia, or “Chipolopolo” as they are affectionately known, are the defending champions.North West ‘fully behind tournament’Meanwhile, the North West provincial government has also pledged its full support for the successful hosting of all Afcon 2013 matches to be played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg.“We will not shy from our responsibility to ensure that Rustenburg Local Municipality is given all the support it needs for a successful hosting of the tournament, as we have done during the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” North West Premier Thandi Modise told an Afcon local organising committee (LOC) delegation on Tuesday.“While we have the infrastructure and the experience to host the matches, we will spare no effort to make South Africa proud hosts of the tournament in a safe and secure environment in our province,” Modise said, adding: “The hospitality of our people is our greatest advantage.”The LOC delegation met with Modise and Sport, Arts and Culture MEC Tebogo Modise, for a briefing on interventions needed to ensure that the Royal Bafokeng Stadium is ready to host the prestigious tournament.Modise expressed appreciation for the R5-million the Royal Bafokeng Administration, under the leadership of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, had committed towards construction of two additional dressing rooms and a referee’s dressing room at the stadium.For its part, the province would commit resources and ensure that a technical team inclusive of all role players received all the support it needed, Modise said.Among the issues identified as needing the highest priority were access to tickets, transportation of fans, and the need for partnerships to ensure maximum attendance of matches.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more