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£2,000 to invest? Here’s how I’m trying to double my money by investing in shares

first_img 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. 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. £2,000 to invest? Here’s how I’m trying to double my money by investing in shares 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares January is typically the time of year when people look at what they want to do with their money for the coming year. If I had £2,000 to put to work right now, investing in shares would be my preferred way to go. I could look elsewhere to property or gold, but I don’t feel either have the potential to double my investment in the time period I’m looking at. Using a time horizon of one-to-three years, buying into a few high-quality growth stocks could tick the box. But first, let me say that I’m a long-term investor and while I’m looking for shares that could double my money in the short term, I’d still want to hold them for much longer.Doubling my money When you think of trying to double your money, stocks might not be the option that immediately comes to mind. Or if it does, images of unheard of small companies might pop up. I’m not into trading penny stocks, so we can remove that thought! 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…History shows me that even some of the largest companies in the UK (in the FTSE 100 index), have doubled in value over a relatively short period. For example, I could have invested in Lloyds Banking Group during early 2009 and doubled my money within the next 12 months. Sticking in the finance sector, the London Stock Exchange Group share price has gained over 100% since 2019. So in just over two years, an investment would have doubled my money. I chose those two examples specifically, to highlight well known names that have performed better than some might have thought. Critics may say that I’ve been selective regarding the time periods chosen. In that case, I’ll run you through some other picks that are on the rise right now, showing that investing in shares currently could still offer potential growth.Investing £2,000 in shares right nowOne stock I’m keeping an eye on at the moment is Barratt Developments. The share price is up 30% in the past three months, and I think it could keep on going. It’s seen a short-term kick higher on the news that it plans to resume paying a dividend. This is actually a product of future optimism. The forward order book currently accounts for 90% of expected home completions for 2021. I’m not counting the chickens before the egg’s hatched, but this is a great sign that should support continued share price growth for the rest of this year.I could put half the £2,000 into Barratt, leaving the other half to invest in another share. With a forecast rebound in commodity prices, I could put some funds into a company like Glencore or Anglo American. The latter stock is up over 800% over a slightly longer five-year time horizon. Mixing up some of my exposure to more volatile growth stocks can supplement a stock such as the housebuilder Barratt.Overall, investing in shares offers me good opportunities to try to double my money. Not just any shares, but trustworthy FTSE 100 companies. Should my calls be correct, then I could look to take out £2,000 in profit and reinvest my original £2,000 to try and go again. But I’d prefer to leave my investments in place, gathering lots of chunky dividends then add another £2,000 to try to repeat the process and build up a bigger nest egg. See all posts by Jonathan Smith Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. 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.last_img read more


first_img Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Nicolás Maduro, presidente de Venezuela es hipersensible a cualquier crítica que se le haga. La víctima más reciente ha sido la popular actriz cubano-venezolana María Conchita Alonso que ha sido despojada de su ciudadanía venezolana después de vivir en la tierra de Bolívar durante muchos años. Su “pecado” defender a las víctimas de la represión gubernamental y sugerir la intervención de Estados Unidos en la complicada situación venezolana. En su discurso en la asamblea de las Naciones Unidas, Maduro tuvo que sufrir la pena de que casi el 90 por ciento de los delegados abandonó la sala.La situación del Medio Oriente se ha complicado aún más al aprobar la Cámara de Representantes de Estados Unidos (de mayoría republicana) que se entrene y arme a los rebeldes sirios moderados para enfrentase al grupo radical llamado Estado Islámico. El presidente Barack Obama reiteró que las fuerzas norteamericanas no tendrán “acciones bélicas” en su lucha contra los milicianos.Indígenas y sindicalistas ecuatorianos se han manifestado contra el gobierno de Rafael Correa, presidente de Ecuador que quiere aprobar una enmienda constitucional que le permitiría seguir en el poder después de finalizar su actual mandado que termina en el 2017. La principal concentración tuvo lugar en las calles aledañas a la sede presidencial. Manifestaciones similares tuvieron lugar en otras ciudades ecuatorianas.La presidente Dilma Rousseff, presidenta de Brasil, ha enfocado los cañones de su propaganda política contra la sindicalista Marina Silva que iba adelante en las encuestas de opinión. Hubo momentos que la aspirante a la silla presidencial aventajaba en 10 puntos a la Rousseff. El aspirante conservador Aécio Neves se ha unido a la campaña contra Silva. Un comentarista político dijo que “los electores brasileños están perplejos ante unas elecciones con no pocas incógnitas”.Las palabras del papa Francisco ante tres visitantes argentinos han generado no pocos comentarios. Según la prensa italiana el papa dijo “Si fuera por mí estaría en China mañana mismo”. Algunos comentaristas han dicho que el papa no conoce cómo lidiar con una ideología tan complicada llena de contradicciones y fraudes.La ordenación de mujeres al ministerio de la iglesia tiene larga historia. En el año 398 el IV Sínodo de Cartago decidió que “una mujer aunque sea erudita y santa, no presumirá enseñar a hombres en una asamblea y no podrá bautizar”.Siguiendo su costumbre de reunirse fuera de Estados Unidos cada diez años, la Cámara de Obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal acaba de tener su reunión semi-anual en Taiwán. En ocasiones anteriores la cámara se ha reunido en México y Panamá.Por años las iglesias de Alemania han estado recibiendo el impuesto que se cobra a los ciudadanos según su denominación. Ahora a partir del año que viene la retención del impuesto será obligatoria. Esto ha hecho que muchos miembros abandonen sus iglesias. El año pasado la Iglesia Católica Romana recibió 5,450 millones de euros y la Iglesia Evangélica Alemana (EKD) 4,840 millones de euros. Tradicionalmente las iglesias han utilizado parte de esos ingresos en obras de desarrollo humano y asistencia social en los países pobres. Información del gobierno alemán indica que el año pasado 179,000 católicos romanos se dieron de baja como creyentes. Comentaristas eclesiásticos atribuyen la merma en parte al escándalo protagonizado por el obispo de Limburg, Frank-Peter Tebartzs-van Elst que se gastó 40 millones de dólares de la iglesia para su provecho personal.David Bergesen, misionero norteamericano profesor de seminario, que pasó gran parte de su ministerio en América Latina principalmente en México, Guatemala y Uruguay ha fallecido a la edad de 88 años. Le sobreviven su esposa Victoria y dos hijos adultos. Sus alumnos lo recuerdan como un hombre erudito, disciplinado y recio. Su obra perdurará por muchos años.Líderes de la comunidad anglicana de Bagdad dicen que se les “desgarra el alma” ver lo que los cristianos están sufriendo. Un niño cuyo padre fue asesinado fue “partido en dos” por miembros del Estado Islámico en la ciudad de Qaraqosh. El vicario de la comunidad dijo que se necesitan tres cosas esenciales: oraciones, alimentos y medicinas.ORACIÓN: Señor, ten piedad, Cristo ten piedad, Señor ten piedad. Rector Bath, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Por Onell A. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rapidísimas Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC last_img read more

Special vote applications open on 7 April

first_img4 April 2014Applications for special votes in South Africa’s 7 May national and provincial elections can be made at local offices of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) between 9am and 5pm from Monday 7 April through 17 April, the IEC said this week.There are two categories of special votes: home visits, and special voting at a registered voting station. Special votes will be cast on Monday 5 May and Tuesday 6 May.Only voters with pre-approved applications submitted during the window period of 7 to 17 April will be able to cast a special vote.Election officials will visit voters who have successfully applied for home visits due to physical infirmity, disability or pregnancy. The home visits will be conducted on 5 and 6 May.Voters who will be absent from the voting district where they are registered on election day may apply to cast their vote early. This voting will take place at voting stations where voters are registered between 9am and 5pm on 5 and 6 May.Applications for both categories of special vote must be made by completing a VEC 1 form and submitted it by hand to the local IEC office in the municipality responsible for the voting district where the special vote is to be cast.The form is available on www.elections.org.za or at local IEC offices. The forms will not be accepted at national or provincial offices and cannot be faxed, e-mailed or posted. Applicants may use a proxy to deliver their VEC 1 form, but must have signed the form themselves.Voters will be informed of the outcome of their applications via SMS or e-mail and can also check their status on the IEC website.A list of local IEC offices addresses is also available on the IEC website, or voters can call 0800 118 000.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

PVL: BanKo-Perlas ekes out win over BaliPure

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MANILA, Philippines–BanKo-Perlas hacked out a 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16 triumph over BaliPure Saturday for its first win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.The Perlas Spikers sized up the Water Defenders in splitting the first two frames before finding traction to handily take the next two sets. They recovered from a loss to the PetroGazz Angels.ADVERTISEMENT Kathy Bersola scored 15 points for BanKo-Perlas which handed BaliPure its second successive defeat.The Perlas Spikers got the Water Defenders on their tail early fourth set, clutching a slim 8-10 lead before Bersola and Nicole Tiamzon hit their marks, and imports Lakia Bright and Yasemin Yildirin blockaded scoring zones for BaliPure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Pascal Siakam comes from small settings to star on NBA’s big stage Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more


first_imgAustralasia’s most young-at-heart Touch Footballers will be as giddy as schoolkids in anticipation of the Australasian Masters Games to be held in Adelaide from 5-14 October 2007. The first ever Australasian Masters Games will be a continuation of the biennial Australian Masters Games, which celebrated its 10th competition in 2005. This year the tournament will expand, as Adelaide welcome’s the region’s best Masters athletes in early October. The Games, Australia’s largest multi-sport festival, are the premier event for 30-plus sportspeople nationally. Touch Football has a rich tradition and connection with the tournament. The sport was part of the Inaugural Australian Masters Games in Tasmania in 1987.The Games have since been held in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra and Newcastle. In 2005, 380 Touch Footballers travelled to Adelaide to take on some of the best senior division athletes in the sport. This year administrators are expecting more than 400 players will line up on the half way line to test their mettle against opposition from all corners of the Australasian region.  More than 10,000 participants and several thousand accompanying family and friends have attended the past five Games. With the City of Churches hosting its fourth Masters Games, the tally is sure to grow further. Touch Football South Australia will be involved with the running of the competition, organising aspects such as referees and grounds. Touch Football SA Game Development Officer Andy Crawford said Touch Football is an ideal sport for Masters athletes. “It’s one of the best sports for the masters’ age group because there is low impact on the body and there is minimal force. It’s not like a high contact rugby league competition or something like that which they may have done when they were younger and stronger. Touch Football is also a great social sport and is ideal for Mixed as well. We are at an advantage because our sport already caters for Seniors with Senior age divisions woven into the fabric of our game at most tournaments,” Crawford said.  South Australia and New South Wales will contribute the majority of the 2007 Touch Football teams. The Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland will also be represented. One of the most heavily involved participants will be South Australian Sean Owens. Owens has taken it upon himself to register and coordinate five teams in the Games. He will be playing in a Men’s and a Mixed team, as well as putting his hand up to referee. Owens jumped at the opportunity to get involved with this year’s Masters Games after competing in 2005 and having a blast. “I basically just put my hand up to organise a team and it snowballed from there. I contacted a bunch of friends of mine and said I’m putting together a team, let me know if you’re interested,” he said.  Owens said that because it is a participation event with no specific selection processes there will be a wide range of abilities but the focus of the tournament would be on having a good time. “Goal setting will probably be to have as much fun as you possibly can, give it a red hot dig on the day and see where you go from there,” he said. Adam Carter, Australasian Masters Games Sport Coordinator, said the single 30-plus prerequisite would allow a plethora of mature people to get involved. “What we try to put on is a competition about participation, having fun, good healthy competition, and a good social program for them to enjoy. Hopefully it keeps them coming back for future Games,” Carter said.  If you are interested in getting involved registrations are still open until this Friday, August 3, 2007. Simply complete the Participant Games Entry and Touch Sport Entry forms found in the Games Registration Booklet, or register online at: http://www.australasianmasters.com/Sean Owens said he would encourage absolutely everyone to get involved. “It’s an easy game to learn. I’m an example, I started playing when I was 32 and now I’m playing State level. You can, if you’ve got a reasonable level of fitness, go all the way in a fairly quick period of time,” he said.  http://www.australasianmasters.com/last_img read more

Thank you for adding colour and helping transform a child’s life.

first_imgKidsXpress is the first childhood expressive therapy program in the world to combine drama, art, music, and play therapies. The 10-week program for four to 14 year-olds is transforming the lives of young people impacted by trauma, and providing creative ways for kids to cope with their feelings and experiences. The program is funded by donations and corporate supporters; KidsXpress has an inspirational vision to become national with therapy programs operating in each Australian state and territory.To help KidsXpress make their vision become reality, TFA partnered with the National Rugby League and the organisation to host the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour corporate Touch Football tournament.A total of 20 Insurance companies/corporates featuring 22 former NRL players spliced among teams, rallied together to support this great cause on a balmy Sydney afternoon at  Allianz Stadium recently. The format was a seven-a-side tournament of 10-minute games across four pools of five teams.The grand final conclusion came down to a dramatic and nail-bitting drop-off between Jason King’s (ex-Manly) reigning champions, Lloyds Insurance and Paul Whatuira and Spark Helmore with Lloyds Insurance prevailing after a five minute three on three contest to determine the winner. â€œToday has been an extraordinary day – a day that changes lives,” Margo Ward, CEO and Founder of KidsXpress reflected as the sun set and the players relaxed and mingled with drinks and nibbles, celebrating a successful day.“We are all here to have a great time; but it is a day that means so much to kids of our community that really need our support, because their problems are just too big to handle themselves,” she added.“This is the second instalment of the KidsXpress Touch of Colour day and NRL players come together so willingly to give their time, to spend time with the kids that were here today, and to play Touch Football with the 20 companies that took the day off work to take part.Margo continued: “There is no way we could do it without TFA’s support. It is just extraordinary and I simply can’t thank you enough,” she added while signalling the wrap-up of a fantastic day.  Joining Margo in her praise was another key contributor; and the event owes much to his coordination and support of the event.“I’m very pleased to be part of the event today to support kids who are doing it very tough and raise some of those much-needed funds. The best thing about the day is the vibe that it brings- everyone is here in the same mindset enjoying the company of others,” Frank Puletua, former Penrith Panthers and South Sydney Rabbitohs player continued.“We’re here to raise awareness and funds for KidsXpress. I was really looking forward to this, I had my first KidsXpress last year, and this year’s was just as great,” Tony Puletua, former Penrith Panthers player told us.“KidsXpress is a great foundation and fantastic initiative to incorporate all of these insurance/other companies and have a fun day out. It was nice and sunny today and we all had a great time playing on our teams, but at the end of the day it’s all about raising the funds for the kids and making sure they’re looked after,” Anthony Quinn, former Newcastle Knights and Melbourne Storm player said.“The day has raised over $132,000 that will go to kids who have suffered domestic violence or struggle with other mental health issues. There were a lot of people here and a lot of teams came together and played some touch for a great cause,” Paul Whatuira told us. To thank everyone involved, KidsXpress shared this painting by Max, aged 10. It is entitled ‘’NRL Grand Final’. Max’s painting and accompanying short story demonstrates how KidsXpress can support Aussie kids who are facing difficulties in their life.Max’s dad died of lung cancer a year ago. His parents had been separated two years prior to this tragic event. There is ongoing conflict between Max’s late dad’s family and mum – although mum tries to keep her children out of the conflict, the kids are aware of the tension and rarely see their grandparents. Max’s behaviour regressed and he suffered nightmares. Initially, Max refused to mention his dad until he started painting and creating stories which all revolved around watching football games with his dad. This then allowed Max to talk freely about his memories of his dad and his love for him.We’re already looking forward to next year to support more kids like Max.The final words fittingly go to James Telford the pioneer and driving force of the Touch Football program and event.“On behalf of the TOC committee, I wanted to send thanks to everyone involved last Friday.It was an amazing event and after only two years we have raised a whopping $250,000 for KidsXpress. In a word. Amazing.Related LinkskidsXpresslast_img read more

3 days agoWatford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs drawby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathaniel Chalobah is adamant Watford were unlucky not to beat Spurs on Saturday.The Hornets lead for most of the match before Dele Alli scored late on.Speaking to the club website, he said: “To get a point against any of the top six is a positive thing. To come to Spurs away and get a point, you’d be chuffed with that, but we are disappointed inside as we could have got three.”We showed great character, great resilience and it’s hard to come here and try and play. Spurs are a very good team. They pressed us quite high and we showed we could get out of the press and create chances. We have to take the positives out of every situation right now.” last_img read more

Ranking College Football’s Power 5 Divisions

first_imgA pylon with the SEC logo on it.ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 07: An ‘SEC’ logo is seen on an end zone pylon before the Missouri Tigers take on the Auburn Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)Through six weeks of the college football season, the field is wide open. Some normal powerhouses, like Auburn and Oregon, are performing way below expectations, while teams like Michigan and Utah have exploded onto the scene, and are real threats to win their leagues. There are surprises everywhere in the sport this year, and they have shifted how we view the individual conferences, and the divisions within them. The Pac-12 South, which has been competing with the SEC West for top billing in recent years, isn’t quite what we thought it’d be, while a strong Michigan does a ton to raise the profile of the Big Ten East. Which divisions have thrived this season, and which are lagging behind? Which group has the deepest and most talented roster of teams, so far in 2015? Here is our ranking of college football’s divisions this season.9. ACC CoastalDespite their last-place ranking here, the ACC Coastal could legitimately place six teams in bowls this season. The problem is, at this point, it’s hard to tell if anyone in the division is anything more than above-average on a national scale. Outside of Virginia, which is yet to beat an FBS opponent, every team looks okay, but only one is ranked.Blue Devils make their first AP appearance of the year – No. 25 this week for #Duke https://t.co/C3JZdX8k91— Duke Football (@Duke_FB) October 11, 2015Duke continues to impress under program savior David Cutcliffe. At 5-1, its only loss was against a very good Northwestern team. The signature win thus far is probably the one over Georgia Tech, which is a major problem for the division as a whole. Georgia Tech was supposed to be the standard bearer for the Coastal and a trendy pick to take down Florida State and Clemson for the ACC crown before the season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets have been extremely disappointing, opening 2-3, also losing to middling UNC and, most recently, in a blowout to Clemson. Pitt and Virginia Tech are fine, but have been ravaged by injuries to their best players, while Miami looks about as average as it usually does under Al Golden. Duke is a good team and a fine story, and outside of the Cavaliers, there are no outright bad teams here, but there are no good ones either, which is a major problem.Next: No. 8 Pac-12 North >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9last_img read more

CAFA 2017 Something exciting happening here in the land of ice and

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Now, in its fourth year and after impressive exponential growth, it’s poised to become just that.“Every year, it just keeps getting better and better…. It’s a great opportunity to get the public aware that there is a Canadian fashion industry, that we have the calibre of talent that we do in this country, coast to coast,” Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, told CBC News on Friday. Login/Register With: Canadian designers might be favourites of influential fashion plates like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez, but the industry still has a way to go toward global recognition.Enter the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.CAFA organizers conceived the glitzy annual event, which trumpets outstanding achievement and emerging fashion talent, as a sort of Academy Awards of Canadian fashion or yearly celebration along the lines of New York’s famed Met Gala. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Freshii CEO defends companys growth after withdrawing outlook through 2019

first_imgFreshii Inc.’s founder defended the eatery’s decision to withdraw its outlook through its 2019 financial year after falling short on several measures in its most recent quarter, while the company’s stock plummeted nearly 30 per cent.“We didn’t have enough confidence to revise the numbers again with conviction,” said Matthew Corrin, the company’s CEO, during a conference call with analysts Thursday morning — a day after the company released its third-quarter results.The decision was mainly due to the fact that the company missed its projected net new store openings, he said, due to a number of things outside management’s control.The Toronto-based eatery opened 10 net new stores in its third quarter, ending Sept. 30, as it opened 18 locations and closed eight.The company had expected to have 730 to 760 stores by the end of its 2019 financial year. It had previously anticipated having at least 810 stores by that time, but lowered its expectations in September 2017.It is now scrapping the revised figures.Predicting the timeline from signing a franchisee partner to when the store will open is difficult, Corrin said, due to the increasing number of markets in which Freshii operates. The eatery can be found in more than 35 states and provinces, he said, and 17 countries.Nuances between each location create unpredictability, he said.The company has also formalized a process to either change franchisee ownership or close locations that fall in the bottom 10 per cent based on an internal algorithm, he said, which accounts for the higher number of store closures this quarter.Still, Corrin assured analysts that the development pipeline remains healthy as Freshii has 175 stores in what it calls the active opening process.The company also experienced challenges in achieving its forecasted sales, expenses and earnings.Sales for restaurants open at least a year, a key retail metric, decreased 0.8 per cent compared with a same-store sales growth of 5.1 per cent in the third quarter of 2017.That marks the company’s first negative result for that metric in 22 quarters, Corrin said, adding the more years a company produces positive same-store sales, the more challenging it becomes to beat those results.The decision to scrap its outlook through the 2019 financial year will allow Freshii’s franchise partners and team at headquarters to focus on making decisions that are in the long-term interest of the company and its shareholders, he said.“We further believe that this increasingly long-term focus on the health of our network will allow us to better maximize shareholder value.”The company’s shares fell $1.08 or 27.14 per cent to $2.90 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.One day earlier, the company announced plans to buy back up to 10 per cent of its 25.6 million shares over the next year, believing that its share price doesn’t fully reflect its value.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:FRII)last_img read more