first_img Image source: Getty Images. 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. Christopher Ruane | Saturday, 12th December, 2020 | More on: TSCO Tesco (LSE: TSCO) has been performing well lately. It voluntarily handed back over half a billion pounds in business rates relief. That suggests the company is very confident about its performance. But there is a more important piece of news about Tesco shares, which I think the market is overlooking. It’s worth knowing about — I think it could make Tesco shares worth buying right now.Tesco is focusingThe supermarket chain is very successful in its home market of the UK. But that has become more competitive. Chains like Aldi and Lidl have kept Tesco on its feet. Indeed, even US retailing giant Wal-Mart has decided to sell its UK Asda business.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…Tesco has responded by focussing more on its core business. For example, in June it agreed to sell its business in Poland. It has also been in the process of pulling out of south east Asia. Tesco had a sizeable business in Thailand and Malaysia. Its familiar Tesco Lotus stores are a common sight there and popular with British holidaymakers as well as locals. I think withdrawing from those distant markets makes strategic sense for Tesco. It will enable the company to focus more on the UK, where it is the market leader. That should be good for Tesco shares.But the most exciting part from a shareholder’s perspective is the financial payout. The company expects to receive around £8bn for the sale. This week Tesco announced that it had finalised the sale, which is set to complete this month. Surprisingly, the market seemed to pay little attention. The shares only moved a few pence over the week.Why I think Tesco shares will do wellThe company said in its interim results that it plans to use £2.5bn of the proceeds to eliminate the deficit in its pension fund. That cleans up the balance sheet, which should be good for Tesco shares.But there is a more immediate reason to get excited about Tesco shares. The chain plans to return £5bn of the proceeds to shareholders. That works out at around 50p a share!It hasn’t confirmed whether this will be a special dividend, or a share buyback. If it is through a share buyback, the number of shares in circulation will be reduced, which should increase the value of each outstanding share. With a special dividend it will be a straight payment. With Tesco shares trading around 225p currently, that is a big payout. Once the capital return plan is announced, if it is a special dividend I expect the shares to jump on the good news.Tesco raised its interim dividend this year by an impressive 20%. That suggests a full-year payout of 11p, which would be a yield close to 5% even without considering the special dividend. So Tesco is already an attractive income pick. I also expect that a special dividend could lead to an appreciation in the share price too.I have put Tesco on my watchlist and am keen to find out more about the capital distribution. The company will likely announce any special dividend shortly after the upcoming completion of the Asian sale. So I think the time to make a move is now. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Tesco shares: Good dividend news christopherruane has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. 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.center_img See all posts by Christopher Ruane “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

first_imgResearch shows the viral genome of COVID-19 improved its ability to infect human cells and now has become the dominant strain circulating around the world today.The study, published today in the journal Cell, shows the variation is more infectious in cell cultures under laboratory conditions. The variant, named ‘D614G’, makes a small but effective change in the ‘spike’ glycoprotein that protrudes from the surface of the virus, which it uses to enter and infect human cells.The D614G variant of COVID-19 quickly took over as the dominant strain soon after it first appeared, with geographic samples showing a significant shift in viral population from the original, to the new strain of the virus.“Data suggests that the new strain is associated with higher viral loads in the upper respiratory tract of patients with COVID-19, meaning the virus’s ability to infect people could be increased.”“Fortunately at this stage, it does not seem that viruses with D614G cause more severe disease.”Currently tens of thousands of sequences are available through this project, and this enabled us to identify the emergence of a variant that has rapidly become the globally dominant form.”last_img read more

first_img Comments Published on December 14, 2008 at 12:00 pm One by one, they walked down the steps of the auditorium at the Iocolano-Petty Football Complex to greet the new Syracuse University football coach. Doug Marrone only recognized a few faces, but as the former Syracuse football players and alumni shook his hand, they didn’t care. He was one of them.‘My son is on the team,’ one said. ‘He’s very excited.’‘I played with Joe Morris,’ another said. ‘It’s great to meet you.’Marrone turned to his right for a brief respite and saw a Syracuse athletic department official, who adjusted a crooked block ‘S’ pin on Marrone’s jacket.‘This is crazy,’ Marrone said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMarrone was prepared for just about everything else on the day he became Syracuse’s next head coach. This was all he dreamed about since he took a job coaching the tight ends at Cortland State in 1992. He talked of the three binders full of plans he presented to the Syracuse search committee, detailing his ideas and prospects for the job.‘I hope I don’t break down today because not a lot of times in your life can you actually accomplish your dream,’ Marrone said.It was a dream that seemed highly improbable 26 days ago when Syracuse Director of Athletics Daryl Gross began the national coaching search when he fired Greg Robinson Nov. 16.A seven-member search committee, which included SU legends Art Monk, Floyd Little, Tim Green and Dick MacPherson, assisted Gross in the search. They settled on Marrone, a Syracuse alumnus who played on the offensive line from 1983-85. He became the first alumnus to serve as head coach since Reaves H. Baysinger in 1948.Marrone met with Chancellor Nancy Cantor on Friday morning before he was formally offered the position. And at 8:46 a.m., Marrone, 44, began his tenure as the 28th head coach in Syracuse history by making a phone call to a potential coaching staff member, whom he declined to name.‘Doug Marrone is a lifer,’ Gross said. ‘He bleeds Orange, he will be here to be the steward of this program. We’ll all be here to support him.’That, it seems, could have put Marrone ahead of other candidates. Gross said he offered the position only to Marrone, despite a whirlwind search that produced plenty of intrigue.At first, another SU graduate, Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall, appeared to be Gross’ No. 1 pick. But Edsall repeatedly denied interest in the position. Lane Kiffin, whom Gross knew from his time at Southern California, took the job at Tennessee. Oregon offensive coordinator Chip Kelly was named head coach in waiting by the Ducks after Syracuse showed a great deal of interest in him.And until Thursday, East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz seemed to be the odds-on favorite. Gross spent three days with Holtz in New York City for the College Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. On Thursday afternoon, Holtz issued a statement through East Carolina that he was no longer interested in the position.That’s when Marrone emerged as the leader, an unlikely scenario at the beginning of the search.Marrone has never been a head coach at any level. He’s spent the last three years with the New Orleans Saints as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. Before that, he was the offensive line coach for the New York Jets from 2002-05. His last college job was in 2001, when he coached the tight ends and tackles at Tennessee.Because of that, Marrone will likely face the same questions his predecessor, Robinson, did. Robinson was fired after going 10-37 in four years as SU head coach. He came to Syracuse in 2005 with an NFL pedigree and limited recent collegiate experience, and just like Marrone, had never been a head coach.‘I think that’s shallow thinking,’ Gross said, when asked to compare the similarities between Marrone and Robinson.Marrone consistently cited his ability to maintain Northeast recruiting pipelines he fostered while with the Jets. He said he worked with local high school programs and coaches, giving clinics and raising money to restore equipment.And as MacPherson, who coached Marrone when he played at Syracuse, said, ‘he knows the talent level needed to succeed here.’Of course, it will be a challenge for Marrone to succeed in recruiting immediately. The NCAA dead period for recruiting begins on Dec. 22 and lasts through Jan. 1. Marrone still needs to take the test administered by the NCAA to every coach to confirm their knowledge of the rules for recruiting athletes.Marrone will remain on the Saints’ staff until the end of the season, while filling out his staff and recruiting at Syracuse. New Orleans, which is a long shot to make the NFL playoffs, plays its final regular-season game on Dec. 28.Marrone said he would fly back and forth from Syracuse to New Orleans and also bring people in for interviews while down South.‘That was part of his detailed plan,’ Gross said. ‘It was very detailed and thorough. He’s a relentless worker. He has a tremendous work ethic. You have to keep up with him. You can’t outwork Doug Marrone. I’m not even going to try. He’d sleep in the office. It’s his passion. He wants to make this place perfect and he won’t stop until he does.’Marrone said he would reach out to coaches with Syracuse and Northeast ties to join his staff. He also said he will not serve as his own offensive coordinator because he wants to be able to oversee the entire team.At one point, he even said he would discuss ‘bringing some people back here that want to be back at Syracuse.’ That could include Saints’ defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who was the head coach at Mississippi for three years and hailed as one of the best recruiters in the nation.‘Right now, you guys just have to have some patience with me as far as what we’re putting together,’ Marrone said. ‘Ed is a tremendous coach, but Ed has a responsibility right now.’Marrone’s plans and vision for Syracuse was what set him apart from the other candidates, Gross and others said.‘Throughout the process, every coach we talked to said recruiting was the No. 1 thing,’ former Syracuse defensive lineman Green said. ‘And Doug has been planning on this job, and the recruiting that he’s done. And I’ll tell you what. He sold us. He’s an incredibly impressive guy.’‘I’ve planned for this my whole life,’ Marrone said. ‘I’m looking forward to it.’Gross said Marrone was on the short list of some NFL general managers for potential head coaching openings in the NFL this offseason. Any fears he had about Marrone’s lack of head coaching experience were quelled after a conversation Gross had with Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian, who told Gross that Marrone would be hired in the NFL.‘I was at a point in my NFL career that if Syracuse isn’t the school, I’m staying in the NFL,’ Marrone said. ‘Art Monk asked me a great question. He said, ‘Daryl’s come out and said you’re on a short list for some of these NFL teams and general managers. Why would you go back to Syracuse?’ I would say the same thing, when I wake up everyday and I have a wife and three kids, I owe it all to this university.’He met with the players that stuck around past the end of finals and the players came out of the meeting excited and optimistic.‘We’re not going to be rebuilding,’ sophomore center Jim McKenzie said. ‘We’re going to be focusing on turning this thing around fast. He talked about his pride about being from Syracuse, that this was his dream job. I mean, he’s told us that. This is the type of job he’s been planning on being a part of.’All of those plans got Doug Marrone to this day, his dream. Now it’s back to reality: Time to make a program that hasn’t had a winning season since 2001 relevant.‘It starts now and it starts today,’ Marrone said. ‘We need everyone. I told the players today, that we need everyone. We need everyone to believe it. We need the alumni. We need the fans. We need the people. 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first_imgThe Managing Director of Super Sports, Felix Awogu has backed the Super Eagles to do well at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, just as he promised Nigerian football fans live viewership of all the matches.“We will deploy every resource because I know Nigeria will do well. We have a generation of new players, with the right philosophy and the right state of mind. They are youthful and a few experienced ones. It is going to be a great tournament for us and the timing is going to be perfect for Nigerians to sit back and enjoy the best of football. Supersport delivers the best content which anybody can be proud of. We will be well prepared and I hope we do very well in Russia.Awogu, also throws more light on the idea behind The Let’s Play Initiative. “The initiative is not only about the talent. If you look at the current situation in Nigeria, a lot of children are becoming obese and suffering illnesses that are typically for adults. The major objective of the initiative is to get children out and for them to play. In the last two years, we have reached over two to three million children in Nigeria because one of our driving philosophies is football. If you give out one soccer ball, it doesn’t stay with that person because you will have to engage other kids. “That has been our strategy. In the last six months, we have given out over 10,000 soccer balls to children in Nigeria. We have partnered with a couple of states like Ondo, Edo, Kwara, Lagos and Anambra States. The governor of Anambra State participated actively and he engaged with a lot of children and helped distribute soccer balls. It is something we are very proud of and happy. If we can deliver and children are leaving their houses to come out and play, we will be helping to prevent a lot of health crisis,” he said.Asked if there are plans by SuperSports to ensure that the dreams of some of the talents discovered with The Lets Play Initiative does not end at the grassroots.He added, “We are not a football club. We are a broadcast outfit and we bring in a couple of ex-internationals to support us and help us activate the initiative. So if they find a talent, why not, but we will have to liaise with the parents of the child to see if they are willing to take the child to the next level or not but major focus is to get children playing again.“For us there is nothing like giving back to the children and we are very grateful to millions of Nigerians who have been part of the MultiChoice family, both DStv and GOtv. So if this is some of the little things we give back, why not? Help them for health care, give them a few kits and it will be in their memories for years and years to come.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 A consortium of Swedish online gambling companies have ‘unanimously contested’ the Ministry of Finance’s proposals to place further restrictions on online gambling licensees.In a joint statement issued by Swedish igaming trade body BOS, nine CEOs have called for the government to reconsider the ‘unrealistic proposals’, which are said to ‘play into the hands of the unlicensed market’.The statement has been signed by Pontus Lindwall, CEO, Betsson AB; Henrik Tjärnström, CEO, Kindred Group; Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO, LeoVegas; Therese Hillman, VD, NetEnt AB; Ulrik Bengtsson, Group CEO, William Hill; Lahcene Merzoug, CEO, ComeOn; Alexander Stevendahl, CEO, Videoslots; Tomas Backman, CEO, Hero Gaming and Henric Andersson, CEO, SuprNation.Proposals were submitted by the Ministry of Finance following rising concerns that the ongoing pandemic has led to a shift in player behaviours. The measures have been slammed by operators however, with data suggesting that the channelisation for online casinos will fall from an already low 75% to an even lower 52-63% if deposit limits come into force.Suggesting an alternative to the deposit limits proposed by the Ministry of Finance, the consortium of CEOs have outlined a number of countermeasures to help promote safer gambling environments and standards. The countermeasures include:Expanding licensing requirements to technology provisions,The promotion of self-exclusion register SpelpausThe integration of an IQ campaign,Enhanced collection and sharing of player data, risk ratings, andFurther extending Spelinspektionen’s oversight of marketplace requirements.According to the statement, the proposed measures submitted to the Ministry of Finance will support a deeper understanding of individual player behaviours, as well as identifying any systematic problems.Accompanying the CEO’s joint response, BOS has published findings of an independent market research undertaken by consultancy Copenhagen Economics – headline findings state that the Swedish government risks ‘losing half the licensed online casino sector’ if its proposals are approved into law.Analysing potential threats, Copenhagen Economics underscored that further Swedish restrictions could lead to a potential 63% drop in channelization demands, making the online casino market obsolete for all licensed incumbents.The statement read: “Neither the Ministry of Finance nor any other stakeholder has presented facts to support the underlying assumption that gambling in general – and play on online casinos in particular – have increased during the covid-19 crisis. In its recent report to the Swedish government, the agency responsible for the Swedish gambling market also confirms it hasn’t detected increased gambling during the coronavirus pandemic.“The government is aware of the alarmingly low percentage of online casino players who now play within the licensed Swedish system. The government has also seen data from the Swedish Tax Agency that show gambling on horse races – and not online casino gambling – has increased during the coronavirus crisis.“We share the government’s view that protection for and of players is of the utmost importance. We agree that this work must continue and that together we can create a sustainable gambling market with strong consumer protections. But the work must be based on facts.“The Ministry of Finance has the opportunity to implement a number of fact-based measures that would improve consumer protections without damaging the important channelization. On the contrary, the channelization would benefit with these measures, which would also strengthen consumer protections.”last_img read more

first_imgNelson Firefighters saved its best for last as the club claimed the Nelson Youth Soccer U17 Boy’s House Division Final with a 5-2 victory over Maglios.The title was good enough to earn the squad the prestigious The Nelson Daily Team of the Week honours. The squad includes, from left, Shawn DeGroot, Leonardo Batubara, Dustin Steeger, Nemia Darwel, Cormac Southam, Greg Syvertsen, Trace Cooke, Oliver Hale, Kyle Koehle and Eric Stephenson.last_img

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs has narrowed the field to selecting a successor to former skipper Frank Maida.According to a person close to the selection process, the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League squad has boiled the long list of applicants down to four candidates. It is believed that all four candidates are all from outside the Nelson area.The final decision is now in the hands of the Leafs’ executive.Maida decided to tender his resignation following the 2013-14 season.Nelson hosted the 2014 Cyclone Taylor Cup; won by Murdoch Division rival Beaver Valley. The Nitehawks went on to win the Keystone Cup, emblematic of Western Canada Junior Hockey supremacy.Nelson finished fourth at the Cyclone Taylor Cup and was the only team to take points from eventual champion Beaver Valley — playing to a 2-2 tie against the Nitehawks during the round robin in one of the best played games in brief history of the NDCC Arena.Unfortunately, Maida, finishing with an overall record of 109-53-3-11, was unable to coach Nelson past the second round of the Murdoch Division playoffs, losing once to Castlegar and twice to Beaver Valley — the eventual KIJHL champs the past three seasons.Leaf president Russell Stocks also resigned his position but will stay on as past president to allow the Heritage City franchise to make a smooth transition this upcoming season at the executive level.last_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSANTA CLARA — What was the back story to Nick Mullens’ triumphant NFL debut Thursday night, when he threw three touchdowns passes in the 49ers’ 34-3 rout of the Raiders? Here are the top 10 revelations from the postgame scene:1. Crowd noiseLevi’s Stadium made for a friendlier launch point to NFL chaos than a road game. Regardless, Mullens prepares during the week by piping in crowd noise through his headphones while …last_img read more

first_imgWe may never know fully why Kevin Durant bolted the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets.Or, it might be as simple as cueing up the video.Kendrick Perkins, a one-time teammate of Durant’s at Oklahoma City, talking to The Undefeated, said an ill-considered crack that happened just minutes before the Warriors’ victory parade in June 2018 hit Durant the wrong way. It happened in a televised exchange between Warriors’ president of basketball operations Bob Myers, head coach Steve Kerr, team …last_img read more

first_imgThe Rally to Read organisation hopes to nurture a strong reading culture among the country’s youth living in remote locations. (Image: Rally to Read)In response to the outcry for better educational facilities following the student uprising in 1976, a small group of volunteers gathered at St John’s College to start a movement that would soon spread across the whole of South Africa: the READ Education Trust.The movement gathered huge support both locally and internationally and soon began building libraries and providing books to underprivileged communities, creating a culture of supporting the less fortunate, which continues to this day in the Rally to Read non-profit organisaton.Today, 40 years after the student uprising, the organisation continues to support teachers and learners in some of the country’s most remote locations, allowing them to discover and feed their passion for reading and education.The organisation visits some of the most remote areas in the country to deliver educational material to schools and caregivers who need it most.“Almost all rural schools have one lack in common – educational resources,” said South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who touched on the impact that Rally to Read has made on the lives of the learners. “It is in this need that the Rally to Read provides.“Sponsors, organisers and participants of the Rally have visited the most remote and needy schools in rural areas to deliver books, teaching aids, science kits, sports equipment, educational toys and other material – all of which are taken for granted at urban schools,” said Ramaphosa.“But most of all, the Rally delivers hope to rural learners, their teachers and their parents for a better future.”HOW IT WORKSThe organisation calls on corporations and members of the public to sponsor teacher training, library boxes meals for the children on rally days.The library boxes delivered are packed with reading materials and educational aides that are relevant to the level of education of the learners. It covers a wide range of topics to help broaden their understanding of the world.Members travel in convoys consisting of high clearance vehicles meant for gravel roads. This is where the rally element in the organisation’s name comes from.According to the Rally to Read website, more than R86-million has been raised for education in rural areas for more than 1 000 schools since 1979.GET INVOLVEDAny individuals or corporations who want to get involved with Rally to Read can have a look at the organisation’s get involved page for more details.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more