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Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgDelta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileDelta Corporation Limited manufacturers and markets international and locally-produced beverages in Zimbabwe. It operates in four segments: non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages, lager beers and traditional beers. Brands in its non-alcoholic range are a flavoured maize drink called Shumba Maheu, and a flavoured drinking yoghurt called Supersip Yogurt. The sparkling beverages division operates two bottling plants and one canning plant; bottling and distributing popular cool drink brands sold worldwide by the Coca-Cola Company, a range of drink mixes and an energy drink called Burn. The lager beer division operates two breweries; bottling and distributing international brands such as Castle Lite, Miller’s, Peroni, Redds, Brutal Fruit and Sarita. Delta Corporation Limited has a monopoly in the traditional beer market in Zimbabwe with 14 breweries located across the country; brewing and distributing a well-known sorghum beer brand called Chibuku. Other subsidiaries have interests in transport and logistics, barley and sorghum malting, food processing, packaging, retailing wines and spirits, recycling, tin can production and leadership training. Delta Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

This growth stock’s thriving despite Covid-19. I’d buy it in an ISA today

first_imgThis growth stock’s thriving despite Covid-19. I’d buy it in an ISA today 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. See all posts by Royston Wild Royston Wild | Tuesday, 7th April, 2020 | More on: HFG Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img 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. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Companies that are responsible for keeping our cupboards stocked are popular safe havens in uncertain times like these. Fresh financials from rock-solid growth stock Hilton Food Group (LSE: HFG) released on Tuesday illustrate exactly why this is so.FTSE 250-quoted Hilton provides the packaging that is essential in the sale of meat. Its indispensable operations underpinned today’s solid full-year release. It said that “the evolving Covid-19 outbreak has led to an increased demand for protein-based products produced by the group” and that its facilities “remain fully operational.”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…It added that “to date they have responded superbly and have risen to the challenge.”Incidentally, for 2019 Hilton said that revenues had leapt 11% (in constant currencies) year-on-year to £1.81bn. As a consequence, adjusted pre-tax profit swelled 10.2% on the same basis, to £49.7m.A rare treatHilton’s performance has been so encouraging in the face of the coronavirus outbreak that it resisted the temptation of slashing the dividend. It kept it on hold at 21.4p per share instead. With dividend cuts coming left, right and centre from elsewhere, this is cause for some celebration.The packaging powerhouse said that it had applied “significant downside sensitivities” to its cash flow forecasts related to the Covid-19 crisis. Even under its projected worst-case scenario it said that the company should “continue to operate well within its banking covenants and has adequate headroom under its existing committed facilities.”As of December, Hilton had a hefty £110m of cash on its books. It also had current committed, but undrawn, loan facilities of £116m.Sailing onClearly this Cambridgeshire-based growth share should have little to fear on the demand front. A consumer trend that is moving increasingly towards protein-rich diets has been exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak.Hilton’s main worry is the impact of a rising infection rate on its workforce and its supply chains. And this particular issue will remain unknown for a little while to come. But for the time being, the company looks in good shape to ride out any trouble.It said that it has “established business continuity and flexible buy models and supply options” and that “there have not been any significant issues experienced to date” in securing material. The firm has around 40 different suppliers across the globe.A great growth stockIt would be a mistake to consider Hilton just as a solid safe haven for these troubled times. The company, which operates in more than a dozen countries, remains committed to long-term expansion and recently opened new facilities in Poland and Australia. It is setting itself up to deliver brilliant growth over the coming decade and beyond.City analysts expect Hilton to keep growing annual earnings in spite of the coronavirus outbreak. An 8% increase is predicted for 2020, giving rise to expectations of fresh dividend growth and thus a 2.4% yield. A forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio around 20 times is high on paper, but as a reliable lifeboat in bad times, I think Hilton is worth every penny. I think it’s a top buy right now. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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.last_img read more

Is now a good time for ISA investors to buy stocks?

first_img Investors may be wondering if now is a good time to buy stocks. The bloodbath in the UK stock markets knocked 35% off the value of the FTSE 100 index. The FTSE 250 index fared worse with a 41% slump.Many investors may believe the only good time to buy stocks is when the market has bottomed. The trouble is that market bottoms are difficult to predict. I will use the S&P 500 index and the US economy to demonstrate – just because the information is easier to find – but the lessons learnt are applicable in the UK.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…It is difficult to time a market bottomThe S&P 500 index bottomed on March 2, 2009, at 638, a day after the FTSE 100 made its final low. What happened next was the longest bull market in history. On February 10, 2020, the S&P 500 hit an all-time high of 3,380, or 530% above where it started.Now, of course, some people may have called the market bottom back in March 2009. But to think it was obvious would be a mistake. Advanced estimates of GDP for the first quarter of 2009, released in April of that year, showed a contraction of 6.1%. In that same month, the US government brought in measures to help homeowners struggling with mortgage payments.In October 2009, unemployment rose to 10% in the US, the highest it had been since 1982. US GDP did not return to growth until the third quarter of 2009, and investors found this out in late October. Some investors may well have called the market bottom. However, market bottoms are only confirmed long after they happen. Ask yourself, given the news coming out before and after March 2, 2009, would you have thought it was a good time to be buying stocks?Should you buy stocks now?We are in a similar situation now. The cause of the crash, the coronavirus outbreak, is not over. Yet the FTSE 100 jumped by 16% over three days, from a low on March 23. It has fallen back a little, but no new low has been made. Is this the start of a bull market?According to data from Salisbury House Wealth, the average bear market depth since 1925 has been 36.5%, peak-to-trough. This suggests that the worst of the stock market decline may be over. But then again we don’t know how long the UK economy will be on lockdown at the moment, nor are the ultimate effects on the economy certain at present. So we are frustrated again in answering the question of whether or not now is a good time to buy stocks.What is certain is that bull markets usually last far longer than bear markets. According to Salisbury House Wealth, the average bull market runs 507% from trough to peak, so they deliver much more in gains than bear markets take away.I have argued that regularly investing is the best thing to do to deal with bear markets. In the long run, it is far more critical to participate in bull markets than to avoid bear ones. An investor trying to time the market bottom will probably miss a good chunk of the bull market.So my answer to the question of whether now is a good time to be buying stocks is yes. But then, for a regular investor, it is always a good time to buy quality stocks. 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. James J. McCombie | Sunday, 12th April, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE “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! James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Enter Your Email Address Is now a good time for ISA investors to buy stocks? 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’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. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by James J. McCombielast_img read more

Stock market rally: I’d buy these UK shares today and hold them forever

first_imgStock market rally: I’d buy these UK shares today and hold them forever Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images The current stock market rally has helped lift the value of many UK shares. And I think this could be just the start of a much longer run higher for equities. With that in mind, I’m on the lookout for companies that have to potential to produce large returns for investors in the years ahead. In my opinion, there’s one sector in particular that’s stuffed full of these businesses. 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…Investing in the stock market rally One sector that’s benefitted more than most from the pandemic is technology. In the space of a few months, the tech sector has seen the sort of growth that previously would have taken several years.There are only a handful of UK shares available to play this theme. One is Electrocomponents (LSE: ECM). This business is a global omnichannel partner for industrial customers and suppliers who design, build or maintain industrial equipment and facilities. It offers a range of tech solutions to help clients improve the customer experience, productivity and efficiency. Business has been on the up this year, and the company is using the extra profits to expand. It has recently announced two new acquisitions for a total of £160m. These should help complement growth in the years ahead. Electrocomponents has a strong track record of profits growth through acquisitions and organic expansion. Net profit has grown at an annual rate of 25% for the past six years. Based on its past success, I reckon this growth can continue. That’s why I suspect the stock could be a great purchase in the current stock market rally. Electrocomponents seems to me to be one of the few UK shares that can capitalise effectively on the global tech boom. A tech leaderAnother UK tech stock I’d buy to profit from the stock market rally is Avast (LSE: AVST). Technology is becoming more and more advanced. Unfortunately, criminals are becoming more advanced as well. Some 65,000 attempts to hack small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) occur in the UK every day. This is where Avast comes into play. The company provides anti-virus software. As the world becomes more reliant on technology, this technology is going to become ever more critical. Therefore, I think the company is likely to see strong earnings growth for years to come. As one of the world’s best-known security software providers, Avast already has a strong brand which consumers trust. That should work in the firm’s favour to drive growth.Indeed, thanks to its current position in the market, analysts are already forecasting a near 50% leap in earnings this year. As companies and consumers have been forced to move online in the pandemic, they have rushed to secure their systems with a brand they know well.I think this is a sign of things to come, which is why I reckon Avast is one of the best UK shares to buy right now and hold forever.  Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 10th December, 2020 | More on: AVST ECM Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

UK shares to buy now: I’d focus on these recovery stocks that are on the move again

first_img Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Games Workshop. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Renishaw. 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. See all posts by Kevin Godbold Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 24th February, 2021 There’s been some interesting action in the UK stock market this week. Some of the growth stocks with racy valuations have been dropping back. And some of the more-cyclical recovery shares have resumed their march upwards after a period of consolidation.I think those moves make sense. Some growth stocks had been carried perhaps too far and too fast by momentum. And recovery stocks have been waiting recently for their time to shine. Meanwhile,  pandemic news seems to be improving. Vaccines are rolling out in many countries. And the UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a road map to take the country out of lockdown and to reopen the economy completely.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…Are these 5 UK shares to buy now?Shares falling back this week include inspection prevention and contamination control products maker Tristel. And fantasy miniatures specialist Games Workshop. We’ve also seen weak share prices for vanadium flow battery company Invinity Energy Systems and metrology firm Renishaw.In most cases, those stocks are backed by great and promising businesses with plenty of ongoing growth potential. Perhaps their only ‘sin’ is that investors have bid up the valuations. In the longer term, all four stocks could yet prove to be decent investments and I’m keeping them on my watchlist.But fallen cyclical shares with pandemic-damaged businesses have burst back into life. I’m thinking of the airline operators Easyjet and International Consolidated Airlines. We’ve also seen buoyant share prices for retailer Frasers and education services provider Wilmington. And investors have been buying shares in insurance and travel business Saga.I think all five of those businesses are interesting and it’s easy to see how they all stand to gain as the economy gets back on its feet. Of course, one day’s or even one week’s share-price action is no basis upon which to base investment decisions. But I do believe the strength in these stocks is a good heads-up. And a call to arms for me to focus on and research the underlying businesses and the investment opportunities now, as well as any risks around buying those shares.Diversification by sector, stock and styleThey are all going on my watch list and I’ll be monitoring them closely. If after doing my own thorough research I’m keen on the underlying fundamentals, I’ll look for opportune moments to buy a few of the shares. For example, I might pounce on them when the general stock market is having a down day. However, there’s always the possibility my analysis could be off-key and the shares could fall after I buy them.But despite these shorter-term considerations, I think building a long-term portfolio requires some diversification. So I’m equally likely to have fast-growing companies and cheaper recovery stocks in my portfolio at any one time.  Overall, I reckon the most important aspect is for me to focus on when it comes to UK shares to buy is the quality of the underlying business. And once I’ve established that operations are of a high standard with the potential to grow, it’s a case of buying the shares when the valuation makes sense for my investment time frame Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images center_img Enter Your Email Address 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. UK shares to buy now: I’d focus on these recovery stocks that are on the move again Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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.last_img read more

Can management use technology to boost the Rolls-Royce share price?

first_img Jay Yao has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. 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. 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. Image source: Rolls-Royce plc 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’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 Jay Yao Jay Yao | Tuesday, 23rd March, 2021 | More on: RR center_img Can management use technology to boost the Rolls-Royce share price? Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. The use of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and other cutting edge innovations in sectors outside of information technology is increasing. Formerly ‘old world’ industries are becoming more high tech as a result. Not only can using AI and big data increase productivity, but they can also potentially change investors’ perceptions.Being perceived as more ‘high tech’ has helped some stocks attain higher valuations in the past. Here’s how I think the increasing usage of cutting edge innovations could affect the Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) share price.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…A trend to higher technologyIt used to be that only IT and computing-related companies were considered as tech by many investors. Now I reckon that perception is changing. Tesla, for example, has shown that it’s possible for an industrials/consumer cyclical company to also be considered a technology company.Tesla’s main product is cars, something that is an industrial/consumer cyclical product. Yet Tesla is also an IT company. It is gathering big data via car sensors to develop an autonomous driving technology product powered by AI. The market seems to regard Tesla as more of a tech company, given its very optimistic valuation.Given the nature of its business, I think Rolls-Royce is similar to Tesla in that it is both an industrial and a tech company in one. On the one hand, Rolls-Royce makes industrial products like jet engines. On the other hand, it analyses and incorporates a lot of data into making products. Given the similarity, I reckon Rolls-Royce has the potential to be perceived as more of a tech company if management makes the right moves.In terms of management moves, Rolls-Royce is doing several things currently. First, the company is “using advanced analytics, industrial Artificial Intelligence and machine-learning techniques to develop data applications that will unlock design, manufacturing and operational efficiencies within Rolls-Royce, and create new service propositions for customers”. Second, the company is researching new technology, such as hybrid power and air taxi propulsion systems that could help it in terms of its tech perception.The Rolls-Royce share price: what I’d doIf management succeeds in using AI and big data to create better or new products and services for customers, I think the Rolls-Royce share price could benefit from potentially more demand or higher margins. I also reckon the company could potentially gain a higher valuation if the market perceives it more as a tech company.With that said, Rolls-Royce isn’t Tesla. Tesla has an opportunity in the brand-new autonomous driving market. With the right execution, the market could be very lucrative. Given that air travel is more mature, I reckon Rolls-Royce’s opportunities aren’t as great in the medium term. In the near term, Rolls-Royce also still faces challenges with Covid-19 variants. If the pandemic lasts longer than expected, the stock might not do as well.Nevertheless, I’d buy and hold the stock at the current Rolls-Royce share price. Rolls-Royce spends a lot on research and development, and the company has many world-class engineers. I reckon the company has a shot at making new AI/big data powered products that can increase profits meaningfully in the future. I also believe Rolls-Royce will benefit from the eventual recovery in air travel.last_img read more

Ireland: Five things we learnt v Italy

first_imgIreland’s record nine-try romp got them dancing in Dublin, but was it a missed opportunity against the Six Nations lightweights? By Whiff of CorditeThe mood was downbeat for Ireland going into their fourth Six Nations game against Italy at the weekend, four games without a win having been compounded by a selection that was largely seen as unnecessarily conservative and a missed opportunity to see more of the likes of Stuart McCloskey and Ultain Dillane.The result (58-15) was as predicted but the performance much better than expected, providing a useful fillip for a coach exasperated by having his judgement regularly questioned. It was one of those games designed for the term ‘bloodless coup’ and it’s pretty tough to know what one can learn from a virtual training session, but let’s give it a lash…Ireland can score tries After two tries in three games from a collective grand total of one metre out, Ireland ran in nine tries against the Azzurri, including one length-of-the-field contender for try of the championship from Jamie Heaslip that even featured an offload.One of the best: Jamie Heaslip completes a brilliant long-range move by touching down Ireland’s fourth tryWhile the cynic would ask where Ireland’s attacking patterns and ambition were when the championship title was still up for grabs, it’s comforting to know our players know where the white line is. The players and coaching ticket were at pains to emphasise how close they were, and this was a satisfactory game for them – now let’s see the same approach this weekend against Scotland and prove that point.Jack McGrath is one of Ireland’s key players McGrath was probably our Man of the Match, and in the past 12 months has developed into one of the most influential players in the squad. In this championship he has been a beacon of strength and reliability in a difficult series.Amazingly, he’s not yet on a central contract but with Cian Healy’s injury history and… um… Finlay Bealham, it would seem time to elevate him into that august company.Star turn: Jack McGrath has become a key player, so why is he not on a central contract? (Pic: Getty)Ireland have competition at full-back TAGS: Highlight In spite of the overall feel-good factor emanating from a handsome win, there was still the sense of an opportunity foregone.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.Missing you: Stuart McCloskey (left, with Robbie Henshaw) was omitted, to the disappointment of many LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Seven up: Sean Cronin (second right) accepts the plaudits after scoring Ireland’s seventh try on Saturday This was the perfect game for Simon Zebo to impress in a position where he has little experience and has often seemed ill-suited to the basic requirements of the position. With acres of space on offer he did not disappoint, with threatening and powerful running throughout, and a well-judged offload for Heaslip’s try.His defence was ropey for David Odiete’s try, and we still want to see Jared Payne at 15, but Zebo showed enough to continue with the experiment – and we’ll definitely learn more if he stays there against Scotland.Life in the old dog yetGoing into this championship, Ireland’s second-row stocks were decimated and Mike McCarthy had suddenly become a key man on the back of some solid form for Leinster. With McCarthy’s concussion against France, Donnacha Ryan found himself elevated to the XV on the back of years of injuries and some pretty average displays for Munster.On song: Donnacha Ryan (centre) has proved he still has what it takes to perform at Test level (Pic: Inpho)The suspicion was that Ryan, 32, had simply shipped too many injuries and his days as an international were coming to a close, but after two impressive days at the office he looks reborn.Perhaps the emergence of Dillane has forced him to raise his game, but that would imply that competition for places is a good thing, and this is Ireland after all.Schmidt’s selection not entirely vindicatedYes, it was an impressive showing and we ran in nine tries, but the ease with which Ireland won didn’t bury the argument that we could have used this as an opportunity to further the development of Ulster’s barnstorming centre McCloskey.This would have been an ideal opportunity to see him to experience Test rugby in a low-pressure environment, at least off the bench where the presence of Fergus McFadden is more an endorsement of his versatility rather than his talent.last_img read more

Code Enforcement Hearings: The Results

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Apopka’s Code Enforcement officers are on the street nearly every day.  Most code violations are resolved quickly.  Unresolved violations go before a hearing officer.  Six Code Enforcement Hearings were scheduled to to be heard yesterday.1. 2417 Piedmont Lakes Blvd.According to the Code Enforcement Officer, this property had a deck that is being used for outside storage and has multiple items being stored on it. The Code requires all properties to be maintained in a safe and clean condition. The officer had been in contact with the owner who has stated that his property is in order, but refused to allow the officer to inspect his deck.This case was closed by the Code Enforcement Officer prior to the hearing.2. 1963 Borga CourtAccording the Code Enforcement Officer, this property is a rental house with an overgrown yard, inoperable and untagged vehicles. The fence and garage door are in disrepair. There is also,  “junk, trash, tires, materials, miscellaneous items and debris” on the property. The officer says the tenant was given instructions on what to do in order to get property in compliance. There has been no response from the owner or tenant.The owner did not attend the hearing.  The Hearing Officer found the owner in violation and ordered a fine of $250 per day should the violations continue for more than 10 days.3. 290 Lalla LaneAccording to the Code Enforcement Officer, this property is in violation of two sections of the Code; Walls and fences are to be maintained in good repair and farm animals, such as chickens and roosters, are not permitted in a residential zone.The owner attended the hearing and told the Hearing Officer that the roosters had been removed from the property and that a fence had been built.  The owner asked if she could keep the chickens.  The Hearing Officer stated that chickens were not allowed per the Apopka City Code.  The owner was given 30 days to come into compliance or face a fine of $250 per day. 4. 278 Lalla LaneAccording to the Code Enforcement Officer, this property is in violation of several sections of the Code; there is a vehicle without a valid tag on the property. There are trailers, boats, or recreational vehicles not properly parked (in the rear half of property). Junk and trash is present. Walls and fences shall be maintained in good repair. Finally, major mechanic work, such as changing a car engine, is not permitted in a residential zone.The owner attended the hearing and told the Hearing Officer that all items had been removed from the property.  The Hearing Officer ordered Code Enforcement to verify compliance.5. 596 Ustler RoadAccording to the Code Enforcement Officer, conditions on this property violate three sections of the Code;  Trailers, boats, recreational vehicles may only be parked in the rear half of the property; Junk and trash cannot be present; nor can non-operational vehicles.The owner attended the hearing and told the Hearing Officer that the property was now in compliance. The Hearing Officer ordered Code Enforcement to verify compliance.6. 2400 Schopke RoadOn September 20, 2016, this property was found to be in violation Sections 302.4 and 308.1 of the Code. The property was overgrown and unkempt. The property was to have been in compliance by October 20, 2016, but was not. Therefore, a $250 per day fine began on October 21, 2016. An Affidavit of Compliance was filed on March 1, 2017. The fine ran for 132 days for a total of $33,000. The Code Enforcement Officer is recommending that the fine be reduced to $3,300, so long as the reduced fine is paid within 30 days.  If the reduced fine amount is not paid within 30 days the fine will revert back to $33,000.The Hearing Officer approved the recommendation of the Code Enforcement Officer and ordered the fine to be reduced, but only if it was paid in full within 30 days.Use this link to read the entire Code Enforcement Hearing Agenda. Please enter your comment! Apopka City Hallcenter_img Please enter your name here TAGSCity of Apopka Previous articleApopka Fire Department responds to gas leakNext articleApopka Burglary Report and Map Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

The Co-operative chooses British Red Cross in new style Charity Partnership

first_img  88 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About John Thompson John Thompson is a fundraising consultant with particular expertise in cause-marketing, sponsorship, strategy development, partnership marketing and executive recruitment. A blogger on UK Fundraising since 2006 with a background in corporate fundraising and public relations. The partnership will see a wide range of involvement from The Co-operative. “Rather than just handing over a cheque, we’ll be fundraising and then campaigning with the British Red Cross to bring the issue of loneliness to the fore, and connect people in our communities”. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Co-operative has chosen the British Red Cross as its new charity partner, following a staff and member vote.  The Co-operative chooses British Red Cross in new style Charity Partnership Not just fundraising John Thompson | 21 July 2015 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: British Red Cross charity of the year corporate The organisations have a history of partnership. The Co-operative raised funds for the British Red Cross in 1945 from sales of its own brand Co-operative tea. The funds that were raised were used to help vulnerable people both at home and overseas in the wake of the Second World War. As a nationwide retailer it will be using its contacts with customers in a number of ways – as a food business, as a funeral business, as an insurer, and as a legal services provider. The fundraising plans and target will be announced in September.  The other two shortlisted charities were Groundwork and The Prince’s Trust. Advertisement This year’s Charity Partnership vote was the largest to date, with around 78,000 people voting over a three week period. The charity that received the most votes would become the new Partner. Almost half of the votes cast were in favour of tackling loneliness and social isolation with the British Red Cross.last_img read more

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