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Stock market crash: I’d invest £5k in these dirt-cheap small-caps in an ISA

first_img Royston Wild | Monday, 25th May, 2020 | More on: CTH The recent stock market crash has been unkind to scores and scores of UK-listed shares. The threat of a deep and extended global recession should be taken seriously, naturally. But the extent of some share selling has been quite OTT, in my opinion.CareTech Holding (LSE: CTH) is a small-cap I think has been way, way oversold. At current prices of 385p per share, the care and education specialist deals on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 9.5 times. It’s a rating that both undermines its exceptional defensive qualities and its rising revenues opportunities, in my opinion.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The company provides a wide range of essential social care services for children and adults. It thus provides an indispensable service that does not bend to changes in the broader economic landscape. Indeed, recent CareTech comments disclosing that business has remained “resilient” since the end of March underline just what a brilliant investing lifeboat it is during tough times like these.Don’t think of CareTech as just a wise buy as the global economy shakes, though. The firm remains committed to acquisitions to bolster its longer-term profits outlook. Earlier this year entered it secured a 51% stake in AS Group, a business it describes as “the largest provider of private outpatient mental health services in the United Arab Emirates.” It has plenty of financial firepower to follow through on its packed pipeline of investment opportunities too.Another crash casualtyTyman is another small-cap I’d happily stash into my own stocks portfolio following the recent crash. At current prices around 165p per share, it trades on a rock-bottom forward P/E ratio of around 7.5 times. It’s a reading that I don’t think reflects its rock-solid balance sheet or its brilliant long-term profits picture.The business makes the components for doors and windows that are essential for homebuilding. It stands to struggle in the near term due to the cyclical nature of its operations. But the strength of its market-leading brands all over the globe — it has operations across Europe, The Americas and Asia — should put it in the box seat for a strong recovery when the global economic downturn eases.A glorious foodieI’d also be happy to buy sausage skin maker Devro today. This small-cap’s price of 160p per share means that it trades on an earnings multiple of approximately 10 times, based on current forecasts. And it’s a company that’s expected to keep growing earnings over the next couple of years, irrespective of the upcoming macroeconomic slump.We can’t do without food, obviously. And so those involved in the production of edible goods tend to be more resilient in times like these. But don’t just think that Devro as a top buy for the next few years. The recent investments it has made to boost its product ranges and its global manufacturing base should bolster its profit-making abilities over the longer term too. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Devro. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! See all posts by Royston Wild Image source: Getty Images. center_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Stock market crash: I’d invest £5k in these dirt-cheap small-caps in an ISAlast_img read more

Alert US – Targeting of news outlets is sign of growing hostility towards the press

first_img October 26, 2018 Alert US – Targeting of news outlets is sign of growing hostility towards the press WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas Organisation News TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP News News The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. Under the Trump administration, journalists have been especially vulnerable to hostile criticism, including directly from the president. Trump has frequently used inflammatory rhetoric to denigrate the media on Twitter, during press briefings, and at rallies around the nation. RSF_en Help by sharing this information center_img Follow the news on United States For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. April 28, 2021 Find out more Alarmingly, journalists are increasingly being subjected to violence, and it seems that the hostile rhetoric is at the very least partly to blame. Most recently, on October 24, CNN’s New York office received a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb that was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. Although Brennan is a CNN contributor and not a journalist, the package was nevertheless delivered to the media outlet’s New York bureau. At a rally in Wisconsin the very same evening, President Trump criticized “acts or threats of political violence” against the press before blaming the news media for failing to “to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.” He reiterated this sentiment in an October 26 tweet, disparaging “lowly rated CNN, and others” for criticizing the president “at will”. “Yet when I criticize them,” he continued, “they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more “All of these attacks on news media outlets are indicative of the climate of hostility that the president and others who mimic him have encouraged towards the press,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “If journalists no longer feel safe to do their jobs, their First Amendment right to seek out and report on public information is undermined. Those in power and particularly the president must understand the gravity and very real consequences of their rhetoric.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the recent targeting of news media outlets like CNN as a sign of growing hostility towards the press in the United States, which has intensified under the Trump administration. to go furtherlast_img read more

The Bottom Line: Athletes’ mental health is overlooked

first_imgWhile scrolling through my Twitter feed, I came upon a video interview of Kevin Love and ESPN reporter Jackie MacMullan. Usually, I wouldn’t stop and take time out of my day to watch Love speak. After all, now that LeBron James has left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers, Love doesn’t have that much relevance in my life. However, I looked at the screen and saw a beautiful graphic of a player holding a basketball with the text “stigma” standing out. I then read the tweet, which was a quote from Love’s interview. “Everybody’s going through something,” Love said. “Success is not immune to depression. I’m trying to change the stigma, not only for people in sports, but all over.”That caught my attention. When was the last time we really heard athletes speaking out about mental health? Athletes are supposed to be the people with the toughest mindsets. Athletes are supposed to be invincible. In today’s world, professional athletes are supposed to have all the money in the world. How could they possibly be dealing with mental health issues?Intrigued, I watched Love’s interview and read Part 1 of MacMullan’s five-part series on mental health in the NBA. In her article, she interviewed some of the biggest names in the NBA like Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh and USC alum DeMar DeRozan — all of them speaking about their own individual mental health issues.DeRozan, was one of the first players to speak out on their mental health. “This depression get the best of me,” DeRozan tweeted in February. A week later, the 29-year-old former Trojan did an interview with the Toronto Star detailing his struggles. “It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day,” DeRozan said. “We all got feelings . . . all of that. Sometimes . . . it gets the best of you, times where everything in the whole world’s on top of you.”As a sports fan, it’s sometimes difficult to imagine some of these superstars you look up to feel vulnerable. Yet, right in front of us, some of the biggest stars in the NBA are revealing their struggles.The pathway to becoming a professional sports athlete is a long and strenuous one that takes a lot of dedication and a lot of pure physical ability. However, to make it to the NBA, or the NFL, or the MLB, must have tremendous physical ability, while also having fantastic mentality. That’s what makes players like Love and DeRozan standout that much more. Love pointed out that some nights before games, he would think about the worst things that have happened to him over the past decade. He would spend more time with a negative mentality than with a positive mentality. Yet, he was able to not only compete each night, but also play at an All-Star level for most of his career.Some people will call Love and DeRozan soft for the rest of their careers. Some people will never understand their struggling with such issues. After watching Love’s interview and reading MacMullan’s article, my perception of Love couldn’t have changed more. I went from thinking of Love as LeBron’s sidekick to realizing that he is one of the toughest and most talented guys in the entire league.While Love and DeRozan have great mindsets, they over-analyze their bad performances more than any other athletes because of their struggles. Over-thinking is a great motivator sometimes, but it can also take over someone’s life.The NBA is a tough league known for great trash talking. Love and DeRozan just exposed themselves and opened themselves up to great amounts of it. People now think they can get inside their heads and call them soft or weak. But at the end of the day, there is nothing soft about them. They’ve overcome struggles to continue playing basketball. They’ve been forced to put up with that fight everyday. These challenges are certainly exhausting. While it may get to the best of them, like it did with Love last year against the Hawks, on most occasions they win the battle and are able to play basketball at an elite level without us seeing the brutal fight constantly occurring in their heads.Robby Aronson is a sophomore majoring in journalism. His column, “The Bottom Line,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Manchester United set to complete deal for French teen sensation

first_img Aliou Badara Traore is on his way to Old Trafford 1 Manchester United have won the race for teen star Aliou Badara Traore, according to reports in France.The 16-year-old has been tipped for a big future and spent time at Paris Saint-Germain’s academy before joining Sarcelles last season.Traore is set to be on the move again now though as, according to L’Equipe, he has agreed to join Manchester United.The midfielder has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Premier League giants and will join their youth set up.Signing Traore will be seen as a coup for United as several other top European clubs had also expressed an interest.last_img read more

Contractor appointed to €2.5M Donegal Town Garda Station

first_imgA contractor has been appointed to construct the €2.5m Donegal Town Garda Station.Boyle Construction will be the main contractors for the building which has received a widespread welcome.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the appointment of contractors for the upgrading and refurbishment works. It is expected that works will commence shortly after Easter on the building.The redevelopment contract for the station is to consist of the demolition of a two-storey extension and an adjoining storage shed along with internal and external alterations to the existing building.The construction of a new three-storey extension to provide the additional extra capacity requirement for the station forms the main part of the contract, as the present Garda Station is grossly overcrowded at present.Pat the Cope added these works are greatly needed at the station and are long overdue. He said “I have raised this matter on numerous occasions with the Minister for Justice and I have constantly raised the issue directly with the Department by way of parliamentary questions.“With the appointment of a contractor, it is expected to see works underway without any delay, temporary accommodation has already been arranged for the Garda Station while works are underway.“The upgrading of our Garda stations is essential as the need to have a comprehensive and modern-day facility is a basic requirement for modern day policing.”Contractor appointed to €2.5M Donegal Town Garda Station was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:boyle constructioncontractorDonegal TownGarda stationlast_img read more

Berbatov undergoing medical at Fulham

first_imgManchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is having a medical at Fulham.The two clubs agreed a deal for the Bulgarian just before he was due to fly to Italy to complete a move to Fiorentina.Berbatov, 31, is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford and has been widely tipped to move on this summer, having made only five first-team appearances last season.Juventus were also interested in signing him but he appears to have chosen to remain in the Premier League.Giuseppe Marotta, director general of Juve, has been quoted by Italian media as saying: “There was a proposal by Fulham. We made our own, then the player said he preferred to stay in England for family reasons.”Fulham are also close to sealing the signing of former United man Kieran Richardson from Sunderland.A fee has been agreed for the 27-year-old Londoner, who has made it clear he is keen to return to the capital.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

SAA, Post Office turnaround plans working

first_img28 May 2015Efforts to turn around the performance of the national carrier, South African Airways (SAA), have begun to bear fruit, according to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.“The going concern status of the airline has been restored, costs have been reduced and operational efficiency is improving,” the deputy president said yesterday.“We have confidence that the newly developed long-term turnaround strategy will ensure that SAA continues to play a crucial role in facilitating commerce and tourism within our country and abroad.”He was speaking during the Presidency Budget Vote in Parliament.In December, President Jacob Zuma assigned Ramaphosa to oversee the turnaround of SAA, the South African Post Office and Eskom, three critical state-owned companies that are drivers of the economy.SAA was also transferred from the Department of Public Enterprises to National Treasury.“We are also encouraged by progress at the South African Post Office, where the strategic turnaround plan has been finalised for submission to [the] Cabinet,” Ramaphosa said.The administrator appointed by Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele in 2014 had undertaken a thorough diagnostic review of the challenges at the post office, and a business model that was better suited to the changing postal services environment had been developed.With regards to Eskom, progress had been made in the implementation of the government’s plan to stabilise the utility. Ramaphosa said Eskom would regain its strength in the country’s economy.“As the supplier of around 95% of the country’s electricity, Eskom is critical to our economic growth and sustainability. As we are all acutely aware, the company has been experiencing severe generation constraints, exacerbated by significant operational and financial challenges.”The Presidency welcomed the appointment of Eskom acting chief executive Brian Molefe.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Think Home Buyers Won’t Pay Extra for Energy Efficiency?

first_imgAccording to a national survey of 116 single-family home builders, developers, and remodelers performed by McGraw Hill in 2013, 73% of those surveyed said that home buyers will pay more for a green home. This is up from 61% in 2011. (The study defined a green home as one that incorporates environmentally sensitive site planning, resource efficiency, energy and water efficiency, improved indoor air quality, and homeowner education — or projects that would comply with the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard or other credible rating system.) RELATED ARTICLES If Only Green Homes Could Be Sold Like Breakfast CerealHelping Owners of Green Buildings Get a Fair AppraisalWhy Single-Family Green Homes Are Slow to Catch OnPutting Value on Green EnhancementsOne Broker’s Take on the Selling Power of GreenMore Builders Going GreenGreen Building is a Growing BusinessConsumers Associate Green Building With High QualityGreen Building’s Growing Market PowerMarketing High-Performance HomesHow We S’posed t’ Get Paid fer This Green Stuff? A much smaller study in the Seattle and Portland areas found similar results: 68 certified homes in Seattle sold at an average price premium of 9.6% and 24 in Portland sold for a 3% to 5% premium. The certified homes also sold 18 days faster than non-certified homes. A similar study has not been performed on a national level to date.So, while builders think buyers will only pay an extra 1% to 4%, and home buyers themselves say they will pay 3.5%, in reality (on the West Coast at least), green homes are selling for about 9% (that is, $34,800) more! What builders thinkA breakdown of how much those surveyed expected buyers to pay additionally for a green home is shown in the graph above. The most common estimate was that buyers were willing to pay an additional 1% to 4% for green features.The same builders were asked how much it would cost to incorporate green features. Their estimates are shown in the pie chart below.[Data source: McGraw Hill Construction]The most common estimate was that building green would cost an additional 5% to 10%. So on average, builders think it costs more to build green than home buyers are willing to pay.center_img What home buyers sayIn another national survey, this time of recent and prospective home buyers performed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) in 2012, home buyers said they are willing to pay an additional $7,095 (about 3.5%) up-front for a $1,000 annual savings on their utility bills, and 91% of them said they wanted an Energy Star rated house (28% said that Energy Star was essential, while 63% said it was desirable).What home buyers doIn a study of 1.6 million home sales in California from 2007-2012 it was found that homes with an Energy Star, LEED for Homes, or GreenPoint certification sold for an average of 9% or $34,800 more than homes with no such certification. The study also estimated that the incremental cost for builders to achieve theses certifications was at most $10,000. Nick Sisler is a co-founder and engineer at Ekotrope, which provides software and energy consulting for builders. Ekorope’s software is a RESNET accredited HERS and IECC Performance rating tool. Nick holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.last_img read more

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No. 3 UNC tops No. 4 Duke to earn share of ACC title

first_imgP2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BIG PICTUREDuke: There’s no doubt the Blue Devils are a different team without Williamson, a national player of the year candidate and possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick if he goes pro. The question is how soon he might be back, with Krzyzewski expressing optimism that he could be back for next week’s ACC Tournament in Charlotte. Without him, Barrett and Reddish (23 points) had to carry the load offensively and had trouble keeping up with UNC once the Tar Heels got rolling.UNC: The Tar Heels shot just 41 percent and 7 of 13 from the foul line, so things were hardly perfect. Yet that 11-0 burst that finally jarred the Tar Heels loose in a tight game was a display of why they have lost just twice in league play: fast-paced, explosive and at times withering for opponents to chase down. And they figured out a way to hang on when Duke threatened to climb back in it late.UP NEXTDuke: The Blue Devils have a bye as the No. 3 seed into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament.UNC: The Tar Heels have a bye as the No. 2 seed into Thursday’s quarterfinals at the ACC Tournament. Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 4 PLAY LIST 02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 400:50Trending Articles03:06‘Pamana’: Mausoleum caretaker cherishes humble work for family02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting North Carolina’s Luke Maye, left, and Duke’s Tre Jones battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, March 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Third-ranked North Carolina took down its biggest rival again, this time to earn a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season championship.Freshman Coby White scored 21 points and UNC hung on late to beat fourth-ranked Duke 79-70 on Saturday, securing their first regular-season sweep of the Blue Devils in a decade.ADVERTISEMENT Senior Kenny Williams scored a season-high 18 points for the Tar Heels (26-5, 16-2), who led by 15 with about 6½ minutes left but had to hold off a rally by the Blue Devils, who played yet again without injured freshman star Zion Williamson. Duke lost starting big man Marques Bolden early in this one, too.The Tar Heels bumbled their way to the finish after building their big lead, letting the Blue Devils (26-5, 14-4) get as close as 75-70 on RJ Barrett’s 3-pointer with 2:19 left. Ultimately UNC held on to finish tied alongside second-ranked Virginia atop the final league standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesVirginia secured the No. 1 seed for the league tournament by beating Louisville earlier Saturday. The Cavaliers owned the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Tar Heels by winning in Chapel Hill last month — which is UNC’s only loss since mid-January.UNC had last swept the two-game set with Duke on Tyler Hansbrough’s Senior Day in 2009 for a team that went on to win the NCAA title.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Duke’s RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson contend for Wooden Award 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Barrett scored 26 points to lead the Blue Devils, who shot just 23 percent after halftime.Duke came in shorthanded with Williamson out for the fifth straight game since suffering a sprained right knee early in last month’s first meeting with the Tar Heels. On Friday, Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski had said Williamson had gotten in his “first really good workout” on Thursday as he continued his recovery. The next step, he said, was working on Williamson’s conditioning and getting him used to contact again.Then things got tougher when the Blue Devils lost Bolden roughly 2½ minutes when he fell into the basket support and injured his left knee while picking up a foul on a block attempt at the rim. He had to be helped off the court and straight to the tunnel, and didn’t return.Cam Reddish was terrific in the first half with 17 points to help Barrett, the ACC’s leading scorer who has been left as the no-doubt lead weapon for Duke’s offense with Williamson out.Barrett got into foul trouble by picking up his third foul late in the first half and finished with four fouls, three coming on charges drawn by Williams in the senior’s final home game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more