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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. G A Chester | Monday, 7th December, 2020 | More on: CINE EMAN Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’ve been bearish on Cineworld (LSE: CINE) from as far back as when its share price was above 200p. And yes, I confess, also at prices significantly lower than its current 65p!Today, I’ll explain why I remain bearish on the stock. But hey, it’s not all negativity. I’m also going to compare and contrast Cineworld with a growth stock I’d be very happy to buy.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 pre-pandemic Cineworld share priceCineworld’s shares had been weak well before the pandemic hit. Between spring 2019 and the end of the year they declined 32%.Maybe the market shared my concerns about the company’s accounting and governance, or my scepticism about its debt-fuelled empire building. Particularly its entry into the North American market, where movie-theatre attendance has been in decline for two decades. Its mega-purchase of US number-two chain Regal smacked of a vanity acquisition to me.By contrast, I’ve found nothing particularly perplexing about Cineworld’s small-cap peer Everyman Media (LSE: EMAN). Its largely organic growth strategy has been well-paced and prudently managed. As such, its financial position coming into 2020 was far stronger than Cineworld’s.Everyman’s balance sheet had tangible shareholders’ equity of £44.9m. And its net debt (excluding lease liabilities) of £9.9m was a modest 0.8 times its £12m EBITDA. Cineworld’s tangible shareholders’ equity was negative to the tune of $3.1bn. And its net debt (excluding lease liabilities) of $3.5bn was a scary 3.5 times its $1bn EBITDA.Mayhem at the moviesWhen the pandemic hit, Everyman moved early to further strengthen its balance sheet. It raised £17.5m of new equity in an oversubscribed placing. Cineworld’s solution, with its dangerously debt-heavy balance sheet? Borrow more money.Everyman has served cinema-goers well through the year, opening its venues whenever legally possible. Meanwhile, Cineworld closed its cinemas across the UK and US in early October until further notice.Last month, the Financial Times claimed Cineworld is looking at “cutting rents and permanently closing UK screens,” via an insolvency process under a CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement).Even if it goes down this route, I’m not convinced it’ll be enough to boost results or the Cineworld share price. Given the enormity of its debt, I think a wholesale financial restructuring of the group will be required sooner or later, with painful consequences for existing shareholders.Cineworld share price versus Everyman share priceCineworld’s shares are currently trading at a 72% discount to their 52-week high. This compares with Everyman’s discount of 51%. However, for the reasons I’ve discussed, I’m not tempted by the ‘cheap’ Cineworld share price. It remains firmly on my list of stocks to avoid.Meanwhile, I think Everyman’s 51% discount share price is very attractive. The company’s relative financial robustness, its premium independent positioning, and strong pre-pandemic growth all appeal to me.I think Everyman would have little difficulty in doing another equity fundraising, if necessary. Indeed, there may be opportunities for it to acquire some attractive venues from, ahem, financially distressed operators. Personally, I’d be happy to buy Everyman shares at their current price, but the Cineworld share price isn’t for me. Forget the Cineworld share price! I’d buy this growth stock instead G A Chester has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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to go further China’s Cyber Censorship Figures April 23, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyberdissident Yang Jianli, a US resident, marks two years in prison without being sentenced News RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) is seeking the release of cyberdissident Yang Jianli, a resident of the United States, who on 26 April 2004 will be marking two years in prison in China.His wife Christina Fu and their two children, backed by US Congressmen Chris Cox (Republican) and Barney Frank (Democrat), will use the occasion to hold a press conference in Washington to demand his release.Reporters Without Borders fully supports this initiative and called on the President of the European Parliament Pat Cox, to add his weight to the plea to free Yang.”China takes offence at a US resolution to the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, but immediately totally discredits itself, with cases like that of Yang Jianli,” said the international press freedom organisation.”Improvements in human rights in China are not measured by speeches but by releasing political prisoners,” it added.Reporters Without Borders considers, as the organisation stressed in its letter to Pat Cox, that the European Union has a duty, within a constructive dialogue with the Chinese authorities, to press for the release of prisoners of opinion.Some 35 members of the US Congress have already signed a petition for the release of Yang. A letter has also been sent to Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry, who is also a senator in Massachusetts, Yang’s home state. News News Thirty-five members of the US Congress have already signed a petition for the release of Yang Jianli, arrested on 26 April 2002. Reporters Without Borders also calls on the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, to press for his release. April 27, 2021 Find out more The 26 April press conference in Washington will also be used to expose Yang’s appalling prison conditions. ChinaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on China When he was put in solitary confinement, one of the prosecutors in charge of his file visited him. Yang sought to complain to him about his “ill-treatment” but was told by the prosecutor, “You cannot. This treatment has been approved by the prosecutor’s office.”When his Chinese lawyer Mo Shaoping asked to see his client, the authorities told him that everything was OK and that Yang did not wish to see him. They were only able to meet on 14 April after a wait of almost one month.The background :Yang Jianli was editor in chief of the dissident online review Yibao (www.chinaeweekly.com). He was arrested on 26 April 2002 while he was secretly investigating strikes by workers in north-eastern China. He was returning to the country for the first time since he was expelled for taking part in the 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations.Arrested officially for “absence of a valid passport”, Yang was charged on 17 July 2003 with “illegally entering Chinese territory” and “spying for Taiwan”.After being held secretly for one year, he was tried in August 2003 and the verdict was deferred. Under the Chinese criminal code, the authorities then had four months to hand down his sentence. Once this deadline passed his continued detention became illegal. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation He was put in an isolation cell on 15 March 2004 where he remained handcuffed for a week. He was not allowed newspapers, television or physical exercise. His requests to see his lawyer had been refused. These sanctions were imposed three days after he refused to wear his prison uniform, make his bed and reply to roll call with his prison number. The cyberdissident demanded to be called by his name.On 21 March, Yang agreed to obey the prison rules but warders left him handcuffed until his wrists were bleeding.When Yang said at the beginning of March that he planned to go on hunger strike to protest against his illegal detention, the authorities told him he would be force fed, after which he relented. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more
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76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details Over the last few years, engagement has certainly become a buzzword in the credit union industry. Every touch point (website, call center, in-person, email, online search, social media, etc.) provides an opportunity to engage with your members and deepen the relationship. For the purpose of this article, let’s use the following formula to define engagement:Relationship + Action = EngagementWhen I say engagement I’m not talking about two people in a relationship moving from dating to marriage. Or am I? Are the concepts one in the same? Engaged couples deepen their relationship over time, ultimately creating an organically built family unit. Engaged members have a deeper share of wallet with the credit union, which over time equals bigger profits and organic growth for the organization.So how can you develop more engaged members? Try applying these 5 relationship rules to your member engagement strategy… First Date: Get to know the personRelationship: Break the ice, flirt, romance your date, listen, ask questions, and engage in deep conversation. Don’t be cheap (Avoid McDonald’s), don’t talk about yourself too much and finally, ask for a second date.Members: Get to know the member (MCIF data/Member Survey/Market Research etc), communicate, first impressions count, don’t be cheap – spend the necessary marketing dollars to win over your new members. Don’t sell, just listen, get to know your member, and follow up (text, call, email).Tip: First impressions count. People decide how they feel about someone within the first 2 seconds of seeing them; the same goes for financial institutions. Align your engagement strategy with all levels of the organization and all member touch points so that, regardless of how contact is made, the first impression experience is the same. Dating: Nurture the relationshipRelationship: Text, call, and communicate often. Work on nurturing your budding relationship; tell more of your story (it’s ok to talk about yourself now, but don’t stop listening).Members: Continuously follow-up and provide valuable content to build trust. Now that you’re getting to know the member, make your communications personal. Avoid selling products/services to members until you know them well enough to match products to their needs.Tip: If you wouldn’t make reservations at a seafood restaurant before asking your date if he/she likes seafood, then you also shouldn’t sell products to members who may not need or want them. Get to know your member before you make any offers or recommendations. Engagement: Secure your futureRelationship: You’re confident in your communication style/efforts, comfortable enough to secure the relationship, invite the other person into your life, you know them well enough to move on to the next step and deepen your relationship. Reward them with a shiny new diamond, then celebrate, tell your friends and share on social media!Member: You’ve established 2-way communication and are both looking to develop the relationship further and deepen the share of wallet. You’ve asked for the sale and they’ve accepted! Time to celebrate (congratulate the member), tell friends (share testimonies), and reward the relationship (member loyalty rewards).Tip: Patience is a virtue in any relationship. Deepening your member share of wallet isn’t something that happens overnight. There will be times when you ask for the sale and you are turned down. Don’t be discouraged. Keep communicating with your members and the relationship will build. Marriage: Build on the foundationRelationship: This is it. You’ve sold yourself to your partner to the extent that he/she is willing to spend the rest of eternity with you. It’s time to take the next step and reap the rewards of a long, happy marriage. It won’t be easy, and it will require lots of work, but it will be worth it, and you’ll gain a new family (in-laws), and friends.Member: If you’ve made it this far, congratulations, you’ve got yourself a loyal member who considers you their primary financial institution (PFI). It’s time to take the next step and upsell, continue to reward, and nurture this long, happy relationship. It won’t be easy, it will require continuous follow up, ongoing communication, and may cost a pretty penny to retain – but don’t worry…it will be worth it when they start referring their friends and family.Tip: They say that always putting your relationship first is the key to a happy marriage. Putting your loyal members first can be your key to success and profit. Loyal members are easier to sell to and cost less to retain than newer, non-committed members. Honeymoon and beyond: Focus on your future together Relationship: Continue to wine and dine your spouse, maintain ongoing communication efforts, and focus on your future together.Member: Dedicate the time, effort, marketing, and outreach to maintain your PFI status and continue to be the number one resource that your member turns to in time of financial need.Tip: Preserve the honeymoon phase by rewarding your member over the years, celebrating the little things (birthdays, anniversaries, milestones), maintaining open 2-way communications, and listening to the member’s ongoing needs.
I’m in the middle of a great book: The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. It is a wicked good read.It discusses two Israeli psychologists who dove into how people make decisions. The book is unnerving – it describes how we unwittingly fool ourselves into making bad choices.The researchers touched upon anchoring. What is it? Your decisions can be adversely affected by placing too much emphasis or importance on the first piece of data you receive. That data “anchors” your mind in one area, leading it to dismiss or diminish subsequent information.Don’t believe it? The researchers did an experiment that you can repeat. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says this generation of players will make its own unwritten rules on what emotion is acceptable to show on the field.Hall of Famer Goose Gossage, a New York Yankees spring training instructor, criticized Toronto star Jose Bautista last month for his bat flip during last year’s playoffs, telling ESPN he was “a disgrace to the game.” The 64-year-old, who pitched in the major leagues from 1972-94, also told ESPN that Washington’s Bruce Harper “doesn’t know squat about the game … no respect for it.” “I think to the extent that you believe, and I actually do, that Bryce Harper is a spokesman for this generation, I suspect that you will see more exuberance from our players on the field,” Manfred said Thursday during a meeting with the Associated Press Sports Editors. “I think it’s a good thing. I think that to the extent that you’re trying to market to a younger audience, our younger players taking control of the definition of those unwritten rules is a lot better than some guy who’s 67 years saying I did it that way and you ought do it the same way.” Bautista memorably flipped his bat after hitting a three-run homer that gave the Blue Jays the lead in the seventh inning in Game 5 of the AL Division Series against Texas.“He’s entitled to have his opinion. I don’t happen to agree with him on this particular topic,” Manfred said of Gossage. “Goose and his peers developed a set of unwritten understandings about what was acceptable on the field when he played the game, and I think the generation of players that are on the field today are going to do the same thing. I think that it may not be exactly the same as it was when Goose played, and you know, from my perspective that’s good thing.”Manfred said any cultural differences between players raised in the U.S. and those in Latin America over what is acceptable will be worked out.“The various groups that participate on the field are going to have to work through a middle ground,” he said. “I do believe our players understand diversity and that even though there may be differences along these lines, they will find a way to a middle ground that’s acceptable to the vast majority of those players.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
In a separate case, the president and vice-president of the Simba football club, one of the oldest and most successful in the country, were charged with money laundering.Details of the charge will only be given upon their next court appearance on July 13. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Tanzanian football chief Jamal Malinzi was on Thursday charged with embezzlement for falsifying invoices to pocket cash given by sponsors, court documents showed.Malinzi, who was arrested Wednesday, was charged alongside the Tanzanian Football Federation (TFF) secretary general Celestine Mwesigwa.Malinzi became head of the TFF in 2013 and is up for re-election in August. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge and will re-appear in court on July 3. Share on: WhatsApp
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIn what is a preview to the first round the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Murdoch Division playoffs, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks found another way to defeat the Nelson Leafs.A goal by Daniel Bishop at 12:42 of the third period stood up as the winner sparking the Nitehawks to a 3-2 KIJHL victory Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson opened the weekend Friday with a 6-4 victory over Spokane in the Lilac City.The win was the sixth in seven games for Beaver Valley, which opens the KIJHL playoffs against Nelson February 14 in Fruitvale.“I don’t know if there’s any secret, I think we’ve been fortunate in some games, we’ve had great goaltending in some games . . . some games our power play has been good and their goaltending hasn’t been that good,” said Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones.“I think (Nelson) is a good team that has added some good players so I feel it’s going to be a close series when the playoffs start.” Nelson jumped all over the Hawks, out shooting the visitors 15-3 in the opening frame, but once again Beaver Valley backstop Zach Perehudoff shut the door.Taylor Love opened the scoring before Nelson finally saw some reward for all the hard work with 1:32 remaining in the frame. Cody Abbey, with his first of two, scored on the power play deadlocking the teams at 1-1 at the intermission.Leaf killer Ryon Sookro restored the Beaver Valley goal in the second with a power play marker. But Abbey once again tied the contest three minutes until recess.Nelson out shot the Hawks 29-20 in the game but saw it’s wide advantage dwindle in the third when Beaver Valley held an 11-6 margin.The teams do it all up again this afternoon in Beaver Valley to complete the season series.Stewart turns the heat up on former Spokane matesFormer Brave Joel Stewart continues to beat up on his old mates.The Spokane native scored twice to lead the Nelson Leafs to a 6-4 victory in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night in the Lilac City.The win secures third place in the Murdoch Division for the Leafs. Spokane trails Nelson by 12 points in divisional standings with six games remaining on the schedule. But the Leafs lead the season-series tiebreaker 6-2.However, Friday’s win was not quite according to way Leaf coach Chris Shaw designed the contest on the drawing board.Nelson twice overcame two-goal deficits, taking over the game with five goals in the second period. The goals came in a span of 11 minutes.Of course the 20-year-old Stewart, traded to the Leafs earlier in the season, got the ball going in the right direction with a power play marker five minutes into the second, his second of the game.Cody Abby, Dallon Stoddart, Marcus Dahl and Walker Sidoni completed the onslaught for the Leafs.The goal for Stoddart, a grad of the Nelson Minor Hockey system, was his first since November 20 against Kamloops.Stoddart, finishing with two assists – his second straight two-point game — was his fifth of the season.Mitch Fowler, Van Stefanou, Rance Hughes and Jesse Collins replied for Spokane.Taylor O’Neil and Connor Enright each had two assists.Nelson returns home Saturday to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in the first game of a two-game home-and-home series. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Colton Schell has overtaken injured Gavin Currie for the Leafs scoring lead. Schell has a point Friday in Spokane. Currie has been out of the lineup since December 31 . . .Joel Stewart, with 25 points in 22 games since coming to Nelson, is three points behind Schell. . . .The Leafs won three of four games against Spokane both home and away, out scoring the Braves 30-20. . . . Stewart has eight points against his former Spokane [email protected]