Harshil Patel | Monday, 29th March, 2021 | More on: NXT “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Harshil Patel 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. With many high-growth technology shares experiencing sharp corrections over the past few months, it’s interesting to see where investment funds might be flowing to instead. The industrials and financial sectors have gained so far this year, while technology and clean energy have lagged. Which sector could lead the next few months?I think it’s time to look in the consumer retail sector. The FTSE 100 is home to some high-quality, established, and innovative retailers. With the next tax year fast approaching, I’m considering one FTSE 100 retailer in particular to add to my new Stocks and Shares ISA.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 top FTSE 100 share for my ISAI would consider the fashion and homewares retailer Next (LSE:NXT). The UK retail industry is changing fast and the pandemic is accelerating the change. There have been several non-food retailers that have gone into administration in recent months including Arcadia Group and Debenhams.Once the pandemic is over, I believe that the retailers that survive could be well-placed to gain market share and become stronger businesses. In my opinion, Next is the best-placed retailer in the FTSE 100 to thrive. It’s also among several ‘reopening’ shares I’m watching.Run by formidable management, Next successfully shifted its business strategy online. Even before the crisis, more than half of its business came from online. This has helped it to navigate and survive store closures in the pandemic.In addition, the crisis has created acquisition opportunities for Next. Last year it expanded its beauty business by taking on several empty beauty halls in Debenhams stores. More recently it took a 25% stake in upmarket fashion brand Reiss. These actions should provide further long-term growth.Next has always been forward-thinking, in my opinion. This becomes apparent with its relatively new concept called Total Platform. The platform allows smaller brands to make use of Next’s 20 years of expertise in web systems, marketing, distribution, and warehousing. In return, Next receives a commission of sales. Almost like being the “Amazon of fashion”, the concept has much potential, I think.I particularly like businesses that display high-quality metrics. At 18%, Next offers one of the highest return on capital figures in the FTSE 100. It also demonstrates profitability with a decent operating margin of around 14%.Retail uncertainty remainsDespite being a high-quality operator, the retail environment remains uncertain. Risks remain as to consumer behaviour post-lockdowns, and the risk of future pandemic-related disruption. Physical stores still remain a large part of the business and the extent to which footfall bounces back will have a large effect on profitability. In addition, the retail sector is competitive and risks remain of online-only retailers taking market share.These unknowns could be concerns for the investment case over the coming months. However, on balance, I think that the UK consumer will bounce back when allowed to do so. 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Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Linkedin ReddIt Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! Facebook The 109 The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ printIn Tuesday’s mercy rule victory over Arlington, the Paschal Panthers used two different pitchers, neither of which surrendered a single run in a dominating 16-0 rout.Head coach Sarah Dokie-Reyes said the differences between the two pitchers helped the team change things up on defense to shutout the Colts.“Our defense is pretty solid,” Dokie-Reyes said. “On one side, you have the speed with our starting pitcher and then, on the other side, our second pitcher has more of the finesse and the movement down.”The Panthers (14-7, 10-4 Dist. 4-6A) shut out the Colts (3-7, 2-7) after five innings with a final score of 16-0.The Panthers were slow to start on offense, going scoreless in the first inning. However, the Colts were even slower, as Panthers pitcher Lydia Vidales made quick work of three Arlington batters to end the first.The Panthers made up for their slow start by scoring seven runs in the second. Jessie Ortiz and Vidales both hit doubles to bring in runners. The Colts, on the other hand, were still having trouble making contact on Vidales’ pitches.The Panthers continued to hit well in the third inning, including a sacrifice bunt by Summer Sadler bringing home Maggie Hurst. A double by Alicia Jones that brought in Sadler and Alma Arellano for two more runs, putting the Panthers up by 11 runs.The Colts switched out their pitchers in the third inning, bringing in substitute Lauryn Henson for starter Jamie Davis.The Panthers also made a pitching change in the third, bringing in substitute Nina Ortega for Lydia Vidales. The Colts finally got on base in the bottom of the third but still finished the frame scoreless.The Colts managed to load the bases in the fifth, but were still unable to bring any runners home. Meanwhile, the Panthers continued to dominate, with Caroline Adair and Ortiz both hitting doubles.Dokie-Reyes was happy with her team’s performance in their last regular season game before playoffs start next week. She praised their mentality throughout the game.“They swung the ball through the fence tonight, which was really good,” Dokie-Reyes said.“A lot of teams when they go up against pitchers like this will swing for over the fence and just try to chunk it over, but they changed up that mentality and swung for the fence instead.”Amanda Hernandez is a sports reporter for The 109. Email her at [email protected] TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students TAGSPaschalSoftball The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Linkedin Facebook Twitter + posts Previous articleHeavy rainfall will hinder North Texas cash cropNext articleFort Worth part of healthy Blue Zone project The 109 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth braces for more severe weather TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students ReddIt The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday
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Email Facebook Print No Repro FeeFourth year student at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Lauren-Kate Browne from Bunratty in Co. Clare At an awards ceremony at MIC Limerick on Tuesday 10 March, Lauren-Kate, who is studying to become a primary teacher at MIC Limerick, was presented with the ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’ in recognition of her contribution to college/student life. The ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’ is a scholarship initiative of the MIC Foundation and MIC’s Students’ Union, MISU. Lauren-Kate is a strong advocate for well-being and mental health and has been actively involved in promoting positive mental health, both on campus and in the classroom while on school placement.Prof Niamh Hourigan, Eugene Wall, Aisling Cusack, and Lauren-Kate Browne pictured at the Mary Immaculate Collage Limerick for the Foundation Awards for Excellence tonight.Pic. Brian ArthurProfTHE outstanding achievements of students at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) were recognised at an awards ceremony held at the College’s Limerick campus last night (10 March).Five students were each presented with the MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’, a scholarship initiative of the MIC Foundation and MIC’s Students’ Union, MISU.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Now in its 11th year, the ‘MIC Foundation Awards for Excellence’ are valued at €500 each and are presented to students in recognition of their musical, sporting and artistic achievements, as well as their contributions to community and college life.Prof Niamh Hourigan ,Eugene Wall, Aisling Cusack, and Nicole Wilson pictured at the Mary Immaculate Collage Limerick for the Foundation Awards for Excellence tonight. Pic. Brian ArthurProfThird year student, Chantelle Cawley, from Mountmellick in Co. Laois was presented with an Award for Excellence in recognition of her advocacy work. Chantelle, who is studying to become a post primary teacher, has been passionately raising awareness of higher education within the travelling community throughout her time at MIC Thurles.She has provided insight into the NCCA Draft Curriculum Guidelines on Traveller Education and aims to be a role model for young traveller girls seeking to progress to higher education.Chantelle’s dissertation explores the effect of teacher expectations on students from ethnic minorities and she hopes that her research will aid both current teachers and student teachers in supporting students from ethnic minorities.Fourth year student at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) Lauren-Kate Browne from Bunratty in Co. Clare pictured receiving her ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’ from Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC.Pic. Brian ArthurMairéad Fallon, who hails from Barna in Co. Galway, received an Award for Excellence in recognition of her community engagement endeavours.The third year B Ed and Psychology student is actively engaged in volunteering on a local, national and international level, and in 2019, Mairéad was selected to participate in the Washington Ireland Program for Service and Leadership, which recognises young leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to serving others.As well as volunteering with homeless charities and those supporting people in Direct Provision in her native Galway, Mairéad will travel to Kolkata this summer where she will volunteer for 10 weeks.Lauren-Kate Browne from Bunratty in Co. Clare was presented with an Award for Excellence in recognition of her contribution to college/student life.The fourth-year student who is studying to become a primary teacher at MIC Limerick is a strong advocate for well-being and mental health and has been actively involved in promoting positive mental health, both on campus and in the classroom while on school placement.Second year B Ed and Psychology student, Dearbhaile Roe, received an Award for Excellence in recognition of her sporting achievements. Hailing from Claremorris in Co. Mayo, tennis player Dearbhaile won the National College Championships in Doubles in 2018 representing MIC, and reached the semi-finals in both singles and doubles last year.Also, in 2019, Dearbhaile was crowned Connacht Senior Open champion and is due to represent MIC in the National College Championships later this year. As chairperson of the MIC Tennis Club, Dearbhaile is committed to sharing her sport with others and aims to make tennis accessible to all students.Fourth year B Ed student Gary Stephenson from Tralee in Co. Kerry received an Award for Excellence in recognition of his contribution to college/student life.In his role as Campus Ambassador, Gary strives to ensure that students have a positive and fulfilling college experience and is keenly aware of how important it is for students to be supported in their transition to third level.A further three students were also Highly Commended for Music, namely Nicole Wilson from Shannon in Co. Clare, Aaron MacKessy from Ballacolla in Co. Laois and Siún Daly from Bishopstown in Co. Cork.Nicole is studying to become an early years educator, while Aaron and Siún are both studying to become primary teachers.Presenting the students with their awards, Professor Eugene Wall, President of MIC, congratulated them on their achievements saying, “It’s wonderful to acknowledge the achievements of our students in this way and to celebrate their hard work, talent and dedication.“These students have excelled in the areas of sport, music and the arts while remaining committed to their studies and are deserving recipients of the ‘MIC Foundation Award for Excellence’. I commend you all on your accomplishments and I wish you all the very best as you continue to pursue excellence and fulfilment in your chosen fields.” he added.MISU President, Aisling Cusask, echoed Professor Wall’s sentiments, adding “MISU is delighted to once again be involved with the ‘MIC Foundation Awards for Excellence’, which highlight and celebrate the hard work and talents of our students.“I can certainly say we are very fortunate to have such dedicated students here at MIC and this awards event is a fantastic occasion to acknowledge this. On behalf of MISU, I would like to congratulate the award recipients and wish them all continued success in the years ahead, both in your academic life and life outside of college.” she said.The ‘MIC Foundation – Awards for Excellence’ scholarship scheme is open to all full-time undergraduate MIC students who have successfully completed their first year of study. Applicants have to demonstrate excellence in sports, music or the arts while maintaining a commitment to their academic studies.Deirdre Kennelly, MISU General Manager, outlined how these awards form an integral part of the recently launched MISU Strategic Plan, which will govern the activities of the College’s students’ union for the next four years.Speaking at the awards ceremony, she said, “In partnering with the MIC Foundation on the Awards for Excellence and recognising our students for their achievements, we are supporting and contributing to a number of the key priority areas identified in our Strategic Plan for 2020–2024.“I would like to congratulate all the applicants on their achievements to date and wish them every success in the future.” she added.Also announced on the night were the winners of the MICS, the annual clubs and society awards.Third year B Ed and Psychology student, Sinéad Doyle, was awarded ‘Best Individual’ for her work with MIDAS, MIC’s Dramatic Arts Society.The Cork native has been with MIDAS for the past 3 years and is currently directing this year’s musical, ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’.MIDAS also scooped the award for ‘Best Society’and ‘Best Event’ for their 2019 production of ‘A Chorus Line’, as well as ‘Best Photo’.Will Reidy was awarded ‘Best Fresher’ for his work with the Live Music Society. Will is a first-year mature student from Limerick who is studying on the Bachelor of Arts programme at MIC Limerick.The Live Music Society was also awarded ‘Best Poster’ for ‘Positive Jamz’, as well as scooping the award for ‘Best Promotional Video’.The winners of the MICS will now go forward to represent MIC at the BICS (Board of Irish College Societies) Awards in Athlone next month. 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Google+ Facebook Facebook Twitter Excitement and caution as businesses reopen in Donegal Pinterest WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By admin – May 18, 2020 Chambers of Commerce in Donegal say as more businesses begin to open, today has been about learning and addressing issues around how to keep staff and customers safe.Leah Fairman of the Ballybofey-Stranorlar Chamber of Commerce says the experience there has been similar to other towns – There is a sense of excitement, but also a determination to ensure that the reopening is managed properly and safely………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/leahfairman.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleArds Forest car park reopens to localsNext articlePlanning application lodged for new cycle and walk bridge admin Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+
ABC News(NEW YORK) — A massive spring storm is moving across the country bringing with it everything from damaging winds to snow and hail.Strong winds fueled fires in Oklahoma that have burned 100,000 acres on Thursday, while part of the Rockies got over a foot of snow.As the storm moves east on Friday, more than a dozen states from the Rockies to the Midwest are under storm alerts, including a blizzard warning for the Northern Plains, flash flood watch in parts of the South and high wind warning in the Southwest.The storm system will move into the Plains and Mississippi Valley on Friday afternoon, bringing severe storms with damaging winds, hail and tornadoes from the Gulf Coast to Iowa.Farther north, blizzard conditions will develop late this afternoon and evening in the Northern Plains.The storm system slowly moves east on Saturday with severe weather widespread across the South, including more tornadoes, damaging winds and hail.To the north, a full-blown blizzard will continue from Nebraska to Minnesota. Icy conditions are possible from Wisconsin to Michigan.By Sunday, the storm continues to march east with severe storms moving into the Southeast and the potential for damaging winds, hail and a few tornadoes.On the northern side, heavy snow will continue from Wisconsin to Michigan, with icy conditions reaching all the way to New England.The storm system moves into the I-95 corridor on Monday with possible flooding and gusty winds for the major Northeast cities.Snowfall totals will range from 6 to 12 inches from Colorado to Michigan — with 20 inches possible locally.Ahead of the storm, a major warmup is on the way for Friday and Saturday on the East Coast.Highs on Friday will be in the upper 70s and low 80s from the Ohio Valley to Washington, D.C. and New York City.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Avon Indiana Police(AVON, Ind.) — Police investigating the disappearance of an Indiana mother of five children have been “working around the clock” to track her down — and are now asking for the public’s help in the search.The Avon Police Department has cast a wide net to find Najah Ferrell since she went missing more than two weeks ago. Detectives have interviewed more than 40 people, pored over surveillance from 12 locations and conducted 30 search warrants, including for her home and analyzing her electronic devices, police said.“Somebody knows something,” said Avon Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Brian Nugent.“We are not going to stop looking for Najah,” he said. “We will never stop.”Ferrell, 30, was last seen at her home in the early morning hours of March 15, police said. She was scheduled to start her third day of work at a local Panera Bread.“Employees there … indicated that she never arrived,” Nugent said during a press conference Thursday.Ferrell’s vehicle, a 2018 black Nissan Altima, was discovered last week about 2.5 miles from the Panera, police said. They also found evidence at a construction zone in the area, but Nugent wouldn’t go into details about the items, except to say they were taken to a crime lab to be examined.Her phone was not among the items recovered, however, Nugent said.He said investigators have zeroed in on that general area to see if witnesses will come forward with any piece of information.Ferrell’s mother, Paula, was flanked at the press conference by blow-up photos of Ferrell with two of her sons. The mom said the photos were taken on Easter a few years ago.“I love my child, and I tried to teach her to love others the same way,” she said in between sobs. “I think she was a giving a young lady. We were like best friends.”Ferrell has two biological sons and three foster children, Nugent said.Her mother said Ferrell “should be here with her boys.”“They’ve never been without their mother,” she said.She urged the public to help police “bring her home.”“I miss her,” she said.Nugent said there were no persons of interest at this time. Her friends and relatives have been cooperative, he said.Still, he called her disappearance “suspicious.”“Anyone that leaves their family for an extended period of time, we would call that suspicious,” he said. “For a mother to not know where her children are at, and for her children to not know where their mother is at, is not only heartbreaking, but it’s certainly suspicious.”“If you’re that somebody who thinks they know something … we are still in desperate need of information,” Nugent said. “We need you to come forward, tell us what you saw.”To that end, Seeds of Life, the organization that facilitated connecting Ferrell with her three foster children, is offering a $2,500 reward for information that would help find her.Authorities are asking anyone with information to tweet at @cicrimestoppers or call 317-262-TIPS, where tipsters will remain anonymous.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
DNY59/iStockBy CATHERINE THORBECKE, ABC News(KENOSHA, Wis.) — Kyle Rittenhouse, the alleged Wisconsin gunman who is accused of opening fire during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake and of killing two people, did not appear for his first scheduled court appearance Friday.The 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, requested to waive his presence at the extradition hearing. His lawyer, however, did not waive the extradition to Wisconsin request during the short virtual court proceeding Friday morning, but asked for more time.A hearing on the status of his extradition has now been set for Sept. 25.Rittenhouse has been charged in Wisconsin with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, two counts of recklessly endangering safety and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon. He is currently being held in Lake County, Illinois.The violence occurred late Tuesday night near a gas station in Kenosha, some 40 miles south of Milwaukee, amid a third night of protests over the police shooting of Blake. One of the victims in the deadly shooting was shot five times, including in the head, and the other was shot in the chest, according to a criminal complaint. A third gunshot victim was taken to the hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to police.Rittenhouse surrendered to authorities in Antioch, Illinois, on Wednesday, local police said.Social media accounts allegedly linked to Rittenhouse are part of the investigation, authorities have said. Those now-deactivated accounts contain references of support for President Donald Trump and support for Blue Lives Matter.Trump’s reelection campaign issued a statement Wednesday night distancing itself from the alleged shooter.“President Trump has repeatedly and consistently condemned all forms of violence and believes we must protect all Americans from chaos and lawlessness. This individual had nothing to do with our campaign and we fully support our fantastic law enforcement for their swift action in this case,” Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said via the statement.Moreover, social media video of Rittenhouse, who is white, passing police with his assault-style rifle shortly around the time of his shooting rampage has caused further outrage — especially as Blake was shot seven times in the back by police without possession of a gun.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Morewomen and Catholics are working for the police force in Northern Irelandthan ever before, thanks to a controversial diversity programme aimed atcreating a service free from partisan control.MauraMuldoon, divisional manager for the Northern Ireland Police Service, told apublic sector conference in Londonlast week that a 50:50 recruitment policy had been introduced, with oneCatholic officer appointed for every non-Catholicrecruited. It wants 50 per cent of the service to be made up of Catholics inthe next few years. Upto four years ago, it was dominated by Protestants and other faiths, with lessthan 10 per cent of the workforce being Catholic. But a recent recruitmentcampaign led to 6,500 applications when only 450 are needed in Northern Irelandeach year.Anotherknock-on effect of the 50:50 rulehas been a dramatic increase in the number of women applying for jobs in theservice. More than 40 per cent of all new recruits are now female.Muldoonadmitted the rule had been widely contested to the point where the policy waschallenged in the House of Lords, but it was later upheld. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Police diversity scheme is a successOn 21 Sep 2004 in Police, Personnel Today
Related posts:No related photos. BA expects record loss leading to ‘permanent cost reductions’By Personnel Today on 5 Feb 2010 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. British Airways (BA) is on track to make a record annual pre-tax loss despite a surprise operating profit of £25m in the three months to December, it has emerged.BA’s pre-tax loss in the nine months to December 2009 rose to £342m, from £70m in the same period in 2008. With a further three months of the financial year to come, the airline is expected to exceed last year’s record loss of £401m.The news comes as BA is locked in a High Court battle with union Unite, which claims it was never consulted over changes to cabin crew contracts. A result of a ballot later this month may show the airline is facing further industrial action, after the Christmas strike was cancelled by the courts.The company said in a statement: “Our focus on permanent cost reduction must continue if we are to return the business to profitability in the short term.”Chief executive Willie Walsh added the airline was working with staff, unions and trustees on ways to address a £3.7bn pension fund deficit. BA is also discussing a range of changes to future pension benefits, according to the Telegraph. Previous Article Next Article