Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. 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. In nearly 34 years as an investor, I’ve seen plenty of crazy behaviour. In October 1987, I witnessed the US S&P 500 index collapse by a fifth in one day. During the dotcom boom, I saw shares of (in my view) worthless companies soar tenfold. By 2002, most had crashed to zero. In the global financial crisis of 2007–09, I observed banks collapsing or getting taxpayer bailouts. This year, I saw the FTSE 100 index crash by 35% in the spring and then rebound in the summer. These experiences, amassed over a third of a century, are warning me that a stock market bubble is forcefully inflating today.Warning sign #1 of a stock market bubbleFirst, there is a clear and obvious stock market bubble in the shares of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers and suppliers. The world must transition to a low-carbon future by abandoning fossil-fuelled travel. Yet the current valuations of EV firms and battery makers are ludicrous. The poster child for this investor mania is Elon Musk’s Tesla. Tesla stock is up more than 840% in 12 months. With a current market cap of $616bn, Tesla will enter the S&P 500 on 21 December. Yet this values Tesla at almost $1.25m per car sold. That is, quite frankly, an insane overvaluation. Tesla is a barely profitable bit player in a huge global market. When its stock price implodes, investors will lose the hundreds of billions they made from 2020’s momentum-driven speculation.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 second signal of bubble troubleMy second sign of a stock market bubble is in US growth stocks, notably the elevated share prices of American tech firms. Many of the mega-techs trade on price-to-earnings ratios above 50 (which equates to a measly earnings yield of 2% a year). That bakes a lot of future earnings growth into current stock prices. Even worse, some newer entrants trade on high multiples of their annual revenues (because their earnings are negative). This disturbs me, because all these ‘next tech’ businesses seem to do is scale up losses as they grow. Every recent tech flotation has seen first-day prices soar, yet there can only be a few winners among these competitors. How can they all be worth 10 to 200 times their modest sales? Some shareholders will get their fingers burned.More bubble strugglesMy third warning of a stock market bubble is the huge disconnect in the US between Wall Street optimism and Main Street reality. Although there is no direct causal link between GDP (gross domestic product) and stock prices, recessions generally drive share prices down. For example, the mother of modern crashes came between 2007 and 2009, when the US housing market collapsed, causing economic insecurity and huge job losses. In 2020, US GDP may decline by as much as 4%, but the S&P 500 is up by almost a fifth in the past year. If 2021 turns out to be anything other than perfect in economic terms, bubble stocks will surely suffer.What will I do next?I’m not going to sell everything and head for a log cabin to shelter from the coming storm. What I plan to do in 2021 is to reduce my family’s exposure to highly rated growth shares, particularly in the US. I aim to rebalance our portfolio into lowly rated value stocks, especially the cheap shares lurking in the FTSE 100. But, given the lack of income on offer from bonds, gold, and Bitcoin, we shall stick with stocks for now. I see three warning signs of a stock market bubble set to burst! 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. 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RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” Journalists directly targeted January 21, 2021 Find out more Bad legislation Receive email alerts On the eve of a Cambodian general election that is bound to be an appalling travesty of democracy, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is publishing the contribution it recently sent to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Cambodia’s human rights record. The contribution is a damning litany of press freedom violations. News Help by sharing this information Ever since the opposition did unexpectedly well in the communal elections held in June 2017, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime has dramatically escalated its suppression of the freedom to inform, closing media outlets, intimidating and jailing journalists and manipulating social network content. CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceInternational bodies CorruptionJudicial harassmentEconomic pressurePredatorsImprisonedUnited Nations At the same time, James Ricketson, a 69-year-old Australian documentary filmmaker, has languished in prison for more than a year for filming an opposition party demonstration. His children say they are alarmed about his declining health. Former RFA journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin are likewise being held arbitrarily in Cambodia’s badly overcrowded Prey Sar prison. Their latest request for release on bail was denied on 23 July. Media ownership is another problem. The failure to effectively restrict ownership concentration means that editorial independence and media pluralism cannot be guaranteed. Nonetheless, the Cambodian authorities did not keep their promise to the UN Human Rights Council to replace these provisions with legislation that conforms to international standards. February 24, 2021 Find out more CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesMedia independenceInternational bodies CorruptionJudicial harassmentEconomic pressurePredatorsImprisonedUnited Nations Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Cambodia’s independent media, which had displayed a great deal of professionalism and dynamism in an increasingly oppressive environment, were swept away in series of government offensives, the biggest of which was the arbitrary closure of around 30 outlets in the summer of 2017. They included Cambodia Daily, a newspaper that had accompanied Khmer democracy for decades, and the local bureau of US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA). Another pillar of Cambodia’s free press, the Phnom Penh Post, was acquired in May 2018 by a Malaysian businessmen close to Hun Sen. Its editor in chief, Kay Kimsong, was immediately fired while some of the newsroom staff resigned rather than comply with the new owner’s dictates. The newspaper changed overnight, turning into a docile government propaganda mouthpiece. December 28, 2020 Find out more Cambodia is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, ten places lower than in 2017. They will complete their 257th day in detention far from their families on Sunday, election day. Like so many other press freedom actors, they are the collateral victims of the regime’s demolition of Khmer democracy. News During the previous UPR in 2014, the Cambodia authorities undertook to “respect and protect the rights of journalists to conduct their work without hindrance, intimidation or harassment.” Instead, two former Cambodia Daily reporters, Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter, have had to flee the country to escape prosecution on a trumped-up charge of inciting crime during their coverage of the June 2017 communal election. Relentless offensive Government control of mass media Collateral victims to go further RSF_en Organisation Prime Minister Hun Sen addresses the UN General Assembly. Cambodia’s ruler for the past 33 years, he has eliminated the country’s independent media in order to remain in power (photo: Timothy A. Clary / AFP). News Related documents RSF contribution to Cambodia’s Universal Periodic Review (ENG)PDF – 199.92 KBContribution de RSF à l’Examen périodique universel du Cambodge (FRA)PDF – 216.39 KB During Cambodia’s last UPR in 2014, the Cambodian authorities undertook to strengthen the fragile Khmer democracy in various ways including a revision of its press law. Under one of the law’s provisions, publications can be confiscated without reference to the courts if they are deemed to “affect political stability.” Fearing that they might lose their tight grip on power in the parliamentary election that is to be held on Sunday (29 July), Hun Sen and his associates have spent the past year systematically purging the Cambodian media of all critics and imposing their own version of events. July 26, 2018 Cambodia’s Universal Periodic Review: Press freedom ruthlessly crushed ahead of Sunday’s general election Follow the news on Cambodia News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Instead, the ruling party has significantly increased its control of Cambodia’s mass media. The four biggest media owners already had nearly 85% of the country’s viewers, listeners and readers in 2017. And all are either members of the government or its advisers. They include Hun Sen’s daughter Hun Mana and Say Chhum, the current senate speaker and the ruling party’s vice-president. This formidable cartel’s control is now approaching 100%.
3 State 3 Mountain ChallengeChattanooga, Tenn., May 3Cruise through Tennesee, Alabama, and Georgia during this grueling century ride. Beginning in Chattanooga and heading south, racers should be ready for a number of steep climbs and fast, technical descents. They’ll go up and down three burly mountains – Raccoon, Sand, and Lookout – before catching a break on the new flat homestretch back into Chattanooga. This year, retired professional road cycler George Hincapie and his crew will be returning to lead the ride. chattbike.comWintergreen AscentRoseland, Va., May 3That’s right folks, this course is all up and no down. Convene at Devils Backbone Brewing Company and follow the road for six miles up the mountain. Ranging from 7.4 – 14 percent grade incline, this route is a thigh buster for sure. The course will gain 2,626 feet in elevation before the finish line; anyone who starts down the mountain before then will be immediately disqualified. If you work hard during the race, you can always refuel on those extra calories by drinking hard later at the brewery. vacycling.orgAssault on Mt. MitchellSpartanburg, S.C., May 19Since its modest beginning in 1975 by a group of local riders, this century race has quickly grown to become one of the most iconic rides in the region. Starting in South Carolina, the course cruises along the state’s backcountry roads before connecting with the Blue Ridge Parkway and heading into North Carolina to climb Mount Mitchell. With 10,357 feet of elevation gain, be prepared in particular for the last 25-mile stretch: you are, after all, trying to pedal up the highest peak in the East. freewheelers.infoBlood Sweat and Gears CenturyValle Crucis, N.C., June 28This fully supported road race is an Old North State classic. Winding through the heart of North Carolina’s High Country, the BSG is defined by its hilly terrain and curvy back roads that climb 8,800 feet. The course highlights include 21 scenic miles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, a 4,500-foot climb over Snake Mountain, and a well-deserved 10-mile flat stretch on US-421. bloodsweatgears.orgSix Gap Century & Three Gap FiftyDahlonega, Ga., September 28Whether you’re pedaling over three mountains in the 50-miler or six mountains (yes, six) in the century, if you participate in these Georgia classics, you’re going to be climbing some steep stuff. For over 104 miles, the Six Gap course features 11,200 feet of vertical climbing with one incredibly trying climb in particular: Hogpen. This seven-mile stretch averages a 7 percent grade with some parts as steep as 15 percent. cyclenorthgeorgia.comBest of the RestSnowball CriteriumChesapeake, Va., March • bikereg.comFouche Gap Road RaceRome, Ga., March 30 • romevelo.netJJ The Rooster Memorial Road RaceMillington, Tenn., April 5 • buildpeakcompete.comTour of Georgia Gran FondoClayton, Ga., April 13 • granfondonationalchampionshipseries.comRough Roubaix 109-MileHarrisonburg, Va., April 19 • mtntouring.comSunny King CriteriumAnniston, Ala., April 20 • sunnykingcriterium.comAthens Twilight CriteriumAthens, Ga., April 25-26 • athenstwilight.comStorming of Thunder RidgeLynchburg, Va., May 18 • stormingofthunderridge.orgThe Georgia 400 Hospitality Highway CenturyRoswell, Ga., June 29 • ga400century.comHot Doggett 100Mars Hill, N.C., July 12 • hotdoggett.mhc.eduBlue Ridge BreakawayWaynesville, N.C., August 16 • blueridgebreakaway.comRide Like a ProWhen professional cyclist Jeremiah Bishop moved to Harrisonburg, Va., he actively sought out training rides that would push him to his limits and offer a sizable challenge. Having toured the world cycling in the industry’s most prominent races, Bishop knew what made a good course. Wanting to start and end in town, he eventually wandered far enough into West Virginia and back out again with a route that covered 107 miles of some of the most scenic and challenging terrain he had ever encountered.“You pop out into these alpine meadows and it really reminds me of my time racing in Europe,” Bishop says. “I named it the Alpine Loop and since then it’s become an annual pilgrimage of sorts, but at first, no one did it. I couldn’t talk anyone into riding it.”Bishop eventually let himself “get talked into” hosting an event, something he knew would require a lot of time, effort, and resources. With the help of a number of local volunteers and the town-wide support in Harrisonburg, Va., and Franklin, W.Va., the Alpine Loop Gran Fondo has seen remarkable growth and stands as one of the most respected achievements in the road cycling community. The event also promotes awareness about prostate cancer, giving cyclists an even better reason to come out and support this grassroots race.With three different course options (32, 75, and 107 miles) the Gran Fondo annually brings cyclists of every caliber to the Shenandoah Valley. The big ride challenges even the most experienced riders with its 12,000 feet of climbing and 17 miles of rough, dirt roads.When Bishop isn’t training on the Shenandoah Valley backcountry roads, he’s tearing it up on the trail. If off-road is more your style, Bishop recommends the Pisgah Stage Race (the toughest race in the Southeast), Fool’s Gold 100 (his favorite 100-miler), and the Iron Mountain 100K._______________Check Out Our Other Race Ahead GuidesTrail RunningRoad RunningRoad BikingMountain BikingClimbingPaddlingMultisportsSnowsports
Not to brag, but I have awesome knees. Sure, they aren’t the prettiest things you’ve ever seen, but considering the beating they get on the trail year after year, they’ve held up nicely. I attribute their sturdiness to good luck and good hiking poles. If you haven’t noticed, hiking poles have gone high-tech. Several companies, including Black Diamond and Leki, have developed collapsable, ultra-light, super tough poles that weigh next to nothing yet are engineered to last a lifetime.Even though high-end poles can sport a hefty price tag, they are an investment that will be worth every penny. Entry-level poles with rudimentary twist-lock telescoping sections have also gotten more affordable (more in the $50 range) and these poles are still light enough that they won’t weigh you down.As much as I like the classic whittled branch hiking stick, modern poles can’t be beat. I love ‘em and so should you. Here’s my top five reasons why I’m proud to be Pole-ish.1 – They Save Your Knees on Descents Downhill sections are where poles earn their keep — especially in loose, off-trail conditions. Extend your hiking poles until they are about shoulder height; that way they will take the initial impact of each step rather than your knees. Besides providing balance, they also let you scope the terrain for sketchy rocks or other unstable terrain.2 – Poles are Useful Year Round Nearly all poles are compatible with snow-baskets that give them extra float in powder. Poles are essential for snowshoeing and most high-end poles double nicely as cross country or backcountry ski poles (though the older, twist-lock models have a habit of collapsing if they aren’t tightened all the way). And as an added bonus, most poles have height-measurements printed on them for adjustments, which happen to also be the perfect way to measure snow depth!3 – They Gladly Share the Weight of a Heavy Load I wouldn’t lug a heavy pack anywhere without poles. Backpacking with poles can spare you an aching back and help keep you steady under the weight of the load. River and stream crossings are much safer with poles when wearing a heavy pack, especially in fast-moving water. Poles in hand also prevent the bad habit of hooking your thumbs through your pack straps — the cause of more than one bloody nose from an unbraced tumble!4 – Most Poles Pack Up with Ease In the past, I would avoid bringing poles on scrambles because they tended to be more trouble than they are worth. Nowadays, three-section poles fold up small enough to easily pack away in most daypacks (I can slide mine into my low-volume Camelbak pack, no problem). When you need your hands free, collapsible poles will quietly step aside until they are called for duty.5 – Great Versatility in Campsites Poles are ideal camp tools (sometimes they can even be used as your tent poles!) Drying rack, fire poker, emergency tent stake, you name it — poles are good to have in the backcountry. And if things get pear shaped, you can use tent poles as a splint or even as part of an evacuation litter in an emergency!
continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In the Northwest, the likely natural disasters are earthquakes and floods. In the Southeast, hurricanes and tornados. No matter where you are, your credit union can experience a fire, gas explosion or flooding. Branches are not immune to the aftermath of any of these disasters. When service delivery comes to a stop at your usual locations, members may experience significant inconvenience and additional stress during what is already a difficult time.Today virtual delivery can provide at least some services via technology while a branch location is being rebuilt. But it takes eight to 14 months to rebuild most branches and four to six months to renovate, which constitutes plenty of time for members to look at moving to another institution that has physical branches in operation.A few years ago, one of our bank clients suffered a fire that required demolition of one of its largest branches. We were able to work with a supplier of modular buildings, much like a school portable, to provide a temporary location during the 10 months it took to get the new branch designed, permitted and constructed. Unfortunately, it took three months to get the permits, relocate and retrofit the modular buildings. Today there is a faster way to do something similar: pop-up branches.
MAHDIA stamped their authority in the final of the tapeball competition of the 2019 Heritage Games by registering a 10-wicket victory against Region One yesterday afternoon at the Everest Cricket Club ground.After winning the toss, Mahdia elected to field. The Region Eight team looked solid early, although their opponents scored the occasional boundary; it was not until Michael Sutton came to the crease that he sent the Region One fans into a frenzy.The number five batsman stuck five sixes, four of which were scored from Richardo Poloram’s second over.Mahdia’s Ershaad Ali dominated with the bat.In the end, Sutton was left not out on 40. Orison Sealy, who scored a four and a six, had the next best score (16), which propelled the team to 85-5 in 10 overs.Ershaad Ali finished with 2-14 from his two overs.The all-rounder then turned his attention to batting. The University of Guyana cricketer, who slammed a half century on Saturday against Region Two, continued his dominant performance with 47 unbeaten runs for the eventual winners.His quickfire innings included six sixes and two fours.When Ali went, he went with a fury.He punished Sutton in his second over by firing three consecutive sixes, while Sealy also had a taste of Ali’s hitting in his lone over, after the opener also scored three straight sixes.Ali’s opening partner Andrew Gibson was also in the thick of things with 35 unbeaten runs. His innings included three fours and two sixes, one of which ended the game at 91-0 in 4.5 overs.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have been both teammates and rivals, which means their final matchup Monday as the Lakers face the Heat will be an emotional one. The two will play against each other for one final time before Wade retires at the end of the season. LeBron James: Final Dwyane Wade matchup will be bittersweet “I’ll savor this. We both will,” Wade said of James. “We both had some amazing moments versus each other as competitors. But we obviously had some great moments as teammates. And we’re going to be friends forever, but this is the last time we play basketball versus each other. So we’ll enjoy it and then we’ll savor it.“Obviously, LeBron is one of my good friends and the history we have as teammates, as well. It definitely means more than just the average last game versus a team or individual.”The Lakers (16-10) will host the Heat (11-14) on Monday, with tip-off set for 10:30 p.m. ET. Why did LeBron James give a Grizzlies arena employee his game shoes? “Out of all the players in the league besides [Udonis Haslem], Bron is one of my closest friends,” Wade said, via the Miami Herald. “It definitely will mean a little bit more, and just everything in our careers. The paths that we both went down as competitors versus each other and as teammates, we’ll always be linked together forever.”So, it will definitely mean a lot. It’s the ending of a chapter in both of our lives. This is just the end of a chapter as competitors on the basketball court.” Related News James and Wade were part of the 2003 NBA Draft and they were selected first and fifth, respectively. They were teammates for four seasons in Miami, claiming back-to-back championships together in 2012 and 2013 and reaching the Finals four times. James and Wade also shared the court with the Cavaliers for 46 games last season.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Oly Town ArtesiansAfter a long layoff, the Oly Town Artesians finally return to action on Saturday when they travel to Snohomish to take on the Skyhawks in Western Indoor Soccer League action. The Artesians are looking to avenge a shocking result in the season opener on November 11 when the Skyhawks exploded for 15 goals at The Pavilion at Evergreen in a 15-6 Artesians loss. First kick at the Snohomish Soccer Dome is at 7:00 p.m.Gabriele Zaccagnini will have his chance for revenge against the Skyhawks December 16. Photo credit: Charis WilsonGabriele Zaccagnini and Nate Boatright lead the way for the Oly Town with two goals, both notching braces in the season opener. Tonbra Akpobodor and JT Meyer each added a goal in the loss. Brad Hanson and JJ Olson split time at goalkeeper in the opener with Olson expected to get the start on Saturday.Snohomish is 1-1-0 so far this season and currently sit in second place in the five team WISL. Andrew Escalante was named WISL Offensive Player of the Week for his hat tick against the Artesians in week one. One week later, the Skyhawks battled but eventually dropped a 7-3 decision to the Tacoma Stars Reserves. Alex Molchan and Paul Burgess each have four goals over their first two games.The Artesians have struggled against the Skyhawks since Snohomish joined the league for the 2015-2016 season, posting just a 1-4-0 record. They have never managed a victory on the high walls at the Snohomish Soccer Dome. Oly lost 4-2 on December 12, 2015 and then fell 7-5 in their last trip to the Dome on January 14, 2017.Next week, the Artesians travel to Bremerton to face the Olympic Force before returning home on Saturday, December 16 for a battle against the Tacoma Stars Reserves. First kick at The Pavilion on the 16 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased by visiting www.olytownfc.com/tickets.Stay up to date with the Artesians by visiting the Oly Town Artesians website, following them on Twitter, and liking them on Facebook.
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The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey team got the fast start they were looking for in Game 1 of the 2014 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League championships on Friday night, as they jumped out to a three-goal first period lead en route to a 6-1 victory over Trinity Western University. The win puts the Saints up 1-0 in the best-of-three series with a chance to capture the 2014 BCIHL championship with a similar result in Game 2 on Saturday.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Rec Complex. Selkirk knew heading into the series that one of the keys to success would be solving Spartans’ star netminder Silas Matthys. And they wasted little time in that department, as Thomas Hardy, Stefan Virtanen and Beau Taylor all struck for goals over the course of a 16-shot first period. TWU gained some ground in the second when Grange Gordon pushed home a rebound from a Trevor Beaupre shot, but Darnell Dyck quickly restored the Saints’ three-goal cushion just 1:17 later when he picked the pocket of a Spartans defender and beat Matthys on a breakaway. Taylor’s second of the night off a scramble in the visitors’ crease pushed the Selkirk lead to four after two periods. The Spartans had opportunities to close the gap in a back-and-forth third period, including a J.P Villeneuve penalty shot attempt that was sent wide of Saints starter Chris Hurry. And Taylor dashed any hopes of a comeback when he netted his third of the night on a power-play with 4:31 remaining. “It was very important to get off to a great start tonight and put TWU in a position where they had to play catch-up,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois. “On top of that, we had gone through a bit of a funk in February and at the start of this month where we weren’t executing at our highest level offensively and tonight we really put that in the rearview mirror. We knew coming in that we had to make it tough on Matthys to see pucks and put ourselves in a spot to capitalize on second chances around their net. The guys were focused and locked in, and we got the results we deserved.” Hurry picked up the win with a 24-save performance, while Matthys allowed six goals on 45 shots in the loss. “Chris had a quiet first period and then had to make some big saves in the second when things were tight and another goal against could have really changed the complexion of the game,” says Dubois.”He’s been a rock for us all season and he answered the challenge again tonight.” Taylor finished the night with four points after assisting on Hardy’s goal in the first period. Dyck and Connor McLaughlin were the other Saints players with multi-point games.SAINTS NOTES: The win extended Selkirk’s home winning streak to 28 games. . . . If a Game three is necessary, it will be played Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Castlegar Rec Complex.