Forget Brexit! Why I’d buy shares in this cash-rich small-cap company

first_imgForget Brexit! Why I’d buy shares in this cash-rich small-cap company Image source: Getty Images. 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. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Kevin Godbold | Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 | More on: CPS 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. The market likes today’s half-year figures from CPL Resources (LSE: CPS) and the shares are up around 5% as I write.Although the firm sounds like a racy mining company, it’s a human resources and recruitment enterprise with international operations, and  I’ve been keen on it for some time.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…Cash-rich with an impressive recordTop attractions for me include the cash-rich balance sheet and an impressive more-than-five-year record of generally rising revenue, earnings, cash flow and shareholder dividends. You can’t detect any volatility in the financial record because of the Brexit process, which I reckon speaks volumes about the firm’s wide reach abroad.It’s a big set-up with around 47 offices worldwide and some 13,000 employees, covering many sectors of the market such as technology, finance, legal, healthcare, pharmaceutical, life sciences, sales, engineering, light industrial and office administration. Clients range across the spectrum from small businesses to multinationals.The interim results cover the period to 31 December and revenue rose 5% compared to the equivalent period the year before. But that rise in revenue has worked wonders for earnings, which shot up by 23%. The directors expressed their satisfaction and optimism regarding the outlook by pushing up the interim dividend by 25%.On top of that, the net cash position I’ve admired for a few years increased by almost 56% to €47m. I reckon this cyclical firm is doing exactly what I would want it to do and making hay while the sun shines. A big cash position could help see the company through any general economic downturn in the future.A positive outlookChairman John Hennessy said in the report that the directors are “conscious” of the effects political, regulatory and economic events globally can have on the business, but they expect profit before tax for the full year to be “ahead of current market expectations.” Statements like that are music to the ears of investors, and this one could be why the share price is buoyant today.The company said that growth in the period came from organic sources and both the firm’s divisions delivered a 10% increase in net fee income. The Permanent division experienced “favourable” economic conditions in its key markets with particular strength in the Technology and UK Healthcare sectors. Meanwhile, the Flexible Talent division rode a wave of global demand for more flexible workforce solutions.  There’s always the risk that the party could end with cyclical businesses, but there’s no sign of deteriorating conditions ahead right now. CPL Resources is trading so well and has such a good financial record, that I reckon the shares are attractive. At a price of 700p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is around 10 for the trading year to June 2021, and City analysts anticipate a dividend yield of just below 2.3%. I reckon the market has assigned the company a full-looking valuation for now, but I’d be tempted to buy some of the shares if they weaken from here. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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Chittenden to Make Presentation at the RBC Capital Markets Financial Institutions Conference on September 19, 2003

first_imgChittenden Corporation (NYSE: CHZ) announced that Paul A. Perrault, Chairman, President andChief Executive Officer, and Kirk W. Walters, Executive Vice President andChief Financial Officer, will be speaking at the RBC Capital Markets financialinstitutions conference on Thursday, September 18, 2003. The conference willbe held at The Harbor View Hotel on Martha’s Vineyard. Chittenden isscheduled to make its presentation at 9:45 a.m.RBC Capital Markets has established an audio web link to enable allinterested parties to have access to the conference. The web link is:http://www.wallstreetwebcasting.com/webcast/dr14/(link is external)The Company may answer one or more questions concerning business andfinancial developments and trends and other business and financial mattersaffecting the Company, some of the responses to which may contain informationthat has not previously been disclosed.Chittenden is a bank holding company with total assets of $6.0 billion atJune 30, 2003. Its subsidiary banks are Chittenden Bank, The Bank of WesternMassachusetts, Flagship Bank and Trust Company, Maine Bank & Trust Company,Ocean National Bank and Granite Bank. Chittenden Bank also operates under thename Mortgage Service Center, and it owns Chittenden Insurance Group, andChittenden Securities, Inc. Granite Bank operates an insurance agencysubsidiary under the name of GSBI Insurance Group. The Company offers a broadrange of financial products and services, including deposit accounts andservices; consumer, commercial, and public sector loans; insurance; brokerage;and investment and trust services to individuals, businesses, and the publicsector. To find out more about Chittenden and its products, visit our website at http://www.chittendencorp.com(link is external). Chittenden Corporation news releases,including earnings announcements, are available via fax by calling800-758-5804. The six-digit code is 124292.last_img read more

Owen: Rooney absence ‘kick in the teeth’

first_img He went on: “Wayne will take it one of two ways. “He will either get his head down, try to improve and force his way back into the team, or he’ll think, ‘The manager has not picked me for the biggest game, he obviously doesn’t fancy me’, and it might not be the end of the story.” Rooney’s wife Coleen took to Twitter prior to kick-off on Tuesday night to express her surprise at the 27-year-old’s omission. However, that Tweet has now been taken down and Rooney has not offered any reaction to Wednesday night’s disappointment, positive or negative. Ferguson has said repeatedly this season that the striker needs to play matches to keep fit, and takes time to recover when he has a spell out of the side, the reason given for Rooney’s omission on Wednesday night. The United boss has also stressed the professionalism Robin van Persie has brought to Old Trafford this season since his arrival from Arsenal. It would be easy therefore to draw a negative conclusion about Rooney, although Owen insists he never saw any reason for concern during his three years at United. “When I was at Manchester United their relationship was very good, they talked, shared jokes and there were no problems whatsoever,” said Owen. “I would be surprised if it was something of that nature [a falling-out], but the decision to leave him out isn’t going to help if it is that.” Michael Owen believes Wayne Rooney’s omission from Manchester United’s Champions League starting line-up on Tuesday night was a “real kick in the teeth” but remains hopeful his former team-mate can rescue his Old Trafford career. Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to leave Rooney out of his starting line-up to face Real Madrid could have major consequences for the striker’s United career. In the past, when Ferguson has left big name players out of high-profile matches, it has proved to be the signal they are surplus to requirements and were to be shipped out at the earliest available opportunity. “For Rooney not to start is a real kick in the teeth and it’s got to be a big worry for him,” Owen told TalkSPORT. “It’s the biggest game of the season and the manager has shuffled his pack and not included him.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Groves and DeGale in new war of words

first_imgRivals George Groves and James DeGale have renewed their war of words ahead of Groves’ clash with former world champion Glen Johnson this weekend.The unbeaten Groves defends his Commonwealth super-middleweight title at the ExCel London – seven days after European champion DeGale had to grind out a points win against Fulgencio Zuniga in Hull.Courtesy of iFilm LondonBoth fighters are on course for world title shots next year and DeGale has made it clear he is keen to take on the likes of IBF champion Carl Froch.But Groves insists he is making better progress than his fellow West Londoner.“He’s putting in poor performances so he’s going to have to try to chase names, whereas I plan to put in a good performance on Saturday and then people will really know what I’m all about,” said Groves.Francis Warren, part of Groves’ promotional team – which previously promoted DeGale – added: “Look at the difference between George’s fight on Saturday – where he’s fighting and the crowd that’s going to be there – and [DeGale] on Saturday. There’s no comparison.”Since losing a close points decision against Groves when they met in May last year, DeGale has fought in Denmark and twice in the north of England.Groves, on the other hand, is preparing for another appearance at a major venue in the capital, having beaten Paul Smith at Wembley Arena 13 months ago.But DeGale told West London Sport: “Sure I’d like to fight in London and I will do in the future, but I also want to fight all over England and let people see me in action.“At the end of the day I’m fighting in front of millions of people on terrestrial television. Groves isn’t. Simple as that.”West London Sport will have live updates from Groves v Johnson on Saturday, as well as Steve O’Meara’s Commonwealth light-middleweight title fight against Liam Smith.See also:Let history decideDeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ criticsWarren vows to get Groves a world title fightConfident Johnson fires warning to GrovesDeGale boxes his way to points victoryGroves believes he can stop JohnsonJames DeGale talks about his recent win and future plansWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochWatch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-inGroves warned ahead of title showdownDeGale opts to give up European titleJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesO’Meara ready to seize title chanceDeGale backs O’Meara to win 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa’s best ever cricket team?

first_imgThey didn’t. Lawry and company were bowled out for 246 as Mike Procter proved the destroyer-in-chief, knocking over 6 for 73. The South African cricket team has been receiving praise for its performances Down Under after winning the first two tests against Australia in style to ensure the Australians suffer their first series loss on home soil since the West Indies beat them in 1992/93. Despite their undoubted pedigree, the Australians were outplayed, taken apart and beaten increasingly heavily as the four-test series progressed. Denis Lindsay was an excellent wicketkeeper/batsman who, in a five-test series against Australia in 1966/67 topped the batting averages, scoring 606 runs at 86.57. Thanks to his crucial contributions, South Africa beat Australia in a series for the first time ever. Rated best by BradmanTo put the talent and performances of some of the individuals in the South African team in context, Sir Donald Bradman, regarded by most as the greatest cricket player of all time, rated Graeme Pollock alongside Sir Garry Sobers as the best left-handed batsman he had ever seen. Bradman also chose Barry Richards to open the innings when he selected an all-time team. Third testThe series moved on to Johannesburg, where South Africa crushed the tourists by 307 runs in the third test. Graeme Smith and company went on to record a nine-wicket victory, leading some people, caught up in the euphoria of South Africa winning a series in Australia for the first time, to suggest that Smith’s team is the best South African team of all time. Second testIn Durban, in the second test, Ali Bacher’s team destroyed the Australians by an innings and 129 runs. Batting after winning the toss, South Africa posted an imposing 622 for 9 declared. Graeme Pollock, with an SA test record of 274, and Barry Richards, with 140, were the mainstays of the home team’s innings. SA led by 77 runs on the first innings after making 279 and then dismissing the Aussies for 202. Peter Pollock excelled with 5 for 39 in 23.2 overs. Australia replied with 212 all out as the opening bowlers, Pollock and Procter, took three wickets each. Dominance on the fieldSouth Africa’s team of 1970 was filled with talent, some of it very special talent, among the best of all time, and the players transferred it to dominance on the field. Australia were skittled for just 157 in their first innings reply, as only four batsmen reached double figures. Eddie Barlow claimed 3 for 24 with the ball, while Pollock, Procter and Trevor Goddard all picked up two cheap wickets. They arrived in South Africa as a highly regarded outfit. Ian Chappell was championed as the best batsman in the world; Johnny Gleeson, a finger spinner, was highly regarded, and Graham McKenzie was an experienced pace spearhead, having become the youngest bowler in test history to take 200 wickets. In their second innings, South Africa tallied 408, with Eddie Barlow making 110, Graeme Pollock 87 and Lee Irvine 73. Australia weren’t up to the challenge, and fell for 178 in their second innings as Mike Procter picked up 3 for 24 and Trevor Goddard 3 for 27. First testIn the first test in Cape Town, Eddie Barlow made 127 to help the Springboks to 382 all out in their first innings. Australia, in reply, managed only 164 as opening bowler Peter Pollock, the father of Shaun, knocked over 4 for 20. It was a series of complete dominance by South Africa. They had four batsmen score more than Australia’s highest run scorer, and those four also recorded higher averages. They also showed a sharper edge in the bowling department, with Procter capturing 26 wickets at a miserly 13.57 and Pollock picking up 15 at 17.20. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material While the side touring Down Under deserves praise, it is far too early to suggest it is South Africa’s best ever. The Proteas’ two victories speak volumes about the mental strength and talent of the team, as they had to come from behind to secure both wins, but that is also the argument against the side at this time; come-from-behind wins are not dominant victories, even if parts of SA’s wins were. Their batting when at the crease together was brilliant and brutal; “Never have I seen the ball hit with such power by two players at the same time,” Australia’s captain Bill Lawry admitted. Peter Pollock captured 116 wickets in 28 tests at an average of 24.18 as a very effective opening bowler. Most memorably, he and brother Graeme guided South Africa to a win over England in the second test at Nottingham in 1965, playing the dominant roles with ball and bat. Peter took 10 wickets in the match – 5 for 53 in the first innings and 5 for 34 in the second – while Graeme contributed 125 and 59 as most batsmen struggled in difficult conditions. SA won the series one-nil thanks to that win. The third day resulted in one of the most incredible turnarounds in test history as the Proteas took a first innings lead of 65 runs after JP Duminy’s memorable 166, and his ninth-wicket partnership of 180 with Dale Steyn, who contributed a career-best 76. Their last series, however, against Australia in 1970, produced ample evidence that South Africa was at that time far and away the best side in the world. First though, they will need to become as dominant as Ali Bacher’s great team. Trevor Goddard, too, was another all-rounder who performed well. Like Barlow, he made 2 516 test runs, with his average being 34.06. He also claimed 123 wickets at 26.22. A first innings opening partnership of 157 between Richards (81) and Barlow (73) helped South Africa to 311. Alan Connolly stood out for the Australians again, returning his best test figures of 6 for 47. While the Australians managed 280 in their second innings, they were well beaten by 170 runs. Bill Lawry made a fighting 83, but Mike Procter picked up 4 for 47 to undermine Australia’s efforts. Tied for wins recordMake no mistake, Graeme Smith’s team is an outstanding outfit. Their 11 wins in 2008, tied for the most ever in a calendar year, is evidence of this. They have not yet been completely dominant throughout a series against a top team, however. Incredible turnaroundThen, in the second test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, it looked as if Australia had South Africa on the ropes after two days of play, with the Proteas on 198 for 7, replying to the hosts’ 394 all out. 5 January 2009 South Africa then scored 470 for 7 declared in their second innings, with Richards making 126, Lee Irvine 102 and Ali Bacher 73. Based on the Australians’ previous batting performances in the series, they wouldn’t be able to meet the Springboks’ challenge. South Africa made just 232 in their second innings, with Graeme Pollock, who made 49 in the first innings, top scoring with 50. Alan Connolly led the Aussie bowling attack, capturing 5 for 47. Mike ProcterA case for Mike Procter could be made for inclusion in the Hall. His test career was limited to seven matches because of South Africa’s banishment from the game, but his performances during his first-class career speak volumes of his ability as an all-rounder. The current side is clearly very good and, once their careers are over and can be examined completely, I might come to regard them as highly as the 1970 side. Victory in the first test was achieved when the Proteas put together the second highest successful fourth innings run chase in test history. They made 414 for 6 and it looked as if 500 would not have been too difficult. Eddie BarlowEddie Barlow was a tough-minded all-rounder, maybe not a great test player, but a very good one, no doubt. He played 30 tests, averaged 45.74 with the bat, and took 40 wickets at 34.05. Fourth testThe series ended in Port Elizabeth, where South Africa won by an even bigger margin, of 323 runs. When the International Cricket Council launches its Hall of Fame in 2009, only two South Africans will be among its members: Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards, both among the most dominant batsmen of their generation. SA’s astonishing win and the calm and stylish manner in which it was achieved made the cricketing world sit up and take note of the seriousness of the challenge South Africa was posing to the world’s number one ranked test team. The dominance I speak about was exhibited by the last South African team to face Australia before SA was excluded from international cricket as part of sanctions against the apartheid policies of the country. That team, I would argue, was South Africa’s best Ever, but they were not given a long enough run to confirm their brilliance. He scored 21 936 runs at an average of 36.01, highlighted by a world record-equalling six centuries in succession. He also took 1 417 wickets at an exceptional average of 19.53. In retrospect, given the advantage of being able to examine those players’ complete careers, they were the best team that South Africa has ever produced. Series win in IndiaAustralia arrived in South Africa, fresh off a 3-1 series win over India in India. Given the Aussies’ struggles to win in India, even in recent years with their all-conquering teams, it was an excellent result for Bill Lawry’s men. Forced to follow on, the Australians fared far better second time around as three batsmen – Keith Stackpole, Doug Walters, and Ian Redpath – made scores in the seventies. However, their 336 all out meant South Africa had scored an innings victory. So important was he to his English county Gloucestershire that it was often referred to as “Proctershire” during his time there.last_img read more

SA economy: recovery in sight

first_imgAnalysts interviewed by Business Report said the GDP data suggested that South Africa’s economy was still struggling, despite the easing in monetary policy. Industries that contributed to positive second-quarter growth included construction (+0.5% of a percentage point), general government services and mining and quarrying (each contributing +0.3% of a percentage point), as well as personal services (0.1% of a percentage point), Stats SA reported. “The seasonally adjusted real GDP at market prices for the second quarter of 2009 decreased by an annualised rate of three percent compared to the first quarter’s 6.4%,” Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Consumers ‘reluctant to spend’ Fourth-quarter growth expected 19 August 2009 Stats SA said the increase in mining and quarrying in the second quarter was due to an increase in the mining of other metal ores, including platinum, and other mining and quarrying, including diamonds. This was despite the South African Reserve Bank having cut interest rates by a cumulative five percent since December last year. Business Day said on Wednesday that when the year’s first-half figures were compared with those of last year, economic growth was down by only two percent. South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth contracted by three percent in the second quarter of 2009, indicating that the economy is still in recession, but with signs that a recovery is in sight. Construction, mining growth While South Africans had more disposable income following the rate cuts, they were either still reluctant to spend or were servicing their debts, Stats SA’s Kedibone Mokone told Business Report. The main contributors to the second-quarter decrease in economic activity were the manufacturing industry (-1.6 percentage points), and the wholesale and retail trade and hotels and restaurants industry (-0.6 of a percentage point). “The data backs up suggestions from Central Bank governor Tito Mboweni and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan that any recovery in South Africa’s economy will lag others, after several developed countries recorded second-quarter growth,” the paper said. The finance, real estate and business services, and the agriculture, forestry and fishing industries also contributed to the drop in GDP growth. “It is expected to stabilise next quarter, and move back into growth by the fourth quarter, making it unlikely that the full-year decline will be as bad as the two percent plus that more pessimistic economists had predicted,” the business daily said. Mining and quarrying were among the main contributors to the first-quarter GDP contraction. SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Nedbank economist Nicky Weimer told BuaNews that the figure had been expected by the market. “Overall it is still a weak number,” Weimer said. “However, the good news is that the contraction is at a slower pace.”last_img read more

3 Reasons Why Gimbal Based Stabilizers Aren’t Always The Best Choice

first_imgWhen Freefly Cinema announced the Movi just a year and a half ago, filmmakers everywhere rejoiced. But now that it’s been out in the field for a while (along with dozens of knock offs), many shooters are finding it to be more of a speciality item.[Above image from Copter99]I have been fortunate to have used the Movi a number of times (as well as several other gimbal based stabilizers), and I’ve been able to achieve fantastic results with it – even with no formal training whatsoever. It’s an incredibly innovative product and one of the most powerful tools that we as filmmakers have access to today, but I am not alone in feeling that Gimbal based stabilizers aren’t always the best stabilization choice.When the first promo videos of the Movi were released last year, it truly seemed that this device could do it all. It could theoretically be used to replace just about any type of stabilization system – from a tripod to a jib and everything in between. In many respects, it can replace a lot of traditional stabilization systems…but that doesn’t mean that it’s always better suited than it’s more traditional counterparts.They Can Only Be Held For So LongBefore I ever actually operated a Movi myself, I had not even considered the fact that since the system isn’t attached to any sort of vest (like a Steadicam) it can become extremely tiresome to hold. This is especially true when you have a heavier camera such as a RED Epic set up on it. For those of you that have never operated a Movi yourself, imagine holding out your arms straight for ten minutes… It would get pretty tiring right? Now imagine adding 10 to 20 lbs of weight to the equation and things get even more difficult.I can tell you from personal experience that on any professional set that I’ve been on (where we’ve had a Movi or Ronin and a substantial camera setup on it), our operator was unable to successfully hold the setup for more than a few minutes at a time. This severely limits the way that the device can be used as it doesn’t allow for long takes and requires more time in between takes for the operator to recover. The solution to this problem is to rig the stabilizer up to an Easy Rig (which takes a lot of the weight off of your arms), but then the movement of the Movi is limited heavily and the purpose of having a gimbal based stabilizer is largely diminished.They Require Multiple OperatorsMany filmmakers were excited that the Movi would free us up creatively. If we wanted to try out a completely new type of shot that was never possible before, now the Movi would allow us to get there. That certainly is still true, and I am by no means opposed to the Movi as there are certain cicrumstances where it works beautifully. However, when considering the notion that it frees you up creatively, you also need to consider that it restricts you in other ways – namely crew requirements.In order to really operate a Movi properly you need at least two specific crew members, and potentially three at times. There is the Movi operator, the focus puller, and potentially a third crew member who is responsible for panning and tilting the device via a remote control (if you don’t choose to use it in single operator mode). This means that even though from a technical level it may be possible to accomplish the shot that you’re after, you may now need to hire a couple more crew members to make that happen. And while the same argument can be made about other stabilization systems that require additional crew members (such as a dolly grip for a traditional dolly), the specific crew members you need for Movi operation is often more specifically skilled.They Can Be Overused EasilyMany productions that make use of a Movi fall into the dangerous trap of overusing it simply because they can. Much like shooting handheld, working with any gimbal based stabilizer doesn’t always challenge you to get the most purposeful shots, as you could theoretically leave the camera on it for your entire shoot and make every last shot a Movi shot – even if that’s not what’s best for the scene or sequence. In some rare cases, shooting an entire project on a Movi actually could be a good thing. For instance, maybe you’re shooting something that calls for a very specific and fluid movement throughout, and the Movi is the best tool for it. I would argue though, that more often than not if it’s used from A to Z on an entire shoot, the unique effect of the camera movement can get lost due to overuse.When you need to spend time setting up a dolly or a steadicam, you have no choice but to be especially careful about the choices that you are making. We all know the effects of camera movement on the viewers interpretation of a film, which is why it is so important for those movements to be purposeful. A great film will often make use of many types of camera movement in order to evoke different emotions, and unfortunately when using the Movi it is fairly common to fall into the trap of shooting everything that way, and losing sight of some of the more traditional methods of making a film. That doesn’t mean it has to happen, but simply that it can.Final ThoughtsAfter reading this article you might think that I’m not a fan of the Movi, but that really couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love what Freefly has done and truly believe that gimbal based stabilizers are the future of stabilization in many respects. With that said, there is still a time and a place for them to be used and they aren’t always the best solution – nor is any stabilization system for that matter. If you are shooting on a larger scale production and can afford a couple of crew members that are dedicated to operating/controlling the Movi, then you are in a good place, especially when you know when and where to use it. Just make sure that whenever you make use of a Movi, it is the right choice for your story.last_img read more

Carrie Underwood Donates To Girls Youth Sports Teams

first_imgThe DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, a fitness and lifestyle brand created in partnership with DICK’S Sporting Goods and GRAMMY Award winner Carrie Underwood, have announced plans to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teams across the country.CALIA by Carrie Underwood in partnership with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to donate $500,000 in Sports Matter grants to girls youth sports teamsCredit/Copyright: Marcus SmithSince 2014, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation has pledged over $50 million to support teams and raise awareness of the importance of youth sports across the country through its Sports Matter initiative.To kick off the partnership in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation and Underwood herself surprised unsuspecting Checotah Middle School and High School female student-athletes during a summer practice to present a Sports Matter grant of $100,000 to the Checotah School District Girls Athletic Programs.“I am so honored to partner with The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation to give back to my high school’s girls sports teams,” said Underwood. “Being active in youth sports while growing up helped set the foundation and passion for making fitness an important part of my life today. Participating in sports also taught me important life lessons about dedication and teamwork. Through this donation, we want to make sure there are plenty of opportunities for girls to play sports in Checotah for years to come.”DICK’S Foundation will be partnering with Underwood’s local C.A.T.S. (Checotah, Animal, Town, and School) Foundation and Brian Terry, Checotah High School Principal and Athletic Director, to allocate the Sports Matter grant to the girls softball, track and field, basketball, cheerleading and golf teams.“At DICK’S, we believe sports make people better, and through this partnership, we hope to provide more opportunities for girls to play sports nationwide,” said Lauren Hobart, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, DICK’S Sporting Goods and President of The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation. “Carrie Underwood knows firsthand the impact sports can have on girls becoming strong, successful women. The DICK’S Foundation and the CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand are excited to ensure that opportunities for girls to participate in sports continue to exist.”For more information on Sports Matter and CALIA by Carrie Underwood, please visit SportsMatter.org and CaliaStudio.com, respectively.last_img read more

CSIS watchdog chair lobbying for FN energy firm with links to China

first_imgPhotos of WIndtalker oil wells in Frog Lake First Nation. Source: Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. websiteBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe chair of Canada’s spy agency watchdog has registered in Alberta to lobby for a First Nations energy company jointly drilling for oil on its territory with a Chinese-controlled firm.Chuck Strahl is chair of the Security Intelligence Review Committee (SIRC) which oversees the activities of the Canadian Intelligence Security Service (CSIS) and investigates complaints against the agency.Strahl faced conflict of interest allegations this week from the NDP after the Vancouver Observer reported he registered on Dec. 6, 2013, to lobby the British Columbia government on behalf of Enbridge, which is behind the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline project to move Alberta tar sands oil to the B.C. coast.CSIS has been monitoring opposition to the pipeline project which received the green light from the National Energy Board in late December. It is up to Stephen Harper’s cabinet to give the project its final approval.The Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner said in an email to APTN National News that it found no conflict with Strahl’s work as chair of SIRC and his lobbying for Enbridge.“Based on the information he provided to the office and on any other information currently available to the office, Mr. Strahl was advised that the office had no grounds to believe that there had been a contravention,” said spokesperson Jocelyn Brisbois.A spokesperson for SIRC said Strahl would be required to step away from any SIRC discussions around CSIS activities that include Enbridge.“If there is something within that investigation in which that committee member has a conflict of interest they would withdraw from participation in committee proceedings,” said SIRC spokesperson Lindsay Jackson.The Enbridge file, however, may not be the only one that could be problematic for Strahl in his role as chair of SIRC.Strahl, who was Aboriginal Affairs minister from 2007 to 2010, registered with Alberta’s lobbyist registry on Dec. 3, 2013, to lobby for Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp. The energy firm has partnered with Chinese-financed Windtalker Energy Corp to drill for oil on Frog Lake’s territory.Sichuan Rui Investment Management Ltd. says on its website that it owns 90 per cent of Windtalker. The company was born out of a $30 million deal with Frog Lake Energy in 2010. Under the deal, Frog Lake farmed out four blocks of land to Windtalker for oil development. The two firms drilled about 30 wells since then and produce, on average, about 700 to 800 barrels per day.Frog Lake sits about 90 kilometres north of Lloydminster, Alta., and 80 km south of Cold Lake, Alta.Strahl said in an email to APTN National News that he knows “nothing about Windtalker. Never discussed them with Frog Lake Energy.” Strahl said he knows “nothing about them from my work at SIRC.”Strahl did not respond to follow up questions about his Enbridge lobbying.Chuck StrahlCSIS has expressed concerns in the recent past over China’s resource push. The agency published a paper in September 2013 that explored China’s acquisitions of resources abroad, including in Canada. The report was based on a conference hosted by CSIS and National Defence.CSIS has also investigated links between Chinese investment and First Nations. Vancouver lawyer Merle Alexander told APTN National News that he was approached by CSIS agents in 2010 and 2011 probing whether First Nations were being “manipulated” by the Chinese through their business deals.Alexander, a partner with Gowlings, said in an interview that Stahl’s position as CSIS watchdog while lobbying for a First Nations firm with Chinese links raises a lot of questions.“CSIS is looking at the relationship between First Nations and China for potential undo influences, (Strahl) works for a First Nations owned company that has relationships with China and he also has a role on an investigative body,” said Alexander. “Anyone can draw on those three things, you should be able to publicly answer to it.”According to Sichuan Rui Investment Management’s website, the seeds for the Windtalker deal found fertile ground during a meeting with a U.S.-Canada business delegation organized by the Sichuan province’s department of commerce in 2010.The meeting proved to be productive, Windtalker was born and Sichuan Rui Investment Chairman Doug Wang was named an honourary chief by Frog Lake.While Windtalker and Frog Lake Energy are separate legal entities, they jointly operate oil wells on Frog Lake’s territory. Windtalker also pays lease rentals annually to Frog Lake for use of the blocks.Windtalker’s only operations in Canada are in Frog Lake. Windtalker, however, is hoping to expand into other areas in Canada and the U.S., according to Sichuan Rui’s website.Frog Lake Energy’s CEO Joe Dion could not be reached for [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more