Reopening stocks: 2 UK shares I’d buy with £2,000 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Enter Your Email Address Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Jabran Khan 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Jabran Khan | Monday, 17th May, 2021 | More on: NEX SGC 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. See all posts by Jabran Khan Image source: Getty Images I am looking to reopening stocks to boost my portfolio. These are stocks that are positioned to benefit once the economy reopens after the pandemic. Here are two UK shares I’m interested in right now.Reopening stock #1Stagecoach (LSE:SGC) is one of a number of UK shares that could benefit from the reopening of the economy. Due to the pandemic, sales have fallen to 46% of 2019 levels.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…As I write, Stagecoach is priced just below 90p per share. Pre-crash prices were over 140p per share. In addition, past performance indicates revenue has been decreasing for a couple of years. Despite this, the business has remained profitable and I expect profitability to continue and eventually grow. Past performance isn’t always an indicator of future performance, however.I believe Stagecoach will benefit in the long term from government initiatives and increased demand. One of those initiatives is the National Bus Strategy. There are also other plans to get more vehicles off the road, which suggests to me that the public transport level and its demand could increase. Stagecoach’s recovery and viability could be affected if Covid-19 restrictions are reintroduced. In addition, if office use doesn’t return, this could also affect demand.Based on Stagecoach’s current price, past performance and potential for the long term, it is part of my UK shares list I would buy as a reopening stock.Stock #2National Express (LSE:NEX) is the other UK share I’m interested in right now. Its price has experienced an upward trend for a number of months now. As I write, I could buy shares for 286p. This price is 40% higher than this time last year, but still not close to pre-crash levels, which were over 420p.National Express has a key advantage over its competitors, which is why I class it is a prime reopening stock. Its size and geographical footprint means it often wins lucrative contracts. 80% of its revenues are derived globally. Contract revenue is stable, which I like. With each win further diversifying its offering, it is increasing market share. National Express has seen steady revenue growth year on year (aside from 2020 due to the pandemic). Furthermore, it has an excellent record of free cash flow generation. The first half of 2020 was not a great period for it, but the second half saw normality resume for it in terms of free cash flow generation.I see lots of potential in National Express. Its size, footprint, market share, and previous performance make me believe it could be a prime reopening stock. The issues it could encounter in the short term are similar to those of Stagecoach. Office use being deemed surplus to requirements will affect demand. In addition, Covid-19 restrictions will affect performance too. Overall I am not worried about these two shorter-term issues and prefer to look to the long term.UK shares at the mercy of Covid-19Both Stagecoach and National Express could be good long-term buys for my portfolio. I admit there are some headwinds they need to navigate. These are mainly linked to Covid-19. The changing nature of variants and restrictions could mean both these UK shares may take some time to recover. As a Foolish investor, however, I prefer to look for long-term investments. As reopening stocks go, I like these two in particular right now. 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Jaime and Harry Foster, owners of Georgia Grinders Nut Butters, walked away with the grand prize from the University of Georgia’s 2017 Flavor of Georgia Contest for their Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter.The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter as the best of 33 finalists. They rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.In addition to the grand prize, Georgia Grinders also won first place in the Miscellaneous Products category.Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulated the category and grand prize winners at UGA’s Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest’s grand finale at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.“We had 117 products submitted this year and some of the toughest competition we’ve seen in the contest’s 11-year history. These 33 products represented are truly the best of the best,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “The legacy of excellence and camaraderie that our Flavor of Georgia finalists and winners have achieved continues to be remarkable.”For more information about Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, visit www.naturalmond.com.The winners are listed below by prize name, product name, company name, company representatives and town.Grand Prize Winner: Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters, ChambleePeople’s Choice Award: Carroll’s Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage, Carroll’s Sausage & Meats Inc., AshburnBarbecue Sauces: Wicked Que Georgia Vinegar Sauce, Neptune Industries Inc., WatkinsvilleBeverages: Worryfree Tea, Biron Herbal Teas, MaconCondiments and Sauces: Midland Ghost White Pepper Sauce, 4Saucerers, ColumbusConfections: Chocolate Covered Fried Peanut Cluster, West Foods Inc., EdisonDairy or Related Products: Revolution Gelato Chocolate Fantasy, Revolution Gelato LLC, AtlantaHoney and Related: Honey Pecan Crunch, Hahira Honey House, StocktonJams and Jellies: Satsuma Orange Pepper Marmalade, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnMeat and Seafood: Carroll’s Vidalia Onion and Cheese Smoked Sausage, Carroll’s Sausage & Meats Inc., AshburnMiscellaneous: Georgia Grinders Pecan Butter, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butters, ChambleeSauces and Seasonings: Campfire Salt, Beautiful Briny Sea, AtlantaSnack Foods: Toasted Sriracha Pecans, Goodson Pecans LLC, LeesburgShowcase events like the 2017 Flavor of Georgia competition help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many participants have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Ingles, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s.Category winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2016 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest.The Flavor of Georgia food product contest is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with Gourmet Foods International, Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council.More information about this year’s contest can be found at flavorofga.com or by following @FlavorofGA on Twitter. For photos of the event, visit www.flickr.com/photos/ugacommunications.
Vermont Public Television Launches Rutland Digital ChannelVermont Public Television’s Rutland digital TV channel has made its debut. VPT’s digital channel 9 will begin service officially on Wednesday, June 1, from atop Grandpa Knob. The new channel — the second digital channel in Vermont — will serve Rutland and Addison counties and parts of Bennington and Windsor counties. In neighboring New York state, the signal will reach Warren and Washington counties and some of Saratoga and Essex counties.VPT’s channel 28, which transmits signals in the current analog format, will continue to operate for several years.By federal mandate, all U.S. television stations are required to broadcast in digital. John King, VPT’s president and CEO, says, “Going digital means Vermonters will continue to have their own statewide public television network, with all the PBS programs and local programs they treasure.”Beyond securing VPT’s future, going digital will bring Vermonters clear reception and new services, including high definition programming (HDTV) and multicasting (up to four channels at the same time). In the future, along with TV programming, VPT will be able to transmit video, audio and text in the form of digital data that can be downloaded to a computer, providing educational resources to schools, teachers and lifelong learners of all ages.Viewers with a high definition television can see HDTV programs from PBS on VPT’s digital channel. Digital programming is only available over the air now, but VPT expects it to be carried on cable and satellite in the future. To receive digital TV channels, viewers can use their analog TV sets if they install a digital set-top converter box. However, to see true high definition television, viewers need a high definition TV.The current analog service on VPT and TV channels nationwide will continue until the FCC requires broadcasters to return their analog spectrum to the government for other uses and operate only in digital format.Viewers will find more information and a schedule for VPT’s digital service by visiting www.vpt.org(link is external) or calling 1-800-639-7811. VPT would like to hear from viewers who are able to receive the new channel.VPT has been broadcasting in digital on its Windsor channel since 2003.VPT will launch its St. Johnsbury and Burlington digital channels next year. Work begins this summer on a major project to collocate all Burlington market digital TV channels on Mt. Mansfield.Noting that federal and state matching funds are paying for VPT’s digital facilities, John King says, “Thanks to Senators Patrick Leahy and Jim Jeffords and Rep. Bernie Sanders, we have secured federal matching funds needed for the project. We have received most of the state matching funds and hope the state will appropriate the balance next year. We’re grateful to Gov. Jim Douglas, former Gov. Howard Dean and their staffs, and to Vermont’s legislators, especially the House and Senate Institutions and Appropriations committees, for the support they have given the project.”The cost of converting VPT’s four transmitters to digital to meet the federal mandate will be about $5.4 million. Conversion of VPT’s master control and production facilities to digital facilities will be the final phases of the project.VPT chief engineer Ron Whitcomb and studio technical supervisor Rob Belle-Isle are managing the digital conversion project. # # #
Share Sharing is caring! Share 20 Views no discussions Tweet Share LifestyleTravel First scheduled direct flights commence between Canada and Grenada by: – December 16, 2011 Photo credit: tntisland.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — The first regularly scheduled direct flights from Grenada to Canada were inaugurated on Thursday.“It’s another history making occasion for Grenada,” declared Tourism Minister Peter David as the Caribbean Airlines flight bound for Toronto got ready to depart.The flight originates in Port of Spain but, for people going between St George’s and Toronto, it will be a no-hassle direct connection, that is now on the permanent schedule.Charter airlines have seasonal schedules between the two cities, but the new deal hammered out by Grenada’s tourism officials allows for the fixed commercial schedule.The new service is twice weekly.The inaugural flight was sent off with much fanfare by a high level tourism delegation including David, new Grenada Board of Tourism Chairman Colin Dowe and officials of the airport authority and the Airlift Committee.The party was on hand to greet vice president of operations for Caribbean Airlines Captain Thomas Lawrence and his team, followed by a short ribbon cutting ceremony.David, speaking after the cutting of the ribbon, said the importance of regular access to the Canadian market could not be over-emphasized.“For us it’s a wonderful day and a good boost to our tourism industry, and anything that is good for tourism is good for Grenada,” he said.“Getting into the Canadian market directly is a hopeful sign and wonderful Christmas gift for Grenadians in the Diaspora as well as prospective Canadian visitors,” David added.Passengers boarded the historic flight amidst cheers following the cutting of the ribbon by David Director of the Grenada Board of Tourism Simon Steill admitted that increased marketing of the island in Canada will have to be given priority.“It is our intention to work with Caribbean Airlines to put a strong marketing campaign package for the year ahead,” he disclosed.“We now have two weekly scheduled flights in addition to other seasonal flights, so we have a lot of work to do to ensure we keep the passenger traffic at its peak,” Steill added.Captain Lawrence of Caribbean Airlines said it’s a landmark occasion for Caribbean Airlines.“We have other services to Grenada but the addition of any new route is an exciting moment and it is our intention to connect Grenada directly with other international markets,” he said.The inauguration comes only weeks after the Ministry of Tourism unveiled a new national tourism master plan to push the industry forward in the next two years, and is the start of a new push for increased regional and international connections out of Grenada.Caribbean News Now
Published on July 28, 2019 at 12:01 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Boeheim’s Army, the Syracuse alumni team, will face Team Brotherly Love in The Basketball Tournament’s regional final tomorrow at 2 p.m. for a spot in the eight-team final for a $2 million prize. Brotherly Love knocked off Armored Athletes, 90-82, in one semifinal, while BA defeated Gael Nation 84-74 behind Eric Devendorf’s 20 points Saturday afternoon. Before tip-off at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, Team Brotherly Love assistant coach Danny Holdsman answered some questions from the The Daily Orange about Boeheim’s Army’s next opponent.The Daily Orange: What is something that everyone should know about Team Brotherly Love? What’s allowed this roster to click so far?Danny Holdsman: These guys have been together well before I got involved with the team. I think the core group of guys are going on, I want to say, their fifth or sixth summer together coached and organized by Tony Paris, who’s a workout guy in the Philly area. It’s guys who either grew up or played college ball in the area. A couple Drexel guys — Frantz Massenat, Samme Givens, Shannon started his career there, Samme’s brother. Ramone Moore, Semaj Inge played at Temple. Michael Ringgold and Novar Gadson played together at Rider. Wayne Marshall played at Temple, predated Rumon and Samaj.And then the new addition to the roster this year is Maurice Watson Jr., who finished his college career at Creighton, but is another guy from the Philly area. The main connect between everyone is Philadelphia in some aspect — be that growing up, playing college ball there, or both — and led by Tony Paris, who grew up in Brooklyn but has moved to the Philly area and kind of worked his basketball career there. And then this year, I got involved with them. So long story short, that’s Team Brotherly Love.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textD.O.: Out of those players you named, who’s one to keep an eye on and who’s an underdog that has the potential to break out?D.H.: I was talking to a friend earlier today, and I said that Frantz Massenat and Novar Gadson are the two best players you’ve never heard of. Just in the sense that the guys played mid-major college basketball, haven’t spent any time in the NBA but have been quietly killing it overseas for years and have shown that in TBT, at least over the past two years — the Talladega Knights and now this team. Samme Givens is another one of those guys that has been consistently lighting it up.The underdog guy I would probably have to say it’s between Shannon Givens and Maurice Watson Jr., two of our smaller guards off the bench. Both have the ability to be spark plugs and haven’t really broken out yet in the tournament compared to what I’ve seen them do. I think those two guys could have big games.D.O.: What’s the key to stopping Boeheim’s Army tomorrow? Was there anything you noticed over the past two days that work particularly well?D.H.: Devendorf is the engine that makes the team move, that gets the crowd involved. So I think you have to get out to a quick start to limit the crowd and along with that comes stopping Devendorf from getting going like he did today against Gael Nation. I think clearly Jordan Crawford’s a great scorer, he’s going to take a lot so you have to try to not let him make a lot. And then other than that, it’s just finding ways to get good shots in that 2-3.D.O.: Any mention of prior losses or connections with Boeheim’s Army leading up to tomorrow’s game? D.H.: I would say two things on that point. I think the thing they’re most looking forward to — and myself included — is the opportunity to play a game in an atmosphere like that with those kinds of stakes. To kind of come in and play the enemy in a hostile crowd and try to pull off the win. And then the second thing I would say on that is we spent some time getting ready for this week scrimmaging and playing with some different guys, and a couple of them were from Team Foe, the other Philly TBT team in the past who actually, I want to say it was a quarterfinal game a few years back, had a big lead on Boeheim’s Army and blew that away. So when they kind of talked and realized we were in the same region, I think those guys were kind of looking forward to us getting the chance to play Boeheim’s as well and kind of get revenge for their part.D.O.: Is there anything that hasn’t clicked over the past couple days for Team Brotherly Love that needs to tomorrow? D.H.: I think we need to do our best to limit turnovers, which we didn’t do well game one against Playing for Jimmy V. I think we had 20 turnovers in that game. I don’t know the stats off the top of my head from today, but I’m sure it was less turnovers. So, I think just continuing to do that. And then the second thing would just be make free throws. We shot pretty poorly in both of the first two games, so just guys got to be able to put in the free ones if you’re going to win a game like tomorrow. So hopefully we can turn that around. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+