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Forget gold and Bitcoin! I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 stocks to get rich and retire early

first_imgForget gold and Bitcoin! I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 stocks to get rich and retire early 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. Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The prices of gold and Bitcoin may have surged higher in 2019, but there could be better opportunities to generate high returns in the FTSE 100.The index appears to offer a number of shares that trade on low valuations and which offer improving financial prospects. Buying a range of them now could enable you to boost your retirement prospects.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 such, now could be the right time to buy these two FTSE 100 shares. They appear to be undervalued based on their financial prospects.Rolls-RoyceThe recent update from Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) was somewhat mixed. Although it showed that the company is making progress in implementing its efficiency drive and free cash flow is on target to reach £1bn in 2020, issues with its Trent 1000 engine have persisted.They have contributed to weaker-than-expected financial performance from the business, as well as deteriorating investor sentiment over recent months. This trend may continue in the short term, but the company expects the Trent 1000 issues to ultimately be resolved.Looking ahead to the next financial year, Rolls-Royce is forecast to post a rise in its bottom line of around 45%. This puts the stock on a price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 0.4, which suggests that it offers a wide margin of safety.With demand for civil aircraft and defence-related products expected to rise over the long run, now could be the right time to buy the stock. It may experience further challenges in the short run that cause investor sentiment to decline. But for long-term investors, its low valuation and overall strategy could catalyse its share price performance.RSAInsurance business RSA (LSE: RSA) is another FTSE 100 share that could deliver impressive total returns in the long run. Its recent trading update showed that it is making progress in its aim to improve the customer experience. It has also delivered improved underwriting results, despite market conditions being competitive.The stock is forecast to post a rise in net profit of 8% in the next financial year. Since it trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12.1, it seems to offer good value for money at the present time when compared to its wider sector. This suggests that it may deliver a rising share price over the coming years.Furthermore, RSA is expected to raise its dividends per share by around 11% in the next two financial years. This puts it on a forward dividend yield of 4.6% from a shareholder payout that is expected to be covered twice by net profit. Therefore, it could become increasingly attractive from an income investing standpoint, which may lead to greater investor demand for its shares. As such, now could be the right time to buy it as its growth and income investing prospects look set to improve. Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 15th January, 2020 | More on: RR RSA Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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. Peter Stephens owns shares of Rolls-Royce. 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. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Worried about the State Pension? I’d buy UK shares in an ISA to retire in comfort

first_img Image source: Getty Images Peter Stephens | Sunday, 1st November, 2020 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Worried about the State Pension? I’d buy UK shares in an ISA to retire in comfort Enter Your Email Address 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! Investing in UK shares after the stock market crash may not seem to be a sound means of building a retirement nest egg. However, indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have long track records of growth that have seen them produce annualised total returns in the high-single digits.As such, they could provide a sound means of countering a disappointing State Pension. It amounts to just £9,110 per year. Therefore, a supplementary passive income provided by an ISA portfolio of British shares could provide greater financial freedom for retirees.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…Buying UK shares after a stock market crashThe recent stock market crash has highlighted the potential for volatile performance from UK shares. However, bear markets, corrections and downturns can occur at any time. Indeed, any company can produce a disappointing performance that causes a fall in its stock price. In other words, the stock market is full of unknowns that can lead to disappointing returns and paper losses for investors over the short run.However, in the long run, indexes such as the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 have excellent track records of growth. They have historically outperformed other mainstream assets such as cash and bonds. Meanwhile, building a diverse portfolio of stocks is more accessible than investing in buy-to-let property. Therefore, long-term investors may be able to build a portfolio of stocks that produces a surprisingly large nest egg by the time retirement comes along. From this, a generous passive income may be drawn through a diverse range of UK shares.Building an ISA portfolio to supplement the State PensionAn ISA portfolio of UK shares can help retirees to enjoy greater financial comfort. After all, the State Pension is unlikely to provide a sufficient income for most people. It currently amounts to around a third of the average UK salary. So it’s likely to require a supplementary passive income.A Stocks and Shares ISA offers a convenient and cost-effective means of accessing the growth potential of the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. An ISA can be set up online in a matter of minutes. Meanwhile, the cost of administering it is extremely low, in many cases. Moreover, retirees can withdraw as much money as they like from an ISA at any time without penalty or tax payments. This makes them a flexible means to supplement the State Pension.Clearly, buying UK shares means higher risks than other assets such as cash and bonds. However, the long-term growth prospects of a diverse ISA portfolio of stocks could make them relatively attractive on a risk/reward basis. As such, now could be the right time for an investor to consider purchasing FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares. Certainly while they trade at lower prices following the stock market crash. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Nominations sought for Children’s Champions

first_img The Post Office and the News of the World are seeking nominations for the people who do the most for children.In partnership with childrens’s charity Barnardo’s, the Children’s Champion Awards offer a £5,000 prize for each category winner and £10,000 for the overall winner.Categories include medical award (for health workers), schools award (“for someone who works tirelessly against all the odds to make your kids’ school life better”), sports award (for “inspirational people who dedicate their lives to helping young people in grassroots sport”), and the Post Office award for for Post Office employees.The deadline for nominations is 2 February 2009.www.childrenschamps.co.uk  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nominations sought for Children’s Champions Howard Lake | 22 December 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Awardslast_img read more

DPRK mounts strong response to U.S.-led ‘war games’

first_imgAug. 25 — Once more, the U.S. imperialists have threatened the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with the Pentagon’s formidable war machine, carrying out annual “war games” from the territory of south Korea. Imperialism’s warships and planes simulated an attack on the northern part of the Korean peninsula beginning Aug. 17. The war practices are scheduled to run to Aug. 28.Progressive anti-war group in Seoul, south Korea, on Aug. 17.Photo: SparkAnd once more, the people and leaders of the DPRK have shown that they will not be intimidated by this kind of saber-rattling.According to the U.S. military publication Stars and Stripes of Aug. 17, some 30,000 U.S. and 50,000 south Korean troops were mobilized for the “war games,” which the U.S. had the gall to describe as “non-provocative.”Having 80,000 combat forces practice war against their country, and the DPRK is supposed to just take it lying down?Such a claim of innocence is preposterous, especially given the horrible and tragic history of the 1950-53 U.S. war against the Korean people, in which the Pentagon tried to completely obliterate the socialist north. Only the most craven apologists for imperialism — read almost the entire U.S. corporate media establishment — could swallow such a lie and then regurgitate it to the public.Certainly the DPRK took it seriously.The current president in south Korea is Park Geun-hye, daughter of Gen. Park Chung-hee, a military dictator who ruled the south from 1961 to 1979, after seizing power in a coup with U.S. blessing.There is widespread opposition in the south to the right-wing grouping now in power. This could be seen last year when protests erupted over the role of government corruption in the unsafe conditions on a passenger ferry that sank, killing 304 people, most of them high school students.The reactionary government in Seoul, which is totally subservient to the dictates of the U.S. and its continued military occupation of southern Korea, prepared for the “war games” by planting huge banks of loudspeakers on the edge of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates the two halves of the Korean nation and started blasting hostile and insulting propaganda toward the north.‘An open act of war’The DPRK reacted by calling an emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea — the political party that has led the DPRK since 1946.A press release from the country’s U.N. mission issued Aug. 21 read: “Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it. In this regard, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army on Aug. 20 sent an ultimatum to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense that a strong military action would be launched at once unless it stops the anti-DPRK broadcasting for psychological warfare and removes all psywar means within 48 hours. …“The meeting discussed the measures to convert the party and power bodies, working people’s organizations, state security, people’s security and judicial and prosecution organs, factories, enterprises, cooperative farms and other units in the relevant areas into the semi-war system as the semi-war state has been declared in the area along the front. It also set forth the duties and tasks of officials in charge of external affairs to fully lay bare the truth about the prevailing situation caused by the enemies’ undisguised and surprise aggression.”The people were organized and prepared in case of war. The DPRK moved troops closer to the DMZ and reoriented other defense units.It seemed as though real war could be imminent under cover of U.S.-led “war games.”But this strong response by the DPRK and its young leader, Kim Jong Un, brought results. Within a day a meeting was held at Panmunjom, where a building straddles the DMZ and has been used ever since the 1950s for meetings between the two sides.As of this writing, the regime in south Korea has agreed to dismantle its offensive and provocative loudspeakers and the crisis appears to have been forestalled. But the U.S.-led war exercises are continuing and the DPRK is maintaining its vigilance.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Frank McBrearty says Labour didn’t offer Thomas Pringle a senate seat

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ News 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest WhatsApp Frank McBrearty has refuted claims that the Labour Party wants to push him to one side and run Cllr Thomas Pringle on their ticket in Donegal South-West.Last week Cllr Pringle claimed he had been approached by the Labour Party and asked to run as their candidate in the general election.The Killybegs based councillor said a senior Labour Party figure had told him that if the general election didnt work out he would be offered a senate seat by Labour in return for joining the party.But speaking on todays Shaun Doherty Show, Cllr McBrearty says Thomas Pringle was not offered a senate seat…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/frank530.mp3[/podcast] Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twittercenter_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleAll-Ireland winning captain Anthony Molloy involved in serious road accidentNext articleCouncillors McLaughlin and Harte slam NRA road allocations for Donegal News Highland By News Highland – January 24, 2011 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Frank McBrearty says Labour didn’t offer Thomas Pringle a senate seat Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Global Tenders For COVID Vaccines: Madhya Pradesh High Court Seeks Response Of Centre & MP Government

first_imgNews UpdatesGlobal Tenders For COVID Vaccines: Madhya Pradesh High Court Seeks Response Of Centre & MP Government Sparsh Upadhyay20 May 2021 4:20 AMShare This – xDealing with a plea seeking a direction to the State to initiate steps to invite global tenders from various so as to ensure timely vaccination of the adult population of the State, the Madhya Pradesh High Court yesterday sought response from Centre and State Government. A Division Bench of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Atul Sreedharan also asked a responsible officer from the office of Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation to appear before the Court. The matter before the Court A Petition had been moved by one Sunil Gupta through Advocate Siddharth R. Gupta praying that steps be initiated towards invitation of a global tender from various successfully tested vaccine production companies, for the supply of the requisite quantity of the vaccine. It was argued that many other States including the State of Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi had already done that. Stressing that since ‘Health’ is State subject vide List-2, Entry 6, under Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India, the plea had stated, “The States can take appropriate policy measures with respect to supply of drugs and 13 14 there is no constitutional inhibition in doing the same. Rather it is the obligation of the State to ensure that the fundamental rights of its citizens are preserved, protected and kept intact especially under Article 21 of the Constitution of India.” Importantly, the plea had stated, “Where on one hand, the State Government is not able to ensure speedier and widespread vaccination due to availability of doses, on the other hand, private entities across the country are able to squeeze a lion’s share in the pie by getting the doses and vaccinating the people at much higher rates than that on which the Central Government is procuring, i.e., at the rate of Rs. 150 per dose per person.” However, the plea added that if the State purchases a bulk lot of vaccines by placing a direct purchase order without any interference by the Central Government through a direct tender process, as has been done with many other categories of drugs in the normal course, then the problem shall be resolved. Court’s order The Court issued notice to the Union of India, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation and Drugs Controller General of India. The counsel for Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation submitted that the Central Government had adopted a policy according to which it can issue licence in favour of local manufacturers within the State of Madhya Pradesh for manufacturing the vaccine namely Covaxin. To this, the Advocate General (for the state of MP) appeared and accepted the notice on behalf of the MP Government and prayed for time to seek instructions on both the aspects and to apprise this Court with the stand of the State Government. Now, the matter would come up on 24th May 2021 for further hearing.In related news, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday (May 17) directed the State Government to ensure that any stock of genuine Remdesivir injections does not go waste.Click here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsMadhya Pradesh High Court COVID Vaccines Global Tenders For COVID Vaccines Global Tenders Madhya Pradesj Government Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq Justice Atul Sreedharan Next Storylast_img read more

UNC chancellor stepping down, plans to remove what’s left of ‘Silent Sam’ statue

first_imgDNY59/iStock(CHAPEL HILL, N.C.) — The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is slated to step down later this year, but she plans to settle a controversial debate before she leaves.Carol Folt said she’ll resign at the end of the school year, according to a statement released Monday that also laid out plans to remove the remaining parts of a Confederate monument on campus that many deemed racist.Protesters toppled “Silent Sam” in August as a part of a demonstration against the century-old statue, but the pedestal remained.“The presence of the remaining parts of the monument on campus poses a continuing threat both to the personal safety and well-being of our community and to our ability to provide a stable, productive educational environment,” Folt said in a statement. “No one learns at their best when they feel unsafe.”Folt, named chancellor in 2013, said a review by an independent panel of safety experts in November laid out a “compelling case for risks to public safety.” She said the remaining parts of the monument would be preserved until their future is decided.“While I recognize that some may not agree with my decision to remove the base and tablets now, I am confident this is the right one for our community — one that will promote public safety, enable us to begin the healing process and renew our focus on our great mission,” Folt said.Folt’s surprise decision to place the pedestal in storage drew angry responses from some university leaders, including the head of the school’s board of governors, but others cheered the move.“This is a good day for the anti-racist activists of this town,” Kristen Laverly, a UNC senior, told ABC affiliate WTVD-TV on Monday. “All of these people out here have put their mental, emotional and physical health on the line to be able to achieve what’s happened here.”UNC Board of Governors Chairman Harry Smith said the board would ultimately have the last word on the monument’s fate.“We are incredibly disappointed at this intentional action. It lacks transparency and it undermines and insults the Board’s goal to operate with class and dignity,” Smith said in a statement. “We strive to ensure that the appropriate stakeholders are always involved and that we are always working in a healthy and professional manner.”Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statement early Tuesday in support of the Folt’s decision.“I appreciate the Chancellor’s actions to keep students and the public safe,” Cooper said. “North Carolina is welcoming to all, and our public university should reflect that.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Oxford produces ‘Super-tutors’

first_imgMany Oxford graduates are among the elite group of so-called “super-tutors”, high flying academics who charge up to £1,000 for an hour’s tuition. This rate is considerably higher than the £30 an hour charged by the average private tutor in Britain. Twenty-seven year old Oxford History graduate apparently Topes Calland charges £400 an hour and successfully taught the son of a British rock star who had seen off nine of his previous tutors. In October, Calland was offered £10,000 for ten hours’ worth of tuition time with an Asian royal family member wanting to get in to Oxford. He said, “they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”The agency representing Calland, Bright Young Things, was started by Oxford graduate Malachy Guiness, who tutored full-time before interest in his services became so high that he had to employ other equally gifted individuals to assist him.Some believe that the hype surrounding these high profile tutors getting their clients’ children into Oxbridge will convince other parents that tutoring is a requirement. Helena Mills an ambassador for access at Univ told Cherwell that  to “offer a service that fundamentally suggests [prospective candidates] are not good enough without tutoring exploits students and their families, who don’t want to be disappointed but aren’t sure if they’re ‘quite right’ for Oxbridge.” She added, “Neither Oxford or Cambridge endorse third party tuition companies – but I think they need to be a lot more vocal in denouncing them.” Second year lawyer Praful Nargund claimed tuition won’t do any favours to those who do get a place, saying, “If people pay thousands of pounds for some tricks to use at interview, they are likely struggle when they have to work under the intense conditions at Oxbridge”. One Oxford student with experience tutoring GCSE pupils doesn’t believe that tutoring will be of any use at all in the admissions process. “It helps people get their grades up, but most parents who hire tutors are just looking for exam-focused stuff. This won’t actually help them get into Oxbridge. It’s a bigger problem for other universities where they must rely on grades and personal statements.”Ed Cooke an Oxford graduate and tutor, has a memory capacity great enough to memorise 1000 digits in an hour. He told The Sunday Times that he can help a child to learn all their times tables in two hours using a special memory technique.He explained that not only high-profile celebrities and the rich are willing to pay for these services. “The super-wealthy approach me, but so do middle-class parents.” Cooke knows that these less wealthy parents must make sacrifices to afford his services, but he said that they are prepared to do so “because they care about their children’s education.”Third year Chemistry student Henry Johnson  said, “The high price these Oxford graduates are charging means that only the wealthiest can benefit. The gulf separating state schooled and privately educated applicants is vast as it is. All these Oxbridge graduates are doing is increasing the chances of those whose chances are already very high.”Mills said that having an Oxford degree “doesn’t make you an admissions expert … they can only tell you their take on, and experiences within, the system. If people wish to spend huge amounts of money on tutoring, they can – but it perpetuates the myth that you need money to get to Oxbridge.”She stressed that tutoring creates the assumption that “admissions tutors are looking for polished and perfected individuals, when in fact they are looking for a more raw talent, potential and enthusiasm that they can help to shape and refine over three years.”OUSU’s Access VP, Hannah Cusworth, added, “No-one should think they have to have private tuition to get a place.”Many Oxford graduates are among the elite group of so-called “super-tutors”, high flying academics who charge up to £1,000 for an hour’s tuition. This rate is considerably higher than the £30 an hour charged by the average private tutor in Britain. Twenty-seven year old Oxford History graduate apparently Topes Calland charges £400 an hour and successfully taught the son of a British rock star who had seen off nine of his previous tutors. In October, Calland was offered £10,000 for ten hours’ worth of tuition time with an Asian royal family member wanting to get in to Oxford. He said, “they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”The agency representing Calland, Bright Young Things, was started by Oxford graduate Malachy Guiness, who tutored full-time before interest in his services became so high that he had to employ other equally gifted individuals to assist him.Some believe that the hype surrounding these high profile tutors getting their clients’ children into Oxbridge will convince other parents that tutoring is a requirement. Helena Mills an ambassador for access at Univ told Cherwell that  to “offer a service that fundamentally suggests [prospective candidates] are not good enough without tutoring exploits students and their families, who don’t want to be disappointed but aren’t sure if they’re ‘quite right’ for Oxbridge.”She added, “Neither Oxford or Cambridge endorse third party tuition companies – but I think they need to be a lot more vocal in denouncing them.” Second year lawyer Praful Nargund claimed tuition won’t do any favours to those who do get a place, saying, “If people pay thousands of pounds for some tricks to use at interview, they are likely struggle when they have to work under the intense conditions at Oxbridge”. One Oxford student with experience tutoring GCSE pupils doesn’t believe that tutoring will be of any use at all in the admissions process. “It helps people get their grades up, but most parents who hire tutors are just looking for exam-focused stuff. This won’t actually help them get into Oxbridge. It’s a bigger problem for other universities where they must rely on grades and personal statements.”Ed Cooke an Oxford graduate and tutor, has a memory capacity great enough to memorise 1000 digits in an hour. He told The Sunday Times that he can help a child to learn all their times tables in two hours using a special memory technique.He explained that not only high-profile celebrities and the rich are willing to pay for these services. “The super-wealthy approach me, but so do middle-class parents.” Cooke knows that these less wealthy parents must make sacrifices to afford his services, but he said that they are prepared to do so “because they care about their children’s education.”Third year Chemistry student Henry Johnson  said, “The high price these Oxford graduates are charging means that only the wealthiest can benefit. The gulf separating state schooled and privately educated applicants is vast as it is. All these Oxbridge graduates are doing is increasing the chances of those whose chances are already very high.”Mills said that having an Oxford degree “doesn’t make you an admissions expert … they can only tell you their take on, and experiences within, the system. If people wish to spend huge amounts of money on tutoring, they can – but it perpetuates the myth that you need money to get to Oxbridge.” She stressed that tutoring creates the assumption that “admissions tutors are looking for polished and perfected individuals, when in fact they are looking for a more raw talent, potential and enthusiasm that they can help to shape and refine over three years.”OUSU’s Access VP, Hannah Cusworth, added, “No-one should think they have to have private tuition to get a place.”last_img read more

Organic breads hit, as high prices deter shoppers

first_imgValue sales of organic bread and bakery products dropped by 18.2% last year, as high prices due to soaring wheat costs deterred cost-conscious shoppers.According to the Soil Association’s Organic Market Report 2009, which is based on TNS Worldpanel data, sales of organic bread fell by 13.1%. “Organic shoppers, like all consumers, have clearly been tightening their belts – shopping less often, buying fewer premium products and prepared foods and switching to lower-cost retailers,” said Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association.Overall, the report said that sales of organic bakery goods in the multiples were worth £113m last year. Category winners included Asda and the Co-op, which saw organic bakery sales rise by 12% and 47%, respectively.Lindsay Kilifin, marketing manager for The Village Bakery, said the recessionary climate had made trading difficult, although its organic brand continued to hold its own. “Our greatest area of decline has been in independent retailers, with stockists clearly finding life on the high street increasingly difficult,” she said.last_img read more

Eric Holcomb sworn in for a second term as Indiana governor

first_img Previous articleNew strain of COVID-19 has arrived in IndianaNext articleBerrien County moving forward with COVID-19 vaccination effort Network Indiana Pinterest By Network Indiana – January 12, 2021 1 172 Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Twitter (Photo supplied/State Of Indiana) Gov. Eric Holcomb has been sworn in for a second term as governor of Indiana. Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch was also sworn in for her second term. Todd Rokita was sworn in, replacing Curtis Hill as attorney general. The swearing-in was at a ceremony at the Indiana State Museum and was not open to the public.Holcomb said in a short speech following the oath of office, that he believes it’s best to focus on the future, as Indiana works to pull itself out of the coronavirus pandemic. His focus, reflecting the theme of his entire first term, was on the business climate that Indiana provides.“Fellow Hoosiers, this future is arriving faster than we anticipated and it plays to Indiana’s strengths,” he said. “The business climate we have nurtured, the seeds we have sewn are not just for today but for tomorrow.”Holcomb pointed out that life sciences, aerospace, health care, defense, ag bioscience, cyber, and advanced manufacturing business sectors are all growing in the state, and that makes it more inviting for companies who would choose to make a home in Indiana. He said Hoosiers themselves also make the state inviting for new families.“Even in the past year, during the pandemic, we added a record 31,000 job commitments.”Holcomb said that the work of now is to try to eliminate the pandemic, but that the future is already here and Indiana should embrace its part.Rokita said he believes his job is to protect liberty, “to defend our individual liberties from the forces that don’t understand, don’t appreciate and detest our God-given Constitutional values, and even America itself.”Rokita spoke of “ordered liberty”, and individualism, as the foundation of our nation.“In my administration you can expect our team to put liberty in action every single day, starting with the defense of our God-given rights, which the founders recorded in our Constitution and its original amendments,” he said. “You will see liberty in action when we work to protect the freedom found in the right to life. You will see liberty in action when we stand up for the right of all Hoosiers to be free to peaceably assemble and go to church.”The pledge of allegiance was offered before the ceremony by members of Holcomb’s family. The “Star Spangled Banner” was performed by two students from Holcomb’s alma mater, Hanover College. IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Eric Holcomb sworn in for a second term as Indiana governor Google+last_img read more