I think these small-cap stocks are the best buy-and-hold UK shares in a post-pandemic world

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See all posts by Matthew Dumigan The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 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. I think these small-cap stocks are the best buy-and-hold UK shares in a post-pandemic world Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Matthew Dumigan | Sunday, 12th July, 2020 | More on: BOO GYM MARS The significant upside growth potential of investing in small-cap stocks is a huge advantage they have over their FTSE 100 blue-chip counterparts. Combine this with depressed share prices as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent stock market crash, and I think there’s a lucrative investment opportunity on the cards.As lockdown restrictions in the UK are gently eased, pubs, restaurants, and non-essential retailers are back open for business. Much of the impact remains to be seen, but the economy is showing early signs of a steady recovery. For investors chasing market-beating returns, I think these small-cap stocks are among the best UK shares to buy-and-hold over the coming years.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…Best UK shares to buy and hold in a post-pandemic worldPerhaps unsurprisingly, The Gym Group’s (LSE: GYM) share price is down 52% since mid-February after plunging 75% in the depths of the sell-off. After all, the budget fitness provider lost around a fifth of its membership during the lockdown period as facilities closed across the nation. However, with indoor gyms given the go-ahead to re-open their doors from 25 July, things are beginning to look up.The group had been growing at an impressive rate prior to outbreak of Covid-19 thanks to the strength of its low-cost business model. Moreover, provided the company can recover a sufficient portion of its membership, the shares should continue to rise. For those able to stomach the additional risk, I reckon that on balance, the risk-reward picture is sufficiently attractive to justify a buy-and-hold purchase.Another company lifted by the easing of lockdown restrictions is Marston’s (LSE: MARS). Hit hard by the sell-off, the pub stock’s share price is still down by 62% in 2020. The company will inevitably face financial hardship over the coming months given its first-half profit fell by more than 70%.That said, Marston’s dominant market position and large customer base will be of immense help. As Brits make a swift return to local pubs and restaurants, Marston’s will be a huge beneficiary. I expect significant share price appreciation and healthy dividends in the years to come.A contrarian pickFinally, as a perhaps contrarian pick, I think Boohoo (LSE: BOO) could be a fantastic buy-and-hold investment. The company has stumbled upon difficult times recently regarding working conditions, and its share price has tanked as a result. However, the company has since pledged to raise standards. Hence, its brand may not be affected poorly over the long term.Boohoo’s popularity, especially among young people, should not be underestimated and the underlying business strategy is extremely effective. In fact, I think there’s plenty more room for the company to grow over the coming years. Consequently, I see the share price pullback as an opportunity to buy at a discount.Ultimately, each of these small-cap stocks boasts huge upside potential over the long term, in my eyes. As such, I reckon they justify their place among the best UK shares to buy and hold in a post-pandemic world. Looking for more top buys? Take a look at this small-cap stock with huge growth potential… Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group, Marstons, and The Gym Group. 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.last_img read more

Pasadena Sees More Than 100 New COVID-19 Cases for 6th Straight Day

first_img Business News 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena Sees More Than 100 New COVID-19 Cases for 6th Straight Day Officials urge caution over Christmas to prevent ‘surge on top of a surge’ By BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, December 21, 2020 | 5:42 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment Community News More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Health officials in Pasadena reported 109 new COVID-19 infections in the city, marking six days in a row that more than 100 new infections were detected.The city exceeded 100 daily cases for the first time during the pandemic on Dec. 5.With no new fatalities reported, the city’s total infections had reached 5,728, while the local death toll stood at 145.Average daily detected infections over the prior week had set a new record at 129.4, according to city data.City spokeswoman Lisa Derderian urged residents not to fall into a “false sense of security” and discard social distancing protocols after receiving a negative COVID-19 test result.“Don’t let a negative COVID-19 test be a pass to go outside the household you live with, because a negative one day can change into a positive within hours,” she said. “[During] very challenging times, we need to think about the consequences of every decision.”Huntington Hospital reported treating 153 COVID-19 patients on Monday, with 30 of them being treated in intensive care units.The hospital’s average daily COVID-19 hospitalizations over the prior week reached a new all-time high of 24.1.The state-calculated ICU availability rate for the 11-county Southern California Region encompassing Los Angeles County remained at 0 percent, where it’s been since Thursday, according to state data.County health officials reported 11,271new COVID-19 infections and 56 additional deaths on Monday, raising the overall tallies to 634,849 cases of the virus and 8,931 fatalities.“Since November 9, average daily deaths have increased from 12 average deaths per day to 84 average deaths per day last week,” the L.A. County Department of Public Health said in a written statement. “For the past three weeks, the County has nearly tripled the daily average number of cases; from 4,000 new cases a day to over 14,000 new cases a day.”Hospitals throughout the county again saw a record number of COVID-19 cases at 5,709, with 21 percent of them being treated in ICUs, county officials said.County health officials warned that if the public does not alter normal Christmas activities, Southern California could be facing a “surge on top of a surge,” the county statement said.“Hospitals are already over capacity and the high-quality medical care we are accustomed to in L.A. County is beginning to be compromised as our frontline healthcare workers are beyond stretched to the limit.”“The only path forward right now that has a chance at stopping the surge is to stay home as much as possible and to enjoy the holidays with just our immediate household,” L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said. “This means no extended in-person family gatherings. The risks of doing so are just too dangerous.”“Another spike in cases from the winter holidays will be disastrous for our hospital system and, ultimately, will mean many more people simply won’t be with us in 2021,” she said. “While we are so encouraged that vaccines have arrived and our frontline healthcare workers are beginning to receive vaccinations, it will take many months to immunize the entire population of L.A. County. Your actions this week and beyond will determine whether we get through the next two months without continuing to experience horrifying increases in hospitalizations and deaths.”The California Department of Public Health reported 37,892 COVID-19 cases and 83 deaths on Monday, bringing the state’s totals to 1,892,348 infections and 22,676 fatalities.The average statewide positivity rate over the prior week had reached 13.3 percent, and the 14-day average was recorded at 12 percent, according to a CDPH statement.As of Monday, L.A. County represented 34 percent of California’s COVID-19 infections and 39 percent of the state’s deaths.See also:Influx of COVID-19 Patients Taxing Huntington Hospital Staffing and Resources faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Southern Corn Rust

first_imgSouthern corn rust struck Georgia’s corn crop two weeks earlier this season and has spread across the Coastal Plain, says a University of Georgia plant pathologist. If not treated quickly, the annual disease can stunt plants and reduce yields.“If you don’t protect against southern rust early enough, and it starts to spread, it’s hard to stop. Once it escapes the bottle, it’s hard to put back in the bottle,” said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Extension scientist based on the Tifton Campus. Kemerait has been busy answering phone calls from growers who thought they had the disease under control only to discover it when weather conditions favored a spread of the disease.If southern corn rust is not spotted or treated quickly, it can have a devastating impact on corn production in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia where yield losses in excess of 25 bushels of corn per acre have been observed. Southern corn rust infects corn leaves. The infected leaves can’t produce as many sugars through photosynthesis, which reduces yield. It can also drain the stalk of its strength, making corn plants vulnerable during high winds that could blow the stalks down.Kemerait said if southern corn rust is contained to the bottom third of the plant, there’s still time for treatment. However, if the rust has spread upward, even in seemingly small amounts, it is much more difficult to manage. At that point the grower is not only battling the visible disease, but also the infections that have yet to produce symptoms.“The reality of corn rust has been unbelievable for me this season. I’ve really never seen anything like it in that rust started to appear two weeks earlier than the earliest I’ve seen it in the past,” he said. “Not only have we found it earlier, we have found that it rapidly spread out all over the Coastal Plain. We have found it from Seminole County in the southwest to Effingham County in the east.”Southern corn rust was first spotted this year on June 5. It is typically not seen in corn until the end of June, if not July. The reason for earlier occurrences is unknown, but Kemerait suspects it could be the wet spring that made conditions favorable for the disease.A significant challenge southern rust presents for corn growers is how best to optimize fungicide applications. Available fungicides are effective but must be applied so as to cover a significant portion of the corn leaves, especially the lower ones. Obtaining good coverage of the leaves can be challenging when spraying from a plane, that typically deploys only a few gallons of spray per acre.“How does a farmer get the fungicide to the interior of the canopy where it is most critically needed?,” Kemerait said. “What’s important is to insure that we spray early enough, before the disease is a problem, and to figure out how to get the coverage we need, which is a problem with corn.”Southern corn rust is re-introduced to Georgia every year. The rust pathogen requires a living host (corn) and can’t survive in freezing temperatures. If corn is not in the field, the pathogen that causes the disease will not survive.Georgia corn growers sponsor an annual early-detection program for southern rust through their check-off dollars to the Georgia Commodity Commission for Corn. Through UGA, this detection program provides a significant management tool in the battle against southern rust.last_img read more

GOP Considers Gutting Maternity & Preventive Services to Secure House Votes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Donald Trump’s promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and overhaul health care in America faces its biggest test yet, as GOP lawmakers weigh how repealing Obamacare will affect their constituents.Several news outlets reported Thursday afternoon that House Republican leaders decided to delay the vote in the face of opposition from many in their own party, possibly for a day. House Republicans are still on a mission to recruit undecided lawmakers who’ve held out for a variety of reasons. A group of about two dozen hard-line Republicans wants to further gut mandates imposed by the ACA, while more moderate lawmakers have expressed concern about how a change to Medicaid funding would impact their states.The fight may come down to a provision in the ACA requiring health care plans to cover a range of benefits, including pregnancy, newborn care, substance abuse, prescription drugs and wellness services.Conservative House members of the so-called Freedom Caucus argue that eliminating those requirements would bring down the cost of insurance premiums because insurers would no longer have to cover certain services. But people under the new plan would potentially have to pay for those benefits themselves if insurers offer leaner plans.If House leadership agrees to dismantle essential benefits in the bill, it could mean that insurers would no longer have to provide breastfeeding support and counseling to new mothers or pay for preventive tests and screenings for blood pressure, high cholesterol, lung cancer, depression and other conditions.Lawmakers were negotiating throughout the day ahead of a scheduled vote Thursday night on the bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, though by mid-Thursday had reportedly postponed bringing it to the floor of the House. Republicans require 216 “yes” votes to move it out of the House and to the U.S. Senate, where some Republicans view the measure even more skeptically than their House peers. A vote on Thursday would come on the seven-year anniversary of Obamacare, which Republicans have been arguing is unsustainable and is driving up costs.The bill, which is the brainchild of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), has the backing of the White House. President Trump has joined the fray on Capitol Hill in an attempt to appease some Republican lawmakers who remain on the fence. The president delivered an ultimatum to those so far opposed to the bill, warning that a “no” vote would come back to haunt lawmakers at the ballot box. But it’s unclear if Trump can use the bully pulpit to strike fear in the hearts of undecided House members, considering his historically low approval rating for a new president, and Obamacare’s increased popularity among Americans.A Quinnipiac poll released this week found that Trump’s base is shrinking in support and that his job approval rating stands at a dismal 37 percent.As for the GOP health care bill, Quinnipiac found that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of it, 26 percent remain undecided and only 17 percent support it. Additionally, a large majority of voters oppose the proposed elimination of federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which handles many women’s issues, such as breast cancer screening and reproductive health.“Replacing Obamacare will come with a price for elected representatives who vote to scrap it, say many Americans, who clearly feel their health is in peril under the Republican alternative,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.On the eve of the expected House vote, several dozen demonstrators rallied outside Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa Park to pressure the veteran Long Island Republican Congressman to vote “no.”Several people at the rally interviewed by the Press said they interpreted the act as an attack on the poor and other marginalized groups, and a gift to the rich and powerful through enormous tax breaks.Despite the bone-chilling cold Wednesday night, demonstrators waved signs and yelled “No Trumpcare!” and “Don’t take away the ACA!”“This health care bill is a bad deal for most people in the United States,” said Lisa Oldendorp, 70, of Massapequa. “The only people it is good for is the wealthy people who are getting an enormous tax break and the CEOs of the insurance companies, on the backs of the poor and middle class.”“It fails the first test of everyone getting health care,” she added, referring to Trump’s “insurance for everybody” claim he made after the election.Barbara Kaplowitz, an insurance broker, said she’s seen the benefits of the ACA firsthand. She said she knew of a couple who delayed opening their own business because at least one of them needed to get the health insurance through their employer to cover them both. Obamacare changed all that, she said.Standing next to her was Ruth Cohen of Lake Grave, which is not in King’s district, who lamented that the new bill is “about making the rich richer…It has nothing to do with what’s good for people.”Phil Esposito of Bayport said he fears the GOP health care plan is the beginning of an all-out assault on Medicare, the government program by which he receives health insurance.“I think they’re screwing the poor people and giving a tax break to the rich,” he said.King has not yet indicated which way he’d vote on the controversial measure. On Wednesday, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Selden) appeared to be leaning toward supporting the bill after an amendment was added by upstate Congressional Republicans that would eliminate all county funding of Medicaid in New York State, except for New York City.House Democrats are all expected to deliver a resounding “no” vote. When Obamacare passed in 2010, not a single Republican on Capitol Hill supported it.The impending vote has provoked a war of words between New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and some New York Representatives after he blasted two upstate Republicans for including the provision cutting county Medicaid funding, which is currently capped at 13 percent. Cuomo called the amendment potentially “devastating” to the state and Long Island’s health care industry. Rep. John Faso (R-Albany) told the governor to “man up” and cover the Medicaid costs so the upstate counties no longer would have to chip in. Cuomo’s staff delivered a barrage of emails predicting millions of dollars in losses in those Republican Congressional districts if the bill is passed, including a collective loss of $14.6 million for three hospitals in Rep. King’s district. The amendment would lead to a cut of $2.3 billion from Medicaid in upstate New York and on Long Island, Cuomo said.That prompted Zeldin to admonish Cuomo for fear mongering.“The amendment is a proposal to shift to the state the local share of Medicaid from the counties outside of New York City, including Suffolk County,” Zeldin said in a statement. “It does not propose a $2.3 billion cut. Governor Cuomo is choosing on his own to react to the amendment, by threatening a cut to scare people. Let’s call this for exactly what it is.”But if the bill passes, the governor is saying that there’s no way for Albany to make up for the shortfall unless it raises taxes statewide or imposes drastic cuts in state-provided health care. According to the governor’s office, under the Trumpcare proposal, New York would lose $6.9 billion over the next four years.Meanwhile, Zeldin’s New York Republican colleague, Rep. Dan Donovan (R-Staten Island), has come out against his party’s bill. “I do not believe that the legislation as currently written is in the best interest of the 740,000 people I represent in Congress and I believe we can do better,” he said.“The proposed amendment exempts New York City, putting an unfair and disproportionate burden on City residents to fund the entire state’s share of the Medicaid bill,” he added in a lengthy statement. “That’s wrong. I cannot support a deal that gives our district short shrift.”last_img read more