Thomas Carr | Tuesday, 25th February, 2020 | More on: BOO FEVR RMV 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. Image source: Getty Images The 3 UK stocks I’d buy in a market crash! 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What’s more, this growth has been consistent, with both annual revenues and profits growing by at least 30% in each of the last four 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…2019 saw the group add to its ambition of becoming a major multi-brand online retailer, with the acquisitions of Karen Millen and Coast. The group is focused on attracting young, value-orientated customers, with its range of trend-led clothing, all delivered online with no expensive stores to worry about.Annual revenues for 2020 are again expected to increase by 40%, having already hit the £1bn mark in the first 10 months of the year. Complementing this growth is a strong balance sheet. Boohoo has net cash of over £200m, and has a proven track record of increasing its net assets. Huge Profit MarginsLike Boohoo, Rightmove (LSE: RMV) has also consistently grown revenues and profits, all while maintaining an unusually high net profit margin. In fact, its net profit margin has been steady at around 60% for the last five years.The online property company benefits from having a very profitable business model, which does not require large amounts of capital and investment. Rightmove doesn’t have to hold large amounts of inventory or physical assets, it just needs to operate its online search portal. This operating efficiency is demonstrated by its ROCE (return on capital employed) of almost 800%, which is quite amazing.The company’s latest results showed that both revenue and pre-tax profits grew by 10% in the first half of the year, with continued growth in its agency and new housing business lines. Rightmove is the UK’s number one search portal for housing, with its website registering over 800m visits in the first six months of the year. This is another I like.Explosive GrowthFevertree’s (LSE: FEVR) rise has been even more dramatic. The maker of premium mixer drinks has more than doubled net profits in the last two years. Profits of £61m in 2018 were nearly 60 times those of four years prior.As well as remarkable growth in both the top and bottom line, it has an enviable balance sheet. At year-end, it had a net cash position of over £100m, while a ROCE of 40% shows just how much Fevertree is able to get out of its assets.Revenue growth may have slowed in the UK, but the company is benefiting from a ‘premiumisation’ trend that is increasingly international. In 2019, Fevertree’s US and rest-of-the-world sales rose by over 30%, highlighting the huge potential of its international expansion.Would I buy these three? 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For a city of 60,000, Greenville certainly knows how to integrate green spaces and family friendly parks amid an otherwise metropolitan scene. Situated at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains, Greenville is a popular home base among some of the region’s top athletes like world-renown paddler Adriene Levknecht, who is just an hour away from the put-in to the Green River Narrows, and George Hincapie, Lance Armstrong’s former domestique.There’s no denying Adam and I are, how do you say, “small town folk,” but there’s something about Greenville that speaks to that community-style living while still seamlessly integrating its culture. Here’s how we chose to #gooutsideandplay in #yeahthatgreenville.PlayThe Greenville Health System Swamp Rabbit Trail is a 21-mile multiuse trail that spans from downtown Greenville to the nearby town of Travelers Rest. Paved, flat, and well-marked, this trail is used by a wide range of people, from tourists, to local families, to cyclists training on Hincapie’s team. If you have an afternoon to spend, we recommend parking in Travelers Rest for an out-and-back day on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. Your turnaround point is Falls Park on the Reedy River. An in-city oasis, you can easily spend hours walking around the gardens and along the riverfront here.Have another day to play? Head an hour northwest to Lake Jocassee, a pristine 7,500-acre reservoir bordered on all sides by mostly undeveloped land. Take a SUP, kayak, or canoe and paddle along its shores for glimpses of mountain-fed waterfalls. In the summertime, this is the place to be if you’re looking to cool down. StayCampers will instantly fall in love with Lake Jocassee, which offers lakefront camping in Devils Fork State Park. For those looking to stay closer to town, the Swamp Rabbit Inn is a swanky “hotel alternative” right in the heart of the city. Arranged hostel-style, visitors here can have the luxury of their own rooms in addition to a community-style kitchen, which comes complete with a self-serve continental breakfast. Need a bike to explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail? The Inn has its very own Bike Shed out back, where you can rent bikes for a half- or full day. EatFrom southern inspired farm-to-table fare to ethnic food trucks, Greenville literally has every genre of food to fit whatever your tastebuds are craving. Looking for a mid-ride eatery along the Swamp Rabbit Trail? The Swamp Rabbit Cafe has killer sandwiches and coffee drinks, not to mention an awesome community feel and locally inspired grocery. Tandem Creperie and Coffeehouse in Travelers Rest is too good for us to do any justice, so just take our word on it and go there.Need coffee? Everybody does. Our favorite is Methodical Coffee right downtown. The vibe is cool, the people are too, and the coffee is just out-of-this-world-delicious. We didn’t think we were coffee snobs until we had some cold brew here, so be forewarned—once you go Methodical, it’s hard to go back. Like any of the stuff we’re rockin’ in the images above? Check out the IceMule Cooler to meet all of your beverage-cooling, adventure needs, LifeStraw for clean water no matter where you go, Farm to Feet socks for bar-hoppin to thru-hikin, and ENO for chillaxin wherever there be two trees.
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After helping the USC women’s tennis team topple rival UCLA with a 6-1 victory in the regular season finale on April 18, junior Kaitlyn Christian became the seventh Woman of Troy to be named Pac-12 player of the week this season.In the match, Christian started the day off against the formerly No. 7 Bruins with an 8-3 doubles win alongside sophomore Sabrina Santamaria over UCLA’s Pamela Montez and Skylar Morton.Strong finish · In USC’s regular-season finale against UCLA, Christian won both her singles and doubles matches despite battling the flu. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan In singles play, Christian dropped her first set and fell behind 2-0 in the second set but rallied back and defeated No. 90 Kaitlyn Ray with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback victory despite battling the stomach flu.The win was Christian’s eighth straight and improved her singles record to 21-6 overall and a perfect 8-0 in conference play. She has done the bulk of her damage from court five, where she is 6-0 in singles.Christian and Santamaria, ranked No. 2 in the nation in doubles, finished the season undefeated with a 13-0 record, all from court one. In the upcoming Pac-12 championships, the two look to defend their 2012 doubles title.The No. 5-ranked Women of Troy concluded the regular season 21-2 overall and 9-0 in the Pac-12. USC clinched the Pac-12 team title with the victory over UCLA, and the win marked the first time that USC took back-to-back wins over UCLA since 2006.Christian joins senior Danielle Lao, sophomores Gabriella DeSimone, Giuliana Olmos, Zoë Scandalis and Santamaria, and freshman Ellie Yates as Women of Troy who have been named Pac-12 players of the week this season.With the regular season finished and a 13-game win streak in place, the Women of Troy now shift their focus to individual play at the Pac-12 championships, which begin on Thursday and conclude on Sunday in Ojai, Calif.
For what now seems like an eternity, the New Orleans Saints have been rocked by scandal and suspensions for what can only be deemed as “Bountygate.”As an NFL investigation revealed, the New Orleans Saints implemented a bounty system under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from 2009 to 2011 in which defensive players were given bonuses from a “slush fund” for carrying out vicious hits that disabled key players on their opponent’s offense – most notably Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship game.While the repercussions have been severe for Williams (suspended indefinitely), head coach Sean Payton (one year), Saints’ general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games), linebacker Jonathan Vilma (one year) and former defensive tackle and current Green Bay Packer Anthony Hargrove (eight games), the darker side of the NFL has been thrust – or rather shoved – under the public’s nose for examination.The major dilemma of “Bountygate” still lies in a perpetual “blame game” as the question of who lies mainly at fault in this scandal remains largely up for debate. Is it the coaches, who set up the system, the players, who carried out the orders of these coaches, or the culture of the league and sport as a whole?Let’s start with Vilma, who has been identified by the NFL investigation as the ringleader among the players in the bounty scandal. Although he helped carry out the illegal hits physically, he and every other Saints’ player were pawns in the grander scheme. If a game plan for football is like a metaphorical game of chess against your opponent, then the players are the pieces, following the commands of the coaches and carrying out plays and tactics they have been taught.Like a soldier trained to carry out a mission by his superiors, players like Vilma are in no position to fundamentally challenge the authority of a bounty system like Williams’. Loyalty is not just part of the game as a player, but an inseparable and necessary trait to keep your spot as a starter and on the team. Challenging the authority of a coach is essentially a way to lose your job and chance to make millions, as players have been cut for failing to listen adequately or effectively to coaches in the past.Not to say what Vilma did was right, but the real villains in this story are the men in power. If the coaches don’t have absolute control over a team, chaos reigns. But the coaches of the Saints, in this instance, manipulated their control over the Saints’ players to carry out unethical actions, which in itself is a crime in terms of rule violations and misuse of power. While many would say violence and players attempting to injure opponents are traditions rooted firmly in football since its creation, it makes little difference. Commanding and paying players to purposefully disable opponents is a despicable and unprofessional action.Payton, as the head coach and prime authority of the Saints’ locker room, was supposed to monitor and prevent instances like this from occurring. Instead, he allowed this system to go unchecked for years. For men like Payton and Loomis, who had the authority to stop Williams’ system, standing by and allowing the bounty system to exist is far worse than players like Vilma who have little to no power in stopping something implemented by a defensive coordinator.This follower-leader debate is nothing new in instances of crime. Human beings have followed men to much more reprehensible acts throughout history, citing later they only did so because they were following commands from their leaders and risked punishment if they did otherwise. But does that make them excusable for their actions?Absolutely not.This issue stretches further than a single franchise in New Orleans. The entire NFL for decades has experienced shady dealings with bounties and locker room agreements. Just the other day, former Minnesota Viking great Cris Carter admitted he put financial stipulations on defensive players to help protect himself from being injured, referring to a particular nasty exchange with former Denver Bronco Bill Romanowski when the linebacker told Carter he planned on ending his career.Although Carter later went on to claim the sole purpose of these bounties was for his protection and reasons other than injuring or maiming opponents, the fact remains that the NFL is a league deeply embedded with sinister hits.And that’s where the root of the problem lies for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the security of the NFL. If the culture of the sport is rooted in unnecessary practices like bounties and cheap hits, there may be a day when football ceases to exist as a legal sport. After all, with the developing studies on concussions and its effects on former athletes, protecting football players from dangerous hits with long-term health effects is essential in ensuring the long-term security of the game.Because of those reasons, Goodell’s punishments are just. With high-profile deaths and suicides of former players because of speculated issues relating to injuries sustained during their NFL careers, a new emphasis must be placed on protecting players from questionable hits, especially those to the head. However, Goodell’s suspensions do not justly reflect who is at fault in Bountygate. While Williams received exactly what he deserved with an indefinite ban, men of power like Payton and Loomis – who allowed this unethical system to exist on their watch when they had the power to stop it – deserve a stronger punishment than a player like Vilma.Williams was once quoted as telling his players before a game against San Francisco, “Kill the head and the body will die,” referring to injuring the heads of 49ers Frank Gore and Alex Smith. The same goes for destroying the culture of bounties in the NFL. By banning the man who enacted this bounty system, Goodell hopes players and coaches throughout the league will understand this is no longer a league in which anything is fair in the name of competition.But are the punishments enough that the body of football’s violent sub-culture on defense will die? Only time will tell, but it’s a step in the right direction for changing the NFL into a cleaner, safer league.This is Nick’s final column of the semester, but don’t worry, he’ll be back next year as a super-senior to continue his life’s pursuit of becoming an average, semi-respectable sports writer. Have thoughts on the column? Email him at [email protected]