Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tritax Big Box REIT. 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. There’s no denying buy-to-let as an asset class has generated a tremendous amount of wealth for investors over the past few decades. However, new regulations, a clampdown on the lucrative tax benefits buy-to-let investors used to receive, and rising house prices have all compressed the sector’s returns.As a result, buy-to-let property is no longer as attractive as an investment as it once was. 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The Sunbelt Agricultural Expo opened its doors in Moultrie, Georgia, Tuesday, with agricultural experts, farmers, state and local leaders, and University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead in attendance.Much of the talk during the expo and Morehead’s visit focused on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Michael, which leveled buildings and destroyed untold acres of crops — including cotton, peanuts, pecans and vegetables — across much of Georgia’s most fertile farmland.Morehead spoke at length with attendees about the effects of the storm and what could be done to ease the burden on the state’s farmers, some of whom have lost everything.“I visited this area only a few weeks ago on my annual farm tour and talked with farmers who were eagerly anticipating peak harvests of pecans, peanuts and other crops. Now many farms have been wiped out and yields have been substantially impacted due to the hurricane,” said Morehead. “I want south Georgia’s farmers to know that the University of Georgia stands with them and is committed to supporting their recovery from this devastating storm.”Early estimates place agriculture and timber losses in excess of $2 billion, and that number could increase significantly as more information becomes available.UGA Cooperative Extension agents are working with individual farmers across the state to assess crop and equipment damage, and Extension facilities are being used as staging grounds for utility companies working to restore power.UGA is also extending the early admissions application deadline to Oct. 22 for high school students in areas hit hardest by the storm, including southwest Georgia and parts of the Florida panhandle.Representatives from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) participate in the expo every year, but this year, many UGA Extension officials remained in their counties helping Georgia residents recover.Despite smaller numbers than usual, in the UGA building at the expo, students, faculty and staff greeted visitors who wanted to learn more about the land-grant mission of Georgia’s flagship university. Student ambassadors talked about why they love the college and the world-class education they are receiving. Faculty and staff discussed the college’s research and Extension programs.“UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plays a significant role in Georgia’s agricultural sector being the No. 1 industry in the state. We do so by educating the future agricultural leaders in our academic programs, conducting world-renowned research that impacts different commodities that comprise the diverse agriculture industry of Georgia, and through our Extension programs, which serve as a bridge for specialists to bring the research information to farmers,” CAES Dean Sam Pardue said. “When you come to an event like the Sunbelt Ag Expo, you’re introduced to all three of these different components that comprise a great college like CAES.”Morehead’s visit included a tour of the UGA building, a meeting with key agricultural leaders in Georgia and a conversation with CAES student ambassadors. Morehead has visited the three-day event every year since becoming the university’s president in 2013.He also was an invited guest at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Luncheon. This year’s winner was Kevin Yon from South Carolina.More than 1,200 exhibitors are represented at this year’s expo event, which is held on a 100-acre exhibit area.For more about CAES, go to http://caes.uga.edu. read more
24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details Last month, I wrote an article about when to hire a consultant. There’s no doubt that bringing on a consultant is a big decision, but knowing when to fire one can be even more important. Generally, consultants fulfill skill gaps or solve specific problems for your credit union. Unfortunately, they can tend to hang on too long and be difficult to get rid of. Just like an employee, you may become emotionally attached, causing more harm to your organization if you keep a consultant around past their point of usefulness. Here are some key indicators that it’s time to fire your consultant.No longer getting value – This is #1 for a reason. Unlike an employee who should be invested and developed to create key skills and resources for the company – I expect consultants to constantly be adding value, pushing the limits, and driving us to fully be engaged in their discipline. When all the ideas are coming from me, then it is a key sign that it is time to move on.Don’t fit with Corporate Culture – If you are like me, you may not hold a consultant to the same corporate culture standards as you do other employees. This can work out fine, but it can turn into a real issue if a consultant completely violates your cultural principals. When your employees or teammates see you allowing team members (consultant or not) to violate key values, it can implicitly devalue the core tenants of your business and erode trust and morale among the team. So, if your consultant blatantly goes against what you and your company believe, it’s time to cut bait.Disruptive to other goals or team – Sometimes consultants need to be disruptive. They can often provide key momentum builders, energy and excitement around ideas and concepts. At the same time, they can hog resources and stifle other priorities. It is essential to monitor employees stress and the impact of consultants to make sure they aren’t being overly disruptive to the broader goals of the credit union.You have developed in-house expertise – One of the key goals before and during the consulting engagement should be for the consultant (i.e. the expert) to pass on knowledge, frameworks, resources and other skills to key employees. Always have a deliberate plan to create playbooks, tools and trainings so that when the consultant leaves, you haven’t lost the expertise. Once you establish the proper documentation and processes AND have in-house employees dedicated to fulfilling the tasks originally assigned to the consultant, you have successfully absorbed all you needed from the engagement and are likely ready to part ways. Breaching security – We are all in the business of protecting member data. Consultants that don’t get that and don’t interact with our data and our teams with the same confidentiality level we expect from our employees should be dismissed. Feedback is ignored – Giving feedback to consultants can be challenging on both sides. Often you have hired a consultant for a specific expertise. Sometimes their guidance is tough to digest and implement and sometimes it just will not work as prescribed. In those cases, having a frank and honest dialogue with the consultant is critical. If that still doesn’t change or improve the situation, then it may be time to go a different direction.Of course there are lots of other reasons to fire a consultant. If after reading this you think it is time, I might suggest the following ways to approach the situation.First, arrange for a time to sit down with your consultant and be direct. Then use one of the following approaches:Contract Timing – The contract has ended and it is time to go in a different direction. It’s us not you. In Sourcing – We have decided to bring on a full-time person. Your work has been amazing – but we just think we need a permanent member of our team.Performance – Unfortunately you have missed a number of key deliverables, consequently we think it’s time to try something else.Financial – Our budget priorities have changed and we know longer have the budget for this initiative. It can be uncomfortable to fire a consultant, but using the markers mentioned above and assessing the situation independently from your feelings will help you do what is best for your credit union. After all, consultants aren’t meant to work with you forever. read more
Topics : However, he urged people to stick to strict social distancing rules, despite the rigors of an eight-week-old lockdown to limit the second wave.”If people don’t do the right thing in the final few weeks of the lockdown, or if they lie about where they’ve been, there’s no COVID-normal Christmas,” he said.Stringent rules in Australia’s second most populous state have proved divisive, with some provoking criticism from businesses, protest groups and even federal authorities.Victoria announced changes to its “triggers” to determine further easing after announcing an immediate end to nightly curfews and possible advancement of the next round of such easing by a week, to Oct. 19. The latest relaxation allowed 127,000 people to return to work on Monday, at manufacturing and food processing industries among others, offering a boost to the hard-hit economy.But Melbourne retained strict curbs on where people can go and ordered a fine of nearly A$5,000 ($3,527) for those flouting limits on gatherings to two households in an outside space.Victoria reported just five new virus cases and three deaths in the past 24 hours, down from a daily tally that topped 700 in early August.The most populous state of New South Wales reported on Monday its second consecutive day without a virus case in more than three months, as did the northeastern state of Queensland.Andrews said the downward trend in new infections bodes well for summer sporting events, such as the annual Boxing Day cricket test match and the Australian Open tennis tournament.”What I can say, though, is, if we all stay the course and we continue to see these numbers down, that it becomes more possible to have a crowd of some size,” Andrews said.Australia’s tally of infections stands at just over 27,000 with 875 deaths, with Victoria contributing about 75% of cases and nearly 90% of all deaths.The numbers are still well below those in many other developed nations battling new waves of infection.New Zealand recorded no new cases overnight as a recent outbreak eased. That has fuelled talk of travel between the Pacific neighbors resuming by year-end.It was “possible” that New Zealanders would be able to travel to some Australian regions before Christmas, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told state broadcaster TVNZ on Monday.Plans for a travel ‘bubble’ between the neighbors lost pace following the Melbourne resurgence of the virus and Auckland’s second wave of infections. Australia’s city of Melbourne, its hotspot in the second wave of coronavirus infections, is on track to return to near normal by Christmas, strengthening hopes for major summer sporting events to go ahead amid a general economic revival.Southeastern Victoria state recorded a single digit rise in new cases for the first time in three months on Monday, with the lifting of some of the toughest curbs its capital of Melbourne, such as a night-time curfew, Premier Daniel Andrews said.”That is a very, very significant set of numbers. We are well ahead of schedule,” Andrews told a daily news conference, anticipating a move to “COVID normal”, with most curbs eased. read more
Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be eyeing additions to his squad this summer following a poor end to the season (Picture: Getty)What’s his background?Although James represents Wales at international level, he was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, and actually spent the majority of his youth career on the books of Hull City prior to joining Swansea City for just £72,000 when he was 17 back in 2014.Speaking about his move from Hull, James said: ‘I had a great time at Hull, but it was time to move on and I believe that move has been the best thing for me.‘At the time, Swansea was a category two academy, but I saw that there was great potential and ambition at the club, which ignited the same kind of feeling for me.’During the 2016-17 season, James played an integral role as Swansea’s U23s lifted the Premier League 2 title, scoring five goals and providing seven assists in 16 appearances, while the team also won the Premier League Cup.Ahead of the 2017-18 season, James was sent out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury Town in the expectation that he would be given exposure to first-team football, however, after failing to make the matchday squad in their opening five games of the season, the deal was terminated. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been unhappy with Anthony Martial’s attitude in training (Picture: Getty)Should both Martial and Sanchez move on, United will need to bolster their left-sided attacking options and that has been where James has predominantly played this season, with 19 of his 33 Championship appearances coming from that flank, according to Whoscored.Solskjaer is apparently keen on signing a right-sided winger this summer and although James has generally been utilised on the opposite wing, he has played on the right this season, as well as a No.10 or as an out-and-out striker.Solskjaer has regularly spoken out about attempting to restore United’s traditions during his time in charge and James’ reputation as a natural winger, as opposed to the wide forward’s currently in the squad, is a move seemingly made with that in mind.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWorth the money?At £18m, James would represent a drop in the ocean for United given their resources and his relatively low price is reflected by the fact that his Swansea contract has just over a year left to run.AdvertisementAlthough that represents a sizeable increase on the fee Leeds were set to pay a few months ago, James’ stock has risen since then with a host of Premier League clubs including Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and Everton as well as Ligue 1 side Monaco, all having been linked to him. Oliver Young-MylesFriday 10 May 2019 1:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link837Shares Why Man United are interested in Daniel James and where he would fit into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans Comment Daniel James scored the winning goal for Wales during their Euro 2020 qualifier against Slovakia in March (Picture: Getty)Upon returning to Swansea, James enjoyed a goalscoring senior debut by netting the final goal in their 8-1 rout of Notts County in the FA Cup, although that was his only first-team appearance of the campaign as the club suffered relegation from the Premier League.Despite recouping around £45m from player sales after dropping down into the Championship, Swansea spent just over £6m in the summer transfer window with now former manager Graham Potter instead beefing up his squad with homegrown talents.That led to James establishing himself as a regular in the team, making 33 appearances in the Championship – 28 of which were starts – while scoring four goals and registering seven assists.So this is why Manchester United are interested in signing Daniel James 💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/nSZhXNfA5M— Metro Sport (@Metro_Sport) May 10, 2019 Daniel James has been a revelation for Swansea in the Championship this season (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly closing in on his first signing as Manchester United manager and it is an intriguing one with Swansea City winger Daniel James set to make the move to Old Trafford.According to reports, the two clubs are close to agreeing a deal worth up to £18m for the 21-year-old who has enjoyed a breakthrough season in the Championship, scoring four goals and providing seven assists for the Swans.If United manage to get the deal sewn up it could represent an interesting change in direction on the transfer front as the club have regularly sought big names over the past few seasons under Ed Woodward’s stewardship.AdvertisementAdvertisementAlthough James has caught the eye for Swansea and the Welsh national team in recent months, he is still something of an unknown quality having only emerged during the current campaign. Here’s what United fans can expect from their potential new signing…ADVERTISEMENT Daniel James won Swansea City’s ‘Best Newcomer’ award this season (Picture: Getty)As well as providing Swansea with a counter-attacking threat out wide, James has also been their most reliable creative force as he has supplied more assists than any other player in their squad with seven while averaging 1.2 key passes per match.Potter, who has now taken the reigns at Brighton, was also impressed with his strength, saying after Swansea’s narrow FA Cup defeat to Manchester City: ‘(But) against Manchester City he matches the physicality of Kyle Walker, for example, and runs away from players at that level.Advertisement‘That’s a direct comparison against Premier League players at the very top and you can see his quality.’Who could he replace?Following a bright start under Solskjaer, Anthony Martial appears to have fallen out-of-favour recently, with the Norwegian reportedly berating him for a lack of effort and reportedly informing his bosses that the Frenchman should be sold this summer.Another player that United would be eager to shift is Alexis Sanchez, who has failed miserably to live up to expectations since making his money-spinning move from Arsenal 16-months ago. The Chilean scored just one Premier League goal all season. Alexis Sanchez has proven to be an extremely expensive mistake for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)United have been stung badly in the transfer market in recent years, through over-paying in transfer fees – as has proven the case with Fred – over-paying in wages as with Sanchez, or both in the case of Romelu Lukaku, and a low-cost, low-risk signing like this one could be seen as a no-brainer.Should James continue to develop at the rate he has this season, he could be worth significantly more than that in a few seasons time.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors He also scored a memorable solo goal in Swansea’s 4-1 win over Brentford in the FA Cup, picking the ball up on the edge of his own box before surging forward at pace and burying a finish from inside the penalty area.AdvertisementAdvertisementHad things worked out differently, James could have been lining up for Manchester United’s rivals Leeds as he almost joined Marcelo Bielsa’s side on transfer deadline day in January in a deal worth just £8.5m.James had passed his medical and agreed personal terms with Leeds, however, on the eve of the deadline Swansea pulled the plug on the deal and he returned to South Wales. Leeds’ loss could look to be United’s gain…What will he add to the side?Pace and lots of it as the goal against Brentford demonstrates. According to Wales Online, James travelled 84 yards with the ball in just 8.48 seconds for that particular goal and Brentford’s defenders simply had no means of stopping him.That is undoubtedly James’ biggest asset as he looks to utilise his speed and acceleration at any opportunity, driving into space and committing defenders when he receives the ball. This season, he has completed 44 dribbles in the Championship – the second-highest total in Swansea’s squad behind Bersant Celina. Advertisement read more
US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a video to give us a 360° peek at one of the largest indoor wave facilities in the world – the MASK Basin.US Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at Naval Surface Warfare Center in Carderock is being used by US Energy Department’s efforts to accelerate the development of wave energy in the country.The facility is 360 feet long, 240 feet wide, and is equipped with wave maker that is capable of making precise waves for hours, according to DOE.The basin is no stranger to wave energy research. The facility’s ocean engineers built a dedicated structure specifically for wave energy converter (WEC) device testing and hosted the Energy Department’s Wave Energy Prize competition.The competition resulted in four teams meeting the public prize challenge’s goal of doubling the performance potential of wave energy devices, with one team making a five-fold improvement.Also, it serves as a testing ground for wave energy researchers from Sandia National Laboratories.If successful, this technology could one day power millions of US homes, businesses, remote communities, and even military bases by harnessing the energy potential of ocean waves, according to DOE. read more
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Real Madrid will play defending champion Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, and Atletico Madrid will face Chelsea.Madrid and Bayern have combined to win 14 European Cup or Champions League titles. They have also been runner-up a further eight times, yet never met in the final.Five-time winner Bayern is seeking to become the first team in 24 years to repeat as Europe’s top club.Atletico will host the first leg against Chelsea, which it routed 4-1 in the UEFA Super Cup two years ago.The first legs will be played April 22 and 23, with the return matches on April 29 and 30.The final is scheduled for May 24 at the Stadium of Light in Lisbon.