first_img Approaching $24,000 a pop, Bitcoin has made some people very rich in 2020. Anyone who bought the cryptocurrency one year ago would be sitting on a gain of over 200%. That’s an incredible rise in such a short period of time. It also puts the performance of even the best UK shares to shame.Today, however, I’ll explain why I’d always pick the latter as a better option for growing my wealth over the long term. 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…Bitcoin’s been here beforeThe huge momentum in Bitcoin is eerily reminiscent of what we witnessed almost exactly three years ago. Back in 2017, a single coin rose in value from around $900 at the start of the year to just short of $20,000 by mid-December. Holders were understandably euphoric. “It’s going to the moon!“, they cried. Except it didn’t. Quite the opposite, in fact.From the beginning of 2018, everything started to unravel. Bitcoin adoption in everyday life was practically non-existent. Accounts were regularly raided by hackers. And with no one left to buy, there was only one direction its value would go.And, my word, did it fall. Almost exactly one year after its price high, Bitcoin had sunk to just over $3,000. Personally, I can see history repeating itself.Of course, Bitcoin bulls would point to the fact that it’s ‘different’ this time. The 2017 bubble was the product of unsophisticated traders not knowing what they were doing, they’d argue. The 2020 rise, coupled with Paypal’s decision to allow those account holders to purchase cryptocurrency, is proof Bitcoin is now mainstream. What’s more, the cryptocurrency could replace gold as the best store of value in troubled times. But will it really? Where’s the evidence?As far as gold’s concerned, the shiny stuff has a history of holding its value in times of trouble. Bitcoin simply doesn’t. It’s only been around since 2009. Call me an old stick-in-the-mud, but I’d prefer to back something with a track record. Past performance is not a guide to the future but, with crystal balls out of stock, it’s the best thing we’ve got. Factor in that the Bitcoin price is based purely on what someone else will pay for it, and you have a recipe for alarming volatility. What I’m doing insteadRather than buy Bitcoin, I’m doing something that feels far more rational. Snapping up high-quality UK shares that boast some/all of the following attributes.ProfitableHigh marginsHigh returns on invested capitalGrowth potentialLeader in a (niche) marketLow debt (or preferably none at all)Will this Terry Smith-inspired checklist protect me from all risks? Of course not. Share prices could tumble again in 2021. Nevertheless, I can surely tilt the odds in my favour by buying great stocks and sitting on my hands.Bitcoin bust?Bitcoin is indeed riding high. I could be proved utterly, hopelessly, completely wrong in my prediction it will crash next year. Perhaps things are different this time.Even so, I’ll leave you with this. If we assume that a crash does happen, where will those who’ve made a mint turn to next?Thanks to the derisory returns generated by other assets (e.g. bonds and cash) right now, my money’s on the stock market. This is even more reason, I submit, to buy the best UK shares at the current time. Paul Summers | Monday, 21st December, 2020 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. 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first_img Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Make a comment More Cool Stuff 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News HerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeauty Education Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Alumna Lands Record Deal Article and Photos by FLINTRIDGE SACRED HEART ACADEMY Published on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 | 11:42 amcenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Claire Rodriguez performing in Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy’s 2012 Spring Pops Concert.Claire RodriguezWhen Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA) alumna Claire Rodriguez ’12 walked into the offices of Bungalo Records in mid-July, she expected to leave with an internship; instead, she walked out with a record deal. Rodriguez, who just completed her freshman year at Berklee College of Music in Boston, was waiting to interview for a music production and marketing internship at the record company when Paul Ring, CEO and President, noticed her sitting in the lobby and struck up a conversation. Ring asked Rodriguez to sing for him on the spot. “I sampled different genres. I performed ‘People Get Ready’ by Curtis Mayfield, then I did some classical stuff,” Rodriguez said. By the time her interviewer was ready for her, Rodriguez was already discussing a record deal with Ring. “After I showed him what I could do, he said, ‘I really don’t want you to intern here. I only want you for a record deal. You’re not allowed to intern,’” Rodriguez recalled.Claire Rodriguez in Flintridge Sacred Heart’s 2012 spring musical XANADU. She played the leading role of Kira.Since signing the contract with Bungalo Records, Rodriguez (who will go by the stage name “Toni”) has been hard at work. “I met with the producers that I’m going to be recording with, as well as a songwriting team,” she said. Her producers include Grammy-award winners Adonis Shropshire, Kevin Wales and Nataraj Tribino. “I am working with such amazing people. I have to live up to their expectations, and I have to work really hard to do it,” Rodriguez said.However, no one—especially in the FSHA community—doubts her ability to succeed. “Once you heard Claire sing, you knew she had amazing talent,” said Sister Carolyn McCormack, O.P., president of FSHA.During her four years at FSHA, Rodriguez participated in almost every musical opportunity at the school. She was a choir soloist and the lead vocalist of FSHA’s band. Rodriguez also appeared in the school musical every year, including the 2011 production of Xanadu in which she played the lead role of Kira. “Claire was a passionate performer, dedicated and committed to her craft. I’m not surprised she got a record deal at 19 years old,” said Katy Sadler, former Assistant Principal at FSHA.Rodriguez also worked with FSHA Visual & Performing Arts Department Chair Ben Coria, who was “thrilled” to find out about Rodriguez’s recording deal. “Success in the music business is challenging, but I know there’s a place for her,” he said.Imelda Rodriguez, Claire’s mother, credits FSHA for helping Rodriguez along her musical path. “FSHA is a big part of who she is now. The school harnessed her dream of using her God-given talent to be of service to others,” she said.And while this recording opportunity seems like the stuff of movies, Rodriguez wants to encourage students to think big. “Know that no matter how farfetched your dreams are, it’s really possible to achieve them,” she said. “If you have the right attitude, if you work on yourself and if you have a really well-polished skill, then you can absolutely make it.”You can listen to Claire Rodriguez’s music at more information about Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy (FSHA), visit Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Countless Long Islanders will be among the 3.5 million Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade spectators, but the event has more connections to the Island than just being an hour-long train ride away.Many have seen local high school marching bands and kick lines join the procession as well as our music artists performing on floats, such as homegrown hip hop trio De La Soul and singer Idina Menzel. But few people may know that there are more LI links to the parade than there are dance troupes busting moves down Sixth Avenue on Turkey Day.Here are 10 Long Island ties to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade:10) A Native Ran The ParadeEmbed from Getty Images In 2015, a blimp on its way to fly over the parade made an emergency landing at a Woodward Parkway School athletic field shortly after taking off from Republic Airport in East Farmingdale. Neither the pilot nor his two passengers were injured, but the incident did make for some striking images of the slow-motion crash landing. Authorities blamed the incident on high winds that day.2) The Big ManEdmund Gwenn (1877-1959) as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.The 1947 classic Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street is back in rotation this time of year. But only those paying close attention may have noticed that the movie’s protagonist, Kris Kringle — who Macy’s hires to play Santa in the parade before he’s institutionalized for insisting that he really is Claus — lists his address as an adult home in Great Neck.1) Gotta Catch ‘Em AllEmbed from Getty Images For several years early in the parade’s history, organizers released the giant helium-filled balloons and encouraged finders to return them to the store for a $100 reward. In 1929, three balloons reportedly landed on LI, triggering a fight over who would claim the cash. In one case, Tiger landed on the roof of a house and was torn to shreds in a tug of war, according to reports. The practice was discontinued in 1932 after a Tom-Kat balloon struck an airplane. The year was 1993. Sonic the Hedgehog, who had debuted two years prior on the Sega gaming console, was the first video game character to become a float in the parade. Unfortunately, the balloon’s first flight ended early when it snagged a lamppost at the corner of West 58th Street and Broadway, causing a street light fixture to fall on off-duty Suffolk County Police Captain Joseph Kistingeran, breaking his shoulder, according to reports at the time.8) Parade QueenEmbed from Getty Images It’s not just the spectators who are susceptible to giant balloons’ ruining their day — so are the volunteers who help guide the floating characters. Keri O’Connell of Franklin Square learned that lesson the hard way when a golf cart ran over her foot, fracturing a bone, while she was holding a line for Buzz Lightyear in 2013. “We were having the most fantastic time,” she told the New York Daily News. “Everything was wonderful. All of a sudden I was on the ground in intense pain.”4) Top ClownEmbed from Getty Images In what easily ranks as one of the strangest security breaches ever at such a high-profile target for terrorists, shredded — but still legible — internal Nassau County police documents were used as confetti in 2012. WPIX-TV first reported the story, which was so ridiculous that it was picked up by national news outlets. Investigators identified the confetti culprit as one of their own who had attended the parade with family members. The case reportedly prompted new protocols for disposing documents — especially if they contained detectives’ personal information, among other sensitive details.6) Take A SeatFor people standing for hours on sidewalks to watch the parade, the importance of this local contribution cannot be overstated. Commack-based Seating Solutions was hired to design, build, and install stadium-seating along the parade route for the select few thousand spectators lucky enough to get a seat, WNYW-TV reported. “We do everything from design to installation to custom fabrication,” company chairman Scott Suprina told the network.5) Balloon BuzzkillEmbed from Getty Images In 1926, when the parade was stepping off for the third time, then-21-year-old Helen Olstein was anointed “queen of the parade,” a crown she wore until the following year, when the event introduced its iconic giant balloons for the first time. Olstein, who later got married and raised a family in Woodmere, watched the parade from the sidelines 80 years later, in ’06, at age 101, the Times reported. “It was a delicious time, and we had so much fun,” she told the paper. The title has since been dropped from rotation.7) Confetti ConfidentialEmbed from Getty Images One of the many former Nassau County residents lured to New York City living, Amy Kule, of Manhattan, rose up the ranks of Macy’s and led the company’s biggest annual event from 2010 through 2016. “My mother, to this day, thinks that I took this job so I don’t have to cook Thanksgiving dinner,” she told The New York Times in 2013. “And she may be right.”9) Sonic vs. SCPDEmbed from Getty Images Thankfully for the parade’s sake, the nation’s Halloween hysteria over creepy clowns terrorizing communities appears to have subsided in time for 1,000 clowns to march through Midtown without fear, just favor. The funny woman in charge of all these comical characters? Fran Nesturrick of Baldwin. At least she was in ’06, when she did interviews pulling the curtain back on the preparations involved. We reached out to Macy’s to see if she’s still commander of the clowns, but haven’t heard back.3) Blimp Makes Touchdownlast_img read more

first_imgThe Wexford man was speaking in the aftermath of Michael Conlan’s Final victory last night…the Belfast Bantamweight is the first Irish man ever to win Gold at a World championship.Conlan became the first-ever Irishman to claim a World Championship gold medal in the 41-year history of the tournament after claiming a 3-0 unanimous decision win over Murodjon Akhmadaliev (Uzbekistan) in their 56kg bantamweight final.Tonight Joe Ward can capture gold when he fights Julio La Cruz ion the light heavyweight final, that bout takes place after 5. Walsh says a lot of work has gone into making these boxers elite level.last_img read more