My personal guidelines for picking UK dividend shares

first_imgMy personal guidelines for picking UK dividend shares 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. Image source: Getty Images. This year has not been a good one for income investors. Many of the best UK dividend shares have been forced to cut their payouts. Things may be starting to look up, however. With Covid-19 vaccines already rolling out and the ban on banking dividends no longer in place, now may be the perfect time to invest for income.With this in mind, here are my personal criteria for picking the best UK dividend shares right now.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…Watch your capitalMy first rule when looking for UK dividend shares, is making every effort to keep my initial investment secure. This means that while income is my main consideration, I also want steady growth in the price as well.In the UK, this effectively means I limit myself to the FTSE 100 when looking for income. I choose among the largest, most stable firms with strong brands, in industries I think are growing or at least around for the long run.On the company side, I want a history of strong fundamentals in its finances. This means year-on-year revenue and profit growth, and depending on the sector, not too much debt.Dividend yieldMy next criteria is the most obvious – dividend yield. In the UK, a dividend is paid on a pence-per-share basis. This means the yield is very much dependent on the share price itself. While in more stable times I consider the 3%–6% range a sensible one to look at, in today’s market I think we can do better.Just as with looking for growth, there are often bargains to be had. A company’s share price can drop because of a news story or trend that actually won’t have much genuine impact on its fundamentals. These are the time to ‘lock in’ good yields.Of course knowing the difference between these short-term sell-offs and fundamental problems is often the difficult part. Here good advice and a dose of healthy scepticism can be useful.Dividend growthMy last criteria for choosing UK dividend shares is looking for dividend growth. As dividends are paid on a pence per share basis, I would want to see the dividend payout itself increasing year on year. Something like 2% annual growth is enough to keep up with inflation at the very least. Preferably, dividend increasing as profits increased as well indicates the value the company has for its shareholders.Very much linked with this is consistency in the dividend schedule. Aside from the practicalities of being able to rely on regular payments, it is a strong indicator of a company’s ability to consistently offer the dividends I am looking for.The best UK dividend shares will show a pattern of usually four payouts, once a quarter, usually in the same months each year. This regularity can be a good indicator of the company’s ability to pay going forward. If it has never had to worry about finding cash for dividends, it hopefully will have little trouble doing so in future. Karl Loomes | Thursday, 24th December, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 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.center_img Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Karl Loomes Enter Your Email Address 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. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!last_img read more

Job cull at pie and pizza firm RF Brookes

first_imgSouth Wigston based pie and pizza manufacturer RF Brookes, part of Premier Foods, has announced it is to shed up to 200 jobs, following the loss of its pie contract with Marks & Spencer (M&S).A spokesperson for M&S told British Baker that RF Brookes had been supplying the retailer with pies, pizzas and battered foods, however it recently took part in a competitive tender process for its pie business, in which it was unsuccessful. He said the pie contract was awarded to Samworth Brothers, but added that RF Brookes is still supplying M&S with pizza and battered foods.A spokesperson for Premier Foods told British Baker that after intensive negotiations to mitigate the impact of this decision on the workforce at RF Brookes in Leicester, the contract will transfer in two stages, in September 2011 and June 2012. “Regrettably, this could lead to the loss of 200 jobs from the site which currently employs 720 people. Consultation with the workforce over these plans will begin immediately,” he said, adding that RF Brookes still remained a “significant supplier” to M&S for other food lines.“The company remains committed to Leicester and will continue to invest in the site to make it more efficient and better able to compete for new business and safeguard the 520 jobs that will remain.”last_img read more

Ballhooter Spring Break

first_img1:30pm-3:00pm | Coca-Cola Zipline Toss | Village Plaza 12:00pm-3:00pm | Coca- Cola Challenge Course Open | Location TBD 10:00pm |  Silent Disco | Village Plaza           The mountain may be situated in the “National Radio QuietZone” but rest assured, both Clutch and CKY will have the village rocking onSaturday night. Headlining will be Clutch, the veteran Frederick Maryland hardrock band that is no stranger to echoing sonic blasts in the hills of WestVirginia. Taking the village stage before them will be the one and only CKY, arock band of MTV fame from Pennsylvania. The weekend will also featureperformances from Nappy Roots and Love Canon at the Connection Nightclub. Sunday, March 17,2019 11:00pm |  Silent Disco | Shavers Centre Plaza 8:30pm | Clutch | Village Stage 7:30pm | “Luck of the Shoe” Pre St. Patty’s Day Party | Village Plaza Saturday, March 16,2019 7:00pm | CKY | Village Stage (Full scheduleavailable at www.snowshoemtn.com) 2019 Ballhooter Spring Break Festival Schedule In summary, if you’re looking for a truly Wild &Wonderful weekend this March, Snowshoe’s Ballhooter Spring Break Festival hasyou covered. Head to www.snowshoemtn.comand plan your trip to the mountain for a weekend of FREE village concerts,partying, awesome skiing, partying, crazy spring break games, and probably somemore partying. center_img 10:30pm | Love Canon | At The Connection Nightclub (Ages 21+) If you’re more concerned about the snow conditions than theconcerts or the parties, fear not. Ask any Snowshoe local what the best monthof the season is and they’ll tell you. For at least the last several years,it’s been March by a longshot. In 2018, the mountain received 88” of snow inMarch, more than all the rest of that season combined. When folks think aboutspring skiing they usually picture t-shirts and sunglasses, mild weather andslushy snow. That hasn’t been the case in recent years. It’s been more likewhat you’d expect to see in the heart of winter, with the “Cheat MountainMagic” producing powder days galore. There’s no guarantee that this March willfollow suit, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism. Friday, March 15,2019 This season marks Snowshoe’s 6th year hosting “Ballhooter”,an annual festival featuring free concerts, spring break-themed parties andshenanigans, and the best spring skiing in the region. Past performances at thefestival have included Big Gigantic, Theory of a Deadman, and the DropkickMurphy’s. This year, the lineup of free concerts in Snowshoe’s mountaintopvillage includes hard rockers Clutch and CKY. Skiing and partying. Partying and skiing. As any retro skimovie from the 80’s will teach you, it’s a classic combination much like peanutbutter and jelly, or perhaps more fittingly, whiskey and Coke. It’s the recipefor some of the best weekends you’ll never remember. The biggest party of theseason is right around the corner at Snowshoe Mountain’s Ballhooter SpringBreak Festival, presented by Coca-Cola. 12:00pm-2:00pm | St. Patty’s Day Dodgeball Tournament, presented by Subaru | Village Plaza 11:00am | Bloody Mary Bar | Junction Stage 10:30pm |  Nappy Roots | At The Connection Nightclub (21 +) 12:00pm |  Bourbon Tasting | Allegheny Springslast_img read more

Survey: 10 least money-savvy states

first_imgIf you constantly struggle with your finances, maybe you should blame the state you live in. A new GOBankingRates survey found that if you live in one of the 10 least money-savvy states, you’re less likely to have a bank account or retirement plan, you probably didn’t take a personal finance course in grade school, and you are more likely to have delinquent debts.For its Money-Savvy States survey, GOBankingRates analyzed state-level data in three categories important to financial health: use of banking services, saving and investing behavior, and financial education policies.All 50 states and the District of Columbia were scored and ranked to find the 10 states whose residents are the worst with their money. Click through to see if you live in one of the 10 least money-savvy states. continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMMemories of Rindu Alam: Iconic Puncak restaurant closes after four decades

first_imgOnce known as a legendary culinary landmark providing a vista of the heavenly greenery of Puncak, Bogor, West Java, the Rindu Alam restaurant is now an empty building. It was officially closed down by the local authority late last month.The famous restaurant had been around for 41 years and was a significant tourist attraction as it was perched on a cliff overlooking the Mt. Mas tea plantation. The Bogor administration shuttered the restaurant as the land-use contract had expired.The restaurant was an icon of Puncak, a popular weekend destination for Greater Jakarta residents.Proboyanti, a resident of Karadenan village in Bogor regency, said the charm of Rindu Alam never ceased to amaze her. She recalled having lunch at the restaurant fondly.”The view it offered was magnificent. No wonder the restaurant was quite a hit back then,” she told The Jakarta Post recen… Topics : Facebook Forgot Password ? Google Puncak-Pass puncak restaurant bogor Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Log in with your social accountlast_img read more

WHS tennis places 4th in Collegiate; WMS tennis, cross country news; sports schedules…

first_imgMEET:Andover Middle School 12.0597th 7th Grade Girls – 1 mileTIMEPlaceMedal Date:9/23/2014 •••••Sports schedule for rest of week: ThursdayWELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL•Cross Country at Winfield 4 p.m.•C-team Volleyball at WHS 5 p.m.•JV Tennis at Goddard  3 p.m.WELLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL•Football 7/8 at El Dorado, 5/6:30 p.m.•Volleyball 7/8 at El Dorado- 5 p.m.•Tennis 7/8 match – 9th St. Tennis Courts. 7th Grade Boys – 1 mile 7.5483rd RaeawnaNutt 7.5053rd WELLINGTON MS CROSS COUNTRY results. 9.3426thMedal ChanceHamel QuinnMcCue TannerDillon 8th Grade Boys – 1.5 milescenter_img SaturdayWELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL•Varsity Tennis at Collegiate 9 p.m.•C-Team Volleyball at Clearwater 9 p.m.Follow us on Twitter. Date:  Tuesday, Sept.30thRaces start at 4:00 p.m.. JacobFriesen 10.1549th 7.0914thMedal 9 schools competing by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington tennis team finished fourth in the Wichita Collegiate tournament, the Wellington Middle School battled tough as did the cross country team, and the sports schedule for the rest of the week are featured below …WHS Tennis:Wellington went to Wichita Collegiate and competed in an eight-team tournament.  Overall, Wellington placed fourth in a pretty good field of teams.Top finisher was No. 1 singles Peyton Adams, who finished third overall going 2-1.  “Peyton beat two very steady players – LeFevre from Goddard and Gmeiner from Newton,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach.Adams also lost to Hauserman from Salina Central.In No. 1 doubles Ryleigh Buck and Madison Adams finished fourth on the day, but got a little revenge on Sailors/Wong from Newton.“Last week we lost to Newton after we had a tough match against McPherson, but today we played them in the opening match and looked a lot better and won,” Aufdengarten said.Buck/Adams then lost to the 3A state champions from last year Lindwall/Osland 8-3.“This match actually had about five deuce points that we lost,” he said.Wellington then lost to a state qualifier team from last season from Goddard.In No.2 doubles, Cajen Shore and Dietra Sober finished fourth overall going 2-2 on the day.  They beat Newton and Neodesha then dropped matches to Winfield and Collegiate.In No. 2 singles Madi Lewellen lost two close matches to Cole from Goddard 6-8 and in her final match against Gile from Newton in a tiebreak.Wellington plays in the 20 team Tournament of Champions this weekend at Collegiate.•••••WMS tennis: The top six players on the Wellington Middle School Girls Tennis Team participated in the Goddard Invitational yesterday.  The Lady Knights tied for second place overall in the 10-team tourney.Individual places were:No. 1 Singles:  Kylie Aufdengarten – fifthNo. 1 Doubles:  Hattie Staley and Faith Rowley – fourthNo. 2 Singles:  Tori Lewellen – fourthNo. 2 Doubles:  Keylee Bodkins and Grace Rowley – first.••••• TylerBrown 6.3021stMedal McKennaJones NEXT race: Wellington MS InvitationalHargis Creek Watershed FridayWELLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL•Football at WHS vs. Clearwater 7 p.m. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce having logo design contest; $100 goes to winner

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce/Convention Business Bureau will be having a Chamber Logo redesign contest.The winning artist will receive $100 in Wellington Bucks. The contest deadline is Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m.The entry form with rules are as follows (click here for larger printable version) Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Graphic Design · 38 weeks ago Good news and I can just hope that winners will do more effort. Report Reply 0 replies · active 38 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Canucks Defeat Wild to Extend Northwest Division Lead

first_imgLeigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. Also, I thought that before the season started, NHL head office decreed that players giving a goaltender a needless snow shower would be assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  This clearly happened to Schneider tonight, but no call was made.Broadcast Observation of the Day:  Two items of note tonight:  First, I was wholly unimpressed at Shorthouse’s attempted revival/homage of Jim Robson’s famous call after game 6 of the 1994 Stanley Cup Final, when while referring to Trevor Linden, he proclaimed “He’ll play, you know he’ll play… he’ll play on crutches if he has to.”  Shorthouse attempted this one before the game in reference to Henrik… and it just didn’t come off very well.  Something like that should be saved for a really important game, not an early-February divisional game.Also, again, Garrett delivered a great little story about how the old rink in Minnesota back in the WHA days had clear glass boards.  I had never heard of that, and found it quite amazing to think that would have been the case.  Garrett was pointing out that as a goalie, it was next to impossible to pick the puck up without the white background of the boards.  I found this web page with a writeup of the old St. Paul Civic Center, and it contains a picture which shows the clear boards – very unique!Looking ahead: Vancouver travels to Calgary to face the motivated Flames on Saturday night. With his team down 5-2, and with less than a minute to play, he decided to ice forward Brad Staubitz, who is the Wild’s tough guy.  Staubitz went after Edler with a clean check, however, then decided to give rookie Cody Hodgson a cheap shot on the way by. In the ensuing scrum, Lapierre was assessed a five minute major for spearing along with a game misconduct.  In a post-game interview, Lapierre stated he was merely trying to lift his stick, and that he didn’t think his stick even made contact with the Wild player.  Replays support his version of the story, although I can see how maybe a two minute minor could have been assessed.  Expect the league to reverse this game misconduct upon review tomorrow morning.At the next whistle, Wild pest Cal Clutterbuck decided to “square off” with Dan Hamhuis of all people.  This actually led to one of the funnier things I have seen in a long time – Kevin Bieksa, tied up by a linesman in front of the net, did the only thing he could, which was throw his glove at Clutterbuck!  Unfortunately, it hit Hamhuis in the back.  He was immediately assessed a ten minute misconduct for his trouble.  This was a very amusing moment.All in all, Yeo was silly tonight.  I know he must be frustrated with his team, but throwing out guys like Staubitz at the end of what was a one-sided game is a very schoolyard tactic. There’s a time and place to put your tough guys out but at the end of a game when you’re down by three on home ice is not that time nor place. As John Garrett pointed out on the telecast, Brad Staubitz played only 6:39 tonight, so Yeo put him out in the last minute?  An earlier shift saw Staubitz attempting to goad Bitz into a fight as well, who declined.Anyway – I don’t really know what Yeo was trying to prove, but whatever it was, it didn’t work.  His team is in a tailspin (now 5-14-5 in their last 24 games) and they aren’t coming out of it – and trying to “act tough” against the Canucks is not going to change anything in the standings. VIGNEAULT SPREADS ICE TIME OUT, TEAM PLAYS BETTERAlain Vigneault has changed his lines up the last couple of times out.  As I mentioned, tonight he stuck with the lines from the third period of the Nashville game. This meant the lines were Sedin-Sedin-Bitz, Kesler-Burrows-Booth, Malhotra-Hansen-Raymond, and Hodgson-Lapierre-Duco.  Also of note, Keith Ballard was a late scratch with some neck issues, so Andrew Alberts drew into the lineup on the third pairing with Aaron Rome.One thing that struck me tonight was that AV seemed to really balance the ice time, more so that he has done for most of the year.  The Sedin line only played 12 minutes at even strength, approximately the same amount as the Malhotra and Hodgson lines. All four lines were effective tonight, which has been a rare occurrence of late.  In addition, the third defensive pairing of Alberts and Rome also played an equal amount of minutes as the other pairings.  All in all, it was a very balanced game for the team, and they responded with a very good overall effort.  It was a nice change from the coach. As I’ve mentioned before, AV is going to need to be comfortable using all the lines in the playoffs if the team is going to be successful.GM Mike Gillis has done a considerable amount of work upgrading his bottom-six forwards.  To my chagrin, Vigneault seems hesitant to use these players – I think the team is better when everyone is involved and getting in on the action.  Tonight, however, was a different story, and I hope that AV learned something tonight. PARTING SHOTSQuick comments:  Minnesota’s top line of Koivu-Heatley-Setoguchi was dangerous all night.  Unfortunately for the Wild, they were the only line that displayed any level of skill whatsoever. The Vancouver Canucks continued their road trip on Thursday night, paying a visit to the Xcel Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild in a Northwest Division tilt.  Vancouver was full value for a 5-2 win.The Canucks gave up a goal just 13 seconds into the game, failing to score first in for the first time in their last 13 road games.  Alex Edler, who had a pedestrian first period, stood still at his own blue line while Devin Setoguchi pushed the puck past him, where Dany Heatley skated in on Canuck goaltender Cory Schneider and scored to give the home side the early lead.After that, the game was all Canucks.  Vancouver scored twice before the first period was done, Daniel Sedin scoring on a 5 on 3 power play, and Max Lapierre shoveling home the puck after a scramble in front of Minnesota netminder Niklas Backstrom.  The Canucks were the better team in the first period.Henrik Sedin then scored 50 seconds into the second period, converting a beautiful backhand saucer pass from new linemate Byron Bitz.  The balance of the second period featured the Canucks consistently frustrating the Wild, limiting their offensive opportunities.  It was the first time in recent memory that the Canucks have “won” the second.The third period featured chippy play as the Canucks scored again to extend the lead to 4-1, after a nice deflection by Manny Malhotra.  The goal came against the run of play, as the Wild had ramped up their level as the Canucks went out to play a “good road period” with a two goal lead. Minnesota got to within two when Setoguchi scored on a late power play, before Ryan Kesler put the Wild out of their misery with an empty-netter.  The shots actually wound up in Minnesota’s favour, 24-20, but this does not tell the story of the game.Vancouver was never threatened in this contest.  Although they spotted the Wild a 1-0 advantage right off the hop, the Canucks just played their game and created enough offense to get back out in front. More importantly, the Canucks were very responsible in their own end.  Schneider played well, but did not have to deal with any odd-man rushes or other crazy gaffes by the team in front of him. Vigneault stuck with his line combinations from the third period of the Nashville game, with the exception that Mike Duco was recalled in Dale Weise’s absence and played alongside Lapierre and Hodgson. MINNESOTA RESORTS TO SCHOOLYARD TACTICSMinnesota coach Mike Yeo, who must have been frustrated given his post-game comments, embarrassed himself late in the third period.  NHL officiating continues to be a problem.  I try not to complain about it too much, but sometimes the decisions made are baffling.  Tonight, Bitz received a penalty for goaltender inference when he was clearly pushed into Backstrom by a Wild defenseman; his skates were turned sideways as he was trying to stop.  Also, the decisions at the end of the game were also suspect. If you’d like a humorous look at the Bieksa glove-toss, see this recap and video posted at the Legion of Blog.  Pay special attention to Bieksa’s post-game quote, it’s hilarious.center_img Bitz continued to impress.  His pass to Henrik was a thing of beauty, as he saucered it over the defenseman’s stick.  His skating looked better tonight as well.  If he continues to play well, he provides a nice option as a Sedin linemate. Henrik’s consecutive game streak was in doubt after suffering a deep bone bruise in his foot after blocking a shot in the last game.  He played the game and looked no worse for wear.  He and his brother appeared to continue their slow climb out of their slump, each registering a goal tonight. Lapierre and Clutterbuck fought early in the third period.  Lapierre is now tied for the team lead in fights with Dale Weise. Minnesota played very chippy and were constantly trying to push, prod, annoy, or fight the Canucks.  This isn’t a tactic that we have seen from recent Wild teams, and I’m not sure why they started now.  They do better as the Minnesota Mild than the Minnesota Wild.last_img read more

Cats finish seventh at UBC Okanagan; Salmo Falcons take Gold Division

first_imgThird-ranked Mount Sentinel held their own in finishing seventh at the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.Eighth-ranked College Heights of Prince George defeated the Wildcats 22-25, 26-24, 12-15 in the battle for fifth spot.”The big lesson learned is that against the best in the province ‘there are no nap times’,” said Mount Sentinel head coach Joe Moreira.”Each time we lost focus we got beat up.”The Wildcats opened the 48-team tournament losing to Kelowna Secondary (2-0), Handsworth of North Vancouver (2-0) and Vernon’s Kalamalka (2-1).”Although we were 0-3 it is a bit misleading because we were playing in tier 1 (top 12 teams in the tournament) in a field of 48 teams,” Moreira explained.Saturday, the Cats were able to rebound during the playoff round pulling the upset with a 25-21, 25-23 straight set win over fourth-ranked 4A South Kamloops.”It was clear from the beginning of the match that we were intent in competing from beginning to the end,” said Moreira. “We served tough, passed well and we caught them napping.”In quarterfinal play the Cats lost 25-16, 25-15 to a strong Elphinstone team.Mount Sentinel returns to Kelowna Friday to compete in the Best in the West tournament.Falcons top Gold Division at UBC-OThe Salmo Falcons knocked off Summerland in straight sets to claim the Division title at the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.The Falcons won the championship in straight sets 25-22, 26-24.J.V. Humphries of Kaslo finished fifth by stopping Pleasant Valley of Armstrong 25-13, 25-20.J.Lloyd Crowe of Trail lost to Summerland in the semi final round.Bombers ninth in Blue DivisionThe L.V. Rogers Bombers finished tied for ninth in the Blue Division of the the UBC Okanagan Heat High School Girl’s Volleyball Tournament Saturday in Kelowna.LVR suffered losses to George Elliott of Winfield and Chestemere in consolation round play.last_img read more

SENSATIONAL STAR STAKES QUOTES – SATURDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2016

first_imgTRAINER QUOTES -30- FLAVIEN PRAT, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND: “I had a good race today. Last time I rode him, I wasn’t on the lead and I think being on the lead today made all the difference. He’s so much better on the turf, he did a great job. It’s always sad to be beat by so little, but I don’t have any excuses.” GARY STEVENS, BOOZER, WINNER: “He loves this turf course. He runs well off the hill even though he hasn’t run off it for a while. Mark had him sharp today and he broke real sharp. I just followed Mike (Smith, aboard Forest Chatter) the whole way down the hill and when we crossed the dirt, I pushed the button and he just ground it out. He’s a lot of fun to ride, he’s a true professional.“I knew when I got up to the top of the hill before the race that he was sharp. He was on his toes; he was dancin’ and prancin’ around. He went into the gate aggressive. I told Mark this morning that I was going to try and put him on the lead, or close to it and he just smiled at me.” MARK GLATT, BOOZER, WINNER: “He comes with his game every time. Sometimes they’re a little bit better than him and sometimes we’re running him at a distance that he’s not at his best, because he’s a good Cal-bred, and to run against Cal-bred company, sometimes the distances fluctuate a little bit.“I think a mile, a mile and a sixteenth are his best distances, a mile and an eighth is a hair too far, and he runs good down the hill. I wasn’t really concerned about him shortening up. He’s pretty versatile.”center_img AL AND SANDEE KIRKWOOD, OWNERS, BOOZER, WINNER: “He’s definitely paid his way for us. We’ve had a lot of fun with him. He’s always competitive. He’s hardly ever off the board. He won a hundred -grander coming down the hill before (California Flag Handicap, Oct. 18, 2014). We ran him a mile-and-an-eighth last time, he ran third behind some real good horses, so we decided he had a little extra wind for this race and he sure did. Gary did a good job riding him and Mark Glatt’s done a good job training him.” NOTES: Winning owners Al and Sandee Kirkwood are from Ridgefield, Washington. They have been in racing since 1988. JOCKEY QUOTES last_img read more