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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. Tej Kohli owns shares in Take-Two Interactive. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Tej Kohli Before we ask ourselves how we should be investing in esports, first we should become familiar with the topic. If you don’t know what esports is, then ask a millennial. Or instead imagine this scenario: you can travel back in time to 1992 and invest in a top football club at the exact moment that the launch of the Premier League unlocked lucrative television rights deals and set the best soccer clubs on a path to become lucrative global mega-brands, would you invest? Because esports is currently in a similar trajectory on a worldwide scale.The worldwide ‘esports’ competitive gaming phenomenon has taken the world by storm. As the global audience of esports grows toward one billion, revenues from sponsors and licencing deals are pouring in, and so are ‘big name’ investors. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Basketball star Michael Jordan. Musician Drake. These are all invested in esports teams. 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However, clearly investors sense great upside potential from getting in early.The only esports stock in the UK at the moment is Gfinity, which provides experiences and solutions for playing, watching and following esports. The company came to the London market very early in esports terms, in 2015. It has a £68m market cap, but has since had to repeatedly raise new funds and today has a market cap of just £7m. It serves as a cautionary tale against investing too early in an esports space that is changing rapidly.NASDAQ Nordic-listed Astralis Group became the first esports team to list in Europe after its November 2019 IPO. The company is the owner of three esports teams and best known for its Counter-Strike gaming team. Esports teams like Astralis offer a more attractive investment opportunity, because revenues are driven by media rights, advertising and sponsorships. Astralis is ‘one to watch’ over coming months.Importantly, across global esports, monetisation per fan by esports teams currently stands at around $5. This compares to $54 in the NFL, $33 in the NBA and $90 in the NHL. As the global esports fan base starts to exceed that of established sports, expect to see monetisation growing substantially.Alternative investmentsThere are, of course, other routes to gain exposure to the global esports phenomenon. A professional esports team has to pay a fee to ‘buy-in’ to the franchise and compete in the leagues for the most popular games. These ‘buy in’ fees can be in the tens of millions. Videogame developers with a strong catalogue of video game franchises can do very well indeed. The likes of Activation, Tencent, Take-Two and Electronic Arts are all doing well from regional videogame franchises and the increasing popularity of their games that esports helps, in part, to engender.But my advice to an investor is to focus on esports teams and to wait for the next tranche of esports team IPOs. Especially so, if you’re looking for long-term exposure to the esports phenomenon. I predict that before the end of 2020 we will start to see more IPOs by esports teams in both the UK and Europe. I also predict that these IPOs by esports teams will take novel measures to ensure that their fans do not get disenfranchised. One example may be discounted shares available to their registered fans or to their social media followers.So for me, the lack of availability means the time is not yet right to invest in a listed esports team. However, it is a good time to choose an esports team to support whilst waiting for its IPO. 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MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Organisation News News Help by sharing this information 02.06.2003The staff of Malaysiakini.com said today they would not obey an order by their landlord, the firm PC Suria, to leave the premises. “The firm has no right to evict us,” said chief editor Steve Gan, noting that the lease did not expire until December 2004. He has written to PC Suria’s lawyer saying they would not leave since they had not violated any terms of the lease. The eviction order was issued on 22 January.————————————-01.27.2003News website Malaysiakini.com to be evicted from its officesReporters Without Borders said today it was appalled at plans to evict Malaysia’s Internet news website Malaysiakini.com from its premises just days after police raided them, apparently for publishing criticism of the government, and warned that it threatened once again the country’s chief source of independent news. to go further RSF_en February 6, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News website Malaysiakini.com refuses to leave its offices News Follow the news on Malaysia The landlords, the firm PC Suria, which has ties to the government, issued an eviction order on 22 January for the website to move by the end of next month, saying it had been involved in “unlawful activities.” Police had raided its offices on 20 January and seized all its 19 computers. “This is yet another attempt to shut Malaysiakini down,” said its chief editor, Steve Gan. “We believe the authorities have put pressure on PC Suria.”The website’s chief executive, Premesh Chandran, said moving offices would cost it about 100,000 ringgits ($26,000) and disrupt its activities for at least two weeks. “It will also mean a loss in subscription revenue, as well as loss of confidence among our readers and subscribers,” he added.Malysiakini has been unable to contact the landlords since receiving the eviction order, but Gan said that “if they think that evicting us will cripple our operation, they are wrong.” He urged the website’s readers and supporters to be patient.Malysiakini has rented offices in Bangsar Utama, near Kuala Lumpur, since December 2000 from PC Suria, a computer products distributor wholly owned by a government-backed firm, NASCOM. On 9 January, the website carried a letter which criticised the government’s granting of special rights to the country’s ethnic Malay majority and compared the ruling party’s youth wing to the racist US group the Ku Klux Klan. The website, which started up in November 1999, gets 100,000 visitors a day and has won international prizes for its news coverage of a country where the media are tightly controlled, though the government has formally pledged not to restrict the website’s content. February 22, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth March 17, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again January 29, 2021 Find out more
First-time buyers are £742 a year better off than those who rent, according to a new study by Halifax.The annual figures from the Halifax are based on the average monthly buying cost (including mortgage payments) for a first-time-buyer purchasing a three-bedroom property at £6,582, £62 lower than the typical monthly rent – £7,203 annually – paid on the same property.The latest information reconfirms what many of us already know – buying property often makes sound financial sense. This will partly explains why the volume of homebuyers is increasing, with first-time buyer numbers up by an estimated 22 per cent in 2014 with 326,500 of them getting on the ladder, the highest annual total seen since 2007.However, the price difference between buying and renting is narrowing. The price of a typical first-time buyer home increased by 8 per cent in 2014, and although average monthly rents have risen by £28 over the same period, average monthly buying costs increased by £46. This means the difference has narrowed from £80 in 2013 to today’s figure of £62, but nonetheless, the saving is still clear.As an added bonus, buying is now more affordable in all regions in the UK, with purchasers in London being the most better off in cash terms, they save an average of £112 per month, or £1,338 per year, with the average monthly cost of buying – £1,275 – being substantially less than the amount paid by renters in the capital, with the average monthly rental price being £1,387.Craig McKinlay (left), Mortgage Director at Halifax, commented, “Average home buying costs are significantly lower than average rental costs, providing first-time buyers with a large financial saving if they can get on the housing ladder. While the timescales associated with raising a sufficient deposit to buy a home present a hurdle to many potential first-time buyers, the significant difference in costs between buying and renting, combined with still low mortgage rates, increased consumer confidence and the Help to Buy scheme, have all been factors driving the substantial rise in first-time buyers over the past two years.”Meanwhile, a separate report reveals that two thirds of tenants have had to dip into their own pockets to fund repairs because they could not wait for the landlord any longer.The study, conducted by PropertyLetByUs, reveals that 55 per cent of tenants spent up to £50 to sort out a repair and that half of tenants would like landlords to deal with repairs quicker.Two thirds of tenants say that it takes their landlord too long to respond to emails and calls about problems.The research also reveals that just a third of tenants would rather deal with a landlord than a letting agent and one in six tenants have experienced bad landlords in the past.“Our research shows that the most common cause of complaints are faulty boilers; leaking roofs; faulty showers; mould and condensation; leaking bathroom and window locks; broken windows; smoke alarms; and pests and vermin,” said Jane Morris (right), Managing Director of PropertyLetByUs.renting buying first_time_buyers February 24, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » First-time buyers still better off than tenants previous nextHousing MarketFirst-time buyers still better off than tenantsAside from being almost 10% worse off than first-time buyers, many tenants also must dip into their own pockets to fund repairs.PROPERTYdrum24th February 20150570 Views
Allowing transgender girls to compete in girls’ sports leagues is illegal and could mean schools allowing the practice lose federal funding, the US Education Department ruled in a letter made public on Thursday.The policy violates federal civil rights law that guarantees equal education for women, the department’s civil rights office said in the 45-page letter to the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC).The ruling came in response to a federal lawsuit filed by three female track runners from the state of Connecticut who argued they were put at a physical disadvantage competing against trans athletes. In response, the CIAC said its policy protected transgender athletes from discrimination.”Connecticut law is clear and students who identify as female are to be recognized as female for all purposes — including high school sports,” the athletic conference said in a statement.”To do otherwise would not only be discriminatory but would deprive high school students of the meaningful opportunity to participate in educational activities … based on sex-stereotyping and prejudice,” it said.Male-to-female trans athletes have been allowed to compete in the International Olympic Games since 2016 if their testosterone levels meet a certain low level for a year.Idaho became the first US state to pass a law barring trans high school athletes from playing in sports leagues that differ from their gender at birth. Several other states are considering similar restrictions. The lawsuit was filed in February by the three runners against the CIAC and a number of local boards of education. It solidified the federal government’s stance in the controversial debate that is playing out in states nationwide.Connecticut is one of 18 US states that allows trans high school athletes to compete without restrictions, according to Transathlete.com, a website that compiles information on trans inclusion in athletics.The Education Department said it would either withhold federal funding for the Connecticut school districts where they runners competed or refer the cases to the US Department of Justice.The letter said the school’s policy has “denied female student-athletes athletic benefits and opportunities” including higher level competitions, recognition and visibility to colleges. Topics :
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Team India is all set to begin their 2019 ICC World Cup journey when they will lock horn with South Africa at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. On one hand, Proteas will not be happy with the way they started their tournament as they have already lost both their opening games against England and Bangladesh. On the other hand, Virat Kohli and Co is all excited and will look to begin their tourno with a win.If South Africa side lose the third match as well then this could spell doom for the Proteas and it will become difficult for them to bounce back in the tournament. Meanwhile, it will not be an easy task for both the team as Team India is one of the hot favourites in the World Cup and South Africa is also one of the strongest sides in the Standings. So, we have listed down possible Dream11 team for the #INDvRSA match:Wicket-Keepers – MS Dhoni, Quinton de KockBatsmen – Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (C), Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, David MillerAll-Rounders – Hardik Pandya (VC)Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Dale Steyn.