Home Blog Page 20856

The new Lego Star Wars Imperial Destroyer is here – and it's galactically expensive

0

Say goodbye to all your bank balance, my lego-loving friends: Lego has just unveiled its next set of the Star Wars Ultimate Collectors Series, and it's a great one-of-a-kind. The biggest thing about the length. And it has a huge price that can keep up.

Take a look at the 110 cm Lego Star Wars Imperial Star Destroyer, which is made up of 4,784 pieces and costs £ 650 of your own pounds.

Yes, six hundred and fifty pounds, This thing is the same price as the gigantic Millennium Falcon from 2017. But I hear you cry, it has nearly 3,000 pieces less. The Millennium Falcon was the largest set that Lego ever built with 7,541 units. This new Imperial Star Destroyer has "only" 4,784 pieces. What seems like a massively reduced amount, considering that both sets have the same price. But I suppose we have to keep in mind that the Star Destroyer will have much more big Pieces compared to the Falcon. The entire outside of the ship is made up of large, gray plates, while the Millennium Falcon had many more small parts.

This will be the fifth Imperial Star Destroyer Lego has ever built, and of course the largest. The first two came in 2007: There was a respectably large set of 1,367 pieces and a previous UCS set of 3,096 pieces. In 2010 there was a midi set with only 423 parts, and the last one was in 2014 with 1,359 parts.

The 2019 Ultimate Collector's Series set is packed with details we've never seen before. It's similar to the previous UCS set, but its extra size makes it more impressive. It also comes with a kickstand and the Ultimate Collector's badge, along with two minifigures: the Imperial Officer and an Imperial Crew Member. There is also a tiny Tantive IV ship that gives this beast a certain scale. As if it needs it; It's over a meter long to scream out loud.

If, for the second time in a few years, you somehow have £ 650 left for a Lego set, the Imperial Star Destroyer will be available to Lego VIP members in just two weeks on September 18th. All others can buy it on October 1st. But if you buy it, you might as well become a Lego VIP member – you get £ 5 worth of points for every £ 100 spent, which is £ 30 to put back in your bag for another purchase.

Verstappen warns against radical changes after Hubert accident

0

Followed by Hubert's passing after an incident in the F2 race at Spa-Francorchamp's last Saturday, Raidillon played in the crash.

Three-time world champion Jackie Stewart has been among those suggesting that asphalt run-offs to take them on when they have run off-track by holding on the power, rather than backing off.

Read Also:

Current Renault Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg partly agreeing with this view when speaking ahead of the following weekend's Italian Grand Prix, and advocating for different approaches to the safety of various corners.

"There are tarmac run-off areas that do not invite you to keep pushing them."

Eau Rouge Which is quite unique in that you do not really see that corner until you come over the hill and see what's going on.

"Sometimes things get a bit hectic and out of control on lap one or early in the race when everyone is bunched up.

"Sometimes you see this happening in the junior series, where they are still very motivated and maybe a bit too excited."

However, speaking likewise ahead of the Italian GP, Verstappen dismissed the idea that there is a need for substantial changes.

"There are many tracks on the calendar where if something bad happens, it can be really bad." So we've got to start changing a lot, "he said.

There are many dangerous corners on the calendar and it's part of F1 and racing in general, unfortunately.

"It was just unlucky what happened." It's the same as if you were in the middle of the track and somebody drives into you do not agree with that.

Eau Rouge, and it's a bit of a blind corner.

"[But] then why are we racing in Monaco? Because for me that's a very dangerous track if you look at it. But we do it, that's what we are used to and accidents happen. "

In the aftermath of Hubert's crash, Spa-Francorchamp's chiefs confirmed there was an existing plan to introduce gravel traps at Raidillon, even though they were "not planning to modify the actual layout" of the corner.

Additional reporting by Jonathan Noble and Diego Mejia

Why I would still shun the price of Woodford Patient Capital at 45p

0

Just to squeeze the wounds of embattled fund manager Neil Woodford with salt, the FTSE forces present yesterday evening confirmed his Patient Capital Trust (LSE: WPCT) should be thrown out of the EU FTSE 250 Index.

The move follows a 39% decline in the Growth Trust since the last quarterly review of FTSE indices. The stock closed yesterday at 45 pence, a 40% discount on its most recently published net asset value (NAV) of 74.43 pence.

Patient capital seems to offer a high value on paper. Here I explain why I consider it as a stock to avoid.

Discount

One month before the dissolution of its flagship Equity Income Fund in June, I warned readers that the House of Neil Woodford might collapse. I was bearish on his Patient Capital Trust as early as January 2018 (when the stock was worth 83p and trading at less than 10% of the net asset value) and explained why I thought the discount should be much larger ,

However, even with the release of its Equity Income fund, which is significantly intertwined with patient capital, even the current 40% discount is not enough to tempt me.

Cornerstones investors under pressure

Woodford is clearing out unlisted shares from its Equity Income fund to raise cash for redemptions when the fund is unlisted. In the meantime, he is also a seller who got his patient's capital under control after agreeing with the trust's board to settle a maximum overdraft amount of £ 150m within 12 months.

Elsewhere, IP groupWoodford, another early-stage investment company, is another cornerstone of many unlisted companies. IP's shares have also collapsed at a sharp discount on the net asset value, making it difficult for the investees to raise new cash.

Another pressing cornerstone is Invesco Perpetual. When Woodford left Invesco, he left his protégé Mark Barnett with large positions in many of the same unlisted companies he bought for Patient Capital and its new Equity Income fund.

Omnishambles

Since Woodford is now a seller and important co-investors who are not well placed to sell shares, the valuation of affiliates will inevitably come under pressure. Any new investor willing to relieve Woodford of its stock will want a hefty discount.

In addition, it is not in their interest for Woodford to sell its shares to a new investor, as many of the investees make losses and need more rounds of financing to reach market maturity. This does not bring any money to the companies themselves.

Much better for them to bind Woodford by offering new shares to interested investors at a discount on the retail price of Woodford. This increases liquidity for companies, not for Woodford, but continues to put pressure on their valuation and Patient Capital NAV.

Honestly, I think that the situation is an all-rounder and it is impossible to estimate what the actual NAV of Patient Capital might be when it all happened. At the moment I consider the trust as not investable.

Of course, choosing the right stocks and strategy to succeed in the stock market is not easy. But you can stay one step ahead of the herd by reading Motley Fool's FREE guide "10 Steps to Make a Million on the Market."

Motley Fool experts show how many ordinary investors benefit from a seven-digit equity portfolio in this simple, step-by-step guide.

Just click here to get your free copy.


G A Chester has no position in any of the above stocks. Motley Fool UK holds no position in any of these stocks. The views on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the author and may therefore differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. At The Motley Fool, we think we are better investors by considering different insights.

,

Ukraine releases plane crash MH17 "suspicious" | world news

0

A Ukrainian court has released a potential suspect and key witness for the shooting down of MH17 when the Russian president said the two countries had signed an agreement to exchange prisoners.

Vladimir Tsemakh had boasted on a video commanding an air defense brigade in separatist-led eastern Ukraine, stating that he had hidden evidence of a Buk missile system, Dutch investigators say, had shot down the Malaysia Airlines jet with 298 people on board ,

Tsemakh, who was arrested during a raid in June, was charged with terrorism for fighting for the separatists supported by Russia. On Thursday, however, he was released from prison abruptly.

His place in a barter with Russia was not confirmed, but widespread in the media. Russian President Vladimir Putin said at an economic forum shortly after the release of Tsemakh on Thursday that Moscow and Kiev would conclude the talks on exchange, adding that the exchange would be "big". He did not specifically mention Tsemakh.

The reports have alarmed Dutch investigators and legislators, who fear that Russia will pressure Ukraine to give up one of the few suspects in the detained case. Russia arrests dozens of Ukrainian prisoners, including 24 sailors captured in November and filmmaker Oleh Sentsov.

Forty European MEPs called on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky this week not to release Tsemakh, saying in a letter: "His availability and testimony before the joint investigation team is therefore of paramount importance for effective prosecution by the countries involved."

In a telephone interview, Kati Piri, a member of the European Parliament from the Netherlands, said: "There seems to be preparation to share it. Of course we do not know that 100%, but that's how I read the signals.

"You can imagine that this is a very, very bad moment not only for the Netherlands, but also for the EU and all families of the victims of MH17. I understand the situation, but not for MH17, not just a witness, but possible I suspect that is a step too far from our perspective. "

Tsemakh was reportedly captured in a raid on eastern Ukraine behind the lines controlled by separatists with Russian support and then smuggled out of the region, possibly in disguise.

His capture was quickly publicized and acknowledged as a possible breakthrough in the Netherlands-led investigation of the attack on MH17. Of the 298 passengers, 196 were Dutch citizens. However, during his time behind bars, Tsemakh was not interviewed by Dutch investigators who said Wednesday they wanted to talk to him as a person interested in the case.

Brechtje van de Moosdijk, a spokeswoman for the Dutch MH17 investigation, told the Associated Press: "Of course, if he gets traded, it's hard to say we can talk to him when he's in Russia."

The Ukrainian media has also published a leaked letter from Dutch investigator Fred Westerbeke, in which Tsemakh is not only named as a witness, but also as a suspect for the overthrow of MH17. The authenticity of the letter was confirmed by the Dutch point of sale NRC.

Tsemakh is a Ukrainian citizen and his release to Russia would create an unusually strong interest of Moscow in the case of a foreign citizen. The investigation led by the Netherlands has named four suspects for the overthrow of MH17, including one Ukrainian and three Russian citizens. It is believed that all live in Russia or Crimea. The most prominent, the former separatist leader Igor Girkin, lives openly in Moscow.

,