Waitrose takes the challenge to Ocado with warehouse opening

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Trans-Nationwide Express Plc (TRANSE.ng) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgTrans-Nationwide Express Plc (TRANSE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Trans-Nationwide Express Plc (TRANSE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Trans-Nationwide Express Plc (TRANSE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Trans-Nationwide Express Plc (TRANSE.ng)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileTrans-Nationwide Express Plc is a transport and logistics company in Nigeria offering services for domestic and international express delivery, haulage, freight and other ancillary transportation and storage services. Logistic services include warehousing, e-commerce, air/sea freight and removals/packaging services. Trans-Nationwide Express Plc also offers a mailroom management service and courier services as well as specialised courier services for diagnostic biological samples and clinical trial supplies. Established in 1984 and formerly known as TNT Skypak Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Trans-Nationwide Express Plc in 1992. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Trans-Nationwide Express Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) 2016 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke)  2016 presentation Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Bank) is a financial services institution in Kenya offering products and services to the commercial sector. The banking group offers a full-service offering for commercial and corporate clients and runs an Agency banking model. Its parent company, KCB Group, was founded as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India in 1958 to form the National & Grindlays Bank. The government of Kenya bought a 60% stake in National & Grindlays Bank and took full control of it in 1970; renaming it Kenya Commercial Group. It was renamed KCB Bank Kenya after a corporate restructure. KCB Bank Kenya is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

£100 a month to invest? I’d buy FTSE 100 shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA to retire early

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This means that buying individual shares in small amounts is becoming a more realistic prospect for investors.Furthermore, regularly buying units in a FTSE 100 index tracker fund could be even more economical for smaller investors. In many cases, there are minimal charges for purchasing funds, while the ongoing charges can be as low as 0.2% per year.Tax efficiencyThe cost of opening and managing a Stocks and Shares ISA is also relatively low. This means that a wide range of investors can benefit from its tax efficiency to improve their overall returns in the long run.Although avoiding capital gains and dividend taxes may not be a priority for all investors in the short run, the return prospects of the FTSE 100 mean that it could become relevant for many individuals in the long run. For example, the dividend allowance has fallen to £2,000 per annum over recent years, which means that buying shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA could improve your passive income in retirement.FTSE 100 return potentialThe FTSE 100’s returns could prove to be more impressive than many investors expect. Certainly, the index has risen by less than 10% since its 1999 closing level. But its returns prior to that were far more impressive, with it having risen almost seven-fold in its first 16 years of existence to the end of 1999.Since the index currently has a dividend yield of around 4.4% and contains a number of companies that appear to trade on wide margins of safety, its future performance could be relatively impressive. 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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens | Sunday, 16th February, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Semi Radradra has shown the Premiership exactly what he’s capable of, and it’s terrifying

first_imgSaturday Aug 22, 2020 Semi Radradra has shown the Premiership exactly what he’s capable of, and it’s terrifying Bristol Bears’ impressive 33-24 win over Gloucester on Friday night featured an eye-catching performance from Fijian superstar Semi Radradra in the midfield, as he played a big part in at least two tries and scored one of his own. ADVERTISEMENTThe bonus-point win in the west country derby was inspired by the Fijian back, who set up tries for Max Malins and Henry Purdy and powered over for his own later in the first half.His performance against Saracens last week was fairly low-key but the 28-year-old former Toulon back has now well and truly made his mark in the Premiership.Director of Rugby Pat Lam told BBC Radio Bristol that he was satisfied with the win but felt that the second half performance could have been better.“I am pleased we got the five points and I appreciate the effort from the guys but we certainly took the foot off the pedal.“There were some good performances out there, including from Semi, but the feeling in the changing room is a little bit flat as we let them off the hook a bit.”Gloucester head coach George Skivington admitted how impressed even he was by Radradra.“He is pretty special, isn’t he? There were two or three showings of what he’s made of. He is an outstanding player.”The win was Bristol’s first at Kingsholm in 14 years.ADVERTISEMENThttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-YPndwmGUI Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

PC21 House / EXTERIA

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944807/pc21-house-exteria Clipboard Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Cosentino, Hansgrohe, BTicino, Kohler, Bosca, Natucer, Wasser ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/944807/pc21-house-exteria Clipboard Chile PC21 House / EXTERIA PC21 House / EXTERIASave this projectSavePC21 House / EXTERIA CopyAbout this officeEXTERIAOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookChilePublished on July 31, 2020Cite: “PC21 House / EXTERIA” [Casa PC21 / EXTERIA] 31 Jul 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects Lead Architect: Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  250 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project City:TunquenCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marcos ZegersText description provided by the architects. The house is located about 500 meters from the sea, at a height that allows one to appreciate the view as well as the sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. Located at the end of the condominium, it borders a ravine to the north while the views open towards the fields and the sea. The assembly is made up of three blocks that on one side open towards the views (the sea, the ravine and the fields to the north) while closing up forming an access courtyard to the east, protected, contained and terraced. Each of the three blocks responds to different uses of the house. These, in turn, are volumetrically differentiated: their main spaces are treated with sloping ceilings that open out towards the views and reach for the sunlight. The circulations, in turn, are treated as attached, flat and open sub-volumes.Save this picture!© Marcos ZegersSave this picture!PlacementSave this picture!© Marcos ZegersThe main block, which houses the access, contains the access hall, the dining room, the kitchen and the most important elevated terraces with sea views. The second volume faces the north and houses the master suite, a bathroom and two private terraces: one to the east to be used in the mornings and one to the north for sunsets, provided with a hot tub. This wing of the house also contains a guest bedroom with a bathroom. The third block in the southwest has two bedrooms, a bathroom and a living room. Due to the slope of the lot, an area of 120 m2 was generated under the main volume, which is used as a club space. It contains a barbecue, a playground, a fire pit and a sand terrace to the northeast. The primary material used is wood. It was treated in different shapes and dimensions to separate volumes and in order to generate a set of textures and tones.Save this picture!© Marcos ZegersSave this picture!© Marcos ZegersBrushed pine was used in the claddings of the interior walls, except for a body by the access hall, which hides a storage space that is part of the kitchen, where brushed and polished cedar wood was used. Porcelain tiles were used for the floors throughout the house in order to unify spaces. The exterior spaces at the entrance are treated with little vegetation and low maintenance, favouring the materiality of the architecture making it the main protagonist that gives the space its character.Save this picture!© Marcos ZegersProject gallerySee allShow lessWicker Pavilion / DJASelected ProjectsLoensdelle Bis House / Poot architectuurSelected Projects Sharecenter_img “COPY” Save this picture!© Marcos Zegers+ 32Curated by Clara Ott Share CopyHouses•Tunquen, Chile Houses Architects: EXTERIA Area Area of this architecture project 2019 Year:  Juan Cruz Viton ArchDaily “COPY”last_img read more

Royal Mail guides charities through pricing in proportion changes

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Finance Individual giving  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Royal Mail guides charities through pricing in proportion changes The Royal Mail today launches the first phase of its campaign to help businesses prepare for the introduction of its new pricing system, Pricing in Proportion (PiP) on 21 August 2006. Information packs providing price and sizing information as well as advice on how charities can manage the impact of PiP have been sent to 12,000 charity customers.PiP takes into account the size and shape as well as the weight of mail. The Royal Mail claim that it will mean that prices will more closely reflect the cost of collecting, sorting and delivering mail and that up to half of the mail affected will become cheaper to send. Advertisement Howard Lake | 6 December 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Homeless charity Lift wins £10,000 volunteering award

first_img Tagged with: Awards Volunteering  23 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Homeless charity ‘Lift’ has won the 2012 Andy Ludlow Homelessness Prize for the Best Use of Volunteers. The charity involves homeless people who provide support for peers with substance issues.The charity’s B-3 (Be Heard, Be Motivated, Be Free) and B-Safe (Brent Social Access for Everyone) projects won the prize.Formed as a response to a lack of after hours support, the service, which is entirely run by volunteers, provides a safe space to get food, advice and friendship.The prize money will be used to extend the service hours and to strengthen B-3’s volunteer training programme.The Best Use of Volunteering Prize is part of the Andy Ludlow Homelessness Awards, which recognise innovative work to tackle homelessness in London.The overall winners of the awards, sharing a prize fund of £55,000 will be announced on 18 October at a ceremony in Speaker’s House.The awards are sponsored by the London Housing Foundation, the 33 London councils and Shelter, and run by London Councils, the lobbying organisation for London’s 33 local authorities.www.andyludlowawards.org.uk Homeless charity Lift wins £10,000 volunteering award Howard Lake | 26 July 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Belgian unions stage general strike

first_imgOver 50 percent of Belgian workers are unionized, so when the unions went out on a 24-hour strike on the evening of Feb. 12, they shut the country down.Air traffic controllers struck, so airplanes had to fly around Belgian airspace. Some 30 ships in the port of Antwerp, among the busiest in Europe, had to wait to be unloaded. Buses and trains didn’t run; schools and day care centers didn’t open. Police replaced prison guards who walked out. Most supermarkets closed.Factories closed. The country lost millions of euros in canceled production.The strike coincided with a NATO defense ministers’ meeting. Even the NATO officials were not exempt. They had to land in nearby countries and drive to their meeting.Robert Verteneuil, president of the General Federation of Belgian Labor, a trade union with about 1.2 million members, said in a 15-minute interview on public radio: “What we want is to tell employers, whoever they are, that we’re sick of them putting all the dough that we create in their pockets. It’s time to give some of it back to the workers.”If Belgian workers don’t get a raise, there will be more strikes, according to Verteneuil.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Iran stays firm as U.S. threatens attack

first_imgAre the days over when Washington could shake its big stick and the rest of the imperialist world would immediately fall in line?The Pompeo-Bolton-Trump gang of conspirators in Washington seems to be having a hard time lining up their imperialist partners/rivals behind an attack on Iran. Their attempt to create a global crisis over the damage inflicted on June 13 on two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, which suffered no loss of life and were in no danger of sinking, was met with much skepticism — not only from the general public but from West European heads of state. Even these fellow imperialists are well aware that U.S. preparations for an assault on Iran are based on a pack of lies — and to go along with them would put their own interests at stake. The so-called “proof” offered by Washington that Iran was behind the attacks has been widely rejected, including by the owner of at least one of the tankers.That ship, the Kakura Courageous, is owned by a Japanese company. It was attacked while the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, was actually making a state visit to Iran, despite U.S. sanctions. The idea that Iran would choose such a moment to attack a Japanese ship is ludicrous, to say the least.Nevertheless, as flimsy as the U.S. arguments to attack Iran are, Washington has been going ahead, trying to line up support from at least some of the European imperialist powers for an aggressive move against the oil-rich country. And on June 17, Trump ordered another 1,000 U.S. troops to the Middle East.In this map of Iran, the U.S. flags surrounding that county represent U.S. military bases.War threats haven’t workedIran has defied the pressure. On the same day, Iran announced that it intends to resume its production of nuclear fuel, which it had agreed to suspend in 2015 in exchange for lifting severe economic sanctions. Iran’s move should come as no surprise. The Trump administration had already announced — a whole year ago — that it was pulling out of the 2015 agreement. It has since doubled down on the sanctions, trying to starve the Iranians into submission. So why should Iran continue to honor the deal when the U.S. had already killed it?At the time that Washington pulled out of the deal, the German, French and British governments said in a joint statement that the U.S. decision to re-impose sanctions on Iran was “deeply regretful.” It was an early sign that the U.S. ruling class could no longer just snap its fingers and round up its imperialist allies — which are also rivals — to rubber stamp its every act of aggression.Nevertheless, the war danger remains. The Pentagon is moving more troops to the area, and the Trump administration is ratcheting up its threats against Iran. It is the duty of anti-war forces in this country to view this seriously and take to the streets to resist this blatant aggression. Where is Congress?Where is the U.S. Congress in all this? This is the season when all eyes are supposedly focused on next year’s elections for both the presidency and the Congress, as though that will determine what happens in the future. The U.S. Constitution is absolutely clear: Only Congress can declare war. But the last time that happened was in 1942, in the middle of World War II, when the U.S. declared war on Nazi-occupied Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. In the 77 years since then, U.S. presidents have sent young people to kill, die or be permanently maimed in dozens of undeclared wars.All those who hold up the U.S. political system as a model of “democracy” should be held to account for this usurpation of power by the executive. Of all the branches of government in this country, the U.S. House of Representatives is presumably the most democratic. But in fact both houses of Congress have long been a rubber stamp for military aggressions demanded by the rapacious billionaire class, which has ground up the bodies of so many, here and abroad, in its insatiable drive for super-profits.War and economic crisisThis threat of war is playing out at a time when most governments are bracing themselves for a major downturn in the global capitalist economy. This decline has already started in important areas of production and in the deepening trade wars, but has yet to be reflected in the major stock markets.Tellingly, the futures price of Brent crude oil, which had hit a five-month low of less than $60 a barrel the day before the attacks, had a brief but sharp rise on June 13, when it looked like a U.S. war on oil-producing Iran was imminent. When the prospects of that ebbed, as other Western imperialist countries refrained from endorsing Washington’s claims, the price of oil sank again the next day. Nothing makes the profiteers salivate more than a juicy military intervention. For now, that hasn’t happened, and the markets as of June 15 reflected that. But there are no guarantees that the reckless cabal in Washington will back off from its threats against Iran.At $60 a barrel, U.S. companies that produce oil through the expensive — and environmentally horrendous — extraction method of fracking can’t compete with oil pumped from wells. These companies want higher prices, and they want them now.But the sinking commodity prices are a sign of capitalist overproduction on a global scale, and overproduction intensifies the fierce inter-capitalist competition for markets. A decline in the price of oil can also reflect pessimism about future economic activity. Environment takes a back seat to profitsEven in this day and age, when the burning of fossil fuels has been proven beyond a doubt to be warming the planet and causing more and more deadly extremes of weather, the struggle over oil profits continues to be a major driver of capitalist competition and national antagonisms. It is shocking to think that another war could be started in order to control the profits from a resource that is hazardous to the future of the whole world. But should anyone expect the capitalist rulers to be sensitive and caring about long-term global warming, when their system is driven by the dog-eat-dog daily struggle for profit and they are willing to create enormous human and environmental catastrophes with their wars?U.S. targets oil-producing nationsIt is no coincidence that the vast majority of countries subjected to U.S. military attacks over the past several decades have been oil-producing nations. Just think about what the Pentagon and CIA have been doing: 1991, bombing attack and partial invasion of Iraq; 1998, cruise missile strikes on Sudan; 2003, invasion and occupation of Iraq; 2011, bombing of Libya and the murder of Muammar Gaddafi; 2012, beginning of war against Syria; 2014, airstrikes on Iraq and Syria. Not to speak of the ongoing U.S. efforts to bring down the Venezuelan government with sanctions and coup attempts.All of them are oil-producing countries. But not only that. They are all countries that had been oppressed and exploited by European colonial powers. They had achieved a measure of sovereignty after a wave of liberation struggles brought about decolonization. And precisely because they are oil producers, they had the wherewithal to successfully build up their national economies. However, because of imperialist interventions in the Middle East, led by the U.S. but also participated in by the European NATO powers, many of these countries are today in tatters, their economies destroyed by war and their people traumatized to such a degree that they have no future and are fleeing by the millions.This is the cause of the im/migration crisis facing much of Europe today, and that is a factor in the reluctance of these imperialist countries to be dragged into yet another war.Iran’s tortured pastThe latest threats against Iran are nothing new. U.S. imperialist governments, both Republican and Democrat, have had the country in their crosshairs since 1951, when a movement for national sovereignty led by Mohammad Mossadegh nationalized what had been the Anglo-Persian Oil Co. Two years later, a CIA coup led by Kermit Roosevelt Jr. overthrew the nationalist government and installed the Shah, who allowed U.S. and British companies to take over the oil again. Roosevelt himself soon became an executive of Gulf Oil.Bloody repression under the hated Shah eventually led to a mass uprising in 1979 that overthrew this oil-company puppet. A struggle among various class forces in that uprising resulted in today’s Islamic government. While conservative in some areas, this government renationalized the oil and has used much of the proceeds to raise the standard of living of the Iranian people. At the same time, the U.S. has tried to stunt Iran’s development by imposing economic, trade, scientific and military sanctions on Iran, off and on, ever since the 1979 revolution. As one important measure of its progress, today women make up the majority of college students in Iran and can be found in skilled jobs at every level. Compare that to conditions in Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by the billionaire Saud family and has the most draconian anti-women laws on the planet. The Saud monarchs get a royal welcome in Washington, while one of Donald Trump’s first trips abroad after becoming president was to visit King Salman at the luxurious Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia, where dissidents are hacked to death and immigrants do all the dirty work while being treated like slaves, is in tight with the “leader of the free world.”All the more reason for anti-war forces here to mobilize and state clearly to the world: Money for jobs, education and health care, not war! End the sanctions on Iran! No blood for oil profits! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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