US customers flocked to the shops in March

first_img US SHOPPERS bought spring clothing along with more expensive food and petrol in March, pushing sales at many chains up more than expected.Retailers such as Costco Wholesale blew past forecasts, but Gap was one of just four chains to miss expectations.US retailers overall had been expected to show their first same-store sales decline since August 2009, in part because Easter falls three weeks later than last year, which delays some spring purchases.But sales at stores open at least a year rose 1.7 per cent in a tally of 25 retailers, topping expectations of a 0.7 per cent decline.Gap was a notable outlier. Its same-store sales fell 10 per cent, or 3 percentage points more than expected. The clothing retailer blamed some of the weakness on the earthquake in Japan, where it has more than 150 stores.Gap expects the problems in Japan to cut first-quarter earnings by about 4 cents per share, bringing them below the analysts’ average estimate of 44 cents.Costco’s sales at stores open at least a year jumped 13 per cent. Analysts had expected a 7.4 per cent increase. Tags: NULL KCS-content More From Our Partners 980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com Show Comments ▼ Share whatsapp Thursday 7 April 2011 8:06 pm whatsapp US customers flocked to the shops in March last_img read more

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Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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3 mistakes I’d avoid in this FTSE 100 stock market crash to get rich and retire early

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens | Saturday, 4th April, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Image source: Getty Images. 3 mistakes I’d avoid in this FTSE 100 stock market crash to get rich and retire early Enter Your Email Address 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The FTSE 100’s recent market crash is likely to cause many investors to seek relative safety in less risky assets. However, this may lead to them missing out on the index’s potential recovery.Likewise, adopting a short-term focus may be detrimental to your portfolio’s returns. Speculative companies could seem appealing, but it may be a better idea to focus on financially sound businesses.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…Avoid mistakes such as short-termism, flocking to less risky assets and buying speculative stocks. If you do, you could improve your financial prospects to boost your chances of retiring early.Short-term focusA common mistake made by a large number of investors during a bear market is focusing on the short-term prospects for the FTSE 100. The index is likely to experience a huge amount of volatility over the coming months, as the economic impact of coronavirus gradually becomes clear. There are likely to be periods when investors are bullish about the world economy’s recovery prospects. But on some days, they could become very bearish.As such, adopting a long-term focus for your portfolio could be a shrewd move. It may enable you to cut through the market noise, and not become too concerned about paper losses over the coming months. Certainly, focusing on the long term may be difficult at times. But the track record of the stock market shows that investors who can look five or 10 years ahead during a bear market can capitalise on undervalued stocks to generate high returns.Less risky assetsThe relative safety of assets such as cash and bonds may be highly appealing to many investors at the present time. After all, they are far less likely to experience losses when holding cash savings or buying investment-grade bonds.However, the returns on cash and bonds are extremely unappealing at the present time. Low interest rates look set to continue over the coming years, as the Bank of England aims to support the economic recovery through a loose monetary policy. Therefore, there is a real risk that your returns on cash and bonds will lag inflation. This could cause your spending power to decline.A better idea could be to buy stocks now while they trade on low valuations. Doing so may boost your long-term financial prospects, and increase your chances of retiring early.Speculative stocksOf course, it makes sense to buy companies with strong balance sheets and solid cash flow given the uncertain economic outlook facing the UK. While it may be tempting to buy cyclical companies that are dirt cheap at the present time, ensuring that your holdings survive the next 6-12 months could be the most important aspect to consider.Through buying high-quality businesses at fair prices, you can increase your risk/reward ratio. In the long run this may enable you to retire early, and enjoy a growing passive income in older age. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ 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. 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. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

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Midweek Madness – Referee warms up with imaginary players

first_imgWednesday Dec 2, 2015 Midweek Madness – Referee warms up with imaginary players We’ve all heard of method acting (becoming the character), but it’s safe to assume that you’ve probably never seen a referee prepare like this before. It happened in Stradbrook, Dublin before a match between Blackrock College RFC and Belfast Harlequins in the All Ireland League (AIL).The referee, who will remain unnamed at this time, is from Georgia and it was his first match in the AIL. He took it upon himself to go through the motions before kickoff, marshalling the offside line, keeping players in check and even at the end, awarding a well deserved try.The guys watching on couldn’t help but record it, and we’re pleased they did. The ref had great control of the match, and it hadn’t even started yet! When the actual game did start, Blackrock won a ding-dong battle 36-32 with the last play of the game.Thanks to Tom for the video submission and detailsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… 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 ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

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New £3m foundation from unclaimed Halifax shares

Advertisement New £3m foundation from unclaimed Halifax shares AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. Howard Lake | 11 January 2001 | News  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A new grant-making trust is to be launched this Spring from the Halifax bank which will make grants of £3m a year. The endowment is funded from the shares of former members of the building society who have not claimed their shares. About 145,000 people have failed to claim their shares, worth an estimated £170m.Read Unclaimed Halifax shares fund £3m charitable foundation by Nicola Hill at SocietyGuardian. read more

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Giving Nation reports results

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Full details will be released in a seminar for representatives from charities later today in London. Howard Lake | 9 July 2003 | News Following last month’s first G-Week celebrating giving by young people, Giving Nation have announced their first year’s results.Giving Nation, the campaign to encourage young people to give time, money and skills to help others, has been running for a year and has announced some preliminary results.Its resource pack for teachers has been ordered by more than one third of UKsecondary schools. Its Web site has had “more than 20,000 unique visitors”, although it is not clear over what period. The campaign has also secured support fromcelebrities, MPs and “other key opinion formers.” Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics Giving Nation reports results 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

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Another Moroccan journalist subjected to judicial persecution

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more September 13, 2019 Another Moroccan journalist subjected to judicial persecution RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Hajar Raissouni, a Moroccan journalist who has been detained since 30 August and who is being tried on a charge of having an illegal abortion. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment RSF_en News News June 8, 2021 Find out more News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News A reporter for the Arabic-language daily Akhbar Alyaoum, whose trial began in Rabat on 9 September, Raissouni describes the charge as “fabricated” and “politically motivated” and says it was prompted by her recent articles about persons detained in connection with the so-called “Hirak” protests in Morocco’s Rif region in 2016 and 2017.In a letter published by her newspaper, she reported that she was also questioned in police custody about her uncle, a well-known Islamist ideologue and outspoken newspaper columnist.Sex-related charges are often used in Morocco to harass individuals who annoy the authorities. Taoufik Bouachrine, the influential columnist and Akhbar Alyaoum editor,  was subjected to a virulent smear campaign and then sentenced to 12 years in prison on sexual assault charges that he has always denied. RSF has repeatedly denounced the way he has been persecuted.Raissouni’s trial on charges unrelated to her journalism recalls the prominent cases of Ali Anouzla and Maati Monjib, who have been on trial for the past five years on charges of “justifying terrorism,” “incitement to commit terrorist acts” and “endangering state security” although they were just doing their jobs as a journalists.“We condemn this meddling in the private lives of journalists and the use of personal information to defame them and the media they work for,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “We urge the Moroccan authorities to drop the charges against Hajar Raissouni and to respect article 24 of the constitution, which gives everyone the right to privacy.”Morocco is ranked 135th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. to go further Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedWomenFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Activists attacked while trying to visit human rights lawyer under house arrest

first_img News September 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Activists attacked while trying to visit human rights lawyer under house arrest News Help by sharing this information Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China to go further April 27, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Five human rights activists and netizens were attacked by presumed police auxiliaries on the night of 18 September while trying to visit human rights activist Chen Guangcheng and his family, who have been under house arrest in Dongshigu, a village in the eastern province of Shandong, for more than a year.The five activists – Miao Jue (@miaojue12), Peng Yuanzhong, Ge Jiang, Liu Shasha (@lss007) and Chen Jianfeng – were attacked near Chen’s home by a dozen men who took their phones, bags and money.Two of the women in the group, Liu and Miao, were beaten, detained and then dumped in the middle of a field several dozen kilometres from Dongshigu. Miao wrote on Twitter: “They covered our heads with bags and threw us out (separately) from the car.” Liu said one of their assailants tried to throttle her with her coat.Three French journalists were forcibly turned back when they tried to visit Chen on 15 February.The conditions in which Chen and his family are being held have worsened since the start of the year and the wave of unrest in the Arab world. The family’s computers, cameras, video cameras and books have been confiscated. The authorities had originally envisaged letting their six-year-old daughter Chen Kesi start school on 1 September but, in the end, her right to education has been denied.——————————————-Three French journalists physically attacked for trying to approach human rights lawyer16 February 2011Several foreign journalists have reported being forcibly turned back by thugs in the past few days when trying to approach the home of Chen Guangcheng, a self-taught human rights lawyer who is under house arrest in Dongshigu, a village in the eastern province of Shandong.Three French journalists – Brice Pedroletti of Le Monde, Stéphane Lagarde of Radio France Internationale and Ursula Gauthier of Le Nouvel Observateur – said they tried to visit Chen yesterday but were violently pushed away by “a dozen well-built men” who identified themselves as members of the village’s “law and order brigade.” The men tried to confiscate and break some of the journalists’ equipment.On 14 February, two New York Times journalists trying to visit Chen were reportedly forced to get out their vehicle and had some of their equipment broken.Reporters Without Borders condemns these acts of violence against journalists and the forced isolation in which the authorities have been keeping Chen since his release from prison on 9 September 2010. The government must put an immediate stop to this illegal persecution of Chen, his relatives and supporters, the press freedom organization said.Arrested on 21 June 2006 for investigating allegations of forced abortions and sterilization, Chen was sentenced in August of the same year to four years and three months in prison. After serving the entire jail term and being mistreated while in prison, he was placed under house arrest on his release.He and his wife were beaten last week for secretly making a video, posted online on 9 February, about the way they are being kept under constant surveillance.———————————–Human rights lawyer beaten by police over secret video of his house arrest11-02-2011A famous self-taught human rights lawyer and free speech activist, Chen Guangcheng, has reportedly been badly beaten by police for circulating a secretly-recorded video showing how he is being held under house arrest in his small farm in the eastern province of Shandong.He is said to be confined to his bed as a result of the injuries received in the beating but has not been able to receive any medical treatment. His wife, Yuan Weijing, was also beaten.“We are shocked by this use of violence by the police and we urge the authorities to provide Chen with the necessary medical care and to refrain from any further violence against him and his family,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also call for their immediate release and the release of all other freedom of expression activists held illegally under house arrest.”The one hour video was the first word from Chen since he was officially released from prison on 9 September 2010 on completing a four-year jail sentence. Posted online on 9 February by China Aid Association, a US-based human rights group, the video shows what Chen calls the “thuggish methods” used to monitor him and his family in their farm-house.Reporters Without Borders hails this courageous video and the evidence it provides of the illegal methods used by the Chinese authorities to deprive human rights activists of their freedom after they have served their jail sentences. It proves that often they are still not free when they leave prison.Chen’s wife describes the voyeurism of the guards, who go so far as to set up step ladders in order to spy on them. Video cameras have been installed all over the village and it is impossible to communicate by mobile phone. Chen says the police dissuade neighbours from visiting him, calling him a “traitor and counterrevolutionary.” Any contact with the outside world is expressly forbidden.In a long monologue delivered directly to the camera, Chen says: “I have come out of a small jail and walked into a bigger jail.” He appeals for international support, says it is important that the video should be circulated and criticizes the Chinese government’s illegal actions.“Why are they afraid of my talking to the outside world?” he asks. “Because they know full well that they are wrong. They know that what they are doing is illegal.” He expresses his support for fellow-human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who has been missing since April 2010, and for jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo, winner of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. His wife goes on to describe the humiliations to which they are constantly subjected.This video is a disturbing and courageous appeal, and tears a hole in the Chinese government’s lies, offering proof of the appalling treatment being inflicted on Chen and his family. It also offers an idea of the deplorable conditions and isolation in which many human rights activists are being held. They include Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, who has been under house arrest since 8 October also officially she is free. ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Newslast_img read more

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UPDATE – Search resumes in Bundoran after clothing is found on cliffs

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Facebook Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A search is continuing in Bundoran this moring amid  fears that a person entered the water earlier yesterday (Thursday).Clothes and other items were found on the cliff side at Roughey, an area popular with walkers in the town.The coastguard helicopter was tasked to the scene to conduct a search.Later in the day, CCTV showed a person exiting a taxi in the area adding to fears that someone had entered the water.The Bundoran Lifeboat joined the search but was later stood down due to poor weather conditions.The search from the air concluded when daylight faded, and resumed at first light. By News Highland – February 20, 2014 Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Google+ Pinterest Previous articleHSE puts action plan in place to deal with Letterkenny General over-crowdingNext articleLocal election candidate calls on Junior Minister Dinny McGinley to resign News Highland UPDATE – Search resumes in Bundoran after clothing is found on cliffs News WhatsApp Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitterlast_img read more

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Campaigner says Rockhill auction not in best interests of the public

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – August 14, 2014 A campaigner for the location of the National Disapora Centre at Rockhill House in Letterkenny has said putting the facility up for auction is not in the best interests of the public.Adrian Gallagher says last month, Donegal County Council made a submission to Bord Failte to have the centre located in Co. Donegal with Rockhill House being mentioned as the most suitable location.He says it has now been learned that Rockhill House has been named as one of the successful projects to go through into the next round of the process.Donegal County Council had been given the option to buy the house along with Lifford Barracks, but the County Manager says economically, its not a viable proposition.However, Adrian Gallagher says this is about more than money…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/rhill830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Previous articleEnglish hangs on to clinch final place at EuropeansNext articleTwo men arrested in connection with Derry shooting News Highland Campaigner says Rockhill auction not in best interests of the public Facebook Google+ Pinterestcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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