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ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileZB Financial Holdings Limited provides financial solutions to the commercial and merchant banking sector in Zimbabwe, as well as retail banking services, insurance operations and strategic investments. Known as Zimbank, the company services its clients through a nationwide footprint of branches in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe and electronic delivery channels. The Insurance division provides structured insurance products for short- and long-term insurance; and the Strategic Investment division offers shared services which include risk management, compliance and human resources, and investments in property holdings and sub-sectors of the financial sector. ZB Financial Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (BOPP.gh)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is an oil palm plantation company in Ghana involved in growing and processing crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. The company is based at the Adum Banso Estate in Takoradi, Ghana. It owns over 5 000 hectares of oil palm plantations and processes crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. Brands include RBD Palm Oil and RBD Palm Olein. BOPP produces oil products for the Ghana market and for export to regions in West Africa. The company is also involved in refining fats and oils and owns the patent for technology that converts wasted food into nutritious food. BOPP is a subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited and Unilever Ghana has a stake in its business. Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Forget Neil Woodford. I think these are the best UK stocks to buy today

first_img 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. Forget Neil Woodford. I think these are the best UK stocks to buy today 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address It’s just over a year since fund manager Neil Woodford decided to shut down and liquidate his flagship Equity Income Fund.Woodford investors have received some cash, but the fund still contains around £550m of unsold holdings. These are proving difficult to sell, which means investors are still waiting for their final payout.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…After such a bad experience, many investors may be thinking about avoiding funds and investing directly in shares. If that’s you, then the good news is that I believe this year’s stock market crash has created some great buying opportunities. In this piece, I want to look at three UK shares I’d buy today.A Neil Woodford favouriteMy first pick is a stock that Woodford did own for many years. Indeed, the fund manager’s stake in British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS) was a great example of the kind of big cap contrarian pick that helped make his name.Woodford added BAT to his funds around the turn of the century, when Big Tobacco was seriously out of favour. The FTSE 100 tobacco stock went on to be a multibagger and delivered many years of generous, rising dividends.I think we could be in a similar situation today. Tobacco is out of favour again and the BAT share price has fallen by 40% over the last three years.Investors are still worrying about the end of smoking, but I’m not convinced. Although the market is declining slowly, it’s still very large and very profitable. BAT sold £26bn of cigarettes in 2019, with a 35% operating margin.Today, BAT trades on less than 10 times forecast earnings and offers a dividend yield of more than 6.5%. The shares look like a buy to me.More parcels than everThe UK lockdown triggered a massive surge in parcel shipments, according to Royal Mail (LSE: RMG). The company recently said that UK parcel volumes rose by 31% in April, while letter numbers fell by 33%.Royal Mail’s valuation has been battered by several years’ of poor performance. But the postal operator has a near-50% share of the UK parcel market and very little debt.There’s also a £3bn property portfolio. This is worth more than the £1.8bn market cap, providing attractive asset backing for the share price – a classic value indicator.Royal Mail now needs to find a new chief executive who can complete its transformation to a modern, parcel-focused business. The group faces tough competition, but I think it should succeed.Investors buying today will need to be patient, but I think this stock could double over the next three to five years.DIY championMy final pick is B&Q owner Kingfisher. This DIY retailer also owns fast-growing Screwfix. The group has reported strong trading since B&Q stores reopened in April.Although a recession could slow demand for big ticket purchases like new kitchens, I think Kingfisher’s valuation already reflects a pretty grim outlook. At around 200p, the Kingfisher share price is at a level not seen since the last major recession in 2009.While profits have fallen over the last few years, it’s worth remembering that Kingfisher is still more profitable than some UK supermarkets.I think this company is exactly the kind of business Neil Woodford might have bought back in his heyday. I rate Kingfisher as a recovery buy. Roland Head owns shares of British American Tobacco. 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. See all posts by Roland Headcenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Roland Head | Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 | More on: BATS RMG Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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I’d buy these two FTSE 100 dividend stocks in an ISA today

first_img Enter Your Email Address 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 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. Rupert Hargreaves 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. 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. The FTSE 100 has rebounded by over 25% since hitting its multi-year low of 4,993 in March. However, despite this performance, several FTSE 100 dividend stocks continue to offer excellent value for money.The two stocks discussed below are perfect examples. These companies could offer attractive total returns for investors over the next few years. Especially when purchased in a tax-efficient account, such as an ISA. 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…FTSE 100 dividend stocksBerkeley Group Holdings (LSE: BKG) has, like many other FTSE 100 dividend stocks, been severely affected by the coronavirus crisis. Its latest trading update showed sales declined 50% in April and May. Luckily, government restrictions on the housing market were eased at the beginning of May. The company says it has since seen a significant rebound in sales activity.It’s difficult to tell if this trend will last for the rest of the year. Nevertheless, while the FTSE 100 firm might suffer more uncertainty in the short term, the homebuilder should benefit from several tailwinds over the long run. The UK housing market remains structurally undersupplied. Government initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme should continue to stimulate demand. The Bank of England’s recent decision to lower interest rates also means mortgages have become more affordable. These tailwinds suggest that while home prices might stagnate or fall this year, the long-term outlook is more positive. As one of the largest homebuilders in the country, Berkeley should benefit from this growth.As such, Berkeley could offer long-term growth potential. While the company has recently reduced its dividend to preserve cash, it has an excellent track record of returning excess profits to investors. After its 16% share price decline since the start of the year, this FTSE 100 dividend stock could offer great value for money.PersimmonFellow FTSE 100 dividend stock Persimmon (LSE: PSN) is also likely to benefit from the housing market trends outlined above.Persimmon, one of the country’s largest builders, trebled pre-tax profits between 2013 and 2019. Over the same period, the company returned around 1,000p in cash dividends to investors.While the company is likely to suffer a decline in earnings this year, 2021 could see a healthy recovery. Its latest trading update shows the builder continued to take customer orders and sell homes throughout the worst of the pandemic.In the eight weeks ended 10 May, the group secured 1,351 sales reservations and 1,300 legal completions. The company has been on somewhat of a quality drive in recent years. After a well-publicised scandal involving the quality of its homes, management has been focusing on improving customer service over the past few months. This has already had a positive impact on Persimmon’s relationships with customers, although it has impacted profit margins. Still, while these efforts might cost money in the short term, investing in customer service usually pays off over the long run. That’s why I think this FTSE 100 dividend stock is a worthwhile investment for your ISA today.  “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img I’d buy these two FTSE 100 dividend stocks in an ISA today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 17th June, 2020 | More on: BKG PSN last_img read more

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The best UK shares to buy today: 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy in an ISA to make a million!

first_img The 2020 stock market crash has provided a rare opportunity for investors to build a five-star portfolio at negligible cost. Don’t waste it! Ignoring the chance could scupper your chances of getting rich and possibly even retiring early with UK shares.The number of Britons who made millions by investing in UK shares exploded during the last decade. They bought stocks for next to nothing after the 2008/2009 market crash and sat back and watched them rise in value as economic conditions improved and stock markets rebounded. The 2020 stock market crash gives you and I the opportunity to do the same.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… Buying UK shares after the crashI’m not saying you should go gung ho and embark on a buying spree. The stock market crashed as the global economic outlook darkened considerably. Plenty of UK shares now face a very uncertain future. But there are still a great many stocks with robust balance sheets to help them ride out the coming storm.Here are a few FTSE 100 stocks with bright futures that I’d happily buy for my own Stocks and Shares ISA:RSA Insurance Group offers plenty of all-round value for UK share investors. As well as carrying a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 10 times, the business sports a chunky 6% dividend yield. Dividends remain suspended but the strength of recent trading suggests shareholder payouts will be reinstated sooner rather than later. RSA has vowed “to catch up on missed dividend payments over time” and so another big annual payout for 2020 can be expected, even if investors need to wait a little bit of time to receive it.Ashtead Group’s share price is down only fractionally from its pre-crash levels. This means it trades on an elevated forward P/E ratio of 21 times. But I reckon the FTSE 100 share, which rents out equipment to the construction sector, is worth a handsome premium. It has a healthy balance sheet. It has growing market share thanks to rampant acquisition activity over the past decade. And by the looks of things, conditions in its key markets look quite robust. National Association of Realtors head Lawrence Yun just lauded the “booming” US housing market after data showed existing home sales rocket 25% month-on-month in July.Those seeking dirt-cheap UK shares might want to give ITV a spin today. The broadcasting colossus carries a forward P/E ratio of 7 times and sports an inflation-busting 4% dividend yield as well. Profits have sunk recently as advertising budgets sank and Covid-19 lockdowns smacked programme production. But the future is bright as ITV ramps up its global production capabilities and invests heavily in the fast-growing online segment.Getting rich with the FoolThese FTSE 100 stocks are brilliant dip buys after the stock market crash. But they are just few of a great many UK shares that are irresistible buys at recent prices. With the help of The Motley Fool’s vast library of exclusive reports you can dig out even more top stocks to help you make a fortune. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. The best UK shares to buy today: 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy in an ISA to make a million! Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild owns shares of Ashtead Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. 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. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild | Tuesday, 25th August, 2020 See all posts by Royston Wild 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.last_img read more

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Why I reckon this FTSE 100 company is one of the best UK shares to buy now

first_img Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. 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. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 28th October, 2020 | More on: NXT Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares For some time, I’ve thought that multinational clothing, footwear and home products retailer Next (LSE: NXT) is one of the best UK shares to buy now. And today, the company released one of its well-crafted and comprehensive trading updates.I think the business is well run, and it benefits from having both internet and store sales. It’s been a survivor of the pandemic, so far, and I expect the enterprise to thrive when the coronavirus crisis fades.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…Why I think Next is one of the best UK shares to buy nowIn the third quarter of the company’s trading year, full-price sales were better than the directors expected. Year on year, the figure increased by 2.8%. And total sales, including items marked down in price, rose by 1.4%.I reckon that’s a decent outcome considering the constraints imposed by the pandemic. And the directors reckon profit for the full trading year to 25 January 2021 will come in near £365m, which is a full £65m higher than it anticipated in September. Meanwhile, the strong trading leads to the firm predicting a reduction in net debt of £487m by year-end, to £625m.Next strikes me as a business that’s very far from being on its knees. In fact, considering the circumstances, I reckon the retailer is in good shape. But looking ahead in the near term, the directors acknowledge that its difficult to give trading estimates because of the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19. One of the biggest factors is whether we will see further lockdowns before the end of the year forcing Next’s stores to close again.And it would be silly of me to dismiss the possibility. But Next points out in the update it has no evidence the virus transmits in the stores. And the directors are unaware of “any studies that suggest clothing and homeware retail presents a significant risk of infection.” Nevertheless, lockdown policy is a blunt instrument, and Next’s operations could be collateral damage if the government uses it.Deal or no deal, Next isn’t botheredOne of the other unknowns on the immediate horizon is the eventual outcome of the UK’s Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the EU. But Next isn’t bothered about what the outcome may be. Deal or no deal, the changes won’t affect the business much at all. The directors reckon the company is “well prepared” and has set up all the administrative, legal and physical infrastructure needed to operate effectively at the end of the current transitional arrangements.Indeed, if the UK’s ports continue to operate effectively, they “do not believe that a no-deal Brexit poses a material threat to the ongoing operations or profitability of the Group.” To put things in perspective, the company thinks the highest risk point of entry to the UK is the port of Dover. But less than 2% of stock enters through that port.There’ll be an update on Christmas trading on 5 January 2021, which I’ll look out for. Meanwhile, I’d be keen to make Next a long-term holding in my portfolio and see any weakness in the share price as an opportunity for me to buy. Right now, with the stock near 6,332p, the forward-looking earnings multiple for next year is around 16. I think that valuation looks fair. 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. Why I reckon this FTSE 100 company is one of the best UK shares to buy now 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Image source: Getty Images 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” Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

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Help.co.uk launches new online donations service

first_img Howard Lake | 21 April 2008 | News Help.co.uk launches new online donations service Help.co.uk launches today, offering UK charities online fundraising services including handling credit and debit card donations and processing Gift Aid claims.The organisation aims to generate £10 million for charities in its first year.The domain name help.co.uk was bought for it recently for £500,000 (approx. US $1m) by Bank of Zurich.According to help.co.uk, only 10% of UK charities currently have credit card clearance facilities and, with most raising less than £10,000 a year, bank charges often bar them from accessing this form of giving. Consequently help.co.uk is offering an online payment and fundraising service to all UK registered charities, “regardless of their size, with no set-up, registration or monthly fees”.Roger Cresswell, Help’s finance director, said: “All UK charities should be able to benefit from online giving without having to bear the costs associated with operating a secure website. And our tax savvy services will make sure 100% of gift aid is attached”.Help.co.uk says that its technology setup will ensure that it will be able to process “hundreds of donations per second”.Work is also underway to increase the site’s database of charities and good causes from the 191,000 English and Welsh charities to 325,000 over the next 12 months.Cresswell added: “The web is becoming the primary fundraising channel for charities and, thanks to the Bank of Zurich, we’re able to offer UK charities a name that will be automatically remembered by online donors.”The company takes a small processing fee from the total donations received to cover administration costs, but does not charge any subscription fees.www.help.co.uk AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Help_1208776637.co4.4 KB  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Advertisement 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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Racist rally routed in Portland

first_imgIn August a fascist murdered 22 people in El Paso, Texas, and there were two other fascistic massacres in Dayton, Ohio, and Gilroy, Calif. Trump and his racist supporters continue to sink the U.S. into a mire of bigotry, which threatens more bloody massacres of working people. Now Trump has accused the anti-racist movement of violent aggression, instead of the murderous racists whom Trump himself has put into motion. An Aug. 17 tweet by Trump actually branded Portland, Ore., anti-racist Antifa (anti-fascists) an “organization of terror.” Members of the Portland, Ore., Antifa contingent against racism on Aug. 17. (Credit: Daily Sabah)Portland anti-racists, including Antifa, gathered Aug. 17 to counter a national mobilization there of white supremacist and neo-Nazi hate groups called for that day. These organizations, such as the Proud Boys, came to Portland from around the U.S., together with local hate groups already in the area. The Proud Boys, named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for spreading the poison of white supremacy, misogyny and Islamophobia, was part of the 2017 Charlottesville, Va., Unite the Right rally, where a neo-Nazi killed anti-racist Heather Heyer.A white man who was influenced by these groups stabbed and killed two men and wounded a third on a Portland light-rail train in 2017. The fascist was terrorizing two young women—​one wearing a hijab, the other a Black woman. The three men were attacked after they defended these women. Anti-racists fight backThe Aug. 17 pushback began at a downtown waterfront park with the progressive community holding a rally. Some carried signs reading, “Heather Heyer Presente,” honoring the martyr of the anti-racist counterprotesters in Charlottesville. Others carried signs which read, “White supremacy is terrorism.” Portland NAACP President Rev. E. D. Mondainé led the crowd in singing a marching song of the Black Freedom Movement, “Ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around!”When the fascist Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer and others appeared at the south end of the park, a crowd of at least a thousand militant anti-racists headed for them. The anti-racists were led by groups like Rose City Antifa. But their march forward was stalled by barricades and a line of cops protecting the fascists. Over 700 cops were deployed from two dozen police agencies, including the FBI. After a face-off of about an hour, the several hundred fascists were “evacuated” by police. A well-publicized photo in the big business media that seemingly showed the fascists parading on Hawthorne Street Bridge was actually a picture of fascists in retreat. Sgt. Brandon White of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said of the police protection, “It wasn’t orchestrated. We had a request that they would like to leave the area, and we facilitated.” (tinyurl.com/y4gg6yqk)In fact, as usual, the cops bailed the fascists out. After the hate groups retreated, anti-racists continued to occupy the area for the rest of the day. They marched through downtown Portland, blocked traffic and took some arrests from the heavy police occupation. Later on, anti-racists repelled some individual attacks from frustrated bigots who came back over the bridge.The fascistic demonstrators tend to show up at demonstrations with guns and other weapons, but the Portland anti-fascist movement has dealt with that before. The resilient, multinational, mostly young crowd was courageous, putting their bodies on the line in the great struggle against racism and bigotry. When racism is finally defeated, the pillars of capitalism will begin to crumble and fall, because the workers will be united. And the workers united will never be defeated.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Local Bike Shop Offers More Than Just Cycles

first_imgCommunity News Local Bike Shop Offers More Than Just Cycles From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, April 6, 2017 | 12:36 pm Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The Pasadena Cyclery has been in business for 40 years and their staff knows a thing or two about bikes. This third-generation family owned shop is a one-stop shop of cycling enthusiasts and people looking to get started with the sport. They offer everything from custom bike fittings to safety information and stock a variety of cycles. We spoke with Daniel Purnell, Marketing Manager at the Pasadena Cyclery, about some basics on cycling.First things first, it’s important to decide what type of terrain you will be riding your bike on. Will you be commuting on city streets or riding on trails? Do you expect to travel long distances with this bike or stay within a lower mileage range?“I suggest that people get bikes that can grow with their riding abilities,” he said. “I’ve seen too many people outgrow their bikes too quickly.”Purnell adds that bikes built for longer rides tend to have multiple hand positions, lighter frames and gears to adjust speeds. Basic bike styles include road bikes, mountain bikes, hybrids, comfort bikes and cruisers. Bike specialists can help you pick the best bike for your needs, in general, road bikes work best for pavement and mountain bikes for off-road. The Pasadena Cyclery suggests hybrids for commuting, errands, getting in shape and all-around fun and recommends cruisers for a more leisurely ride.In addition to selling bikes, accessories and offering repairs and maintenance, the Pasadena Cyclery is home to many riding groups. Stop by the store for Pasadena Women’s Ride, Sunday Morning Neighborhood Stroll,Tuesday Night Rides and a Tuesday Night Taco Ride.“Women’s cycling has become a lot more popular in the last ten years,” said Purnell.He explains that the Pasadena Womens Riders group is a great place to get started. They meet Tuesday nights and have an intermediate and advanced group – they ride together to Descanso Gardens and the Rose Bowl, respectively. These groups are a great chance to learn more about cycling and bike maintenance as well as meet local riders.“The advice I would give to riders is to think about visibility,” said Purnell. “It’s not something a lot of people talk about.”In order to stay safe and be seen, Purnell points to a study using research conducted by students of Clemson University’s Perceptual Awareness department. It outlines the ABCs of Awareness—Always on means having lights on your bike day and night; Biomotion suggests highlighting moving parts with reflective items, and Contrast entails dressing in a way that makes you stand out from your surroundings.For more bicycling tips and to find your ideal cycle visit The Pasadena Cyclery at 1670 East Walnut Street. Call (626) 795-2866 or visit http://pasadenacyclery.com/. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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Disused rail lines could play key role in new transport plan

first_imgTwitter Advertisement NewsPoliticsTransportDisused rail lines could play key role in new transport planBy Alan Jacques – February 20, 2020 775 Print Email Linkedincenter_img WhatsApp Cllr Joe Leddin, Labour Party. Photo: Cian ReinhardtLABOUR Party councillor Joe Leddin has called for the establishment of a Citizens Assembly as part of the upcoming consultation on the draft Limerick Shannon Transport Strategy.According to Cllr Leddin, who is chair of the Council’s Transport SPC (Strategic Policy Committee), the assembly would provide meaningful engagement with members of the public, academia, business and community organisations.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A private meeting of councillors and officials is scheduled for 3pm this Friday to discuss the Limerick Shannon Metropolitan Transport Strategy (LSMATS).      “By hosting a citizens assembly and hearing the views, opinions and suggestions we can then ensure that any agreed transport strategy will best meet the needs of both Limerick and the wider region in terms of enabling people to move about the city in an efficient and reliable manner,” Cllr Leddin explained.The City West representative also maintains that Limerick’s disused railway network offers significant opportunities in delivering alternative transport options for commuters and must form part of any new regional transport strategy.“Limerick has a unique opportunity to fundamentally transform how we move people throughout the wider region thus creating a vibrant liveable and accessible city and our existing disused rail network must be a key component of any future strategy.“Cities and regions that deliver efficient reliable public transport and alternative mobility options such as green routes become magnets for investment and become attractive places to live work and visit.“Establishing a citizen’s assembly will also enable those with expert views to share their thoughts and allow elected members to hear first-hand for interested groups. We also could retain such an assembly for future draft strategies in other areas of policy,” he told the Limerick Post.Cllr Leddin strongly believes that all options that can best contribute towards the sustainable development of our city for generations to come must be examined.“By utilising the existing old railway lines that cross throughout the city we can deliver a superb modern safe cycle route and a light rail network that would significantly increase accessibility into the city.“The current disused rail network on the western side of the city travels from Mungret through Dooradoyle, Ballykeeffe and Kilteragh estate before crossing over the Childer’s Road on route to Colbert Station.“Limerick and suburban areas like Mungret are expanding in terms of both job creation and housing developments and with over 40 per cent of our population under 35 years of age, we need to put new infrastructure in place to cater for future transport demands.“While Park & Ride sites are a key component of a future transport strategy together with dedicated bus and cycle lanes the real game-changer for Limerick lies in the redevelopment of our railway network that could if we are ambitious include rail connectivity to Shannon Airport,” he concluded. Facebook Previous articleScannell to captain side as JvG names team for ZebreNext article‘Server village’ call for Patrickswell Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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