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Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgCapital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Capital Hotels Plc (CHOTEL.ng)  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileCapital Hotels Plc owns and operates the Sheraton Abuja Hotel in Nigeria which includes quality accommodation, restaurants, apartments for letting, recreational facilities, a night club and a business/conference centre. The Sheraton Abuja Hotel opened in 1990 and has gained international repute as a premier hotel operation in Abuja in Nigeria. The hotel is geared for tourists and business people offering a wide range of facilities and services. The Sheraton Abuja Hotel boasts quality air-conditioned accommodation, a selection of excellent restaurants, an outdoor pool, tennis court and fitness centre, a business lounge, conference and meeting facilities, banquet halls and a popular night club. Capital Hotels Plc operates out of the hotel in Abuja, Nigeria. Capital Hotels Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

2 stocks and shares for a passive income

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. Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now Image source: Getty Images I believe investing in stocks and shares is one of the best ways to earn a passive income. However, this strategy might not be suitable for all investors. If a corporation’s profits suddenly slump, management may have no choice but to cut the dividend. This, unfortunately, happened to many firms last year. 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…Still, I’m comfortable with the level of risk involved in buying stocks and shares for a passive income. And with that in mind, here are two income stocks I’d buy today. Stocks and sharesThe first company on my list is financial services enterprise CMC Markets (LSE: CMCX). The group’s profits have exploded over the past year as it’s benefited from an influx of customers. The number of clients trading CFDs on its platform rose 34% in its financial year ending 31st March. Meanwhile, the number of stockbroking clients increased by 28%. Overall profit increased 127% to £224m year-on-year. Off the back of these results, management hiked the company’s ordinary dividend for the year by 104% to 30.6p, from 15p last year. These numbers suggest the stock offers a yield of 6.3%, at current levels. Based on these numbers, I’d buy CMC for my passive income portfolio of stocks and shares. However, while the company benefited from an explosion in business last year, it may not last. Clients may spend less time on CMC’s platforms as the economy reopens and lockdowns are eased. This may lead to reduced trading activity and, as a result, profits. If profits do decline, CMC may reduce its dividend next year. Passive incomeAlongside CMC, I’d also buy the oil giant BP (LSE: BP) for my passive income portfolio of stocks and shares. Last year, the company announced one of the most considerable losses in British corporate history as falling oil and gas prices inflicted pain on its portfolio. That led to a 50% cut in the group’s dividend as management pulled out all the stops to conserve cash. BP’s fortunes have improved dramatically over the past six months. It reported underlying first quarter profit of $2.6bn, up from $791m a year ago. What’s more, strong underlying free cash flow and asset sales have cut $18.1bn off net debt in 12 months.In my opinion, these figures suggest management has stabilised the business, which should support the company’s dividend. At the time of writing, the stock supports a dividend yield of 6.2%. That’s why I’d buy the stock for my passive income portfolio. Unfortunately, the company faces some unique risks not applicable to other stocks and shares. The global transition away from oil and gas towards renewable energy threatens its existence. While BP is planning to spend more over the next few years on renewable projects, this might not be enough. As such, the stock may not be suitable for all income investors. We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. Enter Your Email Address 2 stocks and shares for a passive income The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock…center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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 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 | Friday, 11th June, 2021 | More on: BP CMCX See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Wales and Fiji battle it out for a disappointing draw

first_imgSaturday Nov 20, 2010 Wales and Fiji battle it out for a disappointing draw Wales and Fiji played to a 16-16 draw last night at the Millennium Stadium in what was a result that felt more like a loss for the home side, who gave away an easy penalty in injury time.Ryan Jones, the guilty party, has since been dropped as captain after the lacklustre and leaderless performance by the Welsh in front of a disappointed home crowd. The game failed to live up to expectation and it was Fiji who surprised the Welsh by leading 13-6 at half time.The game ended in drama once again as Wales, who came back through a penalty try, hung on for another exciting finish but yet again the crowd left frustrated.“We have let them down,” said coach Warren Gatland. “We feel a bit embarrassed by the performance. It would have been nice to send the kids and families here tonight away with a win and we were not good enough to do it,” he added.Wales have now not won any of their last six games under Gatland and have only won twice in their last 12. As coach Im always under pressure, But I prepare a team as well as I can… I cant go out there and play the game for them.“Its up to the players, but you have to take the good with the bad. And this was bad. We have to take it on the chin and look forward to New Zealand.”James Hook said the result was definitely one of their lows since Gatland took over.“We did not win the game and we drew, but it seems like a defeat. Warren did not have to say too much after the game because the players and coaches were gutted,” he said.A good result for Fiji though, who showed that theyre no pushovers. 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£130m to promote volunteering and community groups

first_img Advertisement £130m to promote volunteering and community groups  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 May 2001 | News A £130 million package of cross-Government measures to encourage volunteering and support community groups has been announced.Read UK Fundraising’s report. 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.last_img read more

La Salle’s Kevin Tian’18 Awarded $1000 After Winning Cabrini Literary Guild’s 2016 Creative Writing Contest

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Education La Salle’s Kevin Tian’18 Awarded $1000 After Winning Cabrini Literary Guild’s 2016 Creative Writing Contest From STAFF REPORTS | Photography by WENDY TIAN Published on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 1:20 pm Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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. Subscribe Make a comment More Cool Stuff 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Kevin Tian ’18 began writing fiction at the age of 8, when he received The Hobbit as a gift from his uncle. After reading this classic, Kevin started writing short fantasy stories, which he read to his family and friends. His winning submission to the Cabrini Literary Guild’s 2016 Creative Writing Contest was his first “public” story, and what a way to begin his literary career.At the Guild’s Awards Luncheon on April 14, Kevin was awarded a check for $1,000 and given the honor of having his piece read aloud to the audience by Desiree Zamorano, an award-winning short story writer and Pushcart Prize nominee. Kevin believes his success has its foundation in advice he received from one his mentors: figure out what makes his writing unique and focus on developing that unique quality.For Kevin, that means mixing standard fantasy elements with real-life details, a strategy evident in his winning piece. Kevin is proud to have represented La Salle at this prestigious competition, and plans to keep writing and competing. Great job, Kevin!La Salle High School, 3880 East Sierra Madre Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 351-8951 or visit www.lasallehs.org.center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Grey revolt maybe underway despite Taoiseach’s post budget reassurances

first_imgAndrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up andrewAS thousands of pensioners protested outside Government buildings over last week’s budget cutbacks, Taoiseach Enda Kenny travelled to Limerick to issue a warning against “scare mongering”.Speaking at the University of Limerick, Mr Kenny said that up to 97 per cent of older people will keep their medical cards, despite claims for the opposition that the government is targeting older people in “witch hunt” of medical card holders.He also insisted that older people would not be left without vital home security links following the abolition of their monthly telephone allowance.When asked about fears of a “grey revolt” in the wake of budget changes to eligibility for medical cards for those over 70, Mr Kenny warned against any “scare mongering”.“There isn’t any room for scare mongering to the effect that everybody is going to lose medical cards. There is a system here that is income based. Since this was centralised a number of years ago, the assessment process is the same for everybody so those people who are under the income guidelines for medical cards need have no worries,” he said.“The change made in eligibility affects a very small number of higher earning people over 70 and when that change is completed, the proportion of people over 70 who either have medical cards or GP cards will still be around 97per cent,” he added.Mr Kenny insisted he values greatly the contribution that older people continue to make to society. However he confirmed that there would be no roll back on the axing of telephone allowances for pensioners.When asked about fears among some older people that they will lose their link to emergency services without their telephone service, Mr Kenny said he is in talks with the Ministers for the Environment and Social Protection to arrange how this can be facilitated through digital technology.The Taoiseach also confirmed that there would be no cabinet reshuffle this year.“I have already indicated it will be in the second half of the government that will not happen this year. It is a matter I will reflect on,” he concluded.Mr Kenny was in Limerick to announce details of a €52 million research project at UL that will enhance its reputation as a world class research campus providing services and real life solutions to industry. WhatsApp Advertisement Print Facebook Emailcenter_img NewsBreaking newsGrey revolt maybe underway despite Taoiseach’s post budget reassurancesBy admin – October 22, 2013 509 Linkedin Twitter Previous articleMother of tragic teen urges teens in need to seek helpNext articleGangsters ex partner gets 12 year driving ban adminlast_img read more

Seaview Closure fallout – Report on job creation prospects for Gweedore expected within weeks

first_img Previous articleBrolly says GAA calender needs revampedNext articlePringle will meet with Fitzmaurice and Ross to discuss independent alliance News Highland WhatsApp Seaview Closure fallout – Report on job creation prospects for Gweedore expected within weeks Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ The Seaview Hotel in Bunbeg has closed with immediate effect. Workers were informed of the decision last evening, with 35 jobs believed to be lost as a result.Donegal South West Deputy Pearse Doherty said he is sad to hear of the closure of the hotel, adding his first job was with the Boyle family in Ostan Gweedore, one of five hotels to have closd in recent years in the area.He says a working group was established to look at job creation in Gweedore last year, but so far, it has not yet come up with any recommendations…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/pearsboyleweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp That working group was commissioned by Deputy Dinny Mc Ginley, who at the time was a Junior MInister in the Department of the Gaeltacht.He says he expects the group to issue a report in a matter of weeks………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/dinnyseaviewweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebook Pinterest Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest By News Highland – January 7, 2015 last_img read more

Jingle Bell jog set for Saturday

first_img Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Jingle Bell jog set for Saturday Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Lillian D. Green provides meals, programs, activities and fellowship for the 46 participants who come to the center Monday through Friday. “Coach Bob Lambert at Troy University will be the official time keeper for the 5K Jingle Bell Jog,” Green said. “We will award trophies and medallions to the overall winner and age group winners in the male and female divisions. There will also be opportunities to win prizes through drawings.All runners will receive an official Jingle Bell Jog tee shirt. By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen The registration fee is $10 for those who pre-register and $15 on the day of the run.Registration forms are available at the Lillian D. Green Nutrition Center, 715 E. Elm Street in the lower level of the Colley Senior Complex.Registration the day of the run will be at 8 a.m. at the Gazebo in downtown Troy. The Gazebo is the starting point of the Jingle Bell Jog that will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Trojans destroy Northwestern State Demons BATON ROUGE, La. – Michael Vogler did not score on Saturday afternoon, but he made his mark in a different… read more Skip The Lillian D. Green Nutrition Center in Troy will sponsor a 5K Jingle Bell Jog on Saturday on the square in downtown Troy.Hassie Green, Center director, said 59 runners participated in last year’s run and that many or more are expected this year.“The 5K Jingle Bell Jog benefits the seniors’ programs at the Lillian D. Green Nutrition Center and we are very appreciative of those who make this fundraiser a success,” Green said. Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 9:16 pm Monday, December 1, 2008 By Jaine Treadwelllast_img read more

How the California power outages reduce wildfire risk: What you need to know

first_imgiStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — Hundreds of thousands of Californians are left in the dark after their electricity was turned off in an effort to reduce the risk of wildfires.Why does cutting the power help? Are there better solutions? Here’s what you need to know:Weather and powerThe power was preemptively cut to a wide swath of Northern California Wednesday and Thursday as high winds, which contribute to blazes, moved into the Golden State.A Pacific Gas and Electric meteorologist said the weather forecast this week is the strongest wind event since the Oct. 2017 North Bay fires which were caused by “electric power and distribution lines, conductors and the failure of power poles,” reported San Francisco ABC station KGO-TV.PG&E was found responsible for dozens of wildfires, including last year’s Camp Fire — the deadliest fire in California’s history. The Nov. 2018 Camp Fire in Northern California, which killed dozens, was sparked by power lines owned and operated by PG&E, Cal Fire said in May.Overnight, wind gusts climbed to over 70 mph in parts of Northern California, and the Merill Fire broke out, forcing evacuations. And because of very dry conditions, the Briceburg fire in Mariposa County quickly doubled in size, prompting evacuations.Southern California started to see preemptive power shutdowns Thursday as the worst of the gusty, dry winds moved into the region.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued a rare extreme fire danger for Los Angeles County and Ventura County for Thursday where wind gusts could reach 70 mph. Coupled with low humidity, that’s a prime environment for a rapid fire spread.PG&E said it turned off power “to protect public safety” as gusty winds and dry conditions bring “a heightened fire risk.”“Once the weather subsides and it is safe to do so, PG&E crews will begin patrolling power lines, repairing damaged equipment and restoring customers,” the company said. “Outages (weather event plus restoration time) could last longer than 48 hours.”PG&E filed for bankruptcy after losing billions from the Camp Fire.Since PG&E was determined to be the root cause, “the burden of those liability claims, coupled with the state legislature [which] determined [PG&E] could not raise rates to pay for those, they couldn’t use rate payer money to pay for those fire-related claims, they would have to use shareholder money,” said Catherine Wolfram, who is a professor at the University of California at Berkeley and an expert on energy policy with the campus’ Energy Institute.Without enough shareholder money to cover the cost, they had to file bankruptcy, Wolfram said.“PG&E right now is very gun-shy of taking any risks” and doesn’t “want to be liable if something goes wrong,” said Stephanie Pincetl, a professor at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and director of the California Center for Sustainable Communities. “They’re trying to manage their risk, and if I was in their shoes I would probably do the same thing, ’cause you don’t know.”One problem contributing to the fire risk is houses being developed in places where they shouldn’t, Pincetl said. When subdivisions are built in especially dry, windy and wooded areas of California, the homes need power, but they’re at higher risk for fires, Pincetl said.There’s also the massive area to patrol.“PG&E has a very, very, very extensive grid,” Pincetl said. “So it means that you have hundreds of thousands of miles really of transmission that you need to be very vigilant about in keeping upgraded, and that includes brush clearing.”The shutdown also “shows that PG&E, the public utilities commission and regulators have not really worked to figure out strategies to mitigate the potential of wildfire driven by our electricity infrastructure,” Pincetl said.“The utilities have known for a while now, I would say several years,” Pincetl said, “that change in climate and the accumulation of brush around the pathways of the grid-lines that there is an increased chance of wildfire being caused by a spark from the grid or some other incident.”“We probably have to stop building in places where we’re putting people at risk,” Pincetl said. “Whether it’s a grid-caused fire, or an ignition from a car engine, or your lawnmower or something else, those are not places where people should be living and expect all the tax payers of the state to bail them out.”She also suggests gradually investigating in local sources of energy like wind, geo-thermal and solar.Another way to stop preemptive shutoffs during high-wind events would be moving power lines underground, said Wolfram — “but that’s really, really expensive.”Another option is putting “sophisticated sensors on the lines” which can detect if a power line is falling and de-energize it before it hits the ground, said Wolfram.“There’s speculation that this [preemptive shutoff] is PG&E’s way of saying, it [underground power lines] might be expensive, but the alternative is to have these shutoffs,” said Wolfram.“There are definitely ongoing negotiations and discussions about what to do given the fire risk created by electricity,” Wolfram said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. 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Laptops can damage your health

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Laptops can damage your healthOn 1 Jul 2001 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Staff who use laptops on a daily basis are reported to have the highestincidence of musculoskeletal symptoms, according to Dr Lynn McAtamney, directorof Cope occupational health and ergonomic services. The ergonomics of the typical environments in which laptops are used – cars,trains, planes or the living-room sofa, for instance – are particularly poor.This can lead to discomfort and musculoskeletal conditions, particularly of theneck, back and arms as well as visual or stress-related problems. If the laptop is necessary for work and is used for extended periods thenthe Display Screen Equipment Regulations (1992) apply and there is a duty ofcare on the part of the employer. Companies may be exposing themselves to legalaction by not putting in place adequate and proper systems to comply with theregulations to ensure peripatetic staff are using laptops in a manner which isnot likely to lead to ill health. Dr McAtemney concluded by offering practical solutions to setting up laptopworkstations ergonomically. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more