Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgNation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nation Media Group Limited (NMG.ug)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNation Media Group (NMG) Limited operates as an independent media house in East and Central Africa. Through its subsidiaries, NMG publishes, prints and distributes a variety of newspapers, magazines and online publications as well as manages radio and television broadcasting operations in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. It also provides courier and third-party printing services. Group publications include The EastAfrican, Daily Nation, Sunday Nation, Business Daily Africa, Daily Monitor, The Citizen, NMG Investor Briefing, Taifa Leo and Zuka. NMG owns a 76.5% stake in Monitor Publications Limited and 93.3% stake in KFM, a Kampala-based radio station in Uganda. It owns two television stations; NT Uganda and Spark TV and has a 60% stake in Mwananchi Communications Limited in Tanzania. In 2016, NMG commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press in Nairobi which has capacity to print 86 000 newspapers per hour. Nation Media Group Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

The International Personal Finance share price is up 14% today. Would I buy it?

first_img Loans provider International Personal Finance (LSE: IPF) has seen a huge 14% share price jump today. This increase comes after it has already more than doubled in the past year.What is going on here? 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…Upbeat updateThe latest increase follows a company release earlier today, where it said that “operational performance continues to be positive”. It also said that while it had expected weakening in performance in the first quarter of 2021 because of the pandemic, the actual performance has been “very strong”. It now expects a “significantly stronger rebound in profitability in 2021” than it had earlier. I think these are some of the most positive remarks I have seen from any company I’ve covered since the lockdown eased. Clearly, it has also had an impact on investor sentiment. The story so farBut the International Personal Finance share price was gaining ground even earlier. Like all financials, it was hit hard by the lockdowns last year. It was probably hit even harder than most, because it lends to customers who are otherwise less likely to get credit. It provides small, unsecured cash loans for everyday necessities in emerging markets like Eastern Europe and Mexico. As it restricted lending during the pandemic, the company’s loans issued almost halved from the year before, its revenues tumbled, and it ended up clocking a loss. However, investors gave its share a thumbs up anyway when it released its full-year results. This was probably because it became profitable in the second half of the year once again. These results were released in March and followed by a positive trading update in April, when the share price rallied again. In a nutshell, it is evident the International Personal Finance share price is highly responsive to positive company developments. We have seen it three times this year.The downsideThe easing of lockdowns, expected improvement in the economy, and its own outlook indicate clearly that the company will likely show robust growth this year. I am, however, cautious of a few risks as well.First, the pandemic continues. Its severity may have reduced, but we have not yet put it behind us. Also, International Personal Finance is still doling out loans cautiously because it has a focus on profits. This means that the amount of credit issued could remain restricted. Further, the risk of bad loans remains. In its trading update, International Personal Finance says that impairments as a percentage of revenues have reduced in the first quarter of 2021 compared to full-year 202 numbers. But I think they are still quite high at 32% and also higher than the 2019 levels. My takeaway for the International Personal Finance share priceOn balance though, I am positive on the stock for the medium to long term. It has a history of strong performance and has rebounded fast from the pandemic. I also like that it serves the social goal of creating greater financial inclusion. It is a buy for me.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Manika Premsingh | Tuesday, 15th June, 2021 | More on: IPF Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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.center_img The International Personal Finance share price is up 14% today. Would I buy it? Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Enter Your Email Address Manika Premsingh 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. See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

Tropical Storm Ian has formed in the Atlantic

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSTropical storm Previous articleApopka loses an iconic farmworker advocateNext articleIireland, Military K-9, honored with 21 gun salute Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here At 11:00 AM the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical disturbance #1 to a tropical storm.  This is the 9th tropical storm this year.The center of Tropical Storm Ian was moving toward the northwest near 13 mph and expected to turn toward the north over the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center will continue to move over the Central Atlantic through Tuesday.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next day or so. Some slight strengthening is possible beginning Tuesday night.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 140 miles from the center.Tropical Disturbance 2 is an area of disorganized shower activity near the central Bahamas.  Conditions do not appear conducive for significant development of this disturbance while it moves northwestward at 10 to 15 mph. However, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of the central and northwestern Bahamas today, and portions of the Florida peninsula on Tuesday.The National Hurricane Center estimates the chances of TD 2 becoming a tropical storm within 48 hours at 10% and at 10% within 5 days.The next update on these systems will be issued by the National Hurricane Center at 5:00 PM. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Leinster beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2009 Heineken Cup

first_imgSunday May 24, 2009 Leinster beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2009 Heineken Cup Leinster won the Heineken Cup for the first time after holding off English champions Leicester Tigers at Murrayfield on Saturday. The 19-16 win and caps off another success for Irish rugby this season.Leinster started the match in style after a powerful surge from man of the match wallaby, Rocky Elsom. Brian ODriscoll then slotted a neat drop goal, before impressive youngster Jonathan Sexton himself slotted an excellent long range effort.Leicester took the lead with a try from Ben Woods, who along with Julien Dupey, kept the Tigers in the lead. A try by Jamie Heaslip got Leinster back in the match, which was duly converted by Sexton.Sexton again slotted a kick, this time under huge pressure as he gave his side the 19-16 lead heading into the final ten minutes, a lead which they held onto to win the match and the title of champions of Europe.Winning captain Leo Cullen said: “We’ve had some tough times over the last few years. There have been some disappointing days, but the hurt in the past makes the wins sweeter.”Brian O’Driscoll, who had another good match, was over the moon.“It feels great. I’ve played for this team for 10 years, some of the guys for 11 or 12 years. I love Leinster. It was a goal to win this competition before the season started. I couldn’t have asked to win this with a better bunch of guys.” Time: 09:34ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe 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. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Crusaders player ratings vs Rebels | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Which Crusaders stood out in their 26-point win over the Rebels in the final round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman? Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. Leinster beat Leicester Tigers to win the 2009 Heineken Cup | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

WATCH: England employ unique training ground drill to improve under high ball

first_imgWednesday Mar 6, 2019 WATCH: England employ unique training ground drill to improve under high ball England Rugby have taken to Instagram to share their training techniques ahead of Italy’s visit to Twickenham on Saturday. The clip shows the backs catching high balls with attack coach Scott Wisemantel kicking from a hill.ADVERTISEMENTEngland have come under a lot of scrutiny in recent months over their ability to deal with the high ball. This has not so much been to do with their performances on the field, but Eddie Jones’ decision to change his fullbacks.Elliot Daly seems to be Jones’ first choice at fullback at the moment, and with that comes a lot of comparisons with his predecessor Mike Brown. One of Brown’s strongest suits is his dependability under the high ball. On the other hand, some say that Daly is not a natural 15, and is perhaps not as solid.The Wasp played as a fullback throughout the Autumn as well, and so far in his stint in occupying the backfield, he has not been seriously exposed, despite questions still remaining.Daly and the much improved Jonny May commanded the aerial battle against Ireland in Dublin, but fell short in Wales last round. While neither were terrible under the high ball, they looked less assured than they had done in the Championship so far. Although it was a hard kick to defend, Josh Adams’ try came from a cross-field kick that Daly struggled with. Despite this, Daly is still a worthy custodian of the 15 shirt.Therefore, this may have been an area of England’s game that Jones wants to work on.The coach is scrupulous in his attention to detail, as was shown with England’s high ball practice ahead of the Ireland game. The only trouble is that England are perhaps not going to be tested against Italy and Scotland in the way that they were against Ireland and Wales.ADVERTISEMENTThis is particularly due to the fact that Scotland tend to keep the ball in hand more often and kick less. Nonetheless, this may be an insight into what England feel they need to work on.How will you watch the next rugby World Cup – Enter for a chance to win £100 www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WH2MFM3ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error England Rugby Related Articles 42 WEEKS AGO The Dylan Hartley Eddie Jones saga shows… 43 WEEKS AGO IT’S FINALLY TIME: All you need to know ahead… 46 WEEKS AGO Eddie Jones responds and explains thought… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ 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

Big Give Christmas challenge raises £7.2m with record donations

first_img Melanie May | 9 December 2016 | News  63 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. This year’s Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised £7.2 million for its 332 participating charities, with over 17,000 donations received: its highest-ever amount.Amongst the charities helped, the campaign raised over £1.4 million towards child poverty projects in London (with support from The Childhood Trust), nearly £500,000 towards projects supporting the elderly (with support from the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery), and over £1.3 million for international projects (with support from the Reed Foundation, Waterloo Foundation & Ethiopiaid). Of the 332 participating charities, 74% hit or exceeded their targets.A key change for this year was the ring fencing of match funds for each charity, which meant that funds lasted longer than in previous years and enabling charities to better able to control their performance in the campaign.Alex Day, director of the Big Give said:“We are extremely happy to have raised over £7.2 million in this year’s Christmas Challenge with a record number of donations coming in. A greater number of donations means that charities are able to build their donor base and future fundraising capabilities, enabling them to be more sustainable and to have a greater impact on the beneficiaries they exist to serve. So far, the feedback on the new model has been extremely positive from donors and charitiesCharities interested in participating in future Big Give events can register here on the Big Give site. Advertisement Tagged with: christmas match funding The Big Givecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Big Give Christmas challenge raises £7.2m with record donations  64 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8last_img read more

Protests greet Obama on Africa tour

first_imgS. African groups raise Palestine, AFRICOM, U.S. political prisonersPresident Barack Obama visited three African states during late June and early July in an effort to remake the image of imperialism on the continent. His trip met with opposition in Senegal and South Africa and was overshadowed by developments in Egypt.Protesters in front of the U.S. embassy during the visit of U.S. President Obama in Pretoria, South Africa, June 28.Obama offered no tangible initiatives for Africa to enhance its relations with Washington and Wall Street, outside the existing militarist and exploitative system inherited from slavery and colonialism.In Senegal, the president and his family visited the slave castle at Goree Island and stood in the “door of no return.” Yet the link between the Atlantic Slave Trade and the current crisis in African political economy was not addressed.A blog by Elias Groll in Foreign Policy reported “snarled traffic, shut-down streets, and security everywhere. These are things Senegalese news outlets are talking about today — not development, investment and American engagement.” (June 27)“The U.S. takes control of Senegal” was the headline of the Senegalese paper L’Observateur on June 27, the day of Obama’s visit.Le Populaire’s editorial headline read, “Yankee paranoia at the Radisson.” The paper accused the U.S. of staging a de facto invasion by seizing the first-class accommodations, tampering with the communication satellites and closing roads.U.S. agents, Le Populaire observed, not only seized the sea and the sky but also telephone communications — and the residence of the Senegalese president, which was swarming with Secret Service personnel. “These Yankees, they need to be reassured by controlling everything,” the editorial bemoaned.Obama’s visits to South Africa and Tanzania were designed for the same purpose: to emphasize support but at the same time offer no real alternatives to the decades of post-independence policy toward the region.South African protests raise critical issuesPerhaps the most pronounced and politicized protests against the U.S. president took place in the Republic of South Africa, where nearly two decades ago the people organized and mobilized to overthrow white-minority rule.Two main political forces in the struggle against apartheid and the ascendancy of the African National Congress (ANC) to power in the 1994 elections — the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Young Communist League, the youth wing of the South African Communist Party — organized demonstrations against Washington’s policies.At the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria on June 28, hundreds of protesters held placards and chanted slogans in support of the Palestinians and against Pentagon wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. Some burned U.S. flags and called for the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal and other U.S. political prisoners.Demonstrations also met Obama in Cape Town, the seat of the South African parliament, and at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto, where he received an honorary doctorate degree. Police used tear gas to disperse crowds at the university, as demonstrators demanded that the degree be withheld based on the track record of the U.S. over the last few years under Obama.The Muslim Lawyers Association of South Africa went to the country’s Constitutional Court in an effort to obtain a legal order for the arrest of Obama. The organization raised the thousands of deaths through drone attacks and other acts of aggressive warfare as the basis for seeking the detention of the U.S. leader.Although Obama paid tribute to the legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who led the ANC for many years, there was never any acknowledgement of the role the U.S. had played for decades in propping up the racist system of apartheid through military, corporate and political support. for decades.In fact, the detention of Mandela in 1962 was carried out with the direct involvement of the Central Intelligence Agency, resulting in his imprisonment for over 27 years.In Tanzania, Obama’s visit on July 2 was timed to coincide with one by former President George W. Bush. A strong emphasis was placed on the fight against “terrorism.” Anti-terrorist propaganda has been used to justify escalating Pentagon and CIA intervention in Africa.Both leaders being in Tanzania at the same time confirmed the continuity of Washington’s policy toward the continent. The Pentagon’s AFRICOM (U.S. Africa Command), established under the Bush administration, has been extended and bolstered through executive and legislative action by Obama and Congress.Can’t avoid real challenges facing AfricaThe U.S. is not able to come to grips with its legacy of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism.An obvious omission on Obama’s first Africa trip was Kenya, where his father was born. Perhaps Obama did not visit there because the White House and State Department did not back now-President Uhuru Kenyatta in the last election. Kenyatta won anyway, in a victory seen as defying U.S. wishes.Obama didn’t visit Zimbabwe, where the U.S. along with Britain and the European Union have imposed draconian sanctions against the government of President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriot Front.He didn’t visit Sudan, where the U.S. worked to divide the oil-rich south from the rest of the country.U.S. policy toward Africa is based upon the economic and strategic interests of Wall Street and the Pentagon war machine. No amount of diplomacy can reverse the declining approval and rising anger toward imperialism on the part of the African workers, youth and farmers. The $7 billion in U.S. government assistance announced during the presidential visit is a small part of what U.S. corporations hope to reap from exploitation of Africa’s resources.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Impeachment is not enough

first_imgThere are so many reasons to get Donald Trump out of the White House that it is not surprising at all that a movement has begun in the House of Representatives to impeach him. At this point, it is a wholly partisan effort, with almost all the Democrats for impeachment and almost all the Republicans against it.So many people have been deeply injured by this administration that they are cheered by the possibility that Trump might be forced out of office, even before the next presidential election. Most of them want to see the Democratic Party prevail.Of course, impeachment would leave Mike Pence, not the Democrats, in charge of the government.Impeachment of public officials in the U.S. has occurred rarely. It has generally succeeded only in such cases as getting rid of judges who were visibly drunk while presiding over trials. While anyone who is halfway progressive would rejoice at getting Trump out of office one way or another, it is important to take note of how and why he might be toppled.  Is it because of all his super-reactionary moves that have done terrible damage to millions of people in this country, especially the most oppressed? Trump has greenlighted racism and attacks on immigrants, emboldening the most violent far-right elements. This has led to the most painful and even lethal conditions on the U.S. border with Mexico — and in the hell-houses for migrants called “detention centers,” where children, even babies, have been separated from their parents.Trump has undercut social programs aimed at alleviating poverty. He has ignored — and even ridiculed environmental pollution — while siding with multibillionaire energy companies responsible for the climate crisis.But is this why Trump faces possible impeachment? Or is it because he has been deemed by the real rulers of this country and the government to be ineffective in protecting their interests — to the point of buffoonery?  The issue they have chosen to attack him on is his attempt to get help from politicians in Ukraine to discredit a possible political rival, Joe Biden. Surely, that is the least of Donald Trump’s crimes. Is it just Trump’s erratic and grandiose personality that would be on trial? That would leave Pence, who low-keys it while pursuing his own right-wing agenda, sitting in the catbird seat. Even if Trump were forced out before the 2020 election — which is not too likely — right-wing politicians and the multibillionaire class he represents would still be running the show.In other countries, in more revolutionary times, the people have come up with procedures to immediately oust officials who betrayed them. A prime example is the Paris Commune, which decreed that elected representatives were subject to recall at any time. In 1871, a war was raging between France and Prussia (Germany). While Paris was under siege by Prussian troops, and the French army was both preoccupied and rebellious, the people of Paris rose up and established their own government – a people’s republican government that became known as the Paris Commune.  For a brief time the workers of Paris took charge of their own destiny. Among the many steps taken by the Commune to shift political power to the working class was the direct election of those who would represent them in the Commune — and the ability to immediately recall from office anyone who didn’t carry out the will of the people.There was no waiting for six years (a U.S. senator’s term), four years (a U.S. president’s term) or even two years (a U.S. representative’s term) to get rid of elected figures who betrayed their promises. Once the people of the Commune decided these “representatives” didn’t represent them, they were out.The Paris Commune was one of the most democratic political bodies the world had yet seen. Now, 148 years later, in a country where both capitalist parties claim to champion democracy — but in fact serve the interests of the multibillionaire plutocrats — we need to fight for nothing less than the rule of the majority: workers’ power.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

North Carolina Flooding Kills Thousands of Livestock

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Home News Feed North Carolina Flooding Kills Thousands of Livestock By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 12, 2016 North Carolina Flooding Kills Thousands of Livestock Facebook Twitter Estimates are that flooding has killed tens of thousands of livestock in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Governor Pat McCrory said officials would work to clean up the carcasses as fast as possible to avoid freshwater contamination and a potential public health threat. A Washington Post article says the state is trying to avoid a similar problem it experienced back in 1999 when thousands of dead hogs and chickens floated for days in the floodwaters from Hurricane Floyd. The Governor added that a “lot of animals have died, in the thousands.” Matthew Starr, of the Waterkeeper Alliance, said photos show floodwaters up to the roofs of barns and, in his words, “the flooding is quite terrible.”Brian Long, of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, said they have not received any reports of waste lagoons breached by floodwater, but it is a huge concern. It is not just bad news for livestock farmers. Crop farmers lost millions of dollars in crops for the second year in a row. Ten straight days of rains in 2015 ruined the harvest in eastern North Carolina.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Previous articleIndiana Soybean Yields Forecast to Set RecordsNext articlePumpkin Supply Adequate for 2016 Season Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Nothing Says Valentine’s Day Like Scotch Whisky

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Photo Gallery Nothing Says Valentine’s Day Like Scotch Whisky Hard to argue with that JAMES MACPHERSON Published on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | 6:01 pm More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Eschew the traditional this Valentine’s Day and instead head for a recently-debuted, all-things-Scotch-Whisky luxury shop in South Pasadena called Duncan Taylor.No question, the glow of their lovely whisky cakes (washed down with their even lovlier whisky) is likely to keep you in fine spirits long after roses would have faded.And their hand-made furniture crafted from vintage, spent whisky barrels is j-u-u-u-st large enough for the two of you to snuggle in while enjoying a toast or two.The shop is a trove of unusual treasures that make Valentine’s Day delightfully different and everything, thankfully, is imbued in one way or another with Scotch Whisky. You can make off with Whisky flavored teas and coffees, or beautiful imported glassware. Handsome art for a gentleman’s studio or a lady’s parlor. Their wooden furniture is absolutely incredible.There’s an authentic distillery warehouse feel to the place, fortified by beautiful murals on the wall of stacked whisky barrels and by prints and paintings by Scottish painter Ian Gray. It’s well worth a visit.The parent company was founded in Scotland in 1938 and holds ownership of one of the largest privately held collections of rare Scotch whisky casks in the world. In 2002, it was acquired from American owners by Euan Shand, who ceased brokering whisky casks to concentrate on producing his own brands of Scotch whiskies. The company’s casks can now be found maturing throughout Scotland.So as you settle back before a roaring fire in your whisky-barrel chair with your true love, sipping a wonderful Whisky, remind yourself that the Scots have more than a little to do with celebrating St. Valentine’s (remains of the martyr himself are at the church of Blessed St John Duns Scotus in Glasgow) and pour yourself another.Duncan Taylor’s South Pasadena outpost is located at 1020 H Mission Street, South Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 441-4706 or visit duncantaylorluxury.com. The shop is open for your shopping convenience Tuesday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Duncan Taylor Valentine’s Day 2013 Price ListWhisky Cakes–$9.99Irn Bru–$2.75Whisky Flavored Teas–$5.99 & $15.99Whisky Flavored Coffee–$12.99T-shirts–$19.99, $29.99 & $39.99GlasswareGlencairn Whisky Nosing Glass –$9.99Neat Glass–$18.00Whisky Snifter–$29.99Whisky Lovers, 2 tumblers and 6 stones–$55.00Whisky Stones, set of 9–$19.50Slate itemsMagnetic Fridge Hearts, Set of 4–$19.99Coasters, set of 4–$25.00Platter with handles–$35.00Platter–$39.99Pewter wareFlasks–$50.Bowls–$65. & $75.Tankard with cover–$75.ChairsChairs made from whisky casks, patented design, priced from $950. to $1,400.PrintsIan Gray Prints, signed–$100.PaintingsIan Gray, signed and dated, priced from $1,100 to $3,900 Community News HerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe 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. Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more