Choppies Enterprises Limited ( HY2018 Interim Report

July 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgChoppies Enterprises Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Choppies Enterprises Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Choppies Enterprises Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Choppies Enterprises Limited (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileChoppies Enterprises Limited is an investment holding company which operates in the grocery supermarket sector. The Choppie brand is associated with superstores, hyperstores and value stores; each offering the full instore range of a bakery, butchery, fresh fruit and vegetables and fast food. The company sells private label products, as well as a range of financial services. Choppies Enterprises Limited also manages a distribution and supply operation, a logistics operation and a maintenance service. Choppies retail outlets target lower to middle-income shoppers; with a total of 212 stores located in the major towns and cities in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Choppies Enterprises Limited was founded in 1986 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswanalast_img read more

Another stock market crash may be just around the corner. Here’s what I’d do now

July 5, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Back in late February, investors experienced one of the worst stock market crashes in modern history. The emergence of the coronavirus pandemic sent shockwaves through the global economy, causing a major sell-off in equity markets. Since then, many global stocks have staged a remarkable comeback. While the FTSE 100 index is still down by around 17%, some analysts fear a second stock market crash may be right around the corner. How confident can we be of this?Inflated asset pricesThe fears come as many cast doubts over the sustainability of rising share prices, especially in the US market. A steady flow of economic data paints a harrowing picture of the economic damage and long-lasting financial impact caused by the pandemic. Therefore, it hardly makes sense for the stock market to be rising.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…Early last month, investing genius Warren Buffett’s preferred stock market gauge hit a record high. The measurement divides the total value of publicly traded stocks by quarterly GDP. According to Buffett, it is “probably the single best measure of where valuations stand at any given moment”. Allegedly, the record high signals that stocks are overvalued, and a that crash could be coming.As credible as this insight may be in relation to the US stock market, I’m not so sure of its utility with regards to UK stocks. In the depths of the sell-off, the S&P 500 and the FTSE 100 both shed similar amounts from their values, falling by 33% and 32% respectively. Since then, however, the S&P 500 has bounced back by a whopping 36%, while the FTSE 100 has only clawed back 23%. Don’t get me wrong, both bounce backs are impressive, but evidently, UK equities remain substantially lower than their pre-crash valuations.Impact of a second waveCountries around the world are beginning to ease various lockdown restrictions. With this comes concern about the impact it may have on the spread of the virus and thus, the economy. If the virus hasn’t been contained, we can expect the number of cases to increase. There may even be a second wave of infections. Inevitably, this will have a negative impact on businesses as they incur additional costs and battle through the looming recession.What’s more, even if we avoid a second wave of infections, consumer spending is unlikely to return to pre-Covid-19 levels and many jobs could still be under threat. Combine this with the abysmal earnings outlook facing many companies and a second market crash may seem likely.Investment strategyI wouldn’t count on it though. After all, the stock market is not the economy. That said, I think it would be wise to hold at least some cash. That way, you’re primed for a second market crash where you’ll be able to pick up some bargains.Finally, fear over tumbling share prices may be enough to put many off investing at the moment. If this applies to you, I recommend implementing a pound-cost averaging strategy. With this technique, your exposure to falling markets is reduced by investing in regular intervals so that more shares are purchased when prices are low and less when they are high. This way, regardless of a second market crash or not, you’re still investing in the stock market with the potential to realise long-term capital gains. Matthew Dumigan 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. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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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.center_img See all posts by Matthew Dumigan “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Enter Your Email Address Another stock market crash may be just around the corner. 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How Scotland celebrated their Calcutta Cup win

June 23, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgAnd throughout the match she continually showed her excitement by keeping her followers updated with the score and her final tweet was: Silver service: John Barclay and the Scotland team with the Calcutta Cup (Getty Images) Sturgeon retweeted the above tweet and said: Centre Huw Jones, who scored two tries against England, enjoyed one particular tweet from Scotland fan Graham Love: Hamish Watson, who was outstanding at the breakdown and prevented England from building any momentum, paid tribute to the crowd at Murrayfield by saying: And Road Policing Scotland replied to a tweet about a broken down chariot: As for the players, they were quick to share their emotions on social media too. Scotland No 8 Ryan Wilson tweeted a picture of him with his family and the Calcutta Cup: Former Scotland international Scott Hastings also hailed the special atmosphere at the stadium: How Scotland celebrated their Calcutta Cup winScotland’s Six Nations win over England at BT Murrayfield was their first Calcutta triumph in a decade, so it’s little wonder lots of big names wanted to join in the celebrations.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, the Princess Royal and Harry Potter author JK Rowling were among those at Murrayfield to watch the match and all joined John Barclay and his team in the Scotland changing room to celebrate the victory that ended England’s Grand Slam ambitions.Related: Scotland 25-13 England match reportScotland coach Gregor Townsend even told some of those at Murrayfield that Sturgeon had drunk Champagne from the Calcutta Cup: P.S. for some reason this didn’t post earlier.Anyways I’ll just leave it here! #SCOvENG— Graham Love (@GLove39) February 25, 2018Public services in Scotland also got involved in the celebrations. The Police Scotland control room tweeted: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Proud man!!!! #CalcuttaCup— ryan wilson (@ryanwilson89) February 25, 2018 And followed it up this morning by sharing a photo from the post-match changing room on Twitter: SRU patron Princess Anne presented the Calcutta Cup to Scotland captain Barclay while Rowling has long been a passionate supporter of the national rugby team.Ahead of the match, Rowling tweeted: How Scotland celebrated their Calcutta Cup win – A look at who joined in the celebrations at BT Murrrayfield after Scotland beat England It’s clear that not just the players but all the fans in Scotland enjoyed this particular Calcutta Cup victory.Be sure to follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We can confirm that the broken down chariot has now been recovered from Murrayfield Stadium, however traffic is still slow moving on the count of all the pedestrians celebrating in the immediate vicinity. Motorists are advised to travel with caution — RoadPolicingScot (@polscotrpu) February 24, 2018last_img read more

Don’t Always Oil the Squeaky Wheel

June 14, 2021 0 Comments

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter In the past few weeks, some of the nation’s largest and most successful retail food companies have made some humongous PR and marketing blunders. These colossal whoppers cost them sales and credibility with consumers, as well as tarnished their brands. In most of these cases, these were self-inflicted wounds that could have been avoided by simply doing a little research.  They found out too late that listening to the loudest voice may not be the right choice.Subway was the latest to make this misstep. In a hurry to put the Jared sex scandal behind them, they caved into pressure from activist groups pushing their anti-antibiotic agenda.  They released a vague and poorly-worded statement on their new policy on the use of antibiotics in livestock production. The reaction from their suppliers and their customers was quick and negative.  The world’s largest sub sandwich chain soon found themselves on the defensive fending off customer concerns about the safety of meat that might come from sick animals.  A few days later they amended their policy and ordered up a foot long crow sandwich for their top executives.“Almost every company has its critics, and by critics, I mean those pains in the rear who only like to whine and be contrarian purely for the sake of it,” says Carol Roth, business author and CNBC contributor. “These critics have been given an unprecedented platform on the web. Whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, or even in the comments section of a blog, anyone can say anything at any time and with any frequency.”  She added the problem for companies is that, sometimes, those critics can be mistakenly taken as representing the opinions of the masses when they are really just a handful of loudmouths that misrepresent themselves, or are at least perceived as the mouthpiece of a larger subset of customers. This is especially true when it comes to the antibiotic and GMO issues in food.Far too many companies spend more time reading social media than reading scientific research or simply talking with the farmers that produce their products. Roth says people complain and make negative comments on-line more than they give positive feedback, “Many of the folks who complain actually don’t have a lot of purchasing power and some of them aren’t your customers at all.”  She said many consumers don’t like to make positive comments on social channels because they do not want to get attacked by those who disagree.  Many ag activists and farmer bloggers have found this to be true. When they try to explain the benefits of biotechnology or proper animal care, they are vilified by the loudmouth activists.Roth urges companies to stop using social media as their primary source of customer feedback, “Reach out to other customers to get a broader scope of feedback. If you aren’t sure what your customers think, ask a meaningful number of them. Customers are more likely to give you feedback if it is asked for (and if they feel like offering it will ultimately benefit them).” She says this kind of research should not be done in a public forum. Likewise, ag supporters may have more luck sending their feedback and concerns directly to a company rather than engaging in pointless arguments in social media.Those of us in agriculture may also want to pay a little less attention to the squeaky wheels on Facebook and twitter and look to more broadly-based consumer research. We may find that on key food and agriculture issues the loudest consumers may not represent the majority opinion.By Gary Truitt SHARE Home Commentary Don’t Always Oil the Squeaky Wheel Don’t Always Oil the Squeaky Wheel By Gary Truitt – Nov 8, 2015 Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleNFU Poll: Rural Voters Support the RFS Gary Truittlast_img read more

Mikhail Beketov: a fighter for press freedom

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Reporters Without Borders expresses deep sorrow at news of the death of Mikhail Beketov (Михаил Бекетов), who never fully recovered from injuries suffered in a violent attack in 2008 – a reprisal for his environmental-protection reporting.Editor in chief of Khimkinskaya Pravda in the city of Khimki, and a fierce defender of local land resources, Beketov led opposition to a plan to build a highway through a nearby forest.On 13 November 2008, Beketov was beaten and left for dead. Though he survived the attack, he spent months in a coma, and had a leg and several fingers amputated. In addition, head injuries left Beketov unable to speak. By 2011, thanks to his extraordinary strength of will, and a prosthetic leg and crutches, he did regain the ability to walk. The shock caused by the attack forced the government to commit itself to ending impunity for crimes against the press. Nevertheless, Reporters Without Borders notes that Beketov’s attackers were never identified.“Mikhail Beketov fought to the end,” the press freedom organization said. “He was a symbol of a Russia that struggles, of a civil society that has arisen over the past year to demand respect. Today, it is more important than ever that his attackers be brought to justice. We demand the truth.” RussiaEurope – Central Asia (Photo: Grigoriy Sisoyev / RIA Novosti; Andrey Stenin / RIA Novosti) News May 21, 2021 Find out more April 8, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Mikhail Beketov: a fighter for press freedom News News News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 5, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Follow the news on Russia RSF_en last_img read more

Ukrainian reporter held in Belarus on spying charge

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img BelarusUkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more November 21, 2017 Ukrainian reporter held in Belarus on spying charge Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very concerned about Pavlo Sharoyko, a Ukrainian radio journalist who has been held since 25 October in Belarus. The Belarusian Committee for State Security (KGB) announced yesterday that he is accused of spying for Ukrainian military intelligence.Sharoyko was held incommunicado for nearly a month without his detention becoming public knowledge. His employer, the Ukrainian public radio station, Ukrainske Radio, finally reported four days ago that he had been arrested and his detention was confirmed by the KGB yesterday.Sharoyko, who is facing up to 15 years on the spying charge, has not been allowed any visits and, so far, his only lawyer is the one appointed by the Belarusian authorities.He has been based since 2011 in Minsk, where he initially worked for the Ukrainian news agency UNIAN before joining Ukrainske Radio. A former member of the Ukrainian armed forces, he specializes in covering military stories and he contributed to several official publications and press services before retiring from the army.“The circumstances of Pavlo Sharoyko’s detention are very disturbing,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “He must be able to have access to an independent lawyer of his choice and he must be given a fair trial. We ask the Belarusian authorities to guarantee that he is treated well and that this case is handled with as much transparency as possible. And his detention is no longer essential since the investigative stage is over.”According to the KBG, Sharoyko used his journalistic activities as a cover to create a spy ring in Belarus. Both he and a detained Belarusian citizen accused of “high treason” are said to have confessed. The KGB also claims that it found some of his intelligence reports in a search of his home.Questionable spying charges have been brought against several journalists in Belarus in recent years. The well-known Belarusian journalist Alyaksandr Alesin was held incommunicado for two weeks in 2014 on a charge of high treason but the case was eventually dismissed. A Ukrainian journalist, Roman Sushchenko, has been held in Russia on spying charges since September 2016.Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. June 8, 2021 Find out more The KGB press conference on Pavlo Sharoyko Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia to go further News News June 7, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Help by sharing this information RSF_en RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan BelarusUkraineEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisoned last_img read more

Following L.A. County’s Lead, State Will Send Mail Ballots to All California Voters

June 12, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. Community News Government Following L.A. County’s Lead, State Will Send Mail Ballots to All California Voters CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Friday, May 8, 2020 | 1:22 pm Make a comment 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Echoing a move taken last week by Los Angeles County, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Friday calling for every registered voter in the state to receive a mail-in ballot for the November presidential election.“There’s a lot of concern and anxiety around this November’s election in terms of making sure that you can conduct yourself in a safe way and to make sure your health is protected,” Newsom said.He said providing all voters with a mail-in ballot will give them “the choice not to feel like they have to go into a concentrated, dense environment where their health may be at risk” due to the coronavirus pandemic.Newsom said the mail-in ballots will not be a substitute for physical voting locations, which will still be offered. He said the executive order he signed Friday also calls for the development of a plan by the end of the month on the locations of voting sites for the election.Secretary of State Alex Padilla said the move makes California “the first state in the nation to respond to COVID-19 by taking this action of sending every voter a ballot in the mail in advance of the November election.”“I think that’s huge,” he said. “There is no safer, physically distancing, healthier way to exercise your right to vote than from the safety and convenience of your own home.”He noted that in California, sending in a vote-by-mail ballot does not require postage.“It’s great for our public health. It’s great for voting rights. It’s going to be great for participation, because this November’s election is slated to be the most consequential election of our lifetime.”The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors last week agreed to send vote-by-mail ballots to all registered voters in the county for the election.“It is hard to imagine that, amid the coronavirus crisis, we have a major election coming up this November,” Supervisor Janice Hahn said at the time. “No one should have to choose between their health and their right to vote. We don’t know what challenges we will be facing in this pandemic this fall, but by sending every voter a mail-in-ballot we can ensure that everyone can cast their ballot safely, no matter what the future holds.”President Donald Trump has expressed opposition to vote-by-mail balloting, citing what he calls a large potential for fraud. HerbeautyThis Is What Happens To Your Face After DermaplaningHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img More Cool Stuff CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News last_img read more

Cisco pioneers self-service style staff induction

May 18, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgCisco pioneers self-service style staff inductionOn 17 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today New employees at Internet company Cisco put themselves on the payroll and then order their own mobile phones, business cards and company credit cards in a form of self-service HR.Once recruited, members of staff log on to Cisco’s “New-Hire Dashboard” and bypass many tasks usually carried out by HR.Mike Williams, HR director for Cisco Europe, the Middle East and Africa, gave these examples of how personnel will operate in the future at a conference on e-HR last week in London. The company has grown tenfold to 36,000 employees in the past five years, and is the fastest growing company in the history of Nasdaq. Each employee earns the company $379,200 (£260,000).One of the main lessons Cisco learnt was that HR had to revolutionise processes through IT and business partnership. “You don’t want to mechanise the quill – you want to do something completely different,” he said.Williams advised HR professionals involved in developing new systems to focus on the needs of the business rather than on making life easier for themselves. Since technology is changing so fast, he said, it was fruitless waiting for the perfect system. “You’ve just got to get in there and do it,” he said.At Cisco managers can access policy on recruitment, training and development, performance reviews, salary and bonuses online without contacting HR at all.Williams told delegates at the Linkage International-organised conference that its growth was a result of embedding the Internet in the culture of the firm and HR.HR professionals had to embrace the Internet if their companies are to survive. As a result their role would become less administrative and more strategic, identifying business needs and developing solutions.Sixty-one per cent of Cisco’s recruitment is through a web site which allows employees to refer potential recruits.www.linkageinc.comBy Lisa Bratby Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Vard Names Norway’s New Surveillance Vessel

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

first_img View post tag: Norway View post tag: VARD Back to overview,Home naval-today Vard Names Norway’s New Surveillance Vessel View post tag: New View post tag: Marjata View post tag: europe View post tag: names View post tag: Naval View post tag: Surveillance Authorities December 8, 2014 Share this article Vard Names Norway’s New Surveillance Vessel Vard Holdings Limited, a designer and shipbuilder of offshore and specialized vessels, held a naming ceremony for Norway’s new surveillance vessel “Marjata” at Vard Langsten.The vessel was contracted by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation in 2011 and will be operated by the Norwegian Intelligence Service. It is equipped for surveillance activity in the Barents Sea and the High North, and is one of the most technologically advanced vessels of its kind.The vessel was named by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Mrs. Erna Solberg on 6 December 2014. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence, Mrs. Ine Eriksen Søreide, as well as high-ranking representatives of the Norwegian Armed Forces and Norwegian Intelligence Service.The hull of the vessel was constructed at Vard Tulcea in Romania, and it is currently being outfitted at Vard Langsten. The vessel will be delivered from the yard in 1Q 2015, and will enter operative service for the Norwegian Intelligence Service in 2016. The new vessel, named “Marjata”, replaces a predecessor by the same name, also built at Vard Langsten and in operation since 1995.Kjell Grandhagen, Director Norwegian Intelligence Service, commented,The naming of Marjata is an important milestone in the process towards the vessel entering into operative service in 2016. The new Marjata will be an important element in the continuation of the Norwegian Intelligence Service’s mission in the High North, and represents a modern resource which will contribute to secure Norway’s information needs for the next 30 years.[mappress mapid=”14643″]Press release, Image: Norwegian Armed Forces View post tag: Navy View post tag: vessel View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Fire at Wolfson College

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgFire broke out at Wolfson College around 7.30 on Sunday 15th June in one of the on-site accommodation blocks. The fire is believed to have been started by a grill being left on in one of the kitchens, although Fire investigators are seeking to confirm this. A student at Wolfson told Cherwell that the fire was limited to the flat, and was initially spotted by another student who alerted residents to the fire. Incident commander Nigel Wilson told the Oxford Mail that “the actual seat of the fire and the communal area were very badly damaged – the flats only suffered smoke and heat damage.” At least three fire engines were reportedly in attendance as well as an ambulance. There was concern over one female student remaining unaccounted for, with firefighters having to enter the building through a third floor window to search rooms in the block. It later emerged the missing student had been sleeping elsewhere. No one was injured in the incident.last_img read more