first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (  2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgFTSE 100 shares: is the stock market bubble set to burst? 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens | Thursday, 7th January, 2021 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Peter Stephens Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. Fears of a stock market bubble that is set to burst are likely to have risen over recent months. The FTSE 100 has gained 35% since reaching its lowest point during the February/March 2020 bear market.However, it continues to trade around 13% down on the all-time high recorded in 2018. The short-term outlook for the world economy is challenging, of course. But there may be buying opportunities available for long-term investors at the present time.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…Stock market bubbles: part of FTSE 100 historyThe past performance of the FTSE 100 shows that stock market bubbles and subsequent crashes are part of its fabric. In other words, it has always experienced bull markets that are followed by bear markets, and vice versa. As such, the current bull market is very unlikely to last in perpetuity. This means that a bear market is almost inevitably set to take place at some point in future.Of course, predicting when that will happen is extremely challenging. Any number of risks could prompt a weakening of investor sentiment, as well as falling revenues and profitability for large-cap shares. At the moment, the outlook for the world economy is very uncertain. Coronavirus continues to negatively impact the performances of many businesses. And this could lead the FTSE 100 lower and cause the stock market bubble to burst. However, other factors such as low valuations within the index and a favourable monetary policy environment may yet push the stock market to record highs.Taking a long-term view of UK sharesThere are always difficulties in predicting when a stock market bubble will burst. So taking a long-term view of the FTSE 100 could be a sound move. This means ignoring potential short-term challenges that may cause high volatility over a period of months. Instead focusing on the valuations of companies based on their financial prospects over the coming years, is a better approach.Using this strategy, many large-cap shares appear to be cheap at the present time. As mentioned, the index itself is trading significantly below its record high, while a number of sectors — such as banking, travel and leisure and oil and gas — contain numerous companies with valuations that are substantially below their long-term averages.Certainly, buying FTSE 100 shares now may lead to paper losses in the near term should the stock market bubble burst. However, it appears as though the index’s price level may account for many of the risks faced by the world economy at the present time. Therefore, on a long-term view, large-cap shares could provide buying opportunities right now. Over time, the past performance of the index suggests that looking beyond short-term risks to focus on where shares will be priced in the coming years is a sound means of capitalising on market cycles.last_img read more

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Rolls-Royce plc Enter Your Email Address Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) recently reported its full-year results for 2020. The company reported a loss of around £4bn, worse than the expected loss of £3.1bn, showing how badly the pandemic hurt civil air travel.Although the annual results weren’t good, here are two reasons why I’d nevertheless buy at the current Rolls-Royce share price.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…I think 2022 might be a better yearOne reason I like Rolls-Royce at the current share price is that the future might be better.While 2020 was a terrible year for Rolls-Royce and 2021 has disappointed so far in terms of engine flying hours, I reckon 2022 may be a year to look forward to. For 2022, management expects large engine long-term service agreement flying hours to be approximately 80% of 2019 levels. Their more pessimistic scenario is for around 70% of 2019 levels. That compares to management expectations for this year of about 55% of 2019 levels in the base case and about 45% in the pessimistic case. The number of engine flying hours is important because Rolls-Royce makes a lot of its money from long-term contracts that’s dependent on those engine flying hours.Management also sees the power systems business sales returning to around 2019 adjusted levels next year as well. Management believes the power systems division benefits from economic growth, which is something that fortunately many economists project a lot of in the coming year.Free cash flow in the future?Another reason I like the stock at the current Rolls-Royce share price is that the company expects to potentially generate a fair amount of free cash flow next year.In terms of estimates, management believes Rolls-Royce could make over £750m in free cash flow as early as 2022 assuming that the recovery in the flying hours is over 80% of 2019 levels and also the company makes 200–250 wide-body deliveries. The free cash flow projection excludes any potential impact from any disposals.With more free cash flow, management can do a lot more things. They can pay a dividend, reduce debt, or buy back some shares. They can invest in new organic opportunities or do M&A that could help add value or help them achieve goals faster as well.In terms of their aims, management has a goal of developing low carbon solutions for hybrid, hydrogen, and electric powered craft. I reckon having more free cash flow to fund research could help with that goal. If the market remains bullish on green stocks by that time and the market buys into Rolls-Royce becoming more ‘green’, I think there is the chance that Rolls-Royce shares could benefit from the perception.The Rolls-Royce share price: what I’d doWhile the company’s future to me looks better than current conditions, guidance is something that can change if circumstances change. If Covid-19 variants become more of a problem, the engine flying hours might not recover like management expects. If that happens, management could find it pretty difficult to achieve their free cash flow projections.In my view, however, I think the worst is probably behind the stock at least in terms of this pandemic and its effects. Global GDP is growing and the world has numerous different vaccine rollouts that are ongoing.I think there is a lot to like about Rolls-Royce, including the expected stronger year in 2022 and the anticipated positive free cash flow next year. As a result, I’d buy and hold Rolls-Royce shares. Rolls-Royce share price: 2 reasons why I’d buy after earnings Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report 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. 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If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 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. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 See all posts by Jay Yao Jay Yao | Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 | More on: RR last_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events In Kind Direct is Hampton Court Flower Show’s chosen charity Howard Lake | 18 January 2004 | News  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In Kind Direct, the charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to coordinate UK-wide in-kind giving, has been chosen as the benefiting charity of the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Charity Gala Preview on 5 July 2004. Organised in its bicentary year by the Royal Horticultural Society, which also benefits from the event, the Gala Preview to the world’s largest annual flower show should prove a valuable opportunity for In Kind Direct’s message to reach a large and influential audience.In Kind Direct provides a way for manufacturers and retailers to donate their mainly new surplus products to charity and at the same time reduce the amount dumped in landfill. 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_imgTHE University of Limerick Governing Authority has this Friday sanctioned the purchase of the Dunnes Stores site on Sarsfield Bridge in Limerick city to develop a UL City Campus.The university will purchase the site for €8 million.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In a further statement released by the University of Limerick, University President Dr Des Fitzgerald said in coming days and weeks the university will be “looking at the various options for developing our programmes within Limerick City, and at that stage start our planning process for the new campus.”Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins said, “This will remove one of the biggest eyesores in the city centre, and replace it with a new riverside city centre campus for UL.The Mayor added he was working closely with Limerick City and County Council and the university to facilitate the purchase of the site.“The 5,535 sq m shopping centre at Sarsfield Bridge has been left idle for years. Now, by replacing it with a new UL campus, we are opening up the entire riverside area between Sarsfield Bridge, Arthurs Quay,  the Potato Market and City Hall.”Mayor Collins mentioned the new campus “should be looked at now in the context of possible redevelopments at the Potato Market, the Opera Centre development, pedestrianisation of nearby O’Connell Street and a future education, tourism and retail plan for that area of the city between Sarsfield Bridge and City Hall”.“Today’s decision will be a game-changer for Limerick, the University and for businesses in the city centre,” he said.Dr Des Fitzgerald, UL President, said, “I am very happy to have the full support of the UL Governing Authority in our commitment to bring UL closer to the city centre. I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to revitalise a site in the city that has been lying vacant for so long.“It is fitting that UL’s presence in the city will be on the waterfront mirroring our magnificent riverside campus just four kilometres away,” he explained.“The UL City Campus will aim to bring together Law, Business, and Entrepreneurship in Technology and create a hub for developing and supporting enterprises in the city.“It will allow for the further development of existing collaborations with the practitioner base in business, law, education, health and the growing number of technology companies,” he added. New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience NewsEducationPoliticsUpdate: University of Limerick to purchase vacant Dunnes Stores site for €8 millionBy Staff Reporter – April 5, 2019 2805 Previous articleTreaty Talk EP60: National League success and Limerick SFC Opening roundNext articleLimerick city eyesore to get new lease of life Staff Reporter Vicky calls for right to die with dignity Twitter Advertisement Thefts of catalytic converters on the rise #crimeprevention Students in Limerick colleges to benefit from more than €1.5M funding to assist with online learning Printcenter_img TAGSdevelopmentDunes StoreseducationinvestmentLimerick CityNewspoliticsUniversity of Limerickurbanvacant property RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick schools urged to get involved in STEM challenge WhatsApp Facebook Linkedin Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Emaillast_img read more

first_img Google+ Derry death now being treated as murder Twitter WhatsApp NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest Google+ Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook Previous articleView video report on Letterkenny truckers protestNext articleBusiness evacuated following Bundoran gas explosion News Highland Police investigating the death of a man in Derry have upgraded their inquiry to murder.Paddy HarkinThe victim, who’s been named as Paddy Harkin, was assaulted in the Bayview Terrace area near Strand RoadPSNI station.Another man remains critically ill in hospital.One man is being questioned about the incident. Pinterestcenter_img Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – February 20, 2011 Twitter Facebook News Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleGardai appeal for information following fatal collisionNext articleWomen and children involved in burglary rings in rural Ireland News Highland Google+ Pinterest Snow and ice warning issued for Donegal Facebook Twitter WhatsApp A snow and ice warning has been issued for Donegal for tomorrow.Snow of up to 3cm is expected 7am until 6am on Friday morning.Liz Gavin, Meteorologist with Met Eireann outlines what’s expected:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications center_img Pinterest By News Highland – December 27, 2017 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

first_imgDuring his freshman year, senior James Hesburgh said he thought he was invincible when it came to downloading music and movies illegally off the Internet until he was caught. “Anyone who illegally downloads music online always thinks about getting caught, somehow … but you never know anyone who has personally been caught,” he said. “You never really think it will happen to you.” Though Hesburgh was cited for illegal online activity in October 2008, he did not receive notice of his infraction until the following July. He received an email from the Office of Residence Life & Housing saying he was in violation of du Lac, the Notre Dame student handbook. “They told me if they caught me again, they would turn me over to the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).” Hesburgh’s violation was one of hundreds of complaints the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) receives every year from various copyright holders. In a statement to The Observer, OIT said complaints have been on the rise. “The number of complaints received each year varies at the discretion of the copyright owners … Just [this] January we’ve received over 200 complaints. In 2011 it was closer to 3800; in 2010 it was around 850.  The copyright owners have also changed their tactics and priorities over the years.” Kathleen O’Leary, director of the Office of Residence Life, said Notre Dame does not track user activity on the University’s network. Rather, she said her office works with OIT to address any illegal activity brought to its attention by rights holders. “The Office of Residence Life collaborates with OIT to address alleged violations of the University’s Responsible Use of Information Technology Policy by following up with students in writing or by meeting with students in person when necessary,” she said. According to the Responsible Use of Information Technologies Policy, users of Notre Dame’s technology resources are expected to “comply with the law with respect to the rights of copyright owners in the use, distribution or reproduction of copyrighted materials, including but not limited to music or video files.” OIT’s statement states the Responsible Use of Information Technologies Policy holds students to the same standards of activity online as the University does in their everyday lives. “The use of University information technology resources, like the use of any other University-provided resource and like any other University-related activity, is subject to the requirements of legal and ethical behavior within our community.” The statement from OIT also states once these complaints are brought to Notre Dame, OIT itself looks into the matter. “When claims of inappropriate use of technology resources are reported to us, we reserve the right to investigate them,” the statement said. “When we find a violation, we refer the situation to the Office of Student Affairs for potential disciplinary action.” After bringing the complaints to the Office of Student affairs, the University works with the rights holders to resolve the issue at hand. “We typically provide assistance with interpreting the technical details received in a copyright owner’s complaint and identifying the individuals using the computers mentioned in the complaint,” the statement said. O’Leary said illegally downloading material is both a legal issue and a violation of University policy, and those who use Notre Dame technological resources in such a manner can face punishment from multiple avenues. “A copyright owner could choose to file suit against an individual student … Possible sanctions for a violation of the Responsible Use of Information Technologies Policy include written or verbal warnings, fines or community service,” she said. “Repeated violations would result in additional sanctions as outlined in du Lac.” In Hesburgh’s case, he only received a written warning. He said he stopped downloading files illegally after receiving the notification, and considers himself lucky to not have been punished worse. “No one knows anyone personally, you just hear horror stories and assume it won’t happen to you,” he said. “It’s almost like if you get caught, you’re just unlucky.” Hesburgh said he considers this culture of illegal downloading as generational. “I think our generation has an illegal downloading culture,” he said. “I think it just has extended to Notre Dame.” Hesburgh, who serves as a Residence Assistant (RA) in Alumni Hall, said his violation has not impacted his participation in any Notre Dame campus activities negatively. However, he said the infraction did come up in interviews for his current position. “It was a short meeting,” Hesburgh said. “Technically, [the violation] is a minor infraction compared to other things; it was still significant enough to bring up again three years later.” Overall, Hesburgh said he feels Notre Dame treated him fairly in how it handled his case. “I think [the Office of Residence Life & Housing] treated me fairly,” he said. “In fact, I appreciate the fact they protected me in the first round. They could have easily handed me over [to the rights holders].” This method of protecting, rather than prosecuting, seems to have a lasting effect, Hesburgh said. “The way they protected [me] made sure I didn’t have to [pay a fine, but] it scared me into never doing it again,” he said. “It was the best way to go about it.”last_img read more

first_imgResearchers in North Carolina have updated a risk assessment tool that empowers peanut farmers there to decide when a pest, weed or weather condition threatens yield enough to invest in fighting it.Along with updating the Peanut Risk Tool to be more usable in North Carolina, the work will make the resource available to extension specialists in other countries, as well, giving them the same ability to forecast risk and reward in the field. The project is funded through the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Peanut in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The North Carolina Peanut Risk Tool pulls together different stresses that might impact yield in a given year, allowing extension agents and farmers to see how threats may interact with one another and to make wise decisions about inputs and other investments. A particular pest might be threatening any time, but combined with other circumstances – late planting and dry weather, for example – could be devastating in a particular year.  Knowing how circumstances will work together to impact the crop can help farmers decide when to take action.The tool was originally developed around 2005 with support from the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association and the USDA.  “We had a written Peanut Information Guide, but as people began having greater internet access and electronic tools became more popular, we asked whether that guide could be incorporated into a risk tool,” said David Jordan, a North Carolina State University peanut extension specialist and principal investigator of the Peanut Innovation Lab’s risk tool project and another to create production packages for peanut in Ghana.Farmers worry about individual pests and problems, but also understand how multiple circumstances working together can make circumstances worse. Weighing the big-picture risk, farmers can consider the cost and benefit of each input, but it’s challenging to see that big picture without a tool.“All of the key elements were in the (older) written guide, but searching through the various chapters for answers to complex questions about how pests and practices interact could be challenging,” Jordan said.The risk tool made analysis easier and was popular for several years, but was limited by the computer language and code used to create it. Extension specialists couldn’t update the information and maintaining the tool became more cumbersome, because only a limited number of computer coders could do it.Jordan had an idea: If scientists could modernize the North Carolina risk tool and make it so that anyone could update it, not only would North Carolina farmers benefit, but the tool also could be exported to other places and used by extension specialists and farmers facing very different challenges.“Now, people like me can update the information regularly and keep the tool current and applicable,” Jordan said. “In the process people at other institutions across theglobe can take the tool and the instructions and make their own tool.”Refining the data to go into the tool – deciding how much weight to give certain pests – can push researchers to think about how stresses compound in the field and agree on the effects.“Making the tool forces scientists to build consensus. A number has to be entered in a category and cooperating scientists have to think across subject matter disciplines and climates. That’s an important intangible that the risk tool fosters cooperation through its construction,” Jordan said.The Peanut Innovation Lab provided funding to update the North Carolina Risk Tool as part of a quick-start project commissioned when the five-year innovation lab program started in 2018.Using the platform developed at North Carolina State University as a starting point, Jordan and other PIs can apply the technology to help develop risk tools for other countries. Work already is under way to develop a risk tool for Ghana, based on good agricultural practice maps and crop calendars for the production systems in two regions of the country. The proposed project will use the experiences with risk tool development in Ghana and North Carolina to develop risk tools for Malawi, Senegal, and Uganda.last_img read more

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Staff members often see strategic planning as unfamiliar and threatening. It means change, and especially in smaller organizations with long-tenured teams, change can be difficult and significantly disruptive. Employees need to understand that change will come whether they plan for it or not and that they have a much better chance of managing the future by considering what it means before it arrives.The key to engagement in planning discussions is the ability to move beyond the day-to-day to think about the bigger picture. Often people who are operationally strong can struggle to move past the way things currently work to think about the way things might be. The critical challenge is creating an environment that supports open sharing of ideas and perspectives without judgment (avoiding the 18-second manager problem, which is the topic of a great video from Tom Peters). Sometimes, those who are comfortable with strategy unintentionally intimidate those who are unexperienced because they push back too quickly or challenge or dismiss new and different ideas.It takes time for teams to form and become effective. That means expectations need to be defined before the process starts. You cannot suddenly bring staff into the process and expect them to be able to immediately acclimate to and engage with a group that has been together many times. The forming, storming, norming, performing stages need to happen, and that takes time. If you are including new people in the planning process, prepare them beforehand and make sure the entire team has experienced being together before the planning session takes place. You can’t just throw everyone into the room, ask them to think about the future and expect them to engage in a meaningful way. continue reading »last_img read more