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Halfords hit by car centre sales slump

first_imgThursday 7 April 2011 8:04 pm Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Share whatsapp Halfords hit by car centre sales slump HALFORDS yesterday warned that a dip in sales at its Autocentre servicing shops had forced it to lower its profit forecast. Halfords estimated a year to 1 April pre-tax profit of between £124m and £127m, with group sales of £869m and gross margins broadly flat.The estimate was slightly down on the £127.6m pencilled in by analysts. Sales from stores open at least a year fell by 6.8 per cent in the 13 weeks to 1 April. Like-for-like sales from Nationwide Autocentres fell by 1.4 per cent. Within this, like-for-like car maintenance sales fell by 11.7 per cent, while car enhancement sales fell by 8.8 per cent. But the retailer, whose traditional bicycle and car parts business was last year supplemented by the purchase of Autocentres, announced a share buyback of up to £75m.Chief executive David Wild said: “Having to lower a profit forecast is obviously disappointing, The bad weather early in the winter meant that our autocentres were busier than they have been more recently. “However, the performance overall is flat. We have been encouraged by our cycle sales across premium and other ranges.” He said that the rate of growth the company had targeted for the Autocentres would be slower, but he was still confident it had been a shrewd acquisition. Thirty new centres will open this year, the company confirmed, while a new advertising campaign will be launched next week.Kate Calvert, analyst at Seymour Pierce, said: “We remain concerned that management has pruned the cost base back too far in the retail business and will have to put more cost back in to drive sales.” whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ KCS-content last_img read more

Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgMeridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Support Services sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMeridian-Marshall Holding Company Limited (Marshalls) is a public educational initiative of Meridian Pre-University (PMU) which provides career-orientated post-secondary education courses as well as degree and diploma programmes for high school graduates and working adults in African and internationally. The company offers business-orientated degree and diploma programmes for students wishing to enter the fields of business management, arts and social sciences, modern languages, information technology, and hospitality and tourism. WASSCS graduates and working adults attend Microsoft-certified courses to improve their business technology skills. Other post-graduate courses on offer include engineering, law, communication, medicine and practical job skills. Marshalls is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to operate as a tertiary institution and is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Microsoft Technology Academy in the USA. Marshalls is based in Accra, Ghana. Meridian-Marshall Holdings is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget cash, buy-to-let and Premium Bonds. I’d buy UK shares now in a Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens | Sunday, 17th January, 2021 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” The performance of UK shares over the last year may have dissuaded many investors from buying them. Their volatile performance, as well as indexes such as the FTSE 100 still being down on their pre-coronavirus levels, may mean some investors look elsewhere when deciding which assets to hold.Despite this, the long-term prospects for the UK stock market continue to be upbeat. It has a long track record of growth, which could make it a more attractive option than assets such as cash, buy-to-let properties and Premium Bonds.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…As such, now could be the right time to use a tax-efficient account such as a Stocks and Shares ISA to capitalise on low valuations present across the stock market.Investing in UK shares to generate high returnsThe past performance of UK shares shows they’ve consistently produced high returns over a long time period. For example, the FTSE 250 has returned 9% per annum on a total return basis over the last 20 years. During this time it’s experienced numerous declines. But investors who’ve used a simple buy-and-hold strategy are likely to have outperformed most other mainstream assets.Now could be an opportune moment to buy a range of FTSE 350 shares. In many cases, they’ve not yet recovered from the 2020 market crash. This suggests they may offer good value for money. A long-term economic recovery could boost their financial performances and allow them to command higher share prices.The relative appeal of stocksWhile UK shares are likely to be more volatile than other assets, their return prospects could make them much more appealing. For example, cash and Premium Bonds are unlikely to produce generous returns over the coming years as a result of low interest rates. The Bank of England may be cautious when it comes to monetary policy tightening. That’s because it has the potential to stifle an economic recovery.Meanwhile, buy-to-let properties may offer more limited returns in future than they have done in the past. High house prices and tax changes could make the sector less attractive to investors. Meanwhile, an economic slowdown may curb demand among first-time buyers. This may result in a more challenging period for investors in the sector.Investing in a Stocks and Shares ISAA simple and low-cost means of capitalising on low valuations among UK shares is through a Stocks and Shares ISA. No tax is levied on capital gains made within, or dividends received from, an ISA. This could equate to higher net returns versus a bog-standard sharedealing account.Therefore, now could be the right time to open an ISA and start buying undervalued shares. Holding them over the long run may certainly produce significantly higher returns than are available from other popular assets. See all posts by Peter Stephens Forget cash, buy-to-let and Premium Bonds. I’d buy UK shares now in a Stocks and Shares ISA Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Cuba’s Mariela Castro receives LGBT Equality Award

first_imgMariela Castro EspínMariela Castro Espín, the director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX) in Havana, Cuba, and a deputy of Cuba’s parliament, the National Assembly of People’s Power, spoke at the Equality Forum in Philadelphia on May 3.Castro Espín has spearheaded a number of campaigns over the last decade to promote acceptance of LGBT Cubans and to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS on the island. She successfully lobbied the Cuban government to begin offering free sex-reassignment surgery under the country’s national health care system in 2010. Observers have credited Cuba’s condom distribution campaign and sexual education curriculum with producing one of the world’s lowest HIV infection rates. Cubans with the virus also have access to free anti-retroviral drugs through the country’s health care system.Sarah Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas; Wilfredo Labiosa of the group, Acceso; and Philadelphia resident Ada Bella, who emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 1958 were the other panelists, all of whom praised Cuba’s LGBT policies.In response to a question about the legacy of “machismo” there, Castro Espín said there are some people in Cuba opposed to gay marriage, but that changing their minds is a process, done through discussion. “We want everybody to have the same rights,” she said, speaking about the leadership of the revolution’s long history of fighting against racism and for women’s equality, “I think that same-sex couples should have the same rights.”There was no hostility toward the Cuban revolution expressed from the six audience members who asked questions. Castro Espín later received the International Ally for LGBT Equality Award.A video of Mariela Castro Espín’s talk in New York City is at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPyBdQHqOgc.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Call for return of material seized from two French TV reporters

first_img February 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for return of material seized from two French TV reporters RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en News News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists Reporters Without Borders calls on the Moroccan authorities to return the video footage and other material they seized from two French journalists who were deported today after being arresting yesterday in Rabat for filming without permission.Police arrested the two journalists, Jean-Louis Perez and Pierre Chautard of the Premières Lignes agency, at the headquarters of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights. Reporters Without Borders regards their arrest and the confiscation of their material as a disgraceful act of censorship.“There can be absolutely no justification for trying to intimidate journalists by ostentatiously following them, arresting them in a heavy-handed manner and searching their hotel room,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire.“The Moroccan authorities clearly wanted to prevent this documentary being made and to obtain information about the journalists’ sources. Morocco cannot censor French journalists who requested permission to film without getting a reply. We demand the immediate return of the material they filmed.”Perez and Chautard went to Morocco to make a documentary about the economy and human rights for the France 3 TV channel. Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 15, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Timetable for Mica Redress roll out expected next week

first_img Pinterest It’s hoped that the first meeting of Donegal County Council’s Mica Redress Committee next week will see the publication of a timetable for the roll out of the scheme, and the process by which affected householders can apply.Inishowen Municipal District Cathaoirleach Martin Mc Dermott says next Thursday will be a very important day for all those affected by Mica:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/MmggfhgfhgfhMicaWEB.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – February 14, 2020 Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleStorm Denis: Forecasters warn to expect coastal floodingNext articleFort Dunree could be in line for major funding boost News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thcenter_img WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Timetable for Mica Redress roll out expected next week WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction last_img read more

Employers get age bias alert

first_imgEmployers get age bias alertOn 16 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Employers have been urged to overhaul their recruitment, retention and promotion procedures ahead of the EU anti-discrimination directive on age becoming law in 2006.The head of HR at airline Easyjet, Nigel Connolly, told a Recruitment Society seminar in London last week, “Employers have nothing to fear if age diversity policies are incorporated into their equal opportunities procedures. “However if employers are discriminating on the basis of age, they should be prosecuted.”He called on employers to examine job adverts to ensure there is no age bias.The Government has until 2006 to translate the EU’s anti-discrimination directive into UK laws. The directive is designed to outlaw discrimination against people at work on the grounds of religion, age, disability or sexual orientation. A senior employment lawyer warned that employers might not have until 2006 to enact changes. Jonathan Exten-Wright, partner at DLA’s City office, said, “If the other legislation on sexual orientation has to come into force in 2003, there is a likelihood that an equal opportunities-driven government will propose to bring in the rest of the legislation at this time.” Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Movements and diving behaviour of white-chinned petrels: diurnal variation and implications for bycatch mitigation

first_img1. Many seabirds dive to forage, and the ability to use this hunting technique varies according to such factors as morphology, physiology, prey availability, and ambient light levels. Proficient divers are more able to seize sinking baits deployed by longline fishing vessels and may return them to the surface, increasing exposure of other species. Hence, diving ability has major implications for mitigating incidental mortality (bycatch) in fisheries.2. Here, the diving behaviour and activity patterns of the most bycaught seabird species worldwide, the white‐chinned petrel (Procellaria aequinoctialis), tracked from Bird Island (South Georgia), are analysed. Three data sources (dives, spatial movements, and immersion events) are combined to examine diverse aspects of at‐sea foraging behaviour, and their implications for alternative approaches to bycatch mitigation are considered.3. The tracked white‐chinned petrels (n = 14) mostly performed shallow dives (<3 m deep) of very short duration (<5 s), predominantly during darkness, but only 7 and 10% of landings in daylight and darkness, respectively, involved diving, suggesting that surface‐seizing is the preferred foraging technique. Nonetheless, individuals were able to dive to considerable depth (max = 14.5 m) and at speed (max = 2.0 m·s−1), underlining the importance of using heavy line‐weighting to maximize hook sink rates, and bird‐scaring lines (Tori lines) that extend for long distances behind vessels to protect hooks until beyond diving depths.last_img read more

Oxford students charged £92,254 in overdue library fines in 2015-16

first_imgOxford students were charged £92,254.70 in University library fines for overdue items in the 2015-16 academic year, figures show.A Freedom of Information (FOI) request, seen by Cherwell, shows that the University’s Bodleian Libraries charged undergraduate students £59,360.73 in overdue fees, while postgraduate students were charged a further £32,893.97. The money relates only to books returned after their due date.Bodleian Libraries said this money was “spent on buying additional copies to alleviate the inconvenience to other users who could not access a book they needed because it was returned late.”The latest figures follow continued controversy surrounding fines against Oxford students by both Colleges and the University. Last month, a Cherwell investigation found that 14% of Oxford Colleges have fined their students over £25,000 since 2010. 95% of fines levied by Colleges were library, lost book, or administrative fines.Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries constitute a group of 32 libraries across the University. While fine policies differ among the libraries, the majority charge 20p per day for overdue standard loan items, while short loan books are charged at £1 each day past the due date. Overnight loans are charged at 50p per hour.If a reader reaches total fines of over £10, they must be paid before the reader can continue to borrow.A Bodleian Libraries spokesperson told Cherwell: “Fines are a standard procedure used across libraries to ensure that materials are returned on time and thus made as widely available as possible to all readers.“The money from fines is reinvested into the Libraries.“The total amount per fine is relatively low, an average of 87p per fine.”last_img read more

Ocean City Police Department Weekly Activity Report February 11-17

first_imgOcean City Public Safety Building Calls for Service: 572        Daily Average: 82February 11, 2018: SundayCalls for service: 75 Stops: 21 Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 40      Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 7 Fire and 9 EMS callsWarrant, 2400 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 12:54pmMotor vehicle accident, 10th St. & Wesley Ave., at 7:47pmFebruary 12, 2018: MondayCalls for service: 65 Stops: 12   Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 26      Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 10 Fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, 1000 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 10:58amTheft, 3300 block West Ave., at 4:51pmFebruary 13, 2018: TuesdayCalls for service: 83Stops: 29   Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 28    Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 2 fire and 5 EMS callsCriminal mischief, 100 block 7th St., at 10:46amFebruary 14, 2018: WednesdayCalls for service: 92Stops: 34   Accidents: 1     Property Checks: 28      Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 3 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 1100 block Asbury Ave., at 4:02pmFraud, 300 block Central Ave., at 4:56pmFebruary 15, 2018: ThursdayCalls for service: 102 Stops: 31   Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 33       Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 11 fire and 4 EMS callsCDS, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 5:40amAssault, Moorlyn Terr., at 8:52amWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 9:28amFebruary 16, 2018: FridayCalls for service: 93 Stops: 35   Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 34    Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 1 fire and 1 EMS callsFraud, 3300 block Simpson Ave., at 11:16amTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 1:14pmCDS, 34th St., at 7:34pmFebruary 17, 2018: SaturdayCalls for service: 61Stops: 13   Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 27    Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 6 Fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 12:30amFraud, Asbury Rd., at 11:00amTheft, Moorlyn Terr., at 1:08pmWarrant, 900 block Pleasure Ave., one in custody, at 1:20pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all motor vehicle laws similar to that of a motor vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway.State Law requires that all snow and ice be removed from your vehicle prior to driving on any roadway(39:4-77.1)last_img read more