Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) 2017 abridged results.Company ProfileEdgars Stores Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The company retails a range of high-quality casualwear clothing, footwear and accessories for children, ladies and gents in branded stores in Zimbabwe. The company operates three divisions: Edgars Chain, Jet Chain and Manufacturing. Its fashion retail outlets fall under the Edgars and Jet brands, with the retail brand Express falling under Jet Stores. Edgars Stores Limited also manufacture and retail a range of locally-made clothing; acquiring the Carousel Clothing factory in 1974 and the Jeans Company in 1993. Its core business is casualwear and accessories with a subsidiary division providing funeral and hospital insurance services. Edgars was founded in 1946 and today, is the market leader in casualwear and accessories in Zimbabwe. Its headquarters are in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Image source: Getty Images. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! The Unilever (LSE: ULVR) share price has fallen to levels not seen since the pandemic-induced stock market crash of 2020. In contrast to some of my Foolish colleagues, I think this might represent a great buying opportunity. Let me explain.Unilever share price: Groundhog Day?Back in March, investors sold what they could to preserve their capital. As one of the biggest (and therefore most ‘liquid’) UK stocks, it was perhaps inevitable that a FTSE 100 juggernaut like Unilever would be sacrificed by so many in the stampede.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…Even so, that sell-off was scary. From mid-February to mid-March, Unilever’s share price fell almost 20%! Despite riding the recovery wave like so many other UK stocks since then, it’s now sunk back to below the 4,000p mark. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I can understand why this must be frustrating for committed ‘buy-and-hold’ investors, particularly those who began buying back in August 2019 when the Unilever share price had climbed to almost 5,200p. So, what’s going on?Why has Unilever sold off again?There may be a few reasons. Chief among these is how the company is currently trading. Put simply, Unilever’s recent set of full-year numbers fell short of analysts’ expectations. At a time when many consumer staple stocks are benefiting from multiple lockdowns, the £100bn cap is struggling to increase profits.Another reason is that Unilever just isn’t a very exciting business. How could it possibly compete with the hype and noise associated with (temporary?) market darlings such as US electric car maker Tesla? To use another example, why would anyone leap at the top-tier giant when there are some UK stocks climbing 200% in just one week?I get it — Unilever is boring, boring, boring. But that’s why I like it. Moreover, investment decisions should never be made on just a single year’s earnings, at least in my opinion. We need to look at the big picture.Quality stockIn many ways, Unilever is still the great defensive company it’s always been. Here are a few attractions that jump out at me. Consistently high margins and returns on capitalA truly global playerA reliable dividend payerManageable levels of net debtStrong corporate governance and ‘green’ credentialsA monster portfolio of brands/products that people repeatedly buy. The FTSE 100 has some great stocks and some truly awful laggards. Based on the above, Unilever is surely in the former camp.Another optionOf course, no business is perfect. Unilever’s growth rate is admittedly sluggish (although I think the beauty division is destined to bounce back when lockdowns lift). Moreover, not every investor will want to own the shares directly due to their risk tolerance and/or investing horizon.This being the case, a fund holding a substantial portion of its money in the FTSE 100 giant might be more appropriate. Clearly, there’s no shortage of candidates here. Star stock-picker Nick Train, for example, has 8.8% of his near-£6.5bn LF Lindsell Train UK Equity fund invested in the company. That’s a conviction holding if I ever saw one! Unilever share price: the bottom lineUnilever’s average price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio over the last five years has been a little under 21. Given that it now trades on just 17 times earnings, I think this stock could prove an absolute steal in time. The time to buy quality is when it goes on sale. This may be the case now with Unilever. 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1 COMMENT Please enter your comment! What about Apopka City Hall? Any Valentine marriage ceremonies scheduled? That young couple that got all decked out, and showed up to get married awhile back, was great! They were a gorgeous couple. Mayor, are you ready, if a couple shows up to get married on Valentine’s Day? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 From the Orange County Clerk of Courts Did you recently get engaged? Are you planning to pop the question? The Orange County Clerk of Courts Office will perform special wedding ceremonies on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2018.The ceremonies will be held at the Clerk of Court’s newly renovated ceremony room at the downtown Orlando Courthouse.“I want to provide a special day for couples getting married at the courthouse, and our newly updated and beautiful ceremony room is a great way to do this,” said Clerk Tiffany Moore Russell.For Valentine’s Day only, couples will receive a package which includes the wedding ceremony fee, a reserved appointment time in the newly renovated ceremony room, a commemorative certificate, and wedding photos on a flash drive to remember the important milestone for a $50 fee.Celebratory cupcakes will also be served. Please note that appointments are available only on February 14, 2018 at the downtown Orlando Courthouse location. These reserved times mean shorter wait times and make it easier for couples to invite family and friends to their special day.To reserve your appointment, go to our website at www.myorangeclerk.com.Marriage ceremonies are also available any day including Valentine’s Day at our Apopka, Ocoee, and Winter Park branches for the usual $30 fee without an appointment. Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom January 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm Mama Mia Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Previous articleApopka Cops and Firefighters compete to defeat Cystic Fibrosis this weekendNext articleWhat are the top complaints the Orange County Consumer Fraud Unit hears? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture OfficeBuilding Engineer:JGStructures:Mecanismo de estructurasContributors:Jose Javier Gonzalez, Fernando Arenas, Ines DelgadoConstruction:Isolux CorsanDirector:Iñaqui CarniceroTechnical Architect:Juan José MoyaProject:Iñaqui carnicero, Ignacio Vila, Alejandro VirsedaCity:MadridCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture OfficeRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. The competition required us to adhere to specific restrictions: alignments with the existing urban fabric, the site’s chamfered corner, setbacks for attics, and specific building heights. In the surrounding neighborhood, these constraints have created very monotonous and repetitive buildings that differ from each other merely by the color of brick used in their construction.Save this picture!Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture OfficeIn order to prevent our building from falling victim to the homogeneous surroundings, we took the generic shape that was given as a constraint and used it as a starting point for the design. We capitalized on the corner chamfer, repeating it multiple times on the overall building volume. These chamfers were used not for their representational value, but rather for their performative logic. The chamfered corner first determines the building’s sectional organization, after which the three-meter setbacks are applied to the roof, creating spaces for attics. The building’s faceted surface recalls images of a giant rock, and a series of voids penetrate the facade, altering and determining the location of different rooms within each apartment. On the interior, the sloped planes create attractive double-height spaces: a superior living space when compared to the typical standard apartment. Ultimately, the overall form of the building can be characterized as a series of beveling operations that generate sloped facades which lack a clearly recognizable scale: floor heights, window dimensions, and entrance locations become blurred.Save this picture!Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture OfficeInstead of arranging two symmetrical apartments on either side of a hallway, we proposed a cluster of three living units per access core, thus optimizing the mechanical performance of the building. The intense green color that was used in various areas of the building was inspired by its adjacent neighbor. In doing so, our L-shaped building becomes a defining corner piece that completes and connects the entire perimeter block.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessBeyond the Tent: Why Refugee Camps Need Architects (Now More than Ever)ArticlesPublic School 158 Bayard Taylor Library / A*PT ARCHITECTUREArticlesProject locationAddress:Madrid, SpainLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/437143/social-housing-in-madrid-inaqui-carnicero-architecture-oficce Clipboard Projects Social Housing in Madrid / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office 2012 2012 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/437143/social-housing-in-madrid-inaqui-carnicero-architecture-oficce Clipboard CopyAbout this officeIñaqui Carnicero Architecture OfficeOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingMadridResidentialSpainPublished on October 14, 2013Cite: “Social Housing in Madrid / Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture Office” 14 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 4 May 2000 | News 14 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Red Cross Week TV ad on the Web The British Red Cross is running a regional TV ad as part of this year’s Red Cross Week. See the ad on the Web at UK Fundraising. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Howard Lake | 19 June 2015 | News 51 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis [youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUggbKDFR0[/youtube]Stephen Mallinson Chief Executive of Localgiving, added:“Child poverty is clearly a hugely important issue, so it’s great to be collaborating with the Childhood Trust to run this campaign… Match funding has proven to be incredibly successful at stimulating online donations, so we’re really hoping to see the Summer Smiles campaign raise awareness and generate extra support for these vital grassroots organisations this July.”Donations that can qualify for the match giving campaign should be made via the Summer Smiles section of Localgiving from 7-28 July 2015. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Online giving platform Localgiving is to run a matched giving campaign during July to raise funds for charities working with vulnerable school children in London during the summer holidays.The matched funding comes from The Childhood Trust, which will be matching at random £10 donations made during the campaign to any of over 30 London-based charities.The Childhood Trust Summer Smiles campaign will match 500 £10 donations from 7 – 28 July 2015.Summer Give campaignThis matched giving campaign follows The Childhood Trust’s successful one-week matched funding campaign The Summer Give, which last month raised £527,000 for a similar group of London charities.The Trust says that 40% of children in London are living in poverty. For the most vulnerable of these children, the summer holidays can often be a very lonely time lacking in stimulation and, in some cases, a proper meal. The charities taking part in the Childhood Trust Summer Smiles campaign are all delivering programmes that will provide disadvantaged children across the capital with some stability over the summer holidays.The campaign is a pilot for future collaborations.Lisa Gagliani MBE, CEO of The Childhood Trust said:“We believe every child in London deserves the possibility of a happy, safe childhood. We also recognise that there is more demand for local grassroots community providers during the summer and that volunteer fundraisers are also often less active due to their own holidays. We wanted to do something to stimulate modest donations to great causes by local people, for children in their own communities.” Advertisement Tagged with: Localgiving London matched giving Localgiving to run match-funding campaign for London school children About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Twitter Facebook Linkedin ReddIt Christmas in the StockyardsA member of the Fort Worth Herd gets in the Christmas spirit.Deep in the heart of Cowtown, Fort Worth residents can enjoy the annual celebration of Christmas in the stock yards. The event is Dec. 5 from 12 to 5 p.m.. There will be events such as the Fort Worth Herd Cow Camp, holiday face painting and Armadillo Races.Guests can also take their picture with Cowboy Santa and enjoy the Christmas in the Stockyards Parade at 4 p.m.. The daily Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drives will also take place at the usual 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. times. The event is free to the community. Find out more at: http://www.fortworthstockyards.org/Event.aspx?eId=79. printThe holiday season has come to Cowtown, and there are many different festivals to enjoy for those looking to celebrate.A Picture Perfect CandlelightMammoth Jack Donkeys Nip and Tuck give visitors carriage rides during the annual Candlelight Celebration.The Dallas Heritage Village is hosting its 44th Annual Candlelight Celebration with the theme, “A Picture Perfect Candlelight.” The event runs from Dec. 12-13 from 3 to 9 p.m. Visitors will experience how holiday traditions were celebrated in the late 1800s with gleeful carolers, holiday storytelling, hand-weaving, blacksmithing, interpreters in traditional costume, and more.Kids can also make their own holiday crafts or tell St. Nicholas what they want for Christmas. If visitors get hungry, there will be food trucks selling festive foods. Tickets at the gate are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 65+ and $8 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under and museum members are free. However tickets can also be bought online for a discount. Find out more at: https://www.dallasheritagevillage.org/candlelight/KwanzaaFestThis year\’s Kwanzaa Fest will feature a \”Step Up\” competition.The 25th annual Kwanzaa Fest is being held Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Automobile Building at the Fair Park in Dallas. The festival will feature a series of free mini concerts that range from local performers to national recording artists. Each act will last around five minutes. Performers who wish to audition can fill out an application and send it in before Dec. 6.There will also be 28 participating vendors, such as Honeyed Almond Accessories, Cute & Kinky, LLC and Green Mountain. In addition, there will be 20 local exhibitors, such as, African Art, Clothing, Jewelry, Soaps and Oils, Computer Services and Products and Publishing Companies. The event is hosted by the District Three Dallas County Commissioner, John Wiley Price. Admission is free, and vistors can learn more at: http://www.johnwileyprice.com/kwanzaa-main.phpTexas Christkindl MarketThis open-air holiday market was inspired by the German holiday tradition of Christkindl, which is the name by which some children in South East Germany call Santa. This market will be held next to Globe Life Park in Arlington from Nov. 27 – Dec. 23. Opening day the market will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. and for the rest of the season it will be open Sunday-Friday from 12 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.Traditional German dancing at the Texas Christkindl Market.Visitors can take a break from the shopping to spend some time at the Snow Playground and Snow Throw, the Gingerbread Haus Decorating Workshop or the North Pole Texas Marionette Show. Kids can also enjoy storytelling, a carousel and pony rides. Admission to the market is free, but different activities have different prices. Find out more at: http://txchristkindlmarket.com/. CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! 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Children of the congregation have been working together to build the menorah, and after Chanukah all the legos will be donated to local children’s charities.Children at the Ahavath Sholom synagogue work on the lego menorah for the celebration.In addition to the menorah, the event will feature latkes, funnel cakes and cookies. There will also be different games for kids to play. The celebration is open to all members of the community, and Mayor Betsy Price, along with the Chief of Police are expected to attend. No reservation is needed. Find out more at: http://ahavathsholom.org/ Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ + posts Facebook A burger, fries and a drink in The Main: $4.47. The same meal at Wendy’s: $3.89. Being able to eat out on send home: priceless.Using meal cards to eat off campus could be a reality for students in the future, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills said in an e-mail interview. 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Help by sharing this information November 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist found dead 13 days after being abducted Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” RSF_en IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa February 15, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan News December 28, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders today condemned the murder of Iraqi freelance journalist Abdelmajid Ismael Khalil and urged the police to carry out a proper investigation. Khalil, who worked for several national dailies, was kidnapped on 18 October in the east Baghdad neighbourhood of Jamila by gunmen who surrounded his car and forced him to go with them. Local police found his body 13 days later in the same neighbourhood.He was the 127th journalist to be killed in Iraq since the start of the war. He was also the 52nd journalist to be kidnapped. Four journalists are still being held by their abductors. December 16, 2020 Find out more
BurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Disappearances In a protest staged by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), an enormous pile of envelopes symbolizing the 11,000 signatures on an RSF petition for an investigation into Burundian journalist Jean Bigirimana’s disappearance was deposited outside the Burundian embassy in Paris at this morning. Organisation Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention Reports The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa BurundiAfrica Condemning abuses Disappearances October 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 5, 2020 Find out more News November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further RSF_en A garbage truck dumped the 11,000 envelopes in the street outside the embassy at 10 a.m. as activists chanted: “Where is Jean Bigirimana?” After hesitating, an embassy representative came out and took the 250 pages of signatures collected by RSF. “We call on Burundi to open an official investigation to determine exactly what happened to Jean Bigirimana,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Is he being held by the intelligence services? Was he killed? Not knowing has become a living hell for his family and colleagues. “Burundi withdrew from the International Criminal Court in mid-October and has said UN investigators are not welcome in the country. If the government disputes the international community’s legitimacy on justice and human rights issues, why doesn’t it investigate Bigirimana’s disappearance itself? “There is no disputing the fact that Bigirimana disappeared and that the bodies of two people who had died violently were found near the last place he was seen. So why this deafening silence? If the government has nothing to hide, why doesn’t it do everything possible to find out who is responsible for his disappearance?” After getting a phone call from a source, Bigirimana went to meet the source in Muramvya, a small town 50 km east of Bujumbura, on 22 July. Witnesses reported seeing him there with members of the National Intelligence Service (SNR). It was the last time he was seen. The authorities initially said they were holding Bigirimana but then retracted and thereafter said nothing. In response to their silence, Bigirimana’s colleagues at Iwacu began looking for him. A few days later, members of the police and emergency services joined the search. At the start of August, two bodies were found in a river downstream from Muramvya but their condition was such that identification was difficult. One of the bodies was headless. Bigirimana’s wife thought that neither of them was her husband but could not be sure. Nonetheless, no autopsies or DNA analyses were carried out. For about three weeks, Bigirimana’s wife received calls from people identifying themselves as judges or SNR intermediaries who told her not to worry and to be patient. Was this just cruelty or was he still alive? One hundred days later there is still no answer to the question of what happened to this journalist. Tension is mounting steadily in Burundi as a result of a political crisis that began in the spring of 2015, and a UN report published last month spoke of a risk of genocide. Meanwhile, almost no independent media outlets are now operating inside the country. The clampdown began when Radio Publique Africaine, a very popular privately-owned radio station, was suspended in April 2015. All other privately-owned radio stations were closed down the following month on the official grounds that they had to be investigated. The investigation was never concluded and may never have started. Since then, only two radio stations have been allowed to reopen – in March of this year. One is Radio Rema, a government mouthpiece. The other is Radio Isanganiro, whose manager Anne Niyuhire was fired for allowing a tame version of the station to resume operating. She had fled abroad in 2015 was still there when dismissed. Although Radio Isanganiro’s managers and editors have taken many precautions, they have repeatedly been summoned to the president’s office for questioning about their reports. The news editor was fired earlier this month. The journalists still working in Burundi are constantly subjected to threats and intimidation and there is no sign of any let-up in the harassment. In one recent case, a policeman beat up Infos Grands Lacs reporter Nestor Ndayitwayeko in a bar just because he was a journalist. Boaz Ntaconayigize, a Bonesha FM journalist living in exile in Kampala, was stabbed on 1 August by persons he identified as Burundian intelligence agents. Buja FM journalist Gisa Steve Ira-Koze was arrested in a bar in Gatumba, 10 km west of Bujumbura, on 18 August and was held for several days. Voice of America journalist Fidélité Ishatse was arrested during a reporting visit to the southeastern town of Rutana on 7 October and was held for several hours on the grounds that she had not shown her accreditation to the local authorities on arrival, although she often does reporting in the region. These examples are all indicative of the extent to which freedom of information is almost non-existent now in Burundi, which fell 11 places in the past year in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 156th out of 180 countries. This small central African country was often cited as a regional example of media freedom and pluralism until President Pierre Nkurunziza triggered the crisis in 2015 by deciding to hold on to power and run for a third term. For more cases of media freedom violations in Burundi, click here. News October 28, 2016 Journalist missing for 100 days: RSF dumps 11,000 envelopes outside Burundian embassy in Paris News Follow the news on Burundi