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More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Harvey Jones | Thursday, 14th May, 2020 | More on: GRG SMWH Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Harvey Jones Enter Your Email Address The stock market crash has thrown up plenty of opportunities for investors looking to buy FTSE 250 shares. WH Smith Group (LSE: SMWH) is just one that catches the eye.Last time I looked at the retailer in January, it was flying high due to its booming global travel business. Since Covid-19, the WH Smith share price has crashed by around two thirds, from around 2,500p to today’s 906p. This pushes it deep into bargain territory. While risky, I think it looks a tempting long-term buy-and-hold.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…Today’s half-year results only ran to 29 February, and show little impact from the pandemic. Group revenue rose 7%, but fell 1% on a like-for-like basis. Travel revenue rose 19%, following the takeovers of US retailers InMotion and MRG, or 2% like-for-like. That’s ancient history though.I’d buy FTSE 250 sharesIn April, group total revenue unsurprisingly fell 85%. Travel revenue crashed 91% and high street revenue dropped 74%, despite continuing to trade in 130 hospitals and many post offices. The closure of its airport stores will continue to hurt, until the world starts flying again.The one bright spot is that online revenues have grown, with book sales up 400% in April. After recent fundraising, its liquidity reserves stand at around £400m, giving it some security.The crashing WH Smith’s share price may be an opportunity for investors who baulked at its shabby high-street outlets and overlooked its whizzy travel business. Management has the funds to sit out the slump, but the big question now is when does the recovery come?That’s out of management’s hands of course. The hope is that people will start travelling, as soon as they’re free to do so. Some will be nervous, others will be desperate to get away. Train station outlets should see some pickup, as people edge nervously back to work. When the recovery comes, WH Smith could fly again. This could prove a tempting contrarian buy for brave, long-haul investors. Just remember there’s no dividend right now.Tasty but priceyHigh street baker Greggs (LSE: GRG) is still closed for business, which is bad news for fans of its sausage rolls and Steak Bakes. It had planned to open multiple stores in the first half of this month, but shelved them over fears of crowding.Greggs is trialling reopenings as customers creep out of lockdown and they’ll be hungry for they’re old favourites.The Greggs share price has roughly halved since January, although it picked up during the recent stock market rebound. This suggests investors haven’t lost faith. Obviously, the pandemic is a disaster and the after-effects could rumble on. Sales could take a double hit from job losses, as incomes fall and commuter numbers shrink.I’ve almost stopped looking at P/E values because the crisis has rendered so many meaningless, but I’m worried to see Greggs trading at a pricey 16 times earnings. Those earnings will take time to recover. It’s a long-term buy, but possibly an even braver one. Image source: Getty Images.
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Coronation Street star fronts Alzheimer’s Society direct mail appeal Tagged with: Celebrity Individual giving Johnny Briggs (who plays Mike Baldwin in the ITV soap Coronation Street) has signed up to front the Alzheimer’s Society’s new fundraising appeal to raise funds for the charity’s work.The direct mail campaign, which refers to a Coronation Street story line concerning the disease and to real life examples of how people and families are affected, will begin to land on Tuesday 4 April.The Society hopes that the mailing will take advantage of the popularity of the soap, which has 17 million viewers, to increase its donor base and public understanding of the disease. Advertisement 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 April 2006 | News 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
About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 12 January 2016 | News Information on how to access the match funding is available on the .gov site for both Storm Desmond and Storm Eva. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities now have until 5th February to apply to have the funds they raise to help flood-hit communities matched by the Government.Applications for match funding can be made by any registered charities currently running a fundraising appeal to help those areas affected by December’s Storm Desmond and Storm Eva.The Government has pledged to give £2 million in match funding, with an additional £1 million already received by the Cumbria Community Foundation and Community Foundation for Lancashire joint appeal.In total, the Government has committed £200 million to aiding flood recovery, with new plans to extend this with grants to reimburse fire and rescue authorities whose efforts to protect flooded communities have resulted in excessive costs.Communities secretary Greg Clark said:“Charities and community organisations have worked tirelessly to support those affected by the recent floods. That’s why I’m extending the deadline for them to apply for the funds they have raised to be matched pound for pound up to £2 million, giving them the extra time they need to get the information to us. This is a key part of the £200 million package of support we’re offering flood-affected areas, to help households and businesses get back on their feet.” Extra time to apply for Government flood match-funding Tagged with: disaster matched giving statutory 36 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Striking IBEW Local 3 workers picket Spectrum at 43 W. 23rd St., New York City, July 6, 2017.The New York state Public Service Commission rescinded the Charter/Time Warner merger on July 27. It effectively threw Charter, the second largest cable provider in the country, out of the state. The commission’s counsel also filed for additional penalties in New York’s trial-level Supreme Court.The PSC’s news release read: “Charter, doing business as Spectrum, has — through word and deed — made clear that it has no intention of providing the public benefits” on which the PSC based its approval of the merger on Jan. 8, 2016. The PSC also ordered Charter to pay $1 million to New York for missing its deadlines. “Charter is not interested in the public good,” the PSC said, just in “lining its pockets.”Spectrum had agreed to deliver broadband speed of 100 Mbps statewide by the end of 2018 and 300 Mbps by the end of 2019. It also had agreed to build out its networks to underserved homes and businesses in less densely populated areas of the state. Although Spectrum was only 40-percent compliant, it launched an advertising campaign boasting of its high-speed networks.Striking cable technicians at Spectrum lit up the Twitter networks when they learned of the rescinded merger. On strike for better working conditions for over 15 months now, the technicians cheered when the PSC voided the merger. They saw this as a decisive blow to Spectrum management’s arrogance.“They were out to break the union,” a member of International Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 3, told this reporter. “We had a working relationship with Time Warner. Spectrum’s first move was to lay off the management employees they considered to be ‘union sympathizers.’”Spectrum has 60 days to submit “a plan to ensure an orderly transition to a successor provider(s).” No direct mention was made of the 1,800 strikers. However, one of the instances of misconduct cited in the decision was “unsafe practices in the field.”Prior to this decision, a group of about 50 striking technicians filed a business plan for a workers’ cooperative that would break Spectrum’s monopoly and benefit everyone. The workers had been part of a design and survey team tasked with bringing cable TV to areas of New York City where there is currently no service.Troy Walcott, shop steward at Spectrum’s College Point facility and member of the design team, told Labor Press: “We know the system because we built it. The system was already crumbling and the infrastructure needed to be redone. … We’re saying instead of letting them do it, let’s start rebuilding it ourselves — the people who are going to be building it anyway.” (laborpress.org, July 25)New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed support for workers’ cooperatives at a town hall in Queens: “We are interested in more competition (in the cable TV industry) going forward. … We would like to hear if there is something we can do with the workers themselves — that’s really an interesting idea.” The City Council allocated $1.2 million in 2015 for development and cultivation of workers’ cooperatives, followed by $2.1 million in 2016 and $2.2 million in 2017. (laborpress.org)Although Spectrum was clearly dealt a defeat by the PSC, it is unclear at this point how these events will affect the striking workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE Previous articleWASDE October Report Lowers US Feed Grain SuppliesNext articleFSA Extends Emergency Grazing to November 30 Andy Eubank SHARE Home News Feed October Reports not so Bearish After All Bullish corn stocks and production numbers from USDA Thursday morning and positive demand and ending soybean stocks sent the markets up. There was mixed news in the crop production and world supply and demand reports, but what stood out to Mike Silver of Kokomo Grain was that it simply was not as negative a report as trade analysts expected.“The trade was expecting a bearish report and although there are some bearish numbers in this report, when you dig deep down into the numbers there are definitely some very friendly factors, and this initial reaction was definitely sharply higher.”Projected average yield for U.S. soybeans this season was increased by 2.5 bushels per acre, and the planted and harvested acres totals went up 1.1 million. Those adjustments weren’t a surprise, but the soybean bullishness came from good demand news.“The export number was increased 210 million bushels to 1.265 billion bushels, a very, very robust export projection. The ending stocks number 15 million bushels higher than the September number at 130 million bushel, but historically that’s still a very tight bean number, and with the insatiable appetite, if you will, of the Chinese in particular for U.S. soybeans, that’s friendly to the soybean market.”Silver says digging deeper into the report than the corn balance sheet revealed more bullish futures market data.“Coarse grains, corn, sorghum, barley, oats and rye in the U.S. all had lower ending stocks than the previous month. World ending stocks as well as world coarse grain stocks are lower than the previous month as well as world wheat stocks being lower. So all the feed and energy grains lower in the report than a month ago and that also is providing some upward price catalyst.”Put all of the USDA data together and Silver concludes there is still plenty of potential for futures prices to go higher.[audio:https://www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/Mike-Silver-Ocotber-report-reaction.mp3|titles=Mike Silver Ocotber report reaction]The full crop production and WASDE reports are available at this website.Audio Playerhttps://media.blubrry.com/hoosieragtoday/p/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2012/10/Mike-Silver-Ocotber-report-reaction.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS By Andy Eubank – Oct 11, 2012 Facebook Twitter October Reports not so Bearish After All Facebook Twitter
Government New Public Works Department Director Appointed By City Manager Published on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 | 1:16 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Required fields are marked * Business News Ara MaloyanCity Manager Michael J. Beck has appointed Ara Maloyan as the new Director for Pasadena’s Public Works Department. As the Public Works Department Director, Mr. Maloyan will be responsible for all administrative and operational aspects of the department, including oversight of the City’s parks facilities, streets and bridges; the City’s urban forest; capital improvement projects; the Citizen Service Center; refuse and recycling programs; graffiti abatement; fleet maintenance for all City vehicles, and coordination of animal services. Mr. Maloyan is expected to begin Dec. 14, 2015.Ms. Maloyan’s appointment capped a nationwide recruitment process by the City for the position. Mr. Maloyan brings more than 30 years of civil engineering, construction management and organizational leadership to Pasadena.“I am thrilled Mr. Maloyan will join Pasadena as our new Public Works Director. He is an incredibly talented individual with strong management skills and is a well-recognized leader in the public works profession. He is a solid choice to add to our already outstanding Executive Leadership Team,” City Manager Beck said. “I also want to thank Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez for leading the Public Works Department during this transition period.”Most recently, Mr. Maloyan served as the Public Works Director for the City of Long Beach, a position he has held since January 2014. He was hired by Long Beach in July 2012 as the department’s Deputy Director and was named Acting Director in March 2013. He was the City Engineer for the City of Beverly Hills from 2005 to 2012, and held a variety of engineering positions for Beverly Hills from 1989 to 2012. Mr. Maloyan also worked for the City of Los Angeles from 1984 to 1989.“I am honored to have the opportunity to join Pasadena and to serve its residents and businesses as the new Public Works Director,” Mr. Maloyan said. “Pasadena is a city rich in traditions and is a role model for exemplary municipal services. I look forward to ensuring the Public Works Department continues to provide excellent service.”Mr. Maloyan has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from California State University, Los Angeles. He is a registered civil engineer and holds a certificate in construction management from UCLA. He has FEMA training certifications in emergency response and is a member of numerous professional organizations for civil engineers and public works officials.The maximum annual salary for the Director of the Public Works Department is $219,996, according to the City’s website information. Contract terms will be finalized prior to the start of his formal duties.During the past several months, City Manager Beck has announced several other key appointments for many executive positions, including the directors for Public Health, Finance, Human Resources and Human Services and Recreation departments. With Mr. Maloyan’s appointment, only the director of the Water & Power Department (PWP) remains to be filled before the City’s Executive Leadership Team is at full strength. Currently, PWP is being led by acting director Eric Klinkler.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. 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Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended TAGSfeatured The Timetable of eventsFriday8:30am – Joined the crew and met with Asst Senior Fire Chief Scott Keenan for induction and kit out.9:30am – Meet the group for road traffic accident simulation training where the roof was removed from a car to show how access would be gained for a trapped driver or passenger. A dash roll maneouvre was also demonstrated whereby several precision cuts are made and expansion equipment used to raise the front of the car off the driver’s legs.11am – A visit to the sanctuary where the troubles of the world are sorted out. In other words, we drink tea in the canteen.11.30am – More training involving rope work and abseiling with ladder climbing as the group practices new techniques for accessing heights.1.30pm – Lunch in the sanctuary was interrupted by a call to attend a car fire near Gooig.3.10pm – Unit despatched to the Abbey River where a dog left its owner and had jumped into the water. The dog was rescued after it became stranded below the high quay walls.The remainder of the afternoon was spent on additional training and appliance familiarisation.6.30pm – Shift ends6.32pm – new shift tasked to a river rescue on the Shannon with a successful outcome after a woman entered the water.Saturday6.30pm – Shift begins with reconnaissance around the Abbey River, Kings Island and back to the city via Browns Quay in Thomondgate.Meantime crews were dispatched to farmlands outside the city where youths set fire to haystacks.10.30pm – Tasked to an automatic fire alarm activation at a commercial premises in the suburbs – proved to be vandals gaining access to the premises.11.30pm – Dispatched to a city housing estate where items of furniture were on fire at the front of a house.3.30am – Sent to the large commercial fire at Dromkeen where eight crews battled the blaze for up to five hours.7.15am – Tasked to leave Dromkeen to attend at a single vehicle road traffic accident on the outskirts of the city – driver suffered minor injuries but was taken to hospital as a precaution.8.30am – Returned to the station and cooked a well deserved breakfast for all the firefighters of red watch after a long night.9.30am – New shift starts. Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleLimerick man dies after burglars confront himNext articleMilk Market music Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First Irish death from Coronavirus Andrew Carey spent 24 hours with Limerick Fire and Rescue and got up close and personal with the work of some of Limerick’s bravest.IT SEEMS a simple enough concept. Keeping your head when everyone else is losing theirs. But it goes a long way towards explaining the mindset of a firefighter.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Early starts and late finishes or late starts and early finishes. That’s the normal routine for any shift worker in any job.But for the men and women of the fire service, there is an inherent danger to the working conditions and it’s one that the general public know little of.Everything from blazing fires to freezing waters can be common course in an ordinary day’s work for the members of the Fire and Rescue Service.Forget the perceptions created by television and movie producers because this is no celluloid creation. It’s real life and something that can only be appreciated at the frontline of human endeavour.Children all over the world want to grow up to be a pilot, an astronaut, a sports star, a nurse and, of course, a firefighter.But what makes these men and women want to run in to a blazing building while all around them are running out?Passing all the tests is the first challenge after you’ve asked yourself the hard questions about your suitability in becoming a member of the fire and rescue service.Senior assistant chief fire officer Scott Keenan said that the first thing many candidates say in interview is that they have always dreamed of becoming a fireman – but it is not as easy as just dreaming it. You have to be cut out for this life – often described as hard, but very rewarding.Just looking at the criteria to join can give a sense of what candidates are signing up for.At the last round of recruitment, around 500 applications were received for a handful of positions and whittling that number down to the ten recruits needed involves a five-phase process entailing a self assessment questionnaire, rigorous fitness test, psychometric tests, work related tests and all of that before an interview.Tiring stuff, but this is no place for lolling in the corner and watching the clock tick down your tour of duty.Of the 12 men and women on a watch, the commonality in their approach to the demands of the job is what sets them aside. Living alongside your fellow fire fighters can be as arduous as it is rewarding – but the same could be said for living with your family. And that’s how a group watch works – along with all the pros and cons that go with station life.Helping people at their lowest point in life is what they’re trained for and where they are at their best.Speaking to the members of Group 4 or Red Watch over a cup of tea in the canteen, more commonly referred to as “the sanctuary”, this extraordinary sense of common purpose becomes apparent.“Without sounding cheesy, it’s the reward we get from helping people when they’re really in need is where we get satisfaction from this job”, one of the team explains.“You try to bring some good to them and show that there is light at the end of the tunnel. This can be the worst thing that can happen to someone and we are trained to go in and help where we can. It’s often been said that when there is no one else to call, call the fire brigade – it kind of shows what we are about.”During the 24 hours shifts which were spread over two days and nights, Limerick City Fire and Rescue were tasked to a number of call-outs and none more serious than the large-scale commercial fire at the Furniture Man store in Dromkeen.The building was ablaze and the stock contents were in peril and eventually lost to what was one of the biggest fires of recent times.Video Playerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/WP_20150816_012.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Hours of battling, containing and eventually dampening down the fire faced eight crews from city and county.But that was not without trying to first save the building.While life and limb may not have been at risk, emotions ran high and eventually all the owners could do was watch as the flames took hold of their years of work in the early hours of a Sunday morning where the only light came from the flashing fire trucks and the blaze in front of them.Video Playerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/WP_20150816_020.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Desolate, one man sat at the kerb with his head in his hands.The firefighters were busy running hoses, hoisting platforms and throwing thousands of litres of water on the flames, but he just could not look.One firefighter stepped back, took off his gloves and gave the distraught onlooker a bottle of mineral water before putting his hand on his shoulder in a simple gesture of empathy and support.Although it wouldn’t alter what was happening in front of him, it lifted the weight of the world for a brief moment.A few words of consolation, a brief smile and a nod concluded the interaction before the fireman resumed duties.It may not have doused the flames but it stemmed the tears and illustrated some of the human characteristics needed to be a fireman.24 hours with Red Watch doesn’t make you an expert in firefighting or group analysis, but it does give you a taste of what it means to be a fireman in Limerick.On the flip side, the service has been subject to some anti-social activity and often find themselves as targets for something more than verbal abuse.While reports of such happenings are dwindling, there is no room for complacency.Neither is there room for sanctimony when the fire and rescue service is called to the banks of the Shannon to help those for whom the pressures of life have become too overwhelming.From the time of receiving the call, through to being on the river in their specially designed rib, three swiftwater rescue technicians or swimmers (SRT) can be on scene within five minutes.It’s a thin margin between life and death and it’s in that short timeframe that the real benefits of the tough selection process and years of training are put to best effect.Here is a gallery of images from the weekend and below are a series of questions to ask yourself if you want to become a fire fighter as well as a timetable of events. NewsThey run out and we run in – 24 hours with Limerick fire and rescueBy Staff Reporter – August 27, 2015 1229 Have you got what it takes? Ask yourself these questions to see if you are cut out to be a fireman?Are you able to meet the demands of working in disciplined service?Can you take orders from other people?Can you accept the need to keep to rules that tell you what you can and cannot wear and the standard of appearance you must maintain (e.g. how you should wear your hair?)Can you get on with people from different backgrounds and cultures?Do you have the emotional strength to deal with a road traffic accident or other instances where there may be severe injuries or loss of life?Can you work as part of a close knit team?Can you work under pressure without letting the rest of your team down?Do you have the sensitivity to deal with members of the public when they are distressed, confused or being obstructive?Can you take the responsibility for representing the Fire Service both when you are at work and when you are not at work?Are you committed to maintaining and developing your skills?Are you prepared to study on top of your normal working day?Are you free from symptoms of aquaphobia, claustrophobia or vertigo?Is regular exercise a part of your everyday life?Are you committed to maintaining your health and physical fitness?Are you prepared to work day and night shifts, evenings, weekends, public holidays?Are you a practical person who likes to work with their hands and with equipment?Do you enjoy making things or finding out how things work?Are you someone who can always be relied on to be somewhere on time?Are you someone who others see as dependable?Are you prepared to work outside in all types of weather, even if you are wet and cold and you don’t know when a job might finish?Are you someone who can cope with routine, knowing that you may have to do the same things at the same time on most days, with the frustration of sudden interruptions to your routines?If you answered yes to all of those questions and can back them up with evidence, congratulations, you have successfully passed phase one of the recruitment process but there is a long road ahead and one that is paved with situations that will test your character and above all your ability to become one of Limerick’s bravest.In the aftermath of the fire at Dromkeen, Andrew spoke to Limerick’s Live 95 Fm’s Joe Nash about the events of that weekend – here’s the audio in two parts.Part 1Audio Playerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/Andrew-1-Live-95.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Part 2Audio Playerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie/site/wp-content/uploads/Andrew2-Live-95fm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 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