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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares FTSE 100 bank HSBC (LSE:HSBA) is the latest in a stream of banking giants to report losses and growing credit impairment provisions. It posted a 65% fall in pre-tax profit for the first six months of 2020. Meanwhile, its credit impairment provisions rocketed 590% from $1bn to $6.9bn, in comparison to the equivalent period last year. It also reported a 9% fall in revenue down to $26.7bn, affected by interest rate reductions and deteriorating market values of assets in investment banking and insurance. The HSBC share price is tumbling on the news.What’s affecting the HSBC share price?As worries of a second wave of coronavirus intensify, and trade war concerns heighten, negative sentiment is weighing on the financial markets. This is not helping the share prices of banks like HSBC. The shares are down 45% year-to-date. 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…In its 2020 interim results Group CEO, Noel Quinn, stated: “Our first half performance was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, falling interest rates, increased geopolitical risk and heightened levels of market volatility.”It’s not all grim news. In Asia, HSBC reported profit before tax of $7.4bn, despite a higher rate of expected credit losses, highlighting the importance to the group of doing business in the Asia region. However, with its large Asian market presence, HSBC is especially exposed to repercussions from the US-China trade war and Hong Kong disruptions.Being heavily involved in the region, HSBC announced its backing of China’s new security laws for Hong Kong. The bank stated that the law could help maintain long-term stability in the area. However, these laws were opposed in the UK and caused a political outcry. I think the fact HSBC backed it may come back to bite it.No more dividendAll banking institutions paused their dividends in response to an instruction from the Bank of England at the beginning of the pandemic outbreak. This has been a big blow to income investors, particularly those heavily invested in the banking sector. It was certainly a major factor in causing the HSBC share price to slide so far this year. The FTSE 100 bank has pledged to reinstate its dividend as soon as is reasonably possible, but with so much uncertainty ongoing, it could be a long time coming. Also, it may not be the lucrative dividend it once was as banks will have to be realistic about their losses and future growth prospects.Yet while HSBC suffered some loss of earnings, it still made a pre-tax profit of $4.32bn for the first six months of the year. This is down from $12.41bn in the first half of 2019 and below analyst estimates. As I write, HSBC has a £69bn market cap (but this could drop if the share price declines further), price-to-earnings ratio around 14 and earnings per share are 23p.Unfortunately, I think the enduring geopolitical uncertainty, particularly from the US-China trade war, will weigh heavily on the HSBC share price for some time to come. I’m not a fan of the banking sector and without a dividend to up the ante, I will continue to steer clear. I think there are better bargains available in the FTSE 100. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. 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ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/269069/spence-house-metcalfe-architecture-design Clipboard “COPY” Houses 2009 United States Photographs: Halkin Mason PhotographyText description provided by the architects. Leaving Manhattan behind, homeowner Betty Spence decided to build her dream house on a rugged piece of land in the Housatonic River Valley, in the agricultural town of Cornwall, Connecticut—a Feng Shui-informed retreat utilizing natural materials in harmony with its surroundings; a composition of simple modern lines and bold colors. After a false start with an architect who turned out not to share her vision and part of the foundation already poured, the task was challenging.Save this picture!© Halkin Mason PhotographyRecommended ProductsSkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkyFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsBetty wanted a simple design with an efficient footprint for this house: the focus being a sequence of outdoor and indoor spaces moving through an intimate sunny kitchen garden and up a covered walkway, revealing layers of expansive views from the dramatic interior to the woods beyond.Save this picture!© Halkin Mason PhotographyWe created views from the house to focus on the sloped site’s scattered stone outcroppings, towering trees, wetlands, and abundant wildlife. The house stylistically references local agricultural sheds, using red cedar for its exterior and roof decking, fir framing, and a red standing seam metal roof. On its south side, rock outcrops shelter a sustainable garden of organic vegetables and flowers on raised beds. The wraparound deck of Ipe wood overlooks a stunning vista dotted with bird feeders and the occasional visiting bear. Save this picture!© Halkin Mason PhotographyTucked into the hillside, the front entrance opens onto the second floor, with wide plank ash floors and expansive main living areas. A brightly colored kitchen lead to a wall of glass doors with a porch beyond, while the adjacent living room is intimate, with a wood fired stove and snug, enclosing walls with high windows. The high ceilings and windows of varying heights enliven the spaces with shadows, enriching the interior throughout the day and seasons. The natural wood finishes continue through the kitchen with brightly colored custom cabinets, crushed glass countertops, and radiant heated flooring—creating a sense of warmth and peace.Save this picture!© Halkin Mason PhotographyThe private, intimate living quarters below were re-imagined as a modern, Scandinavian-style interior with simple lines, natural elements, and playful accents of bright color. Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessNew wing of the Charleroi Museum of Photography / L’Escaut ArchitecturesArticlesTown Hall and Health Center / Henning Larsen ArchitectsArticles Share ArchDaily CopyHouses•Cornwall, United States Year: Architects: Metcalfe Architecture & Design Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMetcalfe Architecture & DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasWoodHouses3D ModellingCornwallUnited StatesPublished on September 04, 2012Cite: “Spence House / Metcalfe Architecture & Design” 04 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The Obama administration rang in the New Year with a wave of terror against undocumented workers, particularly Central Americans. In an unprecedented act, the raids particularly targeted children, the first in this country to target minors. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced on Jan. 3 that 121 people had been taken into custody in the states of Georgia, Texas and North Carolina over the New Year’s weekend to await deportation.He stated: “This past weekend, Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] engaged in concerted, nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered this country illegally with children. This should come as no surprise. I have said publicly for months that individuals who constitute enforcement priorities, including families and unaccompanied children, will be removed.” (Politico, Jan. 4) White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest added at a press conference that President Barack Obama supports deportation of those who recently entered the U.S. illegally. Earnest said at the daily briefing for reporters, “Certainly, people should take from this the understanding that the administration is quite serious about enforcing our immigration laws.”In fact, President Obama has carried out more deportations than any other U.S. president. Since his election, over 2 million workers have been deported. Blocking New York City traffic to protest ICEdeportations.Photo: Colin AshbyRaids illegal, inhumane and unprecedentedThe response to the raids, not only by longstanding immigrant rights associations and advocates but also by a number of legal entities, was swift and forceful. The way that the raids were carried out led to an immediate condemnation by advocates, and human rights and legal aid organizations. ICE agents, according to several news sources, typically arrived in pre-dawn hours at the homes of people with deportation orders. One woman in Dallas told VICE news (Jan. 5) that she and her two sons were asleep in her parents’ home. When her father opened the door, agents burst inside. She said she was wearing very little as she was still in bed. Nonetheless, ICE took her and her two children to a detention center in South Texas to await deportation.Similar scenes took place in Georgia and North Carolina. Immigration activists report that such raids also occurred in Maryland.One reason the raids were met with such quick and strong condemnation is the context in which Central American migrants are here and their unique status.Many of the children and parents who were targeted for deportation faced a rushed and unfair legal process that never gave them their day in court. Legal experts and immigration advocates point out how utterly unfair and illegal it is to target this particularly group for deportation. Michelle Chen writes in the Nation (Jan. 5), “Those slated for deportation have spent months bouncing around a legal gauntlet that baffles even attorneys, let alone 7-year-olds who don’t speak English, or young mothers suffering post-traumatic stress.”The Southern Poverty Law Center immediately filed a Freedom of Information Act request just hours after the raids were announced. They wrote that the raids “raise serious questions about whether federal agents violated constitutional standards or used illegal tactics to detain immigrant families seeking safety.” The group filed a FOIA request to investigate the legality of the raids and called the actions “simply unconscionable.” They continue, “Our preliminary investigation indicates that ICE and cooperating local law enforcement agencies used coercion and deception as part of the raids in Cobb, DeKalb and Gwinnett counties in Georgia.”Throughout the country, immigrant groups and advocates responded swiftly and mobilized in defense of their communities. Press rallies, forums and know-your-rights outreach took place in cities throughout Texas, Wisconsin, California, New York and elsewhere. Immigrants were advised not to open the door without being shown warrants, as ICE agents were knocking on doors and using chicanery and deception to get in. Agents say they are looking for John Doe or Tal Fulano — a person that no one knows in that home — and use that as a pretext to get in and pick up someone else.Deported back to dieThe targeting of migrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala in the New Year’s raids is especially unconscionable, as well as racist and criminal, because of the conditions the youth, children and families are being deported back to.Decades of imperialist intervention in Central America have created unstable social conditions. The so-called U.S. war on drugs served not to stop illegal drugs but to build and expand the drug industry, including the cartels.This lucrative industry for the banks and the entire drug business means that drugs won’t be stopped until the movement for justice stops them. In the meantime, drug violence soars in Central America and Mexico so the business can carry on.Central American youth in particular are being returned to their deaths. Many of the migrant families report that they fled Honduras or El Salvador only after family members had already been targeted and often killed by drug lords. Families are fleeing for their lives. One migrant mother told a member of Congress that she could live in poverty but she could not live under conditions of war.In 2014, more than 100,000 working-class people came across the border fleeing these conditions. Thousands were unaccompanied minors. Young people recounted how they were pressured to “join or die” the so-called gangs.On Oct. 12, 2015, a Guardian newspaper headline read: “U.S. government deporting Central American migrants to their death.” The newspaper’s investigation documented that many of the deportees sent back by the Obama administration had been murdered just days or months after returning to El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras. The study said that as many as 83 returnees had been killed since 2014. Immigration activists say that is just the tip of the iceberg. Three Honduran men were gunned down just days after being returned home.The blood of migrants — whether killed by drug violence, attacks by cartels, during travel to the U.S., or losing their lives in the deserts or on the railroad tracks near the border — is on the hands of U.S. imperialism.Instability in Central America, just as in Mexico, is absolutely and totally due to U.S. imperialist policies. This is why Central American migrants in particular deserve refugee status immediately. And immigrant groups are absolutely correct in demanding an immediate end to the raids and deportations. Will more raids continue? If they do, the movement will respond with an even greater fightback. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Twitter Test anxiety, pressure on college students more common now than in past Linkedin ReddIt Monica Dziak Facebook printKristi Rittby is focused on more than just providing clients with a good workout. She said she wants to help them grow and also establish a community within her boutique fitness studio in the 109’s Bluebonnet Circle, Smart Barre.“I enjoy helping them grow and maybe overcome obstacles they had and learn something they didn’t think they could do or may have been afraid to do before,” Rittby, the owner said. “Customers become friends when they come in here, the old clients welcome in the new clients.”Smart Barre — a workout that incorporates repetition and small movements focusing on big muscle groups such as the legs, arms, seat and abs — is a small franchise that offers a personal feel to its community of members, even down to the training that class instructors complete.Instructors train for 50 hours in small groups of two to five. The instructors are expected to know proper form and modifications for each position, and also must create their own playlists and choreography for classes.The small amount of instructors allows for flexibility during class time.“You’ll get an individual class from an instructor who’s picking their music, and they may have it based on what they see they have in class that day and may change what they originally had planned to do. Being able to make those adjustments on the fly is what we look for in training with our instructors,” Rittby said.Rittby said she wants her Smart Barre clients to know that the studio is happy they’re there. She said the fact that they have gotten to the studio to work out is 90 percent of the battle. | Photo courtesy of Kristi Rittby.The Smart Barre manager and owner first started taking classes as a client with her long-time pal and founder of Smart Barre, Allison Poston.Rittby then started teaching classes at the Camp Bowie location and shortly after, opened the location on Bluebonnet Circle because she realized the area was in need of something other than a big fitness gym.“With the location being close to TCU, naturally, that’s a captive audience of young people,” she said. “And for the neighborhood around this area, having something close by is really convenient — a lot of times people don’t have the time to drive 20 minutes to go work out for an hour then drive 20 minutes back.”The studio also gives back to the community through unique donation classes.The donation classes allow clients the opportunity to donate money — so far, the studio and its clients have raised money for Baylor All Saints, Joan Katz Breast Center, SafeHaven of Tarrant County, animal shelters and other local charities.Rittby said she wants to make people feel welcomed to return to work out at her studio and encourages them to not be afraid to try something new.One of Smart Barre’s goals is ensuring clients return. One of the ways the studio does so is providing a welcoming atmosphere for everyone who enters. | Photo by Monica Dziak“I want them to know we’re happy they’re here,” she said. “We like to provide them with a space that’s beautiful and welcoming and give them a workout that makes them feel good when they leave.“The fact that they’ve gotten here is 90 percent of the battle — I understand when people walk in the door for their first class and they look scared, but everyone in there is in the same boat and the next time you come, you’ll know what to expect,” Rittby added. “We’re going to work with you to help you do it the best that you can.”She has benefitted from friendships made through owning the business.“It’s fun to be around these women and you learn their stories from surviving cancer to having a whole bunch of kids to having injury issues that they’ve dealt with and pushed through — I’m seeing a different slice of the world with women from different ages and different backgrounds, that’s been the most rewarding thing for me,” Rittby said. “These are people that I’ll remember forever; I’ll remember this time in my life,” she added.A client’s first Smart Barre class is free. 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365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Google+ By News Highland – September 13, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North It’s been confirmed that the board of the West – North West Group of Hospitals will hold a public meeting in Letterkenny on Tuesday afternoon next.It’s expected that the meeting, at 2 o’clock in the Mount Errigal Hotel, will see a presentation from management at Letterkenny General Hospital on specific plans to restore the hospital following the floods which devastated the facility at the end of July.Local Cllr Ciaran Brogan is a member of the HSE West Regional Health Forum – He says he’ll be looking for very firm commitments that the plans will be enacted………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/cbrog11.mp3[/podcast] Hospital Group to hold major public meeting in Letterkenny next week Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th News Previous articleNorthwest MEP says Seanad should examine and analyse European lawsNext articleLetterkenny Gateway Economic Forum will ensure town maintains gateway status News Highland Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal
Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Previous articleProf. Staines believes we’re only in the ‘foothills’ of third waveNext articlePolice received 1,004 calls for service across NI in 24 hours News Highland The National Screening Service has said BreastCheck will be operating at reduced capacity due to Covid-19 in the first week in January.Some units are temporarily closed and they say they are working with finite staffing resources nationwide.The service has decided to focus resources on women within their care who are deemed to be at higher risk at this time, who are women in their assessment phase of breast screening.The National Screening Service is asking women scheduled for a follow-up assessment from the 4th of January to continue to attend on the day and time given.For all other women, they aim to continue routine breast screening from the 11th January.This will be kept under review and in-line with the HSE and NPHET advice. While the service’s website will be updated with any changes to appointment schedules.Women who have booked for routine screening before January 11th will be contacted by their unit and offered a new appointment, while the screening service has apologised for the inconvenience.They are asking all women to attend their appointment when invited and to notify the service if an appointment can not be attended.Women should not attend if they have Covid-19 symptoms, are self isolating or have been a confirmed close contact of a positive case.Further information can be found at breastcheck.ie or by contacting your local unit. Facebook WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BreastCheck will operate at reduced capacity this week Facebook By News Highland – January 2, 2021 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21
WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – September 25, 2019 Previous articleFurther warning of winter of discontent as home help crisis deepensNext articleIrish water confirm Letterkenny works to halt during winter News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Facebook The National Transport Authority has confirmed that it is currently working to ensure a service is in place come October 11th when North West Busways service will cease to operate its Inishowen to Letterkenny service.In a response to Donegal Senator Padraig MacLochlainn the NTA said another commercial operator has applied to operate services along the same route omitting the existing stops in Malin, Culdaff, Gleneely, Muff, Quigley’s Point, Redcastle and Moville.However, the body says due to the route being subject to a public service obligation, they are working with Local Link with a view towards providing options for customers.Senator MacLochlainn has committed to keep the pressure on:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/padghgfhgfhgf1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Plans underway to save Letterkenny – Moville bus link Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford
Previous articleConfusion locally over NPHET’s advice to jump to Level 5Next articleDonegal projects to share €100,000 under Covid stability fund News Highland Google+ By News Highland – October 5, 2020 Donegal ‘creeping into danger area of Covid-19’ Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook The Clinical Lead of the Covid hub in Letterkenny says Donegal is creeping into a danger area of Covid-19. Doctor Paul Armstrong who is also a GP in Lifford, the area which has seen the biggest spike in the virus nationwide, says early trends show that the rate of Covid-19 is coming down slightly.However Dr. Armstrong says while there has been a focus on east Donegal, the problem with Covid-19 is countywide.He says what’s most concerning now, is that the virus is starting to filter through the older and more vulnerable age group:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/paularmstrong1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Dotcom careers are still worth the riskOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Mismanagement. Over-inflated stock valuations. Technology glitches. Just a few of the highly publicised problems to beset some of the Internet economy’s star performers. This has presented the first real recruitment challenge for dotcom organisations. First of all, how does the Internet economy go about recruiting talented individuals? Second, once they’re on board, how do we convince staff that a dotcom is a place where a career can be forged?Attracting staffObviously the top priority is to have a fantastic business proposition. The problem is that there are still many dotcoms that believe their ideas will make money just because of the Internet revolution and not in spite of it. A bad idea is a bad idea in the on-line world or the off-line world. The people who work at priceline recognise that the business model is a killer proposition that really works. And if people genuinely believe that the fundamental business proposition on which the organisation is based is sound, it’s easier to retain staff as well as attract new recruits. So first of all, a great idea helps.WIFM (what’s in it for me?)Professionals thinking of making the jump to a dotcom need to have a real enthusiasm for the area they’re considering and be commercially-minded first and foremost while having a passion for the fast-paced new media environment. The excitement of being involved with a project from its inception and the creative buzz this gives everyone involved has to be experienced to be appreciated. The management structure means people joining the organisation are exposed to vast amounts of business know-how in a very short space of time. In a flat organisational structure, direct exposure to high-profile senior executives is a major benefit that many people at top blue-chip organisations will never experience.What priceline.com also offers is the chance to be involved with a unique proposition which is fundamentally changing business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce. The “name your own price” model is one of the phenomena the Internet has been waiting for – we can make imperfect markets a little less so by aggregating excess supply and letting consumers decide what they pay. This has partly been responsible for the invigoration of B2C e-commerce in the US and we expect the same to happen in Europe.What are we looking for?Flexibility is key. Working at a start-up means most people get to do a little bit of everything, and this won’t suit everyone. We’re not necessarily looking for people with dotcom experience – you can’t expect everyone to have this because the Internet economy isn’t mature enough yet. At board level, business track record is vital and priceline has hired people established in brand building and business management in the off-line world. Business acumen allied to a sophisticated grasp of the importance of PR, customer focus and marketing strategy is crucial. PR and marketing play far more important roles than ever in communicating a company’s vision either above or below the line. With research showing that off-line advertising is potentially more effective than its on-line equivalent, we need to hire people who can make judgement calls about where they think the best results can be achieved.Customer feedbackBanks, supermarkets and petrol stations are vying with each other to keep customers happy, and being an employer is no different. With the Internet economy moving so fast, staff feedback should mean more than an annual trip to Laserquest, and with many start-ups virtually ignoring staff feedback, it’s hardly surprising the market is so fluid. One of the first things priceline.com sought to implement as one of its business processes was continuous staff feedback whereby management develops a 360-degree view of the business. To think your company is impermeable is naïve, so, as an employer, the test is always to be able to say you are giving people a chance to grow in order to realise the full extent of their potential. Feedback from staff is also a good barometer of how well a company’s growth is being managed. The first months, where exponential growth is a strong possibility, are crucial. At the very least, the technology underpinning the web site needs to be able to scale to cope with huge surges in demand, but a company should never just hire hands to paper over the cracks. As priceline rolls out across Europe, we appreciate it is also crucial that our team has specialist knowledge about the countries, the local markets and cultural differences. ConclusionThe lesson learnt from high-profile dotcom failures is that business roll-out needs to be well planned and market-driven and growth projections need to be tailored according to the local conditions. Understanding these issues and being able to react and plan accordingly is going to mean having a world-class management team at your disposal. Not only does it raise chances of success, it also acts as a fantastic motivator to all staff. As an HR professional, you need to be an integral member of the business development team, able to hold your place at the senior management table and bring forward propositions which add true business value.Being at the epicentre of this economic, social and cultural phenomenon is as exciting an environment in which to work as one could wish for. But we should not forget the fears and concerns people have when they consider a career move. The challenge for dotcom recruitment is to provide the benefits and procedures that make staff feel they have career opportunities and also that we hire staff capable of promoting the organisation’s vision from within.Priceline.com Europe is launching in the autumn and aims to recruit 100 staff by the first quarter of next year. Since it started in the US two years ago it has had more than 6 million customers