Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.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) 2007 annual report.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.
Golden Guinea Breweries Plc (GOLDBR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Golden Guinea Breweries Plc (GOLDBR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Golden Guinea Breweries Plc (GOLDBR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Golden Guinea Breweries Plc (GOLDBR.ng) 2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileGolden Guinea Breweries Plc is a brewery in Nigeria producing Golden Guinea beer. It was shut down in 2003 following a fire outbreak and efforts to restore it to its former capacity are ongoing. The new production line has capacity to produce 48 000 bottles per hour which is double the capacity of both Ama Breweries in Enugu and SAB Miller in Onitsha. Formerly known as Independence Brewery Limited, the company changed its name to Golden Guinea Breweries in 1971. Its brewing plant is located in Umuahia which was chosen due to its location to a good source of water. Golden Guinea Breweries Plc has the rights to produce and market Bergedorf premium lager beer and Bergedorf Malta in Nigeria under license from Holsten Brewery. Golden Guinea Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Forget Bitcoin! Here’s what I’m buying after the FTSE 100’s recent slump See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address Over the past two weeks, investors have been running for cover to avoid the recent bout of market volatility. One asset attracting attention as a haven in stormy waters is Bitcoin. However, while the cryptocurrency might look like an attractive investment in the current environment, it has its flaws.Bitcoin’s flaws Indeed, one of the reasons why Bitcoin hasn’t really taken off as an independent currency is that it’s difficult to trade. Its value is also highly volatile. The price of the cryptocurrency can move hundreds of dollars in just a few seconds. That makes it pretty unreliable as a currency.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…The costs of buying and selling Bitcoin is also quite high compared to regular investments. As such, it might be better to avoid it altogether. High-quality, blue-chip income stocks could be a better investment.Blue-chip investmentsThere are a handful of FTSE 100 companies that seem well-placed to weather the current storm. These include consumer goods giant Unilever, which owns world-famous brands such as Ben and Jerry’s ice cream.While the demand for such products and might drop off in the near term, from a long-term perspective, the coronavirus outbreak isn’t going to lead to a significant decline in the consumption of ice cream.Reckitt Benckiser is another option. The owner of cleaning brands such as Dettol and Harpic is unlikely to see a sustained drop-off in demand for its products. It’s highly likely the need for cleaning products will increase in the next few months as authorities seek to slow the spread of COVID-19.As well as defensive consumer goods companies, other businesses that provide essential products or services are likely to be better buys than Bitcoin in the medium term.Halma, which provides health and safety equipment for multiple industries, is a great example. There will always be a demand for health and safety products, even if the sector might suffer some near-term disruption. When the economy restarts, demand should return to normal levels.Blue-chip pharmaceutical companies, such as AstraZeneca and GlaxoSmithKline, fall into this bucket as well. Unless the COVID-19 virus wiped out the entire human population, there will always be a growing demand for healthcare services and drugs.These two companies are some of the largest pharmaceutical groups in the world. That implies they should be able to whether the virus storm and come out the other side.Income streamUnlike Bitcoin, all of these companies also offer regular dividend distributions. In most cases, investors have to pay to store Bitcoin. So, not only do these companies look to be better investments than Bitcoin over the long term, but they’ll also pay you while you wait for the economy to return to growth.What’s not to like? Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 7th March, 2020 Rupert Hargreaves owns shares of Unilever. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AstraZeneca and Halma. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 2nd June, 2020 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. 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. Any stock market crash throws up some unusual opportunities for investors, and the crash of 2020 is no different. Some large stalwarts within the FTSE 100 are trading at double-digit discounts in their share prices versus the start of this year. These represent some good buying opportunities for the long run.It makes sense to use a Stock and Shares ISA for such investments, given the size of a potential rebound, and the long-term nature of any investments. The ISA allows you to build up profits in a tax efficient way. It enables long-term potential returns to not be eaten away by tax requirements.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…Growth opportunitiesI recently wrote a piece on the potential that Rolls-Royce Holdings has for a longer-term turnaround. In recent news, the firm has also asked suppliers for a 5%-15% discount. I see this as a smart move. With global lockdown restrictions being slowly lifted, the pick-up in demand for air travel should see Rolls-Royce perform even better. This is due to the engines the firm manufactures for airplanes.Another growth stock I like at the moment is Rightmove. The online real estate website that matches agents with buyers has taken a tumble as demand for housing has ground to a halt. This is understandable, as is the 12% share price fall year to date as part of the stock market crash. Yet the share price is already rallying back hard from lows seen in March as investors weigh up the timings of when the property market will be fully back up and running.Given that Rightmove act as a middleman, it avoids paying expensive rent for office space like a traditional estate agent. This means costs are low on a relative basis. I think this should allow the firm to be financially secure until revenue recovers.Dividends despite the stock market crashThe above are two good long-term growth stocks, I feel. But it’s also good to add in some income to support the portfolio over a shorter time frame. For this, I like British American Tobacco. I’d classify the firm as a defensive stock, meaning it will continue to perform during a recession. Consumers will buy its products in good times and bad. From an income point of view, this should support the dividend still being paid. At the moment, the dividend yield sits at 6.6%, making it an attractive buy.Another dividend-paying share I think is safe for this year is AstraZeneca. Although the yield at the moment is only 2.6%, pharmaceuticals is another defensive sector. Revenues are unlikely to fall substantially this year due to the nature of the goods sold. So for a safe dividend, this could be a good addition to an ISA. Also, remember that interest rates in the UK are at 0.1%. So any dividend yield should be compared to this, or to so-called high-interest saving accounts that pay very low interest at present!A mix of stocks that have good long-term share price potential and some dividend-paying stocks should do well in an ISA for 2020, I feel. Taking advantage of the stock market crash now enables investors to lock-in the discounted share price for the long term. Enter Your Email Address Jonathan Smith does not own shares in any firm mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Rightmove. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The stock market crash: I’d buy these 4 FTSE 100 stocks for my ISA now 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. See all posts by Jonathan Smith “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares
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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 16th November, 2020 | More on: HL Enter Your Email Address Hargreaves Lansdown investors are buying this FTSE 100 stock. Is that a smart move? Edward Sheldon owns shares in Hargreaves Lansdown. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Hargreaves Lansdown. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. UK investors have been piling into Hargreaves Lansdown (LSE: HL) shares recently. Last week, the FTSE 100 stock was the fourth most bought share on the Hargreaves Lansdown platform. Investors appear to be betting that the Pfizer vaccine will send the UK stock market, and Hargreaves’ profits, higher.Is investing in Hargreaves Lansdown shares a smart move for me today? Let’s take a look at the investment case.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…Hargreaves Lansdown: coronavirus resilience While other FTSE 100 companies have struggled this year, Hargreaves has performed well. For example, in August, the company posted a 15% increase in revenue and a 24% increase in profit before tax for the 12 months ended 30 June.More recently, in October, the group said revenue for the three months to the end of September was up 12% on the same period last year. There are not many companies in the FTSE 100 delivering performances like this at the moment.Strong financialsTaking a closer look at Hargreaves Lansdown’s financials, there’s a lot to like. Starting with profitability, this is very high. Over the last three years, return on capital employed (ROCE) has averaged 68%. This means that Hargreaves makes a big return on every pound invested in the business.Moving on to the balance sheet, this also looks excellent. The FTSE 100 company has minimal debt, which means it’s likely to be less vulnerable during challenging periods.Hargreaves also has a strong dividend track record. Over the last 10 years, the company has lifted its payout from 11.9p to 37.5p per share. Meanwhile, it’s paid a special dividend in four out of the last five years. While most FTSE 100 companies suspended or cancelled their dividends this year, Hargreaves raised its payout by 11% and paid out a huge special dividend. That says something about the quality of the company.Competitive advantagesWhat about competitive advantages? Does Hargreaves Lansdown have an edge over the competition?In my view, the company has several competitive advantages. Firstly, there’s its size and market share. At 30 September, it had assets under administration (AUA) of £107bn. That makes it more than twice as big as rival AJ Bell, which had AUA of £49.7bn. Its market share of the UK execution-only market is about 40%.Source: Hargreaves LansdownSecondly, there’s Hargreaves’ platform itself. I think it’s brilliant. It’s very easy to use and the range of investment options is phenomenal. Customer service is also fantastic. Finally, the nature of the business provides a competitive advantage. Once set up on Hargreaves, it isn’t easy to switch to another provider.Valuation and yieldTurning to the valuation, Hargreaves shares currently trade on a forward-looking P/E ratio of about 30 and sport a prospective yield of 2.6%. This means the stock isn’t a bargain. However, the share price is currently about 33% below its 2019 high, which suggests there’s upside potential.I’d buy Hargreaves Lansdown shares Weighing everything up, I see a lot of appeal in Hargreaves Lansdown shares right now.The stock isn’t without risk, of course. Competition from the likes of Vanguard is one that comes to mind. The lofty valuation is another.However, overall, I see HL as a high-quality stock with the potential to rise higher in the long run. I’d buy this FTSE 100 share today. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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France led at half-time 21-3, thanks to tries from No 8 Imanol Harinordoquy and scrum-half Dimitri Yachvili – who also kicked 14 points. But in the second, France had to repel a rampaging, resurgent England who scored tries through Ben Cohen and Josh Lewsey. France clung on to win 24-21.Magne does laugh when he is reminded that his body was knocked off that famous line during the game, by an enormous Phil Vickery hit. “Vickery is a strong guy, a very aggressive forward – I tried to go through him but I hit a brick wall!” he recalls.But he and his cohorts held fast, not saying much at all but led by a core of French heroes who had played together for a long time. Magne explains: “There were not a lot of words during the match. You just totally focus on the game-plan. You try to stay in the match. If you see a partner in difficulty, you help him. Raphaël Ibanñez was very good for this, as was Christophe Dominici and Fabien Pelous. These are guys I had played together with since we were 14 years old. We tried to take others with us, so it was not just words. We wanted to show what to do.Getting one back: Josh Lewsey breaks for England“It was a special time. We had a mix of experience, guys between 27 and 30. But we also had younger players like Imanol Harinordoquy and Freddie Michalak. A good mix, with young players who had enthusiasm. We had a good time together, not only on the pitch but through the week too.”Magne won four titles, two in the Five Nations and two in the Six Nations, with all of them Grand Slams. The former back-rower, who is now a pundit for Eurosport and a restaurateur in Hossegor, explains the magic of it all: “The Six Nations, when you play, something always smells different. Something always happens. It’s why we love the tournament.”Hands up!: Sergio Parisse and Italy celebrate in 2013Italy 23-18 France, Rome 2013The explosive Six Nations victory over France in 2013 had it’s moment, but Martin Castrogiovanni also fondly remembers the booze-up after Italy’s opening-round win in Rome that day.Castrogiovanni – who also played in 2011 when Italy defeated France 22-21 – had plenty of reasons to delight in the result. He scored a special, emotional try in 2013, and the team held off their continental neighbours right to the death.“When I scored, we started from our 22 – we played so many phases,” The former tighthead says. “I was lucky to find the ball about three metres out and I got over to score. We played a really beautiful way. It felt like all 15 players touched the ball before I scored.Try time: Martin Castrogiovanni scores against France in 2013“What I remember was that my dad was in the stands that day. He had come over from Argentina. He used to go and see my games when I played in Argentina but he wouldn’t come to all of my games for Italy, only a few.”The former Leicester Tigers pillar is one of the game’s characters. He admits that many games will pass him by and that he does not really watch rugby any more. The big moments, though, deserve colouring-in.“Sometimes things just go the way you want,” Castrogiovanni reasons. “You know that day you have, when everything goes well? I think the game against France was a day when things from the past came together. We’ had a few years with Nick Mallett (before Jacques Brunel took over) and he had done some things to help bring out our Latin emotions. I think that, and it was just a good time for us, and not so good for France.Everything clicked: Luciano Orquera in action that day“Sometimes you also wake up and everything you try comes off. That might be what happened for (Italy fly-half) Luciano Orquera then. It’s hard to explain. Maybe his wife didn’t break his balls too much that day?”And how was the mood as Tissot, the Official Timekeepers of the Six Nations, counted down the closing seconds? “We had to hold on. Sometimes when you are next to your friends, you are finally going to do something big, you put your body on the line. You have one step to do something really big, you take it.“At about 82 minutes we had three or four scrums. You don’t talk. You just close your eyes and get on with it! There is not much to say. You just think to yourself, ‘Let’s do it… Let’s do something special.’”The post-match drinks were well earned.Breaking away: Sam Warburton in action during Wales 30-3 EnglandWales 30-3 England, Cardiff 2013It was not meant to go like this. England were chasing a Grand Slam and Wales had only just got their title defence on track. They had a glimmer of winning the Six Nations again if they triumphed by seven points or more, but Wales were not the team being touted as potential victors as the English arrived in Wales for the decider.Yet, on 16 March 2013, Wales blew everyone away to take the Championship.At the vanguard of that Welsh onslaught was Richard Hibbard, a runaway toolchest with a blond explosion of hair. “To talk about that win you’ve gotta start from where we were,” Hibbard tells Rugby World. “We were on a losing streak (a fifth loss at home in a row, a record) when we lost to Ireland in the first game. The press were writing us off, the fans weren’t happy – which is understandable, losing at home. But it got us so tight as a group. Then we got the France result. And then the Scotland result.”Up in the air: Action from Wales v England in the 2013 Six NationsWhen it got to match day in Cardiff, the team were aware that they had a hope of Championship glory, but beating the English was all they were talking about. Little chit-chats were observed at breakfast, everyone trying to act ‘normal’. But on the way in to the stadium the noise grew.A few things stand out in the memory bank for Hibbard. “That game was so fast. I remember looking up at the clock, thinking that it must be close to the half, it had all gone so quick. Something like 12 minutes had gone and I thought: “Oh my god, how the hell am I going to last?” But you do.LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS“I can remember one scrum, it went down and we got the penalty. The front-row relieved the pressure. Dan Cole was on top of me, shaking me, he was so incensed. I knew that they were worried. And I remember putting a big shot on Joe Marler. Those are the things that stay with you.”In a second half of typically brilliant Six Nations madness, when the Welsh back-row led by Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric tormented the English and Leigh Halfpenny and Dan Biggar kept knocking over kicks, Wales stretched their lead beyond any reasonable doubt.On top: Dan Cole has words with Richard HibbardNot for the first time, Hibbard was aware of the clock, run by Official Timekeepers Tissot, running down. What were those closing stages like? “Well I came off after 55 minutes and I headed straight down the tunnel,” Hibbard says. “I sat there and buried my head in my hands – I didn’t want to listen! I just wanted to beat them. We finished on a high and in the last 20 minutes we took control.“I understood (how big it was) when we went to collect the trophy. The stadium was still full and when they turned the lights out, it felt like they were right on top of you. Six Nations Top Moments, The Inside StoriesFrance 22-24 England, 2012In 2011, France knocked England out of the Rugby World Cup. By 2012, a new-look side, led by Stuart Lancaster, headed to France hoping to exact a little revenge in the Six Nations. Alex Corbisiero’s memories of that day are very clear.He says with a smile: “Lancaster asked Peter Winterbottom to give us a speech in the build-up to the game. I remember him saying he would give Thierry Dusautoir a bit of a dig if he was playing and caught him in a ruck!Feisty: Tom Croft confronts Aurelien Rougerie on the day“I remember seeing the crowd, the odd player warming up or starting to switch on. The pressure was on us. The build-up felt like a long time.“Once the game kicked off it was special. I can recall most of the game, it was just one of those days. I can remember the game being so tight, there was a lot of pressure coming from Nicolas Mas, who was doing so well at tighthead at the time.”England had a young team out, a new-look side that conceded hundreds of caps to their French counterparts. But that day they toughed it out to win 24-22, away from home. It was a defining moment for many careers and an instant classic that saw England clinch it by the skin of their teeth.Corbisiero looks back: “When Ben Foden scored in the first half I was swept up, there was relief. And then Tom Croft went sprinting through for a try near the end. We threw everything at it. I was hugging him under the sticks.In it together: Corbisiero and others celebrate with Croft“That try and the jumping around after, I think that was a moment that really brought us all together. For the collective, it was about believing and I’ll never forget that feeling. And maybe there was a bit of revenge for those of us who had lost to France in the 2011 World Cup.”With so many special Six Nations moments, ties can be decided as match clock, run by Official Timekeepers Tissot, ticks towards the conclusion. This match was no exception. Manu Tuilagi also scored for England, but they did not have things all their own way and had to grit their teeth in the second half.A late try by Wesley Fofana and an impossible conversion by Morgan Parra meant that there were two points in it at the death, with France hunting down the result.And then Francois Trinh-Duc had a drop-goal to win it… Only for the ball to fall short. England squeaked by.Tense finish: Wesley Fofana scores for FranceCorbisiero reflects: “After 2011, Lanny had faith in us to take hold of the culture. To put our demons to rest and prepare a new chapter. The thing I took away from that game was a bit of self-belief.“At the time everyone was doubting you – could you scrummage? Dylan Hartley and Dan Cole are very established now, but at that time they wondered about us against the French pack.“You learn so much more from being in those competitive games than you do from blowing people away. It’s trench warfare, sometimes. And this was the first time as a group we really did it together.”Special day: Dan Parks and his Scotland team-mates celebrate victory in DublinIreland 20-23 Scotland, Dublin 2010At the grand cathedral of Gaelic Football, Croke Park, Scotland turned up determined to cause mischief for the Irish in 2010.“The general backdrop for us is that our away record for Scotland had been poor,” No 8 Johnnie Beattie says of the need to cause an upset. They were not fancied and the Irish team ahead was full of stars.But Scotland pulled a 23-20 win out of the hat, helped by an early Beattie try and a nerveless penalty kick by Dan Parks on minute 78.On those key moments, Beattie says: “I don’t remember the build-up to my try at all. I remember running into Geordan Murphy out wide. And then all I remember is the feeling of my team-mates around me.Man of the hour: Dan Parks contemplates Six Nations victory“When it came to Parks’s kick, I couldn’t watch. I can’t really watch kicks, I never have. Normally I’d watch on the screen, but they didn’t have that so I had to watch him to see if it would go over. Not the kick, but his reaction after he kicked it. And I think I remember Parksy turning round and shooting pistols with his fingers!”Funny to look back on, but a brilliant moment in time. Beattie laughs as he recalls: “He is a complete clown, but he had knocked it over. And to see your mate do that, especially considering how much Dan had struggled with criticism in his career, was great.”There have been lean years for Scotland and this result came in the midst of a tough spell. This result could not be taken for granted, because so few predicted it. The Scottish players, understandably, wanted to take all of it in.Physical contest: Underdog Scotland knew they’d have it tough“I remember being on the pitch after that game, looking up at the faces and the Scottish fans in the crowd were going bananas,” Beattie says. “You find yourself wishing you could give that feeling to the people far away, those at home on the couch watching the game.“The only thing I can compare it too was in 2006 when I watched Scotland beat England. That was an amazing night, it was like a siege in Edinburgh.“To compare (the win in Ireland) with the last few years, that was part of a difficult period for Scotland. So we just wanted to savour that moment. We had worked so hard and that was a really celebrated Irish team. So we just wanted to go around the ground, celebrate with the fans and each other and then enjoy the night in Dublin.”Pulling in the same direction: France after winning in 2004France 24-21 England, 2004“The Six Nations in 2004 were six months after the World Cup in Australia,” France’s Olivier Magne remembers. “And of course England beat us in that semi-finals. We felt that if we hadn’t lost to England then that we would have had a very good opportunity. So in 2004 that was our chance to say to the world that we are still a very good team.”Hi everyone: Magne with the trophyIn Paris in 2004, England turned up hoping to derail a French Grand Slam. According to back-rower Magne, France were maybe not the most confident, but with so much up for grabs and a shot at avenging their World Cup loss, they would put their bodies on the line. They had to. We take a look at some of the Top Moments in Six Nations history, with stories from inside those moments, shedding some light on what made them special. This is an advertising feature. This piece is written in Partnership with Tissot. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Perfect Paris: Manu Tuilagi celebrates his score against France in 2012 “The stars did align that day, but nothing outside the group had ever affected us going into it. Nothing else matters as much as the people that came through it.”What’s your #TopMoment moment of the 6 Nations? Share it on Tissot’s Facebook for a chance to win a Tissot watch.
Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/511009/vacation-residence-at-lia-mold-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Yannis KontosText description provided by the architects. The rocky slopes of the Cycladic landscape are dominated by the picture of a complex consisting of longitudinal dry stonewalling whose function is to hold in the precious soil on the terraces formed there.Save this picture!SectionRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsThe house has been designed as a composite ‘terrace’ on a steep slope. The dry stonewalling here is transformed into a tool of composition which defines the enclosed spaces, shapes the courtyards, gives protection from the northerly winds, and frames the view, thus creating a complex of interior and exterior spaces, in sequence with the natural flow of the slope.Save this picture!© Yannis KontosThe oxidised IPE beams which were chosen for the construction of the shades, and for more general use, are a continuation of the island’s history (mining of iron ore). By means of the use of stone and iron, in combination with floors of tamped cement mortar in an earthy colour, the ‘disguising’ of the house was the aim. This logic is reinforced by the creation of ‘dug-out’ areas, on the roofs of which edible plants grow. These, together with the olive-trees, the oleanders, and the bougainvilleas which grow in the surrounding area, contribute to the visual continuation of the landscape.Another reality to which the design of the house had to respond is the strict terms of building which prevail in the islands of the Cyclades. The height of buildings must not exceed one storey, the consolidation of all the premises into one compact mass is mandatory, while large apertures and cantilevers are prohibited.Save this picture!© Yannis KontosImportance was attached to the creation of differing qualities of exterior spaces, given that life on the island is largely lived in the open air. Roofed, enclosed, and sheltered areas are distinct, whereas others are free, exposed to the sun and the wind. All of them communicate with one another, thus composing the route down to the sea.The composition of the enclosed spaces was carried out with the typology of traditional Cycladic dwellings (known as katikiés), in which spaces of small dimensions, frequently of an irregular shape, are laid out in a row, with scope for later additions, as a criterion.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessGG Bioclimatic House / Alventosa Morell ArquitectesSelected ProjectsCasa E246 / Ezequiel Amado CattaneoSelected Projects Share Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Vacation Residence at Lia / MOLD Architects Save this picture!© Yannis Kontos+ 44 Share Photographs “COPY” Projects Greece ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMOLD ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLiaGreecePublished on June 02, 2014Cite: “Vacation Residence at Lia / MOLD Architects” 02 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
The results of the second round of voting in France’s regional elections Dec. 13 showed that although the racist and anti-Muslim National Front (FN) had come out ahead two weeks before in the earlier round, the FN was unable to win control of any regional governments. The FN was stymied for now because the centrist Socialist Party withdrew infavor of right-wing Republicans — Nicolas Sarkozy’s party — in areas where this would keep the FN from winning. While the FN was kept out of office, many of its xenophobic and racist policies have been at least partially endorsed by the parties in office.The right-wing Republicans and their allies are going to manage seven of France’s 13 regions; the Socialist Party and its allies will manage five; Corsican nationalists will run the region on the island of Corsica.The Socialist Party, despite its name, is currently managing the French government for the French imperialist ruling class.In the two regions of Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie in the north and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) in the south, the Socialist candidates had followed the orders of the national leadership and withdrawn from the second round to block the FN from winning. Voters responded with “an explosion of blank ballots.” (francetvinfo, Dec. 14) In some polling places, especially in PACA, nearly 100 percent of the ballots were blank. This blank vote showed that many who wanted to defeat the FN refused to vote for the rightist Republicans. Some of the Socialists criticized the party’s decision to withdraw as one of surrender to the right.Where the Socialists didn’t run in the second round, the FN will be the official opposition in regional councils. The FN, which got its highest vote ever — 6.8 million — will have 358 seats, the Republicans 818 and the Socialists 618. Writing after the first round in the December issue of Transform! Europe, Elisabeth Gauthier, of the French Communist Party’s National Committee, trying to explain the FN’s appeal, basically called for the creation of “a real alternative,” one that is “against austerity, and for solidarity and the shared progress of humanity.” Neither the Communist Party nor any other workers’ party on the left had an impact on the elections.Challenges to the French bourgeoisie need to take place not only in elections but also in the streets, factories and offices of France.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
By Ángeles MaestroThe author of this commentary is a leader of the organization Red Roja (Red Network) in the Spanish state and a medical doctor who is a major spokesperson for organizations promoting publicly funded health care. Translation by John Catalinotto.After nine months of a pandemic [in Spain], health services are once again on the verge of collapse. The authorities have taken no significant measure – other than confinement – to confront an absolutely predictable situation. Hopes to obtain essential conditions of survival are collapsing in working-class neighborhoods and for tens of thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses.Under these conditions, we have the right to point out that the strategy of the central government, and of all the autonomous governments, is aimed at using all kinds of instruments of social control and repression against foreseeable popular revolts.Spain’s healthcare workers protest health service cuts, Madrid, Nov. 19.[Spain’s federal government is a center-left coalition of the Socialist Party (PSOE) and Podemos; the autonomous governments direct regions mainly where national minorities predominate: Catalonia, Basque Region, and Galicia, for example.]Destruction of capital serves financial oligarchy and energy multinationalsWe still don’t know where the virus came from, but we do know that, before it appeared, all the alarm warnings of a major economic crisis went off, and that the social situation was explosive in many countries. In the case of the Kingdom of Spain, “although a rich country, it lives in a situation of generalized poverty,” as stated by the UN Rapporteur on Poverty at the beginning of 2020. (tinyurl.com/y6fmwrms)As in all capitalist crises – and this one is of gigantic proportions – the destruction of capital continues its devastating course, sweeping off the arena small- and medium-sized enterprises on a massive scale. (tinyurl.com/y2y3gdf6)Also, as happens in crises, the banks are accelerating the processes of concentration of wealth. This is coupled with their purchase of what little is left of state-owned banks with the direct complicity of the government, as was the case with Bankia, which led to the corresponding massive layoffs. At the same time the banks are becoming administrators of credit from the European Union.In a scenario of massive impoverishment and the collapse of the economic model of tourism and construction [in Spain], when it is urgent to tackle reconstruction of production from positions of sovereignty, the EU has decided that its priorities are energy transition towards greener energy and digitalization. Only by satisfying these conditions can banks located in EU member countries obtain access to the 760 billion euros of the European recovery fund. To assure that the banks and multinationals control this enormous amount of money, the rules wipe out any sovereignty.All this, when the little industrial fabric that remains is being destroyed and when environmental pollution is not the main problem, and when digitalization – in the hands of capital – will serve to intensify the destruction of jobs. In other words, while millions of people face massive destruction of their living conditions, the banks and the multinationals, especially the electricity and energy companies, are preparing to receive a deluge of billions of euros.Everyone can see that the rapid extension of misery will lead to great social explosions. It is also evident that the government is passively witnessing the looming disaster without taking even minimal measures to confront it.Cataclysm for working class and popular sectorsIn view of the harsh consequences of the epidemic, the stupor of the first months has given way to the realization – except for those who cover not only their mouths, but also their brains – of an undeniable fact: While reports multiply that reveal the essentially social causality of the pandemic, neither the “progressive” government nor the autonomous governments have adopted indispensable emergency measures, although they had the legal capacity to do so.I do not engage in conspiracy theories, nor am I speaking of revolutionary measures. Here are some facts.Failure of health careIn the health field, the central government and the autonomous governments have not mobilized the resources – personnel and facilities – of the private health sector, nor of the pharmaceutical industry, nor of the companies that manufacture the necessary material such as respirators, personal protective equipment or masks, to serve the most pressing needs of the population. Articles 8 and 13 of the decree of a State of Emergency last March provide for requisitions, interventions and occupations of private companies. (tinyurl.com/sxroyrj)None of these steps were adopted then, nor is anyone talking about them now, when according to these same authorities, we are heading for a breakdown in the health system.Although, since the beginning of the pandemic there has been talk of huge shortages of health care personnel, the governments have taken no action, in nine months (!), to make public offers of employment with decent working conditions. Such public offers could encourage the return of the tens of thousands of health professionals who emigrated after years of garbage contracts, or to avoid, as is happening now, the cascade of casualties from depression or stress in an overburdened public health system.They have not de facto extended the right to health care to undocumented migrants, who remain without access to the card that pays for health care – even though such a social strategy increases the danger of transmission of diseases.The autonomous regional governments, with the complicity of the central government, have made it possible for all the additional funding that was made available for health care to end up in the hands of private companies (Ribera Salud, Indra, Telefónica, Pascual, etc), by subcontracting various services.Accelerating unemployment, evictions, povertyIn the social sphere, the central government approved a cutting-edge measure, the Minimum Vital Income, whose ineffectiveness gives an idea of what has happened in other areas. Even after overcoming a bureaucratic labyrinth – an almost impossible task for the vast majority of applicants – more than 60 percent of nearly one million applications have been rejected. (tinyurl.com/yyamkgc7)Evictions have not been stopped. More than a million people have been evicted since 2008. (tinyurl.com/y55c96b8) At the height of the pandemic, we are helplessly witnessing the daily human drama of people with fewer resources being forced onto the streets. In the Spanish state, one suicide occurs every 2.5 hours, with a good part of this due to causes related to unemployment and evictions. (tinyurl.com/y59acyxj) Meanwhile, according to official figures, there are 3.5 million empty houses, with a significant percentage of them owned by banks that carry out evictions.On Sept. 30 the moratorium regarding the payment of mortgages, rent and water, light and electricity, provided for in previous decrees, expired. (tinyurl.com/y4of4gvq) The new State of Emergency decree of Oct. 25 has not renewed this moratorium; that is to say, the banks and the big water, light and electricity multinationals have the freedom − granted by the government which “leaves no one behind” − to carry out new evictions and to cut off the supply of goods indispensable for the survival of those who are drowning in poverty and disease. Since last March these payments were only postponed; now all the bills are coming due at once.The regime has done nothing to strengthen the educational system, neither to guarantee the most elementary security measures, nor to allow the students of the working-class neighborhoods − affected by successive quarantines − to follow the classes using distance learning (by internet).After more than 27,000 deaths of elderly people, the governments have taken no steps to control or punish the owners of the private homes that have been converted into real “death chambers” due to the owners’ drive to obtain profits in collaboration with the governments. Popular clamor calling on the government to pass a law to regulate this business sector has had no results. (tinyurl.com/yyq2b4vd)Nothing has been done to improve the impoverished condition of retired workers, especially women, who in many cases turn out to be the ones who supported their families. More than six million people receive pensions of less than 950 euros per month. The brutal fact is that while the overall number of pensions increased from January to October 2020, the number of minimum pensions has suffered a very significant decrease – exactly 49,646. This figure is almost ten times the decrease suffered by this group in 2019, which was 9,195 people. This figure undoubtedly reflects, once again, that vulnerability to COVID is not age, but poverty [because the poorest people have died at an accelerated rate].No measures have been taken to force regional and municipal governments to improve public transport in large cities to avoid concentrations of crowds of people (in Madrid the frequency of trains passing through the metro at peak times is more than 10 minutes between trains), which are obviously the best breeding grounds for the transmission of COVID-19. The conditions in which transport from the working-class districts, where all the risk factors are accumulated, to the work place where the employer reigns and safety is subordinated to profit, make the recommended measures to avoid contagion look like a macabre joke.Fear mongering by the mediaAnd meanwhile, the media dedicates more than 80 percent of its time to spreading fear of the pandemic.Radios, newspapers and televisions are constantly vomiting data and more data, most of it incomprehensible and lacking the minimum rigor, seasoned with analyses by talk shows and supposed experts, all pointing in the same direction.The result is the creation of feelings of panic that colonizes the heads of millions of people, of fear that even the least social relationship is dangerous, and of insecurity when faced with anything that requires leaving one’s home. All of this the media promotes without reporting at equivalent length on the situation in Cuba, in Vietnam or in China, countries where the pandemic is under control and where the population has returned to its usual social relations.Given that all the big media are owned, directly or indirectly, by the same multinationals and banks that manage the crisis to their greatest advantage, there is little doubt that the creation of a state of widespread fear and preaching social isolation sets up the most propitious environment to conjure up what they fear the most: that the working class and popular sectors will knock over the game board.Fear and the creation of a psychosis of war – brought into focus through press conferences with the military and Civil Guards present – are the most effective instrument for disciplining the masses and neutralizing, through criminalization, any disobedience or resistance.Disciplining the massesAnd to guarantee social control, the “progressive” government imposes on the popular sectors prone to mobilization, through its subsidized political and union lieutenants, the argument that the PSOE (Socialists) should not be criticized, nor Podemos, because the situation would be even worse if the right wing were in office. The only mobilizations they allow are those directed against the Popular Party (right-wing) governments.This is the fundamental service that Podemos and the self-proclaimed institutional left in general render to capital: to control the outbreak of social revolt when in January the ERTEs [special subsidies for COVID-19 keeping businesses open and providing unemployment insurance] end, and the avalanche of bankruptcies begins.And this service has already begun in reaction to the brutal police charges against the youth of Vallecas. Police injured or arrested several people who were exhibiting their class consciousness – in the face of the segregation imposed on the working-class neighborhoods – by shouting “Fewer police and more health.” The Regional Federation of Neighborhood Associations of Madrid, with a strong presence of Podemos and the United Left (IU) – separating themselves from the activists – sent the following tweet: “In Vallecas there have been riots in which the neighborhood associations have no relation.”In the last few days, the youth mobilizations that have occurred in various cities have been censored by Podemos, which attributes them to the extreme right or to nihilistic positions. This stance advances the criminalization of protest and the use of the emergency measures at the service of social control. All this is an attempt to hide the evidence that at moments when misery and desperation affect millions of people, it is precisely the so-called institutional left, weak and cowardly, which feeds fascism.Class struggle cannot be containedAll levels of state power, from the repressive apparatus to the media, are preparing to confront the social rebellions that will undoubtedly take place.When hunger and desperation are spreading, without – as I have argued – governments adopting even the most elementary measures to alleviate them, one must break with and criminalize those who seek to confine resistance and social mobilization.The strategy of the national and European oligarchy plunges millions of people from the working class and small and medium-sized businesses into misery and desperation, condemned to absolute ruin. It is necessary that, from positions of class independence, we unmask this strategy and the complicity of the “progressive” government and its political and trade union agents.At this moment, abstract criticisms of capitalism or the ruling classes are insufficient. Two lines of work, intimately connected, should govern the action aimed at clearly confronting the impending cataclysm.On the one hand, it is necessary “to identify which element has the biggest impact” for causing the destruction of society and against which most force can be accumulated, and which, moreover, is a keystone on which the whole system rests.If we succeed in detaching ourselves from that element, we will have taken giant steps to put an end to capitalism. This key element is none other than finance capital, which we urgently need to expunge from our lives, and against which the majority of popular sectors are now entering into contradiction. (tinyurl.com/y3ol9c7c)It is of great importance that, in the face of the power of the banks that objectively annihilate not only the working class, but also small and medium-sized businesses, an alliance be built to prevent this sector from nourishing the ranks of fascism.On the other hand, it is decisive that spaces for organization and mobilization be activated in a united front manner, creating from the base the structures of popular power, of intransigent defense of life in all its facets, in preparation for the hard period of class confrontation that is coming ever closer.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 The Tehran prosecutor general, Ghorbanali Dory Najaf Abadi, said yesterday: “The journalist could be freed if she were to request a pardon from the Supreme Leader of the Revolution. Otherwise, justice will take its course.”Seven journalists and two bloggers are currently imprisoned in Iran, which was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists RSF_en Timeline of Saberi case- 31 January: Roxana Saberi is arrested.- 1 March: The US public radio network NPR breaks the news of her arrest (after being alerted by her father on 10 February).- 2 March: Foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi says Saberi was working “illegally” in Iran.- 3 March: Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi says she has been “arrested on the order of the Tehran revolutionary court and is being held in Evin prison.”- 9 April: Saberi is charged with spying by deputy prosecutor Hassan Zare Dehnavi. This charge is often used by the Iranian authorities to arrest journalists and tighten the muzzle on freedom of expression.- 13 April: Saberi is tried in a closed-door hearing on a charge of spying for the United States.- 18 April: Saberi is sentenced to eight years in prison.- 20 April: Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi announces that she will join the Saberi defence team.- 21 April: Saberi begins her hunger strike.- 25 April: Her lawyer files an appeal against her conviction. Four members of Reporters Without Borders today began their third day of a hunger strike in Paris in solidarity with Saberi. The protests are intensifying and are spreading around the world in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day on 3 May. Saberi’s lawyer, Abdulfatah Soltani, told Reporters Without Borders that he tried in vain to visit her yesterday to ask her to call off her hunger strike. He explained that the deputy prosecutor refused to let her sign a legal representation contract with the Human Rights Defenders Centre, which is led by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, a human rights lawyer. IranMiddle East – North Africa “We appeal to Roxana to end her hunger strike,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We have already taken over the hunger strike in Paris and we will soon be doing the same in London, New York, Madrid and Brussels. She needs to know that she is not alone.” Follow the news on Iran Organisation Receive email alerts Saberi’s father, Reza Saberi, was summoned yesterday to the office of Tehran deputy prosecutor Hassan Zare Dehnavi (better known as Hassan Haddad) because of his statements to the international media that she was on hunger strike and appeared weak from going without food. Dehnavi put a lot of pressure on him to retract these statements. June 9, 2021 Find out more “The Iranian authorities are applying a great deal of pressure on Roxana’s parents to get them to deny that their daughter is on hunger strike,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge the Iranian authorities to stop this intimidation. We also urge them to let her lawyers visit her in Evin prison and to respect her rights.” News Ebadi herself said: “Under Iranian law, Roxana has the right to be freed on bail pending the appeal, so why isn’t she being freed?” News May 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nobel laureate supports Roxana Saberi and Reporters Without Borders News to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders condemns the Iranian government’s attempts to intimidate Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, her family and her lawyers. February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Human rights lawyer and Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Human Rights Defenders Centre has voiced her support for jailed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi and the solidarity hunger strike being staged by Reporters Without Borders.“Roxana Saberi’s life is now in danger,” Ebadi said. “The hunger strike she has been on since 21 April to protest her innocence and press for her release is a courageous act. It is important that she should be able to stop this hunger strike while having the assurance that others all over the world are continuing the campaign for her release.“Press freedom activists including Reporters Without Borders are conducting solidarity hunger strikes in several countries. I support their commitment.“We want the rights of Roxana Saberi and eight other journalists and bloggers to be respected, we want their defence rights to be respected, and we want the pressure on Roxana Saberi and her family to stop at once. Even if Iran’s judicial authorities are opposed to her defence being organised by the Human Rights Defenders Centre during the appeal, I am continuing to watch the case very closely.“The Roxana Saberi case is above all a battle for freedom of expression and respect for the rights of imprisoned journalists.”————————————————————————————30.04.09 – Roxana Saberi’s family and lawyers under strong pressure from Iranian authoritiesReporters Without Borders condemns the Iranian government’s attempts to intimidate Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, her family and her lawyers. Sentenced to eight years in prison on a spying charge, Saberi been on hunger strike since 21 April. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders continues to call for Saberi release. Such an act of clemency by the Iranian authorities in the run-up to World Press Freedom Day would be seen as a conciliatory gesture, the organisation added.