Shock drop for German retailing

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Credit Suisse profits higher than forecast

first_img CREDIT Suisse delivered a solid first-quarter performance yesterday only marred by a large debt writedown that pulled profits down 45 per cent. Strong revenues in its investment banking division and healthy fund inflows generated group pre-tax profit of SwFr1.6bn Swiss francs (£1.1bn), higher than the consensus forecast for SwFr 1.5bn.However, its profit was down from the SwFr2.9bn recorded in the same quarter in 2010 as it wrote off SwFr617m from its own debt and related derivatives after issuing and selling about £6.5bn of contingent convertible (co-co) bonds in the quarter. The strength of the Swiss franc against the dollar and euro also hindered the bank’s performance – BNP Paribas analyst Olivia Frieser pointed out that the 25 per cent fall in group profit would have been 15 per cent in dollar terms.“In a quarter marked by significant market uncertainty we have maintained our strong momentum with clients, gaining market share and generating SwFr19.1bn net new assets,” said chief executive Brady Dougan.Credit Suisse’s investment banking arm turned in a strong performance, generating a SwFr1.3bn pre-tax profit on revenues of SwFr4.9bn. While profit fell 25 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2010, it beat market expectations of SwFr1.2bn, while revenues fell only six per cent.“Underwriting, advisory and equities were below expectations, but fixed income, currency and commodities (FICC) above,” said Frieser. Pre-tax profit at its private banking division fell eight per cent to SwFr855m from SwFr892m in 2010, while its asset management arm saw profits rise four per cent year-on-year to SwFr172m from SwFr166m in 2010. Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Sharecenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeHero WarsThis game will keep you up all night!Hero WarsTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastGundry MD Total Restore SupplementWhat Rice Does to the Human BodyGundry MD Total Restore SupplementLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsFilm OracleHer Love Triangle Inspired 3 Of The Most Popular Songs Ever WrittenFilm OracleBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeLiver Health1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramiCanAnswerThat.comThe New Volkswagen Atlas Is The Car Of Your Dreams.iCanAnswerThat.com Credit Suisse profits higher than forecast Tags: NULL Wednesday 27 April 2011 8:29 pmlast_img read more

Mississippi sports betting handle skyrockets in September

first_img Mississippi sports betting handle skyrockets in September AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Regions: US Mississippi 21st October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports wagering revenue in Mississippi almost doubled month-on-month, and increased 19.2% year-on-year to $37.9m while the state took in $5.6m in revenue from sports bets.Much of the year-on-year growth came from casinos in the state’s central region. Although amounts wagered were the lowest of Mississippi’s three regions, handle increased to $5.1m, up 75.6% from September 2018.Revenue from the region totaled $780,798, up 65.9% year-on-year, as bookmakers in the region recorded a 15.29% win percentage, the state’s Gaming Commission revealed.The coastal region remained the largest source of activity, with stakes of $25.4m representing a 14.7% increase from the prior year. However, the region’s win percentage declined from 17.7% to 13.9%, causing coastal region revenue to decline 10.2% to $3.5m.Read more on iGB North America. Email Addresslast_img read more

Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgLafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Africa PLC (WAPCO.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLafarge Africa Plc is a cement manufacturing company in Nigeria offering high quality concrete and aggregates for the home building and construction sectors. The company is one of the oldest cement manufacturing companies in Nigeria and is a member of the LafargeHolcim Group, the largest building and concrete solutions company in the world. It also diversified interests in manufacturing paint, repairing electric motors, transport services and Kraft bag production. Lafarge Africa Plc has plants in Ewekoro and Sagamu in the South West district; Mfamosing in the South-South district; and Ashaka in the North East district of Nigeria. The company has installed cement production capacity of 10.5MTPA and has plans to increase its production capacity. Its product range includes cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete and pulverized fly ash. Cement solutions are marketed under the brand names Elephant, Ashaka, Supaset, PowerMax and Unicem. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House in Elie / WT Architecture

first_imgArchitects: WT Architecture Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Elie, United Kingdom United Kingdom House in Elie / WT Architecture photographs:  David BarbourPhotographs:  David BarbourMain Contractor:Alexander Oastler Ltd
Structural Engineer:David Narro AssociatesQuantity Surveyor:McLeod and AitkenCity:ElieCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© David BarbourRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. This new beach-side house replaces a 1970’s bungalow with a house that engages with its dramatic coastal location and aims to enable its occupants to luxuriate in the special views over the Firth of Forth. The building form is broken in to parts to tie it in with the scale and massing of its vernacular neighbours, with a range of living space with a horizontal sedum- covered roof tying the parts together.Save this picture!© David BarbourThe main entrance to the house from the landward side is between the two main sections of the house, which frame a view through to a lighthouse on the far side of the beach. The largest two-storey section accommodates the kitchen, utility and bedroom spaces, and the smaller bothy-like section is dedicated to a four bed children’s bunk-loft with its own living space and shower room. The living space linking these is largely glazed, with open plan sitting, dining and TV spaces. By contrast, the landward side is deliberately more closed down and protects the privacy of the house.Save this picture!© David BarbourA palette of timber boarding and zinc was chosen to reflect the feel of sea-side boat sheds. Wrapping zinc roof planes and timber-boarded screens sit on and inside more massive whitewashed masonry walls, which also extend away from the house to create pockets of shelter and some privacy on what is a very public site.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanInternal materials are simple and utilitarian with a timber OSB lining to the children’s bothy and smooth concrete screed throughout the ground floor. Part of the main roof is formed in fully integrated solar PV panels which also form the weathering layer. Moving louvre panels enable some control over solar gain at the southern beach frontage. First floor bedrooms look out over the sedum roof, bringing the landscape and seascape right up to the window sills.Save this picture!© David BarbourProject gallerySee allShow lessSunlay Design Group’s Folklore-Inspired Retail Center Will Soon Rise in ChinaUnbuilt ProjectWood in the Sky / group8Selected Projects Share House in Elie / WT ArchitectureSave this projectSaveHouse in Elie / WT Architecture ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/627523/house-in-elie-wt-architecture Clipboard Area:  275 m² Area:  275 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2014 Year:  ArchDaily Save this picture!© David Barbour+ 12 Share Projects Year:  2014 Houses CopyAbout this officeWT ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesElieHousesUnited KingdomPublished on May 16, 2015Cite: “House in Elie / WT Architecture ” 16 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/627523/house-in-elie-wt-architecture Clipboard “COPY”last_img read more

‘Biden won’t save us!’

first_imgChants of “Cops and Klan work hand-in-hand” and “No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA” filled the air outside Philadelphia City Hall Jan. 9. Dozens of anti-fascist, pro-socialist demonstrators gathered there for a demonstration denouncing white supremacy and the failed Jan. 6 fascist insurrection in Washington, D.C. Philadelphia, Jan. 9. WW Photo: Joe PietteSeveral people passing by, including a houseless trans couple, stayed to join the protest and express interest in further actions.Speakers from Workers World Party, Black Alliance for Peace, Philadelphia-Camden Boricua Committee, Philly REAL Justice and Working Educators addressed the need for workers’ power and solidarity to fight the emboldened fascist movement. Many speakers raised the open collusion between various state policing entities and the Jan. 6 mob that stormed Congress to keep Trump in office.  — Report by Betsey PietteFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get Better

first_img A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get Better SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleU.S. Ag Benefiting from Trade with CubaNext articleAg Lender Conversations Have Changed Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get Better    A Sure Sign Things are Going to Get BetterCorn and soybean prices have been on the decline since 2014. In Indiana and most of the Corn Belt, farmland values have not fallen. One economist says that is a sure sign things are going to get better. University of Illinois ag economist Scott Irwin says the fact that land values have stayed relatively strong, despite multiple years of poor profitability, is a sign that sooner or later the farm economy will turn around, “That is one way to reconcile the firmness of land values is that these long term investors, whether they are farmers or outside investors, are counting on commodity prices recovering to profitable levels in the not too distant future.”Irwin believes that prices will return to profitable levels like $4.00 for corn, $10.75 for soybeans, and $4.75 for all wheat. But farmers want to know when that will be. Irwin says it may be a gradual recovery as world economic conditions improve, or it may be a quick and violent recovery because of a calamity, “I think it will be a series of bad weather events that will be what finally brings us out of this downturn.” He is looking for the return of a more normal frequency of bad weather in the United States, noting that the last twenty-plus years have been the best series in terms of Corn Belt weather since 1895. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jan 23, 2018 last_img read more

Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation

first_img April 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Well-known journalist arrested on spying charge after deportation (Photo: Zerkalo) Help by sharing this information RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News April 9, 2021 Find out more AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News News Organisation RSF_en to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Rauf Mirkadyrov, a well-known columnist with the independent Russian-language newspaper Zerkalo, who was arrested on a charge of spying for Armenia on being deported back to Azerbaijan from Turkey, where he was based for three years.“By illegally expelling Mirkadyrov, the Turkish authorities have rendered themselves complicit in Azerbaijan’s persecution of this journalist,” said Johann Bihr, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The grave charges brought against Mirkadyrov are totally absurd and fool no one He is just the latest victim of the Azerbaijani government’s campaign to eradicate its media critics. How could this journalist have transmitted state secrets to which he did not have access?”The Turkish authorities stripped Mirkadyrov of his press accreditation on 9 April and, without any explanation, gave him two weeks to leave the country. Nonetheless, he was arrested in Ankara nine days later, on 18 April, and was put on a flight to Baku the following day, without being able to challenge his deportation or even contact a lawyer.Relatives and colleagues waited in vain for him at Baku airport on 19 April, learning the next day that he had been arrested on arrival on a spying charge. He was formally charged on 21 April under article 274 of the penal code (“high treason”) and was placed in pre-trial detention for three months.His lawyer, Fuad Agayev, was then finally able to talk to him. Agayev said Mirkadyrov rejected all the charges and had refused to sign a statement.Mirkadyrov is a seasoned journalist who won the Gerd Bucerius Prize for Press Freedom in Eastern Europe in 2008. A reporter for Zerkalo for many years, he is known for being critical not only of the Azerbaijani government but also the Turkish and Russian ones. He helped found the opposition newspaper Bizim Yol, and used to be deputy editor of the newspaper Monitor, whose editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in 2005. He is also a member of the Azerbaijani opposition, running for parliament in 2005 and now a member of the political council of the Azerbaijan National Independence Party. Mirkadyrov has for years made a speciality of covering the troubled Nagorno-Karabakh region – a part of Azerbaijan with a mostly Armenian population that proclaimed its independence in 1991 – and has participated in various projects aimed at fostering dialogue among the parties to the conflict and finding a solution to a stalemate that has endured since 1994.The officials conducting the investigation into Mirkadyrov on spying charges have named two Armenians as his alleged “contact officers.” One of them is Laura Bagdasarian, the head of the NGO Region, with whom several Azerbaijani NGOs have cooperated in cross-border projects. These NGOs now fear that the Azerbaijani government intends to criminalize any contact with Armenian civil society. Agayev said: “The case may not be limited to Mirkadyrov, and other Azerbaijani politicians and civil society activists could also be persecuted.”Mirkadyrov’s deportation came just three days after a state visit to Azerbaijan by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The two countries have close relations. Another Azerbaijan journalist, Mahir Zeynalov, was expelled from Turkey in February after sending tweets deemed to have insulted Erdogan.Harassment of news providers has been increasing steadily in Azerbaijan, which is ranked 160th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Outspoken journalists and bloggers are being arrested, while the few remaining independent media are close to asphyxiation. Follow the news on Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh June 4, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Authorities urged to quash 30-month prison sentence imposed on blogger

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists February 25, 2021 Find out more December 19, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities urged to quash 30-month prison sentence imposed on blogger News RSF_en center_img News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders calls on the judicial authorities to overturn the jail terms that were passed on blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi (http://rooznegaar.blogfa.com) on 15 December, coinciding with a European Union appeal to Iran to respect the rights of its detainees. A Tehran revolutionary court sentenced Mirsayafi to two years in prison for “insulting” the Islamic Republic’s leaders and six months in prison for “publicity against the government.” “These sentences are much too severe for a blogger whose only crime was to express his views online,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The offending blog entries were satirical comments about Iran. They may seem excessive but they cannot be regarded as ‘insulting’ and certainly do not deserve a prison sentence.” Arrested on 22 April, Mirsayafi was released after 41 days in detention on payment of 100 million toman (72,000 euros) in bail. When he appeared in court on 22 November he was charged under article 514 of the criminal code, which says “insulting Supreme Guide Khomeiny, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or the country’s leaders, is punishable by six months to two years in prison,” and under article 500, which says “propaganda against the state is punishable by three months to one year in prison.” Most of what Mirsayafi posted on his blog, Rooznegar, which can no longer be accessed, was about traditional Persian music and culture. He told Reporters Without Borders: “I am a cultural blogger, not a political one. Of all the entries I posted online, only two or three were satirical. I did not intend to insult anyone.” Mirsayafi’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders that, “in the opinion of the court’s experts, this blog did not have enough visitors to be regarded as a ‘publication’.” Mirsayafi is meanwhile still facing separate charges of “insulting the prophet of Islam” and “attacking the sacredness of Iran” before a Tehran assizes court. Iran is one of the world’s most repressive countries towards outspoken bloggers and often imposes disproportionate sentences. The government is currently considering a bill that would extend the death penalty to crimes committed online. On 18 december, the UN general assembly passed a resolution urging Iran to put a stop to death sentences and executions. News Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Drug dealer warned he is walking on thin ice

first_imgNewsDrug dealer warned he is walking on thin iceBy Staff Reporter – November 19, 2015 1119 Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Email Printcenter_img WhatsApp Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A WIDOER and convicted Limerick drug dealer whose suspended prison sentence became the centre of a political storm last year over has been told that he is “walking on incredibly thin ice” by a judge who said it would be unjust to revoke his freedom over the theft of metal containers last year.The sentencing hearing of Hugo Porter last year became the centre of a political storm when the Fianna Fail spokesperson for justice Niall Collins TD wrote a letter to the court on behalf of Mr Porter.The widowed father of four from St Patrick Villa’s, Castleconnell, along with Alan Lysaght (40) from Scanlon Park, Castleconnell, were both convicted and sentenced last year for the drug offences committed in June of 2011.The men were convicted in connection with the discovery of drugs, namely cannabis herb valued at €11,634 and cannabis resin valued at €6,064, that was hidden in a ditch in a ammunition box in Castleconnell. Porter along with another man Alan Lysaght arrived to the scene in a jeep to move them.Lysaght was jailed for three years with the final year suspended for three years.At the sentencing hearing for Hugo Porter, a letter was handed in to Judge Carroll Moran from Niall Collins TD asking that the court consider all options before sentencing the 41-year-old given his tragic family circumstances.Hugo Porter’s wife died tragically in January 2014 and left him as sole surviving parent for his four children from the marriage and the whole of the 41-year-old’s sentence was suspended with a judge’s warning that he was “a very lucky man and you have a responsibility to your sons to never get into trouble again.”The FF justice spokesperson later said that he regretted writing the letter given the furore it caused.This Tuesday, State solicitor Michael Murray said that application pursuant to section 99 of the Criminal Justice Act was being made by the DPP. It arose on November 6 last after the father of four was convicted of a contested theft offence at Nenagh District Court.Mr Murray told the court that in mid December last year, six weeks after been given the suspended sentence, Hugo Porter and another man called to the home of a farmer in his 80s and enquired if he had any scrap metal to sell.The farmer, Ned Ryan who is in his 80s, told the men that he had two steel containers and that he would sell them if he got €1,000 but that he later declined to sell them “because of some suspicions”.Mr Murray added that it transpired the accused arranged for a metal company, Clear Circle Metal, to call to the rural farm and collect the steel metal tanks.Subsequently, a complaint was made and CCTV footage was harvested from the Clear Circle premises and Hugo Porter was seen “seeking prompt payment of €635”.The court heard that the 41-year-old was arrested and charged with the theft offences, before contesting them at a hearing before Nenagh District Court.Judge John Hannan, sitting at Limerick Circuit Court was told that accused “obtained a suspended sentence given his difficult family circumstances.” and details of a number of previous convictions were given to the court including a two-year suspended sentence that Porter was given for an assault in Ennis in 2009 and the later drugs offence of 2011.Asking that the court not impose the suspended sentence, defence counsel Michael Collins BL said that Hugo Porter was convicted “notwithstanding the contest” in what was described as an unusual set of circumstances.Mr Porter was one of two men that called to the farm to carry out a legitimate “commercial transaction” to which there were a number of parties involved and misunderstandings seem to surround events.Michael Collins BL said that what happened, “happened in broad daylight with another man and a third party company, neither of which have been prosecuted if the circumstances are to be upheld”.He said that at the time, Mr Porter was speaking to the farmer as the two watched the metal tanks being loaded on to the Clear Circle truck and that “no protest vented or articulated was evident from the owner of the metal tanks”.Michael Collins, who revealed that his client would be appealing the conviction at Nenagh District Court, said that he had to reject the suggestion that Mr Porter’s activity “flies in the face of the court’s indulgence in suspending his previous prison sentence, as I can tell you from my dealings with Mr Porter, he fully appreciates the indulgence of the court”.“And, assuming that the conviction in the District Court is upheld, the activity in Birdhill is in stark contrast to his previous activity of assault and drug dealing”, added Mr Porter’s defence counsel.The court was also asked to consider an annomoly in the legislation governing the consideration of suspended sentences as Michael Collins said that if the Circuit Court activated the suspended sentence and Mr Porter was later successful in his appeal of the theft conviction, this would be unjust.Mr Murray said that the court should have regard to all matters before the court and that it may be the case that the “tortuous route (of jailing Hugo Porter) might have to be embarked upon before this matter is concluded”.However, Judge John Hannan said that havng considered all the matters before the court and any consequential effects that would flow, “it would be unjust” to impose the suspended sentence, but warned Hugo Porter that despite the unusual set of circumstances “the only comment I will make is that you are walking on incredibly thin ice”.Hugo Porter was remanded on continuing bail to appear before Nenagh District Court later this week. 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