BP leads exodus of companies

first_img BP leads exodus of companies Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap Monday 21 February 2011 9:16 pm whatsapp whatsapp OIL-GIANTS BP and Shell yesterday evacuated staff from Libya, as pro-democracy riots descended into chaos last night.The London-based oil majors, as well as several other energy firms operating in the oil-rich north-African nation, are working to remove staff from danger.Dutch energy giant Shell, German oil provider Kassel and Wintershall ­– the oil unit of chemical group Basf ­– also said they were pulling staff from the country. BP, which has a $900m (£556m) programme in the region, said it had suspended preparations for drilling in Libya as a result of the violence, but denied reports it would permanently end operations there. A spokesman for the company said around 40 employees and their families had been flown out of Tripoli. “The remainder of the companies employees in Libya will leave the country in due course and in accordance with enforced curfew,” he said. Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgEquity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial services institution in Kenya providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company offers a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts and digital banking to school fees collection, custody investment and group accounts, trade finance, asset finance and microfinance loans. Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited is a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON.ng)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Salt Company Nigeria Plc (NASCON) manufactures and markets a range of edible salt for industrial use and iodine-fortified kitchen salt for domestic use in Nigeria. By-products from the salt refining process include fine (butter) salt used to make biscuits and confectionary products; and granulated kitchen salt and industrial salt. The company has factories located in Oregun, Apapa and Port Harcourt and installed capacity of 400 000 tonnes per annum for 25-50 kilogram bags of salt and 100 000 tonnes per annum for salt sachets. Salt products for domestic use are marketed under the brand name Annapurna and Dangote. Annapurna is a brand name owned by West Africa Popular Foods (WAPF) as a joint venture between the former NASCON and Unilever Nigeria Plc. The company was established in 1973 and formerly known as National Salt Company of Nigeria Plc. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. National Salt Company Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The FTSE stock market crash is not changing how I invest

first_img James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images 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. Enter Your Email Address This stock market crash does not alter my belief that regularly investing in quality stocks builds wealth. Sometimes stocks may be performing poorly, but in the long run, UK stocks outperform gilts, corporate bonds and cash.With the stock market crashing, it may be challenging to have faith in a regular investment plan. After all, previously-made investments may have lost money. Prices may fall further, and new investments might immediately start to make losses.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…But if investments are curtailed now, because of the crash, then when do they start again? Once the bottom is in place? Buying dips sounds appealing, but timing the market is challenging, and outperforming a regular investment plan is not guaranteed.There will always be bear markets as there will be bull ones. Regularly investing in a bull market means buying at higher and higher prices. At some point, the market will face a correction, and prices will decline. In a bear market, purchases get cheaper and cheaper. At some point, the market will go back up.I really cannot make a case for regularly investing in the good times then abruptly stopping when prices are falling.Crashing outIf regular investing doesn’t appeal at the moment, here is a tip I once heard. Continue to transfer cash to your Stocks and Shares ISA or equivalent, but don’t buy anything. Instead, think of those stocks that you wish you had purchased a long time ago. Those that, until February, really went up a lot.Set an order to buy them at a significant discount to the price they are at now. If the market crashes further, stocks might get bought at previously implausible discounts. This approach may help avoid the temptation to sell stocks and lock in any losses for good, as there is some benefit to further declines.Chasing the marketSome industries and sectors have performed worse than others in this crash. Oil and gas stocks have been decimated as demand for fuel has shrunk. Shares in travel and leisure companies have slumped as travel restrictions, both enforced and voluntary, start to bite. Banks stocks are struggling as central banks slash interest rates, making profits hard to come by.Some stocks have not lost as much as others. Food retailers have held up reasonably well, far better than food wholesalers, and so have utilities. It may be tempting to buy stocks like J Sainsbury because they have not fallen as much as the overall market, but that would be short-term thinking. Food retailers are benefiting for now from having their shelves cleared by panic-buying.Panic-buying will stop eventually, so chasing short-term winners is not something I recommend. Stocks that have long-term potential, beyond any temporary boost to revenues, are where you want to be.If I have to focus on one stock to buy right now, it would be Tristel. This company manufactures disinfectant products for commercial and domestic use. Its share price has fallen just 3% since I talked about it in February, even though the stock market crashed. However, the business has good long-term prospects and will also benefit from the heightened awareness of hygiene once this crisis has abated. The FTSE stock market crash is not changing how I invest 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.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. James J. McCombie | Monday, 16th March, 2020 | More on: SBRY TSTL “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! See all posts by James J. McCombielast_img read more

Stock market rally: how I’d unearth UK shares to make a passive income today

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens | Monday, 8th February, 2021 Enter Your Email Address 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Stock market rally: how I’d unearth UK shares to make a passive income today Making a passive income from UK shares may now be more difficult following the recent stock market rally. It has pushed the FTSE 100 around 30% higher since the depths of the 2020 market crash. That’s meant many companies now offer lower yields than they did just a few months ago.As well as lower yields, it’s arguably easier to overlook potential risks after a market rise. Investor confidence may be high. This can lead to greater optimism regarding potential income streams.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…As such, using an investment checklist could be a worthwhile starting point. This will help identify financially-sound businesses that offer good value for money in current stock market conditions.Focusing on a passive incomeOf course, every passive income investor is likely to have different criteria when investing in shares. However, their approach may focus on key areas. These include dividend yield, income reliability, as well as a company’s capacity to increase shareholder payouts in the coming years.As such, it may be a prudent move to focus only on those companies with sufficiently high dividend yields to merit further analysis. Then, focusing on their dividend affordability could be a good move. After all, there’s little point in holding stocks with high historic yields that are now unaffordable in present economic circumstances.The affordability of a company’s passive income can be assessed through simple measures such as comparing its dividend payouts to its net profit. Similarly, analysing its latest updates may provide guidance on how it’s performing. It also offers management views on paying out capital to shareholders. This may build a picture on how affordable its dividend could be in 2021 and in the coming years.Dividend growth opportunitiesOnce companies with high and affordable dividend yields have been found, it may be a sound move to focus on their potential to offer a growing passive income. A similar checklist approach may be useful in this area. Although it’s likely to be more subjective because dividend growth is often closely linked to profit growth.However, it’s also worth assessing areas such as a company’s competitive advantage, its forecasts and whether it’s likely to need to reinvest capital in future. These could indicate whether it offers dividend growth potential.By discounting companies that lack such appeal, it may be possible to further whittle a long list of companies down. This smaller number of attractive passive income opportunities could provide a resilient and growing dividend in the long run.The appeal of a checklistEven a very limited and simple checklist can be a beneficial approach to unearthing dividend shares. Not only does it mean unattractive stocks are excluded, it can also instil discipline in an investor’s methodology.This may be especially attractive after the recent stock market rally, when it’s all too easy to become overly bullish about the passive income opportunities that may be available in an expected economic recovery.center_img Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. 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. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

An offbeat Q&A with New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett

first_img An offbeat Q&A with New Zealand‘s Beauden BarrettDo you have any phobias?Yes, I’m claustrophobic. When I was at boarding school a guy locked me in a cupboard. It felt pretty traumatic. I don’t have any problems with long-haul flights, but when I get caught under anyone…How was your relationship with your brothers growing up? We would hang out a lot. It’s difficult being away from the family and farm now, but realistically I’ll only go back a couple of times a year. It was the best place to grow up. It was pure joy, just kicking the ball around.Would you go into farming after rugby?No, I won’t. My brother Scott may do. It’s probably not for me. I enjoy the lifestyle (in the country) but not the grind of a dairy farmer’s life.Who are the jokers you have played with?Before Izzy Dagg retired, he was up there. There’s a guy called Salesi Rayasi – watch this space – and there’s also James Marshall, who used to play at the Hurricanes.Funny guy: Salesi Rayasi with the Hurricanes last season (Getty Images)Any practical jokes you can share?One guy recently called Billy Proctor pretending he was Matt Proctor. That went on for a very long time.Any nicknames?Baz. That’s it at the moment but at school I was called all sorts. I was called ‘Cat’ but I can’t really tell you why. Let’s just say it has something to do with my brothers.What winds you up?Basic rudeness and, well, not necessarily being ignorant, but when people are late and don’t apologise or just use the same excuses. ‘Ah yeah, sorry I’m late again.’Related: Rugby world Cup TV coverageIf you could be any of your team-mates, who would you be and why? One of the boys who can dance – that’s one of the biggest ones as I’m terrible at dancing. The island boys in particular have good rhythm. Julian Savea can dance well. Ardie Savea is a cool guy too.Who would you like to be stuck in a lift with?TJ Perenara – he can talk his way out of anything. He’s so entertaining to fly with. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This first appeared in the October 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine. Remember to follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sliding in: Barrett scoring against Australia in 2018 (Getty Images) center_img The All Blacks fly-half talks dancing, dinner guests and dairy farming Lightening the mood: TJ Perenara (Getty Images)What superpower would you like to have?To fly. No, to teleport. I’d probably teleport to the first tee. But I wouldn’t want to have superpowers in golf. It would be no fun driving the ball 600 yards.What’s been your silliest purchase?My wife would say my wardrobe choices because I can’t be trusted on my own. I’ll like something and then “horrendous” and “disgusting” are words that are thrown around. I bought this one T-shirt that was half black, half white and my wife called me an orca whale!Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?I would have Tiger Woods so that I could pick his brains about golf. Then it would be Tom Brady and Michael Jordan. That’s three sportsmen. I’m a lover of all sports and I appreciate greatness. I’d love to have a conversation with them.The best advice you’ve received?Probably something I was told last year by Steve Hansen. He said: “Life is not about being perfect.” I was getting too frustrated from not achieving perfection, maybe my standards were too high. Another time I was told: “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” You don’t drop standards but also don’t worry too much.Do you have any guilty pleasures?Chocolate. I’d smash a block of Whittaker’s the night before a game.(TUDOR watch)What would you save if your house was on fire?If everyone is safe, I would save my collection of Tudor watches.Any hidden talents?Certainly not dancing! I’d back myself in many sports. I’ve been lucky to try as many sports as possible, even just in the backyard. But Jordie (brother) is a better cricketer.What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?I’d like to have a positive influence wherever I can and make people feel better.How’d you like to be remembered?As a genuine and nice bloke but also someone who is exciting on the field. I’ve got no intentions of being a safe player. I want to entertain people.last_img read more

Op-Ed: COVID-19 parents seek new schooling options

first_imgBy Bruno V. Manno, senior advisor for K-12 Education at the Walton Family Foundation; The Center Square Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSBruno V. MannoEducationInnovationMicro-SchoolsOP-EdPODSThe Center SquareVirtual Charter Schools Previous articleBest Places to Go on a Date During COVIDNext articleAmazon Prime Video has a great lineup for September 2020 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply COVID-19 has turned school openings into disarray. But creative and determined parents, entrepreneurs and policy leaders are responding with impressive innovations and alternatives so learning can continue. Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Image courtesy of National School Choice Week video You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Public and private school choice policies enacted in nearly every state over the last 30 years are facilitating this process.And governors are using states’ new COVID-19 federal dollars to support families in their decisions and entrepreneurs in their work.Three newer school innovations parents are considering as alternatives are micro-schools, family PODS and virtual charter schools.Micro-schools reinvent the one-room schoolhouse. They create mixed-age groupings of 15 or fewer students that meet in homes, churches, community centers or workspaces. They use cutting edge technology with teachers – or other learning guides – employing different instructional approaches like place-based and experiential learning.Prenda, an Arizona-based national network of micro-schools, grew from 7 students in one neighborhood in 2018 to over 200 schools. Its website traffic increased 737 percent in June compared to June 2019.Prenda works with charter public schools to provide tuition free micro-schools. It also has private micro-schools that accept funds from Arizona’s Education Savings Accounts program, allowing families to use public dollars for some private school costs.Another innovation is Parent Organized Discovery Sites – PODS. These, typically, engage three to six families with one teacher. In some PODS, parents teach, hiring a college student or other “grown-up” to assist.Pandemic PODS combine tutoring and childcare. A Facebook post documents how “within 48 hours … thousands of parents [created] Facebook groups to form…PODS.”Costs for “podding” are supported using public dollars or directly charging parents, with some PODS providing scholarships for low-income families.The San Francisco school district will open 40 district-created PODS in libraries and community centers this school year.In Columbus, Ohio, the YMCA is offering learning PODS for students ages 5 to 16 who attend school virtually. Students begin as early as 6 a.m., with learning sessions beginning at 8 a.m.Another innovation is from the charter sector. Oklahoma’s Epic Charter Schools is a virtual school enrolling 38,026 students. It’s the largest school system in the state – surpassing Oklahoma City and Tulsa – adding up to 1,000 students a day.Students in Epic’s online program have access to a $1,000 “learning fund” to use for everything from karate lessons to art classes. The school manages the money and parents choose from approved vendors.Florida Virtual School is a tuition-free state school that works nationwide with public, private, charter and homeschool families and school districts. It’s seen an increase of 64,107 course requests in their Flex program since July 1, an increase of 93 percent. Full-time applications are up 5,738 requests over last year since March, a 177 percent increase.New enterprises also are being created.SitterStream offers babysitting and student tutoring, individually or in PODS. It has partnerships with small and large businesses, serving their employees. Amazon is one of their clients.Transportant makes “school buses as smart as your phone.” It works with school districts, utilizing buses as rolling wi-fi hotspots that provide high speed internet services for an entire street or apartment building that don’t have those services.Finally, the new federal pandemic CARES Act provides funds for governors to support innovative education programs and services.Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is using $30 million from the CARES Act’s Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund to create a $12 million “Learn Anywhere Oklahoma” program so students access online content with a teacher; a $8 million “Bridge the Gap” digital wallet program offering $1,500 to more than 5,000 low income families to purchase curriculum content, tutoring and technology; and a $10 million “Stay in School” fund providing up to $6,500 to over 1,500 low income families with a pandemic-related job loss so children remain in their current private schools.Govs. Henry McMaster of South Carolina, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire, and Ron DeSantis of Florida announced similar programs for low-income families wanting to enroll their child in a private school. COVID-19 is motivating families to seek alternatives to their child’s current schools and inspiring entrepreneurs to create new enterprises.last_img read more

Youth light up Cuba meeting

first_imgThe annual meeting of the National Network on Cuba included a public event at the University of Illinois in Chicago on Nov. 19-20. Arriving guests viewed images of Cuba’s historic leader Fidel Castro taken by Roberto Chile for Fidel’s 90th birthday. The speakers, cultural presentations and audience itself showed the depth of support in the U.S. for the Cuban Revolution. New generations showed their strength, involvement and leadership.With the recent easing of U.S. government restrictions that had long blocked Cuban representatives from traveling outside New York City and Washington, D.C., this meeting opened broader dialogue in the U.S.First Secretary of the Cuban Embassy Miguel Fraga, director of the North American Division of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) Sandra Ramirez and Leima Martinez, also representing ICAP, shared the podium with Jose López, brother of Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera; Aislinn Pulley, of the Black Lives Matter movement; and Harold Rogers, of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.Not realizing that a week later Fidel Castro would die, 35-year-old Cuban Martinez answered questions about what would happen in Cuba without Fidel. She replied, “The young people in Cuba are there to continue his work and ideas. Young people in Cuba feel identified with the objectives of the revolution. … Every policy that has been implemented in Cuba during all the years by the revolution, but mainly during the last five years, has been supported by the young people in Cuba. In fact, the young people are involved in every aspect of the updates of the social and economic model in Cuba.“Those who have visited Cuba know much about what the youth are doing in the university, in the research centers. They are leading the most important aspects of the dialogue between the U.S. and Cuba, because we have identified health care exchanges and so on. We are also proud to say that young people all over the world celebrated the 90th birthday of Fidel, as well as in Cuba.”Chicago anti-racists look to CubaIn a city infamous for racism, police outrages and economic hardship, Aislinn Pulley, co-founder and lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Chicago, came to the meeting from the funeral of yet another victim of police killings. She rejected the “duopoly” of the Democratic and Republican parties, pointing out that Chicago’s mayor is a Democrat, but the police killings continue. The elected officials in Ferguson, Mo., are also Democrats.She asked, “What does justice look like? What is an alternative to the present misery so many people are living in? When we struggle we can win. When we fight we do win. That is the lesson of Cuba. Despite being a tiny country of 10 million-plus people and only 90 miles from the shore of the largest superpower the world has known, the Cuban Revolution is alive and thrives.”Noting that she had been to Cuba three times, Pulley said, “The example of Cuba, particularly in the work I have been involved in, is really important because of the mothers whose children were murdered by the [Batista] dictatorship. They took the streets in Havana and they led marches. And it is the mothers who are leading the marches here in Chicago and across this country. It is the example of that resistance that we emulate, that can teach us to look beyond the mythology of the duopoly in this country, to create a system that is actually provided for and governed by the majority of the populace. The possibility of Cuba is not a mythology. It is a reality.”Jessie Fuentes asked the audience to sign petitions to free Puerto Rican independence fighter Oscar López Rivera before presenting her spoken word composition “New Puerto Rico.” Andrea Meza delivered spoken word titled “Struggle across borders.”Abeeku Ricks, a 2016 graduate of Cuba’s Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM), shared his gratitude to Cuba and explained how different education is in Cuba. “My generation is the health care activists in the world. In the 60s Cuba sent soldiers, now they are sending doctors. Fidel Castro called it one of his greatest accomplishments, the army of white coats.”Ricks shared that he has friends and family members who have been killed by police here: “Our lives do matter. Cuba put it into perspective how Black people can replicate the Cuban revolution. Cuba has a place in my heart.”Earlier in the day, in a series of panel discussions, Ricks and fellow ELAM graduate Dr. Erlyne Hyppolite discussed Cuba’s health care model.Four Venceremos Brigadistas crafted an interactive discussion to look at anti-oppression and anti-racism as a priority in Cuba solidarity work.The Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization and the National Lawyers Guild alerted the meeting to two serious attacks on the Cuba solidarity movement. U.S. government agencies are attempting to punish IFCO for its Friendshipment Caravans by stripping the parent organization of its tax-exempt status, and they are attempting to fine Floridian Albert Fox $100,000 for traveling to Cuba. IFCO outlined its plans to organize against the U.S. blockade of Cuba with caravans in April and a travel challenge in July.A fourth panel examined the definition of ethical travel to Cuba, describing a new organization of travel providers called RESPECT, whose stated principles encourage respect for Cuba’s laws, regulations and sovereignty when planning travel there.Video of these panels and the public meeting are available at Facebook.com/CubaNetwork, and will be posted soon to NNOC.info.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Dana Gioia Wins Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Dana Gioia, the USC Judge Widney Professor Of Poetry And Public Culture, has been named the recipient of Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry.Gioia, celebrated for his poetry, criticism and arts advocacy, joins a who’s who list of the greatest contemporary American poets who have already been bestowed this national prize honoring lifetime achievement.“I wanted to combine the past and the present—to take the richness of literature and combine it with the energy of movies and popular song to create a new sort of poetry,” Gioia said. “I was not interested in writing just for academics or intellectuals.”The Aiken Taylor Award will be presented Feb. 19 at the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tenn. Poet Laureate of Colorado David Mason will lecture on Gioia’s poetic career the previous day.“Drawing on his array of talent—as a creative artist, scholar, and advocate—Professor Gioia shines a spotlight on the world of American poetry, while establishing his own poetic voice as one of the most profound and distinctive of our time. Our academic community is delighted to celebrate this well-deserved recognition,” said USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett.Sewanee Review, the poetry journal at the University of the South which administers the award, cited not only Gioia’s poems but his impact on poetry itself.“Perhaps no other poet in recent times has, with a combination of criticism, policy, and, above all, exemplary poetic work, sparked as much conversation on the role of poetry in society,” the Sewanee Review writes.Many of the previous 27 winners—including W. S. Merwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Billy Collins—are part of the pantheon of poets who have become part of the popular culture.“Dana has been a good observer and critic of recent American poetry and we’ve profited from that,” said two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Wilbur from his home in Massachusetts. Wilbur was the second winner of the Aiken Award in 1988. “Dana is two things: He is a practical man who exists in the practical world. He can run a government agency with honor and at same time focus altogether on writing poems and do them very well indeed.”Gioia has garnered much acclaim for his mix of business acumen and his ability as an artist.Gioia’s time leading the National Endowment for the Arts—and founding such initiatives as Shakespeare in American Communities, Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, and Jazz Masters—led Business Week magazine to dub him “The Man Who Saved the NEA.”For many years, Gioia was called “the business poet” because after earning an M.B.A. from Stanford University, he became vice president in marketing for the General Foods Corporation.But the lasting mark that Gioia will leave is on the written word. The New Formalism movement that Gioia sparked exemplifies a freedom of style that can happily include the discipline of structure or the cadence of everyday language. That mash-up of styles is de rigueur today. Gioia’s poetry has been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic and other languages. It has also been widely reprinted, including in the Norton Anthology of Poetry and the Oxford Book of American Poetry.Gioia has released four books of poetry; translated two collections of poetry; penned three collections of criticism and three opera libretti; and served as an editor for over thirteen anthologies and handbooks. His third collection of poems, “Interrogations at Noon,” won the American Book Award.Gioia’s approach to poetry has much to do with his childhood in Los Angeles, where he was raised by a Sicilian father and Mexican mother and became the first in his family to go to college.“When growing up in L.A. in the ’60s, how can you not recognize the cultural energy around you?” Gioia said. “How do you transform that level of intensity to the solely verbal form that poetry requires?”Not only did he strive to allow poetry writing to be more dynamic, but also to make poetry accessible. In his controversial and influential essay, “Can Poetry Matter?”—published in The Atlantic in 1991—he laments the confinement of poetry to academic circles.That philosophy led to some of the accomplishments Gioia is most proud of. The Poetry Out Loud program engages 400,000 high schools students every year. “Exploring Form and Narrative,” which he co-founded with Michael Peich, is now the largest annual poetry-writing conference in the U.S.“When literature is cut off from popular culture, it atrophies,” Gioia said. “I wanted to get poetry out of the classroom.” More Cool Stuff Top of the News last_img read more

Union Station Homeless Services Appoints New Board Members

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Top of the News Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img People Union Station Homeless Services Appoints New Board Members Rob Levy, Owner of The Raymond 1886 and VP at HomeStreet; Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar; and Catherine Simms, VP at Wells Fargo From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 21, 2014 | 2:19 pm L-R: Rob Levy, Owner of The Raymond 1886 and VP at HomeStreet, Catherine Simms, VP at Wells Fargo and Jim McCarthy, CEO of Goldstar. Photo courtesy Union Station Homeless Services.Marvin M. Gross, CEO of Union Statin Homeless Services, announced the appointment of three new members to the non-profit agency’s board of directors. The new members are community and business leaders with a vested interest in Union Station’s mission to help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. They will serve an initial term of three years.Rob Levy is a Vice President, Branch Manager and Sr. Loan Officer at HomeStreet Bank. Prior to joining HomeStreet, Rob was Sales Manager and Senior Loan Officer at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, and Sr. Loan Officer at Washington Mutual. He holds a BA from San Diego State University. Rob has served on the board of trustees at Crestview Preparatory School. In addition to his work in the banking industry, Rob is owner of The Raymond 1886, a Pasadena restaurant and mixology bar which the LA Times called “a small cocktail oasis [that] offers labor-intensive libations and a crowd more resembling the low-lighted haunts of downtown than the sleepy, suburban sidewalks of Pasadena.”“Homelessness is an undeniable issue that must be dealt with thoughtfully and compassionately,” says Levy. “I have always admired the work of USHS and had great respect for those who selflessly give of their time and expertise for such a worthy cause. I am honored to be a part of it.”Jim McCarthy is CEO of Goldstar, a Pasadena-based company that is a leader in online ticket sales and audience generation. He focuses on business development through strategic marketing for Goldstar. Before launching Goldstar in February 2002, Jim was Vice President of Marketing for venture-backed Kiko, Inc., and previous to that developed highly successful sales products for GeoCities until its acquisition by Yahoo. Jim has penned articles on e-commerce and niche marketing for such publications as Fast Company, Business Insider, E-Commerce Times, and has been a featured lecturer at such conferences as InTix, Dansk Live, Drilling Down on Local. He has been an active participant at the annual TED conference since 2008. He is an organizer and the curator of TEDxBroadway, the annual event which brings together experts from a wide range of fields to create, share, and stimulate dialogue about making Broadway the best it can be. Jim also serves as Chief Editor for SellingOut.com. He is a graduate of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA and Harvard University.“Union Station does great work and important work here in Pasadena, and as a longtime supporter of the organization, I’m honored to be asked to join the board,” says McCarthy. “My hope is to make a contribution in some way to helping them in their important mission.”Catherine Simms is a Vice President for the Pasadena region of Wells Fargo Private Bank. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Catherine was a Vice President and Private Banker at U.S. Trust Company, where she specialized in advising clients on asset and liability management. She has been in the banking industry for nearly 30 years and has extensive experience in residential and commercial real estate, healthcare finance, mortgage banking, and corporate and small business lending. Catherine holds an MBA in Finance from USC. She is currently on the board of Five Acres, Boys and Girls Aid Society, and Pasadena Rotary Foundation. She previously served on the board of Pasadena Rotary Club, and Ketchum Downtown YMCA. She also volunteers at Huntington Memorial Hospital.Catherine has volunteered at Union Station for over 10 years with her family. “The experience has been rewarding for [my family members and I] and we have formed real friendships with the other people who have served with us over those years,” says Simms. “Our children are now grown and involved in their own lives but we continue to look forward to [volunteering together.] I am grateful that USHS can take our small donations of time and money and transform lives.”“We are tremendously excited about the new board members joining us, and appreciate their time and commitment to Union Station and the community over the next three years,” says Marv Gross, CEO of Union Station Homeless Services. “Each member brings a reputation of excellence in his or her respective field. We are truly fortunate to have this caliber of leadership at our organization, and look forward to their contributions to our growth and development.”About Union Station Homeless ServicesUnion Station Homeless Services is the San Gabriel Valley’s largest social service agency assisting homeless and very low-income adults and families. Our mission is help men, women and children rebuild their lives and end homelessness. Union Station provides comprehensive services to help homeless individuals achieve self-sufficiency, including emergency shelter, case management, career counseling, transitional housing, referrals to medical and mental health services, women’s and family services, and other housing resources.For more information about Union Station Homeless Services, visit unionstationhs.org. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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