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11 Plc ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_img11 Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about 11 Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the 11 Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: 11 Plc (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company Profile11 Plc is the sole authorised distributor of Exxon Mobil fuel and lubricant brands in Nigeria. Formerly known as Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc, 11Plc produces and markets a range of petrochemicals which includes gasoline, motor oils, lubricants, marine fuel and jet fuel. The is one of 6 major petroleum product marketers in Nigeria and operates through over 250 retail outlets located in all 36 states in Nigeria. 11 Plc has a Lube Blending Plant with a capacity of 450 000 barrels per annum. It is regarded as one of the most sophisticated lube blending plants in Africa. The company dates back to 1907 when Socony Vacuum Oil Company sold Sunflower Kerosene. Its name changed to Mobil Oil Nigeria limited in 1951 and Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc in 1978. NIPCO Investment Company acquired a 60% stake in the business in 2016 and changed the name to 11 Plc (pronounced Double One Plc). 11 Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Nairobi Business Venture Limited ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgNairobi Business Venture Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Nairobi Business Venture Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nairobi Business Venture Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nairobi Business Venture Limited (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNairobi Business Venture (NBV) Limited deals primarily in the sale of imported leather shoes and leather accessories which are rebranded und the name KShoes (previously ‘Kwanza’ shoes). The shoes and accessories are imported from China and India and rebranded for the Kenyan domestic market. NBV has six retail outlets selling KShoes in prime locations in Nairobi. The company has ventured into manufacturing its own leather products and has embarked on an accelerated expansion drive which will see it roll out more than 25 stores over the next half decade. Nairobi Business Venture Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

AstraZeneca share price: is this FTSE 100 growth stock now a top ‘dip buy’?

first_imgP/E today 19 Image source: Getty Images. 7.3 Gains on disposals as % of AZN core operating profit The fall in AstraZeneca’s share price and an increase in its earnings at growth-stock rates (mid/high teens on both my and AZN’s numbers) have made the price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios much more appealing today. Furthermore, they become more attractive still looking forward. Management has guided on earnings growth of between 18% and 24% for 2021.Risk and rewardOf course, there’s a risk the company’s impressive line-up of new medicines may not deliver the level of growth management, analysts and the market are currently expecting. In which case, the AstraZeneca share price could de-rate further.In addition, there’s a risk that wasn’t present when I covered the stock last year. The company is set to buy US group Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a $39bn deal. Such mega-acquisitions are complex and don’t always create the new shareholder value management anticipates.On balance though, weighing my personal appetite for risk and reward, I am looking at today’s AstraZeneca share price as a top FTSE 100 ‘dip buy’ opportunity. 2016 0.4 42 I’m further encouraged to see another reduction (down to 14%) in the contribution of gains on disposals in 2020. I think AZN’s core numbers are beginning to better reflect the underlying performance of the ongoing business.AstraZeneca share price and valuationHow has the change in AstraZeneca’s share price and publication of its latest annual results affected the valuation of the stock since I last wrote about it? 2017 Statutory 6.3 19 6.7 Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. 3.4 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 2.3 1.3 4.8 1.8 1.9 Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. 0.0 5.2 0 2.1 Adjustments (before gains on disposals) (£bn) 3.7 2018 AZN core Enter Your Email Address 5.9 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 1.7 32 Statutory operating profit ($bn) G A Chester 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. 1.5 1.1 2020center_img 4.1 AZN core operating profit (£bn) P/E May 2020 40 My core operating profit (£bn) G A Chester | Monday, 22nd February, 2021 | More on: AZN 5.7 6.4 2014 14 4.9 14 6.8 22 33 6.9 107 My core 6.9 2015 2.9 The AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) share price has smashed the FTSE 100 over one, three, five and 10 years. However, this blue-chip growth stock has underperformed more recently. On a six-month view, it’s down 14%, compared with a 10% rise in the index.Is AstraZeneca a top ‘dip buy’ for me today, and should I jump at the chance to invest at the current share price?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…Key changesI’ve been wary of AstraZeneca’s valuation in recent years. Indeed, when I last covered the stock (May last year), I rated it a ‘sell’. At a share price of 9,004p, I calculated its valuation as somewhere between far too rich and grossly overvalued.However, for me, two key things have changed. First, the AstraZeneca share price is now 20% lower at 7,226p. And second, the company has recently issued its latest annual report. This has enabled me to reassess a feature of AZN’s earnings that I previously felt had been flattering its performance.AstraZeneca’s shares priced on ‘core’ numbersAstraZeneca gives investors an idea of the underlying financial performance of the business using what it calls ‘core’ numbers. I’m okay with most of the adjustments the company makes to its statutory results to arrive at its core numbers. However, I take issue with one.AZN books one-off gains from disposing of non-core drugs as core operating profit. In my view, this doesn’t accurately reflect the underlying performance of the ongoing business. It flatters it.By 2018, such disposals accounted for £1.9bn (a full third) of AZN’s £5.7bn core operating profit. I was encouraged to see this moderate to around a fifth in 2019. And following the recent 2020 results, the table below brings the position up to date. 1.0 AstraZeneca share price: is this FTSE 100 growth stock now a top ‘dip buy’? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 0.5 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. 1.0 26 5.3 1.2 6.9 Gains on disposals (£bn) 31 5.2 2019 3.8 5.4 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 G A Chesterlast_img read more

Yarde and Sisi extend Exile contracts

first_imgPADOVA, ITALY – JUNE 26: Marland Yarde of England runs with the ball during the IRB Junior World Championship Final match between England and New Zealand at Plebiscito Stadium on June 26, 2011 in Padova, Italy. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 22: London Irish forward David Sisi in action during the Pool two match between Edinburgh Rugby and London Irish at Murrayfield Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS London Irish Academy Manager Neal Hatley said: “Marland and David are two individuals who have come through our Academy EPDG system and have this season proved their worth in the Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup. They are part of a promising group of young players we are immensely excited about.”London Irish head Coach Toby Booth added: “Both players are talented Academy youngsters who we think have very promising futures. Marland is a natural finisher and has all the attributes to be a great player. David is a very physical player, as well as natural leader, who has made a good impact when required this season.” The talented duo Sisi (L) and Yarde Marland Yarde and David Sisi have committed their foreseeable futures to London Irish, signing new contracts. Marland has signed a two year deal whilst David has signed a one year extension.Marland Yarde, 19, has made three Aviva Premiership appearances this season. Standing 6ft tall and weighing 90kg, he has the physical attributes to go with his abundance of pace, to compete with the best in his position. He was a member of the England U20’s squad that reached the final of the World Junior Championships in Italy last July and has retained his place in the squad for this season’s fixtures.Yarde said: “I joined the club from school and I have learnt a lot in the last few years under the guidance of Neal Hatley, Justin Bishop, Mike Catt and Toby Booth. I have been very pleased with how I’ve performed on the field and look forward to pushing on now at London Irish over the next few seasons.”David Sisi progressed from the London Irish AASE programme into the senior Academy last summer and has made seven appearances for the Exiles this season. He scored his first try for London Irish in the LV=Cup clash against Harlequins earlier in the season. He has also represented England at U18 level. Sisi said: “I owe a lot to London Irish and I’m thrilled to be here for another two seasons. Giselle Mather and Neal Hatley are two coaches I have worked closely with and I look forward to developing further under them and Toby Booth over the coming season.”last_img read more

Scotland Women’s player tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe April issue of Rugby World magazine – focusing on a new generation of Six Nations stars – is out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. All three Ireland v Italy matches (men, women and U20) due to be played this weekend were postponed last week and the same has happened to the Italy v England matches on the final weekend of the championship.Then there are Scotland Women’s two matches against Italy and France. The Daily Mail is reporting that the England men’s game against Italy in Rome is set to be played in October, a similar delay to that caused by the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001.The rescheduling of all the matches in a crowded calendar will be a challenge for Six Nations organisers.An added complication for the women’s championship is that Ireland, Italy and Scotland are involved in a qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Cup in September. Saturday’s Six Nations match against France at Scotstoun postponed Scotland Women’s player tests positive for coronavirus A Scotland Women’s player has tested positive for the coronavirus and today’s Six Nations match against France at Scotstoun has been postponed as a result.The Scotland Women’s team had their match against Italy postponed two weeks ago because they were due to play in an area close to of the outbreak in the north of the country.Following the diagnosis, seven members of management and players are now self-isolating on medical advice.Dr James Robson, Scottish Rugby’s chief medical officer said: “We are pleased that our player is doing well and that all the correct medical procedures have been followed and continue to be followed.“We are working with the Scottish Government in continuing to observe and follow NHS advice.”It is yet another disruption to Scotland’s championship. After losing to Ireland in their opening fixture, their match against England was delayed 24 hours and played in an empty BT Murrayfield due to Storm Ciara.This latest postponement means there are now eight Six Nations matches that need to be rescheduled.center_img Cold front: Scotland in action against England in their last match (Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Win That Pitch offers full-service global pitch consultancy

first_img“Pitches are pivotal to growth for most agencies, businesses and non-profits and so with these partnerships, Win That Pitch is achieving our vision of becoming a one-stop-shop to cater for all aspects of presenting and pitching.“Despite the importance of pitching to business growth, it can often be the most stressful part of the job for many employees – especially junior and mid-level team members. Not everyone enjoys presenting and for many organisations pitches can vary wildly depending on the experience of the team. That’s why Win That Pitch provides best practice support, training and services to ensure everyone can deliver their best pitch and avoid common mistakes and pressures.”He added: “We also know that the best way to win new business is by having a strong pitch team. That is why I am also excited to announce that our online pitch training course and offline workshops have been accredited by the Continued Professional Development Standards Office (CPDSO). Our cost-effective CPD courses are now available to help junior teams and pitch veterans alike improve their skills to present with confidence and pitch to win, every time.”​Amanda Rosewarne, CEO, CPDSO commented:“Demonstrating a dedication to excellence in lifelong learning, Win That Pitch have achieved a CPD badge that displays they have been independently verified and recognised as a formal CPD provider.”  188 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Howard Lake | 28 May 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Dean RussellFounder and CEO Dean Russell is the author of ‘How To Win: The Ultimate Professional Pitch Guide’ and is a leadership and pitch advisor. He is a fellow at the RSA, a former vice chairman of the Federation of Small Business and has over 20 years of experience helping start-ups, brands and agencies win pitches.  187 total views,  1 views today He has also recently been appointed as a start-up mentor for London+Partners, the Mayor of London’s promotional company which promotes London internationally) and is a lecturer at the Institute for Direct and Digital Marketing (IDM).Russell said: Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies pitch About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Win That Pitch has launched as the “first global full-service pitch consultancy”, offering to help agencies, brands, individuals and charities present with confidence when making a commercial pitch.The company offers access to associates covering a wide range of industries, training accreditations, and design and research support. It also offers access to a psychology and artificial intelligence provider which will enable agencies to utilise AI for research and analysis during the pitch process.In addition it has partnered with independent research specialist ICG, who can identify research experts from their membership of 400+ specialists to support pitch insights.Clients will also benefit from continuing professional development recognition for its pitch and presentation workshops and online pitch masterclass course.The company offers training, workshops, hands-on consultancy, research and design services through to audits and mentoring. In addition it offers a number of free e-book downloads available from its website. Win That Pitch offers full-service global pitch consultancy Win That Pitch associatesThe company’s associates are all leading experts in their respective industry and sector. They can provide a range of support from acting as specialist advisors for individual proposals, presentations and pitches through to ongoing coaching and consultancy to help organisations achieve measurable success.They include:personal development coach, executive search and selection specialists Dani Bernsteininternational data practitioner and GDPR data protection officer Mark Burnettstrategic communications consultant Kate Nicholasbrand strategy and responsible business specialist Victoria Pagefundraising and digital consultant, trainer and pubisher Howard Lakeconsumer lifestyle, technology and entertainment sectors communications expert Ranj GeorgeWin That Pitch offers a number of tailored packages, for example for startups, small businesses, agencies and for those seeking grant funding.last_img read more

Behind the U.S. anti-China campaign

first_imgIn order to evaluate the claims of massive human rights violations of the Uyghurs, an ethnic and religious minority in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, it is important to know a few facts.Xinjiang Province in the far western region of China is an arid, mountainous and still largely underdeveloped region. Xinjiang has significant oil and mineral reserves and is currently China’s largest natural-gas-producing region.It is home to a number of diverse ethnic groups, including Turkic-speaking Muslim Uyghurs, Tibetans, Tajiks, Hui and Han peoples. Xinjiang borders five Central Asian countries, including Afghanistan and Pakistan, where more than 1 million U.S. troops and even more mercenaries, contractors and secret agents have operated over four decades in an endless U.S. war.What is happening in Xinjiang today must be seen in the context of what has been happening throughout Central Asia.Xinjiang is a major logistics center for China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative. Xinjiang is the gateway to Central and West Asia, as well as to European markets.The Southern Xinjiang Railway runs to the city of Kashgar in China’s far west where it is now connected to Pakistan’s rail network under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a project of the BRI.The U.S. government is deeply hostile to this vast economic development project and is doing all it can to sabotage China’s plans. This campaign is part of the U.S. military’s “Pivot to Asia,” along with naval threats in the South China Sea and support for separatist movements in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Tibet. Map features Central Asia and China, including Xinjiang.No U.N. report on XinjiangThe U.S. and its corporate media charge that the Chinese government has rounded up 1 million people, mainly Uyghurs, into concentration camps. News reports cite the United Nations as their source.This was disputed in a detailed investigative report by Ben Norton and Ajit Singh titled, “No, the UN did not report China has ‘massive internment camps’ for Uighur Muslims.” (The, Aug. 23, 2018) They expose how this widely publicized claim is based entirely on unsourced allegations by a single U.S. member, Gay McDougall, on an “independent committee” with an official sounding name: U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.The U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has confirmed that no U.N. body or official has made such a charge against China.CIA/NED-funded ‘human rights’After this fraudulent news story received wide coverage, it was followed by “reports” from the Washington-based Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders. This group receives most of its funds from U.S. government grants, primarily from the CIA-linked National Endowment for Democracy, a major source of funding for U.S. “regime change” operations around the world.The Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders shares the same Washington address as Human Rights Watch. The HRW has been a major source of attacks on governments targeted by the U.S., such as Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Syria and China. The network has long called for sanctions against China.The CHRD’s sources include Radio Free Asia, a news agency funded for decades by the U.S. government. The World Uighur Congress, another source of sensationalized reports, is also funded by NED. The same U.S. government funding is behind the International Uyghur Human Rights and Democracy Foundation and the Uyghur American Association.The authors of the Grayzone article cite years of detailed IRS filing forms to back up their claim. They list millions of dollars in generous government funding — to generate false reports.This whole network of supposedly impartial civil society groups, nongovernmental organizations, think tanks and news sources operates under the cover of “human rights” to promote sanctions and war.CIA-funded terrorCentral Asia has experienced the worst forms of U.S. military power.Beginning in 1979, the CIA, operating with the ISI Pakistani Intelligence Service and Saudi money, funded and equipped reactionary Mujahedeen forces in Afghanistan to bring down a revolutionary government there. The U.S. cultivated and promoted extreme religious fanaticism, based in Saudi Arabia, against progressive secular regimes in the region. This reactionary force was also weaponized against the Soviet Union and an anti-imperialist Islamic current represented by the Iranian Revolution.For four decades, the CIA and secret Pakistan ISI forces in Afghanistan sought to recruit and train Uyghur mercenaries, planning to use them as a future terror force in China. Chechnyans from Russia’s Caucasus region were recruited for the same reason. Both groups were funneled into Syria in the U.S. regime-change operation there. These fanatical religious forces, along with other small ethnic groups, formed the backbone of the Islamic State group (IS) and Al-Qaida.After the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center bombing, the very forces that U.S. secret operations had helped to create became the enemy.Uyghurs from Xinjiang were among the Al-Qaida prisoners captured in Afghanistan and held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo for years without charges. Legal appeals exposed that the Uyghur prisoners were being held there under some of the worst conditions in solitary confinement.U.S. wars dislocate regionThe U.S. occupation of Afghanistan and the massive U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 created shockwaves of dislocation. Social progress, education, health care and infrastructure were destroyed. Sectarian and ethnic division was encouraged to divide opposition to U.S. occupations. Despite promises of great progress, the U.S. occupations sowed only destruction.In this long war, U.S. prisons in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq were notorious. The CIA used “enhanced interrogation” techniques — torture — and secret rendition to Guantanamo, Bagram and the Salt Pit in Afghanistan. These secret prisons have since been the source of many legal suits.According to U.N. investigations, by 2010 the U.S. held more than 27,000 prisoners in over 100 secret facilities around the world. Searing images and reports of systematic torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib in Iraq and Bagram airbase in Afghanistan surfaced. Exposing coverup of war crimesIn July 2010 WikiLeaks published more than 75,000 classified U.S./NATO reports on the war in Afghanistan.In October of that year, a massive leak of 400,000 military videos, photos and documents exposed, in harrowing detai,l torture, summary executions and other war crimes. Army intelligence analyst former Private Chelsea Manning released this damning material to WikiLeaks.Based on the leaked documents, the U.N. chief investigator on torture, Manfred Nowak, called on U.S. President Barack Obama to order a full investigation of these crimes, including abuse, torture, rape and murder committed against the Iraqi people following the U.S. invasion and occupation.The leaked reports provided documentary proof of 109,000 deaths — including 66,000 civilians. This is seldom mentioned in the media, in contrast to the highly publicized and unsourced charges now raised against China.Prosecuting whistle blowersThe CIA’s National Endowment for Democracy pays handsomely for unsourced documents making claims of torture against China, while those who provided documentary proof of U.S. torture have been treated as criminals.  John Kiriakou, who worked for the CIA between 1990 and 2004 and confirmed widespread use of systematic torture, was prosecuted by the Obama administration for revealing classified information and sentenced to 30 months in prison.Chelsea Manning’s release of tens of thousands of government documents confirming torture and abuse, in addition to horrific photos of mass killings, have led to her continued incarceration. Julian Assange of WikiLeaks is imprisoned in Britain and faces deportation to the U.S. for his role in disseminating these documents.Rewriting historyHow much of the coverage of Xinjiang is intended to deflect world attention from the continuing crimes of U.S. wars — from Afghanistan to Syria?In 2014 a Senate CIA Torture Report confirmed that a torture program, called “Detention and Interrogation Program,” had been approved by top U.S. officials. Only a 525-page Executive Summary of its 6,000 pages was released, but it was enough to confirm that the CIA program was far more brutal and extensive than had previously been released. Mercenaries flood into SyriaThe U.S. regime-change effort to overturn the government of Syria funneled more than 100,000 foreign mercenaries and fanatical religious forces into the war. They were well-equipped with advanced weapons, military gear, provisions and paychecks. One-third of the Syrian population was uprooted in the war. Millions of refugees flooded into Europe and neighboring countries.Beginning in 2013, thousands of Uyghur fighters were smuggled into Syria to train with the extremist Uyghur group known as the Turkistan Islamic Party. Fighting alongside Al-Qaida and Al-Nusra terror units, these forces played key roles in several battles.Reuters, Associated Press and Newsweek all reported that up to 5,000 Turkic-speaking Muslim Uyghurs from Xinjiang were fighting in various “militant” groups in Syria. According to Syrian media, a transplanted Uyghur colony transformed the city of al Zanbaka (on the Turkish border) into an entrenched camp of 18,000 people. Many of the Uyghur fighters were smuggled to the Turkish-Syrian border area with their families. Speaking Turkish, rather than Chinese, they relied on the support of the Turkish secret services.China follows a different pathChina is determined to follow a different path in dealing with fanatical groups that are weaponized by religious extremism. China’s action comes after terror attacks and explosives have killed hundreds of civilians in busy shopping areas and crowded train and bus stations since the 1990s.China has dealt with the problem of religious extremism by setting up large-scale vocational education and training centers. Rather than creating worse underdevelopment through bombing campaigns, it is seeking to engage the population in education, skill development and rapid economic and infrastructure development.Terrorist attacks in Xinjiang have stopped since the reeducation campaigns began in 2017.Two worldviews of XinjiangIn July of this year, 22 countries, most in Europe plus Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, sent a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council criticizing China for mass arbitrary detentions and other violations against Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region. The statement did not include a single signature from a Muslim-majority state.Days later, a far larger group of 34 countries — now expanded to 54 from Asia, Africa and Latin America — submitted a letter in defense of China’s policies. These countries expressed their firm support of China’s counterterrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang.More than a dozen member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation at the U.N. signed the statement.A further statement on Oct. 31 to the Third Committee of the U.N. General Assembly explained that a number of diplomats, international organizations, officials and journalists had traveled to Xinjiang to witness the progress of the human rights cause and the outcomes of counterterrorism and deradicalization. “What they saw and heard in Xinjiang completely contradicted what was reported in the [Western] media,” said the statement. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oil Posts Best Close of 2015

first_img On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in May rose $1.84, or 3.5%, to close at $53.98 a barrel—the highest settlement since Dec. 30. Over the past two sessions, May crude has gained nearly 10% Brent crude for May delivery  on London’s ICE Futures rose 98 cents, or 1.7%, to $59.10 a barrel, contributing to a 7.6% two-day rise. Bulls “are really running with it right now,” said Robert Yawger, director of energy futures at Mizuho Securities, in a phone interview. Investors expect crude-oil data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Wednesday to show a second consecutive weekly decline in oil production and for supplies at the Nymex futures delivery hub in Cushing, Okla., to show a drop or only a very small increase, Yawger said.Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal forecast total U.S. oil inventories to show a rise of 3.4 million barrels, on average, in the week ended April 3. The EIA report is due at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on Wednesday.Less influential inventories data from the American Petroleum Institute is expected later Wednesday.View HAT energy data at HAT energy SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 7, 2015 Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleGuidelines for Buying Used Farm Machinery Gary Truitt Oil Posts Best Close of 2015 Home Energy Oil Posts Best Close of 2015 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Zyn22 becomes new fitness option in Fort Worth

first_imgGrains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store printZyn22 is a new celebrity fitness craze that has come to Fort Worth.“It incorporates high energy music, motivational speaking and community through movement,” said Zyn22 instructor Denis Morton.Unlike other spin classes, this exercise incorporates dance. All 50 bikers in the room pedal on the same foot and to the same beat in order to achieve a maximum workout.“Riding all together on the same foot creates a team,” Morton said. “Once you get that teamwork you can start to take it from a workout to a moving meditation and then make it more of a dance party.”The instructors tell attendees that it takes 21 days to form a habit and that on the next day it takes fitness “from a mundane routine to so much more.”“I’ve gotten stronger and built up endurance at Zyn22 because of the interval training,” said Berkely McFarlin, a TCU first-year student and Zyn22 instructor.“Once I get tired of one speed or resistance, with the next song comes a different vibe and a different type of workout,” McFarlin said. “It’s really all-inclusive and works my whole body.”According to fitness studies by Champlain College, regular exercise can boost one’s mood and relieve stress, in addition to all the physical health benefits cardio provides.“You leave feeling great about yourself,” said Alexandria White, a sophomore nursing major. “Each instructor has an uplifting message that is passed on and that too makes Zyn22 unique.”This new cycling studio in Fort Worth is located on West 7th Street. Zyn22 opened early this January and offers classes seven days a week. The 109 ReddIt Twitter Twitter TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students Facebook Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! The 109 Linkedin The 109 TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students Linkedin + posts The 109 Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook ReddIt Fort Worth braces for more severe weather The 109 Previous articleCourt date reset for man accused of stabbing TCU seniorNext articleWhole Foods Market will aim for sustainability The 109 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more