Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Champion Breweries Plc (CHAMPB.ng) 2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileChampion Breweries Plc is an established brewery in Nigeria manufacturing Champion Lager Beer and Champ Malta as well as a selection on non-alcoholic beverages. The company also brews and packages products under contract to Nigerian Breweries Plc. The main brands in its product portfolio are Champion Lager Beer and Champ Malta. Champ Malta is a flavoured beer with a golden colour and distinct aroma. The company has undergone a number of name changes; established as South East Breweries Limited, the name changed to Cross River Breweries Limited and thereafter to Champion Breweries Limited which was later changed to Champion Breweries Plc. In 2011, Consolidated Breweries acquired a 57% equity stake in Champion Breweries which was originally held by Montgomery Ventures Inc (Panama). In 2013, Raysun Nigeria Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Heineken, purchased Consolidated Breweries and now holds a majority equity stake in Champion Breweries Plc. The company’s head office is in Akwa Ibon state, Nigeria. Champion Breweries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Last week was a good one for long-suffering shareholders of Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY). After releasing decent results, the Black Horse bank’s shares jumped. Indeed, the Lloyds share price ended the week up almost 7%. But I think this could be the start of a sustained recovery for Lloyds shares.The Lloyds share price leaps 6.6%On Friday, 23 April, the Lloyds share price closed at 42.63p. A week later, it closed at 45.44p. That’s a rise of 2.81p (6.6%) in a week — one of the stock’s best performances in 2021. In fact, Lloyds was the third-best performer in the FTSE 100 index last week (narrowly beaten by two other bank stocks). Also, the shares have been on a bit of a winning streak in 2020/21. 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It was down 54% to £1.4bn in 2020, from over £3bn in 2019. Still, the Lloyds share price has come a long way from the low of 23.59p it hit on 22 September 2020. Still, any brave investors buying at this time would have almost doubled their money today.Can the bank bounce back in 2021/22?Happily, the bank unveiled an improved set of figures last Wednesday, when it released its first-quarter results. One bright spot was credit impairments (reserves against bad debts) at a mere £323m in Q1/21. This helped after-tax profit to reach £1.4bn for January to March. Remarkably, that is the same as in the whole of 2020. This explains the leap in the Lloyds share price last Wednesday and the impressive weekly rise.To really thrive once more, Lloyds really needs three things. First, it needs consumers to start spending at pre-Covid-19 levels, boosting the UK economy. Second, it needs individuals and businesses to start borrowing again, instead of stashing their cash on deposit. 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Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Posted May 26, 2015 Submit a Press Release Press Release Service People, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Jennifer Snow named director of extended learning at CDSP Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Church Divinity School of the Pacific press release] Church Divinity School of the Pacific has named Jennifer Snow, associate for discipleship ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of California, to a dual position as director of extended learning and assistant professor of practical theology.“Jennifer Snow is well positioned in background and sensibilities to take on the leadership of our extended learning program,” said the Very Rev. Mark Richardson, CDSP’s president and dean. “She brings a probing, analytic intellect and collaborative spirit to her work. I am delighted that she will be guiding the planning and implementation of our extended learning initiatives.”Snow, who holds a Ph.D. in religion from Columbia University, was previously deputy director of Progressive Christians Uniting in Los Angeles. She said she is excited by the opportunity both to develop CDSP’s distance learning offerings and online pedagogy, and to teach in a seminary classroom.“Being extended learning director will be really interesting because I love the challenge of both identifying people’s needs and then finding the people who can fill them,” Snow said. “I can continually meet people and say ‘Oh that sounds really interesting. I bet we can make a great course out of that.’“For the practical theology part, I love teaching and being able to teach in a faith-based institution is very exciting to me,” she added. “I am looking forward to teaching people who are really committed to their own faith journeys, and to creating an environment in which people’s discernment is respected and is part of the classroom context.”Snow will arrive at CDSP as the seminary is reshaping its extended learning program, currently known as the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL). While the program’s mission—“to bring the broadest possible Anglican theological education to the widest possible audience using the best educational technology available”—will not change, its offerings and approach to online education will.“I wanted to develop a better pedagogy for the people teaching the course so they have all of the resources availability to create really exciting courses,” Snow said. “People who are really good teachers in person can become really good teachers online, but it’s not the same.”Richardson said Snow’s arrival is well timed. “It is commonly understood that our church and our bishops are in a dynamic phase regarding how they will support needs for theological education to serve the future of the church” he said. “CALL is very well positioned to offer creative options to enhance the classic approaches taken to theological education.”Snow, who begins work in June, is married to the Rev. Teresita Valeriano, a Lutheran minister. 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Other religious symbolsChristmas symbols are but one type of religious symbol. Would similar effects occur for other religions if matching religious symbols were observed? Our findings suggest they would.In another of our experiments, we asked participants to unscramble sentences containing generic religious phrases or non-religious phrases.Irrespective of their religious background, participants who unscrambled the generic religious phrases were less harsh in how they judged poor service than those who unscrambled the non-religious phrases. Read more:Five tricks retailers will use to make you shop this Christmas Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Not necessarily, according to research by myself, Jimmy Wong from the Singapore University of Social Sciences and Riza Casidy from Deakin University.We have found that seeing Christmas symbols – even a secular one – can evoke religious values in service contexts. Customers who had a Christian upbringing become more forgiving of poor service they personally receive but also more judgemental of any poor service they observe being meted out to vulnerable others.The religious spirit of ChristmasOur research adds to a small but growing body of research on how Christmas affects attitudes and behaviour. Previous research has suggested that mere exposure to the word “Christmas” can evoke charitable behaviour, that Christmas displays improve the mood of those who celebrate Christmas, and that displaying outdoor Christmas decorations can make a household appear more welcoming.Our results reinforce these findings. They show the strength of Christmas’s religious roots despite commercial and secular interest in de-emphasising the connection to Christianity.For people brought up in a household where Christmas was primarily a religious celebration, encountering a Christmas symbol reminds them of religious meanings and values.This effect did not depend on them still being a Christian. This shows the associations that children in Christian households develop between Christmas and religion remain potent long after childhood.A double-edged swordAcross seven experiments, we presented more than 1,500 participants with scenarios describing various types of poor service.Some scenarios described poor service that was personally experienced. Others described poor service directed towards someone else.Accompanying these scenarios were various Christmas symbols. In one experiment, we had participants listen to Christmas carols or nursery rhymes. In other experiments, participants were shown images of where the poor service took place. Included in the background of some of these images was a Christmas tree.We found that the mere presence of these Christmas symbols was enough for people with a Christian upbringing to judge the poor service less harshly, become less likely to warn others about it, and be less likely to switch to another business.In our research, people with a Christian upbringing also became more concerned about the welfare of others after seeing a Christmas symbol. In particular, they more critically judged poor service involving someone they regarded as vulnerable (an older person, for example). They were also more likely to warn others about that poor service and to switch to another business.Thus Christmas symbols represent a double-edged sword for retailers. Christmas 2018By Joshua Newton, Deakin UniversityChristmas trees in the aisles. Baubles hanging from the ceiling. Carols playing on the in-store speakers. Tinsel around the cash register.Shops put a lot of effort into Christmas decorations. It’s in their interest to associate themselves with the celebration, and to encourage shoppers to think spending up big is part and parcel of its enjoyment.Is this overt commercialisation of Christmas drowning out its true spirit? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSChristmas 2018theconversation.com Previous articleCan your heart grow three sizes? A doctor reads ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’Next articleChristmas 2018: A miracle in the Hürtgen Forest Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Joshua Newton is an Associate Dean (Research) at Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. These findings point to some interesting conclusions.Although stores may try to co-opt Christmas symbolism for commercial gain, it seems these symbols can not be completely disconnected from associations established by Christianity.Sometimes, such as the negative responses that occur after seeing a vulnerable person experiencing poor service, they can lead to outcomes where the true spirit of Christmas really does undercut a firm’s self-interest. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Read more:The psychology of Christmas shopping: how marketers nudge you to buy
CopyHouses•Curicó, Chile Projects Houses Chile Save this picture!© Felipe Montégu+ 30 Share House La Invernada / MagiaLiquid CopyAbout this officeMagiaLiquidOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasCuricoWoodHouses3D ModelingCuricóChilePublished on July 11, 2012Cite: “House La Invernada / MagiaLiquid” 11 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“COPY” CopyApartments•London, United Kingdom United Kingdom “COPY” Lombard Wharf / Patel Taylor Year: Apartments 2017 Manufacturers: Cross Timber Systems, Marshalls, Schüco, Steelpro, Techrete, Belmont, Kinsley Terrafina, Locker Lombard Wharf / Patel TaylorSave this projectSaveLombard Wharf / Patel Taylor Architects: Patel Taylor Area Area of this architecture project Bridge Foundation Engineer: Photographs: Peter Cook, Barratt London Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882459/lombard-wharf-patel-taylor Clipboard Area: 16448 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Save this picture!© Peter Cook+ 30 Share ArchDaily Barratt London Structural, Civil & Mep Engineer:OCSCCladding:WintechMarine:Beckett RankineBridge Consultant:ExpeditionCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter CookRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. Award-winning architect, Patel Taylor, reveals its latest contribution to London’s riverscape, Lombard Wharf. Designed for Barratt London, the impressive development sits on one of the last remaining riverfront sites in the London Borough of Wandsworth, south London. The building, with a distinctive tear-drop shaped plan, appears to twist as it rises, thanks to subtle changes in the positioning of the white precast-concrete balconies. This creates a kinetic appearance which belies the use of repeating modules, giving the impression that the freestanding structure is carved out of stone.Save this picture!© Peter CookSave this picture!Site PlanSave this picture!© Peter CookLombard Wharf is located on York Way, neighboring smart Battersea Square. The 28-story building comprises 134 one, two, and three-bedroom homes, alongside a newly planned footbridge and part of the Thames path. By creating an elegantly unusual form and opening up the surrounding area and public realm through an imaginative approach to landscape, the development has been praised by Wandsworth Council for its flattering and unique design. Unlike most riverside developments, Lombard Wharf does not have a discernible front or back. ‘Riverfront buildings have a propensity to face the water’, said Pankaj Patel, director at Patel Taylor. ‘We wanted Lombard Wharf to look equally attractive from every viewpoint, acting as a marker on the river whilst not turning its back onto the city.’Save this picture!© Barratt LondonSave this picture!Floor Plan 1Save this picture!© Barratt LondonBy giving the building a curved form, Patel Taylor has grounded it in its site, creating a sense of place. This is enhanced by the opening up of two adjacent railway arches, also part of the Patel Taylor scheme, one of them containing a workshop space and the other a pedestrian footpath, linking two sides of the railway line. “The creation of a new public plaza is at the heart of our vision, opening up a link from west to east.” said Pankaj, adding, “The dynamic form of the building grows from this public space, with a sculpted form twisting upwards to give panoramic views to all homes. The shape relates equally to landward and riverside vistas, becoming a legible marker to the proposed pedestrian footbridge northwards to Imperial Wharf and the focus at the threshold of this new London link.”Save this picture!SectionThe wraparound balconies are ingeniously designed to rotate by two degrees maximising views from the residences. From a distance, they dominate the appearance of the building, creating a dynamic yet monolithic sculptural form signaling a point of significance in the landscape. At night, the building’s balcony fronts are lit with LED lighting, tracing its shape in the skyline. Ed McCoy, sales director of Barratt London, commented: “The distinctive and graceful design of the building, its location, and its proximity to Clapham Junction have made Lombard Wharf a popular choice for buyers looking to move into or invest in Battersea. The building is a great addition to this area of the riverside.Save this picture!© Peter CookProject gallerySee allShow lessCooper Hewitt Releases Online Catalogue of Over 200,000 Historic Design ObjectsArchitecture NewsCompetition-Winning Paris Office Park Design to Reintroduce Play into the WorkplaceUnbuilt ProjectProject locationAddress:London, United KingdomLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Companies like e-mail but consumers prefer mail, survey finds AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 August 2001 | News E-mail is more popular with companies than with consumers, according to a survey from Royal Mail and the Henley Centre.Consumers still prefer paper mail to e-mail, according to research from the Royal Mail and the Henley Centre. The research looked at consumers’ preferences in terms of medium. Entitled The Lonely Customer, the rsearch looked at how consumers prefered to voice complaints, for finding out about products, and for finding detailed information.Businesses on the other hand were much more open to using and receiving e-mail. Advertisement 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 16 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Marketers spend more on retention rather than acquisition 30 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Research by Pitney Bowes in September has found that UK marketing professionals are for the first time committing more of their budget to customer retention rather than acquisition.Pitney Bowes surveyed marketers at the top 1,000 companies in the UK, and found that 53% of all marketing budgets are now spent on retaining existing customers, an increase of 9.5% since 2003.Charities are still lagging behind other sectors such as the retail and hotel industries, which spend 57% of the budgets on customer retention. Charities are spending 47%, although that has risen from 39% in 2003. Advertisement While most sectors have seen an increase in the proportion of budgets spent on customer retention, the mail order and travel industries have both experienced a drop. The mail order industry spends 42% on retention, down from 56% in 2003, and the travel industry spends 47%, down from 52%. Howard Lake | 10 November 2005 | News Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics
Tagged with: Charity Commission AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Melanie May | 10 December 2018 | News Charity Commission issues alert to charitable think tanks urging balance & neutrality The Charity Commission last week (7 December) issued an alert to charitable think tanks, to remind trustees of their legal obligations and duties to retain balance and neutrality in their research work and publications.The alert, entitled Section 15(2) Advice and Guidance under the Charities Act 2011 – issued to charitable think tanks, December 2018, reinforces the Commission’s views on what is, and is not acceptable in any research published or other activity undertaken, such as seminars, and web articles, stating that all outputs must be balanced, neutral and objective, and allow individuals to form their own views.It also says that outputs should not seek to promote a specific policy unless it is one that furthers the educational purposes of the charity, and should not seek to achieve a political outcome or be such that they could be used as a political vehicle.The alert includes guidance to help trustees ensure that this is always the case, with checklists to use to ensure the right steps are in place to avoid issues.The alert was issued along with a letter from Helen Stephenson, Charity Commission Chief Executive. In it, she says:“We all have a collective responsibility for ensuring that the concept of charity survives into future generations, and to enable charities to maximise the good they do. Breaches of charity law and uncharitable behaviour, particularly by one charity towards another, moves us further away from that shared objective.“I have attached formal advice that is being issued under Section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011. I expect you to draw this to the attention of all trustees in order to consider it carefully, including discussing it at a future board meeting, to ensure compliance with charity law. Ignoring such advice and future breaches of charity law could be deemed as misconduct or mismanagement and will be assessed accordingly.“This advice does not set any new requirements for charitable think tanks. It is a reminder of duties that you should already understand. It is rare that we provide further advice under s15(2) of the CA2011 in this way to a group of charities, but such is our concern about the activities of charities across this sub-sector that we have felt it necessary on this occasion.”The alert follows an order by the Commission just last month to The Institute of Economic Affairs, asking it to remove a Brexit-related statement from its site on the grounds that it did not feel it was sufficiently balanced. In a statement published on its site, Neil Record, Chairman of the IEA Board of Trustees, expressed his concern about the Commission’s intervention, saying: Advertisement “The Charity Commission has requested that the IEA remove the publication ‘Plan A+: Creating a prosperous post-Brexit’ UK from our website and cease its promotion. The Commission’s concerns do not relate to any questions of accuracy. The IEA board of trustees has agreed to comply with this request.“Nevertheless, IEA trustees are concerned about the Charity Commission’s interventions. We believe it is increasingly unclear what charitable think tank activity is acceptable, and what is not. A worrying precedent is in the process of being set: research papers – and their launches – which put forward firm policy proposals may now fall outside the parameters of what the Charity Commission considers acceptable activity.“To that end, IEA trustees are now looking to set up a non-charitable arm of the IEA – as has previously been done by a range of other charities. We look forward to working with the Charity Commission in making such changes.” 217 total views, 1 views today 218 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.