Caudan Development Ltd (CAUD.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Caudan Development Ltd (CAUD.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Caudan Development Ltd (CAUD.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Caudan Development Ltd (CAUD.mu) 2012 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileCaudan Development Limited deals in the investment and development of real estate properties and provision of security services in Mauritius. The company also owns, promotes and develops Le Caudan Waterfront, which is a mixed commercial project on the waterfront of Port Louis. Apart from Le Caudan Waterfront, Caudan Development Limited rents out industrial buildings situated at Pailles, Riche Terre, and Albion Dock. The company also deals in the sale of alarm equipment and property protection services. Caudan Development Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
See all posts by Manika Premsingh Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” If there’s one lesson the corona-crisis of 2020 has taught me, it’s this. You won’t regret holding a big part of your investing portfolio in long-term FTSE 100 purchases. The easiest way to spot these is by assessing which shares clearly have long-term trends in their favour. There are plenty of examples of such trends around. I’ve talked about extensively in the past about online shopping, but I believe it bears repeating. This is because of two developments we’ve seen this month. 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…Developments that will impact investing in 2021The first is the Brexit deal that was struck a few days ago. It means that goods can be assured to move from Europe to the UK without complications at ports or price increases that would arise from a no-deal Brexit. It also means that the UK economy can now, finally, look forward to more stability after over four years of uncertainty. Investors are clearly happy, going by the FTSE 100 rally.Second, the mutated coronavirus has put quite a dampener on more than just our collective holiday spirit this year. Many parts of the UK under increased restrictions and this may well continue for a while. We don’t know. We also don’t know if the vaccine will be effective now. We only know that it’s far more dangerous and we are safer cocooned in our homes than anywhere else. What’s going to happen nextPutting these two developments together makes it clear that we will continue to shop online well into 2021. In some respects, we may never go back to bricks-and-mortar stores (there’s just so much more and better choice available online in some cases). As a result, I think we can expect FTSE 100 companies either in this segment or in linked industries to benefit from it. And that’s not just for now, but for a long time to come. Here are 10 of them among the FTSE 100 constituents alone:The FTSE 100 online marketplace boomThis one’s a no-brainer. Stocks like the FTSE 100 online grocer Ocado have shown stellar performance in 2020. In fact, I’m so convinced of it that it’s my top stock for 2021 as well. Niche online marketplaces like Auto Trader and Rightmove are two others I think will continue to thrive over time.Linkage effects from online shoppingOur online shopping spree has a direct effect on demand for packaging materials. The FTSE 100 index has not one but three such companies among its constituents – Mondi, DS Smith, and Smurfit Kappa – all of which can make gains from the trend. There’s also the real estate investment trust Segro, which focuses on warehouses, and whose share price has performed quite well already this year. The FTSE 100 pivotersLast but certainly not the least is the pivot among big FTSE 100 retailers to the online space. As a Tesco consumer, I can vouch for the ease in online shopping through its app. I’m eagerly watching how this pivot will continue next year. This goes for J Sainsbury too, which is struggling right now. Also on my radar are non-essential retailers like NEXT, which has reported much of its sales from online purchases recently. 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The Carnival (LSE: CCL) share price has been rising over the past few months. Year-to-date, shares in the world’s largest cruise ship company have added 28%. Over the past 12 months, the stock has added 66%. I think this trend can continue and, as a result, I’m considering adding the stock to my portfolio today. 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…Turning a corner I sold my investment in Carnival early last year after it became clear the coronavirus pandemic would have a more significant impact on the cruise industry than I initially thought.Since then, I have been keeping a close eye on the company and its competitors for signs of a turnaround. While cruise ships have been allowed to sail from US ports for several months, operators have erred on the side of caution. That’s understandable.Operators have also attracted a large amount of criticism over the past year for continuing to sail as the pandemic spread around the world in the first half of 2020. Lawsuits have been mounting ever since. Managements will want to avoid a repeat of this situation, which has hurt the Carnival share price. However, the group is now slowly restarting operations. P&O, which Carnival owns, has a lengthy itinerary in place over the summer for cruises around the UK. One of the group’s European subsidiaries, AIDA Cruises, also has them scheduled around the Mediterranean, North Sea and Baltic Sea over the next few months. Demand for these cruises has been so high, the company has had to put on additional trips. And today, Carnival also announced three brands across the group have restarted cruises from the United States to Alaska. The company will release more information on its restart plans next week. Management is finalising plans to operate several of its ships from ports in Miami and Galveston, Texas. Carnival share price outlook This is all good news and signals that the company is finally starting to move on from the pandemic. I think this will almost certainly have a positive impact on the Carnival share price. For much of the past year, the group hasn’t generated any substantial ticketing revenue.That will change over the next few months. And when revenue starts to roll in, I’ll be able to build a better idea of the company’s financial position and how long it will take the business to recover. Of course, the company’s recovery still faces multiple headwinds. Most of its voyages won’t stop in ports due to the risks of spreading coronavirus. It’s unclear how long this will last and whether customers will continue to return if they’re not allowed to disembark at key destinations during a trip.What’s more, another coronavirus wave may lead to the reintroduction of no-sail orders, which would almost certainly impact sentiment towards the Carnival share price. Despite these risks, I think the outlook for the company is improving. As such, I’d be happy to buy a small position for my portfolio today as an economic recovery play. Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now Image: Saga See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Charity Commission Direct, based in Liverpool, takes calls for 12 hours on weekdays and provides a Saturday service. Last year, CCD dealt with over 185,000 phone calls, over 26,000 emails and over 60,000 letters. These were the second annual Civil Service awards run by Whitehall & Westminster World, which recognise those working behind-the-scenes in government, taking pride in their achievements, celebrating innovation and sharing excellent practice. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission, the independent regulator for charities in England and Wales has won a top Civil Service award. Charity Commission Direct (CCD), the single point of contact for all the regulator’s incoming enquiries, has won the Operational Delivery category of the prestigious Whitehall & Westminster World Civil Service Awards 2007.The Charity Commission was one of only 13 winners out of 600 nominees to be presented with an award in front of guests including Prime Minister Gordon Brown at Lancaster House, London. A team of Commission representatives collected their award from the Head of the Home Civil Service, Sir Gus O’Donnell, who said that the winners represented the ‘best of the best’ of the Civil Service. 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. Charity Commission wins top award Howard Lake | 9 November 2007 | News 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards
Haley is a senior journalism major and political science minor from Parker, Texas. When she’s not in the newsroom, she enjoys playing sand volleyball with her friends and watching all the cute dog videos on Facebook. Twitter ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Haley Harrisonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haley-harrison/ Newest construction plan aims to close parts of Bellaire Drive for pedestrian walkway ReddIt Haley Harrisonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haley-harrison/ Linkedin Haley Harrisonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haley-harrison/ Previous articleNo. 20 Horned Frogs edge No. 22 Nevada, 84-80, maintain nation’s longest winning streakNext articleAthletic Director Chris Del Conte departs TCU for same position with the University of Texas Haley Harrison RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Haley Harrison Linkedin Haley Harrisonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haley-harrison/ Twitter Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store printIn 2012, Sheven Poole moved into a house in Fort Worth that came with its very own litter of kittens. Poole’s inability to find a rescue group to help her spay/neuter and take in the clan encouraged her to start her own, Good Neighbors Animal Rescue (GNAR).In the first six months of GNAR, Poole and volunteers were able to spay and neuter 500 cats through Spay Neuter Network with a $50,000 grant from PetSmart charities.“We are trying fill that niche that wasn’t there to help me,” Poole said. “If we didn’t have these low cost clinic options, then we wouldn’t know what we would be able to do.”Poole said that GNAR is dependent on Spay Neuter Network and the Texas Coalition for Animal Protection for services. Spay Neuter Network still frequently brings a mobile clinic to the Fiesta Mart parking lot on 8th Ave. to offer local residents inexpensive vaccinations and spays/neuters for pets and feral cats.Not only that, but the help of volunteers is what is keeping 15 dogs and 100 cats off the streets and out of the crowded local shelter. Alan Ware is a GNAR volunteer who began fostering after taking in a couple of kitten litters on his own. He is currently taking care of 13 GNAR cats.“I am one of the three GNAR orphanages,” said Ware. “I have a 10-person tent that I keep out in my garage that all the cats like to run around in.”According to the website, GNAR neighbors are working towards the larger goal of keeping the stray population in control to reduce the suffering of unwanted, homeless and neglected animals. Poole now lives in the Fairmount district where she said, in the past, there have been many roaming dogs and kitten litters underneath people’s homes, but that GNAR efforts have made a noticeable impact to the community.“There’s definitely a lot less cats in the community, or if there are then they are spayed and neutered,” Poole said. “We have been told by neighbors that this is the first year or two that they have not had a litter of kittens in their backyard.”Poole said she hopes that GNAR and Fort Worth residents continue to work together to create a safe environment for these animals. For more information on Good Neighbors Animal Rescue adoption events or how to donate and volunteer visit the GNAR Facebook page or website at http://www.goodneighborsanimalrescue.org. Facebook + posts 11-year-old boy raises over $67,000 to give the ‘gift of hearing’ in Guatemala TCU visiting scholar continues campus conversation on immigration Students concerned about off-campus thefts
TAGSCurraghchase 10k RunCurraghchase Forest ParkEnable IrelandGerard McDonnellJames O’ShaughnessyKilcornanlimerick Halloween Spooktacular competition winners Previous articleSoccer – Signings have boosted Limerick’s survival hopesNext articleTV – Something for the weekend – Sport on TV Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Facebook Limerick groups benefit from university’s new Christmas tradition Enable Ireland sucks up the eco-friendly message Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A CHARITY race will see participants take the scenic route through a popular County Limerick beauty spot this month.Now in its fourth year, the Curraghchase 10k will see runners and walkers take in the sights of the popular tourist attraction on August 16 as they make their way through its mixed woodlands, park lands and lakes.The event will see funds raised for Enable Ireland who provide free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families.The road race will be staged through the picturesque woodland forest park taking in many of the sites of interest including the Gerard McDonnell memorial tree planted in honour of local Kilcornan man Gerard McDonnell, who was the first Irish man to summit K2.Chairman of the Curraghchase 10k, James O’Shaughnessy expects this year’s race to be the biggest yet.“The support and interest this year from both sponsors and participants was huge. Registration numbers are already higher than the previous three years with people registered from all around the country,” James commented.“The Curraghchase 10k has become one of the must do 10k’s in the racing calendar,” he added.James’ advise to anyone who wants to take part is to register early online at eventmaster.ie. Registration for adults is €20, €10 for under 18’s and kids under 12 are free. For more details email [email protected] NewsLocal NewsScenic route for County Limerick charity runBy Alan Jacques – August 6, 2015 811 Win Halloween Spooktacular tickets Email Advertisement Halloween scares aplenty around Curraghchase Twitter Win Halloween Spooktacular tickets
Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions Linkedin Print TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and CountyNationalNews Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Twitter Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Advertisement WhatsApp Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region People photo created by prostooleh – www.freepik.comGOVERNMENT has announced it will be “significantly tightening key restrictions” up to September 13 to combat the spread of the Coronavirus following advice from NPHET.Addressing the nation yesterday, August 18, following a Cabinet meeting, An Taoiseach Micheál Martin said Government met to discuss what public health experts describe as “multiple significant outbreaks associated with workplaces, households, and social activities”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An Taoiseach said, “This is not just about the appalling behaviour we saw in one Dublin bar at the weekend.“The evidence is that a large number of people are acting as if the virus is no threat to them, or that it’s OK to take a few more risks. And many people seem to believe that if they or those they are socialising with have no symptoms there’s no problem.”He reminded people that the virus can spread without the carrier “ever showing any symptoms”.The tightening of “key restrictions” recommend that all visits to homes be limited to six people from outside the home and from no more than three households both indoors and outdoors.Mr Martin also announced that other gatherings will be limited to 15 people, and indoor and outdoor training be limited to six and 15 people respectively, with sports events reverting to “behind closed doors with strict avoidance of social gatherings before and after events”.The recommendations also include that:All businesses should continue to facilitate remote working where possible.Restaurants and cafes, including pubs operating as restaurants, can remain open but with mandatory restrictions on closing times of 1130 pm.Public transport should be avoided where possible.In the context of private transport, the wearing of face masks is advised where households are mixed.All state bodies with responsibility for monitoring, inspection and compliance will intensify activities on an integrated basis.Fresh advice will be issued to people over 70 or who are medically vulnerable to limit their interactions to a very small network for short periods, to avoid public transport where possible and to shop during designated hours.Speaking yesterday, he said, “The harsh reality is that recent trends in the spread of the virus are very serious.”He acknowledged the nation is “not close to the level and pace of the spread of the virus earlier this year” but says we are at a point where “we need to recommit ourselves to key behaviours and to accept additional controls”.“The virus is as deadly today as it was before,” he said, continuing, “Until there is a vaccine we have to keep our guard up. We have to suppress the virus in order to progress.”An Taoiseach, Micheál Martin also announced the Government agreed to finalise and publish “a Roadmap for Resilience & Recovery before September 13”.The roadmap will show he the government will balance public health, economic and social aspects of living with Covid-19 in the short to medium term ensuing that society and the economy remains open while suppressing the spread of the virus. ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Email Previous articleGAA seek clarity on new restrictionsNext articleMickey Mac’s Record Box features Limerick band The Hitchers Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Facebook Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport NewsHealthKey restrictions ‘significantly’ tightened to combat spread of CoronavirusBy Cian Reinhardt – August 19, 2020 264 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Facebook Facebook The Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group has hit out at the short period of notice given ahead of a proposed meeting with Junior Minister Jim Daly.The meeting never happened.The Minister with responsibility for Mental Health and Older People was reportedly in Donegal yesterday and had offered to meet with the Action Group but had given just 20 hours notice.Chair of the Save Our St Joseph’s Hospital Action Group Fr John Joe Duffy says Minister Daly changes what he says based on whether or not there are senior department officials in the room.He says in terms of yesterday’s proposed meeting, there simply wasn’t enough time……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/frjjweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Previous articleNI and Ulster Half Marathon Championships to return to WatersideNext articleBundoran beach reopens to public News Highland Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – July 24, 2019 Twitter Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Hospital Action Group says not enough notice was given of Daly meeting Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest
Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Brendan Barber, general secretary electof the TUC, explains to Paul Nelsonhow the forthcoming workplace regulations will provide the perfect opportunityfor unions to raise their profileThe new head of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) plans to use the forthcomingraft of employment legislation to increase the influence of the trade unionmovement. Brendan Barber, who takes over from John Monks as general secretary of theTUC in May, believes workplace regulations being introduced over the next threeyears offer an ideal opportunity for trade unions to raise their profile andbuild membership. He points to the Employment Act, which comes into force this month, and newlaws outlawing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, belief orreligion that will be introduced before the year end. The Information and Consultation Directive comes into force, followed by agediscrimination law will also provide opportunities for the unions. Barber believes the union movement can highlight its importance and boostmembership by campaigning for employee rights as these new laws bed in. “Unions must win public attention and create a higher profile in newways and on issues where we haven’t traditionally done so. There must be a realfocus on a range of workplace issues and not just on pay.” He insisted that the unions “must grab the opportunity the new legalframework gives to make trade unionism a growing force again”. But, with the skill of an experienced political operator, he quickly addsthat he will balance active campaigning with influencing government policy fromwithin through improved relationships with ministers. The first area Barber will lobby on is the Employment Act, introduced lastweek, which gives parents with children under six and disabled children under18 the right to request flexible working. The Government has promised to review the right to request flexible workingin 2006, and Barber warns firms that if they do not embrace the Act, the TUCwill campaign for tougher laws that are harder for employers to refuse, andcompulsory equal pay audits to force employers to provide pay transparency. “If it [requests for flexible working] doesn’t work, then we will makean application for making it harder to dodge,” he said. The Act also introduces equal pay questionnaires allowing staff the right torequest pay information on a comparable colleague of the opposite sex, butBarber said: “I’m afraid the equal pay questionnaires won’t make a hugedifference. There’s no evidence that employers would undertake audits unlessthere’s stronger pressure on them.” He believes that an even more important piece of legislation for the profileof the union movement and its relationship with employers and the Government,is the Information and Consultation Directive. From 2005, employers will have to have mechanisms in place to consult withstaff at an earlier stage and more fully on all issues that affect employment –including redundancies and restructuring. The Government is currently decidinghow the European directive is to be introduced into UK law. Barber told Personnel Today the new law will have to be fairly prescriptiveif it is to have any teeth. “Employers can’t be allowed to chose how it is implemented or who thestaff representation is, otherwise staff will have no confidence in thesystem.” Another area identified as critical by Barber is pensions. He is disgustedby the number of large firms that are turning their backs on staff by closingdown final salary pension schemes. In the TUC’s response to the Government’s discussion paper on pensions,Barber demanded a statutory minimum pension contribution from employers of 10per cent. “Relying on employers to accept they have a responsibility in this areaon a voluntary basis is not working. Evidence shows that where there is adecent employer contribution, individuals will save as well,” he said. He also wants compulsory staff pension contributions set at a 5 per centminimum. He is unhappy that the Government is considering increasing the age atwhich staff can access their pension to 55, because he thinks this would hinderthe efforts made in improving the work-life balance of workers. “It is swimming against the tide,” he said. “More peoplebeing pressurised to work longer is going in the wrong direction and is notwhat people want.” Barber knows he is taking over the TUC’s reins at a critical time forunions. He will be leading a movement that has become increasingly disgruntledand disappointed with the Labour Government’s second term in office. The unions believe the Government is ignoring its staunchest supporters andbrushing aside workers’ rights in a bid to win business confidence. Industrial action over the last 12 months has included strikes by train operatingworkers over pay and safety, JobCentre staff over safety, and local governmentstaff over pay and London Weighting. The confrontation between the Governmentand the unions, culminated in deputy prime minister John Prescott attempting tointroduce legislation banning strike action, and imposing a 16 per cent paysettlement on the firefighters, following their acrimonious six-month disputewith local government employers. Barber believes in the fundamental right of staff to take strike action andfears that if Prescott is successful, the Government may attempt to takesimilar action across the public sector. “There is always the fear that it is a model the Government will tryand apply in other areas of the public services,” he said, surprisinglycalmly. Barber is acutely aware of the balancing act he will have to perform in hisnew role. Ever the diplomat, he is careful not to criticise the Government toovehemently in public in case it jeopardises Labour’s chances of re-election fora third term. “We have issues and problems that we are pressing the Government tochange, but let’s not lose sight of the big picture. “We must actively campaign in positive ways but give credit wherecredit is due, and there is a lot,” he said. www.tuc.org.ukHR should take its place on the boardBrendan Barber has criticised HR fornot “building the case” for the profession’s involvement at boardroomlevel.The HR director should be a permanent fixture on all companyboards in the country, Barber believes. But he is disappointed the professiondoesn’t champion its cause.He wants HR professionals to prove to chief executives that thesector has a vital role to play in making organisations more competitive.”HR should have a higher status,” he said. “Ourproductivity lags behind that of the US and Europe, and a major factor isbecause we do not manage, motivate and involve our people as well as they do.””In part, this is because not enough attention is paid toHR issues and strategies in some of the biggest boardrooms.”Barber feels an improvement in industrial relations has led toHR being sidelined in organisations.”There was a period 20 to 30 years ago when – for thewrong reason of lots of industrial action – HR had a lot of attention. Therehas been a feeling since that, because some of the problems are not quite asprominent, HR does not need such a high profile,” Barber said.”It must be on the main board and must be given moreattention.”Brendan Barber’s CV2003 – General secretary, TUC1993 – Deputy general secretary, TUC1987 – Head of organisation and industrial relationsdepartment, TUC1979 – Head of press and information department, TUC1976 – Assistant secretary of organisation and industrialrelations department, TUC1975 – Training policy officer, TUC Taking advantage of the lawOn 15 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.