MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the half year.For more information about MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MCB Group Limited (MCBG.mu) 2021 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMCB Group Limited is a financial holdings company that, together with the several subsidiaries running under it, operates in three clusters; banking, non-banking financial and other investments. The non-banking financial sector is involved in factoring and leasing while the MCB Capital Markets Limited offers services such as corporate finance advisory, asset management, stockbroking, private equity and registry. The Group also assists micro and small entrepreneurs. The services offered by the company include, offers current, savings, and foreign currency accounts; fixed and term deposits; personal, educational, motor, green, and housing loans; term loans; and working capital finance, term funding¸ structured finance, private equity finance, and leasing services, as well as credit and prepaid cards. MCB Group Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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For some, this fall makes it look like a good discount buy as we start May. Looking ahead, there are points that are worthy of noting that could cause the share price to either continue to fall, or bounce back strongly. Let’s take a look.What happened in April?April saw a correction in the Argo Blockchain share price. Even though 25% sounds like a large fall, it needs to be taken in the context of the longer-term rally that has been seen. Over the past year, it’s up over 3,000%. So really, I think of the fall as more of a correction. This could be a mix of investors taking profits or some speculative short selling due to the sharp rise and potential overbought 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…Added to this is the lack of benefit gained in April from the value of Bitcoin. Argo Blockchain mines for Bitcoin predominantly, and so the value of Bitcoin has a high correlation to company performance. Even the CEO gets paid his salary in Bitcoin! Bitcoin trades at around $54k at the moment, down from highs of around $65k earlier in April. So this depreciation also would act as a downward pressure on the firm’s share price.The Argo Blockchain share price outlook for MayAlthough full-year results came out at the end of April, I’m going to put that in my May section as the market will need time to properly digest it.There hasn’t been much of a reaction so far since the release of the results. They showed revenue growth of 120% to £19m. When I add in a reduction in costs of £1.1m, it all comes to a net profit of £1.7m. This is a large boost from the net loss posted in 2019, but I wasn’t really that surprised.After all, Argo Blockchain has been delivering regular updates on monthly and quarterly performance. I was aware of the record-breaking months, particularly during 2021 so far. There hasn’t been anything I’ve spotted in the annual report that is game-changing information. So from that angle, I don’t see the report as a key mover for the share price in early May.One story I am keeping my eye on for the share price this month is the planned US capital gains tax increase. This was announced by President Biden and could mean a significant increase in tax due when selling assets for a gain. Cryptocurrency would be included in this, with the top tier paying almost 40% in tax on gains.Given the amount of unrealised gains that people are sitting on via Bitcoin and other assets, I’m watching for more information in May as this could see investors sell out of coins ahead of any implementation.A lack of direction?Unfortunately, I don’t have a clear conviction about the Argo Blockchain share price as we stand. The April sell-off was justified, in my opinion, given the large rally. But the full-year results haven’t really moved the price. I’d prefer to sit on the sideline until there is a clear catalyst to spark a movement. 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DAY ONE of the Wellington Sevens kicked off in spectacular style, and we’re not just talking about what happened on the pitch. Fans in the stands put in the effort with their fancy dress costumes, and the guys in the gallery above are those we think deserve a prize! Plus check out the highlights of Day 1 below. – / 8Credits: Rugby WorldmoreShowing image 1 of 8 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
With Billy Vunipola’s admission that he might try out for the NFL after the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the portents do not look encouraging if you look at previous attempts Just weeks after Twickenham played host to an historic NFL game, the influence and pull of the gridiron field looks to be exerting itself on the world of rugby.Speaking to Ben Kay for The Times, current England No 8 and one of the brightest prospects in Eddie Jones’ side, Billy Vunipola, expressed his interest in making the transition to the NFL after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.Vunipola certainly has a physical skill set which could serve him well but before he makes any bold decisions, there a number of cautionary tales he should harken to.His former Saracens teammate Hayden Smith tried to make it with the New York Jets in 2012 but returned to rugby after amassing a total of one reception for 16 yards during his time in the sport.Rugby League has also seen players attempt the transition, with Jarryd Hayne initially sticking with the San Francisco 49ers last year as a punt returner, but found himself cut due to an inability to keep hold of the ball when the big hits came in.The Hayne Train: Jarryd Hayne had a stint with the San Francisco 49ersEngland RL’s own Tom Burgess had trials with the New York Giants, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks last year but nothing came of it and he is currently representing England in the Four Nations.The issue is not that Vunipola doesn’t have the physical skills that NFL teams would look for in a potential player, it’s that he would be attempting to learn an entirely new sport, alter his physical conditioning and play said sport at a professional level all at the age of 27.We have seen with players like Smith, Hayne and Burgess that NFL teams are not willing to commit to developmental projects unless those projects are in their early 20’s, such is the small window of peak physical performance that the NFL operates within.Even transitioning young is no guarantee of success, with British Olympian and rugby player Lawrence Okoye spending three years with the 49ers, Arizona Cardinals, Jets and Dallas Cowboys, but did not play in a regular season game or make a final 53-man roster over that period.Learning curve: Former rugby player Lawrence Okoye tried gridironBecause of his younger age – he was 21 when he first signed up with the 49ers – and undoubted potential, Okoye was able to stick around the league for a few years, playing and developing on teams’ practice squads. It may not have worked out for Okoye – yet – but the decision to move early was the right one and he gave himself the best opportunity possible to make a success of it. All these examples demonstrate just how difficult of a transition it is to make.Whilst rugby players are conditioned to play with intensity and power for 80 minutes, NFL players are conditioned to run faster and hit harder, in much smaller and even more intense bursts. Having that dynamic physical ability is rare, even in a game as physically-impressive as rugby.If you do have those rare physical traits, such as Okoye and Hayne clearly did, it’s then a case of learning entirely new techniques, many of which have no transferable properties from rugby. Blocking, coverages and the initiation of contact without the ball – and the ensuing hand battle – are unlike anything in rugby and these are areas where players, such as Vunipola, would be starting from scratch.Touchdown: American footballer, Nate Ebner, scores during the OlympicsAssuming a player achieves that, then comes the learning of the War and Peace-sized playbooks and extensive play-calling verbiage. It’s one thing to dominate physically and learn the requisite technique, it’s another to combine that with the ability to mentally scan the entire playbook, line-up in the right position and know your offensive play or defensive assignment all within the space of a split second.That said, for all the tales of pessimism, there is a very prominent success story in New England Patriot and recent Rugby 7s Olympian, Nate Ebner.The safety has transitioned between both sports with success and although he didn’t play the sport at high school level, he did play for two years at the collegiate level before being drafted. This, combined with his exposure to the sport as a youngster growing up in the United States and the physical abilities that playing Test rugby had given him, was enough for Ebner to make a success of the move.The ideal situation for any rugby player hoping to swap rucks and scrums for play action passes and safety blitzes is to go as early as possible and look to play the game at the college level and earn their stripes there. The quality of opposition will still be very high and the learning curve steep, but it’s a far more manageable way of learning the sport than being dropped straight into the pros.Runaway train: Tom Burgess playing with the Rabbitohs had an NFL trialThe message to Vunipola should be – to the likely dismay of England and Saracens fans – that, if he is serious about making the transition, he should go now, whilst he still has time on his side. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Stellar year: Billy Vunipola mooted that he could be interested in an NFL switch With the UK’s ever-increasing interest in the NFL – and vice versa – and the lure of a payday that rugby can’t even begin to match, Vunipola won’t be the last player to give this move some thought.The odds are stacked against him, but at least as an established player, he has the safety net that he can fall back into a rugby career should the move prove unsuccessful and he doesn’t have too much to lose by exploring the option.
“COPY” Year: 2015 Townhouses in Cordoba / Estudio A+3 Projects Townhouses in Cordoba / Estudio A+3Save this projectSaveTownhouses in Cordoba / Estudio A+3Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteHouses•Córdoba, Argentina Area: 306 m² Area: 306 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs: Gonzalo Viramonte+ 22 Share Photographs Argentina ArchDaily Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/640107/casas-adosadas-estudio-a-3 Clipboard Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/640107/casas-adosadas-estudio-a-3 Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Estudio A+3 Area Area of this architecture project 2015 CopyDesign Team:Lucas Asensio, Pamela Asensio, Maria VegaCity:CórdobaCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteText description provided by the architects. North Chacras is a new residential area, well established in what was an agricultural area, minutes from the city of Cordoba. The project was born from the need to Facundo and Juan Cruz (brothers and each with its own family) to have their own house, having this land in common.Save this picture!Ground Floor Plan (a)By the provision of the lot and with the intention of being fair in proportions and dimensions the land was split longitudinally in a 6,2mts by long each.Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteEach unit consists of ground floor partially covered parking, a unique space in which daily life (living room / kitchen / dining room / gallery / grill) is developed and integrated by mobile panels can be moved responding to the different usage needs.Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteThe intention was to create a flexible and integrated (interior – exterior) space, by using sliding floor to ceiling carpentry that occupies the entire width of the apartment. Providing full connection with the gallery that acts as a transition between inside and outside. The ground floor is completed by a wc and stairs connecting with the upper level.Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteBedrooms are located in the second floor. One of them (the suite) facing the street, and the other two bedrooms have a terrace in common in connection with the courtyard.Save this picture!© Gonzalo ViramonteThe group presents itself as a single volume with pure lines and volumes. The horizontality reinforces the whole. The use of stone “taco san luis” interior and exterior provides warmth to the spaces. Sliding sun visors were used in the windows facing north. Parking deck with perforated metal acts as a solar screen over the entrance area.Project gallerySee allShow lessRichard Meier Tops Out on Florida Beach “Surf Club”Architecture NewsMargot Krasojevic on Experimental Architecture and the Challenges of Being Branded a…Interviews Share CopyAbout this officeEstudio A+3OfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCórdobaHousesWoodArgentinaPublished on June 12, 2015Cite: “Townhouses in Cordoba / Estudio A+3” 12 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
capital to coast raises £250,000 for charities More than 1,300 cycling enthusiasts took part in a 60-mile adventure through the English countryside on Sunday, 10 July, in aid of three amazing causes. Now in its 16th year, the Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity raised £250,000 for Norwood, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Down’s Syndrome Association.Participants had the choice of either a 60-mile route from Thames Ditton to the Hove seafront, a circular 60-mile Hove to Hove route, or a shorter 30-mile route from Haywards Heath to Hove. They included eight-year-old Harry Salisbury from Redhill, Surrey, and Twickenham resident Tobias Jellinek, 76 – the youngest and eldest C2C riders respectively.First past the post was Keith Chapman, 54, from Oxshott, Surrey, who crossed the finishing line in just three hours and 32 minutes. The last riders to complete the course were Andy Colville, 25, from Sandhurst, Surrey, and Geoff Taylor, 26, from London, who rode on a BMX and side-cart while dressed in full-body ‘morphsuits’. “It was a brilliant day, even if we did finish a few hours behind schedule,” said Andy. “I am really feeling the pain in my legs, but have just booked in for a sports massage!”Capital to Coast took riders through a beautiful scenic route along picturesque country lanes, including Box Hill and the dreaded Devil’s Dyke. They were provided with plentiful free refreshments and mechanical support throughout and, on completing the challenge, could take advantage of the food stalls and sports massage tents and relax while listening to music and commentary provided by DJs from media partner Juice FM.Ian Tate, Business Development Manager for Challenges at organising charity Norwood, said: “The Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity is always a great day out for friends and family and this year was no exception. The weather was excellent and the atmosphere was fantastic. All the money raised from the challenge will go to three vital causes providing life-changing services to some of the most vulnerable people in society.”Jon Feuchtwanger, who lives at Ravenswood, a residential community for people with learning disabilities in Berkshire run by organising charity Norwood, was part of a team who took part in Capital to Coast on tandem bikes.Jon, 62, has a mild learning disability and, due to a communication impairment known as dysphasia, is non-verbal. However, through the help of his speech and language therapist, he said: “I like bike rides. They are so much fun. I have met so many special people. Bike rides are happy times.”Next year’s Capital to Coast Cycle Challenge for Charity takes place on 24 June. To sign up and receive an early bird discount visit www.capitaltocoast.org.uk Howard Lake | 12 July 2011 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events 22 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.
Masala Mamas book wins fundraising category in Gourmand Awards Howard Lake | 24 July 2019 | News Tagged with: Awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 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. The Gourmand AwardsThe Gourmand Awards recognise the best cookbooks in the world. Founded at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 1995, the awards were initially open to cookbooks and wine books but they now encompass all books about food culture.The awards free to enter for any book, big or small, self-published or in house and online or print. With 100 categories for food and 30 for drinks, the awards are able to recognise the diversity of both world cuisine and the publishing industry.Mindy Gibbins-Klein, founder of Panoma Press, said:“It is fantastic to see Masala Mamas getting the recognition it deserves. The commitment of these women in supporting children to attend school is awe inspiring. I am so proud that we have been able to share these stories with the rest of the world and achieve global recognition.” Advertisement 117 total views, 1 views today 118 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Masala Mamas, a book of recipes from the women of the Kalwa slum in Mumbai, has won the fundraising category award in the Gourmand Award for food culture books.The 100 recipes were shared by a group of 16 women who help disadvantaged children by providing food to enable them to continue their education. Each morning, the ‘Masala Mamas’ gather in a small kitchen and cook hundreds of hot, nutritious meals from fresh ingredients and aromatic spices. They provide the children who attend the Love to Learn school, run by the NGO Gabriel Project Mumbai, with hearty meals. This encourages the children to go to school as they know that if they attend, they will eat.Too often, children as young as five years old are sent to work in order to earn some money to help the family have something to eat.The book of recipes was gathered and edited by Elana Sztokman, and published by Panoma Press, which is committed to publishing authors from underrepresented groups, under the Lioness imprint.Proceeds from this book go to the Masala Mamas to help even more children in the Kalwa slum. Masala Mamas covers recipes from hidden India; vegetarian, vegan and kosher dishes and drinks that have been around for generations, yet remain unique to the area, from breads and breakfast dishes to snacks, mains and sweets.
Suffolk charity St Elizabeth Hospice has been taking in between 700-1000 bags of donations every day at its two retail centres at Martlesham Heath and Holywells, in Ipswich, since it started reopening its charity shops following lockdown.The charity has 31 charity shops, and started a staggered reopening in July. To deal with donations, a newly assembled, dedicated team accepts the items before they are placed in secure vans, offsite for 72 hours before being distributed to the charity’s network of shops.While in store, customers are encouraged to wear face coverings and hand sanitiser has also been made available for use upon entering and leaving all shops. One-way system rules have also been implemented for shopping and queuing and the St Elizabeth Hospice retail teams are encouraging people to use contactless to pay for their purchases. 659 total views, 2 views today Main image: Inside of St Elizabeth Hospice Heath Road charity shop, credit: St Elizabeth HospicePictures of Preloved Chica: first image credit St Elizabeth Hospice, images two and three, credit Elene Marsden Its shop on Heath Road in Ipswich was recently visited by Elene Marsden. As well as presenting on Ipswich Community Radio, Marsden is also known as Preloved Chica online, where she has a YouTube channel, is active on Instagram and has her own Preloved Chica website where she shares her charity shop purchases. She offers a preloved styling service to her customers, giving advice on how to style clothes and where to find the best bargains. Not only has she been shopping in charity shops for over 20 years, but her husband was cared for by the hospice.She said:“I have bought so many things from charity shops over the years, including a Giorgio Armani jacket previously owned by English actress, Felicity Kendal. I think 95% of my wardrobe must be preloved!”“Charities like St Elizabeth Hospice rely on fundraising and donations to survive, so I feel it is really important that people venture to their local charity shops to see what they can find. By purchasing preloved items you are also helping the environment by keeping clothes out of landfill.“I can’t encourage others enough to go to their local charity shop to have a rummage around as you never know what you might find. Charity shops are really full of wonderful gems waiting to be rediscovered.” 660 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: charity retail COVID-19 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. More on post-lockdown charity retail:Charity shops more important for society than ever since Covid-19 10 August 2020BHF accelerates store reopening after successful trial 20 July 2020Oxfam to start reopening high street shops from 15 June 3 June 2020 Advertisement Melanie May | 7 September 2020 | News Suffolk charity’s shops receive up to 1,000 donations a day since reopening
PhiladelphiaWW photo: Joseph PietteDetroitWW photo: Kris HamelA protest and speakout against the Charleston, S.C., terrorist massacre and systemic racism was held in downtown Detroit on June 26. Called by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, activists lined Woodward Avenue during the busy afternoon rush hour as Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball fans were pouring into nearby Comerica Park. Many drivers and passersby signaled their support. Pictured here on the microphone is Tachae Davis of the youth organization FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together), who called for an end to the killing of transgender women of color and all racist violence.In Philadelphia, led by marchers holding signs bearing the names and photos of the nine Black men and women murdered in Charleston, S.C., a couple hundred protesters walked about four miles, despite rain, in outrage against violence by racists both in and out of uniform. Following a rally at the corner of Broad Street and Erie Avenue in the heart of North Philadelphia, marchers chanted “Justice for the 9 in Charleston!” and handed out fliers to bystanders, some of whom joined the walk.At Temple University, “Austerity to Prosperity” attendees at the U.S. Social Forum joined the march, increasing the number of banners, signs and participants. The protest ended across the street from City Hall at the statue of this city’s most notoriously racist mayor, Frank Rizzo, where people with the by now wind-and-rain-damaged posters of the nine South Carolina victims lined up and Philly Coalition for Racial, Economic and Legal Justice member Erica Mines read each one of their names.Kris Hamel and Joe Piette contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this