CIEL Limited ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgCIEL Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about CIEL Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIEL Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIEL Limited (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCIEL Limited is an investment company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius. The company operates in the following segments: agriculture and property, financial services, hotels and resorts, textiles, and healthcare businesses. The activities of the company are spread out over five countries that include Mauritius, Madagascar, Asia, Maldives and South Africa, just to name a few. CIEL Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Rhys Priestland and Stephen Jones’ great tries against Perpignan

first_imgSunday Oct 10, 2010 Rhys Priestland and Stephen Jones’ great tries against Perpignan The Scarlets scored some fantastic tries as they beat 2009 Top 14 champions Perpignan 43-34 in a high scoring opening round Heineken Cup encounter at Parc y Scarlets. Rhys Priestland scored one of the tries of the season, with Stephen Jones also crossing for a great team try. Both of those are featured here.It was a nine try thriller as both sides tossed the ball around with aplomb as Perpignan actually outscored Scarlets by five tries to four. The difference came in the form of flyhalf Jones though, who scored 28 points while Jerome Porical failed with a late effort that would have earned the visitors a second losing bonus point.Fullback Rhys Priestland scored two tries, one of which was sensational as he started it by joining the line, then collected at the end following two superb flick passes from Morgan Stoddart and Regan King. One of the tries of the season no doubt.Jones later crossed for the bonus point try which itself was another classic as Scarlets showed great continuity and patience in the build up before letting the ball do the work through the hands, resulting in Jones diving over for his 50th Scarlets try.It was a great win for the Scarlets who have shown that theyre willing to toss it around and use their strengths. Man of the Match was David Lyons off the back of the scrum who carried well all day. Two quality tries are whats featured here below though. Hit play and enjoy. Plenty more to come from the Heineken Cup soon.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House in Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura

first_imgHouse in Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitecturaSave this projectSaveHouse in Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura Projects CopyHouses•Melides, Portugal “COPY” “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Aires Mateus, SIA arquitectura Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily 2013 Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 63Curated by Joanna Helm Sharecenter_img Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Portugal Photographs Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGEngineering:Betar | Promee | Campo d´águaContractor:Mateus FrazãoCollaborator:Ana Rita MartinsCity:MelidesCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaText description provided by the architects. On the Grândola crest, the house is designed in the balance between a courtyard house, with a protected core relating to the sky, and an opening to the distant ocean view.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe topography is modeled, to protect it from the access road, and release the view.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe perimeter delineates the internal lodgings and its transitions. High volumetric spaces, occupied by elements that define functions and atmospheres.Originally published on 3 February, 2014Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessHaus am Moor / Bernardo Bader ArchitektenSelected ProjectsHouse in Arada / Nelson ResendeSelected Projects Share House in Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura Year:  CopyAbout this officeAires MateusOfficeFollowSIA arquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFernando GuerraFG+SGMelidesIcebergPortugalPublished on August 17, 2019Cite: “House in Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura” [Casa em Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura] 17 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Fontinha 住宅,荒漠上的白色雕塑‘花’ / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Publicly raised fundraising income fell £92m for top 100 charities in 2018/19

first_img Advertisement  539 total views,  5 views today Publicly raised fundraising income fell £92m for top 100 charities in 2018/19 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: Research / statistics Melanie May | 26 May 2020 | News  540 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Pre-Covid-19, 2018/19 saw publicly raised fundraising income fall by £92 million for the top 100 fundraising charities, along with the first drop for total charity income in five years, according to the Top 100 Fundraisers Spotlight report.The latest edition of the Top 100 Fundraisers Spotlight, published by The Fundraiser and drawing on data from Charity Financials, highlights fundraising trends and assesses income growth by cause and causal area.Publicly raised fundraising income to the top 100 charities in 2018/19 totalled £5.84 billion: 2.7% down from the previous year’s £5.9 billion total and a drop of £92 million.Income generation from statutory funding streams also saw a large annual drop, of 14.8%. This funding was worth £908 million to the sector in 2018/19: its lowest level for 6 years.However, there was a 3% increase in income from charitable activities, which reached an all-time high at just over £1 billion.‘All other’ activity, which includes trading, lottery, investment and miscellaneous other, reached £1.52 billion, down 0.2% on the previous year.Total income for the top 100 charities, at £9.36 billion, was worth a similar amount to 2015/16, with the annual growth rate declining to -2.4% in 2018/19: the first drop in five years.48 of the top 100 charities saw total income decline, with a further 12 just keeping pace with inflation. 47 of the top 100 achieved modest growth in fundraising income, while success stories included Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which increased its fundraising two years running, and Great Ormond Street Hospital and Oxfam GB, which both recorded legacy incomes.Report author Cathy Pharoah commented:“In a period of faltering global growth, with the effects of the COVID-19 crisis difficult to predict, income growth is likely to prove an elusive target for some time.”This is the fifth Top 100 Fundraisers Spotlight report, which is part of a series of free reports from Wilmington Charities.last_img read more

East meets West

first_img By The Penny Hoarder In speaking to the media corps Thursday, Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. referenced Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision ….”Hawkins said the vision for an arts park and arts center at Troy University originated with First Lady Janice Hawkins.“She had a vision beyond a parking lot where this building stood,” Hawkins said of his wife. “People shape buildings and buildings shape lives. To watch what this building has become has been exciting and exhilarating to watch. To know what it will become is even more exciting.” Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Published 11:00 pm Thursday, November 3, 2016 “It took many building blocks to make it happen,” the First Lady said. “And this park and arts center are truly where East meets West.”Hawkins cited Nall’s donation of his artwork and the installation, “Violata Pax Dove,” and Xian, China artist Huo Bao Zhu’s donation of terracotta warriors and other statuaries around campus as blocks that connect East and West.Janice Hawkins said she is extremely proud of the faculty and student involvement with the cultural arts project.“It speaks highly of the university’s dedication to the arts,” she said.Pam Allen, chair of the university’s art department, said, when she walked into the International Arts Center for the first time, it was like walking into the world of Thomas Kinkade,  “Painter of light.”“Everything was filled with light. It was pulsating,” Allen said. “We have needed this, and we finally have a wonderful place to create and to exhibit.”Allen said the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery is hosting The Heritage Exhibit, which features the artwork of artists who taught at Troy University, including the late Alice Thornton.“The Heritage Exhibit brings everybody home,” Allen said.Chancellor Hawkins and the First Lady unveiled a commissioned piece of artwork title “Troy: A Portrait of the University,” by local artist Elana Hagler.The inspiration for the artwork was the 1930s landscape design for Troy State Teachers College, now Troy University, by the Olmsted Brothers, an influential United States landscape architectural firm that designed New York’s Center Park and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C.  Hagler incorporated several of the university’s icons into the painting, including its connection with the international world.The International Art Center also features “Warriors Unearthed,” a collection of and interpretive center for the university’s 200 replica terracotta warriors, believed to be the largest such collection of statuaries outside China.The replica terracotta warriors are a feature of the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. The park also features an amphitheater and statuaries.Thursday’s news media event also featured the dedication of Nall’s centerpiece work, “Violata Pax Dove” on the International Arts Center plaza.The International Arts Center will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is encouraged to visit the center and view the park. Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Skip Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Hawkins said he and the First Lady would like to thank all the donors, members of the university’s board of trustees, artists and all who saw the possibilities in what was once undeveloped land on campus.“This park and center will transform the lives of students and visitors for years to come,” he said. “As Alabama’s International University, it’s only appropriate that students and visitors can come here to dance, to sing, to learn, to find inspiration and to experience the world.”The International Arts Center houses a permanent gallery featuring the works of internationally acclaimed artist and Troy native Nall Hollis and the Huo Bao Zhu Gallery which will house a revolving gallery of art and host exhibits. The arts center also has a student educational space.Janice Hawkins echoed her husband’s appreciation to the many whose contributions made the International Arts Center a reality. Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… East meets West You Might Like DEDICATED: BBA backstreet mural project completed Members of the Brundidge Business Association and community leaders gathered for the ceremony marking the completion of the mural project…. read more The International Arts Center brings together arts and culture from both the East and the West. Its creation was spearheaded by Janice Hawkins, who envisioned a place where people can find inspiration and “experience the world.”There are 18 ways to say awesome and it would take all 18 and then some to describe the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park & International Arts Center on the campus of Troy University.Magnificent. Incredible. Amazing. Astounding. Impressive. Astounding. Even “Wow!’ were just a few of the one-word responses to the International Arts Center at the news media conference Thursday morning.Troy University will formerly open the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park and International Arts Center at 4 p.m. today with a dedication and concert inside the park’s amphitheater. The event is free and open to the public. Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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‘Teacher of the Year’ kneels during anthem at college football championship attended by Trump

first_imgKevin C. Cox/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — During a ceremony honoring the 2019 “Teachers of the Year,” one in particular stood out.The honoree from Minnesota, Kelly Holstine, chose to kneel during the national anthem at the NCAA football championship game on Monday, where the ceremony took place, “to stand up for marginalized and oppressed people,” according to a tweet she wrote, which included a photograph of her kneeling.“Like many before, I respectfully kneeled during Nat’l Anthem because, ‘No one is free until we are all free,’” she wrote, referencing former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and citing a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Kaepernick protested police brutality against black Americans by kneeling in 2016.President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were also in attendance for Monday night’s game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.Holstine, an English and language arts teacher at Tokata Learning Center in Shakopee, has been outspoken about her activism before.She lead a TED Talk in October 2019 titled “Educators must be more than allies.”In her speech, she advocated for teachers to be willing to leave their comfort zones and “stand up for all of the human beings who are being marginalized or oppressed.”“Allies are wonderful and we need them, but it is not enough for educators to just be allies,” she said. “We need them to be advocates too.”In April 2019, she was also one of two teachers of the year who skipped the White House ceremony, according to The Hill.“The words and practices and policies of this administration have been filled with a lot of hate toward the LGBTQ community, so I didn’t feel comfortable in that environment,” Holstine told The Hill.The Council of Chief State School Officers, which facilitates the “Teacher of the Year” program, said in a statement to ABC News that Holstine’s actions hadn’t been coordinated with the program’s organizers.“The Council of Chief State School Officers appreciates the opportunity for outstanding teachers to be recognized on the national stage,” the statement read. “The decision by an individual State Teacher of the Year was not coordinated by the National Teacher of the Year program or CCSSO.”Holstine did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.She is the first openly LGBTQ teacher to receive the honor, according to CCSSO.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Conservative Manifesto launch – Right to Buy for 1.3 million families

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Conservative Manifesto launch – Right to Buy for 1.3 million families previous nextHousing MarketConservative Manifesto launch – Right to Buy for 1.3 million familiesThe Prime Minister’s latest vote-catcher has a definite sense of déjà vu, but is it a good idea?PROPERTYdrum14th April 20150614 Views Margaret Thatcher did a great deal of good as the UK’s first female Prime Minister, but her Right to Buy initiative wasn’t, (in many people’s view) one of her better ideas. Thousands of council tenants thought it was brilliant and many that bought their homes at super low prices have reaped extensive financial benefit. The big flaw in the Thatcher plan was that the revenues raised from Right to Buy did not always (ever?) go towards replacing the lost housing stock with new council owned properties.However, Mr Cameron clearly sees his new version of the scheme as a vote winner – those tenants in housing association homes could be onto a winner if they vote Conservative. 1.3 million families could do so, at discounts off market prices of up to £102,700 in London and £77,000 across the rest of England, but the Tories say all the properties that are sold will be replaced.“Conservatives have dreamed of building a property-owning democracy for generations,” he said. “The next Conservative Government will extend the right to buy to all housing association tenants in this country. So this generation of Conservatives can proudly say it: the dream of a property owning democracy is alive – and we will fulfill it.”The plan is not complete it seems, but the Government says that the proceeds will fund the construction of 400,000 homes. Let’s hope it does.Not everyone is thrilled and excited by the proposal.JLL UK’s Head of Residential Research, Adam Challis, says The expansion of right-to-buy may be good politics, but represents terrible policy. This is exactly the kind of short-termist thinking that the countries’ 4.7 million households in social housing don’t need, not to mention the same number again of aspiring owners in private renting. Right to Buy benefits a select few while condemning the vast majority to longer waiting lists and fewer choices. At a time when we are building barely half the homes this country needs, we need a Government that is interested in genuine solutions to the housing crisis rather than cheap vote-winners.”And Gavin Smart, deputy chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, said: “Extending right to buy to housing associations is not going to tackle the housing crisis – in fact it could make things worse for people on lower incomes who are already struggling to access a decent home at a price they can afford.”Meanwhile, Shelter is sceptical of replacement home pledges, issuing an infographic on the average ratio of replacements showing the figure of one new home built for every 10 sold.Some guarded positivity from Nick Leeming at Jackson-Stops and Staff, who said, “The property revolution continues and we are delighted to see the right to buy being extended to Housing Associations. Jackson-Stops supports any initiative that enables social housing tenants to buy their own property, provided that the funds realised are reinvested in the sector. But while encouraging the principle of home ownership this should go hand in hand with an active and vibrant lettings market, unencumbered by government legislation and with the ability for landlords and tenants to agree the length of lease.”What do you think? Let us know now: [email protected] PICS: SKY NEWSRight to Buy Conservative Manifesto vote-catcher April 14, 2015The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicensed rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

Winkworth returns to franchise expansion in 2017 with six new branches

first_imgWinkworth is back on the franchise network expansion path after a two-year hiatus, the company has revealed with at least six opening this year.This includes one already open for business, two to start up over the next fortnight and a further three to open later in the year including several in South West London.These openings include an existing franchisee from Sway in Hampshire who is preparing to set up shop in Milford-on-Sea, while an existing 22-year-old business in Kingsbury, North London is converting to Winkworth, and due to open next week as well.Also, the company says it youngest franchisee – at 27-year-old – is about to open up shop in Cheltenham after spending several years working at its Dulwich, South London branch. He is Tom Mayfield (pictured, left), who before joining Winkworth worked for Carter Jonas.“We have been concentrating on portfolio management as franchisees retire, and we’ve been dealing with that by selling both within the network, but also outside it,” says business affairs manager Gina Piper.Franchise manager“But now we’ve also hired a new franchise manager, James Campbell (pictured, right), who has a strong lettings background.”Gina says Winkworth has seen increasing share of its revenues coming from lettings – up from 30% a couple of years ago to 48% at the moment.“Letting has become more and more important, particularly when the sales market is a bit slow, as it is now,” says Gina.She also says Winkworth is not worried by the looming letting fees ban after crunching the numbers on where its rental sector revenue comes from.“The extra letting fees that many of our competitors rely on heavily are not part of many of our franchisees businesses, unlike many of our competitors, so I don’t think it will have an overall impact on us,” she says.gina piper james campbell winkworth May 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Winkworth returns to franchise expansion in 2017 with six new branches previous nextAgencies & PeopleWinkworth returns to franchise expansion in 2017 with six new branchesCompany says this ends a two-year period of relative quiet as it managed a tranche of retiring franchisees.Nigel Lewis17th May 201701,285 Viewslast_img read more

Commentary: Father’s Day, golf and ‘when I see men taking care of kids”

first_imgBy Michael Leppertwww.michaelleppert.comMy first Father’s Day, as a father, was on June 18, 1995.  We were at my sister’s house in Virginia for some reason that none of us can now recall, and Corey Pavin won the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, New York. The Open is back at Shinnecock this year, and I will likely see more of Pavin’s final round through replays this week than I actually saw 23 years ago.  My older son will also.  He was only four months old in 1995, and I don’t recall him paying attention to important things on TV just yet.That I am able to fondly remember that day surprises me.  It turns out Father’s Days in America are memorable.Thursday’s episode of The Daily, the New York Times podcast, featured an interview with a woman using the alias “Mariam.”  She is in America as a result of being granted asylum.  She fled the African nation, Burkina Faso, to escape a horrific experience with domestic violence based on a dowry system.Earlier this week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the end of our nation’s rule to grant foreign victims of domestic violence asylum here.  Mariam would have been sent back, if she had arrived at JFK this week instead of two years ago.  Had she arrived with children this week, Sessions would likely have also instructed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  to separate and detain them.When asked in her interview if anything has surprised her during her time in America, Mariam gave an answer that shocked me.  She said the most surprising thing is “when I see men taking care of kids.”I wonder what families in Burkina Faso do to celebrate their nation’s dads.  More importantly, if they don’t take care of the kids, for what reason should they even be celebrated?So, welcome back to Father’s Day in America.Both of my sons were at my house Wednesday night and they will both be here on Sunday.  We will watch a few hours of golf, grill out, take naps, and repeat.  That sounds pretty boring when it is written down like that, but it’s not to me.And it is what my dad would want to do too. If he were still here.Love it or not, there is no denying that golf is time consuming.  Fewer and fewer people are willing to sacrifice four or five hours for a round of golf these days.  I try to keep my game in shape and even I think it just takes too damn much time.Except when time is all you really wanted in the first place.We are a golf family.  I married into a golf family.  My wife is celebrating Father’s Day early by playing golf with her dad and his buddies on Saturday.  They get to spend some quality time together, and he gets to show off his daughter’s superior golf skills to a bunch of has-beens.In the last month, our nation has celebrated its moms, and now its dads.  We honor them as the foundation of family here and we look to them as the primary source for our culture’s progress.  The “breakdown of the family” that my dad used to holler about when I was young, I hear echoed by others almost daily in adult life.  And for myriad reasons.Not all of us are mothers or fathers. I am a dad, though my boys don’t need me most days anymore.  But being a dad has defined my life, and so I need to behave more like a parent even when my kids aren’t around.We all do.A country of parents would never turn Mariam away.  That would not be the solution to the problem her arrival presented.  Not to a parentally-minded country.  Children would not be separated from parents who are desperately bringing their families here to survive.  Especially not as a policy.My dad did not talk about politics much.  He would have talked about this stuff though.  He would have said there is no reason the richest country on the planet should even think about treating other human beings this badly.I can hear his voice, even though he’s gone.Golf will take up most of the day for my family on Sunday.  Let’s face it – it’s a good excuse to waste a day with my boys, and for them to waste one with me. And since neither of them reads my column, it’s a great opportunity for a good long dad-talk about some key differences between what is right and what is wrong.Michael Leppert is a public and governmental affairs consultant in Indianapolis and writes his thoughts about politics, government and anything else that strikes him at LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Wheat crop in balance

first_imgThe quality and yield for the rest of the UK wheat harvest now depends on the weather during the next two to three weeks, says the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).The improved weather since the July downpours has meant that 13% of the UK’s harvest is now complete, although it is still too early to tell its quality, said Mike Mendelsohn, an economist at the HGCA. This includes areas in the North West, East Anglia and Essex.British Baker reported that in July bread making wheat prices had hit £174 per tonne. Mendelsohn said that prices had gone up again since then and a bread making wheat delivery to Liverpool last week reached £182 per tonne.”Prices are still going up due to growing concerns and uncertainty. International activity is also taking its toll, as heavy rain in France and Germany has aggravated prices in the UK,” he added.last_img read more