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ABF chief executive George Weston said: “We are excited about welcoming customers back into our stores as the lockdowns ease and are delighted with record sales in England and Wales in the week after reopening on 12 April.” Despite the upbeat outlook, shares in ABF slipped just over two per cent as investors digested the lockdown sales hit. ABF issued an upbeat outlook following the reopening of Primark stores (Getty Images) Also Read: Primark owner restores dividend as high street stores reopen whatsapp However, London-listed ABF posted improved performance in its food business due to increased demand during the pandemic. ABF’s net cash before lease liabilities was £705m, down from £801m at the same time last year, as the closure of Primark stores was offset by higher revenue in its food business and the decision to halt payouts. The budget clothing chain’s adjusted operating profit also slumped 90 per cent to just £43m over the period. Primark owner restores dividend as high street stores reopen More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: Primark Its grocery, sugar, agriculture and ingredients divisions all boosted revenue and posted an aggregate 30 per cent increase in profit on the previous period. ABF issued an upbeat outlook following the reopening of Primark stores (Getty Images) Associated British Foods (ABF) halted its payout last year due to the outbreak of Covid-19, which sparked an almost £1.5bn hit to its first-half Primark sales. Overall, the group’s revenue dropped 17 per cent to £6.3bn while operating profit was down eight per cent to £320m. The company today said the reopening of shops and vaccine rollout had made uncertainty “substantially lower” and proposed an interim dividend of 6.2p per share. “Looking ahead, with stores reopening and Primark once again becoming cash generative, our confidence is reflected in our decisions to repay the job retention scheme monies in respect of this financial year and to declare an interim dividend.” Tuesday 20 April 2021 9:20 am “For now it seems, this leopard won’t be changing its spots when it comes to its online strategy, with no plans to open a digital store. Instead it sees international expansion as key to its growth prospects, with success in new markets like Florida and Poland.” Show Comments ▼ James Warrington “Primark’s powerful social media presence has been key to its success in drawing shoppers back in, with 8.7m followers on Instagram alone,” she said. It also said it will pay back £121m in money it accessed through the furlough scheme. Susannah Streeter, senior investment and markets analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said Primark was “back in the game after the shock of Covid”. whatsapp The owner of Primark today said it would restore its dividend and pay back furlough money as it issued an upbeat outlook following the reopening of retail stores. ABF issued an upbeat outlook following the reopening of Primark stores (Getty Images) Also Read: Primark owner restores dividend as high street stores reopen Share “With our success in a number of new markets, as wide-ranging as Poland and Florida, we are as convinced as we have ever been in the long-term growth prospects for Primark.
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Our exit from the European Union and the Covid pandemic have fuelled a surge in demand for warehouse space among retailers and logistics providers. More and more importers are considering bonded or customs warehousing as a solution to the extra duties and red tape thrown up by Brexit.Bonded warehousing allows you to delay paying customs charges and VAT on goods imported from outside the EU until they are removed and sold. This offers significant cashflow benefits to businesses and owners who can avoid the double duty on goods that are imported into the UK and then exported to non-EU countries.My word is my bondBut firms need to be sure they are working with warehousing and logistics partners who understand the rules and regulations governing these duty-free zones. And logistics firms expanding into bonded warehousing for the first time to meet growing demand need a clear understanding of their reporting and compliance obligations.You have to fulfil certain requirements when applying to HMRC for a licence to operate a customs warehouse, such as having have an economic operators registration and identification (EORI) number. You’ll also need to have a good customs compliance record and demonstrate you have a real business need for your bonded warehouse.Bear in mind that you will also have to provide a financial guarantee to cover potential import duty and VAT liabilities. It takes about eight weeks to process an application, so it’s advisable to plan well in advance.Do your sumsIt’s essential that you work out whether the amount of duty you are likely to save with a bonded warehouse justifies the investment in time and money. Also, ask yourself whether you have the necessary infrastructure to operate such a facility.If you’re a logistics operator, you’ll need to satisfy potential clients that you have a robust IT system in place for tracking goods going in and out. This means being able to provide a clear audit trail to demonstrate your compliance with HMRC’s stringent reporting requirements.Handle with careRemember that goods stored in bonded warehouses are subject to strict rules and regular checks from customs officials. These govern what type of products can be stored and what you can and can’t do with them.Bonded goods can only be handled in certain ways: to preserve them in storage, improve their presentation and to prepare them for distribution or resale.Operating a customs warehouse certainly offers attractive benefits to both importers and the third-party logistics providers who operate them. But there are both costs and time-consuming reporting requirements that need to be considered before opening such a facility.Ultimately, importers need to be confident that they are working with logistics partners who really understand the rules and regulations governing bonded warehouses.This is a guest post by Arne Mielken, a leading global trade expert in the UK and the EU and founder of customs and training consultancy Customs Manager. Arne supports businesses to reach their international customers faster, by cutting costs, red tape and paperwork. He assists and trains companies to de-risk their supply chain and stay compliant, enabling them to grow globally. For more information visit https://www.customsmanager.org By Arne Mielken 04/06/2021 Photo 189862214 / Cargo © Vladimir Grigorev | Dreamstime.com
Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Jack Nolan: Demise of Laois hurling saddens me greatly By Jack Nolan – 6th June 2018 Pinterest Twitter Previous articleLaois school hosting event ahead of Leinster semi finalNext articleIn Pictures: Borris-Kilcotton host annual Road Hurling tournament Jack Nolanhttp://www.jacknolan.ieJack Nolan is well-known GAA pundit having reported and commentated on games since 1972. This year he is celebrating 35 years in business in Portlaoise starting out with a small shoe repair shop and progressing to become the first locksmith in the county. He was recently elected Chairman of the Irish Locksmiths Organisation. Facebook Twitter Rugby Community The demise of the Laois hurling team has saddened me greatly in recent weeks.Having closely watched it unfold I am not shocked, but I am devastated as a passionate supporter.I’m devastated for the players, their families, for every young lads aspiring to wear the Laois jersey and the for the genuine hurling people of the county who had such expectations for the team in the new Joe McDonagh Cup.Laois hurling has hit a new low in the past few weeks and nobody has stepped in and cried halt. Should they? Of course, they should.When Laois lost to Westmeath there should have been a post-mortem at top level. The writing was on the wall when a team played so ineptly in the opening round of the new championship.Out hurled by a far superior team operating at a lower level in the league. Particularly so after similar displays against Offaly and Dublin in the league.A week later they were walloped by Kerry by a whopping 10 points and the campaign was as good as over. Was anyone called to explain?What we witnessed in those two games was a team, obvious for all to see, that was badly turned out for the task at hand. Rarely can I recall a Laois hurling team that looked so disjointed, lacked any hurling team plan, was way off the fitness levels required and especially lacked any passion for championship hurling.There was a brief respite with victory away to Antrim, amazingly the third victory over the same opposition this year. In fact Antrim are the only team Laois have beaten in competitive hurling in 2018.It was short lived however as last Saturday’s defeat to Carlow brought Laois hurling to a new low with another 10-point defeat.Again, for the third time in the Joe McDonagh they got a lesson from a team in a lower division. Now Meath away in Navan stand in their way of an unprecedented drop to the third tier of hurling, the Christy Ring Cup.It really is unimaginable or was a couple of years ago, but it was heralded by former manager Cheddar Plunkett if action wasn’t taken.Two years ago, after huge progress Cheddar Plunkett had a plan for Laois hurling. A Master Plan that would see Laois return to the top table. Planned and costed and with the backing of Croke Park it failed to get the backing of Laois County Board and it and Cheddar were gone.That plan will probably end up in a museum in the decades ahead. Cheddar had a passion for hurling, a passion for Laois and he had a vision of what it would take to get Laois back as a serious contender and keep them there.It required others to share that vision and to back his plan enthusiastically. He had the backing of most hurling people, but the executive dragged their feet and he obviously had enough.One high ranking official on the executive asked, “what about football”. Cheddar told him the plan is there and it can be implemented for football just as well.Take the plan and run with it for football if you want. The desire wasn’t there. The plan is dead and so almost is Laois hurling. It is a sad day for all hurling lovers in the county.We have had some poor managers in the past from the managerial merry go round that exists and Laois suffered some horrid defeats under those men but mostly against the top tier teams.I can remember horrible beatings from Cork, Clare, Limerick, Waterford and the likes but never such beatings from teams like Westmeath, Kerry and Carlow.Of course, the players must take some of the blame for these defeats, but I certainly lay a huge percentage of the blame at the feet of the manager and his entourage.They have and are being handsomely rewarded for the preparation of this team for championship battle and they have failed miserably. Never was such finance expended on a hurling management team.They were given a job to do. They have failed miserably, and they are still in place now trying to stave off relegation instead of preparing for a Croke Park appearance as was anticipated.The manager was at a loss at all times to explain the displays of his team. To me it was simple “fail to prepare, prepare to fail” The team lost its way, forgot how to hurl as a team and just went through the motions.Defenders and midfielders turning their heads away from Enda Rowland as he prepared to puck out the ball forcing him to go long all the time. It was as if they didn’t want the ball. Then up front the best forwards in the county not passing the ball and not playing as a team.Last week took the biscuit. Playing with the breeze in the first quarter and playing a sweeper they went six points down. They reverted to 15 on 15 and by half time they were on level terms 1-9 each.What happened next? They came out for the second half with a sweeper again and immediately went three points in arrears and ended up 10 down at the finish.Only three points were scored from play by the starting front 8. A point each by three players. Wing back Ryan Mullaney was top scorer with 1-3 from play … and he was substituted!Meath will not be easily beaten in Navan. Last week they only lost to Kerry by two points. I hope that the players realise where Laois hurling is heading, and they produce a performance that halts the slide and leaves them back in the Joe McDonagh Cup next year. At least a joust with neighbours Offaly would be something to look forward to.On Sunday the search for a new manager should begin and Cheddar Plunkett should be consulted in the first instance with his plan on the table.SEE ALSO – Jack Nolan: How has hurling in the county descended to such a low? 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Smoking can be expensive, but littering can be worse A Ferntree Gully woman has been ordered to pay hundreds of dollars in costs after dropping a lit cigarette from a car at Boronia.Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) charged the woman after she was reported by a member of the public for littering in Boronia Village car park.The Ringwood court placed the woman on a good behaviour bond and ordered her to pay $753 in legal costs to EPA.The woman is the third person to pay hundreds of dollars over dropped cigarette butts in the past two months.A Wantirna man paid $1,000 as a fine and costs for dropping a cigarette beside a road at Scoresby, and a Dandenong North man paid $200 each for two cigarettes he dropped in a street in Windsor.EPA receives 20,000 reports of littering each year and works closely with government, industry and the community to use intelligence and surveillance to target offenders.EPA’s Director, Regulatory Programs, Dan Hunt, says it’s often members of the community who report littering.“Victorians don’t like litter, and as many offenders are discovering it can cost you a lot more than the little bit of effort it takes to do the right thing,” Mr Hunt said.“Put out the cigarette and put it in a bin, or take it with you.”Members of the public can report pollution by calling EPA’s 24 hour hotline on 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONDiscarded cigarette butts pollute Victoria’s roadsides, many find their way into nearby waterways, and any burning cigarette butt creates a fire hazard.In each of the three recent court cases, the witness who reported the littering offered to provide evidence in court if it was required.EPA issued more than 13,000 infringement notices for littering, last financial year. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, community, court case, Dandenong, director, environment, environment protection, EPA, Government, industry, intelligence, pollution, smoking, surveillance, VIC, Victoria, Windsor
Small Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain CommerceMarch 26, 2010 Advertisements RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain RelatedSmall Business Sector Urged to Hold Strain FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda, is imploring entrepreneurs in the small business sector to continue to hold strain and have confidence that the economy will begin to thrive.“It’s difficult, but I just want to encourage you to feel confident not only in your ability to play your part and to grow your business, but to have confidence in your country. These difficult times will pass, and when they do, we are hoping as an administration to establish our economy on a real sustainable footing,” Mr. Samuda said at yesterday’s (March 24) meeting of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Alliance.He told entrepreneurs, who attended the meeting held at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s (JTI) Trafalgar Road headquarters that the government will not be pursuing a policy, “where we make things easy today by accumulating debt, but tomorrow the next generation has to pay for it and we suffer.”Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Karl Samuda looks at the MSME Alliance’s most recent report, during his address at the organisation’s third annual general meeting at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s Trafalgar Road headquarters, yesterday (March 24).Noting that this type of policy is unsustainable, he stated that emphasis will be placed on productive enterprises, as the government seeks to regenerate a culture of industriousness.“We have to try and encourage those in the productive sector to help us to work our way out of this.those days (of easy money) quite frankly are over. It is over for the banks and its over for those customers who sit back and reap great dividends and do nothing,” he stated.In fact, Mr. Samuda said, this new approach will redound to the benefit of small business owners who are faced with the challenge of sourcing funds, as increased competition in the financial sector, will force banks to seek out such entrepreneurs.President of the MSME Alliance, Professor Rosalea Hamilton (left), in discussion with Treasurer of the Alliance Mr. Orville Christie (centre), and Vice President of Representation and External Affairs for the Alliance, Mr. Donovan Wignall, during the third annual general meeting of organsiation, which was held at Jamaica Trade and Invest’s Trafalgar Road headquarters, yesterday (March 24).“In order to sustain the level of administrative costs that they (banks) have to pay to run heir businesses, they will have to be more aggressive in their loan portfolios,” he projected.The MSME Alliance comprises more than 3,200 organisations and 300,000 MSMEs associations across sectors such as manufacturing, personal services, transportation, entertainment, agriculture, mining, and retailing.It seeks to build meaningful partnerships and create strategic alliances and effective networking between existing business associations and their members.
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email HEART BUTTE – Along the bucolic waters of Birch Creek, the scars of the 1964 flood are still painfully clear. What was once a lush, small valley at the foot of the Rockies is now a floodplain riddled with gravel and rock. Fifty years ago this creek swelled to a raging river, a quarter mile wide and nearly 40 feet deep. “A lot of old memories come back to me,” said Darrell Williamson, 60, as he looked across the creek south of Heart Butte. “A lot of painful memories, too. My aunt and cousin are still out there somewhere.” At least 19 people died on the banks of Birch Creek on June 8, 1964, when the 157-foot high Swift Dam was breached, sending 31,000 acre feet of water downstream at a rate of 800,000 cubic feet per second. While well-deserved attention has been given to the impact of the flood of 1964 in the Flathead Valley – thanks in part to the Hungry Horse News’ Mel Ruder and his Pulitzer Prize winning coverage – there is less coverage of its devastating impact on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. No one was killed in the Flathead when its namesake river overran its banks, but at least 30 people died east of the divide when the Swift and Two Medicine dams broke on June 8, when 8 inches of rain fell in the Browning area in less than 36 hours. That abnormal rainfall, coupled with a massive melting snowpack, led to one of Montana’s worst natural disasters. In just one day, more than 260 homes were destroyed and countless families were left homeless. “We all knew what was going on here,” said Mike Billedeaux. “But the rest of the world didn’t.” Billedeaux had just turned 10 years old and was living on the shores of Lower Saint Mary Lake near Babb, on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, with his parents and older brother. On the morning of June 8, school was canceled in Babb because neither the students nor teachers could drive through the muddy, washed-out roads in the area. Unfazed by the storm or the rising waters, Billedeaux, his brother and a few other local kids hiked into the hills east of their home. Back then, for a kid on the Blackfeet, “being stuck inside was a punishment,” Billedeaux said. While the Billedeaux boys were playing with their friends that morning, Blackfeet Irrigation Project workers were scrambling to prevent water from flowing into area canals because of breaks downstream. With nowhere else to go, the water began to back up and flood Saint Mary Lake, according to Billedeaux. Within a few hours, his family’s lakeshore house was surrounded by water. When Billedeaux returned home he realized that two of the family’s three pets – a dog named Dolby and a cat named Cat – were still inside. The 10-year-old swam nearly 1,000 feet toward the house, reaching the roof of the family’s flooded 1955 Chevy Nomad station wagon. After catching his breath, Billedeaux headed for the front door. Unknown to him, the water level inside was lower than outside and when he pushed open the door, he rode in on a tidal wave. “For a moment (when I was underwater), I probably thought that was the end,” he said. “But once I hit the back wall and the water leveled back out I realized I’d be OK.” Crawling his way to the top of the kitchen counter, Billedeaux was able to spot Dolby and Cat and grabbed them before heading for the water again. With the cat on his neck, clawing into his skin, and the dog swimming at his side, Billedeaux slowly made it back to shore. With the animals safe, Billedeaux and his brother waited for their parents, who had left before the house flooded to help a family friend. It would be more than a week before any of them returned home. Meanwhile, nearly 70 miles to the south near Birch Creek, an even deadlier scenario was unfolding. Williamson, his uncle and father awoke early with plans to travel to Browning that morning. After surveying the washed-out the roads, they decided to stay home. Later that morning, as the water in Birch Creek continued to rise, Williamson’s father decided to take the family to higher ground. After packing their cars, they drove upstream to another family member’s house. As they watched the water rise from their vehicles, Williamson saw cattle running downstream as a growing wall of water cascaded toward them. The Swift Dam, about 10 miles away, had ruptured. The doors of the two vehicles swung open and everyone scurried up a steep embankment to higher ground. “Once we got to the top of the hill, my grandmother’s house, which was upstream, floated by,” Williamson said. “I’ll never forget the look on my father’s face as he watched his mother’s home go by.” While everyone in Williamson’s immediate family was accounted for, the true toll of the flash flood was beginning to reveal itself when they found seven of his cousins from the NewBreast family walking toward them. The kids, who ranged in age from 2 to 11 years old, told them their mother had taken them to higher ground but then she turned back toward their house. Both of their parents and their sister Patricia were missing. They later found the father’s body downstream, but the mother and daughter were never accounted for. Fifty years later, on a windy afternoon, the question of where his aunt or cousin ended up still haunted Williamson as he visited the very embankment he clambered up to escape the rushing water. “It left its mark,” Williamson said, looking across the creek and toward the mountains. “If it had happened at night I don’t think there would have been anyone left. I just thank God we survived.” After the flood, Williamson and his family moved into a shack in Browning and a year later they moved into a 20-by-24-foot temporary home in Heart Butte that still stands today. For his part, a few days after the flood Billedeaux and his family headed for Browning, where the Red Cross had set up refugee camps and cached supplies. Each person was allowed to take three shirts, three pairs of pants, three pairs of socks, a pair of boots and a coat. Billedeaux said it was the first time he had ever received new clothes, mostly because his mother was “good at patching knees.” A week or two later, his family returned to Babb to assess the damage. As they walked into the home, his mother broke down, realizing the family, which had little to begin with, had lost everything, including the family photos. “That’s when I realized what had really happened,” Billedeaux said. “The devastation hadn’t sunk in because up until that point it had been an adventure.” Besides the obvious human toll of the flood of 1964, Williamson and Billedeaux said the event forced many from the land on which they were born and raised. More people decided to move to towns like Browning and Heart Butte and over time that changed the tribe’s culture and its relationship with the land. Both men still vividly recall the events of 50 years ago, and both said, until recently, they had talked little about their experiences in the flood. “I can remember it like yesterday,” Billedeaux said. “That’s true,” Williamson added. “I can’t remember what I did yesterday, but I can tell you about the flood of ‘64.” Preserving Montana’s Forgotten FloodThe impact of the 1964 flood in the Flathead Valley and Great Falls dwarfed the human toll on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, where 30 people died and more than 260 homes were destroyed. Yet, with all of that destruction, the flood’s impact on the reservation has often been overlooked, according to author and professor Aaron Parrett from the University of Great Falls, who wrote about the flood in 2004. Parrett said one of the biggest reasons little was written or reported about the flood was that the largest newspapers that were close enough to the reservation, those in Great Falls and Kalispell, were preoccupied covering the flood’s impacts in their own communities. Parrett added that early on during the flood, communication between the reservation and the outside world was cut off and there was no way to report what was going on out there. However, others have suggested one of the reasons little was reported about the flood on the Blackfeet is that some people cared little about what happened on a rural and poverty stricken Indian reservation in Northwest Montana. Two media outlets that did extensively cover the flood were KSEN Radio in Shelby and the Glacier Reporter in Browning. While neither had the reach of the papers elsewhere in the state, the archives of the Glacier Reporter at the Blackfeet Community College serve as an invaluable record of what happened in the weeks and months following the flood. As the 50th anniversary approaches, historians and documentarians are working on recording the story of what happened before those who remember are gone. Last summer, Washington State University journalism professor and filmmaker Benjamin Shors began working on a documentary about the flood. There will also be a mobile phone component so people can travel to certain sites on the reservation and watch interviews and see photos of what happened there a half century earlier. Parrett, who authored the article “Montana’s Worst Natural Disaster” in 2004, will be speaking at a 50th anniversary event at Flathead Valley Community College on June 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Flathead Conservation District and is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.flatheadcd.org.
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