Promotion and Development Ltd ( HY2006 Interim Report

first_imgPromotion and Development Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2006 interim results for the half year.For more information about Promotion and Development Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Promotion and Development Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Promotion and Development Ltd (  2006 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePromotion and Development Limited is a company based in Mauritius which deals in the shares investment, property development, and supply and provision of services associated with such activities in Mauritius. The company has property, shares, and security segments that it operates through. Promotion and Development Limited also rents properties and provides security and property protection services, as well as sells equipment. Promotion and Development Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Zambian Breweries Plc 2012 Annual Report

first_imgZambian Breweries Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Zambian Breweries Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambian Breweries Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambian Breweries Plc (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileZambian Breweries Plc (Zambrew) is a brewing and beverages company; producing and marketing a wide range of clear beers and soft drinks. The company has a virtual monopoly on clear brew products in Zambia, with popular South African brands in its product range such as Castle Lager, Redd’s, Castle Lite, Carling Black Label and Ohlsson’s Lager. The company also produces strong, local brands to cater for local tastes which are marketed under the Mosi Lager and Eagle Lager brand name. The Soft Drinks division produces well-known international brands, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Schweppes. The company has two breweries and three bottling plants in Zambia. SABMiller has a majority stake in Zambrew (87%). SABMiller is one of the world’s largest brewers, with more 200 beer brands in its international product portfolio. Zambian Breweries Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget Brexit! Why I’d buy shares in this cash-rich small-cap company

first_imgForget Brexit! Why I’d buy shares in this cash-rich small-cap company Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Kevin Godbold | Thursday, 23rd January, 2020 | More on: CPS I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. The market likes today’s half-year figures from CPL Resources (LSE: CPS) and the shares are up around 5% as I write.Although the firm sounds like a racy mining company, it’s a human resources and recruitment enterprise with international operations, and  I’ve been keen on it for some time.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…Cash-rich with an impressive recordTop attractions for me include the cash-rich balance sheet and an impressive more-than-five-year record of generally rising revenue, earnings, cash flow and shareholder dividends. You can’t detect any volatility in the financial record because of the Brexit process, which I reckon speaks volumes about the firm’s wide reach abroad.It’s a big set-up with around 47 offices worldwide and some 13,000 employees, covering many sectors of the market such as technology, finance, legal, healthcare, pharmaceutical, life sciences, sales, engineering, light industrial and office administration. Clients range across the spectrum from small businesses to multinationals.The interim results cover the period to 31 December and revenue rose 5% compared to the equivalent period the year before. But that rise in revenue has worked wonders for earnings, which shot up by 23%. The directors expressed their satisfaction and optimism regarding the outlook by pushing up the interim dividend by 25%.On top of that, the net cash position I’ve admired for a few years increased by almost 56% to €47m. I reckon this cyclical firm is doing exactly what I would want it to do and making hay while the sun shines. A big cash position could help see the company through any general economic downturn in the future.A positive outlookChairman John Hennessy said in the report that the directors are “conscious” of the effects political, regulatory and economic events globally can have on the business, but they expect profit before tax for the full year to be “ahead of current market expectations.” Statements like that are music to the ears of investors, and this one could be why the share price is buoyant today.The company said that growth in the period came from organic sources and both the firm’s divisions delivered a 10% increase in net fee income. The Permanent division experienced “favourable” economic conditions in its key markets with particular strength in the Technology and UK Healthcare sectors. Meanwhile, the Flexible Talent division rode a wave of global demand for more flexible workforce solutions.  There’s always the risk that the party could end with cyclical businesses, but there’s no sign of deteriorating conditions ahead right now. CPL Resources is trading so well and has such a good financial record, that I reckon the shares are attractive. At a price of 700p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is around 10 for the trading year to June 2021, and City analysts anticipate a dividend yield of just below 2.3%. I reckon the market has assigned the company a full-looking valuation for now, but I’d be tempted to buy some of the shares if they weaken from here. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Has the France pack gone soft?

first_imgNo one wants a return to the sometimes mindless brutality of yesteryear but the France pack have to be less, well, nice. And they must learn how to play hard, fast and furious within the laws of the game, and learn fast. Because that’s exactly how the Irish eight will play on Saturday.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. The point is that we attribute France’s demise to the absence of flair but it’s as much to do with the disappearance of forwards who were very good, very fierce and very frightening. We think of the late 1970s and 1980s – the ‘golden age’ of France as a world power – as the time of Aguirre, Blanco, Sella, Charvet and Mesnel, but they only weaved their magic once their forwards had softened up the opposition by fair means or foul.They were helped in this regard by the laissez-faire attitude of rugby officialdom, which rarely dished out lengthy bans for dirty conduct. In fairness, their task wasn’t helped by the primitive television technology of the time.
 The French pack was all the more intimidating for the home nations because in general their forwards were rougher. They were men of the deep south, farmers and blue-collar workers, whereas the English, Scots and Irish led gentler professional lives as accountants, businessmen and schoolteachers.Flag bearers: Do France fans want to see more of an edge from their pack? Photo: Getty ImagesProfessionalism has eroded that distinction and there’s little difference today in the upbringing of international players: school to club academy to senior squad to country. They are elite athletes who have an empathy and respect for one another that crosses borders and dilutes the feelings of nationalism that 40 years ago created a more hostile Test-match atmosphere.Another result of the sport going pro is that it is now a business attracting lucrative sponsorship from some of the world’s top companies. In exchange for their money, these companies expect a wholesome product that reflects rugby’s positive values.The French rugby federation, in particular, have done sterling work in the past decade in eradicating the violence from top-flight rugby, but have they gone too far? Their communiques are peppered with words such as ‘respect’, ‘values’ and ‘hard work’, which are all commendable attributes. But watching the French forwards front up so meekly against Italy last week, one couldn’t help wondering if they weren’t showing their opponents a little too much respect. One of the most pertinent comments on the opening weekend of the Six Nations came from David Flatman. The former England prop turned astute TV pundit tweeted that “France have arguably never been less intimidating up front”.Midi Olympique agreed, asking Guy Noves in Monday’s edition why the France pack “lacked aggression” against Italy. The France coach sidestepped the question, blaming his side’s docility more on a lack of speed than aggression. But, in private, what must Noves think when he compares the 2016 vintage to the pack he played behind when he won the first of his seven caps for France in 1977?Noves was on the wing that day, playing in his home city of Toulouse against the touring All Blacks. The Kiwis, who four months earlier had beaten the British & Irish Lions 3-1 in a Test series, arrived in Europe with a formidable pack that included Graham Mourie, Andy Haden and Frank Oliver.But they were up against a French scrum that contained several players of whom the memory, even today, sends a chill down spines of former opponents. “The scariest set of hombres I have encountered on a rugby pitch,” remembered Fran Cotton, who propped the England and Lions scrum throughout the 1970s.Tough unit: The France pack prepares for a scrum in 1986. Photo: Getty ImagesHooking was Alain Paco, a man so tough the great Wales hooker Bobby Windsor named his boxer dog after him. Alongside Paco in the front row was prop (and French military heavyweight boxing champion) Gerard Cholley, who in the 1977 Five Nations had punched out four of the Scotland pack in a manner likened to a “bus conductor proceeding up the aisle taking fares”. Robert Paparemborde was at tighthead, a judo black-belt and a scrummager of immense strength and technique.The France scrum was locked by a couple of monsters in Jean-François Imbernon and Michel Palmie. Two months after the All Black Test, a French court ordered Palmie to pay £7,000 in compensation to an opponent he’d partially blinded with a punch in a club game in 1975.Noves’s Test debut ended in an 18-13 win for France and nine years later the All Blacks were again beaten on French soil, this time in Nantes, a match Buck Shelford described as “the toughest game I played in”. The Kiwi No 8 recalled that “I was knocked out cold, lost a few teeth and had a few stitches down below”. That was Shelford’s way of explaining that a French boot had ripped open his scrotum, an injury that required some gentle needlework from the team doctor.Tough man: Former France second-row Olivier Merle. Photo: InphoThe French side of the 1980s gave way to another generation of hitmen and headbangers, the likes of Alain Carminati, Olivier Merle and Vincent Moscato, the latter famously sent off in the brutal 1992 Five Nations encounter against England at the Parc des Princes, a bearpit of a stadium infinitely more intimidating than the soulless Stade de France. But try naming a French enforcer in the past decade? They’ve had some hard men and talented players, notably Nicolas Mas, Serge Betsen, Lionel Nallet and Imanol Harinordoquy, but none who persistently and viciously went beyond the line of legitimacy. On the back foot: France are driven back by Italy in their first game of the Six Nations. Photo: Inpho center_img We look at whether France’s forwards are lacking the edge and fear factor of yesteryear LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Judicial officials step up harassment, interrogation and jailing of journalists

first_imgNews Organisation Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the continuing judicial harassment of Iranian journalists. “There has been a spate of prison sentences and summonses for interrogation in recent weeks,” the organisation says. “This constant hounding of the media must stop.” February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa September 5, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial officials step up harassment, interrogation and jailing of journalists to go further News Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about the increasing judicial harassment of Iranian journalists in the past several weeks, which has included prison sentences and summonses for interrogation.A Tehran court sentenced Issa Sahakhiz, the editor of the newspapers Aftab and Akhbar Egtesadi, on 28 August to four years in prison and a five-year ban on working as a journalist. Emadoldin Baghi, the editor of the banned daily Jumhuriyat, was summoned the same day by the Tehran revolutionary prosecutor’s office and questioned without his lawyer being present.Saghi Baghernia, the editor of the business daily Asia, was sentenced to six months in prison by the Tehran supreme court on 19 August for “propaganda against the regime” in its 5 July 2003 issue, which included a photo of Maryam Rajavi, leader of the opposition People’s Mujahideen. Baghernia is liable to be imprisoned at any moment. Her husband, the editor of the daily Iraj Jamshidi, was arrested and sentenced in July 2003 to a year in prison for the same reason.“This judicial harassment shows how hard it is to work as a journalist in Iran,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities must stop hounding the media like this.” The organisation also called for the release of journalist Mehrdad Qassemfar and cartoonist Mana Neyestani, who are both currently on a week’s home leave from prison, where they have been for the past several months.Launched in 2000 in Iran, Sahakhiz’s monthly Aftab has been closed down for “insulting the Guide” and “publishing false information” in a series of articles criticising Iran’s prisons and calling for reforms. Sahakhiz was previously arrested several times in 2003 and then freed on bail.Baghi and his wife, Fatemeh Kamali, the editor of the banned monthly Jameh-e-no, are often summoned and interrogated by ministry of intelligence officials. Baghi received a three-prison sentence in 2000 for “attacking national security” and “disseminating false news.” He was released in February 2003, but his passport has still not been returned to him.Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are both on the list of press freedom predators which Reporters Without Borders compiles each year. News June 9, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alertslast_img read more

Those who received household charge bill in error invited to contact the council

first_img Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Pinterest Google+ Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – July 13, 2012 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Donegal County Council are appealing to homeowners to contact them if they have received a bill for the household charge in errorA small number of households in the County have received a letter asking them to pay the Household Charge, even though they have already paid.Donegal County Councils Director of Finance, Garry Martin, has asked anyone one who has received a letter to contact the Council.He says the situation will be rectified:[podcast][/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Google+center_img News WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Previous articleCouncil introduces short term free carparking in BuncranaNext articleBuncrana Council wants long term plan for Swilly Ferry service News Highland Those who received household charge bill in error invited to contact the council Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

16-year-old boy arrested in connection with Baltimore County cop killling, 3 suspects still sought – -A 16-year-old boy is in custody in connection with the Monday killing of a female Baltimore County police officer, the Baltimore County Police and Fire Department said this morning.Three suspects are still being sought, police added.The teenager was arrested Monday shortly after the death of the officer, whose name has not been released.The teen has also not been publicly identified.This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Northeastern University student removed from country before court appearance

first_imgiStock(BOSTON) — Civil rights attorneys said they will fight back against U.S. Customs and Border Protection after they claim the agents violated a judge’s order and deported an Iranian student Monday night who was held at Boston’s Logan International Airport over a visa issue.Shahab Dehghani, 24, who was studying economics at Northeastern University, was supposed to face a judge in Massachusetts in his immigration case after he was given an emergency stay following his arrest at the airport Sunday night, according to the ACLU of Massachusetts. The organization, however, said he was put on a plane bound for Europe Monday night, contrary to the order.Carol Rose, the executive director at the ACLU of Massachusetts, said the judge ruled Tuesday that their request for an injunction was moot because Dehghani was already out of the country.“We’re going to try and follow up this week to challenge the rulings,” she told ABC News.Representatives from U.S. Customs and Border Protection told ABC News they could not discuss Dehghani’s case.“Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the U.S. by overcoming all grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds,” an agency spokesperson said in a statement.Rose said Dehghani was in France Tuesday afternoon and didn’t know where his next location would be later that day. She said that he could be brought back to the country to face the judge if it was determined that CBP agents violated the initial stay order.Rose said Dehghani was certified for a U.S. visa for his studies and was in Iran while he waited for his application to be processed.“He has gone through extensive clearances by our government. If he were a security threat it would come up in his nine-month vetting process,” she said.Word of Dehghani’s arrest at Logan International sparked an immediate protest at the airport and demonstrators called on the federal government to release the student. Several prominent Massachusetts leaders also chimed in including Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren.“His deportation must be halted, and we must fight the Trump administration’s xenophobic policies,” she tweeted. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Communities of color continue to be hit hardest in most populated cities

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy SOO RIN KIM AND MATTHEW VANN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — In New York City, African Americans and Latinos are two times more likely to be hospitalized and to die from COVID than white Americans, according to local officials’ figures.Chicago blacks are three times more likely and Latinos twice as likely to die from the virus than whites, city data shows.And in Maricopa County, which is one of the most populated counties in the country and includes Phoenix, American Indians and African Americans have the highest rates of infection and hospitalization among racial groups, according to county-released data.In places like Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, and Phoenix, urban hubs with large communities of color and the nation’s most sophisticated public health care systems, the rates of coronavirus infection and death have been particularly high, an ABC News review of state and local public health data has found.These factors are coupled with the fact that nationally racial and ethnic minorities have suffered a disproportionate share of the negative health and economic outcomes from the coronavirus pandemic.During an interview with ABC News, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the crisis has helped reveal issues of disparity in the country and that it needs to be approached in a “holistic manner.”“This crisis has really shined the light on this disparity issue,” Carson said. “We’ve known about this obviously for decades and people have talked about it and signed on it. We haven’t made a lot of progress.”Here’s a closer look at how the trend is playing out in large cities.New York CityNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, at a press conference earlier this month said that the state’s most recent coronavirus patients were people who were staying at home during the lockdown.“This is a surprise: Overwhelmingly, the people were at home,” said Cuomo at a May 6th press conference. “We thought maybe they were taking public transportation, and we’ve taken special precautions on public transportation, but actually no, because these people were literally at home.”Of approximately 1,200 patients surveyed at some 113 state hospitals, 66% of new patients admitted with coronavirus were determined to have been staying at home, according to a survey overseen by New York State Public Health Department officials.But some experts attribute that trend to relatives of essential services workers unknowingly infecting other members of their household with the novel coronavirus.“If they’re in these type of front line positions of course they’re going to be bringing home the virus at higher rates than whites would be doing, because whites are not being forced in the same numbers to go out and have to work and interface with the public,” said Monika McDermott, a professor of political science at Fordham University, responding to a question on why minorities who have been staying home might be infected at higher rates.A Fordham University Poll found that black Americans are more likely than either white or Latino Americans to be on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic with higher proportions still required to show up to a workplace, have higher rates of reported personal infection, and COVID-19 related deaths of someone they personally know.And in New York State, of the 21 zip codes with the most new COVID-19 hospitalizations, 20 have greater than average black and/or Latino populations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said earlier this month.That is nearly 6,000 deaths of Latinos and 5,800 deaths of African Americans just in New York City, and another 800 deaths of African Americans.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose congressional district includes five of those zip codes, told ABC News that the disparities reflected in the data come from historical health inequity in the system.“It was one part tragic, but on the other part it actually wasn’t as shocking because the South Bronx and the Bronx in general has been home to some of the highest childhood asthma and overall asthma rates in the country that has been directly tied to issues of environmental injustice, pollution and so on,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “We’ve also had historical issues with health inequity in our current system. Our current healthcare system has so much of our economic and socioeconomic inequity reflected in who’s able to afford a doctor, who’s able to afford a prescription, who’s able to get preventative care.”The virus’ impact is also taking a heavier economic toll on communities of color.As states begin to ease lockdown restrictions and allow select businesses to reopen, for many Asian-Americans the financial damage is already done.In New York, Asian-Americans have seen the highest percentage increases for jobless claims each week. Unemployment filings for Asian-Americans were up 4,150% compared to the same week last year– 22,526 compared to 530 in 2019. Similar trend has been seen across the country nationwide.Meanwhile, complaints of anti-Asian discrimination to the New York City Commission on Human Rights spiked 92% from February through April this year compared to the same time last year. The complaints reflected harassment or discriminatory incidents in employment, housing and places of public accommodation.Thomas Yu, the CEO of Asian Americans for Equality — a nonprofit based in NYC that Lin and Peng reached out to for assistance in obtaining economic relief — said that Asian American business owners are facing a “double whammy” amid the rising “xenophobia.”“If you are a non-Asian business owner, I would say your predicament is hard enough, right? Your business is shutting down. But imagine you had to deal with the double whammy of thinking about, am I going to be a target of an assault or, you know, sort of overt racism,” Yu told ABC News.ChicagoThe hardest hit communities in Chicago have actually been in areas just outside the city, mainly low-density black and Latino neighborhoods. Areas on the city’s predominantly black south side have seen some of the highest infection rates according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.In Chicago, 46% of those who died from the coronavirus were African-Americans though they make up about 30% of the city population, according to data released when the Chicago Department of Public Health. After black Americans, Latinos in the city suffered the most deaths from the coronavirus close to 30%. There have been just under 500 deaths of Latinos in Chicago.And the rate of deaths per population is even more revealing — African Americans in the city are three times more likely to die from the virus than white Americans, and Latinos are twice more likely to die from the virus than white Americans, the city data shows.HUD Secretary Carson said the underlying issues need to be examined to understand where the disparities are coming from.“You have to look at the layer beneath,” Carson said. “Why is it that in Hispanic and African American communities, you have a higher incidence of that. I think you know you have to look at the housing situation. The crowding the inability to have appropriate distancing, you have to look at the nutritional issues which tend to be fairly substantial. The medical issues in terms of appropriate for our transportation out here, there’s a whole host of things that have to be fixed. You have to approach it in a holistic manner.”Washington D.C.In the nation’s capital, data revealed the coronavirus had an extremely skewed impact on the city’s Latino population, as Latinos are seven times more likely to be infected with the virus than white residents.“The disparities and the impact to the Hispanic and Latino and African American and black communities are stark in our city and have raised again some of the things that we need to be more attentive around in terms of how the wards where many of these residents live may be presenting some opportunities for us to focus interventions,” said D.C. Health Department Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt during a press conference earlier this month.Nesbitt added that Latinos are seeing 1,200 infections per 100,000 residents, compared to 175 per capita rate for white Americans. Nesbitt also said about half of a couple dozens of infants in the city have been infected by the coronavirus.Black residents have seen 820 infection rate per capita, five times that of white residents. And African Americans in D.C. make up approximately 46% of the city’s population but account for nearly 80% of the city’s deaths, Nesbitt said.AtlantaA CDC study from April found that more than 80% of coronavirus patients hospitalized in several of the Atlanta hospitals surveyed were African-Americans. In the state of Georgia as a whole, the study also found that African-Americans were hospitalized at substantially higher rates than whites.Across the country, black and Latino workers are more likely to be working essential service jobs putting them at a greater risk of coronavirus infection. But in Georgia, the decision to reopen the state’s hair salons, tattoo parlors and barbershops put even more minorities in Atlanta, the state’s most populated city, back into the cross hairs after a nearly month long lockdown.Data shows that coronavirus hotspots across the state have been centered around cities and towns with larger populations of African Americans, starting with Albany, where the outbreak is believed to have begun in Georgia.Nearly 50% of the cases and deaths in the state so far have been of African Americans, concentrated in the populated metro-area of Atlanta. African Americans make up just around 32% of the state-wide population, Census data shows.“Full information is absolutely something we need,” McDermott, the Fordham University professor said. “If you don’t track these numbers and you don’t make people aware of the problems that specific communities are facing, then you’re not gonna be able to get people to face up to the problem.”PhoenixIn Maricopa County, which is one of the most populated counties in the country and contains more than half of the population of Arizona including Phoenix, American Indians and African Americans have the highest rate of infection and hospitalization among racial groups, according to county-released data.American Indians, in particular, have accounted for about 5% of the county’s total cases and 4% of hospitalizations, when they make up only 2% of the county population.In terms of the infection rate per population, the data shows, American Indians are three times more likely to contract the virus than white residents, and two times more likely to be hospitalized than white residents.And a statewide view shows even bigger disparities — Native Americans make up more than 20% of the COVID cases and deaths where race and ethnicity is known, when they only account for 5% of the state’s population.San FranciscoFurther out in the west, in San Francisco, where Asian-Americans make up about 38% of the city’s population and 12% of the city’s COVID-19 cases, they account for roughly half of the COVID-19 related deaths.So far, 18 out of the total of 37 COVID-19 deaths in the city have been Asian residents. Though the numbers are statistically smaller, some researchers in the region are worried about the potential implications and urge that better data collection is needed to more fully understand and address the causes.Overall, Asian Americans across the country have seen a generally proportionate or lower rate of reported infections and deaths among minority groups, according to data released by states and the federal government.While less impacted by the reported health impacts of COVID-19, the latest unemployment rates released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Asian American national unemployment rate hit its record high with a spike to 14.5% in April, as did most other races and ethnicities.The unemployment rate among African Americans spiked to 16.7% in April, and 18.9% among Latinos. Unemployment rate for whites Americans also spiked to 14.2% during the same time period. The overall unemployment rate increased by 10.3% to 14.7 percent in April, the highest rate and the largest over-the-month increase in the history of the series, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Employers are “influenced by the same negative views that the labeling of this disease creates and facilitates,” Andre Perry, a fellow at the Brookings Institution whose research focuses on race and economic inclusion, told ABC News.“When President Trump continues to label this an Asian disease, it impacts the policy makers, it impacts the implementers, it impacts everyday dealings with folks,” Perry added. “You’ll see in a heartbeat folks who work diligently, who do everything they’re asked to do when it comes to achieving the American dream, who are American, be let go in a heartbeat.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

Guest blog: ‘Proptech doesn’t make estate agents lazy’

first_imgThe most successful tech is that which helps us in our day-to-day lives. Facebook, Apple and Alexa are all about making life easier for their customers; to stream, connect with friends or even create shopping lists.It was with this idea in mind that I was surprised to read a recent article arguing that Proptech is making estate agents lazy and we should reduce its influence.Customers and business rely on tech that improves their lives and the lives of those around them. Proptech is no different; it helps our sector be responsive to the changing needs of our clients.Far from killing off traditional agency skills, embracing proptech helps agents get back to the core of what they do best; negotiating and selling homes.Admin reducedReducing time spent on admin for those working in the sector, being responsible to our clients’ needs and the needs of our environment helps all involved spend their time on the things that are important to them.Occupier demand is driving changes in work practices, with more people looking to flexible working to strike an improved work-life balance. COVID-19 has put the spotlight on flexible working, and conversations are likely to follow about how prepared we are as a country for a departure from traditional working patterns.Technology can specifically help estate agents adapt to these changes, especially given the role has historically been so reliant on human interaction – technology can help to mitigate the potential risks of not being able to work face-to-face ready for the widespread changes on the horizon.Technology can also help us become more responsive to the needs of our wider environment.In all sectors, businesses are increasingly asked to take responsibility for reducing their environmental impact. Think of all the carbon produced by estate agents, and their clients, attending multiple viewings day after day; couldn’t this be mitigated by reducing the need for in-person viewings using a spatial data platform?Putting the carbon agenda to one side, reducing the need for in-person viewings also helps our clients who lead hectic lives. Technology, such as digital twins, can help estate agents work around their clients’ needs; many might not have the time or inclination to attend multiple viewings because of work and family commitments.It’s widely acknowledged that [even prior to the Coronavirus outbreak] the housing market is not in such a positive place as it had been in previous decades, with declining house building, lending and affordability making it difficult for people to get on the housing ladder. Although Proptech isn’t the silver-bullet to all of the issues, does it not make sense for agents to have all available tools at their disposal to navigate the current market?Virtual toursVirtual tours, smart buildings, search engines and community engagement apps are all brilliant innovations in their own right. However, effective implementation of technology to drive real and impactful change isn’t about just about one innovation, but rather about how they can interconnect to create an eco-system that makes buyer and sellers lives easier.Far from inducing laziness, proptech helps agents be more responsible in their business operations and to the needs of buyers. Why not embrace it?Read our exclusive interview with the Lonres founders.Visit Matterport. proptech LonRes James Morris-Manuel Matterport 2020-04-03Nigel LewisOne commentPhilip Michael Priest, 4Corners Property Ltd 4Corners Property Ltd 3rd April 2020 at 2:18 pmThe concept behind computers in their initial form was to ‘automate business process’.We appear to have belittled the concept of IT down to that of personal use for posting on social media or playing games or having WhatsApp groups with your friends.I m astonished at the slow up take in software and systems by the property industry that is lagging so far behind other industries that appear to be less suitable to tech solutions yet everyone has Just Eat.Yes virtual viewings, record them if your carrying out inspections is key for evidence.The ability to carry out Biometric ID checks to carry out Right to Rent checks can be done easily too.So why are so many agents not:– using social media and removing their addiction to Right Move– not using digital signatures for ID checks– not using online quote systems for conveyancing quotes– using tracking portals like Legal Bricks to track the cases– not looking at other ways to reduce failing completions levels and the slowest completion times in history (not including COVID-19 times)????Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? 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