Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc ( Q22017 Prudential Financials

first_imgZambia National Commercial Bank Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (  2017 interim results for the second quarter.Company ProfileZambia National Commercial Bank, commonly known as Zanaco, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, serves retail customers, large corporations, agri-business and public sector clients. The bank has evolved into a leading financial institution in Zambia. With the aid of Arise B.V., a leading African Investment Company, Zanaco benefits from technical assistance, international networks and best practices in various areas of banking.last_img read more

Why I think this FTSE 250 stock is one to buy for a decent long-term bet

first_img Online betting and gaming company 888 Holdings (LSE: 888) posted some meaty numbers today in its full-year results report. And the shares jumped higher on the news.For investors piling into the FTSE 250 stock at the bottom of last spring’s crash, the ride has been meteoric. As I write, the shares change hands near 350p. And the market capitalisation is around £1.23bn. But in March 2020, the share price languished close to 70p.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…Why I think 888 is a FTSE 250 stock to buyBut 888 has more than recovered from the coronavirus dip. The stock is now above the previous high of around 320p set in May 2018. And surging earnings throughout 2020 helped to drive that progress.  Many people, it seems, turned to gaming and gambling as an antidote for Covid stress, furlough boredom, and bulging personal bank accounts.Today the company reported revenue in 2020 almost 52% higher than the previous year. And adjusted earnings per share shot up by nearly 103%. Meanwhile, cash inflow backed up those earnings and pushed the firm’s bank balance up to $190m from just under $97m the prior year. One of the strengths of the business is its strong balance sheet showing only around $7m of interest-bearing loans and lease liabilities.  The firm’s financial performance has been good. And the directors rewarded shareholders with a 200% hike in the total dividend for the year. But that increase includes one-off special payments, as well as ordinary dividends.But it’s not all perfect. 888 is unlikely to repeat its barnstorming 2020 performance in the current trading year as the world emerges from lockdowns. City analysts expect earnings to decline by around 20% in 2021 and the total dividend could be more than 50% lower.Looking ahead, the company said the “annualised impact” of regulatory and compliance changes will likely knock between $70m and $100m off this year’s revenue. To put that in perspective, the company just posted revenue of just under $850m for 2020.Yet the directors insist there’s been “strong” momentum in 2021 so far. And they are “confident” the company will achieve growth in revenue during the year. One reason for optimism is the expansion programme in the US. In 2020, around 11% of revenue came from the US and the Americas.Expansion abroadHowever, the UK is still the company’s biggest single market, accounting for 39% of revenue last year. But 48% came from the rest of Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the remaining 2% coming from the rest of the world. Chief executive Itai Pazner reckons 888 has an “outstanding platform” upon which to build further strategic progress during 2021 and beyond.With the stock at 350p, the forward-looking earnings multiple for 2021 is around 22 and the anticipated dividend yield is close to 1.7%.  I reckon that valuation looks rich because the company is unlikely to repeat its recent rate of earnings growth. Nevertheless, there’s a longer-term growth story to play for here. Although growth in earnings is not guaranteed in the years ahead. But on balance, I’m keeping the shares on watch with a view to buying on dips and down-days to hold them for the long haul. Kevin Godbold | Thursday, 18th March, 2021 | More on: 888 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. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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 Why I think this FTSE 250 stock is one to buy for a decent long-term bet 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. Image source: Getty Images center_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

Jaguares’ Emiliano Boffelli shows brilliant aerial skills against the Sunwolves

first_imgWednesday Apr 27, 2016 Jaguares’ Emiliano Boffelli shows brilliant aerial skills against the Sunwolves The Sunwolves won their first ever Super Rugby game when they beat the Jaguares 36-28 on Saturday. It was an entertaining game and while the Japanese side deserved their win, one player that stood out was Argentina Jaguares’ Emiliano Boffelli, who was outstanding in the air.On Friday we saw Sharks fullback Willie le Roux land on his neck after getting up high and being flipped, but Boffelli showed absolutely no fear as he challenged for high balls, and more often than not won them. He also scored a nicely taken try, great reward for his hard work.At just 21-years-old, he is certainly one to look out for in the future.Match Highlights:credit: Observatoire Béarnais/SANZAARADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Villa Topoject / AND

first_imgArchitects: {:text=>”Architecture of Novel Differentiation (AND)”, :url=>””}; Architects: Architecture of Novel Differentiation (AND) Area Area of this architecture project South Korea 2010 Year:  Villa Topoject / ANDSave this projectSaveVilla Topoject / AND Villa Topoject / AND CopyAbout this officeANDOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSouth KoreaPublished on August 22, 2011Cite: “Villa Topoject / AND” 22 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalVentilated / Double Skin FacadeSTAC BONDAssembly Systems – GluedLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemPodsTrimoModular Space SolutionsHanging LampsAxolightPendant Lights – HoopsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryCabinetsburgbadWall Cabinet – Sys30AcousticUnika VaevAcoustics – Ecoustic® Foliar TileMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 stream “COPY” CopyHouses•South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Byun+ 16 Share Year:  ArchDaily photographs:  ByunPhotographs:  ByunText description provided by the architects. The house is located in a small valley in a mountainous area near Seoul, Korea. While the valley slopes upward, series of houses intermittently continue facing a 3 meter wide road. Instead of making walls or fences towards the road, the house gently lifts up the topography to form private spaces inside. The house opens up toward the south view and a small creek running along the side. Save this picture!© ByunRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapIt is a home for a couple who wants to enjoy rural life while still commuting to the city. It is a small house, but at the same time, a house that entails rich stories. The residents are in contact with land like farmers; also, they observe nature like tourists. Save this picture!PlanGradually lifted landscape of the mountainous topography becomes a floating mass over a little stream. Villa Topoject rejects the dichotomy of object building versus landscape building. It is a mutant born as a hybrid of the two kinds, and it focuses on the transformation process between the two typologies. The boundary of the site is pulled in as the topography becomes an object, creating semi private outdoor spaces. The private living spaces are formed inside. The continuous exterior spaces meet the interior spaces at all levels adding compact, yet rich spatial qualities. The boundary between exterior and interior, land and building, subject and object becomes ambiguous.Save this picture!© ByunProject gallerySee allShow lessBusan Opera House Proposal / ORPROJECTArticlesSOM Announces the 2011 SOM Prize WinnerArticles Share Houses Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  199 m² Area:  199 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects “COPY” 2010last_img read more

Padre Botte House / CNLL

first_img “COPY” Houses Architects: CNLL Area Area of this architecture project Portugal Padre Botte House / CNLL Padre Botte House / CNLLSave this projectSavePadre Botte House / CNLL Save this picture!© Marcos Oliveira+ 19 Share Area:  338 m² Area:  338 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs CopyAbout this officeCNLLOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNogueira da RegedouraPortugalPublished on August 26, 2015Cite: “Padre Botte House / CNLL” 26 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 stream Year:  Year:  2003 2003 ArchDaily photographs:  Marcos OliveiraPhotographs:  Marcos OliveiraArchitecture Coordinator:Nuno Lacerda LopesArchitecture Collaborators:Augusto Rachão, Ana Viana, Maria João VenâncioClient:Padre Gonçalo BotteLot Area:1.765 m2City:Nogueira da RegedouraCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marcos OliveiraRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. The programme defined the construction of a single family house on land, which had an old par­ish house facing a narrow street and a large area with some fruit trees behind it.Save this picture!© Marcos OliveiraFirst the trees, then the living space, followed by the unusual appropriation and demands of a space for a cultured and determined priest were the motivations behind this design solution. There is no place for representation, nor is any axis mundi developed here; structure is merely giv­en to thoughts on the past and the future, old and new dreams about ways of living are ordered and recreated, so that privacy and comfort, opacity and transparency, horizontality and vertical­ity, the exterior and the interior, shadow and light, can converse.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanTwo overlapping bodies define the rules of the house, the cardus and decumanus axes organ­ise the experience and emotion that must exist within. Outside, the bodies have pure geometric forms, without windows “where you can’t see the landscape”, they create a game where the only rule is simply to create surprise at the concept of living that is proposed and stimulated.Save this picture!© Marcos OliveiraProject gallerySee allShow lessWhy Good Lighting Design Has Little to Do With Lux or LEDsArticlesGallery: Tour Chandigarh Through the Lens of Fernanda AntonioArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Nogueira da Regedoura, Portugal Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

Floating Hut / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates

first_imgCopyHouses•Otsu, Japan Lead Architect: Save this picture!© Toshiyuki Yano+ 35Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Photographs Floating Hut / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Tomohiro Hata Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Floating Hut / Tomohiro Hata Architect and AssociatesSave this projectSaveFloating Hut / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associatescenter_img Year:  Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The construction takes place in a residential zone developed 30 years ago during the bubble period. Although this region used to be an idyllic countryside, following its development by a single developer to residential area as a city block, a rational subdivision into isolated houses surrounded by fences and distant from each other, have been applied to the zone. Additionally, as a result of a house builders’ famous 80’s and 90’s marketing strategy in Japan using the symbol words “My Home” to reply to the increasing housing demand following the economical growth during the same period , these houses were provided a pitched roof.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanOver time, this urban layout and roof shape became an identity for the zone and dwellers began to protect it, at first, as a rule for every new building or modification of an existing one, then, finally, by turning it to a district plan law demanded to the government in 2015 by the “residents association” .Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoOur position regarding this situation is to think a house that would create architectural meaning out of these rules as a way to give a clue for the upcoming development of the area.The rules points have been thought as following:The “My Home” symbol resulting as a pitched roof:In this situation, it is difficult to find another convincing reason to this shape other than the “My Home” symbol. We decided to keep the most reasonable but depthless meaning: it is a way to let sunshine go through to the adjacent land. Afterwards, we used this shape to unify the house’s inside spatial identity through the creation of a central atrium.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe outer wall’s distance to site borders:We noticed a scale problem for existing constructions both for height and for footprint. They have more space than needed which results in abandoned rooms and a poor relationship to the outside. To solve this problem we decided to keep the footprint scale only on the ground floor, making the 1st floor smaller.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoBy doing so, we create a terrace space rounding the house. We then positioned the 1st floor in a way that creates a big terrace on the southern side.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRetaining walls:As it is a hillside site, its development went through a stratification making a series of flat parcels and retaining walls. Height of each parcel follows a rule of 1/3 – 1/2 regarding neighboring parcels.
 As retaining walls already exist, we chose to partially burry the ground floor solving the height’s scale problem.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoAs a result to these manipulations, the house gets a scenic beautifully shaped gable, a floating terrace connecting interior and exterior and a canopy producing approach and parking. Following this scheme we were able to give some meaning to the existing rules and laws while creating a clue for the future developement of the zone.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoProject gallerySee allShow lessFaculty of Architecture and Environmental Design / Patrick Schweitzer & AssociésSelected ProjectsBI Group Architect AwardsBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Projects Area:  78 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTomohiro Hata Architect and AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOtsuJapanPublished on April 09, 2018Cite: “Floating Hut / Tomohiro Hata Architect and Associates” 09 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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

Stoker to be first Compact Commissioner

first_img  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 August 2006 | News Tagged with: Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis John Stoker, the former head of the Charity Commission, is to be the first Compact Commissioner.Stoker, who has been chief executive of the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund for the last year, takes up his role on 1 October. He will work alongside a yet-to-be-appointed chief executive at the Office of the Compact Commissioner in Birmingham.He will oversee relationships between government and third sector voluntary and community organisations. Stoker said strengthening the Compact was a key priority. He will be working closely with ministers, senior government officials, regional funding bodies and chief executives of voluntary and community organisations to see how to make the Compaact as effective as possible. Advertisementcenter_img Stoker to be first Compact Commissioner He said: “I expect to see a major difference to the way in which the rules of engagement operate between the VCS and government and will be listening very closely to all of the Compact’s stakeholders to determine the best way to achieve this.”He will be working a two-day week for a three-year period. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Cycling #Limerick firefighters come to the aid of canine companion

first_imgWhatsApp #Limerick boys Ronan and Darragh with their best puppy friend ‘Emmy’AFTER three days and 630 kilometres on a bike, Mike Mooney would be forgiven for wanting nothing more than a cold drink and a compress for his saddle sores.But the Limerick firefighter and father-of-two is hoping to press on with his fundraising efforts for ‘My Canine Companion’, a charity that’s near to his family and especially his two sons, who are living with autism.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A member of the Limerick City Fire and Rescue service, Mike and his team of firefighting cyclists are all too familiar with helping people while in the line of duty.Over the course of the May Bank Holiday weekend, the ten riders will cycle the 630km journey from Mizen to Malin with the sole aim of helping ‘Emmy’, a labradoodle pup who is in training to become a fully vetted canine companion for his two sons, Ronan (6) and Darragh (3).Mike’s fundraising efforts are to help ‘My Canine Companion meet the cost of training the pup which amounts to €10,000 for the two year course.‘Emmy’ has a calming effect on Ronan and Darragh if they become frustrated and that gives her a special place in the family.“Emmy is like another child. She goes everywhere with us and is part of the family. She has to go away shortly for her next period of training and that will last four to five months so we are building the boys up to that. It is going to be tough but when she comes back, she will have another huge amount of training done.“There is a waiting list for dogs to go to families and we are hoping to raise a decent amount of money to give something back to the charity and help more kids enjoy life with a pup like Emmy”.The ‘My Canine Companion’ Mizen to Malin cycle will stop in Limerick on Saturday April 30 where Mike’s fellow firefighters will also be hoping to raise money for the charity during the Riverfest festival.Donations can also be made online at Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print TAGSfeaturedFirefighterslimerickMy canine companion NewsCycling #Limerick firefighters come to the aid of canine companionBy Staff Reporter – April 22, 2016 621 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Facebookcenter_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Previous article#Limerick infant to remain in emergency foster careNext articleLimerick students walk 5 million miles to success Staff Reporter Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisementlast_img read more

Serena Williams launches an S-themed line to empower women

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — One day after Serena Williams made headlines for wearing a “catsuit” on the court at the French Open, the 23-time Grand Slam champion has launched a fashion line of her own.Called “Serena” and sold exclusively online, pieces range from $35 to $250, according to Women’s Wear Daily, and include athleisure wear, dresses, outerwear and more.Williams told the fashion publication that she wanted to be sure to create a clothing that felt “practical,” but also one that focused on the concept of an s-word, including her name.“Everyone can have an ‘s’ word. Mine is ‘sure.’ My mom’s is ‘steadfast.’ A really good friend of mine who has been through a lot, her ‘s’ is ‘survivor,’” Williams explained to WWD. “This is a huge thing that I’m doing right now and a huge undertaking, and I need to be sure. And sometimes even when I walk out onto the court, I’m not sure, I’m not sure I’m going to win. I need to be more sure of myself and more confident in myself. And that’s coming from me. And I feel a lot of people can relate to that.”Williams, 36, has worked in fashion before, having developed lines with HSN and Nike. However, this line is the first one she’s done on her own, and she made sure not to rush the process, especially given her evolving personal life. Last September, Williams and her now-husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed their first child, daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.“At one point I was going to come out with it in November before I got married, and I remember thinking, ‘I don’t want to do that because I want to be able to enjoy my honeymoon and enjoy the wedding,’ so we just kept putting it off and changing and adding, and I’m glad we waited,” she said. “Life is all about timing, right? I just feel now is the right timing. … And with all the movements that are going on with women and young girls standing up and doing marches and talking about #MeToo, and standing up for their own rights — that should be automatically [rights] we have — but enforcing that and saying ‘these are our rights’ — it’s timing.”Now, Williams is hoping the clothing resonates with women like her, and inspires those who may need a boost every now and again.“The customer is a girl or a woman who believes in herself, or wants to believe in herself; maybe she’s feeling unconfident that day,” she said. “And someone that is unapologetically themselves, and that maybe they stand out; maybe they stand out because they are strong or they’re beautiful or they want to not be the norm. Our woman is someone who looks at fashion as a compass to show who they are, to show what they are.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img May 30, 2018 /Sports News – National Serena Williams launches an S-themed line to empower womenlast_img read more

US Navy, Air Force test new shallow-water mine tech

first_imgThe US Navy and US Air Force teamed up to deploy and assess an updated shallow-water mine technology during the joint-force exercise Valiant Shield.Air Force’s B-52 bombers of the 96th Bomb Squadron and the Navy’s P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of Patrol Squadron Five (VP-5) tested the new technology in the Northern Marianas region.“In the past, the mines were dropped by gravity weapons, so the B-52s and bombers had to be low to meet their accuracy,” said Air Force Capt. Craig Quinnett, Quickstrike’s B-52 test lead. “With Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) and the quickstrike-extended range weapon we have the ability to deploy precision mines from a standoff role which gives us a huge capability.”Quinnett said that from a warfighter perspective, pilots would be able to precisely deploy their weapons to deny the enemy’s ability to launch or navigate their ships, while maintaining a safe distance away from enemy weapons and vessels.“There’s the legacy quickstrike mines which have the standard parachute tail fin,” said Jeffrey Dudgeon, of Indo-Pacific Command’s Joint Innovation and Experimentation division. “In order to deploy them it requires carrying the load slow, getting close in, and making several small passes. What this weapon allows us to do is precision placement from altitude, at speed.”This year’s demonstration stands out from previous iterations because of its improved long-range precision and its use of 2,000-pound quickstrike-extended range mines, over the previously tested 500-pound mines, Dudgeon said.“The main goal for this demonstration is for us to look at the range of the weapon,” said Dudgeon. “But just in general, since it’s a new weapon, we are also looking for feedback from the warfighter on the process and how it’s employed.”The quickstrike scenario incorporated two P-8A Poseidons to document and gather imagery of the demonstration for review.“This was a good opportunity to work with our Air Force partners to increase interoperability,” said Lt. Ken Flannery, VP-5’s mission commander and tactical coordinator. “Of course, we’re working across two United States branches, but different services have different ways of doing things. It’s always a good opportunity to smooth out those seams and I think we did a good job at that today.”Following the successful test, the inert mines were recovered and are slated to be analyzed for data collection and weapon-component function analysis, in addition to reducing the overall environmental footprint of Exercise Valiant Shield and keeping the waters of the Marianas region clean.“It’s pretty awesome,” said Air Force Tech Sgt. John Riggs, crew lead from the 96th Bomb Squadron. “This is one of the biggest exercises that we do, especially within the Pacific. It’s good to work with all these different units and with our sister services. It’s definitely something everyone should be proud of. You get to meet all of these different people, see all of these different aircraft working together to take out the bad guys.”Valiant Shield is a US only, biennial field training exercise with a focus on integration of joint training in a blue-water environment among US forces. This training enables real-world proficiency in sustaining joint forces through detecting, locating, tracking, and engaging units at sea, in the air, on land, and in cyberspace in response to a range of mission areas. View post tag: JDAM mines View post tag: Poseidon P-8A View post tag: US Navycenter_img Photo: Illustration: A joint-force photo exercise during Valiant Shield 2018. Photo: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more