Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (SECHAB.bw) 2003 annual report.Company ProfileSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited is an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited. Kgalagadi Breweries produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. SABMiller has a 40% stake in Kgalagadi Breweries and has management control over the operation; offering manufacturing and technical expertise, brand building and distribution expertise. Botswana Breweries produces traditional opaque beer made from sorghum and maize under the brand names Chibuku and Phafana. The Botswana Development Corporation has a 25.6% shareholding in Sechaba Breweries Holdings Limited.
Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Yesterday was a ‘red’ day in my share portfolio and it was probably that colour in yours too.After all, the FTSE 100 dropped by about 3% and many shares on the London market were down. According to share-focused website ADVFN, only around 8% of all shares in the London stock market rose, with the rest either falling or remaining static – most plunged.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…It seems to me, the escalating crisis surrounding the Covid-19 coronavirus could be spooking the market. According to super-investor Warren Buffett, speaking on CNBC and cited by Reuters, “It is scary stuff.”Economic effectsIndeed, the situation is fraught with human tragedy. According to the BBC, the World Health Organization has said the world should do more to prepare for a possible coronavirus pandemic.The outbreak is starting to affect some companies’ trading results, at least in the short term. For example, Buffett’s own Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate has seen business dry up in China for its Dairy Queen fast-food division. Many of the 1,000 or so branches in the region are closed right now.But it doesn’t stop there. Berkshire Hathaway owns more than 90 operating businesses including the BNSF railroad and Geico auto insurer, and Buffett said the coronavirus outbreak “has affected a significant number (of them).” Indeed, some London-listed firms trading abroad, or relying on supply chains in Asia, are starting to report issues arising from the restrictions being implemented to control the outbreak.Long-term investors will “fare well”However, despite the financial hit to his own businesses, Buffett peddles a familiar message for investors. He said the outbreak has not changed his long-term outlook and, “I don’t think it should affect what you do in stocks.” He reckons investors with a 10- to 20-year time horizon and focused on the earning power of companies “will fare well in stocks.”We shouldn’t become caught up in daily headlines if we are long-term investors, he said. Now that stock prices have lowered, he reckons Berkshire Hathaway would “certainly be more inclined” to buy stocks than on Friday. And I reckon one thing is certain, he’s not selling up and running for the hills. Indeed, the opposite appears to be true. He’s probably blowing the dust off his watchlist right now and readying himself to pounce on his next stock opportunity.There’s always something to worry about in the general economy and in the stock market, yet shares tend to climb that wall of worry over the long haul. I reckon one way of handling a stock market determined to retrace is to focus only on the news flowing from the companies behind your shareholdings, or those on your watchlist that you want to own shares in. If operations remain stable, the knowledge could encourage you to hold tight or buy.For regular investors holding index tracker funds, it’s even easier, in my view – keep investing and allow pound-cost averaging to boost your returns later. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Stock market crash: Is Lloyds Banking Group too cheap to miss? Royston Wild | Thursday, 21st May, 2020 | More on: LLOY See all posts by Royston Wild It seems as though the news for Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) and the rest of the FTSE 100 banks is worsening by the day.City analysts are understandably pretty bleak about the UK economy following the Covid-19 shock. The possibility of a no-deal Brexit at the end of the year casts a dark shadow over possible growth through to the end of decade, too. Economic news flow continues to paint a brutal picture and suggest that a prolonged period of GDP weakness is ahead of us.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…A sea of woeManufacturing and services PMI data released today are the latest gauges to shake confidence. While off recent lows, the May manufacturing gauge still came in at an insipid 40.6. Things remain even worse for the critical services sector, a segment responsible for more than four-fifths of British GDP. The reading here for this month came in at 28.7. Hopes of a so-called V-shaped economic recovery seem to be receding with each new headline.This isn’t the only news to rock Lloyds in recent days, however. Bank of England policymakers have recently raised the prospect of additional rounds of monetary easing to soothe the economic crisis. And the idea seems to be gaining traction, too. Bank governor Andrew Bailey has just told MPs that negative interest rates were now under “active review”.Profit levels at Lloyds and its industry peers have been suffocated under the weight of ultra-loose monetary policy since the 2008–09 banking meltdown. It explains why the firm’s share price gains between 2010 and 2020 were roughly half of those printed by the broader FTSE 100. And it looks like things will be even tougher for the so-called Black Horse Bank during the 2020s.Look past LloydsThe extent of the storm coming Lloyds’s way cannot be accurately predicted, of course. The rate at which lockdown measures in the UK will be rolled back as infection rates climb remain anyone’s guess. Meanwhile speculation is growing over a possible ‘second surge’ in Covid-19 cases later in 2020.It’s clear though that Lloyds is bracing itself for a storm. Last month it set aside provisions of £1.43bn largely to cover the economic cost of the coronavirus crisis. It advised that its operations would “inevitably be impacted both within the existing book and potentially in the new lending we are undertaking to support our customers”.The Lloyds share price has fallen almost 50% in the past few months as economic fears have worsened. But the bank hasn’t become any more appealing from a value perspective. City analysts have been scrambling to downgrade their earnings estimates – consensus is now suggesting a 38% dive in annual profits in 2020 – and so the bank now trades on a forward price-to-earnings multiple of around 13 times, way above its more-recent ratings of below 10 times. 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These include having a full listing on the London Stock Exchange with a sterling price, adherence to UK Corporate law and a minimum percentage of shares available for trading. 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…FTSE 100 companies are generally considered high-quality investments due to these requirements. What’s more, around 70% of the index’s profits come from outside the UK. So, this is more than just a UK index. These are some of the world’s best businesses at what they do. 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Drummers at excavation site ceremony.Houston — Almost 100 graves have been uncovered in Sugar Land, Texas, a Houston suburb that was once a sugar plantation that relied on enslaved labor and that was later converted to a Texas prison. The local Fort Bend School District was building a new technology center there this spring when construction workers discovered human remains.While most were surprised at this discovery, Reginald Moore was not. Moore is a historian, a retired longshore worker and an activist who founded the Texas Slave Descendant Society. He lives just outside of Sugar Land and had warned the school district that graves were likely on the land the district bought from the Texas prison system.Moore spoke at the construction site on July 22 at an event called by the Houston chapter of the National Black United Front. After several dozen cars caravanned from the inner city to the construction site, activists began drumming. The Brown Berets participated as Blanca Rodriguez Alanis drummed and sang in a celebration of Indigenous lineage. Members of the Black Panther Party Alumni Association carried their Panther banner. Children carried flowers to the perimeter of the fenced-off area.Activists listened as the national chair of the NBUF, Kofi Taharka, introduced Moore. He explained that the remains could be of enslaved people or those previously enslaved who had been incarcerated and forced to labor in the convict-lease system. This was a state-authorized system that “provided labor” to owners after the abolition of slavery in the U.S. in 1865.Moore noted: “Yes, the 13th Amendment [to the U.S. Constitution] got rid of slavery, but the exception was for prisoners. These prisoners were forced to work under a system that was slavery by another name.”Moore told of working at the Beauford H. Jester Unit, a Texas prison which was the Harlem Farm in the late 1800s. During the three years he worked there, even before he learned the history, he said he felt the repression dealt out to Black convicts. He began to study and explore historical records.Prison slavery after Civil WarAccording to the Texas Almanac, after the Civil War ended, the number of Black people in Fort Bend County was double the white population. They were then legally free and, theoretically, could freely sell their labor, which owners had exploited for no pay under slavery.Used to paying nothing, plantation owners needed the labor of Black people to grow their crops and make their money. To re-enslave Black workers, the post-Civil War “Black Codes” laws were put in place legislatively throughout the states of the former Confederacy. These were designed to restrict the movement and conditions of employment of Black workers and to send any workers who violated these laws to jail to be “leased out” to plantation, mine or mill owners. The owners paid the state, not the workers, for their labor.Moore explained that Black men were wrongfully imprisoned on trumped-up charges. “More free labor,” he added.Just after the war ended, there were only about 200 prisoners in Texas, but those numbers began to swell. Some of the convicts, 60 percent of whom were Black, were leased to plantation owners in the Sugar Land area so sugar cane could be harvested and boiled down.Archaeologists exhuming the remains found at Sugar Land have determined that all identified so far were African American and male, except for one, and ranged in age from 14 to 70.Black activists led by Moore recently met with the Fort Bend School District to discuss the next steps. While the district officials talked a good line, according to Taharka, they would not formally agree to activists’ demands for reparations, for building a memorial and for trying to find family members of the deceased. Representatives from the S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, the Nation of Islam and the Black United Front contend that this struggle is far from over.Reparations and community controlMoore’s decades of research, speaking engagements, photographs and reports of meetings with many state agencies are now documented and housed at Rice University’s Fondren Library as the “Reginald Moore Sugar Land Convict-Leasing System Research Collection.”In a July media release, the university stated: “Once the state’s convict-leasing program officially ended in 1914 after 36 years, its remnants were swept under many rugs. In the 21st century, the few physical reminders of the system are at risk of being erased completely. Fort Bend became one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation as Sugar Land’s suburban sprawl plowed over the fallow fields of former sugar plantations.”NBUF had a second town hall meeting about the cemetery on Aug. 28, with updates from activists. The Black community’s demands regarding the cemetery include that the meaning of the graves be “interpreted by scholars familiar with the intellectual and cultural traditions of Black America and the African Diaspora;” that the cemetery be an opportunity for community and public education, with eventually the establishment of a convict-leasing museum; and that “lineal and cultural descendants be sought” using DNA testing and current scholarship.The community demands emphasize the brutal and shameful history of convict leasing as a crime against humanity. Members said this “raises serious questions about the moral responsibility of the U.S. government at every level.” The demands note that leasing convicts to companies was a state-sanctioned practice from which both the companies and the state treasury benefited.One of those companies was the Imperial Sugar Company, established in 1843 and to this day still headquartered in Sugar Land. At its height, the company was one of the richest and most powerful corporations in Texas and was the largest sugar company in the U.S. Imperial Sugar is still in business, marketing “Dixie Crystals” and reporting $848 million in revenues in 2011.The state of Texas and the corporations reaping profits bear responsibility for crimes against humanity, specifically against African-American people. The fact and the meaning of these crimes are still not taught to the state’s children as part of Texas history. Meanwhile, those interred in the Sugar Land cemetery cry out for justice.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SHARE By Andy Eubank – Mar 24, 2014 Previous articleValero Buys Indiana Ethanol PlantNext articleFarm Credit Mid-America Grows Loan Volume by $1 Billion Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Wheat Producers Need to Inspect Crop as it Breaks Dormancy One of Indiana’s coldest, snowiest winters in recent history could have damaged some of the state’s winter wheat crop – a fact that necessitates field scouting, a Purdue Extension agronomist says.While snow cover insulates winter wheat from brutal cold, some parts of the state were hit with sub-zero temperatures when wheat was exposed. In that situation, the crop can suffer a number of injuries that force growers to decide whether to go ahead and apply nitrogen or terminate the crop.“Whether wheat is at risk depends on where it’s located in the state,” Shaun Casteel said. “The snow blanket protected the crop in some areas, but in others, particularly in the southern part of the state, we didn’t have that snow cover.”Even though winter wheat enters dormancy for the cold months, temperatures below 12 degrees Fahrenheit sustained for more than two hours can cause freeze injury to exposed wheat. As the crop advances into the jointing growth stage, the temperature point of injury doubles to 24 degrees.Injury can be as minor as leaf-tip burn or as major as growing-point termination.In areas that had some soil freezing and thawing cycles, the wheat crop also is at risk for heaving, a phenomenon where water refreezes in soil pores, lifts the soil, pushes the plants up and exposes the roots to drying out.A third type of winter injury, Casteel said, is smothering. Wheat most at risk is that which is growing in low-lying field areas that ponded when snow melted, then froze again.“We had a thaw a couple of weeks ago that caused some ponding,” he said. “When ponded water freezes it cuts off the oxygen to the wheat roots underneath. Even though the wheat is dormant, it’s still respiring, so cutting off oxygen can cause plant death.”Wheat will start to break winter dormancy once temperatures consistently reach the mid-30s and 40s. At that point, growers will have a better idea of how the crop fared over the winter.But for some farmers who prefer to topdress nitrogen fertilizer when the ground is still frozen, waiting until green-up presents other challenges.“Growers have to decide whether they want to spend the money to topdress wheat that might not be alive, or if they want to wait until green-up and then risk having to topdress nitrogen on soggy soils,” Casteel said.Another option is to topdress a lower nitrogen rate now, observe wheat condition at green-up, and then topdress liquid nitrogen at the jointing growth stage if wheat is viable. Casteel said that while this option isn’t ideal, it is possible.For farmers who find that wheat is in extremely poor condition, Casteel said it might make sense to tear out the crop and plant a spring cash crop such as corn or soybean.“There are some bad-looking fields out there that were exposed to extreme cold with no snow,” he said. “Some of those fields are completely brown, which means they don’t have any green tissue for photosynthesis.”More information about winter injury to wheat and wheat production in general is available in Purdue Extension’s Wheat Field Guide. The guide is available for $5 from Purdue Extension’s The Education Store by searching for “ID-448.” Facebook Twitter Wheat Producers Need to Inspect Crop as it Breaks Dormancy SHARE Facebook Twitter
By Gary Truitt – Jun 28, 2017 Previous articleMarket Expecting a Bearish Report on FridayNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Crop Insurance a Top Priority for Indiana Farm BillRandy KronIndiana Farm Bureau held a policy forum this week to educate members on the top issues for the new Farm Bill. IFB President Randy Kron said maintaining crop insurance is the top priority for Farm Bureau, “Our members have told us loud and clear; they want a safety net in the form of crop insurance.” He added this year is a perfect example of how weather extremes can impact a crop and how crop insurance is needed. “In addition, bankers have told us they will not be willing to loan money to young and beginning farmers without the safety net or crop insurance,” Kron said.Mary Kay ThatcherBut Mary Kay Thatcher, with AFBF in Washington, who presented at the policy forum, told HAT it is not going to be easy to prevent changes in crop insurance considering the big budget cuts being discussed, “We could be looking at a $50 billion cut in Farm Bill funding over the next 10 years. It will be very hard to keep a safety net with those kind of cuts.” According to Thatcher, one thing that will push the Farm Bill along is the 2018 election. “But crop insurance will once again have the biggest target on its back,” she stated.BobYoungAFBF economist Bob Young told the forum that the new Farm Bill may cut government funding for crop insurance, which means farmer premiums will go up. Kron said farmers are going to have to be strong advocates in order to save crop insurance, “We must be credible advocates for effective and fair trade policies. We also need regulatory and tax reforms that increase economic growth. That’s where our staff experts and our guest speakers from AFBF help in our efforts.” SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Crop Insurance a Top Priority for Indiana Farm Bureau Crop Insurance a Top Priority for Indiana Farm Bureau
Community News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week A beautiful vision is being discussed in communities across the United States, ignited this time by the senseless and cold-blooded murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. The vision is a world without policing as we’ve known it. If anything is clear after the past two and a half weeks, it’s that what we’re doing right now isn’t working. The well-worn aphorism usually credited to Albert Einstein proves true once again, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over [we could add: ‘and increasing the budget’] and expecting a different result.”If the vision of an end to policing as we’ve known it scares you instead of inspires you, you probably haven’t lived in a neighborhood where the police routinely terrorize the residents. I’m white and I’ve lived most of my life in communities where the police were understood to be on my side. My parents taught me that the police could be trusted and that if I was ever lost or in need, I could call the police. This is part of my privilege. But I have also lived in a neighborhood, right here in Pasadena, where the police presence is at least double what it is elsewhere in the city. For the first time in my life I felt less safe, not because of my neighbors, but because of policing.The history of policing in the United States is rooted in racism and it is manifestly an expression of white supremacy to this day. Incremental reform efforts have largely failed and our Black, Indigenous, and communities of color have paid an unthinkably high price. That price has been paid repeatedly by Pasadena’s residents, too. When George Floyd was murdered by the Minneapolis police department the cry that erupted from the Black community here in Pasadena was visceral, as though the crime happened here, because it evokes crimes that have happened here. Kendrec McDade. Reginald Thomas. Chris Ballew. Daniel Warren.For the past two weeks I’ve listened as members of the Pasadena city council have declared their renewed commitment to hearing the concerns of the community and reexamining civilian oversight of the Pasadena Police Department.At the Public Safety Committee on June 10, Mayor Terry Tornek made a motion to have something for the full council to vote on in 60 days. The 115 page consultant’s report from four years ago was attached to the agenda and Mayor Tornek said he had read it again prior to the meeting. There were many options and none of them seem great, he said.Then, at city council on June 15, during a discussion of the 2021 budget—which generated 28 public comments, 15 of which were opposed to the proposed allocation to PPD—the community made itself clear. Why would Pasadena even consider, let alone approve, this increase to PPD while protests against over-policing, police brutality, and murder at the hands of the police are happening on our own streets? There are still unanswered questions around PPD’s own abuse and murder of members of our community. Unaccountable Pasadena police officers are still armed and dangerous.Furthermore, why would we increase the PPD budget by another $1.8 million (or 2% over last year) in the middle of a public health and economic crisis while simultaneously cutting the budget of the public health, public works, and transportation departments? With thousands of looming evictions, mounting food insecurity, and public schools facing unprecedented budget shortfalls in a period of unprecedented budget shortfalls. Somehow with all that going on, the city manager thought the best way we can spend our precious resources is to give nearly two million more dollars to the police.But what really surprised me at Monday’s city council meeting were the comments from council members in response to public comments. To a one, they swore they were opposed to defunding the police. This tells me that they either don’t understand what defunding the police means or they’re being deliberately obtuse. Legislators defund things all the time. Public education has been undergoing massive defunding for decades nationwide. Same with housing. But suddenly everyone is gobsmacked by the idea of reducing the funding to a city department and reallocating those resources to provide essential services in a safer, more effective way. Several councilmembers, including Mayor Tornek, said that to defund the PPD would be irresponsible and then went on to say that it’s very important that we examine the budget allocations for all departments, including the police, and make adjustments that are responsive to the community. Yes, exactly! That’s exactly what community leaders are talking about.Very few people, if any, are suggesting that we wouldn’t have any city employees trained to respond to violent crimes—a tiny fraction of the work that current police officers do. The community is saying, however, firmly and in unison, that we need to rethink policing entirely. We need to decriminalize poverty and mental illness and divert funds to programs and services that can actually address those needs. We should stop so-called “quality of life” policing which amounts to police harassment and unfairly targets lower income communities. These are all urgent transformations that are associated with “defunding” or reallocating resources away from policing and towards human services.I hope that between now and the next public safety and city council meetings our mayor and city council members will read up on the demands being made by the community that sometimes go under the name of defunding the police. There is no end of remarkable writing being done. You could start with the 8 to Abolition campaign. It’s not new, it’s not naïve, and it’s not utopian. It’s real and it’s happening across our country in communities just like Pasadena.If the City Council is truly grateful for the public input on the city budget I would suggest reading those public comments again. And then again. Before you write off those demands as utopian, do some research, phone up some of those community members who took time out of their day to write to you, and ask them some questions. We really need you to hear us on this. The police allegedly exist to keep us safe, but we don’t feel safe. 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