Looking for bargain shares? I’d buy these top AIM stocks in an ISA

first_img Eagle-eyed bargain hunters might have been paying attention to Premier Foods recently. The food manufacturer trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of barely above 5 times. It’s a reading that I believe fails to reflect the importance of its defensive operations in what could prove a turbulent decade for the global economy.It’s also a reading that doesn’t reflect the extra security offered by Premier Foods’ titanic brands. FTSE 100 company Unilever has historically traded at a premium to most other UK blue-chips owing to the strength of popular food brands like Magnum ice cream, Marmite spread and Hellmann’s mayonnaise.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…Beloved labels like these don’t tend to fall out of favour with consumers whatever the broader retail landscape’s like. And it’s a phenomenon that Premier Foods, through its brands like Mr Kipling, Cadbury, Oxo and Homepride shares. Yet it’s not a quality that has boosted the value of Premier Foods. Sure, it might lack the scale and the global pulling power of Unilever’s goods. But this AIM share remains too cheap by half, in my opinion.BIG dividendsMears Group is another AIM stock worthy of serious glances from value chasers. Mears doesn’t just change hands on a forward P/E ratio of 8 times. The business — which provides social care services, as well as housing maintenance services for housing associations and housing management — also carries a bumper 5.2% yield at current prices.It’s a bargain share whose essential operations will allow it to largely weather the upcoming storm facing the UK economy. In fact, it stands to benefit from growing demand for social housing and rising government investment here. Its own housebuilding operations will benefit from a massive shortage of private homes too.And to top things off, the UK’s rapidly-ageing population means demand for social care services should keep on expanding as well. This is a share that should thrive over the next decade and beyond.Bargain? Or investment trap?I’d certainly rather buy Mears Group than NewRiver REIT (LSE: NRR) This is even though the property giant’s valuations appear more compelling than those of the aforementioned share. At current bargain prices, it carries a P/E ratio closer to 7 times for the fiscal year to March 2021. It sports a whopping 6% dividend yield too.Such a low earnings multiple reflects the huge near-term risks facing Britain’s physical retailers. And by extension, the massive profits problems being experienced by owners and operators of property assets like NewRiver. This AIM-quoted business, like its peers, has also had problems collecting rents. As of the end of March, it had received just 60% of rents due for the corresponding quarter.Lockdown measures might be being easing. But Britain’s retail-exposed companies like NewRiver shouldn’t expect trading conditions to improve significantly. A recent survey from GfK reveals that consumer confidence is now at its lowest for more than a decade. I’m not tipping NewRiver to bounce back strongly beyond the medium term either, with the steady growth of e-commerce casting a gigantic shadow. I’d avoid this share at all costs. 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. Royston Wild owns shares of Unilever. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. 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. Royston Wild | Tuesday, 9th June, 2020 | More on: NRR Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Looking for bargain shares? I’d buy these top AIM stocks in an ISA See all posts by Royston Wildcenter_img 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. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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.last_img read more

Archbishops issue pastoral letter after British abuse hearings

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Anglican Communion Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Submit a Press Release Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Archbishops issue pastoral letter after British abuse hearings Curate Diocese of Nebraska Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Posted Mar 26, 2018 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK [Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint pastoral letter following the conclusion of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s first public hearings last week. The Inquiry heard three weeks of evidence in its case study of the Diocese of Chichester, part of its wider investigation into the Church of England and the Church in Wales.Read the full article here. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 last_img read more

Protravel launch Protravel Auction Rewards

first_img Protravel, the leading provider of travel and entertainment promotions solutions, has launched Protravel Auction Rewards, a service that enables charities and fundraisers to offer big headline travel and leisure prizes at no risk to themselves.Headed up by former England and Saracens rugby player Nick Lloyd, Protravel Auction Rewards offers travel and leisure packages that are specifically designed to be auctioned at charity events or in fundraising activity. The packages are tailor-made to suit the organiser’s budget, target audience and objectives, and range from dance lessons at the Rio Carnival or hospitality at the US Open, to a hot air balloon flight or annual cinema pass.Costs are guaranteed for 12 months from the draw date, giving winners flexibility when redeeming and allowing organisers to place a reserve on the award whilst easily managing the budget. The reserve price is only paid once met and anything over and above that amount is a valuable donation to the organisation hosting the event. Advertisement  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Howard Lake | 7 September 2009 | News Protravel launch Protravel Auction Rewardscenter_img In addition, Protravel Auction Rewards can offer ‘Auction Extras’, a host of services designed to enhance the event by involving all the guests attending and allowing organisers to offer amazing prizes at a fraction of the cost. Examples include ‘Prize Me Open’ themed table gifts, which offer guests the chance to win a variety of prizes ranging from diamonds to holidays, and ‘Safe Cracker,’ which gives one lucky guest the chance to win a once in a lifetime prize.Nick Lloyd, Director of Protravel Auction Rewards, says: “Big prizes mean big incentives to attend and even bigger donations. In today’s economic climate, as marketing budgets have been squeezed, companies are no longer donating items for auction as frequently as they have done in the past. Protravel Auction Rewards is a risk free way for organisers to boost their auction list with ‘money can’t buy’ travel prizes and create a real buzz and great publicity around their event.”All of the packages include a comprehensive prizewinner management service which includes a dedicated account manager for direct winner liaison, branded correspondence, a personalised itinerary with travel wallet and luggage labels and destination tourist information.Notes to Editor:Founded in 1983, Protravel is an ABTA and ATOL bonded travel agency which specialises in creating aspirational travel and leisure packages.www.protravelauctionrewards.co.uk-ends-Helen MartindaleAccount ManagerClareville CommunicationsTel: 020 7736 4022Email: [email protected] of the Year – BPMA Awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgCalif. “temp” warehouse workers strike againWarehouse workers at the Port of Los Angeles went on strike April 6 for the third time in seven months to protest the company’s ongoing violation of U.S. labor laws under the National Labor Relations Act. Over 200 workers employed through “temp” staffing agency AMR/SSI at California Cartage, the major warehouse for Amazon, Lowe’s and Kmart/Sears, were told April 4 their jobs were ending April 30. They countered by demanding the firm make them direct employees.Working with the Warehouse Workers Resource Center, the workers’ concerns about health, safety and hostile working conditions were summarized in a 2014 class action lawsuit citing violations of Los Angeles’ living wage law. In November, they got the state Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue citations against the company. “The retaliation we are experiencing has been ongoing,” said longtime worker Victor Gonzales, adding, “but our fight will go on, past May 1, until we win.” (warehouseworkers.org, April 6)Threat of CSU strike leads to fair contractWhen 26,000 faculty members in the 23-campus California State University system organized to strike in mid-April for higher pay in a three-year contract, administrators at CSU blinked. This came after an independent report in late March supported the California Faculty Association’s demand for a 5 percent raise in 2014-15, countering the administration’s offer of 2 percent. The 5 percent increase takes effect June 30, followed by a 2 percent increase for 2015-16 on July 1. So salaries for tenured-track faculty, lecturers with temporary contracts, librarians, counselors and coaches will increase 7 percent this summer. During 2016-17, teaching staff will receive a 3.5 percent increase, with about half the staff receiving an additional 2.7 percent tied to years of service. The only concession was changing the requirement for vesting in the pension plan from five to 10 years.“What the CSU faculty have done is historic. We avoided the largest strike in U.S. higher education ever,” said CFA President Jennifer Eagan, referring to CSU’s 460,000 student body. (AP, April 8)Coal miners march to save jobs, pensionsSome 5,000 active and retired coal miners marched through the streets of Waynesburg, Pa., on April 1 to safeguard their jobs and pensions threatened when five coal companies filed for bankruptcy in 2015. When a company files for bankruptcy, it can petition the court for relief from paying pensions as part of its debt restructuring. This allows firms to back out of collective bargaining agreements, laying off workers and stealing pay they have already earned.Coal miners, organized by the Mine Workers (UMWA), were bused in from neighboring states to demonstrate the power of organized labor and show solidarity. Mine Workers’ spokesperson Phil Smith said, “Our message is companies can file papers and judges can make decisions, but we’re the ones that make the decision whether to work under an agreement.” (powersource.post-gazette.com, April 1)An important precedent was set in 2015 when Patriot Coal tried to nullify its collective bargaining contract through bankruptcy. The UMWA threatened to strike, forcing the company to negotiate a new contract with pensions mostly intact. (wvmetronews.com, June 3, 2015)April 12 Is Equal Pay DayEqual Pay Day, April 12, marks the extra 103 days the average woman needs to work to earn as much as a white man during the past year. Though women are half the workforce and earn more college degrees than men, the typical full-time, year-round white woman worker only earns 79 cents to a white male worker’s $1. But women of color and mothers earn even less: Black women earn only 60 cents and Latinas only 55 cents, respectively, while mothers earn only 73 cents compared to fathers. The National Committee on Pay Equity notes that over the course of their working life, women stand to lose at least $250,000 because of such wage theft, which profoundly affects the quality of life of working families.Every year women’s, organized labor and legal groups demand an end to this blatant discrimination and outright greed by capitalist companies. Even though the Equal Pay Act was passed in 1963, employers have not complied, so other bills have been passed, or are pending, to end this inequality. The Economic Policy Institute’s 12-point agenda focuses on the needs of low – and medium-wage women workers (most are women of color) to end this obvious form of ruling-class criminality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Guinea-Bissau government asked not to interfere in TV news coverage

first_img News News Guinea BissauAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression Guinea-Bissau: reporter beaten by policeman while covering Covid protest January 29, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Guinea-Bissau’s authorities to stop interfering in the editorial policies of the country’s public TV broadcaster, Televisão da Guiné-Bissau (TGB), whose staff began a partial strike two days ago to demand an end to political meddling in their news coverage. Follow the news on Guinea Bissau RSF_en @RSF_Africa to go further July 27, 2020 Find out more The opposition parties and the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC), which has a majority in the national assembly, are being censored, Gomes said. For example, an interview with the national assembly speaker was censored on 20 January, the anniversary of PAIGC founder Amilcar Cabral’s death. Guinea-Bissau has been embroiled in a political crisis since 2015, when President Vaz, a PAIGC member, fired his prime minister, Domingos Simões Pareira, who is PAIGC’s leader. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been mediating in the crisis and has been pushing for parliamentary elections, which – after repeated postponements – are finally due to be held on 10 March. Guinea-Bissau is ranked 83rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 RSF World Press Freedom Index.   Help by sharing this information center_img Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent News The head of the TGB employees’ union, Domingo José Gomes, told RSF that TGB has of late been covering just three political parties: the Democratic Alliance and the Jomav Movement (which back President José Mário Vaz.) and the Social Renewal Party (of which the social communication minister is a member). Guinea BissauAfrica Media independence Freedom of expression The TGB employees’ union already signed a petition in September 2017 opposing interference in TGB’s editorial policies. In a phone call with RSF, TGB news director Eusobio Nunes blamed the problem on TGB’s dependence on the government and its funding. “There cannot be no total independence,” he said. “The government pays the salaries, determines policies and appoints those who are in charge.” Since 28 January, TGB’s journalists have been refusing to cover the activities of any political party in order to press their demand for an end to “censorship” and “bias” in the broadcaster’s reporting. January 30, 2019 Guinea-Bissau government asked not to interfere in TV news coverage Receive email alerts “This interference is unacceptable and is undermining the pluralism of opinions in the media just weeks before parliamentary elections,” said Assane Diagne, the director of RSF’s West Africa office. “Guinea-Bissau’s authorities must end the censorship and must refrain from any meddling in news coverage, which is the sole responsibility of journalists.” Organisation The headquaters of Televisão da Guiné-Bissau in the capital city Bissau. Photo: TGB Guinea Bissau: attack by gunmen silences opposition radio station in Bissau April 6, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Pre-sale of Pike County armbands underway

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Homann said the Pike County Fair is good, family entertainment at an affordable price.“We sell armbands for $20 and those armbands allow whoever buys one to ride any or all the rides all night,” he said. “This year, with the help of our fair promoter, we are able to pre-sale the armbands at a $5 savings.”The presale price for the armbands is $15. The armbands are good for one night, all night at the fair.“The armbands are on sale now and will be on sale through Oct. 2,” Homann said. “This is a good deal for those who enjoy the fun and thrill of rides at the fair.” By Blood Sugar Blaster Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Skip Book Nook to reopen Print Article When the nights become a little chilly and there’s a harvest feel in the air, that’s a sign that the Pike County Fair is just around the corner.The sponsoring Troy Shrine Club has set the dates for the 2015 Pike County Fair as Oct. 6 through 10 and it promises to be another great county fair, said Homer Homann, Troy Shrine Club president.“This year we have the same promoter, Modern Midway,’ which was a great hit with everyone last year,” Homan said. “Modern Midway brought us a larger midway and new and bigger and better rides.” New, this year will be a Demolition Derby on opening night.“The ticket price to get in to see the Demolition Derby will be $6 for adults and $4 for children ages six through 11,” Homann said.“The ticket can then be used to get in to the Pike County Fair that night.” Pre-sale of Pike County armbands underway The presale armband coupons are available at the Pizza Palace in Brundidge, the Troy Bank & Trust main office in Troy and TB&T in Brundidge and Ariton, the Thrift Store in Troy and Farmer’s Exchange Bank in Louisville, Clayton and Eufaula.The presale armband coupons will also be on sale on Saturday mornings at the Shrine Club office at the Pike County Fairgrounds on U.S. highway 231.“Our fair promoter is offering a two-for-one armband tickets that will be good only for the Oct. 7, Wednesday night fair,” Homann said. “These tickets will be available at the same businesses where presale armbands are sold.”In addition to the midway, the 2015 Pike County Fair will feature displays of crafts, paintings and baked and canned goods, the animal barn and nightly entertainment at the fairgrounds pavilion.All of the entertainment is including in admission to the fair. The entry fee is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages six to 11. Children ages five and under are admitted free. The gates will open at 6 p.m. nightly.“The Troy Shrine Club is asking everyone to put the dates of October 6 through 10 on their calendar and come out and join us at the Pike County Fair – a good time to be had for all ages,” Homann said. Email the author You Might Like ‘Moonlight and Music’ Saturday night The Pioneer Museum of Alabama invites all of those who enjoy a moonlit night and good, relaxing music to “Music… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Published 4:00 am Friday, September 18, 2015 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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

WE’VE LEARNED A LOT FROM OCEAN CITY’S SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS OWNERS

first_imgWe work with Ocean City’s business owners in all stages of business, from start-up to growth to transfer.  What we’ve learned first and foremost is that regardless of the company, there are a few things that each business should have in place to help ensure they have the best shot at longevity and growth, profit and security in our unique seasonal economy.Consider the following as you look at your business holistically and plan for its future:Have a thoughtful, well-written business plan and stick to it  Rather than getting caught up in daily operations of your business, set clear, realistic goals and objectives. Concentrate on strategies that address the long-term plans of your business and how you plan to retire.Create or join a business advisory council     “The Chamber is a great resource for both new and long-standing OC businesses,” says Chamber President Carol Heenan. “In our seasonal economy, it’s important to know the best ways to maximize profitability. Our members benefit from business-to-business networking and public exposure opportunities.  To be a successful business in Ocean City, it really helps to be part of the Chamber.”The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is an established organization that helps over 500 member businesses generate business, maintain visibility, create contacts, and grow.“Every business needs a network in order to survive,” says Tom Heist of Heist Insurance Agency. “Building relationships within the community allows you to learn what is out there, what others are offering and if it would benefit you to do the same or different. The interaction is invaluable.”Pull together a ‘board of directors’ made up of business owners in similarly-sized companies – who are facing similar issues — along with your CPA, attorney and your financial professional. Owners can use this council as a sounding board and to realize opportunities within their businesses that they may not have been able to see themselves.Know your core customers “In today’s marketplace, it’s crucial to know your clients and their particular needs and preferences,” says Heist. “For instance, some clients like to communicate and transact electronically while others prefer face-to-face meetings or phone calls. It’s important to know how they want to to do business and to tailor your practices accordingly.Understand your customers. Segment them and know where profitable business comes from. Make the extra effort to know how you can keep and grow your base of recurring customers.Define and communicate your unique value in the market What do you do that no one else is doing? How is your service better than other services? Why should customers see you instead of your competition? Take a look at the competition; some may have changed their approach or exited the business. Develop a unique message that articulates your unique value proposition.Hire better and offer good benefits   “Retention on the boardwalk is always a challenge,” says Moiso. “Returning staff means less training time and more loyalty. So we offer incentives like increased pay for each summer that an employee returns.”Voluntary benefits are those that you, as owner, offer to employees at a typically lower cost than they could obtain themselves. Often, voluntary benefits can be offered to employees at no cost to the business.“Hiring employees for our boardwalk store is a completely different undertaking than hiring for our Somers Point location,” says Brenda Moiso, owner of The Pretzel Factory. “Ideally, we like to hire local kids who may be starting their first job and incent them to stay on through their college years.”Hire strong talent and offer voluntary benefits as a way to help retain and attract quality employees.Develop an exit strategy and succession plan  Are you approaching retirement and intending to sell your business for retirement income? An experienced financial professional can help you put a succession plan in place.Find a financial professional with experience in serving small businesses  Provided by Mark Reimet and Jodie Booth, financial representatives with Ocean City Financial Group, a MassMutual Agency; courtesy of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). Local sales agencies are not subsidiaries of MassMutual or its affiliated companies.  CRN201609-186175last_img read more

Manco & Manco Pizza Delivers on Humane Society Donation

first_imgFrom left, Rich Cicconetti, of Manco & Manco, Rex the Rescue Dog, HSOC Executive Director Bill Hollingsworth and Manco & Manco owner Chuck Bangle during the check presentation. (Photos courtesy of HSOC) The Humane Society of Ocean City (HSOC) received a donation of nearly $1,700 from Manco & Manco Pizza.“As if we needed another reason to show how amazing our town is, Manco & Manco representatives presented us with a big check,” said Phil Bellucci, operations manager at the HSOC.Owner of the Manco & Manco restaurants, Chuck Bangle, and another representative from the business, Rich Cicconetti, met with Bellucci and HSOC Executive Director Bill Hollingsworth and presented them with the $1,678 check.The donation, Bellucci explained, was generated through Manco & Manco staff participating in “No Shave November” and “No Shave December.”Manco & Manco staff who participated in the fundraisers grew beards and mustaches over the course of two months.And the cause of their choice was the animal shelter.“We cannot express how much we appreciate the support of our local businesses coming together to further our mission to provide the highest level of compassion and service to our animal friends,” Bellucci said. “In a nation divided by so many issues, it is heartwarming that we all seem to come together for the love and care of animals.”The Humane Society of Ocean City (HSOC) is located at 1 Shelter Road. For more information call (609) 398-9500 or visit www.hsocnj.orgRex holds up the check.last_img read more

Spice rack: Allspice

first_imgAllspice, also known as Jamaican Pepper, should not be confused with mixed spice. It is a pea-sized, dark brown berry, available whole or ground. As the name suggests, it has a flavour reminiscent of a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger and, therefore, will go with similar dishes and baked goods.The berries are used in marinades or to flavour vinegars and ground allspice is used in baking and to flavour meats and stews. Added carefully to venison, game and pork pies, it gives a new dimension to the flavour, but it can be overwhelming if too much is added. More commonly, it is used in cakes, biscuits, fruit pies and pumpkin pie.Why not try making a Pecan and Apple Streusel Cake by putting a little allspice in the cake mixture, flavouring the apples with allspice and cinnamon and putting on top of the sponge and sprinkling over an allspice and cinnamon-flavoured pecan streusel mixture. Be careful with the amount of allspice used – roughly half the amount of cinnamon to allspice. As allspice is an ingredient in pumpkin pie, why not try it in pumpkin muffins? Mix pumpkin purée with yogurt and dried apricots or peaches and flavour with allspice.Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leiths Baking Bible, from the Leiths School of Food and Winelast_img read more

Indiana’s COVID vaccination age qualification could be lowered this week

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Pinterest By Jon Zimney – February 22, 2021 0 314 (Photo supplied/Berrien County Health Department) The winter storm has not only rescheduled some vaccine appointments, but delayed the expansion of who can get the shot.Around 15,000 Hoosiers got vaccinated, Tuesday, despite the big snow, but Governor Holcomb says nearly three times that many had to be rescheduled Monday and Tuesday. Indiana State Department of Health chief medical officer Lindsay Weaver says more than a fifth of Indiana’s nearly 400 vaccination sites had to close.Weaver says more postponements are likely, because the snow delayed shipment of Indiana’s weekly allocation of the Moderna vaccine.Weaver says the disruptions have pushed back the expansion of vaccine eligibility to Hoosiers between 60 and 64 years old. She says the department is working with clinics to add vaccination days to get back on schedule, and says she’s hopeful vaccination of 60-year-olds will start sometime next week.Weaver says she’s not aware of any vaccine doses which had to be thrown away unused because of the cancellations. She notes there was ample warning the storm was coming, and says clinics which had to close just didn’t take the vials out of the freezer or refrigerator.Overall, she says Indiana has had just 172 doses go to waste, due to issues like broken vials. That’s one-hundredth of one-percent of the doses Indiana’s received so far. Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution scheduleNext articleGuard killed, another seriously hurt after assault at state prison in Michigan City Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Indiana’s COVID vaccination age qualification could be lowered this week WhatsApplast_img read more