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Astoria Investments Limited ( Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgAstoria Investments Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Astoria Investments Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Astoria Investments Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Astoria Investments Limited (  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAstoria Investments Limited is an investment company with permanent capital. The company runs its operations in the United States, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Mauritius. Astoria Investments invests in global equity dominated holdings of primarily direct, high quality listed businesses. The company invests in sectors such as technology, insurance, pharmaceutical, entertainment, financial, consumer products, retail and transportation. Astoria Investments Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

NCBA Group PLC ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgNCBA Group PLC ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about NCBA Group PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Friday Funnies – Sean Maitland wipes out referee Chris Pollock

first_imgFriday Oct 16, 2009 Friday Funnies – Sean Maitland wipes out referee Chris Pollock On Thursday night Napiers McLean Park the top of the table clash between Hawkes Bay and Canterbury ended with a more than controversial refereeing decision. This incident, about 20 minutes earlier, might have been to blame. It was a thrilling, high quality match that contained all the intensity and drama of an Air New Zealand Cup classic, the defending champions Canterbury snuck home 27-20 thanks to a late try by Dan Carter. Canterbury had 10 All Blacks back in their side, including Carter and Richie McCaw. They outscored Hawkes Bay three tries to one, but the match was a closely-fought affair, which ended in controversy as prop Sona Taumalolo dived for the corner in injury time. Referee Chris Pollock didnt award the try though, which perhaps came from a delayed concussion after this massive collision he had with Sean Maitland earlier in the match. Its not really a funny, but its worth watching as its possibly one of the biggest ref collisions weve seen before. “That’s the hardest I’ve been hit in a Cup game and I felt it when I hit the ground,” said Pollock afterwards. Keep your eyes on the action, ref.Time: 01:45 ADVERTISEMENT 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…last_img read more

Mountain Warehouse’s Charity Challenge 2015 offers £10,000 prize

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  77 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Events win * Charities – encourage your more active supporters to enter this challenge so that you might win. Advertisement The Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge is back for a third year. The campaign encourages members of the public to set themselves daring outdoor challenges for charity with a prize fund of £10,000.This year the winner will also win the opportunity to join in one of the ‘bucket list’ challenges of Beth Tweddle, the three-time Olympic gymnast. She’s the ambassador for this year’s campaign from the outdoor retailer. Her list includes bungee jumping, water skiing and skydiving.Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle is supporting the Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge 2015.To take part in the Charity Challenge entrants need to visit the Mountain Warehouse Charity Challenge website and provide details, explaining why they have chosen their charity, together with a photo or video to represent their challenge.All entrants will have their own page to share and encourage their friends and family to vote. If you have already completed a challenge this year you can still enter it.Last year’s challenge attracted more than 400 outdoor enthusiasts. The winner, Tracey Ames, took on the heights of Snowdonia’s Big Dipper Zip line in aid of the Greyhound Gap charity.Mark Neale, founder of Mountain Warehouse said:“It’s fantastic to have Beth on board as our ambassador for this year’s Charity Challenge. Mountain Warehouse is dedicated to supporting charities across the country and we hope that 2015 will see more entrants than ever before”.Entry is now open and will close on 17 August 2015. The winner will be based on public voting over two rounds. The final winner will be announced in October.center_img 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. Howard Lake | 1 July 2015 | News Mountain Warehouse’s Charity Challenge 2015 offers £10,000 prizelast_img read more

Rally blasts FEMA, demands zero debt for Puerto Rico

first_imgAndre Francois, president of Boston school bus drivers union, speaks to solidarity rally.A lunchtime crowd gathered outside the JFK Federal Building in Boston’s Government Center Oct. 4 to express strong solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico and outrage over the inadequate — and downright deadly — federal relief efforts by the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the two devastating hurricanes that hit the island in September.Rally-goers also raised high the demand to permanently end the Jones Act and cancel all Puerto Rican debt. The Jones Act of 1920 keeps activity in Puerto Rico’s ports under tight U.S. economic control, limiting maritime traffic and especially strangling the inflow of international relief in times of disaster. The debt crisis, as many who rallied nationwide in coordinated actions could attest to, has been growing more and more critical over the last decade.On the picket line, organizers chanted into bullhorns, “Puerto Rico, no se vende!” The crowd responded, “Puerto Rico, se defiende!” (“Puerto Rico, not for sale. Defend Puerto Rico!”)The rally was organized by Vamos4PR, a national coalition of labor and community groups dedicated to stateside efforts that address the needs and struggles of those living in Puerto Rico.Union locals sent representatives to the rally, including Service Employees Union Local 32BJ, Building and Janitorial Workers; UNITE-HERE Local 26, Hotel and Restaurant Employees; United Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers; among others.Labor activist Otoniel Figueroa-Duran held his Puerto Rican national baseball team hat proudly in the air as he spoke to the crowd: “The vultures have been circling Puerto Rico for decades, and in 2006 the country went into a downward spiral of economic depression. They destroyed the Puerto Rican economy. They forced the island government to sell its schools and close hospitals — people have been dying before Hurricane Maria because of the big banks and the vulture funds.”Individuals and community groups from the Puerto Rican diaspora in New England, which goes beyond Boston, turned out as well. Many expressed spirited anger toward the federal government for its neglect of their families and loved ones back home and vowed to continue struggling to defend Puerto Rican safety and sovereignty.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Why racism breeds resistance

first_imgBased on a talk titled “White supremacy over the White House: Why racism breeds resistance” by Richard Kossally at a Workers World Party Aug. 1 forum in New York City. Donald Trump has been at it hard this past week or so. He has always been a horrible human being. He has been especially so for the entirety of his candidacy for and tenure as the president of the United States. We have become so familiar with and expect his offensive behavior that sometimes it passes with barely a comment or just becomes the butt of jokes on social media and content in internet memes — most of which is not helpful at all, because a lot of this stuff concentrates on his appearance.There is, however, real pain, suffering and death caused by his words and policies.Much of the harm that he has caused isn’t even quantifiable.As a landlord, his racist housing policies caused such harm.His words and deeds as they relate to the case of the Central Park Five caused immeasurable harm, and he has doubled down on that issue even since these young men have been vindicated. They were just boys when they were persecuted.  His sexual assaults against women, both physical and verbal, are disgusting. The trauma caused by such behavior is undoubtedly everlasting in some cases.His administration has continued racist colonial policies against Puerto Rico. He has the blood of many Puerto Ricans on his hands due to his response — or rather nonresponse — to Hurricane Maria, and he has made vile statements against Puerto Rico’s brave resistance to austerity. The Junta there was put in place to suck Puerto Rico dry, but repression always breed resistance. Viva Puerto Rico!His administration has put children and adults in separate concentration camps with inadequate food and hygiene. Asylum seekers have to spend months at the border waiting for a hearing. Some turn back toward what they were fleeing. The commander in chief boasts about this as success in “protecting the border.”Back in April a report by Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs estimated that 40,000 people had died as a result of U.S. sanctions against Venezuela. That number is not static.I will skip many other issues that could be a part of this presentation. Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil, Haiti and more.In the past week, the president’s anti-Blackness has been front and center.None of Trump’s comments about Baltimore are due to any real concern for the people of that city.In my estimation [U.S. Congressmember] Elijah Cummings is not a sympathetic figure, but Trump is using him to attack Baltimore, and by Baltimore I mean Black people. A statement like “Nobody wants to live there” or descriptions like “drug infested” are racist dog whistles. Trump cannot even hide his contempt for Black people when he makes ridiculous claims that he has been good for us. He doesn’t seem to have the ability to say “Black people.” He always uses some variation of “the African Americans,” which comes off his tongue in an awkward way. The sentiment of what he says would probably not suffer much if he said “Martians” or the N-word. Now Trump is not completely wrong that Cummings has been an ineffective advocate for Baltimore, but he is not, as Trump claims, a racist with primary responsibility for the degradation of west Baltimore. U.S. politicians on the national level are not usually advocates for the communities that they supposedly represent, but are instead beholden to the ruling-class interests that fund their campaigns and provide lucrative jobs when they leave office. Places like Baltimore, Md.; Flint, Mich.; and Erie, Pa. have all suffered from the flight of capital from once-vibrant manufacturing centers that had attracted large populations of Black people. In these situations, the poorest people also lack the means to move somewhere else, so they stay as long as they can. They suffer as blight increases and property values plummet.‘Trump prompts NYPD dragnet against young Black men’Trump has heavily influenced the current dragnet that the New York Police Department unleashed against young Black men here in New York over a few cops getting wet. The water thrown on cops did not come from water cannons, like the ones that cops used against the Civil Rights Movement or at Standing Rock in N.D. But Trump’s responses and those of the police unions and the corporate media would make you think their very lives were put at risk.It’s been a hot summer in New York, and many residents here can’t afford to artificially keep their dwellings cool, so we spend a lot of time outside during the daytime hours. Water from fire hydrants is sometimes used to stay cool. The fire department used to provide sprinkler caps for this purpose; they might still do so.The occupying forces of the NYPD will use any pretext to demonize Black people or to distract us. Just a couple of weeks ago, the feds declined to prosecute the murderer of Eric Garner. Their reason was flimsy. Movement people here have responded and have visited Daniel Pantaleo [the chokehold cop] at his home a few times. There are calls to fire him.Creating a distraction to obscure this development might be what’s behind the decision to raid communities for using water to cool down during a heatwave and for the subsequent dragnet. The charges against the youth are also revealing. They are some of the same charges brought against activists when we are in the streets — [obstructing governmental administration, criminal mischief, harassment, disorderly conduct]. These are the default charges that the cops lean on when they don’t have any good reason to arrest anyone but want to break up a protest. This is hardly the stuff that should make national news, but the ruling class is just as aware as we are that their system is in trouble.All charges against these youths are bogus and should be dropped. Killer cops running around in our city are a far greater danger to us. The police do not deserve our respect; they do not serve us.In New York, we currently have another local presidential candidate. In his famous song, “Love me, I’m a liberal,” Phil Ochs says that liberals are 10 degrees right of center on issues that affect them personally. Bill DeBlasio demonstrated this truth by joining in the demonization of the youth after Trump dissed him. This was actually a better time to tell how he has raised a Black son, but he is a spineless liberal. Yes, liberals are a shady bunch indeed.Contrast Trump’s condemnation of Black people, immigrants, refugees and women with his tweet about the mass shooting at the garlic festival: “Law Enforcement is at the scene of shootings in Gilroy, California. Reports are that shooter has not yet been apprehended. Be careful and safe!” Some words seem to be missing in his tweet: white supremacist, murderer, terrorist and maybe some others. In his mind, white people can’t be any of these things. After all, there were “fine people on both sides” in Charlottesville, Va. His targets are primarily Black and Brown populations, his hatred of women being somewhat of an exception. His personal victims have been primarily, if not exclusively, white women.These assaults against segments of our class by Trump come from every direction. Racism continues to be the biggest barrier to unity in the U.S. and Trump has tapped into this. It comes naturally to him.With all his cruelty, hatred and disgusting behavior, Donald Trump is actually pointing the way. The ruling class is its own gravedigger. He is telling us that he and his class hate us — all of us. As a class we need to hate them back. More important than this hatred, however, is the flip side of the coin. The flip side is love and unity within the working class. Concentration camps for migrants and refugees, along with the concentration of so many Black and Brown people in prisons, is a basis for Black/Brown unity. The formation of FIRE [Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere] and the Workers’ Solidarity Day Coalition are two of our recent endeavors that will be helpful in building unity in this period.We are indeed living in dark times, but it is always darkest before the dawn. As a pastor from Baltimore likes to say, “We are all we got, but we are all we need.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img Domain name: .cnPopulation : 1,321,290 000Internet-users : 300,000,000Average charge for one hour’s connection at a cybercafé : about 1.5 eurosAverage monthly salary : about 170 euros (Popular Bank of China)Number of private Internet service providers : not availableNumber of public Internet service providers : not availableNumber of imprisoned bloggers: 49 March 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China The information ministry launched a major filtering campaign on 5 January 2009, in a bid to counter pornography. The minister urged all Internet actors to redouble their vigilance on content of websites to which they allowed access. The authorities particularly asked hosts and access providers to regulate online publications themselves, which the state enterprises did. But among the blocked websites were the New York Times and the political blog portal Bullog (, because this one “posts a huge amount of negative news in the political field”, the information ministry said. A “Made in China” Internet that mistrusts all competition Control exercised by the Chinese Communist Party is eased greatly by the fact that it is services provided by Chinese companies that attract the use, ahead of Yahoo! and Google, the mostused search engine is, which makes up 60% of searches (20% for Google) and scrupulously filters “subversive” content. On subjects such as the “Tiananmen massacre” or “Charter 08” the following message appears: “Some results are not displayed according to laws, rules and politics”.The most used blog platform is Sina, which was the first to obtain a government licence to post news. It is subjected to a self-discipline pact imposed by the Internet Society of China (ISC), affiliated to the Chinese ministry of industry and information, in August 2007. The pact “encourages”registration of the identity of clients before posting their articles and keeping their personal information. The judicial authorities effectively have a monopoly on the closure of certain websites. Far from easing the pressure, the government has issued new regulations that came into force in January 2008, forcing websites to obtain advance permission from the government.Foreign Internet sector companies are also being brought to heel. The Google search engine, has been censored since 2004. Yahoo! was pushed into denunciation during the riots that shook Tibet in March 2008 and it posted portraits of four Tibetan demonstrators alongside an appeal for witnesses. Shortly afterwards, one of the demonstrators gave himself up and another was arrested after being denounced. The same goes for the company Skype which, following an agreement with Chinese firm TOM, allows the authorities to intercept its communications.Online information in defiance of the authoritiesAccording to the China Internet Network Information Center (Cnnic), the symbolic bar of 300 million Internet users was passed in January 2009. One quarter of these have their own blog. Despite “preventive” control of the flow of information, a space for expression does exist for Chinese Internet users. Individuals have achieved prominence thanks to their online work as “citizen journalists”. The blogger Zhou Shuguang, nicknamed Zola, has won the confidence of his readers by covering social issues. His website, which is not censored inside the country, has become a reference in China. The blogger, who has become the spokesman for the conditions of Chinese workers, is however watched by the local authorities who, for example, banned him from going to Beijing during the Olympics. He is also unable to leave the country. Currently, 49 cyber-dissidents and bloggers are behind bars, most of them for “revealing state secrets abroad”. And 2009 is a test year for the circulation of news online. Two historic anniversaries are coming up this year: the 50th anniversary of the uprising of the Tibetan people and the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen revolt. A crackdown has already begun to prevent things getting out of hand. The renowned human rights defender Liu Xiaobo was arrested on 8 December 2008 for posting an article online based on the 1977 Charter of Czechoslovak dissidents.More than 300 intellectuals and human rights activists were the original signatories of “Charter 08”, which calls for democratic reform and respect for basic freedoms. Liu Xiaobo is still awaiting trial.Three subjects were widely followed and discussed by Internet users in 2008 and 2009: the organisation of the Beijing Olympics in August 2008, the Sichuan earthquake in May 2008 and the scandal of the contaminated milk sold by the Sanlu factory, which sickened 12,900 babies, two of whom died. The Beijing Olympics in August 2008, focused international attention on China. Militants took advantage of the opportunity to repeat their demands. Hu Jia was one of these, calling fordemocratic reform. He was arrested in December 2007 and sentenced to three and a half years in prison for “incitement to subversion of state power” on 3 April 2008. The Internet activist used his blog to condemn repression of human rights defenders by the Chinese regime. Internet users criticised the distribution of aid after the Sichuan earthquake and called for a national mobilisation. One of them, Huang Qi, has been held since 10 June 2008 in the Sichuan capital of Chengdu for posting articles on his website condemning the poor management of international aid by the local authorities.The scandal of the contaminated milk at the Sanlu factory, broke on 14 September 2008. However, a journalist on the magazine Nanfang Zhoumo (Southern Weekly) turned out to have had most of the information about it since July 2008. If he had been authorised to reveal the information as soon as it was known, the catastrophic health consequences of this food poisoning – nearly 13,000 children affected and at least two deaths – could have been very much reduced. But for reasons connected with China’s image, the information was officially cen-sored before and during the Olympic Games.The government sent the media written censorship instructions, including Article 8 that said “any subject linked to food safety, such as mineral water being a source of cancer cannot be published”. Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further The Chinese government has the sorry distinction of leading the world in repression of the Internet. With the world’s largest number of Internet users, its censorship mechanisms are among the world’s most blatant. However, the authorities are rarely caught napping on the content of articles posted online.The Beijing Olympics were the occasion, under pressure from the media, for websites to be unblocked so that journalists could have access to news worldwide. However, it was especially the English versions of Wikipedia, YouTube and Blogspot that were made accessible. The Chinese versions of these sites remained blocked and most foreign-based Chinese news websites are still inaccessible.Nearly 40,000 employees of the state and the party monitor files circulating on the Internet. Since it was introduced into the country in 1987, the authorities have controlled the information available through their expertise on the Web. For example, the largest blog platform used in the country is monitored by the information ministry.Since all the blogs on this platform are hosted in China, the government can easily control them if they consider their content to be contrary to the Party’s principles. In 2008, nearly 3,000 news websites were made inaccessible within the country. The censorship system is highly organised. The Information Bureau of the Council of State and the Publicity Department (formerly the Propaganda Department) are the main instruments of censorship. They tirelessly send instructions to websites. One such example: “The newspaper Minzhu yu Fazhi Shibao (Democracy and Legal Times) is using unregulated sources of information. We ask you therefore not to use articles originating with this newspaper. Websites which have reproduced them are asked to delete them immediately. Please reply to this message”. This order was sent to websites on 8 May 2006 by Fan Tao, deputy director of the Internet news management bureau in Beijing. The government filters news through the use of key words. These “banned” words can sometimes be replaced by asterisks and controlled by moderators before they are posted online. For example, all the words associated with the pro-democracy movement, bloodily suppressed by the authorities, on Tiananmen Square in 1989 are prohibited on the network: “1989.6.4”, “student wave of 89”, “student movement of 89”, “unrest”, “riots”, “massacres”, “rebellion” and so on. Internet users tend to use signs such as “ “, “ / “, “ \ “, between the words to avoid censorship, but websites have installed new filters that can detect these codes. Websites even pick up homonyms and synonyms. There are today around 400-500 banned key words relating to the events of 4 June 1989. ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more Links: website of journalism and media study centre at Hong Kong University (English) (Boxun): website with news from China (English and Mandarin) website of the organisation, Chinese Human Rights Defenders (English and Mandarin) website of the organisation, Human Rights in China (English) official news agency Xinhua (English, Mandarin) blog on the Internet in Asia (English) blog of Chinese film star Xu Jinglei, the country’s most popular (Mandarin)The full list of jailed Chinese cyber-dissidents can be found on the Reporters Without Borders website: ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Follow the news on China News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Discovery leads to history lesson on Brundidge Bottleworks

first_img Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Discovery leads to history lesson on Brundidge Bottleworks Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Email the author 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 HealthTop 4 Methods to Get 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. 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On Dec. 4, 2014, Sylvia Hughes celebrated 30… read more Johnston is admittedly a pack rat and his collection of “junk” includes bottles of different kinds, especially bottles from the Brundidge Bottling Works.His collection of bottles from the Brundidge Bottling Works includes several bottles from a Brundidge garbage dump that were in use around 1916.“Back years ago, Johnnie Pearl Myhand called and asked if I was still the pack rat of Brundidge,” Johnston said, laughing. “I said I was and she said she had a bottle for me that she dug up when she was digging for fish bait. It was from the old bottling works in Brundidge.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “I probably found 50 bottles or more before I found one that was not broken,” Johnston said. “But, in time, I found about a case of Chero Cola bottles that were bottled in Brundidge, Troy and Clio.”The county’s history in the bottling works business dated to the early days of Coca-Cola.The Youngbloods of Troy had the first bottling company in the county.“Coca-Cola was founded in 1886 and the Youngbloods’ bottling works opened in 1892,” Johnston said. “What was told was that Mr. Youngblood was given the opportunity to purchase a franchise but declined, thinking Coca-Cola would never amount to anything.”In 1907, Jones Bottling Works was founded in Troy by W.W.D. Jones. In 1910, the Jones’ brothers, Dean, Walter and Frank, opened a bottling company in Brundidge and bottled flavors including chocolate, strawberry and lime and later Chero Cola, which became the biggest competitor of Coca-Cola.His collection includes a large number of Chero-Cola bottles, the earliest of which were clear glass. Later an aquatinted glass was used.Back in those days, when the glass bottles were molded there was a seam on both sides that went from the bottom to the crown and the process was not perfected, Johnson said.If the bottom of the glass bottle was uneven or if there were air bubbles in the glass, the bottle was molded before 1908 before ABM automatic bottle makers.Johnson said Chero-Cola was short lived.“Coca-Cola was always suing Chero-Cola maintaining they were the only company that had the rights to use cola for their products,” Johnston said “The two cola companies were in and out of court for years. I guess Coca-Cola finally wore Chero-Cola out. They changed their name to Royal Crown Cola so they went back to court. Then, they changed the name to Royal Crown and Nehi.”Johnston’s collection includes several of those brands bottled in Brundidge, Troy and Clio.His Coca-Cola bottle collection includes bottles with the Hutchinson closure.“That’s an interesting story,” Johnston said. “Coca-Cola had a closure device made out of a wire that ran in the neck of the bottle. On the end of the wire was a rubber gasket. When you got ready to drink the cola, you mashed the wire loop on the top and popped the rubber gasket. That’s where ‘soda pop’ got its name. You drank the cola with the wire still in the bottle.”Johnston said the Hutchinson closure-capped colas had to be shipped upside down.“The cola didn’t come all the way up in the bottle so the bottle had to be turned upside down so the rubber gasket would be kept wet,” he said. “If the rubber gasket dried out, it would crack and all the fizz would ooze out and some of the cola, too.”If all the cola was not drunk, the wire could be pulled back up and the cola would be sealed again.“In 1906, the FDA was organized and began to look into the safety of foods,” Johnston said, “It was determined that the Hutchinson closure was nasty. The wire stuck out of the neck of the bottle and roaches and water bugs could crawl on it. It took a few years before all bottles with the Hutchinson closure were out of use. Those bottles are real collector’s items.”Johnson said another interesting thing about the Coca-Cola bottles is that they were straight sided until around 1915, when the hobble skirt bottles were designed.“The hobble skirt bottles were designed so that you could reach in a dark cooler and know it was a Coca-Cola by its shape,” he said. “That shape is still used today.”Another interesting fact about the cola industry is that Coca-Cola is not the oldest ‘soda pop” around. Dr. Pepper was founded in 1885 and Coca-Cola wasn’t founded until a year later, 1886.Tyson, laughingly, said, when you start digging, you just never know what interesting things will come to the surface. At the time Myhand was 86 years old. She told Johnston about a dumpsite that she remembered that dated back to around 1916.“She remembered that Lon Robinson collected garbage on a horse and wagon,” Johnston said. “One side of the wagon let down so he could dump the garbage. I knew I could probably find bottles from the bottling company at that site.”When Johnston asked the landowner for permission to dig the dump the owner agreed but said that digging around in a dump was the stupidest thing he’d ever heard of.But not for a bottle collector. Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Saturday, January 3, 2015 Print Article When Ty Tyson unearthed this bottle from the historic Brundidge Bottleworks, he prompted an unofficial history lesson from John Phillip Johnston (inset) who owns an extensive collection of bottles from the Brundidge plant.Ty Tyson is not a bottle collector, but he quickly realized the bottle he just happened to dig up was one of interest.“I got to looking at it and saw Brundidge Bottling Works on it and I got real interested,” said Tyson who lives on River Road but calls Brundidge home. “I’m interested in anything about Brundidge. So, I was curious about the bottle.”Anyone who is curious about anything related to Brundidge goes to the Brundidge historian, John Phillip Johnston. And, if Johnston doesn’t know anything about it, then just forget it. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…last_img read more

Santa Cruz decriminalizes psychedelic mushrooms

first_img#DecriminalizeNature #SantaCruz!— Decriminalize Nature (@DecrimNature) January 29, 2020Another council member who voted on the measure, Drew Glover, explained that cultures around the world have long “respected entheogenic plants and fungi for providing healing, knowledge, creativity and spiritual connection with nature.”“With the passing of this resolution Santa Cruz has taken an important step in acknowledging the impact that the war on drugs has had on communities while at the same time giving people the liberty to choose how to address their medical needs, providing a potent tool to address issues like PTSD, addiction, and depression,” Glover said in a statement to ABC News.Denver was the first U.S. city to decriminalize hallucinogenic fungi last May, followed shortly by Oakland, California, according to ABC News San Francisco station KGO.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. AlbyDeTweede/iStock(SANTA CRUZ, Calif.) — A new resolution has been passed in Central California to decriminalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms.The City Council of Santa Cruz voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a measure that will make investigation and arrest for “the adult possession, use or cultivation of psychoactive plants and fungi” a low-priority infraction by law enforcement.“This Council initiative is part of a diversity of strategies taking care of mental health in our community,” Councilmember Chris Krohn told ABC News in a statement. “This resolution ensures that only people 21 and over have access to these plants and the Council has given direction to our Police Department to make it a low priority infraction.”Krohn also said: “Entheogenic plants offer many in our community a way out of the addictive pharmaceuticals known as opioids. People came forward at last night’s meeting telling of the beneficial effects of how these plants changed their lives.”last_img read more

Construction spending hits new record in January

first_img Full Name* Homebuilding is largely responsible for the increase in construction spending. (Getty / Photo Illustration for The Real Deal)U.S. construction spending reached the highest level on record last month as both local and federal governments began loosening the purse strings.Spending hit a seasonally adjusted annual estimated rate of $1.5 trillion across all sectors last month, the highest recorded since the Census Bureau began tracking this figure in 2002.January’s rate was up 1.7 percent from December’s revised estimate and up 5.8 percent from the year prior. Homebuilding was largely responsible for the surge, but there was also an uptick in public and private non-housing-related construction.Read moreSpending on home construction jumps 21% in DecemberHousing starts fall for first time since AugustUS home prices jump 10.4% in best year since 2013 Email Address* Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Nonresidential construction spending edged up 0.9 percent month-over-month, with the biggest increases in public spending going to highways and streets. For private builders, it was manufacturing.Notably, government construction spending picked up in January, with federal spending up 6.8 percent last month compared to December. It was also an increase of 6.2 percent from the year before. State and local government spending increased 1.3 percent month-over-month and 2.6 percent year-over-year.But the strength of the housing market continued to drive spending. Residential construction accounted for nearly half of January’s total with an estimated annual rate of $722 billion, seasonally adjusted.Housing-related construction spending jumped 21 percent year-over-year in January, as persistent demand from hopeful homeowners continued and the supply of available homes dwindled to historic lows.Despite monthly gains, all other construction spending dropped 5 percent year-over-year. The non-residential sectors that saw the biggest declines compared to January 2020 included lodging, conservation and development.Contact Erin Hudson Commercial Real EstateConstructionResidential Real Estatelast_img read more