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Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC investigates the start

NEW YORK, June 24, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC, a nationally recognized shareholder rights law firm, is investigating potential claims against Outset Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: OM ), TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE: TBI), Gap, Inc. (NYSE: GPS) and NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEO). Our investigations focus on whether these companies have violated federal securities laws and/or engaged in other illegal business practices. Additional information on each case can be found at the link provided.

Outset Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ:OM)

Outset provided guidance for the second quarter of 2022 in a June 13, 2022 press release. The company announced that it had “implemented a shipping hold on the distribution of its system of Tablo hemodialysis for home use pending Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) review and clearance of a 510(k) the company submitted for changes made since the original March 2020 clearance of the ‘device. »

Based on this news, Outset shares fell over 34% on June 14, 2022.

For more information on the initial medical investigation, go to: https://bespc.com/cases/OM

TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE: TBI)

TrueBlue issued a press release during trading hours on June 15, 2022 “announcing[ing]…that Patrick Beharelle has resigned as Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of directors of TrueBlue, effective June 14, 2022.” The Company stated that “Mr. Beharelle’s resignation follows an investigation, conducted by outside counsel, on allegations about his conduct. Based on the findings of the investigation, the Board of Directors determined that he had engaged in behavior that violated TrueBlue’s policies and Code of Conduct. The conduct of Mr. Beharelle in question was unrelated to financial controls, financial statements or corporate performance. »

On this news, TrueBlue’s stock price fell $1.06 per share, or 5%, to close at $18.55 per share on June 15, 2022.

For more information on the TrueBlue investigation, visit: https://bespc.com/cases/TBI

Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS)

On May 20, 2022, during trading hours, The the wall street journal published an article titled “Old Navy Made Clothing Sizes for Everyone. It turned against him. The clothing brand’s push for inclusivity has left it with a dearth of midsizes. ‘It’s super frustrating.’ The article stated, “Old Navy is committed to making apparel shopping more inclusive for women of all body types. It ended with too many extra-small and extra-large items and too little of the rest, a mismatch that frustrated customers and contributed to plummeting sales and a reshuffle in management. Additionally, the article stated that “Gap warned that sales for the spring quarter will be lower than expected, in part due to issues at Old Navy.[,]” but this “[t]Extended sizes were the culprit, according to current and former employees. Finally, the article stated that “Old Navy’s stumbles do not bode well for Gap Inc. In 2021, Old Navy accounted for 54% of company sales and about 80% of profits.[.]”

On this news, Gap Inc. stock fell $0.60 per share, or 5.5%, to close at $10.33 on May 23, 2022, the next full trading day.

For more information on the Gap survey, visit: https://bespc.com/cases/GPS

NeoGenomics, Inc. (NASDAQ: NEO)

NeoGenomics specializes in cancer genetic testing and information services and aims to provide comprehensive menus of oncology-focused tests worldwide for physicians to help them diagnose and treat cancer.

On Monday, March 28, 2022, NeoGenomics chief executive Mark Mallon resigned as the health testing company revealed that first-quarter financial results would lack guidance and canceled its full-year guidance.

On this news, NeoGenomics stock price fell $5.30 per share, or approximately 29.8%, from $17.79 per share to close at $12.49 per share on March 29, 2022.

For more information on the NeoGenomics survey, visit: https://bespc.com/cases/NEO

About Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC:

Bragar Eagel & Squire, PC is a nationally recognized law firm with offices in New York, California and South Carolina. The firm represents individual and institutional investors in commercial, securities, derivatives and other complex litigation before state and federal courts across the country. For more information about the company, please visit www.bespc.com. Lawyer advertisement. Prior results do not guarantee similar results.

Contact information:

Bragar Eagel & Squire, CP
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(212) 355-4648
[email protected]

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Long Island Library Board Votes to ‘Remove All Pride Displays’ and LGBTQ Books From Children’s Section | app


NEW YORK — A Long Island library has voted to remove “all Pride displays” as well as Pride-related books from its children’s sections.

The Smithtown Library Board voted 4-2 on Tuesday to ban all LGBTQ pride-related exhibits from children’s areas in Smithtown library buildings, a move that drew strong backlash and a call for action from defenders.

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What I like about my home in Portland, Ore.

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Brenda W. Clough and her husband moved from Reston, Virginia to Portland, Oregon in early 2020. Brenda, a novelist, shared her experience and what she loves about her new home in an email . The following has been edited for length and clarity.

“My husband and I sold our large home in Reston, VA when we retired in early 2020. What a great time we had as both of our offices closed later that year. We moved to his hometown, Portland, Oregon, where we bought a condo downtown.

A major move is a great excuse to revamp your lifestyle, and I was almost done with the suburban experience. Now that my kids are out of the nest, we no longer need four bedrooms, a big yard, and access to high schools. We shifted gears and became city dwellers. Now, from my window, I can see the Portland Museum of Art. You can see trams passing by. We no longer need to mow the lawn, clean the gutters or weed the garden. The people at the reception accept my Amazon packages for me.

What I Like About My Home in DC’s Cathedral Heights

What I love about our new home is that it’s within walking distance of everything one might need. The Safeway is across the street. There are two weekly farmers markets several blocks away. The main branch of the public library is a five minute walk, the doctor and dentist are 10. There must be at least a few dozen restaurants within walking distance. It will take us years to explore it all, and then we can get on the tram and ride across town and explore that. Suddenly, life no longer revolves around driving.

I also wanted modern architecture. DC’s suburbs are almost purely Colonial-style, a mid-Atlantic thing. Now I have become a fan of poured concrete and brutalism. My current home has floor-to-ceiling windows. There is no procedure to follow. I can’t hear my neighbors and I don’t have screens on the windows. There aren’t many bugs downtown.

Because I am a novelist, I also needed a place that could accommodate our 10 large libraries full of books. I dragged those in the picture from the east coast to the west, the tools of my trade: a collection of science fiction and fantasy spanning 70 years and historical volumes focused on Antarctica or the Victorian England. And these are just the survivors of a major slaughter. I tossed out half the books and donated them to Reston’s Used Book Shop in Lake Anne, where I’ve been buying books for decades. It costs about a dollar a pound to move goods from coast to coast, a price that powerfully focuses the mind. Moving like this is an opportunity to prune all possessions. It was liberating to get rid of things in the basement, garage and attic.

What I love about my home in Mount Rainier, Md.

As you can see in the photo, I have a single 50 foot wall that runs the full length of the condo from the front door to the living room windows. It was this feature that sold me on the spot. Books furnish a room. Having them all lined up in one place makes organizing and monitoring them much easier. Now I don’t have to wander from room to room looking for that one volume on Wilkie Collins. Because this is an earthquake zone (like all of the West Coast), bookcases are secured to wall studs with seismic straps.

But the most dangerous feature of this dwelling? I live within walking distance of Powell’s Books, one of the largest new and used bookstores in the country. The 10 steel bookcases are nearly full, and I’ve sworn to myself that I’ll try to limit the acquisition of new books to a dull roar. I don’t want to have to move to a bigger place to accommodate the books.

In this ongoing feature, we ask homeowners what they love most about their home. If you would like to share your story, please send a photo of the room/item you like (preferably with you in the photo as well) and 400-450 words describing the space and why you like it: [email protected].

The Bookseller – News – Trade groups join forces for first time in industry-wide campaign to tackle environmental impact


Six of the country’s leading publishing and bookseller trade associations have agreed plans to reduce environmental impacts through a new Sustainable Industry Forum (SIF).

The forum brings together the Association of Authors’ Agents, the Booksellers Association, Book Industry Communications, the Independent Publishers Guild, the Publishers Association and the Society of Authors to collaborate on projects aimed at take practical steps to make the industry more sustainable, share best practices, reduce duplication of effort, and improve transparency and accountability.

This is the first time that such a forum has been organized in all the associations. Those involved say it highlights how seriously the industry is taking the climate challenge.

Amanda Ridout, Chair of the IPG and the first SIF meeting, said, “All of our industry associations are individually sponsoring projects and activities to tackle the issue of sustainability. This forum is an opportunity to ensure that there is no duplication of effort, that data and solutions are shared, and that everyone is kept informed of progress. It is an important step forward to unite our efforts to meet this enormous challenge that we all face.

The forum will be led by a central steering committee, made up of two representatives from each of the six bodies with a rotating chair for each, and will meet quarterly.

In its first meeting, the SIF agreed on its purpose, mission and objectives. Its main mandate will be Publishing Declares, a series of pledges launched by the AP last year for businesses to sign up to.

His practical plans include the creation of four working groups focused on the supply chain, including transport and use of plastics, end-of-life treatment of books, including returns and disposal, paper and printing and book finishing and raw materials.

The groups will build on previous sustainability research, including the IPG’s Book Journeys project, which has measured the carbon footprint of various publishing formats and models, and is currently collecting data on book stewardship. at the end of life. The forum will provide regular updates on its progress and engage with other industry companies and organizations as appropriate.

Nicola Solomon, Managing Director of the SoA, said: “We are delighted that industry groups are coming together to work towards achieving meaningful and measurable action on sustainability in the book sector. Climate change and threats to biodiversity are the main issues we face. and while the solutions are not simple, we must work together to bring about urgent and substantial change.”

Author Piers Torday, of the SoA Sustainability Working Group, also added: “In the fight against the climate crisis, it is time that the values ​​that so many writers and illustrators express on the page correspond to the physical values ​​of the page. in the ground to the book in your hand: we want the issue to clear up its act.”

Karina Urquhart, Executive Director of BIC, said: “As the UK book industry supply chain organization, BIC naturally places efficiency and sustainability at the heart of everything we do. she does. The scale and urgency of the environmental challenges we all face compel us to act. quickly, together and without duplication of effort. Bringing these associations together to collaborate in this area is an incredibly positive step for the book industry.

Insider buying: Camden National Co. (NASDAQ: CAC) director buys 348 shares

Camden National Co. (NASDAQ: CAC – Get a rating) Director David C. Flanagan acquired 348 shares of Camden National in a transaction on Friday, June 17. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $44.45 per share, with a total value of $15,468.60. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 20,150 shares of the company, valued at approximately $895,667.50. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via this link.

Shares of Camden National were up $0.24 during trading hours on Wednesday, hitting $45.18. The company had a trading volume of 86 shares, compared to an average volume of 37,794. Camden National Co. has a one-year low of $41.48 and a one-year high of $52.16. The company has a fifty-day simple moving average of $44.67 and a 200-day simple moving average of $47.25. The company has a debt ratio of 0.09, a current ratio of 0.75 and a quick ratio of 0.75. The company has a market capitalization of $662.34 million, a PE ratio of 10.17 and a beta of 0.85.

Camden National (NASDAQ:CAC – Get a rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, April 26. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.14 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.12. The company posted revenue of $46.19 million in the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $46.09 million. Camden National had a return on equity of 12.52% and a net margin of 33.66%. In the same quarter last year, the company earned earnings per share of $1.32. On average, research analysts expect Camden National Co. to post an EPS of 4.3 for the current year.

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 29. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 15 received a dividend of $0.40 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, April 13. This represents a dividend of $1.60 on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.54%. Camden National’s payout ratio is 36.20%.

Separately, StockNews.com began covering Camden National in a report on Thursday March 31. They issued a “hold” rating for the company.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. increased its holdings of Camden National shares by 1.6% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,207,144 shares of the financial services provider worth $56,784,000 after purchasing an additional 18,448 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings of Camden National shares by 1.2% in the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 761,452 shares of the financial services provider worth $35,819,000 after purchasing an additional 9,188 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings of Camden National shares by 2.2% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 726,669 shares of the financial services provider worth $34,183,000 after purchasing an additional 15,892 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its holdings of Camden National shares 7.4% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 399,048 shares of the financial services provider worth $18,771,000 after purchasing an additional 27,344 shares during the period. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its equity stake in Camden National by 8.9% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 369,300 shares of the financial services provider worth $17,785,000 after purchasing an additional 30,200 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds hold 66.03% of the company’s shares.

Camden National Business Profile (Get a rating)

Camden National Corporation operates as a bank holding company for Camden National Bank which provides a variety of commercial and consumer banking products and services to consumer, institutional, municipal, non-profit and commercial customers. The Company accepts Checking, Savings, Term and Negotiated Deposits, as well as deposits with the Certificate of Deposit Account Registration System.

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Best bets: a quick guide to online and in-person entertainment and experiences


The La Jolla Light presents this ongoing series of online activities to undertake on your computer or tablet, as well as local in-person events.

Conferences and learning

Michael Bollong will speak at Scripps Research’s “The Hunt for Regenerative Medicines” on Wednesday, June 29, online.

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• Scripps Research presents “The Hunt for Regenerative Medicines” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, online. During the Front Row series talk, Michael Bollong will explain how his lab uses high-throughput technologies and large-scale chemistry techniques to research drugs to accelerate the body’s natural healing powers. Free.frontrow.scripps.edu

• The Pen to Paper Writing Course takes place at 1 p.m. Thursdays at the La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The weekly class is open to writers 18+ of all experience levels. Free. (858) 552-1657

Families & children

• The Warwick bookshop presents the HarperCollins Book Truck at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 24, at 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The converted ice cream truck will pull up in front of the store filled with prizes and story times for kids and families. Free.

• La Jolla/Riford Library presents a group of “kid folk” Hullaballoo at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at 7555 Draper Ave. Free. lajolllibrary.org

Health and fitness

• Meditation teacher Erhard Vogel presents a “Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center Open Lecture” at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, June 27, online and at a private home in La Jolla. Vogel will explain how to direct your mind, emotions, body, senses, intellect and intuition to your advantage. Free; donations are accepted. Call (858) 395-4033 or email [email protected] for reservations and to receive the address.

• The La Jolla Woman’s Club presents “gentle yoga” at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays at 7791 Draper Ave. The weekly course is open to the public for all levels. $15.

arts & culture

• The La Jolla Community Center and the La Jolla Art Association present a artist demonstration at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Local artist Beverly Brock will demonstrate acrylic pouring. Light refreshments will be served. Free. ljcommunitycenter.org

• Warwick Bookshop presents the authorGeraldine Brooks at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, online. Brooks will discuss his new book, “Horse,” with author Michael Lewis. Free. warwicks.com/event/geraldine-brooks-2022

• Warwick Bookshop presents the author Julie Clark at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 23 at 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Clark will discuss and sign his new book, “The Lies I Tell”. Free, or $27.99 for a reserved seat and a copy of the book. warwicks.com/event/clark-2022

• UC San Diego’s QI Gallery presents the exhibition ” #RetroColectiva” through Thursday, June 23, at Atkinson Hall, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla. The collection of works by UCSD Visual Arts Department Chair Ricardo Dominguez draws inspiration from initiatives and art at the intersection of technology, political activism, and critical theory. Free. E-mail[email protected]

• The Choir of the La Jolla United Methodist Church Choir presents its Summer pop concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at 6063 La Jolla Blvd. The program will feature music from “Les Miserables”, followed by sundaes. Free; donations are accepted.

• AmateurPianists presents the 2022 San Diego International Piano Competition and Festival for Outstanding Amateurs Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 at 7600 Fay Ave., La Jolla. The event is a showcase for amateur pianists 25+ from around the world to compete or perform. Free. AmateurPianists.org

• The Tasende gallery presents the exhibition “Mark of Suvero” through Saturday, June 25, at 820 Prospect St., La Jolla. The exhibition includes drawings and sculptures in steel. Free. tasendegallery.com

• La Jolla Presbyterian Church Presents “Requiem for the Living – A Prayer for Rest” at 4 p.m., Sunday, June 26, at 7715 Draper Avenue. The church choir choir will perform with an orchestra. Free. Registration is recommended. ljpres.org/concert-series

• Warwick’s bookstore presents La Jollan Blair Sadler at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28 at 7812 Girard Ave., La Jolla. Sadler will discuss his new book, “(P)Luck: Lessons We Learned for Improving Healthcare and the World,” co-authored with his brother Alfred Sadler. Free, or $19.99 for a reserved seat and a copy of the book. warwicks.com/event/sadler-2022

• Adventures by the Book Presents “The Second Husband: A Virtual Fireside Adventure” at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, online. Author Kate White will talk about her new novel, “The Second Husband.” Free. bit.ly/ABBJune29

• BFree Studio presents “Paint and clay: abstract language” until Wednesday, June 29, at 7857 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The exhibition features new works by John Ratajkowski, Sylvia Tello Trumbull and Richard Trumbull. Free. bfreestudio.net

• The La Jolla Historical Society presents “The Art of the Garden” through Thursday, June 30, at La Jolla/Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. The exhibit features paintings from the La Jolla Secret Garden tour. Free.

• Quint Gallery presents the exhibition “Stars” until Saturday, July 30, at 7655 Girard Ave., La Jolla. The solo exhibition features large-scale works by Gary Lang. Free. quintgallery.com

Twelve artists are exhibiting their work at the La Jolla Community Center through Friday, August 5.

Twelve artists are exhibiting their work at the La Jolla Community Center through Friday, August 5.

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• The La Jolla Community Center and the La Jolla Art Association present a art exhibition until Friday, August 5, at 6811 La Jolla Blvd. Twelve artists present 70 works in a mix of media including acrylic, oil, digital and photography. Free. lajollaartassociation.org

• L&G Projects presents the exhibition“Here Comes the Sun”through Saturday, August 27, at 7940 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. The exhibition features works by Israeli artist Orit Fuchs. Free. landgprojects.com

Galas & events

• San Diego City Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, presents“Java with LaCava”at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 25, at Standley Park, 3585 Governor Drive, University City. The event is an opportunity to share thoughts and questions about neighborhood and city issues. Free.

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How will NJ’s strict gun laws be affected by the expected SCOTUS ruling?


Evan Nappen has been waiting for this moment for four decades.

An Eatontown gun rights attorney, Nappen literally wrote the book — a tome of over 500 pages — about New Jersey’s Byzantine gun laws.

But his next book could be much shorter, as an impending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on New York’s concealed carry laws threatens to eviscerate New Jersey’s equally strict rules on who can carry a firearm. fist in public. And it could open the door to further challenges to the state’s gun laws, some of the toughest in the nation.

“It’s absolutely going to be a game-changer,” Nappen said of the decision, expected in the coming weeks. “The ruling should finally make it possible for honest, law-abiding citizens to get the unicorn of a New Jersey carrier license. It’s definitely an exciting time.”

His enthusiasm is not shared by people, including gun control advocates and some state officials, who say more guns will mean more shootings.

“We have one of the toughest gun laws in America and we have one of the lowest rates of gun violence in America,” the acting state attorney general said, Matthew Platkin, at The Record and NorthJersey.com. “Any decision canceling or significantly restricting our requirements [for a] Applying for a concealed carry permit will have a significant impact on public safety. There is no question.”

Despite these concerns, most observers think the conservative high court is likely to rule in favor of gun activists. The only question, they said, is how far the judges will go.

Will they narrowly target New York’s concealed carry law and simply demand that the state and others like it lower licensing standards? Or will they take a broader approach and attack the very notion of “emissive” states such as New Jersey, which grant local, county or state authorities the power to approve or deny concealed carry requests?

Judgment will come at a particularly sensitive time. The nation is reeling from an explosion of gun violence over the past two years, as well as an unending series of mass shootings, including the recent massacre at a Texas elementary school that left 19 schoolchildren and two dead teachers.

One thing is certain, said Joseph Blocher, a Duke University constitutional law scholar who specializes in the Second Amendment. If the court strikes down the New York law, seeing a gun strapped to a civilian’s hip will become a more common sight in the Garden State.

“It’s almost inevitable that a decision against New York will mean more guns in more public places in states like New Jersey,” Blocher said.

Whether that’s good or bad depends on who you ask.

Nappen — and many gun rights groups that fly similar banners — will rejoice. The decision has the potential to turn New Jerseyans from victims to advocates, he said.

“How many lives have been lost in New Jersey because law-abiding citizens have been denied the right to defend themselves?” Nappen asked. “You talk about victims of gun violence – I want to know how many people are victims of gun laws that deny upstanding, law-abiding citizens their rights?”

But Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who imposed a litany of new gun restrictions during his first term, is “deeply concerned about the possible implications of the concealed carry case in New York City,” the agency said. spokeswoman Alyana Alfaro in a statement.

“We will closely review any decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States,” she said.

The governor also wants state lawmakers to pass another round of gun control bills, she said. These proposals would ban .50 caliber rifles, promote micro-stamping technology to help trace bullets, require safety training for gun owners and raise the minimum age to purchase firearms. shoulder at 21 instead of 18, among others.

Platkin, the attorney general, said he was frustrated that the Supreme Court was likely to overturn an age-old law “without any real and apparent concern for impacts on the ground.”

“They don’t have to hug family members of victims who have been killed by a gun,” Platkin said. “We do. And I’m really fighting against an ideological movement that is going to undermine public safety.”

Wide latitude to reject applications

Only California has stricter gun laws than New Jersey, according to a 2021 report from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, an organization dedicated to strengthening gun control laws.

New Jersey generally prohibits residents from carrying handguns anywhere outside of their home or business without a permit. Residents can apply for a transport permit from their local police department or the New Jersey State Police, depending on their hometown coverage, according to the state police website.

They must complete a detailed application and consent to a search of mental health records, according to state law. And they must provide written proof that they own the handgun they want to carry and are qualified to use it.

But the final hurdle is the greatest: State law requires plaintiffs to “specify in detail the urgent need for self-protection, as evidenced by specific threats or prior attacks, which demonstrate a particular danger to the life of the plaintiff who cannot be avoided by other means”. only by the issuance of a handgun license.”

As a “may issue” state, New Jersey gives police chiefs and the state police chief wide latitude to deny requests. And even if they approve a nominee, a state Superior Court judge makes the final decision.

Nappen, the gun rights lawyer, said this series of hurdles makes it virtually impossible for a private citizen to obtain a transport permit.

“You have to show that you have to use deadly force before you need to use deadly force,” Nappen said. “So basically, if you’ve just been shot and killed, you qualify for a New Jersey carrier license.”

The small number of permits issued annually reflects this.

In New Jersey, authorities approve about 530 transportation permits for individuals each year and deny about 28, according to statistics provided by the state police. Permits are valid for two years.

In 2022, authorities have so far approved 217 requests and denied six, state police said.

These numbers don’t include retired police officers who apply for a transport permit — those applications are processed by a different program, depending on the state.

The New York Affair

How the judges rule in the New York case, called New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, could change everything in New Jersey’s permit process.

The case arose out of a legal challenge by two men, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, who won licenses to carry concealed handguns for hunting, target practice and self-defense in certain areas. But the licensing officer refused to grant them unlimited licenses because neither man could prove they still needed a firearm for self-defense, according to federal court documents.

The refusal violated their Second Amendment rights, the men say. If the court rules in their favor, other potentially problematic states, including New Jersey, will likely have to rewrite their own laws, said Esther Sanchez-Gomez, senior litigation attorney at Giffords Law Center.

This does not mean that states cannot restrict guns. Ironically, liberal states that embrace gun control may end up adopting the tactics used by the anti-abortion lobby to kill a thousand cuts to the decision that gave women the right to choose.

That means chewing around the edges of any pro-firearms Supreme Court rulings, such as requiring transport permit applicants to meet objective requirements or narrowing the definition of a “public space,” a said Sanchez-Gomez.

The New Jersey attorney general alluded to this during his interview, noting that state officials still have many avenues to follow.

This includes passing Murphy’s gun control legislation, prosecuting gun manufacturers and retailers and pursuing new laws in line with the High Court’s ruling, he said. declared.

“My goal is quite simple: to continue this effort,” Platkin said. “We’re going to do everything we can.”

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Book published explores mind, spirit, soul, consciousness and how to be a better human being


“I always saw us all as one. As one love or as one energy, one life in action and each of us the same expression of this one life and this love. My book is about life, being a better person and a different way of looking at life and everything,” says Chimie.

Based on years of author research, “A Players Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything” (published by AuthorHouse UK) explores mind, spirit, soul, consciousness and how to be a better To be human. This book reminds readers of what they already know and challenges them to think about life, spirituality and everything – and at the same time asks them to question everything and find the reasons behind it.

Offering inspiration to become a better person, this book stresses the importance of understanding “that you are yourself and that you are in balance with yourself, your environment and the universe”.

“This book will appeal to readers because it gives them a way to see life as if we were one. It has the potential to make the world a better place. It’s simple and easy to read,” says Chemistry. When asked what he wanted readers to take away from the book, the author replied, “To become a better person and see ourselves as one and act on it.”

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“A Gamers Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything”

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Chemistry is an author who inhabits the earth. This story was inspired by the mystical setting and the author’s own experiences. Chemistry questioned everything and learned the importance of asking why after having the opportunity to ask God the same question. “A Gamer’s Guide to Life, the Universe, and Everything” is the author’s second book.

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A conservative judge writes a book about love and reconsiders his point of view

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When the protagonist of “Love at Deep Dusk” suggests that his queer friends should respect the fact that “well-meaning traditionalists are right to value what they value,” the answer is stark.

“I don’t concede for a minute that the so-called nice traditionalists are right to have an opinion on our lives,” replies her black lesbian friend. “Because they don’t have the privilege of making their point if they haven’t experienced bigotry.”

The fictional exchange is surprising, mainly because of who wrote it. He appears in a novel published in February by J. Harvie Wilkinson III, one of the most conservative judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1984.

Wilkinson, 77, said in an interview that in writing the book, published by Milford House Press, he wanted to escape the “acrimony, intolerance and venom” of political life. Its protagonist, Leah, grapples with deeply personal issues: whether to leave her small Pennsylvania town for better career options, how to deal with a tragic death, whether to forgive an intimate betrayal. Although “romantic,” it’s not exactly a romance novel, Judge said.

“Sometimes things are more exciting when they’re talked about than when they’re just laid bare,” Wilkinson said. ” I do not think so [these characters] would have liked their private sex acts to be simply spread out on pages for everyone to visit.

He said he wanted to write from a female perspective in part to develop her own empathy.

“I wanted to reach worlds beyond my own little island conclave,” he said.

In his daily work, his positions remain resolutely conservative. In a recent case about whether a North Carolina charter school could require girls to wear skirts, Wilkinson wrote a controversial dissenting opinion siding with the school. He argued that the application of the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause to a charter school – the central issue of the case – could “extinguish the place of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in the education system” and felt that “for many people, dress codes represent an ideal of chivalry that is not condescending to women, but who appreciates and respects them. ”

In written opinions, other judges took aim at Wilkinson’s comments.

James A. Wynn Jr., a black judge appointed by President Barack Obama, denounced what he claimed were Wilkinson’s “borderline insulting innuendos” that HBCUs “benefit from unconstitutional racial discrimination.” (HBCUs are open to all races; they receive the HBCU designation if they were founded before 1964 and focus primarily on educating Black Americans.)

Judge Barbara Milano Keenan, also appointed by Obama, questioned the invocation of “an era when men could assault their wives and commit other violent crimes against them with impunity”.

The other two justices who signed Wilkinson’s dissent are white men.

Wilkinson wouldn’t talk about the case, but regarding his perspective, he said, “I recognize that my perspective is limited, that I have to grow, that I have to identify with other situations and with other people. There is room for change and room for reaching out. But also, I am who I am.

Wilkinson made its protagonist, Leah, a defense attorney who stakes her credibility on a client who has committed a violent assault. But he says his thinking about crime and punishment, where his rulings tend to favor prosecutors, hasn’t changed much. Leah spends more time emphasizing pay and hours than systemic injustice.

However, some of his opinions have changed over time, as evidenced by the book.

In a 2006 Washington Post column opposing state constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage, Wilkinson argued that homosexuals had no right to marry under the U.S. Constitution and noted that he was not asserting “that same-sex marriage is a good or desirable phenomenon.”

“In a theoretical sense, I think I was right, as far as the constitutional structure is concerned,” he said in an interview. “But in a more personal sense and in a deeply humanitarian sense, I was wrong. … I’m glad the Supreme Court did what it did.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2015 that the Constitution required same-sex couples to be allowed to marry. But some legal experts say they fear the opinion could be reversed. The concern is based on the reasoning of a leaked draft opinion suggesting the court will end the constitutional right to abortion. The same logic, analysts say, could be applied to the same-sex marriage ruling. A new wave of anti-LGBT legislation and rhetoric has swept across the country.

Wilkinson said it would be “beyond cruelty” to annul existing same-sex marriages.

The judge sends numerous clerks to Supreme Court registrars — including Louis Capozzi, a current clerk to Justice Neil M. Gorsuch who helped Wilkinson with the novel. (Capozzi did not respond to a request for comment.) Gorsuch was the surprise author of a recent advisory expanding protections for gay and transgender people.

“I have great faith in the Supreme Court that they would never take that step,” Wilkinson said of a possible overturning of the same-sex marriage ruling. “It would be so harmful to so many individual lives, and it would cause such pain. And the legal consequences of that would be so difficult to untangle.

He said he also wanted to use the book to highlight the intolerance he still sees in this country seven years after this decision.

“I can highlight the problem; I don’t know the answer,” he said. “What worried me was that we’re too much of a nation of enclaves, where minorities or gay people feel perfectly safe and valued in many places, and then 100 different miles away or even a whole lot less, they have to be on their guard.”

Now he is working on his next novel, about a friendship between an isolated man and his neighbor.

“I don’t think a federal judge has written a love story before,” he said. “Maybe it’s outrageous, but I don’t think so.”

Dem who wants to ban stock trading for members of Congress invests in companies pushing for green energy

A congresswoman who backed a measure barring members from trading in stocks owns thousands of dollars in stock of green energy companies that have lobbied for congressional grants, according to financial reports.

Kansas Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids, who joined lawmakers in April demanding restrictions on members and their families owning and trading stocks, invested up to $17,000 in Maxeon Solar Technologies, SunPower Corporation and FuelCell Energy, according at its last filing in May.

davids reported his FuelCell stock worth between $1 and $1,000 in July 2019 when he first filed upon taking office. It also quoted between $1,001 and $15,000 of SunPower stock that year and first reported between $1 and $1,000 of Maxeon stock in August 2021. according to a deposit.

Those companies, however, lobbied Congress for green energy legislation and tax credits, according to the disclosures. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Ethics watchdog demands Senate ethics inquiry into ‘clear violation’ of lawsuit filing after DCNF probe)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 12: Representative Sharice Davids speaks onstage as the Human Rights Campaign hosts the 2022 Los Angeles Dinner at the JW Marriott on March 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

FuelCell spent $30,000 lobbying between January and February “to restore fuel cell tax credits and Department of Energy fuel cell research funding.” according to its report covering this period. SunPower, which finances solar products, spent $60,000 during this same period on “matters related to the commercial and residential investment tax credit[s]and on several bills, including the Democratic Infrastructure Bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, which spent $555 billion in provisions for green energy.

Davids and other lawmakers who demanded restrictions on stock trading in April said they were “ready to work” on stock market reforms to avoid “serious” conflicts of interest. The Kansas Democrat sits in the House Committee on transport and infrastructure, which has helped form President Joe Biden’s green energy and infrastructure agenda.

“We know that investing in sustainable and resilient infrastructure is an effective way to combat the effects of climate change, and I am exploring this topic as a new member of the Transport and Infrastructure Committee”, said Davids by joining the committee.

Davids lobbying reports and investments were first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

A spokeswoman for Davids declined the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment, noting that her office is closed for the June 16 federal holiday.

“I’ll get back to you tomorrow,” the spokeswoman said.

Fuelcell, Maxeon and Sunpower did not immediately respond to a comment request.

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Kansas City bookstore celebrates Juneteenth with block party


A Kansas City bookstore celebrated June 19 and a year in business with a block party on Sunday. More than 200 people turned out for the block party on 39th Street to see more than 20 vendors of black-owned businesses, live music performances and local authors. Cori Smith is the owner of Blk + Brwn – a bookstore created to amplify the voices of authors of color. It officially opened its doors a year ago, on June 16. Smith said she was happy to provide space for the community to celebrate the holiday. “I just wanted people to be able to see the really dope people who are part of this ecosystem – the people who are getting ready for this city, who need the love, will return the love and are really part of this community,” said said Smith. She said her inspiration will always be community first. “I wanted everyone to be welcome,” Smith said. “I wanted it to feel like it was a celebration for us to exist.” Cory Lampkin Jr. was one of the vendors at the block party. He is an author at AfroDemiks, a publishing house promoting creativity, representation and healthy living. He said he was happy to have been able to share Juneteenth and Father’s Day with his 3-year-old daughter. “It’s been a great experience. I’m happy to be able to spread the education and to be able to show him that you know how you can be your own boss, be an entrepreneur, etc.,” Lampkin Jr. said. neighborhood lasted five hours and took place at the corner of 39th Street and Baltimor. th Ave.

A Kansas City bookstore celebrated June 19 and a year in business with a block party on Sunday.

Over 200 people attended the block party on the 39e street to see more than 20 vendors of black-owned businesses, live music performances and local authors.

Cori Smith owns Black + Brown – a library created to amplify the voice of authors of color. It officially opened its doors a year ago, on June 16.

Smith said she was happy to provide space for the community to celebrate the holiday.

“I just wanted people to be able to see the really dope people who are part of this ecosystem – the people who are getting ready for this city, who need the love, will return the love and are really part of this community,” said said Smith.

She said her inspiration will always be community first.

“I wanted everyone to be welcome,” Smith said. “I wanted it to feel like it was a celebration for us to exist.”

Cory Lampkin Jr. was one of the vendors at the block party. He is an author with AfroDemiks– a publishing house encouraging creativity, representation and healthy living.

He said he was happy to have been able to share Juneteenth and Father’s Day with his 3-year-old daughter.

“It’s a great experience. I’m happy to be able to spread the education and to be able to show him that you know how you can be your own boss, be an entrepreneur and things like that,” Lampkin Jr. said.

The block party lasted five hours and took place at the corner of 39e Baltimore Street and Avenue.

DEF LEPPARD will release “Certainly: The Official History of Def Leppard”


According to Foyles, Book Depository, Target and several other retailers, Genesis Publications will be releasing a new book called “Definitely: The Official History of Def Leppard” on November 25, 2022.

To provide fans with the most personal and comprehensive recording of DEF LEPPARDthe story so far, “Definitely: The Official History of Def Leppard” is told by the band members in their own words, illustrated with photographs and memories of the DEF LEPPARD archives.

Despite an average age of only 18, DEF LEPPARD burst onto the hard rock scene in 1980 as a group of seasoned veterans. Thinking big from the start, the master plan for their music was, as a singer Joe Elliot states,”QUEEN meets AC DC.” DEF LEPPARDThe story of is a story of stratospheric ups and downs, of triumph over adversity. While becoming one of the world’s best-selling musical artists with hit albums “Pyromania” and “Hysteria”the band defeated the drummer Rick AllenThe accident of and the death of a member of the group Steve Clark. During their 45 year history, DEF LEPPARD continued to make new music – with 12 studio albums to their name, including their 2022 release “Diamond Star Halos” – find success with each record and tour.

In a wide-ranging account of the group and an archival text of former members, “Absolutely” chronicles DEF LEPPARDThe incredible story of, from their humble beginnings rehearsing in a spoon factory in Sheffield, to recording groundbreaking multi-platinum albums and touring sold-out stadiums around the world.

Alongside the text of the book are hundreds of items from the group’s combined and personal archives, showcasing more than four decades of DEF LEPPARD the story. Enjoy unlimited access to DEF LEPPARD Safe, the book includes handwritten correspondence, rare vinyl pressings, tour memorabilia, music video storyboards, draft album artwork, press clippings, previously unseen photography and more.

Part memory, part album, “Definitely: The Story of Def Leppard” is the ultimate record of DEF LEPPARDlegendary career.

“Diamond Star Halos” sold 34,000 equivalent album units in the United States in its first week of release to land at number 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the band’s eighth top 10 album.

DEF LEPPARDPrevious Top 10 albums include “Pyromania” (which peaked at No. 2 in 1983),“Hysteria” (#1 for six weeks in 1988),“Adrenalize” (#1 for five weeks in 1992),“Retro Active” (No. 9; 1983),“Rock Of Ages: The Definitive Collection” (No. 10; 2005),“Songs from the Sparkle Lounge” (No. 5; 2008) and “Def Leppard” (No. 10; 2015).

Last Thursday (June 16),DEF LEPPARD spear “The Stadium Tour” with MOTLEY CRUE and guests POISON and JOAN JETT AND THE BLACK HEARTS in Atlanta, Georgia. The 36-date trek, which is due to end on September 9 in Las Vegas, was originally scheduled to take place in the summer of 2020 but ended up being pushed back to 2021 and then 2022 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Goldman Sachs stock: a buy while trading below book value (NYSE: GS)


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As a dividend growth investor, I am constantly on the lookout for new opportunities that will increase my annual dividend income. Sometimes I analyze stocks I already own and consider adding more, while other times I focus on new positions that can strengthen my dividend growth portfolio. In this article, I will analyze a new candidate for my portfolio.

In my dividend growth portfolio, I lack exposure to the financial sector. In this sector, I own stocks in banks like Bank of America (BAC), insurance companies like Prudential (PRU) and fund managers like T. Rowe (TROW). In this article, I will analyze a leading investment bank in the United States, Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) to which I have no exposure.

I will analyze the company using my dividend growth stock analysis methodology. I use the same method to make it easier to compare analyzed stocks. I will examine the fundamentals, valuation, growth opportunities and risks of the business. I will then try to determine if it is a good investment.

According to Seeking Alpha’s business overview, the Goldman Sachs Group, a financial institution, provides a range of financial services to businesses, financial institutions, governments and individuals worldwide. It operates through four segments: Investment Banking, Global Markets, Asset Management, and Consumer and Wealth Management. The company was founded in 1869 and is headquartered in New York, New York.


Goldman Sachs’ revenues have more than doubled over the past decade. Revenues increased as the market performed well, and this allowed Goldman to charge more and manage more assets as it increased the value of Assets Under Watch (AUS). Looking ahead, analyst consensus, as seen on Seeking Alpha, expects Goldman Sachs to suffer a revenue decline in 2022, followed by a solid single-digit increase in subsequent years. as the market stabilizes following the rise in interest rates.

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EPS (earnings per share) grew at a much faster rate. The reason for this is that in addition to increased sales, the company also enjoyed improved margins as it maintained high efficiency. Additionally, the large share buyback following the 2008-09 financial crisis also supported higher EPS growth. Looking ahead, analyst consensus, as seen on Seeking Alpha, expects Goldman’s EPS to decline in 2022 as we enter the bear market, followed by single-digit annual growth in the next 3 years.

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Goldman Sachs has increased its dividend over the past 10 years. The company reduced the dividend payment slightly during the 2008-2009 financial crisis, but the current dividend of $2 per quarter is more than four times the 2009 dividend. The dividend is extremely safe with a payout ratio of 16 %, and even with declining earnings, that nearly 3% yield looks safe for dividend growth investors.

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The number of shares outstanding has decreased significantly over the past decade. Goldman Sachs repurchased 28.6% of its shares, which means more than one in four shares were withdrawn. When used by a growing company, buyouts are beneficial for EPS growth and are a great way to return capital to shareholders in addition to dividends. Goldman could increase buybacks if it passes the 2022 stress test.

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Goldman Sachs shares are trading at an attractive P/E (price to earnings) ratio. The company is trading at 7.5x estimated EPS for 2022 based on analyst consensus as seen on Seeking Alpha. The chart below from FAST Graphs highlights just how attractive Goldman Sachs’ valuation is, as it trades well below its average P/E ratio of 12.5. Although the current expected growth rate is below the historical average, stocks still look attractively priced.

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Additionally, when we look at the P/B (price to book value) ratio, which is a very important metric for valuing a bank, we see that Goldman Sachs is currently trading below its book value. Just a few months ago, the company traded at a significant premium to its book value. When a bank trades at a price below its book value, it implies that the shares are priced attractively.

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To conclude, Goldman Sachs is a top notch investment bank. It has performed well over the past decade and benefited from rising revenue and EPS, which has led to increased dividends and redemptions. This strong package is offered at an attractive valuation as the P/E ratio and P/B ratio signal that the current price may be an attractive entry point.


The first growth opportunity is the wealth management segment. During the first quarter of 2022, this segment recorded record revenues. This segment accounts for about 18% of revenue, and when market volatility is high as it is today, Goldman Sachs can shine. The company is reputable and well known and has a track record to show long-term success. When the risks are higher, investors prefer trusted and well-known brands and Goldman Sachs is one of them. Thus, many leading companies choose Goldman for their employees.

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The company’s leadership position will also allow Goldman Sachs to expand its value proposition. As we see fintech stocks drop at times over 80%, Goldman Sachs can take advantage of its strong position to acquire some and become an even bigger player. The company has already done this over the past few years, and the current environment will be a great M&A environment for industry leaders.

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Moreover, Goldman Sachs, as a leading financial institution, is constantly under close scrutiny from regulators. Although this is often a downside, when the economy suffers from greater uncertainty it is a plus because investors know the bank is stable and safe. At the end of the month, the stress test results for 2022 will be released, and Goldman Sachs is expected to pass them again, boosting confidence and likely boosting dividends and buybacks.


A recession is the biggest risk for Goldman Sachs. A recession will most likely keep the stock price low and therefore the AUS of the company will be low. This, in turn, will trigger downward revisions to the company’s EPS and revenue and current estimates may turn out to be higher than expected. Therefore, a recession can hamper medium-term business growth.

Investment banks are more susceptible to recessions because of this. They tend to outperform during bull markets and underperform during recessions when the AUS drops, and some clients have even taken money out of the funds. During the 2008-2009 financial crisis, Goldman fell more than the broader market and its earnings fell more than the average S&P 500 company.

In addition, there is also the risk of competition. Goldman Sachs competes with other major investment banks such as Morgan Stanley (MS) and JPMorgan (JPM). The company also competes with cheaper alternatives like ETFs and startups that claim to be better wealth managers using technology and better analytics.


Goldman Sachs is a big blue chip company. The company has demonstrated excellent execution with long-term improvement in fundamentals. Higher sales led to higher EPS, which allowed the company to pay dividends and buy back more of its own shares. In addition, the company has several growth prospects both organic and inorganic with mergers and acquisitions, as the valuation of many companies is significantly lower.

Although there are some risks, they are mainly short to medium term as fears of a recession increase. Although I do not rule out these risks, the current assessment takes them into account for the most part. The P/E is well below average and the shares are trading below book value. Therefore, I think Goldman Sachs is a BUY for long-term dividend growth investors.

Independent Bookstore Week: Celebrating is not just about reading


“HOW was tai chi?” It’s not necessarily the first thing you expect to hear in a bookstore, but it’s how Marie Moser greets a customer who walks through the door. Not only does she greet him by name, but the two strike up a conversation about the traditional Chinese game. mahjong. “She always comes here after tai chi. It’s not always to buy a book,” Moser adds.

As Independent Bookstore Week is well and truly launched, it is interesting to learn that these oases of texts and titles are not just about the written word.

Moser is the owner of The Edinburgh Bookshop – winner of Scottish Bookshop of the Year four times in the past 10 years – located in the city’s Bruntsfield. It is run by a team of five people and is described by its owner as a “crazy community bookshop”.

She notes how her team has a watchful eye on anyone having a bad day. “People can also come because they can’t close the lid,” she adds.

Similarly, “being a queer bookseller is probably 20% bookseller and 80% advice. Well, maybe 10% of that is like being a travel consultant,” says Fionn Duffy-Scott, owner of LGBTQ+ bookstore Category Is with their partner Charlotte. It is located right next to Queen’s Park station in South Glasgow and was founded in 2018 to establish a queer reading space in the area. Unlike the Edinburgh team, it is managed solely by its owners.

It’s interesting how Moser and Duffy-Scott spent time talking about things that had nothing to do with literature. “The community is big here and it’s a specifically queer space, so a lot of the events have nothing to do with the books.”

On the contrary, the Covid-19 pandemic has only heightened the store’s sense of community. “It didn’t ‘hurt’ us if that makes sense,” Moser says, while Duffy-Scott simply says they “dealt with it.”

The Edinburgh bookshop made many deliveries which, although their owner admits they weren’t particularly economical or eco-friendly, were worth it for the service they were able to provide.

She singles out the Scottish Government for their praise in this regard. “Miss Sturgeon is a massive reader and is very supportive. We were incredibly lucky during the second lockdown as the Scottish Government accepted bookshops as a vital part of the community.

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The Booksellers Association argued that they were the equivalent of garden centers in the summer. Category Is managed to come up with a creative solution to help the environment – ​​the books were delivered via skateboard to customers who lived nearby.

This emphasis on welcoming everyone is particularly important for young people. Moser is interrupted by an excited child running to grab the stuffed Gruffalo sitting next to her. “There is no Gruffalo. Everyone knows that,” the young boy said with a smile. “That’s why I do my job. There was another little boy walking past the window during Covid in a different disguise each day.

She goes so far as to say that what she does isn’t so much a job as a hobby and anyone who knew her when she was 18 wouldn’t be surprised that she now runs a bookstore.

On Friday morning in the Is category, a school group had visited with their local library who had successfully secured funding for each person to choose a book not only for themselves, but also for the library. “Some mornings it will be children coming in and other days it will be people in their 80s,” Duffy-Scott says.

No store wastes a lot of space. Unsurprisingly, both are stacked with books as high as they can get. The Edinburgh bookshop even has one of those old-fashioned ladders that slides neatly along the shelves.

Even then, however, how do they decide what to sell? “You can’t just store what you love. Sometimes you have an idea for something, but you don’t realize how right you’ll be,” says Moser.

Last year she picked up a book about how Norwegians piled wood and it surprised her more than most. “Don’t get me wrong, it was a beautiful book and I thought we’d sell about 20 copies for dads at Christmas. It was one of the biggest books of the year – we sold about 120 of them.”

The National: Owners of Category Is Books in Glasgow Charlotte and Fionn Duffy-Scott

Life is not without its challenges, however, and since its founding, Category Is has been subject to homophobic and transphobic abuse. “Homophobia isn’t the most important thing I think about when it comes to the store, but we’re dealing with it. People have always gotten mad at us for existing,” Duffy-Scott says. They pause for a bit and then laugh a bit when they remember that they are dealing with transphobic messages by putting erotic stickers on the door. “We found power in finding our own way to deal with abuse.”

Moser wonders how the cost of living crisis will affect bookstores. “People will spend the same amount of money on a coffee and a muffin at Starbucks as on a book, but I guess people don’t think that way.”

She notes that other big companies buy and sell books in bulk for a little less, which independent bookstores just don’t. “One year we paid more taxes than Amazon.”

One thing that doesn’t worry her are the e-readers, which she says “have settled where they’re going to settle.” There is one book they did good for the world, though. “Everyone read Fifty Shades Of Gray on it because you could read it and pretend you were reading Dostoyevsky,” she smiles.

Walking through these shops and gazing at the shelves, each filled with worlds waiting to be devoured in a few sittings, it reminds you of the satisfaction and beauty of browsing independent shops like these. They are, as Moser puts it, a “safe space”. She gets up to choose her favorite book which has red pages and is bordered with a floral design on the side. “You can tell the person doing this had an absolute ball. Watch how vinyl has made a comeback. I think it has a lot to do with seeing what an album looks like.

Despite these challenges, independent bookstores are a unique industry in that most people seem to wish each other good luck.

“It’s an amazing community. There is a real non-competitiveness and a desire for everyone to do well. Nobody is here to be a billionaire,” says Moser.

Duffy-Scott shares this view: “There’s a friendliness that you don’t get in other trades. We may not store a book, but I will know where it is and send people there.

Whatever you’re looking for, be sure to visit stores like these during Independent Bookstore Week, which runs until Saturday. It may not be all about the books, but that doesn’t make it easy to leave without one.

3 battered real estate stocks that look cheap

The real estate market is expected to see significant growth in the near term with advances in technology and organizations reorganizing their operations from offices. Given this scenario, we think battered real estate stocks Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Comstock Holding Companies (CHCI) and Forestar Group (FOR), which currently look cheap, could be ideal buys now. Read below to find out more.

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The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a massive constraint for the real estate market, as the need for the services offered by these establishments has diminished due to the restrictive measures imposed by the government and the complete closure of business activities.

However, analysts are optimistic about the industry’s long-term outlook. The global real estate market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 9.6% to reach $5.39 trillion in 2026.

With the arrival of digitization in the real estate sector, digital house hunting gained traction with consumers buying or mortgaging homes through virtual features such as 3D tours and drone videos.

Additionally, the growing demand for single-family homes and organizations resuming operations with work from the office are expected to support the growth of this industry.

Given the backdrop, battered real estate stocks Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL), Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (CHIC) and Forestar Group Inc. (FOR) that currently appear to be trading at a discount, might be ideal buys now.

Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL)

JLL, a professional services firm, provides real estate and investment management services in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

JLL’s revenue increased 18.9% from the prior year quarter to $4.80 billion in the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Net profit for the quarter was $145.60 million, reflecting a 41.4% year-over-year increase, while its adjusted EBITDA was $273.60 million, up 43.9% from the prior year quarter.

The company’s adjusted EPS was $3.47, up 65.2% from the prior year quarter.

Analysts expect JLL’s EPS for the fiscal quarter ending June 2022 to be $4.44, indicating a 5.7% year-over-year increase. Additionally, the company’s EPS is expected to increase 3.1% year-over-year to $20.08 in the current fiscal year.

It has an impressive history of earnings surprises, as it has exceeded Street EPS estimates in each of the past four quarters.

In non-GAAP forward P/E terms, JLL is currently trading at 7.76x, 74.1% below the industry average of 29.92x. Its 12-month price-to-sales multiple of 0.67 is 87.5% below the industry average of 5.35.

JLL’s stock has fallen 42.2% year-to-date to close last trading session at $155.76.

JLL’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR Rankings. The stock has an overall rating of B, which translates to Buy in our proprietary rating system.

POWR ratings are calculated by considering 118 different factors, with each factor weighted to an optimal degree.

JLL also has a B rating in growth and value. It is ranked #1 out of 44 stocks in the Real estate services industry.

Beyond what is stated above, we also rated JLL for Momentum, Stability, Sentiment, and Quality. Get all JLL ratings here.

Comstock Holding Companies, Inc. (CHIC)

CHCI develops, operates and manages mixed-use and transit-oriented properties primarily in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. The company also offers property development and management services.

On June 13, CHCI announced the completion of two significant transactions with CP Real Estate Services, LC; an entity owned by Christopher Clemente, CEO of Comstock, which should strengthen its balance sheet and position the company for future growth.

The first transaction involves the repurchase of outstanding shares at a discount, while the second transaction represents the replacement and modification of the company’s asset management agreement.

CHCI’s revenue increased 27.6% year-over-year to $8.73 million in the first quarter of Fiscal 2022. Its operating income increased 208.1% from year-on-year value to $1.37 million, while its net profit improved 416.4% year-on-year. at $2.01 million.

The company’s net earnings per share are up 340% from their value a year ago at $0.22.

In terms of last 12 months price/sales, CHCI is currently trading at 1.15x, 78.5% below the industry average of 5.35x. Its 12-month EV/EBIT multiple of 8.13 is 80.8% below the industry average of 42.28.

The stock has fallen 5.2% year-to-date to close the last trading session at $4.60. However, it has gained 12.3% over the past month.

CHCI’s strong fundamentals are reflected in its POWR ratings. The stock has an overall rating of B, which is equivalent to Buy in our POWR rating system.

The company also has a B rating in Value, Momentum, Sentiment and Quality. The stock is ranked #5 in the real estate services sector. To obtain CHCI’s ratings for stability and growth, Click here.

Forestar Group Inc. (FOR)

FOR operates as a residential lot development company in the United States. It acquires land, develops infrastructure for single-family residential communities and sells its finished single-family residential lots to homebuilders.

For the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2022, FOR’s revenue increased 46.8% year over year to $421.60 million. Net profit attributable to FOR increased by 68.3% over the previous year’s value to $47.80 million.

Additionally, its net earnings per share were $0.96, up 62.7% from the prior year quarter.

Street expects FOR’s revenue for the fiscal quarter ending June 2022 to improve 31.3% year-over-year to $410.93 million.

The consensus EPS estimate of $0.88 for the same quarter represents a 48% increase over the same period last year. FOR has also beaten consensus EPS estimates over the past four quarters.

In non-GAAP forward PER terms, FOR is currently trading at 3.63x, 87.9% below the industry average of 29.92x. Its 12-month EV/EBIT multiple of 5.62 is 86.7% below the industry average of 42.28.

The stock has fallen 38.1% year-to-date to close the last trading session at $13.46.

FOR has an overall rating of B, translating to Buy in our proprietary rating system. The stock is rated A in Growth and Sentiment and B in Value. In the same sector, it is ranked No. 4. Click here to see additional POWR ratings for quality, momentum, and stability for FOR.

JLL shares closed at $167.02 on Friday, up $11.26 (+7.23%). Year-to-date, JLL is down -37.99%, compared to a -22.73% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 over the same period.

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El Taller bookstore and cafe in Lawrence, Massachusetts


El Taller bookstore and cafe started in 2012 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The store has had great success over the years, with its dual offerings of a family-run Mexican restaurant and a warm, welcoming bookstore proving to be an unstoppable combination. Although they love their literary inclinations, the food offered is still an important part of El Taller’s past, present, and future. The store has been a hub for a thriving literary and cultural community over the years, with many dedicated customers.

I spoke with Y-Binh Nguyen of El Taller Books and learned about the illustrious history of the store. “Lawrence is a city of low-income, mostly Latinx immigrants, which makes it very important to have cultural spaces here,” says Y-Binh. El Taller serves as a one-stop-shop for the city’s arts and cultural programming, hosting numerous open mics, writing workshops, and community conversations about what it means to be people of color in the city. The store embraces and supports social movements that its customers care about, and they frequently host events to support local artists and writers. Theatrical performances have also been on the program in the past.

The community ethos also extends to their partnerships, as El Taller works closely with the Essex Arts Center, Lawrence Public Library and schools, Addison Art Gallery, Breadloaf, and more. “Community partners are how we’ve been able to stay afloat during the pandemic,” Y-Binh remarks. El Taller translates to workshop; indeed, the founders own a metallurgical workshop in Mexico. More than that, however, the store has become a workshop for like-minded people to come together, bond and brainstorm ideas.

Y-Binh points out how Lawrence’s various artistic organizations all intersect. The popular “writing cafes” of El Taller sprung up because a local literary magazine held articles there; the idea took root and grew. Even during the pandemic, these cafes continued on Zoom when necessary. “Having food helps,” Y-Binh laughs. “We can be a cultural space where people can come together, eat and talk about big ideas.”

This concern for community has proven to be a two-way street in recent years. When the pandemic hit, El Taller delivered hot meals with aid organizations to Lawrence, sold book subscriptions and welcomed donations from wealthier patrons. “We tried everything,” she says. “From contactless delivery to takeaway. We really solidified our online presence and hosted our online writing workshops at a time when people were really looking for community spaces that they couldn’t have. They certainly faced challenges, but their perseverance and determination to continue serving Lawrence paid off.

As COVID restrictions continue to lift, El Taller looks forward to bringing back more in-person events. Community gatherings like open mics, dance events and writing retreats are high on their list of offerings to restart, with a focus on somatic activities that focus on physical presence after a si long separation. Y-Binh is also excited to continue working with local artists, which she says keeps the store’s presence “organic, innovative and fresh.”

When asked what attracts customers and keeps them there, Y-Binh highlights how they manage the space. “These days, people want to know that the spaces they frequent are in line with their ideological beliefs. We make these bold statements and make no apologies about who we host. Book curations focused on the work of authors BIPOC, queer and disabled to ensuring publishers send them books focused on authors with marginalized identities, El Taller ensures those who enter understand that the space they are in is welcoming. most free programs so that their clients are not discouraged by financial obstacles.

Yet even with all their attempts to publicize the ethos of their space, the publishing industry remains out of touch. “I was away for six months, and when I came back, we had tons of books to open,” Y-Binh recalls. “I think there was maybe one book in total by a person of color and one book that was adamantly anti-queer. They apologized for that, but I can’t even understand the oversight there. The store continues to seek out color designer books, indicating the broader trend of glaring whiteness in publishing. “It’s changing, but very slowly,” says Y-Binh.

In terms of book sales trends, El Taller’s customers followed a familiar pattern: Everyone was reading “apocalyptic” books, like Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower. As this faded, clients turned more to books on healing justice and teaching. Y-Binh herself recommends the fantasy novel Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse and Matthew Salesses Crafting in the real world. It also highlights a children’s book, dreamers by Yuyi Morales.

With their community at the forefront of what they do, El Taller has a very bright future as a landmark and cultural center for the Lawrence community.


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Print sales fell 5% in early June


Print book unit sales in the week ending June 11, 2022 fell 5.3% compared to the comparable week of 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. This is the smallest decline in about two months. Once again, the adult non-fiction category struggled to keep pace with last year’s sales, with units down 9.3%. James Patterson by James Patterson, the prolific author’s memoir, was No. 1 in the category, selling over 21,000 copies in its first week. Yet another new book Scars and scratches by Tim Kennedy, landed in fourth place on the category list, selling just under 15,000 copies. Adult Fiction rebounded from a rare week of declines to post a 1.7% sales increase over the week ended June 12, 2021. Colleen Hoover’s It ends with us ousted The Chainsaw Man, vol. 11 by Tatsuki Fujimoto for the top spot in the category list, with the titles selling 47,858 and 47,396 copies respectively. Hoover had five titles (from three different publishers) among the top 10 books in the category, with sales totaling approximately 140,000 copies. Sales for the YA fiction category were up 0.5% from 2021. The top-selling title was A Good Girl’s Killing Guide by Holly Jackson, which sold over 10,000 copies. The new top-ranked title was Forge money into stars by Brigid Kemmerer, which sold over 3,000 copies, placing it at number 26 in the category list. Children’s fiction sales fell 5.3% over the week. Oh, the places you will go! by Dr. Seuss was number one on the category list, selling more than 25,000 copies, about the same number it sold a year ago.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 06/20/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the headline: Print sales fell 5% in early June

Duke Fakir of the Four Tops talks about his life experience in his memoir


Sugar Pie, Bunch of Honey, if you just can’t help it, come to the Detroit Public Library on Wednesday for the Detroit Public Library Author Series presentation by Duke Fakir and Kathleen McGhee -Anderson as they discuss “I’ll Be There: My Life with the Four Summits.”

As one of Motown’s defining voices and the last surviving member of the original Four Tops, Fakir remembers and cherishes the memories he shared as part of that band in his memoir “I’ll Be There: My Life with the Four Tops”. Along with his co-author Kathleen McGhee, he will present his story at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Detroit Public Library. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a signing session.

The Four Tops played for 44 years with no change in singers, featuring the vocals of Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Peyton. Fakir said the original group bond was a story he felt needed to be shared with the world, as the original four had previously discussed writing a book together.

“When the Four Tops were alive, we always said that the four of us were going to sit down and write a book together about our lives and how we started,” Fakir said. “It’s just a wonderful love story about four guys who were born pretty much in the ghetto and became beloved gentlemen of the world. Because once we started singing, our whole vision of life has changed. We just started looking at the beauty of life and traveling and being able to sing for the world and make people happy.

Fakir enjoyed reminiscing about details from his past while working through the writing process with McGhee.

“The writing process was very easy,” Fakir said. “We would sit at the pool for about four days and talk all day…I just relived the wonderful experiences of my life from the very beginning. She enjoyed writing it and we just had fun.

Duke Fakir and Kathleen McGhee write together.

Fakir hopes readers will understand the importance of teamwork and working towards a common goal of love from his story.

“They (readers) should learn how four guys from the ghetto, because of the music, had sex,” Fakir said. “We loved each other, we loved to sing with each other, we loved making music, we loved to entertain people and we realized that we could make people happy… If you have a common goal, which is the love, four people can work together and do whatever it takes to achieve this goal.

As a Motown singer who has spent his entire life in Detroit, Fakir said the city influenced his career.

“When Motown moved, we decided to stay in Detroit, and that’s where we’ve been,” Fakir said. “I’m still here…I’ve always loved Detroit…I don’t think negatively about it, what if we hadn’t stayed in Detroit. I know what happened because we were in Detroit, we kept our unit and it paid off for years and years and years enjoying exactly what we did.

In addition to the memoirs, Fakir and McGhee collaborated with producers Paul Lambert and Michael Swanson, senior vice president of NBC and Universal Television Production to create the musical “I’ll Be There.” The show is set to premiere in Detroit in the spring of 2023 before heading to London.

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“I’ll Be There: My Life with the Four Peaks”

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Editorial Director, Vintage – Harvill Secker (7 months FTC) – London


We are looking for an enterprising, organized and strategic Editorial Director to join Vintage’s Harvill Secker imprint on a 7 month contract while a member of our team is on parental leave.

Harvill Secker is Vintage’s vibrant international imprint. We creatively and ambitiously publish crime bestsellers, from crossover fiction and thriller to award-winning literary fiction and non-fiction. Our writers include Jo Nesbo, Susan Stokes-Chapman, Haruki Murakami, Denise Mina, Erin Morgenstern, Elaine Feeney, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Abir Mukherjee, Tommy Orange and Kirsty Logan.

We are looking for a skilled, business-minded editor to work on our Crime, Thriller and General Fiction titles.

You will need a proven ability to effectively prioritize work in a fast-paced environment and see projects through from conception to completion. You will be a broad and curious reader and have an in-depth understanding of the publishing landscape. You will be highly efficient, proactive, with attention to detail, excellent time management skills and an ability to stay calm and meet deadlines when under pressure.

Strong communication skills are essential, as you will be a key point of contact for our authors and their agents as well as colleagues at Penguin Random House.

We are looking for someone to start in late September 2022. We are currently working in a hybrid mix of both office and home time and are happy to discuss flexible work options at the interview stage. This role will be based in our new Embassy Gardens office in Nine Elms.

Please apply with CV and cover letter before Thursday, June 30th midnight.

What you can expect from us:

Salary: £42,389 – £56,519 depending on how your skills and experience align with the role, plus bonuses and benefits.

Our employees are at the heart of our business. We have a range of benefits to reflect our commitment to our employees, some of which are:

• 27 days of paid vacation in the first year (plus public holidays), increasing by one day per year up to 30 days
• Medical cover
• Life insurance
• Cycle to Work program
• Discounted gym membership
• Generous pension plan
• Summer working hours (depending on role)
• Volunteer policy and charitable twinning
• Employee Assistance Program
• Mentoring program
• Extended and gender-neutral parental leave
• Access to books and eBooks through Penguin Random House UK
• Each site has first aiders trained in mental health
• We plant a tree for each new employee of our company

Our creativity is inspired by different perspectives, so we want our culture to be one of belonging, where everyone feels welcome and differences are celebrated.

As a Disability Confident Committed organization, we are involved in providing an interview program. This is where candidates with disabilities who meet the essential criteria for the position can register to access the next stage of recruitment. There may be situations where the volume of applicants means that we cannot interview all eligible applicants.

We want to ensure that candidates with disabilities can perform at their best at every stage of the recruitment journey. If you need any adjustments during the application process, we encourage you to contact us at http://[email protected]

Remember, you only have to share what you are comfortable with so we can support your fit request. Read more about our approach here: www.penguinrandomhousecareers.co.uk/applying-for-roles-with-a-disability

We work in partnership with The Book Trade Charity, which provides financial assistance to people wishing to enter the publishing industry. you can find more information and talk directly here: http://booktradeentrysupport.org/

Please note that we are unable to accept agency CVs for this position. Any resume submitted speculatively will not be eligible for a fee.

Hmmm, Latitude pulls away from the sale

“The terminated agreement has hindered HCF’s progress, but has also produced positive results. I ask shareholders for their patience and I am confident that this company has a bright future,” he said.

A day before the sale was scrapped, Humm’s board said in an ASX update that its consumer finance arm’s after-tax net profit was down 60% from to the corresponding period, describing the business environment as very challenging due to intense competition, rising interest rates and weakening consumer confidence.

“Without the improved scale, which the Latitude transaction will bring, the outlook for HCF will be even more difficult,” the board said.

But on Friday morning, as they announced the termination of the sale, Humm’s board said the consumer finance arm was a “high-quality business” and signaled plans to review its management to restore profitability.

“Board and management remain enthusiastic about the prospects of flexicommercial. Humm remains in a heavily capitalized position with unrestricted excess cash and no drawn corporate debt,” the board said.

Andrew Abercrombie, founder and largest shareholder of Humm, campaigned against the sale.Credit:Craig Sillitoe

Christian said the continued erosion in Latitude’s share price has impacted the economics of the deal.

“I guess what changed yesterday afternoon was just the strategic logic of the transaction, and the fact that we were then outside the scope of the independent appraiser, which meant that the directors didn’t had really had no choice but to withdraw from the transaction because the recommendation was still dependent on the opinion of the expert.

“Of course, we monitor investor support, but really as directors, for us, we represent all of the shareholders. And so, based on that, we were really focused on what was in the best interests of all of our shareholders.

Ron Shamgar, head of Australian equities at Tamim Asset Management, represented the voting intention of about 2% of Humm’s share register. He said Humm’s board may have seen that the proxy votes were likely in favor of Abercrombie.

“Latitude couldn’t get out of this deal, they could only get out if it was rejected or if the Humm board mutually agreed to terminate it. Humm’s board therefore went against its Thursday morning recommendation in assessing the current proxy voting intention.


Going forward, Shamgar said the commercial side of the Humm was very profitable, but the consumer side needed to be restructured so that it could return to profitability, which should include exiting the international BNPL space. The recent turmoil could also see some directors leave the company, he said.

“For me, shareholders have shown their support for Abercrombie and if Abercrombie can’t work with the current board, then that needs to be changed. Otherwise, you don’t want a dysfunctional board. I think that we’ll find out over the next few months what’s going on there.

On Friday, Latitude thanked Humm and its board for considering HCF’s takeover bid.

“BPL represents less than 1% of Latitude’s revenues and receivables. Latitude Group is experiencing good organic volume growth, is profitable and well capitalized to seize a number of upcoming opportunities,” the company said.

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HID Global eBook makes the case for facial recognition in retail


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Chinese banks scramble to raise capital and respond to calls to support the economy

People walk past the booth of China Construction Bank at the 2021 China International Trade in Services Fair (CIFTIS) in Beijing, China September 3, 2021. REUTERS/Florence Lo

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SHANGHAI, June 15 (Reuters) – China Construction Bank Corp (CCB) (601939.SS) began selling 60 billion yuan ($8.9 billion) of bonds on Wednesday, joining peers as they rush to rebuild their capital in response to stricter regulations and government calls. to support an economy affected by the virus.

The Chinese government has asked banks to help stabilize the world’s second-largest economy by lending to small businesses and sectors that have felt the brunt of COVID-19 containment measures in some of the country’s biggest cities in recent months. . Read more

From January to May, subordinated bonds sold by local banks, including Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) (601398.SS) and Bank of China Ltd (BOC) (601988.SS) totaled nearly 400 billion yuan, a 42% jump from the same period a year earlier, data from credit rating firm Fitch Bohua showed.

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The debt frenzy comes as monetary easing in China pushes interest rates down and raising capital via equity sales is unlikely, with most banks trading well below book value .

The CCB will use proceeds from the sale of bonds through China’s interbank market this week to supplement its so-called Tier 2 capital. The lender will sell an additional 60 billion yuan of such bonds by the end of 2023, according to reports. exchange documents.

Separately, CCB also plans to sell up to 100 billion yuan of perpetual bonds in China to replenish capital, and up to $3 billion of additional debt in overseas markets.

The surge in bond issuance signals that “commercial banks are preparing and working to stabilize capital adequacy,” said Li Peng, associate director of banks at Fitch Bohua, who expects loans increase in the second half of 2022.

For big banks, raising capital also comes as they face tougher capital rules to absorb losses and avoid financial instability.

China has asked its four largest state lenders – ICBC, CCB, BOC and Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (601288.SS) – to meet specific total loss-absorbing capacity (TLAC) targets from from 2025. read more

The “big four” will face a capital shortfall of at least 3.5 trillion yuan over the next few years, French bank Natixis has estimated.

Small banks, many of which have limited access to capital markets or even depositors, face even tougher capital challenges at a time when the economy has slowed, threatening asset quality.

Concerns about profitability have pushed bank stocks to about half their book value on average.

The capital ratios of Chinese banks are above regulatory limits, but they are suffering from insufficient capital generation, as well as “the government’s incentive to ask banks to give up part of their profits” with cheaper loans to help stimulate economic activity, said economist Gary Ng at Natixis in Hong Kong.

“As a result, Chinese banks will only increasingly need to raise capital externally.”

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Letter to the editor: Spring book sale a big success – Albert Lea Tribune


Thank you to everyone who made the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale a great success. We raised $1,626 through the sale of books and subscriptions. Proceeds, along with donations and sales from Fountain Lake Bookstore, support additional adult and children’s programs and supplies at the Albert Lea Public Library.

Special thanks to Freeborn County’s Janelle VanEngelburg, her Sentence-To-Serve team and the many Friends volunteers for their work on behalf of this event. A thank you to Ken Bertelson, who continues to provide delicious homemade treats to volunteers. Also, thanks to the engineering department of Albert Lea for providing the garage. The posters and bookmarks were made by Trish Whelan, library staff member, and we thank her. Many thanks to Marilyn Rahn, Book Sale Chair, who did a great job. We are grateful for the continued generous donations of books in good, clean condition from area residents, which can be placed in the blue bin at the bottom of the City Hall stairs.

Now in its 15th year, the Fountain Lake Bookstore is open year-round on the lower level of City Hall and is staffed by volunteers Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. When there are no staff, books can be purchased using the payment box near the office. .

We hope to see you at our 2022 fall sale.

Cindy Gandrud

Library Friends

Booktenders bookstore opens on Route 1 in York, Maine


YORK, Maine – “A town isn’t a town without a bookstore,” author Neil Gaiman once said, and Michelle Clarke said she took that quote to heart.

“York doesn’t have a bookstore,” Clarke said. “We really wanted to fill that gap.”

The Booktenders opened in May at 463 U.S. Route 1. Clarke, who owns the store with her husband, Rick, previously worked in publishing and raised her children in York for the past nine years. She said that in a highly digital age, she thinks there are still plenty of residents who appreciate a physical book.

“There’s something about having a book in your hands,” Clarke said. “We can provide a connection that you can’t get if you’re shopping online.”

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The Booktenders is a general bookstore that also offers fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult books, cooking and other categories. She said they’ve also received donations of “previously loved books,” although most of the books are new. The store will be open six days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Clarke said she knew as a young girl that she would one day open her own bookstore. She said that when she was 10, she fell in love with reading and sharing books with other people. As an adult, she is still the same.

“I think books are kind of magical,” Clarke said. “I can spend hours in a bookstore or a library.”

Michelle Clarke opens The Booktenders, York's only bookshop, on Monday June 13, 2022.

Clarke then worked in publishing for 20 years, focusing specifically on education and healthcare. She met her husband, originally from York, while living in Philadelphia where they stayed for several years. They moved to York nine years ago to be closer to Rick’s family, as well as because they loved the local school system.

Clarke said the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown caused her family to reconsider their future plans and seek a new path. It was around this time, Clarke said, that they noticed a space had opened up on Route 1 – a free-standing building that was once a consignment store. Clarke said they decided the timing was perfect and signed the lease earlier this year to start selling books.

An exhibition of banned books is available at Booktenders in York on Monday June 13, 2022.

“(The pandemic) has helped us re-evaluate our priorities,” Clarke said. “Kindly made us think about some of our long-term dreams.”

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Bookstores experienced a decline in the new millennium. An article published last year by the US Census Bureau reported that there were 12,151 bookstores in the country in 1998, then only 6,045 in 2019. Their overall sales also fell by $16.8 billion in 2007. to $10 billion in 2017.

Owner Michelle Clarke and her husband, Rick, are thrilled to open The Booktenders, as seen on Monday, June 13, 2022.

Clarke said she was still optimistic that The Booktenders could become a mainstay in York, in part because of the resources available to new store owners like her through the American Booksellers Association.

She hopes The Booktenders can also become a new gathering place for locals who would normally have to travel all the way to Portsmouth to find a new book. She’s convinced there are enough people like her in York who still appreciate a local bookstore.

“There’s something really cool about walking into a bookstore and holding books,” Clarke said, “Discovering books you didn’t know you could read.”

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I’ve always been on the sidelines of chasing the winners until a company’s valuation gets too stretched or the rationale for the initial investment changes.

A case in point is BP Marsh & Partners (BPM: 299p), a publicly traded insurance industry investment firm that has produced a total return of 275% (including dividends of 30.78p) since I first suggested d buy the shares, at 88p (Buying hyper value small caps”, January 22, 2012). Over the past decade, the company’s net asset value (NAV) per share has increased by 179%, from 166p to 462.7p. In the 12 months to 31 January 2022, net asset value increased by 11% to £166.6m, supported by a gain of 14.7 per gain on the portfolio of £149.3m of BP Marsh made up of 13 equity investments and net gains of £2.9m on three disposals which made £9.9. min.

Since the end of the financial year, BP Marsh has doubled its net cash to £17.4m (48p per share) by exiting Spanish insurance brokerage consolidator Summa Insurance Brokerage. The strong cash position will primarily be recycled to provide existing recipient companies with additional capital to make strategic acquisitions, chief executive Alice Foulk said. It’s a sensible strategy and one that should help deliver further double-digit increases in BP Marsh’s net asset value per share.

BP Marsh is strong for 2022 and beyond

  • Annual profit before tax up 42% to £19.4m
  • Net cash has doubled to £17.4m since the year-end in January
  • Cash to recycle to support targeted acquisitions by existing recipient companies
  • Proposed dividend rose 13.9% to 2.78p

BP Marsh’s consistent valuation creation reflects its ability to support early-stage insurance-focused investments, provide ongoing capital when needed, and ultimately realize gains on exit.

For example, BP Marsh’s £1.5m stake in AG Guard was increased to £3.5m after the Australian underwriting agency entered into a new strategic partnership with Elders Insurance, a subsidiary of QBE Insurance Group, one of Australia’s largest general insurers. . Elders is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of goods and services to the agricultural industry, ranging from wool, grain and livestock trading to financing, banking, real estate and insurance.

Under the agreement, Ag Guard provides a specialist crop underwriting system and claims management service to the Elders branch network across Australia with insurance capability provided by QBE Insurance. The partnership has increased AG Guard’s gross written premium from A$7m to $40m (£22.9m) over the past 12 months, justifying the increase in valuation. It also means that BP Marsh’s 41% stake in Ag Guard has produced an internal rate of return of 53% since its investment in July 2019.

Another good example is Stewart Specialty Risk Underwriting, a Canada-based Managing General Agent (MGA) that provides insurance solutions to clients in the construction, manufacturing, land energy and transportation sectors. Founded by Chief Executive Stephen Stewart as a start-up in 2017, gross written premium is expected to reach C$70 million this year, up from C$50 million in 2021. Margins are also up and Stewart has the habit of “under-promising and over-delivering”, says Foulk, so expect exceptional growth in last year’s cash profit of C$4.5m (£2.9m). It’s not in the price.

Indeed, although BP Marsh’s 30% stake in Stewart Risk was increased by 43% to £8.1m in the latest accounts, this only implies a valuation of £27m for the entity. Stewart Risk is one of the beneficiary companies to which BP Marsh is seeking to provide acquisition capital, so it is possible that the company’s activity will accentuate future returns.

BP Marsh’s largest investment, a stake in Nexus Underwriting (since renamed Kentro), an independent specialist MGA that has grown through organic growth and acquisitions, appears ripe for involvement in some form of underwriting business. mergers and acquisitions over the next 12 months, too. The stake represented £5.4m (17.7pa share) of the £16.2m unrealized gains realized on BP Marsh’s equity investment portfolio in the 2022 accounts, placing a value of £51.5m on its fully diluted 19.05% stake, a reading through valuation of 15 times cash earnings.

So with the portfolio performing well and several owned companies valued at a single-digit earnings multiple – fast-growing Lloyd’s retail and wholesale insurance broker CBC presents itself as a candidate for further significant hikes. valuation – so I expect BP Marsh’s net asset value per share to easily break through the 500p level by next January.

Trading on an unwarranted 35% discount on share price to net asset value, I’m sticking to the 375p target I set at the start of the year (‘Exploiting a Small Cap Value Play”, January 17, 2022). To buy.

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  • Net asset value per share rises 4% to 216p in 12 months to 31 March 2022
  • Maintaining annual dividend of 4 pence per share fully covered by adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of 4 pence
  • Higher reported EPS of 13.3p reflects £5.9m of portfolio gains

Trust Alpha Real (ARTL:143p), a company that invests in high-yielding real estate and asset-backed debt and equity investments, achieved a record net asset value per share of 216p in the 12 months to March 31, 2022.

The gains mainly reflect a windfall from a legacy investment in the Galaxia Project, an 11.2-acre development in an established suburb of Delhi, India, which was held in the accounts at zero cost. Following the sale of the asset in April, £5.9m was paid to Alpha to increase the net funds of £54.3m reported at year end.

Some of the cash is being used to grow Alpha’s £36.4m portfolio of 20 secured and mezzanine home loans, which have generated weighted average annual returns of 7.7 and 17.5%, respectively , over the 12-month reference period. Although Alpha recorded £2.6m in credit losses after two developers went into receivership, this is a rare occurrence as credit quality has been exemplary to date. Since the end of the financial year, Alpha has grown the loan portfolio from £7.4m to £43.7m (71p per share), the high risk-adjusted returns justify the investment.

Alpha also made four new investments in high yield listed equity funds, including GCP Infrastructure Investments, GCP Asset Backed Income Fundand Sequoia Economic Income Fund. The publicly traded equity portfolio is worth £11 million (18 pence per share) and generates a dividend yield of 5.9%.

The balance of Alpha’s portfolio is invested in three properties: a 30% stake worth £17.1m (27.7pa share) in the H2O shopping center in Madrid; £7.8 million (12.5 pa shares) in an inflation-linked freehold industrial facility near Hamburg, Germany, leased to industrial waste management group Veolia which produces a yield of 6 .3% on equity; and a 47-room Travelodge in Lowestoft which was acquired last week for £3.1m (5p per share) with a yield of 6.2%. The lease at the budget hotel chain has 18 years remaining and is subject to inflation-related adjustments.

Remove Alpha’s £11m (18p per share) listed equity portfolio and proforma net cash of £49.7m (80.5p per share) from its share price of 143p and effectively the mortgage portfolio, properties in Madrid, Hamburg and Lowestoft are in price by 44.5p, or 61% below their combined valuation of 116p.

For a company that has increased its net asset value per share by 75% since I launched the hedge (‘High Yield Real Estate Game’, February 10, 2016), has generated divestment capital gains through attractively priced takeover bids and has a progressive dividend policy, the 34% share price discount to value accounting is unjustified. Alpha also offers inflation protection through indexed income and capital gains opportunities. To buy.

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Summer Edward teaches children the wonders of the leaf in a new book



Summer Edward shares traditional Caribbean healing practices in the Leaf Wonder of the World. –

The wonder of the world plant is a staple in many Caribbean gardens due to its healing properties, and writer and children’s book publisher Summer Edward has capitalized on its popularity in her quest to achieve one of her educational goals.

“The mission I have had since I left doctoral school is to promote Caribbean children’s literature. I think it’s so underrepresented and my mission is to one day get to a point where Caribbean books become normal reading for Caribbean children. Books that affirm us!

“I want teachers and parents to start becoming advocates for this. We are the buying public and we are the ones who decide what is important,” Edward told WMN in a phone interview from his home in the United States.

Edward, a long-listed author for the Ginkgo Prize – the world’s largest ecopoetry prize – recently published The Wonder of the World Leaf, the story of Wygenia, a little girl from Trinidad who uses bush medicine to help heal his grandmother when she falls ill.

The book is beautifully illustrated by TT-born American artist Sayada Ramdial with colorful images that reflect the look and culture of TT people.

Summer Edward is a Ginkgo Prize long-listed author. –

Edward has also included a glossary of TT words and terms, ideas and creating context for reading, and strategies for understanding and applying what is read.

The use of standard English and local Creole helps to highlight themes of community spirit, sickness and death, traditional healing practices and the power of nature.

“Wellness is one of my interests because as a kid I struggled a lot with chronic illnesses. Even in my twenties I didn’t know what was wrong and it was hard for me. me, my friends and my family… Now I’m a fitness junkie and I like walking, running, cycling, yoga, I go to the gym at least twice a week… I love everything related outdoors and nature.

Like many children in the Caribbean, Edward discovered the wonder of the leaf of the world and its medicinal properties in elementary school – having had the experience of placing the leaves between the pages of his notebooks and watching the roots sprout as if by magic without land or water.

“In the Caribbean, healing is traditionally a community affair and some of us have forgotten this approach. The book was written so that we can relearn it, and also to teach children traditional TT healing practices. Another reason is that Caribbean children of all races see themselves reflected in literature.

The 36-year-old is also the founder of Anansesem, an online magazine that covers Caribbean literature for young readers.

The platform continues the tradition of telling and reimagining the stories of Anansi in the Caribbean – stories brought to this region by enslaved Africans and passed down orally from generation to generation. She said she used a simple free blogging platform to start the website which has grown significantly since then.

First class by Summer Edward. –

The former college writing professor has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

She studied fiction at the Kelly Writers House on the University of Pennsylvania campus and received writing residencies from the US-based Highlights Foundation and the TT-based Cropper Foundation, which help writers perfect their art through intimate and inspiring workshops.

“In graduate school, children’s literature scholar Dr. Lawrence Sipe took me under his wing and was instrumental in getting me interested in children’s literature. I didn’t know it could be seen and studied in this way.

Edward was born and raised in TT and moved to the United States as a teenager after his parents separated. She stayed in Philadelphia for ten years, then began moving back and forth between her two homes.

“I’m someone who’s had a very hybrid life experience, having lived in the US and TT since I was young. It shaped who I am and how I see the world, a kind of dual perspective – seeing TT from the outside and seeing the United States for what it was.

But, she says, her perspective widened even further when she traveled to other places. I could see how identity is shaped based on where you are and who you spend time with.

The cover of The Wonder of the World Leaf by writer and children’s book publisher Summer Edward and illustrated by Sayada Ramdial. Photo courtesy Summer Edward

Although Wonder of the World Leaf, part of the Big Cat Caribbean series, is his first published book, Edward has written six other children’s books which are in the process of being published. They include Zarah and the Zemi, The Breadfruit Bonanza, Grannie’s Coal Pot, and First Class.

She has also contributed to several anthologies, both for young readers and for adults.

She said the first draft of Wonder of the World was written in one day and the journey to publishing took eight years. But it was worth it.

“The response has been great. It’s on the reading list for primary schools. Unfortunately it’s not yet sold in local bookstores due to currency exchange issues. Alternatively, it can be purchased direct from me , as well as Amazon, Barnes and Noble and all major online retailers… I expect it to be in Caribbean schools before the end of the year as well.

As an editor, Edward worked at the Heineman publishing house and recently edited books for the Fountas and Pinnell reading series.

“I was there (Fountas and Pinnell) for a few more years. I used to be an independent children’s book publisher working mostly with small presses…I’ve been burnt out by the pandemic and just need a break right now so I’m on vacation right now. I’m looking for a job while I relax,” she laughed.

Grandma’s Charcoal Pot by Summer Edward. –

Edward will be traveling to Greece in August, and when she returns to TT she hopes to resume her mission either in an editing or teaching position.

“I would like to teach Antillean literature for children at the university level, to start this course at UWI. I’ve already pitched and they’re interested, but they don’t have the funds yet.

For more information on The Wonder of the World Leaf and Anansesem, visit summeredward.com and anansesem.com

At the Kennedy Center, Herbie Hancock’s sleight of hand always surprises

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At the peak of his Friday night concert at the Kennedy Center, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock prepared the crowd for an unconventional performance. “It’s the start of a two and a half month tour that we’re starting right here. It means you are the guinea pigs,” he said. “We’re going to try some very weird and weird stuff, and drop the chips where they can.”

Well, that’s the essence of improvised music, isn’t it? But the whole thing wasn’t really that weird – not by Hancock standards, anyway. The lively and gripping performance leaned heavily on Hancock’s electronic jazz-funk experiments of the 1970s and 1980s. Maybe that wasn’t the thing for jazz purists, but again, purists buy tickets to a Hancock show knowing they’re taking a chance.

Herbie Hancock stretches and enjoys jams at the Kennedy Center

It started out weird yet, with a whirlwind of sci-fi synth effects that took minutes to yield. Then trumpeter Terence Blanchard came in, surprising us with a chorus effect that made his horn sound like two but otherwise firmly in character. He launched a medley that included elements of ‘Speak Like A Child’, ‘Butterfly’ and – in a truly unexpected moment led by guitarist Lionel Loueke – the 1983 pop hit ‘Rockit’, which the keyboardist rarely plays live . “It was fun ?” Hancock asked his conclusion.

The funky vibe continued with hard-hitting performances of “Actual Proof” and “Come Running to Me”, with Hancock donning a vocoder to sing the latter (in the spirit of the original 1977 recording). The former, however, was the one that best captured the musical spirit of the night. It became a long jam with aggressive beats from bassist James Genus and drummer Justin Tyson. Loueke led the charge, Blanchard curiously extending until late in the piece when he gently slipped away.

Hancock also applied that funky character to jazz standards like Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints,” which included a certified James Brown groove from Genus and Tyson, and his own “Cantaloupe Island” theme (which the band played quite simple, save for a special zing from Genus and a loose piano solo from Hancock.) Hancock has played both hundreds of times.

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Even so, performance didn’t really become a “classic” Herbie show until the leader strapped on his keytar. He’s one of the most well-known players in the guitar-synthesizer hybrid, and his single appearance brought a round of applause. Hancock played it briefly during one song in the evening’s set, but it was during the encore, “Chameleon,” that he really let go of the instrument. He first took center stage for a long solo, then turned around to take on Genus, Loueke and Blanchard. The duel with the guitarist is remarkable, the two exchanging first, then chaining themselves in downright avant-garde dissonances.

At 82, Hancock relies on an established set of tricks. But they retained their ability to surprise and delight.

Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE:HTH) Short Interest Up 293.0% in May

Hilltop Holdings Inc. (NYSE: HTH – Get a rating) was the target of a significant increase in short interest during the month of May. As of May 31, there was short interest totaling 11,870,000 shares, an increase of 293.0% from the May 15 total of 3,020,000 shares. Currently, 19.7% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 1,220,000 shares, the day-to-cover ratio is currently 9.7 days.

A number of large investors have recently changed their positions in HTH. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in Hilltop by 36.9% during the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 76,326 shares of the financial services provider worth $1,393,000 after buying an additional 20,554 shares last quarter. Hsbc Holdings PLC acquired a new stake in Hilltop during the third quarter worth approximately $340,000. Zacks Investment Management increased its holdings in Hilltop by 7.8% during the third quarter. Zacks Investment Management now owns 41,929 shares of the financial services provider worth $1,370,000 after buying 3,029 additional shares last quarter. Royal Bank of Canada increased its holdings in Hilltop by 20.4% during the third quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 11,087 shares of the financial services provider worth $362,000 after buying 1,877 more shares last quarter. Finally, Tudor Investment Corp Et Al purchased a new stake in Hilltop during the third quarter worth approximately $201,000. 63.52% of the shares are currently held by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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A number of stock analysts have recently commented on the company. TheStreet downgraded Hilltop from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a Friday, April 22 research note. StockNews.com upgraded Hilltop from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, June 1 research note.

Shares of NYSE HTH traded down $0.80 at midday Friday, hitting $28.12. 1,084,014 shares of the company were traded, with an average volume of 2,448,608. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $28.88 and its 200-day moving average price is 31.79 $. The company has a market capitalization of $2.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 8.22 and a beta of 1.09. Hilltop has a 12-month low of $25.07 and a 12-month high of $39.14.

Hilltop (NYSE:HTH- Get a rating) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 21. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.28 for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.51 per ($0.23). The company posted revenue of $316.42 million for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $376.49 million. Hilltop had a return on equity of 11.01% and a net margin of 16.15%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 39.5% year over year. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company posted earnings per share of $1.46. As a group, equity research analysts expect Hilltop to post 1.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, May 27. Investors of record on Friday, May 13 received a dividend of $0.15 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, May 12. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.60 and a yield of 2.13%. Hilltop’s payout ratio is 17.54%.

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Hilltop Holdings Inc provides corporate and personal banking, financial products and services. It operates through three segments: Banking, Broker-Dealer and Mortgage Origination. The Banking segment offers savings, checking, interest-bearing checking and money market accounts; certificates of deposit; lines and letters of credit, home improvement and equity loans, securities purchase and transportation loans, equipment loans and leases, agricultural and commercial real estate loans and other loans; and commercial and industrial loans, and term and construction financing.

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While the Buckmaster’s dogs may be tailless, their new bookstore is full of them.

Last Saturday, the highly anticipated Taleless Dog Booksellers held a grand opening for the community with author book signings and readings from Hasan Davis and Melissa Newman.

According to owners Clark and Susan Buckmaster, The Taleless Dog Booksellers vision has lasted for years.

“We talked about opening a bookstore for 25 years,” Clark Buckmaster said.

The husband and wife owned a small cafe in Louisville for many years and dreamed of selling books in addition to their cups of Joe.

“Next to our store was a vacant space, and we would just hang out in the cafe and dream of putting a hole in the wall and having a bookstore next to it,” Susan Buckmaster recalls. “We never had time to do that, until now.”

While the much-envisioned bookstore was never built in Louisville, The Taleless Dog Booksellers house is one with a lot of history.

Berea’s newest bookstore is located at 204 Estill Street behind the Berea College Log House Craft Gallery in the historic Sunshine Ballard Cottage.

The Buckmasters renovated the small space which now sports purple walls and shelves of new books and authors from popular, regional and local.

The Taleless Dog Booksellers also sells books for children and young adults.

“They’re new to us, but we quickly realized how much fun they are. They’re great children’s books.” Clark Buckmaster spoke about the store’s selection of books aimed at younger audiences. A particular owner favorite is Scott Rothman’s “Return of the Underwear Dragon”.

Opening a bookstore was a natural fit for Buckmasters, who are voracious readers.

“We love books, that’s how we spend our free time,” said Susan Buckmaster.

However, the couple admitted that their personal preferences when it comes to reading are very different.

“For me, I read fiction. I don’t read life. I live real life. I want to escape and take a trip and I don’t want to fly to do it. Plus I learn .I take all of these pointless facts… it’s learning, but not in the traditional sense. Susan is the exact opposite,” Clark Buckmaster explained.

Susan Buckmaster leans towards non-fiction.

“I’m not a fiction reader. I read to learn. Every book I read, I want to learn something. My books are dog-eared and I’ve highlighted in them and write in the margins. Clark thinks that’s sacrilege she laughed.

“Yes,” admitted her husband.

The Buckmasters said opening day was busy with people from across the region coming through the doors of the bookstore.

“People are really excited that we’re open,” Susan Buckmaster said. “We had people from Lexington, Louisville, Mt. Vernon, Richmond and even out of state today. We’ve been really busy.”

The couple said they hope their local bookstore will create a sense of community and center for those who love to read.

“There’s something about a small bookstore. You know the people who come in and they know you. Owners of small bookstores know their customers and if you see a book they might like or know a second book is on the point of coming out in the series, read to you, they can tell you about it. It’s important for usage to have that type of relationship with this city. A — Berea needs it; and B — it’s the right environment for it,” Clark Buckmaster said.

The Buckmasters also plan to highlight regional, Appalachian, and local authors in their store.

“They don’t usually have the big publishing houses behind them. We really want to be an outlet for local and regional authors; give them a forum and a dedicated space. They get lost in the big bookstores,” Clark said. Buckmaster.

On their grand opening day, the couple said they had around 1,300 books on the shelves – with plans to expand their collection – but not in overwhelming numbers.

“It’s so overwhelming for customers trying to find what they’re looking for among the jam-packed shelves of big bookstores. Here you can walk around and see everything quite easily. We’re going to continue on this path,” said said Clark Buckmaster.

Susan Buckmaster said there’s no need to overcrowd the shelves when the owner can easily order books for her customers.

“And we get them in pretty quickly. We can even have them delivered to their doorstep. We already have a list of books that people have asked us to order for them,” she explained.

In addition to books, The Taleless Dog Booksellers also offers branded coffee mugs and custom t-shirts for sale.

The couple said they plan to work with local artists over the next few months to design a line of limited-edition t-shirts that customers can collect.

The store’s current t-shirt features the couple’s many tailless dogs over the years, which also inspired their company’s name.

“We brainstormed for a few days. We wanted a word game and started trying to come up with different words related to reading books. Conte appeared and we looked down and all our dogs we noticed n “Had no tails. All the dogs we’ve had were dogs without tails. We love dogs and having a theme party here is fitting,” Susan Buckmaster explained.

The bookstore even has a special bowl in front of its door for thirsty canine customers – tailless and tailed.

“We don’t discriminate,” Clark Buckmaster said with a laugh. “All customers and dogs are welcome.”

Support for The Taleless Dog Booksellers has been overwhelming, the Buckmasters said. The couple received a card from the Carmichael Bookstore in Louisville and flowers from the Robies in recognition of their grand opening. Robie Books was Berea’s local bookstore until it closed for good in 2021.

“It means a lot to us,” Susan Buckmaster said of the support. “We’re so grateful to have the community embrace us. People are so excited to have a local bookstore again. We’ve heard a hundred times today, ‘Thank you for being here.'”

The Taleless Dog is currently open seven days a week.

More information about The Taleless Dog Booksellers can be found on their website at thetalelessdog.com and their Facebook page @thetalelessdog.

Review: A Factotum in the Book Trade mourns the bookstore’s endangered species

  • Title: A factotum in the book trade
  • Author: Marius Kociejowski
  • Gender: Story
  • Editor: Bibliography
  • Pages: 360

Over the past few decades, the book business has changed – and not for the better. Gone are the creaky old shops with their secrets and mysteries hidden behind old bookcases and dim lights. Alongside them comes the downfall of new local stores that have struggled to pay the property tax bill while curating a mix of offerings from the popular to the obscure. The loss of each heralds the passage from the bookstore as a craft to the bookstore as mass production and distribution.

Today, online warehouse stores find what you’re looking for and deliver it to you in a day or two for cheap, although the cost of savings is too high. Chain stores are available for those who want a mockery of the old ways with a latte, a few candles and a bar set. Many of us book lovers are part of the problem – we fall prey to the structures that punctuate contemporary life, even as we yearn for something different. The structures are to blame, not the individuals, we say. Of course, that means there’s no one to hold to account.

Reading by Marius Kociejowski A factotum in the book trade it’s like walking through a dying bookstore. A series of essays that are self-sufficient but form a coherent memory and defense of ancient bookstores, the reminiscences of a man who describes himself as a “marriage intermediary” between people and books are like a strange found at the back of the shop. It’s a volume you lazily pick up minutes before you’re supposed to step out for a date, lunch, or an approaching bus. And then, perhaps despite yourself and the house shelves full of unread tomes, you buy it.

The book is also a call to account and a settling of accounts by a brilliant, meandering writer who brings to life characters of his time in the book trade – most of whom have probably never heard of, many of whom should you happen to know. It is also a visit through a who’s who of the 20th century. Alongside obscure figures are famous names who have passed through its door in one way or another: Elton John, Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Bryan Ferry, Annie Lennox and a whole list of poets that you’ve probably been invited to read at one point or another. They come in and out, like visitors to an open house or, even better, shoppers. With the stories they bring, it feels like some bookstores have a life of their own, like they come alive after the lights go out, chatting, laughing, finishing the bottle of whiskey. You wish you could join them. Indeed, the last line of the book is an elegy for the loss of these shops and their stories: “One more bookstore gone, what dies with each one is a book of stories.

The charm of Kociejowski’s prose is that it is human, too human as Nietzsche would say. The pages are full of existential angst. There’s the author who wonders how many books he could read before he dies and who determines, as many of us have done, that there won’t be every one in his library. Tick, tock, tick, tick, tock. There are also moments of self-reflection that double up as social criticism, so accidentally: “I’m more hoarder than collector, more magpie than hawk,” he writes of his book collection. There’s a whiff of TS Eliot and measuring his life in teaspoons: About Buzzati The Tartar steppe he remembers an essay on his origins, imagined during a work filled with monotony and routine. “Commonness is perhaps the most terrifying of all human challenges,” concludes Kociejowski. Telling the story of an 18th-century manuscript, stolen and left outside in a sack in the rain, only to be found intact and legible thanks to “iron-based ink on handmade paper,” Kociejowski reflects “The quality is a passport to permanence.” Each of these reflections deserves a book in its own right.

During my undergraduate studies, I shopped at a bookstore adjacent to the University of Ottawa campus. Benjamin Books is still there. I remember the shopkeeper ringing in my textbooks – ancient philosophy, a cheap edition of Plato or Aristotle – while wearing a T-shirt that read “Adorno was right”. I had no idea what that meant, but I needed to know. Later I did. While reading Factotum triggers a similar response. So many names, dates, references and places to research and know; dozens and dozens of new avenues, ways, maybe even worlds, opening up and leading to who knows where. Meanwhile, time is running out. But you have to find out. What’s the point of living if you can’t go find things?

The memoir of an Ontario bookseller, poet, travel writer and essayist who found his way to England through several jobs, A factotum in the book trade is grumpy, obscure, charming, sometimes antiquarian in its assessment of contemporary social and political life, and illuminating. It reads like a second-hand bookstore smell. Maybe Kociejowski would hate that comparison, but for a lot of book collectors – or hoarders, hoarders, mavens, avid readers, or whatever – it’s high praise. Open this book and see where it takes you.

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Buoyant but unequal markets


The report by the European and International Federation of Booksellers shows growth trends of between 5 and 15%.

This is Kilkenny’s Irish Book Center on the High Street in a photo from April 20. Irish booksellers are among those participating in the European and International Federation of Booksellers’ new book sales report. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Shawn Williams

By Porter Anderson, Editor | @Porter_Anderson

A big focus for many on “digital presence”

VSAfter conducting its research in April, the Brussels-based European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) released its 2022 report on global book sales markets for 2021, “Exploring the Current Trends Shaping the Industry”.

The report is particularly interesting because since the beginning of 2020 and the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, of course, many booksellers have undertaken what the federation rightly calls “a complete reinvention of their business models, often having to integrate practices not associated with their traditional core business.

An example of this, of course, can be found in an independent bookstore in France which quickly built up its online presence to enable “click and collect” online sales in which the customer would buy a title from the store’s website and the would choose to the curb.

But even such an optimistic example may alert some. In their introduction, Fabian Paagman, CEO, and Jean-Luc Treutenaere, President of the Syndicate of cultural leisure distributors, write about the various subjects carefully followed by booksellers in so many regions of the world: “While we try to understand the current trends shaping the global bookstore industry, we must consider those gaining traction due to pandemic restrictions, such as declining store traffic, primarily digital audience groups, and addiction excessive to online sales channels, among others.

And the report opens with a warning. When aggregate figures are considered across all sales channels, “We find that the majority of markets analyzed have seen sales increase by 5% over the past year,” the report says, a figure that rises to 15% or more in a third of the years. markets examined. The difficulty is that the markets have not rebounded evenly, nor have they experienced the most restrictive spread mitigation efforts evenly and at the same times. Blockages were much more widespread and severe in some markets than in others.

At the heart of the concern, therefore: “Despite the overall growth of the market, physical sales in bookstores continue to lag behind digital sales channels in many countries. This was further exacerbated by nationwide lockdown measures in the first half of 2021.”

And at the same time – perhaps logically so ironically – it prompts the key overriding idea to be, it seems, to become more efficient, present and efficient in the digital space. At the same time, the report talks about the need to restore physical in-store occasions, “an event pipeline”, interrupted during the still ongoing pandemic, it also finds that digital advancements are a major concern and goal on many markets. be heard from here.

Image: European and International Booksellers Federation

Three axes of development

The federation indicates three areas of development in 2022, unsurprisingly with this digital focus in mind:

  • “Improving digital presence and optimizing online sales channels
  • “Review the supply chain, especially around paper and shipping logistics
  • “Prepare for limited customer purchasing power”

It is interesting to read these lines for more details on what the federation envisages with regard to these three areas of intervention, in particular because there is a rather sudden entry into the discussion on audiobooks and a “growth exponential” of streaming channels that appears:

“Overall, we have seen a significant increase in online sales,” the report states, with many booksellers developing their own online stores to compete with internet giants. Many national bookseller associations have identified physical presence, while enabling online sales, as a winning combination for bookstores to ensure their growth. “The online strategy has been identified as crucial to increasing sales in book markets around the world.

“In addition to the expansion of digital sales channels, streaming services have seen the greatest increase in market share over the past year. Even in countries where streaming services had little or no presence before the pandemic, book markets are now seeing exponential growth in audiobook streaming channels.

So here are some highlights of some of the analyzes that will be studied here by publishing professionals in many markets of the global industry. In many cases, points are issued directly by national bookseller associations and therefore located for comparative evaluation.

Image: European and International Booksellers Federation

Specific Highlights of Bookseller Associations
  • The closures weren’t necessary for booksellers to feel the pinch. From the Swedish Booksellers Association we read: “We never had a complete lockdown in Sweden, but people were asked to avoid shops and malls, which had a negative impact on sales of books during the pandemic. When the restrictions were lifted, customers returned.
  • Sales levels of children’s books continued to strengthen in some markets in 2021. From the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels in Germany: “Books for children and young adults continued to register strong increases during the pandemic: titles aimed at this young target group brought in 9% more sales last year than in 2019. Fiction (+4%) and non-fiction (+2%) also gained ground compared to sales levels. pre-pandemic. A large sales gap still exists for travel literature (-26 percent).”
  • This “increased digital presence”, as the federation describes it, is a feature of most if not all of the regions responding to this survey, with the Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers reporting that audiobooks are “beginning to be a small trend” there, and the New Zealand Booksellers Association report: “Our top priorities for the future include supporting the digital competitiveness of independents against international retailers and local chains, sourcing an alternative audiobook platform that is not owned by a global superpower and supports the independent sector, as well as improving the digital infrastructure for the association to secure revenue streams to support members.
  • More on digital, from the Dutch Association of Booksellers: “In the Netherlands, online sales channels increased by 20%, while physical bookstores saw a drop in sales of 7%. For the first time ever, in 2021, more books were sold through e-commerce channels than physical stores, with e-commerce gaining 6% market share year-on-year in 2021.”
  • And more on digital, from the Norwegian Booksellers Association: “Digital channels gained the most and physical ones lost the most. But solutions like click and collect included both digital and physical channels, and were very important during the pandemic.
  • And even more on digital, from the Latvian Association of Booksellers: “The winners were bookstores with improved online stores, with a wide assortment of online books and faster and wider delivery options for customers, and physical stores which, after the easing of the restriction measures, were ready to respond to their customers and offer a better quality service than before.

Although there are more entries to go through, there is also an interesting coda here, in relation to the climate crisis.

At the very end of the report, the federation writes: “To ensure the sustainability of the industry, professionals in the sector must be aware of a looming challenge: climate change. From acting as an educational space for customers to taking practical approaches to reducing their carbon footprint, booksellers have a role to play in advancing the climate agenda. »

This report, with its combination of high level and anecdotal, is interesting to read as a wide-angle snapshot of the challenges facing our international bookstores at a most unusual time in the history of the industry.

You can read the full 12-page report in PDF format here.

National bookseller associations from 18 countries responded with contributions for 2021, meaning the data for this report was collected from:

  • Australia
  • Denmark (Faroe Islands)
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Luxemburg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Portugal,
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Swiss

More information on bookstores and book sales here, more on the European and International Federation of Booksellers here, more on digital publishing here, and mthe ore on industry statistics is here.

To learn more about the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and its impact on international book publishing, click here.

About the Author

Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident member of Trends Research & Advisory, and was named International Business Journalist of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is editor of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook at The Bookseller in London. Anderson was a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for more than a decade. As an art critic (National Critics Institute), he has collaborated with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which is now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

As prices rise, high-end jewelers double down on purchases of new merchandise – JCK


Bypass rings and deco-inspired styles were among the top trends in Day 1 of Luxury

While the flight The cost of commodities such as groceries and gasoline dominates the national conversation, buyers at the Luxury show, which opened to guests Wednesday at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas, seemed to take the issue of inflation into the stride.

“No one is even talking about prices,” said Yehouda Saketkhou, owner and founder of Yael Designs (LUX412). JCK. “There is a very positive atmosphere. Retailers had a good year, they didn’t attend trade shows, they need to stock up on merchandise. »

“Consumers are spending on fine jewelry,” Saketkhou added.

As if to prove his point, he showed off a new range of art deco-inspired styles, including a pair of heatless yellow sapphire-set diamond earrings that retail for $78,026.

At Rahaminov (LUX622), a Los Angeles-based firm known for its impressive selection of large diamonds, no one broached the topic of price hikes, even though people tacitly acknowledged they should factor in the cost. replacement of goods in their purchases. strategies, said Melanie Goldfiner, director of business development for the company. “People understand,” she says.

She showcased a tray of two-stone bypass rings with fancy-shaped gemstones set in yellow gold, and said they were a hit with retailers. “We’ve been doing these for years, but we’ve seen an increase in interest, so we’re doing more,” Goldfiner said.

Rahaminov Pear Cut Diamond Bypass Ring
Bypass ring with 4.08 cts. two pear-shaped diamonds in 18k yellow gold; $88,000; Rahaminov (LUX622)

Elsewhere on the lounge floor, medallions on fashionable gold chains – featuring spiritual symbols such as celestial motifs and zodiac signs – were a clear trend, with Gabriel & Co., Dilamani and Doves (LUX823) all incorporating new styles into their collections. .

“Pendants and necklaces are on the move,” said William Dilamani, CEO of Dilamani (LUX505), highlighting his new line of 14k gold medallions, featuring zodiac symbols and mountain designs with diamond-capped peaks . “Layering pieces is all the rage – the more the better.”

Dominick Gabriel, co-owner of Gabriel & Co. (VER2504-05), whose Bujukan collection of 14k yellow gold jewelry is meant to be layered, said his design philosophy this year was to pay homage to bold gold styles. 1980s. .

“The 80s were a phenomenal time in art and music,” he said. “Ask any jewelers that existed back then and they’ll tell you it was a great time to sell jewelry.”

Pearl traders could say the same about today. At Tara Pearls (LUX901), where manager Sonny Sethi introduced a new collection of magnetic clasp bracelets and necklaces, aptly called Magnetic Embrace, high-quality and more expensive South Sea and Tahitian pearls were in request.

“All kinds of better products are selling,” he said, adding that he had high expectations for this year’s show. “People haven’t been to the market for a long time and they want to know what’s going on.”

The enduring appeal of gemstones and heart-shaped designs was a guideline at Lauren K (LUX601), whose selection of heart-shaped pendants – in malachite, opal, morganite, pink sapphire and aquamarine – has competed for buyers’ attention with its new range of Sprinkle rings (marked by bezels set with tiny slivers of diamonds and gemstones).

“It’s not quite no diamonds, but having just the pinch makes the piece feel a bit more modern,” said Leah Jover, General Manager of Lauren K. “The micro pavé look may have been played a little.”

Lauren K Orange Garnet Pink Sapphire Ring
Duo ring with 1.12 ct. pink sapphire and 2.15 ct. spessartite garnet in 18k yellow gold; $4,450; Lauren K (LUX601)

Lauren K’s founder and designer, longtime luxury exhibitor Lauren Kessler, also showcased a range of orange gemstone cocktail rings – “a new focus for us,” she said. “I’ve never really done orange before. Mixed with pink, it’s so fresh.

Equally new was Demantoid Garnet which Omi Privé (LUX702) used as both a center stone and accent gems for a new statement ring. The bright green garnet paired with the blue-green Paraiba tourmalines generated a lot of interest from day one, said Natalie Rodrigues, the brand’s marketing manager.

On the other side of the showroom, a bustling scene greeted retailers, many of whom seemed determined to refill merchandise that had been sold out over the past year of booming sales.

“They like to stock up a lot,” Dilamani said, referring to his retail customers. “We are at the lowest unemployment rate in years, everyone has a job and they are well paid. Prices are rising, but they are very comfortable to spend.

So comfortable, in fact, that in a central display case at the Tara Pearls booth, Sethi proudly displayed a $1 million museum-quality melo melo pearl from Vietnam. Weighing 183.22 carats and accompanied by an entire book dedicated to it by GIA, the rare orange pearl is not the stuff of an average business transaction. But if someone made Sethi an offer, would he sell her?

“For the right price!” he said.

High: Deco earrings with 11.05 cts. tw yellow sapphires and 2.5 cts. two diamonds in 18k yellow gold; $78,026; Yaël Designs (LUX412)

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Taseko Announces Annual General Meeting Voting Results

VANCOUVER, BC, June 92022 /PRNewswire/ – Taseko Mines Limited (TSX: TKO) (NYSE American: TGB) (“Taseko” or the “Company”) Announces Voting Results from Its 2022 Annual General Meeting Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition, the Company announces that Rita Maguire was elected to the board of directors.

Stuart McDonaldPresident and Chief Executive Officer of Taseko, said, “I am pleased to report that Rita Maguire joined our Board of Directors, having served as General Counsel for our Florence Copper project since 2014. His legal background with a focus on water resources and regulatory issues in Arizona makes her a very important addition to our Board of Directors as we move the Florence copper project towards commercial production. »

Ms. Maguire is a practicing lawyer at Phoenix, Arizona focusing his legal practice in the areas of water, environmental, mining and administrative law. Ms. Maguire represents clients in legal matters involving regulatory compliance and permits, water management and conservation, environmental litigation and land use planning. Ms. Maguire served as founding president and CEO of the Arizona Center for Public Policy, director of the Arizona Department of Water Resources, and deputy chief of staff to Governor Fife Symington. She began her career at Conoco-Phillips, working in the International Crude Oil Trading department at its headquarters in Houston, TX.

Ms. Maguire holds three degrees from Arizona State University: a Doctor of Laws obtained in 1988, a Master of Business Administration obtained in 1979 and a Bachelor of Science obtained in 1977. She received an AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and received the Michael J. Brophy Distinguished Service Award from the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Arizona. In 2001, Ms. Maguire was awarded the title of Outstanding Alumnus of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

A total of 149,948,862 common shares were voted on at the meeting, representing 52.4% of the votes attached to all common shares outstanding. Shareholders voted in favor of all items on the agenda prior to the meeting, including the approval of the shareholder rights plan, the advisory resolution on executive compensation (Say-on-Pay) and the election of all director nominees as follows:


% of upvotes

Anu Dhir


Robert A. Dickinson


Russell E. Hallbauer


Kenneth Pickering


Rita Maguire


Stuart McDonald


Peter C.Mitchell


Ronald W. Thiessen


Detailed voting results for the 2022 Annual General Meeting are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Stuart McDonald
President and CEO

No regulatory authority has approved or disapproved of the information contained in this press release.


This document contains “forward-looking statements” based on Taseko’s expectations, estimates and projections as of the dates such statements were made. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “outlook”, “anticipate”, “project”, “target”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect”, ” intend to”, “should” and similar expressions.

Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These include but are not limited to:

  • uncertainties about the future market price of copper and other metals that we produce or seek to produce;
  • changes in general economic conditions, financial markets, inflation and interest rates and in market demand and price for our input costs, such as diesel fuel, reagents, steel, concrete, electricity and other forms of energy, mining equipment, and fluctuations in currency exchange rates, particularly with respect to the value of the US dollar and the Canadian dollar, and the continued availability of capital and financing;
  • uncertainties resulting from the war of Ukraineand the accompanying international response, including the economic sanctions imposed against Russiawhich has disrupted the global economy, created increased volatility in commodity markets (including oil and gas prices) and disrupted international trade and financial markets, all of which have a continuing and uncertain effect on the global economy, supply chains, availability of materials and equipment and lead times for project development;
  • uncertainties regarding the continued impact of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), and the response of local, provincial, state, federal and international governments to the continued threat of COVID-19, on our operations (including our suppliers, customers , chain suppliers, employees and contractors) and economic conditions generally, including rising levels of inflation and in particular with respect to demand for copper and other metals that we produce;
  • the inherent risks associated with mining operations, including our current mining operations at Gibraltarand their potential impact on our ability to achieve our production estimates;
  • uncertainties about our ability to control our operating costs, including inflationary pressures Gibraltar without impacting our expected copper production;
  • the risk of inadequate insurance or inability to obtain insurance to cover material mining or operational risks;
  • uncertainties related to the feasibility study of the Florence copper project (the “Florence Copper Project” or “Florence Copper”) which provides estimates of planned or anticipated capital and operating costs, expenditures and economic returns of this mining project, including the impact of inflation on the estimated costs associated with the construction of the Florence copper project and our other development projects;
  • the risk that the results of our operations of the Florence Copper (“PTF”) Production Test Facility and ongoing engineering work, including discounted capital and operating costs, may adversely impact our estimates of the current economic outlook for business operations at Florence Copper;
  • uncertainties relating to the accuracy of our estimates of Mineral Reserves (as defined below), Mineral Resources (as defined below), production rates and production schedule, future production and future cash flows and total production and machining costs;
  • the risk that we may not be able to expand or replace reserves as our existing mineral reserves are mined;
  • the availability and uncertainties related to the development of additional financing and infrastructure necessary to advance our development projects, including with respect to our ability to obtain any remaining construction financing potentially necessary to continue commercial operations in Florence Copper;
  • our ability to comply with extensive government regulation to which our business is subject;
  • uncertainties relating to our ability to obtain the necessary titles, licenses and permits for our development projects and project delays due to third-party opposition, particularly with respect to Florence Copper which requires key regulatory permit from the US Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in order to transition to commercial operations;
  • our ability to deploy strategic capital and award key contracts to help protect the Florence Copper project execution plan, mitigate inflation risk and the potential impact of supply chain disruptions on our schedule of construction and ensure a smooth transition to construction once final permit is received from EPA;
  • uncertainties related to First Nation claims and consultation issues;
  • our reliance on rail transportation and port terminals to ship our copper concentrate production from Gibraltar;
  • uncertainties related to unexpected legal or regulatory proceedings;
  • changes to and effects of governmental laws, regulations and policies affecting our exploration and development activities and mining operations, as well as mine closure and bonding requirements;
  • our dependence solely on our 75% interest in Gibraltar (as defined below) for revenue and cash flow from operations;
  • our ability to collect payment from customers, extend existing concentrate purchase agreements or enter into new agreements;
  • environmental issues and liabilities associated with mining, including ore processing and storage;
  • labor strikes, work stoppages or other interruptions or difficulties in the employment of labor in the markets in which we operate our mine, industrial accidents, equipment failures or other events or occurrences, including the interference from third parties that interrupt the production of minerals at our mine;
  • environmental hazards and risks associated with climate change, including the potential for infrastructure damage and operational disruptions due to wildfires, floods, drought or other natural events near our operations;
  • the risks of litigation and the uncertainty inherent in litigation, including litigation to which Florence Copper may be subject;
  • our actual mine reclamation and closure costs may exceed our current estimates of such liabilities;
  • our ability to meet financial recovery guarantee requirements for the Gibraltar Florence mine and project;
  • the capital intensive nature of our business both to support current mining operations and to develop new projects, including Florence Copper;
  • our dependence on key management and operating personnel;
  • the competitive environment in which we operate;
  • the effects of forward sale instruments to hedge against fluctuations in copper prices, foreign exchange rates, interest rates or input costs such as fuel;
  • the risk of changes in the accounting policies and methods we use to report our financial condition, including uncertainties associated with critical accounting assumptions and estimates; and MD&A, quarterly reports and material change reports filed with and provided to securities regulators, and the risks which are discussed under “Risk Factors”.

For more information about Taseko, investors should see the company’s annual Form 40-F filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. www.sec.gov and home jurisdiction filings which are available at www.sedar.comincluding the “Risk Factors” included in our Annual Information Form.

SOURCE Taseko Mines Limited

New West Bookstore Features Haida Storyteller at Native Market


The New West Craft Indigenous Market features Indigenous art, goods, services and entertainment

A New West-based bookstore is delighted to feature Indigenous authors at this weekend’s Indigenous Market at Westminster Quay – and throughout the year.

New West Craft is partnering with Shop First Nations to host an Aboriginal Market on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It stands on the promenade of Westminster Quay, the traditional territories of the Qayqayt First Nation.

The New West Craft Indigenous Market will feature 25 vendors, as well as live performances.

“This market is an opportunity to celebrate Indigenous makers, artists and small business owners and provide a space to connect with the community,” said a notice from the New Westminster Arts Council, which hosts New West Craft. “The New West Craft Indigenous Market aims to support First Nations, Inuit and Métis artists and small businesses by encouraging consumers to invest in Indigenous-made art, goods and services. By introducing the community to local Indigenous artisans and entrepreneurs, the event hopes to foster a connection through food, arts and crafts and create opportunities for relationship building and learning.

Anne Uebbing, owner of Kinder Books in River Market, is excited about this weekend’s market and hopes it will attract many visitors to the market to support the Aboriginal community. She said she was chatting with Laura Grady from the arts council, when she mentioned she had an Indigenous Day storytelling event on her wish list for a long time.

“Laura replied that she too had something in mind to honor Indigenous Peoples Day. We merged our ideas and this market was born,” she said. “I’ve shared it with many agencies, such as Spirit of the Children and my connection to the Aboriginal community through my previous work with Noons Creek Hatchery in Port Moody.”

Kinder Books has arranged for Haida storyteller, Kung Jaadee, to perform Haida Raven Tales and Songs at 11:30 a.m. on the boardwalk. The show was made possible by a grant Uebbing received from New West Literacy and Family Services of Greater Vancouver.

Kinder Books offers Kung Jaadee’s books crow party and Raven’s Gifts, which will be available for purchase at a book stand being set up in the market. Kung Jaadee (moon woman) will also sign her two books during the event.

“Author Kung Jaadee is a longtime friend of Kinder Books. I love when she comes to visit me and shares her Haida wisdom with me. It grounds me and puts things into perspective for me. It’s about connection and respect,” Uebbing said. “I had first met her many years ago when she presented her Haida Raven tales and songs at an Art Starts event. Since then, I dreamed of organizing an event like this. And now the time has come.

Uebbing sees Kinder Books as a place that can help deepen understanding and knowledge about Indigenous stories.

Uebbing grew up in Germany, where her perspective on the experiences of Indigenous peoples was shaped by a German author who had never been to North America and wrote adventure novels. It was after moving to North America in 1999 and seeing an exhibit about the Native American Navajo tribe at the children’s museum where she worked in San Diego that Uebbing was inspired to learn more about the real-life experience of First Peoples in North America and to better understand the effects of colonization.

Book Club Picks for June 2022


Shake last year’s sand off your summer shoes, because we’ve got some titles you’ll want to dive into. This month, #ReadwithMC and Read with Jenna chose These impossible things by Salma El-Wardany as Book Club Pick of the Month. Two titles from Akwaeke Emezi and Oprah’s latest book club pick, which were written by (no kidding) a teenager, join this month’s list of sizzling reads. No matter what your summer plans are, with us you will always be Complete.

To submit titles for inclusion in this summary, Email us.

Barnes & Noble Book Club

The book: Half-blown rose by Leesa Cross-Smith (Grand Central)

Recommended for: Those who are going through a midlife crisis (or quarter-life crisis, or a life crisis in general) and are considering moving to another country to start a whole new life.

Our reviewer says: “A woman grapples with love and the emotional turmoil that comes with it in Cross-Smith’s latest feature.” Learn more here.

Black Men Read Now Book Club

The book: PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America by Claud Anderson (PowerNomics Corp.)

Recommended for: Those who are curious about the progress of the black community in a racist country and how to maximize the growth that has already been achieved.

BTS book club

The book: The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte)

Recommended for: Those who have seen the movie and want to read the original source material, and if you’re one of those people who says a lot “trust the universe”.

Our reviewer says: “Is it fate or chance that brings people together? That’s the question asked in this awe-inspiring, multi-layered tale of a one-day romance featuring Natasha, whose family faces deportation to Jamaica, and Daniel, a first-generation Korean American with a sensibility. of a poet. Learn more here.

Good Housekeeping Book Club

The book: You made a fool of death with your beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

Recommended for: Those who get hyped when the song Stacy’s mom plays, anyone who has lost a loved one and is reluctant to move on, and people who are invested in the classic soap opera trope “she’s dating the son and his father ?!

Our reviewer says: “Best-selling Emezi unpacks the ever-present weight of grief in this deeply moving love story.” Learn more here.

Good Morning America Book Club

The book: More than you’ll ever know by Katie Gutierrez (Morrow)

Recommended for: Those who are convinced they could be the ones to solve an age-old mystery (looking at all the true crime aficionados and Only murders in the building fans).

Our reviewer says: “In Gutierrez’s gripping debut, Cassie Bowman, a true crime addict living in Austin, uncovers a decades-old story about an international banker, Dolores “Lore” Rivera, who was married to two husbands, Fabian Rivera and Andres Russo , the former in Texas and the latter in Mexico. Learn more here.

Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow’s Book Club

The book: About by Devi S. Laskar (Marinier)

Recommended for: Those who feel like no matter what they do, the universe seems to have it all – and maybe it does, but why depend on the universe when you can depend on yourself- same ?

Our reviewer says: “Laskar delivers a harrowing story about a young Bengali American woman’s coming of age and the death of her best friend.” Learn more here.

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The book: Willa and Hesper by Amy Feltman (Grand Central)

Recommended for: When you find yourself thinking about all those failed past relationships and wishing wistfully that it had somehow worked out with that particular person.

Our reviewer says: “In this thoughtful and compelling debut by Feltman, two students in Columbia’s 2016 MFA program blossomed into a romance — and just as quickly out of it.” Learn more here.

The book: Sixth batch David Adjmi (HarperCollins)

Recommended for: Anyone who has felt like they don’t know who they are or how they fit into the world, so trying out different personas and personas depending on the situation has become both a way of survival and a way of life.

Our reviewer says: “A gay playwright grapples with his claustrophobic Jewish community as he tries to define himself in these raucous but flawed memoirs.” Learn more here.

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The book: These impossible things by Salma El-Wardany (Grand Central)

Recommended for: Muslim women who have found themselves dating (or want to date) outside of their religion and are looking for a like-minded support system despite familial and cultural objections.

Our reviewer says: “El-Wardany’s entertaining debut follows the romantic relationships of three Muslim women living in London in the early 2010s.” Learn more here.

Mocha Girls Book Club

The book: concrete cowboy by G. Neri (Candlewick)

Recommended for: Anyone who wanted to be a part of the wild Wild West growing up, but didn’t Actually live out west (some might even call you a city kid, but that’s up to you).

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The book: The death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Riverhead)

Recommended for: When you want a moving story and a good cry featuring a Nigerian family and the child they never really knew.

Our reviewer says: “Emezi returns to adult fiction with a fast-paced story that revolves around the mysterious death of a young Nigerian, Vivek Oji.” Learn more here.

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The book: Crawl by Leila Motley

Recommended for: Make sure the kids are okay, face to face, by reading a brilliant book from a teenager.

Our reviewer says: “This heartbreaking story is a powerful testament to the resilience of a black woman.” Learn more here.

Reese’s Book Club

The book: Counterfeit by Kristin Chen (William Morrow)

Recommended for: The fashion-savvy readers who find themselves scouring Instagram for #OOTD inspiration and the self-proclaimed experts who can spot a fake designer a mile away.

Our reviewer says: “Chen tells a clever story offering both sides of a story involving a complicated friendship and counterfeit handbags.” Learn more here.

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The book: The Librarian of Memory by Janelle Monae (Harper Voyager)

Recommended for: Fans of singer Janelle Monáe and those who could spend an entire evening discussing the nuances of a future technology-driven society.

Our reviewer says: “In this moving and triumphant collection, singer Monáe returns to the dystopian world of her concept album and short film Dirty Computer.” Learn more here.

Author Virginia Pope invites young readers to meet “Torro, the silly parrot”


Illustrated children’s book highlights the importance of love and sharing

NEW YORK, June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — In 2014, Virginia Pope first introduced readers to “Torro, the Silly Parrot” (published by AuthorHouse). This year, the author is launching a new press campaign for the book in hopes of reaching a wider audience.

The book tells a fun true story about a silly parrot named Torro and the fun loving relationship he shared with his precious mom for 40 years. Torro was rescued from a market in Cartagena, Colombia, and was subsequently brought to America. In a simple narrative and beautiful illustrations, the author details Torro’s adorable experiences in his new home. She also tells how Torro found joy in all the lessons he learned about life and love.

“I don’t think there are any other books about parrots living in New York Citysaid Pope. When asked what she wants readers to take away from the book, she replies, “A love of animals and how much love they can feel and give.

Visit https://www.authorhouse.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/496081-Torro-The-silly-parrot for a copy.

“Torro, the silly parrot”
By Virginia Pope
Soft cover | 8.5 x 11 inches | 24 pages | ISBN 9781496959881
E-book | 24 pages | ISBN 9781496959898
Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Virginia Pope is a talented model and actress with many credits to her name. Among them are numerous national television commercials, magazine covers, and a lifetime of fashion and commercial photo shoots. She is pictured here having fun with her beloved Toro, the silly parrot, playing with teddy bears. This is his first published book.

AuthorHouse, a self-publishing brand of Author Solutions, Inc., is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing and sales services for authors worldwide and offers the only suite of ‘industry Hollywood book to film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Based at Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrates over 23 years of serving authors. For more information or to publish a book, visit authorhouse.com or call 833-262-8899.

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In a new book “Strangely Dim,” Heather Anderson reveals how to discover God’s light when commitment to God doesn’t seem to work.


Kharis Publishing today announces the release of “Strangely Dim: Discovering God’s Light When Your Commitment to Him Leaves You in the Dark” (ISBN: 978-1637461280) by Heather Anderson.

CHICAGO, Ill. – When Heather Anderson’s husband, Josh, left his professional baseball career to obey Christ’s call, years of pain and brokenness followed. Not only did God require that Josh die to himself, but Heather also experienced an outpouring. Together, however, they learned that being separated from your dream does not mean you have separated from God. Through the pages of strangely dark you will be:

  • Take active steps to repair your relationship with God.
  • Restore your trust in God when He changes your circumstances.
  • Gain the confidence to speak with the Lord after being disappointed.
  • Overcome the urge to back down from your mission when your goal is unclear.
  • Discover satisfaction in your new phase of life.

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reveals the need to return to his first love. Personal experience of the Lord is how you get his light, for in him there is no darkness. Your pain will fade in the light of your commitment and the glory of God.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/embed/eBgQHey17BE

According Adam B. Dooley, senior pastor, Englewood Baptist Church, Jackson, Tennessee, and author of Hope When Life Unravels, “Because the light of God’s goodness is sometimes overshadowed by the dark realities of broken dreams and private anguish , Heather Anderson has written a deeply personal guide with the sole purpose of helping us find our way back in. She writes, not as a spectator from the stands, but as an active participant in the field of adversity. books will teach you even if the story of his family inspires you.Read this book to better prepare yourself for the darkest days of your life.

“Strangely Dark” is published by Kharis Publishing and is now available wherever books are sold, including Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1637461283/

Retailers and other agencies can order copies from Ingram Content Group or through the publisher (ISBN: 978-1637461280): https://kharispublishing.com/kp/product/strangely-dim/

Heather Anderson, a breast cancer survivor, lives in Eubank, Ky., with her husband Josh, a former Major League Baseball player, and their son and daughter. Heather is a writer and educator. After teaching for five years, she became a teaching assistant in elementary school. She is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and the University of the Cumberlands. She and her family enjoy living in the countryside and spending time with their two Goldendoodles.

About Kharis Publishing:

Kharis Publishing, an imprint of Kharis Media LLC, is a leading publisher of Christian and inspirational books based in Aurora, Metro Chicago, Illinois. Kharis’ dual mission is to give voice to underrepresented writers (including women and newbie authors) and to equip orphans in developing countries with literacy tools. That’s why, for every book sold, the publisher channels a portion of the proceeds towards providing books and computers to orphanages in developing countries, so that these children can learn to read, dream and grow. For a limited time, Kharis Publishing is accepting unsolicited requests for non-fiction (Christian, self-help, memoir, business, health and wellness) from qualified leaders, professionals, pastors and ministers.

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Time is running out for the CEO of Credit Suisse

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As always, pride comes before the fall. No sooner had the global head of investment banking at Credit Suisse Group AG boldly declared “We’re back” in an interview with Bloomberg News published on Tuesday than the next day his bosses issued their third warning about results this year.

New York-based chief rainmaker David Miller had spoken about his hiring plans and said the struggling bank was in the home stretch of its turnaround. That sounds like jarring noise alongside Wednesday’s news that the bank expects a loss in investment banking in the second quarter and that further job cuts are likely on the way.

This corporate malaise is entertaining for competitors and will fuel the habit of market nerds who have taken to calling Swiss bank Debit Suisse for its ability to keep losing money. But for the bank itself, the situation is serious and not improving. Over time, this will lend credence to questions about the strength of its balance sheet and its leadership.

Credit Suisse’s depressed financial performance in investment banking contrasts with the relatively positive outlook of its peers. Bloomberg Intelligence estimates that bond and currency industry-wide trading revenue is expected to grow about 6% from the second quarter of last year, while for equities it is expected to be flat. . Transaction and fundraising advisory fees, meanwhile, are expected to rise from the first quarter, although down about a third from the second quarter of last year.

Comments from senior bankers at rivals suggest these estimates are conservative, at least on the trading side. Executives said they like the kind of good market volatility that allows investors and companies to trade, while allowing banks to charge healthy spreads between bid and ask prices – and not get caught up in them. bad positions.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief operating officer Daniel Pinto told investors last month that its second-quarter earnings in the markets would be 15-20% higher than a year earlier – the estimate consensus used by BI is a 10% upside for the bond. commercial activity only. Deutsche Bank AG executives signaled that their strong performance in the first quarter continued into the second in bond trading. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. Chairman John Waldron spoke last week about clients trading healthy volumes.

Stock and bond trades and issuances aren’t quite as good: Comments range from “resilient” or “resilient” to Pinto’s prediction of a 45% decline in Q2 revenue year-on-year for JPMorgan.

For Credit Suisse, part of the problem is its business orientation: it has a large concentration in securitizations and commercial mortgages, which was weak in the first quarter and likely remains difficult now. The leveraged loan market has been a relative bright spot: the bank has played a role in recent big deals like Broadcom Inc.’s $61 billion deal for VMware Inc. But this kind of risky lending is risky in times of volatility and the market has slowed considerably this year.

The really serious problem for Credit Suisse is the uncertainty about where it is in its recovery and how long it will take. I’ve said before that it will take longer than many investors seem to expect given the stock price performance. Although the stock has fared significantly worse than Deutsche Bank so far this year, it still trades at a higher multiple of expected book value.

Uncertainty does not help with hiring or retention, which will degrade the quality of its staff. It also lends credence to speculation that the board is not completely happy with Thomas Gottstein as chief executive and that the bank is going to have to raise new equity.

It seems too early for a change of management or a capital increase. Credit Suisse’s capital adequacy ratio was just above its short-term target at the end of the first quarter at 13.8%, but below its longer-term target of 14%. But keep taking losses and that goal slips away. If Credit Suisse does not arrest its deterioration by the final months of this year, leadership and capital issues will become real.

More from Bloomberg Opinion:

• Crypto’s Amazon is out there. So is Pets.com: Jonathan Levin

• Jamie Dimon has a ‘winner takes all’ vision: Paul J. Davies

• Robinhood has lost millions of merry men Memestock: Lionel Laurent

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Editorial Board or of Bloomberg LP and its owners.

Paul J. Davies is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering banking and finance. Previously, he was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.

More stories like this are available at bloomberg.com/opinion

9 Stock Picks With Important Insider Trading Signals To Buy Now

Typically, when deciphering the best stock picks to consider, insider trading trades present attractive clues. This is probably all the more important when these transactions are buy orders. It is believed that executives can dispose of their holdings for a variety of reasons, including those unrelated to the underlying business. But buying shares? It can only mean that they have confidence in the future trajectory of the company.

In addition to this narrative, the market is currently suffering from a corrective cycle. As well, recession fears increase as inflation squeezes household budgets, driving down spending. In turn, this dynamic bodes ill for corporate earnings, likely leading to mass layoffs. So if executives acquire their own stocks in this austere environment, the stock implies that the underlying stock picks could be lucrative.

Still, it’s important not to get carried away with insider trading banking. On the one hand, tycoons have a lot of money to burn, which reduces the consequences of making a mistake. More importantly, even the best investing experts get their stock picks Wrong.

Ultimately, however, insider trading is an important clue to who has skin in the game.

Teleprinter Company Current price
AUGG Augusta Gold $1.63
CSPI CSP inc. $9.51
VOXX Voxx International $8.27
ASEPF Alpine Summit Energy Partners $6.45
VFC V.F. Corp. $49.97
PKO Opko Health $2.76
APLD Blockchain applied $3.79
SIX Six Flags Entertainment $29.25
APP Appian $49.51

Augusta Gold (AUGG)

An exploration and development company focused on mining projects based in Nevada, Augusta Gold (OTCMKTS:AUGG) recently benefited from an insider trade totaling $52,149 on May 30, 2022. Investor was unnamed, only listed by Barchart.com as an “American shareholder”. Still, despite the lack of detail, Augusta Gold’s uptrend is certainly understandable.

Throughout history, gold has represented a universal safe haven for its intrinsic value and its ability to withstand the debilitating effect of inflation. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the purchasing power of the dollar decreased by 11.3% between April 2020 and April 2022. Therefore, gold-related investments potentially offer protection against rising prices.

Nonetheless, let’s be honest with ourselves and recognize that OTC gold stocks are incredibly volatile. Therefore, it is one of the stock picks to approach with extreme caution.

CSP inc. (CSPI)

Specialist in the infrastructure and network solutions industry, CSP inc. (NASDAQ:CSPI) may not be a household name, but basically it’s gotten a shot at relevance thanks to its cybersecurity branch. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine threatening the modern world order, it has never been more important for businesses and government agencies to protect their digital profiles.

Here, Joseph R. Nerges, who appears to be a major investor, acquired 7,050 shares of CSPI for $8.51 on May 31. In total, the insider trade amounted to a hair’s breadth over $60,000. As with Augusta, CSP makes a lot of sense due to current events. Cyberattacks have become alarmingly frequent and their ability to damage key infrastructure keeps many agencies awake at night.

Still, it’s one of the riskiest stock picks, so be sure to exercise caution.

Voxx International (VOXX)

One of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of automotive products and consumer electronics, Voxx International (NASDAQ:VOXX) has more recently expanded into iris-based authentication solutions for the rapidly growing biometrics industry. With both commercial and personal activities on the rise sharply out of the spring doldrums of 2020, VOXX appears to be reasonable speculation among intriguing stock picks.

Indeed, Beat Kahli, who is listed as a director, acquired 10,000 shares of VOXX at a price of $8.36. In total, the insider trade amounts to $83,600. On the surface, acquisition is tied to the fundamental catalyst for returning to normal. Additionally, the demand for biometric security could increase if workers are called back to the office.

Yet the other side of the story is that Voxx is a micro-cap company. Therefore, you need to approach this one with caution.

Alpine Summit Energy Partners (ASEPF)

Alpine Summit Energy Partners (OTCMKTS:ASEPF) is a “U.S.-based energy developer and finance company focused on maximizing growth and return on equity through better access to the wellhead economy.” Its primary focus is the Giddings Field area in Texas. With hydrocarbon fuel prices skyrocketing due to a myriad of catalysts, it’s no surprise that Alpine Summit has performed well this year.

Adding to the intrigue, Craig William Perry, president and CEO of Alpine, purchased 17,000 shares of ASEPF at a price of $5.60. In total, the insider trade amounts to $95,200. Following the acquisition, Perry has 39,300 shares to his name. Interestingly, year-to-date, ASEPF is up 45%, making it one of the best stock picks in the energy sector.

While relevant, investors should be aware of the risks associated with OTC stocks.

VF Corp (VFC)

An interesting name to pop up among recent insider trades, V.F. Corp. (NYSE:VFC) does not naturally strike investors as one of the potentially profitable stock picks. A global apparel and footwear company, VF Corp offers brands such as Vans, Dickies and Jansport. Although its products are instantly recognizable and popular, consumer sentiment fell to multi-year lows. Now is not the time to open portfolios for discretionary purchases.

Yet W. Rodney McMullen, a member of the company’s board of directors, opened his portfolio to acquire 3,000 shares of VFC for $49.99. This insider trading transaction totaled a hair under $150,000 and took place on May 31. Additionally, McMullen now has 28,125 shares of VFC to his name, implying strong confidence.

This is not unreasonable, as consumers have shifted away from physical goods to experiences like travel and vacations.

Opko Health (OPK)

A medical testing and drug company focused on diagnostics and pharmaceuticals, Opko Health (NASDAQ:PKO) on paper seems like one of the relevant stock picks to consider. However, its specialization in addressing unmet patient needs may have hampered its revenue growth potential. Frankly, OPK is not doing well, with shares down 44% year-to-date.

Curiously, however, the crimson ink didn’t deter Dr. Phillip Frost, the company’s president and CEO. On May 31, Dr. Frost acquired 50,000 shares at a price of $3.02. In total, the insider trade amounts to $151,175. Following the acquisition, Dr. Frost owns nearly 229.3 million shares.

The medical testing and pharmaceutical industries are volatile; therefore, I hesitate to say whether OPK is one of the viable stock picks. However, it is at least encouraging that its leaders put their money where they say.

Applied Blockchain (APLD)

A high-risk, high-reward business if there ever was one, Blockchain applied (NASDAQ:APLD) is a builder and operator of next-generation data centers, providing significant computing power for blockchain-based infrastructure and cryptocurrency mining initiatives. While intriguing from a broader perspective, this year the underlying narrative of the APLD has struggled.

With cryptos implosing from last year’s highs, Applied Blockchain has also suffered. On a YTD basis, APLD has an 84% hemorrhage. Nonetheless, Chairman and CEO Wesley Cummins is seemingly holding out for life (HODL-ing), acquiring 170,383 shares for $4.42. In total, the insider trading transaction amounts to $753,144.

Additionally, Cummins now owns nearly 22 million shares. I am torn though, because even though cryptos have seen mainstream success, they could be heading for an extended period of correction. So proceed with caution.

Six Flags Entertainment (SIX)

Of the implied stock picks on this list based on the context of insider acquisitions, Six Flags Entertainment (NYSE:SIX) comes across as the boldest in my opinion. As you know, the Covid-19 pandemic has completely disrupted non-essential businesses, leaving traffic-sensitive businesses like Six Flags reeling. Even with the company reopening, many investors have a low opinion of SIX due to poor consumer sentiment.

For the record, SIX stock is down 33% YTD at the time of writing. However, Arik W. Ruchim, director of the theme park operator, is undeterred. Ruchim acquired 125,000 shares at a price of $29.63. In total, this insider trading transaction amounted to $3.7 million. Following the purchase, Ruchim owns nearly 9.5 million shares.

Given that consumers are shunning retail products for experiences, this could be a bet that plays out. However, don’t stay in the kitchen if you can’t stand the heat.

Appian (APPN)

Billed as a cloud computing and enterprise software company headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Appian (NASDAQ:APP) initially seems very relevant, specializing in the efficient and rapid creation of enterprise-level applications and workflows. So why is APPN down 25% year-to-date, making it one of the poor picks among insider trading-based stock picks?

This could boil down to poor projections for the economy, with Appian customers perhaps deciding to cut overhead. If so, tightening the belt would be doing the app developer a disservice. Yet one US shareholder was undeterred, buying 81,825 shares at a price of $47.50. In total, the insider trading acquisition amounted to nearly $3.9 million. In addition, the shareholder now owns 16.37 million shares.

For opposites, APPN might work. However, I’m concerned about the cost-cutting environment, so I’ll personally steer clear.

As of the date of publication, Josh Enomoto had no position (directly or indirectly) in the securities mentioned in this article. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, subject to InvestorPlace.com Publication guidelines.

A former senior business analyst for Sony Electronics, Josh Enomoto helped negotiate major contracts with Fortune Global 500 companies. Over the past several years, he has provided critical and unique insights to investment markets, as well as various other industries including law, construction management and healthcare.

Judges refuse to take on the case of a former campus bookseller | Ohio News


By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to enter into the battle of a fired college bookstore employee for his work, appearing to end the years-long saga of the ‘Ohio.

Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor signed the one-sentence entry dismissing Andre Brady’s appeal without elaboration.

Brady had turned to the High Court after a lower court ruled in February that he had no jurisdiction to consider major legal claims surrounding the elimination of his union job as sales manager at the bookshop from Youngstown State University.

Brady lost his 19-year-old job in 2016 as his employer and other public universities came under pressure from Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich to cut costs and pass the savings on to students. Brady has been fighting the layoff ever since.

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His attorney told the appeals court during oral argument in August that his client only wanted the opportunity to argue that Youngstown State lacked legitimate “economic reasons” when he closed his bookstore. The lack of verifiable economic reasons violated his union contract, Brady argued.

But the appeals courts and high courts have now ended their involvement for technical reasons, so Brady has never had a chance to make his point.

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DeFi, Web3 and the meta-metaverse


Decentralized finance (DeFi) is a blockchain-based method for performing financial transactions. Unlike a bank, which pays consumers interest for deposits, which it uses to make loans at a slightly higher rate, a DeFi transaction is mediated by a protocol, not an intermediary who collects additional fees for Services. DeFi removes the bank and instead executes transactions through a marketplace, theoretically saving money, speeding up the transaction, and adding security with a blockchain-based transaction.

The characteristics of the emerging technology are twofold: many lectures and confusion over language. The immersive computing folks continue to reject the XR catchall, instead emphasizing AR/VR. No one cares anymore, honestly. And there are far fewer conferences on augmented reality and virtual reality. They now concern Metaverse and Web3.

Current uses of web3 technology

web3 is an approach to decentralizing the Internet using peer-to-peer protocols to create a decentralized open network without gatekeepers like Apple, Amazon, Meta, and Google. The term was introduced by Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood in 2014 and popularized last year when major tech venture capital firms created multi-billion dollar funds for new Web3 projects.

A good example of the decentralizing power of web3 technologies is Otoy, a company you’ve probably never heard of as they work quietly in the background of the games and entertainment industry, helping to transform the work of artists, captured as code, in 60 frames per second of high resolution 2D or 3D images. This process is called “rendering”. Otoy adds an exclusive “secret sauce” of AI and machine learning to make the process faster and cheaper while eliminating the “noise” or errors that sometimes spoil the output. While you’re not using your computer at night, Otoy rents out your processing power. Producers pay for processing with render tokens (RNDR) which can be sold for cash on a crypto exchange and fluctuate in value based on demand.

Another notable web3 application is the Helium Wi-Fi network, which provides public Wi-Fi hotspots to customers who are paid to share their connection. These hotspots can reach 200 times farther than most Wi-Fi hotspots. Owners collect $HNT, a cryptocurrency that they can exchange for cash. Lime Scooters is a major user of the Helium wireless network.

The disruptive potential of Web3

We are already seeing web3 being used in the world of art and entertainment, which could be one of the biggest and most visible uses of NFTs or tokens, in the near future. The token gives users access to, and even financial interest in, the artwork, movie, or music. Studios and labels and distributors like Spotify and Netflix would be replaced by protocols that disintermediate them. The Bored Ape Yacht Club just raised $320 million through a virtual land sale to build a virtual world, Otherside, that doesn’t yet exist.

Finally, depending on the smart contract embedded in the blockchain record of the transaction, the owner may have to compensate the artist when the work is sold. Artists can now benefit if the value increases. Studios and labels could avoid Google and Amazon. Andreessen Horowitz just created another $4.5 billion web3 fund. It’s the fourth. They are doubling down on their crypto investments despite the market downturn in the spring of 2022.

Web3 and an open metaverse

For the better part of a decade, web3 had nothing to do with the 3D spatial internet, which is now called the metaverse. web3 and VR recently converged in Space Somniumwhich has its own cryptocurrency, CUBE and virtual land, just like Decentralized, whose currency is MANA. There are crypto games like Axie Infinity and the open-world game Sandbox, where users also buy “land” and own digital assets. We navigate these 3D worlds through our 2D interface, like a traditional video game like the Fortnite game metaverse.

Boson Protocol has created a retail system on Somnimum Space that they hope to expand to a wide range of metaverse retailers. That’s why luxury goods manufacturers are among the first to look for web3 solutions. Eliminate intermediaries in the physical world, work directly with the customer.

Many people advocate an open metaverse, replete with protocols to enable e-commerce, user-generated content, and an open marketplace for the cross-platform sale of digital goods and services. These types of disintermediation technologies are not good news for companies like Meta. Without our data, it will be much more difficult to monetize users. On the other hand, consumers derive many benefits from centralization. Google and Apple charge for services that can be provided more cheaply than others, but not as easily or even as well.

An alternative meaning to web3

Shel Israel and Robert Scoble in their influential 2016 book The Fourth Transformation, describe (1) PC (2) Internet (3) Mobile (4) Spatial. This is distinct from web3, which sees three phases of the Internet. Web1 was protocol-based (and a hassle to use) but open and decentralized. web2 (the current internet) is controlled by the centralized power of big tech companies like Amazon and Google, who make fortunes on our data, and user-generated content that we freely contribute. Web3 will be driven by the decentralization of protocols.

I was having lunch yesterday with a Microsoft executive who used “web3” so often in our conversation that I finally had to ask him what he meant. “To be perfectly honest,” he said. “I’m not sure. Everyone I talk to uses web3 instead of the word metaverse. The Metaverse is now owned by Meta. That’s why they chose that name. So true. Every time you say ‘metaverse’, you have to say Meta. Ironically, minutes before Facebook’s name change announcement, Zuckberg said his company was approaching its work in The Metaverse with “humbleness and openness,” not realizing he was doing the opposite by appropriating the word Meta a few minutes later.

In a May 2022 interview with Protocol, Janko Roettgers asked Zuckerberg if Meta’s brand “signals a desire to monopolize the metaverse.” Zuckerberg insisted that “in doing this and choosing this name, we were pretty clear about what we wanted the company to focus on.” Zuckerberg explained that Meta is not a monopoly because Fortnite and Nvidia are working on their own versions of the Metaverse.

The alternative meaning of web3 seems to have been born out of the visceral reaction of my contact at Microsoft. Six months after the name change, I find myself writing “Meta Metaverse” to distinguish it from other efforts. Web3 comes out of the language. For these reasons, the expression web3 can still subsume the word Metaverse.

Unlimited potential, unprecedented risk

Centralization exists for a reason. Apple, Google, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, have invested billions in centralizing platforms. Early online companies like AOL were the first to do this. I pay $2.99/month to Google and Apple respectively. I would pay more willingly. Also, incumbents aren’t going to sit idly by and do nothing. They have the resources and are now working on projects using this technology.

At the same time, it’s not hard to see how financial markets could be disrupted. There are trillions of dollars, even entire economies, at stake.

A market disruption of this magnitude would potentially create the next Google. These opportunities create powerful incentives for innovation. Web3 seems to be gaming-focused or have something to do with e-commerce, but it’s much more than that.

“There’s everything happening in what’s called web3. This is genius marketing, given that blockchain was in the tank and rising from an abyss a few years ago. Says Tony Parisi, a former Unity executive turned web3 consultant. “Yes, there is the usual marketing hype, but that’s because these massive and disruptive uses of blockchain are real. Great technology is being created right now. Crappy UX hinders mainstream adoption. Add to that all the theft and fraud. It’s hard to analyze everything. »

The very nature of cryptography is anonymity. It’s not the best thing for a market, because it removes liability. The creators of the Bored Apes tokens won’t be harmed if they take years to build a cheap, unattractive world you wouldn’t live in if the earth were free. Vietnam-based Web3 game Axie Infinity had to issue more digital currency to avoid a token crash following a $650 million crypto heist. Venture capitalists also got a share of their sales, generating income for investors much sooner than they would be entitled to in a regulated market. The perverse incentives and lack of transparency have made cryptocurrency one of the most volatile and risky bets an investor can make, but it won’t be that way forever. And it is based on web3 technology.

This is a chapter of my next book Dissect the Metaverse (Fall 22) from quintess.

Is this the summer when you will read James Joyce’s Ulysses? : Information Center


June 6, 2022

A copy of the first edition of James Joyce’s novel Ulysses. The work, initially serialized, was influential long before it was published as a novel in 1922, according to University of Rochester English professor James Longenbach. (Photo Getty Images / Phil Noble – WPA Pool)

Here are a few things to know about the literary masterpiece that has elated and bewildered its readers for 100 years.

In the century since its publication, James Joyce’s book Ulysses has been described as beautiful, overrated, experimental, pornographic, boring, and awesome.

“It’s also a great leveler,” says James Longenbach, Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester. He has taught books since the late 1980s in various undergraduate and graduate courses on literary modernism.

“I studied with A. Walton Litz, a great scholar of Joyce, and realized that if I did not teach UlyssesI was wasting that experience,” he says.

Based on ideas from Longenbach’s reading, teaching and writing years of Ulysseswe’ve highlighted some things you might not know about the 700+ page novel that consistently ranks among the most important and difficult works of English fiction.

What is Ulysses by James Joyce about? “Two things at once,” says Longenbach, one of which is language itself.

Published in 1922, the story traces a single day, June 16, 1904, in the lives of several characters in Dublin, Ireland. The main protagonists include “everybody” Leopold Bloom, Stephen Dedalus (a young man – Joyce’s literary alter ego – grappling with the death of his mother), and Leopold’s wife, Molly.

Most of the novel follows Bloom as he drives through town, endures an anti-Semitic tirade, crosses paths with Stephen, and ends his day in bed alongside Molly, whose famous monologue concludes the novel.

But a plot summary doesn’t do the job justice. Here is how Longenbach, in a 2013 article for The Yale Reviewsummed up Joyce’s most famous work:

Ulysses is two things at once. On the one hand, it’s a realistic novel, a relentless exploration of the inner and outer lives of three major characters and a host of minor characters. On the other hand, it is an elaborate verbal confection, an intricately designed work of art that draws attention to its linguistic surface, sometimes to the detriment of the very illusion of inner life it also creates.

There is no definitive edition of Joyce Ulysses. But there’s a reason the “Gabler Edition” can stand out from most.

Ulysses, which was originally serialized in the United States in The little magazine“had no publisher, no publisher that existed before the time of its publication, no typesetter who understood English”, writes Longenbach in The Yale Review.

The first edition was published in its entirety in 1922 by Sylvia Beach, an American-born champion of Joyce and her work, as part of her Paris bookstore business Shakespeare and Company. Since then, more than a dozen versions have been released, many of which claim to correct errors and unintended mistakes.

For his part, Longenbach has the students read the version edited by Hans Walter Gabler and published in 1984, which attempts to produce an accurate and complete version of the book. It’s no easy task, however, given that Joyce wrote almost a third of the work on the printed proofs, notes Longenbach.

In the pre-Gabler editions, for example, Stephen Dedalus receives a telegram which reads: “Dying mother, come home, father”, correcting the “nother” of the original manuscript to “mother”, assuming a fault of hitting. “The Gabler edition, however, says other, as Joyce originally did, leaving readers to ponder this “mistake,” says Longenbach. “Now, are there any errors in Gabler? Yes, but less.

Triptych of book covers for Ulysses by James Joyce.

Three examples of book covers for James Joyce Ulysses.

The book’s chapters, which Joyce called “episodes,” are based on The Odyssey by Homer – but using the epic poem to interpret the work is a mistake.

Odysseus is the Latinized version of the Greek name Ulysses, and the book’s eighteen episodes are loosely based on Homer’s epic poem. Odyssey. So that means Leopold Bloom is Odysseus, Stephen Dedalus is Telemachus, and Molly Bloom is Penelope, right?

Longenbach cautions readers against using the Homeric poem as the Rosetta Stone to decipher meaning. “In the critical history of Ulyssesattempts to find a key often only succeeded in turning Ulysses in a lock,” he says.

Instead, Longenbach invites readers to revel in the book’s panoply of literary and linguistic styles. These include the journalistic headlines interrupting the episode “Aeolus”; the flowery and romantic language of “Nausicaa”; the stage directions in “Circé”; and Molly Bloom’s famous, mostly unpunctuated final soliloquy. Even the realism that characterizes the first episodes is a consciously contrived artifice, as in any novel, but this reality is underscored by the explosion of styles that follows.

Although he is the target of anti-Semitism, the protagonist Leopold Bloom is not really Jewish.

In the episode “Cyclops”, Bloom is the target of an anti-Semitic tirade from a cartoonish Irishman called “the Citizen”. To this onslaught, Bloom responds: “Your God was Jewish. Christ was a Jew like me. He later admits that he was only pretending to be Jewish: “So without deviating in the least from the facts, I told him that his God, I mean Christ, was Jewish too and his whole family like me, although in reality I am not.”

It is important to remember that Ulysses begins to be truly influential long before its publication in 1922.”

In other words, Bloom isn’t really Jewish—he doesn’t consider himself Jewish either, despite his father being a Hungarian Jew (who converted to Protestantism before his son was born).

“You could fill a page with the evidence,” says Longenbach, who cites the fact that Bloom was baptized twice (once as a Catholic, once as a Protestant) and was not circumcised. . “The first time we see him, he’s cooking a pork kidney!” he adds. “But all of this information is scattered and buried and easy to ignore, so we as readers are allowed to make the same mistake as the citizen.”

Although Ulysses is now often identified with Dublin, Joyce was not an Irish nationalist.

The book has come to be closely identified not only with Dublin, but also with Ireland. For example, June 16 is known as Bloomsday, an annual commemoration and celebration of Joyce’s life and works. Named after protagonist Leopold Bloom, the day is marked in Dublin (and elsewhere) by various celebrations, such as participants retracing Bloom’s route around the city and marathon readings of the novel.

Still, Joyce’s feelings about Ireland were complicated. A shameless anarchist, “he thought it was an extremely backward and closed culture because it was wedged between the British Empire and the Catholic Church,” says Longenbach. “And he abhorred the teaching of Irish as well as Irish nationalism, which he considered racist and sexist, like all the nationalisms he knew.”

Black and white image of James Joyce circa 1917 wearing hat, glasses, bow tie, pince-nez and suit.

Portrait of Irish author James Joyce (1882-1941) circa 1917. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The novel influenced other modernist writers, including TS Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

“It is important to remember that Ulysses starts to be really influential long before it was published in 1922,” says Longenbach.

Take, for example, TS Eliot, a contemporary and admirer of Joyce, and one of the major writers of modernism. Strongly influenced by Ulysses and published later that same year, Eliot’s poem land of waste has more than 400 lines and is also full of references and allusions.

Yet Longenbach does not want students to get bogged down in annotations and explanations of the poem: “I taught land of waste probably a thousand times, and I only ever mentioned the shape. You must feel the multiplicity of sources, the strangeness that enters. But ultimately, every part of this poem is lyrically pure – what matters is how it sounds.

Another prominent modernist writer, Virginia Woolf, publicly praised Ulysses while criticizing the book as “pretentious” and “a dud” in his journals and letters.

Among his most famous works is Mrs Dalloway, which details a day in the life of the protagonist and several others in post-World War I England. Published in 1925, the novel is “incredibly beautiful”, says Longenbach, but also “unthinkable without Joyce’s precedent”. Both novels explore the interiority of their characters while emphasizing the importance of seeming insignificance. “Except Mrs Dalloway associates that with femininity, culturally speaking, to a degree that Ulysses not,” says Longenbach.

Does Joyce Ulysses hard to read? Yes, but don’t let that stop you.

The book is definitely worth reading in Longenbach’s estimation.

“After all these years of teaching, I still notice things that I didn’t before,” says Longenbach. And while the text rewards readers, students, and scholars, it will almost inevitably frustrate them as well.

He adds, “At some point, you’re going to want to pick up the book and throw it across the room. Its good. This is part of the reading process. That’s just it Ulysses might force you to confront this feeling more than other texts.

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His latest book, “Wastelands: The True Story of Farm Country on Trial,” which will be published in June, packs a similar punch but marks a significant shift. It’s his first non-fiction, one that author and lawyer John Grisham, who wrote the foreword, calls “a story I wish I had written.”

“Wastelands” recounts decades of litigation against Smithfield, the nation’s largest pork producer, whose pig farming operations have caused incalculable environmental and economic damage to small, predominantly black communities in rural North Carolina. It has the same cast of living characters that the Addison books are known for, in this case including the prickly named Mona Lisa Wallace, the lawyer who ultimately won over $500 million in trial verdicts and forced the company to change its ways. As Addison wrote on her LinkedIn page earlier this year, “I wrote it like a novel, but every word is true. I couldn’t have come up with a better story if I had tried.

Many lawyers turn to creative writing later in life, but Addison’s writing and legal careers have nearly overlapped. A native of Carlsbad, Calif., he majored in mechanical engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, but had no desire to build widgets for a living. Instead, he entered the UVA determined, he said, “to use the law to change the world.” Even during a busy freshman year, Addison also managed to finish a draft of a novel, which he had started in college. “It was terrible,” Addison says now, “but you have to start somewhere.” Undeterred, he wrote another book in his third year of law school and that too came to nothing.

After clerking for U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler, Addison joined the Scott Kroner firm of Charlottesville, still hoping to change the world, one way or another. He wrote a third unpublished novel overnight while practicing law, but was now getting enough positive feedback from agents to encourage him to keep trying.

His creative breakthrough came from an unexpected source. In 2008, Addison and his wife, Marcy, saw the film “Trade,” starring Kevin Kline, about international child sex trafficking. The film made a life-changing impression on both of them. Marcy, whom Addison calls her fairest critic, suggested she tackle the subject for her next novel, blending her talent for storytelling with her passion for justice.

Profile: Announcement of the admission of free shares, resulting from the division of the Company’s shares

Profile Software (Profile SA) wishes to inform its stakeholders that the Annual Ordinary General Meeting of shareholders of the Company, held on 12e May 2022, decided among other things to reduce the par value of the share from €0.47 to €0.23 and to increase them simultaneously to a total number of shares from 12,013,916 to 24,027,832 shares ordinary shares with voting rights (split).

In particular, the 12,013,916 new shares will be distributed free of charge to Company shareholders on the basis of 1 new ordinary registered share for 1 old ordinary registered share. After the above modification, the share capital of the Company will be set at €5,526,401.36, divided into 24,027,832 registered ordinary shares with voting rights, with a nominal value of €0.23 each. At the same time, a special reserve was formed, in accordance with Art. 31 par. 2 of Law 4548/2018, in the amount of €120,139.16 for the purposes of rounding off the new nominal value of the share.

26e In May 2022, the above was registered in the General Commercial Registry (GEMI) with registration code 2868671 and protocol number 2633247ΑΠ/26.05.2022 the decision (ΑΔΑ: 65Φ046ΜΤΛΡ-3Κ3) of the Ministry of Development and l’Investissement (General Secretariat of Commerce – Listed companies division) which approved the modification of article 5 of the Company’s bylaws.

The Securities Operations Committee of the Athens Stock Exchange, in its meeting of June 3, 2022, approved the admission to trading of the new free shares of the Company issued in accordance with the foregoing.

By decision of the Company, are defined:

a) the ex-date of the right to participate in the stock split is June 8, 2022. From the same date, the shares of the Company will be listed on the Athens Stock Exchange at the new nominal value, i.e. 0, €23 per share, without the right to participate in the distribution of free shares, and the starting price of the shares of the Company on the Athens Stock Exchange will be formed in accordance with the Regulations of the Athens Stock Exchange in conjunction with decision number 26 of the Board of Directors of the Athens Stock Exchange, as in force, and,

b) The beneficiaries of the corporate action above will be the shareholders of the Company who will be registered in the Register of Dematerialized Securities (DSS) on June 9, 2022, for the said listed company.

The start of the listing of the 12,013,916 new free registered shares on the Athens Stock Exchange is set for June 13, 2022. From the same date, the above shares will be credited to the stock and securities accounts of the shareholders in the DSS.

For further information, Shareholders can contact the Company’s Investor Relations Department (tel. 210-9301200 M. Vartan Afsaroglou).

Athens June 6, 2022

10 Harsh Realities Of Being A Manga Fan


The world of Japanese manga and anime has a lot to offer fans around the world. This includes hundreds of anime series to stream and volumes of manga to buy, in print or digital, and sales are pretty strong. There’s a lot to like about Japanese manga, but there are also downsides.

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Any worthwhile hobby will have its harsh realities or downsides, and manga is no exception. Collecting Japanese manga is worth it for countless Western fans, but even they would admit that it can sometimes be difficult.

ten The manga is not available in all bookstores

This harsh reality is less and less of a problem as manga becomes more mainstream and profitable in the West, such as in North America, but the problem persists. Big retailers like Barnes & Noble will have a manga section, but family bookstores probably won’t have any manga at all.

Manga isn’t mainstream enough for some small independent bookstores to stock, so they’ll have more conventional books instead, from romances and sci-fi to cookbooks. A manga fan will be disappointed with the selection, or lack thereof, at these small bookstores.

9 It takes work to pack the manga when moving

When it’s time to move to a new residence, a manga/anime fan will likely set aside boxes for their anime DVDs, collectible figures, wall scrolls, etc. This is to be expected. But an avid manga fan may have a huge collection that takes some serious work to pack.

Some collectors may have 1,000 volumes on their shelves or even double that in some cases. All of those volumes need to be packed, and it can be a backbreaking job packing up all those heavy books and keeping them sorted when it’s time to unpack them again. Larger collections might need their own moving truck.

8 Some manga series are out of print or OOP

Many manga series are heavily printed today, from the mega-series A play and the cardboard omnibuses of Berserk, to the rom-com series Komi can’t communicate, among others. But other manga series, especially older ones, are sold out and their volumes are now like rare treasures.

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Fans of old classic manga series are in for a tough time if they intend to purchase the print volumes. Some volumes or entire series are exceptionally difficult to find, even with the help of sites like eBay or the Facebook Marketplace. Volumes can also cost many times what they would normally cost.

seven Large manga collections take up space

Just having a small stack of popular light novels or a few volumes of omnibus manga is one thing. But if a collector has hundreds of volumes in their overall collection, they’re going to need room for that, and that can be a formidable logistical challenge. Especially in cramped apartments.

As a collection of manga keeps growing, the collector needs a place to store them all, which means dedicating space to shelves, which consumes square footage and floor space. the walls. Some of the biggest manga collections may need an entire room for themselves, a room the collector might not even have.

6 Reorganizing a collection takes work

This is another harsh reality that mostly affects large collections, but if a collector doesn’t have the time, energy, or interest in it, rearranging a collection of any size can seem daunting. , so it can be beneficial to have a friend to help out. . There is definitely more than one way to organize a collection.

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A well-organized collection is handy to have, but organizing it can be tricky. There are a few options, sort manga volumes by genre, organize them by author, sort them by size or series length. It is not easy to decide which method is best and to sort the collection accordingly.

5 Translated manga series are behind Japanese publications

This harsh reality is less of a concern now, but it still exists, and it may annoy some manga/anime fans in the West. Naturally, it takes time to translate Japanese manga into English and other languages ​​before printing the volumes. But some fans might not like the lag.

Most, if not all, translated manga series are a few volumes behind the Japanese release, and by the late 2000s or so, big titles like naruto and A play were several years behind the original series in Japan. It’s no wonder so many fans bent the rules by reading the scanlations online back then.

4 Anime Hogs In The Spotlight

Manga and anime can often be lumped into one industry – Japanese pop culture. And live Japanese movies and games can also be added. But these different areas of entertainment can also be in competition, and for a Western fan, one option may be much more appealing than another.

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In general, anime seems more popular and tends to take center stage because everyone loves watching TV and streaming things on a quiet evening at home. Reading is hugely popular, but manga fans may still feel bad knowing that their hobby takes second place to anime every year.

3 The manga takes its time to tell a story

Compared to American comics, such as Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse titles, Japanese manga has a leisurely pace with storytelling. There are some deviations, but overall the manga has relatively few panels and speech bubbles on a page, so it takes longer to tell the same story than an American comic book title.

Some manga fans might not mind, but new collectors might be confused about having to collect so many volumes to have a full story in their hands. By contrast, a collector of graphic novels can get a complete and satisfying story in a single omnibus volume of x-men Where Batmanfor example.

2 Selling old manga volumes could be tricky

The good news is that manga collectors have reliable channels to sell their unwanted volumes if they are downsizing their collections or in dire need of cash. But selling used manga volumes is much more of a niche than selling old Xbox game titles, regular novels, or trading cards such as Magic: The Gathering cards.

The manga marker is bigger than ever, but it doesn’t easily compare to more mainstream pop culture products, accessories, or items in the West. So anyone selling their manga volumes is more likely to hear “what is manga?” that “I will take them away from you for a fair price.”

1 The manga rarely has color pages

Some manga artists, like the late Kentaro Miura, do a great job creating amazing art with only black and white panels, but dedicated comic book collectors might be disappointed if a manga fan shows them a manga volume. typical. Manga is almost always grayscale or black and white, and some graphic novel collectors just won’t like that.

This can make it hard to convince a graphic novel collector to get into manga, or at least, readers who like rich colors. x-men Where Superman omnibuses might feel overwhelmed. There are a few colored manga pages and the volumes will have colored illustrations, but that’s it. This may be another reason why colorful anime such as My Hero Academia are more popular than the original manga.

Commentary: Bookstores are struggling to stay afloat when we need them more than ever



Apart from providing a wide selection of books to peruse, bookstores help Singapore’s literary community thrive.

Before the pandemic, programs such as author talks and seasonal bookstore launches connected authors with their audiences. Bookstores with cafes such as Grassroots Book Room and Huggs-Epigram also served as social spaces where readers could interact with writers.

During the pandemic, many bookstores persevered by bringing their programs online. For example, Grassroots Book Room hosted online author conferences and Wardah Books in Kampong Glam hosted silent book clubs via Zoom. They also sought to engage younger crowds by posting regularly on Instagram or via blog entries.

Some bookstores also cater to niche needs and have knowledgeable staff to help with curation. They collect and exhibit books adapted to their clientele but always arouse dialogue.

For example, Wardah Books specializes in books for Muslim readers, but has since updated its collection to include English language books to appeal to a wider range of readers.

Staff at niche bookstores also provide book recommendations. While online algorithms can predict and suggest relevant titles, they cannot hold a conversation with you to understand your tastes and preferences.

Parents or educators needing advice on children’s reading can drop by Woods in the Books in Yong Siak Street or its sister store, Books Ahoy at Forum. School library coordinators can contact specialized staff at Kinokuniya for the latest student-friendly books.

Is C3.ai Stock a buy it now?


C3.aiit is (NYSE:IA) the stock plunged nearly 25% in after-hours trading on June 1 following the release of its fourth-quarter results. The artificial intelligence (AI) software company’s revenue rose 38% year-on-year to $72.3 million, beating analysts’ expectations by about $1 million.

Its adjusted net loss fell from $33 million to $76.7 million, or $0.21 per share, but still topped consensus guidance by $0.08. But based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), its net loss fell from $55.7 million to $192.1 million. The company’s guidance for the current quarter and the full year also disappointed investors.

The stock plunged immediately after the report, but as of Friday’s close, it was trading higher than before the quarterly report was released. However, the stock is down 36% so far this year. Should investors hoard shares of C3.ai after its latest report, or does this former high-flying stock have a lot more downside?

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What happened to C3.ai?

C3.ai mainly develops AI algorithms for large companies (especially in the energy and industrial sectors) and government agencies. Its algorithms can be integrated into an organization’s existing software infrastructure or accessed as stand-alone services, and can be used to optimize operations, improve employee safety, reduce costs and detect fraud.

C3.ai’s revenue jumped 71% in fiscal 2020, which ended in April this calendar year, but only increased 17% to $183.2 million during in fiscal 2021 as the pandemic disrupted energy and industrial markets. This slowdown also revealed C3.ai’s heavy reliance on a joint venture with hugue baker (NASDAQ: BKR)the energy giant which accounted for nearly 31% of its revenue in fiscal 2021.

C3.ai’s slowing growth, customer concentration problem and lack of profits have all spooked the bulls, and its stock plunged from an all-time high of $177.47 in December 2020 amid the adolescence at the time of this writing.

A brief recovery followed by gloomy prospects

C3.ai revenue grew 38% to $252.8 million in fiscal 2022 as pandemic headwinds eased. It ended the year with 223 customers, up 48% from the previous year, and its remaining performance obligations (RPO) – the remaining value of an existing contract that has not yet been invoiced and recognized as turnover – and income has steadily increased. over the past year:


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Data source: C3.ai. YOY = year after year.

This recovery was encouraging, but the company said it expects revenue to grow only 24% to 28% year-over-year in the first quarter of fiscal 2023 and 22 % to 25% for the whole year. Analysts had expected its full-year revenue to rise about 34%.

During the conference call with analysts, CEO Tom Siebel attributed the slowdown to “economic and political” uncertainties, “widespread market passivity”, delayed deals and “too big” in its pipeline. Nevertheless, Siebel has always predicted that the company will return to “stable revenue growth” of 30-35% after “market conditions stabilize”.

We won’t know if C3.ai’s customer concentration problem improved in the fourth quarter until it provides more details in its 10-K annual report, but we do know that its joint venture with Baker Hughes accounted for 39% of its turnover. during the first nine months of fiscal year 2022.

No clear path to profitability

C3.ai’s non-GAAP gross profit increased 43% to $200.5 million in fiscal 2022, increasing its non-GAAP gross margin from 76% to 79%.

However, its non-GAAP operating loss still fell from $37.5 million to $80.7 million. In fiscal 2023, it expects to post another non-GAAP operating loss of between $76 million and $80 million.

All of this red ink contradicts Siebel’s statement on the last conference call that C3.ai is a “structurally profitable business.” Siebel also said the company could generate “sustainable positive free cash flow within eight to 12 quarters” – but that’s a distant goal, and its actual free cash flow was $14.8 million. dollars in the fourth quarter.

On the bright side, C3.ai won’t run out of cash anytime soon. It ended the fourth quarter with $960 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, and its low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.2 gives it leeway to raise additional cash through new offerings. of debt.

Is it a good time to buy C3.ai?

At $14 per share at the time of this writing, C3.ai is valued at $1.5 billion, about five times its estimated sales for fiscal year 2023. This price-to-sales ratio is reasonable for a company that aims to generate more than 20% revenue growth. this year, but its customer concentration problem and heavy losses are impossible to ignore.

Investors can easily find more stable tech stocks trading at comparable valuations in this market. Selling powerwhich is bigger, better diversified and more profitable than C3.ai, expects to generate revenue growth of around 20% this year, but is trading at 6x forecast.

Simply put, C3.ai’s downsides might be limited to those levels, but I expect him to stay in the penalty area until he fixes his biggest issues.

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Natural gas and petroleum brines could help supply tight lithium market

Lithium is one of many components of the salt brine, or produced water, that accompanies the production of natural gas and oil. It is also a key element in the production of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), the storage of the electricity grid and many other manifestations of the energy transition.

Recovering commercial volumes of lithium from the oil and gas byproduct would bolster the United States’ domestic supply of the valuable mineral, but it won’t be easy.

“Lithium is the target of the day,” Nick Pingitore, a geochemistry professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), told NGI. “Sexy, so to speak, because of the critical need for batteries. Decision makers are therefore focusing on it.

In February, the US Geological Survey (USGS) included lithium on its list of mineral feedstocks it considers “critical” to national and economic security and susceptible to supply chain disruptions.

According to the USGS, domestic lithium production in the United States includes a single “Nevada brine operation.” Additionally, the agency said that last year the country relied on imports for more than a quarter of lithium consumption.

There is no shortage of lithium in the world, but there is a shortage of the metal in the global market and “its price has fluctuated considerably in recent years,” the University of Houston (UH) reported last month. ).

From early 2020 to early 2022, the major Chinese supplier’s lithium price rose from $6,000/tonne to $40,000/tonne, UH noted. In mid-May, the university said lithium in spot markets was trading at $70,000/tonne.

UH said the lithium shortage stems from several factors: supply chain bottlenecks, growing corporate demand and government reluctance to approve new lithium mines.

B3 Insight’s Kylie Wright, technical product and content manager at the Colorado-based water data company, told NGI that lithium “can be found in certain produced waters or oilfield brines at relatively low concentrations. high…”

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More commonly, however, lithium is found “in fairly low concentrations,” she said. Therefore, the recovery of lithium “from brines containing many other constituents” tends to be a “complicated” task.

Pingitore of UTEP said a small number of companies extract lithium from underground brine deposits, a process also being explored in Canada, but not from produced water.

“I don’t think anyone makes a lot of money out of it,” he said. “It’s only a beginning.”

Other important minerals in produced water include strontium, europium and cerium, but lithium represents the best candidate for recovery in commercial volumes, sources at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL) said. ) to NGI.

“Lithium extraction requires highly selective recovery technology, extracting only lithium from produced water,” said UL’s Daniel Gang, director of the Center for Environmental Protection and Engineering. “The technology is still at benchtop lab scale or pilot scale.”

Like conventional mining, entropy is prominent in the first part of the supply and value chain for extracting lithium from produced water, Pingitore said.

“The target is dilute,” he said, referring to the need to separate low concentrations of lithium from high concentrations of “competing elements” by treating “absolutely huge amounts of produced water” to recover the lithium at commercial volumes.

The recovered lithium must then reach a purity level of 90 to 95 percent, he added.

With applications such as lithium batteries, he said the purity must exceed 99% and have an “extremely low content” of certain “poisonous” elements.

“It’s a tough game,” he said.

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Hard but potentially beautiful

Oil and gas producers who overcome the many hurdles to economically producing lithium could benefit greatly, Dallas-based Lium Research partner Joseph Triepke told NGI.

“Today the world has only a fraction of the online lithium generation capacity it needs to meet some of the widely accepted electric vehicle predictions out to 2030,” he said. “The total opportunity around lithium is in the tens of billions of dollars over the next 5-10 years, and so this could be a very significant alternative revenue stream for shale players who are in possession of streams. water products rich in minerals.”

Observers of the burgeoning subsector of the oil and gas industry believe that not all well sites would be good locations to economically extract lithium from produced water.

“It depends on the pool, as the presence and concentrations of minerals in produced water can vary widely from game to game, and even within pools themselves, depending on the geology,” said Triepke.

When asked how the constituents of crude oil, ranging from sweet to sour and heavy to light, and natural gas, ranging from varying degrees of wet to dry, influence lithium extractability, Pingitore replied with “good question”.

“The crude itself contains various metals – vanadium is well known, some nickel, etc.,” he said. “How much, if any, of that is transferred to produced waters is probably an open question.”

Adding to the complexity of finding the right candidates for the extraction of lithium from produced waters, the feasibility depends on a high concentration of the target element – lithium – and a low concentration of competing elements “of which you don’t need,” Pingitore said.

Additionally, he stated that the overall water chemistry should avoid fouling or damage to the extraction system and that the target element should not be “chemically complexed in a form that will prevent separation”.

While technologies exist to extract lithium from produced water, many are in development at the case study and pilot stage, said Patrick Patton, commercial product manager for B3 Insight.

Market considerations

Triepke noted that the drivers and end markets are “completely different” for lithium mining and oil and gas production.

“The lithium price equilibrium is defined by the demand for battery materials,” used in electric vehicles as well as grid-scale storage facilities, as well as by the capacity to extract lithium, a he declared. “The fundamentals of oil and gas are more related to transportation and power generation.”

Gang and two UL colleagues, associate professor of petroleum engineering Mehdi Moktari and director of the Office of Innovation Management Alan Cohen, gave NGI a glimpse of what the business of UL might look like. extraction of lithium from produced water in the oil and gas industry.

Gang, Moktari and Cohen said the produced water miner would likely be an oil and gas company or a joint venture of players such as an oil and gas company, resource recovery company and/or service company.

On the demand side, lithium customers could include electric vehicle battery companies and others, they said.

Patton told NGI that higher brine disposal fees, along with “very limited” availability of produced water injection sites, would improve the commercial viability of lithium recovery.

Extraction is expected to be implemented on a large scale, “combining waste from many oil and gas producers in a centralized facility where processing takes place to concentrate a brine with high enough concentrations of elements to make the economically feasible extraction,” he said.

Commodity prices are currently high for lithium and other metals needed by the tech industry, which could encourage new developments, Wright said.

“But the high prices should be stable to encourage the development of these projects,” she added. “It should certainly take place on a large scale, so centralized water treatment facilities will be a key part of the opportunity.”

B3 Insight CEO Kelly Bennett highlighted the link between scale and commercial viability.

“That’s the key,” he said. “People often forget that capital recovery can take years, which means the market will have to trust that investments will come through, and that depends on price expectations.”

Non-Oppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books in New York Officially Shut Down


Another day, another unfortunate closure that will forever change the cultural landscape of the city.

This time around it’s the iconic Unoppressive Non-Imperialist Bargain Books – which have operated at 34 Carmine Street in Greenwich Village for over 30 years – which will close by the end of June due to (you guessed it) a a rent increase, Patch first reported.

“I’ve had fun all these years, I’m not discouraged,” owner Jim Drougas told the outlet. “Actually, I hope something will happen. We had a big impact and a lot of people were very supportive of us.”

The bookstore has always been more than a local retail store. According to New York Timesit was one of four Manhattan headquarters for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Prior to that, in 2011, it housed the Occupy Wall Street Library.

Alas, while a move away from its legendary location will clearly affect the kind of traffic the store will receive, Drougas revealed that he is looking to open up new space elsewhere. Maybe, he said, he could even share square footage with another company, which is exactly what he’s been doing for the past 10 years alongside Carmine Street Comics.

“Even if we have to close, for now I’m pretty determined to continue somewhere,” Drougas told Patch, mentioning that while he hopes to stay in the village, he’s also considering other neighborhoods.

Customers wishing to assist Drugas in his efforts should pay attention to a potential fundraising page once a new location is selected.

Speaking of these customers, the public reaction to the impending closure has been one of sadness, shock and surprise.

When the Instagram account @VanishingNY first posted about the bookstore closing, followers took to the comments section to express their devastation. “The last bastion cannot fall!” a user wrote.

“This one really hurts,” another commented.

“Last time I was there, there was a guy sitting with little light on selling books for civil service jobs,” a third recalled. “I’ve been going there for decades. Greed is killing this town.”

Here’s hoping we’ll soon see a new iteration of non-oppressive, non-imperialist bargain books somewhere in New York.

Developer clears roadblocks, opens North Carolina shopping, dining and entertainment center amid pandemic


For Dotan Zuckermanthe construction of the first phase of Fenton in North Carolina has faced several obstacles, including an ongoing global health crisis, major supply chain issues and the death of one of the visionaries of the mixed-use development .

But Zuckerman, director and vice president of leasing at Columbia Development, and Hines have now officially opened Fenton in Cary, just outside the state capital of Raleigh.

It took seven years to get here, Zuckerman said.

“I always say one day I’ll write a book about the whole Fenton story and how we opened up,” he said in an interview. “But we’ve had the pandemic, we’ve had supply chain issues, we’ve had delays. But now we’re in great shape.”

Retail space in Fenton, where the development team held a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, is more than 95% leased, Zuckerman said. Tenants include Pottery Barn, Athleta, Free People, Lululemon, Arhaus, Nike and Paragon Theatres.

Columbia Development, based in the capital of South Carolina, and its partner Hines launched construction of Fenton, a 2.5 million square foot retail project in the affluent suburb of Raleigh, in late 2020. In addition to 345,000 square feet of retail space, the first phase includes apartments and offices.

With the opening of the first phase, Columbia aims to add high-end retailers, Zuckerman said.

“Our second phase will include an additional 100,000 square feet of retail space. We’ve just started the design and thought about what this will become,” he said.

Surprisingly, a true luxury retail market doesn’t exist in the region, so Columbia sees an opportunity to create one, Zuckerman said. “We’re going to talk about the market and how it’s changed over the years, and if we get good feedback, maybe we’ll go in that direction.”

On Friday, Columbia plans to honor one of its own, the late Ron Pfohl, who was instrumental in the creation and development of Fenton. Pfohl, well known in the Southeast for his role in the Forum and Avalon near Atlanta and other retail-centric projects, died suddenly last year at the age of 59.

“We have an honorarium for Ron Pfohl, who is a legend in the industry, and he was one of the visionaries on this project and really helped bring the partnership together,” Zuckerman said.

On Saturday, a grand opening is planned for all those who wish to attend.

Here’s what to know about the bookstore coming to Beacon Hill this fall



Beacon Hill Books and Cafe will contain a community gathering place, cafe and numerous books.

A new bookstore is coming to Beacon Hill this fall, just in time for back to school.

The four-story Beacon Hill Books and Cafe, designed to feel like home, will also include a cafe on the first floor. Details throughout the store, which is expected to open after Labor Day, will focus on creating space for the community, from the family atmosphere that operators aim for to the store’s mascot, Paige the squirrel.

Melissa Fetter, the store’s founder and owner, told Boston.com that Paige, an adorable squirrel with a fluffy tail, is the cornerstone of the store’s logo and is integral in creating magic for kids who visit the store. .

Photo courtesy of Melissa Fetter. – Photo courtesy of Melissa Fetter

She lives in the store and reads books at night, leaving a tassel on the books she recommends, Fetter said. The next day, while Paige is playing with other animals in the public garden, the recommended books are read during story time.

“We’re actually publishing a book that tells the story. …there’s a squirrel named Paige, and Paige lives in the bookstore and reads children’s books at night,” Fetter said. “But Paige is very present in the store. …there will be a small window where you can look out and see Paige’s house. … It is a central theme in our history.

The book is due out in late September, once the store is up and running.

Fetter, a WBUR board member and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum board member, lived in Beacon Hill years ago but returned in 2019 and noticed there was no bookstore in the community, a gap she knew she wanted to fill. She has spent the past two years overcoming pandemic-related delays and challenges to redo the interior of the building.

Beacon Hill Books and Cafe will fill 71 Charles St., which once housed The Hungry I restaurant downstairs and apartments above, Fetter said.

“It’s so obvious to me that if there was one part of Boston that should have a great bookstore, it’s Beacon Hill,” she said. “It’s a known fact that bookstores thrive in communities that are full of readers who really want to have a bookstore, so I knew I had a good chance of making it a successful business.”

The first floor of the building will be the cafe, led by chef Colleen Suhanosky of Brookline’s Rifrullo. The cafe will serve everything from breakfast to afternoon tea. It will also house a wine bar and sell cookbooks.

To start, the cafe will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will eventually serve dinner, Fetter said.

“It will be more than a typical bookstore cafe, it will be a very high quality restaurant, and Colleen is a top notch chef and I think the community will really welcome our presence,” Fetter said.

The next two floors of the Greek Revival building will be filled with books of general interest, with special rooms for books devoted to aesthetics as well as books to read while traveling.

Climb the stairs one more floor to the fourth floor and you will find the children’s and young adult sections.

“A lot of effort goes into creating a very magical place, somewhat reminiscent of what we have in mind for the nursery in Peter Pan or Mary Poppins,” Fetter said.

Details include a fireplace and a model train that winds through the rooms in its own dedicated tunnel, all to make the experience as special as possible for visitors.

Rendered by Monika Pauli. – Rendered by Monika Pauli

Fetter said the hope is for the bookstore to have “an atmosphere that feels like a private home,” with nooks and crannies in the rooms and stairwell. It will also be accessible to all with elevator access.

Beyond the day-to-day operation of the bookstore and cafe, like many independent bookstores, Beacon Hill Books and Cafe will also host events and speakers.

“We’ll have author talks, we’ll have experts come in and talk about a really wide range of topics, from history and parenting to art and cooking,” Fetter said. “I think there’s also just a natural community that forms around a bookstore – people coming and going and sharing ideas.”

Fetter said she hopes the store can be a gathering place for community members to find good books and chat.

“A section of the store will be dedicated to what our neighbors are reading, so you can come in and get ideas for what to read next,” she said. “The bookstore is really for the community to adopt. I’m sort of serving the platform, but it’s really up to the neighborhood to take the concept from there.

Although Fetter had no experience selling books, the idea took several years to mature. She said she’s excited to be working with the team she’s building and welcoming the Beacon Hill community to the store.

“We worked tirelessly for nearly three years,” Fetter said. “There are so many little details in the store that I can’t wait for people to see and enjoy. I can’t wait to hear what the kids’ reaction will be. … Ultimately it’s meant to be fun, I’m doing this to share with the community and be joyful in the process.

MSP RECOVERY INVESTOR ALERT: Kaplan Fox investigates

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On May 24, 2022, following the completion of a business combination with Lionheart Acquisition Corporation II (“LCAP”), MSP Recovery shares began trading on NASDAQ. In May 24 trading, MSP Recovery stock fell more than 50% to close at $5.06 per share.

On May 25, 2022, Forbes published an article stating, among other things, that “the ‘central tension’ of MSP Recovery is that it has not argued its claims and therefore it is difficult to assess its monetary value”. Following the release, shares continued to decline, closing at $3.73 per share.

Then, on May 26, 2022, the Company issued a press release challenging Forbes article and reaffirming its revenue forecast. MSP Recovery shares, however, continued to drop in price significantly the rest of the week to close at $1.74 per share on May 27, 2022.

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Amazon to close Kindle bookstore in China and suspend device sales


Amazon said on Thursday it would shut down its Kindle digital bookstores in China and stop selling the device to retailers in the country to readjust its business direction.

The company said in a post on popular messaging app WeChat that the digital bookstore will stop operating on June 30, 2023. Customers in China will not be able to purchase new e-books after that day and will not be able to download books. they already bought after a year later, the company said. He noted that he will offer refunds to Chinese customers who purchased a Kindle this year.

Amazon’s announcement comes as foreign tech companies pull back or scale back operations in China as a strict data privacy law specifying how the companies collect and store data takes effect. These withdrawals are due to companies such as Airbnb, Yahoo and Microsoft LinkedIn, which closed the Chinese version of its site last year and replaced it with a job site without social network functions.

However, Amazon said its other China operations would continue.

“Amazon China’s long-term commitment to customers will not change,” the message read. “We have established a broad business base in China and will continue to innovate and invest.”

“As a global company, Amazon is focused on delivering valuable products and services to customers through innovation. At the same time, we continue to adjust the strategic direction of our own business and continue to make efforts in areas that customers need,” the company said in another statement posted on its official Weibo account.

The e-commerce giant then highlighted its cross-border e-commerce efforts in China, as well as its cloud computing technologies and services. Amazon also said it has 10,000 employees in China, with offices in 12 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Shenzhen.

How to get started with the Honda-San Skull-face Librarian


Honda-San Librarian Skull is an original series that is a must-have for anyone who loves anime that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Both the manga and the anime offer a wealth of comedic moments, which are not only conveyed by fantastic writing, but also by its completely offbeat art style. Each episode offers viewers insight into the characters and experiences found when working in a bookstore, where chaos often ensues.

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The plot of Skull-face bookseller Honda-San

Honda-San Librarian Skull is a slice-of-life comedy series based on the real-life experiences of its author, Honda, who worked as a clerk in the manga section of a bookstore. The show depicts a variety of humorous scenarios, ranging from very impatient and odd customers to internships in corporate workshops.

Throughout the series, Honda-san informs the viewer of his work and the technical details that go with it. whether it’s how to stack shelves efficiently or manga artists who want to sign their latest release. Honda-San Librarian Skull is as educational as it is funny and manages to balance these two components expertly.

In each episode=, there are usually two particular situations that are covered, which aim to highlight a certain aspect of Honda-san’s retail experience. Although the series is episodic, with no overarching plot, each episode builds on the concept and characters of the series. The series is perfect for anyone with a keen interest in manga, Japanese culture, or just wanting to enjoy a lighthearted short series.

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Where to Read Bookseller Skull-face Honda-San Manga

Honda-San Librarian Skull was first serialized online via Pixiv Comic’s website between August 2015 and March 2019. It was later collected into four tankōbon volumes by Media Factory in Japan and later licensed in North America by Yen Press.

Each tankōbon is available for purchase on Amazon, as well as other retailers. The English version of Skull-Face Librarian Honda-san can be purchased from most online retailers including Barnes & Noble and Amazon. For those who prefer to read manga digitally, e-book editions can also be found through Amazon and ComiXology.

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Where to watch the Bookstore Skull-face Honda-San Anime

Honda-San Librarian Skull was adapted into a television series by DLE, which aired from October to December 2018. The series has twelve episodes, directed by Owl Todoroki with a running time of approximately fifteen minutes each. The show can be streamed on Crunchyroll, where all episodes are currently available.

For fans who want to get their hands on a physical copy of the series, two options are available for purchase. The DVD can be purchased from sites like Playtech Asia. A Blu-ray edition was recently released by Discotek Media in March 2022 and can be found on Otaku. The DVD and Blu-ray editions contain all twelve episodes and have a total running time of 180 minutes.

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New book on captivity in literature offers ‘a very different picture of England’ in the 1600s-1700s – VCU News


In the 17th and 18th centuries, British subjects’ understanding of captivity was rooted in what they experienced in their daily lives, from “domestic captivity” within marriage to captivity rooted in far more sinister practices – l Slavery and Britain’s Involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.

Yet when Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D., a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, began exploring scholars’ work on British literature of the time, she noticed that many references to captivity were considered as metaphorical when in fact the presence of captivity in British life was very real.

Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D.

“The condition of captivity, like the British involvement in the slave trade, was so naturalized and normalized and so widespread that it was commonplace in literary texts. Yet when we look closely we see the codes and language captivity everywhere,” said Ingrassia, who will become acting dean of VCU’s College of Humanities on July 1. “Once we read the codes and the language of captivity, we see a very different picture of the England right now.

This new perspective on British life – and its meaning today – is at the center of “Domestic Captivity and the British Subject, 1660-1750” (University of Virginia Press), a book by Ingrassia, professor and head of the Department of VCU English, coming out this month.

“Even though my book focuses on events that occurred before 1750, inequalities and power asymmetries by race and gender are still very much present, here and in other parts of the world,” Ingrassia said. “It sounds like a tale from the distant past, but we are indeed heirs to the 18th century.”

Ingrassia spoke with VCU News – and with VCU’s Humanities Research Center – about the book, the examples of captivity that exist in British literature, and how a new understanding of this period in Britain can change people’s lives. perspectives on history today.

What sparked your interest in exploring the domestic captivity of women in 17th and 18th century Britain?

Having worked extensively on women writers of the time, I was acutely aware of the legal restrictions imposed on women in the 18th century and how women writers reacted to them. British law at the time stated that once married, women were legally “covered” by their husbands. A wife essentially had no legal existence, could not own property separately – everything belonged to her husband – and, of course, could not file for divorce. It literally took an Act of Parliament to divorce. Furthermore, marital rape was unrecognized and did not exist legally in England until 1980.

These restrictions within marriage existed simultaneously in a culture in which women had few options for financial support except marriage. As professional female writers emerged, women could appear on the scene, and women were often full partners in family businesses, but there were few or no paths to financial independence for most women. Moreover, social limits governing women’s behavior—expectations of obedience, resistance to female education, prohibitions against premarital sexual activity—were also deeply constraining and limited options for women.

In this context, then, it is not surprising that writers – both men and women – commonly used images of captivity to describe marriage and other aspects of their lives. Similarly, women working as laborers in domestic service or agricultural work, for example, also referred to their situation as captivity.

I was interested in the paradox between a country that proclaims itself to be a place of “freedom” while disenfranchising and actively oppressing women, many of whom were acutely aware of the contradiction and hypocrisy.

Your book speaks of the concept of domestic captivity as “inextricably linked to England’s systematic enslavement of kidnapped Africans and the accumulation of wealth achieved from these actions, even as early fictional accounts suppressed or ignored the ‘slave experience’. How was domestic captivity among British women related to slavery?

The book explores a world in which humans – men, women, black, white – could be seen as a form of property. When England actively engaged in the slave trade – and it is important to remember that the British Crown had monopoly rights to the slave trade through the Royal African Company until the early 18th century century – this practice, together with the legislation surrounding it, created what one scholar describes as the moment when “human beings become ‘real property'”. This period also saw the rise of indentured servitude, both voluntary and involuntary, as a form of unfree labor. Those convicted of theft or other petty offenses could be sent to the West Indies or Colonial America to work there for seven years.

These practices created what I call a “culture of captivity”, a situation that people were very sensitive to. As a result, many women writers of the time drew on the language of slavery, confinement, and restriction they saw all around them to characterize their own circumstances.

As I discussed in my Meet the Author book lecture with the VCU Center for Human Sciences Research, the enslavement of kidnapped Africans and domestic captivity were obviously very different conditions. Those I refer to as “domestic captives” did not occupy the permanent, hereditary status of people who endured a system of racially based enslavement. To use the term “captivity” in relation to the confinement of British subjects is in no way to equate their condition as captives with the enslavement of enslaved Africans in a colonial site. The captivity of the British was a contingent and not a perpetual state, a temporary non-hereditary condition. This difference is vast and crucial to staying at the forefront of any discussion. Nevertheless, these cultural practices empowered and reinforced each other.

Meet the VCU authors: Catherine Ingrassia, Ph.D, author of “Domestic Captivity and the British Subject”

What are the implications of this connection – and of domestic captivity as a whole – in changing our understanding of the world as it was in Britain in the 1600s-1700s? How will this have the potential to change the way this history is taught today?

Reading through a captivity lens can change the way we think about the period in several ways. We can recognize the presence of slaves in England and the British colonies and the enormous economic effect of the slave trade on British culture. We see how the threat of imprisonment or indentured servitude shaped the lives of people living in England who understood the situation. And we necessarily complicate how we understand how the position of women – or frankly, anyone other than a white male landowner – could, often suddenly and arbitrarily, find themselves confined, restrained or held captive in some way or other. of another.

What examples have you encountered of authors exploring domestic captivity in the literary works you have studied?

So, one thing that quickly became apparent is that the canonical texts of the period that people know – “Robinson Crusoe” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, for example – are based on the main characters’ participation in the human trade. enslaved. Few people think about this or consider the implications of this participation. Likewise, other canonical novels regularly taught from the time have occasional references to enslaved humans that have not been discussed. The most popular novel of the 18th century, “Pamela” by Samuel Richardson, describes “a little [African] boy, about 10 years old, [given] as a present,” a gesture that naturalizes the commodification of enslaved people – and the giving of humans as if it were property devoid of humanity. Even Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” has an oblique but searing reference to the brutality wrought upon the bodies of enslaved humans.

Another thing I discovered while working with the approximately 350 handwritten letters of a poet, Judith Madan, and her husband, who was both a military officer and a plantation owner, was how discussions of the treatment of slaves on his plantation were fully integrated. with their expressions of personal affection and mundane details of their domestic life. It was really scary.

Moreover, once I realized that the author of one of the most popular plays of the 18th century, Richard Steele, had inherited a sugar cane plantation and the enslaved Africans on that plantation his first wife, it cast a completely different light on how his plays and trials dealt with captivity and slavery – again, in a way that was largely ignored.

What lessons do you hope readers will take from your book?

I hope readers will reconsider the gap between the “freedom” so central to Britain’s construction of national identity and its limited significance in the real lives of British subjects – the unprotected child, the impressed sailor, the laborer needy, indentured servant or groom. women.

I hope they can recognize, if they read at the time, that British involvement in the slave trade, much like the nation’s involvement in colonial efforts in the West Indies, had a profound effect in all areas of culture. Just because slaves lived at a geographical distance – although they were also present in England – does not mean that Britain’s commitment to a financial system based on slave labor did not not shaped other areas of life.

The Blue Collar Bookseller Review: Meet Meg | Comments


There is who knows what sweet mystery in this sea, whose gentle and terrible agitations seem to speak of a soul hidden below. —Herman Melville

Call me Ishmael. Call me bored. Moby Dick may be considered one of the greatest novels in the English language, but do you know anyone who has actually read it?

Do not lie. Maybe you went so far as to give back the bacon, maybe you actually went through the dense and muscular prose, but did you get something out of it?

This is definitely a book that takes a solid education to appreciate all the symbolism, imagery, and metaphors, and even then you’ll likely miss something. If you’re just eager to read the story, read the first page and the last hundred and you’ll get a great story.

Would Melville even be able to find a publisher today? “Hmm, it’s a good manuscript, better in many of its parts than as an integrated work. Lose the nautical terms, streamline the story, turn up the violence, and turn those whaling asides into a non-fiction work about the Essex whaler – In the Heart of the Sea is still one of Nathaniel Philbrick’s best-selling books.

While Herman was working on a fictional rewrite, the publisher reportedly released Steve Alten’s Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Meg stands for Carcharodon megalodon, a giant shark that lived in prehistoric times. It was the apex predator of its time and, at around 60 feet and 30 tons, it is the largest carnivorous fish ever known.

The plot is true pulp-fiction action, ready for B-movie rights. Jonas Taylor is a deep-sea diver working for the United States Navy on a top-secret seven-mile dive into the Mariana Trench. He finds himself face to face with the most formidable predator that everyone thinks is extinct.

Rushing to the surface, he narrowly escapes with his life, while two others in the deep sea submersible are not so lucky. Diagnosed with “Aberrations of the Deep”, Jonas is fired from the Navy and is determined to prove to the world that the predatory goliath exists.

He becomes a paleontologist and tries to prove that the megalodon is real, but is still considered a crackpot. When an opportunity to return to the trench presents itself, he seizes it. But the presence of man in this uncharted realm releases the demon fish from its purgatory, and now Jonas is the only one who can stop it…

Meg isn’t Moby Dick, but it’s an adrenaline-pumping thriller that had me hooked from the start with its non-stop action and graphic cover, “Can You Scream ‘Jurassic Shark?’ The book will also catch the attention of students who are often reluctant to read.

Students who are excited to read, who are excited to learn, and who could just read a classic on their own. From the heart of hell, I stab you. Out of hatred, I spit my last breath on you. “Hmmm, did Melville write a sequel???”

A great white whale? A great white whale? Or do you choose to stay near the shore? Comment and let me know.

Kevin Coolidge is currently a full-time factory worker and part-time bookseller at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania. When he is not working, he writes. He is also a children’s author and creator of The Totally Ninja Raccoons, a children’s series aimed at reluctant readers. Visit his author site at kevincoolidge.org

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Jet fuel prices reduced by 1.3%, commercial LPG rate reduced by Rs 135

On Wednesday, jet fuel prices were slashed 1.3% – the first reduction after 10 rounds of price increases – due to lower international crude oil rates.

Simultaneously, prices for commercial LPG – used by commercial establishments such as hotels and restaurants – have been reduced by Rs 135 per 19kg cylinder.

The price of aviation jet fuel (ATF) – the fuel that helps planes fly – has been reduced by Rs 1,563.97 per kilolitre, or 1.27%, to Rs 1,21,475.74 per kl (Rs 121 per liter) in the nation’s capital, according to a price notification from state-owned fuel retailers.

This is the first cut after 10 rounds of price increases this year. Fares were increased by 6,188.25 rupees per kl, or 5.29%, on May 16, to a record high of 1,23,039.71 rupees per kl.

Commercial LPG tariffs have been reduced to Rs 2,219 per 19kg cylinder from Rs 2,354, according to the notification.

Prior to the reduction, commercial LPG tariffs had increased by 355.5 rupees per cylinder this year.

However, prices for LPG cooking gas used in households remained unchanged at Rs 1,003 per 14.2 kg cylinder. The rates had been increased by Rs 3.50 per cylinder on May 19. Previously, prices were increased by Rs 50 per cylinder on March 22 and again by the same amount on May 7.

Since April 2021, domestic LPG prices have increased by Rs 193.5 per cylinder.

Meanwhile, petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged at Rs 96.72 per liter and Rs 89.62 per liter respectively. A reduction in excise duty by the government had reduced petrol by Rs 8.69 per liter and diesel by Rs 7.05 per liter on May 22, but for this the base price has remained unchanged since April 6. Before that, prices had risen by a record high. Rs 10 per liter each.

The retail price of petrol, diesel and domestic cooking gas was well below cost and therefore lower benchmark prices are being used to offset these losses.

Kerosene prices are reviewed on the 1st and 16th of each month, while gasoline and diesel prices are reviewed daily, based on equivalent prices in the international market.

ATF in Mumbai now costs Rs 120,306.99 per kl, while it is priced at Rs 126,369.98 in Kolkata and Rs 125,725.36 in Chennai.

Rates differ from state to state, depending on the incidence of local taxation.

Fuel prices rose in India because global energy prices rose due to supply problems following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the return of demand after being hit by the pandemic. India is 85% dependent on imports to meet its oil needs.

While oil prices have fallen from a nearly 14-year high of $140 a barrel, they continue to trade above $100. On Wednesday, Brent – the world’s most widely used benchmark – was trading at $117.07 a barrel.

To make matters worse, the rupee depreciated against the US dollar, making imports more expensive.

Things to do in the San Gabriel/Whittier Valley, June 2-9 – San Gabriel Valley Tribune


Garden chairs? Check. Dance shoes? On. Summer concerts in the park begin. This week’s lineup includes Cold Duck, June 5 at 7 p.m., at the “Frontier Days Carnival” at St. Louise de Marillac Church, 1720 E. Covina Blvd., Covina (frontierdayscarnival.com); and also, 7 p.m. on June 9, at Dean L. Shively Park, 1402 Lerma Road, South El Monte (626-579-2043; details here: www.coldduck.com/events; bit.ly/3z9Jq9e).

Celebrate Pride Month: Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo and the Pasadena City Council were scheduled to raise the Progress Pride flag June 1 at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave., to kick off a month of in-person and virtual events , including book discussions. and workshops marking LGBTQ Pride Month. Check out the deals from the link here: www.cityofpasadena.net/event/pride-flag-raising-event. For more information, 626-744-4755. cityofpasadena.net

Vroman Library: James Lee Burke discusses “Every Cloak Rolled in Blood,” 3:00 p.m. June 2 (on Crowdcast; subscribe here: bit.ly/3Gho5fF). Vroman Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. vromansbookstore.com

Uncle Vanya: Pasadena Playhouse presents the Los Angeles premiere of Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s translation of Anton Chekhov’s play, at 8 p.m. June 2. The show takes place at 8 p.m. on June 3; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 4; 8 p.m. from June 8 to 10; dates until June 26. Tickets $34 and up. 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena. 626-356-7529. pasadenaplayhouse.org

Foodie Land Los Angeles: Multicultural food and drink, games and shows, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. June 3; 1pm-10pm June 4-5. Buy admission in advance (times are staggered). No tickets are sold at the door. Admission $5. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena. Details: bit.ly/3NzeWBr

Pasadena Audubon Society: “Birds, everything revolves around feathers”, for ages 5 to 8, 1 p.m. on June 4. Read “Feathers, Not Just for Flying” by Melissa Stewart, see a collection of feathers, and examine feathers under a microscope. Register by email with the names and ages of the participants: [email protected] Pasadena Audubon’s new “Bird Watching Guide to the Greater Pasadena Area” will be available for purchase. Vroman Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. 626-449-5320. vromansbookstore.com

One Colorado Concert Series: Cayucas performs June 4 at 8 p.m. at One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. There will be a pop-up bar. Admission to shows for all ages is free. Upcoming concerts: Robert DeLong, June 18; DJ Sophenom, July 2; Juicy Pear, July 23; De Lux on August 6 and a special guest on August 20. One Colorado Courtyard, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena. onecolorado.com

Celebrate Wonder Bread Years: Jerry Seinfeld called Pat Hazell “funny sniffling milk”. See for yourself and catch “The Wonder Bread Years,” at 2 p.m. June 5. Hazell is a Tonight Show veteran and one of the “five funniest people in America,” according to Showtime. His one-man show tackles everything from Kool-Aid Stands, the Kids’ Table, the Ice Cream Truck Chase to Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, Jiffy Pop and yes, Wonder Bread. Tickets $38; $33 60 and over; $19 students (milk not included). Haugh Performing Arts Center, 1000 E. Foothill Blvd., Glendora. 626-963-9411. haughpac.com

Whittier Public Library: Children’s librarians hold outdoor storytimes from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursdays in June. The June 9 story hour takes place at Broadway Park, 12816 Broadway Road, Whittier. Storytime on June 16 will be held at Leffingwell Park, 10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave., Whittier. Registration is not compulsory. Just bring a blanket to sit on. For more information, 562-567-9950. whittierlibrary.org

Pasadena Senior Center Ice Cream Social: Music on the Patio features pianist Bob Lipson and vocalist Don Snyder, June 9 at 2 p.m. Register in advance. Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St., Pasadena. 626-795-4331. https://www.pasadenaseniorcenter.org

Temple Beth David 75th Anniversary Gala: The event begins with a Havdalah service, followed by dancing, music and dinner, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Reservations required. 9677 Longden Avenue, Temple City. For more information, templebd.com

Jouyssance Early Music Ensemble: Music program by Venetian masters Andrea Gabrieli, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi and other composers, 4 p.m. June 12. Tickets $25; $20 for seniors; free for students with ID Also, a post-concert reception to benefit $75. Buy your tickets in advance. Attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and wear a mask inside the church. Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1050 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. 213-533-9922. jouyssance.org/current-season

The [email protected] Concert Series at the First United Methodist Church in Pasadena: Composer-musician Aaron Shows, organist at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, performs at 4 p.m. June 18. Free admission. 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. For more information on [email protected] concerts, www.thirdatfirst.org. For more information on events at First UMC, www.fumcpasadena.org

Volunteer reading tutors wanted: The Whittier Area Literacy Council invites members of the community to volunteer to tutor children who are struggling with reading. Tutors are also needed for adult readers. Summer training sessions begin at the end of July at Whittier Council offices. No previous teaching experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Tutors must be at least 18 years old and able to commit two hours per week for one year. For more information, call Francine at 562-698-6598. walcread.org

Pasadena Tournament of Roses Golf Classic: The inaugural tournament, 7 a.m. on September 12 (registration registration and breakfast, followed by the shotgun start, 8 a.m.). The event ends inside Rose Bowl Stadium with a chance to throw your final shot on the turf where the Rose Bowl has been played for over 100 years. Plan ahead and save the date; online registration open until September 9th. Brookside Golf Course, 1133 Rosemont Ave., Pasadena. For more information, 626-449-4100. tournamentofroses.com/golfclassic

Reinventing bookstores imagines reaching the other side of the aisle


Out of concern that American political factions are stifling conversation, Reimagining Bookstores led an interactive session, “Moving From Debate to Dialogue in Divided Times,” on May 26. , about Guzmán Never Thought of It This Way: How to Have Fearless, Inquisitive Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times (BenBella Books). Following their speech, audience members joined four-person breakout rooms to answer the question, “What’s the brave conversation you dream of having?” »

Kepler’s Books CEO Praveen Madan, a board member of the Kepler’s Literary Foundation, introduced the event as a pilot project for Reimagining Bookstores, which launched in October 2021. “Our mission is ‘to deepen literacy, strengthen communities, pay decent wages,'” Madan said. “Bookstores can play a key role in reducing polarization and division in our society.” He and Holman designed this gathering, co-sponsored by Haight-Ashbury’s Booksmith and Berkeley Arts and Letters, to depict an unpredictable and productive meeting of minds.

Like Madan, community organizer Holman envisions bookstores as civic centers. Holman is the author of Engage Emergence (Berrett-Koehler) and co-founder of the non-profit organization Journalism That Matters. “For me, the work we do is about reconnecting the fabric of communities while reimagining the public square,” she said.

Holman struck an upbeat note, but for many in the audience, this reimagined public square is chilling. When Holman asked participants about their appetite for ideological discussion with a multiple-choice range from “it energizes me” to “it makes me nervous,” several chose none of the above answers: “It terrifies me”.

As “the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents,” a dual Mexican-American citizen whose family immigrated to the United States, Guzmán plunges headlong into debates that weary opponents of the conflict. “Looking at social science research, we’re so divided, we’re blindsided,” she said. We have “a legitimate anxiety about what people who disagree with us want to do and whether we are safe, [but] most of the time, you will be able to release your fear when you approach someone who disagrees with you.

Guzmán believes conversations fail due to factors such as “lockdown” (a reactionary social media audience condemns one-on-one discussions) and “parity” (a perceived pecking order results in an effort to affirm his dominance). “The conversation is a miracle – there are so many layers,” Guzmán said. “We tend to want to discuss which opinion wins out rather than what makes each of us understandable.”

His method is to “turn people into storytellers”. She recommends asking others how they came to their beliefs and listening to their experiences. “Most of the time from afar they’ll show you things you haven’t thought of,” she said. “When a potentially tense conversation turns from an argument to someone telling a story, our brains shift into a different mode.” She told listeners to “get a little more curious” about other people’s views.

Primed with these ideas, the audience was given instructions for 20-minute small group “courageous conversations” where they had to reflect on their intentions to raise controversial topics (for example, when planning an event at a bookstore ). “If you’re not the one talking, your job is just to listen,” Holman explained. “I’m going to give you some advice: if you’re pressured into giving advice, don’t.”

Not everyone stayed as some left their cameras and microphones off for the duration of the breakout session. The proceedings were reminiscent of an office retreat (with illustrator Sara Nuttle creating a whiteboard-style graphic of the sound bites), and many decided that civil discourse and curiosity — albeit glorious ideals — were hard to keep under. stress from emotional triggers.

Guzmán assured the rally that her work puts her in touch with politicians, organizations and workshops “fighting toxicity. I see warriors, and warriors are more powerful than you think. Attendees, despite justified skepticism, left the Reimagining Bookstores event with ideas for hosting a safe living room or discussion space.

Thor Industries: Resilience is key (NYSE: THO)


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Investment thesis

Over the past year, fear has gripped the RV industry and Thor Industries, Inc (NYSE: THO) investors. Shares are now down more than 50% from their 2018 highs. inflation, higher interest rates and a looming recession have led the market to conclude that THO is at a cyclical peak in earnings. No disagreement on that, but we disagree with Wall Street’s simple holding note on the stock. Thor Industries has the economic moat, a low valuation and a proven track record to outperform.

A cyclic game

Let’s take a look at the history of the industry. The RV industry is full of ups and downs, swirling with the ups and downs of the economy. From 2003 to 2008, RV sales exploded. This was preceded by a sharp decline in 2009 following the Great Recession. In the five years following the recession (2009-2014), THO’s average operating cash flow was approximately 20% lower than the 2003-2008 average.

Data by YCharts

Moving on to more recent events, the cyclicality continued. As the economy boomed in 2017, there was a shortage of RVs. This led to retailers ordering more from Thor Industries. Retailers bought way too many VRs from Thor Industries in 2018. That same year, we saw THO stock peak at around $155 per share. In 2019, these same retailers reduced their orders, resulting in a significant drop in Thor Industries’ net income. Since then, a dovish Fed has cut interest rates to near zero. The combination of low interest rates, increased money supply and a trend towards working from home has resulted in a massive increase in THO’s income.

Looking ahead, we expect Thor Industries’ net income to experience a significant reduction. This is how the boom and bust cycle works.

A resilient American consumer

The RV industry relies on consumers’ ability to incur affordable and sustainable debt to finance their next RV purchase. Luckily for THO, we think part of the macro is favorable.

The Great Recession was a generational crisis, and we would expect the next US recession to be much less severe. In 2007, the American consumer was heavily over-indebted with the affordability debt service payments at their lowest level in 40 years. This figure was 13% of disposable income. Fast forward to Q4 2021 and debt service affordability is close to its highest level in 40 years. Paying off consumer debt represents only 9% of their disposable income. This is a huge contrarian indicator for US cyclical stocks, including Thor Industries.

The economic gap

Thor Industries benefits from a significant advantage of economies of scale. At the end of 2021, Thor held 47.5% of motor vehicle sales and 40.9% of towable vehicle sales in North America. The company has also gained the leading market share globally and in Europe with its recent acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group outside Europe. This means that the company can reduce its manufacturing costs per unit by purchasing huge quantities of supplies.

RV industry market share

Thor Industries market share (Thor Industries financial results)

Source: Thor Industries financial results

The scale and diversification of Thor make it a powerful company. Due to its scale, Thor Industries exercises significant control over the price of wholesale RVs, similar to how Apple (AAPL) controls the price of smartphones. Thor is also more diverse than competitors like Winnebago (WGO), which have very little share of trailer sales. The company has the ability to quickly cut costs during a recession because it also owns several RV parts suppliers, such as Postal Aluminum, Togo (digital products) and Airxcel. For reference, just look at THO’s financial statements; the company has increased its cash flow against all odds. THO even miraculously posted a profit at the height of the recession in 2009.


Three emerging macro factors are bad for Thor Industries:

  1. A rising interest rate environment increases the cost of funding.
  2. Inflation increases the cost of manufacturing RVs.
  3. A looming recession could lead to a sharp drop in sales.

We believe this macro environment, along with Thor’s accumulation of debt from its recent acquisitions, are the primary reasons we are seeing such a discount to its stock. Investors should weigh a THO holding accordingly.

Last report of THO

Q2 2022 balance sheet (Thor Industries press release)

Source: Thor Industries Q2 2022 Press Release

We must do our due diligence in checking THO’s finances. The company has a Current Assets to Current Liabilities ratio of 1.68x. We would like to see this go to 2x. A current ratio of 2x is preferable for cyclical businesses and is recommended by author of “The Intelligent Investor”, Benjamin Graham. Long-term debt is 4.8 times our normalized earnings estimate. The company should reduce this debt to approximately $1.35 billion (3x normalized earnings) to improve its financial strength. While dividends ($93 million) and interest expense ($92 million) are well covered by normalized earnings, we would still like to see management improve the balance sheet to better weather a recession or rising interest rate.


THO currently trades at a low price-to-book ratio, much like we saw in 1992, 2002, 2009 and 2020. Due to the cyclicality of earnings, this measure is more reliable in determining when the stock is cheap and when it is expensive. Of course, it’s likely to be cheaper in times of fear.

Data by YCharts

A return to the market

To normalize earnings, we simply took the average of THO’s free cash flow over the last 5 years. As we discussed, the last 5 years have represented both cyclical lows (2019) and cyclical highs (2022). The average free cash flow for this period was $450 million ($8.18 per share). We believe this is a conservative number given Thor’s recent acquisitions of Tiffin Group and Erwin Hymer Group.

We expect THO to grow normalized earnings by 6% annualized over the next decade. The company’s already impressive market share, as well as its current level of debt, will likely prevent it from growing as rapidly as in the past. However, the company is expected to further increase its cash flow per share through share buybacks, cautious acquisitions and organic growth.

From current price levels, we estimate a return of 12% per year for Thor Industries. The compounding of $8.18 per share, at 6%, for 10 years gives us cash flow of $14.65 per share in 2032. We have assigned a multiple of 13x for what should still be a dominant company, but cyclical within a decade. This gives us a price target of $190 per share for 2032.


In cyclical stocks, the time to buy is when the economic outlook is at its worst. A cyclically low price-to-book valuation indicates that now may be the time to buy Thor Industries. At a conservative valuation, Thor Industries is likely to outperform the market by 12% per year over 10 years. The business has a moat of definite economies of scale. We have a buy rating on the stock and believe it will outperform over the long term, with the caveat that management needs to reduce debt to weather the next recession easily.

Q&A with an LA man who saves his family’s castle from ruin

Downton Shabby: Q&A with an LA man who saves his family’s castle from ruin

  • American actor, screenwriter and producer Hopwood DePree discovered his family’s ancestral home while researching online.
  • When DePree moved near Manchester, England, to save Hopwood Hall, the 600-year-old estate was virtually ruined.
  • Downton Shabby: One American’s Ultimate DIY Adventure Restoring His Family’s English Castle is released with William Morrow (HarperCollins) on May 31.

LONDON — Many people researching information about their ancestors on genealogy websites come across poignant geographic details, long-lost relatives, or historical insights — good, bad, and ugly.

Michigan-born actor, screenwriter and producer Hopwood DePree has found an abandoned but once resplendent 50,000 square foot estate in the English countryside – his family’s ancestral home where his 14th great-grandfather was born.

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Performances bring Southern Song Dynasty culture to life


Editor’s note:

The Song dynasty (960-1279) is divided into two distinct periods, Northern and Southern. During the Northern Song (960-1127), the royal court built its capital in present-day Kaifeng City, Henan Province. He then retreated south of the Yangtze River and established the Southern Song (1127-1279), founding his capital in present-day Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province.

The Zhejiang government launched the Song Dynasty Cultural Heritage Project in August 2021, aiming to establish Song culture as a primary icon of Zhejiang province, showcasing elements of Zhejiang and distinguishing it from other dynasties by its booming economy and reinvigorated art.

This year, Hangzhou will host a series of Southern Song-themed activities and exhibitions to help locals explore the cultural heritages of the whole city and popularize historical knowledge among younger generations.

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Residents enjoy a seven-string zither performance during the “Southern Song Dreams” activity.

The Southern Song Bookstore adjoining the Drum Tower in Hangzhou is holding a week-long “Southern Song Dreams” activity, featuring fun performances dating back 1,000 years.

The Drum Tower is located in the middle of the city on South Royal Song Street and has been well preserved through the dynasties. It was used in ancient times to tell people the exact time. So that everyone could hear it, the tower was always in the center of a city.

It is a two-storey stone tower, the ground floor of which is an arch over the Rue Royale. The second floor embraced a stage that played like washegoulan (瓦舍勾栏), a venue with entertainment shows.

Dating back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), when China had one of the most prosperous and advanced economies in the world, Chinese people loved to go to washegoulan. Considered the origin of Chinese theatre, the washegoulan is emblematic of the country’s ancient popular culture.

Was he” denotes houses with tiles and “gulan“means to line the house with railings. Washegoulan was a large theater that featured different troupes of performers separated by railings. Each troupe put on shows for the public, including opera, animal shows, acrobatics, puppet shows, shadow play, dance and comedy.

The culture of washegoulan flourished in the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) when Hangzhou was the nation’s capital. According to records, the city was home to more than 20 washegoulan theaters. It was estimated that more than 7 million Hangzhou residents watched these performances in one year. Many of them were built along what is now Southern Song Royal Street.

Performances bring Southern Song Dynasty culture to life

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A woman is attracted to guochao– sachet style.

This burgeoning popular theatrical culture gradually declined due to changing dynasties and the advent of the technological age. Today, Hangzhou revives this lost era by performing and organizing activities along the Southern Song Royal Street influenced by washegoulan Culture.

Southern Song Bookstore is the place to showcase the fun and authentic performances of the Song Dynasty, because it’s the best place.

Organizers set up five booths to show major entertainments enjoyed by ancient Hangzhou residents, including seven-string zither, Chinese chess, painting, tayin (拓印) – reproducing stone inscriptions on paper – and calligraphy.

Residents are encouraged to bring Song Dynasty-themed books to share with each other. Conferences will be organized to allow professionals to share their academic research.

In addition, the organizers set up booths to showcase creative products inspired by Song Dynasty culture.

Along with the rise of guochao – a movement that celebrates Chinese designers’ focus on their culture and the changing fashion market – domestic designers will transform traditional craftsmanship into cutting-edge creations.

Some guochaoSachets of style are on display to celebrate the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival which falls on June 3. A sachet is usually a small, flexible bag containing fragrant herbs or fragrant items. Sewing the sachets is a tradition of the Dragon Boat Festival, meant to both deter mosquitoes and energize people with the refreshing scent.

Along with the sachets, hand-made gauze lanterns will also transport visitors back in time to the Song Dynasty. These poetic lanterns were considered an adornment rather than a source of light. Ancient Song people covered the lantern with a layer of gauze and curtains, which made it more romantic.

In recent years, Hangzhou has felt the importance of reviving washegoulan Culture. An authentic Song Dynasty show is performed every night at 8:30 p.m. as an educational promotion.

Except for performances, visitors can stroll along the characterful area of ​​South Royal Song Street, a segment of Zhongshan Road that has traditionally been one of Hangzhou’s main thoroughfares.

The renovated strip was renamed Southern Song Royal Street in commemoration of its use by the royal family of the Southern Song dynasty.

For exploring history and folklore, the hidden lanes in nearby old blocks offer a better portrait of Hangzhou’s past. Visitors can wander along the intersecting alleyways of this district, looking for remnants of bygone eras.

My first charge of an electric vehicle


My first experience of charging an electric vehicle at public stations was an eye-opener. I had already heard, read and written about charging stations, different types of chargers and other information about charging electric vehicles. Still, there’s often a learning curve when trying something new with your own hands in the real world.

Read on to find out what I experienced when I first used electric car charging stations.

Finding Electric Vehicle Charger Locations

According to the US Department of Energy, more than 80% of electric vehicle owners charge at home. Some employers provide chargers in company parking lots. And a growing number of public chargers are available to EV drivers when they’re on the go running errands or when traveling away from home.

A few charging points are near my neighborhood in suburban Atlanta. I knew chargers in a few nearby mall parking lots. And a long time ago, I read that my electricity supplier offered public chargers at their office.

Before taking a 2022 Chevrolet Bolt EV for a test drive, I checked the searchable map of nearly 48,000 U.S. station locations on the DOE’s Alternative Fuels Data Center website. Turns out there are more charging options near me than I knew – and there are other apps to locate them.

Level 2 free charging can be good

My first charging stop was in a mall parking lot with a grocery store and other storefronts. It offers two level 2 charging units which are free, and both were available when I pulled into a parking spot.

Level 2 chargers offer the same voltage (220 to 240 volts) as a typical residential electric clothes dryer. The chargers charge at around 6 kilowatts (kW), adding around 20 to 25 miles of range to the Bolt.

The charging cord was heavier than a gas pump hose. The connector type was the common J1772 type. I opened the Bolt’s charging port door on the left front panel and put the connector in place. It wasn’t difficult, but the cord is stiffer than a gas hose, so my first try wasn’t as smooth as wielding a gas pump nozzle. The charging station’s digital display indicated it was working, as did the car’s information display. So I went to the grocery store to buy some stuff.

My quick shopping trip took about 15 minutes. The car’s lithium-ion battery gained 5 miles of range while I shopped inside the store.

Level 3 free charging is great

2022 EV Battery State of Charge on the Chevy Bolt

My next charging session was on a Level 3 charger. These fast chargers (DC fast chargers, or DCFCs) offer between 400 volts and 900 volts and charge at 50 kW or more. Many variables affect charging speeds. Chevy claims the Bolt will gain up to 100 miles in 30 minutes. using a Level 3 DC fast charger.

This station I visited is on the property of my electricity supplier. It uses a system of solar panels arranged like flower petals to generate power for the EV charger. Visitors to the solar flower garden can charge their electric car for free.

The Bolt’s battery received 11.7kWh to reach the recommended capacity of 80%. Charging added 35 miles to range in 25 minutes of fast charging – no charge. If I had brought lunch with me, I could have enjoyed the well maintained picnic area next to the solar flowers while I waited.

Important Lessons Learned About Electric Vehicle Charging

Here are some great lessons from an experienced electric car driver at this charging station. His assumption that this was my first time charging an EV wasn’t too far off. He thought I was a newbie in charging because I was standing near the charger and fiddling with my phone to install an app.

EV Charging Apps

I had previously had the mistaken impression that EV charging apps were for regular chargers, like the customer loyalty programs used by many retailers. This is not the case. Instead, different networks maintain charging stations, similar to gas stations of the same brand.

The Nissan Leaf driver who stopped at the station shortly after I arrived said the apps were needed for payment, not to earn benefits. ChargePoint, EVgo, and Electrify America are just a few of the major networks in the electric vehicle charging space. The applications of these companies allow their users to wirelessly pay for the energy they receive from the charging stations.

Even if there is no charge, as is the case with my electric company, apps are often required to initiate the charging session. Now I have four EV charging apps installed on my phone, which at least in theory allows me to use most charging stations in my area. The grocery station where I had my first EV charging experience was off-grid, so no app or registration was needed.

Charging do’s and don’ts

The enthusiastic EV driver of the Flower Garden Solar Charger shared a few more ideas. He informed me of charging etiquette – use common sense, be friendly, and don’t leave your car in a charging spot longer than necessary.

He also warned me to be “ICEd”. The slang term describes the situation where a car with an internal combustion engine uses the designated parking space for electric vehicle charging.

Paid fast charge

2022 Chevy Bolt to DC fast charger

I stopped at another station the next day to try paid fast charging using another network. This charging session delivered 11.1 kWh in 21 minutes, at a cost of $6.63. The added range was 23 miles. The location was convenient. Coffee, pizza, fast food, ice cream and a bookstore were available a short walk from a parking lot.

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Week of May 30, 2022



Layden is on top at Mariner

Seafarers’ books Catherine Nintzel won the six-figure North American auction rights for Emilie Laydenit is Once again from above. The novel, Mariner said, was billed as an “ambitious grand escape” with undertones of “Gillian Flynn meets Daisy Jones and The six.” It follows a pop star whose best friend and collaborator disappeared when they were in high school. After the friend was found dead 15 years later, the discovery forces the pop star to ‘revisit their shared past, her friend’s influence on her music and if there’s more to their story than meets the eye. ‘looks like it,’ the editor added. Layden works in television development and is the author of the 2021 novel All the girlswho was a New York Times book review Staff Choice and was named Best Book of 2021 by Good Housekeeping. She was represented in the case by Lisa Grubka at Fletcher & Co. Once again from above is planned for 2024.

Goodman’s “Ladies” hit Berkley

from Berkley Kate Seaver pre-empted the North American rights to Alison Bonmanit is The benevolent society of ill-mannered ladies, as part of a two-book deal. Goodman is the bestselling author of the Dark Days Club YA trilogy, and caring society is she debut in adult fiction. Jill Grinberg to Jill Grinberg Literary Management, who represented Goodman, said the novel was presented as “Bridgerton meets Lady Sherlockand follows single, 42-year-old Lady Augusta “Gus” Colebrook, who, “fed up with being sent away as a spinster, embarks on an exciting double life with her twin sister Julia as the invisible champion of the people in the world. need, helped by a charming brigand with a complicated past. caring society is slated for spring 2023, with a currently untitled sequel also under contract.

Overlook Counts Lefferts’s ‘Ways’

TP contributor and Columbia MFA graduate Daniel Lefferts sold his first novel, Means and methodsto forget the press. Zachary Knoll purchased the North American rights, at auction, to Chris Clemans at Janklow & Nesbit Associates. Clemans described the novel as a “fast-paced” tale about “class and ambition, politics and art, sex and power”. Means and methods follows Alistair, who, after fleeing his hometown of Rust Belt for Wall Street, becomes “entangled in a reckless affair with an older gay couple and the unsavory machinations of an enigmatic industrial magnate”. Means and methods is scheduled for early 2024.

Saint-Martin welcomes Lin’s “daughter”

In a two-pound deal, Tiffany Shelton at St. Martin’s Press has obtained worldwide English rights to Rosalie M. Linhis first novel, Daughter of Calamity. The publisher said the historical adult fantasy, acquired through a joint deal with Georgia Summer at Pan Macmillan UK, takes place “in the nightclubs and roadside temples of Jazz Age Shanghai”. It follows a cabaret performer who “plots against ancient gods and powerful gangs to protect his fellow dancers from mysterious face-stealing attacks.” Lin, who lives in the Bay Area and has an undergraduate degree in comparative literature, worked as an interpreter in Beijing nightclubs. She was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2020. Kurestin Armada at Root Literary represented her in the case. Daughter of Calamity is scheduled for winter 2024.

Bloomsbury take on Vasilyuk’s debut

New York Times donor Sasha Vasilyuk sold Your presence is mandatory in Bloomsbury. Grace McNamee bought the North American rights to the first novel, which the publisher says is set “between Hitler’s Germany and post-war Ukraine.” It is “about a Ukrainian Jewish soldier and his family, who rely on his lifelong secret after discovering a letter he wrote to the KGB”. Michelle Navigator at Trellis Literary Management represented Vasilyuk in the case, and Your presence is mandatory is scheduled for spring 2024.

A version of this article originally appeared in the 05/30/2022 issue of Weekly editors under the title: Book offers

Colorado Springs Woman Started Writing Books After Her Mother Passed Away, Now She Owns a Bookstore


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — “young bookworms” is a new bookstore located north of Colorado Springs that exclusively sells self-published children’s books.

The idea was created by Joni McCoy after she started writing and publishing books herself. Joni was inspired by her mother, herself an avid reader.

“My mom was the greatest reader of all time and she really instilled that in us,” McCoy said.

In the later stages of her life, McCoy’s mother enjoyed having Joni read picture books to her. Joni’s mother was battling Alzheimer’s disease.

After her passing, McCoy was inspired to start writing books, eventually selling them all over town.

After much success, McCoy decided to open “Young Bookworms” and fill the shelves with authors of all ages, some as young as six.

All the books face out on the shelves, so children can see the colorful covers and every author has an equal chance of getting attention. It’s not just the books that grab the attention of small customers. The store sells personalized bookmarks, pens, and other goodies.

From Tuesday, the bookstore will start offering workshops for young children to learn to write and publish their own books. If they write one, it can be sold alongside other authors at “Young Bookworms”, kids can even earn royalties.

“Young Bookworms” is located at 3604 Hartsel Drive, Suite B in Colorado Springs.

Broadstone Net Lease (NYSE:BNL) downgraded to Hold at Zacks Investment Research

Broadstone Net Lease (NYSE: BNL – Get a rating) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note published on Friday, Zacks.com reports.

According to Zacks, “Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. is an internally managed REIT. It primarily acquires, owns and manages single-tenant commercial real estate properties. The company’s diverse portfolio includes healthcare facilities, restaurants, offices and retail businesses. Broadstone Net Lease, Inc. is based in NY, USA.”

Broadstone Net Lease stock traded down $0.48 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $21.09. The stock had a trading volume of 378,424 shares, compared to an average volume of 624,064. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.57 billion, a PE ratio of 31.48 and a beta of 1, 06. Broadstone Net Lease has a 52 week minimum of $18.96 and a 52 week maximum of $28.00. The company has a fifty-day simple moving average of $21.19 and a 200-day simple moving average of $22.75.

Broadstone Net Lease (NYSE: BNL – Get a rating) last reported results on Tuesday, May 3. The company reported EPS of $0.16 for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.15 by $0.01. Broadstone Net Lease posted a net margin of 27.15% and a return on equity of 3.86%. In the same period a year earlier, the company posted earnings per share of $0.31. Research analysts predict that Broadstone Net Lease will post 1.45 EPS for the current year.

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In other Broadstone Net Lease news, SVP Laurier J. Lessard, Jr. sold 2,500 shares of Broadstone Net Lease in a trade dated Thursday, March 10. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.20, for a total value of $53,000.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, accessible via the SEC website. Additionally, SVP Roderick Pickney sold 4,000 shares of Broadstone Net Lease in a trade dated Tuesday, March 1. The stock was sold at an average price of $21.50, for a total transaction of $86,000.00. Disclosure of this sale can be found here. Insiders of the company own 0.84% ​​of the shares of the company.

Several hedge funds have recently changed their positions in the company. Morgan Stanley increased its position in Broadstone Net Lease by 107.6% during the second quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 348,031 shares of the company valued at $8,148,000 after purchasing an additional 180,357 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new stake in Broadstone Net Lease during the third quarter worth approximately $234,000. California Public Employees Retirement System purchased a new stake in Broadstone Net Lease during the third quarter, valued at approximately $3,082,000. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its position in Broadstone Net Lease by 61.3% during the third quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 583,052 shares of the company valued at $14,466,000 after purchasing an additional 221,566 shares during the period. Finally, Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV acquired a new stake in Broadstone Net Lease during the third quarter at a value of approximately $829,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors hold 78.66% of the company’s shares.

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Obtaining limited notice to proceed for Shell

Limited notice to proceed for shells Gato To do Mato development in Brazil

BW Offshore is pleased to announce the award of Limited Notice to Proceed (LNTP) by Shell Brasil Petróleo Ltda (Shell) and its partners for early stage engineering and supplier bookings for the supply of an FPSO for the Gato do Mato oil and gas field offshore Brazil.

The LNTP is valued at 50 million USD. Upon completion of the LNTP, Shell and its partners aim to award a lease and operation contract to a consortium comprising BW Offshore and Saipem SpA, which will be jointly responsible for engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the FPSO with delivery scheduled for 2026. The award is subject to the finalization by the parties of the commercial and pricing conditions of the contract taking into account the current inflation of the chain’s market. procurement and a final investment decision by Shell and its partners.

The FPSO lease and operating agreement will have a firm term of 18 years with seven years of options.

“We have a clear strategy for developing and operating infrastructure-type floating generation solutions with long-term contracts and quality counterparties. Gato do Mato is a robust project meeting all our requirements,” said Marco Beenen, CEO of BW Offshore. “We will replicate the Barossa project model, using financial partners, and go even further by partnering with Saipem for the EPCI phase to add capacity and execution capabilities. We are very pleased to partner with Saipem and look forward to building a long term relationship with Shell and its partners in Brazil. »

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BW Offshore designs innovative floating production solutions. The Company has a fleet of 12 FPSOs with growth potential and ambition. Drawing on four decades of offshore operations and project execution, the company creates tailored energy solutions for evolving markets around the world. BW Offshore has approximately 2,000 employees and is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

This information is considered inside information under the EU Market Abuse Regulation and is subject to disclosure requirements under section 5-12 of the Norwegian Securities Act. This stock market announcement was published by Eric Stousland, IR & Corporate Finance at BW Offshore, on 26.05.2022 at 17:46 CEST

The man asks Shashi Tharoor to help him find a name for a bookstore. Congressman’s response impresses the internet


Twitter user Shah Zahan tagged Tharoor in a tweet and asked him to name a bookstore his friend was planning to open in Majuli, Assam.

Shashi Tharoor has shared a unique name for a bookstore.


  • A Twitter user asked Shashi Tharoor for help naming a bookstore.
  • Shashi Tharoor’s response left people in awe.
  • The bookstore should open in Assam.

Congressman Shashi Tharoor’s English vocabulary is something we all envy. Tharoor regularly shares unpublished words from the English dictionary on his official Twitter profile and netizens have to pull out their notebooks to add the word. Now the MP for Thiruvananthapuram has come forward to help a surfer name his bookstore in Assam. The unique and meaningful name will just make you say wow.

It all started when a Twitter user named Shah Zahan tagged Tharoor in a tweet and asked him to name a bookstore his friend was planning to open in Majuli, Assam. “Dear @ShashiTharoor. Sir, a bosom friend of mine, after completing his masters in political science, is going to open a shop in @Majuli (net cafe, books and stationery). So he is asking for a unique name in English for his shop. Can I ask you to do a favor for the name search?” he tweeted along with a photo of the bookstore.


Tharoor responded to the tweet with a meaningful suggestion that won the hearts of netizens. “How about calling it ‘WWW: World Wide Words’?” This covers both books and the internet,” he suggested.

Tharoor’s answer garnered over a thousand likes and tons of praise. Shah Zahan also thanked him for suggesting such an original name.

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Raven Book Store selected as Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year – The Lawrence Times


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The Raven Book Store has been shortlisted for the biggest award a bookstore in America can receive.

Publishers Weekly announced Tuesday that the downtown Lawrence store with a 35-year heritage is this year’s Bookstore of the Year.


Danny Caine, majority owner of the Raven, said the store joins an incredible line of winners that includes “a few of our hero stores”.

The Raven has had a lot of success and recognition over the years, and Caine said the store is able to do what it does thanks to the support of the Lawrence community. He cited Raven’s advocacy work, expanding sections of the store, moving to a new location on Massachusetts Street last year and the company’s transition to an employee-ownership model, as examples.

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“The security of knowing that we have a consistent base of support from our community really helps us and allows us to do cool things,” he said, “and then we get recognized for the cool things, and that makes really good.”

Massive corporations like Amazon have been devastating to independent bookstores around the world — and it’s something Caine is quite familiar with, as he wrote the book about it. But even in this environment, the Raven is thriving. Caine said “good bookstore and community building” are among the reasons.

“Their main goal is to collect data and explode their profits for the people at the top of the company,” Caine said. “That’s not our point. We want to be the bookstore Lawrence, Kansas needs, and do our part any way we can with our business, platform, and advocacy to help grow and enrich the Lawrence community.

The bookstore supports the community, and the community supports the bookstore, he said — and for the Raven, that exchange began three and a half decades ago.

“That’s how you build a strong library. Because the community is so important to you, and you are so important to the community, this exchange is lasting power,” he said. “And it gets you through any type of storm, whether it’s Amazon, Borders, or a pandemic.”

Adam Smith / Contributing photo Seven Raven Book Store employees buy 49% of the store, they announced in January. Front row, left to right, Nikita Imafidon, Mary Wahlmeier Bracciano, Jack Hawthorn and Danny Caine. Back row, left to right, are Kelly Barth, Hannah Reidell, Chris Luxem and Sarah Young.

So the store can handle the ups and downs of a small business. And it’s circular: thanks to the support of the community, the Raven can enable people to build a career in the bookstore.

And the effect is not limited to Lawrence, as noted by Publishers Weekly.

“Authors, booksellers and publishing professionals testified to how, with creativity and panache, the Raven and (Kurtis Lowe of Book Travelers West, named Trade Representative of the Year) have supported authors and books during the pandemic — and that their actions, in fact, supported the independent bookstore industry itself,” according to Publishers Weekly’s article on the award.

Mary Wahlmeier Bracciano, an employee owner of the Raven, said in a statement that, in her experience, “growing up in Kansas means feeling insignificant, inferior and uninformed.”

“Being part of The Raven made me realize that Kansas is beautiful, Kansas is special, and if people like us stay, Kansas will be a better place,” she said. “This award is for everyone who has worked at The Raven before, for all of our customers, especially our regulars, many of whom are valued friends, and for our wonderful cats, Dashiell and Ngaio.”


Looking ahead, Caine said he and his fellow booksellers want to continue.

“It’s really great to be recognized for the work, but the work is not done,” he said. “We are thinking of ways to contribute to the fight for abortion access and reproductive justice in Kansas; we’re thinking of ways to support readers of all ages in Kansas; we are concerned about the book ban movement in this country right now.

They want to “continue the amazing work the Raven has been doing for 35 years, this bookstore, and find out how we can meet the needs of the community as well,” Caine said.

Other award finalists included Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, New York; Mitchell’s Book Corner, Nantucket, Massachusetts; Two Birds Books, Santa Cruz, CA; and Madison Books, Seattle.

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New Travelport+ Self-Service Suite Unleashes Productivity and Powers Travel Retail


WHY IT RATES: With new providers and better tools to save agents and developers time, Travelport+ is creating a new standard for the travel retail platform. – Lacey Pfalz, Associate Editor, TravelPulse

Travelport, a global technology company that manages reservations for hundreds of thousands of travel suppliers worldwide, today launched the latest release of product functionality for its next-generation travel retail platform, Travelport+ . The new self-service suite and automation tools, now available on Travelport+, help travelers and the travel retailers that support them create an efficient online shopping and service experience for travelers. Travelport has also recently expanded the availability of NDC content and NDC service capabilities for several of its airline partners.

“This next phase of our Travelport+ evolution is to make our next-generation travel marketplace work and become more internet-like, with more self-service and automation, so our customers can enable their own retail experiences at the modern digital retail,” said Jen Catto, chief marketing officer at Travelport. “With so many customers moving to Travelport+, we’ve remained nimble and focused on enabling agents to automate a task quickly and easily, so agents have more time in their day to serve and support their travelers.” We are also expanding NDC capabilities with our partners, to go beyond simply booking NDC content to actually improving the way flights are bought, sold and served, with new add-ons, paid seats and luggage.

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Better workflow automation for agents

Travelport’s new self-service tool, Productivity Automator, is designed to help agents work more productively by reducing the number of manual tasks and vendor calls. The automation capabilities available with Productivity Automator through Travelport+ ultimately gives agents more time to focus on advising their travelers and increases upsell opportunities for suppliers. Travelport+ customers using Productivity Automator have found they can potentially save 14% of time for their entire team every day.

Lisa Henning, Managing Director of Inspire, commented, “Productivity Automator has not only eliminated repetitive tasks by streamlining workflows, it has also helped us significantly reduce the cost of route maintenance, thanks to our improved efficiency.”

Better self-service support for developers and agents

The latest Travelport+ product release also introduces modernized self-service tools for agency customers and developers, including Travelport’s completely redesigned MyTravelport developer portal. The updated portal was designed for modern travel retailers and now offers virtual agent support, smarter knowledge base search and an online community. These customer service and support updates make the Travelport+ digital support journey faster and easier for developers and agencies using Travelport.

Expanded content and more choices for everyone

Travelport continued to evolve its content offering to help agency customers offer more choice with Travelport+, with new add-ons that include paid seating and baggage opportunities with more than 14 new airlines. The company has signed NDC agreements with 19 airlines globally and is continually rolling out more NDC content, making it available to Travelport customers in every region. American Airlines’ NDC content is now available to Travelport+ customers in North America, and Travelport expects three additional airlines’ NDC content to go live in NORAM this quarter.

“New distribution capability is a key part of transforming travel retail,” said Neil Geurin, general manager of digital and distribution for American Airlines. “Travelport is making significant progress with NDC in providing travel agents with access to better, more relevant deals, which is invaluable to American and our customers.”

Travelport customers also have quick and easy access to even more robust and enriched content with over 318 branded fare airlines now living in Travelport+, following the addition of 12 new airlines that recently joined the content. and the Wealthy Travelport brand.

The self-service tools and automation features of this latest version of Travelport+ complement agents’ ability to sell more, freeing up their time, while providing them with an expanded menu of content. For more information, please visit https://www.travelport.com/plus/peak-productivity.

THE SOURCE: Travelport press release.

The Week in Betting – Bettor goes all-in on Dallas Mavericks to make history


David Purdum gives a quick look at some of the most notable bets and sportsbook stories from the past week.


No NBA team has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a best-of-seven playoff series. A Nevada bettor is invested in the Dallas Mavericks by becoming first.

Caesars Sportsbook reported taking a $50,000 bet Tuesday on the Mavericks to come back and win the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

If the Mavericks became the first team to erase a 3-0 deficit, the bettor would net $1.5 million.

“This is easily one of the craziest bets I’ve ever seen,” Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading at Caesars Sportsbook, said in a company statement. “There have been 3-0 comebacks in other sports, but not in the NBA. If the Mavericks are successful, this bettor will also be a part of history with one of the biggest ever winnings for an NBA bet. “

But the bettor had not finished. According to Caesars, the same client also placed a $10,000 bet on the Mavericks to win the NBA title at odds of 75-1. Caesars wasn’t the only bookmaker to report big bets on the Mavs. DraftKings reported on Tuesday that they took a $420,000 bet from a client in Arizona on Dallas to cover the 1-point spread before Game 4.

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Rufus Peabody, a professional bettor, tweeted a screenshot of a $500 bet he made on Sunday on Mito Pereira to win the PGA Championship at odds of 300-1 at Circa Sports. The bet would have paid out $150,000. Pereira, leading by one, hit his tee shot into a stream on the 18th and made a double bogey that knocked him out of a playoff with Justin Thomas and Will Zalatoris. “Well that hurts,” Peabody posted, along with the screenshot of his bet.

Thomas was 250-1 to win the tournament midway through its round at PointsBet sportsbook. A bettor put $200 on him at that price and won $50,000, when Thomas beat Zalatoris in the playoffs.


Last week an Arizona bettor placed a $25,000 bet on the Philadelphia Phillies to win the NL East at +850 odds with Caesars Sportsbook. The bet would net $212,500. The Phillies will start this week eight games behind the New York Mets.


Caesars Sportsbook has released lines on every NFL game for the upcoming season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the only team currently favored every game, while the Houston Texans are the only team that’s an underdog every game. The current biggest point spread is in the Week 2 game between the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. The Rams are home favorites 13.5 points ahead of the Falcons.

Wineally Launches Revolutionary Wine Pairing App to Help Restaurant Staff and Consumers Find the Best Possible Food and Wine Pairings


“Everyone, everywhere deserves great wine and food experiences” says Founder and CEO Ole Nielsen

May 24 – After years of intensive development, the Wineally system is launched in different versions for restaurants, wine merchants and wine producers as well as an app for consumers. The system enables all parts of the wine business to increase revenue and reduce costs and consumers to achieve better wine and dine times by offering several unique functions.

“It all started when, as a wine merchant, I realized that most consumers are not able to pair wine with their dishes satisfactorily and that most restaurants do not have a dedicated sommelier and educated.” says Ole

Our first question was: How can we help restaurants and consumers achieve better wine and dine experiences? By digging into this question and interviewing consumers, wine merchants and restaurants, we concluded that consumers are willing to spend more if they know that the wine they are buying matches their dishes well. The solution was to develop the most complex wine pairing algorithm to date and create a comprehensive database of wine information. Today, Wineally’s database contains over 700,000 wines, focusing on widely available commercial wines that are actually consumed in the on-trade circuit globally. Based on the wine database and restaurant information, Wineally creates a unique wine-DNA and dish-DNA which is used for the advanced food-wine pairing.

With the restaurant app, service staff can deliver world-class wine pairings on the floor, even after just a few minutes of introduction and training with the app. Wineally also helps the restaurant increase its revenue by facilitating the sale of take-out and take-out wine.

“We know that the last two years have been difficult for the entire hospitality industry and that finding experienced and trained staff is really difficult at the moment. Wineally can help restaurant, hotel or cafe to provide professional wine service even with inexperienced and untrained staff or customer can do it themselves in the app. says Ole

This way we can help the industry maintain revenue and reduce the cost of providing excellent service. We also know that satisfied customers are more likely to return, so improving service is always a great investment. Wineally takes care of tasks that normally require years of training, like pairing multiple dishes and capturing guest preferences without making it difficult to use. Even consumers themselves can use the app if preferred by the restaurant.

About Winely

Wineally is a SaaS company founded in Sweden and owner of the cloud-based business system product Wineally. The Wineally system digitizes information processing across the entire wine trade value chain, from wine producers, wine merchants and restaurant to wine consumer. Wineally increases efficiency, reduces costs and improves quality for all parts of the value chain. Wineally also simplifies purchasing decisions for consumers by providing an app that enhances wine and dining experiences. The team behind Wineally have many years of international experience in all aspects of the wine trade.


Lessons from the Hall of Men |


WICHITA, Kansas — The Hall of Men lives up to its name, with get-togethers featuring beer, cigars, an open bar, some kind of “male food” (think pizza), and lots of table chat giant wood.

But there are also the evening prayers, the icons, the Bible readings and the conferences on the authors whose portraits hang on the walls. Names include CS Lewis, Flannery O’Connor, WH Auden, Dorothy Sayers, Fyodor Dostoevsky, JRR Tolkien and many more. Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan are also in the game.

This group has met twice a month for a dozen years, and most worshipers are Orthodox, Catholic and Lutheran, with many Evangelicals at special events. Honored authors are selected after an informal process that usually begins during the fellowship before and after conferences, with men talking about books that have touched their lives.

“It’s all affected by having this bookstore right next door,” said Pastor Geoff Boyle, a Missouri-Synod Lutheran who has long been active in the project. “The man behind the counter is used to having these conversations and obviously knows all about the books the guys are talking about. The books are there and if they aren’t they soon will be.

“That bookstore” is Eighth Day Books, which attracts customers from across the country to an old three-story house with 46,000 new and used books – 27,000 titles – stored and stacked anywhere that will fit them, including including the “Hobbit Hole” basement stuffed with children’s literature. The white-haired man behind the counter is owner Warren Farha, an Orthodox believer with family ties to Lebanon.

It’s not a “Christian bookstore” full of trinkets, inspirational posters, and religious self-help books, but “Eighth Day” is a reference to Jesus’ resurrection.

Farha established the shop in 1988 and selects all books with the help of an ecumenical network woven into the Eighth Day Institute and its conferences, newsletters, podcasts and groups such as the Hall of Men and the Sisters of Sophia.

“My goal has always been to be fair to the great traditions,” said Farha, from her office in the bookstore’s attic. “We have classics of history, literature, poetry, church history, theology and philosophy—Christian writings through the ages. … I always listen to people who GET the role model for what we do here.

“Great books from different traditions are on the shelves next to each other, even though they collide in ways that we need to discuss.”

At the heart of the Hall of Men project is a question that all kinds of bookish people, from academics to popular writers, have been asking over the past decades: what can be done to encourage more men – in the age of screens brilliant digital – to read books?

There are men who read popular classics, old and new, and then there are those who, when exposed to ancient writings, delve deep into the books of monastery presses and Christian scholars, Farha said. . Hall of Men leaders have stopped trying to push men into niches.

“These men don’t sort it out easily,” he added. “There are many lads in vans who buy volumes of the Early Church Fathers and read them devoutly. All kinds are needed.

Everyone agrees that the “bridge” writer between these two worlds is Lewis, the Oxford professor whose books – fiction for all ages, scholarship, poetry and journals – have been bestsellers for 75 years. Thus, the bookstore has a large “CS Lewis & Friends” section, and the institute holds an annual conference focusing on The Inklings, the circle of writers that included Lewis, Tolkien, Sayers and others.

The key is that the Hall of Men and other Eighth Day projects help members and visitors dig deeper into the lives and works of all of these authors and more, said Jeff Reimer, book editor and art professional. Internet who lives outside of Wichita. It doesn’t matter where readers start when there are friends to help keep them going.

“Warren has created a kind of community of desire here that draws people in. … I tell people this is the most erotic bookstore ever – but not in the usual sense of that word,” Reimer said with a laugh. . “It’s a place of conversations heard that can change everything. One conversation leads to another and one book leads to another.

Terry Mattingly directs GetReligion.org and lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. He is a principal investigator at the Overby Center at the University of Mississippi.

Tribune’s sportswriter sets the tone with new crime novel


By Hannah Curran, Editor-in-Chief

TRUSSVILLE — Tribune sportswriter Bobby Mathews grew up as a professional wrestling fan, watching Southeastern Championship Wrestling broadcast on CBS affiliate WTVY from Dothan.

Book cover image courtesy of Shotgun Honey Books

He’s drawn on those memories to write his latest book, Living the Gimmick, out Friday, May 27 from Shotgun Honey Books.

“I blame my dad for my love of wrestling,” Mathews said. “When my parents bought a house in Enterprise, I was four years old. The first TV show I can remember was Wrestling every Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Like many kids, I went through some rough teenage years. Wrestling was the thing my dad and I could always bond over.

Mathews drew on his memories of struggling in the Southern Territory as well as hours of research to write the novel. It’s a murder mystery, with half the novel set in flashbacks to the 1980s, and the other half in a modern sports entertainment spectacle at Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium.

The book revolves around a central theme: when the world’s most famous professional wrestler is murdered, his best friend must navigate today’s world of “sports entertainment” to find the killer.

Mathews’ book has garnered praise from literary heavyweights like New York Times bestseller SA Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears.

“At times a wild, surreal journey through the old school pro wrestling subculture and at other times a deft love letter to the passions that drive us all, Living the Gimmick is a good time,” said said Cosby. “Bobby Mathews obviously loves three things: the South, pro wrestling and a good mystery.”

Mathews will be signing copies of his book at DeDe’s Book Rack in Trussville on June 18, and he has several more signings and appearances scheduled for June and July.

Birmingham author Hank Early, whose Southern-tinged detective stories have touched the home of many readers, also praised the book.

“Mathews writes in smooth, almost transparent strokes that propel the narrative with such force that you’ll read the whole novel in one sitting,” Early said. “The seedy world of wrestling and the tough guys who populate it come to life on the page. Kayfabe? Barely. It’s as real and gritty as black gets.

Living the Gimmick is deliberately written in a tight, lively style, Mathews said. It’s part page-turner, part literary homage to writers like Donald Westlake and Robert B. Parker, whom Mathews lists as huge influences on his writing.

“I hope fans of old-school territory wrestling and even fans of today’s more seamless and bland ‘sports entertainment’ environment enjoy the story,” he said. .

Heather Levy, the author of Walking Through Needles, notes that the book not only functions as a tribute to professional wrestling, but as a reminder that sometimes the people we think we know best are actually strangers under the skin.

“Mathews’ awe-inspiring first murder mystery is as much a serious tribute to the excessive, violent, glam rock world of professional wrestling as it is a testament to how it evolved from its often ruthless heyday to the glitzy entertainment machine that ‘it is now,’ Levy said. . “LIVING THE GIMMICK is a headshot shrouded in dark sensibilities as it slams a universal question: how well do we really know those we love and trust?”

Living the Gimmick is available for pre-order in paperback or e-book at Shotgun Honey Poundsand it will be available from major retailers like Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, 2nd & Charles and independent bookstores everywhere.

For more book information and touring information, see Mathews’ website, bamawriter.com.

Waterstones will open a new branch in Lichfield


A major bookseller is set to start a new chapter by opening its first store in a West Midlands town, commercial property consultancy Burley Browne has announced.

Waterstones has agreed to lease a 3,146 square foot retail unit in Market Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire. The unit was released by women’s fashion store Dorothy Perkins in early 2021.

Acting on behalf of a private landlord, Burley Browne has entered into a new lease with Waterstones for the store, which is set in a prominent location overlooking the town’s market square.

Waterstones was established in 1982 by Tim Waterstone. It has since become an icon of Britain’s cultural landscape, employing over 3,000 booksellers in over 280 bookshops.

As the last surviving national bookstore chain, led by managing director James Daunt, it fought off the perceived threat from e-readers and online competition to launch a program of active expansion.

Luke Taylor, Retail Director at Waterstones, said: “We are delighted to be opening a Waterstones bookshop in Lichfield. We had long hoped to open a boutique in this historic and popular city and have now found a great location thanks to Burley Browne. Our team of booksellers look forward to welcoming Lichfield readers to their beautiful new shop and recommending all the brilliant books waiting to be discovered.

David Hemming, director of Burley Brown, said there had been a huge interest in the property. “Unsurprisingly, several other good quality businesses were interested, including cafes and restaurants. However, since this is such a large unit in the city center, our client wanted to make sure we had the right type of occupant to match the location.

He added: “Waterstones ticked all the boxes and fits in very well with Lichfield’s strong mix of independent stores and national chains. The catering and leisure market is also dynamic. It was this strain that Waterstones really liked.

“They can tap into a good age range of the local population and there are a lot of tourists who also visit the town. It has done very well over the past two years despite all the challenges, largely because that it offers such wonderful variety. The outlook in Lichfield is really positive. We certainly noticed coming out of lockdown that the level of interest in Lichfield from national operators has increased.”

Burley Browne is one of the West Midlands’ leading independent commercial property consultants. It offers a full range of commercial real estate services to a wide variety of clients. These include individuals and small businesses, pension funds, banks, property investors and developers, multinational corporations and national retail and leisure operators.

From its headquarters in Sutton Coldfield, Burley Browne is unique in providing specialist knowledge provided by chartered surveyors specializing in every industry and discipline and covering the Birmingham and Staffordshire areas (which include Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield, Tamworth and Walsall), while also serving the wider West. Midlands region.

Chinese bill collapses as lenders ‘dress the window’ on lending books


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SHANGHAI, May 23 (Reuters) – Slowing economic growth in China and anemic demand for loans have triggered massive purchases of low-risk short-term financial instruments by lenders, pushing yields near zero , as banks seek to meet their internal lending targets.

According to data from the Shanghai Commercial Paper Exchange.

This compares to an average return of 2.07% over the first three months of the year. It is also well below the banks’ interbank borrowing cost of around 2%.

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The rise in demand for short-term instruments reflects a quirk of Chinese regulations, whereby banks’ commercial paper holdings are considered short-term loans, said Raymond Yeung, chief economist for Greater China. at ANZ.

“It allows banks to dress up their loan portfolios by buying banker’s acceptance bills so they can meet lending targets,” he said.

The regulatory loophole has distorted interest rates in the commercial paper market and risks encouraging arbitrage activity and undermining China’s monetary policy.

A state-owned bank loan officer said it’s increasingly difficult to meet banks’ internal performance metrics for average daily volume and monthly loan increases as widespread lockdowns in Shanghai darken already bleak growth prospects for the world’s second largest economy. Read more

“There is especially a lot of pressure to meet the targets for lending to private companies. But where can we find so many good projects? To meet the targets, the only way is to buy bills, even if the returns are low “, he said.

While commercial paper financing contributed to most new business loans issued in April, new global loans in China fell around 80% from March and hit their lowest level in nearly 4 years. and half.


The authorities have taken steps to support hard-hit sectors of the economy and encourage lending, but the lockdowns have eroded the effectiveness of the easing and reduced demand more than supply, said Robin Xing, an economics economist. head of China at Morgan Stanley.

“In a normal non-COVID year, it takes about three to six months for the easing measures to have a strong and clear impact on broad-based businesses,” Xing said. “But this year, given the closures, the pass-through will be longer.”

Commercial paper yields have fallen in the past, often near the end of a quarter or year, before rebounding quickly. But over the past month, ultra-low yields have persisted.

The increasingly common practice of buying bills to meet lending targets has already drawn criticism from banks and foreign exchange officials.

Such activity is the main contributor to trading volatility in the commercial paper market and creates a disconnect between commercial paper prices and other similar assets, wrote Xie Jinglei, an official with Shanghai Commercial Paper’s surveillance department. Exchange, in an article published on the exchange site.

Guo Xinqiang, vice director of commercial paper business at Zheshang Bank, said in a working paper that adjustments are needed to curb the practice because banks that buy commercial paper in the secondary market do not channel the money. to the real economy.

Such activities distort interest rates, “incentivize illegal arbitrage, and reduce the authenticity and effectiveness of central bank monetary policies.”

Growing demand from banks for bankers’ acceptance notes to meet internal lending targets has pushed some yields close to zero
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Biden boosts ties with Japan, unveils Asia trade initiative

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Tokyo (AFP) – President Joe Biden is meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo and unveiling a multinational trade initiative on Monday as part of his effort to reinvigorate American strategic power in Asia.

Fresh off a three-day visit to another key US ally, South Korea, Biden will also hold talks with Japanese Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace.

U.S. officials portray Japan and South Korea as pillars of Washington’s backlash against China’s growing commercial and military power, as well as partners in a Western-led alliance to isolate Russia during its invasion of Ukraine.

On Tuesday, Biden reinforces the theme of American leadership in the Asia-Pacific by joining the prime ministers of Australia, India and Japan for a Quad Group summit.

Biden praised newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese for deciding immediately on his victory this weekend to attend the summit.

This is “a vital opportunity to exchange views and continue to drive practical cooperation in the Indo-Pacific,” the White House said, using the administration’s term for the region. Asia Pacific.

However, Quad member India stands out for its refusal to openly condemn Moscow or cut off trade with Russia. Biden will also meet one-on-one with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.

North Korea ignores Biden

Above every stop on Biden’s Asian tour is the fear that the unpredictable North Korea may test a nuclear-capable missile or bomb.

Above Biden’s trip, fear North Korea could test nuclear-capable missile or bomb SAUL LOEB AFP/File

Speculation that it could even happen while Biden was just across the border in Seoul failed to materialize over the weekend.

But US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters the threat persisted and said the dictatorship had a choice.

“If North Korea acts, we will be ready to react. If North Korea does not act, North Korea has the opportunity, as we have said many times, to come to the table,” he said. he declared.

Pyongyang has so far refused to heed calls for dialogue from the United States, officials say, even ignoring offers of help to tackle a sudden massive outbreak of Covid-19, according to Biden.

The situation will be on the agenda for the Biden-Kishida talks, the White House said, along with their “shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific” – US diplomatic code for maintaining the status quo with a China rising.

The pair are expected to issue a statement on the need for “stability” in the Taiwan Strait amid growing concern over Chinese pressure on the island.

And in a sign of Japan’s concern over regional tensions, Kishida is expected to announce plans to increase defense spending, a sensitive issue in a country whose constitution limits the military to defense.

Commercial initiative

After holding a joint press conference with Kishida, Biden will unveil a long-awaited trade initiative — also intended to cement US presence in the region — dubbed the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, or IPEF.

Biden will meet the Emperor and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida before a summit with the leaders of India and Australia
Biden will meet the Emperor and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida before a summit with the leaders of India and Australia SAUL LOEB AFP

The IPEF is being touted by Washington as a framework for what will eventually become a tight-knit group of trading nations.

Unlike traditional trading blocs, IPEF members are not expected to negotiate tariffs and facilitate market access — a tool that has become increasingly unpopular among U.S. voters who fear undermining manufacturing. local.

Instead, the program plans to onboard business partners with agreed standards in four main areas: digital economy, supply chains, clean energy infrastructure and anti-corruption measures.

The White House has so far been tight-lipped about how many countries are signing on, and it faces questions about how the standards of behavior agreed between the partners can be enforced.

However, there is no political appetite in the United States to return to a binding Asian trade deal following Trump’s 2017 withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

This massive trade bloc was relaunched, without U.S. membership, in 2018 as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

8 Books You Should Check Out If You Liked HBO’s ‘Our Flag Means Death’


What is it about : VE Schwab’s first book shades of magic the trilogy follows Kell Maresh, one of the last of a rare type of magician called Antari, who has the ability to travel between parallel versions of London; Red, gray, white and, at the same time, black. Kell is a prince adopted by the Maresh family of Red London. In White London, he serves the empire as an ambassador to the court of George III, where there is no more magic. Unbeknownst to his royal family, Kell spends his free time as a smuggler, allowing paying customers small glimpses into worlds they will never see. Despite its profitability, Kell’s sideways hustle has dangerous consequences – ones he begins to learn firsthand. When one of his jobs goes awry, he escapes to Gray London where he meets Delilah Bard, an ambitious pickpocket who forces Kell to take him to another world for a real adventure. The farther the two travel, the more danger Kell poses. And now he must go to great lengths to protect his magic from those who seek to take it from him.

How it compares: Set almost exactly 100 years later Our flag means death, a darker shade of magic is another historical fantasy that features pirates. While it includes a lot more fantasy tropes than the series (like its main theme, blood magic), one thing the book has in common with the series is laid-back quirkiness. The book’s author, VE Schwab, said of the series that “characters should be presumed queer unless otherwise noted.” That’s exactly the feeling of OFMD — with so many crew members in same-sex or same-sex relationships. Plus, like the show, this book is great fun. This is only the first of three, so buy the book, buckle up, and get ready to spend a lot of time with these wonderful characters!

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Talbot’s Lakeville distribution center will close in November


The Talbot distribution center located in Lakeville will permanently close in November.

On May 13, the company notified the state of the impending layoff of 277 people as a result of the shutdown. The plan is to close the distribution center in three phases, beginning July 29 and ending November 11.

The Lakeville facility is the sole distribution center for the Hingham-based company, which in addition to sending apparel to the chain’s more than 550 retail outlets also processes all online orders.

The one million square foot distribution center is located on Kenneth Welch Drive in Lakeville in the Great Pond Industrial Park.

The Talbot brand started in 1947 and soon moved to a historic house in Hingham, painting the door red to symbolize welcome, according to the company’s website. The “red door” has become a hallmark of the Talbot’s brand.

In 2012 the company was purchased by Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm which also purchased Torrid, Lane Bryant, Ann Taylor, The Limited, Hot Topic, Staples and other retailers.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has particularly affected Talbot’s, with its core demographic of older professional women more likely to work from home since 2020. As a result, the S&P downgraded the company’s status to “deep junk territory.” in January 2001.

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The lack of bouncers slams the doors of the great evenings of the British | Travel & leisure


After the tumult of the last two and a half years, the hotel sector was hoping for a banner year 2022 to recoup its pandemic losses. But while businesses have seen an increase in customers looking to spend their lockdown savings, the twin pressures of staff shortages and rising costs are now forcing many clubs, restaurants, pubs and hotels to turn people away and to close their doors in the middle of the week.

Bouncers are a particularly rare role. Three-quarters of clubs, pubs and bars said they lacked security staff, with some closing earlier or closing entirely on Tuesdays or Wednesdays as well as Mondays, according to the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA).

Job postings for security personnel have jumped 59% since February 2020, just before the start of the pandemic – well ahead of the overall 45% increase in postings for all roles, according to the job search site. Indeed jobs. However, interest in these positions fell 8% despite a 5.1% year-over-year salary increase.

The figures suggest that the shortages that began during the pandemic are still a problem in the industry, as a high employment rate offers job seekers an abundance of choice.

Aaron Mellor, the boss of Tokyo Industries, which runs 47 bars and clubs in the north of England, said a number of his venues were now operating one or two fewer nights a week and moving the hour of the last entry earlier due to a mix of higher costs and a shortage of experienced and qualified gate staff. “We have reduced mid-week nights to compress trade,” he said. “It’s not just about staff, it’s about public services and everything else.”

He said making the last entry earlier meant experienced staff could be redeployed inside the venue, although the switch to clubgoers buying tickets in advance rather than showing up spontaneously had facilitated change. “We get relatively few appointments,” he said.

While there are 250,000 licensed door security guards in the UK, 24,000 of them women, the NTIA said many have moved on during the pandemic and found other types of work with more sociable hours.

Michael Kill, the association’s chief executive, said resources had been stretched as people were “reluctant to take up a somewhat fragile role again in the face of further closures”. He added that there were fears shortages could worsen as the most experienced security staff were diverted to festivals over the summer.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, the trade body which represents thousands of restaurants, bars and hotels, said around a quarter of its members had been forced to cut their trading hours because the situation with security staff reflected similar recruitment issues in the industry. , chiefs being still particularly rare.

The queue to enter Depot Mayfield, a 10,000 seater club in Manchester, last New Year’s Eve. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

She said hospitality businesses were still about 10% short of staff, double the level before the pandemic, and were short by 188,000 permanent employees and 25,000 temporary or seasonal workers. “Some close on certain days of the week and certain portions, like breakfast or lunch,” she said. “Hotels limit the number of beds or rooms, so there is a significant impact on revenue.”

These shorter hours were introduced even before any significant reduction in customer spending as the cost of living crisis begins to bite. Pubs and restaurants have warned they are likely to see fewer visitors as they are forced to raise prices and cut discounts due to rising costs.

Nicholls said that, on average, businesses could do a fifth more trade if they operated with a full workforce.

Philip Turner, founder and managing director of the Chestnut group of pubs in East Anglia, said three or four of his 15 outlets had now moved to five days a week from seven, closing on Mondays and Tuesdays.

He said it was becoming increasingly difficult to book dinners on Monday and Tuesday nights in the industry amid the fight for staff. “Throughout the lockdown, we have seen a number of employees reluctant to return to work and there is now a real labor shortage,” he said. “It’s never been easy to hire, but Brexit and Covid haven’t made it any easier.”

While he said the group’s vacancy rate was similar to pre-pandemic, he pointed out that it had increased to more than four working days and had started offering other benefits such as a mini-festival for the staff, flexible hours and bonuses for the most juniors. kitchen staff as well as top chefs. The group also had to increase its salaries by 7.5% to 10% compared to pre-pandemic levels.

“We try to create an environment where people want to work for us as a brand,” he said. “It’s not just about money. You’re not going to win the battle without a whole variety of things that are relevant to the way people want to live.

The life of a British bookseller vividly remembered


A book is indeed a powder keg, but it is the reader who lights the fuse.

If so, bibliomaniacs will find something to warm their hearts when author Marius Kociejowski shares his love of books, travel and anecdotes about celebrities in England’s antiquarian arts and book trade.

A factotum in the book trade


A factotum in the book trade

The use of the word factotum in the title alludes to the range of jobs he has held in the trade, while learning to recognize his strengths and weaknesses. Which also suggests why he never opened his own store, allowing him to be a published travel writer and poet.

While pinball players will delight in the way the chapters ricochet, others may wonder about the eclectic circus feel. As the author says, “I hate the straight line”.

Kociejowski had long said he wouldn’t write memoirs, but it seems his publisher, the pandemic and the end of his career as a bookseller prompted him to take up his pen.

Born in 1949, Kociejowski’s curiosity took him from rural Ontario to the lure of London. As he writes on Charing Cross Road and Cecil Court you can hear the noise of traffic, the constant stream of pedestrians stopping to browse the bargain books outside the shops, the aroma of falafel emanating from the Gaby’s restaurant, then the noise subsides as you press your nose against one window after another on Cecil Court. Modern original editions, Travel, Youth, Theater, Mysteries. It is a pilgrimage.

Cecil Court is a small side street that has seen so much history but, according to Kociejowski’s current description (and a visit to the street’s website), is becoming ghostly.

As the old saying goes, for those who have researched and experienced it, no explanation is needed; for those who have not done it, nothing is possible.

As for trivia, Kociejowski talks about author Graham Greene walking into his shop, travel writer Bruce Chatwin living upstairs, and his commiseration and support for a young musician hoping to put poetry of Edith Sitwell in music – only to find out later that he had chatted with Annie Lennox of Eurythmics.

The author seems to have worked with or known the cream of the crop in the trade, although some have self-destructed or had a bad streak of sneakiness. Best of all are the customers – the eccentrics, the irritants, even the time wasters. Shared curiosity is worth more than cash on hand and explains why every day promised new possibilities.

This is a book to quote until your friends close their ears. There are teasers, such as “I first met him when he got his hands on the remaining stock of George Orwell’s then very rare first Ukrainian edition. farm animal…it contains a special introduction by the author, translated into Ukrainian, in which Orwell describes not only his experiences in the Spanish Civil War but also the genesis of the book. If this doesn’t appeal to you, then maybe A factotum in the book trade is not for you.

Ron Robinson learned his trade as a stock boy in Eaton’s book department and was one of the founding partners of McNally Robinson Booksellers.

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Xeris Biopharma Stock (XERS): Q1 2022 results point the way to breakeven

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Xéris Biopharma (NASDAQ:XERS) started 2022 with a mix 1st quarter results which revealed a loss of revenue, their EPS being in line with expectations. Xeris generated approximately $22 million in net product revenue and experienced growth in all of the company’s products, including Gvoke, Recorlev and Keveyis. Additionally, Xeris also significantly strengthened the company’s cash position with the addition of a $30 million private investment in public equity financing and debt refinancing to end the quarter with over 132 million dollars in cash. The company’s first quarter performance puts Xeris on track to meet its 2022 revenue guidance of $100-120 million and a year-end cash balance of $90-110 million, also helped achieve cash flow break-even by the year. end of 2023. Despite this success, the share price could not avoid the market sell-off and has fallen by around 8% in the last three months. I believe the market is ignoring the company’s recent progress and overlooking the company’s potential to break even without significant dilution.

I intend to review the company’s first quarter earnings and highlight some of the key points for investors. Additionally, I look at stock charts and current valuation to help adjust my XERS strategy for 2022.

First Quarter Highlights

Xeris reported their 1st quarter results which disclosed that their total product net revenue was $21.9 million, a 33% increase over their Q1 2021 pro forma revenue. Xeris released the increase in its Gvoke scripts 88% year-over-year and 5% quarter-over-quarter, while the overall glucagon market was down 1%. Xeris also reported that Gvoke exceeded 30,000 prescriptions in the first quarter and ended April strong with more than 2,700 Gvoke prescriptions in the last week of April with a 22% market share.

Gvoke NRx market share

Gvoke NRx market share (Xeris Biopharma)

In Europe, the company’s partner, Tetris Pharma, spear Ogluo at the end of last year in the UK and is already seeing growth in prescriptions as they get more forms. Tetris is also working on launching Ogluo in other EU countries.

Keveyis sees a steady increase in the number of primary paralyzed “PPP” patients, which is on the rise 12% Year after year.

Xeris just launched Recorlev in February, so they’re only weeks after launch and too early to draw any substantial conclusions. However, Xeris reported that providers are responsive to treatment and receive referrals. Xeris is already helping Cushing’s syndrome patients on Recorlev with their initiation, reimbursement and titration process with the company’s CareConnection team.

US Cushing's Syndrome Market

US Cushing’s Syndrome Market (Xeris Biopharma)

Regarding the pipeline, Xeris has received a positive response from the FDA regarding the company’s Phase II study proposal for an exercise-induced hypoglycemia study, which is expected to begin this year.

Xéris pipeline

Xéris pipeline (Xeris Biopharma)

Additionally, the Phase I pharmacokinetic study of levothyroxine as a once-weekly sub-q injection has completed two dose levels and will begin the next higher dose cohort in the second quarter. Xeris plans to release its PK results later this year.

In terms of cash, the company said its net operating investing cash burn in the first quarter was approximately $42M. However, Xeris finished Q1 with $132.1M in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, up from $102.4 million at the end of last year. The company’s balance sheet was strengthened by both the $30 million pipe financing and the $150 million debt refinancing with Hayfin.

Overall, I think Xeris had a great quarter, which gave me some confidence that the company can meet its 2022 guidance and maintain a healthy balance sheet to help support its three commercial products going forward. as they progress towards launch.

A path to break even

Based on the underlying fundamentals of the business, I believe Xeris will achieve its full year 2022 net sales of $105-120 million. Additionally, Xeris believes they are on track to recognize $50 million in the synergies related to the acquisition of Strongbridge. Together, these questions could put Xeris on the path to profitability. Additionally, cash, pipe financing, debt refinancing, and the company’s new ATM could allow the company to end this year with approximately $90M to $110M in liquid.

Keep in mind that we should see the company’s cash burn rate recover as we move forward into 2022 as the company’s revenue base continues to grow and the costs of acquisition of Strongbridge continue to decline. With revenue growth from the company’s three marketed products combined with the company’s current financials, Xeris believes they will end 2022 with approximately $90M to $110M and press “cash flow break even by the end of 2023.

Updated assessment

The recent market sell-off has hit most small-cap healthcare tickers, and XERS has not been spared. Now, XERS is trading at a substantial discount to its projected 2022 revenue. forward sales of 2.65. Considering the industry average sell price is 5x, we can XERS is trading at a discount.

Xeris Analyst Revenue Estimates

Xeris Analyst Revenue Estimates (Looking for Alpha)

The company is expected to experience strong double-digit growth in the coming years, which will only increase the present value over time. In fact, analysts expect Xeris to earn around $354 in 2026, which would be below a 1x price-to-sales ratio, meaning the company could generate more revenue than the ticker’s current market cap. .

Indeed, it is common to see small cap companies trading well below the industry average as they burn cash and will need to dilute or go into debt. For XERS, we have a projected break-even point at the end of 2023 and we probably won’t need to raise funds to get there. So, I’m willing to say that XERS is undervalued at these prices. As a result, I moved my XERS conviction rating from 2 out of 5 to 3 out of 5.

My plan

My strategy for my XERS hasn’t changed much since Recorlev’s FDA approval at the end of 2021. I patiently waited for XERS to fall below my buy threshold of $2.74. Now that the stock price is below $2.74, I added just above $1.50 and set a few more buy orders in the same area.

XERS Daily Chart

XERS Daily Chart (TrendSpider)

The stock price experienced a mini-rally after news that the CEO bought 100,000 shares at $1.4038 on May 12.and. So it’s possible that I won’t see the $1.50 again if the market decides to turn around in the coming weeks.

Zoomed XERS Daily Chart

Zoomed XERS Daily Chart (TrendSpider)

Therefore, I will keep an eye on the charts to see if the stock price can break through the nearest downtrend radius. If that breaks out, I’ll be looking to make another add below my $2.74 buy threshold. If the market does turn around, I will look to use an average value strategy and accumulate around $0.86 per share.

Admittedly, I am looking to take profits and have set sell orders just below $5 per share and $7 per share in order to re-achieve “house money” status for my XERS position.

Long term, I’m still looking to hold a modest XERS position for at least 5 more years in anticipation that XERS will break even by the end of 2023 and graduate into my “Bioreactor” growth portfolio in the compound healthcare marketplace service.

Valley Bookstore welcomes award-winning author


STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — The Book Dragon of Staunton hosted a conversation with award-winning author Alma Katsu.

Katsu’s latest book, fervor, just received a rave review from The New York Times, and its story focuses on Japanese internment camps. Katsu drew on the experiences of those close to her during World War II to inform her writing.

Even though the book is historic, Katsu said the story is still relevant today.

“What I find in writing these books is that often things that were problems then are still problems today,” Katsu said.

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