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24 июня, 13:00

The Swedish Cup where little teams win big thanks to bonus penalties | Laurie Bell

Bonkers it may be but Orebro County’s quirky competition is a joy to play in and offers food for thought in an era when inequality defines top-level footballOne day during my debut season playing for the Swedish fourth-tier club Karlslunds IF HFK, I was left baffled by a set of footballing circumstances I had never encountered. This sporting riddle was indigenous to Orebro County – a relatively well-populated region nestled into Scandinavia’s forested heartland. There’s a proud football tradition out here. But on this day, after this match, in this competition, I felt like I’d stumbled into another sporting universe. The riddle went something like this: a referee blows his whistle to signal half-time with the away team, my Karlslunds, two-nil up. The opening 45 minutes’ only goalscorers are my team-mates Nabil Osman and Carl Grundel. Yet when the second half kicks off, eighth-tier Hidingsta are back in the game and the scoreboard reads 2-2. How? Related: Football rule-makers to consider reducing games to 60 minutes Continue reading...

23 июня, 18:31

What It’s Like To Be The First Openly Trans Mayor In Texas

The New Hope town hall is a squat, one-room meeting space on Rockcrest Road. A small green park sits behind it, where a young father is encouraging a little girl to come down the slide. The roughly six-acre “municipal district” of New Hope may not be notable enough to be searchable on Google Maps — the building itself doesn’t even have wifi — nonetheless, it is the centerpiece of life in this tiny Texas town. Tonight the parking lot is packed for the April town meeting. Inside, among the crowd of 20 or so citizens — quite a lot for a town of 671 people — there are also at least three reporters and a photographer in town from across the country to observe the mayor, Jess Herbst, who in January of this year posted an announcement to the town’s website. “As your Mayor I must tell you about something that has been with me since my earliest memories,” the 500-word notice read in part. “I am transgender. I live my life as a female now, and I will be performing my duties to the town as such.” As soon as she hit publish, Herbst made history as the first openly trans elected official in Texas. Were this in New York City, it might not have been sensational, but this is New Hope, a little town nestled in the largely rural Collin County, northeast of Dallas. Collin County is decidedly red; it went 55 percent for Trump. The letter went live January 23, two days after Trump’s inauguration. Within days, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Fortune, and BBC, had picked up the news, making the 59-year-old trans mayor from the tiny town in the famously conservative state, an international sensation. Hence the interest from the press, which awaits the meeting with baited breath. At 7:30 p.m., Mayor Herbst calls the six-member city council to order. On the agenda are 16 items: Roads Commissioner Terry Sanner goes over drainage issues around town that have been fixed, and makes a request for a stop sign; the planning and zoning commissioner gives an equally mundane report. Then the tall, barrel-chested Collin County Sheriff James Skinner saunters forward for what will be the most contentious part of the meeting. The guy is big and white and brawny — exactly the kind of Texas good ol’ boy you’d see in a movie. His request: $99,000 over four years in additional funds from New Hope, which relies on the Collin County Sheriff’s Department for police services. Collin County is experiencing incredible population growth; emergency response times have ballooned from 5 minutes to a scary 14, and Skinner needs the money to hire more deputies. Bob Parmalee, an alderman who also serves as the town’s treasurer, doesn’t love the idea, and neither does Sanner: Why should such a small town like New Hope have to cough up so much dough for something that’s really the county’s duty? “I know the county commissioners are a booger to work with, but this just seems unfair,” Sanner says. After some back and forth with the sheriff, Mayor Herbst chimes in. “What we’re really talking about is the safety of our citizens,” she argues. And with that, the council, including Parmalee, votes in favor. Sheriff Skinner takes the moment to excuse himself. “Thank you, Madam Mayor,” he says sincerely, placing his bucket hat back on his head and clomping out the door in his heavy Cowboy boots. If the reporters in the crowd tonight are looking for any turmoil over the mayor’s big announcement, they won’t get what they came for. Life in New Hope has mostly stayed the same, despite all the attention. One day, as far as New Hope knew, the mayor was a man named Jeff; the next she was a woman named Jess. Life in New Hope rolled on. The only difference is the presence of reporters. While not much has changed in New Hope, Herbst’s life has changed immensely. In the six months since she came out, Herbst had gone from being a father, technology consultant and volunteer mayor to something of a national figure for trans people in public life and politics. Partly this is because she’s the first trans official in a place as conservative as Texas, but it’s also timing: Not only is her home state of Texas currently engaged in a fight over trans people’s bathroom usage (with 17 other states considering similar measures), but 2017 has also been called “the year of the trans candidate.” Herbst has been shuttling between New Hope and Austin, leading protests against the state’s effort to pass a “bathroom bill” designed to limit public restroom use to biological sex and blocking cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances (or, in the case of cities like Dallas and Houston, reverse those that already exist). She’s also testified before state legislative committees and knocking on the door of her own Texas state senator, Craig Estes, a Republican, as well as her Texas house rep, Scott Sanford, a pastor (and yes, a Republican). “In between all this craziness with the press, I’m realizing everywhere I go, if you know me already I’m just Jess, but if you don’t know me I’m some kind of celebrity, particularly in the trans world. I’ve had people treat me like I’m some kind of queen or something,” she says. “And every reporter from day one has said, ‘How do you feel about the bathroom bill?’ And of course I’m against it. So if I’m really against it, I need to do something about it.” These state-level efforts have led to national opportunities: She’s also now sitting on an advisory board for Trans United Fund, a new organization dedicated to supporting trans and trans-friendly candidates, mentoring other trans candidates and officials, and attending workshops and leading discussions from Dallas to D.C. about building trans political power nationwide. At the same time, at least 20 openly trans candidates have decided to run for offices at every level of government, according to Logan S. Casey, PhD, a research analyst at the Harvard Opinion Research Program. In Virginia, Danica Roem is running for a seat in the state legislature. Dani Pellet is running for a House of Representatives seat in Texas 32nd. Jacey Wyatt is hoping to become the first trans governor of Connecticut. These are just a few examples — and more are expected. “In the last few weeks alone dozens of trans people across the country have reached out letting us know they either are running, planning to run, or are interested in learning more about running for office,” says Daye Pope, 25, the National Organizing Director for Trans United Fund. “There’s a realization happening all over the country that unless trans folks are represented in local and state government, transphobic “bathroom bills” and other attacks will continue.” These wouldn’t be the first elected officials who are trans — we have Stu Rasmussen, the first openly trans mayor elected in 2008 in Silverton, Oregon; and Jessica Orsini, the first out city alderman, elected in Missouri in 2006 — but they have been few and far between. Many, like the trailblazer Althea Garrison, the first trans woman to ever be elected to a state legislature in the ’90s, were voted out or even stripped from their offices after it was revealed they were trans. This swell of political activity couldn’t be more crucial, as trans folks continue to be among the most marginalized and vulnerable people in our society: 12 trans people have been murdered so far in 2017, most of them women of color. And trans people still have huge rates of homelessness, lack needed medical care, and are disproportionately vulnerable to violence, Pope says. These are all problems laws alone can’t solve, but having the political power to address the causes certainly helps. Herbst’s story has already inspired existing officials to embrace their identities publicly. Janine Johnson, a planning and zoning commissioner in Anna, Texas, is one of them. Anna is just 20 minutes down the highway from New Hope, and is equally conservative. Johnson was inspired by Herbst’s bravado, but also by her reception. “I thought: Well, if she can do it, there’s no reason I can’t,” says Johnson, a decorated veteran (she has a Bronze star) and retired diversity consultant who transitioned in 2004. For the past four years, though, she’s served the city as “John,” her birth name, because she feared the city wouldn’t accept her as Janine. Her documentation still counts her as male, and her mortgage is in her legal name. “To be visible was really my number one reason for coming out,” Johnson says. “We’re not going to achieve respect and equality through legal means exclusively; what is really going to bring us respect and equality is when people get to know us.” Jess Herbst was born Jeff Herbst in Greenville, Texas in 1958. Like a lot of trans women her age, Jess Herbst always knew who she was, she just didn’t have the words to describe it. Her very first memory is going into her parents' room to pull a red and gold paisley dress out of her mother’s closet. She’d pull it on over her tiny body — “it was like wearing a blanket,” she says — and walk around the house, every time eliciting a scolding. Her dad was a dentist; her mom a homemaker. They were loving parents for the most part, just unprepared for a son who was more of a daughter. Jeff had two older brothers, and all three were in the Boy Scouts. As a kid, she repressed the urge to rifle through her mother’s closet but once she entered puberty, she began to steal her mother’s underwear and nighties and wear them to sleep under her pajamas. One day, Herbst’s parents found her stash of clothes. “My parents were just furious,” she says. “That was the beginning of the psychiatrist.” The doctor recommended baseball games and playing sports. She refused. The psychiatrist’s advice in that case: “just beat it out of him,” Herbst recalls. After some doctor-sanctioned violence, her father instituted a strict workout regimen, enforced with the paddle. By 14, she’d had enough. “I grabbed the paddle from my Dad one day, broke it over my knee, and said ‘no more’ and ‘we’re not going back [to that psychiatrist.]’” she says. “That was the last time my parents and I ever spoke of anything about this ever again. They went to the grave thinking I was 'cured.'” In college at East Texas State University, Jeff met Debbie Gray. They started dating after attending at an on-campus showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show with mutual friends, and soon after Jeff let Debbie in on the secret: “I didn’t know the word ‘trans.’ I just said, you know like Rocky Horror, I like wearing women’s clothes. I didn’t know at the time what it was,” Herbst says. “She was like, okay, that’s cool.” Not long after, the pair left school early to get married and start a family. They bought their first home in Sasche, Texas and got jobs: Debbie as a executive assistant and Jeff as a computer salesman. Their first daughter was born in 1989, and another came along 18 months later. Often, on work trips, Jeff would come back to the hotel and paint his toenails or shave his legs. In 1991, on a trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jeff ventured through a drive-through wearing a wig, makeup and a dress. “When I pulled in to pay, they looked at me like Godzilla was outside the window,” Herbst says shaking her head. “That interaction alone — I just felt like such a freak. I had to stuff it back in the box and just not think about it.” By 1999, the girls had outgrown the house in Sasche. That’s when Debbie’s dad, Roy, gifted them a piece of his land in New Hope. Roy was an original founder of New Hope back in 1974. It didn’t take long for Roy to insist Jeff come with him to town meetings. By 2003, Jeff had volunteered to serve the town as public works commissioner, which at the time consisted mainly of caring for the town's roads, a third of which were gravel. “I had a budget of about $40,000 a year to fix all the roads every year,” Jess says now, from the living room of her house. “It took me about six or seven years, but eventually we got all the roads paved.” The town got a grant from the county to help build the park behind the town hall, and Jeff oversaw that, as well. Then, in 2013 the mayor pro-tem (which is something like a vice mayor) resigned, and Herbst was appointed to that seat. In 2014, he was officially elected; and in May 2016, he ran again. During that same May election, the mayor of New Hope, a man by the name of Johnny Hamm, who had served for 26 years, was also running for re-election. His challenger was a 27-year-old newbie in town that had all sorts of wild ideas: “He was wanting a fire department, and promising people we would do something about [the main road in town].The state of Texas controls it, so we have no jurisdiction,” Herbst says. Everyone fully expected Hamm to win. Then, tragedy struck: The day the filing period closed, Mayor Hamm suffered a massive heart attack; right before the election, he died. Nevertheless, three days after his death, Hamm won the mayoralty by 30 votes. The kid with the wacky proposals argued Hamm’s death meant he won. But nope: Under Texas law, Hamm won fair and square, and in light of his passing, the council was to appoint the mayor. Alderman Jeff Herbst, who had by this time served the town for more than a decade, was the council’s first and unanimous choice. Jeff was glad to assume the role — but Jess had qualms. Unbeknownst to the town officials and constituents when Herbst was appointed, Herbst was already in the process of transitioning. She started in 2004, when Google introduced her to cross-dressers.com, where for the first time in her life she got to chat with people who questioned their gender. Then, she found a group on Meetup called Dallas Feminine Expression. It took her a full two years to work up the courage to go out in public as Jess, but once she did, Dallas Feminine Expression gave her an actual in-person community of trans friends. Soon she was an organizer of the group, hosting regular girls’ nights at Sue’s, a lesbian bar in Dallas’ “Gayborhood.” Over time, she came out to her daughters, and to most of her friends and all of her consulting clients. Her days as Jeff dwindled as she spent more and more time getting to know herself as Jess. And in 2015, with Debbie’s blessing, she started hormone replacement therapy. Now that she was mayor, she knew that it was only a matter of time before her transition would become “particularly obvious.” And at first, she figured she’d resign when the time came. But Herbst liked being mayor; she was good at it. Turns out, Mayor Hamm mismanaged the town, keeping poor records, not paying bills, abolishing the planning and zoning commission and the municipal court. “There was no real kind of government. So, I could either walk away and leave it like it was, or I could stick it out and try to get everything fixed,” Herbst says. “But if I was getting everything fixed, I had to explain to them about me.” In November, Herbst decided to come out to her colleagues in the town government. She met each of the four out of the five other city council members (one of whom is her eldest daughter, who already knew) one by one to tell them that she would no longer be known as Jeff. She asked each one if they wanted her to resign, and every single one asked her to stay. It was the town treasurer she worried about most: Bob Parmalee, a conservative Christian. Parmalee believes exactly what you’d expect: that gay marriage and gender fluidity are social ills contributing to moral decay in this country. His wife, Judy, is a bit more liberal about it: “Trans people know they’re trans even before gay people know they’re gay,” she says. “We all deserve to be happy.” (Which is why Herbst made sure that Judy was present for the meeting.) “I don’t understand it, but if that’s what she wants to do, there’s nothing I can do about it,” Bob says. Both of the Parmalees agree that Herbst is a superb mayor, and that’s what really matters. “When we showed up to the meeting Jess called to tell us [about her transition], we were just surprised. Bob had a harder time of it,” Judy says. “But honestly, we both walked out of there thinking ‘well, at least she didn’t give us a project.’” Apparently convincing volunteers to step up for her town is one of Herbst’s specialties. Next up: The challenge of telling the citizens. Which is why she wrote the letter coming out, publishing it on the town’s website on January 23. It was a bold move, especially considering Trump was now officially president, but by this point she was resolved to whatever was going to happen. Perhaps she’d be forced to resign, or protestors would assemble, either way she figured living her life completely in the open would be worth it. Herbst was in the shower getting ready for the first town meeting as her true self when the first writer called, from The Texas Observer. Debbie barged into the bathroom with the phone, and Jess confirmed the details of her story right there, dripping wet. By the time, she got home that night, the story had made it to the U.K., and by morning she had officially gone viral. A fleet of local news trucks assembled in her driveway. Her email exploded with press inquiries, and her phone rang nonstop. This attention was astounding and, yes, a little bit flattering, Herbst recalls over a classic Texas lunch of chicken fried steak three months later. But this worldwide spotlight means very little to her when compared to the way her constituents and neighbors reacted. “Within a few hours [of publishing the letter], I started getting emails: ‘Congratulations, we think that’s wonderful,’ and, ‘I’m proud to live in the town,’” she says, taking a pause from eating to wipe a tear from her cheek. “You know, nothing I was expecting. I’m bracing for ‘We’re gonna run her out of town,’ and, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ I got no pushback whatsoever.” Three months later, the biggest issue for the townspeople seems to be getting the pronouns right. They feel awful when they slip up, but they’re glad Jess is understanding. Everyone I talked to agreed the bathroom bill was a waste of time. Herbst is sure there are those in the town who aren’t fans of the whole thing, but they don’t care enough about it to be outwardly hateful. And for now that’s good enough for her. “She’s doing a good job for the town. She’s very knowledgeable,” Sanner, the roads commissioner, says. Over and over again, the neighbors had the same to say about their mayor. “I don’t know that there’s anybody else who could do a better job than her,” adds Duke Monsen, who sits on the water board. So far the people of Anna have also been accepting of Johnson; neighbors have come to meetings specifically to congratulate her. But since she’s an appointed rather than an elected official, it’s up to the council to decide if she will be re-appointed as chairman of the commission for her next and last two-year term. She finds out later this month. And of course that will be the real test of progress, for both Johnson and Herbst: Now that their neighbors know the truth, will they keep their seats? Johnson says she expects to be re-appointed. As for Herbst, according to my very small and unscientific polling at least, odds are good for her, as well: Bob and Judy Parmalee nod their heads yes when I ask: “Mhmm, no complaints,” Bob says. “Absolutely,” Monsen says. “And if it starts to seem like she won’t win, I’ll be going door-to-door.” “Yes I will vote for her,” Sanner says. “If she doesn’t run for something else.” For all Americans, trans or not, the town of New Hope offers a shining example of what happens when self-governance outweighs all else; proof that the partisan rancor and senselessness in Washington and many state legislatures does not easily trickle down. Because beyond ideology and rhetoric, the residents here continue to do what they’ve always done: set aside everything else to come together once a month and collectively make decisions for the betterment of their town. That they’re able to live with each other even when they don’t always understand one another is the democratic promise made manifest; it is, what you could call in Trump’s America, a new hope. By: Amelia Harnish -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 июня, 14:19

Jackie Kennedy's Childhood Home Is Sheer Perfection, Of Course

Merrywood, the massive seven-acre estate where style icon and former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis grew up, is on the market for $45.5 million. Nestled on the Potomac River in McLean, Virginia, not far from Washington, D.C., the home is one very pricey piece of Kennedy family history.  Jackie Kennedy moved into the home as a child after her mother married its owner, Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, Architectural Digest reports. Subsequent residents included author Gore Vidal, Washington power couple Wyatt and Nancy Dickerson and current owner and AOL co-founder Steve Case. For decades the home has entertained celebrities, artists and notable visitors, including Nancy and Ronald Reagan. At 23,000 square feet, Merrywood has nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, two partial bathrooms, a tennis court, two pools and a fitness center, according to its listing with Sotheby’s. Then there’s the family lore: Homeowners can sleep in Kennedy’s former bedroom, which overlooks the river on the third floor, listing agent Mark Lowham told HuffPost. “There’s nothing else like [Merrywood],” said Lowham. “No property that has this combination of history, sheer quality and location.” Merrywood has been heavily renovated since it was built in 1919, Curbed reports, but it retains its original charm. Outside, there are still formal gardens, dining areas and a carriage house with offices and staff housing. If purchased for a figure anywhere near its asking price, the Georgian-style home will be the most expensive ever sold in the area, according to The Wall Street Journal. We’ll start saving ASAP.  type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related... + articlesList=5841c5fee4b017f37fe4725a,587d9459e4b0d4cc088463bb,58fe5288e4b06b9cb91947c1 -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 июня, 04:25

Jell-O Pudding Pops and Other ’80s Foods You Can’t Buy Anymore

Remember Jell-O Pudding Pops? How about Jolt Cola? Here are 15 memorable foods of the 1980s you can no longer find in stores.

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22 июня, 01:17

The Aman Spa: Balance and relaxation with a seasonal, Japanese twist

Perched on the top six floors of Chiyoda Ward's The Otemachi Tower is The Aman Tokyo; a quintessentially Japanese, world-class hotel. Nestled on the 34th floor is the…

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20 июня, 20:22

Nestlé takes stake in US ready meals start-up Freshly

World’s largest food and drinks group is ‘lead investor’ in $77m funding round

20 июня, 20:17

Over 170 years after Engels, Britain is still a country that murders its poor | Aditya Chakrabortty

The victims of Grenfell Tower didn’t just die. Austerity, outsourcing and deregulation killed them – just as Victorian Manchester killed the poor thenLower your gaze from the blackened husk of Grenfell Tower and you see the flowers and the signs decorating the streets. Many are photocopied pleas to help find the missing: 12-year-old Jessica, baby Amaya. Steve. Moses. Nestled among them are the others: scribbles and boards and A4 sheets reading Cuts Cost Lives and Corporate Murder, and People’s Lives Don’t Matter Under Capitalism.This, Theresa May, is what a people’s public inquiry looks like. The sign-writers and passersby talking in the streets around Grenfell have grasped a truth that cabinet ministers are still fumbling towards: whatever and whoever a judge finds at fault – this procedure or that subcontractor – the true causes of the failures go far wider. They lie in the way Britain is run. Continue reading...

20 июня, 18:57

Rare and unusual plant sale’s a draw for Nova Scotia town

THEY’RE lined up three deep after lunch, eagerly awaiting the 1 o’clock opening. A bright yellow rope barrier holds everyone back. An outdoor concert? Black Friday at Walmart? No — these folks are at

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20 июня, 18:04

Nestlé: better old than bold

Breakneck growth eventually ends but Day Two might not be so bad after all

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19 июня, 09:00

US Atlantic Coast refiners face new threat in Buckeye proposal to reverse pipeline: Fuel for Thought

Storm clouds are gathering once again over US Atlantic Coast refineries, but unlike a few years ago when it was high oil prices causing a problem, this time the threat is coming from the Midwest. Hemmed in by geography, Midwestern refiners are looking east as a logical place to sell their gasoline and diesel. The […] The post US Atlantic Coast refiners face new threat in Buckeye proposal to reverse pipeline: Fuel for Thought appeared first on The Barrel Blog.

18 июня, 12:36

Grenfell Tower fire: Police say at least 58 missing as No 10 says each family to get £5,500 – live updates

Follow the latest developments as government announces each household left homeless by the tower block fire will receive money from emergency fundCladding on Grenfell Tower is banned on UK high-rises, says HammondLabour says emergency house seizure laws could ease crisis 10.56pm BST Here’s a summary of the latest news: 9.21pm BST An appeal for anyone with images and footage that may be relevant to the police investigation was launched yesterday. Detectives are working through the material that has already been supplied by the public, the statement from the Met police said.I’m really grateful to all those people who have provided us with material that could help our investigation. I’d urge anyone who has not yet provided us with material to please do so.Our investigation will be wide ranging and exhaustive – it will seek to find out if any crimes have been committed and if so make sure that we do all we can to bring any person responsible to justice. Continue reading...

17 июня, 17:10

Взлет глобальных аграрных баронов

Агропромышленный сектор уже давно подвергается критике за методы, способствующие изменению климата, уничтожению окружающей среды, а также росту бедности на селе. Однако этот сектор не предпринимает практически никаких шагов для повышения качества и устойчивости своей работы […]

16 июня, 15:59

The strange story of the first Cuban import in half a century

Could Trump's new policy put a fragile opening at risk?

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16 июня, 15:19

Nestle задумалась о продаже кондитерского бизнеса в США

Швейцарская Nestle SA, один из крупнейших в мире производителей продуктов питания, рассматривает «стратегические варианты» для американского бизнеса по выпуску кондитерских изделий, включая его продажу. Nestle отмечает, что оценка перспектив бизнеса касается исключительно рынка США и будет завершена до конца текущего года.

16 июня, 14:33

Who Might Eat Up Nestlé's Baby Ruth and Butterfinger?

Ulf Mark Schneider’s first strategic move as chief executive of Nestlé is sweet but small. It supports heady expectations for now—but before long investors may need something meatier.

16 июня, 13:34

Jimmy Bullard: 'I wish I could go back and pick the brains of all of my managers'

Jimmy Bullard ‘loved every minute’ of his debut season as a manager at Leatherhead in the seventh tier. Now he wants an even bigger challengeBy Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport NetworkLeatherhead is not exactly one of the hotbeds of football in the United Kingdom. In this sleepy town tucked between Dorking and Epsom on the banks of the River Mole, the annual sporting highlight comes when the London-Surrey cycle classic wends its way through the town centre. A little way out of town is the football club at Fetcham Grove, nestling next to the leisure centre. Founded in 1907, the club has hovered around the lower levels of the non-league pyramid, switching between the Surrey Senior League and the Isthmian League for most of its 110-year history.The Tanners have known better days and were once put firmly on the map by the escapades of Chris Kelly, the “Leatherhead Lip” who spearheaded the club’s famous FA Cup run in the 1974-75 season. Not only did they beat league opposition in Colchester and Brighton, but they were also 2-0 up against Leicester, then of the First Division, before bowing out to great acclaim with a narrow 3-2 defeat at Filbert Street. Kelly’s arrogance and habit of making bold predictions upset his opponents but the media lapped it up enthusiastically. Continue reading...

16 июня, 13:31

Основные фондовые индексы Европы растут

Рынки в Европе выросли в пятницу, поскольку инвесторы оценивали новости о финансовой помощи для Греции и сосредоточились на более широких политических событиях. Общеевропейский индекс Stoxx 600 вырос на 0,6 процента, при этом все сектора торгуются в плюсе. Акции автопроизводителей были одними из лучших игроков, вслед за данными по еврозоне, показавшими, что продажи новых автомобилей приближаются к максимумам до финансового кризиса. В пятницу утром сектор продуктов питания и напитков также увеличился на основе отчетов о доходах и новостей о возможных слияниях. Британский бакалейщик Tesco сообщил о самом сильном ежеквартальном росте продаж в течение семи лет. Акции достигли вершины FTSE 100 в ранних сделках, но с тех пор они немного снизились, ослабнув на 0,19 процента. Ранее Nestle заявил, что рассматривает возможность продажи своего кондитерского бизнеса США в размере 900 млн долларов США в год. Акции выросли на 1,9 процента в середине торгов и отправили сектор вверх. CNH Industrial была на вершине европейского индекса, нарастив капитализацию на 3,6 процента, после повышения рейтинга Standard & Poor's. Это также привело к росту промышленного сектора на 1 процент в начале торгов. Акции французской коммунальной компании EDF выросли более чем на 3 процента в утренних сделках после повышения рейтинга JP Morgan и Investec. Энергетические акции также нашли определенную поддержку после того, как на прошлой неделе попали под давление на фоне более низких цен на нефть. Что касается данных, то рост заработной платы во Франции был самым быстрым темпом за три года в первом квартале 2017 года. Международный валютный фонд согласился присоединиться к греческой программе спасения с резервным соглашением менее 2 миллиардов долларов. Тем не менее, он не будет выплачивать деньги до тех пор, пока еврозона не сообщит о мерах по облегчению бремени задолженности, чего не ожидается до следующего года. Между тем, чтобы сохранить греческую экономику на плаву, кредиторы согласились выплатить 9,5 млрд. долл. США, что позволит Афинам завершить платежи в следующем месяце. В результате греческие 10-летние доходности облигаций были на самом низком уровне почти за месяц в пятницу утром. Между тем, во Франции президент Эммануэль Макрон намерен выиграть подавляющее большинство во втором раунде парламентских выборов в это воскресенье, показали в четверг два опроса общественного мнения. В начале утра в пятницу Банк Японии решил сохранить свою политику без изменений. Глава ЦБ Харухико Курода прокомментировал это решение: «Есть некоторое пространство до достижения 2-процентной инфляции, поэтому сейчас невозможно сказать, как мы выйдем из нашей ультра-свободной денежной политики и как это может повлиять на финансовое здоровье Банка Японии. Это только создаст путаницу. Мы обсудим стратегию выхода только после того, как будет достигнута 2-процентная инфляция, и рост цен останется стабильным». На текущий момент FTSE 7468.18 48.82 0.66% DAX 12729.17 37.36 0.29% CAC 5250.38 33.50 0.64% Информационно-аналитический отдел TeleTradeИсточник: FxTeam

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16 июня, 12:22

Nestle рассматривает продажу кондитерского бизнеса в США стоимостью $3 млрд

Один из крупнейших в мире производителей продуктов питания, швейцарская Nestle SA изучает "стратегические варианты" для американского бизнеса по выпуску кондитерских изделий, включая потенциальную продажу этих операций, ...

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16 июня, 12:15

Nestle изучает возможность продажи кондитерского бизнеса в США

Швейцарская Nestle SA, один из крупнейших в мире производителей продуктов питания, рассматривает "стратегические варианты" для американского бизнеса по выпуску кондитерских изделий, включая потенциальную продажу этих операций.

07 апреля 2015, 07:25

Обзор компаний Западной Европы

Продолжаю исследования корпоративного сектора. В прошлой раз затрагивал крупнейшие компании в Еврозоне. Теперь анализ в оставшихся валютных зонах Западной Европы. А именно: Великобритания, Швейцария и Швеция. Дания слишком незначительная, чтобы обращать внимание.Быть может вам не говорили, но знаете ли, чистая прибыль и рентабельность бизнеса компаний из Великобритании уже НИЖЕ, чем в 2009 году!Ухудшение идет по всем показателям: выручка, прибыль, чистая маржа, рентабельность активов и капитала, оборачиваемость активов – все это драматически снижается. Капитальные инвестиции крупнейших 230 компаний из Великобритании упали с 90 млрд фунтов за год до 78 млрд всего за год. Прибыль сократилась с 105 млрд на максимуме в середине 2011 до 49 млрд в настоящий момент, т.е. более, чем двукратное падение прибыли. Основной вклад (на 80%) в снижение прибыли внесли сырьевой сектор и нефтегаз.Например, BHP Billiton и Rio Tinto в 3 квартале 2011 имели совокупную годовую прибыль на уровне 25 млрд фунтов, теперь же менее 10 млрд. Нефтегазовая корпорация BP 3 года назад генерировала более 16 млрд фунтов, теперь 2.2 млрд. Аналогичная тенденция по другим, более мелким компаниям.На графике выше показана динамика ключевых показателей без телекомов, где вопиющий бардак с отчетностями. В силу специфики бизнеса телекомы имеют склонность к демонстрации фиктивных показателей, не имеющих отношения к реальным денежным потокам и операционной деятельности. То спишут 25 млрд активов, показав убыток, то наоборот запишут столько же. Это приводит к сильной волатильности и искажает общую картину.Вновь стоит обратить внимание на расхождение капитализации компаний с фактическими фундаментальными показателями. Хотя рынок не так обезумился по сравнению с США или Германией, но капитализация близка к рекорду. На графике данные на конец 2014, сейчас рынок еще выше.Лучшая форма компаний по фундаментальным показателям была в 3 квартале 2011 (в так называемый посткризисный период)– когда рынок был на минимумах. Худшие кондиции сейчас, когда рынок на максимумах )) Кривая изменения капитализации компаний в очередной раз имеет противоположное направление относительно кривой изменения фундаментальных показателей. Но также стоит сравнить настроения и медийный фон и тогда (в 2011) и сейчас.Насколько информационный фон легко управляем, что дилеры и ньюсмейкеры способны полностью искажать реальную картину мира? Много ли людей в 2011 имели представление о том, что компании заработали рекордные прибыли? Тогда нам говорили, что апокалипсис близко, мол долговой кризис в Еврозоне, все эти разборки с ПИГСами и банками. Но на самом деле реальный сектор экономики чувствовал себя тогда относительно бодро. Не то, что сейчас ))Чтобы оценить какие сектора внесли вклад в общее снижение прибыли и насколько представлю сравнительную таблицу.Кстати, весьма аномальная ситуация фронтального роста выручки в 2008 почти по всем секторам, что расходится с тенденциями в других странах.Единственный сектор, который не показал ухудшение в 2014 - это производство товаров потребительского назначения. Крупнейшие представители:UNILEVER PLCBRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO PLCIMPERIAL TOBACCO GROUP PLCSABMILLER PLCASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS PLCDIAGEO PLCКак вы заметили - это табак, напитки и продукты питания.Швейцария.Ситуация мало, чем отличается от остальной Европы.Чистая прибыль швейцарских компаний почти на 25% меньше, чем до кризиса, но капитализация на 16% выше, хотя в 2007 швейцарские компании были весьма переоценены. Ну, разумеется, как и везде, динамика и тренд рынка не соответствует ни уровням фундаментальных показателей, ни тенденциям.С 3 квартала 2012 (за 2.5 года) ни выручка, ни прибыль не изменились в годовом выражении.Что касается всплеска на графике в 2010, то это связано с компанией Nestle после бумажной реорганизации (фиктивная прибыль на 25 млрд, к фактическому денежному потоку отношения не имеет). Однако ее я учел в расчетах, т.к. Nestle – крупнейшая компания Швейцарии, следом Novartis и Roche.Более подробно в таблице с разбивкой по секторамПродолжениеи в довесок )ШвецияНаиболее известные компании: Volvo, Oriflame Cosmetics, Scania, Electrolux, SAABПрибыль, как можно догадаться ниже 2011 года )) Не то, что совсем плохо, но на 17% ниже.Выручка растет, хотя преимущество за счет операций по слиянию и поглощению.По Европе вроды бы все. Ситуация везде примерно одинаковая. Если агрегировать все европейские компании, то выручка компаний примерно в 60% случаев стагнирует, в 20% снижается и 20% растет. Снижение в основном происходит в сырьевых и нефтегазовых секторах, а рост в потреб.секторах, как правило это ритейл и производство продуктов питания, напитков и табака.  Прибыль в 90% случаев стагнирует или снижается.Но все это, как очередная иллюстрация того, насколько манипулируемо информационное пространство и как легко можно задавать ложную интепретацию реальности - когда откровенно кризисные процессы удалось трансформировать в восприятие едва не супер бума.

07 мая 2013, 22:25

Битва за воду как обратная сторона сланцевой революции

Битва за воду как обратная сторона сланцевой революции.Вкратце:К 2025 году по данным ООН наступает всемирный водный кризис.При добыче сланцевого газа используется значительное количество пресной воды (один гидроразрыв в одной скважине требует порядка 4-20 тыс. тонн воды). Т.к. для добычи необходимых объёмов сланцевого газа нужно бурить десятки тысяч скважин, то расход пресной воды при добыче сланцевого газа огромен.При этом компании, добывающие сланцевый газ, не только не учитывают предстоящий в ближайшей перспективе водный кризис, но даже заключают договора, освобождающие их от уплаты за использование воды!О предстоящем водном кризисе совершенно не задумываются жители стран богатых водой. Но водный кризис коснётся абсолютно всех.И когда это произойдёт, то добыча сланцевого газа будет расцениваться как конвертирование пресной воды в сланцевый газ.Битва за воду. Фильм-ШОК (2013)ООН объявило 2025 год "годом водного кризиса".http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GONrSldJA68Компания «Shell» получает поистине фантастически выгодные условия для своего бизнеса в Украине. Shell пятьдесят лет "не будет подлежать налогообложению платой за землю, рентной платой за добытый газ, пошлиной, экологическим налогом, сбором за специальное использование воды и т.д."Доклад ООН о состоянии водных ресурсов (2012)Из всех кризисов социального или природного происхождения, с которыми сталкивается человечество, именно кризис водных ресурсов ставит вопрос о нашем выживании и выживании нашей планеты Земля.Пассивность на уровне принятия государственных решений, а также отсутствие понимания этой проблемы широкой общественностью в различных странах мира приводят к тому, что мы не принимаем вовремя необходимых мер по исправлению ситуации.Чтобы справиться с растущим спросом на водные ресурсы, все чаще стали прибегать к использованию подземных источников воды. За последние 50 лет извлечение подземных вод утроилось, что представило своего рода «бесшумную революцию». В некоторых подземных резервуарах запасы подземных вод фактически невозобновляемы и потому достигли критически низкого уровня. В связи с этим многие страны приобретают плодородные земли за пределами национальной юрисдикции. При заключении соглашений между заинтересованными странами вопросы водоснабжения никогда не затрагиваются напрямую.40 % человечества живет в регионах, испытывающих высокий уровень водного стресса (по причине нехватки пресной воды).К 2025 году около 5,5 млрд человек может испытывать водный стресс.Пресную воду хотят приватизироватьКрупнейший в мире производитель питания швейцарская компания Nestle выступила с весьма неоднозначным предложением. Председатель совета директоров и бывший генеральный директор Nestle Питер Брабек предложил приватизировать мировые запасы пресной воды. По его словам, это поможет сократить бесцельное расходование указанного жизненно важного ресурса.Стоит отметить, что проблема, затронутая Питером Брабеком, действительно одна из важнейших проблем современного мирового сообщества. Запасы пресной воды на планете ограничены.Это пока что только предложения. Но в ближайшее время вопрос приватизации запасов пресной воды и контроля водопользования станет ребром во всём мире.Новые войны за контроль над водными ресурсамиНовая классовая война. «Чем меньше водных ресурсов, тем больше риск возникновения войн за обладание ими даже внутри отдельных государств, например, между социальными группами с различными экономическими интересами», – объяснил Lettera 43 Питер Глик (Peter Gleick), соучредитель и президент Тихоокеанского института в Окленде (Калифорния), занимающегося исследованием устойчивости окружающей среды и разрабатывающего специальные проекты, касающиеся водных ресурсов.По мнению Питера Глика, которого британская компания ВBC назвала «провидцем в области окружающей среды», следующая классовая война развернется из-за контроля над водными ресурсами. Это новый тип войны за ресурсы, которая уже несколько десятилетий идет на планете.В мире наступают нелёгкие времена для водоёмких производств. Варварское отношение к воде, безконтрольное загрязнение воды и безплатное водопользование в промышленных масштабах очень скоро закончится.И как тогда будет расцениваться сланцевая революция? Как конвертирование пресной воды в сланцевый газ.