For most of its life as a quoted company, since it demerged from the old Hanson Group in 1996, Imperial Brands - formerly Imperial Tobacco - has had a fairly straightforward appeal to investors.The number one player in the UK tobacco market, with brands including Lambert & Butler, Regal, Superkings, Embassy, Golden Virginia and John Player Special, used its prodigious cash flow not only to pay a handsome dividend to shareholders.It also diverted that cash flow into mergers and acquisitions that, under its former chief executive Gareth Davis, took it from being the world's 15th largest quoted tobacco company to the fourth largest.The aim was to reduce dependence on the UK market and deepen its exposure not only to the fragmented European market but also further afield.Along the way, it added an impressive array of brands including Gauloises, Gitanes, Rizla, Cohiba and Montecristo to a portfolio already boasting 'power' brands like West and Davidoff. Advertisement By the … [Read more...] about Imperial Brands: Can next-generation products breathe life back into firm’s share price?
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Overview by Amy Shelver, a writer and director of Numb City Productions, a creative youth-owned multimedia production company in the Nelson Mandela Bay inner city district A ripple of rejuvenation is running through Port Elizabeth (PE), an upswing that, in part, has been cultivated by the city’s youth who have renewed hope in PE’s potential, reinventing South Africa’s hidden gem as a post-industrial cross-cultural hotspot. Experience the city by heading south along the 5km-long beachfront promenade crossing the Humewood and Summerstrand neighbourhoods. Take a dip at the best swimming locations in South Africa: Kings Beach, Hobie Beach, and the slightly wilder Pollock Beach. As with California’s Venice Beach this strip is a hive of activity, with runners, ironmen, cyclists and ocean-lovers all comfortably staking their claim on the stretch of ample strand. The area known as Central is the museum and gallery district, the public art epicentre, and high-traffic … [Read more...] about The alternative city guide to Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Celebs flocked to social media to share touching tributes to the dads in their life on Father's Day Sunday. Kicking off the loving messages, Kim Kardashian called husband Kanye West 'the best daddy' under an image of the duo walking with their two eldest children, North and Saint. The reality TV diva/activist, 38, also paid tribute to her late father Robert Kardashian Sr. Love: Kim Kardashian led the Father's Day tributes, thanking husband Kanye West for all he does Thanking husband Kanye West for all he does, she wrote: 'Happy Fathers Day! You are the best daddy to our kids!!!! We love you so much!' And while Kourtney is yet to praise her ex and baby daddy, Scott Disick, she took to social media to share a tribute with her late father Rob Kardashian. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Carrie Underwood says her four-year-old son Isaiah is... Carrie Underwood puts on leggy display while joining forces... Jessica Alba is radiant in orange pleated dress with puffed... … [Read more...] about Kim Kardashian kicks off Father’s Day tributes with message to Kanye while Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood and fellow celebs share love on social media
Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have been called all sorts of things.Depending on who you speak to, they are earth warriors and selfless rebels. To others they are louts, agitators, and according to Boris Johnson, "uncooperative crusties".But I think the names they've been given aren't as interesting as the way they see themselves. Inside Extinction Rebellion: Two months embedded with climate change protesters High-profile activist Roman Paluch-Machnik told us during an interview: "For all this crisis situation, there is a clear pathway to how we should be dealing with it, which is nonviolent civil disobedience."It has historical precedent... people like Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela who paved the way for what we're trying to do." Advertisement This was a revealing moment.With the invocation of those icons, Mr Paluch-Machnik revealed how XR thinks of itself - an extension of a grand tradition of civil and human rights activism that has, to quote MLK … [Read more...] about Extinction Rebellion are on the rise and here to stay
They strike glamorous poses in posters in shopping malls and on the sides of buses. But they are not movie stars or supermodels: they are Hong Kong's A-list "tutor kings" and "tutor queens", offering pupils a chance to improve mediocre grades. In Hong Kong's consumer culture, looks sell. Celebrity tutors in their sophisticated hair-dos and designer trappings are treated like idols by their young fans who flock to their classes. And they have earnings to match - some have become millionaires and appear regularly on television shows. "If you want to be a top tutor, it definitely helps if you are young and attractive. Students look at your appearance," said Kelly Mok, 26, a "tutor queen" at King's Glory, one of Hong Kong's largest tutorial establishments.Her designer clothes and accessories are not just for the billboards; it's how she likes to dress outside classes. But she is also careful to add that she wouldn't be in such high demand if she could not deliver top grades in her … [Read more...] about Meet the ‘tutor kings and queens’