ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileZB Financial Holdings Limited provides financial solutions to the commercial and merchant banking sector in Zimbabwe, as well as retail banking services, insurance operations and strategic investments. Known as Zimbank, the company services its clients through a nationwide footprint of branches in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe and electronic delivery channels. The Insurance division provides structured insurance products for short- and long-term insurance; and the Strategic Investment division offers shared services which include risk management, compliance and human resources, and investments in property holdings and sub-sectors of the financial sector. ZB Financial Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

£3k to invest in an ISA? 2 UK shares I’d buy for a prolonged economic downturn

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. £3k to invest in an ISA? 2 UK shares I’d buy for a prolonged economic downturn Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. It’s clear the global economy faces significant challenges over the short-to-medium term. Spiking Covid-19 infection rates across the globe means predictions of a severe downturn are rising too. It’s no wonder investor appetite for UK shares remains quite weak.I can understand why stock investors are happy to sit on the sidelines today. But it’s not a strategy I’m prepared to follow. Sticking your money in a low-yielding cash account like a Cash ISA is a popular option for worried savers today.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Investment products like this aren’t as safe as you might think though. Why? Well rock-bottom interest rates means the value of your money is being steadily eroded by inflation.I’ve continued to invest in a Stocks and Shares ISA instead. This is because there are plenty of UK shares that should still deliver excellent shareholder returns despite the tough macroeconomic picture.Top UK shares for tough timesIt doesn’t matter what your attitude to risk is. There are still stacks and stacks of top-quality UK shares that can make you a fortune, however soon and however strongly the global economy rebounds.You can buy companies with defensive operations like telecoms providers, food manufacturers and electricity suppliers. Profits at firms like these remain stable during all points of the economic cycle.We can also buy UK shares which thrive during tough economic times such as these. I’m looking at pawnbrokers, precious metals producers, budget retailers and insolvency practitioners, for example.2 stocks set to thriveThere’s nothing wrong with being cautious during times like these. Indeed, it’s important investors carry out their research more diligently than ever before when considering which UK shares to buy. But there’s no reason for them to stop buying shares entirely.Here are two UK shares I’m tipping to thrive even if the global economy struggles to rebound. I reckon they could make you a fortune:As a Diageo investor myself I was reassured (but not surprised) by the latest trading commentary in late September. Despite the tough macroeconomic backdrop, the FTSE 100 drinks maker has made a “good start” to the new financial year, it said, and especially in its core US marketplace, thanks to strong consumer demand and the rising popularity of spirits. History shows us that alcohol sales pick up during recessions, even as broader consumer spending power decline. And Diageo, with its packed stable of market-leading brands, such as Captain Morgan and Guinness, is well-placed to ride this phenomenon.Difficult economic conditions always help to boost precious metals prices. But the likes of gold and, by extension, gold-producing UK shares, will also benefit during the current downturn from extreme money printing by central banks. No wonder the experts at Jefferies expect bullion prices to surge to hit new record highs and average $2,200 per ounce in 2021. I’d buy shares in Greatland Gold to play this theme. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild owns shares of Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Royston Wild | Sunday, 11th October, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Royston Wild I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

Swaziland declares national emergency as draught intensifies

first_imgSwaziland declares national emergency as draught intensifies Rector Martinsville, VA Africa, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] The government of Swaziland has declared a national emergency as the land-locked southern African nation continues to suffer the effects of a devastating drought. The Prime Minister, Dr B Sibusio Dlamini, said that the draught, which began in 2014 as a result of the El Nino weather event, has “deepened in severity, with a path that has defied regional weather forecasting” and has had “devastating consequences.”He said: “The negative impact of the drought has led to seriously diminished water availability for crop production, human consumption and livestock sustenance. At the present time, we count the loss of around 40,000 head of cattle, and have to report a serious food and water vulnerability currently experienced by approximately 300,000 of our people, which is around 25 per cent of the population.”And he said that the country is also plagued by the “devastating onset of the HIV and Aids crisis” in the country. According to the UN, almost 40 per cent of the Swazi population is now HIV infected. Therefore, the Kingdom is now facing “a desperate scenario, which requires urgent national and international intervention.”A National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has been established to deal with both issues. On the HIV/Aids front, Dr Dlamini said that the country needed to “adopt the approach of being at war with a national enemy.”An “effective defence and counter-attack . . . battle plan” had been drawn up by a joint government team working with the new NDMA, he said, which would cover the whole country.“The UN food agency is already feeding more than 200,000 Swazis as part of its large emergency operation in Southern Africa,” the Anglican mission agency United Society said. “Given the worldwide negative publicity surrounding luxury spending by King Mswati III, it has however been difficult to raise funds for World Food Programme operations in Swaziland.”In an email to the United Society last week, Mandla Mdlulu, the Development Officer for the Diocese of Swaziland, said: “I will tell you my experience that on 20 January I went to Growmore to quote for 50kg Mealie Meal it was E292.00 [Swazi Lilangeni, approximately £13.32 GBP] and I went back on 10 February to buy it and the new price was E427.00 [approximately £19.48]; it is craziness. Thousands of tons of maize will have to be imported.”The managing director of Luyengo Fresh Produce, Mr Tiekie de Beer, told United Society: “The planting season in Swaziland for commercial and subsistence farmers is in November and December. Hardly anything was planted last year due to the severe drought conditions.“Whatever was sown later will not survive due to the ongoing scarcity of water and also because we are heading into the winter now. The impact of all this will be felt when harvest time comes in April.”Tiekie expects that only about 10 per cent of the normal requirement will be harvested. “To compound the difficulties, much of Swaziland’s income comes from sugar production, but that also has suffered with irrigation now stopped on 30 per cent of the cane fields.”The Diocese of Swaziland is providing emergency water, water tanks and bore holes but “does not have the necessary resources to meet the demands upon it in these extraordinary circumstances,” the United Society said.The agency is working with the Bishop of Swaziland, the Rt Revd Ellinah Wamukoya, and her diocesan team; and are being supported by many Church of Ireland parishes as part of the Anglican Church of Ireland’s Bishops’ Appeal – the province’s World Aid and Development Programme. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Featured Events In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img Rector Bath, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Mar 2, 2016 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Anglican Communion Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR last_img read more

Census deadline fast approaching: Orange Co. encourages use of efficient Census…

first_img TAGSCensus KiosksJohn Bridges Community CenterMayor Jerry DemingsOrange County GovernmentU.S. Census Previous articleFlorida advocates rally to raise money, pay legal obligations, register felons to voteNext articleMobile Market coming to Apopka this week Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 From the Orange County Newsroom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mayor Jerry L. Demings at a Census 2020 news conference held recently at the Holden Heights Community Center. Orange County is offering Census kiosks located in the County’s neighborhood community centers. You can visit one of the kiosks – supplied by U.S. Census officials – and fill out the 10-question Census if you have not already, and there is staff available at each location to assist you. The Census only takes a few minutes to complete and your efforts will greatly benefit the community. The deadline to complete the Census is fast approaching – September 30, 2020.“We want everyone to do their part to help us get an accurate count,” said Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings at a recent Census 2020 news conference at the Holden Heights Community Center. “An accurate count ensures adequate federal funding to help our residents.”An accurate Census count ensures proper funding for roads, hospitals, public safety resources as well as crisis assistance to residents. Information is safe and secure in the Census and is not shared with any other agency. Records are also sealed for 72 years.For more information about the Census, visit www.ocfl.net/Census2020.Watch an Orange TV video about the importance of the Census and the kiosks work:Census kiosks are available at the following Neighborhood Centers for Families:APOPKA LOCATION: John Bridges Community Center 445 W. 13th St. Apopka, FL 32703 407-254-9449ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS:East Orange Community Center 12050 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32826 407-254-9610Hal P. Marston Community Center 3933 W. D. Judge Drive, Suite B Orlando, FL 32808 407-836-8450Holden Heights Community Center 1201 20th St. Orlando, FL 32805 407-836-6777Maxey Community Center 830 Klondike St. Winter Garden, FL 34787 407-254-1970Pine Hills Community Center 6408 Jennings Road Orlando, FL 32818 407-254-9100 or 407-254-9107Taft Community Center 9450 S. Orange Avenue Orlando, FL 32824 407-254-1950 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Please enter your comment!last_img read more

GitarrenHaus / BIJL Architecture

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeBIJL ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentCastlecragAustraliaPublished on November 02, 2017Cite: “GitarrenHaus / BIJL Architecture” 02 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GradationPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsCocowebLighting – Blackspot LED Barn LightUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemCeilingsSculptformTimber Batten Ceiling in All Souls ChapelHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniGlazedGrespaniaWall Tiles – Porto PetroThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexCarpetsHalcyon LakeCarpet – Nobsa GreyMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Builder: GitarrenHaus / BIJL Architecture Stuart Wilson Constructions ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882809/guitarrenhaus-bijl-architecture Clipboard 2017 Photographs:  Katherine Lu Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectStairsAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Hardwood Stairs – GOODWOODCabinetmaker:Driftwood JoineryHydraulic Engineer:DonovanFurniture:DesignByThemCity:CastlecragCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Katherine LuText description provided by the architects. As the property is in a conservation area characterised by the sandstone and masonry dwellings of Walter Burley-Griffin, it was important to celebrate and improve the expression of the existing dwelling and its own masonry construction. Save this picture!© Katherine LuSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Katherine Lu Our approach was to deploy a monochromatic colour palette and simplify the material language of the dwelling, so that the existing substantial sandstone lower ground floor and rear volume could be refurbished and brought back to life. This included streamlining the fenestration, which had previously been very fussy and in poor condition, and consolidating the awkwardly shaped deck which has expansive views that were not maximised in the previous arrangement of the dwelling’s key spaces.Save this picture!© Katherine LuBushfire and maintenance considerations were also required for the property, and as such we retained and repainted the existing painted brickwork, and relined and extended the existing eaves of the roof with stained timber boards, providing a naturalistic warmth to the interface of the dwelling with the external spaces.Save this picture!© Katherine LuProject gallerySee allShow lessDiller Scofidio + Renfro Named WSJ’s 2017 Architectural Innovator of the YearArchitecture NewsCukrowicz Nachbaur Architekte Beats Out 30 Top Firms in Munich Concert Hall CompetitionArchitecture News Share Australia Save this picture!© Katherine Lu+ 20 Share Manufacturers: Australian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH), Atlantis Corporation, Caesarstone, Colorbond, Dulux, Eco Outdoor, FRANKE, Lodes, Polytec, Precision Flooring, Real Flame, Studio Italia design, Academy Tiles, By Rydens, EMAC Lawton, Emro, Escenium HAUS, Hunza Outdoor Lighting, OzStairs, Vintec ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882809/guitarrenhaus-bijl-architecture Clipboardcenter_img “COPY” Projects CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Castlecrag, Australia Structural Engineer: Harrison and Morris Consultancy GitarrenHaus / BIJL ArchitectureSave this projectSaveGitarrenHaus / BIJL Architecture Photographs Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Year:  Architects: BIJL Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Area:  285 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”last_img read more

Traders respond to Limerick Post lead story

first_imgPrint Linkedin Twitter NewsLocal NewsTraders respond to Limerick Post lead storyBy admin – March 26, 2009 700 Email Advertisementcenter_img THE PAGE one lead story in last week’s edition of the Limerick Post headed ‘Planners told to get real’ sparked a response from both city and county traders, who felt aggrieved that they had, in recent times, received warning letters from the relevant local authorities under section 152(1) of the Planning and Development Act.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Post revealed that one city businessman had been told to toe the line, or possibly face a a fine exceeding 12 million euro, or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or to both, because of alleged unauthorised development.The businessman had changed the letters over his shop front.An east Limerick businessman contacted the Post to complain that he had received a similar warning because of a small sandwich board on the footpath outside his premises.“I employ 40 people and pay all my taxes, rates and water charges. The little sandwich board helped to bring in a few more customers, and in these recessionary times we can all do with that little extra business”.He claimed that he travelled to other small towns and villages and saw similar signage on footpaths, with no action taken.And a city centre trader revealed that he was engaged in similar correspondence with city planners because of a canopy over his shop front.One reader came to the defence of the city planners. “They are merely keeping to the letters of the law, as it stands”. WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleWhere are the new houses, asks LeddinNext article‘Terrified’ residents on 24 hour watch adminlast_img read more

Further overnight restrictions to water supplies

first_img Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Further overnight restrictions to water supplies By News Highland – June 24, 2010 Newsx Adverts Google+ Previous articleDail passes lower drink driving limitsNext articleMan denies Garda Robbie McCallion manslaughter charge News Highland Facebook Twitter Donegal County Council has again warned that water supplies will be subject to overnight restrictions while shortages persist.Last night, there were disruptions to a number of areas served by the Lough Mourne scheme, particularly the Twin Towns, Gleneely, Tievebrack, Ballinacorr, Raphoe, Lifford and Liscooley.The whole of the area served by the Greencastle Water Supply was also affected.The council is repeating its appeal to people to conserve water where possible. WhatsApp Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Pinterest Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Twitter Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApplast_img read more

Derry detectives probe Ballyarnett Road assaults

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Detectives are appealing for information following reports of assaults in the Ballyarnett Road area of Derry in the early hours of this morning.Just after 4.30am, police received reports of altercations in the area involving a number of people. Two men aged 30 and 20, and a 17 year old male, were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.Detective Inspector John Wilson who is leading the investigation says enquiries are at an early stage and they are urging anybody who was in the area at the time to contact CID at Strand Road Police Station. If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111. Twitter Twitter Derry detectives probe Ballyarnett Road assaultscenter_img Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleBig semi final win in Germany for Chloe and Sam MageeNext article”We gave a performance that deserved the win”- McIver News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – March 1, 2015 WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Explore: Tourism grants fund community activities and festivals across Tompkins

first_img Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — Tompkins County Legislature approved the last batch of spring tourism grants Tuesday. The awards to more than 40 local organizations give a peek at what festivities are ahead for 2019 — from community festivals like Groton Old Home Days and Dryden Lake Festival, cultural events, big downtown festivals like Wizarding Weekend, and even an exhibit about bees.Tompkins County Area Development reviews the projects with the Strategic Tourism Planning Board every year. This spring, there were four categories including the tourism capital grants — which were awarded Tuesday night and total $200,000 for 10 projects — as well as tourism project grant awards, community celebration grants and tourism marketing and advertising grants. In total, $420,338 was awarded in the spring grant cycle. Your government news is made possible with support from: The grants are funded by hotel room occupancy tax, which is collected from anyone who rents out a room or rooms in the short-term. That includes hotels, apartment hotels, motels, guest houses, inns and cottages, bed and breakfasts, and private homes that rent on sites like Airbnb, according to the county.“The Tompkins County Tourism Program annually invests over $2.5 million in local hotel room occupancy tax dollars in community-based tourism to promote economic development and enhance quality of life,” a news release said.There will be a fall round of community celebrations grants later in 2019.The grants give a small insight into the many cultural activities and festivals that liven Ithaca all year. Below you can see what grants were awarded for what initiatives. You can sort and search this table. For example, type in “Trumansburg” or “Ithaca Festival” to see those events, or you can sort by award amount. [table id=8 /] Tagged: arts, festivals, ithaca, tompkins county legislature, tourism, tourism grants center_img Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more

‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed and deflated at protest outside of Trump’s visit at Alabama-LSU football game

first_imgamesy/iStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — A towering “Baby Trump” balloon — which has become a popular symbol for critics of the president — was knifed and deflated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday during President Donald Trump’s visit to watch a collegiate football game.A few dozen people were gathered in Monnish Park protesting the president’s visit to the Alabama-LSU football game a half-mile away and holding various anti-Trump signs when a disapproving man approached the helium-balloon with a knife and slashed an 8-foot-long gash in its back. There were still two hours to kickoff in the college town when “Baby Trump” quickly deflated out and the balloon-stabbing suspect attempted to flee the scene, organizers said.Tuscaloosa police said in a statement that officers witnessed the incident which led them to arrest Hoyt Deau Hutchinson, 32, and charge him with felony first degree criminal mischief. He was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail and held on a $2,500 bond. The slashing appears to have been premeditated as Hutchinson posted a Facebook Live video just hours before the incident saying he was “going down [there] to make a scene … I’m shaking I’m so mad right now,” he said. “I’m fixin’ to pop this balloon, without a doubt.”The 20-foot-high, 13-foot wide balloon — an orange, crying, diaper-wearing, cellphone-clutching caricature of Trump — has become a global symbol of protest against the president. Activists in London first floated the blimp-like balloon in 2018 to protest Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom. Now there are several replicas in the U.S. Just this week, the inflatable, diapered-depiction was in Lexington, Kentucky, ahead of a Trump rally.Robert Kennedy of New Jersey, a volunteer “baby sitter” who brought the balloon to Tuscaloosa, has taken it to several appearances, including to July Fourth on the National Mall in Washington. This was the first time Kennedy has experienced an attack on the balloon — but this is not the first time a “Baby Trump” balloon has been targeted.On June 4, 2019, near Trafalgar Square in London, a woman stabbed a balloon similar to the one Hutchinson slashed in Tuscaloosa on Saturday — and sliced her own hand in the process.Kennedy told the Associated Press that the day had been going mostly smoothly. Some people yelled “Trump 2020” as they passed, while others took selfies with or photos of the balloon. Then, around 1 p.m. (CST), Hutchinson stuck a knife in it and ran off.“It is rare,” Kennedy said, “to get that kind of anger.”After Hutchinson was released on bond, he posted another since-removed Facebook video, with the third quarter of the football game playing on a television behind him as people laughed and cheered.“Some liberals tried to come to my hometown and start some trouble. That ain’t happening,” Hutchinson said in the video, wearing a Trump 2020 shirt. “I did get arrested. I got charged. That’s all right. I’d do it again given the opportunity.”He then plugged a GoFundMe page, asking for public money to help the “Baby Trump Stabber” to pay “legal fees and restitutions”. The page includes a video of Hutchinson’s arrest which shows him handcuffed, walking backwards to face protesters and shouting “Trump 2020,” while at least three police officers escort him into the backseat of a white SUV.In eight hours, the campaign raised nearly $15,000, surpassing its original goal of $6,000. Hutchinson said he would donate extra funds to the Republican Party.Saturday’s game marked the third sporting event Trump has attended in the last two weeks, and the first of those in a red state.It cost organizers at least $4,000 to rent “Baby Trump” out for the game, according to a different GoFundMe page created by co-organizers of Saturday’s protest. The donors raised nearly $8,000 in two days and said they would donate the extra funds to the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. It’s unclear if those funds will now be diverted to repair or replace the balloon.Designed by Matt Bonner, replicas of the balloon have also flown in France, Argentina, Ireland and Denmark.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserve,amesy/iStock(TUSCALOOSA, Ala.) — A towering “Baby Trump” balloon — which has become a popular symbol for critics of the president — was knifed and deflated in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on Saturday during President Donald Trump’s visit to watch a collegiate football game.A few dozen people were gathered in Monnish Park protesting the president’s visit to the Alabama-LSU football game a half-mile away and holding various anti-Trump signs when a disapproving man approached the helium-balloon with a knife and slashed an 8-foot-long gash in its back. There were still two hours to kickoff in the college town when “Baby Trump” quickly deflated out and the balloon-stabbing suspect attempted to flee the scene, organizers said.Tuscaloosa police said in a statement that officers witnessed the incident which led them to arrest Hoyt Deau Hutchinson, 32, and charge him with felony first degree criminal mischief. He was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail and held on a $2,500 bond. The slashing appears to have been premeditated as Hutchinson posted a Facebook Live video just hours before the incident saying he was “going down [there] to make a scene … I’m shaking I’m so mad right now,” he said. “I’m fixin’ to pop this balloon, without a doubt.”The 20-foot-high, 13-foot wide balloon — an orange, crying, diaper-wearing, cellphone-clutching caricature of Trump — has become a global symbol of protest against the president. Activists in London first floated the blimp-like balloon in 2018 to protest Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom. Now there are several replicas in the U.S. Just this week, the inflatable, diapered-depiction was in Lexington, Kentucky, ahead of a Trump rally.Robert Kennedy of New Jersey, a volunteer “baby sitter” who brought the balloon to Tuscaloosa, has taken it to several appearances, including to July Fourth on the National Mall in Washington. This was the first time Kennedy has experienced an attack on the balloon — but this is not the first time a “Baby Trump” balloon has been targeted.On June 4, 2019, near Trafalgar Square in London, a woman stabbed a balloon similar to the one Hutchinson slashed in Tuscaloosa on Saturday — and sliced her own hand in the process.Kennedy told the Associated Press that the day had been going mostly smoothly. Some people yelled “Trump 2020” as they passed, while others took selfies with or photos of the balloon. Then, around 1 p.m. (CST), Hutchinson stuck a knife in it and ran off.“It is rare,” Kennedy said, “to get that kind of anger.”After Hutchinson was released on bond, he posted another since-removed Facebook video, with the third quarter of the football game playing on a television behind him as people laughed and cheered.“Some liberals tried to come to my hometown and start some trouble. That ain’t happening,” Hutchinson said in the video, wearing a Trump 2020 shirt. “I did get arrested. I got charged. That’s all right. I’d do it again given the opportunity.”He then plugged a GoFundMe page, asking for public money to help the “Baby Trump Stabber” to pay “legal fees and restitutions”. The page includes a video of Hutchinson’s arrest which shows him handcuffed, walking backwards to face protesters and shouting “Trump 2020,” while at least three police officers escort him into the backseat of a white SUV.In eight hours, the campaign raised nearly $15,000, surpassing its original goal of $6,000. Hutchinson said he would donate extra funds to the Republican Party.Saturday’s game marked the third sporting event Trump has attended in the last two weeks, and the first of those in a red state.It cost organizers at least $4,000 to rent “Baby Trump” out for the game, according to a different GoFundMe page created by co-organizers of Saturday’s protest. The donors raised nearly $8,000 in two days and said they would donate the extra funds to the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery. It’s unclear if those funds will now be diverted to repair or replace the balloon.Designed by Matt Bonner, replicas of the balloon have also flown in France, Argentina, Ireland and Denmark.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reservelast_img read more