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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. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 22nd April, 2020 | More on: CRH Shares in the FTSE 100’s CRH (LSE: CRH) look perky this morning on the release of a trading update. The company claims to be the “leading” building materials business in the world, with around 3,100 operating locations across 30 countries.In North America, it’s the “largest” operation of its type. 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After the recent stock market falls, I reckon CRH is worth considering as part of a long-term diversified portfolio.In today’s update, the company revealed a “positive” start to the year. Like-for-like sales were 3% higher in the first quarter compared to the equivalent period last year. However, the directors said in the update the outlook for the whole of 2020 is uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic.But the firm has been working hard to mitigate the effects of the crisis. Measures include the suspension of all non-essential expenditure and capital investment. The directors reckon they’ve taken “significant” cost and restructuring actions, as well as reducing working capital because of lower levels of turnover.Part of the cost-saving has involved the temporary laying off and furloughing of staff in areas of the business affected by the crisis. The directors also decided to reduce their own salaries and those of the leadership team by 25%, which I reckon demonstrates integrity.A mixed bag of current tradingPerhaps one measure of the directors’ confidence that CRH will trade through the crisis is that they’ve not cut the final dividend for the year. It will go ahead, subject to shareholder approval at tomorrow’s AGM.One of the main challenges for CRH during this crisis is the way the company must implement social distancing measures in its operations across the world. This isn’t one of those enterprises where all activity has halted. Instead, the firm is making “every effort” to ensure it provides a safe working environment for all employees, contractors and customers.The aim is to carry on with activities in accordance with the health and safety protocols in the firm’s markets. And the picture varies from country to country. In North America, for example, the government has applied emergency restrictions but construction is classified as an essential activity. That’s clearly good for CRH’s business.However, in Europe, nationwide shutdowns in the UK, France, Ireland and others have thumped the company’s revenue. But in Central and Eastern Europe, the business has been affected less.I’m tempted to buy some of the company’s shares for the gradual recovery that’ll likely follow this crisis. Here’s a FTSE 100 dividend-grower I’d buy today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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The Los Angeles City Council voted on March 15 to approve the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s request for an increase in electricity rates for residents, as well as higher water costs and stiffer penalties for heavy users.The vote comes after months of lobbying from the LADWP, which argued that these rate hikes to consumers would help to reduce overall power use while also providing additional funds for needed improvements to infrastructure. LADWP claim that these benefits, which include enhancements to reliability and making sustainable energy sources a larger portion of the power grid, far outweigh direct costs that residents will incur.According to the LADWP, these rate increases will take place gradually over the next five years, with the average consumer experiencing a 3.86 percent increase in their monthly bills each year. Depending on one’s electricity needs, at the end of five years, rates are expected to go up between $4.20 per month for low-use residents and $16.31 per month for higher-use residents, or between $50.40 and $316.80 per year.State mandates require Los Angeles to transition to renewable sources for 33 percent of its energy use, and approximately 80 percent of the additional revenue generated from the rate hikes is currently budgeted to meet this goal. The rest will go toward updating the grid infrastructure and paying labor costs.Student reactions to these rate increases are mixed, with some students saying that the improvements to efficiency and reliability are worth the larger bill.“I don’t really care about the additional cost because it’s spread out over a year, and it’s not that high,” said Yi Zheng, a masters student in electrical engineering. “Personally, it’s not that bad for me, and lots of apartments have the electricity built into rent anyway.”However, Zheng also conceded that he might think twice about running the air conditioning in the summer if he were on a tighter budget. Despite this reasoning, other students thought that the rate increases are difficult to justify.“I feel like the government should eat those costs and not consumers, since it’s their responsibility to make the city green in the first place,” said Tiara Conley, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “We already pay too much in taxes, and the cost of living is high enough.”
Facebook1Tweet0Pin0 Published for Friday, November 15Those holiday bazaars are starting to pop up with some frequency now. I’m feeling that shift is focus as we move further away from Halloween. I’m excited to share some outstanding holiday stories with you over the next few weeks. In the meantime, here is what is going on around Olympia this weekend. Check out our full event calendar for even more activities.Get ready for the Hunger Games release with teen activities at the Olympia Timberland Library on Friday night.“American Roulette” continues its production throughout the weekend. Read a review by one of our teen writers here.Enjoy a film through the Olympia Film Festival at the historic Capitol Theater. Showtimes can be found here.Walk in nature at the Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail or the McLane Nature Trail. See salmon spawning just a few minutes from downtown Olympia.Dig clams along Washington beaches. Razor clam tide information can be found here.Tap your foot to some live music. A complete live music listing for this weekend can be found here.Catch a performance of Olympia High School’s “Midsummer Jersey.”Grab an authentic Mexican meal through Mijas and support domestic violence survivors.Pick up a rare find at the Olympia Record Show on Saturday from 3 – 7 p.m.Chuckle along with comedians at the Lucky Eagle Casino on Saturday night. The comedy festival is sure to cure any rainy day doldrums.Submit an event for our calendar here.ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at [email protected] For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.