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Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc ( Q12013 Interim Report

first_imgLaw Union And Rock Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Law Union And Rock Insurance Plc (  2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileLaw Union & Rock Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite all classes of insurance business. The company provides non-life insurance policies which includes cover for motor, fire, burglary, general household and home owners comprehensive, group personal accident, all risks, workmen’s compensation, general third party liability, marine, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, money, fidelity guarantee, engineering, oil and gas, cargo, onshore property, legal liability, construction erection, business interruption, and bonds insurance policies. The company was founded in 1951. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Law Union & Rock Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stanbic IBTC Bank ( Q32014 Presentation

first_imgStanbic IBTC Bank ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Stanbic IBTC Bank ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Stanbic IBTC Bank ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Stanbic IBTC Bank (  2014 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileStanbic IBTC Plc is a financial services company in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, corporate, investment and wealth management sectors. The Personal and Corporate Banking division provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts to residential accommodation loans, vehicle and equipment finance and instalment finance. The Corporate and Investment Banking division offers products and services for foreign exchange, fixed income and equity trading as well as transactional banking, corporate and property lending and custodial and trade finance services. The Wealth Management division provides services for investment management, pension management, portfolio management, unit trust/fund management and trusteeship services. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc undertakes venture capital projects and private equity investments; acts as an executor and trustee of wills and trusts; and provides agency, insurance brokerage and stockbroking services. Founded in 1989, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Stanbic IBTC Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Livestock Feeds Plc ( 2015 Annual Report

first_imgLivestock Feeds Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Livestock Feeds Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Livestock Feeds Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Livestock Feeds Plc (  2015 annual report.Company ProfileLivestock Feeds Plc manufactures and markets a range of animal feed products in Nigeria which includes feed for poultry, pig and cattle. The company is the dominant brand in animal feeds with an installed capacity of 40 MT/hour single shift and a network of 12 franchise millers. Livestock Feeds Plc was established in 1963 as a subsidiary of Pfizer to provide health and nutritional products for exotic milking cows and hybrid chicken that were being imported into Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Livestock Feeds Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Harel Mallac Limited ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgHarel Mallac Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Harel Mallac Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Harel Mallac Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Harel Mallac Limited (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileHarel Mallac and Co. Limited is involved in the manufacturing and trading, business service as well as asset management businesses. The company operates through investment, corporate and property business services and manufacturing and trading segments.  Harel Mallac and Co. Limited also engages in the blending, trading, and selling of chemicals, fertilizers, and general goods, the provision of agro industrial, engineering, refrigeration, and electrical products, as well as air conditioning and fire protection, and waterproofing activities. Harel Mallac and Co. Limited has operations in Mauritius, Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia. The company is based in Port Louis, Mauritius. Harel Mallac and Co. Limited is a subsidiary of Société de Lerca. Harel Mallac and Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritiuslast_img read more

No savings at 50? I think investing money in these 2 UK shares can help you retire early

first_imgNo savings at 50? I think investing money in these 2 UK shares can help you retire early 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. See all posts by Peter Stephens Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Peter Stephens owns shares of Tesco and WPP. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. 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 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Investing money in UK shares today may not necessarily produce high returns in the short run. Risks such as Brexit and coronavirus may harm the prospects for many FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares in the coming months.However, at the age of 50, you’re likely to have a long time horizon until you retire. Therefore, you have sufficient time for the stock market to recover after its recent market crash.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…With that in mind, here are two UK shares that could produce impressive long-term returns after their recent declines.Investing money in Tesco could produce attractive returnsInvesting in Tesco (LSE: TSCO) at the start of the year would have produced a 10% loss for investors. Its first quarter trading update may have showed an 8% rise in sales, but higher additional costs related to the pandemic mean its near-term profitability could be less impressive.However, over the long run, the business appears to have recovery potential. It’s doubled its online capacity over recent months so it’s maintained a strong position in the e-commerce grocery segment. This could pay off in the long run, as many shoppers may continue to order online, rather than shop in one of its stores.Furthermore, the company is generating strong growth in its convenience stores, as well as in its Jack’s budget chain. And, with the growing popularity of its Clubcard offer, it could outperform many of its rivals in the coming years.Certainly, further coronavirus-related challenges mean investing money in Tesco shares today won’t necessarily lead to strong capital growth in the short run. However, it appears to be in a good position to generate improving returns in the long run.Why WPP can mount a successful share price recoveryMany may be wary of investing money in WPP (LSE: WPP) at present. The company has underperformed many UK shares since the start of the year, recording a 40% decline year-to-date. Moreover, with the global economic outlook uncertain, it may experience further challenging operating conditions.However, the company’s first quarter update showed it has the potential to deliver a successful turnaround in the long run. Its asset disposal programme has significantly strengthened its balance sheet, which increases its capacity to overcome a period of weak trading conditions. And, with demand from sectors such as technology and packaged goods high, it’s in a good position to win new business as advertising spend increasingly shifts to digital media.Although investing money in WPP shares could lead to paper losses in the short run, depending on how the economy performs in the coming months, it appears to offer long-term growth potential. As such, buying it as part of a diverse portfolio of shares could lead to impressive returns, relative to other UK shares. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens | Thursday, 13th August, 2020 | More on: TSCO WPP last_img read more

Dubai ruler promises £5 billion foundation gift

first_img  26 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 May 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Dubai ruler promises £5 billion foundation giftcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai, has pledged $10 billion (£5 billion) to a new foundation he is setting up. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation will focus on promoting human development in the region by funding education and knowledge development initiatives.According to the BBC, the pledge, made at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, is “thought to be one of the largest charitable donations in history”.The Foundation will be based in the United Arab Emirates and will “source and manage research programmes and centres and provide scholarships, leadership programmes and research grants”. Advertisementlast_img read more

Limerick plans for Lidl halted

first_imgFacebook NewsLocal NewsLimerick plans for Lidl haltedBy Bernie English – January 29, 2018 2251 Limerick city centre gets a deep clean WhatsApp Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Email O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park center_img Advertisement Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick TAGSBord PleanallaLimerick City and County CouncilLImerick LidlPUnches Crosssupermarkettesco Previous articlePop up chat shop on 8th AmendmentNext articleLimerick Council’s tribute to Mike ‘the man who dressed the Mayor’ Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Print PLANS by supermarket giant, Lidl to replace its store a Punches Cross with a bigger one have been halted.And the German retailer chain has accused Tesco of being a ‘serial objectors” after it failed in a bid to get planning permission for a 1,690 sq m store on the site of the existing Lidl. Lidl has claimed that Tesco lodged up to 20 objections to the new store on grounds of size, claiming it was too big for a site zoned as a local centre and inconsistent with planning guidlines that say anchor stores should be no larger than 400 sq m.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick City and County Council has ruled in favour of the Lidl plans to demolish the existing store and build a new one but had put a 1,250 sq m limit on the size of the new store.Lidl had appealed the decision on the size as well as a requirement that they pay €163,550 development levy.The supermarket said that the conditions made the project unviable and called on the planning authority to clarify Tesco’s objections in relation to the store.As well as objecting to the store on grounds of size, in its appeal, Tesco said it raises objections “only where there os a legitimate planning ground or precedent to justify the objection.The original decision to grant permission was overturned by an Bord Pleannalla,. The board noted that the new proposal was for a store 68 per cent bigger than the existing one.Foir more local news click here last_img read more

New Tech class offers preparation for college, career

first_imgLocal NewsEducation Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Facebook Pinterest George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa.New Tech Network. New Tech class offers preparation for college, careercenter_img Pinterest By admin – February 21, 2018 Twitter WhatsApp New Tech Odessa logo Students in Ajinoam Morton’s project-based research design class at George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa are learning everything from time management and budgeting, for when they are in college, to what they might want to pursue for a career.Morton, who also is the Spanish facilitator at New Tech, said the year-long class is aimed at seniors to help them transition from high school to college life. It also throws in a passion project that lets students explore the career they want to pursue after college. Morton also helps students fill out their financial aid forms and apply for college and scholarships.In years past, students have attained a 100 percent acceptance rate to colleges and universities and this year Morton said they are on track to achieve the same.Morton has helped students pair with professionals in the community and beyond for internships.“I’m trying to help them build those relationships with professionals in the community. Some of the students that I have actually have careers that are not available in our community, so I even went as far as doing virtual internships,” Morton said.One student has a virtual internship with a naval architect.Morton added that she wants the students to figure out real-world problems in the fields they want to go into so they can see the challenges and issues out there and seeing the impact they could make, or what new ideas they could bring to the professionals already in that career.Students will receive a cord at graduation if they present their projects at an April symposium, have a certain GPA by the fifth sixth-week grading period and have a senior portfolio.Jaylyn Guzman, an 18-year-old senior, wants to go into business and plans to attend Angelo State University. She has worked with the Small Business Development Center which made her aware of things she wasn’t sure of or didn’t know and answered her questions.Guzman is currently finishing her capstone project of a website that will help people who want to start their own business. She said the class has helped her a lot.“It just drives me, pushes me to do better in my life,” Guzman said.She added that she will be the first in her family to graduate college and she wants to set an example for her younger brother and niece to let them know that if you put your mind to something you can accomplish anything.Saray Navarrete, a 17-year-old senior wants to create a device that is as portable as an inhaler, but as strong as a breathing treatment.Navarrete, who wants to become a surgeon, said the class has helped her network with the college she wants to attend, which is Texas Tech University, and people in her desired field.After doing an internship in orthopedics, Navarrete said she realized the field wasn’t for her and contacted the dean of the Texas Tech honors college to ask him to be her mentor.She said the experience has helped her gain confidence to network outside of Odessa and Midland.“I will be doing an internship with a surgeon in El Paso,” who is part of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Navarrete said.Seventeen-year-old senior Yishai Benavides came into Morton’s class as a dedicated film student, but he has since decided to become an electrical engineer who is involved in film on the side.His project will be a documentary about the car culture in Odessa. Benavides added that he plans to make another documentary about a group that is restoring a car.He has already been accepted to the University of Texas at Arlington, but plans to spend a year at Odessa College before leaving.Jaden Gaddis, a 17-year-old senior, said probably one of the biggest things he’s taken away from the course is that other high school students he knows haven’t applied for college or scholarships, which is part of the grade for Morton’s class.Gaddis has a virtual internship with a naval architect who is with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth.Once a week, he talks to her on the phone about what she does on a daily basis and some of the projects she’s been involved in. “She kind of helped me clarify what I wanted to be,” Gaddis said.He plans to attend the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and transfer to Texas A&M in Galveston.While not assigned to Morton’s class, 18-year-old senior Jasmine Lopez said Morton has helped her with applying to colleges and for financial aid.Lopez said she is deciding between Texas Tech University and UTPB and plans to major in biology major with the intention of going pre-med. She added that she will graduate with an associate degree before she graduates from high school.More Information Previous articleMan of the Year awards luncheon setNext articleSULLUM: Jeff Sessions’ cruel prescription for pain adminlast_img read more

Shatter survives confidence vote

first_img Pinterest News WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – April 3, 2014 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleLetterkenny Mayor to contest county council electionNext articleDonegal and Cavan to battle once more for Ulster U21 crown News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Shatter survives confidence vote Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img Google+ Pinterest Facebook Google+ Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic The Dáil’s voted confidence in Alan Shatter.Last night TDs voted by 95 to 51 to support the Justice Minister.Alongside Ministers, backbenchers from both Fine Gael and Labour lined up to support him, in speeches of just one minute each to get the maxiumum numbers to express confidence.But Fianna Fáil’s justice spokesperson Niall Collins says the coalition hadn’t addressed the core issue, concentrating instead on attacking the opposition.Meanwhile, the Transport Minister says the Investigation into the Garda Tapes will work out whether or not members of the force wanted the recordings to be destroyed.Leo Varadkar’s comments come after reports suggested Ministers decided to establish a Commission of Investigation because of fears that “someone in the guards” wanted them to be erased.However, a letter dated March 10th from former Commissioner Martin Callinan to the Department of Justice’s Secretary General has now been published – which shows no evidence of that. It says he asked Brian Purcell for advice on what he should do with the recordings.Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says the Commission of Inquiry will get to the bottom of the issue. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Former President George H.W. Bush dead at 94

first_imgCynthia Johnson/Liaison/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States, has died at age 94.His death was announced by his family Friday night on Twitter. The president’s health had been in decline in recent months.“George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings,” the former president’s office said in a statement. “He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.”His son George W. Bush, who served as the country’s 43rd president, released a statement of his own from the family.“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died,” George W. Bush said. “George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”The family said funeral arrangements would be announced “as soon as is practical.”Bush was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital with a blood infection on April 22 — two days after the funeral for his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush.He is survived by his five children, including former President George W. Bush and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.Bush was with there his wife when she died at the age of 92 on April 17.“He of course is broken-hearted to lose his beloved Barbara, his wife of 73 years. He held her hand all day and was at her side when [she] left this good earth,” a statement from his office said after her death. “But it will not surprise all of you who know and love him, that he also is being stoic and strong, and is being lifted up by his large and supportive family.”Bush was a key part of his family’s political dynasty. His father was a senator; and his son George W. Bush was president from 2001 to 2009.He served two terms as President Ronald Reagan’s second in command and became the first incumbent vice president to be elected president since Martin Van Buren in 1836.But Bush’s tenure in the White House was limited to four years. He was defeated for re-election by Democrat Bill Clinton in 1992. A weakened economy, a limited domestic agenda and a broken promise against raising taxes contributed to Bush’s defeat.Bush was a one-time oil executive who spent years in government service, including terms as CIA director, ambassador to the United Nations and liaison to the People’s Republic of China. He was also elected to the House of Representatives as a congressman from Texas. Following his time in the White House, he and his wife moved to Houston, where they led a relatively quiet life.Bush began experiencing health problems during his presidency. In 1991, he was treated at a hospital for an irregular heartbeat. Doctors diagnosed him as having Graves disease, a thyroid condition that, by coincidence, his wife also had.Bush experienced a recurrence of the irregular heartbeat in February 2000, when he was attending a reception in Naples, Florida. He spent a night in the hospital, but smiled and joked with reporters the next day.In November 2012, he was admitted to a Houston hospital for bronchitis and a chronic cough. He was expected to return home well before Christmas but remained hospitalized after the holiday. Officials said he had a high fever and had been placed on a liquids-only diet.In 2017, the former president was admitted to the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia,” according to his office.His family has said publicly that the former president was no longer able to walk unassisted, a frustration for a man who enjoyed an active lifestyle of golf, fishing, jogging and power walks on the beach near his summer home in Maine.Bush said he did not want age to slow him down. He made a parachute jump from an airplane on his 90th birthday, and celebrated his 75th, 80th and 85th birthdays the same way.In one of his last interviews, Bush reflected on his life, relishing the love of family and friends.“I’ve been very blessed, when you look around, compared to … others,” Bush told ABC News’ “World News Tonight” anchor Diane Sawyer in June 2012. “But you must feel responsibility to others. You must believe in serving others. I think that’s a fundamental tenet of my life.”George Herbert Walker Bush was born on June 12, 1924, in Milton, Massachusetts. He was the second oldest child in a family of four boys and one girl. His parents were Prescott Sheldon Bush, an investment banker who later would serve for 10 years in the U.S. Senate, and Dorothy Walker Bush.Growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut, George H.W. Bush had a privileged childhood. He attended the exclusive Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.World War II broke out while he was at Phillips. Rather than go on and attend Yale University immediately after prep school, Bush joined the Navy.Having graduated from Phillips Academy six months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Bush soon became the youngest combat aviation officer in the war.Bush flew 58 combat missions in the Pacific as a torpedo bomber pilot and once was shot down by the Japanese in 1944. For his effort at bringing the plane down and saving most of its crew, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.After the war, Bush entered Yale and graduated in less than three years with a degree in economics. Nicknamed Poppy, the tall and lanky Bush earned a Phi Beta Kappa key for high academic achievements and played baseball and soccer for Yale.Shortly after leaving the Navy, Bush married Barbara Pierce, who he met at a country club dance when he was 17 and she was 16. They would eventually have six children, one of whom died of leukemia before her fourth birthday.Two of their sons entered politics: George W. Bush became governor of Texas before winning the 2000 election for president, while his younger brother Jeb Bush became governor of Florida. Jeb Bush later ran for president in 2016 and dropped out during the Republican primary.Bush moved his growing family to Texas after college, where he formed an independent oil exploration company.But politics eventually came to be the focus of Bush’s life. He made his first foray as a candidate in 1964 with an ambitious but unsuccessful run for the Senate.Two years later, Bush was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he cast a vote in favor of President Lyndon Johnson’s program for open, nondiscriminatory federal housing.The lure of a Senate seat prompted Bush to try again in 1970. This time, Bush lost to Democrat Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr.The two men would square off again 18 years later when Bentsen was the running mate of Democratic presidential nominee Michael Dukakis. In the second matchup, Bush was victorious.Following his 1970 defeat, Presidents Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford appointed Bush to a variety of high-profile positions: U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, chairman of the Republican National Committee, liaison to the People’s Republic of China and director of the Central Intelligence Agency.Ford also considered naming Bush his vice president but opted instead to give the job to Nelson A. Rockefeller. As a consolation, Ford offered Bush his choice of ambassadorial assignments and Bush chose China. Bush left the government in January 1977 when Jimmy Carter became president.In 1978, believing that Carter was vulnerable, Bush began his first campaign for the White House. Despite an early win in the 1980 Iowa caucuses, Bush’s campaign quickly lost momentum as Reagan overtook him to capture the GOP nomination.During the campaign, Bush described Reagan’s plan to increase federal revenues by lowering taxes as “voodoo economics.” The remark got Bush needed coverage on the campaign trail but came back to bite him when Reagan chose Bush as his running mate and Bush had to become a cheerleader for Reagan’s economic plan.The Reagan-Bush ticket easily defeated Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale. Four years later, the Reagan-Bush team trounced Mondale and vice presidential candidate Geraldine A. Ferraro.Bush’s eight years as vice president were spent mostly in the shadows. He headed task forces on stopping the illegal drug trade and reducing federal regulations.Reagan often sent Bush abroad as his representative. Bush set an attendance record at the funerals of foreign leaders, including those of three Soviet leaders.But it was Bush’s participation in meetings of the National Security Council that threatened his political career. The Reagan administration secretly carried out the illegal sale of arms to Iran so the proceeds could be funneled to rebels fighting a Marxist government in Nicaragua.After the Iran-Contra affair was exposed, questions were raised about what Bush knew of the secret program. Suspicions about Bush, however, had no lasting political impact.In 1988, Bush ran to succeed Reagan with two catchphrases. He spoke of creating a “kinder, gentler nation” and he told voters, “Read my lips, no new taxes.” This last promise would become a problem for him; eventually he would break his word.Despite an early challenge from Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas, Bush captured the GOP nomination and selected a little-known young senator, Dan Quayle of Indiana, as his running mate. The choice surprised political analysts, but delighted Democrats, who viewed Quayle as an intellectual lightweight.The Democratic nominee, Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, enjoyed a healthy lead in early campaign polls. But Bush waged an aggressive campaign and cast Dukakis as a liberal, a dirty word after eight years of Reagan. Bush easily won the general election with 53 percent of the vote and a wide margin in the electoral college.As president, Bush’s greatest successes were in foreign policy. He built on the relationships he developed as Reagan’s vice president as well as in his past life as a diplomat.When Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait in August 1990, Bush saw the incursion as a threat to U.S. interests. Arab allies urged U.S. involvement.Bush assembled an international coalition and got the U.N. Security Council to demand Iraq’s immediate withdrawal from Kuwait. The council authorized the use of force if Iraq stayed put. It was the first time since World War II that the United States and the Soviet Union were allied in a significant international crisis.When Hussein refused to move, Bush succeeded in getting a reluctant Congress to authorize force. The day after the U.N. deadline ended, Bush launched “Operation Desert Storm” — six weeks of round-the-clock air strikes followed by a 100-hour ground campaign.Iraqi forces left Kuwait and Bush enjoyed the highest approval ratings of any president — 91 percent in March 1991.In January 2011, Bush marked the 20th anniversary of Desert Storm with his national security team at a gathering of Republican foreign policy heavyweights in College Station, Texas.Bush credited his Cabinet and military team for their leadership and unity during the planning and execution of the air and ground attacks that liberated Kuwait from the invasion by Iraq.“No president was ever better served by his foreign policy team,” Bush said at the event.More than 500,000 Americans were deployed at the peak of the fighting. One hundred and forty-eight service members were killed and 467 were wounded in the conflict.“There are probably things I could have done better,” Bush said at the event. “I honestly believe history will say we did this right.”The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, cited Bush’s “decisive action” in 1991.“The world is a safer place thanks to Desert Storm and to the strength of the international community’s response to Saddam Hussein’s aggression,” he said.Despite his war against Iraq, Bush was never able to gain his footing in the domestic arena, and his domestic problems would be his downfall.A major crisis in the savings and loan industry happened early on Bush’s watch, and taxpayers were left paying most of the bill. Bush took a hit in his support among American women when he nominated Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court and a former employee of Thomas’ claimed he had sexually harassed her.Bush also had to confront a recession and rising unemployment figures. The jobless rate rose from 5.3 percent in 1989 to 7.4 percent in 1992.But his biggest problem was breaking his word on taxes. Faced with the dilemma of paying for the Persian Gulf War, the savings and loan bailout and a weakened economy, Bush agreed to a budget plan with Congress that raised some taxes and gave up on his plan to cut the tax on capital gains.In the end, nobody was happy. Democrats said the tax hike hit the poorest Americans hardest. Republicans hated the capital gains retreat.In the 1992 primaries, Bush faced a surprisingly strong challenge from the conservative political columnist Patrick Buchanan. In the general election, he lost votes to H. Ross Perot, a populist third-party candidate. And Clinton, the Democratic nominee, proved to be a masterful politician.The fall campaign was intense — Bush once called Clinton a “bozo” from the stump — but the two men later became friends — raising money for victims of the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia and then more than $100 million for Hurricane Katrina relief in 2006.During the transition phase in leaving the White House, Bush left a letter for Clinton wishing him “great happiness.”“Your success now is our country’s success. I am rooting hard for you,” the letter read.“I don’t know what would happen, I don’t know where I’d be in life if I wasn’t blessed with a lot of kids and grandkids and family, including, of course, Barbara,” Bush told ABC News’ Sawyer in 2012. “Family means everything to me. And we’re blessed a with lot of ’em…. We take great pride in what they do and what their plans are for the future. And through — through their eyes, I think of life a lot.”The newest member of the family at the time was Bush’s great-granddaughter, Georgia Helena Walker Bush, who was born in summer 2011.“I have a little worry that I won’t be around to see her grow much older. But it’s not a fearsome thing,” the former president said.Bush said he was coming to terms with his own mortality and believed in an afterlife.“I’ve wondered about [heaven]. Who you see when you get there. Who do you look up? How do you find them? There’s a lot of people there. Maybe you look around, find some didn’t make it, too. … I don’t know how that works. I don’t think anybody knows,” he said. “I don’t fear it, though.“When I was a little guy, I feared death. I’d worry about it. I’d be scared. Not anymore.”Bush’s life story was also the topic of an HBO documentary titled “41,” which premiered in June 2012.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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