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Howden Joinery Group Plc (HWDN) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages

Howden Joinery Group Plc (LON:HWDN) has been assigned an average rating of “Buy” from the fourteen analysts that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Seven equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is GBX 473.40 ($6.37).

HWDN has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 500 ($6.73) price objective on shares of Howden Joinery Group in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Shore Capital restated a “buy” rating on shares of Howden Joinery Group in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Liberum Capital restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 506 ($6.81) price objective on shares of Howden Joinery Group in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd. Citigroup restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 496 ($6.68) price objective on shares of Howden Joinery Group in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a GBX 500 ($6.73) price objective on shares of Howden Joinery Group in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd.

Howden Joinery Group (LON:HWDN) traded up GBX 5.60 ($0.08) during mid-day trading on Monday, hitting GBX 459.60 ($6.19). 2,906,187 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,460,000. Howden Joinery Group has a 12-month low of GBX 282 ($3.80) and a 12-month high of GBX 596.70 ($8.03).

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About Howden Joinery Group

Howden Joinery Group Plc is a manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products. The Company is engaged in the sale of kitchens and joinery products, along with the associated manufacture, sourcing and distribution of these products. It offers products in categories, such as kitchen collection, including inclusive cabinets, accessories, handles and taps; appliance collection, including ovens, hobs, extractors, refrigeration, dishwashers, laundry; doors and joinery collection, including internal doors, sliding wardrobe doors, external doors, door frames, linings and casings, and moldings; hardware collection, including door handles, door furniture, door security, and tools and accessories; flooring collections, including laminate flooring and accessories, and bathroom cabinet collection, including bathroom accessories, bathroom handles and bathroom worktops.

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Oprah Winfrey’s Kitchen Is a Multi-Purpose Retreat

Oprah Winfrey needs a kitchen that can handle her love of entertaining, giving and, most importantly, food. The Weight Watchers spokeswoman shows off her space in variety of different ways: When it’s just her after a successful harvest day; during a mid-holiday hustle; and when it’s full of chefs tending to their dishes for a special occasion (and if you’re Oprah Winfrey, there are many of these). No matter the occasion, Oprah’s kitchen can handle the heat. White cabinets and tan countertops line her kitchen, outfitted with all of the accessories one could need. The double oven and stovetop serve as the room’s focal point, sitting underneath an oversized hood with a smooth stainless steel backsplash matching the appliances. Cooking is definitely a priority in this space: another oven is embedded in the wide center island, where Oprah frequently stands to display her vegetable garden yields. Wide windows offer a view of the yard and a flow of natural light, which the media magnate utilizes for her windowsill herb garden. Country-inspired details add character around her kitchen, lines of woven baskets sitting atop floating shelves, bird statuettes decorating one wall and wooden bowls resting on another.

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Around the County

Stottville Fire Company elects officers for 2018

STOTTVILLE — The Stottville Volunteer Fire Co. elected a full slate of executive and line officers for 2018 during its December meeting.

The officers, many of whom are returning to the office, are as follows: President James Briscoe, Vice President Jason Vernon, Secretary/Treasurer Malcolm Smalley, Trustees Bill Wendelken, Allen Preston and Ariel Pellegrino, Chief Michael Briscoe, First Assistant Chief Mark Wendelken, Second Assistant Chief Mike McCagg, Captain Nick Wendelken, First Lieutenant Austin Cranna, Second Lieutenant Joe Bounfiglio.

Company members also thanked the community for its support during 2017 and specifically for its support most recently of the Election Day hot sub sale, which saw more than 500 subs sold.

Raffle winners announced

HUDSON — The Hudson branch of the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary held their annual holiday raffle basket sale in the hospital’s lobby.

The winning numbers were picked and the following persons were awarded.

Thanksgiving Dinner basket first prize to Brenda. Christmas Holiday second prize to Kathy Kaner. Lenox dinnerware, serving for eight, third prize was won by Maureen Hotaling.

Interfaith Council offers Micah 6:8 Jr. Award

HUDSON — The Hudson Interfaith Council has begun planning for the Dr. Martin Luther King Service which is scheduled for Jan. 14.

In conjunction with this annual event, the Council will be presenting the Micah 6:8 Jr. Award to a deserving youth in the community.

In the Bible, the Book of the Prophet Micah has as its main focus God’s call to people who work for social justice within their community.

The Hudson Interfaith Council honors a graduating senior each year who has lived the ideals expressed by the Prophet Micah. A $250 scholarship for the student judged most deserving accompanies the Micah 6:8 Award.

To be eligible, the student must be a graduating senior, a member of a local faith community which is part of the Hudson Interfaith Council, been active in promoting goodness and justice, and have at least two letters of recommendation.

Graduating seniors who wish to be considered for this award are urged to complete the application form which is available in the Guidance Office of all area high schools or from their local faith communities.

The deadline for filing the application with letter of recommendation is Jan. 5, 2018.

The completed form is to be submitted to the high school Guidance Office, Church Office or the Hudson Interfaith Council c/o Christ Episcopal Church at P.O.Box 411, Hudson, N.Y. 12534.

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Kohl’s: KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer only $174.99 + $30 Kohl’s Cash!

The KitchenAid Classic Plus 4.5-qt. Stand Mixer is only $174.99 (reg. $299.99) after the 30% coupon and sale at Kohl’s today!

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This is an excellent buy on this stand mixer!

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Do we really need to be able to shop while we drive, GM?

The rapidly approaching autonomous future will likely result in people being trapped in their cars and made to watch autoplay ads for skillets with miraculous non-stick surfaces, insurance so inexpensive it doesn’t do anything and prescription drug settlements. But before that shining autonomous future arrives you can still do some shopping on the go, while driving a car. And that can be a problem.

A new GM in-car app called Marketplace that allows drivers to shop and place orders from several major brands including, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and TGI Friday’s has drawn criticism from at least one consumer safety group, Bloomberg reports. National Safety Council President Deborah Hersman indicated the app can contribute to distracted driving, which is already a factor in at least a quarter of all car crashes in the U.S.

“There’s nothing about this that’s safe,” Hersman told Bloomberg. “If this is why they want Wi-Fi in the car, we’re going to see fatality numbers go up even higher than they are now.”

GM’s counterargument is that the app is safer than trying to order the same items via a smartphone, and is designed to be simpler to use than a phone. GM spokesman Vijay Iyer told Bloomberg that the app is designed to allow users to order items with just three or four steps, which is typically fewer than using a phone to do the same.

Jaguar Shell app

Of course, this argument ignores the concept of not shopping at all while driving. While the app may provide a safer way of booking a hotel room, there is still the option of using a hands-free in-car phone to just call the hotel, which is what people used to do in the early 2000s. Also, if a driver feels the need to use an in-car app to place an order to Dunkin Donuts before he or she gets there, or reserve a table at TGI Friday’s, that driver is leading a life that is far too optimized.

Nevertheless, GM plans to launch the app in 2017 and 2018 model year vehicles that feature Wi-Fi hotspots, and other automakers and app developers are not far behind. If there’s any hope around in-car multitasking, it is that voice-controlled personal assistant systems are getting better, and will eventually be able to interact with you simply by talking to you.

In the meantime, if you need a coffee from Dunkin Donuts just drive to Dunkin Donuts and use the drive-thru window (where available).

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How this SLO couple created the ‘illusion of space’ in a 336-square-foot guest home

Everything about the Abdul Cader family’s San Luis Obispo home seems expansive: the 4,000-square-foot Tuscan-style house, the three-acre property, the 66-foot lap pool.

Everything, that is, except for the 336-square-foot guest suite tucked above their garage. Local physicians Rushdi and Nisha Abdul Cader created this “luxury micro-space” with the help of architect Eric Zobel and builders Brian and Chenda Lor Rolph. Within its modest footprint is a sleeping area, sitting area, kitchen, bathroom, dining area and laundry.

The space already had features that made it feel larger than its actual size — such as glass French doors, numerous tall windows and approximately nine-foot-high ceilings. The design team chose reflective materials to further enhance the feeling of volume including glass tile, stainless steel appliances and copper-like tiles on the kitchen ceiling.

It may seem counterintuitive to go bold with color and pattern in a small space, but this couple thinks otherwise.

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“The home design world has become increasingly preoccupied with grey and monotone color palettes,” Rushdi Abdul Cader said. In the interest of bucking this trend, they selectively added accents in peacock blue — the inspiration behind their name for the space, The Peacock’s Nest.

SECONDARY 1 Abdul Cader home kitchen

Shades of the turquoise hue mingle with earth tones in diamond-set glass tile on the kitchen backsplash. Glass grout amps up the sparkle of the tile. The color repeats on accent pillows and on a bedroom cabinet.

A light blue-green on the walls, a shade called “brook green” by Home Depot, adds spa-like tranquility to the space.

In the bathroom, a Moorish theme reflects the couple’s cultural heritage and creates “the illusion of space and luxury,” Abdul Cader said.

Here, star and cross aqua-colored tiles set above a travertine wainscot create a “floor-to-ceiling work of art reminiscent of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain,” he explained. The tile was painstakingly set by local artisan Aaron Newman to ensure perfectly even spacing.

To stay within budget, the Abdul Caders used high-end materials sparingly, which is easier to do in a small space. They filled in with wallet-friendly finds whenever possible.

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JUMP 2 Abdul Cader home peacock sofa

High-impact copper-like ceiling tiles in the kitchen were sourced from Home Depot. Accent furniture and pillows came from Pier One. And, after taking a pass on handmade Turkish cabinet pulls that sold for $150 each, the Abdul Caders found a satisfactory substitute for $5 a piece at Lowe’s.

Every inch matters in a small home, so the couple was careful to maximize space whenever possible.

The couple wanted a four-poster bed, which has “a certain romance,” Rushdi Abdul Cader said. So they found one at Room Board with posts that angle slightly inward to offer more shoulder space when walking past.

For dining, they use a console table with bar stools that takes up only a small slice of kitchen space.

To fit a laundry area in a hall closet, the Abdul Caders purchased a special dryer that has no vent, but rather condenses the air drawn from wet clothes and ejects it through a one-inch drain. The two inches of space saved by that feature allowed for a more comfortably proportioned hallway.

JUMP 3 Abdul Cader home sitting area

Heating the small suite was a challenge, and the solution by Cambria Plumbing was innovative.

An instant water heater not only provides hot water efficiently, but is also tied to a network of underfloor tubing that heats the entire space from the ground up. Combined with Brazilian koa flooring, the floor becomes of a source of both visual and actual warmth.

Living space continues out onto a patio that has a teak bar table and an outdoor cooking area with an infrared grill.

The Peacock’s Nest was completed this spring and the couple and their three children have hosted numerous guests there since.

While some tiny homes are mobile and carted to exotic locations, Abdul Cader noted that this one is stationary, with stunning mountain views, privacy, and “all the conveniences of home.”

JUMP 1 Abdul Cader home Rushdi


Small splurges: High-end materials go much further in a small space, allowing you to splurge on designer looks. Shop for remnants on items such as tile or countertops.

Shine on: Clear and reflective materials make a space feel larger. Glass, metal and mirrors give the illusion of more volume.

Double up: Go for pieces that do double-duty in a small space. For instance, the kitchen sink of the Abdul Cader guest suite has an integrated chopping board with a built-in strainer for added prep space.

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Asian Paints buys out partners from modular kitchen maker Sleek International

Asian Paints Ltd has acquired the 49% stake it didn’t already own in unit Sleek International Pvt. Ltd, a maker of modular kitchens and wardrobes, for Rs 50 crore ($7.8 million) in cash.

The stake was bought from the Ahuja family, India’s largest paints company said in a stock-exchange filing on Monday.

Asian Paints had purchased a 51% stake in Sleek International from the Ahuja family in 2013, marking its entry in the home improvement segment.

The paint maker had paid Rs 99.78 crore for the 51% stake, valuing Sleek at Rs 195.6 crore. The latest transaction values Sleek at Rs 102 crore.

Mumbai-based Sleek was set up in 1993. It makes, sells and distributes kitchens, wardrobes and components. The company posted revenue of Rs 157.62 crore for 2016-17, up from Rs 135.11 crore the year before and Rs 119.79 crore for 2014-15.

Asian Paints was set up in 1942. It operates in 16 countries and runs 25 paint manufacturing factories. The company has made several inorganic moves in the past to boost its home décor business.

Earlier this year, Asian Paints purchased Sri Lanka’s Causeway Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd to expand its overseas business.

In 2014, it had acquired the front-end sales business of Punjab-based bathroom fittings and accessories manufacturer Ess Ess Bathroom Products Pvt Ltd.

The same year, the company bought a major stake in Ethiopia-based paint and adhesives maker Kadisco Chemical Industry Plc.

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