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One half of one point. For stock quotes, a half represents one half of $1, or 50¢. For bond quotes, a half represents one half of 1% of par, or $5. For option quotes, a half represents $50.
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As early as 1908, Alex Peden, president of the local Merchants' Picnic Association, signalled his opposition to a common midweek half-holiday on the grounds that he and other local business people "were of the opinion that it was not business-like and besides the fact that merchants lost trade, it gave outsiders, who might happen to be in town, a very bad impression of the energy and progressiveness of the city.
45) Hence Dale Johnson's 1925 complaint that the city's half-holiday prevented visitors from seeing Victoria as a "business-like and attractive" urban centre.
In a 20 May 1925 letter to the Victoria Daily Colonist, local citizen Dale Johnson argued against the city's Wednesday half-holiday by pointing out the inconvenience this posed for visiting tourists.
But each of these subgroups also included an alternative voice that embraced restrictions such as the Wednesday half-holiday, even in the face of the growing power of the pro-tourism lobby.
During the 1920s and 1930s, some observers began to voice concerns that the city's single-minded determination to preserve its tourist business was placing store-hour regulations, and the half-holiday in particular, in jeopardy, and that this, in turn, would have negative affects on the community's social and cultural well-being.
Bienefeld has shown that as early as the 1820s some Preston factory owners began to concede a four o'clock finish in the new cotton-spinning mills, even before the development of the Ten Hours Movement, and the achievement of a mandatory Saturday half-holiday by the 1847 and 1850 Factory Acts.
It is no surprise to learn that Thursday was "Early Closing Day" in early twentieth-century Blackburn but, clearly, the Shops Act of 1911 which instituted a statutory half-holiday for shop workers is insufficient explanation of the late nineteenth-century rise in mid-week weddings there.
Here the population seem to have fastened on to Saturday for weddings even a decade or two before the 1850 Factory Act made a Saturday half-holiday compulsory in textile factories, and long before the 1886 Act made afternoon weddings possible.
37) Before 1867 the Saturday half-holiday was a voluntary, not a mandatory, holiday in the West Midlands, and even after 1867 it was still by no means universal because the Factory and Workshops Acts of that year were inconsistently observed, and did not apply to workshops without mechanical power, and with fewer than five employees.
A FUNNY Folks which appeared in 1874 was the first British comic and the first comic strip hero was Mr Ally Sloper and his oddly-titled Ally Sloper's Half-Holiday which ran from 1884 to 1916.