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Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hippo Valley Estates Limited (HIPO.zw) 2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHippo Valley Estates Limited is a subsidiary of Tongaat Hulett Limited and primarily involved in growing and milling sugar cane in Zimbabwe. This involves planting, maintaining and harvesting sugar cane crops and haulage to the sugar mill. The milling segment crushes and produces raw sugar. Hippo Valley Estates is an extensive enterprise and has other interests in sugar packaging, game hunting, fishing, and livestock and citrus farming. Chiredzi Township (Private) Limited provides services for water treatment. The Hippo Valley Estates and Triangle Sugar mills in Zimbabwe have combined milling capacity to crush more than 4,8 million tons of cane annually and produce over 640 000 tons of sugar. Refining capacity is 140 000 tons per annum. Hippo Valley Estates Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
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The journalists, who included Ashraf Abdelaziz, the editor of the newspaper Al-Jareeda, were arrested while staging a peaceful sit-in outside NISS headquarters in Khartoum in protest against the now almost daily confiscation of Al-Jareeda’s issues. April 10, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sudan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its alarm about the clampdown on Sudan’s media and persecution of media personnel after 28 journalists were held by the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) for several hours yesterday for protesting against repeated NISS confiscation of newspaper issues. Organisation News SudanAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expression January 15, 2019 Sudan’s NISS steps up harassment of media again A picture taken on January 13, 2019 shows anti-government demonstrators in the Sudani capital Khartoum. STRINGER / AFP to go further Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal “We unreservedly condemn these new arrests, the latest escalation in the government’s harassment of media outlets and journalists who try to cover the ongoing events in their country,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The policy of systematically confiscating newspapers and arbitrarily arresting reporters is reaching alarming levels. This persecution of journalists and clampdown on news coverage must stop.” Since the protests began on 19 December, RSF has registered more than 90 press freedom violations, including 62 arrests and 21 seizures of newspaper by the NISS. Al-Jareeda issues have been confiscated 11 times. Al-Jareeda has been particularly targeted because of its refusal to comply with the NISS-imposed policy of censoring coverage of the current wave of major anti-government demonstrations that began three weeks ago in Sudan. Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Receive email alerts Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa News Help by sharing this information News SudanAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expression Sudan is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en March 29, 2020 Find out more
Sebastian McLoughlin (4) from Ballina, Co. TipperaryTHIS Saturday, a family in Ballina-Killaloe will celebrate their last Christmas with their four-year-old son and brother who has just weeks left to live.Sebastian McLoughlin was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this year, and his parents Conor and Ann and their extended family are seeking help to recreate Christmas this weekend as it is Sebastian’s favourite time of year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The family have already sourced a snow machine but are looking for help from the public with other Christmas-related items such as reindeer or fake snow.The are also looking for help to transport Santa on the day, and are hoping to find someone who will lend them Minion costumes, as Sebastian is a fan of the Despicable Me movies.Conor told Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1 this week: “Sebastian really loves Christmas, like any child, it’s his favourite time of the year. He looks forward to it from one end of the year to the other.”Sebastian fell ill in January this year with headaches and vomiting. He visited an optician after his parents noticed he was squinting, and was referred to hospital, where doctors found a golf-ball sized tumour at the back of his head.The tumour was removed and Sebatian underwent chemotherapy, but sadly he fell ill again; doctors told his parents this week that his MRI results were “as bad as it could be”.“Originally they said he had months, but then on Monday we met with the team in Crumlin, the team that does radiation therapy, chemotherapy and the neurosurgeon, and they basically told us it’s more like weeks,” Conor told the Ray D’Arcy show.Anyone who can help the McLoughlin family make Sebastian’s wish come true should contact the Ray D’Arcy show on [email protected] Advertisement TAGSballinafeaturedlimerickRay D’ArcyRTÉ Radio 1Sebastian McLoughlin Facebook Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleArt, craft, design open dayNext articleRally for Visual Arts forum John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin NewsFamily needs help to celebrate Sebastian’s last ChristmasBy John Keogh – May 27, 2015 664 Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live
Consumer Confidence Consumer Spending Housing Market 2017-01-03 Brian Honea Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago January 3, 2017 1,190 Views The housing market has shown “flashes of promise” as 2017 begins though growth remains “frustratingly slow” as of late, according to the National Association of Federal Credit Union (NAFCU)’s December Economic & CU Monitor.By most measures, home sales had their best year in a decade in 2016. However, mortgage interest rates, which have been on the rise as of late, are expected to have more of an influence on affordability in 2017, according to NAFCU.Freddie Mac reported that the average 30-year FRM for the entire year of 2016 was 3.65 percent—the lowest rate for a complete year in the 45-year history of Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey. Nevertheless, rates have been on the rise for the last several weeks—the 30-year FRM averaged 4.32 percent for the week ending December 29, 2016, which is 31 basis points higher than the rate exactly one year earlier.The recent slow growth of lending and spending in housing has mirrored that of the overall economy and is likely to continue this year, according to NAFCU Chief Economist Curt Long.“That trajectory—at least where purchase loans are concerned—is unlikely to change in 2017, while refinance activity will fade,” Long said. “Affordability concerns have centered on price growth lately, but interest rates will likely be more influential next year.”The process of normalizing short-term interest rates occurred more slowly than originally anticipated—at the beginning of 2016, the Federal Reserve predicted as many as four rate hikes in 2016, but they raised rates only once during the year, largely due to economic uncertainty both overseas and domestically. The latest forecast shows three possible rate hikes of 25 basis points each by the Fed in 2017, according to Long.“However, a fiscal stimulus package combined with protectionist trade policies has the potential to boost inflation back toward the Fed’s 2 percent target,” Long said. “If inflation does improve, it would provide the Fed with the necessary ammunition to raise rates more quickly.”More rates hikes in 2017 might not necessarily be a good thing, according to Long. “That in turn could slow the economy and potentially threaten President-elect Trump’s growth targets,” he said.The good news is that consumers are projecting confidence, Long said, which is corroborated by the latest Consumer Sentiment Index from the University of Michigan, which found that consumer sentiment surged both over-the-month and over-the-year in late December.“Consumers anticipated that a stronger economy would create more jobs, although expected wage gains were quite meager,” said Survey of Consumers Chief Economist Richard Curtin. “Smaller income gains were offset by record low inflation expectations. Needless to say, the overall gain in confidence was based on anticipated policy changes, with specific details as yet unknown. Such favorable expectations could help jump-start growth before the actual enactment of policy changes, and form higher performance standards that will be used to judge the Trump presidency.”Click here to view the complete December Economic & CU Monitor. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Consumer Confidence Consumer Spending Housing Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Housing Shows ‘Flashes of Promise’ as New Year Starts Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Housing Shows ‘Flashes of Promise’ as New Year Starts Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Wage Growth and the Affordability Crisis Next: More Portfolio Contraction for Fannie Mae Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago
WhatsApp Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest By News Highland – February 13, 2020 Man charged with the murder of Lyra Mc Kee There was a heavy security presence at Derry Magistrate’s Court today when a 52-year-old man appeared charged with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee on April 18 last.Paul McIntyre whose address was given as Kinnego Park in Derry was charged with the murder of Lyra McKee, possessing a handgun and ammunition with intent to endanger life and membership of the IRA.McIntyre only spoke to confirm his identity.A police officer connected McIntyre to the charges and opposed bail.She told the court this was’a major investigation using MTV footage, witness statements, police statements and mobile phone evidence.She said the Public Prosecution Service had decided the evidence passed the test for prosecution.She opposed bail on the grounds there could be interference with witnesses after some statements had been put to McIntyre that hadn’t been put previously. She said these statements do not identify McIntyre but they were ‘pieces of the jigsaw.’ The officer said there was a risk of re-offending and fear of flight.Defence solicitor Derwin Harvey said it was ‘an unusual case’ in that he would be opposing the connection to the murder charge. He said McIntyre first appeared in connection to the rioting on April 18 on May 11 last year.He said his client was released on bail in October.Mr Harvey said that he believed there was ‘scant evidence to connect McIntyre to the charges.’He said it was being suggested by the prosecution that McIntyre was the man leaning down retrieving the shells after the shooting. The solicitor said a report from a photographic expert had been presented to the court in October when McIntyre was granted bail. This report purported to identify McIntyre from clothing linking it to clothing he had been wearing earlier in the day.Mr Harvey said there was ‘no DNA evidence, no fingerprint evidence, no ballistic evidence, no gun residue evidence, no biometric evidence, no voice evidence or cellular evidence’ to connect his client to the charges.The court was told that McIntyre had adhered to all his bail conditions and had not tried to flee in the interim.Pointing out some of the alleged discrepancies in the prosecution case the solicitor said two witnesses to the hijacking identified the perpetrator as being between 5’8″ to 5’10” while his client was 5’2″. He said his client’s reply after being charged was significant in that he said: “I did not murder anyone if police speak to witnesses it will show it wasn’t me.”Mr Harvey said that his client further claimed that one of the witnesses knew him and would be able to say it wasn’t him. As regards the clothing Mr Harvey said that it was ‘mass produced’ and added that on 52 occasions his client had denied being the person identified in the photographs.The solicitor said the photographic expert seemed to have no scientific training and there were no ‘scientific conclusions’ only that McIntyre was ‘a suitable candidate’ to be identified as the man picking up the shells.Mr Harvey said this was ‘the only evidence as regards the murder charge.’District Judge Barney McElholm asked what was the clothing being suggested and was told it was Addida shoes, O’Neill tracksuit and a black hat. The solicitor said it was hard to see ‘this case getting off the ground’.Judge McElholm said: “My concern is to ensure everyone is treated fairly.”I am very conscious a young woman with a very promising life in front of her has been murdered needlessly and pointlessly like all the other murders in this country.”While it is important the murderers of Lyra McKee are brought to justice we have to get the right people.”The judge said he was going to adjourn the bail application to allow the police to investigate the lines of inquiry flagged up by the defence.He said he wanted the police to look at the issue of the height of the defendant, the biometric evidence and the witness McIntyre said would exonerate him.In the meantime he adjourned the case until February 27 and remanded McIntyre in custody.Friends and relatives of Lyra McKee including her partner Sara Canning were in court with some of them wearing ‘we stand by Lyra’ T-shirts but there were no incidents.Outside the courthouse several dozen supporters of McIntyre carrying placards clashed briefly with police. Previous articleNCCP still refusing Rapid Access Prostate Clinic at LUHNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Thursday February 13th News Highland Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
PeopleOn 3 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Liverpool football fan Nigel Morton has joined Canon Europe as its new chiefof HR in a bid to make it a more consistent pan-European entity.Fresh from a stint managing a global team for Cable &Wireless with employees across Europe, Japan and the US, he will attempt tocreate a fully integrated European organisation.”This will bring the benefits of local knowledge andcontacts to our customers, as well as through appropriate shared resources,ensuring consistent levels of service and reduced overheads. The challenge willbe ensuring a good balance,” explains Morton.Canon’s existing HR framework is being refocused to help createa more effective organisation with a high performance culture, and Morton saysthe challenge is balancing the needs of the business with those of individualemployees. Morton is a veteran of several companies and 20 years servicein HR and is confident that the function has a major impact on the bottom line.”I think as a service to the business, HR has a unique position in balancingthe short-term profit requirements by saving cost and removing duplication withthe need to build long-term success through the development of the organisationand the people within it,” he says.Morton is also introducing a new talent management programmeand is looking forward to being fully involved in the development of businessstrategy:”The opportunity to work with teams and leaders and obtainthat something extra which might not have happened without HR involvement isvery rewarding,” he adds.CV2002 Chief of HR, Canon Europe2000 Vice-president HR, Cable & Wireless1999 HR director, CWC1994 HR policy manager, Mercury CommunicationsOn the move Helena Freeman has joined Sussex Enterprise as its new workforce developmentmanager. Her main remit will be to help encourage Sussex businesses to investmore in staff development. She will work with groups such as the Learning andSkills Council to help local firms find advice and funding. Prior to joiningthe business support organisation, she held a variety of learning anddevelopment roles at the University of Sussex, the Big Issue and the Body Shop.The Rayner Food Group has appointed Liese Smith as HR manager. In her newrole she will give generalist advice and support on all aspects of the HRfunction across the group, which includes Martlet Foods and Cauldron Foods.Smith will be responsible for the firm’s 410 staff and will report directly tochief executive Michael Beard. Her main objectives will be to nurture employeerelations and create a culture of employee involvement in the business. F&C Management, the pan-European asset manager, has drafted in AndreaChivers as HR director. Based at the company’s London office, Chivers will beresponsible for the HR function in conjunction with the current head of HR. Theappointment is part of an initiative to give stronger HR leadership and improvethe delivery and contribution of the function.