Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) 2010 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.
FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBC Holdings Limited (FBC.zw) 2010 annual report.Company ProfileFBC Holdings Limited (FBC Bank) is a financial institution in Zimbabwe providing financial products and solutions for retail, commercial and corporate banking; with a range of products and services extending from savings deposit accounts and micro-lending in the informal market to foreign market investment, mortgage financing, micro-lending, re-insurance, short-term insurance and stock-brokering services. Its re-insurance division underwrites classes of insurance for fire, engineering, motoring, marine and miscellaneous incidences. FBC Bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Banking Corporation Holdings Limited which is a publicly-traded financial services company in Zimbabwe. FBC Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Morison Industries Plc (MORISN.ng) 2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMorison Industries Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceutical and hygiene products in Nigeria as well as imports and distributes medical, surgical and hospital consumables. The company is a leader in the field of Woundcare solutions, trauma/arthroplasty and bone graft products in Nigeria. Its Advance Wound Management business offers a range of products from initial wound bed preparation to full wound closure. Antiseptics and disinfectants are marketed under the Morigad brand name. Other well known brands include Gypsona, Dynacast, Soffban, Cutisoft and Leukomed. Morison Industries Plc is involved in merchandising hip, knee and shoulder joints implants as well as ancillary products such as bone cement and biomaterials for elective orthopaedic and trauma surgery; and is a distributor of the full range of Braun medical products. Morison Agro Allied is a subsidiary of Morison Industries Plc and markets a range of agricultural preparations including herbicides and biocide disinfectants under the brand names Glutacide, Germicide and Lysol. Morison Industries Plc has an export license from the Nigerian Exportation Promotion Council to export shea nuts, cashew nuts, cocoa, ginger, bitter kola and sesame seeds. The company also has a division which manufactures and markets products made from fish oil with High Omega 3 content in addition to selling lifestyle products which improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Morison Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the half year.For more information about CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) 2018 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileCFC Stanbic Holdings Limited is a financial service, insurance agency and stock broking company in Kenya offering products and services to the personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking sectors. The company also has division servicing clients in the Republic of South Sudan. Its corporate and investment banking division services range from transactional banking, debt securities and equity trading to project, structured and trade financing. Its personal and commercial banking division offers services ranging from The Corporate and Investment Banking segment offers foreign exchange, and debt securities and equities trading services; transactional banking and investor services; investment banking services, such as project finance, advisory, structured finance, structured trade finance, corporate lending, primary markets, and property finance services; and wealth management and advisory services to larger corporates, financial institutions, and international counterparties. The Personal and Business Banking segment provides residential accommodation loans to individual customers; installment sales and finance leases, including installment finance in the consumer vehicles market, and vehicles and equipment finance in the business market; and card facilities to individuals and businesses. This segment also offers transactional and lending products comprising deposit taking, electronic banking, cheque accounts, and other lending products associated with the various points of contact channels, such as ATMs, Internet, and branches. The company was formerly known as CfC Stanbic Holdings Limited and changed its name to Stanbic Holdings Plc in October 2016. The company is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Stanbic Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
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Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS June 14, 2012 at 8:06 am Does some of this same principle apply to certain Vestry members….? This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York (The Rev.) Ronald L. Reed says: [Religion News Service] I was sitting in a new neighborhood restaurant with a disappointing breakfast of weak coffee and cold French toast.I opened Facebook on my iPad and posed a quandary: I want this restaurant to make it because our neighborhood needs more. Should I tell the proprietor about my experience? I know most people don’t welcome critique. Should I bother?The verdict from my small slice of the Facebook universe was to tell him. Otherwise, as one put it, “how will he know?”OK, that makes sense. Yet, still I hesitated. Not because I dreaded a confrontation — I live in Manhattan, after all, where confrontation is a way of life. I also know firsthand how cruel it is to withhold information that a person could use to improve their performance.Why did I hesitate? I think I am tired of all the whining I hear. Ours has become a culture of whining, and I didn’t want to be part of it.People bristle at the slightest discomfort or shortcoming. If they don’t get their way, they lash out. If the line is too long, the traffic too slow or the elevator too full, they whine.People stand in the grocery aisle surrounded by enough food to feed many villages and whine about the lack of one specific product. People whine about bosses, colleagues, and the unidentified “they.”In the techno-blogger world, people whine about the new Microsoft operating system, a minor change in the iPhone screen size, or Timeline on Facebook.Religious people whine about other points of view. The pope is whining about nuns. Right-wing Christians whine about uppity women. In left-wing circles, the elderly whine about change and losing control to younger constituents.In politics, everybody is whining. What a farce our campaigns have become. Attack trolls spot the slightest off-word and pounce in instant outrage, as if the nation were being invaded.In a store, one uber-mom was whining to her son about the price of camp equipment. A daughter was whining to her dad.Do we all feel that helpless? Is our addiction to control so granular that we cannot tolerate anything out of order?As I reflected on my weariness with whining, eight Russian tourists entered and filled the restaurant with noise. It dawned on me that we are a crowded breed. Living in congested cities and suburbs, driving congested highways, seeking work in a crowded marketplace, under assault by advertisements and bright lights, our privacy is made marketable and our interests are manipulated.Yes, in some ways we are helpless. The greedy will not rest until they have pillaged our entire culture. We are indeed not in control. In a way, our childlike whining makes sense, because we are being treated as wayward children, not as responsible adults capable of making our own decisions.As the song says, if there be peace, let it begin with me. I don’t have to like all that I see. I can choose not to feel threatened by a world beyond my control. I can choose to tolerate. I can choose to make room for others. Getting my way won’t improve the situation, nor will it improve my life.In short, I don’t have to whine.I did tell the proprietor about the coffee and cold meal. I told him I wanted him to succeed and thought this information would help. He was grateful. He said the hotel next door sends many Eastern European guests for breakfast, and they prefer weak coffee.“I will make a cappuccino for you next time,” he said.— Tom Ehrich is a writer, church consultant and Episcopal priest based in New York. He is the author of “Just Wondering, Jesus” and founder of the Church Wellness Project. His website is www.morningwalkmedia.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @tomehrich.Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein, are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of Episcopal News Service or the Episcopal Church. Rector Bath, NC June 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm I don’t remember the coffee in Russian being weak, and I think I would remember — I love strong coffee.I appreciate your decision to speak with the proprietor. It IS love when you are truly trying to help someone, to tell them how they can improve. That is not whining, it’s caring — for them, and their future customers. Rector Martinsville, VA The Rev. Judith Jones, Vicar says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Jason Lacey says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska July 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm Most reflexive people live somewhere between assertion and accommodation. “What is the loving thing to do? Where do “I” stop and “you” begin? Thus, begins the daily work of discernment in a world more complex with every dawn. All I know is to pray, listen, reflect, and act and move on to the next episode in my daily work as a Chief Ranger at a Virginia State Park. A new creation arises with each new encounter. A visitor seeking knowledge? Confirmation? Affirmation? An air conditioned moment at the visitor center? Who knows, at first? But then comes the moment, usually. A connection, a smile, an earnest effort to clarify, explain, describe, or just quietly facilitate the visitor experience itself? Usually the experience is just right or I am not told otherwise. But Sometimes I am told that the “coffee is weak” and the “French toast is cold.” And that is when I know someone really cares about my work and wants me to improve. And the blessing is that I really do, too! Thanks, Fr. Ehrich, for framing that for me. Tom Sramek Jr says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA June 13, 2012 at 7:12 pm I don’t know exactly what but there is some kind of wonderful metaphor lurking under cover of weak coffee and a restaurant’s appealing to its foreign customers. . . . Comments are closed. Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Chris Arnold says: There’s no winning in whining Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel June 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm Dear Tom,You are correct: people do whine a great deal. People also have valid opinions and viewpoints, and valid complaints. How are we to tell the difference? And how are we to distinguish between the two without seeming contemptuous or dismissive of valid concerns? As somebody who is occasionally critical of the rapid pace of change in our church and the chaotic politics in our society, I’d like to think that I can voice my concerns without it being described as whining. Can you offer a way to tell the difference? Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Samuel V. Wilson, Jr. says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books June 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm I think that the difference between whining and feedback is: Are you willing to do anything about it? In your case, criticizing your meal online and then NOT telling the owner of the restaurant would simply have been whining. As one of my colleagues notes: “Feedback is love.” If we don’t care, we won’t give feedback. However, if we simply complain to others rather than giving feedback to those who could do something about it or, better yet, doing something about it ourselves, all we are are doing is whining. The Rev. Elaine H. Breckenridge says: June 16, 2012 at 10:44 pm “Feedback is love.” I appreciate that comment very much. I shall think about that as it applies to parish ministry, where I sometimes have trouble discerning the difference between whining and feedback. As for the rest of the story, how wonderful that the proprietor is flexible enough to serve both weak coffee and cappucchino! What happens in parishes is that people often whine yet do not tell us what they need/like. Honoring preferences is possible but only if leadership knows! Instead we all end up drinking a toxic cup of coffee when options could have been proivided. 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Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter From the St. John’s River Water Management DistrictThere are a lot of “dos” when visiting public lands owned and managed by the St. Johns River Water Management District — do take your time to enjoy natural Florida, do take drinking water and insect repellent, do hike or bike and take advantage of these unspoiled acres. However, with saw palmetto berry season in full swing, the district wants to remind visitors of an important “don’t.” Harvesting saw palmetto berries is prohibited on public properties across Florida, including the district’s conservation lands.“The district owns and manages nearly 420,000 acres of public conservation land, which provides the community with passive recreation opportunities,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “District lands were purchased for their water resource protection values, and we strongly encourage compatible recreation. These public lands also provide wildlife with critical food resources, habitat and refuge. Removing vegetation without authorization can have long-term, negative impacts.”Harvest Season for saw palmetto berriesAugust through October is the harvest season for saw palmetto berries. In recent years, poaching has become a bigger problem as the demand for the berries for pharmaceutical and herbal supplements has increased.“Saw palmetto berries grow wild in Florida and the southeast, and are critical to the survival of many native wildlife species, particularly the Florida black bear,” said Steven R. Miller, chief of the district’s Bureau of Land Resources. “Harvesting berries from public lands takes food from the mouths of bears as well as other protected wildlife. Poaching on district lands also can lead to property damage, so we take enforcement activities very seriously.”Report the illegal harvest of saw palmetto berries to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at its 24-hour hotline for wildlife and other environmental and boating violations, 888-404-FWCC (3922). Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleA place that time (and the Apopka CRA) forgotNext articleFlorida Hospital to launch pediatric liver transplant program Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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‘Kill the Bill!, Kill the Bill!’Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa workers are fighting to save the collective bargaining rights of public sector employees after Gov. Terry Branstad signed an anti-union bill into law on Feb. 17 despite a public outcry against it.Republican legislators, who dominate every branch of state government, have declared war against workers in the Hawkeye State with a slew of bills aimed against organized labor. Plotting behind closed doors, they introduced legislation on Feb. 7 aimed at destroying the bargaining rights of over 184,000 public employees, previously protected under the Iowa Public Employment Relations Act.House File 291 quickly passed by a vote of 53 to 47 in the House and 29 to 21 in the Senate. In blitzkrieg style, it took Gov. Branstad just 10 days to enact it into law. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, who will take over for Branstad when he leaves office to become the new U.S. Ambassador to China, also supports the union-busting law.The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa sent representatives from Iowa City to Des Moines to protest the changes and stand in solidarity with the workers during the legislative debate and the public hearings. In a public statement, CWJ noted that the law “removes civil service protections established in the early 1900s to prevent nepotism and corruption,” adding that it is “devastating to our state, our workers, and our public services.”The new law strips away worker protections that have been on the books for over 40 years, since their signing in 1974. With the exception of negotiating base wages, the new law prohibits unions from discussing a multitude of issues, including health insurance and working conditions.Workers can now be fired without just cause, union dues can no longer be deducted from payrolls, and it will be more difficult to raise union funds. This law will help pave the way for dismantling public sector unions as well as attacking unions in the private sector.Iowa AFL-CIO President Ken Sagar has said, “This bill will mean that workers, like teachers and nurses, would not be able to speak for themselves to make sure they’re safe on the job.” He called it “just another attack on working people by extremist lawmakers and their wealthy campaign donors.” In other public statements, the Iowa AFL-CIO has called provisions of the bill “worse than Wisconsin” or “Wisconsin on steroids.”Just as with Wisconsin, GOP legislators were heavily influenced by right-wing think tanks such as Americans for Prosperity and such groups as the American Legislative Exchange Council. Before the law passed, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who conspired with fellow Republicans to pass similar measures in his state in 2011, communicated with Iowa GOP legislators during a caucus meeting while ignoring their constituents.The Iowa GOP, steadfastly aligned with the reactionary policies of President Donald Trump, is not showing any signs of slowing down its assault on workers. Iowa workers are vowing not to back down in the fight to save collective bargaining, which is just another battle in the class war being waged in the state.Thousands of Iowans have been storming the state Capitol building in Des Moines. Crowds have been showing up to local legislative public forums in record numbers across the state to show their opposition to these anti-worker assaults. An audience at the Statehouse chanted “Kill the Bill” during a Feb. 14 hearing, displaying the raw emotions of those to be hit hardest by HF 291.On Feb. 20, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Iowa filed a lawsuit against HF 291 even as the Polk County District Court challenged the constitutionality of the law.“We didn’t start this fight,” Sagar is quoted as saying by the Cedar Rapids Gazette. “We did not want this fight, but we will not give up on this fight for the rights and lives of working Iowans.” (Feb. 16)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Linkedin Revamped enrollment process confuses some students ReddIt printFor some students, it sounded like an early Christmas present, but within minutes it was more like an early April fool’s joke.In a campus-wide email, the TCU Police told students with parking tickets that if they brought in non-perishables the department would eliminate up to two parking violations. The department was trying to give a boost to its effort in “Frogs Feed the Fort,” competition, in which departments across campus vie to see who can collect the most non-perishables for a food drive that benefits the Tarrant Area Food Bank. But the offer was snatched back before students could make it the grocery store. Jenna Quirk, a junior marketing major, received two parking citations within the past week. Although she was planning to appeal her tickets, this proposition came in the knick of time. “I was planning on leaving for Kroger to get cans right after I received the email,” Quirk said. “I can’t really afford my parking tickets right now and had been praying for something to alleviate the financial burden of the tickets.”But nine minutes after the initial email was sent, another email hit students’ inboxes. This one retracted the offer and apologized for the miscommunication. “I felt played,” Quirk said. “I was so overjoyed about this opportunity, and when they took their offer back, I was extremely disappointed. Why would they make that offer if they weren’t able to follow through with it?”Quirk wasn’t the only TCU student upset, either. DayJus Hill, a sophomore communication studies major who also has two citations, was planning on partaking in the food drive as well. She said he was even planning on bring more than the maximum of four non-perishables mentioned in the first email. “I was so grateful for the opportunity,” Hill said. “When I received the second email, I was upset. Whoever sent the email should have made sure everything was intact before sending it. That shows the lack of organization in the police department.” LMAO someone messed up pic.twitter.com/zk9xJ4cXcu— Marilyn Downing (@memimomarilyn) November 8, 2019Parking tickets can easily put a dent in student’s wallets, with prices ranging from $50 to $100. Many students complain that they are forced to park in places that might result in a citation because TCU lacks adequate parking spaces. “There’s definitely not an adequate amount of space,” said Marilyn Downing, a senior political science major. “Students are unjustly penalized if they park in the wrong spot when they have no other options”Downing agrees that the police department should uphold the offer it made to the student body. TCU Assistant Police Chief Robert Rangel apologized for any miscommunication. “We’re sorry that we got everybody’s hopes up high,” Rangel said. “We should’ve clarified the rules and run that by the people who were coordinating [the program] to make sure they would be okay with that type of public relations initiative.” Although this specific offer isn’t viable, a possibility for citation forgiveness programs in the future are not completely out of the picture, Rangel said. Previous articleTCU looks to keep students safe while studying abroadNext articleSo close, yet so far: football falls in 3OT thriller to No. 12 Baylor Grace Amiss RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook + posts Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Grace Amiss is a senior journalism major and managing editor for TCU360. When she is not reporting she is most likely raving about her golden retriever or taking a spin class. Grace is currently writing about student life at TCU, so feel free to drop her a line if you come across a story you feel is worth sharing! World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU staff get a second shot at an education TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Grace Amiss Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Grace Amisshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/grace-amiss/ Language barriers remain in TCU’s alert system Flu activity remains high in Texas