MCB Group Limited ( Q32008 Interim Report

first_imgMCB Group Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about MCB Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MCB Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MCB Group Limited (  2008 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMCB Group Limited is a financial holdings company that, together with the several subsidiaries running under it, operates in three clusters; banking, non-banking financial and other investments. The non-banking financial sector is involved in factoring and leasing while the MCB Capital Markets Limited offers services such as corporate finance advisory, asset management, stockbroking, private equity and registry. The Group also assists micro and small entrepreneurs. The services offered by the company include, offers current, savings, and foreign currency accounts; fixed and term deposits; personal, educational, motor, green, and housing loans; term loans; and working capital finance, term funding¸ structured finance, private equity finance, and leasing services, as well as credit and prepaid cards. MCB Group Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

First Mutual Properties Limited ( HY2020 Presentation

first_imgFirst Mutual Properties Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 presentation results for the half year.For more information about First Mutual Properties Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Properties Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Properties Limited (  2020 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Mutual Properties, formerly known as Pearl Properties Limited, is a subsidiary of First Mutual Holdings. It is a real estate company with vested interests in the development and management of commercial properties in the major towns of Zimbabwe. First Mutual Properties has a significant property portfolio, comprising some 117 250 square metres of lettable space made up of office parks, retail shops, commercial and industrial property. It owns and manages 41 buildings in the major economic hubs of Zimbabwe, including high-rise commercial buildings, industrial and warehouse properties and retail outlets. First Mutual Properties also has a residential trading stock of two- and three-bedroomed garden flats in Avondale, Harare. First Mutual Properties is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

St. Paul’s shelters the homeless during northern California’s floods

first_img Tags Comments (1) In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 St. Paul’s regular coffee hour turned into lunch on Jan. 8 as people without shelter joined parishioners in the church’s parish hall. Photo: Elizabeth Gore[Diocese of Northern California] It may signal the end of a long, hard drought for California, but the storm that blew in the weekend after New Year’s also brought flooding and misery, especially for those without permanent shelter.But St. Paul’s in downtown Healdsburg, Sonoma County, was ready for the influx of homeless people displaced from makeshift camps along the Russian River by the rising waters. And they did it by marshaling the resources of an entire community.On Jan. 8, the river crested at close to 20 feet near Healdsburg – 23 feet is considered flood stage according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – and people who call the riverbank home had to be moved quickly to safer areas.The Rev. Sally Hubbell, priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s, said in a phone interview that she began making plans ahead of the projected storm with Colleen Carmichael, a parishioner and executive director of North Sonoma County Services, whose mission is to end homelessness in northern Sonoma County. Weather forecasts were predicting that Northern California was due to be hit by what’s known as an “atmospheric river,” or water vapor in the atmosphere that changes to rain or snow when it makes landfall. The last major event of that kind in California happened in 2005 and caused $300 million in damage, according to news reports.Alerted on Facebook that St. Paul’s needed dry clothes for people displaced by flooding, the Healdsburg community donated bags of clothing. Photo: Elizabeth GoreHubbell and Carmichael arranged for cots to be brought into the church parish hall and volunteers from the church and the community to staff an emergency shelter.The advanced planning turned out to be fortuitous.“Around 6 or 6:30 [on Sunday morning] we got a call saying people’s camps had been washed out,” Hubbell said. “And we started getting people coming into our parish hall.”Sonoma County counts 2,906 homeless people; with about 155 in Healdsburg. More than 30 people sought shelter at St. Paul’s on Jan. 8; 16 spent the night.“This storm was a reminder that we have a community that is impacted more than others during these types of events,” said Carmichael in a statement. “We were grateful to all the people in the community who came together to help those in need.”Community members kept on showing up. On the evening of Jan. 8, after the people staying over were already resting on their cots, a person unknown to the volunteers delivered five pizzas to the temporary shelter.One of the reasons St. Paul’s was able to mobilize so quickly is that it has a long tradition of service to the homeless, and is a focal point for coordinated efforts with government agencies and nearby churches.St. Paul’s hosts a regular shower ministry from Tuesday to Friday every week, providing an essential service for those without shelter.  It also founded a group that managed 11 units of transitional housing owned by the city; that group eventually became the non-profit North Sonoma County Services.Hospitality celebrated through communal meals is another tradition at St. Paul’s. The church has a large coffee hour on Sunday, along with three services, plus a community meal in the evening where a group of area churches offers a meal and hospitality at St. Paul’s. On Jan. 8, it was the Healdsburg Adventist Church’s turn to provide a meal, and there were also “lots of other food donations,” Hubbell said.Neighbors and parishioners also donated clothing, much needed by people who got soaked in the rain.Still another faith community, Healdsburg Community Church, answered the call and brought food to St. Paul’s on the morning of Jan. 9 to provide breakfast for those seeking sustenance and shelter.It was fitting that in her Jan. 8 sermon celebrating the Baptism of Our Lord, Hubbell preached about “a partnership in righteousness.”“How about when one person washes dirty towels for the shower ministry, delivers them folded and clean, and another person hands them out to people who have come to take showers,” she said. “The whole shower ministry at St. Paul’s is a partnership in righteousness!”The weather system that drenched the region over the Jan. 7-8 weekend passed, but Jan. 9 brought more rain and falling temperatures.The partnership between St. Paul’s, its faith partners and its community will continue, Hubbell said, with the church committed to keeping the temporary shelter open until the storm has abated. Further down the road, the church hopes to find and support more programs that offer solutions to the complex problems of homelessness.— Paula Schaap is communications director in the Diocese of Northern California.  Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET St. Paul’s shelters the homeless during northern California’s floods Rector Bath, NC January 11, 2017 at 6:39 pm Perfect. Peace…. Comments are closed. 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Who will be taking you home tonight?

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Who will be taking you home tonight? Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest By News Highland – December 3, 2019 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleIrish charity rolling out cashless donation bucketsNext articleCllr launches scathing attack after raids on Donegal pubs News Highland The Donegal Road Safety Working Group has published a stark poster as the centrepiece of its 2019 Christmas Road Safety Campaign.The poster features a taxi, an ambulance, a Garda car and a hearse, with the message “Who will be taking you home tonight?”.Donegal Road Safety Officer Brian O’Donnell says there’s been an increase in the number of drink and drug driving arrests in the county this year, and this is a message that needs to be reinforced:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Google+last_img read more

Brundidge Rotary Club awards scholarships

first_img Brundidge Rotary Club awards scholarships The Brundidge Rotary Club has announced the awarding of seven scholarships to graduating seniors from five area high schools.   Dixie Shehane, Rotary president, said the scholarship recipients were chosen from a distinguished group of nominees and all are to be congratulated.“Since the scholarship program was introduced, the Brundidge Rotary Club has awarded $100,000 in scholarship funds to deserving high school graduates,” Shehane said. “We are fortunate to be able to fund these scholarships and look forward each year to the awarding of the scholarships.” By Jaine Treadwell Book Nook to reopen The Sarah Spano Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Erika Brooke Hussey of Zion Chapel High School. She plans to attend Wallace College and pursue a degree in diagnostic sonography.Goshen High School graduate, Erica Dean Wells received the Wilburn Howard Rotary Scholarship, Erica will attend Enterprise State Community College. She plans a career in education.Jericho Green, Ariton High School, was awarded the Harold Rodgers Memorial Scholarship. Jericho will attend Wallace College and plans a career in physical therapy. By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Email the author GRAND FINALE: CHHS seniors finish high school journey By Jenna Oden Graduates were advised to pause for a minute and take it all in Wednesday morning during the… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Published 10:26 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The J. Ralph Dickert Rotary Scholarship was awarded to Malea Bland of Pike County High School. Malea will attend Enterprise State Community College and pursue a degree in political science.Pike Liberal Arts School graduate Tyler Tyson received the Robert L. Godwin Memorial Scholarship. Tyler will attend Troy University as a business management major.John Wayne McCory III, Zion Chapel graduate, received the Reynolds E. Wallace Rotary Scholarship. He plans a career in computer science but has not made a decision as to his future education.The Lawrence Bowden Scholarship was awarded to Linda Morgan Ellis, Pike County High School.  Linda will attend Wallace College in Dothan and major in nursing. You Might Like The Brundidge Rotary Club hosted the annual Doug Botts Memorial Golf Tournament at Brundidge Country Club. The tournament is the primary fundraiser for the Brundidge Rotary Club Scholarship program. The tournament winners were, from left, first place, Nick Boatwright and Steve Camp, Troy Cable; second place, Chuck Dickert and David Nelson, C&D Properties; and third place, Cot Wallace and Andy Head, First National Bank. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Shehane said the scholarship nominees are recognized at a club luncheon and are interviewed individually by the club’s education committee that then makes the selections.“At the meeting, the nominees  have an opportunity to see how the Rotary Club is conducted,” Shehane said. “We take that opportunity to challenge them to become involved in civic organizations and in the community because they are our future leaders.”Shehane said the Brundidge Rotary Club also sends two young people to Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) each summer and funds summer camp for a special needs youth at Camp ASCCA (Alabama Special Camp for Children and Adults.)In the 2018-2019 school year, the Brundidge Rotarians will sponsor an Interact Club at Pike County High School.The Brundidge Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser is the annual Doug Botts Memorial Golf Tournament and is the primary contributor to the club’s scholarship program.Shehane said special thanks go to the hole and team sponsors of this year’s golf tournament: Jana Ellis, Ken Dickert, C&D Properties, Stifel, South Alabama Electric, H.E. Browder Veneer, Lamar Steed, Wallace Pump & Supply, Burrece Bracey, Troy Cable, First National Bank, Jackson Thornton, Troy Bank & Trust, Charles Henderson Child Health Care Center, Clay Hill Farms, Regions Bank and Moore Chapel.She congratulated the winners of the 10th Annual Doug Botts Memorial Golf Tournament: First place, Troy Cable, Nick Boatwright and Steve Camp; second place, C&D Properties, Chuck Dickert and David Nelson; and third place, First National Bank, Cot Wallace and Andy Head.Cot Wallace’s tee shot was closest to the pin on Hole 3 and Mike Hogan was closest on Hole 17. Calvin Buzzan had the longest drive of the day. Skip Latest Stories Print Article Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Man who killed New York City jogger Karina Vetrano sentenced to life in prison

first_imgWABC(NEW YORK) — Chanel Lewis, 22, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2016 murder of Karina Vetrano, who was beaten and strangled to death while out for a jog near her home in Queens.The sentence was handed down by a judge who a day earlier rejected a defense motion to vacate Lewis’ conviction based on allegations of juror misconduct. Lewis was convicted after five hours of deliberations following his second trial after the first ended in a mistrial.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Storm brings winds, fire danger and flash flooding from Plains to the Gulf Coast

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — There have been more than 300 damaging storm reports from Texas all the way to New Jersey with 18 reported tornadoes in Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.Also, within the same storm system, almost 9 inches of rain fell in parts of Tennessee and produced deadly flash flooding.Nashville, Tennessee got 7 inches of rain which was the most rain in a two-day period since 2010 as well as the second wettest two day period in Nashville history.Overnight, this same storm moved through the Northeast with winds up to 76 mph in Delaware and up to 72 mph in Staten Island, bringing with it damage to trees, power lines and buildings across the region.On Monday, the storm will move out but gusty winds will continue for the Northeast from New York to Maine where gusts could reach near 60 mph and high wind alerts have been issued for the area.Meanwhile, a new storm system is developing in the West with more than a dozen states on alert for strong winds, fire danger and heavy snow from California to Illinois.By Tuesday afternoon and evening, a Western storm will move into the southern Plains and bring more threats for strong thunderstorms with damaging winds and large hail as heavy rain will also be possible.By Wednesday, this same storm system will move into the Gulf Coast states, the Southeast and parts of the East Coast with strong to severe storms bringing damaging winds, large hail and possible flash flooding possible once again for the same areas that got hit very hard last week.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Democratic Senator Tallian Announces Run For Attorney General

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comIndiana Sen. Karen Tallian has announced she will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for attorney general, alluding to the sexual misconduct scandal enveloping current officeholder Curtis Hill and criticizing his “right-wing agenda.”“While I have been proud to serve in the State Senate, a decade of Republican supermajority across three branches of government has made Indiana a state of extreme politics,” Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, said in a statement released Wednesday by the Tallian for Attorney General campaign. “I am running to restore checks and balances to the Statehouse and to be a voice for all who live here. It is time that Hoosiers have leadership that listens to their problems and fights for solutions.“The Attorney General should be the citizen’s advocate and work for all of us, not filing lawsuits trying to take away our legal rights,” Tallian’s statement said. “The Attorney General’s office should not be trying to promote a right-wing agenda to overturn healthcare for pre-existing conditions and take away the ability for Hoosiers to have affordable insurance coverage. Curtis Hill has not been an advocate for Indiana citizens, and he has not brought integrity and reason to this office.”A member of the state Senate since 2005, the Porter County Democrat was among the first lawmakers to call for marijuana legalization. She has authored several marijuana legalization bills in previous sessions that went unheard by Statehouse committees despite some bipartisan proposals in recent sessions. Tallian chairs the Senate Democratic caucus and is ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.Hill, who has not officially announced whether he will seek re-election, already has one Republican challenger. Bose McKinney & Evans LLP attorney John Westercamp announced his bid for attorney general in June with a campaign-style statewide swing.Political parties will select their nominees for attorney general during party conventions next year. Voters will elect the next AG in November 2020.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Boy Scouts of America removes ban on transgender members

Several months after Cub Scout Pack 87 in Secaucus removed a transgender boy, 8-year-old Joe Maldonado, from their group, the Boy Scouts have said they will accept transgender children into their group.“For more than 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America, along with schools, youth sports and other youth organizations, have ultimately deferred to the information on an individual’s birth certificate to determine eligibility for our single-gender programs,” the organization said in a press release Monday. “However, that approach is no longer sufficient as communities and state laws are interpreting gender identity differently, and these laws vary widely from state to state. Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application. Our organization’s local councils will help find units that can provide for the best interest of the child.”This week, a statewide group responded. “Garden State Equality is thrilled with the decision that will impact trans boys across the country who wanted to participate in the Boy Scouts of America,” said Christian Fuscarino, executive director for Garden State Equality, a New Jersey LBGTQ advocacy group that has started a petition to have Joe reinstated.Though surprised by the ruling, Fuscarino said he believed it was inevitable. “When James Dale filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America to allow openly gay scouts, that took decades for them to reverse their decision,” he said. “We’re just really pleased and honestly surprised that the Boy Scouts of America acted so quickly, and did the right thing in this situation by allowing trans scouts. We’re happy that thousands of people took action and signed the petition. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Boy Scouts of America felt that pressure.”Though he kept the family’s plans after the ruling confidential, Fuscarino said he’s spoken with Joe and his mother about it. Joe is “pleased” by the outcome. “I hope that he will be able to enjoy life the way that young boys do, by playing with his friends and winning some basketball games,” he said.The historic decision comes four years after the Scouts removed their longtime ban on gay members, and two years after they removed their ban on gay scout leaders.Watch future issues for more information. × read more

Milking your offer

first_imgThe dairy sector has seen prices of raw ingredients rocket alongside all the other commodities, and the café and bakery retailing sector is no stranger to this. But aside from cost, what issues do bakery retailers and cafés face when it comes to the dairy products they use? Is it important to them to use locally sourced and/or organic products, and do customers care?Big-name branded café chains are increasingly going for organic milk to differentiate their offering. Formed in 1992, AMT Coffee, which currently has 45 outlets, decided to switch to using 100% organic milk in November 2005, partly on the back of its switch to 100% Fairtrade coffee, but mainly in response to comments via its customer feedback cards, asking why they weren’t doing organic milk. “We also noticed that using different milks was slowing down our speed of service,” says Daniel Buckland, buyer for AMT.Rise in costsThe move to organic has meant the price of the milk has gone up significantly, costing AMT approximately 20% more, but that hasn’t put it off. It was the first national coffee company to make the change to 100% organic milk, and now others are following in its footsteps. “Pret A Manger and Eat are now using organic milk as well,” says Buckland. If big names like that are doing so, it won’t be long before the trend increases. AMT also likes to keep its sourcing local, and has been down to the farm in Bedford where most of its milk supply comes from.The same is increasingly true of smaller operators, such as Bea’s of Bloomsbury in London, which sells artisan cakes and pastries as well as teas and coffees at its bakery café in Theobald’s Road. The business has a very strong environmental policy, sourcing locally as much as is feasible, and only sourcing from suppliers that use sea or road freight. Managing director, founder and head pastry chef Bea Vo says customers are becoming increasingly picky about the details, questioning whether milk used in products is organic. “A lot of people are asking about that now,” she says. “My biggest concern is that all the dairy products are locally sourced from the UK.”This is highlighted in the company philosophy, which features prominently on its website, and states a desire to make a difference in the world. However, Vo says, it isn’t always easy keeping track of whether products are of local origin, which is why her dairy produce is supplied by Allan Reeder, a family-run dairy goods firm, which specialises in supplying the restaurant, hotel, bakery and catering trade within the M25 area. The milk used is mostly organic, although she explains they use organic milk in their bakery products, but not in their drinks as she finds it doesn’t foam up properly.So, with this increasing interest in producing certified organic produce, does this signal a trend for organic milk? From July 1 this year, Arla Foods increased the payment to its organic co-operative members in Denmark and Sweden, in order to attract more organic producers. Arla is currently the world’s largest producer of organic milk and is intent on sourcing more. “We believe that interest in organic production will continue to grow both in Denmark and Sweden and abroad,” explains CEO Peder Tuborgh.Other businesses, such as Bettys Café Tea Rooms, which offers bakery treats across six locations in Yorkshire, serving an array of teas and coffees selected by its sister company, Taylors of Harrogate, alongside milkshakes and ice cream, says that while it offers organic, this doesn’t yet feature highly across its standard product range.Some of Bettys’ products, – mainly breads, in which it uses organic cheese for example – have been certified organic by the Soil Association, but it doesn’t offer organic milk in its teas and coffees, says Rhoda Bowers, technical manager of Bettys & Taylors of Harrogate Group, as customers haven’t expressed a strong interest in it, or asked about the type of milk used.As well as being less harmful to the environment, due to the lack of pesticide use, AMT believes organic milk is better for the cows and for us. Despite the fact that not all bakery and café retailers are jumping on the organic milk bandwagon, it is evident that some retailers are finding it can make a small differentiator on the menu.—-=== Mariano Semino’s top tips on making a great cappuccino ===Mariano Semino works at the Ca’puccino branch at Harrods, and has won the Italian championship in cappuccino-making.l First it is important to make sure the steamer is cleaned properly, so that milk never curdles in it, which will spoil the cappuccino.l The key to ensuring you are able to taste the milk and the coffee together in the cup is to keep a check on the milk’s temperature.l Baristas must check the temperature by keeping a hand on the jug during the steaming process, to make sure the temperature doesn’t go over 72?C, as overheated milk instantly loses its protein and tastel The milk must also be frothed up until it becomes creamy, as opposed to airy and thin. The core ability of the barista lies in allowing no air bubbles to form inside it, so that the milk doesn’t go flat within seconds.—-=== Every little bit helps ===With pressure on companies to reduce packaging and become more eco-friendly, what dairy products can you use in a café environment to make a small contribution to cutting packaging waste?One dairy innovation, created in response to storage and environmental issues is a new type of single serve milk portion. Dairystix, based in Plymouth, Devon, claims to have manufactured the world’s first ’milk in a stick’ portion for the foodservice market. “They have been developed in response to a perceived need for an alternative to the old plastic jigger pots,” says Andrew Gibb, marketing controller at Single Source, which co-owns Dairystix. Many single source products have evolved into single stick portions, and Dairystix has been developed in the same format, using milk from UK farms.Gibb explains the product produces 50% less waste going to landfill than standard jigger pots, as well as saving on transportation space. “Standard jiggers fit about 120 to a box, whereas Dairystix can be packed about 200 to a box, so its a 40% saving on space,” says Gibb.—-=== Cravendale’s guide to creating latte art ===The key to latte art is texturing your foamed milk, says Cravendale, which supplies filtered fresh milk.Texturingl To texture the milk, once the foam has grown and the milk has reached about 40?C, lower the steam wand into position on the jug’s side before tilting the jug to a 40? angle. This causes a whirlpool effect, and will break down any bubbles, creating a thick, smooth foam.l When the temperature of the milk reaches 60?C, turn off the steam. The temperature will then continue to rise to 65-70?C.l Next, tap the base of the jug on the counter. This will burst any large surface bubbles.l Then gently swirl the jug until the microfoam flows and appears thick and shiny, giving it a final swirl before each pour to stop the bubbles from sticking.Creating a leafl Tilt the jug and pour the crema with a wide wiggle starting from the cup centrel Draw towards yourself with smaller and smaller wigglesl Pour away from yourself in a straight line, to turn the wiggly shape into a leaf.last_img read more