Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.tz) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgUchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.tz)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUchumi Supermarket Limited is the oldest retail supermarket chain in Kenya selling fresh produce and quality merchandise, with an extended footprint in Tanzania and Uganda. The company has retail outlets in Nairobi, Meru, Eldoret, Kericho, Mombasa and Kisumi; ranging from hyper branches to express convenience stores. Uchumi Supermarket is primarily known for stocking fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and pastries and a range of local merchandise. Subsidiaries include Uchumi Supermarkets (Uganda) Limited and Uchumi Supermarkets (Tanzania) Limited. Kasarani Mall Limited is a subsidiary company engaged in property management. Uchumi Supermarket Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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A-Cap Energy Limited (ACAP.bw) Q42020 Interim Report

first_imgA-Cap Energy Limited (ACAP.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about A-Cap Energy Limited (ACAP.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the A-Cap Energy Limited (ACAP.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: A-Cap Energy Limited (ACAP.bw)  2020 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileA-Cap Energy Limited formerly (A-Cap Resources Limited), listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, is an Australian-based mineral exploration company with extensive interests in Botswana where it holds over 5 000 square kilometres of exploration licenses. A-Cap is the first company to produce a JORC compliant uranium resource in Botswana and is a significant contributor to the world’s uranium stock. Its main activity is centered on the ongoing feasibility study of the Letlhakane Uranium Project in the northeast of Botswana, and the Southern Pans Project which is located northwest of Letlhakane and the Bolau Prospects to the north. A-Cap also has extensive interests in coal exploration with various tenement portfolios in Botswana.last_img read more

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Gaza and Israel: Time for self-reckoning

first_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA Anne Lynn says: Rector Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Associate Rector Columbus, GA [Episcopal News Service] With a sigh of relief, another ceasefire is in place between Israel and Gaza. The optimistic gloss is that this will hold better than in previous times, especially with the prospect of opening up the blockade on Gaza, and with promises given from both Hamas and Israel that appear to have prevented an irreparable breach of trust on both sides. Past experiences, however, show that we need to be cautious about being over optimistic.The eight days of fighting felt like a long time for many living here as we saw the images of destruction, of slaughtered children in Gaza, and damaged infrastructure both in Gaza and in Israel. The images make us feel less optimistic about a sustainable, more comprehensible settlement.In such circumstances, non-governmental organizations in the Holy Land play an important role in providing humanitarian aid and some immediate necessary repairs. But, we need to be reminded of the important work that the churches play in these parts too. The Anglican Church’s Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza remains steadfast despite its fragile budgets and the level of casualties that depend on its free services. (In fact a hopeful recent report shows that the hospital has been offered some tangible advice outlining options for keeping this ministry going despite recent lack of funds from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and everyone is invited to keep that support growing.) The truth is that NGOs would do a better job responding to a community’s needs, and could avoid the abstract and secular assumptions they often make, if they worked more closely with the churches, because churches are better connected at the local level. This of course puts a responsibility also on the churches to reach out to the relevant NGOs who could help them bring a difference to local communities.But, all of this remains short-termist. An ecumenical prayer service called upon by the good offices of Sabeel in Jerusalem reminded people of the need for justice. Now, the nagging questions remains: what do we mean by justice here? If we are concerned for a long-term settlement, justice cannot mean a comprehensive victory of one side over the other, for both sides have their share of delusions. We see those underlying delusions at work when Israel is surprised that Hamas does have the resolve to engage with escalation despite Israel’s superior power. Yet, Israel continues to believe that its military might and sophistication could determine the result of the conflict.Israel’s economic embargo on Gaza has not worked effectively and did not achieve its diplomatic goals. It is also such a shame that every Palestinian whether in Gaza or in Jerusalem becomes a de facto member of militant Hamas in the eyes of security forces. Young Palestinian men are often seen harassed on the streets of Jerusalem when they are not carrying anything to suggest a threat.On the other hand, Hamas’ unfortunate delusion has been that further atrocities perpetrated by Israel could push the world to stand on its side; it does not seem to mind that the infrastructure in Gaza is ravaged. Somehow in God’s future time, all will be restored, but this time under the banner of victorious Islam, as if Palestinian lives are cheap enough to be slaughtered as part of a strategy. It is important to register too that Christians in Palestine, like Christians in the rest of the Middle East, do have concerns about the triumph of certain elements in the Islamic world, a fact that shows how much the state of affairs in the Holy Land is also connected with the stability of the rest of the region. Of course, Israeli short-termist politics exploit that sensitive nerve, but it remains a concern indeed for the Christian communities.The point remains, however, that both sides need to come to terms with their delusions and accept that neither is going to win over the other in this kind of context.Israel has constantly argued that it has to defend itself against enemies who would not grant its right to exist, most notably Hamas; but we have been reminded by various Israeli commentators that the problem lies less with aggressive neighbors than with a failure to tackle the underlying issues about Gaza’s stability, economically and politically, which encourages a complex tit-for-tat policy on both sides producing indiscriminate rockets and desperate anxiety in Israel over security. Therefore, it remains important to clarify from the ceasefire (which remains unclear) as to who will take responsibility for mutual failed concerns that may arise in the future and that could threaten the achieved stability.Gaza needs to maintain the integrity of its civil society, and Israel wants assurances against further attacks.This of course puts lots of responsibilities on both sides. Israel has to ask what sort of neighbors it wishes to have – stable or unstable? If Israel wants secure borders, it needs to encourage and work actively for the stability and flourishing of its neighbors. Similarly, if Hamas is truly interested in enhancing a good Islamic ethos in Palestine, it could benefit immensely from the teachings of the most celebrated medieval Muslim theologian al-Ghazali who focuses on self-reckoning for the true reform of the self. Hamas could do with – like we are all called to – a collective self-reckoning, muhasabah, as al-Ghazali called it, instead of finding solace with war.Israeli fear and Hamas’ unstable tactics have simply eroded the rule of law. Only the presence of accepted law by all would provide the guarantee for well-intentioned negotiations and the ability even to exercise one’s religion properly. Al-Ghazali, like Augustine before him, argued that good order in the world is the only guarantee for the good order of religion. Similarly, the law is a gift in the Hebrew Bible that regulates the affairs of the people of God so that they can achieve what God truly calls them to be as free human beings. A common religious witness from the leaders of all the Abrahamic traditions on the need for law let alone other humanitarian concerns remains weak but could have a strong positive impact. Meanwhile, I shall be thinking and praying for the many other wasted lives in a conflict that is overdue to have the resolve once and for all of a firm policy declaration from the U.N. and more importantly perhaps the State Department in Washington. — The Rev. Yazid Said is a Palestinian Anglican priest and scholar in residence at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments are closed. Featured Events Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Job Listing November 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm As Yazid Said has stated, there are no winners here. And while Sabeel and others work valiantly toward justice, families are suffering today. The UN published a report last summer suggesting that Gaza may be unlivable by 2020 — no potable water, inadequate education and medical care, etc. The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem owns and operates the Al Ahli Hospital that Rev. Said refers to. They serve all, regardless of religious or ethnic background, modeling Christian values to all who enter. They need our help. Medical supplies, food and fuel have run out. Yet the staff provides compassionate care to each patient. As you consider your end of year giving, we hope you’ll prayerfully consider those struggling in the Holy Land. The American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem would be grateful for your gift. http://www.afedj.org Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group By Yazid SaidPosted Nov 28, 2012 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Middle East Rector Collierville, TN Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Callscenter_img 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Rector Bath, NC Comments (2) Israel-Palestine, Advocacy Peace & Justice, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Albany, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Gaza and Israel: Time for self-reckoning Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI November 28, 2012 at 10:51 am Thank you for posting this article – more information is needed in all our media about the events in Palestine. The vote is tomorrow. Pray for acceptance at the UN. I just returned from a second Sabeel Witness Visit in 2 years just days before the Israeli massive attack on Gaza.The airport was closed down for military reasons 10 minutes after we flew out.We saw refugee camps and a Bedouin family under demolition orders, including helicopter flying overhead the lone tents in the desert. One has to see it and be there to believe the refinement of cruelty. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Rev. Carol L Huntington says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group last_img read more

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ICFM seeks input on VAT on direct marketing

first_img  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 June 2001 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers in partnership with the Future Foundation is researching VAT on direct marketing and its impact on ICFM affiliate charities.The Institute of Charity Fundraising Managers in partnership with the Future Foundation is researching VAT on direct marketing and its impact on ICFM affiliate charities.ICFM add that a similar questionnaire relating to Lotteries legislation will be issued in approximately three weeks time. Advertisement ICFM seeks input on VAT on direct marketing About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Download their two-page VAT questionnaire from the ICFM Web site. It is available in Adobe Acrobat PDF. last_img read more

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Half of charities fear funding levels will be inadequate for meeting 2020 objectives

first_imgHalf of charities fear funding levels will be inadequate for meeting 2020 objectives Melanie May | 26 September 2019 | News 40% of charities now hold ‘alternative’ investments,Over three quarters (77%) of charities with investment policy statements contain ethical criteria.58% of charities negatively screen their investments.  Just 13% positively screen investments, holding investments in companies that contribute to society.47% of charities believe their trustees’ understanding of financial and investment knowledge to be good or very good.Half (48%) of charities agree that they would benefit from trustees with more varied skill sets.43% of charities believe that current regulatory requirements are too demanding.Murphy added:“There is an alphabet soup of requirements from MIFID, FACTA and SORP, plus the demands of the Charity Commission.  It is not surprising that 43% of trustees believe that the requirements are simply too demanding.“Given that the average size of a charity’s board of trustees is between six and ten, they have little realistic chance of digesting easily all that is required of them.  The one-size fits all approach to charity regulation isn’t working, and the likely result is that charities will find trustees in short supply.  A number of our survey respondents made comments about regulators, including calls for the Charity Commission to introduce a telephone helpline for trustees. Charities want a simple and speedy response.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Half of charities are not confident that their funding levels will enable them to meet their charitable objectives in 2020, according to research by charity investment managers Brewin Dolphin, with political uncertainty and fears of an economic downturn among the biggest concerns.Brewin Dolphin’s report Charity Investment: navigating uncertain times is based on the views of 110 charity trustees and senior managers of grant-making and service-providing charities.It found that a slowdown in the economy is considered the biggest risk to future income and the ability to meet charitable objectives for 45% of charities, while the number of charities fearing a global recession has more than doubled to 26% against 11% in 2017. Over a third (35%) say political uncertainty is among their primary concerns.Ruth Murphy, Head of Charities at Brewin Dolphin said:“Charities are being asked to take on more every year and cracks are beginning to show, particularly for small and medium-sized charities.“That half of the charities surveyed do not believe current funding levels and fundraising activity will allow them to meet their charitable objectives over the next year is worrying.  Grant-making charities can always cut their cloth accordingly by reducing the grants they make, but service-providing charities do not have that flexibility.”Low growth in markets is cited as the primary investment risk for nearly half (48%) of charities, followed closely by volatility (44%).In addition, the research found: Advertisement  370 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: Finance Funding research  371 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis23last_img read more

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“Resident Evil” a monster of a mess

first_imgChris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) printThe sixth and last film in the franchise, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” tries to remake some of the series’ greatest moments but fails on almost every level possible. Picking up after “Retribution”, “Final Chapter” follows Alice (Milla Jovovich) as she returns to Raccoon City in search of a cure for the world-ending T-Virus.The film opens with a confusing recap of the series that retcons important plot elements from three of the previous movies. From there, the story only devolves further as it attempts to explain the large majority of the plot through short exposition-filled bouts spoken by the main characters and skips chunks of material entirely. These are placed between the seemingly endless number of action scenes “Final Chapter” throws at the audience, leaving the film with large pacing issues. Because of this, everything quickly starts to drag, and it feels like nothing of consequence is occurring. The only positive factor in the story is that it wraps everything up and leaves little room for a sequel.Milla Jovovich stars as Alice in Screen Gems’ RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER.The problems with the story are emphasized further due to the lackluster acting from the film’s stars. Milla Jovovich phones it in as Alice, giving a sense of boredom as she progresses from scene to scene. Because the film focuses primarily on her, it becomes inherently harder to watch and care about her or anything happening to her character. None of the other actors are memorable either, often having one or two lines of dialogue, and Iain Glen’s villain is over-the-top and laughable in a bad way.This leads to the absent character development that plagues the movie as well. Alice’s journey through the series comes to a standstill in “Final Chapter”, with what little growth she’s had undermined entirely by a poorly-executed twist. The five characters that accompany her are forgettable due to their lack of dialogue, and it becomes hard to tell or care whenever someone dies. A mix of new characters and motivations are also thrown in late into the film’s final act, and the emotional payoff at the end feels completely unearned.Unfortunately, “Final Chapter” also suffers from some of the worst visuals to come from a big-budget production. The noticeable and poorly-used green screen makes the film seem fan-made. The constant flashing of lights makes it difficult to watch for extended periods of time as well. The worst, however, is the migraine-inducing editing, with shots cutting constantly and lasting under a second each. This, mixed with poor lighting choices, makes the film’s many action sequences unwatchable.All of these issues make “Final Chapter” an absolute skip. Fans wanting any of the series’ cheesy action or answers to the multitude of unanswered questions will be left with nothing, and anyone not already invested in Alice and her journey won’t find anything worth justifying their time or the cost of a ticket.Verdict:Unnecessarily convoluted and hard to watch, “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” is a cinematic trash fire that ends the franchise in the worst possible way.0.5/10 Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Twitter Facebook Linkedin + posts Previous articleBaseball unanimously ranked No. 1Next articleA father’s memory helps raise money and awareness for cancer Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Chris Garcia World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Milla Jovovich stars as Alice in Screen Gems’ RESIDENT EVIL: THE FINAL CHAPTER. ReddIt Chris Garciahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/chris-garcia/ Twitter TCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) ReddIt Facebooklast_img read more

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9 people indicted in alleged hazing death of 18-year-old Ohio University student Collin Wiant

first_imgGoogle Street View(ATHENS, OH) — Nine people were indicted on a range of charges related to the alleged hazing death of an 18-year-old Ohio University student, officials announced.An Athens County grand jury handed down the indictments Monday, just over a year after Collin Wiant died of asphyxiation from nitrous oxide ingestion on Nov. 12, 2018.The charges include hazing, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, trafficking and tampering with evidence, according to a statement from the Athens County prosecuting attorney.The individuals indicted include: Joshua Thomas Androsac, 20; Saxon Angell-Perez; Dominic A. Figliola; Corbin Michael Gustafson, 22; Zachary Herskovitz, 22; Cullen Willi McLaughlin, 20; Elijah Robert Wahib, 22; James Dylan Wanke, 25; and Stephan Brent Lewis, 27.It was not immediately clear if any had yet retained legal representation.On Tuesday, an attorney for Wiant’s family said the indictments marked “a very important day.”“Without severe consequences, there will not be change and lives will continue to be lost. … The criminal justice system needs to send a message and we believe that’s exactly what the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office is doing,” attorney Rex Elliot said in a statement to ABC News. “Our goal is to eliminate hazing in its entirety so that no other mother and father have to lose a child.”Wiant was a freshman at the university and had been selected as a pledge two months before he died, according to a wrongful death suit filed by his family in February against the fraternity and 10 unnamed individuals.The teenager died inside a Sigma Pi Epsilon annex house in Athens, Ohio, where he was allegedly beaten with a belt, pelted with eggs, deprived of sleep and forced to take drugs and drink a gallon of alcohol in an hour, the lawsuit alleged.Since Wiant’s death, and amid new reports of hazing, the university announced in October it had suspended all 15 of its Interfraternity Council fraternity chapters.The full list of charges are as follows:Joshua Thomas Androsac: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; one count of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; two counts of trafficking in harmful intoxicants, felonies of the fifth degree; and trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the fifth degreeSaxon Angell-Perez: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; and one count of trafficking in cocaine, a felony of the fifth degreeDominic A. Figliola: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; one count of aggravated trafficking in drugs, a felony of the fourth degree; and one count of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, an unclassified misdemeanorCorbin Michael Gustafson: one count of reckless Homicide, a felony of the third degreeZachary Herskovitz: one count of permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degreeCullen Willi McLaughlin: two counts of trafficking in LSD, felonies of the fifth degreeElijah Robert Wahib: one count of tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree; permitting drug abuse, a felony of the fifth degree; one count of hazing, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; one count of assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree; one count of obstructing justice, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws, an unspecified misdemeanorJames Dylan Wanke: one count of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the first degree; two counts of trafficking in harmful intoxicants, felonies of the fifth degree; one count of involuntary manslaughter, a felony of the third degree; and one count of improperly dispensing or distributing nitrous oxide, a misdemeanor of the fourth degreeStephan Brent Lewis: one count of trafficking in harmful intoxicants, a felony of the fifth degree; and one count of improperly dispensing or distributing nitrous oxide, a misdemeanor of the fourth degree Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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From here to maternity

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. From here to maternityOn 8 Nov 2006 in Personnel Today Q What changes to the maternity leave provisions were made on 1 October 2006? A The changes affect women with an expected week of childbirth (EWC) on or after 1 April 2007. Where an employee has an EWC prior to this date, regardless of her length of service, she is entitled to ordinary maternity leave, but must have 26 weeks’ continuous service as at the end of the 15th week before the EWC to qualify for additional maternity leave. For women with an EWC on or after 1 April 2007 this requirement has been removed, so that all employees who qualify for ordinary maternity leave also qualify for additional maternity leave. This means that they are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave in total, and are able to take advantage of the concurrent increase in statutory maternity pay from 26 weeks to 39 weeks. The new provisions also mean that an employee on maternity leave can agree to work for her employer for up to 10 days during her maternity leave without bringing her maternity leave period or pay to an end. These keeping-in-touch days are by arrangement between the employer and employee, with the employer having no right to demand that work is undertaken and the employee having no right to be offered such work. While a woman is not required to forewarn her employer if she intends to return to work the day after her maternity leave ends, she must give notice if she wishes to return to work at an earlier date. Women with an EWC prior to 1 April 2007 must give 28 days’ notice, but this has been extended to eight weeks’ notice for women with an EWC on or after this date. A woman may change her mind about her return date, provided that she gives at least eight weeks’ notice before whichever is earlier: the date on which she now intends to return or the date on which she had intended to return. Q As the statutory maternity pay period has been extended to 39 weeks, has the ordinary maternity leave period also been extended? A To qualify for statutory maternity pay an employee must have 26 weeks’ continuous service into the 15th week before her EWC and average earnings of at least the lower earnings limit for National Insurance purposes. While qualifying women with an EWC prior to 1 April 2007 are entitled to up to 26 weeks’ statutory maternity pay, this has been extended to 39 weeks for women with an EWC on or after this date. All women with an EWC on or after 1 April 2007 are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave. This consists of 26 weeks’ ordinary maternity leave, followed immediately by 26 weeks’ additional maternity leave. Statutory maternity pay is, therefore, payable for the 26-week ordinary maternity leave period and 13 weeks of the additional maternity leave period. Q If an employee with an EWC beginning 1 April 2007 gives birth before this date, how many weeks’ statutory maternity pay will she be entitled to? A The new provisions entitling pregnant employees to 39 weeks’ statutory maternity pay apply to women with an EWC beginning on or after 1 April 2007, regardless of when their baby is born. If her baby is born early, a woman with an EWC on or after this date will still be entitled to 39 weeks’ statutory maternity pay. Women with an EWC prior to this date are entitled to 26 weeks’ statutory maternity pay, regardless of when their baby is born. If her baby is born late, a woman with an EWC before 1 April 2007 will be entitled to 26 weeks’ statutory maternity pay. Q Under the new provisions can a woman return to work at the end of ordinary maternity leave without giving notice? A Once an employee has given notification of the day on which she intends to begin her maternity leave, the employer must respond within 28 days, informing her of the date on which her maternity leave will end. The employee does not need to give notice of her return to work if she returns on the day after the end of her maternity leave, which for all women with an EWC on or after 1 April 2007 is a period of 52 weeks. If, however, an employee wishes to take only 26 weeks’ ordinary maternity leave – for example, because she wants to guarantee her right to return to the same job – she must give the employer eight weeks’ notice of her return to work because she will be returning to work before her full 52-week leave entitlement has ended. Q Can an employer contact an employee on maternity leave to ask if and when she intends to return to work? A The law was previously unclear about the extent to which employers were permitted to contact employees on maternity leave. However, where the EWC is on or after 1 April 2007, there is now a specific statutory provision enabling reasonable contact to be made between employer and employee during maternity leave – for example, to discuss the employee’s return to work – without it bringing the period of maternity leave to an end. Either party is entitled to make reasonable contact. However, if the employer does contact the employee in these circumstances, the employee is under no statutory obligation to reply. She is entitled simply to return to work at the end of additional maternity leave. If the employee wishes to return early, she must give eight weeks’ prior notice. If the employee does not intend to return to work at all, she is obliged to give the notice of termination required by the contract of employment. Subject to these notice periods being given where appropriate, there is nothing the employer can do if the employee refuses to confirm on request if or when she intends to return to work.XpertHR is the UK’s biggest and most comprehensive source of HR information made available as a single online subscription service www.xperthr.co.ukFor more on the Work and Families Act, turn to page 22 UK mothers to benefit from extended paid maternity leave www.personneltoday.com/37478.article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Spanish MPRA Crucial to EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta

first_img Share this article Spanish MPRA Crucial to EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta View post tag: crucial Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish MPRA Crucial to EUNAVFOR Operation Atalanta View post tag: MPRA View post tag: Naval March 20, 2013 View post tag: ATALANTAcenter_img View post tag: Spanish View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: operation Playing a key role in the EU Naval Force Somalia – Operation Atalanta are the Spanish Airforce P3-M Orion Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA).The aircraft are based in Djibouti and have been a stalwart part of the operation since 3 January 2009, they provide an unbroken expertise assisting and co-ordinating other MPRA contributors based both in Djibouti and the Seychelles. The Spanish MPRA detachment in Djibouti consists of one aircraft and 56 personnel including aircrew, maintainers, picture analysts and operations personnel. The aircraft fly around 13 missions per month which totals 100 flying hours.The P3 is the perfect aircraft for the operation able to take both imagery intelligence and conduct radar surface searches.As well as providing the P3-M support to Operation Atalanta the Spanish detachment have a 24 hour communications centre and provide a focal point for Search and Rescue and Combat Search and Rescue (SAR) to the operation. This allows the co-ordination of SAR for all the units of the Atalanta Task Force.Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Clavero Mañueco, the Commanding Officer (CO) of the detachment, said:” It is a great honour to be deployed with the EU Naval Force and I am very proud to be in command of a great team in this detachment. The Spanish MPRA has been continually deployed with Operation Atalanta providing continuity and co-ordination for the operation. There is great co-operation, especially with the French and German MPRA crews. We share crewmen with all three nations flying on each others missions. We also share spare parts, and support each other whenever needed.”Asked about his task providing reconnaissance to Operation Atalanta, the CO said: “Pirates success has certainly fallen but there are still 2 vessels with 60 hostages in pirates’ hands. I think our operation, patrolling the coast of East Africa and sea off the Horn of Africa, checking skiffs, dhows, beaches and villages has an impact on piracy, probably contributing to a change in their business model. But the current trend is reversible and Spain will remain committed. We are concerned about vessels transiting the area exposed to the threat of piracy.”MPRAs provide the EU Naval Force with essential information to assess the situation off the Horn of Africa. Additionally they are the instrument of choice to locate pirate logistic dumps on the coastline and pirate action groups at sea, able to cover a large search area.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 20, 2013; Image: EUNAVFOR View post tag: EUNAVFORlast_img read more

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Guam Hosted USS Ashland

first_img Guam Hosted USS Ashland View post tag: asia View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Guam Hosted USS Ashland Authorities View post tag: Naval The amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) pulled into Guam for a four-day port visit, Aug 3.The ship’s crew and the embarked 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in three community service events; Umatac Village Cleanup, Juan M. Gerrero Elementary School painting and Chagui’an Massacre Memorial Preparation.Ashland is forward deployed to Sasebo, Japan, and is a part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group and is on patrol in the U.S. 7th fleet area of operations.Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Guam August 10, 2015 View post tag: USS Ashland Share this articlelast_img read more

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