Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) 2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileHoneywell Flour Mills Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria and manufactures and markets wheat-based products which includes flour, semolina, wheat meal, brown flour, pasta and noodles. The company markets it products under the Honeywell brand name. Formerly known as Gateway Honeywell Flour Mills Limited, the company changed its name to Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in 1995. The company is a subsidiary of Siloam Global Services Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Honeywell Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Masimba Holdings Limited (MSHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Masimba Holdings Limited (MSHL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Masimba Holdings Limited (MSHL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Masimba Holdings Limited (MSHL.zw) 2017 annual report.Company ProfileMasimba Holdings Limited is a well-established company in Zimbabwe providing engineering and infrastructure solutions to the agricultural, commercial and corporate sector as well as housing, mining, public and water sectors. The company has three operation divisions; Masimba Construction Zimbabwe, Proplastics and Property Development. Masimba Construction is responsible for design, development, planning, engineering and construction of commercial buildings, private housing developments and earthwork projects in Zimbabwe, and the fabrication and erection of structural steel. The other subsidiaries offer turnkey engineering solutions to the construction industry, aswell as provide reinforcement steel, steel fixing, wire mesh and cutting and bending products. Masimba Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
BEN CISNEROSTrainee solicitor at Morgan Sports LawRugby’s judicial system does not need a radical overhaul – it just needs fine-tuning. Some people decry apparent inconsistencies. Yet in any system of sanctioning, there’s a necessary element of discretion and with discretion there is always room for disagreement.Any reform should be focused on minimising that area for potential dispute.One way this might be improved is by weighting the factors that disciplinary panels must consider when determining the seriousness of an offence and applying the off-field mitigating factors.Different panels approach things differently: some place great importance on the impact on the victim; others focus on intent. Similarly, some panels are willing to overlook a player’s past disciplinary record if they are otherwise of excellent character.Off! Manu Tuilagi had two weeks taken off a 2020 ban for good conduct and immediate remorse (Getty)I would place intent as the most important factor in the assessment of seriousness and would place a guilty plea as the most significant mitigating factor.I’d also change the regulations so that there’s a limitation period on past disciplinary sanctions – for example, only bans from more than five years ago can be ignored for sanctioning purposes. These tweaks would require changes to World Rugby’s regulations but would go a long way to eliminating perceived inconsistencies.On the whole, though, the system gets to a reasonable and fair outcome in the vast majority of cases. There is no need for wholesale reform to rugby’s disciplinary process. Your plea, appearance, past record – all are factors that can bring about a reduced ban for a player. But is the system right? Read this debate from our December 2020 issue LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Face-off: Do we need to overhaul rugby’s disciplinary process?NIK SIMONRugby correspondent for The Mail on SundayRugby’s courtrooms are the equivalent of the bargain bin in the corner of your local convenience store: 50% off all year round.Unless you are a terrorist, murderer or equivalent, there is a good chance the independent panel will find a mitigating factor to reduce your sanction.Look at Owen Farrell’s hearing last September. Irrespective of your views on his high tackle on the then 18-year-old Wasps fly-half Charlie Atkinson, the disciplinary process that followed reduced the game to a laughing stock.His red-mist moment was judged to be a top-end offence worthy of a ten-match ban. That would have ruled out the England captain for the start of the autumn Test campaign.Yet Farrell walked away with a reduced five-match ban. Why? Because he had a positive testimonial from a charity, who have nothing to do with his on-pitch actions.His tackle left Atkinson, fresh out of Abingdon Senior School, unconscious. As one writer put it, presumably the testimonials were not from Save the Children.“Sorry, mate” Saracens’ Owen Farrell apologises to Charlie Atkinson for the high tackle last autumn (Getty)Rugby’s disciplinarians often leave themselves open for ridicule. In his recent autobiography, Joe Marler revealed how he was advised to wear a suit and to cut his hair to reduce his chances of a long ban being handed down to him at a disciplinary hearing.Actions should be judged at face value but that’s not the case. Instead, you’d better find yourself a good tailor and sign up at your local support centre, then you’re halfway there… Order needed: a skirmish between Wasps and Northampton players last year at the Ricoh (Getty Images) What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] debate first appeared in the December 2020 issue of Rugby World.
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Crispin HernandezN.Y. state farmworkers sue for right to organizeThe New York Civil Liberties Union argued before the state Supreme Court on July 20 in favor of labor rights for hundreds of mostly Latinx migrant farmworkers in New York state who milk cows, till fields and thresh wheat. The lawsuit seeks to strike down an 80-year-old state law forbidding agricultural workers from organizing collectively, because that law violates the state constitution, which permits all workers to organize. The 1937 state law is based on the federal National Labor Relations Act, enacted in 1935, when Southern politicians refused for racist reasons to vote for the act unless it exempted agricultural and domestic workers. A majority of those workers in the South were African-American.The suit, initiated in May 2016, was brought on behalf of dairy worker Crispin Hernandez, the Workers’ Center of Central New York and the Workers Justice Center of New York. The state has refused to defend the case, though the New York Farm Bureau, an agricultural industry lobby, opposes it.A report issued in June by the WCCNY and WJCNY titled “Milked” documents abuses like wage theft and dangerous working conditions for area farmworkers. Not only have dairy workers been trampled and gored, but they are forced to live in substandard housing supplied by the bosses. If they dare speak up, they face firing. Donna Lieberman, NYCLU executive director, told the New York Times, “There is no way we … can abide continuing this grave, grave, grave injustice.” (July 20)S.F. Labor Council shows solidarity with FLOCThe San Francisco Labor Council unanimously adopted a resolution on July 10 denouncing legislative attacks on the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and immigrant farmworkers’ rights in North Carolina. After delineating the many ways farmworkers are discriminated against in federal and state laws, the resolution quoted FLOC President Baldemar Velasquez: “Politicians that are also growers shouldn’t pass self-serving laws simply because they don’t want their workers to unionize. With the continuation of Jim Crow-era laws that aim to stop a now almost entirely Latino workforce from organizing, this is an affront to freedom of association and smacks of racism.”Calling for widespread labor and community solidarity in this struggle, the resolution quoted Saladin Muhammad, of Black Workers for Justice and the Southern Workers Assembly: “This must become a national battlefront for all workers, organized, unorganized and unemployed in our communities.” The council called on N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper to veto the bill “as part of supporting labor’s ‘national battlefront’ to organize the South and regain the power of labor everywhere in this country.” (See related article on protest Gov. Cooper’s bill signing.)Fighting for back pay in N.J.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called a government shutdown on July 2, using an austerity maneuver when the state budget wasn’t passed by July 1. With between 30,000 and 35,000 members of the Communications Workers affected by the lockout, CWA swung into action. After a press conference denouncing the shutdown, CWA called picket lines outside legislators’ offices on July 5 and 6 demanding pay for days they weren’t allowed to work. But before the lines went up, Christie caved. He had been photographed sunning himself at empty Island Beach State Park, shut down under his order, and then exposed as lying about it. After filing a grievance, CWA held a loud rally on July 13 outside the statehouse demanding back pay. The state Senate promptly passed the bill, the state Assembly agreed to pass a similar bill, and Christie even promised to sign it. (Labor Notes, July 20) Nothing like exercising union muscle when state power runs amok!D.C. airport workers ready to strikeNearly 200 Reagan National Airport cleaners authorized a strike July 12 against their employer, MBS, a Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority contractor, to protest lack of affordable health care and income below MWAA’s living wage guidelines. The vote came as American Airlines and the workers’ union, Service Employees 32BJ, entered discussions that led to strike suspensions the same day at Newark, LaGuardia, JFK and Philadelphia International airports. Though suspended, the strike, involving thousands of airport workers employed by American Airlines’ contractors, is still on the table.Airport workers are ready to strike should talks fall apart.“Working families are enduring enough financial pain as a result of the dysfunction in Washington,” said 32BJ SEIU Vice President Jaime Contreras. “MWAA contractors should be functioning at a higher level than Congress by being part of the solution, not the problem.” (seiu32bj.org, July 12)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Help by sharing this information November 30, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist reportedly arrested for “illegal interviews” with coal miners after accident ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further Organisation China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Follow the news on China April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on the Chinese government to reveal the names of the journalist and his three assistants from the southern Guizhou province who were reportedly arrested in Linfen, in the central province of Shanxi, on 3 November for investigating an explosion at the Luweitan coal mine. The organisation also asked the authorities to explain why they were arrested.“If they are still being held for investigating a mine accident, they must freed immediately,” Reporters Without Borders said. “A charge of ‘illegal interviews’ is unacceptable.”The organisation pointed out that, when visiting the families of the victims of a mine accident in Shanxi province in January 2005, a very moved Prime Minister Wen Jiabao promised to improve conditions in the mines and encouraged the media to cover these tragedies. At total of 114 miners have died in four serious accidents in Shanxi coal mines since the start of November. Twenty-four of them were killed by an explosion at the Luweitan mine caused by a ventilation system failure that allowed gas to accumulate. The journalist and three assistants who were arrested worked for the Beijing-based magazine Guancha Zhoukan, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post daily reported, citing the Hong Kong-based Centre for Human Rights and Democracy. The information has not been confirmed.The mortality rate for miners in China ranges from 5 per million tonnes of extracted coal in the large mines to 9.1 in the small ones, compared with a rate of 0.5 in India (Wright, 2004, Cambridge University Press). As mine accidents in China are often linked to management dishonesty and corruption, it is essential that journalists should be free to investigate them. China’s Cyber Censorship Figures News
Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago In light of the substantial decline in profitability of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for 2014, Urban Institute senior fellow Jim Parrott, a former economic adviser to President Obama, examined the likelihood of Freddie Mac making another draw from the U.S. Department of Treasury in a research brief published Monday entitled “What to Make of the Dramatic Fall in GSE Profits.”A hugely profitable year in 2013 for both Fannie Mae ($84 billion) and Freddie Mac ($49 billion) shifted widespread speculation from winding down the two GSEs to instead ending FHFA’s conservatorship of the two Enterprises, which began in September 2008 after the two received a combined $188 billion from Treasury in bailout funds.The 2014 profits for the GSEs, however, fell way short of their 2013 numbers ($14 billion for Fannie Mae and $8 billion for Freddie Mac), including a 90 percent year-over-year decline in profits for Freddie Mac during the fourth quarter of 2014.When the losses for the GSEs exceed their capital buffer – which is $1.8 billion for 2015 – the Enterprises would require a draw from Treasury, which they have avoided since 2012 (in 2012, the terms of the 2008 bailout agreement were amended, and since then nearly all GSE profits have been swept into Treasury). The GSEs’ capital buffer is being reduced by $600 million per year until it is extinguished completely in 2018.The reason for the loss in profits for both institutions is that much of their revenue streams in 2013 were largely disappearing, according to Parrott. About half of the profits for both Enterprises that year came from reclaiming written-down tax assets ($45 billion for Fannie Mae and $23 billion for Freddie Mac); between a quarter and a third of the profits came from their portfolios ($19 billion for Fannie Mae and $16 billion for Freddie Mac), and each received a significant sum from legal settlements, though it is difficult to determine exactly how much due to the dispersement of the settlement funds among larger revenue streams.”The only major revenue source not being wound down is what the GSEs generate from their core guarantee business, in which they collect a fee in exchange for guaranteeing the default risk of loans for investors,” Parrott wrote.The primary source of profits for the GSEs in 2014 came from guarantee fees – $9 billion out of $14 billion for Fannie Mae and $4 billion out of $8 billion for Freddie Mac.Parrott says he believes that it is unlikely Freddie Mac will need to make a draw on Treasury for three reasons: first, he expects Freddie Mac’s accounting losses on its derivative position to reverse as interest rates rise; second, Parrott said Freddie Mac’s portfolio will still be significant for the next couple of years; and third, Freddie Mac’s older loans with lower guarantee fees will gradually be replaced with new loans that have higher guarantee fees, which will result in an increase in revenue.But while he said he does not believe Freddie Mac will require a draw in the immediate future, that may change a couple of years down the road.”When the private-label securities market finally comes back and Freddie’s market share decreases, so will the revenue from its guarantee business,” Parrott wrote. “And if Freddie finally opens up its credit box, Freddie will expose itself to more risk and, depending on how well it prices that risk, more volatility in its earnings. No longer able to counter losses in this business with gains on its portfolio investments, Freddie becomes increasingly exposed to changes in the economic environment. In short, Freddie’s risk of a draw goes up.”Freddie Mac has a $140 billion line of credit with Treasury, however, so if the Enterprise did require a draw, “substantively, not much” would happen in the immediate future, Parrott wrote. However, investors will begin to demand a discount to cover the risk should Freddie Mac’s draw eventually exceed the line of credit amount. 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market reform presidential candidates 2016-07-25 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily Four Ways to Improve the Housing Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Obama and Warren Reflect On Wall Street Reform’s Progress Next: Boomerang Buyers Bounce Back Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago In the wake of national presidential conventions and debates conducted over controversial topics to better inform voters as these candidates move closer to the election in November, one of the topics hardly touched in these discussions has been the housing market and its reform. Chief Economist for Redfin, Nela Richardson, believes that there are four things these candidates need to keep in mind to “make the housing market great again,” according to a report from Redfin.Ignore Mortgage Finance ReformRichardson says that reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and other such insurers has been controversial for “longer than millennials have been alive” but despite the agreement that government involvement should be reduced, Richardson says that there is nothing to replace them with as of right now. She suggests that whomever wins the presidency should focus on figuring out a solution for how private capital can be placed back into the mortgage market in order to have viable alternatives to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Connect affordability to mobility“Too often a person’s zip code determines their economic mobility,” says Richardson. She states that almost half of the totality of renters are cost burdened and a quarter of those are classified as being “severely” cost burdened. In her report, Richardson says only one in four people who qualify for federal subsidies actually receives them. She feels that the next president can help better the market by increasing subsidies to households who need them and helping them move to better thriving communities near jobs and functional schools.Increase BuildingRichardson says that increasing building is important to the betterment of the market, but included in this equation must be more transit and infrastructure spending in order to make sure neighborhoods don’t suffer due to isolation or neglect. “Political dysfunction in Congress has prevented the federal government from making the infrastructure investment needed in America’s cities,” says Richardson. “Our families pay the price.”Remembering the “Rust Belt”This final point is shared as something personal to Richardson, who says that some towns facing decay do to foreclosure never came from the housing market boom or bust. Instead, she says they are due to something far more long lasting i.e. job loss and population decline. “It’s an open question whether foreclosure-choked neighborhoods will ever be a good investment for a new generation of homebuyers,” says Richardson. The answer she sees for these communities comes from jobs and reinvestment into local economies before “homeownership can become a great investment again.” About Author: Kendall Baer Tagged with: market reform presidential candidates Home / Daily Dose / Four Ways to Improve the Housing Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, TX. Born and raised in Texas, Kendall now works as the online editor for DS News. Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago July 25, 2016 1,497 Views Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe
News UpdatesCovid-19: Students Of VTU Move Karnataka High Court Against Decision To Conduct Semester End Examinations Via Offline Mode LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK7 Jan 2021 10:46 PMShare This – xCiting health risk due to recent cases of new-strain Corona virus in the State, a group of students has moved the Karnataka High Court against the decision of the Visvesvaraya Technological University to conduct semester examinations in offline mode. The petition has been filed on behalf of 120 students, inter alia seeking to quash notification providing for conduct of exam…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginCiting health risk due to recent cases of new-strain Corona virus in the State, a group of students has moved the Karnataka High Court against the decision of the Visvesvaraya Technological University to conduct semester examinations in offline mode. The petition has been filed on behalf of 120 students, inter alia seeking to quash notification providing for conduct of exam in offline mode. It has been prayed that the exams be conducted in online mode or students be evaluated on the basis of some other alternative modes. The students have stated that if the examinations are conducted offline, many students will be compelled to travel from different countries and states, thereby increasing the risk of spread of Covid-19 and the also the new strain virus. The situation is said to be urgent with respect to the fact that more than 10 cases of new strain virus have already been detected in the state, within a week. “Providing for compulsory conduct of semester end examination in offline mode, which will expose the examinees to immense risk and will amount to flagrant violation of basic principle of right to health which is an important facet of right to life,” the plea states. The decision is also said to be arbitrary, not fair, not in pursuit of promotion of healthy competition and in blatant violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. It is further pointed out that the University’ decision is contrary to the Revised UGC Guidelines dated July 6, wherein it was provided that terminal semester/ final year examination by the end of September 2020 shall be conducted in offline (pen & paper)/online/ blended (online + offline) mode following the prescribed protocols guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic. “It is pertinent to note that even the aforesaid UGC Guidelines, in view of the risks associated with COVID-19 gave an option of offline/online/blended (online + offline) mode for conduct of examination following the prescribed protocols guidelines related to COVID-19 pandemic.” Furthermore, it is submitted that since all sessions, classes and labs have been conducted online and are decided to be conducted online for the next semester also, there is no reason why the examination has to be held in offline mode. Other grounds: Examination involves around 12 subjects divided into a period of 2 to 3 weeks (14 to 21 days). Therefore, the conduct of exam in offline mode will entail the students to make their arrangement for stay, food etc. for a period of atleast 2 to 3 weeks, which is extremely difficult amid the ongoing economic situation of parents.On or around 30.12.2020 certain students from Ramaiah college, which is an affiliated college of VTU were found COVID positive. Thus, conduct of examination will expose the students to an immense threat. [No reports are required on a compulsory basis for the students who are going to sit for the examination]There is absolutely no social distancing in the campus, which is a biggest threat to the students. The Petitioners have therefore urged the Court to direct the Respondent-University to: revise its circular dated 09.12.2020 and provide for the conduct of exams in ONLINE mode; andallow the students who are unable to physically appear in the examination as per circular dated 09.12.2020, due to health conditions, self-Quarantine restrictions to appear in the examination through ONLINE mode;submit a set of parameters for evaluation of the students on the basis of students past performancepromote the students on the basis of the performance in the previous semesters by taking an aggregate score for all the semesters and extrapolating them to calculate the marks for the end semester. In the interim, they have urged the Court to stay the conduct of examination tentatively scheduled from 14.01.2021, In the ends of justice and equity. The Writ Petition is filed by Advocate Tanvi Dubey.Next Story