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  • Nampak Zimbabwe Limited ( 2006 Annual Report

    first_imgNampak Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Nampak Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nampak Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (  2006 annual report.Company ProfileNampak Zimbabwe Limited manufactures and markets packaging products which includes paper, plastic and metal packaging. It also has interests in leasing biological assets and a timber processing plant. Subsidiaries in the Paper division includes Hunyani Corrugated Products Division, Hunyani Cartons, Labels & Sacks Division, Hunyani Management Services Division, Hunyani Forests Limited, Hunyani Properties Limited and Softex Tissue Products (Private) Limited. Other subsidiaries include MegaPak Zimbabwe and CarnaudMetalbox Zimbabwe Limited operating in the plastics and metals segment; and companies manufacturing corrugated containers and specialised packaging for the tobacco, horticultural, flori-cultural and citrus industry for local distribution and export. Mega Pak Zimbabwe offers technology solutions for blow molding, injection molding, stretch blow molding and rotational molding. Nampak Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Telekom Networks Malawi Plc (TNM) HY2012 Interim Report

    first_imgTelekom Networks Malawi Limited ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Telekom Networks Malawi Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Telekom Networks Malawi Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Telekom Networks Malawi Limited (  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTelekom Networks Malawi Limited is the major provider of telecommunication services in Malawi; offering a range of products that include post- and pre-paid airtime, interconnections, international incoming and roaming, handsets, equipment and accessories. Additional products and services include smart data packages, a mobile money wallet called Mpamba, Yanga Internet bundles; as well as voice services which include caller tune, call conference and mobile directory services. Value-added services include Me2U which allows customers to share airtime, Pasavute airtime services, and multimedia messaging services. Innovations include the introduction of 3.5g broadband services and high-speed wireless Internet access, voice and data connectivity, and video and music streaming. Telekom Networks Malawi Limited was the first mobile network operator in Malawi and was established as a joint venture between Telekom Malaysia and the then government-owned Malawi Telecommunications Limited (MTL). Telekom Malaysia sold its 60% majority stake in TNM and the telecommunication enterprise is now a wholly-owned Malawi company. Telekom Networks Malawi is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Honeywell Flour Mills Plc ( 2014 Abridged Report

    first_imgHoneywell Flour Mills Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Honeywell Flour Mills Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Honeywell Flour Mills Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (  2014 abridged results.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 Exchangelast_img read more

  • Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc ( Q12015 Interim Report

    first_imgSovereign Trust Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSovereign Trust Insurance Plc is an insurance and risk management services company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of life and non-life insurance. Products cover the spectrum of travel, quote and buy, family wellbeing, vehicle, 3 rd party motor and marine insurance. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc was established following the restructuring and recapitalisation of the then Grand Union Assurances Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Midweek Madness – Piggies vs Princesses – Dave Dennis vs Brett Sheehan

    first_imgWednesday Sep 16, 2009 Midweek Madness – Piggies vs Princesses – Dave Dennis vs Brett Sheehan Last time on Piggies vs Princesses we saw the tallest man in Australian rugby, Chris Thomson, up against scrumhalf Josh Holmes as they battled it out to see who is the better man.This time around the battle between backs and forwards continues as flanker Dave Dennis from the Waratahs goes up against pint sized scrumhalf Brett Sheehan from the Western Force.Waratah’s hooker Dave Freier is the make-shift presenter as the guys battle it out with a battle of the minds, then the battle of the pong, as they have an epic game of table tennis.Life’s tough in Australia, as all this takes place alongside a beautiful beach with perfect weather.It’s all in good spirits, but the guys are as competitive as ever and do take the match pretty seriously, as they want to do their fellow backs and forwards justice when it comes to taking on the enemy.It’s another piece of light hearted entertainment from the guys at The Rugby Club Australia. Enjoy, and we’ll try get more of these for you in future if you find them amusing or interesting. Time: 05:26ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Crusaders player ratings vs Rebels | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Which Crusaders stood out in their 26-point win over the Rebels in the final round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman? Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. Midweek Madness – Piggies vs Princesses – Dave Dennis vs Brett Sheehan | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

  • Indiana Grown Launches Online Marketplace

    first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Each year at the Indiana State Fair (when there isn’t a pandemic that prevents it from happening), one of the hot spots at the fairgrounds is the Indiana Grown Marketplace. Now, you can get Indiana Grown products year-round was launched last week.“You can find honey. You can find body products that are made using Indiana sourced ingredients like mint and lavender,” says Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. “You also can find value added meat from Smoking Goose and Turchetti’s, two well-known Indianapolis brands. So, you see things from all over the state, and we’re starting small and careful the way any small business would get their start. We’re making sure we work out the kinks and making sure we have something to offer everyone and making sure we could ship it to them quickly.”Tallman adds that the response to the online marketplace has been tremendous so far. They are starting small, but they’re looking to grow.“Everyone is invited provided they have a product that they can ship. So, there are some people who aren’t quite ready for this. So, if they make a product in their home, like a value-added salsa or jam, this might not be the project for them. They’re not ready for that yet. But for all of our members, we want to assure them that this is open for all of them. They just have to be an Indiana Grown member and there’s a process we walk them through to make sure they’re ready and then we’re open for business.”The service is also free to Indiana Grown members. At present, you’ll find over 100 items available for sale from nearly 40 vendors at Indiana Grown Launches Online Marketplace Facebook Twitter By Eric Pfeiffer – Dec 22, 2020 SHARE Previous articleChina 2020 Soybean Imports to Reach RecordNext articleIndiana Grown Launches Online Marketplace and from Above Normal to Bitter Cold Hoosier Temps on the HAT Wednesday Podcast Eric Pfeiffer Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grown Launches Online Marketplacelast_img read more

  • Cross country starts season at Bear Twilight Invitational

    first_imgCourtesy of TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Maya Bulger Maya Bulger Linkedin Linkedin Facebook + posts Early action option removed from admission process Maya Bulger Two teams added to ‘Meet The Frogs’ Twitter Track and Field: Senior breaks another school record Maya Bulger ReddIt Previous articleFive takeaways from TCU’s dominant performance against Jackson State, 63-0Next articleHoroscope: September 5, 2017 Maya Bulger RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Get to know the TCU admission counselors Maya Bulger is a junior at Texas Christian University from Detroit, Michigan. Maya is pursuing a major in journalism and a minor in business. In her spare time she loves to watch sports, workout, read, hike, travel and bake. Facebook printThe Horned Frogs kicked off their 2017 cross country season at the Bear Twilight Invitational Friday night where the women competed in the 4000-meter race and the men in the 6000-meter race.On the women’s side, senior Nicole Hicks was the first to cross the finish line. Hicks grabbed 16th place overall with a time of 14:19.1– knocking 20 seconds off her previous season opening time.“I’m used to her being steady throughout the race,” assistant coach Jennifer Fazioli said. “I’m really encouraged about where she will be at the end of the season.”Freshman Evelyn Mandel completed her first collegiate race with a time of 14:25:5, finishing second for the women and placing 19th overall.“She’s going to be a blue-collar runner,” Fazioli said. “She’s gritty and she’ll never give up.”Freshman Lindsay Tomaini finished right behind Mandel with a time of 14:31.5. Junior Elizabeth Baker (14:40.2), senior Dominique Tilly (14:45.5), sophomore Kirsten Johnson (14:48.7) and junior Erin Barth (14:50.2) finished consecutively, placing 24th-28th.“They did exactly what I told them to do,” Fazioli said. “They all picked it up and moved up over the course of the race.”Senior Henry Butz was the first to finish for the men’s team, placing 31st with a time of 19:36.4.“I think he ran really well,” Fazioli said. “It should give him a lot of confidence and I want to see him finish his senior year out well.”Junior Patrick LaCour (19:44.1), junior Dylan Brokmeyer (19:48.6) and freshman Kelby Caplinger (19:49.7) finished next.Next UpThe Frogs will travel to Round Rock, TX, to compete at the Texas Preview on Thursday, Sept. 14. Twitter ReddIt Maya Bulger Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

  • Mental Health Insurance: A Case Of Legislative Wrong That Insurers Cannot Fix

    first_imgColumnsMental Health Insurance: A Case Of Legislative Wrong That Insurers Cannot Fix Mani Gupta & Narayan Gupta30 Oct 2020 5:30 AMShare This – xOctober 10 was World Mental Health Day. Fittingly, this year’s theme is Mental Health for All – Greater Investment, Greater Access. A recent report in India Today suggests that there has been a 20% increase in the mental illness cases reported in India post imposition of lockdown in March, 2020. India is definitely one of those countries where greater investment is needed to ensure…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?LoginOctober 10 was World Mental Health Day. Fittingly, this year’s theme is Mental Health for All – Greater Investment, Greater Access. A recent report in India Today suggests that there has been a 20% increase in the mental illness cases reported in India post imposition of lockdown in March, 2020. India is definitely one of those countries where greater investment is needed to ensure greater access to mental-health facilities for citizens. One of the ways through which the goal of universal access can be achieved is coverage in health insurance policies. But, do health insurance policies cover mental illness? In 2007, India signed and ratified the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol which recognised mental illness as a form of disability. Thereafter, the Indian Parliament also passed Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 (“Act”) which focused on the rights of a mentally ill person and repealed the Mental Health Act, 1987. The Act excludes illness caused due to mental retardation from the definition of “mental illness”. With the intention of promoting mental well-being in the country, the policy makers had provided for a non-discrimination clause in the Act, which mandated each stakeholder in the healthcare system to provide fair and equal treatment to mental illness as compared to physical illness. This clause also provided that each insurer shall cover ‘treatment of mental illness’ in the same manner as it would cover ‘treatment of physical illness’ in its medical insurance policies. In 2018, the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (“IRDA”) directed all insurance companies to comply with this provision. This much needed push had unintended consequences. In 2019, the IRDA issued guidelines on standardization of exclusions in health insurance contracts. In Chapter II of the guidelines, the authority specifically stated that treatment of mental illness shall not be excluded in any health insurance contract in India. Recently, in a Public Interest Litigation, the Supreme Court has issued notices to the Central Government and the IRDA to explain the steps it has taken to enforce the provisions of the Act. IRDA’s reply had not been filed as of the date of this writing. After IRDA’s direction, insurers have amended their policies either by covering treatment of mental illness within the framework of their general health insurance policy (and not introducing a specific product catering to mental health insurance) or have removed it from the list of exclusions (without specifically recognising it in the coverage clause) to comply with the non-discrimination requirement. The effective use and deployment of mental health insurance faces several challenges, such as lack of data for risk calculation (resulting in difficulty for insurers to decide the premium), stigma associated with mental illnesses (disincentivizing insurers to offer a separate product solely focused on mental health), problems faced in verification of claims, and lack of registered mental health professionals. Section 23 of the Act mandates all health professionals to keep the information of the patient confidential and they are not permitted to transfer such information to any third party except in following cases: (i) to a nominated representative of the patient; (ii) to any other health professional for treatment of the patient; (iii) to protect any third person from harm; (iv) on an order passed by the court having jurisdiction or any other regulatory body; and (v) in the interest of public safety and security. This provision unintentionally acts as a hindrance for the health professionals to provide any information to insurers or to verify any claims made by the patient to an insurer. Section 23 of the Act requires a legislative amendment to include all insurers registered with IRDA within the scope of carved out exception. Further, a strict interpretation of the non-discriminatory insurance clause i.e. Section 21(4) of the Act is an obstacle to effective implementation of the intention of this clause. The clause reads as follows: “Every insurer shall make provision for medical insurance for treatment of mental illness on the same basis as is available for treatment of physical illness.” The policy makers have, perhaps, failed to take into account the differences involved in the treatment of a mental illness vis-a-vis physical illness. Treatment of major physical illnesses in most cases requires hospitalisation of the patient for continuous days and is covered in general medical insurance policies. On the contrary, treatment of mental illness may not require hospitalisation in most cases, and instead it may require multiple sessions with the health professional which are categorised as outpatient services in the insurance sector. This (difference in the methodology of treatment) creates unintended consequences from an insurer/ insured’s perspective. Firstly, outpatient services are either not covered in a medical insurance policy or have an upper monetary limit (for claim) imposed on such services. With developments in the understanding and treatment of mental health illnesses, a large majority of patients receive care through out-patient interventions. Therefore, in light of the exclusion/ cap for out-patient treatments, it is difficult to afford the complete treatment under the current insurance policies. Secondly, keeping in mind the uncertain and non-continuous nature of the treatment, the claim processing cost for the insurers is high which disincentives them to promote mental health insurance as an independent product. Further, the treatment of mental illness is not completely medicinal in nature. The scope of current medical insurance policies does not necessarily cover usage of non-medicinal mechanisms for treatment of mental illnesses. For the above reasons, to make insurance viable for mental illnesses, changes are required in the Act, besides a distinct approach towards creating medical insurance policies for mental illnesses as opposed to other forms of illnesses. This may enable the insurers to have a separate category risk coverage for treatment of mental illnesses (apart from current outpatient and hospitalization services). Concepts, such as waiting periods in health insurance policies, need to be treated differently for mental illnesses as it is often difficult to provide proof of the time when a mental injury actually began, unlike a physical injury. The insurers may need to empanel registered mental health professionals to institutionalize the mental health insurance in their product portfolios. It is only when these issues are addressed that universalization of mental health can begin to be achieved.Views are personal.(Authors are practicing Lawyers)Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

  • Arctic blast producing coldest Thanksgiving in decades

    first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Thursday will be the coldest Thanksgiving in decades for most of the Northeast, the result of an Arctic blast of air that’s pushing temperatures 15 to 25 degrees colder than a year ago.Even with a sunny sky forecast on Thursday, little warming is expected throughout the day. The last time it was this cold in the Northeast on Thanksgiving was 1996.Friday morning may be even colder in some of those spots, with morning wind chills still in the single digits — or colder. Wind gusts in some of the major cities may reach 30 mph, adding to the chill. The high in Boston is expected to be 18 degrees; in New York, 27.Temperatures should warm back up a bit over the weekend.Along the West Coast, a storm system is delivering rain, which should aid in extinguishing the many wildfires that have ravaged California the last few weeks. Unfortunately, the precipitation also carries with it an increased risk of mudslides and debris flow. In higher elevations, snow is to be expected.This storm is expected to slide inland and take a fair amount of snow — 1 to 2 feet — into parts of the Rockies later on Thursday.A new storm is headed for the Pacific Northwest. More rain and snow are expected, from the Canadian border down into Northern California. Another storm is expected in California by Friday morning, with heavy snowfall expected in the southern Cascades. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

  • Skills agenda under pressure?

    first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. The close of 2002 brought encouraging signals that the Government iscommitted to the skills agenda. Yet as we move into 2003 the ‘Skills forBusiness’ network still has a long way to go in boosting skills and the demandfor them. Secretary of State for Education and Skills, Charles Clarke has already hadto defend the skills agenda. Speaking at the first-ever UK Skills Convention,organised by the Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA) in November, healluded to criticisms that skills had taken second place to education in theDepartment. “I have absolutely no intention that skills should be seen asanything other than an absolutely major priority for this department and thisGovernment,” he said. He also promised closer ties between the DfES and the DTI. “PatriciaHewitt, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and I have already metto decide how we can get our two departments working more closely together.Because the truth is we haven’t worked as closely together as we need to.”Various sector skills stakeholders – employers, Sector Skills Council (SSC)members, trade unionists, training providers and those from the former NTOnetwork – attended the two-day convention. The organisers will summarise keyissues emerging from their workshops and present them as a challenge to theGovernment. This is intended to feed into the National Skills Strategy andDelivery Plan, scheduled for publication in June. Ivan Lewis, Adult Learning and Skills Minister, spelt out his expectationsof the Skills for Business network. He wants the SSDA to make an impact onlevels of employer engagement and awareness and deliver measurable progress onspecific skills needs and issues within particular sectors. Employer engagementwas insufficient at present, he said, being pitched far too much at the levelof the old NTO network. “As part of the SSDA’s corporate planningconsultation process, I shall be looking for evidence that the new network ismoving significantly beyond the usual suspects and engaging fresh blood in thechallenge of implementing a more ambitious vision for sectors,” he said. The biggest concern to those attending the convention, however, was that itcould take five years for the network to be fully up and running. The following week the SSDA gave the go ahead to two more prospective SSCsto move into development. The Automotive Skills Council will take over fromformer NTO the Motor Industry Training Council to meet the skills, workforcedevelopment and business needs of the motor retail industry and SummitSkillswill represent the electrotechnical, heating, ventilating air conditioning,refrigeration and plumbing industries. Simon Bartley runs two companies in the latter sector and is chairman of theSummitSkills implementation group. He acknowledges the need to improve employerenthusiasm but believes his council has a solid foundation on which to developthe skills agenda. Bartley has clear views on the role of the SSDA. “There is so muchgoing on, with the work of the skills task force, review of ModernApprenticeships and 14-19 education and other initiatives. I think the SSDAneeds to be at the heart of that, drawing things together, working inpartnership with SSCs on the interpretation of these messages. It needs to bethe keystone of the arch,” he said. “The SSDA needs to keep talking to the DfES and DTI to try andstreamline many of the ideas that relate to the mechanisms of delivery. It hasto ensure the Government keeps those two departments talking to each other on aregular basis.” Bartley believes the SSDA must keep in touch with grassroots. “It hasto understand where employers are coming from. It’s got to answer back togovernment on behalf of SSCs – if it doesn’t it will just become an enforcingbureaucracy.” By Elaine Essery Skills agenda under pressure?On 1 Jan 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more