National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) 2004 annual report.Company ProfileNational Foods is Zimbabwe’s largest food manufacturer. The company was established in 1920 and produces a broad range of basic foods including maize meal, flour, cooking oil, margarine, rice, salt, snacks, biscuits, pasta, sugar beans, baked beans, popcorn, as well as soap and a full range of animal feed. Recently, a maize based cereal has been added to the National Foods product portfolio. The company’s iconic and home-grown brands Red Seal, Pearlenta, Gloria, Mahatma, Better Buy, ZimGold, National Foods Stockfeeds, Iris, Zapnax, KING and most recently Allegros Popticorn are loved across the length and breadth of Zimbabwe. Gloria and Red Seal have been trusted and esteemed brands in Zimbabwe for almost a 100 years. The company has 2 major shareholders; Innscor Africa Limited 37.73% and Tiger Brands 37.45%. The National Foods Workers Trust, which was established in 1985 by way of a Donation also owns 9.85% of the company. The beneficiaries of the Trust are the National Foods Ltd non-managerial employees. The company is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. National Foods has manufacturing sites in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare from which it distributes its products throughout Zimbabwe. Our people work passionately to add value to the lives of our customers and consumers through our products; striving to continuously improve our existing products as well as progressively adding new categories to our portfolio. National Foods Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
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ArchDaily CopyHouses•Kynceľová, Slovakia 2008 Photographs: PHAText description provided by the architects. Kynceľová is a small village not far from the town of Banská Bystrica (population 80,000 inhabitants), in a picturesque location overlooking Low Tatras mountain range. Our client has picked up this setting for his family house because of an easy access to the town and quiet homelike environment. There were two main client´s requirements regarding the architecture of this house. He was looking for a single storey building ideally with no staircase allowing maximum daylight to enter the interior. Save this picture!© PHARecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApavisaBetonCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD21Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelThis requirement had proved difficult to meet due to the unusual shape and eastward sloping of the site. Considering all challenging conditions we eventually came up with a house having an L shaped plan accessible from relatively small lower level housing garage and ancillary rooms and large residential level above. Apart from an entrance level, all other rooms including adjoining exterior areas are situated on one floor level enabling free movement throughout the house. All upper rooms benefit from the large curtain walls providing contact with the garden and terraces with south and west aspect. The main residential level is split into two parts (day and night) flanking the staircase. Save this picture!© PHADayrooms including living room/kitchen, pantry and home office, are orientated parallel to the street providing for the visual connection to the site entrance. Home office with adjoining bathroom can also serve as guest accommodation. Large sliding doors connect interior with exterior. Master bedroom with two children rooms (convertible into one bigger room) are facing rear garden. Adjoining corridor is lit by the south facing rooflight with a constant interplay of light and shadow throughout the day. There are at least two breaking points important for the architecture of the house. First breaking point occurs in the plan with the objective to maximise solar exposure of the living hall while reducing overlooking between day and night parts of the house. Furthermore, the main level is cantilevered towards the street providing sheltered vehicular and pedestrian entrance to the house. This way, the mass and the visual impact of the street facade is also reduced. This is further supported by means of colouring the basement black contrasting with the white render of the rest of the house. Second breaking point occurs in the roof of the day wing one meter above roof of the night wing resulting in living room benefiting from the extra height and volume. Save this picture!© PHABoth breaking points manifest themselves internally and externally and are essential for the architectural expression of the house. Also included in the scope of our services were interior and landscaping design. Interiors are fitted out with bespoke furniture finished in high gloss white thus organically blending with the building fabric. Swimming pool, timber deck and garden provide space for leisure time activities. Neighboring house, also designed by our office and currently under construction is proposed to share the same garden in the near future.Project gallerySee allShow lessDutch Profiles Video: Rem KoolhaasArticles100 MAJA/ HOUSES: Participation of Estonia at La Biennale di VeneziaArticles Share “COPY” Dom Zlomu / Pauliny Hovorka ArchitektiSave this projectSaveDom Zlomu / Pauliny Hovorka Architekti Slovakia Year: CopyAbout this officePauliny Hovorka ArchitektiOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesKynceľováSlovakiaPublished on August 30, 2010Cite: “Dom Zlomu / Pauliny Hovorka Architekti” 30 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Director at GuideStar UK Tagged with: Digital Management Recruitment / people 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. 32 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 March 2008 | News Lewis Temple, new Director at GuideStar UK Lewis Temple is the new Director of GuideStar UK (www.guidestar.org.uk), the free online information resource on the 168,000 charities of England and Wales.Temple joins GuideStar UK after 10 years working for international charities in developing countries, most recently as Regional Representative for Eastern Europe and Central Asia for HelpAge International.GuideStar UK was founded in 2003 to provide an easily accessible source of detailed information about charities in the UK, and its website was officially launched in 2005. The service “was used over half a million times in 2007”.The appointment of Temple as Director of the charity comes as GuideStar UK and Civil Society Systems merge to form GuideStar International and David Brocklebank, former GuideStar UK chief, is appointed as CEO of GuideStar Data Services (GDS), a community interest company wholly owned by GuideStar International (GSI).www.guidestar.org.uk
A bilingual “mic check” and demonstration was held at Manhattan’s Federal Plaza on Sept. 28 to denounce the U.S. governmental neglect of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, led by President Donald Trump,.Hundreds of people joined the protest after long marches through various New York communities. Other emergency rallies for Puerto Rico were held in several New York City locations.Protesters chanted “Donald Trump! Shame on you!” and “¡Yo soy Boricua!” (“I am Puerto Rican!”), and they held signs denouncing Trump. They sang songs in Spanish, such as the revolutionary Puerto Rican anthem, “Que Bonita Bandera” (“What a Beautiful Flag”). As they passed by, a city sanitation truck driver and a city bus driver both honked their horns in support.A flyer distributed at the event demanded the U.S. release life-saving relief, cancel the debt and abolish the Jones Act, which requires goods shipped to Puerto Rico to be transported only by U.S. vessels. Under pressure, Trump temporarily waived the act on Sept. 28 — for only a 10-day period.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies News Follow the news on Colombia Organisation ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders today condemned the repeated threats made during the past month against Pedro Luis Mogollón, the editor of the El Universal daily in the northern city of Cartagena, and Jacqueline Rhenals, one of his political columnists. The organisation also voiced concern about Diva Vivian Jessurum of RCN television in Bogotá, who is on the point of fleeing the country because of death threats.“Press freedom in Colombian is no longer just compromised in the zones of armed conflict,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Regardless of the protection they may be getting, the situation of journalists is deteriorating sharply in the few cities and regions that are supposedly ‘pacified.’ Jessurum’s departure would bring to eight the number of journalists who have been forced to stop working and flee their region or the entire country since the start of the year.”The press freedom organisation added: “We call on the Fiscalía General de la Nación (attorney-general’s office), which is responsible for dealing with these cases, to conduct immediate inquiries that include political circles in the areas investigated, in order to put an end to this new climate of terror against the media.”Mogollón and Rhenals have been receiving repeated telephone threats for a month because of El Universal’s coverage of the campaign for Cartagena’s mayoral election on 30 October. The threats were first made in an SMS (telephone text) message received by both journalists on 17 September. Two subsequent messages, one to Mogollón on 3 October and the other to Rhenals on 10 October, referred to a report in El Universal about voter intentions, especially as regards former mayor Nicolas Curi, who was removed in 2000 because of alleged corruption.According to the Peruvian press freedom organisation IPYS, the threats against Jessurum are linked to a book she has been writing for the past year about the embezzlement of US funding for Plan Colombia, (a drug eradication programme). The threats began on 21 April when she received a message that she would be killed if she did not shut up. The anonymous correspondent, who calls himself Angelito, has thereafter reiterated his threats every two weeks.A small coffin containing an identical message was delivered to her mother’s home in the northern city of Barranquilla on 16 August. Two days before that, several individuals went to Jessurum’s apartment building and asked the concierge for her. After being told she was not there, they broke the windows of her apartment by throwing stones. Reporters Without Borders has been told she is very frightened and is on the point of seeking refuge in a neighbouring country for a couple of months. ColombiaAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports Receive email alerts May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further October 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More death threats against journalists, one on the verge of fleeing the country News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America News RSF_en RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia October 21, 2020 Find out more
United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is deeply concerned at the White House’s recent decision to suspend correspondent Brian Karem’s press pass. This is the second time that a journalist’s press pass was suspended by the Trump administration in clear violation of the First Amendment. The White House finalized its decision on August 16 to suspend White House correspondent Brian Karem’s press pass for 30 days, with Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham citing the reporter’s conduct during an argument with former White House aide Sebastian Gorka at a July 11 White House event. In the letter Grisham sent on August 2 notifying Karem of the decision, she wrote that he “failed to abide” by a “widely shared understanding” of how members of the press should behave at White House events, while acknowledging that there is no explicit set of rules governing such behavior. June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en In November 2018, the White House suspended CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass based on false allegations that the reporter “placed his hands on” a White House aide working at a press conference, although C-SPAN’s live coverage of the event directly contradicted this. Days later, CNN filed a lawsuit—led by Boutrous, the same lawyer now representing Karem—against the White House, arguing the Trump administration violated Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights. The White House fully restored Acosta’s press pass within a week, though it introduced a set of guidelines governing questions at press events that, if not followed, could lead to future revocations moving forward. The White House hasn’t suspended or revoked any reporter’s press pass yet for working outside these guidelines. The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say August 20, 2019 US – White House should immediately restore Brian Karem’s press pass Help by sharing this information For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. to go further In an August 6 article published by Playboy, Karem wrote that he believes his press pass was removed as a retaliatory measure against him for “ask[ing] hard questions” over the last several weeks.The Playboy reporter and CNN analyst announced he plans to sue the White House over this decision, and his attorney Ted Boutrous published a statement saying the suspension violates Karem’s First Amendment rights and the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment. The White House Correspondents’ Association also published a statement expressing its concern with the decision. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States News News “The suspension of Brian Karem’s press pass is yet another example of a thin-skinned White House that abuses power to punish journalists it dislikes,” said Dokhi Fassihian, Executive Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “This action has no place in a democratic country with a free press. It demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the watchdog function of the media over government and it wrongly attempts to regulate the professional conduct of journalists who assert themselves on behalf of the American people to access and understand the truth. The White House should immediately reverse this decision.” Brendan Smialowski / AFP News United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more
News July 24, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for international support for release of 35 bloggers jailed in Vietnam Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Vietnam’s President Truong Tan Sang, who is to meet with US President Barack Obama tomorrow, heads a country that is second only to China in the number of bloggers and netizens it is currently detaining – 35. Serving long sentences of up to 13 years in prison on trumped-up charges, they are the victims of his government’s determined persecution of dissident voices.Reporters Without Borders has just launched a petition for the immediate and unconditional release of all these bloggers. Although it has been online for just a few days, it has already been signed by more than 3,000 people, demonstrating the rightness of this cause and the support it is attracting.“Bloggers do an essential job by providing information that is more reliable and impartial than that carried by the Vietnamese media, which follow orders and are closely censored,” Reporters Without Borders said.“After the recent wave of arrests instigated by the Vietnamese Communist Party, we decided that our targeted support activities should be reinforced by a global support initiative, so that the fate of all these bloggers is not forgotten.“This petition, the first to support all bloggers jailed in Vietnam, is aimed at all those – bloggers and ordinary Internet users in Vietnam and elsewhere – who want to make the Vietnamese government aware of their disapproval of its use of the charges of anti-government propaganda or endangering state security to persecute netizens just for posting information that is usually filtered by the authorities.“We call for their immediate and unconditional release, the lifting of censorship and the repeal of the repressive laws that are used against bloggers and netizens, especially articles 88 and 79 of the criminal code.”Closely watched mediaAccording to official figures, Vietnam has more than 700 news media, including print media, online media and radio and TV stations, but all are owned by state entities and all are subject to the Vietnamese Communist Party’s absolute control.Unlike its Chinese neighbour, Vietnam has no censorship office but the media are nonetheless closely supervised by the party’s various bodies. All of the editors of media such as VTV, VOV, Nhan Dan, Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Army), Cong An Nhan Dan (People’s Public Security), Lao Dong, Tien Phong, Thanh Nien and Phu Nu, and the heads of the provincial propaganda and education department have to travel regularly to Hanoi to receive instructions from the head of the Communist Party’s Central Department of Propaganda and Education.The existence of informative blogs is essential given the complete absence of privately-owned media. But blogs such as Bauxite Vietnam and the alternative news agency Ba Sam are often blocked or are the targets of devastating cyber-attacks, and their owners are liable to be arrested or are otherwise harassed for posting information that does not toe the party line.The 35 bloggers and netizens currently detained include the human rights activist Dieu Cay, who began a hunger strike a month ago in protest against his prison conditions. In an exclusive interview for Reporters Without Borders on 19 July, Bui Thanh Hieu, a blogger also known as Nguoi Buon Gio (Wind Trader), called for an international campaign for Dieu Cay, whose health is failing (watch the video).Those punished for what they posted online include the cyber-dissident Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, the jurist and human rights defender Cu Huy Ha Vu, the lawyer Le Quoc Quan and the blogger Ta Phong Tan, whose mother took her own life by setting fire to herself in 2012 in an act of despair about the way her daughter had been treated. The Vietnamese authorities sentenced 48 human rights defenders to a total of 166 years in prison and 63 years of probation in 2012 alone. They included 22 people who were convicted of anti-government propaganda under article 88. Earlier this year, 14 young Catholics, including eight bloggers, were convicted of “trying to overthrow the people’s government.”Vietnam is ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and featured in the 2013 “Enemies of the Internet” Special Report on Surveillance. Sign the petition for the release of the 35 bloggers jailed in Vietnam.Read the letter of support for the blogger Dieu Cay – co-signed by RWB – that was sent to US President Barack Obama.Read the letter of support for the lawyer Le Quoc Quan – co-signed by RWB – that was sent to US President Barack Obama. VietnamAsia – Pacific Related documents le_quoc_quan_joint_letter_to_president_obama_2_.pdfPDF – 314.27 KBnguyen_van_hai_joint_letter_to_president_obama_2_-2.pdfPDF – 399.38 KB Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF_en Organisation to go further Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 22, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News News RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more
Twitter Pinterest Health Minister to visit Arranmore Island today Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCllr. Seamus Ó Domhnaill will not contest Fianna Fail conventionNext articleCruciate injury could rule Darach O’Connor out for nine months News Highland Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Twitter By News Highland – October 2, 2015 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Health Minister Leo Varadkar is visiting Arranmore Island this morning. Minister Varadkar will meet with a number of HSE officials and health groups there.He will also visit the local school and lighthouse there.There has been criticism surrounding the Ministers schedule, in particular, that he won’t be visiting Dungloe District Hospital.There is a question mark over whether the antenatal clinic in Dungloe will re-open as it’s currently under review.Councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig says the public should have been made aware that the Minister was planning to visit West Donegal: Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/mehalraw3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Top StoriesPlea To Replace Symbols With Details Of Candidates In EVMs : Supreme Court Asks Petitioner To Serve Copy On AG Srishti Ojha19 March 2021 12:30 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday asked a petitioner seeking directions to include the photograph, age and qualifications of contesting candidates in Electronic Voting Machines, instead of symbols, to serve the copy of the petition on the Attorney General for India.The bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was considering a petition field by BJP leader…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday asked a petitioner seeking directions to include the photograph, age and qualifications of contesting candidates in Electronic Voting Machines, instead of symbols, to serve the copy of the petition on the Attorney General for India.The bench comprising CJI SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian was considering a petition field by BJP leader Advocate Ashwinin Upadhyaya seeking to replace political symbols in EVMS with the details and pictures of candidates.When the matter was taken, the CJI asked petitioner’s lawyer Senior Advocate Vikas Singh what was the prejudice caused by the present practice.”The value of the candidate, his popularity, is not seen(in EVM)”, Singh replied. He also submitted that the elections laws originally did not contemplate symbols.”We are not issuing notice at this stage. You serve copy on the Attorney General”, the Chief Justice of India told Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who was appearing for the petitioner Ashwini Upadhyaya.The plea has sought removal of political symbol from EVMs to provide equal opportunity to contesting candidates.According to the plea, filed through Advocate Ashwini Kumar Dubey, the injury caused to the public is extremely large because ‘free and fair election’ is the basic dictum of our democracy and ‘right to vote’ is an important statutory right of citizens but practically both have become a dead letter due to use of political party symbol on ballot paper and EVM, which leads to confusion among voters and result in casting of wrong votes.The plea has further argued that the use of party symbol on Ballot-EVM, breaches the rights guaranteed under Articles 14-15 read with Articles 325-326 as it prevents free exercise of right to vote due to use of money power by candidates. It also affects ordinary citizen’s rights to get elected and puts him to great disadvantage due to reduced win-ability factor as independent.The plea has stated that use of party symbol on Ballot-EVM is arbitrary and irrational because it invites and enables criminal backgrounds to buy ticket from National and State recognized political parties and contest election.The plea has added that as Political parties promote and propagate their election symbol throughout the year, even their criminal candidate has more probability to win than an honest patriot hard working independent candidateAccording to the petitioner, the Constitution was made after detailed discussion and framers didn’t feel need of political party/symbol which is why the Constitution has no mention of political parties and symbol. However, the current election system is revolving totally around them only.The petitioner has therefore contended that use of political party symbol on Ballot-EVM brazenly offends equity, equality and equal opportunity, guaranteed under Articles 14, 15, 21 & mentioned in Preamble of the Constitution. .The plea has therefore prayed for the following directions from the Court:• Declare that use of party symbol on EVM is illegal-unconstitutional and violative of Articles 14, 15, 21 of the Constitution of India• Declare that the words ‘and symbol’ occurring in Rule 49B(4)(a) of the Conduct of Election Rules 1961, are contrary to Articles 14, 15, and 21 of the Constitution, and hence void and inoperative• Direct the Election Commission of India to use the ‘Name, Age, Educational Qualification and Photograph’ of the candidates on EVM, in order to provide equal opportunity to contesting candidates and to weedout corruption criminalization casteism communalism regionalism linguism and nepotism, the 07 menaces of democracy• In the alternative, being custodian of the Constitution and protector of fundamental rights, direct the Election Commission of India to use its plenary power conferred under Article 324, to remove the symbols from Ballot and EVM and use Name, Age, Educational Qualification and Photograph of the contesting candidatesSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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