First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgFirst Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileThe Group has more than a hundred years of serving Zimbabwe by provision of economic dignity though its strategic business units. We have diverse interests in life assurance, health insurance, short term insurance; short term re-insurance; long term re-insurance; wealth management, property sector, funeral services and microfinance housed under the following subsidiaries; First Mutual Life, First Mutual Health, NicozDiamond Insurance, First Mutual Reinsurance, FMRE Property & Casualty (Botswana), First Mutual Wealth Management, First Mutual Properties, First Mutual Funeral Services and First Mutual Microfinance. First Mutual Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.last_img read more

After Charlotte Uprising, solidarity activists focus on Bank of America

first_imgRoanoke, Va. Port Huron, Mich. From New York to Los Angeles and other cities in between, activists came out on Oct. 4 to show solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising and to echo its demands for justice and an end to racist police brutality and killings.Many of these actions centered on Bank of America locations, highlighting the role BOA plays as part of the ruling elite in Charlotte, which supports the police in its repression of the people, especially Black and Brown people. The city is known as the “Wall Street of the South.” The latest outrage was the videotaped murder of Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte cops on Sept. 20 and the ensuing repression of the community that rose up in rebellion after Scott’s killing. The police murder of protester Justin Carr on Sept. 21 intensified the rebellion. Arrest warrants for 95 people have been issued.People gathered in front of Bank of America in Center City Philadelphia to show solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising. The rally, called by Workers World Party, demanded justice for Scott and Carr, as well as other demands of the Charlotte Uprising. Speaking for WWP, Mike Wilson emphasized the urgency of defending the Charlotte Uprising as well as the growing threat of police repression against Black Lives Matter organizers across the country. Many speakers connected Bank of America’s racism and exploitation to the police murder of Scott and Carr. Activists from the Philly Coalition for REAL Justice and the Brown and Black Workers Collective, as well as other forces, spoke at the spirited rally. Showing their real role in society, the police closed the bank during the protest and brought in hundreds of officers to protect the financial institution.In Detroit, activists are very familiar with protesting at Bank of America. BOA, along with its former subsidiary Countrywide Loans, was a major predatory lender that caused the destruction of Detroit’s neighborhoods in the subprime mortgage disaster which began in earnest in 2007. This deliberately racist scheme targeted Black and Latinx homeowners, women and seniors across the country. Detroit lost one-quarter of its residents because of the actions of BOA and other financial institutions. The Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs; MECAWI (Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice); and FIST (Fight Imperialism, Stand Together) called the protest and demanded BOA stop its support of racist killer cops.In Port Huron, Mich., about an hour north of Detroit, revolutionary youth organized a demonstration in solidarity with the Charlotte Uprising. The protest was coverage by the Times Herald, the local newspaper, causing a racist backlash from many readers. The youth vow to remain strong.With only hours’ notice, Buffalo, N.Y., activists gathered to show support for #CharlotteUprising protesters and to demand justice for Scott, Carr and the ever-growing number of those murdered by police. The demonstration was held in front of Bank of America in the city’s busiest shopping area. Cars honked almost continuously in solidarity as the group chanted, “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” and handed out leaflets on the repression of Charlotte protesters and BOA’s role. Activists reported the protest received good television coverage on Time Warner Cable News.In downtown Roanoke, Va., mostly Black and Brown youth protested at City Market. Standing their ground against continual police harassment, youth hoisted a banner declaring “Roanoke to Charlotte: Stop Killing Black People.” Numerous passersby joined the protest. In February Roanoke County police shot 18-year-old Kionte Spencer multiple times. To date, no dash-cam video or the officers’ names of who killed Spencer have been released to the public.For over an hour, the protesters at City Market raised up the names of Spencer, Scott, Carr and others killed by police and demanded justice. Leaflets describing how supporters of the Charlotte Uprising can help that struggle were distributed to many participants and passersby. Other demands included living-wage jobs and money for real community resources, not for police and jails. After the protest, a banner drop took place over Interstate 581.People took to the streets of Harlem, N.Y., in solidarity with the uprising in Charlotte to demand an end to repression against protesters and justice for Scott and Carr. Following a rally at the Harlem State Office Building on 125th Street, protesters marched, zig-zagging through police lines to seize the streets and spread their message throughout the neighborhood: “What do we want? Justice! If we don’t get it? Shut it down!” Onlookers and motorists cheered and honked their horns in solidarity. At one point, New York Police Department goons tried to ram protesters with their motorcycles. Thanks to the discipline and street tactics of the protesters, no one was seriously hurt.The march ended at a Bank of America branch. Protesters noted that BOA is intimately tied with the police occupation and gentrification of African-American and other oppressed communities from North Carolina to New York. They urged calls to Charlotte officials to demand they drop the 95 arrest warrants against protesters. For details, go to charlotteuprising.com.In Los Angeles, the Black and Brown Students for Social Justice club of the LA Trade-Technical College, BAYAN-USA, the International Action Center and others held a Solidarity with Charlotte Emergency Press Conference. Activists demanded the jailing of killer cops from Charlotte to LA and an immediate end to police and National Guard repression in Charlotte.Joe Piette, Ellie Dorritie, Greg Butterfield and John Parker contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Baltimore Philadelphia Buffalo, N.Y. New York Citylast_img read more

Community magazine raided by national border guards

first_img Receive email alerts Follow the news on Argentina July 6, 2020 Find out more “They looked as if they were ready for war,” an editor from La Garganta Poderosa told Reporters Without Borders. “They failed to show us any legal mandate and refused to identify themselves. When a colleague asked them to do so, they shoved him against a wall and twisted his arm. They wanted to arrest him, but we stopped them after a short struggle.” Local violence There is less violence towards journalists in Argentina than elsewhere in the region, but assaults have increased in recent months, particularly in the provinces. Journalist Daniel Ortigoza, owner of the radio station FM Imperio in the north-eastern province of Misiones, told Reporters Without Borders he was hospitalized after being beaten up by the mayor of Puerto Esperanza, Alfredo Gruber, on 13 September, while police officers looked on. He had previously referred to the possible involvement of the mayor’s nephew in the murder of an 18-year-old woman last year.Another cloud hanging over Argentina is the fact that it has one of South America’s four journalists held in prison, namely Néstor Omar Pasquini, who entered his third year in custody in Córdoba province on 12 September. News Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites to go further Help by sharing this information November 19, 2020 Find out more News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world News News Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia ArgentinaAmericas September 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community magazine raided by national border guards ArgentinaAmericas RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns the intimidation and threats made two days ago against the community magazine La Garganta Poderosa in Villa Zabaleta, a poor district of Buenos Aires. About a dozen armed members of the national border guard raided its offices and seized newsroom equipment without a warrant or explanation. “This violent police operation against La Garganta Poderosa and its staff with no legal basis whatsoever are a gross abuse of power,” the press freedom organization said.“A federal inquiry must be carried out to establish as soon as possible the reason for such action and punish those behind it. The police high command, for its part, must be held to account for the behaviour of its forces. “In what capacity are military border guards mandated to silence a local magazine?”The Villa Zabaleta district was traumatized by the death of a nine-year-old boy on 7 September after violent clashes between local gangs and also between the gangsters and the police. Hours before the raid on La Garganta Poderosa, journalists from the magazine had gone with members of the boy’s family to court to file a formal complaint. That evening, five military police trucks appeared suddenly in the area. December 4, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Donegal must get fair share of road funding next year – McHugh

first_img Pinterest Previous articleChristmas shoppers warned over car park thievesNext articleHarps boss disappointed at McNamee not signing back with club admin Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsAppcenter_img Homepage BannerNews Facebook By admin – December 8, 2016 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Donegal must get fair share of road funding next year – McHugh A Government Minister says Donegal must get its fair share of road funding in next year’s allocation to ensure continued growth.Political representatives along with a delegation from Donegal County Council are meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland today to discuss what monies will be available for the upkeep of the county’s roads next year.Access to the North West will be top of the agenda with the hope of constructing a 5-10 year plan for the region.Minister Joe McHugh says an all-county approach is needed:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/joemchugh1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+last_img read more

Massive, ongoing 4-alarm fire destroying mansion in Massachusetts

first_imgLosing battle for firefighters at the #Concord mansion. You can hear windows bursting, seems it is in danger of collapsing. #WCVB pic.twitter.com/qVEFe6q22p— Jennifer Eagan (@Jennifer_Eagan) December 27, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Fire being responded to by @ConcordMAFire on Fairhaven Hill Road, surrounding towns assisting. Please stay clear of area pic.twitter.com/frV1HPfxoq— Town of Concord (@TownofConcordMA) December 27, 2019The house is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion built in 1897, reported ABC Boston affiliate WCVB, citing town records.Video from the scene showed much of the second story engulfed in crackling flames as plumes of smoke filled the air.Concord fire and police crews are at the scene.There were no reports of injuries.Fire response is ongoing and has reached a 4th alarm pic.twitter.com/wXN3CYUI79— Town of Concord (@TownofConcordMA) December 27, 2019 iStock(CONCORD, Mass.) — A massive fire broke out at a home in Massachusetts Friday, destroying parts of the mansion as flames poured out of the windows.The response is ongoing to the blaze in Concord, about 20 miles outside of Boston, according to town officials.last_img read more

A reassessment of the age of the Cockburn Island Formation, northern Antarctic Peninsula, and its palaeoclimatic implications

first_imgNew constraints on the age of the Cockburn Island Formation, northern Antarctic Peninsula, resulting from whole rock laser-stepped heated 40Ar–39Ar dating of associated basalt and palaeomagnetic re-calibration of the ranges of the formation’s fossil diatom taxa, suggest that interglacial conditions existed around 3 million years ago. The refined age of the deposit supports continent-wide Late Pliocene warming in Antarctica, and makes more likely the occurrence of extensive marine incursions in East Antarctica at that time.last_img read more

International activity

first_imgIn its latest bakery report, research company Mintel found that sales in the US cookie and biscuit market grew 14% during 2002-07. The market was worth $5.9bn in 2007.Mintel found that 97% of individuals ate cookies in the US, with 79% penetration into households. Three in ten people said they ate cookies several times per week.In the US, from 2004-06, sales of in-store bakery items grew by 5.5%, with cookies registering 8.5% growth, according to the research from Mintel.Nearly half of respondents who ate cookies had bought fresh-baked cookies in the past month from in-store bakeries.Sales of ’better-for-you’ cookies had grown steadily from 2002-07, gaining 20% at current value.This was one of the category’s biggest success stories and included the 100-calorie pack, following healthy and low-carb eating trends. Mintel predicts that portion control will be an important trend in 2008.Nearly half of respondents eating more cookies this year point to “a greater variety of healthier cookies to buy” reinforcing healthy indulgence as a market driver.Standard cookies lead the market, representing 57.5% of total sales. However, they are clearly losing ground to more specialised cookies targeting niche consumers, as sales declined by 17% during 2002-07.last_img read more

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: a glimpse ahead

first_imgAnd so we come to the end of our 12 Days of BIA…We wanted to highlight the achievements of Baking Industry Award winners as we approach one of the busiest times for the industry: Christmas.So, for our final day, we thought British Baker could highlight some of the bakery trends we think will continue on into 2015.For our predictions see below:M&A:2014 has been a busy year for acquisition and it seems there is an appetite for more. In the past year alone, we have seen Finsbury acquire Fletchers, David Wood Baking dip its toe into the market and Cargill buy out the chocolate business of ADM. What’s more, we have seen smaller businesses work on organic expansion too.FOLLOWING THE CUSTOMER:This trend of recent years shows no sign of slowing. Indeed, Greggs this year, which some say is on every street corner, even took to the waves. The bakery chain signed a deal with Wightlink Ferry to operate a store on its line to St Clare. The move follows its expansion to railway stations, hospitals, colleges and motorway services. The moral of the story? Go where your customer is.ARTISAN:Often a controversial word in the bakery sector, it’s obvious however; the consumer is attracted to the term. The way consumers shop and the reasons they actually shop for are changing, and changing rapidly. Consumers, in some regions of the UK, want to know where their food is coming from and also know how it has been created. Bakers, you have a story to tell.DOUGHNUTS:As most in the craft sector ditch their fryers, others are turning to the doughnut and enjoying good margins. Dunkin’ Doughnuts has re-entered the UK and Crosstown in London has created a huge buzz, thanks to some great PR and excellent use of social media. Fancy a share of the dough?HEALTH:So, 2014 was the year that sugar was demonised, joining its cohorts, salt and fat, on the naughty step. However, bakers should not run scared. Any who were in attendance at the excellent British Society of Baking conference in the autumn will know that consumers will respond better to a positive health message – rather than to the negativity of a ‘low x’ message.last_img read more

Statement from Katie Lapp, Harvard Executive Vice President, regarding HEI Hotels & Resorts

first_imgHarvard University has followed with interest reports concerning labor relations at HEI Hotels & Resorts. The administration also has heard from community members regarding these reports and is aware of public statements on HEI made by peer institutions.The Harvard Management Company, as part of its investment and due-diligence process, will review HEI’s business practices and policies, including labor relations, and its compliance with industry standards, regulations and laws, prior to making any decision to re-invest in HEI-sponsored investment funds.  Any future decision to re-invest in HEI will take into account all relevant circumstances at that time.last_img read more

Michael Mitzenmacher and Stuart Shieber named 2014 ACM fellows

first_img Read Full Story Michael Mitzenmacher and Stuart Shieber, faculty members at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), are among 47 leading computer scientists named 2014 fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).The 2014 ACM fellows have been selected by their peers on the basis of their contributions to key computing fields, including database mining and design; artificial intelligence and machine learning; cryptography and verification; Internet security and privacy; computer vision and medical imaging; electronic design automation; and human-computer interaction.“Our world has been immeasurably improved by the impact of their innovations,” said ACM President Alexander L. Wolf in a statement. “We recognize their contributions to the dynamic computing technologies that are making a difference to the study of computer science, the community of computing professionals, and the countless consumers and citizens who are benefiting from their creativity and commitment.”Mitzenmacher, the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, was cited for his contributions to coding theory, hashing algorithms and data structures, and networking algorithms.Shieber, the James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, was cited for his contributions to natural-language processing, and to open-access systems and policy.last_img read more