Redstar Express Plc ( HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgRedstar Express Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Redstar Express Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Redstar Express Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Redstar Express Plc (  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileRedstar Express Plc offers an air express service in Nigeria and provides transportation, warehousing and supply chain management services. Its services encompass international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, integrated logistics solutions, information and document management solutions, warehousing and e-commerce solutions. Domestic products include Red Star Express Domestic services for same day, priority and package collections. Domestic direct distribution streamlines the movement of shipments from the manufacturer to multiple end users; customer and address verifications services offer a streamlined express service for financial institutions and large corporations; bulk mail services are designed to move bulk items such as annual reports, share offer forms, share certificates, customer invoices and direct mail; special project services include product sampling, delivery and retrieval of promotional items. International products include a point-to-point delivery service, international inbound collections and direct distribution. Value added services include online tracking, signature proof of delivery, insurance, customs clearance, packaging and desktop software shipping solutions. Redstar Express Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Redstar Express Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

No savings at 50? I’d buy FTSE 100 shares to beat cash savings and retire on a passive income

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 23rd February, 2020 No savings at 50? I’d buy FTSE 100 shares to beat cash savings and retire on a passive income Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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There are still 15+ years left until you are likely to retire, during which time you may be able to live within your means to build a retirement nest egg.One challenge in planning for retirement is that cash savings offer an exceptionally low return at the present time. As such, they’re unlikely to improve your retirement prospects, and could even lead to a loss of spending power in older age.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, now may be the right time to buy FTSE 100 shares to obtain a relatively high return between now and retirement, as well as a generous income return in older age.Return potentialOver the next 15 years, the returns from FTSE 100 shares are likely to be significantly higher than those from cash savings. At the present time, cash savings generally offer returns that are less than 1.5% per annum.This is similar to the rate of inflation, and may mean that the spending power of your capital doesn’t materially improve between now and retirement. The interest rate on cash savings may not improve significantly owing to uncertainty surrounding the UK’s economic outlook and a desire among policymakers to support its future prospects.By contrast, the FTSE 100 does have a solid track record of posting annual returns of around 9%, when its dividends are included. Over a 15-year time period, this could mean that a regular investment of £200 per month grows to a value of around £70,000. The same regular investment in a cash savings account, which delivers a return of 1.5% per annum, would be worth £40,000 by the end of the period.Income prospectsAs well as offering a better opportunity to build a retirement nest egg than cash savings, the FTSE 100 could deliver a stronger passive income in retirement. The index currently yields around 4.4%, which is around three times higher than the income from a cash savings account.As such, when you do choose to retire, holding large-cap income shares could be a better means of improving your annual income versus relying on cash savings to fund your retirement.Since the FTSE 100 offers a wide range of companies operating in different economies and sectors, it provides a significant amount of diversification potential. The cost of buying and selling shares is relatively low after the growth in popularity of online sharedealing. This means that putting together a portfolio of 20-30 stocks to reduce overall risk is a viable option for almost all investors.Therefore, starting to plan for retirement through buying FTSE 100 shares, and holding them through older age to generate a passive income, could be a sound move – especially while cash savings returns are exceptionally low. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Boss Trump moves to destabilize ACA

first_imgAbout 200 disability rights activists were arrested in September disruptions of Senate hearings on a reactionary health care bill.Surrounded by a cabal of smirking small business owners, President Donald Trump scrawled his signature onto another executive order on Oct. 12. This one outlined his administration’s policy to weaken key sections of the Affordable Care Act passed under the Obama administration.This latest executive order threatens to drastically loosen the ACA’s requirements for the kinds of policies insurance companies are allowed to sell to both employers and individuals. It makes a push for expanding the use of employer-managed health savings accounts for paying medical costs.For now, this order is only a threat. Experts say it would take the Trump administration months of a full-throttle effort to develop this policy in detail. In addition, it would likely entail a third major health care battle in Congress. Two previous attempts to repeal and replace the ACA were already defeated in the Senate this year, though only narrowly and only after tremendous fightback from grass-roots movements, especially by people with disabilities.Much more significant than the executive order, however, was Trump’s announcement on Oct. 12 that he would end federal subsidies that help millions of people afford their insurance premiums. This announcement comes just two weeks before open enrollment begins for people who need those subsidies to purchase insurance on the 2018 Health Insurance Marketplace.The executive order and the announced subsidy cuts signal a looming danger for all workers and oppressed people, with the sickest and most at-risk communities very likely to experience the brunt of this predatory attack.Without these subsidies, monthly premiums for many people could cost as much as their rent. Initially, it is likely that insurance companies will absorb some of the increase to keep from losing captive markets, and spread much more significant increases out over time. But insurers have already planned to raise premiums in 2018 and 2019. Without subsidies, some insurers may withdraw from the marketplace altogether.These subsidies, which total about $7 billion annually, are a federal guarantee to the insurance industry that Obamacare won’t infringe on their profits. The ACA requires Congress to appropriate the funds necessary to pay these subsidies. Trump argues that because Congress failed to renew the appropriation this year, his administration had no choice but to end the subsidies. Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., are suing his administration in an attempt to block cuts to the subsidies.The debate over whether to find a way to pay these subsidies is likely to break out in Congress. Will Congress appropriate the funds necessary to keep insurance premiums from skyrocketing? This is just one immediate question. Another important issue is whether the far right will attach more of their reactionary anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ agenda to any bills that reverse Trump’s order and allocate funds for subsidies.Why defend the ACA?About 120 million people in the U.S. get health care coverage through social safety net programs — Medicare and Medicaid. Nine million of them are children previously covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Plan, which Congress allowed to expire Oct. 1.Another 115 million people access health care using insurance plans they purchase through their workplaces or unions. Oftentimes, their employers pay some costs of the monthly premiums. Tens of millions more have historically been uninsured or significantly underinsured.The ACA, which went into effect in 2014, was designed primarily to provide affordable health insurance coverage for the tens of millions of uninsured and underinsured people who could not afford to enroll in a workplace or individual plan and who did not qualify for social safety net programs. It did this by expanding Medicaid through the states to people earning lower incomes above the poverty line, and by creating subsidies for people to purchase regulated individual or family plans. However, 19 states refuse to expand Medicaid, and 11 million undocumented immigrants are ineligible for ACA coverage.In order to subsidize these plans, the ACA required Congress to appropriate funds to pay the huge subsidies to insurance companies as an incentive for insurers to support the law, rather than lobby against it.The Congressional Budget Office estimates that during enrollment for the 2017 plan year, more than 20 million people enrolled in health plans through the ACA marketplaces and through expanded Medicaid in states where it was provided. The CBO reports that nearly 10 million of those who purchased plans on the marketplace qualified for subsidized pricing. The estimated premium subsidies bill that the federal government is paying in 2017 to insurance companies for those plans is $7 billion. While the cost averages out to about $700 per person, some receive a small subsidy, though the poorest receive subsidies higher than $700.Shifting that burden back onto low-income people — who often are barely able to afford their monthly rent and electricity — would threaten the health and lives of millions.Defending the ACA, including these subsidies, is a life-and-death issue for many. It is the difference between a person being able to get a chest X-ray to diagnose pneumonia and get antibiotics, or someone staying home to battle out a terrible cold and passing it on to others. It is the difference between getting essential substance abuse services when a person is ready for help in quitting opioids, versus continuing to use and possibly overdosing.The ACA is a big step in providing health care to millions, although it is a capitalist measure, largely tied to insurance companies. Universal coverage is needed for everyone, such as a single-payer system. Health care activists are calling for “Improved Medicare for all.”What is wrong with HSAs?Throughout his election campaign, Trump touted the health savings account as a centerpiece in his goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Once again, he is eyeing the HSA as a potential instrument to appeal to people who will likely want an escape route from the soaring costs of ACA-mandated insurance, as premium fees begin to skyrocket.Currently, under the ACA, pre-tax HSA contributions are capped at around $3,400 per year. This limits the function of HSAs to allow people a tax-free avenue to set aside a portion of their wages to cover costs of the average plan deductible.To big capitalists like Trump, removing the HSA limit is appealing for two reasons. First, this would create yet another tax shelter for high-income earners. Second, for low-wage and middle-income workers, the HSA is yet another financial instrument, like the 401(k) retirement savings plan, designed to guarantee that a growing percentage of wages flow into the balance sheets of banks and financial institutions. There, they are turned into more profits before being paid out for people’s necessities.Health care for profitBecause health care and related industries, such as pharmaceuticals and medical technology, are big business in the U.S., produced to generate profit and economic growth first, and meet human needs second, the larger crises faced by capitalism send shockwaves through the health care system. When patients cannot pay their bills because the economy is in recession and mass layoffs are on the rise, hospitals falter, merge, and some may close down. In hospitals that survive, emergency rooms are overcrowded, staff are stressed to the breaking point and collective bargaining units representing health workers are pressured to accept austerity contracts.So plan premiums and the subsidies that help pay them aren’t the only things to worry about with the current attacks on the ACA. Out-of-pocket costs for even the best plans available could keep rising as a way for insurance companies to reap more profits. These costs include deductibles, copays and other health-related expenses, such as mobility equipment and breathing aids, not fully covered under many plans.In addition, many other ACA provisions are vulnerable, including appropriations that bolster Medicaid-based workforce development programs that train providers and nurses to address health problems that most effect oppressed urban and rural populations, and measures aimed at addressing health inequalities faced by African-American and Latinx communities, as well as women and LGBTQ people.Make no mistake: The Trump administration’s latest attack is an attempt to undermine and destroy the ACA. If workers and communities continue to fight back, that fight can eventually raise the broader demand that health care be set up to meet people’s needs, not make profits.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Will Germany direct European imperialism?

first_imgEditor’s notes: The following are excerpts, chosen from a more extensive essay on developments in Europe, which focuses on the role of German imperialism within the European Union. The author is the secretary general of the Fronte Popolare (Popular Front) in Italy. Translation by WW managing editor John Catalinotto.By Alessio ArenaGerman Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s election as head of the European Commission has historic importance. She is the epitome of the German ruling class that has imposed itself today at the head of the new phase of so-called “European construction,” which promises to be decisive for the evolution of the world balance of power in the near future.Von der Leyen is the first German to hold such a high position in a European organization since Walter Hallstein, who was appointed president of the European Commission in January 1958. Hallstein was very close to Washington and was a founder of the European Union, as well as the author of the “Hallstein Doctrine,” which prevented countries from recognizing the German Democratic Republic [also known as East Germany, which was allied with the Soviet Union].Bonn, Germany, was the most faithful executor of Washington’s early post-World War II offensive against the USSR, as in all the subsequent phases of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War. Historically, this scenario allowed German imperialism, defeated in the Second World War, to rise again with the blessing and support of the U.S. German imperialism could reestablish its economic, financial and, therefore, political power—​and, also to an increasing extent, its military power over the decades. Then Germany could reemerge on the world stage as a protagonist following the 1989-91 disappearance of the socialist camp and the annexation of the GDR.The emergence of German hegemony in EuropeToday, Europe and the world are at a new, decisive turning point. German imperialism with its solid strategic position, aided by the relative weakness of its competitors as well as its privileged partners, is preparing to be the interpreter of that change. The German state has always prepared for this role, and since the 1992 Maastricht Treaty that effectively established the EU, it has gradually taken on the very form that the German monopolies have assiduously worked to bring about.Since 1989, German imperialism has gradually subordinated all other European imperialist states to its own apparently irresistible hegemony. Berlin has progressively shaped the European economic area—​the richest market in the world—​to the point of making it assume the function of the much sought after German “living space.” [German imperialism from 1890-1945 sought “Lebensraum,” territory to seize and settle, mostly to the East.]German imperialism has had a decisive impact in making the monetary union [that established the euro as the common European currency] an exact transposition and instrument of its own ascent, during which Germany expanded its financial and military capacity. In the most efficient way, it has taken advantage of the “free movement of persons” within the borders of the EU—​a seemingly very striking and allegedly “progressive” principle—​to practice a scientific policy of wage reduction within the German labor market itself.German imperialism has drawn from this strategy an incredible vitality as an international exporter. Germany has used its profits to become one of the main international creditors of the United States and has influenced U.S. policies as much as possible. All this constitutes an extraordinary display of the capacity of politics to organize and accompany the process of centralization and concentration of capital.But there’s more: Mirroring the economic, political and ideological rise of German imperialism, the other European imperialists have politically accepted the fate of their decline and subordination to German imperialism.The example of ItalyThe case of Italy is emblematic. Despite its weaknesses, the country continues to be the second largest European exporter. The political leadership of Italy’s national imperialism has consciously, systematically and obediently renounced all claim to leadership in order to promote a lucrative framework for the Italian monopolistic ruling class in the new continental and world order.The advantages that the Italian bourgeoisie derives from European policies are enormous. Within the framework of the EU, the Italian monopolies are united in different forms with the European monopolies in enormous concentrations that allow them to compete on a world scale. Benefiting from the free movement of capital, goods and people, these concentrations guarantee fiscal advantages and a large market within which to operate. They also guarantee a labor market in which the high mobility of workers is accompanied by different conditions of national origin; this makes it very easy to reduce wages. This is done within a well-defined power balance, in which the top of the pyramid is occupied by German imperialism.It is no surprise that all the Italian pro-capitalist political parties, from the reactionary [Northern] League to the Democratic Party (PD), are totally in tune with each other. These parties also support the underlying motives for the so-called “differentiated autonomy” [that applies different rules to different regions]. They do this with different nuances to put on a show for the benefit of the public of fake opposition between “Europeanists” and “populists.”The northern part of Italy, driven by the industry of Lombardy province, is a candidate for the role of “Pearl of the South” of the new Europe. The rest of the country, however, starting from Italy’s South and the islands [of Sicily and Sardinia], is again assigned the function of being a reservoir of migrant labor as it was during the Cold War. This reservoir of labor provides a reserve army of unemployed workers, who are competent and competitive in all economic sectors. This fuels the spiral of wage reduction in the geographical areas destined to be the engine of European economic power. For the most part, these areas correspond to what was West Germany during the Cold War—​and its immediate neighboring territories, including Northern Italy.The only major contradictionThe only, but broad-reaching, contradictory element is the choice of the declining European imperialisms to submit to Berlin’s hegemony. The contrast is between the emergence of Germany at the head of the EU and the interests of U.S. imperialism, to which most of the wealthy and dominant sectors of European society are still strongly linked.The communist left was to a great extent an orphan of the Cold War in that it continued its binary approach to international politics [that remained from the confrontation of imperialist and socialist blocs]. This left wants at all costs to see the world divided between an alleged Atlantic monolith—​consisting mainly of the U.S. and EU imperialists—​and another bloc, generally represented by emerging economies that are all thrown into a single undifferentiated pot (the BRICS: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa). In this scheme the role of Russia in the contemporary world is somewhat exaggerated. Whether one considers the Eurasian giant led by Vladimir Putin as an imperialist power, or rightly contests such a definition, one tends to emphasize its centrality in the power balance on the planet. Certainly Russia’s geographic extension, its wealth of raw materials, military power inherited from the USSR and its flourishing arms industry, gives the country considerable importance and particular prominence on the diplomatic scene.However, all this fails to correspond to the structural relations in which the Russian economy is inserted. These relations are the decisive factor in determining the overall international role of Russia, which Barack Obama called a “regional power.”Once again, German imperialism has been one of the most lucid interpreters of how that role would take shape, and this has been the case since the last years of the USSR of Gorbachev.Since the 1990s, marked by the so-called “strategic sauna friendship” inaugurated by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and Russian President Boris Yeltsin, German capital has guaranteed itself a leading role in the new Russia, which is strangled by the primitive and predatory capitalism of the oligarchs.German-Russian relations manifest the very deep complementary bond, which links one of the main imperialist actors of our time, Germany, eager for raw materials and outlets for its investments and exports—​particularly in the industrial sector—​to its perfect opposite: Russia’s economy. That economy is based on income from the export of gas and oil, unstable and fed by a weak currency. Yet there are huge areas of underdevelopment—​and along with that exists a consequent political weakness to be exploited. That German bosses have exploited this relationship for decades does not mean that German imperialism overlooks the dangers to its own interests should Russia reach higher levels of economic development. Here is the perfect dualism: While cultivating a strategic partnership with the Russian oligarchies, German imperialism plays an active role in reducing the international role of Russia, sometimes alongside the United States and sometimes with its own well-defined autonomous profile. The most striking example was definitely in Ukraine, where then Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen—​under the pretext of monitoring compliance with the Minsk agreements—​sent military personnel and drones to support the war of the coup d’état government that took office in Kiev in 2014 against the Russian-speaking populations of Donbass.ConclusionsThe strengthening of progressivism in the United States and the growth of popular participation around advanced slogans represent a new development of vital importance for anyone who sincerely wants to fight for the cause of progress at this stage.The battle for social, racial, gender and environmental justice in the U.S. shows the first signs of defining its own autonomous political shape. If this were to come to fruition, the working classes in the U.S. would have an unprecedented opportunity to impose changes whose depth is unpredictable and whose repercussions would spread positively throughout the world.We are not at that point. Quite the contrary. But as things stand, everything is possible, and the encouraging signs are multiplying.Even in continental Europe, the mass movements that have developed in France over the last three years [strikes, Yellow Vests] and the unfinished move to the left of the main trade union, the CGT, tell us that the path of struggle is viable and that the battle to direct the anger of the masses toward the radical transformation of the existing society still has hope. What is necessary is that a conscious political entity—​organized and capable of interpreting and shaping the deep aspirations of those who are succumbing under the weight of a system that is in every sense unsustainable—​leads this struggle.We are on the threshold of epoch-making changes. It remains to be determined whether the popular masses will be independent actors or passive objects. It is of little importance that the phenomena within the political left mentioned above have contradictory social and ideological characteristics or are immature and sometimes even tarnished by opportunism, or by the refusal to embrace a perspective of reversing the present state of things. If we become aware of the fact that the defeat of our communist movement in 1989-91 expelled revolutionary theory from the conceptual horizon of the masses, then we know that our role is to bring it back—​with all the tactical flexibility and adaptability which are necessary for such a difficult task. Otherwise, either the von der Leyen presidency will be able to complete its mandate to make a qualitative leap forward in the construction of the “Fourth Reich,” the German-led European superpower destined to compete with the United States and China for primacy in tomorrow’s markets—​or the supremacy of U.S. imperialism will be affirmed once again. Neither of these two options is preferable or desirable. In both cases, the consequence will be an environmental, social and economic disaster capable of overwhelming us all. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

State Ag Leaders Gather to Commiserate About Drought

first_img SHARE State Ag Leaders Gather to Commiserate About Drought Previous articleIndiana and National Corn Condition Drop AgainNext articleHibberd Leadership Will Be Missed Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jul 23, 2012 Facebook Twitter State FSA Director Julia Wickard told HAT more counties will likely be added to the disaster list later this week, “The new drought monitor map will be released on Thursday, and our emergency committee will meet that that morning to review the results.”  Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock  said farmers are dealing with the drought as they have done in the past, making adjustments for the present and planning  for the future, “Optimism is sort of built into our DNA; we are optimistic that next year will be better.”  Mike Platt, with Indiana Pork, said Indiana producers are selling off their breeding stock, “We have reports of large numbers of sows going to slaughter.” The latest USDA crop condition report indicated that Hoosier crops declined further last week. Corn condition deteriorated slightly and is now rated 7 percent good to excellent as compared with 46 percent last year.  Soybean condition showed some improvement and is now rated 12 percent good to excellent as compared with  47 percent last year at this time. Nationally, 26% of the corn is rated in good to excellent condition, down from 31% from last week. Soybeans were rated 31% good to excellent, down from 34% last week. SHARE Home News Feed State Ag Leaders Gather to Commiserate About Drought Becky SkillmanAs the temperature topped 102 degrees,  Indiana agricultural officials and state leaders gathered to discuss what can be done to assist farmers and to inform the public about the drought. At a press conference which followed the closed door meeting, Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced that the State Department of Agriculture had put together a special drought web site to provide information and resources to farmers and to the general public.   Skillman said the new expedited process for declaring a county a disaster area, implemented by USDA earlier this month, is a welcome step, “Anything that gets relief to our farmers fast is greatly appreciated.”  Skillman admitted, however, that that there is little that state government can do.last_img read more

Concern at possible obstruction of news coverage on eve of Olympics

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en News News Receive email alerts News A three-member crew with the Mexican TV station Televisa was arrested, insulted and hit by members of the coastguard on August 2 as they were filming the port of Piraeus. “Security measures are legitimate and necessary but they in no way justify aggressive behaviour that is utterly reprehensible,” Reporters Without Borders said. Reporters Without Borders today said it was “outraged” that two journalists with the Mexican TV station Televisa and their interpreter were arrested, handcuffed, insulted and hit by members of the Greek coastguard on 2 August as they were doing a report on Piraeus, the main port of Athens, where eight ships, including the Queen Mary II, are to serve as hotels during the Olympic Games.”We welcome the fact that an investigation is under way and we call for it to be fast and thorough,” the organisation said, noting that the Greek authorities had made contradictory statements about the incident, and that the exact circumstances needed to be clarified as quickly as possible.Reporters Without Borders added: “Security measures are legitimate and necessary but they in no way justify aggressive behaviour that is utterly reprehensible. We hope that security procedures will not unnecessarily obstruct journalists in their work as this would tarnish the image of the Olympic Games.”The merchant marine ministry claimed in press release yesterday that reporter Eduardo Salazar, cameraman Russel Vaquiero and interpreter Fernando Kalligas “tried to flee by car,” forcing police to detain them. The port police has roundly denied the allegations of violence, humiliation and insults.The two journalists and their interpreter have denied trying to escape. Kalligas said they were at a spot overlooking the port where there was no sign saying filming was prohibited. They were about to leave when a military jeep arrived. Three uniformed men got out and confiscated their IDs and accreditation, along with their telephones and equipment. The officials then searched them in such a violent way that one of them fell to the ground. At the same time, they were insulted and threatened.According to Kalligas, they were then handcuffed and take to the headquarters of the port police. Vaquiero was ordered to put his hands on a table. When he did not comply quickly enough, a policeman banged his head against the table.Kalligas said that when an official from the 2004 Athens Games organising committee came to verify their accreditation, their handcuffs were removed. But they were put back afterwards. They were then led to a kind of gymnasium while being administered kicks to make them walk quickly. There, with their heads bent and legs wide apart, they were again insulted and threatened. When a policeman began to lower the trousers of one of the journalists, an officer came in and said: “None of that here.” The behaviour of the policemen changed completely when senior military officers arrived.The journalists were only able to telephone their TV station when the Mexican ambassador arrived. They filed a complaint today.The Greek news media yesterday just reported the Mexican TV crew’s arrest without mentioning their claims that they had been subjected to violence. When the international news agencies reported the allegations that they had been hit, threatened and insulted, the local media just used the statement issued by the merchant marine ministry.The day following the incident, four Mexican journalists were detained near a military base in Tatoi, north of Athens. Previously, a photographer with Agence France Presse (AFP) who was taking photos in the tourist quarter was detained for several hours on 28 July. Another AFP journalist was forbidden from photographing the site of the marathon although he was in the street, not inside any Olympic installation. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more News February 2, 2021 Find out more The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened April 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Greece Organisation GreeceEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU August 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern at possible obstruction of news coverage on eve of Olympics Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom GreeceEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Limerick winners at the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email WhatsApp Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSFestivalFleadhlimerickLimerick City and County Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash IT WAS an exciting and successful week of competitions, concerts, céilithe, sessions and more at the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann where 25 category winners emerged from Limerick.500,000 people thronged the streets of Drogheda over eight days, while tens of thousands of people attended the special opening by President Michael D Higgins.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Every year, the Fleadh provides a cultural meeting place for those who carry the great traditions of Irish music, song and dance in their hearts.Spanning disciplines for young and old such as accordion, uilleann pipes and singing, the 25 Limerick winners were showcased to a global audience.Dr Labhrás Ó’Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir, Comhaltas Ceoltóiri Éireann said, that this year’s Fleadh Cheoil had possibly the largest attendance in its historyA feature of this year’s Fleadh was the widespread representation from countries worldwide, countries such as Japan, North America, Britain and Australia.At the core of the Fleadh are the competitions that see traditional musicians, dancers, singers and storytellers of all ages and backgrounds competing at All-Ireland level, following victories at regional competitions.The Limerick winners were:Pianó / Piano (12-15 years), 1st place, Áine Ní Shíocháin, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickTionlacan / Accompaniment (12-15 years), 1st place, Áine Ní Nualláin, CCÉ Ardacha/Carraigchiarraí, LimerickFoinn Mhalla Feadóg / Whistle Slow Airs (12-15 years), 1st place, Éimhear Ní Fhlannabhra, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickGrúpaí Ceoil (12-15 years), 1st place, Ceoltóirí Cill Ónáin, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickAmhránaíocht ar an Sean Nós (Fir) / Irish Singing (Men) (12-15 years), 3rd place, Liam Ó Brúdair, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickEnglish Singing (Men) / Amhráin Bhéarla (Fir) (12-15 years), 3rd place, Liam Ó Brúdair, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickFeadóg Mhór / Flute (12-15 years), 1st place, Donal de Búrca, CCÉ Ardacha/Carraigchiarraí, LimerickRince Céilí Ceathrair Mná / 4-Hand Céilí Dancing Ladies (12-15 years), 1st place, Ardacha/Carraigchiarraí, CCÉ Ardacha/Carraigchiarraí, LimerickCairdín Pianó / Piano Accordion (12-15 years), 3rd place, Áine Ní Shíocháin, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickCeol Beirte / Duets (15-18 years), 1st place, Caoimhe Ní Fhlannabhra & Éimhear Ní Fhlannabhra, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickPianó / Piano (15-18 years), 3rd place, Pádraig Ó hAirtnéide, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickPianó / Piano (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Deirdre Ní Mhaoláin, Ráithín, LimerickFoinn Mhalla Píb Uilleann / Uilleann Pipes Slow Airs (Under 12 years), 2nd place, Micheál Ó Freaghaile, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickFoinn Mhalla Feadóg Mhór / Flute Slow Airs (15-18 years), 3rd place, Cian Ó Conghaile, CCÉ Peig Uí Riain Maigh Rua/An Ch. Mhór, LimerickBosca Ceoil / Button Accordion (Over 18 years), 3rd place, Dáithí Ó hÉalatha, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickFeadaíl / Whistling (Over 18 years), 1st place, Áiníde Uí Bheinéis, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickFeadóg Mhór / Flute (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Séamus Ó hAirtnéide, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickRince Céilí Ceathrair Measctha / 4-Hand Céilí Dancing Mixed (Under 12 years), 1st place, Ballyhoura, CCÉ Ballyhoura, LimerickStorytelling (15-18 years), 3rd place, Seán Ó Duilliúin, CCÉ Teampall an Ghleanntáin, LimerickCairdín Pianó / Piano Accordion (Under 12 years), 1st place, Micheál Ó Maoldomhnaigh, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickPíb Uilleann / Uilleann Pipes (Under 12 years), 3rd place, Liam Mac Giobúin, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickCruit / Irish Harp (Under 12 years), 2nd place, Liam Mac Giobúin, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickCruit / Irish Harp (Under 12 years), 3rd place, Aoife Ní Chonghaile, CCÉ Cr. Peig Ui Riain M C, LimerickCruit / Irish Harp (Over 18 years), 2nd place, Caoimhe Nic Ghiobúin, CCÉ Caisleán Uí Chonaill/Athán/B.I., LimerickOrgán Béil / Mouth Organ (Under 12 years), 3rd place, Darragh Ó Nualláin, CCÉ Ardacha/Carraigchiarraí, Limerick Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads center_img Twitter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener NewsCommunityLimerick winners at the 2018 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireannBy Staff Reporter – August 22, 2018 1705 Previous articleRathkeale Boxing Club’s Breda Quilligan claims national titleNext article18.9 million Euro plan for St Camillus Staff Reporter Linkedin Advertisementlast_img read more

Worldwide Cranial Orthoses Industry to 2025 – Key Drivers, Challenges and Trends –

first_img Twitter Facebook Pinterest Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 Previous articleDexcom Announces Upcoming Virtual Conference PresentationsNext articleCómo las herramientas digitales pueden ayudarte a administrar su dinero Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook Market segmentsComparison by ProductSolid form – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Liquid form – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Market opportunity by Product 6. Customer landscapeCustomer landscape 7. Geographic LandscapeGeographic segmentationGeographic comparisonAPAC – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Europe – Market size and forecast 2020-2025North America – Market size and forecast 2020-2025South America – Market size and forecast 2020-2025MEA – Market size and forecast 2020-2025Key leading countriesMarket opportunity by geographyMarket driversMarket challengesMarket trends 8. Vendor LandscapeVendor landscapeLandscape disruptionCompetitive landscape 9. Vendor AnalysisVendors coveredMarket positioning of vendorsBaidyanathBanyan BotanicalsCOSMOVEDA e.K. Gunther EckerleDabur India Ltd.Govinda Natur GmbHMaharishi AyurvedaPatanjali AyurvedTata Consumer Products Ltd.The Ginger PeopleUnilever Group 10. AppendixScope of the reportCurrency conversion rates for US$Research methodologyList of abbreviations For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: MEDICAL DEVICES HEALTH SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/17/2021 08:45 AM/DISC: 02/17/2021 08:45 AM WhatsApp Twitter Worldwide Cranial Orthoses Industry to 2025 – Key Drivers, Challenges and Trends – DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– The “Global Cranial Orthoses Market 2021-2025” report has been added to’s offering. The publisher has been monitoring the cranial orthoses market and it is poised to grow by $94.49 million during 2021-2025 progressing at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period. The report on cranial orthoses market provides a holistic analysis, market size and forecast, trends, growth drivers, and challenges, as well as vendor analysis covering around 25 vendors. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current global market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The market is driven by the increasing incidence of cranial deformities and favorable reimbursement conditions. The cranial orthoses market analysis includes type segment, application segment and geographical landscapes. This study identifies the FDA approved devices as one of the prime reasons driving the cranial orthoses market growth during the next few years. Companies MentionedBaidyanathBanyan BotanicalsACOSMOVEDA e.K. GAnther EckerleDabur India Ltd.Govinda Natur GmbHMaharishi AyurvedaPatanjali AyurvedTataA ConsumerA Products Ltd.The Ginger PeopleUnilever Group The report on cranial orthoses market covers the following areas:Cranial orthoses market sizingCranial orthoses market forecastCranial orthoses market industry analysis The study was conducted using an objective combination of primary and secondary information including inputs from key participants in the industry. The report contains a comprehensive market and vendor landscape in addition to an analysis of the key vendors. The publisher presents a detailed picture of the market by the way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources by an analysis of key parameters such as profit, pricing, competition, and promotions. It presents various market facets by identifying the key industry influencers. The data presented is comprehensive, reliable, and a result of extensive research – both primary and secondary. The market research reports provide a complete competitive landscape and an in-depth vendor selection methodology and analysis using qualitative and quantitative research to forecast an accurate market growth. Key Topics Covered: 1. Executive SummaryMarket Overview 2. Market LandscapeMarket ecosystemValue chain analysis 3. Market SizingMarket definitionMarket segment analysisMarket size 2020Market outlook: Forecast for 2020 – 2025 4. Five Forces AnalysisFive forces summaryBargaining power of buyersBargaining power of suppliersThreat of new entrantsThreat of substitutesThreat of rivalryMarket condition 5. Market Segmentation by Product Pinterest TAGS  last_img read more

Applying Previous Lessons to Mortgage Servicing’s COVID-19 Response

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Applying Previous Lessons to Mortgage Servicing’s COVID-19 Response There are similarities, but the current downturn is different from the 2008 Great Recession. Following 2008, the U.S. mortgage servicing infrastructure was strengthened, and now, according to Urban Institute, those changes are going to be put to the test. In a report, Urban Insitute’s Karan Kaul and Laurie Goodman examine how these safeguards will protect homeowners.The difference between now and 2008 is that homeowners have record levels of equity in their homes. The ratio of total mortgage debt outstanding to the value of the US housing stock is at a record-low 36%, compared with 54% on the eve of the Great Recession. According to Urban, what homeowners need right now is immediate payment relief.Similar policies to 2008 are now being implemented in response to COVID-19 including forbearance, but, as Urban notes, if forbearance is not properly reported to the credit bureaus, it is treated as delinquency.To reach more borrowers, Urban suggests expanding the LTV threshold for refinance options, including Fannie Mae’s High LTV Refinance Option and Freddie Mac’s Enhanced Relief Refinance Mortgage.“This is a balancing act,” Urban notes. “Expanding refinance eligibility will have a negative effect on mortgage-backed security prices, which will, in turn, raise rates to new borrowers. But during a crisis period, such action seems warranted.”While the loss mitigation toolkit we have in 2020 is much more robust than what we had in 2008, swift early intervention, even if imperfect, is much more effective than delayed actions.“Although no one knows how serious the upcoming downturn will be or how long it will last, the need of the hour is to provide immediate payment relief to the largest possible number of borrowers,” Urban adds. “The lost opportunity has been to allow the streamlined refinance programs to mostly lapse, with no crisis-type provisions for immediate restoration.” Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Coronavirus Recession Urban Insitute Coronavirus Recession Urban Insitute 2020-03-24 Seth Welborncenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn  Print This Post Applying Previous Lessons to Mortgage Servicing’s COVID-19 Response in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago March 24, 2020 1,639 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: IMS Datawise Launches Upkeep Next: Possible $2.5T Stimulus Bill Brings Optimism Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Reports Of Migrant Workers Not Getting Food & Wages Are Wrong : Solicitor General Tells SC

first_imgTop StoriesReports Of Migrant Workers Not Getting Food & Wages Are Wrong : Solicitor General Tells SC Sanya Talwar27 April 2020 4:18 AMShare This – xThe reports in media about migrant workers not getting wages and food during the lockdown period are wrong, said the Central Government in the Supreme Court on Monday. Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India, made this submission in a plea seeking directions to the Centre for effectuating safe transit of migrant workers to their homes amid lockdown, after being tested negative…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 reports in media about migrant workers not getting wages and food during the lockdown period are wrong, said the Central Government in the Supreme Court on Monday. Tushar Mehta, Solicitor General of India, made this submission in a plea seeking directions to the Centre for effectuating safe transit of migrant workers to their homes amid lockdown, after being tested negative for COVID-19.When Advocate Prashant Bhushan submitted that numerous reports were fraught with the plight of migrant workers who were left with just “one day’s ration” and therefore those who had “tested negative be allowed to go to their respective homes”, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta stated that sending them back at this crucial stage would unleash the threat of infection on people in rural areas.”There are reports by the Hindu which say that 96% of them (migrant workers) are not getting wages, they have very less food” Adv. Prashant Bhushan argued. “These reports are wrong!” Countered the SG.At this juncture, Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul remarked at Bhushan, referring to some of his earlier comments,”You don’t have faith on us. How can we hear you? You have been with this institution for over 30 years, you shouldn’t have said such things” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta added:”Every time Mr Bhushan looses, he goes to the lawns and says this is a Black day. You cannot run a Government as a PIL petitioner!” Following this, SG expressed his discontent over the instant PIL and argued that since the Government had been taking all requisite measures to tackle the calamitous situation, “brilliant ideas from Mr. Bhushan were not needed”.Bhushan: “Please allow inter-state transportation [for migrant workers wishing to return home to their native places]”Solicitor General Tushar Mehta: “This is none of your business! Government will see!”Advocate Prashant Bhushan argued that he was only here in light of the gross violations of Fundamental rights of migrant workers in distress.Additionally, SG argued that the petition must be disposed off as it “sends a wrong message” (to keep it pending)After hearing both sides, the Court sought the Centre’s planned proposal, if any, in tackling the issue at hand. “Union to respond on movement of migrant workers. We are only asking whether there is any proposal regarding this. You have one week to respond” the Bench ordered.Several pleas, apart from the instant PIL, seeking access to basic amenities and medical supplies to migrant workers as well as payment of wages as they have been rendered destitute since the imposition of a nationwide lockdown have been taken up in Courts in the last four weeks. During the hearing of one of such petitions filed by Swami Agnivesh, the Solicitor General had remarked : “These are self employment generating petitions”.On April 3, while hearing a PIL filed by Harsh Mander on the plight of migrant workers, the Solicitor General had stated that “PIL Shops must close down till the country emerges out of this crisis” 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