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FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2007 presentation For more information about FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FCMB Group Plc (FCMB.ng) 2007 presentation Company ProfileFCMB Group Plc is a financial services institution offering products and services for the commercial, corporate and institutional sectors in Nigeria and Europe. The company’s core portfolio is focused on investment banking, asset management, commercial banking, corporate banking, personal banking, institutional banking and treasury and financial markets. The company also offers services for stockbroking, trusteeships, micro-lending and asset and cash management. FCMB Group Plc was founded in 1977 and its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FCMB Group Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) 2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUganda Clays Limited manufactures and markets clay products for the building and construction industry in Uganda. Its product offering ranges from roofing tiles, bricks and floor tiles to decorative grilles, ventilators, pipes and suspended floor units and partition blocks. The company supplies the local building trade in Uganda and exports products to Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the DRC and South Sudan. Uganda Clays Limited was founded in 1950 and its head office is in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda Clays Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange
Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) 2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAscencia Limited is a commercial property fund with an investment portfolio comprising quality income earning properties located in Mauritius. The company specialises in retail properties where the company engages in the acquisition, investment and investment holding of real estate properties on the Mauritian island. Ascencia Limited (Class A shares) operates shopping malls locally and regionally. Ascencia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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Steve Gillis began driving a school bus in 1985, has been a strike captain four times and arrested 13 times while representing the union. He is currently the financial secretary of Local 8751, having been elected to terms as president and vice president from 2003-2015.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this On March 23, after a bipartisan Senate backrub, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was confirmed as Biden’s new Secretary of Labor. Walsh — previously president of the Boston Building Trades Council — promised “a new era of cooperation between commerce and labor.”Steve Gillis (bottom row, far left) and the executive board of the Boston school bus drivers, United Steel Workers, Local 8751, 2015.For nearly 40 years, I have been an elected leader of the 1,000-member-strong Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, a predominantly immigrant and Black local. During this time unions throughout the U.S. have seen declining membership and been put on the defensive, while the government and corporations broke unions beginning when President Reagan fired every striking air traffic controller in 1981.Walsh’s confirmation as Labor Secretary leads me to ask the same question we posed directly to him in his mayoral office during life-or-death union struggles: Which side are you on?During the first two years of Walsh’s mayoral administration — 2014 to 2016 — I and three other leaders of Local 8751 were fighting for our jobs after being fired by the private school bus management company, Paris-based Veolia/Transdev, in October 2013. It took us two years to force Walsh to “take a side” and settle with the union. His waffling occurred despite whispered promises made in response to two years of rank-and-file pickets, mass solidarity actions, fighting off a police frame-up, election of the four fired leaders to the union’s top positions and finally a strike deadline.On May 31, 2020, Local 8751 was running the sound system during the Black Lives Matter march to Boston Common following the police lynching of George Floyd. Walsh’s police department, assisted by forces of the state and federal government, fired chemical weapons, violently arrested scores of people and rioted for hours against over 20,000 mostly young and peaceful protestors.During our last contract negotiations held in Walsh’s “Eagle Room,” Local 8751 demanded that the words “Indigenous Peoples Day” replace “Columbus Day” in our paid holiday calendar. While this is the pattern in every neighboring city, the Boston mayor refused, telling us, “The people are not ready for that, yet.”Walsh’s last mayoral act before departing to the Department of Labor was to order, under threat of termination, all union workers back into the Boston public schools — more than 10,000 teachers, bus drivers and monitors, custodians, food service workers and administrative staff. Walsh ignored strenuous objections from every union; meanwhile, the COVID-19 pandemic surges again in Boston’s oppressed communities.Most of Local 8751’s members have now been forced to flee the skyrocketing rents in Boston as million-dollar condos rise on every corner. The Boston Globe reported that Boston’s Black families have an average net worth of just $8, compared to $250,000 for white families. (Dec. 12, 2017)The struggle calls the questionUnder the Trump years of police-state repression, giant monopolies of the high-tech capitalist system like Amazon and Uber/Lyft destroyed their competitors and spread like a virus. Now millions of gig workers and low-wage workers, especially in oppressed communities, depend on them for both employment and as consumers.The struggle led by Black workers, facing off against police and corporate attacks across the country, has clarified the old question: “Which side are you on?” So how will Walsh respond?On March 30, the National Labor Relations Board began tallying the union votes of nearly 6,000 predominantly Black workers at an Amazon distribution center in Bessemer, Ala., where close to half are women. But Walsh waffled about this attempt to form the first-ever U.S. union in centibillionaire Jeff Bezos’ Amazon. In a March 25 Washington Post interview, he said, “I’ve heard that organizing drive is going on. I look forward to seeing what the result of that is.” Even President Biden has spoken more strongly for the Bessemer workers.Walsh had not one word to say about Amazon’s illegal tactics in Bessemer — captive audience meetings, Pinkerton-type lawyer interference, terminations of union advocates, propaganda in the bathrooms and the Unfair Labor Practice of “direct dealing” with employees threatened at home. These are blatant violations of long-established labor law that Walsh is now sworn to uphold.Catalyzed by the Retail, Warehouse and Department Store Union in Alabama, now the Teamsters, building trades and postal workers’ unions are talking of challenging Amazon — and have set their sights on Uber/Lyft.With new Black, Indigenous, people of color and women leadership, labor councils coast to coast are reinvigorated.Right now is the time for every workers’ organization to force the question on Walsh and company — soon, perhaps even on the streets of D.C., with every resource and with the most vigorous street and legal offensive actions we can muster, in solidarity with Black workers on the front line — “Which side are you on?”
News RSF_en to go further Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media Follow the news on Slovenia Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information March 16, 2021 Find out more News Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns a 13 December decision by a Ljubljana court ordering Finnish journalist Magnus Berglund and the Finnish state-owned TV station YLE to pay former Slovenian prime minister Janez Janša 15,000 euros in damages for accusing him in a 2008 programme of taking kickbacks from Finnish defence contractor Patria.The court also ordered them to make public retractions on Slovenian and Finnish state television, and ordered Bojan Potocnik, a former Slovenian police inspector who supported the allegations in the programme, to pay 6,500 euros in damages.Janša brought his defamation suit against Berglund and YLE for claiming in the “Truth about Patria” programme broadcast on 1 September 2008 that Patria paid 20 million euros in illegal commissions to win a Slovenian government contract worth 275 million euros for the purchase of armoured vehicles. The alleged recipients of the bribes included Janša, who was prime minister at the time, other senior government officials, high-ranking military officers and several politicians.Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the questionable procedure adopted by the judge, which is unacceptable in a European judicial system. Berglund and YLE wanted to defend themselves in court but Judge Matej Papler refused to let them testify and just let Janša present his viewpoint. The judge concluded that the programme did not present enough evidence to support its claims.“Accusing Berglund and YLE of not having enough evidence and then preventing them from producing additional evidence requires an exceptional degree of bad faith,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also point out to Judge Papler that he probably lacks the necessary judicial authority to force a Finnish public TV station to broadcast a retraction.“We would have hoped for a bit more coherence from the Slovenian judicial system in this case, especially as the justice minister confirmed at the start of this month that 84 pages of evidence in its investigation into the Patria allegations have mysteriously disappeared and must be regarded as having been lost forever. The judicial system should refrain from demanding the very evidence in this case that it has a curious tendency to misplace.“We call on Ljubljana courts to reexamine this case without delay as defence rights were violated. If they decide not to dismiss the case against Berglund outright, they must organize a new public hearing so that all parties to the case can give their evidence and a fair decision can be reached.”Janša is meanwhile one of around 30 people in three countries who have been investigated by the police in Finland, Austria and Slovenia on suspicion of corruption and espionage. Interpol and Eurojust coordinated the three-year investigation, which is about to conclude with a trial starting in Austria in January and a trial due to get under way in Finland within the next few months. SloveniaEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation SloveniaEurope – Central Asia May 21, 2021 Find out more December 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Former premier improbably wins Ljubljana defamation case against Finnish journalist News News
Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders today condemned threats and physical attacks that have taken place in the past four days on the Khagani Street building in Baku that houses several opposition newspapers and the headquarters of the opposition Popular Front of Azerbaijan. The victims blame the attacks on government supporters.”We reiterate our call to pro-government parties and media to stop denigrating and harassing privately-owned newspapers and to comply with the undertakings which the president gave to the Council of Europe and the OSCE,” the press freedom organisation said.The opposition daily Azadlig has been singled out in recent days in the governmental media, with the television station Lider TV and the newspaper Yeni Azerbaidjan carrying reports that it has been occupying its premises illegally since 1992. The real targets appear to be several other media and journalistic organisations in the same building, namely the news agency TURAN, Bizim yol paper and the Confederation of Journalists.On 6 and 8 August, the building was attacked by “demonstrators” who included members of the youth wing of the pro-government party Yeni Azerbaijan as well as plain-clothes police and municipal employees. They tried to break the building’s windows, threw stones, eggs and tomatoes, and insulted and hit journalists present, shouting, “We are going to throw you out.”The journalists who work in the building and Popular Front of Azerbaijan members were yesterday warned of threats to set fire to the building. Azadlig staff members and journalists with independent media are taking turns to keep a constant watch in the building in an attempt prevent the threats from being carried out.Representatives of the newspapers Azadlig, Zerkalo, Gun-Sahar, Yeni Musavat, Baki Habar, Novoye Vremya and Bizim Yol, the news agency TURAN, the Confederation of Journalists’ Unions and the Democratic League of Journalists issued a joint appeal on 8 August to the international community to press the Azerbaijani authorities to respect press freedom and stop this harassment.These incidents have come at a moment of great tension in the run-up to legislative elections scheduled for November. RSF_en April 9, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further August 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats and physical attacks on opposition news media News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out more News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh The offices of several opposition newspapers have been the target of physical attacks and attempts to eject them from the building they share in Baku. Reporters Without Borders calls on pro-government parties and media to stop denigrating and harassing opposition newspapers.
News April 15, 2021 Find out more News September 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brazil’s highest court takes stand against prior censorship May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails last week’s ruling by the Federal Supreme Court overturning a ban on distribution of the latest issue of the leading national newsweekly IstoÉ, which a lower court had ordered at the request of Cid Gomes, governor of the northeastern state of Ceará.Gomes requested the ban on 12 September, on the eve of the issue’s publication, after IstoÉ’s reporters asked him to comment on his being linked to a case of alleged corruption involving Brazil’s biggest company, the oil multinational Petrobras.Accepting his claim that IstoÉ intended to libel him, judge Maria Marleide Queiroz issued an order the same day prohibiting the magazine from distributing the issue on pain of being fined 2.5 million dollars for every day it defied the ban.Federal Supreme Court judge Luís Roberto Barroso overturned the order five days later, on 17 September, on the grounds that prior censorship of a publication was unconstitutional and that the governor could sue IstoÉ for damages after publication if he thought he had been libelled. IstoÉ was able to resume distribution of the issue.“We welcome this ruling by the Supreme Federal Court, which has taken a firm stand against censorship, and we urge the authorities to prevent defamation laws being used as a method of prior censorship in the pursuit of political interests,” said Camille Soulier, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk. “There is a greater tendency to resort to judicial harassment of news media and journalists in the run-up to elections,” Soulier added.Gomes claimed that the attempts to implicate him in the alleged Petrobras corruption case were part of a scheme by his political opponents to upset the outcome in Ceará state of next month’s general elections.The Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association (ABRAJI) has set up a website to monitor lawsuits by candidates against news media and news websites. It has so far registered no fewer that 128 cases nationwide, more than three quarters of them targeting Google.Brazil is ranked 111th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Brazil BrazilAmericas Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News RSF_en 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more Reports BrazilAmericas to go further
Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsBusiness Twitter Previous articleCallon: 4Q Earnings SnapshotNext articleColumn: Tiger Woods survives but his career might not Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest TAGS BOSTON & MUNICH & COLOGNE, Germany–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSI) today announced that it has named Mathias Neumann as Head of Casualty in Germany. “Mathias brings exceptional casualty expertise and local market knowledge to BHSI in Germany,” said Andreas Krause, Country Manager, Germany, BHSI. “We are so pleased to have him leading our casualty team as we provide customers of all types across Germany with stable and transparent casualty underwriting, backed by BHSI’s excellent service and financial strength.” Mathias has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry in Germany. He spent the last 14 years at MSIG Insurance Europe AG, where he was most recently Chief Underwriter for Casualty & Specialties. Before that, he was Deputy Head of Casualty & Specialties at MSIG. He is based in BHSI’s office in Cologne and can be reached at [email protected] or +49 221 4555 1922. In Europe, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) trades under Berkshire Hathaway European Insurance DAC (BHEI) and Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Limited (BHIIL). BHEI, is an Irish domiciled Designated Activity Company, Registration Number 636883 and Registered Office at One Grant’s Row, Dublin D02 HX96. BHEI is an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (BHSIC), a Nebraska USA domiciled corporation, which provides commercial property, casualty, healthcare professional liability, executive and professional lines, transactional liability, surety, marine, travel, programs, accident and health, medical stop loss, homeowners, and multinational insurance, and is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Limited (BHIIL), an incorporated England and Wales limited liability company, Registration Number 3230337 and Registered Office at 8 Fenchurch Place, 4th Floor, London EC3M 4AJ, United Kingdom. BHSIC, BHIIL and BHEI are part of Berkshire Hathaway’s National Indemnity group of insurance companies, which hold financial strength ratings of A++ from AM Best and AA+ from Standard & Poor’s. Based in Boston, BHSI has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Indianapolis, Irvine, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Ramon, Seattle, Stevens Point, Adelaide, Auckland, Brisbane, Cologne, Dubai, Dublin, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Macau, Madrid, Manchester, Melbourne, Munich, Paris, Perth, Singapore, Sydney and Toronto. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005069/en/ CONTACT: MEDIA JoAnn Lee / +1 617-936-2937 KEYWORD: GERMANY EUROPE UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INSURANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 05:00 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 05:01 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005069/en Pinterest WhatsApp Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Welcomes Mathias Neumann as Head of Casualty in Germany By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021