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FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) 2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileFBN Holdings Plc is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the commercial, corporate, investment and merchant banking sectors. The company also offers insurance products for individual and corporate clients and other financial services for merchant banking, asset management, investment and general trading, private equity, financial intermediation services, trusteeship, portfolio management and discount house services for individual and corporate clients. The Insurance division underwrites life and general insurance products and offers insurance brokerage services. FBN Holdings Limited was founded in 1894 and today operates in 874 business locations in 12 countries. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc was founded in 1894 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchang
Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) 2021 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileInnscor Africa Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving and durable consumer products in Zimbabwe and exports to international markets. The company is primarily involved in maize milling and the production of stock feeds, edible oils, baker’s fat and pork products; as well as poultry, table eggs and day-old chicks. A subsidiary division manufactures and markets a range of plastic carry bags, televisions, refrigerators and other general household appliances and consumables such as rice, dairy, candles and beverages. Innscor Africa Limited was founded in 1987 and its operations comprise National Foods Holding Limited, Colcom Holdings Limited, Irvine’s Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Bakeries, Appliance Manufacturing, Natpak (Private) Limited, Profeeds (Private) Limited and Probrands (Private) Limited. Innscor Africa Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
WW photo: Susan SchnurDespite many gains won through decades of struggle, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities are often victims of hate crimes. When the crime becomes a murder, the victim is most likely a young transgender woman of color. Three African-American transwomen were found murdered, in April alone, in Baltimore; Oak Ridge, Fla.; and most recently in Cleveland.On March 27, Cemia “CeCe” Dove’s family reported her missing to the Cleveland Police Department. The CPD made little effort to pursue the case, despite the fact that in March two women reported missing — both African-American — were later found murdered after they had been raped.On April 17, Dove’s body was noticed floating in a pond in the suburb of Olmsted Township. Her body was tied up and the rope tied to a cement block and a steel pipe. She was nude from the waist down and the stab wounds were too numerous to count.This horrific murder has not attracted the worldwide media attention that was drawn by another Cleveland missing person story — the freeing of three women who were kidnapped and sexually, physically and emotionally tortured for years. Around the country it was mainly LGBTQ publications and bloggers that publicized Dove’s killing. Outside the Cleveland area, the mainstream media has paid scant attention.What local media coverage there has been of Dove’s murder has sparked outrage. The Plain Dealer ran a story with the headline, “Oddly dressed body found in Olmsted Township pond identified.” Dove was only referred to by her legal name, Carl Acuff, in the article and was identified as male. When describing how Dove was found, she was not granted even the dignity of the wrong pronoun; the article referred to her as “it.” The paper thought it was somehow newsworthy that she was wearing three black bras.Dove’s Facebook page is still accessible, and the photos of her reveal an inner and outer beauty. The Plain Dealer, however, opted to use her mugshot, taken during one of several encounters with the racist, anti-trans CPD and Regional Transit Authority police. Her run-ins with the law were featured not to expose the bias of the authorities, but to defame Dove. She was ticketed by RTA police and fined $100 over a fare dispute — and for claiming to be female when her ID still described her as male. Later, she was arrested again and sentenced to 100 days in jail and a $1,000 fine for possessing “dangerous drugs” — i.e., female hormones.This revictimization by the media has been roundly denounced around the country, including by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. A rally on May 1 outside Cleveland City Hall drew 100 people and included speakers from NCAVP’s Ohio affiliate, the Columbus-based Buckeye Regional Anti-Violence Organization; the Cleveland Lesbian and Gay Community Center; and the Beyond Identities Community Center, which Dove was an activist member of. Speakers, who also included City Councilmember Joe Cimperman, called for the murder to be prosecuted as a hate crime.The transgender flag flew from the City Hall flagpole. The flag’s symbolism, as explained by designer Monica Helms, is that “the stripes at the top and bottom are light blue, the traditional color for baby boys. The stripes next to them are pink, the traditional color for baby girls. The stripe in the middle is white, for those who are intersex, transitioning or consider themselves having a neutral or undefined gender.” (glbtq.com)One hundred family members, friends and activists attended a memorial at BICC on May 6. Two days earlier a man with a history of anti-woman violence had been arrested and charged with murder.The disrespect and insensitivity by the media continues. On May 13, radio disc jockey John Lanigan, in the middle of a bigoted monologue about feminine lingerie designed to fit male bodies, joked about “being in a pond in Olmsted Township.” The Plain Dealer tried to clean up its act, using the proper pronouns in a May 14 piece on the “outsider life of the transgender community.” But by stating that a friend of Dove’s “figures CeCe was on a date that went bad,” the reporter implied that the murder was not a hate crime.Finding work is nearly impossible for transwomen. Many have no choice but to become sex workers, which is exceptionally dangerous. Dove needed money to pay for gender reassignment surgery. That transpeople can’t find jobs with health care coverage is a hate crime in itself.After the tragic death of CeCe Dove, we should redouble our efforts for CeCe McDonald. This CeCe, serving time for manslaughter because she defended herself against a racist bigot who attacked her, is in jail precisely because she refused to become a statistic.We must continue to fight racism, sexism and anti-trans bigotry until the streets are safe for everyone, and no one has to earn a living by walking the streets. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Education critical to latex allergy controlOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Educating healthcare workers to report symptoms related to wearing latexgloves is as important as conventional health checks in reducing the risk oflatex allergy, according to researchers. The study, published in the journal of Occupational and EnvironmentalMedicine, was undertaken among workers at Southampton University Hospitals NHSTrust, by means of a self-administered questionnaire, skin-prick testing andmeasurement of scientific IgE to latex. The authors conclude that the study does not justify the exclusion ofpotential employees via pre-employment assessment on grounds of a risk of latexallergy or intensive health surveillance of staff who use latex gloves. Insteadthey suggest a more focused and educative approach. “The aim should be to detect the few workers with more severe ordeteriorating symptoms at an early stage so that they can be investigated morethoroughly. Prevalence and risk factors for latex allergy: a cross sectional study in aUK hospital, Occupational and Environmental Medicine 56, pp833-836 Previous Article Next Article
With several pieces of new legislation in the pipeline, Colin Hann, looks athow equality is becoming more important for many organisationsDiversity, equality, equal opportunities – or whatever you choose to call it– is increasingly on organisations’ agendas. One driver is the raft of new legislation that will soon be in the statutebooks on age, sexual orientation and religion. Another is the demanding natureof existing race and disability legislation. The Race Relations Amendment Act(RRAA) is one of the strongest pieces of equality legislation in the world. Furthermore, the reputations of prestigious global companies are sufferingwith a spate of high profile cases for sex discrimination in the City. It means organisations are looking at the issue of diversity afresh. Publicauthorities have no choice if they are to meet their obligations under theRRAA. The private sector, also driven by compliance considerations, isincreasingly recognising the importance of diversity as a factor in businessperformance. For example, a recent study by Schneider Ross shows that 80 percent of companies contacted felt there was a strong link between good diversitypractice and overall business performance (Analysis, 16 July). But what does this mean for the average worker? While there are more visionstatements on notice boards, most staff will not have a clue about theirmeaning. Senior management in global companies can be knowledgeable and sophisticatedabout the concepts and vision of diversity. They see it as an important cuttingedge part of their approach to corporate and social responsibility and givingadded value to the image of the business. They may have attended specialistcourses and even discovered ’emotional intelligence’. However, they often fail to consider how such a diversity approach can bedelivered down the line. Hard-pressed plant managers, for example, with exactingtargets to meet cannot see the relevance of the diversity to the day-to-daychallenge of delivery of outputs. In one large international company, for example, despite a three-yeardiversity campaign and strategy being in place, staff on the shop-floor did noteven know what diversity meant, let alone what it leads to in practice. The public sector is no different. Increasingly equality issues are a partof regulatory regimes. For example, equality may be reflected in Best Valueplans and detailed performance indicators, which appear in glossy brochures.This is fine but staff and the general public have been forgotten. Staff arenot involved despite being expected to deliver the outcomes. So, how do organisations translate their vision into day-to-day activity?Staff need to feel some ownership of this diversity ‘thing’. Unsurprisingly, there are no pat answers. An important factor is that staffneed to feel empathy for diversity. They need to understand it and their rolesand responsibilities within it. Equality needs to be integrated into all partsof a business. The approach needs to be consistent and comprehensive, notpiecemeal and long-winded. Effective leadership is essential, and so is communication. Detailedequality policies and procedures need to be summarised in user-friendlyformats. The arguments for diversity need to be considered and understood bymanagers. They need to be able to sell the concept using arguments ranging fromcompliance to the business benefits, and the social and moral imperatives. Training is also important. Staff need time to explore the issues, considertheir own prejudices, and understand the law and their businessresponsibilities. Finally, when measuring progress it is essential to recognise that it ismore than winning awards or ticking government performance measurements. Itneeds to be something which is integrated throughout a company at all levels,and failure to do this renders it a waste of time. By Colin Hann, the head of Managing Diversity Associates and co-author ofthe Discrimination and Diversity Information Service recently launched by GeePublishing Diversity needs worker supportOn 23 Jul 2002 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.
Mitchell Kossoff (iStock, Kossoff, PLLC/Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)Three more landlords have come forward with claims that real estate attorney Mitchell Kossoff owes them hundreds of thousands of dollars.Kossoff, the managing partner of Kossoff PLLC, has been unreachable for several days both by his partners at the firm and his clients, The Real Deal reported Wednesday. His disappearance has raised questions about the whereabouts of his clients’ millions.Now, one lawsuit and two judgments of confession have been filed in New York State Supreme Court against Kossoff and his eponymous law firm. That’s in addition to a separate lawsuit, previously reported by TRD, that accuses the firm of “potentially criminal acts” that constitute a “grievous breach” of its duties.Kossoff PLLC did not respond to a request for comment.The second lawsuit was filed by SSM Realty Group, an investment firm in Huntington, New York, and accuses Kossoff’s firm of breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. According to the complaint, the firm transferred $2 million to Kossoff PLLC, to be held in escrow, as it attempted to close on a Greenwich Village property located at 17 Gay Street. The company loaned an additional $300,000 to the law firm and Kossoff.In February, according to the complaint, SSM requested that Kossoff return at least $1.5 million of the funds held in escrow, but the attorney allegedly declined to do so. In March, Kossoff returned $700,000 to the plaintiff, but has recently gone silent.“[S]ince that time [Kossoff] became increasingly difficult to track down, failed to return the remainder of the escrow funds, and ultimately stopped communicating with Plaintiff as of April 1, 2021,” per the complaint.The complaint also alleges wrongdoing on the part of Kossoff, who reportedly had “exclusive control” over the escrow account. According to the complaint, Kossoff “intentionally and wrongfully” refused to return the funds in escrow before disappearing.SSM Realty Group is still owed $1.3 million from its escrow account, as well as a balance of $190,902 from the $300,000 loan.Lawyers for SSM Realty Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Those allegations are similar to the suit filed Wednesday by Westchester-based investor Rob Yaffa, who says Kossoff’s law firm never wired him money tied to a recent building sale. Yaffa said Kossoff instead went AWOL.In two other cases, Kossoff has signed confessions of judgments, meaning that he accepts the liability and amount of damages that were agreed on. The first proposes that he owes $461,788.81, while the other proposes $222,140.06.Contact Sasha Jones Full Name* Share via Shortlink Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateMitch Kossoffreal estate crimesReal Estate LawsuitsResidential Real Estate Email Address* Message*
The inaugural Canyon Jam at Colorado’s iconic Mishawaka Amphitheatre features several of the jam scene’s “Next Phase” of bands, including Spafford, The Main Squeeze, Aqueous, Mungion, Organ Freeman, Cycles, Moves at Midnight, and Jus’ Sayin’. The two-day event takes place on September 8th and 9th, and is looking to be an annual affair boasting some of the jam scene’s top young talent. With the event just several weeks away, we decided to catch up with members of each band on the lineup in this new Live For Live Music interview series dubbed Road To Canyon Jam.Why The Mishawaka Amphitheatre Is One Of The Most Coveted Scenic Venues In The CountryOur first four installments of the “Road To Canyon Jam” interview series featured conversations with Cycles’ guitarist Patrick Harvey and drummer Michael Wood, drummer Rob Houk of Buffalo-based jammers Aqueous, Spafford bassist Jordan Fairless, and Organ Freeman’s Trevor Steel. In our latest installment, we bring you a conversation with guitarist Justin Reckamp of rising Chicago jam favorites Mungion from late last month. Since then, you’ve likely heard a fair amount about Mungion, after their tour van and trailer–containing all their gear, lights, and other equipment–was stolen in Detroit. As the band explained in a statement, “Although we are grateful that everyone is safe, our livelihood was taken from us in the blink of an eye. After going from door to door in the neighborhood, we were able to track down some surveillance video that showed two men breaking in and stealing our van and trailer. Unfortunately, there was not much the authorities or anyone could do. After filing the police report and talking to neighbors we piled up in a hatchback and drove 6 hours to New York to play because the show must always go on!”A matter of days before setting out on their first headlining tour, the band’s entire infrastructure literally disappeared overnight. However, the Chicago community, and the music community at large, banded together to help Mungion in their time on need, raising over $30,000 to replace their gear and their transportation with help from a successful GoFundMe campaign, a local benefit show in Chicago, and even a spot on NBC News Chicago about fans’ supportive response to the situation. Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, Mungion is hitting the road for their first headlining tour as planned, starting Thursday night, 9/7 in Denver followed, of course, by their highly-anticipated performance at Canyon Jam.As we get ready to jam with Mungion at the Mishawaka this weekend, check out his thoughts on the “yams,” the exceptional music scene in Colorado, and the thrill of playing such a storied, scenic venue.Tickets for Canyon Jam are currently on-sale and can be purchased here. For event updates and additional information, join the Facebook Event page.Live For Live Music: The nature of Canyon Jam centers around the art of the “jam.” What, in your opinion, are the key ingredients to make up a solid improvisation?Justin Reckamp: Well over here in camp Mungion, we believe that our most magical “yams” (a.k.a. Mungion’s jams) happen when we are all actively listening and reacting to one another. If each person in the group is truly in the moment, then it usually happens seamlessly. Within certain sections of our tunes, we try and move together, hopefully creating different themes as a collective, and taking the music to different places from the night before. This is when the real fun begins.“Sticking the landing” is something that doesn’t always happen when we’re trying to yam in the live setting, you have to remember that even if a yam tanks, no one is going to get hurt. A huge part of it is just about falling on your face and getting back up, and hopefully learning a thing or two from the journey alone. Don’t be too quick to judge though… Sometimes what we think are bad yams are our audience’s favorite moments. One more thing, if you’re thinking then you’re stinking. Don’t be thinking about what you ate for breakfast or how poopy the drive to the next gig will be. That’s bad for business.L4LM: Because Canyon Jam is in its first year and given the location and the lineup, what are you most excited about for Canyon Jam?JR: We’re all really excited to play at such an amazing venue with some of our best buds. Mishawaka looks like an amazing place to play, and I’m sure that alone will have a positive impact on the music. Great people, great music, great scenery…It’s a win-win for everyone.L4LM: In their earlier years, bands like The Disco Biscuits, The String Cheese Incident, and STS9 performed at the Mishawaka. Do you ever put any thought into bands that have played iconic venues before you and how that relates to your own career?JR: We’re just really happy to play at some of these iconic venues so early in our career. We have an amazing team of people in camp Mungion and are grateful for all these amazing opportunities. Just trying to keep the torch burnin’.L4LM: The Mishawaka is known for its intimate and gorgeous setting. How does a venue’s vibe affect how you go into a performance?JR: There’s definitely something special that happens when we play outside venues. Breathe in that fresh air, take in our surroundings and turn it up to 11. We love all the outside feels. All of them!L4LM: Playing Colorado, in general, always seems to bring out the best in bands. Why do you think that is?JR: Colorado is the mecca for the jam band scene and that is no secret. There is a rich jam culture in Colorado and it’s apparent at the shows. People come out and boogie down on a Tuesday night like it’s nothing but a peanut, and that is a rare occasion. We have A LOT of love for the Colorado fam. Can’t wait to be back there!Friday Schedule:6 pm – Doors8 pm – 9 pm – Moves at Midnight9:30 pm – 10:30 pm – Mungion11 pm – 1 am – Main SqueezeSaturday Schedule:4 pm – Doors6 pm – 6:40 pm – Jus Sayin’7 pm – 8 pm – Cycles8:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Organ Freeman10 pm – 11:30 pm – Aqueous12 am – 2 am – Spafford
Their travel is fully funded by the Colombian Army, with administrative and logistical support from U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH). Command Sergeant Major Mike Clowser, Army University, and Command Sergeant Major Carlos Olvera, ARSOUTH, have been leading the effort this past year in support of the Chief of Staff of the Army’s priorities and in coordination with the U.S. Embassy Office of Security Cooperation in Colombia, SOUTHCOM, ARSOUTH, TRADOC, and the Department of the Army’s Headquarters. Throughout the two-week event, interpreters from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC), facilitated multilingual discussions involving intricate and complex views and considerations. Maria Marrero and Ana Brewington demonstrated how professional interpreters can be the difference between successful engagement and a lost opportunity. Because of them, some of the most senior enlisted advisors in the U.S. Army and the Colombian military were able to seamlessly and effortlessly share their experiences and knowledge. “Language should never be a barrier, and a great example of that was again demonstrated this past week,” said Richard Procell, WHINSEC liaison to CGSC and Fort Leavenworth. Command Sergeant Major William B. Zaiser, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), also was in attendance and addressed the class. In his remarks, he stressed the importance of partnerships and trust: “Learning from each other builds trust, and that is what has contributed to the long-standing relationship the United States has with Colombia.” Command Sergeant Major David Turnbull, Combined Arms Center (CAC), welcomed the delegation and provided the visiting students with an overview of the mission, functions, and priorities of the command. Sgt. Maj. Turnbull expressed how important it was for the U.S. Army, TRADOC, and CAC to support Colombia’s transformation efforts, but asked for their feedback as well: “While CAC and the School for Command Preparation put a program together for that purpose, our intent is also to learn from the Colombian experience. So please take the opportunity while you are here to share that knowledge with our NCOs.” The Colombian Sergeant’s Major Academy has two sessions per year. In each session there are 15 Army students, approximately four Navy and Marine students, and one international student, normally from Brazil, Chile, or Mexico. During the last month of class, the students participate in a 14-day geopolitical visit outside the country. As part of the Colombian Army’s effort to further the education and development of the NCO corps, they requested to travel to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and attend the Non-Commissioned Officer Development Program. Upon graduation, each will assume command sergeant major positions at battalion and brigade level and as senior enlisted military advisors to military and civilian leaders. The PCC teaching team, consisting of specially selected former battalion and brigade command sergeants major from across the U.S. Army, facilitated discussions on Mission Command, Conflict Resolution, Key Command Relationships, Positive Command Climate, Creating the Right Environment, and Building Cohesive Teams. They discussed the Army’s Leader Development Strategy and incorporated a series of classroom exercises in which the Colombian Sergeants Major Academy students designed strategies for the development of subordinate Soldiers and units. The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) School for Command Preparation welcomed a student delegation from the Colombian Sergeant’s Major Academy from May 15th-26th. By Dialogo June 03, 2016 The Colombian students were appreciative of the open and demanding education environment. “An effective, disciplined, and highly skilled Army that stands as the most formidable military force in the world is the impression that I have after realizing this very productive visit to the United States. Today, more than ever, we need references like the ones encountered at Fort Leavenworth to help us crystallize the vision of General [Alberto] Mejia [Commander of the Colombian Army] of a professional and ready Army, postured to confront the threats that the future may bring our way,” said Colombian Army Sergeant Major Alfredo Bueno Marquez. The program also included a seminar discussion on the History of the U.S. Army NCO and an overview briefing of the U.S. Army Sergeant’s Major Academy, led by Sergeant Major Jaime R. Perez. Denny L. Landes, Senior Specialist at the Training and Doctrine Command Culture Center in Fort Huachuca, Arizona, led a two-hour seminar discussion on U.S. culture that included a discussion of the various regions in the United States. The delegation also received organizational overviews from CAC-Training, the Mission Command Center of Excellence, the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic, Army Press, and Installation Management Commands Transition Services (Soldier for Life). The exchange included an overview of the Colombian Army’s priorities and transformation efforts, provided by Sergeant Major Mario Villamizar Martinez. He listed leader development, education, and strengthening the “human dimension” as key focus areas of Command Sergeant Major of the Army Argemiro Posso Rivera, who had planned on accompanying the group but unfortunately was unable to travel due to health concerns. “Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers that can quickly analyze the situation and make decisions is a critical component of a professional Army,” Sgt. Maj. Villamizar said. A total of 19 students, including 16 from the Colombian Army, two from the Navy, and one from the Brazilian Army traveled from Bogota, Colombia, to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to attend the week-long Pre-Command Course (PCC) Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Development Program that is oriented at further developing and educating U.S. Army battalion- and brigade-level command sergeants major in the areas of leadership, critical thinking, self-assessment, and management functions.