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first_img whatsapp Wednesday 23 February 2011 9:19 pm FINANCIAL TIMESN IRELAND’S ECONOMIC WOES BOOST TERROR GROUPS, WARN OFFICIALSThe parlous state of Northern Ireland’s economy is acting as a recruiting sergeant for dissident republican groups, senior police and security figures warned, raising questions about the pace of spending cuts in the region. The province’s power-sharing executive has been told to find savings of £1.6bn during four years, while David Cameron has said that he wants to reduce its huge reliance on public sector jobs.INVESTORS WARN ON BRIBERY ACT DILUTIONAny dilution of the Bribery Act would be bad for Britain’s reputation as a centre for investment, according to some of the world’s largest institutional shareholders. In a letter to Jeremy Heywood, the Downing Street permanent secretary, the International Corporate Governance Network has asked for reassurance that the act will be implemented.WORKSPACE AND BLACKROCK IN £100M PROPERTY JOINT VENTUREWorkspace Group, the London property company, is to establish a £100m joint venture with BlackRock, the fund manager, to buy high-yielding property in areas of the market ignored by many real estate investors. Workspace typically buys then turns former industrial and office buildings into more modern premises.COST-CUTS BEHIND REXAM GROWTHThe chief executive of Rexam said the consumer packaging company behind Carlsberg and Ref Bull cans was set to become “boringly predictable” again following a difficult period that forced it into a £350m rights issue. Cost cutting helped Europe’s biggest maker of beverage cans lift annual underlying operating profits by a fifth.THE TIMESBBC CHIEFS STILL COLLECTING BONUSES DESPITE BANThe BBC is still secretly paying hundreds of thousands of pounds in bonuses to executives, despite a public pledge that it would scrap them. A number of top managers have received payments totalling nearly £500,000 in the past two years as part of ongoing contracts.ESPORTA IN PLAY AS RIVALS SHOW INTERESTThe French bank that owns the Esporta health club chain is understood to be considering its options for the business after receiving unsolicited approaches from rival operators. Interest in the Société Générale-owned chain is believed to have been sparked by the bank’s decision last autumn to test the water on a possible £200m sale and leaseback of 17 of Esporta’s tennis-based clubs.The Daily TelegraphFED MEMBER CALLS FOR WALL STREET BANKS TO BE BROKEN UPKansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig has called for Wall Street’s financial giants to be broken up to avoid another another crisis. “I am convinced that the existence of too-big-to-fail financial institutions poses the greatest risk to the US economy,” Hoenig said. “They must be broken up.”F1 TO LOSE $100M FROM BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX CANCELLATION Formula One is expected to lose around $100m (£60m) in revenues due to the cancellation of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, according to new data. Information from F1’s trade guide, Formula Money, show that the teams are expected to lose an estimated $40m from missing Bahrain, with Ferrari set for the biggest fall at $11m.THE WALL STREET JOURNALGOLDEN SHARE AN OPTION FOR EADS Germany’s government is weighing a variety of ways to preserve its influence at Airbus parent EADS, including a partial purchase of Daimler AG’s stake in the European aeronautics company or creating a so-called golden share, but faces numerous hurdles in pursuing any of them. The German cabinet met yesterday to discuss how to remain a counterweight to French power at EADS. GOOGLE PENALISES OVERSTOCK FOR SEARCH TACTICSGoogle has penalized in its search results after the retailer ran afoul of Google policies that prohibit companies from artificially boosting their ranking in the Internet giant’s search engine. Overstock’s pages had recently ranked near the top of results for dozens of common searches. 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first_imgNCBA Group PLC ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about NCBA Group PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgWema Bank Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Wema Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wema Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wema Bank Plc (  2019 annual report.Company ProfileWema Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings account, loans and overdrafts to revolving credit, warehouse financing, letters of credit and invoice discounting/receivable refinancing. Trade services include bills for collection, shipping documents handling, trade finance, invisible trade, offshore guarantees and advisory services. Other products and services support small and medium-sized enterprises, foreign exchange, cash management, retail management and integrated revenue services. Founded in 1945, Wema Bank Plc now as an extensive network of some 125 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Wema Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Photographs Houses “COPY” Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project South Coast of Landes House / Jean-Philippe PARGADE Architecte “COPY” Save this picture!© Sergio Grazia Share CopyHouses•Hossegor, France France Projects Architects: Jean-Philippe PARGADE Architecte Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img 2017 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Burgundy Stone, Larch Wood, Red Cedar, WEEEZEProject Manager:Frédéric GamsConstruction Site Manager:Patrice LalanneSteel Structure Engineering Consultant:Jean Marc WeillConcrete Engineering Consultant:CETISLandscape Design:Diala HaddadArchitect In Charge:Jean-Philippe PARGADECity:HossegorCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Sergio GraziaRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The « South Coast of Landes » house is located between the marine lake and the sea on a dune planted with pine trees and cork oaks.Save this picture!© Sergio GraziaIn fact, this is the transformation of an existing house of which we’ve kept only its built-in basement in the slope of the site.Save this picture!© Sergio GraziaThe new construction made in wood and steel, to be as light as possible, leans on a concrete slab of distribution built on top of the existing basement. The square plan organizes the living room, the open kitchen and two bedrooms around a patio. The two floors communicate via a central staircase. The planted roof is accessible from the patio by another staircase Save this picture!© Sergio GraziaSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Sergio GraziaThe square is emphasized by a gallery surmounted by a protective overhanging porch roof which is surrounding the whole house. The gallery is embellished with sliding trellises.Save this picture!© Sergio GraziaSave this picture!SectionThe materials are uniform everywhere: Burgundy stone for the floors, larch wood for the ceilings and the joinery, Red Cedar for the trellises and concrete for structural elements of underfloor and bracing.Save this picture!© Sergio GraziaSave this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessIlimelgo Reimagines Future of Urban Agriculture in RomainvilleArchitecture NewsV&A Museum / AL_ASelected Projects Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Sergio Grazia Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeJean-Philippe PARGADE ArchitecteOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHossegorFrancePublished on July 04, 2017Cite: “South Coast of Landes House / Jean-Philippe PARGADE Architecte” 04 Jul 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ Fabric/WashiPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WoodParklex International S.L.Wood Finishes in Landaburu BordaSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetallicsTrimoFire Resistant Panel – Trimoterm FTVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Northlight 40-90°SinksAcquabellaSink – LeviCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – EvokeChairs / StoolsBassamFellowsSpindle Chair and StoolMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream South Coast of Landes House / Jean-Philippe PARGADE ArchitecteSave this projectSaveSouth Coast of Landes House / Jean-Philippe PARGADE Architectelast_img read more

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UNICEF UK links giving to climate change adaption projects Howard Lake | 31 March 2010 | News Tagged with: Digital environment Individual giving UNICEF UK’s new Carbon Positive campaign encourages individuals and businesses to take responsibility for the size of their carbon footprint by donating and investing in adaptation projects which help children around the world to thrive amidst the environmental changes they face.UNICEF say that this campaign is about more than being carbon neutral: it encourages people and organisations “to make the link between their own actions and the affect it is already having on children living in vulnerable communities around the world and to take action to help those communities respond effectively to the change”.Visitors to the campaign website can calculate their carbon footprint using an online calculator which takes into account the main areas of carbon usage, including flights, their commute to and from work and the home. UNICEF suggests a donation or “investment” of £10 per ton of carbon.Users then have the opportunity to view a range of areas where UNICEF works to combat the affects of climate change, and then select which adaption project they would like to invest in, for example in disaster risk reduction, water, education, health and nutrition.UNICEF UK Executive Director David Bull said that he was excited that “we are able to offer the public a new way to take responsibility for their contribution to our changing planet and help invest in a positive future for the world’s children”  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_imgNews Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders deplores the brutal murder of Evany José Metzker, an investigative journalist and blogger who was found beheaded in a rural area near Padre Paraiso, in the northeast of the state of Minas Gerais, on 18 May.The local authorities said Metzker, 67, had been missing since 13 May, the date of the last entry in his blog, called Coruja do Vale.According to the Minais Gerais Union of Professional Journalists, Metzker had been investigating drug trafficking and child prostitution for several months. He had also covered several regional corruption cases in his blog, accusing local officials of involvement.Fabricia Nunes, the police commissioner in charge of the investigation, is ruling out neither a crime of passion nor a politically motivated murder, the Minas Gerais Civil Police said.“We condemn this barbaric murder and urge the authorities to concentrate on the possibility of a political motive,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said.“We also call for the investigation to be conducted in an independent, impartial and thorough manner so that this extremely violent crime does not go unpunished. Metzker is the second journalist to be killed this year in Brazil. The Brazilian authorities must take concrete measures to protect media personnel.”Brazil is Latin America’s third most dangerous country for journalists, after Mexico and Colombia. This year’s first media victim in Brazil was Gerardo Servian Coronel, a Paraguayan journalist who was gunned down in the border city of Ponta Pora in March.Brazil is ranked 99th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Receive email alerts News May 20, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist found beheaded in Minas Gerais to go further April 15, 2021 Find out more BrazilAmericas April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America (Logo: EPOCA) Reports BrazilAmericas Follow the news on Brazil Help by sharing this information News May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information July 29, 2020 Find out more RSF_en The Managua-based daily El Nuevo Diario has been under pressure since the start of the year. One of its reporters, Luis Galeano, has received death threats over two sensational corruption stories he wrote for the newspaper, one in January and one in February. At the same time, its management accuses the authorities of obstructing importation of the inputs it needs to print.Galeano received an anonymous SMS on the afternoon of 19 February saying he had “72 hours to live.” The same day, a man in his early 30s left a message at the newspaper that accused its management and Galeano of trying to corrupt the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE). El Nuevo Diario had been preparing to publish a story the next day implicating the CSE and its president, Roberto Rivas, in corruption.“I will carry on working but, given the gravity of these threats, my newspaper and I will refer this case to the Inter-American bodies in order to force the authorities to guarantee our protection,” Galeano told Reporters Without Borders. “These threats are not the first. I received similar ones in January after doing a story about corruption in the General Directorate for Taxes (DGI), the General Directorate for Customs (DGA) and the finance ministry.”El Nuevo Diario accuses the three departments concerned of being responsible for additional harassment aimed at blocking its ability to publish. “We have already had difficulty in obtaining supplies we need, such as newsprint and ink,” publisher Francisco Javier Chamorro told Reporters Without Borders. “And our story on DGI and DGA embezzlement just made things worse.”Although the Nicaraguan constitution exempts news media from import duties on raw material, a law passed by half of the National Assembly in 2006 restricted the exemption to 2.5 per cent of the individual media’s annual gross income. “Several media filed appeals against this law on the grounds of unconstitutionality but their appeals are still pending and the law is still in force,” Chamorro said, adding that the newspaper was receiving a “great deal of support from civil society.”“We urge the authorities to lose no time in providing the protection requested by El Nuevo Diario and Galeano,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We also call for an investigation into the origin of the threats, and for this to include the government departments concerned by the newspaper’s stories. Finally, we call for the repeal of the clearly unconstitutional law that hampers the print media’s operations.” RSF and PEN urge Nicaraguan legislators to reject “foreign agents” bill NicaraguaAmericas News Organisation Follow the news on Nicaragua to go furthercenter_img News Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage September 29, 2020 Find out more February 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper threatened and harassed after stories about corruption Gruesome death threats against Nicaraguan exile journalist NicaraguaAmericas June 29, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alertslast_img read more

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first_imgNews UpdatesAll Unaided Private Educational Institutions “Establishment” For The Purpose Of ESI Act: Madras HC [Read Judgment] Mehal Jain1 Aug 2020 5:04 AMShare This – xAll private educational institutions will come under the purview of the ESI Act and will be treated as an ‘establishment’ for all purposes under it, the Madras High Court has ruled.The order was passed by an all-women bench of Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, Justice Anita Sumanth and Justice P T Asha, dismissing petitions moved by educational institutions, seeking to strike down a November…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?LoginAll private educational institutions will come under the purview of the ESI Act and will be treated as an ‘establishment’ for all purposes under it, the Madras High Court has ruled.The order was passed by an all-women bench of Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, Justice Anita Sumanth and Justice P T Asha, dismissing petitions moved by educational institutions, seeking to strike down a November 26, 2010 order of the Tamil Nadu government extending the provisions of ESI Act to the private educational institutions.”Whether unaided private educational institutions can be treated to be an establishment within the meaning of Section 1(5) of the Employees State Insurance Act, 1948 and be capable of being governed by notifications issued under the 1948 Act as being an establishment being covered within the word ‘otherwise’?”, the full bench sought to answer.The High Court quoted Philosopher Aristotle as saying, “the one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Teaching profession contributes to the elimination of poverty, significantly, through the provision of education. The teachers and their supporting staff in any educational institution should be given the utmost privileges in particular, any statutory benefit”.There is no definition for the word “Establishment” in the ESI Act, noted the bench, observing that the ESI Act being a socio-economic welfare oriented legislation, it has brought with it the avowed objective of securing social and economic justice and upholding human dignity and that it is not a law regulating education.The bench proceeded to read section 1(5) of the Act, which stipulates that the appropriate Government may extend the provisions of this Act or any of them, to any other establishment, or class of establishments, industrial, commercial, agricultural or otherwise.Asserting that it is always the endeavour of the Courts that the social perspective must play upon the interpretative process, the bench opined that the ESI Act can treat the private educational institutions as ‘establishments’ coming within the meaning of the Act and the term ‘otherwise’ has clearly been placed to specify that genus of establishments is not restricted to those organisations, which are industrial, commercial or agricultural only, but also includes organisations like educational institutions.No overlap between the ESI and two State enactments occupying the field “Whether the State Government can extend the applicability of the ESI Act, a Central Act, to educational institutions, when the conditions of service in the field of education find place in two State enactments namely, the Tamil Nadu Recognised Private Schools Act, and the Tamil Nadu Private Colleges Regulation Act, 1976?”, wondered the Court.Section 1(5) of the ESI Act enables the State Government to extend the scheme to any establishments or class of establishments unaided educational institutions being no exception, remarked the bench.As to whether the ESI Act, the 1973 Act and the 1976 Act are operating in the same field, the bench appreciated that the ESI Act is a pre-constitutional law enacted in exercise of powers vested on the Federal Legislature in terms of Entry 27 of List III (Part II) of Schedule VII prescribed under Section 100 of the Government of India Act, 1935. Schedule VII of the Constitution distributes powers between the State legislature and the Parliament. Under Section 100 of the 1935 Act, the power to legislate on the subject of insurance was vested with the Federal legislature in terms of Entry 37 of List I of Schedule VII. However, post framing of the Constitution, the power to legislate qua insurance is solely vested with the Parliament in terms of Entry 47 of List I of Schedule VII under Article 246. Whereas, Entry 25 of the Concurrent List deals with Education, while Entry 23 and 24 deal with “Social security and social insurance; employment and unemployment” and “Welfare of labour including conditions of work, provident funds, employers’ liability, Workmen’s Compensation, invalidity and old age pensions and maternity benefits” respectively. “Thus, it is clear that the ESI Act can be said to be a Central Act falling under Entries 23 and 24 of the Schedule VII”, concluded the bench.It further observed that the 1973 Act is not intended to legislate the subjects covered under Entries 23 and 24, but only with respect to Entry 25, i.e., “education”. In order to regulate the functioning of the private schools and the service conditions of teachers and other employees, it was enacted. It cannot be stated that it automatically excludes any other law covering the insurance under Entry 47 of List I or Entires 23 and 24 of List III, merely because Section 19 of the said Act refers to insurance. “The natural corollary of the above discussion would be that there is no repugnancy between the provisions of the ESI Act and the 1973 Act, as they entire operate in different fields”, the court concluded.It is also stated that the State Government is yet to frame any insurance cover to the teachers of private unaided schools and even to the teachers working in self-finance stream in aided institutions. “…it is disheartening to state that they have been prolonging the implementation of social welfare legislation for nearly a decade, by stalling the impugned notification, which would otherwise have benefited”, said the bench.The bench was of the view that the power under Section 1(5) of the ESI Act has been used by the State to implement what it had envisaged under Section 19 of the 1973 Act, and therefore, there is no illegality in the manner in which, the State has exercised its power, since the overriding provision itself allows for such an order to be made. Noting that perhaps instead of enacting a separate rule in terms of insurance, which would further delay the process, the State Government had thought it fit to extend the already overdue benefit to the employees of educational institutions by issuing the Government Order, the bench continued to observe that even assuming that the State Government had introduced a statute qua insurance under the 1973 Act, it would not lead to repugnancy between the said rule and the ESI Act in view of the proviso to Section 17 of the 1976 Act. “A Government Order or enactment, whichever provides better scheme would survive, while the lesser one would automatically become inapplicable as per the proviso which entitles the employee of better benefits”, said the court. Therefore, it held that apparently there is no repugnancy between the 1973 Act and 1976 Act and the G.O.Ms.No.237 issued under Section1(5) of the ESI Act and hence, no amendment is required to be made either under the ESI Act or under the State Acts to implement/enforce the G.O.Ms.No.237, dated 26.11.2010″When the ESI Act (in its section 61) has already excluded the operation of any other enactment in the field that is governed by the ESI Act, a State cannot enact any Act or rule providing benefits that are similar to the benefits provided under the ESI Act. Even otherwise, Section 87 of the ESI Act provides for exemption for those employer providing better benefits to the employees of educational institutions”, pointed out the bench.No Discrimination between private unaided educational institutions on the one hand and the public and government aided private educational institutions”Whether the State discriminated between private unaided educational institutions on the one hand and the public and government aided private educational institutions on the other by issuing a notification applying the same only to the former, which may amount to an act of invidious discrimination under Article 14 of the Constitution of India so as to enable the petitioners to resist the impugned notification dated 26.11.2010 ?, considered the benchThe bench appreciated that after the advent of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2005, the question of aided or unaided goes, as all the schools are mandated to surrender 25% of their seats and get aid from the government for the Students admitted under the RTE Act. “The proviso to Section 1(4) of the ESI Act came to be inserted with effect from 20.10.1989 and after the said amendment, the applicability of the provisions of the ESI Act to the Government owned or controlled establishments is not automatic, when the Government is of the opinion that the benefits given to the employees under those establishments are substantially similar or superior to the benefits provided under the said Act”, the bench observed.Finally, the bench recorded that a January, 2013 notification issued by the State, has extended the provision of the ESI Act to public, private and aided educational institutions as well, and therefore, there cannot be any discrimination, as alleged.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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