Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.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) 2010 annual report.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
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Projects Debowa Housing Estate / Biuro Projektów ArchitektonicznychSave this projectSaveDebowa Housing Estate / Biuro Projektów Architektonicznych Photographs: S.PolańskiText description provided by the architects. Debowa social housing estate is located in the west part of Katowice, in the district Dąb, near the Voivodship Park of Culture and Recreation in Chorzów. Save this picture!© S.PolańskiThe development consists of two buildings; one residential – commercial, complementary to the west frontage of the Debowa Street and the other for residential use only, located further back within the plot.Save this picture!site planThe residential & commercial building is attached to an early 20th century corner town house and honors its building line, but also accommodates itself to the curve of Debowa Street by creating shape reversals accordingly. Save this picture!© S.PolańskiThe building is raised on the southern side, providing a visual counterbalance to the high attic of the old corner town house. Save this picture!floor planThe residential building situated further back within the plot offers similar reversals as the front one, that helps to exhibit a historical villa enclosing an urban courtyard from the south.Save this picture!dwelling plansThe housing estate consists of 85 flats, mainly of one bedroom flats ranging from 42 to 46 sq m as well as some studio and two bedroom flats. Save this picture!elevationLarge three bedroom flats have been located in the raised part of building and it is designed for family with numerous children.Save this picture!© S.PolańskiA limited budget determined use of simple means in shaping the urban courtyard, dominated by green car parks and formation of new buildings with colorful parts of walls and uninhibited windows – counterbalanced to the monotony of repeatable flats.Save this picture!sectionsThis composition is supplemented by floral and paper bird motifs on the front facade.Save this picture!detail 01Project gallerySee allShow lessMacMag 36ArticlesThe Indicator: Learning from IBMArticlesProject locationAddress:Katowice, PolandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: Biuro Projektów Architektonicznych Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeBiuro Projektów ArchitektonicznychOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingHousingKatowicePolandPublished on June 24, 2011Cite: “Debowa Housing Estate / Biuro Projektów Architektonicznych” 24 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
News February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa News to go further RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan August 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Associated Press journalist kidnapped near Baqouba News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” News December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the fate of Talal Mohammed, an Iraqi news reporter and photographer employed by the Associated Press, after the US news agency revealed yesterday that he was kidnapped on 28 July near Baqouba, 55 km northeast of Baghdad.“Iraqi journalists are often the target of insurgents operating throughout the country in a climate of generalised impunity,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the Iraqi authorities and the US military to do everything possible to quickly obtain Mohammed’s release. He joins the long list of journalists in Iraq who have been the victims of abduction, an increasingly common practice. Neither foreign nor local journalists are now safe.”Mohammed was travelling with a friend to Baghdad when they were stopped at an illegal checkpoint near Baqouba in an area regarded as a stronghold of Sunni rebels who support Al Qaeda. They were taken away by masked gunmen. Mohammed’s companion, who was later released, they were interrogated in a location he could not identify, and that Mohammed was beaten. Mohammed’s family has received no news of him since the friend’s release.Aged 40, Mohammed had been working for the AP since last autumn. The news agency did not report his kidnapping until yesterday because it had been in contact with the US military authorities in the region in a bid to obtain his release.Meanwhile, Hassan Shaheed Al-Azzawi, an Iraqi journalist employed by the Al Sabah daily newspaper, was released by his kidnappers today in Kut, 175 km northeast of Baghdad, two days after he was abducted. No information was available about the identity of his kidnappers or where they held him.An estimated 84 journalists and media assistants have been kidnapped in Iraq since the start of the US-led invasion in March 2003. A total of 42 were released and 25 were killed by their abductors. In all, 198 journalists and media assistants have been killed in Iraq, including five AP employees. December 16, 2020 Find out more
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Hudson Ave. Pasadena, CA 91109Re: Response to Concerns About Melkonian High SchoolDear Dr. McDonald, Board President Cahalan, and Members of the Board of Education:Thank you for the opportunity last Thursday evening for Melkonian High School (“MHS”) and its supporters to participate in the public hearing to share about our great passion and need for a dependent charter school in Pasadena Unified School District (“PUSD” or the “District”). As evident at the Board meeting, students, parents, and other community members are greatly interested in seeing MHS established as a dependent charter school under the guidance and partnership with PUSD to serve our community with MHS’s unique Armenian dual-language enrollment program.There were several comments and/or questions raised during the Board meeting regarding MHS. This letter seeks to address the concerns and clarify any misunderstandings surrounding our proposed charter petition, and to reiterate MHS’s strong commitment to work with PUSD staff to resolve any outstanding concerns or questions about our charter, so that we can prepare to open our doors to students this coming fall.1. Alternative Programs Would Not Meet the Needs of Families Interested in MHSThere were several comments, both by members of the public and members of the Board, which suggested that the District should consider alternate means to address MHS’s desire for an Armenian dual-language enrollment program, possibly by creating new programs within existing PUSD schools.However, these comments fail to take into consideration one of the most important aspects of opening MHS, which is to allow students who currently reside outside of PUSD and/ or attend private schools the opportunity to enroll at a public charter school within PUSD. Charter schools must admit all students who wish to attend, unless they receive more applications than there are spaces, in which case, the charter schools must hold a public random drawing to determine admission. Admission to charter schools are not determined according to the place of residence of the student or the student’s parent/guardian within the state. Thus, MHS would allow more flexibility for students who reside outside of PUSD to attend. However, creating new programs within existing PUSD schools would require these same students to seek inter-district transfers in order to attend an existing PUSD school.2. MHS Would Not Deprive Other PUSD Schools, But Would Benefit PUSD By Increasing Enrollment in PUSD and Rallying Community Support and EngagementThere were some concerns that the creation of a dependent charter school in PUSD would deprive or negatively impact existing PUSD schools, which have been affected by several school closures in the District.As fellow students, parents, and community members, the MHS community empathizes with PUSD students, families, staff, and Board members who are still coping with the sadness and difficulty of the recent school closures in the District. MHS also sees the great potential for change and growth in PUSD. MHS can play an important role through its unique and innovative charter school model which will be a positive contribution to the strength and stability of PUSD.Also, as shared during the public hearing, MHS would bring students who would otherwise attend private schools or public schools in other districts to attend a dependent charter school in PUSD. These new students would increase the District’s ADA, which would financially contribute to PUSD.As evidenced by the large turnout at the Board meeting, there is great excitement and support for MHS in the local Armenian-American community. Local families and business are interested in fundraising to support MHS and its programs. Thus, as supported by the budget documents submitted with our charter, MHS expects to be fiscally sound beginning in year 1 of operations, and would not be a burden to the District nor deprive existing District schools of its resources. MHS believes that our new charter school can help to rally greater community support and engagement in PUSD.3. MHS is Committed to Collaborating with PUSD Staff and Unions to Create a Mutually Agreeable Dependent Charter SchoolThere was some concern and questions raised regarding MHS’s desire to be authorized as a “dependent” charter school within PUSD. As shared at the Board meeting, MHS engaged in conversations with the District Superintendent, which is where MHS learned of the possibility of a dependent charter school model and began to recognize the mutual benefits of becoming a dependent charter school in PUSD.MHS recognizes that a dependent charter school requires a lot of collaboration and input from the various parties involved. Thus, MHS has engaged with District staff and reached out toBoard members in efforts to collaborate with PUSD to ensure that MHS can be established with the mutual support and agreement of all parties involved and impacted.During these planning stages, PUSD staff did not appear to be willing to commit yet to specific aspects of how MHS would be operated. Thus, MHS submitted a proposed charter petition with the intent that the formal submission of MHS’s petition could fuel more intentional conversations and decision-making between PUSD and MHS, to ultimately open MHS as a new dependent charter school in PUSD with the full support of all those involved.* * *Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] with any questions regarding our charter petition. We thank you for your consideration of the MHS charter petition, and we look forward to continuing to work with PUSD staff to ensure that any outstanding questions or concerns are fully resolved.Sincerely,Arsine Shirvanian Maro Yacoubian President of MGO Co-Founder of MHS Visionary Founder of MHS 17 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News
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in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Headlines, News, Secondary Market Print This Post About Author: Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago June 12, 2017 5,551 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Delinquency Gorsuch Originations Secondary Market Supreme Court Home / Daily Dose / Supreme Court: Secondary Markets Not Subject to FDCPA Regulations 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 The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Supreme Court: Secondary Markets Not Subject to FDCPA Regulations Previous: Estimated $17 Billion April Credit Gain Only $8.2 Billion Next: Subprime Mortgages Moving From Rearview Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Delinquency Gorsuch Originations Secondary Market Supreme Court 2017-06-12 Joey Pizzolato Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] A recent unanimous Supreme Court decision on Monday could have vast implications for the mortgage and loan industry, particularly the secondary market, unless the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is amended by Congress.In the case Henson et al. v. Santander Consumer USA Inc., the petitioners claimed that Santander, who had bought a number of defaulted car loans from CitiFinancial Auto, had to abide by the rules and regulations set out by the FDCPA as debt collectors, not loan originators who were trying to collect a debt for themselves. The petitioners brought their case in front of the Supreme Court in an appeal of the 4th Circuit Court ruling that, ultimately, the Act defines debt collectors as a person or entity that “regularly seek[s] to collect debts ‘owed … to another.’” The court found that, since Santander was seeking to collect the debt they themselves were owed, they were not collecting on behalf of another person or entity. The petitioners continued this same line of semantic argument in front of the Supreme Court. The word “owed” they said, is a past participle of the verb “to owe,” which would encompass the attempted collection of any debt previously owed to another. The Supreme Court, however, thought this to be too much a stretch. They are of the opinion that Congress has, in the past, been very specific as to their definitions, and that while they may not have envisioned a time when the secondary market would be such a large industry, that still did not change the fact it was not within the purview of the court to extend the reach of the a law. In the report, Justice Neil Gorsuch writes, “And while it is of course our job to apply faithfully the law Congress has written, it is never our job to rewrite a constitutionally valid statutory text under the banner of speculation about what Congress might have done had it faced a question that, one everyone’s account, it never faced.” So what does this mean for the mortgage industry? Any entity, bank, or credit union that purchases a defaulted loan is not, under the letter of the law, considered a debt collector, and thereby not subject to the rules and regulations set in place by FDCPA. It is worth noting, though, that the petitioners believed Congress excluded loan originators from the Act because Congress believed they already had legal and economic incentives for good behavior. Given that many organizations that participate in the secondary market also have business dealings in originations, there is reason to believe the good behavior could continue without congressional intervention, although it may be necessary. “Many wondered what impact U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch would have on the court, and now we know: author of a 9-0 decision “limiting” the definition of a debt collector, meaning someone buying debt to collect it for themselves does not fall under the FDCPA,” said Michelle Gilbert, Managing Partner of Gilbert Garcia Group P.A. “Given the expansion of the reach of the FDCPA by courts and judges since its enactment in 1977, this decision should propel our industry to work harder to lobby Congress for changes in the law.” Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe
The Ad CouncilBy STACY CHEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Producer and writer Alan Yang partnered up with The Ad Council, the non-profit organization, to release a public service announcement about the surge in anti-Asian sentiment brought on by COVID-19.The campaign features an all Asian American cast, including essential workers like a firefighter, a grocery store worker, a nurse and a doctor, detailing their experience with COVID-related harassment and discrimination.Known for Master of None and Parks and Recreation, Yang said this project was not only relevant for this moment in time but it also felt personal.When Yang was doing press for his film Tigertail in April, he recalled social media users leaving hateful comments like “go back to China” and “coronavirus.” One of the lead actors in Tigertail, Tzi Ma, shared with Yang about his encounter with a racist man in a Whole Food’s parking lot in California.Calling these incidents eye-opening, Yang said this behavior is fundamentally un-American.“This country is built on acceptance,” Yang told ABC News, adding, “Sadly, this PSA couldn’t be more timely.”Celebrity chef Melissa King, who also participated in the PSA, told ABC News she felt the need to speak up as her family and friends have also been targets of racial slurs and discrimination.“It’s extremely upsetting to hear that,” King said. “We are in 2020, yet it feels like we’re moving very backwards.”In the most recent “Stop AAPI Hate” report released by a coalition of civil rights organizations, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been the target of more than 2,000 discriminatory incidents.When it became widely known that the novel coronavirus originated from Wuhan, China, xenophobia against Asian Americans was immediately on the rise in the U.S., experts said. Though the story dominated headlines in the beginning, it has largely resulted in little federal and state response.Most efforts addressing this untoward trend have come from online campaigns led by Asian American organizations and celebrities, spurring hashtags like #WashTheHate, #AllAmericans, #UnapolegeticallyAsian, #TakeOutHate etc.As part of Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, the PSA ends with this plea, “Fight the virus, fight the bias.”Sheri Klein, vice president of Group Campaign Director at Ad Council, said they hope the campaign is more than just a hashtag.“This is not a one and done deal, we’re really in the long-term fight to educate the public,” in the fight against racism and bias, Klein told ABC News.According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, Asian adults in the country are the most likely to say “they have been subject to slurs or jokes because of their race or ethnicity since the outbreak began, compared with 21% of Black adults, 15% of Hispanic adults and 8% of white adults.”Beyond the personal experiences however, “about four-in-10 U.S. adults say it is more common for people to express racist or racially insensitive views about people who are Asian than it was before the coronavirus outbreak,” the survey finds.“We still think 40% is not that much given how rampant it truly is,” Klein said.They hope their national reach and platform of resources can help increase the public’s awareness in order to “stop the spread of racism.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
EIG Global Energy Partners has agreed to sell its approximately 27.5% stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolívia-Brasil (TBG) to Fluxys, a Belgium-based natural gas transmission system operator.TBG owns and operates the Brazilian section of the Bolívia-Brazil pipeline (GASBOL), which is a nearly 2,600km natural gas pipeline system, including the main natural gas transportation network in the south of Brazil.The pipeline system spans the states of Mato Grosso do Sul, São Paulo, Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil.EIG said that the GASBOL has capacity to transport approximately 30 million cubic meters of natural gas per day (1.1 billion cubic feet per day) from Bolivia and Brazil’s offshore pre-salt fields to key markets in Brazil.EIG CEO Blair Thomas said: “We are thrilled to have reached agreement with Fluxys for the sale of our interest in TBG. It has been a privilege to support the growth and development of GASBOL, critical infrastructure that delivers natural gas to key markets in Brazil, including Sao Paulo and the industrial regions in the southeastern part of the country.“This investment underscores our dual commitment to supporting growth and development in this important region of the world while creating value for our investors.“Today’s sale positions the EIG portfolio for additional opportunities in Brazil, and we look forward to partnering with Fluxys where possible.”EIG expects the transaction to be concluded in approximately two months, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions precedent.Furthermore, the two companies EIG and Fluxys also intend to explore further strategic cooperation in Brazil’s gas infrastructure market.EIG has also invested in Gas Natural Açu (GNA), an operational LNG terminal, natural gas and power hub with 6.4GW of gas-fired power under development at the Port of Açu.In 2018, Fluxys and its consortium partners acquired a 35.76% stake in Dunkerque LNG, the owner of the LNG terminal in Dunkirk in France, from EDF and Total. TBG owns and operates the Brazilian section of the Bolívia-Brazil pipeline (GASBOL), which is a nearly 2,600km natural gas pipeline system EIG has also invested in Gas Natural Açu (GNA). (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.)
It’s the end day of voting in the OUSU elections and I am exhausted. I’ve spent the past two weeks flyering in the rain, going from college to college husting, and awkwardly messaging people to persuade them to vote. As a candidate for VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities, the irony about the toll these past few weeks has placed on my welfare is not lost on me. The fact that OUSU has a crisis with engagement is often discussed but to be honest, having run in these elections, I can see why you wouldn’t want to. Over the past week, myself and others running in the election participated in 12 hustings at various colleges across Oxford. Average turnout was about 10 people everywhere and OUSU central hustings was notably lacking anyone who didn’t already know one or more of the candidates. Gearing yourself up to talk to an empty room is difficult, and the time consuming nature of hustings means that what should be a fun and enjoyable opportunity to engage with students across the university quickly becomes a drag. I’ve been lucky to have been running against two wonderful candidates, Jenny Walker and Sandy Downs, and we agreed early on that if any of us needed to take a welfare break from husts, none of us would go. People running for other positions were not as fortunate. Another problem has been the financial burden that OUSU elections places on candidates. Sabbatical candidates running on their own can spend up to £135 with £10 extra for every other sabbatical candidate on a slate. Thankfully, limits are placed on spending with receipts being required to be submitted at the end of the election but £135 is no small amount of money. OUSU offer some financial support for candidates to apply for but I was not informed of how much money I would be receiving until Monday, a day before the polls opened. Fortunately, I had launched a crowd-funding campaign a week before and thanks to generous donations, I was more than able to adequately fund my campaign. Yet, there was a large amount of time where it looked like I was going to be unable to utilise the amount of money all candidates were entitled to. The financial situation in OUSU elections also favours slates who can split the amount they are entitled to spend between them. Slates are groups of people who are registered to campaign together; candidates running on their own then can’t endorse anyone running. When I decided to run independently, I was told it was my ‘political death.’ Ignoring whatever that means, running independently is seen as being useless and impractical because you are considered unlikely to win. Now I don’t know what tonight’s result will be but I do know that I have had some great conversations throughout this campaign. I’ve been given a platform to talk about what I think needs to be changed at this university, which has been an honour. And a number of people have said lots of lovely, complimentary things about me. All of this will be true regardless of the outcome. Because independent candidates are not allowed to endorse others for fear of being accused of ‘cross-slating’, OUSU elections become about individuals rather than ideas. There is, of course, an element of scrutiny required with the individuals running in an election, but I believe that the strength of ideas often gives a good indication of what the individual will be like. Running independently has meant that all of the burden has been placed on myself. I haven’t been able to voice my opinions about who I would want to work with should I get the role, despite the fact that we have to be part of a team and having watched everyone hust 10+ times, I have a pretty good idea about who is the best. Everyone acknowledges that elections are tough but I think there are a number of things that can be done to make OUSU elections more accessible for everyone. Firstly, reformulating the way husts work, either by geographical location or moving to a more online web-based system of videos. Secondly, considering how much money candidates really need to spend on a campaign. And thirdly, either ending slating or relaxing cross-slating rules. People should be able to run for OUSU without being emotionally or financially put off, and currently that is not the case.