Zambia Sugar Plc 2014 Annual Report

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first_imgZambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileZambia Sugar Plc is the largest sugar producer in Zambia. The company has interests in growing sugar cane and producing raw sugar and specialty sugar products for domestic and export markets. Zambia Sugar produces sugar products under the Whitespoon brand name, and exports niche-market sugars countries in the European Union. The sugar enterprise has cane estates and a sugar factor in Nakambala in the South West Province of Zambia. Its total annual sugar production capacity ranges from 200 000 tons to 450 000 tons. Zambia Sugar is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. Illovo produces raw and refined for local and export markets with sugar cane grown by independent out-growers. Zambia Sugar Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Standard Chartered Bank Plc 2015 Annual Report

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first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc (SCZ.zm)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc is a leading financial services company providing products and services in three key segments: corporate and institutional banking (CIB), retail banking and commercial banking. The financial institution has a national footprint with 25 branches and four electronic banking centres located in the Copperbelt, Lusaka, Northern, North Western, Southern and Western Provinces. The CIB division provides corporate clients with solutions for trading, corporate finance, loans, trade finance, cash management, deposits and treasury. The Retail division services personal, priority and business clients; providing solutions for transactional accounts, deposits, overdrafts and loans, and investment service. The Commercial division manages mid-sized companies that fall between CIB and Retail banking. Standard Chartered Bank Zambia is a subsidiary of the Standard Chartered Bank Group which is an international financial services conglomerate, with headquarters in London, United Kingdom. Standard Chartered Bank Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Jaque Fourie’s two great tries against the Crusaders

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first_imgSaturday May 1, 2010 Jaque Fourie’s two great tries against the Crusaders The Stormers celebrated a return to Cape Town with a convincing 42-14 trouncing of top four rivals the Crusaders in the Super 14 on Friday. Centre Jaque Fourie scored two great tries as they beat the seven times champion Crusaders.There were over 48 000 fans at Newlands to welcome the Stormers back as the two best defensive sides in the tournament battled it out in a game that ultimately came down to the boot of flyhalf Peter Grant, who kicked 27 points on his own.The Crusaders scored twice, through Dan Carter and Colin Slade, but the Stormers managed three of their own with two to Fourie and one to big Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki.The first try scored by Fourie was a classic as he used his deceptive speed and strength to glide past and fend off the Crusaders tacklers. The mob over the tryline gives you an idea of how good, and how valued that try was for the Stormers.The second was a fairly simple finish to what was a great set piece move executed to perfection. Ricky Januaries timing and the injection of pace from Gio Aplon played a vital part in setting up Fourie for the run in.With the win, the Stormers become the first South Africa side to ever record a clean sweep over all New Zealand sides in a Super Rugby season. Theyre looking good for a home semi final, but face two tough matches ahead, against both the Sharks and the Bulls. Time: 03:08ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. 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Jaque Fourie’s two great tries against the Crusaders | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

Stormont row – Bradley says Nesbitt and Adams are “both wrong and both right”

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first_img By admin – September 10, 2015 Previous articleCallanan and Keegan named August Player’s of the MonthNext articleAA Roadwatch warn motorists to be prepared for flooding in Donegal admin Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry The former Vice Chair of the Northern Ireland Policing Board says the Irish and British governments must become more involved in the discussions on the future of the Stormont Assembly.Speaking on the Shaun Doherty Show today, Denis Bradley said the Good Friday Agreement is a treaty beween Dublin and London, as well as the Northern parties, and that imposes responsibilities on them that they cannot ignore.Mr Bradley says the key issue at the moment is that elements of republicanism have maintained arms, while the official structures of the IRA have been dismantled.He says while Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt and Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams appear to be taking opposite positions, the truth is far more complex…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/dennispast.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Stormont row – Bradley says Nesbitt and Adams are “both wrong and both right” Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

‘You took my life away’: Father speaks out after daughter, grandchildren and ex-wife killed in shooting

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first_imgavid_creative/Getty Images(ST. CHARLES, Mo.) — A man whose daughter, two grandchildren and ex-wife were all fatally shot, allegedly by his daughter’s boyfriend, is now grappling with why this happened.“The whole thing is confusing,” said Rick Moeckel, whose 39-year-old daughter Kate Kasten, 10-year-old grandson Jonathan Kasten, 8-year-old granddaughter Zoe Kasten and 61-year-old ex-wife Jane Moeckel were all killed Friday.The suspect, Richard Darren Emery, was Kate Kasten’s live-in boyfriend, who Rick Moeckel described as “a nice guy.”“He and Kate, when they were together, always had big smiles on their faces,” Rick Moeckel said of the suspect, who went by his middle name, Darren.Emery lived with Kate Kasten and her two children, whose father Kory died about two years ago after a years-long battle with cancer. Jane Moeckel — Kate Kasten’s mother and Rick Moeckel’s ex-wife — was staying with Emery and Kasten temporarily as she recovered from knee surgery.Rick Moeckel said that the shooting has “sunk in,” and he believes that Emery is the one responsible, but he still has questions about what prompted the murders, especially after seeing Emery’s booking photo.“The look on his face is not the Darren that I knew. That picture looked to be a picture of a person with no soul. An angry, mean person,” he said.That comes in contrast to the man he knew, and who he saw most recently at a family holiday dinner on Dec. 23.“He was a happy guy. He was deep frying a turkey,” Rick Moeckel said of Emery.Emery, 46, appeared briefly in court Monday, noting that he does not currently have an attorney and that he understands the 15 charges against him — including four counts of first degree murder, seven counts of armed criminal action, three counts of first degree assault, and one count of attempted robbery.Emery was arrested after avoiding police for several hours — attempting to steal a woman’s car and attacking her — before being apprehended at a convenience store.Rick Moeckel said that his daughter and Emery had been dating for about a year and a half, and he had no reason to suspect any history of domestic violence.He also said that his ex-wife never mentioned suspicions of any violence in the relationship either.“Their grandmother was around a lot, she did a lot of babysitting, she never said anything that something was out of the ordinary,” Rick Moeckel said.“[Jane Moeckel] was a force to be dealt with, and Kate was probably her mother on steroids, just a strong-willed person, and if you crossed her, you were in trouble,” he said.The investigation into the case is ongoing, and while the motive remains a mystery, Rick Moeckel said that the presence of guns in the home is not surprising as he said that they were all comfortable with weapons.“They all shot,” Rick Moeckel said of his daughter’s family. “Last Christmas, they gave [Jonathan Kasten, the 10-year-old victim] a rifle and they would go target practicing, so guns were not uncommon.”The St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the next hearing is set for Jan. 8, and the subsequent trial is still a ways off, but Rick Moeckel said that he hopes Emery faces the death penalty.When asked what he would say to Emery if given the chance, Rick Moeckel said, “The first question you’d have is, why? Why would you do this? Nobody shoots kids. You don’t shoot kids.”“I would just tell him that you took my life away,” he said. “It’s beyond belief.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Olivia Ambrose found crying with ‘horrified’ look next to alleged kidnapper: Documents

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first_imgimaginima/iStock(BOSTON) — A 23-year-old woman allegedly held against her will was crying and had “a horrified look on her face” when police found her at her suspected kidnapper’s Boston home, according to court documents.Victor Pena, the 38-year-old charged in the kidnapping of Olivia Ambrose, was arrested after authorities say he was found at his Charlestown apartment Tuesday with Ambrose, who vanished Saturday night.When the investigation into Ambrose’s disappearance was intensifying, police followed the last known ping from her phone to an apartment complex. Detectives showed surveillance images to neighbors, who said the suspect looked like Pena, according to the documents obtained by ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV.The missing 23-year-old’s phone also re-activated and she began sending messages to her mother, the documents said.Maintenance staff was called in to open the door to Pena’s apartment on Tuesday, the documents said, and before drilling the lock, detectives waited about 20 minutes and knocked numerous times.“Once the top lock was dismantled but prior to the lower locks being opened, the detectives heard the locks opening from the inside,” the documents said.Pena, who was at the doorway, “resisted violently” when authorities tried to handcuff him, according to the documents.Ambrose told a detective “she was being held against her will,” and that Pena took her phone and “refused to let her leave the apartment for the entire time she was held there,” according to the documents.Pena made his first appearance in court on Wednesday, during which it was determined he would undergo a further mental evaluation.A doctor who examined Pena said he showed signs of psychosis.Pena will be taken to a mental institution for a more sophisticated screening before he returns to court on Feb. 11.Ambrose’s disappearance began Saturday night after she left Hennessey’s Bar in Boston with a man who has been identified and eliminated as a suspect, police said.Ambrose was then engaged by two men, one of whom was identified as Pena, police said, citing surveillance video.Pena and the other man were seen on surveillance video watching her stagger across the street before following her, according to documents.The other man seen on video has since been cleared by detectives, police said Wednesday.Surveillance video showed Pena physically guiding Ambrose, according to authorities, who said the young woman wasn’t going along willingly.Ambrose’s family reported her missing on Sunday, police said, prompting a massive search, and the investigation led authorities on Tuesday to Pena’s apartment.Ambrose was taken to a hospital, police said. The 23-year-old then returned to her family’s home Tuesday night, according to WCVB-TV.Police are investigating whether Ambrose and the suspect met at the bar or had a chance meeting on the street, authorities said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

LOSITO, MICHAEL N.

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first_imgA funeral mass was held July 6 at St. Peter the Apostle Church, River Edge, for Michael N. Losito, better known as “Mike Marine”, 93, a resident of Secaucus. He passed away July 3 at Villa Marie Claire in Saddle River. Born and raised on Adams Street in Hoboken, he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and defended this country in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in the Japanese theater of World War II, fighting in the battles of Saipan, Tinian, and Okinawa. After the war, he began his career on the NY/NJ waterfront as a longshoreman, checker, hiring agent, and stevedore superintendent throughout his 50 plus years. In 1951, he married his wife Marie Ceglie at St. Francis Church in Hoboken. Michael is survived by his wife Marie, his son John, and his son Carl and his wife Bernadette. He is also the grandfather of Michael and his wife Julia, John, Carl, Jr., and Maria, as well as the great-grandfather of Daniel and Grace.Services arranged by the Beaugard-McKnight Funeral Home, River Edge.last_img read more

Forward thinking on HIV

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first_imgFor years, doctors treating HIV have recognized a relationship between how faithfully patients take prescribed drugs and how likely the virus is to develop drug resistance. More recently, research has shown that the relationship between adherence to a drug regimen and resistance is different for each of the drugs that make up the “cocktail” used to control the disease.New research by Harvard scientists could help explain why those differences exist, and may help doctors quickly and cheaply design drug combinations less likely to result in resistance.A team led by Martin Nowak, professor of mathematics and of biology and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, has developed a technique for modeling the effects of various treatments and for predicting whether the treatments will cause the virus to develop resistance. The work is described in a paper in Nature Medicine.“What we demonstrate in this paper is a prototype for predicting, through modeling, whether a patient at a given adherence level is likely to develop resistance to treatment,” said Alison Hill, a Ph.D. student in biophysics in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) and co-first author of the paper. “Compared to the time and expense of a clinical trial, this method offers a relatively easy way to make these predictions. And, as we show in the paper, our results match with what doctors are seeing in clinical settings.”The hope, said Nowak, is that the new technique will take some of the guesswork out of what is now largely a trial-and-error process.“This is a mathematical tool that will help design clinical trials,” he said. “Right now, researchers are using trial and error to develop these combination therapies. Our approach uses the mathematical understanding of evolution to make the process more akin to engineering.”Developing a model that can make such predictions required huge amounts of data.Hill and Daniel Scholes Rosenbloom, a GSAS Ph.D. student in organismic and evolutionary biology and another co-first author, turned to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where Professor Robert F. Siliciano was working with Ph.D. student Alireza Rabi (also a co-first author) to study how the HIV virus reacted to varying drug dosages.Their research proved critical to the model that Hill, Rabi, and Rosenbloom eventually designed, because the level of the drug in patients — even those who adhere to their treatment perfectly — varies. When drug levels are low — as they are between doses, or if a dose is missed — the virus is better able to replicate and grow. Higher drug levels, by contrast, may keep the virus in check, but they also increase the risk of mutant strains of the virus, leading to drug resistance.Armed with the data from Johns Hopkins, Hill, Rabi, and Rosenbloom created a computer model that could predict whether and how much the virus, or a drug-resistant strain, was growing based on how strictly patients stuck to their drug regimen.“Our model is essentially a simulation of what goes on during treatment,” Rosenbloom said. “We created a number of simulated patients, each of whom had different characteristics, and then we said, ‘Let’s imagine these patients have 60 percent adherence to their treatment — they take 60 percent of the pills they’re supposed to.’ Our model can tell us what their drug concentration is over time, and based on that, we can say whether the virus is growing or shrinking, and whether they’re likely to develop resistance.”The predictions, Rosenbloom explained, can then serve as a guide to researchers as they work to design drug cocktails to combat HIV.Hill and Rosenbloom said they plan to continue to refine the model.“The prototype we have so far looks at concentrations of drugs in blood plasma,” Rosenbloom said. “But a number of drugs don’t penetrate other parts of the body, like the brains or the gut, with the same efficiency, so it’s important to model these other areas where the concentrations of drugs might not be as high.”Ultimately, though, the model provides new hope to patients by helping doctors design better, cheaper, and more-efficient treatments, the researchers said.“Over the past 10 years, the number of HIV-infected people receiving drug treatment has increased immensely,” Hill said. “Figuring out what the best ways are to treat people in terms of cost-effectiveness, adherence, and the chance of developing resistance is going to become even more important.”last_img read more

Chris O’Dowd Comes Clean About Airbnb Violations & Photobombing Whoopi

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first_img Chris O’Dowd Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 View Comments Related Shows Star Files Of Mice and Men Better hope your Airbnb hosts don’t watch Late Night or read Broadway.com, Chris O’Dowd. The Of Mice and Men Tony nominee revealed to Seth Meyers that he and his wife basically ignore the “no pets” rule and smuggle their dog and cat into their rented New York apartments. The actor also shared that he was “mid-spoon” when he heard the news about his Tony nod (we also hear that he was naked and eating waffles). In addition to a Tony nomination, O’Dowd’s Broadway debut has also caused the actor to look like he’s “eaten Russell Crowe,” bond with fellow Broadway Lennie James Earl Jones and photobomb a certain EGOT-er. Take a look at the hilarious and revealing interview below!last_img read more

Latin America Symposium Reveals Insights on Regional Politics and Economies

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first_imgBy Dialogo April 09, 2013 At a symposium about Latin America held in Miami, Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón said that most Colombians are no longer frightened by terrorism and organized crime. “Today, for the average Colombian citizen, terrorism is something that is seen on television but that no longer affects them directly,” Pinzón said to an audience of academics, diplomats, businessmen, university students, journalists, and military personnel that attended the event organized by the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami. Pinzón attributed this change to the efforts made for over a decade, among which he recognized the progress made by the governments of Andrés Pastrana, Álvaro Uribe, and current President Juan Manuel Santos, as well as the boost given by Plan Colombia –which the United States carried out, calling it “a relatively small investment with a huge impact.” “Since Plan Colombia started, we increased training in special operations, technologies used for intelligence-gathering, counter drug efforts, as well as cooperation. As a result, we have seen a change in the threat we are confronting,” the minister said. According to Pinzón, who has been Minister of Defense for 19 months, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had 21,000 combatants, as well as 20,000 militias in 2000. Between 2010 and 2011, that figure was reduced to 9,000 armed guerrillas and 10,000 militias, and by “late 2012, there were less than 8,000 armed terrorists, and 9,000 militias,” he stated. As for the future of peace talks with the FARC, the minister said, “personally, I think the battle against terrorist organizations will continue for several months, but no longer than five years, because if these individuals do not understand that this is their last chance, they will continue to weaken in their position to the extent that they will become no more than an ordinary criminal gang,” he concluded. The VIII Latin America Symposium, created by the Center for Hemispheric Policy at the University of Miami, also featured the participation of regional experts, who discussed topics such as the changing Latin American political environment, commercial relations between the United States and Latin America, the future of Venezuela, and the role of regional economies, namely those of Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, on the region as a whole. The topic of Venezuela, which captured the attention of participants and panelists, was addressed by Professor Javier Corrales from the Political Science School at Amherst College, in Massachusetts. According to the scholar, the leftist movement that was led by late President Hugo Chávez reached its peak, and is now in decline. Other participants, such as Brian Latell, a fellow researcher from the Institute for Cuban & Cuban-American Studies at the University of Miami, even said that if Nicolás Maduro was elected, he will face too many difficulties to keep ‘Chavism’ alive. Among the speakers was Brazilian Ambassador to the U.S. Mauro Vieira, who said that since 2000, the combination of an accelerated economic development, a low unemployment rate, and a controlled inflation in Brazil has favored the increase of national and foreign investment in the country. For example, the diplomat said that during 2012, a considerable increase in U.S. investments was observed in his country at the same time as Brazilian companies were seen investing in U.S. capital. “We are united by bonds that can be traced back to 1822, when the U.S. was the first country to recognize Brazil as a democratic state,” he said. The Brazilian Ambassador in Washington also stressed that the social policies applied by the governments of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff allowed 24 million people to step out of poverty, and 31 million others to become part of the middle class.last_img read more