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Aiico Insurance Plc ( 2017 Annual Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (  2017 annual report.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Demings, Murphy, Soto Announce Over $2.8 Million in Federal Funding to…

first_img Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Money will be used to purchase electric buses to operate in downtown OrlandoFrom the Office of U.S. Representative Val DemingsU.S. Reps. Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, and Darren Soto announced Friday that the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority (LYNX) will receive a competitive federal grant of $2.84 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation. LYNX will use the federal funding to rehabilitate and replace aging buses, vans, and facilities to ensure Central Florida’s public transportation infrastructure is modern and environmentally sustainable.“I’m proud to announce this critical federal funding for new LYNX buses to serve Central Florida,” said Rep. Demings. “Clean, reliable public transportation is an important part of the Orlando experience for visitors to downtown Orlando and our world class attractions, and it is essential for the thousands of residents who count on LYNX to safely get to work and home again. I will continue to support funding that enhances the quality of life to everyone in Central Florida.”“Reliable bus service has always been critical in a growing region like Central Florida, but it is now crucially important during this pandemic,” said Rep. Murphy. “Throughout this crisis, Lynx helps Central Floridians get to work, visit their doctor, or go to the grocery store. I am proud to announce these federal dollars to upgrade our bus fleet, and I will keep fighting to bring home federal investments to strengthen our economy and keep our families safe.”“Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Floridians deserve to be safe at home, at work and everywhere in between. With this grant, we have the opportunity to improve our air quality and transform the perception of public transportation in Orlando.” said Rep. Soto. “Not only will these electric buses be better for our environment, but they will also lower LYNX’s operating costs, ensuring the city has a free and sustainable option for Central Floridians to get around. I look forward to seeing our community adapt to this new normal and continue to make bus travel clean, safe and environmentally sustainable.”LYNX is planning to use the grant funding to purchase electric buses to operate on its LYMMO Orange and Lime lines which circulate downtown Orlando and provide direct service to the Amway Center, Orange County Courthouse, Lake Eola Park, LYNX Central Station, UCF Downtown, and Valencia College Downtown free of charge. In addition to eliminating emissions, investment in electric buses offers a variety of benefits including less vibration and noise, and lower operating costs.LYNX serves Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties. It covers an area of approximately 2,500 square miles and serves a resident population of more than 1.8 million people. The fleet includes more than 310 air-conditioned coaches and prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, provided 79,000 rides each weekday and over 25 million passenger trips in 2019.For more information about the Bus and Bus Facilities Grant, please click here. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSCentral Florida Regional Transportation AuthorityFederal GrantLYNXOrange CountyU.S. Representative Darren SotoU.S. Representative Stephanie MurphyU.S. Representative Val Demings Previous articleThe Courage to WriteNext articleApopka Farmers, Growers, Ranchers: SJRWMD announces application deadline for agricultural cost-share funds Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Quarter of charity staff have had pay cuts, says Keep Britain Working

first_img  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 A survey by the Keep Britain Working campaign has found that 24% of charity and voluntary workers have had their pay cut since the recession began nine months ago.The survey of 1,600 workers has also found that 20% have experienced a reduction in hours and 10% have lost benefits.Overall, more than half of all UK workers (54%) have experienced a cut in pay, a reduction in hours or a loss of benefits since the recession began. Just last week Honda workers chose to accept pay cuts of 3% to avoid redundancies. Advertisement Over the last nine months 27% of UK workers across all sectors surveyed have had their pay cut, 24% have had their hours reduced and 24% have lost benefits, according to the survey. While 37% of UK workers have experienced just one of these changes, 12% have experienced two of them and 5% have experienced all three.James Reed, founder of the independent Keep Britain Working Campaign and CEO of recruitment company Reed, said: “The UK workforce has demonstrated unprecedented flexibility during this recession, allowing organisations to explore a whole range of cost-cutting responses other than relying solely on redundancies” Howard Lake | 1 June 2009 | Newscenter_img Quarter of charity staff have had pay cuts, says Keep Britain Working Tagged with: Recruitment / people Research / statistics 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

Mike Gill, a hero of the GI movement against the Vietnam War

first_imgMike GillWilton “Mike” Gill, a member of Workers World Party in good standing for more than 45 years and intrepid circulator of Workers World newspaper, died on Nov. 8.Gill’s political development began when he was in the Army facing, as millions of U.S. youth did in 1969, possible deployment to Vietnam. In the following excerpt from his report to a meeting in New York in October 2013, Gill tells the story of his meeting with The Bond, the monthly newspaper of the anti-war and anti-racist American Servicemen’s Union, a meeting that determined his life from that day on.“As I walked into the mess hall one day in July 1969 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington where I was stationed, this GI handed me a copy of The Bond. It was illegal to distribute literature, especially anti-military, anti-war literature on an Army post. I don’t know if he was caught or not, but he defied the Brass’s rules, and I do know that he changed my life and the newspaper changed my life.“This was a time of gigantic anti-war demonstrations, especially in Washington, and the radical underground newspapers that I and a lot of other GIs and civilians read were around, but The Bond was different. It denounced the military, the Brass, the officers and war. It was electrifying. I immediately joined the American Servicemen’s Union.”Gill’s story illustrates how The Bond reached tens of thousands of troops during the Vietnam War, even during months when no more than 15,000 copies were printed.Gill, who worked much of his life as a bicycle messenger and who only rarely spoke during political discussions, revealed through his defiant story that it would have been foolish for anyone to underestimate his understanding of U.S. society or his ability to effectively resist the war machine. He continued:“I was able to use my position delivering mail in the U.S. Army to make a contribution toward ending the war against Vietnam. I was fortunate enough to have a mailroom to run as an Army postal clerk, first at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and later in Vietnam. This gave me access to the mailing addresses of thousands of GIs in the U.S. and in Vietnam. With the help of the American Servicemen’s Union organizers in New York, I made sure each one of them received a copy of The Bond.“The Brass must have been upset when they realized that thousands of copies of The Bond were flowing into those military mailrooms. Whether the Brass had their suspicions about me as the source of those Bonds, I don’t know. But then one of my sarcastic and scathing anti-war letters was published on June 4, 1970, in the Washington Post and signed Sgt. Wilton E. Gill, Jr., Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington. That was apparently the last straw for the Army. Some 72 hours later, I was handed written orders sending me to Vietnam.“This served to ‘spread the disease.’ In Vietnam I was attached to an Army Post Office where I had access to far more military names and addresses than in a mere mailroom, and every one of those GIs received his copy of The Bond. And of course these copies were passed around from hand-to-hand at the various military bases, including the famous Fire Base Pace on the Cambodian border. That’s where I regularly flew in a cargo plane to deliver the mail, including copies of The Bond.“I did not always immediately see the impact of this work. However, when I got back to the states and got my discharge and was staying with my parents that first month in October 1971, we all watched the lead story on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite about a mass mutiny at Fire Base Pace, where dozens of GIs refused orders to go out on patrol.”When Gill left the U.S. Army, he moved to New York City to work with the ASU and later with WWP. Until the fall of 2016, at the age some people retire from their day jobs, Gill was still participating in anti-racist and anti-war activities and organizing support for workers’ struggles. Building on his experience with The Bond, for decades Gill took Workers World newspapers with him on his messenger route, getting them around New York City.Mourned by his family and his comrades, Gill played a vital role in the GI movement against the war and in organizing for a socialist future. His contributions live on.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

HR is too timid to make its mark on societal scorecard

first_img Has the HR profession become too far removed from reality to face up to fundamental social issues?Jo, a widow, lives in the terrace next door to us, down a typical street in leafy London suburbia, populated mostly by dual-income, professional couples with young kids – like us. She is 86 and has lived here since 1935. She remembers a stray bomb blowing out all their windows during the war, and her daughter going to the new girls’ grammar school at the end of the road soon after, in what is now the crumbling adult education college.My girls love Jo – she always makes the time to potter around with them in the front garden. So do the burglars – she has been targeted three times since we moved in two years ago. It is because she can’t afford the fancy alarm systems the rest of us have.I really enjoy my work as an HR consultant, but somehow my sense of achievement is severely diminished when I think of Jo. That new incentive plan with demonstrable business returns doesn’t seem so brilliant, that balanced scorecard and competency framework so clever, that research trying to “prove” a link between reward practices and business performance so relevant. How are we in the HR profession scoring on the all-important societal scorecard?How many of us welcome evidence of balanced, varied and interesting lifestyles in our recruits, and then accept the imposition of work pressures on them which drive out all but the most essential and basic activities outside work? How many of us complain about the educational standards of the school leavers we recruit, automatically fire anyone caught in possession of drugs and “tut, tut” at graffiti on the station and office walls? Yet at the same time collect crisp packets to pay for our kids’ books, or send them to private schools but still feel guilty at the lack of time we have to instil our own social values into them? How many of us have implemented equal opportunity and diversity training programmes, yet wouldn’t even park our car near an inner city estate, or throw a few coppers to the down and outs we pass on the way home?How many of us have also supported business cost-reduction programmes and held down general wage awards, while simultaneously bemoaning the business council tax rates, and developing ever-richer executive reward packages? How many treat industrial tribunal claims purely on the basis of the costs of settlement versus loss, yet bemoan the loss of any sense of right and wrong in society and among our kids?How many of us have implemented “work-life balance” programmes which serve to ensure staff work even more excessive hours, meaning that even at home they can’t escape from work pressures, and weaken even further their ability to make any form of contribution to their local community?And how many in the name of choice and flexibility have reduced the cost of their pension and pensioner support schemes, so that – like a friend of my dad’s who died recently – despite working for 40 years for the same company, there is no representation from the employer at the funeral?Dave Ulrich was speaking in London recently. It confirmed my belief that he has become increasingly frustrated – no, angry – with the HR community. It is not that they are not buying his books in their thousands, or failing to faithfully apply his capability frameworks and HR effectiveness matrices. Nor even that they still lack strategic vision. No, it is that too many human resources people lack guts. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HR is too timid to make its mark on societal scorecardOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Sustainable housing is focus of Damien Dwin’s social justice effort

first_imgFull Name* Message* Share via Shortlink Dwin, who co-founded private credit firm Brightwood Capital Advisors and has worked at Credit Suisse Group AG and Goldman Sachs Group Inc., will serve as chief executive officer.“The onset of the pandemic and social unrest has elevated ESG in the conversation, and it is my hope and expectation that we will move from rhetoric to action,” Dwin told Bloomberg, referring to environmental, social and corporate governance. “This is personal and professional.”Sustainable housing, loosely defined, is designed to be eco-friendly and affordable.[Bloomberg] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Email Address*center_img Damien Dwin of Lafayette Square Holding (Photos via Lafayette; iStock)Private-credit entrepreneur Damien Dwin has scored a pile of cash from Wall Street for his new social justice–driven investment firm, Lafayette Square Holding.Morgan Stanley just became the effort’s largest backer, providing $100 million of financing that will help the firm expand from 17 employees to 65 by next year, according to Bloomberg.The minority-owned Lafayette — named after the square that President Donald Trump cleared of police–brutality protesters for a photo op last year — will focus on flexible capital investments in sustainable housing and small businesses. It launched late last year.Read moreNYC attorney launches virtual closing startupNew platform aims to be “Neiman Marcus” of luxury listingsEx-Zillow execs launch digital mortgage startup with $40M seed round Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsInvestmentReal Estate InvestmentResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

DNA barcoding: a molecular tool to identify Antarctic marine larvae

first_imgTo begin to understand overall patterns and processes influencing marine populations, communities and ecosystems, it is important to determine the timing, duration, mode and dispersal of larvae. However, few studies of the spatial and temporal variation in abundance of larvae have been undertaken at any locality, other than for a few commercially important species. In Antarctic seas the abundance and species-richness of marine larvae are key to a number of concepts (such as the validity of Thorson’s rule and ecological versus evolutionary success of brooders compared to spawning species). Traditionally, marine larval identification (using microscopy), even to order level, is a time-consuming, labour-intensive and inexact process. Ontogenic changes during larval life make identification difficult and require high levels of expertise, and identification is generally confirmed only by laboratory spawning experiments. New molecular genetic methods enable faster direct identification of marine larvae to a higher resolution. Our preliminary results show that it is possible to identify larvae of Antarctic species using DNA barcoding techniques, but that the resolution is currently limited by the availability of comparative adult sequences in the DNA sequence databases.last_img read more

Mitchell, No. 4 SDSU rally to beat Utah State 80-68

first_imgFebruary 1, 2020 /Sports News – Local Mitchell, No. 4 SDSU rally to beat Utah State 80-68 Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWith Kawhi Leonard watching from one baseline, Matt Mitchell scored 24 of his season-high 28 points in the second half to help rally No. 4 San Diego State to an 80-68 victory against Utah State.The Aztecs remain  the nation’s only undefeated team at 23-0. San Diego State retired Leonard’s jersey at halftime and looked to be in trouble, trailing 39-31 after going cold for seven  minutes and allowing the Aggies to go on a 14-0 run. But Mitchell got hot and the Aztecs turned a 41-31 deficit into a 68-58 lead in a span of 13 minutes.Sam Merrill scored 16 for Utah State. Tags: Kawhi Leonard/Matt Mitchell/Mountain West/San Diego State Aztecs/Utah State Aggies Basketball Written bylast_img read more

Brown carries Weber St. over Westminster (UT) 85-73

first_imgDecember 8, 2020 /Sports News – Local Brown carries Weber St. over Westminster (UT) 85-73 Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah (AP) — Isiah Brown had a career-high 29 points as Weber State topped Westminster (UT) 85-73.Reme Torbert led the Griffins with 23 points and seven rebounds. Associated Press Tags: Isiah Brown/Weber State Wildcats Basketball/Westminster Griffinslast_img

US Bolsters Its Presence in Southeast Asia

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Bolsters Its Presence in Southeast Asia U.S. force rotations in the Asia-Pacific region are bolstering key relationships there as they extend the U.S. presence to reflect today’s security environment, the U.S. Pacific Command chief told American Forces Press Service.US Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III called the rotations — currently in Australia, Singapore and South Korea — important contributions to the U.S. “rebalance” toward the region as outlined in the 2012 defense strategic guidance.From a military perspective, the rebalance involves assigning available assets “where they are relevant to today’s security environment — not necessarily the one we had 50 years ago,” Locklear said. He called the movement of U.S. forces into nontraditional areas, particularly Southeast Asia, “an indication of a world that is changing.” “The capacity of our allies has changed over the years. The scope of where our interests lie has shifted” beyond just Northeast Asia, he said.Locklear praised Singapore’s leaders for allowing the Navy’s first littoral combat ship to rotate through their port and to operate with and around the Singaporean forces. Because Singapore offers the exact conditions the littoral combat ship was designed to operate in, the rotations are giving crews valuable lessons in how to properly employ this new capability, he noted.But by extending U.S. presence in Southeast Asia, the rotational ship also sends an important message to partners and allies across the region, he said.“We want to use it to help the regional security environment [in an area] that is becoming more and more important to the world,” he said.Continuing to build on these successes will be vital as the United States continues to rebalance toward the region, Locklear said. “My primary role is to maintain a security environment that protects U.S. citizens, U.S. assets and U.S. interests,” including the interests of U.S. partners and allies, he said. “And we all share a goal for a peaceful Asia-Pacific.”He also welcomed the newest rotational force in the region, an Army aviation unit deployed to South Korea, as an affirmation of the long-standing U.S.-South Korean alliance amid volatility on the Korean Peninsula.Locklear noted destabilizing activities by Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s third-generation dictator, who he said not only refuses to denuclearize, but also pursues and proliferates weapons of mass destruction and the technologies to deliver them.Rotational forces help to ensure that even as the military reduces in size, the United States will honor its commitments not just in South Korea, but elsewhere in the region, he said.Marine Rotational Force Darwin concluded its second six-month rotation to Darwin, Australia, in September. The next rotation is expected to grow five-fold as it deploys next spring as a 1,150-member Marine air-ground task force. “I would give the U.S.-Australian alliance an A-plus on being able to execute that in the way they have done it,” Locklear said. “None of these things is ever easy. … But they have been able to manage costs and work through the issues, demonstrating that our alliance relationship is as strong as it has ever been.”[mappress]Press Release, November 5, 2013; Image: US DoD November 5, 2013 Authoritiescenter_img US Bolsters Its Presence in Southeast Asia Share this articlelast_img read more