FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) 2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileFBN Holdings Plc is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the commercial, corporate, investment and merchant banking sectors. The company also offers insurance products for individual and corporate clients and other financial services for merchant banking, asset management, investment and general trading, private equity, financial intermediation services, trusteeship, portfolio management and discount house services for individual and corporate clients. The Insurance division underwrites life and general insurance products and offers insurance brokerage services. FBN Holdings Limited was founded in 1894 and today operates in 874 business locations in 12 countries. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc was founded in 1894 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchang
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Get ready for take offThe FTSE 100 is mainly made up of resource and financial firms. This positioning has weighed on the index for the past decade or so. In the years after the financial crisis, some of the index’s most prominent constituents, such as Lloyds and NatWest (formally RBS), faced lengthy restructuring programmes. For NatWest, the programme is still ongoing, as the UK government remains the lender’s biggest shareholder. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…And while the financial sector dealt with its problems, resource companies faced their own challenges. 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92 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Tagged with: Charity Commission Research / statistics Public trust in charities up but levels are lower for fundraisers, Charity Commission survey suggests Public trust in charities is up but fundraisers themselves are not trusted as much as charities, research by the Charity Commission suggests.The 2017 Trust and Confidence in the Charity Commission survey shows that the charity sector is well trusted by the public compared to other sectors, with a score of 6.3 on a scale of 0-10. This is comparable with the level of trust and confidence the public has in schooling and childcare (6.7) and the food and drink industry (6.4) but not quite as high as the level of trust and confidence in educational institutions (7.0).The survey sought views separately on the charity sector and the fundraising industry, with findings seeming to indicate different levels of trust in charities and fundraisers. Among the public, the charity sector is more trusted than the fundraising industry, which scored 5.8, while charities also seem to trust fundraisers less. The findings show that charities trust their sector more than any other at 7.3, while suggesting a slightly lower level of trust and confidence in fundraisers than the public has, at 5.5.The Commission’s decision to separate ‘charities’ and the ‘fundraising industry’ in the survey sparked some debate on social media: Views on regulation were also examined in the survey. The majority – 58% – of the public feel charities are regulated effectively: a slight drop from 2015’s level of 65%. In addition, 41% of the public feel there is the right amount of regulation while almost a third (32%) feel there is currently too little. In contrast, among the charities questioned, just over half (55%) feel there is the right amount with 16% feeling there is too little.In terms of how the Charity Commission itself is viewed, levels of public trust and confidence remain steady at 6.0: the same as in 2015. A majority of charity respondents also give the Charity Commission a positive trust and confidence rating of 8-10 (66%, vs. 74% in 2015), although charities’ average trust and confidence score in the Commission has slightly declined since 2015 (7.8/10 vs. 8.3). 59% of the public agree that the Charity Commission’s role is ‘essential’ and a further 29% identify it as ‘very important’. Charities believe that the Commission is performing best on supporting trustees (7.8/10) and acting with authority and expertise (7.7/10).The survey questioned 1,002 members of the public with Computer Aided Telephone Interviews, 1,015 charities online, and 26 stakeholders through in-depth telephone interviews (charities, Government officials, umbrella bodies and professional advisors). 91 total views, 1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 13 July 2017 | News
By Eric Pfeiffer – Mar 3, 2020 Indiana Farm Bureau Health Care Legislation Sails Through House Previous articleCould Interest Rate Cut be a Sign of ‘Trouble Brewing’?Next articleIndiana Farm Bureau Health Care Legislation Sails Through House and Colder Air Coming on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Indiana Farm Bureau Health Care Legislation Sails Through House“This was a great day for Indiana agriculture,” said Indiana Farm Bureau President Randy Kron after INFB’s health care benefits plan bill sailed through the Indiana House on Tuesday with a 93-2 vote.9 different House Representatives, Republican and Democrat alike, stepped up to the mic prior to the vote to express their support for the bill and tell stories they heard from their constituents about the necessity of this bill. Kron credits that to the strong grassroots movement at the statehouse this year.One of those that stood in support was Democrat Melanie Wright from Yorktown who heard this story from a prominent farmer in her district.“He just sent this to me last week. He said, ‘I paid $10,234.50 in insurance premiums. That’s no office visits covered, no prescription coverage, no dental. It’s just outpatient with a $5,000 deductible.’ So, I think this clearly covers a loophole that the people are being left out of. I’m so, so incredibly happy to get up here and speak on behalf of this bill.”The bill initially passed the Indiana Senate in overwhelming fashion with a 49-0 vote. Now, the bill needs to go back to the Senate for another vote after some minor amendments were made in the House. Kron says INFB nor Republican Senator Ed Charbonneau, who authored the bill, have issues with those amendments and it should sail through, again, either today or tomorrow. The bill then is off to Governor Holcomb for his signature. Kron doesn’t anticipate any issues there either.“I have talked to him numerous times about it. So, he’s fully aware of it and (so is) the Lieutenant Governor… they’ve been helpful. If you remember back to our state convention in French Lick, the governor even mentioned that our agendas align very closely. I’m not going to say that was an endorsement, but that’s probably as close as you can get to an endorsement on a lot of these issues.”Kron couldn’t give enough credit to Farm Bureau staff and members for their work to get this bill through.“A 49-0 vote and a 93-2 vote. That sounds like, ‘Well, that was a cakewalk. Pretty easy,’ but what you don’t realize is how much work went in to get to there. It’s taken a lot, and I just say ‘thank you’ to everybody for your effort.The goal is to have plans ready to be sold later this year that could begin on January 1st, 2021. We’ll have more with Kron later this week on what the plans might look like, knowing that details are a bit scarce right now.You will not need to be a farmer to take advantage of the health benefits package. All Indiana Farm Bureau members will be able to participate. You can learn more about Indiana Farm Bureau membership and other benefits here.You can see HAT’s previous coverage of the health benefits legislation below.INFB Trying to Find ‘Affordable’ Healthcare Options for MembersIndiana Farm Bureau Takes Aim at Health Care Improvements‘A Lot of Support’ in Indiana House and Senate for INFB Healthcare LegislationCould INFB Health Benefits Plan Bring Younger Generation Back to the Farm?Indiana Farm Bureau Health Benefits Legislation Clears Senate Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Bureau Health Care Legislation Sails Through House SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE
February 1, 2021 Find out more News Kamal Elbalshy, the owner of a tourism company, was arrested on the street on 20 September after being recognized as the brother of the news website Darb’s well-known founder and editor, and was immediately placed in detention. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the way that the Egyptian authorities are persecuting people close to Khaled Elbalshy, a prominent website editor who covers human rights violations. After jailing two of his reporters, they are now holding his brother with the clear aim of putting pressure on Elbalshy himself. October 14, 2020 Egyptian authorities pressure editor by jailing his brother, colleagues February 6, 2021 Find out more News Shimaa Samy was the first victim. She was arrested in May after writing an article for Darb about Alaa Abdel Fattah, a blogger who has been held since the September 2019 protests. Then Darb reporter Islam Al-Kalhy was arrested when he went to Gizeh on 9 September to cover the protests that broke out there after a man died in detention. Both Samy and Al-Kalhy were charged with membership of a banned group and spreading false news. Organisation “The targeted and repeated jailing of people close to Khaled Elbalshy are clearly a way of making him suffer for his commitment to covering human rights violations,” said Sabrina Bennoui, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “Targeting his family and colleagues is appalling and disgraceful, and completely contrary to international law. Everything must be done to make these practices stop.” This is not the first time the Egyptian authorities have targeted journalists’ families. The son of Magdy Shendy, the editor of the daily Al-Mashhad, was detained for several days in September 2019, while the sister of well-known journalist Alaa Abdel Fattah was jailed last July.Egypt is ranked 166th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned News Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Receive email alerts to go further Khaled Elbalshy has been subjected for months to a smear campaign in local media outlets. Dozens of articles have accused him of being an “agent” of the Muslim Brotherhood – a political movement now regarded as a terrorist organization in Egypt – and of spreading “lies” about the government’s harassment of journalists. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution RSF_en Before closing in on Khaled Elbalshy’s family, the authorities targeted journalists working for his website, which has been blocked since April. Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison The judicial authorities have charged Kamal with spreading false news, membership of a banned group, misusing social media and “demonstrating” – participating in a demonstration to mark the first anniversary of anti-government protests in 2019 that are known as the “20 September events.” Help by sharing this information News January 22, 2021 Find out more
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OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Pinterest 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School The Stonehenge replica on the University of Texas Permian Basin campus seen through ice on a car window Wednesday morning. The temperature was 27 degrees. Twitter WhatsApp Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Home Local News Five things you need to know today, Feb. 22 Twitter Pinterest Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Feb. 22. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. Odessa and Midland ministers said Wednesday, after the legendary Dr. Billy Graham died in North Carolina, that Graham had greatly inspired them and was one of the most important evangelists in history.2. The two Republicans vying to become the next Ector County judge staked separate positions Wednesday on a sales tax proposal that voters will consider in May.3. Ector County residents learned about the seven justice of the peace candidates and their platforms, and about the office itself, during a forum Wednesday night hosted by the Ector County Republican Women.4. Old arguments were rehashed and fingers pointed as candidates for Ector County commissioner offices discussed their platforms during the Ector County Republican Women’s meeting Wednesday afternoon. 5. IN SPORTS: The Permian and Odessa High boys basketball teams will travel to Abilene for their area round playoff matchups against Metroplex opposition, according to an ECISD release. Local News Five things you need to know today, Feb. 22 By admin – February 22, 2018 Texas Fried ChickenFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinFruit Salad to Die ForPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebook Previous articleCommissioner candidates air dirty laundryNext articleFlu-like illness increases in Ector County admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
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News UpdatesDelhi HC Asks CAT To Consider Commencing Hearing Via Video Conferencing [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK8 May 2020 4:26 AMShare This – xIn its recent order, the Delhi High Court has urged the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to consider commencing hearing of urgent matters via video conferencing during the lockdown period, so that the litigants do not suffer on account of in-access to justice. The appeal has been made by a bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar while dismissing a Service Matter filed in the High…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?LoginIn its recent order, the Delhi High Court has urged the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) to consider commencing hearing of urgent matters via video conferencing during the lockdown period, so that the litigants do not suffer on account of in-access to justice. The appeal has been made by a bench of Justice C. Hari Shankar while dismissing a Service Matter filed in the High Court, owing to non-functioning of the CAT. In the backdrop, an employee of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation had approached the High Court for quashing of the disciplinary proceedings pending against him for over 7 years, due to which he was precluded from opting for voluntary retirement. Refusing to entertain the petition for it being purely a “service matter”, the High Court highlighted that the Petitioner’s case lie under the Administrative Tribunals Act, 1985, and was thus amenable to adjudication by the Central Administrative Tribunal. The court stated that in light of the observations made by the Supreme Court in L. Chandra Kumar v Union of India, (1997) 3 SCC 261, the High Court was “entirely proscribed” from entertaining the Petitioner’s cause as a court of first instance. “…Tribunals will, however, continue to act as the only courts of first instance in respect of the areas of law for which they have been constituted. By this, we mean that it will not be open for litigants to directly approach the High Courts even in cases where they question the vires of statutory legislations (except, as mentioned, where the legislation which creates the particular Tribunal is challenged) by overlooking the jurisdiction of the Tribunal concerned,” the Supreme Court had held therein. Accordingly, while acknowledging that even in service matters there may conceivably be cases of pressing urgency which “brook no delay”, the High Court has urged the CAT to commence hearings via video conferencing, so that the High Courts are not unnecessarily flooded with more of such petitions. “In view of the fact that, by virtue of the law laid down in L. Chandra Kumar1 , such disputes cannot be urged before the High Court as a court of first instance, the Hon’ble Chairman of the Central Administrative Tribunal is respectfully requested to examine the feasibility of commencing hearing, of urgent matters, by video conferencing, so that this Court, as also other High Courts, are not swamped by a deluge of petitions which, otherwise, would lie within the jurisdiction of the Central Administrative Tribunal,” Justice Hari Shankar observed. He further remarked that if apposite steps in this direction are not taken, “it may become highly questionable whether, even in extremely urgent cases, the High Court could, in the teeth of the said proscription, entertain a service matter, otherwise amenable to the jurisdiction of the Central Administrative Tribunal, even if the case is of extreme urgency.”Considerably, the CAT’s Principal bench and its branches across the country have not been functioning since March 20, due to the lockdown. A notification dated May 2 has been issued for hearing of cases via VC, however no case has been taken up till date. Case Details: Case Title: Lalit Kumar Gupta v. North Delhi Municipal Corporation Case No.: WP (C) 3055/2020 Quorum: Justice C Hari Shankar Appearance: Advocate Shashank S. Mangal (for Petitioner); Standing Counsel Akhil Mittal (for NDMC) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story