Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc (MCB.tz) Q42016 Interim Report

first_imgMwalimu Commercial Bank Plc (MCB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc (MCB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc (MCB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mwalimu Commercial Bank Plc (MCB.tz)  2016 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileMwalimu Community Bank Limited (MCB) is a commercial bank which is wholly-owned and promoted by an umbrella trade union of teachers in Tanzania. Tanzania Teacher’s Union (TTU) is a trade union established under the Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004. There are over 200 000 members across all regions in the country. MCB meets an important need to provide affordable and accessible banking products and services to teachers in Tanzania. MCB offers a diverse range of products and services geared to empower teachers and other civil servants to improve their living conditions and transform their lives. Mwalimu Community Bank Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Cinco años después de un devastador terremoto, Haití da señales…

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Las aulas de la escuela primaria y secundaria de la escuela episcopal de la Santa Trinidad, en Puerto Príncipe, están llenas de alumnos. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service] Las aulas de la escuela primaria y secundaria en el complejo de la catedral de La Trinidad en Puerto Príncipe, están llenas de alumnos, los estudiantes de música siguen preparándose en lo que fue un convento y se ha levantado un espacio provisional para el culto en los terrenos, señales de vida todas ellas que la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori advirtió cuando estuvo en la catedral durante su visita a Haití a mediados de diciembre.“La Iglesia Episcopal en Haití sigue desempeñando un papel importante y esencial en este renacimiento. La iglesia catedral de Puerto Príncipe fue considerada durante mucho tiempo el alma espiritual y cultural de Haití. En la actualidad, sus campanas guardan silencio (en un almacén), casi todos sus murales de fama mundial están destruidos (tres de ellos han sido preservados para reutilizarlos) y la desnuda plataforma de su altar aguarda la reconstrucción de la catedral”, dijo Jefferts Schori en una declaración dada a conocer el 8 de enero por la Oficina de Relaciones Públicas de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Los terrenos de la catedral están animados, con una escuela primaria y secundaria que ahora tiene más niños que antes, una escuela de música que sigue preparando a coros e instrumentalistas de renombre internacional y una escuela técnica que se está levantando en el mismo sitio donde yacieron cadáveres durante días en las ruinas del edificio anterior que se desplomó” [agregó la Primada].El 12 de enero de 2010, Haití sufrió un catastrófico terremoto de magnitud 7 que causó más de 300.000 muertes, dejó igual número de heridos y desplazó a más de millón y medio de personas, en lo que ha sido uno de los peores desastres naturales de la historia reciente. La Diócesis Episcopal de Haití, la mayor en número de fieles de las 109 diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal, en cuestión de segundos perdió el 80 por ciento de su infraestructura en Puerto Príncipe y Léogâne, el epicentro del terremoto a menos de 30 kilómetros al oeste de la capital.La obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori, el obispo de Haití Jean Zaché Duracin y Alexander Baumgarten, director del Departamento de Actividad Pública y Comunicación de la Misión de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera, contemplan uno de los tres murales que se conservan de los 14 mundialmente famosos —que representaban relatos bíblicos, escenas religiosas y motivos haitianos— que alguna vez adornaron los muros de la catedral. Los murales que sobrevivieron se conservan en los terrenos de la catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Inmediatamente después del terremoto, gobiernos y organismos internacionales de socorro, se comprometieron a contribuir con miles de millones de dólares para ayudar a reconstruir la nación caribeña, considerada durante mucho tiempo la más pobre del Hemisferio Occidental.“El 13 de enero de ese año, el mundo estuvo en Haití ayudándonos”, dijo el Rvdmo. Ogé Beauvoir, obispo sufragáneo de la Diócesis de Haití, en una declaración que conmemoraba el quinto aniversario del terremoto. “En marzo de 2010, estuve en la sede de las Naciones Unidas en Nueva York viendo que todo el mundo se comprometía con unos 11.000 millones de dólares para ayudar a reconstruir Haití”.El millón y medio de personas desplazadas buscaron albergue y ayuda humanitaria en 1.500 campamentos que se crearon después del terremoto. Y durante meses fue casi imposible para vehículos y peatones transitar por las calles de la capital, dijo Beauvoir.Por el momento, los miembros de la catedral de La Trinidad se reúnen en un espacio temporal techado en los terrenos de la catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Además del progreso visible en los terrenos de la catedral de La Trinidad, también puede apreciarse en la manera en que han limpiado los escombros de las calles, se han construido nuevos edificios gubernamentales y se han puesto en vigor nuevos códigos de construcción, y ya más del 90 por ciento de las personas que vivían en campamentos se han ido.“El gobierno le ha dado ayuda a esas personas para que se mudaran a sus antiguos barrios, les ha ayudado a renovar sus viviendas y ha construido nuevos complejos de apartamentos para los demás. La zona del Campo de Marte [Champs-de-Mars] y otros lugares de Puerto Príncipe y Léogâne ya están libres de esos campamentos”, dijo Beauvoir. “El gobierno actual ha hecho muchísimos esfuerzos”.Electo en 2011, el presidente Michel Martelly ha supervisado el grueso de la reconstrucción del país, aunque en los últimos meses las violentas protestas contra su gobierno y el llamado a elecciones legislativas y locales, demoradas durante mucho tiempo, han debilitado su papel.El 12 de enero, el mismo día en que se cumplía el quinto aniversario del terremoto, el parlamento del país estaba a punto de disolverse y el presidente a gobernar por decreto si no se llegaba a un acuerdo.Beauvoir integró recientemente una comisión de 11 miembros compuestas de ex funcionarios y líderes religiosos para ayudar a resolver el impasse político que ha atascado las elecciones desde 2011.Siempre ha habido inestabilidad política en Haití, dijo Duracin, durante una entrevista con Episcopal News Servicie a mediados de diciembre en Haití, en la que hizo notar que muchos jóvenes se sienten abandonados por el gobierno.Beauvoir reconoció la inestabilidad y las preocupaciones de los jóvenes en su declaración.“En el quinto aniversario del terremoto, nuestro mayor reto es reconstruir a la persona haitiana en mente, espíritu y cuerpo. Debemos desarrollar un nuevo haitiano, una nueva haitiana, que proporcionen el nuevo liderazgo que exige llevar a Haití al siglo XXI”, afirmó.Una pared exterior de la catedral de la Santa Trinidad que aún se mantiene en pie y que se integrará a la nueva catedral. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENSLa Obispa Primada hizo una visita histórica al norte de Haití a mediados de diciembre y predicó en la parroquia del Espíritu Santo en Cabo Haitiano, visitó la escuela parroquial y la cercana escuela técnica del Espíritu Santo, antes de dirigirse al sur para pasar un día en la capital. Fue su sexto viaje a Haití, siendo el primero en 2008.Después del terremoto, la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera comenzó a recaudar dinero para reconstruir la catedral y su ministerio.La Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS por su sigla en inglés) es el nombre legal y canónico con que la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, realiza sus negocios y lleva a cabo la misión.Ya se han aprobado los planos arquitectónicos y la catedral se construirá en tres fases, dijo Elizabeth Lowell, directora de la Oficina de Desarrollo de la DFMS, añadiendo que hasta ahora se han recaudado $2,5 millones para financiar la reconstrucción. El proyecto total se calcula que cueste entre $21 y $25 millones.Además, muchas de las pequeñas escuelas rurales de fuera de la capital ya han sido reconstruidas, gran parte de las cuales con la ayuda de las 600 parroquias y entidades episcopales que han formado asociaciones haitianas, dijo Lowell.Sin embargo, “desde el punto de vista de lo que hemos hecho, las necesidades aún son muy grandes y costosas”, añadió ella, citando un hospital episcopal que sigue afectado en Léogâne.Desde 2012, la DFMS ha conducido siete peregrinaciones a Haití en un empeño por asociar a los episcopales en Estados Unidos con la reconstrucción de la Iglesia y del país, y ha trabajado con asociados locales para determinar sus necesidades.La Diócesis de Haití incluye a 46 clérigos que atienden a más de 200 iglesias, 254 escuelas, dos hospitales y 13 clínicas.El ochenta por ciento de los haitianos viven en la pobreza; el terremoto puso al descubierto las luchas diarias por la vida. Los campamentos, que les proporcionaron vivienda a personas desplazadas por el terremoto, también atrajeron a haitianos de las zonas rurales que buscaban ayuda de organizaciones internacionales de socorro y de gobiernos extranjeros comprometidos con la ayuda y los empeños de reconstrucción.Finalmente, las organizaciones no gubernamentales y los donantes se dieron cuenta de que necesitaban invertir en desarrollo rural y urbano fuera de la capital para alentar a los haitianos a regresar a sus lugares de origen. Esa labor puede verse tanto en el Centro de San Bernabé para la Agricultura cerca de Cabo Haitiano, donde la diócesis está preparando a 54 estudiantes en labores agrícolas, como en la escuela técnica donde ofrece cursos de mecánica, plomería y electricidad.Con más de 120 hectáreas de tierra fértil en una país donde la inseguridad alimentaria es común, San Bernabé ha atraído el apoyo de socios episcopales, de otras organizaciones, así como del gobierno y las universidades haitianas.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Ministers urged not to follow Chinese model of online censorship

first_img “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says to go further News June 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ministers urged not to follow Chinese model of online censorship Follow the news on Belarus Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Read the letter to communications and informatisation minister Nikolai Pantelei RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia News News Reporters Without Borders has written to the Belarusian ministers of information and communication condemning the comments about online regulation that deputy information minister Liliya Ananich made during a round table organised by the magazine Belaruskaya Dumka on 2 June.Ananich said the information ministry was “unambiguously committed to the legislative regulation of the operation of Internet mass media” and that websites that wanted to “act as mass media” should be registered in accordance with a established procedure “defined either by the Mass Media Law or a regulatory act of the government.” She also referred to the use of Chinese expertise to block access to foreign websites that could have a “bad influence” on the Belarusian Internet.Addressing information minister Uladzimir Rusakevich, Reporters Without Borders wrote: “Most Belarusian citizens are regular Internet users. We are aware that it is important to regulate website content but we are also convinced that freedom of expression should not suffer as a result. We would therefore be grateful if you would send us the provisional findings of the working group you set up last year to study Internet legislation in various countries in order to identify regulations that could be applied in Belarus.”Another participant in the 2 June round table, Oleg Proleskovsky, who heads the informational analysis centre at the office of the president, said: “In organisational terms, it is necessary to use so-called content-filtering software. This is software that helps users or local network administrators block access from computers, for which they are responsible, to sites containing information that conflicts with current legislation or public moral standards.”In its letter to communications and informatisation minister Nikolai Pantelei, Reporters Without Borders asked what software the government planned to use to regulate the Internet in Belarus.“We would like to know what kinds of websites are targeted by these filtering methods and the precise reasons for using such filtering,” the letter said. “We regard this manifest desire to control content as a threat to online freedom of expression. It is all the more reprehensible that you envisage a partnership with China, the world’s leading online censor.”Read the letter to information minister Uladzimir Rusakevichcenter_img May 28, 2021 Find out more Related documents Letter to Uladzimir RusakevichPDF – 77.76 KBLetter to Nikolai PanteleiPDF – 71.5 KB Receive email alerts Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick Senator expresses concern with high costs of motor insurance

first_imgNewsPoliticsLimerick Senator expresses concern with high costs of motor insuranceBy Staff Reporter – February 15, 2018 1520 Living City review to focus on poor response in Georgian Limerick TAGSCentral Statistics OfficeFine GaelMaria ByrneMinster for Finance Previous article​​Limerick tops the rankings as one of Europe’s Cities of the FutureNext articleCoillte Biking Blitz glides back to Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Facebook Advance sale of graves could lead to cemetery ‘apartheid’ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Email Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria ByrneLimerick based Senator Maria Byrne raised the issue of the high costs of motor insurance with her Fine Gael colleague, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, TD.Senator Maria Byrne says that while figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released in 2017 showed a 14% drop in the cost of motor insurance, costs still remain high and there is much more work to do to make motor insurance affordable. Senator Byrne said: “While this 14% decrease is encouraging, costs still remain high and there is much more work to do to make motor insurance affordable for people across Ireland.“Fine Gael recognises that it is possible for the State to play a role in helping to stabilise the market and deal with factors contributing to the cost of insurance.  For this reason the Cost of Insurance Working Group was established in 2016.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I welcome the announcement from the Minster of Finance, Minister Donohoe that the fourth quarterly update on the implementation of each of the 71 recommendations contained in the report will be published in the coming days and that work is continuing on the development of an insurance fraud database in the Department of Justice and Equality and an uninsured driving database in the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport.“The government has also approved the General Scheme of a Bill to establish a new National Claims Information Database in the Central Bank that will collect aggregate information linked to claims for private motor business from motor insurers to provide greater transparency on claim trends” She concluded.More about politics here. center_img Print Homelessness is a real worry in Abbeyfeale Advertisement Deputy Tom is fired up for the challenge Linkedin Twitter Sarah’s winning recipe to keep cabin fever at bay Mayor’s driver will earn more than ‘underpaid’ councillorslast_img read more

Video gamers skills enhanced by training 10 minutes a day

first_imgLifestyleEntertainmentLimerickNewsVideo gamers skills enhanced by training 10 minutes a dayBy Sarah Carr – March 27, 2021 98 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedLero’s Esports Science Research LablimerickLimerick PostScience Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Email Print Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerickcenter_img Previous articleTom Savage: South African by birth, but Munster by the grace of God – that was CJ StanderNext articleWATCH: Leinster a class above as Conan try sinks Munster Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie REPRO FREE 29/08/2019Lero, the SFI backed Irish Software Research Centre, has opened Ireland’s first esports research lab. The new research lab is located in University of Limerick, at the headquarters of Lero. Lero researchers at UL will conduct studies designed to boost performance of international amateur and professional esports players.Pictured at the Lero Esports Science research lab are, from left, postgraduate researcher Jessica Mangione, research assistant Niall Ramsbottom, programme manager Dr Adam Toth, postgraduate researcher Yueying Gong and lab Director Dr Mark Campbell.Photo by Diarmuid Greene / True Media RESEARCHERS at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software and University of Limerick (UL), have found video gamers can significantly improve their esport skills by training for just 10 minutes a day.The research team at Lero’s Esports Science Research Lab (ESRL) at UL also found novice gamers benefited most when they wore a custom headset delivering transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) for 20 minutes before training sessions.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Dr Mark Campbell, director of Lero’s Esports Science Research Lab (ESRL) and senior lecturer in sports psychology at UL, said their work showed that neurostimulation could accelerate motor performance improvements specifically in novice esports participants and that this effect was confined to more complex sensory-motor actions.“One of the original and most prominent esports over the past 20 years has been the first-person shooter (FPS) game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). We asked participants to shoot and eliminate enemy targets as quickly and accurately as possible during their training sessions in the study,” added researcher Dr Adam Toth.Participants wore a custom headset (HALO Neuroscience™) designed to deliver transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). However, some received no stimulation, others just a ‘sham’ treatment, while the remainder received a 20-minute exposure.“Our study found that novice gamers who received tDCS over their motor cortex before training improved their performance on the specific task over five days, significantly more than novices who trained following no such stimulus,” explained Dr Campbell.Curiously, according to Dr Toth, when they examined the effect of tDCS on training compared to non-stimulated groups, they observed a significant effect of tDCS on training for left and right targets, but not centre targets.“The fact that tDCS exerted an influence on training performance specifically for targets requiring a larger controlled movement (left and right targets) corroborates the assertion that tDCS may be better able to accelerate performance improvements for complex motor movements rather than simple reactions,” Dr Toth added.The Lero team, whose work has just been published in Computers in Human Behavior, a scholarly journal dedicated to examining the use of computers from a psychological perspective, believes their work could lead to benefits outside the world of esports.Dr Campbell said that in light of the team’s findings, tDCS may be especially beneficial during the initial stages of task learning.“Stroke patients, for example, could benefit from tDCS at the start of their rehabilitation process when re-learning complex movements that were once automatic”, concluded Dr Campbell.Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Director of Lero, stated: “Connected health and human performance is an area of enormous growth and software has a key role to play within that. At Lero, our research in this sector extends from using artificial intelligence to improve cancer detection to the principles of software as a medical device and it is an area in which we are continually expanding our capabilities and our industry partnerships”. Twitter Linkedin Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Facebooklast_img read more

The Impact of Opportunity Zones

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe August 5, 2019 1,171 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Affordability HOUSING Opportunity Zones Sales 2019-08-05 Seth Welborn  Print This Post Austin, Texas is making efforts to put housing in its opportunity zones. Opportunity zones were originally intended to be spur growth in economically disadvantaged areas, but according to Austin’s Planning Commission, the incentives are driving commercial development to the detriment of the city’s housing supply, Austin Monitor reports.On August 13, during the commission’s next meeting, it will consider an initiative that would amend city code so that any opportunity zone property with General Commercial Services (CS) zoning could add a vertical mixed-use designation if desired.According to the commission, added entitlements, including elimination of floor area ratio limits to reduced parking requirements, may prove enticing enough to encourage housing. Commissioner Carmen Llanes-Pulido stated that though the current opportunity zones are not helping with affordable housing in gentrifying areas, she questions whether vertical mixed-use zoning would ultimately make the problem worse.“I would really like to see more compelling evidence that (vertical mixed-use) will actually curb displacement or prevent displacement in these areas,” Llanes-Pulido said in Austin Monitor. “Because I can personally attest to blanket (vertical mixed-use) decisions causing and accelerating extreme displacement of both residents and small businesses.”Across the country, after being designated as “opportunity zones,” low-income and high-poverty areas have seen a surge in sale prices. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Director Ben Carson, “opportunity Zones present tremendous promise for America’s distressed communities.”Earlier this year, HUD announced that is seeking public input on how the Department can use its existing authorities to maximize the beneficial impact of Opportunity Zones for residents and their communities. Investors, keen to receive a discount on capital gains taxes for investing within these areas, flock to these opportunity zones, according to an analysis by Zillow.According to Zillow, sale prices in all eligible areas “grew faster than prices in places that weren’t, but after opportunity zones were selected, price-growth trends diverged among eligible tracts.” Previous: Housing Affordability Hits New High Next: Fannie Mae: Increased Education Needed for Borrowers Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordability HOUSING Opportunity Zones Sales Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, Newscenter_img The Impact of Opportunity Zones About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 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 Home / Daily Dose / The Impact of Opportunity Zones Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share Savelast_img read more

Men arrested in dissident probe released without charge

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Two men arrested in Derry on suspicion of dissident republican terrorist activity have been released without charge.The men, aged 23 and 18, were arrested on Monday and brought to the serious crimes suite at Antrim police station for questioning.They were freed last evening. Facebook By News Highland – October 5, 2011 Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Men arrested in dissident probe released without charge Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleMotion seeking 1000 extra places at Magee defeated at StormontNext articleCounty Development Board moves to market Donegal as a Cultural County News Highland Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Award-winning Troy University percussion ensemble in concert

first_imgLatest Stories Next UpThe public is invited to the award-winning Troy University Percussion Ensemble’s Fall 2012 Concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Claudia Crosby Theater.This will be the last opportunity to hear the Ensemble before it embarks on a four-stop tour that will culminate with a Showcase Concert at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention 2012 in Austin, Texas.“Tonight’s concert will consist of the repertoire that will be performed at PASIC,” said Dr. Adam Blackstock, assistant professor of percussion, John M. Long School of Music. “We will perform four world premieres that were commission for this event and perform the US premiere of another work.” Print Article By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell The concert will host Professor Brian Nozny from Dickinson State University as Composer in Residence.“Professor Nozny has written a new work for percussion quartet entitled ‘Parallel’ that will be premiered at this concert,” Blackstock said. “This will be a wonderful event. Our students have worked extremely hard and it is sure to be an exciting show.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Email the author Award-winning Troy University percussion ensemble in concert Published 11:00 pm Monday, October 22, 2012 You Might Like Retired deputy sheriff enjoys fixing cars, helping people Robert Cummings lives on U.S. Hwy 231 between Troy and Brundidge and enjoys working on cars and helping others. Robert… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits The Troy University Percussion Ensemble was named the winner of the 2012 Percussive Arts Society Internation Percussion Ensemble Competition. The public is invited to the ensemble’s concert at 7:30 P.m. tonight at the Claudia Crosby Theater.The Troy University Percussion Ensemble was named the winner of the 2012 Percussive Arts Society International Percussion Ensemble Competition.Schools that have won the competition in the past are only the best schools in the world, said Dr. Timothy Phillips, Troy University professor of clarinet.Troy University is the only university in Alabama to have been selected as winner of the competition and joins the ranks of other outstanding colleges and universities including Florida State, Northwestern, Rutgers, Ohio State and Yale universities and the universities of Houston and Kentucky and Juilliard and the Paris Conservatory, Book Nook to reopen Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

SEASON’S END: Old Christmas brings close to Christmas celebrations

first_img Eric and Heather Minton and little Connors were Joseph and Mary and the Christ Child at the Old Christmas service at Clay Hill Church Friday night. The Wise Men were Eddie Powell, Chad Copeland and Lawrence Bowden. The Benton Brothers, Alex and Lee, Rev. Ed Shirley and Rev. Ron Jackson provided special music.Christmas came to a quiet and rather cold close on Old Christmas Day at historical Clay Hill Church Friday night. But the rain and cold temperature didn’t keep people always from the annual celebration of the Three Wise Men’s arrival to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.Just how many years Brundidge United Methodist Church has hosted the annual celebration, no one is certain.But Susan Renfroe knows for sure that it has been 16 years. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Latest Stories “Our oldest Copeland grandson, Max, who is now 16 years old, was the Baby Jesus at Old Christmas the year he was born,” Renfroe said. “His brother Marx and his sisters, Kaylee and Rylee, have all been the Baby Jesus. That has been special for us and I think it is for the parents of all children who have had the honor of being the Baby Jesus in this very meaningful Christmas celebration.”Renfroe said Old Christmas at Clay Hill is a family tradition. Her husband, Don, has been a Wise Man several years and their daughter, Donna and son-in-law, Chad Copeland, have been Mary and Joseph four times.“Chad has also been one of the Wise Men,” Renfroe said. “We look forward to Old Christmas because we enjoy the simplicity of the service. There’s no electricity, just oil lamps burning. The church is decorated with cedar and holly. We all sing Christmas carols. There’s no fluff to Old Christmas. It takes us back to what Christmas is all about.” Skip Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Book Nook to reopen “The beautiful candlelight service reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World,” Helms said.Lawrence Bowden has been a Wise Man at the Old Christmas celebration for “years.”“It has been a pleasure for me to be a part of Old Christmas,” Bowden said. “The Christmas season does not end on December 25. It continues through the 12 Days of Christmas and comes to a close on January 6, Old Christmas Day.“Friday night was cold and rainy but inside it was like all other Old Christmas celebrations – the stories and the songs are so meaningful. It’s a very moving service and I’m honored to be a part of it – always.”Old Christmas at Clay Hill is held each year on January 6, Old Christmas Day. It is a non-denominational service and everyone is invited. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Renfroe said teacakes and cider and the fellowship of friends and neighbors is a special ending to the service and a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year.Nellie Sue Helms said she would not want to miss the Old Christmas celebration.“Ray and I started going to Old Christmas years ago,” she said. “Our church choir would sing the songs to match the Christmas story as it was read from the Gospel of Luke.”Helms said cold nights don’t keep her away. The oil lamps and later, a kerosene heater, provide some warmth to the old country church, “but longjohns are recommended.” You Might Like AT THE GAME: Troy man marks 7th national championship game Doug Gooden’s work with a Montgomery television station took him to his first National Championship Game in 2010, an experience… read more Email the author Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits SEASON’S END: Old Christmas brings close to Christmas celebrations By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Content By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebrationlast_img read more

Breaking up is hard to do

first_imgBreaking up is hard to doOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Is there any such thing as a simple termination any more? Even the moststraightforward resignation or dismissal can be fraught with implications.David Morgan and Stephen Brown work through some typical situationsScenario 1Ian is a star fund manager for a financial services institution. The companyhas had Ian sign a tightly drafted service agreement containing restrictivecovenants prohibiting him from soliciting clients post-termination and noticeprovisions of three months either way. The company also has the right to placeIan on “garden leave” at any time after notice has been served. Ianis headhunted by a competitor and hands in his notice. The financial pressspeculates he will poach a major client which he developed. DM comments Restrictive covenants are notoriously difficult to enforce in court. Theyshould be drafted in such a way as to protect only the legitimate businessinterests of the employer. There is a risk, when pursuing an employee ininterdict or injunction proceedings that the court will hold the covenants tobe unenforceable, thereby giving the employee free rein. The first step is always to remind the departing employee in writing of hiscontractual obligations and to seek an undertaking that he will abide by therestrictions without need for litigation. Inevitably, this is not alwaysforthcoming. In the above scenario, the company has no non-competition clauseto rely upon. The innovation would be to rely upon the garden leave clause toprotect its client base and to ensure Ian is unable to damage its interests byjoining the competitor early. Having accepted his resignation, the companyshould send him home for the remainder of his contractual notice. If Ian attempted to leave earlier than the expiry of his notice period, hewould be in breach of contract and it would be open to the company to seek aninterdict or injunction immediately from the courts to hold him to his noticeperiod. For this remedy to be successful, however, there should be an expressprovision in the contract enabling the company to place the employee on gardenleave. While garden leave provisions are a useful alternative to restrictivecovenants, a number of points should be borne in mind in light of the recentdecision of Symbian v Christensen, High Court, 8 May 2000]. Worryingly, thatcase held that putting an employee on garden leave in accordance with anexpress contractual provision irretrievably undermined the employmentrelationship and meant the employer could not thereafter rely upon the impliedduty of trust and confidence, good faith and fidelity. The court held that allthat would remain would be the bare bones of a contract of employment and theemployer could not effectively prohibit an employee from working for a competitoror poaching clients during the “garden leave” period since theimplied duty of trust and confidence had disappeared. While this decision is questionable, employers seeking to rely on gardenleave clauses should nonetheless be sure to include an express contractualprovision that employees do not work for others throughout the duration of thecontract of employment. Also the constituent parts of the implied duty of trustand confidence should be expressly referred to in the contract or staff handbook.Scenario 2John works as a production supervisor in an automotive plant. Sue is aclerical assistant in the company’s print room. John has taken an interest inSue although the feelings are not mutual. Both employees have a company mobilephone which is primarily for business use, though a reasonable amount ofpersonal use is permitted. John begins to send Sue text messages both duringand after working hours asking for a date. When Sue tries to let John downgently his text messages become derogatory, threatening and obscene. Sue raisesa grievance with the HR department and produces her company mobile telephonewhich has stored on it the offending messages. The company considers dismissingJohn. DM comments The serious nature of the allegations involving offensive comments of asexual nature will merit disciplinary action being taken against John,including dismissal. Would it be reasonable to base the decision to dismiss John on the groundsof private communications? In a recent Scottish case, MacLeod v Boyce, 31 October 2000, a court foundan individual guilty of contravening section 43 of the Telecommunications Act1984 which makes it a criminal offence to send grossly offensive, indecent orobscene messages by way of a public telecommunications system. The individualhad sent a number of obscene text messages on a mobile phone. In another recentcase a court found an accused in criminal proceedings guilty of the publicdisorder offence of breach of the peace, where harassing text messages had beensent over a mobile phone. The company could, then, be dealing with a potentialcriminal offence committed within the workplace by John. This in itself shouldjustify summary dismissal on the grounds of gross misconduct. While the Human Rights Act 1998 incorporates into UK law the right torespect for private life and correspondence, John would not have a direct rightof action in terms of the Act as the company is not a public authority. Anemployment tribunal is, however, a public authority and, when assessing the reasonablenessof John’s dismissal in an unfair dismissal case, human rights principles maycome in. The tribunal would have to carry out a balancing exercise, with John’srights on the one hand and the company’s business needs on the other. To ensure compliance with human rights and data protection principles, thecompany should have a clearly defined policy on the acceptable use of companyproperty, including mobile telephones. Abuse of the equipment should also bereferred to as an instance of gross misconduct in disciplinary procedures.Employees should be required to consent in writing to the monitoring from timeto time of their mobile text messages to ensure that there are no breaches ofthe acceptable use policy. Scenario 3Jill has worked for a bank for a few years. Recently, she has been absent onaverage one day a month. This is beginning to annoy her manager as it putsadditional strain on the rest of the team. The manager suspects Jill is takingunauthorised holiday because she gives inconsistent reasons for her absence –sometimes illness and sometimes childcare responsibilities. The manager wishesto dismiss Jill because of her attendance record. SB commentsBefore dismissing the bank should make reasonable efforts to establish thereason for Jill’s absences. It must warn her that continued absence will resultin dismissal and give her an opportunity to improve attendance. Some short-term childcare-related absences are permitted under the ParentalLeave Regulations. All employees are allowed unpaid time off to look afterdependants when they fall ill or to deal with an unexpected incident involvinga child during school hours. The amount of time off allowed is limited to whatis reasonable in the circumstances. The right only applies if the employeetells the employer of the reason for the absence as soon as possible. However,the employee does not need to provide any proof of why she needed to take timeoff. Therefore, as long as the time taken off for childcare is reasonable, todismiss Jill could be automatically unfair. The first step is to interview Jill and ask her permission to see hermedical records or undergo an examination by the company doctor. If she refusesthe company can make a decision based on the evidence before it. If thereappears to be no sound or major medical reason for these frequent absences,then Jill can be warned the absences are causing a strain on the rest of theworkforce and if they continue she will be dismissed. It must give her a reviewperiod to see if her attendance improves. If, however, there is a more important medical reason for the absences, theemployer must establish whether it falls within the Disability DiscriminationAct. If the illness has a substantial and long-term adverse effect (thereforeis likely to last for 12 months or more) on Jill’s day-to-day activities, theillness might well be classed as a disability. In that case, the bank must not dismiss unless for a sound and justifiablereason and it must also consider whether by making reasonable adjustments toJill’s working practices her job might be made easier. This might includeshorter hours or time off for treatment. David Morgan and Stephen Brown are partners at McGrigor Donald Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more