Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileLasaco Assurance Plc is a composite insurance and financial services company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite business in major sectors of the economy. This includes the heavy engineering, construction, banking and finance, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism sectors. Lasaco Assurance Plc’s business portfolio includes leadership and a significant stake in key federal and state government insurance businesses, multinational and private companies. The company also offers life cover to high-tech, capital intensive and special risk sectors such as oil and gas and aerospace. Lasaco Assurance Plc has business interests in property development and management as well as shareholdings in numerous blue chip enterprises. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lasaco Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) 2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited is a reinsurance company underwriting various classes of reinsurance for companies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The company covers reinsurance for the short-term and long-term business sectors. Its short-term business division offers motor, marine, aviation, fire and accident reinsurance products. Its long-term business division offers individual and group life reinsurance products. Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited also has interests in property acquisition and management; including office buildings for rent and the development of office properties and housing projects. The company was founded in 1970 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC [Episcopal News Service] El tribunal eclesiástico [o panel de audiencia] que contempló imponerle una sanción disciplinaria al obispo J. Jon Bruno de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles emitió un dictamen final el 2 de agosto en el que reafirmaba su recomendación propuesta de que fuera suspendido del ministerio ordenado durante tres años por razones de conducta impropia.El tribunal también recomienda enérgicamente a la Diócesis de Los Ángeles como “asunto de justicia” que suspenda inmediatamente sus empeños de vender la propiedad de Santiago el Mayor [St. James the Great] en Newport Beach, California, que devuelva la congregación y la vicaria al edificio de la iglesia y que le reasigne a Santiago el Mayor el adecuado estatus de misión.El tribunal compuesto de cinco personas dijo estar convencido de que la Diócesis de Los Ángeles, y en particular su Comité Permanente con el liderazgo solidario de su recién ordenado y consagrado obispo coadjutor, debe elegir conscientemente tomar parte en un proceso de autoexamen y confesión de la verdad en torno a estos eventos desafortunados y trágicos.El tribunal llevó a cabo tres días de testimonios en marzo sobre esas alegaciones. Bruno subsecuentemente intentó vender la propiedad mientras el tribunal consideraba cómo dictaminar sobre el caso. Ese intento le ganó a Bruno dos restricciones ministeriales del obispo primado Michael Curry.La más reciente se produjo un día antes del dictamen final cuando Curry separó a Santiago el Mayor de la autoridad de Bruno y puso la congregación bajo el control del obispo coadjutor de Los Ángeles John Taylor. La restricción anterior fue concebida para evitar que Bruno intentara vender la propiedad otra vez.Herman Hollerith IV, obispo de la Diócesis de Virginia Sur, es el presidente del tribunal que llevó el caso contra Bruno. El panel, nombrado por la Junta Disciplinaria para los Obispos de entre sus miembros, incluye al obispo de Rhode Island Nicholas Knisely, al obispo de Dakota del Norte Michael Smith, al Rdo. Erik Larsen de Rhode Island y a Deborah Stokes de Ohio Sur.El caso original contra Bruno implicó su intento infructuoso en 2015 de vender la propiedad de la Iglesia a un promotor de condominios por $15 millones en efectivo. Esa iniciativa dio lugar a que los miembros de Santiago el Mayor presentaran cargos de conducta impropia contra Bruno, alegando que había violado los Cánones de la Iglesia.Cuarenta días después de emitido el dictamen final, la Rvdma. Catherine Waynick, presidente de la Junta Disciplinaria de los Obispos, tiene 20 días para sentenciar a Bruno en conformidad con el dictamen. Él puede pelar esa sentencia y, si lo hace, la sentencia no se impone en tanto el proceso de la apelación esté en marcha. No obstante, el dictamen no deja dudas de que las restricciones parciales de Curry sobre Bruno permanecen en vigor.El tribunal encontró a Bruno culpable de las alegaciones de los demandantes de Santiago el Mayor de que él había violado los cánones de la Iglesia porque:No obtuvo el consentimiento del comité permanente diocesano antes de suscribir un acuerdo para vender la propiedad.Desfiguró su intención respecto a la propiedad ante los miembros, el clero y la comunidad local en general.Expuso falsamente que Santiago el Mayor no era una congregación sostenible.Expuso falsamente que la Rda. Cindy Evans Voorhees, vicaria de Santiago [el Mayor], había renunciado.Engañó a algunos de los miembros de Santiago [el Mayor] [al decirles] que él les alquilaría la propiedad durante cierto número de meses y que la diócesis ayudaría económicamente a la iglesia, yParticipó en una conducta impropia de un miembro del clero “al desorientar y engañar” al clero y al pueblo de Santiago [el Mayor], así como a la comunidad local, respecto a sus planes para la propiedad y por tomar posesión de la propiedad y privar a la congregación de acceso a ella.Taylor emitió un comunicado en el que decía que “el ministerio ordenado de 40 años del obispo Bruno y sus 15 años como el sexto obispo de Los Ángeles no se resumen en este dictamen ni en los sucesos que lo provocaron”.El obispo coadjutor lo calificó de “líder valeroso y visionario”.“Como todo ejecutivo exitoso dentro y fuera de la Iglesia, él sería el primero en reconocer que hay cosas que habría hecho de manera diferente”, dijo Taylor. “Espero seguir aprendiendo de él y consultando con él acerca de la vida de la comunidad diocesana que él ha servido y que tanto ama”.Taylor dijo que él y el Comité Permanente “haremos todo lo que podamos para promover un solución justa que tome en cuenta los intereses de todos en nuestra comunidad (incluidos los fieles miembros de la iglesia de Newport Beach) y darnos la oportunidad de seguir adelante juntos. En una disputa como esta, el decir la verdad, la comunicación abierta y la reconciliación pueden resultar difíciles para todos los implicados”.Los feligreses de Santiago el Mayor dijeron estar “profundamente agradecidos al tribunal por su diligente y ardua labor al objeto de obtener la verdad, administrar justicia equitativa y fomentar la reconciliación”. Afirmaron que “la recomendación final del tribunal señala el camino a seguir para la Diócesis de Los Ángeles y su liderazgo”.“Creemos que el proceso de reconciliación comienza ahora, y esperamos que llegue el momento —en el futuro próximo, esperamos y creemos— cuando estemos de vuelta en nuestra santa iglesia y la Diócesis de Los Ángeles sea una vez más una comunidad en Cristo firme, unida y jubilosa, dedicada a propagar la palabra de Dios y a hacer Su obra en la tierra”, decía la declaración de Santiago el Mayor.La congregación ha estado reuniéndose para el culto en un salón del ayuntamiento de Newport Beach. Su estatus canónico con la diócesis se encuentra en un limbo.El primer intento de venta de Santiago el Mayor tuvo lugar menos de 18 meses después de que Bruno reabriera esta iglesia a fines de 2013, luego de recuperar la propiedad mediante una demanda legal provocada por una ruptura de la congregación. Otras tres congregaciones de la diócesis también se dividieron en disputas acerca de la plena inclusión de personas LGBTQ en la vida de la Iglesia.El empeño de Bruno de vender la propiedad aun después de la audiencia de marzo, que el obispo intentó ocultar, le valió una amonestación del tribunal en junio, el cual le dijo a Bruno que tenía que dejar de intentar vender la propiedad durante el proceso disciplinario. Si lo intentaba, o lo llevaba a cabo, antes de que el tribunal decidiera el caso original en contra suya, esa conducta sería “desestabilizadora, dilatoria y por otra parte contraria a la integridad de este procedimiento”, le dijo el tribunal en ese momento. La nota decía que lo mismo se aplicaría si dejaba de brindarle al tribunal la información requerida respecto a sus acusaciones. Tal conducta viola la porción del derecho canónico que rige la conducta de clérigos que enfrentan acciones disciplinarias (Canon IV.13.9(a) página 151 aquí).Pocos días después, el 29 de junio, Curry imponía su restricción inicial al ministerio de Bruno.La apelación de Bruno a las sanciones del tribunal el 10 de julio no prosperó.La restricción de Curry del 1 de agosto se produjo unos 10 días después de que una propuesta de dictamen del tribunal se hiciera pública a fines de julio. 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Related Articles 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. The amount of homes in negative equity fell to the lowest level in nine years, according to the latest CoreLogic Equity Report. Additionally, the amount of equity in mortgaged real estate increased by nearly $427 billion in the second quarter of 2019 from the second quarter of 2018, an annual increase of 4.8%.CoreLogic notes that Q2’s increase in equity was the lowest such gain in equity since the fourth quarter of 2012. Despite the lower growth rate, borrower equity hit a new high in the second quarter of 2019, and borrowers have gained $5.9 trillion in equity since the end of 2011 when equity stopped declining.The nationwide negative equity share for the second quarter of 2019 was 3.8% of all homes with a mortgage, the lowest share of homes with negative equity since CoreLogic started tracking it in the third quarter of 2009. The number of underwater properties decreased by 201,000 from the second quarter of 2018 to the second quarter of 2019.By state, Nevada’s 1.9-percentage-point decrease in negative equity between the second quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019 represented the nation’s largest year-over-year decline, and the drop from a high of 72.7% in the first quarter of 2010 to 3.7% in the second quarter of 2019 represented the largest decline from the peak.On a city level, San Francisco has the largest average amount of negative equity, but the negative equity share is only 0.6%. Miami has the smallest average amount of negative equity, but has a negative equity share of 9.4%, which is more than double the national rate.Earlier this month, Black Knight reported that tappable equity rose for the second quarter in a row, gaining $335 billion in Q2 2019, now at an all-time high of $6.3 trillion.“The not-so-good news is that – in an environment of record-high levels of tappable equity and low interest rates that makes cash-out refinances an affordable option for accessing that equity – servicers are retaining just one in five cash-out borrowers,” said Black Knight Data & Analytics President Ben Graboske. “Even though rate-term refis are surging right now, cash-outs still made up some 62% of all refinances in the second quarter. Add to that the fact that borrowers refinancing out of 2012-2017 vintage loans account for nearly half of all refis so far in 2019, nearly 80% were cash-out transactions.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Negative Equity Hits Record Levels About Author: Seth Welborn Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: The Industry Pulse: Updates on Total Expert, a360inc, and More Next: Recognizing Exemplary Working Cultures Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Negative Equity Hits Record Levels September 20, 2019 1,427 Views Tagged with: Equity Home Prices Negative Equity Sales Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Secondary Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Equity Home Prices Negative Equity Sales 2019-09-20 Seth Welborn Subscribe
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Previous Article Next Article Unravelling the ‘Dutch paradox’ of OH professionOn 1 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Delegates were introduced to the ‘Dutch paradox’ of OH by Dr Carl Hulshof,co-ordinator of the Coronel Institute for Occupational and EnvironmentalHealth, University of Amsterdam. The ‘paradox’ is where the Dutch Government passed legislation requiring allemployers to contract an OH service, meaning the coverage of OH services hasrisen from 40 to 95 per cent of the population. Yet because of an emphasis on sickness absence management and the commercialapproach taken by many OH services due to the legislative impetus, many ofthese OH services do not have a good reputation, and the quality of their caredoes not meet professional standards. In response, the Dutch Association for Occupational Medicine (NVAB) launcheda programme in 1998 to publish a series of evidence-based practice guidelinesfor the most prevalent health problems that lead to sickness absence and illhealth cased by work. The guidelines have address-ed the management of staff with lower-back pain,work-related mental disorders, hand, neck and shoulder complaints, and asthmaand other respiratory disorders. They have also looked at the assessment of the workability of staff insheltered workshops and the assessment of visual acuity of VDU workers. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN ImagesBy LOUIS MILMAN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Detroit Lions will be on their third head coach of the season on Saturday, after interim head coach Darrell Bevell was deemed unable to coach due to COVID-19 protocols.Detroit is scheduled to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. On Wednesday, the team announced that Bevell, along with several other coaches, were being kept away from the team facility due to close contacts with the virus. So far, only practice squad linebacker Anthony Pittman and a coach have tested positive.In Bevell’s absence, wide receivers coach Robert Prince will take over the head coaching role. He will also give playcalling duties to quarterbacks coach Sean Ryan, who has never had that responsibility at any level in his career.Bevell said that the team had contingency plans for any coach unable to be with the team on Saturday. He emphasized the importance of being able to adjust on the fly, something he says the team has already done throughout the course of this season.The team will also have to sort out their defensive coaching situation, with coordinator Cory Undlin, defensive line coach Bo Davis, linebackers coach Ty McKenzie and defensive backs coach Steve Gregory all kept away from the team on Wednesday.Bevell also pointed to the team’s most recent game — a road matchup against the Tennessee Titans — as a possible cause of the outbreak. Nashville has one of the highest new-case rates of COVID-19 in the country. Still, Bevell admitted, the team is not sure how anyone within the team contracted the virus.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by December 24, 2020 /Sports News – National Detroit Lions will be without head coach due to COVID-19 protocols Beau Lund
Combis, the multi-purpose workhorses of the oven world, can be used to roast, steam or bake food. When used in combination, the various heating methods within each oven speed up the cooking process, maximising efficiency and saving time.A combination oven can be a vital piece of kit in the baker’s and caterer’s armoury – and they now come with a wealth of technologically-advanced features. Over the past year, oven manufacturers have launched a host of additions to make baking easier, faster and more accurate. Merrychef – part of Enodis UK – is just one of the manufacturers making clever use of technology. It has launched a USB version of its MenuKey system. Previously the key, which plugs into the ovens and allows recipes and programmes to be downloaded, had to be posted back to Merrychef for updating with new recipes. However, the new version of the key plugs into a USB port on any computer, allowing operators to upload new recipes immediately.Merrychef’s managing director Graham Veal says: “We believe this is the oven of the future and are constantly working on technological advances on this and the rest of our portfolio to ensure we continue to provide the best solution for our clients.”The company has also launched an interactive customer care package, to be distributed with all new ovens. The package, available on CD-Rom, includes operating, maintenance and spare parts information, along with details of service contract options and a link to register warranty on line. Merrychef’s aftermarket director Colin Lacey says: “The CD-Rom includes everything our customers need to know to ensure optimum performance from their oven. Available in one easy reference, quick-start guide, customers can learn from the experiences of current service customers.”Meanwhile, Merrychef’s 402S combines three heat technologies in a compact unit to deliver “top-quality cooked foods at speeds up to 15 times faster than a conventional oven”. A built-in catalytic converter eliminates the need for a ventilation hood so the oven can operate in “virtually any environment” says Merrychef.Specialised for bakersThe designers of Lainox combi ovens, launched last year, have also been busy. The range boasts features including a multi-speed auto-reverse fan to ensure even airflow across the products and a patented fast-dry system along with a humidifier in manual or automatic versions. Lainox brand development manager Graham Russell says bakers will be most interested in the company’s specialised baking oven, which has been modified to fit 600 x 400mm trays rather than standard Gastronorm sizes, which are better suited to the catering industry. The ovens come in a range of sizes, with Russell saying the most popular are six- and 10-rack.The latest version of Rational’s SelfCooking Center is also designed to save bakery retailers time. It includes a new mode for baking, designed for products as varied as biscuits, cookies, pizza and quiches. It even includes an option for proving dough. Alongside the baking mode, which includes seven baking processes, the centre has eight other modes, each with a variety of baking and cooking processes built in. The finishing mode includes a process for baking-off products and offers a choice of browning levels. Bakers have a range of models from which to select, from six-grid counter-top units to high-volume 40-grid models, in gas and electric versions.Rational says the SelfCooking Centers are suitable for baking and bake-off applications in high street outlets and for in-store bakeries. They are also “very useful in craft bakeries, where their ability to prove and then bake-off in one single cabinet makes them versatile”.Rational also offers gas and electric combi steamers with two specification levels to choose from: the Opus SelfCooking Center and the Opus CombiMaster. And all sizes of operation are catered for, as there are no fewer than 24 size variations to pick from.Lincat also offers a bakery package to fit its combi ovens. Marketing director Nick MacDonald says bakers will benefit from the higher capacity and evenness of cooking that combi ovens offer. Businesses that also offer deli goods and pies will find the versatility of a combi useful and they also eliminate the need for a separate proving machine, as they have a setting for that purpose, saving valuable space in the kitchen. Bakers branching into areas such as meat pies or deli will also find a combi invaluable as it can roast, bake, grill or steam.When less is moreWhile bakery retailers now have a world of gadgetry to pick from, not every supplier is convinced that more means better when it comes to technology. Newscan has broken from the pack, launching an Italian combi oven range called Sogeco at Hotelympia in January this year. Bakers prefer simplicity, according to Newscan’s managing director John Partridge. “It’s a high-quality machine that does not have the complexity of some of the brand-leading ovens,” he says. “We’re coming at it from a slightly different angle.””Real bakers” don’t want everything done for them by the oven, Partridge says. “They have a shrewd idea about temperature, time and humidity… they can set the basic parameters for themselves. Sogeco ovens are simple ovens in terms of the controls.”They are sold through a dealer network, and there is also a local support network for maintenance and repairs. The smallest oven in the range costs £3,000, and this goes up to £20,000. And smaller operators who are simply looking for an oven that can quickly reheat pre-prepared goods can pick from a range of microwave combination ovens such as those offered by RH Hall.”If you wish to reheat and cook food products then a microwave convection oven is well-advised. Items such as pastry will become soggy if reheated in a plain microwave whereas using a combination microwave convection oven, the crisp golden brown and conventional finished result will be achieved in microwave speed,” says the firm.Whether you are a craft baker or run a café, are a gadget freak or prefer something a bit more hands-on, there is bound to be a combi to make your products tastier and your business more efficient.—-=== Tips ===== Combi ovens: decide before you buy ==l What products will you be cooking in your combi?l Think about your market – will your product mix change over the next few years?l What sort of volumes will you be dealing in?l What is your budget?l How much space do you have?l Are you a gadget fan or do you prefer more hands-on baking?
Chevler has announced it is to introduce a new production planning system, in order to cope with soaring demand for its baking cases and muffin wraps.The company has said that, shortly, it expects to announce record turnover and profit figures for its first year of operation under new leadership, following a management buy-out in February last year.The new production planning system, which is being phased in over the next couple of weeks, has been designed to help reduce lead times on special products, as well as increasing availability of catalogue lines. The firm added that the system will also enable it to respond faster to fluctuations in demand.“We have always striven to deliver regular product lines, but our business and volumes have recently grown to such an extent that sudden fluctuations in demand have started to pose far more problems than they previously did,” explained MD Stuart Whelan.“A key element of our new approach will be a marked improvement in the day-to-day visibility of both capacity and demand. It will result in better decision-making and we will be able to react much faster to unforeseen events,” he added.