Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2001 annual report.For more information about Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zenith Bank PLC (ZENITH.ng) 2001 annual report.Company ProfileZenith Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate, private and investment banking sectors. The company also offers non-banking services such as foreign exchange, treasury, trade services and cash management services. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional accounts, savings accounts and deposits to short term investment funds, association accounts, personal funds management, funds transfer service and import letters of credit. Established in 1990 and formerly known as Zenith International Bank Limited, the company changed its name to Zenith Bank Plc in 2004. The company has three subsidiaries: Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited and Zenith Bank (Sierra Leone) and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. It has representative offices in South Africa and The People’s Republic of China. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
TPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited (TPSE.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about TPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited (TPSE.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the TPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited (TPSE.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: TPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited (TPSE.ke) 2004 annual report.Company ProfileTPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited owns and operates hotels and lodges in Kenya for the business and tourist sectors. The company owns and operates 35 hotels as well as a selection of resorts, safari guest lodges, safari camps, palaces and forts located in strategic sites in Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Subsidiary companies include TPS (Kenya) Limited which owns Nairobi Serena Hotel, Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge, Mara Serena Safari Lodge and Kilaguni Serena Lodge; TPS (Zanzibar) Limited which owns Zanzibar Serena Hotel; TPS (Tanzania) Limited which owns Kirawira Serena Camp, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Serena Mivumo River Lodge and Selous Serena Camp; and TPS (Uganda) Limited. Other properties owned and managed by TPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited include Lake Victoria Serena Resort in Uganda and Polana Serena Hotel in Mozambique. TPS Eastern Africa (Serena) Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
ThailandAsia – Pacific January 23, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor gets 11-year jail term in affront to media freedom to go further Organisation RSF_en Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Thailand News ThailandAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News Photo : Nicolas Asfouri / AFP Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the 11-year jail sentence that a Bangkok criminal court passed today on Voice of Thaksin magazine editor Somyot Prueksakasemsuk on lèse-majesté charges for publishing two articles by another person in 2010 that were deemed to have defamed the king and the monarchy.“This sentence is a nothing less that a political manoeuvre designed to silence a government critic,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fact that the complaint about the supposedly defamatory articles was not filed until several months after Somyot’s arrest proves that the authorities wanted his head and just needed a pretext to jail him.“We demand Somyot’s immediate release and the overturning of this conviction, and we urge the entire international community to react to this trial, which is a direct attack on media freedom in Thailand. The lèse-majesté law and article 112 of the criminal code must be repealed.”The court sentenced Somyot to five years in prison for each of the offending articles and an additional year for a previous sentence that had been suspended. His lawyer, Karom Polpornklang, said he would appeal.Somyot was affiliated to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the movement also known as the Red Shirts, some of whose members support former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.He has been held since 30 April 2011 in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo, 2 days after he participated to the launch of a campaign to collect 10,000 signatures to remove the lese majeste article from the Thai criminal code. He was later reproached to refuse to reveal the identify of the author of the two articles, written under the pen-name of Jitra Polachan.He was previously held for 21 days after being arrested in May 2010, following the final assault on thousands of Red Shirt demonstrators in Bangkok. Reporters Without Borders interviewed him after his release in 2010.After the authorities closed his bimonthly, Voice of Thaksin, in 2010, it was replaced by Red Power. May 12, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom June 12, 2020 Find out more
Facebook Pinterest TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries amid a deepening dispute that raises concerns about international competition for limited supplies of the shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot addressed the dispute for the first time, rejecting the EU’s assertion that the company was failing to honor its commitments. Soriot said vaccine delivery figures in AstraZeneca’s contract with the 27-nation bloc were targets, not firm commitments, and the company was unable to meet them because of problems in rapidly expanding production capacity. “Our contract is not a contractual commitment, it’s a best effort,’’ Soriot said in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica. “Basically, we said we’re going to try our best, but we can’t guarantee we’re going to succeed. In fact, getting there, we are a little bit delayed.” AstraZeneca said last week that it planned to cut initial deliveries in the EU to 31 million doses from 80 million due to reduced yields from its manufacturing plants in Europe. The EU claimed Wednesday that it will receive even less than that — just one quarter of the doses that member states were supposed to get during January-March 2021. The EU says it expects the company to deliver the full amount on time, and on Monday threatened to put export controls on all vaccines made in its territory. Stella Kyriakides, the European Commissioner for health and food safety, rejected Soriot’s explanation for the delays, saying that “not being able to ensure manufacturing capacity is against the letter and spirit of our agreement.” Kyriakides said AstraZeneca should provide vaccines from its UK facilities if it it is unable to meet commitments from factories in the EU. The comments are certain to create tension in the UK, which completed its exit from the bloc less than a month ago. “I call on AstraZeneca to engage fully to rebuild trust, to provide complete information and to live up to its contractual, societal and moral obligations,” Kyriakides said at a media briefing in Brussels. The EU’s contract with AstraZeneca is confidential and can’t be released without the agreement of both sides. The EU has asked AstraZeneca for permission to release the contract, Kyriakides said. After a third round of talks aimed at resolving the dispute on Wednesday evening, Kyriakides regretted the “continued lack of clarity on the delivery schedule” and urged AstraZeneca to come up with a clear plan for a quick delivery of the doses reserved by the EU for the first quarter. In a message posted on Twitter, Kyriakides however noted “a constructive tone” in the discussions with Soriot. A spokesman for AstraZeneca said after the meeting that the company has “committed to even closer coordination to jointly chart a path for the delivery of our vaccine over the coming months as we continue our efforts to bring this vaccine to millions of Europeans at no profit during the pandemic.” The dispute comes as the EU, which has 450 million citizens and the economic clout of the world’s biggest trading bloc, lags far behind countries like Israel and Britain in delivering coronavirus vaccines to its people. The EU has signed deals for six different vaccines, but so far regulators have only authorized the use of two, one made by Pfizer and another by Moderna. The EU’s drug regulator will consider the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday. Robert Yates, director of the global health program at the Chatham House think tank in London, said the EU-AstraZeneca dispute highlights the danger of “vaccine nationalism” as countries compete for limited supplies. “For politicians, this is red hot. And, you know, unfortunately, what we’re seeing as well is that Brexit politics is playing into this,” he said. “This is this is really, really bad news — not only bad news for the European countries involved,” he said. “I think what’s much worse is that these squabbles between rich countries potentially deny vaccines to people in the rest of the world.” AstraZeneca is setting up more than a dozen regional supply chains worldwide to meet regional demand for its vaccine. Overall, AstraZeneca plans to deliver up to 3 billion doses to countries around the world by the end of 2021. However, establishing each facility is a complicated process that involves training people and ensuring each batch of vaccine is safe and effective. Sometimes this goes smoothly, but in other cases there are problems, Soriot said. “We train them on how to manufacture,’’ he said. “And then, you know, some people are new to this process … They don’t know how to make the vaccine and they’re not as efficient as others.″ There are two basic steps in producing the vaccine. The first is a biological process that involves growing cells, which are injected with a virus, Soriot said. The second involves turning this “drug substance” into the final product, filling vials and testing each batch of vaccine. Soriot said AstraZeneca had to reduce deliveries to the EU because plants in Europe had lower than expected yields from the biological process used to produce the vaccine. This has also happened in other regions as AstraZeneca sought to rapidly expand production capacity to meet demands from countries battling the pandemic. “We’ve also had teething issues like this in the U.K. supply chain,” Soriot said. “But the U.K. contract was signed three months before the European vaccine deal, so with the U.K. we have had an extra three months to fix all the glitches we experienced. As for Europe, we are three months behind in fixing those glitches.” An official from the European Commission, the EU’s executive, said the bloc has agreed to give 336 million euros ($407 million) to AstraZeneca to develop its vaccine and deliver doses. The official, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, said the commission would be entitled to recover part of the money if the company fails to live up to the terms of this advance purchase agreement. “We reject the logic of first come, first served,” Kyriakides said. “That may work at the neighborhood butchers, but not in contracts and not in our advance purchase agreements. There’s no priority clause in the advanced purchase agreement.” The shortfall in planned deliveries of the AstraZeneca vaccine is coming at the same time as a slowdown in the distribution of Pfizer-BioNTech shots as Pfizer upgrades production facilities at a plant in Belgium. “There are a lot of emotions running in this process right now, and I can understand it: people want vaccine,” Soriot said. “I want the vaccine too, I want it today. 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Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Knock Shrine elevated to international status By News Highland – March 20, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Google+ Twitter WhatsApp 50,000 people joined an online Mass last night, as the Pope elevated Knock Shrine in Co Mayo to international status.It now has the same rank as Lourdes and Fatima – two of the world’s best-known shrines.Up to 1.5 million people go to Knock every year, to visit the site of an apparition of Mary in 1879.Fr Richard Gibbons, the rector of the shrine, says he now expects that number to grow.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Knock10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDeputy CMO thanks public for compliance on St. Patrick’s DayNext articleRollout of AstraZeneca resumes today following suspension News Highland Facebook Facebook Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
On planetary scales, surface wind stress and differential buoyancy forcing act together to produce isopycnal surfaces that are relatively flat in the tropics/subtropics and steep near the poles, where they tend to outcrop. Tilted isopycnals in a rapidly rotating fluid are subject to baroclinic instability. The turbulent, mesoscale eddies generated by this instability have a tendency to homogenize potential vorticity (PV) along density surfaces. In the Southern Ocean (SO), the tilt of isopycnals is largely maintained by competition between the steepening effect of surface forcing and the flattening effect of turbulent, spatially inhomogeneous eddy fluxes of PV. Here we use quasi-geostrophic theory to investigate the influence of a planetary-geometric constraint on the equilibrium slope of tilted density/buoyancy surfaces in the SO. If the meridional gradients of relative vorticity and PV are small relative to β, then quasi-geostrophic theory predicts ds/dz = β/ f0 = cot(ϕ0)/a, or equivalently r ≡ |∂zs/(β/ f0)| = 1, where s is the isopycnal slope, ϕ0 is a reference latitude, a is the planetary radius, and r is the depth-averaged criticality parameter. We find that the strict r = 1 condition holds over specific averaging volumes in a large-scale climatology. A weaker r = O(1) condition for depth-averaged quantities is generally satisfied away from large bathymetric features. We employ the r = O(1) constraint to derive a depth scale to characterize large-scale interior stratification, and we use an idealized sector model to test the sensitivity of this relationship to surface wind forcing. Finally, we discuss the possible implications for eddy flux parameterization and for the sensitivity of SO circulation/stratification to changes in forcing.
We analyzed composition and variations in benthic macrofaunal communities along a transect of the entire length of the Vema-Fracture Zone on board of RV Sonne (SO-237) between December 2014 and January 2015 in order to test whether the Mid-Atlantic Ridge serves as a barrier limiting benthic taxon distribution in the abyssal basins on both sides of the ridge or whether the fracture zone permits the migration of species between the western and eastern abyssal Atlantic basins. The Puerto Rico Trench, much deeper than the surrounding abyssal West Atlantic, was sampled to determine whether the biodiversity of its hadal macrofauna differs from that of the abyssal Atlantic. The composition of the macrofauna from the epibenthic sledge catches yielded a total of 21,332 invertebrates. Crustacea occurred most frequently (59%) with 12,538 individuals followed by Annelida (mostly Polychaeta) (26%) with 5,491 individuals, Mollusca (7%) with 1,458 individuals, Echinodermata (4%) with 778 individuals, Nematoda (2%) with 502 individuals and Chaetognatha (1%) with 152 and Porifera (1%) with 131 individuals. All other taxa occurred with overall less than ten individuals (Hemichordata, Phoronida, Priapulida, Brachiopoda, invertebrate Chordata, Echiurida, Foraminifera (here refereed to macrofaunal Komokiacea only), Chelicerata, Platyhelminthes). Within the Crustacea, Peracarida (62.6%) with 7,848 individuals and Copepoda (36.1%) with 44,526 individuals were the most abundant taxa. Along the abyssal Vema-Fracture Zone macrofaunal abundances (ind./1,000 m2) were generally higher on the eastern side, while the highest normalized abundance value was reported in the Puerto Rico Trench at abyssal station 14-1 2,313 individuals/1,000 m2. The lowest abundance was reported at station 11-4 with 120 ind./1,000 m2 located at the western side of the Vema-Fracture Zone. The number of major macrofaunal taxa (phylum, class) ranged between five (stations 12-5, 13-4 and 13-5 at hadal depths in the Puerto Rico Trench) and 14 (station 9-8) in the western abyssal basin of the Vema-Fracture Zone. Differences are seen in the distribution of Porifera at macrofaunal level between eastern and western sides of the Vema-Fracture Zone. Macrofaunal composition of the study area is compared with data from other expeditions in the Atlantic and the northwest Pacific Ocean.
Associated Press June 16, 2020 /Coronavirus (COVID-19) related news and sports stories, Sports News – Local NBA lays out its vision for Disney restart to teams, players FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHere’s some of what awaits NBA players going to Disney next month: game rooms, golf course access, cabanas with misters to combat the heat, fishing areas, bowling, backstage tours and salon services.It only sounds like vacation.The NBA described very specific plans to players and teams for the restart on Tuesday, doing so in a memo and handbook both obtained by The Associated Press.With safety being of the foremost importance during the coronavirus pandemic, players were told they will be tested regularly and must adhere to strict physical distancing and mask-wearing policies. Written by Tags: NBA
January 14, 2021 /Sports News – Local SUU Athletics Joins Western Athletic Conference FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday, Southern Utah University announced it is joining the Western Athletic Conference effective July 1, 2022.The Thunderbirds will be joining this conference in 12 NCAA Division I athletics programs on campus.The Denver-based WAC also added Texas schools Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin, all of which previously belonged to the Southland Conference.This will make the WAC a 13-team conference consisting of two divisions. All of the Texas schools (which include current WAC members Tarleton State and Texas-Rio Grande Valley) will be in a division together. The other division will consist of Dixie State, SUU, Utah Valley University, New Mexico State, Grand Canyon, California Baptist and Seattle University.SUU athletics have previously competed in the now-defunct American West Conference, the Mid-Continent Conference (1997-2012, the Mid-Con is now known as the Summit League) and more recently the Big Sky Conference (2012-2022).The Thunderbirds’ football program will also find a home in the WAC as Dixie State, New Mexico State, Abilene Christian, Lamar, Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin all field football squads.The Thunderbirds have belonged to various conferences in football dating back to the program’s commencement in 1963.SUU football has previously been affiliated with the Rocky Mountain Conference (1969-1985), the Western Football Conference (1986-1992), The American West Conference (1993-1995) and the Great West Conference (2004-2011).The Thunderbirds were also football independents from 1963-1968 and 1996-2003. Tags: SUU/WAC Brad James Written by