Medine Ltd (MSE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Medine Ltd (MSE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medine Ltd (MSE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medine Ltd (MSE.mu) 2019 annual report.Company ProfileMedine Limited is involved in the agriculture, education, property, as well as leisure and hospitality activities. Through these segments, the company plants and mills sugar cane for the production of sugar and sugarcane by-products, generates and sells electricity through bagasse, offers provision landscaping and nursery services, produces vegetables and fruits, operates poultry farming, provides nursery, pre-primary, primary school, secondary school, higher education, and executive training services. Medine Limited also deals in property development activities, rental of office and commercial buildings, and other related land transactions. In addition, the company operates Casela World of Adventures park, Tamarina golf and spa boutique hotel, sports aquatics and recreation centre, a full-fledged sports, health, and leisure complex, Yemen lodge, Yemen Pavilion, as well as offers deer ranching and hunting services. Medine Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
With the Rugby Championship around the corner, we take a look at the referees selected to officiate during the tournament. High-Profile: Wayne Barnes will officiate during the tournament (Getty Images) New Zealand v South AfricaWestpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand (15 Sep 2018) Aussie: Angus Gardner will officiate SA vs NZ on the 6th of October (Getty Images) Referee – Nigel Owens (Wales)Assistants – Pascal Gauzere (France), Nic Berry (Australia)TMO – Rowan Kitt (England)Australia v ArgentinaCbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Australia (15 Sep 2018)Referee – John Lacey (Ireland)Assistants – Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)TMO – Glenn Newman (New Zealand)South Africa v AustraliaNelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa (29 Sep 2018)Referee – Jérôme Garcès (France)Assistants – Wayne Barnes (England), Matthew Carley (England)TMO – Graham Hughes (England)Argentina v New ZealandEstadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina (29 Sep 2018)Referee – Mathieu Raynal (France)Assistants – Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)TMO – David Grashoff (England)South Africa v New ZealandLoftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa (6 Oct 2018)Referee – Angus Gardner (Australia)Assistants – Jérôme Garcès (France), Matthew Carley (England)TMO – Graham Hughes (England)Argentina v AustraliaEstadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina (6 Oct 2018)Referee – Jaco Peyper (South Africa)Assistants – Mathieu Raynal (France), Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)TMO – David Grashoff (England)Australia v New ZealandTBC, Japan (27 Oct 2018)Referee – Romain Poite (France)Assistants – Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)TMO – Marius Jonker (South Africa)Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 2018 Rugby Championship Referees AnnouncedThe 2018 Rugby Championship referees have been announced with some of the finest officials in the world taking control of some of the most exciting players in the world.High-profile referees like Wayne Barnes, Nigel Owens, and Angus Gardner will officiate throughout the tournament, looking to ensure that all sides adhere to the rules of the game.Below we have given a list of all the matches along with their match officials and TMO’s. Australia v New ZealandANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia (18 Aug 2018)Referee – Jaco Peyper (South Africa)Assistants – Wayne Barnes (England), Luke Pearce (England)TMO – Marius Jonker (South Africa)South Africa v ArgentinaKing’s Park, Durban, South Africa (18 Aug 2018)Referee – Ben O’Keeffe (New Zelaand)Assistants – Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Brace (Ireland)TMO – Simon McDowell (Ireland)New Zealand v AustraliaEden Park, Auckland, New Zealand (25 Aug 2018)Referee – Wayne Barnes (England)Assistants – Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Luke Pearce (England)TMO – Marius Jonker (South Africa)Argentina v South AfricaEstadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza, Argentina (25 Aug 2018)Referee – Angus Gardner (Australia)Assistants – Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand), Andrew Brace (Ireland)TMO – Simon McDowell (Ireland)New Zealand v ArgentinaTrafalgar Park, Nelson, New Zealand (8 Sep 2018)Referee – Pascal Gauzere (France)Assistants – Nigel Owens (Wales), Nic Berry (Australia)TMO – Rowan Kitt (England)Australia v South AfricaSuncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia (8 Sep 2018)Referee – Glen Jackson (New Zealand)Assistants – John Lacey (Ireland), Paul Williams (New Zealand)TMO – Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
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Home Local News BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa grows as anchor in community OC employee of the year always learning Twitter 1 of 2 By admin – June 10, 2018 Grustle’s Codye Hatcher (23) drives towards the basket against Talkin Heads during the annual Juneteenth Basketball Tournament June 16, 2017 at the Odessa College Sports Center. Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Santi Medrano, 10, attempts a dunk on one of the jumpers set up at last year’s Juneteenth celebration at Woodson Park. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous articleCommissioners to appoint new county judgeNext articleFinding work is easy, but not childcare admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Local News BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa grows as anchor in community Codye Hatcher’s three little daughters are getting old enough, now, to where they can go running off in the park on their own on a weekend like this one.They know everybody they see now, Hatcher said, as they bounce around the familiar faces and festivities, and even at six years old and younger, they know what they’re in for even before they get there.“They look forward to it as much as I do myself,” he laughed.The annual Juneteenth Celebration in Odessa has become a family affair for Hatcher and his girls, just as it has for so many members of the West Texas community — and the festivities are set to gear up again this weekend for four days of fun starting Friday. Santi Medrano, 10, attempts a dunk on one of the jumpers set up at last year’s Juneteenth celebration at Woodson Park. Facebook The Black Cultural Council of Odessa is in its 21st year organizing its event that coincides with the annual holiday, which commemorates June 19, 1865, the day the slow-moving news of the Confederacy’s surrender two months earlier finally reached Texas, emancipating slaves in the state.The BCCO’s Juneteenth Celebration is set to feature musical performances, picnics, food vending, a pageant, a parade, its long-running annual basketball tournament, and more, centered in Woodson Park and sprawling out across locations throughout Odessa, June 15-17 and June 19.“It’s special for the community,” Hatcher said, speaking over the phone last week, knowing what it can mean for a young family in West Texas, and looking forward to returning to the court for another year in the tournament and spending more relaxing time out at the park.“It brings everybody back together.”And this year, the BCCO’s event is bigger than ever.Jo Ann Davenport Littleton, BCCO board member, said the event is attracting more vendors this year, and that it has seen an uptick in local businesses sponsoring food and giveaways and the like.Musical acts in the styles of gospel, soul, hip hop and more line the weekend’s schedule for the stage at Woodson Park, where food trucks and vendors from all around will be available, and events like Saturday’s parade on Dixie Boulevard, a comedy act at Blackshear’s auditorium, and the basketball tournament at the Odessa College Sports Center bring the celebration spilling out across Odessa.Admission is free for events throughout the celebration. For a full schedule, visit OdessaBCC.org.“To be a part of the organization, to be a part of the celebration, to see it grow, the way it’s growing, with the participation, with the excitement and people buying in — it’s a great feeling,” Littleton said.“We feel that our city is embracing our Juneteenth celebration and that’s very exciting.”Meanwhile, the celebration is giving right back to the city and the area, attendees like Hatcher can attest.Hatcher first moved to Odessa in 2014, ahead of his junior year of basketball at UTPB. It could’ve been a bit of a culture shock, he agreed, moving from his native Tennessee to Odessa, where black or African American people make up a much smaller portion of the area’s overall population. Odessa’s black population makes up about five percent of the city’s total population, according to Census data.But the Juneteenth Celebration is like a cultural anchor for the black community in West Texas, Hatcher agreed — and now, years after his college basketball career ended, he’s still in the area, raising his young family in Midland.Juneteenth festivities have helped make a home out of West Texas for plenty other members of the black community in the area, too, said Danny Wright, the longtime area Boys and Girls Club coordinator, ECISD educator and former Permian basketball coach.“What it brings is a restoration of history and a celebration of a group of people,” Wright said, amid organizing the 38th annual Danny R. Wright Basketball Tournament as part of the festivities.“If there’s a guy who, let’s say he’s a freshman at UTPB or Odessa College … and he’s been around the city … you very seldom see any African Americans,” he said. “If he messes around and comes to Juneteenth: ‘Wait a minute man, did I go to sleep and wake up in a different city? What is going on here?’” he laughed.“But I think that’s a good thing.”This year’s iteration of the high-level basketball tournament is set to tip off at 6 p.m. Friday and again at 9 a.m. Saturday, with Hatcher and a crew of UTPB alums and contingents looking to win a third straight championship — and fellowship along the way.“It gets them involved in where they’re at,” Hatcher said of other African Americans new to the area like him, perhaps who came to the area for education or for the oil industry. “When you’ve got events like that to come up, and those kind of people who want to figure out what’s going on or know about West Texas, that’s one of the great events to go see.”Ned Simmons said he has seen more of the same in his years in Odessa. He came to the area to play at UTPB in the summer of 2005 and then spent several years working in the school’s athletic department after that.“When you get to go out to a Juneteenth Celebration, being at the park, they get to see, ‘Wow, there is this black population out here. It is something that I can get used to, and be around and be a part of,’” Simmons said.Among so many other things, the event celebrates and carries on a heritage and a culture, Wright agreed, and that’s why it’s important that the event has continued and even grown.“We when we first started to do it, we would have a couple of cars playing music at the park,” Wright said. “And the thing has grown, thanks to Jo Ann Littleton and BCCO,” he said, noting that they’re among others.“It’s an opportunity to come out and it’s a secured environment, a controlled environment, a structured environment. … We don’t do that enough. It’s almost like a family reunion, but all the participants don’t necessarily share the same bloodline.”The BCCO’s weekend event kicks off in earnest Friday, with musical performances starting at 3 p.m. at Woodson Park.“I invite anyone who has never attended one, to please come be a part of our celebration,” Littleton said.“If they come once, they’ll want to come back.” Facebook Creamy Fruit SaladSouthern Style Potato SaladSummer Spaghetti SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay
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Top Stories’Who Pays Migrants’ Rail Fare?How Many Days Needed To Shift Them?Who Gives Them Food?’, SC Asks Centre LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 May 2020 2:59 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday posed several questions to the Central Government on the issues concerning migrant workers, who have been stranded during the lockdown.A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah was considering the suo moto case titled “In Re: Problems and Miseries Of Migrant Workers”.At first, the bench sought clarity as to who bears the fare for the…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday posed several questions to the Central Government on the issues concerning migrant workers, who have been stranded during the lockdown.A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan, S K Kaul and M R Shah was considering the suo moto case titled “In Re: Problems and Miseries Of Migrant Workers”.At first, the bench sought clarity as to who bears the fare for the train journey of migrants to their native states.The Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, replied “either the receiving state pays to the railways or originating state pays. In some cases, the money is reimbursed by the receiving state”.The SG said that the pricing of the rail fare of migrants cannot be centralized at the central level, and hence the matter was left to the State Governments to sort out.The bench however observed that such an arrangement was “creating a block”, and spoke about the need for a “uniform policy””Migrant won’t know which state has to pay or what transport is even available. There needs to be a uniform policy, else it will create confusion”. When the bench was told that some states, like Bihar, has the policy of reimbursing the rail fare to the workers, the bench observed that even to claim reimbursement, the migrant should have money at the first place.”The person should have money in their pocket in the first place. No migrant should be charged any fare. There has to be some arrangements between states about who bears the cost”, the bench remarked.The bench further asked about the duration required for the transport of migrants, and their waiting period after registration for the journey.”Are these people who are going to be transported, are being asked to shell out any money at any stage? With food surplus available with the FCI, is food being supplied to them while they wait for being transported back?”, the bench asked.”How much time do you need to shift the migrants to where they want to go? What will be monitoring mechanism to ensure that food and basic necessities are taken care of?, the bench continued.The bench added that it was not saying that the Centre was not doing anything, but said that “some further steps need to be taken”. “How many days will be required to transport all the migrants back to their states?”, the bench further asked.The SG replied that approximately 1 crore migrants have already been shifted. Several workers opted not to shift due to the reopening of activities. States would be in a better position to estimate that, he explained.”What is the estimation of time that is required to shift the migrants? What are the arrangements being made? What is the mechanism in place? Do the people know if they’ll be shifted on 5th day, 7th day or 10th day?”, the bench persisted.”If a migrant is identified(for travel), there must be some certainty that he will be shifted out within 1 week or 10 days at most? What is that time?”, the bench sought to know.The Solicitor General replied that the exact information will be available with the States, and said that the States can file a report regarding the same.”I will gather that information and come back. The mechanism is working at state levels, so will have to get feedback from the states. I am not shifting responsibility. All states are working in tandem”, he said.Earlier, the Solicitor General informed the bench that migrants were being shifted at the rate of 1.85 lakh migrants per day through trains. 50 lakh migrants have been shifted by rail and 47 migrants via road transport, the SG said.The Indian railways have provided 84 lakh meals free of cost, he informed. “Food & drinking water is provided by railways free of cost. The first meal is provided by State Govt. Once the train starts, the food is provided by the rail min. If the journey is short then one meal and if it’s long then 2 meals”, he added.Once the migrants reach their states, they are screened for infections. Many states follow mandatory quarantine protocols with respect to incoming migrants, he added.The SG also said that there were “isolated incidents” of migrants crisis, which were being shown repeatedly in media.”Repeated reporting of isolated incident has a deep impact”, he remarked.He also added that “local instigation” led to the migrants’ walk in many cases.”In many cases there is local level instigation which is encouraging people to start walking. Those who started walking, when the state found them, the bus goes to them immediately and takes them to the nearest railway station”, he said.The SG also undertook to file a report regarding the supply of food grains to migrants who are found on roads, outside shelter homes.After the hearing, the bench passed an interim order, stating :No fare either by train or bus shall be charged for migrant workers. Railway fare to be shared by states.Migrant workers shall be provided food by the concerned state and UT at places- To be publicised & notified for the period they are waiting for their turn to board a train or a bus.During train journey, originating states will provide meal & water. Railways to provide meal and water to migrant workers . Food and water to also be provided in buses. State shall oversee the registration of migrants & states to ensure that after registration, they are made to board transport as early as possible. Those migrant workers found walking on the roads, immediately be taken to shelters & provided food and all facilities.The bench also directed the Centre to place on record information regarding number of migrants awaiting , transportation to native places, plan for transportation and mechanism of registration and other requisite details. “As and when the state governments put in a request for trains, railways has to provide them”, the bench further ordered.The matter will be considered next on June 5.(With inputs from tweets by Sanya Talwar)Next Story
AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Donegal County Council has agreed to look further into safety concerns at a junction on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Residents near the junction at Lower Dromore which leads out onto the dual carriageway are said to be worried over an eight ft drop in the area and the potential consequences if a car went off the road there.The issue was raised at the latest sitting of the Letterkenny MD with the local authority pledging to send a road engineer to the scene to access it further.Cllr Donal Kelly says he’s anxious for something to be done:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/dodfgdfgdfnalkelly.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – March 13, 2020 Previous articleEmergency services attending crash at KillygordonNext articleAll masses cancelled in Diocese of Raphoe News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Serious safety concerns over Lower Dromore junction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest
Home » News » Agencies & People » Scottish agent register faces its first test as landlords call for letting agency to be banned previous nextRegulation & LawScottish agent register faces its first test as landlords call for letting agency to be bannedDozens of irate landlords enraged over unpaid rental income and unlodged tenant deposits are calling for Lanarkshire letting agent to be banned in October when register goes live.Nigel Lewis7th August 201801,155 Views Scotland’s rogue letting agent register is to face its first test after dozens of landlords have called for a Lanarkshire letting agency to be banned when the register goes live in October.At least 20 irate landlords from across the UK and beyond have called for action over Lets by Location. It is a two branch agency with offices in Hamilton and Airdrie that has court decrees totalling £20,000 outstanding against it.The calls for action have been growing louder following two recent court actions by landlords, and also on review websites by landlords from as far afield as South Africa and Germany who have chased the agency for unpaid rent income and deposits.The company has a one-star rating on AllAgents and Facebook for its Hamilton branch and all 19 of the reviews reveal frustrated landlords who are owed thousands by Lets by Location.This includes allegations of deposits that have not been lodged with an approved deposit protection service.Complaint upheldThe building crisis over the rogue letting agency’s activities came to a head last week when a First Tier Tribunal hearing in Glasgow upheld a complaint by local landlord George Hanley against the company and ordered it to pay compensation totalling £1,000.Hanley said that the letting agency had failed to pass on rent on numerous occasions from his flat’s tenants and had charged unnecessary and unjustified landlord and tenant fees including a £362 contract termination fee.The judge in the case described the agency’s payments system as ‘at best chaotic’. The agency did not attend the Tribunal hearing or offer any documentation in its defence.The case follows an earlier Tribunal hearing during which Lindsay Chick and his wife Lesley from Kent claimed in court that Lets by Location had not paid them £7,000 in rent, the Daily Record reports.Hamilton George Hanley Lanarkshire Lets by Location Lindsay Chick AllAgents rogue letting agent August 7, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
We are very pleased that the Government has announced funding for a new LGA peer review programme of sector-led support which will share and promote good practice and knowledge across councils. Councils are absolutely determined to make sure that children get the best start in life. This is why we need to close ‘the word gap’ in the early years, by focussing on key early language and literacy skills, so that all children can begin school ready to thrive. Through the hard work of teachers and the government’s reforms, academic standards are rising with 1.9 million more children in schools rated good or outstanding than in 2010 and the attainment gap is narrowing in both primary and secondary school. English children are also rising up the international literacy league tables from an early age, helping to make Britain a country fit for the future.Despite this progress, too many children arrive at school struggling with language and social skills, putting them at a disadvantage when they begin their formal education and making it harder for them to master the fundamentals of reading that other children take for granted.Over the past 40 years, the amount of time parents spend on development activities, such as playing and reading with their children has risen from 23 minutes per day to 80 minutes, but research shows that three year olds from certain backgrounds are 37 percentage points less likely to be read to every day than their peers.The EEF will trial projects in the north of England, looking at what works best in improving children’s communication skills at home before they begin school, a key part of the government’s ambition to give every child the best start in life.The projects aim to give parents and carers the tools to widen children’s language, vocabulary and social skills in the pre-school years to tackle the ‘word gap’ that exists between disadvantaged children and their better off peers at age five, and there is evidence that shows this has a long term effect on educational outcomes.First announced in the government’s social mobility action plan Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential, published in December, these measures target support in areas that need it the most – ensuring equality of opportunity for children and young people and laying the foundations to give them an excellent education.Sir Kevan Collins, CEO of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: In a separate drive to aid social mobility, the government has also committed £8.5million to a new Early Years Social Mobility Peer Review Programme with the Local Government Association, which will see councils working together to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.Councillor Roy Perry, Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said: New support to help parents improve their children’s early language and literacy skills at home before they start school have been announced today (30 April) by Education Secretary Damian Hinds.Two schemes will build the confidence of parents to support their children in language and reading at an early stage. This has been shown to help close the so-called ‘word gap’ – the gap in communication skills between disadvantaged children and their peers when they start school.A new £5million scheme will be run by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) to trial projects to provide practical tools and advice to parents so they can help their children learn new words through simple steps like reading and singing nursery rhymes.Alongside this, an £8.5million programme has opened for local authorities to fund projects to improve early language and literacy development for disadvantaged children.Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: This Government wants every child to have the best start in life which means mastering the basics of speaking, reading and writing at an early age. It is important that parents and families can feel confident about supporting their children so they can start school with the appropriate level of language and social skills. This new support will help parents with early language learning at home by giving them practical advice on activities like reading and learning the alphabet which are so important in making sure no child is left behind. Parents care very much about the future of their children, whatever their background or wherever they come from. But it can sometimes be difficult to get them involved in their child’s learning and we know little about how to do this well. By testing different ways of tackling issues like the early years ‘word gap’, this new fund will give us much needed information about how we can give parents the tools they need to give their child the very best start in life.