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CBI: Fortunes split for UK service sector

first_img CBI: Fortunes split for UK service sector whatsapp Tags: NULL KCS-content whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ PROFESSIONAL services firms have bounced back to record significant growth for the first time in nearly three years, the Confederation for British Industry (CBI) is expected to announce today.Business volumes for the last three months reached their highest index score – a positive balance of eight per cent – since May 2008.Optimism in the business climate shot up to a positive balance for professional services firms, with 10 per cent more respondents optimistic than pessimistic, the CBI’s latest service sector survey will reveal.The CBI’s previous two surveys (last November and August) reported negative balances (-4 per cent, and -17 per cent), with more professional service respondents pessimistic about their business situation.Professional service companies include accountancy, legal and marketing firms.However, the survey reported a dip in prospects for consumer services companies, such as hotels, bars and restaurants, travel and leisure.In this sub-sector, the value and volume of business continued to fall, marking a full year of decline. A balance of -11 reported a fall in their volume of business in the three months leading up to the survey, which was conducted between 31 January and 16 February.The period covers the severe winter freeze, which saw some shops and consumer services take a knock to their revenue.The inclement weather struck half a per cent off the UK’s GDP, according to the Office for National Statistics.The service sector as a whole accounts for around three quarters of British GDP.However, negative feeling in the consumer services sector has lingered beyond the freezing weather, with optimism recording a negative score of -11 per cent, and a small balance (-1 per cent) of respondents expected business to fall over the coming three months.“On the one hand, consumer spending is constrained, held back by rising prices and squeezed real incomes,” said the CBI’s chief economist Ian McCafferty.“On the other, there are signs that spending by businesses is picking up, helping to re-balance the economy away from consumer-driven growth.”A positive balance of 24 per cent of professional services firms expect to expand over the next year, compared to a negative balance (-17 per cent) in the consumer services sub-sector. Wednesday 23 February 2011 8:40 pm Sharelast_img read more

Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc ( 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgPortland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (  2014 abridged results.Company ProfilePortland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range paint in Nigeria for the decorative, automotive, industrial, marine and protective coatings sectors. The company also markets a range of cement; markets instant road repair materials; and sells sanitary ware products for homes, hotels, schools and factories. Decorative paints are sold under the Sandtex brand name and includes Sandtex Biocote which is an anti-microbial paint used for hospitals, clinics, primary health centres, laboratories, hotels, restaurants, colleges, universities and industrial kitchens. The company sells a range of professional coatings under the Crown Trade brand name; and marine/protective coatings under the Hempel brand name. Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank ( 2015 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank (  2015 presentation Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Rwanda Limited is a commercial bank offering financial solutions to private individuals and the corporate banking segment in Rwanda. KCB Bank Rwanda is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group which is East Africa’s largest commercial bank by asset base. The Bank was established in 2008 after it was licensed by Rwanda’s banking regulator, the National Bank of Rwanda. It has 14 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda as well as an extensive network of KCB Iwacu agents. Kenya Commercial Bank is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Uchumi Supermarkets Limited ( 2016 Annual Report

first_imgUchumi Supermarkets Limited ( listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Uchumi Supermarkets Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uchumi Supermarkets Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (  2016 annual report.Company ProfileUchumi Supermarket Limited is the oldest retail supermarket chain in Kenya selling fresh produce and quality merchandise, with an extended footprint in Tanzania and Uganda. The company has retail outlets in Nairobi, Meru, Eldoret, Kericho, Mombasa and Kisumi; ranging from hyper branches to express convenience stores. Uchumi Supermarket is primarily known for stocking fresh fruit and vegetables, breads and pastries and a range of local merchandise. Subsidiaries include Uchumi Supermarkets (Uganda) Limited and Uchumi Supermarkets (Tanzania) Limited. Kasarani Mall Limited is a subsidiary company engaged in property management. Uchumi Supermarket Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc ( Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgThomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc (  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileThomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc is a design and printing company in Nigeria offering services for graphic design, colour separation, general printing, paper converting and publishing. Major clients include Unilever Nigeria, Nigerian Bottling Company, MTN Communications, Four Mills of Nigeria, Mr Biggs, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University, Corona School Trust Council and Queen College. Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc specialises in producing products for schools and universities which includes exercise books, ruled paper, duplicated books, spiral- and quarter-bound books and typing paper. The company also prints calendars and diaries. A subsidiary of Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells bulk toilet rolls and facial tissues for large businesses and education institutions. Formerly known as Thomas Wyatt and Sons (West Africa), the company changed its name to Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc when the company amalgamated two of its subsidiaries; Thomas Wyatt and Son (Northern Nigeria) Limited and Apex (Eastern Nigeria) Limited. The company operates through depots in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Kaduna, Onitsha and Ibadan. Thomas Wyatt Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The scrum: IRB introduce key changes to the set-piece

first_img“These tests weren’t done in a muddy field in the middle of Gloucestershire. Why weren’t any current players asked? There does not seem to have been a proper cross-section of people discussing these changes. We will see how it goes but change comes down to the players.”Alan Dymock is working on a study of the need for change and the options available to the lawmakers in regards to the scrum on behalf of Rugby World. More to come later this year LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Free-for-all: The scrum has been heavily criticised from all quarters, so the IRB has felt it necessary to actIN A step to answer and assuage the increasingly vocal critics of the scrum the IRB yesterday took a major step to change the set-piece.The Scrum Steering Group, headed by former international flanker John Jeffrey and aided by the likes of former prop David Barnes, All Blacks forwards coach Mike Cron and referee chief Joel Jutge amongst others, set forth a plan to trial a new engagement protocol for next season in both the northern and southern hemisphere.The trial means that there will be a change of commands, with the referee calling ‘crouch, bind, set’.Props must not grip the opponent’s chest, arm, sleeve or collar, but with the ‘bind’ call use their outside arm to pre-grip their opposite number from a pre-ordained distance. There will be a pause, the referee will then call ‘set’ when the front rows are ready. The front rows may then engage.With this directive the sanction for any infringement during these calls will be a free kick. The sanction for “charging” from a greater distance will be a penalty. It has also been reiterated by the IRB that these changes will be coupled with stricter policing by officials of the put-in at scrum time, and the timing of the push.Backing: IRB Chairman Bernard LapassetPlayer safety is the paramount point, according to the IRB, with these changes being recommended after Bath University concluded their Scrum Forces Project which looked at the impact of hits in the current scrum format and compared it to the ‘crouch, bind, set’ protocols, paying particular attention to the force of hit (which currently peeks at 16500 newtons) and the predicted regularity of collapses. This study was completed against machines and then in live sessions at Bath University and as far afield as Aberdeen with club players, while also being trialed in the southern hemisphere’s Pacific Rugby Cup. According to the study, the ‘bind’ ensures a more stable platform, with 25% less impact and fewer collapses.Talking to Rugby World through the IRB, SSG member and IRB Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Raftery said:”Reducing the compression forces at the scrum by some 25 percent is likely to have a positive impact on injury rates at the top level of the Game where forces are highest. LEICESTER, ENGLAND – MAY 12: George Chuter of Leicester throws the ball in the warm up during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Leicester Tigers and Saracens at Welford Road on May 12, 2012 in Leicester, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) “This trial has been aimed at enhancing the long-term welfare of our players by mitigating the possible degenerative symptoms that can occur post-career. It is a logical and proactive step in improving player welfare.”The calls for change have come from several quarters, citing player safety, a departure from the laws of the game and also the loss of entertainment value and appeal to younger audiences.IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The scrum is a fundamental and dynamic part of our game. It is important that we continue to promote the best possible player welfare standards and this trial process is about putting players first and delivering a reduction of the forces on engagement at elite level, which could have significant positive effects on long-term player welfare.”The trial will be global and in collaboration with member unions with a game-wide educational process involving coach and match official workshops will be rolled out ahead of the trial, according to the IRB. It is also said that “five perspective Law changes [are] currently being trialled and the trial change to television match official protocols will be considered by IRB Council at its annual meeting in 2014” so that any law changes are brought in before Rugby World Cup 2015.Take aim: George Chuter sees no quick fix in the scrumJudgement of this trial will be reserved for a year from now, but as Leicester Tigers and former England hooker George Chuter told Rugby World last month: “Change or any regression back to a pushing contest must be gradual. There is no simple fix and my pet hate is when people say that straight feed will fix everything. You just get a guy on one leg getting bent over backwards.last_img read more

Six Nations: Five things we learnt – Scotland

first_imgWith discipline the major issue of the tournament so far, Scotland fixed that to great effect, only giving away eight penalties to England’s ten.Positional kicking and concentration were issues early on, so they fixed those and prospered.Then after half time, Scotland inexplicably failed to retain momentum having worked so hard to wrestle it from England’s grasp. The old failings re-appeared: poor kicking, and playing too much rugby in the wrong areas of the pitch. As a result they were all but passengers in the second half, with nowhere near enough possession and poor use of territory preventing them from coming close to a first win at Twickenham since 1983, even if the scoreline was closer than many had feared.Committment: Scotland must continue with an agressive defence to unsettle sides (Pic Action Images)Quick ball, offloading, aggressive defenceScotland must do all of the above, more often. When we do it, we score tries. When we kick aimlessly, or sit off the attack, or ball slows to the opposition’s preferred pace – we do not. And then we lose. It really is that simple. Yes, teams will figure out the Plan A and no doubt find ways to impede it, but forgetting to try Plan A is not the same as Plan A not working.Were there positives? Leading at half-time, there was no shame for Scotland at Twickenham, but yet again they pulled up short in what is turning out to be a frustrating campaign LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS To a point. The set piece is reliable if not spectacular, and the players mentioned above along with Tommy Seymour and Bennett will form the core of the team for the next few years. You only hope they are paying close attention in defeat, and the media don’t have to keep writing about the same lessons over, and over again…At the moment it sure feels like it. Thank goodness for…Jonny Gray, Blair Cowan and most importantly Stuart Hogg. These three players continue to perform well, even as those around them fluctuate wildly from the sublime to ridiculous. There are many that called for the return of in-form John Barclay but against England, but Cowan kept a clean disciplinary sheet and was once again a constant threat at the breakdown and a valuable ball carrier. His place is (ironically for Barclay fans) one of the few that is safe. Hogg’s scrambling tackles in the opening spell – when England were running riot – kept Scotland in the game. The cricket score we had feared never materialised and Scotland can take some pride in the way they rallied to lead at half-time.Dave Denton’s also worth a mention for a muscular ball carrying effort and I suspect he’ll start again next week.Shining light: Stuart Hogg has continued to excel in a losing Scotland side (Pic Inpho)Alex Dunbar was a big lossMatt Scott will have noted the growing presence of Mark Bennett in the centre while he’s been out injured, and it must have seemed like a long road back to dislodge the incumbent Glasgow pairing. Then fate intervened with an unfortunate ACL injury to Dunbar just before the Scotland team were set to travel, and Scott got a the chance to make his mark.Unfortunately, Scott was a little too keen to show he’s worth his place by attempting two show stopping interceptions in the first ten minutes, one of which created a gaping space for Joseph to run into for England’s first try. Scott recovered for some nice play during Scotland’s golden 20 minutes in the first half, then retired at half time with a dead leg.We need a more mature response if he recovers to face Ireland. If you need at least four test level centres in your squad for a big tournament, we’re down to one and a half at the moment and Matt needs his extra fifty per cent back to give us hope.Increasing influence: Mark Bennett has had an assured Six Nations to dateYou fix one thing, and something else breakslast_img read more

Women fight oppression in Bangladesh

first_imgLucky Akter, General Secretary of Bangladesh Students union.As I walked through the streets of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, I became aware of so much suffering, especially for women. I saw a woman who was forced to leave her crying infant laying on a blanket alone on the sidewalk as she ran around frantically begging for money so that she could feed herself and care for her child. Another time, I saw a woman sitting in the street, crying and cradling her mother’s head as her mother lay dying.Capitalism hurts all working women.  In the United States, sexism and patriarchy are highly prevalent, and women are faced with income inequality, violence, discrimination and harassment.  In oppressed countries that are superexploited by U.S. and other imperialist monopolies and by the local capitalists, such as in Bangladesh, life for women is a living hell. But in Bangladesh, the women are fighting back.When I arrived in Dhaka, I witnessed this nightmare first hand. Women make up the majority of the homeless population. Women walked through the streets of Dhaka quickly and quietly with their eyes down. I later learned that this is due to the fact that women are often afraid of leaving their homes and walking around the city out of fear of being raped, which is something that happens every single day in the city of Dhaka.The poverty and suffering that I witnessed are commonplace for women in Bangladesh, but women are not passive.I heard Lucky Akter, general secretary of the Bangladesh Students Union, explain that “in Bangladesh, women struggle everywhere. The fight against patriarchy is in every sphere of life. Women are contributing to the economy but still they are suppressed. In this neoliberal era, women are considered as a commodity. Capitalism shows fake respect towards women.”Speaking of history and current movements led by women, she added: “Begum Rokea (1880-1932), the legendary torchbearer of women’s education in our country, struggled against all social and religious dogmas that hinder women’s education.  In our Language movement (1952) and in the War of Independence (1971) girls from universities and colleges played a great role. Very recently, in the Movement Against War Criminals (2013) we, the girls, led from the front. All this activism through history has put impetus in women’s empowerment in our country.”In addition, women from the Socialist Student Front of Bangladesh play a huge role in the struggle. One notable victory occurred in 1998.  A Jahangirnagar University student named Manik, who was a member of the student group of the Awami League, which was the ruling party at the time, held a celebration on campus. Believe it or not, he was celebrating the fact that he had raped his 100th victim.A movement led by the women in the Socialist Student Front started what can only be described as a revolution in the student government of the university. After a long and difficult struggle, the movement had him expelled.  Nevertheless, not one of his 100 victims pressed charges, out of fear for their safety and of social stigma.In Bangladesh, women make up 85 to 90 percent of the sweatshop work force. Women are working 10 and 12 hours a day, seven days a week, and are paid only between 30 and 38 dollars a month.  Everyday, they endure harassment and the threat of sexual violence, which is very common in these factories. They live in extremely cramped living quarters and struggle with illness and injuries as a result of their unsanitary and horrific working conditions.Corporations based in the U.S. are thrilled with the massive profits they obtain through the horrific exploitation of the women of Bangladesh, and even fight to lower wages of the women who are already barely surviving as it is.  In 2013, there was a devastating factory collapse that killed over 1,000 women.In the aftermath of this catastrophe, U.S.-based corporations such as Walmart and Gap refused to sign onto an accord that would require factories to have safety upgrades to avoid another disaster.The U.S. government claims to care about human rights. Unfortunately, this is a blatant lie, and they only pretend to care about human rights when it benefits their imperialist agenda, such as demonizing workers’ states, where it is impossible for them to exploit the workers.The U.S. government encourages and offers incentives to U.S. corporations to establish factories in Bangladesh, which they do in order to maximize profits.  The U.S. federal government even has its uniforms made in Bangladeshi sweatshops, while U.S. officials condemn poverty there out of the other side of their mouth.Bangladesh provides a clear example of the way that capitalism and imperialism hurt women and further oppression. We must unite as the global working class to fight for socialism so that one day all women can be free.The writer was part of a delegation of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) from the U.S. progressive youth movement that attended the 30th anniversary meeting of the Socialist Student Front of Bangladesh, the revolutionary youth organization of the Socialist Party of Bangladesh.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The chemical weapon lie

first_imgNew York City: Friday, April 7, at Union Square.The New York Times and other major corporate U.S. news outlets rushed to accuse the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad of being responsible for the scores of people who died from poison gas in Idlib Province in Syria on April 4.Meanwhile, working people in the U.S. were commenting: “We’ve heard this before — weapons of mass destruction!” They were referring to the U.S. lies about Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, which were used to justify the imperialist invasion of that country in 2003.Republicans and Democrats joined in cheerleading Trump’s decision to unleash bombing raids on Syria as “reprisal” against Assad.But as U.S. cruise missiles rained down terror, working people were posting bafflement on social media about a president who says he has sympathy for the Syrian people, and then simultaneously bombs them and denies them entrance to the U.S. as refugees.It turns out, not surprisingly, that people’s skepticism is well justified.In an April 7 Consortium column, investigative reporter Robert Parry reveals that on-the-ground intelligence sources are “saying the preponderance of evidence suggests that Al Qaeda-affiliated rebels were at fault, either by orchestrating an intentional release of a chemical agent as a provocation or by possessing containers of poison gas that ruptured during a conventional bombing raid.”Parry is an investigative reporter who broke much of the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He quotes the rejection of the Assad government’s responsibility by former CIA officer Philip Giraldi: “I’m hearing from sources on the ground in the Middle East, people who are intimately familiar with the intelligence that is available, who are saying that the essential narrative that we’re all hearing about the Syrian government or the Russians using chemical weapons on innocent civilians is a sham.”British ambassador calls it ‘fake news’Even the former British ambassador to Syria, Peter Ford, says President Assad’s government is not responsible for the chemical weapons deaths, that it would have no advantage in such an action. Ford considered the accusation more likely to be “fake news,” manipulated by al-Qaida-like forces to provoke a U.S. intervention and reverse the policy that the Trump administration had just announced. (Sky News, April 7)Questions abound about the “rescue” visuals of those horribly suffering from the chemicals. Much of the video footage and accompanying narrative were provided by anti-Assad forces. The most notorious of these groups is the “White Helmets,” who have been linked to al-Qaida and similar organizations cooperating with the U.S. against the Damascus government.Others are the Syrian-American Medical Society and the Aleppo Media Center, which also have a history of providing outright duplicitous information. Corporate news reporting on Syria, such as from the BBC, CNN or Associated Press, relies exclusively on information from anti-Assad “opposition activists” and “opposition media agencies.” (Patrick Henningsen, “Reviving the Chemical Weapon Lie,”, April 4)Former U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq Scott Ritter, writing for Huffington Post on April 9, pointed out: “Mainstream American media outlets have willingly and openly embraced a narrative provided by Al Qaida affiliates whose record of using chemical weapons in Syria and distorting and manufacturing ‘evidence’ to promote anti-Assad policies in the west, including regime change, is well documented. These outlets have made a deliberate decision to endorse the view of Al Qaida over a narrative provided by Russian and Syrian government authorities without any effort to fact check either position.”The “chemical weapon lie” is reviving the 2013 lie holding the Assad government responsible for a sarin gas attack that killed hundreds in Damascus.Pulitzer-prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh also debunked that “fact.” Hersh linked the 2013 attack to Turkish intelligence forces and al-Qaida-affiliated jihadists. However, true to their role as an arm of the repressive imperialist state, the New York Times and other major U.S. news outlets continue to repeat the “chemical weapon lie.”The fact is that the Syrian Arab Army of the Assad government has been winning the war against the Islamic State group and the U.S.-backed “rebels.” There was no strategic, political or military reason for the army to mount a deadly chemical attack.Instead, there are many reasons the Trump administration’s military advisors would try this “shock and awe” move. Trump has won praise from the ready-to-bomb Democrats and war-hawk critics. They commend him for “standing up” to Russia. And he implies that if he can bomb Syria, he can bomb ____. Fill in the blank, but start with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.Meanwhile, military procurement contracts have fattened, stock values of the arms industries have soared, oil prices went up in the “uncertainty” and big business rubs its hands with glee.Meanwhile, But the good news is that the people are in the streets, shouting: “We’ve been down this road before! Stop the war! Hands off, Syria!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Donegal Deputy concerned waiting list figures may rise at LUH

first_img Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – June 6, 2020 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR There’s been a 19% increase in the number of people awaiting day or in-patient procedures at Letterkenny University Hospital.Figures from April show that there were 2,499 people on in-patient and day case waiting lists at the hospital, up from 2,098 in February.Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue says with little change in public health restirctions during May, he’s concerned the figures will continue to rise.He says it is clear that normal service needs to resume at hospitals immediately:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Donegal Deputy concerned waiting list figures may rise at LUH Previous articleGAA release roadmap to football returnNext articleSome South Inishowen areas without water this morning News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Facebooklast_img read more