Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is a holding company providing products and services for life assurance, employee benefits, asset management, medical insurance, funeral assurance provision of actuarial services and residential property development. This includes managing pensions, funeral insurance and microfinancing in the informal banking market. Fidelity Life Assurance Zimbabwe offers additional products for individual loans, salary-based loads and loans for farmers. Its actuarial services include life and general insurance services, healthcare insurance, investments and finance and funeral assurance schemes. Its asset management services include unit trusts, money market funds, equity funds, balanced funds and advisory services. Its medical aid services include an access health package, express health package and a foundation health package. The company operates in Zimbabwe and Malawi, with the latter offering products for life assurance and pensions. Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Jubilee Holdings Limited (JHL.ug) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgJubilee Holdings Limited (JHL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Jubilee Holdings Limited (JHL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Jubilee Holdings Limited (JHL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Jubilee Holdings Limited (JHL.ug)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileJubilee Holdings Limited is an investment holding company involved in all classes of general and long-term insurance. The company underwrites life and non-life insurance risks associated with death, disability, health, property and liability as well as general insurance products covering engineering, fire, marine, motor, personal accident, theft workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability, and miscellaneous insurance products. Its medical insurance division covers medical and surgical expenses; the Ordinary & Group Life division covers life assurance and superannuation business and business incidentals. Jubilee Holdings Limited issues a portfolio of investment contracts to provide asset management solutions for savings and retirement needs. The company has subsidiaries in Burundi, Kenya, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan. Jubilee Holdings Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Eterna Plc (ETERNA.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgEterna Plc (ETERNA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Eterna Plc (ETERNA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Eterna Plc (ETERNA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Eterna Plc (ETERNA.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEterna Plc manufactures and sells a range of lubricants and petroleum products aswell as supplies imported fuels for the retail, industrial, agricultural, automotive, marine and energy sectors in Nigeria. The Trading division bulk imports and sells premium motor fuels and automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene, base oils, bitumen. low pour fuel oil and crude oil. The company has a technical trading relationship with Castrol BP, leaders in global lubricant technology and specialty chemicals. Through a distributorship agreement, Eterna Plc has exclusive rights to import and market Castrol products in Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region. The company has a lubes blending plant with a state-of-the-art laboratory that produces Castrol products as well as a coastal tank farm in Lagos with a capacity of 34 million litres; an aviation depot at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja; a coastal storage facility in Ikot Abasi and Akwa Ibon state and filling stations located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. The business was established in 1991 as Eterna Oil & Gas Limited and re-registered as a public limited company in 1997. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Eterna Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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I was right about the Boohoo share price last October. Here’s my plan for 2021

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Jonathan Smith | Tuesday, 26th January, 2021 | More on: BOO Image source: Getty Images Last October, I wrote a piece about the Boohoo (LSE:BOO) share price. In it, I wrote about how I was bullish on the outlook, despite the short-term fall at that point. Within my portfolio, it was one of my best performing stocks for 2020. But now we’re in a new year, and some interesting news stories are out regarding the company again. This time it’s with regards to acquisitions. After having read into it myself, here’s my plan for the Boohoo share price for the coming year.Making purchasesBoohoo announced yesterday the acquisition of Debenhams for £55m. Debenhams has been a struggling retailer for several years, but the store closures due to Covid-19 pushed it into administration in December. As this news is hot of the press, it’s very interesting to think through.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Boohoo predominately targets a younger audience, so this acquisition would mean expansion into a more mature target audience. I would see this as positive diversification. Having a broader demographic could allow Boohoo to ride out any slumps in demand from a particular segment, and bolster the Boohoo share price in the longer term. Another reason this acquisition could help the share price is due to the financials behind it. I’d imagine the selling price is very favourable, in order to save Debenhams. If Boohoo just asset-stripped the business, it could likely find good value beyond the price it paid. Access to the customer base is another intangible asset worth a large amount for a rival. After all, Debenhams had approximately 300m UK website views a month, putting it in the top 10 of retail website traffic sites.Of course, the purchase could have complications, and end up being a bad investment to take on.My thoughts on the Boohoo share price for 2021The purchase gives me an indication of management’s thinking at Boohoo. They seem to want to pursue the acquisition strategy that has already seen it buy brands Karen Millen and Oasis. This has helped to accelerate growth. Revenue growth since 2015 has ranged from 27% per year up to 97%. For 2020, revenue growth has been revised higher, now expected to be between 36% and 38%.As well as trying to continue inorganic growth, Boohoo could also benefit from geographical expansion. For example, take its US growth for the 10 months to the end of 2020. Revenue was up 67% over the previous year. Even with trading into Europe, the business expects just a “small cost headwind” from increased administration and transport costs.As I see it, the main risk for the Boohoo share price is from reputational damage. This was seen last year, when bad publicity regarding poor working conditions and pay resulted in a share price slump. If we get more stories out this year about a lack of controls and safety, then the share price could nose dive again.Overall, I’m looking to buy back into Boohoo this year. The business is continuing on the growth strategy it has successfully executed in previous years. It’ll get harder to achieve the same growth rates in the long run, but for the moment I’m not too worried. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Enter Your Email Address jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended boohoo group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I was right about the Boohoo share price last October. Here’s my plan for 2021 I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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1 high-growth UK tech stock I’m watching in 2021

first_img1 high-growth UK tech stock I’m watching in 2021 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. High-growth tech stocks are usually found in Silicon Valley, but there are also some fantastic software companies here in the UK. Ideagen (LSE:IDEA) is one such company that I’m watching this year as a potential addition to my portfolio. A unique UK tech stock serving a unique sectorThe firm provides bespoke software solutions for businesses in highly regulated industries, such as aviation, banking, and healthcare. More specifically, it suppliess governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) solutions.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The company serves over 6,000 customers, including the top 10 UK accounting firms and the World Health Organisation. The talent and reputation required to provide GRC services to highly regulated industries also means there are significant barriers to entry for competitors. I like that.Initially, Ideagen generated revenue by selling perpetual licenses to its customers. However, while it still offers these licenses today, that’s no longer the primary strategy. The management team has switched its focus to creating a continuous stream of recurring revenue by providing its software as a service (SaaS). Today, 61% of total income originates from recurring revenue sources, whether it be software subscriptions or additional support services.This transition has been, and continues to be, achieved through bolt-on acquisitions. In 2020, it acquired another three businesses, namely Redland Business Solutions, Optima Diagnostics, and Workrite. All generate recurring revenue, and the latter two enable Ideagen to provide additional services for its clients operating within the healthcare sector.Recurring revenue streams generate a consistent and reliable cash flow that can be used to fuel growth. At least that’s what I think. As a result, the UK tech stock has achieved an average 27% annual growth in revenue. But it’s not all smooth sailing.Acquisitions can cause problemsThe most recent acquisitions are undoubtedly a complementary addition to Ideagen’s business. However, they have introduced some new financial speedbumps.The total debt level has increased from £7.5m in 2019 to £33.7m today. Due to limited cash at hand, the company needed to borrow a significant amount to acquire these businesses. It also resulted in the stock reporting a loss for the year.Temporary unprofitability in the name of growth is not overly concerning to me. However, the considerable rise in debt is. This additional borrowing has significantly altered the company’s capital structure, with debt now representing 38% of total capital.While this debt level appears to be manageable, it does increase interest payments, which subsequently limits free cash flow. What’s more, integrating three business simultaneously may create complications that will put a damper on performance.Another risk I spotted comes from its international operations. Many of the businesses that have been acquired over the years are based outside the UK. While this does help mitigate any impact from Brexit, it also adds exposure to fluctuating exchange rates of several currencies.The bottom line – should I buy this UK tech stock?According to Gartner, the integrated risk management market that Ideagen serves is expected to reach $8bn in 2021, growing 9% annually. Comparing this to the £57m of revenue generated last year indicates an enormous amount of room to grow.Having said that, the aggressive, acquisitive growth strategy does give me pause. Goodwill now constitutes a significant portion of total assets, and sudden changes in capital structure might create issues. For now, I won’t be adding Ideagen to my portfolio, but I will definitely be keeping a close eye on it. Zaven Boyrazian | Friday, 12th February, 2021 | More on: IDEA Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Ideagen. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Zaven Boyrazianlast_img read more

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Top 4 Ways Amazon Sellers Can Keep Up With the Algorithm…

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! By Allen BrownIn today’s digital age, search engine optimization (SEO) plays a pivotal role in the performance of any product on the market. If you sell products on Amazon, you’ll want them to rank high on Amazon’s search algorithm, also known as A9. Amazon’s product search algorithm differs from Google’s search engine, although they use the same concept of ranking unique keywords high on their search results pages. If you want to improve your ranking on Amazon, it is important to understand how A9 works. Here are the top 4 ways Amazon sellers can keep up with the algorithm changes.1. Optimize Your Listing TitleFirst and foremost, you must try to optimize your Amazon product title so that it can rank high on A9. Your product title should have unique keywords with less than 200 characters to make it easy to read. Your product needs to be relevant, and it should tell a convincing story to potential customers to increase your sales. Your listing’s title is probably the most critical component that will determine the product performance search. Your title should include at least some of the following elements: product, brand, color, packaging, and quantity. You must include a major ranking keyword that will drive traffic to your site. A good title should describe the product and increase your ranking. A perfect description of the product helps promote customer engagement, which leads to increased conversion rates in return. Likewise, a poor product description can lead to negative buyer feedback that can affect sales. Therefore, you must constantly upgrade your product title to keep pace with the Algorithm changes that may take place.   2. Utilize Coupon Discount CodesIf you are an Amazon seller, you can consider using coupon discount codes for your business. You should check online to access the providers of the coupons that enable you to get 50% off for your plan. We are living in an ever-evolving digital world, so you need to keep pace with the technological advances taking place within the market. As an Amazon seller, you must keep up with the latest algorithm updates on the platform to succeed in your venture. Failure to keep pace with changes might cause your products not to appear on the first search engine results pages, which will lead you to lose potential customers.3. Focus on Improving Your Conversion RateYou must focus on improving the visibility of your product to increase your conversion rates. Different things can affect the conversion rates such as price, image quality, and customer reviews. Sellers should keep their prices competitive to achieve good Amazon conversion rates. Buyers can switch to other options available if they view pricing as unfavorable. Increased sales means that your site will get higher rankings.The other important factor to keep in mind is that the number of product reviews you get determines your ranking. Answered questions also play a crucial role in determining your conversions. Sellers should use high-quality images and follow Amazon’s guidelines to keep pace with the algorithm changes. The pictures should not be blurry to allow the customers to see the products. You should ensure that the product listing has all the details required by the customers to make informed decisions. 4. Ensure Customer Satisfaction and RetentionFactors like the seller’s feedback promote customer retention. This means the seller must follow-up with the customers to motivate them to keep coming back. Delighted customers will leave positive feedback on your site, which helps improve your ranking. However, you must be careful to avoid negative feedback since it affects the performance of your product. You must also provide timely responses to your customer queries and other things they might be interested in knowing.    You need to ensure that your products are all priced competitively to appeal to the emotional interests of various customers. Essentially, favorable prices on Amazon products attract the customers, not the brand. If the buyer is interested in the brand, they can shop from the manufacturer’s website. Poor inventory management can negatively affect customer satisfaction if the buyers always experience some issues when they buy different products.If you are on FBA business, you must aim to rank high on Amazon to increase your product’s visibility and sales. You can achieve this by providing relevant information about your products and offering competitive prices. Regardless of Amazon’s algorithm changes, you must always aim to ensure customer satisfaction. Above all, it is vital to keep your customers happy to foster brand loyalty and increase your profits, both in the short and long terms. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSAmazonBusinessConversion RateCouponsCustomer SatisfactionListing TitleOptimizeRetentionsalesSearch AlgorithmSellingSEOTechnologytips Previous article5 Simple Tips To Remember Before You Go Ice ClimbingNext articleStorm-Proofing Your Home: 5 Tips for Prepping Your Property for Hurricane Season Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Aung San Suu Kyi urges support for Thai Children’s Trust

first_imgAung San Suu Kyi urges support for Thai Children’s Trust AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Individual giving Howard Lake | 4 October 2011 | News  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has given her support to Thai Children’s Trust, the UK charity that helps Burmese refugee children on the Thai border.In a letter read out at a reception for the Trust in Westminster Abbey on Tuesday 4 October, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner called on people to support the work of the charity, which provides care for some of the 350,000 Burmese refugees currently in Thailand. It is the largest UK charity focusing solely on Thailand.In her message, which she wrote on 9 September 2011, Aung San Suu Kyi said: “The fate of migrant and refugee children is of particular concern; in addition to the deprivations they suffer they are often not certain if there is any part of the world they can call their own… Any effort to make the lives of such children healthier, happier or more secure is a truly worthwhile project.“It will not only be a contribution towards the fulfilment of immediate needs, it will also constitute a contribution towards a better future for our country. I hope that all who are in a position to help the work of the Thai Children’s Trust will do so with generosity and enthusiasm.”Andrew Scadding, Director of Thai Children’s Trust, says: “The situation for the ever-increasing numbers of ‘forgotten’ Burmese refugees is desperate. Aung San Suu Kyi’s words of support are timely and greatly appreciated.”www.thaichildrenstrust.org.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Expert partnership formed to develop voluntary sector safeguarding resources

first_img The NCVO is coordinating a partnership of 13 national umbrella bodies and organisations, which are joining forces to develop a suite of free safeguarding resources for the voluntary sector.The Safer Social Sector Partnership will develop safeguarding tools and advice aimed at meeting the needs of the full spectrum of the voluntary sector, and ensuring that all voluntary organisations are a safe place for beneficiaries, volunteers and staff.It is being funded through an award of £570,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund as part of a joint £1.2m Safeguarding Training Fund with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).Co-ordinated by NCVO, the full list of partners involved is: NSPCC, Ann Craft Trust, UK Youth, PROTECT, Children England, National Adult Safeguarding Network, Third Sector Safeguarding Network, National Youth Safeguarding Forum, Charity HR Network, the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA), Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and digital partner, Neontribe.The partnership’s initial steps will be to undertake an in-depth user engagement process to inform the design, prototype and delivery of a new ‘safeguarding gateway’ on the NCVO KnowHow website. This will be followed by the updating and development of resources that meet identified needs or gaps in provision. The accessibility of these resources will be maximised through the use of a variety of dissemination channels, including podcasts and videos.Talking about the new partnership and grant funding, Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy at NCVO, added:“Safeguarding is a key priority for everyone within the voluntary sector, regardless of the size of the organisation or the activity it carries out. The strength and breadth of this partnership is testament to how committed we all are to getting it right by coming together to drive improvement, creating environments that are safe for all.”Peter Wanless, Chief Executive at NSPCC, said: Advertisement Melanie May | 3 April 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Expert partnership formed to develop voluntary sector safeguarding resources “The voluntary and community sector has a vital role to play in safeguarding children and adults at risk from abuse and other forms of harm. It also plays a key part in helping local communities to keep their most vulnerable members safe.“The lottery funding will enable us to improve and extend our existing range of resources to enable even the smallest organisations to take the steps they need to take to keep children safe.”  127 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: NCVO safeguarding  128 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13last_img read more

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Ethanol Industry Divided on EPA Ruling, Mulling Next Steps

first_imgAmerican Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) Executive Vice President Brian Jennings says the final rule protects the oil industry from meeting the requirements that Congress intended. “When Congress enacted the Renewable Fuel Standard, it voted to side with those of us who said ‘yes we can’ reduce greenhouse gas emissions from motor fuel, ‘yes we can’ allow consumer access to E15 and flex fuels, and ‘yes we can’ spark innovative ways to produce cleaner fuels,” said Jennings. “While we appreciate that the Administration made incremental improvements compared to the proposed RFS rule, unfortunately, today they are choosing to side with those who say ‘no, we can’t’. Regrettably, EPA’s final RFS rule protects the old way of doing business by obstructing consumer access to cleaner fuels, stifling competition in the marketplace, and undermining innovation.” Tom Buis, with Growth Energy, downplayed the possibility of a lawsuit against the EPA, but Dinneen says legal action is likely. “What EPA has done here is a dramatic departure from a program that was working,” he said. “I believe when we finish our review of the final rule that we will want to stand up for the program, stand up for consumers, stand up for carbon reduction, stand up for rural America , and put this program back where it belongs.” Ethanol Industry Divided on EPA Ruling, Mulling Next Steps SHARE Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) Executive Director Monte Shaw says the final rule is a blow to farmers and fuel choice for consumers. “Given EPA’s stated rationale for these numbers, one of the most successful energy policies in our nation’s history has been put squarely in the stranglehold of the petroleum industry,” said Shaw. “As a result, consumers will see higher prices at the pump, and Iowa farmers will likely continue to see commodity prices below the cost of production.” Nebraska Ethanol Board administrator Todd Sneller, who is also chairman of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition, called the final rule “disappointing, but not unexpected” and said it means biofuels must move beyond government imposed limits and establish new value based on performance and environmental benefits. Previous articleHighway Funding Bill Includes Crop Insurance FixNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt SHAREcenter_img Ethanol Industry Divided on EPA Ruling, Mulling Next StepsBob Dinneen,Not everyone in the ethanol industry was happy with the EPA ruling released on Monday. Some groups are considering court action against the EPA.The initial reaction by many in the agriculture and ethanol sectors to Monday’s  announcement by the EPA, that it would increase slightly the level of ethanol that can be blended into the nation’s fuel supply, was mildly enthusiastic.  But the fact that the levels are still short of what Congress intended in the Renewable Fuels Standard makes the ruling meaningless, said  Bob Dinneen, with the Renewable Fuels Association. He said the EPA still left the oil companies in charge of how much ethanol to use, “They still reduced the numbers from the statutory levels and embraced the notion of the blend wall … they are effectively turning the nation’s renewable energy program over to the oil companies.” Home Indiana Agriculture News Ethanol Industry Divided on EPA Ruling, Mulling Next Steps Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Dec 1, 2015 last_img read more

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Thirty-one IFEX members appeal to President Kabila for improvement in press freedom

first_img February 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders September 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Thirty-one IFEX members appeal to President Kabila for improvement in press freedom Twenty-nine members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a worldwide coalition of press freedom groups, yesterday voiced their support for the open letter which fellow IFEX members Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organisation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, sent to President Joseph Kabila on 30 August.Voicing concern about the “constant decline in the climate for journalists and steadily shrinking space for free expression” in the Democratic Republic of Congo as next year’s presidential election approaches, the 31 organisations jointly call on President Kabila to:- Declare a moratorium on imprisoning journalists on charges of defamation or insulting the authorities, so that the media can play their role as a fourth estate in the run-up to the 2011 presidential election and can help combat corruption and any possible attempts at electoral fraud.- Create the proposed Higher Council for Broadcasting and Communication (CSAC) as soon as possible. By having responsibility for regulating the media and by being empowered to ensure that all the candidates have equitable access to the state-owned media, this independent council will help to combat media abuses and the danger of excessive media politicisation during the coming election year.The 31 organisations that have signed the appeal are: Adil Soz, Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, Cartoonists Rights Network International, Centre for Media Studies and Peace Building, The Committee to Protect Journalists, Ethiopian Free Press Journalists’ Association, Exiled Journalists Network, Freedom House, Free Media Movement, Globe International, Human Rights Network for Journalists, Independent Journalism Centre, International PEN Writers in Prison Committee, International Press Institute, Journaliste en Danger, Maharat Foundation, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Media Institute of Southern Africa, Media Rights Agenda, Media Watch, National Union of Somali Journalists, Observatoire pour la Liberté de Presse, d’Edition et de Création, Pacific Islands News Association, Pakistan Press Foundation, Public Association “Journalists”, Reporters Without Borders, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, and World Press Freedom Committee.The 30 August open letter to President Kabila can be read here .Communication minister and government spokesman Lambert Mendé Omalanga criticised the letter in a communiqué broadcast on Radio-Télévision Nationale Congolaise in which he insisted that “press freedom is improving in the DRC.” Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger wrote to the minister today pointing out the spurious nature of the arguments he used and reiterating their concern about the dangers to which journalists are exposed in the DRC.Among the requests made in the 30 August letter to Kabila was the release of Le Journal editor Jullson Eninga, who had been held for five months on a treason charges. He was finally tried and acquitted on 6 September and was released the next day. [More information: http://en.rsf.org/republique-democratique-du-congo-newspaper-editor-acqu…. News February 16, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go furthercenter_img News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian RSF_en Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News February 24, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

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