first_imgInternational Energy Insurance Company ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about International Energy Insurance Company ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the International Energy Insurance Company ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: International Energy Insurance Company (  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileInternational Energy Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria offering products and services to the energy sector. The company covers oil and gas, engineering, motor vehicle, bond and finance guarantees, money risks, fire and allied perils, burglary and house breaking, personal accident, goods in transport and life insurance. International Energy Insurance Company Plc was established to focus entirely on the energy sector. The company’s security is backed by a consortium of local and foreign re-insurers coupled with its technical partners Marsh Limited and AON Corporation in London, United Kingdom. AON is currently rated the leading Global Reinsurance Brokers. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. International Energy Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_img Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Photo Courtesy of Chu.House.govToday, Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) joined forces with Representatives Joe Garcia (FL-26), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Jared Polis (CO-02) and Steven Horsford (NV-04) to introduce a House version of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. The legislation is a compromise bill that includes the bipartisan Senate bill of the same name, and a bipartisan House measure called the Border Security Results Act. Congresswoman Chu released the following statement:“Americans are tired of Congressional deadlock. We saw bipartisan action on immigration in both chambers this year – now it’s time to finish the job. Our bill is a comprehensive plan built on provisions that both parties support. There is no reason it should not pass. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in making this a reality for the American people.”The House version of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act includes the Senate immigration bill as it was passed out of the Judiciary Committee, six Senate floor amendments, and the McCaul-Thompson Border Security Results Act, which passed out of the House Homeland Security Committee unanimously.This bill will modernize our immigration system – clearing our backlogs, providing a pathway to earned citizenship, streamlining entry for bright minds coming here to meet demands for high-skilled labor, and create a rightful place in our society for DREAM students who have never known another country as home.A one page summary of the bill can be found here.A section-by-section bill summary of the bill can be found here. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Congresswoman Chu Introduces Compromise Immigration Bill Published on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 11:10 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

first_imgHarvard’s Widener Library is an unparalleled setting for academic resources and research. But last month more than 500 staff members from Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) visited with a different goal in mind: pie.The fall celebration for FAS and SEAS staff brought together colleagues from across 150 departments, centers, and units for an afternoon of live music, conversation, and delicious pies.At the event, staff mingled, enjoyed a live jazz trio, and savored samples of pie including apple, key lime, and chocolate pecan. Photo by Adriana Gallegos“At the beginning of the academic year, we thought it would be important to take a little time to get together, draw a deep breath, and celebrate our accomplishments,” said Leslie A. Kirwan, administration and finance dean for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, in her opening remarks at the Oct. 14 event. “But how to do that when there are over 2,500 of us?”The solution? Widener Library. Kirwan gave a special thanks to Sarah Thomas, vice president for the Harvard Library and University Librarian, and the Widener Library team. When approached about hosting the fall celebration, Thomas embraced the idea, saying, “I want to have you in my home.”At the event, staff mingled, enjoyed a live jazz trio, and savored samples of pie including apple, key lime, and chocolate pecan. Scattered throughout, images of pie charts depicted the many ways that staff members fit into FAS. Stephanie Nasson, manager of training and outreach in Financial-FAS, tested the group on their knowledge of baking trivia and raffled off pies and cookbooks to staff members. “I didn’t realize ‘special duties as assigned’ could be so fun,” she saidUsually roped off, the Memorial Room in Widener was thrown open, and library staff members were on hand to discuss the Harry Elkins Widener Special Collection, including an up-close look at Harvard’s copy of the Gutenberg Bible.FAS and SEAS staff also had the opportunity to take a tour of the Collections Conservation Lab, where 20 library staff members restore and preserve items in the Harvard Library system — more than 24,000 in the last year alone. From repairing binding to digitizing materials to finding creative storage solutions for items like the “Peruvian Knife Book of Poetry,” the Collections Conservation Lab shared a glimpse into their work.Nyasha Borde, a staff assistant in the philosophy department and a recent addition to FAS, said, “This was actually my first time in Widener Library. I came with my manager and other members in my department. It was great to see so many staff members together, and to realize I knew more people than I thought I did.”Kirwan emphasized how across Schools and divisions, departments and centers, each staff member is valuable to the FAS and SEAS communities. “Invariably, when we’re asked what makes Harvard a great place to work, we say, ‘It’s the people.’ It’s the quality of the people, the spirit of the community, that make Harvard what it is. … Whether you work with SEAS or the College, FAS or DCE [the Division of Continuing Education] … you are — wait for the pun — an important piece of the pie.”last_img read more

first_imgSix finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting have been announced by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. The winner of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 6, 2018, at the Kennedy School. Additionally, Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent, will receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and deliver the keynote speech.The Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, which carries a $10,000 award for finalists and $25,000 for the winner, is intended to recognize and encourage journalism that promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety, and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance. The Goldsmith Career Award is given for outstanding contributions to the field of journalism, and for work that has enriched political discourse. Past recipients include Gwen Ifill, Seymour Hersh, Walter Isaacson, and Christiane Amanpour.“At the local, state, and national level, this year’s Goldsmith finalists exemplify the power of investigative reporting to uncover wrongs and to hold government and business accountable. These stories have saved lives and spurred changes to protect vulnerable populations,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele. “In addition to the six finalists, we are also acknowledging The New York Times with a special citation to recognize their reporting on sexual harassment and assault, which has contributed to a significant cultural movement.”The Goldsmith Awards CeremonyThe ceremony will include the presentation of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, the Goldsmith Book Prizes, and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, followed by a keynote speech by Career Award winner Martha Raddatz. The ceremony will be preceded by a panel discussion, from 3:30-5 p.m., in which finalists and special citation awardees will discuss the reporting behind the stories. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgGreen Mountain College announced today that it is enhancing its current commitment to assisting families paying for a GMC education by mounting an ambitious multi-year affordability plan. The plan addresses:  academic merit scholarships, Make-a-Difference scholarships (a scholarship program that rewards students who engage in community service projects), and need-based grants to attract the most motivated and prepared students. The College will implement the plan beginning this spring (January) for new students and continue with entering students in fall 2012.  All of the affordability strategies being implemented are designed to assist in lowering the average debt for all graduating students.The affordability plan will continue to make Green Mountain a valued choice for Vermonters, students from across the U.S. and around the globe. Specifically, Green Mountain will strive to meet up to 100% of each accepted applicant’s total financial need. The College will achieve this through a variety of affordability strategies designed to support the enrollment of students with a high potential of achievement.Academic Merit Scholarships, Make-a-Difference Scholarships and GMC need-based grants including the United Methodist Foundation is external)Career-related employment options for student throughout all four years at GMCGreen Mountain College Four-Year Graduation Guarantee is external)Continuing Student Academic Merit and Make-a-Difference Scholarships is external)Vermont Resident-Private/Public tuition match scholarship for Vermont residents (GMC will match the tuition levied by the University of Vermont for Vermont applicants who meet our admission standards)Participation in the “Yellow Ribbon Program” to help veterans afford their GMC education. “We’re trying to make private education as affordable as possible,” said Green Mountain College PresidentPaul Fonteyn. “We’d like applicants to know they have the option of attending a small private institution with the advantages of small classes and strong student advising and that opportunity is not out of reach financially.”Green Mountain College is able to award scholarships/grants in an amount exceeding 7.3 million dollarsthrough a combination of institutional discounting and endowment scholarship funds.  Currently 94% of all GMC students receive financial aid, with over 90% receiving institutional support, to help offset the cost of their college education.  Approximately a quarter of GMC students are the first in their family to attend college or university.Green Mountain College offers 23 degree programs. The College was named Sierra magazine’s “Coolest School” in 2010 for its environmental initiatives and finished second on the Sierra’s rankings this year. Earlier this year, Green Mountain was rated among the most environmentally responsible schools in the country by The Princeton Review in its 2011 Guide to 311 Green Colleges.SOURCE Green Mountain College POULTNEY, Vt., Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

first_img800response, the Burlington, Vermont headquartered provider of vanity 800 numbers and web-based call tracking, announced today that the company is donating seven thousand dollars to charitable organizations throughout the state in support of the local communities and families affected by Hurricane Irene.Following the storm, the volunteer committee at 800response began circulating weekly updates on community-organized volunteer activities that were taking place within the local community. ‘Thankfully, we did not have any employees severely affected by the storm. As a group, we were able to lend our time, support and funds to various organized events throughout the area that were helping these communities clean up and rebuild in the wake of the storm,’ says Laura Noonan, vice president of marketing and corporate communications. Employees of 800response participated in numerous volunteer initiatives, donating clothes, food, funds and manpower during the most dire time, immediately following the storm.With the colder weather approaching, and recognizing that many families are still trying to recover, the company announced an initiative in November to their group of 40 employees: 800response would match employee donations two dollars for every one dollar pledged. In all, the company raised $7,000 through this effort.‘The holidays are a hard time for many, and this year will be especially difficult for those families who have lost their homes or suffered extreme damage from Hurricane Irene. We are a fortunate group to not have been directly affected, and we’re taking that good fortune and doing what we can to share it with others,’ says Noonan.The funds raised by 800response and the company’s employees will be donated to multiple organizations, including Revitalizing Waterbury, Vermont & The New Hampshire Valley Red Cross, Vermont Foodbank, Spring Hill Horse Rescue, Waterbury Area Food Shelf, Duxbury Elf’s Shelf, and the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund c/o the United Way of Vermont.For more than 20 years,800response has maintained the widest selection of true vanity 800 numbers available today, operating out of their headquarters in downtown Burlington, VT. The company offers these dynamic advertising tools to businesses throughout North America to help them drive increases in advertising response rates, improve ROI, and track cost-per-lead. 800response services include a sophisticated Call Routing platform, Real-time Call Tracking reports, and Call Monitoring services like Call Recording, CallFinder Speech-Detection, and Missed Call Monitor.BURLINGTON, VT ‘ December 29, 2011last_img read more

Justice Harding calls it a career April 15, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News Justice Harding calls it a career Amy K. Brown Assistant EditorKnown for his snappy bow ties, ready smile, and strong religious convictions, Justice Major Best Harding and his slow, Southern drawl will not be heard around the Supreme Court come fall.After 11 years on the high court and 34 total years on the bench, Justice Harding is calling it quits.In late March, Harding announced he would retire from his position on the court as of August 31 — even though his term doesn’t end until 2005.“I look back and consider myself truly blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve in this way,” Harding said.“When I think of Major Harding, I think of his wit, his wisdom, his intellect, and his courage,” said Bar President Terry Russell. “And I think that all of those qualities, though shared by many other members of the court, will be severely missed.”Harding’s retirement plans include spending time with his wife of 43 years, Jane, his three children, Major, Jr., 42, David, 40, and Alice, 36, and his eight — soon to be nine — grandchildren.But he doesn’t have much else in mind, he said.“That’s part of the plan — to have nothing planned for a while,” Harding joked. “I’ve got a couple of speaking engagements, but other than that I’ve intentionally not made any plans.”A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Harding received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University, where he also met his future wife. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar the year he graduated, 1959, and he became a Florida Bar member one year later.The Harding family then picked up and moved to Ft. Gordon, Georgia, where Harding spent part of his Army tour as assistant staff judge advocate from 1960-62, before finally settling in Jacksonville.After two years as assistant county solicitor in Duval County (1962-63), Harding went into private practice.Harding’s initial ascent to the bench has been told and retold: In 1968, he drove to Jacksonville’s airport to meet then-Gov. Claude Kirk, who suggested the gubernatorial entourage ride into town in Harding’s car.“I was a young father on a budget,” Harding said. “And my car was a Volkswagen beetle that could barely fit two adults comfortably.”The solution? Harding and Kirk chatted comfortably in a Florida Highway Patrol car, while a staff member followed in the famed beetle.Not only a memorable meeting, but a productive one, as well. Kirk appointed Harding to the juvenile bench mere days later. 1976, Harding was elected chief judge of the circuit and soon became the first dean of the Judicial College. In 1991, he was appointed by then-Gov. Lawton Chiles to the Supreme Court.During his tenure on the court, Harding and his fellow justices dealt with such high-profile issues as the election recount and the death penalty, and during Harding’s two-year stint as chief justice from 1998 to 2000, he oversaw initiatives to improve diversity, increase public access, and boost public confidence in the courts.As chief justice in 1999, he presided over a ceremonial session honoring Florida civil rights leader Virgil Hawkins, who in the 1950s was denied admission to the University of Florida law school because of discriminatory opinions issued by the state Supreme Court.“It was crucially important to me that the court formally apologize for our predecessors’ conduct in denying Virgil Hawkins what was his legal right,” Harding said. “And I was deeply honored that members of the Hawkins family came here to accept that apology in the very same courtroom where these events occurred in the 1950s.”Though issues like the election or the Virgil Hawkins ceremony are more newsworthy than many of the court’s typical cases, Harding stressed that he has “always tried to think that each case is very important to the people who are involved.”While it’s easier at the Supreme Court level to detach oneself from the emotional aspects of a case, Harding said there have been cases over the years — especially cases involving children and families — that have tugged at his heart strings.“You can’t get involved in these issues without having some degree of emotion,” he said. “In my 23 years on the trial bench, I can recall any number of cases in which my heart went out to the people, primarily because the resolution of their legal issues was not going to resolve the emotional issues for them.”Harding said he considered his position as “an opportunity to be of service and sometimes maybe a voice of reason in a sea of anxiety.”While he may not miss those emotionally challenging cases, Harding said he will miss the people he’s worked with.“I have had an extraordinary opportunity over the 34 years to work with some neat people,” he said. “And, of course, I’ll miss the day-to-day contact with those folks.”Leaving his life’s work behind may be difficult, but finding a replacement for Harding will be even more difficult.“I, in particular, have always appreciated the balance he brings to the court,” President Russell said. “I’m confident the governor will appoint someone to replace him who will bring that same balance to the court.”Gov. Bush will appoint Harding’s replacement from a list submitted by the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The next justice to leave the bench will likely be Justice Leander Shaw, who must retire in early 2003 because of his age. At 71, he has already passed the mandatory retirement age of 70, but can remain on the bench because the retirement age fell in the second half of his six-year term. read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Apr 2020 11:13 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Robson backs Arteta to get the best out of Pepe (Picture: Getty Images)‘They’ve tried him on the right wing where he spent most of his time in France. Then they tried to play him upfront for a couple of games.‘Yet he’s got pace, he can do lots of things. At the moment they haven’t got the best out of him, he doesn’t look a confident player.‘So he’s a flop at the moment but I think he can get better next year under [Mikel] Arteta.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalDespite his inconsistency, Pepe has been backed by former Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin to become one of the ‘biggest stars’ in the English top-flight.He said: ‘Pepe is a very talented player. He is very quick and a good finisher.‘Already he has done well in part. Maybe not as much as he could but I see the potential and he will become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League. He will be huge.’MORE: Mesut Ozil ready to take bigger pay cut than his team-mates once Arsenal give further assurancesMORE: Mikel Arteta to push ahead with permanent Pablo Mari transfer as Arsenal shelve Axel Disasi interestFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal ‘flop’ Nicolas Pepe is being played out of position, says Stewart Robson Comment Pepe has struggled for form in his first season at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson has suggested the Gunners’ record signing Nicolas Pepe isn’t being utilised correctly and has been a ‘flop’ this season.The 24-year-old has struggled for consistency since making the £72million switch from Lille last summer, scoring just six goals in 32 appearances in all competitions.Pepe often started wide but would drift into the No.9 position in Ligue 1 last season, where he scored 22 league goals, and ex-Gunners midfielder Robson thinks a change of role could benefit the Ivory Coast international in the Premier League.He told ESPN FC: ‘Slightly too early [to call him a flop]. He hasn’t been a great success this season so far.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s had one or two good games, couple of good free-kicks. I’m not sure they’ve found the right position for him.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

first_imgWhether Altmann’s new position means she’d join the Department for Work & Pensions as de-facto successor to Webb, or straddle the Treasury and Department for Business, Innovation and Skills – in charge of annuities, pension taxation and consumer protection, respectively – will become clearer as Cameron announces his new Cabinet in the coming days.For those that have been calling for greater transparency of fees, note that Altmann has told a UK newspaper she is in favour of a “pounds and pence” approach to fee disclosure, a view championed by the Investment Association, formerly the IMA.While on the face of it a common-sense approach, those saving small sums may well be left under the impression they are being charged reasonable amounts when in fact the percentage of contributions deducted would undermine their future savings goals.Regardless of Altmann’s approach, the end of Webb’s tenure in Parliament is likely to see the end of his focus on defined ambition and greater risk-sharing in pensions. The recent budget freedoms, based solely around a saver’s ability to withdraw his pension pot at his convenience, run counter to the collective approach pursued in the Pensions Scheme Act 2015 that allowed for the launch of a collective DC model in the UK.Gone is the focus on improving the outcome for a cohort as a whole – such as by introducing Independent Governance Committees to oversee insurance-based contract arrangements – replaced by a need to ensure individuals have the ability to understand the costs associated with each pension product, rather than pooling risk at retirement.In short, the UK should expect to see a shift to a traditional Conservative view of individualism and free markets, with an overtone of consumer protection as it now affects a part of the population key to future electoral victories. But those hoping for a quiet revolution that could have seen the UK emulate the European system of solidarity will be disappointed by Webb’s departure and the failure of Gregg McClymont’s Labour party to form the next government. Steve Webb MP is no more. The Liberal Democrat front-bencher who, as a result of 2010’s hung Parliament became the UK’s longest-serving pensions minister, was one of close to 50 parliamentarians from the junior coalition party to lose his seat in Thursday’s general election. In a surprise to everyone, including the Conservatives led by David Cameron, the incumbent prime minister won a majority after months of polls suggesting no party would have control of the House of Commons. The pensions industry now faces the reality of a new minister, maybe one with less of a grasp of the subject matter.On the other hand, the person charged with bedding in the pensions freedoms unveiled by George Osborne last year may be an all too familiar face: Ros Altmann. Altmann, a former director general of Saga Group, is already well known to the outgoing government for her work as Business Champion for Older Workers, recently drafting a report that suggested a minister should be put in charge of extending working lives.While the notion of a dedicated minister for older people was rejected by Cameron, who argued during the campaign that the concerns of the UK’s ageing population should be on the mind of all within the Cabinet, it was announced a few weeks ago that Altmann would join the House of Lords if the Conservatives won a majority.Altmann’s peerage would see her join the UK’s unelected upper house in charge of financial consumer protection and financial education, the party said, with a review of pension product charges and the development of Pensions Wise, the body offering guidance to those confounded by their new ability to draw their pension pot down from age 55.last_img read more