Standard Group Limited ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgStandard Group Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Standard Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Group Limited (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileStandard Group Limited is a major publishing and broadcasting company in Kenya with interests in print, radio and TV and digital media. Well-known brands include The Standard newspaper; the second-largest national newspaper and the flagship product of the publishing group; Kenya Television Network (KTN), a private, independent TV station; KTN News, a 24-hour news channel; Bamba TV; operated via Lancia Digital Broadcasting and offering international and local channels; Radio Maisha, a radio station offering listeners a wide selection of news, entertainment and current affairs programmes; The Nairobian, a leading weekly newspaper; Standard Digital, a leading online publishing platform; Think Outdoor, an outdoor advertising agency placing billboards in strategic sites. The company was founded in 1902 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The Standard Group Limited is a subsidiary of S.N.G Holdings Limited. Standard Group Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

easyJet passengers first to experience UNICEF’s virtual reality film – at 30,000 feet!

first_imgThe virtual reality film is narrated by Unicef UK Ambassador Ewan McGregor. He said of the film:“UNICEF’s new Virtual Reality film about polio gives people the chance to step into another world and see what life is like for children affected by the disease and shows why we need to do everything we can to stop it.”George Totten, 9, was on the flight with his family and took part in the virtual reality experience. He said: Advertisement Tagged with: corporate virtual reality easyJet passengers first to experience UNICEF’s virtual reality film – at 30,000 feet! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37 UNICEF’s virtual reality film about its work to eradicate polio was first show to passengers on an easyJet flight from London to Portugal. The three-dimensional film highlights the children’s charity’s ambition to eradicate the disease by 2019.Appropriately enough it was experienced by passengers on flight EZY2019 from Luton to Faro, and on World Polio Day.Passengers watched the 360 degree film of the story of Job, the last child in Kenya to have been infected by the polio virus. UNICEF and easyJet are working together through their Change for Good partnership to help end polio.In-flight VR on World Polio Day Howard Lake | 28 October 2016 | Newscenter_img “It was really cool, I felt like I was actually there with all the children and I want to do it again.”easyJet UNICEF partnershipDonations from passengers totalling £8 million have resulted in the easyJet and UNICEF partnership helping vaccinate more than 13 million children against polio and 5.3 million mothers and babies against other deadly diseases.When polio is eradicated it will follow smallpox, the only disease that has been wiped from the planet.Tina Milton, Head of Cabin services at easyJet, said:“To mark World Polio Day easyJet is holding a special one day collection for UNICEF on all of our flights. Passengers will be asked to donate their left over holiday change, whatever the currency, to help the fight against polio.”He expected 200,000 passengers to be invited to donate on that day.VR on the beachUnicef VR on the beachUNICEF and easyJet also took the virtual reality headsets to the beaches of Faro so holiday makers could get the chance to see what reality is like for children living with the disease.  165 total views,  1 views today  166 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The criminalization of Aaron Hernandez

first_imgAaron HernandezBy mYia X and Phebe EckfeldtBostonThe news broke on April 19 that former National Football League star and New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez was dead. The “shock and awe” of the details reverberated across local and national media.Hernandez was found dead in his cell at Souza-Baronowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass. He was serving a life sentence for murder. Many family members, friends, fellow football players, his lawyer and members of New England’s Black and Latinx communities refute the view that Hernandez killed himself. They are asking why he would do that when only days before he was acquitted of a double murder charge and planned to appeal his previous conviction.Miami Dolphins player Mike Pouncy grieved the loss of his close friend on Instagram: “To my friend my brother! Through thick and thin right or wrong we never left each other’s side. Today my heart hurts as I got the worse news I could have imagined. … I will forever miss you and love you bro.! ”Whether Hernandez committed suicide or was murdered is not known. But it is certain that the Department of Correction, its gatekeepers, police, prosecutors, politicians and others in the capitalist state apparatus will not conduct an impartial, honest investigation into his death.The Hernandez family’s call for an independent investigation must be supported. His family wanted to donate his brain to Boston University to be studied for signs of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a condition suffered by football players who have had multiple concussions and by prisoners who have been battered by guards.But the medical examiner refused to release Hernandez’s brain to his family, so it could be given to the university. Only after attorney Jose Baez held a press conference in front of the medical examiner’s office, accusing it of “illegally” holding the brain against the family’s wishes, was it finally released to the university, which has a major center for the study of CTE. The state’s actions only added to the Hernandez family’s grief.Black and Brown athletes criminalizedThis is a sickening example of the commodification of athletes of color.  State officials can do whatever they want with the bodies of Black and Brown athletes, even long after their talents have been exploited and they have been thrown away. The criminalization of athletes of color is rooted in racism and exploitation.The state has viciously attacked and imprisoned Black and Brown athletes, including former NFL quarterback Michael Vick and former Olympian Marion Jones. During his term, President Barack Obama refused to posthumously pardon the great African-American boxer Jack Johnson.Hernandez was an avid athlete. He played basketball at Bristol Central High School in Connecticut. He became a star on the gridiron, earning his first All-State Honors and Championship in the 2006 Central Connecticut Southern Division.While attending the University of Florida, Hernandez garnered many accolades on the field, including an honorable mention All-American (2008) and the Consensus All-American (2009). His 111 catches were a school record for his position as a tight end.In 2010, Hernandez was the youngest player in the NFL after being drafted by the Patriots. His contribution to the team led them to two impressive seasons.In the April trial, Patriots coach Bill Belichek was subpoenaed to testify by Hernandez’s lawyers. However, he did not show up. The NFL has denied the scientific evidence brought by doctors, scientists and football players that the sport causes CTE.  Neither team nor NFL officials issued sympathy statements about Hernandez’s death.Afterward, the capitalist media quickly demonized the Puerto Rican athlete. The state and media campaign got louder and more racist, inferring that Hernandez “got what he deserved” because he was “subhuman.” If people are painted that way, then their deaths can be dismissed.The character assassination of  Hernandez is an extension of what happens every day to Black and Brown youth and LGBTQ people. Trump is counting on this to divide workers and poor people, including migrants, as seen in his proposed budget which slashes essential governmental services and jobs.U.S. has highest incarceration rateThe U.S. government spends hundreds of billions of dollars to maintain the world’s most brutal “prison-military-industrial” complex. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate. It has 4 percent of the world’s population, yet holds 22 percent of the global prison population. Added to that are the many people on probation or parole.Susan Mortimer, longtime prison abolitionist with a loved one in the same facility, explained to  Workers World: “Powerlessness, constant stress, solitary confinement and sensory deprivation inflict great suffering. Lack of fresh air and exercise, medical neglect and abuse, inadequate nutrition, guard violence, daily deprivation and degradation combine to destroy physical and psychological health. … Prison policy and practice violate human rights. … Conditions of confinement, inflicted by the state, manufacture disability. … Further, labeling people as ’mentally ill’ masks disablement caused by child abuse, poverty, racism, sexism and, finally, prison conditions.”The real criminals are the Pentagon generals, the police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, prison guards and the DOC — all part of the repressive state apparatus which commits crimes against workers and oppressed people at home and worldwide, protected by laws and courts.The blame for Hernandez’s death should be placed on the capitalist system which promotes murder and violence. The DOC will use Hernandez’s death as an excuse to ask for even more funding for prisons. We say, No!  Prisons are concentration camps for the poor and oppressed. Tear down the walls!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion

first_img The federal government may have to step in with extra resources to help states like Nebraska and Iowa recover from flood damage. Floodwaters are still receding in the wake of the “bomb cyclone” that hit Midwest states hard and left behind large-scale damage. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tells the Fox Business Network that the existing safety net programs probably won’t be enough to cover the catastrophic damage. “Hopefully, we’ll have a supplemental disaster bill out of Congress very soon,” Perdue says. “This may be included in that as well.” Nebraska Agriculture Director Steve Wellman says, “It’s hundreds of millions of dollars, approaching a billion dollars of impact straight to agriculture.”Politico says the damage totals could exceed $400 million in livestock losses and $440 million for crop farmers, who could be forced to delay or even cancel planting entirely. Craig Head of the Nebraska Farm Bureau says, “Those are very early estimates. They don’t even account for the damage done to roads, bridges, barns, fences, and other infrastructure.” Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she’s seeking federal aid as soon as possible, citing ruined grain bins and lost livestock. The Des Moines Register says it’s too soon to know the scope of the damage. “Some farms have been completely destroyed,” Wellman said. “We’ll rebound as best we can.” SHARE By NAFB News Service – Mar 20, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Midwest Flood Damage Total Approaching $1 Billion Previous articleBeck’s Supported Charity Raises Over $30k to Help Families Fund AdoptionNext articlePlanter Calibration Critical this Season NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Cyber-dissident Du Daobin formally charged with subversion

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China Reporters Without Borders today accused the Chinese authorities of “obstinately refusing to respect free expression”. A petition calling for Du’s release, which was launched by Chinese intellectuals, already has about a thousand signatures. It is supposed to be submitted to the Chinese authorities on 1 March. Sign the petition Organisation Reporters Without Borders today accused the Chinese authorities of “obstinately refusing to respect free expression,” after they finally formalized the arrest of detained cyber-dissident Du Daobin by charging him with “inciting subversion of the state and the overthrow of the Chinese socialist system” in some 30 articles he posted online.”There is absolutely no justification for imprisoning people who just share their ideas on the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders said, pointing out that free expression is supposed to be guaranteed by article 35 of the Chinese constitution.The organisation urged all Internet users to sign a petition in support of Du, which can be accessed on the Reporters Without Borders website ( announcement of the charges by the bureau for public security in the eastern province of Hubei was the first official measure to be adopted by the government since Du’s arrest on 28 October. It appeared to dash any hope of his being freed soon. His release had nonetheless seemed imminent just a few days ago when the regional prosecutor referred the case back to the police for lack of evidence.The authorities claim that Du, 40, exceeded the right to criticise the government in the articles calling peacefully for more democracy which he posted online. His posts also called for the release of fellow cyber-dissident Liu Di (who was released on 28 November for lack of evidence) and criticised the proposed amendment of article 23 of the Hong Kong constitution, which would threaten free expression in the former British colony.The petition calling for Du’s release, which was launched by Chinese intellectuals and journalists, already has about a thousand signatures. It is supposed to be submitted to the Chinese authorities on 1 March.Sign the petition ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News ChinaAsia – Pacific News to go further February 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-dissident Du Daobin formally charged with subversionlast_img read more

Council to hold information meeting on Finn Valley windfarm development

first_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Council to hold information meeting on Finn Valley windfarm development Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – February 23, 2015 Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Donegal County Council are to hold a special information meeting regarding a proposed windfarm development in the Finn Valley area.Planree Ltd have applied to An Board Pleanala to develop Irelands biggest onshore windfarm at Carrickduff Hill and Lismullyduff.The proposed windfarm could see up to 49 wind turbines built over 20 townlands from Barnesmore Gap right up to the Castlefin area.A meeting is also being held in Crossroads, Killygordon tonight at 8pm.Cllr Patrick McGowan says it’s important that people get as much information as possible:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleMan robbed at knife point in BuncranaNext articleThe Yes Equality national ‘Pledge to Vote’ launch Donegal campaign News Highland Homepage BannerNews Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Almost 21,000 people were signing on in Donegal last month

first_img Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – January 8, 2013 Previous article18 year old charged with the murder of his father in TyroneNext article“Don’t be bullied into accepting Revenue’s property valuations” – Cutliffe News Highland Twitter Pinterest Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North A regional breakdown of the live register figures for December show a month on month increase in those signing on in Donegal but a drop when compared to December 2011.The figures show there were 20,902 people signing on last month up 326 on November.There were 694 fewer people singing on in Donegal in December 2012 compared to December of 2011. Many attribute the reduction to emigration or people re-entering the education system.Around the county, there were 2,662 signing on in the Finn Valley area, an increase of 31 on November – In the Ballyshannon area, a fall of 48 was recorded.The number signing on in Inishowen stood at 4,418 – that figures is up 35 on December 2011.There were small decreases recorded in Donegal Town, Dunfanaghy Dungloe and Killybegs.While in the Letterkenny area – 5,970 people signined on last month, up 75 in a year. News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterestcenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Almost 21,000 people were signing on in Donegal last month 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApplast_img read more

News story: EU (Withdrawal) Bill: vital for UK market and respects devolution

first_imgScottish Secretary David Mundell has responded to the report of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee on whether to provide a Legislative Consent Motion to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.He said: We have worked hard over the past year to secure the support of the Scottish Parliament and have put a considerable offer on the table that would see the vast majority of devolved powers automatically flow from the EU to Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh. Mr Mundell said that he was grateful to the Committee for its time and contribution to the debate, and welcomed the Committee’s support for a number of changes the Government has made to the EUWB (including amendments that protect the Scotland Act 1998 from modification).Through the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, the vast majority of EU powers in devolved areas will go straight from Brussels to Belfast, Edinburgh and Cardiff when we leave the EU. A small number of specific policy areas will be frozen while we design and implement new common arrangements. This will give essential certainty to businesses at the point we leave the EU and protect the vital UK common market.Mr Mundell added: While it is disappointing that a majority of MSPs on the Committee recommended that the Scottish Parliament does not give the EU (Withdrawal) Bill legislative consent, the decision is ultimately for individual parliamentarians and we remain hopeful that they will back this important piece of legislation. We are clear our approach fully respects devolution, as the Welsh Government has confirmed. We still hope the Scottish Government will come on board, even at this late stage. Our door remains open.last_img read more

Wall’s Pastry campaign provides £5k boost for Welsh café

first_imgWall’s Pastry has invested £5,000 in community café Little Lounge Play Café in Pontypridd, Wales as part of its 2017 Helping Hand campaign.The campaign, launched in May 2017, was designed to find a UK community most in need of a helping hand from a regeneration project, and received hundreds of nominations nationwide.“We received a huge amount of nominations from around the UK and it wasn’t an easy decision to make as all were worthy in their own right,” said Michael Holton, brand and marketing manager for Wall’s Pastry.Little Lounge Play Café was deemed most worthy of a makeover and was nominated by local resident Sarah Herniman, who received a £500 cash prize from Wall’s Pastry for putting forward the project.The funds have been used to transform an unused car park near the café into a sensory garden for children to play throughout the year. ‘Handy helpers’ were deployed by Wall’s to create the garden over five days, and it officially opened this week.Café owner Katie Hadley said it had been overwhelming to find out it had won a national scheme and that such a big organisation had supported the group.Holton added: “The café plays a key part in the Pontypridd community and we could see how much it benefits the area, making a real difference to the residents.”last_img read more

Watch Greensky Bluegrass Play “Go Cubs Go” In Celebration Of Chicago Cubs

first_imgMichigan-natives Greensky Bluegrass have been out on the road this fall, touring relentlessly in support of their new album Shouted, Written Down & Quoted. With such a rigorous touring schedule, GSBG hasn’t had much time to sit down and watch baseball, but they weren’t going to let historical moment in the sport’s history go uncelebrated.Greensky was performing at the Scoot Inn in Austin, TX when they heard that the Chicago Cubs had secured their first World Series appearance in over 70 years. Naturally, they took the opportunity to play “Go Cubs Go” in celebration!Watch this fan-shot video of the “Go Cubs Go” leading into “Steam Powered Aeroplane” from this victorious performance, courtesy of Purple Bear on YouTube, below.You can see Greensky’s full touring schedule here, and catch the Camp Greensky setlist below.Setlist: Greensky Bluegrass at The Parish, Austin, TX – 10/22/16Set 1: Feelin’ Alright, Past My Prime, Jaywalking(1), Light Up Or Leave Me Alone (2), In Control, In Control, Airmail Special, Room Without A Roof, Go Cubs Go, Steam Powered Airplane (3), Workin On A Building (3), Living OverSet 2: Miss September, Pig In A Pen, While Waiting, Leap Year > Foxy Lady > Leap Year (4), Hold On, How Mountain Girls Can Love, Dustbowl Overtures (5), Forget Everything (4), Don’t LieEncore: Dancing In The Dark(1) “Foxy Lady” tease(2) “Tweezer Reprise” tease(3) With Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival(4) “Foxy Lady” quotes(5) “Top Gun” Theme song teaseslast_img read more