Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) 2011 Annual Report

first_imgAutomatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileAutomatic Systems Limited operates a totalisator system for horse racing and football betting. The company runs its operations through is two subsidiaries, Supertote which deals with the horse racing bets and Superscore which deals with the football bets. Automatic System Limited organises this betting platform for the horse racing in liaison with the Mauritius Turf Club in Mauritius. The company also runs this betting platform for soccer in Africa. Automatic Systems Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

£500 to invest? I’d ditch the Cash ISA and buy the FTSE 100

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That’s an average of all the index’s 100 constituents, which suggests it’s a pretty stable and predictable income.Furthermore, over the past three decades, the index has produced an average return for investors in the region of 9% per year. That’s including both income and capital growth.Although it isn’t easy to tell what the future holds for the stock market in the short term, over the long run, the market’s performance is easier to predict. Indeed, it’s highly likely the global economy will be bigger in 10 or 20 years than it is today. This implies the index should be higher as well.As more than 70% of the FTSE 100’s profits come from outside the UK, assuming the earnings of the index’s constituents continue to grow in line with inflation, that’s around 2-3% per year. It’s highly likely the FTSE 100 will produce capital gains at the same rate.Including the current dividend yield of 4.3%, these numbers suggest the index could return as much as 7.3% per annum going forward. That’s below the historical average, but still highly attractive compared to the 1.3% on offer from the market’s best Cash ISA.The better buyTherefore, if you’ve £500 of savings to invest today, it might be better to put this money in the FTSE 100 instead of opening a Cash ISA.£500 invested at an annual rate of 7.3% would grow to be worth £2,143 after 20 years of saving. Meanwhile, the same £500 invested in a Cash ISA, earning just 1.3% per annum, would be worth only £648. These numbers clearly illustrate why the FTSE 100 is the better investment. This is especially true over the long term.There’s also the impact of inflation to consider. With inflation currently running around 2% per year, this suggests the real (after inflation) rate of return a saver will receive is -0.7%.That means your money will be losing purchasing power every year. The real rate of return for the FTSE 100, using the figures above, will be 5.3%.That’s just another reason why the FTSE 100 is the clear winner. 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PEDv Continues to Ravage Indiana Swine Herd

first_img By Gary Truitt – Mar 26, 2014 PEDv Continues to Ravage Indiana Swine Herd PEDv Continues to Ravage Indiana Swine HerdFriday’s hogs and pigs report is expected to show a decline in US hog numbers, primarily because of the disease PEDv which has moved rapidly and with devastating consequences across the country this winter. Estimates are that hog numbers could be down as much as 6% due to losses caused by the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea. Rabobank released a report this week that forecast US pork production would fall 7% in 2014 with the biggest decline coming this fall, “The tightest period for hog supply is projected to come during the August-to-October period when slaughter could decline by 15 to 25 percent from 2013 levels.” Bret-MarshIndiana State Veterinarian Dr. Bret Marsh says, like it has through most of the US, the disease has moved quickly across the state, “We have 43 counties that have reported cases of PED.”  Marsh had hoped the extremely cold winter weather would have slowed the spread of the virus, but instead it had just the opposite effect, “The virus likes these cool periods of time and has moved very rapidly through our Indiana swine herd and likewise across the country.”  He did note that, in the past few weeks, the spread of the virus seems to be slowing. The Rabobank report noted hog herds in 27 U.S. states, four Canadian provinces, and 13 Mexican states have been infected with PED.Marsh says that biosecurity is still the best way to prevent the infection and that livestock shows and county fairs have been advised on precautions which need to be taken to protect participating livestock. He told HAT there has been promising research on the disease, “And we now have some tools we did not have a year ago. Purdue can now test for the presence of PED in a herd.”  The disease is less than a year old and there is still a lot that is not known,  including how it got into the US. Marsh is optimistic, however, that progress is being made and hopes a cure will be found soon, “There is ongoing research to try and determine how the virus is being moved, and hopefully we will end up with the vaccines.”Consumers may soon feel the impact of PED as pork and bacon prices are forecast to go up this summer. Rabobank is also forecasting an 11 percent, or 12.5 million head, decline of market-ready hogs in 2014. The US chicken industry is poised to gain from the losses in the pork industry and declining U.S. beef production by becoming the “protein of last resort,” Rabobank analysts said. Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Home News Feed PEDv Continues to Ravage Indiana Swine Herd Previous articleBiodiesel Tax Credit Impacts for Blenders, ProducersNext articleSenate Bill Would Limit EPA Regulations Gary Truittlast_img read more

Berlusconi wants to strangle the wrong octopus

first_img to go further ItalyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News Receive email alerts November 19, 2020 Find out more ItalyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Newscenter_img News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Italy November 23, 2020 Find out more News Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union December 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Berlusconi wants to strangle the wrong octopus Reporters Without Borders has asked Lirio Abbate, an Italian journalist who specialises in organised crime, to say what he thinks of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s comment that he would like to “strangle” people who write books or make films about the mafia.The press freedom organisation is appalled by Berlusconi’s remark, made during a public meeting in Olbia, Sardinia, on 28 November. Referring to “The Octopus”, a long-running Italian TV series about the mafia, he said: “If I find out who is the maker of the nine seasons of ‘The Octopus’ and who has written books on the mafia, which give such a bad image to Italy across the world, I swear that I will strangle them.”“Words are like stones and if they are cast at those who are already at risk, they can resemble a suggestion,” said Abbate in his reaction, which is published in full below.“At time when around 10 Italian journalists are under police protection for covering the mafia’s activities, Prime Minister Berlusconi’s comments are completey uncalled-for,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable for a European leader to send such a signal. Investigative coverage of the mafia is needed more than ever, especially to expose its infiltration of business circles.”The press freedom organisation added: “Journalists who take risks to cover the mafia should be be supported. They should not be threatened with strangling. They should not be pressured into silence or into looking the other way.” Abbate has covered all of the most important investigations and trials of members of the Sicilian mafia, Neapolitan camorra and Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and was the only journalist present when mafia chief Bernardo Provenzano was arrested. He and fellow journalists Peter Gomez are the joint authors of “The Accomplices,” a book about the collusion between the mafia and Italian politicians.His police bodyguards thwarted an attempt to kill him in September 2007. The following month, mafia chief Leoluca Bagarella gave him a public warning. Frequently threatened, Abbate now lives outside Sicily with a permanent police escort.This is what Abbate wrote about Berlusconi’s comment:A prime minister who imagines, even metaphorically, an author being murdered just for writing books about the mafia ends up providing dangerous support to these criminal organisations, which have long been preparing to execute their death sentence. The mafia is there, it exists, there is a need to talk about it. Denouncing it is essential. Not talking about it does not solve the problem, as the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, would wish. Surrounding organised crime with silence, so that it can act more easily behind the scenes, is precisely what is wanted by the remaining mafia chiefs, still on the run in Sicily, and Berlusconi’s comment – whether spoken in jest or seriously – adopted the language of the criminals who have killed so many Italian citizens and officials.Fortunately, there are still people in this country who talk and write about the mafia, about its crimes and its collusion with people in power and, by so doing, they combat the silence and oblivion. But it is not an easy task. These people face daily risks and death threats. A journalist’s work and life should not be endangered, especially in a western democracy. And yet this is still happening in Italy. Society should be helping and supporting the journalists and writers who are affected. And fortunately, this often happens. But when, as is happening with increasing frequency in our country, their investigative work and analyses threaten the interests of mafia bosses, who are increasing their power with help from certain politicians, we are confronted by a news blackout. And it is precisely in these cases that silence, indifference and oblivion triumph.Tensions have mounted of late and so have the dangers these journalists are running. And Silvio Berlusconi’s comments have made them even more exposed as potential targets. Journalists who have had police escorts for years because of death sentences from a mafia that wants media invisibility suddenly find their vulnerability has increased considerably because of what our prime minister said. Words are like stones and if they are cast at those who are already at risk, they can resemble a suggestion. Or even an incitement for those who are already eager to turn off the safeties of their firearms. Before it is too late, the prime minister must reverse his position and publicly proclaim that he supports those who write about the mafia and their political accomplices.Lirio AbbateRead in Italian/ Leggere in italiano last_img read more

RSF condemns Trump’s revocation of Washington Post’s press credentials

first_img Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says United StatesAmericas PredatorsFreedom of expression Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemns Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials and sees it as a serious violation of freedom of the press. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States Help by sharing this information News News News June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas PredatorsFreedom of expression to go further News Donald Trump, the Republican party nominee for the 2016 United States Presidential election, proclaimed this afternoon on Facebook and Twitter that “based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post.” Trump himself indicated that the decision came after he disagreed with a Washington Post article with the headline “Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando Shooting.” “RSF strongly and unequivocally condemns this latest act of hostility toward the press as a serious violation of press freedom,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF USA’s Director. “How, in the country of the First Amendment, can the Republican party’s nominee for President justify revoking press credentials for one of the country’s major newspapers?” Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post, responded to Trump’s decision in a comment: “[this] is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press. When coverage doesn’t correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along – honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We’re proud of our coverage, and we’re going to keep at it.” RSF could not agree with him more. This is the latest incident where Donald Trump and his campaign have made clear his disregard for freedom of the press. Previously, Donald Trump’s team has restricted media access to campaign events, he has insulted and bullied reporters who portray him negatively or ask him tough questions, and refused to participate in a republican debate because FoxNews refused to remove its reporter Megyn Kelly as a moderator. Trump’s actions during the run up to the 2016 presidential election mark an alarming trend of curtailing freedom of the press in the United States. The U.S. ranks 41 out of 180 countries on RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 14, 2016 – Updated on June 17, 2016 RSF condemns Trump’s revocation of Washington Post’s press credentials June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Former IAS/IPS Officers, Activists Write To President Of India Seeking Appointment Of Commission Of Inquiry To Probe Delhi Riots [Read Letter]

first_imgTop StoriesFormer IAS/IPS Officers, Activists Write To President Of India Seeking Appointment Of Commission Of Inquiry To Probe Delhi Riots [Read Letter] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 July 2020 9:53 PMShare This – xAdvocate Prashant Bhsuhan, along with former senior government officials, ambassadors, senior police officers, activists and academics have sent a letter to the President of India, seeking a “Commission of Inquiry” into the manner of investigation of communal violence that perpetrated in North-East Delhi in Fenruary, 2020. The letter, endorsed by 72 signatories, highlights allegations…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAdvocate Prashant Bhsuhan, along with former senior government officials, ambassadors, senior police officers, activists and academics have sent a letter to the President of India, seeking a “Commission of Inquiry” into the manner of investigation of communal violence that perpetrated in North-East Delhi in Fenruary, 2020. The letter, endorsed by 72 signatories, highlights allegations of police complicity in the violence and seeks a “credible” and “unbiased” probe into the incident, under the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952, by appointing sitting/retired judge(s) of the higher judiciary. 53 deaths were reported during the communal violence which took place in North East Delhi between the 23rd and 26th of February, 2020. The Delhi Police has set up three Special Investigation Teams (SITs) led by its officials to conduct a probe into the matter. In addition, the Delhi Police Special Cell is also probing the aspect of conspiracy behind the Delhi riots. The letter however alleges that the Delhi Police “deliberately” did not prevent violence and in some places, even became a complicit in it. For instance, the letter points out, a disturbing video emerged from near the Maujpur metro station showing uniformed policemen assaulting an injured youth, subsequent to which he was allegedly illegally detained by the Police for over 36 hours and denied medical attention. “Shockingly” the addresses state, “the First Information Report registered by the Bhajanpura Police station makes no mention of the clearly documented video footage of the police assaulting Faizan and the Delhi police has not named any policemen as accused in the case.” The addressees state that the ongoing probe by the Delhi police does not inspire confidence and there is bound to be a perception that the agency is “shielding its own”. They have therefore urged the President to ensure that officers accused of being complicit in the violence are not involved in the investigation by the Delhi Polic, to ensure that justice is done. Citing various news and media channels, the letter highlights incidents of custodial torture, extraction of money to desist from harming detenu and obtaining forceful confessions, by the Delhi Police. It also alleges that the Delhi Police has been employing illegal means during interrogation, such as attempting to intimidate the witnesses/ offering them “deals” in exchange for giving statements against activists and those involved in the protests. It also objects to the “pattern” of the police, charging people under additional FIRs and more stringent sections if they are granted relief by the judiciary in existing cases. Political bias It is alleged that the Police refused to register FIRs in cases involving BJP leaders and did not pursue any such complaints. “It is extremely concerning that the Delhi Police has refused to put nearly 700 FIRs registered by it in the public domain. In fact,it has not even made a summary of the FIRs available to citizens. This creates an asymmetry of information and thwarts all attempts at public scrutiny as only the Police knows which complaints and allegations are being pursued and which continue to languish,” the letter states. Criminalising dissent and protest Inter alia, the addresses object to the approach adopted by the Delhi Police, i.e., a single “line of inquiry”, criminalizing the protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and portraying them as a conspiracy which resulted in the riots in Delhi. “The protests in Delhi were exemplary in their adoption of Gandhian means of non-violent action and were recognized for their peaceful nature not only across the nation, but also globally. The protests in the form of 24 hour sit-ins were legitimate, within the framework of the Indian Constitution and were an expression of those aggrieved by the CAA, NPR and NRC… Therefore, the criminalisation of this act and presenting it as part of a conspiracy by the Delhi Police is completely unwarranted,” the addressed wrote. They added, “The chronology presented in the chargesheets also criminalises dissent by claiming that speeches criticising the CAA, NPR, NRC led to instigation of violence in Delhi…However, a perusal of the contents of the speeches as presented in the chargesheets shows that while being strongly critical of government policy, in no direct or indirect manner was there any incitement or call to violence.” The addresses have urged the President to take cognizance of the issues raised in the letter and set up an independent inquiry Commission, to ensure that the investigation be free and fair. Click Here To Download Letter/ Read Letter Next Storylast_img read more

Over 51 Lakh Cases Pending in Indian High Courts; 3.5 Crore In District & Subordinate Courts [Read Statement]

first_imgNews UpdatesOver 51 Lakh Cases Pending in Indian High Courts; 3.5 Crore In District & Subordinate Courts [Read Statement] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Sep 2020 5:14 AMShare This – xAs per the data released by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, over 51 lakh cases (51,52,921) are pending in various High Courts across the country and almost 3.5 crore cases (3,44,73,068) are pending in lower Courts of the country. With over 7 lakh unresolved litigations, the Allahabad High Court tops the list of High Courts Backlogs, followed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAs per the data released by the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, over 51 lakh cases (51,52,921) are pending in various High Courts across the country and almost 3.5 crore cases (3,44,73,068) are pending in lower Courts of the country. With over 7 lakh unresolved litigations, the Allahabad High Court tops the list of High Courts Backlogs, followed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court at 6 lakh pending cases, Madras High Court at 5.7 lakh pending cases and the Rajasthan High Court at 5 lakh pending cases. This data is updated until September 16, 2020. Tweet At District Level, the Courts in Uttar Pradesh have 81,86,410 pending litigations, followed by Maharashtra at 42,21,418 and Bihar at 30,94,186. [UP has almost double the number of pending cases in Maharashtra] Recently, Justice DY Chandrachud had shared data from the National Judicial Data Grind (NJDG) on the pendency of cases in India. He had informed that as of May 24, 32.45 million cases were pending in India, and over 10% of those cases were more than 10 years old. As per the data provided by the Ministry, in written response to a question raised in the Lok Sabha, the Sikkim High Court has the least number of pending cases, i.e. 240. It is followed by the High Courts of Tripura and Meghalaya having 2,127 and 4,170 cases respectively. At District Level, not even a single case is pending in the Courts of UT of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 681 cases are pending in Ladakh courts and 1345 in Nagaland. Data for the States of Arunachal Pradesh and the Union Territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry is not available. Click Here To Download Statement Read Statement Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Forty sheep still missing from Gleneely area

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Chicken Shack named ‘Bama’s Best Fried Chicken’

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Print Article Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Latest Stories Restaurant owners, brothers Michael and Drew Money of the Chicken Shack and Red Deese and his daughter, Debbie, were not available for comment on Friday.It is thought, they might have gone to Disney World. Sponsored Content Skip Chicken Shack named ‘Bama’s Best Fried Chicken’ You Might Like Tariffs impact local economy On June 27, the Troy City Council approved the purchase of three new automated garbage trucks for a total of… read more The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies…center_img The voting ended at midnight Thursday and it’s now official – the Chicken Shack in Luverne has been voted Bama’s Best Fried Chicken restaurant by popular vote.Nearly 10,000 people voted on Facebook in the final round. The Chicken Shack received 5,300 votes in the final round of competition to 4,400 for Red’s Little Schoolhouse Restaurant in Grady.When Simply Southern TV opened nominations for Bama’s Best Fried Chicken contest, more than 700 Facebook users commented with their favorites and the top eight nominees duked it out for the title in a bracket-style tournament on Simply Southern TV’s Facebook page. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Competing for the title were the Chicken Shack, Red’s, Ruby’s in Abbeville, Charlotte’s in Dothan, Zack’s Family Restaurant in Dothan, Martin’s Restaurant in Montgomery, Champy’s in Muscle Shoals and Sam’s Kitchen & Grill in Eufaula.The Chicken Shack and Red’s advanced to the final round, making certain that a Southeast Alabama restaurant would be the winner.Both the Chicken Shack and Red’s Little Schoolhouse have much to crow, or cluck, about. By Jaine Treadwell By The Penny Hoarder Published 3:00 am Saturday, July 21, 2018 Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

Discount chains thrive amid retail meltdown

first_imgDiscount stores like TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Dollar General are preparing to open more stores even as larger retailers face challenges. (iStock)What retail meltdown?While department and chain stores have been suffering since even before the pandemic, discount retailers — including Five Below, HomeGoods, TJ Maxx and Dollar General — are ramping up to open more stores in the next few months.TJX, the parent company of TJ Maxx and Marshalls, will open 81 stores across its brands in 2021, Business Insider reported. It has big plans in particular for HomeGoods, with plans to grow its store count from 821 to 1,500 in future years.ADVERTISEMENTDollar stores have also performed well during the pandemic. Dollar Tree created 79 new stores and renovated 106, and plans to add a whopping 600 stores in 2021, according to the report. Sales are up 7.2 percent from last year.Dollar General, which focuses on rural markets, added 1,000 stores in 2020 and plans to open another 1,051 stores in 2021. The brand’s third quarter sales were up 17 percent from the previous year.And Five Below plans to add as many as 180 new stores across the U.S. this year. Its net sales rose 21.1 percent during the holiday season.Still, a retail bloodbath is coming in 2021: A recent report projected that as many as 10,000 stores may close this year. Larger retailers, particularly those that anchored shopping centers, are among those in harm’s way: Macy’s, for instance, is planning to close 45 stores this year.[BusinessInsider] — Keith Larsen Share via Shortlink Tags Commercial Real EstateCoronavirusRetail Real Estate Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more