Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) 2019 abridged results.Company ProfileFan Milk Limited manufactures and markets dairy products and fruit drinks in Ghana. The company produces a range of frozen strawberry yoghurts, chocolates, ice cream, snacks, ice lollies and citrus drinks under the following brand names; FanYogo, FanChoco, FanIce, FanDango and FanPop. Fan Milk Limited manages a network of independent distributors and agents. Formerly known as Ghana Milk Company Limited, the company changed its name to Fan Milk Limited in 1962. The company is a subsidiary of Fan Milk International A/S with headquarters in Acca, Ghana. Fan Milk Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
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So, instead of buying 13 lottery tickets a month for 25 years, what if £26 was invested each month in a fund that tracks the FTSE 100? On average, a £24,888 portfolio would be built. Compare that with the average loss of £5,105 that the lottery players experienced.Investing £100 a month in a FTSE 100 tracker would net £95,723 on average over 25 years. Investing £500 yields £478,616, and putting away £1,050 a month averages £1,005,094. Making a million is always going to be difficult. But, with stock investing your money is working for you. Stocks pay dividends, which can be reinvested, alongside regular investments, to buy more stocks that pay dividends, and so on. This is the power of compounding. The more money invested each month the more likely an investor is to make a million.Stock market investing is not without risk. But, risk can be managed. Investing in an index like the FTSE 100 spreads risk among a hundred stocks. 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This bank says the BT share price is “overcooked”. I disagree! BT might just be on the bounceOn Thursday, 13 May, BT released its full-year results for 2020/21. Back then, I said I liked what I saw, with the BT share price at 160p. It has since gained almost 16p — a tenth (10%) — more. Here’s why I remain optimistic for the stock in 2021/22.First, BT has restored its cash dividend, at an initial payout of 7.7p a share. That works out at a dividend yield of nearly 4.4% a year, about one percentage point higher than the wider FTSE 100 index. This cash payment should help to support recent gains in the BT share price.Second, the three-yearly review into the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) revealed a deficit of nearly £8bn as at 30 June 2020 (a funding level of 88%). But BT will reduce yearly cash contributions into the BTPS from £900m to £600m from July 2024. That’s a saving of £300m a year — another prop for the future BT share price.Third, Ofcom’s recent Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review has been completed and is expected to go easy on BT. Also, BT paid lower costs in the 5G spectrum auction than it anticipated. Lastly, the wider European telecoms sector is under-rated compared to global peers. Thus, further media/telecom mergers may follow. Both of these events could positively influence the future direction of the BT share price.In summary, BT faces challenging times and therefore must evolve quickly and invest heavily to grow. Huge capital expenditures on full-fibre broadband will be partly offset by the government’s 130% tax super-deduction. For me, the BT share price is on a knife-edge at present. More good news might produce further gains, but any setbacks could seriously batter the stock. I don’t own BT shares right now. Even so, and on balance, I’d be a cautious buyer at current levels (and with BT worth £17.9bn today). 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On April 24, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 63rd birthday, supporters gathered outside of a state court in Philadelphia to demand the overturn of the political prisoner’s incarceration sentence. Mumia’s legal team argued that his right to due process was violated.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Syria, after six years of U.S.-manufactured war.As the danger of a major conflagration in Syria continues to grow, the silence of the corporate media and political establishment is ominous.The U.S. has dropped tens of thousands of bombs on Syria and sent thousands of U.S. troops to the region. Major world powers are already involved.The Donald Trump administration threatened a dangerous escalation on June 26 when Press Secretary Sean Spicer claimed Syrian government forces were potentially planning to stage a chemical attack and Washington would make Syria pay a heavy price.The announcement was made without a shred of evidence. Instead, there were vague claims that U.S. intelligence had “identified potential preparations” for a chemical attack. These were all too familiar, after the phony pretext for the invasion of Iraq in 2003.The White House statement was immediately followed by a Twitter statement from U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley: “Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia and Iran.” She was expressing Washington’s frustration that despite its bombing sorties and despite pulling 10 other countries into the war, Washington’s plan for regime change has failed.Acting on cue five days after the White House statement, a counterrevolutionary group, Failaq al-Rahman, accused the Syrian army of using chlorine gas against its fighters in battles east of Damascus. The Syrian military immediately denied these charges, calling them a fabrication.The group making this charge is a past recipient of U.S. military aid and equipment and is affiliated with Washington’s client group, the Free Syrian Army. It claimed that more than 30 people suffered gas suffocation as a result of an attack in Ain Tarma, a suburb of Damascus, the capital.The group, allied with al-Qaida forces, has been fighting both the Syrian government and rival opposition forces in a chaotic internecine conflict in an insurgent enclave in East Ghouta. Thousands of mortar shells and rockets have been fired from this enclave into nearby Damascus over the past few years.Not only are counterrevolutionary factions in Syria fighting each other, but U.S. government departments are at odds. According to Fox News on June 27, “Several State Department officials typically involved in coordinating such announcements told the Associated Press they were caught completely off guard by the warning, which didn’t appear to be discussed in advance with other national security agencies.”British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said the U.S. had not shared any evidence of a specific threat of a chemical weapons attack.Media self-censorship escalatesThe major corporate media gave headline coverage to the unsubstantiated charges against Syria. But questions and controversy were buried deep within the articles.Overtly suppressed by all major corporate media in the U.S. and Britain was an exposé released June 25, the day before the White House statement, by award-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.Hersh challenged the U.S. claim that the Syrian government had launched a sarin gas attack in April. According to Hersh, only the German publication, die WELT, was willing to publish the fact that Trump had ignored intelligence reports from U.S. agencies when he ordered a “Tomahawk” missile attack on the Syrian air base on April 6.Hersh is neither a revolutionary nor a left-wing journalist. He never attacks U.S. imperialism in general. But his carefully calibrated exposés, usually carried in major U.S. and British publications, have criticized egregious acts in U.S. wars, such as the mass murder of villagers in My Lai, Vietnam, in 1969.Major U.S. and British media carried his exposés on Korean Air Flight 007 in 1986, an exposé of Israel’s nuclear arsenal in 1991, and President Bill Clinton’s bombing of the Al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. In 2004, he reported on U.S. systematic torture of hundreds of detainees at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.Hersh’s exposés and analyses have won the Pulitzer Prize, Polk Award and National Book Award. Yet he had to go to Germany to get his latest exposé published.That none of the major U.S. or British publications would touch it shows broad ruling-class support at the highest levels for a continued and expanded U.S. war against Syria. This was also shown by the general applause from Republican and Democratic politicians as well as the corporate media when Trump launched the April 6 attack. They described him as “presidential” for that.It was the first praise since the election coming from Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.Frustration with Syria’s successThe new charge of a “potential” gas attack comes amid growing U.S. frustration after years of covert efforts to overthrow the sovereign government of Syria have failed.Aid funneled through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to tens of thousands of mercenary and reactionary forces have also failed to bring down the Damascus government.The war has displaced almost a third of the Syrian population and created millions of refugees. But the Syrian government’s success shows it benefits from the deep determination of millions of Syrians to maintain Syria as a secular and sovereign state.In September 2014 the Obama administration began direct bombing of Syria, claiming to be targeting the so-called Islamic State group (IS). The Syrian government has consistently opposed this direct military intervention and past covert intervention.The Pentagon then pulled Britain, France, Turkey, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan and Morocco into its air campaign. After a year of the bombings, the Syrian government appealed to Russia for air support.Israel has also used every opportunity to bomb Syrian government forces, the latest being on July 1.Further provocations as millions oppose wider warIn May the U.S. military attacked Syrian ground forces near the Al Tanf Crossing on the Iraq-Syria border. The Syrians were engaged in a campaign to open the major highway to Damascus and clear the surrounding region of military saboteurs.U.S. and British Special Forces were in the area advising and providing advanced offensive weapons to a Syrian mercenary group called the Revolutionary Commando Army. To protect these covert forces, the U.S. bombed Syrian troops using the preposterous claim of self-defense. U.S. and British Special Forces are in another country attacking soldiers of that country who had not attacked or killed any of them. How could that be self-defense?A U.S. jet shot down a Syrian fighter jet west of Raqqa on June 18. General Joseph Dunford, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, resorted to using a 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force as legal justification. The AUMF was worded to target governments and individuals who supported the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center bombing.The Syrian government has never attacked the U.S. It is fighting against al-Qaida and IS. Meanwhile U.S. allies such as Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have aided al-Qaida and IS in Syria.Despite wholesale media censorship and complete support from the political establishment for continuing the war on Syria — both Republicans and Democrats, from Trump to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders — polls show millions are opposed to this war.The movement against U.S. wars must be more confident and outspoken in mobilizing opposition.The growing danger of a wider war forces this onto our agenda.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF_en Follow the news on Russia RussiaEurope – Central Asia News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Reporters Without Borders “totally supports” the decision by murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya’s family to appeal against a judge’s rejection of its request for the case against three alleged accomplices to be sent back to the prosecutor’s office for further investigation jointly with the investigation into all other people suspected of a role in her murder.The appeal, announced yesterday by Politkovskaya family lawyer Anna Stavitskaya, will have the effect of suspending Moscow military court judge Nikolai Tkachuk’s decision on 7 August to go ahead with the retrial of the three alleged accomplices. The family’s request for a postponement for the purposes of further investigation was backed by both defence lawyers and prosecutors.“The only way to clear up this murder is to investigate all aspects of the case together,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The abuses and irregularities that marked the original trial of the alleged accomplices were so glaring that the military court’s decision to press ahead with the retrial only made sense if the real aim was to cover up the truth about Politkovskaya’s death.”In an interview yesterday for the RIA news agency, Stavitskaya said the family felt it was vital to combine the two parts of the case, the investigation into the accomplices, on the one hand, and the investigation into the alleged gunman and the alleged mastermind or masterminds, on the other.The retrial of the three alleged accomplices opened before a military court in Moscow on 5 August. It was ordered after the supreme court ruled on 25 June in favour of an appeal by prosecutors against their acquittal by a jury on 19 February.An outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin who covered Chechnya and the rest of the Russian Caucasus for the Moscow-based biweekly Novaya Gazeta, Politkovskaya was gunned down in the lobby of her Moscow apartment building on 7 October 2006. She was the third Novaya Gazeta journalist to die violently. Anastasia Baburova became the fourth on 19 January of this year, shortly after joining the newspaper.Novaya Gazeta announced on 12 August that it was suspending coverage of Chechnya until further notice. The announcement follows a wave of killings in the region, including the 15 July murder of Natalia Estemirova, the human rights organisation Memorial’s representative in Grozny, who used to help Politkovskaya and also wrote for Novaya Gazeta herself.Read the report of the recent Reporters Without Borders fact-finding visit to the North Caucasus RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 21, 2021 Find out more News News Receive email alerts Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more August 18, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Politkovskaya family appeals against judge’s decision to block further investigation
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Top StoriesSushant Singh-Rhea Case: Former IPS Officers Move Bombay HC Against “Malicious Campaign Against Mumbai Police”; Seek Guidelines On Crime Reporting Nitish Kashyap2 Sep 2020 9:53 PMShare This – xA total of eight former DGPs and Commissioners of Police from Maharashtra have filed a PIL before the Bombay High Court alleging unfair, malicious and false media campaign against Mumbai police in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.Former DGPs PS Parsicha, K Subramanyam, D Sivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal and SC Mathur, along with former Commissioners MN Singh, DN Jadhav and KP Raghuvanshi sought…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?LoginA total of eight former DGPs and Commissioners of Police from Maharashtra have filed a PIL before the Bombay High Court alleging unfair, malicious and false media campaign against Mumbai police in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case.Former DGPs PS Parsicha, K Subramanyam, D Sivanandan, Sanjeev Dayal and SC Mathur, along with former Commissioners MN Singh, DN Jadhav and KP Raghuvanshi sought directions to the Union of India, Press Council of India, News Broadcaster’s Association and News Broadcasting Standards Authority to issue guidelines for media houses be it print, electronic, radio, internet, television or any other media from publishing any content that may jeopardize the reputation of Mumbai police.The petitioners contend that an adverse media campaign against Mumbai police appears to have been designed with sinister motives and incorrect reporting is aimed at systematically tarnishing the fair image of the Mumbai police. The petition states- “A section of TV Channels have been trying to change the course of investigation being done by the Central Agencies through their biased reporting and false propaganda. This has created an air of suspicion in the minds of the general public as to the facts of the case under investigation and also about the Mumbai Police, health services and other support services of the state. The anchors of some TV channels have been virtually running a vituperative 24×7 campaign against Mumbai Police and its Commissioner, DCP of the zone and other officers by attacking them by name in most unbecoming manner. This irresponsible and maliciously false propaganda is likely to erode public confidence in the institution of police in particular and the law enforcement apparatus of the State in general.”Senior Advocate Milind Sathe and Advocate Chetan Kapadia filed the petition on Monday and sought an urgent hearing. The petition also contends-“Such adverse media campaign is continued without even being privy to the material collected and the contents of the sealed cover placed by the Mumbai police before the Supreme Court. In this case media has consistently tried to falsely tarnish the good name of Mumbai police and its Commissioner to allege-‘Botched up investigation’, ‘tampering’, ‘nexus’, ‘olive branch extended to an accused by Mumbai police’, ‘Refused to file FIR’, ‘Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Rhea Charoborty’, ‘Shoddy Investigation’ etc”.Petitioners have also referred to the Supreme Court’s judgment ordering a CBI probe into the actor’s death and asking Maharashtra police to assist in the probe. Finally, they have sought directions to Media organisations to indulge in ethical reporting and responsible journalism rather than sensationalism for Television Rating Point (TRPs).The petition seeks the following directions :Direct Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Press Council of India, News Broadcasters Association and News Broadcasting Standards Authority to frame necessary guidelines to restrain media from publishing false, derogatroy, scandalous news against the police.Direct the said respondents from issuing necessary guidelines to ensure that reporting of crimes and criminal investigations are carried out in a “balanced, ethical, unbiased and objective” manner.Direct the said respondents from issuing necessary guidelines to ensure that media refrains from “media trial” causing prejudice to the functioning of the investigating agency.Last week, another PIL was filed in the Bombay HC seeking directions to stop “media trial” in the case, stating that prominent news channels were “scandalizing the death of Sushant Singh Rajput”.The CBI has taken over the investigation of the case following the directions of the Supreme Court. Next Story
Horry County Sheriffs Office(HORRY COUNTY, S.C.) — Two former South Carolina sheriff’s deputies were arrested Friday after two women in their transport van died when they were swept away in Hurricane Florence floodwaters, officials said.Joshua Bishop, 29, has been charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter, and Stephen Flood, 66, has been charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of involuntary manslaughter, said the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is investigating the case.The Horry County Sheriff’s deputies, Bishop and Flood, were assigned to transport the two women, both mental health patients, for treatment on Sept. 18 as water levels were rising from the deadly hurricane, SLED said.The deputies were told by another officer that a certain route wouldn’t be passable because of the water, but Flood took that route anyway, and he drove right into floodwaters, SLED claimed.Their van stalled out and was swept across the road and up against a guardrail, SLED said, and then the road under them washed away and the van sank into a hole.Bishop escaped and tried to rescue the women, who couldn’t open the doors from inside, but he wasn’t able to, according to SLED.Bishop was able to save Flood and a boat later rescued the officers, SLED said.Both women, Wendy Newton and Nicolette Green, drowned, SLED said.Bishop and Flood were fired in October, Brooke Holden, spokeswoman for the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News. She declined to comment further, deferring to SLED.Bishop and Flood surrendered Friday morning to SLED agents at the Marion County Detention Center, SLED spokesman Thom Berry told ABC News. They had a bond hearing following booking, Berry said.Flood’s attorney, Allie Argoe, said her client served with the military police in Massachusetts for 14 years before moving to South Carolina in 2007 where he spent 10 years with Horry County law enforcement.Argoe declined to comment on the case but said her client has not entered a plea.Bishop entered a not guilty plea, his attorney, Bert von Herrmann, told ABC News.The attorney called the incident a “horrible tragedy” but said his client “was a passenger transporting them. He wasn’t a decision maker. He was actually the junior person who was on duty.”Bishop “feels horrible for the families,” von Herrmann added.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Europe gears up for full employee consultationOn 4 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Staff shock at the sell-off of a firm may be a thing of the past – thanks toBMW, says Philip WhiteleyWithin three years, employee relations in Britain could be transformed, withfreedom to manage sharply curtailed by a fresh European directive. Where theEuropean Commission has failed, BMW will inadvertently succeed. Stephen Byers and Tony Blair were as much in the dark as Rover employeesabout BMW’s plan to dismember and sell the British car group right up until theday of the announcement last month. The significance of this is that Blair has, with German government support,blocked the proposed directive, which would make it a requirement for allemployers with more than 50 staff to consult over any business restructuring. Sanctions for failure to consult could be severe, including nullifying theeffect of the change on employment contracts. The blocking minority now looks weaker than at any time since it was puttogether two years ago.Rally cryGerman commitment is uncertain. And while everyone had assumed UK oppositionwas solid Rover has changed that. Unions lacked a rally cry for thisobscure-sounding but profound European law. Now they have one.”People have a right to know when their lives are being turned upsidedown,” said Sir Ken Jackson, general secretary of the AEEU. “Mostpeople accept that with Rover losing so much money BMW had a perfect right toclose it. What they do not have the right to do is to keep people in thedark.”He pointed out that the draft law, while ambitious in scope, is flexible. Itdoes not set a prescriptive model for the kinds of employee forums that wouldhave to be set up, and allows for each member state to specify details indomestic legislation.Even if the Government keeps its opposition to the European law, it facesdomestic pressure. The Industrial Society has called for tightening existing UK law, underwhich consultation on redundancies is not compulsary where a transfer iseffected through a sale of shares.But business complains it is not practicable to have meaningful consultationif this means breaking Stock Exchange rules on market-sensitive information.The CBI encourages its members to have open communication with employees butargues that confidentiality is sometimes essential.”I agree that the Rover situation creates an extra factor, but I do notthink that it swings the logic,” said John Cridland, HR policy director atthe CBI.”There are very real reasons why a directive on consultation is notnecessarily positive, and could even be harmful to the way in which we operateemployee relations in this country. It is not the real world to imagine that companieswill speculate about their own future in advance of making their ownannouncements.”A requirement to go public over plans to sell could scupper a deal to savejobs, as the potential buyer will be deterred if not offered confidentiality innegotiations.Cridland maintains the blocking minority remains in place, and in theabsence of statements to the contrary, that is the case. The commission and thetrade unions’ however, are equally determined.The paper by senior commissioner Franz Burger, leaked to Personnel Todaylast month, gives a glimpse of commission strategy. While it does not make thedecisions, it influences which decisions are voted on.Burger brought together all the European initiatives to give more say tostaff. First there is the European company statute. To register as a Europeancompany a firm would have to have employee consultation or participationarrangements, although the latest proposal offers a lower level of staffinvolvement for employers from countries without a tradition of works councils.ProgressHe also proposes progress on the draft directive on consultation. “Ifthere would be no progress concerning those two initiatives, an immediaterevision of the European Works Council directive would become much moreurgent,” he writes. The significance of this is a review is likely to see more powers forexisting staff forums for international companies, and to see the threshold forfirms affected reduced from 1,000 staff to 500.There are many routes by which employees in UK enterprises can gain morerights to information and consultation. The Government cannot block them all,and its bedrock supporters are urging it not to. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article