Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) Q32015 Interim Report

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first_imgSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited (SCT.mu)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileSouthern Cross Tourist Company Limited is a Mauritian company that has activities in the tourism and leisure sector where the company owns and operates hotels in Mauritius. The company manages hotels such as the Preskil Beach Resort at Pointe Jerome, Mahebourg, Astroea Beach at Pointe D’Esny, Mahébourg, and Solana Beach at Belle Mare, Mauritius. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is headquartered in Curepipe, Mauritius, and operates as a subsidiary of The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited. Southern Cross Tourist Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) HY2019 Interim Report

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first_imgIllovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Illovo Sugar Limited (ILLOVO.mw)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileIllovo Sugar Limited is a South African-based enterprise and Africa’s largest producer of raw sugar and sugar brands produced from sugar cane grown by its own agricultural operations and independent growers. It operates in six African countries and exports products to sub-Saharan Africa, the European Union and the United States. Illovo Sugar Malawi is based in Limbe in the Blantyre District. Illovo Sugar Limited operates in four segments; cane growing, sugar production, downstream and co-generation products. The Cane Growing division grows sugar cane which is used in the production of sugar productions. The Sugar Production division manufactures and markets Illovo Sugar brands. The Downstream and Co-generation division manufactures and markets brands that are by-products of the production process, including furfural and alcohol. Illovo Sugar Limited also supplies surplus electricity generated in the sugar production process. Illovo Sugar Limited is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. Illovo Sugar Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Cheap UK shares: is Vivo Energy worth buying right now?

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first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Tom Chen | Wednesday, 11th November, 2020 | More on: VVO I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Tom Chen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Cheap UK shares: is Vivo Energy worth buying right now?center_img Energy stocks have suffered badly this year, largely due to the pandemic’s impact on global demand for oil consumption. One stock that fell hard since the Covid-19 pandemic emerged in March is Vivo Energy (LSE: VVO), a FTSE 250 company that has lost over 25% from the start of the year, and over 50% since 2018. But looking at the big picture, there are several reasons why I think the drop in price in Vivo Energy shares is actually a great long-term buying opportunity for me right now. Energy sector rebound?The energy sector has dropped by more than 50% in 2020 as the global demand for energy products has declined significantly. The drop in demand has been led by the coronavirus pandemic and the Russia-Saudi Arabia oil price war that resulted in a significant decline in oil prices during March-May. Nevertheless, in my opinion, the coronavirus pandemic seems to be calming down, in particular with the recent news that the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was found to be 90% effective. As such, the energy sector has made a mini-comeback since the bottom levels it was trading in late October.  5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Vivo Energy, which is a relatively new company founded in 2011 and has a market capitalisation of around £1.16bn, has also starting to gain momentum in the past two weeks. Since the bottom of 71p at the end of October, its shares have gained over 20% and, in my view, are poised to continue their strong rally. Energy stocks are highly correlated to energy prices, global demand for oil and energy-related products, and to geopolitical issues. With the hopes that a vaccine for Covid-19 can keep pushing markets higher, and the recent change of guards in the US, I genuinely believe a direction change could potentially occur. Shares of Vivo Energy soared nearly 11% on the day of Pfizer’s announcement on expectations of upbeat economic projections.Dividend restartOne of the key reasons for the Vivo Energy share price rally has been the recent announcement to reinstate its 2019 final dividend after a strong recovery in Q3 earnings results. In late October, the British petroleum company said it was “encouraged by the resilient performance during the quarter”. In its Q3 update, Vivo Energy has also said that the strength of the balance sheet can be largely attributed to Vivo’s international bonds issue of $350mn maturing in 2027.Vivo has also mentioned the recovery from the impact of the pandemic, with mobility restrictions easing in the majority of the markets it operates (Vivo Energy operates in 23 countries and 2250 retail sites).  The dividend resumption is a clear sign of recovery of profits and a strong balance sheet. Moreover, I believe it will be difficult to ignore any high-paying dividend yield stock like Vivo Energy that offers around 3% in times of near-zero interest rates. Vivo Energy shares: the verdictVivo Energy, like most global energy stocks, struggled since the beginning of the year when energy prices plummeted. With that in mind, I believe the reasons above could be a strong catalyst for Vivo Energy shares to return to pre-Covid-19 levels, and even higher. The company’s shares have already gained nearly 20% since late October, and if this trend continues, I’ll consider buying shares of the company for my own portfolio before too long. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Northampton v Leicester at Twickenham in aid of Rob Horne

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first_img Northampton v Leicester at Twickenham in aid of Rob HorneEast Midlands derbies are always loud affairs but the first one of this Gallagher Premiership season is set to reach even greater noise levels now the fixture has been moved to Twickenham.On Saturday 6 October, Northampton and Leicester will run out at the home of English rugby for the first time since the 2013 Premiership final – and the occasion will mark a significant fund-raising effort for Rob Horne.The ex-Wallaby centre, 29, was forced to retire last season after suffering a life-changing injury in Northampton’s 27-21 win at Leicester and he will be honoured at Twickenham as the latest chapter in the Saints v Tigers rivalry unfolds.Horne has revealed that he suffered a brachial plexus avulsion during the incident in April, which meant five nerves that control his shoulder, arm and hand detached from his spinal cord. This has resulted in the paralysis of his right arm as well as chronic pain.Holding this East Midlands derby at Twickenham will maximise the money Northampton can raise to support Horne’s ongoing rehabilitation and provide financial security for his family.Northampton will donate £5 on behalf of every season-ticket holder, who will be provided with free coach travel to London too, while fans purchasing one-off tickets for this match will have the option of making a contribution. There will also be other fund-raising activities on the day. TAGS: Northampton Saints LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS October’s East Midlands derby is moving to Twickenham to raise money for retired centre Rob Hornecenter_img Tickets for the match start at £25 for adults and £10 for juniors – click here to purchase tickets.Horne describes having this match in his honour as “overwhelming” and “special”. He adds: “Everyone at the club has gone above and beyond to support me and my family through an incredibly difficult time.In tribute: Rob Horne was forced to retire last season (Andy Taylor)“I’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support from both Northampton Saints supporters and many of the Tigers fans that were at that game too. I’m touched by the additional gesture the club are making in staging this game, and I can’t wait to see my team-mates run out at Twickenham.”Horne has returned to Australia to be closer to his family support network but he will be back in the UK for the match. Saints’ new director of rugby Chris Boyd says: “This is a great chance for the rugby family to get behind Rob. I’m sure the playing squad are looking forward to playing the derby on one of the biggest stages in the world.”Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Rethink. Reset. Recycle.

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first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleMissing Orlando girl found in Las VegasNext articlePuerto Rican leaders declare Florida Hospital physicians ‘heroes’ Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 From Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonIn last week’s column, I discussed one of two important work sessions that took place during the morning session of the March 6th meeting of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners: The Wekiva Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP). This week, I would like to discuss the second of those work sessions: An update on Orange County’s Recycling Collection Program. The presentation, given by Utilities Section Manager of the Solid Waste Division David Gregory, gave a little more background information on the program since the last update given in December; actions taken since the last update; the program itself being developed; and recycling options that will take place after June 30, 2018.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonWith more attention being given to the contamination and recycling issue, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has created a statewide recycling improvement initiative called “Rethink. Reset. Recycle.” The purpose of the program is to educate Florida residents about what should be placed in their recycling carts (aluminum and steel cans, plastic bottles and jugs, paper and cardboard, etc.) vs. what should not be placed in their recycling carts (clothes, food, plastic bags, tanglers, etc.), and how to recycle them properly. Items should be cleaned and dried prior to being placed in to the recycling bin. In addition, the following items should not be recycled curbside: Plastic bags; clothing; bubble wrap and styrofoam; cords, hoses and holiday lights; and pizza boxes and carry-out containers. Residents can help educate their fellow neighbors on how to recycle properly, where if several neighbors do not recycle properly, an entire load of recycling can be contaminated; when in doubt about whether an item is recyclable or not, residents should throw it out in their regular trash. By eliminating the 30% of contaminated materials in curbside recycling bins, Florida taxpayers could save $100 million in recycling costs in a year. Orange County staff collected data on the value of recyclable commodities (price per ton) for February 2018 for the following sources: Aluminum cans cost $1,450 ($1,353.10 in February 2014); Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic cost $280 ($350 in February 2014); High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic cost $315 ($610 in February 2014); and cardboard cost $105 ($115.31 in February 2014). According to The Aluminum Association, “Recycling aluminum saves more than 90 percent of the energy costs required in primary production. Aluminum is 100 percent recyclable, making the metal one of the most recyclable of all materials. Recycled aluminum retains its properties indefinitely and is the only material in the consumer disposal stream that more than pays for the cost of its own collection” (Source: http://www.aluminum.org/aluminum-advantage/economic-impact-aluminum). Additionally, according to “Recycling Economics: A Cost-Benefit Analysis”, “Recycling aluminum…can reduce energy consumption by as much as 95%. Savings for other materials are lower, but still substantial: about 70% for plastics, 60% for steel, 40% for paper, and 30% for glass. (1) In all cases, the energy savings are significant and well worth the effort to recover them” (Source: http://blog.recology.com/2015/04/28/recycling-economics-a-cost-benefit-analysis/). For more information on this initiative, residents can go to the following link: http://floridarecycles.org/.Orange County is currently working on a recycling improvement program. In the Florida Legislature, House Bill 1149 (substituted for Senate Bill 1308), had it passed during the 2018 Legislative Session, would have required any local government and private contractor to have a recycling processing agreement, identify what is excessively contaminated and the steps to improve this contamination level. The key elements that came out of the staff analysis of the research and interviews conducted included the following: The need for a coordinated education; curbside feedback; and persistence and follow-up to ensure the long-term success of the program. Orange County Utilities believes that the program should include 3 areas: Administration; communication and outreach; and field education and enforcement. The administration element will provide program management, composition studies, and measurements for improvement. Additionally, the communication and outreach element will utilize various tools to reach out to the community: Direct mail, social media, community papers, and Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs). Furthermore, the field education and enforcement element will provide recycling field representatives, who will conduct cart checks to ensure residents are recycling properly; this element includes both positive (a thank you note on their cart for recycling properly, etc.) and negative (tagging for not recycling properly, not collecting cart, eventual cart removal after 3 tags, etc.) enforcement. The Solid Waste Division plans to propose a pilot program, experimenting on a small-scale on what methods work best, and further developing the program from there.Residents should keep in mind that the Orange County Code requires recycling. For more information on Orange County’s Automated Curbside Collection Program, including a collection schedule, instructions, and items that can/cannot be recycled, residents can go to the following link:  http://www.ocfl.net/WaterGarbageRecycling/GreenClean.aspx. For questions or concerns, residents can contact the Solid Waste Hotline at (407) 836-6601 or [email protected] December, the Solid Waste Division has extended its current recycling contract through June 30, 2018. In addition, the staff has also spent a significant amount of time researching other initiatives in Florida as well as across the nation that addresses contamination and increasing recycling rates. Furthermore, the staff has worked with collection companies and our recycling processor to identify, on a neighborhood and route-by-route level, where the best opportunities for recycling could take place.The Solid Waste Division has evaluated and considered 3 processing options for managing recyclables after June 30, 2018: Short-term routing of recyclables to the landfill for disposal; sending recyclables to a waste-to-energy facility, and extending the current processing contract. The current processor is open to the idea of extending the current agreement under terms and conditions similar to the ones in place now. Looking at the potential costs of each option, staff found that their costs would go from $220 to: $235 for landfilling recyclables; $240 for sending recyclables to a waste-to-energy facility; and $230 for extending the current processing contract. Based on their analysis, the staff has decided to extend the current contract given that the current processor is open to an extension and to offer the best value for recycling to Orange County residents.Residents who wish to watch the full presentation from the Board Meeting may do so here: http://netapps.ocfl.net/Mod/meetings/1. Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Critics say fraud surge ‘reflects how broken’ Florida unemployment system is

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first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Florida has seen new unemployment assistance claims spike from 26,599 on Jan. 21 to 71,046 reported last Thursday by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has attributed a significant, but undetermined, component of that surge to fraud.Last week, the DEO announced it had deployed “additional fraud-detection software” on a mobile app that all new claimants must now use to file unemployment assistance applications.“If you are a new claimant applying for Reemployment Assistance benefits, DEO has expanded its partnership with ID.me to provide additional security measures to submit a claim,” DEO tweeted on Friday, referring questions to the company’s site.According to DOL’s February 4 report, Florida’s unemployment totals are at their highest levels since August for the second straight week, climbing from 62,818 on Jan. 28 to 71,046 on last Thursday.The last week of January’s relatively modest gain in unemployment applications was preceded by a huge surge the previous week when the tally increased from 39,226 to 57,824. The week before, filings had increased from 26,599 to 39,226.Since the March emergence of the pandemic, Florida has paid $21.6 billion in assistance to about 2.2 million claimants, according to the DEO.DEO spokesperson Emilie Oglesby said the state is investigating the extent of fraud, which is undetermined, the Miami Herald reported.“The state takes this very seriously,” Oglesby said. “We have noticed a significant increase in the number of new claims over the past couple weeks.”The increase in applications and imposition of new fraud detection protocols will not affect current recipients’ payments, she said, although all will need to re-certify their eligibility every two weeks through the bolstered mobile app.State Rep. Anna Eskamani, D-Orlando, who hosts a virtual town hall every Friday to help Floridians access the state’s CONNECT unemployment system, told the Miami Herald that she wouldn’t be surprised if fraud is eating a sizable amount of money in the state’s unemployment assistance trust fund.“It’s definitely a reflection of how broken the system is,” she said.Florida’s $275 maximum weekly payout is among the nation’s lowest and its 12-week eligibility span is the shortest among all 50 states.In March, Florida’s $77 million CONNECT unemployment website — after years of audits warning it was inadequate — collapsed when the state’s unemployment rate tripled to 12.9 percent, leaving hundreds of thousands of newly jobless waiting weeks for their first checks.In June, U.S. Senate Democrats called Florida’s unemployment system’s performance “uniquely poor in its abject inability to assist millions of Florida residents who have applied for and continue to await unemployment benefits.”Florida has spent more than $100 million to upgrade the system, which Gov. Ron DeSantis called the “the equivalent of throwing a jalopy into the Daytona 500,” by purchasing 72 servers, reassigning 2,000 state workers and contracting thousands of private call center employees to assist.Eskamani has filed House Bill 207, which would funnel more money into improving CONNECT’s accessibility and performance and to expand benefits to a weekly maximum of $500 for up to 26 weeks.State Sen. Bobby Powell, D-West Palm Beach, has introduced a companion Senate bill, Senate Bill 592, seeking to “modernize and revamp” Florida’s unemployment system.HB 207 faces a tougher than usual route to getting on the floor with hearings required before four, rather than three committees.SB 592 awaits hearings before three Senate panels but is unlikely to one — if it gets one at all — before the 60-day 2021 legislative session begins March 2. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Last week, Florida’s DEO announced it had deployed “additional fraud-detection software” on a mobile app that all new claimants must now use to file unemployment assistance applicationsBy John Haughey | The Center Square LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herecenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! TAGSAssistanceBenefitsFlorida Department of Economic OpportunityFraudhe Center SquareSurgeUnemployment Previous articleGoodwill hosts free webinars for job seekers, starting this weekNext articleDistrict breaks ground on new $6.4 million service center in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Corporate partnerships round-up: 14 ways companies are supporting good causes

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first_imgPrincipality Building Society & Alzheimer’s Society Cymru & Teenage Cancer Trust CymruPrincipality Building Society has donated £60,000 to its charity partners, the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and the Teenage Cancer Trust Cymru. The donation is split equally between both charities. The funding will help Alzheimer’s Society provide increased support to people living with dementia and isolating through its Dementia Connect service, as well as supporting Teenage Cancer Trust, who provide specialist nursing care and emotional support for young people with cancer at its dedicated unit at the University Hospital of Wales. The Society’s three year partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust and Alzheimer’s Society Cymru started in January 2019. Since then, Principality has fundraised over £240,000 for its charity partners, with colleagues taking part in a variety of fundraising challenges and events to raise funds. Melanie May | 27 May 2020 | News Tagged with: corporate corporate fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Huggg & British Red CrossA shopping ordering and delivery solution is being rolled out by UK-based microgifting platform, Huggg, along with the British Red Cross. The Huggg shopping ordering and delivery solution enables British Red Cross volunteers to fetch food and supplies for those who can’t rely on family or friends for assistance. The family member, friend or individual can buy a digital supermarket voucher and fill out a shopping list online. An alert will then be sent to The British Red Cross volunteer network to accept the call-out, do the shopping and deliver it to the person in a socially distanced, secure and cashless way, in line with government guidelines. Any money left on the voucher is returned to the person to use at a later date. Huggg does not charge fees to the user or the charity. Virgin Money & MencapVirgin Money has donated £50,000 in response to Mencap’s coronavirus appeal.  The donation is helping the charity provide support to people with a learning disability during the crisis. Mencap is Virgin Money’s Charity of the Year, and since the start of the partnership, which launched during Learning Disability Week in June 2019, Virgin Money has raised over £308,000, with colleagues taking part in bake sales, challenge events and organising their own fundraisers to provide funds for ‘All Move’, the charity’s sport and inclusion programme for young people with a learning disability. As Virgin Money’s Charity of the Year, Mencap is also the official charity for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. Over 120 Virgin Money colleagues will be running this year’s marathon for Mencap and Virgin Money has extended its partnership with Mencap until 4 October 2020, the new race date. British Gymnastics & NHS Charities TogetherBritish Gymnastics has announced a fundraising initiative to support NHS Charities Together. British Gymnastics, in partnership with its affiliated home nations, is calling on the sporting community and beyond to #PresentForPounds. A ‘present’ is the move performed at the beginning and end of a gymnastics routine to show that you are ready for action or to celebrate nailing your routine. The campaign challenges people to post a video or photo of themselves ‘presenting’ online as a salute to the NHS, using the #PresentForPounds tag. Those involved are then encouraged to donate to NHS Charities Together before nominating five friends to do the same. Kwik Fit & Children with Cancer UKKwik Fit has raised £1million for its first selected charity of the year, Children with Cancer UK. The charity was chosen following a vote open to more than 5,000 Kwik Fit employees across the UK last year. During the year-long partnership, Kwik Fit staff participated in events such as the Virgin Money London Marathon and the Simplyhealth Great North Run, as well as organising various fundraising activities including bake sales, static bike challenges, car washes, sponsored walks and the company’s first ever Tour De Branch – a bike ride covering 2,500 miles and connecting 120 Kwik Fit centres. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. MAXIMUS Foundation & The People’s KitchenThe MAXIMUS Foundation UK has announced a record £50,000 in donations to help charities during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Foundation’s latest round of fundraising provides grants to twenty UK charities. The charities were nominated by MAXIMUS colleagues, and include organisations that deliver services to support healthcare workers, children, jobseekers and homeless people, such as The People’s Kitchen, a Newcastle-based charity supporting homeless and vulnerable people. Since its formation in 2015, the Foundation has donated £320,000 to UK charities. Funding for the foundation is generated by MAXIMUS colleagues and match-funded by MAXIMUS UK. British Airways Maintenance Glasgow & CHASTeam members from British Airways Maintenance Glasgow (BAMG) have reached the £30,000 fundraising mark for CHAS. For the last two decades the group, based at Glasgow International Airport, have held an annual raffle for Scotland’s only children’s hospice charity with their most recent endeavour raising £2,324. Premier Foods & Together for Short LivesPremier Foods has chosen Together for Short Lives as its new charity partner. To celebrate the start of the partnership, Premier Foods put together care hampers that were delivered to children’s hospices up and down the country, filled with Premier Foods cupboard essentials and treats to support hospice care workers and families during the COVID-19 pandemic Aiming to raise £200,000 over the course of a two year partnership, each Premier Foods site will be twinned with their local children’s hospice, so the funds they raise will support children and families in the communities where they live and work.center_img  1,094 total views,  2 views today Gymshark & Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital CharityGymshark has raised over £180,000 for Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity through its Sweaty Selfie initiative. Gymshark challenged its community to use the hour of exercise allowed in lockdown to work up a sweat, then upload their ‘sweaty selfie’ to social media with the hashtag #NHSSweatySelfie. For every selfie uploaded Gymshark donated £5 per person to Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital Charity, which participants could also voluntarily match via a JustGiving page. Klarna & ICRCGlobal payments and shopping provider Klarna supported the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s response to Covid-19, by donating £1, $1 or €1 for every Klarna transaction placed at ASOS globally on 29 April. The dedicated “Giveback Day” took place internationally. Money raised for the ICRC has gone towards activities such as sanitation to prevent the spread of the disease, support for health infrastructure such as hospitals, and towards ensuring access to clean water for communities. Hovis & FareShareHovis donated just under 30,000 loaves of bread in April alone to FareShare to help keep Britain fed and reduce food waste during the Covid-19 crisis. Hovis, which has been supporting FareShare since 2017, has increased the number of loaves it donates in order to meet a surge in demand from FareShare for more bread. In April alone Hovis donated just under 30,000 loaves of bread to FareShare which supports over 11,000 charities across the UK. By 21 May, the number of loaves donated via FareShare had already reached 19,952. Hovis has also increased the number of its sites donating bread to FareShare. The Hovis scheme started at its Nottingham bakery in 2017 and in recent months has been increased to cover a further five bakeries, geographically ranging from London to Glasgow.  1,095 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Peninsula Group & Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital CharityGlobal employment law consultancy Peninsula Group has promised to double its £1 million charity pledge to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, now committing to raise £2 million for the charity. Peninsula announced its original commitment of £1 million twelve months ago but in the light of recent events around Covid-19, which has made the work of the hospital more challenging than ever as well as impacting on charitable donations, Peninsula has decided to double its pledge to £2 million. James Grace Associates & Alex’s WishLeicestershire-based recruitment company James Grace Associates has chosen local charity Alex’s Wish as its charity of the year.  Mike Stinson, Founder and Director of James Grace Associates has personally known and supported Alex’s Wish for many years but wanted to do more so invited Alex’s Wish to come in and meet the team so they could learn all about the charity and its mission to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The company has now come up with a plan to set up an annual fundraising target of £5,000 that they will look to achieve through a series of activities throughout the year. Corptel & charitiesCorptel has donated £30,000 to support a dozen national, regional and local charities during the coronavirus crisis. Bosses, including MD Paul Baxter (pictured) at Manchester-based Corptel said they wanted to support the work of a number of charities after the company experienced “unprecedented high demand” from individuals and businesses needing equipment to enable them to work from home. Corptel has made donations to the following charities – Samaritans, Age UK, Coeliac UK, Marie Curie, Albert Kennedy Trust, GeeWizz, St Elizabeth Hospice, Manchester Youth Zone, Wigan & Leigh Hospice, Springhill Hospice, St Ann’s Hospice and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice. Last year, the company donated £25,000 to several charities in memory of company founder Tony Molloy who died in April 2019. Corporate partnerships round-up: 14 ways companies are supporting good causes From bread donations to selfie challenges, here are 14 companies supporting a range of charities throughout the UK.last_img read more

Pasadena Courthouse Confirmed as Hub Court in Superior Court Consolidation

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first_imgCommunity News Pasadena Courthouse Confirmed as Hub Court in Superior Court Consolidation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 | 4:38 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Community News Make a comment Pasadena Courthouse will continue to function as a “hub court” in hearing eviction or unlawful detainer cases after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Tuesday a federal judge’s decision dismissing a case seeking to restore far-flung courthouses closed in 2013 because of financial troubles.As a result, the Pasadena Courthouse will continue to be one of just seven courthouses in the entire county which hears these rent-related cases.Tenants and landlords in other parts of Los Angeles County may have to drive many traffic-clogged miles to get to court, but Pasadenans don’t.In its decision, the appeals court said federal judges are barred from ordering the Los Angeles Superior Court to reopen closed courthouses.Four nonprofit groups and two individuals sued the state in March 2013, claiming the courthouse closures impacted the poor, the disabled and minority residents.The Superior Court, considered the largest trial court in the country, had earlier reduced 26 neighborhood courthouses into five “hub” courts that hear eviction proceedings. These hub courts are in Pasadena, Long Beach, downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Lancaster.The reduction was part of a consolidation plan it undertook after losing $110 million in state funding between 2008 and 2012 and another $56 million in 2013.Los Angeles used to have many courthouses throughout the county serving its more than 10 million residents, under its prized “neighborhood court” model.Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen of the 9th Circuit Court wrote that since 2000, 20 of 58 Los Angeles courthouses have closed after the “neighborhood court” model had become too expensive. Along with the closures came a number of layoffs and furloughs for court workers, increased fees and fines and reduced services.“Out of respect for the independence of state judiciaries, a federal court cannot substitute its judgment for (the Los Angeles Superior Court’s) resource allocation choices,” Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen, wrote for the three-judge appeals panel.Since 2013, Los Angeles has added hub courts in Norwalk and Van Nuys, the 9th Circuit Court decision said. HerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Top of the News 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.last_img read more

Pasadena Community Foundation Awards $372,000 to Local Nonprofits for COVID-19 Response

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Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img 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. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena Community Foundation as awarded the second phase of grants from its COVID-19 Response Fund to 26 local nonprofits. Totaling $372,000, the grants will support local community-based organizations serving families and individuals experiencing extreme hardship from the economic, social, and physical impact of the COVID-19 crisis.PCF’s first round of COVID-19 emergency response funding was distributed on March 31, 2020. It benefited nine local organizations serving seniors and distributing food and supplies to low-income individuals and families. In addition, the Foundation also released restrictions on existing grants to allow the recipient organizations to use current grant funds for their most urgent needs. With Phase One funding totaling $272,330, Pasadena Community Foundation has now granted more than $500,000 to local nonprofit organizations providing relief services to the Pasadena community.“Easing the burdens of the COVID-19 crisis in our community is PCF’s highest priority and will be the focus of our grantmaking for the rest of 2020,” said Jennifer DeVoll, PCF President and Chief Executive Officer. “Based on research, collaboration, and thoughtful discussion, the Foundation’s leadership concluded that Phase Two funding will expand support for basic needs, including food, shelter, and social services for our most vulnerable neighbors.”Community-based organizations serving families and individuals suffering disproportionately from the effects of the COVID-19 crisis were invited to submit proposals for Phase Two funding. PCF identified local organizations with a history of successful engagement with these vulnerable groups, including food distribution and meal delivery organizations, and social service providers focused on seniors, people experiencing homelessness, at-risk student populations, low-income families with school-age children, and more.“We continue to track Pasadena’s evolving needs and collaborate with local nonprofit and city leaders,” said Kate Clavijo, Ed.D. and PCF senior program officer. “PCF’s relationships with community stakeholders allow us to review the full picture of COVID-19 response, identify gaps, and distribute our funds where they can have the greatest impact.”The following Pasadena-based nonprofit organizations received grants for COVID-19 response and/or to modify services to accommodate “Safer at Home” city policies.Addressing the immediate needs of homebound seniors:• $10,000 to Meals on Wheels to maintain and expand meal delivery for homebound seniors.• $5,000 to Pasadena Senior Center to expand outreach and food distribution to older adults.• $25,000 to YWCA San Gabriel Valley to increase services for meal delivery to low-income homebound seniors in the Pasadena/Altadena area.Addressing the immediate needs of people experiencing homelessness:• $12,000 to Elizabeth House to support pregnant and parenting homeless and formerly homeless women with food, supplies, and emergency needs.• $15,000 to Salvation Army to support food distribution program and to add senior meal delivery.• $25,000 to Union Station to support safe temporary housing and meal delivery to those experiencing homelessness.Supporting health agencies:• $15,000 to Foothill Family Service for technology support to transition to telehealth and online service delivery.• $15,000 to support the Huntington Memorial Hospital COVID-19 Fund.• $15,000 to Planned Parenthood Pasadena San Gabriel Valley to support technology needs for transition to telehealth and online service delivery.Supporting disabled adults in residential homes:• $5,000 to AbilityFirst to purchase groceries, supplies, and programming for adults with developmental disabilities in two residential programs.• $15,000 to Villa Esperanza to purchase groceries, supplies, and programming for adults with developmental disabilities in seven residential programs.Addressing the immediate needs of low-income families, students and youth:• $5,000 to Families Forward Learning Center to provide groceries, baby supplies, and gift cards to families.• $20,000 to Flintridge Center to support the Youth of Promise program for youth coming out of incarceration with emergency assistance grants.• $15,000 to Foothill Unity to support their Food Program that provides weekly food boxes to low-income families and seniors.• $20,000 to Friends in Deed to support its food pantry.• $15,000 to Learning Works for purchase of educational supplies, access to technology, and emergency assistance to low-income students and their families.• $10,000 to Pasadena/Altadena Coalition of Transformative Leaders (PACTL) to support low-income families with emergency supplies and educational resources.• $15,000 to Pasadena Community Job Center for emergency mini-grants and food pantry support for day laborers and domestic workers.• $15,000 for Pasadena City College Foundation to expand emergency assistance through the Unexpected Hardship Fund, which provides electronic gift cards, emergency funds to low-income students.• $10,000 to the Pasadena Educational Foundation to purchase protective equipment to monitor the health of essential workers, including those preparing and distributing meals for Pasadena Unified School District.• $15,000 to Stars to provide under-served youth and their families culturally responsive meals and support for online learning.Addressing the immediate needs of foster youth:• $15,000 to Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services to provide temporary housing and food for at-risk young adults.• $15,000 to Hillsides to purchase food, groceries, basic supplies foster and transitional aged youth.• $15,000 to Five Acres to support increased educational and food expenses for students in Short-Term Residential Therapeutic and Transitional Shelter Care programs.Supporting low-income sober living clients in residential homes• $10,000 to Casa to expand telehealth programming and meals for residential clients.• $20,000 to Grandview Foundation to provide shelter, treatment, and healthy meals to individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.The PCF COVID-19 Response Fund was established to activate local philanthropy and provide direct relief to Pasadena-area residents. The fund was seeded with an initial commitment of $100,000 from PCF, and has grown with gifts from community members, private foundations, and local businesses. The third phase of PCF’s COVID-19 response fund grantmaking – planned for later this year – will reallocate existing grant funds and leverage any uncommitted and new funds to continue to support relief and recovery efforts in the Pasadena community. Non-Profits News Pasadena Community Foundation Awards $372,000 to Local Nonprofits for COVID-19 Response Announces New COVID-19 Response Grants for Pasadena Nonprofits STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 | 11:09 am More Cool Stuff 86 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it last_img read more

Robotic surgery ‘first’ at UHL is breakthrough in treatment of early…

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first_img TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisement LimerickNewsRobotic surgery ‘first’ at UHL is breakthrough in treatment of early stage bowel cancerBy Staff Reporter – November 24, 2020 333 Previous articleLimerick Post Show | The GOAL MileNext articleWATCH: Munster Go 11 Points Clear With BP Win Over Warriors Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash THE robotic team in the Department of Colorectal Surgery at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) recently broke new ground in treatments available in this country for early stage rectal cancer, by performing the first Robotic Trans-Anal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS) operation in Ireland.Consultant Colorectal & General Surgeon, Mr. Colin Peirce, and the Robotic Colorectal Team and staff in Theatre 7, used the Da Vinci Xi Dual Console robot to perform the surgery, which enables the removal of early stage cancers from the lower bowel whilst leaving the bowel intact, with minimised recovery time for the patient and no requirement for a temporary or permanent stoma bag.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The achievement can place UHL firmly on the map as a national centre of excellence for TAMIS operations, according to Mr. Peirce, a Consultant Colorectal/General Surgeon .“We will be looking to make UHL known as a referral centre in Ireland where we can do this surgery. Now that we have undertaken our first robotic TAMIS, I have no doubt that this type of surgery is the best surgical option for treatment of certain early stage rectal cancers and large polyps,” he said.Robotic TAMIS is an organ-preserving operative technique, allowing for the removal of early cancers and large polyps from inside the bowel, without removing the affected section of bowel. The operation requires no surgical incisions, as it is performed via the patient’s anal canal.The surgery has been performed elsewhere in the world, and Mr Peirce says that its availability in Ireland brings huge benefits for patients, clinicians and importantly for hospital capacity also.Mr. Peirce explained: “The big breakthrough is that this surgical approach saved this particular patient a major abdominal operation with a temporary and possibly even a permanent stoma bag.“Instead, the patient was admitted the morning of surgery, had the operation, stayed in hospital for one night, and is now cured of their early rectal cancer. We would envisage that these operations could be performed as daycase procedures going forward.” he added.The versatility of the Da Vinci robotic platform means that Mr Peirce and his colleagues are now able to perform surgeries where a traditional keyhole (laparoscopic) procedure would have proved a lot more difficult, if not impossible.Mr. Peirce said: “This kind of operation, to remove growths from the inside of the bowel, is technically very challenging. Traditionally, it would require the surgeon to make an incision and go through the abdomen and down into the pelvis.“The portion of bowel with the growth is then removed, the two pieces of bowel either side are joined together with placement of a temporary stoma bag, or indeed it might not be possible to join the bowel back together and the patient would then require a permanent stoma bag.“It’s major surgery, and would take in the region of 3 to 4 hours. The patient would require a five-night stay in hospital at a minimum.“For a robotic TAMIS, the patient will still be under general anaesthetic, but the actual operating time having docked the robot is only about 45 minutes. The surgery is incision-less and organ-preserving, because it takes place inside the bowel and allows us to remove the early stage cancer or large polyp from the bowel wall without removing the whole segment of bowel where the growth is,” he explained.“The Da Vinci robot is such a precise and versatile operating tool that it enables us to take on cases where even a laparoscopic TAMIS would not have been possible, or at the very least extremely challenging from a surgical standpoint” Mr. Peirce added.Limerick and Crecora native Mr. Peirce was appointed to UL Hospitals Group as a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon in 2016. He graduated with first class honours in surgery from Trinity College Medical School in 2004, and robotic colorectal surgery was a primary focus of his 2015-16 fellowship in the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.Mr. Peirce has received a number of national and international awards and accolades, and he is a keen contributor to the surgical literature as both an author and reviewer.In May 2016, the Da Vinci Xi Dual Console robot was installed in Operating Theatre 7 at UHL. It was the first such installation in Ireland, funded by the Mid-Western Hospital Development Trust and the University of Limerick. In the past four years, the Da Vinci has enabled unique and nationally unparalleled surgical options to patients in the Mid-West region. 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