Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) 2010 abridged results.Company ProfileWema Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings account, loans and overdrafts to revolving credit, warehouse financing, letters of credit and invoice discounting/receivable refinancing. Trade services include bills for collection, shipping documents handling, trade finance, invisible trade, offshore guarantees and advisory services. Other products and services support small and medium-sized enterprises, foreign exchange, cash management, retail management and integrated revenue services. Founded in 1945, Wema Bank Plc now as an extensive network of some 125 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Wema Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Flour Mills Nigeria PLC (FLOURM.ng) 2017 annual report.Company ProfileFlour Mills Nigeria Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria with business interests in food production, packaging, agricultural industries, port operations and logistics and real estate. The company manufactures and sells past, noodle, edible oil and refined sugar as well as livestock feeds; supplies fertiliser; manufactures and markets laminated woven polypropylene sacks and flexible packing material; and grows and processes sugar cane, oil palm, fresh tropical fruit, poultry and cassava. Business interests in ports operations and logistics include operating Terminal A and B at the Apapa port and offering customs clearing, forwarding and shipping agents and logistics services. Flour Mills Nigeria Plc owns and manages real estate in Nigeria. The company is a subsidiary of Excelsior Shipping Company Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Flour Mills Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nominations open for Arts & Business Scotland Awards 2008 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Arts & Business Scotland has opened nominations for its annual Awards which aim to encourage, acknowledge and celebrate exemplary partnerships between businesses and arts organisations.There are nine awards available. Any business and arts partnership or sponsorship, whether cash or in-kind, that has taken place between 1 March 2007 and 1 March 2008 is eligible to submit an entry.The panel of Judges includes Stuart MacDonald, Head of Gray’s School of Art; Janice Forsyth, Broadcaster, BBC; and Robert Fleming, Director of Development, University of Edinburgh.The deadline for nominations is midday on 15 May 2008.www.AandB.org.uk/scotland Howard Lake | 10 March 2008 | News Tagged with: Awards corporate
March through downtown Boston demands ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day Now!’A fired-up crowd gathered outside Boston’s Park Street Station Oct. 7 to demand Indigenous Peoples Day be observed on the second Monday in October by Boston and other Massachusetts cities and towns. The group also decried practices in schools and workplaces that glorified Columbus with the annual holiday, parades and rehashing the myth of “the discovery of America” instead of exposing him as a genocidal slave trader and murderer.Led by Indigenous people, the event was part of a coast-to-coast movement fighting to end Columbus Day and to build momentum for Indigenous Peoples Day.The mobilization brought out participants and supporters from a broad range of local communities that have considerable first-hand experience dealing with the man-made catastrophes of colonialism and white supremacy.Mahtowin Munro, of United American Indians of New England and lead organizer for Indigenous Peoples Day in Massachusetts, opened the rally by clarifying: “First, we are here to tell the truth about Columbus … who didn’t discover anything. He invaded! You can’t discover a place where people were already living!”Alberto Barreto spoke on behalf of the Taino people of Borinquen (Puerto Rico) and its diaspora: “We are all relatives, Native people.” He reminded listeners, “And as relatives, we are creating a bloc of resistance — from Patagonia to Standing Rock to the Caribbean — to say no to Columbus and to celebrate our life, Indigenous life!”Barreto continued, “Hundreds of years of colonialism have stifled the Puerto Rican economy … and the profits they have taken will never re-enter the island. Now, the white supremacist is throwing paper towels at us. So now is the time! I don’t want to see that statue of Christopher Columbus; I want him down!”In addition to Black and Palestinian speakers, other Indigenous speakers were Narragansett, Wampanoag, Mi’kmaq, Mexica, and Tunica-Biloxi/Choctaw.Narragansett Two-Spirit WWP member Nat Heathman “decorated” Columbus statue.Nat Heathman, a young Narragansett Two-Spirit activist and member of Workers World Party, spoke about the isolation many generations of Indigenous people in the U.S. have faced growing up: “[F]eeling the sorrow, longing and anger born of catching a glimpse of such a vibrant, beautiful, fascinating, precious world, of everything that used to be and could have been, but knowing that it isn’t anymore.”One way to heal from the pain of this isolation, Heathman suggested, is collective action to tear down racist statues and all of white supremacy.After the inspiring rally, the group marched through Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood. There it swelled to over 200 strong, stirring interest from tourists and passersby. Heathman and other young militants led the growing crowd in chanting, “Indigenous people say: No more Columbus Day!” and “This land is stolen land! Blood is on Columbus’ hands!”The march arrived at Boston’s waterfront-area Columbus statue, privately owned and maintained by the “Sons of Italy,” a U.S.-based Italian fraternal organization widely criticized over its reverence for fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.As the crowd chanted, “The statue, let’s face it, this shit is fucking racist!” Heathman ascended the base of the statue and “decorated” it with placards reading, “Christopher Columbus was a genocidal slave trader — #TearDownWhiteSupremacy” and “Columbus: time to bring him down.”Finally, a rally concluded the day with several additional speakers, including local labor activists who voiced support for the demand to replace Columbus Day with indigenous Peoples’ Day.“Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a workers’ issue,” said Ed Childs of UNITE-HERE Local 26, Hotel and Restaurant Employees.“It’s not just about getting a day off,” Childs told Workers World. “It’s about who is celebrated and who is put to the side. Why do some workers get a day off to glorify white supremacy and not a day for solidarity with oppressed people?”Led by Indigenous people, the crowd then turned toward the Boston Harbor and together honored the powerful ocean beyond it, acknowledging the crucial role of Indigenous people in safeguarding the water and the earth.WW photos: Stevan KirschbaumFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Nov. 17 — It was a peoples’ victory! It was a legal victory! On Nov. 15, Texas’ highest criminal court indefinitely stayed Rodney Reed’s Nov. 20 execution date. His case was remanded back to trial court just five days before he was to be legally lynched by the state of Texas.Reed, an African-American man, was wrongfully convicted in 1998 of raping and murdering a young white woman named Stacey Stites. He was sentenced to death after the prosecution withheld exculpatory evidence from Reed’s defense team and after the state’s witnesses testified to false evidence.Just hours after the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles voted unanimously to recommend to the governor that Reed be given a 120-day stay of execution on Nov. 15, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals issued an indefinite stay of execution.The court cited concealed information, false testimony and possible innocence in its last-minute decision to stay the execution. Reed’s case had captured national and international attention in the last few months with the help of almost daily vigils, protests, marches and rallies. After well-known celebrities began speaking out against his execution, there was an avalanche of support from politicians from both major bourgeois parties, athletes, civil rights organizations and just everyday people who saw the Reed case as just one more lying, racist attack on a person of color.Finally, after over 21 years, all the evidence that will prove that Reed could not have committed the murder will be heard in a court of law.Over two decades of tortureReed, along with his parents, siblings and whole extended family, has had to endure the painful trauma of living on death row and waiting for Texas to murder him.Reed’s mother, Sandra, his father, Walter, and his five brothers have fought and fought for two decades. They survived an execution date in 2015.After Reed’s father died in 2015, his mother and brother, Rodrick, have spearheaded the family’s efforts to get justice. For the last several months, Rodrick and his spouse, Wana Akpan Reed, have traveled the country speaking out for Rodney. From the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to New York to Ohio, they have spoken at events in Austin, Dallas and Houston. They’ve held press conferences, marched, rallied and held countless actions in their hometown of Bastrop. Following the indefinite stay, Rodrick Reed posted on his Facebook page: “It feels so good to finally breathe. But this fight is not over with! While we celebrate this victory, we cannot lose momentum or motivation. I think to myself every day, I wonder what Rodney is doing right now? Remember this: Rodney will be removed from death watch area and returned to his 60-square-foot cell for 23 hours a day, seven days a week, being fed through a tiny slit like a caged animal. We have to keep fighting hard while we have this powerful momentum. Rodney needs to be freed. Period. We are focusing 100 percent of our energies on bringing Rodney home alive. . . . We miss Rodney so bad it literally hurts. I miss my brother. I know my brother wants exoneration before freedom. But we just want him home.”Even though many celebrities have come out for Reed, it is the grassroots activists who have worked for the last 20 years to bring justice for Reed. It is the community rallies, university meetings, marches and vigils that have brought out families, students and activists.There were 130 planned rallies across the country this weekend, and activist Shaun King, with Action PAC, sent word they were still on after the stay was announced.Alamo Heights High School students in San Antonio gathered in the town plaza on Nov. 16 where Magoli Garcia, 17, and her classmates rallied. She thought of the protest in her humanities class after they watched documentaries such as “13th” that explored slavery and how that flowed directly into the U.S. prison system. She told the San Antonio Express News, “Even though we’re small,” she said, “we’re mighty, and we want to be heard.” (Nov. 16)In Houston on Nov. 17 people gathered at the federal courthouse and marched to City Hall. The rally chair explained the latest news and encouraged everyone to keep up the fight. A high school debate teacher said she was going to have her students learn about the death penalty.In Austin on Nov. 17, activists again gathered outside the governor’s mansion in an emotional rally. Rodrick Reed spoke. He thanked everyone for all their work and sacrifices and said on a Facebook live feed, “This isn’t victory. We won a small battle, but the war is still going. Victory will be when Rodney comes home to his family and we can be whole again. We are planning a lot more actions; we’re just getting warmed up. So, lace your boots up tight and get ready to fight! Free Rodney Reed!” Rubac is a longtime leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement in Houston.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Omnicell, Inc. (Nasdaq:OMCL), a leading provider of medication management solutions and adherence tools for health systems and pharmacies, today announced that Christine Mellon has joined the company as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer. Bringing more than 25 years of human resources, organizational, and cultural transformation leadership, Ms. Mellon will lead human resources functions, employee environments, and internal communications for Omnicell’s global operations. “As Omnicell continues to transform the pharmacy care delivery model to deliver on the vision of Autonomous Pharmacy, Christine’s role will be pivotal to shaping our people organization to support our business transformation to a technology-enabled services offering,” said Randall Lipps, chairman, president, chief executive officer, and founder of Omnicell. Ms. Mellon’s responsibilities include talent management, employee culture and engagement, diversity and inclusion, global rewards, business partnering, and real estate. Prior to joining Omnicell, Ms. Mellon served as Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) with CSG, where she transformed human resources into a valued strategic asset and led culture change efforts. She was previously Vice President, Human Capital Management for Oracle, where she consulted with North American CHRO clients, providing human capital strategic support, thought leadership, and HR technology guidance. Ms. Mellon has also served in HR leadership roles for Echostar and Cigna, among others. “I’m excited to join Omnicell in its mission to be the most trusted partner for medication management,” said Ms. Mellon. “I look forward to building a dynamic global team committed to delivering the technology, intelligence, and ‘as a service’ offerings to help our customers navigate the evolving complexities of medication management.” About Omnicell Since 1992, Omnicell has been committed to transforming the pharmacy care delivery model to dramatically improve outcomes and lower costs. Through the vision of the autonomous pharmacy, a combination of automation, intelligence, and technology-enabled services, powered by a cloud data platform, Omnicell supports more efficient ways to manage medications across all care settings. Over 7,000 facilities worldwide use Omnicell automation and analytics solutions to help increase operational efficiency, reduce medication errors, deliver actionable intelligence, and improve patient safety. More than 50,000 institutional and retail pharmacies across North America and the United Kingdom leverage Omnicell’s innovative medication adherence and population health solutions to improve patient engagement and adherence to prescriptions, helping to reduce costly hospital readmissions. To learn more, visit www.omnicell.com. OMCL-G View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005166/en/ CONTACT: Betsy Martinelli Omnicell, Inc. (724) 741-8341 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY MEDICAL SUPPLIES SOFTWARE NETWORKS PRACTICE MANAGEMENT BIOTECHNOLOGY GENERAL HEALTH PHARMACEUTICAL HEALTH DATA MANAGEMENT SOURCE: Omnicell, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 08:30 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 08:31 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005166/en Twitter Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Omnicell Appoints Christine Mellon as Chief People Officer Twitter WhatsApp TAGS Local NewsBusiness Previous articleIn Israel and beyond, virus vaccines bring political powerNext articleJuniper Research: Smart Traffic Management to Significantly Reduce Congestion and Emissions; Saving Cities $277 Billion by 2025 Digital AIM Web Support
Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Local NewsElections Julián Castro’s 2020 announcement brightens spotlight on potential Texas showdown with Beto O’Rourke Facebook SAN ANTONIO — Lingering around after Julián Castro announced his presidential campaign here Saturday, Santa Garcia Rivera and her niece, Santa Garcia Reyes, said they were thrilled to see someone from the city’s hardscrabble West Side reach for the highest office in the country. But they also expressed some ambivalence as they sized up a potential 2020 presidential field that could include another Texas Democrat: Beto O’Rourke. “It’s really tough,” said Garcia Reyes, a 45-year-old education specialist for Early Head Start. “I think they have a lot of the same values.” Ultimately, Garcia Reyes said, “my loyalty is going to be to Julián… just seeing that he’s never forgot about the people here in San Antonio.” Her aunt, however, seemed less sure which Texan would end up earning her vote if they both run. Such mixed feelings are not uncommon among Texas Democrats, who could end up with two of their own running in 2020. O’Rourke’s closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz last year made him a national star, eclipsing Castro’s longtime status — along with his brother — as Texas Democrats’ best hope. Now, all eyes are on whether O’Rourke will ride the momentum to a 2020 bid of his own and officially test the loyalties of people like Garcia Rivera and her niece. As O’Rourke’s 2020 buzz has intensified — with early polls showing him far outranking his fellow Texan — Castro has said there is enough room in the race for both of them. And both have said the other’s plans will not affect theirs. All this is unfolding as delegate-rich Texas is poised to have considerable influence in the 2020 nominating process with its early March primary — a high-stakes moment if the two Texans make can it there. O’Rourke does not appear to be in a rush to make a 2020 decision and is not expected to make one until February at the earliest. In the meantime, every move he makes is drawing intense attention — from the videos he has tweeted out arguing against President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall to his Instagram posts Thursday from the dentist’s chair. Media mogul Oprah Winfrey announced Friday that she will interview O’Rourke on Feb. 5 in New York City, an event guaranteed to captivate the political world. Castro and O’Rourke are not particularly close but have appeared friendly in public, and Castro and his brother, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, joined O’Rourke on the campaign trail during the closing weeks of the U.S. Senate race. The brothers’ political paths also intersected with O’Rourke’s in the first few months of 2017, when Joaquin Castro mulled a U.S. Senate run at the same time O’Rourke did. Joaquin Castro ultimately passed on the Senate bid, announcing his decision about a month after O’Rourke launched his campaign. Speaking before his brother Saturday, Joaquin Castro said there will be “a lot of great candidates” in the presidential race — many of them friends the brothers respect — “but I know we have the best candidate with the best ideas and the biggest heart.” Joaquin Castro told reporters afterward he was not concerned about a potential O’Rourke candidacy. “All of the candidates who are going to enter this race — there’s something good about everybody, so [Julián]’s just gonna go and do the hard work of focusing on his vision and getting his message out to people,” Joaquin Castro said, “and we understand it’s a competition obviously and it’s a race, but you really can’t focus on what other people are doing.” Asked what his message was for conflicted Texas Democrats, Joaquin Castro said, “I would ask them to follow their heart and their mind.” Some Texas Democrats are not waiting on O’Rourke’s decision to give their unequivocal backing to Julián Castro. Among them is freshman state Rep. James Talarico, D-Round Rock, who was the first introductory speaker Saturday. Talarico recalled his experience teaching middle school on San Antonio’s West Side while Castro was the city’s mayor, pushing an education-centric agenda. In an interview afterward, Talarico said it was seeing Castro’s leadership “up close and personal in San Antonio” that led him to offer him his “full, complete endorsement for 2020.” “I’m a huge fan of Congressman O’Rourke, he campaigned with me, his campaign was hugely helpful in our race, he would make an incredible president, but just my history has been with Secretary Castro,” Talarico said. “No matter who else runs, he’s gonna be my candidate.” Talarico was joined in the lineup by a second state representative, Diego Bernal, a longtime friend of the Castros. And in another show of support among House Democrats, state Rep. Poncho Nevárez of Eagle Pass tweeted Friday that he was “all in” for Julián Castro. Other Democrats are keeping their powder dry for now, reiterating how much of a net positive it is for Texas to have two Democrats in the 2020 mix. “I grew up here and never in my lifetime has Texas been a battleground state,” said Sri Preston Kulkarni, a former congressional candidate from the Houston suburbs who attended Castro’s announcement. “Texas is a battleground state right now, and the energy, the excitement here — to see so many people coming out for a Texas Democrat running for president — that’s huge.” Texas Democratic up-and-comers like Kulkarni face something of a conundrum when it comes to making a decision about who to support in 2020. Castro donated to their campaigns through his Opportunity First PAC and stumped for them. O’Rourke, meanwhile, gave them speaking time at his massively attended events and had an impact on their margins with his closer-than-expected loss at the top of the ticket. Castro used his Opportunity First PAC to endorse over two dozen candidates last cycle in Texas, including the two biggest winners: Colin Allred, who unseated U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, and Lizzie Fletcher, who beat U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston. Castro was especially involved with Allred, who worked under Castro at HUD, backing him early on in what became a crowded primary. Allred has not shied away from Castro’s 2020 maneuvering in recent weeks, issuing a supportive statement when he formed an exploratory committee a month ago, sending a fundraising email for the committee and talking him up during a recent Sunday show appearance. “Well, I certainly like my former boss, Julián Castro, who is a friend of mine and a mentor of mine,” Allred said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” adding, “we have a lot of political talent in Texas.” For those trying to imagine what it would be like to have both Texas Democrats in the race, Castro’s Saturday announcement was instructive. He appeared to speak from a teleprompter, the lineup of introductory speakers was carefully curated to highlight his accomplishments and campaign surrogates were made available to the media afterward — all contrasts with the freewheeling, unvarnished style of O’Rourke’s 2018 U.S. Senate run. To political observers, Julián Castro’s announcement speech invoked O’Rourke’s 2018 bid in at least one way: Castro vowed not to take campaign contributions from PACs, a hallmark of O’Rourke’s run. The promise, which Castro has been making for about a month now, was among the bigger applause lines as he spoke at the West Side’s historic Plaza Guadalupe. Texas Republicans, for their part, were happy to stoke divisions between Castro and O’Rourke on Saturday. On a conference call with reporters before Castro’s announcement, Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey said the soon-to-be candidate was “absolutely” grappling with having his spotlight stolen by O’Rourke. “As someone who made it obvious for a long time that he felt like he had a right to go for the presidency, he’s got to be incredibly miffed at how quickly… the void of absence was filled during the last two years,” Dickey said. Read related Tribune coverageHere are 9 things to know about 2020 presidential candidate Julián CastroJulián Castro announces presidential runBeto O’Rourke says Julián Castro’s likely 2020 presidential bid won’t affect his own plans The Texas Tribune. TAGS Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Previous articleECISD, Tulane logosNext article011219_Gymnastics_01 Digital AIM Web Support