CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) 2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCAL Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Ghana offering products and services for the investment, corporate and retail banking sectors, as well as custodial, treasury, security brokerage, fund management and asset management services. The banking group underwrites securities and provides financial solutions for corporate finance operations, loan syndications and securities portfolio management, acquisitions and mergers, acceptance of bills of exchange, bullion dealings, export trade development and financing, hire-purchase finance and leasing. CAL Bank Limited provide a counseling and financing service for industrial, agricultural, mining, services and commercial ventures. The financial institution was founded in 1990 and is based in Accra, Ghana. CAL Bank Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
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Projects ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Photographs: Pruk DejkhamheangText description provided by the architects. Located on the edge of Thailand’s largest national park, Kaoyai National Park, the design for the Hilltop House revolved around the rocky and forested landscape. Hilltop House is a small house in a big plot of land; the total site area is approximately 8,000 sqm. The first requirement from the client was simply to design a 350 sqm house, and find the best spot for it. The remote end of the land was adjacent to Kaoyai Nation Park, and is home to a pile of 40 years old abandoned chunks of rocks, and couple of magnificent full-grown Ficus tree.Save this picture!© Pruk DejkhamheangRecommended ProductsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedThe client’s following brief was to design a single bedroom house with necessary supporting facilities. It was a simple brief with a tremendous opportunity to explore various aspects of relationships and connections, between a room and another room, out-door to in-door space, from man-made elements and natural elements.Save this picture!© Pruk DejkhamheangWith a humble approach to nature, it was very important to have as much information about site as possible. The very detailed measurements of the site, and its every element, every stone and every tree were carefully recorded. The existing elements were included in from initial design concept, and became part of the architecture at the end.Save this picture!sketchThe overall structural concept was based on very few columns and footings, elevating the house above the pile of stones, leaving most of the stones and existing contours untouched. Base materials were raw concrete surface and cement screed to express the raw “nature” of construction materials, and helped to avoid problems with paint against the high humidity of tropical rain forest surrounding.Save this picture!sectionsExisting stone was carefully measured and used as entrance pathway, some concrete steps were added to compete a functional walking path. A lot of measurement work, sketches, and adjustments had to be done on site throughout the construction period. All the hard work and great effort from the design team resulted in the completed architecture, that looked as if it had been planted, and growing there as part of the surrounding rocks and trees.Save this picture!© Pruk DejkhamheangProject gallerySee allShow lessLittle Tokyo Design Week: Future CityArticlesHelp us with our Architecture City Guide: LondonArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/146545/hilltop-house-openbox-company Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/146545/hilltop-house-openbox-company Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Openbox Architects Area Area of this architecture project Year: 2010 Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Thailand Hilltop House / Openbox Architects CopyHouses•Pak Chong, Thailand Hilltop House / Openbox ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHilltop House / Openbox Architects Save this picture!© Pruk Dejkhamheang+ 20 Share Houses CopyAbout this officeOpenbox ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPak ChongHousesThailandPublished on June 30, 2011Cite: “Hilltop House / Openbox Architects” 30 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Architects: Matthew Woodward Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Murray Fredericks Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Crescent House / Matthew Woodward Architecture Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913438/crescent-house-matthew-woodward-architecture Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913438/crescent-house-matthew-woodward-architecture Clipboard “COPY” Projects Manufacturers: FritsJurgens, Vitrocsa, Halliday+Baillie, Viabizzuno, Graham day Project Manager: 2018 Year: ArchDaily Area: 439 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyAbout this officeMatthew Woodward ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVaucluseAustraliaPublished on March 21, 2019Cite: “Crescent House / Matthew Woodward Architecture” 20 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA: $3B in Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters Facebook Twitter By USDA Communications – Sep 9, 2019 SHARE U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, including Hurricane Dorian, can apply for assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). Signup for this U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program will begin Sept. 11, 2019.“U.S. agriculture has been dealt a hefty blow by extreme weather over the last several years, and 2019 is no exception,” Perdue said. “The scope of this year’s prevented planting alone is devastating, and although these disaster program benefits will not make producers whole, we hope the assistance will ease some of the financial strain farmers, ranchers and their families are experiencing. President Trump has the backs of our farmers, and we are working to support America’s great patriot farmers.”More than $3 billion is available through the disaster relief package passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in early June. WHIP+ builds on the successes of its predecessor program the 2017 Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) that was authorized by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. In addition, the relief package included new programs to cover losses for milk dumped or removed from the commercial market and losses of eligible farm stored commodities due to eligible disaster events in 2018 and 2019. Also, prevented planting supplemental disaster payments will provide support to producers who were prevented from planting eligible crops for the 2019 crop year.EligibilityWHIP+ will be available for eligible producers who have suffered eligible losses of certain crops, trees, bushes or vines in counties with a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration or a Secretarial Disaster Designation (primary counties only). Disaster losses must have been a result of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms or wildfires that occurred in 2018 or 2019. Also, producers in counties that did not received a disaster declaration or designation may still apply for WHIP+ but must provide supporting documentation to establish that the crops were directly affected by a qualifying disaster loss.A list of counties that received qualifying disaster declarations and designations is available at farmers.gov/recover/whip-plus. Because grazing and livestock losses, other than milk losses, are covered by other disaster recovery programs offered through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), those losses are not eligible for WHIP+.General Eligibility and Payment LimitationsWHIP+ is only designed to provide assistance for production losses, however, if quality was taken into consideration under federal crop insurance or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy, where production was further adjusted, the adjusted production will be used in calculating assistance under this program.Eligible crops include those for which federal crop insurance or NAP coverage is available, excluding crops intended for grazing. A list of crops covered by crop insurance is available through USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) Actuarial Information Browser at webapp.rma.usda.gov/apps/actuarialinformationbrowser.Eligibility will be determined for each producer based on the size of the loss and the level of insurance coverage elected by the producer. A WHIP+ factor will be determined for each crop based on a producer’s coverage level. Producers who elected higher coverage levels will receive a higher WHIP+ factor.The WHIP+ payment factor ranges from 75 percent to 95 percent, depending on the level of crop insurance coverage or NAP coverage that a producer obtained for the crop. Producers who did not insure their crops in 2018 or 2019 will receive 70 percent of the expected value of the crop. Insured crops (either crop insurance or NAP coverage) will receive between 75 percent and 95 percent of expected value; those who purchased the highest levels of coverage will receive 95-percent of the expected value.Once signup begins, a producer will be asked to provide verifiable and reliable production records. If a producer is unable to provide production records, WHIP+ payments will be determined based on the lower of either the actual loss certified by the producer and determined acceptable by FSA or the county expected yield and county disaster yield. The county disaster yield is the production that a producer would have been expected to make based on the eligible disaster conditions in the county.WHIP+ payments for 2018 disasters will be eligible for 100 percent of their calculated value. WHIP+ payments for 2019 disasters will be limited to an initial 50 percent of their calculated value, with an opportunity to receive up to the remaining 50 percent after January 1, 2020, if sufficient funding remains.WHIP+ benefits will be subject to a payment limitation of either $125,000 or $250,000 per crop year, depending upon their verified average adjusted gross income. As under 2017 WHIP, the payment limitation for WHIP+ factors in the person’s or legal entity’s income from activities related to farming, ranching, or forestry. Specifically, a person or legal entity, other than a joint venture or general partnership, cannot receive more than $125,000 in payments under WHIP+, if their average adjusted gross farm income is less than 75 percent of their average adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2015, 2016, and 2017. The $125,000 payment limitation is single total combined limitation for payments for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 crop years. However, if at least 75 percent of the person or legal entity’s average AGI is derived from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities and the participant provides the required certification and documentation, the person or legal entity, other than a joint venture or general partnership, is eligible to receive, directly or indirectly, up to $250,000 per crop year in WHIP+ payments, with a total combined limitation for payments for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 crop years of $500,000. The relevant tax years for establishing a producer’s AGI and percentage derived from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities for WHIP+ are 2015, 2016, and 2017. For information regarding the payment limitation that applies to WHIP+, please contact your local USDA service center or visit farmers.gov/recover.Future Insurance Coverage RequirementsBoth insured and uninsured producers are eligible to apply for WHIP+. But all producers receiving WHIP+ payments will be required to purchase crop insurance or NAP, at the 60 percent coverage level or higher, for the next two available, consecutive crop years after the crop year for which WHIP+ payments were paid. Producers who fail to purchase crop insurance for the next two applicable, consecutive years will be required to pay back the WHIP+ payment.Additional Loss CoverageThe Milk Loss Program will provide payments to eligible dairy operations for milk that was dumped or removed without compensation from the commercial milk market because of a qualifying 2018 and 2019 natural disaster. Producers who suffered losses of harvested commodities, including hay, stored in on-farm structures in 2018 and 2019 will receive assistance through the On-Farm Storage Loss Program.Additionally, the disaster relief measure expanded coverage of the 2017 WHIP to include losses from Tropical Storm Cindy, and peach and blueberry crop losses that resulted from extreme cold.Enhanced Assistance Through Tree Assistance Program (TAP)TAP traditionally provides cost-share for replanting and rehabilitating eligible trees. WHIP+ will provide payments based on the loss of value of the tree, bush or vine itself. Therefore, eligible producers may receive both a TAP and a 2017 WHIP or WHIP+ payment for the same acreage.In addition, TAP policy has been updated to assist eligible orchardists or nursery tree growers of pecan trees with a tree mortality rate that exceeds 7.5 percent (adjusted for normal mortality) but is less than 15 percent (adjusted for normal mortality) for losses incurred during 2018.Prevented PlantingAgricultural producers faced significant challenges planting crops in 2019 in many parts of the country. All producers with flooding or excess moisture-related prevented planting insurance claims in calendar year 2019 will receive a prevented planting supplemental disaster (“bonus”) payment equal to 10 percent of their prevented planting indemnity, plus an additional 5 percent will be provided to those who purchased harvest price option coverage.As under 2017 WHIP, WHIP+ will provide prevented planting assistance to uninsured producers, NAP producers and producers who may have been prevented from planting an insured crop in the 2018 crop year and those 2019 crops that had a final planting date prior to January 1, 2019.Other USDA Disaster Recovery AssistanceWhen major disasters strike, USDA has an emergency loan program that provides eligible farmers low-interest loans to help them recover from production and physical losses.Livestock owners and contract growers who experience above normal livestock deaths because of specific weather events, as well as from disease or animal attacks, may qualify for assistance under USDA’s Livestock Indemnity Program. Producers who suffer losses to or are prevented from planting agricultural commodities not covered by federal crop insurance may be eligible for assistance under USDA’s Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program if the losses were from natural disasters.USDA’s Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program provides payments to producers of these commodities to help compensate for losses because of diseases (including cattle tick fever) and adverse weather or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, that are not covered by other disaster programs.USDA also provides financial resources through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program for immediate needs and long-term support to help recover from natural disasters and conserve water resources. Additionally, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program helps local communities immediately begin relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods. In addition, the Emergency Conservation Program provides funding and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters and help put in place methods for water conservation during severe drought.For more information on FSA disaster assistance programs, please contact your local USDA service center or visit farmers.gov/recover. For all available USDA disaster assistance programs, go to USDA’s disaster resources website. Facebook Twitter USDA: $3B in Resources Available for Farmers Hurt by 2018, 2019 Disasters SHARE Previous articleWet, Out of Condition Grain in Your Bin Leads to Higher Risk of Entrapment on the HAT Monday Morning EditionNext articleUSCMA Capitol Rally Planned for Thursday USDA Communications
GreeceEurope – Central Asia Helenic Parliament Mister Philippos PetsalnikosPresident Palais du Parlement 10021 ATHENESSubject: Summons issued to German ambassador over German coverage of Greece’s financial crisis to go further GreeceEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information News February 25, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The German government does not control the national media Organisation Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom Paris, 25 February 2010 April 29, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Mister President,Reporters Without Borders, an international press freedom organisation and winner of the 2005 Sakharov Prize, firmly condemns the summons you have issued to the German ambassador about the German media’s coverage of Greece’s financial crisis.It is disturbing and utterly unacceptable that Greece, whether through you or other leading officials, should give the impression that one European Union member government can ask another one to influence its media. Such behaviour, which is more typical of regimes that rank very poorly in our world press freedom index, is a direct violation of article 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.Under international law, and especially within the European Union, a state cannot and must not under any circumstances be held responsible for the editorial content of its news media, regardless of the form of media. In Germany, as in all European Union countries, the media are free to cover any subject in accordance with an editorial policy which they themselves determine with complete freedom. Their editorial freedom may in some cases result in their having to defend themselves in the courts, but they never have to account for their actions to government officials. The German authorities therefore cannot and must not under any circumstance interfere in the way the German media cover the economic crisis in Greece or any other subject.We call on the Greek parliament and all other government authorities to publicly undertake to respect the independence of the media and their editorial freedom in a lasting manner at both the national and international level.We thank your in advance for giving this matter your attention.Respectfully, Jean-François JulliardSecretary-GeneralCc : Permanent representations of member states to the European Union Follow the news on Greece News Receive email alerts RSF_en News News February 2, 2021 Find out more
Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet TAGSAlan Shatterfeaturedfull-imageGerry AdamsMargaretta D’ArcyMichael D HigginsPeaceSabina HigginsShannon airportShannonwatchSinn Fein Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus NewsBreaking newsMajor peace protest under way in ShannonBy Editor – February 9, 2014 579 Linkedin Jailed peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy with her lifelong partner, playwright John Arden who died in March, 2012.A large peace demonstration is taking place in Shannon in opposition to the U.S. military use of the airport, and in solidarity with imprisoned peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy.There was an increased Garda presence near the airport in advance of the protest which is taking place from 2pm to 3pm.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 79 year old Galway woman, who is suffering from ill health, is serving a jail sentence at Limerick Prison, for taking her campaign onto the runway in Shannon at a similar event in 2012.Protests at Shannon Airport have been taking place on a monthly basis in recent years with Anti-War activists calling for an end to US Military traffic and stopovers, and though numbers have been low at these events, a larger demonstration is anticipated today in solidarity with Ms D’Arcy.The elderly writer is a personal friend of the wife of President Michael D Higgins and her imprisonment has placed a renewed spotlight on Shannon and the anti-war movement in Ireland.Organisers of this afternoon’s event expect buses to bring supporters from Dublin and Galway and protests already took place outside Dail Eireann this week.There the Justice Minister said Ms D’Arcy could be released immediately, but only if she agrees to stay away from unauthorised zones at Shannon, as directed by Ennis District Court last December.Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams used part of his address at the party’s Ard Fheis in Wexford last night to urge the government to allow the Galway woman leave prison Facebook Previous articleFlooded homes due for demolition will not be rebuiltNext articlePeople of St Mary’s Park just want to get back on their feet Editor Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Print Email WhatsApp Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
ABC News(NEW YORK) — As a tropical system developing in the Atlantic threatens the hard-hit Bahamas, the Midwest is recovering from — and facing more — severe weather.Over 78,000 customers lost power in Michigan overnight as the powerful rain and winds toppled trees and downed power lines.Wednesday was also the second night of heavy rain for the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, area.In Sioux Falls, South Dakota’s largest city, at least three twisters — all EF2s — touched down Tuesday night. No serious injuries were reported.These were the first tornadoes to touch down in Sioux Falls since June 2001.32 million Americans are in the storm zone Thursday nightThirty-two million Americans are in the storm zone Thursday night from the Plains to Chicago to Washington, D.C.A line of severe storms will develop Thursday night stretching from Wisconsin to Oklahoma, bringing damaging winds. Large hail and tornadoes are also possible for parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.In Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., scattered storms may hit during the evening rush hour.New system in the AtlanticMeanwhile, a system forming over the Bahamas has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression or storm over the next several days as it moves through the northwestern Bahamas and toward Florida by the weekend.The potential storm could take two different paths: moving across south Florida and into the Gulf, or along the east coast of Florida and potentially near the Carolinas, bringing rain, gusty winds and rough surf.Regardless of development, the disturbance will bring some heavy rain and gusty winds Thursday and Friday to parts of the Bahamas that were decimated by Hurricane Dorian.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABA Calls For Including Implicit Bias In Jury InstructionsMarilyn Odendahl for www.theindianalawyer.comOver opposition from some attorneys including one from Indiana, the American Bar Association has adopted a resolution that calls for judges to instruct jurors on implicit bias.Resolution 116, which amended two sections of the ABA Principles for Juries and Jury Trials, was approved by the ABA House of Delegates during the annual meeting Aug. 4 through 9 in San Francisco. The second part of the resolution proposed adding a provision to Jury Principle 6 that would require judges to educate jurors on the impact implicit bias can have on the deliberation process. The Indiana State Bar Association discussed implicit bias at its 2015 annual meeting.According to the ABA Journal, that provision stirred some opposition, including from Indianapolis Bar Association delegate Phil Isenbarger. Rather than making a strict requirement, he advocated for softening the language to say that judges “should consider” giving juries instructions on bias. However the House of Delegates passed the measure.The ABA’s Commission on the American Jury and the Diversity & Inclusion 360 Commission proposed the implicit instructions. In their report to the delegates, the commissions stated, “Courts must find practical ways of eliminating implicit bias in jurors. Due to the limited opportunities to educate jurors in the court room setting, the importance of a well-crafted specialized jury instruction may be the only available practical option of making jurors aware of implicit bias.”The ABA Journal reported that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ramona See supported the provision. She noted the bench in California has been instructing juries on implicit bias for 19 years and “has shown that it does work.”Still Isenbarger, partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP who practices in litigation, raised concerns about the ABA rushing to introduce the subject to juries that judges and lawyers are still studying. While implicit bias instruction is meant to get jurors to stop and think about their decisions, he pointed out in an interview with Indiana Lawyer what he sees as the irony in the association not taking more time to consider this resolution.The amendment was revised to provide more information to jurors. Isenbarger said the revision helped but he would have like for model instructions to have been included to give guidance to judges.Isenbarger noted he was speaking for himself and not on behalf of the IndyBar.Resolution 116 also included an amendment to Principal 2(B) which covers eligibility for jury service. The section was revised to prohibit anyone from being barred from a jury because of marital status, gender identity or gender expression.“The purpose behind Principle 2 is to make certain that the jury pool and ultimately juries are representative of the communities that they serve,” the commissions wrote in their report. “The broader the participation, the greater will be the public trust and confidence in the decisions made by the jury and the judgements (sic) of the court.”This provision passed with no opposition. Isenbarger said the amendment will help bring more diversity to the jury box.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Discovery Foods claims to have launched the first preservative-free tortillas, in a bid to drive further growth within the Mexican eating category.The plain tortilla is made with British flour and is targeted at increasing sales of tortillas in-store and stimulating category growth, meeting the needs of those in search of locally produced food that is also preservative-free, said the firm.Bev Taylor, regional marketing manager, Discovery Foods, said: “Last year more than one million new shoppers bought into the Mexican category. Our objective is to continue to grow this number by attracting new customers to the fixture through innovative NPD.”The new variant will join the firm’s existing range of Plain, Wholemeal, Garlic & Coriander and Chilli & Jalapeno tortillas.