Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) 2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSovereign Trust Insurance Plc is an insurance and risk management services company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of life and non-life insurance. Products cover the spectrum of travel, quote and buy, family wellbeing, vehicle, 3 rd party motor and marine insurance. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc was established following the restructuring and recapitalisation of the then Grand Union Assurances Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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After a disastrous home World Cup in 2015, England would go on to lose against South Africa in the final. Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, GuideLooking to get over the terrible 2015 Rugby World Cup, England tried to put those demons to bed in the final against South Africa. However they got totally outplayed.How They QualifiedEngland qualified automatically for the 2019 tournament.Key PlayersThere’s plenty of Saracens muscle up front, where Maro Itoje and the Vunipola brothers, Billy and Mako, are automatic choices when fit. Another Saracen, goalkicking Owen Farrell, calls the shots behind.Saracens trio: from left, Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Jamie George are three of England’s finest (Getty)The Coach – Eddie JonesThe jocular Australian has a proud track record, winning the trophy as an assistant coach with South Africa in 2007.In the spotlight: Eddie Jones hopes to achieve success in the country he coached at RWC 2015 (Getty)Major Work-onsThey have been criticised for their failure to adapt during matches and have been known to concede heavy penalty counts.England Rugby World Cup Warm-upsSunday 11 August 2019: England 33-19 WalesSaturday 17 August 2019: Wales 13-6 England Saturday 24 August 2019: England 57-15 IrelandFriday 6 September 2019: England 37-0 ItalyRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-upsEngland Rugby World Cup GroupEngland are in Group C alongside France, Argentina, USA, and Tonga.Related: 2019 Rugby World Cup Group Argentina Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide The Americans have been building in the right… England Rugby World Cup FixturesSun 22 Sep England 35-3 Tonga (Sapporo) Match reportThu 26 Sep England 45-7 USA (Kobe) Match reportSat 5 Oct England 39-10 Argentina (Tokyo) Match reportSat 12 Oct England 0-0 France (Yokohama) Match cancelled – click here for storySat 19 Oct QF1 England 40-16 Australia (Oita) Match reportSat 26 Oct SF1 England 19-7 New Zealand (Yokohama) Match ReportSat 2 Nov RWC 2019 Final England 12-32 South Africa (Yokohama) Match Report USA Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Los Pumas failed to make it to the… Tonga Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide England Rugby World Cup Kit Expand Expand Collapse All you need to know about Les Bleus… Important match: England v France could decide who tops the group in Japan (Getty Images)England Rugby World Cup SquadEddie Jones has named his 31-man training squad below;Forwards (17):Dan ColeLuke Cowan-DickieTom CurryEllis GengeJamie GeorgeMaro ItojeGeorge KruisJoe LaunchburyCourtney LawesLewis LudlamJoe MarlerKyle SincklerJack SingletonSam UnderhillBilly VunipolaMako VunipolaMark WilsonBacks (14):Joe CokanasigaElliot DalyOwen FarrellGeorge FordPiers FrancisWilli Heinz (ruled out by a hamstring injury picked up in the semi-final and replaced by Ben Spencer)Jonathan JosephJonny MayRuaridh McConnochieJack NowellHenry SladeManu TuilagiAnthony WatsonBen YoungsRelated: 2019 Rugby World Cup FixturesPrevious World Cup Results and RecordEngland’s Rugby World Cup Record: P44 W31 D0 L131987 Quarter-finals1991 Runners-up1995 Fourth1999 Quarter-finals2003 Champions2007 Runners-up2011 Quarter-finals2015 Pool stages2019 Runners-upFollow our Rugby World Cup homepage which we update regularly with news and features. France Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Unlikely to proceed to the knockout stages, Tonga… Also make sure you know about the Groups, Warm-ups, Dates, Fixtures, Venues, TV Coverage, Qualified Teams by clicking on the highlighted links.Finally, don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Expand
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NewsBreaking newsCommunityHopes of Pope’s visit riseBy Bernie English – November 19, 2014 907 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment WhatsApp TAGSBishopfeaturedPope Francissynod Limerick Bishop launches Synod……> The Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy at the launch 2015 Synod with CiaraNoonan and Tommy Walsh of the Youth Ministry.AS SPECULATION of a Papal visit mounted in Limerick, the first gathering to prepare for the Diocesan Synod in 2016 heard that it can lead to re-founding of the diocese.Hopes are growing that Pope Francis might pay a visit to Limerick on his way to the USA next year after Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, on a visit to Moyross, replied “absolutely” when asked if the Pope could visit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The pope could stop off at Shannon on his way to the USA and Archbishop Brown fueled hopes further by speaking of the Pope’s love of Ireland after studying here in the 1970’s.Meanwhile some 350 delegates in Limerick who have stepped forward for selection for the Synod attended the first event in preparation for the landmark gathering.The Synod – the first in Ireland in 50 years and first in the diocese in 70 years – will be preceded by an 18 month period of reflection and will be officially launched at a special Mass on Sunday, December 7 in St. John’s Cathedral.The inaugural event heard from Fr Paul Philibert – a Dominican friar and expert in pastoral theology from the US who has written extensively on church, spirituality, and liturgy – that a synod is” essential if we are to take on board the type of change we now need”.“The synod will help us to name the unusable past and to aim for the necessary future” he said.The synod will help us to name the unusable past and to aim for the necessary future” he added.“In his pastoral letter of convocation, Bishop Brendan clearly indicated that the synod will have some mighty challenges ahead of it. He referred to the ecclesial trauma caused by the revelation of horrible deeds done to children. Those stories and those wounds will need to be named, and assurances of clear changes of policy will need to be credible and fully understood.“Moreover, the practice of the faith has declined, and the majority of our young adults have not settled down into the church as a spiritual home. In a broader sense, not just Roman Catholics, but the Irish people as a whole find it harder to see the link between faith and culture. There is, as Pope Francis keeps reminding us, a profound need for re-evangelization.”Fr Philibert said that there will have to be some ‘emptying out’ and the biggest aspect of this will be in recalibrating our understanding of what the church is and what our role within it must be.He said that exaggerated ideas of the priest’s role was not good for the ordained nor for the laity who, under such circumstances, could hardly imagine their Christian lives as apostolic.“During the last fifty years, a downturn in vocations, often flawed catechesis (or worse, no catechesis), the onslaught of pathological media, and generations attuned to vacuous overstimulation have created a populace addicted to excitation and starved for religious formation. Today, ironically, we have vast resources for communication unimaginable to our great-grandparents, on the one hand, and the effective loss of the deep practical meaning of the Christian life, on the other.“What on earth might be done about such a predicament? Hold a synod,” he continued.He said that we must let go of calculating Christian life in terms of Masses, rosaries, and novenas alone. “These were the lifeblood of Catholics in the hard times, and they are due all proper respect. But we must let go of thinking of the saving sacrifice of the Mass as something done for us but without us.”With regard to what the Synod will mean for delegates and the wider diocese, he said, “We can say that it will pose a series of questions that will shape not only the ministry of the diocese, but the life and witness of its people. Do you want to be clients of an ecclesiastical franchise? Do you want to be observers of sacred, sacramental rites performed for your inspiration and spiritual comfort? Do you want to continue to be part-time Christians who visit churches but live in a lusty world? Or, by contrast, do you want to be an active member of a mutually-ministering community that has the world and its culture in view?“The synod could be an invitation to enter a new age of hope, of discovery, a new age of joy and investment, leading to new challenges but also to deeper peace.”Other talks were given to delegates on the specially designed Synod logo and the Synod Web-site, while there were a number of workshops, including on ‘The Irish Catholic Catechism for Adults as a resource for creating encounters with Christ’, ‘Catholic Education and the Synod’, ‘The Synod and parish life: Exploring how the synod journey will connect with the life of parish and parishioners’, ‘Synodality and Vatican II’, ‘The Synod as a Pilgrimage in Faith’, and ‘Reading the Signs of the Times’.Reflecting on Saturday’s first gathering of Synod delegates, Bishop Brendan Leahy said, “This was the first coming together for the delegates and there was definitely a real sense of energy and enthusiasm about the role of the diocese going forward and how we can look at the obvious challenges we face not as hurdles but platforms for positive change.”Said Fr. Éamonn Fitzgibbon, Episcopal Vicar, as Director of the Synod Fr Eamon Fitzgibbon, “We have had a really engaging and energizing start for the Synod process. Fr. Philibert delivered a captivating address and there was much more food for thought in the various workshops. Ultimately, there is huge goodwill for the Diocese and an appetite for the positive change that we are going to effect. We are now all eagerly looking forward to the Synod launch on December 7th.”For full details on the synod, go to its website www.synod2016.com Previous articleTeachers have “no appetite” for strikeNext articleOne Sawdoctor, One Waterboy Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Print Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet First Irish death from Coronavirus Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Facebook Email Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Advertisement Twitter
Liberty student files class action lawsuit against university for reimbursement of room, board and meal plans
ABC News(LYNCHBURG, Virginia) — A student from Liberty University is filing suit against the school over fees that were not reimbursed despite the novel coronavirus pandemic.The private, evangelical institution came under fire after the university president, Jerry Falwell Jr., did not close campus and said students were welcome back amid the pandemic.According to a lawsuit filed in the Western District of Virginia, the unidentified student is suing to get their housing, dining, health and other fees reimbursed. The lawsuit says that despite the university staying open, some services were not provided to them. “For all practical purposes, students who were living on Liberty’s campus, have been forced to make the difficult decision of whether to stay or return to a campus that has effectively been shut down, or to move home and sacrifice the amounts they have paid for room and board and other campus fees,” the lawsuit says. “Given the fact that Liberty had moved all of its classes online and suspended campus services and activities combined with the very real health risks incumbent with remaining in the residential campus environment during the pandemic, not to mention the stay-at-home orders all around the country, including Virginia, most students chose to leave campus.”The suit says that Liberty has not offered a refund to students for not using services. Combined, some of the fees total upwards of $10,000.In a statement to ABC News, a Liberty University spokesperson said that they have “tirelessly attempted to balance the needs of students, employees, and the community as it has navigated through the unprecedented health challenges presented by COVID-19.”The university said that it is “no surprise” that the plaintiff’s lawyers are trying to profit during this pandemic adding, “we don’t believe this law firm or its single client speaks for the vast majority of our students.”“Similar class-action suits are pending against other schools, and such claims will no doubt be made against other higher education institutions that changed how they operate and deliver services to students in the face of COVID-19,” the statement continued. “Liberty’s attorneys will defend against this lawsuit, which is without legal merit.”The lawsuit acknowledges that Liberty is offering a credit for $1,000 for fall 2020 charges, but says that Liberty’s actions are “unlawful and unfair.”In the past Falwell has defended his actions saying there was an “overreaction” to the pandemic.“Liberty University, is in a very real sense profiting off the COVID-19 pandemic — keeping its campus and campus services “open” as a pretext to retain Plaintiff’s and the other Class members’ room, board and campus fees, despite no longer having to incur the full cost of providing those services, all while putting students’ finances and health at risk,” according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit also says that other institutions have reimbursed students for these services, but “Liberty, unfortunately, has taken the opposite approach.”The university said otherwise.“That fact legally excuses Liberty’s adjustments and leaves the plaintiffs without a legal case. Even so, Liberty will still honor its pledge to provide $1,000 credits to certain students who have opted to move from the residence halls and will continue to allow its students to obtain academic credit in their educational programs online without interruption,” the school said in response, adding that the campus is less populated and more sanitized.The university indicated that there are currently no COVID-19 cases at the school.The lawsuit against the school also says that there have been numerous petitions and cries from families to refund these services but they have not and that the plaintiff is suing anonymously out of fear of retribution, citing Falwell’s ability to use social media “to criticize and invite scorn upon anyone who criticizes him, Liberty or Liberty’s actions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
With new music on the horizon, Gorillaz continue to keep active on their social media accounts by sharing various stories, playlists, and more. After releasing Instagram stories that detailed the doings on band members 2D, Murdoc Niccals, Noodle and Russel Hobbs, the group has just released a brand new playlist as curated by Noodle.Noodle writes, “In search of new sounds and new inspiration, I found these kick-ass women who in their own individual ways are true pioneers in the writing, production and creation of MUSIC. They have inspired me, and I hope they inspire you too.”While there’s still no new music from Gorillaz, we’re guessing a new album will drop shortly. Until then, you can check out the full playlist below, with the tracklisting to follow.Narrated by Delia Derbyshire and Evelyn GlennieMystere De Voix Bulgares (Bulgarian Women’s Choir) – Kaval [email protected] – [email protected] – Slow D’[email protected] – [email protected] – Ridin [email protected] – [email protected] – Woman is a [email protected] – [email protected] – O [email protected] – VegasMica Levi & Oliver Coates – Barok MainDelia Derbyshire – Doctor Who
By Roberto López/ Diálogo January 30, 2017 It is reassuring to know that Minister Bethancourt recognizes the “benefits of having a permanent cooperative relationship with countries like the United States and Colombia.”I would have liked the Minister comments on the impact of U.S.-provided capacity building. Did U.S. capacity building help increase the number of “officials educated and trained in security” he places in “positions at ministry headquarters and its subordinate offices, as well as in intelligence organizations”? A total of 68.4 metric tons of drugs were seized by Panamanian security agencies in 2016, a record for the country, Alexis Bethancourt, Panamanian minister of Security told Diálogo on January 19th. He stressed the importance of international cooperation to defeat drug trafficking. Large quantities of drugs produced in South America are introduced into Panamanian territory via the coasts and then transferred by land, where the majority of seizure operations occur. “Operations are conducted throughout the country and we have had positive results at sea, on the coasts, and on the borders but the most effective [operations] have been on land,” explained Minister Bethancourt. Central America is one of the key regions where criminal organizations transport their illegal shipments. They use the countries of the isthmus as their principal drug-trafficking routes. “Because of its geographic position and its logistical and maritime platforms, Panama represents one of the main links for drug-trafficking routes,” said Commissioner Belsio González, director of the National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, per its Spanish acronym). The number of seizures in 2016 surpassed the 2015 record of 58.1 tons of drugs. In 2014, a total of 39.2 tons were seized, according to figures published by the Ministry of Security. Of the total amount of drugs seized in Panama in 2016, SENAN confiscated 29.1 tons, González reported. SENAN operates in the air, the sea, and on land along the country’s 1,690-kilometer Pacific coast, the 1,160-kilometer Caribbean coast, and in close to 1,600 islands. Another component of the Security Force, the National Border Service, operates along the borders of Costa Rica and Colombia and seized 2.3 tons along the 555 kilometers under its control. The rest of the drugs (37 tons) were confiscated by the National Police of Panama. Intelligence work Commissioner González told Diálogo that in 2016 SENAN conducted 74 operations with positive results. Meanwhile, Bethancourt highlighted the importance of both domestic and international intelligence work in planning operations. “That is why actions like ‘Operation Homeland’ and ‘Operation Shield’ served to collect and verify pertinent information that could contribute to the work of developing a security strategy,” he said. Bethancourt added that planning allows for “efficiency and effectiveness for Panamanian security institutions.” The fight against drug trafficking cannot be done alone For Panamanian authorities, international cooperation plays a crucial role. Minister Bethancourt and Commissioner González don’t just concur on this — they also emphasize the benefits of having a permanent cooperative relationship with countries like the United States and Colombia. Both officials stressed that improving and strengthening international collaboration and bonds of friendship translate to support when confronting the global threat represented by drug trafficking in the different countries. Commissioner González said that cooperation in the air and sea environments, particularly in Western Hemisphere countries, is highly important, “especially since the fight against drug trafficking cannot be fought alone [by a single country]. It is necessary to use resources to systematically engage in cooperation and the constant and secure exchange of information.” To achieve active cooperation and teamwork in the fight against international crime, Panama has agreements and memorandums of understanding with countries such as Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the United States, Honduras, and Peru. New equipment and training According to Bethancourt, another crucial factor for achieving good results is finding officials educated and trained in security, and placing them in positions at ministry headquarters and its subordinate offices, as well as in intelligence organizations. The minister also noted the “importance of improving technological equipment and providing training to people working to confront this scourge, as well as integrating officials from the Public Ministry district attorneys’ offices specialized in drug crimes who are looking for work that is more flexible and has better results.” In the past few years, institutions such as SENAN have increased seizures and criminal apprehensions and have sent more individuals responsible for illicit maritime traffic to the justice system. “Through the execution of a dynamic of strategic operational targeting, SENAN has confronted historical challenges affecting the financial-logistical system of drug-trafficking terrorist groups, stripping them of large drug shipments that are the engine driving their finances,” explained Commissioner González. At the end of their discussion on the importance of maintaining fluid communication and constant cooperation among investigative bodies within their country and with other nations dedicated to combating this illicit activity, the two Panamanian officials agreed to jointly engage in a decisive battle against the scourge of drugs in the region.
If someone told you that the Butić family resort is only a few kilometers from Zadar, in the pre-season it hosts over 17.000 guests who also carry a hundred euros to pick olives with the cheerful host Ante, most will say that someone is joking, but that is tourism which we must strive for and tourism that takes place in the family resort Butić.Namely, the family farm Butić picnic area has been working since 2011 on the presentation of local indigenous food, whether it is delicious cheeses, prosciutto that is part of the processing is kept in the Nin Sea or delicious chocolates and meat under the baking lid. The whole family works hard to make the whole story have an authentic story, and most of all they make sure that the guests bring a special story of our region in their mouths and memories.Last year they started with the presentation of the olive picking offer, which had a great response among the guests, so this year they organized the same thing again, driving the guests to the field in a tractor, which was a very funny and interesting experience for most. Or rather an unforgettable experience that they are willing to pay well for. “We have been thinking for a long time how to create additional content that will not require too much investment, and which our guests will gladly accept. Visiting tourism fairs, various conferences, seminars and listening to the profession, we decided to offer olive picking as our trip three years ago. This means that our guests spend 100 euros to spend the day in the olive grove, have lunch outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and olive picking activities. We realized our idea with the help of the oldest agency Globtour-event and offered our guests and our region a new, interesting offer. “ Ante Butić points out and adds that the olive picking trip was recognized by various agencies, and that the reservation for this year done, and for the next one there are very few terms left. This picture speaks a thousand wordsThis year, they hosted over a dozen groups, and guests have no problem traveling even 2 kilometers to come to Brisevo and stay in the countryside. It is the tourism we must strive for, our authentic story in every sense. In the upcoming holiday season, the Butić family resort organizes Christmas parties with the presentation of gift packages from local producers. “It is not easy for people in the hinterland who are engaged in tourism to attend all workshops or seminars, because often the working day ends very late. Through our work, we need quick information and help to improve our offerings and create a sustainable story whose results will benefit the entire community. We thank the Association for Rural Development Ravni kotari and the LAG in Laura, which is not part of our territory, but we are very happy to refer us to tenders and measures that we can apply. In addition, we gladly follow the work of other TZs in Croatia with which we have excellent cooperation and exchange of experiences, and we praise the work of TZ Benkovac, because such energy and programs should be an integral part of all TZ hinterlands, we are sorry that our home TZ counties often do not recognize the offers of the hinterland and the value of the rural part of the county that offers a lot “, the host Ante Butić told us at the end.Tourists want to experience an authentic way and culture of living, and especially local ecological delicacies, which they can pick up and taste immediately. With homemade wine, brandy and liqueurs and homemade food, it is the best possible tourist product. Who was driving the tractor? Who saw live cows, horses, chickens, geese, donkeys, sheep…?Tourists will pay to be you one day, to do your chores around the garden, feed the animals, and so pick olives, grapes, corn, etc.…Yes, someone will pay you to do your job! It is a story we must tell in rural areas as a major tourist product. Organic and organic food is a rapidly growing trend, as well as the need to experience the noise of silence and the smell of nature has become imperative, especially in major European cities.Picking tomatoes in the garden, slicing homemade prosciutto, drinking homemade wine – this is an experience that tourists are ready and willing to pay for. It is tourism.