Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) 2012 abridged results.Company ProfileOlympia Capital Holdings Limited manufactures and sells products for the home restoration, building and construction sectors in Kenya. Products in its range include floor tiles, PVC windows and door frames, cleaning chemicals, adhesives as well as fire prevention equipment and water pumps sold through its subsidiary, Mather & Platt (Kenya) Limited. Kalahari Floor Tiles is a subsidiary company in Botswana and Tjespro (171) Trading Pty Ltd is a subsidiary company in Cape Town. The company also has interests in real estate including Avon Centre and Heri Heights Limited. Formerly known as Dunlop Kenya Limited, the company changed its name to Olympia Capital Holdings Limited in 2004. Established in 1968, the company was founded to manufacture vinyl floor tiles, adhesives and sports equipment. Olympia Capital Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited (MOR.mu) 2016 annual report.Company ProfileMauritius Oil Refineries Limited deals in the production and distribution of edible crude oils, which includes the refinery, packaging and marketing of the finished products. The company also engages in the manufacturing of metal cans and plastic containers. Moroil operates through its subsidiaries, wholly owned Proton Limited, engaged in the rental services; Metal Can Manufacturers Limited, a metal containers manufacturer, in which it holds a 50.11% stake, as well as Pharmalab Plastic Supplies Limited, a plastic bottles manufacturer, in which the Company holds a 51.22% stake. The company has divided its activities into segments, which include oil products, metal cans and plastic containers, imported food products, and others. Mauritius Oil Refineries Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) 2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePharma-Deko Plc manufactures, packages and markets a range of pharmaceutical and consumer products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include Parkalin cough syrup, Revitone blood tonic, Salins liniment, Hexdene mouth wash, Brett mouth wash, Omepraz, Pharmadec drops and syrups, Phardol suppository and drops, Amycin dry powder and capsules, Anuproct suppositories, Vitacee drops and syrups, Antasil tablets, garlic tablets, Amoquin anti-malarial tablets and Parkprim suspension and tablets. The company also produces and sells a non-sugar cream soda; and manufactures and packages pharmaceutical and consumer products under contract. Established in 1962 and formerly known as Parke-Davis & Company (US), the company changed its name to Pharma-Deko Limited in 1990. It is now known as Pharma-Deko Plc. The company head office is in Ogun State, Nigeria. Pharma-Deko Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom By Matthew Jordan, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pennsylvania State University and first published on theconversation.comThe new film “A Quiet Place” is an edge-of-your-seat tale about a family struggling to avoid being heard by monsters with hypersensitive ears. Conditioned by fear, they know the slightest noise will provoke a violent response – and almost certain death.Audiences have come out in droves to dip their toes into its quiet terror, and they’re loving it: It’s raked in over US$100 million at the box office and has a 95 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.Like fairy tales and fables that dramatize cultural phobias or anxieties, the movie may be resonating with audiences because something about it rings true. For hundreds of years, Western culture has been at war with noise.Yet the history of this quest for quietness, which I’ve explored by digging through archives, reveals something of a paradox: The more time and money people spend trying to keep unwanted sound out, the more sensitive to it they become.Be quiet – I’m thinking!As long as people have lived in close quarters, they’ve been complaining about the noises other people make and yearning for quiet.In the 1660s, the French philosopher Blaise Pascal speculated, “the sole cause of man’s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.” Pascal surely knew it was harder than it sounds.But in modern times, the problem seems to have gotten exponentially worse. During the Industrial Revolution, people swarmed to cities roaring with factory furnaces and shrieking with train whistles. German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer called the cacophony “torture for intellectual people,” arguing that thinkers needed quietness in order to do good work. Only stupid people, he thought, could tolerate noise.Charles Dickens described feeling “harassed, worried, wearied, driven nearly mad, by street musicians” in London. In 1856, The Times echoed his annoyance with the “noisy, dizzy, scatterbrain atmosphere” and called on Parliament to legislate “a little quiet.”It seems the more people started to complain about noise, the more sensitive to it they became. Take the Scottish polemicist Thomas Carlyle. In 1831, he moved to London.“I have been more annoyed with noises,” he wrote, “which get free access through my open windows.”He became so triggered by noisy peddlers that he spent a fortune soundproofing the study in his Chelsea Row house. It didn’t work. His hypersensitive ears perceived the slightest sound as torture, and he was forced to retreat to the countryside.The war on noiseBy the 20th century, governments all over the world were engaged in an endless war on noisy people and things. After successfully silencing the tugboats whose tooting tormented her on the porch of her Riverside Avenue mansion, Mrs. Julia Barnett Rice, the wife of venture capitalist Isaac Rice, founded the Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise in New York in order to combat what she called “one of the greatest banes of city life.”Counting as members over 40 governors, and with Mark Twain as their spokesman, the group used its political clout to get “quiet zones” established around hospitals and schools. Violating a quiet zone was punishable by fine, imprisonment or both.But focusing on noise only made her more sensitive to it. Like Carlyle, Rice turned to architects and built a quiet place deep under the ground, where her husband, Isaac, could work out his chess gambits in peace.Inspired by Rice, anti-noise organizations sprang up around the globe. After World War I, with ears across Europe still ringing from explosions, the transnational culture war against noise really took off.A promotion for the British Anti-Noise League, which was active in the 1930s. Russell DaviesCities all over the world targeted noisy technologies, like the Klaxon automobile horn, which Paris, London and Chicago banned by ordinance in the 1920s. In the 1930s, New York Mayor Fiorello La Guardia launched a “noiseless nights” campaign aided by sensitive noise-measuring devices stationed throughout the city. New York passed dozens of laws over the next several decades to muzzle the worst offenders, and cities throughout the world followed suit. By the 1970s, governments were treating noise as environmental pollution to be regulated like any industrial byproduct.Planes were forced to fly higher and slower around populated areas, while factories were required to mitigate the noise they produced. In New York, the Department of Environmental Protection – aided by a van filled with sound-measuring devices and the words “noise makes you nervous & nasty” on the side – went after noisemakers as part of “Operation Soundtrap.”After Mayor Michael Bloomberg instituted new noise codes in 2007 to ensure “well-deserved peace and quiet,” the city installed hypersensitive listening devices to monitor the soundscape and citizens were encouraged to call 311 to report violations.Consuming quietnessYet legislating against noisemakers rarely satisfied our growing desire for quietness, so products and technologies emerged to meet the demand of increasingly sensitive consumers. In the early 20th century, sound-muffling curtains, softer floor materials, room dividers and ventilators kept the noise from the outside from coming in, while preventing sounds from bothering neighbors or the police.But as Carlyle, Rice and the family in “A Quiet Place” found out, creating a sound-free lifeworld is nearly impossible. Certainly, as Hugo Gernsback learned with his 1925 invention the Isolator – a lead helmet with viewing holes connected to a breathing apparatus – it was impractical.A drawing of Hugo Gernsback’s ‘Isolator’ appeared in a 1925 issue of the magazine ‘Science and Invention.’ Science and InventionNo matter how thoughtful the design, unwanted sound continued to be a part of everyday life.Unable to suppress noise, disquieted consumers started trying to mask it with wanted sound, buying gadgets like the Sleepmate white noise machine or by playing recorded sounds of nature, from breaking waves to rustling forests, on their stereos.Today, the quietness industry is a booming international market. There are hundreds of digital apps and technologies created by psychoacoustic engineers for consumers, including noise cancellation products with adaptive algorithms that detect outside sounds and produce anti-phase sonic waves, rendering them inaudible.Headphones like Beats by Dr. Dre promise a life “Above the Noise”; Cadillac’s “Quiet Cabin” claims it can protect people from “the silent horror film out there.”The marketing efforts for these products aim to convince us that noise is intolerable and the only way to be happy is to shut out other people and their unwanted sounds. This same fantasy is mirrored in “A Quiet Place”: The only moment of relief in the whole “silent horror film” is when Evelyn and Lee are wired in together, swaying gently to their own music and silencing the world outside their earbuds.In a Sony ad for their noise-canceling headphones, the company depicts a world in which the consumer exists in a sonic bubble in an eerily empty cityscape.A 2011 ad for Sony’s noise cancellation headphones. Ads of the WorldContent as some may feel in their ready-made acoustic cocoons, the more people accustom themselves to life without unwanted sounds from others, the more they become like the family in “A Quiet Place.” To hypersensitized ears, the world becomes noisy and hostile.Maybe more than any alien species, it’s this intolerant quietism that’s the real monster. You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Government to match fund Practical Action’s Safer Cities campaign 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. Howard Lake | 19 November 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The UK government will match fund donations from the public to technology charity Practical Action’s ‘Safer Cities’ campaign, which is designed to improve the lives of slum communities in Nepal and Bangladesh.The campaign aims to raise £200,000 by 31 December 2013.International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “By matching pound for pound all public donations to this appeal, we will help Practical Action provide safe drinking water and basic sanitation to over four thousand people living in slums in Bangladesh and Nepal.“As well as day-to-day health benefits, this will reduce the spread of potentially deadly water-borne diseases that follow regular seasonal flooding. Better hygiene isn’t just vital to save lives; it means people can focus on earning money and taking care of their families.”Practical Action is working in partnership with Premier Christian Radio which is promoting the Safer Cities campaign by broadcasting interviews with project works and beneficiaries of the projects.The Safer Cities campaign is also being communicated via social media channels, street fundraising, banner advertising, PPC advertising, direct mail and email. 38 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding matched giving
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis YouTube & Youth Music partner to provide funding & expertise to emerging creative organisations “The current challenges facing the creative industries are why organisations like Youth Music are more important than ever before, and we are proud to be partnering with them to support creatives in the UK, particularly those from marginalised and underrepresented groups. In helping to establish a platform for the next generation of creative talent to shine through, our goal is to create a lasting legacy that ensures the UK remains at the epicentre of culture and creativity globally.”The application deadline for this second round of funding is 5 February 2021. Melanie May | 23 December 2020 | News Tagged with: Funding music 287 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis National charity Youth Music and YouTube have announced a partnership that will see the two working together to deliver industry expertise and investment to emerging creative organisations.The move represents a step forward following the charity’s report A Blueprint for the Future, which aimed to address inequalities and lack of diversity in the music industries.The collaboration adds to Youth Music’s Incubator Fund, which opened its second round of applications on Thursday 17 December, and helps music organisations create sustainable career opportunities for 18-25 year olds.With Covid-19 continuing to impact many aspects of the music sector, YouTube will provide successful applicants with coaching and additional funding to increase their digital capabilities and innovate for the future.More than sixty organisations will benefit from YouTube Masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring over the next 12-months, including the thirty-one organisations which successfully secured investment in round one of the Youth Music Incubator Fund in November.Matt Griffiths, CEO of Youth Music, said:“We see again and again at Youth Music how young people are finding ingenious ways to navigate their way into the music industries. Nevertheless, their progress is all too often blocked due to entrenched inequalities in the music industries. We are addressing this with our Incubator Fund, and it’s great to be collaborating with YouTube to increase the impact and support to a range of diverse organisations and young people.”Ben McOwen Wilson, Managing Director YouTube UK, added: Advertisement 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.
News News News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities in the southeastern province of Fujian to grant a definitive release to Fan Yanqiong, a blogger who is serving a two-year jail sentence on a charge of defaming the police. Fan was taken to hospital in a serious condition on 25 August but it seems she had been accorded only a provisional release on health grounds.Fan was one of three bloggers who were convicted for publicising the case of Yan Xiaoling, a young woman who died after allegedly being gang-raped by individuals with links to the police. The other two bloggers, Wu Huaying and You Jingyou, who were given one-year jail sentences, were released at the start of June.Fan has been held since 26 June 2009 in Fujian’s Mawei prison where her health has deteriorated a great deal. Her lawyer, Liu Xiaoyuan, said the permission for her hospitalisation arrived too late because her condition was already alarming. Fan had made eight previous requests for appropriate medical attention, but all had been refused.At the time of her trial in April 2010, she could not longer stand or breathe properly. She was using a wheel chair and an oxygen mask. She was coughing a great deal and was suffering from high blood pressure, muscular atrophy and terrible pains in all her limbs.During her transfer to hospital on 25 August, Fan said: “What I would like to say above all is that in this despotic country, where freedom of expression is limited, where we are deprived of our freedom, those who expose the truth are in the right.”More information about the case: http://en.rsf.org/china-prison-sentences-for-three-16-04-2010,37058.htmlVideos about the case:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEp5mRgPP7A&feature=PlayList&p=104009D30A1EBABB&index=0http://video.ft.com/v/83290715001/May-19-Chinese-internet-activists-take-protests-to-the-real-worldhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wcps1S_GDAIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMOhYM7zNvA&feature=related April 27, 2021 Find out more August 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Fujian authorities urged to grant full release to ailing blogger Follow the news on China News RSF_en Organisation March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts China’s Cyber Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes
March 4, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US journalist’s driver-guide held for past three weeks Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia BelarusEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention for the past three weeks of Ruslan Khamzatovich Soltakhanov, who works as a driver and guide for journalists covering the war in Chechnya. He was arrested in North Ossetia on 13 February after working for three days for US journalist Rebecca Santana, from whom notes and material were confiscated by security agents on 12 February. “This case shows yet again that the Russian authorities do everything possible to prevent the press from finding out what is really going on in Chechnya,” the organisation said, adding that it feared Soltakhanov was being punished for helping journalists enter the troubled Caucasian republic.Reporters Without Borders said it had told interim interior Rachid Nurgaliev of its deep concern and requested an explanation for Soltakhanov’s arrest. It also described the seizure of Santana’s notes and material as “unacceptable.”The Moscow correspondent for Cox Newspapers, a US chain, Santana quoted Soltakhanov’s wife as saying four or five men in plain-clothes came to their home on the morning of 13 February and took her husband away. The men, who did not identify themselves, returned in the afternoon and searched the house, taking papers. They also claimed to have found two grenades but Soltakhanov’s wife insisted there were no weapons in the house.As Santana was returning to Moscow, she was detained on 12 February at Mineralnye Vody airport (northwest of Grozny) by agents of the FSB, the domestic security agency. They confiscated her camera, film, notes, two mobile phones and palmtop computer. These were returned to her the next day in Moscow by the foreign ministry’s press department, but her film had been developed.The US embassy had announced on 11 February that Santana had been missing for three days. This false alert drew attention to her presence in Chechnya. “The FSB, the police and the Mozdok prosecutor’s office knew that I had worked with Mr. Soltakhanov,” Santana said, stressing that she was “extremely concerned” about his fate. “I’m convinced he was arrested because he had worked with me,” she added. Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 28, 2021 Find out more News News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Follow the news on Belarus News News to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more
News Follow the news on Kenya News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent KenyaAfrica Reporters Without Borders today condemned a government decision to withhold state advertising from the Standard Group media, which include The Standard daily newspaper and Kenya Television Network (KTN). “The culmination of a war of words in which the police and courts have at times been enlisted, this decision is absurd and dangerous,” the press freedom organisation said. “A state advertising boycott is not just a low blow, it is also unacceptable inasmuch as public funds should not be used for political or personal advantage. This boycott is just aggravating the climate of tension between the government and the Standard Group and will fuel mistrust.”Several Kenyan and foreign media reported that the public services ministry circulated an e-mail message at the start of this month instructing public sector groups to cancel any advertising they were placing with The Standard or KTN, or to redirect it to other media that were more favourable to government policy.The move came after a year of tension between President Mwai Kibaki’s government and the Standard Group. After the e-mail message’s content was revealed, the security minister said The Standard had “declared a war” against him.The Standard recently published a report claiming that a government minister had approached Armenian organised crime members with a view to having former President Daniel arap Moi’s son murdered. After the article appeared, managing director Chaacha Mwita, Standard Group deputy chairman Paul Melly, operations director Paul Wanyagah and editorial director Kwendo Opanga were interrogated for seven hours on 17 April without being able to consult with their lawyers.Just over a year ago, the police carried out simultaneous raids on the headquarters of KTN and The Standard’s printers in Nairobi’s industrial area at around 1 a.m. on 2 March 2006. Armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles, the police attacked guards at KTN and damaged equipment, causing a panic in the studios and forcing the station to suspend broadcasting until the afternoon of the next day. The police also seized the copies of that day’s issue of The Standard and burned them. April 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more April 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government orders state sector to withdraw advertising from Standard Group media Reports News Help by sharing this information KenyaAfrica to go further RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa June 13, 2019 Find out more Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activists Receive email alerts