Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) 2013 annual report.Company ProfileLasaco Assurance Plc is a composite insurance and financial services company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite business in major sectors of the economy. This includes the heavy engineering, construction, banking and finance, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism sectors. Lasaco Assurance Plc’s business portfolio includes leadership and a significant stake in key federal and state government insurance businesses, multinational and private companies. The company also offers life cover to high-tech, capital intensive and special risk sectors such as oil and gas and aerospace. Lasaco Assurance Plc has business interests in property development and management as well as shareholdings in numerous blue chip enterprises. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lasaco Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Health sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: EkoCorp Plc (EKOCOR.ng) 2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileEkoCorp Plc provides hospital and medical care services in Nigeria through direct health and medical insurance carriers. These include medical practitioners, dieticians, diabetic nurse educators, foot care specialists and ophthalmologists. Consultant services include general surgery, orthopedic surgery, grammatology, otorhinolaryngology audiology and speech therapy, dental surgery, radiology, Physiotherapy, endoscopy, anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology, radiotherapy and oncology. EkoCorp Plc offers immunological screening for thyroid antibodies, thyroid adrenal anti-nuclear antibodies and pediatric endocrinology services. Other services address healthcare needs for ENT, dental, vision, auditory, dialysis, pathology, psychiatric and prostate screening and diagnostics. The company also provides extended cover protection for dread disease, medical complications as well as general life insurance cover. A subsidiary of EkoCorp Plc manufactures a range of pharmaceutical preparations. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. EkoCorp Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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…and Te’o fells Magnus Bradbury.Shipping a couple of breakdown penalties during the match, Te’o did demonstrate that there remains a rawness to his union game. That said, Jones’ comments were largely justified. Worcester, and perhaps England, have a fine player on their hands. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Bolter in blue: Ben Te’o breaks the gainline against Edinburgh Credit: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy We examine how Ben Te’o fared for Leinster on the day England coach Eddie Jones highlighted his qualities TAGS: Highlight This blend of power and pragmatism will very much excite Jones, as will Te’o’s linking ability.Taking the chance to distributeThough this match was rather fractured and frantic, there were also glimpses of the “short passing game” that Jones had heralded. Here, Ruddock is released for a trundle close to the touchline:An imposing figure such as Te’o will always attract defenders and in this case, both Chris Eves and Damien Hoyland seem slightly narrow and closed off – preoccupied with the carrier’s running threat:Te’o identifies as much and sends a flat pass in front of Ruddock that invites the flanker to embark on an outside arc:A Leinster line-break results, as it also did from this chaotic passage:Now, this may appear to be a reckless intervention from Te’o. However, as previous clips have demonstrated, he values possession extremely highly. His overhead offload is intended for Fergus McFadden, who slips just after Te’o has committed to releasing the pass.If McFadden were on his feet at this point, he would have caught the ball and been able to release Kearney:As it happens, there is so much space that Reid can recover the ball before being shut down by an Edinburgh player. Though spectacular, Te’o’s slam dunk is quite safe. Having said that, a more straightforward pass out of contact in the second half so nearly created a try:Leinster’s forwards execute another faux-maul from the lineout and the ball is moved left to Te’o, who makes a beeline for the 10-12 channel. This isolates Edinburgh’s outside centre, forcing him to make a decision as Reid tears forward to reach his teammate’s shoulder:Te’o reaches the gainline and Reid rushes past the flat-footed defender opposite him:Players like Te’o, hefty carriers with offloading skills, provide targets for support runners. In this instance, Reid is rewarded for second-guessing that his colleague will be able to free an arm and release the pass.Dangerous decoyOver his brief but eventful union career with Bath and England, some of Burgess’ most effective contributions came as a decoy runner. Similarly, because of his attributes with the ball, Te’o can be influential without it.After a frustrating first half saw Leinster squander the vast majority of territory and possession to reach the break just 6-3 in front, this score on 43 minutes was vital:A delicious inside pass from Madigan and Fitzgerald’s break catch the eye, but Te’o also has a subtle role. Watch Reid direct him on the previous phase, demanding he run a short angle into a large gap:As Reid runs past the ball himself, cutting off WP Nel cleverly, Te’o’s presence coaxes the rest of the Edinburgh line into a drift. This allows Madigan and Fitzgerald to cut against the grain:This is a prime example of an attacking team manipulating their opposition. Having deployed Te’o as a battering ram in the first period, Leinster then use him to suck in would-be tacklers before sending a runner elsewhere.Finally, we come to Te’o’s destructive talents in defence.Owning collisions and organisationTe’o wore the 13 shirt on Friday evening, but there were still examples of the toughness in the 12 channel that Jones lauded. This shuddering hit sapped Edinburgh’s momentum:Not even in the frame as Edinburgh instigate the phase……Te’o reads the narrow pattern of the attack, jamming in to make a robust challenge that halts 113kg Anton Bresler:Te’o then bounces to his feet immediately to adopt the right-hand guard role. Edinburgh do well to spin the ball left and score from the very next phase. Later on in the second period, they made far less headway from inside their own half:Mike Allen pays the price for an upright body position here. Te’o wraps him up with an uncompromising tackle……allowing Dominic Ryan to rush in, hold Allen above the ground, form a maul and complete the copybook ‘choke tackle’:Lastly, we come to some calm communication in the very final seconds. Edinburgh are striving for a try that could snatch an unlikely draw:In the Six Nations, Jones praised the spatial awareness of Joseph – a hugely underrated part of the Bath centre’s play. Here, Te’o showcases his own foresight and communication skills before making an important tackle.Initially standing as the final man in the defensive line, he clocks that Edinburgh have an overlap. Te’o beckons wing Fitzgerald to leave the back-field, where he is waiting for a kick, to fill the space on the left flank:Fitzgerald does so… Already looking far past the Grand Slam he landed at his first attempt in March, Eddie Jones spent last Friday morning discussing a few selection issues ahead of England‘s June tour of Australia.He knows his side must be better, more dynamic, more powerful and more incisive. Naturally, there was a witty analogy – “you want to fix the roof while the sun is still shining”.Jones did not require much prompting to bring up Ben Te’o, Leinster‘s New Zealand-born, Worcester Warriors-bound centre. Te’o, a former teammate of Sam Burgess at the South Sydney Rabbitohs, qualifies through his English mother.If he can be registered in time by the RFU – the need for a “live contract with an English team” was mentioned – or if Jones is able to slightly bend the rules on overseas players representing England, it seems definite the 29-year will travel.“The boy can play,” said Jones. “He was an outstanding rugby league player – an absolutely outstanding rugby league player.“He can go through the line, he’s got a short passing game and he hits. You don’t want to run down his channel when he’s defending at 12.“Potentially, we’re to have three potential world-class options at 12 – Te’o, [Manu] Tuilagi and Owen Farrell. It’s a great situation to be in. We can just pick the one that suits the game.”The repetition of potential in a double conditional in that final claim suggests there is a way to go. Henry Slade will almost certainly come into the equation. Even so, Te’o demonstrated the qualities he would offer Test rugby during a 30-23 defeat of Edinburgh in Dublin later the same day.Scanning, stepping and work-rateWe join this Pro12 encounter after Leinster have levelled the scores at 3-3, Luke Fitzgerald fields the restart and passes to Jordi Murphy. Meanwhile, at the top of the screen, Te’o is retreating into midfield:As Murphy takes contact, Te’o joins the backline. Scanning the Edinburgh defenders, he will have seen two tight-five forwards around the fringes – not unusual at all……but when Te’o receives the ball, from fly-half Ian Madigan following a pass from Rhys Ruddock behind the decoy line of Richardt Strauss……there is space to cut back:Stepping past both Alasdair Dickinson and Ben Toolis, Te’o then shunts through two more challenges to cross the 22. Madigan can clear with Leinster on the front foot, well beyond the gainline:A close-up shot of Te’o’s run highlights his balance and explosive, fast-twitch athleticism:Because Madigan is outside of the 22, he aims his kick infield. Jason Tovey sends the ball back to his opposite number. At this point, we can see Te’o, who has already sprinted left to join the chase by this point, backtracks quickly to join Leinster’s counter-attack:When Fitzgerald receives a long pass from full-back Rob Kearney, Te’o is an option out wide:From here, Leinster cause Edinburgh serious trouble:The most impressive facet of Te’o’s involvement here is the restraint of his decision-making. From an offside position, scrum-half Luke McGrath is calling for a miracle kick infield or a looping inside pass:Rather than risk a turnover though, Te’o slows his leg speed, braces for the tackle of John Hardie, brushes off the Scotland flanker and sets a target so the hosts can recycle. Leinster retain possession.We will examine Te’o’s contact skills and commitment to continuity later, but he was primarily deployed as a potent strike-runner.Punching holes, laying platformsA lightweight midfield of George Ford, Farrell and Jonathan Joseph meant England’s backline could not be especially direct during the Six Nations. On occasion, they did position Billy Vunipola in midfield from shortened lineouts, but opposition defences could obviously counter that by crowding their own midfield with back-rowers.What Te’o, like Tuilagi, offers is a gainline-breaking option in the backline. Leinster used him in this role plenty of times. Take this set piece:The Brumbies have used a similar move during their current Super Rugby campaign. A six-man lineout, normally a signpost for a driving maul, is used to tie in the opposition pack. In this case, flanker Josh van der Flier, stands at scrum-half.He feigns to latch on to the ball……but instead feeds Strauss, who arcs around on to the openside:When Te’o takes a subsequent pass at pace, his presence sucks in five members of the Edinburgh team:Despite such heavy traffic, he wins the collision and crosses the gainline once again. Minutes later came a more conventional means of catapulting Te’o, from a full lineout:Firstly, Madigan must transfer McGrath’s pass to Te’o before Hardie, in the ‘tail-gunner’ position at the rear of Edinburgh’s lineout, can disrupt:Once this has been acheived, Te’o can go to work. A jink to the left sees off Tovey before he shrugs off Phil Burleigh as Noel Reid flies up in support:At this point, more canny decision-making comes in. Te’o frees his right arm. He could easily flick a speculative offload towards Reid:Again though, he holds on so there is no chance of Burleigh intercepting. A closer look also captures some textbook ball placement on the floor:
December 24, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four months suspended prison sentence a 3,000 euros fine for publisher of Le Républicain Reporters Without Borders reminded the authorities that, under UN recommendations, a journalist should not suffer a fine disproportionate to the offence committed and that no journalist should be jailed for press offences. Abou has been held at Niamey civilian prison since 5 November. He was accused of publishing confidential Treasury documents, in connection with misappropriation of funds by the finance minister.The journalist remains in jail awaiting the verdict for theft of official documents. The date of the second part of the trial has not yet been announced. News to go further NigerAfrica News Organisation Receive email alerts NigerAfrica News Reports “We are reassured that the court replaced the prison sentence with a suspended sentence,” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders. “However we find it unacceptable that the head of an independent press publication can be found guilty of defamation for revealing, with supporting evidence, fraudulent practices within the government.””We call on the authorities, while waiting for the verdict on the theft of documents to grant bail to Mr Abou, who has already spent two months in prison,” he added. Follow the news on Niger November 27, 2020 Find out more The conviction of Niger newspaper editor Moussa Aksar is an attack on investigative journalism RSF_en Help by sharing this information July 16, 2020 Find out more May 11, 2021 Find out more A court in Niamey sentenced Mamane Abou, publisher of the independent weekly Le Républicain, to a four-month suspended prison term and fined him 2 million CFA francs (about 3,000 euros) for defaming former finance minister Ali Badjo Gamatié and the current prime minister Hama Amadou.The verdict, imposed on 23 December, replaces one given in default on 7 November which sentenced Abou to six months in prison and a fine of 300,000 CFA francs (about 450 euros).He was refused bail while awaiting the verdict on the second count of the case, a charge of stealing official documents. Niger: Two journalists arrested in disturbing setback for press freedom The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa
RSF_en Abdulkadir Mohammed Nunow, the director of Bosaso-based Radio Horseed and a correspondent of Voice of America’s Somali-language service, was released at 11 a.m. today. News June 26, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Puntland authorities free radio station director after holding him overnight News Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News Abdulkadir Mohammed Nunow, the director of Bosaso-based Radio Horseed and a correspondent of Voice of America’s Somali-language service, was released at 11 a.m. today after being held overnight without being charged, Reporters Without Borders has learned from Omar Faruk Osman, the secretary-general of partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ).———-26.06 – Puntland radio station director arrested over report about foreign tourists held hostageReporters Without Borders calls on the authorities of the semi-autonomous northeastern territory of Puntland to release Abdulkadir Mohammed Nunow, the director of privately-owned Radio Horseed, who was arrested yesterday in Bosaso after broadcasting a report about foreign tourists held hostage in a region claimed by both Puntland and the neighbouring breakaway state of Somaliland.“This latest arbitrary arrest of a journalist in Puntland has heavy political connotations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Puntland’s authorities do not tolerate interviews with their rivals, not even to obtain information about the territories their rivals control. Nunow is the victim of the local government’s propaganda strategy and refusal to recognise reality. His arrest is designed solely to intimidate and send a threatening signal to his fellow journalists.”Nunow, who is also Bosaso correspondent of the Somali-language service of the US government’s Voice of America radio station, was arrested in his office at 2:10 p.m. yesterday by soldiers acting on the orders of Abdullahi Said Samatar, Puntland’s security minister.The Reporters Without Borders partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) said his arrest was prompted by a report on 23 June about a group of western tourists who were kidnapped off Puntland’s northern coast by pirates. It included an interview with a Somaliland military commander in Las Qoray, a disputed coastal town in Sanag, the region where the hostages are apparently being held. Somaliland’s army currently controls the town. Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Receive email alerts January 8, 2021 Find out more
News April 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders welcomes release of five journalists in the past week May 29, 2019 Find out more Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story RSF_en News NepalAsia – Pacific News Arjun Presad Sah of Aajako Janapukaar Daily and Manohar Pokhrel of Aajako Batabaran Daily in the eastern district of Saptari were released on 24 April after a seven-hour meeting between local officials and representatives of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ). Sah had spent 83 days in prison. Pokhrel had been held for 65 days.The FNJ obtained the release of Lavadev Dhungana in the eastern district of Pachthar on 21 April. Dhungana had spent 50 days in detention. Gopal Baraili, the correspondent of the governmental daily newspaper Gorkhapatra, was released in Dhankuta, also in the east, on 19 April after a month in prison while Satyaram Parajuli, the editor of the weekly Majdur Aawaj, was freed in Kathmandu after being held for 20 days.——————————————————–12.04.2005Arrests, confiscations, threats – the crackdown continuesThe crackdown on the Nepalese press that began when a state of emergency was declared on 1 February is continuing, Reporters Without Borders said today, citing new cases of arrests of journalists and censorship of news media.”The reasons given by the Nepalese authorities to justify this crackdown on the news media are completely unacceptable,” the organization said. “Press freedom poses absolutely no obstacle to internal peace and security. On the contrary, it is an essential element for a return to democracy.”Reporters Without Borders said it nonetheless saw a glimmer of hope in a new accord reached between the Nepalese government and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human rights allowing for monitoring offices to be set up in Nepal with the job of preventing the continuation of human rights violations.In a single day (8 April) in the eastern town of Dharan, at least six journalists working for two local daily newspapers, the Blast Times and the Morning Post, were arrested while covering protests by various political parties. Those detained included Kesab Ghimire, Kishor Karki and Bimal Sakaya. Although released at the end of the day, they were given strict orders not to write articles of a political nature or report on that day’s pro-democracy demonstrations, and they were warned of reprisals if they did not comply. The authorities went on to seize that day’s issues of the two newspapers and forced staff to hand over the keys to their offices.There have been other, equally alarming cases testifying to the desperate plight of press freedom in Nepal. On 7 April, journalists were banned from covering a debate on the state of emergency and intellectual freedom organized by the teachers’ association at Padma Kanya College, a leading women’s university in Kathmandu.Bheri FM news editor Kamalraj Regmi was meanwhile transferred on 10 April to a prison in the western district of Surkhet after being held in the custody of the security forces for 12 days under the state of emergency, also known as the Peace and Security Act. Help by sharing this information Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Follow the news on Nepal Receive email alerts Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage Organisation NepalAsia – Pacific June 8, 2020 Find out more News May 17, 2019 Find out more to go further
Twitter By News Highland – December 27, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Gardai are investigating a report of a man being stabbed in the Main Street area of Letterkenny on Christmas night.Its believed a man in his 30s was taken to hospital following the incident which occured at around 4:30am yesterday morning.Meanwhile, on Christmas Eve, an incident involving two youths in the High Street area of the town at around 2:45am, resulted in an injured party being taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to non life threatening injuries.Gardai say enquiries are ongoing. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ WhatsApp Gardai in Letterkenny investigating a number of incidents over Christmas Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Previous articleMotorist in Sligo found drinking from bottle of whiskeyNext articleGardai hit out at ‘boy racer activity’ stretching resources in Donegal News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th
Chuck Kennedy for ABC(NEW YORK) — Former first lady Michelle Obama said she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage about 20 years ago, during an exclusive interview with Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts.“I felt like I failed because I didn’t know how common miscarriages were because we don’t talk about them,” Obama said. “We sit in our own pain, thinking that somehow we’re broken.”She added, “That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s important to talk to young mothers about the fact that miscarriages happen.”Roberts’ candid conversation with Obama about her journey to motherhood and more from her memoir, Becoming, will air during a prime-time ABC News special, Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. ET.From miscarriage to motherhoodObama, who worked as a lawyer and hospital administrator before becoming first lady, told Roberts that it hit her at ages 34 and 35 that “the biological clock is real” and “egg production is limited.”She revealed to Roberts that she underwent in-vitro fertilization (IVF) in order to conceive her two daughters.“I realized that as I was 34 and 35,” said Obama, now the mother of 17-year-old Sasha and 20-year-old Malia. “We had to do IVF.”The former first lady, known for her advocacy for women and girls around the world, decided to get candid about her miscarriage and her journey to motherhood in Becoming to help other women.“I think it’s the worst thing that we do to each other as women, not share the truth about our bodies and how they work,” Obama told Roberts.The book, a raw and revealing account of her life, goes where few first ladies’ autobiographies have gone.She divulges deeply personal moments and insights that shaped her life — from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her college years at Princeton, to her deep love affair with her husband, whom she met while she was his adviser at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP. Despite an immediate attraction, she insisted they should just be friends — but all that changed one summer night when he kissed her.“As soon as I allowed myself to feel anything for Barack,” she writes, “the feelings came rushing — a toppling blast of lust, gratitude, fulfillment, wonder.”Yet she is also candid about the bleaker periods of her marriage, revealing for the first time that the couple sought counseling when their relationship was under stress.“Marriage counseling for us was one of those ways where we learned how to talk out our differences,” she told Roberts. “I know too many young couples who struggle and think that somehow there’s something wrong with them. And I want them to know that Michelle and Barack Obama, who have a phenomenal marriage and who love each other, we work on our marriage. And we get help with our marriage when we need it.”“This was my pivot point,” she writes. “My moment of self-arrest.”On Donald Trump: ‘I’d never forgive him’Once Barack announced his run for president in 2007, she threw herself into what would be a bruising campaign. She knew it would be hard, but she wasn’t prepared for critics who attacked her for being unpatriotic and called her an “angry black woman.”“I was female, black and strong, which to certain people … translated only to ‘angry.’ It was another damaging cliché, one that’s been forever used to sweep minority women to the perimeter of every room. … I was now starting to actually feel a bit angry, which then made me feel worse, as if I were fulfilling some prophecy laid out for me by the haters.”But what stung the most, she says, was the continuous, false allegations that her husband was a secret Muslim, born overseas.She writes in the memoir about how Donald Trump and other so-called birthers in 2011 began to openly question whether her husband was an American citizen, describing their actions as “crazy and mean-spirited … its underlying bigotry and xenophobia hardly concealed. But it was also dangerous, deliberately meant to stir up the wingnuts and kooks.”“What if someone with an unstable mind loaded a gun and drove to Washington? What if that person went looking for our girls? Donald Trump, with his loud and reckless innuendos, was putting my family’s safety at risk. And for this, I’d never forgive him.”She recalls her reaction when she heard Trump’s Access Hollywood video where he brags about assaulting women, saying her “body buzzed with fury after hearing that tape.”She described how Trump seemed to “stalk” Hillary Clinton during an election debate, “trying to diminish her presence with his” and sending the message, “I can hurt you and get away with it.”And when Trump was elected president, she says she was surprised that so many women would choose a “misogynist” over “an exceptionally qualified female candidate.”A new beginningObama says she is just beginning to process all that happened since her husband first began to talk about running for president a dozen years ago. Today, as she looks ahead to a new beginning, one thing seems clear: It’s unlikely that she will ever run for office.“If I’d learned anything from the ugliness of the campaign, from the myriad of ways people had sought to write me off as angry or unbecoming, it was that public judgment sweeps in to fill any void. … I knew that I would never allow myself to get that banged up again.”“I’ve never been a fan of politics, and my experience over the last 10 years has done little to change that. I continue to be put off by the nastiness.”Tune into the prime-time ABC exclusive special Becoming Michelle: A First Lady’s Journey with Robin Roberts, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. ET.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.