Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Automatic Systems Ltd (ASL.mu) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAutomatic Systems Limited operates a totalisator system for horse racing and football betting. The company runs its operations through is two subsidiaries, Supertote which deals with the horse racing bets and Superscore which deals with the football bets. Automatic System Limited organises this betting platform for the horse racing in liaison with the Mauritius Turf Club in Mauritius. The company also runs this betting platform for soccer in Africa. Automatic Systems Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
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According to regulatory filings, on 31 July, Lady Stephanie Carr – the wife of BAE chairman Sir Roger Carr – purchased 40,546 BAE shares at a price of 493p. The total cost of the purchase was approximately £200,000.In my view, this insider purchase looks quite interesting. For a start, the chairman’s likely to have a very good understanding of the business and its prospects. Secondly, this was their largest insider purchase in a number of years (and the first since 2017).In addition, the insider purchase came after the FTSE 100 company issued a relatively encouraging set of half-year results in which it declared a dividend and said that it expects a “good second half to the year.”All things considered, I see this insider purchase as a bullish signal. 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LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Fine nine: Danny Care in action during training – but what have his England team-mates been ribbing him about?ENGLAND KICKED off their RBS 6 Nations campaign with a win over Scotland at Twickenham – but what have they been up to behind the scenes? In this week’s video Brad Barritt and Alex Goode look back at Saturday’s victory while Joe Marler and Danny Care compare beards…
DUBLIN, IRELAND – MAY 17: during the Amlin Challenge Cup Final match between Leinster and Stade Francais Paris at Royal Dublin Society on May 17, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images) “They embarrassed themselves”: Simon Easterby didn’t hold back on his assessment of the Scarlets loss to LeinsterBy Alan DymockTHE OLD adage about rugby being a game where anyone can beat anyone else always stands in hideous contrast with the desire to catalogue, label and rate every team. Sure, everyone can have a good day, but that doesn’t fit with our Saturday supplement pull-out guide, does it?Yet the first week of the RaboDirect Pro12 was a relatively tight affair, with the exception of Leinster hammering Scarlets 42-19. Only Munster and Leinster scored 10 points or more than their opponents and only they scored four tries or more.Thump: Patchell unleashed his boot in GlasgowDawning of a new era? Perhaps not, but it was a first weekend full of spills and hiccup-banishing scares.The Dragons trumping Ulster 15-8 at home was a bit of a jolt from the jungle, as they began their tenure under Lyn Jones in both an abrasive and ruthless manner. Ulster will not be used to being anything other than the flat track bullies at the breakdown and so may be focused on all out carnage against the Glasgow Warriors next week.Glasgow did manage to seal off a tight win at home against Cardiff Blues, despite a few injuries throughout the contest. They never quite looked like pulling away, but a burst from Tommy Seymour – on as a substitute for the injured Byron McGuigan – was enough to ensure they defeated Cardiff, Rhys Patchell and his thumping boot. The Welsh region came through, though it never looked certain, and Treviso are a side that have beaten the Ospreys a few times in Italy. A few tries straightened out the record, but the Ospreys will need a lot more when they visit Dublin in Round 2.After the first thrashing, Scarlets coach Simon Easterby spoke of how cheek-reddening a heavy loss can be, and Ospreys will be more than aware that five tries from five different players away from home is an aspect of the Leinster play that must be worried about. Connacht started their campaign in the right way with a 25-16 win over win-starved Zebre. Exciting young full-back Robbie Henshaw continued to impress, while returning winger Fionn Carr scored after Nathan White and Matt Healy dotted down. New coach Pat Lam has a debut win to power his team to Cardiff, while Zebre are staring down a harsh lesson against Munster on Friday.In front of a Cork crowd, Munster were too strong for a threadbare Edinburgh side, leading 22-6 at half time. Nick De Luca and Lee Jones scored for the visitors, but an Ian Keatley-orchestrated gang were queuing up to score. Alan Solomons needs to introduce his new defence style sharpish; something he has intimated himself.Will the Leinster faithful have more to cheer this season?Then there was the last game of the round, with Treviso laying traps for the Ospreys. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
This year’s Serv-a-palooza will benefit schools, parks, camps, community centres and social service organisations that currently lack the human resources, capital or skills needed to complete these projects. These community projects impact a wide variety of causes including education, youth recreation, senior citizens, and the environment.Service events will take place in 24 countries, including Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States and Vietnam. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropy Volunteering 25 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Timberland company employees in global day of volunteering Howard Lake | 8 September 2004 | News 4,300 employees at footwear and apparel company Timberland will today volunteer in more than 20 countries.Today is The Timberland Company 7th Annual Global Serv-a-palooza, a worldwide community service initiative. Timberland employees and business and community partners will contribute more than 30,000 hours of service in just one day, benefiting more than 45 communities worldwide. “Serv-a-palooza gives Timberland employees and our partners all over the world the chance to actively participate in their local communities,” says Jeffrey Swartz, President and CEO of The Timberland Company. Advertisement 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.
The latest comprehensive analysis of Atlantic Philanthropies grant giving shows that in 2011 the foundation made grants worth nearly $20 million in Northern Ireland and over $36 million in the Republic of Ireland. In both jurisdictions, the categories of Children and Youth, Reconciliation and Human Rights, Ageing and Cross Programme made up the bulk of grants. Grants in the Republic included an additional category, ‘Founding Chairman,’ which awarded nearly $6 million. In Northern Ireland, Reconciliation and Human Rights was the largest area of grant giving at just over $7 million, with Children and Youth receiving $5.7 million, Ageing $3.4 million and Cross Programme $2.4 million. Advertisement 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. Tagged with: Funding Ireland Northern Ireland Howard Lake | 8 March 2013 | News Ireland received $56m in Atlantic Philanthropies grants in 2011 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the Republic, Children and Youth was the largest category at nearly $10 million. Reconciliation and Human rights got nearly $7 million, Ageing $6.5 million and Cross Programme $6.4 million. Most of the funding under Founding Chairman went to science work at the University of Limerick with which Atlantic’s founder, Chuck Feeney, has had a long association. Apart from Ireland, other countries to receive some of Atlantic’s nearly $200 million grant giving in 2011 included South Africa, Viet Nam, Australia and Bermuda where the foundation is registered. Atlantic, which has made over $6 billion in grants since it was established, intends to end grant giving in 2016. www.atlanticphilanthropies.org 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists January 8, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today voiced “great concern” about threats in recent weeks by gunmen against its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), just before and after its annual general assembly in Mogadishu on 29-31 August. “This episode highlights the urgent need to re-establish the rule of law in Mogadishu, in order to protect the small pockets of democracy that Somalis have managed to create for themselves amid the anarchy,” the organisation added. Help by sharing this information RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Reporters Without Borders today voiced “great concern” about threats in recent weeks by gunmen against its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), just before and after its annual general assembly in Mogadishu on 29-31 August. NUSOJ called itself SOJON until recently.”It is getting more and more difficult for Somali journalists to work,” the press freedom organisation said. “Pushed around by warlords, Islamic courts and businessmen, they chose to defend themselves by setting up an exemplary, democratically-run organisation, and this is now being targeted.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to the transitional federal government and its international partners to use their influence to get these threats stopped as soon as possible. This episode highlights the urgent need to re-establish the rule of law in Mogadishu, in order to protect the small pockets of democracy that Somalis have managed to create for themselves amid the anarchy.”Anonymous death threats were received several times by members of the NUSOJ leadership during the week of 22-28 August. Secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman and council chairman Mohamed Barre Haji received anonymous calls on NUSOJ lines or their mobile phones warning that they would be killed “immediately” or “in 48 hours.”During the 10 days prior to the general assembly, a Toyota pickup with a dozen heavily-armed men aboard regularly passed in front of the NUSOJ office, in the Waberi district. On 1 September, there was a stand-off between them and Mohamed Barre Haji’s bodyguards. The pickup, which was equipped with an anti-aircraft gun, finally withdrew and no shots were fired.The next day, four hooded militiamen with AK-47 assault rifles in a saloon car forced their way into the home of one of the members of the NUSOJ executive committee, Ali Moallim Isak, who was not there at the time. The militiamen finally left after waiting for six hours, without ever giving any explanation.”We don’t know who these militiamen are or what they want,” Omar Faruk Osman told Reporters Without Borders. “The only law that is respected in this country is the law of the gun. As a result, we have stepped up our protective measures. We will not let these acts of intimidation prevent us from working.”Mohamed “Siidi” Abdulle Hassan, the local correspondent of the Swedish-based news website somaliweyn.com, was meanwhile briefly kidnapped yesterday by the militia of Yusuf Ali, the self-proclaimed governor of the central region of Hiiraan, for failing to report a press conference he gave in Mogadishu. Yusuf Ali put a pistol to his head and ordered him to tell his editor that he would be killed if a report was not published. Siidi was released after NUSOJ interceded with Yusuf Ali, who nonetheless confiscated Siidi’s equipment and material. RSF_en Receive email alerts SomaliaAfrica September 5, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats against Reporters Without Borders partner organisation in Mogadishu Follow the news on Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more News News News to go further SomaliaAfrica Organisation
faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes top box 10 Boys Athlete of the Week: Will Dalgarn of La Salle High School Published on Monday, April 3, 2017 | 2:32 am Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Name: Will DalgarnSchool: La Salle High SchoolGrade: JuniorSport: VolleyballPosition: Outside HitterAccomplishments: Dalgarn is leading a resurgent La Salle program after a slow 1-8 start. The junior had 11 kills and 22 digs in a five-set match over then first-place St. Anthony to pull the Lancers to within one game back of St. Genevieve in the loss column. Earlier in the week, Dalgarn had 10 kills and 14 digs as La Salle swept St. Paul. The Lancers have won six of their last seven matches and will have Camino Real League matches at Bosco Tech on Monday and at first-place St. Genevieve on Friday. More Cool Stuff Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Business News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News HerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sea Salt Scrubs You Can Make YourselfHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty
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Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Top of the News Uncategorized Pasadena American Little League to Celebrate 65th Season With Saturday Opener By DONNA BALANCIA Published on Thursday, February 21, 2019 | 7:29 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes The Yankees prepare to play The Cubs in the Pasadena American Little League season opener on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Courtesy photographPasadena American Little League baseball celebrates its 65th year this season and festivities will mark the occasion on Saturday at Hamilton Park.It will be a celebratory event and one of the anticipated matchups is The Yankees vs. The Cubs on the first day.Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek is expected to throw out the first pitch.“Pasadena is a City that values traditions and there is no tradition more deeply ingrained than the start of Little League,” he said.While the kids work hard at the sport and play hard with their friends on the field, Little League is a labor of love for the parents.“Opening day is something that the kids look forward to every year,” said Pasadena American Little League President Dale Pearson. “They have skills assessment in January and then there’s a lot of anticipation for this day.”PALL was founded in 1954 as part of Little League International, which is youth baseball institution the world over. PALL is one of three leagues in Pasadena including Pasadena Southwest and West Pasadena.Depending on where a player lives or goes to school, determines where they are eligible to play.There was a merger a few years back and Central joined Pasadena American in 2016 and more fields more playing time. The benefit is more fields to play on because Central was playing at Victory Park Last year.PALL’s 9-10-year-olds went deep into the state tournament championships last year.“I think there’s a lot of pride that they were able to do that,” Pearson said. “They wear the all-star caps all summer long and I see a lot of pride among the kids.”And that feeling is carrying over into this season.“There’s tremendous excitement coming into the season because our All-Star teams for PALL did very well last summer,” said Cubs Coach Kevin Danni. “So there’s a lot of anticipation about this year’s season. We’re building on the success from last year’s All-Star season.”Little League serves a purpose beyond just teaching baseball. It teaches sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty and overall it prepares the players to be good citizens, Pearson said.And participation also helps create relationships that last a lifetime.“What I’ve seen over the years is these kids start playing with buddies from school but it turns into a group of baseball friends,” Pearson said. “It’s satisfying to see these kids develop friendships over the years. I think they get a lot out of it. As a parent I’ve made some great friends too.”Also, he noted, children who come in not knowing too many other kids wind up with a whole new group of friends.The sport helps bring families together too.Tonia Lain whose son is in Little League said she and her husband Jeff are involved for a variety of reasons.“It gives the kids a sense of community, something to do and keeps them out of trouble when they get older,” she said. “And they love hanging out with their friends. Of course, I love seeing my kids happy.”Tonia Lain and Jeff Lain own Kaddie Shack VW Parts on Walnut Street in Pasadena and went into their own business so they could participate in activities with their family.“It’s rough when both parents work full time,” she said. “That’s part of the reason my husband opened the business — so he could have the flexibility to coach. If we didn’t have help at work it would be a lot more difficult.”There are divisions to fit just about every age group: Challenger: Ages 4-14 T-Ball: Ages 4-6 Farm: Ages 7-8 AA Minors: Ages 9-10 AAA Minors: Ages 10-11 Majors: Ages 11-12 and Juniors (High School Prep): Ages 13-14.The Challenger Division is a relatively new division, designed to cater to special needs participants. Challenger is baseball for intellectually and physically challenged youth and there is no cost to join.PALL’s boundaries are roughly Washington Blvd. at the north, Michillinda Ave. at the east, Huntington Dr. at the south, and Lake Ave. at the west.PALL is located in District 17 of Section 2, Southern California, and part of the Western U.S. Region. Other Leagues in District 17 are Santa Anita LL, Arcadia American LL, Central Altadena LL, East Altadena LL, Pasadena Southwest LL, San Marino National LL, Sierra Madre LL, and West Pasadena LL.Older All-Star age groups can move on to section, state, and even regional championships. The 11-12-year-old group can go all the way to Williamsport, Penn., to play in the Little League World Series and that journey starts right in Pasadena.In the meantime, the teams are focused on the task at hand.“The Cubs are the two-time champions and that’s the team we’re playing Saturday,” said Tonia Lain, who’s team mom for The Yankees. “They won the last two years in a row. The players are good, the coaches are good and a lot of them have played together the last couple of years.”“We’re battling Coach Lain and The Yankees and some are saying it might be the game of the season to start us off for the first game of the year,” Danni said. “Coach Lain puts in a lot of work with his players his players really respect him, I respect him as a coach and It’s going take our team playing very good baseball, but we’ve got some Cubbie magic and we’re going to go out there and have some fun.”For more information, see http://pall.website.siplay.com/ . Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy
Facebook Email Twitter Previous articleLimerick Post Show | Donncha O’Callaghan and Marie CroweNext articleLimerick-based healthcare startup given major boost Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin NewsCommunityHeat-seeking cameras for river rescues under reviewBy Alan Jacques – November 21, 2019 479 Print Advertisement WhatsApp LIMERICK City and County Council is to determine if funding can be made available for infrared cameras along the River Shannon to prevent drowning.At this Monday’s meeting of the Metropolitan District, Labour Party councillor Conor Sheehan proposed that the local authority seek funding to install a thermal-imaging camera to help locate people who have entered the river.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He pointed out that Galway City Council has two high-tech thermal-imaging cameras in operation along the River Corrib at the Spanish Arch and Claddagh since last March.The powerful heat-sensitive equipment detects when a person enters the river and is considered to be a significant aid to search and rescue operations. Using heat sensor technology, the cameras in Galway are linked to television monitors at Garda headquarters in Mill Street and can also locate people who have died as a result of entering the water.Cllr Sheehan believes a similar system is now needed along the River Shannon in Limerick. Limerick City and County Council informed him this week that it would ascertain if funding is available for the equipment.“I am delighted that my motion passed and I am calling on the Council to apply for the funding as soon as possible. As we all know, there have been a number of tragedies along the river in recent years,” Cllr Sheehan told the Limerick Post.“A thermal-imaging camera uses heat technology to accurately detect where someone is and to sound an alarm when they enter the water. We are largely dependent on volunteer organisations when it comes to river patrols and a thermal-imaging camera would help them immensely in their work.“Galway had the first thermal waterway monitoring system in Ireland and Limerick should now have the second. The camera will cost approximately €30,000 and most of the cost can be funded.“In an emergency situation time is crucial and this relatively inexpensive equipment will save emergency services crucial minutes. This is a vital tool and could save the lives of people who enter the water but will also bring comfort to the families of those who die tragically on the river by speeding up the recovery of bodies from the water,” he added.Sinn Féin councillor John Costelloe, who seconded Cllr Sheehan’s proposal, said the motion was very timely and reminded council members that they have a responsibility to their constituents to do what they can.“We need to act sooner rather than later,” he declared.Director of IC Services (ICS), Ivor Curley, who installed the thermal-imaging cameras in Galway, said the equipment has already helped to reduce fatalities on the Corrib. He also told the Limerick Post that the cameras have proved an excellent monitoring tool for the authorities to confirm situations and react quicker.“We installed a Thermal monitoring system in Galway last March as an aid for the excellent emergency response teams. The Fire Brigade, RNLI and the Gardaí play huge roles in improving response times and the ICS designed, supplied and installed Thermal Monitoring System as an aid to these crews in further reducing the response times to each emergency,” Mr Curley explained.“The system has already helped to reduce fatalities on the Corrib. We are already investigating ways of even improving coverage on the other parts of the river and expanding the system and working with other technology partners to see how we can further reduce fatalities on the Corrib and in turn develop systems for use in other locations like Limerick.”