Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgNestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nestle Nigeria Plc (NESTLE.ng)  2016 annual report.Company ProfileNestle Nigeria Plc is a food manufacturing and marketing company in Nigeria and a subsidiary of the largest food and beverage company in the world. The company produces an extensive range of products for the retail and wholesale sectors. Famous brands in the food category include Maggi, Golden Morn, Nan, Lactogen, Nutrend and Cerelac. Brands in the beverages segment include Milo, Chocomilo, Nescafe, Nestle Pure Life and Nido. The company has an infants’ range which includes an infant formula, Nestle Nan; and infant cereals which includes Nestle Nutrend, Nestle Cerelac and Nestle Golden Morn. Nestle Nigeria also produce and market a brand of still water called Pure Life. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nestle Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Fasten your seat belt! Why I think the Aston Martin share price could go downhill from here

first_img Ellen Leung | Thursday, 4th June, 2020 | More on: AML Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. It has been a roller-coaster ride for the Aston Martin Lagonda (LSE: AML) share price. The company has been publicly listed since October 2018 – and the share price has been going down since then. So this is not purely a coronavirus-impacted collapse. And here is why I think its share price could continue to go downhill from here.The Aston Martin share price could plummet without proven leadershipThe departure of CEO Andy Palmer indicates the long-time failing leadership within the company, in my opinion. Even with the incoming CEO Tobias Moers from Mercedes, I don’t see a quick turnaround for a company that is slowly losing its brand appeal. Major shareholder Investindustrial Advisors Ltd also cut its stake in the company by nearly 5% to 14.99%.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…On top of the Covid-19 crisis, the company was already suffering from the effect of the US-China trade war, with demand slumping from wealthy Chinese customers in 2019. The global automotive industry has undergone a tough year.Murky earnings outlookAston Martin last month posted a big first-quarter loss after sales dropped by almost a third due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. The company has been experiencing a negative net profit in the last two years. With the ongoing impact of coronavirus and no end in sight, I would not bet on a near-term revenue increase, let alone earnings.Additionally, a healthy balance sheet is more important than ever in this uncertain time. Aston Martin’s debt level has increased by double digits year-over-year, which is very concerning. The cash-strapped company had to raise £536m to increase liquidity to fund its short-term working capital needs. The funding comes from Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, who took a 25% stake in the company. Meanwhile, it is also raising proceeds of £317 million by issuing new shares. This will dilute existing shareholder value, which isn’t exactly great.My verdictThe stock might look very cheap on the surface to some. But when looking closely at its limited revenue growth with slumping global sales, especially in China, I don’t see the company having a very bright future ahead.It is clear that Aston Martin had problems before the Covid-19 crisis, and that’s why its share price was hit so hard amid the pandemic-related sell-off. I think it is fair to say car manufacturers like Aston Martin will take a lot longer to recover, if it recovers at all. Therefore, I will stay away from the stock. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Ellen Leung has no position in any of the shares mentioned in this article. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Fasten your seat belt! Why I think the Aston Martin share price could go downhill from here Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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Will BT’s share price recover in 2021?

first_imgWill BT’s share price recover in 2021? Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Edward Sheldon has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. BT (LSE: BT.A) shares haven’t performed well in recent years. Its share price has shown signs of life in 2021, rising from 135p to 170p. However, over a five-year timeframe, the stock is still down about 60%. That’s a disappointing result for long-term holders.Can BT’s share price recover in 2021? Let’s take a look at the outlook for the FTSE 100 telecommunications stock.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…BT shares: can they bounce back?Looking at BT today, I’m cautiously optimistic on the outlook for the share price. There are several reasons why. The first is that management appears to be relatively confident about the future.In its full-year results for the year ended 31 March, BT advised that a number of uncertainties (the Wholesale Fixed Telecoms Market Review, the 5G spectrum auction, its triennial pension valuation, etc) have now been removed. It also said that after a number of years of tough work, it’s now pivoting to “consistent and predictable growth.”Of course, at this stage, there’s no guarantee BT will achieve the growth it’s talking about. The optimism from management is encouraging, nevertheless.Secondly, broker sentiment towards the stock has improved recently. In late March, for example, BofA Global Research upgraded BT shares to ‘buy’ from ‘neutral’, citing the stock’s attractive valuation and expectations for growth. BofA also raised its price target to 200p, from 160p. More recently, on 6 May, Barclays raised its price target to 190p, from 170p.Zooming in on BT’s valuation, it’s certainly low. Currently, BT sports a forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of about 8.1. That’s well below the FTSE 100 median of 16.8. If BT can execute on its plans, we could see its valuation increase. Finally, it’s worth noting that CEO Philip Jansen bought 1.25m BT shares last week (spending about £2m). This is very encouraging, in my view. Insiders don’t buy company stock if they think the share price is set to go down. Clearly, Jansen – who’s likely to have a good read on the company’s performance – is optimistic in relation to the prospects for BT shares.Putting all this together, I think there’s certainly a chance that BT’s share price could continue to recover in 2021 and beyond.Should I buy BT today?Having said that, BT isn’t a stock I’d buy for my own portfolio today. One reason is that BT hasn’t been a very profitable business. Over the last three years, its return on capital employed (ROCE) – a key measure of profitability – has averaged just 7.5%. That’s quite low. Over the long term, a stock’s return tends to be quite similar to its ROCE. This means that, in the long run, BT shares aren’t likely to generate strong returns.Another reason is the company has a weak balance sheet. At 31 March, it had net debt of £17.8bn on its books. This adds risk to the investment case. Finally, BT’s dividend track record’s patchy. I like companies that have good long-term dividend growth track records.Overall, I just don’t see BT as a ‘high-quality’ company. So, I’ll be leaving the stock alone for now. All things considered, I think there are much better stocks I could buy.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 20th May, 2021 | More on: BT-A Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. 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The Mill / Rural Design

first_imgArchDaily Area:  375 m²Text description provided by the architects. Incorporating the few remaining freestanding walls of a former mill building, the project engages with the buildings past, without replication of its traditional forms.Save this picture!The starting point for the Mill project was the few freestanding walls that remained on the site. The existing walls created a series of courtyards, some of which has begun to be re-inhabited by nature.Save this picture!Our clients brief was for a large family house. We were keen to re-imagine the building in a progressive form, layering a series of forms over the ruins to create a clear juxtaposition of old and new.Some elements are clearly defined as freestanding objects, the Garden Room, Gym and Garage building slide alongside the existing walls, the new raised upper story is overlaid, with a folded larch roof and wall floating over the castle-like structure of the existing walls.Save this picture!All the forms create new and intriguing courtyard spaces, allowing the creation of a variety of sheltered spaces to allow our client to engage in his passion for gardening. Two south facing courtyards have been created, the eastern courtyard terraces down in insitu-concrete walls inhabited with plants to a small burn. The western courtyard allows evening light to be drawn through the depth of the house, through an existing tree that has been preserved, and also became the axis for this series of spaces.Save this picture!elevations 01The internal spaces are typically one room deep, with simple linear circulation, capturing light at ad hoc points where existing openings remained. Where possible stone walls have been preserved internally, allowing a look through the layers of the structure.A three storey timber “tower” sits at the southernmost part of the house, rising from formal dining room, to sitting room, to master bedroom, which has a high level 270 degree view of the wider countryside. The master bedroom is accessed by a stair that floats alongside the old rough stone walls, and cantilevers out from a massive larch wall.Save this picture!ground floor planAt all points the houses axis’ are terminated by events, light, and occasional symmetries.The existing fabric has been treated with respect, however this has occasionally required major surgery, for example the new arched window to the formal dining room has been cut forcefully into the existing fabric, recalling not only the water wheel, but also the art deco furniture colllection contained within.Project gallerySee allShow less’Follow Me: Berlin’s Airport’ ConferenceArticlesSunglass: Bringing Architectural Drafting into the Modern AgeArticles Share Projects United Kingdom Architects: Rural Design Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” The Mill / Rural Design ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/233338/the-mill-rural-design Clipboard CopyAbout this officeRural DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHouses3D ModellingDingwallUnited KingdomPublished on May 10, 2012Cite: “The Mill / Rural Design” 10 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?磨坊 / Rural Design是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!+ 15 Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Dingwall, United Kingdom ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/233338/the-mill-rural-design Clipboard The Mill / Rural DesignSave this projectSaveThe Mill / Rural Design Houseslast_img read more

Pell & Bales offers six more free telephone fundraising campaigns

first_imgPell & Bales offers six more free telephone fundraising campaigns Howard Lake | 20 December 2012 | News Tagged with: Individual giving Pell & Bales Telephone fundraising For Somerset-based children’s charity bibic, Pell & Bales designed and executed a three stage, multi-channel campaign to drive response rates and engagement around the charity’s brand new sponsorship product.Jess Winchester, bibic’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, said: “We knew Pell & Bales’ reputation for exceptional results but had no idea how much more we were being offered; superb account management, creative workshops, testing channel integration, invaluable insight into our supporters’ motivations – and they held our hands throughout the whole process!” Next six campaignsIn the final six campaigns Pell & Bales hopes to explore more uses for the telephone such as donor stewardship, donor-led fundraising and mobile giving.Application forms can be requested from [email protected] Completed forms should be returned by 31 January 2013. http://pellandbales.wordpress.com/2012/12/19/christmas-comes-early-for-charities-with-more-free-campaigns-from-pell-bales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Telephone fundraising agency Pell & Bales is offering more charities the chance to increase their fundraising with a donated telephone campaign.It is opening its second round of applications for the total of 21 free campaigns that it announced in February this year to celebrate its 21 years of fundraising for charities. The first round selected 15 charities, of which 11 campaigns have been completed, raising over £123,000 for the charities. Those chosen include AVERT, bibic, British Forces Foundation, Breast Cancer Campaign, the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) and Tommy’s. 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.last_img read more

NHS offers funding for ideas to help GP practices cope with rising demand

first_imgNHS offers funding for ideas to help GP practices cope with rising demand AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Tagged with: Funding Fundraising ideas health Howard Lake | 8 November 2016 | News Companies, organisations and charities are invited to apply for up to £100,000 to develop an idea that will help struggling GP practices cope with rising demand.The NHS is seeking to help GP practices tackle their rising workloads through better use of management and technology solutions.Two-stage fundingIn partnership with the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), the NHS is offering funding in two stages. Ideas that could help manage workloads, provide faster diagnostic testing and promote patient self-care will be considered for an initial stage of funding lasting six months. The deadline for applications is 24 November 2016.Successful projects in phase 1 could then qualify for 100% funding of up to £1 million for a second stage that will allow for the development of prototypes for evaluation.The developers of the ideas selected will be retained by the developer, but with some rights of use retained by the NHS.Tim Godfrey: “with the deadline for applications less than 3 weeks away, time is of the essence.”Tim Godfrey, who heads Bishop Fleming‘s Healthcare team, said:“This is a fantastic opportunity for those in the care and medical fields to develop an idea that will bring a real and lasting improvement to GP practices. The fact that the NHS will provide full funding for feasible solutions, with the developer retaining the IP, means it is a good commercial deal for any organisation to consider.” Advertisement  114 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6  113 total views,  1 views today He added that his team were ready to help anyone wishing to apply for funds by the deadline.Further details about the competition can be found at SBRI Healthcare, an NHS England initiative which aims to promote UK economic growth whilst addressing unmet health needs and enhancing the take up of known best practice. 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.last_img read more

Remembering Juneteenth, police victims

first_imgA large crowd gathered June 19 on the central plaza of the downtown cathedral in San Antonio, Texas, to celebrate Juneteenth, a state holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when word finally reached enslaved people in Texas that they had been freed two and a half years earlier.Patricia Castillo, with the P.E.A.C.E Initiative, opened the event and then introduced the guest speakers.One featured speaker was Debbie Bush, the aunt of Marquise Jones, a victim of the San Antonio police. He was only 23 years old when a cop, Robert Encina, killed him. No charges have been brought against Encina, who has several cases of police abuse filed against him. Jones’ mother, Cheryl Jones, also attended the vigil but just could not bring herself to speak.Organizations participating were the Southwest Workers Union, the Brown Berets, All of Us or None and the P.E.A.C.E. Initiative, as well as several family members and friends of Marquise Jones.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Students rally against rape culture

first_imgAriella RiaposNew York — On a cold, rainy day here, more than 100 students, many of them women of color, walked out of their classes at Pace University April 19 to rally against ongoing sexual violence on that campus. The speakout included survivors of sexual violence who refused to be silenced, not only by their abusers but also by an administration headed by Dean of Student Affairs Marijo Russell O’Grady. Students accuse O’Grady of being more concerned with protecting the school’s reputation than with protecting its students.PaceUEndRape student activist Ariella Riapos put out the call for the “Women & Femmes Walkout” on Facebook, for all women-identified and nonbinary/queer students to protest the rape culture on the Pace campus.Riapos, a Latinx senior, stated on her Facebook page: “We won’t stand for this censorship or repression. We gave a clear and concise list of demands, and as told to us by the Assistant Dean of [Students] in Pleasantville, N.Y., last night, the university has yet to even set a date for a meeting to begin discussing our proposed policies. This is UNACCEPTABLE. We will NOT be silenced.“We as women (of color), femmes, nonbinary, queer and trans people experience some of the highest rates of abuse and sexual violence, and we will hold our university accountable to recieve the protection we DESERVE!” Riapos continued. “Tomorrow we walk out to DEMAND a safe college experience!” (April 18) Riapos had been sexually assaulted and stalked by her ex-partner, another Pace student, since she was a freshman, causing her to suffer depression and emotional anxiety.Among the 10 demands raised by the students are:Creating different categories for No Contact orders for more serious issues such as stalking and DV (domestic violence) and for sexual assault survivors;Hiring of at least 10 full-time staff members for the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Education (Pace currently has only one part-time employee);As mandated, reporters, faculty and staff who do not report cases of DV, sexual assault, etc., need to be held accountable by the administration;Instead of the deans handling Title IX decisions, we demand a mixed student-professor judiciary committee with mandated training workshops on sexual assault and DV.” (tinyurl.com/y7bmwh55)Riapos told the crowd: “We are here to demand that our university take our issues seriously and do whatever it can to protect us. We are here to demand that we have a safe college experience.” (www.amny.com, April 19)What is happening at Pace is not an isolated development, but reflects the systemic sexual violence targeting women, including trans women, under a patriarchal, capitalist society.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Corn Crop Estimates Remain Stable

first_img Corn stocks and demand in the United States remain stable according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today.  While potential for change in the May report was noted, the agency found that, at present, the previous estimates require no revision.This news follows reports issued by USDA late yesterday indicating that seven percent of the U.S. corn crop had already been planted as of Sunday.  This indicates progress significantly ahead of the five-year average as only two percent of the crop would normally be planted at that time.Much of the early planting is occurring in the south and central Corn Belt with Tennessee and Kentucky leading the push with planting 31 and 25 points over the average respectively.  Missouri and Illinois also have planted earlier than normal to a large degree.  While all major corn production states with only the exceptions of North Dakota and Wisconsin have documented planting already, the data clearly suggests that most farmers are waiting to plant until their crop insurance dates, which will occur later this week for much of the Corn Belt.“Coupled with prior reports that farmers plan to plant significantly more acres to corn this year, the outlook for America’s supply is very positive,” said National Corn Growers Association President Garry Niemeyer. “Favorable weather has allowed some to get a jump on planting, but many have also chosen to take a more cautious approach and wait until their corn acres will be protected in the case of difficulties later in the season.  Either way, we expect to see a strong, abundant crop in 2012.”Feed and residual demand estimates remained unchanged at 4.6 billion bushels, but the report did note that prospects for higher levels of wheat feeding later in the summer could affect demand at that time.  Additionally, early planting potentially will allow some of the new crop to enter feed markets before September.Ethanol and feed co-product demand estimates also remained steady at 5.0 billion bushels despite a declining grind in February and March.  Export demand also head stable at 1.7 billion bushels.At this time, the USDA did not revise carry-out estimates which remain at 800 million bushels.  This data came as somewhat of a surprise following the March 1 grain stocks report which indicated of a higher disappearance than anticipated previously by the grain trade.The projected August farm prices for corn remained unchanged, holding at $6.20, although the high and low end of the overall range adjusted slightly.Globally, the report showed many revisions to previous production estimates, but the fluctuations upward and down negated one another.  Thus, the overall global crop estimates remained steady. While the Argentine crop was reduced by half of a million metric tons, to 21.5 MMT total, estimates of Egyptian production increased by 1.7 MMT to 5.5 MMT total.  While overall production estimates for Brazil remained steady, the projected demand from the feed sector was reduced by 500,000 metric tons and export demand estimates increased by the same amount.The next edition of the reports, scheduled for release on May 10, will be the USDA’s first projection of the 2012/2013 crop.For the full report, please click here.Source: NCGA News of the Day Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Apr 10, 2012 SHARE Previous articleFood-Price Inflation Could be Accelerated by Lower US Crop ReservesNext articleOpponents Have it Wrong on Antibiotics Use Andy Eubank Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Crop Estimates Remain Stable Corn Crop Estimates Remain Stable SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

State broadcaster back on the air, but presenter still detained

first_img Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire August 10, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 State broadcaster back on the air, but presenter still detained Côte d’IvoireAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Organisation Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Hermann Aboa, a programme host on the leading state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne channel, RTI 1, who is still in pre-trial detention in the Agban gendarmerie barracks in the Abidjan neighbourhood of Adjamé-Williamsville.A former host of the discussion programme “Reasons of State” on La Première (now renamed RTI 1), Aboa is facing a possible life sentence on various charges that were brought against him on 21 July.“Aboa should be freed at once,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Everything indicates that the authorities are prosecuting him in connection with his journalistic activities. But the media law now in effect in Côte d’Ivoire decriminalizes media offences so his detention violates the law. This intolerable situation has continued for too long.”The RTI resumes broadcasting after a four-month break.Reporters Without Borders added: “Now that RTI is back on the air, we urge the authorities, especially the High Authority for Audiovisual Communication (HACA), to ensure that this state broadcaster complies with the rules, is not monopolized by anyone or turned into a propaganda tool, and acts as a proper public-service media.”A few days before yesterday’s resumption of broadcasting, the government fired Pascal Brou Aka as RTI director-general and replaced him by programme director Lazare Sayé Aka. The authorities blamed Aka for “serious problems” including the lack of an RTI crew at the airport to cover President Alassane Ouattara’s return from a visit to the United States.————————————————————————————26.07.2011 – State TV journalist who supported former regime facing possible life sentenceReporters Without Borders is very concerned about Hermann Aboa, a journalist employed by state-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) and a supporter of the former regime, who has been held for the past five days in Abidjan on charges that carry a possible life sentence. The organization calls for his immediate release.Journalist Baudelaire Mieu, the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Côte d’Ivoire, visited Aboa at midday today at the Agban gendarmerie barracks in Abidjan, where he is in pre-trial custody.“Hermann Aboa is fine,” Mieu reported after the visit. “He is sharing a cell with another detainee. He has a mattress and is being treated well. He is allowed visits. But he says he does not understand what has happened to him. At a hearing last week, he was questioned about the content of the programme he hosted on RTI.”Reporters Without Borders has approved an assistance grant for Aboa’s family.“By serving as a government propaganda tool during Laurent Gbagbo’s presidency, RTI played a role that was often shocking and sometimes outrageous at times of crisis, such as early 2011,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “We never missed an opportunity to condemn this at the time. But prosecuting some of its journalists worries us because it seems to be an act of revenge that is a far cry from the policy of national reconciliation that the present government professes.“If Aboa’s activities as a journalist are really the issue, he should be charged with media offences under the 2004 media law, which would protect him from imprisonment. But it seems that the prosecutor’s office has deliberately tried to sidestep that provision.”Aboa was charged on 21 July with threatening the nation’s defences, attacking and conspiring against state authorities, undermining national territorial integrity, participating in an armed band, participating in an insurrectional movement and attacking public order.During the post-election crisis, Aboa was one of the hosts on La Première, the main RTI channel, of a discussion programme called “Reasons of State” in which arguments in support of President Gbagbo’s remaining in office were repeatedly presented, often in the most virulent manner.Aboa went to the justice ministry on 20 July to begin the steps needed to get a freeze on his bank accounts lifted. When he returned the next day, he was questioned for several hours and then charged and placed under arrest.His arrest came just as the government announced that RTI will resume broadcasting on 6 August.Five other journalists or former journalists allied with old regime are currently detained or under house arrest. They are Franck Anderson Kouassi, head of the former National Council for Broadcasting Communication (CNCA), Gnahoua Zibrabi, former publisher of L’Oeil du Peuple and onetime Gbagbo adviser, Armand Bohui Komé, former member of the National Press Council (CNP) and press officer to the First Lady, and RTI journalists Serge Boguhé and Germain Guezé.More than three months have passed since the post-election crisis ended with Alassane Ouattara’s installation as president but journalists are still frightened about working for opposition or independent media. The pro-Gbagbo media keep on moving their offices. The headquarters of the Notre Voie daily is still occupied by members of the Atchengué unit of the pro-Ouattara Côte d’Ivoire Republican Forces (FRCI). Journalists employed by the Le Temps daily are too scared to go to work. News Côte d’IvoireAfrica October 16, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election RSF_en center_img Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more October 29, 2020 Find out more News Reports to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Newslast_img read more