Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Arbico Plc (ARBICO.ng) 2018 annual report.Company ProfileArbico Plc is a leading construction and civil engineering company in Nigeria responsible for building major residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality projects as well as key infrastructure projects. The company offers services such as pre-construction and estimating, design, build and project management as well as engineering, procurement and construction management services. Arbico Plc has been involved in the construction of major projects in Nigeria spanning residential, commercial, industrial and hospitality projects as well as a number of key infrastructure projects for the government of Nigeria. Flagship projects include residential projects such as No 7 Oniru in Lagos, Oba Elgushi residence in Lagos and SKA residence in Lagos; public assembly projects such as the Rose of Sharon Centre in Lagos; commercial projects such as Feyide House in Lagos and KAAF Building in Ogun State; hospitality projects such as Park Inn Hotel in Ogun State; industrial projects such as the Coleman Factory Development in Ogun State; and infrastructure projects such as NBC Asejire Plant in Oyo and the effluent/water treatment plant in Ogun State. Arbico Plc was founded in 1958 and is a subsidiary of R28 Limited. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Arbico Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Phillip Yuhas, The Ohio State UniversityBlue light has gotten a bad rap, getting blamed for loss of sleep and eye damage. Personal electronic devices emit more blue light than any other color. Blue light has a short wavelength, which means that it is high-energy and can damage the delicate tissues of the eye. It can also pass through the eye to the retina, the collection of neurons that converts light into the signals that are the foundation of sight.Laboratory studies have shown that prolonged exposure to high-intensity blue light damages retinal cells in mice. But, epidemiological studies on real people tell a different story.As an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, I teach and conduct vision research, including work with retinal eye cells. I also see patients in the college’s teaching clinics. Often, my patients want to know how they can keep their eyes healthy despite looking at a computer screen all day. They often ask about “blue-blocking” spectacle lenses that they see advertised on the internet.But when it comes to protecting your vision and keeping your eyes healthy, blue light isn’t your biggest concern.Built-in protectionSunlight has more blue light than your computer.miamgesphotography/Shutterstock.comOne way to think about blue light and potential retinal damage is to consider the Sun. Sunlight is mostly blue light. On a sunny afternoon, it’s nearly 100,000 times brighter than your computer screen. Yet, few human studies have found any link between sunlight exposure and the development of age-related macular degeneration, a retinal disease that leads to loss of central vision.If being outside on a sunny afternoon likely doesn’t damage the human retina, then neither can your dim-by-comparison tablet. A theoretical study recently reached the same conclusion.So, why the disconnect between blue light’s effects on rodent eyes and human eyes?Human eyes are different than rodent eyes. We have protective elements, such as macular pigments and the natural blue-blocking ability of the crystalline lens. These structures absorb blue light before it reaches the delicate retina.That doesn’t mean you should throw away those sunglasses; they provide benefits beyond protecting your eyes from the Sun’s blue light. For example, wearing sunglasses slows down the development of cataracts, which cloud vision.Feeling the bluesJust because blue light isn’t harming your retina doesn’t mean your electronic devices are harmless, or that blue light doesn’t affect your eyes. Because of its wavelength, blue light does disrupt healthy sleep physiology. Blue-light-sensitive cells, known as known as intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, or ipRGCs, play a key role here, because they tell the brain’s master clock how light it is in the environment. That means, when you look at a brightly lit screen, these cells help set your internal clock for daytime-level alertness.But these cells are sensitive to colors beyond blue because they also receive input from other retinal neurons that are sensitive to the entire color spectrum.Therefore, eliminating blue light alone doesn’t cut it when it comes to improving sleep; you need to dim all colors.As for your tired eyes after a long day spent staring at your computer – another common complaint I hear from my patients – blue light isn’t solely to blame for that, either. A recent study demonstrated that cutting blue light alone did not improve people’s reported comfort after a long computer session any more than simply dimming the screen.Does blocking the blue make sense?Many patients want to know if they should buy certain products they have seen advertised to block out blue light. Based on research, the short answer is “no.”First, the truth is that any bright light too close to bedtime interferes with sleep.Mounting evidence suggests that, compared to reading a paperback, screen time before bed increases the time it takes to fall asleep. It also robs you of restorative rapid-eye-movement sleep, dulls focus and diminishes brain activity the next day. Holding your phone close to your eyes with the lights on likely exacerbates the problem.Second, the products that my patients ask about do not block out much blue light. The leading blue-blocking anti-reflective coating, for example, blocks only about 15% of the blue light that screens emit.You could get the same reduction just by holding your phone another inch from your face. Try it now and see if you notice a difference. No? Then it shouldn’t surprise you that a recent meta-analysis concluded that blue-blocking lenses and coatings have no significant effect on sleep quality, comfort at the computer, or retinal health.What really worksComputers cause eye strain because people don’t blink as often when staring at a screen.fizkes/Shutterstock.comThere are ways to make your screen viewing more comfortable and more conducive to sleep.First, turn off your electronic devices before bed. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that bedrooms be “screen-free” zones for children, but we should all heed this advice. Outside of the bedroom, when you do look at your screens, lower the brightness.As for eye strain, ensure that you have the appropriate glasses or contact lens prescription. Only an optometrist or ophthalmologist can give you this information.You also need to take care of the surface of your eyes. We don’t just look at our computer screens, we stare at them. In fact, our blink rate plummets from about 12 blinks a minute to six. As a result, tears evaporate off the eyes, and they don’t accumulate again until we step away from the screen and start blinking. This causes inflammation on the eye’s surface. That’s why your eyes feel dry and tired after a day spent at the computer. I counsel my patients to take two steps to ensure that their eyes stay moist during long computer sessions.First, follow the “20-20-20” rule. The American Optometric Association defines this rule as taking a 20-second break every 20 minutes to look at something 20 feet in the distance. This will allow your eyes to blink and relax. There are many apps available to help remind you to follow this rule.Second, use a lubricating eye drop before extended computer use. This tactic will reinforce the body’s natural tears and keep the eye’s surface hydrated. But, avoid those “get-the-red-out” drops. They contain drugs that cause long-term redness and preservatives that may damage the outer layers of the eye. I have found that artificial tears labeled “preservative-free” often work best.Based on my research, my advice is don’t believe the hype about blue light and don’t waste your money on products you don’t need. Instead, keep screens out of your bedroom and dim them before bedtime and keep your eyes lubricated. And don’t forget to blink!Phillip Yuhas is an Assistant Professor of Optometry at The Ohio State University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. 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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Bhs raises over £73,000 for Diabetes UK A challenge to one member of staff has mushroomed into a company-wide year-long fundraising campaign for Diabetes UK by Bhs employees.Diabetes UK Chairman, Sir Michael Hirst, yesterday received a £73,000 cheque from Bhs Director, Philip Green, at the company’s head office in London. The cheque was presented following a year of fundraising activities by Bhs employees.The company’s support for the charity came about during a meeting in 2002 when Philip Green challenged Keith Smalls, Regional Development Director, to try and lose a few pounds. Keith agreed and also decided to take part in the Great North Run. Bhs chose to support Diabetes UK as Keith has the condition. Advertisement The challenge snowballed into a company-wide initiative to raise money forthe charity. Employees were involved in dozens of fundraising activitiesto raise the money including, collecting tins in all 162 stores, sellingbadges at checkouts, a clothing sample sale at head office in London and white water rafting. Tagged with: Community fundraising Events 26 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 April 2003 | News 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.
On his first visit to the United States, Cuban President Raúl Castro’s full schedule at the United Nations General Assembly included speeches in forums on “Development Goals After 2015,” as well as “Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment.” Castro was also present at a joyous reception at Cuba’s New York Mission to the U.N. on Sept. 27, where for hours he warmly greeted Cuba’s many friends.On Sept. 26 in the U.N. discussion on development goals, President Castro said: “The re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Cuba and the United States of America, the opening of embassies and the policy changes announced by President Barack Obama with regard to our country constitute major progress, which has elicited the broadest support of the international community.“However, the economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba persists, bringing damages and hardships on the Cuban people, and standing as the main obstacle to our country’s economic development, while affecting other nations due to its extraterritorial scope, and hurting the interests of American citizens and companies. Such policy is rejected by 188 United Nations member states that demand its removal.“Nevertheless, Cuba fulfilled the millennium development goals and offered its modest cooperation to other developing nations in various areas, something we shall continue to do to the extent of our limited capabilities.“We shall never renounce honor, human solidarity and social justice, for these convictions are deeply rooted in our socialist society.”Castro pointed out that 15 years after the millennium goals were adopted, progress was “insufficient and unevenly distributed.” The goals included cutting in half extreme poverty rates, halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education. Castro said: “Unacceptable levels of poverty and social inequality persist and worsen, even in the industrialized countries themselves. The gap between North and South and the polarization of wealth increase.“Amid the existing economic and financial crisis, wealthy individuals and transnational companies are growing richer while the number of poor, unemployed and homeless people increases dramatically as a result of the harsh so-called ‘austerity’ policies, and waves of desperate immigrants arrive in Europe escaping misery and conflicts that others have unleashed. …“The lack of resources cannot be used as a pretext when annual military expenses amount to 1.7 trillion dollars; absent a reduction of such expenses, neither development nor a stable and lasting peace will be possible.”A ‘more equitable and just’ global system neededSpeaking again the next day, President Castro said, “Seventy years after the establishment of the United Nations Organization, one of whose foundational objectives was the struggle on inequality, discrimination against women stands as an embarrassing reality.”After citing the excellent participation and leadership of women in Cuban society, Castro closed saying: “We admit that some achievements have been scored in the past decades but they are fragile and insufficient. In order to advance toward the full realization of gender equality and the empowerment of women, it is necessary above all to have a more equitable and just international order that eradicates poverty and hunger, puts an end to conflicts, favors human beings above capital and preserves the environment. But, political will is much needed to avoid turning the results obtained so far into our goals, instead of making them a starting point and a pledge to achieve true equality for women.”The U.N. General Assembly will vote on a resolution against the U.S. blockade in late October or early November. Kenia Serrano, the president of Cuba’s Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, and North American Department representative Leima Martínez will visit New York, Washington, D.C., and northern California from Nov. 3 to Nov. 17. Look for these opportunities to amplify the demand to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba and to stop the U.S. destabilization campaigns in Venezuela, Ecuador, and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News May 4, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for magazine editor’s release after trial on lèse-majesté charges News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years August 21, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders again urges the Thai authorities to release Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, the former editor of the banned magazine Voice of Thaksin, who was tried on lèse-majesté charges during the past four days in Bangkok, with witnesses for the prosecution and defence giving evidence. Somyos has been detained for the past 12 months.“The nine bail requests for Somyos during the past year were all rejected on the grounds that he could influence witnesses if he were released before his trial,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Now that the trial is all but over, we reiterate our call for his immediate and unconditional release.”A Reporters Without Borders representative was able to speak briefly with Somyos on 1 May, shortly after Somyos testified in his defence. “I just want to expose the facts,” he said. “If I am punished for that, then so be it.” Somyos’ wife, who visits him once a week in prison, said the 50-year-old journalist seems to have been treated acceptably in prison, but his mental health is deteriorating.In his testimony, Somyos argued that the two February 2010 articles that prompted his arrest did not refer to the monarchy. “I did not really imagine that these articles would be seen as criticizing the monarchy,” he testified. “In my view, the author was just referring to the Thai elite.” For the first time he revealed the real name of the person who wrote the two articles under the pen-name of Jit Polachan.“The articles contain no explicit reference to the monarchy,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They and the law are being interpreted in a particular way in order to punish a ruling party opponent. We condemn this political use of the draconian lèse-majesté legislation to silence Somyos, and we urge the court not to convict him on the basis of a purely subjective interpretation of the articles.”Somyos’ two defence lawyers petitioned Thailand’s constitutional court on 24 April, asking it to determine whether the lèse-majesté law is constitutional and complies with international legal standards, and requesting a suspension of the trial until it issued its ruling.A member of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (better known as the “Red Shirts”), Somyos was arrested on 30 April 2011 after refusing to identify the person who wrote the two articles that allegedly defamed the king. He was formally charged on 26 July 2011 on two lèse-majesté counts for which he could get a combined sentence of up to 30 years in prison.The court that is trying Somyos will not issue a verdict until the constitutional court has issued a ruling.Thailand is classified as a country “under scrutiny” in the “Enemies of the Internet” report that Reporters Without Borders updates every year. ThailandAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en ThailandAsia – Pacific Organisation Follow the news on Thailand Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information News May 12, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar
News June 3, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation News Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper (photo) have been given one week to reveal their sources to the court in the Plame case or spend 18 months in prison. A final verdict will be handed down on 6 July. Federal judge Thomas F. Hogan gave Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper one week to reveal their sources on 29 June or face the maximum penalty of 18 months in prison for “contempt of court”. The Supreme Court has already declined to hear an appeal from the two in the Plume case in which the identity of a CIA agent of that name got into the press. The court will give its final verdict on 6 July.___________________________________________________27.06.05 – Reporters without Borders denounces a “retrograde and freedom-curtailing decision”Reporters without Borders is very concerned about the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on June 27, 2005, not to hear the cases of Judith Miller, of The New York Times, and Matthew Cooper, of Time magazine, each sentenced by a federal court to 18 months in prison for refusing to reveal their information sources. The two journalists have no further judicial recourse and are now facing actual incarceration.”By refusing to rule on the cases of Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, the Supreme Court has just imposed a double reversal. First, against Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper, who now have no means of defending themselves and may find themselves in prison at any time simply for protecting their information sources. This retrograde and freedom-curtailing decision also foretells a defeat for all media and for the journalism profession, of which privileged communication is one of the essential foundations. At this stage of the proceedings, we urge the American judicial system not to impose harsh sentences on the two journalists. We also call upon the Congress to adopt, as soon as possible, the bills presented at the same time in the Senate and House of Representatives last February, which recognize the journalists’ privilege to protect source confidentiality. It is the American people’s right to be informed that is at stake,” Reporters without Borders declared.Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper had refused to reveal their information sources to a special chamber charged with investigating the information leaks that led to publication in the press of the identity of a CIA operative, Valerie Plame. In this case, the White House was suspected of having released Mrs. Plame’s name in retaliation against her husband, Ambassador Joseph Wilson, who had publicly opposed President Bush’s arguments in favor of the war in Iraq. Judith Miller had investigated this matter on behalf of the New York Times, but had finally decided not to devote an article on it. In Time magazine’s July 17, 2003 issue, Matthew Cooper had merely mentioned that “some government agents” had given Mrs. Plame’s name to the press.Tried for “contempt of court” for refusing to reveal their sources to law officials, the two journalists had been sentenced in the first instance by a Federal judge on July 20, 2004. The judge based his decision on a previous case law of the Supreme Court dating from 1972 (Branzburg vs Hayes), according to which source confidentiality is not protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution. The journalists therefore could not use it in support of their court case. In order to ensure that Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper would comply, the judge had handed down incarceration orders the following October. Those orders were not carried out, as the two journalists had filed an appeal. On February 15, 2005, the Federal Appeals Court in Washington, a three-juge panel had confirmed the federal court’s ruling. The two journalists’ lawyers had then obtained that this same appeal court meet in a grand jury session. On April 19, the convened grand jury had nevertheless upheld the sentences and the incarceration orders. In deciding to bring their case before the Supreme Court, the journalists had obtained a final continuance.In refusing to make a ruling, the Supreme Court therefore decided to uphold its 1972 case-law. This status quo position poses a problem, because even though the journalists’ privilege of source confidentiality is not recognized at the federal level, shield laws grant it to them in 31 states of the union, including Washington D.C. 49 states have some protection for this privilege. It was by virtue of a shield law in effect in New York state that Judith Miller obtained a favorable ruling on February 24, 2005, in a similar case involving source confidentiality.From now on, it will be up to the legislators to fill this serious legal gap by introducing a federal shield law. On February 2, 2005, two members of the House of Representatives, Mike Pence (R-Ind) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) introduced a bill entitled the “Free Flow of Information Act,” which guaranties journalists an “absolute privilege” so they cannot be compelled to disclose their sources. The text provides that a journalist can be brought before a federal court only as a last resort. The text also provides for a “qualified privilege” extending to any notes, e-mails, negatives and any other professional documents, to which the federal courts may have access only if such evidence is deemed to be essential in a criminal case. A bill written in these same terms, co-sponsored by Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) and Christopher Dodd (D-Con.) was introduced to the Senate on February 9. On April 28, 2005, during a joint press conference, the two representatives and two senators confirmed that their discussions on the subject of the Department of Justice and the White House had been “constructive.” However, the Department of Justice refused to take a public position on these bills. The four congressmen are still trying to get them added to the agenda of their respective meeting sessions.On May 18, Reporters without Borders joined other organizations in filing an amici curiae (an act of petition) before the Supreme Court in support of the two journalists. WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists to go further Follow the news on United States Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News June 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper given one week to reveal sources or go to jail United StatesAmericas RSF_en United StatesAmericas News April 28, 2021 Find out more
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post Tagged with: credit Equifax FICO Home Loans Lending Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Earlier this year, Equifax and FICO announced a partnership, pooling their collective consumer financial data sets to offer the Data Decisions Cloud. In a piece published on PaymentsJournal, Martin Kurpiel, SVP Technology Solutions & IT, Valid, discussed how this partnership will impact lending and the “future of finance.”“While it’s unclear exactly how much combined data the two companies have within their cloud product, it’s safe to say that the market and demand for alternative data sources is unlikely to shrink,” said Kurpiel. “Reports also indicate that traditional credit score competitors TransUnion and Experian have made plays of their own to get into the alternative data game. But what does more data being available to banks actually mean for the consumer, and what should we expect in the future as this trend continues?”According to Kurpiel, the additional access to data this partnership brings to banks will mean more opportunity to customize offerings. Other benefits include faster decision making, as the additionally access to date could cut back on some red tape for larger transactions, such as home and business loans. Kurpiel notes that smaller transactions, from daily credit card transactions up to medium- to large- actions such as auto loans have already seen transaction times decrease in recent years, and big-ticket transactions like home loans now have the opportunity to see some faster response times. For consumers, credit scores may not be so “static” anymore. With more access to information, banks can access credit history in real-time to get a more up to date credit feedback. The downside of the additional access to data is the security risk. Kurpiel states that “it will be interesting to see how the companies respond — while the way credit scores are calculated are relatively well known, adding more data means the reasoning behind decisions might get murky.” Data privacy is a hot topic, and the the focus of discussion at a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday.Sen. Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, said that more personal information was available to companies than ever before “as a result of an increasingly digital economy,” as witnesses noted the risks involved.“In particular, data brokers and technology companies, including large social media platforms and search engines, play a central role in gathering vast amounts of personal information, and often without interacting with individuals, specifically in the case of data brokers,” Crapo said. Equifax and FICO Partnership: Industry Impact Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home / Daily Dose / Equifax and FICO Partnership: Industry Impact Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Two Bills Approved to Reform, Reauthorize NFIP Next: Choosing Real Estate Agents With an Investment Edge Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago credit Equifax FICO Home Loans Lending 2019-06-13 Seth Welborn Share Save Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, Market Studies, News June 13, 2019 2,021 Views About Author: Seth Welborn