Total Nigeria PLC (TOTAL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Total Nigeria PLC (TOTAL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Nigeria PLC (TOTAL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Nigeria PLC (TOTAL.ng) 2003 annual report.Company ProfileTotal Nigeria Plc is a marketing and services subsidiary of Total which is a multinational integrated oil and gas company and one of the seven major oil companies in the world. Total operates in 130 countries in the world including Nigeria where it supplies fuel for petrol engines, diesel engines and kerosene. Total’s worldwide business interests cover the entire oil and gas chain from exploration of crude oil and natural gas to the refining, production and trading of petroleum products. Total is also a large-scale manufacturer of chemicals and a major player in low-carbon energies. Total Nigeria Plc has been a leader in the downstream sector of the Nigerian oil and gas industry for over 50 years. The first Total filling station was commissioned in Lagos in 1956. Today, the company operates an extensive distribution network of some 500 service stations, 19 customer service stations, numerous industrial outlets, 5 fuel depots, distribution plants and warehouses located in the Western, Northern and Eastern territories of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Total Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Political Opinion/AnalysisGood morning Apopka. Welcome to Primary Election Day 2018. We are 70 days from the General Election on November 6th, but what happens today will shape the political direction voters are taking in Washington DC, Tallahassee, Orange County and Apopka.This is the seventh Election Day event The Apopka Voice will cover, and expect no less than comprehensive reporting beginning at sunrise and ending only when the last ballot is counted.Back in April, there were just two names on the ballot and one race for the Apopka City Commission. Today there are several primary matchups. We will publish results of all the elections on Apopka ballots as soon as they are known, but we will be focusing on two elections – the Orange County Public School Board District 7 election and the Board of County Commissioners District 2 race. These two races are expected to be close and seem to have captured the intrigue of Apopka both in signage and social media.Rain or shine, it should be an exciting day. Be sure to get out and vote if you haven’t already.Stay with The Apopka Voice all day for wall-to-wall coverage of the elections. There will be published features of candidates, on-site updates from the polling places…plus election results as soon as they are known beginning at 7:00 PM.And check back tomorrow for analysis of the races, who won, who lost, why, and what lies ahead for the General Election in November as it relates to the voters and citizens of Apopka. So grab a steaming hot cup of coffee, settle in and watch democracy in action. TAGSPrimary Election Day Previous articleBlue Darters, Mustangs prevail in season openersNext articleGraham brings passionate authenticity to her run for governor Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Cars pass by Sadler Hall on S. University Drive. Linkedin Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Hunter Geisel St. Stephen Presbyterian reopens Christian Education Building after vandalism Hunter Geiselhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hunter-geisel/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU hangout closes its doors, college ministry considers buying property Hunter Geiselhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hunter-geisel/ Linkedin Hunter Geiselhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hunter-geisel/ Mark Johnson: the Board of Trustees’ chairman and his vision for TCU Student organization hosts haunted house for Halloween Hunter Geiselhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hunter-geisel/ Facebook “I definitely don’t condone it,” said Michael Thomas, senior sport psychology major. “Not only is it a safety issue for you, but it’s a safety issue for other people as well.”Jason Moss, motor officer of Fort Worth Police Department’s Traffic Division, said he believes that the new law wasn’t to punish people who text and drive but to make the roads safer.“I think the main concern was not the citation aspect or the traffic stops, but more general safety,” he said.According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 109,658 traffic crashes in Texas involved distracted driving, in which texting is one of the common causes. Those crashes also involved 455 deaths and 3,087 serious injuries. These crashes were the highest among people ages 16 to 34.Larkin Rich, junior child development major, said she doesn’t text while she drives because she wants herself and her passengers to be safe.“I try not to look at my phone because it’s a safety hazard,” she said. “And, I babysit a lot so I have children in my car a lot of the time.”Ijeg Jones, junior economics and psychology double major, said she supports the new law.“I don’t support [texting and driving],” she said. “I think it’s good that it’s a law that people shouldn’t because people will be less likely to do it.”The bill, named the Alex Brown Memorial Act after a 17-year-old Terry County high school student killed in 2009 while she was texting and driving, only applies to texting. Texas’ new law doesn’t prohibit using hands-free calling or the use of GPS, navigation and music apps.Moss said police are allowed to pull you over in suspicion of texting and driving but they can’t go investigate your phone to see if you were texting behind the wheel.“Essentially, your phone is your papers. And we can’t search through your papers without your consent or without a warrant or without probable cause, things like that,” he said. “So, I agree with that part of the law but it will make it tougher for us to enforce.”Moss added that even though the new law only prohibits texting and driving, people should still keep their eyes on the road and not their screens.“Anything in the vehicle could be a distraction,” Moss said. “We’re so used to the phones these days it’s almost multitasking, but you can get so lost in your phone. Just pay attention.”To see more of what Texas’ new texting ban entails, below is a copy of Texas House Bill 62:Texas House Bill No. 62 (Enrolled) by Hunter Geisel on Scribd + posts ReddIt printStudents who text and drive can now face harsher penalties if caught thanks to the new statewide ban on texting while driving.For many students, they know it’s dangerous, but they often do anyway. However, some are hopeful this new law will encourage others to kick the potentially deadly habit. Previous articleMen’s tennis team reveals 2017-18 scheduleNext articleTCU junior wins Entrepreneurship Club Elevator Pitch Competition Hunter Geisel RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Twitter
Follow the news on Zimbabwe Organisation News ZimbabweAfrica Reacting to the systematic interference of the Zimbabwean independent radio station Voice of the People (VOP) since 18 September, Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at a campaign to jam dissident radio broadcasts which the Zimbabwean authorities are clearly orchestrating with Chinese help.The press freedom organisation pointed out that this “state sabotage” of VOP comes three years after it was the target of a still unsolved bombing in the heart of Harare.”Robert Mugabe’s government has once again shown that its policy is to systematically gag all independent news media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The use of Chinese technology in a totally hypocritical and non-transparent fashion reveals the government’s iron resolve to abolish freedom of opinion in Zimbabwe.”The press freedom organisation added: “We reiterate out belief that Zimbabwe’s progressive submission to the dictatorship of a single view is being made possible by the incomprehensible failure of the great African democracies to take a stand against this behaviour by the Harare government.”VOP beams a radio programme to Zimbabwe every evening from 7 to 8 p.m. (18:00 to 19:00 GMT) on the 7.120KHz shortwave frequency using a relay station belonging to the Dutch public radio station Radio Netherlands on the island of Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean.”Our signal is no longer as clear as it is supposed to be,” a VOP employee told Reporters Without Borders. “There is a funny noise and this is affecting our evening programme. We can say we are being jammed.” The VOP staff suspect that the government is using sophisticated jamming equipment imported from China.This hour of VOP programming has offered the sole opportunity for Zimbabwean listeners to tune into to an alternative to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) ever since deliberate jamming of the London-based exile station SW Radio Africa began in February. SW Radio Africa is no longer able to broadcast on the short wave.Voice of the People was created in June 2000 by former ZBC employees with help from the Soros foundation and a Dutch NGO, the HIVOS foundation. The police raided its studio in Harare on 4 July 2002 and took away equipment. It was then the target of a bombing on 29 August 2002 which wrecked the entire studio. It was nonetheless able to resume broadcasting.A frequently-used jamming technique is to broadcast a noise on the same frequency as the target signal using another radio station’s transmitters. The power and location of these transmitters determine the area where the jamming is effective. According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, VOP can now only be heard in the rural part of Matabelele Land, an area not covered by Zimbabwe’s public radio station. This suggests that the noise jamming VOP’s programmes is being broadcast by the Zimbabwean authorities using the public radio station.These illegal practices, which violate international regulations governing telecommunications, are one of the specialities of the Chinese government. Jamming is standard practice in China, especially the jamming of Tibetan radio stations and foreign radio stations beaming programmes to the west of the country. A Reporters Without Borders release described this policy as the “Great Wall of the airwaves.”According to a source in Zimbabwe, a number of Chinese intelligence officers have been stationed in a luxury hotel in Harare since January. Chinese experts have been invited to give training in telecommunications and radio communications to Zimbabwean technicians under economic and technical cooperation accords signed between China and Zimbabwe.Zimbabwe’s already significant relations with China have been stepped up even more as a result of its diplomatic isolation, which culminated in its departure from the Commonwealth in 2003. Ideological affinity and interest in its natural resources have prompted the Chinese to sign many political and trade accords. China has become the leading foreign investor in Zimbabwe.Their collaboration in the area of censorship may not be limited to radio broadcasts and could also extend to the pirating of websites. Reporters Without Borders has previously voiced concern about the Zimbabwean government’s acquisition of equipment that could be used to monitor Internet traffic. But its expertise is almost certainly not up to using this kind of equipment, which suggests that it has subcontracted the implementation to its Chinese suppliers. Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell ZimbabweAfrica News Help by sharing this information Reacting to the systematic interference of the Zimbabwean independent radio station Voice of the People (VOP) since 18 September, Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at a campaign to jam dissident radio broadcasts which the Zimbabwean authorities are clearly orchestrating with Chinese help.The press freedom organisation pointed out that this “state sabotage” of VOP comes three years after it was the target of a still unsolved bombing in the heart of Harare. Receive email alerts November 12, 2020 Find out more Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “State sabotage” of radio station’s broadcasts Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail RSF_en News to go further September 1, 2020 Find out more
Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Van Ness Attorneys in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Savings Clauses in Foreclosure Previous: The Fundamentals of Freddie Mac Next: Industry Impact: President Trump’s Call to End GSE Conservatorship The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Savings Clauses in Foreclosure Tagged with: loans Mortgages Savings van ness An overlooked topic in foreclosure law is the effect of savings clauses in loan documents. Notes, mortgages, modifications, and just about any other document affecting the validity or viability of a loan may have a savings clause. Review of loan document templates is necessary because savings clauses may be helpful, but also may not completely solve the issues they were meant to address.Simply stated, a savings clause is a clause in a contract that provides that the contract will remain intact and enforceable to the extent allowable by law, even if certain portions of the contract are deemed invalid or unenforceable. These clauses can both be general and apply to the contract as a whole or specific and apply to key provisions or subject areas of the contract.A general savings clause is frequently styled as a “severability” clause because the contract explains that the parties intend for the court to sever any portion of the contract that is legally invalid or unenforceable while maintaining the remainder of the agreement. These clauses are helpful to clarify issues that may be severed. See generally Gessa v. Manor Care of Fla., Inc., 86 So. 3d 484, at passim (Fla. 2011). However, courts may find certain portions of the clause ineffective. For instance, a limitations of remedies provision is not severable, regardless of whether the contract contains a severability clause. Id.at 490‐491 & n. 5. Thus, a severability clause may be an attractive addition to a loan document, but it must be understood that there are circumstances under which the provision will, itself, not be enforced.In the case of mortgage promissory notes, a specific savings clause will usually be focused on interest and the calculation of payments. These clauses may clarify that interest shall not accrue or be charged at any unlawful rate. This type of savings clause can have multiple purposes. First, it can act to attempt to sever any provision that would allow for unlawful interest. Secondly, it can function as evidence of intent.This second function is helpful in the face of a claim or defense that the loan at issue is usurious. Usury occurs when a loan is intentionally given with an interest rate that exceeds the maximum amount allowable by law. A usurious loan is subject to a setoff against recovery and, in some cases, cancellation of the debt or damages.Florida law used to provide that a savings clause that expressed a desire for the loan to be nonusurious was sufficient to warrant dismissal of a charge of usury. However, that has changed. InLevine v. United Cos. Life Ins. Co., 638 So. 2d 183, 184 (Fla. 3d DCA 1994), the court examined a mortgage note that “expressly stated that interest was to be charged only at a lawful percentage.” The court held that the “inclusion of this language in loan documents has been held to warrant dismissal of a usury claim.” Id. (citing Forest Creek Dev. Co. v. Liberty Property Sav. & Loan Ass’n, 531 So. 2d 356, 357 (Fla. 5th DCA 1988)). The opinion in Levine, 638 So. 2d at 184 was later disapproved by the Florida Supreme Court to the extent that it explained, “a savings clause is one factor to be considered in the overall determination of whether the lender intended to exact a usurious interest rate.” Levine v. United Cos. Life Ins. Co., 659 So. 2d 265, 267 (Fla. 1995). (Internal quotations omitted.) In other words, the savings clause now presents an issue of fact that is to be weighed in making a determination whether a usurious loan was given.Savings clauses should be used wisely. They may be helpful in a defensive posture once litigation ensues, both in terms of rescuing the enforceability of an agreement and in expressing the intent of the parties at the time of the agreement. However, it should not be taken as a given that either of these strategies will work in any particular case. 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Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… France takes tough line on bias actsOn 26 Sep 2000 in France, Personnel Today While unlawful discrimination in the UK workplace may result in significant awards of compensation for the employee, in France employers can end up in prison.Employee rights in France are contained in legislation, conventions and collective agreements. They are the minimum protections that an employer owes to its employees and the parties cannot agree by contract to less favourable terms. The principle of non-discrimination is one of the founding principles of both French social legislation and the Treaty of Rome. It supposes that an employer should not take into account, either at the time of recruitment of an employee or at termination of employment, their sex, race, religion, nationality, health, or political convictions.Necessary notificationsAll those who propose to hire staff in an industrial or corporate establishment must notify the Office of Work Inspection by registered letter of their intention do so. In the first eight days of each month, a statement must be made to the departmental director of employment and manpower by establishments employing at least 50 employees, notifying the director of any employment contracts that have been signed or terminated during the preceding month. Organisations must also keep a personnel register listing the hiring and departures of personnel, as well as a register of foreign employees.The employer is obliged to register the employee with the organisation responsible for social security deductions in the region eight days before employment is due to commence.To simplify the formalities prior to hiring, employers declare their employees to the social and retirement organisations by way of the “Single Notification of Hiring”, addressed to URSSAF – the organisation to which social security contributions are paid by employers. This also covers the notification requirements of other social organisations, on matters such as health insurance, unemployment, employment healthcare and medicine.Hiring Foreign EmployeesUnder the Treaty of Rome, citizens of the European Union can take advantage of the freedom of movement and settling and are assimilated with national employees regarding employment rights.When hiring non-EU individuals, the employer should ensure, at time of hiring, that the foreigner resides on French territory on a regular basis and should note on the personnel register for each foreign employee their field of work and their work authorisation number, and should annex copies of that authorisation.As foreign employees working in France are normally subject to the French Social Security regime under the same conditions as French employees, the same notification requirements relating to national employees also apply to foreign employees.The employment contractThe full-time, indefinite employment contract is not subject to any particular form: it can be verbal or result from the practical arrangements between the parties. Employers are, however, required to give the employee a written statement, whatever the nature of their contract, within the first two months of employment, including:• Identification of the parties • Workplace and job title • Rights and obligations • Start of the contractual relationship• Duration of paid holidays• Duration of employment • Salary levelThe Ministry of Employment deems that the entries on the employee’s payslip, and those on the document given upon hiring, meet this requirement.In the case of part-time or fixed-term contracts, however, there must be a written contract between the parties. The contract should be drafted in French even if performed in a foreign country.Mandatory employee protection French law is founded on the principle of contractual freedom: employers and employees are free to have all clauses on which they agree listed in the employment contract. This principle, however, is not absolute. Thus the clauses cannot breach the fundamental rights of the person or public order, nor can they depart unfavourably from the legal or conventional mandatory employee protections set out in French law.The trial period The trial period is, for the employer, an opportunity to judge the professional ability and the potential of an applicant and, for the employee, the possibility to determine whether the work conditions are suitable. During this period the contractual relationship can be terminated without notice from either party.A trial period is not automatically presumed to apply and the employee should be informed of its existence at the time of concluding the contract. The parties can freely determine the duration of the trial period and decide on the possibility of renewing it. The duration should nevertheless correspond to the time necessary for the employer to test the skills of the employee while taking into account their qualifications and the type of employment proposed.Notice of terminationThe period of notice of termination required from an employee is determined either by the law, by applicable conventions or by collective work agreement. In the absence of any of those factors, it is determined by the typical notice period applying in the profession or as otherwise agreed in the contract of employment (if more favourable to the employee).The minimum notice required from the employer depends on the employee’s length of service. No minimum notice is required for those with less than six months’ service; it is still necessary to refer to any collective agreement or common practice within the employee’s profession or industry as to whether another notice period applies. A month’s notice is required for employees with between six months and two years of seniority, extended to two months for employees having at least two years of seniority.The employer can forego employee notice by making a payment in lieu of notice equal to the remuneration the employee would have earned if they had worked during this period.The minimum wageA guaranteed minimum wage of a gross monthly salary of 6,881.68 francs applies to all employees and cannot be overridden by an agreement between the parties.Work hoursThe legal duration of employment for employees has been reduced from 39 hours to 35 hours per week, as of 1 January 2000 for firms with more than 50 staff and as of 1 January, 2002 for those with less than 50. This reduction can be accomplished by the employee accumulating supplementary holidays or by calculating their work hours on an annualised basis.Paid HolidaysIn principle, the employee acquires, per month of service, the right to two-and-a-half working days of paid holiday, up to 30 working days.Christine Guillot-Bouhours is a partner specialising in employment law at Paris law firm Rambaud MartelClare Murray is an employment law partner at Fox Williams Comments are closed. Related posts: Previous Article Next Article
Antarctica is an isolated continent whose conditions challenge the survival of living organisms. High levels of endemism are now known in many Antarctic organisms, including algae, tardigrades, nematodes and microarthropods. Bdelloid rotifers are a key, widespread and abundant group of Antarctic microscopic invertebrates. However, their diversity, regional distribution and endemism have received little attention until recently. We provide the first authoritative review on Antarctic Bdelloidea, based on published data and new collections. Our analysis reveals the extreme levels of bdelloid endemism in Antarctica. Sixty-six bdelloid morphospecies are now confirmed from the continent, and 83–91 putative species are identified using molecular approaches (depending on the delimitation method used). Twelve previously unknown species are described based on both morphology and molecular analyses. Molecular analyses indicate that only two putative species found in Antarctica proved to be truly cosmopolitan. The level of endemism based on the available data set (95%) is higher than that in any other continent, with many bdelloid species occurring only in maritime or continental Antarctica. These findings are consistent with the long-term presence of Bdelloidea in Antarctica, with their considerable isolation facilitating intraregional radiation, providing further evidence that does not support the microbial global ubiquity hypothesis that “everything is everywhere.”
Desert dust is one of the most important atmospheric ice‐nucleating aerosol species around the globe. However, there have been very few measurements of ice‐nucleating particle (INP) concentrations in dusty air close to desert sources. In this study we report the concentration of INPs in dust laden air over the tropical Atlantic within a few days’ transport of one of the world’s most important atmospheric sources of desert dust, the Sahara. These measurements were performed as part of the Ice in Clouds Experiment‐Dust campaign based in Cape Verde, during August 2015. INP concentrations active in the immersion mode, determined using a droplet‐on‐filter technique, ranged from around 102 m−3 at −12°C to around 105 m−3 at −23°C. There is about 2 orders of magnitude variability in INP concentration for a particular temperature, which is determined largely by the variability in atmospheric dust loading. These measurements were made at altitudes from 30 to 3,500 m in air containing a range of dust loadings. The ice active site density (ns) for desert dust dominated aerosol derived from our measurements agrees with several laboratory‐based parameterizations for ice nucleation by desert dust within 1 to 2 orders of magnitude. The small variability in ns values determined from our measurements (within about 1 order of magnitude) is striking given that the back trajectory analysis suggests that the sources of dust were geographically diverse. This is consistent with previous work, which indicates that desert dust’s ice‐nucleating activity is only weakly dependent on source.
May 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local NASCAR Team To Honor Fallen Utah Soldier from Monticello Robert Lovell Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Charlotte, NC) — A NASCAR team will be honoring a fallen Utah soldier during this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte, North Carolina.Aaron Butler’s name will be on driver Aric Almirola’s windshield on Sunday. Butler was an Army Staff Sergeant who was killed in Afghanistan last August.Members of Butler’s family plan to be in Charlotte for the race. Tags: Aaron Butler/NASCAR
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOS ANGELES (AP)-Utah Jazz (42-15, first in the Western Conference) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (35-22, fifth in the Western Conference)Los Angeles; Monday, 8 p.m. MDTBOTTOM LINE: Utah hits the road against Los Angeles looking to break its three-game road losing streak.The Lakers are 21-11 in conference play. Los Angeles averages 15.6 turnovers per game and is 17-6 when it has fewer turnovers than its opponents.The Jazz are 19-9 against Western Conference opponents. Utah has a 19-10 record against opponents over .500.The teams square off for the second straight game.TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Kuzma is second on the Lakers averaging 2.0 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 12.8 points per game while shooting 35% from beyond the arc. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 2.6 made 3-pointers and 12.6 points over the last 10 games for Los Angeles.Rudy Gobert has shot 67% and is averaging 14.4 points for the Jazz. Joe Ingles is shooting 45.7% and averaging 11.6 points over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Lakers: 5-5, averaging 107.5 points, 42.6 rebounds, 24.9 assists, 9.1 steals and 4.7 blocks per game while shooting 45.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 106.2 points on 46.3% shooting.Jazz: 6-4, averaging 117.7 points, 48.3 rebounds, 22.5 assists, six steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109.9 points on 44.4% shooting.INJURIES: Lakers: LeBron James: out (ankle), Jared Dudley: out (knee), Anthony Davis: out (achilles).Jazz: Donovan Mitchell: out (ankle), Udoka Azubuike: out (ankle). April 19, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah faces Los Angeles on 3-game road skid Associated Press