OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) 2011 Presentation

first_imgOK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2011 presentation For more information about OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw)  2011 presentation Company ProfileOK Zimbabwe Limited is a leading retail group in Zimbabwe with a product range that extends from groceries and houseware products to clothing and textiles. The inaugural branch was opened in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1942 and today, is one of the most recognised supermarket brands in Zimbabwe. The company trades under various branded store names, including OK stores, Bon Marché and OKMart. OK Zimbabwe sells products in its grocery range under its own home brand; OK Pot ‘O Gold, OK Value, Shoppers’ Choice and Bon Marché Premier Choice labels. OK Zimbabwe Limited operates approximately 61 retail outlets throughout Zimbabwe and owns subsidiaries that complement its diverse product offering; Eriswell (Private) Limited, Swan Technologies (Private) Limited and Winterwest (Private) Limited. OK Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgCentum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Centum Investment Limited (CTUM.ke)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileCentum Investment Limited is an equity firm specialising in investing in areas of growth, developmental capital and buyouts and seek to make equity investments between US$2 and US$20 million. The company invests in enterprises in the agricultural, education, healthcare, energy, financial services, insurance, information and communication technology, food and beverages, catering, automotive, publishing, real estate, power and FMCG sectors. In the beverage sector, it invests in businesses manufacturing alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and carbonated soft drinks. These companies operate in and serve the needs of domestic markets in Africa sub-regions. In most private equity investments, it prefers to acquire a controlling and significant minor stake in the company. The head office of Centum Investment Company is in Nairobi, Kenya. Centum Investment Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Brumbies vs Reds Highlights – Super Rugby 2014 Round 2

first_imgWednesday Feb 26, 2014 Brumbies vs Reds Highlights – Super Rugby 2014 Round 2 Highlights of the opening game of the Australian conference, featuring the Brumbies and the Reds in Canberra. Look out for great tries from some of the flyers on both sides, particularly Reds youngster Aidan Toua. There’s also an unfortunate howler by Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2014 Related Articles 376 WEEKS AGO Brilliant individual effort decides Crusaders… 377 WEEKS AGO The Best Tries scored in Round 5 of Super… 378 WEEKS AGO The Best Tries scored in Round 4 of Super… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig

first_img Austria CopyHouses•Mattsee, Austria Photographs ArchDaily Area:  300 m² Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2009 Save this picture!Courtesy of Günter Richard Wett+ 18 Share Houses “COPY” Photographs:  Günter Richard Wett Save this picture!Courtesy of Günter Richard WettRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsText description provided by the architects. The site with its distinct longitudinal form completes the building development of the village and marks a direct transition to the adjacent nature reserve. Without doing that the usual way by setting up a fence. Save this picture!Courtesy of Günter Richard WettUnder the pitched roof, required by the authorities, all functions are strung together: storage, carport, wardrobe, sauna, hall and the actual house itself. Prefabricated walls of exposed concrete hold up the roof, the wooden house was constructed underneath it. Save this picture!Courtesy of Günter Richard WettThe two storey house is compact and offers the usual functions of a single family home. Suspensible windows allow the owners to cook inside and outside on the terrace. Depending on the weather life takes place indoors, in the hall, on the patio or in the garden. Save this picture!Courtesy of Günter Richard WettWet rooms and installation rooms are situated in the solid structure in the northern part of the building. Solar panels on the roof and geothermal energy are used for heating.Save this picture!Courtesy of Günter Richard WettThe hall is a hybrid, roofed over and vitrified but not heated. It has no distinct function yet is multifunctional: to peg out washing, for parties on rainy days, for repairing the motorcycle, for playing in the sand box, as relaxation room for the sauna. A room always a bit ‘untidy’ but drawn from life.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessNorman Foster Resigns from Moscow’s Pushkin Museum ExpansionArchitecture NewsUrban Fragment: Jose Oubrerie’s Miller HouseArticles Share Year:  Architects: Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/417524/atriumhaus-am-waldrand-kleboth-lindinger-dollnig Clipboard “COPY” 2009 Projects Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger DollnigSave this projectSaveAtriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/417524/atriumhaus-am-waldrand-kleboth-lindinger-dollnig Clipboard CopyAbout this officeKleboth Lindinger DollnigOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMattseeHousesAustriaPublished on August 20, 2013Cite: “Atriumhaus am Waldrand / Kleboth Lindinger Dollnig” 20 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 streamlast_img read more

Self-defense is a right! California protest hits domestic violence

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Bakersfield, Calif.Oct. 23 – The chant of “Self-defense is not a crime! Free our sisters doing time!” rang out at the Kern County Superior Court Building today in support of two women who defended themselves and their families against abusive partners.The domestic violence survivors, formerly incarcerated people, prison abolition activists, clergy and family members converging on the courthouse were there in support of Wendy Howard, a white woman facing first-degree murder charges for killing her abusive partner, and Michaele Bowers, a Black woman incarcerated since February 2017 for defending herself against her abuser.‘Free our sisters!’ was the chant of a Bakersfield, Calif., crowd rallying on Oct. 23 for two women who protected themselves and their families against domestic violence. Credit: WW Photo: Judy GreenspanHoward — a mother, grandmother and community leader in Kern County — was not able to speak at the rally due to a court “gag order.” She was represented by friends and several of her children, who wore pictures of their mom with the words “Justice for Wendy.” Oldest daughter Miranda spoke about the violence the family had suffered and why they feel Howard should not be incarcerated for defending herself and her daughters against physical abuse.A statement by Michaele Bowers’ son, Orlynn Bailey, was also read during the rally. Though two hung juries have produced mistrials in Bowers’ case, Bailey noted, “The prosecutor insists on keeping my mother incarcerated.” Bailey also criticized the racism of the Kern County justice system: “Kern County continues to marginalize Black people through law enforcement and the judicial system. There are major disparities between Black women and Caucasian women facing similar charges, with Black women usually serving heavier sentences.”A coalition group supporting both cases is Survived and Punished, based in Los Angeles. Several members spoke at the rally on behalf of both women. Alisa Bierria linked the struggle of battered women to the Black Lives Matter Movement, saying: “We are here to win justice for Michaele Bowers and Wendy Howard. … Remember that Black Lives Matter includes Black lives who are domestic violence victims.”Bierria added, “‘Say Her Name’ for all the Black women whose lives have been lost by police violence, and also for all those Black women who are still alive but are not with their families because they have been targeted and criminalized and incarcerated.”Fighting domestic violenceAfter the speakout, the group rallied at the office of District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, who is prosecuting the cases. There people took out their cell phones and dialed Zimmer, demanding she drop all charges against Bowers and Howard. “Drop the charges now!” rang out through the day.The rally was scheduled to coincide with a hearing for Howard, whose trial is now postponed to the end of March 2021. She remains free on bail until then but under the shadow of a possible sentence to life in prison.While Howard was in the Kern County Jail, she met Bowers and other women facing similar charges. Now Bowers and Howard are both fighting to drop the charges and to educate the community about the rights of domestic violence survivors.The protest – during the Domestic Violence Awareness month of October – was organized and coordinated by No Justice Under Capitalism, a Bay Area coalition protesting conditions inside prisons for people with COVID, and Survived and Punished, which supports incarcerated women and trans people inside women’s prisons.For more information, check out the toolkit and the press release from Domestic Violence and Prosecution of Self Defense Toolkit prepared by NJUC.last_img read more

Mike Posner to headline fall concert

first_imgTAGSembedded tweetsvideo ‘The Office Gif Club’ GroupMe gives hundreds of students an Office gif a day Paris Jones Facebook Mike Posner will headline the TCU fall concert this year. (Rich Fury/AP) Twitter Paris Jones is a senior news and media studies major from Mason, Texas. She serves a managing editor for TCU360.com. One of her proudest accomplishments is her ability to drink a half liter bottle of water in seven seconds. Linkedin TCU holds fourth annual TCU Gives Day to gather donations for the university ReddIt The University of Houston-Downtown Facebook Off campus shooting incident ‘not a random act,’ no TCU students involved + posts center_img Linkedin printThe wait is over: Mike Posner is officially this year’s fall concert headliner.The Student Government Association emailed students a link to a Facebook video revealing the performer this morning. The video had over 1,000 views within 30 minutes of being posted.The singer will perform Friday, Oct. 14 in the Campus Commons.Posner is best known for his songs “Cooler Than Me” and “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” and is currently on tour with Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato.Past fall concerts have featured artists including Hunter Hayes, Jason Derulo and The Fray.TCU students, faculty and staff members are allowed free entry plus one additional guest.Students reacted to the announcement on Twitter.[/storify.com/praynej/2016-fall-concert-student-reaction” target=”_blank”>View the story “2016 fall concert student reaction” on Storify] Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ Twitter Previous articleBoschini names Chancellor’s Award recipient at ConvocationNext articleTCU class of 2020 breaks gender ratio Paris Jones RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ ReddItlast_img read more

The tax man cometh

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The tax man comethOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article A new ruling from the InlandRevenue, IR35, will have far-reaching implications for interim managementprofessionals and their clients, By Caroline HornThere are many reasonswhy a person should decide to become an interim manager, just as there are manyways in which they can go about doing so. How they operate – whether as anemployee, a self-employed person or through a limited company – can depend onseveral factors.Today, most interimmanagers choose to work through a limited company because of the tax advantagesit gives and because, more often than not, their clients will demand it.Andy Whally,commercial manager for Headwhay marketing consultancy and on the steeringcommitte of the Institute of Interim Management, says, “Most of the largersuppliers of interim managers will insist that managers operate through alimited company. Certainly in the past couple of years, that has been the case.Interims are requiredto have limited company status, a company registration document and VAT numbers.Increasingly, they are also having to provide professional indemnity insurance.They are also having to consider the implications of the new tax ruling, IR35,which came into force in April 2000. The implications ofthe ruling are far-reaching, both for interims and for their clients. So greatis the concern it has raised among the IT and contract services industry thatthe Professional Contractors Group has challenged IR35 in the High Court and ajudicial review is underway, with a hearing due in mid-March.IR35 investigates thestatus of “contract workers” to evaluate whether they are genuinelyworking under contract or whether in effect they should be considered to beemployed. Because it is still so new, no one is clear about how stringently theInland Revenue will apply the new rules.Interim managerstherefore need to pay close attention not only to the wording of theircontracts but to how the work itself is structured. There is, of course, nosuch thing as a typical contract. An interim might be brought in to help theclient company through a period of change such as a merger or acquisition or toreplace an absent director. Or a group of individual interim managers might beemployed as a team to work on a particular project.Alyson Gilbert-Smith,managing director of Interim Human Resources, says agencies do not generallybecome closely involved in developing interim contracts – nor in helpingclients to avoid the implications of IR35. “We are steadfast concerningthe rulings of IR35. We can’t advise everyone from a legal aspect because weare not in a position to do that. They need to get their own expert help fromsolicitors or accountants,” she explains but adds, “We have noticedno difference in how contracts are drawn up since the introduction of IR35.”This, however, couldbe a mistake, warns Ian Milroy, tax partner at Robertson Milroy. “BecauseIR35 hasn’t yet been tested, we are not totally sure what it will mean. Ifagencies and clients can adopt a position which they feel covers IR35, wherethe interim is self-employed in nature, then fine. But the ruling has not yetbeen tested by the Inland Revenue so no one knows what type of contracts willbe challenged.”He adds, “My viewis that people are window-dressing contracts to try to overcome IR35. Therewere lots of contracts in place before IR35 which would not have beenIR35-compliant. Simply by going into the workplace, interims are becoming partof the organisation so it automatically becomes a grey area in terms of the newruling.”Milroy says IR35 isgoing to become a major negotiating matter in any contract and is somethingagencies will have to start working with more closely. It is likely that anumber of changes will follow in the wake of IR35, not just in terms of whatinterims need to charge to cover the new costs, but also for clients. There aremany large blue-chip companies which regularly employ banks of contractworkers. They, too, will need to start taking a much closer look at just howthose people are employed.Legal status ofinterim managerWhile most interimmanagers choose to operate through their own limited company, they also havethe options of working as an employee or to be self-employed. Each option hasdifferent tax implications for the interim as well as the client.EmployeeMost peopleconsidering working as an interim will have spent several years as an employee,where they fulfil an open-ended contract for an employer with agreed rates ofpay and benefits such as holiday pay, and statutory benefits such as redundancy.But working as an interim manager to fulfil short-term contracts reduces thebenefits of working as an employee, while the interim also loses tax advantages.Self-employedA self-employed personwill provide a service under contract for a fixed fee. One of the main issuesof being self-employed is that the person does not become part of theorganisation and has some control over when and how the service is provided. The advantage of beingself-employed is that the interim can deduct certain expenses incurred duringthe course of fulfilling the contract. These can include travel costs –providing the interim’s business base is their home – equipment used for thebusiness including computers and mobile telephones, and administration costssuch as telephones and stationery. A self-employed status therefore offers taxadvantages to the interim, as well as to the client, who does not have to payNI contributions for the self-employed contractor.Limitedcompany statusOperating through alimited company means the limited company – rather than an individual, whobecomes the employee and worker of the limited company – is responsible forfulfilling the contracted services. The advantage for the client is that theinterim manager’s limited company pays the salary, deducts PAYE, NationalInsurance and so on. These advantages are similar to those when hiring aself-employed interim. But the new IR35 ruling means it has become much harderto work through a limited company (see below).InlandRevenue requirementsWhile working in aself-employed capacity carries obvious benefits for both the client and theinterim, it is unusual for an interim manager to be contracted on this basis.Clients will often refuse to employ an interim on a self-employed basisbecause, should the Inland Revenue decide that the self-employed person is toall intents and purposes an employee, then it can claim the PAYE and NI duefrom the client organisation. The client is unlikely to be able to recover theamount from the interim, who by then is quite likely to have moved to adifferent company.This is why manyclient organisations have preferred to hire an interim working through alimited company. While the administrative and financial advantages are similarto those of hiring a self-employed worker, the client is not responsible forthe real employment status of the interim.Mark Watson,employment law partner at Fox Williams, says in the CBI’s title, InterimManagement (AshtonPenney Partnership): “The essential point is that it isnot the responsibility of the client company to assess the tax status of theinterim management company to which it is paying fees, nor to make taxdeductions. That is the responsibility of the interim management company. Noliability for failing to make deductions will fall on the client company.”But as Watson adds,”Engaging an individual interim manager direct can, on the other hand,result in problems if payments are made to them gross, without a fullassessment of their employment and tax status.”IR35Falling foul of theInland Revenue can be a costly mistake for interims, too, where they have setup limited companies. Until the introduction of IR35 in April 2000, working asa limited company was a popular option for interims. Limited company status gaveinterims tax advantages and provided clients with a cost-effective means ofhiring a person with particular skills for a limited period.Nicholas Boothroyd,director of human resources consultancy Project IT Resource, says, “IR35is a new piece of legislation that directly affects the freelance industry. Insummary, IR35 investigates the ‘status’ of ‘contract workers’ by applyingcriteria to their contract that are designed to evaluate whether the contractengagement on which they are employed is of a genuine ‘contract’ nature, orshould be regarded as ‘akin to employed’”.He says, “Whilethe Revenue will not apply these criteria retrospectively to contracts writtenprior to the new legislation becoming law, it is important to recognise that ifa contractor has ‘looked, felt and smelt like an employee’ in the past then asignificant number of factors will have to change for them to be able to showthat they are in fact ‘genuine contractors’ under the new laws. A cosmeticchange to a contract of employment will not be sufficient to demonstrate anengagement being of a ‘genuine’ contract nature.”The Inland Revenuewill assess engagements undertaken by the limited company, and check the termsto clarify whether “if the interim was working for the client direct,he/she would be employed or self-employed”. If the IR decides that theinterim was, in effect, employed by the client, then the interim has to pay duePAYE and NI contributions on the contract, after deducting certain expenses.Deductible expensesinclude the employer’s NI contributions, pension contributions, 5 per cent ofthe gross value of the contract to cover administrative expenses and limitedexpenses which would be allowed if the interim was an employee.The client, meanwhile,continues to enjoy the benefits without taking on the tax risk that comes withhiring self-employed individuals. Even if it is found that the interim wasworking as an employee, the client is not penalised by the tax office and cancontinue to pay the interim’s limited company gross without deducting PAYE orNI. Obviously for the interim, incorrect classification can become a verycostly mistake.It is hard to knowexactly how the Revenue will interpret the new ruling and whether certaincontracts will comply. Milroy says, “We have a self-assessment basis forcompanies and anyone running their own company has to assess their liability.It is up to the Inland Revenue to decide where that will lie. IR35 ispotentially a lucrative area for them so anyone running their own company islikely to be checked.”Julia Meighan,managing director of Interim Performers, says, “The most important aspectof interim management and IR35 is the true concept of an interim manager. Toall intents and purposes, the interim manager integrates themself into theclient organisation.” With or without linemanagement responsibility, she adds, “their total focus is on achievingobjectives within a predefined period exclusively for that organisation.”There are generallytwo types of possible interim assignment – a project-based activity with abeginning and end and predefined objectives or the care-taking type of role foran unplanned vacancy in the organisation for a fixed period of time.”Both haveproblems with fitting the IR35 rule,” says Meighan, adding that the latterclearly does not fit in with the IR35 ruling as the interim is acting as anemployee of the organisation by fulfilling a role that would ordinarily befilled by a full-time manager or employee. She says, “Demand for interimmanagers is growing more rapidly at the senior end of the middle managementmarket and ‘filling the gap’ roles are growing as quickly as the project-basedones.”But Meighan is alsokeen to point out that it is still very possible for an interim’s contract andwork status to be IR35-compliant. There are a number of areas, however, thatfall outside the ruling. For example, the contract could allow for someoneother than the interim to complete the project, so the contract is for servicescompleted rather than focusing on the actual individual completing the work.But it is often the individual’s skills on which the client is relying.Other guidancesuggests using your own equipment rather than the client’s, not being paid afixed daily rate and certainly not a salary, and being paid on the achievementof work done or milestones reached. Again, however, some of these points couldprove difficult to set up for both client and interim.Gettingthe contract rightThe introduction ofIR35 means interim managers need to be clear about their working status, and becareful about their contractual arrangements.Some interims already working aslimited companies will, inevitably, have to change their classification whileothers will not be affected. There will also becontracts where it is hard to determine whether an interim is”employed” or “self-employed”. Standard contracts willgenerally be inadequate but by putting in place certain criteria that confirmthe “self-employed” nature of an interim, then interim managers couldcontinue to work through their own companies.It is still too earlyto know exactly how IR35 will be enforced. But the bottom line is that no onecan assume that existing contracts are IR35-compliant. If the nature of thework means a contract will not be IR35-compliant, then a number of interimmanagers will need to reconsider the value of working through a limitedcompany. Some might decide togo back onto a company’s payroll. Others will look again at their costs andraise their prices accordingly.”If there is amarket for interim management then that market will grow and develop, howeverit is managed,” says Ian Milroy. “But the tax rules will have aneffect. If IR35 is part and parcel of acting as an interim manager, then the marketrate will have to rise to cover that. That is when it becomes a market issue.”Howto comply with Ir35Defining the terms ofa contract IR35 will apply only to a contract where the interim manager would,but for the existence of his limited company, have been treated as an employee.To comply with IR35, the contract must show that, by nature, the interim isself-employed.In their brochure,Becoming an Interim – A Financial Perspective, Robertson Milroy and InterimPerformers provide a summary of factors which are helpful in agreeingself-employed status. These are as follows:– You can send areplacement rather than carry out the work yourself– You are at libertyto carry out the work without the client telling you what to do, when or how– Payment by way of aproject fee with instalments being subject to the achievement of certainmilestones instead of payment by the hour, week or month. The interim must notbe entitled to holiday pay or other benefits provided to the client’s staff– You can work forother clients during the term of your contract– You provide theequipment required to perform your work– You control thehours you work each week and whether the work is carried out a the client’spremises– The client has noobligation to offer work following completion of the contract and you have noobligation to accept further work– The contract is fora short duration– Adopt abusiness-like approach to obtaining a series of engagements for various clients– Issue invoices, nottimesheets, and register for VAT. Comments are closed. last_img read more

The geology of Antarctica: a review

first_imgGeological field work in Antarctica and the off-lying islands during the past two decades has contributed materially to the establishment of the stratigraphical succession in both East and West Antarctica. The tectonic evolution of Antarctica is discussed in relation to the known stratigraphical and structural data for the continent, and the rôle of Antarctica in several reconstructions of the former supercontinent of Gondwanaland critically examined. In this context, various aspects of the palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, geochronology and stratigraphy of Antarctica is reviewed.last_img

Jazz Foundation Taps Brittany Howard, Chevy Chase, Bruce Willis, & More For Annual Gala

first_imgSince 2001, the Jazz Foundation of America—a nonprofit with a mission of “saving jazz and blues… one musician at a time” and that offers financial support to musicians facing crisis related to natural disasters, health, or housing—has hosted its “A Great Night In Harlem” annual gala. On Friday, April 20th, the event will return to New York City’s Apollo Theater for its 16th annual celebration. For the historic evening, the organization will honor singer Roberta Flack, the Heath Brothers, and blues legend Otis Rush.Roberta Flack, the Grammy Award-winning singer behind hits like “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” and “Killing Me Softly With His Song”, will receive the Clark and Gwen Terry Courage Award. The Heath Brothers, the iconic jazz act featuring Jimmy, Percy, and Albert “Tootie” Heath, will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award, as will the soulful blues artist, Otis Rush.To further honor the artists, the Jazz Foundation of America has curated a standout lineup of musical performers and guest speakers to pay tribute to these important jazz and blues musicians. This year, the event has tapped performers like Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Jimmie Vaughan, Nona Hendryx, Isaiah Sharkey, Davell Crawford, Jon Faddis, Eddie Palmieri, Rufus Reid, Matthew Whitaker, and Harold Mabern to celebrate the iconic artists. Furthermore, movie and television stars like Danny Glover, Chevy Chase, and Bruce Willis—the latter two are repeat offenders who have appeared at the event in past years—will be on hand to celebrate the accomplishments of the honored artists.The Jazz Foundation of America has a long history of offering tributes to seminal members of the music community. It has previously honored legendary musicians such as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Maurice White, Clark Terry, and many others keystone musical artists. To celebrate its award recipients, the “Great Night In Harlem” gala has previously hosted the likes of John Mayer, Keith Richards, Chaka Khan, Bono, Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, and Dr. John to perform.As noted by Steve Jordan, the show’s musical director and a board member of Jazz Foundation of America, “‘A Great Night In Harlem’ is one of my favorite events of the year. There’s nothing like playing music at the world famous Apollo Theatre. Every Gala is loaded with legends, and this year is no exception.”For more information about the event or to purchase tickets to this undoubtedly special night, head over to the Jazz Foundation of America’s website here. You can also find more information and event updates on the gala’s Facebook event page here.last_img read more

Protein, fat, or carbs?

first_img Healthy diet helps older men maintain physical function Quick, which is healthiest diet? One focused on carbs, fat, or protein?The answer? Any of them. Rebutting the breathless claims of the superiority of various fads, new research finds that consuming more carbs, fat, or protein can promote good health as long as they are part of an overall sensible and varied diet.A team led by Stephen Juraschek at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that any of the diets could lead to a reduction in two chemical markers of heart damage. The improvements, which occurred over just six weeks, show that a fundamentally healthy diet can begin to make a difference in heart health almost right away.“I have friends who talk all the time about the new trend diet. It used to be Atkins, now it’s Paleolithic and ketogenic. There are the people who hate carbs, the people who still hate fat,” said Juraschek, an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “The problem with all of these fad diets is that they overemphasize a certain macronutrient profile and underemphasize the importance of balance and heathy eating overall.”While “eat healthy” may simplify the dietary message, the broader problem is that most of us don’t, Juraschek said. Despite decades of advice to the contrary, the typical American meal remains heavy on meat and carbohydrates — often heavily processed — with fruits and vegetables almost an afterthought. While the guidelines recommend Americans eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, the average American eats just 1.8, Juraschek said, and our two most common vegetables are potatoes — often in the form of french fries and potato chips — and canned tomatoes.“Our reduction in cardiovascular mortality has stagnated. We as a population are not achieving a healthy lifestyle,” Juraschek said. “This is a population trend that we have not been able to improve upon in the United States.” “We get so caught up in the macronutrients, we miss the quality of the diet, the balance of the diet, and the emphasis on fruits and vegetables. Let’s re-evaluate how we’re constructing our plate.” — Stephen Juraschek Amino acid leucine, found in animal products and beans, blocks effectiveness of medications The findings emerged from a new study in which researchers applied new tests to old blood samples from a key study on diet and heart health.The original study, called OmniHeart, published its results in 2005 and investigated variations on a diet designed to lower blood pressure in middle-aged participants with either prehypertension or stage 1 hypertension. Its aim was to see whether higher levels of carbohydrates, protein, or unsaturatedfat could improve on the base diet’s performance. The researchers examined two risk factors for heart disease — blood pressure and cholesterol — and found that each of the diets improved those factors, though the higher-fat and -protein diets performed slightly better than the carb diet.Each of the three experimental diets were designed to be healthy, including between nine and 11 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, as well as whole grains, beans, nuts, low-fat dairy products, unsaturated fats, moderate salt, and high fiber. It also featured lean proteins from meat, fish, and poultry, as well as some sweets. The increased macronutrient in each version of the diet also came from healthy sources: plant protein, unsaturated fats, and less-processed carbohydrates.Juraschek said that one common critique of OmniHeart was that it was so short — just six weeks on each diet — that it is difficult to know whether those improvements in blood pressure and cholesterol actually could prevent heart attacks down the road. The new study, conducted with colleagues from the University of Massachusetts, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland — some of whom were investigators in the original study — took the analysis a step further.In work published recently in the International Journal of Cardiology, researchers examined levels of troponin, a compound created by the breakdown of proteins in heart muscle, and C-reactive protein, a marker of cardiac inflammation. Both declined over each six-week feeding period, troponin by between 8.6 percent and 10.8 percent, and C-reactive protein by between 13.9 percent and 17 percent. Related Dietary link found to drug-resistant breast cancercenter_img Growing support for plant-based diet “We’re taking it a step further,” Juraschek said. “We’re looking at whether the diets directly influence cardiac damage. Not only do the diets reduce blood pressure, they reduce direct injury to the heart and they reduce inflammation.”Consistent with the original study’s findings for blood pressure and cholesterol, the improvement in cardiac muscle injury was slightly better for those on the higher-protein and -fat diets, but the largest improvement by far, Juraschek said, came as participants switched from their everyday diet to the study diet — whichever one it was.“We get so caught up in the macronutrients, we miss the quality of the diet, the balance of the diet, and the emphasis on fruits and vegetables,” Juraschek said. “Let’s re-evaluate how we’re constructing our plate.”Research was supported by National Institutes of Health and Alpha Omega Alpha Postgraduate Award. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Inc. donated equipment that identified markers of cardiac injury. 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