Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) 2009 annual report.Company ProfileCarbacid (CO²) Investments Plc is a leading producer of natural food grade carbon dioxide in East Africa. The company extracts carbon dioxide gas from natural underground reservoirs which are purified on site to produce natural, certified food grade (99.99% purity) for use in carbonate water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. The CO² is Halaal certified. Compressed carbon dioxide sold by Carbacid Investments Limited is used by the industry sector for MIG welding and applications for fire extinguishers. Formerly a sub-division of BEA Sawmills Limited, the company was founded in 1975 through various mergers and acquisitions and renamed Carbacid Investments Limited. It supplies major drinks bottlers and breweries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Somaliland, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Burundi. Carbacid Investments Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) 2010 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) 2018 abridged results.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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January 30, 2018 at 8:00 am EXACTLY what I need it to read today Amen! Don Young Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 January 29, 2018 at 10:46 am January 29, 2018 at 12:18 am charles towne Ernie Bursey EJ, I guess what it all boils down to is that we trust. Thanks pal, Chaz You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply charles towne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter charles towne January 28, 2018 at 10:21 am Dear NH, My prayer is that each of us, you and I and everyone, may genuinely know Him as the wonderful friend He is. When that happens we will realize a joy and a peace unbounded. Let us pray for a close walk with the life-giver. Blessings on you and yours my dear friend. Chaz Donnie, I think it is a fact of life and a state of being that we imagine that we can do it all on our own. What I want more than anything else is to have a breathing, living, glorious walk with Papa God and yet, in my humanity I fail! But, He, at those times, is probably closer, more accessible, than at any other time. What would happen if our spiritual eyes were opened and we could see His Glory and love surrounding us, even for a moment? Please Father, let each of us feel your presence, feel the warmth of your love, today. Chaz LJZS Reply Reply Reply Dear Wee Bee, yeah, how about that! MERCY! Mercy is His name. I like the thought that I heard expressed years ago. It was confronting the issue of a loving God, and basically it said, “And God himself will instruct them in righteousness.” I believe it was speaking of those honest in heart down through the ages, those that heard the voice of God, and knowing not whose voice they heard, nonetheless, they answered to the affirmative, and God, in His mercy, took it as acceptable service. Chaz I was just listening to a song my son posted on Facebook that brought real blessing to my soul that said thoughts along this same as you have expressed. You can find it on YouTube also. It’s called, Captivate Us, Oh, LORD by Watermark. It really touched my soul! Reply Reply Gymrat January 28, 2018 at 3:04 pm Reply NH Mike McFadden February 15, 2018 at 7:23 pm Reply Reply January 28, 2018 at 10:45 am Oh dear Gymrat, my dear friend, thank you. Let it be said of us that we hear God’s cry and answer with joy, knowing full well that He will never withhold any good thing from those that love Him. Thanks for your kind words. Blessings on you and yours, Chaz Thank you Chuck for expressing so honestly what so many of us feel. Thank you, God, for dissolving the barriers we perceive to be between us. Kristin charles towne Ernie, One of my favorite Christian writers, C.S. Lewis, so aptly expressed himself when he wrote in his Reflections on the psalms, “We must suppose ourselves to be in perfect love with God-drunk with, drowned in, dissolved by, that delight which, far from remaining pent up within ourselves as incommunicable, hence hardly tolerable, bliss, flows out from us incessantly again in effortless and perfect expression, our joy no more separable from the praise in which it liberates and utters itself than the brightness a mirror receives is seperate from the brightness it sheds. The Scotch catechism says that man’s chief end is “to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” But we shall then know that these are the same thing. Fully to enjoy is to glorify. In commanding us to glorify Him, God is inviting us to enjoy Him.” Reply January 29, 2018 at 5:57 pm January 28, 2018 at 8:26 pm charles towne “Romans 8:26-27In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”Charles, like Don, you have put my heart cry into words, too. You are a sweet blessing. Your words are appreciated and timed perfectly for me. Thank you. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Dear LJZS, SO VERY TRUE. I find it sometimes difficult to maintain that constancy of intent and purpose that I believe you refer to, but God is faithful, praise Him, he is faithful. Help us Father that we will not waiver, but be consistent in all things pertaining to you. Thanks for the comment LJZS, and may our wonderful God bless you and yours. Chaz January 29, 2018 at 11:24 am Charles, you are a Christian mystic, one who passionately longs for the presence of a loving God, your “Papa God.” Keenly aware of God’s longing for expressions of His children’s love, you stand in a long line of mystics, starting with Jesus’ Beloved Disciple. As a student of World Religions, I have discovered that you have spiritual cousins in other religions. I’m reminded of the Sufi saint, Rabia, an orphaned slave girl, who prayed to God, “If I worship Thee Lord from fear of Hell then burn me in Hell! If I worship Thee for hope of Paradise, shut against me the gates of Paradise! But if indeed, I worship Thee for Thine own sake, so bless me that I may abide in communion with Thine Eternal Beauty.” Surely God understands and accepts the longing for the presence of God expressed by her as well. February 2, 2018 at 7:54 pm January 28, 2018 at 5:53 pm January 28, 2018 at 10:57 am WE HAVEN’T GOT A CLUE! Can see even Begin to COMPREHEND GOD! “LET GO AND LET GOD” Reply Seek Ye First The Kingdom of God and these things will be added comes to heart. If we love on the Father there will be no good thing withheld. But we have it backwards; in prayer asking for things. When asking HIM to fix things. But if we do the a works of the Lord, HE is faithful to care for our Need – which is HIM.Great words from the heart Chuck January 28, 2018 at 10:03 pm Reply Tahara charles towne InspirationBy Charles Towne charles towne January 29, 2018 at 3:27 pm Reply January 29, 2018 at 2:59 pm January 28, 2018 at 7:10 pm January 30, 2018 at 12:51 am Reply Reply Reply charles towne Reply Ej Reply Reply Steve Please enter your name here Reply February 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm Yes Sissy, I guess there is nothing we need more than for Him to captivate us. Praise God, He never gives up on us, it is us that quit the good fight. Blessings on you and yours. Unka Chuck charles towne Dear Papa God, help each of us, inspire us that we may be what you designed us to be and continue to let your light shine on each of us and warm us in the sunshine of your divine love. Thank you Daddy, in Jesus’ wonderful name we ask it. Amen TAGSCharles TowneInspiration Previous articleUN and the United States should live by its resolutionNext articlePalm Tree People Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear January 30, 2018 at 12:47 am February 4, 2018 at 3:52 pm Dear CSG, WELL SAID! As we call out to Him He is always faithful and just to answer according to our need. Thank you O God for your incredible faithfulness. Chaz January 28, 2018 at 9:31 pm charles towne I am reminded of Romans 7:19,paraphrased….those things that I wantto do, I don’t…and those things I don’twant to do, I do.Thank you Lord, for forgiving us, for loving us and continuing to keep us in all our ways.I pray you make us hungry for you.For we know that YOU and only YOU, can satisfy us. January 30, 2018 at 9:43 am January 28, 2018 at 9:49 am February 4, 2018 at 8:42 pm Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life. CSG charles towne Reply A beautiful prayer to start each day anew. Thank you Charles for putting everything in perspective. Reply Reply Reply You really made me put my thinking cap on this week. Every week in church I find my self asking for his mercy to help friends in need. Whether they be sick, having fallen on hard times or simply needing guidance. I believe that many times my prayers are answered. I believe that I have been very fortunate in my life thanks to God and that he now guides me in my effort to “give back”. Science could never begin to explain His means of communication – especially our knowing when to listen when He calls. To me, it all boils down to faith. Please enter your comment! charles towne charles towne Mike, “…and faith comes from believing!” My Daddy, with his third grade education once told me that, “perfect science is based on direct observation independent of theory.” Theory is a thing believed but not proven, but when we see his hand at work in our lives, then we can rejoice because He is. If we have faith we are going to see the evidence of God’s wondrous working in our lives. There is nothing too big or too small for for Him to handle. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Thanks mike, Blessings on you and yours, Chaz February 9, 2018 at 7:40 pm Linda This is very thoughtful and insightful article. We must stay in the fire and not be the ember that strays away and becomes cold and useless. It is so easy to be doing the right thing for the wrong reason and find ourselves completely out of God’s will. Lord, help me to be a Mary, and not a Martha! Beautifully said Chuck. Walking with the Lord is something I have often ignored in my life, I’m ashamed to say. However, when I do walk with God the peace I get is indescribable. God bless you and yours as always.-Donnie Reply Wee Bee Don, yeah, what you describe is a real human problem. He tells us, “you have not because you ask not.” But, little by little we are learning. Thanks for the insightful comment pal, Chaz 28 COMMENTS Reply January 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm Don Lindsey charles towne Oh Ernie, were it only so! Except for the fact that most mystics were considered to be mad, than please oh Holy God, let me then be mad. To be considered sane, and yet without God, I prefer madness, if in that madness I am not found wanting of, and for thy love. Thank you sir, Chaz Chuck, you have put into words my own heart-cry! I think my problem involves “make busy” projects that would be better delayed. I try to do so much in my own way, and many times never call upon God for help. Help I know He is willing and ready to give….IF I only would take time to pray and ask for His help. Thanks for a very helpful reminder of the awesome God we serve, and how He stands ready to help. If we would only ask! January 28, 2018 at 3:52 pm I find myself longing for such closeness to my Savior and at the same time heading in directions which fight against Him. What a mess I am. But despite me, He answers and helps. How about that! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “O God!” I cried, and that was all. But what then, are the prayers of the entire universe more than an expansion of that one cry? It is not what God can give us, but God that we want.”-George MacDonaldAll my life I have prayed to get things from God, but now I pray to get God.O loving God, dear heavenly father, there is nothing I desire more than to be close to you, and yet, out of my gross ignorance, out of my stubbornness, and my pride, so often I have chosen to walk alone.Why is this? Why do I separate myself from you when I know that you are the only true source of peace for my soul?You call to me, and I hear your voice, in my innermost soul I hear your voice speaking my name, and you say; “Come my child, walk with me for awhile.” And I turn my back, and walk away, alone.I hear your blessed voice as you say, “Sit with me my child; please, let us sit in peace, for I want you to know me.” And I walk away to do some thing… something, more important.I hear your voice calling to me, “Come my child, learn of me; learn of my great love for you.” And I turn my back, ignoring your supplication, and go my own way, in ignorance.Why is it O God, that I yearn for you on one hand, and yet flee from you on the other, Why, O God do I do this?Why O God, when I know in my innermost being, that you are my only hope; why do I choose to be alone?Please O God, I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to walk this thorny, rocky path on my own. I cannot do this on my own, for if I do, I will perish. Please, walk with me, be my guide.Talk to me, guide me, dwell with me, and in me. Speak to my heart, speak to my heart O Holy God, let me hear your voice speaking my name.I know that you love me with an undying love, a love beyond words, a love beyond description, a love indescribable.Please God, help me to love you, to yearn for you, to desire you, beyond my imagination.I know that you yearn for my trust. I know that you are my only hope, my refuge, my all in all. Take me now. Accept my humble worship, for it is all I know how to give. Thank you, Daddy, thank you O God, thank you.Accept me in my failed, weak condition now, starting today, transform me into the creature you have designed me to be.This is my prayer O God, this is my supplication, for it is my greatest desire,O holy God, please, beginning today, disregarding all that is past, draw me to you.Please, be my constant companion; that I may be like Jesus.I love you father. Let your love overwhelm me. Submerge me in your perfect love. Drown me in your holy love. Let your love become my character.I pray this, knowing full well that you will not withhold any good thing from one of your children.In Jesus perfect and Holy name I ask it, Amen. Reply Dear Tahara, I couldn’t have summed it up better. Thanks so very much dear friend, Chaz Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Facebook Linkedin Advertisement Email NewsHealthy approach – herb crusted hakeBy admin – February 17, 2011 435 Health is something we all take for granted – as long as we have it. Few of us think about taking more exercise, cutting back on alcohol or eating a healthy diet until some health problem or other comes along and forces us to take stock. The problem is that many of today’s health problems – high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers – are largely avoidable with a little effort. So what stops us from putting all the good lifestyle advice we hear into practice? Men tend to die an average of six years younger than women. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There is definitely room for improvement when it comes to looking after our health. Most of us already know that we need to eat lots of fruit and vegetables, take regular exercise and watch our weight to be healthy, but sometimes the thought of all that effort can put us off.Luckily, just increasing the amount of fish you eat every week can make quite a difference to your health. While nothing will substitute for an overall healthy lifestyle, eating fish, especially oil-rich fish, twice a week is a simple and tasty step on the road to good health.Fish is rich in many vital nutrients including protein, B vitamins, selenium, iodine and zinc. Oil-rich fish is also an excellent source of omega 3 fats and vitamins A and D.Lemon and herb crusted haddockWHAT YOU NEED4 haddock fillets(or other chunky white fish)Two fist fulls of fresh breadcrumbsZest and juice of 2 lemonsBunch of chopped fresh parsley or chives2 tablespoons olive oil2 medium leeks – slicedA little salt and pepperWHAT TO DOMix the breadcrumbs with lemon juice, zest, herbs and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.Season the mixture with a little salt and pepper and pat firmly onto the fish.Bake in a preheated oven at 200 degC / 400 degF or Gas mark 5 for 10 – 12 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and the topping is crisp and golden brown.While the fish is cooking, gently fry the leeks in the remaining olive oil until soft.Remove fish from oven and place on a bed of leeks.Serve with baked or mashed potato. WhatsApp Twitter Print Previous articleThe Allotment bookNext articleDa Vinci programme meets Limerick meets Rennes admin
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Lauded by numerous international film festivals and winner of 12 Japanese Oscars, Twilight Samurai arrives on our shores with impressive credentials. Treading similar ground to Tom Cruise’s recent labour of love, The Last Samurai, it chronicles the twilight of the warrior era in Japan. Unlike Cruise’s narcissistic blockbuster, however, the central character here is not glorified for his noble adherence to the old way of life but for his quietly dignified efforts to distance himself from the samurai tradition. Seibei Iguchi (played by Hiroyuki Sanada, star of the original Ring films) lives a hopelessly dull existence in rural 19th century Japan, scraping together enough money to sustain his two daughters and infirm mother. His samurai days are long gone since having to sell his beloved sword to fund his wife’s funeral. Only the reappearance of childhood sweetheart, Tomoe, lifts the family’s gloom, but before long an order from his clan’s chief to assassinate a violent dissenter throws his hard-earned peace into turmoil, as he is forced to rekindle his dormant samurai spirit for a ferocious duel. Sanada plays Seibei to absorbing perfection, combining a sense of desperation with a grim resilience fuelled by his love for those around him. Rie Miyazawa also gives luminous support as Tomoe, a revitalizing presence in the family through her unspoken affection for Iguchi. It is their simple humanity which is the key to the film’s power. Anyone expecting a samurai bloodfest in the vein of Kill Bill, then, would do best to look elsewhere. This is primarily a period piece and, as you might expect from the elegiac nature of the film, the pace is appropriately funereal. If the story drags in places, it is always redeemed by the quietly commanding screen presence of the two leads. Both a superbly subtle character study and a poignant hymn to Japan’s lost past, Twilight Samurai is one of those rarest of cinematic creatures, a film that also qualifies as a genuine work of art.ARCHIVE: 3rd week TT 2004