Juli Plc (JULI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Juli Plc (JULI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Juli Plc (JULI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Juli Plc (JULI.ng) 2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileJuli Plc markets a range of pharmaceutical products to the wholesale and retail sectors in Nigeria. The company also owns and operates is own supermarkets and trading stores. Juli Pharmacy Plc originally marketed international pharmaceutical brands but diversified its positioning to produce its own brands of products. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Juli Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee by Victor Grossman/Stephen Wechsler, New York: Monthly Review Press, 2019, 352 pages.This Nov. 9, the world’s imperialists and big capitalists will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. They will fill the media, all too available to them, with lies claiming this event was a victory for democracy and freedom. They will be slandering the German Democratic Republic and all the good and progressive acts of the once-socialist part of Germany.2006, Berlin. At an occupied building near the old border, is written, ‘The border does not separate ordinary people, but runs between those above and those below.’ (Photo: Gabriele Senft)A partial antidote to these lies can be found in Victor Grossman’s book, “A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee,” told by someone who lived in the GDR from the early 1950s until its fall, and still lives in the eastern part of Berlin. The book has only one author; Stephen Wechsler was Grossman’s name before he left the U.S. military when he was stationed in Austria. He swam across a river to escape what he feared would be a possible prison sentence — in reality a sentence for his pro-communist activities — common punishment in the McCarthyite 1950s.Grossman’s book tells the story of the GDR’s 41-year existence through the eyes of someone committed to socialism, who was also an honest and careful observer of the everyday ups and downs of the fledgling socialist republic. He also describes with excruciating detail the annexation of eastern Germany by the victorious imperialist power in the West. Even to focus on a little of what Grossman covers in his 352 pages may help explain why the fall of the GDR was a loss, both to the oppressed nations of what is today called the “global south” and to the East German working class and workers worldwide.GDR aided liberation strugglesHe writes, discussing so-called dissidents, “In contrast with the rulers in Bonn [capital of West Germany], the GDR generously aided the African National Congress in South Africa, SWAPO [South West African Peoples Organization] in Namibia, Ho Chi Minh’s Vietnamese, the Sandinistas [in Nicaragua] and the anti-Pinochet forces [in Chile]. “What would success of those dissidents, whose motivation was implacable anti-GDR hostility, mean to those struggles? ‘Human rights’ were demanded by people often totally uninterested in [Nelson] Mandela, Leonard Peltier or even the ‘Berufsverbote’ [exclusion from jobs like teaching] in West Germany, where some were jailed, many were fired and 1.4 million were investigated by the equivalent of the FBI because of their undesirable views.”This reviewer was in East Berlin in October 1989 interviewing Angolan students, educated at the GDR’s expense at Humboldt University in how to set up and run beer breweries in their recently liberated country. It seemed an intelligent division of labor that socialist Cuba would help win the big military battle with South African troops at Cuito Cuanavale in 1988 and that the socialist GDR would provide technical and industrial education to the Angolan people. Imperialist Germany had conquered Namibia in the 19th century, but the socialist GDR gave medical treatment to the wounded liberation fighters of SWAPO.Divided Germany became the front line of a global class war between two social systems during the period known as the Cold War. The socialist countries, or workers’ states, were to the east; the imperialist countries with their capitalist system to the west. The line dividing east and west Germany could not avoid being a hot spot of the Cold War, which was not always so cold.February 1986. At East Berlin’s Schoenefeld Airport, author Victor Grossman, left, greets Pete Seeger, who is a guest at the Festival of Political Songs. (Photo: Gabriele Senft)West Germany, one of the most prosperous of the imperialist countries, used its wealth to lure whatever defectors it could from the East. This was part of its war against socialism. In the opposite way, the Berlin Wall discouraged defections. In principle, it was not much different from union workers setting up a picket line to prevent discouraged workers from breaking a strike — only this was done by a pro-socialist state.In the years after the Berlin Wall fell, those who lived in the East quickly discovered there was a lot that the GDR had accomplished. Unfortunately, they discovered it by losing their guaranteed jobs, universal child care — which especially harmed women — two-thirds of their public libraries, their low-rent apartments and almost-free public transportation. West German industries and banks moved into the East, bought up for next to nothing the industries that had employed 4 million workers — with a market mainly in the former socialist countries — and in no time created an army of unemployed and precarious workers. Many workers had to migrate to the West. Grossman details how this happened and draws a clear picture not of a “reunification,” but of an annexation, much like an imperialist country seizing a colony.While there was a GDR, the West German military stayed within its country’s borders. After seizing the GDR in 1990 and dissolving the GDR’s army, German imperialism intervened in Yugoslavia to tear that multinational country apart and gain economic hegemony in the mini-states that succeeded it. In Iraq and in Afghanistan, Germany joined the “coalition” led by U.S. imperialism. Grossman’s book provides a contrast to the lying propaganda of those imperialists still rejoicing over the fall of the Berlin Wall.Today, the over-90-year-old Grossman continues his writing by describing, in his Berlin Bulletin, developments in German politics with an explanation understandable for U.S. readers, who might not be following the day-by-day developments there. (For more about the bulletin, see victorgrossmansberlinbulletin.wordpress.com)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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ABC News(NEW YORK) — A new storm will quickly develop in the southern U.S. and track across the Gulf of Mexico toward Florida, where severe weather is expected Friday night and Saturday — the beginning of Super Bowl weekend.The storm will begin development later Thursday night and into Friday. Heavy rain will spread across parts of Southern Texas and then along parts of the Southern Gulf Coast. The storm quickly races off to the East on Friday, with some of the precipitation expanding north along the East Coast into the mid-Atlantic by Friday night.However, along the southern tip of this system, there should be enough shear, moisture and heat to produce a severe weather threat beginning Friday night and lasting into part of Saturday.Forecast guidance is showing a rather well defined line of storms heading to Florida late on Friday, with heavy rain and gusty winds a likely threat for most of the state.However, by Friday night and Saturday, the storms pick up some shear, and thunderstorms will likely turn severe. There is a slight risk Friday night into Saturday for Southern Florida including all of Miami and all of the Florida Keys. Low level shear could produce tornadoes during the overnight period on Friday and on Saturday. Additionally, there is a risk for waterspouts in the Gulf of Mexico, and toward the Florida Keys as the storms approach.Additionally, the storms will pack damaging winds, bringing some large hail and lightning. The storms will also quickly dump a good amount of rain, with areas likely to pick up 1 to 2 inches, which could cause flash flooding — especially in some of the more urban areas of Southeast Florida.This entire system clears Florida by Sunday, and the Super Bowl in Miami will be sunny and in the 70s.An atmospheric river of moisture is lining up with another storm system headed toward the Pacific Northwest.The storm that will usher in the most moisture will arrive in the Northwest on Friday and last into Saturday. The core of this storm will first slide into Canada, but some of the heavy moisture is expected to move into parts of Washington, late Friday into Saturday.While some uncertainty remains where the heaviest rain will fall, there is increasing confidence that locally 4 to 6 inches of rain is coming for parts of Washington state. This system will also usher in some milder air and raise the snow levels in the mountains.While an additional 1 to 2 feet of snow will be possible in the higher elevations of the Cascades, the main concern with this setup will be heavy rain on Saturday soils — including some of the foothills. Additionally, there could be some snowmelt.Therefore, the risk for river flooding this weekend and early next week in Washington is increasing, with several rivers forecast to head into moderate or close to major flood stage. This could have impacts on some of the towns in northwest Washington.Additionally, there is potential for landslides due to parts of this region seeing nearly 1 to 2 times their average January rainfall. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Tags Cerberus co-CEO Stephen Feinberg and Stonemont CEO Zack Markwell (iStock)Stonemont Financial Group and an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management LP have formed a joint venture to invest in the white-hot logistics sector.The partners want to buy as much as $1 billion worth of industrial real estate, according to Commercial Property Executive. So far, the two firms have purchased properties in Illinois, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee. They did not disclose their total investment in those properties.Stonemont manages around 15 million square feet of industrial real estate, while Cerberus has recently partnered with other firms on logistics investments, including LPC West and Provender Partners.The joint venture will target logistics properties with a particular eye toward last-mile distribution facilities, truck terminals, truck and trailer parking, and maintenance facilities.ADVERTISEMENTThe growth of e-commerce, spurred by the pandemic, has helped make those facilities one of strongest property types amid the broader economic downturn. Logistics accounted for 20 percent of global commercial real estate spending last year, compared to 15 percent in 2015. CBRE projects that logistics pricing will rise 68 percent by 2030.Cerberus has also been raising funds to take advantage of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The firm wants to quadruple the size of its new stressed and distressed credit fund to $750 million.[Commercial Property Executive] — Dennis Lynch Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateIndustrial Real Estate
How to Buy a Diamondby Brent Beaman, G.G.(GIA) Managing Partner The New Kruckemeyer & Cohn Jewelry Company, LLCEveryone knows why people buy diamonds: romance, apology, timeless gifts, etc. But ask a random passerby “how to buy a diamond,” and you will likely get a stuttered incoherent statements like “Something to do with the 4 C’s…,” “I know a guy…,” “I have no idea…” Why is this? Mainly people tend to fear what they do not know, or often worry about being taken advantage of by a cagey salesperson. This article outlines how to avoid this fear, and put yourself in the driver’s seat of diamond shopping.When you think about our new diamond, what is most important to you? Size? Quality? Shape? Unless your budget is limitless, compromises must often be made. After all, who would not want a four carat flawless diamond? So, breaking it down to the basics, what should you look for when choosing a diamond?The most important factor in both a diamond’s beauty and value is the CUT. This does not refer to the diamond’s shape. CUT is the proportions of the diamond (the human element). When a diamond is cut and polished to the highest standards, it will have more sparkle, look bigger, and be more valuable than a similar diamond that has not been as well-cut. This fact is indisputable in the diamond industry worldwide. Many brands claim their diamonds are more perfectly cut than others and there are varying degrees of truth behind them. So how is a diamond shopper supposed to sift through the massive amounts of advertising these brands throw at them? Brands often sell nice, quality products but usually at a price far above what similar (or sometimes better) products sell for. Because of this, it really does pay to do your homework and shop around. After all, if you do not shop with CUT in mind, you will not be getting a diamond that lives up to its full potential. The last thing you want is for your new diamond to merely look like a piece of glass. I recommend GIA graded diamonds with Excellent or Very Good cut grades.COLOR is the second of the “4 C’s” since most diamond shoppers want to avoid an off color or yellowish diamond. I recommend looking for a diamond at the top of the near colorless range (G – H-I). This color range makes for a nice, white diamond that, when cut correctly, will sparkle like crazy!CLARITY, the third of the “4 C’s,” describes the natural characteristics inside a diamond. The fewer inclusions, the more rare the diamond. To get the best bang for the buck, choose a SI1 or SI2 graded diamond as these diamonds usually have no eye-visible inclusions. Not only are they far less expensive than higher grades, but they look the same to the naked eye. Again, a diamond cut correctly hides inclusions better!CARAT WEIGHT, the fourth of the “4 C’s,” is what your diamond weighs on a scale. (It actually has nothing to do with the diamond’s size.) Not all one carat diamonds look the same size! Well-cut diamonds look much larger than poorly cut ones since all the weight is in the correct places, not hiding underneath.In conclusion, buying a diamond should not be a scary experience! It all comes down to picking a budget, deciding what is most important to you about your new diamond, and finding the right place to shop. Let me suggest Kruckemeyer and Cohn. Our store specializes in GIA Triple Excellent diamonds, the industry’s standard of excellence, the most important aspect of the diamond – the CUT. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you soon!FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Email [email protected] News centreMHRA10 South ColonnadeLondonE14 4PU Our priority as regulator is to make sure the medicines you and your family take are effective and acceptably safe. This recall shows we are continuing to investigate potential contamination of sartan containing medicines. There is no evidence at present that medicines containing NDMA, NDEA or NMBA have caused any harm to patients and this recall is a precautionary measure. Because of the risk associated with suddenly stopping high blood pressure medication, continue to take your medicines as prescribed by your doctor. Please speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any concerns about your medicine. Media enquiries Out of office hours: 07770 446 189 (17:00 – 08:30) During office hours: 020 3080 7651 (08:30 – 17:00) Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm. For real-time updates including the latest press releases and news statements, see our Twitter channel at https://www.twitter.com/mhragovuk As a precautionary measure to protect public health, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) today recalled 3 batches of Losartan tablets due to contamination with the nitrosamine N-nitroso-N-methylamino butyric acid (NMBA). The affected batches can be viewed here.The recall is taking place as part of the continued investigation into potential nitrosamine contamination of sartan containing medicines, a class of medicine to treat blood pressure and heart attacks and heart failures.Currently there is no evidence that nitrosamine impurities can cause harm and patients are being advised to continue taking their medication.The investigation into possible contamination of sartan medicines began in 2018, after the nitrosamine N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), was identified in valsartan manufactured at a facility based in China.Last year, the MHRA recalled batches of valsartan containing tablets to pharmacy level in July and November due to possible NDMA and N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) contamination.In January and February 2019 the MHRA recalled batches of irbesartan containing tablets after testing revealed possible contamination with NDEA.The MHRA continues to monitor the situation in the UK and are comprehensively investigating the issue alongside the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines (EDQM).Bernadette Sinclair-Jenkins, MHRA’s Manager, Regulatory Assessment Unit of the Inspection, Enforcement and Standards Division, said: