Nedbank Swaziland Limited (NEDB.sz) listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Nedbank Swaziland Limited (NEDB.sz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nedbank Swaziland Limited (NEDB.sz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nedbank Swaziland Limited (NEDB.sz) 2005 annual report.Company ProfileNedbank (Swaziland) Limited is a leading financial services group in Swaziland offering products and services for the private, commercial and corporate market. It is a subsidiary of the Nedbank Group of South Africa and was established in Swaziland following Nedbank’s acquisition of Standard Chartered Banks local majority shareholding in 1997. Nedbank (Swaziland) Limited’s product and service offering ranges from current accounts, savings and fixed and term deposits to mortgage and trade finance. The loan division offers assistance for personal, micro, home, vehicle and SME business loans. The company also provides franchising and specialised financing, as well as letters of credit and performance guarantees. Its headquarters are in Mbabane, Swaziland. Nedbank (Swaziland) Limited is listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange
Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Axa Mansard Insurance Plc (MANSAR.ng) 2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAXA Mansard Insurance Plc is an insurance and asset management company in Nigeria. The company offers solution products for motor, life, travel, education and commercial insurance as well as financial advisory services, portfolio and risk management services and investment consulting services. AXA Mansard Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. AXA Mansard Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska [Episcopal News Service] Episcopal and Anglican leaders are inviting church members worldwide to a webinar series for Advent that will highlight the disproportionate effects of environmental disasters and climate change on Indigenous communities.“Prophetic Indigenous Voices on the Planetary Crisis” is a four-part series on Zoom. As its name suggests, its goal is to lift up the voices of Indigenous people, who will be featured in 45-minute videos sharing their experiences with environmental racism in four regions: the South Pacific, Africa, the Amazon and the Arctic.Participants will spend the remaining 45 minutes of each webinar in small group discussions about the issues identified in the videos. The webinars are scheduled for each Monday in Advent, starting Nov. 30. Also, each installment in the series will be broken into four parallel sessions held at different times in the day, to accommodate participants in time zones around the world.The series is a collaboration between the Anglican Indigenous Network, the Anglican Communion Environmental Network and the Anglican Alliance – the first time those three networks have worked together on a project like this, said California Bishop Marc Andrus. He is on the webinar planning team along with the Rev. Melanie Mullen, The Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. Andrus and Mullen both represent the presiding bishop in the Anglican Communion Environmental Network.The series invokes the themes of Advent, a time of watchfulness as Christians await the birth of Jesus on Christmas, Andrus told Episcopal News Service. “The idea of watchfulness and attentiveness to the truth and reality is underlying these webinars,” he said.These sessions are open to anyone interested in learning more about The Episcopal Church’s and Anglican Communion’s engagement on environmental issues, Andrus said, as well as Episcopalians looking for ways to take up the church’s call to racial reconciliation and healing.The church’s General Convention has voiced its opposition to environmental racism several times, in 2000, 2015 and 2018.The resolution passed by the 79th General Convention in 2018 called on governments and industries to “protect the health of all persons from unsafe and unhealthy exposures to air and water pollution, toxic substances, or radiation in their food, water supply, living quarters, and work places.”Episcopal bishops and residents of Venetie, Alaska, gather Sept. 23, 2017, at the bank of the Chandalar River to bless the water, land and people. It was one of eight villages in the Alaska Interior visited by different groups of bishops attending the fall House of Bishops meeting in Fairbanks. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceIt also acknowledged the “disproportionate risk of environmental pollution or degradation” faced by “poor communities, those who live closest to the land in subsistence cultures, and members of marginalized ethnic groups.” The church formed the Task Force on Care of Creation and Environmental Racism to help lead the church’s response to those threats.Andrus underscored that the “Indigenous Voices” of the series’ title won’t be sharing their stories as church outsiders – they are the church. Many Indigenous people have long followed the Anglican tradition, and those featured in the webinars’ videos are Anglicans and Episcopalians whose spiritual beliefs intersect with their Indigenous cultures.In Alaska, for example, the Gwich’in are mostly Episcopalians because of the church’s early missionary work in the region. Many Gwich’in live in the small villages of the Alaskan Interior and still follow the traditional subsistence ways of life that their families have for thousands of years.That lifestyle, however, now faces environmental, cultural and economic threats, including from the push to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The refuge is a major caribou birthing ground and considered sacred by the Alaska natives who hunt the caribou when the herds migrate south.Such threats will be among those featured in the fourth webinar, on the Arctic, to be held on Dec. 21. The video will include Indigenous voices from Alaska, Canada and Norway. Climate change is an overarching threat for these and other Indigenous people in the webinar series, especially in island communities and coastal regions devastated by rising sea levels.By coordinating the webinars across multiple Anglican networks, Andrus said the series builds on a joint statement released by Anglican and Episcopal bishops earlier this year, timed for Juneteenth in the United States, that called attention to environmental racism worldwide. The upcoming webinar series takes that call a step further by identifying the specific challenges facing Indigenous people around the Anglican Communion, Andrus said.There is still time to register for the initial webinar on Nov. 30. The session timed for North American participants is set for 4 p.m. EST.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL By David PaulsenPosted Nov 25, 2020 Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Press Release Service Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Advent webinars to share stories of Indigenous people facing environmental racism worldwide Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Beginning the week of August 22, children will be offered after-school drop-in tutoring on a weekly basis. Tutors will be available to help students with homework, school projects, and individual reading instruction through Hillsides intensive reading program, Reading Rocks.“The program is designed for Hillsides clients but is open to everyone,” said Hillsides Tutor Coordinator Ian Lee. “The goal is to have volunteers from the community helping students in that community.”The Family Resource Centers are located at 13001 Ramona Blvd., Suite A, Irwindale, CA 91706: 1910 W. Sunset, Suite 650, Los Angeles, CA 90026: and 149 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030, respectively.Hillsides has maintained tutoring services for 30 years for the children and youth in residence at the Residential Treatment Services program on the main campus in Pasadena. In recent years, under the direction of Lee, the program has more than doubled in size to include 75 tutors with an average of 55 tutoring hours per week and 30-40 children.This summer, Hillsides initiated a pilot community tutoring program at the South Pasadena Family Resource Center. “We started off small, with just a few students, but by the end of the 10 weeks, we were busting at the seams,” said Lee. “The excitement and the need is there.”Due to the success of the pilot, Hillsides decided to continue with the program at the South Pasadena site and to also offer it at the Baldwin Park and Echo Park Family Resource Centers. Tutoring will also be available for transition-aged youth at Hillsides Youth Moving On Peer Resource Center in Pasadena, a one-stop shop of resources and services for youth ages 16 – 25.All tutors are volunteers. The majority are high school students who attend local schools. More tutors are needed, especially in the Baldwin Hills and Echo Park Family Resource Centers. To become a tutor, volunteers need to be over the age of 14 and complete an application that includes a live scan, fingerprinting and a TB test. To find out how to become a tutor or to learn more about the program, please contact Ian Lee at [email protected] or (323) 254-2274, ext. 1284 or Community Resources Director Laura Kelso at (323) 254-2274, ext. 1251 or [email protected] Family Resource Centers offer numerous community-based programs and services such as parenting classes, mental health support and other crucial resources, and are one of Hillsides core programs.About HillsidesHillsides provides high quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where children and youth can thrive. Headquartered in Pasadena, the agency and its affiliation with Bienvenidos serves 13,000 children and families in Los Angeles County throughout its 35 sites, including school-based mental health offices in Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Baldwin Park. Adoption services and licensed resource homes, formerly known as foster homes, serve families in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. To learn more about both agencies, visit www.Hillsides.org and www.Bienvenidos.org. Visit Hillsides on Facebook @hillsideschildren, on Twitter @Hillsides, or on Instagram @HillsidesPasadena.
WhatsApp Newsx Adverts By News Highland – October 18, 2011 Detectives investigating Derry death study PM results Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Facebook Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Detectives in Derry investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Caolan Page in the city at the weekend are studying the results of a post mortem examination which was completed earlier today.Police are also continuing to examine CCTV footage and interviewing a number of potential witnesses about what happened in the area of Magazine Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.Following the completion of the post mortem examination, Caolan’s remains have been released to the Page family to allow a funeral to take place. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleBT completes major broadband project in DerryNext articleDonegal election candidate didn’t return expenses details – SIPO News Highland Twitter Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey
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Homepage BannerNews Two Donegal TDs denied full allowance over poor attendance Pinterest Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Two Donegal TDs were denied the full amount of one of their annual allowances last year because of their poor attendance record at Leinster House.An analysis of expenses paid out in 2018 by the Houses of the Oireachtas reveals that both Donegal Deputies Pearse Doherty and Thomas Pringle were paid less than the standard travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) for not attending the Dáil for the required minimum of 120 days.In total, there were eight members of the Oireachtas – six TDs and two senators denied their full annual allowance.The Houses of the Oireachtas said refunds totalling just over €9,737 were repaid by the eight members who did not achieve their full recorded attendance. Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleNine people awaiting in-patient beds at LUHNext articleEU urged to assess impact of Mercosur deal on beef sector News Highland Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – July 8, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ WhatsApp
vchal/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A global pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 185,000 people worldwide. Over 2.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopskins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected nation, with more than 843,000 diagnosed cases and at least 46,838 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:12:10 p.m.: Cuomo releases results from NY antibody testsAbout 13.9% of the 3,000 New Yorkers who were part of randomized antibody tests in the state were infected and developed an antibody, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.Cuomo announced the data at his daily press briefing, but noted it is preliminary. The data was collected over two days in 19 counties and 40 localities across New York from people who were out in public.Of the 13.9%, the data showed that more men tested positive, despite making up a smaller portion of the study.The data also gave some insight into the regions where infection is spreading: New York City has the highest rate of positive antibody results, with residents accounting for 43% of the study and making up 21.2% of the positive tests. Long Island accounted for 14.4% of the study and made up 16.7% of the positive tests, while Westchester and Rockland Counties accounted for 9.8% of the study and made up 11.7% of the positive tests. The rest of the state accounted for 32.8% of the study and made up 3.6% of the positive tests.Cuomo, extrapolating the data, said it’s likely 2.7 million people in the state have been infected, with a death rate of 0.5%.He also said the current death toll of 15,302 is not accurate because it does not include people who died at home and those who were never tested for COVID-19.Cuomo added that more testing needed to be done among the African American and Hispanic community.More testing and surveys will continue in the state, Cuomo said, with plans to expand the size.11:29 a.m.: China pledges $30 million donation to WHO fundingChina has pledged to donate $30 million in funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) to support the agency’s effort to fight the pandemic, the state-run Xinhua reported.Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang backed the WHO’s handling of the pandemic, saying at a briefing that it played an important role in assisting countries in responding to the outbreak and boosting international cooperation.The pledged donation comes amid criticism from President Donald Trump and his administration of the WHO.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the WHO did not enforce its rules regarding data that China shared. However, the United Nations agency does not have enforcement ability.Trump also said he would halt all funding to the WHO. Senior U.S. officials said Wednesday that while existing work would continue, “new funding” would be paused while a review is conducted.Xinhua reported that in March, China donated $20 million to the WHO.11:02 a.m.: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s eldest brother dies after testing positiveThe eldest of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s three older brothers, Don Reed, died Tuesday night, three weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 86.Warren confirmed the news in a statement and tweet.“I’m grateful to the nurses and frontline staff who took care of him, but it’s hard to know that there was no family to hold his hand or to say ‘I love you’ one more time — and no funeral for those of us who loved him to hold each other close. I’ll miss you dearly my brother,” she tweeted, in part.Warren, a former Democratic presidential contender, spoke proudly of her brothers on the campaign trail.Reed was a U.S. Air Force veteran and one of her two Republican brothers. Though he and his siblings only appeared once on the trail with her when she was in Oklahoma, they never spoke to the press. They did appear in a campaign video for their little sister.Warren had not previously mentioned her brother’s diagnosis, but she has been outspoken about the pandemic’s grip on the world. 10:32 a.m.: Around 1 million New Yorkers could have been exposed to COVID: Health commissionerDespite what appears to be slow progress in New York City, the mayor and health commissioner gave a sobering look at how many New Yorkers most likely have been and will continue to be affected by the pandemic.Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot said that she would not be surprised if “close to a million New Yorkers” had been exposed to COVID-19. In the city of about 8.3 million, there have been at least 138,000 confirmed cases, Barbot said Thursday during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing.De Blasio also offered a stark statistic: he expects that an additional one million residents could become food insecure under the pandemic, putting the total number of food insecure New Yorkers at around two million.He said that by the end of April, the city is expected to have served out about 10 million meals. For May, de Blasio said that number could rise to 15 million.De Blasio offered hope to New Yorkers, saying he believes the city will persevere, but also warned that “we’re still very much in this fight.”The number of people admitted to New York City hospitals with suspected COVID-19 cases was down again, from 252 to 227, according to the mayor. The number of people in ICUs was also down, but de Blasio noted that 796 people admitted to ICUs was still “way too many people.”He said the city is on track to conduct 20,000 to 30,000 tests per day in May. De Blasio continued to say that testing is the key to reopening the city and keeping New Yorkers safe.7:02 a.m.: All frontline workers in Los Angeles can now get tested for COVID-19The city of Los Angeles is expanding its criteria for who is eligible to get free testing for the novel coronavirus.Starting Thursday, all of the city’s frontline workers can get tested for COVID-19 whether they have symptoms or not.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who made the announcement at a press briefing Wednesday night, said the frontline workers include health care professionals, first responders, grocery store workers and critical government personnel.“We wish we could open that up to everybody, but I think we all know that we have firefighters and police officers, doctors, nurses, janitors at hospitals, folks that are in grocery stores and pharmacies that are putting themselves out on the line,” Garcetti said. “And we want to make sure they are healthy, that they have the peace of mind knowing they’re healthy, and because they interact with so many people, that we can make sure they are not spreading it.”The city’s public testing sites have the capacity to test 12,200 people per day, according to Garcetti.6:25 a.m.: France wants all retailers to reopen next monthThe French government wants all shops — except bars, cafes and restaurants — to be able to reopen once a nationwide lockdown ends next month.“We want all retailers to be able to open on May 11 in the same way out of fairness,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told France Info radio on Thursday. “I would only set aside restaurants, bars and cafes that will need special treatment because they are a place of mixing.”Le Maire noted that protocols would have to be implemented to protect both workers and customers. It’s still unclear whether the reopening would be feasible nationwide or only by region, he said.French President Emmanuel Macron announced last week that the country’s lockdown, which was put in place on March 17 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, will be extended until May 11 and gradually lifted thereon.France has recorded more than 157,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and over 21,000 deaths, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.5:50 a.m.: Germany is on ‘thinnest ice,’ Angela Merkel warnsGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that her country is “still at the beginning” of the coronavirus pandemic and citizens must maintain discipline.“We are still far from out of the woods,” Merkel said while addressing the German parliament Thursday.More than 150,000 people in Germany have been diagnosed with COVID-19, and 5,315 of them have died from the disease so far, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. It’s a relatively low death toll compared to other European countries like France and Italy that have similar caseloads but fatalities have soared past 20,000.Germany’s federal and state governments recently agreed to relax some of the social distancing measures put in place to combat the outbreak, including permitting smaller shops to reopen this week.“It is precisely because the figures give rise to hope that I feel obliged to say that this interim result is fragile,” Merkel said. “We are on thin ice, the thinnest ice even.”3:30 a.m.: American Red Cross will soon use antibody tests to ID plasma donorsStarting next week, the American Red Cross will offer antibody tests for people who suspect they were previously infected with the novel coronavirus and are interested in donating their blood plasma — a potential game-changer in the treatment for seriously ill COVID-19 patients.“That completely changes the landscape,” Dr. Pampee Young, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross, told ABC News in an interview Wednesday.While there is no guarantee that antibodies to this new virus actually provide immunity, doctors are hopeful that patients severely sickened with COVID-19 can benefit from infusions of blood plasma collected from those who have recovered from the disease. The therapy, known as convalescent plasma, is a century-old technique used for treating epidemics.At the moment, an individual who wishes to donate blood plasma for the experimental convalescent plasma therapy must have documentation of a positive COVID-19 test. The lack of diagnostic tests available has led hospitals and donation centers to say they are in desperate need of donors.“Qualifying and getting the right donors into our centers to donate is one of the biggest hurdles in this in this endeavor,” Young said.More than 30,000 people have requested to donate on the American Red Cross website, but only 2 to 3% actually qualify and meet the current criteria set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That donor pool could increase dramatically with the implementation of antibody testing at American Red Cross donation centers.“All of those (potential) donors who don’t have confirmed testing can now be tested,” Young said. “We can really cut through that time, which is so important.”Young explained that researchers and medical professionals have been in uncharted territory, “building the plane as you’re flying it.” But she said they’ve been working around the clock to streamline the process.“We really didn’t know what we were dealing with at the beginning as we were standing this up,” she told ABC News. “Now we’ve really resourced this project.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
× WHO YOU GONNA CALL? — Henry Harris Community School enjoyed school wide celebrations on Halloween. Dressed in the Halloween spirit, all grade levels enjoyed participating in appropriate grade level activities such as contests, parades and a school dance. Pictured are Harris’ own Ghostbusters: Grade 6 students Gabriella Perez, Emma DeStefano and Allegra Besante.
Primal Joy, which makes all-natural, gluten-free snacks and granolas, has unveiled a new look and improved packaging as part of its continued expansion. Primal Joy’s grain, soy, trans fat and refined sugar-free products are now available in new packaging “with contemporary, clean graphics reflecting the all-natural ingredients”, according to the company.The new packaging has also been developed to extend shelf life, making them suitable for retail, coffee shops and food-to-go.Handmade in small batches, the Primal Joy range includes bars and bites, featuring berries, nuts, seeds, raw cacao and coconut oil, as well as wholesome treats including an indulgent dark chocolate brownie and a fig and orange pudding bar. There are also three varieties of granola: cinnamon, honey & nut and maple & pecan.Founded in 2013 by Sarah Mace in her Gloucestershire kitchen, Primal Joy has grown rapidly in response to consumer interest in natural snacks “that do not compromise on quality, taste or nutrition”.Mace said: “Our products appeal to consumers who are interested in eating as naturally as possible, but also enjoy ‘a little of what they fancy’.”