Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) Q32012 Presentation

first_imgAccess Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng)  2012 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing share registration services for investors, businesses and institutions. The company offers a range of other services which includes maintaining registers, paying dividends and interest on investments, issuing shares and debenture certificates, managing shareholder enquiries, managing scrip and right issues for clients as well as IPOs, Right Issues and State government bonds. Africa Prudential Registrars are leaders in the field of automation and have pioneered innovative solutions that have transformed how shares are managed on the African continent. The company’s head office is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

England v All Blacks: New Zealand smash clear in series closer

first_imgWith five tries to one – three of which came from Julian Savea – New Zealand gave England a harsh lesson in the last game of this summer series with a 36-13 win, writes Alan Dymock in Hamilton LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Four tries to the hosts in the half. It was brutal stuff. So much so that Kieran Read was taken off at half-time – they didn’t need him – while Kyle Eastmond was the one carrying the can, being replaced by Luther Burrell after a defensive display that may take some time to recover from.The changes had some effect, because Yarde quickly made amends for his earlier missed tackle by scoring an unlikely pick-and-go try soon after the whistle. Ben Youngs sucked players in after Joe Launchbury set him on his course. Tuilagi did what he did best and the winger could not believe his luck as he plonked over from a yard.Hard working Yarde: The winger was one of England’s bright spots in this lossThere was plenty of back and forth after this and New Zealand even had a man in the bin for cynical maul-play by Wyatt Crockett, but England just could not puncture the All Blacks’ line when they wanted to. Yarde continued to be bright and ambitious, churning up 40-metre runs and putting his hand up whenever the ball was on offer, but even he was getting gobbled up by Savea and Ben Smith when he got anywhere near the Kiwi line.Then, just as the second half looked to be thinning out, the All Blacks showed the extent of their mean streak. A hooter signaled the end of the 80 minutes but instead of knocking a penalty into touch the hosts went on one last attack. Hat-trick hero: Julian Savea profited from poor English defence to score three tries in the Hamilton Test An exhibition of power, pace and perhaps even cruelty was put on by the world champion All Blacks in Hamilton as they put away a lacklustre England with a dominant first half performance, securing a record-equaling 17th Test win in a row on their way.It was a match of contrasting trajectories, with the All Blacks finally clicking while England could not string phases together as they have done on this trip, lacking accuracy in most facets of their game. Yes, England won a few minor skirmishes right at the start of the second half, but their hosts always had enough to blast past the tourists’ midfield in the first, and Julian Savea eventually, greedily, helping himself to three tries.It was a weary end to a tour that had, up to this point, earned England much respect for their endeavour and adventure. If ever there was a game for them to tighten it up sooner and not gift the ball to the All Blacks’ back three, though, this was it.Things were bad for England from the off. Freddie Burns could not send his kick-off ten metres and missed a penalty. Two minutes later, after balls kicked out on the full or gifted to the All Blacks, Savea was benefiting from simple numbers to get his first. Aaron Smith slipped off a Chris Ashton tackle and the monstrous winger cantered in at the corner.Brace yourself: Aaron Smith got two of New Zealand’s five triesBurns clipped over a penalty of his own but there were few breathes between that and Savea scoring a second. Aaron Cruden cruised between England’s centres and the winger stepped inside beyond Ashton, Marland Yarde and Chris Robshaw to dot down after picked the ball of his toes in heavy drizzle.It was a time when England should have been playing ugly rugby, despite their team manifesto, but after a penalty to both sides, Billy Vunipola was taking a yellow card for a suspected high tackle on Cruden. In his absence England huffed and puffed but after seven minutes England coughed up another try. In no time at all Aaron Smith was scoring his own first-half brace as well after Yarde totally missed a tackle on Jane. TAGS: Highlight Phases were accumulated until, three minutes after the 80-minute announcement, Cory Jane was able to scoop a pass over the top with Savea trotting in for his hat-trick and his 23rd try in 22 Tests.As lessons go it was harsh, but there are no prizes in rugby for pushing a team hard for two games out of three. England gained plenty from the first two matches in this series, but New Zealand were just that much better in the end. There is much work ahead for this England team with New Zealand back at Twickenham in November.last_img read more

Haskell Health House / Weaver Buildings

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796497/haskell-health-house-weaver-buildings Clipboard Projects Studio Balcones CopyHouses•Austin, United States Photographs CopyAbout this officeWeaver BuildingsOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAustinUnited StatesPublished on October 04, 2016Cite: “Haskell Health House / Weaver Buildings” 04 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersEducational3MProjection Screen Whiteboard FilmPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsLinoleum / Vinyl / Epoxy / UrethaneTerrazzo & MarbleTerrazzo in The Gateway ArchSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in Kansas City University BuildingGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Curved Glass PrintingMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamChairs / StoolsFreifrauBarstool – OnaSealants / ProtectorsWoodenha IndustriesFireproofing System for Wood Cladding – BIME®More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Haskell健康住宅 / Weaver Buildings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 stream Interior Space:850 sfLandscape Living:1100 sfSurface Livable:1950 sfArchitect In Charge:Jen DurhamCity:AustinCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Atelier WongRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. The Haskell Health House, modeled after concepts in Richard Neutra’s Lovell Health House, reinterprets how a conscientious architecture might be embodied in Austin, Texas today. The urban infill home holds 850 sq ft of interior living and pairs it with 1,100 sq ft of landscaped living along downtown’s hike and bike trail on Lady Bird Lake.Save this picture!© Atelier WongThe efficient and tall interior spaces of Haskell Health House form a footprint designed for maximum utility. The stair tower acts as lungs, pulling rising heat to exit through north-facing clerestory. Hopper windows above all of the doors feed the stair tower, creating constant air movement. A 3-head split system offers an option for mechanical climate control as well. The upgraded vapor barrier provides greater thermal comfort – keeping the air conditioner on 70F in Texas’ July, the energy bill was only $118 (1/3 normal costs for the same size space.)Save this picture!Courtesy of Weaver BuildingsIn keeping with the design manifesto, the outdoor kitchen, dining table, cocktail lounge, master screened porch and roof deck that overlooks Lady Bird Lake bring living spaces outside. Native plant selections and edible features qualify this yard as a Natural Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Visitors are greeted by range edge plantings like persimmons and prickly pear to form a hardy barrier from the street. The front yard hosts a hypernature plant gallery with loquat, agarita, and various wildflowers of central Texas. Privacy is enhanced along the fence with screened edge plantings like virginia creeper, mustang grapes and Will Fleming yaupons.Save this picture!© Atelier WongHaskell Health House depicts a future in which the new urban home truly celebrates garden living.Reduced impervious cover allows for greater recharge of our underground water resources.Save this picture!© Atelier WongLandscaped living fosters natural habitats to be a greater part of our daily life, not relegated tovisitation in municipal and state parkland only. Individuals who can connect with nature every day ontheir personal urban nature preserve can lead more fulfilling, healthy lives. As Mies van der Rohe sopopularly shared, “Less is more.” Within our current context of sharing finite resources, the HaskellHealth House proves that using fewer resources in building consumption and in energy systems canprovide both a healthy and luxurious solution.Save this picture!© Atelier WongProject gallerySee allShow lessOffice in Tokushima / OHArchitectureSelected ProjectsWatch BIG & MVRDV Explain Their Finalist Proposals for the San Pellegrino CompetitionArchitecture News Share “COPY” Photographs:  Atelier Wong Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Landscape Architecture: Positive Energy Structures United States Architects: Weaver Buildings Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Bosch, IB Roof Systems, Mitsubishi Electric “COPY” Environmental Design: Structural Engineering: 2016 Houses Year:  Haskell Health House / Weaver Buildings ArchDaily Save this picture!© Atelier Wong+ 15 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/796497/haskell-health-house-weaver-buildings Clipboard Area:  850 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Haskell Health House / Weaver BuildingsSave this projectSaveHaskell Health House / Weaver Buildingslast_img read more

Una tragedia y una victoria

first_imgTanto la supremacía blanca como la intolerancia fanática contra las/os musulmanes y otras/os inmigrantes no son sólo deplorables. Son asesinas y deben ser combatidas. Durante las últimas semanas se ha visto tanto una tragedia como una victoria en esta lucha tan importante.En Portland, Oregón, varios hombres blancos que llegaron a la defensa de dos mujeres musulmanas en un tren el 26 de mayo fueron apuñalados, dos de ellos hasta la muerte, por un hombre blanco que gritaba palabras de odio anti-musulmán. No cabe duda de que este comportamiento violento y vicioso ha sido estimulado y reforzado por el racista de la Casa Blanca.Pero también demuestra que hay muchas personas valientes en este país dispuestas a oponerse a la ofensiva racista que Trump y sus compañeros de la clase dominante han desatado deliberadamente para desviar la atención de su criminal desmantelamiento de la red de seguridad social en la que millones confían, por inadecuada que sea.En el mismo período, una victoria histórica del pueblo contra la supremacía blanca fue ganada el 19 de mayo en Nueva Orleans.Ese día, la estatua del general confederado Robert E. Lee fue sacada de su pedestal y llevada a un lugar desconocido. Lee fue el comandante en jefe de los ejércitos de los “Estados Confederados de Estados Unidos”, secesionistas y esclavistas del siglo XIX. Su estatua fue el último de cuatro prominentes monumentos de los ECEU que fueron removidos recientemente en Nueva Orleans.Durante las últimas seis décadas, activistas anti-racistas y por los derechos civiles han luchado por la eliminación de estos símbolos racistas. La última lucha, dirigida por Take ‘Em Down NOLA, comenzó en el 2015.Esto coincidió con una ola de acciones contra las banderas y los monumentos confederados provocados por el asesinato masivo de feligreses negros en una iglesia de Charleston, Carolina del Sur, por el blanco supremacista Dylann Roof el 17 de junio de 2015. Diez días más tarde, la activista Bree Newsome escaló heroicamente el asta en el capitolio estatal de Columbia, y físicamente eliminó la bandera confederada.Larga historia de racismo y lucha en Nueva OrleansLas/os activistas de NOLA contra las estatuas confederadas, poseían determinación similar mientras persistían con marchas y mítines para retirar estos símbolos mientras las autoridades de la ciudad y del estado permitían que racistas, neofascistas y miembros del Ku Klux Klan acamparan por semanas para “custodiar” los monumentos.Los racistas parecían dispuestos a disparar a la gente para mantener en su lugar algo más que los monumentos que se avecinaban, algo más que una versión mentirosa de la historia que deliberadamente no recuerda que Nueva Orleáns fue una vez el mayor mercado de los Estados Unidos para la venta de personas africanas esclavizadas.Lo que estos derechistas quieren preservar es el sistema de racismo y opresión económica que los monumentos siguen representando.¿Podemos olvidar el tratamiento asesino de las personas negras en Nueva Orleans durante y después del desastre del huracán Katrina? El racismo institucionalizado tiene una larga historia.Después de la abolición de la esclavitud y del fin de la Guerra Civil, y durante la época de la Reconstrucción, los poderes económicos se esforzaron por negar la libertad legal y económica a los afrodescendientes en los EUA. Una táctica fue la infame sentencia Plessy v. Ferguson, de 1896, de la Corte Suprema de EUA que dio el visto bueno a las leyes racistas de “Jim Crow” separadas-y-desiguales. El caso fue traído originalmente por Homer Plessy, un hombre de color libre arrestado y condenado después de desafiar la segregación al sentarse en un vagón para blancos  en un ferrocarril de Nueva Orleans.Es significativo que la primera estatua confederada arrancada en Nueva Orleans celebraba la Batalla de Liberty Place, cuando una insurrección en 1874 por una organización racista paramilitar trató de derrocar al gobierno estatal birracial de Luisiana elegido por negros libres y blancos aliados.No es casualidad que en la actualidad haya una mayor organización por elementos fascistas y neonazis de derecha, algunos de ellos en defensa de banderas y monumentos confederados. Estas tácticas tienen por objeto impedir la solidaridad de las/os trabajadores mediante la creación de divisiones por nacionalidad, religión, trabajo, y otras diferencias.Este aumento en la reacción terrorista se produce en un momento en que las/os trabajadores y oprimidos se están levantando mientras las corporaciones cortan puestos de trabajo en busca de mayores ganancias y la administración Trump intenta destrozar la red de seguridad social con el fin de financiar la máquina de guerra imperialista. Una vez más, las grandes empresas necesitan en el terreno las amenazas estilo KKK contra los avances progresistas.Pero tenemos que recordar que los “líderes” con mentalidad klan también están en trajes, uniformes y túnicas judiciales. Están presentes en las salas de juntas corporativas, legislaturas, tribunales y fuerzas policiales.Las directivas y leyes que prohíben la remoción de los monumentos de ECEU han sido aprobadas por el gobernador de Alabama y la legislatura de Carolina del Norte. A nivel nacional, la racista administración Trump ataca a los pueblos y trabajadoras/es oprimidos, intentando hacer retroceder sus logros de décadas.No estamos en una lucha por los “símbolos”. Estamos en una lucha por la justicia y la libertad que se ha librado en esta tierra desde que los primeros “conquistadores” europeos invadieron el hogar de los pueblos indígenas y procedieron a enriquecer la clase dominante europea mediante el genocidio, la esclavitud y la opresión.Nueva Orleans nos ofrece otra historia, si aprendemos. La rebelión más grande de esclavos en EUA ocurrió allí en 1811, conducida por Charles Deslondes. Llamada la Rebelión de la Costa Alemana, fue llevada a cabo por un ejército heroico de más de 200 personas luchando con azadas, hachas y cuchillos de caña por su libertad – física, jurídica y económica.A medida que las estatuas caen, Nueva Orleans nos ofrece la lección de resistencia continua – y el ejemplo de la victoria.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Boxun journalist in Nanjing gets four years in prison

first_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders condemns the four-year prison sentence that a court in the eastern city of Nanjing imposed on Sun Lin, a journalist better known by the pen-name Jie Mu, on 27 June. A contributor to the overseas Chinese news website Boxun, Sun was convicted of “gathering crowds to cause social unrest” and “illegal possession of firearms.” His wife, He Fang, who also contributes to Boxun, was released after being given a suspended prison sentence.“Two well-known news website contributors have been given jail terms after an investigation marked by mendacious allegations and a trial marred by irregularities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is yet another tragic example of the government’s inability to tolerate journalists who dare to report news freely, without constraint or censorship.”The press freedom organisation calls for the release of Sun and the one hundred other journalists, cyber-dissidents and press freedom activists currently held in China.The verdict was issued in a hearing held in the absence of Sun’s family and lawyer as they had not been told it was going to take place. Sun’s lawyer, Mo Shaoping, told a Radio Free Asia journalist: “Under the code of criminal procedure, the court should wait three days after announcing a hearing. And a court should issue its verdict publicly. This court violated both principles.” Mo hopes to see his client in the next few days to discuss an appeal.Boxun issued a statement saying Sun had been punished for his work as a citizen journalist, above all for his video reports.Sun, who along with his wife had been held in Nanjing since 30 May 2007, has always denied the two charges. He told his lawyer that the police mainly questioned him about his journalistic activities and told him he had been arrested for refusing to stop reporting and writing articles for Boxun.Sun said the firearms charge was based on false statements by persons who claimed that he gave them air pistols. He does not even know one of these persons. He added that the charge of disturbing the peace was based on an incident in 2004 when he was trying to help evicted people and did nothing illegal.Sun, who also founded the now-banned newspaper Da Du Shi, told Reporters Without Borders before his arrest that he had written articles about abuse of authority but had never done anything illegal. Follow the news on China June 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Boxun journalist in Nanjing gets four years in prison Organisation Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News June 2, 2021 Find out more to go furthercenter_img News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

Firearms legislation must change to support Garda vetting

first_imgFacebook Print Advertisement Previous articleGeordie Shore sets Limerick pulses racingNext articleShorts Showcase at Richard Harris International Film Festival Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up FIREARMS legislation must change if civilian versions of military type weapons are to be outlawed, a judge has said.Limerick District Court Judge Eugene O’Kelly made his comments at an appeal hearing for two Limerick men challenging the decision of the Divisional Chief Superintendent to refuse them both gun licences for civilian sports versions of semi automatic assault rifles.Having originally held a licence for a Heckler and Koch .223 semi automatic rifle in 2007, the Limerick man sought renewal for his weapon over the following five years but failed to get his application granted.The second County Limerick man before the court had sought a first time application for a similar grade weapon and this had been refused by Limerick’s most senior garda.Five grounds for the refusal were outlined by Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan in his evidence where he specified that it was garda contention that the weapon in question was a German manufactured military style weapon; it was an assault rifle; there was no requirement for a gun of this calibre by the applicant; the magazine could hold ten rounds and finally there was a public safety concern to the proliferation of such a firearm.The court was told however, that both men came before the court with impeccable characters, had Irish military level experience with firearms and had made extensive provisions at their homes for the safe keep of the weapons. Details of how the weapons would be transported to the firing range were also outlined.The court heard that the men had separately installed gun safe cabinets at their homes with one having installed a former double door bank vault to be used as gun storage unit.Both of the applicants were involved in competition shooting with one having shot abroad with his rifle in the past.Expert witnesses were called for both sides in arguing the points before the court including two detective inspectors from the ballistics division of garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park who gave evidence on behalf of the State.An independent firearms expert, understood to be one of the leading figures in the field, gave evidence on behalf of the two appellants outlining that the rifles were not military grade and had been considerably modified to civilian sports versions.In his judgement to allow the appeals of both men seeking licences for the high-powered guns, Judge O’Kelly said that the issue was the “legislation and not the men. It is the legislation that does not give much assistance. It has not got to the kernel of the issue.”Judge O’Kelly said that Chief Superintendent made “a bona fide refusal of the firearms application based on the information he had.“However, it is the responsibility of the legislator if the law is to either outlaw or allow civilian versions of military style weapons”, he concluded.Both applicants were granted their gun licences but the court was told that neither were entitled to their legal costs for counsel representation. WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin Twitter NewsBreaking newsFirearms legislation must change to support Garda vettingBy Staff Reporter – December 5, 2013 746 Emaillast_img read more

New Castletroy studio to begin shooting in 2016

first_imgNewsNew Castletroy studio to begin shooting in 2016By John Keogh – July 29, 2015 1301 Conn’s new role on immigrant group TAGSArdmore studiosCllr James CollinsCllr Joe LeddinCllr Tom NevilleConn MurrayfeaturedlimerickLimerick City and County CouncilPat DalyPlassey Technology ParkTroy Studios 900 homes with go-ahead still on drawing board Twitter  LIMERICK City and County Council has confirmed that it has signed heads of agreement with Troy Studios, subject to planning permission, for a long-term lease of the former Dell Factory in Plassey.The local authority’s director of economic development and planning, Pat Daly, made the announcement at a special meeting of the council on Tuesday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Daly told elected representatives that construction workers will be onsite by the end of the year, and the facility is expected to be up and running by the end of 2016.“We’re delighted to be working with Troy Studios in facilitating the company in its plans to establish a significant media hub for film and television production in Limerick,” commented Conn Murray, chief executive, Limerick City and County Council.Mr Murray continued: “This is an extremely welcome development as it presents a diverse range of opportunities for the wider arts, crafts and culture sector in the region, and particularly those undertaking third level digital media courses in Limerick.”Cllr James Collins (FF) said: “It’s a very good news story for Limerick. There will be employment in it.”Cllr Tom Neville (FG) suggested that Limerick “could become the film-making capital of Ireland”.Referring to rumours that the long-awaited announcement was not going to happen, Cllr Joe Leddin (LAB) said the reports were generated by “disgruntled people” who had “missed the boat”.He also pointed out that the Limerick facility was “twice the size” of the existing Ardmore Studios base in Wicklow.Troy Studios is a new company that was recently created by Ardmore CEO Siún Ní Raghallaigh, Ardmore joint owner Ossie Kilkenny, and John Kelleher for the purposes of establishing a film production hub at Plassey Technological Park.Limerick City and County Council purchased the 340,000 square foot building, which was previously used as an event venue during Limerick City of Culture 2014, for €5.5 million in May, and had been in ongoing negotiations with Ardmore Studios until this week.It is believed that the new film production studio could create in the region of 750 new jobs. WhatsApp Linkedin Print Council mark Conn Murray’s contribution to Limerick center_img TV producers filming at Troy Studios urged to employ Limerick people Previous articleGAA – Limerick name side for Under 21 final versus ClareNext articleGAA – Club hurling championships return John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement New Chief Exec for Ardmore and Troy Studios RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Email O’Connell Street revitalisation plans lack ambitionlast_img read more

‘Dangerous fugitives’ from juvenile facility caught in Michigan: Officials

first_imgiStock/KuzmaBY: MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan) — Two fugitives who allegedly escaped a Virginia juvenile correctional center with the help of two of the facility’s employees were caught in Michigan after nearly two weeks on the run, officials said.Following a “complex investigation,” the Grand Rapids Fugitive Task Force arrested Rashad E. Williams, 18, and Jabar Ali Taylor, 20, without incident Saturday evening at a hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan — 700 miles from the scene of the alleged escape, the U.S. Marshals Service said.According to the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, the pair escaped the 284-capacity Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center in Chesterfield County in the early morning hours of July 13. The duo allegedly used a cord to choke a security staff member until he lost consciousness, then allegedly used the employee’s keys to exit the unit. They then escaped through a hole cut in the facility’s perimeter security fence and left in a getaway car, officials said.U.S. Marshals had initially believed the two would travel north, where they “both have significant ties.” The two first fled to Pennsylvania, authorities said, where they were spotted at a hotel and seen on surveillance footage at a nearby Turkey Hill market in Lancaster County. The Lancaster County District’s Attorney’s Office had warned the public that they are “dangerous fugitives” who should not be confronted.U.S. Marshals pursued leads in several states until their arrest in Michigan, officials said. Michigan State Police, Battle Creek and Grand Rapids police departments and the Michigan Department of Corrections assisted in the arrest. The FBI also helped with the investigation.“Hours of dedicated investigative work by our law enforcement team ensured the safety of the public by getting these very dangerous escapees back into custody quickly and safely,” Nick E. Proffitt, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Virginia, said in a statement.Both Williams and Taylor will be held at the Calhoun County Jail in Battle Creek, authorities said.Taylor, of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, was convicted of two counts of second-degree murder and aggravated malicious assault stemming from the 2015 stabbing deaths of two men. He was sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2016. In May, a judge denied an attempt by his legal team to reduce his sentence.Williams, of Washington, D.C., was convicted of malicious wounding and robbery and sentenced to 18 years in 2019.Both were due to be transferred to an adult Department of Corrections facility when they turned 21, officials said. Taylor turns 21 on Aug. 25.Three people have been arrested so far in connection with the escape, police said, including two Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice employees who worked at Bon Air. Destiny L. Harris, 23, of Chesterfield County, was charged with two counts of aiding with the escape of a juvenile on July 14. The next day, Darren Briggs, 42, of Lawrenceville, Virginia, was charged with one felony count of providing a cell phone to a prisoner. Both are no longer employed by the agency, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice Director Valerie Boykin said.A relative of Williams’ — Gerald Thornton, 33, of Philadelphia — was charged with two counts of aiding in the escape of a juvenile, according to ABC Richmond affiliate WRIC.This was the first escape at Bon Air in over 20 years, according to Boykin. The director said she was launching a “full security analysis” of the “old campus.”“DJJ had been working for years to replace it with a more modern facility with state-of-the-art security and treatment design components,” she said in a statement on July 17. “While those efforts are ongoing, we are committed to determine if security enhancements are needed.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Comparative FT-Raman spectroscopy of Xanthoria lichen-substratum systems from temperate and antarctic habitats

first_imgLichens have a primary role in the biodeterioration of rock substrata and in soil formation. In extreme Antarctic rock-face habitats, their exposed epilithic growth form makes them vulnerable to environmental stress, especially to increased UVB radiation within the late winter ozone “hole”. In this study, FT-Raman spectra of intact epilithic samples of the highly-pigmented lichen species Xanthoria elegans and Xanthoria mawsonii from a continental Antarctic habitat in central Victoria Land and Xanthoria parietina from a maritime temperate location in Scotland have been compared. Vibrational assignments have been made for their pigments, based on parietin and an anthraquinone model. Other significant spectral features are assigned to biodegradative secondary metabolites, cellulose and incorporated substratal rock particles. Differential distribution of parietin pigment bands in the profile of an X. elegans thallus is probably related to the high intensity of UV-radiation reaching its Antarctic cold desert surface environment. The significant differences in Raman spectra between epiphytic X. mawsonii and epilithic X. elegans at the same site possibly indicate different biochemical UV survival strategies. In contrast to spectra from other lichen species studied in our laboratories, the Xanthoria encrustations contain very little calcium oxalate, formed by reaction of oxalic acid with calcareous substrata. The 462 cm−1ν(SiO) band of quartz is found in the Raman spectra from both upper and lower surfaces of the lichen encrustations, confirms the physical incorporation of the substratum into the thallus.last_img read more