LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc (OMOLU.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgLivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc (OMOLU.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc (OMOLU.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc (OMOLU.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc (OMOLU.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc, formerly Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. The company specialises in mortgage financing and provides products which include national housing fund mortgage loans, commercial mortgages, property acquisition loans and loans for the business, construction and trading sectors. Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc also offers a range of banking products and services for the personal banking sector which includes transactional accounts, call accounts, term and fixed deposits, certificate of deposits and housing investment funds. Corporate banking products include overdraft facilities and property development financing and trading. Formerly known as Omoluabi Savings and Loans Plc, the company changed its name to Omoluabi Mortgage Bank Plc in 2016. Its major shareholders are Osun State Government and two major institutional investors. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. LivingTrust Mortgage Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Siga la Conferencia Nuevo Amanecer en la línea del Internet

first_img Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Aug 28, 2012 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Siga la Conferencia Nuevo Amanecer en la línea del Internet Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] La Conferencia Nuevo Amanecer empieza esta noche y es hasta el 30 de agosto de 2012Vea la cobertura en vivo y en directo aquí: http://episcopalnewsservice.org/na2012/Inscripción:Nuevo Amanecer EN LA LINEA DEL INTERNET es gratis; sin embargo se necesita la inscripción: http://www.formstack.com/forms/DFMS-nuevo_amanecerCo-patrocinado por la  oficina de los Ministerios Latinos/Hispanos y el Centro de Conferencia Kanuga en Hendersonville, Carolina del Norte., “Nuevo Amanecer es un evento bianual que ofrece herramientas prácticas y una red de contacto de apoyo para equipar mejor para el ministerio a aquellos que trabajan dentro de la comunidad Latina/Hispana así como también a aquellos que desean ser parte del ministerio”, explicó el Rdo. Canónigo Anthony Guillén, Misionero de los Ministerios Latinos/Hispanos de la Iglesias Episcopal.El discurso de apertura de la conferencia será presentado por el Obispo Dan Edwards de la Diócesis de Nevada, Victor A. Feliberty-Ruberté, y el Rdo. Simon Bautista de la Diócesis de Washington.El clero, los misioneros del diocesano, el personal de la parroquia, los sembradores de la Iglesia y los líderes laicos están invitados a expandir su conocimiento compartiendo los mejores procedimientos y explorar nuevos métodos de mayordomía, desarrollo de la Iglesia y evangelización. Los participantes aprenderán estrategias e ideas para empezar y fortalecer las congregaciones Latinas/Hispanas.Nuevo Amanecer EN LINEA DEL INTERNET:  http://episcopalnewsservice.org/na2012/Ministerios Latinos/Hispanos de la Iglesia Episcopal: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/latinoCentro de Conferencia Kanuga: http://www.kanuga.org Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MSlast_img read more

J&J house / studio_GAON

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!© Youngchae Park+ 29 Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876841/j-and-j-house-studio-gaon Clipboard Construction: Photographs:  Youngchae Park Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/876841/j-and-j-house-studio-gaon Clipboard “COPY” Supervision:studio_GAONFinish:Brick, Zinc roofingSite Area:288 m2Building Area:80.20 m2Translation:Joowon MoonArchitects In Charge:Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo RohDesign Team:Joowon Moon, Sungpil Lee, Jiwoo HanCity:Naju-siCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Youngchae ParkRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsText description provided by the architects. This house is a residence for a typical family of four: A quiet but charismatic father who is decisive, a cheerful mother who loves to laugh and two energetic children who never stop moving.Save this picture!First floor planThe historic city of Naju, where the house is located, flourished in the past, but it was a city that developed based on agriculture. Lately, many public corporations are moving their headquarters, promoting new homes and commercial facilities, thereby changing the atmosphere of the city. Originally living in an apartment in Seoul, the family had to move to this city following relocation of the company father works for.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkThe site is one of the lots planned afresh in the midmost of the planned city, unrelated to the local history or tradition, built upon land that were previously rice paddies and farms. A scene of artificially divided lots along an artificial street was waiting for us. We always feel a setback with these planned house lots: they crush the trace and ego of the land. The architect has to be in sync with the rhythm of the land but there is no beat. Designing a house in such a site is to sing a song without accompaniment or to dance with ears closed.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkIt is quite awkward. Nevertheless a scheme is needed, so we have to lean on our imagination. How helpful imagination is to an architect in distress.Save this picture!Section 02A family of four – two parents and children of two- has been the model for Korean housing policy for a long period. But now, traditional concept of family is becoming faint and new concept of family is replacing it. The golden age of three generation family has gone and now we have single households, Dinkies, one-parent families and many other kinds. On that note, we thought that we are building a very standard, prototype house in a city where is no context for reference.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkThe client, decisive man he is, made the name of the house in advance: The house of Juckdang(적당) and Jakdang(작당). We interpreted that ‘Juckdang’ means being moderate and not to overflow, while ‘Jakdang’ means conducting fun activities among the family.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkWe started to envision the house with these two simple but extraordinary words. A two-story residence a bit larger for the family of four became the scheme. The first goal was to make various joyful spaces for the young brother and sister. We judged that they needed a house with discreet distance between family members; a house that children can live in a same room with their parents when they are young, but then is flexible enough so they have independent space as they grow up.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkWe made a living room opening up to the second floor and the main space -kitchen and dining room- connected to the master bedroom and greenhouse. Considering the efficiency of housekeeping, the bathroom, laundry, utility rooms revolve around the entrance. By lowering the living room floor level than the dining room, the space becomes more stereoscopic. The children can hide, roll, lie, and wave their feet while reading books in the bookcase between the landing spaces.Save this picture!Section 01On the second floor, we designed a spacious bedroom which will split as the children grow up. Making the best use of gable roof, the rooms are formed with various triangular sections. Playful spaces are everywhere in the house for the children; they can even reach the first floor roof attic from the second floor level.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkThe house becomes a playground and a shelter for the family to gather, listen to music and paint pictures. We pondered over the meaning of family while designing the house for the parents and children, a family unit becoming rare these days. A house is a peaceful cover for the family to be protected from the wild world outside. Of course, this will not be a house to be handed down from parents to children. Still it will be a house to be remembered by the children, connected to their memory of their parents.Save this picture!© Youngchae ParkProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitectural Photography Award 2017 – Call for SubmissionsOpportunitiesShanghai Chess Academy / Tongji Architectural DesignSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Naju-si, South Korea Architects: studio_GAON Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Area:  130 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project J&J house / studio_GAONSave this projectSaveJ&J house / studio_GAON 2017 Manufacturers: LG Hausys, Yerim, Yungki Photographs J&J house / studio_GAON Samlim Housing South Korea Projects CopyAbout this officestudio_GAONOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNaju-siSouth KoreaPublished on August 02, 2017Cite: “J&J house / studio_GAON” 01 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Black Reconstruction and the Paris Commune: Two Momentous Revolutions

first_imgBlack History Month brings back to life long-buried struggles of African-American people for liberation and justice. One of the most stirring such struggles took place a century-and-a-half ago during Reconstruction, when a revolutionary upsurge in the 1870s led to formerly enslaved people winning political power throughout the U.S. South.A contemporaneous revolutionary struggle over 4,000 miles away shared significant features with radical Reconstruction. In 1871, French workers seized power in Paris and proclaimed the Paris Commune after the bourgeois government fled the city.Parallels between Reconstruction and the Paris Commune were remarked on at the time. In the June 21, 1871, issue of the New York Tribune, a Northern Republican rightly warned that the “dangerous alliance of poor southern whites” and Black people “might form a party by themselves as dangerous to the interest of society as the communists of France.”Of course, the two developments were not identical. Radical Reconstruction was a movement against big landowners by mostly Black agricultural workers, joined by mostly white small landholders supported temporarily by a section of big capital. The Paris Commune reflected urban class struggle and socialist agitation against expanding industrial capital. But the parallels are striking.From war to revolutionLike many revolutions, Reconstruction and the Paris Commune were triggered by military defeats of the ruling regimes. Reconstruction arose after the defeat of the Southern slaveholders in the Civil War. The Commune arose after Prussia’s defeat of France and replacement of the existing empire by a bourgeois republic.In both cases, the victorious capitalist governments sought deals with their supposed enemies. These betrayals fostered mass anger that erupted into revolutionary action. The achievements of Reconstruction and the Commune rested on force of arms.Enslaved Black people left the plantations in what historian W.E.B. Du Bois called “a general strike.” Almost 200,000 enrolled in the Union army and helped break the back of Confederate resistance. The presence of Black soldiers encouraged widespread land seizures, and a small section of “radical” Northern capitalists, to preserve their victory, were forced to support the formation of militias of Black soldiers under federal protection.In Paris, the bourgeois government’s attempt to confiscate National Guard cannons sparked the workers and poor to rise up and seize power. The Commune they established quickly abolished conscription and the standing army, leaving the people as the sole armed force.Political mobilizations of the oppressedBoth Reconstruction and the Paris Commune reflected vast political mobilizations of the oppressed. In the South, although it had been a crime for enslaved people even to read, political consciousness developed quickly with emancipation. Black people organized conventions to resist the ex-slaveowners’ imposition of racist “Black Codes.” During the six-week Paris Commune, virtually every city block hosted daily agitational meetings, demonstrations and rallies.These mass mobilizations were reflected at the polls. With property qualifications abolished, Black people voted in at least some Southern states in proportion to their population. In South Carolina, they won roughly two-thirds of legislative seats, leading Du Bois to hail “the South Carolina Commune.” Throughout the South, some 2,000 Black people won state and federal positions. Likewise, an expanded franchise for the Paris Commune elections heightened the impact of the more population-dense, working-class districts.Social reforms wonThe Reconstruction and Commune governments aimed legislation at comparable problems, including education. While illiteracy was the heritage of slavery, even in urban Paris only 30 percent could read and write. Reconstruction Alabama provided more funding to public schools than ever before, and the Commune ensured that all public school education was secular.Labor issues also received much attention. The Commune abolished night work for bakers and infraction fines for all workers, and it authorized labor unions to seize abandoned workshops, form cooperatives and resume production. Reconstruction decrees authorized land seizures, including on the Sea Islands, where 40,000 formerly enslaved people administered 400,000 acres of abandoned rice plantations until the lands were stolen back when Reconstruction ended.Both revolutions addressed the needs of the poor. Reconstruction governments abolished imprisonment for debt and set up relief programs. The Commune canceled past-due rent payments and decreed a three-year moratorium on debt payments.Women played vital rolesWomen played a key role in both struggles. Reconstruction governments passed groundbreaking laws to protect women’s rights to divorce and hold property. Accounts of battles against the emerging Ku Klux Klan speak of Black women “carrying axes or hatchets in their hands, their aprons or dresses half-concealing the weapons.”In the Parisian clubs, many of the most radical proposals came from women, who displayed legendary heroism on the barricades.The socialist and anarchist communards had been schooled in internationalism. Lacking that background, revolutionary Reconstruction found its way to it. The National “Colored” Labor Convention, held in Washington in 1869, supported Cuban independence against Spain and elected a delegate to represent the interests of Black workers at the 1870 International Labor Congress. Black Reconstruction congressmembers also championed relief for embattled Cherokees and opposed restrictions on Chinese immigration.Counterrevolutionary terror unleashedBoth Southern Black people and Parisian workers suffered from a lack of dependable allies. Black people in the South needed support from poor Southern whites — allies with objectively more lasting potential than Northern capitalists — and the groundwork for such an alliance was laid. The Communards needed support from the French peasantry. But both the Southern whites and French peasants were blindered by the hostility unleashed by the rich and became tools of reaction.Both Reconstruction and the Commune were drowned in waves of blood. Pro-slavery terrorists murdered tens of thousands of Black people in the South from 1867 to 1877. A white terror group in South Carolina became the state militia in 1877, reflecting the heralded “compromise” between Northern capitalists and Southern landowners that ended Reconstruction.Over 15,000 Parisians were killed by French republican troops in the single week after the Commune’s fall — five times more than were killed in Paris during the so-called “Great Terror” of 1793-1794.Struggles rebornBut the struggle against racist oppression and capitalist exploitation lived on. Just seven months after the fall of the Paris Commune, the Skidmore Guards, a militia comprised of Black members, formed the front ranks of a New York City march organized by the International Workingmen’s Association to protest the continuing executions of Paris Commune leaders.The truth about Reconstruction was unearthed and kept alive by Du Bois and other Black historians. The militancy of that period was born anew in the Civil Rights and Black Liberation movements of the last century. Likewise, analyses of the Paris Commune by socialists Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin, as well as revival of the French workers’ movement in the 1880s, ensured that the achievements of the Paris Commune would continue to inspire revolutionaries.Indeed, within a week after the fall of the Paris Commune, Eugène Pottier, a French revolutionary, penned lyrics to the “Internationale,” the socialist anthem, that sum up the spirit of these two great revolutions on opposite sides of the Atlantic: “Arise ye prisoners of starvation, arise ye wretched of the earth, … Arise ye slaves no more in thrall, … We have been naught, we shall be all!”This excerpted article was originally published in Workers World newspaper on April 1, 1983.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Reconstruction after slavery. Paris Communelast_img read more

Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media

first_img December 2, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Slovenia Organisation News Since taking power a year ago, Janez Jansa and his party have repeatedly accused critical journalists of spreading fake news and attempted to undermine the funding of the public media. The European Union must clearly state that such attacks against press freedom are unacceptable, RSF and five other press freedom organisations write to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. Slovenian Prime minister Janez Jansa (photo: Joe Klamar / AFP) RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesInternational bodies Economic pressureJudicial harassment Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia RSF_en center_img SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesInternational bodies Economic pressureJudicial harassment June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News News 16 March 2021Dear Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission,CC: Vera Jourova, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency,CC: MEPs of the European Parliament Media Working GroupThe undersigned press freedom and journalists’ organisations from across Europe are writing to express our sincere concern about the deteriorating situation for media freedom in Slovenia and the renewed attacks by the Prime Minister on the independence of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA).We believe the repeated denigration of journalists, combined with the ruling party’s attempts to exert greater control over the country’s public service media, are creating an increasing hostile climate for critical reporting which serves its fundamental role of holding the government to account.Since returning to power in early 2020, we have monitored closely as Prime Minister Janša has increasingly employed Trumpian style tactics of attacking journalists on Twitter and dismissing critical reporting as “fake news”. Such comments by Janša and other figures within the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) have sought to divide the media down ideological lines, stigmatising liberal and mainstream outlets as “liars”, “manipulators” and organs of disinformation.These attacks go well beyond mere rhetoric, however. The latest suspension of financing of the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) appears to be yet another attempt by the administration to starve the agency of resources, undermine its sustainable funding model, and undercut public trust in its journalism. This is the second time in just three months that the agency’s financing has been withheld by the Government Communication Office (UKOM). As has been pointed out, funding was already approved in the state budget for the STA business plan for 2021, regardless of whether a contract has been completed or not. There is a clear legal basis for the funding to continue.Ultimately, our organisations maintain that beneath this contractual dispute, UKOM’s actions are indicative of broader efforts by the SDS to subdue the agency’s reporting and change both its director and editorial policy to one more favourable to its political agenda.These concerns were compounded last week when the Prime Minister called for STA director Bojan Veselinovič to step down and be held accountable for “illegal actions”. We strongly condemn this breach of executive power and believe it provides the clearest example yet of the SDS leadership’s direct hostility towards the agency.Moreover, the use of the government Twitter account to amplify these comments and accuse Veselinovič of spreading “fake news” is another worrying example of the misuse of state communication channels by the ruling party to attack the media.This meddling in the institutional independence of the STA has gone on long enough. As it did previously, the Commission should engage the Slovenian authorities to ensure that the funding is resumed and demand that these attacks on its independence are halted. If it does not, a vital part of the country’s media ecosystem could be sacrificed for short-term political gains of the ruling party.In the background meanwhile, proposed legislative changes that would defund the public broadcaster RTVSLO remain in the consultative phase. These proposals were initially allotted a mere five working days for public submissions – a brazen and unsuccessful attempt to rush these changes past NGOs and through parliament. We remain opposed to these amendments, which are part of a wider political agenda.Despite recent developments, it must be stressed that freedom of expression and media pluralism remain intact in Slovenia. According to the Media Pluralism Monitor of 2020, the indicator on political independence of the media scored the highest risk of all indicators with 91 percent. There is a long way to go until the country can be considered in the same realm as Hungary or Poland in terms of press freedom. But as was rightly highlighted during a recent plenary session at the European Parliament, the tell-tale warning signs are clear and fit a worrying pattern observed elsewhere.The climate for critical journalism is worsening, public service media are coming under sustained political and institutional pressure by SDS leadership, and the use of state bodies to broaden the attack on unfavoured media is gradually increasing.Underpinning these issues is the same mentality which drives attacks on the press in Hungary and Poland: that critical media are an enemy or a force of “opposition” to be attacked, rather than a necessary element of a functioning democratic system.The prospect of having the Prime Minister use the pulpit of the European Council rotating presidency* to attack journalists in such a way at the European level is deeply troubling and could have a normalising effect on this kind of behaviour in the future.In the coming months, the Commission must ensure it closely follows developments in Slovenia and responds publicly to future attacks on the media by the Prime Minister. It must be stated clearly that such divisive rhetoric has no place in the European Union. It is vital for press freedom and democracy in the EU that Slovenia does not follow further down the illiberal path forged by Hungary and Poland.SIGNEDARTICLE 19 European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF)European Federation of Journalists (EFJ)International Press Institute (IPI) OBC TranseuropaReporters Without Borders (RSF)*Slovenia will hold the EU Council Presidency from July to December 2021 March 16, 2021 – Updated on March 17, 2021 Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media News May 21, 2021 Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Donegal Deputy slams government on mental health spend

first_img A Donegal Deputy has accused the Government of not taking mental health seriously by failing again to commit enough resources to improve services.The Minister for Health Simon Harris initially said at budget time that €35m would be invested in mental health services next year but it was later stated that just €15m of the allocation would be spent in 2017.Fianna Fail Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has accused the Government of going back on its promise – he says his party will be doing all it can to ensure the 35 million euro allocated is spent:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/patraw30.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Google+ Homepage BannerNews Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – November 1, 2016 Twitter Google+center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleAwards for Donegal HurlersNext articleRead commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan’s letter to gardai ahead of Friday’s strike News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter WhatsApp Donegal Deputy slams government on mental health spend Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Northern Arizona holds off Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime

first_img Tags: Big Sky/SUU Thunderbirds Basketball Andre’s layup with 1:36 left in regulation were the final points of the second half. NAU trailed for just 28 seconds in overtime and the game finished with 10 ties and 14 lead changes. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNorthern Arizona holds off Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Bernie Andre had 19 points and eight rebounds, Carlos Hines added 17 points and Northern Arizona beat Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime on Monday. Ted McCree scored 14 points with four 3-pointers for NAU (6-13, 4-5 Big Sky), which has already topped its win total from last season. The Lumberjacks were held to 38.2 percent shooting (29 of 76), but won the second-chance points 17-8. Written bycenter_img Andre Adams had a career-high 21 points, on 8-of-10 shooting, and 10 rebounds and Brandon Better added 18 points with five 3-pointers for Southern Utah (9-9, 4-5). Cameron Oluyitan chipped in with 14 points. January 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Northern Arizona holds off Southern Utah 80-77 in overtime Associated Presslast_img read more

Neptune Energy launches seismic campaign at Petrel Field

first_imgOn behalf of the Petrel JV, Neptune has entered into a non-exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus Asia Pacific Image: Neptune Energy launches seismic campaign at Petrel Field. Photo: courtesy of Neptune Energy. Neptune Energy announced it has begun seismic surveys in the extensive Petrel field, located in the Bonaparte Basin of Australia, the first substantial investment in Petrel for five years.The study will expand the area of seismic data Neptune holds and significantly increase the quality and breadth of data to allow Neptune and its partners to plan for the future.Neptune, on behalf of the Petrel JV, has entered into a non-exclusive data licensing agreement with Polarcus Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, which is acquiring the Petrelex 3D seismic survey.Neptune Energy Australia Managing Director, Janet Hann said: “The Bonaparte Basin presents exciting growth opportunities for Neptune, and Petrel may play a significant role in our future aspirations for the area. We look forward to working closely with our partners as we deepen our knowledge of Petrel in order to define the potential for further development.”Neptune holds 54% of the project and alongside its partners Santos (40.25%) and Beach Energy (5.75%) is investing in new broadband technology over an expanded area in order to get a better understanding of the significant potential resources that Petrel holds.Polarcus successfully secured approval for an Environmental Plan allowing acquisition of new 3D multi-client data to be acquired across the field.The Polarcus Asima vessel began the campaign on 30 November and will continue into late January, subject to operational conditions, covering 2,900 Km2 of territory. Data from the survey will be available in Q4 2020. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Eva Mozes Kor To Receive 2017 Sachem Award

first_imgEva Mozes Kor To Receive 2017 Sachem AwardINDIANAPOLIS – Governor Eric J. Holcomb will honor Holocaust survivor and CANDLES Holocaust museum founder Eva Mozes Kor of Terre Haute the 2017 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, at a ceremony Thursday, April 13, 2017. The governor made the announcement today at the CANDLES museum in Terre Haute.“Eva is the living embodiment of true compassion,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Her life proves there are no bounds on forgiveness and human decency. Eva shows us what our response should be to acts of bigotry and hatred through her daily mission to educate people and spread messages of peace, respect and civility.”The Sachem is given annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana. Previous recipients include Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, former president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman (2006) and long-time businessman and civic leader P.E. MacAllister (2014). Eva Mozes Kor will be the first Sachem honoree named by Gov. Holcomb.“It is an honor and privilege to receive this award,” Eva Mozes Kor said. “My mission in life is to teach the world to heal from the wounds of the past. This will create peace.”Kor, 83, is a survivor of the Holocaust, forgiveness advocate, and public speaker. Eva emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit’s power to overcome. Today, she is a community leader, human rights champion, and an educator.Eva Mozes Kor was born in 1934 in the village of Portz, Romania. Eva had three sisters: Edit, Aliz, and her twin, Miriam. The Mozes family lived under the spectre of the Nazi takeover of Germany and the everyday experience of prejudice against the Jews.In 1944, the family was packed into a cattle car and transported to the Auschwitz death camp. Eva’s parents and older sisters were killed in the gas chambers, and she and her twin sister, Miriam, were subjected to inhumane medical experiments under the supervision of Nazi doctor Josef Mengele. Eva and her sister were among only 200 twins who survived and were liberated by the Soviet Army in 1945.Eva’s family was held in three different Jewish concentration camps during World War II, and she and her twin sister, Miriam, were held in Auchwitz, along with many other Jewish twins who were selected as subjects for the Nazi party’s Dr. Josef Mengele. Eva and her sister, along with about 200 children, were found alive by the Soviet Army and liberated from the concentration camp in 1945.Fifty years after the liberation of Auschwitz, Eva returned to the site and stood where so many were tragically murdered. To the surprise of many, she then freed herself from her victim status and announced to the world that—in her name alone—she forgave the Nazis.In 1984, Eva Kor founded the organization CANDLES, an acronym for “Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors,” to locate other surviving Mengele twins. In 1995, she founded the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Terre Haute. The museum was destroyed by an arsonist in 2003, but Eva rebuilt the museum from the ground up and reopened it in 2005.Eva Kor remains an integral part of the CANDLES organization and museum. She returns to Auschwitz each year, leading groups from all over the country so they can share the lessons of the past with future generations.Eva worked with state legislators to gain passage of an Indiana law requiring Holocaust education in secondary schools and taught a course at Indiana State University on the value and philosophy of overcoming adversity in life.Sachem (Say-chum) background:In 1970, Governor Edgar D. Whitcomb introduced the “Confederacy of the Sachem,” a group of business, industry, publishing, banking and legal leaders, who served as state hosts, welcoming visitors to Indiana and promoting the state’s culture and economy. The organization’s name came from the Algonquin term applied to village leaders, implying wisdom, judgment and grace.Bylaws outlined that Sachems were to nominate and recommend Sagamore appointments to the governor. The Sagamore of the Wabash dates to the term of Indiana Governor Ralph Gates in 1945 and has been the state’s highest honor bestowed by the governor.Following Whitcomb’s term, the Sachem project was not pursued, and the organization dissolved in 1989. Whitcomb visited Daniels in 2005 to acquaint him with the concept and to give him custody of remaining Sachem funds. Governor Daniels recreated the Sachem to underscore the importance of moral example; achievement alone without exemplary virtue does not qualify a person for this recognition.Eleven Sachem Awards Have Been Bestowed Since The Honor Was Revived In 2005:2005:John Wooden—Legendary college basketball coach, teacher, and mentor.2006:Rev. Theodore Hesburgh—Former president of the University of Notre Dame, and world statesman.2007:Jane Blaffer Owen—Philanthropist and preservationist of New Harmony.2008: Bill and Gloria Gaither—Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo from Alexandria, Indiana.2009: Donald C. “Danny” Danielson—New Castle business and civic leader.2010:Carl D. Erskine—Civic leader and legendary baseball player.2011:William A. “Bill” Cook—Philanthropist and cofounder of Cook Inc.2012:Ian M. Rolland—CEO of Lincoln National Corp.2013: Don Wolf—Civic leader and CEO of Do It Best, Corp.2014:P.E. MacAllister—Long-time businessman and civic leader.2015:Amos C. Brown, III—Radio host and civic leader.2016:None.Each Sachem honoree receives a specially-designed sculpture that captures the Native American heritage of the Sachem. All Sachem recipients are selected by Indiana’s governor.For additional background information on Eva Mozes Kor, visit the CANDLES website at candlesholocaustmuseum.org.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

O’Briens’ overhaul

first_imgW e were very much trying to target the young female professional,” says O’Briens’ retail and operations director Andrew Moyes, recalling the sandwich and coffee chain’s old look. Then, with exquisite timing, he gives a cheeky nod in the direction of the walking embodiment of the Irish franchise firm’s broadening appeal – a silver-haired 70-plus woman, who seats herself at the next table.”I think we now have a bigger spectrum of customer and we’re accessible to everyone, from youths to the ’grey pound’,” he says in the revamped London branch. “We’ve got a much broader customer profile now than if you look back to five years ago. And we now have the offer to match that profile.”The ’Starbucks of Ireland’ – O’Briens outnumbers the US coffee chain over there by almost 10-1 – has developed a new retail offer over the last six months. The changes at first seem largely cosmetic, featuring more coherent branding in-store, better use of images and more comfortable furniture. But one major change has been behind the counter – where a new quicker grilling system allows for a much faster throughput – alongside changes to the product range.In the UK, 25 of the company’s 100-plus stores have already been upgraded, rising to 60 by the end of this month. The new look will be replicated across its 120 Ireland stores and expanding worldwide franchise network, which brings the total to around 300 stores. “We’re really moving it to more of a lifestyle/café feel rather than a straight sandwich bar,” he says. “So we’ve been looking at everything, from the seating to the graphics that we use, to get a holistic view of the shop from the outside right through to the counter.”Moyes says the aim has been to tailor a healthy, upmarket offer. In addition to that, speed of service is key. Given its smaller size, the High Holborn, London outlet visited is more geared towards quick turnaround take-away than coffee shop lounging. And the local competition is ample. Across the road is a Starbucks, and a few doors down is a Paul bakery, while nearby reside a host of fast food and sandwich outlets such as Pret A Manger. So how does O’Briens hope to stand out from this crowded environment?”Neither Starbucks nor Paul offer made-to-order sandwiches – it tends to be the independents who are doing that, and there aren’t many of those,” he explains. There is, of course, one made-to-order sandwich outlet, growing rapaciously: Subway. But despite Subway’s rapid development, Moyes has O’Briens eyeing a different market. “Subway is more focused on the takeaway element; we’re going in for larger coffee shops and shopping-centre locations.INDEPENDENT FEEL”There is some impersonalisation that comes with the larger chains,” he continues. “But because all our shops are owner-operated, it brings an independent feel. They may be offering better service, because it is their own business. Also, the Irishness comes through in terms of the welcome that we give and the service that we provide. Many of our franchise partners are Irish.”On the products front, O’Briens is flagging up its ethical coffee with point-of-sale throughout the shop. Beans are now bought direct from the grower, with a large percentage sourced from Ethiopia, he claims. “That ethical stance is very important for us.”Pastries are baked-off on the premises. O’Briens has its own-branded water, with a range of branded smoothies also planned. Sandwich-wise it has a range of top-selling shamrock-shaped bread carriers, supplied by Delice de France. “People want to move away from the basic baguette or basic sandwich. That is still, of course, our core business, but customers do want something a bit different now, particularly when it comes to health.”In extending the hot offer, it found huge regional variations in demand for products such as quiche. “What sells in Manchester doesn’t sell in Holborn, and what sells in Glasgow doesn’t sell in Manchester. I think that’s one thing I kind of knew, but has now been proven! You can’t have a one-size-fits-all offering. It’s very much up to the local operator to decide what’s right for them.” Outside blackboard stands highlight specials and allow the local operator flexibility on deals.There has also been a shift away from largely focusing on the lunchtime trade to extending the breakfast and afternoon elements.”All the breakfast products are on the menu boards and they stay up all day – that was about introducing a decent range of morning goods, croissants and Danish. In the afternoon, we introduce a cake range, particularly in our bigger shops, so we’re moving away from just the lunchtime business.”Other features include wi-fi internet access, which is being rolled out in Scotland, where there are EPoS systems with broadband in place. So what’s been the most successful gain from the refit? “The speed of service,” he says emphatically. “We now offer pre-made sandwiches, which are freshly made that morning and put into the serve-over.”Previously the only ready-made sandwiches were sold packaged in the chiller cabinet, which never sold well. “Taking them into the serve-over has worked much better because it looks much fresher. Plus, the Turbochef oven has improved our speed of service, so our throughput is much higher than it was before, particularly over that busy lunchtime period when people may only have 20 minutes.”In the shop’s design, the green and black scheme has been integrated throughout the store, from menu boards to bags to window stickers. The logo has been employed more extensively, from the uniforms to the mirrors, to cups and doormats. “We have a uniformity of branding that we didn’t have before,” he says. “The marketing has got some uniformity to it now whereas it was rather bitty before,” he concludes. “People are dwelling more in the shops than they did, and we can see a very quick payback in the uplift in sales that our franchisees are getting.” n—-=== The brief ===The makeover, which was carried out by in-house architects and designers, approached all aspects of the shop, from the outside graphics on windows right through to counter displays and furniture. The biggest focus was on improving speed of service and broadening appeal away from its previous focus on young professional women. Being a franchise operation, owners decide whether to carry out the upgrade, while O’Briens provides the marketing nous such as the graphics scheme.The resultsThe stores have a more contemporary look, with higher lighting levels. The graphics on the window outside highlight its products: cakes, smoothies, sandwiches etc, which replaces the tagline: ’Your sandwich made in front of you’. Big external graphics are used to highlight new product ranges, such as iced drinks. Soft seating has replaced harder seating. Menu boards have been heavily rationalised. Pre-made products have been introduced into the serve-over units, whereas before it was purely made-to-order.Bakery snack lines, such as traybakes, have been introduced, with an impulse unit for cakes at the till point. Mirrors on the walls, which create the feeling of greater space, are scripted with O’Briens’ logos. A new Turbochef oven heats products more quickly than the roller grills previously used. Even the recommended in-store music list has been improved to give a better ambience.—-=== Vital statistics ===Model: Franchise, with 300 stores worldwide (120 in Ireland, 100 in the UK)Turnover: £68m in 2006Customer profile: wide demographicProducts: made-to-order sandwiches, croissants, Danish, traybakes and muffins, hot wraps, smoothies, ice drinks and Fairtrade coffeeRefit timescale: Up to two days; often the refit can take place overnight; the aim is to refit 70% of the shops by the end of the yearTypical store size: High Holborn, London has 20 covers, though O’Briens has outlets of up to 250 coversCost of refit: £15,000 in High Holborn, London; the oven is the costliest elementUplift: the 25 stores that have been refitted have seen between 10%-30% uplift in like-for-like salesExtras: outside catering accounts for up to 50% of an O’Briens store’s turnover, and point-of-sale information is available in-storeWebsite: [http://www.obriensonline.com]last_img read more