Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgNiger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Niger Insurance Plc (NIGERI.ng)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileNiger Insurance Plc is a life and general insurance company in Nigeria underwriting all classes of insurance. Life insurance products include endowment policies, group life, mortgage protection and term assurances. Non-life insurance products range from aviation hull and liability and fire and special perils to public liability insurance, professional indemnity and workmen compensation insurance. The company also markets products under the brand name Niger Cash, Niger Flexible Investment Assurance, Niger Mutual Halal, Niger Personal Pension and Savings. Founded in 1962 and formerly known as The Niger Insurance Company Limited, the company changed its name to Niger Insurance Plc in 1989. The company has a sound reinsurance treaties with reinsurance companies led by Swiss Re. Niger Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Niger Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon …

first_img Projects Housing “COPY” AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects United Kingdom ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790453/ad-classics-barbican-estate-london-chamberlin-powell-bon Clipboard Area:  160000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790453/ad-classics-barbican-estate-london-chamberlin-powell-bon Clipboard Photographs CopyOn the 29th December, 1940, at the height of the Second World War, an air raid by the Luftwaffe razed a 35-acre site in the heart of the City of London to the ground. The site was known as the Barbican (a Middle English word meaning fortification), so-called for the Roman wall which once stood in the area. Following the war, the City of London Corporation—the municipal governing body for the area—started to explore possibilities to bring this historic site into the twentieth century.+ 28The Barbican’s location in the financial center of the British capital made it attractive to commercial developers and, as a result, several office schemes were proposed. These were rejected by the Corporation, partly due to the area’s dwindling population. As the area had become increasingly commercialized, the number of residents had plummeted from 100,000 in 1851 to just over 5,000 in 1951.[1] With such a small electorate, the City of London was at risk of losing its Member of Parliament (MP) and, as a result, its political clout. A housing scheme put forward by Chamberlin, Powell and Bon in 1955 offered an opportunity to reverse the population decline by enticing new residents into this void in the City.Save this picture!Defoe House. Image © Joas SouzaSince 1948, Peter Chamberlin (b. London) and Geoffry Powell (b. Bangalore, India) had been teaching colleagues at London’s Kingston School of Art, where they were joined in 1950 by Christof Bon (b. St. Gall, Switzerland). Their architectural partnership began two years later, after Powell won a competition to design the Golden Lane Estate – a large scale residential project also commissioned by the City of London Corporation. The design of this earlier scheme, located just north of the proposed Barbican site, paved the way for their more ambitious neighboring project. While the selection of Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s housing scheme would allow the Corporation better chances of maintaining its parliamentary representation, it would bring in far less revenue than a commercial development. In order to maximize rental income and make the scheme financially viable, the architects proposed a high-density development aimed at those earning a mid-to-high income.[2] The complex was designed as an urban microcosm, with residential blocks arranged around communal spaces – an approach inspired by the work of Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier’s Unite d’Habitation housing project in Marseilles had been recently completed; his vision for a ‘vertical garden city’ is evident in both the Golden Lane Estate and the Barbican.Save this picture!© Joas SouzaIn addition to “luxury” housing, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s masterplan for the Barbican featured cultural facilities (including a concert hall and theater), a shopping mall, underground parking, private gardens, and lakes with fountains and a waterfall. It was hoped that the vast array of amenities within the estate would attract their target market and justify the higher cost of the housing. The Guildhall School of Music and the City of London School for Girls would also be moved to new premises on the site, forging a sense of community within the complex. St. Giles Church, one of the few buildings to survive the bombings of 1940, would stand in the center of the estate.Collectively, the residential blocks of the estate form one of the most remarkable examples of Brutalist architecture anywhere in the world. The term ‘Brutalism’ is derived from the French béton brut, meaning raw or unfinished concrete. Although the concrete at the Barbican Estate was left exposed, it was not unfinished, having been pick-hammered to give it a rough, rusticated appearance implying a sense of monumentality.Save this picture!© Joas SouzaThe estate comprises three tower blocks, thirteen terrace blocks, two “mews” (terraces of small two-story houses) and a row of townhouses. The tower blocks dominate the skyline, their facades featuring a grid pattern of concrete paneling. The horizontals of this concrete grid are broken by the continuous lines of the verticals, emphasizing the height of the towers. The terrace blocks, meanwhile, are orientated horizontally, creating a dynamic contrast to the soaring towers. In both the tower and terrace blocks, the layout of the apartments was designed to maximize the amount of natural light in the rooms that would most benefit from it. Bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms are therefore positioned along external walls, while kitchens and bathrooms are placed against inner walls. Save this picture!Highwalk and podium at Lauderdale Tower. Image © Joas SouzaThe residential blocks are linked by two systems of pedestrian circulation: the highwalk and the podium. The highwalk, a network of bridges and narrow walkways, encompasses the estate. The podium is a raised platform which becomes a new ‘ground level’ once inside the boundary of the estate. This design feature allows the Barbican to be entirely pedestrianized, with road and rail traffic passing underneath, out of both sight and sound.All three tower blocks and the majority of the terrace blocks stand above the podium on piloti, enabling pedestrians to navigate the estate unimpeded by buildings. Perhaps the most striking of these can be found beneath Gilbert House, a terrace block spanning the lake which bisects the podium. The height of the columns allows even the highwalk to pass beneath the main structure; a bridge is nestled amongst the supporting colonnade. The podium creates a sense of airiness, while the highwalk encourages movement and exploration; together, they produce open space which flows throughout the estate. Save this picture!Gilbert House piloti. Image © Joas SouzaWhile developing the design for the Barbican, Chamberlin, Powell and Bon travelled abroad extensively to seek architectural inspiration, spending much of their time in Italy. Bon had spent part of his earlier career working in Milan, and the architecture of Italy held a great fascination for the three architects. This influence is evident in the estate; the penthouses of the terrace blocks, for example, have barrel-vaulted roofs – a feature widely employed in Roman architecture. The architects cited the canals, bridges and pavements of Venice as the model for the pedestrians systems of the Barbican, describing it as “the best example of a city where foot and service traffic is completely segregated. This segregation,” they continued, “has worked admirably for many centuries and there is no good reason why the principle should not be applied equally effectively in the City of London.”[3] The lake and gardens provide the residents with generous communal outdoor space; a rarity in an otherwise heavily built-up area of London. These landscaped areas lie below the level of the podium, with the changing elevations adding visual interest and lending a sense of seclusion. To ensure the underground line below did not disturb those enjoying the gardens, Ove Arup devised an engineering solution to reduce vibration from passing trains. The track was mounted on rubber bearings; the only section of the entire London Underground network to be modified in this way.Save this picture!© Joas SouzaChamberlin, Powell and Bon’s original plans featured five tower blocks of twenty stories. These designs were rejected by the planning authority, primarily on the grounds that the scheme had insufficient outdoor space.[4] In response, the architects reduced the number of tower blocks to three in order to minimize the buildings’ footprints. At the same time, they more than doubled their height to maintain housing density. Cromwell Tower is forty-three stories high, while Lauderdale Tower and Shakespeare Tower stand at forty-four stories; at the time they were the tallest residential towers in Europe.[5] The architects devised ingenious solutions to the perceived problems of living in buildings of this height. “Each lift,” for example, “is designed with a secondary small panel door which provides direct access between the lift and a tenant’s service cupboard. […] In this way the daily milk, the morning newspaper and post can be delivered directly from the lifts to the individual flats without the milkman or the postman having to get out of the lift.”[6] Similar attention to detail was paid to the fixtures and fittings: the architects installed windows which pivoted horizontally to make them easy to clean from the inside, and a Garchey sink unit was employed across almost all residential blocks to facilitate waste disposal.[7]Save this picture!© Joas SouzaStanding at such a height and with complex programmatic requirements, the project demanded specialised engineering, delivered by Ove Arup & Partners. The towers utilise pre-cast reinforced concrete elements for the frame, which places the majority of the load around the exterior of the building “on the same principle as is familiar in a chimney.”[8] Roughly triangular in plan, each floor of the towers contains three apartments arranged around a central core of lift shafts, stairwells and service risers. The living rooms are located at each corner of the triangle, where the meeting of two walls affords panoramic views. Save this picture!Plan: Lauderdale TowerThe highly distinctive cantilevered balconies of the towers, with their elegantly curved tips, resemble the hull of a ship. They also have a practical application: their unique form reduces wind resistance and eases the strain on the structural frame. The long protrusions of the balconies, a design feature recommended by the engineers, create deep eaves over the apartments below.[9] The eaves offer both protection from the elements and a sense of security to residents, some of whom, the architects reasoned, “might otherwise dislike the impression of living on the edge of a cliff.”[10] Surviving fragments of the ancient Roman wall, and a later 13th-century bastion, can be found about the estate. History and modernity collide as the weathered bricks of these ruins are juxtaposed against the grey concrete of the monolithic structures above. Further references to the history of the site were made by naming each of the residential blocks after a prominent local figure. Shakespeare Tower, for instance, is so called because the great playwright once lived in the area. Construction of the Barbican Estate took thirteen years, concluding in 1976 with the completion of Shakespeare Tower. Critics have accused the layout of the estate as being disorientating and cluttered, though the blame for this cannot be entirely attributed to the design. In 1964 the City of London Corporation presented Chamberlin, Powell and Bon with a revised brief which demanded an expanded theater and concert hall. The outcome of this was the Barbican Center, a building which had to be shoehorned into the master plan after construction had already begun.Save this picture!Podium at Defoe House. Image © Joas SouzaAs Brutalism became the prevailing architectural style for new housing estates in Britain throughout the 1970s, the reputation of the Barbican suffered from association with less successful projects (such as the Hulme Crescents in Manchester). More recently, however, the estate has benefited from a resurgence of public interest in Modernist and Brutalist architecture. It received Grade II listed status from the British government in 2001, and apartments in the estate are now highly sought after.Residents speak of the excellent quality of life they enjoy there; architecture critic Jonathan Glancey spent four years living in the estate, and proclaims that “there is nothing like [it] in scale, intelligence, ingenuity, quality, urban landscaping and sheer abstract artistry anywhere else in Britain, perhaps even the world.”[11] Alongside buildings such as the Royal National Theatre in London and Park Hill Estate in Sheffield, the Barbican Estate has become a symbol of British post-war architecture.References[1] Harwood, Elain. Space, Hope and Brutalism: English Architecture, 1945-1975. London: Yale University Press, 2015. p.73[2] Harwood, Elain. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon: The Barbican and Beyond. London: RIBA Publishing, 2011. p.103[3] Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects. “Proposals” In Barbican Redevelopment 1959. London: City of London Corporation, 1959. p.5[4] Ibid. Harwood. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. p.108[5] Orazi, Stefi. Modernist Estates: the buildings and the people who live in them today. London: Frances Lincoln, 2015. p.109[6] Ibid. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects. p.15[7] Ibid. Harwood. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon. p.118[8] Ibid. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects. “Technical Section”. p.6[9] Ibid. Harwood. Space, Hope and Brutalism. p.74[10] Ibid. Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects. “Proposals”. p.15[11] Glancey, Jonathan. “Barbican: the critics’ verdict”. Time Out, 6 February, 2007. Accessed 10 June, 2016 [access]Housing•London, United Kingdom Architects: Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Year:  1976 Photographs:  Joas SouzaProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Pilot’s House / AR Design StudioSelected ProjectsSchool of Arts Calaisis / ARC.AMESelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Barbican Estate, London EC2Y, United KingdomLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© Joas SouzaWritten by Bart Bryant-Mole Share AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon ArchitectsSave this projectSaveAD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeChamberlin, Powell and Bon ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousingLondonBarbicanBrutalismCulturalUKEnglandThe BarbicanPeter ChamberlinGeoffry PowellChristoph BonUnited KingdomPublished on July 12, 2016Cite: Bart Bryant-Mole. “AD Classics: The Barbican Estate / Chamberlin, Powell and Bon Architects” 12 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Charities benefit from directory enquiries companies’ spat

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities benefit from directory enquiries companies’ spat Tagged with: Individual giving  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Directory enquiries company The Number is to pay £40,000 to BT in an out of court settlement after it was accused of mimicking the telecoms company’s advert. Of this, BT will donate £10,000 to charity.The BT advert was in the form of a “public notice”, and The Number used a very similar format in its rival ad using its new enquiries number.The £10,000 will be split between ChildLine and local charities. The Number’s spokesman William Ostrom said that they tried to persuade BT to donate the full £40,000 payment to charity, but the company refused on the grounds that the money paid for its legal bills in the dispute. “Got your number!” quipped Mr Ostrom in the style of The Number’s TV adverts. Advertisement Howard Lake | 29 January 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Campus activities increase this week as TCU hosts Family Weekend

first_imgReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin + posts Instagram: redding_or_not Demi Butlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/demi-butler/ Senior Choreography Concert showcases diverse talent World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution printFamilies and alumni are invited to campus this weekend as TCU celebrates its annual Family Weekend.While the majority of TCU students are from Texas, 49 percent of TCU’s undergraduate students are not from Texas.“Family Weekend is so special for parents that are from out of state because they might not get to visit as often as they like,” said student body president Abbey Widick. “With all of the special events going on and so many students’ parents in town at once, it makes sure that the few opportunities out-of-state parents do get to visit are extra special.”Family Weekend can be a time for parents to meet the friends of their Horned Frog.“My parents love to put ‘faces to names’ and meet as many people as they can,” Widick said. “My favorite part is to give them a glimpse into my life here.” Demi Butler Twitter Many colleges and facilities are hosting open houses and events for all students and visitors, including the University Recreation Center, the Moudy Art Gallery, John V. Roach Honors College, College of Education and Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences. Housing & Residence Life will also be hosting a BBQ in North Hills Friday.The Hall of Fame in the arena will also be open, allowing visitors the opportunity to meet the athletic staff, including athletic director Jeremiah Donati.Family members of sophomores will also be able to attend the annual Sophomore Class Pinning ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday. The TCU Alumni Association will be on campus presenting senior rings to graduating seniors at 2 p.m. Sunday as well.This year’s family weekend will feature a Big 12 football matchup Saturday night as the Horned Frogs face Iowa State at Amon G. Carter Stadium. TCU’s “purple-powered-pre-game-rally”, Frog Alley, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.“My favorite part is showing my family our campus culture,” said senior early education major Margaret Ann Bryan. “They get to see how friendly everyone is and see how much fun it is to attend a Horned Frog football game.” Demi Butlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/demi-butler/center_img Demi Butlerhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/demi-butler/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Twitter Previous articleDigital Warfare: Russia’s Attacks on DemocracyNext articleTCU students unite in prayer Demi Butler RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedin Facebook Demi Butler, senior news and media studies major from Jacksboro, Texas. She enjoys spending time with friends, walking her dog and cooking Greek food. She plans to work in advertising and direct marketing after graduation. TCU gets in the holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration Salsa Limon moves from University Drive to Magnolia Ave ReddItlast_img read more

Death threat reflects hate for outspoken journalists in Turkey

first_imgTurkey is ranked 157th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained. Çakıcı has it in for Karar not only because it described his amnesty request as “insolent” in an article but also because, he said, it took part in the “axis of evil” instead of supporting President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s alliance during the 24 June election. He added that Karar was in the pay of the United States and the Gülen movement. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expression Organisation Briefly posted on Instagram on 29 June, Çakıcı’s message began: “All my life I have always given an advanced warning to those I am about to harm.” After naming several of Karar’s journalists, the message added: “They will be punished in Turkey or abroad. To those who have told me, ‘Order us to kill, order us to die,’ I say: ‘Carry out your duty.’” News April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News After Çakıcı’s message was posted, the police quickly placed Karar’s journalists under protection. Some of them, such as Bayramoğlu, have already been getting protection for several years because of repeated threats. A police car was stationed outside Karar’s office and the prosecutor’s office began an investigation. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a death threat by jailed Turkish mafia boss Alaattin Çakıcı against the daily Karar, regarding it as a reflection of the climate of hate being fostered towards journalists in Turkey, one that the authorities must stop. News “We take note of the protection provided by the police,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu said. “But behind these threats lies a climate of hate towards critical journalists that is fuelled by the authorities, political class and many media outlets. We are extremely concerned about the violence that this incendiary rhetoric could trigger. The authorities have a duty to prevent the verbal violence from becoming commonplace and to send a conciliatory signal.” Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expression Jailed since 2004, Çakıcı reportedly supports the ultra-nationalist MHP, a party that entered into an alliance with President Erdoğan’s party for the 24 June election. MHP leader Devlet Bahçeli has repeatedly called for Çakıcı’s release and visited him in hospital in May. On 26 June, Bahçeli issued a list of 70 well-known figures including many journalists whom he accused of “relentlessly defaming” him during the election campaign. Follow the news on Turkey April 28, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law The pro-government media also wage a ferocious propaganda war against critical journalists that sometimes includes all-out media lynching. Six famous journalists are named in the message: Ali Bayramoğlu, Etyen Mahçupyan, Akif Beki, Hakan Albayrak, İbrahim Kiras and Gürbüz Özaltınlı. The gang leader asked his supporters to spare a seventh journalist, columnist Elif Çakır, because “she is a woman.” April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts President Erdoğan and other leaders of the ruling AKP party often subject critical journalists to virulent verbal attacks, calling them “terrorists” or “traitors.” The intimidatory climate intensified during the Gezi Park protests in 2013, and again when fighting resumed against the PKK-led Kurdish rebels in 2015, and has culminated since the coup attempt against the Erdoğan government in July 2016.  Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit July 2, 2018 Death threat reflects hate for outspoken journalists in Turkeylast_img read more

Report on seven Russian regions: as many reasons for hope as for concern

first_img Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation Follow the news on Russia Reporters without Borders releases a report today on the freedom of the press and media in seven of the Russian Federation’s regions. Entitled “Heroes and Henchmen. The work of journalists and media in the Russian regions“, it was researched and written by the organization’s German section in Berlin.The report offers a systematic analysis of the media situation in regions ranging from Arkhangelsk in the north to Sochi in the south, and from Perm in the Urals to Vladivostok in the Far East. The research was carried out by a team of five correspondents who looked at the pressures and dangers affecting local press. As a result, the report highlights the existing leeways and points at the regions where free speech is obstructed. Various factors were analyzed, including the pressure exerted by the local authorities and businessmen, the impact of the economic conditions prevailing in each region, and the level of self-censorship. The report also shows how some media owners and editors are able to create conditions for independent journalism through innovation and effective business development models. These crucial questions drove the researchers’ attention on such specific factors as the existence of monopolies, distribution, the impact of the financial crisis, and the relations and various connections between the media and the political and business world.The report looks at both the restrictions imposed on journalists as well as the leeway they still enjoy. It highlights the degree to which media is subject to the influence of local politicians and oligarchs in regions where control from Moscow is low. While some journalists are resigned to the growing threats to their profession, others find ways to maintain their independence and even dare to report on critical issues. The report offers as many reasons for hope as for concern. Most importantly, by drawing attention to the differences in the provinces, the freedom of the press in Russia will not just be evaluated by soley concentrating on the situation of the Moscow media. Read the full report in German: http://www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/Read summary of the report in English: Receive email alerts Read summary of the report in Russian/Читать краткую версию на русском: News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information RSF_en center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Related documents CPRapportRussieRegions_ru.pdfPDF – 196.11 KBHeroes_and_Henchmen_gb-2.pdfPDF – 855.4 KBGeroi_i_Prispeshniki-2.pdfPDF – 573.44 KB May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption News News Read in Russian/Читать на русском: News September 10, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report on seven Russian regions: as many reasons for hope as for concern RussiaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Founder of African American museum discovered dead in trunk of car

first_imgiStock(BATON ROUGE, La.) — Homicide investigators are probing a “heinous act” after the body of a 75-year-old woman who co-founded an African American museum in Louisiana was discovered dead in the trunk of a car.Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a Baton Rouge community activist who teamed up with police on an anti-drug and violence program, was found slain Friday afternoon when police were directed to a car parked in a residential neighborhood northeast of downtown Baton Rouge and discovered her body in the trunk, officials said.“Our detectives are working diligently to bring the person or persons responsible for this heinous act to justice,” the Baton Rouge Police Department said in a statement.Louisiana state Rep. C. Denise Marcelle called Roberts-Joseph an “amazing woman” who loved history.“My heart is empty … as I learned last night that Ms. Sadie Roberts Joseph was found murdered!” Marcelle said in a statement posted on Facebook. “She never bothered anyone, just wanted to expand her African American Museum downtown, where she continually hosted the Juneteenth Celebration yearly. I loved working with her and am saddened by her death. … Whoever knows what happened to her, please contact the authorities and say something.”Police did not say how Roberts-Joseph, known as “Ms. Sadie” in her community, died, nor did they explain what led them to look in the trunk of the car parked about 3 miles from her home.An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, police said.Baton Rouge police officials called Roberts-Joseph a “tireless advocate of peace in the community.”“Ms. Sadie is a treasure to our community. She will be missed by BRPD and her loss will be felt in the community she served,” police officials said in a statement posted on Facebook.The victim’s sister, Beatrice Johnson, told The Advocate newspaper of Baton Rouge that Roberts-Johnson stopped by her house earlier on Friday. She said her sister lived near her in the Scotlandville neighborhood of Baton Rouge and would check in with her daily.“Friday, she came by [because] she had mixed some cornbread, but her oven went out, and she brought it here to put in the oven,” Johnson told the newspaper. “The bread is still there. She never came back to get it.”Roberts-Joseph helped found the Odell S. Williams Now and Then African-American History Museum in 2001. The museum, now known as the Baton Rouge African-American History Museum, is housed on the campus of New St. Luke Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.She also organized the city’s annual Juneteenth festival at the museum, commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S., and partnered with Baton Rouge police to launch a Community Against Drugs and Violence program.In a recent interview with ABC affiliate station WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, Roberts-Joseph said her work at the museum and the annual Juneteenth event was meant “to celebrate, to embrace” African American history and to “learn of our past and to be able to move forward in unity.”Baton Rouge police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact homicide detectives immediately.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Part-Time law brings fears of rising costs

first_imgWhat the law saysThe regulations make it unlawful for employers to treat part-timers lessfavourably in their terms and conditions of employment than comparablefull-timers.This means part timers must:• Receive the same hourly rate as comparable full-timers• Receive the same hourly rate of over-time once they have worked more thanthe normal full-time hours• Not be excluded from training • Have the same entitlements to annual leave and maternity/parental leave ona pro-rata basis as full-timers. The Government’s decision last week to include casual and agency staff underthe Part-Time Work law could dramatically push up labour costs.The long-awaited regulations, which give part-time workers comparable terms andconditions to full-timers, will apply to the wider definition of”worker” rather than just “employees”.The CBI said it is disappointed the Government has broadened the scope ofthe law, which comes into force on 1 July, but said the effect will be temperedbecause part-timers’ benefits will only have to equal those of full-timers withthe same status. This means part-time agency staff and freelancers will gainthe same benefits as full-time agency staff and freelancers, not full-timepermanent staff.”In a way we have won the more important victory,” said SusanAnderson, head of employee relations at the CBI.”If we had the ‘worker’ definition, without the same-status clause,then any part-time, casual worker could waltz in claiming the same rights as afull-time member of staff, but that will not happen.”But there are concerns that this will still mean bigger bills fororganisations using a large number of agency staff.Sally Storey, director of HR at Bournewood NHS Trust, said it will push upthe cost of hiring agency nurses and care workers.”Part-time staff employed by the NHS already have the same rights asfull-timers but most NHS trusts spend significant amounts on agency employees.”This will have a similar impact to the Working Time regulations whenwe had to pick up the bill for annual leave. Any extra cost will be passed onto us.”The use of temporary staff in the NHS in Scotland alone runs to £25m a year.The TUC has welcomed the decision, but said it would like the law to gofurther.Julia Edwards, employment partner at law firm Edge Ellison, said employersneed to make sure their part-timers are not being treated less favourably thanfull-timers in similar jobs. But she added that there is still nothing in the law to compel employers tooffer or promote part-time work – the central tenet of the European directive.Employers will have eight weeks, as promised by Steven Byers, to implementthe law.www.dti.gov.uk/er/ptqa Part-Time law brings fears of rising costsOn 9 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlecenter_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Calculation of pitch angle and energy diffusion coefficients with the PADIE code

first_imgWe present a new computer code (PADIE) that calculates fully relativistic quasi-linear pitch angle and energy diffusion coefficients for resonant wave-particle interactions in a magnetized plasma. Unlike previous codes, the full electromagnetic dispersion relation is used so that interactions involving any linear electromagnetic wave mode in a predominantly cold plasma can be addressed for any ratio of the plasma-frequency to the cyclotron frequency ωpe /∣Ωe∣. The code can be applied to problems in astrophysical, magnetospheric, and laboratory plasmas. The code is applied here to the Earth’s radiation belts to calculate electron diffusion by whistler mode chorus, electromagnetic ion cyclotron (EMIC), and Z mode waves. The high-density approximation is remarkably good for electron diffusion by whistler mode chorus for energies E ≥ 100 keV, even for ωpe/∣Ωe∣ ≈ 2 but underestimates diffusion by orders of magnitude at low energies (∼10 keV). When a realistic angular spread of propagating waves is introduced for EMIC waves, electron diffusion at ∼0.5 MeV is only slightly reduced compared with the assumption of field-aligned propagation, but at ∼5 MeV, electron diffusion at pitch angles near 90° is reduced by a factor of 5 and increased by several orders of magnitude at pitch angles 30°–80°. Scattering by EMIC waves should contribute to flattening of the distribution function. The first results for electron diffusion by Z mode waves are presented. They show that unlike the whistler and EMIC waves, energy diffusion exceeds pitch angle diffusion over a broad range of pitch angles less than 45°. The results suggest that Z mode waves could provide a significant contribution to electron acceleration in the radiation belts during storm times.last_img read more

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