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E-Tranzact International Plc (ETRANZ.ng) Q12013 Interim Report

first_imgE-Tranzact International Plc (ETRANZ.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about E-Tranzact International Plc (ETRANZ.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the E-Tranzact International Plc (ETRANZ.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: E-Tranzact International Plc (ETRANZ.ng)  2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileE-Tranzact International Plc is a technology company in Nigeria offering services for electronic transaction switching and payment processing. The company has operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and the United Kingdom. E-Tranzact International Plc has established partnerships with universities, government authorities, parastatals, financial institutions, technology firms and aviation companies offering solutions for everything from cash dispensing machines and international money transfers to payments of salaries and third parties. BankIT is an alternative payment option that is accessible through multiple electronic channels; eTranzact CorporatePay allows private organisations and government agencies to automatically handle third party and salary payments; mCommerce is a mobile banking application; eRemit is an online international money transfer service; eTranzact Strong Authentication provides two-factor authentication for ATM, POS, mobile and web transactions; ATM CardlexCash is a global payment network; eTranzact WebConnect accepts and processes merchant payments; eTranzact PayOutlet allows merchants to collect payments from customers through eTranzact branches. eTranzact International is a subsidiary of eTranzact Global Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. E-Tranzact International Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgNational Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Tyre Services Limited is the largest distributor and retailer of new tyres and tubes for the automotive industry in Zimbabwe. Its focus is on re-lugging tyres used in the agricultural and earthmoving sector and the procurement of truck tyres for the Zimbabwe transport industry. Popular tyre brands sold by National Tyre Services include Dunlop, Firestone, Bridgestone, Yokohama, Pirelli, Bandag, Regal and Comforser. It offers products in its ranger catering for sedans, SUVs, off-road vehicles, light trucks and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Its service outlets deal with wheel alignment, wheel balancing, product support and inner tyre tubes. The company has a national footprint with 12 retail outlets in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe. The re-lugging factory is in Harare and Chiredzi and re-treading and procurement of truck tyres is done out of Harare and Bulawayo. National Tyre Services Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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RW picks Scotland’s 31-man World Cup squad

first_imgTommy Seymour – Who works harder for his team than Tommy Seymour? The winger endured the best season of his life last time round, sweating buckets in the process, and demands respect for that. His is a hard-earned spot.Tim Visser – Still such a potent threat going forward and a valuable man to have when Samoa reach his old stomping ground of Newcastle, with their centres charging and leaving space out wide, he can be forgive his defensive frailties should he create a few scores of his own. David Denton – The Edinburgh No 8 has burst onto brutish form, making yards with hard carries that looked beyond him only a season ago. Perhaps the competition has pulled the best out of him and no doubt he is enjoying a feeling of fine health for the first time in a long time.John Hardie – Another unknown, but you have to give the New Zealand product credit for taking to his tasks in his first Test well. If selected he’ll be lucky, certainly, and most likely a risk given the quality of other opensides in the squad – not to mention robbing a fine young talent like Adam Ashe – he will still have a nation’s eyes on him when he makes it.Josh Strauss – Getting your first cap during a World Cup is the definition of a selection gamble, but if Strauss is in he has earned that place on the back of his line-leading toil for Glasgow Warriors. The bearded back-rower was built for running past heavy traffic.Scrum-halvesSam Hildago-Clyne – This kid, should he make it, is pretty lucky. His superb form for Edinburgh last season has been overshadowed by the pre-World Cup work of the other nines in the squad. He may have to do a lot of watching.Greig Laidlaw – Looks set to retain his place due to kicking consistency and the steeliness if his gaze whenever he is in a leadership role. Will have Henry Pyrgos breathing down his neck, but that will only spur him on more.Henry Pyrgos – What a summer Pyrgos is having. His recent play is a prime example of perfect timing. He is running freely, kicking smartly and telling team-mates in no uncertain terms what he wants. He has shoved his way into this squad.Playmakers: Would all of these attacking threats make your squad?Fly-halvesFinn Russell – There is no doubt that Finn Russell is the man to direct operations for Scotland. Cheeky and brash on the field, he backs it up by demonstrating lovely skill and all of it belies a tactical mind that is getting sharper with every Test.Duncan Weir – He chips in with points over and over again before you acknowledge that he plays rugby the smart way, Duncan Weir is the ablest of deputies for Russell. A good man to close out tight Tests if needed.Centres Mark Bennett – Finally firing again after an injury-interrupted term, Bennett is a natural centre. Reads team-mates lines well, doesn’t shirk contact and has a good knack of knowing when to give it and when to swallow the ball in contact. An impressive young man.Matt Scott – A few years ago he was considered the first of a new generation, an impressively skilled young back blazing a trail for the next generation of Scots stars. Injury has dogged him since, but he looks more than ready to ride the bumps and blows of cashes with South Africa and Samoa.Pete Horne – Another player cresting a wave of brilliant form at the right time, Horne’s ability to make excellent decisions on the hoof – no doubt owing to a marriage of his stand-off’s brain with years of sevens play in broken fields – makes him a constant “maybe” when Cotter considers his starting 15.Richie Vernon – Some will ask why no Alex Dunbar, but with him still too much of a risk with his knee troubles someone else has to be considered. That someone else is Richie Vernon, who has flourished in the centre for Glasgow this season. If selected, he must be congratulated for playing in the 2011 World Cup as a back-row and this one as a back.Wise old head: Sean Lamont put in a strong display against Italy Back-threesStuart Hogg – A nailed-on starter. We all know Hogg’s strengths, how he can carve a line when faced with dog-legged defences and forwards in front of him. He also possesses a booming boot and ever-improving defence.Sean Lamont – This old dog may not have learned too many new tricks, but he doesn’t have to when his old tricks work so well. He knows the way past the gain line and his engine is never in question. A bustling, well-respected pro who can still outmuscle most.Sean Maitland – Has plenty to prove, but as he regains fitness maybe it’s time to allow him an opportunity to prove his point. Blessed with wonderful key attributes, he needs to get his head back in the game. Lucky, but in possession of the tools to make more of his own luck. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who will be on the outside looking in? Scotland huddle after their hefty win over Italy Today Scotland head coach Vern Cotter will send off his World Cup 31 to World Rugby. Tomorrow he announces his squad officially to the public. If ever there was a time to speculate, this is it.The Kiwi head coach has already spoken of the “headache” he has whittling down his training squad to one fit for an assault of World Cup Pool B – a task made all the harder after Scotland’s 48-7 demolition of Italy at the weekend.However, there are a few question marks over who should be cut from Cotter’s pack and how many centres or scrum-halves he should take.So here is a 31-man squad I would pick if I were in charge. A few of these men will miss out but screw it, they deserve credit. This is a 17/14 split, with one of the scrum-halves just scraping in to make up the numbers in the backs. There are also some incredibly unlucky players not here – the supremely talented Adam Ashe is the victim of coaching preferences in the face of enormous competition in the back row, while Alex Dunbar is just too much of a fitness risk.Peekaboo: David Denton looks out from the middle of a maulProps Alasdair Dickinson – One third of Edinburgh’s hugely impressive front-row trio, the loosehead is in the form of his life and looking certain for a starting berth.Ryan Grant – The Glasgow Warrior hasn’t had the best season of his career, despite his club’s Pro12 triumph, but he has too much quality to miss out.W.P. Nel – Looks to be the No 3 Scotland have been waiting for, the South Africa-born tighthead is part of Edinburgh’s iin-form front-row unit, working brilliantly with Dickinson and Ross Ford.Gordon Reid – Not only is Reid a lighthearted soul, well-liked by team-mates. He has also come on leaps and bounds for Glasgow this season and a man always up for the rough stuff. A good man to have during an injury crisis.Jon Welsh – Seems unlucky to only have the number of caps he does, but Welsh has reached form in the right time of his career. Should see plenty of action from the bench.HookersFraser Brown – His rise over the last few seasons has been rapid. His set-piece work can be shaky, but he is forever peeling round rucks to offer a carry or a fizzing ruck clearance. Offers energy.Ross Ford – The incumbent, a senior player and a man on a crest of form, Ross Ford is not only a shoo-in but a man delighted with the comfy fit of his club side’s front row becoming Scotland’s first-choice front row as well.Stuart McInally – A relative unknown for many in the game, McInally brings a dynamism that any experienced loosie-turned-hooker can offer. Happiest when his head is ducked and heading for close-quarter contact.LocksJonny Gray – It’s no longer a secret: Jonny Gray is one of the best young locks in Europe, if not the world. Not always flash, he is a tireless grafter who thrives in set-piece and offers himself up when slow play needs speeded up on the back of aggressive carriers. He is an automatic pick for Cotter.Richie Gray – Meanwhile, what Richie Gray offers was never a secret. Often flash, he works best on a rangy run but is also a wonderful target in the lineout. A nice foil for his younger brother.Grant Gilchrist – Finally back to full fitness and a leader within Cotter’s squad despite his lack of years, Gilchrist is a player who holds others together. He has a scrap on with Richie Gray to secure a starting berth but while ambitious he isn’t the type to mump and moans should he not make it. An asset in a squad facing stern physical and mental tests.Rob Harley – It’s looking more and more likely that Harley won’t make it, with big Jim Hamilton in his stead– but the Glasgow grafter should be in. Is the Glasgow man really a lock? Well no, not really, but he can play there if needed and he is a ridiculously industrious blindside. He’s a head-down-plenty-of-chalk kind of player and if he was asked to grunt through half an hour of scrummaging in the second row he’d do it.Thrown up: Scotland’s pack performed well against Italy on SaturdayBack-rowsJohn Barclay – This selection is as likely as me winning Mr Universe, unfortunately. However, such is the power of Barclay’s form in the last 18 months that I will state now that it is nonsensical to leave out this smart and tenacious openside – plus he can play at No 6 if he needs to.Blair Cowan – Cotter’s openside of choice throughout the Six Nations, Cowan is a player who bothers the charts for tackles and turnovers all the time. With World Cup referees likely to look a little closer at conduct at the breakdown, he may have to watch his discipline, but has done more than enough in the last season.last_img read more

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Edge House / Przemek Olczyk / Mobius Architekci

first_imgSave this picture!© Pawel Ulatowski+ 24 Share CopyAbout this officePrzemek Olczyk / Mobius ArchitekciOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKrakowHousesKrakówPolandPublished on February 25, 2014Cite: “Edge House / Przemek Olczyk / Mobius Architekci” 25 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 Projects Poland Edge House / Przemek Olczyk / Mobius Architekci Area:  860 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Przemek Olczyk / Mobius Architekci Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/602359/edge-house-mobius-architects Clipboard “COPY” ArchDaily Houses Edge House / Przemek Olczyk / Mobius ArchitekciSave this projectSaveEdge House / Przemek Olczyk / Mobius Architekci 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/602359/edge-house-mobius-architects Clipboard Photographs Year:  Manufacturers: Focus, GIRA, TECU®, Rathscheck Schiefer, Rimadesio Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Products used in this ProjectMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – PatinaMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – OxidHeatingFocusFireplaces – Filifocus CentralSave this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiText description provided by the architects. 8 meters high limestone crag, the remainder of an old stone pit, creates the character of the parcel, which is additionally emphasized by a very interesting panoramic view on the hills surrounding the city. The parcel consists of three levels: the level of green terraces created by means of the building’s project, the arms which create it, parcel where the building’s ground floor is located and parcel below the scarp, where the rest of the garden is.Save this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiOn the ground where the building was built, very restrictive regulations have to be obliged,which determine aesthetics and parameters of newly built constructions, i.a. minimal roof pitch angle of 37 degrees, obligatory eaves etc., which were both obstacles and inspirations in the phase of creating the concept.Save this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiA three storey, single family house was designed with total space of 860 m2. The house was meant to be modern, but not deprived of connections to traditional forms. It was meant to be a hybrid of traditional building, built in accordance with law, and of modern, timeless architectural form.Save this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiContext is a very important criterion for a building. The building strikes roots into 8 meters high rocky scarp, towering above the ground with stony roof closed in uniform form, which is pierced by modern, linear, white elements. White, softly drawn arms unfold the plain terrain, forming the remaining part of the building’s cubature, penetrating its centre, creating numerous terraces and half-open interiors, finally overhanging stony crag. The overhang is created by spacious, white terrace, completed with dynamic, sharp edge and firmly slanted glass balustrades.Save this picture!Floor PlanSoft lines of the white arms of the building from the side of the garage form a closed space of the entrance to the house, from the other side they create swimming-pool space with SPA area, which is opened to the garden. The two parts mentioned before creating the functions of the house join together by means of 18 m long footbridge, overhanging the half-open atrium terrace.Save this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiThe concept of the building is based on, i.a. optimal integration of the living space into the terrain. By such actions, the building becomes multidimensional. External structure of the building together with the interior forms many half-open interiors and openings which enlarge and diversify living space of the house. Second distinctive feature of the building is its front elevation which overhangs 8 meters high scarp. Cantilever overhanging white frame, piercing stony, graphite block, is completed with dynamic, Sharp edge.Save this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiFinishing materials used in the realization include graphite skate stones, wood, copper sheet metal tecu in two colours – green and grey, wooden windows with large, glazed surface. The building was equipped with ventilation system, air conditioning and building automation system.Save this picture!© Pawel UlatowskiProject gallerySee allShow lessGinko Eco-Quarter / La Nouvelle AgenceSelected ProjectsBarajas Social Housing Blocks / EMBTSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Kraków, Poland “COPY” Photographs:  Pawel Ulatowski Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

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Alfonsina House / CEKADA-ROMANOS Arquitectos

first_img “COPY” Argentina CopyHouses•Arroyo Seco, Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769946/alfonsina-house-cekada-romanos-arquitectos Clipboard Houses Area:  189 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Alfonsina House / CEKADA-ROMANOS ArquitectosSave this projectSaveAlfonsina House / CEKADA-ROMANOS Arquitectos CopyAbout this officeCekada-Romanos ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesArroyo SecoArgentinaPublished on July 09, 2015Cite: “Alfonsina House / CEKADA-ROMANOS Arquitectos” [Casa Alfonsina / CEKADA-ROMANOS Arquitectos] 09 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 “COPY” Alfonsina House / CEKADA-ROMANOS Arquitectoscenter_img Architects: CEKADA-ROMANOS Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769946/alfonsina-house-cekada-romanos-arquitectos Clipboard Project And Construction Management :Sebastián CekadaConstruction:Luis GomezStructural Engineer:Gustavo CaggianoCity:Arroyo SecoCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosText description provided by the architects. The house is located at the north end of the urban fabric of the city of Arroyo Seco, in a new district that raises two lot lines addressed through a central boulevard as public space between them. This city growth is located between an important route that connects several industrial areas and the Paraná River.Save this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosA two hectares area of planting fields separates the neighborhood from the river. The project site is in a border situation.  Save this picture!Transversal SectionThe project is funded through a mortgage credit called PRO.CRE.AR and targets a first stage on the ground floor for the house of Alfonsina and their parents. The first floor future growth is crucial in making the right programmatic, material and constructive decisions in response to the limitations of time and funding, as the Bank requires.Save this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosThe project site is a 10 x 31 meters lot located in a corner. It has its front facade orientated to the southwest and its back side towards the fields and river, facing northeast. Taking advantage of the landscape and in order to achieve full open views, the house leans on the south and front limits of the lot. Save this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosThe program is proposed as a casa chorizo -a traditional Argentinean house typology with a linear programmatic arrangement- but, in this case, climbing on itself in stages up to the top floor forming a monolithic piece.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe ground floor is developed from a core of services located in the half of the lot. A series of common spaces, such as kitchen, living and dining room, begin to stagger their roofs to obtain visual points of views to the neighborhood. In the double height area the ladder and the corresponding bridge connects the intimate upstairs bedroom use. This upper level falls back to the starting ground point floor generating below the gallery and garage area in relation to the park. The accesses to the terraces from the sector of bedrooms complete the course as a panoramic viewpoint.Save this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosThe materials used are shown in their natural finish devoid of plaster and coatings. Everything is genuinely structural planted. Handmade masonry bricks forms double bearing cavity walls. The brick bond achieves modules of 21 cm rows that conforms a pattern that changes direction every time it faces a corner or edge in the wall surface.Save this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosThis modulation enables extractions of the bricks elements to generate interior filtered light and interrupted visuals. The steel beams and columns accelerate the construction process and resolve the detail with prestressed concrete slabs.Save this picture!© Juan Andrés RomanosThe discrepancy between the almost null visual relationship with the neighborhood and the full openness to the landscape, evidence the border situation where the house is located.Project gallerySee allShow lessArticle 25 Launch Appeal After Uncovering “Multiple Unapproved Payments” in Excess o…Architecture NewsEU Copyright Reform May Wipe Thousands of Building Images from WikipediaMisc Share Year:  Save this picture!© Juan Andrés Romanos+ 22 Share 2013 ArchDaily Projectslast_img read more

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IWITOT showcases 18 campaigns we all wish we’d thought of

first_img Tagged with: Fundraising ideas IWITOT 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. What other fundraisers thought AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis27 Live tweeting from IWITOT 2019Richard Sved was live-tweeting from the event too so explore his updates.Here are my notes as the event unfolded. WATCH: I Wish I’d Thought of That 2019 [youtube width=”100%”]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cj9-iP3coMk&feature=youtu.be&t=671[/youtube]  428 total views,  2 views today The winner was…IWITOT is a competitor sport though, so the audience was invited to vote on the winning presentation and idea.Congratulations to Camille St Omer Donaldson of the British Red Cross.center_img Donate to SOFIIBefore you watch the livestream of the event, you should know that IWITOT is an annual fundraising event for SOFII, to enable it to keep sharing and expanding its collection of fundraising campaigns to inspire fundraisers around the world.An anonymous donor has offered to match up to £1,000 in donations to SOFII made at or shortly after IWITOT. So delegates at the event and those watching the feed were invited to donate. And with all this sharing of fundraising expertise, it’s not surprising that IWITOT started trending:  429 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis27 Howard Lake | 22 February 2019 | News IWITOT showcases 18 campaigns we all wish we’d thought of A couple of hundred fundraisers yesterday packed out the Amnesty International auditorium in London to hear 18 fundraisers share the fundraising campaign they truly wish they had thought of.IWITOT (I Wish I’d Thought Of That) is the simple yet compelling annual event from SOFII (the Showcase of Fundraising Inspiration and Innovation) that brings that free collection of fundraising campaigns to life.For the seventh year we were treated to a host of campaigns, some familiar but most not. Some were by established charities, others by individuals fundraising from their bedroom, from runners drawing rude pictures on their running apps, through the perfect charity home for a monthly giving product, to some novel approaches such as offering to insult publicly your donors in return for a donation.Here are some highlights from the afternoon, followed by some other reactions to the presentations, and then at the end you can watch the full recording of the event.last_img read more

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For Muslims, Ramadan Ends Thursday With Eid ul-Fitr

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Faith For Muslims, Ramadan Ends Thursday With Eid ul-Fitr STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 6:30 pm Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Make a comment Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy The end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan will be marked by the faithful Thursday with communal prayer and a celebration called Eid ul-Fitr.Many of the approximately 500,000 Muslims in Greater Los Angeles and millions of others around the world spent the last month went fasting from dawn to dusk to commemorate the first revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad.It was also a time of “higher levels of worship, devotion to God and practicing patience and compassion and charity … in an elevated way. For many Muslims, it’s the holiest time of the year for us,” explained Omar Ricci, spokesperson for the Islamic Center of Southern California.Ramadan ends with prayers but also festivity. Eid is traditionally a time for visiting friends, attending parties with special foods, present-giving, and wearing new clothes.The celebrations will still be held under COVID protocols, Ricci said, but pointed out that the Zoom events worked out well this year and last.Even though some annual Eid events were canceled, like the celebration normally held by Pasadena’s New Horizon school, there were some benefits to holding gatherings at a distance.“It actually was nice in the sense that you had some of the more elderly members of our community who typically may not be wanting to come out to a full day picnic, or whatever,” he said. But with Zoom, the seniors could see people and participate from their homes.“Hopefully this time next year we’ll be back gathering in-person,” Ricci said. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News 73 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Herbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

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Housing Market to Remain Bullish in 2018

first_img Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Rebuilding and Rethinking Next: Puerto Rico Is Heading for a Foreclosure Epidemic in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Economic & Strategic Research Group Fannie Mae Housing Market 2017-12-18 Staff Writer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tight inventory continued to boost home prices as housing activity remained upbeat towards the end of 2017, according to the Economic and Housing outlook released by Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research (ESR) Group on Monday.The monthly forecast, which details interest rate movements, the housing market, mortgage market, and the overall economic climate, noted that total housing starts rose in October to the highest level in a year, even as new home sales approached a decade high. ESR said that existing home sales posted the first back-to-back gains this year, and contract signings to close on existing homes increased for the first time in four months, as sales rebounded from hurricane disruptions.“The housing market continues its upward grind, as it struggles to balance strong demand and house price appreciation with inventory shortages and affordability concerns,” Doug Duncan, Chief Economist at Fannie Mae, said.As a percent of real estate value, homeowner equity rose to 58.6 percent, only 1.2 percentage points below the most recent peak at the end of 2005, ESR noted, adding that the yield on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages is expected to average 4 percent this year.ESR said that, while they had expected shortages of skilled labor and land as factors restraining building activity in their January 2017 forecast, the problem was more severe than anticipated. Compared with the January forecast, ESR overestimated mortgage rates for 2017 by two-tenths. However, their forecast for total home sales came very close to the January prediction, as year-to-date sales showed a 2 percent gain in 2017 over 2016, compared with a forecasted 2.2 percent increase at the beginning of the year.Considering 2018, ESR expects mortgage rates to rise gradually, averaging 4.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 from 3.9 percent in the current quarter. Total housing starts and total home sales should rise about 5 percent and 3 percent, respectively, in 2018. Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market to Remain Bullish in 2018 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Housing Market to Remain Bullish in 2018 Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago December 18, 2017 2,344 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Economic & Strategic Research Group Fannie Mae Housing Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribelast_img read more

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NTSB releases preliminary report on California dive-boat fire that killed 34 people

first_imgTwitter/@VCFD_PIO(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) — In a preliminary report on the Southern California blaze that erupted on an anchored dive boat and killed 34 people, federal investigators revealed that surviving crew members told them there were no known mechanical or electrical issues with the vessel and smoke detectors sounded in the below-deck bunkroom where the victims were sleeping.The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report on Thursday, a day after divers recovered the body of the final missing victim of a boat fire off the coast of Santa Barbara.Salvage teams were working Thursday to raise the doomed ship from 65 feet of water so investigators could closely inspect the vessel as part of their probe to determine what sparked the Labor Day fire and if any criminal charges are warranted.NTSB officials said the investigation could take 12 to 24 months, but they are “100% certain” they will determine the cause of the fire.The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter Wednesday that it “is relieved to report that search and recovery efforts today were successful in locating the last missing victim.”DNA testing is still being conducted to confirm the identities of seven of the 34 victims recovered, the sheriff’s office said.The bodies were pulled from the submerged wreckage of a chartered dive boat that caught fire before dawn on Sept. 2 near the Channel Islands, about a mile off the coast of Santa Barbara.There were 39 people aboard the 75-foot vessel, named the Conception, when it burst into flames. Five crew members, including the captain, who were all on the top deck jumped overboard and survived. The 34 others were apparently sleeping below deck and became trapped when flames blocked both a stairway and an escape hatch, according to the sheriff’s office.The burning boat sank in 65 feet of water and overturned as firefighters battled the flames. A day later, the U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for possible survivors, shifting its efforts to search and recovery.DNA collected from family members is being used to identify the victims, who are believed to range in age from in their teens to their 60s, according to the sheriff’s office.The NTSB sent a 16-member investigative team to the scene last week. They are collecting evidence and expected to interview the crew, witnesses and first responders, according to NTSB member Jennifer Homendy.During an interview with ABC News last week, Homendy said the crew members tried to get to the passengers sleeping below deck but were pushed back by fierce flames. They then went to the front of the ship and tried to break through its windows. When that didn’t work, they ultimately had to look out for their own safety.“At some point because of heat, smoke and fire they had to jump off the boat,” she said.The boat was required to have smoke detectors, fixed firefighting equipment in the engine room and fire extinguishers throughout, including ones at the front and rear of the vessel, according to Capt. Monica Rochester of the U.S. Coast Guard, who told reporters last week that all the required firefighting apparatus was accounted for during the most recent inspection.It remains under investigation whether the crew attempted to use the firefighting equipment before abandoning ship, Rochester said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Bureau of Prisons spends nearly $3 million on UV sanitizing gates, contracts show

first_imgLeonsbox/iStockBy LUKE BARR, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Bureau of Prisons has spent almost $3 million dollars on ultraviolet sanitizing devices to combat COVID-19 at 122 federal prisons, regional offices and its central office in Washington, D.C., according to the Bureau of Prisons, which confirmed the purchase to ABC News.The contract, which was obtained by ABC News and dated May 15, says that GM Hill Engineering, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is providing the BOP with ultraviolet sanitizing gates — even though the World Health Organization says UV light technologies should not be used on human beings and there is no definitive scientific research on the use of UV light to protect against COVID-19.GM Hill did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.The technology that the BOP has purchased involves people passing through a “gate” of UV light, which, according to the industry, will kill any germs related to COVID-19. BOP says that portals have already begun to be installed at its facilities and that all machines will be delivered by Oct. 31.According to the Bureau of Prisons, 108 inmates have died of COVID-19 and over 10,000 inmates have tested positive. More than 1,200 corrections officers have been infected by COVID-19.“These portals are a supplement to the BOP’s overarching efforts to ensure the safety and health of our staff and inmates during the pandemic,” the BOP said in a statement to ABC News.While widely touted as a multifaceted solution, the use of UV light involving humans is not without controversy. A month before the contract was written, the International Ultraviolet Association, an organization that seeks to make the use of UV technology more prevalent in public health, discouraged the use of UV light on the human body to fight against COVID-19.“We would like to inform the public that there are no protocols to advise or to permit the safe use of UV light directly on the human body at the wavelengths and exposures proven to efficiently kill viruses such as SARS-CoV-2,” the group said in a statement.Dr. Jay Bhatt, the former chief medical officer at the American Association of Hospitals and an ABC News contributor, said that this is an emerging field with limited scientific study.“I think the technology is relatively new, and has to be proven. Further, I think that businesses should be thoughtful and careful as they’re deploying various UV light technology to use for for disinfection because, ultimately, we’ve got to keep people safe and we don’t want further increasing cases, when we’re really just getting a handle on it, and in parts of the country,” he said.Additionally, the World Health Organization has recommended that UV light technologies not be used on people.“The use of tunnels or other physical structures (booths, cabinets, gates) with disinfection aspersion, spray devices or UV-C radiation are not recommended for use on humans,” the organization writes.The WHO says, “UV-C radiation can cause harmful health effects. These include skin and eye irritation, sunburn, eye injury, digestive tract irritation and cancer. Looking directly at irradiating UV-C light can cause cornea damage. UV-C radiation can generate ozone, a harmful air pollutant.”The Bureau of Prisons Union has also sounded the alarm on the use of UV light technology, saying it is potentially dangerous to its members.“Spending $3 million on unproven technologies is waste, fraud and abuse. That money should have been allocated to hiring staff,” Rojas said. “We have institutions at critical levels like USP Thompson, FCC Beaumont, Yazoo, etc. They are at critical levels.”Rojas says he filed a complaint with the Department of Justice inspector general.The Food and Drug Administration is allowing UV light to be used in disinfection of surfaces, but has not approved the use of the BOP’s technology. U.S. airlines, such as JetBlue, have also tested the use of a UV light machine on empty planes that the airline says can disinfect the cabin of a plane in less than 10 minutes.Other companies, such as Magnolia Bakery in New York, the Seattle Space Needle in Washington and United Airlines have also deployed this little-known technology.The technology is safe, Fred Maxik, the chief scientific officer of Healthe Lighting, said.Healthe Lighting is a company that develops technology for UV air and surface sanitation. It is unknown if BOP is using Healthe lighting products.“The system that we are proposing is a 220 nanometer system that’s been found to be safe for our skin and eyes and we can occupy that space at the same time the light’s been turned on,” Maxik told New York ABC station WABC.The Metropolitan Transit Authority, which operates the New York City subway system, has also deployed the use of UV technology.“Ultraviolet light is proven to be an effective technology for eliminating viruses, and has been previously used to combat the SARS virus,” they said in a statement.The International UV Association said that UV light “will be effective in a wide range of disinfection applications for air and surface treatment. However, more work is required to understand the variation of its efficiency against a wider range of pathogens of interest and the suitability of each application must be assessed on a case-by-case basis.”The BOP has been under scrutiny for its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, so much so that Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Fred Keller introduced a bill to require Senate confirmation for the BOP director.Heightened COVID-19 risk to inmates and staff comes as BOP tactical teams were deployed to protests in Washington, D.C., and other cities throughout the summer.Shane Fausey, the Council of Prison Locals president, said that 700 correction officers were deployed, “in less than 72 hours, to multiple locations across the nation.”“Quietly, you protected our nation’s historical monuments, countless businesses, and cities, you even protected those exercising their Constitutional right to peacefully assemble. With violence and looting in check, America was once again allowed to be America,” Fausey wrote in a letter to his members.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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