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Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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How I’d invest £500 now

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares If I wanted to invest £500 now, I’d head straight for the stock market.However, with Covid-19 bubbling up in a second wave, many might think I’m nuts. But I know that many successful investors, such as Warren Buffett, have made some of their most lucrative share purchases in troubled times.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Why now is a good time to invest £500When the general economic storm clouds are gathering, share valuations can become depressed. So, if we invest in shares and share-backed vehicles such as funds, there’s a good chance we’ll get good value for money. Then, when the good times roll again, company earnings can rise along with valuations and share prices to drive a satisfactory return for shareholders who were brave enough to invest.Just last Monday, prime minister Boris Johnson announced the government’s new ‘traffic light’ alert system for local restrictions relating to the coronavirus. The medium, high and very high classifications will lead to measures such as restrictions for household mixing. And under the Very High alert level, pubs and bars will have to close. Local leaders will also have discretionary powers to order other non-essential businesses to shut as well.That all sounds worrying because it will start to affect the economy again. But at least the government isn’t ordering a national lockdown as we saw in the spring. Indeed, I reckon things are different this time because we have more treatments for Covid-19. My expectation is the economy will grind on. I reckon most businesses outside the hospitality sector will keep on trading, and at some point, Covid-19 will begin to fade. Perhaps the mass distribution of a vaccine down the line will be the event that gets the world back to normal.In some ways, conditions are perfect for considering an investment in the stock market. After all, there’s always something to fret about and that’s why we have the aphorism ‘stock markets tend to climb a wall of worry’.How to get the biggest bang for your bucksBut it’s quite difficult to invest £500 in the shares of an individual company. Transaction costs such as the bid/offer spread and dealing charges could render the transaction uneconomic. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Indeed, you can make a successful and worthwhile investment by putting money into managed funds, investment trusts and trackers.Collective funds are great because they automatically spread your money over many underlying individual companies’ shares. And diversification like that is valuable because it tends to reduce your risk. Funds are accessible too. Many will allow investments as small as £25 at low cost. So they are ideal for you to invest £500.I’d set up a Stock and Shares ISA to maximise the tax advantage from holding your investments. Then, within it, I’d select three or four funds to spread the £500 between. If you choose the accumulation version of each fund rather than the income version, the dividends will automatically be rolled back in to help compound your investment.Three investments I’d consider right now are HSBC FTSE 250 Index, Vanguard FTSE 100 Index, and UBS S&P 500. Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Kevin Godbold I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Kevin Godbold | Saturday, 17th October, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Lake House Extension / Rogoski Arquitetura

first_img Giordano Rogoski ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945208/lake-house-extension-rogoski-arquitetura Clipboard Brazil Pavilion Lead Architect: “COPY” Manufacturers: Alcoa, Cerâmica – Atlas (, Deca, Organne, Portinari, Saccaro Project Team:Giordano Rogoski, Bibiana Rogoski, Emily JordãoEngineering:Francisco RaposoLandscape:Bibiana RogoskiCity:JaruCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marcus CamargoRecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaText description provided by the architects. Customers wanted a leisure annex to a country house that already existed in the rural region of Jaru, in Rondônia. The needs program is reduced, with kitchen, bathrooms and a large open area to receive friends and family. The site, with a slightly sloping topography, had a large lake that was the starting point for the creation of architecture.Save this picture!© Marcus CamargoSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Marcus CamargoThe project consists of a metallic structure in porticoes lined up with a thermoacoustic tile cover and natural wood lining. At the bottom of the composition, we created a swimming pool overlooking the lake.Save this picture!© Marcus CamargoSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Marcus CamargoProject gallerySee allShow lessChe Kung Temple Sports Centre / ArchSDSelected ProjectsWenzhou Ou-river Crystal Boxes Restaurant / AntiStatics ArchitectureSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Jaru, State of Rondônia, 76890-000, BrazilLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Lake House Extension / Rogoski ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveLake House Extension / Rogoski Arquitetura Save this picture!© Marcus Camargo+ 13Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Year:  Photographs:  Marcus Camargo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Rogoski Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945208/lake-house-extension-rogoski-arquitetura Clipboard CopyPavilion, Residential Architecture, Small Scale•Jaru, Brazil Lake House Extension / Rogoski Arquitetura Area:  2766 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Projects 2018 ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeRogoski ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsCultural ArchitectureMuseums & ExhibitPavilionResidential ArchitectureOtherSmall ScaleBrazilPublished on August 10, 2020Cite: “Lake House Extension / Rogoski Arquitetura” [Anexo do Lago / Rogoski Arquitetura] 09 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save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 streamlast_img read more

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Brejos House / António Costa Lima Arquitectos

first_imgBrejos House / António Costa Lima ArquitectosSave this projectSaveBrejos House / António Costa Lima Arquitectos “COPY” Landscape Architecture António Costa Lima 2019 CopyLandscape Architecture, Houses•Brejos da Carregueira de Baixo, Portugal ArchDaily City:Brejos da Carregueira de BaixoCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Francisco NogueiraRecommended ProductsGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Art & SignageWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The house subtly emerges in the landscape. Its volumetry gradually gains presence as the ramp path descends from the street. This intention is clear when crossing the three moments of the house: the progressive arrival, the ambiguity of the interior/exterior living space, and the outdoor social area on the meadow side. The pergola movement translates this transition.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Francisco NogueiraThe living room is nuclear joining the four corners of the house: the street, the várzea, the rooms, and the kitchen.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraSave this picture!© Francisco NogueiraThe living open space as opposed to the compartmentalization of the two white hermetic volumes (on one side the bedrooms and on the other the kitchen). However, this space can be lived in greater recollection through the system of exterior sliding shutters that can close it totally.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraSave this picture!PerspectiveSave this picture!© Francisco NogueiraThe building resumes the morphological essence of the region’s traditional house. It synthesizes the shape in monochromatic materiality that includes the use of white-painted wood rulers on the roof instead of the ceramic tile or thatched coating.Save this picture!© Francisco NogueiraProject gallerySee allShow lessTheorem Winery / Richard Beard ArchitectsSelected ProjectsPau Flagship Store / Estudio DIIRSelected Projects Share “COPY” Architects: António Costa Lima Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Architectural Design: CopyAbout this officeAntónio Costa Lima ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsLandscape ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousesBrejos da Carregueira de BaixoPortugalPublished on June 08, 2021Cite: “Brejos House / António Costa Lima Arquitectos” [Casa Brejos / António Costa Lima Arquitectos] 08 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save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 Year:  Portugal Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962909/brejos-house-antonio-costa-lima-arquitectos Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962909/brejos-house-antonio-costa-lima-arquitectos Clipboard André Ribeiro, João Ribeiro de Almeida, André Pinto da Cunha Brejos House / António Costa Lima Arquitectos Lead Architect: Save this picture!© Francisco Nogueira+ 22Curated by Susanna Moreira Share Photographs:  Francisco Nogueiralast_img read more

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Indiana Corn Crop Promising but Halfway to Go Yet

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Corn Crop Promising but Halfway to Go Yet By Andy Eubank – Jul 17, 2014 SHARE Indiana’s corn is showing potential to produce a bumper crop for the second consecutive year, but much of it could “suffer quickly” if growing conditions turn unfavorable, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen says. He is cautiously optimistic as the crop enters the second half of the growing season toward harvest.“Yes, the corn crop in Indiana looks good at this point in time. Yes, the prospects for good yields this year are promising,” he wrote Tuesday (July 15) in his online Chat ‘n Chew Café. Likening the growing season to baseball, he added: “But the crop has only ’rounded second base’ on its way to ‘home plate.’”Seventy-five percent of Indiana’s corn crop was in good or excellent condition as of the week ending July 13, compared with 80 percent a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Nationally, 76 percent of the crop had that rating as of last week.Last year, Indiana farmers produced a record 1.03 billion bushels of corn. A bountiful crop two years in a row would be a marked contrast to 2012, when extreme, widespread drought exacted a heavy toll on crops and Indiana farmers produced only 597 million bushels of corn.The upside for some of the 2014 corn crop, Nielson said, is that stand establishment was good, there has been no shortage of rainfall to date for most fields, temperatures have been moderate, there have been few incidents of plant disease and the weather forecast for much of the pollination period this month looks favorable.The downside, he explained, is that planting was delayed for some farmers because of frequent spring rain, stand establishment was “terrible” in some fields, requiring at least one replanting, and subsequent, excessive rainfall caused root death or damage, plant mortality, overall stunting of the crop and significant loss of soil nitrate-nitrogen.“If Mother Nature’s ‘spigot’ would turn off and soils rapidly dry to excessively low levels, much of this crop that is likely shallow-rooted due to the early wet season would suffer quickly,” Nielsen said.Conditions have been conducive recently for development of foliar diseases. “But time will tell whether they will explode or not over the coming weeks,” he said.Nielsen also said it was curious that excessive rain in many areas has not resulted in widespread symptoms of nitrogen deficiency. The question of whether nitrogen deficiency may yet appear during the grain fill period and limit kernel weight lingers.“Any severe stress during the grain fill period that limits photosynthesis will encourage corn plants to remobilize stored carbohydrates from the lower stalk tissue to the developing kernels,” he said. Such “cannibalization” of lower stalk tissue could lead to root or stalk rot disease, leading to weaker stalks and higher risks of stalk breaking or lodging –  falling over – before harvest. Such severe photosynthetic stresses include foliar disease, nutrient deficiency, hail damage and drought stress.Weather patterns over the next few weeks are not expected to change much, aside from the unseasonably cool temperatures this week, said Dev Niyogi, state climatologist based at Purdue. “For our region, the persistence of wetter and warm conditions will likely continue,” Niyogi said. “There is nothing on the horizon to expect massive, large-scale changes.”But there will be increased likelihood of thunderstorms, with heavy downpours, especially as tropical systems become active, he said. “The atmosphere looks primed for that.”The climate office also said an El Niño weather pattern bringing slightly cooler-than-normal temperatures and seasonally normal to slightly wetter-than-normal conditions could arrive in mid- to late August.Nielsen’s Chat ‘n Chew Café can be accessed athttps://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/corn/cafe/.Source: Purdue Ag Communications SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA Official Discusses WOTUS and RFSNext articleDonnelly and McKinney to Address National Soil Health Forum Andy Eubank Indiana Corn Crop Promising but Halfway to Go Yet Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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GOP voters in Tarrant County set record for first-day voter turnout

first_imgFacebook Previous articleSigma Nu to be officially chartered in AprilNext articleRecord Town celebrates 59 years with a reason to smile Jake Foote RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UIL recognizing cheerleading as a sport, adhering to stricter concussion guidelines Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Twitter Jake Foote Safety Net: Fort Worth nonprofit empowers people in poverty Linkedin Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Fit Worth Corporate Challenge encourages fitness in the community Twitter Kickball tournament raises money to kick out cancer Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ ReddIt ReddIt Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printRepublican voters in Tarrant County set a record for voter turnout on the first day of early voting Tuesday.According to the Tarrant County Elections Office, 4,617 Republicans and 2,922 Democrats traveled to polling stations and filled out ballots in person across the county. The number of Republicans voting this year far outpaced the 2012 first-day turnout number of 2,147.Democratic voter turnout is also up from 2012, but came nowhere near the 5,732 Tarrant County democrats that set the record in 2008. Just like in 2008, this year’s high voter turnout has been attributed to a compelling presidential race with an array of galvanizing candidates.Texas will be one of 13 states holding primaries or caucuses on Super Tuesday March 1. This year’s Super Tuesday has been nicknamed the SEC primary because nearly half of the states participating are home to at least one university in the Southeastern Conference.Texas is the crown jewel of Super Tuesday as 155 Republican delegates and 152 Democratic delegates will be awarded on a proportional basis. Georgia, with 76 delegates available for both parties, is the state with the second largest delegate count amongst Super Tuesday participants.While the presidential primaries garner the most attention, they are not the only elections facing Fort Worth voters. Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Texas State Legislature are up for reelection as well as local judicial seats and the position of Railroad Commissioner, which is a statewide office.In Tarrant County, the office of sheriff is up for reelection and voters across Texas will be asked to vote on referendums that are specific to party affiliation.Primary elections that appear towards the end of the ballot are among the most important for some members of the Fort Worth community.“As someone who works closely with a lot of child advocacy groups, I do pay attention to the judicial elections because it has a direct effect on business,” said Fort Worth resident Missy Gale. “I do think more people go to the polls in years with a presidential election and voters are more informed regarding local elections because they already have a reason to go vote.”With over one million voters registered in Tarrant County, this year’s presidential primaries will get people to the polls. Perhaps an all-time high in voter turnout will coincide with a record number of voters interested in local elections.Voters who wish to avoid large crowds at the polls or have a conflict on the day of the Texas primaries will have the opportunity to vote at early polling stations until Feb. 26.Here are some of the candidates that will appear on the ballot in 76109 and the issues they find to be most important:United States House of Representatives District 12 Both the Republican and Democratic sides of the ballot contain only one candidate, so both incumbent Kay Granger and Democratic challenger Bill Bradshaw will make it on to the November ballot.Granger has served as the District 12 representative since 1997. Since being in Congress, she has served as a House Deputy Whip and on a number of committees concerning issues such as defense, labor, health, human services and education.Bill Bradshaw, a machinist who has lived in Fort Worth for 22 years, hopes to fight wealth inequality.“I know what it’s like to make a starvation wage, to lose your job to China, to not be able to attend college without going into massive debt, to work hard and be rewarded with an economic recession and layoffs, and to watch friends and coworkers struggle to raise families in a rigged economy,” said Bradshaw. “I haven’t been corrupted by our political system and I refuse to be bought, refuse corporate donations, billionaires, and super PACs.”United States House of Representatives District 33Democrats:In this race, incumbent Marc Veasey will take on Carlos Quintanilla, an activist and business owner.Veasey has served as the representative of District 33 since 2013. He serves on the Congressional committees for armed services and science, space and technology. Also, Veasey is a part of Congressional caucuses for African-American and LGBT equality.Veasey’s main policy focus if he is reelected will be to improve the number of people insured in District 33.“We are fighting this problem by providing assistance to enroll and educate constituents on healthcare related issues wherever possible,” said Veasey. “Additionally, I often hear of concerns around jobs and the economy. I believe that some of these issues can be alleviated by increasing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiatives, which in turn will better prepare our workforce for the future.”Quintanilla ran against Veasey for the same seat in 2012. He returns this election season in an effort to be a catalyst for change in the Hispanic community by being on the forefront of issues effecting citizens every day.Quintanilla said: “I have been in the trenches fighting on issues that include Senior Citizen abuse, addressing the disappointing educational dropout rates and the dismal number of college graduates.”He is a cancer survivor who hopes to focus on issues adversely effecting children and senior citizens in District 33.Republicans:Former illusionist Bruce Chadwick has lived in Fort Worth since 1982 and states that his ties to the community are the main reason he is the best man for the job. His campaign specifically highlights three key areas for legislative improvement: creating jobs, fixing immigration and protecting family.The other Republican candidate is M. Mark Mitchell, a physician and attorney from Fort Worth. Mitchell has run multiple times unsuccessfully to be the Texas State Legislature District 91 representative.“My knowledge, skill, philosophy and integrity make me the best-qualified candidate,” said Mitchell. “The three most critical problems are healthcare, the economy and immigration.”Texas State House District 97 Republicans:Incumbent Craig Goldman will run unopposed on the Republican side of the ballot. Goldman is a 47 year native of Fort Worth who has served as the representative from District 97 since 2013. He hopes to pass legislation in the next session that will help secure the Mexican border and improve infrastructure across Texas.“Keeping up with new infrastructure needs and current infrastructure improvements with the continual growth in population of our State is a must,” said Goldman. “The 84th Legislature did a tremendous job of ending diversions in the budget to find more money to fund The Texas Department of Transportation. We must continue to be creative to find money without raising taxes or implementing any more toll roads in order to keep Texans moving on our highways.”Democrats:The two Democratic candidates in this race are young and inexperienced compared to Goldman.Elizabeth Tarrant, a 24-year-old financier for Texas Crude Energy, has volunteered in the community to help improve education and the treatment of women.Tarrant said, “The Texas Legislature has voted to limit the healthcare, reproduction rights, and equal pay, limiting personal liberty for women. I support the notion that birth control should be free to Texan women.”Andrew T. McKernon is a healthcare technology executive who has lived in Fort Worth for seven years. If elected, McKernon wishes to combat gerrymandering and reform Texas campaign contribution limits.“We must put in place a non-partisan, independent panel to draw district lines after a census and not allow the party in power to draw voting districts to keep existing politicians in power,” said McKernon.He also believes that implementing a system of exclusively electronic or mail-in voting would greatly improve political efficacy in Texas.Tarrant County Sheriff The race for Tarrant County Sheriff consists of three Republican candidates so the primary will serve as a de facto election as the winner will likely run unopposed in November.Dee Anderson is the incumbent with 15 years of experience serving as sheriff. He hopes to continue his 15-year streaks of passing all annual jail inspections and running the department under budget. Anderson fully intends to continue careful stewardship of taxpayer dollars.“We will continue our policy of maximum accountability assuring illegal immigrants are fully prosecuted and only then deported,” said Anderson. “Fiscal accountability and responsibility must also continue.”John M. Garris currently works as a confinement officer for Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. His main focus if elected Sheriff will be to reform “Shift Bid” policies that result in the relocation of confinement officers. According to Garris, over 100 confinement officers have resigned because of these policies since Oct. 2015.The final candidate for Tarrant County Sheriff is Bill E. Waybourn, a retired Chief of Public Safety from Dalworthington Gardens. If elected, Waybourn will aim to reestablish strong relationships with other law enforcement officials.“The lack of leadership in the current administration has lead to broken relationships with departments such as the Fort Worth Police Department and county Constables, as well as created a high attrition rate in the Sheriff’s Department. I have a history of building relationships with agencies, which leads to successful outcomes for all,” said Waybourn.Here is a map of places to vote in Fort Worth. Residents should bring an approved form of photo ID listed here.The Texas Primary Elections will take place on March 1 and early voting is open until February 26. For sample ballots go to www.tarrantcounty.com/eVote/.[View the story “Texas Primary Candidates ” on Storify] Jake Footehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jake-foote/ Linkedin + posts Facebooklast_img read more

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Independent newspaper closed under state of emergency

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Receive email alerts Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom December 16, 2020 Find out more LiberiaAfrica News Follow the news on Liberia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today strongly condemned the government’s closure of the independent The Analyst Newspaper and called for the arbitrary ban to be lifted at once.”This is the second time the paper has been interfered with on the pretext of national security since the state of emergency began last 8 February,” RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to information minister Reginald Goodridge.Police searched the paper’s offices on 26 April and ordered it to close. According to Goodridge, this was so an investigation could be made. He said the paper was suspected of being “an agent for political detractors by inciting the public to create chaos” during the state of emergency. Police chief Paul Mulbah reportedly said the paper might not appear again.RSF noted that on 13 February this year, four of the paper’s journalists, including managing editor Stanley Seakor and reporter James Lloyd, were arrested by police in Monrovia. Police chief Mulbah said they had been detained because of several articles that were “not out for peace” and “poisoned the minds of the people.” He cited several headlines from the paper, such as “Liberians drowning in horrors”, “Emergency power pinch businesses” and “What rights and freedoms can the President suspend?” and warned that any journalist who tried to “subvert the peace” would be prosecuted.President Charles Taylor declared a state of emergency on 8 February after rebels attacked the town of Klay, about 40 km north of the capital. Reportscenter_img LiberiaAfrica RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists to go further June 12, 2020 Find out more News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa April 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent newspaper closed under state of emergency Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Information hero Agnès Uwimana Nkusi finally released

first_img BBC Africa’s “disproportionate and dangerous” dismissal of a journalist June 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information hero Agnès Uwimana Nkusi finally released Organisation News Receive email alerts Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more RwandaAfrica News RwandaAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Behind bars since July 2010, Nkusi initially faced up to 17 years in prison on charges of inciting “civil disobedience”, “prompting division”, and “genocide denial”. The accusations followed publication of articles critical of President Paul Kagame. On 5 April 2012, the Supreme Court of Rwanda reduced her sentence to four years, upholding two charges against her: “damaging state security” and “defamation of President Kagame”. Her prison term ended on 18 June, a year after the release of Saidat Mukakibibi, her colleague, who was arrested with her.“We are happy to know that Agnès is free,” said Virginie Dangles, deputy head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “But we would like to make clear that her imprisonment was as unjust as it was arbitrary and should never have happened.”For four years, Reporters without borders has demanded that Nkusi’s sentence be overturned and that she be freed. Now that she has been released, the fight for her legal rehabilitation can begin.Rwanda is ranked 162 of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index 2014.Additional information on the Nkusi case. February 13, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Rwanda to go further News Help by sharing this information Rwandan journalist Agnès Uwimana Nkusi was freed on 18 June after completing a four-year sentence on charges including “harming state security” that were prompted by her reporting. Nkusi’s unflinching commitment to information freedom led Reporters Without Borders on 3 May to name her one of 100 “information freedom heroes.” Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent April 6, 2020 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

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Federal Agencies Encourage Community Reinvestment in Puerto Rico

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Federal Agencies Encourage Community Reinvestment in Puerto Rico  Print This Post Federal Agencies Encourage Community Reinvestment in Puerto Rico Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Government, Headlines, Journal, News As Puerto Rico and other areas remain in crisis following Hurricane Maria in September, federal bank regulatory agencies have announced that they will give favorable consideration under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulations to banks located outside of the most heavily impacted areas who work to help revitalize and stabilize the damaged locales. The purpose of the CRA is to encourage financial institutions to help meet local credit and community development needs, such as in areas hit by natural disasters.The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced the plan in a joint statement. It confirms that “financial institutions located outside these disaster areas will receive consideration for community development activities that resulted from the hurricane as long as the institution has been responsive to the community development needs and opportunities of its own assessment areas.”The economic difficulties of Hurricane Maria have already spread to parts of the coastal states such as Florida, as DS News reported earlier this month. Around 300,000 Puerto Ricans evacuated to Florida following the Hurricane, putting more strain on an already limited affordable housing market in the state. Back in Puerto Rico, citizens who remained are facing a foreclosure epidemic, as around a third of Puerto Rican homeowners are behind on their mortgages.CRA activities may help to alleviate some of the pain by providing assistance not only to those in the disaster area, but to displaced individuals who have relocated to other states. The joint statement notes that consideration will be given regardless of median income of the census tract or the personal income of the individual. However, more consideration will be given to more responsive activities, especially activities that address the needs of low- and moderate-income areas.The complete press release may be found on the FDIC website. Tagged with: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System FDIC Federal Reserve Hurricane Maria hurricanes Natural Disasters OCC Puerto Rico The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago January 26, 2018 1,558 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Hunter Gorog Steps Down From Landmark Network Next: Where Have Home Values Recovered Most Since the Crash? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System FDIC Federal Reserve Hurricane Maria hurricanes Natural Disasters OCC Puerto Rico 2018-01-26 Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Gardai investigate sudden death in Stranorlar

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp By News Highland – February 18, 2014 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Previous articleUpdate – Army experts remove object from Burnfoot flatNext articlePolice attacked at scene of sudden death in Strabane News Highland Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest News Pinterest Facebook Gardai investigate sudden death in Stranorlar Twitter Gardai in Ballybofey are investigating the sudden death of an 18 year old man at his home in Admiran Park in Stranorlar yesterday evening at approx. 8 p.m. .The body remains at scene and the office of the State Pathologist has been notified.A post mortem will take place this morning. Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApplast_img read more

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