CIEL Limited ( 2015 Annual Report

first_imgCIEL Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about CIEL Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIEL Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIEL Limited (  2015 annual report.Company ProfileCIEL Limited is an investment company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius. The company operates in the following segments: agriculture and property, financial services, hotels and resorts, textiles, and healthcare businesses. The activities of the company are spread out over five countries that include Mauritius, Madagascar, Asia, Maldives and South Africa, just to name a few. CIEL Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

3 top-performing FTSE 350 shares of 2020. Are they worth buying in 2021?

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Andy Ross does not own any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Andy Ross 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! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares These three shares are among the best performing shares from the FTSE 350 in the past year. The big question now is will that momentum continue or will 2021 not be so good?A high-flying FTSE 350 shareShares in the investment trust that has backed Tesla, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT), have risen over 100% this year. I think this is the one of the three top-performing 2020 shares that can continue its form into next year.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…The big concern would be, of course, if sentiment turns against technology stocks. A Biden clampdown on big tech could be one trigger that would hit the value of companies like Amazon, which the trust holds.Overall, I’m a fan of investment trusts as they hold a pool of investments in other companies, so are less risky. That’s even more important in these difficult times. The managers have a very strong track record and so should continue to be backers of innovative companies. In an increasingly digital and complex world, the trust can continue to back high-growth tech-focused companies.Spectacular to date, but overdone now?Online retailer AO World (LSE: AO) is another share that has been boosted by the pandemic. The share price is up nearly 400% this year. In the six months to 30 September, the retailer swung to a pre-tax profit of £18.3m. It had made a loss of £5.9m in the same period a year ago. Revenues were up 53.2% to £717m.The stock now has one of the highest P/E ratios for a large UK company at over 1,000. Overall I don’t think the business really deserves such a premium. Any performance from here that isn’t knocking the ball out of the park is likely to see the share price fall. For me now, there’s no point buying the share. There’s a lot of risk in the share price and the biggest rewards for shareholders are in the past, not the future.AO World feels like it was in the right place at the right time, rather than being particularly innovative in its own right. A sometimes volatile share CMC Markets (LSE: CMCX) is a spread-betting company that has been boosted by the stock market volatility this year. It has also benefited from new investors becoming interested in stocks and from having a strong technology focus to its business. Earlier this year when other companies cut their dividends, CMC Markets increased its payout by 640%.I expect the stock market will be volatile for some time, so CMC Markets is well placed to keep delivering for investors. As always though with a spread-better, you need to be prepared to ride out the ups and downs. It’s a good company though. It’s run well with a founder still in charge and with a significant shareholding. This means management’s interests are well aligned to those of shareholders.CMC Markets is a top performer from 2020 that I might be tempted to buy for 2021. 3 top-performing FTSE 350 shares of 2020. Are they worth buying in 2021? Andy Ross | Saturday, 26th December, 2020 | More on: AO CMCX SMT last_img read more

The Fevertree share price hits 2-year peaks following a fresh update

first_img The Fevertree Drinks (LSE: FEVR) share price has been on a roll in recent months. A fresh spurt upwards has taken gains over the past 12 months to a chubby 51%. UK share investors have piled in again on Thursday following the release of full-year financials.At £26.90 per share, the share price is trading 5% higher today. It struck two-year peaks of £27.09 earlier in Thursday trading.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…Fevertree share price rises as sales soarIn today’s update, Fevertree advised that it continued to enjoy robust demand at the beginning of 2021.The company said that the performance of its off-trade channel had “remained strong” during the first four months of 2021. In the UK, sales were up 10.1% year-on-year during the 13 weeks to 18 April. This is even though the period overlapped the first Covid-19 lockdown of 2020 when huge customer stockpiling was taking place.Fevertree said that sales of its premium mixers continued to grow ahead of the broader market in the period to mid-April. It’s a performance that it said indicates “the strength of the brand, the success of the new flavours and formats which we launched last year, and the marketing campaigns we have continued to invest in.”Making progress overseasFevertree’s soaring share price today was also helped by news of stratospheric sales growth in its foreign marketplaces.In the US, off-trade sales ballooned 38.2% year-on-year during the 12 weeks to 27 March. Fevertree said that turnover rocketed due to “increased at-home consumption” as well as an increase in trial and repeat purchases following price optimisation steps taken last year.The company noted as well that it continues to make “encouraging progress” in its European off-trade market. It said that it has continued to build “on the strong sales and value share gains during 2020 across key markets” there. Elsewhere, Fevertree lauded the “strong progress” it continues to make in Australia’s off-trade market. And the firm said that it has seen “a good recovery in suburban areas” for its on-trade operations. The company continues to perform strongly in Canada, it said.A bright outlookFevertree said that it expects off-trade sales to transition to on-trade as coronavirus restrictions are rolled back and the hospitality sector reopens. But it added that “it is clear that at-home consumption of long mixed drinks is becoming increasingly established, supported by both the retailers and spirit companies.”The beverages giant added that while “reopening is going to vary between markets, our brand strength and the relationships we have with our on-trade partners makes us well placed to benefit from [the] return over the rest of the year.”City analysts think annual earnings at Fevertree will rise 18% in 2021. This leaves the company trading on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 64 times. Another 29% bottom-line rise is predicted for 2022. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fevertree Drinks. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img The Fevertree share price hits 2-year peaks following a fresh update Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Vaping: What is it, and why the concern?

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Adam HillVaping is receiving mixed reviews these days. Some people adore the habit, sharing it’s a great way to relax and enjoy as a hobby, helping them socialize and entertain, while others have a much more negative view on it. The health dangers are the number one concern the other side has with vaping, and seeing this hobby grow in popularity, especially among young people, only escalates their worry.Myths and stereotypes are common with each new trend, and vaping is not immune. First they were known for being a safe alternative to cigarettes. But now, as more research and information comes to light, fact is replacing myth and the concerns are on the rise. This doesn’t mean that vaping is declining though. To the contrary, use has more than doubled among young people since 2017. Vaping activity and the accompanying equipment have gained a notoriety that seems to thrive on its own, despite losing the “safe alternative” status.Spurring on the interest in vaping devices are the companies that develop the equipment, always on an endless pursuit of finding the best vape mods. And today’s vapers appreciate all the new functions being designed for them, sometimes happy to sacrifice comfort features in favor of having your best vape mod out that maximizes what they are able to take in. However, despite the improvement of vaping mods and satisfaction of its users, the question of its lasting viability depends on how the science of it comes to light and how the policy makers view its risk and impact.Vaping: What is it and why the concern?Vaping is the process of delivering nicotine via an electronic delivery system (ENDS). There is little doubt as to its rising popularity, not just in the states but globally. But the concerns surrounding it are growing louder, and mainly focused on these two issues: (1) teen addiction (hundreds of adolescents try vape mods each day and don’t seem to have plans to stop), and (2) chemical intoxication (flavorings are seen not only as addictive but the concern is that they also contain toxins and carcinogens).Debunking a main myth: vaping can help people stop smokingOne of the most deeply rooted myths is that vaping can help people give up smoking. The theory is that a person can slowly get rid of nicotine addiction by gradually dropping down the nicotine level in the e-liquid levels used in vaping.A 2018 research study shows that the use of even the best box mod vaping device will only help 10% of people stop smoking. What tends to happen instead is that people who start vaping just acquire another harmful habit. The smoking addiction gets replaced by another one – and unfortunately it’s one that isn’t any less powerful or addictive.Some scientists claim that, while vaping alone won’t help a person stop smoking, if it is used in conjunction with other means of trying to break the smoking habit, it could be seen as a step in the process toward success. Of course, not all scientists share this opinion, arguing still that the other health dangers of vaping still outweigh the potential benefit.The chemical make-up: a tinderbox waiting to explode?While the benefit of using vape mods for quitting smoking remains in question, scientists generally agree that the adverse effects that vaping poses are undeniable, particularly the danger of the chemical constitution of the flavorings for the vape mods.According to the studies published in the American Heart Association journal, flavorings used in vape juice can damage and impair the functioning of the heart and the blood vessels. Another study shows that the usage of high temperatures (which are usually used by the best vape mod for clouds) can convert an e-liquid into a carcinogenic substance.Additionally there is a study from PubMed Central that finds the e-juice used in vaping can contain up to six different Pyrazine additives. These flavor additives are used to encourage more smoking by boosting the vaping appeal. But their toxic properties are harmful, particularly for the human reproductive system. This risk alone puts teens health and futures at great risk.Unhealthy heavy metals have also been found in e-liquids. Among them, scientists found chromium, tin, aluminum, lead, nickel, cadmium, and more. The accumulation of these metals can increase the chance for developing cancer, particularly lung, mouth, and sinonasal cancers. Still more toxic elements are found in vaping, such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde (also known as ethanal), both found to be harmful to humans.The debate gets hotter when introducing the fact that other substances beyond e-liquids can be vaped. Many experts panic when considering how the use of marijuana will play out with vaping (in the form of an herb, oil, or as a wax concentrate) because of its known addictive properties. While there is some debate about the positives of dry herb evaporation, there is still much in the field of vaping and marijuana that needs further study.Lungs suffer first: the most severe effectsThe most well-known negative health effect of vaping is centered on the issue of inflammation. Smoking creates inflammation of the lung tissues (endothelium), resulting in the increased risk of several pulmonary diseases.The problem with testing e-liquid is that it doesn’t test out as “harmful” to the system until the liquid is vaporized. Once the liquid becomes vapor, then the damaging process begins, first by inhibiting the normal functioning of the body to receive oxygen, then prohibiting it from being able to get rid of harmful particles, leading eventually to the more damaging inflammation of and often irreversible destruction to the lung tissues.One other aspect to keep in mind is that the chemicals used in e-liquids that keep a person nicotine-dependent also serve to inhibit the body’s ability to clear out bacteria, which increases the risk of lung infections. One medical study confirms a link between vaping sessions and the development of lipoid pneumonia. While many such cases are characterized with only minor symptoms, others with repeated patterns of exposure can develop severe pneumonia and can be fatal.Last, but not least, is the unfortunate discovery of a number of studies that shows a growing interdependence between the use of vape mods as a constant hobby and lung diseases (such as pleural effusion, bronchiectasis, hypersensitivity pneumonia, eosinophilic pneumonia, and others).Vaping and nicotine: a hazardous gameStatistics show that most of the vapers that use e-liquid, versus wax, oil, or herbs, use the e-liquid that contains nicotine, and the levels of nicotine consumed by vapers are even higher than the rates of nicotine consumed by smokers.This reality, along with the information we have on the other toxic chemicals used during vaping, as well as the facts on how much damage is done to the body because of prolonged vaping — damage to the respiratory system, the immune system, down to the negative affects on cognition, emotions and mental activity — all of this begins to wash away any “safe” image one might have about vaping.With of all this information coming to light, it’s easy to see how vaping is a hazardous game for those who might be thinking of trying it. And why experts continue to be concerned and scientists continue their studies to find ways to keep overturning the hidden rocks of unhealthy habits in an effort to keep us safe. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! TAGShealth risksVaping Previous articleWhat’s the difference between pandemic, epidemic and outbreak?Next articleRainfall deficits add to ongoing dry conditions   Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Charity safety challenge raises €3 million for Simon Community

first_img Howard Lake | 22 September 2011 | 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A four year partnership between Irish building materials company CRH and the Simon Community has raised almost €3 million. It focused on a challenge: for every accident-free quarter achieved at any CRH company location across the island of Ireland, a sum of money was donated to the Simon Community operating in that region.This sum was up to a maximum of €500,000 over the course of 2010, and up to a maximum of €1 million in the three previous years.The latest cheque from CRH for €401,947 to the Simon Communities in Ireland brings the total raised since 2007 to €2,927,980, making it one of the most successful charity and corporate partnerships to date in Ireland.The CRH Simon Safety Challenge is an all-island initiative that assists Simon in tackling homelessness both north and south of the border whilst encouraging CRH employees to improve their health and safety record.The partnership began in 2007 as a three-year initiative. But it was extended for an additional year. In 2007, the partnership raised €777,062, in 2008 it generated €842,355, and in 2009 it raised €906,658.www.simon.iePhoto: b3d on Tagged with: corporate Events Ireland Charity safety challenge raises €3 million for Simon Communitylast_img read more

New evidence of Castille’s bias in Mumia Abu-Jamal case

first_imgAs supporters demonstrated in the streets outside Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center on Oct. 29, inside the courthouse attorneys for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal presented new arguments of substantive bias by former District Attorney Ronald Castille as grounds for granting Abu-Jamal’s petition.Abu-Jamal’s initial petition, filed in August 2016, is based on the 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Williams v. Pennsylvania that found due process was violated when Castille participated in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s consideration of William’s appeal in a capital postconviction case. Castille, in his previous position as district attorney of Philadelphia, had approved decisions to seek the death penalty. The SCOTUS ruling established that a petitioner is entitled to relief when a reasonable observer could conclude that a judge harbored disqualifying bias against the petitioner.Representing Abu-Jamal, Judith Ritter and Samuel Spital, asked Common Court of Appeals Judge Leon Tucker to vacate Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decisions that denied Abu-Jamal’s right to appeal his 1983 capital conviction, stemming from the death of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. The appeal is asking for Abu-Jamal’s right to a new evidentiary hearing.The petition was first heard on April 24, 2017. Since January 2018, when Philadelphia’s current district attorney, Larry Krasner, took office, six additional hearings have been held. At each the Commonwealth has sought to deny Abu-Jamal’s petition, claiming “no evidence exists” of Castille’s direct involvement in Abu-Jamal’s case while he served as district attorney.New evidence surfacesThe lawyers’ new amendment is based on two pieces of evidence that came to light during searches of hundreds of boxes of files looking for a letter written by DA Castille in June 1990 to then Gov. Robert P. Casey. An initial search of files in September 2017 uncovered a draft for a letter written on Castille’s behalf by former Deputy DA Gaele Barthold. Her June 1, 1990, memo to Castille states, “As discussed, I have drafted a letter to Governor Casey for your signature, Ron, requesting that death warrants be issued in appropriate Philadelphia County death cases.”In his June 15, 1990, letter to Casey, Castille used Barthold’s draft but inserted a paragraph urging Casey to sign death warrants to send a message to “all police killers.” At her recent deposition, Barthold confirmed that the paragraph concerning “cop killers” was not in her draft and was not in language she would have used. While the Commonwealth uncovered Barthold’s draft, which refers to a copy of Castille’s letter being attached, they maintain that Castille’s final signed letter to Casey cannot be found.Castille’s letter referred to a list of capital cases then before Casey. Because he had not exhausted his appeals before the DA’s office, Abu-Jamal’s case was not on the list. However, his attorneys hold that Castille had to have examined the status of Abu-Jamal’s case as of June 15, 1990, to determine that it was not ready for a death warrant. They charge that this reflects substantial, personal involvement in a critical decision in Abu-Jamal’s case.Support for pro-death penalty legislationA few days before the Aug. 30 hearing regarding the status of their search for the missing letter, the Commonwealth notified the court that they had also uncovered evidence of communications between DA Castille and former Pennslyvania State Senator Michael Fisher regarding passage of legislation to further restrict state appeals of death penalty convictions.The evidence was a letter, on letterhead identifying Ron Castille as district attorney, from then Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Kathleen McDonnell sent “pursuant to Sen. Fisher’s request, in order to provide him with, the current status of certain death row inmates.” Abu-Jamal’s name was the first of nine capital defendants.As with the Barthold memo, the “request” that gave rise to McDonnell’s letter was not provided, and the Commonwealth could not verify to whom Fisher addressed his request. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys charge that if Fisher’s letter was addressed to Castille, it would be additional evidence of his personal significant involvement. The Commonwealth claims that, even after searching more boxes of files, it cannot locate the request letter.The attorneys further argued that there can be little doubt of Castille’s ardent support for capital punishment and his frustration that it wasn’t being implemented during his term as DA. According to their new amendment, “Fisher had introduced a new death penalty statute designed to bring capital punishment back to Pennsylvania after an earlier statute had been declared unconstitutional.”The amendment also notes that “on Sept. 23, 1988, DA Castille wrote directly to Fisher urging passage of an amendment to the death penalty law and conveying his fears about the impact of Mills v. Maryland.” Castille feared that “Mills may lead to the vacating of scores of death penalties.” Abu-Jamal’s case not only contained a Mills claim — it became the basis for his eventual sentencing relief.Failure to secure evidence is grounds for appealAbu-Jamal’s attorneys have argued that despite the Commonwealth’s failure to find missing records, “The newly discovered evidence in these proceedings establishes that a reasonable observer could conclude that Justice Castille harbored disqualifying bias against Mr. Abu-Jamal as a person convicted of killing a police officer.”Speaking in court today, Samuel Spital again raised that the Commonwealth’s proven inability to secure evidence favorable to the defendant constitutes adverse interference that arises under the state court’s spoliation doctrine. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that “spoliation of evidence is the non-preservation or significant alteration of evidence for pending future litigation.”Noting that Abu-Jamal and the DA’s office have been involved in postconviction litigation for most of the last 30 years, Spital stated that the Commonwealth had the duty to preserve these documents, yet failed to do so. The amendment also notes that, after having obtained a two-month continuance and assigned a paralegal to work full-time to search for it, the Commonwealth has recognized that the missing memo is central to this case. To date the Commonwealth admits that many boxes of files remain unaccounted for.Abu-Jamal’s case was the most important capital case in Philadelphia’s history. It involved the killing of a police officer, allegedly by a former member of the Black Panther Party. The case remains important, not just to Philadelphia, but to an international liberation movement.To argue that DA Castille was wholly uninvolved in the decisions around the response to Abu-Jamal’s first appeals lacks credibility. During Castille’s term as DA, his office aggressively fought Abu-Jamal’s initial appeals. As DA in 1988, Castille received a “Man of the Year award” from the Fraternal Order of Police, which has arduously sought Abu-Jamal’s death.Spital noted that as DA, Castille’s focus on sending a message to “police killers” could be seen as either bias against a particular defendant or a class of cases. Under the Constitution, claims of judicial bias do not require proof of actual bias. The question for the court is whether the judge is likely to be neutral or whether there is unconstitutional potential for bias. The PA Supreme Court has held that recusal is required wherever there is substantial doubt as to the judge’s ability to preside impartially. Castille had denied repeated requests from Abu-Jamal to recuse himself.FOP intimidationFor the third time in as many hearings, the Faulkner family and dozens of FOP members were given priority seating in the small courtroom, leaving little space for Abu-Jamal’s family and supporters. Former Assistant District Attorney Joseph McGill, who produced a training video for prosecutors to keep Black people off juries, and former police officer Gary Bell, who lied about hearing Abu-Jamal’s confession, were part of today’s FOP contingent — a clear effort to intimidate the court.Abu-Jamal’s lawyers requested a one-month extension to await the results of their right-to-know request to the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee for documents. Tucker granted the request and was determining that the court would reconvene on Dec. 3 when Maureen Faulkner, Daniel Fauklner’s spouse, stood up to denounce the extension. When she refused to stop her outburst, Tucker had her ejected from the court.Tucker ended the session noting, “The court is not going to rush to judgment in this matter. Just to be clear, no matter how long it takes, this court is going to do the right thing.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Prisoners resist execution by virus

first_imgOn a good day, most of the 5,000 prisons and jails in the U.S. are filthy hellholes. Medical care is seriously lacking and can be costly. Racism is ingrained in these institutions, and violence is often the order of the day. Right now, prisoners are terrified that as the COVID-19 virus spreads, their sentences will turn into death sentences. The majority of those in jail have not even been tried or sentenced and by law are presumed innocent. It is not a question of “if” but “when” the virus will spread through the 5,000 jails and prisons in the U.S. Dozens of prisoners are already known to have the virus.  Some prisoners have died, and the numbers are predicted to rise exponentially. Prisoners are angry and are fighting for their very lives. Their families, supporters and activists are fighting for their release. After reports that prisoners in Texas were going days in the dark with no electricity, one prisoner sent out a video of fires set to protest the lack of electricity. Prisoners often set fires or flood the runs to get the attention of officers. Flooding the runs means the sink in the cell is stopped up, causing a flood of water on the cell floor and out onto the walkway (the run).Kris Wraight (left) and Eliza Brown, (right) both of New London, chant, “Gov. Lamont! Free them all!” while participating in an in-car protest staged in front of the governor’s mansion Monday calling on Gov. Ned Lamont to release prisoners who are under threat from the COVID-19 outbreak. They were protesting on behalf of the Katal Center for Health, Equality and Justice, a justice reform group. About 30 cars formed a long line in front of the mansion blowing their horns and chanting during the 45-minute protest.The prisoner who narrated the video said, “It’s a nonviolent protest going on right now, because the officers, in the middle of the coronavirus, have refused us electricity — no showers or anything.”  He texted the video to Keri Blakinger, a progressive reporter who used to cover the prison beat for the Houston Chronicle and is now working with The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom covering the U.S. criminal justice system. Blakinger tweeted, “This is Texas, and it’s hot, and the prisoners need their fans to be running.” Texas death row has apparently made a few changes in the normal routine. A man on death row wrote to Blakinger saying that officials took away the basketballs. He said, “They still use the same cuffs on everyone without disinfecting them, but they took away the balls even though we could only play alone anyway.”Blakinger tweeted, “It all feels somewhat apocalyptic, when even the guys living in solitary confinement, as they wait for the state to execute them, are scared of dying from this pandemic.”The warden of the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre resigned last week, a day after nine prisoners (including at least six Indigenous prisoners) walked away from the prison’s minimum-security unit, and the state announced a woman from that unit tested positive for COVID-19. ( the Etowah County Jail in Alabama, men apparently threatened to kill themselves because they’d been housed with people they believed had the virus.Prisoners sue state prison systemAt the Wallace Pack, Texas prison, two older prisoners, 69-year-old Laddy Valentine and 73-year-old Richard King, are suing the state’s prison system for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, filed March 30, argues that the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is failing to protect prisoners at the Pack Unit, a geriatric prison near College Station, from the potentially fatal virus.The virus crisis is also affecting those who work in prisons and jails. The Washington, D.C., chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police just announced that officers would no longer make security rounds, citing concerns about a lack of testing and personal protective equipment.Kenneth Foster, a prisoner whose death sentence was commuted to life just hours before his scheduled execution in 2007, wrote, “What I’m shocked about is the fact TDC [Texas Department of Corrections] is doing chains. WTF? In the middle of a pandemic! And guess what? They’re taking no real precautions. They are not cleansing the cells or buses that transfer inmates are in. They’re acting like it’s not happening.” (Chains are the buses that transport prisoners.) Meanwhile, Texas prison officials say no prisoners are being put on buses and transferred anywhere. Release prisoners now!Activists and even some public officials are proposing a different solution: large-scale releases. In Iran, officials approved the temporary release of more than 54,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the spread of the new virus.In Houston, County Judge Lina Hidalgo had approved the release of just 1,000 of the county’s 9,000 prisoners when a judge ruled that it would be illegal. There are actions that can be taken to demand the release of prisoners, as exemplified by activists in Philadelphia. They organized a caravan of over 120 cars with signs and loudspeakers that drove around the city to demand the release of all prisoners. (See “Caravan protests demand ‘Decarcerate now!’ ” in the April 1 Workers World.) Prisons are concentration camps for the poor and oppressed. People who are so disenfranchised and beaten down by this system commit crimes, many of them horrible, due to racism, frustration, poverty — and being forced out of, or never allowed into, mainstream society. Children as young as eight and in third grade are already tagged to follow the school-to-prison pipeline. It is up to all of us with a revolutionary consciousness to tear down the prison walls and build a society that serves all the people with justice and dignity. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Copper collector hid behind couch

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Previous articleHolidaymakers beware of jewellery scamsNext articleLimerick to have own designated ‘graffiti’ street admin Linkedin Email Printcenter_img A MAN who said that he had been given permission to remove copper piping from a house due for demolition, hid behind a couch when gardai came on the scene, a court heard.Jonathan Curtin(21) of 13 Yeats Avenue, admitted he was removing copper piping form a house at Mountain View in O’Malley Park on January 30 last.The court heard from Inspector Paul Reidy that gardai arrived at the house to find a “large bolt cutters at the front door. Mr Curtin was hiding behind a couch”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Limerick District Court heard that Mr Curtin had 108 previous convictions, all for road traffic offences.Mr Curtin’s solicitor, John Devane, said that his client had been “working on an ad-hoc basis for the firm responsible for demolishing these houses under the Regeneration project. He had asked the builders if he could take the copper and was told he could”.Mr Devane said that Mr Curtin “was constantly getting into trouble. as a young person. with driving offences.“He has been out of trouble for some time now”.Judge Eugene O’Kelly asked why Mr Curtin was hiding behind the couch if he believed he had permission to take the copper?“Panic” Mr Devane said.Judge O’Kelly remanded him on bail for a probation report to November 8. WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsCopper collector hid behind couchBy admin – July 10, 2012 961 Twitterlast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday August 28th

first_imgMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday August 28th:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Facebook Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday August 28th Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Previous articleDonegal tourism trade mission hailed a successNext articleSun shone for Letterkenny Busking Festival! News Highland Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By News Highland – August 28, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty DL Debate – 24/05/21 last_img read more

3 Mario Batali restaurants on Las Vegas Strip to close amid sexual assault allegations

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) — Mario Batali’s three restaurants on the Las Vegas Strip will shut down amid investigations into sexual assault allegations against the celebrity chef, his company announced Friday.B&B Ristorante, Otto Enotea e Pizzeria and Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, all located on a luxury complex that includes swanky casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, will permanently close July 27. Batali & Bastianich (B&B) Hospitality Group, which Batali helped found, announced the closures in a letter to employees Friday morning.“These restaurants have continued to succeed, and they are a tribute to every one of you who works in them and brings great dining experiences to our guests,” B&B Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich said in the letter, obtained by ABC affiliate KTNV. “Unfortunately, our partner in these restaurants, Las Vegas Sands Corp., has decided to end our relationship.”Bastianich said he will visit the three restaurants to speak with employees.“You are all dedicated professionals who deliver night in and night out for our guests, you are part of our family, and we will all feel your loss,” he said in the letter. “It is because of the amazing dining experiences you bring our guests that I am committed to continuing our presence in Las Vegas. I am beginning to explore options, but it will take some time to execute them. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do that in the next 60 days.”Las Vegas Sands Corp., which owns two casino resorts, The Venetian and The Palazzo, on the complex, but does not run the restaurants, said “there are no other plans for the space.”“We would like to thank the team members of B&B Restaurant Group for their dedication and many contributions to The Venetian and The Palazzo. We appreciate the hard work and energy of director of operations Zach Allen, Chef/Culinary Director Nicole Brisson and the rest of this team. At this time, there are no other plans for the space,” the casino and resort company said in a statement obtained by KTNV.Batali is under criminal investigation by the New York City Police Department for two separate instances of sexual assault allegations, one of which was reported on “60 Minutes” last weekend.The unidentified woman featured in a “60 Minutes” segment last Sunday claims the 57-year-old chef and former TV star drugged and assaulted her after drinking wine together at a popular Manhattan restaurant in 2005.B&B Hospitality Group told “60 Minutes” that it finds the allegations “deeply disturbing” and that “our partnership with Mr. Batali is ending. We have been actively negotiating with Mr. Batali to buy his interests in the restaurants.”The other allegation was brought to the New York City Police Department late last year, police sources told ABC News. A woman alleges she lost consciousness at a New York City restaurant in 2004 and found Batali on top of her when she awoke.Batali responded to the allegations in a statement to ABC News on May 21: “I vehemently deny any allegations of sexual assault. My past behavior has been deeply inappropriate and I am sincerely remorseful for my actions. I am not attempting a professional comeback. My only focus is finding a personal path forward where I can continue in my charitable endeavors – helping the underprivileged and those in need.”Last December, four women told the website Eater that Batali had touched them inappropriately.Batali was subsequently asked to leave ABC’s “The Chew,” which he had co-hosted since 2011, and he offered to step away from the day-to-day operations of B&B Hospitality Group.In response to the allegations in the Eater article, Batali issued a statement appearing to acknowledge that he had engaged in “wrong” behavior and apologizing to those whom he has “mistreated and hurt”“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” he said in the statement released late last year. “Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong, and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”ABC News’ Aaron Katersky, Josh Margolin and Michael Rothman contributed to this report.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more