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CIT Group struggles with soaring costs

CIT Group struggles with soaring costs

first_img Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”WanderoamUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndo CIT Group struggles with soaring costs US business lender CIT Group said yesterday a fall in interest income and higher expenses hits its fourth-quarter profit. CIT, which emerged from bankruptcy in December 2009 after a $2.3bn government bailout, said margins had worsened and costs had risen nine per cent despite paying off some of its costly debt pile. Net income stood at $74.8m, down 35 per cent on the previous quarter. CIT restated its profits for the start of 2010 after finding accounting errors. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Sharecenter_img Tuesday 15 February 2011 8:43 pm More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

New Hampshire sports betting revenue rockets 979.3% YoY in March

New Hampshire sports betting revenue rockets 979.3% YoY in March

first_imgBreaking down these figures, mobile sports betting accounted for $3.3m of all revenue in the month, with players wagering $44.4m via mobile devices. Sports wagering revenue in New Hampshire hiked 979.3% year-on-year in March after a 404.6% jump in the US state’s handle for the month. Retail revenue reached $913,486 in March after consumers spent a total of $11.4m at land-based sportsbook in New Hampshire, a new monthly record for the sector. Regions: New Hampshire AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Players wagered a total of $55.8m on sports during March this year, up from $8.8m in 2020, while the state was able to take $1.9m in tax revenue from sports betting. 23rd April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher The closure of retail sportsbooks across the state from mid-March 2020 meant players could only wager online last year, while the postponement and cancellation of almost all sporting events amid the Covid-19 crisis limited betting options for consumers. Financecenter_img New Hampshire sports betting revenue rockets 979.3% YoY in March Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Address Tags: Revenue Handle March Gross gaming revenue from sports betting reached $4.3m (£3.1m/€3.6m) in March, compared to $394,229 in the same month in 2020, though last year’s figures were significantly impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Finance Sports betting Online sports betting Retail sports bettinglast_img read more

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) Q32015 Presentation

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) Q32015 Presentation

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh)  2015 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAngloGold Ashanti Limited is a global mining company with extensive interests in the Americas, Continental Africa, South Africa and Australasia. It boasts a portfolio of 17 operations and 3 projects in 10 countries, including long-life, relatively low-cost operating assets with differing ore body types located in key gold-producing regions. The company was formed in 2004 through the merger of AngloGold and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation. There are seven mines in the Continental Africa region, of which 6 are operational. In Ghana, the company has two mines; Iduapriem and Obuasi. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is the third-largest gold mining company in the world, measured by production. In addition to its mining operations, it has established several exploration programmes in regions around the world. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Barratt share price is down 40%! I’d buy it to build a million-pound portfolio

The Barratt share price is down 40%! I’d buy it to build a million-pound portfolio

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 19th May, 2020 | More on: BDEV 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. The Barratt share price is down 40%! I’d buy it to build a million-pound portfolio Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! See all posts by Harvey Jones Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares 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.center_img 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 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. Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. The Barratt Developments (LSE: BDEV) share price was hammered in the stock market crash, as you’d expect. Housebuilders are always hit hard when markets fall. It was the same after the Brexit referendum shock in June 2016. The sector fell faster than most on the FTSE 100.The housing market is on the front line of the economy. With the UK heading into recession due to Covid-19, the big builders face fewer sales at lower prices. 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…Despite this, I’m a fan of the housebuilding sector. Britons love bricks & mortar and are hungry to buy when they can afford it. Demand has outstripped supply for years. Land is limited, but the population isn’t, and that looks set to continue. Dividends have been generous (until lately).Take your opportunitiesThe sharp drop in the Barratt share price looks like a buying opportunity to me, if you plan to hold for the long term. Its stock is down more than 40% from its January peaks, despite climbing 10% in the last month.This means those who buy Barratt stock today are getting in at a relatively low valuation. If you’re looking to build a million-pound portfolio for your retirement, then it pays to buy bargain stocks when you can.I don’t expect the housing market to race away. Especially if we get a second wave of the pandemic and have to go back into lockdown. However, I’m encouraged to see the government opening up the sector again.The Barratt share price picked up last week, as it began a phased return to housebuilding on 11 May at roughly half of its locations. From Thursday, it will open a limited number of sales offices to customers, on an appointment basis.Inevitably, potential buyers will be wary. Many will be pushing for discounts, having seen alarmist headlines suggesting house prices could fall 20% this year. Others will have lost their jobs and be in no position to buy.Whether you think the Barratt share price is a ‘buy’ today will partly depend on how you view the recovery from here. It is clearly going to be bumpy. But that’s why you’re able to buy the UK’s biggest housebuilder at a knock-down price.I’d buy the Barratt share price todayBarratt doesn’t pay a dividend right now. Nor is there financial guidance to rely on, as management pulled that too. The Barratt balance sheet is relatively healthy though, with £426.7m of net cash at the end of 2019. Covid-19 will eat into that, but it started in a strong position.Britain needs housebuilders. If you plan to hold for the long term, the Barratt share price looks like a buy to me. It could be another building block in your aim to make a million and retire in comfort.last_img read more

Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World (Lonely Planet General Reference)

Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World (Lonely Planet General Reference)

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 November 2007 | News Volunteer: A Traveller’s Guide to Making a Difference Around the World (Lonely Planet General Reference)  26 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

2021 is the Year of the Political Prisoner

2021 is the Year of the Political Prisoner

first_imgThe U.S. “justice” system, like every institution of a capitalist state, is a weapon designed and wielded by the billionaires to beat workers into submission. Special bodies of armed troops, deputized by the ruling class, round up workers by the millions and contrive laws to justify locking them in dangerously toxic conditions.This is how capitalists can extract profit from the unpaid labor of workers, while simultaneously keeping them under lock and key to prevent them from organizing to fight back. The defining feature of all U.S. instruments of class warfare is white supremacy, so the violence inflicted on the working class is disproportionately and predominantly aimed at Black, Brown and Indigenous workers.Under these conditions, the incarceration of every worker is political in nature. The system that cages them is political — the result of carefully designed policies ratified by the state. The poor and oppressed people who fill U.S. concentration camps, whether they are called “migrant detention facilities” or “correctional facilities,” are there because of the politics of capitalism and white supremacy.But the term “political prisoner” has special resonance, because it is used to refer to those revolutionary soldiers who were specifically targeted for threatening the existence of this rotten, unjust system. Many of them are members of revolutionary organizations that the state sought to destroy through subterfuge, assassinations and frame-ups.To identify an incarcerated worker as a political prisoner is to say that the state went to extraordinary lengths and expended special resources to concoct a reason to lock them away from their comrades and community. Political prisoners are prisoners of consciousness who fight for the liberation of their nation, their people or the working class as a whole.The FBI and other police forces in the U.S. fought viciously to kill the revolutionary character of the social upheaval of the 1960s and ’70s. Dozens of political prisoners who were ensnared in this fascist assault are still in prison to this day.Mumia Abu-Jamal, journalist, scholar and former Black Panther, still in prison after 39 years, is perhaps the most internationally recognized political prisoner in the U.S. The slogan “Free Mumia!” is an indictment of white supremacy as a whole.Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur is one political prisoner who escaped execution by incarceration. The people of Cuba warmly welcomed her as an exile.Ana Belén Montes has been in a federal prison since 2001 for providing classified information to the government of Cuba, which helped protect that socialist project from U.S. interference.The administrations of Barack Obama and Donald J. Trump have created a whole new generation of political prisoners. Some have avoided immediate imprisonment, but are still in the state’s crosshairs. They include Red Fawn Fallis and Michael “Rattler” Markus, Oglala Lakota Water Protectors who faced off against federal troops at Standing Rock to fight for the environment and their sovereignty in 2016; Anthony Smith, a Philadelphia organizer who was targeted by the feds for his community leadership during the Black Lives Matter uprisings; and Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of espionage after she publicly exposed proof of U.S. war crimes in Iraq.And outside North America, the U.S. and its proxies lock up those leaders who endanger its most important imperialist projects, most notably in Palestine — where Zionist occupation forces currently have Ahmad Sa’adat, Georges Ibrahim Abdallah, Tareq Mattar, Khalida Jarrar, Khitam Saafin and Mays Abu Ghosh in custody.‘Let’s get it done in ’21’Since mass incarceration is a form of class warfare, another way to characterize political prisoners is as prisoners of war. This is one way elder revolutionaries were characterized in a recent statement issued jointly from the Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation, the Guillermo Morales/Assata Shakur Community & Student Center, the Coalition to Free Russell Maroon Shoatz “NOW,” the New York City Community Survival Program and the Universal Zulu Nation — World Department of Community Affairs. It called upon the movement to make 2021 the “Year to Free All Captured U.S. Political Prisoners.”“Contrary to the racist statements by today’s fascist police unions,” the statement read, “our elders are absolutely no threat to carry out physical participation in the resuming of any war between the old police forces, who not only also took part in the conflict but who still have never been charged, convicted or imprisoned for their own armed police actions, murders and illegal wars on our Black, Brown [and] Oppressed communities during the Anti-Vietnam War, Pro-African Liberation, Civil Rights, Human Rights, Black Liberation, Ecological, Educational, Cultural [and] The U.S. New Afrikan/Puerto Rican/Native American Independence Movements.”The statement, signed by veteran Black Panther-Zulu King Sadiki “Bro. Shep” Ojore Olugbala, includes a list of 23 elder political prisoners who were born before 1955 and who must be released immediately, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic rages through the prisons. The virus has already killed 2,133 U.S. prisoners.The crisis is only getting worse. According to the Marshall Project, over 200 prisoners have died so far this month, making January 2021 the deadliest single month so far of the coronavirus pandemic for prisoners.Demand their immediate release!Workers World Party demands the immediate release of all political prisoners, especially those for whom the COVID-19 virus poses a heightened risk. In solidarity and in joining the call to make 2021 the Year of the Political Prisoner, we raise the names of some of these revolutionary soldiers:Sundiata Acoli – 83 years old – Black Panther Party, Black Liberation Army – Imprisoned for 46 yearsJoseph Bown – 72 years old – Black Liberation Army – Imprisoned for 49 yearsVeronza Bowers – 74 years old – Black Panther Party – Imprisoned for 46 yearsAbdullah Malik Ka’bah (aka Jeff Fort) – 73 years oldEl Rukn – Imprisoned for 37 yearsRuchell Magee Cinque – 81 years old – Black Guerrilla Family – Imprisoned for 50 yearsJaan Karl Laaman – 72 years old – United Freedom Front – Imprisoned for 38 yearsRomaine “Chip” Fitzgerald – 71 years old – Black Panther Party – Imprisoned for 50 yearsMumia Abu-Jamal – 72 years old – Black Panther Party, friend of MOVE Organization – Imprisoned for 39 yearsAlvaro Luna Hernández (Xinatchli) – 69 years old – Chicano movement activist – Imprisoned for 24 yearsKojo Bomani Sababu – 68 years old – Black Liberation Army – Imprisoned for 39 yearsPete O’Neal – 81 years old – Black Panther Party – Exiled in Tanzania for 50 yearsAssata Shakur – 73 years old – Black Liberation Army – Exiled in Cuba for 41 years after 6 years of U.S. imprisonmentBill Dunne – 68 years old – ABCF Prisoner Committee – Imprisoned for 41 yearsMutulu Shakur – 70 years old – Black Liberation Army – Imprisoned for 39 yearsHanif Shabazz Bey – 71 years old – Virgin Islands independence fighter – Imprisoned for 47 yearsRussell Maroon Shoats – 78 years old – Black Panther Party – Black Liberation Army – Imprisoned for 48 yearsLeonard Peltier – 77 years old – American Indian Movement, Turtle Mountain Chippewa – Imprisoned for 43 yearsImam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin – 78 years old – Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Black Panther Party, Dar ul-Islam Movement – Imprisoned for 20 yearsMeral (Malik) Smith – 71 years old – Virgin Islands independence fighter – Imprisoned for 47 yearsDavid Gilbert – 77 years old – Students for a Democratic Society – Weather Underground – Imprisoned for 39 yearsKenny Zulu Whitmore – 67 years old – Black Panther Party – Imprisoned for 45 yearsEd Poindexter – 77 years old – Black Panther Party – Imprisoned for 50 yearsLarry Hoover – 71 years old – Gangster Disciples – Imprisoned for 47 yearsFred Muhammad Burton – 75 years old – Philadelphia freedom fighter – Imprisoned for 48 yearsFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bower Market Strategy Report: No Big Moves Likely Until the End…

Bower Market Strategy Report: No Big Moves Likely Until the End…

first_img Bower Market Strategy Report: No Big Moves Likely Until the End of the MonthJim BowerOver the past several weeks, the grain and oilseed market has been in a trading range. While prices have trended higher and lower, the market has not engaged in a breakout either to the upside or the down side.  With the planting intentions report set for release by the USDA at the end of March, Jim Bower sees  the market staying in this trading range for the next several weeks. “The market seems to want to hold,” he stated. “If you try and sell a put option, the market will not give you much of a premium.”In his weekly Market Strategy Report, aired on Hoosier Ag today radio stations around the state, Bower said the Federal Reserve action this past week has kept the value of the dollar lower which keeps the U.S. competitive from a currency standpoint and may help to stimulate U.S. grain exports.   Bower, however, sees the market becoming more volatile over the next two weeks, “This week will not be as quiet as last week. We are starting to see some field work being done and producers are finalizing production decisions.” He added that the market will begin to pay a lot more attention to weather maps, not only in the Midwest, but in the West where temperatures have been up and moisture short.Bower sees the biggest negative in the market right now is the large crop and excellent pace of harvest in South America, “They are a major competitor, and we just have to live with that.”For more information, contact Bower Trading at 1-800-533-8045.This material has been prepared by a sales or trading employee or agent of Bower Trading Inc and is, or is in the nature of, a solicitation. This material is not a research report prepared by Bower Trading Inc. By accepting this communication, you agree that you are an experienced user of the futures markets, capable of making independent trading decisions, and agree that you are not, and will not, rely solely on this communication in making trading decisions.DISTRIBUTION IN SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY BE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  PERSONS IN POSSESSION OF THIS COMMUNICATION INDIRECTLY SHOULD INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT AND OBSERVE ANY SUCH PROHIBITION OR RESTRICTIONS.  TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS COMMUNICATION INDIRECTLY AND SOLICITATIONS ARE PROHIBITED IN YOUR JURISDICTION WITHOUT REGISTRATION, THE MARKET COMMENTARY IN THIS COMMUNICATION SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION.The risk of loss in trading futures and/or options is substantial and each investor and/or trader must consider whether this is a suitable investment. Past performance, whether actual or indicated by simulated historical tests of strategies, is not indicative of future results. Trading advice is based on information taken from trades and statistical services and other sources that Bower Trading Inc believes are reliable. We do not guarantee that such information is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. Trading advice reflects our good faith judgment at a specific time and is subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that the advice we give will result in profitable trades. Bower Market Strategy Report: No Big Moves Likely Until the End of the Month Home Indiana Agriculture News Bower Market Strategy Report: No Big Moves Likely Until the End of… By Gary Truitt – Mar 19, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articlePerdue Nomination Hearing This WeekNext articleAgriculture has a Communications Issue Gary Truittlast_img read more

Second arrest in connection with the murder of Ronan Kerr

Second arrest in connection with the murder of Ronan Kerr

first_img Second arrest in connection with the murder of Ronan Kerr Google+ Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Facebook Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Previous articleOireachtas bar should be open to the public – Deputy DohertyNext articleDeputy McConalogue calls for new Sports Capital Grants Programme News Highland Pinterest Police in the north have arrested a second person in connection with the murder of PSNI officer Ronan Kerr.A 40 year old man was arrested when police stopped a car between Ballygawley and Omagh in Co Tyrone at around twenty past eight this morning.He’s been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim Police Station and the car has been seized.Meanwhile, the 26 year old man arrested in Scotland yesterday has been rearrested for the murder of the young police officer.The new recruit was killed in a car bomb in Omagh on Saturday and was laid to rest in Co Tyrone yesterday.On Tuesday evening, the PSNI seized guns and explosives at a garage in Coalisland in Co. Tyrone.Belfast based security correspondent Alan Murray says this was a significant discovery:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/09alan1.mp3[/podcast] Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Twitter Google+center_img Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – April 7, 2011 News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApplast_img read more

Austin bombing suspect’s family speaks out about his ‘darkness’

Austin bombing suspect’s family speaks out about his ‘darkness’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — The family of suspected Austin bomber Mark Anthony Conditt said they were stunned and “broken” that he was behind the deadly bombings in Austin over the last month.“We are devastated and broken at the news that our family member could be involved in such an awful way,” the family said in a statement.It continued, “We had no idea of the darkness that Mark must have been in. Our family is a normal family in every way. We love, and we pray and, we try to inspire and serve others. Right now our prayers are for those families who have lost loved ones, for those impacted in any way, and for the soul of our Mark. We are grieving, and we are in shock. Please respect our privacy as we deal with this terrible, terrible knowledge and try to support each other at this time.”Law enforcement sources named Mark Anthony Conditt as the suspect in the bombings that killed two and injured at least four others.Conditt, 23, was killed by one of his explosives earlier this morning.He is believed to have been a resident of Pflugerville, Texas, a town just north of Austin.A family friend, who does not want her name shared publicly, spoke to ABC News about Conditt and his family.“The family is a normal Christian family. There was nothing going on with Mark when I knew him, I knew him as a teenager. He reminded me of every teenage boy, it was hard to get a smile out of him,” the friend said.“These people are hurting and will have to bury their son in pieces, their family is good,” she said. More details about the suspect’s personal life are being made public.Austin Community College confirmed that Conditt attended classes at the school from 2010 to 2012.He was a business administration major and took classes at two of the community college’s campuses, the school said in a statement.Conditt did not graduate but “left the college in 2012 [in] good academic standing,” the school said.The incidents associated with Conditt included three package bombs that detonated at residences in Austin, then an explosive triggered by a tripwire, a package bomb that went off at a FedEx distribution center about 65 miles southwest of Austin in Schertz, and finally a second package that was found intact at a different FedEx center.The final explosion, which killed Conditt, took place early this morning when he reportedly detonated the bomb as police approached his car.Agents rebuilt several of the bombs and were able to determine that they had a telltale signature, which included the components in the bombs and the explosives used.Investigators then did gumshoe detective work – finding out which stores sold the materials, and figuring out who bought them. That ultimately led them to a vehicle, address and identity.According to Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, who was briefed by the FBI and the Texas Department of Public Safety this morning, the suspect purchased bomb making material at Home Depot near his house. The materials included nails for shrapnel and battery packs.McCaul said that investigators tracked Conditt using his car and cellphone, zeroing in on him as the primary suspect after spotting him on surveillance video trying to mail a package from a FedEx shipping center in Southwest Austin.In spite of earlier suggestions that the suspect may have had military experience given the sophisticated nature of the explosives used, records indicate that Conditt never served in the military.Police are still concerned that other packages may have already been sent or placed elsewhere in the city and warned the public to stay vigilant in reporting suspicious items.Authorities are actively searching Conditt’s house, looking for more information and a possible motive, McCaul said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Partnerships way ahead for Socpo

Partnerships way ahead for Socpo

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Thenew president of local government HR body Socpo outlines her plans to widen thesociety’s membership, develop its relationship with the CIPD and equip HRleaders to get on to the boardLocal government HR body Society of Chief Personnel Officers (Socpo) must”punch its weight” for the sector’s HR profession in themodernisation of public services, said its president-elect. Mary Mallett, who will be unveiled as the institute’s president at itsannual conference in Brighton tomorrow, has ambitious plans for Socpo’s future.Her agenda includes increasing Socpo’s influence through widening thesociety’s membership and opening its first headquarters. She also plans to developstrategic partnerships, work more closely with the Chartered Institute ofPersonnel and Development (CIPD) and help equip HR professionals to sit at thetop table. Mallett, strategic director (organisation and development) at Kent CountyCouncil, believes Socpo can play a central role in modernising public servicesby improving links between local and central government. Socpo has been invited to join the Public Sector Employers’ Forum and hashad high-level discussions with the Government’s Public Service Reform AdvisoryUnit. Last week, Personnel Today exclusively revealed that Socpo is to allow civilservice HR professionals to join the society (News, 4 March). “We have so much in common due to the modernisation agenda. We bothdeliver public services that are often very sensitive, such as childprotection, benefits and immigration,” Mallett said. Mallett thinks the similarity between central and local government is one ofthe main reasons for Socpo seeing a number of its senior members cross over tothe civil service in recent years – including its departing president FrancescaOkosi, director of organisation change at government environmental agencyDefra. Socpo is entering into strategic partnership with local government chiefexecutive body the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace) and istaking part in two joint conferences in June on organisational development. Mallett believes chief executives have woken up to the importance of HR indelivering quality services. She says now is the perfect time to cementrelations between the two bodies, as her boss at Kent County Council – MikePitt – is president of Solace. Pitt is to address this week’s Socpo conference on HR’s role in localgovernment. “Chief executives have really twigged that good leadership and HR iswhat really gets them the gong. Solace invited us along to a Downing Streetmeeting about public sector reform and have done some very good research onwhat it is like to be a chief executive at a local authority.” Socpo and local government IT group the Society of IT Managers (SOCITM) aregoing to form closer ties. Mallett said: “Self-service HR is huge, and we [HR professionals] endup having to create it, invent it and deal with the people issues, while SOCITMhas the product knowledge. We would be daft not to see the benefits.” She said Socpo is in talks with other public sector bodies over tentativeplans to share headquarters and administration. Socpo has never had a headquarters, but Mallett believes it must have abase, as its membership is increasing from the current 600. Socpo is also set to merge with its Scottish equivalent, the Society ofPersonnel Directors in Scotland. Its president, Hogan Burke, is this year’sconference special guest – and Socpo has opened up membership from senior HRprofessionals to all personnel officers in the sector. Additionally, in 2002,Personnel Today revealed that Socpo and the Association of Healthcare HumanResource Management (AHHRM) are to revive their partnership by incorporatingthe Association of Directors in Social Service. Socpo is to make the most of these partnerships by introducing an”active fringe” at next year’s annual conference, which will includesenior professionals from local government, education, social services and IT. Improved relations with the CIPD are also central to Mallett’s presidency.When Socpo announced its tie up with AHHRM two years ago, it cited a lack ofsupport from the CIPD as a major factor. Mallett has set about changing that, and has held high-level discussionswith the CIPD’s assistant director-general, Duncan Brown. Socpo has persuaded the CIPD to incorporate a public sector perspective inits work and invited the CIPD to a Cabinet Office public service reformmeeting. The two bodies are planning joint research projects and Brown is toaddress this year’s Socpo conference. “The tendency of the CIPD has been to operate with the private sector,but I think Brown has realised that the public sector and local government aregaps in its work: around a fifth – 20,000 – of its members are in the publicsector,” she said. Mallett is in the process of producing a best practice HR database centredon the recent Comprehensive Performance Assessment – which ranked councils’services and employer standards. A group of 18 HR directors from excellent andweak councils has been formed to share experiences, and a report will bepublished in April. Mallett is also demanding that HR in local government becomes morebusiness-focused. She thinks improved performance management would increase theopportunity for HR to sit on a company’s main board. She believes HR must be at the forefront of driving a culture of performancemanagement in the delivery of local government services. “I still think that you will find happy little HR teams doinginductions, recruitment and training when an authority’s real problem might beeducation. It would be better putting everything into education to sort thatout,” she said. “A lot of personnel people are not focused, they do not have anall-hands-on-deck mentality. The best do, but most totter around in thebackground doing what they have always done.” Mallett believes a service-focused HR profession deserves its place on theboard. She explained: “Board-level HR is being bunched with IT, finance andother areas to create these corporate resource jobs. I want HR to storm in andget those roles. Where the organisation is brave enough to have an HR directoron the board, I want to make sure they can handle the business.” By Paul Nelsonwww.socpo.org.ukMallett’s CV2003 Socpo president1999 Strategic director (organisation and development) at KentCounty Council1995 Director of personnel and organisation at BirminghamCouncil1993 County personnel director at Hereford and Worcester CountyCouncil1989 Head of personnel and administration (education) atHereford and Worcester County Council1987 Senior personnel officer at the BBC (news and currentaffairs)1985 Personnel officer (programmes) at the BBC Comments are closed. Partnerships way ahead for SocpoOn 11 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more