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PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) HY2009 Interim Report

PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) HY2009 Interim Report

first_imgPrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw)  2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePrime Time Property Holdings is a variable rate loan stock company with interests in property investment, property development and property management. The company has invested in a diversified portfolio of office, retail and industrial properties in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and recently acquired two properties in Zambia on a sale and leaseback basis with G4S Zambia. Prime Time Property Holdings Limited acquires properties owned by vendors through acquisition agreements which it then offers to investors through the sale of Linked Units. Its property portfolio in Botswana is made up of 16 fund properties located in Gaborone, Ramotswa, Francistown, Ghanzi, Lobatse and Serowe. Commercial properties in its Botswana portfolio include Prime Plaza, Letshego Place and the South African High Commission.last_img read more

NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) 2014 Annual Report

NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgNICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NICO Holdings Limited (NICO.mw)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileNICO Holdings Limited provides products and services for general insurance, life insurance and pension administration in the corporate and private sector of Malawi; with interests in banking, asset management and information technology services. NICO Holdings Limited operates in Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique and Zimbabwe. It was established in 1965, and was the first general insurance company to list on the Malawi Stock Exchange. Its general insurance division covers segments that range from personal accident and household insurance to construction, engineering, professional indemnity, marine hull and cargo, fire and loss of profits. NICO Holdings Limited also offers insurance for individuals and corporate clients which includes endowment assurance and savings protection. The company has a corporate banking division offering standard products and services, aswell as solutions for foreign exchange, investment management and women business programmes. NICO Holdings Limited has invested in providing technology services to clients, including software and Internet systems and communication solutions, card technology and surveillance systems. NICO Holdings Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House T / Link architectes

House T / Link architectes

first_imgArchDaily House T / Link architectes “COPY” Projects Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, DuPont, Glas Trösch, PSS, Brimat, Maxon, Secret d’atelier, ZincoSave this picture!Courtesy of Link architectesRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsCultural / PatrimonialVELUX CommercialVELUX Modular Skylights in The Old Royal Station in BallaterText description provided by the architects. To the north of the municipality of La Tour-de-Peilz, on the edge of Lake Geneva, lies an old vineyard above the town. The setting is distinctive: the southern side of the hill is built up, whereas most of the northern slope is covered in woodland. A steep lane leads to the site, flanked by high walls, just like a path running through a vineyard. The theme of the wall is an integral part of the neighborhood. The project draws inspiration from this theme, taking its cue from existing structures. The wall blends in with the lie of the land, before undergoing a transformation into a sculpted monolith that rises from the top of the hill.Save this picture!Courtesy of Link architectesSave this picture!Lower-Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Céline SimonettoThe entrance to the villa is through a covered passageway, like the entrance of a burrow. Two main passageways lead off from the entrance hall, one serving the lower level with the children’s rooms facing the garden and forest; the other provides access to the living areas on the upper floor, including a spacious terrace offering mountain views. The volumes are completed by the north-facing parental suite, overlooking the woods. On the lower ground floor, there are two children’s bedrooms in a row. The passageway serving them follows the natural contours of the northern slope, with level landings in places.Save this picture!© Céline SimonettoThe bedrooms open straight onto their garden. At the end of the passageway is a third room, at the closest of the edge of the forest. The bay window focuses attention on the woodland backdrop. This section rises above the ground like a shack, further amplifying the impression of being immersed in nature. A staircase leads to the center of the main area on the upper floor. The lounge and dining room are arranged around the central kitchen island. The woods and the lake – the site’s two outstanding assets – fill the view from the large bay windows at the end.Save this picture!© Céline SimonettoThe materials used for the building envelope are simple – rudimentary, almost. Concrete provides visual unity for the construction; the structure itself establishes the morphology of the project, echoing the rock that forms the hill. The concrete is sand-blasted, highlighting the monolith’s mineral aspect; this skin also ensures long-lasting protection, and therefore ecological, to the various climatic stresses. A layer of plants covers the faceted roof, like lichen on a rock, further enhancing the way the structure blends seamlessly into the surrounding site.Save this picture!© Céline SimonettoSave this picture!Longitudinal SectionSave this picture!© Céline SimonettoProject gallerySee allShow lessRenzo Piano Designs Emergency Hospital in Uganda with Rammed Earth WallsArchitecture NewsFairy Tales 2019 Winners: Top Stories Grapple With Issues Of Immigration, Sustainabi…Architecture News Share Switzerland CopyAbout this officeLink architectesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa Tour-de-PeilzGerman Design CouncilSwitzerlandPublished on April 08, 2019Cite: “House T / Link architectes” 08 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs Photographs:  Céline Simonetto Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Link architectes Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914389/house-t-link-architectes Clipboardcenter_img Year:  CopyHouses•La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland Save this picture!© Céline Simonetto+ 24Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” House T / Link architectesSave this projectSaveHouse T / Link architectesPresented by: 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914389/house-t-link-architectes Clipboard Area:  200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

Demonstrations marking 1915 Armenian deportations allowed for first time in 95 years

Demonstrations marking 1915 Armenian deportations allowed for first time in 95 years

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hopes the courts will dismiss all three of the prosecutions brought against Turkish writer and investigative journalist Nedim Sener for his book about the role of intelligence failures in the 2007 murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink and instead make more of an effort to shed light on the Dink murder itself.Justice is being delayed in the Dink case while the judicial authorities devote their energy to secondary charges against journalists that are completely unjustified. As result of just one book, entitled “The Dink Murder and the Intelligence Lies,” Sener is facing a possible combined sentence of 32 years in prison in three trials, one of which began already and another will start on 28 April. “The charges against Nedim Sener will continue to be premature and unjustified until the judicial authorities have shed light on all the circumstances surrounding Hrant Dink’s murder and until the government and police officials involved in his murder are properly investigated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We call for the withdrawal of all the chargers against Sener, who just wanted to end the impunity that has gone one for three years in the Dink case.” The press freedom organisation also calls for the withdrawal of all charges against Kemal Göktas, who is facing a possible five-year jail sentence in connection with his book “Hrant Dink murder: media, justice and state,” in which he looks at the role of the state and the judicial authorities in Dink’s murder.Sener has not so far been detained and is trying as best he can to continue his work as a journalist. Reporters Without Borders hopes that the verdicts that are issued in the coming days are fair and unbiased.Sener is facing a possible eight-year jail term for the charges of “insulting a state official,” “violating the confidentiality of private correspondence” and “trying to influence the outcome of a trial” that have been brought against him before an Istanbul criminal court. These charges relate above all to Sener’s suggestion in his book that, before Dink’s murder, Ali Fuat Yilmazer, the head of the general intelligence section of police intelligence, suppressed a report about threats against Dink instead of circulating it to his superiors, as required by established procedure.During a hearing on 15 April, Sener testified in court that he did not intend in any way to interfere in the judicial investigation into the Dink murder and that he wrote in his book with the sole intention of shedding light on the murder.In the second case against him, Sener will be tried before an Istanbul court of assizes on charges of “obtaining classified documents” and, by publishing them, “exposing an official who combats terrorism to the action of a terrorist organisation.” The charges carry a possible 20-year sentence.In the third case, to be heard before a criminal court in the Istanbul district of Bakirkoy, Sener is facing a possible four-and-a-half-year sentence for violating a publication ban.A Turkish journalist of Armenian origin who advocated reconciliation between Turks and Armenians, Dink was gunned down on 19 January 2007 on an Istanbul street outside the newspaper he founded and edited, Agos. His articles called for recognition of the Armenian genocide, a highly charged issue in Turkey. But despite the tension and despite receiving repeated threats from far-right groups, Dink always refused to leave Turkey. Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia In a significant step for free expression, the authorities allowed three demonstrations to be held in Istanbul on 24 April to commemorate the deportations of Armenians in 1915. It was the first time such activities have been permitted in 95 years although the government still refuses to accept the use of the term Armenian “genocide.”The Mothers of the Disappeared Collective paid tribute to the thousands of Armenian victims on Galatasaray Square. Homage was paid outside Istanbul’s main train station to the 229 intellectuals who were deported to the provinces of Ayas and Cankiri. The biggest event was in the evening, when more than 500 people participated in a candle-lit vigil on Taksim Square in the district of Beyoglu.Small groups of nationalists tried to disrupt these demonstrations but the police were effective in keeping them at bay.The gatherings took place in response to a joint appeal by 67 leading intellectuals including the journalist Ahmet Insel and the columnist Perihan Magden. The call was supported by the lawyer who represents the family of slain Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink.The demonstrations are being seen as major advance for freedom of expression about the Armenian genocide. Journalists, including Armenian journalists, are nonetheless often the target of violence or harassment by the authorities in Turkey. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Help by sharing this information News News April 28, 2021 Find out more ————————————————22.04.2010 : Journalist and writer facing three trials for book about newspaper editor’s murdercenter_img to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Follow the news on Turkey April 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstrations marking 1915 Armenian deportations allowed for first time in 95 years News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF_en last_img read more

Pasadena-based Sunny Slope Water Company and Microvi Unveil World’s Most Advanced Nitrate Removal Technology

Pasadena-based Sunny Slope Water Company and Microvi Unveil World’s Most Advanced Nitrate Removal Technology

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Make a comment Global greentech pioneer Microvi and Sunny Slope Water Company (Sunny Slope) today announced the launch of the world’s most advanced nitrate removal technology, named DenitroviTM, to provide more than 200 million gallons of potable water annually for Sunny Slope’s 30,000 households. Dentrovi is a natural nitrate-removal process with no negative impact on the environment. Moreover, the system brings significant benefits to Sunny Slope, including:Up to 50 percent cost savings over every available option for nitrate removal;• Virtually eliminating the secondary waste stream typical of conventional technologies;• Proven long-term performance and easy operation.Microvi and Sunny Slope have partnered to bring this elegant and proven solution, first implemented for remote communities in Western Australia, to help address the water crisis in Southern California.“The Denitrovi technology is uniquely positioned to bring real solutions to the water industry,” said Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO and CTO of Microvi. “With a small footprint, virtually no waste stream and extreme energy efficiency, Denitrovi offers significant cost and operational advantages over any existing technology for nitrate removal.”As water agencies and customers across the state know all too well, California – and Southern California in particular – must find new ways to source the water it needs. Groundwater supplies is one of those sources, but requires rigorous treatment to meet the state’s standards. Sunny Slope, like many water providers in the Los Angeles Basin, needed to find a way to treat the high levels of nitrate in its groundwater sources. In California, the United States Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that around 10 percent, or nearly 3,000 groundwater wells, are contaminated with nitrate.The California Division of Drinking Water has issued a conditional acceptance of the Denitrovi technology for Sunny Slope, which has also received the NSF/ANSI 61 consumer safety certification.The Denitrovi technology converts nitrate in water into nitrogen gas through a proprietary natural process that results in no byproducts or sludge production – only the safe release of nitrogen gas into the atmosphere. The technology is one of Microvi’s biomimetic water technologies, where the most effective processes of nature are used to provide significant advantages over energy intense, waste-generating and costly conventional technologies.“Microvi’s nature-based approach to water purification is revolutionary,” said Ken Tcheng, General Manager of Sunny Slope Water Company. “We found that Microvi’s Denitrovi technology not only provided the water-quality regulators demand and our customers expect, but also solves costly waste-disposal problem of a conventional system.”“We are proud to partner with Microvi. Our customers deserve the safest and best solutions, and we are happy to be the first to bring this innovative water technology to Southern California,” said Tcheng.Microvi’s technology can be adapted to eliminate almost any groundwater pollutant – including such contaminants as perchlorate, Chromium-6 and uranium. In fact, Microvi has a suite of over two dozen technologies that are almost universal in their applications for public water agencies, water companies and others with water treatment needs.Microvi’s inherently clean technology also equates to direct cleanup savings such as negating the need for concentrate pipelines and fewer disposal-vehicle movements, as well as non-financial benefits such as lower vehicle emission rates and less impact on landfills and the environment.“It’s amazing to see a biological treatment system that doesn’t produce secondary waste,” said Shane Chapman, General Manager of the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District). “Waste streams have always been a huge environmental and cost issue in water treatment—this is a long-overdue course correction for the industry. I have no doubt Microvi is showing us the future not only of nitrate removal, but the treatment of many pollutants in groundwater supplies around the country.”About MicroviMicrovi is a leading green technology company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that develops next-generation bioconversion technologies in the water, wastewater and bio-based chemical industries. Microvi’s approach has been demonstrated in a wide range of applications, including at large scale, to enable smaller footprints, increased productivity and disruptive economics compared to current methods. Microvi has formed partnerships around the world with public and private firms, academic institutions and municipal agencies. For more information, please visit www.microvi.com.About Sunny Slope Water CompanySunny Slope Water Company is a private Mutual Water Company incorporated in 1895. The company is located in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County in the eastern portion of Pasadena. Sunny Slope provides safe drinking water to its shareholders at cost. It relies on 100% groundwater which is pumped from the Raymond Basin and the Main San Gabriel Basin. For more information please visit www.sunnyslopewatercompany.com. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of…

Shannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of…

first_imgHousing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Chamber CEO Helen DownesWORKING remotely since March, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes and the Chamber team has organised a presentation on the topic of self-care and emotional resilience via webinar with a highly renowned commentator on anxiety, stress and emotional resilience.The Shannon Chamber team understand the changes so many people have had to make to their lives since the onset of COVID-19 since having to work remotely since earlier this year, not just from a work perspective but in all aspect of their lives.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Chamber, via its Skillnet network, has engaged the highly renowned commentator on anxiety, stress and emotional resilience, Dr Harry Barry, to give a presentation on the topic of self-care and emotional resilience via a free webinar on Friday, 21 August from 10-11am.As Helen Downes acknowledged since the COVID-19 pandemic “our lives have changed dramatically”.She said, “Our thinking is now dominated by fear of the ever-present but unseen COVID-19 virus, which not only forced us into lockdown and, for many of us it has changed our homes from a living space to a work/life environment, which has led to the coining a phrase ‘living with work’. Many have yet to return to work.“The pandemic has also denied us access to our loved ones, forced us to change our holiday and travel patterns and a lot more besides.”The Shannon Chamber CEO said so much “enforced change” can lead to a feeling of “helplessness and a wonderment of what lies ahead and this can lead to stress, anxiety and even depression”.“To help people understand these symptoms and to enable them manage their lifestyles better in the current environment we felt it necessary to host a webinar on the topic. We are delighted to have engaged Dr Harry Barry for what promises to be a very enlightening webinar in which we will all be given a set of techniques to improve our emotional resilience during this extremely stressful period. This webinar will most certainly have a lot of takeaways to help us cope in these very uncertain times,” added Ms Downes.The ‘Self-Care and Emotional resilience’ webinar with Dr Harry Barry, presented by Shannon Chamber Skillnet, is free of charge to attend. To book a place, simply log onto www.shannonchamber.ie/events-training/ Linkedin TAGSbusinessClarehealthHelen DownesLimerick City and CountyNewsShannonShannon Chamber Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook Previous articleLimerick City Gallery of Art exhibition showcases ‘Limerick Connections’ through artists over the past 50 yearsNext articleFota Wildlife Park welcomes three endangered Northern cheetah cubs Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Advertisement Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students center_img Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Twitter Email WhatsApp Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BusinessNewsHealthShannon Chamber Webinar to help people cope with the stresses of COVID-19By Cian Reinhardt – August 12, 2020 204 Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic last_img read more

South Africa High Court Strikes Down Lockdown Regulations As Unconstitutional [Read Judgment]

South Africa High Court Strikes Down Lockdown Regulations As Unconstitutional [Read Judgment]

first_imgForeign/InternationalSouth Africa High Court Strikes Down Lockdown Regulations As Unconstitutional [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Jun 2020 3:10 AMShare This – xThe High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) has held that some lock down regulations imposed by the Government in South Africa in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic are unconstitutional. Judge Norman Davis observed that they do not meet the rationality test.The Court ruled thus in a petition filed by the Liberty Fighters Network advocacy group who contended that the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Court of South Africa (Gauteng Division, Pretoria) has held that some lock down regulations imposed by the Government in South Africa in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic are unconstitutional. Judge Norman Davis observed that they do not meet the rationality test.The Court ruled thus in a petition filed by the Liberty Fighters Network advocacy group who contended that the Government’s reaction to the epidemic violated South Africa’s Bill of Rights.The judge said: “Once the Minister had declared a national state of disaster and once the goal was to ‘flatten the curve” by way of retarding or limiting the spread of the virus (all very commendable and necessary objectives), little or in fact no regard was given to the extent of the impact of individual regulations on the constitutional rights of people and whether the extent of the limitation of their rights was justifiable or not. The starting point was not “how can we as government limit Constitutional rights in the least possible fashion whilst still protecting the inhabitants of South Africa?” but rather ‘we will seek to achieve our goal by whatever means, irrespective of the cost and we will determine, albeit incrementally, which Constitutional rights you as the people of south Africa, may exercise”. However, the declaration has been suspended until such time as the Minister, after consultation with the relevant cabinet minister/s, review, amend an republish the regulations by giving due consideration to the limitation each regulation has on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights contained in the Constitution.This exercise has been ordered to be completed within fourteen days.Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Storylast_img read more

Chicago Police officers handcuffed 8-year-old, made him stand in the freezing rain during a police raid: Lawsuit

Chicago Police officers handcuffed 8-year-old, made him stand in the freezing rain during a police raid: Lawsuit

first_imgWLS-TV(CHICAGO) — A Chicago mother is accusing Chicago police of using excessive force on her family, including her 8-year-old son, who officers allegedly handcuffed and left in the freezing rain for 40 minutes, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed against the Chicago Police Department.On March 15, Alberta Wilson and her children, who live in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood, were awoken by bullhorn at 6 a.m. by Chicago Police officers surrounding their home, according to the lawsuit. The officers were executing a search warrant for an assault rifle they thought was in the possession of one of Wilson’s older sons, according to Chicago Police Sgt. Rocco Alioto.Officers in tactical gear allegedly pointed assault rifles at the family as they exited the home, even after Wilson requested that they lower the weapons due to the presence of children, the lawsuit states.Once the family reached the street the officers handcuffed them, including Wilson’s 8-year-old son Royal, according to the court documents, which say it was 32 degrees that morning.“He stood in the street shaking from fear and cold and drenched in the freezing rain,” the lawsuit alleges.During a press conference Wednesday, Wilson said Royal was crying and complaining that the handcuffs were too tight. His wrists were bruised from the handcuffs, according to the lawsuit. Wilson says her 9-year-old son Roy and 6-year-old daughter Royalty were not handcuffed.“And I had to reassure him, God is not gonna let anything happen to us,” she said.Wilson and other adult family members were also handcuffed and kept standing in the cold for two hours while the officers searched the home, according to the lawsuit.In addition, officers used a “loud explosive device to blow a large hole” in the second-floor ceiling of the home and then detained the adult family members inside the home for another two hours,” the lawsuit states.Officers also allegedly damaged or destroyed personal property and “shouted profanity and insults at the family” as well as “used abusive and contemptuous language, all within the sight and hearing of the children,” according to the lawsuit.Police finally left the home around 10 a.m., the lawsuit states.Wilson said the incident has traumatized her younger children, describing them as “very nervous and jumpy.”“They’re afraid to go to the washroom,” she said. “They’re afraid to sleep by themselves.”Wilson’s attorney, Al Holfield Jr., said during the news conference that “Chicago Police officers behave as if our children of color and their trauma is collateral damage.”In a statement to ABC News, Sgt. Alioto said the department “makes every effort to ensure the validity of all information used to apply for and execute search warrants.”“Due to the risk involved with a weapon that could penetrate body armor, the occupants of the residence followed verbal direction given over a public address system and exited the residence without needing to breach the door,” Alioto said.The target of the search warrant was on the scene, and there were no weapons located in the search, Alioto said. The location searched was the same as the one described on the search warrant, he added.No one was arrested or charged, according to the lawsuit.It is against Chicago Police protocol to handcuff children, ABC Chicago station WLS reported. Officers say they did not know Royal’s age when they handcuffed him, according to the local station.“We’re not perfect, but we do try to ensure that those types of things do not occur,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told WLS. “So, I’ll look into it, and if someone has to be held accountable, then we’ll do that.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Nathaniel Woods executed in Alabama after Supreme Court denies stay

Nathaniel Woods executed in Alabama after Supreme Court denies stay

first_imgsimpson33/iStock(ATMORE, Ala.) — The controversial execution of Nathaniel Woods was carried out late Thursday in Alabama just minutes after the Supreme Court denied a temporary stay, issued only hours earlier.Woods was pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. local time, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections.Advocates had argued Woods, who was convicted in the murder of three police officers in 2004, did not directly take part in the slayings and should have his execution delayed.The decision came after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey reviewed the letter requesting a reprieve from the death sentence, but said she would allow the execution to proceed.“Governor Ivey does not presently intend to exercise her powers of commutation or reprieve in this case,” general counsel William G. Parker Jr. wrote. “While Governor Ivey reserves the right to grant clemency at any time before an execution is carried out, she has determined, based on her review of the complete record, including the matters presented in your letter, that clemency for Mr. Woods at this hour is unwarranted.”Woods, 44, was killed by lethal injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama.“The fight is far from over. Nathaniel is an innocent man, and that will always be the truth. We are not giving up,” the family said in a statement provided to ABC News.Supporters were calling for Ivey to grant a reprieve. As of Thursday morning, Ivey offered no sign that she would intervene in Williams’ case and it appeared the execution would go as planned.But late Thursday, Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas issued a temporary stay in the minutes leading up to the execution of Woods, who was convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of three Birmingham, Alabama, police officers.He already requested his final meal of sweet potatoes, spinach, chicken patty, chicken leg quarter, cooked apples, fries, two oranges and an orange flavored drink, according to a statement from the Alabama Department of Corrections. However, he only took one bite of the chicken and left the rest of his meal untouched, the statement read.Woods also made calls earlier that day to his father, sister, daughter and mother, as well as friends. His imam was expected to be the only person present at the execution.At news of the temporary stay, the son of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., who had joined a chorus of calls to halt the execution, praised the move.“Amazing news!! The Supreme Court has issued a stay of execution for Nathaniel Woods!! Great work everyone!” Martin Luther King III wrote on Twitter.Following the execution, King called it a “mockery of justice.”A spokeswoman with the Alabama Department of Corrections told ABC News that the execution warrant did not run out until 11:59 p.m., meaning they had until then to carry out the execution once the court decided to lift the temporary stay.On Tuesday, King sent a letter to Ivey, a Republican, reading, “I stand with hundreds of thousands of Americans across Alabama and the nation, pleading with you not to execute Nathaniel Woods.”In his letter, King, who was born in Alabama, told Ivey her state was “set to kill a man who is very likely innocent.”King told Fox News Thursday, “If a person is innocent, they should not be killed in this country. People have been killed and [hanged] for doing nothing. And in this context, if that is the prospect, we ought to at least go through the facts, go through the information, give the system the opportunity to work if it did not work.”As of Thursday afternoon, more than 91,000 people had signed a petition on the website Change.org to stop the execution of Woods, who would become the first person executed in Alabama this year and the 67th since the state reinstated the death penalty in 1976. Ivey noted two Alabama citizens had been executed since 1983 as being accomplices to capital murder.Woods’ alleged accomplice, Kerry Spencer, confessed to being the sole gunman who killed the officers with a high-powered weapon, but separate juries convicted him and Woods of four capital murder charges, including killing the officers in the course of committing another crime.“The state offered the testimony of 39 witnesses at Woods’ capital murder trial, including Officer Michael Collins, 25 other law enforcement officers, and forensic experts,” Ivey wrote in a lengthy statement announcing Woods’ execution. “There is no evidence, and no argument has been made, that Nathaniel Woods tried to stop the gunman from committing these heinous crimes. In fact, he later bragged about his participation in these horrific murders. As such, the jury did not view Woods’ acts as those of an innocent bystander; they believed that he was a fully engaged participant.”Spencer’s trial was held before Woods’ case was heard by a jury, but his execution date has yet to be set.During both trials, prosecutors presented the juries the theory that Woods and Spencer acted in tandem to lure the officers into the apartment to kill them.On June 17, 2004, Birmingham police officers Carlos Owen, Harley Chisholm III and Charles Bennett were shot to death while executing a misdemeanor assault warrant for Woods at a suspected crack house in Birmingham. A fourth officer was also shot, but survived and testified against Woods.A jury convicted Woods in December 2005, and in a nonunanimous verdict of 10-2 recommended a sentence of death.Chisholm’s sister has come out against the execution, saying in a statement to ABC News provided by Wood’s family: “I am writing to express my sincere wishes for Governor Ivey to stop the execution of Nathaniel Woods. I am the sister of Harley Chisholm III. I do not think that Nathaniel is guilty of murder. I urge Governor Ivey to reconsider her decision not to intervene.”“There is no harm in allowing more time for the courts to investigate,” the statement added. “I want the new evidence to be brought forward and evaluated by new attorneys. Please do not move forward with the hasty decision to execute Nathaniel. My conscience will not let me live with this if he dies. I beg you to have mercy on him.”Alabama State Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement Wednesday that Woods was “correctly found guilty and sentenced to death by a jury of his peers.”“The only injustice in the case of Nathaniel Woods is that which was inflicted on those four policemen that terrible day in 2004,” Marshall said in the statement.Woods appealed his conviction, arguing his lawyer gave him inadequate representation by misinforming him that he could not be convicted of capital murder as an accomplice and convincing him to reject a plea deal prosecutors offered him of 20 to 25 years in prison, according to court records.“A jury of Mr. Woods’ peers convicted him of four counts of capital murder,” Ivey wrote Thursday night. “In the past 15 years, his conviction has been reviewed at least nine times, and no court has found any reason to overturn the jury’s decision.”Woods’ appeal was denied by the Alabama Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.In his letter to Ivey, King stated that Woods “has never had a fair trial” and has not gotten the opportunity to present new evidence since his conviction bolstering his claim that Spencer acted alone and that there was never a plan to lure the officers into an ambush.The case has also garnered the attention of celebrities like Kim Kardashian West, who has become an advocate for criminal justice reform. She tweeted Thursday, Woods “is scheduled to be executed in Alabama TONIGHT for murders he did NOT commit. Join the broad coalition- including members of the jury and relatives of the victims – in urging @GovernorKayIvey and @AGSteveMarshall to stay Nate’s execution.”Following Ivey’s inaction, which allowed Woods’ execution to proceed, West said her heart goes out to Woods’ family and those who worked to “save his life.”“This is a tragic example of injustice in the system,” she tweeted. “Nate will die for a crime another man confessed to and says Nate had nothing to do with.”West met with President Donald Trump Wednesday at the White House to talk criminal justice reform along with women the president recently commuted.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The contribution of surface and submesoscale processes to turbulence in the open ocean surface boundary layer

The contribution of surface and submesoscale processes to turbulence in the open ocean surface boundary layer

first_imgThe ocean surface boundary layer is a critical interface across which momentum, heat, and trace gases are exchanged between the oceans and atmosphere. Surface processes (winds, waves, and buoyancy forcing) are known to contribute significantly to fluxes within this layer. Recently, studies have suggested that submesoscale processes, which occur at small scales (0.1-10 km, hours to days) and therefore are not yet represented in most ocean models, may play critical roles in these turbulent exchanges. While observational support for such phenomena has been demonstrated in the vicinity of strong current systems and littoral regions, relatively few observations exist in the open-ocean environment to warrant representation in Earth system models. We use novel observations and simulations to quantify the contributions of surface and submesoscale processes to turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) dissipation in the open-ocean surface boundary layer. Our observations are derived from moorings in the North Atlantic, December 2012 to April 2013, and are complemented by atmospheric reanalysis. We develop a conceptual framework for dissipation rates due to surface and submesoscale processes. Using this framework and comparing with observed dissipation rates, we find that surface processes dominate TKE dissipation. A parameterization for symmetric instability is consistent with this result. We next employ simulations from an ocean front-resolving model to reestablish that dissipation due to surface processes exceeds that of submesoscale processes by 1-2 orders of magnitude. Together, these results suggest submesoscale processes do not dramatically modify vertical TKE budgets, though such dynamics may be climatically important owing to their ability to remove energy from the ocean.last_img read more