Fraud panel criticises SFO plans

first_img The Fraud Advisory Panel has slammed the break-up of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO). In a Treasury consultation submission it said the planned changes “would be a wholly unwise and dangerous move in our view that would benefit only the criminal and be an enormously retrograde step in the fight against financial crime.” Under government plans the SFO will be dismantled and its responsibilities split between the Crown Prosecution Service, which will charge cases, and the new National Crime Agency, which will be tasked with investigating alleged offences. KCS-content Fraud panel criticises SFO plans Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child Monday 25 April 2011 11:48 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Inspired sees revenue drop as losses widen in Q4

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Video Gaming 12th February 2019 | By contenteditor Inspired sees revenue drop as losses widen in Q4 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Inspired Entertainment has reported a year-on-year decline in revenue for the fourth quarter, with losses also widening in what was a transitional period due to a change in fiscal year end. Revenue in the three months to December 31, 2018, totalled $30.7m (£23.9m/€27.2m), down from $31.4m in the corresponding period in 2017. Inspired, which provides virtual sports, mobile gaming and server-based gaming systems to the market, put this decline down to lower hardware sales, mainly in the UK. Total hardware sales fell from $1.0m in Q4 of 2017 to $686,000. The tech provider also said a drop in Greek software licence sales contributed to the overall decline in revenue. Overall services revenue slipped from $30.4m to $30.0m. Net loss for the quarter grew from $4.2m in Q4 2017 to $4.7m, mainly due to higher cost of sales, as well as depreciation and amortisation. However, Inspired noted that net operating loss for the period was reduced from $4.4m to $2.4m, helped by a reduction in staff numbers, saving the company $1.8m. As a result of net loss increasing, net loss per common share, both on a basic and diluted basis, also worsened from $0.20 to $0.23. However, Inspired was boosted by an improvement in EBITDA, which climbed from $7.3m to $8.2m in Q4. Inspired put this down to overhead savings, again due to lower staff-related costs. Inspired executive chairman, Lorne Weil, remained upbeat about the results, highlighting that Q4 was a transitional period for the company. Inspired will switch its fiscal year end from September 30 to December 31 from 2019, with the results for the first quarter of this new calendar expected in May. “As we complete our transition to a traditional calendar year reporting cycle, we’re expecting good performance in the first quarter of 2019 driven by continued growth in Greece and Italy, as well as interactive and additional hardware sales opportunities in conjunction with a reduced overhead expense base,” Weil said. Weil also spoke of his confidence about how Inspired will deal with upcoming changes to regulations surrounding fixed-odds betting terminals in the UK. The maximum stake on the machines will be cut from £100 to £2 from April 1, while Remote Gaming Duty will also rise from 15% to 21%. “As we move from the first quarter into the second quarter, we expect to begin to see the impact of the implementation of new regulations as a result of the Triennial,” he said. “We have been investing in the resources necessary to satisfy the new requirements and meet player needs in the UK and we are extremely optimistic about our strategy to mitigate a portion of any potential impact.” Weil also referenced Inspired’s expansion plans in North America, saying that the company is seeking out opportunities to drive growth in the region. “We continue to believe our content and solutions provide an ideal platform for growth and, based on our proven success throughout Europe, we see a unique opportunity to build our VLT, virtual sports and interactive businesses in North America,” he said.center_img Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Slots Video gaming AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Inspired Entertainment has reported a year-on-year decline in revenue for the fourth quarter, with losses also widening to €4.7m in the transitional period.last_img read more

African Distillers Limited 2004 Annual Report

first_imgAfrican Distillers Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about African Distillers Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Distillers Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Distillers Limited (  2004 annual report.Company ProfileAfrican Distillers Limited manufactures, distributes and markets branded spirits, ciders and wines for the Zimbabwe market and for export. The founding company was established in 1944 and its activities originally centered around the sale and distribution of imported spirits, liqueurs and wines. Local production of a range of spirits commenced in 1946 and African Distillers Limited became a public-quoted company in 1951. African Distillers offers its customers a first-class distribution service, with six depots located in strategic economic hubs in Zimbabwe (Bulawayo, Harare, Kwekwe, Masvingo, Mutare and Victoria Falls). Its headquarters, manufacturing plant, warehouse and distribution facilities are in Stapleford, an industrial area on the outskirts of Harare. African Distillers is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Dividend shares: I’m following Warren Buffett’s method in my ISA

first_imgDividend shares: I’m following Warren Buffett’s method in my ISA Image source: The Motley Fool See all posts by Roland Head Billionaire US investor Warren Buffett has famously never paid a dividend to shareholders of his company, Berkshire Hathaway. So why am I talking about his methods in an article on dividend shares?It’s simple enough. Buffett doesn’t pay dividends, but he certainly likes to collect them. Berkshire’s biggest equity holdings include many well-known US dividend shares.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…Buffett’s dividend sharesI’ve been taking a look at the stock market holdings held by Berkshire Hathaway. The top 10 largest holdings by size are all well-known dividend stocks, such as Bank of America, Coca-Cola Co, American Express and Kraft Heinz.Buffett’s biggest public holding is Apple. Berkshire’s stake in the tech giant is valued at around $120bn. And although Apple probably isn’t known as a dividend stock, it’s been paying out regularly since 2012. I estimate last year’s payout alone totalled about $13bn.However, investments aren’t limited to the stock market. Buffett also buys whole companies, owning them privately under the umbrella of his Berkshire Hathaway holding company. When a company is privately owned, its owners have access to all the surplus cash generated by that business.In my view, the companies owned by Berkshire are like dividend shares on steroids. I suspect most of them generate attractive cash returns for Buffett. That cash can be used to make new investments.How I’m copying BuffettI follow a similar approach for my income portfolio, which I hold in a Stocks and Shares ISA. As I’m still working, I don’t withdraw any of the dividends generated by my shares. Instead, I combine this cash with my monthly contributions to buy additional shares for my portfolio.Over time, these shares also generate dividends. In other words, I use my dividends to buy more dividends. Reinvesting income in this way is known as compounding. Over time, compounding can be a powerful way to generate low-risk growth. For example, over 20 years, reinvesting a 5% annual income would give a 165% gain, even if the share price was unchanged.Eventually, I hope to be able to cut back on working and live on my dividend income. But, until then, I’ll keep reinvesting my dividends.What about dividend cuts?Of course, a dividend is never guaranteed. As we saw last year when bad things happen, companies can be forced to cut or suspend their dividends without warning.A second risk with high-yield dividend stocks is that the generous payouts could be a sign the company can’t find any growth opportunities. Over time, such stocks can lag behind the wider market.I suffered dividend cuts last year. The income generated by my portfolio fell by around 50%. But I took advantage of lower share prices to keep buying dividend shares.So far, my approach has paid off. Most of my bargain shares are performing well. Many of the dividends that were cut last year have now been reinstated.I plan to keep following Buffett’s example and expect 2021 to be a much better year for dividend income. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Roland Head | Monday, 22nd February, 2021 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. 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The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Apple and Berkshire Hathaway (B shares) and recommends the following options: short January 2023 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), short March 2021 $225 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and long January 2023 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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.last_img read more

City Council undecided on Apopka Police Department’s budget

first_img July 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply Mama Mia 8 COMMENTS Why didn’t the mayor just go ahead and accept the $ 60,000 settlement at the mediation along with the city attorney present there at the mediation, I’ll never know???? All this mess would have been over, but the mayor wanted to bring in “the community” through the city council’s votes, as the community’s representatives. So in the event that Anderson wins, the mayor wouldn’t have been the sole decision maker, if he chose to go to court with a trial. The council was dragged into when the mayor had it put on the agenda and called for their votes……unbelievable, after the mayor had agreed to the settlement during the mediation?????? Please enter your name here Amazing isn’t it that Orange County’s budget allows for 100 new police and fire department employees, some percentage of a raise requested by Sheriff Demings for the Orange Co. sheriffs, and yet the Orange Co. Commission is NOT going to raise the millage rate on our Orange Co. citizens because the taxable values of properties are increasing, and will make up the differences needed plus all the new growth and what those new homes, apartments, and businesses will bring in additional revenues …. Our Apopka City Council needs to take a BIG hint, if Orange County government can do it, the City of Apopka Council can keep the millage rate the same also…..I’ll title this opinion of mine……”YOU ALL ARE NOT FOOLING ME” on this budget. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. July 20, 2017 at 4:19 pm Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom July 20, 2017 at 10:00 am July 20, 2017 at 11:37 am I am very disappointed in the vengefulness of the Apopka City Commissioners who voted against settling the lawsuit with Anderson to end this crap, that continues…..and that is what it is, vengefulness! So nice to know you all are so moral and perfect, and the talk of Richard” won’t go away” by Velazquez….very disappointing……why should Richard “go away” ??? He spent his life raised here, and working here in this city, so why should he “go away”? Reply July 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply Mama Mia Reply center_img Mama MIa UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Mama MIa July 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm Adds $90,000 to proposed budget for vests, helmets, and tasers; replacement vehicles on holdAusterity collided with reality on Tuesday, and the result of the crash could change the trajectory of Apopka’s 2017-18 fiscal budget.At the fifth City Council budget meeting, Apopka Chief of Police Michael McKinley gave a sobering presentation of a department in dire need of upgrades in many areas including personnel, ballistics, and particularly in vehicles.Despite a proposed $15,490,371 APD budget for Fiscal Year 2017-18, which represents approximately 35% of the General Fund, McKinley believes there are essential areas that risk both the success and safety of his agency. The APD is dealing with an aging fleet of vehicles that includes 28 over 10 years old, and 36 with over 100,000 miles. Two unmarked vehicles were totaled in crashes last year and not replaced. They also have tasers that are out of warranty, 35 rifles at the end of their life expectancy (which is 33% of the rifle arsenal), a need for a higher level of ballistic vest for first responders, an officer/population ration that is below the Florida average, and an entry level officer salary average that is falling behind other agencies.“The proposed budget is going to leave the department with some challenges,” he said. “I know there was talk of cutting into the fat, but I think this budget cuts into the muscle too.”McKinley’s amended requests above the proposed budget were:2 new police officersLevel IV ballistic vests and kevlar helmets for first responders (sergeant and below)6 patrol sedans6 patrol SUV’s2 unmarked vehicles, plus two additional unmarked vehicles to replace the totaled vehicles1 canine vehicle1 SRO vehicleTasers to replace the out of warranty tasersThe Council added the vests, helmets, and tasers, which added $90,000 to the APD budget. However, the vehicle request was put on a “wish list” to be decided on after the budget meetings are concluded. The vehicle requests will add $670,000 to the APD’s budget.Earlier in the discussion, both McKinley and City Administrator Glenn Irby illustrated the importance of upgrading the aging APD vehicle fleet.“A pursuit vehicle with over 125,000 miles is beginning to reach a danger element,” said McKinley.Irby agreed with McKinley’s assessment.“Two of the biggest liabilities in our budget are the police and fire departments,” he said. “But it can actually be tilted even worse when their equipment is not adequate. There are times when (vehicle) pursuits will go on, and if those cars are falling apart, we’ll be looking at a larger liability. They need the equipment.”The budget meetings conclude on Thursday with the Fire Department making its presentation, and then an expected discussion on the items on the “wish list” to finalize the budget amounts for each department, which include the police vehicles requested by McKinley. That will be followed by a vote to set the millage rate for the 2017-18 fiscal budget. Reply July 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm Mama MIa TAGSApopka City CouncilApopka Police Department Previous article3rd Annual Simulation Summit coming in SeptemberNext articleAPD Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Also how much Apopka taxpayer money is going to be WASTED on fighting on with the Richard Anderson lawsuit fiasco? A VERY BAD decision rendered by the mayor, Velazquez, and Becker with their votes not to settle the lawsuit and give this subject a rest, once and for all, that has been a black cloud hanging over our city and causing more division in our city…..ENOUGH! Very illogical on their parts, especially since both parties’ representatives agreed to the settlement at the court- ordered mediation, then Velazquez, Becker, and the mayor vote against the pre-agreed terms, at the city council …..????? I guess this is the REAL reason the council might decide to INCREASE the millage rate, if they do …..not knowing how many attorney hours and $$$$$ they will need to fight on against Anderson! Commissioner Bankson and Commissioner Dean voted correctly on this one! Reply Now after reading Apopka Then and Now Facebook the community divisions are already firing up…….this was a bad decision not to settle. I am also reading Sammy’s comments that HE paid RA……how much???? $365,000, say what????? LOL….wow, all along I thought it was the city paying Richard instead of Sammy……Wow how much stranger are things going to get in this city? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia July 20, 2017 at 9:30 am Mama Mia Oh, and the only old police cars I have seen around these parts are the police cars up at Zellwood at the auction surplus sale……… Anybody understand why OJ is coming to Florida to live because he is protected against debtors and exactly how that works? Hope to heck he doesn’t come to Apopka, cause that is all we need! And here is the best part of all……it did not even have to be council approved!last_img read more

Brick Pattern House / Alireza Mashhadmirza

first_imgBrick Pattern House / Alireza MashhadmirzaSave this projectSaveBrick Pattern House / Alireza Mashhadmirza Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza Mashhadmirza+ 29 Share Photographs 2011 Brick Pattern House / Alireza Mashhadmirza “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2011 “COPY” Architects: Alireza Mashhadmirza Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Year:  CopyHouses•Tehran, Iran Iran Photographs:  Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaSave this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)MetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. This project has been shortlisted for the housing category for the 2012 world architecture festival and awarded by memar, an iranian magazine of architecture, as one of the best architectural achievements of the year. The “Brick Pattern House “designed by alireza mashhadimirza. Brick pattern house is a residence located in poor area in Tehran. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaIn my country architecture is a luxurious fantasy, but in much country which architecture is a reality. The building is located in one of the poorest districts of Tehran in jeyhoon area, where let alone the architecture, you can hardly find a building that has the minimum standard requirements of a sane building. I always considered the social role of architecture. This project was a challenge for me. I knew I didn’t have any chance to earn money on this project, but I was determined to show that architecture can happen even in such economically and culturally poor area. There you can hardly make something that is not a square box. The only think you have to work on it as architect, is the plain façade of the building. The construction cost for this project (including structure and technical services) was equivalent to 180 us dollars per sqm and the building plot was 130 sqm. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaThe professional fee the owner could pay to me was so low that I could not pay a resident and tight supervision on the building and on the other hand the workers could not be left with complex executive drawings. Therefore I’ve decided to create a method that does not need any phase 2 drawings. The result was paying more attention to details and designing complicated details in a very simple way. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaIn jeyhoon area, no owner can afford the costs of a contractor and the houses are built by the owners themselves. This is the case. During the construction, I had to deal with a few workers that didn’t have any idea about the construction industry and standards. Construction machinery and equipment were primitive. Nevertheless, in this condition, I could not deliver a village cottage to my client, but a city building with an earthquake resistant structure, energy saving walls, acceptable acoustic properties, fire safety and functional technical services. The space requirements were also similar to any small scale modern apartment building. In our country, labor wage is proportionally low and the possibility of creating special designs on smaller scales is more than developed countries. In this project, I tried to be creative on using local labors and show how valuable a brick facade could be. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaConsidering my limitations on one hand and my wish to give a clear architectural message to the people of jeyhoon on the other, I decided first to concentrate my effort on the exterior of the building. Interior design remained nothing more than a functional space aesthetically related to the façade. In order to recall the traditional architecture, I used brick as the main construction material and made a kind of contemporary mashrabiya to cover the whole façade and to mitigate the glaring sun light of Tehran. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaWe designed a tridimensional brick wall which also has a cultural value. In our country people care so much about privacy in their houses and they usually use curtains to block the windows. Therefore, they will miss the outside view .with this semi-transparent brick wall there is no need to put curtains and we can still have outside view. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaIn respect of our low budget, we needed to create a method which does not make us produce lots of executive drawings and does not require a great amount of time for supervision. So we invented a new and extremely easy mean of communication based on a table including all needed information for creating the facade. This is something similar to the instructions traditionally recited in the carpet workshops during the work time to coordinate the activities of several weavers working on the same carpet. We named this instruction “method 23” because everything is associated with the number 23. 23 brick rows, 23 sliced bricks, 23 boxes of bricks, and 23 columns of structural supports. Save this picture!Courtesy of Alireza MashhadmirzaThis method is like putting together pieces of a simple puzzle, each has a code to identify the location and orientation. The complete instruction was included in one a4 page given to the workers. According to this instruction the workers received 23 brick boxes. Each box contained the numbered and sliced bricks. As it is shown in the chart for example there were 23 bricks in the first box numbered from 1 to 23 and in the 23rd box there was only one brick which was the no.23. All the bricks were drilled like it is shown in the picture. In each floor there were 23 boxes. The workman first opened the box no.1 and put the bricks in to the framework starting from number 1and ending to no. 23. Obviously we needed to explain our method to the workers, but once they understood the trick, the work became a child’s play. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum / Ateliers Jean NouvelArticlesVideo: Weisman Art MuseumArticles Share ArchDaily Year:  CopyAbout this officeAlireza MashhadmirzaOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTehranHousesIranPublished on November 26, 2012Cite: “Brick Pattern House / Alireza Mashhadmirza” 26 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Introducing Flyte: the New FFA Mascot

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Introducing Flyte: the New FFA Mascot Previous articleIndiana Says Hello and Goodbye to National FFA ConventionNext articleGrains Council Says EU Approval Opens Doors to DDG Exports Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Oct 23, 2012 Flyte’s website is He’s on Twitter @FlyteTheOwl. Appearances earlier this year at the Indiana State Fair and Victory Field are up on National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 557,318 student members in grades seven through 12 who belong to one of 7,498 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Facebook Twitter For the first time in its 85-year history, the National FFA Organization has an official mascot – an adorable, approachable, feathery and highly playful great horned owl. Flyte the Owl is the chief brand ambassador of the National FFA Organization and arrives in town tomorrow to help kick off the 2012 National FFA Convention & Expo. The seven-foot-tall character has a busy week of appearances at special events and functions at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Indiana Convention Center, Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indiana State Fairgrounds and several other venues throughout the city. Flyte was created to serve as a head-turning champion for FFA and agricultural education. He’ll help spread the message that today’s FFA helps develop knowledge and skills that students need as they prepare for careers in science, business, marketing, food production or any of the more than 300 agriculture-related fields that exist today. Introducing Flyte: the New FFA Mascot SHARE Source: FFA SHARE Facebook Twitter The huggable Flyte is a creation of Street Characters in Calgary, Ontario, Canada, the industry leader in character creation. Street Characters has created hundreds of characters for NHL, NFL, MLB, MLS and minor-league teams, colleges and universities and secondary schools. “I am always extremely impressed by our artists and production team but when Flyte became a reality, the costume just blew me away,” said Aubrey Fishman, director of marketing at Street Characters. “The detail. The expressions. How real he looks and feels. The National FFA Organization was great to work with on this project and we hope that Flyte serves as an engaging brand ambassador for FFA for many years to come.”last_img read more

So Far, So Good on Crop Development

first_img So Far, So Good on Crop DevelopmentRyan PeilWhile it is very early in the growing season and is a long way to harvest, so far, we are off to a very good start.Once we finally got planters rolling, the pace was fast, the soil worked up well, and emergence has been quick with plenty of heat and soil moisture.While timely rains are needed in some areas, Ryan Piel, with DuPont Pioneer, says things look good for the most part. “There is not a lot out there that I am worried about,” he said. “If we got some heavy rain, we could have some crusting issues, but so far we are off to a good start.” Certainly this is a different situation than a year ago.Piel says even weed pressure is not proving to be a major issue at this point, “I had some concerns early about if the herbicides were working with the cold weather, but things have warmed up and we have the moisture to activate the chemicals. I have not seen any early weed problems.”  He added that emergence has been even which is good for pollination down the road. Home Indiana Agriculture News So Far, So Good on Crop Development SHARE So Far, So Good on Crop Development SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 16, 2018 Previous articleSenate Farm Bill Markup Expected SoonNext articlePlanting Finished? Get Scouting! Gary Truittlast_img read more

US – #WeeklyAddress: May 27 – June 2: Yemeni Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist denied US visa

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Receive email alerts Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of May 27 – June 2: Yemeni Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist denied US visaAfter being denied a US visa, Yemeni journalist Maad al-Zekry missed the May 28 Pulitzer Prize award ceremony in New York, where he was to accept the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. Al-Zekry, an award-winning Associated Press correspondent, told Medium the US Embassy in Cairo denied his visa application because Yemen “ranked as a place that has terrorism.” He was also denied a visa in April when he attempted to attend a ceremony in Georgia to receive the McGill Medal for journalistic bravery, despite receiving support from various US institutions. Al-Zekry and two of his colleagues, Nariman el-Mofty and Maggie Michael, were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Yemen Civil War. For more on journalists denied entry to the US, read RSF’s report: “Obtaining US visas: A plight for foreign conflict reporters.” RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 4, 2019 – Updated on June 7, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: May 27 – June 2: Yemeni Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist denied US visa Assange not charged for CIA leak United StatesAmericas AFP The Pentagon press secretary hasn’t hosted a televised press briefing since May 31, 2018, a year-long silence that some officials say is enforced by a fear of displeasing President Trump by spurring unpleasant media coverage. The shortage of press briefings mirrors the same trend at the White House, which hasn’t offered a press briefing in over two months. Pentagon officials do answer press questions on and off-camera and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has suggested the Pentagon may restart official press briefings but has yet to schedule one. News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The US Justice Department will not charge WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for leaking key Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  information known as “Vault 7,” which included a sensitive CIA digital code used for hacking devices. The Justice Department likely dropped these charges because the leaked Vault 7 information is too sensitive to prove in court and because the Justice Department is required to bring any additional charges within 60 days of his first indictment, which prosecutors did in April when they accused Assange of hacking military computers. The 17 counts against Assange in violation of the Espionage Act still stand. to go further Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayscenter_img Follow the news on United States Police obtained illegal warrant to search journalist’s phone records before raiding home A search warrant issued before a controversial police raid on journalist Bryan Carmody’s home allegedly illegally and secretly targeted Carmody’s phone records. The warrant, which was revealed on May 28, gave police access to Carmody’s phone records, data and messaging use, and even allowed round-the-clock location tracking of Carmody’s phone. Carmody’s lawyer told the San Francisco Chronicle that the warrant “clearly violated the First Amendment and the California Shield Law,” which protects journalists from revealing the identities of confidential sources. On May 10, San Francisco police used a sledgehammer to enter and raid Carmody’s home, where they detained and handcuffed him on suspicion of involvement in a criminal conspiracy to steal an internal police report. News The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. News Pentagon goes one year without a televised press briefing June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Organisation United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Down at the La Grande Orange Station

first_imgPasadena Eats, The Dining Blog Down at the La Grande Orange Station By AMBER GERRARD Published on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 5:45 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Subscribe Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newscenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News So, it’s that time of year again where you honor arguably the most important woman in your life, and what better way than treating your mother to a delicious meal while enjoying the company of her loving family?La Grande Orange Station Cafe is wholly passionate about creating delectable dishes which cater to all tastes. By taking strong classics that have weathered the test of time and giving them a modern twist La Grande Orange Cafe continues to entice customers with their creativity and friendly atmosphere.Why not for head down to Pasadena’s Del Mar train station for Mother’s Day to taste LGO’s fresh and honest ingredients?For a strong starter how does Shrimp Ceviche or good old Devilled eggs sound? Once you have nibbled on these you can move onwards to a lip smacking dish of Grilled Idaho Ruby Trout or, if you want a hearty dish of good old American meat, we advise you to try The Duke Filet Mignon. These plates can all be washed down with light and fruity drinks such as “Famous White Sangria” or Lucy’s “spiked” lemonade. If these sneaky drinks go straight to your guests’ head then offer them an Oakwood roasted coffee while they try the divine Red Velvet cake or a taste of sunshine in the popular Key Lime pie.Doors will open from 12 noon and there is no need to reserve, just drive on down, make use of the valet parking and wile away the afternoon without a care in the world and you can be sure your loved one will leave with an enormous smile across their face!La Grange Orange Station Cafe is located at 260 S. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena. Call them at (626) 356-4444 or visit Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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