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After its dividend cut, would I buy BP shares?

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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. Enter Your Email Address Despite its worst quarterly results on record, BP shares managed to close up 6.5% yesterday. This bullish sentiment was brought about by slightly better than expected results, the dividend ‘only’ being cut in half and new plans of shifting away from fossil fuels. Nevertheless, despite this bounce in the share price, BP shares are still trading at a 40% discount year-to-date. Would I buy or are they still too much of a risk?BP’s trading updateThe quarterly update affirmed the oil sector’s misery. In fact, the oil major slumped to an underlying loss of $6.7bn, compared to $2.8bn profit the year before. This was largely the result of the decision to write down the value of its oil and gas exploration assets.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…Even so, as bad as this trading update was, it comes as no surprise and was actually better than many analysts had expected. Strong performance from the trading division was also very encouraging for shareholders. As a result, with oil prices already rising, I believe that the worst may be over for BP shares. This means that a recovery could be forthcoming.The lower dividendAlong with the poor trading update, BP also announced that it was cutting its dividend in half. With the former dividend completely unsustainable in the current climate, this came as no surprise. In fact, I think that this dividend cut is a good reason for buying BP shares. This is because the preserved cash (over £3bn every year) can be used for making the transition into cleaner energy and to improve the balance sheet.The current dividend also still yields around 6%, and this remains much larger than most other FTSE 100 companies. I personally expected a larger dividend cut, so the oil major continues to be a good income stock.What’s next for BP shares?One of the main reasons for the share price rise yesterday was the plan to transition to a carbon-neutral company by 2050, and a pledge to increase low-carbon investments by 1,000% by 2030. These investments should include renewable energy, bioenergy and hydrogen. The chief executive, Bernard Looney, demonstrated this commitment by promising a “decade of delivery for BP … in the fight against climate change”.One of my main criticisms of the oil sector in general is its diminishing importance, at a time when climate change is a major issue. Consequently, I believe that this transition to greener energy is an excellent move for BP, and one that puts it ahead of its rivals.All in all, I’d buy BP shares at the current price. Although net debt of $41bn is a major worry, I’m very encouraged by the decision to transition into greener energy. As a result, as long as it’s part of a diversified portfolio, I believe that BP could be a very good buy. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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Front Lake House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota

first_img “COPY” Architects: Nicolás Pinto da Mota Area Area of this architecture project Houses Area:  890 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeNicolás Pinto da MotaOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesArgentinaPublished on March 14, 2017Cite: “Front Lake House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota” 14 Mar 2017. 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 Save this picture!© Fernando Schapochnik+ 20 Share Manufacturers: Saint-Gobain, Revinil, ShapProject Manager:Matias CosenzaArchitect In Charge:Matias CosenzaProject Team:Tadeo Itzcovich, Esteban Unjold, Agustin AguirreCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsFastmount®Heavy Duty Panel Fastener at ‘Sandboxes’ HouseMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamPorcelain StonewareApavisaFloor Tiles – RegenerationText description provided by the architects. The SiteThe house is implanted on a plot on the outskirts of the city of Buenos Aires, within a typical private neighborhood. A recognizable archetype, a rectangular base prism that controls its scale in an environment characterized by its strong relation to a lake . With a slight slope in the lot, the dwelling is positioned in the North-South longitudinal direction, evidencing its more favorable and permeable side. This starting point has defined the spatial configuration of an inner – outer relationship, which in this case is given by the orientation of lodges of various scales that compose a large volume.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikThe ShapeThis theme is of vital importance, either by hollowing a solid, compartmentalizing a single volume, juxtaposing several or distributing the program into a series of separate volumes, all have the same purpose, to express the volumetry of the building in a humble and serene way. In this case the volumetric composition is achieved by a regular matrix that finds differentiated scales in the typical programmatic components of the dwelling. These components are expressed through the relation of the lodges that shape the volume. This intermittence identifies the scalesSave this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Fernando Schapochnikof the various domestic uses, lodges of four, eight; single or double, allow these spaces to have controlled visuals facing the lake, cross ventilation and fine sunlight. This controlled and precise system, evidences a spatial expression of great formal efficiency.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikThe MaterialThe mass architectural production of the region is tied to a workforce that has its greatest skills linked to brick masonry or in-situ concrete. These materials display monolithic aspects that due to their density and dimensions, better express the idea of permanence.This subject, as well as the use of a material in function of the geometric clarity of the spaces and the continuity of the same ones, are of vital interest. In this sense, the priority interest is not in what is built but in the space that is defined and shaped by this construction. Thus the fine finish and white color on all its surfaces determines the characteristic space of this dwelling.Save this picture!© Fernando SchapochnikProject gallerySee allShow lessThis Instagram Account Explores the Beauty of Circular Plans in ArchitectureArchitecture NewsCornell Tech Unveils Snøhetta-Designed Hotel and Education Center for Its Roosevelt …Architecture News Share CopyHouses•Argentinacenter_img “COPY” Argentina Front Lake House / Nicolás Pinto da MotaSave this projectSaveFront Lake House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota Year:  Front Lake House / Nicolás Pinto da Mota 2016 Photographs:  Fernando Schapochnik Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDailylast_img read more

Concern about secret police bid to control the Internet

first_imgNews October 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern about secret police bid to control the Internet Organisation Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm today at attempts by the Ukrainian secret police (SBU) to take control of Internet operations in the country and intercept e-mail messages. Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News Follow the news on Ukraine to go further September 7, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm today at attempts by the Ukrainian secret police (SBU) to take control of Internet operations in the country and intercept e-mail messages.”In a country where the media is already monitored closely, the Internet has now become a key target for the SBU,” said secretary-general Robert Ménard. “Its bid to take over management of the national domain name “.ua”, currently in the hands of the private firm Hostmaster, and its proposal that parliament legalise e-mail monitoring, will allow it to effectively gag online activity. We shall watch developments very closely.”Hostmaster sued the government on 22 July over the decision to take controlof the “.ua” domain name. The authorities have asked ICANN, the US-basedworldwide body in charge of assigning all country domain names, to approvethe proposed switch but have had no response.The state telecommunications commission asked telecom operators and Internet service providers (ISPs) on 17 July to install equipment to monitor all traffic they handled. The Ukrainian Internet Association objected strongly to this as an unacceptable breach of privacy for Internet users and noted that for the moment it was still illegalThe SBU asked parliament on 19 August to legalise recording and interception of phone and Internet messages, ostensibly to help fight crime and supposedly bring the law into line with European standards.NB: A copy of the press release was sent to ICANN Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia March 26, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

A5 construction will see the employment of local workers

first_imgNews Google+ By News Highland – February 21, 2012 Facebook WhatsApp Contractors appointed to start work later this year on part of the A5 upgrade in Tyrone have pledged to use local workers and materials where possible, and ensure that a significant proportion of the money spent will go back into the local economy.Local MP Pat Doherty is welcoming the commitment, and hopes to receive similar assurances from other contractors.Pat Doherty says when the contracts were awarded for the construction of the three sections of the A5 in December 2009, special ‘social clauses’ were included to ensure the local economy would benefit substantially during the construction phase.Now, he says, he has received written confirmation from Farrans and Graham that they will source equipment, materials, sub-contractors and construction workers locally.Mr Doherty says he would like a similar commitment from the contractors appointed for the construction of the Newbuildings-Strabane section of the road.However, he says, the major task now is to ensure that the entire planned route of the dual carriageway is completed in the shortest possible time frame. Mr Doherty says he and his party colleagues will be seeking to ensure that the Irish government to fulfil its commitments and responsibilities towards the project as quickly as possible. WhatsApp Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Previous article35 new retails to be created by Happy Days in DonegalNext article21-year-old man arrested in relation to Derry rape News Highland Twittercenter_img HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A5 construction will see the employment of local workers 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegallast_img read more

COOK-OFF: CHHS sophomores win culinary challenge

first_img Published 8:59 pm Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “I appreciate all of the hard work you guys have put into this event,” Kelly said. “The dishes have been amazing and I’ve tasted them all. I’m proud of you and the accomplishments of the Culinary Arts Academy.”Jaleigh and Rayvion, who competed as Team Culinary Divas, said they were surprised when their recipe was chosen. Even, though they thought their Tuscan chicken was delicious and even though the judges came back for “one more piece,” the Culinary Divas knew the competition was tough.“All the teams had good food and everybody worked hard,” Jaleigh said. “I thought ours was good enough to win but it was up to the judges.”Rayvion agreed all the food was good and well presented but she leaned toward “the Tuscan chicken.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Email the author Troy City Schools culinary students competed Tuesday for the first time in Cooking up Change, a culinary competition that gives students an opportunity to have a voice in the national dialogue about school food.  The competition was held at Trojan Arena.Seven teams of Charles Henderson High School culinary students competed.Team Culinary Divas, Jaleigh Owens and Rayvion Williams, took first place honors and qualified to compete in the Cooking Up Change National Finals in Washington D.C. in April. Troy City Schools’ culinary students competed in Cooking up Change, a national program that challenges students to create healthy, great-tasting meals and gives them a voice in school service foods. Top: Winners are pictured from left, Tanaya Tillis and Jakari Thomas, second place; Jaleigh Owens and Rayvion Williams, first place; and Hannah Huner and Makayla Culpepper, third place. Troy United:Popular new soccer club sees immediate success The Troy United Football Club is in its early stages, but coaches Kenneth Green and Adam Drinkwater hope it will… read more Team All Fired Up, Jakari Thomas and Tanaya Tillis, claimed second place with their chicken and cheese quesadillas with sides of mashed potatoes with peas and applesauce with dried cranberries. The Spice Girls, Makayla Culpepper and Hannah Huner, were in third place with BBQ chicken, garlic Parmesan baked fries and peaches with yogurt. CHHS Principal Brock Kelly congratulated Paula Shute, culinary instructor, and the culinary students for a job well done. COOK-OFF: CHHS sophomores win culinary challenge Print Article You Might Like The Culinary Divas are looking forward to competing on the national level in the nation’s capitol, however, they are anxious to know how their Tuscan chicken will be received by the students in Troy City Schools.Shute said before Jaleigh and Rayvion compete in the Cooking up Change National Finals, their recipe would first be served to the students in the Troy City Schools.“That’s when we’ll really known if it’s good or not,” the young cooks said laughing.Shute said Cooking for Change challenges high school culinary students to create nutritious, great-tasting meals that meet the real-life requirements of the national school meal program.“Cooking up Change serves up life-changing opportunities, helps students realize their own potential and gives students a voice in what meals are served in our schools,” Shute said. “Our students looked forward to taking on the challenge to create a delicious, nutritious school lunch that their peers will enjoy. I’m proud of all of them for taking on the Cooking Up Change challenge. They have done a commendable job of planning and carrying out their meals. All of them are to be congratulated.” By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. 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Florida man Cesar Sayoc arrested in ‘insidious’ mail bomb spree as more packages are found

first_imgObtained by ABC News(NEW YORK) — A suspect was taken into arrested in Florida for an apparent mass mail bombing spree that targeted top Democrats and other prominent figures across the country, officials said.Cesar Sayoc, 56, of Aventura, Florida, allegedly carried out the widespread plot and triggered a nationwide manhunt, multiple law enforcement sources told ABC News.The charges against him include interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications, and assaulting current and former federal officers, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Friday afternoon.Sayoc faces up to 48 years in prison if convicted, a Justice Department spokeswoman told ABC News. He made no formal statement upon his arrest and gave no information as to how many more packages may be out there, law enforcement officials briefed on the case told ABC News.Investigators were able to compare a fingerprint from one of the envelopes sent to Rep. Maxine Waters and compared it to a sample collected from one of Sayoc’s previous arrests in Florida, FBI Director Christopher Wray said at the briefing. Sayoc’s DNA was also found on some of the wires used in the IEDs, according to law enforcement officials.“We do believe that we caught the right guy,” Wray said.Sayoc was tracked down using a mobile phone. Authorities have recovered a cell phone, a laptop computer and other electronic devices from him, sources said.Sayoc appeared unperturbed when he was apprehended in the parking lot of an Auto Zone mechanic shop in Plantation, Florida, on Friday morning and led into a police vehicle, witness Paul Smith told ABC Miami affiliate WPLG.“It almost seemed like he knew he was going to get caught soon and that he was expecting it,” Smith said. “…He was in handcuffs, and he was calmly escorted to the vehicle. I saw him get in, no problem. And he just had that look of, ‘Okay. It’s over.’”Sayoc’s residence is listed as his mother’s home in Aventura, but he was, for a time, living in the white van covered in stickers of President Donald Trump, which is now being investigated.A relative of his told ABC News that the family is in shock.“We’re in shock — just shock,” the relative said. “It’s all very, very hard to process. It’s just a crazy thing.”Daniel Lurvey, Sayoc’s former attorney who represented him in his grand theft and petty theft charges in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, also expressed surprise that he was arrested for the string of suspicious packages, describing him as “a gentleman” with “no political agenda.”“He’s as regular, non-political as can be,” Lurvey told ABC News, adding also that he is “somewhat gregarious and friendly.”Another one of Sayoc’s former attorneys, Miami-based lawyer Ronald Lowy, told ABC News that Sayoc’s mother is a committed democrat and that his alleged behavior is inconsistent with her political views.Speaking from the White House Friday afternoon, Trump said the suspect will be prosecuted “to the fullest extent of the law.”“These terrorizing acts are despicable and have no place in our country,” the president said. “We must never allow political violence to take root in America.”But, from a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday evening, Trump appeared once again to cast blame on the media for the bomb scare.“The media has a major role to play, whether they want to or not,” Trump said.Sayoc is expected to be prosecuted in federal court in New York City, a senior law enforcement official told ABC News. He will first appear in the Southern District of Florida, where he was arrested, on Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York told ABC News.U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Jeff Berman described Sayoc’s alleged as “insidious conduct.”Court documents obtained by ABC News show that Sayoc has a long history of criminal charges, including at least eight arrests in Florida alone, ranging from giving false information to get a refund to grand theft auto.In 2002, Sayoc was arrested for threatening to discharge a destructive device after he allegedly called Florida Power & Light and “threatened to blow up” the power utility company, allegedly saying “it would be worse than September 11,” the arrest record states. He pleaded guilty and was ultimately sentenced to probation, according to court documents.Court documents also show that, in 2014, Sayoc worked as a “road manager for a variety of traveling male revue shows.”So far, authorities have recovered 14 suspicious packages in the widening investigation, with the latest targets on Friday being Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey as well as former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and billionaire philanthropist Tom Steyer, sources said.The package addressed to Booker was found Friday morning at or near Opa-locka in South Florida.The parcel addressed to Clapper was then discovered at a United States Postal Service office in New York City, sources said. The New York City Police Department wrote on Twitter that the package was “safely removed” from the post office in midtown Manhattan.“My wife and I are away from home right now. And our neighbors have been retrieving our mail. Been very concerned about them. So in one sense, it’s kind of a relief, but it’s not a surprise,” Clapper said on CNN Friday morning. “This is definitely domestic terrorism. No question about it in my mind.”Clapper added that the targets of the suspected bomb threats — who have all been critical of Trump — won’t be deterred.“This is not going to silence the administration’s critics,” he said on CNN.The package to Harris was recovered Friday from a post office in Sacramento, California, multiple sources told ABC News. The package was identified by a trained postal employee, Harris said in a statement.“At this moment, it is incumbent upon leaders across the political spectrum to take seriously the power they hold,” Harris said. “It is the responsibility of our leaders to use their role as public figures to elevate our discourse and bring people together.”Steyer, a top donor to Democrats, confirmed in a statement that a suspicious package addressed to him was intercepted Friday at a postal facility in Burlingame, California, some 17 miles north of San Francisco.“We are seeing a systematic attack on our democracy and our rule of law that extends much further than just one isolated terrorist in Florida,” Steyer said in a statement obtained by ABC News. “Whether it’s voter suppression, voter intimidation, attacks on our free press, gerrymandering, or attempted violence — the trust and norms that are the actual basis for our civil society and political system are being eroded. It’s time for the Republican Party to denounce any attacks on the rights and dignity of any American and begin to work on building the broadest and most comprehensive democracy possible for each and every American.”Feds focus on South Florida as suspected origin of some of the packagesHarris, Booker and Clapper are among the prominent public figures who have been targeted, along with former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Bill Sweeney, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, said an army of agents is “fully engaged” in the probe.“This is a nationwide investigation involving multiple jurisdictions coast to coast,” Sweeney told reporters at a news conference Thursday.Everyone who has been sent the suspicious packages so far is a prominent critic of Trump, and many of them have been publicly disparaged by the president either at campaign rallies or on Twitter.None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured handling the packages, officials said.Many of the packages have the return address for Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Florida. Authorities do not believe the congresswoman, who is the former head of the Democratic National Committee, was involved in sending any of the parcels.The various bubble-wrapped-lined manila envelopes with computer-printed labels and Forever stamps have been sent to the FBI’s lab in Quantico, Virginia, for further analysis.All of the devices found inside the parcels went through the U.S. Postal Service. They were all intercepted before they reached their intended targets, sources told ABC News on Thursday.Investigators have not determined a motive for the suspected mail bombs.A search for where the bomb components were purchasedThe FBI, Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were fanning out across the country to determine where components of the devices were purchased.X-ray photographs of the devices exclusively obtained by ABC News illustrate the critical leads investigators are now pursuing: Each device contained a digital clock, explosive powder, a battery power source and wiring to channel a spark for detonation, sources told ABC News. The devices also included glass as potential shrapnel. None of the devices exploded.“The FBI advises the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages,” the FBI said in a statement Wednesday evening. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI.”It’s not entirely clear whether all of the incidents are linked, but authorities said they fear other suspected bombs may have been sent out. Investigators suspect the apparent mail-bomb campaign is meant to terrorize and harm.It began with a pipe bomb to George SorosThe series of mailed explosives began Monday with the discovery of a pipe bomb in the home mailbox of billionaire philanthropist George Soros in Westchester County, New York. Soros is a Democratic supporter often criticized by right-wing groups.The following day, a package addressed to Hillary Clinton containing an explosive device was intercepted by the Secret Service at a screening facility before it reached her home in the New York City suburb of Chappaqua, also in Westchester County. Former President Bill Clinton was home at the time the package was found.Hillary Clinton, speaking at a campaign event Wednesday in Florida, said, “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it reached our home.”“But it is a troubling time, isn’t it?” she added. “And it’s a time of deep divisions and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”A package addressed to Obama containing an explosive device was intercepted by the Secret Service early Wednesday morning before it reached his residence in Washington, D.C.Later that morning, a package containing an explosive and suspicious powder was found in the mail room of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, which is home to CNN’s New York headquarters. It was addressed to former CIA director John Brennan, though he is an NBC News contributor and has no public ties to CNN.The package addressed to Brennan traveled through the U.S. mail system, two officials briefed on the investigation told ABC News. It arrived at the Radio City post office in midtown Manhattan where it was picked up per normal procedure by a private courier who delivers the mail to the CNN office and other locations, the officials said.The courier then hand-delivered all of CNN’s mail for that day, including the manila envelope with U.S. Postal Service first-class mail “forever” stamps, which feature the American flag. That’s how the package wound up in CNN’s screening and sorting mail room, the officials said.There didn’t appear to be any postal markings above of the stamps, which investigators are looking into.The shops and restaurants at the Time Warner Center were briefly evacuated Thursday night as police investigated a pair of unattended packages inside the mall, which was determined to be a false alarm, according to the New York City Police Department.A suspected mail-bomb was sent to former Attorney General Eric Holder with a return address for Wasserman Schultz. The package did not reach its intended destination and so it was sent to the congresswoman’s address on Wednesday. Investigators do not believe Wasserman Schultz was involved in sending any of the parcels.Another package containing a device addressed to Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California was found in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. A prior one addressed to Waters was intercepted earlier Wednesday by Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.Waters, one of Trump’s most outspoken critics, said the suspicious packages will not stop her from protesting the current administration“We have to keep to doing what we’re doing in order to make this country right. That’s what I intend to do, and as the young people say, ‘I ain’t scared,’” Waters told Blavity in a video interview Thursday. “We must not be intimidated to the point that we stop advocating and protesting for justice.”A package addressed to Robert De Niro was recovered from the actor’s Tribeca Productions film and television company in New York City early Thursday morning. A retired New York City Police Department anti-terrorism detective who screens the mail for De Niro saw a photo of another suspicious package on the news and realized it resembled one sent to the actor’s production office on Tuesday, the police commissioner said.The parcel, which contained a device similar to the others recovered this week, was removed by police in a bomb-containment vehicle.“I thank God no one’s been hurt, and I thank the brave and resourceful security and law enforcement people for protecting us,” De Niro said in a statement obtained by ABC News Friday. “There’s something more powerful than bombs, and that’s your vote. People MUST vote!”The suspicious packages addressed to Booker, Clapper, Harris and Steyer bring the total count to 14 as of Friday afternoon. Philip Bartlett, head of the New York office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, said postal police have been aggressively searching the mail system and have not found any new devices since early Thursday morning.“In terms of tracking, we have over 600,000 postal employees out there right now. We have the eyes and ears looking for these packages,” Bartlett told reporters. “I will say in the postal network, we have found nothing in the last eight hours. So what we have so far is what we have, 10 parcels.”Later Thursday morning, two packages addressed to Biden were intercepted at different postal facilities in Delaware and removed by authorities.Former President Jimmy Carter has been warned to be on alert for suspicious packages being sent to him, his spokeswoman told ABC News.Suspected mail bombs appear to be political in natureBryan Paarmann, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City, said the mailings appear to be political in nature.“The utilization of violence in order to further one’s own political agenda is unacceptable to us,” Paarmann told reporters at a news conference Wednesday. “We will turn over every rock, we will turn every corner and we will talk to everybody that we have to in order to mitigate this threat.”Some critics of Trump said he has demonized all of those who have been sent the suspicious parcels, and claim his rhetoric may have inspired the mystery bomb maker or makers.White House press secretary Sarah Sanders bristled at such a suggestion. “The president is certainly not responsible for sending suspicious packages to someone, no more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for a supporter of his shooting up a Republican baseball field practice last year,” she said, referring to a shooting in June that seriously wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana.“The idea that this is at the hands of the president is absolutely ridiculous,” the press secretary said.Trump, meanwhile, has said his administration is “extremely angry” about the suspected mail bombs, but he is blaming the media.“A very big part of the Anger we see today in our society is caused by the purposely false and inaccurate reporting of the Mainstream Media that I refer to as Fake News,” Trump tweeted Thursday morning. “It has gotten so bad and hateful that it is beyond description. Mainstream Media must clean up its act, FAST!”Brennan, the former CIA director whose name was on a suspected mail bomb sent to CNN, responded to Trump’s media criticism, telling the president to “stop blaming others” and “look in the mirror.”“Your inflammatory rhetoric, insults, lies, & encouragement of physical violence are disgraceful. Clean up your act….try to act Presidential. The American people deserve much better. BTW, your critics will not be intimidated into silence,” Brennan wrote on Twitter.Democratic leaders noted that most of the people targeted had been ridiculed by Trump.“We listened with great interest to the president’s remarks this afternoon,” the Democratic House and Senate leaders, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, said in a joint statement Wednesday. “However, President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence.”“Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people,” the Democratic leaders wrote.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Man charged with murder of 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in case of ‘mistaken identity’

first_imgHarris County Sheriffs Office(HOUSTON) — A 20-year-old man has been charged with capital murder for allegedly shooting 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes in Houston last month. Barnes was in the back seat of her mother’s car when a vehicle pulled up alongside and opened fire on Dec. 30.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said early Sunday that Eric Black Jr. was arrested without incident after a tip and subsequently admitted to the shooting.While Barnes’ mother, LaPorsha Washington, said she believed the shooting was racially motivated, the sheriff’s office said Sunday the shooting instead appears to be a case of mistaken identity.“I am grateful to our dedicated investigators, the partner law enforcement agencies that provided vital assistance, and tipsters from across the nation who pulled together to support our work to get justice for Jazmine,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. “Our work is not finished, but I believe the people of Harris County can take comfort in knowing we have made great progress.”A second man, Larry Woodruffe, 24, has also been taken into custody, the Barnes family’s lawyer, Lee Merritt, confirmed. Woodruffe is “believed to be the shooter,” according to Merritt.Merritt explained the discrepancy in the police sketch and suspects arrested, saying, “Larry Woodruffe doesn’t fit the description offered by the 4 different witness statements or composite sketch. Accordingly, this tip was difficult to believe. Assuming the confession elicited is reliable— it is possible the previously identified suspect seen fleeing by several independent witnesses was a bystanader (sic) attempting to escape the shooting.”Authorities had said late Saturday they were interviewing “persons of interest” in the high-profile murder.Washington was shot in the shoulder and subsequently treated and released. Washington’s other children in the car were uninjured.Law enforcement officers had previously described the suspect as a white man driving a red pickup truck, and a reward for information about the shooter was raised this week to $100,000. However, Harris County Sheriff’s Office tweeted late Saturday that, “The Jazmine Barnes Homicide investigation has taken a new direction.”Houston ABC station KTRK reported the red pickup truck was actually not involved in the shooting.“We didn’t do anything wrong to this man. It was something in his mind that he had planned on doing beforehand,” Washington said during a news conference on Thursday afternoon. “This is something that I believe was a hate crime.”“I don’t know if he’s out there sick, you know, doing this because he’s getting off to it or whatever it is,” said LaPorsha Washington, who suffered a bullet wound to the left arm in the unprovoked shooting while trying to shield her oldest daughter, Alexis Dilbert, 15. “But he’s taking innocent lives and that’s not fair. It’s not right.”During Thursday’s news conference, Alxis said she briefly saw the gunman and described him as white with blue eyes and wearing a black hoodie. She said he did not have a beard or glasses as some media outlets have reported.“It was like a look into his car. You know like you’re driving and you just look into somebody’s car and make eye contact and look back,” Alxis said of seeing the gunman.The case has also prompted celebrities to get involved in supporting Jazmine’s family and helping in the hunt for the killer.DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver for the Houston Texans football team, pledged Thursday to donate his playoff game check this Saturday to pay for Jazmine’s funeral. Hopkins stands to earn about $29,000 from the playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts.“I have a 5-year-old daughter. It could have been anybody in that position on this team … anybody in this city. … It’s unfortunate,” Hopkins told Houston ABC station KTRK.Actresses Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde also spread the word on social media about the hunt for the killer. “Find him. This evil monster,” Union tweeted. Wilde also took to Twitter, writing, “Please help find this murderer if you can.”Meanwhile, Jazmine’s mother pleaded with the killer to give himself up.“I feel like it’s not going to be no amount of money,” she said of the reward. “It’s going to have to be him. His heart is going to finally get to him. His conscience is finally going to get to him. After he sees my child’s face go across his TV so many times, he’s going to turn himself in.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

This week’s international news in brief

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article 35-hour week negotiations underway in France • Employers and unions in the French public sector have begun negotiationson introducing the 35-hour week for the country’s 5 million statutoryemployees. Seven unions have entered discussions with public services ministerEmile Zuccarelli to reach agreement on a national accord. This will be followedby local discussions in individual sectors on how the 35-hour week willoperate. The Government aims to have full implementation by 2002. Le Figaro.US firms fail to engage in written love contracts• Nearly three-quarters of US organisations do not have a written policy onworkplace romance. An additional 14 per cent have an unwritten yet widelyunderstood policy, a survey of 617 human resources employees by professionalbody the SHRM found. Of those with loose guidelines, 55 per cent said thatpolicy “permits but discourages” workplace romances. A further 32 percent have policies consenting romance, while 7 per cent prohibit it completely.Of those prohibiting romance, 88 per cent said it was because of the potentialfor sexual harassment works councils guide launched • A guide to help firms set up European works councils has been launched byDublin-based European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and WorkingConditions. It contains information on the 386 voluntary agreements set upunder the law, and the 63 works councils established under the compulsorystatutory process. A multinational has to assemble a consultative works councilor employee forum if it employs 1,000 or more staff in the EU, with at least150 staff in two or more countries, if requested by staff. From 15 January, UKemployees have been counted in the This week’s international news in briefOn 22 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Building owners crucial to Biden’s climate goals

first_imgPresident Biden at the Leaders Summit On Climate. (Getty)If President Joe Biden is to slash the country’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, he will need a lot of help from residential and commercial buildings owners.The president announced the goal, which is based on 2005 emission rates, Thursday during a global climate summit. The new target greatly accelerates the Obama administration’s reduction target of 25 percent by 2025.Biden billed his goal as a way to both address an “existential crisis” and “create millions of good-paying, middle-class, union jobs.”“I see the engineers and the construction workers building new carbon-capture and green-hydrogen plants to forge cleaner steel and cement and produce clean power,” he said. “That’s where we’re headed as a nation, and that’s what we can do if we take action to build an economy that’s not only more prosperous, but healthier, fairer, and cleaner for the entire planet.”ADVERTISEMENTResidential and commercial buildings respectively accounted for 19 percent and 17 percent of carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion (including allocated electricity emissions) in 2019, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.Much of their energy consumption comes from electricity for heating, cooling and operating appliances, along with natural gas for cooking and heating. Together, these properties made up nearly 40 percent of the country’s energy use that year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.Though full details of Biden’s proposal have not been released, the administration has indicated it will invest in the electrification of new buildings and retrofitting existing ones. Doug Vine, director of energy analysis at the Arlington, Virginia-based Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, said initial steps for property owners could include providing charging stations for tenants’ electric vehicles and upgrading heating systems.“It is about getting the incentives right and prioritizing the things that are going to move the needle,” Vine said. “We cannot get to zero without responding to the emissions from the building sector.”John Mandyck, CEO of New York-based nonprofit Urban Green Council, noted that the federal government doesn’t regulate buildings directly, leaving it to cities and states to set restrictions that will help the country meet its emission goals.“[Federal officials] still have a strong role to play in supporting buildings,” he said. For instance, Washington could further incentivize building retrofits and the development of high-efficiency technologies.He said the federal goals complement New York City’s, including Local Law 97, which calls for a 40 percent reduction in citywide greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. James Whelan, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, commended Biden but blasted the city’s approach to climate change. His group has criticized the local law’s emission caps as unreachable for some buildings and has advocated for new ways to comply.“Hopefully [Biden] will avoid the mistakes made in New York City and prioritize planning and tangible progress over ideology and lofty rhetoric,” Whelan said in a statement. “To effectively decarbonize buildings and achieve our shared goals, it will be crucial for the federal government to deliver significant investments in renewable infrastructure, including generation and transmission, and building efficiency rather than simply putting unworkable mandates on buildings.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Full Name*center_img Email Address* Joe BidenLocal Law 97 Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Ice disturbance intensity structures benthic communities in nearshore Antarctic waters

first_imgIce scouring is one of the 5 most significant natural forces acting on ecosystems, yet very few data exist linking the intensity of ice disturbance with parameters of benthic community structure. The benthos at 2 nearshore sites on Adelaide Island, Antarctica, was sampled at 3 resolutions to make novel links between biological data and empirical disturbance data from the literature. A total of 125 taxa and > 70 000 individuals were recorded. A total of 8 parameters of community structure were measured; all of them were negatively correlated to disturbance intensity at one site, whilst 6 significant relationships were found at the other site. At 2 of the 3 sampling resolutions, disturbance, rather than depth or the percentage cover of major substratum types, was the environmental variable most correlated with the patterns in community structure. Furthermore, biological samples were divided into 3 categories based on the disturbance data (low, moderate and high). Each group was statistically dissimilar and the relative abundance of sessile fauna decreased as disturbance intensity increased. The intensity of disturbance was broadly correlated with depth, but small-scale differences in topography and substratum type created small-scale refugia, which supported richer assemblages. Overall, both study sites were disturbed frequently and no evidence of a peak in richness at the moderately disturbed locations was recorded.last_img read more