Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgTropical Paradise Co Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileTropical Paradise Co Limited  engages in the tourism and leisure sector where it operates hotels in Mauritius. Headquartered in Moka, Mauritius, the company operates the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Hennessy Park Hotel, and Port Chambly Hotel. Tropical Paradise Co Limited (Ordinary) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Overhead costs poor guide for charitable giving, finds report

first_imgOverhead costs poor guide for charitable giving, finds report Melanie May | 24 January 2017 | News Overhead cost ratios are a poor metric for judging the effectiveness of charities and often lead charities to underinvest in skilled labour and necessary infrastructure, according to a report published on IZA World of Labor.The report, Are Overhead Costs a Good Guide for Charitable Giving, is by economist Jonathan Meer (pictured) from Texas A&M University. It states that while donors often focus on overhead costs when deciding where to give, there appears to be a little connection between this metric and a charity’s effectiveness.In fact, the report finds, too great a focus on overhead costs can lead to counterproductive outcomes for charities, such as underinvestment in infrastructure, staff, and administrative support in an attempt to keep costs down, which then hampers their effectiveness.The report therefore suggests that charities first examine whether donors care about overhead costs, whether they are good measures of charity effectiveness, and the effects a focus on overhead costs has on charities.Meer states:“This focus [on overhead] hurts non-profit organisations’ effectiveness by limiting their ability to compete in the labour market and by altering their administrative structure in a counterproductive way. Alternative measures based on the true impact of a charity’s activities would be far more useful.”  67 total views,  1 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Finance research About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

COMMENTARY: Allen West’s appearance at TCU

first_imgIsrael is a senior journalism and political science double major from Sinton, TX. Currently, he serves as a Managing Editor for TCU 360. He interned at the White House in the fall, and on most days, you’ll likely find him nerding out on the latest political news coverage. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Israel Cano TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Israel Cano Twitter printJack A. Hill, Ph.D. is a Professor of Religion at TCU and teaches a range of courses with an emphasis on social ethics. Hill wrote this commentary in response to an on-campus event featuring former U.S. Rep. Allen West, who spoke about ending radical Islamic terrorism. Representative West’s “talk”—billed on numerous posters around campus as “Ending Radical Islamic Terrorism”—was vintage right-wing rhetoric about a perspective on foreign policy framed rather narrowly in terms of “self” and “the enemy.” As one questioner (Professor Dennis) noted, the speaker then conveniently avoided talking about the “self” part, and focused entirely on “the enemy”—which was characterized in terms of state and non-state actors. Regarding the latter, Mr. West quickly read a list of several so-called “Islamic Jihadist Groups” as epitomizing “the enemy.” Finally, the speaker summarized the usual 4-fold litany of neo-con strategies to defeat the enemy. That was basically it.Yes, we can probably all agree that some of the groups mentioned do represent common enemies. The problem is—as several questioners tried to get acknowledged—the implied relationship…by the use of the term “Jihadist”…between these “terrorist enemies” and Islam as a faith tradition. In my understanding, in the Qur’an, “jihad” pertains primarily to “spiritual striving.” In a few contexts, it also has a more aggressive connotation that pertains to a right of self-defense. Significantly, the right of self-defense is in fact enshrined in the Christian just war tradition. In any event, it is a stretch to even suggest that a group such as IS practices jihad in either case, even though some actors in the IS movement have claimed otherwise. All of us might have gained greater insight by also focusing on “the enemy” within, rather than simply projecting an external enemy and depicting it in such narrow terms.But as things played out in the Q & A, the image of a mixed metaphor came to mind—at once a boxing match where the goal is to punch out your opponent, not reason with them; and a Trump-style celebrity show where “the Strong Man”—in this case, Mr. West, summarily “one-ups” those suddenly “outed” as naïve, ignorant, or weak. Hence, the first questioner is demeaned as one who should sit down because he is “embarrassing himself.” The professor who actually knows a good deal of history is characterized as if he is ignorant of history (a kind of Karl Rove tactic of taking what is actually a person’s greatest strength and twisting it to look like a weakness). The student who actually cites statistics about the size of U.S. defense spending is rhetorically put on the defensive, not by engaging him in a discussion about those statistics, but by a bullying tactic; namely, “have you served in the military?” The implication being, of course, that if you haven’t, that somehow discredits your ability to even talk about U.S. defense.This is the stuff of a brutal, hardball exhibition of retail politics. It is mean, nasty and, in essence, anti-intellectual. One of the questioners—who had previously confronted Mr. West when he spoke at SMU—noted afterward that West drastically “toned down” the substance of his remarks at TCU. Nevertheless, caustic, essentially ethnic slurs leaked out of this “tamer” stump speech. The leader of North Korea was called “the little fat guy with the real bad haircut.” I noticed an Asian student stand up and walk out at that point. The event was also structured as an un-level playing field in which virtually all participants who sought to ask questions were asked to queue up in the aisle on stage left. But when it became clear that the vast majority of these folks were challenging Mr. West in one way or another, the master of ceremonies walked the mic over to a young lady—clearly a West sympathizer —on stage right (who apparently was privileged enough not to get in line with the other eight or nine questioners).In all, there was a striking lack of communication of knowledge in this circus-like event. My heart went out to all who courageously took a punch by standing tall and at least trying to engage Mr. West in genuine conversation. In this sense, at TCU we have not quite yet given up on the possibility of enlightenment and sincere dialogue which upholds the values of human dignity and respect for differences which Mr. West claimed to be espousing. Students and faculty filled the Moudy North auditorium to hear from former U.S. Rep. Allen West. Facebook Thursday’s Macklemore concert moved to Commons Twitter New intramural fields coming this fall Linkedin Israel Cano TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Photos: theEnd hosts Andy Grammer Previous articleThree longtime social work faculty set to retireNext articleNFL Draft: Where the Horned Frogs will go in this year’s draft Israel Cano RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Israel Cano + posts Linkedin Facebook ReddIt ReddItlast_img read more

RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates

first_img April 23, 2018 Find out more Maldives: Opposition TV channel threatened, three journalists arrested RSF_en RSF urges incumbent President Abdulla Yameen (right) and opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to give firm undertakings to respect press (photos: AFP – Ahmed Shurau / AFP). The record fine of 2 million rufiyaa (110,000 euros), which Raajje TV paid on 9 September, was imposed by the Maldives Broadcasting Commission a month ago for comments made by an opposition lawmaker during live coverage of a demonstration in March, just days before a state of emergency was lifted. Yameen Rasheed, a blogger who had been investigating Abdulla’s disappearance, was stabbed to death in his home on 23 April 2017. Preliminary hearings in the trial of his presumed killers were held behind closed doors but ended up being suspended on administrative grounds last June, casting serious doubts on the judicial system’s desire to shed light on his murder. MaldivesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence DisappearancesImpunityCitizen-journalists MaldivesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence DisappearancesImpunityCitizen-journalists “We also urge the two presidential candidates to put press freedom at the centre of the democratic debate by giving three key undertakings – to repeal the draconian anti-defamation law, to prosecute those responsible for violence against journalists, and to revive the investigations into Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla’s disappearance and Yameen Rasheed’s murder.” The latest heavy fine is the fourth imposed on the pro-opposition Raajje TV and brings the total sum paid to nearly 4 million rufiyaa (220,000 euros). This financial harassment is clearly a form of intimidation and a threat to pluralism – one that is all the more disturbing just days ahead of the presidential election scheduled for 23 September. News Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist Organisation News Help by sharing this information RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Maldives is ranked 120th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. July 15, 2020 Find out more A reporter for Minivan News, a news website now called the Maldives Independent, Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla disappeared on 8 August 2014. Neither his body nor those responsible for his abduction have ever been found. The investigation has been marked by a complete lack of transparency, with the police systematically refusing to release information about the case. News Receive email alerts News “The Maldivian authorities must stop this kind of pressure and allow journalists to cover the election campaign and the polling with complete freedom, or else this election will lack all legitimacy,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. The fine was ordered under Maldives’ 2016 Anti-Defamation Act, which forces media outlets to pay their pay fines within 30 days, regardless of whether there has been time to hear any appeal. Journalists in Maldives are often the victims of both physical attacks and arbitrary detention, as was the case during the state of emergency at the start of the year. No one has been prosecuted for this violence or abuse of authority. Complete lack of transparency September 12, 2018 RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Follow the news on Maldives to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Maldives’ two presidential candidates to give firm undertakings to respect press freedom after the Indian Ocean archipelago’s leading independent TV channel, Raajje TV, was forced to pay another record fine last weekend for allegedly defaming the president and threatening national security. March 20, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Default Servicing Technologies Hires New VP of Business Development

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Median Distressed Home Price Jumps 18 Percent in October Next: RynohLive Named One of ALTA’s ‘Elite Providers’ Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago November 26, 2014 973 Views Default Servicing Technologies REO properties Web-Based Software 2014-11-26 Brian Honeacenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Default Servicing Technologies (DST), an Illinois-based provider of web-based automated tools for asset managers and mortgage servicers to manage REO properties, has announced the hiring of Doring Lloyd as the firm’s VP of business development.Immediately prior to joining DST, Lloyd served as key accounts manager with New York-based Ernst Publishing Company. She has held sales executive positions with a number of firms in the financial services industry since joining TransUnion in 1996. With DST, Lloyd will lead the sales and marketing departments as the VP of business development.”Doring is an excellent choice for this important position,” said Amy Bergseth, VP of operations for DST. “She has connected well with with the rest of our management team and works well with the team as we work with prospects and customers. Her experience has given us a new perspective and her industry contacts have already enlarged our prospect universe. We’re very glad to have her.”Lloyd is optimistic about the prospects for DST’s offerings based on upcoming home equity loan rests, Home Affordable Refinance Program (HARP) loans, and Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) loans. She also sees opportunity to add components to DST’s software offerings, which include the DispoSolutions REO management platform and the ValuationSolutions enterprise collateral valuation management technology, to meet clients’ changing needs. DST announced earlier this month that it had added custom task capabilities to the DispoSolutions platform.”I saw the opportunity to move to DST as a natural next step in my career,” said Lloyd. “I’m very interested in the servicing side of the business and understand the challenges executives working there are facing right now. Our software can help mitigate their risks, improve their REO disposition and make them more money. It’s a great time to be in this business.” Default Servicing Technologies Hires New VP of Business Development Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Featured / Default Servicing Technologies Hires New VP of Business Development Tagged with: Default Servicing Technologies REO properties Web-Based Software About Author: Brian Honea Share Save in Featured, News, REO Sign up for DS News Daily last_img read more

Three arrests in Derry & Strabane in INLA operation

first_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Three arrests in Derry & Strabane in INLA operation Three men have been arrested in the north in a police operation targeting the INLA.It’s after people posed with guns in front of graffiti from the republican group in the Galliagh area of Derry City last year.The men aged 27, 28 and 30, are being held in Belfast after being arrested in Derry and Strabane under the Terrorism Act.A senior PSNI detective has condemned the group’s use of social media “to spread the fear of violence”. WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Twitter By News Highland – September 23, 2020 Previous articleKnockalla Hill Climb CancelledNext articleBuncrana issues highlighted in new document News Highland WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

Met Eireann issues Snow and Ice Warning

first_img Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – February 24, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Met Eireann issues Snow and Ice Warning Google+ Pinterest Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Met Eireann has issued a snow and ice warning for the entire country.The status yellow alert will come in to effect at 6 o’clock tomorrow morning, and will remain valid until 9am on Wednesday.Wintry showers, mainly of hail and sleet, are being forecast.These will become increasingly widespread over the course of tomorrow, with some accumulations of snow also expected. WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleDonegal Ladies game with Cork put backNext articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday February 24th News Highland WhatsApplast_img read more

Victims of the Dayton and El Paso shootings remembered: ‘I’m just speechless’

first_imgPezz453/iStock(DAYTON, Ohio) — The family and friends of the victims in the El Paso and Dayton shootings are grieving their loved ones who were among those shot to death over the weekend.Nearly 1,600 miles separate the two cities targeted by two gunmen wielding assault-style rifles, but now residents of both shattered communities share in the heartbreak caused by mass shootings on consecutive days in crowded public places.Among the 31 victims killed in the twin massacres were an El Paso mother and father who sacrificed their lives shielding their 3-month-old son from gunfire inside a Walmart store, and the 20-year-old woman described by a friend as “wonderful” who was gunned down on a street in Dayton’s popular Oregon District, allegedly by her own brother.Here is a list of victims killed in the back-to-back shooting, 22 in El Paso and nine in Dayton:Megan Betts, 22Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said Megan Betts was among the first victims shot to death.“It seems to just defy believability that he would shoot his own sister, but it’s also hard to believe that he didn’t recognize that was his sister. So we just don’t know,” Biehl said Monday.Dana Raber, 20, of Bellbrook, said she was a friend of Megan Betts when they were both high school students.“She was wonderful,” Raber told reporters gathered near the Betts family home in Bellbrook on Sunday. “She was different in a very good way. That’s why we got along, I suppose. She’s very sweet, had her own opinions and was loud and kind in a way that her brother was quiet and stayed more to himself.”Raber said she was unaware of any friction between Megan and Connor Betts.“They are a family I admired, and I don’t know how they’re going to get through this. They were always very nice to me,” Raber said.Derrick Fudge, 57Fudge’s sister Twyla Southall told ABC station WSYX-TV that she saw her brother just hours before the shooting at a cookout on Saturday.“I’m glad I got to see him in a fun, positive environment. I’m sad that we won’t get to see him like that again,” Southall said.Southall said that her nephew and niece, who were with Fudge at the time of the shooting, escaped unharmed.She said that her nephew and Fudge’s fiancee were getting food at a taco truck when they first saw the shooter. Fudge was allegedly one of the first people shot.“They said they saw the man walking towards them with a mask on. My nephew thought, you know, it looked weird, but…he actually thought it was someone clowning, you know, just acting crazy,” Southall told WSYX.“You can’t unlive that,” she said of her nephew seeing his father injured in front of him. “Once you’ve experienced it and seen it and held them in your hands, and they’re breathing their last breath.”Lois Oglesby, 27Oglesby’s friend Airiana Camp told ABC News that Oglesby was a mother of two girls, and the type of person who would do anything to help others.“She was real good to everybody,” Camp said. “She’s really known through the city. She was real cool, laid back.”Logan Turner, 30Turner’s mother, Danita Turner, spoke to the Dayton News, calling him “the world’s best son.”“Everyone loved Logan. He was a happy-go-lucky guy,” she told the local newspaper.One of the women who tried to help Turner at the scene said that she was by his side when he took his last breath.“It was me and a girl and a guy took over, and he did the chest compressions,” said Holly Redman, who helped at the scene because she was CPR-certified. “I let her hold the wound, and then I just breathed in his breath.”“I just want his parents to know that we did everything possible to save him, like everything,” Redman said on “Good Morning America.”“[He] had three people around him, and I was there when he took his last breath. It’s so hard,” Redman said before breaking down in tears.Nicholas Cumer, 25Andy Coulter, a news videographer, confirmed that his cousin’s son, Nicholas Cumer, died in the shooting.Coulter said that Cumer graduated from Washington High School in 2012 and had since graduated from St. Francis University in Pennsylvania.St. Francis University put out a statement confirming that Cumer graduated from the school’s undergraduate program and was a current graduate student in the Master of Cancer Care program at the time of the shooting.“We join the nation in mourning Nicholas, alongside all of the victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends during this most difficult time,” the university’s president, Fr. Malachi, wrote in the statement.The letter notes that Cumer was in Dayton for the summer, working as an intern with the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance.“Just last week, we offered him a full-time position with us to run one of our new offices,” Maple Tree Cancer Alliance announced in an update on their Facebook page after the shooting.The organization noted that three of their trainers were shot in Dayton. While two are expected “to make a full recovery,” they are “absolutely heartbroken” to confirm Cumer’s death.“Nick is remembered for his hard work and dedication to Maple Tree. He loved his patients and served them well, with a loving and caring spirit. He continuously went above and beyond our expectations and worked with a high level of excellence. He was well-liked and respected by everyone on our team, and we all will miss him very much,” the Maple Tree Cancer Alliance statement reads.Thomas McNichols, 25Beatrice Warren-Curtis, 36Saeed Saleh, 38Monica Brickhouse, 39Those killed in the massacre at the El Paso Walmart were:Jordon and Andre AnchondoJordon and Andre Anchondo were both shot to death inside the El Paso Walmart shielding their 3-month-old baby, Paul, family members told ABC News.Police said they found the baby under his 25-year-old mother’s body, and covered in her blood.Jordon Anchrondo’s aunt, Liz Terry of Sacramento, told ABC News anchor David Muir that she was not surprised her niece and 24-year-old nephew gave their lives to protect their baby. Terry said she has learned that while Jordon was shielding little Paul, Andre threw his body over his wife in an attempt to protect her.“She was the light of our family, full of heart,” Terry said of Jordon.She said the couple is survived by two other daughters, one 18 months old and the other 5-years old.“Our primary goal is the children to stay together, for us to remind them who they are and who their parents were,” Terry said.Javier RodriguezJavier Rodriguez was just 15, a student at Horizon High School in El Paso. He was standing in line at a bank inside the El Paso Walmart about to open a checking and savings account when he was shot in the head and killed, his uncle, Octavio Lizarde, who witnessed his nephew being killed, told ABC News.Lizarde, who suffered a gunshot to the foot, said Javier was like his son and that they did everything together.“It’s hard because he was like my son. I was always there for him when he needed it — and it hurts,” Lizarde said from his hospital bed. “Just those images that I saw. I really wish I didn’t see them. I close my eyes. I still see them. I see them open. I see everything…Everybody knows what he meant to me.”He said his nephew would have turned 16 in November.Juan ValazquezJuan Valazquez and his wife were both shot outside the El Paso Walmart when they went there Saturday morning to return merchandise, their son, Alvaro Mena, told ABC News.The 78-year-old Valazquez suffered devastating wounds and died in a hospital in El Paso on Monday. Mena said his mother is expected to survive.Mena said his family is “devastated” by the loss of his father, and relatives are now afraid for their own lives after police said the suspect told investigators his motive was to kill Mexicans.“We are afraid to go out,” Mena said. “We are afraid to go out into the streets because we feel like we are being hunted because of skin color.”Angie EnglisbeeAngie Englisbee was described by her family as a strong woman with a big heart, who showered her relatives with love and affection. The 86-year-old woman, who was killed in the shooting at the El Paso Walmart while standing in the checkout line, also loved the Dallas Cowboys, her relatives said.Englisbee was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and moved to El Paso when she got married, relatives said.“I hope that maybe someone next to her held her hand, so she wasn’t afraid,” said Englisbee’s niece, Karla Moya-Crites, told ABC affiliate station KOAT-TV in Santa Fe. “I just feel bad because she’s 86 years old and she should’ve been dead with natural causes and instead just a senseless death.”Leonard and Maribel CamposLeonard “Leo” Campos and his wife, Maribel, were shot to death at the El Paso Walmart and are survived by four adult children, their relatives said.“They were kind-hearted people…always willing to take their shirt off their backs for anyone [who] needed the help.. they loved life, going to the casino, spending time with their grandbabies,” a relative of the couple told ABC affiliate station KVIA-TV in El Paso.Leo Campos, 41, grew up in Pharr, Texas, and was a standout athlete at Pharr-San Juan-Alamo High School, where he graduated in 1996, according to school officials.“We are sad to learn that one of our own was a victim of the El Paso shooting,” PSJA School Board President Jesse Zambrano said in a statement. “Leo Campos was a great athlete and friend to many during his time at PSJA High. He was a goalie for the soccer team and a kicker for the football team. Leo was well-liked and a role model to many athletes that looked up to him, including me.”The couple is survived by four children and four grandchildren, relatives said.David JohnsonDavid Johnson, 63, was at the El Paso Walmart with his wife, Kathy, and their 9-year-old granddaughter, Katie, doing back-to-school shopping when he was killed in the rampage, relatives said.Johnson’s niece, Mia Madera, told KVIA that her uncle was shot three times while he was protecting his wife and grandchild.Dominic Patridge, Johnson’s nephew, called Johnson “the kindest and most giving individual I’ve ever known.”“My uncle worked long hours during the week, so he made it a point to dedicate the weekends to his family,” Partridge said in a statement.Arturo BenavidesArturo Benavides, 60, was an Amry veteran who worked as a bus driver in El Paso, his family said.Benavides was shopping at the Walmart with his wife, Patricia, when he was gunned down at the self-checkout stand, relatives said.“We hope to honor his life and that people remember him for the strong-willed and loving person he was,” his niece, Jacklin Lunahe, told KIVA-TV.Margie RickardMargie Reckard, 63, was described by her common-law husband, Antonio Basco, as “an angel.”The couple had been together 22 years when Reckard was killed Saturday at the Walmart in San Antonio.“When I met her she was an angel and she still is,” Basco told reporters. “I was supposed to be the strong one but I found out I’m the weak one, and she’s going to be missed a lot.”Alexander Gerhard HoffmanAlexander Gerhard Hoffman, 66, a citizen of Germany, was killed in the Walmart massacre, authorities said.Sarah Esther Regaldo and Adolfo Cerros HernandezSarah Esther Regaldo, 66, and her husband, Aldolfo Cerros Hernandez, 68, were among eight Mexican nationals killed at the Walmart, according to Mexican authorities.The couple’s granddaughter, Vielka Yu, posted a picture of them on Facebook with a note saying, “I don’t know if there is heaven or not … but if yes, I hope you are as comfortable and happy as here.”Gloria Irma MarquezGloria Irma Marquez, 61, was also a Mexican national, authorities said. She was gunned down while shopping at the El Paso Walmart.“Gloria was a dedicated mother, grandmother and friend,” Marquez’s niece, Brianna Klein, wrote in a GoFundMe account she created to raise money for her aunt’s funeral.Elsa Mendoza de la MoraElsa Mendoza de la Mora, 57, was a special education teacher in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. She was among the first victims killed in the massacre at the Walmart, shot as she waiting in the parking lot with her husband and son, officials said.Other victims killed in the El Paso shooting were identified as:Luis Alfonso Juarez, 90, a U.S. citizen from El Paso.María Eugenia Legarreta Rothe, 58, of Chihuahua, Mexico.Maria Flores, 77, a U.S. citizen from El Paso.Raul Flores, 77, a U.S. citizen from El Paso.Ivan Hilierto Manzano, 46 of Juarez.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Weathering rinds as palaeoenvironmental indicators: evidence from the Cape Roberts drill core (CRP-3), Victoria Land basin, Antarctica

first_imgXRD analysis of weathering rinds on ocean-deposited ice rafted clasts provide a snapshot of palaeo-terrestrial conditions prevailing at the time of rind formation. Investigation of weathering rinds found on some CRP-3 clasts indicate environmental conditions conducive to the formation of expanding clays, mostly smectites. Although sampling for clasts with weathering rinds was limited, thoseobtained for the 272 to 300 and 480 to 561 mbsf (metres below sea level) regions show rinds commensurate with relatively wet and warm terrestrial conditions thatwould have been conducive to enhanced chemical weathering. The occurrence of clasts with weathering rinds within those parts of the core substantiate the palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of other investigators in the Cape Roberts Projectlast_img read more

Mouse infestation closes Birmingham Muffin Break

first_imgA recently opened branch of Muffin Break in Birmingham’s flagship Grand Central shopping mall was shut down due to mouse infestation yesterday (9 November).A hygiene prohibition notice from environmental health officers at Birmingham City Council was posted on the window, stating that the closure was due to food being “at risk of contamination”.It also listed “mice activity” and “inadequate cleaning” as reasons for the temporary closure of the Foodco UK LLP franchise.A council spokesman told British Baker that the action had been taken as there was an imminent risk to public health. The site would re-open as soon as an environmental health action plan had been carried out, he said. Birmingham’s Grand Central shopping centre only opened on Sunday, 20 September following a five-year rebuild of New Street Station. The affected Muffin Break outlet seats up to 65 customers and employs 15 people. Lisa Brook, general manager of Muffin Break, commented at the time of the opening: “It’s fantastic to be part of a brand new shopping centre in such a prime location in Birmingham.”Muffin Break first started in Australia in 1989, and opened its first UK site in Derby in 2002. It currently has 58 outlets in the UK under the umbrella of Foodco UK LLP. The company aims to open 15 further sites before the end of the financial year.The Muffin Break menu includes muffins, cakes, slices, cookies and scones; alongside quiches, sandwiches, soups, wraps and paninis.The company said: “Muffin Break takes the findings of the Birmingham City Council environmental health team extremely seriously and supports the temporary closure of the Grand Central store for further investigation and remedy. “Muffin Break operates 57 stores across the UK and has systems and practices in place to ensure the highest standards of hygiene.  The Grand Central store is covered by an ongoing Muffin Break contract with Ecolab Ltd – established pest control specialists – who advise and manage pest control within the store.  The team is also trained in hygiene practices and standards.”It is recognised that a train station location increases the need for constant vigilance, and Muffin Break is committed to ensuring that its many customers can enjoy their visits to the café bakery with confidence.  The company is working with the relevant authorities, the landlord and stakeholders, as well as its contractors, to resolve the issue quickly and to the highest standard.”Muffin Break apologises for any inconvenience caused to our many loyal customers by the temporary closure of the store.”last_img read more