P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgP Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: P Z Cussons Nigeria Plc. (PZ.ng)  2017 annual report.Company ProfilePZ Cussons Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of consumer products and home appliances in Nigeria. Personal care products include Premier Cool Deo antiseptic soaps, Carex hand hygiene products, Cussons baby products, Venus Gold fragrances and a Morning Fresh dish washing product. PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc sells milk products under the Coast, Nunu and Olympic brands, refined palm oil and red palm oil under the Mamador and Devon King’s brans, and YO! Yoghurt drinks. Household appliances sold under the Haier Thermocool brand include computers, televisions, DVD players, home entertainment systems, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, generators, inverters, stabilisers, automatic voltage regulators, fans and air coolers, washing machines, water dispensers, water heaters, gas cookers and microwaves. The company sells its electrical appliances through its own CoolWorld retail stores located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. It also exports products to Angola, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Togo. Established in 1899 and formerly known as Paterson Zochonis Industries Plc, the company changed its name to PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc in 2006. The company is a subsidiary of PZ Cussons Plc. Its head office is in Ikeja, Nigeria. PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

I’d spend £3k right now on these cheap FTSE 250 dividend stocks for passive income

first_imgI’d spend £3k right now on these cheap FTSE 250 dividend stocks for passive income 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. When it comes to passive income, dividend investing is surely the ultimate side hustle. Simply buy stakes in companies that distribute a proportion of their profits to shareholders, sit back and let the money roll in. If allowed to compound, these regular payouts have the potential to dramatically increase wealth over time.The good news is that there are still many bargain dividend payers around. Here are three from the FTSE 250 that I’d buy right now if passive income were my goal.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…Passive income powerhouseYesterday’s brief trading update from online trading platform provider IG Group (LSE: IGG) was well received by the market and it’s not hard to see why. Thanks to traders remaining active, IG now believes net trading revenue for the first six months of FY21 will come in at around £416m. That’s a stonking increase of 67% compared to the same period in the previous year. Naturally, there will come a time when the market becomes less volatile and IG’s trading volumes normalise. Even so, I still think the shares are worth grabbing for the dividends on offer. Another 43.2p per share return in this financial year gives a yield of 5.1% at the current share price. That’s far better than the ridiculously low 0.6% offered by the best instant access Cash ISAWhat’s more, IG’s shares still trade on just 14 times expected earnings. I think that’s got to be a steal for such a high-quality, industry-leading firm.Sweet yieldIngredients supplier Tate & Lyle (LSE: TATE) is another FTSE 250 member offering a juicy passive income stream right now. Last month, the company revealed some better-than-expected numbers from the six months of trading to the end of September. These included a 1% and 9% rise in revenue and profit respectively at its Food & Beverage Solutions division. Its other business — Primary Products — “delivered steady earnings despite a significant reduction in out-of-home consumption in North America”. Like IG, shares in Tate don’t look particularly expensive. A price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12 for the current financial year looks very fair to me, even if the company is still cautious about trading going forward.  And the dividends? A possible 30p per share cash return gives a yield of 4.5% at the current share price. What’s more, this payout is expected to be covered 1.8 times by profits, suggesting it’s unlikely to be cut any time soon.Drink in those dividendsA final stock from the FTSE 250 that I think should continue generating passive income for holders is soft drinks giant Britvic (LSE: BVIC).Last month’s results for the year to the end of September were adequate enough given the impact of the pandemic. Although revenue fell 6.8% to £1.41m, post-tax profit rose almost 17% to £94.6m. The company also highlighted that it has extended its UK bottling deal with PepsiCo for another 20 years.Most importantly for passive income seekers, Britvic confirmed a 21.6p dividend for the full year. This gives it a trailing yield of 2.7%.Given that the soft drinks industry tends to bounce back strongly after setbacks, I see no reason why this company won’t increase its cash returns to holders. Indeed, if analysts are correct, the company could return 26.9p per share return in the new financial year. That gives a yield of 3.3%!Trading on 15 times earnings, Britvic remains another highly tempting dividend pick, in my view. I’d buy.center_img Paul Summers owns shares of IG Group Holdings. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Britvic. 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Enter Your Email Address Paul Summers | Wednesday, 16th December, 2020 | More on: BVIC IGG TATE Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 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‘An ordeal of the most grievous kind’ – Fiji cyclone…

first_img‘An ordeal of the most grievous kind’ – Fiji cyclone update Rector Knoxville, TN Simione Ravu was knocked out after Cyclone Winston hurled his house, with him still inside it, through the air before slamming it into a stream bank. He was later found by fellow Maniava residents in the mouth of a cave.Photo: Anglican Taonga[Anglican Taonga] Simione Ravu, aged 66, is a lucky man.Well, lucky may not be quite the word to describe someone who lost his home – and practically everything he owned – when Tropical Cyclone Winston rampaged through Fiji on 20 February.But Winston killed 44 Fijians, and it’s a sheer miracle that Simione wasn’t the 45th.Simione is one of 168 people who live in the remote Anglican village of Maniava [also known as Maniyava] in the province of Ra, on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.Maniava sits high on a hillside at the mouth of a valley, and on the night of 20 February the winds being funnelled up that valley were epic – meteorologists say Winston’s winds gusted up to 300km/h.The winds had been building throughout the day, and at about 6 pm Simione clustered his family around him in his simple corrugated iron home.By now the howling wind was thick with flying foliage and timber – for hundreds of square kilometres the forests of northern Viti Levu have been stripped bare – and roofing iron was scything through the storm.Simione’s simple castle was under siege. So he ordered his family to shelter under the house. One by one they struggled out against the only door and dived under the floor.Simione was the last to leave – and as he fought desperately with the door that monstrous wind wrenched his home off its pilings, and hurled it end-over-end through the air before slamming it into the bank of stream, 50 metres away. With him still inside.He was like a man going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.Simione was knocked cold. When he came to, Cyclone Winston was still roaring, and he crawled into a stream bank cave.By about 10 pm Winston had moved on.The people of Maniava, meanwhile, fanned out through the bucketing rain to look for Simione. They found him at the mouth of the cave.He spent the next night in hospital. Three weeks after his wild ride, his ankle and wrist ache, and he’s in shock and grief about what happened – because of the 32 homes that once stood in Maniava, just four remain.The chief’s responsibilitiesMosese Kakaramu is the chief of Maniava. He’s the man the people chose as their leader, and he takes seriously the task of holding that community together.He also takes his spiritual leadership responsibilities seriously. He lived in the largest, and only two-storeyed home in Maniava, and the people would gather at his place for worship.And because they are all Anglicans at Maniava, Archbishop Winston Halapua had several times celebrated the Eucharist with them in Mosese’s home.On the night of the cyclone, when the wind force became really ominous, Mosese’s family decided to make a run to one of four sturdier government-built houses (they’re the only ones to survive the carnage) about 50 metres away on the eastern slopes of the village.Mosese’s son, Jesa Baso, led the way.But the winds were so fierce this fit young man couldn’t stand.So he inched his way forward on his knees and elbows, commando-crawl fashion, cradling his young son in his arms.Jesa made it to the government house, and he made it back again, too.But the winds grew stronger still, and there was no way Jesa could survive a second trip.So he and eight members of the family, Mosese among them, clambered under the floor of Mosese’s home.Four hours later, when they emerged, there was nothing left above the floorboards.Mosese’s two-storeyed home had simply disappeared.The long search for securityThe people of Maniava are ‘Solomoni’. They are descendants of Solomon Islanders ‘blackbirded’ from the beaches and villages of the Solomon Islands to work as virtual slaves on the cotton, copra and sugar plantations of Fiji.To this day, Solomoni communities are at the bottom of Fiji’s social heap – they’re poor, and mostly landless, because almost all land in Fiji is tightly held by the mataqali, the native landowning clans.So the Solomoni communities squat on unwanted land or, in the best case, they dwell on land legally secured by the church.Sometimes, too, while they might not have legal title to their land, they are shown favour. That’s what happened at Maniava. About 20 years ago, the pioneers of Maniava moved there with the encouragement of the people of Ra province.They started from scratch. They planted their crops, and they discovered that yangona, the plant from which kava is extracted, grew well there.Yangona is a cash crop, and the yangona they sold at the markets gave them the cash they needed to buy saws to mill the trees, and the hammers, nails, planes and corrugated iron they needed to build their homes.But their means of making cash just went with the wind.Because not only have their food crops been wiped out – the cassava, the yam, the taro and the vudi (bananas) – but so too has their yangona plantation.They are still taking yangona they’d already harvested to market.But yangona planted now will take three years to mature.So where will the dollars come from between now and then?Dreaming for their childrenThe people of Maniava dream better dreams for their children – and they’ve shown innovative ways to bring those dreams to pass.Take schooling, for example.The nearest school to Maniava is two hour’s trek along a four-wheel-drive track that is impassable during bad weather.So with the help of the Anglican Missions Board they built a dormitory and ablution block just two minutes’ walk from the school.Every Monday morning, the kids would troop off to school – with a mum and dad rostered to mind and cook for them in that dormitory – and that whole gang would return to Maniava after school on Friday.That routine is in disarray now, too.Because not only did Cyclone Winston tear the roof off the state school, it demolished the dormitory, and ripped the roof off the concrete ablution block.The next 48 hoursThe people of Maniava are doing their best to get back on their feet.But they do need help to do that.Last week, Archbishop Winston Halapua, Anglican Missions Board Projects Officer Mike Hawke (who is the AMB’s trouble shooter in disaster zones) and Diocese of Polynesia Registrar John Simmonds (who, in an earlier life, was a senior Fijian police officer who also served as a UN peacekeeper in Iraq and Liberia) visited Maniava.They asked the community to draw up a progressive schedule of what they think they will need to survive, rebuild and become more resilient over the next two weeks, month, three months and six months and year.The diocese will liaise with the Fiji government’s own disaster relief people to make sure there’s no duplication of efforts and supplies – and Archbishop Winston has pledged that they’ll be back within days with more rations, and with supplementary supplies, including fast growing seeds (kumara matures in three months) and building materials.Meanwhile, Archbishop Winston has instructed all senior clergy and officers in the Diocese of Polynesia to put aside all their routine work for the next two months. He wants them to give 100 percent of their time and energy to responding to the needs of Fiji’s stricken communities.And over the next 48 hours, in conjunction with Mike Hawke and the Anglican Missions Board in Wellington, they will formulate a detailed long-term church response plan.40 percent of Fijians affectedManiava may well be the most severely affected Anglican community in Fiji – but it’s not the only one.On the evening of our visit to Maniavah, for instance, we visited the Wainaloka and Wailailai settlements near Levuka, on the island of Ovalau.Night had fallen by then – but our headlights still made plain the matchwood remains of the Wainaloka play centre, for example.Archdeacon Henry Bull also reports significant, even catastrophic damage to communities on the eastern side of Fiji’s other main island, Vanua Levu, and on Taveuini Island, and he’s been reaching out to the Anglican settlements at Naviavia, Nabuniikadamu and Vucivuci.This coming week he also intends to venture into areas which, since Winston struck, have been unreachable by road, and uncontactable by phone.But of course, the Anglican story is but one piece of the Fijian puzzle.Nearly 25,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the cyclone, and about 350,000 people – that’s roughly 40 percent of Fiji’s population – suffered serious loss of some sort.Eighty percent of Fijians lost electric power, and getting power back to places like Maniava will take months – the lines are down, and the concrete power poles are snapped, for mile after mile.The carnage is not restricted to Fiji either.Cyclone Winston smacked Tonga twice within a few days, and 200 homes on the island of Vava’u are damaged, and 95 percent of the banana crop there has been destroyed.The Prime Minister’s prayerIn the days before Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, as it went on its crazy looping course around the Pacific, and then doubled back towards Fiji, Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama urged his fellow countrymen and women to prepare for the worst.“As a nation,” he warned, “we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind.”And as the cyclone began to tear his country apart, his plea was simple, but eloquent:“Let us all pray for our nation, ourselves and each other.”That’s a prayer, perhaps, that hasn’t entirely passed its use-by date.This report’s authors, Mike Hawke and Lloyd Ashton, are asking Anglicans to reflect on that prayer as they consider their response to the victims of Cyclone Winston.The Missions Board of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia (AMB) and the Diocese of Polynesia are formulating the next stages of their response to the destruction wreaked by Cyclone Winston on Fiji and Tonga. In preparation, Archbishop Winston Halapua, the AMB’s Mike Hawke and Diocese of Polynesia Secretary John Simmonds spent two days last week visiting some of the most remote Anglican communities on Fiji’s main island of Viti Levu.For more information please click here. 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SAT Prep: How the SAT Plays into College Applications and How…

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Do you have a child who’s applying for college soon? If you do, then you have to understand that one of the first significant steps that your child should take is taking the SAT. The Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT is a standardized test that a lot of colleges in the United States use as part of their admission process.Taking the SAT can be stressful and daunting for both parents and students. Many students claim that taking the SAT is the most challenging part of their overall college application experience. As a parent, you value your child’s education. You know how important to prepare for the test is. But, how important the SAT really is for your child’s future life in college? Learn more about the SAT below.A Higher Score Indicates Better Academic AbilityYou already know that the SAT is a basis for admission for many colleges in the US. The applicants to one college institution are coming from different walks of life. The academic ability of your child and his/her readiness for college is measured through the SAT. How big of a deal is this? The following are benefits that your child gets with a higher SAT score:The freedom to choose – With a higher score in SAT, your child will have more options as to the university that he/she can attend to for college. Since different colleges have a cut-off or required score for the SAT, a higher score would mean that more schools would be willing to accept your child.Access to more courses – Not only your child gets to choose a school that he/she is comfortable with, but your child also is granted access to more number of courses that the university offers. As you know, aside from the cut-off score that colleges implement, a specific course that it provides also has it’s own required SAT result.Be Eligible for ScholarshipsIn addition to your kid getting freedom in choosing a school or course, a higher SAT score would also lead him/her to more scholarship opportunities. Scholarship grants accept deserving students based on the result of their SAT or other standardized admission tests. If you are on a budget but would want to send your kid to a reputable higher education institution, helping him or her ace the test is crucial. A scholarship opportunity would make things easier for you and would also push your kid to work hard in his/her academic responsibilities.Mask your GPAAs a hero mom for your kid, it is essential to remind him/her about the importance of boosting his/her GPA the moment he/she enters the freshman year in high school. What’s the point? Your kid’s GPA will also become a factor that college institutions look into when screening for students. But, say, for example, your child did not perform at the best of his/her abilities during high school, he or she can use a good mark in the SAT to mask a not-so-good GP. Despite having a GPA that is below the ideal one for the college administrators, if your child has an excellent result in the SAT, the chance of him/her getting admitted is still high.Here’s how a higher SAT result helps your kid despite having a GPA that’s a bit lower than expected:Shows improvement – Despite a low GPA, a higher score in the SAT helps your kid show to his/her chosen university that he/she has improved a lot.Reflects performance – A higher GPA also lets the chosen college of your child know that he/she can perform well by studying hard and can work under pressure. By helping the preferred university of your child realize that he/she has what it takes through his/her SAT score, he/she would still get more opportunities. Now that you already know how important the SAT is in your kid’s journey to college, find some tips out below to help your kid conquer their sat prep.Practice With ThemIt is essential to let your child realize that he/she is not alone in the fight to ace the SAT.  You have to be there for him/her. What you can do is create a practice schedule with your kid so you can be sure that your time meets. Having a practice schedule will also help you ensure that your child is always guided when studying.Give Your Child the Necessary SupportIt is not enough to only physically be there for your child. Make sure that you provide him/her all kinds of support. The SAT prep is like a mental marathon, and your kid can quickly get mentally exhausted. Provide your child with the necessary mental and emotional support.Help your Child Access the Necessary ToolsThe SAT prep of your kid would not be complete without the necessary tools for success. Some of the tools that you can provide to him/her include an online course and books for added knowledge. These tools would ensure that your kid is not missing something out and increases the chance of achieving a great result.Final ThoughtsAs a parent helping your child prepare for the test, it is crucial also to help him/her realize the value of everything you both of you are doing. Help him/her achieve the right mindset. Make the process of SAT prep easier for him/her but never put pressure on his/her shoulders. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSSATSAT PrepScholastic Aptitude Test Previous articleBucs continue roller-coaster seasonNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

Digital pen technology helps speed up donor sign-ups

first_imgDigital pen technology helps speed up donor sign-ups AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New digital pen technology is helping speed up the process of signing up new donors for Payroll Giving in Action.The new system from Destiny, will reduce by up to two weeks the time taken to process each of the 30,000 new pledge forms secured every year by the organisation’s field fundraisers who enable individual employees of major companies to make a regular payment to their chosen charity.In the past forms had to be manually scanned and input to PGA’s database and it took up to two weeks to get new donors on to the programme. With the new digital pens the data from each new form is instantly transmitted from the field to the database.The fundraiser completes a pledge form – a digital paper document, ticks a ‘send’ box for the data to be sent via a Bluetooth phone to Destiny’s secure servers, where it is instantly converted and sent on to PGA as a pdf and as a data file.As well as speeding up the process it also significantly cuts down the paper consumption previously involved in copying and scanning.www.destinyplc.com Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies legacies Technology  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 April 2008 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Two journalists released on bail after being held secretly for three months

first_imgBoth showed clear signs of having been tortured when they appeared in court. Rupeta told journalists in the courtroom: “I cannot tell you what they did to me. I thought they were going to kill me.” His mother, who was also present in the court, fainted seeing on the marks of the torture. PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News News News Follow the news on Pakistan News RSF_en Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img January 28, 2021 Find out more June 23, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists released on bail after being held secretly for three months PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire April 21, 2021 Find out more Two journalists were kidnapped by military intelligence officers while filming the Shahbaz airbase at Jacobabad in the southern province of Sindh on 6 March. Today they were freed on bail. Reporters Without Borders calls on Gen. Pervez Musharraf (photo) to put a stop to such unacceptable practices. Geo TV correspondent Mukesh Rupeta and assistant cameraman Sanjay Kumar were freed on bail today after being held secretly since 6 March 2006, probably by Pakistani military intelligence agents.Police officer Manzoor Khoso said their trial on charges of “divulging official secrets” would begin on 29 June. They were abducted while filming an airbase used by the US military.Rupeta told the Associated Press news agency: “Those who were holding us looked like intelligence agents. When they were beating me, I asked myself whether I am Pakistani.”———————-22.06.2006TV journalists kidnapped and tortured for filming airbase used by US militaryReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the action of Pakistani military intelligence officers in kidnapping and torturing two journalists who filmed an airbase used by the US military in the southern province of Sindh. Mukesh Rupeta, a correspondent with the Pakistani independent television station Geo TV, and freelance cameraman Sanjay Kumar, were finally taken before a judge today after being held secretly for more than three months. They are now formally detained on a charge of “divulging official secrets.”“It is high time that Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, told his intelligence services to refrain from such unacceptable practices,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Like Hayatullah Khan, these two journalists were kidnapped and tortured for filming US military equipment on Pakistani territory.”Reporters Without Borders added: “President George W. Bush’s government also has a duty to remind its Pakistani ally that the war on terrorism in no way justifies such excesses. We call for the immediate release of Rupeta and Kumar, as well as the release of Munir Mengal, who was also kidnapped by intelligence agents.”Reporters Without Borders has registered at least 21 cases of Pakistani and foreign journalists being kidnapped by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) since Gen. Musharraf became president in October 1999.Rupeta and Kumar were detained on 6 March while filming the base at Shahbaz, in Sindh province, where the US military has equipment and troops. Thereafter, Geo TV received no news of its missing correspondent for more than three months.They were handed over yesterday to the Jacobabad police, who formally arrested them under the Official Secrets Act. Rupeta is also reportedly accused of forging passports for members of the Hindu community, of which he is a member.The two journalists were taken today before a judge in Jacobabad, who gave the police permission to hold them for another seven days while they pursue their enquiries. The judge also said they should be transferred at once to a hospital for a medical examination. to go furtherlast_img read more

9 injured, 4 missing as boats collide on Colorado River in California

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SAN BERNADINO, Calif.) — Four people are missing and nine people are injured, two critically, after two private boats collided on the Colorado River in southeast California on Saturday night. Sixteen people in total were involved in the crash.Two people were airlifted to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada with life-threatening injuries, the Mojave County Sheriff said in a press conference on Sunday evening. Water and shoreline searches continue in addition to dive operations, with a search area an estimated 2 miles in circumference. The sheriff’s office added that no one on either boat was wearing a life jacket.The two vessels collided head on at about 8 p.m. local time between Pirate Cove and the Topock Marina, north of Lake Havasu near the Moabi Regional Park, a recreational area on the Colorado River which forms the boundary between California and Arizona. The southern tip of Nevada is about 30 miles north of the park.During the collision, everyone from both boats was thrown into the water, and both boats sank. Several people were pulled from the water by other passing boaters.Officials called off the search for missing survivors around 9 p.m. last night. Dive and search operations in the area of the crash are being conducted by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.The accident happened after sunset, making rescue efforts difficult, authorities said. Some people were found as much as a mile down river due to the rapidly moving water.Officials are unsure if alcohol was involved, or the ages or genders of those who were injured.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wife announce fourth pregnancy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAaron J. Thornton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Kelly Stafford, wife of NFL star Matthew Stafford, shared an announcement about their growing family from the happiest place on earth. The proud parents of three girls shared the news on Sunday that they are expecting a fourth child this summer in an Instagram post with a snap of the family at Disneyland in California.“Got to enjoy one of the most magical places with my husband and three of our kiddos,” Kelly Stafford wrote in the post. Their youngest daughter of three, Hunter, was not pictured. “Baby stafford #4 due this summer (no worries, well before training camp) — We won’t know whether the Stafford kids will continue as a girl squad or if a little brother will enter the craziness until baby is here. Excited and exhausted,” she said. The announcement comes less than a year after the wife of the Detroit Lions quarterback underwent a successful 12-hour surgery last April to remove a brain tumor. Stafford, 30, did not lose hearing or facial functions and shared a first person essay last October with ESPN to highlight the details on her road to recovery, including relearning to walk, battling extreme fatigue and being apart from her daughters.In the essay, Stafford wrote,”[Matthew] was literally by my side at every step.” “I had exercises I needed to do — some of them were seemingly simple, like shaking my head left and right — and Matthew helped me through all of it,” she wrote. April 17, 2020, will mark one year from her surgery, which is how long Stafford said her doctors told her it could take for her to “feel symptom-free and have the same energy” as before. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. March 2, 2020 /Sports News – National Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and wife announce fourth pregnancy Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

US Navy Deploys Aware’s Mobile Biometric Solution

first_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: Mobile Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval September 13, 2013 View post tag: Biometric Equipment & technology Aware, Inc, a leading global provider of biometrics software and services, yesterday announced that the US Navy has deployed a mobile biometric solution supplied by Aware as part of the Navy’s Identity Dominance program.The solution includes a hardware-agnostic software application developed by Aware to operate on third-party ruggedized biometric capture devices. The application uses software APIs that are part of Aware’s COTS SDK product offerings, and provides a user interface designed specifically for use by military personnel in challenging environments. Aware also supplies the Navy with its Biometric Services Platform (BioSP), which is used by the Navy to centrally manage and update the software on the devices.The development of the software application was funded through multiple phases of a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) award initially won by Aware in 2010. As a key supplier to the program, Aware procures third-party hardware, installs and tests the software on the devices, and delivers a complete solution to the US Navy. The effort was an SBIR success story. This project led to the procurement of the first mobile biometric solution in the Department of Defense to achieve the status of “Program of Record,” and is one of a small number of Programs of Record for biometric solutions. Less than 5% of SBIR awards lead to a “Phase III” production stage, and many fewer lead to Programs of Record.“The successful Navy deployment represents a major achievement for our team, and demonstrates Aware’s ability to execute at several levels on large, complex projects,” commented Rob Mungovan, Vice President of Aware’s Biometrics and Imaging group. “We’re pleased to see the solution at work in the field, and look forward to future opportunities to leverage our deep expertise in mobile biometrics.”Aware will provide demonstrations of its software products in its booth at the Biometrics Consortium Conference and Technology Expo taking place September 17-19 in Tampa.[mappress]Press Release, September 13, 2013 View post tag: Deploys View post tag: solution View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Deploys Aware’s Mobile Biometric Solution View post tag: News by topic US Navy Deploys Aware’s Mobile Biometric Solution View post tag: US View post tag: awarelast_img read more

2017 Winners Continue To Test Their Product In Local Markets

first_imgThe University of Southern Indiana is now accepting applications for the 2018 Eagle Innovation Business Model Competition (BIZCOM). Applications are open to the public, the USI community and students of all interests and will be accepted until Saturday, September 15.BIZCOM is a business-model competition designed to solicit innovative business ideas and connect those ideas to teams, mentors and resources to develop the business model. Each BIZCOM team must consist of at least one USI student.As a result of the 2017 competition, winners Dana Tang ’17, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree from USI, and local entrepreneurs Edgar Hilton and Jenn Moorhead founded their app, JimBot which is now being tested in new markets.“We created an app that will allow gym members to make teams so they can compete, meet and chat with other members who have similar interests, such as a running team,” said Tang. “The app also allows members to check attendance within the gym.”“Working with Dana has been a complete pleasure! I’m ashamed to say that my first impression of Dana was that she was a shy and quiet college kid,” said Hilton. “But not much later I found out how truly off the mark I was. Even at an early stage, I learned Dana is one of those rare individuals who observe, calculate and take action.”Unique business ideas are encouraged, as BIZCOM is a great way for students to showcase their knowledge while connecting with people in the community. Students who may not have an idea but wish to contribute to a team are also encouraged to apply.“I would definitely recommend this to other students of any major!” said Tang. “The experience taught me about business, opened many doors of opportunity and gave me many great mentors.”BIZCOM semi-finals will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, October 19 in the USI Performance Center. Finals will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, November 2 in the USI Griffin Center.BIZCOM is one piece of a series of initiatives designed to inspire and cultivate innovation both on campus and in southwest Indiana. Participants in BIZCOM will have the opportunity to advance their potential business through USI’s programs such as the Eagle Innovation Accelerator and APPCOM, during the academic year.“We participated in APPCOM in 2016 and then joined BIZCOM in 2017,” said Tang. “APPCOM really helped us work on our pitch and app idea, so that we were more prepared for the BIZCOM competition.”Together, the Eagle Innovation programs give USI students, faculty and the community a platform to launch new ventures capable of growing the local economy and providing exciting opportunities for USI graduates.For more information about BIZCOM and to apply visit USI.edu/BIZCOM or email Josh McWilliams, technology commercialization coordinator, at [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more