Tlou Energy Limited ( 2020 Annual Report

first_imgTlou Energy Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 annual report.For more information about Tlou Energy Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tlou Energy Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tlou Energy Limited (  2020 annual report.Company ProfileTlou Energy Limited identifies, explores, evaluates, and develops coalbed methane (CBM) resources in Southern Africa. It holds one mining license and nine prospecting licenses covering an area of approximately 8,300 square kilometers in the Karoo Basin, Botswana. The company owns a 100% interest in the Lesedi CBM project. It also holds interest in the Mamba project. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Brisbane, Australia.last_img read more

News from the precincts: Over 134,000 Orange County voters cast ballots…

first_img TAGSElection 2018 Previous articleApopka City Commissioners endorse statewide candidatesNext articleElection 2018: Moore headed to County Commission; Byrd to School Board Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Election 2018At 5:30 PM, 134,671 Orange County voters had cast a ballot today at their polling places. Those voters, combined with vote-by-mail and early voting tallies, bring the turnout up to 451,850, which is 56.6% of registered voters.In the last midterm election (2014), only 44.26% of Orange County voters cast a ballot.In Apopka precincts, lines are steady and no one has reported any issues that would hamper voters, according to Danaë Rivera-Marasco, Communications Specialist at the Orange County Supervisor of Elections.The time to vote once in the polling places is slightly longer than average for voters because of an unusual amount of amendments (12) on the ballot.The polls close at 7 PM.Stay with The Apopka Voice all day for updates and election results as soon as they are released by the Orange County Supervisor of Elections. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgImmigrant kale pickers win in N.C.When bosses at Teachey Produce in Rose Hill, N.C., started abusing the immigrant pickers in the kale fields, the mostly Mexican workers fought back. In early 2016, the bosses started cruelly withholding ice from water the workers need to stay hydrated in the hot sun. Then they stopped supplying the water. That brought the workers to the point of exhaustion, and sent one worker to the hospital with heat stroke. With no insurance, he was stuck with an $8,000 bill, the equivalent of earnings during one picking season. The bosses refused to help.Then the Teacheys began withholding $25 per barrel from the workers’ paychecks. Why? The workers were told they weren’t picking the kale properly! That’s when they began attending monthly community meetings of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, a Latinx, immigrant-run organization defending farm workers in the South since 1967. Not only has FLOC won a union contract with the North Carolina Growers Association, it now represents more than 10,000 H-2A guest workers in the state.When FLOC approached Teachey with the workers’ grievances, the bosses ignored them. When FLOC hired a lawyer, the workers filed a class-action lawsuit alleging violations of wage and hour protections, safety laws and retaliation for speaking out. In mid-May, the workers won $60,000 in payback for their medical expenses, stolen wages, retaliation claims and safety issues. (, May 25) That proves, even during the Trump era, when Mexican farm workers organize, they can beat back the bosses!Support immigrant farm workers’ rights!The Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017, introduced in Congress in May by California lawmakers, is supported by the United Farm Workers. A study by the University of California, Davis, shows that about 70 percent of all U.S. farm workers are undocumented. If they are deported, based on Trump’s directives to Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that would totally disrupt agricultural production in the U.S., causing shortages and price hikes to the public. The stated goal of the AWPA is to protect farm workers from deportation, put them on a pathway to legalization and citizenship, and help ensure a stable, legal agricultural workforce to benefit farm workers, employers and the public. (, May 25)While aspects of the bill are deeply flawed, it exposes how integral undocumented immigrant workers are to the U.S. economy and lifestyle. These workers should be respected and protected, not scapegoated. Sign UFW petition supporting bill at workers secure contracts from coast to coastMembers of the Communication Workers won decent contracts in the West and the East in early June. Their three-day strike in 36 states in mid-May definitely helped! In CWA’s District 9, DIRECTV West workers won their first-ever contract! Those 2,200 workers and 17,000 AT&T West workers won a four-year settlement, now up for ratification by members, which includes pay raises and improvements in job security, retirement benefits, affordable health care and more.The CWA District 1 bargaining team also scored a four-year agreement with AT&T East covering 200 workers in Connecticut Local 1298. The union’s bargaining committee noted that AT&T, like all bosses, demanded concessions in health care and benefits at the workers’ expense. (, June 8) We say not only should good health care and benefits be the norm for unionized workers, but they should be the right of every worker!NYC retail workers win demandsWhile retail workers are facing layoffs all across the country (Workers World, April 25), 2,000 members of Local 3 of the Department Store Union (RWDSU-UFCW), who sell high-priced merchandise at Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City, won a landmark contract on May 1. It was immediately ratified by 88 percent of the voting membership.The four-year contract recognized that most sales workers paid solely based on in-store sales commissions have been struggling financially since 2012 (wages cut by 20 percent to 30 percent) when they were required to do nonsales online tasks with no extra pay. Now workers will no longer be required to handle order fulfillments or other nonsales duties or to leave their departments when there is a potential sales opportunity. The workers also won general wage hikes and bonus payments, increased company funding for medical and sick day benefits, and protections for immigrant and worker safety and security. (, May 1)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Surge in political violence, bombing takes its toll on the press

first_imgNews December 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Surge in political violence, bombing takes its toll on the press February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about a dramatic deterioration in the security situation in Bangladesh and its impact on the press after three journalists were injured in an Islamist bombing, two reporters were beaten by police, a newspaper correspondent was threatened by the head of a madrassa and a minister’s supporters made a bonfire of copies of an independent daily, all in the past 10 days.“Despite government assurances that security is improving, the increase in attacks and bombings is exposing the press and public to new risks,” the press freedom organisation said. “This is partly a result of the attitude of the current government which, instead of combating these extremist excesses, has preferred to crack down on the journalists and human rights activists who issued warnings about this new threat.”Starting with the most recent, the incidents of the past 10 days are as follows:A member of the Islamist movement Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh set off a bomb outside a public building in Gazipur, north of Dhaka, on 1 December, killing at least one person and injuring about 30 others, including three journalists who were covering a demonstration. The three reporters were Nazrul Islam Badami, the correspondent of the daily The New Nation, who was very badly hurt, and Belal Hossain of the BSS news agency and Aminul Islam of the local newspaper Ajker Janata, who also had to be hospitalised.A group of supporters of housing minister Alamgir Kabir made a bonfire with dozens of copies of the daily newspaper Janakantha on 28 November after it ran a story about a physical attack by Kabir on one of the newspaper’s reporters.The principal of a madrassa in the southern town of Lohagora made death threats on 27 November against Maruf Samdani, the local correspondent of the national daily Prothom Alo, after the newspaper ran a story about alleged embezzlement by the principal.Channel I television reporter Mahbub Matin was beaten by police while covering a demonstration by the opposition Awami League on 21 November and had to spend the next six days in hospital, where plain-clothes police kept him under close surveillance. Matin’s cameraman, Jahid Hasan, was also injured during the demonstration. Matin told journalists he thought the attitude of the police was “strange.” He also questioned the seriousness of the enquiry into his beating, since the policemen who hit him were the ones in charge of the investigation. Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News News to go further Receive email alertscenter_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Organisation May 19, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Bangladesh BangladeshAsia – Pacific last_img read more

No news of political cartoonist one year after his disappearance

first_imgNews Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists January 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No news of political cartoonist one year after his disappearance July 29, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News to go further Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge News Help by sharing this information Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation News Today is the first anniversary of the disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda, a cartoonist and political analyst who worked for the Lanka-e-News website. He went missing in Colombo on 24 January 2010. The investigation into his disappearance has drawn a blank, despite the promises initially made by the authorities.The situation for journalists in Sri Lanka continues to be very disturbing. Under the system of media control and intimidation established by President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s government, state media journalists are censored and journalists with the privately-owned media censor themselves. Those that dare to criticize the president or his associates, as Prageeth did, risk serious reprisals.Reporters Without Borders condemns the failure to assign resources to the investigation into Prageeth’s disappearance. President Rajapaksa must make an effort to establish what happened to this journalist and quickly offer some answers to his family, who have been left to worry for the past year without being told anything.Cartooning for Peace and Reporters Without Borders are marking this sad anniversary by launching an international support campaign, using 12 cartoons by cartoonists throughout the world to symbolize each of the 12 months that Prageeth has been missing.Prageeth’s wife, Sandya Ekneligoda, wrote to the former and current media ministers on 13 December about the lack of progress in the investigation despite the promises that the former minister gave on 10 February and the current minister gave on 7 May. She said her two children were suffering from their father’s absence and the failure to provide any explanation about his disappearance. Together with Journalists for Democracy in Sri Lanka (JDS), Reporters Without Borders has just relayed an appeal about the literary festival taking place in the southern city of Galle from 26 to 30 January. Addressed to the Galle Literary Festival’s organizers and to the writers who are planning to attend, it does not call for a boycott but urges them to give some thought to the situation of dissident writers, journalists and cartoonists in Sri Lanka, including Prageeth.The Alliance of Media Organizations staged a demonstration outside the main station in Colombo on 18 January about Prageeth’s disappearance and newspaper editor Lasantha Wickrematunga’s January 2009 murder. The participants chanted: “One year since Prageeth’s disappearance, two years since Lasantha assassinated – do we allow injustice?” Follow the news on Sri Lanka January 13, 2021 Find out more Sri LankaAsia – Pacific At least 14 journalists have been murdered in Sri Lanka since 2006, three have disappeared and more than 30 others have been forced to flee the country. Reporters Without Borders was ranked 158th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Prageeth’s wife, Sandya Ekneligoda and their sons Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial RSF_en July 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Top Southern California Loan Originator Alexander Martin Named Branch Manager for Guaranteed Rate in Pasadena

first_imgCompany News Briefs Top Southern California Loan Originator Alexander Martin Named Branch Manager for Guaranteed Rate in Pasadena From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 11:44 am Guaranteed Rate, one of the ten largest retail mortgage lenders in the U.S., announced that top Southern California loan originator Alexander Martin recently joined the company’s Pasadena, Calif. office as branch manager and vice president of mortgage lending.Martin has a dozen years in the mortgage and real estate industry, beginning his career at a local bank where he quickly took to mortgages as a way to help families with their most important purchase. In Guaranteed Rate’s Pasadena office, he leads a team of # mortgage loan originators available to help home buyers with a full suite of mortgage and refinancing options. Martin holds a master’s degree in finance and management from the University of La Verne and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and political science from Loyola Marymount University.Guaranteed Rate’s Pasadena office is located 99 S. Lake Ave., Suite 500 in Pasadena. For more information, call (310) 279-7545 or visit in 2000, Guaranteed Rate has become one of the nation’s fastest growing mortgage companies by offering low rate, low fee mortgages and superior customer service, and funded $12.4 billion in loans in 2014 alone. The company has been able to expand successfully through a business model that allows top originators to join the company and close more loans faster through Guaranteed Rate’s commitment to technology, pricing, process and support. Guaranteed Rate now has more top loan originators in the annual national rankings from mortgage industry publications Mortgage Executive, Scotsman Guide and Origination News than any other bank or mortgage company.About Guaranteed RateGuaranteed Rate is one of the ten largest retail mortgage lenders in the U.S. The company has become The Home Purchase Experts® by offering industry-leading self-service tools and low rate, low fee mortgages through an easy-to-understand process and unparalleled customer service. Headquartered in Chicago with approximately 175 offices across the U.S. and licensed in all 50 states, Guaranteed Rate has helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners with nearly $80 billion in home purchase loans and refinances since 2000. Guaranteed Rate was ranked No. 1 in Scotsman Guide’s “Top Mortgage Lenders 2013” honors, and was recognized by Inc. magazine as the No. 4 private company job creator in the U.S. in 2013. Visit for more information. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Top of the News center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Dr. Ambedkar’s Thoughts On Nation, Democracy, And Constitutionalism

first_imgColumnsDr. Ambedkar’s Thoughts On Nation, Democracy, And Constitutionalism Anurag Bhaskar6 Dec 2020 6:31 AMShare This – x[This is an edited excerpt from the introduction titled “The Resurgent Icon” written by Anurag Bhaskar for the book “A Stake in the Nation” (2020), which is a collection of Dr. BR Ambedkar’s selected speeches. The volume is the result of life-long struggle of late Bhagwan Das, one of the Ambedkarite chroniclers. Das brought out the first edition of this book as far back as 1963 under…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login[This is an edited excerpt from the introduction titled “The Resurgent Icon” written by Anurag Bhaskar for the book “A Stake in the Nation” (2020), which is a collection of Dr. BR Ambedkar’s selected speeches. The volume is the result of life-long struggle of late Bhagwan Das, one of the Ambedkarite chroniclers. Das brought out the first edition of this book as far back as 1963 under the title ‘Thus Spoke Ambedkar’. It was the first serious, professional effort to bring out an edition of Ambedkar’s work after his death in 1956. This happened long before the Maharashtra government instituted a committee in 1978 to collate, edit and issue Dr Ambedkar’s work under the twenty-volume series, ‘Babasaheb Ambedkar: Writings and Speeches’. The excerpt is being published with permission from the publisher Navayana.] When the former Chief Justice of India, late Justice Y.V. Chandrachud, was a young lawyer, he would often go to a café called The Wayside Inn in Kala Ghoda, Bombay. One of the commonest sights there was a man who spent the entire afternoon writing and making notes. It was Dr Ambedkar. At the time, he was making copious notes for the future constitution of India In a life spanning polities, milieus and countries, this was a familiar sight—Ambedkar writing, thinking. In a manner, Ambedkar was archiving his own thoughts for a future generation; as if he did not want thinking itself to end. He did not want how and what he thought to die with him. An expert of economics, political science, law, and administration, Ambedkar propounded his thought through speeches, invariably momentous, and writings, some self-published, and several left behind as manuscripts. His wide reading of global history, economics, and politics enabled him to present novel solutions to contemporary challenges. His ability to combine a wide net of influences in the pursuit of reading a particular present turned prophetic for the Indian milieu. For Ambedkar, no nation could be built on the foundations of inequality and exclusion. Ambedkar thus defined a nation as ‘a spiritual reality binding people into a deep comradeship’. He further elaborated: ‘Nationality is a social feeling. It is a feeling of a corporate sentiment of oneness which makes those who are charged with it feel that they are kith and kin’. Ambedkar’s nation was an ideal society which overrode all differences of economic or social gradations. In ‘Annihilation of Caste’, his revolutionary address which in 1936 even well-meaning savarnas could not allow themselves to hear or heed, he conceptualized that ‘an ideal society should be mobile, should be full of channels for conveying a change taking place in one part to other parts. In an ideal society there should be many interests consciously communicated and shared. There should be varied and free points of contact with other modes of association’. In that sense, a nation is a society where there is ‘unlimited scope’ for ‘social endosmosis’. Intercommunication, participation, and sharing are the essence of nationhood. Ambedkar was critical of a narrow conception of nationalism. In his view, ‘nationalism’, which derived from ‘nationality’, was the dynamic expression of the ‘will to live as a nation’. The concept of nationalism, for Ambedkar, was only useful as long as it endeavored towards social unity, equality and shared association: ‘Without social union, political unity is difficult to be achieved. If achieved, it would be as precarious as a summer sapling, liable to be uprooted by the gust of a hostile wind. With mere political unity, India may be a State. But to be a State is not to be a nation’. Ambedkar considered that the demand of minorities to be free from ‘aggressive majority’s nationalism’ is of an equal ‘moral import’. He therefore warned against majoritarian nationalism in unequivocal terms: ‘If [the] Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will, no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country… Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost’. Rejecting narrow conceptions of nationalism twinned with an unequal social order, he theorized the actualization of a broader form of ‘democracy’ in India. The existence of a feeling of fellowship was to be the foundation of such a stable and democratic state—it was ‘not merely a form of Government … [but] primarily a mode of associated living, of conjoint communicated experience. It is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen’. In a speech delivered in 1952 at the Poona District Law Library, he said: ‘Personally, I define democracy in a different way, in a much more concrete way as a form and method of government whereby revolutionary changes in the economic and social life of the people are brought about without bloodshed’. It is evident that Ambedkar’s understanding went beyond the formal framework of democracy. He called this democracy to be a ‘social democracy’ — without which the institutional framework of democracy would be of ‘no value and would indeed be a misfit’. Ambedkar elaborated further: ‘[Democracy] is a social organization free from rigid social barriers [and] … is incompatible and inconsistent with isolation and exclusiveness, resulting in the distinction between the privileged and the unprivileged’. But Ambedkar was well aware of the reality of the Indian society. In a speech introducing the draft Constitution on 4 November 1948, featured in this volume, he said ‘Democracy in India is only a top-dressing on an Indian soil, which is essentially undemocratic’. He knew that there existed a wide gap between the ideal of a transformative Constitution and the social reality. This very short-circuit in the fabric of Indian society haunted Ambedkar. He took pains to leave behind a road-map for an inculcation-to-come among future political actors. During his last address to the Constituent Assembly and on later occasions, Ambedkar spoke at length of the conditions necessary to ‘maintain democracy not merely in form, but also in fact’. Before his death, Ambedkar had proposed to write a detailed treatise titled ‘Revolution and Counter Revolution in Ancient India’. Drafts of this manuscript have survived and were published many decades after his death. In it, he wrote a history of the establishment of democratic principles in the Buddhist era as a revolution. This also brought about the counter-revolution by conservative and casteist forces, which resulted in the decline and fall of democratic principles. Extending the historical motif, the adoption of the Constitution of India must be seen as a revolution. The communal violence and hatred against the minorities, Dalits, and tribals is the counter-revolution being consistently undertaken by socially conservative and casteist forces to undo the strength of that revolution. Ambedkar’s fears have turned out to be true. When we see the misuse of authority by governors or the speaker of the lower house, we see why Ambedkar did not want to leave most of constitutional discretions to future politicians. Ambedkar was an ardent advocate of equal citizenship, and would have been severely critical of any exclusionary criterion for citizenship. It is the responsibility of the people of this country to save his Constitution. The Constitution of India provided a language through which the citizens could communicate with the state and among themselves. ‘Ambedkar’ and ‘Constitution’ have become the language of dissent and of social and political participation. In particular, the Constitution has come to symbolize the radical urges for equality for a whole host of communities. ‘Ambedkar’s Preamble’ has emerged as the main literature of protest, with it being recited on the streets. People have sat down in protests in Shaheen Bagh and elsewhere with a deep belief that ‘Ambedkar’s Constitution’ allows them to participate in citizenship discourse as free and equal citizens. The recent events of claiming the Preamble and the Constitution by the citizens as their very own resemble a path towards the professed collective destiny of India. Whenever the battle to protect the foundational ethos of Indian democracy is fought, not invoking Ambedkar and Ambedkarism is folly. Envisioning a truly free and equal India cannot be done without reading him. (Anurag Bhaskar is a lecturer at Jindal Global Law School, Sonipat. He tweets @anurag_bhaskar_)Next Storylast_img read more

Body camera video of Andrew Brown shooting will be redacted before shown to family

first_imgAndrew Brown Jr. in an undated photo. – Courtesy Brown Family(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) — The family of a 42-year-old Black man who was shot to death by a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy outside his home last week accused law enforcement authorities on Monday of walking back their promise to show relatives raw body camera footage of the deadly confrontation.The family members of Andrew Brown Jr., a father of seven, and their attorneys said during a news conference outside the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Department in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, that they were expecting to see the video at 11:30 a.m. ET. But an hour before the meeting they were informed of an unexpected delay.Harry Daniels, one of the lawyers for the Brown family, said he received an email at 10:29 a.m. on Monday from Pasquotank County Attorney Michael Cox that redactions were being made to the video.“I was told by the district attorney that the family will get to see the raw footage, not the redacted version,” Daniels said. “These county administrators are walking back the promises they have made. Show the tape. If you ain’t got nothing to hide, show the tape.”Cox released a statement Monday saying that while state law allows the county to show the body camera video to Brown’s family in private, state law “also allows us to blur some faces on the video and that process takes time.”“This may be done when necessary to protect an active internal investigation,” Cox said in his statement.He said officials are working as quickly as possible to show the video to Brown’s family.“As soon as these redactions are complete, we will allow the family to view this footage,” Cox said. “We hope this occurs today, but the actual time will be driven by completion of the redactions.”Ben Crump, another attorney for the Brown family, said if the video had showed Brown doing something wrong, “they would have no problem showing that video.”Brown’s relatives, including several of his children, attended the news conference but did not speak.“It only seems to be [that] when the video has the police doing something wrong, then they’ve got to redact, then they don’t want to show it,” Crump said.Seven Pasquotank County deputies involved in the shooting that erupted last Wednesday morning in Elizabeth City have been placed on administrative leave while the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation probes the circumstances of the deadly encounter. Wooten said a Pasquotank deputy, whose name has not been released, fired the fatal shot and was wearing an active body cam at the time.In advance of the viewing by Brown’s family, Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker declared a state of emergency for her city on Monday morning. The emergency declaration went into effect at 8 a.m. and Parker said it will last “until deemed no longer necessary.”Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten II said he plans to file a motion with a judge to release the video to the public as soon as the state Bureau of Investigation confirms that doing so will not undermine the investigation. Wooten said he could file the request as early as Monday.“It seems likely that the video and audio footage will be released in the very near future. In order to ensure the safety of our citizens and their property, City officials realize there may potentially be a period of civil unrest within the city following the public release of that footage,” Parker, who is Black, wrote in the order.City offices in Elizabeth City, the county seat of Pasquotank County, were closed on Monday and government meetings, including a budget work session, were canceled.Parker’s order came despite peaceful protests that have occurred for five straight days in Elizabeth City since Brown’s death.The Pasquotank County Sheriff Department has released few details of the shooting in the town of 18,000 people.The shooting unfolded about 8:30 a.m. on April 21 when deputies from Pasquotank and Dare Counties went to Brown’s home to attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Brown that stemmed from a felony drug investigation, officials said.Deputies opened fire on Brown’s car as he attempted to drive away from his home. A first responder was recorded on 911 dispatch saying Brown was shot in the back.Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.Wooten declined to say how many deputies discharged their weapons in addition to the one who fatally shot Brown.The shooting occurred one day after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man.Brown’s family said police found no weapons nor drugs in Brown’s vehicle or home.Wooten promised to be transparent about what occurred at Brown’s home.“If any of my deputies broke any laws or violated any policies that come out through this investigation, they will be held accountable,” Wooten said.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

High levels of spatial heterogeneity in the biodiversity of soil prokaryotes on Signy Island, Antarctica

first_imgIn a previous study, soil bacterial diversity at environmentally distinct locations on Signy Island was examined using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) profiling, and a range of chemical variables in soils was determined in order to describe variations between them. The dominant bacterial communities of all locations were found to be significantly different, although higher levels of similarity were observed between locations with similar physico-chemical characteristics, such as at penguin rookeries, seal wallows and vegetated soils. Extending this study, here soil prokaryote biodiversity was compared between 15 distinct locations in order to elucidate any interaction between four general habitat types on Signy Island (South Orkney Islands, maritime Antarctic) and any influence of previous human impacts at these sites. Specific sites were selected to represent the range of different soil environments present and to cover a range of environmental factors present in the maritime Antarctic which are known to influence bacterial community composition in soils elsewhere. A diverse prokaryote community is described, again with the majority of excised and sequenced bands belonging to the Bacteroidetes. Although DGGE profiling identified significant differences in prokaryotic biodiversity between all sampling sites, aggregations of banding patterns were also apparent across the different soil environments examined. Correlations between specific DGGE profiles and 10 selected soil parameters suggested that much of this variation could be explained by differences in the levels of environmental disturbance and soil pH. In particular, a greater proportion of variation in soil bacterial diversity was explained by differences in soil properties at human-disturbed locations than at undisturbed locations, with higher explanatory values by edaphic factors in the former and soil metal content in the later. In general, our data indicate that small-scale variation is an important factor in understanding patterns of prokaryotic distributions in soil habitats in the maritime Antarctic environment.last_img read more

USS Russell Returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Russell Returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Joint View post tag: Pearl View post tag: Russell View post tag: Harbor-Hickam View post tag: USS View post tag: Base USS Russell Returns to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam View post tag: Navalcenter_img April 25, 2012 View post tag: Navy Share this article Training & Education View post tag: News by topic Families and friends welcomed back the guided-missile destroyer USS Russell (DDG 59) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, April 23, following completion of a successful eight-month deployment to the western Pacific and Arabian Gulf.“I am exceptionally pleased and proud of the tremendous performance of every Sailor aboard Russell during this challenging deployment,” said Cmdr. Joseph Carrigan, Russell’s commanding officer. “I believe I speak for each member of the crew when I say that we are thrilled to be home with our families, friends and the greater Pearl Harbor Ohana.”Russell and its crew of nearly 300 Sailors conducted a wide range of operations, including ballistic missile defense, maritime security operations, and oil platform defense. Additionally, the ship and her crew participated in multinational exercises with NATO allies and Gulf partner nations in support of theater security cooperation and operations.Mike McGuinness, the father of Seaman Matt McGuinness, flew from New Jersey to greet his son at the pier as the ship arrived.“I thought it would be a good idea to come out and surprise him,” said Mike. “This is his first deployment. He has been in the Navy for one and a half years.”While at the Arabian Gulf, Russell integrated with Carrier Strike Groups George H. W. Bush, John C. Stennis, and Abraham Lincoln, supporting a variety of missions. Additionally, Russell served as the Ballistic Missile Defense Commander platform for Commander Task Force 50 for two months, participating in 15 system operability tests, two joint air defense exercises, and a bilateral amphibious exercise with Saudi Arabia. “While deployed to the 5th Fleet area of operations, USS Russell consistently demonstrated unparalleled operational excellence and mission accomplishment while conducting maritime security operations, ballistic missile defense operations, maritime infrastructure protection, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support,” said Carrigan.The officers and crew enjoyed several port visits in the western Pacific, East Asia, the Indian Ocean, and the Middle East, including Guam, the Philippines, the Maldives, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong and continued the U.S. Navy’s longstanding tradition of ambassadorship.During the ship’s visit to Gan, Maldives, Russell Sailors connected with their Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) counterparts and interacted with the local community. Russell Sailors participated in soccer matches and culinary exchanges where coast guardsmen from the Maldivian coast guard ship (CGS) Shaheed Ali taught Sailors how to cook traditional Maldivian dishes aboard Russell.Guided-missile destroyers are multi-mission anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare surface combatants. They operate independently for support of carrier and expeditionary strike groups and surface strike groups.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 25, 2012; View post tag: Returnslast_img read more