Share Tags: NULL whatsapp ASSETCO’s shareholders raised £16m in emergency funding yesterday after a court ruling forced its chief executive to comply with the plan.Shareholders were granted an injunction that required John Shannon, also AssetCo’s largest shareholder, to vote in favour of a plan to place 160m shares at 10p per share, two thirds of its closing share price on Monday.“The net proceeds will be used to address the company’s short term liquidity and funding issues, to assist in the restructuring of the group’s indebtedness and to provide working capital for the future development of the group,” it said in a statement.Its shares closed 8.45 per cent lower yesterday at 14.19p.AssetCo, which provides fire engines to the London Fire Brigade, said a range of shareholders took part in the placement. Investors North Atlantic Value, Gartmore and Utilico Investments, which held a combined 17.5 per cent of AssetCo before the placing, had said they were willing to provide £10m between them towards it if the company appointed a new executive chairman. The resolutions yesterday voted in Tudor Davies of touch sensor products maker Zytronic, to take that role.Sources close to the deal told City A.M. shareholders had grown “fed up” with dealing with Shannon, who led a management buyout of AssetCo in 2005. Shannon had promised to support investors but on Monday refused to vote for the plans, plunging the placement into doubt and causing AssetCo’s shares to be suspended from trading. Shannon had also supported AssetCo’s sale to Bahraini investment firm Arcapita, which shareholders rejected last week.TIME LINE | FIRE FIGHTING AT ASSETCO23 December 2010AssetCo sells three firms – Supply 999, Todd Research and AS Fire & Rescue Equipment – for £5.25m.27 January 2011Share price rises on rumours that it may be in sale talks with shareholder JO Hambro.31 January 2011Share price jumps 18.4 per cent after the board confirms it is in takeover talks with a company, but not J O Hambro. It appoints Evolution Securities to advise it. 8 February 2011AssetCo admits it is struggling to fund £4m of short term debt as its £50m long term debt facility was taking longer than expected to refinance.14 February 2011Its shares fall almost 25 per cent as it admits it had been forced to end talks with its potential buyer to concentrate on meeting its funding issues. 21 February 2011AssetCo’s nominated adviser Arden Partners proposes it raise £8m from shareholders as well as refinance existing debt facilities.23 February 2011AssetCo says it will obtain waivers from its banks and creditors on breaches of its debt facilities to allow the fundraising to go ahead. 3 March 2011It proposes a share placement of 160m shares of 10p each to institutional investors to be completed by 21 March.14 March 2011AssetCo’s board rejects an unnamed preliminary bid revealed to be from Bahraini private equity fund Arcapita. AssetCo describes the approach as “opportunistic” and says its principal banker RBS has loaned it £1.45m. 18 March 2011AssetCo’s creditors ask for early payment following the bid rejection. AssetCo says major shareholders agree to supply up to £10m if needed until the share placement is made.21 March 2011Three shareholders – North Atlantic, Gartmore and Utilico – agree to supply £3.33m each, on condition that Tudor Davies replaces Tim Wightman as chairman.AssetCo shares suspended after chief executive John Shannon says at a meeting he may not vote for the planned fundraising. AssetCo says the company may go into administration if the fundraising does not go ahead.22 March 2011Court grants shareholders an injunction specifying that Shannon must vote for the proposals. Meeting is reconvened, all resolutions are approved and £16m is raised. 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DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 03: James Rodwell of England holds Dan Norton aloft as they celebrate their 29-12 victory during the Final match between England and France on Day Three of the IRB Dubai Sevens at the Sevens Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. Or you may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here. RW: Any bugbears? DN: Footballers diving. And people who say they’re not angry when they really are. Chris Cracknell is always shouting “I’m not angry!”RW: What’s your idea of a dream holiday? DN: Picturesque, blue seas and good food, like Bali or Thailand.RW: What’s your dream car? DN: A Bugatti Veyron.RW: What are your nicknames? DN: Denzel by the boys. And Strawberry by my dad, who’s called Aubrey, which rhymes.RW: How do you switch off from rugby? DN: By socialising with friends, playing Xbox with Rodders (James Rodwell) and Mat, or walking the dogs.RW: What can’t you live without? DN: My iPhone.RW: What last made you laugh? DN: I’m happy, I laugh at everything!RW: How would you like to be remembered? DN: As a legend, a happy, nice guy. And a millionaire!RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby? DN: I’d like to make a million as fast as I could! But I’d spend it on a car or something and be back to square one.This article appeared in the February 2012 issue of Rugby World Magazine. Sevens star Dan NortonRUGBY WORLD: What do you love about playing sevens? Dan Norton: Playing in the sun is one of the perks of the job. You get your hands on the ball more and, especially for a winger, you get to have a lot of freedom of expression.RW: What’s your favourite sevens destination? DN: Hong Kong is surreal but great. The whole place is geared up for the sevens tournament and everyone takes the week off work to follow it. We got to the final last time we were there too.RW: What are the best and worst things about going on tour? DN: The best is the weather, culture and lifestyle. When it’s cold and snowing in England, we’ll be on a sunny beach somewhere! But the worst is being away from family and friends for weeks at a time. At times, towards the end of a trip you’re counting down the days ‘til you can go home.Xbox mates: Dan Norton and James RodwellRW: What do you miss most about home? DN: My girlfriend Samantha, the dogs and playing on my Xbox.RW: Any phobias? DN: I dislike seagulls and touching spiders.RW: And bad habits? DN: I’m very stubborn, and I don’t listen to what the boys say. I’ve not got a long attention span.RW: Who are the jokers in the squad? DN: Everyone has their own banter but Rob Vickerman and Mat Turner are jokers. Mat’s a very crude, small man!RW: Can you share any practical jokes? DN: Before the Commonwealth Games some of the boys texted me pretending to be from Nike, wanting to pay me for a photo shoot. This went on for three days, and they even made me text a picture of myself in my boxers!RW: Who are the best and worst room-mates? DN: In terms of the best, everyone’s on the same level but the worst is definitely Nick Royle. He’s got a massive nose and he can’t breathe through it so he snores.RW: What are your top three albums? DN: I don’t buy many albums but I do like Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Shock Value by Timbaland.RW: What three things would you take with you to a desert island? DN: Wifi, my phone, and John Brake. He’s pretty adventurous and he can’t sit still, so he’d help me pass the time.RW: Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests? DN: Mat Turner and Nick Royle. Nick’s like a poor man’s Karl Pilkington. And Lewis Hamilton. I’d like to find out what’s going on inside his head. I want to shake him and say, “Go back to winning!”RW: Any superstitions? DN: I tend to dress left sock then right, left shoe then right, but it’s more of a habit than a superstition. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Local Task Force Nominates Main Ingredient in Quest for Orlando Signature Dish From Visit OrlandoLike any good recipe, the search for a dish that represents Orlando is starting from the beginning: A signature ingredient has been decided – local honey – representing the diversity, sweetness and unique attributes of Central Florida.A group of area chefs and food and beverage specialists met with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Visit Orlando destination experts to consider exploring a signature dish for the region. The idea to focus on a culinary competition to showcase local honey grew from that initial challenge.Let the voting begin!Beginning Oct. 2, diners will find a list of participating restaurants and their respective honey dish “candidates” on VisitOrlando.com/Dish. The dessert will be featured on each restaurant’s menu, and the public is encouraged to try each one and vote for their favorite throughout the campaign (Oct. 2 – Nov. 3). Votes will be cast and tabulated on VisitOrlando.com/Dish.Visit Orlando will promote the competition with ongoing social media, and the public can join the conversation through the hashtag #MyOrlandoDish.“A signature dish doesn’t happen overnight; ultimately it grows organically over time. This initiative is a first step in starting the conversation as to what dish the community thinks represents Orlando. In the process, we continue to expand people’s awareness of the rich and unique culinary offerings found throughout our region,” said Mayor Jacobs. “We are an incredibly diverse destination, which makes this both a challenge and an opportunity for everyone.”Why honey?Due to its temperate climate and agricultural origins, Central Florida has long had an abundance of local crops and plants that contribute to numerous flavors of honey, including gallberry, saw palmetto, blueberry, Brazilian pepper, and – of course – popular orange blossom from the region’s once-flourishing citrus groves. The state produced 17 million pounds of honey in 2016.“Florida has the largest variety of honey – more than any other state in the U.S.,” said Orange Blossom Beekeepers Association’s communications director Beth Fox. “The diverse ecology in Central Florida, in particular, yields a wide variety of nice honey flavored by different wildflowers.”“Our climate is conducive to nearly continual honey-making, as Central Florida has lots of flowers and botanicals blooming all year long for the bees,” said John Rife, the founder of local-sourced food hub the East End Market in Orlando (and a philanthropic beekeeper himself). “And it’s part of our history – growing up with orange trees in the back yard, watching bees pollinate.” It’s also a way to help fight the trend of declining honey bees nationwide, Rife notes.Because of this mild climate, beekeepers from around the country also migrate to the state every winter to rebuild their colonies – trucking in about 280,000 colonies each year. The number of registered beekeepers in Florida has more than quadrupled in the past decade (4,500 in 2016), with about 500 new beekeepers registering each year, many in Central Florida, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.From a chef perspective, honey also was a natural choice agreed Chef Julie Petrakis, co-owner of several local restaurants, including award-winning The Ravenous Pig, and a participant on the task force. “We use local honey in so many ways; it’s so versatile, has many flavor components and is locally sourced and authentic to our region. It’s been an inspiration for many of our dishes, as it can be both sweet and savory.”Destination executives will use the challenge to showcase Orlando’s culinary offerings. “The significant depth and breadth of Orlando’s dining experiences have grown and become a vital part of the destination for visitors,” said George Aguel, president and CEO of Visit Orlando. “This initiative celebrates the culinary talent in our region, unites the community through a friendly competition, and allows us to create some great ‘buzz’ about Orlando’s dining scene and chef artistry.”Competition criteriaThe culinary competition kicks off this fall and is open to all Orlando restaurant chefs. Dishes can be submitted now through Oct. 1 on VisitOrlando.com/Dish, and public voting takes place Oct. 1 through Nov. 3. The public will determine the top candidates and a panel of national and local food experts will it narrow down to the final winner. Dish criteria are:local honey must be a key ingredient;the dish must be a dessert;it is available to the public in a restaurant or food venue;only one entry per restaurant.And the winners are…In November, the field will be narrowed down to the Top 10, based on the desserts that received the most votes. The finalists will then re-create their dish for a panel of food expert judges, who will choose the winning dessert. The winner will be announced in December.Find more information at VisitOrlando.com/Dish.About Orlando DiningFrom internationally renowned chefs to home-grown venues, Orlando is a destination where the culinary possibilities are both fresh and seemingly endless. Theme parks restaurants and a diverse variety of award recognized independent restaurateurs across Orlando, bring fresh concepts and experiences to the table throughout Central Florida. Whether locally owned or part of expanding franchises, many of the destination’s newest restaurants mirror the national trends: American cuisine, farm-friendly menus and simple food with regional accents. Nationally, Orlando has emerged as a prominent dining destination, and continues to grow in both quantity and quality of flavors.About Visit OrlandoVisit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area’s leading industry. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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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. All agencies entering will benefit from enhancing their CRM expertise and credentials and will receive a 10% discount off all ISP products and services until December 2004.Entries for the competition close on 30 September 2003 and will be judged by a panel of CRM experts from major brands such as Woolworths, Ribena, Little Chef, Nestle, Barclays Bank, Tesco, Adams Childrenswear and Warner Bros, as well as charities Comic Relief and Cancer Research. The winner, to be announced at the annual ISP Christmas lunch on 10 December 2003, will have the opportunity to work with Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation to develop the winning campaign and in addition, will receive 20% off all ISP Products (including ISP Award entries, ISP Diploma and Certificate entries, social events and Membership Fees) until December 2004. This year’s charity partner, Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation is behind the Wrong Trouser’s Event and has the backing of Oscar-winning film-makers Aardman Animation, creators of the Wallace & Gromit characters.Edwin Mutton, Director-General of the ISP and Chairman of the judges said: “Charities need good creative ideas to help them increase their income and they are increasingly realising that sales promotion agencies are capable of generating highly original solutions that can add an extra dimension to their marketing programmes.“However, work in the not-for-profit sector is radically different from promoting in the commercial world and as many agencies are inexperienced in this area, charities are limited in their choice.“It is vitally important for charities that they boost their income and this competition is a superb way for agencies to gain the valuable experience needed to provide this support.” Howard Lake | 19 June 2003 | News The Institute of Sales Promotion (ISP) has launched the third annual Cause Related Marketing (CRM) Competition with new charity partner, Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Foundation.The competition is designed to encourage greater interest and understanding in cause related marketing amongst sales promotion agencies. Developed in association with Louis Kennedy, it challenges agencies to raise money and increase exposure for an extremely worthy cause by devising a CRM campaign for the nominated charity. Fewer than 50% of agencies are believed to have experience of any CRM activities, even though research by Business in the Community has demonstrated its effectiveness in driving consumer behaviour. Advertisement Tagged with: Awards Third annual cause related marketing competition launched 28 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Sudan is undergoing a disturbing wave of censorship, with the confiscation of a total of 19 newspaper issues in the past three days. The seizures not only constitute a grave violation of media pluralism but also inflict major financial losses on publications that are already fighting for economic survival.In a spectacular series of raids in the capital on 16 February, members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) seized a total of 13 issues as they came off the presses, including almost all of Khartoum’s dailies and two magazines.The publications affected were Al-Tayar, Al-Rai al-Aam, Al-Intibaha, Akhir Lahza, Al-Ahram al-Youm, Awal al-Nahar, Al-Watan, Al-Sudani, Alwan, Al-Saiha and Al-Mijhar al-Siyasi, and the two magazines, Al-Dar and Hikayat.Five other newspaper issues were seized yesterday, those of Al Sudani, Al Intibaha, Al Sahafa, Al Mighur and Al Taghier. News April 10, 2020 Find out more Organisation News News “These massive and indiscriminate seizures constitute an unacceptable act of censorship,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“The people we contacted in Khartoum have no idea what exactly the government did not like in these issues. But, given the general elections scheduled for April, such actions are likely to recur in the weeks and months ahead. The government seems to want to suppress any reporting that could give rise to a debate.”Economic throttlingThis is by no means the first time that the NISS has carried out such raids. Reporters Without Borders calculates that it seized a total of 35 newspaper issues in 2014. Its operatives always act in the same way – waiting until issues are printed and then seizing all copies to prevent their sale. No grounds are ever given and owners have no legal recourse.“These repeated seizures represent a significant loss of income for newspaper owners,” Kahn-Sriber added. “The government is clearly aware of this and uses it as part of its strategy for throttling independent print media.”The harassment does not stop there. The well-known journalist Madeeha Abdallah is facing trial on criminal charges of complicity, undermining constitutional order and publishing false information. It was the NISS that brought these charges against her.Her case has attracted a great deal of attention, but dozens of other journalists have been harassed, arrested, interrogated for several hours or days and then released without any explanation being given. The harassment is completely “legal” inasmuch as a 2010 national security law grants the NISS complete immunity.Sudan is ranked 174th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa SudanAfrica Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent February 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Spectacular wave of censorship in Khartoum Receive email alerts to go further News Follow the news on Sudan RSF_en Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more SudanAfrica Sudan : Press freedom still in transition a year after Omar al-Bashir’s removal March 29, 2020 Find out more
BusinessGeek to Me GEEK TO ME: Select passwords with no personal information Twitter Facebook Previous articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enact common sense gun controlNext articleGUEST VIEW: Attacking US innovation won’t help COVID fight Jeff Werner Pinterest By Jeff Werner – April 25, 2021 Jeff Werner is a software engineer and has been writing this column since 2007. Question: I have been having issues with attempting to access Facebook after failing to remember my old password. I stumbled without success through many attempts at following messages sent to help with obtaining a new password. After a few days I am now not able to access Messenger. I am completely lost with what I should do following this expanding debacle.– Michael Q.Crestview, FloridaAnswer: The first thing to understand, Michael, is that it is not a coincidence that it can often be a difficult process to recover when you don’t know your password. If it was easy, then it would be easy for any “Internet Bad Guy” to simply make the attempt to get into anybody’s account, then claim that they forgot their password, and get a replacement. This would lock-out the true account owner, while giving the interloper the ability to use the account with impunity. Not good.This concept applies not only to Facebook, but to many and varied online venues that protect their content by requiring credentials; usually a Username and Password, but increasingly, a third factor (more on that below). Sometimes the reason for these safeguards is to protect the personal information of the account holder. Alternately, it might be that the venue provides something of value, such as entertainment (games, or streaming movies, for example), and having their user accounts secure protects their intellectual property from being given away for free.Whatever the reason, it is ultimately up to each account holder to keep their account credentials secure, and above all, to remember it, so that when a site asks for it, they are able to provide it for verification of their right to access the site. Despite all that’s at stake, almost all online services provide an automated means to recover your password, and Facebook is no exception. They have a vested interest in helping you maintain your ability to log in, so you can keep using the service. Now, other than your description of being lost in a jumble of e-mail messages, I can’t really tell what you’ve tried so far. So, I’m going to try and reset you to the beginning of the recovery path. You should start by visiting Facebook.com/login/identify, and follow the prompts from there. It should offer you multiple options to recover your account credentials, including using your smartphone, using your current and any former e-mail addresses, and even having assistance requests go through Facebook friends that know how to contact you.Above, I mentioned a trend toward requiring a third factor — something beyond a username and password — to validate your user account. In the business, this is what’s known as multi-factor authentication, or MFA. The “factors” are typically something you have, such as a computer or smartphone that is already known to the service, something you know, such as a PIN or password, something you are, meaning a physical characteristic such as a fingerprint, facial scan, retina scan, etc., and finally, somewhere you are, meaning your location within a computer network, or your verified GPS coordinates. There are other factors, some of which you may have encountered in your travels across the internet. As you can see, most of these are beyond your immediate control. The sole exception is the PIN or password. Remember to always select passwords that don’t contain personal information, are hard for anyone to guess, but which you can remember, and type-in the next time you’re asked for it. Good luck to you!Geek Note: My question queue is running low again, so it’s time for me to bug you to send some in. After all, I can’t answer them if you don’t ask them! So, if you’ve been living with an annoying problem on your computer, if you can’t figure out a feature of your high-tech product, if your Smart Home isn’t so smart, why not see if I can help? Just head over to ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com) register for your free account, then click on “Submit a question” in the menu. You soon could be happier and more satisfied in your geeky, high-tech life!To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!) WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp TAGSGeek to meJeff Werner
NLU-D Alumni Urge Chairperson Of Criminal Law Reforms Committee To Halt Its Proceedings; Indulge Into Wider Public Consultation [Read Statement]
Top StoriesNLU-D Alumni Urge Chairperson Of Criminal Law Reforms Committee To Halt Its Proceedings; Indulge Into Wider Public Consultation [Read Statement] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK9 Aug 2020 5:41 AMShare This – xConcerned by the “rigour” surrounding the method adopted by the Criminal Law Reforms Committee for consultation process, the Alumni of the National Law University, Delhi have made a representation to the Vice Chancellor of the University, who is also the chairperson of the Committee, to halt the process. “We are concerned and disappointed with the manner in which the Committee has…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?LoginConcerned by the “rigour” surrounding the method adopted by the Criminal Law Reforms Committee for consultation process, the Alumni of the National Law University, Delhi have made a representation to the Vice Chancellor of the University, who is also the chairperson of the Committee, to halt the process. “We are concerned and disappointed with the manner in which the Committee has been undertaking a task of this magnitude, with profound implications for the criminal justice system in India. We have been closely following the developments around the Committee since its formation, and many of us have struggled to engage with the process,” the alumni wrote. The five-member Committee was constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs vide Notification 1-2-19 Judicial Cell (Part I) dated 4-5-2020, to recommend criminal reforms in India. It comprises three professors from National Law University, Delhi, including the Chairperson and the Convenor. The composition of the Committee is as follows: Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh (Chairperson), Vice-Chancellor, National Law University Delhi Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai (Member & Convenor), Registrar, National Law University Delhi Prof. (Dr.) Balraj Chauhan (Member), Professor, National Law University Delhi Mr. Mahesh Jethmalani (Member), Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India Mr. G.P. Thareja (Member), Former District & Session Judge, Delhi The composition and the manner of consultation adopted by the Committee has drawn flak from several corners. Recently, former High Court and Supreme Court Judges, Senior Advocates, Academics and Former Bureaucrats, working with the criminal justice system across the country had also expressed concerns over the composition and transparency in functioning of the Committee. Lawyers/Activists Seek Reconstitution Of Central Committee For Reforms In Criminal Laws In Accordance With Principles Of ‘Participatory Democracy’ [Read Letter] Former SC/HC Judges, Lawyers Seek Reconstitution Of Central Committee For Reforms In Criminal Law To Include Academic Representation, Trial Court Lawyers, Women, Dalits, Etc. [Read Letter] Reiterating the grave concerns raised in the past, the Alumni have further criticized the Committee for “insufficient public engagement”. “The opaqueness surrounding the proceedings of the Committee are detrimental to the interests of the University, the Committee and the future of the criminal justice system in India. This is an indictment of the University’s callous and exclusionary approach as it has publicly attested to exercising full autonomy in all functional aspects. Entrusting such an exercise to a public university comes with the responsibility of ensuring that a rigorous and inclusive consultative exercise is carried out as matters of criminal justice affect the life and liberty of all individuals and particularly the most marginalised sections of society,” the asserted. They have urged the Chancellor to see that the Committee adheres to the high standards for legal research, debate and policy making. “To that end, we request that: A. The Committee immediately halts its proceedings. B. The Committee engages in a wider conversation with all stakeholders involved regarding the best possible manner in which this exercise should be conducted, including the method for public participation in the reform process, scope of the reform exercise, and composition and functioning of any Committee to oversee the process. C. The Committee responds to this letter, and organises an open meeting with students and alumni to engage with our concerns,” they wrote. Click Here To Download Statement Read Statement Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
v777999/iStock(MARICOPA, Ariz.) — A YouTube star is accused of physically abusing her seven adoptive children, who told authorities they were pepper-sprayed, beaten and deprived of food and water if they didn’t participate in her videos.Machelle Hobson, 48, whose YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures” has garnered almost 800,000 subscribers and 250 million views since 2012, was arrested last Friday following a welfare check at her home in Maricopa, Arizona, about 35 miles south of downtown Phoenix, according to the complaint filed in Pinal County Superior Court.A 19-year-old woman told the Maricopa Police Department on March 13 that her younger adoptive stepsister disclosed being abused by her mother, Hobson.Officers then conducted a welfare check at Hobson’s residence, where they found seven children “who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale completion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry,” according to the probable cause statement.All seven children were removed from Hobson’s custody.Police interviewed two of the children and attempted to speak with a third but “she was visibly nervous, shaking, and it appeared she was too scared to answer any questions,” according to the probable cause statement. The four other children were not questioned.One child told police Hobson locked her in a closet for days at a time without food or water and made her wear a pull-up diaper, not allowing her to use the bathroom.The child alleged her adoptive mother would spray her and her six siblings with pepper spray, spank them and force them to take ice baths. She allegedly would further punish them if they resisted, according to the complaint.The child told police she was once pepper-sprayed between her legs and was in pain for several days.Another child told police, “I either get beat with a hanger or belt,” “or a brush,” “or get pepper-sprayed from head to toe,” according to the probable cause statement. He also alleged Hobson would grab his “privates” and, on numerous occasions, pinched him with her fingernails until he bled.Hobson denied the allegations, saying the only forms of punishment she uses are grounding, spanking and making the kids stand in the corner, according to the complaint.All of the kids mentioned having to partake in their mother’s YouTube series, which featured the adopted children in different scenarios, according to the complaint. The kids told police they were punished if they forgot their lines or didn’t follow Hobson’s directions.“This is one of the reasons their mom took them out of school, so they can keep filming their series and they mentioned they have not been in school for years,” the probable cause statement reads.The YouTube channel was still up on the video-sharing site as of Wednesday morning but later appeared to be taken down. YouTube will terminate accounts upon discovery of repeated violations of its community guidelines.“We work closely with leading child safety organizations and others in our industry to protect young people. When we’re made aware of serious allegations of this nature we investigate and take action,” a YouTube spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Thursday morning. “We immediately suspended monetization when notified of the arrest. In cases where there are Community Guidelines violations, we may take additional actions, including terminating the channel.”The Pinal County Attorney’s Office called the allegations “highly disturbing and alarming.”“Children are our community’s most precious resource, and this office is committed to holding those individuals who choose to harm them fully accountable for their actions,” Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.Hobson and her two adult sons, Logan and Ryan Hackney, were taken into custody by local law enforcement at their residence on March 15, according to the complaint.Logan Hackney allegedly admitted to police that the children would be locked in the closet for long periods of time as punishment and that he had knowledge of the alleged pepper spray and ice baths. He also told police he observed physical injuries on the kids and heard them scream and cry, according to the complaint.Logan Hackney claimed he had a discussion with his brother about reporting the child abuse, and the children told police Ryan Hackney would sneak them food when they were locked in the closet.Hobson and her two sons had their initial court appearance on Saturday. Hobson’s bond was set at $200,000 secured and she remains in custody, according to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. She was booked on two counts of child molestation, seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and five counts of child neglect.Hobson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 26. The attorney appointed to Hobson did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday morning.Hobson’s last name was listed as “Hackney” in the initial complaint by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, which later changed it.Logan and Ryan Hackney, Hobson’s biological children, were booked into Pinal County Jail on seven counts each of failing to report child abuse. They were released on their own recognizance on Tuesday and are due back in court April 8.Logan and Ryan Hackney have hired a private attorney, who did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday morning.Zeb and Tawny Schnorr, a couple in Scottsdale, Arizona, run their own YouTube channel starring their 10-year-old and 6-year-old sons called “Extreme Toys TV,” which has amassed over 4.1 million subscribers and over 2.1 million views since 2015.The Schnorrs told ABC News they have never met Hobson but her two adult sons contacted them about a year ago for help with filming and editing content. And just a few weeks ago, Logan and Ryan Hackney brought over Hobson’s seven adoptive children to the couple’s house to film a collaboration.The Schnorrs told ABC News they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary with the seven children, who appeared to be well-behaved and playing normally with their two kids. The parents said they were shocked to learn of the allegations.“I just wish that there was something I would’ve seen,” Tawny Schnorr told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. “I was one-on-one with these kids, and there was no sign they were in danger.”“I had those kids in my house, twice they were here, and I just feel like it was my responsibility as a mom to help them and I feel like I could’ve saved them,” she added, in between tears. “The things those kids had gone through and were going through, my heart breaks for them because nobody deserves that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
We present data from the European Space Agency’s Airborne SAR/Interferometric Radar Altimeter System (ASIRAS), flown during the CryoVex 2004 field calibration/validation campaign, and new, high-resolution depth profiles of snow density measured in the field by neutron scattering. We combine these data to calculate the depth of internal reflecting horizons in the ASIRAS data. The high resolution density data allow us to identify annual layers in the snow density profile, and correlate their peaks with the reflecting horizons. We use the thickness of the annual layers combined with the density profile to determine the spatial and temporal pattern of snow accumulation along the radar track, for a period of 6 years from 1995–2002. Our mean-annual accumulation rate is 0.47 ± 0.09 ma−1 water equivalent, in agreement with the value determined from a core taken in this location in 1992. Similarly, our inter-annual variability shows the same trends as recent model estimates over the entire ice sheet. Because ASIRAS was designed to mimic as closely as possible the characteristics of the SAR/Interferometric Radar Altimeter (SIRAL), the principal payload of CryoSat, the detection of internal layering with ASIRAS illuminates the possibility of detecting internal layers with a space-borne radar, and thus the possible application of this technique to the dry-snow zones of Antarctica, Greenland, and smaller ice bodies.
Image: Maersk Decom is managing the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field. Photo: courtesy of A. P. Moller /Maersk. Maersk Decom, together with Maersk Supply Service, is project managing the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field in the UK North Sea.The project includes the cut and recovery of wellheads and wellhead protection structures, as well as end-to-end recycling and waste management. It is being delivered by an integrated team covering project management, engineering, and execution from subsea support vessel Maersk Installer.“This is an important milestone for Maersk Decom, being the first project that moves our new company from studies and project development into execution. By integrating the project team, we will be able to ensure a seamless interface between the recovery and disposal scopes. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Perenco and expanding on the decommissioning track record already established by Maersk Supply Service and Maersk Drilling,” says Lars Banke, Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Decom.The offshore phase commenced last month following the completion of ongoing decommissioning work at the Leadon field. Source: Company Press Release The project includes the cut and recovery of wellheads and wellhead protection structures, as well as end-to-end recycling and waste management