R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgR.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: R.T. Briscoe Nigeria Plc (RTBRIS.ng)  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileRT Briscoe Nigeria Plc imports and markets a range of automotive vehicles, power equipment and industrial equipment in Nigeria. Its product range includes some of the world’s most recognised and widely respected automobile and industrial equipment brands. Briscoe Toyota markets, sells and services a range of Toyota commercial and passenger vehicles. The Industrial Equipment division markets, sells and services a range of industrial, mining, drilling and construction equipment under the franchise of various international brands which includes Elgi air compressors, Ford motors, Toyota forklifts, Raymond forklifts and Briscoe Toyota warehouse equipment. The company also offers a logistics and warehousing service. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. RT Briscoe Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Will the Greggs share price and hotel operator Whitbread make you rich when lockdown ends?

first_img Harvey Jones | Monday, 1st June, 2020 | More on: GRG WTB See all posts by Harvey Jones The Greggs (LSE: GRG) share price took a beating in the stock market crash, as the high street bakery chain closed its doors for business. However, last week it rose 7% as investors looked forward to relaxing the lockdown.The Whitbread (LSE: WTB) share price did even better, jumping almost 20% in a week. The hotel and restaurant group also has to make up lost ground when Britons are let off the leash. Is now the time to buy these two consumer stocks, ahead of the next leg of the recovery?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…Greggs’ share price strikes backDon’t expect Greggs to enjoy a full-throttle reopening. It’s been notably cautious, shelving plans to open multiple stores in the first half of last month. Management fears staff will be mobbed by sausage roll lovers, who’ll ignore social distancing rules in the clamour. Many stores drew long queues at peak times before the pandemic.With all 2,050 outlets closed since 24 March, Greggs is going to take a massive hit to revenues. Analysts at Jefferies predict a £58m loss this year, against a profit of £114m last year.I’d expect strong demand when its stores do finally open, although rising unemployment could take the edge off that. Stores based near offices may take a hit if more people work at home.Another concern is that by delaying planned store openings, the pandemic will reduce long-term profits and slow the Greggs share price recovery.The FTSE 250 goup has the liquidity to see it through, having raised £150m for 11 months through the Bank of England’s Covid Corporate Financing Facility. If we avoid a second wave of infections, profits could be recover nicely. The Greggs share price has a long way to go, but trading 25% lower than before the crisis offers a tempting entry point.Whitbread is on the upWhen I hear the name Whitbread, I think of beer. Other investors will think of Costa Coffee, sold to Coca-Cola last year for £3.9bn. Today, its best-known brand is Premier Inn, but it also owns a string of restaurant chains, including Brewer’s Fayre and Beefeater.You don’t need me to tell you business has been tough lately. Whitbread’s shares trade 40% lower than at the start of the year, an even bigger drop than the Greggs share price. The FTSE 100 group has secured its balance sheet with a £1bn rights issue, but losses look set to extend into 2021. It’s now reopened hotels in Germany, but anticipates low occupancy levels until September, at least.Whitbread went into the crisis with just £323m of debt, which should stand it in good stead. But everything depends on how lockdown goes from here. I suspect Germany will make better job of escaping the pandemic than the UK, offering some respite from tough domestic conditions. However, a second wave would hurt. As with the Greggs share price, you should only buy Whitbread if you understand all the risks, as well as the potential rewards. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Will the Greggs share price and hotel operator Whitbread make you rich when lockdown ends? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.center_img Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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.last_img read more

2 of the best ethical shares I’d buy in 2020

first_img2 of the best ethical shares I’d buy in 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Enter Your Email Address Thomas has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. It used to be the case that investing in ethical shares meant sacrificing investment returns. You could have one or the other, but not both. Thankfully, that’s changed. There are now several ethical shares that will not only produce a positive social impact, but will also generate impressive returns. In a world where Covid-19 has highlighted the true fragility of life, I think now is the time to step up our investments in these ethical shares and contribute something positive to society.Socially responsible investmentCivitas Social Housing (LSE: CSH) is a FTSE 250 listed investment company that invests in social housing. More specifically, the group invests in social homes that are designed for specialist supported living. Its properties typically house adults with learning difficulties and other significant care needs.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…The group’s housing is designed to improve tenant wellbeing. The homes are often a much preferred and cost-effective alternative to hospitals and care homes. Tenants are able to live freely in their own homes, with the benefit of dedicated 24/7 care. Civitas’s investment in effect facilitates improved care for these vulnerable adults, who would otherwise be stuck on waiting lists. The group adds much needed supply to a market where there’s an abundance of demand.Civitas currently owns a diversified portfolio of over 600 properties, which collectively house over 4,200 residents. It’s been estimated that the company’s investment creates over £114m of social value each year. That’s £3.50 in social value created for every £1 invested.What’s more, Civitas does all of this profitably. In the year ending 31 March, the group generated after-tax profits of £38m, up from £20m a year earlier. Recent updates suggest that performance has been completely unaffected by Covid-19. Income essentially comes from government provided housing benefit, which is non-discretionary spending-Civitas does have a slightly high price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of 18, but compensates with a dividend yield of just under 5%. The fact that earnings are reliable and predictable, along with its positive social impact, makes these ethical shares a buy in my view.An ethical growth shareAnother ethical share I like is Airtel Africa (LSE: AAF). The group specialises in providing telecommunications and mobile money services to customers in 14 African countries. Airtel provides internet data access and financial services to remote parts of Africa. The group is dedicated to promoting financial inclusion and reducing the digital divide. Its mobile money services enable cross-border money transfers at an affordable price, allowing migrant workers to send money back home to their families.In response to Covid-19, the group has increased its support to African communities, providing free data for educational purposes and financial support to essential workers. Airtel has also recently announced a partnership with UNICEF, which aims to provide children with remote access to learning and to provide cash assistance to their families. The group also works with a group of primary schools to improve the quality of education for more than 18,000 schoolchildren.Airtel is not a charity though. In the financial year ending 31 March, revenues grew 13% to $3.4bn, while net profits came in at $408m. The group has over 110m customers. With Africa’s growing middle class, favourable demographics and increasing smartphone usage, I think the future looks bright. A P/E of around seven and a huge 7% dividend, also make this ethical share a buy in my opinion. Thomas Carr | Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 | More on: AAF CSH Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Thomas Carrlast_img read more

Juan Martin Hernandez Retires From Rugby

first_img WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes… WATCH: The Stormers Tell Terrible Jokes Retired: Hernandez has called an end to his career (Getty Images) The Argentinian legend has decided to retire from rugby with immediate effect after suffering injury for Jaguares And yet the game of rugby, of which he has been a brilliant servant, has inflicted one too many injuries on his body. In a recent Super Rugby match for the Jaguares he suffered a knee injury which has forced him to retire from the game with immediate effect.“The cruciate ligaments aren’t affected but it’s very painful and the demands of Super Rugby don’t allow me to play in this competition diminished,” Hernandez said.“So I’ve decided to stop playing rugby. There you go, it’s finished. I didn’t want to have any regrets, I think I wanted the end to come on a rugby field.”It is a sad announcement for rugby, and yet what is clear in rugby, is that when you’ve had enough, you’ve had enough.Deft: Hernandez was famous for his offloads (Getty Images)When pressed on what the future holds, Hernandez said; “We’ll see! First of all I’ll take six months off for me and my children. I’m going to be a normal father, taking the little ones to school in the morning and collecting them in the evening.” Juan Martín Hernández est éternel Quel geste de grande classe signé “El Mago” ! #ENGvARG cc @PSaintAndre @PierreAmmiche @LaurentDepret @BoucherieOvalie pic.twitter.com/AAUxK2JDa0— SFR Sport (@SFR_Sport) November 11, 2017 WATCH: The Stormers Tell Terrible Jokes WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes In a recent video, the Stormers backs and… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Watch: Incredible kick from Jordie Barrettcenter_img Hurricanes and All Blacks full-back Jordie Barrett shows… WATCH: Vince Aso Scores Gravity-Defying Try For Hurricanes Expand Expand Coaching, and teaching the game could be on the horizon, but right now all we can do is thank El Mago for his rugby career. Collapse Juan Martin Hernandez Retires From RugbyEl Mago – The Magician – has called it a day on a illustrious career.Juan Martin Hernandez has amazed and excited crowds for nearly 20 years now, from Stade Francais in France, to the Jaguares in his home Argentina.He also had over 70 action-packed appearances for Los Pumas too, with the 2007 World Cup being a particular highlight for the 35-year-old veteran. After being selected at fly-half, he helped Argentina beat the hosts France in the very first game in the tournament 17-12.He would eventually guide them to a third place after beating France again in a final play-off match. Hernandez was nominated for an IRB World Rugby Player of the Year award in 2007 thanks to his exemplary play.Deft offloads, audacious kicks and a brilliant flair for the game, often Hernandez’ left people wondering what he was thinking. But more often that not, we were left wondering, ‘how on earth did he do that?’ That is often the way with geniuses. Watch: Incredible kick from Jordie Barrett Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter.last_img read more

Women’s Six Nations 2020 Round One

first_imgCatch up on what happened in the first round of this year’s women’s championship Wales went into this tournament with high hopes after decent performances in the autumn but were beaten 19-15 by Italy in Cardiff in their first game.The Italians, who finished second in last year’s championship, outscored Wales three tries to two with Melissa Bettoni, Sofia Stefan and Maria Magatti crossing. Hannah Jones and Kelsey Jones got Wales’ tries.Blue tune: Italy celebrate their victory over Wales in Cardiff (Inpho)Ireland were the only home team to win their opening match, seeing off Scotland 18-14.Ireland led 13-0 after 14 minutes thanks to tries from Cliodhna Moloney and Sene Naoupu but the Scots came back into it just before half-time with a try from Lisa Thomson.Scotland continued to put pressure on Ireland after the break but it was from one such attack in the Irish 22 that led to the decisive score. Beibhinn Parsons read the Scots’ play expertly to pick off a pass around the five-metre line and sprint the length of the field to touch down.Watch the Parsons try here.Emma Wassell’s late try ensured Scotland left Dublin with a losing bonus point but it was Ireland who had the opening victory.Ireland host Wales on Sunday and will be looking to avenge their November defeat by the women in red while Italy travel to France for Saturday night’s game. The Italians won the same fixture 31-12 last year, but will they be able to repeat the feat on French soil? The victory puts England in pole position to lift the title and win a second straight Grand Slam such is the gap between these two sides and the other nations. England face Scotland at Scotstoun on Sunday.MORE ON THE WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS Get to know Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap Rugby Rant: Women’s Six Nations schedule is ridiculous The lock has been a mainstay in the… Fine line: Emily Scarratt celebrates her decisive try in France (Getty Images) The March 2020 issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is out now.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Rugby Rant: Women’s Six Nations schedule is ridiculous Emma Wassell: The Scotland player who hasn’t missed a Test in six years The Welsh back-rower is now thriving in the… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Collapse Fixture clashes in the women’s championship have angered… Get to know Wales Women’s captain Siwan Lillicrap Expand Women’s Six Nations 2020 Round OneEngland came out on top in what was billed as the ‘title decider’ of this year’s Women’s Six Nations, beating France 19-13 in Pau.It was England’s first win on French soil in the Six Nations since 2012 but their fifth in a row against France having beaten them four times in 2019.Tries in the first quarter from Abby Dow and Vicky Fleetwood put England in control before France hit back with Laure Sansus touching down and there were just two points in it at half-time (10-12).The hosts started the second half strongly and were overpowering England at the scrum, but a 62nd-minute try from Emily Scarratt proved decisive.In a set move from a lineout, Amber Reed took the ball to the line and popped a great offload into the hands of Scarratt and the Women’s World Player of the Year burst through to score near the posts. Expand Emma Wassell: The Scotland player who hasn’t missed a Test in six yearslast_img read more

Breaking News: DeSantis announces Florida approved for Phase 3 reopening

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSBusinessGovernor Ron DeSantisGuidelinesLarge VenuesParksPhase 3 Reopening PlanrecreationrestaurantsSalonssports Previous articleApopka Farmers Market reopening October 1Next articleA little boy’s credo, lived. Thank God for guardian angels! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From Staff ReportsEarlier today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that bars, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms and fitness centers may now all operate at full capacity, with limited social distancing protocols. Additionally, reopening instructions were provided for recreation parks and beaches, large venues, sporting events, theme parks, retail businesses and personal service businesses such as hair and nail salons, barber shops, etc.“Bars, pubs and nightclubs that derive more than 50 percent of sales from alcohol should operate at full capacity with limited social distancing protocols,” the Phase 3 Reopening Plan states.The Plan continues, “Businesses should maintain adequate sanitation practices among employees and patrons during all hours of operation. Menus, if laminated, should be cleaned after each usage. Paper menus should be designed for single use and then disposed of immediately after use.”As far as recreation and state parks go, including beaches, the Plan indicates they can now fully open, including overnight accommodations.Large venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses, casinos, etc, should re-open fully with limited social distancing protocols as well.Large sporting events, theme parks and large spectator sporting events should consider reducing capacity with limited social distancing protocols.Personal services businesses such as cosmetology salons, barber shops and nail salons,should operate under full capacity but should consider the following mitigation measures:Continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons.Regularly clean and disinfect working stations and equipment between interactions with customers to the greatest frequency feasible.Remove all unnecessary, frequent-touch items such as magazines, newspapers, service menus, any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.Operators of retail businesses should also operate at full capacity but should continue to maintain adequate sanitation practices for employees and patrons. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis; John Raoux / AP The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!center_img Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Solidarity protests in several cities: ‘We see our future in Detroit’

first_imgRaleigh, N.C.Demonstrations were held on Jan. 3 and 4 in several cities coast to coast in support of the people of Detroit, who are facing loss of their pensions, city services and city assets. As a result of a deal made by Detroit’s emergency manager with Bank of America and United Bank of Switzerland, the residents of Detroit could be forced to pay $165 million, plus $4 million in breakage costs, to terminate interest rate swaps with the banks. The demonstrations coincided with a Detroit bankruptcy court trial on the swaps that is expected to conclude Jan. 7.Community activists in Oakland, Calif., picketed a Bank of America branch office in solidarity with the retirees and residents of Detroit, who are fighting against the city’s bankruptcy and an attempt by the banks to steal even more of Detroit’s dwindling funds. There have been related struggles in the city of Oakland regarding usurious credit default swap deals with Goldman Sachs.Oakland, Calif.Activists in Raleigh, N.C., picketed the downtown headquarters of Bank of America during the busy lunch hour on Jan. 3. Despite harassment by bank security forces, the demonstration held strong, with many passersby showing support. “The struggle of Detroiters really resonates with working people here, who are feeling the same squeeze from unemployment and cuts,” said Eva Panjwani, an organizer with FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together. “We see our future in Detroit.”New York CityDemonstrators called out by the Peoples Power Assembly in New York City picketed for an hour in the snow on Jan. 4 outside the offices of Bank of America across from Bryant Park to show solidarity with the people of Detroit. According to PPA spokesperson Larry Holmes, the big banks, including Bank of America, “have ripped off the city of Detroit’s money with toxic debt and are jeopardizing the hard-earned pensions of thousands of city workers. And it could happen in New York too.”John Catalinotto, Andy Katz, Terri Kay and Brenda Ryan contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Derek Chauvin trial closing arguments: Live updates

first_imgKuzma/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — The prosecution and defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd are set to take their final cracks on Monday at swaying jurors after calling more than 40 witnesses and presenting numerous videos of the 46-year-old Black man’s fatal 2020 arrest.Here’s how the news is developing Monday. All times Eastern:Apr 19, 11:51 amThe state does not have to prove Chauvin intended to kill Floyd, prosecutor saysChauvin’s actions were intentional because he knew that kneeling on Floyd’s neck was dangerous and an unlawful use of force, Schleicher said.“We don’t have to show that the Defendant intended to kill him,” he said. “The only thing about the defendant’s intent that we have to prove is that he applied force to George Floyd on purpose, that this wasn’t an accident.”Apr 19, 11:25 am‘Common sense’ that Floyd died because Chauvin pressed down on his lungs, state saysFloyd died because of a low level of oxygen, not because of a drug overdose or a preexisting heart condition, as the defense attempted to portray, Schleicher said.“‘Die of a drug overdose,’ that’s not common sense, that’s nonsense,” Schleicher said.The prosecutor continued, “Believe your eyes. What you saw happened, happened. It happened. The defendant pressed down on George Floyd so his lungs did not have the room to breathe.”Apr 19, 11:17 amPutting Floyd in the prone position was ‘completely unnecessary,’ prosecutor saysFloyd was already handcuffed on the ground, positioned on his side, when he was then put in the prone position, on his stomach, Schleicher said.While a subject is on his side, known as the “prone recovery position,” it provides room for the chest to expand so he can breathe, Schleicher said.Putting Floyd on his stomach after he was already in the recovery position was “completely unnecessary,” Schleicher said.“That is when the excessive force began,” he said.Apr 19, 11:06 am‘What the defendant did was an assault’: ProsecutorApr 19, 11:03 amGeorge Floyd is not the one on trial, state saysSchleicher reminded the jury that Floyd is not the defendant in the case, pointing to the testimony that characterized Floyd as having a drug addiction and the accusation that he used a fake $20 bill in the Cup Foods, which prompted the 911 call that brought Chauvin to the scene.“But he is not on trial,” Schleicher. “He didn’t get a trial when he was alive, and he is not on trial here.”Schleicher also dismissed claims the defense made that Floyd was noncompliant and resisting arrest, stating that Floyd followed commands to put his hands on the steering wheel upon his first encounter with Minnesota Police officers.“That is not resistance,” Schleicher said. “That is compliance.”Apr 19, 10:55 am‘This is not a prosecution of the police,’ prosecutor saysSchleicher made “very clear” that the state was prosecuting Derek Chauvin, not the Minneapolis Police Department, calling policing a “most noble profession.”“This case is called the State of Minnesota versus Derek Chauvin,” Schleicher said. “This case isn’t called the State of Minnesota versus the police.”Schleicher also said that Chauvin is not on trial for who he was, a police officer, but for “what he did,” pointing to the multiple witnesses on the scene who felt compelled to call the police on the police.”He accused Chauvin of abandoning his values and training.“He did not follow the department’s use of force rules,” Schleicher said. “He did not perform CPR. He knew better. He just didn’t do better.”Apr 19, 10:45 amFloyd’s last words were ‘Please. I can’t breathe.’: ProsecutorSchleicher emphasized to the jury that Floyd’s last words were to plead with Chauvin.“Floyd’s final words were, ‘Please. I can’t breathe,’” Schleicher said. “He said those words to the defendant. He asked for help with his very last breathe.”Rather than help, Chauvin “continued to push him down, to grind his knees, to twist his hand and twist his fingers into the handcuffs that bound him,” Schleicher said.Apr 19, 10:38 amProsecutor describes George Floyd’s relationship with his motherHennepin County Prosecutor Steve Schleicher began the state’s closing arguments by describing Floyd’s relationship with his mother, Larcenia Jones Floyd, the matriarch of the family.“And you heard about the special bond that she and George Floyd shared during his life.” Schleicher said. “You heard about their relationship, how he would always take time, special attention to be with his mother, how he would still cuddle with her in the fetal position.”Floyd could be heard in cellphone video calling out for his mother as Chauvin kneeled on top of him.Apr 19, 10:17 amJudge gives jury instructionsHennepin County Judge Peter Cahill read instructions to the jury before closing arguments began.Cahill also gave the jury definitions for reasonable doubt and reminded the jury to consider all the evidence they have heard or seen in court.Apr 19, 9:54 amClosing arguments to begin Monday morningThe attorneys will begin presenting their closing arguments in the high-profile case just after 10 a.m. local time, with prosecutors, who allege Chauvin killed Floyd on May 25, 2020, by holding his knee on the back of his neck for over 9 minutes, going first.Defense attorney Eric Nelson is expected to counter that Chauvin, a 19-year police veteran, was abiding by his police training when he and two other officers put a handcuff Floyd in a prone restraint and that a sudden heart attack and drugs in his system killed him more so than Chauvin’s knee.Once the closing arguments wrap up, the jury will be sequestered while they deliberate a verdict.The Chauvin jury is composed of eight people who are white and six who identify as people of color, including four who are Black. They range in age from their early 20s to 60.Among the panel are a tax auditor, an executive for a nonprofit health care company, a grandmother with an undergraduate degree in childhood psychology, a banker, an information technology manager who speaks multiple languages and a motorcycle-riding executive assistant.Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges and chose not to testify in his own defense.During the trial, which began on March 29 and enters its 15th day on Monday, prosecutors relied heavily on video taken of the deadly encounter by multiple bystanders, surveillance and police body camera to make their case that the use of force Chauvin applied on Floyd was unreasonable, unnecessary and not part of any training or policies of the Minneapolis Police Department.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Workforce not impressed by their employers

first_img Previous Article Next Article UK employees are proud of the services and products they provide but areoften unimpressed with their organisations, according to research by AonConsulting and Personnel Today. Sixty-two per cent of staff would recommend their organisation’s productsand services, claims the [email protected] 2001 report but only 41 per cent would saytheir organisation is one of the best places to work. The report also shows that while two-thirds of respondents were not activelyseeking other employment, many would leave for a slight pay increase. Aon Consulting conducted more than 1,500 telephone interviews for theresearch. All participants worked in organisations with more than 20 employees. www.aon.com Workforce not impressed by their employersOn 9 May 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Thought your mansion had it all? Don’t forget the trophy tree

first_img Email Address* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Celebrity Real Estatelos angelesmansionsMiamiResidential Real Estate Trophy trees are the latest must-have for high-net-worth individuals decorating their mansions. (iStock)Baobabs, banyans and ficuses: The uber wealthy are spending green to see green.Trophy trees are the latest object of desire for well-heeled buyers, particularly as the pandemic has made many individuals more familiar with their home environs.For the horticultural must-haves, one modest South Florida landscaping company has pioneered novel ways to acquire and sell the arboreal attractions, the Wall Street Journal reported.Walter Acree, owner of Green Integrity’s in Deerfield Beach, drives his wealthy clients around South Florida to look at others’ yards and gardens. Once they spot a tree the client wants, Acree makes an unsolicited offer.ADVERTISEMENTThe process is imperfect — some people think he’s trying to scam them — but it often works.Acree has placed large trees on properties owned by celebrities including singer Enrique Iglesias and recently quoted a wealthy homeowner $250,000 to replant a tree on Indian Creek Island in Miami.“It’s the busiest the business has ever been and we’re doing things at a scale that is just remarkable,” said one tree seller who once had basketball great Michael Jordan bid on a 45-foot canopied oak tree. (He was turned down.)In Los Angeles, developer Michael Chen said it took 18 months to find and install the arboreal centerpiece for a $65 million spec mansion he was building in Beverly Hills. In Miami, a megamansion featuring a large ficus tree sold for $29 million.One type of tree remains out of reach. “Sometimes their grandmother planted it or they planted it for their dad or something,” Acree told the Journal. “Those you never get.”[WSJ] — Orion JonesContact Orion Jonescenter_img Full Name* Tags Message*last_img read more