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NicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( 2017 Annual Report

first_imgNicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about NicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NicozDiamond Insurance Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NicozDiamond Insurance Limited (  2017 annual report.Company ProfileNICOZDIAMOND Insurance provides short-term insurance solutions for the personal, business and commercial sectors. The personal insurance and all-risk portfolios cover private households aswell as all outbuildings, pool pumps, gates and walls, and extended to cover movable content in private dwellings, motor vehicle insurance for private-use vehicles with a carrying capacity of over 2-tons and used for private purposes, jewelry, cameras, mobile phones, sports equipment, bicycles, spectacles and mobile devices. The company was established in 2002 with the merger of National Insurance Company of Zimbabwe and Diamond Insurance Company; it operates in three countries (Zimbabwe, Uganda and Malawi); has consistently received A-rating status from the Global Credit Rating Company in South Africa; and is one of the few short-term insurance companies in Zimbabwe to hold an ISO certification from the Standards Association of Zimbabwe. Nicoz Diamond Insurance Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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FTSE 100 crash: I’d buy these 2 cheap shares today to get rich and retire early

first_img 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. FTSE 100 crash: I’d buy these 2 cheap shares today to get rich and retire early 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. 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Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Buying cheap FTSE 100 shares after a market crash could be a sound means of improving your long-term retirement prospects. Certainly, in the short run there is scope for further declines in the index’s price level. But as previous market crashes have shown, they have always been followed by a successful recovery.With that in mind, here are two FTSE 100 shares that could offer investment potential right now. They do appear to be undervalued. And they could produce improving performances that increase your chances of retiring early.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…FTSE 100 housebuilder PersimmonThe near-term financial prospects for FTSE 100 housebuilders such as Persimmon (LSE: PSN) continue to be very uncertain. The construction of new properties may recommence after a shutdown, of course. But appetite among prospective buyers may be low at a time when job security is unlikely to be high across a wide range of sectors.Therefore, it would be unsurprising for Persimmon to continue to report low sales over the coming months. Fortunately, the business reported a strong net cash position in its most recent update. It currently has cash of over £600m. This should mean that it is in a relatively strong position to return to profitable growth in the long run.With interest rates having fallen in response to the coronavirus, the affordability of homes may improve over the medium term. Furthermore, a lack of supply versus demand may lead to robust trading conditions once the economy returns to normal.As such, FTSE 100 housebuilders such as Persimmon may enjoy improving operating conditions that help them to justify higher share prices following what has been a highly challenging period for the industry. Therefore, now could be the right time to buy a slice of the company after its 16% share price slump since the start of 2020.HSBCThe recent first-quarter update from HSBC (LSE: HSBA) provided guidance on the scale of decline in economic activity caused by coronavirus. The global banking business reported a 48% decline in profit for the period, with its sales falling by 5% versus the same period of the previous year.This trend could continue in the near term, since many businesses and consumers are set to remain in lockdown across much of the global economy. As such, asset write-downs could be on the horizon across the banking sector, while lower interest rates may make it more challenging for banks to generate improving profitability over the medium term.However, investors may have priced-in many of the challenges facing HSBC. Its share price has declined by 31% since the start of 2020 – even after the FTSE 100’s recent rebound. This suggests that it offers a wide margin of safety. And, with the company set to enact various cost reductions and a simplification programme as the world economy returns to normality, it could become a stronger business relative to its peers in the coming years. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens owns shares of HSBC Holdings and Persimmon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended HSBC Holdings. 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. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

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Ashton’s expected suspension gives England selection dilemma

first_img Suspended: Chris Ashton looks set to be given a one-match ban after picking up three yellow cardsby Ben ColesCHRIS ASHTON is set to attend an RFU disciplinary hearing this evening, where it is feared he will be handed a one-match suspension after picking up the equivalent of three yellow cards so far this season in the Aviva Premiership.The Saracens winger has scored 15 tries in 26 Tests for England, although he has failed to cross the whitewash in his last nine matches. Ashton picked up yellow cards against London Irish in the season opener, against Exeter Chiefs at the end of September and has been cited for a dangerous tackle on former Northampton teammate Vasily Artemyev in last weekend’s fixture at Franklin’s Gardens.If Ashton is given a one-match ban, as expected, it means he will be unavailable for England’s first match of the QBE Internationals against Fiji on November 10th.It leaves England with only two other specialist wingers in the squad in Ugo Monye and Charlie Sharples. Monye has been widely tipped to regain the No11 shirt after time away from the senior England side, whilst Sharples is now the frontrunner for the 14 shirt, and looks set to add to his two England caps from last season.Stuart Lancaster does however have other options within the squad to cover the vacant right wing position. Jonathan Joseph is expected to be back in training next week after picking a knock in London Irish’s defeat to Harlequins on Sunday, and the young back has experience playing for Irish on the wing at Premiership level. For now though, England have lost another crucial starter to go with Ben Foden, Tom Croft and possibly Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes – important players whose quality will be missed.Follow Ben Coles on Twitter @bencoles_ NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Chris Ashton looks down during a hailstorm during the Aviva Premiership match between Northampton Saints and Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens on October 27, 2012 in Northampton, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Looking outside of the 32-man squad named for the QBE Internationals, England also have several candidates in the Saxons squad and outside it who could come in. Christian Wade has continued to impress for London Wasps this season, with seven tries in eight appearances. Tom Biggs is another contender from Bath whose good form deserves international recognition.Beyond the Saxons, two names should be on England’s radar. James Simpson-Daniel has been at his typical mercurial best for Gloucester in their early rise to second place in the Aviva Premiership table. Seemingly destined to never be given a proper run by his country, Ashton’s absence could be the perfect chance for the 30-year old to come in and prove his worth.Another long shot is London Irish’s Topsy Ojo. Now 27, Ojo has not played for England since the 2008 tour to New Zealand but so far this season has continued to showcase his impressive finishing abilities, with five tries in eight starts. He also recently became Irish’s all-time record try scorer with 64.Ashton will undoubtedly return to the England team for the next Test on November 17th against South Africa, but the Fiji match could offer any one of Sharples, Wade, Biggs, Simpson-Daniel or Ojo an opportunity.last_img read more

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ED Cabin / Lorena Troncoso Valencia

first_img Year:  Photographs:  Cristóbal Caro Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ED Cabin / Lorena Troncoso Valencia “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs ArchDaily ED Cabin / Lorena Troncoso ValenciaSave this projectSaveED Cabin / Lorena Troncoso Valencia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Pinto, Chile Architects: Lorena Troncoso Valencia Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Chile Save this picture!© Cristóbal Caro+ 24Curated by Danae Santibañez Share 2016 “COPY” Area:  105 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Manufacturers: Algifol, Feltrex, Ferrex, PT-825Construction :Constructora BocazCity:PintoCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Cristóbal CaroRecommended ProductsWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. The project is located in the south central Chile, a mountainous locality recognized for tourism in extreme high mountain sports such as the Termas de Chillán skys center.Save this picture!Floor Plan 01The area presents a lush vegetation of native trees with sight to the Andes mountain range, in the middle there is a small ravine with a depth of 15 meters on which the project is located.Save this picture!© Cristóbal CaroThe cottage is raised triangular asymmetric in its upper part, inspired by the iconic form of the mountain that is appreciated behind its back. You can also see from its terrace the landscape of the ravine in its maximum splendor.Save this picture!© Cristóbal CaroThe project is conceived as a large space with two levels, communicated to each other by a double height and a sleeping area on the first level. In the central space is the kitchen and living room that connects spatially with the bedroom of the second level and at the same time this is connected through a bridge with a desk area. All these spaces are projected towards the main terrace overlooking the gully.Save this picture!Model SectionSave this picture!Model SectionThe window of the main façade is retracted diagonally to generate shade in times of greater sunning.Save this picture!© Cristóbal CaroThe large transparencies welcome the abundant foliage of the trees inside the cottage, belding the exterior and interior, allowing a greater permeability between different points of the project.Save this picture!SectionsThe side terrace borders the cabin generating a semi open roof space, which creates a second protected access, necessary for the winter.Save this picture!© Cristóbal CaroThe project materialized in wood with some supports of steel that allow greater space coverage, which is covered with black horizontal table that enhances the presence of the surrounding green. While the interior creates contrast between the wood and stone wall.Project gallerySee allShow lessMemoir Medical Clinic / Estudio ELGUESelected ProjectsArchitecture Documentaries to Watch in 2018Architecture News Share Houses CopyAbout this officeLorena Troncoso ValenciaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPintoChilePublished on January 08, 2018Cite: “ED Cabin / Lorena Troncoso Valencia” [Cabaña ED / Lorena Troncoso Valencia] 08 Jan 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesSynthetics / AsphaltMitrexSolar RoofMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalPlumbingSanifloGreywater Pump – Sanifast®SWH190WoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodMembranesEffisusAVCL Systems for FacadesSinksCosentinoBathroom Collection – Silestone® WashbasinsDoorsStudcoPocket Door Trims – CavKitWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Surface Finish – prePATINA-LineHanging LampsEureka LightingSuspended Lights – BloomMetallicsBaileyFacade Systems- I-Line Snap-On Feature ChannelMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Microsoft to donate $1bn of cloud services

Microsoft to donate $1bn of cloud services Advertisement Tagged with: corporate Giving/Philanthropy  118 total views,  1 views today Microsoft Philanthropies, which launched in December, is to give $1 billion in cloud services to non-profit organisations and university researchers over the next three years, supported by Microsoft Research, and Microsoft Business Development.The project will see 70,000 non-profits receive Microsoft’s cloud services through donations and discounts, which will include its Azure, Office 365, Power BI, CRM Online, and Enterprise Mobility Suite products.The non-profit programme will begin rolling out this spring with the goal of serving 70,000 NGOs by the end of 2017. Microsoft expects that in 2016 alone its cloud service donations to non-profits will reach a market value of close to $350 million.In the UK, Microsoft currently donates cloud services, software, and provides volume discounts to NGOs. Charities can check their eligibility and apply on the Microsoft site.The second stage will see Microsoft Research expand cloud access for research by expanding its Azure for Research grant programme by 50 per cent to provide support for 900 university researchers and their projects. The programme invites researchers to apply for Azure cloud computing resources by submitting a research proposal online and detailing how the cloud could help solve some of the research challenges. Winning proposals are awarded large allocations of Azure storage and computer resources for one year.The third stage of the project will see the Microsoft Business Development Group and Microsoft Philosophies increase the number of projects in its Affordable Access Initiative, which provides grants to businesses to help more people get online, to 20 in at least 15 countries worldwide by mid-2017.Microsoft president Brad Smith said:“We’re committed to helping non-profit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges. One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups and ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.”  119 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Melanie May | 25 January 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

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U.S. protests decry Israel’s terror, support Gaza

first_imgPhiladelphia, confronting Zionists, July 23.WW photo: Scott WilliamsProtests on and around Al-Quds Day, the last Friday of Ramadan on July 25, took place in a number of U.S. cities. Some demonstrators linked the war on children in Gaza to the attacks on children from Central America who are crossing the U.S./Mexican border to seek refuge. Here are descriptions of some of the protests in support of the people of Gaza and against the U.S.-backed Israeli military machine.Linking the children of Gaza with the children seeking refuge in the U.S. was the theme of a 200-person rally in Oakland, Calif., on July 24 outside the Federal Building. The action was initiated by the International Action Center, Bay Area and supported by AROC (Arab Resource & Organizing Center); EBIYC (East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition); Middle East Children’s Alliance; American Friends Service Committee; Lake Merritt Neighbors Organized for Peace; Xicana Moratorium Coalition; International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network; BAYAN-USA; Black Alliance for Just Immigration; United Native Americans; AF3IRM; Marcha Patriótica, Capítulo California; Jewish Voice for Peace, Bay Area; Workers World Party; and Facts For Working People.Atlanta, July 25.Photo: Derek Abbas MazehMore than 750 people signed up for “Block the Boat for Gaza” actions scheduled Aug. 2 to stop the unloading of an Israeli ship at the Port of Oakland.Several thousand rallied at Chelsea Manning Plaza in San Francisco July 26, blocking traffic for over an hour.In San Diego hundreds of activists at a “Stop the Genocide in Gaza” rally marched through downtown July 25. They made a large banner on which were written the names, ages and cities of hundreds of Palestinians killed in Gaza. The action was called by the Palestinian Right to Return Coalition, which includes the American Islamic Foundation; International Action Center, San Diego; Collectivo Zapatista; Palestinian Youth Movement, San Diego; Unión del Barrio, San Diego; BDS San Diego; and many other organizations.Several demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian people have been held in metropolitan Detroit, home to one of the largest Arab populations in the U.S. Several hundred marched in downtown Detroit on July 25. Around 600 Arab and Palestinian people rallied July 26 in nearby Dearborn, Mich., against the Israeli onslaught. Moratorium NOW! Coalition activists and Workers World Party organizers attended both protests.Facing down racist ZionistsIn Atlanta, hundreds of Palestinians of all ages, along with people from many other Arab countries and Atlantans of all nationalities, marched on the CNN Center July 25 in support of the people of Gaza. The protesters were confronted by Zionist supporters of Israel, including several armed with assault rifles and handguns. Organizers of previous Gaza protests had received scores of threatening messages from men associated with this pro-war display. While police set up barricades to contain the pro-Palestinian protesters, no action was taken against the gun-toting proponents of Israel. After an hour of defiant chanting, the Palestine supporters broke out of the confined sidewalk area and took to the streets, where they remained for hours.Thousands of demonstrators in Philadelphia have been in the streets to demand an end to Israel’s siege of Gaza. Hundreds of Palestinians and their supporters gathered July 23 in a two-hour showdown opposing a Zionist rally. Around 1,000 pro-Palestine demonstrators rallied outside the Israeli Consulate July 25 and marched through Center City. These protests were organized through word of mouth in the mosques and by social media networks of the International Action Center, Temple University Students for Justice in Palestine and other solidarity groups.About 100 people gathered July 27 at the Irish Memorial — a monument to Irish resistance to  the British-imposed famine of the 1840s — to show Irish-American support for Palestine.In Syracuse, N.Y., more than 200 people, including Muslim and Jewish demonstrators, gathered in front of the Federal Building July 25. In Rochester, N.Y., over 200 Palestinians and supporters came out for a rally July 25, which was described as one of the biggest anti-war protests in that city since the height of the Iraq war. This was the third week of protests.In a quickly organized emergency response to counter a July 23 “Stand with Israel” rally in Hoboken, N.J., people came from cities in northern New Jersey to show support for the Palestinian people. The demonstration, which outnumbered the pro-Israel rally, included Arab, Black and Latino/a people, plus members of Jewish Voice for Peace and a member of the synagogue where the Zionist rally was being held.In Jersey City, N.J., members of the Jersey City Peace Movement and Jews United Against Zionism held a protest, including a symbolic die-in, July 27 at Journal Square Plaza.Hundreds marched July 25 from Copley Square to Park Street to protest Israeli attacks on Gaza in the seventh demonstration in Boston. Steven Gillis — vice president of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union; a leader of Team Solidarity, the Voice of United School Bus Union Workers; and one of the four union leaders illegally fired by anti-union Veolia Corp. — delivered a militant solidarity speech denouncing U.S.-sponsored Israeli apartheid.Several large demonstrations have taken place in New York City since the beginning of the U.S./Israeli war on Gaza.Judy Bello, Tova Fry, Marsha Goldberg, Kris Hamel, Dianne Mathiowetz, Monica Moorehead, Betsey Piette, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria Verdieux and Scott Williams contributed to this report.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Bethany Church of Sierra Madre: Godspell

first_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Religious Music Bethany Church of Sierra Madre: Godspell Published on Friday, February 24, 2012 | 10:31 pm 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News The Telemachus Society presents the musical “Godspell” here at Bethany on Saturday, March 17, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free, with a free-will offering being taken. If you have not seen it, “Godspell” is based on the Gospel of Matthew, with the story of Jesus’ ministry, parables, death and resurrection told in a vibrant, contemporary manner. Our own Jessica Demasi is performing, and the production is directed by Brian Mercer, former Director of Drama at APU.The Telemachus Society is a Christian community of artists who seek to advance the Kingdom of God by comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable through the performing arts. If you are unable to make it to the production here on the 17th, the program is being held at Baseline Community Church, 4552 N. Towne Ave. in Claremont the next 3 weekends. Check out their website at or call 626-607-4697.Bethany Church of Sierra Madre, 93 N. Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, (626) 355-1403 or visit Subscribe More Cool Stuffcenter_img HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

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Opinion: Chief Beck’s and Chief Sanchez’s Tunnel Vision

first_img 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment More Cool Stuff LAPD Chief Charles Beck and Pasadena PD Chief Phillip Sanchez both recently viewed police use of force incidents through tunnel vision – Chief Beck in the shooting of Ezell Ford and Chief Sanchez in the shooting of Kendrec McDade. Both Chiefs narrowly focused only on the moment of shooting – tunnel vision that would exonerate officers from discipline by determining that the Officers had reasonable safety concerns at the time they fired their guns. Both Chiefs ignored the tactical mistakes and policy violations of the shooting Officers that put them in positions where they may have reasonably feared for their safety. But Chief Beck’s determination did not stop an LAPD Officer from being disciplined, while Chief Sanchez’ determination resulted in no discipline for the Officers who killed Kendrec McDade. Why did Chief Sanchez’ tunnel vision result in no discipline while Chief Beck’s tunnel vision did not prevent discipline?The discipline-differential cannot be explained by the seriousness of the Officers’ conductBecause the Officers’ pre-shooting conduct in the McDade case was worse than in the Ford case, the seriousness of the Officers’ conduct does not explain the discipline-differential – rather, the seriousness of the pre-shooting conduct would dictate that the Pasadena Officers who shot McDade are the ones most clearly warranting discipline. The Office of Independent Review Group (“OIR”) Report on the McDade shooting sets out an egregious series of at least 10 avoidable tactical mistakes – some of which were policy violations — that put the Pasadena Officers in a position where they may have reasonably feared for their safety. Those tactical mistakes or policy violations during the chase included not turning on lights, siren, and video camera, not radioing in observations, not communicating, plans to each other, pursuing McDade into an unsafe throughway, driving with a gun in one hand, failing to reevaluate after crashing the patrol car, not reporting the collision, attempting to apprehend rather than contain, using an unauthorized and inappropriate box-in/cut-off maneuver, and stopping the patrol car too close to a suspect purportedly believed to be armed. The out-of-policy offense in the Ford case was detaining the suspect without probable cause. The McDade pre-shooting mistakes were clearly more serious.The discipline-differential cannot be explained by the seriousness of the Officers’ conductThe difference between the Pasadena and LA outcomes is not because outside reviewers in the Ford shooting were more critical than in the McDade shooting. The LA Inspector General (“IG”) disagreed with Chief Beck’s conclusion because the IG did not look at the Ford shooting through tunnel vision; unlike Chief Beck, it faulted one of the Officers’ pre-shooting conduct as outside policy and, unlike Chief Beck, recommended discipline for that Officer. The OIR reviewed the McDade shooting and informed the Pasadena PD of all the pre-shooting tactical and policy violations. The OIR group’s scathing report recommended that the Pasadena PD reinterview the involved Officers and at least 2 witnesses; its report recommends at least 23 questions that should have been asked by the Pasadena PD (there are probably more such questions in the redacted portion of the OIR Report). A substantial portion of the OIR Report criticized the PD’s tunnel vision, but its criticisms were ineffective in leading to any discipline.The discipline-differential is explained by an effective IG in LA versus Pasadena’s systemic weaknessThe LA IG’s recommendations were effective in causing appropriate discipline. The LA IG is an independent body that reports to an independent Police Commission. The Police Commission chose the IG’s recommendation for discipline rather than Chief Beck’s tunnel-vision recommendation. Chief Sanchez and City Manager Michael Beck, decisionmakers who were also operationally responsible for the Department and therefore conflicted, chose to decide based on their tunnel vision and to ignore the pre-shooting misconduct that warranted discipline. Pasadena hired independent reviewers who did a superb job, but because they reported to the City Manager and the Police Chief — the foxes guarding the chicken house –, the excellence of their independent review did not matter. The Independent Police Auditor (“IPA”) proposed by the coalition of Pasadena organizations supporting increased oversight would correct Pasadena’s systemic weakness by having an IPA perform the same thorough review functions that the OIR Group performed but (1) independently of the police line of operational authority, (2) systematically rather than ad-hoc, (3) beginning at the time of a shooting rather than later, (4) critiquing in real time rather than months or years later, and (5) with more ability to make its recommendations effective. An IPA would correct Pasadena’s systemic weakness and make independent review effective as in LA.Tunnel vision creates liability risksPasadena PD’s tunnel vision served the City’s immediate purpose of whitewashing the shooting Officers’ misconduct in order to protect its narrative in McDade’s mothers wrongful death lawsuit that the shooting was a good shooting that did not warrant discipline, counseling or training. But by refusing to acknowledge and remediate the problems that the OIR Group was pressing, the City has been disserved in the long run by conduct that covers up the problems rather than honestly facing them. Peace officers have a duty to act reasonably when using deadly force. The reasonableness of an officer’s conduct is determined in light of the “totality of circumstances” surrounding the use of deadly force. The 2013 California Supreme Court decision Hayes v. County of San Diego ruled that “preshooting conduct” is included in the totality of circumstances surrounding an officer’s use of deadly force, and therefore the officer’s duty to act reasonably when using deadly force extends to preshooting conduct and negligence liability can arise from tactical conduct and decisions employed by law enforcement preceding the use of deadly force. The fruit of the City’s strategy to delay, deny, and deceive on the McDade shooting will be new exposure in the future unless real reforms take place. Putting an IPA in place should be the first step on the road to reform.Dale Gronemeier and Skip Hickambottom are local civil rights attorneys who represent Kendrec McDade’s mother and Pasadena police oversight organizations and activists in the Public Records lawsuit that obtained the maximum legally-permissible release of the full OIR Report. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Correction by authorsOur Op-Ed on Tunnel Vision by Chief Beck and Chief Sanchez incorrectly stated that an Officer involved in the Ezell Ford shooting had been disciplined. It is correct that the LAPD Inspector General, by focusing on the events leading up to the shooting, concluded that the Officer’s conduct was outside of policy and that the LA Police Commission adopted that conclusion as its determination. But disciplinary decisions are made by Chief Beck, not the Commission, and Chief Beck has not publicly indicated whether he will act on the Commission’s determination or his own initial determination. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Business News Community News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Opinion & Columnists Opinion: Chief Beck’s and Chief Sanchez’s Tunnel Vision By DALE GRONEMEIER and SKIP HICKAMBOTTOM Published on Thursday, December 3, 2015 | 12:36 pmlast_img read more

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JPL ‘Mixed Reality’ Technology Brings Mars to Earth

first_imgScience and Technology JPL ‘Mixed Reality’ Technology Brings Mars to Earth From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 12:49 pm Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Erisa Hines, a driver for the Mars Curiosity rover, based at JPL, also talks to participants in “Destination: Mars.” Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MicrosoftWhat might it look like if you were walking around on Mars? A group of researchers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been working on methods to take this question from the realm of imagination to the mind-bending domain of mixed reality.As a result, NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to offer the public a guided tour of an area of Mars with astronaut Buzz Aldrin this summer in “Destination: Mars,” an interactive exhibit using the Microsoft HoloLens mixed reality headset. “Mixed reality” means that virtual elements are merged with the user’s actual environment, creating a world in which real and virtual objects can interact.The “Destination: Mars” exhibit will open at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida this summer. Guests will “visit” several sites on Mars, reconstructed using real imagery from NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover, which has been exploring the Red Planet since August 2012. Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut who walked on the moon in 1969, will serve as “holographic tour guide” on the journey. Curiosity Mars rover driver Erisa Hines of JPL will also appear holographically, leading participants to places on Mars where scientists have made exciting discoveries and explaining what we have learned about the planet.“This experience lets the public explore Mars in an entirely new way. To walk through the exact landscape that Curiosity is roving across puts its achievements and discoveries into beautiful context,” said Doug Ellison, visualization producer at JPL.“Destination: Mars” is an adaptation of OnSight, a Mars rover mission operations tool co-developed by Microsoft and JPL. A pilot group of scientists uses OnSight in their work supporting the Curiosity Mars rover’s operations.“We’re excited to give the public a chance to see Mars using cutting-edge technologies that help scientists plan Curiosity’s activities on Mars today,” said Jeff Norris, project manager for OnSight and “Destination: Mars” at JPL. “While freely exploring the terrain, participants learn about processes that have shaped this alien world.”Abigail Fraeman, a Curiosity science team member at JPL, uses OnSight to make recommendations about where the rover should drive and which features to study in more detail. Recently OnSight helped her and a colleague identify the transition point between two Martian rock formations, which they would like to study in further detail.“OnSight makes the whole process of analyzing the data feel a lot more natural to me,” Fraeman said. “It really gives me the sense that I’m in the field when I put it on. Thinking about Martian geology is a lot more intuitive when I can stand in the scene and walk around the way I would if I were in the field.”By utilizing the same technologies and datasets as OnSight, “Destination: Mars” offers participants a glimpse of Mars as seen by mission scientists.JPL is also developing mixed reality applications in support of astronauts on the International Space Station and engineers responsible for the design and assembly of spacecraft. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently returned from his historic “Year in Space” activities, used one of these applications to make the first Skype call from space to mission control in February 2016.“By connecting astronauts to experts on the ground, mixed reality could be transformational for scientific and engineering efforts in space,” Norris said.“As we prepare to send humans to Mars in the 2030s, the public will now be able to preview the experience the astronauts will have as they walk and study the Martian surface,” said Dave Lavery, program executive for Solar System Exploration at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 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. Your email address will not be published. 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Biden Administration Could Aid Pasadena in Battle Against Ghost Guns

first_img Make a comment 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS File photo of handgunsIf a coalition against gun violence has its way, Pasadena and other communities could get help from the Biden administration in the battle against nearly untraceable ghost guns.Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, a coalition of 46 prosecutors co-founded by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, urged President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris today to take action against gun violence.“The Biden/Harris Administration has a historic opportunity totackle this emergency,” said Feuer, who also co-chairs the coalition with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.“Steps that build on the consensus to keep guns away from criminals, kids and people in the throes of mental health crises would go a long way toward protecting our nation’s families,” Feuer said.Last year, Pasadena police took more than 20 ghost guns off the streets, which accounted for about 10 percent of the guns police confiscated last year. Police seized many of those weapons during traffic stops.On Aug. 15, police recovered a ghost gun at the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting on North Raymond Avenue, near La Pintoresca Park.In that incident, a police officer fatally shot Anthony McClain after McClain attempted to flee during a traffic stop. Police officers said they saw the gun before one of the officers opened fire. McClain’s DNA was recovered from the weapon.On Oct. 2, Police seized a ghost gun during a traffic stop that also resulted in the seizure of several ounces of methamphetamine, stolen credit cards, and nearly $200,000 in cash, police said. Two people were arrested.One week later, police recovered another unserialized gun during a routine traffic stop on Navarro Avenue and Cedar Street. Two men were arrested in that case.The 46 prosecutors in Prosecutors Against Gun Violence represent 24 states and serve more than 60 million people. They submitted a set of recommendations to the Biden administration on how the gun violence crisis, which they called “uniquely American,” can be addressed.The coalition recommends the administration:— streamline the response to gun violence with a coordinated federal strategy led by a nationally recognized expert with the input of key federal agencies;— bolster the background check system to effectively prevent people prohibited from buying guns from getting them, including closing loopholes like the so-called “gun show loophole”;— invest financially to end gun violence by funding evidence-based prevention and intervention programs and providing grants to local governments that encourage strong red-flag laws so that guns can more easily be removed from individuals at risk of harming themselves or others;— end the proliferation of so-called “ghost guns,” which do not have serial numbers and can be made with 3D printers or assembled from kits purchased online; and— lead a national safe gun storage campaign to protect children at home, reduce teen suicides and decrease school shootings.“PAGV will vigorously support efforts by your administration to reduce gun violence, and our members stand ready to assist in developing and implementing gun-violence prevention policies and laws,” the coalition stated in a letter to the Biden administration.The coalition also released a report titled “Mass Shooting Resource Guide for Prosecutors: How to Prevent, Protect and Prosecute” to help prosecutors work to reduce gun violence in their communities.On a micro level, it recommends mass shooting response teams be created to help mitigate the risk of shootings at public events by assisting during the events’ planning stages.On a macro level, the report recommends prosecutors advocate for legislation to create stronger background checks, prohibit ghost guns and increase accountability laws.The report also advises prosecutors on what to do in the event of a mass shooting. 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