Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited ( HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgPlastic Industry Mauritius Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited (  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfilePlastic Industry Mauritius Limited is a company headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius and engages in the manufacturing of plastic products for domestic and industrial purposes destined for local and regional markets. Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited designs products for distribution in the including industry, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food processing and households sectors. Plastic Industry Mauritius Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Tax reliefs cause charities to lose £78 million in corporate donations

first_imgThese figures show that after adjusting for inflation and adding in the amount of tax repaid to charities, levels of company giving grew steadily between 1992/93 and 1998/99. However the total cash gift figure for 2000/01 of £286 million, returned cash giving to the levels of 1996.This drop in income was not only due to loss of tax paid back to charities; CAF has estimated that while a shortfall of about £65.8 million probably arose because of the tax changes, a further loss of £12.2 million occurred because the average growth rate reached in the ’90s was not maintained into 2000/01. Taken together, these losses amount to a drop in expected charitable income from companies of £78 million in 2000/01.A further twist is that not only did companies fail to compensate charities for the change from gross to cash giving in 2000/01, but their cash gifts actually ‘cost’ them less because they were able to claim tax relief on the gifts they made. According to CAF’s Director of Research, Cathy Pharoah: “Government clearly intended these changes to increase tax-effective giving by making the whole process easier and cheaper; but things have obviously backfired. It is time that companies addressed this issue and started to give charities the financial support they deserve.”While many companies have taken care to increase their gifts to account for the shift from net to gross giving, the figures reveal that many have not. CAF’s research suggests that this is not due to ignorance of the change: some companies appear to have set a cap on – or reduced – their charitable giving in an increasingly difficult economic climate; others have simply not implemented procedures to deal with the changes. The resulting loss represents a likely drop of 21% in corporate income to charities since 2000, but is a negligible proportion of company profits. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis According to CAF (Charities Aid Foundation), charities have lost out by £78 million since changes to tax-reliefs on corporate giving were introduced in April 2000. Before April 2000, companies made their gifts to charities after tax, leaving charities to reclaim the tax paid from the Inland Revenue. Since April 2000, however, companies have been able to make their gifts to charity gross, and claim their own tax reliefs. This change has served to cause confusion in companies, with the result that charities have lost out.New estimates from CAF, which analysed the trends before and after the Government’s tax changes, demonstrate “a dramatic drop” in the total level of cash which charities receive from companies. Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tax reliefs cause charities to lose £78 million in corporate donations Howard Lake | 13 November 2002 | Newslast_img read more

How the Commission on the Donor Experience’s work is continuing

first_img The work of the Commission on the Donor Experience, the biggest voluntary collaboration of UK fundraisers on investigating and sharing best practice, continues to be taken forward.The Commission published its final reports in July last year at the Institute of Fundraising’s Fundraising Convention in London. The documents represented the research, analysis and discussion of hundreds of fundraisers and thousands of hours of their time.Donor Experience ProjectThe reports were well-received, but the work and aims of the Commission is now being taken forward. The Institute of Fundraising is now officially hosting the Donor Experience Project.Work on taking the Commission on the Donor Experience forward has continued since it published its findings in July 2017. This has developed from the Donor Experience Special Interest Group which was set up in October 2017.The project’s goal is “to help fundraisers deliver a great experience so everyone feels good about giving”. It aims to help cultivate “a culture in which charities consistently deliver exemplary experiences for their donors and other supporters”.The team behind the Donor Experience Project are once again asking for help from fundraisers who are committed to helping change the culture of fundraising, and to “inspiring and stimulating new ways of thinking and behaving”.  355 total views,  1 views today They are looking for fundraisers who want:to share great ideas or case studiesto write blogs or opinion piecesto help promote the Commission’s outputs far and wide.Those wishing to contribute to the Donor Experience Project should contact the team via email. There will also be a regular Donor Experience newsletter available sharing the content contributed. Howard Lake | 22 March 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Donor experience categories in awardsThe Donor Experience Commission’s work has also inspired the creation of two new awards categories for fundraisers.The Institute of Fundraising’s National Fundraising Awards has a category for the Best Donor Experience.The Institute of Fundraising’s Insight Awards have a category for the Best Use of Insight to Improve Your Donor Experience. center_img Tagged with: Awards Commission on the Donor Experience Individual giving How the Commission on the Donor Experience’s work is continuing Advertisement  356 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Mass movement stops corporate behemoth Amazon

first_imgTo the surprise of almost everyone — from the bourgeoisie to the forces opposing Amazon — the behemoth announced Feb. 14 that it would not be building its promised HQ2 in Long Island City, in the Queens borough of New York.And why was everyone surprised? To put it into perspective: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world, and his company recently exceeded $1 trillion in wealth. In this high-tech era of capitalism, Amazon is a major part of the system. Not only do nearly half of all e-commerce transactions go through Amazon, but it has also expanded into webhosting, data storage, facial recognition technology, and, now with the acquisition of Whole Foods, brick-and-mortar retail. In other words, a large segment of private capital depends on Amazon for its profitability. So do many branches of the bourgeois government, like the State Department, for their continued rule over the masses of people.On top of this, New York politicians Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio bent over backwards to attract Amazon. Not only did they put together one of the largest packages of corporate welfare in history — worth nearly $3 billion in government handouts — but Cuomo even offered to change his name from “Andrew” to “Amazon” if it would get Amazon to set up shop here. Most people assumed that if Amazon wanted something, it would get it. But that wasn’t the case. Now, instead of preparing for what many expected would be a long campaign against one of the most powerful corporations in the world, people are saying, “Bye Jeff!” and throwing farewell parties.How did we get here?In its official statement on the decision, Amazon claims that 70 percent of New Yorkers had said they looked forward to the company’s arrival, but some pesky state and local politicians made it feel unwelcome. ( statement — setting aside the dubious origins of the 70 percent figure — reverses what actually happened. The politicians in question, who definitely had strong words for Amazon in recent City Council meetings and in the press, were pushed into saying these things by the mass grassroots struggle that was coalescing against Amazon.Some of the politicians who became the biggest critics of the $3 billion handout to Amazon, including New York City Councilman James Van Bramer and State Sen. Michael Gianaris, originally supported Amazon coming to New York. They, along with most New York politicians, signed a welcome letter to Amazon in 2017, when Amazon kicked off its bidding war to see which city would offer the best deal for its new headquarters.That these politicians reversed their positions, and did so quite strongly, is a testament to the mass movement, which had been building momentum for several years, but which exploded after news broke that Amazon had chosen Long Island City in Queens for HQ2.Even before the bidding war for Amazon began in 2017, New York real estate developers and politicians had been trying to get the company to build an office along Brooklyn’s Sunset Park waterfront. Amazon has always been seen by the ruling class as the magic bullet for the New York economy, which to them just means further gentrification and more profits. For example, getting Amazon into Sunset Park could, many politicians and real estate developers had hoped, give Amazon an incentive to fund the construction of the BQX, the “gentrification train,” as activists call the state-of-the-art streetcar system that would connect every piece of waterfront property between Long Island City and Sunset Park. This would, of course, not help the communities displaced in those areas. For that reason, the plan was bitterly opposed.By the time of the Jan. 30 City Council meeting, the attempts to attract Amazon had united opposition from a broad layer of working-class and oppressed people in New York City.A recent rally outside the City Council meeting included frontline communities composed primarily of people of color and migrants, as well as unions, tech workers, students and housing and transit advocates. (“New York: Mass movement builds against Amazon HQ2,” Feb. 4, battles unionsThe day before the surprise pull-out announcement, Gov. Cuomo hosted an “11th hour meeting” with Amazon and labor union representatives, including the AFL-CIO, which represents 50 national unions; New York State Teamsters; and the Department Store Workers (RWDSU). Cuomo presented a framework for Amazon to cooperate with the unions. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said the meeting had seemed to be productive, that the parties had agreed to stipulations of fair union elections, hostility-free and retaliation-free environments, and union access to communications with workers. The next day Appelbaum commented: “I think the anger is about the way the whole process was done — that Amazon did it in a way that ignored the communities, … ignored stakeholders, shrouded the whole process in secrecy. … They do not listen to anybody’s concerns. They refuse to even discuss what these concerns are.” ( Amazon HQ2 no longer coming to New York, one question is: What will become of this mass movement? From Sunset Park to Long Island City, from higher paid tech workers to minimum-wage workers in Amazon storefronts and warehouses, as well as the unemployed living in public housing who faced displacement, what will be the afterlife of the connections built through this struggle?As Leon Trotsky wrote in his “History of the Russian Revolution,” it was the masses who led the February Revolution in 1917, guided by their own experience from past struggles. So the other question is: What did we learn from this experience?What Amazon’s decision tells us about current conditionsDespite Amazon’s attempt to revise the story, people are discovering the power they have. The masses — not politicians — scared the wealthiest man in the world who owns the wealthiest corporation in the world out of town only three months after his company decided to build a headquarters here. The lesson is clear: The ruling class is not invincible.What’s also clear, however, is that the ruling class realizes this power, too. In the last several months, we have seen again and again how the ruling class, not just in the U.S. but around the world, has conceded just before a major struggle breaks out. In France this December, Macron offered a string of concessions before the unions went on strike in solidarity with the Yellow Vests. In January, Trump announced an end to the government shutdown just as unions began talking about a general strike. And then, in New York City, we’ve seen Cuomo reverse the L train shutdown and Bezos reverse Amazon’s course since the start of 2019.The system is more decayed than ever, and the material conditions are not in the ruling class’s favor. These concessions are buying time, but until when it’s not clear. The bourgeoisie is deeply divided over how to manage the overall system of capital accumulation, and as a result, the system is more anarchic than ever. But one thing they all agree on is that a major working-class revolt would be bad for all segments of the capitalist class. And so they are doing everything they can to prevent that, including offering concessions.It’s still too soon to see what impact Amazon’s decision will have on the struggle. Will this movement dissolve, or will it find new targets?Undoubtedly, Amazon’s war on our class will continue, not just wherever it decides to build HQ2. But even in New York City where Amazon still has 5,000 workers — like those facing horrible conditions in the Bronx and Staten Island fulfillment centers. Amazon says it will continue to expand its presence here. Given the number of issues raised during the Amazon struggle — from crumbling transit infrastructure to criminally underfunded public housing and Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportations — the mass movement may shift its focus elsewhere. What’s important, however, is that we maintain our unity and continue the struggle. Today, let’s celebrate our victory.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Son wounded in shooting attack on journalist’s home, no let-up in threats

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation April 27, 2021 Find out more HondurasAmericas December 28, 2020 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News RSF_en News Reportscenter_img Follow the news on Honduras August 6, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Son wounded in shooting attack on journalist’s home, no let-up in threats May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Two armed men on a motorcycle opened fire on the home of José Encarnación Chinchilla, a reporter for the national commercial station Radio Cadena Voces, in El Progreso on 3 August. One of the nine-mm bullets seriously wounded one of his sons, José Alberto, but the rest of the family was unhurt.It was not the first attack on Chinchilla, who has been considering leaving the country, despite the fact that representatives of the national human rights commissioner propose to submit a request for protection on his behalf.“As in many cases in Honduras in recent months, the victim has complained about the sluggishness of the police response,” Reporters Without Borders said.“While this attack is being investigated, an inquiry must also be held into the serious systemic shortcomings of the police, which is itself at the heart of serious human rights violations.“The fight against impunity is dependent on a root-and-branch reform of the police and justice system. Most killings of journalists, lawyers, rights activists and protest leaders have never been resolved. In the past decade, 29 journalists have been killed in Honduras, 24 of them since the coup in June 2009.”Reporters Without Borders is also concerned about recent police intimidation of the station Radio Progreso, also located in El Progreso, over its coverage of agrarian conflicts in the region (audio). Radio Progreso was the first news independent organization to suffer the consequences of the 2009 coup. Ariel D’Vicente, a journalist and owner of the local television station Canal 21 in Choluteca, has been given “protected witness” status after his revelations about a serious case of corruption which forced the finance minister, Hector Guillen, to resign on 2 August. The journalist made mention of the source of a large sum of money seized by the police from the minister’s wife. A total of more than 3 million lempiras (125 000 euros) was reported to have been misappropriated by fishing companies in the region to the benefit of a senior official in the present government. The journalist remains in fear of his life. Receive email alerts News to go further HondurasAmericas last_img read more

134 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitals

first_imgAdvertisement 134 admitted patients are waiting for beds this morning, according to today’s INMO Trolley Watch.108 patients are waiting in the emergency department, while 26 are in wards elsewhere in the hospital. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Linkedin Email University Hospital Limerick Print WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Twitter Previous articleCrowe appointed to three Oireachtas committeesNext articleSEAI encourages homeowners in Limerick to avail ofgrants for home energy upgrades Staff Reporter LimerickNews134 patients waiting for beds in Irish hospitalsBy Staff Reporter – September 4, 2020 53 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Jury deliberates fate of Derek Chauvin in death of George Floyd: 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, 4:56 pmClosing arguments have wrapped. Judge Cahill is now handing the case over to the jury.Apr 19, 4:22 pmLast witness is ‘common sense,’ state says in rebuttal argumentIn the prosecution’s rebuttal, Minnesota Assistant Attorney General Jerry Blackwell brought “common sense” as the 46th witness in the case, stating that even a 9-year-old girl who witnessed Floyd’s death told Chauvin to get off of him.“Why is it necessary to continue applying deadly restraint to a man who is defenseless, who is handcuffed, who is not resisting, who is not breathing, who doesn’t have a pulse, and to go on and do that for another 3-plus minutes before the ambulance shows up, and then to continue doing it?” Blackwell asked. “How is that a reasonable exercise in the use of force?”Blackwell also disputed Nelson’s portrayal of Chauvin as a reasonable police officer, saying the defense did not give the jury “the whole truth.”“Notice how when you had the discussion about reasonable officer Mr. Chauvin, the whole narrative cut off before we get to the point that Mr. Floyd was not moving, that he was not conscious, that he didn’t have a pulse, and Mr. Chauvin was still on top of him when the EMTs showed up, and he did not get off of him,” Blackwell said. “How is that what a reasonable officer does?”Apr 19, 4:07 pmDefense concludes closing argumentNelson wrapped up his closing statement by stating that prosecutors failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and that Chauvin should be found not guilty on all counts.“Human beings make decisions, in highly stressful, situations that they believe to be right in the very moment it is occurring. There’s lots of what-if’s that could have happened. What could have happened, what should have happened — lots of them in lots of regards,” Nelson said. “But we have to analyze this case from the perspective of a reasonable police officer at the precise moment, with the totality of the circumstances when it comes to the use of force.”Cahill then sent the jury out for a five-minute lawyer conference.Apr 19, 4:03 pmProsecutors want jury to ignore Floyd’s significant medical issues, defense saysWhen court resumed after a 30-minute break, Nelson continued his closing arguments, stating that Floyd’s death was actually a “multi-factorial” process and claiming that prosecutors want to ignore his significant medical issues.Nelson said that, according to the state, Floyd’s coronary heart disease, hypertensive disease, use of drugs that acted further to constrict Floyd’s already diseased heart and adrenaline coursing through his body during the police confrontation were “not relevant.”“They just want you to ignore significant medical issues that presented to Mr. Floyd,” Nelson said. “And the failure of the state’s experts to acknowledge any possibility, any possibility at all that any of these other factors in any way contributed to Mr. Floyd’s death defies medical science and it defies common sense and reason.”Apr 19, 3:46 pmDefense has resumed its closing arguments after the judge called for a lunch recess.Apr 19, 3:01 pmDefense attacks doctors who testified as witnesses for stateNelson took down several of the doctors the prosecution brought on as witnesses, stating that they were incorrect in their testimonies.Nelson criticized cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich, who concluded that Floyd had a strong heart despite a 90% narrowing of the right coronary artery, a 75% narrowing in the left anterior descending artery, enlarged heart and history of hypertension.The testimonies of Rich and an additional four doctors fly “in the absolute face of reason and common sense,” especially in the testimony that none of Floyd’s preexisting conditions contributed to his death, Nelson said.“It’s astounding,” he said.Apr 19, 2:50 pmState has a large burden of proof, defense saysProsecutors have a laundry list of items to prove in order for Chauvin to be convicted, Nelson said.The state’s burden of proof includes proving that Floyd’s heart disease, history of hypertension and toxicology levels played no role in his death, Nelson said.The state must also convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Floyd was not experiencing excited delirium that contributed to his death and that the adrenaline produced as a result Floyd’s physical resistance played no role, Nelson said.Apr 19, 2:33 pmDefense urges jury to decide whether Chauvin intentionally applied unlawful forceNelson argued that Chauvin had no intent to purposefully use unlawful force.“Officer Chauvin made a decision not to use higher levels of force when he would have been authorized to do that, including punches, kicks, elbows,” Nelson said.“All of these tools were available to Officer Chauvin,” Nelson said, adding that officers called for EMS within one minute of putting Floyd on the ground.Apr 19, 2:25 pmChauvin did not perform CPR because the environment was becoming hostile, defense saysChauvin was occupied with a hostile crowd when Floyd took his last breath, making it difficult to perform CPR, Nelson said.It is written in the Minneapolis Police Department to stop CPR when it is no longer safe to perform it, Nelson said, citing the testimony by Minneapolis Police Officer Nicole Mackenzie, the department’s medical support officer, who discussed the difficulty of performing CPR in hostile environments.“She described how it’s incredibly difficult to perform EMS efforts in a loud crowd, difficult to focus when you don’t feel safe, makes it more difficult to assess a patient and makes it more likely you can miss signs that a patient is experiencing something,” Nelson said. “So the distraction, she said, can actually do harm to a patient.”Apr 19, 2:14 pmCrowds can change rapidly, defense saysChauvin would have been paying attention to the behavior of the crowd surrounding him and the other officers while restraining Floyd, Nelson said.Minnesota Police Department training includes tactics on how to deal with a crowd, especially to “never underestimate a crowd.”“Crowds are very dynamic creatures and can change rapidly,” Nelson said.The bystanders on the scene of the Cup Foods began to raise their voices and call Chauvin names as the incident went on, Nelson said.How Chauvin interacted with a crowd is in line with how a reasonable police officer would act, Nelson said.Apr 19, 1:41 pmThe cellphone video is not the ‘proper analysis,’ defense saysThe 9-minute and 29-second cellphone video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd “completely disregards” what happened leading up to the restraint, Nelson said.While the prosecution has been focusing on the length of the cellphone video, “a reasonable police officer would have taken into consideration the previous 16 minutes and 59 seconds,” which included Floyd’s resistance, Nelson said.“Human behavior is unpredictable, and nobody knows it better than a police officer,” Nelson said. “Someone can be compliant one second and fighting the next. Someone can be fighting and then compliant.”Apr 19, 1:30 pmGovernment buildings in downtown Minneapolis are being fortified in the event of unrest following a verdict in the Chauvin trial.Apr 19, 1:24 pmDefense plays police body camera footage of Floyd being put into the squad carFloyd was engaging in active resistance when Chauvin arrived on the scene of the Cup Foods, Nelson said.Nelson played the video from Nelson’s body camera that showed two other officers struggling to put Floyd into the squad car as evidence of Floyd’s resistance.Nelson explained that a reasonable officer at that point would determine that the amount of force being used by the officers trying to put Floyd into the car was not enough to overpower Floyd’s resistance.Apr 19, 1:19 pmDefense explains what a ‘reasonable’ police officer would doAfter Nelson asked whether Chauvin’s actions were an authorized use of force by a police officer, he went into detail on how a reasonable police officer would have approached the situation.A reasonable police officer wants to keep his fellow officers, civilians and the person being arrested safe, Nelson said. A reasonable police officer also thinks about resources, such as where the closest hospital is or what the response time for EMS would be.The direct knowledge that a police officer would have when use of force occurs is information from dispatch, direct observations of the scene and whether the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance, Nelson said.When Chauvin arrived on the scene of the cup foods, he saw the suspect, who was 6 feet or taller and appeared to be under the influence, Nelson said.“The situation is dynamic, and it’s fluid,” Nelson said.Apr 19, 1:00 pm‘A criminal case is kind of like baking chocolate chip cookies,’ defense saysNelson used a baking analogy to explain what is necessary to find a defendant in a criminal trial guilty.“I say that the criminal case is kind of like baking chocolate chip cookies,” Nelson said. “You have to have the necessary ingredients. You got to have flour, and sugar and butter and chocolate chips, and whatever else goes into those chocolate chip cookies. If you have all of the ingredients, you can make chocolate chip cookies. But if you’re missing any one single ingredient, you can’t make chocolate chip cookies. It’s a simple kind of analogy. But the criminal law works the same way.”Chauvin removed his face mask as he watched Nelson’s closing argument.Apr 19, 12:42 pmDefense begins closing argumentsNelson, Chauvin’s attorney, began his closing statement by reminding the jurors that Chauvin is presumed innocent and does not have to prove his innocence.Nelson also read the definition of proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the judge read to the jury in his instructions earlier in the day.Apr 19, 12:21 pm‘This wasn’t policing, this was murder … there is no excuse’: SchleicherSchleicher ended his closing statement by emphasizing that Chauvin’s actions were “not policing” but rather murder, urging the jury to trust their eyes and gut.“The defendant is guilty of all three counts. All of it. And there’s no excuse,” Schleicher said.Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson will give his closing argument after a 20-minute break.Apr 19, 12:05 pmChauvin displayed ‘conscious indifference’ in his encounter with Floyd: SchleicherSchleicher played the portion of the cellphone video where Floyd asked Chauvin for water and told him he could not breathe to show that Chauvin was indifferent to the distress Floyd was in.Chauvin displayed “conscious indifference” to Floyd as he “leisurely” picked rocks out of a tire and commented on the smell of Floyd’s feet, even as Floyd’s voice became weaker, Schleicher said. Chauvin also ignored Floyd’s pleas and failed to provide medical attention, Schleicher added.“This isn’t protection,” Schleicher said. “This isn’t courage. And it certainly — certainly is not and was not compassion. It was the opposite of that.”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

Assistant Professor

first_imgSummaryBaylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas has an opening for aninterventional radiologist at the level of Assistant Professor. Weseek an individual with strong clinical skills. Clinical dutiesinclude clinical care and minimally invasive treatment of patientswith a variety of conditions, with an emphasis on interventionaloncology, peripheral vascular disease, hemodialysis access andvenous access. The IR faculty also participate actively inmultidisciplinary tumor boards, resident and medical studenteducation.Baylor is located in the Texas Medical Center. Our facilitiescontain multiple equipment vendors and include dual energy CTscanner and 3T MRI.Candidates must have completed an ACGME accredited residency andhave fellowship training in interventional radiology. Anunrestricted Texas medical license is required.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.4656CA; CHlast_img read more


first_imgConsumers continue to see health and wellness as an important issue, according to new research by Tate & Lyle. The findings also revealed that consumers will pay more for foods that display health benefits on their labels. The research, conducted in July this year, forms part of Tate & Lyle’s ongoing research into European consumers’ attitudes towards labelling, ingredients and shopping habits.A total of 1,565 consumers were surveyed across five countries: Germany, France, the UK, Spain and Italy. An increasing awareness of and sophistication in attitudes to diet and perceptions of food labelling were evident from the research. Fifty-three per cent of consumers often check nutritional information on-pack and 57% check the ingredients list.Looking at what’s important to consumers at least half of the respondents see less fat and sugar as important issues. Interestingly, around 80% said they would be prepared to pay more for products that boasted specific claims such as ’improving cardiovascular health’ and ’helps to control cholesterol’. A fifth of the people asked also said they would be prepared to compromise on taste if the product was healthy. In addition, the survey found that consumers specifically young people feel their diet is lacking in fibre.last_img read more

5 things to learn from Patisserie Holdings

first_imgPatisserie Holdings, which owns the high street bakery chain, released its results today. We take a closer look at what they mean for Patisserie Valerie. Strong salesThe group is doing well, thanks to some strong brands. The company as a whole has seen group revenue increase 14.4% to £50m and ebitda improve to £10.6m. This has largely been driven by Patisserie Valerie, which brings in 70% of the overall figure. Revenue has also improved at Flour Power City, its wholesale bakery, to £1.8m.ExpansionPatisserie Holdings has made no bones about its plans to expand. Chief executive Paul May told British Baker that when the company was planning for its initial public offering [in 2014], research showed it could reach a further 250 high street shops. However, since that time it has just worked out that the company has opened more in alternative locations. And more are coming; the company is soon to open a Patisserie Valerie store in Northern Ireland which will have a co-located bakery opening up that market. May added: “We are still only at 123 sites. Compare that to Starbucks or Costa which has 2k and we have lots of opportunity to grow.”InnovationThe launch of a gluten-free range for Patisserie Valerie was a major undertaking, according to May, which had largely been driven by social media. But the NPD does not stop there, says May. The company is also looking at extending the gluten-free range, adding vegetarian dishes and looking at a children’s cakes range.DiversificationThe company opened its first additional Baker & Spice outside London earlier this year, in Brighton. It is a radically different store model from its London site and the company say it is “early days”.CostsPatisserie Holdings says the National Living Wage will cost it £475,000 for the rest of the year, and will cost £675,000 for the full year 2017, but it has still managed to improve its gross profit margins by 1.0% thanks to “efficiencies and savings” in its supply chain.last_img read more