Skye Bank Plc ( 2014 Annual Report

first_imgPolaris Bank ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Polaris Bank ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Polaris Bank ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Polaris Bank (  2014 annual report.Company ProfilePolaris Bank formerly (Skye Bank Plc) is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services in the retail, commercial, corporate, treasury and investment banking sectors. The Retail Banking division provides a full service offering ranging from transactional accounts, deposits and term savings accounts to consumer loans and mortgages. The Commercial Banking division provides direct debit facilities, current accounts, deposits, overdrafts and loans as well as credit facilities, foreign currency and derivative products. The Treasury, Corporate and Investment Banking divisions offer financial instruments trading, structured financing and corporate leasing products. Other services offered by Skye Bank Plc include money transfer services, insurance brokerage, micro-financing, capital market, registrar and property development services. Skye Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Subsidiaries of Skye Bank Plc include Sky Bank Sierra Leone Limited, Skye Bank Gambia Limited and Skye Bank Guinea Limited. Polaris Bank formerly (Skye Bank Plc) is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Oslo-resident Tamil journalist victim of death threats and harassment

first_img Follow the news on Sri Lanka News April 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Oslo-resident Tamil journalist victim of death threats and harassment News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about incitement to murder and other threats against independent Tamil journalist Sethurupan Nadarajah, who is living in Norway.Fearing for his own and his wife’s safety, the journalist appealed to the worldwide press freedom organisation for help and it has been able to confirm both the truth and the gravity of his claims.The Tamil journalist has for the past six months been the target of death threats posted on several Danish-based websites hosted in the United States, including, as well as receiving threats directly.Reporters Without Borders has written to the Norwegian minister for Justice and the Police, Odd Einar Dorum, calling for the journalist to be given police protection and for a full investigation into the origin of the telephone and electronic threats against himThe organisation also urged the Danish interior minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to work to pinpoint the precise origin of the threats.The website carries a photomontage of Sethurupan with the caption: “Tamil terrorist. Mr Sethu collects money for the journalist Nadesan but uses it for his family. Watch out for this individual”.Sethurupan received an email in Tamil on 25 April 2005 from the address [email protected], with the message: “We have been collecting information about you. We will soon act against you. We have also informed the LTTE (Tamil Tigers). You are a very dangerous individual for our liberation struggle. We live in Norway (…) and we are going to eliminate you.” The IP address of the computer from which the message was sent has been identified as: It is apparently an Oslo address.In another worrying incident on 20 April, a Tamil speaker phoned the journalist and threatened his wife, a Sri Lankan nurse who has taken Norwegian nationality, saying: “Where is your wife? We are going to rape and kill her because she is a prostitute.” These death threats were recently relayed by London-based Tamil and pro-Karuna station TBC Radio and on another website, also based in Denmark and with the same host server, the American company GoDaddy.Tamil groups who are pro-Karuna – the LTTE rebel chief who broke with the Tamil Tigers – are believed to be behind the death threats. They accuse Sethurupan of belonging to the LTTE and of writing articles in English and Tamil about their activities in Sri Lanka and abroad. In fact, the Tamil journalist is known to be independent and in 2001 he was threatened by LTTE supporters. He is an active member of the Sri Lanka Tamil Media Alliance (SLTMA) for which he is foreign affairs representative. He currently contributes to a Tamil radio station based in London, runs several websites, including Oslo Voice, and sends regular articles to the media in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists July 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial July 29, 2020 Find out morecenter_img January 13, 2021 Find out more Organisation Sri LankaAsia – Pacific to go further News News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Help by sharing this information last_img read more

22-year-old Pasadena Woman Missing

first_img Top of the News Community News Photo courtesy KTLA.comPasadena police authorities are continuing the search for a 22-year-old Pasadena woman who was reported missing Friday.Katherine “Katie” Wing was last seen at about 4:30 p.m. as she was leaving work in the area of 4500 Sperry Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carillo said.Wing’s family said she was expected at a Halloween party in Glendale but did not arrive there. Relatives said she was driving a white 2011 Toyota Yaris with license plate no. 6PZZ635 which has not been found either.The family owns another home in the Ventura area, but police said Wing was not seen at the location.Her mother, Delia Wing, told TV station KTLA that Katherine Wing has suffered from depression but could not ascertain whether this had anything to do with her disappearance.Katherine Wing is described as white, five feet three inches tall, and weighed about 100 pounds. She has green eyes and dark hair. Her mother said she has multiple tattoos – a likelihood of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the upper left arm with a large snake underneath, and the text from John 3:16 in the bible written on her back.Anyone who has information about Wing’s whereabouts is asked to call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241, or the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department at (805) 654-2380. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * latest #1 22-year-old Pasadena Woman Missing Published on Monday, November 2, 2015 | 12:52 pm Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img More Cool Stuff 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 Subscribe 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. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Heyward helps No. 11 Michigan State beat Utah State 38-31

first_imgAugust 31, 2018 /Sports News – Local Heyward helps No. 11 Michigan State beat Utah State 38-31 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Heyward scored his second touchdown with 2 minutes left to put No. 11 Michigan State ahead and the Spartans held on to beat Utah State 38-31 on Friday night.The Spartans trailed until the second quarter, built a 13-point lead late in the third and fell behind late in the opener for both teams.Darwin Thompson put the Aggies ahead with a 1-yard run, his second go-ahead score of the game, with 5:05 remaining. Their defense couldn’t make one more stop to beat the highest-ranked team in school history, surpassing the victory over No. 18 BYU in 2014.Utah State did have one more chance to send the game to overtime — or possibly pull off the upset — but Joe Bachie tipped and intercepted a pass at midfield with 1:15 remaining.Michigan State’s Brian Lewerke was 23 of 33 for 287 yards with two TDs, an interception and a fumble.Jordan Love completed 29 of 44 passes for 319 yards with two interceptions.Heyward scored on a 13-yard run in the fourth quarter and a 17-yard run in the third. He is the son of the late Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, an NFL running back from 1988-1998. The sophomore ran for 436 yards and did not score last season.THE TAKEAWAYUtah State: Matt Wells helped the Aggies earn a bowl bid last year for the sixth time and in seven seasons and they seem to have a shot at playing in the postseason again. Their no-huddle, hurry-up offense is going to be a problem for some teams. On defense, they can pressure quarterbacks and make plays in the secondary.Michigan State: Mark Dantonio will have plenty of teachable moments to show the Spartans on film. They were able to overcome a sloppy performance against a Mountain West Conference program, but may not be as fortunate against Big Ten competition.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Spartans could slip due to the lackluster performance, especially if teams just ahead and behind them in the poll open with a win.UP NEXT:Utah State: Host New Mexico State on Sept. 8.Michigan State: At Arizona State on Sept. 8. Tags: Football/Utah State Aggies Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

The Property Redress Scheme welcomes 5,000th member

first_imgLess than two years after the Property Redress Scheme (PRS) started, it is now celebrating signing up its 5,000th member. The government authorised scheme was the newest of three available consumer redress schemes for the property market and has gone from strength to strength since it launched in the summer of 2014.It is a legal requirement for letting and estate agents to be a member of a redress scheme, but the PRS is also open to other property professionals. Recent joiners include the Association of Independent Inventory Clerks (AIIC) and VeriSmart, a market leading smart inventory provider, making it the go to scheme for inventory suppliers.The London area has the most PRS members with over 1,250 agents across the capital, followed by the South Eastern counties of Kent, Surry and Sussex with over 600 members. The Midlands and Yorkshire account for over 1,000 PRS members as well. Other regions like Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have lower membership numbers, but still make up over 100.Anthony Hamilton Estate Agents Ltd in Basingstoke, who became the 5,000th member to join the scheme were treated to a bottle of champagne. Mark Chubb, the agency’s owner, said: “What a nice treat to celebrate we’ve become the 5,000th member of the PRS. We will definitely drink a toast to the redress scheme.”The London area has the most PRS members with over 1,250 agents across the capital, followed by the South Eastern counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex with over 600 members. The Midlands and Yorkshire account for over 1,000 PRS members as well. Other regions like Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have lower membership numbers, but still make up over 100.Tim Frome (left), Managing Director of the PRS, said: “We are delighted by this further testimony to our success.  Our scheme is easy to join and offers straightforward advice for both property professionals and consumers. We’re just short of our second anniversary and have enhanced our offering continuously since we first started. In fact, there are many advantages of choosing the PRS: Enhanced members now enjoy access to a 24/7 legal helpline and we have started to provide workshops on essential industry topics across the country. We recently hosted a workshop in Cardiff on the new Rent Smart Wales legislation, which requires agents to have Professional Indemnity Insurance and Client Money Protection aside of their redress scheme membership.”PRS members Property Redress Scheme PRS property market September 2, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Associations & Bodies » The Property Redress Scheme welcomes 5,000th member previous nextAssociations & BodiesThe Property Redress Scheme welcomes 5,000th memberTwo-year-old redress scheme is settled and successful.The Negotiator2nd September 201601,076 Viewslast_img read more

Senator Braun’s Mobile Offices Hit 300 Locations in 2019

first_imgJanuary 2020 Mobile Office Dates & Locations JANUARY 2020 MOBILE OFFICES View the Interactive Map of Senator Braun’s Mobile Office Hours locations ArcadiaFriday, January 17 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMArcadia Town Hall208 W Main StreetArcadia, INcenter_img 309 Mobile Offices in 236 locations in all 92 countiesWASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Mike Braun announced his team held 309 Mobile Offices in 2019 in 236 Hoosier communities in all 92 counties.Mobile Offices allow constituents to meet directly with staff in a meaningful way in their home communities to discuss legislative and policy issues or to get help working with a federal agency.“Constituent services for Hoosiers are like customer service was to me in the private sector. I learned from growing a business that it’s important to listen to everyone how we can do better,” said Senator Mike Braun. “Public service is no different, and I’ve made clear to my staff that we will echo that sentiment in the Senate. Staff Mobile Offices given thousands of Hoosiers the opportunity to speak to my team directly about issues important to them or to seek help in dealing with a federal agency.”Senator Braun’s first two Mobile Office Hours were held on February 20 in Goshen and Anderson. The final three Mobile Offices were held in Hagerstown, Richmond, and Seymour on December 20. BatesvilleTuesday, January 21 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMMemorial Building132 South Main StreetBatesville, INBicknellTuesday, January 14 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMBicknell City Hall119 E 2nd StreetBicknell, INCrawfordsvilleThursday, January 16 at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMCrawfordsville District Public Library205 S Washington StreetCrawfordsville, INGrabillMonday, January 6 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMGrabill Branch- Allen County Public Library13521 State StreetGrabill, INGreentownWednesday, January 8 at 12:30 PM to 2:30 PMGreentown Public Library421 S Harrison StreetGreentown, INJamestown Friday, January 24 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMJamestown Town Hall421 E Main StreetJamestown, INKokomoThursday, January 23 at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMKokomo Howard County Library (Room B Lower Level)220 N Union StreetKokomo, INLaGrangeWednesday, January 8 at 9:00 AM to 11:30 AMLaGrange Community Foundation109 Central AvenueLaGrange, INMarionThursday, January 9 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMMarion Public Library600 S Washington StreetMarion, INMorgantownThursday, January 30 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMMorgantown Branch Public Library79 W Washington StreetMorgantown, INMuncieTuesday, January 21 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMDelaware County Government Center (Commissioners Conference Room)100 W Main StreetMuncie, INNew HavenMonday, January 6 at 3:00 PM to 5:00 PMNew Haven Branch- Allen County Public Library648 Green StreetNew Haven, INNewport Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00 AM to 3:00 PMVermillion County Public Library385 E Market StreetNewport, INNorth VernonFriday, January 10 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMNorth Vernon City Hall143 E Walnut StreetNorth Vernon, INOdonThursday, January 16 at 4:00 PM to 6:00 PMOdon Winklepleck Library202 W Main StreetOdon, INPeruMonday, January 6 at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMPeru City Building35 S Broadway StreetPeru, INRichmondFriday, January 24 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMWayne County Administration Building (Courthouse Annex)401 E Main StreetRichmond, INRising SunTuesday, January 14  at 10:00 AM to 12:00 PMOhio County Public Library502 2nd StreetRising Sun, INRockport Wednesday, January 15 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMSpencer County Public Library201 Walnut StreetRockport, INSpencerThursday, January 23 at 1:00 PM to 4:00 PMOwen County Public Library10 S Montgomery StreetSpencer, INTell City Wednesday, January 15 at 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMPerry County Courthouse- Meeting Room2219 Payne StreetTell City, INTiptonWednesday, January 8 at 3:00 PM to 4:45 PMTipton County Public Library127 E Madison StreetTipton, INVeedersburgWednesday, January 29 at 11:00 AM to 2:00 PMVeedersburg Public Library408 N Main StreetVeedersburg, INWestvilleWednesday, January 15 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMWestville City Hall (Community Room)100 Setser DriveWestville, INWhitestownFriday, January 10 at 1:00 PM to 3:00 PMWhitestown Municipal Complex6210 Veterans DriveWhitestown, IN Below are the staff Mobile Office dates and locations for January 2020. Senator Braun will continue to announce further dates and locations on the Mobile Offices section of his website. AndersonWednesday, January 22 at 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMAnderson Public Library (Carnegie Room)111 E 12th StreetAnderson, INAngolaWednesday, January 8 at 1:00 PM to 3:30 PMSteuben County Council on Aging317 South Wayne Street, Suite 1BAngola, IN FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fresh soft drinks for summer

first_imgSummer is just around the corner and, given the unseasonably warm spring, this is the best time for food-to-go operators to focus on chilled and soft drinks ranges. So what do consumers want, what formats work best and what products need to be in a bakery retailer’s range?The weather has a massive impact on soft drinks sales even more so when it’s hot so why not increase sales in line with soaring temperatures? Firstly, ensure your chiller is near the front counter or between your front counter and store entrance, as 80% of consumers prefer buying soft drinks from a chiller rather than a vending machine, according to consumer research firm him! With 70% of the customers purchasing for immediate consumption or consumption within the next two hours it goes without saying the beverages must be cold. A handy hint, to ensure your drinks are the coolest on the high street, is to always merchandise just before you close, and pull down the chiller blind if you have open-deck chillers. With door fridges, ensure you merchandise from the rear; that way customers always pull the coldest products from the front.A core range is vital. Cola, diet varieties, waters, juices, smoothies and pre-prepared ice drinks are a must this season; no self-respecting baker or retailer would open without them. Once you’ve got your core range established, link your drinks with promotions or meal deals. Communication is the key to success, as are strong point of sale, briefing your staff and, most importantly, engaging your customers. Him! says that 43% of customers are looking for link deals or special offers every time they shop for food to go. And remember you can merchandise both savoury snacks and crisps and nuts in the chiller cabinets without affecting quality.So what type of soft drinks do customers favour? Statistics show that single bottles represent 45% of sales. Customers are twice as likely to choose single cans and individual bottles for their convenience it’s something about the ability to reseal a 500ml bottle they like, especially when on the move.Our customers are very brand-loyal, with over 80% searching out their brand of choice, so make it easy for them and vertically block merchandise. Range the most profitable products for example waters near the nation’s favourite brands, to create more awareness and, consequently, increase sales and profit. Customers are influenced by label preferences even the current economic climate does not affect this trend in the soft drinks market as much as in the foodservice sector.So get ready to hit the summer highs with your new soft drinks range.n By Max Jenvey of Oxxygen Marketing Partnership, a strategic management agency that delivers business acceleration processes and brand development within the bakery, foodservice and convenience retail sectorsThe term ’gluten-free’ is buzzing around the market right now and gluten-free breads are becoming pretty well established. Most people will have to buy these in, unless they’re targeting that particular sector. But only time will tell how long they remain popular. The same is true of trends like macaroons and whoopie pies. Demand for the latter has increased only slightly this year, which shows that NPD doesn’t always succeed, but it does add a pizzazz to the category.Another trend cupcakes has survived a lot longer than anticipated. We supply mixed cases of frozen finished cupcakes to offer the end-user a bit of variety, rather than them having to buy individual cakes. It’s about allowing customers the chance to test a product and potentially find demand for more.A lot of people are looking for a USP in terms of sandwich carriers. The multitude of coffee and sandwich shops out there need to offer something different to get customers through the door. So anything that goes on a contact grill, such as a panini, is gaining ground right now.last_img read more

Renewing Winthrop House

first_imgWhen Harvard’s Gore and Standish halls were built more than a century ago as freshman dorms, the architects of what later became Winthrop House couldn’t have dreamed of the social, technological, and programming needs of 21st-century students.But as one of Harvard’s oldest undergraduate Houses enters its second century, it will soon be able to meet those needs for decades to come.By far the most visible change in the plan for House renewal is the construction of a contemporary addition to Gore Hall, dubbed “Winthrop East.” The five-story addition, which would replace an existing garage at the corner of Mill and Plympton streets, is designed to bring students currently housed on DeWolfe Street “home” to the Winthrop House community, and will allow for more social, classroom, and programming space.“As we started to think about Winthrop House renewal … we felt there was an opportunity here to provide a relief valve for the fact that there is so much pressure to accommodate students and programming in Gore and Standish halls,” said Elizabeth Leber, a partner at Beyer Blinder Belle, the architects overseeing the project. “This will truly be a seamless extension of Gore Hall, [and that] will allow us to house all the Winthrop House students under the roofs of Gore and Standish and Winthrop East. This also provides us with an opportunity to create some terrific spaces for programming and some very special spaces we think will become wonderful assets for Winthrop House.”As with other House renewal projects, the design calls for corridors to connect the House’s traditional vertical entryways, as well as lower-level connectors designed to improve accessibility, allowing students to make their way within Gore and Standish halls while still in their slippers.The plans include expanded terraces at both Gore and Standish halls, a larger dining hall that can accommodate the full House population, and new front entrances to both Gore and Standish halls.In addition to renovating the living spaces for students, the construction of Winthrop East will create a host of social, classroom, and programming spaces. Though preliminary plans include everything from “smart” classrooms to art rooms, music practice spaces, and areas for socializing, final decisions on how the new space will be used will be based on input gathered from students during meetings in the coming weeks.“Stephanie and I are elated that work will commence on Winthrop House,” said Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. and Stephanie Robinson, co-masters of Winthrop. “We are excited that our students, tutors, and staff can begin working with us to design a model House for the 21st century. Generations of Winthropians to come will benefit from the work that the Winthrop family is about to undertake. We are confident that the end product will be one that will serve as a beacon of pride for the entire College community.”Other key aspects of the project will include the addition of a signature entry with space for study and socializing, and the potential for a student-run grill at the corner of Mill and Plympton streets, which could serve as a magnet for students as they traverse Harvard’s expanding campus. Plans also include relocation of the House master’s residence to a renovated and expanded 11 Riverview, a large terrace that would connect the master’s residence in Winthrop East, and a glass-enclosed rooftop balcony overlooking the Charles River.Rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle“We’ve been able to create what we’re calling the rooftop common room,” Leber said. “We see this as a truly special space ― we’d like this to be a beacon for Winthrop House and give it a place of prominence on this corner — with a south-facing terrace overlooking the river.”Rather than attempting to replicate the distinctive neo-Georgian character of Winthrop, the architects said the new Winthrop East addition features a contemporary design that alludes to the House’s history through the use of traditional materials.“We felt that it was appropriate that a building should be of its time, rather than trying to be what it’s not,” Leber said. “Winthrop House has a number of wonderful entablatures that announce entries and provide a good deal of character and stature to the building. What we’re proposing is a contemporary way of using similar traditional materials.”Administrators will meet with Winthrop students to gather input on the project. Advance construction and site enabling will begin this summer, with renewal of Winthrop to begin immediately following Commencement 2016. The renovated House will open to students in the fall of 2017.“We want to be very thoughtful as we proceed through the renewal process. These buildings are National Historic Landmarks, and we want to preserve their character as the treasured assets they are,” said Merle Bicknell, assistant dean for Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) physical resources. “We look forward to working with students, tutors, and alumni of Winthrop House to ensure the building is renewed in a way that best serves the needs of students going forward.”Over the next year, before work begins on Winthrop, administrators will undertake a strategic assessment, including surveys of students, audits of energy usage, and operating costs analyses of the first three House renewal projects, including the Stone Hall test project, the McKinlock Hall renovations, and the renewal of all of Dunster House. The assessment will document lessons learned in design, construction, financing, and programming from earlier projects, and evaluate how those lessons can be incorporated into the planning for Winthrop House renewal.“The House system is one of the cornerstones of the Harvard undergraduate experience,” said FAS Dean Michael D. Smith. “By allowing faculty and students to live and learn together, the Houses play a key role in the social and intellectual life across the Harvard community. By renewing the Houses, we are committing ourselves to maintaining that experience for generations of College students to come. I am excited to see that process take the next step with Winthrop House.”last_img read more

Higher rate of COVID-19 cases in Mass. prisons

first_imgA recent epidemiological study finds that the rate of COVID-19 for incarcerated individuals in Massachusetts is almost three times that of the state’s general population and five times that of the U.S. general population. The study also finds that higher rates of decarceration are linked to lower rates of COVID-19.The team analyzed publicly available anonymized data reported by 16 Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) and 13 county-level facilities from April 5 through July 8.Because data on jails is limited — even though they confine nearly one-third of incarcerated people, this study is one of the first to document similarly high rates in jails. The data is available for Massachusetts because of a court order from a case asking the State Supreme Judicial Court to limit the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people incarcerated.The study also found that facilities with higher testing rates had higher case rates, but attributed this to the relatively low rate of testing in county facilities.Overall, all county jails had a testing rate of 254 per 1,000 persons, with a case rate of 36 cases per 1,000 persons; Mass. DOC facilities had a testing rate of 1,093 per 1,000 persons and a case rate of 52 cases per 1,000 persons. The high positive test rate (14 percent) in county jails compared to 5 percent in DOC facilities, would also suggest that enough testing is not being done in county jails.According to the study, facilities with higher decarceration rates had lower case rates. The authors observed “a gradual decline in reported cases among incarcerated individuals and staff, corresponding to a decrease of 15 percent in the incarcerated population.” Staff in correctional facilities are also at high risk of contracting COVID-19.As of July 8, state prisons and county jails were reporting 1,032 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 664 cases among incarcerated individuals and 368 cases among staff. The authors mention the following limitations in the data: the absence of deaths, lack of demographic characteristics, and lack of information about staff and COVID-19 to be able to calculate testing and case rates over time.The authors urge immediate action to stem the “alarmingly high” rate of COVID-19 in carceral facilities in the state. They recommend testing without coercion, decarceration, and contact tracing.Monik C. Jiménez, lead author, also sees the need to understand the experiences of people incarcerated during COVID-19 and the conditions of their confinement. In partnership with community advocacy groups, she and the team have created a survey to document conditions and raise the voices of those in confinement.Jiménez, Tori L. Cowger, Lisa E. Simon, Maya Behn, Nicole Cassarino, and Mary T. Bassett coauthored the study, which JAMA Network Open published as a research letter on August 21. Bassett is director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Faculty from the FXB Center, along with other public health experts, has previously discussed the difficulty of physical distancing in detention and the danger that COVID-19 represents to congregate facilities. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Top 40: Biking

first_img1. Ortovox Mountain SkyverThe concept is simple—hike up, cruise down. The Mountain Skyver is a new foldable scooter designed to give you a new kind of downhill fix. It fits in its own pack, so you can strap it on your back and huff it up the mountain. Then jump on the foot pegs (no pedals or seat) and let gravity do its work.mountainskyver.com2. Spot Rocker SSYou ride a singlespeed for the simplicity of it. Pedal. Go. No worries. That’s never been more true than with the Spot Rocker, a 29er that combines a no-nonsense steel frame with the new Gates Carbon Belt Drive System instead of a traditional chain. Why go to a belt instead of a chain? The Gate’s system is stronger than a chain, requires no lube, virtually no maintenance, and is completely silent. Raleigh, Specialized, and Trek all offer belt drive models, but Spot was the original offroad bike company to adopt the system. Even better, Spot’s dropout also allows you to switch out the belt for a chain, or add a derailleur if you suddenly decide you really do need gears.$3,599; spotbrand.com3. Ritchey Ti-Carbon Break-AwayFolding bikes aren’t new and Ritchey’s Break Away has been around for a few years, but the use of titanium and carbon materials in the frame takes this bike from novelty to serious performance machine. The bike is built for traveling, splitting in two for easy storage, but aero-space grade titanium frame and carbon stays and fork keep the bike super light and the coupling system only adds 100 grams to the frame weight.$2895; ritcheylogic.com4. Road Holland Montfoort JerseyIt looks and feels like those spiffy, sporty elite cyclist jerseys, but the styling is a tad more forgiving—and therefore more flattering. The fabric is a super-soft and highly breathable blend of polyester and Merino wool. The inclusion of fine Merino makes it the most comfortable jersey our cyclists have tested.$120; roadholland.comlast_img read more

Older Posts »