Unity Bank Plc (UNITYB.ng) Q12012 Interim Report

first_imgUnity Bank Plc (UNITYB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Unity Bank Plc (UNITYB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Unity Bank Plc (UNITYB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Unity Bank Plc (UNITYB.ng)  2012 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, deposit accounts and overdrafts to trade finance, treasury services, acceptance and guarantee commercial papers, money market services and international banking services. Unity Bank Plc provides foreign operations which includes home remittance services, mortgages, letters of credit, third party transfer services, invisible transactions, bills for collections and domiciliary transfers. The company supports the agricultural sector through agric products and schemes which includes Unity farmer’s cooperatives finance and leasing, Unity industrial input scheme and general agro-allied farmer’s schemes. Founded in 1987, Unity Bank Plc now operates through an extensive network of some 240 branches in 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Unity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgBorder Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Border Timbers Limited (BRDR.zw)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileBorder Timbers is a forestry and sawmilling company in Zimbabwe, with a long history in Manicaland. The company operates five forest estates and three sawmills; with the principal products being pine and eucalyptus. Established in 1979, Border Timbers is the amalgamation of three organisations; Border Eastern Forest Estates, Renfee Timbers (Pvt) Limited and Forestry Management Services. The company is a subsidiary of the Rift Valley Corporation, boasting a plantation size of 47 800 hectares. The forest estates are in Sheba, Charter and Tilbury; with a combined annual output of over 160 000 cubic metres, 95% of that is pine. Rough sawn timber is processed at factories in Mutare, and sold directly to the public. The Paulington Factory manufactures products for the veneer, plywood and blockboard market, and the Nyakamete Factory produces doors, shelves and other timber products for export. Border Timbers is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Blues-Dragons derby a shadow of yesteryear

first_imgHall is MD of a property development company, PMG, that was involved in the building of Cardiff City Stadium and adjacent retail park. The project was beset by problems, most stemming from the free-spending former chairman Sam Hamman, whose reign saw the club climb the leagues but accrue massive debt – £31m of it by the time the banks asked for their money back in 2004.In October 2006 Cardiff City were two hours away from bankruptcy, but the club was saved, players were sold to pay tax bills, and eventually uber-rich Malaysian Vincent Tan arrived on the scene, pledging £100m investment as long as City played in red because that’s a lucky colour where he comes from.Cardiff Blues briefly played at the new stadium before returning to the Arms Park from the start of the 2012-13 season. Hall calls that a terrible decision, arguing that a noisy minority of Blues fans, who liked having a pint in their city-centre local rather than travelling a mile and a half out to the new stadium, engineered the U-turn. “It’s a massive backward step for the Blues and I don’t really know how they can recover from it,” he says.Muddy rivalry: Cardiff Blues taking on the Dragons is still one of the great Welsh rivalriesBragging rightsEnough of the doom and gloom. It’s Christmas, after all, and both teams will at least go into the first of their festive derbies – they meet again in Newport on New Year’s Day – on the back of league wins. The Blues beat Scarlets 21-9 last weekend, with back-row Josh Navidi scoring two tries, whilst the Dragons accounted for Zebre 25-11.Both sides have work to do, however, with only the two Italian sides separating them from the foot of the table. A top-six finish will be required to qualify for next season’s Champions Cup and currently that looks a long way off.The first Cardiff-Newport game was in 1875 and, though fans no longer hang off trees to watch, local bragging rights are still something to cherish.The Blues are without Wales captain Sam Warburton, after he suffered a stinger against the Scarlets, while one subplot will be the form of Gareth Anscombe, the Wales-qualified New Zealander who has conceded two tries this month through charged-down kicks. “I don’t think it’s a worry,” says Blues DoR Mark Hammett.Enjoy the occasion if you’re going but don’t expect to bump into Hall – he rarely attends Blues matches nowadays. Close your eyes at Cardiff Arms Park on Boxing Day and you might just imagine you’ve stepped back in time. A bumper crowd is expected for the Blues-Dragons Guinness Pro12 fixture and the atmosphere should be vaguely reminiscent of the great derby clashes of old.“The Boxing Day local derbies were fantastic occasions,” says Mike Hall, the former Cardiff, Wales and Lions centre. “Cardiff-Pontypridd was the traditional Boxing Day game and it was unbelievably well supported, but of course there were rivalries all around South Wales.“When you played for Cardiff every game was like a derby because everyone wanted to beat you. We weren’t really troubled much by Newport because they were in the doldrums when I played. Having said that, going to Rodney Parade, in front of a full house, could be a tough game. Sardis Road, Stradey, the Brewery Field were the same, real hotbeds of rugby. Players don’t experience that any more.”Hall, 49, recalls one Cardiff-Newport game mired in controversy. In 1995, with Cardiff having wrapped up the league, then coach Alec Evans chose to rest most of his first team against the Black and Ambers ahead of the World Cup. The title celebrations went as flat as a week-old bottle of popped Prosecco as Cardiff lost 24-20, with one critic noting: “Cardiff supporters were aghast at Evans’s decision.”Good old days: Cardiff captain Mike Hall holds aloft the Swalec Cup in 1994Lost generationAt least there were some supporters to feel aghast. Nowadays, says Hall, a whole generation of spectators has been lost to football as Welsh domestic rugby struggles on with a failing system.“People used to watch Cardiff ten years ago but now they’ve lost all their supporters. Regional rugby isn’t working, people aren’t watching, and we need to fire people’s imaginations and get people engaged again.“It’s hard to be excited about watching Connacht, say, in an empty stadium with no atmosphere. I feel sorry for the players really. Llanelli, Cardiff, Newport, Swansea – these are world-famous clubs but we ripped it up and we’re paying the price now. We had something special but replaced it with something artificial. The Ospreys? Who are they? We’ve lost our way a bit.”Ouch. Hall doesn’t mince his words but he backs up his criticism with a solution, albeit one that appears as infeasible as it is radical. The former Wales captain advocates returning to the traditional club structure and then picking the best players for two regional teams – not four as now – to play in European competition at the end of each season. Furthermore, he argues, the WRU should have sole ownership, with current franchise owners being rewarded for their largesse by making them life vice-presidents of the WRU, with all the perks such a position offers.With such a structure, the union could replicate the successful Irish model and playing talent would be evenly distributed. So Dan Lydiate would be back playing for the struggling Dragons instead of the up-table Ospreys, who already have a host of back-row options that include Joe Bearman and James King. “You need one paymaster – the WRU. It’s not rocket science, is it?”Old enemy: In the red of Wales, Hall chips the ball over England’s Brian Moore in 1990“Backward” BluesHall was one of the last amateurs, rashly retiring from international rugby aged 29 after Wales bombed out early in the 1995 World Cup. He won 43 caps, one of them for the 1989 Lions.He has charted his rugby experiences in a new book (details below) and very interesting they are too. Wales’ decline in the Eighties, Kerry Packer’s failed professional ‘circus’, and choosing a Cambridge Blue over a Wales cap are just some of the topics covered, but perhaps most engrossing is the story of Cardiff City. Great rivalry: Newport and Cardiff have played each other for over 125 years LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Former Wales captain Mike Hall believes only a radical restructuring of the domestic game can save rugby in the Principality TAGS: Cardiff BluesNewport Gwent Dragons Friday 26 December: Cardiff Blues v Newport Gwent Dragons (2.05pm, BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park)* The Mike Hall Story is published by Y Lolfa, priced £9.95. All proceeds go to the Velindre Cancer Centre. To buy a copy, click  http://www.ylolfa.com/en/dangos.phplast_img read more

Paris Cookbook Fair hosts first international exhibition of charity cookbooks

first_imgParis Cookbook Fair hosts first international exhibition of charity cookbooks The first international exhibition of charity cookbooks will be held next month in Paris, marking the 200th anniversary of the originator of the fundraising tool.Charity cookbooks have been popular fundraising tools for years, whether assembled by local supporter groups or featuring the latest celebrity TV cook. Originally an English language phenomenon they have spread over the past 20 years across the globe.Gourmand International is hosting the first international exhibition of charity cookbooks next month at the Paris Cookbook Fair. The catalogue lists 240 cookbooks from 85 countries.Edouard Cointreau, President and founder of the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards and President of the Paris Cookbook Fair, attributes the popularity of fundraising cookbooks to two reasons. First, their production fosters a sense of community and team spirit, and secondly they offer an efficient and proven way to generate funds.He traces the first fundraising cookbook back to London in 1847, a response to the Great Irish Famine. Chef Alexis Soyer wrote his book “Charitable Cookery or the Poor Man’s Regenerator” from his experience of feeding up to 26.000 people a day in Dublin. This year is the 200th anniversary of his birth.The first American charity cookbook followed in 1864 to help support those wounded, widowed or orphaned by the Civil War.Because The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards started receiving an increasing number of charity cookbooks, it was decided in 2008 to create a Gourmand Award for Charity Cookbooks. There is one award for best charity cookbook for each continent. The next Gourmand Awards Ceremony is in Paris on 2 March 2011.The International Exhibition of Charity Cookbooks takes place during the Paris Cookbook Fair from 3 to 6 March 2011 at Le104 during the Paris Cookbook Fair, itself organised by Gourmand International.www.cookbookfair.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Awards Trading About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 February 2011 | Newslast_img read more

Stop firing of legal aid prisoner

first_imgBy Sehu Kessa Saa TabansiRevolutionary greetings to all the workers worldwide!When does being a laborer and doing right become the wrong thing to do? The answer is, apparently, when you are a prisoner working inside a prison law library in Pennsylvania.In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, prisoner work, if you can even call it that, pays as low as $0.17 per hour (six hours a day, five days a week), and as high as $0.42 per hour (eight hours a day, five days a week). Anybody can do that math and see that the money is not the reason why incarcerated men, women and children work.Some people in life simply enjoy being of assistance to other people, regardless of compensation. Also, some people are excellent at their profession and take genuine pleasure in it.Such is the sad case of Mr. Jules Jetté, a middle-aged French-Canadian man who has dedicated his legal knowledge to explaining the law’s complex intricacies to a large variety of prisoners, including the illiterate, mentally challenged, emotionally disturbed, juveniles, elderly, handicapped and many more. Now, he himself is in need of help!Mr. Jetté, who has been incarcerated at State Correctional Institution Houtzdale for over 15 years and who has worked faithfully as a legal aid worker for his fellow prisoners daily for nine years, is now facing job removal.That’s right, I said job removal — for being of selfless service to others. What other reason would the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections have for removing him from his position of service to prisoners? Mr. Jetté has not had any misconduct reports as a prisoner his entire time here, no exaggeration. He does not even have any negative block card (housing unit) reports at all, which is something very hard to do under imprisonment for any length of time.Sadly, the Department of Corrections does not care about the work Mr. Jetté does. Quite a few prisoners that benefit from Mr. Jetté’s self-taught legal knowledge have attested to his good character and effective service. However, SCI Houtzdale’s security office has taken notice of prisoners’ improved success rate in court with Mr. Jetté’s help, and are now retaliating against him and those of us who support him.The public, whose taxes go to fund the prisons, including prisoner (poverty) wages, have a right to know what is going on here. [U.S.] America is supposed to guarantee equal protection under the law and access to the courts. Yet thousands of prisoners are abandoned by Pennsylvania lawyers, have had ineffective lawyers, or have been barred from being heard in courts (a “jurisdictional bar”).That is where Mr. Jetté comes in: Where there are already scarce legal resources for prisoners at SCI Houtzdale, the administration wants to remove him. Both Mr. Jetté and all those prisoners that will be affected by his job removal are desperately in urgent need of individual workers and labor unions to flood the governor’s and DOC secretary’s offices with letters, faxes, emails and phone calls voicing concerns and outrage over the plans to remove a prisoner employee from a job that he has been working for nine years with perfect behavior and work effort.In solidarity with Mr. Jetté, contact:Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf:Phone: 717-787-2500Fax: 717-772-8284Mail: Office of the Governor,508 Main Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120Online: https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/PA Department of Corrections Secretary John WetzelEmail: [email protected] Phone: 717-728-2573SCI Houtzdale Phone: 814-378-1000 (address calls to Barry Smith)Sample email or letter message: Please do not allow SCI Houtzdale to fire inmate legal aid worker Jules Jetté! The service he provides, for which he is severely underpaid, is of great assistance to inmates who wish to exercise their constitutional right to redress of grievances in the courts. Save Mr. Jetté!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF condemns raids by Nigerian military on leading daily

first_imgNigeria’s journalists are often obstructed in the course of their work  and are the frequent victims of heavy-handed operations by soldiers or the intelligence services. According to RSF’s tally, journalists and media outlets were the targets of more than 30 press freedom violations in 2018, eight of them directly attributable to the security services. “It is also imperative that the Nigerian authorities should stop treating journalists who cover Boko Haram’s activities as this rebel group’s accomplices. We ask them to order the release of the journalist who is still being held and the return of the confiscated equipment, so that the newspaper can continue to do its job to report the news.” News to go further Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures Yesterday’s issue of the Daily Trust, one of northern Nigeria’s most popular newspapers, nearly did not appear as a result of the raids on 6 January on its headquarters in the capital, Abuja, where computers were seized, and on its bureau in the northeastern city of Maiduguri, where bureau chief Uthman Abubakar and one of his reporters, Ibrahim Sawab, were arrested. Follow the news on Nigeria Sawab was released yesterday morning but Abubakar is still held. Soldiers also took up position on 6 January outside the Daily Trust bureau in Lagos, the business capital, and stayed there all day without going inside. NigeriaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expression Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the Nigerian army’s raids on the Daily Trust newspaper and arrests of two of its journalists in response to a report that the army had lost of control of several northeastern towns. Condemning this serious press freedom violation, RSF urges the Nigerian authorities not to obstruct journalists, regardless of the stories they cover. This is not the first time that Nigeria’s military have targeted the Daily Trust, regarded as one of the leading sources of coverage of Boko Haram activities in northern Nigeria. Soldiers stormed into the newspaper’s office in 2013 in an attempt to arrest a reporter who wrote a story critical of the military. Delivery trucks of the Daily Trust and three other newspapers were seized by soldiers the following year to prevent distribution of issues containing reports reflecting badly on the military. Help by sharing this information Daily Trust editor Mallam Mannir Dan-Ali told RSF that the raids were prompted by an article in the 6 January issue reporting that a faction of the Jihadi terror group Boko Haram had occupied several towns in the northeastern state of Borno and that the army was massing troops with the aim of retaking the towns. Newscenter_img RSF_en News January 8, 2019 RSF condemns raids by Nigerian military on leading daily News Soldiers at the entrance of the Daily Trust’s premises in Abuja Nigeria on January 6th (Daily Trust/Abubakar Adam Ibrahim) NigeriaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expression Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria February 8, 2021 Find out more Nigeria is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The army, which had never recognized the loss of these towns, defended the raids on the Daily Trust on the grounds that the newspaper had “divulged classified military information, thus undermining national security.” “It is unacceptable that the military should take justice into their own hands, carrying out arbitrary arrests, seizing equipment and intimidating journalists just because an article was not to their liking,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. Receive email alerts Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Majority of Buyers Are Aware of the Significant Role of Credit When Purchasing a Home

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Majority of Buyers Are Aware of the Significant Role of Credit When Purchasing a Home Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije West in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News credit Experian Consumer Services Homebuyers 2015-05-27 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Previous: Eighty Percent of Top 100 Metros Seeing Stronger Demand for Homes Heading Into Spring Next: Mortgage Portfolio Expands for Seventh Time in Last Eight Months for Freddie Mac Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. May 27, 2015 1,055 Views  Print This Postcenter_img Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Majority of Buyers Are Aware of the Significant Role of Credit When Purchasing a Home Related Articles Tagged with: credit Experian Consumer Services Homebuyers Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago According to a recent survey from Experian Consumer Services, 95 percent of homebuyers are aware that credit scores play a significant role when purchasing a home, and those who know their credit scores feel more prepared to buy. In addition, 45 percent of future homebuyers say they put off buying a home in order to work on their credit so that they can qualify for better interest rates.“No one likes to go into a lender’s office, whether buying or refinancing, and not know the state of their credit; it makes them feel helpless,” said Becky Frost, senior manager of consumer education at Experian Consumer Services. “Our survey shows when people interact with their credit by tracking it and learning more about the factors that affect it, they feel more confident about their purchasing power.”Experian’s survey results display the effect that knowledge of credit can make in the homebuying or refinance process. The survey was given by Experian Consumer Services, produced by research firm Edelman Berland, and conducted as an online survey of 500 buyers from April 7, 2015, through April 14, 2015. The buyers were split between 250 adults who purchased a home within the past year and 250 adults who plan to purchase a home in the next year. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent overall.According to the survey, 70 percent of people who know their credit scores feel significantly more prepared to buy a home versus the 54 percent of those who do not know their credit scores. About 62 percent of homebuyers know that their credit scores could mean favorable interest rates to refinance their home.Future buyers are sometimes uncertain about the homebuying process, the survey says. They are usually anxious about receiving good interest rates, with 41 percent concerned their credit score will not qualify them for the best rate available. Of the respondents that expressed concern about their credit status hurting their ability to buy a home, 27 percent do not even know their credit score. Of those who do not know their credit score, 48 percent are concerned that their credit status could hurt their ability to purchase a home.Actively working to improve their credit score has become a priority for 58 percent of future homebuyers so they can qualify for a better home loan interest rate, Experian reported. Of those who are making an effort to improve their credit score, 55 percent are paying off debt, 54 percent are paying bills on time, 28 percent are keep credit card balances low, 20 percent are protecting credit card information from fraud/identity theft, and 16 percent are not applying for or opening new credit card accounts.Seventy-four percent of recent buyers indicated that they understood the impact a poor credit score can have on getting a good interest rate, but 61 percent know the potential effects of identity fraud on the financing process. Sixty-two percent of future buyers are confident about their credit status, and 60 percent feel financially prepared to buy a home.To view the complete survey, click here. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Litigation and Legislation Impacting Housing

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Litigation and Legislation Impacting Housing Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Headlines, News Litigation and Legislation Impacting Housing Previous: FHFA Halts Discussion on Credit Changes to GSEs Next: Where Big City Living is Best Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 24, 2018 1,690 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Radhika Ojha Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago As part of its ongoing webinar series, the Legal League 100 hosted a webinar titled Complex Default Litigation Update, on Tuesday, presented by two league members from BDF Law Group. The webinar discussed the latest issues that were currently under litigation including items under the FDCPA and complex foreclosure rules, as well as possible legislation impacting the industry.The webinar series focuses on key issues, litigation and trends impacting financial services law firms and helps its members drive progress in the mortgage servicing industry.Citing a recent case where the borrower filed a lawsuit against the mortgage servicer and law firm alleging violation of the FDCPA, BDF Law Group’s General Counsel Ryan Bourgeois and Managing Attorney Dustin Dreher gave an update on the application of FDCPA to non-judicial foreclosure proceedings, including the rulings of the trial as well as the appellate court in the lawsuit.They also gave details of similar rulings by other circuits, highlighting the disagreement on FDCPA application to non-judicial foreclosure proceedings.Giving an update on the latest government legislation and nominations, the speakers gave a brief profile of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the Trump Administration’s nominee to the Supreme Court along with various considerations for financial services law firms once he sits on the Supreme Court bench.The webinar also touched upon some of the key litigations that are being heard in other circuits, especially related to FDCPA issues as well as some key legislation that was likely to affect the industry.Some of the key legislations that were discussed during this webinar include H.R. 5082: Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018; Practice of Law Technical Clarification Act of 2018; as well as legislation exempting lawyers’ litigation activities under FDCPA and CFPB oversight.If you missed the webinar, click here to view the recording and the presentation. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily 2018-07-24 Radhika Ojhalast_img read more

Nor’easter pummels Boston as Seattle experiences record heat

first_imgABC News(BOSTON) — It’s official: Boston is in the middle of a blizzard as the Northeast gets slammed with the third nor’easter in nearly two weeks.But in the Pacific Northwest it’s a different story: The temperature reached 73 degrees Fahrenheit in Seattle, its warmest winter temperature ever recorded.The blustery weather in the Northeast forced the cancellations of over 1,400 flights and Amtrak has suspended service between Boston and New York City.The heavy snow bands made their way through both Rhode Island and Massachusetts on Tuesday morning.Winds reached 68 mph in eastern Massachusetts and 47 mph in Boston.Thundersnow — when thunder and lightning occur during a snowstorm — was reported in Plymouth, Massachusetts.Snow fell in New York City this morning but it’s already come to an end.Snow is ongoing in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine, as well as on Long Island, New York.Gusty winds will remain most of the day throughout the Northeast with the strongest winds in New England.Evening rush hour in Boston will likely be messy, with travel severely restricted and wind gusts reaching 60 mph.By Wednesday morning, lingering light snow will continue for most of northern New York and into New England. Maine will see the heaviest snowfalls and the Northeast will experience temperatures and wind chills that make March feel a lot more like February.Massachusetts had seen 6 inches of snow by 10 a.m. and Long Island and western Connecticut had at least 7 inches.Some areas of New England could see up to 2 feet of snow over the next 24 hours.Before the storm reached the Northeast, it first pummeled the South. Up to 18 inches of snow fell in West Virginia, up to 11.8 inches fell in Virginia and North Carolina even got 7 inches in some areas.More than 35,000 residents from Kentucky to North Carolina and up through Maine were without power on Tuesday morning. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NASA to name DC headquarters after ‘hidden figure’ Mary W. Jackson

first_imgSpaceX via Getty ImagesBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — Mary W. Jackson was once a “hidden figure” at NASA, but now her name will grace the agency’s office in the nation’s capital.NASA announced on Wednesday that its Washington, D.C., headquarters will be renamed in honor of Jackson, the agency’s first Black female engineer and who spent decades juggling complex research with pushing for more diversity in scientific fields.“NASA facilities across the country are named after people who dedicated their lives to push the frontiers of the aerospace industry. The nation is beginning to awaken to the greater need to honor the full diversity of people who helped pioneer our great nation,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement.Jackson, a Hampton, Virginia native, earned a degree in math and physical sciences in 1942 and worked as a teacher, bookkeeper and Army secretary before she joined NASA’s predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in 1951. She worked on several engineering projects, including ones that involved the Supersonic Pressure Tunnel, and her supervisor suggested she enter a training program to be promoted to engineer.Jackson needed special permission to attend the classes since they took place at the then-segregated Hampton High School. She eventually earned the promotion in 1958. As an engineer, she worked on studies mostly focused on the behavior of the boundary layer of air around airplanes, NASA said.In 1979, she worked at Langley’s Federal Women’s Program and advocated for more women and minorities to be hired in math and science fields. Jackson retired in 1985, and she died about 20 years later.“She was a scientist, humanitarian, wife, mother, and trailblazer who paved the way for thousands of others to succeed, not only at NASA, but throughout this nation,” Carolyn Lewis, Jackson’s daughter, said in a statement.Jackson’s work, along with that of other Black female NASA scientists, was highlighted in the 2016 book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race.” Janelle Monáe portrayed Jackson in the film adaptation that came out the same year.Last year, Jackson and “Hidden Figures” colleagues Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Christine Darden were awarded Congressional Gold Medals, and Congress voted to rename the street outside NASA’s D.C. headquarters Hidden Figures Way.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more