ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ARDOVA PLC (ARDOVA.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileARDOVA PLC formerly (Forte Oil Plc) sources and markets petroleum products in Nigeria which includes fuels, production chemicals, lubricants, greases and power generation for automobiles, aircraft, machines and equipment. The Fuel division supplies white petroleum products, aviation turbine kerosene and Jet A-1 aviation fuels; the Upstream division supplies ancillary products for the exploration and production sub-sector of the oil and gas industry; retail and industrial products include lubricants and grease; organic and petro-chemicals; premium motor spirit, automotive gas oil, dual purpose kerosene and fuel oils. Forte Oil Plc also has business interests in power generation through the 414MW Geregu power plant located in Kogi state. Established in 1964 and formerly known as African Petroleum Plc, the company changed its name to Forte Oil Plc in 2010. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. ARDOVA PLC is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect

first_imgSave this picture!Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds Architect+ 13 Share Projects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/197980/fraser-residence-christopher-simmonds-architect Clipboard Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/197980/fraser-residence-christopher-simmonds-architect Clipboard Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds ArchitectSave this projectSaveFraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect Text description provided by the architects. Juxtaposed volumes define the exterior appearance of this modern home while interweaving spacial volumes define the expansive interior. A generous transparency floods the living spaces with natural light and connects the home with compact yet effective outdoor living spaces. Save this picture!Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds ArchitectRecommended ProductsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®Renders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™DoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesThe house takes advantage of its sloping site by inserting the garage into the lower level. This allows the elongated porch and glazed projections of the living spaces to define the home’s character in the streetscape. Subtle earth-toned brick, stained cedar siding and dark bronze aluminum glazing systems form the house’s neutral exterior palette which allow it to ease gently into a more traditional context. Save this picture!Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds ArchitectA minimal palette of dark oak floors and cabinetry contrast the white surfaces of the gallery-like interior and its modern art collection. This simplicity ensures that the people are the foreground and the home is the background of day to day living.Save this picture!Courtesy of Christopher Simmonds ArchitectProject gallerySee allShow lessPavilions and Follies of the Parc des Bords de Seine / AWP + HHFArticlesArchitect Gilles Saucier to Speak at Portland State UniversityArticles Share Houses CopyHouses•Ottawa, Canada Architects: Christopher Simmonds Architect Year Completion year of this architecture project Canada 2011 “COPY” Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeChristopher Simmonds ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasOttawaResidentialHouses3D ModelingCanadaPublished on January 09, 2012Cite: “Fraser Residence / Christopher Simmonds Architect” 09 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?弗雷泽住宅 / Christopher Simmonds Architect是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Textbooks sit in warehouses

first_imgPhiladelphia — Under the profit-driven capitalist system, billions of people struggle just for food and other basic necessities, yet corporations will stockpile or destroy what people need before they allow a glut to push down prices — and profits!This paradox of “hunger in the midst of plenty” surfaced recently with a textbook shortage in Philadelphia’s school district — the eighth-largest in the U.S.In 2013, the average school here had only 27 percent of textbooks recommended by the district’s curriculum. Ten schools had no books at all while others had books deemed obsolete.In 2013, Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission authorized just $18 million for textbooks for 242 schools — roughly one-quarter of the amount needed. By year’s end, the book budget was eliminated. Budgets in 2014 and 2015 contained no allocations for books.According to the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, teachers spent $300 to $1,000 of their own money supplementing their meager budgets for books and classroom supplies.Now it seems, the books were available all along. Thousands of books, many still shrink wrapped, were recently discovered gathering dust in the blockwide basement of the school district’s headquarters and in empty classrooms, hallways and library shelves of Bok High School, closed in 2013. (Philly.com, Mar. 18)This surplus came to light after one teacher, tired of using fundraising websites to buy books for her students, began asking questions. She’d heard about the warehoused books and wanted some.In a district where nearly 60 percent of students read below grade level, the science, algebra and literature textbooks found piled in boxes could make a difference. The PFT is calling on its members to distribute the discarded books to classrooms where they are needed.Three years of massive funding cuts and the layoff of over 5,000 Philadelphia school employees left the district without staff to inventory the textbooks.In addition to books, pianos and band instruments were warehoused at Bok, items badly needed by schools that closed music programs for lack of supplies.Profit motive is part of the problemIn response to the outcry over the stockpiled books, school district spokespeople responded that many of the texts were “outdated.” But, parents and teachers asked, aren’t older literary classics and math and science books better than no books at all?The answer lies with the profit motive driving Common Core testing. While basic subjects like science, math and literature have not changed, the questions found on standardized tests have. CTB McGraw Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson Education, who write and grade these tests, also publish the books that students need to prepare for them. Test questions are often taken verbatim from these textbooks.In 2013, Houghton Mifflin earned $1.38 million from textbooks that students needed to pass its tests. McGraw-Hill, which produces the branded math curriculum used by most of Philadelphia’s K-5 schools, is part of a Pennsylvania consortium given a $186 million federal contract to write and grade standardized tests.In 2013, more than half of Philadelphia students scored less than proficient on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests because they lacked access to the books containing the standardized answers.Textbook shortages are not unique to Philadelphia. School districts in New York City, the District of Columbia, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities also lack money to buy books. Students should not suffer from a failed system that puts profits before people’s needs. Make the greedy corporations pay!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Crunch talks yield result to avert ESB strikes

first_imgNewsBreaking newsCrunch talks yield result to avert ESB strikesBy admin – December 8, 2013 687 Linkedin Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended WhatsApp By Andrew CareyLIMERICK retailers, businesses and the wider community, as with those around the rest of the country, will breathe and sigh of relief this week as the ESB saga has come to an end ahead of what had been dubbed the “black Monday” strike.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up ESB unions have struck a deal with management regarding their pension concerns after a weekend of crunch talks to avert planned strikes by workers.Workers at the State body had said that their would be power outages as a results of the strikes scheduled for Monday December 16.Following a weekend of talks facilitated by the Labour Relations, both sides met with agreement and the matter has been resolved.A statement said; “The ESB workers have been publicly vilified for nothing more than protecting themselves and their families against an attempted destruction of their bought and paid for pension rights,” it claimed.Praise was also given to the “unity and determination” of the workers, their representatives and the wider trade union movement, the statement said. Twitter Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet TAGSfeaturedfull-image Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April center_img Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Email Previous articleMunster defeat Perpignan at Thomond ParkNext articleCall to make President Higgins a Freeman of Limerick admin Facebook First Irish death from Coronavirus RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Copies of Delhi’s High Powered Committe’s Minutes of Meetings Will Now Be Provided To Prisoners In Hindi [Read Minutes]

first_imgNews UpdatesCopies of Delhi’s High Powered Committe’s Minutes of Meetings Will Now Be Provided To Prisoners In Hindi [Read Minutes] Karan Tripathi5 Aug 2020 7:48 AMShare This – xThe High Powered Committee constituted to decongest the prisons of Delhi in light of the COVID19 pandemic, has decided to provide the copies of its Minutes Of Meetings to all the prisoners in Hindi. The decision has been taken by the Committee upon a representation made by Advocate Sarthak Maggon wherein he had highlighted how the language barrier has made it difficult for…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Powered Committee constituted to decongest the prisons of Delhi in light of the COVID19 pandemic, has decided to provide the copies of its Minutes Of Meetings to all the prisoners in Hindi. The decision has been taken by the Committee upon a representation made by Advocate Sarthak Maggon wherein he had highlighted how the language barrier has made it difficult for the prisoners and their families to access the decisions taken by the High Powered Committee. In a representation made before the Committee, Mr Maggon submitted that due to the language barrier, the deliberations of the Committee are not being understood by the persons for whose benefits these discussions are being held. The letter states: ‘It must be noted that during the past three months, we have received several frantic calls portraying mass hysteria amongst the family members and prison population alike, to understand the decisions made by the government especially in relation with extension of emergency parole, reasons for rejection of grant of emergency parole, status and medical health of incarcerated inmates, measures adopted by prison administration, spread of Covid 19 in the prison complexes etc.’ Mr Maggon had further highlighted that despite the advocates trying to communicate the decisions of the Committee to the prisoners through translated podcasts, conjectures still surface as the said news is not coming through official channels. Mr Maggon had also cited the ‘Prison Statistics India 2018’ report to submit that the majority of the prisoners in Delhi are Hindi speaking. ‘The idea of ‘inclusion’ is inherent in our Constitution and should be given its full effect. Moreover, without effective and complete information, the initiatives related to the safety and well-being of the incarcerated persons may never reach the grass root level’, Mr Maggon submitted. In light of these submissions, the High Powered Committee has decided to upload the minutes of all of its meetings, including the present one, on the website of DSLSA in Hindi.Click Here To Download Minutes[Read Minutes] Next Storylast_img read more

Plea In Supreme Court Against The Conduct Of UP Gram Panchayat Raj Elections Amid ‘Exponential’ Surge In COVID-19 Cases

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In Supreme Court Against The Conduct Of UP Gram Panchayat Raj Elections Amid ‘Exponential’ Surge In COVID-19 Cases LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 April 2021 12:53 AMShare This – xA petition has been moved in the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court allowing the Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Raj Election to continue amid the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. “It is relevant to state that till 16.04.2021 State of Uttar Pradesh is everyday observing highest record breaking single day surge in cases of the COVID cases.The surge has…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA petition has been moved in the Supreme Court against the order of the Allahabad High Court allowing the Uttar Pradesh Gram Panchayat Raj Election to continue amid the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases. “It is relevant to state that till 16.04.2021 State of Uttar Pradesh is everyday observing highest record breaking single day surge in cases of the COVID cases.The surge has absolutely paralysed public life and all the medical aid systems have reached to a stage of complete saturation”, the petition reads. The petition by Sachin Yadav through Advocate Talha Abdul Rahman avers that the State Election Commission has been directing employees of the State Government to report for training, which as per the petitioner is not being held with adequate social distancing.Citing the rise in cases and the consequent toll on the healthcare sector, the petitioner prays for leave to appeal, and in the interim, a stay on the Allahabad High Court order allowing the election to continue and a deferral of the polls till the situation in the State returns to normal.Additionally, the petitioner also seeks that the further phases of elections in the state are stayed until the State Election Commission is advised by the State Medical Department and independent doctors and that the situation ‘is conducive’ to complete the remaining phases of the elections. The plea takes the stance that the training and transit of the government employees would be likely to spread the virus to areas that are relatively less affected, and therefore calls upon the State Election Commission to take a decision immediately deferring the remaining phases of elections. Additionally, it is argued that the Allahabad High Court’s order was passed “without taking into account any data or statistics or examining for itself what the election process entails.” Quoting statistics, the plea asserts that the cases of COVID-19 are on the ascent, and observes that the actual picture on the ground may be much worse. The plea, with photographs, alleges that the first phase of the election on April 15 saw “a huge turn out of the people has been seen where no COVID Protocols were been followed which risked the lives of “voters, officer on duty and other people with whom such a huge number of people will come in contact.” Against this backdrop the petitioner states, “It is most respectfully submitted that the amid such a critical ,grave and grim situation the UP State Election Commission bluntly has proceeded further with Gram Panchayat Raj Election in accordance with notification dated 26.03.2021 issued by the State Election Commission ignoring the risk of super spread of the virus and exposing the life of the general public.” The petition extracts a copy of the Allahabad High Court’s Order in suo motu proceedings last year wherein it stated, “We must give priority to public health over elections and Government is expected to streamline every department of public health and public care in the light of the observations made” Averring that the High Court has not exercised the jurisdiction vested with it, the petitioner states that no Constitutional provision that comes in the way of deferring the elections since does not challenge the election process per se. Additionally stating that the petitioner had submitted a representation to the UP State Election, which was not acted upon, the plea prays that the election is deferred till the situation stabilises. Contending that its hands are tied by the Allahabad High Court’s orders, the petitioner states that only the Supreme Court would be able to provide the reliefs prayed for.CASE: Sachin Yadav v. State of Uttar Pradesh and Ors.COUNSEL: Advocate Mohd Shaz Khan, Advocate Talha Abdul RahmanNext Storylast_img read more

The diatom genus Proboscia in Antarctic waters

first_imgSundström (1986) erected the genus Proboscia for solenoid diatoms whose valves tapered to a proboscis, but only assigned one species to it, the boreal Rhizosolenia alata Brightwell. We have found three species in the modem Antarctic phytoplankton that are affiliated to Proboscia. One is apparently identical to Sundström’s P. alata, whilst P. inermis (Castracane) Jordan & Ligowski comb. nov. and P. truncata (Karsten) Nöthig & Ligowski comb. nov. are easily distinguished on the basis of valve and proboscis morphology. Winter and spring forms seem to be present in all three species, the winter forms being characterised by longer probosces; heterovalvar cells are not unusual. Terminal auxospores are documented for all three species. Similar fossil taxa may also be assignable to Proboscia.last_img read more

Explaining the Higgs

first_imgLisa Randall, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science in Harvard’s Department of Physics, is an expert on particle physics and in 2007 was named one of Time magazine’s most influential people. Her e-book, “Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space,” which delves into the discovery of the Higgs boson, has been so successful that it was recently released in paperback. Here, Randall discusses her motivation for writing the book and why the Higgs unearthing is so significant. GAZETTE: Why did you write this book, and for whom is it written?RANDALL: The discovery of the Higgs boson was a remarkable event. The particle was predicted based on the need for a consistent theory to describe what was known about nature half a century ago. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the 27-kilometer-circumference machine near Geneva, was built to look for new particles and forces and the underlying nature of matter. One of the goals was to find the Higgs boson, a particle that helps us understand how elementary particles acquire their masses. Yet no one knew for certain when — and even if — it would be found.When the discovery was announced on July 4, 2012, I was on vacation on the island of Patmos, Greece, where I was attending a wedding. I literally heard about the discovery on the balcony of the one café with Internet nearby on the island. I listened to a live feed (supplemented with Twitter for when the signal was too low). I was thrilled, but also frustrated to be so far from my work and my colleagues at the time. And many people immediately wrote to me to express excitement but also to ask many questions. Even though they were fascinated, they didn’t quite know what it was that had been found.Having just written a book, “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” which among other things explained the LHC and the search for the Higgs boson, I wanted to be able to answer those questions and complete the story (at least this part of it). But I also wanted to return to full-time research and not be burdened with another book so soon after finishing the previous one. So I decided to write a short e-book, but only if I could do it in a week.I happened to be in London en route to a European science conference immediately after Greece and spoke to a partner of my book agent who advised against an e-book, suggesting (correctly, in my opinion) that if writers agree to the terms, they will lose out in the end. But she saw that I really was excited and read on my laptop what I had managed to write the evening before and quickly changed her mind, agreeing that it could be a good thing. My publisher, Ecco, signed on and agreed to a quick turnover (amazing in the publishing world) and added two chapters I had written on the Higgs boson for my previous two books.GAZETTE: In the simplest, easiest, most rudimentary terms, what is the Higgs boson?RANDALL: The Higgs boson is a particle associated with the masses of elementary particles.  Notice the careful phrasing. There are two common misconceptions about the Higgs boson that are important to know if you want to truly understand it.First of all, the Higgs boson is associated only with elementary particle masses such as that of the electrons or particles called quarks inside protons and neutrons. Most of the mass of common matter is a result of the strong binding force in those protons and neutrons. It would exist even without the Higgs boson. But the mass of the most basic particles we know about — those building blocks of matter of which all ordinary stuff is made — can only be explained by something called the Higgs mechanism.The Higgs mechanism is a result of something called a field that extends throughout space, even where no particles are present. This notion is probably most familiar to you from a magnetic field. You feel a force between a magnet and your refrigerator even when “nothing” is there. A field can fill “empty” space. The Higgs field extends throughout space. Elementary particles acquire their masses by interacting with this field. It is kind of like space is charged and particles get mass through their interactions with this charge.Now, back to the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is not directly responsible for mass. The Higgs field is. The boson is a particle that tells us our understanding of this mechanism is correct. It also is a big clue as to where that field came from in the first place. Its discovery tells us that what we expected to be true was indeed correct, and it gives us clues as to what else might underlie the Standard Model.GAZETTE: What are the implications of its discovery? What’s next?RANDALL: First of all, it means our understanding of what is called the Standard Model of particle physics is correct. We understand the basic building blocks of matter and the forces through which they interact. We now also know how they get their masses.But there are still many properties we have yet to understand. Chief among the questions we’d like to answer is why masses are what they are. Not only are all the elementary particle masses different from each other, they are one ten-thousand-trillion times smaller than we would expect if we tried to estimate them based on the equations given by quantum mechanics and special relativity. It turns out this is an extraordinarily challenging problem. The answer could give us deep insights, not only into particle physics but into the nature of space itself.The LHC will search for answers to these questions, both by looking for new particles and by better measurements of the Higgs boson’s properties. Any new information helps us move forward.GAZETTE: Why should the layperson care about the Higgs boson?RANDALL: No one necessarily “should.” They can live their lives without this knowledge. But I do think those who care should have access to understanding. And I also have seen that many do care. I think the reason has to do with being human and curious and wanting to understand the world and universe in which we live. I also think the discovery is rewarding in that it truly represents progress, both technical and scientific. In a world with many problems where progress isn’t always clear, it is wonderful to see science so clearly advance and for us to be able to answer such basic questions that help us better understand our universe.GAZETTE: What are you at work on now?RANDALL: I’m currently thinking about a couple of different questions. One major research focus is the matter that isn’t part of the Standard Model, namely dark matter. That is matter that doesn’t interact via the forces like electromagnetism under which ordinary matter interacts. We know about it because of its gravitational influence. We would like to know more about what it is.Along with others, I’m thinking about the possibility that some part of the dark matter interacts under its own forces — dark light if you like. This could have dramatic effects on our galaxy and structure formation, all of which makes it rather rich and interesting.last_img read more

Hampton Bays Man Pleads Not Guilty to Raping Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Hampton Bays man has been indicted on charges of raping a 14-year-old girl last month.Luis Jocop Can pleaded not guilty at Suffolk County court to second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.Southampton Town Police said U.S. Marshals helped investigators apprehend the suspect on Feb. 12. Court records indicate the incident occurred on Feb. 8.Judge Barbara Kahn set bail for Can at $50,000. He is due back in court March 20.Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents put a hold on Can due to his immigration status.last_img read more

NCUA grants, loans available to LICUs for COVID-19 response

first_imgFederally insured, low-income-designated credit unions can request grants and loans from NCUA to assist members, businesses, and communities experiencing economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible credit unions may apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Response grants or loans now through May 22 using the NCUA’s CyberGrants portal.Loans have a maximum award of $250,000 and will mature in three years. There will be no interest rate applied to loans awarded under this initiative throughout the full term of the loan.All loans must be repaid to the NCUA regardless of how they are accounted for by the credit union. The entire principal is due at maturity. There is no penalty for principal prepayment. Principal prepayments may be made as often as monthly.Grants, with a maximum award of $10,000, will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the open application period. Minority depository institutions and credit unions with less than $100 million in assets will receive priority. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more