C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: C & I Leasing Plc (CILEAS.ng) 2013 annual report.Company ProfileC & I Leasing Plc is a fleet management, outsourcing and marine services company in Nigeria with two subsidiaries in Ghana (Leaseafric) and the United Arab Emirates (EPIC International FZE). The company primary activity is offering extensions of structured operating and finance leases. Subsidiaries of C&I Leasing Plc include C&I Petrotech Marine Limited, a leading player in the offshore marine vessel sector with a fleet of over 20 vessels which includes terminal tugs, patrol vessels, fast support intervention vessels and a platform support vessel; C&I Outsourcing, offering Human Resource solutions for companies in Nigeria which includes human resource outsourcing, recruitment, HR consultancy and personnel evaluation; and SDS Training Services, offering custom-designed modules for training and education programmes, personnel training, driver recruitment and training and a consultancy service for strategic partners. C&I Leasing offers a fleet management service to improve fleet efficiency and productivity. C&I Leasing Plc has the sole franchisee for Hertz-Rent-A-Car in Nigeria and has run the Hertz operation for over 20 years. The Hertz subsidiary division manages over a 1 000 vehicles and a team of professional chauffeurs and offers an airport transfer service and daily rental service. C&I Leasing’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria and has offices in Ghana and the United Arab Emirates. C & I Leasing Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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“COPY” ArchDaily Architects: YDS Architects Area Area of this architecture project Houses House I / YDS ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse I / YDS Architects Save this picture!© Hiroshi Fujimoto/Studio Fuji+ 26 Share Projects Photographs: Hiroshi Fujimoto/Studio Fuji Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Lixil Corporation, Nagoya Mosaic, Toto, Acor, WoodoneSave this picture!© Hiroshi Fujimoto/Studio FujiText description provided by the architects. The design image is interaction between inner spaces and outer spaces. The outer space inserts into the architecture, so that light and wind brought from the outer space will go into the inner space.Save this picture!Perspective SectionInner space and outer space would integrate, and Nature and architecture would blend with each other. To realize the concept of ‘Box of Light’, the intention is to design the terrace like floating in the space.Save this picture!AxonometryUsing LVL woods as beams and let them stacked with laminated wood beams, and placing the core of structure in the 1st floor with many columns in the spaces of lavatories and storages, simple spaces with voids come into being.Save this picture!© Hiroshi Fujimoto/Studio FujiThere are three voids through which various lights and shadows will go into the spaces and people feel the transition of light and shadow. From the living rooms and rooms around the terrace, one would feel light and wind. The narrow terrace is a private space which functions as an outside living room. In the living room which is sandwiched by two terraces, people always feel nature. Through two small voids which are architectural devices of light, strong or ambient light go through. These light would express transitional beauty and embody the concept of ‘MA(Void)’ which is a Japanese traditional concept. At night, the outside void would function as a luminaire.Save this picture!© Hiroshi Fujimoto/Studio FujiThis is an attempt to design light within the white space by making various inner voids and inserted outer voids.Project gallerySee allShow lessCultural Center of Beicheng Central Park in Hefei / Shenzhen Huahui DesignSelected ProjectsInter-Company Restaurant / Atelier Didier DalmasSelected Projects Share “COPY” 2014 CopyHouses•Kamisu, Japan Japan CopyAbout this officeYDS ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKamisuJapanPublished on September 23, 2017Cite: ” House I / YDS Architects” 22 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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Sinn Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said people should not celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher.The former prime minister died yesterday aged 87 after suffering a stroke while staying at the Ritz hotel in central London.”Street parties” were held in Derry, West Belfast and in other parts of the UK last night.In a tweet, the Norths Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said people should “resist celebrating the death of Margaret Thatcher”.He also added that she was not a peacemaker but it is a mistake to allow her death to poison our minds.The PSNI have said it’s making inquiries after a disturbance in the area around Free Derry Corner at 7 o clock yesterday evening.Petrol bombs were thrown at police. No damage was caused and there were no injuries. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Martin McGuinness urges people not to celebrate death of Margaret Thatcher Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ By News Highland – April 9, 2013 Facebook Previous articleGardai do not suspect foul play in Buncrana fire deathNext articleNo fish fatalities in River Eany despite reports News Highland WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest News Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
News UpdatesGujarat HC To Resume Physical Functioning From Sept 14 In Phased Manner [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Sep 2020 4:57 AMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court has decided to resume physical hearing of cases from September 14 onwards, in a phased manner. In an administrative order issued by the High Court Chief Justice, it is intimated that the following Benches will be constituted to take up matters in a weekly running board (cause-list): One Division Bench for In-Jail Conviction Appeals i.e. of which the…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 Gujarat High Court has decided to resume physical hearing of cases from September 14 onwards, in a phased manner. In an administrative order issued by the High Court Chief Justice, it is intimated that the following Benches will be constituted to take up matters in a weekly running board (cause-list): One Division Bench for In-Jail Conviction Appeals i.e. of which the appellant convict(s) are presently in jail ;Two or three Single Judge Benches for In Jail Conviction Appeals i.e. of which the appellant convict(s) are presently in jail;One Single Judge Bench for oldest pending Civil Matters and other civil matter where stay / injunction is granted and the LAR/MACP First Appeals. Criminal Matters: In-Jail Conviction appeals registered upto year 2014 will be heard by a Division Bench;In-Jail Conviction appeals registered upto year 2018 to be heard by Single Judge Bench;The Appellant’s Advocates will have to submit consent for their In-Jail Criminal Appeals to be taken up in physical mode through the Physical Hearing Consent Module;Based on the consent received through the aforesaid module, a weekly running board (Floating/Hanging Cause-list) for the Division Bench and for the Single Judge Benches will be prepared in the order of age of the matters to be listed during the week;Consent on the part of Complainant [Informant/victim] side will not be a pre-requisite to conduct the matter in physical mode. Civil Matters Following civil matters will be included in Civil Weekly running Board based on the consent will be updated through the Physical Hearing Consent Module: Matters from list of 500 pending Oldest Civil Matters for Single Judge Benches published on High Court website;Where the proceedings in the Courts below have been stayed;First Appeals of Land Acquisition Cases and Motor Accident Claim Petitions. Note: Weekly Board will be published by Friday of every preceding week; No request for adjournment will be entertained. Further, the Court has issued certain directions to streamline the process of Filing and objections raised in the filed matters: Any documents required to be furnished for clearing the objections raised, can be given in sealed covers at the Counters for physical filing or can be uploaded through e-Filing portal;In all matters to be filed, payment of Court Fees and submission of affidavit will be compulsory before registration of the matter;In e-Filed matters, scanned copy of the Court Fees and the affidavit will also have to be uploaded and the original Court Fees will have to be submitted once the normal filing counter operations are resumed at High Court;Filing through email for all the remaining categories of matters will be discontinued from 00.00 hours of September 14 and filing of matters / I.A.s / documents will be accepted only through physical filing or e-Filing. Click Here To Download Order [Physical Functioning] Click Here To Download Order [Filing & Objections] Next Story
amphotora/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO and STEPHANIE WASH, ABC News(ATLANTA) — Former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, accused of felony murder in the shooting of Rayshard Brooks, has turned himself in.Officer Devin Brosnan, who is also facing charges, arrived at the Fulton County jail shortly before 11 a.m. ET Thursday.The officers were told to surrender by 6 p.m. Thursday.Brosnan’s bond was set and he was released shortly after. Brosnan will not appear in court for a bond hearing, his attorney, Don Samuel, said.Rolfe has been fired and is facing charges including felony murder and aggravated assault. If convicted of felony murder, Rolfe could face the death penalty, prosecutors said.Brosnan is facing two charges of violations of oath and a charge of aggravated assault for allegedly standing on Brooks’ shoulder after he was shot by Rolfe, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard Jr. said.The deadly shooting unfolded on Friday in a Wendy’s parking lot. Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was running away when he was shot by Rolfe, and at that time, Brooks “did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious physical injury,” Howard said Wednesday.The police-involved shooting began when officers were called to the parking lot for reports of a man, later identified as Brooks, asleep in his car. Police gave Brooks a Breathalyzer test, which registered a blood-alcohol level of .108%, above the legal limit of .08%.When officers tried to put him in handcuffs, Brooks struggled, wrestled with both officers on the ground and then grabbed an officer’s stun gun.Surveillance video showed Brooks running through the parking lot with the officers behind him. At one point, Brooks turned and allegedly shot the stun gun at Rolfe, who drew his weapon and opened fire.Brooks died from two gunshots to his back, the medical examiner determined.When the shot was fired, Rolfe made an “excited utterance,” and said, “I got him,” according to Howard.Attorneys for the officers said Wednesday that Rolfe’s actions were justified under the law.“Instead of merely trying to escape, Mr. Brooks reached back with his arm extended and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe. Officer Rolfe heard a sound like a gunshot and saw a flash in front of him. Fearing for his safety, and the safety of the civilians around him, Officer Rolfe dropped his taser and fired his service weapon at the only portion of Mr. Brooks that presented to him — Mr. Brooks’ back,” the attorneys said. “When Mr. Brooks turned and pointed an object at Officer Rolfe, any officer would have reasonably believed that he intended to disarm, disable, or seriously injure him.”Samuel, Brosnan’s attorney, called Brosnan’s behavior “exemplary.”“Brosnan never pulled out his gun,” Samuel said in a statement Wednesday. “He tried to pull out his taser when Mr. Brooks resisted arrest and fought with both of the officers. Devin was knocked to the ground and his head hit the pavement and he suffered a concussion.”After the shooting, “Devin tried to stabilize Mr. Brooks. Other officers arrived on the scene in less than one minute from when Devin caught up to where Mr. Brooks had fallen. He removed Mr. Brooks’ shirt and along with the other officer applied first aid, including CPR. Despite a crowd that was yelling, Devin did what he could to save Mr. Brooks.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Local government reform ‘puts off best candidates’On 23 May 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Senior personnel officers and chief executives in local government met this week to thrash out a plan for attracting talented people into the sector.Both groups are concerned that changes forced by the Government’s modernising agenda could put the best candidates off local government by limiting the opportunities for furthering their careers.The chief executive and head of department roles are currently decision-making posts, but the fear is they will become administrative.The power to take decisions will pass either to an elected mayor or to elected members who will form a cabinet – similar to that at Westminster.“Everything is being shaken up,” said Terry Gorman, president of local authority personnel body Socpo. “The line between officers and elected members is being blurred and this new relationship needs thinking through.”Gorman said the mayor would overshadow the chief executive, making the role less influential.Where the cabinet model is adopted, elected members will take responsibility for decision making. “That role has been performed by the chief executives and heads of department.“But with the changes, those people will be there to administrate. They will have little role in forming policy, being more like a permanent secretary in the civil service.”He said it was likely the diminished influence of the top positions will put off talented people who might have considered a local government career.“All this will have an impact and we want to explore that. Is there some sort of advice we can give or protocols we can develop? This is our first attempt to get everyone together to deal with the issue,” he said.Socpo and the society of local authority chief executives are hoping to produce guidance on how the new roles could work.www.socpo.org.uk
Roberta Klimt investigates the fickle world of the celebrity and wonders what lies behind the rehab doors and the layers of make-upIn the words of Morrissey himself: to say the least, I was truly disappointed. Having leapt aboard the X90 early on the morning of Friday 25th January, arrived at Camden’s Roundhouse theatre with oh, let’s say, seven hours to spare until the great man was due to take the stage, and been lucky enough to stand fourth from the front of the queue, I could have been forgiven for allowing myself a little elation. Pressed up against the barrier, almost as close to La Moz as a gal can get, I couldn’t help but feel as if the evening was going well – a sentiment I rued when, after completing just three songs, Morrissey’s voice went and then so did he. After my dismay at this turn of events had somewhat died down, along with my astonishment at the announcement of it by the surreal trio of David Walliams, Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, I began to reflect upon whether some of my fellow audience members hadn’t been a little precious in their shooting of the messengers relating Morrissey’s desertion. There is an entertaining video on Youtube of Brand being pelted by irate Mozophiles with drinks and foodstuffs and told in no uncertain terms to hie him hence by people indignant at having paid handsome sums of money for a gig which was then cut so short. My behaviour, on the other hand, as my sister lovingly pointed out, bore less of a resemblance to that of these angry folk than that of the forty-something, paunchy men gently weeping into the necks of their girlfriends.Either way, though, the Morrissey throat infection/gig cancellation débacle set me thinking about celebrities and their effect on us. Why had the irate and the beer-bellied and I felt so terribly, personally let down at the Roundhouse by the no-show, or the so-so-show, of someone whose music we enjoy, yes, but whom we have never even met? It appears that ‘fame can play hideous tricks on the brain’ not only of the famous, but of those who have made them so – and to cite from Morrissey’s oeuvre one more time …If we are looking to pinpoint the psychological need bespoken by today’s so-called ‘cult of celebrity’, the first thing to point out is that it is not such a new thing after all. Back in the day it was heartthrobs like Rudolph Valentino over whom the ladies really swooned, but society magazines used also to feature gentrified folk going to balls and country house parties, which – if the 1970s classic Edwardian drama is anything to go by, and you can be pretty sure it is – servants below stairs in grand Belgravia houses would read as eagerly as some now pore over PerezHilton.com. Clearly there is an aspirational tendency in human beings which makes finding out about the daredevil exploits of the rich and famous attractive to us; there is also an extent to which observing the ‘hot mess’ (as I believe Perez terms it) which, by the law of averages and arguably by virtue of their high-pressure lifestyles, at least some of these celebrities manage to make of their lives, allows us vicariously to experience with all of the drama and none of the trauma some of the more extreme possibilities life has to offer. It is also noticeable that ‘civilians’, as Liz Hurley calls us non-celebs, can become fired up by the achievements or misdemeanours of the famous as they can by little else. We as a nation might be basically good-willed towards celebrities who seem to have done the right thing by a cause or a charity – Brangelina, Bob Geldof, Billy Connolly all get the thumbs-up in that regard – but we do also have a mighty store of wrath to unleash upon those who palpably have not done the right thing. Unfaithful husbands, shrewish ex-wives, no-good, drug-addicted boyfriends come in for a lot of public censure, considering their utter unknownness to most of the people commenting on their actions. Free commuter reading material like the London Lite or The London Paper (superior; it has much better horoscopes) are filled to bursting with pictures of Lily Allen, Paris Hilton, Mischa Barton et al going to clubs or theatres or art openings in London, and at least one member of Girls Aloud stumbling inebriatedly around town. These features allow us to ogle and covet these people’s beautiful clothes, marvel at their hair and make-up, and then sneer, if we’ve a mind to do so, at their more questionable life-choices. The gamut of emotions is provided for us to run. I don’t doubt, either, that this has been the case for as long as there have been social hierarchies of any sort: Henry VIII’s subjects too were probably highly entertained by his marital exploits (though maybe not by the resultant threat of war with Spain), but I’m guessing they were glad to miss out on actually having to live his gout-riddled, winch-dependent life. Considering the fragility of the human ego, the need for bolstering and affirmation, recognition and praise from which even the non-famous among us occasionally suffer, it makes sense that those who receive such plaudits just because of their job will be the object of our envy. It need hardly be said that part of what makes the notion of celebrity so attractive is the removed quality of these people from our everyday lives, which allows for the maintenance of their illusory perfection; there is nothing worse than meeting your favourite celebrity only to find them indifferent or impolite, or simply uninteresting. To an extent, although this is hardly fair on the celebrities themselves, it holds true that the less we think or them as ordinary people with ordinary frailties (as distinct from extraordinary and somehow glamorous self-destructive proclivities à la Amy Winehouse or Kate Moss), the more curious we are about them.But the crucial difference between the issue of celebrity in our era and in that of, say, the silent movie stars, is one of multiplicity – both in the sense of there being a far greater number of stars for us to worship now than there has ever been, and that there is now a far greater number of ways in which we are exposed to them. This is not the place to bemoan the fact that now someone can be famous without being talented or even remotely interesting. But it is worth thinking about the fact that now we can officially be fans, in all the autograph-hunting, mobile-phone-picture-taking modern-day splendour of that term, not only of actors and actresses, but also singers and dancers, writers, photogenic politicians (O David Miliband, when are you coming to speak at the Union?), stand-up comics and reality TV stars. Celebrity is a bigger business now than it has ever been. And what I realised with a start at this failed gig was that despite having seen Morrissey live a good six times already, owning all his albums and DVDs and having instant access to all his recent performances on Youtube, should I desire them, I still wanted more and was crushed when I didn’t get it. And so were all the other fans, many of whom had an air about them of being an awful lot loonier about Morrissey than I am. Clearly, celebrities’ availability has not devalued their impact on us. Can this all be the result of the consumerist tenor of these modern times in which we dwell? Was the admirers’ ire at a few cancelled shows merely the consequence of our living in a society so materialistic that, the internet be damned, we could only look upon a tickle in the throat of the Mancunian miserabilist in terms of what it had cost us to see him appear live? Does the sheer scale of the media’s intrusion into the world of our favourite stars only make us hungrier, in a rapacious and capitalistic sense, to find out more about them? Maybe. But maybe not also. There is a scene in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall where the Allen character takes a vapid young woman on a date to see the Maharishi in New York City. She observes breathily that ‘this man is God! He has millions of followers who’d come from all over the world just to touch the hem of his garment,’ and Allen replies, ‘Really? It must be a tremendous hem.’ That, I would suggest, is how best to view the proliferation of celebrity-proffering media which currently besets us – as an absurdly tremendous hem surrounding the same essential nucleus of desire and ambition. The underlying prompt for our adulation of celebrities is not dependent for its existence on how many celebrities there are, or even how often we get to see and hear about them disporting themselves or releasing a new single, exercise DVD or Booky Wook. These things might and probably do facilitate a tendency towards fandom, but they cannot alone sustain it. The bathetic end of the aforementioned scene from Annie Hall offers us the completion of this theory, when we see that the Maharishi has been for a quick bathroom break and Allen deflates his date by observing, ‘Look, there’s God coming out of the men’s room.’ What we really want from a celebrity is a combination of reticence and generosity – a plethora of public appearances, showing up unfailingly for signings, performances, and the like; and a holding back from manifesting the flaws or even just the ordinariness we all too readily glimpse in ourselves. I suppose this is the real reason for which we Morrissey crazies were all so upset when our hero sore-throatedly flounced offstage in Chalk Farm a month ago, and why anyone is left disheartened by the failings of an idol: rather unfairly, for all our delight in those exploits of theirs which vivify the mundane, we cannot quite take in the fact that these characters, almost immortal to us, are actually human.Rhian Harris is let down by feminist Shere HiteWhen I found out that Dr Shere Hite was coming to speak at the Oxford Union in January I was really excited. Hite is an outspoken feminist sexologist, who has written many influential books on female sexuality; and I am a keen feminist and was really interested in her research. When Cherwell offered me the opportunity to interview her naturally I was thrilled. I was due to interview and join her for dinner at the Union. I was warned that Hite was being somewhat ‘intense’ and had asked for my list of questions before the interview. Despite having only a day’s notice to do this, I prepared a comprehensive page of questions and e-mailed them to her. In the e-mail I admitted that I had not read her latest book, and said that I hoped it would not be a problem. The reply I received from Hite the next morning, the day I was due to interview her, asked me to buy and read one of her books that day, which I thought was a bit steep.When I arrived at the Oxford Union, Hite, a tiny figure, was perched on an armchair, surrounded by several men who all kept their distance from her – a valuable lesson I was about to learn. The Union member who had arranged the interview took me aside and informed me that there was a problem: Hite no longer wanted to do the interview. He thought that I should try to chat to her anyway, and perhaps then she might change her mind. ‘Chatting’ with Shere Hite hoever, was not a pleasant experience. She told me flatly that the reason she no longer wanted me to interview her was because I ‘had not read all of her books’. She has published at least ten. And besides, I had read a few. Hite said that she was afraid of being misquoted by ‘the media’. But it was she who had been asking for an interview with Cherwell in the first place, and it’s not as if I’m a hard-nosed hack from a tabloid eager for a news splash. From the books that I had read, I had expected her to warm to a female feminist journalist sympathetic to her cause – instead she proceeded to interrogate me on the last century of feminist literature and to belittle me; for example, after a completely incomprehensible monologue, he shrieked ‘did you understand anything I just said?’Hite proved herself to be a true celebrity ‘diva’ on a power trip. She became tetchy even when the coffee she had requested was slightly late arriving. Over dinner and when answering questions after her speech, she showed a complete unwillingness to consider anyone else’s point of view besides her own. Throughout the night there were many pointed references to my not having read all of her books, and I felt like I was being tested. Everyone around Shere Hite has to walk on egg-shells so as not to upset her or even disagree with her. Having been told that I could not interview her, I did not dare write anything down. The next morning, however, I received an e-mail saying that Hite thought my questions were ‘very intelligent’, and that they were happy for an article to be written. However, the article which has now been written is considerably different to the sympathetic article praising her research that I had planned to write. For a feminist, Hite prefers to tell other women what to think and to criticise them, rather than encouraging them to speak out and to achieve. So much for sisterhood.