Tantalizers PLC (TANTAL.ng) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgTantalizers PLC (TANTAL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Tantalizers PLC (TANTAL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tantalizers PLC (TANTAL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tantalizers PLC (TANTAL.ng)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileTantalizers Plc is a fast food company in Nigeria with a network of quick-service restaurants and an outdoor catering businesses. The company produces a wide variety of quality products to eat in restaurants or for take-aways. This includes oven-baked pastries such as meat pies, chicken pies, Tanta rolls and beef rolls. Tantalizers Africana produces food with a rich indigenous culinary culture including African soups such as ogbono, egusi, efori-iro and edikaing-kong. Other dishes produced at Tantalizers Africana include porridge yam, pottage beans, ofada rice, plantain, stock fish, cowleg and moin-moin. Tantalizers Breakfast offers special breakfast deals ready as early as 7h30. Tantalizers Ice-cream is a range of mouth-watering soft-scoop ice-creams and hard ice-lollies. Tantalizers Bread is marketed under the Sunshine Bread brand. Tantalizers Cakes include a selection of cakes for celebrations which are customised on customer’s instructions. The company also produces an excellent choice of Chinese meals. Its catering division provides event catering services for private and corporate events as well as catering for industrial sites. Tantalizers Plc has 54 outlets located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Tantalizers Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How the second-largest soup kitchen in the U.S. handles hunger…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest By Amy SowderPosted Nov 8, 2017 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit an Event Listing Comments (2) Rector Bath, NC How the second-largest soup kitchen in the U.S. handles hunger today Food and Faith: Series focuses on church’s anti-hunger work Youth Minister Lorton, VA Food and Faith, Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Guests can receive a free, well-balanced meal with fresh produce five days a week at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, which is celebrating its 35th year. The church nave can hold as many as 500 people at a time. Photo: Mike Goldsmith and Jim Graniela/Ideas in Motion[Episcopal News Service — New York, New York] A handful of chickpeas and a few leaves of kale at lunchtime won’t change the world, but consistent, nutrient-dense meals can form the foundation for a better life. And everybody, no matter their status, deserves to enjoy delicious food, say two New York City chefs who traded in a life of linen tablecloths for one with plastic trays.That’s why Felipé Saint-Martin left Manhattan’s award-winning, fine-dining institution, Gramercy Tavern, where the seasonal dinner tasting menu is $170 per person. His belief in providing enticing food to all people drew him to become head chef at the much humbler Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, where the day’s main meal is free.“Why switch?” Saint-Martin repeated as he prepared for the day’s lunch of turkey-zucchini chili over brown rice and salad made with locally grown kale and topped with cherry tomatoes, almonds, raisins, shredded carrots and ginger vinaigrette. On the side sat a slice of multigrain walnut-cranberry bread and an apple from an upstate New York farm. “The purpose.”Chef Felipé Saint-Martin fills trays for the guests during lunch on a Tuesday in mid-July at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, a mission of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceMembers of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan began the feeding ministry in 1982, when welfare benefits were slashed during the Reagan administration, with the goal of providing a warm, hearty meal to people in need. Before the soup kitchen’s director of operations, Chef Michael Ottley, arrived nine years ago, however, it was mostly about getting 2,000 calories on one tray.“The philosophy was that was enough to sustain them for one day, but that wasn’t healthy calories,” said Ottley, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, New York. “Eight years ago, we started concentrating on the whole person.”That means healthy, sustainable, locally sourced meals with lean proteins, and more vegetables and fruits than protein. Volunteers serve fresh fruit and New York-farmed one-percent milk every day. But it also means serving people with dignity and providing services beyond food.Health, harder to reachSoup kitchens like the one at Holy Apostles are on the front lines of the Episcopal Church’s efforts to help combat hunger in America. Episcopal News Service is reporting the stories of some of those efforts for its “Food and Faith” series.Hunger looks different in the United States, the 13th richest country in the world based on gross domestic product per capita, according to a 2017 report by Business Insider, than it does in less-wealthy nations. Rather than being skeletal or bloated from lack of food or malnourishment, Americans in need tend to be overweight and to suffer from diabetes and heart disease. That’s partly because healthy food can be more expensive and less available in poor neighborhoods, called “food deserts,” where access to supermarkets with fresh food is limited. Children grow up eating food from convenience stores, bodegas and fast-food joints – some not knowing what an eggplant or sweet potato looks like.At Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, a mission of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan, the meals contain not only the 2,000 calories recommended for a day, but more nutrients from local, fresh, and rescued food sources. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceSo Saint-Martin tries to create meals that include the freshest, most local ingredients available, just like Gramercy Tavern does, but with the drastically fewer resources of a not-for-profit entity. He and Ottley also want to reduce food waste and costs, help the guests’ other needs once they’ve eaten their fill, and feed more people in more ways, on more days and in more locations.Soup kitchen rankings‘Food and Faith’Episcopal News Service’s five-part series focuses on anti-hunger efforts in the Episcopal Church, from food pantries to the church’s advocacy on government programs that fight hunger. Part 4 will post next week.True, this Chelsea-based mission is the largest emergency feeding program in New York City and the second-largest in the United States, serving about 1,200 people on a busy day, Ottley said. The country’s largest soup kitchen, Project Open Hand, offers about 2,500 meals daily in San Francisco and Alameda Counties.The biggest soup kitchen in the world? That would be the Golden Temple in the western Indian city of Amritsar, according to Al Jazeera. Every day, about 100,000 people are fed meals of roti, a flatbread, and dal, a lentil soup. The concept of free langar, the Punjab word for “kitchen,” began centuries ago with Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion.In one form or another, these emergency meals for those in need have been available around the United States since the 18th century, but the soup kitchen as we know it took hold in the Great Depression. Soup was chosen because it was economical – water could be added to serve more people.Who needs foodNearly 1.4 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, including almost one in four New York City children, according to City Harvest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to food rescue, distribution, and education, rescuing more than 500 million pounds of food in the city since 1982. The organization picks up day-old bread from restaurants and bakeries. Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen utilizes this bread, a lot of which comes from Eataly, an Italian eating and shopping emporium that includes a bakery, with several locations including two in Manhattan.Even though the economy has improved the last several years, New York’s poverty and unemployment rates remain high. For many, income hasn’t kept up with the rising cost of living: 42 percent of NYC households – 2.7 million people – don’t have the income to cover basic necessities such as food, transportation, childcare, and housing, according to City Harvest.Every day, guests can enjoy fresh fruit, New York-farmed one-percent milk, lean protein and vegetables – everything locally sourced whenever possible so it’s sustainable and healthy. Photo: Mike Goldsmith and Jim Graniela/Ideas in MotionAt Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, more than a third of the guests come from off the street, estimates the Rt. Rev. Andrew St. John, interim executive director of Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, based on observational research. Other guests spend their nights at homeless shelters or are housed, but are working poor or are seniors from the neighborhood’s surrounding senior housing centers and facilities. “‘Guests,’ we call them. We treat people with respect. That’s very important, and we train our volunteers to do that,” said St. John, who’s originally from Melbourne, Australia, and was rector of Holy Trinity Church and The Church of the Transfiguration in Manhattan. “It’s a seamless path from love God to love your neighbor.”In recent years, homelessness in New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression, according to the Coalition for the Homeless, a not-for-profit organization that advocates for and directly serves homeless people in the city.In May 2017, there were 61,113 homeless people sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system, according to the coalition. Thousands more sleep on the streets. For families, the most common reason is lack of affordable housing and eviction. For single homeless people, especially those living on the streets, major causes are mental illness, addiction, and other health problems.On a sunny day in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, the line starts snaking around the black wrought-iron fence an hour before doors open for the hot lunch, which is available 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Inside, rainbows of light shoot through the multicolored stained-glass windows in the church’s nave, where the 15 round tables can seat 150 guests at a time. On Sundays, lightly cushioned chairs are brought in and placed in rows for church services.A guest at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, a mission of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan, accepts from a volunteer some extra buttered bread, which is offered to-go as part of the meal plan served five days a week. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News Service“They treat you with respect. There’s some real nice people,” said Ansel, who preferred not to give his full name. Ansel eats at Holy Apostles only occasionally because he stays at a Harlem shelter that is about a two-hour commute north from the church. On this day, he was in the Chelsea area for a job interview as a cook.Since starting at Holy Apostles nine years ago, Ottley discovered that the need is greater than ever because the expense of living in New York City is on the rise and out of reach for most people, pushing them away to the suburbs and beyond. But many people can’t afford to move. It’s a problem seen throughout the country.“People have to decide whether they can pay for rent, medical care, or a meal,” Ottley said. “The safety net is getting full of holes. I don’t know. It’s just crazy. Are we treating our veterans right? Children? Seniors? No. These are the people who are affected the most. How do we justify that?”The soup kitchen is feeding more seniors who don’t have enough money. Some of them come in and volunteer because they’re too embarrassed to come as guests, and it’s a good way to socialize as well, Ottley said. More Asian people are coming in too. “I don’t know why that is. Maybe it was after [Hurricane] Sandy when Chinatown was hit,” Ottley said.The volunteersAs volunteers guide them, guests file in a few at a time to take the trays with built-in indentations for each dish. These volunteers – retirees, people doing court-ordered or school-required community service, people with disabilities, school and church groups, and corporation employees – stand behind each station donning white hats and clear gloves. The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen has 23 full-time employees and one part-time employee, plus 55 to 70 daily volunteers.Volunteers from mission trips help load the meal trays in assembly-line style at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, a mission of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Manhattan. Photo: Amy Sowder/Episcopal News ServiceEdward Cohen is a volunteer coordinator who hands out assignments such as welcoming guests at the door, scooping food onto the trays, bussing tables, and collecting trays as guests leave. “I like it when school groups volunteer,” Cohen said. “They can see that there are other people less fortunate.”Karen Lai, 16, decided to volunteer with a few friends on summer break before her junior year at Stuyvesant High School in downtown Manhattan. Lai spent her shift drying the clean trays and placing slices of that multigrain walnut-cranberry bread on each tray before sliding it to the next volunteer for the next food item, assembly-line style.“I didn’t know what else to do, so I was like, ‘Why not?’” Lai said. “I think it’s nice that people do this and that there are a lot of volunteers willing to be here.”What food insecurity looks like todayThis mission by Holy Apostles began 35 years ago as a temporary solution to a temporary problem during former President Reagan’s tax cuts, Ottley said. “Here we are, 35 years later, still going strong, sadly, but that’s where we’re at. The United States has a real lack of food policy, and I don’t see a political climate that will change that soon,” he said.Over the years, the soup kitchen’s mission has modernized, in part through focusing on rescued food and sustainability, which are not just marketable buzzwords about reducing food waste and keeping the economy and environment healthy in the long-term.Saint-Martin and Ottley have dropped the cost per meal from 78 cents the first six months of 2016 to 77 cents the same time this year. The budget per meal is $1, Saint-Martin said, which has steadily dropped with their reduced costs.This success is partly due to Ottley’s initiative to use rescued food as much as possible. The menu schedule may call for Mediterranean roasted tilapia, but if Ottley receives a load of tuna, he’s going to use that instead. On a turkey white chili day, Saint-Martin received a bunch of red kidney beans, so the chili changed. “It cuts down on the cost of food we have to pay for. I also buy directly from farmers,” Ottley said.That helps everybody. About 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted annually, enough food to feed 3 billion people or 10 times the U.S. population for a year, Ottley said. Bananas and bread are the most wasted items.At Holy Apostles, besides the daily bread on the meal trays, there’s a station with extra bread and butter for guests to take with them for later. And when volunteers at the trash station take the guests’ finished trays, they pluck off any untouched apples and place them in a basket for others to take if they want. Volunteers also pack 100 to 150 brown-bag lunches to deliver to bus terminals and Penn Station, part of a new program started in May.Helping the whole personOnce a person’s basic survival needs are met, he or she can then work on thriving. Richard Trifiro, the soup kitchen’s social service manager, places trained counselors on-site to help people, one on one, find services such as job programs and referrals. Also, there are résumé workshops, job booths, meditation sessions, writing classes, ID cards, mail service, clothing banks, and toiletry stations. The biggest program is the computer workshop, Trifiro said. On Tuesdays, a screen unfurls after lunch for a movie. On this particular Tuesday, it was “Trainwreck,” a comedy starring Amy Schumer. Fun is important too.“Food is what’s going to get them in here. Then they find concrete benefits like toiletries, clothing, and socks. It gets them engaged in the program,” Trifiro said. “Once they get past those necessities, then they’ll be more willing to do more for themselves.”Guests can receive a free, well-balanced meal with fresh produce five days a week at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, which is celebrating its 35th year. The church nave can hold as many as 500 people at a time. Photo: Mike Goldsmith and Jim Graniela/Ideas in MotionTreating people in need to delicious, nutritious food, which can fortify them to improve other aspects of life, gives Saint-Martin a sense of purpose he never had before. It’s a value he learned from his grandmother, who always provided space at the table for anyone hungry, even strangers off the street. That’s why he wanted to cook for a living in the first place.“I think it took me 18 years to realize that. A person needs to follow their beliefs,” Saint-Martin said. “Churches need to modernize to stay relevant, and soup kitchens do that.”— Amy Sowder is a special correspondent for the Episcopal News Service and a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She can be reached at [email protected] Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 center_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Jobs & Calls Richard Gatjens says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Richard Basta says: Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET November 16, 2017 at 8:09 pm I volunteered there today for the first time. It’s well organized and the volunteers are friendly and courteous. It’s inspiring! November 16, 2017 at 1:27 pm Great ministry. This should be the ECUSA s number one priority. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Poverty & Hunger Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

Culver’s to Donate Custard Sales to FFA

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Culver’s to Donate Custard Sales to FFA Culver’s to Donate Custard Sales to FFA SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – May 3, 2018 Facebook Twitter Culver’s announced it will donate proceeds from custard sales to FFA on May 3rd. Proceeds from every scoop purchased will go to FFA and other local agricultural organizations, according to the restaurant chain. Thursday May, 3rd is Culver’s Scoops of Thanks Day. Scoops of Thanks Day is part of Culver’s Thank You Farmers Project. The project supports agricultural education programs, like the National FFA Organization, that encourage “smart and sustainable farming practices” in an effort to “make sure we continue to have enough food to feed our country’s growing population.”A Culver’s spokesperson says the day allows customers to support “young leaders who will work to create a sustainable food supply for future generations.” To date, the Thank You Farmers Project has raised over $1.7 million in support of the National FFA Organization, local FFA chapters and other local agricultural organizations. SHARE Previous articleEthanol Saves Consumers Money at the PumpNext articleIndiana Tractor Supply Stores Raise Money for 4-H Youth Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Prosecutors amnesty three Deutsche Welle stringers

first_img Follow the news on Uzbekistan News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption June 11, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutors amnesty three Deutsche Welle stringers News Read other article on the same topicReporters Without Borders today gave a cautious welcome to a decision by the Tashkent prosecutor’s office to drop charges of tax evasion, defamation and working without accreditation against three freelance journalists who work for the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.After investigating Yuri Chernogayev, Sajera Ruzikulova and Obid Shabanov for months, the prosecutor’s office announced on 4 June that they were covered by an amnesty issued for the 14th anniversary of the Uzbek constitution. But it gave them a two-page document reminding them of their obligations under the law.“This is a good news, but the climate in Uzbekistan still does not favour press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “At the same time as they were amnestied, they were given a warning to obey the law. We fear their work will be kept under close surveillance and that the authorities will try to accumulate evidence to bring a new prosecution against them.” May 11, 2021 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more News Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term RSF_en center_img UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia February 11, 2021 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Organisation to go further News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders calls on kidnappers to release journalist Enzo Baldoni

first_img Organisation August 24, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders calls on kidnappers to release journalist Enzo Baldoni RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further December 16, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Reporters Without Borders has called on the kidnappers of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni to release him immediately.Baldoni, 56, of the independent weekly Diario, was abducted by an armed group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq, according to a video broadcast on 24 August on the Arab-language al-Jazeera television network.”We call on the kidnappers of Enzo Baldoni to release him immediately,” said the international press freedom organisation. “Like all journalists he should be treated as a civilian and cannot be seen as a party to the conflict. It is unacceptable to link a journalist to the politics of his government and to use his life as a means of applying political pressure.”In the al-Jazeera video, said to come from Baldoni’s kidnappers who described themselves as members of the Islamic Army in Iraqi, the journalist briefly identifies himself.His passport and journalist’s professional identity card are seen on the film that also carried an ultimatum demanding withdrawal of Italian forces from Iraq within 48 hours. The footage was shown in Italy on the Canale 5 channel.Baldoni had not been heard of since 19 August when he left Baghdad for Najaf with an Italian Red Cross convoy and a crew from Italian public television Rai Uno. The same day Baldoni began the return trip to Baghdad with the same convoy but after a stop at Kufa the journalist, who had no satellite phone, decided to leave the Red Cross and the Rai Uno crew and go on alone.Baldoni had already been to Najaf on 15 August with a Red Crescent convoy taking in water and medicine. According to his Rai Uno, colleague Pino Scaccia, he undertook the second trip hoping to interview Shiite leader Moqtada al-Sadr.A member of Diario’s editorial team, Gianni Barbacetto, quoted by AFP said that the journalist’s driver and translator Mr Ghareeb had reportedly been found dead. This has not been confirmed.Baldoni, married and the father of two children, had reported widely from dangerous areas such as Colombia, Burma and East Timor. Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders has called on the kidnappers of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni to release him immediately. Baldoni, 56, of the independent weekly Diario, was abducted by an armed group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq, according to a video broadcast on 24 August on the Arab-language al-Jazeera television network. News News Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Newslast_img read more

New DNA evidence and original witness testimony questions 2002 dice-game murderer’s conviction

first_imgZbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — A Chicago man who’s already served 15 years in prison for allegedly gunning down a man playing craps on a school playground is attempting to get his conviction reversed.His attorneys claim that new, independent DNA evidence and witness testimony at trial suggest that he didn’t do it.Laymond Harrison, 28, was shot and killed July 9, 2002. That day, a group of about six people were playing a dice game with Harrison at Madison Elementary School. These same men testified at trial that Antonio Porter, 27 at the time, didn’t appear to be the killer.The killer was allegedly there for vengeance but also reportedly to stick up the players.After the murder, the killer was seen pocketing the cash but also dropped some bills on the ground as he made his getaway.Three $5 bills tagged as evidence were independently analyzed by a forensic expert.Attorney Kathleen Zellner confirmed to ABC News that none of the DNA evidence from the crime scene tracks back to Porter. Of the three people whose DNA was discovered, one was Harrison’s.A summary of the results of the DNA testing conducted Jan. 18 stated, “Antonio Porter is excluded as a possible contributor of the DNA profile obtained from the sample …”Porter’s legal counsel said that this new DNA evidence should absolve him, as he’s currently serving out a 71-year sentence in Statesville Correctional Center.“We’re going to ask them to review the underlying case file data on the DNA and walk them through it,” Zellner said.Not only could the proof get Porter off the hook, but Zellner said the forensic findings suggest who may have actually killed Harrison.“We think we do have the name of the shooter,” she said, adding that the suspected person is alive as well.The Conviction Integrity Unit, part of the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office, completed its review of Porter’s case last week and continued to be unswayed by any evidence so far proving his innocence, a representative for Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly M. Foxx said in a statement to ABC News.“The Conviction Integrity Unit reviewed and concluded the DNA results are not exonerating, and there is insufficient new evidence to demonstrate that Mr. Porter is probably innocent of the crime,” the statement said. “Therefore, after an exhaustive review, we do not intend to further pursue an investigation of the claim at this time.”But beyond the science, Zellner and even Porter’s trial attorney back in 2003 claimed that witnesses were influenced to pick Porter out of photo arrays and lineups.“Each and every one of the witnesses recanted their testimony,” Chicago attorney Benjamin Starks, who represented Porter during the trial, told ABC News. “They gave statements to the police.”“They implicated [Porter] as the killer,” he added, “and then they said at trial that they were made to say that by police.”Zellner also was stunned that witnesses at the trial announced that they didn’t believe or were very skeptical that Porter had killed Harrison.“I’ve never seen a case like this,” she said. “Post-conviction you hope to get witnesses to recant their testimony, but it’s so unheard of and unprecedented that they would recant at trial.”ABC News reviewed some of the testimony by four witnesses at Porter’s trial, which suggests that at least at one point during the trial they were uncertain Porter pulled the trigger that night.However, at least three witnesses that recanted their original testimony in favor of Porter were not only brought before police to be questioned but also swore under oath that Porter killed Harrison during grand jury proceedings.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Mother alleges sorority hazing in wrongful death lawsuit over daughter’s suicide

first_imgJim Young/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(EVANSTON, Ill.) — The mother of a college basketball player who committed suicide is now suing one of the school’s sororities, saying that alleged hazing contributed to her daughter’s depression.Jordan Hankins was a 19-year-old sophomore at Northwestern University when she was found dead in her dorm room in January 2017.Her mother, Felicia Hankins, is suing Alpha Kappa Alpha and two of their chapters — Gamma Chi, which is an undergraduate chapter, and Delta Chi Omega, which is the graduate chapter, both at Northwestern — as well as nine individuals who are in the leadership of those chapters or now-former students who were in the chapters at the time of Jordan Hankins’ death.The lawsuit does not go into detailed explanations of the alleged abuse but claims Jordan Hankins was “subjected to hazing, including physical and mental harm.”“While post-initiation pledging, Jordan Hankins was subjected to physical abuse including paddling, verbal abuse, mental abuse, financial exploitation, sleep deprivation, items being thrown and dumped on her, and other forms of hazing intended to humiliate and demean her,” the suit states.Alpha Kappa Alpha was suspended from Northwestern’s campus in May 2017, but specific details about the reason for the suspension were not disclosed. It may be allowed to return to campus in the fall, but it “must meet several criteria for that to happen,” a Northwestern spokesperson told ABC News.Northwestern is not named as a party in the lawsuit, but a school spokesperson confirmed in a statement that the sorority “has been and continues to be suspended from the University.”“Northwestern remains deeply saddened by the death of Jordan Hankins two years ago, and we continue to send our kindest thoughts and condolences to her friends and family,” the spokesman’s statement said, before acknowledging the suit and noting they will not be commenting further because the matter is in litigation.ABC News’ requests for comment from Alpha Kappa Alpha were not immediately returned.Felicia Hankins’ attorney Brand Vaughn released a statement on the family’s behalf, calling it “critical” to hold the sorority and those responsible “accountable.”“Jordan Hankins was at the prime of her life and seeking to join an organization she believed was dedicated to sisterhood and personal and professional development. Instead, as a condition of her membership, it is alleged she was subjected to severe physical and mental abuse by members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,” the statement reads. “Despite repeated warnings that the hazing was triggering Hankins’ anxiety and depression, we allege that AKA failed to take action to stop the abuse, resulting in Hankins taking her own life.”The suit states that “Jordan Hankins communicated to members of AKA sorority, including individually named defendants, that the hazing was triggering her PTSD, causing severe anxiety and depression and that she was having suicidal thoughts.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City Holds Annual Christmas Eve Masses on Dec….

first_imgHoly Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City, NJ / Photo Credit: http://holytrinityoc.com The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Ocean City, NJ will be having its annual Christmas Eve Masses at 5:30pm and 9:00pm respectively on December 24, 2016. Both services will be in celebration of the Eucharist and the birth of Christ.  For the 5:30pm mass, the children of the church will present a Christmas pageant. During the 9:00pm mass, the Church Choir will be singing traditional Christmas carols.  Cindi O’Connor, the Superintendent of the Church Program at The Holy Trinity, said, “It is exciting to think that people all over the world are celebrating Christmas with the same prayers, carols, and biblical readings that we are in Ocean City.”  Children who wish to participate in the pageant are expected come to the Parish Hall 30 minutes before the service begins to receive a costume and join the procession into the church. Other participants please arrive at least 15 minutes before the mass begins. The Holy Trinity Church attracts families from Ocean City and the neighboring towns of Township, Somers Point, Egg Harbor Township, Mays Landing, Dennis Township, and Sea Isle City.All baptized Christians are encouraged to make their communion with the church and to celebrate Christmas in a joyous environment.For more information about The Holy Trinity’s services in Ocean City, please go to http://holytrinityoc.com.Photo Credit: Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Web SiteAbout The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Founded in 1894 and located at 2990 Bay Ave in Ocean City, N.J., The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church provides the public with a welcoming and spiritual place to receive guidance by God. It is open to people from a variety of backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, sexual orientations, and family types, who reside in Lower Atlantic and Upper Cape May counties. The teachings of the church are based mainly on the Book of Common Prayer. These scriptures are taught to help people use prayer beyond the church and in their everyday lives. The church provides wedding and baptism services, as well as worship services on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, providing people with joy and peace through identifying with the Christian faith. The Christmas Eve Mass is an annual event that the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church has been holding for over 122 years. This year’s event will have a gathering of about 150 to 200 people per service.last_img read more

Warburtons makes Sunday Times’ Best Big Companies list again

first_imgWarburtons has been selected among the Sunday Times’ Best Big Companies list for the second year in a row.The bakery brand remains the only food manufacturer to make the list since the survey first launched in 2001, with the majority of places occupied by retailers and professional services companies.The Best Companies survey compiles the views of employees on eight key areas, including wellbeing, leadership and personal development, to give the business an overall ranking.Jonathan Warburton, chairman of Warburtons, said the company was incredibly proud to be recognised as a great place to work.“This is a testament to the hard work, passion and commitment of everyone in our family business,” he said.“The manufacturing and distribution sector continues to be a tough industry to work in and recruit for, but we are very proud to say that the 4,500 people who run our 26 bakery and depot sites continue to feel valued, well looked after and proud to work for us.“This makes the honour of being on the Best Big Company list even more meaningful and makes our job so much more worthwhile.”The survey took place in September 2016 and the results were announced last Friday (24 February 2017).last_img read more

‘Alzheimer’s in a dish’ model provides some answers

first_imgBuilding on their development of the first culture system to replicate fully the pathology behind Alzheimer’s disease, a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has now produced a system that includes neuroinflammation, the key biological response that leads to the death of brain cells. The investigators describe their system, which incorporates the glial cells that that not only surround and support neurons but also provide some immune system functions, in a paper published in Nature Neuroscience.“Our original ‘Alzheimer’s in a dish’ system recapitulated the plaques and tangles typically seen in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, but did not induce neuroinflammation,” says Rudolph Tanzi, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit in the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND) and co-senior author of the current paper. “Studies have shown that we can have many plaques and tangles in our brains with no symptoms, but when neuroinflammation kicks in, exponentially more neurons die and cognitive impairment leading to dementia is induced. A complete model of Alzheimer’s pathology needs to incorporate that ‘third leg of the stool.’”In their 2014 Nature paper, the MGH team described using a gel-based, 3-D culture system — developed by Doo Yeon Kim of the Genetics and Aging Unit, also a co-senior author of the current study — to induce the formation of both amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in human neural cells carrying gene variants associated with early onset, familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD). That study confirmed that amyloid deposition was the essential first step leading to the formation of tangles containing the pathogenic form of the protein tau.The updated system also brings in technology developed by co-senior author Hansang Cho, now of the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, when he was a postdoctoral fellow in the MGH BioMEMS Resource Center. In a 2013 Scientific Reports paper, Cho and his co-authors reported using a microfluidic device consisting of two circular chambers, one inside the other, to measure the migration of microglia — glial cells that function as nervous system immune cells — from the outer chamber into the amyloid-loaded inner chamber by means of connecting channels.For the current study Cho and lead author Joseph Park of the MGH Genetics and Aging Unit, used the “Alzheimer’s in a dish” system to culture neural stem cells with FAD variants in the central chamber of Cho’s device. Several weeks later, the neurons and astrocytes (glial cells that support and insulate neurons) that had differentiated were found to contain elevated levels of amyloid-beta and tau, as well as inflammatory factors known to contribute to the neuroinflammation seen in Alzheimer’s disease.When human microglia were added to the outer chamber of the device, they soon began to show structural changes signifying their activation and to migrate through the channels into the inner chamber. Once the microglia arrived in the inner chamber, they directly attacked neurons, causing visible damage to key structures, while levels of inflammatory factors like TNF-alpha, IL-6, and IL-8 rose significantly. Six days later the central chambers had lost 20 percent of both their neurons and their astrocytes.“We also found that blocking two receptors in microglial cells — interferon receptor gamma and toll-like receptor 4 — could prevent neuroinflammation, which opens up new opportunities for drug discovery,” says Tanzi, who is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. “This system should help us better understand the timeline by which these pathological events lead to dementia and enable us to screen for drugs that stop plaque deposition, tangle formation, and the resultant neuroinflammation.”Along with Park, Kim, and Cho, who is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and engineering science at UNC-Charlotte, the co-authors of the Nature Neuroscience paper are Isaac Wetzel, Ian Marriott, and Didier Dréau, UNC-Charlotte; and Carla D’Avanzo, MGH Genetics and Aging Research Unit.Support for the study includes National Institute on Aging grants P01 AG015379, RF1 AG048080, and R01 AG014713, and grants from the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.last_img read more