Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc (DIAMON.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc (DIAMON.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc (DIAMON.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc (DIAMON.ng) 2011 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileDiamond Bank Nigeria Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria operating in the treasury, business banking, corporate banking and retail banking sectors. The company offers a full service bank of products and services ranging from transactional accounts, electronic banking and money transfer services to securities dealing and custodian services; personal, automotive and home loans; MSME loans and diamond leasing services and investment and advisory services. Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc also offers, among others, life insurance products; foreign exchange services; cash management services; capital management and trade services; import finance; treasury bills and investment notes and working capital finance and contract financing. The financial institution’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Diamond Bank Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 5th July, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Stock market crash: why I think FTSE 100 shares are now too cheap to ignore I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. The FTSE 100 continues to trade at a relatively low level following its recent market crash. 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“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Growth stocks are popular right now. Not only are UK investors piling into London Stock Exchange-listed growth shares such as ASOS and JD Sports Fashion, but they’re also buying US-listed growth plays such as Tesla and NIO.Here, I’m going to highlight two UK growth shares that I believe look attractive as we begin December. I think these two stocks – which are a little under the radar – have big potential in today’s digital world.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…This growth stock looks cheapOne UK growth stock I like the look of right now is Urban Logistics (LSE: SHED). It’s a real estate company that invests in strategically-located logistics warehouses. These warehouses enable e-commerce businesses to operate their distribution networks more effectively and get their goods to consumers more efficiently. With the UK e-commerce market projected to grow by more than 20% in the next four years, I see Urban Logistics as well positioned for growth.A recent trading update from the company for the half to September was very encouraging. For the period, revenue increased 66% to £9.8m. Meanwhile, the group’s property portfolio increased 67% in value to £346m. The company also said that the UK logistics market is booming at present and that it “is extremely well placed” to benefit from this market backdrop.Urban Logistics shares currently trade on a forward-looking P/E ratio of 15 using next year’s earnings forecast. I see that valuation as very attractive. I’d buy this growth stock today while it’s still under the radar.Poised for growth in a digital worldAnother UK growth stock I like as we start December is GB Group (LSE: GBG). It’s a tech company that uses advanced technologies such as machine learning to verify people’s identities. Currently, it has the ability to verify over 4bn people worldwide. In a world that’s becoming increasingly digital, GB Group looks well-placed for success, in my view.A recent trading update showed that GB Group has performed well throughout Covid-19. For the six months to 30 September, total revenue was £103m, versus £94.3 last year. On a constant currency basis, organic revenues were up 10%. Turning to profits, GB said it expects to report adjusted operating profit of approximately £27m, a 26% increase on last year. It also advised that it intends to reintroduce its dividend.GB Group has grown significantly in recent years. Over the last three years, for example, revenue has climbed 130%. While Covid-19 has slowed growth somewhat (the group expects full-year revenue to be flat to marginally ahead of FY20), I expect the company to continue growing at an impressive rate in the medium to long term. The boom in e-commerce and the global crackdown on fraud should provide tailwinds.GB Group shares currently trade on a forward-looking P/E of about 40. That valuation does add some risk to the investment case. Overall however, I think the long-term risk/reward proposition is attractive. With a market-cap of just £1.6bn, I think there’s plenty of room for growth. Edward Sheldon owns shares in ASOS, JD Sports Fashion, and GB Group. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Collaborators:Patrícia Horta, Ana Barros, Tiago Marcelino da CruzStructure:ARA, Alves Rodrigues & Associados, Lda., Fernando RodriguesWater Installations:AcribiaElectrical Installations:Ruben SobralCity:AlandroalCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Pedro MendesRecommended ProductsMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsText description provided by the architects. Passing by Alandroal, on a territory marked by scattered settlements and the proximity of the Alqueva dam, we arrive to Monte da Silva. The house, whitewashed, emerges on top of a small hill overlooking the other side of the border. A chimney, somehow unscaled, and a cover in roof tiles accentuate the silhouette of the building in the landscape.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pedro MendesThe proposal approached the idea of reusing the existing house and builds a new backer. The intervention focused on the adaptation of the existing house, keeping its spatial and formal identity.Save this picture!PlantaThe project stems from the interpretation of the evolution of the existing house: a simple gable house built in two phases. The final proposal (C) develops a relationship of continuity with the existing one. In the main house is added a new body plastered in white and covered with red roof tiles. Two patios and an outdoor yard establish mediation with the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!Courtesy of Pedro MendesSomething must be said about the project process. Six proposals were developed that stand out the A, B and C. Between the beginning of the crisis (2008) and its confirmation, the area of the house was decreasing. Between sketches, models, emails, desires and wishes the work was being drawn by the contingency of these years.Save this picture!Proposal AxonometricProject gallerySee allShow lessThese Beautiful Architectural Sketches Show Hand-Drawing is Alive and WellArchitecture NewsRCR Arquitectes’ Sant Antoni – Joan Oliver Library, Photographed by Pedro KokArticles Share Area: 257 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Alandroal, Portugal Monte da Silva / Pedro MendesSave this projectSaveMonte da Silva / Pedro Mendes Save this picture!Courtesy of Pedro Mendes+ 19 Share Year: Architects: Pedro Mendes Area Area of this architecture project Portugal “COPY” ArchDaily “COPY” Houses Projects 2010 Monte da Silva / Pedro Mendes ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804997/monte-da-silva-pedro-mendes Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/804997/monte-da-silva-pedro-mendes Clipboard CopyAbout this officePedro MendesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAlandroalPortugalPublished on March 03, 2017Cite: “Monte da Silva / Pedro Mendes” [Monte da Silva / Pedro Mendes] 03 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
More Cool Stuff Business News Community News Pasadena Chamber of Commerce to Host Virtual Connection Breakfast Published on Monday, October 19, 2020 | 3:08 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Following the Networking Luncheon Alliance, the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce is set to host the second part of the event, a Virtual Connection Breakfast, at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.Realtor Sue Cook of Deasy Penner Podley will be hosting this virtual breakfast where one can network, promote their business, meet new people, make new connections, and build a contact list – all from the safety of home or office, or wherever one may be.The event is live on Zoom.Cost is $5 for Pasadena Chamber members and $10 for non-members.To register, go to www.pasadena-chamber.org/events/socially-distanced-connection-breakfast.Once you register and pay you will be emailed a link to the Zoom event. Include your email address when paying to ensure you receive the meeting notification.The Pasadena Chamber’s Socially Distanced Connection Breakfast is on the third Wednesday of each month. Its Socially Distanced Luncheon Alliance is at 11:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
WhatsApp Arguably, the most interesting finding was that, despite managers being able to choose combinations from over 600 unique footballers, there were multiple stages in the season when the teams from these skilled managers converged to appear highly similar. Taken together this research demonstrates clear characteristics present amongst the highest ranked managers suggesting “a pathway to success for competitors in the game with particular emphasis on long-term planning and identification of optimal enabling players”, the UL researcher explained. Noting possible opportunities for future applications of the research, Joseph outlined that “interesting questions remain as to whether the techniques we propose in this study may be used in similarly identifying signatures of successful competitors within other domains including e-sports, entrepreneurship, and scientific output”. Advertisement Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Through analysis of this data, a number of clearly defined strategies which differentiated successful managers from their less fortunate peers could be identified. Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limerick Determined to understand why this phenomenon occurs, the researchers took advantage of the publicly available data to extract information from around 40 million webpages, describing the actions taken by the top one million ranked managers. Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email AS millions of Fantasy Premier League players mull over a decision whether to start Bruno Fernandes or Mohamed Salah in their teams this weekend, new University of Limerick research has unlocked the secrets of the popular online game. LimerickNewsUniversity of Limerick research identifies secrets of Fantasy Premier League successBy Sarah Carr – March 6, 2021 223 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live “We were amazed to find that for most of the season the key player in successful teams wasn’t Mo Salah or Kevin De Bruyne but rather Aaron Wan-Bissaka – a player in his debut season for Crystal Palace, due to his extremely low price and surprisingly efficient scoring (he completed a £45m transfer to Manchester United the following year). This combination allowed him to be a consistent ‘enabler’ for managers to have more expensive players elsewhere,” said Joseph. Joseph O’Brien, Professor James Gleeson, and Dr David O’Sullivan, based within the Mathematics Applications Consortium for Science and Industry (MACSI) in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at UL, have just published research in PLOS ONE, a high quality, peer-reviewed scientific journal, which, via a combination of large-scale data analysis, statistical techniques, and network science, provides a deeper understanding of the behaviours and resulting actions taken by the very best competitors within the game. A new study by a team of researchers at UL has identified the underlying tactics used by the top-ranked competitors among the seven million players of Fantasy Premier League (FPL).Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook Print Linkedin Previous articleGardai warn they “will not tolerate drug cartels” attempting to set up ‘drug supermarkets’ in LimerickNext articleOn This Day: Conflicting results for senior sides in 2016 & hurlers pick up win in 2011 Sarah Carrhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Lead author of the study Joseph O’Brien, a PhD student based at MACSI in UL, said: “FPL on the surface appears to be an extremely simple game in that one should just choose the most talented footballers for their teams and see what happens. However, in this study we analyse the results of competitors over multiple years and find that there are in fact groups of ‘managers’ that consistently perform extremely strongly, suggesting an element of skill.” Using machine learning tools the researchers were then able to identify those players that were crucial in the make-up of successful teams. “We could immediately observe many different strategies used by managers and in particular there were multiple points in the season in which successful managers acted in an extremely different manner to those lower ranked, almost as if the thousands had come together with a ready-made game-plan,” explained Joseph. TAGSFantasy Premier LeagueKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostUniversity of Limerick
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleSix men in protective custody as part of forced labour investigationNext articleMeeke & Nagle fighting at the front in Australia admin Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – September 11, 2015 Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Ireland’s newest political party, the Social Democrats, are seeking to establish a branch in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.The Social Democrats were launched 8 weeks ago by 3 Independent TD’s Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall.Additional candidates and detailed policy positions are expected to be revealed over the next number of weeks.Donegal Spokesperson Fionan Lynch says the new grouping is very keen to get a student led branch up in running at LYIT………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/fionsocialdemocrats.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Social Democrats plan to establish a branch at LYIT Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
BlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(SAINT LOUIS) — One of the nation’s largest black police organizations is throwing its support behind a St. Louis law enforcement watchdog group that’s accused the city’s police department of fostering systematic racism.The 9,000-member National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers released a statement praising the St. Louis Ethical Society of Police for calling out instances of alleged racism in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, including blacks being passed over for promotions or being assaulted by white officers.The Ethical Society of Police, created in 1972 to combat racism in the department, also voiced support for embattled St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who filed a lawsuit this month against the city and its police union alleging a coordinated, racist conspiracy to drive her from office.“The institution of policing has been inherently biased against people of color and low income, and was specifically designed to be that way,” the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers said in a statement released Tuesday. “This in no way should be interpreted as saying that all law enforcement officers are racist, but must be accepted as an acknowledgment and understanding that there are amongst us those who utilize the power and might of their position to perpetuate racial profiling, police misconduct, excessive use of force, and unethical, unprofessional behavior where it concerns communities of color.”At a news conference this month, Heather Taylor, president of the St. Louis Ethical Society of Police, said that while her members have not always agreed with Gardner’s policies and decisions, the prosecutor has raised points in her lawsuit that her organization has been dealing with for years.“That lawsuit is legitimate,” Taylor said. “There is a climate in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and a culture that breeds and is accepting of racism, discrimination, corruption.”City officials and the St. Louis Police Officers Association called Gardner’s lawsuit “meritless.”“Gardner essentially claims that her critics have conspired together to prevent her from doing her job as a prosecutor. Nothing could be further from the truth,” Jeff Roorda, the business manager of the St. Louis Police Officers Association who was named as a defendant in Gardner’s lawsuit, said in response. “My police officers and I want her to do her job.”But Taylor cited several examples of racism in the police department, including a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by an African American police captain that was settled in June for $1.1 million.She also cited the case of Detective Luther Hall, an African American officer, who in 2017 was beaten by three white police officers who mistook him for a protester during a demonstration in St. Louis over the acquittal of a white police officer on murder charges stemming from the shooting of a 24-year-old black man. Hall claimed one of the officers who assaulted him told him he would “beat the f— out of him like Rodney King.”All three officers pleaded guilty to federal charges of deprivation of rights under color of law.Taylor also cited statistics showing that 60% of African American police officers in St. Louis leave the department within their first seven years on the job.“We have repeatedly highlighted the disparities along racial lines with discipline, promotions, job placement,” Taylor said. “Therefore the circuit attorney stating she has experienced bias at the hands of some SLMPD officers is far from meritless.”Gardner, the first black woman elected as chief prosecutor in St. Louis, filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and its police union on Jan. 13 alleging she’s endured racist and illegal efforts from opponents to block reforms meant to benefit minorities.The suit accuses the city and police union of violating the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, designed to combat white supremacy organizations. The suit also appears to mark the first time an elected local prosecutor has brought a federal case against the police union for racially motivated civil rights violations.The suit, filed in the Eastern District of Missouri, claims to take aim at “entrenched interests” that Gardner said have tried to prevent her reforms through a “broad range of collusive conduct,” including the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate her office.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
View post tag: Seasprite September 12, 2016 View post tag: NZDF New Zealand’s new Seasprite helicopter deploys on first mission with an offshore patrol vessel Share this article View post tag: HMNZS Otago Back to overview,Home naval-today New Zealand’s new Seasprite helicopter deploys on first mission with an offshore patrol vessel Authorities One of the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s (RNZAF) newly acquired fleet of Seasprite helicopters is embarking on its first operational mission with an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) to help transport 23 government staff and about seven tonnes of vital equipment and supplies to the remote Kermadec Islands.An SH-2G (I) Seasprite, one of eight that are being introduced into service this year, has joined the Royal New Zealand Navy’s HMNZS Otago on a resupply mission to the Kermadec Islands from 12-23 September.“Although the newer-model Seasprite was deployed on a frigate for a multilateral exercise in June, their deployment on an OPV is a major step forward in increasing the NZDF’s ability to support other government agencies in New Zealand and in the Pacific region. This also marks a major milestone in the modernisation of the Navy’s fleet,” Captain Dave McEwan, the Acting Maritime Component Commander, said.Lieutenant Commander (LTCDR) Andrew Sorensen, the Commanding Officer of Otago, said the ship’s first stop would be at Macauley Island, where the Seasprite will drop off a Department of Conservation (DoC) representative and two dogs trained to detect rats and other pests.Otago will travel next to Raoul Island, to resupply the DoC outpost there. About seven tonnes of goods, including food supplies, general equipment and a light utility vehicle, will be flown to the island in underslung loads.“The NZDF provides logistical support to other government agencies and the resupply operation to the Kermadecs is a good example of that,” LTCDR Sorensen said.National Maritime Coordination Centre manager Kevin Arlidge said the Seasprite’s deployment with an offshore patrol vessel would allow them to reach more inaccessible and remote parts of the Kermadecs and would widen the scope of the NZDF’s work in support of DoC and GNS Science.
The Evansville IceMen, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and AHL’s Binghamton Senators, have enjoyed providing the excitement of professional hockey to the City of Evansville at the Ford Center. The IceMen are most particularly appreciative of the fans, the IceMen Maniacs and valued season ticket holders. The IceMen have also enjoyed the use of the City’s state of the art facility and plan on bringing a championship trophy through its doors very soon. However, Evansville stands to lose its hockey team.“When we signed our lease for the Ford Center in 2011 we had already moved 22 families to Evansville based on some good faith negotiations with the City. After we moved those families, and at the last minute, we were presented with different terms and told to sign or lose the opportunity. We signed a lease that was not in our best interest, but we have honored it. Now that lease is set to expire and we need to be treated fairly in the new lease,” said Ron Geary, owner of the IceMen. “The current lease and price threaten our ability to bring our fans a premier ice hockey team and at the same time run a business,” said Geary.In order to have a team for the 2016-2017 season, the IceMen must have a lease in place with the City and dates of games to the league no later than December 1, 2015. The IceMen started negotiations on the new lease with the Mayor’s office in February. The City has proposed no terms to the IceMen for the new lease. “The ECHL conducted a study for the 2011-2012 season showing the IceMen paid the highest rent in the entire league – $650,000. The median for the league is about $152,000.” said Jim Riggs, IceMen COO. “The City receives about $1.2 million each season for IceMen games in rent and food and beverage net income,” said Riggs.The team has lost money every year. “I don’t mind investing in the team and in the City, but after spending millions with no return on the investment we need a lease that is fair and does not take advantage of the IceMen. The only reason we lose money is because we have the worst lease in the league,” said Geary. “At the same time, we have the best fans in the league so we are going to continue to try and get something reasonable even though the Mayor’s office has been pretty tough to work with over the years. We tried to renegotiate in the past but got nowhere,” said Geary. The City put a clause in the lease that if the IceMen even tried to renegotiate in the first two years of the lease the IceMen would have to pay the City’s legal fees. “Bottom line, I want a championship team here in Evansville. But we cannot continue to operate in financial loss because of an overpriced lease,” said Geary.“We are going to do everything possible to provide the City and fans a great team for the 2016-2017 season. We hope we give our fans what they have come to expect – a premier hockey team and a great game day experience. We remain hopeful we can achieve great things on the ice and eventually bring a championship to the City,” said Riggs. The IceMen will not sign another lease with such high rent. Without a lease and dates, the league will move forward in 2016-2017 without the Evansville IceMen. “We hope that is unnecessary but it remains a reality,” said Geary. “Our attempts to negotiate over the past 40 weeks have resulted in nothing. We are going public because deadlines are approaching and the fans need to know what Evansville stands to lose. We need our fans support. We need the City to get reasonable, start negotiating in earnest and get this lease in place,” he said. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail