Wetherspoon gives upbeat view for new year as investments pay off

first_img Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Sharecenter_img KCS-content Wetherspoon gives upbeat view for new year as investments pay off JD Wetherspoon said it will make a profit this year, thanks to strong sales and investments in new and existing pubs.The pub chain, which has almost 800 pubs in Britain, reported a rise in profit before tax of 7.3 per cent to £71m, with total sales of nearly £1bn. Wetherspoon is making significant investment in new pubs and systems. The group plans to open 50 new pubs a year throughout the UK in 2011, and invest in new till systems and staffing. The company cited a government crackdown on underage drinking as its biggest long-term risk.Chairman Tim Martin said that the government’s measures would only force drinking elsewhere. “Pubs provide a supervised drinking environment, while beaches and parties don’t.”Analysts said they were confident Wetherspoon’s new pubs and systems will pay off in the long run. “JD Wetherspoon is always looking to the long-term for its investments,” says Nigel Parson of Evolution Securities. “These investments can bring short-term pain, but they should pay off in the long run.” Wetherspoon last month announced that finance director Keith Down and chief operating officer Paul Harbotttle were to leave the company. However, the firm said there had been little change since the last trading statement on 7 October. Thursday 4 November 2010 10:54 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorymoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCutethedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comReporter CenterBrenda Lee: What Is She Doing Now At 76 Years of Age?Reporter CenterBeach RaiderSee The Woman Bradley Walsh Is Dating At 61Beach Raiderlast_img read more

Crossrail chief executive quits in surprise move

first_img Share whatsapp whatsapp Crossrail chief executive quits in surprise move Wednesday 12 January 2011 8:57 pm Tags: NULLcenter_img KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definition Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org THE chief executive of the £16bn Crossrail project has resigned, just months after the transport scheme’s future was guaranteed in the comprehensive spending review.Rob Holden is to step down this year, the group said yesterday. Crossrail, one of Europe’s biggest construction projects, will connect Maidenhead in Berkshire with Shenfield in Essex, passing through the West End and Canary Wharf, with a link to Heathrow Airport.Holden said the company needed a chief executive who can commit to lead it right through the opening in 2018. “I leave Crossrail confident that, with its funding firmly in place, a robust delivery plan, clear governance and a strong delivery team, Crossrail is now well set to move forward to a successful launch,” Holden said in a statement.Crossrail said Holden would be leaving to “explore new opportunities.” last_img read more

BetMGM approved for Indiana launch

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Mobile BetMGM, the sports betting operator brand by the Roar Digital joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, has secured full approval to launch mobile wagering services in Indiana.The Indiana Gaming Commission initially awarded BetMGM a temporary licence last month, with permission to conduct mobile sports betting under the Belterra Resort Indiana license.However, the Commission said as it is satisfied that the BetMGM app operated in line with state regulations during the initial launch period, it has awarded full approval to Roar Digital.The authorization is effective from today (February 25), with BetMGM having permission to roll out full mobile sports betting in the state.Read the full story on iGB North America. Email Address BetMGM, the sports betting operator brand by the Roar Digital joint venture between MGM Resorts and GVC Holdings, has secured full approval to launch mobile wagering services in Indiana. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance BetMGM approved for Indiana launch Regions: US Indiana Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting 25th February 2020 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (MUA.mu)  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgConoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileConoil Plc is a petroleum exploration and production company in Nigeria that extracts, produces and sells crude oil as well as supplies a range of lubricants and household and liquefied petroleum gas for use by the domestic and industrial sectors. The company supplies what is referred to as White products, which is premium motor spirts, aviation turbine kerosene, dual purpose kerosene, low-pour fuel oil and automotive gasoline/grease oil. Products in its lubricant range include transport lubricants, industrial lubricants, greases, process oil and bitumen. Products in its liquefied petroleum gas range include liquefied petroleum gas sold in bulk, gas-packed, cylinders and valves. Established in 1984 and formerly known as Consolidated Oil Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Conoil Producing Plc. The company has exploration licenses for 6 highly prospective blocks in the Niger Delta which it acquired and paid for after competitive bidding rounds organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Conoil Producing has discovered hydrocarbon offshore southeast of Niger Delta and initial logging interpretations is looking promising. Conoil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Conoil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The hardest men in rugby

first_imgMARSEILLE, FRANCE – SEPTEMBER 04: Sione Lauaki (L) and Jerry Collins of the New Zealand All Blacks take part in an early morning workout at the team hotel on September 04, 2007, prior to training at Stade Jean Bouin in Marseille, France. (Photo by Ross Land/Getty Images) Never back down: Julian White may be a lovely man, but he took no prisoners for Leicester, England or the LionsBy Alan Dymock“CAN YOU pick a definitive list of rugby’s hard men?” is one of those nice innocuous questions – the kind that comes up in the pub, once you’ve discussed who would win in a fight between a wolf and 2,000 kittens – that ends up stoking a raging argument that lasts for hours.So when we started discussing it in the Rugby World office, we quickly realised that boundaries were needed.Opening it up to Twitter only added to the confusion, with names flying all around. With such a passion-inflaming question everyone was pitching in with fond memories of skulduggery and bravery. At one point the IRFU pitched in:@Rugbyworldmag Peter Clohessy? #theclaw— Irish Rugby (@irfurugby) August 15, 2013″Like a slack-jawed bear”: Second-row Martin JohnsonIt was at this point that it was decided that ‘hardest’ means tough and not afraid of a fight, but not nasty; just a tireless, fearless competitor. It was also decided – sorry to those of a dustier vintage and history buffs – that the modern, professional era was where our list of heroes would come from. So the likes of Colin ‘Pinetree’ Meads, Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford, Bobby ‘The Duke’ Windsor, Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague, Jean Pierre Rives, David Leslie, Finlay Calder and countless more miss out on this list.So without further ado, here is the Magnificent Seven: an unofficial, totally subjective, factless, tactless list of the hard cases of rugby in the professional age.Julian White If ever there was a prop who relished scrums on his own line it was Julian White. Unfliching in the face of conflict? He was certainly unfamiliar with a backwards step. Free-flowing with the right-handers? Well, it’s not our place to say… If ever you needed convincing of his place on the list you only need ask some of the hard cases who dealt with him:“@Rugbyworldmag: We’re having a discussion in the office: who is the hardest rugby player you’ve ever seen play? ”-julianwhite— Lewis Moody (@LewisMoody7) August 15, 2013Lofty praise.Danny GrewcockHe may have been sin-binned regularly, but he was there, we’re sure, for standing up for his mates. A consummate team player and a gritty performer in the boilerhouse, he was the same wherever he played: full on for Bath or for England or for the Lions.Jamie Cudmore“He’s a thug!” some of you may say, and yes he has a bit of a murky past before rugby saved him, but there’s a reason he keeps playing in the big games for Clermont Auvergne. Like Mr Muscle, he does the tough jobs so others don’t have to. Part of a knee-knocking second-row partnership with Nathan ‘Wagga’ Hines. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A shirt-makers nightmare: Bakkies BothaBakkies BothaAnother victim of bad press, Botha is a sweetheart really. Sure he hits rucks like Stock, Aitken and Waterman hit the 80s and he has grabbed more shirts than your average dry cleaners, but he smiles while he does it.He earned every ban he has gotten and sometimes he takes it too far, but when it is all over we will fondly remember the full-blooded South African who never got the credit he deserved for being a brilliant player as well.Martin JohnsonThe image of Johnno with two opposition players in his hands will live on forever and the ogre-ish way he lifted the Webb Ellis trophy sideways, roaring like a slack-jawed bear will be an eternal reminder of the lock’s approach to the game.Johnson had stellar success in his career, but he always played every match like a wounded beast. One of the game’s true greats.Richie McCawTough, picking between McCaw and Jerry Collins, but McCaw almost single-handedly won the 2011 Rugby World Cup with an obliterated foot. He couldn’t train, but he could dominate rugby games. He’s probably had more stitches than a first-time cross country class.How often must McCaw get punched at the ruck and we don’t get to see? A lot, I’m guessing.Schalk BurgerThe guy is making a comeback from bacterial meningitis, after an operation on his spine and calf and knee problems. He cannot be stopped. Not by conventional means, anyway. We all know who he is. Did you know he’s only 30? He’ll probably hang a round forever, waiting to run 20 yards towards every single ruck.Missing: Collins, looking like a pumped-up pint of GuinnessUndoubtedly one of the hardest brutes in recent years.My Word, look at the reserve list: Honourable mentions must go out to these fellas. Deep Breath. Thierry Dusautoir, Serge Betsen, Stephen Ferris, Paul O’Connell, Brian ‘The Chiroractor’ Lima, Martyn Williams, Lewis Moody, Jerry Collins, Nathan Hines, Mario Ladesma, Mamuka ‘Gorgodzilla’ Gorgodze, Jason White, Brian O’Driscoll and Jonny Wilkinson.There will be countless more but please don’t shout at us. This is just a bit of fun!last_img read more

Lions 2017: What to do when touring New Zealand

first_imgFor more information on visiting New Zealand, visit newzealand.comFor the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Face off: The All Blacks perform the haka in front of the Lions in 2005. Photo: Getty Images It all started with me jumping off the tallest building in the southern hemisphere. Okay, that’s not quite true. First there was an incredible lunch at The Sugar Club at the top of Auckland’s Sky Tower with former All Blacks John Kirwan and Bryan Williams – and fabulous views of the city. Then there was a quick visit to Eden Park, venue for two of the three British & Irish Lions Tests against New Zealand next summer, before returning to the tower to do the SkyJump.Sadly the weather had taken a turn for the worse but stepping off a ledge 192 metres high and falling for a little more than ten seconds was somewhat exhilarating – once I’d actually made that step off of course. Your whole body is telling you, ‘No, this is not a good idea’ but once you make the move it really is a thrill. In fact, I wish it had lasted a little longer!High rise: The Sky Tower dominates the Auckland skyline. Photo: Getty ImagesSo what was this all in aid of? Well, the idea was to show journalists the sort of things Lions fans could do in the Land of the Long White Cloud during next year’s tour – and it turns out there is plenty.Enjoy getting out on the water? Take a boat trip around the Bay of Islands, a little further north from where the tour kicks off in Whangarei. I was lucky enough to see dolphins up close the day that we ventured out from Paihia Wharf – and I’d highly recommend a meal at Charlotte’s Kitchen or The Duke of Marlborough. There’s also the opportunity to find out more about New Zealand’s history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.Before watching the Chiefs v Lions game, stroll around Hamilton Gardens. Built on the city’s old rubbish dump, the transformation is phenomenal with a series of enclosed themed gardens as well as acres of grounds to walk around. Hobbiton is also a short drive away if you want to see where the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Tips for fans travelling to New Zealand for the 2017 Lions tour Mini house: Hobbiton offers a chance to see one of the Hobbit film setsRotorua has geysers galore and is the place to learn more about Maori culture. A group of us were actually taught to do the haka but the less said about our efforts the better – I doubt it would have scared a group of schoolchildren let alone an international rugby team.Wellington is the capital – although many Aucklanders are begrudging of this – and the culinary offerings are varied. A fine meal was had at Ortega while Hippopotamus restaurant at the Museum Art Hotel is famed in the city. Te Papa museum is running an incredible exhibition on Gallipoli while a wine-tasting in nearby Wairarapa is a must for any vino aficionados.And that’s just the north island – the Lions play in the southern cities of Christchurch and Dunedin too. So there’s little chance of being bored if you make the trip south next summer.last_img read more

Escarpment House / Takt Studio

first_img Area:  258 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects “COPY” Landscape: Photographs:  Shantanu Starick Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Design Team:Katharina Hendel, Brent DunnClients:Christopher PerrinsEngineering:Northrop EngineeringCity:ThirroulCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shantanu StarickRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionText description provided by the architects. Set in the coastal suburb of Thirroul, close to the local beach, this residence draws its inspiration not from the waves lapping on its doorstep but from the dominating landscape feature of the area, the Illawarra Escarpment. The edge of the Southern Highlands Plateau is the ever present weather maker of the region, trapping clouds and shading its foothills from the sun in winter while commanding views towards the west with the light playing across its cliff face. These cliffs have been formed through erosion and expose the geological layering within. Claystone, Shale and Sandstone layers are interlaced with a coal seam running through the lower part of the slope. Dubbed the Escarpment House, this residence takes clues from these geological layers surrounding it with its structure layered similarly. A black concrete slab and portal structure forms the lower living areas referencing the coal seam running underneath it, while layers of lighter materials and natural timbers dominate the upper level in reference to the 1800s timber industry in search for the ‘red gold’, the Australian Red Cedar that supported the earliest settlements along its slope.Save this picture!© Shantanu StarickSave this picture!Upper floorSave this picture!© Shantanu StarickA timber frame hugs and embraces the spaces to the south. The brief for this project asked for a flexible home that would suit the owner living, working from home, but also accommodate, sustain and delight family life. It includes three bedrooms plus library and an office space, both with a separate entry. Living areas are located downstairs as large, open and airy spaces framed by the concrete portals to relate to the garden, while the bedrooms are tucked away upstairs where the house takes on a more enclosed, homely feel. Intensely customised, it features purpose built timber door furniture, handmade steel lights, steel door jambs against the concrete columns, and a FC clad bathroom as a counterpoint to the recent land release developments of limited variability in the area. As such its creation relied upon the skills of local craftsmen – flaming and quenching the raw steel tube lights in hot oil to protect them from the elements and crafted timber details seen throughout the house such as the light brackets, timber clad bathroom box and custom entry door.Save this picture!© Shantanu StarickIts construction sequence required each concrete portal to be self-supporting to be formed up first, before any wall and floor framing was erected; an engineering feat creating a most beautiful ruinous appearance whose character has been retained by spacing joinery, wall and ceiling finishes away from the concrete to reveal the shape in its entirety. The highly customised character and experimental material choices deliberately shun product for craftsmanship, and resulted in an excellent cost – value outcome. It relied on a close working relationship with the owner, architect and builder. It drew heavily on skills outside the normal job description of the building team. The home is designed to require minimal heating and cooling with cross and chimney ventilated spaces, north facing glazed areas and various shading devices. Materials were chosen to age gracefully in the coastal environment and for their lower embodied energy and durability. Natural timbers play against the FC cladding reminiscent of the coastal shacks of the area. The concrete slab and portals can provide a building platform many years after the rest of the house may eventually reach the end of its life.Save this picture!© Shantanu StarickProject gallerySee allShow lessCap St-Martin House / Bourgeois + Lechasseur architectesSelected ProjectsHandlebar Cafe / Architecture PLBSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927455/escarpment-house-takt-studio Clipboard Escarpment House / Takt Studio CopyHouses•Thirroul, Australia ArchDaily Australia Year:  Manufacturers: AHJ, Brett Howard, Forest Furniture, Paiano Custom Kitchenscenter_img Houses Photographs Treehouse Builder: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927455/escarpment-house-takt-studio Clipboard “COPY” Bricon Projects 2016 Architects: Takt Studio Area Area of this architecture project Escarpment House / Takt StudioSave this projectSaveEscarpment House / Takt StudioSave this picture!© Shantanu Starick+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyAbout this officeTakt StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookThirroulAustraliaPublished on October 31, 2019Cite: “Escarpment House / Takt Studio” 31 Oct 2019. 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Delegate fees announced for the National Fundraisers’ Convention 2003

first_imgDelegate fees announced for the National Fundraisers’ Convention 2003 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Institute of Fundraising has announced fees for next year’s National Fundraisers’ Convention which will be held from 7 – 9 July at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.The fees are £695 for the two-day rate (Monday 4.00pm – Wednesday 4.00pm) and £795 for the three-day rate (Monday 10.00am – Wednesday 4.00pm).These prices are based on single occupancy with a discount of £160 available for delegates wishing to share a room. Surcharges apply for non-members and for bookings made after the early bird booking deadline of 4 April 2003. Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 November 2002 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Institute added that there will be 40 bursaries for residential places and 60 bursaries for day places available to individual members. It is not possible to book at present. Booking details will be announced to members in January 2003. Details of the bursaries will be announced at a future date.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

COVID-19 hot spot

first_imgHoustonThe National Black United Front in Houston toured the Harris County Jail on May 19, Malcolm X’s 95th birthday, to observe the conditions facing the prisoners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Black prisoners make up half of those incarcerated, despite being only 18 percent of the Harris County adult population.The public report issued by NBUF explains that, with over 8,000 prisoners and 2,000 staff at the third largest jail in the country, the Harris County Jail is a hotspot for the virus to spread.Kofi Taharka outside the Harris County Jail, May 19.Kofi Taharka, national chair of the NBUF, told Workers World, “Prisoners are stacked on top of each other. Every American should spend one night in jail. It is not fit for humans, particularly during an international pandemic. Social distancing? The sheer number of prisoners, guards, medical staff, custodians makes that impossible.”Only 1,500 prisoners had been tested by the day of the tour, but one-half tested positive and three had died. Many prisoners told NBUF of being tested but never being informed of the results.“The population is housed in very close quarters, in bunk beds in pods of 24 people. This jail is a COVID-19 hot spot. There is considerable fear and frustration among the prisoners,” Taharka said. “There is no place in the Harris County Jail where I saw social distancing being practiced.”Major crime: 75 percent of incarcerated in jail are awaiting trial!Prisoners said they were given only one mask per week. NBUF was told that because judges are not working due to the virus, bail isn’t being set very often, and most prisoners can’t afford bail anyhow. Seventy-five percent of those incarcerated are awaiting trial — never convicted of any crime.Convicted prisoners were anxious to leave and be sent to the state prison system. One frustrated man told NBUF, “I’m ready to go to TDCJ [Texas Department of Criminal Justice] but can’t. They’re not accepting any new prisoners.”A Department of Justice investigation in 2009 found that conditions in the jail and treatment of inmates were unconstitutional, and excessive use of force was often unchecked.Between 2005 to 2015, 199 people died in custody at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Of those who died in the jail, 85 percent had not yet been convicted of a crime. University of Texas postdoctoral fellow Amanda Woog has documented nearly 7,000 in-custody deaths in Texas.Over 2,000 additional people in Texas and almost 100,000 more across the country could die from COVID-19 without jail population reductions, according to an April report by the American Civil Liberties Union. “The rate of incarceration in the U.S. has become the country’s Achilles heel,” said Udi Ofer of the ACLU’s Justice Division.“We expected it to be bad, but this is even worse than we thought, and it really should be a wake-up call to everyone,” Ofer said. “The United States has a unique challenge that other nations are not facing, and that is the fact that we are the biggest incarcerator in the world.”The National Black United Front has been a prominent force in Houston’s African-American activist community for decades. Their request to tour the jail was accepted, due to their activism and presence in events affecting their community. NBUF has led many struggles against police brutality and police killings. The sheriff himself, along with his staff, actually led the tour.On Malcolm X’s birthday, NBUF holds annual Feed the Hood events around the country. This year in Houston they distributed 75 bags of nonperishable groceries, toiletries and supplies and 75 specialized kits to unhoused people, which included masks and hand sanitizers.To reduce the risk of COVID-19 at the jail, Taharka concluded there must be an extreme reduction of prisoners in the jail and an increase in court proceedings to process people out of jail. Also lawyers must be allowed to visit their clients.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more