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Deutsche to advise UKFI

first_img Thursday 10 March 2011 7:48 pm whatsapp Tags: NULL DEUTSCHE Bank has won the government’s biggest advisory mandate since it bailed out failing banks during the financial crisis, with UK Financial Investments (UKFI) bringing the bank on board to secure the privatisation of Northern Rock.UKFI, which manages the government’s stake in nationalised banks, chose Deutsche ahead of Morgan Stanley, which had been considered the front-runner for the deal but is thought to have been ruled out due to conflicts.The government insists that it has not yet decided whether it will float the bank or sell it off to private bidders: “There is no presumption at this stage that any particular option will be pursued and no timeframe has yet been set for the return of the company to private ownership,” UKFI?said.However, the appointment of an adviser makes it likely that the government will start looking for buyers in the coming months. The bank, which comes with branches and IT systems, is estimated to be worth £1.4bn despite recording a £232m loss for last year.Its ready-to-use branches will make it an appealing prospect for a range of banks trying to break into the high street market. Virgin Money, Tesco Bank and National Australia Bank are all thought to be eyeing the sale with interest, as well as JC Flowers, the private equity firm.Santander UK?is unlikely to be a bidder after snapping up 318 RBS branches sold off last year. It is still in the process of integrating a string of purchases over recent years.?The retail banking market will also see Lloyds sell off 600 branches this year under EU mandate due to its taxpayer bailout. whatsapp Share 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 WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap KCS-content Deutsche to advise UKFI Show Comments ▼last_img read more

This is why the Kainos Group and Treatt share prices are rocketing!

first_imgThis is why the Kainos Group and Treatt share prices are rocketing! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Kainos and Treatt. 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. Enter Your Email Address Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. See all posts by Royston Wild UK share prices continue to struggle for traction in end-of-week trading. The FTSE 100 for instance has fallen back to 6,700 points as concerns over the Covid-19 crisis linger. The FTSE 250 was also down more than a percent on fears over the fragile economic recovery.However, the Kainos Group (LSE: KNOS) share price isn’t suffering from this broader risk aversion. This FTSE 250 stock has surged around 20% in Friday business following a positive reception to latest trading numbers. At £13.40 per share, this UK share is within a whisker of hitting new record highs.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…Kainos is on the march!In those fresh financials, Kainos Group said “continued momentum in our business has driven a strong trading performance” in the period from 16 November to today. And, as a consequence, the IT services giant declared that results for the full year to March 2021 would surpass current market expectations.At its Digital Services division, Kainos said: “We continue to work on several substantial, long-term engagements as part of the UK Government’s digital transformation programme.” This includes working with the NHS in combating the Covid-19 crisis, it added.At its Workday Practice unit, the UK share noted that “we continue to win new consulting contracts across all our operating regions.” This is thanks to its “scale, quality and global reach,” Kainos said.The company added that its Smart specialist automated testing platform has continued to drive client acquisitions. The platform helps more than 200 customers worldwide and has a particularly large North American client base.To round off a terrific release, Kainos added: “Our robust pipeline, strong balance sheet and significant contracted backlog underpins our confidence in our outlook.”Another soaring UK shareKainos isn’t the only UK share to go gangbusters on Friday business however. Food and fragrance ingredients maker Treatt (LSE: TET) has also risen strongly after releasing brilliant trading details of its own. At 854p per share, the small-cap was last up 11% from Thursday’s close. This also represents new record peaks.Treatt said it has enjoyed “strong operating performance across multiple categories and customers” in the period since 30 September. It’s also enjoyed “new organic revenue growth and enhanced margins from improving product mix.”As a result, Treatt said profits for the four months of the current financial year (to September) would beat the board’s prior expectations. But the UK share wasn’t done there. It added that it’s “cautiously optimistic that current strong momentum will result in profit before tax and exceptional items for [financial 2021] materially exceeding the current market consensus of £15.1m.” This is despite the problem of Covid-19 headwinds and the risks created by movements on currency and commodities markets.Treatt also noted it’s performing particularly well in its citrus, health & wellness, fruit & vegetables and tea categories. And it said the fast-growing alcoholic seltzer category had created some material new business wins. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Friday, 22nd January, 2021 | More on: KNOS TET I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free.last_img read more

Kado Karim Apartment Complex / SZK UN PARTNERI

first_img Year:  Latvia Photographs “COPY” 2015 CopyApartments•Jūrmala, Latvia Save this picture!© Gatis Rozenfelds+ 15 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Kado Karim Apartment Complex / SZK UN PARTNERI Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Area:  5352 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Architects: SZK UN PARTNERI Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Gatis Rozenfelds, Indriķis StūrmanisDesign Team:Pēteris Kļava, Ivars BrediksInterior Design Team:Karim Rashid, Mareks BirznieksStructural Engineer:Gatis VilksProject Developer:Dzintaru ParksMain Contractors:Skonto BūveArchitect In Charge:Andis SīlisCity:JūrmalaCountry:LatviaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Indriķis StūrmanisRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. Kado Karim represents a popular building type model still relatively new for Latvia – a condominium or co-ownership of service similar to the hotel, however, it is a private estate providing concierge and daily household service.Save this picture!© Indriķis StūrmanisKado Karim apartment complex consists of three freestanding buildings which is appropriate solution for Jurmala context and local mentality, simultaneously creating a harmonious impression of Baltic States architecture. Kado Karim is located close to the Baltic Sea, Dzintari Concert Hall and Dzintari Forest Park. The three buildings – Maison de Karim, Maison de Mer and Maison de Parc – are combined with recessed courtyard entrance to common lobby and underground parking for 47 cars.Save this picture!© Indriķis StūrmanisThere are 14 apartments with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 7 two-level penthouses with an area of 200 – 240 sqm. The ground floor apartment owners has access to garden terraces, other residents have balconies, but the penthouse owners – the roof terrace. Communal areas includes a lobby and a cigar room.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe flowing spatial forms are inspired from the seaside experience – sea smoothed pebble or piece of wood. Sea wave motifs can be observed in the courtyard paving and white exterior finish has as an associations with sunlit resort life.Save this picture!© Indriķis StūrmanisThe extraordinary flowing volume forms creates a new harmonious spatial experience through panoramic windows or roof terraces merging with the surrounding nature. At the same time regular shapes of the bedrooms maintain psychologic ergonomics and proportions. Irregular buildings are designed so that the opposing views do not interfere with the neighbours and maintains privacy.Save this picture!Third Floor PlanThe bright white curved façade finish is made of AI profile frame and Sto Ventec plaster bearing venting panels, seams capped with organic Stolit MP. Exterior paint StoColor Lotusan G has been enhanced with technology which helps to maintain the purity of white colour in the long term.Save this picture!© Indriķis StūrmanisThe technical solutions includes gas heating, ventilation and air recuperation, forced ventilation in the garage, electricity generator, crystal clear artesian bore water, integrated Smart City technology that allows for each owner to adjust technical values remotely with a mobile phone; and a home flavour “Himalaya” specially developed in France for Kado Karim building complex.Save this picture!SectionKarim Rashid is responsible for Maison de Karim interior project, where everything, including the walls are created in curved line aesthetics. In addition interior projects are also created by SZK UN PARTNERI, Mareks Birznieks, Karina and Ulvis Ābiķi (Neoklasika), offering more traditional and orthogonal solutions.Project gallerySee allShow lessDe Resident / architectenbureau cepezed + HofmanDujardinSelected ProjectsWaratah Bay House / Hayne Wadley ArchitectureSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Ikšķiles iela 4, Jūrmala, LV-2015, LatviaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartments Kado Karim Apartment Complex / SZK UN PARTNERISave this projectSaveKado Karim Apartment Complex / SZK UN PARTNERI CopyAbout this officeSZK UN PARTNERIOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsJūrmalaJurmalaLatviaPublished on February 22, 2016Cite: “Kado Karim Apartment Complex / SZK UN PARTNERI” 22 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – EnoWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXPleated ShadesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBlumer LehmannCNC Production for Wood ProjectsMaterials / Construction SystemsCaneplex DesignPoles – Tonkin BambooFibre Cement / ConcreteTegralFibre Cement Slate Roofing – Thrutone Endurance SmoothMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Kado Karim 公寓综合体 / SZK UN PARTNERI是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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Cuba’s flag flies in Washington

first_imgPhoto: Ismael FranciscoWashington, D.C — In a ceremony attended by some 500 invited guests on July 20, the Cuban flag was raised over the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1961, when U.S. imperialism broke relations between the two countries. Other supporters successfully fought back right-wing forces who tried to disrupt the event.Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, foreign affairs minister of Cuba, told those gathered:“The flag that we revere … is the same that was hauled down here 54 years ago, which was zealously kept in Florida by a family of liberators and later on by the museum of our eastern city of Las Tunas, as a sort of premonition that this day would certainly come.“Flying once again in this place is the lone-star flag which embodies the generous blood that was shed, the sacrifices made and the struggle waged for more than 100 years by our people for their national independence and full self-determination, facing the most serious challenges and risks.“Today we pay homage to all those who died in its defense and renew the commitment of the present generations, fully confident on the newer ones, to serve it with honor. …“We’ve been able to make it through this date thanks to the firm and wise leadership of Fidel Castro Ruz, the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, whose ideas we will always revere with utmost loyalty. … This ceremony has been possible thanks to the free and unshakable will, unity, sacrifice, selflessness, heroic resistance and work of our people, and also the strength of the Cuban Nation and its culture.” (, July 20)The 30-person delegation from Cuba presented a rich cross section of Cuba’s social accomplishments and included former diplomats, artists, deputies, scientists, educators, athletes, farmers and religious persons. Of special note were scientist Jorge Berlanga, creator of Heberprot P, a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers that can prevent 77 percent of amputations; and Ernesto Freire Cazañas, who heads the International Department of the Cuban Workers Central Union (CTC) and is a Special Olympics star. Many are members of Cuba’s Council of State.A strong delegation of Cuban-Americans celebrated the opening of the renewed embassy, including more than 80 from Florida. Members of Congress and staff included representatives of the Congressional Black Caucus. Attorneys mingled with activists who contributed decades to defending Cuba’s right to self-determination and sovereignty. Most recently this activity focused on the successful return to Cuba of its defensive state security agents known as the Cuban 5, who had been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998.The flag-raising celebration energized momentum to press forward on ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade, returning Guantánamo to Cuba and ending the funding for U.S. “regime change” programs aimed at Cuba.Cheryl LaBash is a co-chair of the National Network on Cuba. She attended the flag-raising ceremony.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Justice Antonin Scalia, outspoken conservative intellectual, dies at 79

first_imgAssociate Justice Antonin Scalia during the group portrait of the U.S. Supreme Court at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, Friday, Oct. 8, 2010. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt PolitiFrog: Survivor Tuesday roundup World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Richard Escobedo + posts Facebook Richard Escobedo Richard Escobedo Richard Escobedo Linkedincenter_img ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history printSupreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, an outspoken conservative known for his missionary zeal and keen intellect, was remembered Saturday as an “extraordinary individual and jurist.”“His passing is a great loss to the court and the country he so loyally served,” Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Maureen, and his family.”Justice Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday morning at Cibolo Creek Ranch near Marfa, the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington confirmed. Spokeswoman Donna Sellers said Scalia retired Friday evening. He was found dead in his room by resort staff after he did not appear for breakfast.After his appointment in 1986 by President Ronald Reagan, Justice Scalia worked to pull the court closer to the right. He voted consistently to let states outlaw abortions, allow a closer relationship between government and religion, permit executions and limit lawsuits.He was also a champion of originalism, the method of constitutional interpretation that looks to the meaning of words and concepts as they were understood by the Founding Fathers.Antonin Gregory Scalia was born in Trenton, New Jersey on March 11, 1936, the only child of Salvatore Eugene Scalia and Catherine Panaro Scalia.In 1957, Scalia graduated valedictorian from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in history. In 1960, Scalia graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.[<a href=”//″ target=”_blank”>View the story “Justice Scalia Died at 79” on Storify</a>] Richard Escobedo PolitiFrog: Trump, Rubio and Carson Will Cruise Through DFW Ahead of Super Tuesday Linkedin Trump, Rubio and Carson will cruise through DFW ahead of Super Tuesday Previous articleQ&A: Three professors received the Deans’ Research and Creativity AwardNext articleOld Frogs beat Varsity in baseball Alumni game Richard Escobedo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Harry Vincent says TCU lifts suspension for social media posts Twitterlast_img read more

RWB launches Sochi 2014 campaign

first_img RSF_en May 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation “We are doing this in order to renew our support for Russia’s journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders at a crucial moment for freedom of information in that country,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Twenty-eight journalists have been murdered in connection with their work since 2000. The fight against impunity for those who attack and kill journalists is unfortunately still absolutely essential. But, as cracks begin to appear in the Putin regime, monstrous new laws are placing civil society under permanent threat. The authorities now have a repressive legislative arsenal ready to be used when the time comes. “We have no desire to deny Russia the right to project the image of a proud, dynamic and modern country, but we must not be deceived by the universal consensus that surrounds Olympic events. The real events are not those that will be taking place on the ski slopes and, in this other struggle, Russian civil society has more need than ever of our help.“We are also launching this campaign because the challenge extends far beyond Russia’s borders. Russia is a regional model and Moscow’s voice reaches the international stage. Many governments are waiting to see the outcome of the battle under way in the world’s biggest country. Some, such as Azerbaijan, welcome the growing crackdown in Russia as a legitimation of their own repressive measures.” News With just under a year to go until the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Reporters Without Borders activists gathered outside the Russian embassy in Paris today and unfurled a 70-metre-long banner showing the Olympic rings transformed into a bloody knuckleduster to draw attention to the impunity largely enjoyed by those who have attacked and killed journalists in Russia.Today’s demonstration marked the start of an international campaign that will continue until the opening of the Winter Olympics on 7 February 2014. News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing RussiaEurope – Central Asia center_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Receive email alerts to go further March 1, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB launches Sochi 2014 campaign News News Avalanche of repressive laws Ever since Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency last May, the government has had a spate of repressive laws passed in order to prevent the growth of more freedom of information. At the same time that legislation on human rights NGOs and unauthorized demonstrations was made much harsher, defamation was reintroduced into the criminal code after being decriminalized in November 2011.In the name of “protecting minors,” a federal government agency has been given the job of compiling a blacklist of “pernicious” websites that can be blocked without reference to a court and without any right of defence.In recent months, the Duma has been working on draft laws that will serve as large-scale gagging tools. The scope of what is regarded as “high treason” and a “state secret” is to be vastly extended. Tools for circumventing online censorship are to be banned. “Offending the feelings of believers” is to be penalized drastically. The desire to control is plain to see. No “return to normal” for reporting in the Russian Caucasus Despite the Kremlin’s boasts and the now deafening silence from the international media, the situation in the Caucasus is unfortunately anything but “back to normal.” The relative stability imposed in Chechnya has been accompanied by a deathly silence based on fear of a police state and the fatigue of a population traumatized by war.The violence has just moved elsewhere and neighbouring republics such as Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria have been corroded for the past decade by a latent, undeclared civil war in which an Islamist insurrection and human rights violations by the security forces feed on each other to the detriment of the civilian population caught in the crossfire. Enforced disappearances, bombings, extrajudicial executions and every kind of trafficking are all highly sensitive subjects for news providers. The list of murdered journalists continues to grow. To the well-known Anna Politkovskaya must be added Natalia Estemirova, Abdulmalik Akhmedilov, Khadzhimurad Kamalov and many others, whose killers are almost never caught.Read the Reporters Without Borders report on the state of freedom of information in the Russian Caucasus Persistent impunity More than a year after Khadzhimurad Kamalov, the influential founder of the independent weekly Chernovik, was murdered in Dagestan, the investigation has produced no results. Why is that? Why has the instigator of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder never been identified? Why have the violent attacks on Oleg Kashin and Mikhail Beketov never been solved, despite firm assurances by senior officials? This state of affairs just perpetuates the violence. At least two journalists were killed and 33 were physically attacked in connection with their work in 2012.On the same subject, read this September 2012 op-ed by Christophe Deloire on Huffington Post: “Prison bars cannot hold back the wind of freedom”. 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Death of Limerick fashion designer

first_imgNewsDeath of Limerick fashion designerBy Editor – April 10, 2015 804 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter First Irish death from Coronavirus Email Print Linkedin Shannondoc operating but only by appointment TAGSfashionfeaturedGrafton AcademyHSE CollegeIb JorgensonJohn McNamaraKingston CollegelimerickLimerick Fashion WeekMichael McNamaraNora McNamara center_img Limerick webinar on Slow Fashion & Capsule Wardrobe Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articlePlanning approval for €100 million Limerick retail projectNext articleLimerick Council visit to France cost €10,128 Editor The late John McNamara.Well-known Limerick fashion designer John McNamara died last night after a short illness.Aged 55, he trained at the Grafton Academy in Dublin and Kingston College in London. He worked with top international designer Ib Jorgenson before returning to set up business in his native Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He was very involved with the Limerick fashion week and the Limerick International Student Fashion awards.Son of the late Nora McNamara, founder of the HSI Business College and brother of RTÉ radio presenter and HSI director Michael McNamara, he is survived by a wide circle of relatives and friends.last_img read more

Number of hospital managers jumps dramatically

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Number of hospital managers jumps dramatically FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Facebook Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – August 21, 2018 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Previous articleTwo- thirds of people deem broadband service insufficientNext articleFuneral of Bundoran crash victim takes place today News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 The number of managers within the HSE is almost double the amount six years ago, at a time when frontline staffing numbers is at an all time low.Figures obtained by Fianna Fail show that there are 1,329 managers at Grade VIII and above currently employed by the HSE, an increase of 585 since 2012.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says while managerial roles are an integral part of the health service, staff is needed on the ground to tackle the health care crisis:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

California mom disappears after leaving for pandemic road trip

first_imgCHP-Morongo Basin/FacebookBy KARMA ALLEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing California mom who vanished after leaving for what she called a “pandemic road trip,” according to her family.Erika Lloyd, 37 of Walnut Creek, California, disappeared more than a month ago, after embarking on a seven-hour drive to Joshua Tree National Park on June 14. Family members said they lost contact with her two days later.Authorities located her black Honda Accord, abandoned and damaged, that same day near Twentynine Palms, a city located in the southern Mojave Desert, about 500 miles from her hometown and not far from her vacation destination.The front and back windshields of Lloyd’s car were broken, but police said there were no signs of foul play at the scene.“We both feel like that she could still be out here, she could be with people, somebody could have taken her in,” her father, Wayne Lloyd, told ABC affiliate KESQ-TV. “We are hopeful as of this time the sheriff’s department hasn’t seen anything negative.”Nathan Lewis, a ranger at the Joshua Tree park where the vehicle was found, said it’s unclear if Lloyd had camped there before she disappeared.“When the vehicle was noticed inside of the campgrounds there was no camping equipment directly associated with or in the vicinity of it,” Lewis told KESQ. “So we can’t confirm or deny that the individual camped or stayed in the park.”They said she took the trip to help get her mind off the ongoing pandemic.“She seemed like she was fine,” her mother, Ruth Lloyd, told KESQ. “Being in lockdown for almost three months not being able to work and she was trying to home school her son, it was starting to get to her, the pressure and not having any income.”She said she fears that her daughter may have gotten into an accident and became disoriented.“We don’t know if she had some memory loss when she got hit by the airbag,” Ruth Lloyd said. “Maybe she doesn’t know who she is, we don’t know, we aren’t sure about her mental state.”Ruth Lloyd said she’s been helping to care for her daughter’s 12-year-old son, who hasn’t stopped asking about her since she left.“Are you calling about my mom? Are you talking to people? Wayne would say, ‘Yeah, we are trying to find your mom.’ So he misses her,” Ruth Lloyd said. “We know we are not the only family that has gone through this.”The family said it’s working with Doug Billings, a cave and mine expert, who helped locate the body of 19-year-old Erin Corwin in a mine near Joshua Tree in 2014.“In this case, I know the area particularly from the Erin Corwin search,” said Doug Billings. “But it’s the same general area, just a little less isolated than Erin’s case.”“We hiked up and down the washes and canyons that are at the foothill of the mountains there,” he added.Police said anyone with information on Lloyd’s whereabouts should contact the Walnut Creek Police Department or the Morongo Basin California Highway Patrol office, which is investigating the case. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Surviving the cold: molecular analyses of insect cryoprotective dehydration in the Arctic springtail Megaphorura arctica (Tullberg)

first_imgBackground: Insects provide tractable models for enhancing our understanding of the physiological and cellular processes that enable survival at extreme low temperatures. They possess three main strategies to survive the cold: freeze tolerance, freeze avoidance or cryoprotective dehydration, of which the latter method is exploited by our model species, the Arctic springtail Megaphorura arctica, formerly Onychiurus arcticus (Tullberg 1876). The physiological mechanisms underlying cryoprotective dehydration have been well characterised in M. arctica and to date this process has been described in only a few other species: the Antarctic nematode Panagrolaimus davidi, an enchytraied worm, the larvae of the Antarctic midge Belgica antarctica and the cocoons of the earthworm Dendrobaena octaedra. There are no in-depth molecular studies on the underlying cold survival mechanisms in any species. Results: A cDNA microarray was generated using 6,912 M. arctica clones printed in duplicate. Analysis of clones up-regulated during dehydration procedures (using both cold-and salt-induced dehydration) has identified a number of significant cellular processes, namely the production and mobilisation of trehalose, protection of cellular systems via small heat shock proteins and tissue/cellular remodelling during the dehydration process. Energy production, initiation of protein translation and cell division, plus potential tissue repair processes dominate genes identified during recovery. Heat map analysis identified a duplication of the trehalose-6-phosphate synthase (TPS) gene in M. arctica and also 53 clones co-regulated with TPS, including a number of membrane associated and cell signalling proteins. Q-PCR on selected candidate genes has also contributed to our understanding with glutathione-S-transferase identified as the major antioxdidant enzyme protecting the cells during these stressful procedures, and a number of protein kinase signalling molecules involved in recovery. Conclusion: Microarray analysis has proved to be a powerful technique for understanding the processes and genes involved in cryoprotective dehydration, beyond the few candidate genes identified in the current literature. Dehydration is associated with the mobilisation of trehalose, cell protection and tissue remodelling. Energy production, leading to protein production, and cell division characterise the recovery process. Novel membrane proteins, along with aquaporins and desaturases, have been identified as promising candidates for future functional analyses to better understand membrane remodelling during cellular dehydration.last_img read more