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first_imgMultiverse Mining and Exploration Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc (  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMultiverse Mining and Exploration Plc (formerly Multiverse Resources Plc) is an exploration and mining company in Nigeria licensed to extract zinc, copper, gold, lead, tantalite, tin and barite ores. The company started a granite quarrying operation in 2005 in Ogun State and went from an installed capacity of 600 000 tons per annum to a over 1 millions tons in just over ten years across three locations in Nigeria. Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc has a zinc and lead mine site at Abuni in Awe Local Government Area in Nasarawa State; and is expanding is mining operations to include exploration licenses to cover tin ore, tantalite ore and copper ore. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Multiverse Mining and Exploration Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Housing “COPY” “COPY” Year:  Area:  933 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Yashima Project / Shogo Iwata ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Photographs Japan CopySave this picture!© Shigeo OgawaText description provided by the architects. This building was built in Kagawa Japan. It locates nearby Mt. Yashima, the natural monument of this region, suburb of Takamatu city. Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaWe designed this building as a floating white box which benefits from the scenery of Mt. Yashima.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessmodeLab Dynamic Behaviors in Processing WebinarArticlesAgenda: 4 Ambitions / Rem KoolhaasArticlesProject locationAddress:Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share 2012 Architects: Shogo Iwata Area Area of this architecture project Yashima Project / Shogo IwataSave this projectSaveYashima Project / Shogo IwataSave this picture!© Shigeo OgawaHousing•Takamatsu, Japan Photographs:  Shigeo Ogawa+ 21 Share CopyAbout this officeShogo IwataOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingResidentialHealthcare ArchitectureTakamatsuJapanPublished on December 31, 2012Cite: “Yashima Project / Shogo Iwata” 31 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

first_img 2018 Area:  275 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Chaovarith PoonpholCurated by María Francisca González Share Photographs Lead Architect: Manufacturers: American Standard, Bluescope, COTTO, Hafele, Carini, Laminá, Lamptan, SCG, TOA Photographs:  Chaovarith Poonphol Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Ekkasit Jaeng-anghin Projects Structural Engineer:Tai AthiarpanonDesign Team:Papatsorn, DarinthipCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Chaovarith PoonpholRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. In a neighborhood packed with quarries and highways, three dramatic planes keep things cool and quiet for a family of five in this Anghin Architecture-designed house. The Chonburi Sila House is located in Thailand’s Chonburi province, a heavily industrialized area dubbed the Detroit of Asia. This particular house’s neighborhood is a jumble of factories, warehouses, and eight-lane highways. The environment is loud, dusty and not all that pretty.Save this picture!© Chaovarith PoonpholThe Chonburi Sila House is therefore designed to shield its occupants. One three sides of its plot, it contends with the fumes and cacophony of industrial activity, leaving only the Southern edge looking into a warren of low-slung houses and overgrown yards. As a result, the structure is designed to project solidity and privacy in all but one direction, the garden to its south. The mineral quality of the dramatic planes making up the house’s structure echoes the surrounding quarries and factories.Save this picture!Lower Floor PlanThe angular surfaces carve out three main volumes evoking the massive stones (or sila in Thai) being pulverized nearby. These planes also shield residents from viewing the nearby motorways and junkyards, while at the same time, they provide each volume with views channeled toward the garden to the South. The three soaring dividers anchoring the house’s design give away very little as to the true shape and size of the interior volumes. From some angles, the interior seems completely hidden with them, while from indoors and from the garden, the walls seem to almost disappear, making way for a vast sense of openness.Save this picture!© Chaovarith PoonpholNotwithstanding Chonburi’s specific challenges, all of Thailand suffers from an overabundance of daylight and heat. In response, the double walls designed with air-gap insulation slice into the house, a design that catches the breeze, channels it through windows, skylights and carefully positioned openings. This creates effective cross-ventilation so that every part of the house is naturally illuminated yet shielded from the elements.Save this picture!© Chaovarith PoonpholInterior functions are arranged according to the required level of privacy. The entrance and the social areas are on the lower front layer: the first of the three volumes. The middle volume serves as a semi-private area where the main vertical circulation equipped with the skylight is located along with a Buddha praying area, a study area, a toilet and a kitchen. The third volume provides a set of private spaces including bedrooms equipped with private balconies and a bathroom with a skylight and interior garden. Save this picture!© Chaovarith PoonpholProject gallerySee allShow lessSeoul Coffee / LABOTORYSelected ProjectsThe Murray Hotel / Foster + PartnersSelected Projects Share “COPY” Chonburi Sila House / Anghin Architecture Year:  “COPY” ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAnghin ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesThailandPublished on May 17, 2018Cite: “Chonburi Sila House / Anghin Architecture” 16 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Chonburi Sila House / Anghin ArchitectureSave this projectSaveChonburi Sila House / Anghin Architecture CopyHouses•Thailand Houses Architects: Anghin Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Thailandlast_img read more

first_imgSCIAF launches ‘Wee Box’ campaign for Lent  46 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) has launched a home collecting box campaign to run through Lent. The ‘Wee Box‘ campaign has been designed to boost the charity’s Lent campaign income by 50% and specifically to target lapsed donors “who grew up with the SCIAF annual Lent campaign at school and church” and convert them back into regular donors.The campaign has been developed with BD-NTWK Scotland. The campaign includes a microsite, a Google adword campaign and a MySpace page. The microsite includes blogs from SCIAF staff, although technically they don’t appear in blog format e.g. with comments and trackbacks.The campaign is being promoted with Lent packs sent to parishes and schools, a test mailing to 50 Scottish businesses, and a warm mailing to 35,000 SCIAF donors. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 March 2007 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising Scotland 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: corporate direct debit  50 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Bacs’ Big Break campaign raises £150k for 120 charitiescenter_img Howard Lake | 16 September 2013 | News The Big Break campaign which promotes paying by Direct Debit has raised £150,000 for 120 charities between February and June 2013.The campaign is run by Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (Bacs), the company behind Direct Debit. Charities benefiting include Shelter, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Freegle, Age UK and Be Child Cancer Aware.The campaign linked generating more people paying by Direct Debit to donations to charity. Organisations in a number of sectors were encouraged to promote payment by Direct Debit, and for each one set up they would make a donation to a nominated charity. Advertisement Charities were selected by a monthly online vote. Members of the public could propose a charity for the share of a £5,000 donation. During the five month campaign over 120,000 votes were cast. Each month, one charity won £2,000, the runner-up £1,000, and the remaining money was shared by the other nominated charities.Mike Hutchinson of Bacs said that this year’s campaign had been the most successful so far.last_img read more

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving. The new £5 polymer notes have been benefiting charities through the #fivergiver social media campaign, but an auction of some of the more collectable notes has just raised over £200,000 for three charities.Auctioneer Spink & Son sold 232 of the notes on behalf of the Bank of England. They are valuable to collectors because they have very low serial numbers, meaning that they were some of the very first to be printed.The first note, number AA01 000001, was donated to HM The Queen. There are 999,999 fivers with the AA01 prefix.The next lowest serial number note that is publicly available was AA01 000017, which sold for £4,150. The next note, AA01 000018, sold for £2,400.The 232 notes up for auction sold for a total of £203,820.Charity beneficiariesThe three charities that benefited were Bliss, The Lily Foundation, and the Myotubular Trust. They were selected by Bank of England staff.At least one other charity has benefited. The note with the serial number AA01 001945 has been donated to The Churchill War Rooms, an appropriate gift given that sir Winston Churchill appears on the reverse of the new note. Howard Lake | 11 October 2016 | News Tagged with: auction Bank of England Money  112 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Main image: Bank of England AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24  113 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis24 Collectable new £5 notes auctioned for charitieslast_img read more

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more November 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repression continues in Tibet, foreign media still unable to investigate Receive email alerts News ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders deplores the Chinese government’s lack of goodwill towards foreign journalists trying to visit Tibet and its repressions of Tibetans who dare to talk about what has happened to them. A Tibetan monk, for example, was arrested three days ago after speaking openly in a video and answering a foreign journalist’s questions about the torture he underwent in prison.“The simple fact that the freedom of movement and freedom to interview granted to foreign journalists are not been applied in Tibet shows that a state of exception still exists in the province,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The foreign journalists who have managed to get into Tibet confirm that a heavy military and police presence has imposed a climate of fear for most Tibetans. The news blackout is designed to prevent journalists from carrying out an independent evaluation of the toll from last March’s unrest.”The press freedom organisation added: “We above all urge the Chinese government to allow foreign journalists to travel freely to Tibet. The government must also, as a matter of urgency, release all Tibetans held for expressing their views or for providing information about the situation in the province.”Jigme Guri, a Buddhist monk at Labrang monastery (in Gansu province) was arrested by about 50 police and soldiers on 4 November after recording a video in which he spoke openly about the torture to which he was submitted after being arrested in March. He also answered an Associated Press reporter’s questions in September, explaining how he was hung by his arms and beaten to make him confess to leading the March protests in Labrang. The authorities have not provided any information about him since his second arrest.The Chinese authorities announced on 17 October that rules allowing foreign journalists freedom of movement and freedom to interview would remain in force. But these rules do not apply to the Tibetan region, which the press can only visit after obtaining the agreement of the local authorities. Very few of such permits are given to foreign reporters.In August, Agence France-Presse reporters tried to visit the Tibetan region of Garze, in Sichuan province, where soldiers had opened fire on demonstrators a short while before. They managed to get as far as Kangding, but it proved impossible to continue to Garze. On the instructions of the authorities, all drivers were refusing to take foreigners there. The reporters saw a significant military presence in both the cities and the countryside, and strict police control around Buddhist temples.There are many police controls around Tibet and provinces with a Tibetan population, as well as around the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, where a permit has to be obtained in order to travel to Shigatse or Gyantse.No foreign journalist has been able to cover the trials of Tibetans accused of participating in the March riots. According to a recent statement by a Chinese official, at least 55 people have been given prison sentences.Several foreign journalists have told Reporters Without Borders it has become much harder to work in Tibet since the riots. “Far fewer people dare to talk now,” said a European journalist who went to Tibet in August.” “And investigating what happened in March is an ordeal. You can read the fear on their faces.” Like the other journalists, she travelled to Tibet on tourist visa.“The massive army and police presence and the cameras installed in many parts of the city create a general feeling of mistrust and paranoia,” another European reporter said. “The Tibetans know they are taking a big risk if they talk to a foreigner.”A journalist who recently returned from Lhasa said: “Many of the people living in Lhasa are convinced there are microphones and cameras at street corners, in the shops and in taxis. Everyone is suspected of being an informer so they avoid answering questions. People are less afraid in the rural areas.”She added: “Some monasteries are almost empty. It is easy to see that certain monks and guards are there to keep you under surveillance. They try to prevent direct conversations with foreigners.”Tibetan writer and blogger Woeser also described this climate of fear during a visit to Lhasa in August, before she was arrested and forced to leave Tibet.Although some Internet cafés in Lhasa allow foreigners to visit them, websites such as Facebook are often inaccessible. A Tibet specialist living in France said Tibetan online chat forums are much less active since then March events.It has meanwhile been reported that Ludrup Phuntsok, a 23-year-old monk living at Achog Tsenyi monastery in Ngaba, was sentenced on 28 October to 13 years in prison for helping to edit the book “Mahseng Zhedra.” Three other monks at the same monastery received prison sentences for unknown reasons. Documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen and local TV presenter Washu Rangjong are still being held without trial. ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en to go further A Tibetan monk was arrested after speaking openly in a video and answering a foreign journalist’s questions about the torture he underwent in prison. And the freedom of movement and freedom to interview granted to foreign journalists are not been applied in Tibet. Several foreign journalists have told Reporters Without Borders it has become much harder to work in Tibet since March. News Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgSkip Although that mattered little, if any, to millions of other college football fans, it mattered a great deal to Webster.He had been unable to finish his third novel, “House of Kampuchea, Cambodia’s CIA Killing Fields” that had taken six years of research and travel to write.“But, I could not finish the novel because that war was not finished. The story had not ended,” said Webster, who was the program guest at Wednesday’s meeting of the Brundidge Rotary Club. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… In addition to being a writer, Webster is one of the founding fathers and the former chairman of BKR International, an affiliate of accountants and consultants headquartered in New York with 160 firms in 500 offices in 80 countries.Webster had prefaced his presentation to the Rotarians with the story of how his frustration turned into the inspiration for his novel, “2013: Memoirs of a Writer.”He had decided to take a year to travel and write his memoirs of interviews and reflections on life during the year 2013.During that year of travels, Webster recorded significant events, either planned or unplanned. He interviewed Americans who, to him, are significant in the whole scheme of things and told their stories. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Published 3:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2016 “Some of these people, 12 of them, I interviewed and some I had never laid my eyes on,” he said.Among Webster’s unsung heroes was Ernest Hemingway, to whom he was introduced when he was six years old. His dad read “The Old Man and the Sea” to him as it as printed in “Life” magazine and he was forever a fan of the crusty writer.When Webster visited Hemingway’s grave in Ketchum, Idaho, he found an unopened, cold beer on his gravestone.“I looked all around me. I looked up. I popped the beer and drank to Ernest Hemingway,” Webster said with a smile.Webster said he takes pride in having visited every place that was a Hemingway place.”During the year 2013, Webster traveled through five West Africa countries and reported on the mayhem of African life. He traveled through nine former Soviet Republics in Eurasia, from the Baltic Sea down to the Black and Caspian seas.He had reason to and did write his opinions on post-Communist governance, the geopolitical beginning of the Ukraine Civil War and the failed attempts to clean up the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.“It’s amazing, though, that nature takes back over the planet,” he said, in speaking of the nuclear disaster.Webster has traveled the world over and has seen poverty, crime, and corruption in many countries and has seen how people have overcome those conditions with “great spirit.”And, he has come to grips with his own mortality and how he has made sure that his affairs are in order.In fact, he has written his own obituary, “age 96,” he concluded.“I once almost ‘bought the farm,’ and I realized I had to get things ‘in order,’” Webster told the Rotarians. “None of us will get out of this world alive. Write you memoirs. You all have done great things. You will do great things. Put those memories in writing.” Latest Stories Email the author Sheldon Webster, author of 2013: Memoirs of a Writer, A Year of Travel, Interviews and Reflections on Life,” was the program guest of Rotarian Steve Thrash at the Wednesday meeting of the Brundidge Rotary Club. Webster has authored five works and served as a member of the Alabama Writer’s Forum BoardFrustration often invades the life of a writer.Never had that feeling been so unwelcome in Sheldon Webster’s life as it was on New Year’s Day 2013.Webster was watching the college bowl games in his man cave in Birmingham but frustration weighed in heavier than his interest in the games because the Khmer Rouge war tribunal in Phenom Penn continued. Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sponsored Content Webster shares ‘Memoirs’ with Rotarians Print Article You Might Like Massey to be guest for Republican Women Jarrod Massey will be the featured speaker of the Pike County Republican Women next week. The group meets at 11:30… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(ELIZABETH CITY, N.C.) — A sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a Black man while executing a search warrant in North Carolina on Wednesday, authorities said.The shooting occurred at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET as deputies from the Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve the man — identified as Andrew Brown Jr. — a search warrant at his home in Elizabeth City, about 170 miles northeast of Raleigh. Brown was fatally wounded during the encounter, according to Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten.“It’s been a tragic day,” Wooten said at a brief press conference Wednesday.Wooten told reporters he wasn’t sure of Brown’s age, but court records show he was 42.The unnamed deputy who fired the fatal shot has been placed on administrative leave pending a review by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, according to Wooten, who vowed to be “transparent and take the proper actions based on the findings.”“I have put together a team of local law enforcement to come to Pasquotank County to ensure the safety and protection of the citizens in our community,” the sheriff said.The deputy was wearing an active body camera but the sheriff said he will not be releasing the footage at this time.“We are currently working that right now as hard as we can,” Wooten told reporters. “We will be transparent with this situation, absolutely.”Wooten declined to say what the search warrant was for or how many shots were fired.Masha Rogers, the special agent in charge of the northeastern district of North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, said investigators will conduct a thorough probe before turning their findings over to Andrew Womble, the district attorney for North Carolina’s first prosecutorial district.“He will make a determination about any criminal charges,” Rogers told reporters.Womble said his office will be looking for “accurate answers and not fast answers.”“This will not be a rush to judgement,” Womble told reporters. “We’re going to wait for that investigation as we’re duty bound to do.”Further details on the shooting were not immediately available.Brown’s death is the latest in a slew of officer-involved shootings of Black men, women and children that have sparked protests nationwide and even overseas. Dozens of people, some holding signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Killing Unarmed Black Men,” gathered on Wednesday at the scene of the shooting in Elizabeth City and outside City Hall where the City Council held an emergency meeting.The crowds grew as the sun set, with hundreds blocking traffic on a main thoroughfare of Elizabeth City and another group congregated outside Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Turner Construction CEO Peter Davoren (front) and Michael Bloomberg with 120 Park Avenue (left) and 919 Third Avenue, Bloomberg buildings where renovation costs were inflated in exchange for kickbacks, authorities say.A small Queens glass company sent out a letter in 2017, alerting clients that it had fired three of its employees. It did not say why, but that became clear soon enough.Authorities had discovered an alleged bribery scheme centered not on little-known Jonathan Metal & Glass but on Turner Construction and Bloomberg. Executives from the two giant firms were charged with accepting millions of dollars’ worth of payoffs in exchange for inflating interior construction contracts.Federal authorities raided Turner’s offices in October 2017, roughly a week before the glass shop revealed the firings. One of the terminated employees was later accused in the scheme, along with nearly two dozen other subcontractors and vendors.The federal and state criminal cases against former Turner and Bloomberg employees, as well as the subcontractors, are only now nearing a conclusion. Four former executives of the big firms have pleaded guilty to tax evasion, theft and other charges.By marking up construction costs at Bloomberg offices, executives stole at least $15 million from the media and financial information company, authorities said. They now face prison.As for Turner, although its client was ripped off, the firm was not charged, suffered no apparent blow to its reputation and has continued to win large contracts. Which surprised absolutely no one.Large construction companies often emerge from corruption cases relatively unscathed, even when found to be directly involved in wrongdoing. They pay a fine, issue an apologetic statement and continue to bid on work.But the Turner case also underscores how vulnerable construction is to malfeasance and the persistent appetite of industry players to cheat at every level of the process.“You can never be content with the controls that you set up because people who are looking to pad their invoices are vigilant as well, in a negative sense,” said Dennis Walsh, a former prosecutor with the New York attorney general’s Organized Crime Task Force and a consultant with Guidepost Solutions. “Companies need to think in a forward way and be mindful of the tireless efforts of some contractors to exploit opportunities.”The schemeIn September 2017, a project superintendent for Turner, Vito Nigro, sent a cryptic text message to an air conditioning subcontractor.“When u bringing lunch so we’re done. The other guy is getting married,” he wrote, according to state prosecutors.He was referring not to food but to a series of illicit cash payments that were used in part, to help pay for then-Bloomberg construction manager Michael Campana’s wedding photographer, prosecutors allege. Nigro repeatedly referred to bribes in lunch terms, most often as “sandwiches,” according to the 2018 indictment.The two, along with more than a dozen others, were charged with conspiring with various subcontractors and vendors to award work to certain companies, artificially driving up the costs of construction work at Bloomberg’s offices at 120 Park Avenue and 919 Third Avenue.In return, the subcontractors allegedly provided cash bribes and other kickbacks, including vacations and home renovations, to executives at Bloomberg and Turner. This went on for six and a half years.Finally, a month after Nigro’s message about “lunch,” New York State Police officers and investigators crashed the party.Prosecutors said at the time that the graft turned the New Jersey home of Anthony Guzzone, Bloomberg’s head of global construction, into a “palace.”A separate federal indictment slapped tax-evasion charges on the executives, who had not reported the illicit benefits to the IRS. Attorneys for Nigro and Campana did not comment for this story.The scheme was not novel in the annals of construction fraud. In the past three decades, New York’s largest construction managers have paid millions in fines and penalties to settle similar allegations. But the case was notable for a few key reasons.For one, Bloomberg and Turner are huge, sophisticated companies. Bloomberg, founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and headquartered on Lexington Avenue, is worth as much as $60 billion, according to Burton-Taylor International Consulting. Turner bills itself as the country’s largest construction manager. Its global revenue last year was $14.66 billion, according to ENR.Turner is a subsidiary of German engineering giant Hochtief, which acquired the New York–based construction manager in 1999 for $263 million. Since then, Turner has expanded across the U.S. — where it now has more than 40 offices — and internationally.But size can make corruption harder to find. “Rogue actors” can keep misdeeds under the radar for an extended period at a large company, especially when projects are worth tens of millions of dollars, according to Jodie Kane, head of the Manhattan district attorney’s Rackets Bureau.“It’s easy to skim off what would still be a considerable amount of money for many of us but, in the larger view of the project, is a small fraction,” she said. The alleged involvement of top Bloomberg executives likely made the scheme even harder to stop.“I think it’s easy to go undetected for a long time, even with very rigorous internal compliance and especially when it’s the gatekeeper, who’s supposed to be identifying the compliance, who ends up being a bad actor,” Kane said. “Really, that’s the worst of all possible worlds.”Some elements of a construction contract can be readily inflated if they have no fixed value, such as responding to conditions on a site that emerge during the building process.“If there was a stock that you could buy for a dollar, and someone paid $1.10, you’d know something was up,” said Ronald Goldstock, a private, independent inspector general and construction integrity monitor who was once director of the New York State Organized Crime Task Force. “The construction industry by its very nature is rife with the possibilities of bribery and extortion.”Diana Florence, who spent 25 years at the Manhattan district attorney’s office and headed its Construction Fraud Task Force, said looking at a company’s culture is key in determining its culpability.“There also has to be fairness,” she said. “You can’t indict an entire company, and you shouldn’t, based on a rogue employee.”But some believe Bloomberg should have been prepared for this kind of scheme. Bloomberg’s previous construction manager, Structure Tone, was also accused of overbilling the firm, as well as other clients. Structure Tone pleaded guilty in 2014 to falsifying business records.Also, Nastasi & Associates, a carpentry subcontractor, had warned Bloomberg and Turner of problems with their bidding processes, according to lawsuits filed after the criminal federal and state cases were revealed.The company’s owner, Anthony Nastasi, claims in the suits that after he raised questions, his company was abruptly fired from a Bloomberg project and then blocked from bidding on others, which destroyed his company.“This is how Turner runs its business,” the lawsuit states. “Everyone knows the risk of crossing Turner, and Turner does not hesitate to impose its enormous market power on subcontractors that depend on Turner for work.”The suit, which a Turner spokesperson said has “no merit” and was dismissed in March in a decision now being appealed, also contends that both companies ignored “red flags” that the schemes “reached the highest levels of these companies, permeating through many departments and levels of employees in different areas of the construction business.”“Not only should their compliance programs have caught this scheme, based on the breadth and brazenness of the conduct by their highest-level executives,” the lawsuit claims, “but these companies have long been on alert that their employees, including their highest-level executives, were susceptible to it.”Moving on Three years after being revealed, the federal and state cases against the Turner and Bloomberg executives are coming to a close.Guzzone, whom prosecutors referred to as the scheme’s mastermind, faces up to five years in prison on the federal tax evasion charge and three to nine years for grand larceny in the state case. Ronald Olson, former Turner vice president and deputy operation manager, faces the same sentences. Campana was sentenced to 24 months in prison in the federal case and faces one year in the state case, after pleading guilty to tax evasion and money laundering, respectively.An attorney for Guzzone, Alex Spiro, said in a statement that his client has “accepted responsibility for accepting gratuities and not disclosing certain matters on his taxes and will further explain the circumstances in court.” A lawyer for Olson did not comment.One employee of Jonathan Metal & Glass, Frank Zustovich, pleaded guilty to stealing $50,000 from Bloomberg and agreed to provide authorities with the names of Bloomberg and Turner executives, according to the New York Times. Zustovich, along with at least one other employee fired from Jonathan Metal, now work for another company, GFC Ornamental Metal & Glass, according to LinkedIn.Turner, meanwhile, seems to have emerged with nary a scratch. In New York, the company is serving as construction manager for the Spiral, Tishman Speyer’s Bjarke Ingels–designed office tower. In May it was selected to build out the interiors of Ernst & Young’s offices spanning 18 floors at One Manhattan West. Vornado Realty Trust recently tapped the company to oversee the redevelopment of 2 Penn Plaza.“Clients recognize that the actions of two former employees do not reflect Turner’s true character of honesty and integrity,” the Turner spokesperson said about the Bloomberg case. “Turner actively cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation and applauds their efforts in prosecuting these individuals.”Kane said larger companies are typically better equipped to weather bad press and reputational damage that accompanies criminal convictions. Smaller companies will sometimes shut down and reopen under a new name, she said.But the government rarely tries to put firms out of business, a lesson learned when the conviction of Arthur Andersen in the 2001 Enron scandal triggered the disintegration of the accounting giant, costing thousands of employees their jobs.In determining whether to go after the company itself, prosecutors consider how many people it employs and if there is a way to remedy criminal activity while keeping it in business, according to Kane.“Many of these companies, despite criminal wrongdoing, they do good work in the construction industry,” she said. “So if you can find a way to clean up the culture of the company, but to keep the workers employed, that’s one of the things that we try to do.”Louis Coletti, president of the Building Trades Employers Association, called the cases against Turner — a member of his group — and Bloomberg employees an “aberration.”“At the end of the day, human beings will try to take advantage of any system,” he said. “We do all we can to prevent it, but if anybody goes asunder, rest assured they will be terminated and have been terminated.”Indeed, executives were caught. But by the government, not by the companies. And given the weaknesses inherent in construction contracting, it appears certain such crimes will happen again.In addition to increased corporate vigilance, Florence said, the government needs to make clear it is continuously watching for fraud. Otherwise, companies and their employees will continue to think the risk of getting caught is outweighed by potential rewards. “It’s like Groundhog Day over and over,” she said. Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsTurner Constructionlast_img read more