NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) HY2015 Presentation

first_imgNCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the half year.For more information about NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: NCBA Group PLC (NCBA.ke)  2015 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileNCBA Group Plc is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate sectors. It also offers stock brokerage, bancassurance, leasing and investment banking services through operations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products and services to unsecured and secured loans, secured diaspora loans, property purchase loans and insurance premium financing as well as asset-based lending, capital expenditure loans and construction loans. NIC Bank Limited offers institutional banking services to non-government organisations, diplomatic missions and their affiliate donor/aid entities as well as government institutions, multi-nationals, domestic corporates and medium- to high-net worth individuals. Formerly known as NIC Bank Limited, the company changed its name to NIC Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. NCBA Group Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Hut in Tsujido / Naoi Architecture & Design Office

first_img Houses 2015 CopyAbout this officeNaoi Architecture & Design OfficeOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJapanPublished on January 25, 2016Cite: “Hut in Tsujido / Naoi Architecture & Design Office” 25 Jan 2016. 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 Naoi Architecture & Design Office Hut in Tsujido / Naoi Architecture & Design Office Hut in Tsujido / Naoi Architecture & Design OfficeSave this projectSaveHut in Tsujido / Naoi Architecture & Design Office 2015 Interior Design: Photographs Area:  245 m² Area:  245 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Structural Engineer:Nawaken gym Country:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hiroshi UedaRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesText description provided by the architects. The site of this project was a vacant, untouched plot of land next to the existing suburban residence. Fortunately, the surrounding of the site is under the management of the city authority as a green space, and it will be kept as it is in the future–therefore the client hoped to maintain the feel of nature in their daily lives, while enjoying the time spending on gardening or having meals outside of the house.Then, we proposed a simple, hut-like residence corresponding to the scenery; from inside, the surrounding nature is to be enjoyed as a view; when staying outside, being the integral part of the nature is to be appreciated. Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaThe 1st floor consists of three zones, including a living area, a dining and kitchen area, and a utility area, while each area is divided by a slit of ‘doma’ space – dirt floor space in exposed concrete finish – , allowing them to have the sense of continuity from the exterior space to the interior space. The bedroom is allocated on the 2nd floor, clearly distinguished as a private space to be hidden like an attic, compared to the open atmosphere of the spaces on the 1st floor.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe floor levels are designed to be a skip floor, in corresponding to the topographic conditions of the site. The dining and kitchen area is sunken into the ground–this enables the dining table and the terrace to be at the same height, giving integrated feeling with the garden, while the garden and the scenery beyond the site may be viewed at the eye level from the kitchen.Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaThe openings of the house are fitted with grid windows, so that the surrounding nature can be taken into the daily life as symbolic, filtered and framed view through this architectural gesture. The transom openings produced by the structural conditions allow to bring in soft indirect light throughout the daytime, providing openness to the interior space.Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaResponding to the concept of a “hut”, the main structure of this house is produced in wood, while the roof is designed to be a simple truss structure with vertical struts in steel. In order to maintain the openness of the interior space with the sloped ceiling, the roof truss is exposed, yet the thin steel frames of the trusses maintain delicacy and make it possible to be harmonized with the interior space.Save this picture!SectionThe accumulation and balance of each design element of the house enables the residents to enjoy sophisticated, yet simple and unpretentious daily lives. Even if technologies or the sense of value change in times, we hope this architecture, designed to fulfill the universal desire to feel nature, will be appreciated and loved for a long time. Save this picture!© Hiroshi UedaProject gallerySee allShow lessScott Merrill Named 2016 Richard H. Driehaus Prize LaureateArchitecture NewsJohn Hejduk’s Jan Palach Memorial Opens in PragueArchitecture News Share “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Hiroshi Ueda+ 17 Sharecenter_img ArchDaily Architects: Naoi Architecture & Design Office Area Area of this architecture project Japan photographs:  Hiroshi UedaPhotographs:  Hiroshi Ueda ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/780806/hut-in-tsujido-naoi-architecture-and-design-office Clipboard Projects Landscape Design: Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/780806/hut-in-tsujido-naoi-architecture-and-design-office Clipboard Naoi Architecture & Design Office “COPY” CopyHouses•Japanlast_img read more

Children in Need

Children in Need AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 annual BBC Children in Need appeal takes place on Friday, and for the first time the charity is running an online auction with QXL. Read UK Fundraising’s coverage of past appeals, including their online fundraising activities. Howard Lake | 15 November 2000 | News  83 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

Oxfam’s first shop manager wins Pride of Britain award

first_imgJoe started work for Oxfam in 1949, runing the charity’s administration at its office in Broad Street, Oxford. He turned round the income from the first Oxfam shop on the ground floor from a part time £1,500 a year operation to a £10,000 a year professional shop in 1953. Joe helped expand Oxfam’s network of charity shops nationwide, becoming Oxfam’s Head of Trading before retiring in 1982, when there were nearly 800 Oxfam Shops.Incidentally, Victoria Beckham’s visit to the Notting Hill Oxfam shop, the shop has seen “a 70% increase in clothing donations”, with the result that the shop now receives at least 20 bags of donated items within the first hour of opening the doors in the morning. The shop has also reported a 300% increase in the number of people going into the store that is located near Portobello market. Oxfam says that other Oxfam shop managers around the country have also reported “a noticeable increase in young and trendy people visiting the shops in search of high glamour at affordable prices.”Joe was interviewed in Oxfam’s ‘Ask Oxfam’ section recently, where you can also view a video of an interview with him. Tagged with: Awards Recruitment / people Trading 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.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 December 2006 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Joe Mitty, Oxfam’s first paid employee in 1949, has won a Lifetime Achievement in the Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards for his contribution to establishing Oxfam shops.Joe found out he had won the award when Victoria Beckham paid a surprise visit, arranged by the Daily Mirror, to the Notting Hill Oxfam Shop where Joe was meeting staff.Joe dedicated the award to the 21,000 volunteers who give their time each week to work in Oxfam Shops, because “they are talented, ingenious, hard working, they are the reason Oxfam Shops are such a big success,” he said. Advertisement Oxfam’s first shop manager wins Pride of Britain awardlast_img read more

Handbag Amnesty to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

first_imgCancer Research UK and online lifestyle magazine handbag.com are holding a Handbag Amnesty throughout September to offer women the chance to bid for a celebrity designer handbag and raise funds for the charity.Cancer Research UK and handbag.com are asking celebrities to donate a designer handbags to the campaign. They will then be auctioned on Cancer Research UK’s eBay presence in October to tie in with breast cancer awareness month.The campaign also encourages members of the public to donate a handbag that is still in good condition to their local Cancer Research UK shop.www.cancerresearchuk.org  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 June 2008 | News Handbag Amnesty to raise funds for Cancer Research UK 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity corporate Eventslast_img read more

Threats and arson attacks on media in southern Yemen

first_img Follow the news on Yemen United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF March 16, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Threats and arson attacks on media in southern Yemen February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions January 6, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information RSF_en YemenMiddle East – North Africa Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the intimidatory practices of Yemen’s security services, particularly in the south of the country.“Threats, harassment and abduction of journalists, and blockades and torching of premises and newspaper consignments have become standard fare for Yemen’s independent media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The security services responsible for these abuses must cease to enjoy total impunity.”Police and anti-terrorism personnel led by Sanad Abdallah Bader Al-Maisari, a local official, threatened Agence France-Presse stringer Fawaz Mansour Al-Haidari in Mansoura, in the southern governorate of Aden on 10 March.Three gunmen burst into his home at around 9:30 p.m., insulted him and aimed their guns at him. He has been hounded by the security forces for nearly three months and has received threatening messages on his mobile phone. Al-Maisari reportedly told him: “No one will be able to protect you. I will kill you. You can no longer live in Aden. And if you tell anyone about this, I will kill you. I give you three days.”Before leaving his home, the security agents methodically erased all the threatening messages that had been left on his mobile phone. After the intrusion, Al-Haidari filed a complaint about it with the police, who said they would investigate.The Aden region has few independent journalists. Al-Haidari is one of the brave reporters covering the south of the country although it exposes them to the risk of reprisals by the intelligence services.A bus carrying 19,000 copies of the newspaper Al-Akhbar Al-Yom and the English-language newspaper Yemen Fox that were to have been distributed in the southern cities of Taiz, Lahij, Ibb and Dhalie was intercepted in Al-Houta on 11 March and its contents were torched. Two men threatened the driver at gunpoint and forced motorcyclists to remove the fuels from their tanks and use it to burn the newspapers. Reprisals would be taken against the distributors if they continued to sell these two newspapers, the gunmen warned.Yemen Fox reported that the premises of Al-Akhbar Al-Yom in Dhalie governorate were the target of an arson attempt on 8 March. Gunmen also closed the newspaper for two weeks and set fire to newsstands that sold it.The latest in a long series of media freedom violations, these shocking attacks and threats are being carried out or orchestrated by the security services with the aim of reining in independent media that distinguished themselves by their coverage of last year’s mass uprising.Reporters Without Borders already reported blockades of the newspapers Al-Thawra and Al-Jomhuryah in early February.The national security authorities are meanwhile continuing to restrict the movements of Al-Jazeera correspondent Ahmed Al-Shalafi. His passport, confiscated by former interior minister Rashed Al-Masri when he tried to renew it a year ago, is still being held by the authorities. This prevents him from travelling around Yemen and doing his job as a reporter.An Al-Yemen Al-Yom TV crew consisting of reporter Ahmed Ghilan Al-Mathi’r, cameraman Razmi Al-Harazi and driver Faysal Al-Shami was detained for several hours by members of the first armoured division while doing a report on illegal arrests in Sanaa on 13 March. The soldiers confiscated their equipment and mobile phones. News February 11, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa Related documents Threats and arson attacks on media in southern Yemen – arabic versionPDF – 39.23 KB Newslast_img read more

Mayor welcomes 20 new jobs for Limerick in coming months

first_imgMayor welcomes 100 new jobs in Limerick and the Mid-West Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis NaughtonPicture: Sean Curtin Previous articleLimerick Fringe Festival returning for a fun filled second yearNext articleMore measles cases in Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Minister Denis Naughten for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Picture: Sean Curtin Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site and Minister Denis Naughten for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Picture: Sean Curtin Minister Denis Naughten for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site and Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Stephen Keary. Picture: Sean Curtin Limerick schoolchildren participate in Regional Climate Hope Forum Deputy Brendan Griffin of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Minister Denis Naughten for Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site.Picture: Sean Curtin 1 of 5 Twitter Voices of Limerick join Emerald Isle Sings! Festival Facebook The Mayor of the City and County of Limerick is welcoming the announcement. Mayor Stephen Keary said: “The commitment by 4site shown by this significant investment of €250,000 and the creation of 20 jobs, shows 4site’s commitment to Limerick city and the mid west region. The new Fibre Centre of Excellence will bring together all the expertise and innovation in the sector under one roof here in Raheen in Limerick, providing an ideal conditions to be creative and innovative.”Dr Pat Daly, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development with Limerick City and County Council said: “It is fantastic to see a local company expanding its operations here, and being at the forefront of advances in the areas of fibre design and communications technology.”“It’s great to see 4site setting up the centre of excellence here in Raheen, but with an eye overseas and involving graduates from the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology as it continues its expansion.” He concluded.More about business here. Linkedin Indigo Telecom Group announces plans to recruit 100 people to its International Fibre Centre of Excellence in Limerick through its Irish subsidiary 4site Niall Looney, Operations Director of 4site, Ian Duggan, CEO of 4site and Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Stephen Keary. Picture: Sean Curtin4site, the leaders in designing, building and maintaining network infrastructure for owners and operators of distributed networks across Ireland and the UK, has invested €250,000 in their headquarters in Limerick to create Ireland’s first ‘Fibre Centre of Excellence’. 4site plans to expand their team further by adding 20 additional positions over the coming months.Established in 2002, 4site currently employs 70 highly skilled professionals. 4site provides innovative engineering solutions for major infrastructural developments in telecommunications, power, renewables and multi-site networks. Clients include Vodafone, SIRO, Cignal, Huawei, Netshare, 2RN (RTE), Three, Ericsson, Nokia and enet. Their highly skilled in-house technical teams design, survey, build and maintain world-class communications networks, adapting technology, tools and processes to deliver reliable and future-proofed turnkey services for clients.The new 4site will bring together the expertise of fibre design, survey and planning engineers who will continually innovate how fibre networks are designed and delivered, while also focusing on specialised training for graduate engineers to meet not just the current demands, but future 5G or next generation network developments. In fact, the company offers a very successful graduate programme, complete with their own specially created training programmes, to upcoming graduates from Limerick Institute of Technology, University of Limerick and further afield.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ETB announces appointment of main contractor for construction of new Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom TAGS4siteDr Pat DalyFibre centre of ExcellenceStephen Keary Print Advertisement Email NewsBusinessMayor welcomes 20 new jobs for Limerick in coming monthsBy Staff Reporter – February 7, 2018 1989 Dawn of a new era for education in Croom last_img read more

Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off

first_img Facebook Facebook Local News Don’t Mess with Texas Trash Off Twitter Pinterest By admin – April 5, 2018 WhatsApp Twitter 2018 DMWT Registration FormKeep Odessa Beautiful is inviting volunteers for the “Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off,” Texas’ signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program.The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.Lunch and concert will take place at 11 a.m. at Noel Heritage Plaza.Entertainment will be provided by “Glee meets Stomp” performance by the green-minded band ensemble “Vocal Trash, sponsored by Odessa Arts and H-E-B.Lunch and supplies will be provided to all registered volunteers.To register go online. Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleClay Shoot fundraiserNext articlePet vaccination clinic adminlast_img read more

Promote Virtual System Of Hearing Along With Physical Hearing: MP State Bar Council Requests Chief Justice

first_imgNews UpdatesPromote Virtual System Of Hearing Along With Physical Hearing: MP State Bar Council Requests Chief Justice Sparsh Upadhyay31 March 2021 5:13 AMShare This – xThe State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh has written a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court requesting him to strengthen and promote Virtual System of Hearing along with Physical Hearing in the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The letter, written by Dr. Vijay Chaudhary, Chairman-State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, states that Virtual hearings and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh has written a letter addressed to the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court requesting him to strengthen and promote Virtual System of Hearing along with Physical Hearing in the Madhya Pradesh High Court. The letter, written by Dr. Vijay Chaudhary, Chairman-State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, states that Virtual hearings and e-filings have become the norm in both the Hon’ble Supreme Court as well as all the High Courts of the country and that slowly and gradually virtual hearings has been adopted as an intrinsic habit by the legal fraternity. Further, expressing apprehension that subsiding pandemic has returned back, the letter states that in such circumstances, it needs to be ensured that Justice remains easily accessible and available to the common litigant; and the lawyer’s community also does not face any economic crisis. In this backdrop, the State Bar Council has requested Chief Justice’s urgent indulgence on the following broad points: Promotion of virtual hearings The letter states that in order to encourage lawyers to convene as many hearings as possible through virtual mode in the hybrid mode of hearing, the Judges must promote virtual hearings. The letter urges that in view of the revival of Covid-19, all the Courts in three Benches of the Madhya Pradesh High Court must promote virtual hearings by the counsels and dissuade physical hearings/appearances of lawyers, till the pandemic subsides back to negligible proportions. “Therefore, insistence and preference should be given to virtual hearings at least the next three months by all the Courts in three Benches of the Madhya Pradesh High Court,” submits the letter. Shift to some efficient, user-friendly virtual hearing platform The letter has requested that the High Court must shift to a convenient virtual hearing platform like Webex Cisco, Zoom, etc. (Professional Versions), with a waiting facility/waiting room for the participating counsels. Citing the examples of the Delhi High Court, Gujarat High Court, Karnataka High Court, and Patna High Courts, the letter states that these HCs are operating successfully on platforms like Zoom, MS Teams, etc. The letter also states that the JITSI app faces a host of technical problems as has been observed widely by a large number of members of the Bar in the conduct of virtual Court proceedings. The letter highlights that there are serious technical glitches being faced in many cases like hanging of the app in between the arguments and sudden automatic disruptions due to load at times. Significantly, the letter adds, “Therefore, the JITSI app cannot be ranked as a convenient and comfortable platform for the lawyers to address the virtual Courts. It should be substituted with a much better-equipped platform like Cisco Webex or Zoom Meetings.” Mentioning of matters through Virtual hearing System/e-Court Slip or physical mode for listing and consideration of urgent cases, including pending matters be introduced & actively promoted as all the Bar Associations in all the Benches are facing problems in listing of pending matters where urgent hearing may be warranted for some reason or the other. E-filing platforms must be made efficient and advocate friendly and responsive The letter argues that processing of files through the electronic platform must be swift, convenient, and faster than that being done through a physical platform. The letter states that a steering team must be constituted comprising of representatives of the State Bar Council, members of the High Court Bar Association, young knowledgeable meritorious members of the Bar headed by some of the Hon’ble Judges, which can prepare a list of suggestions to ensure that the e-filing interface of the High Court becomes more efficient, effective, expeditious, and convenient for the filing counsels. It also adds that resources must be utilized for training the staff dealing with the e-filing system and for ensuring that lawyers do not face hurdles or delays in getting their cases filed, processed, and listed through e-filing. Lastly, the letter submits that the aforesaid steps must be undertaken urgently, so that the worst impact of the pandemic is not felt over any person or individual connected with the respectable institution of our High Court. “Loss of any person is a loss of the whole family and fraternity connected with the High Court and therefore the aforesaid steps must be taken in no time by giving all the aforesaid issues the utmost priority, which they deserve”, concludes the letter. Click Here To Download LetterNext Storylast_img read more

Health officials shut down New Jersey gym that defied COVID-19 stay-at-home order

first_imgIgor Vershinsky/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and AARON KATERSKY, ABC News(BELLMAWR, N.J.) — A New Jersey gym that became a rallying point of resistance against Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order was closed overnight by the state health department.The Atilis Gym in Bellmawr gained national attention after reopening this week, and its owners had vowed to stay open despite local police handing them $2,000 citations on two consecutive days for violating Murphy’s executive order meant to blunt the spread of the pandemic.A red embargo sign from the Camden County Division of Environmental health was slapped on the front door of Atilis Gym in the middle of the night along with a notice from the state Department of Health that the facility would be shuttered until further notice.The state does not believe Atilis Gym or any business can “set their own divergent health measures, done without approval of the State and its health officials,” the four-page notice reads.As some stay-at-home orders across the country remain in place and reopening plans roll out slowly, business owners and individuals who say they’re fed up with the government response to COVID-19 have been taking matters into their own hands, often defying the advice of public health officials charged with preventing a spike in cases that would further delay economic recovery.The notice, signed by New Jersey health Commissioner Judith Persichilli, said indoor gyms and fitness centers present “particularly high-risk settings for the spread of COVID-19.”The action was taken just days after Murphy said he was disappointed to hear the gym opened in violation of his stay-at-home order and that he planned to make his displeasure known to the owners without causing “World War III.”Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti reopened the gym on Monday, drawing a crowd of about 200 supporters who chanted “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” in front of the business as doors opened at 8 a.m. Just hours after opening, police showed up and issued a citation, leaving without forcing them to close.“I will not close my doors again unless I’m behind bars,” Trumbetti told a crowd of supporters Tuesday morning after police returned to the facility and issued a second $2,000 citation. “And I guarantee you, this door will be open every single day.”The owners told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI-TV they were consulting with lawyers and considering their options. They said the facility’s sewer system backed up Wednesday and that a plumber was called, requiring the gym to remain closed Thursday.In its shutdown notice, health officials said gyms require the communal use of equipment such as barbells and treadmills that can harbor the virus and that “according to the National Institutes of Health, the virus may live on plastic and steel surfaces for up to 72 hours.”Smith and Trumbetti said they had taken precautions prior to opening by limiting the number of members inside to work out, implementing social distancing rules and asking members to wear protective face masks.Health officials noted that as of Wednesday more than 150,000 people in New Jersey had tested positive for the virus and at least 10,747 had died.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more