Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) 2011 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAscencia Limited is a commercial property fund with an investment portfolio comprising quality income earning properties located in Mauritius. The company specialises in retail properties where the company engages in the acquisition, investment and investment holding of real estate properties on the Mauritian island. Ascencia Limited (Class A shares) operates shopping malls locally and regionally. Ascencia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Support Services sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Meridian Marshall Holdings (MMH.gh) 2018 abridged results.Company ProfileMeridian-Marshall Holding Company Limited (Marshalls) is a public educational initiative of Meridian Pre-University (PMU) which provides career-orientated post-secondary education courses as well as degree and diploma programmes for high school graduates and working adults in African and internationally. The company offers business-orientated degree and diploma programmes for students wishing to enter the fields of business management, arts and social sciences, modern languages, information technology, and hospitality and tourism. WASSCS graduates and working adults attend Microsoft-certified courses to improve their business technology skills. Other post-graduate courses on offer include engineering, law, communication, medicine and practical job skills. Marshalls is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to operate as a tertiary institution and is affiliated to the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Microsoft Technology Academy in the USA. Marshalls is based in Accra, Ghana. Meridian-Marshall Holdings is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Edward Sheldon owns shares in Diageo and DS Smith. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and DS Smith. 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. Image source: Getty Images. It’s fair to say that volatility has returned to global stock markets. Last week, the FTSE 100 fell significantly on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. This kind of volatility can be uncomfortable. But it can also create attractive opportunities for long-term investors who are willing to look through the short-term noise.With that in mind, here’s a look at two FTSE 100 dividend stocks I believe are worth snapping up right now.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…DiageoDiageo (LSE: DGE), which owns a world-class portfolio of spirits brands including Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray, and Smirnoff, is the dividend stock everyone has wanted to own in recent years. As a result, it’s often traded at a high valuation, relative to the average FTSE 100 stock.Recently though, Diageo has lost a bit of its appeal due to concerns over slowing growth in the emerging markets (related to the trade war and the coronavirus outbreak). This has resulted in its share price pulling back from over 3,600p in early September to a little over 3,000p today – a decline of around 17%.Personally, I see this pullback as a buying opportunity. Half-year results, issued last Friday, weren’t amazing, but they certainly weren’t terrible. Net sales were up 4.2% and the interim dividend was increased by an inflation-beating 5%. The company also advised it returned £1.1bn to shareholders via share buybacks over the period, which should help push future earnings up (and signals that management sees the shares as attractively valued).I’ll point out that even after that 17% share price pullback, Diageo shares still aren’t that cheap, compared to some other stocks in the FTSE 100. With analysts forecasting earnings per share of 137.2p for the year ending 30 June, the forward-looking P/E ratio is 21.9. However, given the company’s track record, I believe it deserves a premium to the market. All things considered, I think now is a good time to be building a position in the stock.DS SmithAnother FTSE 100 dividend stock that’s pulled back recently and I think now looks an attractive long-term buy, is packaging specialist DS Smith (LSE: SMDS). Back in mid-December, its share price was just below 400p. Today, however, the stock is trading near 340p.I’m bullish on DS Smith for two main reasons. First, there’s the growth of online shopping. With online retail sales expected to soar over the next three years, I expect demand for the company’s corrugated packaging (Amazon delivery-style boxes) to remain robust.Second, the company has sustainability at the heart of its strategy. As the world becomes increasingly focused on sustainability in the years ahead, I expect companies like DS Smith to prosper.DS Smith released a solid set of half-year results in early December. For the period, revenue was up 3% and adjusted earnings per share were up 4%. The interim dividend was hiked by 4%. Looking ahead, CEO Miles Roberts said the company is expecting further growth this year, assuming no downturn in economic conditions.Trading on a P/E of 9.9, and sporting a prospective dividend yield of 4.9%, I believe the stock is a steal right now. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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Expand Trying to think of what sport this action reminds me of… https://t.co/zoGvh8BBfq— Brett Gosper (@brettgosper) December 10, 2018 ESPN Writer Claims “USA Would Dominate Rugby If NFL Stars Played” ESPN writer Kevin Van Valkenburg has recently claimed… Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Clearly, World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper saw the similarity to rugby in the play…. Rugby and the NFL: The exchange of ideas between union and American Football Captaining the @AtlantaFalcons one year on from playing… Expand Rugby and the NFL: The exchange of ideas… Given the success of both of these plays, who knows, maybe more NFL coaches will start looking towards rugby for inspiration in their moves.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest news in the world of rugby. Rugby and the NFL: The exchange of ideas between union and American Football Former rugby star Alex Gray captains NFL’s Atlanta Falcons The Dolphins beat the New England Patriots thanks to a crazy, rugby style, last minute play. Former rugby star Alex Gray captains NFL’s Atlanta Falcons ESPN Writer Claims “USA Would Dominate Rugby If NFL Stars Played” Miami Dolphins Win Thanks To Rugby Style TouchdownAside from the obvious violence and tackling, there is rarely commonality between rugby and American football, especially in relation to passing the ball. After all, the quarterback throws the ball forward with regularity, which of course is not allowed in rugby.However, the Miami Dolphins performed a brilliant rugby-style move last weekend to pull off a comeback win against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. THE MIRACLE AT HARD ROCK STADIUM » @NFLonCBS#NEvsMIA #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/Aoc1L5LcGG— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 9, 2018Needing to go 70 yards with time expiring, quarterback Ryan Tannehill made a quick pass to receiver Kenny Stills who passed to DaVante Parker who then passed to running back Kenyan Drake in a move that would have looked at home in Eden Park or Twickenham.Drake then sprinted down the sideline before receiving good blocking to eventually run the ball into the end-zone in what is now being called the ‘Miracle in Miami’. Indeed, that was not the only rugby-esque move in the NFL this weekend.The Pittsburgh Steelers were facing the same kind of scenario against the Oakland Raiders. With 11 seconds left on their own 30-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger passed to James Washington, who produced a small pop pass to fellow wide-receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, who performed a slick loop move to get into open space.However, this time the defence was just about able to recover and stop him from scoring a touchdown, which proved decisive because the Steelers kicker came on and missed his kick to tie the game.
Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Posted Jun 6, 2017 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release [Episcopal News Service] Nashotah House Theological Seminary honored four alumni at an awards banquet held in May, including the Rev. E. Mark Stevenson, director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.The Rev. Mark Stevenson is director of Episcopal Migration Ministries.Stevenson, a 2000 Nashotah House graduate, received the Bishop McKim Award, “presented to an individual who has demonstrated distinguished leadership in international service.” He was named EMM’s director in May 2016. Before that, he served as the Episcopal Church domestic poverty missioner, responsible for encouraging poverty ministry efforts aimed at systemic change and overseeing Jubilee Ministries, with nearly 700 ministries that focus on the economically impoverished.Other alumni receiving awards from Nashotah House were Daniel Aleshire, executive director of the Association of Theological Schools; the Very Rev. Robert Nelson Smith, president and CEO of St. Frances Community Services, and the Rev. Martha Bradley, retired deacon of the mass in Springfield, Illinois.Nashotah House, located in Nashotah, Wisconsin, is celebrating its 175th year. This week, it is hosting a conference, “Living Sacrifices: Repentance, Reconciliation and Renewal.” Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel People The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Mark Stevenson among 4 alumni honored by Nashotah House Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA
Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleUSDA Announces 2018 Farm Safety Net Enrollment Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Oct 31, 2017 SHARE Today, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and the State Soil Conservation Board (SSCB) awarded nearly $900,000 in Clean Water Indiana (CWI) grants to 25 Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). These grants will help fund conservation projects designed to improve water quality across the state.“We’re starting to see a significant reduction in the amount of sediment and nutrients prevented from entering Indiana’s waterways, as a result of Clean Water Indiana,” said Melissa Rekeweg, ISDA interim director. “There is still much work to be done to improve our water quality, and these grants are critical to that effort.”The CWI program is administered by ISDA’s Division of Soil Conservation, under the direction of the SSCB, and funded, in part, by the state’s cigarette tax revenue. It was established to provide financial assistance to landowners and conservation districts, as an effort to reduce non-point sources of water pollution.While the grant proposals vary in scope, each project was designed to support the local conservation efforts of Indiana’s SWCDs, whether it’s installing a filter strip, planting cover crops or hiring staff to provide technical assistance, education and training. Collaboration was also encouraged as part of the competitive grant process, and many of the districts will use these funds to leverage additional resources through cost-share programs and other partnership opportunities.“Conservation in Indiana is volunteer-driven; however, volunteers need tangible support to carry out their conservation initiatives,” said Robert Woodling, SSCB Chairman. “The State Soil Conservation Board is pleased that we are able to provide support by way of the Clean Water Indiana grants.”The following list includes the CWI grants that were awarded for 2018. The lead SWCD on the project is listed first, followed by the partnering district(s), if applicable, and then the award amount. The total funding amount was $897,034.50.• Allen County: $24,300• Blackford County (Adams, Jays, Wells counties): $154,500• Dearborn County (Ohio County): $107,000• Dubois County (Daviess, Martin counties): $95,250• Fulton County: $55,500• Jefferson County (Clark County): $66,990• Knox County (Pike, Sullivan, Dubois, Daviess, Warrick counties): $52,500• Marion County: $60,000• Pike County (Gibson County): $84,000• Rush County (Shelby County): $4,912.50• Steuben County: $25,750• Vanderburgh County (Gibson, Pike, Posey, Warrick counties): $95,000• Wabash County: $22,300• Warrick County (Posey, Vanderburgh counties): $49,032Source: ISDA Facebook Twitter Clean Water Indiana Grants Awarded to 25 Counties SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Clean Water Indiana Grants Awarded to 25 Counties Facebook Twitter
to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that Mushtaq Khand, a reporter for privately-owned Dharti TV, was killed when gunmen opened fire on a public meeting held by the ruling Pakistan People’s Party in Khairpur, in the southeastern province of Sindh, on the evening of 7 October.Other journalists sustained gunshot injuries and one, a reporter for Sachal TV, is in a critical condition. Khand’s death brings to nine the number of journalists who have killed in connection with their work in Pakistan since the start of the year.”This attack targeted not only members of the Pakistan People’s Party but also the journalists who had come to cover the meeting and who were in a different area from the PPP members,” Reporters Without Borders said, offering its condolences to Khand’s family and friends.”We welcome the announcement that a special team has been created to investigate the attack and that around 10 arrests have already been made, but we insist on the need to identify and arrest those behind it. Paying for medical treatment for the injured or promising compensation for the victims or their families does not exempt the authorities from the obligation to arrest all those involved and ensure they receive exemplary sentences.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The almost systematic impunity enjoyed by those who mastermind violence against the media is responsible for the significant increase in self-censorship that can be seen throughout Pakistan.”At least seven people, including six PPP members, were killed and 12 participants were wounded when 10 or 12 gunmen opened on those attended the meeting, which was organized by Nafisa Shah, a member of parliament and the daughter of Sindh chief minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah.G.M. Jamali, the president of the Karachi Union of Journalists (which is affiliated to Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists), said that, after firing on the politicians, the gunmen targeted journalists because “they went to cover the meeting.” One of the three injured journalists was shot five times and is now in a local hospital’s intensive care unit.Voicing its support for the protest meetings that media and journalists’ associations are organizing in Sindh and the rest of the country to express their outrage at the attack, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the authorities to take concrete measures to increase protection for journalists while they are working.Journalists are exposed to violence throughout Pakistan. In the most recent previous case, Abdul Haq Baluch, a reporter for ARY News TV and two newspapers, the Daily Awan and Tawar, was gunned down in Khuzdar, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, on 29 September.Eight days before that, on 21 Septembre, ARY News TV driver Aamir Liaqat was fatally shot in the chest during a protest against the anti-Islamic video “Innocence of Muslims” in the northern city of Peshawar. Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en News PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News October 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporter killed, another in critical condition after gunmen attack ruling party meeting News PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts April 21, 2021 Find out more Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more
WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter John Lonergan says it was a mistake to place McDermott in open prison RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison has said it was the wrong decision to put Martin McDermott in an open prison.26-year-old McDermott, from Raphoe, escaped from the low security Loughan House prison in Blacklion last month.He was serving a sentence at Loughan House for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin in Burt in 2009.Meanwhile, it’s been revealed that three more prisoners escaped from Loughan House. The three men climbed over a fence and left the prison leading to yet another cross-Border police operation.All were recaptured within three hours and transferred to more secure prisons.Former Governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan told todays Shaun Doherty Show that it was a mistake to place Martin McDermott in Loughan House:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/jlon1pm.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ By News Highland – April 26, 2012 Twitter Previous articleFianna Fail fuel motion defeated in the DailNext articleOireachtas Committee debates salmon farming proposals News Highland News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook
Top StoriesDoctrine Of Contemporanea Expositio Cannot Be Applied When An Authority’s Construction Is Found To Be Erroneous: SC [Read Judgment] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK19 July 2020 1:19 AMShare This – x”It cannot be laid down that understanding of a particular administrative or executing authority is always fait accompli and has to be applied even if erroneous.”The Supreme Court has observed that the doctrine of Contemporanea Expositio cannot be applied when the construction placed by the contemporary authority is found to be clearly wrong or erroneous. The Court was considering an appeal filed by Ultratech Cement Limited against the dismissal of its writ petition by the Rajasthan High Court. The High Court had upheld the order of revision passed…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 Supreme Court has observed that the doctrine of Contemporanea Expositio cannot be applied when the construction placed by the contemporary authority is found to be clearly wrong or erroneous. The Court was considering an appeal filed by Ultratech Cement Limited against the dismissal of its writ petition by the Rajasthan High Court. The High Court had upheld the order of revision passed by the Additional Chief Secretary, Finance, Government of Rajasthan, Jaipur in revision proceedings under Clause 13 of the Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme-2003. In this case, State Level Screening Committee, who was the prescribed authority for determining eligibility for subsidy under the Scheme in question, entitled to subsidy to the extent of 75%. In revision, the Government held that the company is eligible only to the extent of 50% of the payable and deposited Sales Tax/VAT and not to the extent of 75%. In the appeal before the Supreme court, the company invoked the doctrine of Contemporanea Expositio to contend that SLSC, consisting mostly of the officers from the Finance Department of the State, was in the best position to construe the decision of BIDI. It was contended that it was plainly and clearly understood by the authorities concerned that the company was entitled to subsidy to the extent of 75% in the true interpretation of the provisions of the Scheme and on their correct application to the facts of the case; and, therefore, they are not entitled to alter their stand at the later stage. While addressing this contention, the bench comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari noted that the doctrine is embodied in the maxim ‘Contemporanea exposition est optima et fortissimo in lege’ which means that the best way to construe a document is to read it as it would have read when made. The court observed that, as regards the contemporaneous construction placed by the administrative or executive officers charged with executing statute, the Courts lean in favour of attaching considerable weight to the same but, it cannot be laid down that understanding of a particular administrative or executing authority is always fait accompli and has to be applied even if erroneous. It observed thus in Paragraph 25.3 of the judgment “Suffice it to observe for the present purpose that in essence, the doctrine of Contemporanea Expositio is applied as a guide to the interpretation of a statute or even document by referring to the exposition that the same had received from competent authority at the relevant point of time. This doctrine is also relatable to the doctrine of stare decisis whereunder, an exposition standing for a long length of time, is considered to be a law settled and is applied as such. As regards the contemporaneous construction placed by the administrative or executive officers charged with executing statute, the Courts lean in favour of attaching considerable weight to the same but, it cannot be laid down that understanding of a particular administrative or executing authority is always fait accompli and has to be applied even if erroneous. The true principle is just to the contrary: that is, if a construction placed by the contemporary authority is found to be clearly wrong or erroneous, the same deserves to be disregarded.” While rejecting the submission of the Appellant based on the doctrine, the court further observed: “If at all this doctrine is applied, the consequence would be that howsoever erroneous a decision by the executive or administrative authority may be, once it emanates from the understanding of some of the officers or authorities, the same would acquire immunity from scrutiny for all time to come.” The court then affirmed the High Court order but with the modification that the authority shall be entitled to recover interest at the rate of 12% per annum from the date of availing of excessive subsidy (25%) by the company until payment/recovery. Case name: M/S. ULTRATECH CEMENT LTD. vs. STATE OF RAJASTHAN & ORS.Case no.: CIVIL APPEAL NO. 2773 OF 2020Coram: Justices AM Khanwilkar and Dinesh Maheshwari Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentNext Story
iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Bureau of Prisons will make hiring a main priority in the coming year and will also be cutting internet usage for its employees to “limit distractions,” Director Kathy Hawk Sawyer stressed in an internal email to prison staff that was obtained by ABC News.“Although technology serves us well in many of the security and communication features we utilize, we must not allow technology to be our enemy by taking our eyes and ears off the interactions around us or limit our face-to-face interaction with staff and inmates,” Hawk Sawyer wrote in the email.She added, “Also, internet access on government devices and computers should be used only to complete required daily work. Some internet access will soon be curtailed so that distractions will be eliminated.”While Hawk Sawyer didn’t make a direct reference to the Jeffrey Epstein case, recent court documents said the two officers in charge of watching over the Epstein’s cell were catching up on a sports news site and looking at motorcycle sales, the night the convicted sex offender and financier died at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.One of the biggest issues surrounding the Bureau of Prisons is the lack of staffing required — in some cases, one source described MCC’s staffing to be operating at only half-capacity. Hawk Sawyer addressed the issue head on in her email.“In addition, we are taking a fresh look at what staffing level is correct for each institution,” she said.Hawk Sawyer said Attorney General William Barr made a “personal appeal to [the Office of Personnel Management ] to expedite our request” to hire at the local level.She referenced the need for more focus on the BOP’s Special Housing Units, an area of a prison that houses high profile and problem inmates. Epstein was housed at MCC’s Special Housing Unit when he was found dead in August.“Special Housing Units continue to be a major focus. I commend those of you who work in our SHU units for your renewed commitment to ensuring that we adhere to our policy requirements regarding rounds and counts in SHU. Individual inmates in these units may be particularly vulnerable to suicide and other mental health concerns due to the restrictive environment,” she said.A BOP spokesperson said Hawk Sawyer is focused on a “back to basics” approach, emphasizing sound correctional management.“Her message regarding limiting or removing unnecessary distractions inside Bureau facilities, such as internet access on government devices and computers, or cellular communication using smart watches and other technology, is one of a number of areas under review to enhance on the job safety and security in Bureau institutions,” a spokesperson told ABC News.The spokesperson added, “The need to use such technology, such as the internet to perform vital job functions for specific duties and positions will be reviewed, and access will be tailored accordingly to ensure a safe and professional environment.”A source familiar with the matter said the letter from the director was met with “anger” from rank and file officers. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved