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Zenith Bank PLC ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgZenith Bank PLC ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zenith Bank PLC ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zenith Bank PLC ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zenith Bank PLC (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZenith Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the personal, commercial, corporate, private and investment banking sectors. The company also offers non-banking services such as foreign exchange, treasury, trade services and cash management services. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional accounts, savings accounts and deposits to short term investment funds, association accounts, personal funds management, funds transfer service and import letters of credit. Established in 1990 and formerly known as Zenith International Bank Limited, the company changed its name to Zenith Bank Plc in 2004. The company has three subsidiaries: Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited and Zenith Bank (Sierra Leone) and Zenith Bank (Gambia) Limited. It has representative offices in South Africa and The People’s Republic of China. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Zenith Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Autumn International Fixtures 2018

first_imgRWC 2019 repechage: Hong Kong v Canada, Stade Dellort, Marseille, 8pm. Referee: Romain PoiteRivalry: England beat Australia last year, can they repeat the feat in 2018? (Getty Images)Sat 24 NovemberRomania v Uruguay, Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, 11am. Referee: Ben WhitehouseGeorgia v Tonga, Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, 2pm. Referee: Mathieu RaynalItaly v New Zealand, Stadio Olimpico, Rome, 2pm. Referee: Andrew Brace Rematch: Ireland v the All Blacks is highly anticipated (Getty Images) Brazil 3-35 Maori All Blacks Collapse Japan v Russia, Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, 2.05pm. Referee: Jerome GarcesScotland  v Argentina, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, 2.30pm. Referee: Paul WilliamsEngland v Australia, Twickenham Stadium, London, 3pm. Referee: Jaco PeyperPortugal v Namibia, Coimbra, Stadium Sergio Conceição, Coimbra, 3pm. Referee: Mike AdamsonSpain v Samoa, Estadio Central Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, 3.45pm. Referee: Frank MurphyWales v South Africa, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 5.20pm. Referee: Luke PearceIreland v USA, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 6.30pm. Referee: Ben O’KeeffeFrance v Fiji, Stade de France, Paris, 8.05pm. Referee: Matthew CarleySaturday 1 December Tuesday 6 NovemberCardiff Blues 45-21 Uruguay World Cup: Scotland last played South Africa in the 2015 tournament (Getty Images)Saturday 17 November About time: England and New Zealand last faced each other in 2014 (Getty Images)Saturday 10 NovemberItaly 28-17 GeorgiaScotland 54-17 FijiEngland 15-16 New ZealandFrench Barbarians 38-49 TongaWales 9-6 AustraliaUSA 30-29 SamoaIreland 28-17 ArgentinaFrance 26-29 South Africa USA 22-59 Maori All Blacks Friday 9 NovemberUlster 21-5 Uruguay How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Expand Take a look at which teams are playing each other, when and where, in the upcoming autumn Internationals here How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Make sure you know when, where and on… A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Groups Expand Autumn International Fixtures 2018It is that time of year once again where the autumn Internationals have come around so to make sure you know who is playing who, we have compiled a list of all the 2018 November Tests.We are set for some huge match-ups, with the All Blacks’ Tests against Ireland and England two of the biggest.Take a look at the full fixture list below – all kick-off times are UK & Ireland but please check before you travel.Autumn International Fixtures 2018Saturday 27 OctoberAustralia 20-37 New Zealand Barbarians v Argentina, Twickenham Stadium, London, 2.30pm. Referee: John Lacey Sunday 11 NovemberRWC 2019 repechage: Canada 65-19 KenyaRWC 2019 repechage: Hong Kong 9-26 Germany Saturday 3 NovemberWales 21-10 ScotlandEngland 12-11 South AfricaIreland 54-7 ItalyJapan 31-69 New Zealand RWC 2019 repechage: Hong Kong v Kenya Stade Dellort (Repechage) Marseille, noon. Referee: Jaco PeyperRWC 2019 repechage: Canada v Germany Stade Dellort (Repechage) Marseille, 3pm. Referee: Luke PearceRomania v USA, Stadionul Steaua, Bucharest, 11am. Referee: Craig Maxwell-KeysUruguay v Fiji, Hartpury College, Gloucester, 1pm. Referee: Tom FoleyGeorgia v Samoa, Mikheil Meskhi Stadium, Tbilisi, 2pm. Referee: Karl DicksonItaly v Australia, Stadio Euganeo, Padua, 2pm. Referee: Pascal GauzereWales v Tonga, Principality Stadium, Cardiff, 2.30pm. Referee: Nic BerrySpain  v Namibia, Estadio Central Ciudad Universitaria, Madrid, 2.45pm. Referee: Pierre BroussetEngland v Japan, Twickenham Stadium, London, 3pm. Referee: Paul WilliamsScotland v South Africa, BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh, 5.20pm. Referee: Romain PoiteFrance v Argentina, Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, 8.05pm. Referee: Glen JacksonIreland v New Zealand, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, 7pm. Referee: Wayne Barnes Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Chile v Maori All Blacks, Estadio San Carlos de Apoquindo, Santiago, TBC. Referee: Pablo DelucaFriday 23 NovemberRWC 2019 repechage: Kenya v Germany, Stade Dellort, Marseille, 5pm. Referee: Angus Gardner Rugby World Cup Groups Friday 16 NovemberDragons v Russia, Rodney Parade, Newport, TBC Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Digital Safety for Journalists: Open Online Workshop #digisafe

first_imgNews News Help by sharing this information March 30, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Whether it’s the NSA scandal, other ongoing digital surveillance or hacking attacks: It’s clear that the digital realm has become increasingly unsafe – especially for journalists.In response, DW Akademie has put together the first online workshop “Digital Safety for Journalists”. It runs from December 2 – 6, 2013 and is open to journalists and others interested in the subject. The workshop is offered in conjunction with Reporters Without Borders Germany and is free of charge. Journalists can find answers to questions they are increasingly asking themselves: How careful do they have to be online? What dangers lurk behind Google, Facebook and What’s App? What can their mobiles reveal about them? And above all, what can they do to minimize their risks and maximize their safety?Six live online seminars (webinars) will be held with renowned journalists and digital safety experts including: *journalist and pro-democracy activist Ala’a Shehabi, who has been the subject of several digital attacks by the Bahraini government *digital security expert Anne Roth from Tactical Tech, one of world’s leading NGOs working on digital security for activists and dissidents *data journalist Sebastian Mondial who was pivotal in setting up and maintaining the secure communication of nearly eighty journalists involved in the offshore tax leaks case *Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher who also analyses Trojans, other viruses and additional digital nasties sent to activists and dissidents *Hauke Gierow, head of the Internet freedom desk at Reporters Without Borders GermanyRegistration is simple: Daily posts will accompany the workshop and look at a wide range of digital security topics: from taking the anonymous browsing tool TOR for a test run in Cambodia to dealing with password mayhem. Posts start November 25 and will continue for the duration of the workshop. workshop can also be followed on twitter at @dw_akademie and #digisafeGoogle Plus Event Page: RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum November 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Digital Safety for Journalists: Open Online Workshop #digisafe May 31, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Germany GermanyEurope – Central Asia German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom to go further News June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation GermanyEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EUlast_img read more

What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena

first_img 4 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Here are our carefully culled top picks from dozens of Pasadena events the very best things to taste, watch, listen to, and experience, all presented weekly in our e!Pasadena email newsletter: Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Top of the News Community Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News HerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Get Into Shape You’ve Never Tried BeforeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Woman Being Deceptive About Her Age Is Nothing New!HerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Uncategorized What To Do This Weekend in Pasadena Published on Friday, January 24, 2020 | 12:01 pmlast_img read more

#video Weenz – ‘Drinkin’ At A Funeral’

first_imgPrint LIMERICK rapper Keith ‘Weenz’ Ryan has released a new track from his upcoming debut album. ‘Drinkin’ At A Funeral’ and its video now on YouTube is based on an, “alcohol soaked adolescence and his Father’s funeral,” according to the rappers website.Fine production from Joe ‘Soss’ Coffey and Fabian Barrett and guest vocals from rapper Shane Davis all contribute to making this the strongest output so far from the Limerick rapper who does not hold back when dealing with raw social and family issues.The debut album due for release will be called ‘Sick as my secrets’. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The video was directed and shot by Steve Hall. Email WhatsApp Twitter Facebookcenter_img News#video Weenz – ‘Drinkin’ At A Funeral’By Eric Fitzgerald – November 4, 2015 918 Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleRandolf & The Crokers on tourNext articleRugby – Turkish Airlines to partner Rugby Champions Cup Eric Fitzgeraldhttp://www.limerickpost.ieEric writes for the Entertainment Pages of Limerick Post Newspaper and edits the music blog where you can watch and listen to music happening in the city and beyond.last_img read more

POCSO Accused Not Entitled To Bail Merely On Ground Of Non-Compliance Of Section 35 : Karnataka High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesPOCSO Accused Not Entitled To Bail Merely On Ground Of Non-Compliance Of Section 35 : Karnataka High Court Mustafa Plumber7 May 2021 9:07 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court has held that non compliance of section 35 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, will not entitle the accused to be released on default bail. Section 35 of the POCSO Act provides that the evidence of the child shall be recorded within a period of thirty days of the Special Court taking cognizance of the offence and reasons for delay, if any, shall be recorded by the Special Court. Further, Section 35 also lays down that the Special Court shall complete the trial, as far as possible, within a period of one year from the date of taking cognizance of the offence.A division bench of Justice B V Nagarathna and Justice M G Uma, while deciding a reference, said “If for reasons beyond the control of the Special Court, the evidence of the child is not recorded within the period of thirty days of the Special Court taking cognizance of the offence, or if the trial itself is not completed within a period of one year from the date of cognizance of the offence, the same cannot lead to the accused being released on bail.” It added “The object and purpose of Section 35 of the POCSO Act is to ensure that the victim child is secured from the trauma of trial of the case at the earliest so that she or he could be rehabilitated and reintegrated into society at the earliest. The said provision is not to be interpreted in favour of the accused so as to mandate release of the accused, if for any reason, evidence is not recorded within a period of thirty days of taking cognizance of the offence or the Special Court not completing the trial within a period of one year from the date of taking cognizance of the offence.” The court also pointed out that the docket explosion under the POCSO Act is not commensurate with the sufficient number of Special Courts being constituted with the requisite human resources as well as infrastructure. It may be practically impossible for the trial court to conclude the trial within one year from the date of cognizance by the said Court in a majority of the cases. But, that does not give a right to the accused to seek bail for the reason that the mandate under Section 35 of the POCSO Act has not been completed. The bench also has held that the statement recorded under Section 164 of Cr.P.C. cannot be considered to be evidence under Section 35 of the POCSO Act. It said “Section 164 of Cr.P.C., deals with recording of confessions and statements by any Metropolitan or Judicial Magistrate made to him in the course of an investigation, the same is relatable to Sections 25 and 26 of the POCSO Act. But, Section 35 of the POCSO Act does not deal with recording of statements of a child, but recording of evidence of the child and disposal of the case. Going through the scheme and object of the of the POCSO Act the bench noted that “Section 35 of the POCSO Act, being under a special enactment, would prevail over the general provisions of Cr.P.C., particularly when there is any inconsistency between the said Section and Cr.P.C., as per the provisions of Section 42A of the POCSO Act.” The court held that “In our considered view, the same cannot be equated as one and the same. As already noted, a statement under Section 164 of Cr.P.C. is during the course of investigation or at any time afterwards before the commencement of the trial. But, the evidence recorded before the Special Court under Section 35 of the POCSO Act is during the course of the trial. The two cannot be equated and neither are they on the same plane.” Point of Reference: A Single judge bench dismissed the petition filed by accused Hanumantha Mogaveera arrested under the POCSO Act, seeking bail. It was contended that as per Section 35(1) of POCSO Act evidence of the child had to be recorded within a period of thirty days of taking cognizance of the offence by the trial Court. If the same is not so recorded, the reasons for the delay has also to be recorded by the said Court. Further, as per Section 35(2) of the POCSO Act, the trial Court, having not completed the trial within a period of one year from the date of taking cognizance of the offences, petitioner/accused was entitled to be released on bail. In that regard, reliance was placed on the order of this Court in the case of Vinay vs. State of Karnataka, represented by Special P.P. [Criminal Petition No.1195/2017 disposed on 13/07/2017]. The single judge single Judge on considering the order in the case of Vinay vs State of Karnataka relied upon by the petitioner/accused, observed that the expression “as far as possible” used in Section 35(2) of the POCSO Act has to be borne in mind and hence, doubting the order of the Court in Vinay, the reference was made. On merits, the court held that no case was made out to release petitioner/accused No.1 on bail and hence, the petition was dismissed. Judgment in Vinayv/s State of Karnataka cannot be relied as a precedent for future cases. The court held that any order passed by following the dictum in Vinay vs. State of Karnataka, represented by Special P.P. [Criminal Petition No.1195/2017 disposed on 13/07/2017], with regard to grant of bail to the accused on the premise there has been a delay in recording evidence or for that matter, non-conclusion of the proceedings within a period of one year from the date of taking cognizance by the Special Court, is ‘not good law’ and it cannot be a ‘precedent for future cases.” It added “In the circumstances, we hold that the order passed in Vinay cannot be treated as a judicial precedent in future cases.”Click Hear To Download/Read OrderTagsKarnataka High Court Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act Justice B V Nagarathna Justice M G Uma Next Storylast_img read more

Plans being considered for walk-in Covid test centre in Letterkenny

first_img Pinterest Previous articleWe don’t want to be down there – Michael DuffyNext articleBusiness Matters Ep 40 – Joe Devenney, Philip O’Kennedy & Michael Tunney News Highland By News Highland – April 21, 2021 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebook Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Plans being considered for walk-in Covid test centre in Letterkennycenter_img Plans are being cosidered for a walk-in Covid test centre in Letterkenny.The Director of Public Health North West has confirmed that the centre may be operational in the coming days with people able to present for a test without a GP referral.Donegal’s 14 day incidence rate of the virus is the highest in the country at 204.2 cases per 100,000 people.Dr Anthony Breslin says evidence shows that socialising remains one of the main causes of the spread of Covid in the county.He told today’s Nine til Noon Show that despite the high incidence rate of the virus in the county, there are no plans for a walk-in test centre for Inishowen:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

Randox Dungloe involved in making new Coronavirus test

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Randox Dungloe involved in making new Coronavirus test WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Google+center_img Twitter Previous articleForecasters warn of more flooding in Donegal this weekNext articleSF to meet smaller parties & Independents as talks intensify News Highland By News Highland – February 19, 2020 It’s emerged that Randox in Dungloe is involved in manufacturing the diagnosis system used for a Coronavirus test which the company has developed.Randox say the test can speedily and accurately detect the potentially lethal Covid-19 strain, which has been the cause of global concern for the past few weeks.Crucially, Randox says the test can also differentiate between different strains of the virus, which is vital in ensuring accurate diagnoses.Dr Dwaine Vance has been involved in the development of the new test:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApplast_img read more

East Central Mental Health trains police in first aid

first_img Email the author “Issues that are drug and mental health related are magnified in today’s world,” Weed said. “It’s not possible to always know when your are confronted with a person that has a mental health diagnosis or a drug problem. Troy Police Chief (Randall) Barr and ECMH are doing a great service to our department and to our community by offering this training.”Weed said the overcrowding of jails and prisons is possibly a contributing factor to the large number of people with mental health and drug related issues who are on the streets.“And, some of these people don’t need to be in jail,” he said. “They need professional counseling and maybe medication.”Weed cited an incident when a subject was uncontrollable and the officers were in a precarious situation. East Central Mental Health trains police in first aid Published 3:00 am Friday, May 19, 2017 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 HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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 On Thursday, East Central Mental Health completed a groundbreaking Mental Health First Aid training course for the Troy Police Department.The eight-hour training course was conducted at the Troy Police Training Facility on four days to accommodate all officers and was facilitated by Teresa Kidd, ECMH community outreach coordinator. “This training course gives officers the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and the information needed to connect them with the appropriate support and resources when necessary,” Kidd said. Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Messenger photo/Jaine TreadwellEast Central Mental Health is offering Mental Health First Aid Training to Pike, Macon and Bullock counties as part of the National Initiative to Increase Mental Health Literacy. ECMH provided the training course to the Troy Police Department on four days in May, ending on Thursday. The facilitator was Teresa Kidd, ECMH community outreach coordinator. “The subject had a loaded gun and, luckily, we were able to separate him from the gun and get him in a restraint chair,” Weed said. “That situation could have ended differently. Knowing what to do and how best to get it done when faced with a situation involving a person with probable mental health or substance abuse issues is extremely important for police officers. “Knowing could save your life or the lives others,” Weed said. The Troy Police Department has 56 officers and a large number of them are young, Weed said.“I’ve been with the Troy Police Department for 13 years and was with Troy University Police before that,” he said. “I’m in law enforcement because I love Troy and I want to make a difference for my hometown.”Weed said most law enforcement officers are in the “business” for the same reason.“We need to have the best tools available so we can do our job and do it in the safest possible way,” he said. “We appreciate East Central Mental Health providing this training for us and for our community.” Latest Stories Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration One in five Americans has a mental illness but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care, she said.“Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. Even for family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until its too late.”Lt. Bryan Weed with the Troy Police Department said that if it’s difficult for even a family member to know when mental health and substance use problems are present, imagine how difficult it is for a police officer to know and especially under stressful and/or threatening situations. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Print Article By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

Everything to know about the upcoming National School Walkout

first_imgMichael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Thousands of students across the country will come together again this week to rally against school gun violence — an event the teenage organizers hope will empower students to continue their momentum in a push for common-sense gun reform.The event — called the National School Walkout — focuses on high schools and will take place on April 20, the anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado, where two students opened fire in 1999, killing 12 of their fellow students and a teacher.Who is participating?The event was organized by 16-year-old Lane Murdock, a sophomore at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut, along with three of her classmates.More than 2,000 events are registered across the country, with at least one in every state and several globally, according to the organizers.When will it start?The walkout begins at 10 a.m. in each local time zone.When students head outside, they will first take part in 13 seconds of silence to honor the 13 people killed at Columbine High School.Then the format of the walkout is up to each school. Lane told ABC News she proposes that schools incorporate open mics, guest speakers and voter registration. She said some students plan to write letters to those in communities impacted by school shootings.But this event differs in one major way from last month’s nationwide school walkout, which was held on March 14, one month after the shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 students and staff.The March 14 walkout officially lasted for 17 minutes to mark the 17 lives lost. After the 17 minutes, many students returned to their classrooms.The April 20 walkout, meanwhile, is set to last from 10 a.m. until the end of the school day.“This is a problem that needs to be addressed longer than 17 minutes,” Lane said.“As a student who can’t vote, you don’t have a lot of power. But what you have that’s powerful is your voice, your thoughts, but also your attendance. And leaving for longer than 17 minutes, leaving and breaking up that schedule that all American students have every day is how you get people to pay attention,” Lane said.What inspired the walkout?Lane said the walkout comes as a direct response to the Stoneman Douglas massacre, because her first reaction to the February shooting was numbness.“I started to think to myself, ‘What can I do to change the narrative?’” Lane said. “But also, ‘What can I do to give people who maybe don’t have as much time on their hands as I do, to give them that power?’”Three of Lane’s classmates are leading the National School Walkout with her, including Grant Yaun, a 17-year-old junior.Grant said he was an 11-year-old sixth grader at the time of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, which is near Ridgefield.That shooting, which killed 20 children and six teachers, was the first time he said he was aware of the realities of school violence and “how disturbing these kinds of things were.”But in the six years since then, Grant said, the “onslaught of shootings” has made him more desensitized, so he also didn’t have a strong first reaction to the Stoneman Douglas shooting. But “after some reflection,” he said, he felt “it was time for something to change.”Lane and Grant said they hope the walkout will build momentum for common-sense gun reform, such as bump stock bans and universal background checks. They also want the event to empower students across the country and increase the turnout of young voters at the November midterm elections.“The walkout is an event designed to create friction, put some energy into the discussion, and it’s almost a show of force,” Grant told ABC News. “We’re not going to be silenced or ignored.”Grant said the “overall reception” from school administrators across the country to their nearly all-day walkout is “relatively neutral or positive.”“Resistance does exist,” he said, but “thankfully it seems at least the majority — however slim the majority may be — of schools are at least friendly to the event or have accepted it’s going to happen whether they sanction it or not, and have made moves to accommodate.”In Maryland, Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Boyd Michael said at a listening session this month that students would be considered truant if they walk out, according to the Herald-Mail Media, the website for the local Herald-Mail newspaper and HMTV6 cable news channel.But Michael added that “discipline would vary depending on students’ specific actions,” the Herald-Mail Media reported.“We’ll continue to work with student government and students,” Michael said at the listening session, according to Herald-Mail Media. “We want them to share their ideas and their concerns with us, but we can’t have a situation where we’re disrupting the natural school flow or the natural school environment.”He didn’t immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.But to the student organizers, disrupting the school day is an important part of the walkout.“When you get rid of the routine, you show them this is a cause that we care about. We’re changing how were doing things and voicing our opinions,” Lane said.“This will not be a day off,” Lane continued, stressing that students worked hard to organize these walkouts for their communities.  He added, “This walkout isn’t the end — it’s kind of a start, actually. We’ve rolled out a chapter-based organization to capture the momentum of the walkout, to capture that raw energy as it kind of reaches this peak.”Lane and Grant said these chapters — of which there are already 150 — hand over the control to students across the U.S. who know their communities.“Students enrolled in their local chapters will plan the walkouts and follow through with the walkouts and then transition into a school club-type organization — not necessarily sanctioned by the school,” Grant said. “Then the chapter-based organizations will meet regulatory to a)  get young people who are eligible to vote registered, and b) get young people interested in politics and remove any sense of fear or apprehension from it, or just general confusion, and to raise political awareness.”Grant, who will be too young to vote this November, admitted that this does create some frustration, but he added, “I feel I’ll have done more than a single vote for myself ever could just by helping organize this.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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