Access Bank Limited ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgAccess Bank Limited ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Access Bank Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

ZigZag House / Jasper Smits Architecture

first_imgArchDaily Architects: Jasper Smits Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Houses Photographs:  Jeroen Musch Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ZigZag House / Jasper Smits ArchitectureSave this projectSaveZigZag House / Jasper Smits Architecture Area:  236 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Utrecht, The Netherlands ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Jeroen Musch+ 26Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” Projectscenter_img CopyAbout this officeJasper Smits ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUtrechtOn FacebookThe NetherlandsPublished on September 17, 2020Cite: “ZigZag House / Jasper Smits Architecture” 17 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Manufacturers: Ruukki, Nemetschek, Xinnix, Fabiton, Iboma, Schuco, Studio Rublek, Van Hollandse BodemSave this picture!© Jeroen MuschRecommended ProductsWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Prexury®WoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsLocation. A new residential area has been built on the site of the former Veemarkt (Cattle Market) in Utrecht-Oost. On the north side of the area (construction site E), self-build plots of various sizes ranging from 5.4 to 8.4 m have been released. ZigZag has a width of 5.4 m.Save this picture!© Jeroen MuschUrban Development and floor plan. What makes these self-build plots special is that they only have a front garden. This garden is situated directly on the street, sometimes separated by a shed or workspace. This unique urban planning principle allows a different ground floor plan. The 13.5 m deep garden creates sufficient distance to the street. This reminded me of my childhood when we used to enter our parental home through the backyard.Save this picture!LocationWe never entered the house through a hall with a toilet and an electrical cabinet, but we directly stepped into the kitchen or the living room. And this is precisely the way you enter the ZigZag. Due to the omission of the hall the 5.4 m wide ZigZag allows a much better and more agreeable floor plan. Toilet, storage room, stairs and kitchen are centered, creating both at the front and the back of the house sufficient width for a dining table or a seating area.Save this picture!© Jeroen MuschSave this picture!© Jeroen MuschCross Section. The concrete split-level house is divided into 8 floors, separated by a void and connected by a carefully designed wooden staircase. The void allows light from the skylights and landings to flood in throughout the whole building. The void also adds spaciousness to the floors. The common areas have been kept open to bring in the winter sun and let the warm southern light shine deep into the house. The window above the void provides warm light on each floor in summer, even on the north side.Save this picture!Facade and sectionThe large floor-to-ceiling windows on the north side provide a beautiful view of the greenery along the water. The playful route along the stairs makes you curious because it alternates between bedrooms and bathrooms that are slid in like ‘plastered’ blocks. All this makes the building surprising, light, and spatially attractive. Self-Build. The house was built without a main contractor. Jasper Smits built the entire house himself. The starting point was to cut construction costs and the biggest costs in construction are labour costs, which should therefore be minimized.Save this picture!© Jeroen MuschThis has been done in several ways: • No small ornaments, but large elements: 1 window per floor costs less labour than 3 windows per floor. A wall cladding panel can be installed faster than a brick wall. • No production on-site, only assembly: Stairs, cabinets, fences are all accurately measured and all separate parts are made computer-controlled. Installation can be done quickly. • Choose the right materials and use their qualities.Save this picture!© Jeroen MuschProject gallerySee allShow lessCaldeiroa Car Park / Pitagoras GroupSelected ProjectsBütze Wolfurt Primary School / Schenker Salvi Weber ArchitektenSelected Projects Share “COPY” Photographs The Netherlands ZigZag House / Jasper Smits Architecture Year:  2020 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

SC Dismisses VVIP Chopper Scam Accused Christian Michel’s Plea For Bail

first_imgTop StoriesSC Dismisses VVIP Chopper Scam Accused Christian Michel’s Plea For Bail Sanya Talwar22 April 2020 12:20 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court today refused to grant bail to Christian Michel’s who is accused in the Augusta Westland Chopper scam.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & BR Gavai upheld the Delhi High Court’s decision of rejecting his interim bail plea which had noted that Michel’s apprehension of catching COVID19 virus due to the overcrowding of prison and his vulnerable age was…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 today refused to grant bail to Christian Michel’s who is accused in the Augusta Westland Chopper scam.A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul & BR Gavai upheld the Delhi High Court’s decision of rejecting his interim bail plea which had noted that Michel’s apprehension of catching COVID19 virus due to the overcrowding of prison and his vulnerable age was “unfounded”.On April 11, the Delhi High Court, while denying his plea for interim bail, the Single Bench of Justice Mukta Gupta had noted that, ‘As regards the apprehension of the petitioner being infected by Covid-19 pandemic, it may be noted that the petitioner is lodged in separate cell with only two other prisoners and thus, is not in a Barrack or dormitory where there are number of prisons. It is not the case of the petitioner that any of the two inmates residing with him are suffering from Covid-19 pandemic. Hence, the apprehension of the petitioner also because of the vulnerable age and overcrowding in jail that he is likely to contact Covid-19 which may be detrimental to his health, is unfounded.’On April 1, Supreme Court had denied his plea for grant of interim bail amid the coronavirus outbreak and had directed him to move the Delhi High Court, wherein his baip plea was pending.The Supreme court on March 23, 2020 had directed a high powered committee to square in on those prisoners who could be released on parole in order to de-congest jails and effectuate social distancing in prisons. However, the committee did not consider Michel’s case for grant of parole, following which, he approached the Top Court.Stating that his health was extremely critical, he had sought bail through a plea by Advocates Sriram Prakkat, Vishnu Shankar & Ajlo Joseph. It was also averred that being contained in congested prisons in times of such crisis could further substantiate expose him to disease which could in turn be fatal for him.Michel has been in judicial custody since January 5, 2019 and his regular bail is pending before the high court where the CBI and the ED have contended that he should not be granted relief, citing his influence and nexus which may hamper proceedings.Michel is among the three alleged middlemen being probed in the cases filed by the ED and the CBI. The other two are Guido Haschke and Carlo Gerosa.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

New York City police officer dies from apparent suicide, 7th this year

first_img”I want to say as loudly and clearly as I can: it is okay to ask for help”In 2017, there were at least 103 firefighter suicides and 140 police officer suicides nationwide, researchers said. In contrast, 93 firefighters and 129 police officers died in the line of duty.“Police officers experience trauma on a regular basis — not just what is on the front line of nightly news,” Miriam Heyman, a researcher with the Ruderman Family Foundation, told ABC News in April.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. duha127/iStock(NEW YORK) — An off-duty New York City police officer died over the weekend from an apparent suicide, the fifth NYPD officer to take his own life in the past two months and the seventh this year, officials said.The officer, whose name was not immediately released, was found dead on Saturday at his home in the New York City borough of Staten Island, sources told ABC New York station WABC.“The tragic news today that another member of the NYPD has been lost to suicide breaks our hearts, and is a deep sorrow felt by all of New York City,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in a statement.This officer’s death came a month after O’Neill said the NYPD was in the throes of a “mental health crisis” and took steps to address the issue, including providing counseling services in every police precinct. The department has also put out videos calling for more discussion of mental health and drawing attention to the services available.Both O’Neill and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio implored the more than 30,000 police officers on the force to seek help if they are experiencing depression.“To every member of the NYPD, please know this: it is okay to feel vulnerable. It is okay if you are facing struggles. And it is okay to seek help from others,” O’Neill said. “You may not know this, and it may be hard to imagine, but you are not out there all by yourself. More people than you know, who wear the same uniform as you do, share the same doubts and fears and struggles that you do. Seeking help is strength. Talking about your problems is strength. Acknowledging you need a place to turn is strength. There is no shame here — only a promise to provide you with the help and support you need and deserve.”De Blasio echoed O’Neill’s statement.“I want to say as loudly and clearly as I can: it is okay to ask for help,” de Blasio said. “If you or a loved one is in need, ask. Your whole city stands in support of you ready to answer the call.”The officer who took his life is a transit police officer, who was recently promoted to sergeant, the New York Daily News reported.Four NYPD officers died from suicide in the month of June alone, and two others took their own lives earlier this year.A recent white paper commissioned by the Ruderman Family Foundation, a philanthropic organization, found that police officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty.last_img read more

Model of the energization of outer-zone electrons by whistler-mode chorus during the October 9, 1990 geomagnetic storm

first_img[1] Relativistic (> 1 MeV) ‘killer electrons’ are frequently generated in the Earth’s inner magnetosphere during the recovery phase of a typical magnetic storm. We test the hypothesis that the energization of electrons takes place by means of stochastic gyroresonant interaction between lower-energy (several 100 keV) seed electrons and whistler-mode chorus waves. We develop a model kinetic equation for the electron energy distribution, and utilize both electron and whistler-mode wave data at L=4 for a typical geomagnetic storm (on October 9, 1990) from instruments carried on the Combined Release and Radiation Effects Satellite (CRRES). Our model solutions are found to match well with the CRRES profiles of the electron flux. We conclude that the mechanism of stochastic acceleration by whistler-mode turbulence is a viable candidate for generating killer electrons, not only for the storm considered, but for similar storms with a several-day recovery phase containing prolonged substorm activity.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 12/11/19

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Wednesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONHouston 116, Cleveland 110Indiana 122, Boston 117L.A. Lakers 96, Orlando 87L.A. Clippers 112, Toronto 92Charlotte 11,3 Brooklyn 108Chicago 136, Atlanta 102 Utah 127, Minnesota 116Phoenix 115, Memphis 108New Orleans 127, Milwaukee 112Sacramento 94, Oklahoma City 93New York 114, Golden State 122 — OTNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEFinal Washington 3, Boston 2Montreal 3, Ottawa 2  — OTColorado 3, Philadelphia 1TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLArizona 99, Nebraska-Omaha 49Illinois 71, Michigan 62Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img December 12, 2019 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/11/19last_img read more

Tri-State Alliance Response To Drag Queen Story Hour

first_imgDear EVSC School Board members, Vanderburgh County Commissioners, and Vanderburgh County Council,On behalf of the Tri-State Alliance, I am writing to you about EVPL’s Drag Queen Story Hour.I view this as an issue of censorship. Some members of the community are trying to limit what library programs are available to the public. It is similar to banning books. As an EVPL patron, I have a choice of what books I read and what programs I attend. However, it is not my right to decide what books other patrons are allowed to read and what programs others are allowed to attend.In one of the media articles, I read that some elected officials feel like this program is dividing the community. Actually, there is a segment of the community fighting a cultural war saying the LGBTQ communities are not welcome here. It is the same people who have been saying the same thing for decades.Some Christians oppose Santa Clause, stating it takes away from the reason for the season. My pastor does Santa Clause Story Hour at the EVPL locations. Those who oppose the character Santa Clause do not try to stop other parents from bringing their kids to the event. They just don’t take their kids.The same is true for Halloween. Some Christians oppose the celebration of Halloween. But do we end Halloween events at EVPL, or do we let parents choose what programs to take their kids to?What is different about this program? Those doing the reading are from the LGBTQ communities. So this is being used as a way to attack the LGBTQ community. Opponents are stating this will influence kids to be LGBTQ, and implies that being LGBTQ is bad. And opponents are sexualizing kids story hour.What is, in fact, truth is that most people, including elected officials, have LGBTQ friends, family, and Co-workers. The demonizing of LGBTQ citizens isn’t working anymore, at least for most people.There are 2 major petitions online about this issue. Close to 3,000 have signed a petition against this event. Close to 5,000 have signed the petition in support of this event. I am sure both petitions have people who live outside our area …. and the petition against the event allows ‘anonymous’ signers. What does this mean? I believe it means most residents of Vanderburgh County don’t care one way or the other. I also read that 2 speakers at a Vanderburgh County Commissioners meeting opposed this program. I suggest that 2 speakers do not represent a majority of Vanderburgh County.Discussions of banning a book, banning a program, eliminating funding for libraries or firing a librarian for reaching out to the community will help us make national news. It will make us a bad example on the issue of censorship and discrimination.E is for everyone is Evansville’s slogan. Is Vanderburgh County Government going to call out the mayor and disagree with this slogan? I hope not.I urge you not to support censorship. I urge you not to support discrimination. And I urge you not to use inflammatory language that refers to drag queens as the same as prostitutes. Please remember that you are talking about taxpayers and yes voters. People can disagree, but the level of dialogue about this issue has sunk to a new low in Vanderburgh County.We can and should do better. Thanks for your attention and consideration.Sincerely,Wally Paynter, PresidentTri-State Alliance501 John Street Suite 5Evansville IN 47713812-480-0204, [email protected]:// LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Speech: Dr Phillip Lee’s speech at Centre for Social Justice launch event

first_imgThank you very much for inviting me along to this launch event today. Firstly can I thank the team at Centre for Social Justice for this insightful report. It not only raises a number of pertinent points about the challenges which female offenders, and the services responding to them face, but also outlines practical and creative proposals we can take to tackle them.Secondly, I would like to emphasise an important theme that runs throughout this report: the need for a multi-agency, gender-responsive approach to female offenders that brings together local and national partners in a coordinated and accountable manner.Female offenders are some of our most vulnerable members of society and often have complex needs. As articulated in the report, a significant number of these women have histories of mental health issues, substance misuse, trauma and abuse, homelessness, poor education and unemployment.For many, these issues have developed prior to their involvement with the criminal justice system. Many of these women are also likely to be already known to, or already engaged with, different public services before they even commit a crime.Despite this, we know that outcomes for a significant number of women remain persistently and unacceptably poor.We must address these issues at the outset if we want to reduce crime, reduce reoffending, protect victims and the public.Achieving this requires a joined-up approach from the relevant Government departments, national and local statutory services, and the voluntary sector, to develop a coordinated, multi-agency response. I’m pleased to say we are making some real progress in achieving this. And, this is a principle that also underlines my female offender strategy.Whole System Approach and women’s centresAs set out in the report, we are investing £1 million pounds seed funding to support local areas to develop new ways of working with female offenders by adopting a multi-agency – often termed Whole System – approach.The whole system model brings together local agencies, criminal justice, statutory and voluntary. Together they provide the holistic, targeted support a female offender needs, with shared investment and outcomes. The National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies are key partners, ensuring that female offenders receive targeted, wrap-around support both through the gate and in the community.Women’s centres are often at the heart of many of these Whole-System Approach models. And I have been impressed by the women’s centres that I have visited. Over the past year I met staff and service users at Nelson Trust and Anawim, which are both providing valuable support to vulnerable women.I recognise the hugely important role that these women’s centres can play in supporting female offenders and those at risk of offending. Our best response to female offending must be one that is locally-led.Liaison and diversionAnother recent success commended in the report is that of Liaison and Diversion (L&D) services. L&D services place clinical staff at police stations and courts to provide assessments and referrals at an earlier stage. In doing so, we can intervene early to support people with mental health, drug and alcohol issues as soon as they come to the attention of the criminal justice system.L&D services will be operating across 82% of England by the end of March 2018, and across 90% of the country by the end of March 2019. Full rollout is expected by 2020/21.And we are going further. NHS England are currently enhancing ‘women’s pathways’ across all L&D services, to address the specific needs of women in the criminal justice system.A specific women’s lead will be appointed in each service to focus on this. Services will: offer to see all females who come into custody provide females with the choice of the gender of their practitioner offer gender-sensitive tools for screening and provide effective onward referrals to gender specific and sensitive services.The needs of particular groups such as women sex workers and foreign national women, will also be considered. These pathways will be co-designed with women with lived experience. This will mean that more female offenders will be diverted away from the criminal justice system in the first place, away from charge, or to a community sentence. I firmly believe that early intervention is an important part of our response to female offending. Not only does it improve outcomes for these women but also their children, their families and the public as a whole.DevolutionAs the report outlines, Police & Crime Commissioners (PPC’S) have a real appetite to be more involved in a new approach for female offenders.This is extremely welcome. PCCs play a valuable role as visible and accountable leaders of the local police and crime systems. And Combined Authorities bring together several services which are crucial to reduce reoffending.I recognise the potential benefits that a more locally-led system offers. I am keen to work closely with PCCs and Combined Authorities to explore this further.It is crucial that we work more closely with these local partners to tackle the issues leading women into the criminal justice system.To deliver this, we have signed devolution agreements with several areas, including Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, West Midlands and Greater London.The Ministry of Justice is committed to exploring options to provide greater devolution of criminal justice responsibility and budgets to local commissioners.Women at courtAnother issue raised in the report was that of awareness of pre-sentence report writers of the disposals available in their areas. We have recently undertaken an audit of pre-sentence reports and assessment tools for female offenders at court. This looked at how we could take a more gender responsive and trauma informed approach towards the women we are working with.Cross-departmental work is now progressing to increase the quality of assessments for female offenders and a work plan has been developed to take this work forward.This work is also looking to increase the take up of effective community sentences in line with sentencing guidelines. This work is being carried out in partnership with the National Probation Service and Community Rehabilitation Companies (CRC’s).Workforce developmentHowever, for these changes to have the necessary impact, it is essential that we have a gender informed workforce.We continue to roll out Trauma Informed training to criminal justice professionals. Training is now being extended across the National Probation Service and CRCs, as well as to prison staff.We have also supported the wider Criminal Justice System roll out of the ‘Safeguarding Children When Sentencing Mothers’ training material completed by Dr Shona Minson.This training raises awareness of the diverse implications of maternal imprisonment for children.I would like to reiterate my thanks to Dr Minson for her invaluable work.Benefits and employmentToday’s report also rightly highlights the challenges which prisoners face when leaving prison, particularly around access to welfare support.Prisoners are able to speak to a Department of Work and Pensions Work Coach before release. They can make an appointment at the relevant Job Centre as early as the day of release. Once the former prisoner attends the Job Centre to complete their claim, eligible prisoners can receive funds within hours.However, we recognise that more can be done. That is why we are working with the Department of Work and Pensions to improve the process with the aim of enabling a claim in advance of release.And I want to do more to help women into employment on release too. Getting and keeping a job can change people’s lives and work is the best route out of crime. The prison and probation service have an important role to help offenders build the skills and experience they need whilst they’re in prison so they can have the right attitude for work and get a job when they’re released. As the Secretary of State outlined on 6 March, we will shortly be launching our Education and Employment Strategy. This will set out our approach to helping offenders get the skills they need to find a job and avoid the activities that landed them in prison in the first place.AccommodationAnother factor that plays an important part in rehabilitation is accommodation. There is considerable evidence which tells us there is a link between lack of stable accommodation and reoffending. Suitable accommodation plays an important part in enabling offenders to get a job, into training, or registered with a GP.HMPPS has undertaken some initiatives to improve access to accommodation, such as expanding the BASS contract to offer accommodation to offenders on licence.We continue to work with all probation providers to help make sure offenders get the support they need to find accommodation on release.But accommodation is a serious problem which requires a cross departmental response, as recognised in the report’s recommendations.We are working with Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to improve access to housing for those being released from prison.As part of this, we are investigating how Housing First and proposals regarding the private rented sector could help to ensure that offenders with complex needs, including female offenders, can secure suitable accommodationThis work will form part of the wider Government commitment to eliminate homelessness.ConclusionAs you know, my female offender strategy is due shortly. I hope to outline in this what further progress we have made in the areas I have highlighted today, and others, to address the challenges which female offenders face. This is a complex issue and one that I want to get right.Thank you for having me here today to support the launch of this report.last_img read more

Sales volumes up at Allied Bakeries, but market remains ‘challenging’

first_imgAssociated British Foods (ABF) has revealed that Allied Bakeries saw increased sales volumes over the financial year, but overall profits across the group are expected to decline. In this morning’s pre-close update for the year to 12 September 2015, it said the impact of currencies and the performance of its sugar division will see an overall decline in annual profits.The “challenging” UK bread market and lower bread prices have resulted in lower profitability. This despite the Kingsmill brand being relaunched in May and revenues from Sandwich Thins continuing to build following last year’s launch.ABF said that in grocery operating profit is expected to be ahead of last year with an increase in margin and revenue will be lower, largely as a result of commodity price deflation.Revenue and adjusted operating profit for AB Sugar, at both actual and constant currency, will again be “substantially” lower than the previous year following further decline in European sugar prices.Sugar prices in the EU have now stabilised and ABF expects to see some price recovery during 2015/16.Silver Spoon’s cost reduction programme has improved operational efficiency. Commercial success this year included the securing of two supply contracts with major UK retailers. Since its acquisition last October, Dorset Cereals has traded ahead of expectations and its integration with Jordans Ryvita has gone well. Jordans continued to perform well despite lower Ryvita crispbread sales as a result of the “competitive market”.A statement said: “We have completed our major capital investment programme and this year have reduced waste, further improved production processes and manufactured products of a consistently high quality.”last_img read more

Stevie Wonder Surprises Fans In The Best Way Possible By Showing Up To A Stevie Wonder Tribute

first_img[Photos by Erika Goldring] Fans attending a Stevie Wonder tribute show led by Irvin Mayfield at the House of Blues in New Orleans last night were treated to the surprise of their lives when the legend himself decided to pop in for an appearance. NOLA favorite Trombone Shorty was also along for the ride. The pair joined along with Irvin Mayfield & NOJO’s “Living for the City – The Songs of Stevie Wonder” to close out Jazz Fest weekend two on Sunday, May 1st.Stevie Wonder Leads ‘Purple Rain’ Sing-Along During Jazz Fest Storms, Plays Surprise Late NightWonder came on stage and played through a brief medley of his classics with the band, including an extensive harmonica jam. He then paid a tribute to Prince with an a cappella version of “Kiss” as the audience joined in on the sing-a-long, much to Wonder’s delight.He briefly left the stage, then returned to speak to his audience about his vision of America, even throwing in a stab at Donald Trump. “America is already great and has always been great,” he proclaimed, “And we should all share a message of positivity.” Men have had enough time running things, he went on to explain, and the time has come to put a woman in charge.The special show came to a close with Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” followed by Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.Only in New Orleans!last_img read more