Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Judge in Mumia appeal requests evidence of Castille bias

first_imgPhiladelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker filed an order Dec. 7 giving 10 days for attorneys for Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Philadelphia district attorney’s office to provide input on former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald Castille’s possible violation of a PA Judicial Canon on Conduct requiring recusal if there was an appearance of bias or lack of impartiality.  Tucker is requesting opinions on how this code of conduct applies to Abu-Jamal’s appeal and how it fits into the U.S. Supreme Court case Williams v. Pennsylvania, upon which the appeal is based.  Lawyers must respond by Dec. 17 unless an extension is requested and granted. Tucker took final arguments on Dec. 3 from attorneys for Abu-Jamal and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Both agreed they had no additional evidence to submit. The judge’s new request is very important in that it asks for opinions on how the application of the Judicial Canon on Conduct applies to Abu-Jamal’s case and how it fits into the Williams case.   The question of possible judicial bias extends to Castille’s activities on capital cases — not just as the former district attorney — but while he was running for election as a judge or was a judge. Castille’s focus on ‘police killers’Tucker is considering the broader argument that due process requires an unbiased decision maker. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys added this second legal basis to grant the political prisoner new appeal rights in amended petitions and oral arguments during an Oct. 29 court proceeding.  They argued that Williams provides a specific application of that principle as applied by SCOTUS in a case where the prosecutor later became the judge on the same case. Due process claims based on judicial bias do not require proof of actual bias, only the appearance of bias — that “a reasonable observer could conclude that a judge harbored disqualifying bias against the petitioner.” The question is whether the judge would be neutral or whether there is unconstitutional potential for bias. The PA Supreme Court has maintained that recusal is required wherever there is substantial doubt about a jurist’s ability to preside impartially. Commonwealth attorneys claim that during months of searching hundreds of boxes of DA records documents showing Castille was personally involved in Mumia’s case were not found. But the prosecution released documents that expose Castille’s personal bias on capital cases.  One was a letter DA Castille wrote in June 1990 to then Gov. Robert P. Casey, a death penalty opponent, who would not sign death warrants. Urging Casey to “send a clear … message to all police killers that the death penalty in Pennsylvania actually means something,” Castille asked Casey to sign death warrants and provided him with a list of capital cases where they could be applied.     Abu-Jamal’s case was not on the list because his case was still being appealed to SCOTUS. However, Abu-Jamal’s attorneys assert that Castille’s letter to Casey targeted Abu-Jamal. His was one of three capital cases at that time involving a convicted so-called “police killer.” They charge that this reflects Castille’s personal involvement in a critical decision in Abu-Jamal’s case. Castille: FOP’s ‘Man-of-the-Year’ Evidence also surfaced of DA Castille’s support for a campaign by former PA State Sen. Mike Fisher regarding passage of legislation that would further restrict state appeals of death penalty convictions.  The legislation included removal of final approval for death warrants from the governor’s office. A status report on certain death row inmates that was sent to Fisher included Abu-Jamal’s name. Abu-Jamal’s attorneys stated on Oct. 29: “On Sept. 23, 1988, DA Castille wrote directly to Fisher urging passage of an amendment to the death penalty law and conveying his fears about the impact of Mills v. Maryland.” (That U.S. Supreme Court case, a 5-4 decision in 1988, reversed a Maryland Court of Appeals death sentence affirmation on the ground that the jury verdict form used was unconstitutional.) Castille feared that “Mills may lead to the vacating of scores of death penalties.”  Abu-Jamal’s appeal contained a Mills claim regarding Judge Albert Sabo’s improper instructions to the jury, which became the basis for overturning his death sentence. There is ample evidence of other instances of Castille’s bias and that he took responsibility for death sentences. The Williams decision included citations from news articles quoting Castille bragging about putting “45 murderers on death row.”  Some 36,000 Pennsylvania police officers endorsed him. The Fraternal Order of Police gave Castille “Man-of-the-Year” awards, political support and donations during his campaign for the PA Supreme Court.The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief in the Williams case, which noted that Castille was on “a crusade against” the Federal Community Defender Organization that represented Williams. The ABA notes, “He was incensed by its involvement in state post-conviction proceedings, and even more so by its zealotry on behalf of its clients.”  Refusal to recuse in Abu-Jamal’s caseIn 1996 Abu-Jamal appealed his post-conviction challenge to his death sentence and death penalty denied by Judge Sabo to the PA Supreme Court over his 1982 conviction by a mostly white jury for the 1981 shooting of police officer Daniel Faulkner. He also filed a motion requesting that Justice Castille not hear the case. The grounds for requesting the recusal were based on Castille’s FOP relationship and defense of prosecutorial conduct in the face of evidence of significant prosecutorial misconduct. As a former Philadelphia district attorney, Castille’s name appeared on appeal briefs which argued that Abu-Jamal’s trial was fair and that evidence against him was compelling. Castille oversaw the legal efforts to keep Abu-Jamal on Pennsylvania’s death row.  Abu-Jamal’s lawyers at that time requested that Castille not deliberate over their client’s appeal because of his prior role as DA and his long-time association with the FOP, which actively campaigned for Abu-Jamal’s execution. Arguing that his decision not to step down from the hearing was a “personal one for him alone to make,” Castille noted that while the FOP endorsed him, it also endorsed four other PA court justices hearing the case.  Castille claimed he had never “personally” participated in any aspect of Abu-Jamal’s case. Yet four years earlier when he ran for the state court, four aides reported that as district attorney, Castille was actively involved in death penalty cases, particularly “high-profile cases,” of which Abu-Jamal’s topped the list. Whether Judge Tucker is genuinely interested in evidence of Castille’s inherent bias regarding the class of capital cases involving murders of police officers or if he is simply seeking to cover all bases and make his decision appeal-proof remains to be seen.  Due to the long history of this case, Abu-Jamal supporters know that reliance on the courts to rule fairly for Mumia is never a given. Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent.  A judicial win and granting new appeal rights for him would be a significant decision against the widespread policy whereby former prosecutors are elected and appointed as judges with the financial and political support of police organizations. Abu-Jamal’s supporters have already launched an Emergency Response Network to fill the streets whichever way Judge Tucker rules. Demonstrations will take place outside the DA’s office at 4 p.m. on the day after Tucker’s decision. For more information and to sign the pledge to show up, go to Mobiliztion4Mumia.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Donnelly has Questions for Perdue

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jan 24, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Donnelly has Questions for Perdue Donnelly has Questions for PerdueIt is expected that President Trump’s pick to head the USDA will be confirmed by the Senate Ag Committee, but Indiana’s representative on that committee has some serious questions for Sonny Perdue. Senator Joe Donnelly spoke to the IASWCD convention on Monday before heading back to Washington to begin casting confirmation votes for cabinet officials including Sonny Perdue. Donnelly told HAT he has some questions for the former Georgia Governor, “I want to make sure he understands Indiana agriculture and the importance of the RFS — the crops that we grow and the areas that are critical to Hoosier agriculture.” Donnelly, a member of the Senate Ag Committee said he also wants Perdue’s approach to the new Farm Bill, “We have a new Farm Bill coming up, and I want to get a flavor of where he would like to go with that.”President Trump has made it clear he wants to start rolling back federal regulations, including the Waters of the U.S.  Donnelly said he supports rolling back WOTUS and other burdensome regulations, “I look forward to eliminating a number of regulations that are duplicative or don’t really need to be there in the first place.”Donnelly told the IASWCD meeting he will be a strong advocate for conservation in the new Farm Bill, “We can change the world, one farm at a time, one filter stirp at a time, one cover crop at a time.”  He praised the famers and conservation district representative in attendance for making Indiana a leader in conservation. Facebook Twitter Donnelly has Questions for Perdue Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleWith TPP Withdrawal Trump Signals New Era of Trade DealsNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

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Entertain Clients in Style in 2018

first_img Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Don’t just host another business meeting, start 2018 with a memorable, business-savvy decision. Entertain your clients in Orange Grove Seating’s VIP Lounge at the 2018 Rose Parade. This prime parade-viewing spot (right at the start of the parade) offers catered food, hosted bar, heaters, couches and TVs for an up-close look.Large-scale events, like sports games or parades that invite employees, vendors and clients help to maintain a company’s image, as well as staying ahead of competitors. Face-to-face interaction is imperative when maintaining relationships with clients, and corporate hospitality events allow a company to reinstate their business and brand values. While an economic recession is daunting for business owners, it should be addressed directly, planned accordingly and executed wisely. Investing in your clients — existing and potential — is always a savvy and forward-thinking decision.Hosting clients at the Rose Parade is sure to make an impression and may be of one of the most interesting and beneficial ways to invest in a client. Benefits and perks are appealing to a client and allows them to have a more open mind when it comes to spending money.For more information on Orange Grove Seating’s VIP seating at the 2018 Rose Parade, visit www.orangegroveseating.com or call (562) 344-2850.center_img Community News Make a comment Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business: Retail News Entertain Clients in Style in 2018 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 | 3:12 pm Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

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Bogus taxi operating in Limerick

first_imgA JOINT operation between Limerick Roads Policing and the National Transport Authority was carried out on October 18, resulting in a car being seized as the driver, a man in his 40s, was suspected to be operating an unlicensed taxi.The operation was carried out by plain-clothes and uniform Gardaí from the Roads Policing Unit and the National Transport Authority (NTA). Shortly after 10.30pm, a car was stopped in the Ballyneety area of Limerick and was seized by Gardaí.No arrests have been made and the matter will be dealt with by way of summons.Speaking at Henry Street Garda Station today, Sergeant Kevin Bourke, Roads Policing Unit in Limerick, said, “We would like to remind everyone to be vigilant when using or booking any public service vehicles such as taxis, hackneys and limos. The National Transport Authority App ‘Driver Check’ can be used to check whether these vehicles have been registered.”NTA CEO Anne Graham said: “This operation has been a great example of NTA and An Garda Síochána working together in the interests of compliant SPSV drivers, and more importantly, in the interests of the travelling public.” Twitter NewsCrime & CourtTransportBogus taxi operating in LimerickBy Staff Reporter – October 21, 2019 684 Print WhatsApp Emailcenter_img Advertisement Linkedin Facebook Previous articleCaroline has the core competencies for top awardNext articleIrish Social Business Campus Forum aims to inspire social change Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

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Less Directive to Bank Boards as the Fed Steps Back

first_img June 2, 2017 999 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Less Directive to Bank Boards as the Fed Steps Back About Author: Staff Writer Tagged with: CCAR Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test Federal Reserve Previous: Poor Job Numbers Increase Odds of Rate Hike Next: Lehman’s Brothers Holdings: 2.4 Billion Bankruptcy Offer Accepted Home / Daily Dose / Less Directive to Bank Boards as the Fed Steps Back CCAR Comprehensive Capital Analysis Review Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test Federal Reserve 2017-06-02 Staff Writer Related Articles On Thursday, Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell went on record with CNBC saying the Fed plans on reviewing some of the more “outdated” rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act that placed additional responsibilities onto banks’ board of directors, although not to the extent as President Trump has suggested.Powell believes that while the Dodd-Frank Act was a success, it is the obligation of the Fed to review the post-crisis reform program for any redundancies, and single out both inefficient and successful policies in order to best remain effective in a new market.One of those redundancies, Powell said, is the requirement of the Dodd-Frank Act that banks’ board of directors ensure the banks are complying with all federal and state regulations, which effectively forced them to get tied up in day-to-day operations rather than focus on the big picture.“I think we’re also working now on a reset really of how our supervision interacts with boards of directors. We’re going to move to a more principles-based approach and we’re going to eliminate many of the really specific directives that we give to boards of directors.”Powell also said he thought it was important to address the Fed’s stress test, the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR). Banks have raised concerns about the CCAR for years, stating that there was no rhyme or reason to the way the Fed conducted its “qualitative review” portion of the test. However, Former Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo believed that if banks knew too much information about the qualitative aspect of the stress test, they would be able to game the system. Powell doesn’t think so.“We’re committed to running … as transparent as possible and effective as possible a [sic] set of stress tests … we want to continue and strengthen that.”He also said the Fed will be accepting the public’s thoughts on ways to improve the stress test.This isn’t the only review of the Dodd-Frank Act coming up. The House of Representatives will be voting on the CHOICE Act, HR 10 on Wednesday, June 7, but still has a long way to go before it becomes law. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Savecenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Mortgage Debt on the Rise, Volume of Mortgages Falling

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. in Daily Dose, Featured, Loss Mitigation, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Previous: FirstClose Launches New Platform for Title Businesses Next: The Rise of Unconventional Loans Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img During the same time frame of the household-owned value of the U.S. housing market reaching an all-time high of $26.12 trillion, the share of homeowners with a mortgage is at 62.9%—the lowest level since 2005—according to the Urban Institute. The report states the $26.12 trillion in value is made up of two elements: $10.36 trillion in outstanding mortgage debt and $15.76 trillion in home equity. While mortgage debt has grown in recent years, the recovery in home values has lowered the mortgage debt-to-home value ration from 63.3% in 2009 to 39.6% in Q1 2019. The housing equity share of aggregate home values has grown from 36.7% to 60.5% during the period of time. The Urban Institute also states that the declining amount of homeowners that have a mortgage is a key factor. According to the report, the share of homeowners with a mortgage has declined since 2008 to 2017 from 68.4% to 62.9%. Also, the number of owner-occupied homes without a mortgage grew to 37.1% over the same time frame. In 2017, just 48.44% of homes had a mortgage, compared to 28.5% that did not. Among the possible reasons for this shift is the surge of all-cash sales in the years following the recession, a focus on debt reduction, and tight conditions with mortgage credit. This shift is also represented in generational differences. Households with older occupants are more likely than younger homeowners to have paid off their mortgage. However, the share of older homeowners with a mortgage has increased gradually 38% in 2017 for those 65-year-old or older. The amount of homeowners that have a mortgage, and are younger than 35, has fallen 83% in 2017 from 89% in 2009.“As the baby boomer generation ages, younger households will become more important to lenders. If new and younger purchasers increasingly use cash instead of mortgages to buy their homes, competition among lenders will increase, which, in turn, may help ease the restrictive credit standards in place today,” the report stated.  Home / Daily Dose / Mortgage Debt on the Rise, Volume of Mortgages Falling Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Mortgage Debt 2019-08-21 Mike Albanese Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Mortgage Debt Mortgage Debt on the Rise, Volume of Mortgages Falling  Print This Post August 21, 2019 1,057 Views last_img read more

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‘Disabled Person Needs To Pay 5% Tax To Walk’: Plea In SC Against GST On Disability Equipments

first_imgTop Stories’Disabled Person Needs To Pay 5% Tax To Walk’: Plea In SC Against GST On Disability Equipments LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK26 Oct 2020 7:21 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday heard a writ petition challenging the imposition of Goods and Services Tax(GST) on products meant for the aid of persons with disabilities(Nipun Malhotra v Union of India).’A normal person need not pay tax for walking. But a disabled person needs to pay 5% tax for walking’ : Senior Advocate Pinaki Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, submitted before a…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 on Monday heard a writ petition challenging the imposition of Goods and Services Tax(GST) on products meant for the aid of persons with disabilities(Nipun Malhotra v Union of India).’A normal person need not pay tax for walking. But a disabled person needs to pay 5% tax for walking’ : Senior Advocate Pinaki Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, submitted before a bench comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud, Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee.He submitted that most disability equipments are imposed GST at a rate of 5%.The Attorney General for India, K K Venugopal, informed the bench that further to the discussions he had held with the Ministry of Finance on the issue, it was conveyed to him that it was difficult to accept the plea of the petitioners.The AG said that while he understood the difficulties of the petitioners at a humanitarian level, mere imposition of tax cannot be held to be infringing the fundamental rights so as to warrant judicial interference.In response, Senior Advocate Pinaki Mishra submitted that the imposition of tax resulted in denial of equal opportunities for the differently-abled persons and created barriers for them to access the resources available to other people. The GST on disability aids was also a violation of the guarantee of equal opportunities made by the Rights of Persons with Disabilites Act 2016.Justice Chandrachud said that the court had doubts about whether it can interfere with a policy decision to impose tax. In matters related to taxation, the scope of judicial review is very narrow, the judge told the senior lawyer.The senior counsel replied that the decision to impose GST is taken by the GST Council and the Ministry of Finance only executes the Council’s decision.Therefore, he sought liberty to move a representation before the GST Council seeking waiver of GST on disability products.Civilized jurisdictions waive tax on products meant for disabled persons, he added.Accepting the counsel’s request, the Supreme Court granted liberty to the petitioner to move a representation with the GST council for zero GST on disability products. The writ petition is posted after three months to await the decision of the GST council. Next Storylast_img read more

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Most employers are positive about performance pay

first_img Just over six out of 10 of the 61 organisations questioned said their scheme is “fairly successful”. Only 8 per cent said they were “very successful” and 11 per cent said they were unsuccessful.Recent changes had been made to the system in 56 per cent of cases. The most common was revising appraisal guidelines or training, carried out by 62 per cent. Other common revisions were increasing or reducing the number of performance categories (32 per cent) and adapting appraisal structures to reward competency or skills acquisition (29 per cent).• 020-7354 6742, www.irseclipse.co.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Most employers are positive about performance payOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Jazz Workout Five Players Ahead Of Draft

first_imgMay 30, 2018 /Sports News – Local Jazz Workout Five Players Ahead Of Draft Tags: Basketball/Dayon Goodman/Kenneth Ogbe/NBA/NBA Draft/Ryan Richardson/Sedrick Barefield/Tyler Rawson/Utah Jazz Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  The Jazz hosted six more prospects for a workout ahead of the NBA Draft.Five of the six were local products with Utah guard Sedrick Barefield headlining the bunch.Utah forward Tyler Rawson, Kenneth Ogbe of Utah Valley University, Weber State guard Ryan Richardson, and Westminster College forward Dayon Goodman were also in attendance.Kameron Chatman was the only player without local ties to workout, he is a forward from the University of Detroit. Robert Lovelllast_img read more

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