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Webinar: Driving casino yield through AI driven hyper-personalisation

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Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgUmeme Limited (UMEME.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMEME.ug)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUmeme Limited supplies and distributes electricity in Uganda. It is the main electricity distribution company in the region; operating and maintaining a distribution network of some 31 790 kilometres of medium and low voltage electricity lines as well as providing after-sales services to its customers. Umeme Limited supplies electricity for domestic, commercial, industrial and public works usage, and is responsible for the purchase of electricity for Independent Power Producers. Umeme Limited is a subsidiary of Umeme Holdings; which is a subsidiary of Actis Infrastructure 2LP. Umeme Limited took over the supply and distribution of electricity in Uganda from UEDCL under a 20-year concession period. Umeme Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Ephemeral Edge / Dean-Wolf Architects

first_imgProducts used in this ProjectFaucetsDornbrachtKitchen Fittings – Tara.Associate Partner:Chris KronerTechnical Consultant:Charles WolfProject Team:Zachary RousouEngineering:Hage EngineeringCity:AusterlitzCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Paul WarcholText description provided by the architects. Ephemeral Edge is a weekend retreat and retirement home located three hours north of New York City. As a retreat, the goal of the project was to contrasts the rapid sense of time and pressure of the city and extend the enjoyment and sensuousness of the everyday passage of time that is often highlighted in the open landscape. The sense of extended time is accomplished by taking advantage of the site—a forested hillside which contains a constructed pond and overlooks a distant view. The design is informed by four site conditions: the curving edge of the pond, the torqued banks necessary to construct the pond, the spindly edge of the forest clearing, and the quiet beauty of the distant view.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Paul WarcholThe pond reflects the ephemeral aspects of living here—the changing light across its’ surface and the daily and seasonal fluctuations of temperature. The sweep of the pond’s edge joins seamlessly with the dynamic curvilinear roof and deck drawing these qualities inside the house.  The twisted form of the house responds to the torqued banks of the pond, required to construct flatness on a hillside. The roof/wall completes the twist between lower filled bank and upper carved bank.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholSave this picture!© Paul WarcholThe delicate forest edge informs structure. Rebar emerges from three foundation walls as trunks and branches that float the house over the water. The radial plan of structure and skylights follows the sun—sequentially filling the intimate spaces of the house with the light and shadow of the forest. The pond and the distant view are always present in the house.  At the entry, where the dining space aligns with the distant view, doors open through the house, joining the intimate table to the larger landscape.Save this picture!© Paul WarcholSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Paul WarcholProject gallerySee allShow lessPassing the Support – From Fukushima to NepalArchitecture NewsMaranhão Apartment / Estúdio OrthSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Paul Warchol+ 26Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs:  Paul Warchol Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Dornbracht, Lutron, B&B Italia, Benjamin Moore, Blu Bathworks, Bosch, Colonial Bronze, DuraVent, Duratherm, Duravit, FSB, Flos, Grohe, Ingo Maurer, Maloya Laser, Miele, Minka Aire, NEWPORT BRASS, Rohl, Sherwin-Williams, +23Simpson Strong Tie, Stone Source, Subzero/Wolf, Tnemec, Viracon, Zephyr, ADM Sink, AMD Grating, Anzor, Benson Steel, Custom Table, DLine, DaVinci Collection, Duratech, E&T Plastics, EnviroCept Companies, GP Wood, Housatonic Hardwoods, LINEA, La Canache, Latoscana, SlantFin, Supreme Fireplace-23 Ephemeral Edge / Dean-Wolf Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918914/ephemeral-edge-dean-wolf-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Austerlitz, United States ArchDaily United States Crawford & Associates “COPY” Landscape Contractor: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918914/ephemeral-edge-dean-wolf-architects Clipboard 2017 Area:  2000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Webster Landscapes Ephemeral Edge / Dean-Wolf ArchitectsSave this projectSaveEphemeral Edge / Dean-Wolf Architects Kathryn Dean Landscape Architect: Architects: Dean-Wolf Architects Area Area of this architecture project Lead Architect: Reed Hilderbrand “COPY” Year:  Projects Geotechnical Engineering: Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Photographs CopyAbout this officeDean-Wolf ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAusterlitzUnited StatesPublished on June 13, 2019Cite: “Ephemeral Edge / Dean-Wolf Architects” 13 Jun 2019. 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NH House / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano

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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream NH House / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani HiranoSave this projectSaveNH House / Atelier Daniel Corsi + Dani Hirano+ 62Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Brazil 2019 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943876/nh-house-atelier-daniel-corsi-plus-dani-hirano Clipboard Photographs:  Nelson Kon Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  4154 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Manufacturers: FRANKE, Assoalho São Miguel, Cerâmica Atlas, Clami, Concrefit, Deca, Divanni Decor, Estúdio Bola, Fernando Jaeger, Ideal Esquadrias, Impertop, Lesco, Metalferco, Pedra cor, Portobello, Suvinil, Tekhouse, WGR IluminaçãoArchitect In Charge:Daniel CorsiCollaborators:Fabio Ligotti Carneiro, Thiago Maurelio, Tatiana Otani Nishi, Gabriela Meyer Torres, Julia Urquijo Lazcano, Bruno SumanModel:Fabio Ligotti CarneiroConstruction:Taguá EngenhariaManagement:JSA EngenhariaStructural Design And Facilities:Reyolando BrasilLandscaping:Gabriela Ornaghi, Roberto RiscalaInteriors:Fernanda CastilhoLighting:Daniel Corsi, Dani HiranoAir Conditioning:LogitecLocksmiths:Cimar Estruturas MetálicasCarpentry (Project):Daniel Corsi, Dani HiranoCarpentry:Marcenaria VIPCity:ItatibaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nelson KonRecommended ProductsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingSkylightsJansenRoof Glazing – VISSWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. A house must guard a world of its own. Through its spaces and paths, unveil landscapes in its contemplations, mysteries in its intimacies, silences in its voids. A house must build places. We seek here a set of perceptual and singular experiences of dwelling, a diversity of spaces that would lead us from collective contemplation to introspection and that its inhabitants could enjoy the beautiful geography around them, intensifying their relations with each other and the place that surrounds them.Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!Plan – RoofSituated in a privileged site around a corner, this house makes use of its two fronts to organize and reveal itself. Its compositional synthesis has two moments: a monolithic volume anchored to the ground and a set of perpendicular planes slightly suspended. The first emerges from the topography, the second floats over it.Save this picture!© Nelson KonAs if sculpted from the inside, the main volume has voids that go from the access patio – designed not as a door, but as a transition between the outside and the inside world – to a sequence of spaces that accommodate much of a traditional program of a house. Other subtractions gradually unfold within and associate themselves in a kind of ‘ode to the window’ into which their façades are transformed: countless openings of different sizes, layers and functions frame the surrounding landscape, bringing it inside and creating living pictures at every moment that one circulates inside.Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!Planta – Pavimento TérreoSave this picture!© Nelson KonThe second moment of construction is defined by two large planes, one horizontal and the other vertical. In it extends the central living space, still interior, but fully opened to the set of outer spaces. A succession of courtyards and gardens set different relations with the landscape and dimensions of coexistence that they configure: from the front courtyard that looks towards the mountains, to the inner courtyard that is designed as a square, we see family life happening. Sunny or shaded, dry or green, with different types of vegetation and water, these squares, as well as the raised terrace on the roof of the central room, accumulate the possibilities of conviviality of a house.Save this picture!© Nelson KonIts materiality is defined by a structural system of reinforced concrete and a series of lightweight elements in steel and ecological wood that cover the façades of the main volume, giving it substantial thermal protection as a ventilated double facade system. These elements enable the various shutters and openings that make privacy, natural ventilation, luminosity and visuals control more flexible. Outside, two large movable metal panels have the same versatility and can be kept vertically (defining the boundary plane) or horizontally (creating areas of shade for the internal courtyards as large umbrellas controlled manually and lightly by their counterweights).Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© Nelson KonFinally, natural light reveals itself as an omnipresent element. The massive nature of the construction reveals openings to the horizons, sky and ground, landscapes always framed by courtyards and windows that constantly awaken the senses of its inhabitants to their own position, guarded by this ark that rests anchored in dialogue with its place.Save this picture!© Nelson KonProject gallerySee allShow lessSkate Parks: Photographs of Brutalist Recreational Landscapes in CaliforniaArticlesBest Modern Examples of Ancient Courtyard Renovations in ChinaArticles Share “COPY”last_img read more

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SCF’s Tsunami appeal raises £400,000 online in one week

first_imgUsing Bmycharity tracking services, Save the Children have also been able to record the performance of different appeal material and media, which should pave the way for even faster and more efficient online fundraising in future.Bmycharity’s high capacity servers and network of secure payment gateways were handling several thousand pounds of donations per minute at times. SCF’s Tsunami appeal raises £400,000 online in one week AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 January 2005 | News  29 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Save the Children’s Tsunami appeal has handled over £400,000 in the past week, with donation speeds increasing even at peak demand.Save the Children used Bmycharity’s Appealtracker service to handle the donations online. While other sites, including that of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), have struggled to meet demand, the average donation time on the site has reduced by 20% while average donation value has surged to nearly £100. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Txtlocal launches Charity Short Code for SMS donations

first_imgTxtlocal launches Charity Short Code for SMS donations  38 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies mobile sms Technology About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. SMS message service Txtlocal has introduced a service for UK charities, enabling them to accept SMS donations at low cost.The company, whose 75,000 business clients include Google, Manchester United, MySpace, and Confused.com, have introduced their Charity Short Code. CEO Alistair Shortland, who spoke earlier this month at the Institute of Fundraising South West Autumn Conference, said: “We want the charity to be the only beneficiary, so we have no handling fees and the lowest set up fees and running costs in the UK today”.The company charges £50 as a set-up fee, and then £25 per month thereafter, with each text costing 2.8p.Although it doesn’t handle Gift Aid reclaims on behalf of charity clients like the recently launched CAF SMS service, it does provide a link to a web page, branded with the charity’s logo, where donors can opt-in for Gift Aid.www.txtlocal.co.uk/charities Howard Lake | 30 November 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Government accused of putting Limerick communities in danger to save a…

first_imgTwo rescued from the water overnight TAGSCastletown ConyersCllr Seamus BrowneDoonGalballyGardaíkilfinaneKilmeedylimerickShanagoldenSinn FeinTournafulla WhatsApp Gardaí seek help tracing Teresa Delight for Doon after win over Patrickswell in Premier U-21 Final Twitter Preview: Doon look for maiden title against Na Piarsaigh in SHC Final Advertisement Email Gardaí arrest three men in Limerick for burglarycenter_img Linkedin Stabbing in city leads to arrest Cllr Seamus Browneby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cllr Seamus BrowneTHE Government has been strongly criticised for jeopardising the safety of Limerick communities by closing seven Garda stations throughout the county in order to save €28,000 a year.It has now been revealed that the closure of County Limerick stations in 2012 and 2013 including Shanagolden, Doon, Galbally, Kilfinane, Kilmeedy, Castletown Conyers and Tournafulla, have only resulted in a cost saving of €4,000 per annum for each station.The information was contained in a response to a Parliamentary Question submitted by Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Padráig MacLochlainn TD.Sinn Féin councillor and general election candidate for County Limerick, Seamus Browne, said it is “staggering” that the government would jeopardise the safety and well being of communities, across County Limerick, in an effort to save €28,000 a year.“I find it infuriating that the government would cut Garda resources in such a viscous manner but even those who consider themselves to be fiscally conservative would have a hard time justifying this one,” he told the Limerick Post.The Newcastle West councillor believes that misguided decisions to close Garda stations in order to make small savings to the exchequer merely increase the opportunity for criminal activity and add to the uncertainty and fear that people are already experiencing after seven years of austerity.The Garda District and Station Rationalisation Programme was implemented during 2012 and 2013 and, according to Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, the primary objective was to “identify opportunities to introduce strategic reforms to enhance service delivery, increase efficiency and streamline practices within the organisation”.“How can this government claim that they are using policing resources more effectively and efficiently when communities across this constituency feel more vulnerable than ever and rural crime continues to rise?” Cllr Browne asked.“We have seen stations closed in Shanagolden, Doon, Galbally, Kilfinane, Kilmeedy and Tournafulla. Towns and villages in East Limerick have been particularly hit by the closures of their Garda stations. I just can’t see how government TDs for this constituency can stand over such decisions in order to save a few thousand euro.”Cllr Browne has called for Garda numbers being brought back to more than 14,000 to be a priority in this week’s budget. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Print Previous articleGAA – Football final SundayNext articleGovernment “playing catch up” with pupil teacher ratios Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsGovernment accused of putting Limerick communities in danger to save a pittanceBy Alan Jacques – October 15, 2015 629 last_img read more

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RNLI launches campaign to halve the number of drownings

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Respect the Water Poster 1The RNLI is aiming to halve the number of drownings off the Irish and British coasts over the next nine years.The “Respect the Waters” campaign is highlighting the dangers both on and near the water in a bid to make people think more about the risk it poses and the need for saftey precautions.The message is being reinforced today as the RNLI holds its annual flag day across Ireland.Lough Swilly Operations Manager John Mc Carter says the target is an ambitious one……….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/rnlirespect.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – August 7, 2015 Twittercenter_img Google+ RNLI launches campaign to halve the number of drownings Previous articleSt Eunan’s salvage a draw against Four Masters with last gasp pointNext articleSignificant turnout for NowDoc protest admin Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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Free Buncrana parking motion withdrawn

first_img By News Highland – December 10, 2009 Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal There will be no council backed free parking in Buncrana as was suggested to encourage people to do their Christmas shopping in the town.Councillor Michael Grant had made the suggestion but withdrew his motion at last nights town council meeting following advice from council officials.center_img Free Buncrana parking motion withdrawn WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook News Twitter Previous articleBudget 2010 – at a glanceNext articleDonegal VEC has highest non-urban number of outstanding grant applications News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Jussie Smollett will be removed from final two episodes of ‘Empire’

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — Embattled actor Jussie Smollett will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire this season in the wake of the criminal charges he’s facing for allegedly falsifying claims of a hate crime.Producers of the Fox show Empire said that Smollett’s character will be removed from the final two episodes of the show.The show’s creators and executive producers Producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer released a joint statement confirming the news.“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season,” the joint statement reads.This update comes a day after Smollett entered a not guilty plea to felony charges for allegedly staging an attack. He returned to the Chicago set of the show after appearing in court Thursday, and insisted to his castmates that he didn’t make up the story, a source familiar with the meeting told ABC News.The actor also filmed scenes for the show on Thursday, according to the source, but the news that producers will not be including his character in the season’s final two episodes suggests that any scenes he did film may not be used.The announcement of his removal from the season’s final two episodes comes more than a week after Strong, one of the show’s co-creators, tweeted that there was no chance that the actor would be written off. The tweet came on Feb. 14, days before Smollett was charged.“There is 0% truth that @JussieSmollett was going to be written off of Empire. This rumor is totally false. He is the third lead and one of the most beloved characters on the show. Writing him off the show has NEVER even been discussed,” Strong tweeted at the time.On Thursday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct and a Chicago judge set Smollett’s bond at $100,000 and ordered the actor to surrender his passport.The ruling followed a remarkable news conference during the police department’s superintendent blasted the actor and accused him of staging an elaborate hoax that amounted to a “publicity stunt … to promote his career.”The weeks-long investigation into the alleged hate crime attack –- an alarming account that sizzled with a spectrum of hot button issues ranging from race, sexuality and politics to crime and celebrity — riveted and distressed a deeply-divided nation.Standing before Cook County Circuit Court Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke, Jr., Smollett appeared to remain steadfast in his refutation of the felony charge against him. As he did with his fellow actors after the hearing, Smollett has repeatedly insisted that the attack was real and that he was merely a victim, not a perpetrator.If convicted of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false report, the actor faces up to three years in prison.When first assistant state attorney Risa Lanier told Lyke that the actor had picked up two brothers who authorities say carried out the staged attack on him at his direction and showed them the location of where he wanted to be attacked, Smollett shook his head in disagreement.When Lyke told Smollett that the allegations, if true, are “utterly outrageous,” the actor nodded his head in agreement — doing so again when Lyke said the noose detail would be the most despicable part of the alleged scheme.The judge also ordered pre-trial monitoring of the actor, and ordered him to stay away from the two brothers he allegedly conspired with to stage the hoax attack, according to police.Smollett’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 14.The tense courtroom appearance followed on the heels of a morning press conference at which a visibly angry Eddie Johnson, Chicago’s police superintendent, castigated the actor for betraying his race and his city with such an incendiary false claim.“Jussie Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” a visibly angry Johnson said. “I am left hanging my head asking ‘why?’. Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? … How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in the city in the face with these false claims?”Johnson charged that Smollett, an actor on the hit show ‘Empire‘ who has consistently denied any role in staging the alleged attack, orchestrated it because he was “dissatisfied with his salary.”Smollett’s salary on the show is in the range of $100,000 per episode, according to a source familiar with his contract.In addition to staging the attack, officials said, Smollett also sent himself a hate-filled letter to the Fox studio where the hit show is filmed.Smollett turned himself in at 5:15 a.m. local time and made a statement to police before being taken into custody. His lawyers, Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, were not present at the time but they released a statement the night before.“Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.”Thursday evening, the attorneys released a statement criticizing law enforcement’s handling of the case.“Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election,” the statement read. “Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”BacklashPolice add that Smollett gave no statement to police after turning himself in and that his lawyers had reached out to them Wednesday night to discuss his surrender. Smollett wanted to turn himself in near midnight, but authorities suggested he come in at 5 a.m. instead, to avoid spending the night in jail. Smollett arrived early Thursday morning accompanied by a female lawyer and an entourage of five or six people.Smollett was silent as he went through the motions of being booked and processed.By late morning on Thursday, the backlash against the actor began at the top, with an angry tweet from the President of the United States.“[email protected] – what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you insulted with your racist and dangerous comments!? #MAGA” President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet after the press conference.In an earlier interview with ABC News’s Robin Roberts, Smollett was asked why he thought he was targeted and he replied that he is a strident critic of the Trump administration.“I come really really hard against 45,” he said, referring to Trump, the 45th U.S. president. “I come really really hard against his administration, and I don’t hold my tongue.”‘I’m offended’During a press briefing Thursday morning, Chicago law enforcement officials said that Chicago police detectives interviewed more than 100 people and reviewed dozens of police cameras trying to get to the bottom of Smollett’s claims.Johnson, a well-regarded and popular big city police chief and Chicago native, appeared genuinely aggrieved as he described how, he said, Smollett took advantage of the pain of racism to advance his career.“Why would anyone use the symbol of a noose” to further his “own public profile,” Johnson wondered aloud.“I’m offended by what happened and I’m angry,” Johnson continued. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t own and certainly didn’t deserve.”Johnson, who oversees one of the nation’s largest police departments in one of its most violent cities, seemed disheartened by all the attention paid to the Smollett affair.“The accusation within this phony attack received national attention for weeks,” Johnson told reporters during a press conference. “Celebrities, news commentators and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.”“When you get the opportunity,” he said with a mixture of derision and frustration, “the shooting victims and their families? Give them the same amount of attention.”After the press briefing, 20th Century Fox, the station that airs Empire, released a statement which read, “We understand the seriousness of this matter and we respect the legal process. We are evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”‘Self-inflicted’ woundsSmollett told police he was attacked by two masked men near his apartment in Chicago. The two men, Smollett initially said, shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him as a rope was wrapped around his neck and a chemical compound was poured on him. The alleged assailants yelled “MAGA country,” a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make American Great Again” slogan, police were told.In his Good Morning America interview with Roberts, Smollett said he was heartbroken when he found out that people questioned his story.Asked why he would leave the rope draped around his neck until police arrived because he “wanted them to see.”“I was looking at myself, just like checking myself out,” he told Roberts. “I saw the bruise on my neck, you know, like the little — the rope burn around my neck. So when the police came I kept the clothes on, I kept the rope on me. … I mean, it wasn’t, like, wrapped around. But, yeah, it was around because I wanted them to see.”Asked why he waited until the second interview to tell police that the assailants yelled “MAGA country” at him during the attack, Smollett seemed to take offense at the insinuation.“For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know? And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing,” Smollett said on ABC News. “I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f—-, they called me a n—-. There’s no which way you cut it.”‘Chicago trusted this young man’Johnson said on Thursday that Smollett’s seeming injuries from the incident also appeared to be phony.“The brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they — they punched him a little bit, but as far as we can tell, the scratches and bruising that you saw on his face was most likely self-inflicted.”Police identified and questioned two “persons of interest” captured on surveillance video near the scene around the time of the alleged attack. The men, who are brothers, were arrested on Feb. 13 but then released without charges, with police saying they were no longer considered suspects.While being questioned by investigators, the brothers claimed that Smollett paid them to help orchestrate and stage the crime after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent Jan. 22 to the Fox studio where Empire is filmed, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News.On Wednesday, Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false crime report. By that evening, police officially had classified the actor as a suspect in the ongoing investigation. Detectives subsequently presented evidence to a Cook County grand jury.“That was a pretty hateful allegation, and it really put a terrible look on Chicago,” Guglielmi told ABC Chicago station WLS in a telephone interview Thursday morning. “Chicago trusted this young man. We loved Empire, and we took this very seriously that something this hateful could happen in our city.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more