Share Tags: NULL Monday 25 April 2011 11:11 pm HSBC has become the latest international lender to pull the plug on its retail operations in Russia, as foreign banks struggle to crack the dominance of the country’s state-backed giants.The London-based bank’s exit follows that of Barclays, which quit its Russian retail banking operation last month.Barclay’s boss Bob Diamond said at the time his bank was “unable to compete” in Russia.HSBC said it would close its retail business and reduce its private banking presence to a representative office, following a strategic review of its operations in the country.Russian chief executive Huseyin Ozkaya said: “It’s clear that the strongest opportunity for HSBC in Russia lies in servicing corporate and institutional clients.He added: “This enables HSBC to better support clients who are trading and investing internationally and require access to our extensive global network.”The bank had four branches in Moscow and one affiliate branch in St Petersburg, and will now focus on its investment banking operations in the country.State-owned banks control around 65 per cent of Russia’s top-100 banks’ assets, according to estimates, with Sberbank accounting for almost 50 per cent of deposits in the banking system.Foreign banks operating in the country have struggled to emulate Citigroup, whose heavily promoted Citigold service has outperformed competitors.Citi gained a foothold in the Russian market due to its early entry, having first established a Moscow presence in 1993. It now has more than 55 retail branches in about a dozen cities.INTERNATIONAL BANKS IN RUSSIAHSBC● The latest international bank to quit its Russian retail operations, with a shift away from private banking to corporate work.Barclays● Pulled the plug on its retail operations earlier this year, having struggled since it entered the market just before the financial crash.Société Générale● Bought Moscow-based lender Rosbank in 2008. Has 16,000 employees in Russia – more than in any country outside of France.Citigroup● Perhaps the only international player to have cracked Russia. It has become one of the country’s biggest banks since its 1993 entry.UniCredit ● The Italian lender is doing well in Russia. It bought International Moscow Bank in 2007 and now has more than 100 branches.Morgan Stanley ● Sold its mortgage unit last year to Russian Orient Express bank after the financial crash hit the country’s construction sector hard.Santander● Exited Russia in December, also selling to Orient Express. The Spanish bank had also faced tough competition from local lenders. whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp HSBC axes its Russian retail banking unit
PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) 2019 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfilePrime Time Property Holdings is a variable rate loan stock company with interests in property investment, property development and property management. The company has invested in a diversified portfolio of office, retail and industrial properties in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and recently acquired two properties in Zambia on a sale and leaseback basis with G4S Zambia. Prime Time Property Holdings Limited acquires properties owned by vendors through acquisition agreements which it then offers to investors through the sale of Linked Units. Its property portfolio in Botswana is made up of 16 fund properties located in Gaborone, Ramotswa, Francistown, Ghanzi, Lobatse and Serowe. Commercial properties in its Botswana portfolio include Prime Plaza, Letshego Place and the South African High Commission.
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The bulk of the company’s sales come from producing catalysts for petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles. Its catalysts improve vehicle emissions, so look set to benefit from tighter regulations. They also provide a reliable flow of revenues. While petrol and diesel vehicles may be on their way out, hybrid vehicles will play an increasingly important role in the decades to come. Johnson Matthey is also well exposed to the world’s largest vehicle market, China, responsible for 15% of company sales.The new markets division isn’t actually profitable yet. Trading at 16 times last year’s earnings, the company’s share price assumes smooth and profitable growth for the new division. But even without an electric vehicle revolution, I think the backbone of the company is solid. It’s a market leader in its clean air business. What’s more, it has a strong balance sheet, a flexible cost base, and a decent dividend.Another optionAnother electric vehicle share is TI Fluid Systems (LSE: TIFS). 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ArchDaily Year: Houses 2013 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781404/casa-gate-pedro-oliveira Clipboard Portugal ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/781404/casa-gate-pedro-oliveira Clipboard Casa Gate / Pedro OliveiraSave this projectSaveCasa Gate / Pedro Oliveira Area: 110 m² Area: 110 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses, Renovation•Porto, Portugal Year: “COPY” Casa Gate / Pedro Oliveira 2013 Projects Architects: Pedro Oliveira Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Photographs: José Campos Architectural Photography, Courtesy of Pedro OliveiraStructural Project:Vítor SilvaWater Infrastructures, Acoustic And Thermical Projects:FO-EngenheirosElectricity And Telecommunications Projects:Artur FigueiredoConstruction:Qualidade & RigorClimatization Infrastructures:TermomaiaKitchen:Cláudia SandãoElectricity:Artur FigueiredoTelecommunication Project:Artur FigueiredoCity:PortoCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyText description provided by the architects. Casa Gate’s Project is a reinterpretation of a XIXth Century House from Porto, rebuilding a ruin, but supporting its procedures in formal and conceptual aspects that are commonly used in this typology.Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyThe great flexibility and resilience of this model was tested here, with transformations, additions and improvements that try to establish a compromise point between the old and the new. All of these reinterpretations occurred maintaining the founding conceptual principles of the house, avoiding, therefore, the destruction of its DNA.Save this picture!DiagramThe characteristics of the pre-existent construction raised two main issues:- Segregation of interior spaces: too many divisions, that give place a lot of spaces of small dimension, complicated circulations and, low incidence of natural light.- Constructive consistence: wood structures harmed by humidity and fungus, as well as invasive interventions in the back façade.Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyProject’s started emerging from the ideas taken out of this diagnose, together with client’s wishes, building some conceptual platforms:- Structurally defining elements will be kept and/or rehabilitated.- Add one floor.- Alteration in the main façade, to insert garage door.- Simplification of inner spaces, to allow light and renewed air circulation. – Utilization of contemporary constructive materials, but keeping the same philosophy: simplicity and resilience in ground-floor, and bigger refinement in the upper floors.Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyAfter recognizing and establishing these premises, the project defined itself automatically. On ground floor are placed the technical areas (garage/laundry), and the back façade space (kitchen) opens to the patio. The similar size/proportion of the close interaction between kitchen and patio establishes a very rich and intimate relationship.Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyFrom here on, the house articulates itself always around the staircase. As we go to upper floors, different spatial and visual relations are experimented, between spaces and this vertical spine. Open spaces, semi-open spaces, closed spaces and platforms.Save this picture!Ground Floor Plan AfterSave this picture!First Floor Plan AfterSave this picture!Second Floor Plan AfterThese ideas were materialized with a great concern on scale. The will of keeping high ceiling’s height demanded it. The leaps between a “common scale”, high ceilings, voluptuous footers and the intimate scale of the bedroom floor were managed with care and dedication, to allow integration, rather than exclusion.Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyThe new structure follows and respects the logic of the previous one: supporting itself in the stone walls, it sets the floor plans free from additional structural elements. The used materials reveal a high concern in reaching a formal depuration, low maintenance, durability, and, simultaneously low cost.Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photographyProject gallerySee allShow less6 Firms Highlighted as New York’s “Promising” New PracticesArchitecture NewsHow Minecraft is Inspiring the Next Generation of Young ArchitectsArticles Share Save this picture!© José Campos | Architectural photography+ 38 Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officePedro OliveiraOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationPortoPortugalPublished on February 05, 2016Cite: “Casa Gate / Pedro Oliveira” 05 Feb 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
2018 Save this picture!© Beer Singnoi+ 34Curated by Clara Ott Share CopyAbout this officeResearch Studio PaninOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSi RachaThailandPublished on May 07, 2019Cite: “House DN / Research Studio Panin” 06 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Photographs Elmhurst House / Rebecca Naughtin Architect Area: 277 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Engineering:Keith Long & AssociatesLandscape:Rebecca Naughtin ArchitectConsultants:Clancy ConstructionCollaborators:James HardieText:Stephen CraftiCity:VictoriaCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Daniel FugeText description provided by the architects. Located in a wide and leafy street in Kew, this Edwardian-style home has been brought into the 21st century while still keeping its heritage intact. Renovated in the 1990s in a ‘faux Edwardian’ style by the current owners, it required a substantial makeover. “My clients were living in Papua New Guinea for almost 20 years, renting this place while they were away,” says architect Rebecca Naughtin. “It was only when they returned (in 2017) that they were keen to make some serious changes,” she adds.Save this picture!© Daniel FugeSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© Daniel FugeNaughtin’s brief from the couple was for open plan living together with a first- floor addition. Avoiding the typical response of a large glass contemporary box attached to the rear, Naughtin took her design cues from the period home’s pitched roofline. As the backyard is orientated to the south, it was also imperative to draw in northern light. And although this property isn’t heritage listed, Naughtin was mindful of not ‘overshadowing’ the first-floor extension in this streetscape. The only sign of the two first-floor bedrooms are the black painted windows/doors on the first floor that lead to a balcony, set well back from the home’s period façade.Save this picture!© Daniel FugeTimber features extensively in the home, both in the floors and the period detailing, and in the new joinery. The main bathroom, for example, which would have once been a bedroom, still features an Edwardian over-mantle and fireplace. However, not wanting to remain in the past, there’s also a new spotted gum vanity and a freestanding bath. The same level of detail can be seen in the kitchen and living areas, with timber shelves set into the island bench and also used in the living area as display boxes for the owner’s mementos. “We designed a lot of joinery as though it was free-standing furniture, not dissimilar to the Edwardian approach, but in a contemporary manner.” Other joinery items demonstrate a more considered approach to how people live today. Edwardian-style robes are long gone, and in their place Naughtin used the entire passage outside the two bedrooms to create a continuous line of wardrobes.Save this picture!© Daniel FugeSave this picture!Section 01Save this picture!© Daniel FugeAlthough this home is semi-detached, it benefited from having almost two metres in width along the side, allowing the dimensions of the property to feel considerably greater. And while the first owners of the home may have settled with a horse and cart, today, having off-street car parking, is expected. As this property comes with a rear laneway, Naughtin has included a detached carport to the rear. Other works included a new front fence and replacing the original timber boards in the front façade. “It still has that strong Edwardian character, but as you can see, it’s tailored to a couple who want to connect to the garden and the outdoors,” says Naughtin, pointing out the kitchen bench that extends through the large glass sliding doors onto the terrace, complete with built-in barbecue. And when the doors are left open, the lines between indoors and out are further blurred.Save this picture!© Daniel FugeProject gallerySee allShow lessLonggang Chuangtou Headquarters Tower / URBANUSSelected ProjectsEarth House / SAV Architecture + DesignSelected Projects Share 2018 Elmhurst House / Rebecca Naughtin ArchitectSave this projectSaveElmhurst House / Rebecca Naughtin Architect Architects: Rebecca Naughtin Architect Area Area of this architecture project Photographs: Daniel Fuge Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyHouses, Renovation•Victoria, Australia Lead Architect: ArchDaily “COPY” Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/948908/elmhurst-house-rebecca-naughtin-architect Clipboard Houses Manufacturers: AutoDesk, James Hardie Australia, Dulux, James Hardie, Mondoluce, EST Lighting Save this picture!© Daniel Fuge+ 18Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Rebecca Naughtin “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/948908/elmhurst-house-rebecca-naughtin-architect Clipboard Australia Projects CopyAbout this officeRebecca Naughtin ArchitectOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationKewVictoriaOn FacebookSteel HousesAustraliaPublished on October 11, 2020Cite: “Elmhurst House / Rebecca Naughtin Architect” 10 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
JustTextGiving donations have now passed £22m AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 How JustTextGiving works[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfT6PSONHMQ[/youtube] Vodafone UK has announced that more than £22 million has been donated in the past three years via its text donation service JustTextGiving, created in partnership with JustGiving and the Vodafone Foundation.Over 21,000 charities have used the service since it launched in May 2011, and 2.5 million donations have been made.Charities have also benefited from the 187,000 people who have used the platform to fundraise for them.Ice Bucket ChallengeJustTextGiving was used extensively during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in August this year, handling over 800,000 text donations worth more than £4 million to the multiple charities that benefited from their supporters taking the challenge.It has also handled donations for ITV’s Text Santa campaign.Vodafone Group Foundation Director Andrew Dunnett said:“JustTextGiving has changed the face of fundraising in the UK by allowing charities of all sizes to tap in to the increasing trend for mobile giving.” Advertisement Tagged with: hashtag Justgiving mobile Research / statistics sms Vodafone Howard Lake | 2 December 2014 | News 46 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 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.
to go further The 18 February legislative elections are going to be held in a climate of censorship sustained by thepermanent threat of fines, closures of news media and arrests of journalists. Reporters Without Borders callsfor a series of measures from President Musharraf, including the repeal of two ordinances that gag the mediaand permission for Geo News, Pakistan’s most popular TV station, to resume broadcasting. RSF_en January 9, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Five key problems for media coverage of February’s legislative elections News Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more News PakistanAsia – Pacific April 21, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific Despite President Pervez Musharraf’s reassuring statements, Pakistan’s media are not free to provide proper coverage of the legislative elections scheduled for 18 February because of a climate of censorship that is sustained by the permanent threat of fines, closures of news media and arrests of journalists, Reporters Without Borders said today.The government has introduced a series of regulations that drastically restrict the broadcast media’s ability to cover the election campaign. The ban on Geo News, the freest and most popular of Pakistan’s TV broadcasters, proves that press freedom has not been guaranteed for the polls. At the same time, journalists are exposed to great dangers, with the security forces being responsible for most of the violence.Reporters Without Borders has identified five key problems:1. The censorship imposed by the print and broadcast media ordinancesThe government decreed amendments to the ordinances on the print media (RPPO 2002) and the broadcast media (PEMRA 2002) on 3 November which, inter alia, make it possible to sentence a journalist to three years in prison for defaming or making fun of the president. At the same time, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) issued a code of conduct that severely limits editorial freedom. The dozens of privately-owned radio and TV stations that were suspended at the start of November were forced to sign the code in order to be allowed to resume broadcasting.Many journalists have told Reporters Without Borders that both military and civilian authorities often directly intervene with media executives and editors. The PEMRA sent a letter to radio and TV station owners on 11 December banning them from broadcasting news programmes and talk shows live and brandishing the threat of fines, prison sentences and bans for those stations that broadcast criticism of the government before the elections.Reporters Without Borders calls for the repeal of the two ordinances and the code of conduct.2. The unacceptable ban on Geo NewsThe TV news station Geo News and the sports channel Geo Super are no longer accessible in Pakistan. The government wants to force this broadcast group, the county’s most popular one, to censor itself, to sideline some of its journalists and to eliminate some of its programmes. According to a Gallup poll carried out in September, Geo TV was watched by 35 per cent of Pakistan’s viewers, ahead of the government station PTV and far heard of ARY. Using the network of correspondents of Jang and The News, two daily newspapers that belong to the same group, Geo TV was able to broadcast the results of the 2002 elections before the government media.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate lifting of the ban on Geo News.3. The violence and intimidation by police and government supportersAt least 30 journalists were seriously injured in 2007, and at least 120 were arrested. Three police officers were punished in connection with the violence in Islamabad on 29 September but impunity prevails in most attacks on journalists. There have been more cases of journalists of journalists being injured by police since the lifting of the state of emergency, notably on 17 December in Islamabad.Harassment also takes the form of fraudulent complaints and lawsuits. For example, 34 journalists in the southern province of Sindh, of whom 19 work for the daily Kawish or the television station KTN, are accused of taking part in the rioting the followed Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. “They brought a complaint against me because of my critical articles,” Javed Kalroo of the newspaper Tameer-e-Sindh told Reporters Without Borders. “I had nothing to do with the riots. “At least 10 of these 34 journalists have already been arrested and face the possibility of long jail terms under an anti-terrorism law.Reporters Without Borders demands the end of violence and threats by the security forces against the media.4. The lack of guarantees for journalists’ safetySix journalists were slain in suicide bombings or contract killings in 2007. One of them was a TV journalist who was killed in the first suicide bomb attack on Benazir Bhutto in Karachi. A cameraman was killed when the security forces stormed the Red Mosque in Islamabad. This is the highest death toll for the Pakistani press in 10 years. Pakistani became the most dangerous Asian country for the media in 2007.Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns bombings against civilians, including journalists, and calls for the murders of journalists to be investigated.5. The lack of balanced news reporting on PTV, the government stationPakistan’s only national, terrestrial-broadcast TV station, PTV is directly controlled by the government and systematically plays up the statements and activities of President Musharraf and other government leaders. It has been forced to modernise its style since 2002 because of competition from privately-owned cable TV stations, but its coverage of the legislative elections has been heavily biased in favour of Musharraf’s followers.Reporters Without Borders wants PTV to give fair election campaign coverage to all the political parties.”The legislative elections will not be free unless the government immediately rescinds the restrictions imposed on the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The violence by the police and acts of intimidation by the intelligence services are also unacceptable. It is up to President Musharraf to take concrete measures to ensure that the 18 February elections are free and fair. As things stand, they are not.”Chief election commissioner Qazi Mohammad Farooq’s promise to “all political parties that the elections will be fair, free and transparent” and information minister Nisar Memon’s statement on 1 January that the government and media must “work as a team” to ensure a favourable climate for the elections are not sufficient.A broadcast ban was imposed on at least 45 privately-owned satellite TV stations on 3 November by means of a simple verbal order to cable TV operators. Two privately-owned radio stations were also closed down. Most of these stations are now back on the air, but most of them were forced to drop programmes, sideline journalists or stop carrying foreign programming in order to get permission to resume broadcasting.The political parties are split on this issue. Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman of Bhutto’s Pakistan People’s Party, said PTV’s coverage of the election was “partisan” but the privately-owned TV stations were doing a good job. He condemned the electoral commission’s failure to ensure that the media are balanced and to prevent them from being pressured. “The government manipulates coverage by means of coercion and intimidation,” he said to Reporters Without Borders.Tariq Azeem, the spokesman of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q), which supports Musharraf, paid tribute to PTV and said it had given air time to all the candidates. “The privately-owned media cover our activities but they give more time to the opposition parties because there are more of them,” he said, adding, “the government does not manipulate coverage of the elections.”Zahid Kahn, the spokesman of the Awami National Party (whose strongholds are in the Pashtun areas of Pakistan), said PTV assigned virtually 80 per cent of its air time to the government and its supporters while the privately-owned media were afraid of being overly critical. “When we are invited to take part in talk shows, they ask us to be polite because they are under pressure from the authorities.””The Pakistani media may appear very lively but it is clear the criticism has been toned down in recent weeks, especially in the editorial sections,” an Islamabad-based diplomat said. “The TV station owners lost lots of money during the November ban,” a TV journalist said on condition of anonymity. “They cannot afford to be banned again, so they censor themselves.” Kashif Abbasi, the host of a TV talk show that was dropped by ARY, was quoted by the New York Times as saying: “News is not being covered objectively, but according to the wishes of the government.”Before her assassination, Benazir Bhutto was very clear in her condemnation of the government’s attacks on the freedom of the press. During a protest in defence of press freedom in Islamabad on 10 November, Bhutto said: “I have come to demonstrate my solidarity. I reject these restrictions. We believe in free speech. Our war against the dictatorship continues, we are for freedom, we are for the media.” Organisation Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more
KenCanning/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A 6-year-old girl was attacked by a 160-pound mountain lion as she was walking through a park and was rescued just in time when an adult that was nearby punched the cat in the ribs.The incident occurred on Sunday just before 10 a.m. in the Rancho San Antonio County Park and Open Space Preserve in Santa Clara County, California, when the 6-year-old was walking with her parents in a group of six adults and four children when the mountain lion suddenly jumped out of the bushes and began to attack the child. “It came out of the bushes and right about when it grabbed a hold of the girl and an adult pushed the mountain lion and it ran off,” said MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District ranger Brad Pennington.The girl was reportedly walking along closely with three other children when the attack occurred and one of the adults who was nearby reportedly was able to rescue her by punching the animal in the ribs, according to ABC News’ San Francisco station KGO-TV.“Right now she has minor injuries,” said Pennington. “A couple punctured wounds to her calf. She was also treated for minor first aid and then her parents took her to the hospital.”The child who was attacked is expected to fully recover.The park was packed with visitors that day, according to the park rangers, who said that the preserve was experiencing one of the busiest days of the season with around 300 cars filling the parking lot.The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Department responded to the scene and the preserve was closed until further notice.Meanwhile, the attack itself has left visitors and those who live nearby worried and on edge about further attacks.“There are mountain lions that wander around here once in a while. It’s usually in the dark and not during the day,” said Cupertino resident Evelyn Horng, according to KGO.In the meantime, authorities are now trying to track the mountain lion to capture it and decide what they will do with it next.“We will immobilize the cat and put it in a large trap so it come to it. But prior to that we will take DNA samples from it so we can make sure we have the correct cat,” said Cpt. Todd Tognazzini with the Department of Fish and Wildlife. “I know that we wouldn’t leave the cat here.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.