Annaleigh Ashford & Joe Tapper Welcome Baby Boy

first_img Magical, fantastical news! Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford and her husband Joe Tapper have welcomed their first child. Jack Clark Tapper was born on September 8 at 6:36AM in Los Angeles, according to People.“There are no words to describe our joy when we first met our Jack,” the proud parents said. The two were wed in 2013.Ashford won a Tony Award last year for You Can’t Take It With You, which also featured Tapper. She most recently appeared on Broadway in Sylvia and also earned a Tony nomination for Kinky Boots. She will return to the stage opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George this October at New York City Center. On screen, Ashford can be seen on Masters of Sex and Fox’s upcoming Rocky Horror Picture Show remake. Joe Tapper & Annaleigh Ashford(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Commentslast_img read more

Credit unions closed, awaiting word of damage in Texas

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Cornerstone Credit Union League has updated its list of 15 credit unions closed on Monday in flooded areas in and around Tropical Storm Harvey’s path. They include:AMOCO FCU, Community Resource CU (call center will be open), Cy-Fair FCU, First Service CU, Houston FCU (Houston-area locations), Houston Fire Fighters FCU, InvesTex CU, MemberSource CU, Members Trust of the Southwest FCU (Houston-area locations), People’s Trust FCU, Primeway FCU, Resource One CU (Houston-area locations), SPCO CU, Texas Bay CU and USE Credit Union.More credit union closures are expected as the storm continues to bring record-setting amounts of rain this week to Texas. continue reading »last_img read more

A lawsuit between the Ministry of State Property and Arena Hospitality Group has been resolved

first_imgAt today’s 222nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the second set of measures to help the tourism sector was presented, which will enable travel agencies, hoteliers, renters, and tourist boards to survive this situation at all. / / / SECOND SET OF MEASURES TO ASSIST THE TOURIST SECTOR PRESENTED Photo: Also at the session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, a long-standing court dispute between the Ministry of State Property and Arena Hospitality Group dd was resolved Following the above, after settling all obligations based on the use of the property in question, the conditions were met to initiate the procedure of passing the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the sale of the Riviere Hotel at a price of 36.543.000,00 kuna.  By concluding the settlement, the fee for the use of real estate for the period from January 2014 to January 2019, in the amount of HRK 2.178.600,00 per year, with legal default interest, and for 2019 the proportional part of 2020, ie until the conclusion of the Purchase Agreement, in the amount of HRK 2.192.580,00 with legal default interest, it is pointed out in the explanation of the Ministry of State Property.  Find out the full chronology and explanation of this decision in the attachment.center_img Also, by concluding the settlement, Arena Hospitality Group dd undertook to pay all sued receivables on the basis of the usage fee, and receivables for 2019 on the same basis and proportional part for 2020 (until the conclusion of the sales contract). A long-standing court dispute between the Ministry of State Property and Arena Hospitality Group dd has been resolved Attachment:  Proposal of decision on resolving the dispute with the company Arena Hospitality Group dd and expressing the intention to sell the real estate cp no. 2160/8 ZGR., 2327, cadastral municipality Pula                                                        Arena Hospitality Group buys hotel Riviera? Namely, the Ministry of State Property has made a decision on resolving the dispute with Arena Hospitality Group dd and expressing its intention to sell the real estate. last_img read more

Ammonium nitrate: Fertilizer behind many industrial accidents

first_imgIt was also a component in the bomb behind the 1995 Oklahoma City attack.In agriculture, ammonium nitrate fertilizer is applied in granule form and quickly dissolves under moisture, allowing nitrogen — which is key to plant growth — to be released into the soil.Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for years in a Beirut portside warehouse had blown up, killing dozens of people and causing unprecedented damage to the Lebanese capital.However, under normal storage conditions and without very high heat, it is difficult to ignite ammonium nitrate, Jimmie Oxley, a chemistry professor at the University of Rhode Island, told AFP. Ammonium nitrate, which Lebanese authorities have said was the cause of the Beirut blast, is an odorless crystalline substance commonly used as a fertilizer that has been the cause of numerous industrial explosions over the decades. These include notably at a Texas fertilizer plant in 2013 that killed 15 and was ruled deliberate, and another at a chemical plant in Toulouse, France in 2001 that killed 31 people but was accidental.When combined with fuel oils, ammonium nitrate creates a potent explosive widely used by the construction industry, but also by insurgent groups like the Taliban for improvised explosives. “If you look at the video [of the Beirut explosion], you saw the black smoke, you saw the red smoke, that was an incomplete reaction,” she said. “I am assuming that there was a small explosion that instigated the reaction of the ammonium nitrate — whether that small explosion was an accident or something on purpose I haven’t heard yet.”That’s because ammonium nitrate is an oxidizer — it intensifies combustion and allows other substances to ignite more readily, but is not itself very combustible.For these reasons, there are generally very strict rules about where it can be stored: for example, it must be kept away from fuels and sources of heat.In fact, many countries in the European Union require that calcium carbonate to be added to ammonium nitrate to create calcium ammonium nitrate, which is safer.In the United States, regulations were tightened significantly after the Oklahoma City attack. Under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, for example, facilities that store more than 2,000 pounds (900 kilograms) of ammonium nitrate are subject to inspections.Despite its dangers, Oxley said legitimate uses of ammonium nitrate in agriculture and construction has made it indispensable.”We wouldn’t have this modern world without explosives, and we wouldn’t feed the population we have today without ammonium nitrate fertilizer,” she said.”We need ammonium nitrate, we just need to pay good attention to what we’re doing with it.”Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection

first_imgGovernor Wolf Nominates Patrick McDonnell to Serve Permanently as Secretary of Environmental Protection SHARE Email Facebook Twitter September 21, 2016center_img Energy,  Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today nominated Acting Secretary of Environmental Protection Patrick McDonnell to serve permanently in that role, pending approval by the Pennsylvania Senate.“In his acting capacity and throughout his career, Patrick has been a dedicated steward of the environment and a leader in advancing Pennsylvania’s energy development in a responsible way,” Governor Wolf said. “I trust Patrick to lead the Department of Environmental Protection in a way that protects our commonwealth’s land, water and air and ensures the department continues to make progress in the areas of innovation, responsible development and working with legislators, industry and advocates in a collaborative and productive way.”Prior to his appointment as Acting Secretary, Patrick McDonnell was most recently the director of policy for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, where he oversaw the agency’s regulation and policy development processes. In addition, Mr. McDonnell ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.Prior to returning to DEP, Mr. McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets.Previously, Mr. McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles. As deputy secretary for administration, he managed the budget, human resources, information technology and oversaw the facilities management functions of the agency. He also previously served as policy director and as an assistant to the special deputy secretary. He began his career at DEP working in the State Energy Office on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building projects.Mr. McDonnell received his Master’s degree in Political Science from Lehigh University and his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from DeSales University.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

German investors attaching greater importance to separating admin from management

first_imgGerman institutional investors are placing greater importance on separating Master KAG services from asset management, according to a recent Telos study.Telos said 80% of respondents to its survey preferred ‘pure’ Master KAGs as service providers, rather than ones offering asset management services as well.By comparison, 60% of respondents highlighted the importance of this separation in 2012, while only 50% did the same in 2011.  Telos did note that the survey did not take into account the fact some investors might not object to using Master KAGs for passive mandates. It also stressed that all service providers strictly separated administrative and management services.“Recent tenders confirm the trend for a clean separation of the two businesses,” Telos said.The survey’s findings echo a recent comment by a board member at the annual press conference of Austrian asset manager Spängler IQAM.Markus Ploner, one of three managing directors at the quant manager, which also has a KAG license, said “the more complex the mandate, the less likely all the services will be provided by one KAG”.He added that risk management might be provided by one KAG and hedging overlays by another. “Investors are selecting their service providers carefully,” he added.In its survey, Telos predicted there would be “two types of provider” in Germany – full-service providers and those focusing on reporting and administration.It also found that institutional investors wanted their Master KAGs to be able to report on and administer all asset classes.Meanwhile, Master KAGs have topped up their staff resources and will continue to do so as reporting requirements grow more complex, Telos said.This is happening despite lower margins from equity and alternative mandates.“The very conservative-orientated investment policy of institutional investors is increasingly difficult to handle for Master KAGs,” Telos said.The researcher said Master KAGs were increasingly providing consultancy services to institutional investors, moving into territory formerly occupied by traditional advisers.last_img read more

REIQ report shows Cairns delivered steady growth of 2.5%

first_imgKeir Constructions have completed work on the Whitehaven unit complex on Wattle Street, Yorkeys Knob. The low set block of two bedroom units will be marketed and sold by Belle Property. Picture: BRENDAN RADKEBUYERS have been warned to get informed and prepare accordingly because the affordability of Cairns property may not last much longer.The Real Estate Institute of Queensland’s statewide Market Monitor (QMM) report released this week showed Cairns delivered a steady growth of 2.5 per cent over the past 12 months. This makes it the second top regional performer over the past five years.Annual median house prices came in at $410,000 in March 2018, but units fell 1.7 per cent, from $236,000 in March 2017 to $232,000 in March 2018.On a positive note, the unit median price still performed positively over the past five years as unit prices increased 12.3 per cent, from $206,625 in March 2013.“Medium to high density dwellings comprise about 31 per cent of residential dwellings in the region, which has made the Cairns unit market a very affordable living option for owner-occupiers or an attractive investment for landlords,” the report read.“The busiest sale price is for unit sales below $250,000, which represent about 55 per cent of the unit sales.“Local property managers have noted a lack of rental stock below $270 a week and longer vacancies for higher-end rental properties.“The weekly median rents for three-bedroom houses also held steady at $380 for the past quarter. Rents for two-bedroom units increased by $10 a week for the past quarter, to $310 in March 2018.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“Three-bedroom townhouses got much dearer than three-bedroom houses this quarter, as the weekly rent increased by $43 to $393.“The Cairns unit market is the most attractive market of all areas featured in the QMM as investor yields are about 6.9 per cent, sitting in the top end of the range. House yields increased slightly to 4.9 per cent over the March quarter.”An easing of 0.2 per cent in Cairns’ very tight rental vacancy rate is not a concern, according to REIQ Far North zone chairman Tom Quaid.“The rental market remains tight and we have yet to see any significant influx of supply to change the status quo,” Mr Quaid said.“I’m sure many of us would have liked to have seen greater growth but in fairness (the 2.5 per cent growth rate represents) a continuation of the steady improvement we have seen across the market as a whole for some time now. “We are, however, continuing to see patches of stronger growth come through and look forward to seeing what affect the next state budget has on confidence moving forward.“We’re still looking ahead with a lot of positivity, there are cranes in the sky, projects underway and upcoming and on the ground we are feeling like there is a lot of head room in the current market to move. “In the meantime agents still need to work with their vendors to make sure properties are well presented, well marketed and priced appropriately. For buyers, the current affordability might not last so make sure you are doing your homework.”last_img read more

Eni calls Nigeria bribery case ‘completely groundless’ as prosecutors seek jail sentence

first_imgAccording to Eni, this narrative ignores both the witnesses and the files presented within the two years long and more than 40 hearings proceeding, that have decisively denied the prosecutorial hypothesis. Namely, the U.S. Department of Justice had closed its investigation of Eni with respect to Algeria and OPL 245 matters without taking any action in October 2019. Eni recalled the decision of the Department of Justice and the US SEC, which decided to close its own investigations without taking any action against the company. Furthermore, Eni emphasized it neither knew nor should have been aware of the possible destination of the money subsequently paid by the Nigerian government to Malabu. Eni said that together with Shell it had paid a reasonable price for the licence directly to the Nigerian Government, as contractually agreed and through transparent and linear means. The prosecutors alleged that Eni and Shell knew that the money paid to the Nigerian government for the licence offshore Nigeria would go to politicians, businessmen, and middlemen in bribes, particularly Dan Etete, Nigeria’s former oil minister, who owned the block and the company Malabu. Italian oil and gas company Eni considers that the Public Prosecutor’s requests for conviction of the company its former and current CEOs and the managers involved in the Nigerian bribery case related to the OPL 245 license are completely groundless. Moreover, the payment was made after an inquiry carried on by the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), Eni emphasized. According to Reuters, the prosecutors asked for eight years in prison for Descalzi and seven years and four months for Shell’s former head of upstream Malcolm Brinded. center_img As reported by Reuters on Tuesday, the Italian prosecutor has asked for Eni and Shell to be fined and some of their former and current executives, including Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, to be jailed in a long-running trial over an alleged corruption scheme related to licence OPL 245 in Nigeria. “So there can, therefore, be no bribes from Eni in Nigeria, no existence of an Eni scandal”, Eni underlined. Defence lawyers are going to show to the court that both Eni and its management’s conducts were correct in the OPL 245 transaction, Eni stated. Eni said that the multiple internal investigations entrusted to international third parties by the company’s supervisory bodies have long since highlighted the absence of unlawful conduct. Eni said in a statement on Tuesday that, during its indictment, in the absence of any evidence or tangible reference to the contents of the trial investigation, the Public Prosecutor has told a story based on suggestions and deductions as already developed during the investigation. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) closed its investigation into Eni related to the company’s involvement into a license located offshore Nigeria as well as its activities in Congo in April 2020. “Eni trusts that the truth can finally be re-established following the defensive arguments that will be presented at the end of September, pending the Milan Court’s forthcoming verdict”, the Italian company concluded.last_img read more

Lending collector nabbed for ‘sexual abuse’

first_imgKALIBO, Aklan – A lending collectorwas arrested for alleged sexual abuse on a 2-year-old kid here. The suspect was detained in the Kalibomunicipal police station, facing charges.(Witha report from Malbert Dalida/RadyotodoAklan/PN) The parents then brought the child toa physician who told them of the possible molestation. The suspect, who was only identified as 30-year-old Ian James, was arrested for alleged sexual abuse in Kalibo, Aklan on Friday. MALBERT DALIDA/RADYOTODOAKLAN/PN Police only identified the suspect asa certain Ian James, 30, of Dipolog, Zamboanga. He was nabbed on Friday. According to police investigators, theparents noticed that the kid was “abnormally” laid-back and recently they sawbruises on her legs. Ian James was close to the kid’sfamily as he temporarily resided at their house as a boarder, police said.last_img read more

Governor Signs Law Allowing Florida Teachers to Carry a Gun in School

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis has signed the law allowing teachers to be armed.The measure expands a current school “guardian” program to allow any teacher to volunteer to carry a weapon, as long as their local school districts approve.  Broward county school officials say they will not approve the measure.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has signed a controversial school safety bill that would allow teachers to be armed on campus

— CNN (@CNN) May 9, 2019

The Republican-led House had voted 65-47 on the bill last week to send the bill to DeSantis.This bill comes after 17 people were killed by a rifle-toting shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018. read more