Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) Q12012 Interim Report

first_imgFan Milk Limited (FML.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh)  2012 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileFan Milk Limited manufactures and markets dairy products and fruit drinks in Ghana. The company produces a range of frozen strawberry yoghurts, chocolates, ice cream, snacks, ice lollies and citrus drinks under the following brand names; FanYogo, FanChoco, FanIce, FanDango and FanPop. Fan Milk Limited manages a network of independent distributors and agents. Formerly known as Ghana Milk Company Limited, the company changed its name to Fan Milk Limited in 1962. The company is a subsidiary of Fan Milk International A/S with headquarters in Acca, Ghana. Fan Milk Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Billy Vunipola plays in the back-line for England against Italy

first_imgEddie Jones when Kyle Sinckler put that grubber kick through. #ENGITA #ENGvITA #SixNations #GuinnessSixNations #England pic.twitter.com/hx1LPRkh4W— Tom (@Tom___9) March 9, 2019 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Love the fact that Joe Cokanasiga went in for number 8 so we had a powerful billy ready to take the ball. This this how to make us unpredictable @EnglandRugby— Steph Moran (@sjmoran2511) March 9, 2019 It wasn’t the only back-like move from Vunipola in the first half.Just three minutes into the contest the No 8 took the ball with the defence rushing on and chipped the ball ahead. With Italy back-pedalling, the English defence swallowed up the Italians, deep in their own territory.Not to be outdone, tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler put in a kick of his own just a minute later. England scored eight tries in their 57-14 win.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Kyle Sinckler already in the thick of it – with a neat kick to touch keeping Italy in their own 22. Cokanasiga has started brilliantly for England. #ENGvITA #GuinnessSixNations— Tom Hamilton (@tomhamiltonespn) March 9, 2019It was one of those games. where England‘s big men had the freedom to try things.Tuilagi’s second try also involved a huge looping pass from hooker Jamie George, too.As you will read from the round-up here, even England’s blindside Brad Shields ended up with a try brace.Shields’ second came from a charged down kick – and George Kruis charged one down too and scored himself. Billy Vunipola plays in the back-line for England against ItalyBefore England faced Italy in the Six Nations, so much of the talk was about the home side’s enormous centre pairing of Ben Te’o and Manu Tuilagi. But the task got all the more sizeable for Italy’s defence when No 8 Billy Vunipola slotted into England’s back-line.In an innovative strike move, the Saracens back-rower came off the scrum, with big winger Joe Cokanasiga packing down at No 8. The ball came out and was fed to Vunipola steaming in on the angle. Billy Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler with kicks already, Jamie George scoring, Joe Cockansiga holding one handed offloads for fun… get ready!!! #ENGvITA— Wez Siddons (@WezSiddons) March 9, 2019 In heavy traffic: Billy Vunipola was busy against Italy (Getty Images) last_img read more

The Stone House / Estudio Alinea + Pe+Br+Re arquitectos + Cris…

first_img Area:  307 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Francisco Godoy, Sebastián Bruna The Stone House / Estudio Alinea + Pe+Br+Re arquitectos + Cristóbal Lamarca Architects: Cristóbal Lamarca, Estudio Alinea, Pe+Br+Re arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Chile Save this picture!© Nicolás Saieh+ 29Curated by Clara Ott Share The Stone House / Estudio Alinea + Pe+Br+Re arquitectos + Cristóbal LamarcaSave this projectSaveThe Stone House / Estudio Alinea + Pe+Br+Re arquitectos + Cristóbal Lamarca Lead Architect: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912318/the-stone-house-estudio-alinea-plus-pe-plus-br-plus-re-arquitectos-plus-cristobal-lamarca Clipboard Constructor:Constructora ContramaraCalculista:Pe+Br+Re arquitectosCity:Puerto VarasCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nicolás SaiehRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectText description provided by the architects. Housing located in Puerto Varas, in the south of Chile. With an oceanic rainy climate, the project proposes the development of an efficient house in terms of environmental comfort, adapted to its climatic and landscape environment. Through the analysis of the microclimate, specifically the sun and the wind, the location is defined: near the south edge of the plot, in the highest part of the land near the river, facing north and with a turn of 15 ° to the west, taking advantage of the distant views of the landscape and the Maullín River.Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehSave this picture!Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehConsidering the strong exposure of the volume to the north wind, a landscape windbreak strategy is developed, with trees and bushes that reduce the wind speed by protecting the north façade from the “lying down rain”.Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehThe volumetric configuration, responds to the typology of the southern houses. With the heat source in the center and an envelope of low thermal transmittance, the facades are designed specifically according to their orientation, to allow solar radiation access and to naturally ventilate the interior spaces. This allows to solve the program leaving all the services and humid zones in the south side. Private spaces on the north side and circulations to the center acting as thermal buffers.Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehThe programmatic configuration is resolved on two levels, with a first floor of public areas, a desk, living / dining room, semi-open kitchen and services, and a second floor of private areas, bedrooms, bathrooms and family room. In the center of the house the vertical circulation connects both levels with a double height that marks the spatial nucleus of the building.Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehThese strategies were developed together, two spaces of passive architecture that allow to intermediate between the interior and the exterior. First, an architectural element that interrupts the direct flow of temperature outside the interior, and the second, a sun space. This space, attached to the living / dining room, glazed by its north and east face, allows to trap the available solar radiation in the form of energy and transfer it to the interior of the house. Increasing the indoor temperature when it is required. In tests during the fall of the year 2018, up to 5.3ºC difference were recorded between one space and another.Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehThe landscape proposal seeks that the volume take a presence on the ground, but that it is protected from the flow of the Maullín River, generating different interaction links with tree densities, existing clearings and landscape contexts. It intensifies the dynamics of appearing and disappearing, proposing a new formal identity with the territory, culture and natural elements of the place.Save this picture!© Nicolás SaiehProject gallerySee allShow lessMecanoo’s Kaohsiung Center Photographed Through the Lens of Sytze BoonstraArchitecture NewsDiller Scofidio + Renfro to Design New Hungarian Museum of TransportArchitecture News Share Projects CopyHouses•Puerto Varas, Chile Year:  “COPY” Photographs:  Nicolás Saieh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Jakob, Baldosas Cordova, Glasstech, MK, Stretto “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912318/the-stone-house-estudio-alinea-plus-pe-plus-br-plus-re-arquitectos-plus-cristobal-lamarca Clipboard CopyAbout this officePe+Br+Re arquitectosOfficeFollowEstudio AlineaOfficeFollowCristóbal LamarcaOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPuerto VarasChilePublished on February 28, 2019Cite: “The Stone House / Estudio Alinea + Pe+Br+Re arquitectos + Cristóbal Lamarca” [Casa La Piedra / Estudio Alinea + Pe+Br+Re arquitectos + Cristóbal Lamarca] 28 Feb 2019. 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gjG House / BLAF Architecten

first_img Houses Stability:TecclemEpb:Barbara OelbrandtStructural Work:G-buildCity:GhentCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Stijn BollaertRecommended ProductsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. gjG House is one of the experimental houses BLAF architecten is known for in Flanders and beyond. It is part of their research called ‘Brick Wall City’, that addresses the precise relationship between material, construction, and the appearance of brick architecture. Since the introduction of energy performance standards ‘EPB’ in 2006, thermal insulation in building skins gradually got thicker, causing a shift towards light and low-cost facade cladding materials such as putz, scales, tiles, textiles, etc. As for brick buildings, this meant an evolution towards brick tiles glued onto buildings as ‘exterior wallpaper’. BLAF noticed in an early stage that a construction method with layers glued onto each other would lead to the impossibility to separate the materials at the end of the building’s life cycle, resulting in huge amounts of non-re-usable waste.Save this picture!© Stijn BollaertSave this picture!Isometric viewSave this picture!© Stijn BollaertAlso, in terms of the design, this evolution leads to new aesthetics, with tectonic expressions no longer to be considered as the result of stacking bricks, as well as a recalibrated position of the architect towards the design of the building elevation. BLAF’s considerations on brick design and construction have led to a series of brick houses, exploring hybrid construction and the development of the new ‘Big Brick’. The gjG house is one of the early houses in that series, in which the architects explore the re-use of bricks and the shape of the shell in the function of its autonomy.Save this picture!© Stijn BollaertThe gjG house seems to be set in a forest-like residential environment, while actually, it sits right next to the E17-highway in Ghent, on a plot that used to be part of the garden of a late 19th-century mansion. The curved brick shell of the gjG house has multiple motives. First of all the house was to be built on a plot with trees. Instead of cutting the trees, the house was shaped to fit in between them. Secondly, the shape of the shell allows it to be structurally autonomous. The stability of the outer brick wall is not depending on cross walls, columns, or beams, but merely on its form and the brick bonding.Save this picture!© Stijn BollaertSave this picture!© Stijn BollaertThirdly, the massive shell of the house contributes to the acoustic comfort on the inside. The shell is made out of re-used bricks, creating a generic and timeless aesthetic. The shell supports the roof, together they form a ‘bell’, with a receptible interior space. The infill of the bell is the house, made with steel and timber frame constructions, making three stories in one area and one open space in another area. The inside of the shell is finished with the same re-used bricks, creating the idea of an exterior space between the trees.Save this picture!© Stijn BollaertProject gallerySee allShow lessAttempting to Redefine the Meaning of “Green” Could Weaken Efforts to Mitigate Clima…ArticlesAdditi Offices / Kraft ArchitectesSelected Projects Share 2015 ArchDaily Belgium Area:  190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Carpentry: CopyAbout this officeBLAF ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGhentOn InstagramOn FacebookBelgiumPublished on November 23, 2020Cite: “gjG House / BLAF Architecten” 23 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Photographs:  Stijn Bollaert Architects: BLAF Architecten Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Stijn Bollaert+ 23Curated by Paula Pintos Sharecenter_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/951845/gjg-house-blaf-architecten Clipboard gjG House / BLAF Architecten CopyHouses•Ghent, Belgium Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/951845/gjg-house-blaf-architecten Clipboard Year:  gjG House / BLAF ArchitectenSave this projectSavegjG House / BLAF Architecten Photographs Vlieghelast_img read more

Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 1/19/2015

first_img Previous articleA Celebrity that Likes AgricultureNext articleMorning Outlook Ryan Martin A little moisture around today, tonight and early tomorrow over the Hoosier state. How much and where depends on what model you choose to believe. We are leaving our forecast completely alone, keeping most threats of moisture south into extreme southern Indiana, and actually, we look for most of the rains to stay south of the OH River. That being said…we will allow for a bit of action up into southern IN, with a few hundredths to perhaps a tenth scattered about. Coverage will be limited to about 20%. Where things get interesting is for early Friday morning, as the European tries to bring very minor moisture as far north as northern Indiana. We don’t really think this is a very accurate representation of the moisture potential…but it bears mentioning, as it may lead to more clouds than anything else.Temps actually work to above normal levels as we go into Saturday. But, a cold front sweeps through Saturday night and will take temps below normal for Sunday and then stay normal to below normal for most of next week. Just to give an idea of what this air mass can do…high temps in eastern ND will be in the lower 50s today…and likely go to 32 for a high by Saturday. We will see similar, but not quite as bad of changes here from Saturday to Monday.Next week we still have a good chance for moisture to arrive. Timing is the sticking point at this time. The European model has bumped up timing a bit brining action in Wednesday night. We still like a Thursday time frame. But, there is plenty of time to tweak that in the days ahead. Moisture amounts still look to be between .2” and .8”, with coverage at about 80% of the state. Any moisture that develops in a night time scenario might have to be watched for wet snowflake potential…but if I am right and models are wrong…this should be mostly a daytime event.Following that system, we see temps staying mostly below normal through the end of the month. In fact, we see impressive cold blasts for the 29th-31st with a bit of rain, and then another well below normal cold shot for around the 2nd. A strong rain maker may try and move in around the 4th-5th, coming in out of the central plains. Home News Feed Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 1/19/2015 By Ryan Martin – Mar 19, 2015 SHARE SHAREcenter_img Facebook Twitter CORN WeatherOnly scattered shower and thunderstorm action in Argentina from today through next Tuesday. From midweek on next week a cold front works through bringing better organized rains. We look for half to 1.5” rains next week. Temps finish this week at or above normal, but should pull back some next week. High pressure comes in behind the front next week and should promote slightly drier air for the turn of the month.Following on the heels of the Argentina, front, in Brazil, we also see very little organized precipitation now through midweek next week from Parana southward. Later next week, that front comes north out of Argentina and brings some moisture with it. We continue to look for half to 1.5” rains in south and southeast Brazil corn areas.Moisture has set up this morning over the OH valley and is working back through southern IL and into central MO as well. Action is very light. As expected, the good moisture is down over KY and the Deep South. Moisture over the next 5-7 days will largely miss the Corn Belt. However, the pattern kicks up a few notches from mid to late week next week through the end of the month. There can be a front that produces half to three quarter inch moisture over the Corn Belt late next week, then 2 more systems through early April that can add to that. Coverage will be around 70%. The moisture will not be enough to bring the entire month of March up to normal, but will be a nice finish to the month.No changes in the China precipitation pattern this morning…wet in the south, dry in the north. We also do not see any significant frontal action coming toward the northern part of the Chinese grain belt through early April…so in general, we continue to be concerned over dryness for corn and bean planting, and especially for wheat areas.SOYBEAN WeatherThe pattern looks pretty solid in Brazil bean areas, with plenty of moisture moving over the region, coming across from the coast into Matto Grosso. In this corridor, we continue to see good 1-3 inch rain totals. To the south, lesser amounts with Matto Grosso do Sul picking up half an inch or less in the same period. Temps look to be normal to slightly above.It’s raining this morning in the Lower Mississippi Valley, and we will see more rain out of at least 2 systems in the weeks ahead. Rain totals from now through the end of the month will be at least 1-3 with coverage at 80%….we would also look for the higher end of the range in many places. Planting delays continue for those early Deep South beans.WHEAT Weather Scattered showers this morning over parts of HRW area, but nothing is really all that impressive. The key will be what tries to kick of later today…will there be any thunderstorm potential in that mix? Does the rain work north into KS, or stay mostly south? We really see no major changes, with action today and tomorrow pretty much in line with our thoughts from yesterday. There will be decent moisture over the southern parts of the plains. Low pressure in north east NM will start to kick out to the east today, bringing rains to OK and TX, and some into KS as well. We still are concerned that the heart of the action tries to bypass KS, though. We like rain totals only up to a third of an inch with coverage at 40%.SRW areas in the south are getting rain today. Northern areas likely end up with clouds, although some models are brining slightly better light rain chances in for tonight and early tomorrow morning. We look for rain totals along and south of the OH River to be half inch or more. Northern rains, if they happen at all, will be best characterized as “spits and sprinkles.” A stronger front is on the way for midweek next week over all areas, and it could bring up to 1 inch of rain. Then two more systems can pop up to finish the month and start April.The best moisture is settling south over Russian grain areas. We see good moisture over the next week to 10 days in southern parts of the Southern Region…but lesser rains now over northern areas and Ukraine. The pattern still seems to be one that features sagging systems with light moisture spread west to east. We need the pattern to switch to a west-east flow with strong fronts coming out of Eastern Europe to get good rains back in. For now, the month of March looks to finish below normal on precipitation, and above normal on temperatures.A nice front toward days 8-9 in the 10 day period brings excellent rains to Western Australia. WE see rain potential of half to 1 inch or better over all Western Australia wheat acres. Better rains also emerge next week in NWS and Victoria, although coverage of wheat acres will be limited to about 60%. Rain totals there can be up to half an inch. The key here will be getting the fronts to hold together until we get into the later stages of next week. Facebook Twitter Wells Fargo Indiana Weather Forecast 1/19/2015last_img read more

Jailed blogger taken to sit university exams in handcuffs

first_img————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org January 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jailed blogger taken to sit university exams in handcuffs IranMiddle East – North Africa March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since February last year was taken in handcuffs (photo) to sit his exams at Tehran’s Azad University on 21 January 2006. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the fact that the Iranian courts have allowed him to continue his university course but repeated its call for his release. June 9, 2021 Find out more News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Iran Newscenter_img Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out more to go further Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since February last year was taken in handcuffs (photo) to sit his exams at Tehran’s Azad University on 21 January 2006. Reporters Without Borders welcomed the fact that the Iranian courts have allowed him to continue his university course but repeated its call for his release.”We have never stopped our condemnation of the unfair conviction of this young student who has been imprisoned for nearly a year for posting a few messages on the Internet. We urge the authorities to show leniency. Bloggers like Mojtaba represent no threat to Iranian society. On the contrary, they support the emergence of a citizen’s debate,” said the organisation.The weblogger was photographed inside the Tehran university as he was going to take his exam and the photo was then posted on his former blog:http://man-namanam.blogspot.com.He was first arrested in November 2004 for speaking out against the arrest of three colleagues. While he was in prison, his website was hacked into by people linked to the Iranian Islamist Hezbollah movement. On leaving jail, he relaunched his blog at a new address (http://8mdr8.blogspot.com), which led to his re-imprisonment, on 12 February 2005. Mojtaba was sentenced in June 2005 to two years in prison for “insulting the Supreme Guide”. One month later he was given an extra ten months in prison for incitement to “immorality”. News News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation last_img read more

Texas House, Senate pass school finance bill mandating teacher raises and cutting taxes

first_img Twitter Local NewsState Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous article051619_Reagan_recycling_JF_08Next articleMATTER OF RECORD: May 10 through May 17 Digital AIM Web Support Days after top Republican leaders announced they had a deal on a school finance bill long in the making, the Texas House and Senate on Saturday approved the final legislation, bringing mandated teacher pay raises and property tax cuts one step closer to becoming law. The Texas House voted 139-0 and the Senate voted 30-0 to approve the final negotiated version of House Bill 3, which includes $6.5 billion to improve public education and pay teachers, plus $5.1 billion to lower school district taxes. Authored by state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, and sponsored by state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, the bill is now poised to head to Gov. Greg Abbott for a signature. “In my inaugural address I said that this will be the session we enact historical school finance reform by putting more money into the classroom, paying our teachers more, reducing recapture and cutting property taxes,” Abbott said in a statement after the bill passed both chambers. “Tonight, without a court order, the legislature did just that by passing one of the most transformative educational bills in recent Texas history.” HB 3 passed the House first. “We are truly transforming public school finance in Texas and all of you have been a large part of that,” Huberty said, before calling for a vote. Afterward, he and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, along with a few other lawmakers, walked across the hall to watch the upper chamber do the same. But a few lawmakers from both parties in both chambers raised concerns that the state would not be able to afford the cost of the changes long term. Before voting for the bill, state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, called for a “sustainable path that will support increasing the cost of this bill for schools,” especially as more students continue to enroll in public schools. “I think we’re spending far more on it than what we should,” said state Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood. Despite facing repeated lawsuits alleging the state hasn’t adequately funded public schools, lawmakers, including Huberty and Taylor, failed to make changes during the last legislative session in 2017 — a reform bill became mired in political controversy between the Senate and the House. Instead, they created a school finance panel of lawmakers, educators, and businesspeople that ultimately developed dozens of recommendations to overhaul the system. Many of those recommendations appear in the version of HB 3 that lawmakers voted out Saturday, including funding full-day pre-K for eligible 4-year-olds, increasing the money used to educate low-income students, incentivizing school districts to offer dual language programs and improve dyslexia programs, and providing money for school districts that want to develop their own merit pay programs for teachers. The panel did not recommend giving classroom teachers across-the-board raises. But after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick began the session announcing a plan to give $5,000 permanent raises to all full-time teachers, the proposal became one of the most talked-about in the Capitol and across the state. With the state’s average teacher salary below the national average, many teachers desperately wanted the $5,000 to deal with soaring health insurance premiums and other costs — though they asked for other school employees to receive more money as well. School administrators, on the other hand, asked for flexibility on how to use additional funding in their schools so they could address local priorities. Bonnen said he preferred to allow them that discretion. The final proposal would require school districts to use a portion of their increase in per-student funding on salary increases and benefits for teachers, librarians, nurses, and counselors, with a smaller amount designated for raises for all employees, as administrators see fit. They are expected to prioritize raises and benefits for teachers with more than five years of experience, but otherwise would have flexibility on how to offer salary increases. HB 3 also includes several Senate proposals to help lower school district tax rates over the next two years and beyond. It would limit the growth in tax revenue: school districts with property values growing 2.5% or more would see tax rates automatically lowered to keep revenue growth in line. The bill also mandates a study on potential sources of money for future school district tax cuts and their anticipated impacts on taxpayers, schools and the state. Lawmakers estimate the bill would lower tax rates by an average of 8 cents per $100 valuation in 2020 and 13 cents in 2021. That would mean a tax cut of $200 for the owner of a $250,000 home in 2020 and $325 in 2021. The cost of the reforms is anticipated to jump in future years. The official cost analysis shows the changes will cost the state $13.5 billion in 2022 and 2023, a $2 billion increase from the upcoming biennium. “Many of you have asked how we’re going to pay for it as we go forward with tax compression,” Huberty said. He referenced a new fund the bill creates to pay for those tax cuts. The state comptroller is required to deposit some money from the Available School Fund — which provides money for schools derived from state-owned land and fuel taxes — and some money from an online sales tax into the new fund. But it is not clear whether the state’s plan to lower tax rates further in future years is sustainable, a point of concern for some lawmakers. Because the state is required to help school districts pay to educate students, limiting local tax revenue could force the state to reimburse them billions of dollars going forward. “It does not provide the reliable state revenue source that will be necessary to realize a truly transformational, long term school finance solution,” the Democrat-run Texas Legislative Study Group Caucus wrote in a recent analysis of HB 3. “For that reason, future legislatures may still have to address challenges if state revenue is not readily available.” Read related Tribune coverageTeacher raises and all-day pre-K: Here’s what’s in the Texas Legislature’s landmark school finance billTexas’ legislative leaders say they have a deal on school finance and property tax reformCan pay raises help rural Texas districts like Buffalo retain teachers? 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‘Erroneous reporting’ on Garlic Festival shooting suspect’s ideology: FBI

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(GILROY, Calif.) — Citing “erroneous reporting,” the FBI special agent in charge of the FBI San Francisco’s office said there’s been no determination yet on any ideology of the suspect who killed three and wounded 12 at a Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, over the weekend.“I can tell you there has been no determination on ideology. There’s reports out there has been information found and books referenced on that, we are not in a position at this stage of the investigation to make a call on ideology,” John Bennett told reporters on Wednesday.“The information that’s out there, it’s being reported that there’s white nationalism or any type of those ideologies,” Special Agent John Bennett, said. “That has not been determined and I wanted to knock that down.”Bennett said that through the course of the investigation they are finding literature from “left to right” and said they can’t put the suspect, 19-year-old Santio Legan, in an ideological “box.”He wouldn’t characterize the literature as extreme, either.“This is a person that chose to act on this day, and we’re trying to understand why,” Bennett said, adamantly.Bennett said that the FBI is sending analysts from its Behavioral Analysis Unit in Washington, D.C., to help with finding a motive. Investigators from the unit profile a suspect and help determine a motive.According to ABC affiliate KGO-TV, the FBI called the suspected gunman a “loner.”“We understand him to be kind of a loner,” Craig Fair, deputy special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco Division said. “People who act alone are exceptionally dangerous because they … may not communicate their plans, intentions, mindset – they may not impart that on other people.”The three victims were all young and included 6 year old Stephen Romero, 13-year-old Keyla Salazar, and 25-year-old Trevor Irby.The shooter remains much of a mystery to law enforcement.Records say he was living in Walker Lake, Nevada, but authorities told reporters investigators are not yet certain if, at the time of the shooting, he was staying in Nevada or at one of his family’s residences in Gilroy, California.Law enforcement officials told ABC News the AK-47 variant weapon he used was legally purchased in Nevada. Authorities say he broke the law by bringing the gun across state lines into California, where such semi-automatic rifles are banned.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

South Florida’s biggest real estate stories of 2020

first_imgFull Name* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Message* Tags2020 in ReviewCelebrity Real EstateCoronavirusHotelsoffice marketSouth Florida industrial market Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink From left: Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen; Pharrell Williams; Sylvester Stallone and Jennifer Flavin; Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (Getty, iStock)With far fewer tourists and far more remote work, it’s no surprise that South Florida hotels, offices, retailers and restaurants were among the hardest-hit sectors in 2020.But there were bright spots in the South Florida real estate market this year — because of and not despite the pandemic. Demand remained strong for industrial properties due to the surge in e-commerce, and wealthy out-of-state buyers scooped up multimillion-dollar waterfront homes for some very pricey privacy.Hotel shutdowns, foreclosures, salesAs tourism plunged in South Florida, hotels felt the pain.After dozens of hotels laid off the majority of their staff starting in March, a number of properties remained closed until recently. Some are still shuttered. As loan defaults loomed, an increasing number of borrowers worked out forbearance deals with lenders, though foreclosure filings also rose. Hotel owners brought on new equity investors to bolster finances, filed out-of-court UCC foreclosures — which allow mezzanine lenders to take control without a court filing — and some merged ownership, like the three families that own Ritz-Carlton hotels in South Beach and Bal Harbour, as well as the Sagamore Hotel in Miami Beach.More properties hit the market, including HFZ Capital Group’s historic Shore Club hotel in South Beach. Few properties traded this year, and the two largest sales — each for $120 million — closed in January, well before the pandemic upended the economy.Retail store and restaurant closures, bankruptciesThough the local government-mandated shutdowns of stores and malls ended in May, many brick-and-mortar retailers continued to struggle for business. A flurry of lawsuits resulted, as landlords tried to evict non-paying retail tenants, including Diesel and Original Penguin on Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road and Petsmart at Dadeland Station and Aventura Commons.Restaurants also suffered amid capacity constraints and indoor dining bans this summer, and some protests over the restrictions followed. Several restaurants served their final meals, including Le Sirenuse Restaurant & Champagne Bar at The Surf Club in Surfside.Office closures and the move to remote workingOffices cleared out in mid-March as city and county stay-at-home orders spread throughout South Florida.In many cases, workers never returned to their cubicles, which left remote working as the new normal, at least temporarily. That left the co-working model in limbo, which led some operators to get creative. In August, Quest Workspaces turned some of its enclosed office space into small pods, with groups of students gathering for virtual learning.The year’s largest office deal was Swire Properties’ July sale of two office buildings at Brickell City Centre in Miami for $163 million.Industrial in demandThe industrial market has been a bright light during the pandemic, propelled by the boom in online shopping. With demand high and land scarce, South Florida real estate pros have also gotten creative. Some examples: a former Miami golf course-turned industrial park and a Hollywood warehouse chopped into six smaller offerings. A bidding war also broke out over industrial space in East Hialeah. In the largest industrial sale of the year, the Blackstone Group bought 13 industrial properties in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for $93.5 million this summer. The seller was Elion Partners.Residential risingWaterfront single-family homes sold quickly, accelerating the trend of buyers from the Northeast and other high tax states moving to South Florida — either temporarily or permanently.In the second quarter, Palm Beach saw nearly as many single-family home sales as in all of 2019. And in November, home sales surged in all of South Florida, led by luxury properties. Tech investors were among the buyers, including Keith Rabois, who paid a record $28.9 million for a Venetian Islands home this month. Celebrities also got in on the home-buying action. Pharrell Williams dropped $30 million for a Coral Gables estate. Sylvester Stallone and his wife Jennifer Flavin spent $35.4 million for a Palm Beach estate, while Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner bought a mansion on Miami Beach’s North Bay Road for $23.5 million.Not to be outdone, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are reportedly buying a waterfront lot on Indian Creek Island for $30 million. NFL superstar Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen will be their neighbors. They are also buying a lot on Indian Creek for $17 million.Zoom calls, yes. Launch parties, noReal estate players usually love to network and hobnob at shindigs as the champagne flows. All of that was put on ice after early March. Zoom chats took over, with virtual city and county meetings sometimes lasting into the wee hours of the night.Developer Gil Dezer’s extravagant bash for the opening of Residences by Armani/Casa, in Sunny Isles Beach on March 6 likely left partygoers relishing the memories. Those included a Giorgio Armani fashion show, a performance by Pitbull and a fireworks display over the beachfront pool deck. It may have been the last major soiree, if not for President Trump’s Hanukkah bash at the White House, attended by a sprinkling of South Florida real estate players, who feasted on kosher offerings and were serenaded by klezmer music.Contact Ina Cordlelast_img read more

White House Reporter, Author April Ryan To Keynote Todays USI Martin Luther King, Jr….

first_img WHO: April Ryan, journalist, political correspondent and award-winning author. Since 1997, Ryan has served as the only black female White House correspondent reporting on urban issues, covering four presidential administrations for American Urban Radio Networks as their Washington D.C. bureau chief. Ryan’s first book, The Presidency in Black and White: My Up-Close View of Three Presidents and Race in America (2015), received an Image Award from the NAACP. Her latest book, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, was published in 2018, and details her experience as a presidential reporter in the current administration. She joined CNN as a political analyst in 2017, and regularly posts on her personal blog, Fabric of America.WHAT: USI’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Luncheon, sponsored by the USI Foundation and the USI Multicultural Center. The event will include remarks from USI president Dr. Ronald Rochon, performances by campus and local arts organizations and a keynote address by Ryan. Prior to the luncheon, Ryan will hold a book signing and a question-and-answer session for attendees.WHEN: 11 a.m. Monday, January 20. Books will be available for purchase at the event through the USI Campus Store. The event is sold out, and additional tickets will not be available at the event.WHERE: Carter Hall, located in University Center West. A map of campus that includes University Center and all parking lots can be found at USI.edu/map. Additional overflow seating will be located in University Center East.PARKING: A limited amount of media parking will be available in Lot N on a first come first served basis.MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Ryan will address the media at 10:40 a.m. in University Center room 226, located next to Carter Hall. Please contact Ben Luttrull, media relations specialist, at 812-461-5259 or [email protected] if you plan to attend.KEYNOTE RECORDING: Out of respect for the speaker, all media will be limited to two (2) minutes of recording time for the keynote address. All other events are free and open for recording and rebroadcast. Still photography is welcome at any time.PARKING SHUTTLE: Shuttle service will be available from Lot C and Lot I to the University Center. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more