Siemens sells IT unit Solutions to Atos Origin in €850m deal

first_img Share FRANCE’S Atos Origin will acquire Siemens’ IT unit Solutions and Services (SIS) in an €850m (£721.1m) deal, the German conglomerate said late yesterday.“We are creating a European Champion,” Siemens chief executive officer Peter Loescher said.The deal is expected to have a “considerable negative earnings impact” in Siemens’ fiscal 2011, it said in a statement. The deal is structured in order to be short-term accretive on the earnings per share for Atos Origin, it added.The deal caps efforts by Europe’s biggest engineering company to spin off its money-losing IT unit and paves the way for Atos Origin to reach a global scale.Following this deal, Atos Origin will become a major league player in cloud computing, which Siemens said will be a major growth driver in future. The combined group will have pro forma revenues of around €8.7bn, making it the largest in Europe. KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Siemens sells IT unit Solutions to Atos Origin in €850m deal center_img More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Tuesday 14 December 2010 8:53 pm Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayHealthyGem”My 600-lb Life” Star Dropped 420 Pounds, See Her NowHealthyGem Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Suit hire sales boost Moss Bros

first_img FORMAL menswear retailer Moss Bros has narrowed its full-year underlying losses thanks to a record result in its suit hire division. The firm posted an underlying loss of £2.7m for 2010, compared to £3.9m a year earlier, after like-for-like sales rose by nine per cent. But its full-year pre-tax loss widened to £7.5m from a loss of £6.6m in 2009, after it took a £4.8m exceptional charge. Suit hire revenues rose by 11 per cent, after the collapse of rivals like Suits You and Speciality Retail Group, the parent of Young’s Hire. Clothes sales were up nine per cent. The firm said sales growth had fallen to eight per cent in the first two months of the new financial year but attributed this to tougher comparatives. The narrower loss follows a turaround plan devised by new chief executive Brian Brick.?Earlier this month, he sold the firm’s 15 Hugo Boss stores for £16.5m to free up cash for investment.Moss Bros, which also trades under the Savoy Taylors Guild and Cecil Gee brands, said it would continue to buy Hugo Boss merchandise on a wholesale basis to sell in its remaining stores. Altium Securities analysts said the result was slightly ahead of expectations and its year-end cash position of £6.9m was £2.1m better than had been expected. More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share KCS-content whatsapp Suit hire sales boost Moss Bros Wednesday 30 March 2011 7:37 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing share registration services for investors, businesses and institutions. The company offers a range of other services which includes maintaining registers, paying dividends and interest on investments, issuing shares and debenture certificates, managing shareholder enquiries, managing scrip and right issues for clients as well as IPOs, Right Issues and State government bonds. Africa Prudential Registrars are leaders in the field of automation and have pioneered innovative solutions that have transformed how shares are managed on the African continent. The company’s head office is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget Bitcoin, buy-to-let, and gold. I’m investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA to gain financial freedom

first_imgForget Bitcoin, buy-to-let, and gold. I’m investing in a Stocks and Shares ISA to gain financial freedom Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Harvey Jones Everybody dreams of financial freedom, but how do you achieve it? My answer is to invest in a diversified spread of stocks and shares, tax-efficiently through a Stocks and Shares ISA. I think this is a better way of building your long-term wealth than investing in other asset classes, such as Bitcoin, buy-to-let property or gold, all of which have done well at certain points, but may now be past their best.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…BitcoinThere is no doubt about it, Bitcoin catches the eye. At the start of last year, it was trading at around $3,500. Lately, it has been bobbing around the $10,000 mark, which means if you bought 12 months ago, you would have tripled your money.The big problem with Bitcoin is its massive volatility. Its price can rise or fall by hundreds or even thousands of dollars in a matter of days. That makes it too volatile to rely upon for what is arguably your most important financial task, building your long-term retirement wealth.GoldThere is nothing wrong with having a bit of gold in your portfolio, to offset any losses if stock markets fall. The price is up around 33% over the last five years, so you could enjoy some capital growth, too.I wouldn’t put too much into gold, though. The precious metal doesn’t pay any income, which makes you wholly dependent on price movements to make a profit. 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The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares This combination of tax-free capital growth and passive income is a better way to achieve financial independence than Bitcoin, gold, and buy-to-let, in my view.  Harvey Jones | Sunday, 23rd February, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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England v Fiji: Alex Goode gets the stage his talent deserves

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: FijiHighlight Rear gunner: Alex Goode training this week ahead of his first England start under Eddie Jones (Pic: Getty) The Saracens full-back will offer something different to England at Twickenham this weekend as they look to extend their winning run to 12 matches “He’s very elusive. He buys enough time for Saracens to reset for their next play and get one of the Vunipolas probably carrying into your midfield and off you go again. He’s absolutely intrinsic to the success of Saracens.”Powerhouse: Billy Vunipola has shaken off a knock and will line up in a side showing five changesGoode will be pleased to have the Vunipola brothers for company at Twickenham this weekend, because it may be his only chance to convince Eddie Jones that he warrants being more than a peripheral figure.He has won only one cap under the current England coach, off the bench in Rome, and his aim will be to handle the aerial threats with the same aplomb as Brown whilst displaying the kicking and distribution skills seen so frequently at Allianz Park.At club level he has forged a tremendous understanding with Owen Farrell, with the two able to interchange at will in attack to put runners through holes. “Owen’s been shooting the lights out,” says Goode.Before Farrell, Charlie Hodgson held court and when I ask about the impact the Premiership’s recently retired record scorer had on him, Goode is almost reverential in his reply.“He’s the greatest fly-half who’s played in the Premiership. The way he is, his character, composure, he was brilliant to play with and be around,” begins Goode. “He’s a wizard with the ball. I’ve not seen a guy with hands like that.“The greatest”: Former Saracens team-mate Charlie Hodgson had a huge influence on Goode“I heard a great story from Chris Jack when he came over here (to play for Saracens). He said in his time with the All Blacks they had never changed their defensive system, but when they played England and Charlie played against them, they changed it specifically because of the way he played.“And in my experience of playing against people, Jonny (Wilkinson) was great with Toulon but Charlie played with a Sale team that wasn’t a Premiership-winning team and I’ve never been given the run-around at full-back like that. He had the ball on a string and I didn’t get near it. He was just brilliant.”Goode has learnt from such masters, just as they have learnt from him, and how satisfying it would be to see him give a performance that does him justice against Fiji.Recent meeting: Nemani Nadolo clears during last year’s clash at Twickenham in the World CupHe is one of five changes to the side that beat the Springboks 37-21 last weekend, with Teimana Harrison replacing Saints team-mate Tom Wood in the back row, Wasps’ Elliot Daly shifting to wing to accommodate Bath’s Jonathan Joseph at 13 and Semesa Rokodugini, also of Bath, earning a second cap and joining the huge number of Fijian-born wings playing for a different country this weekend.Fiji have not fared too well at Twickenham, losing 54-12 four years ago and 35-11 at last year’s World Cup, but head coach John McKee has promised that his team will take the field with “fire in their bellies and ice in their minds”. It should be a cracker.England A Goode; S Rokodugini, J Joseph, O Farrell, E Daly; G Ford, B Youngs; M Vunipola, D Hartley (capt), D Cole, J Launchbury, C Lawes, C Robshaw, T Harrison, B Vunipola.Replacements: 16 J George, 17 J Marler, 18 K Sinckler, 19 C Ewels, 20 N Hughes, 21 D Care, 22 B Te’o, 23 H Slade.Fiji M Talebula; B Masilevu, A Tikoirotuma, A Vulivuli, N Nadolo; J Matavesi, S Vularika; C Maafu, S Koto Vuli, M Saulo, A Ratuniyarawa, L Nakarawa, D Waqaniburotu, P Yato, A Qera (capt). Some players never win the haul of caps befitting their talent. John Hall, the irrepressible Bath flanker, accrued only 20 caps across a ten-year Test career and James Simpson-Daniel, Gloucester’s bag of tricks, managed only half that tally in the Noughties.Injury is usually to blame but not in the case of Alex Goode, who this weekend wins only his 21st cap when England host Fiji in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth series.Since the Saracens full-back made his Test debut on the 2012 tour of South Africa, Mike Brown has made 43 starts to Goode’s 13 and, to be fair to the feisty Harlequin, he has often been outstanding.However, Goode offers something different, with his capacity to act as a second receiver heightened by many years of playing in the fly-half shirt.It’s easy to forget that he played in England’s 2008 U20 Grand Slam team as a ten, partnering Ben Youngs at half-back in the first two games and Joe Simpson in the other three.Fly-half pedigree: Goode at ten for England during the 2008 Junior World Cup in Wales (Pic: Getty)Goode was also a promising footballer in his youth, playing at Ipswich Town’s academy before deciding he could do without the tedious journeys – in the days before a bypass was built – to and from his home in Cambridge.“I’m honest enough to know that I was very good at my age and in my area, but could I have made it as a professional footballer? I don’t know,” says Goode, at 28 three years younger than Brown. “Did I want to make it? I loved playing rugby with my mates all the time.“If football was on in the afternoon (after rugby in the morning) I’d play it, I never said no to it, but they felt that football shouldn’t be second best and for every other kid it was (first choice), their parents and grandparents would come and watch. My mum would throw me out the door with muddy knees and I’d go and play and that was it.“I was very competitive, so I loved winning every challenge, going box to box, but I was willing to go out and practise my goalkicking in the mornings and evenings. Would I have done that with football?”Regular choice: Mike Brown helps lay on a try last Saturday against South Africa (Pic: Getty)A Man Utd fan, Goode ended up playing for a local side in Cambridge after stopping with Ipswich. “I was playing centre-forward and scoring goals and was just relaxed. I knew I wasn’t trying to do it full-time, I was just enjoying playing with my mates.“It was an amazingly different outlook in that sense. I knew at 15, 16 that rugby was something I wanted to do. I knew Eastern Counties, London & South-East, England, that was the kind of route I’d rather go down.”Football’s loss was rugby’s gain and Goode’s career has brought plenty of rewards, notwithstanding his limited opportunities on the national stage.He is now the longest-serving player in Europe’s best club team, having made his first league start for Saracens in Richard Hill’s final match in 2008, and many expected him to feature heavily for England long before he won last season’s Premiership Player of the Year award.BT Sport’s Austin Healey knows a class player when he sees one and spoke glowingly of Goode’s vision and decision-making when covering a Saracens match earlier this season.“He has the ability to reset all their play when receiving kicks,” said the former England back. “He picks off dog-legs really well, more often than not he beats the first defender and if he doesn’t he buys time. Replacements: 16 T Talemaitoga, 17 P Ravai, 18 Leeroy Atalifo, 19 Nemia Soqeta, 20 Naulia Dawai, 21 Eremasi Radrodro, 22 Nikola Matawalu, 23 Kini Murimurivalu.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers click here. Find your local stockist here and you can download the digital edition here.last_img read more

AD-01 House / Díaz Fernández Arquitectos

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910032/ad-01-house-diaz-fernandez-arquitectos Clipboard Area:  198 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Photographs:  Simón Díaz Santis Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDíaz Fernández ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHuentaleuquenChilePublished on February 04, 2019Cite: “AD-01 House / Díaz Fernández Arquitectos” [Casa AD-01 / Díaz Fernández Arquitectos] 04 Feb 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Simón Díaz Santis+ 26Curated by Clara Ott Share “COPY” ArchDaily 2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910032/ad-01-house-diaz-fernandez-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY”center_img Projects Year:  Manufacturers: Arauco, CHC, Ducasse Industrial, MK, Masisa, SudpanelStructure:Tomas YañezConstruction:Díaz Fernández ArquitectosCost:28 UF x m2 (aprox.)Architects In Charge:Simón Díaz Santis / Javier Fernández CunillCity:HuentaleuquenCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Simón Díaz SantisRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. Developing a project in the middle of the desert was the challenge of this assignment, which required both Architecture and Construction by our office. This holiday home is located on a new urbanization of the IV Region facing the beach called “Agua Dulce”, 270 km from the city of Santiago, Chile. The scenery is a dry, wild desert, that is swept by the wind, and encounters the sea in one of the first human settlements in Latin America.Save this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Simón Díaz SantisTwo volumes appear as protagonists in the project. The first, slightly elevated on a first floor where the enclosures are aligned towards the maritime horizon, and the second on a second floor projecting as a dock facing the sea and looking for the best views. At the point where both volumes collide, there are common and family meeting spaces, with generous heights and dimensions that are projected with a total opening to the terrace and a glazed facade towards the access. In this way, the project is visually crossed completely, without losing the necessary intimacy of the home.Save this picture!© Simón Díaz SantisThe rhythms of the desert are slow and usually imperceptible, the reason why we decided to demonstrate the passage of time by covering with metal plates of controlled oxidation the access facade. This coating is combined in colors and textures with native woods joining the whole project as an integral work. The result is a project that proposes to integrate into the landscape and establish a relationship with its environment as it ages, delivering cozy and meeting spaces to the family that inhabits it.Save this picture!Sections A and BSave this picture!© Simón Díaz SantisProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Trends that Will Influence Architecture in 2019Architecture NewsHappy New Year of the Pig 2019!Articles Share Chile Architects: Díaz Fernández Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Houses CopyHouses•Huentaleuquen, Chile AD-01 House / Díaz Fernández ArquitectosSave this projectSaveAD-01 House / Díaz Fernández Arquitectos AD-01 House / Díaz Fernández Arquitectoslast_img read more

Survey finds wide range of interpretations on ‘fundraising stewardship’

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 2 July 2008 | News  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fifty six per cent of respondents to the ongoing Relationship Marketing Stewardship Survey think that there should be a “common, accepted definition” of fundraising stewardship, according to interim analysis. Unfortunately, there is little consensus in the sector about what stewardship is.For example, while 64% of respondents think that thanking donors promptly and politely is an “essential” part of stewardship, 13% see it as only a “building block of stewardship” while 16% consider it to be a “self-contained definition” of fundraising stewardship.Similarly, whereas 29% think that “ensuring all donors everywhere can give more for longer periods of time” is not part of fundraising stewardship, 26% of respondents think that the very similar “acting to ensure the sustainability of the pool of public donations” is an essential part of stewardship.Director of development at Relationship Marketing, Gordon Michie, who devised the survey, is not surprised. “The patterns that are emerging are telling us what we expected – that there is a wide range of opinion among fundraisers about what constitutes ‘stewardship’, he said.“While we are seeing some patterns emerging, there isn’t really any part of the survey that gives the impression that fundraisers are speaking with a single voice. And while we have a majority of people saying they think fundraisers need a standardised definition of stewardship, there’s a substantial minority that don’t think we need it.”Michie last year wrote a White Paper on stewardship – ‘Pretenders to the Steward Throne’, available from SOFII.One-to-one meetings with donors should play a “crucial role” in delivering stewardship programmes, according to 50% of respondents. Telephone, email and direct mail should a play “major role”. Face to face, SMS and social networking websites however were judged as less important techniques for stewardship.Michie said: “It will be fascinating as we drill down into these responses to discover what correlations there are between how fundraisers scored definitions of stewardship and how they rated communications methods.”The full survey results will be presented at Blackbaud’s annual conference, facilitated by Professor Stephen Lee of Henley Management College, to be held in London on 20 October 2008.The survey is still active and will remain open throughout the summer. Relationship Marketing is actively encouraging new respondents to complete the survey.www.surveymonkey.com/relationshipmarketing Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Individual giving Research / statistics Survey finds wide range of interpretations on ‘fundraising stewardship’last_img read more

Grannies across the U.S. unite to caravan to the southern border to protest

first_imgABC News(McALLEN, Texas) — Nearly 30 grandparents will pack into two 15-seat vans to caravan from New York to the U.S.-Mexico Border at the end of this month to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.The week-long caravan comes after more than 2,000 immigrant children were separated from their families at the southern border, a result of the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. Trump has since signed an executive order to end the policy but numerous families remain in detention or separated.“When the children started being separated from their parents at the border, I just couldn’t believe it. I was horrified,” said Michelle Clifton, a 74-year-old grandmother. “I thought, ‘what am I going to be able to do as an individual to have an impact on this and to bring attention to it?’”The result: Grannies Respond, also referred to as Abuelas Responden, a group of grandparents and supporters which formed three weeks ago and says its ready to take to the road to protest.The journey will begin in Beacon, NY on July 30, wend some 2,000 miles southward to the U.S.- Mexico Border, and arrive in McAllen, Texas on Aug. 6. Along the way, the group will stop in seven cities to host rallies, offer a message of compassion and demand the reunification and release of separated families.“It’s deeper than that,” said Dan Aymar-Blair, creator of Grannies Respond. “Those are just specific demands but this is about respecting human dignity. This is about respecting human life and caring for every member of our society.”Aymar-Blair says he came up with the idea when he was studying effective methods of protest. He claims that protests similar to a “journey” are “powerful” because they collect build momentum, empathy and people for a cause.“To me, grannies mean something very, very, strong towards children just in terms of what we grannies and grandpas are,” Claire Nelson, a 66-year-old grandmother said. “[We are ] strong, we’re elderly, we’re wise, we have unconditional love for our children and children of the world. I felt like that we could respond and make a difference in many ways.”Barry Nelson, 70, wants to set an example for his five grandchildren.“People are being treated poorly and are being denied entrance into this country,” Barry said. “Even people who are seeking political asylum and that’s just wrong and something we have to change and really work on to call attention to this and to everybody in this country.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Four charged in plot to attack upstate New York Muslim community of Islamberg

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(NEW YORK) — Four suspects are under arrest in upstate New York and charged with an alleged conspiracy to use improvised explosive devices and guns to attack an Islamic community about 170 miles away — just outside of Binghamton.Three of the individuals arrested were identified by police as Vincent Vetromile, 19, Andrew Crysel, 18, and Brian Colaneri, 20. Each was charged with three counts of first-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy.A fourth male, 16, was also arrested in the alleged plot but is not being named or identified by photo due to his age. The same charges have been filed against the teenager, according to Greece Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jared Rene.All four of the suspects were in the Boys Scouts of America together — two of them were Eagle Scouts, Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said at a Tuesday press conference, according to ABC News Rochester affiliate WHAM.Phelan said the probe began when a student at a Greece high school called Odyssey Academy showed another student a picture of a third person on his cell phone and asked if the person in the photo looked like “the next school shooter.”The student who was shown the picture alerted school security, which led to an investigation. Both the student with the phone and the person pictured on the phone – who is not a student — were interviewed by police, authorities said.Phelan said that five search warrants were approved by a judge and executed, one at each of the four suspects’ homes and one at the home of a fifth individual who has not been charged, according to WHAM. He said that three IEDs and 23 guns were recovered.“There was a plan to attack this community with weapons,” Phelan said at a press conference, WHAM reported.“They had access to these weapons,” Phelan said. “Some of them were their father’s, some were their grandfather’s, some of them I think they purchased themselves. So I think as far as ownership, I think that every spectrum is hit.”All three of the IED devices were recovered from the home of the 16-year-old, who is a student at Greece Central School District, Phelan said.Authorities said that the suspects were engaged in a plot to attack Islamberg, New York –- a Muslim enclave 50 miles northwest of Binghamton in the Catskill Mountains in Delaware County, New York. The tiny town of about 200 people has long been the subject of unsupported claims of terrorist activity by right-wing media outlets and commentators.According to court records reviewed by WHAM, each of the suspects is accused of having IEDs in cylinders or mason jars, packed with nails, BBs and black powder.All three of the named suspects were arraigned and are being held in the Monroe County Jail on $50,000 cash bails or $100,000 bonds. The fourth suspect was arraigned in juvenile court and detained pending a $1 million bail. All four are scheduled to return to court on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m.Authorities said the plot had been in the works for several weeks, and that further arrests or additional charges could result from the ongoing probe.Islamberg was founded in the late 1980s by a Pakistani cleric named Mubarak Ali Gilani, largely to house African-American Muslims from Brooklyn. It has been a focus of unproven suspicion for years, according to local media reports.Alex Jones’ website InfoWars sent a pair of staffers to Islamberg in 2015 to “look into reports that the area is a staging ground for Jihadist training,” according to the Infowars website.In 2017, Robert Doggart of Tennessee was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for plotting to burn Islamberg down, according to Reuters. Doggart’s attorneys have reportedly filed an appeal in his case.At the press conference, Greece Central School District Superintendent Kathleen Graupman made a point to commend the student or students who reported the incident to authorities.“As a school district and a community, we are deeply saddened and upset by what this investigation has revealed, but we are also incredibly grateful that young people refused to stand idly by,” she said, according to WHAM. “Students trusted their instincts and what they have learned from us in school…These students came forward with information – supporting the idea that if you see something, you should say something. Their actions changed the narrative.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Judge rules against Nir Meir in HFZ’s $19M default case

first_img Share via Shortlink By the time the lender sued HFZ, Feldman, and Meir in November, the developer was already in financial ruin. A month later, Meir left the company and HFZ was facing foreclosures, liens and allegations of wrongdoing from subcontractors.Making lender YH Lex Estates even more nervous, Feldman and Meir were selling off their personal residences — assets that could be used to satisfy the guarantees on HFZ’s loans. The Southampton estate Meir was unloading, built in 2017, had been appraised at about $40 million.YH Lex Estates — which is a business of Israeli auto industry magnate and art collector Yoav Harlap — tried but failed to stop the sale, which closed in early April. But last week, just when it seemed the lender’s streak of bad luck with HFZ might never end, a New York judge ruled that it could go after Meir for $18.5 million.About $10 million of that could come from the sale of the Southampton home, a 6,600-square-foot mansion at 40 Meadow Lane, after its creditors and mortgage holders take their cut. Among them is hedge fund manager Harsh Padia, an HFZ creditor who holds an $8 million second mortgage.Meir is appealing the judge’s decision. His lawyers argue that before the lender can go after Meir, the court first has to rule on HFZ’s argument that it is not obligated to pay because of problems with the loan documents.“The court acted prematurely in deciding the case against Meir before it resolved the issues raised by HFZ,” said Larry Hutcher, co-founder of New York-based law firm Davidoff, Hutcher and Citron. “Meir has a complete defense to this action and we are confident that the appellate (court) will agree with us.”The lender still hopes to recover the rest of the unpaid loan from HFZ and Feldman, who — in another twist — claim their loan guarantees are invalid, but for different reasons. The firm argues that Meir illegally signed loan documents on its behalf, while Feldman claims his signatures on the loan guarantees were forged. He plans to bring in a handwriting expert to court in June.The Upper East Side project is far from Feldman’s only concern. He and his wife, Helene, are personally on the hook for a number of loans tied to HFZ’s projects, some much larger than the Upper East Side venture. HFZ’s biggest is the XI, a stalled Bjarke Ingels–designed condo and hotel spanning a full city block along the High Line.While YH Lex Estates sues HFZ, Feldman and Meir, the developer is suing Meir, alleging that he used the firm as his “personal piggy bank” to the tune of $15 million in fraudulent credit card reimbursements and wire transfers.Meir’s lawyers deny these allegations. “They’re seeking to blame him as a scapegoat and we won’t tolerate it,” said Hutcher. He said Meir has paid more than $10 million in recent months to satisfy HFZ creditors.Harlap and his brother, Dr. Shmuel Harlap, own the Colmobile import franchise for Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Hyundai, and he also invests in real estate, according to Haaretz. In 2015 he bought a co-op unit at 860 Fifth Avenue for $7.6 million, property records show.Attorneys for HFZ and Feldman did not return a request for comment. YH Lex Estates attorney Mark Hatch-Miller of Susman Godfrey declined to comment.This article has been revised to add information about Yoav Harlap. Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img 1135 Lexington Avenue and Nir Meir (Google Maps, iStock)UPDATED April 20, 2020, 11:30 a.m.: It must have seemed like a sure thing: a luxury condominium development on the Upper East Side.To assemble the properties needed for the project, HFZ Capital borrowed $20.5 million from an Israeli investor. The developer’s top brass, Ziel Feldman and Nir Meir, provided personal guarantees on the loan in case something went wrong.It did.The development never got off the ground and in 2019, HFZ defaulted on its debt. But now the lender’s attempts to collect on the guarantees has become a drama unto itself.Read moreLawsuit to eject Nir Meir discontinued How HFZ became the face of Manhattan’s condo woes Ziel Feldman alleges Nir Meir used HFZ as a personal piggy bank Commercial Real EstateHFZ CapitalReal Estate Lawsuitsupper east sidelast_img read more