KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister was charged Friday with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering involving millions of dollars in another graft investigation against leaders ousted in elections earlier this year.Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who now leads the opposition after his party was defeated in the May general elections, was brought to court a day after he was detained by the anti-graft agency.Zahid pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of criminal breach of trust involving nearly 21 million ringgit ($5 million) in his family-run welfare group, eight counts of abusing power as home minister to receive bribes worth over 21 million ringgit for various projects including the supply of passport chips, and another 27 counts of laundering about 72 million ringgit ($17.3 million).Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who along with his wife was also charged with graft after the elections, appeared in court to support his former deputy. Zahid took over as president of the United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, after Najib stepped down following their coalition’s defeat for the first time since independence from Britain in 1957.Dozens of UMNO members rallied outside the court complex, slamming the charges as politically motivated. They carried placards accusing the new government of adopting a “rule of the jungle” in an attempt to cripple the party. UMNO was the linchpin of the former ruling alliance, which has since disbanded, but the party still holds about a fifth of parliamentary seats.Zahid, 65, was freed after posting bail. He told supporters that he considered the 45 charges against him as a “test from Allah.” He indicated most of the money was meant for charity such as to build orphanages, mosques and other welfare programs, and that he will clear his name in court.“Whatever the public opinion is, I leave it to Allah to decide. Allah willing, with all the good things I have done with the intention of upholding Allah’s religion, I hope Allah will protect me,” Zahid said. Each of the charges against him carries a prison term of up to 20 years, plus heavy fines.His daughter, Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, has called her father a “target of cruel injustice” under the new government.Two public listed companies implicated in the charges issued denials after prices of their shares plunged Friday.Datasonic Group Berhad said in a statement that neither the company nor any of its directors paid any bribe to Zahid to supply biodata chips for Malaysian passports, adding that it won the contract by offering the best pricing through an open tender.MyEG Services Sendirian Berhad said separately it has no knowledge of the person and company that allegedly paid Zahid millions in bribes to secure projects from MyEG, a provider of online government services. It said it was not privy to their alleged dealings with Zahid. Trading of MyEG shares were halted Friday afternoon on the company’s request.The charges against Zahid are not related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that led to his coalition’s shocking loss.Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were charged earlier with multiple counts of corruption and money laundering linked to the 1MDB scandal. The fund, set up by Najib, is being investigated in the U.S. and several other countries. They have both denied any wrongdoing and Najib’s trial is to start next year.
23 February 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to the United States city of Los Angeles next week to meet with the creative community and look into how the United Nations and the entertainment industry can collaborate to spotlight and mobilize the public on global issues, it was announced today. During his 28 February-2 March trip, Mr. Ban will address the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on the Organization’s role in a time when the world faces numerous challenges, his spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.In his speech to the school, where he will be awarded its highest honor, the UCLA Medal, the Secretary-General “will focus on the power of citizens everywhere to get involved in addressing the world’s problems and building a better world,” Mr. Nesirky said.The UN has collaborated with the entertainment industry on a number of projects under the Secretary-General’s Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), which aims to raise the profile of critical global issues in partnership with the international film and television industries.For example, the hit US television series “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” filmed scenes at the historic UN Headquarters building in New York for one of its episodes last year that involved children and armed conflict as well as refugees. Also last year, the UN-backed campaign to raise awareness about malaria – which claims over 1 million lives annually – had a starring role on the season premiere of the television comedy “Ugly Betty.”
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Fans and students alike, breaking last year’s national spring game attendance record, flocked to Ohio Stadium on Saturday to watch the annual intrasquad scrimmage by the Ohio State football team.The 2016 OSU spring game started with a moment of silence honoring both former OSU standout Will Smith and Columbus swat officer Steve Smith. Both men were killed over the weekend in separate instances, and the crowd of over 100,000 stood and remembered the two.This year’s spring game was a chance for Buckeye faithful to see how OSU coach Urban Meyer would answer many of the question marks left after a multitude of starters left for the NFL draft.Meyer did not shy away from the high expectations of the new starters.“We certainly don’t lower our standards just because a player moves on,” Meyer said. “That’s not what this place is all about.”Starting things off for the Buckeyes was the Scarlet team, led by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. After the Gray defensive line put on a display of pass-rush skills, junior Sean Nuernberger came on for a field goal attempt. In an example of an event unique to the spring game, after nailing a 43-yard attempt, he stayed on the field to drill a 51-yard kick.The Scarlet team struggled to score after the opening drive. Barrett was picked off twice, once by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and later by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The pick by Hooker was returned for a touchdown, and even though the Gray was called for a defensive holding, the play stood, once again evidencing the unusual nature of the spring game.Gray capitalized off these miscues, finding the endzone twice in the first half. The Gray team’s starting quarterback Joe Burrow connected with redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson on a picture-perfect 18-yard strike over the defensive player for one of the scores.Burrow provided many over-the-shoulder throws when given time, and looked sharp on his reads.Gibson scored another touchdown on a two-yard end-around. The score put the Gray up 21-3 before redshirt freshman Mike Weber of the Scarlet side barreled his way into the endzone to end the first half.Weber impressed the coaching staff, finishing the day with eight carries, 38 yards, and two touchdowns.“They were starting to compare him to Carlos Hyde,” Meyer said. “Easy now. He hasn’t reached that level yet.”The second half began with a quick score by the Scarlet, set up by redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier. A 40-yard pass to redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell led to a short touchdown run by Weber.After a dazzling one-handed interception by sophomore Jerome Baker for the Scarlet, the Gray were given the ball right back immediately following an errant pass from Collier, of the Scarlet team, which was picked off by Hooker for his second takeaway of the day.“Our D-line got to (Burrow) and I saw Joe under pressure and I went up and got it … I just made a play,” Hooker said.Redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin continued his stellar showing with a 47-yard touchdown reception. McLaurin carried two defenders into the endzone with him for the score and finished the day with four receptions for 111 yards.“I had a lot more confidence coming in,” McLaurin said. “I just want to take that next step forward, being a guy that this offense can depend on, trying to find my role in this offense.”The wide receiver corps for OSU provided most of the offense on the afternoon. A defensive presence in terms of pass-rush kept the quarterbacks for the Buckeyes on their toes for most of the game.Both the Scarlet and the Gray had four sacks apiece, and the offensive line appeared to struggle retaining the pocket at times. The occasional lack of protection can be directly credited to a majority of the line being replaced by underclassmen. Even with certain areas clearly needing attention before the Scarlet and Gray are set to take the field against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, the Buckeyes have shown the team has potential heading into regular season play. “What I didn’t like?” Meyer asked about the events of the afternoon. “I liked it all.” OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up before the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The Gray team beat Scarlet 28-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo Editor
Tatjana Maria celebrates after defeating Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the final of the Mallorca Open on June 24, 2018Credit:Quality Sport Images/ Getty Images Europe Serena Williams practicing on court during training for the Wimbledon ChampionshipsCredit:Matthew Stockman/Getty Images Europe But it wasn’t just the creche that Williams wanted to show her daughter. She also wanted to show her where mummy works. It is after all the place where she has won seven Wimbledon singles titles and six doubles titles and where she it still looking to add more to her record. “I feed her, and then she snuggles with me, which is the best part of my day. Then we play, and after that I sneak away to practice, usually around 8 a.m,” Williams told InStyle magazine, adding: “The only rule I have at practice is to be done at 1 p.m., because as much as I love tennis, I need to be with her. I want to put her above everything else I’m doing.”Williams, who was unable to defend her singles title last year because of her advanced pregnancy, has been seeded 25th for this year’s tournament, despite having played only three tournaments in the past 12 months and being ranked 183rd in the world.The AELTC exercised its discretion in seeding the former champion, but the decision attracted criticism from some players, including the world number 32 Dominika Cibulkova, from Slovakia, who missed out on seeding as a result.It is thought the AELTC had been influenced by the US Open decision to favour seedings for players returning from maternity leave.Williams is now mulling over when she and her husband might want another baby and the impact that might have on her career.“If I weren’t working, I’d already be pregnant,” she said. “I don’t know if I want to play if I have another baby. I need to talk to Alexis. We need a plan.” When you are a new parent preparing for your first day back at work it’s a good idea to check out the childcare arrangements. Which probably explains why Serena Williams visited the players’ creche at Wimbledon this week with her daughter Alexis Olympia, ahead of her campaign to regain the ladies singles title she last won in 2016.Mother and baby looked around the creche as part of their preparations for the championships, with Williams no doubt hoping to acclimatise little Alexis Olympia to SW19’s childcare facilities.The Wimbledon players’ creche is sited at the Aorangi Pavilion, at the far end of the AELTC’s grounds, near the practice courts.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Only players’ children have access to the facility and its not uncommon to see dozens of baby strollers parked outside during the tournament.A source at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) told The Telegraph: “Serena brought Alexis to the grounds and they had a good look round, visiting the creche to see the facilities and perhaps get her used to the surroundings.“We do pride ourselves on the creche and we think its something the players appreciate as it makes it easier for them to fit in being a parent with being a professional athlete.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Williams, who won the Australian Open in 2017 when she was two months pregnant, has spoken about struggling after her daughter was born, revealing she once cried because she could not find her baby’s bottle.In a recent interview she told how, like many new mothers, she now arranges her working day around her daughter. The source added: “Serena even took her out onto Centre Court, which was lovely for them both – given how significant it has been for her.”Williams later posted a photograph of Alexis Olympia sitting on the Centre Court grass on her daughter’s Instagram page.The 36-year-old, who is married to the Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, had an emergency caesarean section when she gave birth last September. She experienced life-threatening complications which resulted in surgery to prevent blood clots travelling to her lungs.Other players have praised the Wimbledon creche, with Tatjana Maria, the German world number 48, who returned to professional tennis after the birth of daughter Charlotte, saying: “Here [at Wimbledon] the creche is the best. You bring your children, they eat together, they do activities. It is the most beautiful thing in the world if you play a match, and after, you go to her and you see [that] to her it doesn’t matter how you play. She is always happy.”
La future box d’Orange sera fabriquée par TechnicolorAprès avoir remporté l’appel d’offre pour la nouvelle box d’Orange, Technicolor pourrait choisir le site d’Angers pour concevoir l’appareil. En 2012, la nouvelle box d’Orange fera son apparition sur le marché avec des offres Internet, téléphonie et télévision. Technicolor, ex-Thomson Multimedia, qui avait déjà collaboré avec l’opérateur jusqu’en 2007, a remporté l’appel d’offre pour concevoir le matériel et pourrait bien choisir l’usine d’Angers comme lieu de production. Une bonne nouvelle, si elle se confirme, pour un site qui essaie de sauver son existence où se mêlent interims et chômage partiel : “Cette nouvelle confirmerait ce que le groupe nous a dit, à savoir qu’il voulait faire d’Angers son usine européenne. De toute façon, il ne faudrait pas s’attendre à 1.000 ou même 500 emplois. Il s’agit seulement de pérenniser l’existant”, explique Daniel Loiseau, élu chargé de l’économie et du social pour Angers Loire Métropole, au site entreprises-angers.com. Ainsi, 313 emplois pourraient être consolidés. Le 24 février 2011 à 13:32 • Emmanuel Perrin
WEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Loved ones and strangers came together to search for a Doral resident and her daughter, more than three weeks after they went missing.Family and friends of Liliana and Daniela Moreno were among the volunteers who searched in two areas of West Miami-Dade: near Southwest Eighth Street and 137th Avenue, and near Southwest 18th Street and 157th Avenue.The group used ATVs and drones to search the heavily wooded area.Liliana, 43, and 9-year-old Daniela have been missing since May 31. “We are looking for anything that can give the police some type of guidance,” said volunteer Carlos Aguilar. “We are also alerting the community that they have to be on the lookout for anything that they can point out to the community and the police.”Aguilar’s son, University of Florida student Christian Aguilar, was found murdered after he went missing back in 2012. He was 19.If you have any information that could help investigators, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A 16-year-old girl who was reportedly raped multiple times tried to commit suicide by pouring kerosene on herself at Kashipur in Narayanganj’s Fatullah on Friday night, reports UNB.The victim was sent to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital in a critical condition, said victim’s mother Parvin Begum.”She is fighting for her life with almost 90 per cent burns on her body,” said the mother.On Saturday morning, the victim’s mother filed a case with Fatullah police station accusing three people.The accused are Mridul, 22, his mother Parul Begum, 42, wife of late Abdul Khoka Miah of Kangshapur village in Sirajdikhan of Munshiganj, and Md Mahfuz, 24.The victim with her family was living in Kashipur area of Fatullah. For the last two years, she has been staying at home after completing JSC.In the meantime, accused Mridul established an intimate relationship with the victim, promising her to marry. Mridul’s friend Mahfuz filmed them once in an objectionable condition on a cellphone.Later, accused Mridul repeatedly raped the girl threating to spread the video on the internet, according to the case statement.At one stage, the victim revealed the incident to her mother. Instantly, the victim’s mother informed Mridul’s mother Parul Begum of the matter.On Friday night, Parul Begum went to the victim’s house and instigated her to commit suicide as she warned her against disclosing the matter to anyone and threatened to circulate the video on the internet if otherwise.After a while, the girl poured kerosene on herself and set her alight.Meanwhile, investigation officer of the case, Ataur Rahman Afrad, said police were taking necessary action in this regard.
Vivien Louise Francis Burnett died on July 21 at Northwest Hospital Seasons Hospice after fighting a 2.5 year long battle with breast cancer.Vivien BurnettBurnett, third child of Beulah Naylor and Louis N. Francis, was born on July 30, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pa. She was preceded in death by her mother, Beulah Vivian Naylor Francis Plummer; her sister, Bernice Calverta Francis Watson; her brother, Louis Naylor Francis; and stepfather, Clinton James Plummer. Burnett was raised and lived in East Orange, N.J. until she completed junior high school. The family then moved to Baltimore, Md. for high school, college and post graduate education.Rev. Dr. M. J. Naylor, Vivien’s grandfather, was the first African American to own property on Hillen Road, adjacent to Morgan State College in Baltimore. Growing up, Vivien spent her summers with her grandparents at their home. Years later Burnett was elected to the Morgan Christian Center Trustee Board in 1988 and served until 2008. Vivien received her early education New Jersey. After moving to Baltimore, she attended Frederick Douglass Senior High School and graduated with honors in 1942. She studied at Coppin State College before going on to graduate Morgan State College in 1946. She also earned her master’s degree from the School of Social Work at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Burnett married Sidney O. Burnett Jr. in 1949 two weeks after he completed and passed the Medical Boards for Dentistry. The couple had five children and divorced in 1962. He died in 2008.Burnett is survived by her four children: Stephanie Vivienne Burnett Gantt, Sydney Arlene Lee (William), Aaron Gregory Burnett (Maria), Sharon Kathy Burnett Thomas. Her daughter Sidney Obed Burnett III died as an infant. There are nine grandchildren: Nicolette Giovanni Gantt, Hassan Eugene Obed Harris, Jamil Naylor Harris, Maya Annice Lee Newman (Jason), William F. Lee III (Tre, deceased), Erin Andrea Burnett, Alexandre Julian Burnett, Brandon Whitney Burnett (Dana), and Morgann Brittany Thomas. There are eleven great-grandchildren: Leonard Pierre Funderburk, Julian Trent Funderburk, Armani H. Harris, Jamil Naylor Harris II, Josyanna Harris, Josini Harris, Comanee Harris, Brianna Marie Harris, Hassan Obed Harris II, Jalen N. Newman, and Dylan N. Newman. Burnett began her professional career at the District of Columbia Department of Social Services in 1946 while pursuing her post graduate work. She eventually joined the organization full-time and worked there until 1952.Next Burnett worked for the Spring Grove State Hospital as a psychiatric social worker and eventually became managing social worker. From there she moved to the Baltimore City Public School System and taught at Dickeyville Elementary School, James Mosher Elementary School and Eutaw Marshburn Elementary School. She retired from the classroom in 1992. At the same time she joined Baltimore’s Urban Services Agency as center director for many centers throughout Baltimore from 1973 to 1988.Burnett served as president of the William H. Lemmel Jr. High School, was president and vice president over a five year span at James Mosher Elementary School, vice president with the Pimlico Middle School and president and vice president at Western High School. As a community activist Vivien created, organized and volunteered in many City and State outreach programs.Throughout her life, she also held membership with Kappa Alpha Psi Silhouettes, Life Memberships with the NAACP and Morgan State College Alumni M.J. Naylor Chapter which she founded; Morgan University Women, American Heart Association Board of Directors, Morgan Christian Center Board of Trustees, the Weinberg Village I Association Board, and the Chipperettes.Burnett was a lifetime member at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church and continued the traditions of Sharp Street’s Naylor Hughes Circle.Public viewing will be held on July 29 at Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Road, Randallstown, Md. from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. at Sharp Street Memorial United Methodist Church on Saturday, July 30, 2016; located at 1206 Etting St., Baltimore, Md. 21217, with a repast at Sharp Street Memorial after entombment in Arbutus Memorial Park, 1101 Sulphur Spring Rd, Arbutus, Md.
Story Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville men’s golf head coach Mark Crabtree announced on Tuesday that CM Mixon has signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers with the Cardinals’ program, beginning in 2019. “I am pleased to announce the signing of CM Mixon to a NLI for our 2019 class,” Crabtree said. “CM is a highly competitive young man with a tremendous amount of drive and desire. He will certainly take the next step in his game at the collegiate level. We are very excited to get one of very best young players in the state of Kentucky to join our program.” As a junior, Mixon finished in third-place in the 2017 Kentucky State High School Championships, while also capturing six individual tourney wins that season Print Friendly Version Attending South Warren High, Mixon was a runner-up for Mr. Golf in the state of Kentucky in 2017. He earned a runner-up finish in the 2018 Kentucky State High School Championship with score of 2-under-par 142 and was a runner-up qualifier for the 2018 USGA Junior Amateur Championship. He also competed in the 2018 United States Junior Championship representing Kentucky
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Students at Costa Rica’s police academy will be riding in style this year with the acquisition of 17 new training vehicles. The U.S. Embassy donated six of the new automobiles along with protective suits, equipment belts and police batons.“What we are doing today is not simply giving vehicles and new equipment and saying ‘well that’s it,’” Public Security Minister Mario Zamora said. “This is part of a strategy for mobilization and safety.”The vehicles will be the first piece of equipment ever designated specifically for the training of new police officers, and they will be used to teach defensive driving techniques to students. Academy officials hope that this new training will help reduce the number of automobile accidents involving police officers.The U.S. Embassy invested $153,000 in the vehicles and equipment, and an additional $97,500 came from the academy’s budget and the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). The donation marks a continuation of U.S. Embassy investment in public security in Costa Rica. That policy included the launch of a $500,000, U.S.-funded community-safety program called SIMEP in December.“The program has brought a change in policing,” said U.S. Embassy official Ron Perrin. “The ability to respond to certain increases in crime has already shown a good impact.”The new equipment adds to other improvements to the country’s public security administration, including a complete overhaul of the police training system. According to Zamora, the new police academy manual bumped the training period for police from six months to 10 and made the school much more selective.“In the past when someone said they wanted to enter the police force they encountered a social stigma,” Zamora said. “Today, out of every 100 people who want to enter the police force, only 40 actually make it. This says that it is an institution that is getting more selective, getting more support from the population and is becoming more recognized professionally for protecting the rights and liberties of the public.”With better personnel and better training come better salaries for police. February will mark the initiation of a new base wage for all police officers, including raises to approximately 13,099 officers in 46 classifications. All trained officers will now make 260,200 ($520) per month, and the increase will depend on their current classification –with the highest possible raise being 485,400 ($970).Costa Rica has seen a significant decrease in homicides and violent crime since 2010. Statistics released in a U.S. State Department crime report show that from 2010-2011, violent crime decreased by 12 percent. While official numbers from last year have not been released, Zamora said the number of homicides also decreased in 2012.The overall perception of safety among Costa Ricans also has seen change. In 2010, 77 percent of Costa Ricans believed crime was increasing, according to a Gallup poll. The most recent poll taken in January showed this number had decreased to 55 percent.“The investments that Costa Rica has made show a strategy that puts citizen safety in high regard,” Perrin said. “So far it is having positive results.” Facebook Comments No related posts.
Virgin Australia has claimed the title of most attractive employer in the travel & aviation industry at the annual Randstad Awards, and was awarded third place for most attractive employer in Australia for 2012. Virgin Australia was the only airline to appear in the 2012 Randstad Awards Top 20 list for the most attractive companies in the country.The announcement, made in front of senior executives and HR directors from Australia’s 150 largest employers, revealed for the second year which companies were voted the most attractive by more than 7,000 Australians of working age. The Randstad Awards, which survey the perceptions of 100,000 people globally, are unrivalled locally and internationally, with companies unable to nominate themselves or determine the categories and criteria for entry. Randstad CEO, Fred van der Tang, commented on Virgin Australia’s impressive result for the second year running: “Virgin Australia’s strong employer brand gives it a natural advantage over its competitors,” said Mr van der Tang. “The airline is perceived to have a pleasant working atmosphere, actually one of the highest ratings in the country overall, as well as interesting job content and excellent training and development opportunities.”Overall the travel and aviation industry performed well this year, with Virgin Australia ranked 3rd in the Top 20 most attractive companies, followed by Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group in 10th place. Aviation was considered one of the top three most attractive sectors in the country. The results of the Randstad Awards are invaluable to Australian employers in understanding what attracts people to their organisation, particularly at a time of limited talent pools and in striving to win a competitive edge in the race for talent.“People are attracted to companies for a number of reasons, which can be analysed according to what men and women want, what different generations are looking for, and even according to the differing priorities of people who are single, married or have young families,” says van der Tang.“What’s also interesting is how long term job security and the financial health of a company clearly increased in importance across the board, in times of economic uncertainty, while in times of boom and profitability, competitive salary, employee benefits, work life balance and a pleasant working atmosphere become more pertinent to those considering a shift in career. “The war for talent is on a steep incline and those organisations that attract, engage and retain the best talent are ultimately those that will be most successful,” Mr van der Tang said.“In very simple terms, building an employer brand is about creating ‘fans’ within your business. You want your employees to be ambassadors for your brand, raving about how great it is to work for your organisation, whether it’s at a corporate event or on the sidelines at the kids’ weekend sporting match.” Source = Randstad
sbe corporate office – Los Angeles, CaliforniaAccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group announce strategic partnershipAccorHotels Agrees to Acquire 50 percent in sbeAccorHotels and sbe Entertainment Group (“sbe”) have signed a Letter of Intent and entered into exclusive negotiations for AccorHotels to acquire a 50 percent stake in sbe, further illustrating AccorHotels’s strategy to expand its offering in the luxury lifestyle hospitality segment.This partnership will combine the expertise and savoir-faire of the two groups; AccorHotels will acquire the 50 percent of sbe’s common equity held in part by Cain International for $125 million. Sam Nazarian will continue to own the remaining 50 percent of sbe. In addition, AccorHotels will invest $194 million in a new preferred debt instrument that will be used to redeem all existing preferred units, also held in part by Cain International. AccorHotels’ total investment in sbe will be $319 million.This long-term investment will allow sbe to leverage AccorHotels’ leading global hospitality platform while remaining an independent luxury lifestyle operator. Sbe will continue to be led by its Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian as well as its expert management team while retaining its global headquarters in New York.Sam Nazarian, Founder and CEO of sbe: “This partnership with AccorHotels marks a new milestone in sbe’s history. This long-term investment by AccorHotels provides sbe, its customers and hotel owners with greater depth and breadth around the world and supports our collective ambition to be the best lifestyle hospitality company in the market. Building on our acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group in 2016, this investment will further accelerate our growth both domestically in the United States and in new markets internationally, particularly in Europe. Myself and the over 7,000 associates at sbe are thrilled and honored to partner with AccorHotels and be part of the amazing, innovative and pioneering culture that my dear friend, Chairman and CEO Sébastien Bazin and his team have implemented. Moving forward, sbe and AccorHotels together are committed to bringing our unique lifestyle experiential offering to more destinations and serving our discerning guests with unforgettable memories.”Sébastien Bazin, Chairman & CEO, AccorHotels: “I am delighted to announce this strategic partnership with one of the most innovative Groups in the luxury lifestyle space worldwide. It marks a new step in expanding AccorHotels’ footprint in this fast growing segment in key US cities such as Miami, Los Angeles or Las Vegas, and in other international destinations. “The new luxury” is all about exclusive experiences and incredible lifestyle concepts and sbe brands have the perfect know-how that will complete perfectly the AccorHotels portfolio. We remain committed to providing all our guests with unparalleled service and always renewed experiences around the world”.Jonathan Goldstein, Chief Executive of Cain International, commented: “Cain International became partners to sbe in 2016 providing the investment required at that time to enable the group to expand its footprint of some of the leading luxury lifestyle hospitality assets in the world. We are confident that sbe will continue to go from strength to strength with its new partners, AccorHotels; we wish them every success in the future and are proud of the role we have played in their exciting growth story.”Founded in 2002 by Sam Nazarian, sbe is a leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning global properties and brands. It is renowned for its unique 360-degree approach to lifestyle hospitality that includes branded luxuryresidences and serviced apartments, wellness and spa platforms and dining & entertainment experiences.sbe’s leading hospitality and residential brands include SLS, Delano, Mondrian, Hyde, The Originals (Sanderson, St. Martin Lane, Hudson, 10 Karakoy, Shore Club) and the Redbury Hotels. Through its Disruptive Restaurant Group platform, sbe has created global awardwinning culinary brands Katsuya, Umami Burger, Cleo, Leynia, Diez & Siez and Filia and innovative entertainment brands including Hyde nightclub and dayclub, Nightingale, Privilege dayclub Black Orchid, S Bar, Skybar and the Doheny Room. Landmark destinations in its portfolio include, Delano South Beach in Miami, SLS Baha Mar in the Bahamas, Mondrian Doha in Qatar, Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas, Mondrian Park Avenue in New York City and the newly-opened 57 story SLS LUX Brickell in Miami. Upcoming opening includes Delano Rio de Janeiro, Delano Dubai at the Palm and Hyde Midtown in Miami.Through this investment, sbe will accelerate its international growth with expansion into new markets outside of the US, including priority growth markets in the Middle East and Latin America. sbe’s pipeline includes projects in some of the most important global gateway cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Cancun, Tokyo and Los Cabos.By the end of 2018 sbe will operate 25 hotels, comprising 7,498 keys with a majority in North America, 170 award winning restaurants and entertainment venues in global destinations as well as new properties in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. It currently has a further 20 hotels and residences around the world in its pipeline, as well as 59 standalone restaurants and nightlife venues. In addition, sbe has sold 1,500 branded residential units valued at $2 billion with over 2,500 units valued at $2.5 billion in its pipeline.Through this partnership, AccorHotels will expand its current geographic footprint in gateway North American cities such Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas and New York with iconic hotels. Additionally, sbe’s core millennial customer base will gain access to the AccorHotels platform.With its global hotel development platform and presence in 100 countries, AccorHotels will play a key role in developing sbe’s luxury lifestyle hotel, restaurant and entertainment brands globally. sbe hotels will also be distributed on the AccorHotels distribution platform, be featured on Accorhotels.com and will be part of the AccorHotels loyalty programme.The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. It should be completed by July 31, 2018About sbeEstablished in 2002 by Founder and CEO Sam Nazarian, sbe is a privately-held, leading lifestyle hospitality company that develops, manages and operates award-winning hotels, residences, restaurants, and nightclubs. Through exclusive partnerships with cultural visionaries, sbe is devoted to creating extraordinary experiences throughout its proprietary brands with a commitment to authenticity, sophistication, mastery, and innovation. Following the acquisition of Morgans Hotel Group, the pioneer of boutique lifestyle hotels, in partnership with The Yucaipa Companies and Cain International (formerly Cain Hoy), sbe has an unparalleled global portfolio which will see 25 hotels and over 170 global world-renowned culinary, nightlife and entertainment venues by the end of 2018. The company is uniquely positioned to offer a complete lifestyle experience – from nightlife, food & beverage and entertainment to hotels and residences, and through its innovative customer loyalty and rewards program, The Code, as well as its award-winning international real estate development subsidiary, Dakota Development – all of which solidify sbe as the preeminent leader across hospitality. The company’s established and upcoming hotel brands include SLS Hotel & Residences, Delano, Mondrian, The Redbury, Hyde Hotel & Residences, and The Originals. In addition, sbe has the following internationally acclaimed restaurants and lounges under subsidiary Disruptive Restaurant Group: Katsuya by Chef Katsuya Uechi, Umami Burger, Cleo by Chef Danny Elmaleh, Fi’lia by Michael Schwartz, Leynia and Diez & Seiz by Chef José Icardi, Hyde Lounge, S Bar, Doheny Room Skybar, Bond, and Privilege. To learn more, visit sbe.comAbout AccorHotelsAccorHotels is a world-leading travel & lifestyle group and digital innovator offering unique experiences in more than 4,300 hotels, resorts, and residences across 100 different countries. With an unrivaled portfolio of internationally renowned hotel brands encompassing the entire range from luxury to economy, from upscale to lifestyle and midscale brands, AccorHotels has been providing savoir-faire and expertise for more than 50 years. In addition to its core hospitality business, AccorHotels has successfully expanded its range of services, becoming the world leader in luxury private residence rental with more than 10,000 stunning properties around the world. The Group is also active in the fields of concierge services, co-working, dining, events management and digital solutions.Relying on its global team of more than 250,000 dedicated staff, AccorHotels is committed to fulfilling its primary mission: to make every guest Feel Welcome. Guests have access to one of the world’s most attractive hotel loyalty programs – Le Club AccorHotels. AccorHotels plays an active role in its local communities and is committed to promoting sustainable development and solidarity through PLANET 21 Acting Here, a comprehensive program that brings together employees, guests, and partners to drive sustainable growth. From 2008, the AccorHotels Solidarity Endowment Fund has acted as a natural extension of the Group’s activities and values, helping to combat the social and financial exclusion experienced by the most disadvantaged members of society. Accor SA is publicly listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (ISIN code: FR0000120404) and on the OTC Market (Ticker: ACRFY) in the United States.For more information or to make a reservation, please visit accorhotels.group or accorhotels.com. Or join and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.Source = AccorHotels and sbe
Following February’s surge, March saw a slip in home sales, according to the National Association of Realtors (NAR). NAR reports that total existing-home sales including single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums, and co-ops fell 4.9% from February to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.21 million in March. Sales as a whole were down 5.4% year over year.“It is not surprising to see a retreat after a powerful surge in sales in the prior month,” NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said. “Still, current sales activity is underperforming in relation to the strength in the jobs markets. The impact of lower mortgage rates has not yet been fully realized.”Despite the decline in sales, inventory jumped slightly in March month-over-month, up to 1.68 million from February’s 1.63 million existing homes available for sale, a 2.4% increase year-over-year.“Further increases in inventory are highly desirable to keep home prices in check,” Yun said. “The sustained steady gains in home sales can occur when home price appreciation grows at roughly the same pace as wage growth.”According to realtor.com Chief Economist Danielle Hale, this year’s momentum shows promise.”January pending home sales led to strong February existing home sales but that momentum slipped in March with sales down 4.9% from revised February figures and down 5.1% from last March. Prices showed continued gains, but lost some ground registering up 3.8% from a year ago compared with 3.9% last month,” Hale said. “Even if home sales lose some momentum month to month, they will likely be able to better keep pace with last year’s sales in the months ahead as a result of increased buyer purchasing power from lower mortgage rates. In fact, the year over year sales decline abated from 7.5 percent in the fourth quarter to 5.4 percent in the first quarter.”NAR notes that homes stayed on the market for an average of 36 days in March, down from 44 days in February, but up from 30 days year over year. Existing-homes NAR sales 2019-04-22 Seth Welborn Share Home Sales: The Surge and the Retreat in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News April 22, 2019 1,284 Views
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Nickelodeon is joining with HQ Trivia to celebrate the “Double Dare” reboot.A 1990s-themed trivia game will pair the Nickelodeon show’s original host, Marc Summers, with HQ host Scott Rogowsky.The game will include “Double Dare” trivia questions and moments familiar to fans of the 1986 to 1993 series, including physical challenges and toss-ups.The HQ Trivia game will end with one contestant winning a cash prize and chance to appear on “Double Dare,” the companies said Wednesday.The game will be available on smart phones at 9 p.m. EDT Sunday.Liza Koshy is host of the “Double Dare” reboot premiering 8 p.m. EDT Monday on Nickelodeon. Original host Summers is an executive producer and will provide colour commentary.Series guests will include Rico Rodriguez, Chloe Kim and Lindsey Vonn. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2018 9:01 am PDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 9:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Nickelodeon, HQ Trivia mark ‘Double Dare’ reboot’s debut This undated image released by Nickelodeon shows Liza Koshy left, and Marc Summers, right, with contestants on the game show “Double Dare,” in Los Angeles. Nickelodeon is joining with HQ Trivia to celebrate the “Double Dare” reboot. A 1990s-themed trivia game will pair the Nickelodeon show’s original host, Marc Summers, with HQ host Scott Rogowsky. (Trae Patton/Nickelodeon via AP)
07Feb Rep. Kesto announces regular office hours Categories: Featured news,Kesto News,News Lawmaker adds presentation for seniors to ‘Espresso with Kesto’State Rep. Klint Kesto announced today that he will host regular monthly office hours and encourages residents to attend his monthly senior event with a presentation from the Attorney General’s office.Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township, said ‘Espresso with Kesto’ will take place on the third Friday of every month at the same time at following locations:9 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Biggby located at 1001 Welch Rd. in Commerce Charter Township.1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Miracle Coffee located at 40200 W 14 Mile Rd. in Walled Lake.Rep. Kesto also encourages residents to attend his monthly event dedicated to discussing issues relating to senior citizens and their rights in Michigan. This reoccurring event will take place the third Friday of every month from 11:00 am to 12:30 p.m. at the Richard Senior Center, located at 1485 Oakley Park Road in Commerce Township.“It is very important that I receive valuable feedback and ideas from residents in the local community regarding issues involving state and local government,” Rep. Kesto said. “Equally important is letting invaluable members of our community such as our senior citizens know how lawmakers are advocating for their rights in Lansing and working to combine and distribute helpful resources to create a smooth transition across the state as our baby boomers enter into retirement.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Kesto at 517-373-1799 or via email at KlintKesto@house.mi.gov.###### Tags: #SB
State Rep. Jim Runestad of White Lake will host a coffee hour on Monday, March 20 at Highland Township Public Library, located at 444 Beach Farm Circle in Highland from 6 to 7:30 p.m.“Listening to the workers and residents of our community is a priority for me,” said Rep. Runestad. “I want to be your voice at the state Capitol and keep your trust.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Runestad at 517-373-2616 or via email at JimRunestad@house.mi.gov.##### 08Mar Rep. Runestad to host coffee hour in Highland Township Categories: Runestad News
PHOTO: State Rep. Julie Alexander (left) and State Sen. Judy Emmons (right) welcome dairy farmers from across Michigan to Dairy Day. State Rep. Julie Alexander and Sen. Judy Emmons gave the opening address during the annual Dairy Day at the state Capitol Wednesday. Joining the lawmakers was Michigan native and Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Allison Schmitt. Schmitt partnered with the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to promote chocolate milk and good nutrition to schools and student-athletes throughout Michigan. Alexander and her husband, Jeff, own and operate Na-Lar Farms in Hanover Township. Farming with Jeff’s father and their two oldest sons, this third generation family farm has been in operation for 40 years. They are strong advocates for the agricultural community and are proud to be a part of feeding our state and nation. “It’s an honor to not only serve the people of Jackson County here at the Capitol, but also be a part of today’s event recognizing the importance of Michigan dairy farmers,” Alexander said. “Today is all about promoting Michigan’s Dairy industry, which contributes over $14 Billion to the state’s economy annually”. 08Jun Rep. Alexander speaks at Dairy Day Categories: Alexander News
Categories: Lucido News State Rep. Peter Lucido today announced the House Judiciary Committee will soon hold a hearing on his legislation requiring a criminal conviction before law enforcement officers can seize property using the civil asset forfeiture process.As a former probation officer and criminal defense lawyer of more than 30 years, Lucido said he witnessed law enforcement agencies abuse Michigan’s civil asset forfeiture law, which is intended to allow for the confiscation of property gained from the commission of a crime.“No one should profit from criminal activity, but we also need to make certain that nobody’s constitutional right to due process is trampled on,” said Lucido, of Shelby Township. “I have seen an overwhelming number of instances over the years where police take an individual’s property through civil asset forfeiture and never even bring criminal charges. It’s absolutely ridiculous, and it needs to end.”Under the current law, Lucido said law enforcement officers are allowed to use their own subjective standard to take personal property from people simply because they suspect a crime has been committed.“In our criminal justice system, individuals are presumed innocent unless and until they are convicted,” he said. “Unfortunately, that isn’t the case with our state’s civil asset forfeiture process. With no hearings before the taking of property, the police have become the judge and jury.”While an individual whose property is seized can later contest the taking of their property, Lucido said it’s often economically infeasible.“When the police take $2,500 worth of an innocent, uncharged person’s property, but it’s going to cost them $3,000 to hire a lawyer to fight it, the result is an economic reality of cost-benefit,” Lucido said.Lucido’s legislation, House Bill 4158, would require a conviction to be in place before the civil asset forfeiture process is initiated. The House Judiciary Committee is expected to take testimony on the bill during a meeting immediately following House session on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.“I’m looking forward to the hearing,” Lucido said. “There are no reasonable arguments law enforcement can make to warrant taking property from citizens before affording them their fundamental due process rights.”### 23Jan Rep. Lucido granted hearing on civil asset forfeiture reform