Gen-X Theatre raises hope on Nelson Mandela Day

first_img UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development TAGSBertha DlaminiengineeringGen-X TheatreNelson Mandela DayPOWER-GEN & DistribuTECH AfricaPOWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018South Africa Previous articleEthiopia to bridge electricity connectivity gap with new substationsNext articleAbout 3rd Africa Smart Grid Forum 2018 Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Finance and Policy BRICS Featured image: Stock In honour of Nelson Mandela Day (18 July), South African students have an opportunity to showcase their work and engage with leaders in the power field at POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa next week.The Gen-X Theatre, pioneered by POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa advisory board member Bertha Dlamini three years ago, gives the next generation of power sector professionals a unique opportunity to present their ideas and engage with industry leaders and VIPs from across the continent and the world.Gen-X also creates a setting where aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators can be discovered by prospective funders and financiers.Since inception in 2015, Gen-X has received support from SAIEE, ABB South Africa, City Power and Matleng Energy Solutions. It has supported 20 students from South Africa and Swaziland.Gen-X experience of a lifetimePrevious participants report that the Gen-X experience has been hugely beneficial for them in a number of ways. “This is a great initiative. It exposes young researchers in engineering to best practice, technologies and experts. This gives us a chance to get input, ideas and feedback from the outside world to improve our work,” said Siyanda Biyela, an M.Sc Engineering (Elec) student at Wits.“This opportunity [helped build] my confidence in the energy industry through exposure, reading, writing and presenting,” said Thembinkosi Maphosa, a PhD student at the UWC School of Business and Finance.“Gen-X seeks to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the power sector, and with support from the power sector, we would like to expand the initiative to include students from across Africa,” said Dlamini.Nelson Mandela DayRunning from 12:45 to 14:30 in the exhibition area on all three days of POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa, the Gen-X Theatre will include talks by African industry leaders and presentations by young electrical engineers and post-graduate students from South Africa. The presentations will be adjudicated and awards presented for the best papers.In support of Nelson Mandela Day, POWER-GEN & DistribuTECHAfrica has sponsored ZAR30,000 to this important initiative.POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa 2018 will be staged from 17 – 19 July at the Sandton Convention Centre. The event is attended by over 3,000 power industry stakeholders, utilities and sub-Saharan government officials from pan-Africa and abroad.Find out more here or follow @PGAFRICA on Facebook and Twitter.This year, a partnership has also been secured with European Utility Week to be held from 6 – 8 November 2018 Vienna, Austria to enroll the top three Gen-X presenters in their Initiate! Young Talent Programme – EUW in Vienna. “This will be a lifetime experience for our young stars in energy,” says Dlamini. Generationlast_img read more

Ben Maher Best in 14 Horse Jump Off

first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Ben Maher flew to Valkenswaard from a short holiday break and showed he had made the best of the rest when he snatch victory in the 1.50m class this afternoon in Valkenswaard by only three tenths of a second. Riding Oscar, who belongs to Ben’s holiday hosts, Mr and Mrs Cook, he rode a superlative jump off despite losing a stirrup over the second last fence. The win was all the more outstanding because Ben has only been jumping the horse competitively for a few weeks, GCT Chantilly was one of their first international outings together. “He just gets better and better,” said a smiling rider afterwards.Fourteen horses had been presented for the jump off over Uliano Vezzani’s course so the winner was bound to be the one who was the bravest, particularly as there was a long gallop to the last. Bernardo Alves, who was the first one to really attack the jump off course on his Monaco winner Bridgit and his time of 43.67 took nearly three seconds off the previous leaders, Gerco Schroder and Eurocommerce Pennsylvania, who ended up fifth. Emilio Bicocci and Olea brought the crowd to their feet but they could only managed 41.15. Michel Robert tried the same audacious gallop to the last that had worked so well in Chantilly with Kellemoi de Pepita but failed by over a second although 45.62 did earn him 1600 Euro for fourth spot.Earlier Simon Delestre and super speedy mare Orphee D’ Illion won the traditional opening ‘against the clock’ class, flying round in 62.58 to just prevent a home win for the Dutch by Albert Zoer and Samurai. In this, though the margin of victory was even smaller. Albert was almost last to go but could not quite catch the French pair with a time of 62.78. Venezula’s Pablo barrios continued his good run of form started in Chantilly by being placed third with G & C Lagran in a time of 62.28. This win has netted Simon a 6400 Euro with Albert receiving 3200 Euro and Pablos 2400 Euro. It was a fair result for the Dutch though as Eric van der Vleuten was fourth and Harrie Smolders fifth.The show continues tomorrow with the GCT Grand Prix of the Netherlands presented by the VDL Groep. Full results of the schedule for all classes including the Special Invitational and the CSI2*, along with the results, can be found on our website at http://www.globalchampionstour.com/. ~by Lulu KyriacouResultsClass 11. Simon Delestre (FRA) Orphee De L’illion, 0, 62.58, Euro 64002. Albert Zoer (NED) Samurai, 0, 62.78, Euro 32003. Pablos Barrios (VEN) G&G Lagran, 0, 64.24, Euro 2400Class 21. Ben Maher (GBR) Oscar, 0,0, 43.42, Euro 64002. Bernardo Alves (BRA) Bridgit, 0,0, 43.67. Euro 32003. Emilio Bicochi (ITA) Olea, 0,0, 44.15, Euro 2400QuotesSimon Delestre-”Orphee is always fast a bit crazy, I just have to hold onto her! A bit too little rein and she goes and jumps flat. So I did seven strides between one and two where other people had done six and then made it up on the rest of the course. She might be a grand prix horse one day, she is only eight now, super careful and always wants to win. Nearly as much as me!”Ben Maher-”I am really pleased with this horse and the owners, the Cooks, are great supporters who are planning to come and watch soon so I am really glad it is all going the right way for them.” Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

‘There’s a lot of cars trapped’: Authorities release 911 calls from Florida bridge collapse

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) — Authorities in Florida have released several 911 calls witnesses made to emergency dispatchers when a newly erected pedestrian bridge collapsed onto traffic on a busy Miami street last week. As emergency dispatchers in Miami-Dade County began to receive calls about 1:30 p.m. on March 15, one of the first details witnesses called in were that cars were trapped underneath the concrete wreckage on the campus of Florida International University.“Is this 911? The bridge at FIU just collapsed on top of a lot of cars,” one woman says. “…There’s a lot of cars trapped.” Another panicked witness informed a dispatcher, “The bridge fell down at FIU!”The caller described the bridge as “the one that they just built.”Toward the end of each recording, the dispatcher calmly informs the caller that help is on the way. In several calls, the witness mentioned that police were already on the scene. Several calls were made in Spanish and required the use of an interpreter. Six people were killed and several more were injured in the collapse. The main portion of the bridge had been swung into place, using Accelerated Bridge Construction, just five days before it collapsed. The bridge was intended to make a safer passage across Miami’s Southwest 8th Avenue at 109th Street, a seven-lane intersection where a student pedestrian was killed last year.Workers were adjusting two of the bridge’s tension roads when the span collapsed, the NTSB said this week. A worker from FIGG Bridge Engineers had tried to inform the Florida Department of Transportation days before the bridge fell that he noticed cracking on the bridge but added that he was not concerned from a safety perspective, the FDOT said.The employee for whom the voicemail was intended for was not in the office at the time of the call and did not receive the message until he returned, the day after the collapse, the FDOT said.Multiple lawsuits claiming negligence and wrongful death have been filed against the companies involved in the construction, oversight and design of the bridge on behalf of injured and deceased victims.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sisters burst into tears as school mascot is revealed to be military dad

first_imgWTVD(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A set of twin sisters received an early Christmas gift on Monday, as their military father surprised them while disguised as a school mascot.During a basketball game, Technical Sgt. Anthony Pasco of the U.S. Air Force pulled off his dolphin mask at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh, North Carolina on Dec. 17. Pasco is stationed in Texas and hadn’t seen his daughters since April.“I was overcome with emotion myself,” mom Paula Washington told “Good Morning America.” “They say military families [should] stay strong. But that’s the build-up they had inside of them. They are daddy’s girls.”Washington said the girls, A’nina and Zoe, 14, were expecting to fly out to Texas to see Pasco before Christmas, but he came to North Carolina to surprise them instead.ABC affiliate station WTVD caught the heartfelt moment on camera.“It was almost like Christmas morning when you open presents,” Pasco told “GMA” of the reunion with his girls. “When I saw their faces, it was literally something I’ll never forget.”A’nina and Zoe have flown to Texas to celebrate Christmas with their dad and brother Elijah, 11. They’ll return home on the 23rd to spend Christmas with their mom in Raleigh.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Sandy Hook mom pays emotional tribute to her son’s memory on special day

first_imgrypson/iStock(NEWTON, Conn.) — The seventh anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School is two and a half months away, but there is a different date that caused heartbreak for one mother.Nicole Hockley’s six-year-old son Dylan was one of the 20 children killed in the 2012 shooting, and she has worked as an advocate for gun violence prevention ever since.Hockley posted an emotional tribute on Twitter on Monday, telling how that day marked one she had long dreaded.“Today it’s been 2,474 days since Dylan was murdered at Sandy Hook. 2,474 days since he’s been gone from my life. He was only in my life for 2,473 days. I feared today. Would him being gone longer than he was here mean I would forget him?” Hockley wrote in a tweet, shared alongside a picture of her son.“His laugh, his eyes, the smell of his hair, his voice, the feel of his hand in mine? I am sad today, but I no longer have fear. I have forgotten nothing. My son lives on in my heart, in my soul, in the memories of our family and friends and in the work of me and his Daddy,” she wrote.“We will always love him and miss him. My butterfly is gone, but never forgotten, no matter how many days go by,” she wrote.The emotional tribute prompted thousands of Twitter users to like and retweet her posts.Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., responded, writing “I bet those were the best 2,473 days of your life (or anyone’s who was blessed to know your beautiful son).”“We will never forget the Dylan you’ve shared with us or the courage you show every single day to make sure one day, no mother will ever have to experience this,” wrote Swalwell, who made stopping gun violence a significant part of his short-lived presidential bid.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Father’s harrowing tale puts hotels’ liability in spotlight

first_imgA lawsuit accuses the Lexington Hotel of negligence for failing to act in emergency (Credit: iStock)David Johnson was in Central Park on a Sunday afternoon this spring when his daughter called from her room at the Lexington Hotel to say goodbye. She intended to commit suicide.According to Johnson, he frantically called the hotel 11 times before someone picked up and heard his warnings — and when he arrived at the front desk, he found no action had been taken and was advised to wait his turn.Lexington Hotel at 511 Lexington Avenue (Credit: Google Maps)It got worse, as described by Johnson’s lawsuit against the hotel, part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Staffers who finally took Johnson to his daughter’s room had no key and tried to open the door with a hanger. Half an hour passed before they got in and found Johnson’s daughter unconscious, her legs turning blue and a plastic bag over her head.Emergency responders were able to revive his daughter, but Johnson sued for “severe emotional distress.” Representatives for the hotel, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, did not respond to requests seeking comment.The case raises the issue of what responsibilities hotels have beyond providing traditional services to guests.“The hotel can’t just bury its head in the sand,” said Richard Roth, Johnson’s attorney. “They have an obligation to the public.”Generally speaking, hotels can be liable for exposing guests to reasonably foreseeable safety risks — such as a break-in when security is lax or faulty construction. This month, a lawsuit was filed against another New York hotel after a 3-year-old guest ate medication left by a previous guest.Tara Devine, partner at Chicago-based Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, noted that a hotel’s duty to a guest could kick in during an emergency, raising the question of whether staff was adequately trained.“If there was a fire in the room, would it have taken them that long to respond?” she asked, referring to the 30 minutes Johnson claims it took to get into his daughter’s room.Under common law, businesses can also be found liable for failing to act when notified of imminent danger that could result in serious injury or death. Johnson’s lawsuit seems to hinge on this. The complaint describes the hotel’s response as “outrageous” and going “beyond all possible bounds of decency.”If the case goes to trial, a six-person jury would determine what damages, if any, are due Johnson. For it to survive a motion to dismiss, Johnson’s attorney would likely have to show the hotel had a duty to respond to his warnings, Devine said.“There are certain things a hotel is expected to do to protect its guests,” said Stefan Savic, a partner at Shipkevich. “Duty toward guests doesn’t really matter here because the father is not a guest.”He added, “Up to the point the father alerted them, I don’t think the hotel did anything wrong.”But that changed when Johnson called the hotel, he said. Businesses typically have some responsibility to react to an emergency on their property, Savic said. An onsite superintendent of an apartment building, for example, would likely have similar obligations if notified about a tenant in peril, said Robert Fellows, managing partner at Fellows Hymowitz.Once informed of danger on the premises, there’s an expectation that the hotel should respond, he said.“At that point, it’d be irresponsible not to act,” said Fellows. “Although there’s no contract between the hotel and the father, there’s a duty to act.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Barneys’ lights still on, but workers left in dark

first_imgEx-Barneys CEO Daniella Vitale (Credit: Getty Images, Google Maps)As Barneys rushes to liquidate its assets, the fate of its employees is uncertain. And they are not happy about it.According to the retailer’s bankruptcy filing, despite $4 million in severance pay obligations, the company only has $2 million available to pay its employees, the New York Times reported. Now, staffers say they have experienced a deterioration in the working conditions at the stores and missed paychecks blamed on a “cyber incident,” according to the newspaper.The New York luxury fashion retailer was recently sold in two parts for $270 million to brand merchandiser Authentic Brands Group and B. Riley.Brick-and-mortar retail has seen a string of store closures and bankruptcies. Barneys, for decades a hallmark of New York’s once-thriving luxury retail scene, filed for bankruptcy in August of last year after a huge rent increase at its flagship store. Daniella Vitale, the company’s chief executive officer, jumped ship soon after to become chief brand officer of jewelry retailer Tiffany & Company, after earning $1.3 million in compensation between August 2018 and July 2019. [NYT] — Georgia Kromrei This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

To live and bribe in LA: The sweet past and sticky present of Carmel Partners

A photo illustration of Ron Zeff and Jose Huizar (Credit: Desiree Stone/Getty Images, and iStock)Is Carmel Partners a cartoonishly nefarious developer or merely an opportunistic one caught in the wrong place at the wrong time?The company made headlines in June for its possible role in the development-tied criminal enterprise that Los Angeles City Council member Jose Huizar allegedly ran. That audacious scheme has been called “the largest corruption scandal in recent L.A. history” by California Common Cause director Jonathan Mehta Stein.Federal prosecutors say Carmel’s role included giving Huizar $125,000, and seeking to provide opposition research on two female Huizar staffers who had filed sexual harassment suits against the elected official.ADVERTISEMENTCarmel has been an influential presence on the L.A. development scene for years, and like many other developers tackling projects in gentrifying neighborhoods, has attracted its share of foes.“They have been screwing over communities for years with mega, market-rate projects,” said Damien Goodmon, director of the transportation and racial justice nonprofit Crenshaw Subway Coalition.Some who have worked with Carmel, however, say the company is the target of a witch hunt.“They were victimized by the process of dealing with Huizar, and now they are being victimized again by the ‘cancel culture’ disruption of their projects,” said one real estate attorney close to City Hall.The developer’s future may be tied to Huizar’s, as the former councilman and DTLA kingmaker faces his criminal trial next June in federal court.In the meantime, Carmel is still doing a lot of business in the city. The company declined to comment for this story.To better understand Carmel’s rise and spectacular fall, The Real Deal stitched together a timeline of its major projects, milestones and controversies.1996: Ron Zeff, a former executive at real estate investment and development firm Trammell Crow, incorporates Carmel in San Francisco. (Zeff remains the company’s CEO.)In a world where the investment landscape may vary our integrity never will.Carmel Partners’ mottoMarch 2012: Carmel announces it has raised $820 million through a real estate discretionary investment fund, Carmel Partners Investment Fund IV. The firm declares: “The fund will focus on value-add multifamily properties in supply-constrained markets with high barriers to entry.”Neils CotterCarmel also names a point person for the L.A. market: Neils Cotter, formerly head of L.A. acquisitions at Matteson Companies and an ex-Air Force captain. Remember that name.June 2012: Carmel makes its first big acquisition in the city, paying $63 million for a 130,000-square-foot site at 770 S. Grand Avenue in DTLA. It plans a residential development with 700 units, at the time a record for the neighborhood.October 2012: To ensure one of its initial L.A. projects gets just the right roof deck permit, Carmel hires a seasoned city hall lobbyist, John Thomas “Tombo” McCarty.From then until now, Carmel hires lobbyists on 36 different occasions, according to the city’s Ethics Commission data portal. In a 2016 lawsuit against Carmel, Friends of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative estimates the developer spends $180,000 a year on city lobbying.Carmel’s 770 South Grand Avenue mixed-use development, which includes a Whole Foods. (Credit: Google Maps)November 2015: Whole Foods anchors Carmel’s 770 S. Grand Avenue project. The developer says its luxury apartments (rents for a studio start at $2,000 a month) are filling up — and filling a void in downtown.“We think that there is a lot of demand, with a low number of high-quality apartments in the marketplace,” Dan Garibaldi, Carmel’s managing partner for development and construction, tells Downtown News.May 2016: Carmel’s first brush with public controversy. The City Council’s Planning Land Use and Management committee — chaired by Huizar — passes the developer’s plan for a project called Cumulus, located at 2231 S. La Cienega Boulevard in West Adams.Carmel buys the parcel for $111 million, and plans to build a 2 million-square-foot development with over 1,200 units.But after the project receives city approval, Friends of the Neighborhood Integrity Initiative and Crenshaw Subway Coalition sue Carmel.The groups are upset Carmel wants to build a 31-story residential tower on a block whose tallest building is four stories. Another point of contention is that Carmel doesn’t set aside units for low-income residents in a working class, Black and Latinx area.“Cumulus demonstrates beyond any doubt the corrupting influence that developers seeking to maximize their ability to construct ever larger projects have on the city’s land use and planning process,” the lawsuit states.But the project does receive support.“To have a developer willing to come in, I think it’s fantastic,” Denise Edwards of the Baldwin Hills Village Garden Homeowner Association tells the Los Angeles Times.“If it raises our property values, great. Hallelujah.”March 2017: As the Cumulus litigation winds through the courts, Carmel pays $49 million for land at 11222 W. Pico Boulevard in Sawtelle.The acquisition is a bet Carmel can do what the seller, Beverly Hills developer Alan Casden, could not do — overcome fierce opposition to a mixed-use development that exceeds local zoning restrictions. Carmel proposes 595 residential units and 15,000 square feet of retail. They call the development Linea.Rendering of Carmel’s controversial 520 Mateo Street Arts District project (Credit: Department of City Planning)Meanwhile, the developer is also drawing up the fateful 520 Mateo Street Arts District project, a 35-story tower with 475 “live/work” apartments and 105,000 square feet of retail.Note: The above mentioned projects are the biggest Carmel L.A. developments TRD knows about. There could be other developments, because Carmel — like most developers — uses LLCs that shield its identity. And L.A. City Planning, which reviews and approves all new real estate developments, acknowledges it does not track the “true owner” of each project.Former Carmel lobbyist Morris GoldmanWhich means there could be more Carmel projects the city is now reviewing but does not know those projects belong to the developer. Said one real estate attorney: “The situation is beyond the pale.”June 2017: Facing a lawsuit over Cumulus, possible opposition regarding Linea, and the need to get the Arts District tower approved, Carmel lobbyist Morris Goldman meets with Council member Huizar, according to a plea deal Goldman later reached with federal prosecutors. Goldman says Carmel will give $50,000 toward a political action committee whose true purpose is to raise money to help get Huizar’s wife, Richelle, elected to succeed her husband on the Council.Richelle HuizarSeptember 2018: Goldman, Huizar and an unnamed company executive at Carmel commit to give another $100,000 to the Richelle Huizar PAC, and fund opposition research on two former female employees who accused Jose Huizar of sexual harassment, according to the federal indictment handed down against Huizar in June.In exchange for the cash, Huizar would beat back opposition from organized labor, environmental groups and neighbors to the Mateo Street Arts District project. He would ensure Carmel only had to set aside 6 percent of units as affordable housing instead of the previously agreed upon 11 percent.According to the Goldman plea agreement, potentially using union labor would have “negative repercussions for the executive personally, including the potential loss of his job.”October 16, 2018: The moment of truth. Huizar holds a planning committee meeting where the Mateo Street project is the final item on the docket.Members of the public speak out against the project, noting it is over 30 stories tall on a street where no buildings rise higher than four stories (sound familiar?).“This project is egregiously out of scale with the buildings surrounding it,” testifies Kristina Kopp, an attorney for Arts District residents Steven and Carol Warren.Carmel’s Neils Cotter — we told you to remember that name — calls the development process a “journey” and vows the site will provide “high-quality space for artists.”Huizar and other Council members do not engage the commenters. The committee unanimously approves the project, and the full Council greenlights it two weeks later.An FBI agent, when authorities raided L.A. Council member Jose Huizar’s home in 2018. Agents also  served warrants on the councilman’s field and City Hall offices. (Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)November 7, 2018: Federal agents raid Huizar’s home and office, investigating whether the Council member sought bribes from real estate developers. Huizar is removed a week later from all committee assignments, including Planning Committee chair.January 9, 2019: Carmel announces a $1.28 billion multifamily fund with public pension employees the biggest investors in the fund.April 17, 2019: A California Court of Appeals sides with Carmel in the Cumulus project, ruling the city presented enough evidence that the project was worth amending zoning and planning guidelines for.Carmel subsequently announces an anchor tenant for Cumulus — another Whole Foods.December 4, 2019: The City Council passes a law banning direct contributions from developers to candidates for city office.Before the ban, Carmel provided $6,400 total to candidates running for City Council between 2013 and 2017, including $2,100 to Huizar.The direct contributions are a small fraction of what Carmel spends on lobbying, or what it allegedly spent on the Richelle Huizar PAC.“Under the Supreme Court Citizens United decision, the city cannot do much to regulate independent expenditures,” said Sean McMorris of Southern California Common Cause.“Short of regulating PACs, disclosure is the cure,” McMorris said. “But it can be a shell game of moving money between LLCs on the donor and recipient side of an expenditure.”June 16, 2020: Carmel announces pre-leasing will begin in September at the 300-unit rental at the center of Cumulus. The units feature “built-in wet bars, full-height wine refrigerators” and an “ultra-modern vibe,” according to Carmel’s press release.Linea also begins residential and retail leasing.June 23, 2020: The FBI arrests Jose Huizar at his Boyle Heights home. The indictment released in tandem with the arrest is the first implication of Carmel in the Huizar probe.July 2, 2020: Carmel releases a statement: “The members of the executive and management committees of Carmel Partners did not knowingly participate in any pay-to-play scheme outlined in the U.S. Attorney’s charges against Mr. Huizar.” The statement notes though that the firm “placed the Carmel executive mentioned in the complaint on administrative leave. There are a number of concerning allegations that require investigation.”Carmel has declined to name the executive.But an email left with Cotter bounced back with the message he is on leave, and Cotter’s listed company phone number is disconnected.L.A. City Attorney Mike FeuerAugust 6, 2020: City Attorney Mike Feuer proposes an ordinance empowering the City Council to rescind approvals on projects when evidence later comes to light of corruption. Nixing a project previously approved would require a two-thirds Council vote.The City Council also places a “hold” on the Mateo Street project. The decision comes after federal prosecutors announce a plea deal with Morris Goldman, the Carmel lobbyist, on one count of felony bribery.August 18, 2020: Residents of Los Feliz file an appeal with the City Planning Commission. It is over Carmel’s latest project: a proposed eight-story, 153-unit residential complex at 4649 Maubert Avenue that the Planning Commission approved Aug. 12.“The proposed project – with a smidgen of affordable housing units, and a height that would exceed anything in the surrounding area — isn’t designated for the benefit of our community, but is being used to mine the city for profitable land-use entitlements,” the appeal states.“The applicant for the project, Carmel Partners, has been identified as part of the bribery scandal involving members of the City Council,” the appeal goes on to note. “This fact alone should have put any approvals on permanent hold.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now read more

“Hat-trick guy” – Sander Sagosen: Gold for Norway, EHF CL crown in Paris

first_imgWORLD HANDBALL LEFT BACK 2020? Related Items:Sander Sagosen Sander Sagosen is HP World Handball Player 2020 powered by NBSC EGYPT 2021: Marzo and Sagosen lead TOP scorers’ list ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsThree years in a row, Norwegian superstar Sander Sagosen, conquered handball world by votes of handball journalists and fans all around the globe. The 22-years old playmaker, ex-star of Danish Aalborg and future one of PSG Handball, made a hat-trick in contest for the SportHero Young World Handball Player which is perfect conclusion of the first part of his career before trip to the City of Light. He speaks for Handball-Planet.com.First of all, I am very happy to be able to win it for the third time. My first part of career have gone too fast. These three years in Aalborg were amazing for me. I have learned so much and got a lot of responsiblity on the playing court. Of course, I met a lot of good people.The first big event in new Olympic cycle (WCh 2017 in France) put light on your generation. Beside you, Remili, Fabregas, Janc, Tollbring, Nillsson and Co, became world-wide famous. How do you see their progress, and maybe, from your point of view, could you praise and predict a big career for some other young gun, which name wasn’t under media (journalists) radar?Yeah, It was a great tournament for me and Norway, but also other young players. For example, you have a player like Nedim Remili, who is already one of the best lefthander back players in the world. I don’t have such a good overview apart those guys who are in media, but in Norway, we have a lot of good right backs like Tønnesen, Tangen, Reinkind and Magnus Rød. The last one, Magnus, I think he will be really good.Starting a few years ago, a lot of handball people compare you with Nikola Karabatic by calling you “baby Karabatic”. Most people expect from you to lead world’s handball like Nikola did it during almost whole career. Is it tough to has that on your back?It’s a big honour for me to be compared with big players like him. I am taking it as a compliment for the work. That is a huge motivation for me to work even harder. I want to have successful career, just he has.Probably you faced already with a question “Why Sander goes to Paris in a moment when Karabatic and Hansen are still in the power and will be in upcoming years based on their ages?”. How this look like from your point of view?Decision to go to Paris and play with the best world’s players on daily level will bring the last piece in my game. I will learn from the ones, who have gone the same way as I am going now. And, of course, I will fight in my way for more time on the playing court. I want to be a part of the team who will win EHF Champions League, and PSG is the team who always going for it. When PSG Handball come in the line, then it was easy for me to decide, where I will set my future.Norwegian national team “exploded” under Christian Berge, but also with some new generation of the players. You won first medal in France and it is not tough to predict that you will win some more in the future as part of TOP 4-5 of world’s handball. About what you are dreaming now?Silver medal winning in France was a great moment of my career. I hope that Norway is a little bit more famous after our success in Bercy (laugh). My dream is to win the EHF Final4 with PSG, but also to bring Norway to gold medals in upcoming competitions. That is why I work for every single day and hopefully, it will come true.You got tough group for Men’s EHF EURO 2018 with France, Belarus and Austria. Crossing with Group A where are Croatia, Sweden, Serbia and Iceland is even more serious. If you want to go to semi-final, world champions or TOP quality host have to be out. Where is the place of Norway in January?Norwegian team has showen that is able to beat anyone. Despite tough group, we are really good team in this moment and we are aiming for semi-final in Zagreb and to win more medals. We have fair chance for it – concludes Sander Sagosen.PHOTO: France 2017 Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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