first_imgJohn Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesBy KAROLINA RIVAS and ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Actress Lori Loughlin began her two-month sentence for her involvement in the so-called “Varsity Blues” scandal.On Friday, Loughlin reported to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Dublin, California, which is located just outside of San Francisco. It’s also the same correctional facility that actress Felicity Huffman served time in for the same scandal.Loughlin surrendered to authorities at FCI three weeks early after reaching an agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office and agreeing not to seek early release for COVID-related reasons.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, new policies are in place to contain the spread of the disease so Loughlin will spend her first two weeks in quarantine.“I can say that Lori does not have access to email or possibly even phone calls,” Jennifer Myers, a prison consultant, told ABC News’ Good Morning America. “She’s having meals sent to her, she’s in one room, one room with no other roommates, they can possibly go out a little bit on the rec yard for a few minutes but other than that, they’re basically on lockdown.” Myers was sentenced in 2005 to three years in a Federal Prison Camp for her participation in a marijuana trafficking ring, according to her biography. She served 17 months in prison and gave a glimpse into what she says Loughlin could be experiencing now during her own sentence. “The rules are a little bit more relaxed. She’ll probably be living with one other woman and that she will have a door that shuts,” said Myers. “There will be a TV room and she will have access to phones and email. And there is an outside rec[reation] area. She will have to get a job.”The Full House actress and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli entered guilty pleas on conspiracy charges to Judge Nathaniel Gorton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston in May. The couple, who made their court appearance via a Zoom video call, had been accused of paying Rick Singer $500,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits. Neither girl had ever rowed competitively. In pleading guilty, the couple dropped previous assertions that their payments were charitable and prosecutors had withheld exculpatory evidence. Giannulli is expected to begin his five-month sentence next month. Prosecutors have charged over 50 suspects, including parents and coaches, in the investigation that’s been dubbed “Varsity Blues.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgFull Name* Neil Shekhter (Shekhter by Kevin Scanlon; iStock)It’s official: The largest multifamily development opportunity in Santa Monica in a generation is now on the market.WSC Communities’ 23-parcel portfolio, entitled for the development of over 2,100 units and over 1 million square feet of residential space, is being billed by the brokers as a chance for a buyer to become the largest multifamily landlord in Santa Monica, controlling about 7 percent of the city’s market-rate inventory.WSC is controlled by the family of prominent Westside landlord Neil Shekhter, and led by CEO Scott Walter. Shekhter declined to comment. In December, The Real Deal first reported that WSC was testing the market for the portfolio.“Never has there been an opportunity to acquire a development portfolio of this size in Southern California, never mind Santa Monica,” state the marketing materials, which were reviewed by TRD. No pricing guidance was provided.The materials tout the project’s “reduced affordable component,” because many of the entitlements were secured before Santa Monica’s heightened affordability requirements were put in place.“If proposed today these projects would have to provide 30% on-site affordable housing or 35% off-site affordable housing,” the materials state, compared to the 20 percent requirement in place.The portfolio is also entitled for over 200,000 square feet of commercial space. The addresses include 1430 Lincoln Boulevard, 1325 6th Street, 1437 6th Street and 1318 Lincoln Blvd. All but two of the sites – 1520 7th Street and 3025 Olympic Boulevard – are entitled.A Walker & Dunlop team of Blake Rogers, Javier Rivera, Alexandra Caniglia and Hunter Combs is handling the sale.There were just $6.1 billion in total L.A. metro multifamily deals as of December 2020, according to Savills, down from $13.2 billion last year. Still, the portfolio in play here could upend the hierarchy among Southern California’s residential landlords: The entire city of Santa Monica has just under 37,000 rental units.Contact Hiten Samtani Email Address* Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsDevelopmentMultifamilyNeil ShekhterSanta Monica Message*last_img read more

first_img OSC Rendering (Credit: PRNewsfoto/King Salman Energy Park (SPARK)) Oilfields Supply Center Limited (OSC) has announced it awarded a contract for construction of their center in the kingdom with a total investment of $570M in King Salman Energy Park (SPARK). The creation of the OSC base will measure one million square meters and include multiple areas and zones. The center is critical to localize the full energy supply chain, enabling investors to supply to the broader region’s and gain maximum benefit from their presence at SPARK.Dr. Mohammad Yahya Al-Qahtani, Chairman of the Board of Directors at SPARK said: “Strategically located at the heart of the region’s energy market, SPARK is focused on providing investors with ease of access to the demand for energy good and services. The OSC supply base is a key component of this strategy to create a favorable environment for international and local companies as well as SMEs to accelerate the localization in Saudi Arabia. OSC is providing pre-built industrial solutions which de-risk the set-up phase for investors and give them flexibility to rent industrial facilities and workshops on demand in addition to providing a full set of supporting services. The base is expected to create thousands of jobs in the energy fields.”OSC Director and Corporate Affairs General Manger, Iqbal Mohammad Abedin, said: “Reaching this vital milestone has been the focus of all our efforts. It cements OSC’s commitment to realizing our business at SPARK and enabling local content for all companies wanting to do business in Saudi Arabia. We believe this builds on momentum and contributes to a vibrant and world-class ecosystem. We have previously seen significant interest from international companies and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and following the award we anticipate increased demand for our industrial facilities, with all phases of work to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2023.”Abedin added: “The creation of an oil and gas supply base on site at SPARK, the region’s only fully-integrated energy hub, is another example of how the project complements Aramco’s In-Kingdom Total Value Add (iktva) program, which encourages the development of a diverse, sustainable and globally competitive energy sector in the Kingdom.”SPARK is on track to become the leading energy-centric ecosystem in the world, offering a foundation upon which the sector can innovate and grow. OSC’s initial investment of $570 million is expected to contribute to further value creation, as it creates and maintains the oil and gas supply base and provides pre-built solutions for investors and partners of all sizes.With 80% of its first phase infrastructure development completed, SPARK is the first industrial city in the world to obtain LEED Silver Certification. Construction of the oil and gas supply base by OSC adheres to SPARK’s focus on sustainability and environmentally-friendly design and construction. The project draws green portfolio and experience of delivering engineering and design solutions, which aim to minimize the environmental impact of infrastructure development. Source: Company Press Release he center is critical to localize the full energy supply chain, enabling investors to supply to the broader region’s and gain maximum benefit from their presence at SPARKlast_img read more

first_img16 current and former BAME JCR presidents and one ball committee president have recreated the infamous 1988 Bullingdon Club photograph, shot on the Christ Church stairs.The 2018 photograph, entitled “Presidents of Colour”, was taken with the intention of emphasising Oxford’s progress in terms of diversity and access in recent decades.Photoshoot organiser and newly-elected Lady Margaret Hall JCR President, Joshua Tulloch, told Cherwell: “The Bullingdon Club is symbolic of the elitism which haunts Oxford University. In staging this photo we want to show that Oxford is no longer just for a white elite. It’s for everyone.”The photoshoot comes after news that 41% of Oxford colleges with JCRs will have a BAME JCR president next term.According to Tulloch, nine BAME students were elected this term as JCR president for the upcoming academic year, while four BAME students currently hold JCR presidencies until Hilary next year. This means that a total of 13 BAME students will hold JCR presidencies for the first term of next year, and at least nine students following that.This represents nearly half of JCR presidencies across the 31 Oxford colleges that have JCRs.The new JCR presidents at Worcester and New College, Ephraim Conteh and Kendya Goodman respectively, are each one of the two black students admitted to their respective colleges in the past two years.A joint statement sent to Cherwell, signed by 20 current and former BAME JCR presidents, stated: “We hope that it signals the beginning of real and meaningful change for BAME students at Oxford.”It continued: “Our election has been exceptional, but such positive representation is unlikely to continue without wholesale self-reflection on both a personal and institutional level from all members of the University, and an active, pronounced commitment from staff and students to making Oxford a safe and inclusive environment for all University members, irrespective of their race or ethnicity.” “The difficulties BAME applicants face in getting a place at Oxford and the representation of Black and minority ethnic students among the body of JCR Presidents are two separate issues which should not be conflated, so as not to use the latter to undermine the urgency and importance of the former.“It is intellectually dishonest to reduce the issues BAME students face at Oxford to a matter of access, as if once they arrive they are no longer imperilled by prejudice. Racism and discrimination are still significant problems within the student body which must be addressed if we are to transform Oxford into a genuinely welcoming environment for BME students.“Ultimately, we want our presence as JCR Presidents and this campaign to show any BAME sixth formers thinking of applying to Oxford that there is a place for you here, that Oxford is changing, and that you too can thrive here.”The newly elected presidents plan to work with the University and the SU “to ensure that our election is not perfunctory, but rather that it has genuine and positive consequences for BAME students at Oxford, and for any potential applicants.”To this day, the Bullingdon Club remains an invitation-only, all-male, and traditionally all-white drinking society. Its wealthy members are renowned for their extravagant banquets and destructive behaviour.The 1988 photograph became a symbol of Oxford’s entrenched elitism when it went public in 2010. Two of the posing members, Boris Johnson and David Cameron, were Mayor of London and Prime Minister respectively at the time of release.The following statement accompanies the BAME presidents’ photograph.If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what can these two pictures tell?In 1987, a photograph was taken. A photograph which embodied a world of inherited privilege, the excesses of elitism, and the exclusive structure of social and political power. An image that does not accurately reflect our view of contemporary British society.In 2018, we took a different photograph. A photograph which represents the victories borne out of an ongoing struggle, the opening of doors once firmly closed, and the growing commitment to diversity in the halls of power. It is an image that, we hope, signifies how far this institution has come in the intervening years, and anticipates the future progress yet to be made.BAME individuals comprise 41% of the 2018/19 cohort of JCR Presidents, despite only making up 17.9% of the UK-domiciled student population. We stand as testament to the individual and institutional recognition that diversity is not just inevitable, but also powerful and beneficial. It is evident from student-led access initiatives such as the Afro-Caribbean Tyler Prize and the African and Caribbean Society’s Access Programmes that there is a real, popular desire to effect structural changes in Oxford, and the results of the latest round of JCR elections – in which nine BAME presidents were elected – only serve to embolden our endeavour.The progress that we’ve made – as embodied by the changing faces of student leaders – is indeed heartening. But this by no means exonerates Oxford; it is still responsible for perpetuating structural inequalities. Nor does this absolve the education system of its role in systematically disadvantaging BAME and lower socioeconomic background individuals in their attempts to access a world-class education.However, we hope to show that, despite pervasive narratives, you too can be included in a space once defined by exclusion. Though we are few, our ambition is uninhibited; our drive, unsequestered; our aspirations, unrestrained.As Presidents of Colour, we represent how it is possible to thrive at Oxford. We show that if we are allowed to approach these dreaming spires, then we will climb to the very top. May the halls of power – once grey – be filled evermore with colour, diversity, and culture.#PresidentsOfColourlast_img read more

first_imgI have just returned from the Délifrance Sandwich World Cup Final (pg 4 and future issue) in France. It was sheer delight to hear French craft baker and chairman of judges Jean-Luc Pouvaran speak in passionate terms about mother doughs, the art of kneading and slow fermentation to produce great flavour – resulting in less need for salt.Then there are little extras such as the care he says is important when selecting ingredients. He chooses flours from one region, butter from another, olive oil another. Meanwhile, hazelnuts are sourced from Piedmont and water is filtered for the doughs.I asked him for one tip. “Before adding walnuts,” he says, “it is best to lightly grill them.”Sometimes we forget that craft bakers over here can be just as discerning, though fewer in number and receiving far less support from local communities.In the UK, businesses such as Greggs face totally different challenges (pg 4). The company’s dynamic record of success has to be maintained, but in light of recent results it is set to trial a number of changes from shop formats to longer opening hours. Sir Michael Darrington is very positive and sensible to opt for trials first. But with Food to Go a way of life, the longer hours could prove a success.I am delighted to learn that Glenn Bancroft of Bakesense has bought Oakdale Bakeries’ sites in Doncaster and Wigan – and saved 247 jobs (pg 5). I remember Glenn from his days at Asda when he was always excellent at new ideas, helping to drive the business forward. Now he is taking on the biggest challenge of his career and we wish him well.Talking of new challenges, have you ever thought of taking on sandwich chains such as Quiznos at their own game and franchising out your bakery? William Stephens of Dunfermline has done just that. Find out more on pg 18.And as we follow our two students on their trip to the Richemont School we share their joy in learning about the use of egg whites, gelatines, creams and alcohol (14).Speaking of alcohol, Grand Marnier is one product that suits ’indulgence’ products and treats to a T (pg 25) or should that be a tot?last_img read more

first_imgA new computer model that uses machine learning and de-identified and aggregated search and location data from logged-in Google users was significantly more accurate in identifying potentially unsafe restaurants when compared with existing methods of consumer complaints and routine inspections, according to new research led by Google and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings indicate that the model can help identify lapses in food safety in near real time.“Foodborne illnesses are common, costly, and land thousands of Americans in emergency rooms every year. This new technique, developed by Google, can help restaurants and local health departments find problems more quickly, before they become bigger public health problems,” said corresponding author Ashish Jha, K.T. Li Professor of Global Health at Harvard Chan School and director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.The study was published online Nov. 6 in npj Digital Medicine.Foodborne illnesses are a persistent problem in the U.S. and current methods by restaurants and local health departments for determining an outbreak rely primarily on consumer complaints or routine inspections. These methods can be slow and cumbersome, often resulting in delayed responses and further spread of disease.To counter these shortcomings, Google researchers developed a machine-learned model and worked with Harvard to test it in Chicago and Las Vegas. The model works by first classifying search queries that can indicate foodborne illness, such as “stomach cramps” or “diarrhea.” The model then uses de-identified and aggregated location history data from the smartphones of people who have opted to save it, to determine which restaurants people searching those terms had recently visited.Health departments in each city were then given a list of restaurants that were identified by the model as being potential sources of foodborne illness. The city would then dispatch health inspectors to these restaurants, though the health inspectors did not know whether their inspection was prompted by this new model or traditional methods. During the period of the study, health departments continued to follow their usual inspection procedures as well.In Chicago, where the model was deployed between November 2016 and March 2017, the model prompted 71 inspections. The study found that the rate of unsafe restaurants among those detected by the model was 52.1 percent compared with 39.4 percent among inspections triggered by a complaint-based system.Interestingly, the study showed that in 38 percent of all cases identified by this model, the restaurant potentially causing foodborne illness was not the most recent one visited by the person who was searching keywords related to symptoms. The authors said this is important because previous research has shown that people tend to blame the last restaurant they visited and therefore may be likely to file a complaint for the wrong restaurant. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):ExxonMobil expects investments in the global LNG sector to slow as the market works through a supply glut that has pushed prices to record lows, CEO Darren Woods told financial analysts during a Jan. 31 earnings call.“Investments in that space will probably slow,” Woods said. “Eventually, the demand will catch up to the supply and things will improve…It’s the same dynamic of capital-intensive long-cycle investments.” The CEO’s comments reflected an LNG market that has grown increasingly bearish for the near term because of weak winter demand for natural gas and the startup of new LNG export plants.Woods suggested there is a lack of urgency at his company to greenlight new LNG export infrastructure in the oversupplied environment and said new projects will have to compete within the existing portfolio. Responding to a question over media reports that negotiations broke down between Exxon and the Papua New Guinea (PNG) government over a key political agreement for a gas deal that the PNG LNG export project needs to advance to construction, Woods said there is no rush to develop the project, which used to have a target for a final investment decision, or FID, in 2020.The Platts Japan Korea Marker, the benchmark price for spot-traded LNG in Northeast Asia, hit a more than 10-year low when it dropped under $4/MMBtu on Jan. 23, according to S&P Global Platts. Margins have also weakened for selling spot LNG cargoes to Europe. In the U.S., the oversupply picture is spurring increasing concern that profits could weaken to the point that shipments from U.S. LNG facilities will be curtailed and send prices in the domestic market to uncharted lows.Woods did not specifically address the route the company would take to sanction multibillion-dollar LNG export projects. Exxon and Qatar Petroleum took a relatively novel approach when they commercially sanctioned the Golden Pass LNG project in Texas in February 2019. That was because the partners went forward without announcing any long-term off-take agreements for the project, which will be able to produce around 16 million tonnes per annum of LNG. Most developers have relied on long-term take-or-pay contracts to allow them to secure financing for their projects.Few backers of LNG projects in the world have deep-enough pockets to take this approach in advancing a project to construction. But some market observers have warned the approach could heighten the risk of overbuilding supply to meet an expected surge in demand in the mid-2020s. [Corey Paul]More ($): Exxon predicts waning investment in global LNG amid supply glut ExxonMobil’s Woods still betting on long-term growth in global LNG marketlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Suffolk County police officers with training in tactical medical response saved a woman who overdosed on heroin in Hauppauge Friday, police said.The MedCat (Medical Crisis Action Team) officers—Dennis Hendrickson and Kathy Cotter—responded to a call at a home on Wedgewood Drive at 2:30 p.m., police said, and found a man performing CPR on the 28-year-old woman while receiving instructions from a 911 operator.The officers were able to regain an airway and administered an overdose antidote called Narcan, allowing the woman to regain respiration and consciousness, police said.The unidentified woman was then taken to Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, police said.The Medical Crisis Action Team was created in 2008 and consists of patrol officers with training in advanced life support and tactical medical response, police said. They also perform regular patrol duties.last_img read more

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette teamed up against Unai Emery (Getty Images)‘With also some duals, you are different but competitive things between us.’AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked who was the best at paintballing, Emery replied: ‘In the last, [before] we finished, Lacazette and Aubameyang shooting me from five metres and hitting me.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I looked out through the face [goggles]… Laca and Auba…ugh!‘I received a lot of shots. Three days with bruises but it can happen.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Arsenal’s players and staff enjoyed a paintball session together (Twitter)Unai Emery has revealed that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette ganged up on him during Arsenal’s paintball session in January.Arsenal’s players and staff got together for a bit of team bonding after the 2-0 victory over rival Chelsea last month.But Emery admits he did not emerge unscathed as he was targeted by Aubameyang and Lacazette, who both opted to shoot the Arsenal boss from close range.‘Yes, I think it is good to go outside of here, be together and do something different,’ Emery told Soccer AM.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Unai Emery reveals Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette kept shooting him during Arsenal paintball session Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 2:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link804Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMike Densberger motored to a much-anticipated IMCA Modified feature win at Eagle Raceway Saturday evening. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (June 2) – Mike Densberger ended a too-long absence from victory lane at Eagle Raceway with Saturday’s Runner Freight IMCA Modified checkers.The fifth starting Densberger passed Mike Lineberry for second on lap three and grabbed the lead the next time around. Jordan Grabouski, who had to transfer through the ‘B’ feature took over fourth with four to go and vaulted into second after two more laps but didn’t have enough time to make a play for the front spot.“It’s been a long time, almost three years now. I knew there were a lot of fast cars behind me, so I wanted to get to the front and keep them behind me,” Densberger said. “It was a little rough to­night but after how much rain we got last night you couldn’t ask for a better track. We set the car up for it and she was a rocket tonight.”Shawn Harker won for the fourth time in five Purdue University IMCA Northern SportMod outings at Eagle this season, by all of 33/1,000’s of a second in front of Anthony Kobus.Roy Armstrong got the lead with four laps left and drove to the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock victory. In his third year in the class, Josh Young scored his first ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact win at Eagle.Joey Danley worked his way to the lead on lap five and led to the finish for this first IMCA Rac­eSaver Sprint Car victory of the season.One hundred and sixty cars were entered on Double Down Duel Night.last_img read more