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first_imgAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited is a real estate company incorporated in Mauritius. The company is the first pound dominated Global Business Licence company to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited invests in high quality, investment grade real estate assets and companies which deliver solid returns for investors through both income and quality growth. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited is listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange as well as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

first_imgLucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.last_img read more

first_imgThursday Sep 5, 2013 Richard Buckman flick pass sets up great try for Hawkes Bay Hawkes Bay claimed the highly sought-after Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 44 years when they beat Otago 20-19 in a great game in Dunedin last weekend. They scored two electric tries, the first of which came about through a superb offload. Otago claimed the Shield by beating Waikato in Hamilton just nine days earlier, but their defence didn’t last long. They had last held it in 1957, so the pain of losing it in front of a 20 000 strong crowd in Dunedin will last for some time to come.They did have a good chance of snatching the win, but flyhalf Hayden Parker’s dropgoal attempt was charged down in a dramatic end to the match.It’s now all about the Magpies, who themselves hadn’t won it since 1969. Their first defence takes place this coming Saturday at McLean Park, where they face Counties Manukau.Ihaia West scored a brilliant individual effort to push the score out to 20-9, while earlier Telusa Veainu scored after a well executed flick by Richard Buckman. He ran around Tom Donnelly then offloaded to flyer Gillies Kaka, who did the rest to set up Veainu. “It’s an amazing feeling, it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” said 21-year-old West. “You couldn’t hear anything with the crowd. The boys just managed to pull through and I’m stoked we could do it.Hawkes Bay Airport was packed with fans to greet the triumphant side, and the streets of Napier were lined with thousands to welcome them home with the coveted Log O’ Wood.Hawkes Bay actually held the Shield for 21 defences in the 1960’s, so we can expect Saturday at McLean Park to be a massive occasion as Counties do all they can to topple the new holders. Below is the first try with Buckman’s wonder flick, and you can view the West effort on page twoFormer Baby Black star Ihaia West’s outstanding effort against OtagoADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

first_img As the official statistics continue to conceal the coronavirus epidemic’s real impact in Iran, the Iranian authorities are stepping up their harassment of journalists who are providing independent coverage of the spread of the virus and, in particular, the real number of deaths. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Receive email alerts News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more “Misinforming and harassing journalists who are providing information about the real situation in Iran will not help to combat the coronavirus epidemic, quite the contrary,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran desk. “The authorities must respect the public’s right to full, independent, diverse and quality news reporting, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. To protect the population, information needs to circulate properly.” Hamzeh Zare, the deputy prosecutor of the holy city of Qom, announced on 5 March that the person who shot clandestine video footage in the city’s morgue had been arrested and charged. The video, which has circulated widely on social media, showed the bodies of around 30 coronavirus victims, although the official number of deaths in Qom was much lower. News Organisation News In the capital, Tehran, four journalists who are active on social networks, including Mostafa Faghihi, the editor of the Entekhab news website, and the documentary filmmaker Hussein Dehbashi, were summoned by intelligence ministry officials and the prosecutor’s office for publicly casting doubt on official informational about the epidemic. Fardin Moustafai, the editor of a news channel on the Telegram instant messaging app, was summoned by the judicial authorities in Saqqez, in Kurdistan province, on 6 March and was charged with publishing figures contradicting official information about the epidemic’s progress in the province. Help by sharing this information Iran is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. March 13, 2020 Iranian journalists hounded for disputing official coronavirus figures Two days later, the head of the judicial system in Qom, Ali Mozafari, announced the arrest of a nurse in Qom who had posted information on Instagram about the real number of deaths and the lack of equipment in the hospital. He was released provisionally three days later. Follow the news on Iran RSF_en These latest cases of judicial harassment follow those already reported by RSF in February. RSF also already condemned the concealment of the facts about the spread of the virus in Iran. After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further News In almost all parts of the country, journalists and citizen-journalists have been summoned for questioning by ministry of intelligence officials or Revolutionary Guards after reporting information that contradicted official statements about the COVID-19 epidemic, and some have been charged with “spreading rumours.” IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersViolence March 18, 2021 Find out more In Rasht, one of the cities that has been hit worst by the epidemic, two journalists were summoned for questioning by Revolutionary Guard intelligence officials for publishing information about the chaotic situation in the city and the number of victims. One of the officials told them: “The country is at war and the publication of this information amounts to collaborating with the enemy.” IranMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesOnline freedoms ImprisonedCitizen-journalistsWhistleblowersViolence February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img WhatsApp By admin – June 18, 2018 Facebook Home Local News Big Bend brewers showcased on Vice’s Beerland series Previous articleDistinguished budget presentation awardNext article‘Life After Loss’ admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest OC employee of the year always learning Down next to Fort Davis and Alpine, and all around that intersection of art and culture that the city of Marfa has become, James Bailey knew there was something special worth sharing.So he was glad to help welcome visitors earlier this year, and to show off some of the sights and sounds of the area — and a taste of it, too.Bailey and other Big Bend homebrewers are set to be featured on the newest episode of Beerland, the series that proclaims to be part travel show and part brewing competition, airing on Vice media’s TV channel Viceland.The new episode centered on the show’s visit to Marfa and surrounding far West Texas is set to air Tuesday night at 10 p.m., and will be streaming on Viceland’s website after. 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School 1 of 2 ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasseroleFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay center_img Marfa’s Tatanka Guerrero, left, and James Bailey are depicted during production of the new episode ‘Beerland,’ which showcases homebrewers in the Big Bend area. Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Marfa’s Tatanka Guerrero, left, and James Bailey are depicted during production of the new episode ‘Beerland,’ which showcases homebrewers in the Big Bend area. Twitter 061818 marfa craft beer 02 Local News Big Bend brewers showcased on Vice’s Beerland series The show has traveled to as far as Hawaii and New York, and this season, made stops in New Orleans and in Pittsburgh before making it to the Big Bend area.“We’re very excited when anyone wants to showcase West Texas, especially this part of West Texas,” said Bailey, one of the brewers featured in the new episode.Bailey, who lives and works in Marfa, collaborated with his business partner Tatanka Guerrero to put together a homebrewed beer for the show, which is compared with a beer brewed by a group in the Davis Mountains area.At the end of each season, the show invites chosen brewers to Los Angeles for the finale, where a winner’s beer is picked to be distributed by Golden Road Brewing, which was founded by show host Meg Gill.“We care a lot about the community of Marfa and we wanted to showcase the community and the people that make things happen here,” Bailey said over the phone last week, talking about the West Texas episode. Bailey is the culinary director at Al Campo restaurant in Marfa, which is owned by Guerrero.“We wanted to really showcase the sense of community, and the food that we do have here in particular at the restaurant, and some of the history of West Texas,” Bailey added.Bailey said the show put out casting calls for the area a few months before filming, when Bailey and Guerrero decided to reach out.Guerrero opened Al Campo about a year ago, before Bailey joined the business about six months ago, Bailey said. Their collaboration in the kettle reflects their work there, he said.“A lot of our episode is more about a lot of the farm-to-table mentality and sourcing locally, and trying to build culture,” Bailey said. “That’s kind of where our story lies — and the combination of food and beer.“Our beer that we made was aimed toward something that you would want to drink and eat with.”Of course, it’s that kind of homespun focus on food, art and culture that’s made Marfa famous in recent years — and it’s probably why show producers chose to head to the tiny West Texas area among visits to major cities across the country, and probably why they’re coming back.Golden Road is hosting a viewing party for the new episode of Beerland at Railroad Blues in Alpine on Tuesday.“One of the main goals of Beerland is to examine the unique and diverse cultures that have grown up around homebrewing across the country,” show host Gill said in a statement about the West Texas episode. “Marfa is nothing if not unique, there’s no place else like it.“It’s bursting with creative, talented, and innovative homebrewers and I had to come see it for myself,” she said.Bailey said he thinks viewers who tune in to the episode should be able to see some of that for themselves.“I think maybe Marfa, for a lot of people in the area, has this reputation as kind of a stuck-up, artist, kind of cliquish community,” Bailey said. “Maybe some people will realize that there’s people here that are real down to earth, doing good, awesome, fun things.“We just want people to come here and have a good time. Nothing else really matters to us, as long as you have a good time while you’re here.”last_img read more

first_img WhatsApp MCLEAN, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– KLDiscovery Inc. (“KLDiscovery”), a leading global provider of electronic discovery, information governance and data recovery services, today announced that certain of its subsidiaries (such subsidiaries, collectively, the “Loan Parties”) have entered into a new secured credit agreement, dated February 8, 2021 (the “New Credit Agreement”), with Wilmington Trust, National Association and certain lenders which increases KLDiscovery’s loan capacity, lowers annual debt payments from $17 million to $3 million and terminates all lending commitments under its prior First Lien Credit Agreement , dated December 9, 2016, with Royal Bank of Canada (the “Prior Credit Agreement”). The New Credit Agreement provides for (i) initial term loans in an aggregate principal amount of $300 million (the “Initial Term Loans”), (ii) delayed draw term loans in an aggregate principal amount of $50 million (the “Delayed Draw Term Loans”) and (iii) revolving credit loans in an aggregate principal amount of $40 million (the “Revolving Credit Loans”). The Revolving Credit Loans represent an increase of $10 million over the prior revolving credit loans they replace. The Initial Term Loans and Delayed Draw Term Loans will bear interest at the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate plus 6.50% per annum, or with respect to Base Rate Loans, the Base Rate plus 5.50% per annum. The Revolving Credit Loans will bear interest at the Adjusted Eurocurrency Rate plus 4.00% per annum, or with respect to Base Rate Loans, the Base Rate plus 3.00% per annum. Rates are at the discretion of the Loan Parties. The Initial Term Loans and Delayed Draw Term Loans amortize at a rate of 1.00% of the aggregate principal amount of Initial Term Loans and Delayed Draw Term Loans outstanding, payable quarterly. This amortization rate is a significant improvement from the Prior Credit Agreement, decreasing from 5.00% in the Prior Credit Agreement to 1.00% pursuant to the New Credit Agreement. The Revolving Credit Loans, Initial Term Loans and Delayed Draw Term Loans are each scheduled to mature on the earlier of February 8, 2026 and six months prior to maturity of KLDiscovery’s convertible debentures due 2024. “We are pleased we are able to refinance our former debt with more favorable terms and financial covenants as we continue to strengthen KLDiscovery for the long-term,” said Christopher Weiler, Chief Executive Officer of KLDiscovery. “Lowering our annual debt payments significantly improves our annual cash flow.” About KLDiscovery KLDiscovery provides technology-enabled services and software to help law firms, corporations, government agencies and consumers solve complex data challenges. The company has 32 locations, nine data centers and 18 data recovery labs across 18 countries and is a global leader in delivering best-in-class eDiscovery, information governance and data recovery solutions to support the litigation, regulatory compliance, internal investigation and data recovery and management needs of our clients. Serving clients for over 30 years, KLDiscovery offers data collection and forensic investigation, early case assessment, electronic discovery and data processing, application software and data hosting for web-based document reviews, and managed document review services. In addition, through its global Ontrack Data Recovery business, KLDiscovery delivers world-class data recovery, email extraction and restoration, data destruction and tape management. KLDiscovery has been recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in North America by both Inc. Magazine (Inc. 5000) and Deloitte (Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500) and CEO Chris Weiler was recognized as a 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year™. Additionally, KLDiscovery is a Relativity Certified Partner and maintains ISO/IEC 27001 Certified data centers around the world. For more information, please email [email protected] or visit www.kldiscovery.com. This press release includes “forward looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements contained in this press release other than statements of historical facts, including, without limitation, statements regarding KLDiscovery’s future financial and business performance, attractiveness of KLDiscovery’s product offerings and platform and the value proposition of KLDiscovery’s products, are forward-looking statements. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside KLDiscovery’s management’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include: the ongoing impact of COVID-19, KLDiscovery’s ability to execute on its plans to develop and market new products and the timing of these development programs; KLDiscovery’s estimates of the size of the markets for its solutions; the rate and degree of market acceptance of KLDiscovery’s solutions; the success of other competing technologies that may become available; KLDiscovery’s ability to identify and integrate acquisitions; the performance and security of KLDiscovery’s services; potential litigation involving KLDiscovery; general economic conditions and cyclical nature of certain markets impacting demand for KLDiscovery’s services; KLDiscovery’s substantial levels of indebtedness; changes in complex laws and regulations in the U.S. and internationally; and volatility in the trading price of KLDiscovery common stock and warrants. These risks and other factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” section of KLDiscovery’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and any other reports KLDiscovery files with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements made by KLDiscovery or on our behalf. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. All statements speak only as of the date made, and unless legally required, KLDiscovery undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 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first_imgNews UpdatesDeadline For Income Tax Returns : Gujarat High Court Asks CBDT To Decide On Extension By Jan 12 Nupur Thapliyal9 Jan 2021 11:02 PMShare This – xA division bench of the Gujarat High Court comprising of Justice J.B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora on Friday directed Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) to take a decision by January 12 on the extension of filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Tax Audit Reports (TAR) for the annual year 2020-21. The High Court opined that the powers exercised by the CBDT are beneficial in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA division bench of the Gujarat High Court comprising of Justice J.B. Pardiwala and Justice Ilesh J. Vora on Friday directed Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) to take a decision by January 12 on the extension of filing of Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Tax Audit Reports (TAR) for the annual year 2020-21. The High Court opined that the powers exercised by the CBDT are beneficial in nature and therefore, it should exercise it for proper administration of fiscal law so that undue hardships is not caused to the taxpayers. The decision came after the Government had extended the due dates of filing ITR and tax audit reports after considering the pandemic situation.OBSERVATION OF THE COURT The bench while analyzing the issue relied heavily on Vaghjibhai S. Bishnoi v. Income Tax Officer & Anr. (2013) wherein the Gujarat High Court has held that the powers given to CBDT are beneficial in nature and are to be exercised for a proper administration of fiscal law so that undue hardships is not caused to taxpayers. The Court therefore directed the respondents to reconsider the issue and taken an appropriate decision by 12th January 2021. “The purpose is of just, proper and efficient management of the work of assessment and the public interest. One additional aspect that needs to be kept in mind before taking any appropriate decision that the time period of officials of tax department has been extended to 30st March 2021 having regard to the current covid-19 pandemic situation. If that be so, then some extension deserves to be considered in accordance with law. Let an appropriate decision be taken by 12th January 2021.” The order stated.On December 30, the CBDT had further extended the deadlines for various filings of returns under the Income Tax Act. The deadline for individual filings was extended to January 10. BACKGROUND OF THE CASE The petitioner, The All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants, approached the High Court seeking directions on Central Board of Direct Taxation (CBDT) to extend the date of filing the Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Tax Audit Reports (TAR) for the annual year 2020-21 to 31.01.2021 in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. According to the petitioner, the CBDT after analyzing the pandemic situation last year, extended the due date for filing the tax audit report from 30th September 2020 to 31st October 2020 for those assessees who had to get their books of accounts audited. Therefore, the prayer seeks direction on Union of India, Ministry of Finance to ask CBDT for extending the due date of filing the Income Tax Returns (ITR) and Tax Audit Reports (TAR) from 31st October 2020 to 31st January 2021 by exercising the powers under Sec. 119 of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The reason accorded by the petitioner in seeking the relief is that due to the pandemic condition and work from home guidelines, it was impossible for the Tax Practitioners to complete the audit work for the said period for issuance of certificate under Sec. 44AB of the Act within 30th October 2020. The following are the grievances of the petitioner: That the one month minimal extension provided for filing of ITR under sec. 139 of the Act is “meager” and therefore violative of Art. 14 and Art. 19(1)(g) for being ,manifestly arbitrary, discriminatory and unreasonable.That there is a duty upon Ministry of Finance to ensure that necessary utility for e-fling of the ITR is made available to various categories of assesses at the beginning of the assessment year so that the tax matters can be planned. STAND OF THE RESPONDENTS According to the respondents, the time limit of preparing the Tax Audit Reports was extended to 15th January 2021 whereas for filing of the ITR, it was extended to 15th February 2021 pursuant to the covid pandemic. This was done in three ways: The due date for filing income tax returns for 2020­-21 was extended vide the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020 to 30th November 2020 which was subsequently extended to 31.01.2021 for cases wherein tax reports had to be filed and for any other cases, the same was 31.12.2020.Since the date of filing tax audit reports was one month prior to due date for return, the due date of filing tax audit report was also extended to 31.10.2020 and thereafter extended to 31.12.2020.The due dates were further extended to 15.02.2021 for cases wherein tax audit reports were to be filed and 10.01.2021 for other case. It was thereafter submitted that the Government of India has been proactive in analyzing the pandemic situation however, because the ITR and tax audit reports are considered essential part of obligation of assesses, the same cannot be delayed indefinitely. According to the respondents, many functions of the income tax department begin only after the returns are filed by the assessee. It was also argued that it was from these tax collections especially in the times of pandemic that the Government could carry out relief work for poor and other health care facilities and any delay in the procedure would affect the collection of taxes and collection of revenue for Government.Case Name: All Gujarat Federation of Tax Consultants v. Union of India Date of Order: 08.0.2021Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

first_imgjurisam/iStockBy ADISA HARGETT-ROBINSON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The Environmental Protection Agency finalized rules Tuesday that would require water utilities to notify the public about possible lead contamination more quickly after detection and to replace lead service lines in what it says will be a more aggressive fashion — the first regulatory update in nearly 30 years.The updated lead and copper rule will require cities to replace 3% of lead service lines — the lead pipes connecting city water lines to people’s homes — yearly, as opposed to the previous requirements of 7% to be replaced each year, and accelerates public disclosure about the location of lead service lines.The new rule also mandates a shorter turnaround time for replacing contaminated pipes.EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the new rules will aid in better lead testing of water supplies, more lead pipe replacements and make more information on lead detection available to the public.“While the old rule, theoretically, included a 7% replacement rate, it was riddled with loopholes and off-ramps … we only saw 1% being replaced. With our new requirement of 3%, we’ll see three times the replacement rate under the old rule,” Wheeler said.Wheeler acknowledged that a lack of action has been an ongoing problem, saying that more than 14,000 water systems had enough lead in the water to require them to act, but only 1% of those cities have begun replacing the lead service lines.While the new rule does require faster notification to residents when lead is detected, critics pointed out it does not require cities to replace the pipes more quickly, saying the change does not do enough to protect disadvantaged communities impacted by lead exposure.The new measures were announced the same week the Flint City Council came to a $641M settlement with its residents after the lead-driven Flint water crisis, which Wheeler has said inspired the administration to tackle the problem of lead exposure through corroded water pipes.The Flint water crisis gained national attention in 2014 after changes to the city’s water supply and failures to treat it properly exposed the city’s population to drinking water contaminated with lead.In 2014, 51% of the city of Flint’s population was African American, which made up most of the residents effected by lead exposure as a result of the water crisis. Residents protested the water’s taste, color, and smell often, however, city officials declared the water was safe.A government watchdog report found that both the federal and state government failed to act quickly enough to protect the residents in Flint from lead exposure, which is toxic and especially harmful to children. Several activists and residents called the crisis and its handling “environmental racism.”Wheeler referred to the new rule as a “major capstone of the administration’s goal to remove lead.”Under the new rule, utility companies are now required to alert customers of high lead water concentrations within 24 hours of discovery — a significant change from the previous 30-day requirement.The new rules also mandates schools and child care centers be tested for lead, something not required under previous rules.Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson called that component of the rule “an incredibly important step toward guaranteeing safe resources for children all across the country.”Critics like former head of EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice Mustafa Santiago Ali said the new rule does not go far enough to protect children from lead exposure.“For the past two years, EPA Administrator Wheeler promised he would aggressively address lead exposure, a public health emergency that disproportionately impacts lower-wealth and African American, Latinx and Indigenous children. With the announcement of today’s rule, Wheeler proved he was never serious about eliminating a threat that impacts millions of children throughout the country,” Ali said in a statement.In a statement to ABC News responding to concerns over the new rules, the EPA said, “the new Lead and Copper Rule will improve children’s health by accelerating progress to reduce lead levels and remove more sources of lead in communities across the country,” It also said the rule will, “help communities locate and prioritize removal of lead pipes, the rule requires water systems to develop inventories of lead service lines and make their locations publicly available for the first time. It also requires more stringent sampling requirements to better identify high levels of lead and take action to address lead.”“EPA encourages systems to give specific consideration to prioritizing locations where susceptible populations are concentrated, such as child care facilities and where disadvantaged populations live because these populations may be more susceptible to the impacts of lead exposure, or may be more likely to live in environments with other lead exposure sources. EPA’s new rule strengthens every element of the Lead and Copper Rule to benefit children’s health regardless of zip-code,” the statement also read.According to the EPA, lead contamination in water can cause cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension. Decreased kidney function can create reproductive problems in both men and women.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention any amount of lead is unsafe for children and a study found 11.2% of African American children and 4% of Hispanic children suffer from lead poisoning.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgTagsCommercial Real EstateReal Estate and FinanceReal Estate Finance Williams told the publication that the firm is also upping its commitment to working with minority-owned real estate firms, with 10 percent of Cadre’s portfolio dedicated to those operators. He aims to eventually get that number up to 20 percent. He also aims to have between 5 and 10 percent of Cadre’s cash held at black-owned banks.Despite an early dip in revenue, and subsequent layoffs, the pandemic hasn’t had a huge impact on Cadre’s $3 billion real estate portfolio, which is largely made up of multifamily properties but also includes office and life sciences assets. For the multifamily properties it manages, rent collections stayed strong, averaging north of 96 percent between April and December 2020.[Forbes] — Sasha JonesContact Sasha Jones Message* Share via Shortlink Email Address*center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* Cadre CEO Ryan Williams (Getty, iStock)Real estate investing firm Cadre is making good on its previous promise to start a real estate fund targeting opportunities brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.The company is launching a new $400 million fund that’s meant to make it easier for individual investors, financial advisors and institutions to invest in real estate, according to Forbes.“I believe we are entering a period that will potentially be a once in a lifetime opportunity to invest in attractively-priced properties,” Ryan Williams, the company’s founder and CEO, told the publication.Investors in Cadre’s Direct Access Fund must be qualified, but if they meet the conditions, they can buy in with minimum per-property checks of as low as $5,000. Since its 2014 founding, the company has distributed more than $168 million to its investors.Read moreJared Kushner’s plan to unload Cadre stake shelved by pandemicCadre’s new CRE fund will target opportunities emerging from pandemicCadre brings on former Four Seasons CEO as presidentlast_img read more

first_imgMarch 8, 2019 /Sports News – National US Women’s National Team sues soccer’s governing body for gender discrimination on International Women’s Day Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOmar Vega/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Athletes on the world champion U.S. Women’s National Team sued the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Friday for gender discrimination, blasting the sport’s governing body for allegedly paying mere “lip service” to gender equality and dishing out markedly more pay to the decidedly less successful men’s team.The scathing lawsuit, filed in California federal court on International Women’s Day, comes after years of public battles from the USWNT for equal pay and conditions and three months before the team is scheduled to begin competition at the FIFA World Cup, where they will be returning as defending champions.“In reality, the USSF has utterly failed to promote gender equality,” the lawsuit reads. “It has stubbornly refused to treat its female employees who are members of the [women’s national team] equally to its male employees who are members of the [men’s national team].”The USSF, the lawsuit claims, “has paid only lip service to gender equality and continues to practice gender-based discrimination against its champion female employees on the WNT in comparison to its less successful male employees on the MNT.”“Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts,” the suit says.“This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of the male players – with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions.”The U.S. men’s soccer team did not qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their best finish was third place — in 1930. The U.S. women’s team, on the other hand, has won the World Cup three times — in 1991, 1999 and 2015 — and the gold medal at the Olympics four times, most recently in 2012.The 28 members of the 2015 winning team are all named as plaintiffs, including stars Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd, and the suit requests class action status to represent players who have been on the team since February of that year.The suit seeks back pay including interest and benefits, damages, attorneys’ fees and other relief.The suit says that female players earned $15,000 for making the World Cup team in 2013. On the other hand, men earned $55,000 for making the team in 2014 and $68,750 in 2018.“The pay for advancement through the rounds of the World Cup was so skewed that, in 2014, the USSF provided the MNT with performance bonuses totaling $5,375,000 for losing in the Round of 16, while, in 2015, the USSF provided the WNT with only $1,725,000 for winning the entire tournament,” the lawsuit reads. “The WNT earned more than three times less than the MNT while performing demonstrably better.”The lawsuit cites not just pay, but also the denial of “at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment.”In 2015, athletes complained about playing conditions after Rapinoe tore her ACL during training on a grass field that was reportedly described as being in bad shape. U.S. Soccer then canceled a match in Honolulu as its turf was “not suitable.”That the women’s team, but not the men’s, was subjected to playing on turf fields was a regular issue between athletes and U.S. Soccer.In 2017, the women’s team reached an agreement with the USSF after filing a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over pay.The agreement included direct and bonus pay increases and per diems equal to the men’s team, according to ESPNW, as well as improved travel and financial support for pregnant or adopting players. It also included required improvements in National Women’s Soccer League standards.In February, the EEOC issued the soccer players a “right to sue,” the new lawsuit indicates, which is required to sue for discrimination under federal law.The USWNT is not the only women’s team fighting for equal pay and conditions. The women’s national hockey team has been on its own mission, following the soccer team and spurred by its victory at the 2018 Winter Olympics.Similarly, the WNBA and tennis players have also been making calls for equal pay, prize money, conditions and infrastructure.U.S. Soccer told ABC News it does not comment on ongoing legal matters.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Written bylast_img read more