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Danny Cipriani Wonder Pass Blows Spectators Away

first_img Pass master: Danny Cipriani of Gloucester passes the ball, watched by Piers Francis The pass may remind some of Finn Russell’s sensational effort during the most recent Six Nations, against England. Russell gifted Huw Jones with a beautiful pass that eventually led to a Sean Maitland score. The pass was particularly noteworthy, as it was a standout moment in a thrilling Calcutta Cup win for Scotland.You can remind yourself of that brilliant moment below: Lovely pass x— Chris Cusiter (@chriscusiter) September 1, 2018 Gloucester’s new star fly-half wowed viewers with this incredible pass This moment from Cipriani will rightly garner a lot of attention, though, as it is the first significant act of his stay in Gloucester. What a way to endear yourself to the faithful Shed Heads!The fly-half was hurled into the spotlight this summer after a nightclub incident in Jersey while on a team trip with Gloucester. He later pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest at Jersey Magistrates’ Court. His club stood by him, but the RFU drew criticism for calling Cipriani in for a further disciplinary hearing.However, when he provides magical moments like this pass against Saints, there is every reason to focus on his rugby. And as you can see, his pass is one we will be talking about for the next week… Oh my pass @DannyCipriani87 @btsportrugby— Jim Hamilton (@jimhamilton4) September 1, 2018 What a pass that was from Danny Cipriani…— Josh Gardner (@joshgardner) September 1, 2018 Holy crap that is a fantastic pass. Nicely done @DannyCipriani87— Al Charron (@TheBlade27) September 2, 2018 Gloucester went on to win the match 27-16.Understandably, the sumptuous play had pundits, ex-players and fans alike praising the England fly-half. A gnarly old game, lit up by a shaft of light from Danny Cipriani. Ridiculous pass. Saints frustrated by familiar failings. Conceded 16 penalties.— Nick Mullins (@andNickMullins) September 1, 2018We’re only one week into the Gallagher Premiership. There is a lot more rugby ahead. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Danny Cipriani Wonder Pass Blows Spectators AwayGloucester Rugby signed Danny Cipriaini in the summer just for moments like this. Near the end of the first half, with Gloucester holding a narrow lead over Northampton Saints at 14-11, advantage was given to the Cherry & Whites. Cipriani, with space opening up on his right, floated a sensational pass into the path of Charlie Sharples, who ran in the score.Watch it here: Let’s hope it is a season full of flashy and classy moments like this!Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Ken Scotland, the Lion with a romantic touch

first_imgBeing capped by Scotland ticked off one of the three ambitions he had when leaving school. The others, both also happily achieved, were to pass a Latin exam so he could get into Cambridge and to marry his sweetheart Doreen.Life aim: marrying Doreen on Easter Monday 1961, almost seven years to the day after their first dateHe and Doreen have moved around a lot, Scotland’s career in management consultancy – often centred on improving factory productivity – taking him to various locations in England’s East and West Midlands, and to County Down, before he returned north.On being posted to Aberdeen, he played for the Aberdeenshire club and for North Midlands for seven seasons, a period that coincided with him losing his Test place to Stewart Wilson.He retired from first-class rugby aged 33 in 1969 but, with sons playing at Heriot’s, he started refereeing and joined the Heriot’s FP committee. He was chairman of selectors in 1976-77 and used to have selection lunches with club captain Andy Irvine.Scotland was still playing a bit of social rugby in the mid-Seventies and in one game against Merchiston Castle School came up against a young scrum-half called Roger Baird, later an international winger. The opposition in Scotland’s very first game in senior rugby, at the 1955 Kelso Sevens, had included Baird’s father, also called Roger.Robbed! Scoring v NZ Maoris on the 1959 Lions tour – it was wrongly disallowed for a ‘knock-on’ (Getty)Scotland’s work career, including several years looking after a castle on the Isle of Arran for the National Trust, makes interesting reading. Not least when Neil Armstrong arrived by helicopter for a look-around – the astronaut had Scottish roots in Langholm. Today Ken and Doreen live in retirement in Edinburgh, where Ken watches club rugby most Saturdays.He says that backs in the Sixties had no incentive to pass the ball because of the laws. In the aftermath of the infamous Scotland-Wales game of 1963, the one cited as having 111 lineouts, he was asked to write an essay for a journal. He reproduces it in his book and it details how rugby lost its way from 1950 to 1965, as the equilibrium between backs and forwards tilted too far towards forwards. The result was years of defensive, negative rugby.Specialisation among forwards took away the uncertainty of who would win the set-piece contests – with a knock-on effect on how sides set up. “It became virtually impossible to start a handling movement directly from a scrummage or lineout,” he writes.His remedies for the space-starved modern game are equally engrossing, so much so that RW contacted him for an article that is published in our forthcoming February 2021 issue. Scotland was pottering about in the garage, busy as always, when we called him.BUY NOW from AmazonKen Scotland: The Autobiography is published by Polaris, RRP £17.99. Give it a read. Ken Scotland, the Lion with a romantic touchYou’re never too old to write your memoirs, as Ken Scotland has shown. Born a couple of weeks after Jesse Owens was winning all those gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the now 84-year-old Scotland has penned his autobiography – without recourse to a ghostwriter – some six decades after the high point of his distinguished rugby career.The Scotsman was 22 when he departed for the 33-match, five-month 1959 Lions tour of New Zealand, Australia and Canada. He was to play five of the six Tests, four at full-back and one at centre, and was named as one of the five Players of the Year in the NZ Rugby Almanack.Scotland kept a diary of the tour and records its highs and lows with assiduous attention. The Lions averaged five tries a game and, despite little meaningful second-phase ball to play with, their Test back-line forged a reputation as one of the best of all time.Scotland, 5ft 10in and 11st 2lb, was pivotal to the Lions’ exploits, not least because of a versatility that saw him occupy every position behind the scrum except wing. Former Lions captain Arthur Smith rated him the best passer of a ball he ever played with, while Tom Kiernan, the 1968 Lions skipper, called Scotland the finest player of his generation.Small wonder: Scotland (front row, second left) in the Heriot’s School first XV team photo of 1952-53He was a creator, not a finisher, and racked up 27 Scotland and five Lions caps before retiring from international rugby at the age of 28. “He played classical rugby with a romantic touch,” says veteran journalist Allan Massie in the foreword.Scotland’s book charmingly evokes the days of old when young men had to do two years of National Service, and a pie and pint in the NAFFI cost seven and a half pence. There’s no tittle-tattle; in fact, the only discordant note that springs readily to mind is a “decidedly frigid” relationship with next-door neighbours in Berwickshire.Scotland was educated at George Heriot’s School and as a player modelled himself on Irish great Jack Kyle, who he watched in the flesh just two or three times (there was no TV).His other sporting hero was Godfrey Evans, the Kent and England wicketkeeper, and Scotland was later to play for his country at cricket. He once hit scores of 136 and 138 in the space of two days in senior club cricket.Army detail: on parade with the Duke of Edinburgh and some serious top brassHe was still a schoolboy when he helped Scotland beat England 29-3 in an age-grade International at Richmond, having a hand in all five Scottish tries.It was the only time he played on a winning side against England, the biggest regret of his career. Perhaps most painful was a 3-3 draw in 1962, when he missed a couple of kickable penalties near the end that denied the Scots a Triple Crown.His Test debut came in Paris in 1957, when he played at full-back despite almost no experience in the position. His usual role was fly-half but that spot was filled by Micky Grant, the regular full-back for Harlequins. Such were selectorial whims at that time!Scotland hadn’t kicked for any of the representative teams he’d played in since leaving school, yet was appointed goalkicker on his debut. He had a pretty average game but slotted the points in a 6-0 win – he was up and running. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS More than 60 years after starring for the Lions, the former Scotland full-back remains as sharp as a tack. Rugby World laps up the wisdom found in his recent autobiography Cambridge blue: Ken Scotland dashing down the flank during the 1958 Varsity Match at Twickenham TAGS: Book Review Can’t get to the shops? 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Free Market Warrior to speak in Apopka

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSNORWF Previous articleHealthy Eating for Dogs: How To Read the Nutrition LabelNext articleHow youth team sports are shaping kids’ and teens’ values on and off the field Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Loren Spivack, aka The Free Market Warrior, will be the speaker at NORWF’s January Luncheon and MeetingLoren Spivack “The Free Market Warrior” was born and raised in Massachusetts and spent most of his adult life in New York City. Before becoming active in politics, Spivack worked for several non-profits and as a management consultant for both profit and non-profit companies.Spivack founded Free Market Warrior in 2009 in an effort to make a positive difference in American politics and economics.His Free Market Warrior store was expelled from Concord Mills Mall in North Carolina in July of 2009 for selling material critical of the Obama Administration. (Mall owners, Simon Property Group, are major Democratic donors.) Since then Loren has devoted his time to teaching conservative groups about free market economics. He conducts “Economic Literacy” seminars across the United States. So far, Spivack has delivered his famous seminar on “Economic Literacy” to over 200 groups in 20 states.Spivack is also the author of “The New Democrat” a parody history of the Obama administration, based on a famous children’s book. With pitch-perfect rhyme and clever illustrations, “The New Democrat” transforms the political personalities of our times into cartoon characters in a conservative morality play.Spivack’s second book “The Gorax” is an anti-environmentalism/pro-capitalism parody starring Al Gore and presenting his movement as a threat to American freedom and standard of living. Once again Spivack is both funny and poignant as he makes the case that capitalism (represented by the “Onepercentler”) is the real victim of environmental extremists who destroy prosperity without achieving even their own goals. Along the way, Spivack takes well aimed shots at everything from “The Fed” to the teachers unions. “The Gorax” came out on July 1, 2013.Mr. Spivack lives in Massachusetts with his wife and 3 of their 6 children (the other three having grown up.) You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here 1 COMMENT Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated Lunch Meeting is January 19, 2017, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, at Apopka Golf & Tennis at Errol Estate, 1355 Errol Parkway, Apopka, FL 32712. Cost is $20.00 (includes lunch) with reservation and $25.00 without a reservation. Everyone is invited to attend. There is limited seating so please make your reservation now. Deadline is January 16. For more information and reservations, please contact Joyce Hayward at 904-315-2535 or email [email protected] Reservations can also be made on our website at This is the first I have ever heard of this guy. Please enter your name here Mama Mia LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 January 14, 2017 at 9:16 amlast_img read more

Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce

first_img SHARE Previous articleBayer to Sell Liberty Crop Protection to Gain Monsanto Takeover ApprovalNext articleJune USDA Farmer Survey Begins Soon Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – May 8, 2017 Recent heavy rains across much of the state have resulted in widespread ponding and flooding in fields. This creates challenges for farmers growing produce for fresh consumption because of the potential for the introduction of contaminants into growing areas. With proper management, however, many of the risks introduced by flooding can be mitigated.“Growers who have water-covered fields should first determine if it is the result of pooling or flooding,” said Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension food safety educator. “Pooled water, generally more common than flooding, accumulates in lower areas of the field or between rows, especially if raised beds are used. Flooding originates from an uncontrollable source such as a river or creek.”Pooled water can cause damage to crops but generally carries less risk for microbial contamination than flood water, Monroe said. When dealing with pooled water, growers should consider whether or not the water is contacting the edible portion of the crop, how long the water was pooled, previous soil amendments, and whether or not the pooled water has resulted in increased wildlife activity in or near the affected area.According to Amanda Deering, clinical assistant professor with Purdue Extension, fields that have experienced flooding present growers with difficult management choices.“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers food contacted by flood water to be adulterated and not fit for human consumption,” Deering said. “Due to microbial and other concerns, produce cannot be harvested and sold into the public food supply once it contacts flood water.”In cases where flooding occurs in or near the crop but does not contact the edible portion of the crop, FDA guidance states that growers should, “Evaluate on a case-by-case basis for the likelihood of contamination.”Produce growers who experience flooding in their fields should first document the extent of the flooding with photos, flags, or other markers. This will ensure that the flooded area remains defined after flood waters have receded. Growers should also remember that flood water may contain chemical contaminants, in addition to human pathogens.“If at all possible, flooded fields should be planted with agronomic crops this season,” said Monroe. “However, on smaller and non-diversified farms that may not be a viable option.”If it becomes necessary to plant produce in flooded fields, growers should leave fields undisturbed as long as possible. Research performed at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center in 2015 indicated that leaving fields undisturbed might be the best way to encourage die-off of flood-deposited bacteria on soil surfaces.“At a minimum, fields should be allowed to dry thoroughly and should receive several days of intense sunlight before any tillage operations take place,” Deering said. “This may mean changing planting plans so that previously flooded fields are reserved for late crops.” Growers should also consider using flooded fields for produce that is seldom consumed raw, such as pumpkins or sweet corn. These commodities are generally cooked prior to consumption, which introduces a kill step and significantly reduces microbe populations.Growers should also pay close attention to water sources, as they can become contaminated by flood water. Wells used to supply water for production or post-harvest should be tested for generic E. coli prior to use. While microbial risks are often the focus when dealing with flooded fields, growers should remember that flood water may contain other contaminants.  Always seek technical advice before investing in tests for non-microbial contaminants.In cases where only part of a field is flooded, growers should take steps to minimize cross-contamination into the rest of the field.“Growers should leave a buffer zone of at least 30 feet between the flooded and non-flooded parts of the field,” Monroe advised. Other tactics to avoid cross-contamination include avoiding travel through flooded field sections to access non-flooded sections, using equipment in non-flooded areas prior to flooded areas, thoroughly cleaning equipment after use in flooded areas, and using boots and gloves while working in flooded areas.Produce growers who have additional questions concerning management of fields following a flood should contact Monroe at the Southwest Purdue Agricultural Center at 812- 886-0198 or Deering in the Department of Food Science SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce Purdue Extension Provides Tips for Flooded Produce Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

RSF asks ICC to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico

first_img The secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Christophe Deloire, met with Mexican Undersecretary of Human Rights Alejandro Encinastoday in Mexico City and informed him that RSF has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico from 2006 to 2018. to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Stressing RSF’s deep concern about the continuing frequency of murders and abductions of journalists in Mexico, one of the world’s most dangerous countries for the media, Deloire urged Mexico’s authorities to quickly implement an ambitious plan for combatting impunity for these crimes and to respect Mexico’s international obligations as regards the protection of journalists. Help by sharing this information Organisation Prepared jointly with Propuesta Cívica, RSF’s Mexican partner organization, the request identifies 116 crimes of violence against journalists – 102 murders and 14 enforced disappearances – that were related to the victims’ journalistic work. The submission argues that they constitute crimes of humanity as defined in article 7 of the Rome Statute establishing the ICC. MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression The many murders and abductions of journalists who try to inform the public about organized crime, corruption and collusion between crime cartels and officials – crimes of deadly violence that take place against a backdrop of passive complicity on the part of the authorities – must be regarded as crimes against humanity. VINCENT JANNINK / AFP Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeDisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression After the meeting with the president, Deloire held a press conference together with RSF Latin America bureau director Emmanuel Colombié, RSF Mexico representative Balbina Flores and Propuesta Cívica director Sara Mendiola to explain the importance of an emergency plan for the safety of journalists in Mexico. “President López Obrador’s term of office must see in-depth reforms that make it possible to combat impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and to improve the efficacy of the Mechanism for Protecting Journalists in the most problematic states, so that journalists can work freely and provide the news coverage that Mexican citizens and the country itself need,” Deloire said. Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index.center_img April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on Mexico Reports RSF urged the president to refer the situation in Mexico to the ICC himself, in order to be able to count on its analysis and its help with implementing an emergency plan for the justice system. News RSF told Encinas that it hoped that its submission to the ICC and its request for a preliminary investigation by the ICC prosecutor into the situation in Mexico would serve to support the new Mexican administration’s efforts to combat impunity, inasmuch as international justice can complement national justice. News Deloire told Encinas that RSF submitted a formal request to the ICC yesterday, asking it to investigate the crimes of violence against journalists that took place during the terms of Mexico’s two preceding presidents, Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018). May 13, 2021 Find out more March 13, 2019 RSF asks ICC to investigate crimes of violence against journalists in Mexico News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policieslast_img read more

Copies of the Akhbar Al-Youm seized

first_img RSF_en April 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Copies of the Akhbar Al-Youm seized News Help by sharing this informationcenter_img The security forces reportedly seized copies of the Akhbar Al-Youm, Al-Oula and Al-Shari’ independent dailies, attacking the driver of the vehicle carrying the newspapers. Organisation last_img

Man Accused of Truck Attack on Protesters in Pasadena Arrested in Federal Weapons Case

first_imgPublic Safety Man Accused of Truck Attack on Protesters in Pasadena Arrested in Federal Weapons Case Suspect used family vineyard in Lodi ‘as a training camp to prepare to engage in civil disorders,’ feds say By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 5:28 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Female Celebs Women Love But Men Find UnattractiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 32 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe A truck narrowly misses demonstrators at Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena on May 31, 2020. (Credit: Pasadena Now/James Carbone)A San Marino man awaiting criminal proceedings after he allegedly attacked a group of protestors in Pasadena in late-May was again arrested Wednesday in connection with a federal case related to illegally obtaining and transporting guns, authorities said.Federal agents arrested Benjamin Jong Ren Hung, 28, on charges of conspiracy to transport firearms across state lines and making a false statement in acquisition of firearms, according to U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Ciaran McEvoy.The case stems from his arrest on May 31, following the alleged truck attack on demonstrators who were protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis at Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, according to Pasadena police and federal prosecutors.He drove a large 4×4 truck adorned with a Colonial American Flag and a Gadsen Flag emblazoned with a snake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me” as he skidded through the intersection, narrowly missing dozens of protesters, police said at the time.Officers soon found the truck and arrested the driver, later identified as Hung, on suspicion of assault.Police noted at the time that a loaded handgun was recovered from his truck. He was released on a $30,000 bond pending legal proceedings.Local prosecutors filed a count of carrying a loaded firearm in public against Hung on Aug. 13, and an arraignment date was scheduled for Sept. 29, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.The handgun ultimately led to further investigation, and the new federal case, officials said.Additionally, investigators found “multiple high-capacity magazines loaded with ammunition, an 18-inch machete, $3,200 in cash, a long metal pipe, and a megaphone” inside the truck, McEvoy said in a written statement.FBI agents determined Hung had obtained the gun from a friend in Oregon, who had acted as a so-called “stray buyer,” authorities allege.“When the friend purchased the firearm, he falsely represented that he was the actual transferee of the gun, rather than Hung,” McEvoy said. “Hung and his friend then allegedly conspired to transport the firearm to California, where Hung kept the firearm at his San Marino home prior to bringing it to the May 31 demonstration.”Hung is further accused of purchasing at least three additional guns in Oregon, then transporting them to California.“He also allegedly amassed other firearms and tactical equipment from suppliers throughout the United States and used his family’s vineyard in Lodi, California as a training camp to prepare to engage in civil disorders,” McEvoy said.Hung made his initial appearance in federal court in Los Angeles Wednesday, where a judge ordered him held pending a bail hearing on Monday, according to the DOJ. He was scheduled to appear for an arraignment on Oct. 15.If convicted as charged, Hung could face up to five years in federal prison.last_img read more

No new Covid-19 deaths as 252 new cases are confirmed

first_img Facebook Kilkenny21106.8106 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Offaly<5119.393 Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Laois<557.949 No new Covid-19 deaths as 252 new cases are confirmed An additional 252 cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed this evening, with no new deaths.It brings the total number of cases to 70,711, and the total number of Covid related deaths to 2,022.13 of the new cases were in Donegal, where the 14 day incidence rate has dropped to 227.4, compared to a national rate of 108.7.Meanwhile, 280 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the North over the last 24 hours.There have been 3 additional deaths.The death toll now stands at 936, while the number of Covid 19 cases has exceeded 50,000 in Northern Ireland for the first time. Kildare683.6186 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 2,022 reflects this.**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 70,711 confirmed cases reflects this.Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 22 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) By News Highland - November 23, 2020 Longford<597.940 WhatsApp Google+ Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has been a total of 2,022* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight, Sunday 22nd November, the HPSC has been notified of 252 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 70,711** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today:124 are men / 128 are women65% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 34 years old88 in Dublin, 26 in Cork, 21 in Kilkenny, 16 in Louth, 16 in Mayo with 85 spread across another 20 counties  Donegal13227.4362 Wicklow665.393 As of 2pm today 289 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 33 are in ICU. 11 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community. Twitter Previous articleEvening News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday November 23rdNext articleDL Debate – 23/11/20 News Highland Monaghan5114.070 Westmeath<5112.7100 CountyToday's cases (to midnight 22NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (09NOV2020 to 22NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(09NOV2020 to 22NOV2020) Ireland252108.75,177*** Homepage BannerNews Leitrim<565.521center_img Louth16211.8273 Sligo576.350 ***101 of these cases arose in October. These account for less than 2% of cases over the last 14 days and their impact on current incidence will be accounted for in all relevant calculations. Twitter Wexford<536.154 Carlow075.543 Limerick12195.0380 Cavan<595.873 Kerry660.389 Waterford<5155.8181 Meath<5124.6243 Dublin88119.01,603 Tipperary<588.4141 Roscommon<5158.0102 Cork2681.6443 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Clare<585.8106 WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Mayo1688.9116 DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Galway563.6164last_img read more

Looking back on the “toughest woman in real estate”

first_imgCecilia Benattar (Photo courtesy Simon Benattar)Women who have smashed through the glass ceiling in New York real estate may have Cecilia Benattar to thank. By her mid-30s, Benattar had earned her stripes by playing a key role in the development of Midtown’s iconic General Motors Building. And she pulled off the feat back in the 1960s, when women in offices were often employed as secretaries.“She would never take no for an answer,” said Simon Benattar, 56, one of Benattar’s four children. “She would walk through walls, and nothing could stop her.” Benattar’s path to success in New York City real estate was a bit roundabout, and her style a bit unconventional. Stories at the time described her toughness and quirkiness. The England native had a knack for negotiation, a superstitiousness about the number 13 and an obsession with the symbolic properties of the color green. Fueling her dealings was a no-nonsense style. Indeed, business lunches were a “waste of valuable time,” she told Life magazine in a 1965 profile that dubbed her the “toughest woman in real estate.”“My strategy and words are like a man’s, but I can show warmth and disappointment, which in a man would be thought weak,” Benattar told Life. “But I never cried to get anything in business, and I never intend to.”A rapid ascentBorn Cecilia Rickless in 1931 in Manchester, England, she grew up in a working-class family, Simon said. Her father was a botanist who scraped together a living from selling plant-based medicines at markets. As a student, Benatar struggled with math, she later told interviewers, and needed a calculator for problems others could do in their heads. But that didn’t hamper her interest in business — one of her early hobbies was pretending to invest in the stock market. She earned a scholarship to the London School of Economics and graduated at the top of her class in 1954, Simon said. And in 1955, she married Jack Benattar, an architect.Around that time, she met Max Rayne, the newly installed head of investment firm London Merchant Securities. Benattar was working for a shelving company, and despite having no real estate experience, she pitched Rayne a deal and asked for a job, according to Vicky Ward’s “The Liar’s Ball,” a 2014 book about the GM Building. Rayne agreed, and, in 1957, Benattar and her family moved to Toronto, where she took over as the chief executive officer of London Merchant’s U.S. division. It was in Toronto that Rayne and Benattar, along with New York developer William Zeckendorf, hatched the plan to construct a new headquarters for General Motors on Fifth Avenue and 58th Street. It was up to Benattar to convince the manufacturing giant not only to relocate its Eastern headquarters from 1775 Broadway, but also to become a joint partner on the $90 million endeavor.At one point, according to family lore, Benattar filled a room with strangers when meeting with the General Motors board of directors, to make it seem like she had a larger, and more powerful, operation than was the case. But Benattar still had ways to go before making the GM Building a reality. The McKim, Mead & White-designed Savoy-Plaza Hotel had to be demolished to make way for the white-marble office tower — a move that was met with outrage by locals. And before knocking down the storied hotel, the English-accented, 5-foot-2 executive had to evict hundreds of residential tenants and personally fire all of the hotel’s staff, according to Life. Upon the building’s completion in 1968, rents typically started at about $7 a square foot for non-GM tenants, according to Ward, or about double the typical office rents in Midtown at the time. And Benattar would not give an inch in negotiations, according to Geoffrey Wharton, a former lawyer at the firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges, which was an early tenant in the building and one that’s still based there today. In “The Liar’s Ball,” Wharton recounted that Benattar said: “I allowed you the discretion of the color of the ink. Beyond that, I wasn’t interested in your comments.”Unusually, Benattar hired ex-convicts for the building’s security officers, as she firmly believed in offering people a second chance, Simon said.Benattar’s office, whose centerpiece was a rosewood desk, sat on the building’s 33rd floor overlooking Central Park, Simon said. That floor is now part of Weil, Gotshal’s sprawling multi-floor footprint, as The Real Deal reported.In 1971, General Motors bought out London Merchant’s half of the building in a deal that valued the property at $120 million, according to news reports. The building has since changed hands a number of times, and landlords have included Corporate Property Investors, Conseco and Donald Trump, Harry Macklowe and a group led by Boston Properties, which owns it today.Winding downIf Benattar was shrewd in the boardroom, she could also be quirky. Superstitious about the number 13, she refused to close any deals on the 13th day of any month, she told Life. And she was obsessed with the symbolic properties of the color green, adding that she didn’t feel comfortable unless her homes were decorated in that hue.Those homes included a six-bedroom Modernist retreat on the waterfront in Rye, New York, designed by Edward Durell Stone (the same architect who worked on the GM Building). Sold by the Benattar family in the 1980s, the house most recently traded for $2.15 million, in 2015, according to public records. The family also kept an apartment at 100 West 57th Street, in the Carnegie House co-op. Cecilia Benattar with her son, SimonBenattar seemed to deftly juggle her work with domestic life. When her children were young, she always ate dinner with her family, according to profiles written about her, before heading out to work again. In addition to Simon, her only son, she had three daughters with Jack: Naomi, Jessica and Judith. She later married attorney Michael Schwartz and acquired a stepson, David. (Today, Simon invests in properties in Harlem and Brooklyn by way of Sugar Hill Investment Partners, where his stepbrother, David Schwartz, is a managing partner.)Although the GM Building was ultimately a success, there were setbacks in Benattar’s New York career. She attempted to mimic her block-clearing approach in the late 1960s, when she tried to empty out apartment buildings controlled by London Merchant at West 55th Street and Sixth Avenue to make way for a 38-story, 800,000-square-foot office spire.But in 1971, the city denied a zoning change to Benattar because the office market was so soft, officials had said, and housing was a better use of the property. For her part, Ward suggests that Benattar didn’t get the permit she needed because she didn’t donate $100,000 to a campaign being run by Mayor John Lindsay. Subsequently, Benattar proposed an apartment building for the Midtown site. But lawsuits from about 80 tenants who didn’t want to move stymied the plans. London Merchant paid some tenants more than $30,000 (more than $130,000 today) apiece to vacate, according to the New York Times. The project lost too much money and was ultimately abandoned. “We bought at a time when we were considerably more optimistic about the future of New York than we are now,” Benattar told the Times in 1975. In the same interview, she railed against high real estate taxes and rent regulation. By that point, her office, which had 20 employees in 1971, had just six, the newspaper reported.Today, 101 West 55th Street (at Sixth Avenue) is called Claridge’s and is a red-brick luxury rental with 160 one- to three-bedroom units, where rents start at $3,000 a month.Second fiddleBenattar, who divorced Jack in the early 1970s before marrying Schwartz, decamped for Toronto again.There, she worked to assemble the high-profile downtown site for the Sun Life Centre office complex. Similar to her GM building endeavor, she had to clear out an old hotel, the Lord Simcoe Hotel, and purchase air rights. The office complex opened in 1984.In the early 1980s, Benattar began intermittently working with longtime friend Paul Reichmann, whose development firm Olympia and York firm built Manhattan’s World Financial Center (now called Brookfield Place). Reichmann brought Benattar on as a consultant when he built London’s high-rise Canary Wharf financial district.Eventually, Cecilia founded a firm called NIOT Investment Holdings — an acronym for “Now It’s Our Turn,” Simon, who would later join his mother at the firm, said Cecilia had grown tired of playing second fiddle at large corporations. The duo served as consultants, developed condos and invested in real estate until the early 1990s, when Simon bought out his mother’s share, he said. In New York, in addition to working with Sugar Hill, NIOT functions as a mortgage lender today. Around that time, Benattar began spending more time in Florida. Years later, en route from Florida to California, she suffered a heart attack on a plane, prompting it to make an emergency landing in Dallas, Simon said. She died there, on Dec. 10, 2003, at age 72, and is buried at Pardes Shalom Cemetery, in Maple, a Toronto suburb.Oddly, no newspapers ran an obituary at the time, though that in many ways typified how Benattar lived her life, Simon said.“She was very, very low-key, my mother,” Simon said, adding that just 25 people attended her funeral. “She never wanted recognition for all her accomplishments.” Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Autumn optimism at Clive Emson

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Autumn optimism at Clive Emson previous nextAgencies & PeopleAutumn optimism at Clive EmsonThe Negotiator21st November 20160551 Views Clive Emson Auctioneers sold land and property worth £16.5 million at its September sale, with a catalogue of 138 lots achieving a 75 per cent sale rate.Managing Director James Emson said, “Our excellent results emphasise just how important it is to offer lots right across the range. With demand remaining strong, particularly among investors, and the market buoyant due in part to record low interest rates we are now offering clients even more ways to buy and sell.”Highlights included £1.25 million worth of Isle of Wight property; a former music venue, the Beacon Court Tavern in Gillingham, Kent, which sold for £370,000 and a fire-devastated terraced house in Rye, Sussex, went for £122,000.The Old Brewery in Dawlish, Devon, with residential conversion consent, smashed sold for £146,000, and in East Cornwall a cottage needing improvement, but in a four-acre riverside setting, attracted a buyer at £340,000.Clive Emson also launched a new digital service to complement the firm’s live auctions. Lots are sold upon the ‘fall’ of the electronic gavel, with bids placed online. Sellers pick a reserve price, a finishing date and time which suits them.James said, “There can be no doubt that the wind is strengthening with online property, so it makes sound sense to increase our share of the digital market while continuing to grow our popular live auctions.”live auctions Clive Emson Auctioneers digital service November 21, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more