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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell International Alliance Financial Leasing Co., Ltd. (HKG:1563), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’
See our latest analysis for International Alliance Financial LeasingInternational Alliance Financial Leasing Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CEO & Executive Director Luqiang Li for HK$501k worth of shares, at about HK$1.00 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (HK$1.30), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn’t tell us much about whether insiders might find today’s price attractive.
You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
SEHK:1563 Recent Insider Trading, September 13th 2019More
International Alliance Financial Leasing is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.Insider Ownership of International Alliance Financial Leasing
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. International Alliance Financial Leasing insiders own about HK$1.0b worth of shares (which is 53% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.What Might The Insider Transactions At International Alliance Financial Leasing Tell Us?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about International Alliance Financial Leasing. Looks promising! Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if International Alliance Financial Leasing is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
But note: International Alliance Financial Leasing may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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JP Morgan has created an index to track the effect of Trump’s tweets on financial markets: ‘Volfefe index’
President Donald Trump speaks as he receives a status report on Hurricane Dorian in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, September , .
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Donald Trump is tweeting more and it s affecting the bond market.
In fact, the president s market-moving tweets ballooned in August as he hammered China on trade and went after the Federal Reserve on interest rates.
In an attempt to quantify the impact of Trump s tweets on the bond market, J.P. Morgan devised a Volfefe Index to analyze how the president s tweets are influencing volatility in U.S. interest rates.
J.P. Morgan found that the index, named after Trump s infamous and still mysterious covfefe tweet, explains a measurable fraction of the moves in implied rate volatility for -year and -year Treasurys.
This makes rough sense as much of the president s tweets have been focused on the Federal Reserve, and as trade tensions are broadly seen as, first and foremost, impactful on near-term economic performance and, likewise, the Fed s reaction to such developments, wrote the authors of the J.P. Morgan report.
Trump s market-moving messages most often address trade and monetary policy, with key words including China, billion and products. These tweets are increasingly less likely to receive favorable responses, such as likes or retweets, from the president s followers.
Since his election in , Trump has averaged more than tweets a day to his nearly million followers —roughly , total over that period associated with his personal account, of which more than , occurred after the inauguration.
Out of about , non-retweets occurring during market hours from to the present, only moved the market.
Most of Trump s tweets come around noon to : pm, with a : pm tweet roughly three times as likely to arrive at any other hour of the afternoon or evening, according to J.P. Morgan s report.
Trump s : am tweets are also more common than : pm tweets, which can be a nuisance for U.S. rates markets, since overnight market depth tends to be thin.Trump is presumably asleep from : am to : am, according to the report, since there s a lull in tweeting activity during that time.
Days when Trump tweets a lot are also associated with negative stock market returns, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
While Trump s activity can disrupt markets with sudden attacks on China trade or the Federal Reserve, he has still been good for the stock market overall. The Dow is up % since the presidential election and % since his inauguration.
Trade talk, political campaigning and tweets have contributed to volatility, from China to Fed policy to tax policy, wrote the brokerage s chief equity strategist Savita Subramanian.
And new tariffs announced in August indicate downside risk to our EPS growth forecasts of +%+%, where indirect impacts from hits to corporate or consumer confidence could be significant.
WATCH: How JP Morgan Chase became the largest bank in the US
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The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III used his annual convocation speech at SUNY Old Westbury on Wednesday to touch on an unusual topic: mold.
The college’s president said students had raised concerns that the mold problem in residence halls, dating to at least last year, remained unresolved. But SUNY Old Westbury is taking steps to eliminate it, he said.
“Let me state clearly that I hear and understand your concerns,” Butts told several hundred students and faculty members gathered in the university’s athletic center. “I can’t stress enough how much we’d like to see this remedied as much as you.”
Some student activists said the problem persisted and had even resulted in the hospitalization of several undergraduates.
“It’s been really serious,” said Noa Caines, , a junior from Manhattan who set up a page about the issue. “We are trying to get the message out there in the most peaceful way possible.”
College officials said they knew of one student who went to the hospital for treatment for possible mold-related problems in August, and two last year. Butts said college officials had received four confirmed reports of mold issues from students during the summer and since students moved into dorms for the fall semester around Aug. .
“In all of these cases, we responded within hours and remedied the concerns immediately,” Butts told the crowd.
In an interview, he also said the college had been in touch with the New York State Department of Health and SUNY system state officials.
“They seem to feel that we have taken the proper measures and the condition has been remedied,” Butts said.
He and college spokesman Michael Kinane said steps taken include deep cleaning of the dorms with anti-mold materials, installation of commercial dehumidifiers, and cleaning of AC and heating units.
Caines was not convinced.
“It is really difficult because the school’s entire slogan is ‘Own Your Future,’ but it’s like how can you own your future if you are spending more time in the hospital than you are getting your education and getting your degree,” she said.
Butts praised Caine and others for speaking out. “For those students voicing their opinion today I applaud you for expressing yourselves,” the longtime civil rights leader said, noting, “I too come out of a season of protest.”
“Advocating for yourselves and for a change you think is needed are part of the spirit of this place we call SUNY Old Westbury.”
But Butts added, “If you are asking me to make mold not grow, well that is not within my power. What is in my authority is to try to make the conditions in our residence halls at least as not conducive as they can be to the mold. And I believe we have done and are doing that.”
Bart Jones covers religion at Newsday, where he has worked since , and is a former foreign correspondent for The in Venezuela.
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A judge under fire for releasing a man who allegedly attacked a woman outside her Embarcadero condo ruled Friday that the suspect must wear an ankle monitor.
The hearing Friday came after Mayor London Breed, Supervisor Matt Haney and others slammed San Francisco Superior Court Judge Christine Van Aken for releasing -year-old Austin James Vincent. He is suspected of attacking -year-old Paneez Kosarian as she entered her Beale Street condominium building Sunday.
The outrage from officials and the public came in the wake of a widely shared building surveillance video showing the attack. But Van Aken said Friday that the video hadn’t been submitted in court and she had not seen it when she ruled in the case. She saw it Wednesday on a TV in a restaurant.
“When I saw the video, I was frankly alarmed at the level of violence,” she said at Friday’s hearing. “It altered my assessment of the public-safety risk of this case. I take public safety very seriously.”
Videos are not typically played at arraignments, said Max Szabo, a spokesman for the district attorney’s office, adding that the algorithm used to assess whether a person might re-offend recommended Vincent stay in custody.
On Monday, Vincent pleaded not guilty to charges of false imprisonment, two counts of battery and attempted robbery. Van Aken ordered him into a pretrial diversion program that provides mental health services rather than keeping him in jail while awaiting his next court appearance.
Deputy District Attorney Edward Chang said his office didn’t provide the video as evidence at Vincent’s arraignment because they relied on the police report, which they felt was sufficient. Van Aken ordered the district attorney’s office to submit the video into evidence no later than Monday at noon.
While the video may have prompted Van Aken to re-evaluate Vincent’s case, she stressed that incarceration is not a tenable solution for treating the mentally ill. She added that she was “really glad” to hear that Vincent was responding well to treatment.
The ruling to release Vincent was over the wishes of the district attorney and Kosarian, who said that before the attack Vincent had talked about killing robots that wanted to take over the world.
Politicians were also upset about the decision to release Vincent.
“I think the court’s decision to release him while he awaits trial was clearly wrong,” Breed said in a statement Thursday. “This man needs to be receiving mental health services under observation, not back out on the street.”
Van Aken ordered Vincent to wear an ankle monitor at Friday’s hearing. She scheduled another hearing for Monday with the attorneys to make sure the monitor is added, and excused Vincent from appearing in court on Friday and Monday.
Vincent’s attorney, Deputy Public Defender Saleem Belbahri, objected to Van Aken’s decision to add the ankle monitor as a condition of his release, saying Vincent was “in a mental health crisis” at the time of the incident and that the judge shouldn’t be swayed by the “public pressure” the case has drawn.
The controversy over the attack and Van Aken’s original decision was seized on by opponents of the city’s under-construction homeless shelter on the Embarcadero. They have used the attack as fuel to continue to argue the Navigation Center should be stopped. The group, Safe Embarcadero for All, sued to halt the shelter and is awaiting the lawsuit’s resolution.
“Our streets are not safe, our homes are not safe,” said Wallace Lee, a member of the group, in a statement Friday. “The City wants more shelters when it cannot deal with the ones it has currently. Judges allow dangerous, most likely mentally ill and drug addicted homeless attackers back on to San Francisco’s streets.”
The district attorney’s office clarified Friday that Vincent was never released directly back on the streets, as many initially believed. It’s not clear if Vincent is homeless, but police said he has no known local address.
Szabo said Vincent had stayed one night at the Salvation Army and is now at the NoVA housing program, where he can come and go as he pleases. He has to check in three times a week in person with his case manager, Van Aken said. The program Vincent is participating in requires regular check-ins with a caseworker tasked with ensuring that he does not present a threat to public safety and that he makes his court dates.
“The pretrial diversion program has been watching him like a hawk,” said Szabo.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera criticized the district attorney’s decision to not present the video as evidence during Vincent’s arraignment.
“We now know from today’s court proceeding that the district attorney’s office … did not provide that key piece of evidence to the judge. That is information that should’ve been before the judge so she could weigh all of the facts in this case.”
Herrera also denounced what he called the public’s “rush to judgment” in condemning Van Aken’s decision to release Vincent.
Prior to becoming a judge last year, Van Aken was a prominent and accomplished litigator in Herrera’s office.
Van Aken also defended her original decision Friday. She said that because Vincent had only one conviction for petty theft in , she didn’t previously deem him a public-safety threat.
“Because of what I saw in the video, I do have some public-safety concerns now,” she added.
Dominic Fracassa is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Emily Fancher is an assistant metro editor. dfracassasfchroniclem, emily.fanchersfchroniclem
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OREM — With construction underway on a student-housing development adjacent to Utah Valley University, developers are facing higher costs after a referendum vote last year on whether the project could proceed left the facility s future in question.
Taylor Woodbury, chief operating officer of Woodbury Corp., said costs went up “dramatically” as a result of the delay.
“The referendum did do a lot of damage,” he said, adding that the delay made the project cost -% more. “It s made the project more difficult.”
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Nicholas Sarabria and other construction workers build a student housing complex next to Utah Valley University in Orem on Wednesday, July , .
The project was originally slated to break ground in , but after Let Orem Vote, a group of Orem residents who opposed the development, collected enough signatures to challenge the project s city-approved zoning change by putting it to a public vote on last year’s ballot, construction was delayed by a year.
Last November, Orem residents voted in favor of the development by a margin of , votes, according to a Utah County General Election summary report.
Woodbury said he’s dealt with neighborhood opposition on projects before, but not at this level.
“I think the biggest challenge we faced was really trying to combat the misinformation that was out in the community about the project,” he said.
He said it might take completing the project and getting students moved in to overcome lingering negative feelings.
“It s a great project. It s going to be really a positive thing, once we get it done,” he said. “I hope that we can win over a lot of people once they can see what it is they were scared about and see that it really isn t going to be that.”
Woodbury Corp. joins PEG Development as the project s developers, and the contractor is R&O Construction.
As construction is well underway on The Green on Campus Drive, construction crews have closed a road on Campus Drive — between UVU and the incoming student-housing development — to build an underground pedestrian tunnel.
PEG Development project manager Kyle Jardine said construction began in April, and the block s road closure is due to the construction of an underground pedestrian tunnel that will connect the complex and the campus.
The project, originally referred to as Palos Verdes, will include four five-story buildings to house students in , beds, and a parking structure.
The underground tunnel will eliminate the crosswalk that s been on the street and create a safer and more accessible pathway to and from campus, he said. The road will open again when school resumes in the fall.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Construction workers build a student housing complex next to Utah Valley University in Orem on Wednesday, July , .
The pedestrian tunnel is in the beginning phases of being dug out and ready to get formed and poured, he said.
He said construction has run smoothly since the project s groundbreaking in April. Crews are currently working on the foundations and footings of two buildings that will house students, as well as the parking structure that will provide more than , parking stalls.
Jardine said the first two buildings will open to students by fall . The other two buildings are anticipated to be completed by .
Having private developers build a student housing complex instead of the university allows universities to focus on education and not the management of the building, according to Woodbury, adding it could be risky for universities that might want to build a student housing development on their own.
“There are a lot of reasons why universities who aren t in the housing game currently shouldn t try to get into it and shouldn t assume that they re going to be expert managers of it,” he said.
Orem resident Mark Tippets, who led Let Orem Vote’s efforts to oppose the project, said he’s still concerned the development will increase traffic in the neighborhood.
He’s also concerned with UVU’s growing student population, which has topped , — the largest student population in the state — but has accepted that Orem residents have voted in favor of the development.
“It went to a vote of the people. They voted for it,” he said. “There s nothing else we can do, it s part of our landscape now.”
He said his group will continue to oppose high-density housing developments in Orem.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Construction workers build a student housing complex next to Utah Valley University in Orem on Wednesday, July , .
Cameron Martin, vice president of University Relations at UVU, called the student housing development a game changer for the university.
You go to some other college campuses and there are nooks of gathering place where students live, learn, work, play and that is what this development creates — a sense of community, he said.
Martin said research has shown that the more accessible services are to students, the better the retention and completion rates become — a big focus for UVU administrators.
He said opponents of the project have a wait and see attitude toward the project.
We continue to meet with the neighbors, and we will always meet with them when they have issues pertaining to our cohabitation … in the same neighborhood, he said. That commitment has never waned, nor will it.
Having worked as a former resident adviser at a nearby student-contracted housing complex, Wolverine Crossing, Taylor Bell, UVU’s student body president, said students have told him they are excited about the development, which he expects will attract freshmen.
“People are excited to have that proximity to campus,” he said.
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The closeness, he said, will ensure students will “get the full university experience” and could increase student attendance at after-school activities, lectures and sporting events.
Woodbury mirrored Bell s vision and said, currently, the average UVU student s commute to and from school takes half an hour, which could prevent students from going back to campus for an event.
It will be very transformative in getting people more involved in student life and activities around campus, Woodbury said.
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Basalt tiling in the tasting room comes from a river bed on the ranch, the remaining evidence of a river that flowed through the area , years ago. Thornley also repurposed excavated raw materials from the wine cave construction into a pair of -foot walls, made out of what looks like soil-turned-solid, that span the back of the Estate House. In the cave, a dome-shaped section was left unfinished, unveiling the stunning, red-orange rock into which it was dug.
“Our winemaking philosophy is to create terroir-inspired wines that tell the story of the vineyard they came from and the vintage year that they are grown,” says Hamel. “It made sense to us to make sure that flowed through the design of our Estate House, winery, and wine caves as well.”
Wine tastings at Three Sticks, located right off the Historic Sonoma Plaza, take place inside a Vallejo-Castanada adobe, the longest-occupied residence in Sonoma during California’s Mexican Period. In , years after the adobe’s initial construction by the brother of Sonoma’s founder, General Mariano Vallejo, Three Sticks proprietors Bill and Eva Price acquired the property and began the painstaking restoration process for their winery.
Preservation of the structure was their top priority, so they enlisted the help of many professionals architects, historians, archaeologists, etc. to ensure that the adobe’s historical integrity remained intact. A refuse site was discovered during this process and throughout several digs at this spot, they discovered artifacts that date back to the s—including bottles, porcelain plates, vessels, tools, and dolls—many of which are now on display at the winery. In the end, the adobe’s original walls, doors, knobs, roof, siding, and some historical plantings in the garden courtyard were preserved.
Three Sticks hired renowned San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk to transform the interior. The adobe’s living room is now a lounge, a former bedroom is the reception area, and the dining room is a tasting room. “We wanted an homage to the past, but not a false historical feeling,” says chief operating officer Prema Behan. “Ken’s ability to celebrate the past through materials and design, while still making the space feel utterly au courant and luxurious, made him an obvious choice for this project.” Fulk achieved this by using a blend of materials that were indicative of the s—like wood, stone, metal, leather, cowhide, and authentic adobe bricks—with both contemporary and antique furnishings. In the lounge, for instance, cast-resin desert tortoise shells hang on the walls, the floors have been replaced with handmade Mexican tiles, and a pair of midcentury modern orange chairs sit atop an antique Khotan rug.
“We did not want the home to feel like a house museum,” says Behan. “The adobe needed to be alive, relevant, and energetic so that guests could feel the living history of the building and celebrate the unique Sonoman, Californian, and Mexican heritage of our region.”
Artist Rafael Arana hand-painted a thistle pattern in the entry room and Three Sticks’ iconic black-and-white mural on the back wall of the enclosed patio, which depicts the site’s rich history leading up to the present. The garden bathroom also can’t be missed: It’s achieved fame all on its own thanks to its wall-to-wall plant and floral wallpaper.
In , the venerable Silver Oak in Napa Valley opened up a second property in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley. Set on a historic piece of land that was deeded to the wine region’s namesake, Cyrus Alexander, in , the winery unites the past and present with a modern, glass-walled interpretation of the classic barn, built with natural and recycled materials.
Designed by Daniel Piechota of Piechota Architecture, the glass creates the illusion of being outdoors, engulfed by the estate’s acres of cabernet sauvignon vines and the rolling hills of the Alexander Valley. “It was important to us culturally that we stay in touch with the agricultural side of winemaking,” says Silver Oak CEO David Duncan. “Fruit quality is the most important variable in fine wine, so we wanted our team and our customers to be immersed in the farming process and be able to see a grapevine from any point on the property.”
From the vineyard to the winery design, the driving force at Silver Oak is sustainability. Its Oakville winery was the first LEED Platinum-certified winery in the world, and now the Alexander Valley property is the second. But this time, it’s taken its mission even further. The net zero energy, net zero water winery—, rooftop solar panels emit percent of their energy needs—is currently under review for the Living Building Challenge, the most advanced measurement of sustainability in buildings.
Silver Oak’s team vetted a list of more than , construction and industrial materials for their environmental impacts before building. They used reclaimed redwood from old fermentation tanks used by a Cherokee winery in the s for siding as well as wood from naturally felled valley oak trees—which required removal for safety reasons—for flooring, wall, and ceiling panels. As for the insulation? The material was made with ground-up blue jeans.
Louis M. Martini Winery
In an effort to evolve with the ever-changing wine industry, many of Napa Valley’s most historic properties—including Clos Du Val, ZD Wines, and Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars—have undergone major restorations in recent years. But none of these undertakings have been as epic as the overhaul of Louis M. Martini, which opened its brand-new visitor center in the spring of .
“The original winery building, constructed in , is one of the first five wineries built in Napa Valley following the end of Prohibition,” says Jonathan Wendorf, Louis M. Martini’s estate manager. “We’ve been crafting cabernet here for generations. Everything connects with the working winery and the building’s historic legacy.”
Original terra-cotta wall tiles—which Martini brought up to Napa from a winery he had in Kingsburg in the ’s—cover the exterior and some of the interior walls. These historic squares juxtapose the emphatically modern interior that ushers the winery into the st century. Wine country’s most sought-after architect, Howard Backen of Backen & Gillam Architects, utilized industrial and reclaimed materials, like metal and oak, and built the roof out of materials recovered from a dog track in Santa Ana, California. Large glass doors on three sides create a seamless integration between the outside and interior, a signature feature of Backen’s designs.
The structure has myriad spaces scattered throughout its large, open floorplan, each dedicated to a different tasting experience. Tasting flights are offered at the dramatic Crown Bar in the center, which peers into the barrel room. To the left, the light-filled Heritage Lounge hosts seated wine and food pairings, while the private, study-like Founders Room pours tastes of library wines and barrel samples. To the right, a small lecture hall called the Wine Study is used for wine education. The glass doors of the Heritage Lounge open up to Martini Park, where guests relax in serene outdoor nooks. Groups can book shaded cabanas and indulge in wine and wood-fired pizzas as if they’re in Tuscan wine country.
And yet, the most extraordinary part of the restoration is hidden beneath the ground. Lined on both sides with old redwood casks, the Underground Cellar includes a wine library for older vintages housed inside an old bank vault that Martini purchased from a bank that was going out of business.
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Seorang influencer Rusia dengan lebih dari, pengikut ditemukan tewas dalam sebuah koper di apartemennya di Moskow.
Ekaterina Karaglanova yang berusia 24 tahun ditemukan oleh orang tuanya dan tuan tanah pada akhir pekan setelah mereka gagal melakukan kontak dengannya selama beberapa hari, menurut laporan BBC.
Tubuhnya dipenuhi dengan beberapa luka tusuk, dan dia telah ditelanjangi ke sabuk suspender.
Tidak ada tanda-tanda perjuangan atau senjata pembunuhan di tempat kejadian, MK melaporkan dalam bahasa Rusia.
Menurut koresponden The Times Rusia Tom Parfitt, seorang pria terlihat di CCTV memasuki gedung dengan topi menutupi matanya – empat jam kemudian ia terlihat pergi dengan pakaian yang berbeda dan membawa koper perak.
Ada teori bahwa ia mengeluarkan pakaian berlumuran darah di koper itu, sebuah sumber yang dekat dengan penyelidikan itu mengatakan kepada surat kabar Komsomolskaya Pravda, menurut koresponden The Times Russia Tom Parfitt.
Menurut media Rusia, Karaglanova telah terlibat dengan seorang lelaki di awal dan lelaki berusia satu tahun yang telah berencana untuk membawanya ke Belanda untuk ulang tahun ke-nya pada Juli.
BBC melaporkan bahwa polisi sedang menyelidiki kecemburuan sebagai motif yang memungkinkan.
Sang influencer telah menyinggung tentang kemungkinan hubungan asmara di akunnya, berbagi foto karangan bunga dengan catatan yang melekat padanya. Kejutan lain dari Mister X, dia menulis foto terbaru, menambahkan: Selama beberapa minggu sekarang saya telah menerima karangan bunga dan catatan kecil dari pengagum rahasia. Saya bertanya-tanya siapa itu?
Seorang tersangka laki-laki yang lahir di telah ditangkap dan akan dibawa untuk diinterogasi, Komite Investigasi Federasi Rusia untuk Moskow melaporkan pada hari Selasa.
Karaglanova baru-baru ini memenuhi syarat sebagai dokter dari Universitas Kedokteran Penelitian Nasional Rusia Rusia Pirogov yang berspesialisasi dalam dermatologi, dan merupakan runner-up pertama dari kontes kecantikan Miss Moscow City, menurut bio-nya.
Influencer berbagi foto dari perjalanannya di seluruh dunia, termasuk Corfu, Wina, Paris, dan Ibiza. Dia juga memodelkan pakaian dari desainer terkenal seperti Valentino dan Max Mara.
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Phil Freelon, an architect who led a design team that gave shape to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened to critical acclaim on the Mall in as a monument to black struggle and triumph, died July at his home in Durham, N.C. He was .
He had complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, said a son, Deen Freelon.
Since , Freelon had led an architectural firm in Durham that specialized in designing public buildings, including other cultural centers devoted to African American life in Baltimore, Atlanta, Charlotte, San Francisco and Greensboro, N.C.
He led a consortium of several architectural firms — formally known as the Freelon Adjaye BondSmithGroup — that won the design competition for the African American Museum in Washington in . Their proposal was chosen, in a unanimous vote, over submissions from renowned architects such as Richard Meier, I.M. Pei and Norman Foster.
Freelon and the two other principal architects in the group, David Adjaye and J. Max Bond Jr., were black. Bond died in , just before the group won the competition.
Adjaye, born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents, was the lead designer. As lead architect, Freelon helped with the design and oversaw the technical aspects of the project, which included negotiating the thickets of bureaucratic Washington. Adjaye described him in as a “steady rock.”
Over a seven-year period, and at a cost of more than $ million, Freelon and his group designed and built the ,-square-foot museum, which is adjacent to the Washington Monument. President Barack Obama was present for the museum’s groundbreaking in and when its doors opened four years later. Since then, nearly million people have visited the museum.
New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman pronounced it “the first really fine major public building of the century to rise in the nation’s capital.”
With its filigreed bronze-colored exterior and its three-tiered corona, derived from a Yoruban architectural element from West Africa, the museum stands in striking — and deliberate — contrast to the white marble edifices of so much of official Washington.
“We wanted the design to be meaningful beyond just a handsome building or a wrap around the exhibits,” Freelon told the Duke University Chronicle in . “We felt it was appropriate to have something linked to the motherland. This is an African American museum, so the African aspect of it seemed appropriate.”
Every part of the museum’s design had cultural meaning, even the .-degree angle of the edges of the three levels of the corona — exactly the same angle at the top of the Washington Monument, only inverted. The patterns in the building’s metal exterior are based on ironwork African American workers designed and forged for buildings in the South.
“The bronze has a patina to it,” Freelon told The Washington Post in . “It depends on the sky, the lighting and the time of year to give it a dynamic, changing quality.”
More than an upside-down pyramid, the three-level corona represents “a crown that signifies the status of the person wearing it,” Freelon added. “It’s part of the celebratory nature of the building — an architectural form that’s uplifting and dignified.”
The museum’s five levels of galleries begin in dark subterranean chambers, telling the story of Africans transported in cargo holds across the Atlantic to enslavement in the New World. Galleries on higher floors depict the path to emancipation, the sorrows and successes of the civil rights movement, and African American contributions to the nation’s culture.
“The African American story is the quintessential American story, even though it was about a forced migration,” Freelon told The Post in . “America is about opportunity for people from other places. You’ll find the best and worst of what the American story is in the African American story.”
Philip Goodwin Freelon was born March , , in Philadelphia. His father sold medical equipment, and his mother was a teacher.
Freelon discovered architecture in high school and, he told The Post in , considered it “a perfect blend of art and science.”
After attending Hampton University in Virginia, he graduated in from North Carolina State University. He received a master’s degree in architecture in from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he said he was often the only black student in his classes.
He worked at architecture firms in North Carolina and Houston before opening Freelon Group in Durham in . The firm grew from a staff of one — Freelon — to more than .
Following his belief that architecture could be a quiet form of activism and education, Freelon and his firm designed several museums of African American history and culture throughout the country, including the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University in New Orleans, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.
In Greensboro, Freelon used the Woolworth’s store in which African Americans staged one of the civil rights movement’s first sit-ins to house the International Civil Rights Center and Museum.
In addition to museums, Freelon worked on the Tenleytown and Anacostia public libraries in the District, a baseball stadium and a bus terminal in Durham, and at least college campuses in North Carolina. After his ALS diagnosis in , he continued to direct several projects, including an expansion of the Motown Museum in Detroit. He also served from to on the Commission of Fine Arts, which oversees public building projects in Washington.
In , Freelon married the former Chinyere Nnenna Pierce, better known as Grammy-nominated jazz singer Nnenna Freelon. In addition to his wife, of Durham, and son Deen Freelon, of Chapel Hill, N.C., survivors include two other children, Maya Freelon and Pierce Freelon, both of Durham; two brothers; one sister; and six grandchildren.
“Each of us has our own perspective on history, and mine is formed by my family, in stories of not just difficulties but also triumph and joy,” Freelon told the Durham Herald-Sun in , when he received the commission for the National Museum of African American History and Culture. “This museum is about the heroes that are familiar names, but it’s also about everyday people who’ve made an impact on this country, one person at a time.”
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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A group of young bicyclists is currently riding across the United States to advocate for affordable housing, and helped a local housing organization in Grand Rapids along the way.
Based in Philadelphia, Bike and Build is a nonprofit advocacy group that bikes across the country, stopping at dozens of cities to volunteer at local affordable housing organizations.
The group stopped in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, July , to lend a hand at Dwelling Place, a local organization founded in the Heartside neighborhood.
Dwelling Place works to provide affordable housing support services around the area to revitalize neighborhoods.
Bike and Build volunteers spent most of Wednesday removing old furniture from Ferguson Apartments at Sheldon Blvd., which is run by Dwelling Place.
The furniture removal help was much needed by Dwelling Place, as they will soon begin renovations to the apartment complex at the end of the summer.
“Right now, our biggest need has been moving all this old furniture out of this building because it’s a ton of manual labor,” said Amy Henderson, Dwelling Place volunteer coordinator.
The volunteers went through each of the rooms in the complex and removed the furniture. The work took a lot of heavy lifting as the group carried furniture out of the building’s six floors in hot and humid weather.
The Ferguson Apartments complex was constructed by Dwelling Place in , and before that the building served as a hospital.
The renovations to Ferguson Apartments will cost about $ million, which will be financed by low income and historic tax credits, said Stephen Wooden, Dwelling Place housing and community development associate.
The renovation project will include repairing the flooring, putting in new cabinetry and appliances, and upgrading a rooftop deck to add more green space to the development.
“We firmly believe that everybody deserves a quality dwelling place to call home,” Wooden said. “That means we need to make the necessary renovations to ensure that our residents have a quality affordable place to call home.
“Bike and Build was great to come in and facilitate with this first step in our renovations.”
Founded in New York, Bike and Build has been pedaling for affordable housing since . Last month, the group embarked on a northern U.S. tour which will take them from Portsmouth, New Hampshire to Bellingham, Washington.
With each stop, one thing becomes abundantly clear, volunteers said: There is an affordable housing crisis in the United States.
“Clearly there’s units in this complex, so that’s at least people who need housing in Grand Rapids,” said Meghan Higgins, , one of Bike and Build’s riders from Cheshire, New York. “Helping out with organizations like Dwelling Place has really shown me how much of an affordable housing crisis there is in this country.”
For volunteer Julie Maloney, Bike and Build is an important organization because it helps bring national awareness to the housing problem.
“It needs to be dealt with,” said Maloney, , of Breezy Point, New Jersey. “I think everyone needs to know about this issue, because sometimes it’s not always out there in the public eye.”
Wooden believes it will require help from the entire West Michigan community to address the crisis.
“We cannot deny that we’re reaching a critical level in our community and it’s going to require everyone – nonprofits, local government and everyday people – to come together to tackle this crisis,” he said. “The fact of the matter is, we have a shortage of affordable homes for folks here in West Michigan.
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Gelombang berikutnya dari perluasan perjudian Pennsylvania – penggunaan situs web kasino dan aplikasi untuk bertaruh pada olahraga atau bermain slot, permainan meja dan poker – akan tiba selama beberapa bulan ke depan, pejabat pertandingan negara bagian mengkonfirmasi Rabu.
Taruhan olahraga online dapat tersedia bagi siapa saja dalam batas-batas Pennsylvania pada bulan Mei, setelah setidaknya satu kasino dengan sportsbook yang ada siap, kata juru bicara Dewan Kontrol Gaming Pennsylvania Doug Harbach.
Sementara itu, peluncuran terkoordinasi akan berlangsung minggu 15 Juli untuk salah satu dari 10 kasino yang memiliki apa yang dikenal sebagai lisensi iGaming dan cukup dipersiapkan, Direktur Eksekutif Kevin O’Toole mengumumkan pada rapat dewan hari Rabu. Dia mengirim surat ke kasino awal minggu ini untuk memberi tahu mereka tentang jadwal waktu itu.
Penambahan lebih banyak peluang untuk bertaruh tanpa benar-benar mengunjungi kasino adalah bagian dari undang-undang perjudian luas negara bagian yang disetujui pada Oktober 2017, tetapi perlu waktu satu setengah tahun untuk regulasi dan teknologi yang diperlukan untuk diberlakukan. Reinterpretasi Departemen Kehakiman AS baru-baru ini dari UU Kawat federal – pendapat yang menjadi subjek gugatan yang bisa berakhir di Mahkamah Agung – juga menghadirkan penundaan.
12 kasino yang beroperasi di negara bagian ke-13 sedang dalam pengembangan di Philadelphia sudah menerima $ 3,4 miliar pendapatan tahunan dari kerugian penjudi. Penghasilan tambahan dari bentuk digital taruhan tidak diharapkan mendekati jumlah yang sesuai, tetapi kenyamanan elektronik seharusnya menawarkan daya tarik bagi orang dewasa yang lebih muda sementara lebih lanjut meningkatkan pendapatan pajak negara dari perjudian. Demografi yang lebih muda itu juga menjadi target penambahan game online Pennsylvania Lottery tahun lalu.
“Semua orang bersemangat di papan permainan tentang berada di titik ini sekarang, di mana game-game ini yang disetujui lebih dari setahun yang lalu oleh undang-undang sekarang berada di jurang permulaan,” kata Harbach, meskipun agensi tidak menawarkan proyeksi berapa banyak yang baru pendapatan akan dikumpulkan.
Berbeda dengan kasino fisik yang sekarang umum di hampir setiap negara bagian, hanya sejumlah kecil negara bagian yang telah melegalkan peluang online dan aplikasi untuk taruhan olahraga atau permainan kasino tradisional lainnya.
Di New Jersey, tempat kasino meluncurkan taruhan olahraga sebelum Pennsylvania dimulai, jauh lebih banyak uang dipertaruhkan online daripada di sportsbook fisik. Itu bisa berbeda di Pennsylvania, Harbach mencatat, karena kasino New Jersey semuanya terkonsentrasi di Atlantic City, jarak yang baik dari banyak penduduk, sedangkan kasino Pennsylvania tersebar di seluruh negara bagian.
Seperti halnya di New Jersey, pejabat Pennsylvania mengatakan ketentuan keamanan dalam pembuatan akun dan teknologi geo-tracking yang memantau penggunaan komputer dan telepon dirancang untuk memastikan bahwa perjudian baru dibatasi untuk mereka yang setidaknya berusia 21 tahun dan berada di negara bagian. batas pada saat mereka bermain.
Harbach mengatakan satu kasino tampak lebih dekat dengan yang lain daripada siap untuk memulai taruhan olahraga digitalnya. Dia menolak untuk mengidentifikasi yang mana, tetapi mengatakan itu dapat menerima persetujuan oleh staf dewan judi dalam waktu dua hingga tiga minggu untuk memulai periode pengujian yang dipantau yang berlangsung beberapa hari. Setelah peluncuran pertama itu, ia berharap sportsbook lain segera menyusul.
Pejabat Rivers Casino, yang telah mengoperasikan sportsbook di fasilitas North Shore sejak Desember, tidak menanggapi permintaan komentar tentang rencana digital mereka. Namun, terlepas dari peluncurannya, setiap warga Pennsylvania akan dapat membuat akun online dengan kasino apa pun di negara bagian untuk memasang taruhan. Hal yang sama berlaku untuk iGaming di musim panas.
Baik Rivers maupun Meadows Racetrack & Casino tidak membayar biaya hingga $ 10 juta untuk menutup lisensi untuk situs online yang menawarkan slot, poker, dan permainan tradisional seperti blackjack, craps, dan roulette. Tapi mereka berafiliasi dengan kasino lain yang akan menawarkan itu dan mungkin menawarkan insentif pemasaran kepada pelanggan daerah Pittsburgh: SugarHouse Casino di Philadelphia, dalam kasus Sungai; dan Kasino Hollywood di Penn National Race Course dekat Harrisburg, dalam kasus Meadows.
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