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Arrest made following tragic death of Abbeyleix teenager in car accident

first_img Previous articleNo place for Laois farmers on Rural Social SchemeNext articleSt Fergal’s Rathdowney all set for third tilt at All-Ireland glory LaoisToday Reporter WhatsApp Pinterest Adam Case was tragically killed in August of 2017 Gardai have confirmed that they made an arrest in relation to the case of a young Abbeyleix teenager who was tragically killed in a car accident last August.Adam Case, 16, lost his life in a road accident in Tipperary when he was in a single vehicle incident that occurred at Boston on the Ballingarry North to Cloughjordan road. Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining TAGSaccidentAdam Casearrest Twitter And now Gardai have confirmed that on Wednesday March 21, they arrested a man under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.The man, aged in his 20s, was released that same day and a file has been prepared for the DPP. Facebook Home News Arrest made following tragic death of Abbeyleix teenager in car accident News Pinterest WhatsApp He was fatally injured when the car he was a rear seat passenger crashed into a tree.Adam was pronounced dead at the scene and his body was taken to University Hospital Limerick.He was a student in St Brendan’s Community School Birr and a past student of the Abbeyleix South School.His death prompted an outpouring of grief for the popular young teenager at the time.And Adam was later laid to rest in Dunkerrin, Co Offaly.The two other occupants, a 22-year-old male and a 17-years-old female, were taken to Tullamore Hospital and University Hospital Limerick.Speaking at the time, a garda spokesman said the older man was in a “serious condition”.SEE ALSO – Urgent plan and garda presence sought for troubled Portlaoise estate Rugby Council RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd March 2018 Facebook Community Arrest made following tragic death of Abbeyleix teenager in car accident Twitter Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squadlast_img read more

New China-NK deal has devastating effects for ordinary fisherman

first_img By Choi Song Min – 2016.07.11 6:05pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New China-NK deal has devastating effects for ordinary fisherman News SHARE Facebook Twitter AvatarChoi Song Min News center_img North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest NewsEconomy On the heels of a new bilateral fishing rights deal, state-run companies in the North are bringing in scores of cutting-edge fishing vessels from China, undermining the livelihoods of ordinary fisherman in the North.“A fleet of new fishing vessels have emerged in the East Sea waters off of Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province,” a source from the province told Daily NK on July 6. These Chinese ships, outfitted with small refrigerating facilities, state-of-the-art fish-finding equipment, and high-performance GPS and radar systems, are under three-year contracts, which stipulate the entirety of any catch be handed directly over to China in exchange for cash– save the costs of the ship lease. Such an agreement seemingly bears out claims by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service via a parliamentary committee on June 30 that North Korea sold its fishing rights to China this year to the tune of 30 million USD.The pact has spurred frenetic fishing expeditions by North Korean state companies to amass the highest possible amount of funds. China, on the other hand, “is simply sitting back and collecting on this deal,” the source said.Therefore, the livelihoods of people living in adjacent fishing villages are on the line, which is of “entirely no concern to the [North Korean] leadership,” the source asserted, adding that while many see the season’s squid catch as their “year’s harvest,” but with their backs against the wall to pay loyalty funds, “state companies couldn’t care less about their troubles.”These hulking vessels are north of 100 tons, highly mobile, and their operators unsatisfied to confine their expeditions to the deep sea, instead pillaging the shallow, coastal waters as well. Bottom trawling, an environmentally destructive fishing method that drags vast nets across the seabed, is also common.Coupled with the fact that China supplies them with diesel and other fishing instruments, these smaller boats “don’t stand a chance,” the source noted, and “with little in the way of recourse, many [fisherman] are staging armed dissent.”“Denouncing the vessels as ‘pirate ships,’ people hurl stones at them as soon as they spot them. The anger is so intense, in fact, that many of the [North Korean] fishermen stand guard at the ports armed with clubs to prevent them from docking,” he concluded. News US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Fund sales climb in October: IFIC

Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Fund salesCompanies Investment Funds Institute of Canada Canadian fund sales exceeded $23B in February Mutual fund net sales rose to $2.1 billion in October, up from $1.7 billion in the previous month, according to the latest data from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC). IFIC reports, based on data from Investor Economics Inc., that October net sales were $2.1 billion, pushing year-to-date net sales were $25.9 billion. Related news James Langton Mutual fund sales slump continued in November Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Long-term fund net sales totaled $2.7 billion for the month, but money market funds saw another $562.8 million in net redemptions. By asset class, balanced funds led the way, generating October net sales of $2.16 billion, up slightly from $1.96 billion in September. Bond fund net sales jumped to $1.48 billion, compared to net sales of $1.16 billion the previous month. Equity funds saw continued net redemptions, which totaled $1.36 billion in October, up slightly from $1.30 billion in September. Total mutual fund assets under management (AUM) for October were up 0.9% to $834.3 billion, IFIC said, compared to $827.2 billion in the previous month. Since October 2011, total mutual fund assets have increased by $60.6 billion, or 7.8%, IFIC said. Mutual fund sales outpaced ETFs in September read more

Basel Committee revising capital rules for securitization

first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Asset-backed securities and commercial paperCompanies Basel Committee on Banking Supervision Related news FINRA brings transparency to asset-backed securities market James Langton center_img SEC adopts new rules on asset-backed securities, credit rating agencies In an effort to address the role of securitization in causing and spreading the damage during the financial crisis, global regulators are revising the capital rules in this area, and looking for new ways to revive that market. The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision is proposing revisions to the regulatory framework for securitizations that aims to address a number of weaknesses in the existing rules, and to strengthen the capital standards for banks’ securitization exposures. The committee notes that the financial crisis highlighted several weaknesses in the current capital rules, including a blind reliance on external credit ratings, a lack of risk sensitivity, and insufficient capital requirements for certain exposures. The proposed changes, which aim to fix these weaknesses, will come into effect in January 2018. “The revised securitization framework addresses a number of shortcomings of the securitization market revealed in the financial crisis, and represents a significant improvement to the Basel II framework,” said Stefan Ingves, chairman of the Basel Committee and governor of Sveriges Riksbank. “The committee has developed a risk sensitive and prudent framework, while also reducing complexity and a mechanistic reliance on external ratings.” At the same time, following review into the factors that may be hindering the development of sustainable securitization markets, the Basel Committee and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) also issued a set of proposed criteria that could be used to help identify simple, transparent and comparable securitizations. In 2015, the Basel Committee will consider how to incorporate these criteria into the capital rules too. “Investors’ confidence in securitisations has diminished since the onset of the financial crisis. Securitisations are perceived as too complex and insufficient information is available to investors to perform their risk assessments. The proposed criteria in this paper try to address some of these issues,” said Greg Medcraft, chairman of the IOSCO board and of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). Comments on the proposed criteria are due by Feb. 13, 2015. New U.S. rule a significant step to reforming ABS market: Whitelast_img read more

Haiti Earthquake Focus Attention on Informal Settlements

first_imgHaiti Earthquake Focus Attention on Informal Settlements Office of the Prime MinisterJanuary 20, 2010 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As the world witnesses the earthquake horror in Haiti, the problem of informal settlements in Jamaica, has again come to the fore.Addressing a JIS Think Tank this morning (January 20), Executive Director of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ronald Jackson, pointed to the similarities between Jamaica and Haiti where informal settlements are concerned, and how they factored into the impact of the disaster.“When I visited Haiti after the quake what was particularly interesting were some similarities in terms of the settlement pattern in a number of areas that were impacted.the settlement patterns are akin to a number of areas in Jamaica in terms of the informal nature, (there was) some amount of density, (and) access issues…a number of developments along gully banks just as we have them here in Jamaica. These are all references we can draw on in Jamaica,” he explained.Mr. Jackson noted also that a number of areas where people chose to build may be along fault lines. This is a crack or separation in the earth’s crust where two or more tectonic plates push against each other. An earthquake occurs when these plates move against each other.“So one of the things we have to first accept is that when people submit development applications for approval and the authorities may ask people to hold and make the necessary adjustments based on the hazard, a lot of persons become disgruntled and find other means – including circumventing the legal process – and informally setting up the structures,” he said.The ODPEM head said this practice must stop, and that individuals must get the facts before building. “Its not a case that we are saying you can’t build.the information is there, so you need to seek it out and integrate it into the process,” he noted.Mr. Jackson said that while Jamaica’s buildings might be much better prepared for an earthquake, due to standards and strength of material used, building along a fault-line, even if it’s a strong structure, may make the difference between survival and disaster.“So that is information you need to have. Depending on the nature of the soil, if liquefaction occurs, that may determine whether or not you build with heavy concrete or timber frame structures – because there were timber-frame informal settlements that stood up in Haiti. So the fact of the matter is the type of construction, and the standards that you apply will be defined by the science that is available now in Jamaica,” the Executive Director advised. RelatedHaiti Earthquake Focus Attention on Informal Settlements Advertisementscenter_img RelatedHaiti Earthquake Focus Attention on Informal Settlements RelatedHaiti Earthquake Focus Attention on Informal Settlementslast_img read more

100th Distinguished Research Lecture To Be Held Feb. 20 At CU-Boulder

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail History Professor Fred Anderson of the University of Colorado at Boulder will deliver the 100th annual Distinguished Research Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Old Main Chapel.CU-Boulder’s Distinguished Research Lectureship is the highest honor bestowed on a faculty member by the Graduate School, recognizing an entire body of creative work and research.“The Distinguished Research Lectureship singles out someone who has done extraordinary and exceptional work over the course of a career, not just one book or one project,” said John Stevenson, associate dean of the Graduate School. “Fred has the reputation as being one of the great teachers on the Boulder campus; he has inspired many students over many years.”The lecture titled “War and Peace in American History” is free and open to the public. The talk is sponsored by the Council on Research and Creative Work, or CRCW, through the CU-Boulder Graduate School and will be followed by a reception.Anderson’s research and teaching focuses on the colonial period, the American Revolution and early U.S. history. His publications include two critically acclaimed books “Crucible of War: The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of the British in North America, 1754-1766” and “The Dominion of War: Empire and Liberty in North America, 1500-2000.”His book “Crucible of War” was the inspiration for the Public Broadcasting Service documentary series called “The War That Made America.” He also wrote the companion book for the series and served as an adviser to the PBS program.Anderson’s Feb. 20 lecture will explore how wars have shaped North America and the United States, and examine how Americans view the place of warfare in their history.“Because Americans love peace and value freedom, we tend to imagine our wars mainly as occasions when we have been compelled to defend our liberty, or to liberate others,” Anderson said. “But if we look beyond the three conflicts that everyone knows best — the Revolution, the Civil War and World War II — and seriously consider the impact of less-celebrated conflicts like the French and Indian War, the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and the Spanish-American War, it becomes possible to understand war as a pervasive, immensely powerful influence in our history.“I hope to argue that a more encompassing understanding of warfare as a shaping force can yield a different view of American history, its turning points and its meanings,” Anderson said.Anderson was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2001. Also in 2001, “Crucible of War” received two prestigious awards, the Francis Parkman Prize for “the best book on American history,” and the Mark Lynton History Prize for the “best book-length work of history.”In 1987-88, and again this year, Anderson was awarded a Faculty Fellowship from the CRCW. Anderson received his doctorate from Harvard in 1981 and joined the history faculty at CU-Boulder in 1983. Published: Feb. 11, 2008 last_img read more

LA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years away

first_imgMore than anything, the United States was looking for a city that liked the Olympics.After a debacle in Boston, where public support for hosting the games hovered at around 40 percent, the U.S. Olympic Committee turned to Los Angeles, which almost instantly commissioned a poll showing 88 percent of its residents supported bringing the Olympics back to the city.That signal of overarching public support has been a cornerstone of the city’s bid, even though there are legitimate questions about whether anyone in Los Angeles is all that excited about an event that is still 11 years away.On Wednesday, the International Olympic Committee will award Los Angeles the 2028 Olympics, and give the 2024 Games to Paris. The initial polling, about the 2024 Olympics, garnered the 88 percent approval rating among LA residents. A follow-up poll, asking for opinions on hosting the 2028 Olympics, came in at 83 percent approval.Both numbers outpaced even the IOC’s own internal poll (78 percent), as well as the vast majority of polls conducted this century in candidate cities while they’ve been in the so-called application round, trying to determine whether the Olympics would be welcomed.The Los Angeles poll was commissioned by the bid committee; independent polling, with no attachment to the bid effort, was key to sealing Boston’s fate as a city that simply did not want the games.A key element missing from the poll, conducted by Loyola-Marymount, was any question about cost, the likes of which almost always bring with it a more negative reaction. For instance, a nationwide poll conducted by The Associated Press in 2015 found 89 percent support to host the Olympics somewhere in the United States. But when respondents were asked if they would support a bid in their local area if it were paid for with a combination of public and private funds, only 52 percent said yes.“It doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t include that question,” said Chris Dempsey, who spearheaded the No Boston Olympics campaign. “We found that to be the most effective argument for us as we were taking our case to the public.”The prospect of — or actual results from — public referendums has made several cities in Western democracies reluctant to put forward bids, or caused them to pull bids that were already on the table. Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome were all in the running for 2024 before pulling out. Left with only Paris and Los Angeles — which replaced Boston as the U.S. bidder — and worried about the future of bidding, IOC president Thomas Bach steered the committee to awarding the 2028 Games, as well, saying the current process “produces too many losers.”Los Angeles has always been a winner when it comes to hosting the Olympics. The 1984 Games famously ran a profit and reshaped the marketing side into the colossus it has become.“I actually think people in Los Angeles have very warm and fond memories of the 1984 Games, and that plays into it,” Dempsey said. “What I think they don’t remember is the context of the Olympics in the bidding process for 1984. They forget that, effectively, LA was the only bidder.”That allowed Los Angeles to dictate the financial terms of its bid in a way that cannot be done today.The virtual lack of dissent for the 2028 Games could also be, quite simply, because they’re not on the minds of the people in one of the world’s busiest cities, and largest sports markets.After a quarter-century without the NFL, Los Angeles is in a honeymoon phase with the Rams and Chargers, who have relocated to Los Angeles over the past 24 months. Both the area’s baseball teams are in the playoff chase. The city has two NBA and NHL teams, two major college football teams, and the list goes on. Outside of the occasional staged event hosted by the city’s bid committee, there’s very little signage or buzz whipping around Southern California about an event that’s more than a decade away.“While the Olympics will no doubt enter the conversation and become a compelling, ongoing topic, it will take a while given the time and attention being lavished by fans elsewhere,” said David Carter, executive director of the Marshall Sports Business Institute at University of Southern California.When the latest Loyola Marymount poll was released, LA 2028 organizers touted it as a byproduct of Los Angeles’ Olympic legacy from 1984. The organizers also tout a $5.3 billion budget — exceptionally low for modern-day Olympics — and a plan with virtually every venue already built. There is a government guarantee, but it would only kick in if a number of safeguards, including insurance policies and a $487 million contingency fund built into the original budget, were to fail.“That’s why it’s easy to believe in and support our 2028 plan — low risk and ready to go,” said LA 2028 chairman Casey Wasserman.Still, an 83 percent approval rating is 16 percent higher than the number in Chicago at a similar point in the 2016 race and 24 percent higher than New York at a similar point in the 2012 race. And it’s more than double the number in Boston before that bid tanked.“It was surprising to me, in this day and age, it’s hard to find any issue where support is near unanimous,” said Steve Koczela, who led the independent polling effort in Boston. “You see very strong support for what, in other places, is a controversial idea.” Tags :daily presslaLos AngelesOlympicsSanta Monicasanta monica olympicssmdpsportsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentBomb threat near Santa Monica PierIrma and Harvey come bearing giftsYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours ago HomeNewsLA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years away Sep. 12, 2017 at 5:30 amNewsLA loves the Olympics, even though they’re 11 years awayGuest Author4 years agodaily presslaLos AngelesOlympicsSanta Monicasanta monica olympicssmdpsportsAssociated Press  last_img read more

US boosts Deutsche Telekom’s revenue but profit falls

first_img Author Home US boosts Deutsche Telekom’s revenue but profit falls The ability of T-Mobile US to hoover up new subscribers is driving its parent’s revenues but the picture on profitabilty was less pretty in Deutsche Telekom’s first quarter 2014 results.Group revenue grew by eight per cent to €14.9 billion. Although net profit was three times higher than Q1 2013, the surge was due to the sale of internet firm Scout24. Adjusted net profit fell dramatically by 23.5 per cent to €587 million in the quarter.Last week, T-Mobile US revealed it signed up 2.4 million new customers in the first quarter of 2014, as well as revising upwards full year forecasts for subscriber growth.The US business also revealed revenue growth but posted a net loss as its aggressive ‘uncarrier’ promotions bit into the bottom line.US revenue grew by 43.3 per cent to €5.1 billion. Excluding the inclusion of MetroPCS, it grew by 16.4 per cent. However, adjusted Ebitda decreased by 5 per cent (in € terms) compared to 2013.Outside of the US, the picture for Deutsche Telekom was decidedly less rosy. The company’s German business reported a 0.2 per cent growth in mobile service revenue.Even more disappointing, the European segment reported a 6.5 per cent drop in revenue to €3.1 billion, while adjusted Ebitda fell by 6.4 per cent to €1 billion.But CEO Tim Hottges was upbeat, describing the decision to invest aggressively in the US as “right on the mark”. He also said the Q1 figures put the operator on track to grab leadership in Europe. Previous Articleسوق الأجهزة اللوحية دون التوقعات في الربع الأول- شركة البيانات الدوليةNext ArticleApp Store feature categories give mixed fortunes — Distimo Tags Richard Handford Amazon reels in MGM Related Deutsche Telekom eyes 5G, fibre lead Deutsche TelekomFinancialT-Mobile US Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 08 MAY 2014 T-Mobile US chief predicts market reboundlast_img read more

Creating a Legacy in Three Decades

first_imgLAKE MCDONALD – If it weren’t for this place, Jack Gladstone might have given up on music before he really got started.He tells the story of how he became a wordsmith and one of the most recognizable native poets like he tells every story, his voice deep, his bear-like frame hardly containing the thoughts churning through his brain, and his eyes lighting up when he hits on the phrase he’s been working up to.“I never thought there would be a market for what I love to do,” Gladstone said. “The story songs.”It was 1985, and Gladstone was teaching at the Blackfeet Community College in Browning, and playing music in bars and pubs on the weekends. He had written maybe a dozen songs at that point, but his passion wasn’t in mainstream country or rock music; he wanted to tell the story of Montana and its inhabitants.That year, he was one of the artists to start the Native America Speaks series at the Lake McDonald Lodge, where he was able to present the words and works closest to his heart.“At the end of 1986, I told the college, ‘I’m unavailable,’” Gladstone said. “I recognized that there would be enough of a market (to sell my music).”That was the beginning of Gladstone’s music career, which now includes a Grammy nomination, 15 albums, headlining programs at the Smithsonian Museum, a Human Rights Award for Outstanding Community Service from Montana State University, the CM Russell Heritage Award, and many other accolades.His Native America Speaks show on Sept. 4 was the final one of his 30th season in Glacier National Park, and the presentations are still as popular as ever.People come to Glacier Park to fall in love, he said, and the raw essence of the wilderness there can tap into a deep and connected feeling. It’s this feeling Gladstone hopes to cultivate during his shows, to present the land’s story and help the humans here realize how much in common we have with all of creation, with the cosmos.“All ‘being in process’ is related, because all being in process were created by a common mystery,” he said. “We are all the children of the common mystery, and if we are all children we are all brothers and sisters.”This includes the animals, he said, marking the eagles, bears, bison, wolves and the like as humans’ elders.As he’s grown as a person and an artist, Gladstone said he’s interested in instilling this message into his music and into those who listen to it; the first step in indigenous healing is to be spiritually open to healing, he said.Anyone who feels Montana is their home, whether they were born here or not, can be considered a native Montanan, he said, but with that comes the obligation to protect, steward and care-take.“Montana has been historically a place where people are drawn to,” he said.Gladstone said he can look back on his 30 years of playing music at Glacier and the albums he has produced in that time and see little he would change about any of the music he has created.In his career, he’s worked from the ground up, production-wise, from bare bones albums to the highly skilled production from Lloyd Maines, Grammy-award winning producer of the Dixie Chicks, in Nashville.Looking to the future, Gladstone knows he will continue to make music and tell stories. His next album will go into production this fall and winter, and he hopes to have it all ready for next summer.The love and support he’s received from the “Glacier metropolitan area” has been monumental in his career, Gladstone said, and he knows there is a certain kinship among Northwest Montana residents that makes it into one community.Being part of a community or a team is integral, he said, and that is another message he hopes to pass along in his music.“There is a power that is great than the self,” he said. “When I ally myself with that power – whether is a team, band, community – pouring in energy, faith and trust, the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.”For more information on Jack Gladstone, visit Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Bosch Foundation Grants for Journalists

first_img ← Youth Volunteer Service Training, Montenegro August 17, 2012 Published by goran Volunteering in Community Learning Center, Thailand → Tweet Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Similar Stories Pocket Bosch Foundation Grants for Journalists Redditcenter_img Share 0 Deadline: 15 October, 2012Open to: Professional freelance and salaried print and online journalists who work for media outlets in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, China, Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania.Grant: between € 2.000 and € 7.000DescriptionThe Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company and has managed the philanthropic bequest of company founder Robert Bosch for more than 40 years.The Foundation is divided into four areas to support and operate its aid program. In order to pursue the Foundation’s objectives, it promotes external projects and initiates its own projects for developing and running programs.To respond to social challenges and develop new solutions are the key objectives of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.One of the aims of the Robert Bosch Stiftung is to give journalists opportunity to conduct research abroad and thereby gain firsthand experience of central and eastern European countries they can then pass on to their readers and viewers.EligibilityRobert Bosch Foundation is looking for active journalists who want to go on location to learn, ask questions, dig deeper, and make discoveries in order to incorporate their findings into nuanced political or economic reporting that really gets to the heart of the issue. The Robert Bosch Foundation is supporting research projects carried out by print and online journalists for the purpose of preparation for publishing articles in Central and Eastern Europe and China, as well as research with the goal of publishing articles in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.GrantThe grants cover the cost of travel and accommodation, communication, the purchase of research materials, fees for third parties (such as interpreters), as well as daily allowances.The grants are provided for a maximum research period of three months.ApplicationThe deadline for application is 15 October, 2012.Please mail applications to:Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbHChristiane KäsgenHeidehofstr. 3170184 StuttgartGermanyOr e-mail them (as PDF files) to:[email protected] formFor more information read the FAQThe Official Website MSIF Du Pré Grants 2021 for MS Researchers and Clinicians from LMICs LinkedIn 0 TWAS Research Grants Program in Basic Sciences 2021 for Individual Scientists +1 Charity Entrepreneurship Incubation Program 2021last_img read more

Writing the video games of the future

first_imgWriting the video games of the futureArenaNet narrative designers Aaron Linde and Alex Kain discuss VR, and what they see as the future of interactive storytellingRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterTuesday 18th September 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleArenaNetArenaNet senior narrative designer Aaron Linde opened the PAX West panel by illiciting a big audience laugh. He showed a clip of LA Noire: The VR Case Files, where the player as detective Cole Phelps waves his hands about perplexedly in front of a mirror. Phelps’ face, captured by actor Aaron Staton, stares first mildly confused and then outright annoyed at his reflection.It’s a humorous experience for the player, but also a potential “mindfuck” (as Linde puts it) of an experience for exactly one person on earth: Aaron Staton. The clip is of Staton’s face and expression, and yet simultaneously it isn’t him. And it’s experiences like this hypothetical one Staton could have that Linde sees as a potential future for narrative storytelling in games.Linde follows this clip up with a question to the panel: What is the most “emotionally arresting” experience they have ever had in VR? For fellow ArenaNet narrative designer Alex Kain, it was was when he played VR adventure-puzzler Moss from Polyarc. That game, he says, is in many ways like any other in its genre. But the position of the player relative to the world breaks a new barrier for how games can tell stories.”The fact that you’re physically in the scene completely changes the narrative context,” he says. “It’s not Quill looking at a character you’re controlling, it’s Quill looking at you, who is in the scene. And removing that gap gives us what feels like unlimited potential for storytelling in games.”As writers dealing with the medium now, we create characters, you see those characters act on a screen, and they do things that characters do. In VR, we have this very unique opportunity to cast the player as a character. You can be yourself, or you can assume the role of a specific character, but you feel genuine empathy when you’re in VR. What is that experience like, when everyone looks like themselves on the internet? Maybe this is optimistic of me, but I personally believe you’ll have fewer assholes on the internet if everyone has to look like themselves.””I think there’s going to be a point where the [VR] dam breaks” Aaron LindeWhile Linde and Kain aren’t currently working in VR themselves, they speak about the possibilities it could bring with great enthusiasm throughout the panel and after in a follow-up conversation with Both of them hope that MMOs, whether they’re Guild Wars 2 or some other large-scale experience, will eventually jump in and create unusual or interesting interactions in VR like the ones they described earlier.Linde thinks it’s already happening.”There’s that VR Chat thing that was big,” he says. “There’s a huge, almost meme culture built around this social game that’s just VR Chat where you just assume an avatar and you’re running around this space and you can hear others locally in speaking distance. So I can be shouting across a room and somebody can hear me. There are videos of that stuff online. I think there’s a space for a large-scale communal interactive experience like that with a game context on top of it. It’s going to happen, and I’m really curious to see how that’s going to manifest.”It’s hard to say whether or not that’s actually going to work or how much refinement it’s going to take before it gets to a state where it’s actually going to be commercially viable and interesting enough you’re going to want to spend time with it, but I think it’s an inevitability. The more ubiquitous that VR becomes and the longer we have to try and find ways to conform what we consider traditional gameplay experiences in that new medium, the better we’re going to get at it.”I think there’s going to be a point where the dam breaks. Right now the new HTC Vive has a wireless adapter. You get that thing down to about $400 or $300, with the built-in wireless, as soon as there’s an all-in-one solution that somebody can just throw $300 at, bring it home, and have it work out of the box, I think the dam will break and you’re going to see all kinds of new experiences. Then the ubiquity is going to go way up.”That ubiquity, Linde and Kain agree, goes both ways. The two believe that an inevitable major influx of VR users will go hand-in-hand with a sudden surge in types of games, created by studios of all sizes and types. They say they see the bubbling of that surge already, as independent developers test the types of experiences they can make and learn what Kain refers to as the “rules” of VR.Polyarc’s Moss uses VR’s ability to make a player feel they are in the scene to forge an emotional connection between the player as themselves, and the game’s main character, Quill”Just like with film, we’re in the Great Train Robbery era of VR,” Kain says. “In that time, they were still learning the language. They were trying to figure out things like, ‘How does a cut work? What does that actually do?’ ‘Well, you turn the camera off, then you move the camera somewhere else, then you turn it back on again.’ And it was like, ‘Woah, hold on! Slow down!’ People are still figuring that out for VR. What are the rules for telling a story in VR? People still don’t know yet.””Look at the gulf between The Great Train Experiment and Hitchcock, how much development of that grammar had to happen in that intervening period,” Linde says. “And that’s where we’re at. The grammar is being developed. Or to point at video games. We’re in the SNES era. We’re just now getting to the point where fidelity is starting to rise and the degree of different kinds of experiences we can have are starting to accelerate.”I feel like one of those douchebag futurists now, trying to be like, ‘It’s all the future, it’s going to be amazing!’ But that anecdote about the LA Noire VR thing, it wasn’t until I saw that and really thought about how much of a mind-bending experience it would be to see yourself perfectly rendered in a space, where that’s not you, but you can move around in that space. And then when I really tried to wrap my head around how that would feel and how that would make me reflect on a different kind of emotional experience, the more I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is going to be a really big change.’ There is going to be stuff we can’t conceive of right now.”Linde and Kain have made it clear they agree a massive change in how video game stories are told is on the horizon and is, in many ways, already happening. The two believe it will shake the industry enough that their own role and responsibilities as storytellers and narrative designers will begin to change. As games define more deeply what components make the kinds of stories the medium can tell unique, those in their position will be on the forefront of creating those definitions.”That four feet of space between your couch and the television screen? That gulf is miles long” Alex Kain”Interactivity is the element that changes the nature of the entertainment,” says Linde. “In any other format, watching a film, reading a book, those are passive forms of engagement. You’re witnessing them. There’s all kinds of controversy that can arise out of something like a truly violent movie. But the movie has a perspective on that where it’s not empowering the audience to participate or partake. It’s showing something, and there’s an attitude that it expresses about that something. It may show really violent behavior favorably; it may show it as a terrible thing. But there’s a wall between the audience and that experience.”VR is at once a more intimate experience, but it’s also a more unguided and undirected experience. You can’t just draw focus anywhere – you can’t make a player look at a thing. They’re inhabiting a space and doing what they want. But at the same time you have an opportunity to do some really intimate storytelling. There’s a VR version of Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice out right now and you hear the voices in your head. Senua’s Sacrifice is a deeply affecting game already. But to be able to make that jump – it’s not that far away, but the difference [between console and VR] is worlds apart in terms of how that can affect you and emotionally engage you.””That four feet of space between your couch and the television screen? That gulf is miles long,” Kain adds. “To me it’s the difference between watching someone get hurt on a movie screen and watching someone get hurt on stage during a play. You are connecting with these characters more because you are with them physically. They are physically next to you. You have that emotional connection with them. I think as writers we have a responsibility to both use that connection and be wary of how people interpret that. There’s stuff that we need to learn how to do.”Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice can be an affecting game in its console form, but its VR version makes the voices whispering to its titular character even more hauntingBoth Linde and Kain tell me that they understand the weight of their responsibility as writers on such stories, both now and as technology progresses. There already are and will continue to be limits to what experiences are acceptable to audiences, they say, and it will be on developers and storytellers like them to be considerate about what those limits might be. It’s a responsibility that they’re apprehensive about, but also hopeful for. Because alongside those new limits will also come new freedoms, and new ways to connect with an audience in a positive way.”All the things that affected us so deeply that got us into that kind of stuff, those were made by people [who are just as] dumb and fallible just as we are” Aaron Linde”I’ve been writing games for over a decade now,” Kain says. “And people will come up to me and they will say, ‘I played this game you wrote or helped to write, and I experienced this thing, and it helped me to change in this way.’ And I will think back to that thing that I wrote, and I will realize I don’t remember writing it. That terrifies me, to some degree, that it is this responsibility that we as creators wield that people playing these things experience them and internalize them and it can effect how they perceive the world.”As a writer in particular for games, I think that while it is initially scary, I think it’s one of the best parts of the kind of work that we do. Even though moment to moment we don’t feel like we’re changing people, we are. That gives me hope that things I write, people will enjoy and internalize and will be able to use for positivity, for their own development.”Linde adds that “one of the most magical things about fiction and storytelling” is making an emotional connection with an individual or audience.”All the things that affected us so deeply that got us into that kind of stuff, those were made by people, and those people are dumb and fallible just as we are, so it stands to reason that we might actually be able to do that too,” he says.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games “In Battleborn, there’s a character I wrote that’s maybe my favorite character I’ve ever written. His name is ISIC, and he’s an AI in this walking battle tank body. I wrote him in a particularly low period in my life, through a big collaboration with the voice actor Jim Foronda. We came up with a character that was the most nihilistic character I could’ve ever written delivered with the most moviephone voice you’ve ever heard. Just bright and cheery and happy. And he was just a blast to write, and I remember thinking when I was writing him, ‘No one’s going to dig this. This is just funny to me.'”And I got a six-page, handwritten letter after the launch of the game about ISIC. This person, who had also experienced some crushing depression, had seen something in that character. And it blew my mind. That connection could be facilitated by a character that tells people, ‘I’m going to rip off your legs and beat you to death with them’ in a really cheery voice. That was one of the greatest moments in my career. I couldn’t believe I had done that for somebody. It’s insane that that’s a thing you can do. It’s insane that you can maintain a human connection with someone over something as dumb as a video game.”PAX organizer ReedPOP is the parent company of employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesWhy I hate fun | OpinionArenaNet’s John Hopson has spent a career applying “fun scores” to games — here’s why the practice needs to changeBy John Hopson A year agoArenaNet co-founder leaves to start new studioMike O’Brien departs Guild Wars developer to “make small games again”By Haydn Taylor A year agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Canadian Dressage Riders Selected for NAJYRC

first_img Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The Dressage Youth Selection Committee is pleased to announce the selected athletes who will represent Canada at the 2013 Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships. Presented by Gotham North, the Championships will be held July 16-21, 2013 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.Three complete teams, for a total of 12 competitors, have been named to represent Canada at the Junior Rider level.Junior Team QuebecRider / Horse / OwnerNaima Moreira-Laliberte, Outremont, QC / Wind Breaker / Pferdesport WintermuleLaurence Blais Tetreault, Montreal, QC / Lowelas / Laurence Blais TetreaultFelixe Cote Villeneuve, St. Lambert, QC / Pissarro / Felixe Cote VilleneuveBeatrice Boucher, St. Dominique, QC / Dante / Agnieszka WnorowskaTeam Reserve – Marion Guite, Boucherville, QC / Napoleon / Marion GuiteJunior Team British Columbia/AlbertaRider / Horse / OwnerGeorgia Tooke, Vernon, BC / Magic / Chelsea BalcaenChristina Popescu, Edmonton, AB / Zoey / Sanna MacFarlaneContessa Wise, Calgary, AB / Rena / Kelly Wise & Contessa Wise (Reserve Horse Gaberdeen owned by Constance Blair)Elexis Ortlieb, Leduc, AB / Diego / Ellen and Elexis OrtleibJunior Team Manitoba/OntarioRider / Horse / OwnerCassandra Jessop, Newmarket, ON / Mariska / Janice WilliamsEmily Ferguson, Winnipeg, MB / Hidalgo / Emily FergusonBrooke Koppeser, Winterbourne, ON / Escabar / Ellen HelpsMackenzie Theissen – Ryall, Winnipeg, MB / Danao / Mackenzie Theissen- RyallThree teams for a total of 11 competitors have been named to represent Canada at the Young Rider level.Young Rider Team QuebecRider / Horse / OwnerMathilde Tetreault, Montreal, QC / Michelangelo / Mathilde Tetreault (Reserve horse Embassy III owned by Joane Tetreault)Tanya Strasser-Shostak, Ste. Adele, QC / Action Tyme / Evi Strasser (Reserve horses Deluxe Tyme and Dancing Tyme also owned by Evi Strasser)Julie Channell, Boucherville, QC / Rela / Julie ChannellFrederique Bourgault, St. Bernard de Lacolle, QC/ HG San Classic / Genevieve DupontYoung Rider Team OntarioRider / Horse / OwnerMadison Lawson, Bonfield, ON / McGuire / Madison LawsonMariah Sutton, Drumbo, ON / Renoir / Mariah SuttonSarah Pfaff, Harrow, ON / Vivite Fortuna / Noemie Gagnon-BergeronAnneka Sutton, Drumbo, ON / Donnegan/ Karen ThomsonYoung Rider Team British ColumbiaRider / Horse / OwnerSydney Holme, North Saanich, BC / Day Dreamer / Sydney HolmeJillian Weston, Maple Ridge, BC / Focus / Erika UrffColby Dodd, Langley, BC / Capri / Colby DoddThe Chef d’équipes for the 2013 North American Junior, Young Rider Championships will again be Leslie Steele of Pitt Meadows, BC and Ellen Rumball of Hillsburgh, ON. Steele and Rumball will be assisted on site by Shadow Chef’s Alison Brebner of Osgoode, ON, and Nina Urff of Langley, BC.For more information, visit Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championship’s website Tags: Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships, Béatrice Boucher, Action Tyme, Tanya Strasser-Shostak, Madison Lawson, McGuire, Michelangelo, Laurence Blais Tetreault, Pissarro, Day Dreamer, Sydney Holme, Elexis Ortlieb, Diego, Mariah Sutton, Renoir, Naima Moreira Laliberte, Frederique Bourgault, HG San Classic, Lowelas, Colby Dodd, Capri, Anneka Sutton, Julie Channell, Rela, Leslie Steele, Danao, Sarah Pfaff, Escabar, Wind Breaker, Felixe Cote Villeneuve, Dante, Marion Guite, Napoleon, Georgia Tooke, Magic, Christina Popescu, Zoey, Contessa Wise, Rena, Cassandra Jessop, Mariska, Emily Ferguson, Hidalgo, Brooke Koppeser, Mackenzie Theissen, Mathilde Tetreault, Vivite Fortuna, Donnegan, Jillian Weston, Focus, Ellen Rumball, Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Police save Christmas from ‘Grinches’ who stole presents for foster children

first_imgBlakeDavidTaylor/iStock(RED BLUFF, Calif.) — A California police department has arrested two “Grinches” after the pair allegedly stole large amounts of presents that were supposed to be given to foster children.The Red Bluff Police Department said that they received a call at 10:51 a.m. last Friday from the Children First Foster Family Agency reporting a burglary from the night before and that a large amount of toys that were supposed to be given to foster children had been stolen from the premises.Police responded to the scene and reviewed surveillance footage from the agency to discover that two suspects were coming and going from the residence right next door to the non-profit.Officers then located the two suspects inside the house next to the scene of the crime, apprehended them and booked them into Tehama County Jail.“These ‘Grinches’ will not be stealing Christmas from the kids on our watch,” Red Bluff County Department said in a statement on Facebook.The suspects were identified as Joseph Betancourt, 24, and Marie Bennett, 40, both from Woodland California.The story does, however, have a happy ending.Authorities were able to recover all of the stolen toys and items from the premises next to the foster agency and Christmas is expected to continue as originally planned.“THANK YOU Red Bluff Police Department!” the Children First Foster Family Agency said on Facebook. “With their swift response, RBPD reviewed our surveillance and caught these wto, ultimately saving Christmas! We appreciate you!”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Major storm slams East Coast after battering the Midwest

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm has now slammed the Northeast Saturday afternoon after battering the western states and the Midwest.Yesterday, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Northern California received 25 inches of snow within 24 hours between Thursday and Friday morning, resulting in an avalanche that killed one person and seriously injured another.This morning, blizzard conditions hammered parts of the High Plains and Upper Midwest from Iowa to North Dakota, where snow is falling and winds are gusting above 50 mph.Alerts are in place Saturday morning for millions of Americans from the High Plains to New England.As of 3:30 a.m. Saturday, radar showed hard winter weather affecting many major U.S. interstates, with icy conditions from Iowa through Ohio, heavy snow further north into the Great Lakes region, and heavy rain on the southern side of the storm.The storm moved east rather quickly this morning, reaching the Northeast by midday.The storm will impact a large area of the country bringing potential flooding from the Midwest south to the Tennessee River Valley, icy conditions along the mixing line stretching across a portion of the Midwest into the northeast, and snow accumulations on the northern side of the system.Gusty winds up to 50 mph will cause blowing snow, reducing visibility and making travel especially dangerous through Saturday.The highest snow totals are likely to reach the 1-foot mark across the northern Great Lakes and into interior New England.Ice may accrue up to a half inch in some locations across the Midwest and into portions of the Appalachian Mountain Range and foothills by Saturday afternoon.Even in areas where snow totals aren’t too high, gusty winds may result in blowing snow and hazardous driving conditions.Travel along many U.S. interstates will be difficult Saturday morning through the overnight before conditions start to improve by Sunday morning as the system moves offshore.Gusty winds up to 50 mph will impact a large swath of the country this weekend from the northern Plains to the East Coast.Saturday morning wind chills are bitter cold across the Northeast, with a wind chill values well below zero in parts of interior New England.The cold air will remain into the weekend and settles into the place for the first half of the week with minimum temperatures in the teens and single digits Monday through Wednesday from the Midwest to the Northeast. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Father, son suspects in Ahmaud Arbery killing want bond set, 2 charges dropped

first_imgGlynn County Sheriff’s OfficeBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(COBB COUNTY, Ga.) — The white father and son accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, who was Black and was jogging down a Georgia street, are looking to have bond set and two charges dropped, according to new court documents.Attorneys for the son, Travis McMichael, 34, called him an “excellent candidate for low bond.”He was never charged with a crime until this case, according to court documents filed Thursday.Travis McMichael has a 3-year-old son who lived with him every other week until his arrest, the documents said.“Travis is an extremely devoted father who dotes” on his son, the defense attorneys wrote.Travis McMichael has lived all of his life in the Brunswick, Georgia, area and was living with his parents at the time of his arrest, the documents said.His attorneys said he isn’t a flight risk because he doesn’t have a passport “and most importantly, his family, including his parents and three-year-old son are here in Georgia,” the documents said.Travis McMichael’s father and fellow defendant, former police officer Gregory McMichael, also “meets the conditions for pretrial release on reasonable bond,” his attorneys said in documents filed Thursday.Gregory McMichael’s attorneys asked the court to set a hearing within 20 days.Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested in May and face charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonmentA third suspect, neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, faces the same charges as the McMichaels. Bryan’s bail was denied last month.All three have pleaded not guilty.Arbery was on a jog in Brunswick when he was shot and killed on Feb. 23. Prosecutors claim that 25-year-old Arbery tried to run for his life before he was struck by a car, gunned down and then called a racial slur by one of the suspects.The three arrested told police they thought Arbery was a suspect in a series of break-ins. They were charged after video showing the deadly struggle appeared online.The McMichaels and Bryan also want the charges of malice murder and criminal attempt to commit a felony dropped.The malice murder count “charges two crimes in one count, making it duplicitous,” the McMichaels’ attorneys claimed. “It does so by trading on vague and uncertain allegation regarding ‘unlawfully chasing’ in pickup trucks, which inserts an unspecified separate crime from malice murder, namely, ‘unlawfully chasing [Ahmaud Arbery] through the public roadways.’”The McMichael’s attorneys argued that the criminal attempt to commit a felony count is also duplicitous because the count “alleges both a completed crime — ‘unlawfully chase Ahmaud Arbery in pickup trucks’ and an attempted crime ‘attempt to confine and detain Ahmaud Arbery without legal authority on Burford Road using Ford F150 pickup truck and Chevy Silverado pickup truck.’”Bryan’s attorney filed a motion Thursday looking to adopt the claims made by the McMichael’s attorneys to also get those two charges dropped.ABC News has reached out to the Cobb County District Attorney’s office for comment.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Somerville moves forward with 31-acre transit village, Woodcliff Lake office property sold for $36M & more North Jersey real estate news

first_imgClockwise from the upper left: Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s penthouse in Hoboken sells for a record-setting sum in the city, a five-acre estate in Cedar Grove returns to market after a hefty price cut, Somerset Development and president Ralph Zucker finalize an $11M purchase of a 31-acre site in Somerville and the Silverman Group is tapped to market an office site in downtown Morristown.Somerset Development buys 31-acre site in SomervilleNew Jersey Transit completed the transfer of ownership Monday of a 31-acre tract in the Borough of Somerville to Somerset Development, the Courier News reported. The Holmdel-based developer, which acquired the land for $11 million, said the site will be home to a new transit village that will include 371 apartments across 14 buildings, 156 townhomes, two parking garages, 4,000 square feet of retail space and a 4,000-square-foot community center. GlobeSt reported that AvalonBay Communities will develop the 370 rentals and a parking facility. Somerset also agreed to lease a subdivided tract to construct and operate a 526-space parking structure for a 37-year term to be shared by NJT commuters and residents. Construction of the parking facility will reportedly begin in 2020, while the overall mixed-use project, known as Somerset Station, should be finished by 2023. The Somerville Planning Board approved Somerset’s purchase of the site in May 2018 after rejecting a number of proposals from other developers. Investors Bank is providing financing for the acquisition. Somerset’s recently acquired tract is part of a larger landfill site being remediated by Somerville, which is in Somerset County. The Real Deal also reported this week on Somerset’s plans to redevelop a former AT&T headquarters near Chicago. [MCJ]Hartz Mountain unloads Woodcliff Lake office propertyThe 118,000-square-foot office building at 155 Tice Boulevard in Woodcliff Lake was sold Monday for $36 million to Sheila Properties, NJBIZ reported. According to Cushman & Wakefield, which brokered the transaction on behalf of the seller, Secaucus-based Hartz Mountain Industries, the property is fully occupied by Japanese pharmaceutical company Eisai Co., whose Eisai Medical Research unit occupies 160,000 square feet of office space in Woodcliff Lake. The Bergen County deal works out to $305.08 per square foot. A CBRE market report found that the Montvale and Woodcliff Lake submarket had an availability rate of 25.6 percent during the first quarter of this year. Average asking rents in the submarket closed the first three months of 2019 at $27.03 per square foot. Hartz Mountain has been one of the main beneficiaries of the industrial boom in New Jersey, although TRD noted earlier this year that the firm has recently made aggressive strides to position itself as a residential developer in both Secaucus and Jersey City. [NJBIZ]Ex-New Jersey guv’s Hoboken penthouse sells at record sumFormer New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine’s “crash pad” in Hoboken’s Hudson Tea Building traded for a record setting $3.9 million last week, the New York Post reported. The sale of the condominium at 1500 Washington Street, which was rented by the former governor after his 2003 divorce, surpassed the previous record holder for the priciest trade in the city – New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s former home in the same building that sold for $3.55 million last year. Corzine’s former apartment, a 2,820-square-foot penthouse, has three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 13-foot ceilings, loft-style windows, hardwood floors and a kitchen with a wine refrigerator. The penthouse unit, most recently listed at $4.35 million with Paul de Zagon of Berkshire Hathaway Hudson River Properties, was acquired by financier Bill Hearon. The Post noted that Hearon had previously acquired two other Hudson Tea Building units in 2009 and 2013. Toll Brothers City Living is the developer behind the 12-story, 247-unit building, the site of a former Lipton Tea factory until it was converted into rentals during the 1990s. Toll Brothers bought the waterfront property in 2005 and turned it into condos. [TRD]‘Rock Ledge’ in Cedar Grove relists after 30% price cutAn Essex County estate returned to the market last week at an asking price 32 percent less than just seven months ago, according to JerseyDigs. The eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom home at 32 Club Way in Cedar Grove is situated on 5.35 acres straddling the municipalities of Cedar Grove and Montclair. The owners of the property, known as Rock Ledge, have tapped James Conticello of Keller Williams City Life Realty to oversee a potential sale for the property, which now has an ask of $5.5 million. The 13,200-square-foot home includes an in-law suite, maid’s quarters and a one-bedroom pool house with a living room, fireplace, full kitchen and bath. The residence comes with a wine cellar, sauna, workout room, media room and a life size chess set, according to its listing on Zillow. The property also includes two parking garages, one attached and one detached, which have a total of 16 parking spaces. Rock Ledge is back on the market almost exactly seven months after it was relisted for $8 million. Gawker reported nearly a decade ago that the five-acre estate was marketed by Turpin Realtors while it was under development with an ask of $16.5 million. Property records show that 32 Club Way is owned by Brian Martin, who acquired and consolidated parcels for the estate in 2008. [JerseyDigs]Silverman Group marketing Morristown built-to-suit officeJones Lang LaSalle, which closed this week on its $2 billion buy of HFF, has began marketing 110,000 square feet of built-to-suit office space in downtown Morristown, NJBIZ reported. The brokerage is working on behalf of Basking Ridge-based Silverman Group, which hopes to develop new office space atop the existing 27,790 square feet of retail space it owns at 58 South Street and 10 Pine Street. JLL’s Frank Recine, Blake Goodman and Jon Compitello will oversee the assignment, according to NJBIZ. Silverman has planned a 290-space mechanical parking deck on a parking lot already on the property. RE-NJ reported that the developer has tapped Marchetto Higgins Stieve Architects for the site, which will occupy 1.6 acres and will become the first air rights development in Morristown. Morristown Green reported earlier this month that Silverman is suing Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty for allegedly trash-talking the firm’s proposal and, ultimately, killing its plan to bring the Garden State headquarters of global accounting firm Deloitte to South Street. Dougherty allegedly called Silverman a bully for trying to pressure local officials into approving a project he claimed would destroy downtown Morristown. According to research from CBRE, the Morristown submarket had 258,000 square feet of leasing activity in the first quarter of this year, with an availability rate of 22.4 percent and an average asking lease rate of $27.99 per square foot. [NJBIZ]Developer touts Opportunity Zone site in NewarkA limited liability firm known as Beira Corporation recently began marketing a 33,572-square-foot development site within a designated Opportunity Zone in downtown Newark, one block from the Prudential Center and two blocks from Newark Penn Station. According to JerseyDigs, the tracts at 36-42 Columbia Street, as well as 94, 102, and 104 Green Street, could be redeveloped into a high-rise mixed use residential building being designed by Cedar Grove-based Inglese Architecture + Engineering. Marketing materials from White Plains, New York-based E Realty Advisors, which represents Beira, state that the tract at 36-42 Columbia Street is occupied by a single-story warehouse that sits within Newark’s Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan. It is permitted for a mixed-use building of up to 24 stories and 402 residential units, as well as a six-story base that includes commercial space and parking. Property records indicate the site on Columbia Street was assessed at $1.5 million and last traded for $65,000 in 1983. The development site is located one block from Newark’s Mulberry Commons park project, which will turn several tracts of land into a park fronting Edison Properties’ Ironside Newark warehouse conversion project. Beira’s site, which is seeking $16 million, is also located one block from RPM Management’s Richarson Lofts, which opened in 2012. [Brevitas]Union County rental communities trade for $13MLivingston-based brokerage Gebroe-Hammer Associates recently completed two sales totaling 72 rental units in the cities of Plainfield and Summit, GlobeSt reported. Gebroe-Hammer said the largest of the trades it orchestrated was the $12.85 million sale of the 53-unit Beech Spring Apartments rental complex in Summit. Beech Spring Apartments, located at 7 and 10 Beech Spring Drive, occupies 3.59 acres. The garden-style apartment complex consists of one- and two-bedroom duplex layouts about 24 miles from Manhattan. The property was built in 1938 and is located 0.3 miles from the New Providence New Jersey Transit train station. Property records show the site was sold by a limited liability company associated with Passaic-based Madison Hill Properties to an undisclosed buyer. Eight miles south in Plainfield, Gebroe-Hammer traded 19 units at 410-420 Watchung Avenue for $2.9 million. That property includes 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and is located one block from local NJT station. Property records show that Barry Williams, a businessman from Fanwood, sold the property in May to an LLC associated with Lakewood-based OliveTree Management. The brokerage noted that Plainfield has a 54.9 percent renter population and an annual property appreciation rate higher than 90 percent of other municipalities in the Garden State. [GlobeSt]Jersey City real estate investor charged with mortgage fraudAnthony Garvin, 49, has been indicted again on charges of running a $30 million mortgage fraud scheme involving properties in Jersey City, Union and elsewhere in New Jersey, reported. Garvin, a real estate investor and realtor who resides in Jersey City, had already been indicted two years ago on a conspiracy charge related to a mortgage scheme that allegedly ran from January 2011 through August 2017. Christopher Goodson, a Newark-based lawyer charged at the time with Garvin, pleaded guilty late last year to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Garvin now faces additional charges on five counts of bank fraud and one count of bank fraud conspiracy, according to a statement last week from federal prosecutors in the Garden State. The U.S. Department of Justice claims that Garvin and his co-conspirators obtained fraudulent home equity lines of credit, or HELOC loans, using bogus documents and other falsified information. Mortgage Professional America, citing information released by prosecutors, reported that Garvin engaged in numerous short-sale flips of New Jersey properties that had defaulted on their mortgages. [] — Brian BaxterL+M secures $20M in financing for Newark housingLarchmont, New York-based L+M Development Partners received $20 million in financing for 270 units of Section 8 housing near Weequahic Park in Newark, Real Estate Weekly reported. The outlet noted that the developer and Prudential Financial struck a deal that will enable the extension of the Section 8 contract for Zion Towers at 515 Elizabeth Avenue. Resources from the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Financing Agency, City Community Capital and Wells Fargo were also granted to the developer. According to TAPinto, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs agreed to extend the Section 8 contract for the rental complex for 20 years. The refinancing will enable the developer to carry out $20 million in renovations at the complex, which L+M acquired in 2017. L+M said the loan will help finance new kitchens and bathrooms for every unit, renovations to the lobby, community room, roof repairs, new windows and elevator and air systems upgrades. L+M and Prudential Financial also partnered with Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey to provide support services for 12 one-bedroom units slated for mental health and special needs residents. TAPinto noted that L+M bought the property for $28 million in 2017 from a limited liability company associated with Newark-based Radiant Property Management. L+M recently celebrated the opening of the Walker Building, its 264-unit, mixed-income project at 540 Broad Street in Newark. [REW] This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more