Parlor to close for floor repairs

first_imgTags: Haggar Student Center, SMC Welsh Parlor, located in the Haggar College Center at Saint Mary’s and more commonly referred to as Haggar Parlor, will be out of commission for an estimated nine to 10 weeks due to floor damage, according to Gwen O’Brien, director of media relations at Saint Mary’s.“On Jan. 24, 2014, a steam coil in a radiator cracked, and water from the unit flooded the floor,” O’Brien said.The damage done is not only extensive, but also irreversible, she said. The repairs, which include replacing the floor with white oak wood, will cost $35,000, and Saint Mary’s hopes to have the parlor ready for commencement, according to O’Brien.The Haggar College Center, which was dedicated in 1942, originally housed the Alumnae Centennial Library, O’Brien said. Saint Mary’s later converted the space into a student center.According to O’Brien, Haggar parlor is frequently used for meetings, panel discussions and dinners.Haggar Parlor is a popular venue for events, which now will have to change locations, O’Brien said. One event that has been affected by the closure of the space is the 2014 “Chimes Literary and Arts Journal” release reading.Kathryn Haemmerle, an editor of the journal, said the parlor’s closure is disappointing, given the parlor’s ideal environment for the release reading.“We are partial to Haggar Parlor because it’s very suitable to readings,” Haemmerle said. “It has light and space, with an area near the piano for a contributor to stand and read their work.”Nevertheless, O’Brien said there are other venues available for hosting campus events, and the new floor will make up for the temporary loss of the parlor’s availability.“The tradeoff for losing the space for a while is that a brand new white oak floor will be installed, which will update the room and make it even more majestic than it already was,” O’Brien said.If the parlor is not completed before commencement, related events may have to be moved elsewhere, O’Brien said.last_img read more

Former employee seeks protective order in lawsuit

first_imgA Notre Dame student filed a lawsuit last October against the University and a former employee, alleging sexual harassment and racial discrimination. WSBT reported Friday that the former employee’s attorney, Ed Sullivan, requested a “protective order for information exchanged during the discovery phase of the case.”The suit alleges a white University employee — “Jane Roe”  — coerced the plaintiff — “John Doe,” an African-American student at the University — into a sexual relationship with her daughter, who attends a “nearby school” but is also an employee of the University. The suit also alleges University administrators knew  about the misconduct and, citing Title VI and Title IX, had a responsibility to intervene for the student’s wellbeing, which was compromised by a racially and sexually hostile environment.John Doe’s attorney, Pete Agostino, did not object to the request for a protective order, WSBT reported, “but said he wanted to reexamine the scope of what could be deemed as ‘confidential.’ … The judge, Honorable Michael Scopelitis, agreed to let the attorneys reach an agreement on what would be considered ‘confidential’ before making a decision in a few weeks.” Tags: racial discrimination, Sexual harassment, University Lawsuitlast_img read more

Police Raid Two Jamestown Houses Wednesday, Recover Guns, Drugs

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – Police in Jamestown recovered two handguns, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl during the search of two houses early Wednesday morning.Jamestown Police say the city’s Metro Drug Task Force executed search warrants at 28 Euclid Ave., Apt. 209 and 8 Pullman St. just before 7 a.m.Police say three adult males and one juvenile male were located inside the house on Euclid Avenue and a female and another juvenile were found at the Pullman Street residence.Officers say the raids is the result of a two month-long investigations into drug trafficking. Police say charges are expected to be filled in the case.Anyone with information about illegal drug trafficking is asked to call JPD’s anonymously tip line at 716-483-TIPS (8477).The Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department SWAT Team also assisted in the search warrant execution. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),What’s drunk tracking?,reporting by drunk reporters?last_img read more

Oh, Hello’s Nick Kroll & John Mulaney Are Taking Your Questions!

first_img Oh, Hello on Broadway Funny guys Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are on “the Brid-way”! The Oh, Hello stars have brought  their Comedy Central characters Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland to the bright lights of Times Square. The old roommates are taking a break from serving up tuna to unsuspecting celebrities, bossing around their intern and harassing Upper West Siders to answer your questions. Kroll and Mulaney are taking your questions as themselves (though we can’t promise that “New Yawk” sensibility won’t sneak in). Ask away below, and be sure to tuna-in (sorry) when Kroll and Mulaney reveal their answers!<a data-cke-saved-href="" href="">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a> View Comments Related Showscenter_img Nick Kroll & John Mulaney(Photo: Christian Frarey) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 22, 2017last_img read more

Junk, by Ayad Akhtar, Is Coming to Broadway

first_img View Comments Lincoln Center Theater will present the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar latest play, Junk. The production, directed by Doug Hughes, will begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre—the company’s Broadway space—on September 14. Opening night is set for October 12.Akhtar received a Pulitzer in 2013 for Disgraced; the play transferred to Broadway in a Lincoln Center Theater and Araca Group production the following year (the two reunite as co-producers for Junk).Junk premiered a La Jolla Playhouse in the summer of 2016. The financial thriller is set in the 1985 and follows a successful junk bond trader whose reputation as king of finance is at stake. Akhtar likens the play to a Shakespearean history, explaining that it’s his dramatic interpretation of events that led to a turning point in the American economy.Casting will be announced at a later date. The production will feature sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting design by Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by Mark Bennett.J. T. Rogers’ Oslo is set to begin performances at the Vivian Beaumont on March 23; the play is scheduled to conclude its run on June 18. The La Jolla Playhouse production of ‘Junk'(Photo: Jim Carmody)last_img read more

South African coal miner Exxaro Resources taking first steps into renewable energy arena

first_imgSouth African coal miner Exxaro Resources taking first steps into renewable energy arena FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Business Day:Exxaro Resources, [South Africa’s] largest, black-empowered coal miner, is moving into renewable energy as the global transition away from fossil fuels intensifies.At its results presentation on Thursday, Exxaro CEO Mxolisi Mgojo said that after following a “robust engagement” between the board and management, Exxaro has resolved to adopt a strategy “that will focus solely on new opportunities in the energy security space”. Mgojo said renewable energy is the fastest growing energy sector and so will be core to the strategy.The growing issue of climate change presents “big risk” to Exxaro’s business but it has resolved to embrace the challenge, Mgojo said.In South Africa (SA), the integrated resource plan (IRP) envisages a much-reduced role for coal in the country’s future energy mix. In the private sector, big emitters have come under pressure to clean up their act. Lenders too are feeling the heat and last week Standard Bank published its policy on funding coal-powered projects and coal mining.In September last year, Exxaro announced its acquisition of the remaining 50% stake in Cennergi, an independent producer of renewable power in SA, which provides a key steppingstone in Exxaro’s pursuit of its new strategy, Mgojo said.He said the strategy is also being driven by a more-drastic-than-expected liberalisation of SA’s energy market, which, Mgojo said, is driven by severe levels of load-shedding that have prompted stakeholders and the government into action. Recently, the government announced that it will clear the regulatory hurdles which have prevented industry from producing energy for its own use. “There are a lot of things being done behind the scenes,” Mgojo said.[Lisa Steyn]More: Exxaro embraces a green futurelast_img read more

Josepher assumes leadership of the Tax Section

first_imgJosepher assumes leadership of the Tax Section Josepher assumes leadership of the Tax SectionThe Bar’s Tax Section recently held its annual organizational meeting for 2002-03 on Amelia Island, at which Rick Josepher took over as chair.Under Josepher’s leadership, the Tax Section will continue its long-term effort to increase participation of the state’s young tax lawyers. At the organizational meeting, young tax lawyers conducted their own organizational roundtable meeting, received appointments in “unprecedented numbers” to leadership positions within the section, and for the second consecutive year, presented the “Ullman Year in Review,” a two-hour panel review (named in honor of long-standing Tax Section member Sam Ullman of Miami) of the most important developments over the last year in corporate tax, the taxation of pass-through entities, tax procedure, international tax, estate and gift taxes, tax-exempt organizations, and state and local taxes.Several sponsors also presented continuing legal education programs and the section heard an in-depth presentation on the recent changes in the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar that concern a lawyer’s ability to refer clients to ancillary services in which the lawyer has a financial stake, combined with a discussion on “Insurance as an Ancillary Business.”The Tax Section’s next meeting will be October 19 at the Hyatt Westshore in Tampa, and will be preceded on October 18 by a Tax Section-sponsored CLE presentation on Florida’s new Uniform Principal and Income Act. August 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Rains could help end Australia bushfire crisis

first_imgHeavy rain was raising hopes Friday for an end to Australia’s unprecedented bushfire crisis, as downpours douse blazes that have burned out of control for months.  The devastating fires, fuelled by prolonged drought and record-high temperatures, have raged since September, burning more than 10 million hectares (25 million acres) and killing 33 people. An estimated billion animals have perished in the fires that destroyed more than 2,500 homes.  The rains in New South Wales (NSW), which began earlier in the week in some areas and are forecast to extend into next week, are expected to drench a number of the remaining fires and help contain others.”It’s breaking the back of this bushfire season, there’s no doubt about it,” said Shane Fitzsimmons, the head of rural firefighters in NSW, the state worst hit by the crisis.By Friday afternoon there were no bushfires burning in NSW at the most dangerous emergency or “watch and act” levels — a situation virtually unseen in almost half a year.Beleaguered volunteer firefighters who have fought the blazes day-in-day-out declared themselves “over the moon” at the rain.  Even Fitzsimmons — who became the public face of the crisis through stoic daily TV briefings and consoling children who, like him, lost their firefighting fathers in bushfires — expressed joy at listening to the rain fall overnight and driving with windscreen wipers on.”Obviously we don’t want to see lots of widespread damage and destruction from flooding, but it is certainly a welcome change to the relentless campaign of hot, dry weather” he told public broadcaster ABC.As the bushfire crisis abates, authorities are now bracing for possible flooding.The Bureau of Meteorology issued a string of flood warnings and said some parts of NSW will see their highest rainfall totals in four years.Bushfires are an annual problem during the southern summer, but flared far more widely and earlier than usual following months of severe drought and high temperatures linked to climate change. “Even if we get a return to hot, dry weather, which has the potential as we go through the balance of February and into March, of course, we’re certainly not going to have the underlying conditions of such profound moisture deficit and drought” of past months, Fitzsimmons said. Topics :last_img read more

Four-bedroom family home offers stylish interiors

first_imgThe open plan dining room at 20 Rolfe Circuit, UnderwoodThe master bedroom is at the front of the home for privacy and has an ensuite with double shower and a walk-in wardrobe. The remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and a study is tucked away off the dining room. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The media room provides a place for the family to come together and watch a movie or two. The kitchen at 20 Rolfe Circuit, UnderwoodThe open-plan living and dining area incorporates the gourmet kitchen with stone countertops, European appliances and walk-in pantry. Stacked sliding doors open the kitchen and dining area to the tiled patio and the lovely Bali-inspired garden. The property has ducted airconditioning, solar power, solar hot water, a security system, ducted vacuum and an intercom. 20 Rolfe Circuit, Underwood is on the market for offers over $799,000A LUXURIOUS low set house is on the market in Underwood for offers over $799,000. Ray White Rochedale marketing agent Lisa Etri said the home at 20 Rolfe St was well constructed and thoughtfully designed. “It has all the features of a luxurious home such as ducted airconditioning, a gourmet kitchen and elegant fittings and fixtures,” she said. The property has a tiled entry, high ceilings, a spacious interior and stylish decor. center_img The main bedroom at 20 Rolfe Circuit, UnderwoodMs Etri said the home had attracted quite a bit of interest from local families as well as older couples looking to downsize to a lowset home. “Buyers love the gourmet kitchen and the outdoor area, which is very private and tranquil even though the home is on a smaller block,” she said. “They also like that the main bedroom is at the front of the home. “This property is certain to delight the most discerning buyer.” The home is being marketed by Lisa Etri and Anita Dunn from Ray White Rochedale.last_img read more

New rules allow charities to adopt total-return investment strategies

first_imgThe new rules, which follow a consultation earlier this year allow charity trustees to treat all investment returns – capital gains and income – as a whole, allocating the total return so as to best further their charity’s aims now and in the future.They will be able to do this by passing a resolution to adopt a total-return approach. At present, they must obtain permission from the Charity Commission.The new power hinges on the so-called ‘unapplied total return’, defined as the portion of the total investment return from the charity’s investment fund that has not yet been allocated to either the income fund or the investment fund.Once the resolution has been passed, unapplied total return may be allocated between capital and income as the trustees consider appropriate.There is, however, a cap on the amount of unapplied total return that can be added to the investment fund.This will be determined by the investment fund’s value at a specific date, indexed in line with inflation.The regulations aim to provide robust safeguards to respect the principle of permanent endowment, while allowing trustees the opportunity to take this new approach to managing their investments.For example, trustees of endowed charities will also be able to allocate a limited amount of their capital – up to 10% of the value of the investment fund – to the income fund.But this amount will have to be repaid over a reasonable period of time.And trustees must be able to demonstrate that they have acted with caution in taking a total return approach, including taking advice where appropriate.Charities that choose not to acquire the new power may still opt to apply for authorisation from the Commission to remove restrictions on spending permanent endowment.Heather Lamont, director of client investments at the CCLA, said: “It’s helpful that endowment trustees will have more flexibility to manage the distributions they make and won’t have to get Charity Commission approval on the details.“However, the arithmetic around transfers between capital and income can get pretty complicated, especially if the trustees want to take advantage of that flexibility to ‘borrow’ from the endowment, or if they later decide that they don’t want to use a total-return approach after all.”She added: “Many trustees may decide that they’ll be more confident of balancing the current and future needs of the charity if they just follow an investment strategy that will generate a reliable and sustainable income stream.“That way, they won’t have to decide how much capital is ‘safe’ to take out of the pot without eroding the real spending power of the endowment.”Peter Knapton, director of charities at M&G, said: “Many trustees dislike the total-return approach, under which any shortfall in income is topped-up by sales of capital assets.“These trustees prefer to monitor income and capital separately so as to ensure the charity does not overspend and that the capital value of the endowment at least maintains its spending power in the face of inflation.”And he warned: “Under a total-return regime, when economic recession hits, any reduction in distributions is topped-up by sales of capital assets at what will, almost certainly, be very low stock market levels.”The regulations and guidelines are available here.The Charity Commission will review the working of the regulations in five years’ time. New guidelines have been published by the Charity Commission – the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales – to enable charities to adopt a total-return approach to investing their permanent endowment.The guidelines accompany the Charities (Total Returns) Regulations 2013, which come into effect on 1 January 2014 and amend the Charities Act 2011, allowing trustees of permanently endowed charities to use a total-return approach to investment without previously seeking permission from the Charity Commission.Normally, capital gains on investments of endowed charities are retained within the charity’s investment fund to provide a permanent source of income.Only investment income such as dividends or rent can be allocated to the income fund for use on the charity’s activities.last_img read more