Montego Glover Joins the FBI! Tony Nominee Nabs Recurring Role on The Following

first_img In The Following, Glover will appear alongside Kevin Bacon (whom she is now only one degree away from). The drama follows FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Bacon) as he tries to catch murderous cult leader Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) after his escape from prison. Created by Kevin Williamson, The Following premiered January 21, 2013. Broadway alum Montego Glover is trading in her dancing shoes for a badge. The Tony nominee will play the recurring role of FBI analyst Lawrence on season two of the FOX drama The Following, according to The series’ second season will begin January 2014. No official premiere date has been set. Glover garnered a Tony nomination for her turn as Felicia in Memphis, and also appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple. No stranger to the small screen, Glover’s additional TV credits include Smash, Hostages, Made in Jersey, White Collar, Law & Order and The Good Wife. Star Filescenter_img Montego Glover View Commentslast_img read more

Exposure Lights lets loose new technology for their 2012 product line

first_imgAcross the pond, Exposure Lights is pumping out some high quality, high lumens packing, self contained lighting systems.  To help keep the lights cooler, and thus, make them last longer, Exposure is introducing their Thermal Management (ITM) technology for the 2012 product range.ITM’s main goal is to keep the LED’s from over heating, which causes them to become less efficient.  The patented ITM technology is claimed to increase burn time by helping save battery power as well.ITM is not the only upgrade to be found here either.  The housings have been tweaked to help rid the lights of heat.  Exposure has upped the anti with more powerful LEDs across the entire range, starting with the Six Pack and going all the way down the line to the Spark.   And don’t worry, all the great features such as the Smart Port, fuel gage, and cable free design are still there.last_img read more

Leahy introduces bill to permanently authorize job-creating EB-5 foreign investment program

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation Thursday to make permanent the charter for a successful, job-creating immigrant visa program that has brought economic development and job growth to Vermont since 1997.  After months of negotiation, the legislation introduced Thursday by Leahy will grant a permanent authorization to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center program.  Vermontâ s Regional Center has been a successful private-public partnership between the State of Vermont and several Vermont businesses.  The bill introduced Thursday will also extend the voluntary E-Verify program, as well as two visa programs for religious workers and the so-called â Conrad 30,’or rural doctors, visa.  The bill is co-sponsored by the Senate Judiciary Committeeâ s Ranking Member Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). â Vermont has been a model for the success of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, and I want to see that great success continue for Vermonters, and those who wish to pursue business opportunities in our great state’said Leahy. â I am grateful that Senator Grassley has worked with me to craft this legislation, and I am optimistic its introduction marks the beginning of a strong bipartisan effort to make these long-standing programs permanent.  When enacted, the measure we introduce today will also pave the way for my efforts to improve and build upon the EB-5 Regional Center Program to ensure stability for investors and entrepreneurs, and to ensure that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has the tools it needs to keep this program a strong, secure, and vital part of our economy.’  Leahy has successfully steered short-term extensions of the pilot program through Congress.  The current authorization will expire in September 2012.  Earlier this week, Leahy secured a three year extension of the programs during the Appropriations Committeeâ s consideration of the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill.  Vermontâ s Regional Center was re-chartered in 2007.  Two Vermont ski resorts, Jay Peak and Sugarbush, are active participants in the Regional Center pilot program and have been engaged in ambitious development projects.  Other capital investment projects are in the works around the state.  Vermontâ s Regional Center projects have drawn business and tourism to the state, fueling local economies and creating jobs.  Since it was created in 1993, the regional center program has attracted more than a billion dollars in foreign investment to the United States, and created thousands of new domestic jobs ‘hundreds, in Vermont.  There are now over 220 Regional Centers across the country, with new applications pending.  The Regional Center program attracts foreign investors seeking legal permanent residency and a chance to invest in the American economy.  Investors must pledge a minimum of $500,000 to a project within an approved regional center and independently apply for an EB-5 visa.  If approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), foreign investors are granted a conditional two-year green card.  After two years, the investor must provide proof that they have created at least ten jobs as a result of the investment and have met additional investment requirements set by USCIS.  As a result of the programâ s popularity, additional applications are pending with USCIS to establish new Regional Centers in several states.  WASHINGTON (Thursday, May 24, 2012)last_img read more

Hastings Manufacturing Hires Greg Vander Veen as Senior Applications Engineer

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  HASTINGS, Mich. — Hastings Manufacturing Co. has hired Greg Vander Veen as senior applications engineer. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “I am very pleased to announce that Greg Vander Veen is joining the Hastings’ engineering department as a senior applications engineer,” said Ira Rosenberg, director of engineering. “Greg was hired to support the growth in service of our OEM customer accounts. He joins us from Mahle Engine Components where he held the position of applications manager and was responsible for their efforts in the heavy-duty diesel market.” Vander Veen has more than 14 years of experience in the areas of piston ring design, numerical analysis and applications engineering. He started his career with Sealed Power Corp., which was subsequently purchased by Dana Corp. (Perfect Circle) and more recently by Mahle. Vander Veen’s credentials include a BS degree in engineering from Grand Valley State University. Hastings designs and manufactures piston rings for the worldwide engine manufacturing and remanufacturing industries.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

PW Perspectives: new opportunities and risks in evolving market

first_imgMartin Wheeler, co-head of real estate UK Kevin Cooper, co-head of real estate UKHowever, as lenders and investors, we can’t afford to be complacent. We remain alert to the risks of lending late in the cycle which today are as much, if not more, of a concern as structural changes in the market. Against this background, we have still been able to find value and we have invested more than £800m over the past 12 months, including our largest transactions to date in both our senior debt and partnership capital strategies, while we have been able to back some very interesting residential development opportunities in London and the South East.The most obvious risk in today’s market is posed by changes to shopping habits. The inexorable rise of online shopping has already started to bite hard into the retail property market and undoubtedly, values and rents will continue to come under more pressure. We have therefore been reducing our exposure against retail property for some time but we are not turning our backs on the market completely.”As lenders and investors, we can’t afford to be complacent. We remain alert to late-cycle risks”While there is clearly trouble ahead for department stores and the centres they anchor, many retail centres will continue to attract shoppers, particularly those in densely populated areas that are focused on convenience shopping. We’ll continue to back borrowers and partners with deep retail experience in this part of the market.The industrial market presents very different challenges for us. The rise of ecommerce is driving growing occupier demand but this means competition between investors to buy assets and between lenders to fund them is high. We have been active in the industrial market for many years but, with investment yields contracting to record levels, we see better relative value in development than investment and have funded two speculative warehouse schemes in the South East in recent months. Having said that, one of our biggest loans this year, and the largest loan to date in the senior debt programme, was the £125m refinance of an industrial portfolio, predominantly located in the West Midlands.‘Live-work-play’ situationThe office market is also going through a period of rapid change with TMT tenants driving demand in many parts of the country, not just London, which are often followed by co-working operators, with most looking for that millennial-friendly ‘live-work-play’ situation. We are keen to support borrowers targeting this market, as evidenced by our loan earlier this year to support FORE Partnership’s £51m acquisition of Tower Bridge Court on the South Bank. It was our first office deal in London since 2015 and we are on the lookout for others as pricing for value-add investments in the capital is looking increasingly attractive. Tower Bridge Court £51m acquisition and refurbishment whole loanWe also continue to target the other major UK cities, confident that despite the uncertainty around Brexit, there are good lending opportunities available. The fundamentals of the office market in large UK cities remain healthy. Demand for space is robust; this has been driven by strong employment growth; supply remains tight due to a lack of new development and a similar lack of conversion of secondary office space to residential under development law.Alternatives also look more attractive than ever. In an environment where Brexit brings an uncertain economic outlook, it clearly makes sense to be lending and investing in sectors where demand isn’t tied to the economic cycle. One such example is data centres; demand for data is set to grow exponentially but there are a very limited number of locations that can meet data centres’ specific requirements for connectivity or power. As well as backing student accommodation and hotels, which have been our alternatives bread and butter since 2011, we have been providing finance for data centres as well as a number of other non-traditional assets this year.Indeed, we made our biggest-ever loan across the business this year in the alternatives sector – a £200m whole loan to Royale, an operator of permanent park homes aimed at the over-50s. The loan was backed by 27 individual parks and 3,500 plots, providing a good level of granularity. We also like the fact that the number of over-50s is set to grow at twice the rate of the whole population.This year, ICG-Longbow expanded its direct investment activities with the launch of our build-to-rent business, through the Wise Living joint venture with SDL Group, and a pan-European sale-and-leaseback strategy. Growing both will be a key focus for us in 2019. Increasing demand for private rented housing gives us confidence in the outlook for build-to-rent, particularly as our focus is on family housing, which is an undersupplied part of the market. The sale-and-leaseback business is also an exciting venture for us that brings together ICG-Longbow’s property expertise with ICG Group’s 29-year track record of investing in European corporate credit deals.We also plan to expand our partnership capital lending and investing activity into continental Europe in due course. For us, it’s a natural progression for the business and doesn’t mean we’re any less interested in the UK. Although the UK market faces challenges, not least Brexit, we are still firm believers that there are plenty of good opportunities out there.Healthy sign for the marketLooking at the supply of capital to the market, we see that banks remain cautious and have lowered their LTVs. However, we see this as a healthy sign for the market as a whole and they at least remain active. From our perspective, the fact they have pulled back somewhat is helpful for obvious reasons. When it comes to our senior lending, we used to compete with the banks mainly on our flexibility and speed, whereas now there is usually substantial clear water between our terms and the banks on leverage, while in the higher LTV whole loan market there are only a handful of lenders equipped to underwrite more complex property strategies, including value-add and development.Finally, in the residential construction market, we have seen more activity from other non-bank lenders, but in our opinion this has been more than offset by a couple of UK banks pulling back from the market, while the volume of debt capital available still remains low relative to financing requirements.With positive occupational fundamentals in all but retail, we look ahead to 2019 with confidence that there will be plenty of attractive lending opportunities, despite (or even potentially resulting from) the ongoing political uncertainty. Having raised nearly £900m across our senior debt, partnership capital and residential development strategies this year and with fundraising efforts still ongoing, we have plenty of firepower coming into the new year and we look forward to continuing to support our customers with our flexible capital and partnership approach going forward. About ICG LongbowICG-Longbow is the trading name for the real estate business of Intermediate Capital Group, the FTSE 250 listed asset manager with €33.6bn AUM*ICG-Longbow was formed in 2006 by current business co-heads Kevin Cooper and Martin WheelerICG-Longbow AUM £3.6bn*£2.9bn invested across 114 transactions*£803m invested in 2018 across 22 investments£885m capital raised in 2018 across senior debt, partnership capital and development strategies*As at 30.09.18last_img read more

Officer Threatens Discrimination Lawsuit

first_imgA Southampton Village police officer and member of the force for over a decade is threatening to sue Southampton Village and its police department over claims he was denied a promised promotion because he is black.Kareem Proctor, 40, who was hired by the village in September 2008, filed a notice of claim July 18 seeking unspecified damages for mental anguish, pain, and suffering, damages to name and reputation, and monetary damages for what he says are the malicious conduct, violation of civil rights, and discriminatory treatment of the Southampton Village Police Department.“Within the past two years I have been discriminated against based on my race and color,” said Proctor in his five-page claim filed with Hempstead attorney Julissa Proaño. “I have not received any evaluations nor do I have a negative employment history within the department.”The Flanders resident, who is one of three African Americans in a department of over 30, joined the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office East End Drug Task Force — made up of law enforcement officers and detectives from East End law enforcement agencies — September 9, 2015 and was assured by Southampton Village Police Chief Thomas Cummings that he would be promoted to detective after 18 months on that assignment.New York State Civil Service Law says anyone serving in a detective or investigator position for at least 18 months “shall receive a permanent appointment to a detective or investigator position.”But the officer says he was removed from the task force one day prior to automatically being promoted.“Of all seven police officers that were on the task force since I have been employed . . . I was the only officer that was not promoted to a higher rank,” Proctor said. “The other officers were all Caucasian.”He also said two other white officers, a man and a woman, were promoted to detective in the past two years despite performance issues. Proctor claims both also made fewer arrests than he did as a police officer.The veteran said he believed he would receive the promotion, and was congratulated and told by Detective Sergeant Herman Lamison on his first day of Basic Criminal Investigation school in March of 2017 that he would be made detective. This was just days before he was removed from the task force. Proctor alleged in the notice that Lamison said he’d received this information from Cummings in a supervisors meeting.Lamison, who is black, settled a federal discrimination lawsuit against the village in 2007 alleging he had been passed over for a promotion because of his race, and in part because a village trustee accused him of selling drugs. Lamison was not promoted to detective sergeant until after he filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2005 and held a news conference with the support of the NAACP, according to the suit, which was settled for $25,000.“While I firmly believe the Southampton Village Police Department and the Village of Southampton is engaging in discriminatory actions against me by refusing to give me a promotion as a consequence of my race and color, I have still continued to act as a professional and perform my tasks with due diligence and dedication,” Proctor said. “The department’s failure to promote me has caused me financial loss, embarrassment, and humiliation.”Southampton Village Administrator Russell Kratoville said the village does not comment on pending legal issues, but did confirm Proctor was paid $153,050 in 2018, including overtime. In June, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association received a two-percent increase on base wage, so the administrator is unsure of Proctor’s anticipated salary for this year.“As an integral and active member of the department, it is difficult to project Officer Proctor’s 2019 income considering the numerous additional assignments and responsibilities within the department,” Kratoville said.He also sent out a notice on Friday, August 16 about a Tuesday, August 20 Southampton Village Board of Trustees special executive session meeting “for the purpose of a contractual personnel hearing,” the results of which were not available by press time.Southampton Village’s newly-sworn in mayor, Jesse Warren, said Friday that prior administration was made aware of the situation. He too said he cannot comment on pending or existing litigation. Proctor and Cummings did not respond to additional requests for comment. On top of the unspecified damages, Proctor is asking for an investigation into the actions of department officials and a formal apology for constitutional violations and discriminatory Sharelast_img read more

Novatek to reveal Ust-Luga Complex details

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New Zealand: Boskalis to Assist CRP with Marine Consent Application

first_imgFollowing recent meetings between Chatham Rock Phosphate and Boskalis, the two parties have agreed a variation to the services agreement that the parties entered into July 2012.Under the agreement, Boskalis will assist CRP with the marine consent application; including providing technical advice and making available personnel with relevant technical expertise to attend the anticipated application hearings. The granting of marine consent is the next key step in the Company’s development and the CRP Board welcomed the continuing involvement of Boskalis in this process.Consideration for the services to be performed under the Variation Agreement is expected to be satisfied by the shares issued to Boskalis in 2012, which formed a prepayment for services to be provided by Boskalis.Further to the Variation Agreement, and in anticipation of CRP’s Admission to AIM, Mr. Jacobus (Ko) de Blaeij, the Boskalis representative on CRP’s board, has stepped down as a director of CRP. It has been agreed in principle that CRP will formalise an expert advisory panel to assist the CRP Board on technical matters and it is intended that Mr De Blaeij will chair that panel.CRP is also making significant progress with its AIM listing and capital-raising. CRP has carried out a review of the Board structure and the company’s governance in preparation of Admission to AIM. As a result, Linda Sanders has stepped down as Executive Chairman and Robert Goodden has been appointed as the new Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.[mappress]Press Release, June 11, 2014last_img read more

Clean bill of health

first_img Neil McCormick, Frome, Somerset It seems to me that the judgment in Key v Key [2010] EWHC 408 Ch is open to criticism, because the judge did not apparently consider it in any way significant, or even relevant, that the testator’s experienced solicitor (whatever else his shortcomings) believed that the testator had capacity. It is therefore interesting to read in paragraph 68 of the judgment in Thorpe v Fellowes Solicitors [2011] EWHC 61 [QB]) that the opinion of the consultant neurologist in that case was that ‘the solicitor did not feel that there were any issues with [the claimant’s] capacity. ‘This to me means that she probably did have capacity…’ It is nice to know that the medical profession seem to have confidence in our common sense and judgement, even if the judges do not. last_img read more

Why attend an ABA meeting?

first_imgI am at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in Chicago. It is not surprising that it is in Chicago again. Not only is it the principal home of the ABA, but there are just a handful of US cities big enough to take a convention of this size. If you look at the roll call of hosts, you see that the same few places occur again and again: Chicago, San Francisco, New York. Sometimes it breaks out: Disney Florida one year (where the foreign guests had a look of perpetual surprise on their face), and Honolulu another (where the appeal of the beach was a challenge – I think that is why the ABA never goes to Las Vegas, which would be big enough to take them). Sometimes, the annual meeting goes to the rest of the world. In recent years – last year, in fact – the ABA dipped its toe abroad, and went across the border to Toronto. But I remember when it came to London in the late 1990s. The hotels were so small in comparison to the giant US convention hotels (the main conference hotel in Chicago, the Hyatt Regency, has more than 2,000 rooms) that they had to use dozens of hotels rather than the usual handful. There are some abiding traditions for a European visitor: the hotel breakfast room is pretty full at 6.30 in the morning, often with lawyers having business meetings, or grabbing a coffee after their jog; dinners can start similarly early, say at 6.00 or 6.30pm; there are sometimes stellar speakers – I have seen Maya Angelou and Bill Clinton, and this time there is an opportunity to hear the lawyer writer, Scott Turow; and finally there are the other traditions of US life on which you can take your pick – for instance, the bewildering number of salad dressings or breads when you order a sandwich. Why should anyone who is not a US lawyer come, particularly given the overwhelming size of the meeting? The answer is to learn. Of course, you may not have an interest in US law, but – because of the size, wealth and innovativeness of the USA – many developments start here and spread to the UK. There is a wide range of sectional interests covering every area of practice, but I will take as an example the one that interests me, the section of science and technology. Much of the world in which we now practise has been shaped by US developments: Google, Facebook, iPhones, let alone older technology such as Microsoft. I find that as a result US lawyers usually face technological issues earlier than we do in Europe, and have wonderful industry experts to assist them. Looking at the programme compiled for this meeting by the section of science and technology, it is clear that the challenge caused by computer programs in relation to litigation discovery is a big topic. There are two sessions devoted to it. First, there is “Can a computer do it better, faster, and cheaper?”. Although humans are still used for determining relevance and privilege of documents, there is now something called ‘predictive coding’, or computer-assisted review, which can bring down the costs of e-discovery. The session blurb claims that research has shown technology-assisted review can be more accurate and efficient than exhaustive manual review. The second programme on the same topic – “Ethical and practical considerations on the use of artificial intelligence in e-discovery” – looks at the consequences of using artificial intelligence technologies to replicate human judgement in the search and review of electronic information and social media in the context of litigation. There are further sessions on developments in the mobile payments area, and the legal consequences of telemedicine. Whatever your choice of practice area, there is something for you, together with the interest of the particular city in which the convention takes place. You are too late for this year, but be warned now: next year it will be in San Francisco from 8-13 August 2013. Jonathan Goldsmith is secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents around a million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He blogs weekly for the Gazette on European affairs.last_img read more