Real estate industry denounces “insurrection” in DC

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink (Clockwise from top left) Stephen Schwarzman of Blackstone Group, James Whelan of the Real Estate Board of New York, Jorge Pérez of the Related Group and Scott Rechler of RXR Realty denounced Wednesday’s siege on the Capitol Building (Getty)After a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol Building Wednesday, business and real estate leaders — even those who once supported the president — condemned his actions and the day’s events.Blackstone Group’s Stephen Schwarzman, President Donald Trump’s largest Wall Street campaign contributor in 2020, denounced the incursion and traced it to the commander in chief.“The insurrection that followed the President’s remarks [Wednesday] is appalling and an affront to the democratic values we hold dear as Americans,” the CEO said in a statement to The Real Deal. “I am shocked and horrified by this mob’s attempt to undermine our Constitution. As I said in November, the outcome of the election is very clear and there must be a peaceful transition of power.”Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol Building just after 1 p.m. Wednesday in an effort to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory. Four were killed in the rampage, and it took law enforcement hours to secure the building.Scott Rechler, CEO of New York-based RXR Realty, told Fox Business News that the events recalled the Sept. 11 attacks nearly 20 years ago.“This is horrifying. It is an attack on our democracy,” he said. “It evokes emotions and feelings for me when I watched attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11 — except these aren’t foreign actors, these are Americans incited by words from our president.”Prior to the siege on the Capitol, Trump spoke at a rally near the White House, telling supporters that he would not concede the election, which he repeatedly called “rigged.” He encouraged supporters to “peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” at the Capitol, but also said that “you’ll never take back our country with weakness.”After the group breached the Capitol, Trump in a video statement encouraged his supporters to go home, but told rioters “we love you,” and repeated the unfounded claim that motivated them: that the election was illegitimate.Twitter, where the video was posted, later deleted it and locked Trump’s account. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that Trump’s accounts on that platform and Instagram would be suspended “indefinitely” to help ensure the peaceful transition of power.Another of Trump’s close allies, Kushner Companies founder Charles Kushner, said in an email exchange obtained by the New York Times that Trump’s behavior was “beyond our control.”Kushner, whose son Jared is married to Trump’s daughter Ivanka, received a presidential pardon from Trump on Dec. 23. He did not respond to requests for comment.Later Wednesday evening, Congress returned and certified the election results in favor of Biden. In the early hours of the morning, Trump issued a statement on Twitter, through a spokesperson, promising an orderly transition.Other executives agreed that Trump’s remarks incited the riots.Jorge Pérez, founder and CEO of the Related Group, called the attacks on the Capitol “grotesque” in an email to The Real Deal and said that Trump’s remarks made matters worse.“Vice President Pence, at least, showed great character assuming a position of restraint and condemnation of the attacks,” said Pérez, who added that the images reminded him of countries with histories of radical revolutions. “This IS NOT AMERICA.”Real Estate Board of New York president James Whelan said in a statement that the events were “anti-American and must be condemned by every elected official in our nation, regardless of party affiliation.” Doug Bibby, the president of the National Multifamily Housing Council, called it an “abhorrent assault.”In all, the industry’s public stance is a departure from its silence in 2017 after the president blamed “many sides” for the white supremacist and neo-Nazi attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia.Some real estate executives not only condemned Wednesdays’ events, but called for accountability for those who ransacked the Capitol.“There should be severe consequences implemented in response to what occurred. It was not some spontaneous act,” said Francis Greenburger, CEO of Time Equities. “It was deliberate, it was orchestrated, and I think those responsible need to be held to account.”Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman said that the people “storming the halls of Congress” to block Biden’s election “should go to jail.”“Democracy is more fragile than we think,” Kelman said in an email. “I’d feel this way regardless of who lost or won.”Ashford Hospitality CEO Rob Hays shared the sentiment, and added that differing beliefs and opinions should be resolved through “dialogue and friendship rather than with violence.”Douglas Durst, chairman of the Durst Organization, went further, calling the rioters “seditious.”“Not since 1814 have we seen the appalling desecration of our nation’s capital,” said Durst, referring to British troops during the War of 1812. “The difference is that then, it was a foreign power. Today it was seditious domestic terrorists.”Kathryn Brenzel and Katherine Kallergis contributed reporting.center_img TagsDonald TrumpJoe BidenPoliticslast_img read more

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2021-05-12

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Utah State Football Adds Jalil Brown As Cornerbacks Coach

first_img Tags: Colorado/Gary Andersen/Indianapolis Colts/Jalil Brown/Kansas City Chiefs/Khalil Dorsey/Maurice Davison/Miami Dolphins/Northern Arizona University/USU Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State head football coach Gary Andersen announced Jalil Brown as the Aggies’ new cornerbacks coach.Brown brings extensive experience both as a star player and an assistant coach to his new post at Logan.A former two-time all-Big 12 cornerback at Colorado (2006-2010) and a standout with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs (2011-2012), Indianapolis Colts (2013; 2014-2015) and Miami Dolphins (2013-2014), Brown commenced his coaching career in 2017 as Boise State’s assistant strength coach.The Broncos then promoted him as a defensive analyst in 2018. Later on in 2018, he was hired by Northern Arizona University to coach the Lumberjacks’ cornerbacks.While at NAU, he helped the Lumberjacks become the 13th best pass defense (179.7 yards per game) at the FCS level.Two of his star players, Khalil Dorsey (1st team all-Big Sky Conference) and Maurice Davison (3rd team all-Big Sky Conference) were named as all-conference performers.Brown is a 2010 graduate of Colorado, earning degrees in sociology and business management. Written by Brad James January 2, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State Football Adds Jalil Brown As Cornerbacks Coachlast_img read more

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2021-05-08

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MARCOM Hosts ROK JFMU Delegation

first_img Share this article April 9, 2015 MARCOM Hosts ROK JFMU Delegation View post tag: hosts Back to overview,Home naval-today MARCOM Hosts ROK JFMU Delegation View post tag: delegation A delegation from the Republic of Korea (ROK) Joint Forces Military University (JFMU), led by the President of JFMU, Major General Yoo Byung-Gill of the ROK Air Force, visited NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) to discuss MARCOM’s command and control, coordination with Allied and partner nations, organisation and operations.The delegation met with MARCOM’s Chief of Staff, Rear Admiral Giorgio Lazio, received a comprehensive briefing on MARCOM’s role within the NATO command structure and its responsibilities in the maritime domain, and toured the Maritime Operations Centre (MOC).JFMU is located in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, and is responsible for ensuring excellence in joint professional military education and research into national defence. The university educates both Korean and international officers, non-commissioned officers, and civilian personnel.The Republic of Korea is one of NATO’s partners across the globe. Building on dialogue and cooperation that has been developed since 2005, relations were deepened with the signature of an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme in September 2012. Stabilising Afghanistan has been an important focus of cooperation in recent years, notably with the deployment by the Republic of Korea of a large contingent to support the NATO-led operation there.[mappress mapid=”15628″]Image: MARCOM View post tag: ROKcenter_img Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: JFMU View post tag: News by topic View post tag: MARCOM View post tag: europelast_img read more

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2021-05-04

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Twiddle Celebrates 4/20 In Brooklyn With Help From Robert Randolph, Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer [Photos/Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images On Saturday, Twiddle made a stop at Brooklyn Steel in the northern neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they welcomed fans into the warehouse-turned-music venue to celebrate one of, if not the best holidays of the year, 4/20. As previously announced, the jam band from Vermont was joined during a portion of their special three-set performance on the joyous holiday by renowned pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph and guitarist Brandon “Taz” Niederauer.Related: Twiddle Announces Return As House Band For ‘The Dan Patrick Show’The night began with Twiddle starting their marathon show with “Dinner Fork” into “Nicodemus Portulay”, a pair of tunes from their 2017 PLUMP Chapter 2 LP. They continued right into “The Box” before returning to “Dinner Fork” to close out the opening three-song segue. The rock quartet kept the show rolling with “River Drift” before being joined by their first guest of the night in Niederauer, who came out to play on “Lose in the Cold” to close out the first set. Fans can watch the video below to relive the first few tunes from the show’s opening set on Saturday.Twiddle – Set I Opener – 4/20/2019[Video: Relix]The show’s second set opened up with a segue of Twiddle fan-favorites beginning with “Jamflowman” and transitioning into “Frankenfoote”, which also continued right on into “Apples” before returning to “Frankenfoote”. Niederauer then returned to the stage to join the group in performing “Syncopated Healing”, another tune off Twiddle’s PLUMP LP, before continuing with a two-song combination of “Hatti’s Jam” into “When It Rains It Pours”. Fans can also check out the video below to relive the opening songs from the second part of the band’s 4/20 performance.Twiddle – Set II Opener – 4/20/2019[Video: Relix]Set IIIFollowing another smoke/set break, the band returned to the stage for the third portion of Saturday’s performance by opening the set with help from Randolph on “Latin Tang”. Randolph would go on to remain in action with the band throughout the entire third set. Together, the group kept the energy going with “Mamunes the Faun”, “Drifter”, “Every Soul”, and “Who Do You Love?”. The set came to a climactic end with the performance of “Barbeque”. Amazingly, Twiddle had the energy to return to the stage with their special guests for a two-song encore with Randolph beginning with “Milk” and finally closing out with a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “All Along The Watchtower”.Twiddle will head out on their “Road To Red Rocks” run of shows alongside Pigeons Playing Ping Pong beginning on Wednesday with a show in Columbia, MO leading up to their co-headlining performance at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater on May 2nd. Fans can head to the band’s website for tickets to upcoming performances. Fans who couldn’t make it to Brooklyn to celebrate 4/20 can relive the night’s performance by checking out the photos below, courtesy of Adam McCullough.Setlist: Twiddle | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 4/20/2019Set One: Dinner Fork > Nicodemus Portulay > The Box > Dinner Fork, River Drift, Lost in the Cold*Set Two: Jamflowman > Frankenfoote > Apples > Frankenfoote, Syncopated Healing*, Hatti’s Jam* > When It Rains It Poors*Set Three: Latin Tang^, Mamunes the Faun^, Drifter^, Every Soul^, Who Do You Love?^, Barbeque^Encore: Milk^, All Along The Watchtower^ (Bob Dylan cover)Show Notes:* w/ Brandon “Taz” Niederauer^ w/ Robert RandolphTwiddle | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 4/20/2019 | Photos: Adam McCulloughlast_img read more

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2021-03-02

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On the Blogs: India Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coal

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Peter Dockrill for ScienceAlert.com:To anybody who’s been reading the headlines on investment into clean energy production, it’s clear that India has been heavily backing solar power. In recent times, the nation has unveiled a string of ambitious solar projects, including the world’s first 100 percent solar-powered airport and what is slated to become the world’s largest solar power station.One of the consequences of all this ongoing investment in infrastructure is that the cost of providing solar power in India is becoming increasingly affordable – to the point where the country’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, now says that solar power is a more cost-effective option than the old fossil-fuel staple, coal.“I think a new coal plant would give you costlier power than a solar plant,” Goyal told the media at a press conference in India on Monday. “Of course there are challenges of 24/7 power. We accept all of that – but we have been able to come up with a solar-based long term vision that is not subsidy based.”That vision is part a national plan for to generate more than 100 gigawatts of solar power by 2022 – an ambitious target that’s about 20 times beyond the current level solar provides in India.But what could help make it happen is the falling price of solar power. This year, solar energy prices in the country dropped to around parity with coal for the first time ever, hitting 4.34 rupees (about 6 US cents) a kilowatt-hour (kWh), while coal tariffs range usually range in between 3–5 rupees/kWh (about 5–8 US cents).And if the price keeps falling at a similar rate, it will soon drop significantly below coal, with some saying that by 2020, solar could be as much as 10 percent cheaper than coal power.If that does happen, it would be a major turning point in a country where access to electricity is still not universal. Inconsistencies in the country’s power grid mean many of India’s cities are subject to blackouts and brownouts, and up to a quarter of the population – some 300 million people – have no access to electricity.Cheaper electricity sourced from the expansion of solar plants across the country could help make for a better, more reliable grid, and one that’s less harmful to Indians and the environment at large.Full post: India says the cost of solar power is now cheaper than coal On the Blogs: India Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coallast_img read more

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2020-12-31

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Coast Brewing Hop Art IPA

first_imgThis is how I roll at the beach: I start with a long morning surf session where I spend most of the time trying not to drown, followed by marathon games of horse shoes and corn hole interspersed with shorter bursts of surfing throughout the day. Dinner, then drinking games. It’s a demanding day. A demanding day that demands an easy drinking beer, so usually I try to find the lowest ABV lager at the beer store, sacrificing quality for quantity. But during this particular beach trip to Folly, just off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, I was staring at the beer fridge in Bert’s, a 24-hour market that somehow successfully combines high end fare like craft beer and an olive bar with low end fare like $1 corn dogs, and I couldn’t resist this can of Hopart, from Charleston-based Coast Brewing.This is a big IPA in a big boy can. This is not beach beer. It’s not a lager or golden ale, it’s not a low ABV beer. It doesn’t exactly go down easy, which is another way of saying “it has flavor.” The fact that it comes in four packs, and not six packs, tells you straight up that it’s not an easy-drinking beach beer.But look at that can!I expected a juicy modern IPA, but it’s not as fruity as most of its contemporary IPA counterparts. It actually has a solid malt presence, is zesty as hell, but also still comes across as creamy. Hopart pushes 8%ABV, which is borderline double IPA territory. And it’s downright suicidal to drink can after can of a high ABV IPA in the sun all day. But day-drinking is about breaking the rules, and sometimes, the rules of day-drinking itself need to be broken. And if my horse shoes game is any indication (I was throwing ringers left and right), I might adopt Coast’s Hopart as my go-to beach beer from here on out.last_img read more

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2020-12-30

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G8 Leaders Vow Joint Action Against Terrorism

first_imgBy Dialogo June 29, 2010 G8 leaders pledged to work together in an “integrated and coordinated” manner to combat the threat posed by terrorism and attack violent extremism at its roots. “Terrorism threatens people everywhere and undermines peace, stability and security. All acts of terrorism are criminal, inhumane, and unjustifiable irrespective of motivation. Denouncing suicide bombings and a rise in hostage-takings, the leaders said after talks in Canada that it was “critical to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism.” They highlighted in their joint statement the need for governments to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and ensure good governance. “Given the complex nature of the terrorist threat, an integrated and coordinated G8 response is essential to meeting this challenge.” center_img “Terrorist groups and other criminal organizations tend to flourish where governments lack the capacity and resiliency to address security vulnerabilities, in some cases threatening the stability of states,” the joint statement said. The group stressed the need to better co-ordinate counter-terrorism efforts, and to make them more “innovative, far-reaching and sustained.” Vowing to support weak governments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sahel, Somalia and Yemen fight terrorism, G8 leaders said they would step up efforts to promote the rule of law. last_img read more

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2020-12-20

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The 52nd Vinkovci Autumn was officially opened

first_imgOn the big stage on Ban Šokčević Square, a program entitled “Ex Slavonia” or “From Slavonia” was held, which officially opened the 52nd Vinkovci Autumn, which is held from 8 to 17 September in Vinkovci.Actors, singers, soloists on traditional instruments, tamburitza ensembles, cultural and artistic societies, singing groups and many others, were part of the stage and music event, which this year was conceived by the author Ana Cvenić, according to whom the script structure is ditiramb beauty of Slavonia plains expressed by the song of Vinkovci poet Vladimir Kovačić “Ex Slavonia” and a series of fragments through which the story of Slavonia. It is also a story about young people, for whom love and beauty are in the first place in terms of importance, explains Ana Cvenić.”Welcome to a city that has nurtured Croatian traditional history for more than half a century. I invite you to take a peek into the rich treasury of Croatian traditional culture and heritage this weekend, which is the crown of our event, and to experience all the beauty of the customs of the Homeland in our city, and on our streets and squares you can taste Slavonia with all your senses. The beauty of our tame Slavonian plain was crowned by this event which, with its optimism and unsurpassed beauty, always brings joy to the hearts of both the participants, of whom there are almost 10.000 this year, and I believe you who are here tonight. Slavonia provided the world with a great constellation of people who enriched their homeland with their words and vision, enriched a person’s life, stimulated his thoughts and quivered his feelings. I am convinced that the Vinkovci Autumns, through their half a century, have managed to evoke the past in its original forms, successfully show the present, and at the same time direct many young generations to the future who will nurture the customs of their ancestors and love for the Croatian land. ” – said Vinkovci Mayor and President of the Organizing Committee of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns Ivan Bosančić, and then the event was opened by Parliament Speaker Goran Jandroković, who stressed that this traditional Croatian folklore festival has become one of the most important events of its kind in Croatia, but also in this part Europe.The rich program was attended by 14 professional and four amateur actors, then KUD Šumari, HKUD Osijek 1862, KUD Šokadija from Stari Mikanovac, tamburitza ensembles Dike, Slavonske lole, Caprio, Đeram, Slavonski dukati, singing group Sinovi atara, Women’s singing group Andrijaševci , singing group Lipe, Šima Jovanovac, Stanko Šarić…The little folklorists in the procession showed that they are worthy guardians of the heritage of their ancestorsOver 2500 children from 58 children’s folklore groups from all Croatian counties marched through the streets and squares of Vinkovci last weekend and it was the culmination of this year’s Children’s Vinkovci Autumns, one of the most attractive events of the 52nd Vinkovci Autumns held from 8 to 17 September. Passing in a procession, small folklorists performed parts of their program, and in front of the gymnasium in the Pedestrian Zone, each group stopped and performed a dance, a game, sang a children’s popcorn, a count or a custom and thus presented themselves to the audience who rewarded them with applause. by way of parade.Proudly wearing the folk costume of their place and region, the children showed that they are diligent and proud guardians of the heritage they inherited from their ancestors, and many spectators knew how to reward them with long applause.last_img read more

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2020-11-18

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The market in minutes

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2020-10-20

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Polish pension reform ‘largely legal’, Constitutional Tribunal rules

first_imgPoland’s Constitutional Tribunal ruled yesterday that 2014’s controversial second-pillar pension reforms which saw the removal of PLN153.2bn (€36.7bn) in assets were compatible with the Polish Constitution, with the exception of the advertising ban.The tribunal’s decision was announced following the previous two days’ hearings, when the 15-judge panel considered submissions by then-president Bronisław Komorowski and Irena Lipowicz, who was Human Rights Defender (Polish Ombudsman) at the time.While Komorowski signed off on the Polish pension reform law on 27 December 2013, he forwarded a number of concerns to the tribunal, including the legalities of the ban on the second-pillar funds (OFEs) investing in Polish and non-Polish sovereign and state bonds, the obligation to invest in a high level of equities, and the ban on funds advertising during the three-month window when fund members chose whether to continue contributing to the second pillar.The next decision period takes place in 2016. Komorowski’s 40-page submission questioned whether the investment changes, converting what were once balanced funds into high-risk structures, constituted a breach of trust for the insured.Similarly, it considered whether the removal of the earlier minimum return guarantee – with the OFE management companies compensating fund members for any shortfall from their own capital – might also be a breach of trust. The ombudsman’s concerns focused on whether the removal of 51.5% of OFE assets – the system’s Polish sovereign bond holdings, which were cancelled to reduce the country’s debt levels and accrued rights transferred to the social security fund (ZUS) – violated the principles of a citizen’s trust in the state and that of legal non-retroactivity.The decision is a relief for the Law and Justice (PiS) party, which comprehensively defeated the pension reform’s architect, the Civic Platform-led coalition, in October’s general election, and which would have otherwise have inherited a much higher public debt.The PiS is, nevertheless, a party even more hostile to the second-pillar system than its predecessor.In an interview on the Polish television news channel TVN24, Henryk Kowalczyk, widely tipped to be the new finance minister, endorsed the view of PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński that OFEs were “the biggest fraud of the last 25 years”, designed to line the private pockets with public money rather than ensure retirement security.However, Kowalczyk has also stressed in other interviews that the new government does not intend a mass appropriation.One possibility is that the 16.6m Poles with funds currently accumulated in OFEs will be given a one-off opportunity to choose whether continue retaining their savings in the second pillar or move them to the first.Another PiS policy would reverse the previous government’s increase in the retirement age to 67 years, returning it to 60 years for women and 65 years for men.This would accelerate the ‘slider’ that incrementally transfers savings from OFEs to the social security system for those with 10 or fewer years left until retirement.The biggest immediate financial threat to the OFEs, as well as other funds and the Warsaw Stock Exchange, is the possibility of Poland’s introducing a financial transaction tax.The party has floated this as a money-raising alternative to an equally controversial tax on bank assets that could come into effect as early as 2016.last_img read more

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2020-09-29

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