first_img Buyers Demand Home Tours homes HOUSING Inventory Listings Redfin Supply 2018-06-04 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Buyer Requests for Home Tours Slip Sharecenter_img June 4, 2018 553 Views The number of buyers requesting home tours declined for the first time in 27 months on a year-over-year basis according to data for April 2018 on the Redfin Demand Index. The online brokerage firm said that the index fell 1.3 percent month over month to 106 in April, recording the third consecutive month of declines in 2018. Year over year, the index declined 11.5 percent from April 2017.The Redfin Demand Index is based on requests from Redfin customers for home tours and writing offers across 15 metropolitan areas. It is adjusted for Redfin’s market share with a level of 100 representing the historical average for the three-year period from January 2013 to December 2015.Redfin said that the number of buyers requesting home tours dropped 3.7 percent annually, whereas the number of buyers making an offer during the same period declined 22.1 percent.Low levels of listings in March were to blame for the low numbers and home tour requests according to Nela Richardson, Chief Economist at Redfin. However, the index indicated that newly listed homes for sale increased 6.6 percent in April compared to a year earlier.“April’s 6.6 percent increase in new listings is a positive turn for homebuyers and bodes well for May and June sales,” Richardson said giving her view of future trends during the peak homebuying season.The data indicated that across the 15 metros covered by the index, the number of homes for sale fell 7.3 percent on a year-over-year basis, marking the thirty-fifth consecutive month of falling supply. The cities covered by the index include Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Chicago, Illinois; Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco and Oakland in California; Phoenix, Arizona; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Washington, D.C.To learn how inventory supply challenges impacted housing demand in March, click here.last_img read more

first_img20Sep Speaker of the House Tom Leonard announces October office hours Categories: Leonard News,News Speaker of the House Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, will host office hours to meet with local residents and discuss their concerns about state government.  Speaker Leonard represents Michigan’s 93rd District.The coffee hours will take place at the following locations and times:Friday, Oct. 12, from 8 – 9:30 a.m.Big Boy1408 Old U.S. 27, St. Johns, MI 48879Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 – 11:30 a.m.Hearthstone Oven Bakery and Café126 S. Pine River, Ithaca, MI 48847Local residents are encouraged to bring comments, questions and concerns about local government and anything else happening in the community.  Residents with questions about the coffee hours, or those who cannot make it, can contact Speaker Leonard’s office at 517-373-1778 or by emailing read more

first_imgShare7TweetShare5Email12 SharesJune 23, 2016; NBC SportsAs the Black Lives Matter movement continues to grow, more and more African American athletes are participating and showing their support. NBA players are among the loudest, and their WNBA sisters recently strengthened their refrain.Last week, the WNBA fined three teams—the New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury, and Indiana Fever—for altering their uniforms. The players wore black T-shirts during warm-ups with references to the shooting of African American men and police officers. WNBA officials fined each team $5,000 and each player $500. (Many fans are used to professional sports members being fined. In most cases, the fines amount to a slap on the wrist, but since WNBA players’ salaries top out at $107,000, fining a player $500 is a much harder slap.)After the fines were imposed, Liberty and Fever players boycotted their required post-game news conference and instead held their own. During their conference, players stated they would only answer questions related to Black Lives Matter.The fines were imposed weeks after the WNBA organized activities in support of the Orlando community after the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub. In those instances, six teams wore warm-up shirts reading “#ORLANDO UNITED” under a rainbow-colored heart. The WNBA and its players also organized fundraising activities and blood drives.In the face of controversy and standoff, the WNBA rescinded the fines. President Lisa Borders tweeted: Appreciate our players expressing themselves on matters important to them. Rescinding imposed fines to show them even more support.— WNBAPrez (@WNBAPrez) July 23, 2016More and more players are using the sports arena to voice political outrage. They follow in the footsteps of Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell, Tommie Smith, and John Carlos. According to a recent article in Sports Illustrated, NBA players’ voices have been by far the loudest. For example, last year, after the death of Eric Garner, many NBA players, including LeBron James and Derrick Rose, wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warm-ups. They were not fined.One of the main reasons why NBA players have used their pulpit to show their support may be their personal experiences and connections to the communities of the slain African American men. Seventy-seven percent of NBA players are black, a much higher percentage than in any other professional sport. (67 percent of NFL players are African American, and only 8.3 percent of Major League Baseball players.) Clearly, in the WNBA, where 67 percent of players are African American, these feelings are shared. The NBA itself has not stepped away from using its strength and voicing its support for political issues, either. Last week, leadership pulled the 2017 all-star game from Charlotte, North Carolina, in response to recent legislation prohibiting trans persons from using the bathroom of their gender identity. Although the fines were rescinded, the WNBA’s decision to fine their players for actions tolerated and perhaps supported by NBA players exposes much larger cultural attitudes around the role of women and their right to show their support of their beliefs and communities.—Gayle NelsonShare7TweetShare5Email12 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare34TweetShareEmail34 SharesThe Guilford Apartments in Baltimore/ Johns Hopkins Neighborhood / ShashiBellamkondaJuly 26, 2016; WBFF-TV (Baltimore, MD)Johns Hopkins University (JHU) is upping the gentrification ante by offering incentives for university employees to purchase housing in the surrounding East Baltimore communities. The new plan, described in “Johns Hopkins offers employees incentive to purchase homes close to work,” introduces a plan offering cash incentives for JHU employees who purchase homes in the Eager Park redevelopment area adjacent to the University. The developers (including JHU) envision the new community as an economic development project designed to benefit the entire community.Wait, say existing residents who worked with the developers in the planning for the area. Advocates claim that the developers did not fulfill commitments to the 290 existing homeowners who were displaced to make way for the new homes. Community activist Donald Gresham said, “We know that people were bamboozled, that they could return because of something called a ‘Right of Return’ policy. You have to understand that if your salary didn’t change, what are you going to be able to return to?” East Baltimore has long provided rental housing to JHU students (and some employees) in other close-by neighborhoods where JHU constituents coexist in rental housing with racially and income diverse traditional residents. Student and employee rents often support individual entrepreneurs (“urban pioneers”) who invest in and rehabilitate row houses for the newcomers. Because many of these homes were already vacant, there’s been little displacement. It has been a kind of “gentle gentrification.” Eager Park is a different kind of gentrification where a public-private partnership has created a new community for middle- and upper-income families. The problem of university and hospital expansion into adjacent urban neighborhoods is a familiar story in communities around the country. At the same time as JHU is subsidizing employee purchases in their “investment” development, residents of Buffalo, New York’s Fruit Belt neighborhood are pushing back against the gentrifying influence of Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Oscar Perry Abello’s story “Buffalo Neighborhood Takes Control of Fight Against Displacement” opens with a profile of community activist India B. Walton and her “Rosa Parks moment” when she created a “Residents Only” parking zone using only a roll of caution tape and a lot of chutzpah.Rather than engaging the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus in a discussion of their plans, the Fruit Belt neighborhood is pushing Buffalo City Council to create a neighborhood land trust for vacant city-owned land. Having a nonprofit land trust can permit residents to negotiate from a position of strength as de facto property owners.In his story, Mr. Abello explains, “A community land trust would give the community negotiating power to work with developers and ensure existing residents will have options to stay in the community.” Mr. Abello quotes Annette Lott, president of Fruit Belt United, explaining that, “If we control the process of who purchases those lots, we will be able to control rents, we will have development without displacement of our residents.”Keeping the larger community informed and sympathetic has been a hallmark of the Fruit Belt community’s strategy to get some control over future development. “Members of the public are invited to a meeting at the Moot Center on August 10th at 5:00 p.m. to learn more about the land trust.” Relationships between universities and hospitals and their surrounding residential communities don’t need to be adversarial. Pittsburgh provides a model for how a hospital conversion foundation is fostering a kind of “gentle gentrification” for residents in Pittsburgh’s South Side neighborhood.—Spencer WellsShare34TweetShareEmail34 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare7Tweet7ShareEmail14 SharesMay 16, 2018; ShelterforceThe promise and potential peril of the newly created Opportunity Zones initiative is something that community and economic development nonprofits are following closely. While the IRS has stated that it will issue further guidance later this year, there are already some instances where this new policy is curious. In guidance issued last month, the IRS stated that it would permit individual taxpayers to self-certify as Opportunity Funds, meaning that there would be no action required by the IRS.For some community and economic development groups, paving a pathway for Opportunity Funds to be established at the taxpayer level by streamlining the process is a surprise, given the federal government’s historical investment in building a national infrastructure of over 1,000 community development financial institutions (CDFIs) that manage over $120 billion in assets and provide a wide array of financial services and investments in distressed communities. It remains to be seen what role, if any, CDFIs will play in the rollout and implementation of the Opportunity Zone program.As NPQ has previously reported, Opportunity Zones emerged from the 2017 tax bill as a development mechanism that incentivizes investments in qualified low-income areas through cutting taxes on capital gains that are invested in those areas. The tax bill set a timeline of 90 days for governors to designate Opportunity Zones, which could be up to 25 percent of all eligible low-income census tracts in their states, a limitation that stimulated a wide range of public engagement in the designation process from cities, counties, and economic development groups.The deadline for submitting designations has now passed, and the Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund is working in tandem with the IRS on designating Qualified Opportunity Zones, while the IRS has the authority to implement the parts of the bill that deal with Opportunity Funds, which are specific funds that facilitate investment in Opportunity Zones.A current updated list of Qualified Opportunity Zones as of May 18th can be found on the CDFI Fund’s website, along with some general information on the program. Once these institutions release their final list of Qualified Opportunity Zones, which should be in the next couple weeks, these designations will last for the next 10 years.Considering the length of this designation, as well as the estimated $6 trillion in unrealized capital gains throughout the country that is eligible to be invested in Opportunity Zones, it is critical that nonprofits and communities that are impacted by the new policy become familiar with its components, and identify ways to utilize this program to address social need, stimulate economic growth, and ensure that equity issues are interwoven into economic development efforts locally.In addition to the program specifics, there have also been questions raised in terms of Opportunity Zone designation. In Portland, Oregon, for example, a recent article noted the designation of an Opportunity Zone in one of the hottest real estate markets in the area. This is troubling because real estate is one of the qualified asset classes that capital gains can be invested in through the Opportunity Zone program. In Cleveland and the greater Cuyahoga County, which has 64 census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones, similar concerns have been raised. Questions about designations and the program intention have surfaced in larger contexts, where some wonder if the program will actually assist distressed communities or if it is a veiled attempt to give tax cuts for those investing in gentrifying neighborhoods.While it remains to be seen whether these early examples are outliers or if they reflect how the overall program will unfold, it is important to consider some best practices in community and economic development to guide fundable projects in Opportunity Zones, since the program will be fully fleshed out later this year. A recent webinar hosted by PolicyMap on Guiding Principles for Opportunity Zones—featuring author Jeremy Nowak, who currently is affiliated with Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and who previously directed the Reinvestment Fund, a leading CDFI—showcased four principles to consider. These principles focus on developing integrated community and economic development strategies that leverage existing programs, balance market forces with social need, and ensure that data is a central feature in assessing effectiveness.In addition to learning how to take advantage of the program, now is the time to provide feedback and input as Opportunity Zones are formally being defined, as Laurel Blatchford in Shelterforce suggests. Specifically, nonprofit advocates can help ensure that community needs are addressed through annual reporting of investments in Opportunity Zones, as well as in defining abuse to protect communities and residents. For nonprofits dedicated to improving the economic conditions in distressed communities, it is important to follow the program as it develops.—Derrick RhaynShare7Tweet7ShareEmail14 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgRussia’s leading pay TV operator Tricolor TV has suspended the distribution of movie channels Kino Pokaz HD-1 and Kino Pokaz HD-2, despite owning part of the business.The operator bought part of Zao 1HDTV, the owner of the two HD channels, earlier this year. In a statement, Tricolor said the contract had been terminated, leading to the withdrawal of the channels from all platforms. While the parties make a decision on the future of the channels, they will be available exclusively in Tricolor’s Maximum HD package.Tricolor’s general director Alexander Makarov said the channels would probably be renamed and the quality of movies available on them improved in the near future.last_img read more

first_imgTurkey’s Doğuş Media Group has chosen video technology provider Harmonic to deliver the multiscreen technology for its new TVYO over-the-top TV service.Harmonic is providing its ProMedia multiscreen production and preparation applications, WFS file-based workflow engine, and MediaGrid shared storage systems to support TVYO, which delivers 12 on-air broadcast streams as well as video-on-demand and catch-up TV content.TVYO’s mobile app has been downloaded over one million times since the service launched, and more than 150 million videos have been viewed. The site and mobile apps now register five million unique monthly views.Channels on the platform include NTV, Star, CNBC-e, NTV Spor, Kral TV, E2 and Kral Pop TV.“Consumer demand for OTT multiscreen content is increasing every day. Therefore, the key to launching our new TVYO service was finding a reliable integrated video solution that delivers high-quality output and that can seamlessly scale to support additional live channels and VOD content,” said Alp Öcal, director at Tvyo DMG. “Harmonic provides us the most reliable and scalable solution for transcoding, packaging, recording, and storage. Within three short months of launching the TVYO platform, we’ve already added four more channels, increasing our viewer satisfaction and revenue streams.”last_img read more

first_imgGerman cable operator Primacom has rejected a takeover offer by fellow cable operator Tele Columbus.Primacom CEO Joachim Grendel said that his company was in a good position to play a role in German cable consolidation – but as a buyer rather than a takeover target.He said that Primacom had successfully executed its strategy and increased its sales over the last 18 months and its growth plan is fully funded until 2017.last_img

first_imgLiberty Global-owned cable operator UPC Czech Republic has launched the cloud-based multiscreen version of the Horizon advanced TV service ahead of a launch of the full Horizon service. The launch of Horizon Go will enable UPC Czech subscribers to view content from up to 63 channels on multiple devices both inside and outside the home. The operator is making the service available free of charge to all digital TV subscribers until the end of this year, after which new customers will be charged CZK25 (€0.90) a month.UPC said it would launch the full Horizon service “in the near future”. The launch of the Go variant makes the Czech Republic the fifth country in which a Horizon service is available.The Horizon Go app can be downloaded from the Google Play store and Apple Store, and the service is also accessible on the web via the portal.last_img read more

first_imgHBO’s Game of ThronesLiberty Global-owned Dutch cable operator Ziggo is to launch a new movies and series package in January as part of a move to replace HBO Netherlands following Liberty and HBO’s decision to shut down their joint venture.Ziggo Movies & Series XL will launch on January 1 and will include access to HBO shows such as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, Band of Brothers, True Detective, The Sopranos and Girls.The package, which will include 55 channels in total, will be part of Ziggo’s connect & Play Max subscription and will cost €11.95 if taken separately.The cost of the current HBO Netherlands pack is €14.95. The service, which currently comprises three channels along with the HBO Go mobile TV service and HBO On Demand, all dedicated to HBO content, will shut down on January 1. Ziggo said in September that the move to fold the service, which is available via rival platform KPN as well as on Ziggo’s own platform, was a business decision.Ziggo has since moved to acquire rights to air HBO shows on its own channels.last_img read more

first_imgVirgin Media in 2011 turned in a profit for the first time and the company  continued to build on its strengths in 2012, with strong take-up of its TiVo advanced TV service. Much of its success has been down to Neil Berkett’s leadership.Age 57Education BCA from Victoria University, New Zealand.Previous positions Before joining Virgin Media, I was managing director, distribution, at Lloyds TSB plc UK. Previous roles include: chief operating officer at Prudential Assurance Company Ltd UK; head of retail at St George Bank; senior general manager at the Australian division of Citibank Limited; chief executive at Eastwest Airlines Australia and financial controller at ICL Australia.Life outside work Spending time with my family, walking the dogs and watching sport.Most significant achievements of 2012 The first truly connected Olympics was a perfect showcase for the power of our fibre optic network. With so much ‘don’t miss’ TV, TiVo was the best way to watch London 2012 and streaming sporting content made the need for superfast broadband even more apparent – Virgin Media customers downloaded 48% over the summer. We launched next generation WiFi on London Underground, rolled out in just six weeks ahead of London 2012 and used 17 million times by people travelling right across the capital, and I’m very proud Virgin Media played its part in an unforgettable summer.Most significant industry developments The launch of 4G promises to bring significant benefits to UK consumers as people stay connected and increasingly take control of their viewing inside and outside the home. Forthcoming superfast mobile connections will play an important part in meeting the growing demand for wireless capacity.Key challenges for 2013 There’s a growing mainstream awareness of the need for better digital services and, alongside all the great benefits, the industry has a role to play in ensuring consumers are able to navigate through what can sometimes feel like a complex digital world. We’ve recently launched an initiative called ‘Our Digital Future’ to explore people’s views on issues including data privacy, protecting families online and online piracy to help shape our approach.Goals for next year We’re finding new ways to put the power of our fibre optic network where people need it most and, alongside ground breaking work like WiFi on London Underground, Virgin Media Business is exploring new small cell technology capable of delivering mobile data speeds up to 90Mbps. The possibilities are huge and our network could play a key role in helping to meet the increasing demand for super-fast connectivity.Most admired industry personality Martha Lane Fox is doing a great job: she’s been there, done it and is a great advocate for the benefits of digital technology.Favourite TV show I’m seriously into anything with wildlife.last_img read more

first_img ‘Mad eejits’ on Twitter relive Nadine Coyle’s ‘flour’ pronunciationCHANNEL 4DERRY GIRLSGIRLS ALOUDSunday Brunch On the show the former Girls Aloud singer was asked by host Tim about her accent and picking up American words, but she denied she had an American accent or used American words.She said: “I say ‘rubbish’, or ‘I’m going to put the bin out’. I say ‘boot’. I would say ‘petrol’.”Asked if she likes cooking she said she preferred savoury things to sweet, she added: “Working with flour and making sweet things I’m not so used to.”It was her pronunciation off the world ‘flour’ that caused a bit of a stir. And that’s the bit people are remembering now. Nadine was quick to notice the stir on Twitter, and jokingly responded:“What is this flour craic all about you mad edjits?”‘Mad eejits’ on Twitter relive Nadine Coyle’s ‘flour’ pronunciation was last modified: June 23rd, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet Nadine Coyle appeared on Channel 4’s Sunday BrunchTWITTER users are reliving the moment Nadine Coyle pronounced the word ‘flour’ when she appeared on Sunday Brunch in 2010.A clip of the Derry singer’s appearance resurfaced last year with many people marvelling at her accent and pronunciation of one word in particular.last_img read more

first_img“This means all options regarding the developing of mesh removal expertise needs to be considered to ensure affected women get the treatment they deserve,” added Cllr Duffy.Duffy welcomes Department’s commitment over mesh suspension was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “At that time we raised our concerns for patient safety relating to the NICE advice with the Department and the Human Rights Commission and we reiterated that today.“The Department of Health have confirmed that having received our submission and correspondence from the Human Rights Commissioner that the suspension will not be lifted in the north of Ireland.“We also secured a commitment that they would consider the possibility of involving international expertise in the removal of mesh implants for women who require it here.“It is vital that women here suffering as a result of mesh implants have access to the highest standard of care when it comes to mesh removal procedures. SINN Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed assurances from the Department of Health that the suspension of controversial mesh implants will remain in place here.The party’s health spokesperson commenting after a Sinn Féin delegation met with the department’s Permanent Secretary and senior clinicians.She said “Recently the institute for clinical excellence (NICE) recommended lifting the suspension on the use of mesh while stating that the long-term complications were unknown. ShareTweet COUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYDEPARTMENT OF HEALTHDuffy welcomes Department’s commitment over mesh suspensionHEALTH SPOKESPERSONHuman Rights CommissionerInstitute for ExcellenceNORTH OF IRELANDSinn Feinlast_img read more

first_imgWVUA 23 Political Analyst Steve Flowers joined Lynn Brooks to talk about the infrastructure gas tax’s possible effect on Tuscaloosa.Flowers said the bill was championed by State Rep. Bill Poole who comes from Tuscaloosa. Every member of the Tuscaloosa delegation voted in favor of the new tax and the tax was passed faster than any that Flowers has seen.You can find the full interview above.last_img

first_imgFORTALEZA, Brazil — With tears streaming down his face after being kneed in the back, Neymar was carried off the field on a stretcher.He won’t be coming back. Not to this World Cup, anyway.The 22-year-old Brazil striker, the one with the hopes of a nation on his shoulders, was ruled out of the rest of the tournament after fracturing his third vertebra during a July 4th 2-1 quarterfinal win over Colombia.“It’s a big loss for us,” Brazil midfielder Fernandinho said. “We need to find a way to stay together and become stronger after losing our greatest player. We will try to win this World Cup and for sure we will dedicate it to Neymar.”Neymar is the biggest football star in Brazil, and one of the biggest at the tournament along with Argentina forward Lionel Messi. His face has been plastered on billboards and shown on television continuously, leading many of his staunchest supporters to copy his dyed-blonde fauxhawk.His millions of fans had expected Neymar’s World Cup to end with him holding the trophy, not being carried off the field in tears.Neymar was kneed by Colombia defender Juan Camilo Zuniga late in the second half at the Arena Castelao. He was taken to a private clinic and was released a short time later.He was not expected to need surgery, Brazil team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said, but he will also not be able to face Germany on July 8 in the World Cup semifinals.“He will not be in condition to play, he will need a few weeks to be fit again,” Lasmar said. “He is very, very sad.”About 50 Brazil fans, many still wearing the team’s jerseys, crowded outside the clinic where Neymar was taken, while the ambulance that carried him remained parked in front, lights blazing.Neymar was hurt in the 86th minute, falling to the ground in pain after Zuniga jumped into him from behind.Brazil teammate Marcelo quickly called for medical assistance when he saw Neymar writhing in pain. Neymar stayed face down until team doctors arrived and put him on a stretcher.“Everybody knew that Neymar would be hunted,” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. “It’s been happening in the last three matches and we had been talking about it. But nobody listens to us.”Friday’s match ended with 54 fouls in total — 31 by Brazil and 23 by Colombia. Scolari said Spanish referee Carlos Velasco Carballo should have done more to take control of the match.According to Hulk, another of Brazil’s striker, Neymar needs more protection from the officials. “Every time is like this. Players always come after Neymar,” Hulk said. “The referees need to do more to keep this from happening.”___By Tales Azzoni. AP Sports WriterAssociated Press video journalist Renata Brito contributed to this report.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Lionel Messi finally managed one of the few things he had yet to achieve in football.At his ninth attempt, the five-time world player of the year finally scored against Chelsea, salvaging a 1-1 draw on Tuesday and halting his longest drought against any opponent after 730 minutes.By cancelling out Willian’s opener, Messi also gave Barcelona a narrow edge in their Champions League round-of-16 matchup heading into the second leg at Camp Nou on March 14. The night’s other game produced a far more conclusive outcome with Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski both scoring twice as Bayern Munich beat 10-man Besiktas 5-0.It was far tighter at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea deploying Eden Hazard as a false nine and containing Barcelona’s energetic pressing before being made to pay for a rare slip in concentration in the 75th minute.Andreas Christensen, the 21-year-old center back who displaced 32-year-old captain Gary Cahill from the starting lineup, passed laxly across his own penalty area. Barcelona capitalized. Andres Iniesta beat Cesar Azpilicueta to the ball, skipped past the defender’s attempt to tackle and squared for the unmarked Messi to turn into the bottom of the net. It prevented Barcelona from slipping to only its second loss in all competitions since August.“We lacked more clear-cut chances, but the good thing is we managed to force an error out of them and score an equalizer,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said through a translator. “We go back to the Camp Nou happy.”Twice, though, Barcelona had gifted Willian the space to hit the post in the first half. It was third time lucky in the 62nd for Willian, who drifts in and out of the team but was the outlet of Chelsea’s most dangerous moments against the five-time European champions.Chelsea’s Willian celebrates after scoring the opening goal of his team during the Champions League, round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Chelsea and Barcelona at Stamford Bridge stadium, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)The Brazilian was left unmarked just outside the penalty area to receive a pass from Eden Hazard. Sergio Busquets charged forward to block Willian but ended up on flat on his back after Willian shimmied past him.“We gave too much space to Willian to shoot,” Valverde said. “The pass to him was perfect, the control was perfect. And we just had to get closer to him.”They didn’t. Willian picked out a gap in the defense to send the ball into the bottom right of the night.“We stayed compact, had a plan,” Willian said, “and did exactly what we expected.”Described by Valverde as a “clash of styles,” this was not a meeting of equals.While Barcelona enjoys a seven-point lead at the top of the Spanish league, Chelsea is in a scrap to even secure one of the Premier League’s four Champions League qualification places. Recent damaging defeats at Bournemouth and Watford have left Chelsea with only a one-point hold on fourth place — and no chance of defending its title with Manchester City 19 points ahead.Now Chelsea, which won its only European title in 2012, has to find a way to at least score at Barcelona next month to secure passage to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2014.“We have to go there to attack and score because 90 minutes defending at the Nou Camp is an eternity,” said Cesc Fabregas, who joined Chelsea from Barcelona. “It is a suicide mission.”—By ROB HARRIS , AP Global Soccer WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgAn incapacitated woman who gave birth after being a patient at an Arizona health care facility for more than two decades had been raped repeatedly and may have been impregnated before, her lawyers say. In documents filed Wednesday, the 29-year-old woman’s attorneys cite a medical exam in alleging that she suffered multiple sexual assaults. The exam found that the birth of a baby boy last December was “a non-nulliparous event,” the documents say, meaning she may have been pregnant before. The notice of claim, filed against the state’s Attorney General’s Office, seeks a $25 million settlement for the victim and $10 million each for her parents. If they do not come to an agreement within 60 days, the lawyers will take the case to court. Separate cases are underway against Nathan Sutherland, a former Hacienda HealthCare nurse who has been charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of vulnerable adult abuse after DNA testing matched him to the baby. A spokesperson for Hacienda HealthCare said notices of claim are not filed with private companies. He added that the company does not expect to see a copy of the claim. The woman has been in long-term care since suffering a near drowning at age 3. Employees at the facility said they were shocked when the woman who cannot speak or move without assistance went into labor. The delivery prompted investigations by local and state agencies into the care of vulnerable adults at the facility. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office declined to comment but told NPR it is being represented by outside counsel. The claim argues that “[t]he unspeakable atrocities perpetrated on [the victim] occurred as a result of systemic and individual misconduct and mismanagement at the Hacienda ICF-ID, and virtually non-existent oversight on the part of the State.”Documents supporting the allegations in the claim include a handful of medical records from the facility describing the patient’s condition in November 2017 — a year before she delivered the baby. “She cannot maintain sitting without assistance. She is unable to stand/walk. … [She] does not make eye contact nor did she smile,” according to the report. It also noted that she did not respond well to light touch and that she is “tactilely defensive.”An additional form appears to indicate that her family specified that it wanted only female staff to be responsible for the woman’s personal care, which includes dressing, bathing, use of toilet and menses care. It also indicates she was required to have 24-hour supervision due to physical and medical limitations. According to the documents, the facility treated the woman’s “distended stomach with constipation medications and her significant weight gain by reducing her caloric intake.” In all, her lawyers say, Hacienda HealthCare missed 83 opportunities to determine that the woman was pregnant. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

first_imgBauerThe Council of State Manufacturers Associations has elected Kurt Bauer, the president and chief executive officer of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, to chair the national organization for the next two years.BauerCOSMA represents manufacturing trade associations in all 50 states and Peurto Rico. The group also partners with the Washington D.C.-based National Association of Manufacturers.“Manufacturing is critical to the state and national economy, and I look forward to working with my colleagues across the country to strengthen the industry,” said Bauer.Bauer is the third chief executive from WMC to lead COSMA, following Jim Haney and Paul Hassett. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgTop Note Tonics owners Noah Swanson and Mary PellettieriLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pmMilwaukee-based Top Note Tonics plans to move its production to Octopi Brewing Co. in Waunakee, the company announced today.Top Note Tonics owners Noah Swanson and Mary PellettieriBased in the Lincoln Warehouse in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, Top Note parent La Pavia Beverage LLC makes non-alcoholic sparkling sodas and aromatic tonics often used in mixed drinks.“The combination of sweet, sour, bitter, savory, they’re a little more adult,” said co-founder Mary Pelletieri. “They’re kind of like adult soft drinks.” Its five tonic flavors – Classic Tonic Water, Indian Tonic Water, Ginger Beer Soda, Bitter Lemon Soda and Grapefruit Soda – are currently developed in-house and then manufactured by a Pennsylvania co-packer. But with the installation of a cold pasteurizer and customized bottling line at Octopi, the products will be manufactured in Wisconsin beginning in July. A $150,000 Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. loan helped make the new equipment a reality.Top Note makes five flavors, including Indian Tonic Water.Top Note has three full-time employees in Milwaukee, as well as two full-time employees in Chicago, said Mary Pelletieri, co-founder of Top Note. It does not plan to add employees in Waunakee, instead relying on Octopi employees for production.The company expects to save tens of thousands of dollars it expects to save in freight annually as a result of the new production location, since most of its product is consumed in the Midwest, Pelletieri said. Top Note products are sold in many Sendik’s, Festival Foods and Outpost Natural Foods stores locally, and she expects they will be available in many Roundy’s stores soon. With the production move, Top Note expects to double its sales to the Madison market, gain an innovation partner and get closer to its Minneapolis customers with the help of Octopi’s distributor.Top Note, which moved in to a commercial kitchen it built in the Lincoln Warehouse in 2015, has also collaborated with other beverage companies there, which have included Bittercube, Enlightened Brewing Co. and Twisted Path Distillery.“As a company, we’re focused on producing the highest quality flavor profiles and most innovative product line in the mixer category,” said Mary Pellettieri, co-founder of Top Note. “We formulate our sparkling mixers in our flavor kitchen in Milwaukee with all natural botanical extracts, real juices, cane sugar and non-GMO acids. It’s our hand-crafted approach to sparkling mixers that is driving us to work with the talented team of brewers at Octopi. We know they can match our desire for high quality and attention to detail.”Pelletieri said the move opens up more possibilities, with Octopi’s canning line and the opportunity to innovate around club soda, which it plans to add to its beverage offerings soon.“Mary has always been a great help to us with sharing her knowledge of beer quality so we knew someday we would want to help her make her products here at Octopi in Wisconsin,” said Isaac Showaki, owner of Octopi. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the first craft brewer in the country making craft sodas and sparkling mixers with an industry leader.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more