You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Hurricane Irma storm debris updateFrom the City of ApopkaThe City of Apopka has resumed collection of bulky, curbside refuse such as bagged garbage and large household items that were delayed by the storm debris cleanup from Hurricane Irma. Crews started work Tuesday in Oak Ridge and in Wekiva Run.Collections are delayed because of an estimated four times the typical amount of bulky waste in residential areas. Because of the volume, in some cases, it takes city crews four days to collect what they would ordinarily collect in a single day.If possible, customers are asked to hold bulky items until the following week to allow collections to get back on a standard schedule.To date, city workers and private contractors have collected an estimated 66,000 cubic yards to storm debris created by Hurricane Irma. Contractor CrowderGulf has nine large trucks and two trailers working in Apopka. Two bucket trucks arrived this week to cut down hanging branches and damaged trees above public roads and right-of-way areas. In many cases, the “hangers” are placed on curbs to await pickup from storm-debris haulers.In Zone 1, crews are finishing Partnership Hills, Lake Todd Estates, Sanctuary Golf Place, Overlook Apartments and Plymouth Landing.In Zone 2, work is continuing in Rock Springs Ridge, Phase 1, and Wekiva Glen. Both of these neighborhoods have very large amounts of storm debris. In Zone 3, crews started in the Pines of Wekiva community and the Summit Street area. In Zone 4, work has focused on Sheeler Oaks as well as on some pickups in Piedmont Lakes.As a result of the large vehicles needed for debris removal, residents are asked to follow these guidelines:• Please make every effort to keep the street clear of parked cars when debris crews are in your area.• Please help to keep storm drains clear. Residents can help aid the debris collection by sweeping up loose leaves and debris after each pass.• Please place debris between the curb and the sidewalk. Avoid placing debris in the street, near mailboxes, fire hydrants, or on top of water mains or electric transformers or underneath power lines or cable wires.• Please keep hurricane tree debris in its own pile.• Please keep bagged leaves & debris, construction debris, fencing, furniture, appliances or anything else separated from hurricane tree debris piles. This will help with the disposal process.Feature photo and map from the City of Apopka Facebook Page Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCity of Apopka Previous articleMeriweather returns to Apopka and the people he lovesNext articleRaise the Roof coming in November Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Year: 2017 Lead Architect: Fernando Gómez Vivas, Mario González, André Borges Photographs: Cesar Béjar Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeArista CeroOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMeridaMexicoPublished on October 19, 2019Cite: “Country House / Arista Cero” [Casa Country / Arista Cero] 19 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
“COPY” City:SayulitaCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Natalia GarcíaRecommended ProductsCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. For this home renovation project in Sayulita, two main actions were carried out. In the centre of the house, in the original location of the kitchen, part of the roof was removed to create an interior courtyard that serves as an access and distribution hall between the private and public areas. When removing the roof, the original wooden structure that supported the concrete slab was preserved as a witness of the intervention.Save this picture!© Natalia GarcíaSave this picture!Save this picture!© Natalia GarcíaSave this picture!© Natalia GarcíaThe second action consisted of incorporating a new volume that adheres to the existing construction to house the public area. By means of a masonry base on which the metal structures are placed, the new element allows a constant visual relationship with the exterior, taking advantage of the privileged views towards the sea and the beach. The roof of the new volume is a palapa, a characteristic construction of the coastal areas of Mexico based on a wooden structure covered with palm leaves. The public area manages to expand the space by opening on one side towards the interior courtyard of the house and towards a terrace that intensifies the relationship with the outside on the opposite side.Save this picture!© Natalia GarcíaFrom the moment you enter the house, the vegetation is always present. In the central courtyard, a raised planter houses a variety of hanging plants that fall towards the stone fountain and the water mirror. The transition space between the existing and the new construction is diluted through the landscape project. Finally, in the courtyards of the bedrooms, the use of plants allows privacy between the views to which the different bathrooms in the house open.Save this picture!© Natalia GarcíaSave this picture!Save this picture!© Natalia GarcíaIn addition to the two main actions, a rearrangement and distribution of the bedroom and bathroom area were carried out to take advantage of the space.Save this picture!© Natalia GarcíaProject gallerySee allShow lessTeahouse Ø / PAN- ProjectsSelected ProjectsNæra Hotel, Chicken Coop / Leeko StudioSelected Projects Share House Mirlo / PALMA Save this picture!© Natalia García+ 16Curated by Clara Ott Share Year: Mexico CopyHouses•Sayulita, Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955991/house-mirlo-palma Clipboard 2020 CopyAbout this officePALMAOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSayulitaOn FacebookMexicoPublished on February 01, 2021Cite: “House Mirlo / PALMA” [Vivienda Mirlo / PALMA] 01 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
News May 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en IsraelMiddle East – North Africa RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Reporters Without Borders condemns the two-month jail sentences that a Jerusalem court has imposed on Khodr Shahine, the correspondent of the Iranian Arabic-language TV station Al-Alam, and his assistant, Mohammed Sarhan, for reporting the start of the Israeli land offensive against the Gaza Strip on the evening of 3 January before military censorship was lifted.In a decision issued on 14 June, the court also gave the two journalists, who are Palestinians, additional suspended sentences of four months in prison.“This is a political decision,” Reporters Without Borders said. “One day they accused of spying. Then they are released. And now they are given two-month jail terms, just after Mahmound Ahmadinejad’s reelection in Iran. Journalists should not be hostages to geopolitical developments.”Reporters Without Borders urges the Israeli authorities to free them and quash their conviction.A Jerusalem resident, Shahine went to a police station in Petah Tikva (near Tel Aviv) on 5 January in response to a summons. Sarhan accompanied him in order to make a statement in his defence. They were immediately arrested and were charged on 13 January with “divulging secret information” and “transmitting information to the enemy in wartime.”After their lawyer, David Derri, obtained their release on bail on 15 January, they were placed under house arrest and were instructed not to do any journalistic work until their trial. Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Israel June 16, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Palestinian journalists working for Iranian TV station get two months in jail from Israeli court June 3, 2021 Find out more News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information News May 16, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists IsraelMiddle East – North Africa
NewsFlying high to face fearsBy Staff Reporter – June 19, 2015 1105 Limerick Post Show | Shannon Airport route announcement with Aer Lingus NAPD give tips to avoid Leaving Cert anxiety. TAGSAnxietyAtlantic AirVenture Aviation CentrefearFear of flyingflyingholidayslimerickphobiasShannonsummertravelworldtravel Read Your Mind launches in Limerick City and County Libraries Advertisement Before take off in the simulator – Cockpit of Boeing 737 Reporter Aoife McLoughlin with Pilot Melanie Rogan Atlantic Venture , Shannon.Picture Brendan GleesonWITH a spate of aviation disasters in the last 18 months, the nightmarish “what-if’s” seem all the more possible for some nervous passengers. Aviophobia affects around 30 per cent of the population and often prohibits them from experiencing some of life’s happier moments. Reporter Aoife McLoughlin visited Atlantic Airventure in Shannon for the first step in her journey to conquer her fear of flying.IT’S summer – or so the calendar shows – and with it comes the exciting prospect of jetting off to holiday destinations across the globe. Sun, sea and sand and are just some of images one conjures up at this time.But for some, like me, the image of hurtling to certain death from 30,000 feet while trapped in a fiery tin can with 300 other terrified and screaming souls can spring to mind. So I settle for Kerry instead.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Thirty per cent of us are said to suffer with some form of fear of flying.Defined as aviophobia, this fear not only stops the fearful from travelling, but for those who do, it can act like an instant allergy, causing symptoms such as sweating, nausea, palpitations, shakes and heightened senses.Personally, besides the panic attacks, I cry and mentally type goodbye texts to my family while visualising my plummet to the sea.“It’s just not supposed to be up there,” is the phrase often used by us aviophobes and sometimes that can be the best explanation to justify this fear.With five high-profile fatal aviation disasters in just over a year and some less documented incidents in that same time, it’s no wonder the fearful feel they have a very good argument when it comes to not getting in those flying tin cans.But with three possible flights looming before me this year (one that will be a minimum of 15 hours), I have decided to try and combat the relentless terror that grips me and so many others as it sucks the joy out of any adventure outside our little isle.I have tried counselling, I have tried anti-anxiety medication, I even tried several glasses of wine on a flight to Japan, but this only proved to be an unpleasant experience for both me and the Japanese man sitting beside me who didn’t need to be told 50 times that it was my first long haul flight.So, I am adopting an ‘if you can’t beat them join them’ attitude and have gone straight for the jugular.Diving into the world of aviation seems like the next appropriate step to try and overcome the crippling fear that prohibits so many from seeing the world.So with that image of sun, sea and sand so desperately trying to poke its way through the dark thoughts conjured up by my aviophobic mind, I decide to take a trip to Shannon’s Atlantic Airventure Centre where founder Jane Magill has kindly offered to let me take part in their Fear of Flying course.The course involves flying in the flight simulator and a talk with a pilot in a pre-flight classroom lesson.I meet with Melanie – a real life pilot – who is going tell me the what’s-what with those tin cans in the sky. Sitting in a classroom, I am surrounded by mini aeroplanes, parts of wings and aviation equipment. Pieces from old jets are proudly on display along with three small aircraft parked outside.With this my anxiety starts to kick in.Pilot Melanie Rogan, originally from New Jersey, USA, has more than 33 years experience flying planes and has surpassed 15,000 hours in the sky so far.She gets straight to the point and asks me why I am afraid of flying. Having focused on the issue so much since my first flight in 1999, I really wasn’t able to give her a definitive answer. It’s a combination of claustrophobia, lack of control, a fear of heights and a lack of understanding of aerodynamics.The dying thing doesn’t help either.I guess trying to figure out how a 400-tonne metal tube has the ability to safely stay in the air for hours travelling at speed just doesn’t compute.Melanie gives me some examples of the kind of fears women have expressed to her and says she feels men are less likely to admit a fear of flying.“When I was flying small aeroplanes, one of the WWE wrestling show gentlemen get on. He was called Andre the Giant.“It was a small 30-seat aircraft and he was huge, twice my height, twice my width, just a massive human being. He looked at me and said ‘I can’t do it’.It freaked him out. So I pulled him aside and said: ‘My mamma didn’t raise no fool. If I didn’t think that aeroplanes were safe and flew well, I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing’. So he did it and he was fine.”I question her on how it all works, almost expecting her to tell me it’s magic, because to me at this point that has to be the only explanation.“Do you ever remember as a little child, sticking your hand out the window of a car and you could feel the wind beneath your palm? And when you turned your hand (90 degrees), the wind pushed it back? And when you just tilted it up slightly it would lift your arm back? That is why aeroplanes fly,” she says.Melanie then describes thrust and drag, low pressure and high pressure and how all that combined with the force of the wind makes a plane fly.“It’s still miraculous to me that the thing flies but it does and it does it very well,” she says.And with around 60,000 passenger flights in the air every day, the statistics would indicate that aircrafts, in fact, do fly very well.“Getting in your car is far riskier than getting in an aircraft, but what causes a fear of flying in people’s minds is that when there is an accident, hundreds of people die and that’s what makes it a global news event.”Melanie tells me pilots are checked every six months on their ability to fly, ability to handle emergencies, cockpit procedures, and they receive an Electrocardiogram (EKG) examination annually, once they reach 40 years of age.She tells me how engineers check different parts of the plane before takeoff and how pilots recheck these parts once on board.She describes the situations people are most afraid of happening and gives a procedure or names a component to counteract each and every possible fault.I start to realise that there are back-ups for the back-ups in all of these scenarios, which in themselves have a miniscule chance of occurring.For example, Melanie explains that in the unlikely event of an engine fail, there are two more engines. If they all fail, which is even more unlikely, the plane becomes a glider because engines are used to push the plane at speed and it’s the wings that cause it to fly.I think of my hand out the car window and the penny starts to drop.She then pulls up a map of the Atlantic on her computer and begins to show me wind currents, flight paths and pockets of turbulence categorised by colour.“Turbulence, it’s not dangerous and we avoid it. Turbulence is low pressure and high pressure from warm and moist air meeting. It’s updrafts and downdrafts. The only dangerous part is that you can over-stress the aircraft when flying in extreme turbulence, but they are designed to exceed their stress limits. Turbulence doesn’t bother pilots but we will know where the bracket of it is and we can be routed around it if we need.”After almost two hours of explaining the main factors involved in flying, the role of airport control, wind currents and weather, I am beginning to gain some insight into the whole aircraft-flying thing but I wonder is all this information going to feed my fear when I am on a plane in two weeks’ time. I could know too much. I start writing that text message to my family in my mind. Anything could still happen.It’s now time to move on to the simulator and the thoughts of being in simulated sky on a simulated plane still make my stomach flip and my palms break out in a cold sweat.I find myself sitting in the captain’s seat of a Boeing 737 cockpit, equipped with original instrumentation. Lights, buttons, levers and knobs surround me from head to toe and each one is operating through a computer with a huge curved screen acting as our view outside.Melanie starts her up and that familiar and terrifying whirling sound kicks in. The simulator plays every noise a passenger would hear as if on a real plane. As each shudder-inducing grind and whirl occurs, Melanie explains what they are. “That’s just the engine starting up like in your car…That’s just the landing gear,” and so on.Once the plane is up and running we are ready to go. “I am going to let you take off,” she says.In front of me on the screen is a lifelike runway from Shannon Airport. I follow Melanie’s instructions to accelerate and begin to taxi down the runway. My eyes have now tricked my brain into thinking I am travelling at speed and my body reacts. “Look ahead and push your foot on the pedal, now pull the yoke back to your belly, a little more, a little more, that’s it.”I ascend towards the sky over Shannon Airport. The view and feeling is extraordinary. It’s liberating. I follow Melanie’s instructions as she co-steers and we fly over Limerick city, turning the plane a few times and eventually landing back on the runway.It may not have been the best landing as the autopilot alerted me that I was coming in too steep, but there can be no harm done in a simulator.I am surprised that I feel disappointed that my time has come to an end but I realise I have a new sense of appreciation, wonderment – and dare I say thrill.On leaving the centre, Jane meets me at reception and asks how I got on. I tell her that to my surprise I enjoyed the piloting bit.She asks me to see how the course has helped when I travel to the UK as a passenger in a fortnight. It is only then that I will be able to put my experience of the day to the test.And if all goes relatively better than my usual anxiety-riddled ride, Jane has offered me to go one step further taking to skies along side another pilot. Real skies. That text message appears in my head again but this time I save it in drafts.I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Print Email WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleCouncil rejects Dock Road traffic studyNext articleCall to extend Limerick City sewerage network to Ballyclough Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Psychology expert gives advice on coping with an ‘anxiety pandemic’ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Information evening to be held about new youth club in Kilcornan Aviation course takes off at LIT
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Print This Post About Author: Michelle A. Mierzwa The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago April 18, 2018 3,458 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Michelle A. Mierzwa joined Wright, Finlay & Zak’s Compliance Division in 2015, providing loan originators, lenders, servicers, trustees and others in the mortgage industry with state and federal compliance and regulatory counsel. Since 1998, Her accomplishments include creating the legal department for one of the largest non-judicial foreclosure trustees in the Western U.S., the management and resolution of litigated matters through jury and bench trials and appellate practice, the coordination of compliance audits, and managing the California branch of a national law firm. Mierzwa served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors of the United Trustees Association (UTA) and is a member of the Legislative Committees of the California Mortgage Bankers Association and the UTA. She is licensed to practice in California and Washington. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Abandoned Property Foreclosure House Bill 2057 successors of interest Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, News, REO, Servicing Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Abandoned Property Foreclosure House Bill 2057 successors of interest 2018-04-18 David Wharton Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Putting Abandoned Properties Under the Spotlight Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Are California Homeowners on Shaky Ground? Next: Senate Addresses Robocalls: What Mortgage Servicers Need to Know Putting Abandoned Properties Under the Spotlight Ever since the Washington Supreme Court’s decision in the Jordan v. NationStar case, loan servicers have been on edge about securing abandoned property. House Bill 2057 seeks to address this, and several other pressing issues.Most of the bill’s sections will become effective 90 days after the end of the legislative session, or on June 6, 2018. However, the new requirements applicable to Notices of Default (NOD) will apply to NODs issued after June 30, 2018. The bill covers several subjects related to real estate loans, including residential and commercial loans, and amends the Revised Code of Washington.The bill addresses statutory rights for lenders and servicers to take action over vacant and abandoned properties prior to foreclosure, clarifying the Washington Supreme Court’s ruling in Jordan v. NationStar Mortgage, LLC. It provides clarification of the owner/holder/actual holder language consistent with the Brown v. Washington State Department of Commerce decision.For notices issues after June 30, 2018, the bill adds required information on the first page of the Notice of Default and Notice of Trustee’s Sale for commercial and residential loans. It adds statutory due diligence and notice requirements for nonjudicial foreclosure in the event a borrower is deceased. Specifically, the trustee must provide notice of the foreclosure to all known heirs and, if unknown, perform due diligence to locate the heirs.The bill adds statutory requirements for interaction of lenders, servicers, and trustees with successors in interest to a deceased borrower. Similar to California’s 2017 Widows and Orphans’ bill and the new CFPB rules (effective April 2018), a servicer cannot proceed with a Notice of Default or Notice of Trustee’s Sale, as prescribed in each statute, until it confirms whether the person qualifies as a successor-in-interest under the new statute.A new pre-foreclosure notice in English and Spanish is required for judicial foreclosures of reverse residential mortgages.One new option for non-judicial foreclosure trustees is to file a declaration of nonmonetary interest in response to civil litigation in which no wrongful conduct is alleged against the trustee (similar to California’s Civil Code section 2924l). The bill also includes requirements that the beneficiary note declaration now be in the trustee’s possession at the time the NOD is issued and provided to the borrower with the NOD. Finally, the bill includes an increase from $250.00 to $325.00 in the amount a beneficiary must deposit into the foreclosure fairness fund for each notice of trustee’s sale on residential real property.(Click here to read more of DS News’ coverage of Washington House Bill 2057.)
Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Asthe headlong rush to offload as many of HR’s traditional areas ofresponsibility to overworked line managers continues at a frenetic pace, we maybe in danger of throwing the baby out with the bath water. Don’t get me wrong. I have no problem with offloading non-value addingprocesses but I suspect that doing so to a busy line manager just spreads thepain. I also suspect that what we see as “non-core” is actually verycore for most of our people. By this I mean the safety of their pensions,benefits, terms and so on and, like it or not, we cannot ignore this duringchange. People find it understandably hard to celebrate the strategic logic ofa merger when they have a mortgage to pay. The topic of mergers and acquisitions was debated at the recent Henley Forumfor Human Resources and I have reflected on what HR does in thesecircumstances. Here’s a typical scenario. Today Sue works for Tom Ltd. Tomorrow they mergewith Dick and Partners. She just gets used to this when the new company isbought by Harry Inc. She now works for Tom, Dick and Harry Ltd. and everythinghas changed. She does not know her boss, hasn’t seen her terms, works with newpeople and most of what was familiar to her in the job she used to love hasgone. Who helps people with this – who explains their new conditions, where theymight be based, will they have a job? They are probably told about the new”aspirational culture”, and the new logo but I’m not sure they careabout that. People need something to ground themselves in the emotional chaos of change.This means access to information but it also means human contact. HR bringsthis to the party. We are at the front of the change process and we need theanswers to the questions people have. We have to listen to real people withreal problems, particularly if we want the organisation to continue to functionduring change. Let us predict what people want to know and have answers aheadof time. This is a difficult and massively stressful job. If HR has been outsourced,then precisely when people need someone to listen to them they will end updialling an 0800 number, being told to press 1 for advice, 2 to find out ifthey have a job and so on. Do we really want HR to end up like this? If mergers and acquisitions are about securing and enhancing superior profitperformance (which they should be) then HR is vital because value only getsreleased through the productivity of the people who are left. How many Cityinstitutions see it that way? By Chris Matchan, Group HR director, the Pentland Group is joining globalexecutive search firm Korn/Ferry International as a vice-president in itsconsumer goods practice next month Related posts:No related photos. Outsourced HR is little value during mergersOn 12 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today
The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has announced that its designate CEO Gareth Samples has been officially confirmed as its new boss and will join its board permanently on Thursday.Samples was announced as its designate CEO in February after previous CEO Ian Wilson announced that he was to retire.Samples ran Your Move’s franchising operation for many years but left in 2012 to pursue other business interests which included investing in marketing platform BriefYourMarket.Since joining TPFG Samples has been working alongside current CEO Ian Wilson, communicating with franchisees, participating in the recent final results investor roadshow and critically, forming strategy on the business’ response to the impact of COVID-19.“We reiterate our delight that Gareth has joined the Group at this critical time and look forward to the benefit of his leadership as CEO through what will be a changed landscape as a result of COVID-19,” says Richard Martin, TPFG’s Non-Executive Chairman.“We have obstacles to overcome but also potentially some new opportunities to seize to return value to all stakeholders.“On behalf of the Board of Directors I extend my deep gratitude and respect for Ian’s 16 years of dedicated and expert leadership at what for the last six years has been TPFG.“The Board is extraordinarily grateful to Ian for his stewardship. TPFG has fulfilled the vision of its founders, its mission of bringing uniformity and influencing raised standards across the agency sector, much of this driven by the shrewd commercial acumen of our retiring CEO. We wish Ian a very healthy, happy and long retirement.” Gareth Samples Ian Wilson The Property Franchise Group TPFG Your Move April 27, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Martin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFG previous nextAgencies & PeopleMartin & Co’s new CEO takes over reins at parent company TPFGFormer Your Move boss Gareth Samples is to begin running the company on Thursday as outgoing CEO Ian Wilson officially retires.Nigel Lewis27th April 202001,341 Views
View Comments Related Shows Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Jonathan Groff How’s this for a royal entrance? Jonathan Groff will assume the role of King George in Hamilton off-Broadway beginning March 3, taking over for Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James, who leaves to star in Broadway’s Something Rotten. The Public Theater production will conclude its run on May 3.The musical, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, recently announced that it will play Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre this summer following its off-Broadway run. Performances are scheduled to begin on July 13. Groff is not currently confirmed for the show’s Broadway run.Groff won three Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards and was nominated for a Tony Award for playing Melchoir in the Broadway musical hit Spring Awakening. For the Public Theater, he previously starred in Hair at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park and The Bacchae. Other off-Broadway credits include The Submission, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. He was also see in Deathtrap in London’s West End and Red at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. This summer, he will headline William Finn’s A New Brain at City Center. He can currently be seen in the second season of the gay-themed drama Looking on HBO.Directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.In addition to Miranda, the cast includes Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. Star Files
Brazil’s Federal Police (PF, for its Portuguese acronym)continues to monitor individuals suspected of sympathizing with and takingaction on behalf of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS (Islamic State ofIraq and Syria) or Daesh, on the eve of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which beginon August 5th. On July 21st, 12 people were arrested as part of OperationHashtag, deployed by the PF in the Brazilian states of Amazonas, Ceará, Goiás,Mato Grosso, Minas Gerais, Paraíba, Paraná, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul,and São Paulo. The operation’s goal was to break up a group showing clearsigns that it intended to commit terrorist attacks and other criminal actionsduring Rio 2016. This is the first counterterrorism police operation in Brazilafter Law 13,260/2016 was made public at the beginning of this year, providingfor the investigation, processing, and reformulation of the approach toterrorism. All told, 14 people were targeted during the operation:Alisson Luan de Oliveira; Antonio Andrade dos Santos Junior; Daniel FreitasBaltazar; Hortencio Yoshitake; Israel Pedra Mesquita; Leandro França deOliveira; Leonid El Kadre de Melo; Levi Ribeiro Fernandes de Jesus; Marco MarioDuarte; Mohamad Mounir Zakaria; Oziris Moris Lundi dos Santos Azevedo; ValdirPereira da Rocha; Vitor Barbosa Magalhães, and an adolescent whose identity hasbeen protected. The names are part of the 10 percent who stood out most topolice because of the content that they had browsed and shared on the Internet,such as assassinations and preparatory acts for possible attacks, like bomb-making. The other 90 percent are being monitored for havingexhibited suspicious behavior by visiting websites and propaganda that supportextremist acts and groups, like ISIS, Al-Qaida, and Hezbollah, on more than twooccasions. The 12 detainees were transferred to a maximum securityfederal prison located in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul. The prison iscurrently home to the most dangerous of criminals, like the Brazilian drug lordFernandinho Beira-Mar, and previously housed Colombian drug dealer Juan CarlosRamírez Abadía. The suspects are expected to be individually chargedaccording to their involvement in the crimes of promoting a terroristorganization and engaging in preparatory acts of terrorism, both provided forin the new law. The penalty for the first crime is a fiveto-eight year prisonsentence plus a fine, while those who carry out preparatory acts are givensentences varying from three to 15 years in prison. Suspects weredreaming of paradise According to the prosecutor in charge of Operation Hashtag,Rafael Brum Miron, the individuals suspected of associating with terrorismstated that the Olympics were an opportunity for them to get to paradise. “They were all very aggressive and said the same thing:’we have to kill infidels, take advantage of the Olympics to get to paradise’and were sending videos of killings. And they also shared instructions andformulas amongst themselves for making bombs,” Miron said, in an interviewwith the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo. Also according to the prosecutor, the suspects hademphasized the need to act on their own as “lone wolves.” Despitethis fact, the investigation noted that the group did not have funding norwould it be able to act immediately. “None of them was wealthy; they didn’thave any funds. They wanted to travel to Syria and also didn’t have anymoney,” said Miron, who had collaborative assistance from the FBI,America’s federal police. Despite being deemed amateurs by Brazilian ministersAlexandre de Moraes (Justice) and Raul Jungmann (Defense), prosecutor Mironemphasized that this doesn’t mean that the suspects did not pose a threat.”Until the end of the Olympic Games, on August 21st, all of the nearly 90suspects will be monitored,” he said. The only case considered delicate by the BFP involves aFrench-Algerian physicist and former professor at the Federal University of Riode Janeiro (UFRJ), Adlène Hicheur, who served two years and seven months injail in France for “association with criminals seeking to plan a terroristattack,” supposedly involved with Al-Qaida. In 2013, he arrived in Brazil to work as a visitingprofessor at UFRJ and, in January of this year, he made the cover of themagazine Época, under the headline “A Terrorist in Brazil”, beforebeing deported to France by the Brazilian government on July 15th. The suspects’profiles The PF Counterterrorism Division’s investigations began inApril of this year, and involved 130 agents who issued 12 arrest warrants, 14search and seizure orders, and two bench warrants (when suspects are takenagainst their will before police or court authorities). Below are the profiles of those suspected of sympathizingwith and engaging in preparatory acts for terrorist attacks in Brazil duringthe Rio 2016 Olympic Games: Levi Ribeiro Fernandes de Jesus, 21 years old, baptizedMuhammad Ali Huraia after converting to Islam. Minister Alexandre de Moraes hasnamed him the group’s leader. A native of Guarulhos, São Paulo, he moved toColombo, Paraná, and worked at a supermarket in Curitiba. Leonid El Kadre de Melo – baptized Abu Khalled – served sixyears in prison for theft and homicide and lived in Vila Bela da SantíssimaTrindade, Mato Grosso, where he was a construction worker. Valdir Pereira da Rocha, baptized Mahmoud, was arrested inVila Bela da Santíssima Trindade, Mato Grosso. He is a personal friend ofLeonid de Melo, who also served six years in prison for theft and homicide. Lebanese citizen Mohamad Mounir Zakaria was arrested in SãoPaulo, where he owned a clothing store. Separated and father to three children,he worked as a sales representative and frequented the Pari Mosque, which hasthe largest number of Muslim mosque-goers in Brazil. Twenty-seven-year-old Oziris Moris Lundi dos Santos Azevedo,baptized Ali Lundi, is a native of and was arrested in Manaus, Amazonas. Heworked at the Integrated Center of Security Operations of Amazonia for twoyears, before quitting his job in April. Thirty-four-year-old Antonio Andrade dos Santos Junior,baptized Antonio Ahmed Andrade at the time of his conversion to Islam in 2000,was arrested in João Pessoa, Paraíba. He is a boxer and is considered toespouse radical interpretations of the Islamic religion. Alisson Luan de Oliveira is 19 years old and was arrested inSaquarema, Rio de Janeiro. Considered an introspective young man, he haspracticed Islam for two years, and worked with computer recycling. Twenty-three-year-old Vitor Barbosa Magalhães,baptized VitorAbdullah, was arrested in Guarulhos, São Paulo, is a tinsmith, and worked at acar repair shop with his father. He learned Arabic on a trip he took to Egyptin 2012, and gave lessons on the language. A native of Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul, Israel PedraMesquita was arrested in Morro Redondo, in the same state, where he had justmoved to 20 days prior. He raised animals for sale and his own consumptionthroughout his entire life. Marco Mario Duarte is 42 years old, was baptized ZaidDuarte, was born in São Luís, Maranhão, and was arrested in Amparo, São Paulo.He has ties to the blog “Islam Maranhão.” He plays rugby and paintball, inaddition to working at a restaurant. The other suspects are Daniel Freitas Baltazar, who has goneby the pseudonym Caio Pereira; Hortencio Yoshitake, also known as Teo Yoshi;and Leandro França de Oliveira, whose information was not disclosed by theFederal Police. By César Modesto/Diálogo July 27, 2016