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Mortgage approvals slump to 20-month low

first_img Share John Dunne whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof The number of mortgages approved bymajor UK banks fell to a 20-month low in November, figures have shown.Only 29,991 of these home loans were approved during the month, the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) said.Meanwhile consumers’ debt repayments on credit cards and overdrafts continued to outstrip new borrowing.The BBA figures show that net lending by the major banks, which takes out redemptions and repayments, stood at £1.46bn in November. Tags: NULL Thursday 23 December 2010 5:50 am Mortgage approvals slump to 20-month low Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

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170 Amsterdam / Handel Architects

first_img Landscape: Blondie’s Treehouse Architects: Handel Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  21235 m² Area:  21235 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeHandel ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsCommercial ArchitectureNew YorkHousingResidentialMixed UseUnited StatesPublished on June 16, 2015Cite: “170 Amsterdam / Handel Architects” 16 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?阿姆斯特丹街170号大楼 / Handel Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Ryder Construction “COPY” Lighting: ArchDaily Projects Client: Equity ResidentialStructure :DeSimone Consulting EngineersMep/Fp/Sustainability :ADS ConsultingZoning:Development Consulting ServicesExterior Wall:IBA Consulting & EngineeringGeotechnical / Civil:Langan EngineeringCode:Milrose ConsultantsVertical Transportation:VDAConcrete Contractor:RC StructureFormwork Contractor:Molded Fiber Glass CPCity:New YorkCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Bruce DamonteRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. Our client wanted a solution that maximized floor area on a long narrow site on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They did not want an all glass building, but wanted the benefits of large windows without compromising energy efficiency.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteCreating a new terminus for W68th Street, 170 Amsterdam sits between Central Park to the east and the landscaped open space of the Lincoln Towers superblock to the west. The building’s architecture and the exoskeleton that defines the exterior is derived from its location between these large green spaces and its immediate context. The intersections of the structure rise to the top of the building at different heights, giving the appearance of a façade in motion while also allowing for the prefabricated fiberglass formwork to be reused with the concrete cycle. Moving the structure to the outside of the enclosure freed up valuable interior space that would have been occupied by columns and the projecting slabs and columns provide a veil over the all glass façade and act as a shading device. The deep façade of the diagrid connects with the muscular buildings of lower Amsterdam Avenue, Lincoln Center, the Upper West Side and iconic Chicago architecture. At ground level, the columns create a dynamic street wall, with the exposed structure angling into the sidewalk and piercing the solid form of the building canopy. At the top, the building’s volume ends while the skeleton continues, creating a structural canopy for the rooftop spaces. Inside, the exposed concrete columns angle through the public spaces of the building piercing the floors and walls of the lobby, common rooms and corridors, and disappearing into the ceiling above. In the apartments, seeing the structure through the floor-to-ceiling glass has the effect of being suspended in a treehouse, held up by the branches of the building’s exoskeleton.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteSave this picture!Structural DiagramSave this picture!© Bruce DamonteThe concrete used to create the exoskeleton is the result of a specialized mix that gives the material the appearance of limestone, a nod to the buildings in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The formwork for the round, crossed column shapes involved an intricate fiberglass system with multiple units that were tightly connected together to achieve maximum reuse and economy. The form system and the reinforcing were designed so a pump-placing tube could be inserted into the crossed shapes, which achieved a smooth and consistent surface without blemishes or discoloration. Using a small aggregate mix enabled the concrete to be placed into the blind areas of the formwork with no vibration. The concrete mix was a dense, high fluid self-consolidating mix, using grey cement and slag to achieve a light grey finish and meet LEED standards.Save this picture!© Bruce DamonteSave this picture!Plans and SectionsSave this picture!© Bruce DamonteProject gallerySee allShow lessBBC Profiles Zhang Yue: The Man Who Plans to Build the World’s Tallest Building in 7…Architecture NewsAn Interview with Xu Tian Tian, DnA Design and ArchitectureInterviewsProject locationAddress:170 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Shen Milsom & Wilke photographs:  Bruce DamontePhotographs:  Bruce Damonte “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/642475/170-amsterdam-handel-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Bruce Damonte+ 16 Share 170 Amsterdam / Handel Architectscenter_img Year:  Acoustics: United States 2015 Photographs 2015 CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments, Commercial Architecture•New York, United States Clinard Design Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/642475/170-amsterdam-handel-architects Clipboard Construction Manager: Year:  Mixed Use Architecture Reginald Hough Associates 170 Amsterdam / Handel ArchitectsSave this projectSave170 Amsterdam / Handel Architects Concrete Consultant: last_img read more

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ELL / Domaen

first_img “COPY” Domaen Structural: Photographs:  Paul Vu Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project General Contractor: United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/792300/ell-domaen Clipboard Projects ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Area:  5500 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Save this picture!© Paul Vu+ 20 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/792300/ell-domaen Clipboard Houses Manufacturers: Coronet, Fleetwood, Domaen Team:Jessica Schmitzberger, Cooper Ballantine, Justin TinguePrincipal Design:Axel Schmitzberger, Chris LoweCity:Beverly HillsCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Paul VuRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. ELL is a 5,500SF ground-up Beverly Hills Spec residence designed for Luxe List. The building is located at the crest of the Benedict Canyon hillsides, overlooking the entire serene landscape of the Beverly Hills neighborhood. The project is loosely situated within the footprint of a former, now demolished, one-story 1950s residence.Save this picture!© Paul VuThe construction and development faced multiple challenges, including a shortened design and submittal phase –  two months – and a steep slope on the existing site, with the only, feasible flat portion being maximized by the original. Domaen consciously decided to expand the exterior and infinity pool into the steep slope, supported by long caissons, and to keep the existing footprint of the original building. This enabled to permit it as a remodeled residence and so overcome extreme setback and building restrictions of the local Baseline Hillside Ordinance.  Despite the physical limitations of the existing footprint, the building employed an open floor plan and vertical extension for a contemporary, practical response to the increasingly difficult agenda of building in the hillsides of Los Angeles.Save this picture!© Paul VuA design-build methodology was employed and streamlined to meet a fast moving schedule, with the dynamic design process that evolved during construction. The methodological constraints of the project led to explorations of an ‘elevational’ architecture, focusing on systemic alignments and misalignments as tools to create a dynamic, yet minimal façade. Formal elements are subtle, accentuated, and exaggerated. Planes are simultaneously thickened and destabilized through the opening of corners and separation from the ground surface.This technique allowed maximum freedom in developing a loose plan that emphasizes zones rather than rooms, which is played out with various degrees of privacy; the building is obscured to the street-front, yet completely open to the scenic view in the West. The ground-floor opens up to the elements using the architecture as framework for views of the landscape beyond. The second floor, which features the most private areas has a discreet roof terrace, which is set into the roof surface to exercise another dialogue between privacy and openness.Save this picture!1st Floor PlanSave this picture!2nd Floor PlanThe entrance is shielded by a long, heavy, elevated wing wall that not only forms part of the ground floor and sideboard enclosure but also embraces an interior courtyard with an entry pond.  This allows the east facade to be completely opened up over two stories while being visually almost inaccessible from the street.Save this picture!© Paul VuThe deck and zero-edge pool cantilever over the steep hillside and are extensions of the floor plans rather than landscape elements. This enhances the continuous interplay between interior and exterior throughout the house and artificially increases the footprint.Save this picture!© Paul VuThe material vocabulary of the project is reduced to three related elements. The extensive glazing, with its reflective and transparent surfaces and thin dark glazing frames, is starkly contrasted by white stucco facades. Wooden slats serve as a textural mediator through the use of parametrically generated undulation. Inside, material contrasts continue.  Expressed through sharp-edged geometries and articulated datum, juxtapositions of white stucco, grey stone, and soft, warm wood surfaces unfold throughout.Save this picture!© Paul VuProject gallerySee allShow lessArvindh and Priya’s House / Biome Environmental SolutionsSelected ProjectsForum Studio’s “The Pearl of Istanbul” Features a Marina of Man-Made IslandsUnbuilt Project Share S&Z Engineering Architects: Domaen Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeDomaenOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBeverly HillsUnited StatesPublished on August 03, 2016Cite: “ELL / Domaen” 03 Aug 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2016 ELL / Domaen ELL / DomaenSave this projectSaveELL / Domaen CopyHouses•Beverly Hills, United Stateslast_img read more

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Care4free runs online auction for Children in Need

 25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 November 1999 | News Tagged with: Digital Events Free charity ISP Care4free has launched a major online auction for the BBC Children in Need appeal which runs on Friday. The auction is hosted by Yahoo! UK and Ireland, and features an impressive range of 134 celebrity items and VIP days out.Half of all lots have already attracted bids. For example, a trip to Paris by Eurostar has already attracted 24 bids and a VIP ticket to Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspurs has attracted 21 bids, and both have 12 days still to run. Advertisement Care4free runs online auction for Children in Need About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

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U.N. march: Money for human needs, not war

first_imgNew York City activists are calling for a March 13 march on the U.N. that is meant to solidarize the anti-war movement with the Black Lives Matter movement.Under the banner “Stop the War at Home and Abroad,” the United National Antiwar Coalition will hold a protest march from New York’s busy Herald Square to the U.N., with a closing rally at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza.Other slogans include “Money for Jobs and People’s Needs, Not War,” “Rebuild Flint! Rebuild Our Cities,” “Stop Islamophobia” and “Defend the Black Lives Matter Movement.” The demonstration will feature speakers like former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart and Lawrence Hamm, of the People’s Organization for Progress.UNAC released a statement March 6, stating, “None of the major candidates for president have taken on the issue of Washington’s endless wars — unless they are defending them.”“None of these candidates,” the statement continues, “address how the cost of militarism is literally poisoning our cities. The latest budget for the Pentagon is $608 billion — while the cash-strapped city of Flint switched its water system to save money and left the children of this majority-Black city with irreversible brain damage.”In addition to the call for money to be spent on people’s needs instead of war, UNAC activists have chosen the U.N. as a target because the contamination of water is against international law.Sara Flounders of the International Action Center, one of UNAC’s coalition members, said, “We have chosen the U.N. because the Michigan authorities, by systematically and intentionally depriving Flint of clean drinking water, are in violation of international law.”This echoes the concerns of Flint residents. Melissa Mays, of the activist group Water You Fighting For, has three sons who are anemic, have daily bone pain and miss school due to compromised immune systems. She herself has seizures and other complications from drinking and using the area’s contaminated tap water.Mays told the Pacifica radio/TV show Democracy Now!: “It’s bad enough that the Geneva Convention says that as an act of war you cannot poison a city’s water supply. We’re not in war, but guess what? It kind of seems like it, because a whole city’s water supply was poisoned by our state government.” (Feb. 17)Mays is referring to Article 56, Section III of the 4th Geneva Convention of 1949, which states that the authorities have “the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics.”Last week’s UNAC statement called it appropriate to cite Geneva Convention statutes that refer to an occupying power since “Flint police delivering water filters also ambushed residents with arrest warrants. What are police in communities of color but occupying forces? In the case of Flint this extended all the way to the city’s state-appointed and unelected emergency manager, given authority over the mayor and city council.”Flounders added, “The Black Lives Matter movement has proven that only the people can bring attention to society’s most pressing issues. Only the people can consistently oppose racism. Only the people can stop war, militarism and the elevation of profit over people’s needs.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Late rally edges Frogs past Oklahoma State 7-5

first_img + posts Twitter Linkedin Photo by Michael Clements Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Previous articleSizzle Reel (Ep. 20 – Iron Fist, Reboots and more)Next articleFrogs fend off comeback in 6-5 win over OSU Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook ReddIt Twitter Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution center_img Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Branson Nelson Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament TAGSgame wonHF in title printA four run eighth inning, consisting of two solo home runs and a two-run double, rallied TCU (15-5, 3-1) from behind to steal game one from the Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-7, 0-1) on Friday night at Lupton Stadium.Down 5-3 headed to the bottom of the eighth, the Frogs were in familiar territory. Coming into Friday’s game, the Frogs had trailed in 14 of 19 outings, compiling a 9-5 record in those games.Luken Baker led off the Frogs’ half of the eighth with his team-leading fifth homerun, pulling the Frogs within one. The homer was his first since March 3 against LSU in Houston, and it erased a 0-14 slump at the plate. Baker did not have a hit since game three against UC-Irivine, 12 days ago.Josh Watson followed Baker and was retired for the first out on one pitch. Nolan Brown stepped in the box next and hit a no-doubt line drive well over the right field fence, tying the game at five. Brown’s round-tripper was his second of the year and the team’s third of the night, marking the fifth multi-homer game this season for the Frogs.“[The homerun] helped a lot. It helped the team and it helped my confidence a lot,” Brown said. “Early on in the game I was missing fastballs a lot, so it helped a lot for my confidence of getting that off my chest.”Elliott Barzilli came up with the game knotted at five and grounded out for the second out of the eighth. Ryan Merrill followed Barzilli with a strikeout, but reached on a costly third-strike passed ball.With new life in the inning and a runner on first with two outs, Michael Landestoy pinch-hit for Connor Wanhanen and drew a walk. Austen Wade then batted with two runners on and smashed the first pitch to the left field wall for a two-run double. The double gave the Frogs the 7-5 lead and was the fourth time Wade reached base in five plate appearances.“We stayed close enough and got some big hits,” said TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle. “The homeruns and then obviously Austen Wade staying on that ball and hitting it the other way was incredible and got us two runs, not just one, which proved to be really big in the ninth inning.”Durbin Feltman entered for the Frogs in the top of the ninth, looking for his fifth save.  He allowed the tying run to reach base thanks to a one-out single and a two-out hit batter, but got OSU’s homerun and RBI leader, Garrett Benge, to groundout to shortstop to secure the win.Winning game one sets the tone for what proves to be a pivotal Big 12 conference series for the Frogs against a team that has traditionally given them problems.“They’ve had our number for so many years in terms of winning series,” Schlossnagle said. “We certainly still haven’t done that, but it is nice to get this one especially when you are behind.”Frogs’ ace Jared Janczak got the start on the mound, entering the game with a perfect 5-0 record in five starts and a 2.36 ERA.The first two Cowboys singled off Janczak to begin the game on Friday, quite the contrast from his outing last weekend against Kansas, when it took the Jayhawks until the eighth inning to get a single baserunner.Benge came to the plate with runners on the corners in the opening frame and chopped a run-scoring groundout to Wanhanen near the first base bag. Benge recorded his 28th RBI and put TCU behind in the first inning for the 1oth time.After the two hits to open the night, Janczak settled in and retired the next nine Cowboys.Janczak’s counterpart, Cowboys’ starter Tyler Buffett, stranded five Frogs in scoring position in the first three innings alone as OSU continued to cling to the one run advantage.The Cowboys extended their lead on an unearned run off of Janczak in the fourth. A leadoff walk followed by a single and a throwing error on catcher Evan Skoug put OSU ahead 2-0. The lead held steady at two until the Frogs turn at bat in the fifth.Skoug redeemed himself with a sky-high three run homerun to right field that gave the Frogs their first lead of the night. Skoug’s homer came with one out and runners on the corners after singles by Wanhanen and Wade. The bomb was a welcome sight for the Horned Frogs and Skoug, who had struck out in 35 of 72 at-bats on the season and sported an average that had dipped below the .200 mark.“I hit a lot off the breaking ball machine this week, and it was nice to see the work pay off,” Skoug said. “My hit and then the guys’ hits down the stretch are just going to start catapulting us to be the offensive club that we know we can be.”The 3-2 lead was short-lived though, as OSU came back to tie it in the sixth. The first two Cowboys reached base, chasing Janczak from the game.Sean Wymer entered and let one of his two inherited runners to score, but an outfield assist by Wade, a strikeout, and groundout sent the game to the bottom of the sixth.The Frogs went in order in the sixth and seventh innings, sandwiching a 1-2-3 inning by the Cowboys in their half of the seventh.In the eighth inning, Wymer trotted to the mound for his third inning of work. After an 11 pitch pop-up to begin the inning, Wymer ran into trouble. Benge singled up the middle to get the rally started. Wymer then got another pop up in the infield for the second out.With two outs and just one runner on, a single followed by a passed ball put runners on second and third. A third single scored both runs, giving the Cowboys the 5-3 lead.Haylen Green replaced Wymer and got a three-pitch strikeout to end the eighth. Green ended up as the pitcher of record, picking up his first win of his career.TCU will be back on the field against OSU on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Lupton Stadium for game two of the three game series. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN 2. Nick Lodolo (2-1, 5.06 ERA) will be on the bump for the Frogs. Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Linkedin Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket ReddItlast_img read more

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Bernie Madoff’s secretary wants to use new Trump law to get out of jail early

iStock/Pattanaphong Khuankaew(NEW YORK) — One of the five employees of Bernie Madoff convicted in a $20 billion Ponzi scheme is seeking early release from prison based in part on the new criminal justice reform law signed last week by President Donald Trump.Annette Bongiorno, who was Madoff’s longtime secretary, has been in prison since February 2015 and asked the judge to order her release no later than March 2019, more than a year before her scheduled release date.In a letter to U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain, defense attorneys cited the First Step Act that they contend makes Bongiorno, 70, eligible for home confinement, since she is at an advanced age and has served two-thirds of her sentence.“The new statute permits her to make a direct application to the court for this relief, and Mrs. Bongiorno respectfully makes the application,” defense attorney Roland Riopelle wrote.“She remains an ‘old fashioned’ family oriented person who would benefit greatly from the release to home confinement that the First Step Act provides,” he wrote.A spokesperson for federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment on Bongiorno’s bid for early release. The office declined to comment to a similar request for comment by the Associated Press.The First Step Act, which was passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Trump on Dec. 21, offers a number of sentencing reforms as well as expanding job training programs. Bongiorno was convicted in 2014 after a six-month trial during which she insisted she did not know her boss was running what is widely-seen as the biggest Ponzi scheme in American history.Madoff, who is now 80, is serving a 150-year sentence following conviction on a fraud that was exposed a decade ago.In his letter to the judge, Riopelle called Bongiorno a “model prisoner” who has served her sentence at FCI Coleman medium security prison in Sumterville, Florida, “without a disciplinary violation of any kind.”Riopelle said she was in decent health and in “generally good spirits” though finds the holiday season “a bit depressing.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more

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Coronavirus live updates: US hits fresh record highs of new cases and deaths

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 73.9 million people and killed over 1.6 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Dec 17, 7:41 amTexas woman dies from COVID-19 just two months after giving birthJennifer Mendoza, of Grapevine, Texas, gave birth to her fourth child in October.A few days after coming home from the hospital with her healthy baby girl, Mendoza developed breathing problems.Mendoza returned to the emergency room and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. She never went home.Mendoza died on Dec. 3, her 34th birthday, according to a report by Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA-TV. She is survived by her husband and four young children.“Her kids were everything,” Mendoza’s brother, David Mendoza, told WFAA in a recent interview. “To her last minute, she still kept fighting for them.”“I’m going to tell them every day for the rest of their lives that their mother was the most beautiful person on this earth,” he added, “the most compassionate and the most big-hearted.”Dec 17, 7:17 amUS on track to get 2nd vaccine as FDA panel reviews Moderna dataThe United States is on the cusp of a second vaccine for COVID-19, with a key Food and Drug Administration panel set to review data Thursday from Moderna that suggests its two-dose vaccine is safe and 94% effective.An endorsement from the independent federal advisers would pave the way for an official green light by the FDA to begin distributing next week some 5.9 million Moderna doses to the nation’s front-line health care workers and nursing home residents. An internal assessment by the FDA already found that the Moderna data show the benefits likely outweigh the risks.The Moderna batch would be in addition to the 6.4 million doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that started to roll out this week after being the first to get emergency-use authorization.One primary difference is that the Modern vaccine requires fewer specific handling instructions because it does not need ultra-cold storage conditions like the Pfizer/BioNTech one.Moderna also is seeking authorization to use its vaccine on people ages 18 and older, whereas Pfizer’s enrollment of older teens in clinical trials this fall paved the way for authorization of anyone 16 and older.Dec 17, 6:35 amFrench president’s wife is self-isolating but has no symptomsBrigitte Macron, the 67-year-old wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, is self-isolating and will be tested for COVID-19 soon, although she is not showing any symptoms, her office said in a statement Thursday.France’s presidential palace had announced earlier that Emmanuel Macron, 42, tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-isolating.“Brigitte Macron is a contact case and has no symptoms of the disease,” her office said. “She also tested negative for Covid-19 on Tuesday, December 15, before making a visit to a pediatric ward at Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. She has placed herself in isolation and will continue her work by videoconference. She will be tested very soon as a precaution.”Dec 17, 6:09 amAlaska health care worker suffers ‘serious’ allergic reaction to Pfizer/BioNTech vaccineAn Alaska health care worker was hospitalized Wednesday, shortly after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.The unnamed staff member at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau, Alaska, “showed signs of an anaphylactic reaction” 10 minutes after inoculation, “with increased heartbeat, shortness of breath and skin rash and redness,” according to a press release.“She was given epinephrine and Benadryl, admitted to the hospital, and put on an intravenous epinephrine drip,” Bartlett Regional Hospital said in a statement Wednesday night. “Her reaction was serious but not life threatening.”The staff member, who had no known previous allergies or adverse reactions to vaccines, “is recovering and will remain another night in the hospital under observation,” according to the press release.“She is still encouraging her colleagues to get the vaccine,” the hospital said.It’s the first known adverse allergic reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, which was granted emergency-use authorization in the United States last Friday.A second staff member at Bartlett Regional Hospital “experienced eye puffiness, light headedness, and scratchy throat” 10 minutes after being injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Wednesday, according to the press release.“His reaction was not considered anaphylaxis,” Bartlett Regional Hospital said in the statement Wednesday night. “He was taken to the Emergency Department and administered epinephrine, Pepcid and Benadryl. He felt completely back to normal within an hour and was released.”“He too does not want his experience to have a negative impact on his colleagues lining up for the vaccine,” the hospital added.Both incidents were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which Bartlett Regional Hospital said “is providing guidance and support.” The symptoms in each case were discovered during the 15-minute observation period after inoculation recommended by the CDC.“We were expecting these things and we had all the right systems in place,” Charlee Gribbon, an infection control practitioner at Bartlett Regional Hospital, who is overseeing a mass operation to vaccinate as many staff as possible, said in a statement Wednesday night.Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink said there are “no plans to change our vaccine schedule, dosing or regimen.”Dec 17, 5:16 amFrench President Emmanuel Macron tests positiveFrench President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for COVID-19.The Elysee Palace, the official residence of the president of France, announced Macron’s diagnosis in a statement Thursday morning.“This diagnosis was established following an RTPCR test performed at the onset of the first symptoms,” the palace said.Macron will self-isolate for seven days in accordance with public health instructions.“He will continue to work and carry out his activities remotely,” the palace said.With more than 2.4 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19, France has the fifth-highest tally in the world, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Dec 17, 4:30 amA record 113,069 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19There were 113,069 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 across the United States on Wednesday, according to data compiled by The COVID Tracking Project, a volunteer-run effort to track the U.S. outbreak.It’s the highest number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations that the U.S. has logged since the start of the pandemic.Dec 17, 4:08 amUS hits fresh record highs of 247,403 new cases and 3,656 deathsThere were 247,403 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Wednesday, marking a fresh record high, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 44th straight day that the U.S. has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Wednesday’s tally shatters the country’s previous all-time high of 231,775 new cases confirmed on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.An additional 3,656 deaths from the disease were also registered nationwide on Wednesday, setting yet another record. It’s only the fourth time since the pandemic began that the country has reported more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day. The country’s previous peak of 3,300 fatalities was recorded on Dec. 11, according to Johns Hopkins data.A total of 16,979,777 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 307,501 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins data. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Dec 17, 12:06 amInterior Secretary David Bernhardt tests positive for COVID-19Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt has tested positive for COVID-19. The department spokesman, Nicholas Goodwin, confirmed the news Wednesday, after an inquiry from The Washington Post.Bernhardt received his test results prior to President Donald Trump’s Cabinet meeting Wednesday and did not attend the session.“He is currently asymptomatic and will continue to work on behalf of the American people while in quarantine,” Goodwin said in an email.As a result of Bernhardt’s diagnosis, various high-ranking department officials who were in close contact with him this week are now getting tested.He is the third top official at the department known to have tested positive for the virus since November. Interior’s top attorney, Daniel Jorjani, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith also tested positive.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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You gotta have faith! Estate agency welcomes huge George Michael mural on side of branch

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » You gotta have faith! Estate agency welcomes huge George Michael mural on side of branch previous nextAgencies & PeopleYou gotta have faith! Estate agency welcomes huge George Michael mural on side of branchNine-metre high memorial to the Wham singer will give the area of London where the singer grew up a lift, says branch manager.Nigel Lewis21st September 202001,626 Views An estate agency in North London has welcomed a huge mural painted on the side of its branch as a memorial to popstar George Michael, who lived and went to school in the area during his early years before fame beckoned.The former Wham star died of natural causes aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016.The nine-metre high mural, which takes up the whole of the side of Winkworth’s Kingsbury branch, took artist Dawn Mellor three weeks to paint and is part of an outdoor arts festival organised by the local council.The mural has generated considerable publicity over the weekend including coverage by the BBC and Daily Mail, all of which has delighted Ajay Bathija (pictured above with hi steam), a director of the Winkworth Kingsbury estate agency.“I think it is fabulous. It is great for the area and has created a real buzz among all the residents and the businesses here,” he told The Negotiator.“Since it was unveiled, we have seen a steady stream of people taking pictures of the mural.“We all supported the artist while she was working on the mural, offering her cups of tea while local restaurants brought her food.  It’s been really well received and is already attracting visitors to Kingsbury – a real uplift for everyone who works and lives here.”The mural includes references to several George Michael hits including Careless Whisper but also a monopoly board. The game’s creator Waddington has no links to the area, but it might be a gentle ‘thank you’ to the Winkworth team for their cups of tea.Read more about Winkworth.george michael Brent Brent Council winkworth September 21, 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 2021last_img read more

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Attorney General Zoeller Warns Political Campaigns, PACs And Hoosiers On Robocalling

first_img INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is warning political campaigns and political groups to adhere to state telephone privacy laws and refrain from robocalling residents leading up to the 2016 General Election on November 8. Zoeller also warns Hoosiers against such calls that are illegal if there isn’t a live operator that obtains your permission before playing a recorded message.Zoeller’s office enforces the state’s telephone privacy laws and investigates complaints about robocalls and other unwanted calls. His office has received nearly 14,000 complaints about unwanted calls in 2016, a majority of which were about robocalls.“In Indiana, our Legislature has adopted one of the strictest laws that strictly prohibits the use of auto dialers which can blast out prerecorded messages at a rate of ten thousand per minute.  Just as in past years we are warning campaigns, PACs and political parties not to use this technology used by scam artists,” Zoeller said. “If violated, there are penalties and I will pursue those who chose to disregard the privacy of our citizens.”Indiana’s Auto Dialer law, 24-5-14-5(b), restricts the use of technology that automatically dials residential phone numbers and plays prerecorded messages, also called robocalls. The penalty for violating the Indiana Auto Dialer law is up to $5,000 per call.If campaigns want to play a prerecorded message, a live operator must first have initiated the call and received the recipient’s permission, either by a prerecorded request to leave a message or the recipient must have previously opted into receiving such calls.If an individual does not want to receive automated political voice mails, they should make it clear in their voice mail or answering machine prompt that they only wish to receive the name and number of the person calling. When a voice mail prompt invites a message to be left, it provides permission for a prerecorded message to be left.Campaigns and political groups are allowed to make traditional “live” calls, even to numbers registered on the Do Not Call list, as long as the calls are not sales calls.Zoeller said if someone receives an unwanted campaign call, simply ask to be removed from the caller’s list. To block general telemarketing calls, sign up for the Do Not Call list at www.IndianaConsumer.com or by calling 1.888.834.9969.Members of the public can also utilize this call-blocking reference sheet for additional call-blocking applications. Frequently asked questions about Indiana’s Do Not Call law can be found here.Indiana residents who receive a political robocall or any other unwanted call can file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by visiting www.IndianaConsumer.com or calling 1.888.834.9969.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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