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Oregon Wines Achieve a New Record of Awards in the Wine…

first_imgEmail TAGSOregon Wine Board Previous articleNapa Valley Grapegrowers & Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation Reach Millions Through COVID-19 ResponseNext articleAfternoon Brief, December 29th Press Release Share Facebook Pinterest ReddIt Home Industry News Releases Oregon Wines Achieve a New Record of Awards in the Wine Spectator…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessOregon Wines Achieve a New Record of Awards in the Wine Spectator Top 100 ListBy Press Release – December 29, 2020 1343 0 Linkedin Twitter AdvertisementAnnual report names 100 of the best, most interesting wines in the world, with seven made in OregonPortland, OR, January 29, 2020 …Around this time every year since 1988, Wine Spectator gathers the best of the best wines its editors have tasted throughout the year, bestowing their favorite, most excellent wines made in or imported into the U.S. with a spot on the highly coveted Top 100 list. Oregon wines are often overrepresented on this prestigious list, garnering around five or six spots annually, or 5 or 6%, which is no small feat considering that Oregon accounts for far less than 1% of global wine production.But in 2020, the number of Oregon wines set a new record in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list with seven Oregon Pinot noirs earning their way on to this list. Put another way, this means 7% of the most exciting wines in the entire world are made in Oregon.How hard is it to get onto Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list? The magazine receives about 11,000 wines each year for expert evaluation, so the odds of getting on this list are more than 100 to 1.According to the magazine, “Our selection prioritizes quality (based on score), value (based on price) and availability (based on the number of cases either made or imported into the United States). These criteria are applied to the wines that rated outstanding (90 points or higher on Wine Spectator’s 100-point scale) each year to determine our Top 100…These wines are a diverse group—ranging from emerging labels and regions to traditional estates exploring new directions—and all generate the excitement we call the “X-factor.”Winners this year include a top ten entry, Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge The Beaux Frères Vineyard 2018 with a score of 95, (the Beaux Frères Vineyard pictured above, photo by Carey Critchlow). Senior Editor Tim Fish described this wine as “A wine of presence and expression, impeccably structured yet elegantly layered, with evocative raspberry, rose petal and brown baking spice notes that pick up richness and tension toward fine-grained tannins.”The other six winners, and their respective spots on the list plus ratings are below. According to the magazine, a rating of 95-100 is deemed as a “Classic.” and a wine rated with a 90-94 is “Outstanding.”19: Résonance Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2017, 9329: The Four Graces Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Reserve, 2017, 9433: Ken Wright Pinot Noir Willamette Valley, 2017, 9137: Bergström Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Cumberland Reserve, 2018, 9464: La Crema Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2018, 9279: Stoller Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2018, 90“Placing a record seven Oregon wines among the world’s Top 100, and five in the top 40, is welcome recognition for Oregon and a reflection of the exceptional fruit and winemaking talent here,” notes Oregon Wine Board President Tom Danowski.Stoller Family Estate appeared for the first time on this list in 2020, and the designation is not lost on founder and owner Bill Stoller. “Wine Spectator is one of the most influential publications in our industry, and it’s an incredible honor to earn a spot on its Top 100 list,” he said. “Our Vice President of Winemaking, Melissa Burr, has been honing her craft over the last 15 years. She created an everyday Pinot Noir that embodies the spirit and complexity of our region. To have our 2018 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir place alongside some of the best in the world is a testament to Melissa and her team’s dedication.”About the Oregon Wine BoardThe Oregon Wine Board is a semi-independent Oregon state agency managing marketing, research and education initiatives that support and advance the Oregon wine and wine grape industry. The Board works on behalf of all Oregon wineries and independent growers throughout the state’s diverse winegrowing regions. Visit oregonwine.org.Advertisement last_img read more

 

Surge in LPWA can help wearables break free from smartphone – ARM

first_img Kavit Majithia HomeM360 2016 Europe Article Surge in LPWA can help wearables break free from smartphone – ARM ARMLittle Riotwearables Previous ArticleTelenor slams Danish deal collapse as “disaster” for consumersNext ArticleFeature: Mobile 360 Europe highlights Tags Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 JUN 2016 Author LIVE FROM GSMA MOBILE 360 EUROPE: David Maidment, lead mobile strategist at ARM, predicted the development of Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks could potentially lessen the reliance today’s wearables have on the smartphone.Maidment, speaking on a Wearables panel session at the Brussels event, said that while a number of vendors were developing wearables with inbuilt 4G connectivity, challenges could lie ahead with cellular connectivity “conceived for the smartphone era,”, meaning battery life would be significantly impacted on such a device.He said that wearables had been held back in terms of decoupling completely for the smartphone, but this could change with networks being developed that consume lower power.“Connectivity is an interesting point because it touches the way the user interacts with their device, so if I have to take my smartphone with me for my wearable to work, it will limit how I use it,” he said. “Narrowband IoT for LPWA, for example, will consume less energy and break the model, and decoupling the wearable from the smartphone makes sense in some use cases.”Stuck in the 1970sAlso on the panel, Joanna Montgomery, founder of start-up Little Riot, which has developed a wristband enabling people to hear each other’s heartbeat on the device, described the fact that everything still has to connect to a phone as “annoying”.“The whole point of our product is the fact that we don’t have to look at a screen,” she said. “The technology is still not there for the wearable to be standalone.”Montgomery also had some strong views on the industry’s reliance on the screens, which is still the “starting point for everything”.“We are stuck in the 1970s,” she lamented. “We are connecting things to the internet, but it all comes back to the screen. What good is it to automate everything if this is what it goes back to, an old piece of technology.”last_img read more

 

Government takes control of Lebanon operators

first_img Yanitsa Boyadzhieva Zain laments Covid-19 impact Yanitsa joins Mobile World Live as a Reporter based in London. She has more than 5 years’ experience at various media outlets in her home country Bulgaria. She started her career as a political reporter, followed by taking editor roles… Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 MAY 2020 Related Zain focuses on networks to pull through pandemic Home Government takes control of Lebanon operators Author Tags The Lebanese government resumed management of state-owned operators Alfa and Touch after operating contracts held by Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT) and Zain Group, respectively, expired.In a Twitter post yesterday (5 May), Minister of Telecommunications Talal Hawat said an international tender for new contracts would be readied within three months, covering management and operation of the businesses.Lebanon’s official media outlet National News Agency reported in December 2019 the country’s Information and Communications Parliamentary Committee decided not to extend OTMT and Zain’s deals.The committee also called for measures to restore the management of the telecoms sector to the state within two months after the meeting.GSMA Intelligence figures showed Touch held a 50.6 per cent market share by connections at end-2019, with Alfa accounting for the remaining 49.3 per cent. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Zain makes play into e-sports Previous ArticleAT&T joins global Covid-19 fightNext ArticleVeon drops Armenia business sale talks AlfaLebanonOrascomZainlast_img read more

 

Teeth, Mollusks: Design in Biominerals

first_imgIntelligent Design Teeth, Mollusks: Design in BiomineralsEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCOctober 21, 2019, 4:53 AM Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share Minerals created by diverse life forms show optimized molecular structure. Rather than indicating convergent evolution, do they originate from divergent foresight?Two recent papers explore the crystal structure of biominerals, which are found in everything from mollusk shells to the teeth in our mouths. These structures are fascinating for their exquisite properties, but the subject of biomineralization also allows comparing the explanatory power of design over Darwinian evolution. The structures inside biominerals are so exquisitely optimized, engineers study them for ideas on how to create superior materials. But on the flip side, one might wonder why an intelligent designer would use such different mechanisms to achieve the desired properties of strength and fracture-resistance in diverse creatures. Is this evidence of convergent evolution, or foresight?Human Teeth“The Hidden Structure of Tooth Enamel,” written by seven scientists in Nature Communications, introduces a fascinating topic we can all relate to. Many of us may not pay much attention to our teeth until we go to the dentist, but it is quite remarkable that these natural utensils, subject to severe biting and grinding forces and chemical attacks almost every day, for many people can last a lifetime. The authors of the open-access paper sure found tooth enamel fascinating:Dental enamel is the most highly mineralized tissue in the human body. Its outstanding mechanical properties combine the extreme hardness and stiffness with exceptional resilience, which enables it to withstand hundreds of masticatory cycles with biting forces of up to 770 N, in the harsh environment of the oral cavity, which also undergoes extreme pH and temperature fluctuations within the human body. Despite the fact that it does not remodel or repair, it lasts decades without catastrophic failure. [Emphasis added.]What does 770 N mean? A newton (N) is the force that produces an acceleration of one meter per second per second on a mass of one kilogram. That’s a non-trivial force. Now multiply it by 770 to consider what your teeth go through!Like the head of a hammer, enamel is the outer portion of a tooth that faces this harsh environment. Unlike bone, which the body can repair, enamel has to endure this treatment for life. Naturally, the scientists were eager to explore how it survives the amount of wear and tear that would put many artificial materials out of commission in far less time. A summary of the paper on Phys.org explains how the team used advanced imaging methods called polarization-dependent imaging contrast (PIC) mapping to figure out what makes the biominerals so durable. Tooth enamel is organized in micron-length rods made up of long, skinny crystals of hydroxyapatite. [Pupa] Gilbert and her group at UW–Madison applied PIC mapping to several human tooth samples and measured the orientation of each crystal in tooth cross sections.“By and large, we saw that there was not a single orientation in each rod, but a gradual change in crystal orientations between adjacent nanocrystals,” Gilbert says.It’s the slight misorientation between rods that stops cracks from propagating through the interface, they found. Next, they wanted to know if the degree of the misorientation angle makes a difference. “I started wondering, is there an ideal misorientation angle that is most effective at deflecting cracks?” Gilbert recalls. “The experiment to test this hypothesis could not be done at the nanoscale, nor by simulations, so I started thinking, okay, we trust evolution. If there is an ideal angle of misorientation, I bet it’s the one in our mouths.”The thinking of evolutionists is that Darwinian selection always trends toward an optimum. Design theorists know that is nonsense and may find the remark humorous. The point to chew on, though, is that the nanostructure of tooth enamel is optimized for durability. It works so well, the authors thought about “how it can be applied to synthetic materials.” The paper concludes:This structure, previously hidden, contributes to making enamel extraordinarily resilient, as it endures hundreds of mastication cycles per day, with hundreds of Newtons of biting force. This structure prevents catastrophic failure of enamel by deflecting cracks inside rods, and keeps it functional for our entire lifetime.Biominerals in MollusksThe phylum Mollusca, which dates to the Cambrian explosion, contains exquisite examples of biomineralization. Some of the most beautiful shells of all, including the chambered nautilus with its Fibonacci Series-Golden Ratio geometry, as well as snails, oysters, and scallops fit into this group. A team of six scientists writing in PNAS sought “to expand our understanding of the macroscopic morphospace of possible molluscan shell shapes to the level of possible ultrastructures that comprise them.” Evolution weighed heavily on their mind.Molluscan shells are a classic model system to study formation–structure–function relationships in biological materials and the process of biomineralized tissue morphogenesis. Typically, each shell consists of a number of highly mineralized ultrastructures, each characterized by a specific 3D mineral–organic architecture. Surprisingly, in some cases, despite the lack of a mutual biochemical toolkit for biomineralization or evidence of homology, shells from different independently evolved species contain similar ultrastructural motifs.Of note is the authors’ reliance on the concept of morphospaces, developed by the late David Raup, a Darwinian paleontologist who attended the 1993 gathering of ID scientists at Pajaro Dunes. In his remembrances of Raup, Paul Nelson respected Raup’s openness to criticisms of evolution and his “courage in engaging in thoughtful discussion with those of differing viewpoints.”  It’s lamentable that these scientists did not follow that aspect of Raup’s character. In their strict Darwinian thinking, the similarities in biominerals between scallops, nautiloids, and snails must be due to convergent evolution. They conclude that the environment somehow constrains biominerals to take on similar motifs. Creatures “discover” these motifs among what is thermodynamically possible in the morphospace of mineral construction, given the materials available. The team says:In Raup’s classic works, elegant parameterization of the macroscale geometry of molluscan shells defined a morphospace that permitted a theoretical exploration of the wide diversity of shell morphologies. This work allowed a mathematical analysis of molluscan shell shapes and the theoretical exploration of limits of their evolution and thus, provided insights on why only certain morphologies exist in nature, in molluscs, and other species. For example, the similar spiral morphology seen in receptaculitids and bryozoans, despite very different methods of growth, reflects an architectural constraint on the fabrication of a growing spiral with physically constrained units.Constraints, however, cannot explain the beauty of a nautilus shell. There is nothing about a constraint that can force elegant design. That’s like saying that highways constrain what cars are possible. “Well, yeah, but…” Perhaps a highway’s dimensions constrain the width of a car, but isn’t there a lot more to a car’s design than a series of constraints?The evolutionary storytelling need not concern us now. More interesting are the facts about these wonderful minerals constructed by living organisms: in this case, mollusks. It’s refreshing to hear rare pearls of wisdom in the paper, such as this line in the concluding discussion: “molluscan shell biomineralization and morphogenesis is an extracellular process that proceeds under genetic control and is remotely orchestrated by the cellular tissue.” They add, “The main distinction between the growth of the various biomineralized structures in nature are the driving forces set by the organisms that ultimately regulate the nucleation, manipulate the shape, and assemble the mineral components.” I.e., they do not self-organize, nor do the constraints of physical laws design the shells. The shells are driven by a genetic code. It is certainly worth asking how that code got there. Every code we know of that regulates complex structures was designed. Science will improve when the constraints of Darwinism are lifted.Photo: Human teeth from Qesem Cave, Israel, between 200,000 and 400,000 years old, by Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv University, via EurekAlert! Recommended Billions of Missing Links: Mysteries Evolution Can’t Explain Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tagsbiomineralizationbiomineralscellular tissueconvergent evolutionDarwinian evolutionDarwinian selectionDavid RaupFibonacci Seriesfracture-resistancegenetic codegenetic controlGolden Ratiohammerhydroxyapatiteintelligent designmollusksmorphospacenanocrystalsNature CommunicationsnautiloidsNewtonnucleationPajaro DunesPaul NelsonPhys.orgPupa GilbertQesem Cavescallopssnailssynthetic materialsteethtooth enamelUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more

 

News / Canadian Pacific train operators walk out as deal is reached with signal workers

first_imgWhile the TCRC has given assurances that commuter services in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver would not be affected, there is concern the strike may force the carrier to suspend freight services.The union said: “Negotiations with the company are ongoing, The Teamsters are committed to working with federal mediators and reaching a negotiated settlement. The union is willing to remain at the bargaining table during the strike.”The carrier has yet to respond to a request for comment from The Loadstar on the TCRC action, but  following the IBEW agreement, CP chief executive Keith Creel thanked that union’s bargaining committee for its “hard work and creativity”.He added: “We have come through a number of challenging years to become an operational leader; I look forward to working with this union to become the employer of choice.”Senior general chairman of IBEW Steve Martin said while negotiations had been “difficult”, it was a “good deal” for the union’s membership. By Alexander Whiteman 30/05/2018 Large volumes of cargo were stranded last night when 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway conductors and engineers walked out.The strike followed a near-unanimous vote to reject Canada’s second-largest rail operator’s latest collective bargaining agreement, and only a last-minute deal between CP and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) prevented 360 signal workers joining the walk-out.The Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC), said 98.1% of its members rejected CP’s latest deal, with 94.2% authorising strike action in a vote held on Friday.TCRC president Doug Finnson added: “CP is offering more of the same contract language workers just voted to reject. The company clearly isn’t serious about reaching a negotiated settlement and delivering on their promise to do right by their employees.”center_img © Royalkangas last_img read more

 

Watch: Felix Jones chats about Bok role

first_img Irishman Felix Jones joined the Springbok coaching group on the eve of the World Cup. Move through to 26 minutes, 30 seconds to hear his thoughts. Watch: Felix Jones chats about Bok role Video published on November 29, 2019 ‘ ‘ Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ SumabisPut Vaseline On Your Feet Overnight, Here’s WhySumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndo BuzzAuraYou Will Never Throw Away a Banana Peel Again After You See ThisBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine Posted in Springboks, Teams, Top headlines, Tournaments, World Cup Tagged Springboks ‘ ‘ World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak2019 Top 10 Most Beautiful Airline Flight AttendantsGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLife Exact BrazilRemember Grace Jones? She Is Almost 73, See Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowBuzz Treatment|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

 

Hitman Sniper passes 10m players

first_imgHitman Sniper passes 10m playersMobile spin-off likely the best-selling entry in the series to dateJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 29th March 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleSquare EnixSquare Enix MontréalSquare Enix has announced Hitman Sniper has been played by more than 10 million mobile users around the world.The title was developed by Square Enix Montreal and builds on the popularity of Hitman: Sniper Challenge, a downloadable mini-game used to promote 2012’s Hitman Absolution.The premium mobile game has rapidly become one of the studio’s biggest hits, alongside the Go series (Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go and Deus Ex Go). But the title’s success also seems to surpass that of its AAA source material.In 2015, a Square Enix annual report declared that the Hitman series had sold more than 15 million units across PC and console since the original released in 2000. While the episodic Hitman 2016 has proven to be popular, it’s unlikely to have matched the 10 million figure achieved by the mobile spin-off.That almost certainly makes Hitman Sniper the best-selling title in the entire franchise. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Square Enix for confirmation.Of course, this accomplishment is purely in terms of unit sales and aided in no small part to the ubiquitous nature of smart devices. While the console and PC audience is smaller, it has most likely generated more money via game sales – each Hitman tends to launch at full price, while Sniper costs just £4.99 (and has occasionally been discounted).Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games That’s not to say the mobile game hasn’t been a good earner for Square Enix. Like almost any mobile game, there are microtransactions to keep generate revenues in the long term.The player count is likely to rise over the next week, with Square Enix Montreal making the game free-to-play for the first time, although only until April 4th. This is to celebrate the 10 million milestone.This is also likely to be the last Hitman game Square Enix will directly profit from. Last year the publisher passed the IP rights to developer IO Interactive as the studio became fully independent.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Mobile newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesSquare Enix denies rumours of acquisition activityThe company has shut down talks that several parties were looking to acquire itBy Danielle Partis 26 days agoBalan Wonderworld’s day one patch to remove epileptic triggersSquare Enix asked players to install the update to avoid a bug that adds flashing lights to a boss fightBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

 

Century Plaza developer Michael Rosenfeld and USC trustee in battle over RE deals

first_imgWoodridge CEO Michael Rosenfeld and Glorya Kaufman with a rendering of the Century Plaza project, and Armanino LLP partner Harvey Bookstein with the Hearst Estate. (Credit: DBOX)One mid-November evening last year, USC trustee Glorya Kaufman says, a “close friend” of hers dropped in for a visit. The friend, developer Michael Rosenfeld, had come to get her to sign some documents.In a new lawsuit, Kaufman alleges that she signed the papers without having a chance to read them and without being provided with copies afterwards. She was “shocked to learn” afterwards that she had signed a $75 million guaranty on construction loans for the Century Plaza condo development in Century City.In the lawsuit’s telling, the guarantee was just the latest in a series of big real estate deals Kaufman had been brought into over the past decade at the behest of Rosenfeld, the founder of real estate investment and development firm Woodridge Capital Partners and an accountant, Harvey Bookstein of Armanino LLP. Rosenfeld and Bookstein held themselves out as “close friends and trusted financial, business, and investment advisors” to Kaufman, the complaint filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court states. Despite assuring her that their investments were conservative and safe, the duo allegedly “created and/or structured very risky self-dealing transactions where they used Mrs. Kaufman’s assets to make big gambles to promote their own financial gain.”Rosenfeld vigorously denies this characterization of their relationship. “The complaint is replete with misrepresentations,” he said in an interview with The Real Deal Thursday. “It is unconscionable that her lawyers and new advisors would make such assertions against the very people who have provided her with years of successful investments.”The document Kaufman signed that November evening, for example, was simply a quarterly certificate that she had signed every quarter since 2016, and not a new guarantee, according to Rosenfeld.“We empathize with the fact that Mrs. Kaufman contends that she has no recollection of entering into these agreements, however there’s no question that she did in fact knowingly enter into them,” he said. “It is my understanding that her advisors reviewed every investment with her thoroughly, that she insisted on having a complete understanding of each prospective investment, and that the entirety of the documentation was presented to her.”Kaufman, the widow of KB Home co-founder Donald Bruce Kaufman and founder of the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at USC, is asking for the deal agreements to be voided, and is seeking damages on charges including fraud, elder abuse, and breach of fiduciary duty.“With great reluctance, we have filed a breach of contract action based on this non-performance,” Rosenfeld said. “We encourage Mrs. Kaufman to honor her obligations under the numerous agreements that she entered into.”An attorney for Kaufman declined to comment. Bookstein did not respond to requests for comment.Full scope unknown?The investments listed in the suit total out to nearly $60 million, as well as two guarantees on loans totaling $115 million. But according to the suit, because Rosenfeld and Bookstein haven’t provided details on the investments, “the full scope of Defendants’ breaches of fiduciary obligations, and fraud, may not yet be fully known.”The earliest investment documented in the complaint occurred in 2011, when Kaufman invested $5 million in an entity controlled by Rosenfeld known as Unification Partners, LLC.“Mrs. Kaufman has never received any income or distribution from this investment, and she does not know how Defendants used her funds,” the suit alleges.In 2013, the Glorya Kaufman Trust provided a $3.3 million loan for the development of 150 homes near Lake Castaic north of Santa Clarita. The homes were never built and the defendants have allegedly continued to collect management and accounting fees on the investment, according to the suit. Woodridge received county approval to build a much larger 3,150-unit complex in the area in 2018.Another “high stakes financial deal” Kaufman was allegedly cajoled into was a $27.7 million investment in the Hotel Californian in Santa Barbara, which opened in 2017. Kaufman “has not received any distributions of any kind on this large investment,” and the hotel has been losing money for years, the suit alleges.Mansion mischiefOne of Kaufman’s largest financial entanglements popped up in the news in 2016, when real estate investor and attorney Leonard Ross put the Hearst Estate in Beverly Hills on the market for $195 million.An analysis by TRD at the time uncovered “an elaborate web of LLCs and a series of intricate refinancings” at the property, the former home of William Randolph Hearst. This included a $40 million loan provided by Fortress Investment Group and a $19 million loan provided by Kaufman. Curiously, Kaufman was also a guarantor for the Fortress loan.The new lawsuit claims that this arrangement was also Rosenfeld and Bookstein’s doing.Ross was a “business associate, and/or client” of Bookstein’s, and the defendants allegedly induced Kaufman to sign a $40 million guaranty for him despite knowing that Ross had declared bankruptcy in 2010 and “had a history of taking loans and not repaying them.”The Hearst estate’s financial troubles have dragged on. Ross defaulted on the loan in 2018, and Kaufman was allegedly only informed a year later that she was now on the hook for more than $50 million because of her guarantee.Ross has filed a lawsuit against his creditors, also claiming elder abuse, while Fortress has sued the Kaufman Trust asserting that it reneged on its role as guarantor. The LLC that owns the estate, TBH19 LLC, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November.Amid the megamansion frenzy that swept L.A. shortly before the coronavirus crisis, Ross had held out hope that the property could be sold for as much as $125 million to pay off his debts — and claimed that “a Saudi Arabian prince” had expressed interest in buying it.Heist of the CenturyRosenfeld’s Woodridge Capital Partners is currently developing the two-tower, 268-unit Century Plaza condo development on Avenue of the Stars. It’s a project widely viewed as a litmus test for the strength of the residential market in Century City, a neighborhood better known for law firm offices than luxury towers.The nature of the $75 million construction financing Kaufman purportedly provided a guarantee for is unclear. The developer had secured about $1 billion in construction loans for the $2.5 billion project in 2016, including a $446 million senior loan from JPMorgan Chase, $120 million in mezzanine financing from Colony Capital, and $450 million of EB-5 financing.And the guarantee wasn’t the only way in which Kaufman ended up supporting the project, she alleges. The octogenarian was also induced into buying “an entire floor in the North Tower condominium,” after Rosenfeld allegedly offered her a great $24.2 million “deal” on two units and a maid’s room — only to provide an agreement at a “substantially higher purchase price” afterwards.“Mrs. Kaufman completely trusted Defendant Rosenfeld, and as was her practice, did not read the documents and simply signed them relying on Defendant Rosenfeld,” the lawsuit states.In October, Woodridge announced that the Century Plaza development had already closed on more than $200 million in luxury condo pre-sales. The unit purchases by Kaufman, as described in the complaint, would account for about one-eighth of that sum. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

 

Online reporting available in St. Joseph County for theft, vandalism

first_img (“170 – Typing” by Hillary, CC BY-SA 2.0) The St. Joseph County Police Department has instituted Online Reporting system for crimes of theft, vandalism or loss of no more than $2,500 of value. Victims will be able to fill out the Online Form as opposed to calling 9-1-1 and waiting for an officer to come out and take a report.Online reporting is available for incidents within the County Police jurisdiction, where a suspect is not known, and where damages or loss due to theft results of less than $2,500. The following types of cases may be reported by a victim online: property damage due to vandalism, property (wallet, cell phone, personal items, etc.) theft, vehicle damage due to vandalism, vehicle theft and lost property.If the victim can identify a possible suspect of the theft or vandalism, they must contact the St. Joseph County Police Department directly at (574) 235-9611 and an online report cannot be filed. For situations involving more than $2,500 in damage or loss, either 9-1-1 dispatch or the St. Joseph County Police Department (574) 235-9611 should be called.The department states that the tool is not meant to replace officers or detectives investigating a case and citizens are still able to have an officer come out to take a report if they would prefer. This reporting system is designed to allow a victim, who might not know for a couple days following the incident that they have been a victim, to easily create a report that will allow our department to track the incident and allow the victim to have the paperwork necessary for insurance reporting needs. The County Police Department join South Bend Police and Mishawaka Police in their uses of the available tool. Pinterest Google+ Twitter By 95.3 MNC – February 4, 2020 0 360 Twitter Pinterest Google+ Previous articleCity of Elkhart switches back to old logo for their “new” logoNext articleUPDATE: Missing woman, 56, in Elkhart as been found 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Online reporting available in St. Joseph County for theft, vandalism Facebook IndianaLocalNewslast_img read more

 

Hamlin sounds off on Logano after Dover playoff race

first_imgDOVER, Del. — As laps wound down in Stage 2 of Sunday’s NASCAR Playoffs Round of 12 opener at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano raced leaders Denny Hamlin, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson hard — as to be expected.Except that the No. 22 Team Penske Ford was … checks notes … 24 laps down at the time.Moments before cars took the green flag for Dover’s 100th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, Logano went behind the wall and to the garage with a busted rear axle. The defending series champion’s day was essentially over before it began, but the 22 group decided to put the car back on the track to scrape together any points available.RELATED: Official results | Playoff picture“We’re out there racing. I’ve got to race. Here’s the situation … there’s four or five cars that I could possibly catch. That’s five points. I’m in by zero points right now, so we’ve better get ’em all,” Logano said on pit road following a 34th-place finish, 25 laps down. “So, when you think of that, I’ve got to try to get every car I possibly can. I’m still racing. I ran as hard as I could this whole race. Don’t have anything to show for it, but I ran it as if we were on the lead lap and did everything we possibly did to be better.”Seems reasonable.Hamlin, who led a race-high 218 laps from the pole en route to a fifth-place finish, felt Logano racing him as hard as he did impeded his shot at the win. Naturally, the viewpoint of Logano — Hamlin’s former Joe Gibbs Racing teammate that he’s had issues with in the past — differs from how he saw things.“Make up position? He’s 24 laps down. That’s the most idiotic statement I’ve ever heard,” Hamlin said. “We’re battling for the end of the stage. It’s not your day, you had bad luck. We get it. But why? I don’t understand that at all. That’s just a stupid statement by an idiot. …“ … Probably shouldn’t call Joey an idiot. He’s not an idiot. But that was just a bad choice to say that he’s fighting for something. He’s not fighting for anything, he’s just running around the race track. Stay in one lane. Maybe the high lane, because nobody’s up there. Get the laps over with. Get the race over with and go home and get ready for Talladega to try to win that race.”Man, that seems reasonable, too.RELATED: Logano: ‘We used our mulligan today’Perhaps it just comes down personal ideology, then. Drive hard no matter what, or drive hard no matter what … as long as it doesn’t screw anybody else over.Especially if it might come back to haunt you.“I get it. Everyone races hard,” Hamlin said. “If you’re one lap down I get it. Even two, just not 24. It frustrates me because it’s just a lack of philosophy. All he did was piss some people off and what did he really gain? He didn’t gain anything. But he just pissed off some guys that he’s racing with now. So now we’re just going to race him extra hard, and for what? Because he didn’t want to go 26 laps down?”“It remains to be seen (if Logano shot himself in the foot). Nobody’s going out there maliciously trying to screw over Joey. I don’t think anyone’s going to do that but I’m just saying that through these playoffs, you can’t make enemies. You’ve got to have give and take. It’s those deposits and withdrawals that I talked about with (Kevin) Harvick earlier this year. You gotta be able to say thank you. Thanks for that spot. … I don’t want to hear it’s just about racing. That’s not smart. Being smart is a part of racing, too. Not just skill.”Expect cooler heads to prevail over the next two weeks — and Logano to still be in contention despite being on the bubble. Five combined wins at Talladega and Kansas point to him moving on to the Round of 8.But remember this moment.Martinsville looms — and something about Joey Logano, Joe Gibbs Racing and the fall playoff race at “The Paperclip” rings a certain bell.MORE: Logano has mechanical issue before green flaglast_img read more