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Ron Perelman mulls listing Hamptons estate for $180M

first_imgTagsResidential Real EstateThe Hamptons Share via Shortlink Ron Perelman and his estate in the Hamptons (Getty; Google Maps)Ron Perelman may part with his sprawling East Hampton estate for the right price.The billionaire banker and businessman is reportedly searching for a buyer for his 57-acre estate, according to the New York Post.A spokesperson for the billionaire told the publication that the property is not for sale “officially or unofficially,” but brokers who represent high-end buyers said they’ve heard from sources close to Perelman that he would entertain offers of about $180 million.The most expensive home currently for sale in the uber-wealthy enclave is Jule Pond, an oceanfront Southampton estate built for Henry Ford that’s asking $145 million.Perelman’s property, dubbed “The Creeks,” was built in 1899 and is located near Georgica Pond in East Hampton. Perelman purchased the massive home in the 1990s for $12.5 million, and for a decade used it as the setting for his star-studded Apollo in the Hamptons fundraiser, where past performers include Jon Bon Jovi and Jennifer Hudson. Perelman also came under fire for building code violations at the estate, including the illegal expansion of several smaller dwellings. That issue was resolved in 2018.The 77-year-old businessman has reportedly been trying to downsize his asset to have a “simpler life.” In July, Perelman sold his 70 percent stake in Humvee maker AM General, and auctioned off paintings by Joan Miro and Henri Matisse for $37.3 million, according to the Post. [NYP] — Akiko MatsudaRead moreRon Perelman’s firm lands $110M refi for Lenox Hill rentalAdam Neumann parts with Westchester homeHefty prices, robust sales: Hamptons market thrives in Q2center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare grosses $600m in opening weekend

first_imgCall of Duty: Modern Warfare grosses $600m in opening weekendLatest game from Infinity Ward is fastest-selling entry in the franchise this generationHaydn TaylorSenior Staff WriterWednesday 30th October 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCall of Duty: Modern Warfare is the fastest-selling entry for the franchise this generation, grossing $600 million in its first three days. Activision Blizzard investors will likely be happy as its share price is yet to recover from its two-year low in February, and the Call of Duty opening weekend tends to be reflected in the company’s overall value.Grossing $100 million more than Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII during the same period, the latest entry into Activision Blizzard’s flagship franchise is reportedly the top-selling new premium release of 2019, and the top-selling digital opening in Activision history. Along with setting new records on the PlayStation Network for the highest digital pre-orders and three-day digital sales, it’s also the top-selling Call of Duty PC launch ever. Not to be confused with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Infinity Ward’s latest shooter is a confusingly titled pseudo re-imagining of the 2007 predecessor. In fairly typical Call of Duty fashion however, the game has found itself at the centre of controversy after it was accused of being “American propaganda” and rewriting history for its Highway of Death mission. 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 Despite Activision’s insistence that the mission is entirely fictional, detractors have highlighted that it bears a striking resemblance to an American war crime conducted during the Persian Gulf War. The game recreates these events, but paints Russia as the perpetrator. As a result, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare currently sits at a Metacritic user rating of 3.4, and the game has been discussed on Russian state TV. Combined with Blizzard issuing a ban to a Hearthstone pro player for voicing support for Hong Kong protesters, and Activision Blizzard laying off 800 staff following record profits, the list of controversies grows ever long for the company, but that doesn’t appear to have affected its overall success. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesResident Evil: Village is the third biggest PS5 launch so far | UK Boxed ChartsBut physical sales down over previous Resident Evil gamesBy Christopher Dring YesterdayEpic reportedly offered $200m to Sony for PlayStation exclusivesThe firm also reportedly started discussions with Microsoft and noted that securing first-party Nintendo games would be a “moonshot”By Marie Dealessandri YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

S.Africa: Cabinet revises Integrated Resource Plan

first_imgFeatured image: BizNis Africa RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Credit: BizNis Africa South Africa’s energy minister, David Mahlobo, has confirmed that Cabinet has approved an updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for electricity.Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, Mahlobo noted that the revised plan, which concluded after a 12-hour meeting on Wednesday, would be published without any further public consultation, Engineering News reported.Citing the Minister, Engineering News reported that “the updated plan had retained the relative contributions of each of the generation technologies included in the IRP 2010. However, the mix had been adjusted for a lower demand forecast.”Revised Integrated Resource PlanThe new plan has reduced capacity allocated to coal, solar, wind, hydro and nuclear.Mahlobo explained that “the percentages have not changed . . . the only thing we are changing is the volume.“We will no longer have 9.6 GW of new nuclear, it has come down.”The Minister said that the revised plan would assist investment decisions but was not government policy and did not stipulate the financial model.Citing the Minister, media reported that government policy was for an energy mix, while the financial model would be determined through competitive bidding. Read more…Outstanding PPAsThe Minister said he had signed off on the procurement of 27 outstanding renewable energy projects, and the power purchase agreements should be signed during the course of next week.“The projects, which have been stalled since 2015, would facilitate R55-billion-worth of direct investment. It also appears that the price cap of 77c/KWh outlined by Mahlobo’s predecessor, Mmamoloko Kubayi in September, had not been enforced,” Engineering News reported.“I will not get into the contract matter, the rands and cents, but I can tell you that they have managed to find each other,” Mahlobo said. Previous articleSouth African energy consumers could defect from electricity gridNext articleGET FiT Zambia is official Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policycenter_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

As Senior Citizen first time experiencing Lockdown

first_imgAs senior citizen, first time in my life, I am experiencing ‘Lockdown’ which is totally new experience for me. Let me highlight meaning of Lockdown. According to,, Lockdown is an emergency protocol that usually prevents people from leaving an area. The main tool of implementing lockdown is ‘Stay-at-home’ which is an order from an authority to restrict movements of population as a mass quarantine strategy for suppressing or mitigating an epidemic or pandemic by ordering residents to stay home except for essential tasks or going to work in essential businesses. Generally, nonessential businesses are either closed or changed to ‘Work Form Home’ concept ( Anyway, because of deadly coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that was first reported from Wuhan, China, on 31 December 2019 is widely discussed as it has been created mayhem in the world. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread from the People’s Republic of China to 170 countries as per ( 28 March 5 PM IST). Further, as per the website, more than 27,000 people have died from COVID-19, while nearly 600,000 infections have been confirmed in at least 170 countries and territories. Anyway, from different print and electronic media it is evident that in India, COVID-19 is in the rise so the Union Government drawing lessons from other countries declared Lockdown for three weeks from 25 March 2020 midnight, undoubtedly a worthy step. Simple example shows, the virus has spread its deadly wings at galloping rate in some countries inter alia, are Iran, Italy and Spain who initially probably did not anticipate. The Prime Minister of India ordered all 1.3 billion people in the country to stay inside their homes for three weeks, starting from 25 March 2020 midnight — the biggest and most severe action undertaken anywhere to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Otherwise medical practitioners believe this dreaded disease cannot be control as simple touch of a corona patient may spread to many.As senior citizen I am staying in my own home, a gated community in Hyderabad city (at Bandlaguda Jagir), which is spread over to an area of 17 acres of land having all faculties like basic indoor and  outdoor games, gym, park, swimming pool, function hall etc. The Gated community can accommodate 192 households; of course around 80 percent have been occupied and now staying. Just outside the gate small vegetables shop and grocery shops are located although these will also be started shortly in our area.  So, we have been getting necessary items but feel when poor persons go on foot to reach their destination i.e. home. They do not know what they will eat, in the night where they will stay. Hope, our State and Union Governments will do the needful.As academician, I had the good luck to visit across India and many countries. So, time to time local officials including villa representatives ask me ‘sir 1st March 2020 onwards have you visited any foreign country’, reason oblivious because for any health issue I will be put on quarantine.  Since this period, I did not visit any foreign country so I am not scared and accordingly informed the concerned persons. On the other hand, observed by reading online newspapers, TV and WhatsApp messages, those who even visited try to avoid by telling negatively. In normal situation, otherwise they would have come to friends and relatives home with beautiful gift by telling “I have returned from……” reading.Anyway, I am passing time by reading different types on line newspapers, writing comments, and articles, watching TV news – Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi and Telugu. As I am fond of cooking sometimes if she allows cook, of course both times in all situations I prepare tea and thus passing my Lockdown period, a first time and new experience in my life.last_img read more

Kentucky AG asks for delay in release of Breonna Taylor grand jury tapes

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked for a delay in releasing the grand jury’s recordings in the Breonna Taylor case just hours before he was ordered by a judge to place the materials in the court record.Cameron requested a week to redact names and personal information of witnesses and private citizens from the 20 hours of audio recordings a judge ordered him to place in the court record by noon on Wednesday.“We are complying with the Judge’s order. The Grand Jury audio recording is more than 20 hrs long, & we filed a motion to request additional time, if the court permits it, to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses (addresses and phone numbers),” Cameron said in a Tweet.Cameron was ordered by a judge to enter into the court record by noon Wednesday the recording of the grand jury hearing that produced a single charge of wanton endangerment against one of the officers involved in the Taylor shooting, but not for Taylor’s death. On Wednesday morning, Cameron filed a motion asking the release of the recording be delayed for a week.“For its grounds, the Commonwealth states that in the interest of protection of witnesses, and in particular private citizens named in the record, the Commonwealth seeks to redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both names and personal identifiers of any private citizen,” Cameron’s motion reads.A judge has not immediately ruled on the motion.Cameron had initially objected to releasing the audio tapes, saying. “The Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body.”“It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen,” Cameron said in the statement he released earlier this week. “As the special prosecutor, our team has an ethical obligation not to release the recording from the Grand Jury proceedings, and we stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool. Despite these concerns, we will comply with the Judge’s order to release the recording on Wednesday.”In her 20 years as a court reporter, taking dictation on hundreds of grand jury hearings, Jackie Carter said she’s never heard of such a scenario that has transpired in a grand jury hearing that has included a juror revolting against a prosecutor in the Breonna Taylor case.But Carter said she’s not surprised that a grand juror in the police shooting that has garnered national attention has filed a motion asking a judge to speak publicly about the case and for all the records in the hearing to be released to the public. The motion was filed just two days after Kentucky State Attorney General Daniel Cameron put the onerous task on the panel that declined to indict any of the police officers on charges directly connected to Taylor’s death.“He’s the district attorney. So how do you still pass that buck? You can’t. You made that decision. He has to own that decision. He has to own it because no one else came up with it,” Carter, who spent her career working in courts in Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia, told ABC News.The charges against now-former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison, who was fired in June for violating police department policy in the shooting, stem from firing errant shots into Taylor’s apartment that penetrated a wall and entered the residence of a white family that lived next door.Hankison pleaded not guilty to the charges during his arraignment on Monday.In a news conference following the Jefferson County grand jury’s announcement last week, Cameron claimed prosecutors walked the panel through the “homicide offense.” He said “then the grand jury was ultimately the one that made the decision about indicting Detective Hankison for wanton endangerment.”“No, the jury did not ask you for any charges because most grand jurors don’t know the criminal code. So why would they come to you and say, ‘We want wanton endangerment?’” said Carter, who is retired and has now founded an organization called Alliance For Safe Traffic Stops, which works to defuse tensions between the police and Black communities.She said that is why the release of the recording of the grand jury hearing and the transcript of it are crucial for the public to understand what transpired in the closed-door proceedings.“Not only was I the court reporter, I was the transcriber. So the transcript is an accurate depiction of what goes on. So that transcript will tell that he (Cameron’s designated prosecutor) came in asking for specific charges because you will see the soliloquy that the grand jury’s talking and the attorney’s talking and you’ll see who said what,” Carter said. “That will be very clear. I will be very shocked and dismayed if the grand jury came to the district attorney and said, ‘Can you please give us this charge? I’ve never seen it. It’s never happened. So the truth will come out when it comes to that.”In a statement released on Monday, Cameron conceded that prosecutors did not recommend homicide charges against the officers involved in the Taylor shooting. He said the “only charge recommended was wanton endangerment” for Hankison, who has since pleaded not guilty to the charges.Jefferson County Circuit Judge Ann Bailey Smith’s order for Cameron’s office to release the recording and other records related to the grand jury hearing came as a member of the grand jury filed a motion asking the material to be released and to be granted freedom to speak about the decision he and his fellow panelists made in the case.“The citizens of the Commonwealth have demonstrated their lack of faith in the process and proceedings in this matter and the justice system itself,” reads the motion filed by the grand juror. “Using grand jurors as a shield to deflect accountability for these decisions only sows more seeds of doubt in the process while leaving a cold chill down the spine of future grand jurors.”Judge Smith’s decision was not based on the grand juror’s motion, since it was only filed Monday night and there hasn’t been a hearing. She ordered the recording released as part of the normal trial rules of discovery.Cameron’s office has come under intense scrutiny about what evidence was presented to the grand jury. The panel declined to indict any of the three officers who unleashed a barrage of 32 shots into Taylor’s Louisville apartment in March, killing the 26-year-old certified emergency medical technician.A criminal investigation conducted by Cameron’s office found the two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, were justified in their use of deadly force because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired at them first, hitting Mattingly in the thigh when the plainclothes officers forced open Taylor’s door to serve a search warrant, according to Cameron.The grand jury’s Sept. 23 announcement of its decision set off a cascade of demands for the public release of the evidence from Walker, who was initially charged with attempted murder, and attorneys for Taylor’s family who called the proceedings a “sham” and alleged that no evidence was presented to the panel in regards to Taylor’s death.Attorneys for the Taylor family released a statement Tuesday, saying, “Daniel Cameron clearly failed to present a comprehensive case that supported justice for Breonna.”“That conclusion is supported by the grand juror who came forward to say that the attorney general misrepresented the grand jury’s deliberations,” reads the joint statement from attorneys Benjamin Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker. “We fully support the call to release the entire proceeding transcript as the only way to know what evidence was presented and how the grand jury instructions led to this outcome.”The shooting unfolded on March 13, when officers attempted to serve a search warrant at Taylor’s apartment in a drug trafficking investigation.A judge approved a “no-knock” warrant based on a sworn affidavit from a detective that an ex-boyfriend of Taylor’s was sending packages of drugs to her apartment through the U.S. Postal Service.No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment and lawyers for Taylor’s family allege the warrant was secured with an affidavit that contained lies. The warrant required the police to verify with postal inspectors that the ex-boyfriend was receiving packages at Taylor’s address. But lawyers for Taylor’s family say the Louisville Postal Inspector denied that his office inspected packages sent to Taylor’s home as part of a drug-trafficking investigation.The officers who served the warrant claimed they were ordered by their supervisor to knock and announce themselves when they arrived at the apartment, Cameron said during a news conference last week. When no one answered the door, the officers used a battering ram to force it open.Cameron claimed that statements from the officers that they knocked and announced their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment “were corroborated by an independent witness, who was near in proximity to apartment 4,” which was Taylor’s unit. But lawyers for Taylor’s family claim that at least 11 other witnesses who were at the apartment complex when the shooting erupted say they didn’t hear the officers knock or announce themselves.Walker’s attorneys say the one witness who says otherwise changed his story. They told ABC News that a week after the shooting, the individual, who has not been publicly identified, claimed the officers did not identify themselves as police, yet two months later he said they did. Vice News published an alleged recording of the witness telling an investigator on March 21 that “nobody identified themselves.” ABC has not independently verified the audio.Walker claimed the officers never knocked or announced their presence before they entered the apartment. He said he fired a warning shot from his licensed 9mm handgun because he thought the officers were intruders.Cameron said a total of 32 shots were fired by Mattingly, Cosgrove and Hankison. Six shots hit Taylor, including a fatal bullet fired by Cosgrove, Cameron said.Hankison fired 10 shots through a sliding glass patio door, but none of his bullets hit Taylor, Cameron said.The attorney general said that because Walker fired the first shot, Cosgrove and Mattingly were justified in using deadly force.“This justification bars us from pursuing charges in Ms. Breonna Taylor’s death,” Cameron said.Walker was initially charged with attempted murder, but those charges were later dropped. He has since filed a civil suit against the police department suggesting that Mattingly was shot by friendly fire from one of the other officers.A ballistics report from the Kentucky State Police could not determine that Walker shot Mattingly, contradicting Cameron’s statements, according to records obtained by ABC News.In an interview with ABC News, Steve Romines, one of Walker’s attorneys, said “the Kentucky State Police’s own ballistics report could not determine that Kenny’s shot is who hit Officer [Jonathan] Mattingly.”A portion of the Kentucky State Police ballistic report obtained by ABC News indicates that the one shot fired by Walker “was neither identified nor eliminated as having been fired” from his weapon “due to the limited markings of comparative value.”Mattingly’s attorney, Kent Wicker, released a statement on Tuesday saying the theory that Mattingly was shot by someone else other than Walker “is a ridiculous argument not grounded in fact or reality.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Manhattan home sales experience record decline

first_img(iStock)Manhattan home sales plunged by the sharpest decline in 30 years this spring as the coronavirus left brokers and buyers on the sidelines.The number of closed condo and co-op sales during the second quarter of the year tanked more than 54 percent from the same time last year, according to a report from Douglas Elliman and appraiser Jonathan Miller. Just 1,357 sales closed, compared to 2,957 closed deals in the second quarter of 2019.“As ‘shelter-in-place’ rules took effect in the final weeks of March, real estate brokers were not permitted to perform in-house showings and uncertainty loomed over the market,” Miller Samuel CEO Jonathan Miller said. “As a result, Manhattan was effectively shut down throughout the second quarter until the final week. The unprecedented shutdown skewed the results.”The median sales price dropped 17.7 percent year over year to $1 million. Listing inventory fell 17.6 percent to 6,225 homes, and the days on the market climbed 8.8 percent to 124 days.The state only allowed brokers to resume in-person showings in the last week of June, as New York City started phase two of its reopening.The number of signed contracts in Manhattan in June showed a slight increase from May, though were still far below last year’s figures.Contact Rich Bockmann at [email protected] or 908-415-5229 This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Armin Van Buuren To Join Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, and Fall Out Boy at Jingle Ball

first_imgThe world’s #1 ranked DJ, Armin Van Buuren, has been announced as a performer on several of Clear Channel Radio’s Jingle Ball concerts. The events, which will hit eight major markets around the country, generally focus on Top 40 acts, so Van Buuren’s involvement is somewhat interesting. Last year, Calvin Harris performed at Jingle Ball, though that was understandable due to the radio success of ‘We Found Love’.Armin will be playing in both the Phillips Arena in Atlanta on December 11, and Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 13. Addition performers include Miley Cyrus, Flo Rida, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Fall Out Boy, Robin Thicke, and more.Armin Van Buuren fans may question this move considering he sold out Madison Square Garden on his own within minutes earlier this year (check out our review). However, the real question is whether or not Flo Rida is going to pitch Armin his new ‘Beamz’ product.last_img read more

Qualifying issues put Johnson in tough positions

first_imgRELATED: Kansas qualifying order | Full Kansas scheduleKANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jimmie Johnson knows he needs to do better at qualifying, but he’s not sure how to accomplish that goal.The numbers don’t lie. Johnson’s average starting position through 31 races this season is 17.0. His previous low mark was 14.3 in his 2002 rookie year.The mid-pack starting spots have had dire consequences. The seven-time champion’s lackluster efforts in time trials have translated to a career-worst average finish of 15.8. Though Johnson has won three times this season, he has finished in the top five only one other time.Only one previous time in his career has Johnson failed to crack double digits in top fives. That was 15 years ago, when he posted six top-five results in his rookie season.But the real negative of mediocrity in time trials manifests itself in stage racing. Starting from an average of 17th on the grid, Johnson has had difficulty accumulating stage points to any significant degree.WATCH: Johnson says, ‘We are a team that thrives on adversity’As a consequence, he’s eighth in the standings, fighting to retain a spot in the Round of 8 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoff. It doesn’t help that the driver who is seven points behind him — Kyle Busch — has eight poles this season and an average starting position of 7.1.That’s an average advantage of 10 spots over Johnson, or 10 points, to start every race. That’s why qualifying is No. 1 on Johnson’s to-do list of areas to improve.He will start 12th at Sunday’s Hollywood Casino 400 (NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET) after another subpar effort.“It hasn’t been a strong suit of mine, and over the last couple of years, it has slipped even more,” Johnson told the NASCAR Wire Service on Friday at Kansas Speedway, site of Sunday’s Round of 12 elimination race. “This year, we knew before the season ever started that the importance of qualifying was going to ratchet up and be two to three times more important, essentially.“Even with all that awareness and the thought process and attempts to raise our qualifying performance, we haven’t yet. And we’re looking at every option possible. Again, here this weekend, I personally am trying to find the right rhythm that is needed out there on the track to put up that lap time. Through practice and the three rounds of qualifying, at some point I can sneak the speed out of the car and post a good lap, and for whatever reason trying to back that up or do it lap after lap, just haven’t been able to pull that off.”RELATED: ‘Father figure’ Jimmie Johnson guiding Byron, BowmanIt’s not that Johnson has neglected qualifying in preparing for each race.“We’ve spent a lot of time focusing on it, and we’re almost to a point now where we overthought it,” he said. “Are we slowing ourselves down from overthinking it in some regards?“We’re aware and trying hard and have been trying hard to get that right. Hopefully, we get it.”As an added incentive, Friday’s pole winner at Kansas Speedway earned the No. 1 pit stall next week at Martinsville, where the stall closest to the exit from pit road is a huge advantage.But Johnson can’t worry about that now. If he doesn’t survive Kansas in the top eight, Martinsville won’t matter, where a possible record eighth championship is concerned.RELATED: Blaney’s Kansas qualifying time disallowedlast_img read more

Belles study leadership, cultural inclusion

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s College Intercultural Leadership (IL) offers students with an interest in social responsibility the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities and learn more about cultural diversity. The IL Program is a two to three year co-curricular program that combines leadership development with study of diversity and intercultural inclusion. Intercultural Studies Program Director Mana Derakhshani said the program aims to teach students about leadership and acting for the common good.  “The main goal of the IL program is to provide … opportunities for students, whether they are involved in formal, traditional leadership roles or not, to recognize their leadership style and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be an agent of change for the good,” Derakhshani said. The program requires students to attend monthly meetings as well as a number of retreats, according to the program’s commitment form.  Senior Ambreen Ahmad said the retreats are important to the leadership development aspect of the program.  “The retreats are an opportunity to see who you are as a leader, to recognize your values and to know what you stand up for,” Ahmad said.  Senior Maeya Alexander said, for her, the retreats are the most enjoyable component of the IL program. “[My favorite part is] going on the retreats,” said Alexander. “Getting to hang out with people who are your peers … really [challenges] the way we collectively live as leaders. It’s really tough, but that’s what makes it fun. You really get to bond with a lot of the girls.” Participants must also complete 50 hours of community-based learning and nine credit hours in intercultural leadership topics, in addition to leading an inclusive leadership project, in order to complete the IL Program. Alexander said IL participants are instructed to design their projects so other students can continue their projects after they graduate. “One of the things that we’re supposed to accomplish by the end is to create a leadership project that can be replicated and continued at Saint Mary’s,” she said.  Alexander said past leadership projects have ranged from data comparisons of the status of women in South Bend to the nationwide status of women to comprehensive informative booklets and programs designed to prepare students for study abroad. Derakhshani said the components of the program help students develop six proficiencies: Recognize the leader within, articulate your ethical and spiritual center, engage and value diversity, dialogue on power and privilege, create inclusive and equitable communities and make your difference in the world. The choice of service placement, individual leadership project and where to study abroad are different ways that students can tailor the program to match their personal interests, Derakhshani said. She said all of the students benefit from the bonds formed through spending time with like-minded peers.  “I think different students appreciate different components of the program, but everyone agrees that an unexpected benefit is belonging to a cohort of like-minded individuals,” Derakhshani said. “That bond remains strong throughout their career at Saint Mary’s and hopefully beyond.” Derakhshani also said the program challenges students to be more effective in a diverse world and stands out on a resume to employers who understand the importance of intercultural awareness. Ahmad said she has learned a lot about collaboration and being a woman through the IL Program “One big thing that I’ve taken away is that there is immense value in being a woman, and being collaborative and inclusive,” said Ahmad. “It’s been a really great experience. I’ve learned a lot about myself through it.” Alexander said she would recommend all interested students apply to the program. “I would definitely recommend it for anyone, not only to meet people, but to talk about the issues in our world that people don’t always see,” Alexander said. “It’s given me a lot of confidence to do things that I wouldn’t have thought I could do.” Derakhshani said the program is open to rising sophomore and junior students from any discipline. Derakhshani said the application process opens each spring, and this year applications will be accepted through Monday. She said around 10 new students are accepted into the program each year.last_img read more

Inmates walkaway from Beaumont’s satellite prison camp

first_img The United States Marshals Service and other law enforcement agencies were notified and an internal investigation was initiated.Anyone with information related to these individuals should contact the United States Marshals Service at: (713) 718-4800.Arredondo was sentenced in 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to 135 months for Conspiracy, Distribution, and Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.Gordillo was sentenced in 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas to 262 months for Conspiracy with Intent to Distribute more than 5 Kilograms of Cocaine. Valencia-Carbajal was sentenced in 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas to 170 months for Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.Beaumont’s Satellite Prison Camp is a minimum security facility adjacent to the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Beaumont and currently houses 522 male offenders in Beaumont.Additional information about the Federal Bureau of Prisons can be found at On Friday at approximately 8:30 a.m., inmates Ruban Arredondo Jr., Jose Gordillo and Baltazar Valencia-Carbajal were discovered missing from the Satellite Prison Camp in Beaumont.Arredondo is a 30-year-old White male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds.Gordillo is a 47-year-old White male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’4” tall and weighs approximately 210 pounds.Valencia-Carbajal is a 25-year-old White male with black hair, brown eyes, 5’9” tall and weighs approximately 185 pounds.last_img read more