Medical And Surgical Centre Limited ( HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgMedical And Surgical Centre Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Health sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Medical And Surgical Centre Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Medical And Surgical Centre Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Medical And Surgical Centre Limited (  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMedical And Surgical Centre Limited deals within the Healthcare and Cafeteria segments where it operates hospitals in Mauritius. The company is a subsidiary of CIEL Healthcare Limited and operates hospitals under the Fortis Clinique Darné and Wellkin Hospital names, as well as runs a one day care centre under the FCD North name. Medical And Surgical Centre Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Ireland: Five things we learned against Australia

first_img Getting pushed about: Every Irish error was punished by a resurgent Wallabies side at the Aviva Stadium on SaturdayBy Claire GlancyIRELAND’S PERFORMANCE against Australia was riddled with errors and they were punished for each and every one of them. But as Joe Schmidt himself said, “We’re a work in progress” so without compounding them with too much negativity, nor wanting to patronize, here are five things we’ve learned.He who dares, winsIt doesn’t matter how much ball a team has, if they don’t use it wisely, then they’re already losing.  Given the number of times Ireland kicked it into the hands of one of the world’s best full backs, Israel Folau, it’s actually surprising to discover the amount of possession and territory they had. From Australia’s point of view, they scored four tries, conceded none, played nearly twenty minutes with fourteen men and still won the match with only 35% of the ball.  It’s no wonder Ewen McKenzie called it their ‘most complete performance’ to date. It’s as simple as this: Australia took their chances. And for a lot of that time, the Irish defence had ringside seats for the crossovers.Surprisingly poor: Ireland’s set-piece didn’t show up wellThe set piece is far from settledThe scrum was viewed as an area of weakness in the Wallabies and one Ireland could target. Losing three of seven from their own put in is not something Ireland will have considered and given Australia’s scrum was viewed as the weakest in the Rugby Championship, it makes next week’s task against New Zealand even greater.Overall the lineout faired better, but losing their first of the game will have shaken the Irish pack who, under Paul O’Connell’s guidance, have always prided themselves in this area.Without Sexton, Ireland were ‘rudderless’ LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australia’s Nic White looks for the ball in the scrum during the international rugby union test match between Ireland and Australia at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on November 16, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PETER MUHLY (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images) Jonathan Sexton’s departure with a hamstring injury on the stroke of half time was a game-changer.That’s not to say Ireland would have won, or deserved to win had he been on the pitch for the full 80, but Sexton was instrumental in bringing Ireland back from twelve points down to three at the break. It was a tough ask for Madigan to come on at that stage in such a tight game but, with the exception of Luke Marshall, he was surrounded by regular test internationals in the Irish back division. Their experience and know-how should have soaked up some of the pressure on the youngsters. It’s good to be disciplined, but not dispassionateThe recently retired Ronan O’Gara and Shane Horgan commented afterwards on the Irish players’ reaction to Kevita Kuridrani’s tip tackle on Peter O’Mahony.  Neither could believe his team-mates weren’t riled by this attack on one of their own and didn’t wade in to protest against the Wallaby’s actions. Does this show a lack of passion or unity?  Understandably, players hate to have their commitment questioned, but clearly it’s early days for a side who haven’t bonded enough yet that they’d do anything for each other on the pitch.Early days: Schmidt needs time to sort a scrambling sideIn Joe we trustThere wasn’t much for the home crowd to smile about at the Aviva Stadium but remarkably, with Ireland trailing by nine points in the first half, as the cameras panned to Joe Schmidt on the big screen, a big cheer went out. When the New Zealander took over at Leinster they had just won the Heineken Cup under Michael Cheika and started the season with three defeats from their first four games. But after that, Schmidt’s men lost only four games in all competitions as they made their way to the Magner’s League final and retaining the Heineken Cup.So even though the Kiwi is under pressure to deliver, Irish fans will and should be patient, giving him time to make the step from club to international coach. It’s a big transition for a player and coaches are no different. By the end of the Six Nations, and certainly by this time next year, we should have a clearer picture of what direction the national side will take under the new management.last_img read more

Capellanes de prisión comparten la presencia de Dios con reclusos…

first_img Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Por David PaulsenPosted Jul 31, 2017 TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Capellanes de prisión comparten la presencia de Dios con reclusos de Virginia mediante estudios bíblicos y oración Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY De izquierda a derecha, Robert Dilday, John Gayle, Cheryl Blackwell y Sal Anselmo se encuentran entre los capellanes voluntarios de la iglesia episcopal de San Esteban que ministran en la cárcel municipal de Richmond, Virginia. Foto de Sarah Bartenstein[Episcopal News Service] Robert Dilday ha servido por cerca de año y medio como capellán voluntario en la cárcel municipal de Richmond, Virginia, dirigiendo estudios bíblicos con reclusos y, más recientemente, visitando a los que mantienen en confinamiento solitario. Como parte de un creciente equipo de la iglesia episcopal de San Esteban  [St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church] dedicados a este ministerio, él se cuida de no sobreestimar su misión.“No llevamos a Dios a la cárcel” le dijo a Episcopal News Service. “Estamos colaborando con lo que Dios ya está haciendo allí”.Lo que Dilday, de 62 años, y sus compañeros capellanes llevan a la cárcel todo los jueves por la tarde es el sacramento de la Comunión y una conexión personal mediante el diálogo. Ellos forman parte de un ministerio interreligioso de prisiones mucho más grande que le brinda la oportunidad a los capellanes y a los reclusos de sentir la presencia de Dios en un lugar en que podrían no esperarla.“Significa ser de alguna manera recíprocos”, dijo Sarah Bartenstein, directora de comunicaciones de San Esteban. “Oramos por ellos los domingos y ellos oran por nosotros”.La eucaristía que los capellanes voluntarios de San Esteban imparten todos los jueves en la cárcel de Richmond es bendecida todos los domingos en los por oficios de la Iglesia. Foto de Sarah BartensteinLos reclusos y capellanes discuten pasajes bíblicos tomados de las lecturas que forman parte de los tres oficios dominicales en San Esteban. Y durante uno de los oficios, la congregación bendice las hostias y el jugo que se servirán durante la eucaristía a los reclusos que decidan recibirla el jueves siguiente.Este ministerio de San Esteban apenas tiene dos años de existencia, y en la actualidad de 15 a 20 hombres y mujeres de la congregación sirven de capellanes en un calendario rotativo, en el cual dos hombres y dos mujeres suelen visitar la cárcel cada semana para ministrar por separado a reclusos y reclusas.El ministerio episcopal de cárceles y prisiones pueden encontrarse en todo el país en tanto los capellanes intentan vivir sus promesas bautismales de respeto a la dignidad humana. En Richmond, la capital de Virginia, San Esteban no es la única iglesia en enviar capellanes voluntarios a la cárcel, pero es una de las pocas que ofrece la eucaristía. Y Deb Lawrence, el director de actividades comunitarias de la iglesia, dijo que el equipo de San Esteban no quiere que los reclusos sientan durante estas visitas que están siendo juzgados por lo que han hecho.“Nosotros sencillamente estamos allí con ellos. No estamos allí para predicar o convertirlos, nada de eso”, dijo Lawrence. “Se trata de relaciones y de personas que oran unas por otras una vez a la semana”.San Esteban participó por primera vez en el ministerio de la cárcel por iniciativa de John Gayle, un miembro de la congregación que estaba interesado en nuevas oportunidades de servicio comunitario.Gayle, un abogado que a los 64 se especializa en derecho del consumidor, tenía alguna experiencia en derecho penal y representando a reclusos. Ya él había participado en un ministerio de la iglesia de llevar la eucaristía a personas en hogares de retiro y ancianatos que no podían asistir a los oficios de la iglesia, y eso le dio la idea de hacer algo semejante en la cárcel.Gayle dijo que no estaba seguro de lo que esperaba en su primera visita a la cárcel. Comenzó simplemente por lecturas de la Biblia y por hablarle a los hombres.“Fue una experiencia tan transformadora para mí en lo que respecta a ver a personas que son asesinos y violadores y todo tipo de gente, que no difieren en su interior de mí en sus temores y preocupaciones”, le dijo a ENS. “Y yo encontré tal humanidad en ellos que me resultó sumamente inspirador”.Compartir la palabra de Dios, terminar en silencioLos estudios bíblicos suelen celebrarse en un aula de la cárcel. Comienzan con un pasaje bíblico, a veces leído por un recluso y otras veces leído por varios reclusos por turno. Luego sostienen un debate abierto sobre lo que han leído.Dilday dijo que él alienta a los reclusos a compartir las maneras en que los pasajes bíblicos se identifican con sus experiencias. Pueden decidir leer algunos o todos los pasajes por segunda vez.Una sesión de estudio bíblico resalta en el recuerdo de Dilday. El pasaje del Evangelio relataba la idea del prójimo de uno, contó él, y eso provocó la discusión acerca de las diferentes maneras que “prójimo” se entiende en la sociedad estadounidense. Un joven blanco, un latino de edad mediana y un negro de mayor edad se interesaron particularmente en el tema, y los tres reclusos se enfrascaron en un diálogo animado, pero respetuoso, con poco estímulo adicional de parte de Dilday.Las sesiones puede durar una hora o más. Para concluir, el grupo dedica unos pocos instantes a la contemplación silenciosa.“El silencio, sospecho yo, es raro”, dijo Dilday. “Cuando se presentan esos momentos de silencio deliberado, creo yo que se agradecen”.El creciente equipo de voluntarios de San Esteban refleja una tendencia general en el programa de capellanía carcelaria de Richmond.  Está supervisado por el único capellán a sueldo de la cárcel, el Rdo. Louis Williams, que calcula que alrededor de 150 voluntarios participan en el programa, un aumento de aproximadamente 60 o 70 desde que él se convirtiera en jefe de capellanes en enero de 2016.La población penal del Centro de Justicia Municipal de Richmond asciende a unos 1.000 reclusos un día promedio, lo cual la hace la segunda cárcel del estado después de la de Norfolk, explicó Williams.Los capellanes, laicos en su mayoría, provienen de docenas de congregaciones del área de Richmond. Uno de los capellanes es musulmán, aunque en su mayoría son de varias denominaciones cristianas. Algunos celebran cultos. Otros dirigen a grupos de reclusos en cantar himnos.Los voluntarios deben ser recomendados por una congregación, llenar una solicitud, someterse a una revisión de antecedentes y asistir a una sesión de orientación, pero uno de los criterios más importantes es que “tengan un don y talento y pasión en lo que se refiere a ministrar a los hermanos más pequeños”, dijo Williams, aludiendo al texto de Mateo 25:40.Williams, ministro presbiteriano conocido en la cárcel como “Pastor Louis”, aconseja a los nuevos capellanes, durante la orientación, que deben ser fieles a sus creencias, pero respetuosos también de otras religiones. La cárcel llama “residentes” a sus reclusos, en reconocimiento a que la mayoría de ellos se preparan para reingresar a la sociedad algún día. Para los residentes de la cárcel que sean espiritualmente receptivos, dijo Williams, el simple hecho de compartir la fe a través de la Escritura puede ayudarles a tener éxito en ese camino.“La Escritura se usa para edificar la identidad de las personas y brindarles una perspectiva diferente, la perspectiva de Dios, respecto a quienes son”, apuntó él.La oración a través de la puerta de una celdaLos capellanes asumen un enfoque diferente al ministrarles a los reclusos que se encuentran aislados, lo que también se conoce como confinamiento solitario. Allí no hay estudio bíblico. Un ayudante siempre está presente. La conversación tiene lugar sólo mientras [el recluso] está arrodillado junto a la puerta de la celda y mirándose uno al otro a través de la estrecha ranura de la puerta.Williams ofrece orientación adicional para estas visitas, aconsejándoles a los capellanes que enfaticen su ministerio de oración, no sólo la conversación con los reclusos.Dilday y Gayle son los dos capellanes de San Esteban que participan actualmente en este ministerio, que tiene lugar generalmente una vez al mes. En cada ocasión, visitan de 20 a 25 hombres, nunca por más de diez minutos cada uno.Los reclusos parecen apreciar la interacción humana y con frecuencia tienen serias preocupaciones que quieren compartir, dijo Dilday. Un hombre dijo estar pasando por un momento difícil con la noticia de que su hijo había muerto mientras él estaba encerrado.En aislamiento, “las historias que se comparten son un poco más crudas”, dijo Dilday. “A veces puede resultar difícil dejar la cárcel después de oír esas historias”. Tales historias pueden atormentar a los capellanes mucho tiempo después de que la ranura de la puerta de la celda se cierra.Los capellanes no ofrecen la eucaristía aquí, pero pueden sostener las manos de los reclusos a través de la ranura y orar con ellos.Dilday dijo que él no temía visitar las celdas solitarias de la cárcel, pero al principio sentía que se aventuraba en lo desconocido. ¿Sería más difícil hablar con los reclusos que mantenían ahí, aislados por una serie de infracciones?Él y Gayle descubrieron que ese no era el caso en modo alguno. Ellos y los otros capellanes han encontrado estas visitas inspiradoras y no sólo para los reclusos.“Esto ha sido transformador para la gente de San Esteban tanto como ha sido transformador para la gente de la cárcel”, afirmó Dilday.– David Paulsen es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Pueden dirigirse a él a [email protected] Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Apopka’s biggest story of 2017: City Council advances New Errol to…

first_img TAGSCity of ApopkaErrol EstateSignature H Previous articleThe Apopka news year in review: The Chamber names a new PresidentNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Editor’s Note: This is the article chosen by The Apopka Voice readers as the biggest story of 2017.The City Council votes 4-1 to move the New Errol project to the state levelFirst published August 24th, 2017 Signature H Property Group, the developers of the “New Errol” project, presented their massive undertaking to the Apopka City Council Tuesday night. The project, which would completely transform Errol Estate, includes:A redesigned championship golf courseA 15,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurantA boutique lodge hotelA two-acre water parkOutdoor parks and trails264 new residencesA resort-like Adult Living FacilityIt was also learned that the project would cost $150-million to construct in total and that the 10-year projection for the project is expected to net $121 million.The City Council was cautiously optimistic and voted 4-1 to approve the Ordinance (2581) on first reading. This moves the project to a state review, but before the voting, there was significant skepticism and hard questions asked of Signature H.“For us the responsibility here is… I kind of feel like I’m the father whose daughter’s heart has been won and now we have to have “the talk”,” said Commissioner Doug Bankson. “It is our responsibility to be skeptical. Are there any holes? Because this is a big issue… this is tremendous. Anyone who sees this would want this to come to Apopka. We would love to work together on this. But the big question is can you produce?”Bankson asked about Signature H’s experience in golf course development or projects similar to this.“Personally none,” said Helmut Wyzisk III, President, and COO of Signature H Property Group. “That’s why you bring somebody in like Steve Smyers. He’s done courses all over the world. And then you’ve got a great superintendent who has built courses with Steve Smyers. They’ve done this before. They have a track record. No one is looking at us saying ‘Are we going to draw a design? Are we going to engineer it? Are we going to shovel the dirt?’ That’s not our expertise. You get the right guys in the room for that.”Steve Smyers is a world-renowned golf course architect based out of Lakeland that is contracted to oversee the redesign and redevelopment of the Errol golf course, according to Signature H.Bankson also asked about the funding for the project.“As soon as this is re-zoned, the value of this property goes up a lot,” said Wyzisk III. “So we’re able to subordinate the project with the value of the property. So the property itself goes into the deal, so that provides us equity funds initially to start building out the amenities, building the clubhouse, building the water park… starting with the amenities first so we can get the high dollar value that we want for our residentials.The rest of it is debt financing. As this started to go public, we started getting calls from a hand full of people that were interested in this project, and we’ve been vetting them the last few months, and it’s only picked up. We’ll be coming out next week with an announcement as far as who we selected as a financing partner who will go forward with us.”Bankson remained troubled by the lack of experience Signature H brought to the project.“If you come in saying we’ve already done this type of project and here is the proof it’s much easier to make that leap. Not to cast aspersions on you, but it’s not unreasonable to say you don’t come with credentials of having done this before, although you come with a great team in place.”Wyzisk III pointed out the unique nature of this project as reasoning for a lack of experience.“To your point as far as having done this and experience… the reality is … no one has. No one comes to you and says ‘I’m in the business of re-developing golf courses. I’m going to corner that market. This is brand new. To think that two or three people are going to steer this is a joke. This requires a team and I think that is one of our strongest assets… we’re business-minded entrepreneurs … we’re problem solvers. We’re not golf course developers. Team building is within our skill set, and that’s what we’ve done. But this is truly the last opportunity for this golf course to ever operate again. It will close on September 4th, and if this project doesn’t go through, I can confidently say it will never open again. It just won’t.”Wyzisk’s father Helmut Wyzisk Jr., the Chairman and CEO of Signature H Property Group, explained further.“This is like a wheel with spokes. It only works if all the elements are together. If you pull the ALF, if you pull the water park, and you pull the revenue stream, it doesn’t work. If any of that stuff was modified, then we wouldn’t even be here today. When we take the model and the refinement the City has done, it’s just gotten better and better. I can assure you there is not a doubt in my mind, or in Signature H Property that this project will be funded before we get this rezoning done. So there’s your assurance. This plan has come together so well and with so much support, and it’s a good business model. Because the reality is from our perspective, we could just build 800 homes…forget the golf course. There’s no risk to us. We’d do exactly what you said. We’d go to Pulte or KB Homes. We’d plot-out a plan and that’s it. We’ve got no risk. We make $40-million and leave the city.”“That’s what we don’t want,” said Bankson.“But that’s what I’m saying,” said Wyzisk Jr. “This is going to happen either way. The property is not going to sit there. On September 4th it closes… it’s done. But this plan has not even thought of that process. That’s not even on our radar. That shows you we have confidence in this business model.”Commissioner Kyle Becker also displayed a significant amount of doubts toward Signature H. He was also the lone dissenting vote.“Conceptually I love the idea. I’m a golfer myself. I think for the community this is a value-add. But what the presentation lacks is who you are at Signature H. As a company, you haven’t done a project like this or scale…so can you shed light on what you have done? In terms of a company.”“In terms of the company, this is a new venture for us, so we are a collaboration of the individuals you see in the front row and more,” said Wyzisk III. “What I said before about team-building…so we are entrepreneurs first. But if you look at this, it isn’t just a real estate project. This is a business model, so we came at this as businessmen… as entrepreneurs.”“And that sounds nice,” Becker responded. “But when you’re seeking finances to do a project, the first thing they ask is ‘What do you do for work? How do you make money? How are you going to repay the debt you’re asking me to give you?…How do you answer that?”It’s real simple,” said Wyzisk Jr. “We’re subordinating the property into the deal. You’re taking 400 acres of property that will be rezoned with no debt on it – zero debt – and you’re subordinating it to an equity player.”“So how much is the land worth currently?” Becker asked.“We will be able to make that public to you…,” said Wyzisk Jr.“It’s on the property appraiser website,” said Becker before Wyzisk Jr. finished his answer.“We’re doing a pre and post-appraisal of the property,” Wyzisk Jr. said.”“So you don’t know how much it’s worth?”“It doesn’t really matter what it’s worth right now,” said Wyzisk Jr. “We know the value today as it sits (zoned) Parks and Recreation is not very much.”“$1.8 million, which represents a 58%decrease from the last time it sold for $4.5 million,” said Becker. “How much do you anticipate the total cost to construct the golf course, water park, lodge, clubhouse and the assisted living facility? The total operation?”“The entire project is about $150-million when you add the residential and everything over four years in the market study,” said Wyzisk II. “But I think what you’re getting at is how will you fund the amenities. Is that what you’re trying to get to?”“Absolutely,” Becker answered. “If you’re saying the basic economics of the deal is going to cost $150-million to construct all of these capital assets, the land value you’re saying you’re using for equity and subordinate positioning is not anywhere near that value, I’m wondering how you are selling the value to those who are investing in the project?”“Obviously you have a business model and an operation,” said Wyzisk Jr. “Basically you’re doing an economic analysis. You’re looking at a 10-year model revenue stream. So there will be a combination of equity financing and debt financing, so quite simply we believe that the property will put off enough revenue stream to justify that. We project $121 million in net profits over the next 10 years. That’s why we’re doing it. So if you’re looking at it from a developer’s perspective, you either take $40-million and run or you operate it and make $121-million over 10 years.”“Who will be operating it?” Becker asked.“There will be multiple operators,” said Wyzisk Jr.“Do you have those online?”“They are under consideration,” said Wyzisk Jr. “We haven’t made decisions like on the ALF. I think we answered that question earlier.”After the difficult questioning process, the meeting took public comments from the audience, which was largely positive towards Signature H judging from its applause, and the majority of public comments that expressed support for the project.Before returning to the Council’s final comments before voting. Wyzisk Jr. explained that he appreciated the hard questions, and vowed to address them before the next stage.“All of these concerns and questions are valid, but all of them will be dealt with at the next level before the development plan is submitted. We are very aware of all these issues that have been brought up tonight.”Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer was pleased by the research done by the commissioners and expressed an interest to move forward.“I think all of the elected officials on this Council have done their homework, and I think all of the questions asked are valid questions. I think the process that we’re going through is about finding safeguards and we’ve got three more cracks at this to get it right before they are allowed to proceed. Tonight has not been entirely pleasant for the applicant, but probably necessary in terms of putting questions on the table that the community needs to address before we proceed. So at this point, I’m willing to accept the staff recommendation to move forward.”Becker was still not convinced Signature H could overcome their lack of experience.“If this were an emotional response, I would be in favor of it. The idea, the concept, the plan… I say great. My challenge is there is no history of performance and no history of facilitating talented teams like they say they need for this project to succeed. They’re entering a business that in their own language is a dying business. So you add risk on top of the fact they have no history with these projects. There is no disclosure of who the investors are or how much the property is worth. They have no plan for who will run these assets when they are actually in play, and the value of the property is speculative based on future land use. With all that said I just don’t have a level of confidence.”Bankson was also unconvinced but wanted to give Signature H more time to prove their case.“I think these are all valid points, and where we are at is an opportunity for the applicant to answer all of those concerns. But you’re saying you can’t make those announcements now, but before we’re at a place where it’s absolutely green-lighted, there’s still a safety measure to explore and give you an opportunity. I will say it’s not a personal matter, but if someone came to paint my house and presented me with a beautiful picture of that house, but they’ve never painted a house before, I would be skeptical. As someone stated, that’s not trust, but a leap of faith. So I would ask that you present us with resumes of each party to show they do have that level of expertise. I would want to see more of those proofs that you say are coming between now and the next step.” “Renovations for the new Errol Estate development brought forward many questions and concerns by the residents and the commissioners,” said Commissioner Diane Velazquez in a statement after the vote. “The common concern expressed was the assurance the proposed project would be sustainable at the enormous cost, as presented.  The developers assured us all the financing was there and they are planning to make announcements very soon as they move forward with this proposed planned project.  Last night’s vote allowed this project to move one step forward.  The planned development will be sent toTallahassee for review by the Florida Department Economic opportunities staff. While this project is under review, the city staff will review the safeguards around this development. In my opinion, projects like these invigorate Apopka and its communities. It is a partnership the City of Apopka welcomes and supports for economic growth in our City.” Editors Note: The previous version of this article identified the proposed 60-bed rehabilitation facility as an acute rehabilitation facility.  The proposal is to build a post-acute rehabilitation facility. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Becker remained unconvinced of the viability of the project but showed signs of optimism in a statement after the vote. “I realize there are a number of Errol residents that fully support the plan laid out by Signature H, and I share their enthusiasm about what is being proposed, as it would mean a new chapter in that community, preservation of the golf course, and a place for Errol families to enjoy time together.  However, my job is to ensure the project is viable and to protect the interest of our residents.  At the time of the vote, the applicant did not have a clear answer for who would be paying for this endeavor, nor who would be operating the proposed golf course, lodge, or water park; details I think would be available at this stage of the process, especially when considering the applicant has never taken on a project of this scope or scale.  I do respect the will of our Council, as well as the investment of time by both the applicant and Errol residents, and look forward to the next phase of this process.”Both the Wyzisks were happy with the outcome, but realize there is a long way to go.“Our team is very pleased with City Council’s decision to move forward with our plan for New Errol,” said Wyzisk III. “They examined our plan closely, asked questions, and ultimately agreed with the recommendation of their staff to move our project forward for State review. We’re pleased, but we still have a few steps to go. This wasn’t just a win for us, but also for the Errol Estate community and Apopka. The plan for New Errol has enormous support from the community and that was clearly demonstrated to City Council tonight.”“We heard the types of thoughtful questions you would expect from a City Council,” said Wyzisk Jr. “Sure, a few were a bit premature considering how early we are in this process, but the good thing is that we now have some foresight of what they’ll want to be answered when we come before them next time. This vote gives Errol a chance to save the golf course and revitalize the community. Without this vote, I am confident the failing course would permanently close.”The intersection of Vick and Welch Roads in Apopka was a fairly quiet place a few years ago.  But traffic volume increased when the south end of Vick Road tied directly into State Route 451, and the completion of Lester Road now allows traffic to flow more easily from Vick to Rock Springs Road.But if two proposed projects happen, Vick and Welch could see heavier traffic.Last month, AHO Holdings submitted plans to the city to build an entrance to their 4.3-acre parcel. The proposed entrance is approximately 500 feet south of the intersection of Vick and Welch. The concept plan shows 43 apartments in five separate two-story buildings and a clubhouse with a pool.Use this link to read more about the proposed Meadow View Apartments.Early this month the developer of “New Errol,” Signature H Property Group, submitted their plans to the city. Much of the focus has been on the proposed new clubhouse, hotel, water park and 264 new homes to be built.  But the proposal also includes an adult living facility that could serve as many as 240 people.The center would be built on land adjacent to the proposed Meadow View Apartments, as this drawing shows:The entrance to the facility would be where a golf cart path crosses Vick road, about 750 feet south of the intersection of Vick and Welch, not far from the proposed entrance to the Meadow View Apartments.The proposed adult living facility would have three buildings. Two assisted living building, each with the capacity for 90 adults and a separate 60-bed post-acute rehabilitation facility.“Neighborhood G,” as it is called in the New Errol plans, would be located on the 7th and 8th holes of the Grove Golf Course.  The Grove Course has been closed for several years.Here are the Artist’s renderings: Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Night workers deserve better

first_imgNight workers deserve betterOn 1 Nov 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Night shift workers can suffer chronic mental and physical health problemsand need better adviceHealth and safety professionals need to do more than simply hand outself-help guides to night shift workers if they want to help them cope with thehealth effects of changing their routines, the Health and Safety Executive hassaid. Night shift working can pose a chronic risk to a worker’s mental andphysical health because of the disruption to sleeping, eating, social anddomestic routines that often goes with it, it warned. The HSE has now published research looking at how people who work on nightshifts can be helped to cope with their lifestyle. While there are many self-help guides about, until now nothing has beenknown about whether they help to change behaviour. A sample of shift workersfrom the Lothian and Borders Police was studied. They were given a self-help guide and then asked to fill in a questionnaireto see if it had helped to change their attitudes and health-related behaviour.The study found there was negligible change, although whether this was fromthe nature of the information, its delivery, uptake or simply the difficulty ofpersuading people to change deep-seated behavioural patterns, was not clear. Organisations needed to adopt a more proactive and intensive programme ofbehaviour change to educate shift workers on how to improve their health,perhaps involving counselling, suggested the HSE. Trevor Shaw, head of the human performance and fatigue section of the HSE’shealth directorate, said, “The HSE is increasingly concerned about thehealth and safety aspects of shift working and is keen to explore ways ofmitigating the effects. “This research suggests that simply distributing advice to shiftworkers in the hope it will influence their coping behaviour is notenough.” In The Shiftworkers Guide, the HSE recommends shift workers should not eatfats, red meat or spicy food in the middle of the night and they should winddown by having a bath or shower. Workers should also use an answering machine to field telephone calls, turnoff the doorbell and avoid sleeping pills. last_img read more

Renovation of stately co-op pits gum surgeon against board

first_imgTagsco-opsmidtown manhattanReal Estate Lawsuits In a memo filed last week, attorneys for Froum called the default notice a “pressure tactic” which amounted to a threat of eviction.Froum, a dental surgeon whose practice occupies a ground-floor unit at the cooperative, is the sole shareholder whose windows haven’t been replaced. The work, his attorneys argue, would close “an essential surgical facility during the height of the worst pandemic in generations.”His attorneys estimate that closing his office would cost Froum $500,000 in lost income and other costs.Attorneys for Froum declined to comment. Attorneys for the co-op did not return a request for comment.Froum’s office stayed open, as allowed, during New York City’s spring lockdown. From March 16 to June 12, with the city largely shut to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Froum performed 110 emergency surgeries — which his lawyers said kept those patients out of badly needed hospital beds. Since then, he’s seen more than 500 patients.Froum has operated his dental practice in the Rockefeller Apartments — where a penthouse currently asks $2.5 million — for more than 30 years.The 12-story building, which sits across from the garden of the Museum of Modern Art, features rounded bay windows, fireplaces and an internal garden courtyard. Commissioned by John D. and Nelson Rockefeller, and completed in 1936, the landmarked International Style building was built for well-heeled business people working at the nearby Rockefeller Center.The co-op, which was landmarked in 1984, was built with 15 percent more light than building codes required at the time. Once gleaming, the steel-framed windows have deteriorated over the past 85 years. In 2018, a plan was crafted to overhaul them.Mark Jones, the president of the co-op board, said in an affidavit that the windows are an eyesore — and Froum’s, in particular, are hard to ignore.“There is also the harm, even if intangible or difficult to quantify, of the discordant and dilapidated windows on the front of the 54th Street building, immediately adjacent to its entry, that devalue the building and offend the other shareholders,” Jones said.But the planned renovation is more than a cosmetic fix, the co-op’s attorneys argued. In 2017, the Department of Buildings issued a violation in part because of the windows’ rusty frames. In 2018, the building incurred another violation for a cracked pane on the seventh floor. Both violations are resolved.Attorneys for the Rockefeller Apartments say the window replacement project is the product of years of research and investigation to assemble a team to replace more than 625 windows. If the completion of the project is put off much longer, they argue, the team of architects, engineers, asbestos abatement specialists and project managers may move on to other work.Attorneys for Froum, however, argue that “ship has already sailed,” and the construction team has already disbanded.Contact Georgia Kromrei Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Full Name* 17 West 54th Street and Stuart Froum (Google Maps, Linkedin)A periodontist at a landmarked Midtown co-op is fighting a window renovation that he argues would close his dental practice and cost him half a million dollars.Stuart Froum is up against the co-op board of 17 West 54th Street, which says he is gumming up a badly-needed $16 million overhaul of the building’s decrepit windows.On Dec. 7, days before the renovation was to begin, attorneys for the practitioner filed for an injunction to keep his office open, and state Supreme Court Judge Barry Ostrager granted a temporary restraining order. Three weeks later, attorneys for the co-op fired back with a 30-day notice to cure — warning that the 76-year old dental surgeon’s lease would be terminated if he didn’t cooperate with the window installation.Read moreCuomo exempts construction from virus orderWine scion bottles up apartmentlast_img read more

At Kobe Bryant memorial service Vanessa Bryant opens up, Michael Jordan wipes away tears

first_imgFebruary 24, 2020 /Sports News – National At Kobe Bryant memorial service Vanessa Bryant opens up, Michael Jordan wipes away tears FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Berezovsky/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A powerful public memorial service was held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Monday to honor NBA great Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, nearly one month after the helicopter crash that took their lives.Former teammate Shaquille O’Neal told the 20,000 mourners that “Kobe and I always held a deep respect and love for one another,” calling him “Heaven’s MVP.”Also among the speakers was Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, who emotionally opened up about her memories of her husband and daughter.Christina Aguilera sang a stirring rendition of “Ave Maria” and the Staples Center fell silent as Alicia Keys performed Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”Here is a recap of the service:Michael Jordan wipes away tearsFellow NBA great and close friend Michael Jordan wiped tears away as he spoke.“When Kobe Bryant died, a piece of me died,” he said.Tears streamed down Jordan’s face as he said he wanted to be the “best big brother I could be” for Bryant.On a lighter note, Jordan joked that his appearance will generate “another crying meme.”“I told my wife I wasn’t going to do this because I didn’t want to see that for the next three or four years,” he said. “That is what Kobe Bryant does to me.”Jordan said “as a basketball player, as a businessman, and a storyteller, and as father, in the game of basketball, in life, as a parent, Kobe left nothing in the tank. He left it all on the floor.”“Kobe gave every last ounce of himself to whatever he was doing,” Jordan said. “After basketball he showed a creative side … that I didn’t think any of us knew he had.”“In retirement he seemed so happy, he found new passions and he continued to give back as a coach, in his community,” Jordan said. “More importantly, he was an amazing dad, amazing husband, who dedicated himself to his family and who loved his daughters with all his heart.“Kobe never left anything on the court,” he said. “And I think that’s what he would want for us to do. No one knows how much time we have, that’s why we must live in the moment.”Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka, Bryant’s close friend and former agent, and godfather to Gianna, said Bryant celebrated turning 40 with a vacation at a beautiful resort, where he still wanted to “watch Team Mamba game film with Gigi.”Pelinka described Bryant as the “baby whisperer” who had the “golden touch” and loved to cuddle with his daughters.When Bryant was on the road, he was always on the phone with his daughters, never wanting to miss a moment of their lives, he said.“The day after Kobe was gone, I was at home and feeling totally lost,” Pelinka said. “I couldn’t imagine life without the strength and guidance of my best friend.”Pelinka said he felt the need to connect with something “tangible” that represented their friendship, and his wife reminded him of a book from Bryant.In the inside cover, Pelinka said Bryant wrote: “to RP, my brother, may you always remember to enjoy the road, especially when it’s a hard one.”Sabrina Ionescu, a basketball player at the University of Oregon who became a mentor for Gianna, called the 13-year-old “the future” of women’s basketball.“She always wanted to learn, to go to every game she could — college, NBA, WNBA,” she said. “Kobe was helping with that because he saw it in her. Just like he saw it in me.”Ionescu recalled how Kobe Bryant would text her and check up on her, giving both her and Gianna the “blueprint” for future success.“Through Gigi, through me, through his investment in women’s basketball — that was his next great act,” she said.Ionescu said she still texts Kobe Bryant’s phone.“The texts go through, but no response,” she said. “Sometimes I find myself still waiting.”WNBA player Diana Taurasi said, “Gigi in many ways represents the future of women’s basketball: a future where a young woman aspires to play in the WNBA the same way I wanted to be A Laker.”“Gigi already had goals to play for UConn — that in itself showed her fearless mentality,” Taurasi said.“We promise to carry Gigi’s legacy,” she vowed.Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, who was with the NBA player since she was 17, opened up about her “soulmate” as she spoke at the service.She recalled how he was the romantic in the relationship and planned special anniversary trips and gifts. She called his handmade presents “my most treasured gifts.”Vanessa Bryant called her husband the best “girl dad,” who taught their four daughters “how to be brave and keep pushing forward when things get tough.”She described him as a “doting” and “hands-on” father and who helped bathe their kids, sing them “silly songs” and had bedtime “down to a science.”“I want my daughters to know and remember the amazing person, husband and father he was,” she said. “The kind of man that wanted to teach the future generations to be better and keep them from making his own mistakes.”“I couldn’t see him as a celebrity, nor just an incredible basketball player,” she said. “He was my sweet husband and the beautiful father of our children. He was my—he was my everything.”Vanessa Bryant was overcome with emotion as she said Gianna “always kissed me goodnight and kissed me good morning.”“She was daddy’s girl but I know she loved her mama,” she said. “She was one of my very best friends.”She loved to bake, swim and dance, her mother said. Vanessa Bryant described how her daughter had “the best laugh” and loved family traditions.She was competitive like her father, but “had a sweet grace,” she said. “Her smile was like sunshine.”She said her daughter — a rule follower — would have made a big difference for women’s basketball and was motivated to change the way women were viewed in sports.Vanessa Bryant grew more emotional as she talked about how she won’t be able to tell Gianna how “gorgeous she looks on her wedding day,” or see her walk down the aisle, or “have a father-daughter dance with her daddy, dance on the dance floor with me or have babies of her own.”‘Be grateful for the time we had’Jimmy Kimmel cried as he recounted how Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s faces are now plastered on walls across the world.Kimmel called the service a “celebration of life, of their lives, and of life itself, in the building where those of us who are Lakers fans and Kobe fans celebrated so many of the best times of our lives.”“It seems to me that all we can do is be grateful for the time we had with them and for the time we have left with each other,” Kimmel said.Beyonce opened the service performing her hit “XO” — which she said was one of Bryant’s favorite songs — followed by “Halo.”There is significance in the chosen date. It reflects the basketball jersey numbers worn by Kobe (No. 24) and Gianna (No. 2). Vanessa Bryant also noted that her husband was a Laker for 20 years and the two were together for 20 years.Kobe Bryant and Gianna were among the nine people killed in the Jan. 26 helicopter crash in Southern California while en route to Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

UK: Merlin Flight Returns Home for Christmas

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Merlin Flight Returns Home for Christmas UK: Merlin Flight Returns Home for Christmas Training & Education View post tag: Flight View post tag: home View post tag: Warship Share this article View post tag: Naval A team from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has arrived home from their six-month deployment to the Indian Ocean having supported the ongoing fight against piracy and people/drug trafficking. The sailors will now enjoy some well-earned shore leave, being home with their families just in time for Christmas.HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 Frigate from HMNB Devonport, Plymouth has been the home for the past six months to the aircrew and engineers from a group of Royal Naval personnel from 829 Naval Air Squadron.The Merlin Helicopter flight sailed to the Indian Ocean and the Gulf to take part in the multi-national tasking in the region.Their mission was to assist in counter piracy operations as well as surveillance for counter drug, people and weapon trafficking.The team from Culdrose, headed by Lieutenant Earl Kingston, has been heavily involved with patrolling thousands of miles of ocean in temperatures reaching over 40 deg C, ensuring the safe passage of vessels as they transit some of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.It has been a very busy deployment for the Cornish-based personnel.With two Royal Marines embarked, the aircrew have scoured shorelines and open oceans for suspicious vessels, provided protection for boarding operations, conducted lifting of stores from replenishment ships and airlifted various compassionate cases into a variety of different countries for onward travel.The flight’s engineers had had a particularly challenging time, having to maintain the aircraft in hangar temperatures of over 50 degrees and 90% humidity.Not only does the heat and humidity make it very difficult to work on a very hot aircraft, but the conditions present the team with challenges not normally experienced at the flight’s more temperate Cornish home.Both Ship and Flight have conducted many port visits ranging from Dubai in the UAE to Tanzania in Africa, where they hosted visits by foreign dignitaries, local schools, and host nation forces.They have helped restore an orphanage, visited the lost city of Petra, been invited to watch the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and played various football matches with local teams. They also had a visit from King Neptune as the ship crossed the equator on her passage down to Tanzania.The team have since handed over to another Culdrose-based ‘Flight’ onboard sister ship HMS Northumberland who are now performing operations in the Gulf for the next six months.Lt Kingston, the Flight Commander said:“After such a busy 6 months away, I was thrilled to see my wife waiting for me as we landed at Culdrose. It’s great to be home for Christmas.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy December 20, 2012 View post tag: Defense View post tag: Returns View post tag: Navy View post tag: Merlin View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Christmaslast_img read more

Fincantieri cleared for STX France takeover

first_img Share this article View post tag: Fincantieri Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has received a South Korean court approval for the acquisition of Saint-Nazaire-based shipbuilder STX France.The French shipyard was owned by South Korean STX Offshore and Shipbuilding who, amid financial problems, decided to sell the French yard under a company-wide, court-led restructuring.Fincantieri confirmed on Tuesday that it has been selected as preferred bidder in the sale of the 66.66% stake in STX France SA.Contrary to previous media reports that alleged four parties expressed interest in acquiring the majority stake, Fincantieri was revealed to be the sole bidder for the shipyard.According to Navy Recognition, the French government, which holds a minority stake of 33 percent in the firm, is likely to let its state-owned shipbuilder DCNS buy the minority stake of the yard.This would be important for France since STX France is the only shipyard in the country capable of constructing aircraft- and helicopter carriers. January 4, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Fincantieri cleared for STX France takeover View post tag: DCNS View post tag: STX France Fincantieri cleared for STX France takeover Authoritieslast_img read more

US Navy commissions USS Gabrielle Giffords

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy commissions USS Gabrielle Giffords US Navy commissions USS Gabrielle Giffords Authorities Share this article June 11, 2017 View post tag: US Navy View post tag: LCS View post tag: USS Gabrielle Giffords The U.S. Navy commissioned its 10th littoral combat ship, the USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston, Texas, on June 10.Adm. William Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony’s principal address before officially commissioning the ship into service.“As we man the rails today, blood gets pumped, the ship comes alive, and the heart begins to beat,” said Moran. “It’s the blood that is infused by the spirit, the attitude, and the courage of its namesake. We are so proud to be part of Gabrielle Giffords’ legacy to the United States.”Following the commissioning, Dr. Jill Biden, the ship’s sponsor and wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, gave the time-honored Navy tradition of ordering the crew to “man our ship and bring her to life!”The crowd sounded its approval as the crew ran aboard the ship to man their assigned stations and complete the ceremony of bringing the ship into active service to end a story that began more than five years ago.In 2012 the Secretary of the Navy announced the future ship’s name, and USS Gabrielle Giffords became the 16th ship to be named for a woman and only the 13th ship to be named for a living person since 1850.The ship is commanded by Cmdr. Keith Woodley, a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, who leads the core crew of 50 officers and enlisted personnel.During the ceremony Woodley praised the crew for their dedication and hard work in getting the ship ready for service.“This is not just a new ship. This is a new class of ship and that makes it even more challenging for the crew,” said Woodley. “They have risen to that challenge and performed exceptionally well in getting this ship ready for service.”Most other Navy surface combatant ships have a crew of 300 or more sailors, but littoral combat ships like Gabrielle Giffords have more automated systems and much smaller crews than their counterparts. Gabrielle Giffords’ crew is just 73 at the ship’s commissioning.The 3,200-ton Gabrielle Giffords was built by Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. The ship is 421 feet in length and has a beam of 103 feet and a navigational draft of 15 feet. The ship uses two gas turbine and two diesel engines to power four steerable waterjets to speeds in excess of 40 knots.USS Gabrielle Giffords will now depart Galveston and begin her transit to her homeport at Naval Base San Diego.last_img read more