Blood vessel problems such as fatty plaque buildup in arteries or stiffening of the arteries are well-known contributors to heart disease—but they can damage brain function as well. That means that keeping your heart healthy will also help keep your cognitive abilities sharp.“An estimated one-third of all cases of dementia, including those identified as Alzheimer’s, can be attributed to vascular factors,” said Albert Hofman, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in a Nov. 9, 2016 Harvard Health Blog post.Tiny blockages in the brain’s small vessels can lead to subtle, “silent” strokes. Blood clots in major arteries can lead to an overt stroke, in which large portions of brain tissue die. Both types of stroke can lead to dementia.Reducing your cardiovascular risks by getting regular physical activity, quitting smoking, managing blood sugar and cholesterol levels, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a healthy weight are all key to keeping your heart healthy—and your brain too. It’s also important to keep high blood pressure, the leading cause of stroke, in check. Read Full Story
Connor Homes of Middlebury, Vermont, has announced that it has recently been granted the exclusive license to produce a line of homes to be endorsed by Winterthur, the museum, garden, and library that is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont. The design inspiration for this new line of historically authentic, architecturally detailed homes comes from the museum’s extensive archives as well as interpretations and adaptations of existing architecture presently found on the Winterthur estate.Located just north of Wilmington, Delaware, Winterthur is situated on 1,000 acres and is the repository of one of the most extensive and important collections of early American decorative arts in the country. There are 175 rooms in the house, containing approximately 85,000 objects. Tours and special exhibitions highlight aspects of the collection, which includes furniture, ceramics, metals, and textiles as well as fine art. The estate is also world renowned for its extensive naturalistic garden, a legacy of H. F. du Pont’s horticultural knowledge and design skill.Connor Homes has earned a national reputation for the design and manufacture of historic American architecture through a process it calls ‘Mill-Built Architecture.’ Michael Connor, company founder and CEO said the company is thrilled and honored by this one-of-a-kind opportunity to participate in the endeavor with Winterthur. He notes that it is a tribute to the years of research and development by the Connor Homes team that has earned it the reputation for an expertise uniquely suited for such an undertaking. ‘Our job will be to create floor plans and living environments that transcend the needs and requirements that motivated the original floor layouts, so that we can create new layouts suited to the present era, while preserving the architectural integrity and charm of a former time. Our company has demonstrated through its existing portfolio of home designs that it has the appropriate sensitivity to historic architecture that enables us to harmoniously meld the revered architectural elements of the past with the living requirements of the present.’The Vermont company points to an additional interesting connection between itself and Winterthur: Electra Havemeyer Webb, founder of Vermont’s own Shelburne Museum and friend to H. F. du Pont, was among the first to interest him in American art and antiques. On a visit to the Webbs’ home in 1923, du Pont was taken with the color combination of a pine cupboard holding pink Staffordshire dishes. That inspirational cupboard’a gift of the Webb family’with the original ceramics, is now prominently displayed at Winterthur.‘All of us at Winterthur are truly excited about this agreement’it’s a perfect partnership,’ says Kristin L. DeMesse, director of Winterthur Licensed Products. ‘Connor Homes’ dedication to early American architecture and attention to detail is unsurpassed, and we know their Winterthur designs will be exceptional.’ Work on the design venture will begin this spring when a team of designers from Connor Homes will begin researching the many historic house plans and photos in the museum’s extensive archives. First plans and home offerings are expected in the summer and fall of this year.For more information on Winterthur, including their extensive collection, programs, events, and exhibitions, please visit them online at www.winterthur.org(link is external) or call 800-448-3883.ABOUT CONNOR HOMES: At Connor Homes we have a unique approach to building new homes. Our 40 years in the residential building business have enabled us to couple our wealth of experience in historic architectural design and construction with a state of the art manufacturing process so that we offer the exquisite detailing and building proportions of classic architecture at a cost that is affordable to the everyday home buyer. We provide a complete, highly detailed, and historically accurate Mill-Built home, and the quality of our homes is unsurpassed, even by the highest level custom site builder.For more information on Connor Homes, including photo galleries, home plans and detailed information about their Mill-Built Architecture process, or to learn more about their upcoming Winterthur home designs, please visit www.connorbuilding.com(link is external) Source: Connor Homes. Photo by Jim Westphalen Photography
By Dialogo April 15, 2011 An operation by the Special Operations Battalion (BOPE) in two slums in northern Rio de Janeiro on 13 April left five dead, believed to be drug traffickers, a Military Police spokesperson informed AFP. The operation to suppress drug trafficking and weapons trafficking in the slums of Manguinhos and Mandela mobilized one hundred police officers, supported by two armored vehicles. Three pistols, two grenades, twenty-three motorcycles, and chemical substances for manufacturing drugs were confiscated, the police specified, and four arrests were made. Elsewhere, in western Rio, the Civil Police carried out an operation on 13 April to dismantle a police-style militia suspected of operating in thirteen slums. A city councilor was arrested, and fourteen arrest warrants were issued by the judicial authorities. The expansion of militias in Rio de Janeiro goes back to 2006, when groups of active or retired police officers invaded several favelas in the western part of the city, expelled drug traffickers, and started to collect “security fees” from inhabitants. Militias are present in 105 of the city’s 250 major slums, according to a report by Paulo Storani, a former captain of the elite Special Operations Unit (BOPE) of the Military Police. The authorities of Rio de Janeiro state, one of the country’s most violent, began a countercampaign in 2008 to pacify the city and eliminate militias and drug traffickers from the slums, ahead of hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. At present, around twenty slums have been pacified.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane & The Grateful DeadSo everybody knows that when the Jefferson Airplane shed its wings in the 1970s, the Starship took off into the pop stratosphere with a stellar overdrive fueled by arena rock blasted at full throttle. The ole hippie-dippy psychedelic sound wasn’t quite left behind in the rush from its San Francisco roots, but the band headed in a different direction that had harder metallic edges than it ever had. Going further was always the destination of this ship. And what a long strange trip it’s been on—and it’s still going strong. Climb on board and listen to the music of the stars. Opening the show are Jazz Is Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49.50. 8 p.m. November 5.TheebDirector Naji Abu Nowar’s powerful and assured directorial debut, set in the land of Lawrence of Arabia, is a wondrous “Bedouin Western” about a boy who, in order to survive, must become a man and live up to the name his father gave him. In 1916, while war rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. So as not to dishonor his recently deceased father, Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey. The young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother, but the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. The director will be on hand to discuss the screening at this special preview. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Members $10, Public $15. 7:30 p.m. November 5.Judas PriestIconic is a word best used to describe the musical legacy Judas Priest has created. Since debuting with 1974’s Rocka Rolla, (which was released on Motown’s Gull Records subsidiary), Priest has established itself as a heavy metal standard bearer alongside the likes of Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden. Fronted by vocal powerhouse Rob Halford, the quintet has proudly carried the metal mantle while accruing an impressive canon that includes seminal albums including Unleashed in the East, Hell Bent for Leather and Screaming for Vengeance. Opening the show is Mastodon. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $75-$150. 8 p.m. November 5, 6.BlessthefallBuilt on a foundation of fiery metalcore and decade-long diehard fans, this Arizona-born band continues to dish out smooth rhythms and screams with each new tour. Their latest album, To Those Left Behind, was released in September. Warming up the crowd will be Stick To Your Guns, Emarosa, Oceans Ate Alaska and Cane Hill. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $18-$22. 5:25 p.m. November 6.Don FelderFamous for his signature guitar work alongside The Eagles until 2001, The Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer thrived solo and formed his own band in 2014. He also published an eye-opening memoir, Heaven and Hell: My Life in The Eagles, a New York Times bestseller. Opening the show is special guest Mark Newman. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $35-$65. 8 p.m. November 6.Immortal TechniqueBorn in a war-torn South America and raised on the streets of Harlem, the young rapper’s turned his repressed aggression into lyrical beats. Harsh and cultured truths run through his rhymes. His next album, The Middle Passage, is anxiously awaited by stirred fans. Supporting acts include Diabolic, Poison Pen and Nightwalker. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $20. 8 p.m. November 6.Pete CorrealeOne of the most requested acts in the comedy chains, Pete Correale was recently named by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top 10 Comics To Watch. Pete is a veteran of the comedy club and festival circuit as well as television talk shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and Last Call with Carson Daily. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. govs.govs.com $25-$55. 8 p.m. November 6.PepperBorn on the sandy beaches of Hawaii, this surfer trio mesmerizes audiences with chill island beats recognized from films including Good Luck Chuck and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Warming up the crowd are Ballyhoo!, Katastro and Jahstic. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. muls.com $22. 8 p.m. November 6.TWRKYou read that right! This band shows no shame in blaring heavy beats and exploiting you to shake what your momma gave ya. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $7-$10. 10 p.m. November 6.Darcy Novick Presents 13th LI Comedy and Music Festget ready to laugh your tuckus off while rocking out to absolutely insane grooves, all night long. This stellar lineup includes: Richie Minervini, Rob Magnotti, Darcy Novick, Don Gavin, John Pizzi and Peter Mazzeo and the Hit Squad. Wow. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$50. 8 p.m. November 6.Starry Nights NovemberThe twinkling crystals above get their own soundtrack of violins, jazz and many other instruments from praised chamber music. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook. stallercenter.com $36. 8 p.m. November 6.Great Beer Expo: Long IslandEntrance fee includes a 5 oz. souvenir tasting cup and your choice of 2 oz. samples of more than 100 beers from any exhibiting brewery. Afternoon or evening session? You decide. Belmont Park Racetrack, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont. greatbeerexpo.com $45, $DOS, $12 designated drivers. 12:30-4 p.m., 5:30-9 p.m. November 7.Battle of the BandsCome see Long Island native metalcore band Onto Carthage battle pop rockers Nexus in an epic fight to the death! Well, not death: The first place winner gets a free professional recording of a four-song EP from sponsor Green Room Recording Studio. Several genres will be represented so be sure to come and show your favorites some love. Revolution Bar & Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. clubloaded.com/events $12, $15 DOS. 3:30 p.m. November 7.Taste of Flight Wine ExpoEnjoy strolling amongst the jets and planes of aviation history while sipping 200 delicious reds and whites from around the world and 50 ciders! Sample cheeses, olive oils, meats, desserts and listen to the delicious sounds of a live jazz trio! Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. cradleofaviation.org $49. 7 p.m. November 7.So You Think You Can Dance?Evacuate the dance floor! This multi-goovin’, multi-movin’ shake-a shake-a shake-fest is bound to get all those in attendance up and on their feet struttin’ their very best while watchin’ the experts do what they do best: Dance! Dance! Dance! Emmy Award-winning and hugely popular, the 12th season competitors of SYTYCD come to LI to face off. The top 10 competitors from last season’s contest will relive the Stage vs. Street theme that once again made dance aficionados everywhere realize the importance of having dance in our lives. SYTYCD is more than a dance competition, the show and it’s talented contestants have brought the art into the mainstream and have inspired scores of people to move and groove, even if it’s just to exercise or out of pure fun. The show is also responsible for making National Dance Day such a huge hit in America, with fans practicing routines in their living rooms, some are more difficult than others, and going out into the world and showing off their moves. Dance is an art that stirs emotions and inspires countless people around the world, as displayed on SYTYCD. So expect moves that will leave you and your loved ones mesmerized! Instead of voting from your couch, come cheer for your favorites, live! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $59.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. November 7.OmarionR&B fans, get ready. Omarion’s smooth vocals and hypnotic dance moves will be on display in full force. No stranger to the Billboard Hot 100, he’s been at it since his days with R&B boy band B2K. Sex Playlist, which is exactly that, is his fourth solo album, featuring the platinum hit “Post to Be.” “Entourage” and “Ice Box” are catchy oldies, and “I Get It In” will you have on your feet. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $20-50. 10 p.m. November 7.Tommy James and The Shondells“Hanky Panky” made Tommy James a sensation back in 1966. The rest, as they say, is history. With more than 100,000,000 records sold worldwide, TJ and the Shondells are still rocking sold-out crowds. “Mony Mony,” “Crimson and Clover” and “I Think We’re Alone Now” are pop culture fixtures. This is sure to be a show that you know all the words to every song! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39.50-$49.50. 8 p.m. November 7.Richard LewisComedy Central called him one of the top 50 stand-up comedians of all time, GQ Magazine called him one of the 20th Century’s Most Influential Humorists, and his gig at Carnegie Hall was standing-room only. Who else but Richard Lewis? This brilliant storyteller has truly turned comedy into an art form. Get ready to laugh! A lot! The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $39.50-$59.50. 8 p.m. November 7.Piece Of My HeartOn the eve of Veterans Day and 50 years after the start of the Vietnam War, this professionally acted drama regarding the fate of five nurses who staffed field hospitals during that conflict is powerfully moving. Named “The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation,” by The Vietnam Vets Association, it focuses on their roles and seeks to pay tribute to the nearly 11,000 women in uniform who served during that time. Museum of American Armor, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. 6 p.m. November 7, 2 p.m. November 8.Sousa: A Veteran’s Day CelebrationJohn Philip Sousa (1854-1932) was an American composer and conductor known particularly for American military and patriotic marches such as “The Star and Stripes Forever.” Celebrate his unique music, played from the original scores by a 50-piece symphonic band very much like his own. You will enjoy all the familiar marches and many melodies that spark the patriotic note in any one’s heart. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. patchoguetheatre.org $10-$25. 3 p.m. November 8.AmarcordDirect from Germany and considered one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world, these five former choir members bridge medieval music traditions and modern compositions. This program includes a rich selection of rarely heard Italian madrigals, German songs from the group’s home in Leipzig (including works by Schumann and Mendelssohn) and a unique collection of folk songs from around the world, including the Philippines (arranged specially for amarcord by Adelphi professor Sidney Boquiren), Ghana, Cuba, Japan, Thailand, Russia and Israel. Expect to be captivated with its expressive, clear and precise singing, and engaging performance style. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $25-$30. 4 p.m. November 8.StyxThis multi-platinum-selling band’s self-described mission to conquer the planet, one venue at a time, remains solidly on track. Put rock ‘n roll legends Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Lawrence Gowan, Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips together (along with the occasional surprise appearance by the original bassist Chuck Panozzo) on stage together, and their power is unstoppable. When they get rolling and their freak flag is flowing, they’ll blow the roof off with their classic rock standards like “Come Sail Away,” “Lady” and “Mr. Roboto.” NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$59.50. 8 p.m. November 8.The Story So FarGuitars, drums, bass and a singer–that’s all these guys need to give you an authentic, back-to-basics hardcore pop-punk experience. Descendants of legendary pop-punkers Green Day and Blink 182, The Story So Far has revived the genre with their three refreshing, energetic albums. In 2013, the Alternative Press included them in their “100 Bands You Need to Know” issue. So go! You won’t be disappointed. Opening acts include Basement and Turnover. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. theemporiumny.com $22-$25. 8 p.m. November 8.Jenna von OyThe star of the show Blossom and creator of the blog Cradle Chronicals will speak about and sign her new book Situation Momedy. Jenna brings readers a lighthearted and comedic look at pregnancy and the first year of motherhood, highlighting major mommy milestones with chapters including “Houston, We Have a Pregnancy,” “This Is Your Brain on Baby,” “Bringing Sexy Back” and “All’s Fair in Love and Mommy Wars.” Book Revue. 313 New York Avenue, Huntington. bookrevue.com Price of book. 7 p.m. November 9.Trace AdkinsCountry music star and winner of last year’s Celebrity Apprentice, Trace Adkins is bringing his own brand of honky-tonk to the island. A character actor wrapped up in dungarees and a cowboy hat, Adkins knows how to entertain with his wildly popular songs like “This Ain’t No Thinkin’ Thing” and “Ladies Love Country Boys,” while leaving his audience with lumps in their throats with his portraits of home country life. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $40-$99.50. 8 p.m. November 10.Fifth Annual Gold Coast International Film FestivalThis mega-cinematic extravaganza with North Hempstead as its epicenter includes workshops, screenings, parties, conversations with prominent members of the film community, and a gala. Celebrating the work of Great Neck native and Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker R.J. Cutler, this seven-day smorgasbord will include retrospective screenings of his acclaimed films, culminating in a special screening of his latest film Listen to Me Marlon, among many other Long Island film visionaries at venues across the famed Gold Coast! Gold Coast Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck. goldcoastarts.org $70-$150. Various times. November 9-15.Angels in America: Millennium ApproachesSet in the New York City of 1985, this winner of the 1993 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1993 Tony Award for Best Play is widely regarded as a modern masterpiece of the American theatre. This important work was perfectly captured by Jack Kroll in Newsweek when he said: “The most ambitious American play of our time: an epic that ranges from earth to heaven; focuses on politics, sex and religion; transports us to Washington, the Kremlin, the South Bronx, Salt Lake City and Antarctica; deals with Jews, Mormons, WASPs, blacks; switches between realism and fantasy, from the tragedy of AIDS to the camp comedy of drag queens to the death or at least the absconding of God.” Contains strong sexual situations, explicit language and nudity. Runs through November 15. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Adelphi University, 1 South Ave., Garden City. aupac.adelphi.edu $20. Times vary. November 10-15.Steve HackettThe former Genesis guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer basically invented two-handed tapping and ushered in sweep-picking to electric rock guitar. He is a legend, a six-string demi-god, whose every note should be studied, contemplated upon, and then recreated, though with individualized touches. From solo projects such as Voyage Of The Acolyte and Wolflight to Genesis classics, including the double album monster The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and so much more. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $40-$75. 8 p.m. November 11.Anderson Ponty BandThe former Yes frontman and multi-instrumentalist has been opening multi-dimensional vortexes of song since 1963, inspiring generations music lovers the world over. This latest incarnation celebrates classic numbers from his decades-long career, as well as new creations genetically laced with the same undeniable emotional power. With Jon Anderson & Jean Luc Ponty. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $45-$64.50. 8 p.m. November 11.MeatloafWith worldwide record sales topping 80 million, “The Loaf” is one of the best-selling artists of all time, known across the globe for his Bat Out Of Hell series, which includes Bat Out Of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose. Expect fan favorite, the classic, irresistible sing-a-long “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” What a gig! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $35-$49.50. 8 p.m. November 11.Edgar Winter BandThis multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and brother of the late, great Johnny Winters, has been wowing crowds with his blues-infused rock for more than 40 years and always delivers a high-octane performance, no matter which tunes he resurrects from his decades-long arsenal! Do not miss this gig! YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $60-$65. 8 p.m. November 11.—Compiled by Desiree D’iorio, Chuck Cannini, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana III
NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt, in a letter yesterday to the Senate Banking Committee, urged committee members to ensure credit unions’ access to the secondary mortgage market in any housing finance reform legislation it considers.Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel, was writing in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) recently released objectives to reform the housing finance system. The objectives include a recommendation for a single government-guaranteed mortgage-backed security, echoing a key part of NAFCU’s core principles for housing finance reform.In the letter sent to Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Hunt outlines other reform efforts NAFCU supports, including: 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » The future of banking is in open banking—the democratization of financial services through technology. The term “open banking” may seem lofty, but it simply allows retailers, credit unions, and members to easily and safely share financial information across a network of platforms. For instance, you might want to connect savings, checking, and investment accounts into a personal financial management tool.Or, if you prefer to get more technical, the definition from Investopedia reads, “Open banking is a system that provides a user with a network of financial institutions’ data through the use of application programming interfaces (APIs). The Open Banking Standard defines how financial data should be created, shared, and accessed.” An API is a set of rules regarding how various systems interact, allowing multiple systems to communicate with each other. It defines the requirements for authentication and data sharing. Developers essentially build applications and services around the financial institution.How do these APIs enable open banking and simplify processes? They allow financial institutions and service providers to connect to each other more easily to perform functions that once required transfer of physical documents to complete. A real-world example of this is direct deposit. Money is transferred electronically from an employer’s bank account to the employees’ credit union, and then into the individual accounts. This service was reserved for large banks not long ago, but is now nearly universally available. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Property developer Sinar Mas Land, through PT Bumi Serpong Damai, has formed a partnership with Singapore-based Mitbana Pte Ltd to build transit-oriented developments (TODs) in BSD City, South Tangerang, Banten.Mitbana, established in March 2019, is a joint venture company of Mitsubishi Corporation from Japan and Surbana Jurong from Singapore.“With this commitment, Mitbana will become Sinar Mas Land’s largest development partner in BSD City, and we look forward to having our partnership bring even better value to our residents and becoming a model for TOD developments in Indonesia,” said Sinar Mas Land group chief executive officer Michael Widjaja.Mitbana will work with Sinar Mas Land to transform over 100 hectares of greenfield land in BSD City into TODs comprising residential units, commercial properties, living amenities and public transport nodes. This undertaking will enlarge BSD City’s existing development footprint and expand on its current population of 200,000 residents, Sinar Mas said in a statement. According to data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Singapore was Indonesia’s top foreign investor in the first half of 2020, with a total of US$3.4 billion in realized investments comprising 5,348 projects. During the same period, Japan was the second-largest with investment of US$2.4 billion comprising 3,708 projects, the statement read.Mitbana CEO Gareth Wong said, “The future growth potential of TODs in Indonesia presents many scalable development opportunities for Mitbana, and we are very excited to make this first step toward realizing our vision of becoming a leading urban development fund that transforms communities through smart, sustainable and social development thrusts.”BSD City is Sinar Mas Land’s flagship town development that encompasses a total land area of approximately 6,000 hectares.Topics :
Arsenal and Tottenham interested in Thomas Strakosha with Lazio ready to consider offers Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Jun 2019 10:24 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link18Shares Advertisement Thomas Strakosha has caught the eye for Lazio (Picture: LightRocket via Getty Images)Arsenal and Tottenham are tracking Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha this summer, with the 24-year-old reportedly interested in a move to the Premier League.The Albania international has become a fixture in the Lazio side over the last two-and-a-half years, making 122 appearances for the Rome club.According to Italian publication La Gazzetta dello Sport, Liverpool were interested in his services last year, but chose to move for Alisson Becker instead.However, there are still suitors from the Premier League with both north London sides weighing up moves for the stopper.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Strakosha won the Coppa Italia with Lazio this year (Picture: Getty Images)Gazzetta report that Lazio do not want to let their first choice keeper go, but would be willing to do a deal for the right price – that price is thought to be around €25m (£22m).AdvertisementAdvertisementThat is pretty much the same amount of money Arsenal paid for Bernd Leno last summer, so they may be put off by paying the same price for a number two goalkeeper.Spurs have money to spend after reaching the Champions League final and making it back into the competition for next season and are looking for a long-term replacement for Hugo Lloris in goal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityStrakosha finished the season with an Achilles problem which saw him play through the pain to win the Coppa Italia with Lazio, keeping a clean sheet as his side won 2-0 over Atalanta.The 6 ft 4 in stopper began his career at Greek club Panionios, from where Lazio snapped him up for a small fee as a 17-year-old.He is under contract until 2022 so Lazio are under no pressure to let their number one leave, although Gazzetta suggest that he is very tempted by a move to England.MORE: Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze responds to Arsenal transfer speculationMORE: Manchester United ask about Joao Cancelo in talks with Juventus over Paul Pogba
EMARQ, a wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary of Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), is recruiting for a project manager to oversee the development of marine renewable energy projects in Canada.The successful candidate will be accountable for the planning and execution of projects, including developing project scope, objectives, schedule and budget involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility, ORPC said.Requiring a minimum 5 years’ experience with project management in marine energy related projects, ORPC added that other responsibilities for the post include coordinating internal resources and third parties/vendors to ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.EMARQ, short for Énergies Marines Renouvelables Québécoises, was established in 2015 with headquarters in Montreal.ORPC, a US-based hydrokinetic developer headquartered in Maine, has twenty-two employees working in three countries, according to the most recent available information.The company is developing tidal energy projects in Alaska, and Maine in the US, and across the Atlantic in Ireland. Illustration (Photo: ORPC)
American College of Pediatricians’ 25 February 2019Family First Comment: If you are a parent who wants your teenager or child to grow up with a healthy, drug-free life, you are unfortunately in a kind of war zone. Why is it a war zone? Because there are many adults and teenagers who would promote marijuana and other drug use to young people. To help teens avoid the pitfalls of drugs in their youth, parents must take some pretty bold stands. Here’s the info you need – from concerned doctors….If you are a parent who wants your teenager or child to grow up with a healthy, drug-free life, you are unfortunately in a kind of war zone. Why is it a war zone? Because there are many adults and teenagers who would promote marijuana and other drug use to young people. To help teens avoid the pitfalls of drugs in their youth, parents must take some pretty bold stands. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug for teenagers. (2) They are more likely to use marijuana than to use tobacco. (6) Marijuana’s effects lead to immediate and long-term problems of which many teens are unaware.How Many Teenagers are Using Marijuana?According to survey results in 2016, 38% of high school students report that they have used marijuana at some point in their life (1).Even more alarming, 68.9 % of high school seniors reported through survey that they do not think that regular marijuana smoking is harmful (2)!According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for teens, “Recent public discussions about medical marijuana and the public debate over the drug’s legal status is leading to a reduced perception of harm among young people.” (2) The increased commonality of the drug may make it seem less threatening to teens. One-third of teenagers who smoke marijuana and that live in states with legalized medical marijuana use, obtain their marijuana from adults with prescriptions. Additionally, some teens think it can’t be very bad because it is “natural”, but many natural things like cocaine, heroin, and tobacco are far from safe. (2)Teenagers’ reported unawareness of the harm of marijuana has drastically increased since the 1980’s. The irony of this is that the harm and potency of marijuana has also increased since then. The concentration of THC (the chemical in marijuana that produces the most mind-alternating effects) is now about 3 times stronger than it was in the 1990’s! (2).Marijuana is Both Temporarily and Permanently Harmful to AdolescentsBecause adolescents’ brains are still developing, marijuana and other drug use can cause even more lasting damage to a teenage brain than to an adult user’s brain.Marijuana impairs adolescents working memory, problem solving, decision-making skills, and coordination. (2) When using marijuana, a person’s heart rate increases, causing the heart to work harder, causes difficulty in sensory perception, and creates breathing problems. (3) Marijuana decreases motivation, can lead to confusion and anxiety, even panic attacks, and often results in personality changes. (6)For adolescents, there is research showing that marijuana use alters the structure and chemical composition of the brain, and IQ, in a way that can be permanent.Adolescents who use marijuana are more likely to get lower grades, drop out of school, have physical and mental health problems, struggle with relationships, and have less future career success. (4) They are at increased risk for suicide and to develop psychoses. (6)Signs of marijuana use include (6):silly behavior and frequent laughing associated with the “high” created by THC,red eyes or eye dryness,increased appetite,irritabilitylack of motivation, reduced interest in thingstrouble with memorysmell on clothes or use of deodorizersdizzinessUnexplained money or stolen money How Can We Make a Difference?Research shows that children who report that their parents have serious conversations with them about drugs are around 50% less likely to abuse drugs. (5) It is essential to start early in explaining to children the consequences of marijuana use. Be open with them and listen to them.Children whose parents use illegal drugs or who are addicted to cigarettes or alcohol are more likely to do the same. Taking steps to quit has great benefits for your child.Helping your child to be involved in an extracurricular activity or hobby is a great way to give them a place to make good friends, offer them motivation to take care of themselves, and increase their confidence.Teenagers who are depressed or dealing with trauma are more likely to abuse drugs. (4) Help them to find appropriate outlets or professional counseling to deal with the normal emotional strain of adolescence and any chronic conditions they may have.https://www.acpeds.org/what-parents-should-know-about-marijuanaKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.