Folk Choir hosts 25th Annual Concert for the Missions

first_imgThe Notre Dame Folk Choir will be presenting their free 25th Annual Concert for the Missions entitled “Catch the Spirit” on Friday at 8:00 p.m. in the Basilica to benefit the Holy Cross Missions.This year, the Folk Choir is doing a concert consisting of African-American sacred music in preparation for the Folk Choir’s upcoming pilgrimage to mission sites in East Africa.  Folk Choir’s director J.J. Wright said the choir will be performing a wide variety of African American sacred music including, line songs, spirituals and jazz pieces from the 20th century and contemporary music.Fifth year student and choir president Greg Demet said this concert is important because it exposes the community to a wider cultural tradition of music.“[It] might be music that people at Notre Dame aren’t always exposed to … We’re focusing on African American sacred music where some of it is Catholic and some of it is other Christian music,” he said. “So the whole experience is kind of interesting because … we’re all American so in a way it’s very much American traditional music, but in a way it’s sort of removed because most of us in the choir are white and most of us don’t have that kind of direct experience so it’s sort of a rediscovery of general American sacred music through lenses that we haven’t looked through as much before.”Wright that when putting this concert together, there were some questions that had to be answered.  “The idea for the concert is to build a baseline level for living in discomfort and part of the discomfort is that when you encounter African American music, which is ubiquitous, we hear it every day,” he said. “But when you encounter it and you’re asked to perform it and sing it … all kinds of ideas come up like, ‘Am I allowed to sing this?’, ‘What are people going to think?’, ‘Am I appropriating this music?’ and these are the right questions to ask because they start to guide us towards a more thoughtful position where we can understand where the music comes from and perform it in such a way as to be informed by it.”Demet echoed this sentiment.“We tried to give the music our full respect and show through the way we performed it,” he said. “We don’t want to act like we’re the creators of this message, but be stewards of it.”Both Demet and Wright discussed the issues of performing African American sacred music with a group of predominantly white students at a predominantly white school.  “When we sing this music and we look at the people around us we realize that Notre Dame is a place that is predominantly white,” he said. “I think that, especially in the Basilica, most of the music that we do is Western European. By opening the door and welcoming this type of music into the Basilica, I think is a first step towards creating a more inclusive environment for African Americans in our life of faith on campus.”After the concert Friday, the Folk Choir will then prepare for their journey to East Africa.  Every year the Folk Choir goes on a tour after graduation. Last year, they toured in Texas and performed at various churches, universities and even a hospital.  However, for the 25th anniversary of the Concert for the Missions, the group wanted to do something bigger. “It’s not going to be a traditional tour … In fact we’re trying not to call it a tour … I think we’re trying to call it a pilgrimage,” Demet said.The group will be traveling to three East African countries: Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania where they will visit Holy Cross mission sites, get involved in the communities and perform. The group is also taking a one credit class to prepare for the trip which brings speakers in so that way students can learn about the history and culture of the countries they will be visiting.“Traveling to Africa is really hard,” Wright said. ”It’s a fun thing to be able to do. It’s a great prospect … But the reality of the trip is that you get there and the standard of living is totally different.  You go from being a majority culture to a minority culture instantly. The whole idea around pilgrimage is that we want to take a journey and discover where God is calling us to be.”While in Africa, the Folk Choir will be visiting health centers in Kenya and mission sites in Uganda — including the cities of Kampala, Fort Portal and Jinja. They will also give several concerts.Demet said while in Africa, the Folk Choir also hopes to “learn music in the actual East African traditions.”The Folk Choir will then perform these songs at the Concert for the Missions next year, Demet said.“We are saving that for when we get back,” he said. “So this year we’re not trying to have a showcase of that mission per say.”The Folk Choir also regularly sings at 11:45 a.m. Mass at the Basilica.  The group consists of 65 students of all different majors and of which all but two are undergraduates.  Tags: Concert for the Missions, Folk Choir, Holy Cross Missionslast_img read more

Honduran Attorney General’s Office Investigates Allegations

first_imgBy Dialogo August 17, 2009 The Honduran attorney general’s office is investigating allegations that the human rights of followers of ousted president Manuel Zelaya have been violated, but is also looking into whether Zelaya’s supporters are receiving financing from the FARC Colombian guerrilla group, officials said. “The attorney general’s office recognizes the right to demonstrate, whenever it does not infringe on the rights of others, and members of the resistance (against the coup d’état) have filed complaints of human rights violations by the police and the army, which are being investigated,” chief human-rights prosecutor Sandra Ponce told AFP. For his part, spokesman Melvin Duarte announced that “the investigation is continuing into the written complaint filed a few weeks ago” alleging that the FARC Colombian Marxist guerrilla group is financing the demonstrations by Zelaya’s supporters and that Venezuelan and Nicaraguan activists are participating in them. “Written complaints were filed a few weeks ago, and the Organized-Crime Bureau is taking the appropriate steps to obtain law-enforcement assistance on the basis of international conventions” in order to carry out the investigation, Duarte indicated. De-facto President Roberto Micheletti charged that FARC was financing the marches against his government. “There is a recognized political party that receives financial support from the FARC, and there is a workers’ organization that also receives money from the FARC. We have the evidence; it was sent from Colombia, and at the appropriate time, we are going to make it public,” Micheletti affirmed at a press conference. A delegation from the National Front for Resistance against the Coup d’état of 28 June asked the public prosecutor’s office on Thursday to investigate “abuses” by the police and the army, leader Rafael Alegría announced. “The attorney general’s office has the duty to investigate, and the investigation is being carried out, including the investigation of four deaths, those of Isis Obed Murillo, Roger Valladares, Pedro Pablo Hernández, and Pedro Muñoz,” Sandra Ponce, the prosecutor, affirmed for her part.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concerts & Events August 18–24

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amy Schumer ***CANCELED***The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, Long Island native, star of Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and the rom-com Trainwreck will speak about and sign copies of her new book The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet this hilarious local celebrity in person and undoubtedly share a few dozen laughs! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Aug. 18.Memphis CrawlMemphis Crawl started in 2004 in the streets of New York City with the help of a charismatic leader, Matty O’Brien. Shortly after O’Brien formed the group, he found his musical counterparts: guitarist Stevens, bassist Slim Earl, and percussionist Michael Powder. Defined as both “bluesy” and “ballsy,” Memphis Crawl’s unique, powerful sound infused with rock and roll has been nothing short of “convention defying.” Their newest, most popular song “Wildflower Annie” touches on themes of loyalty and poisonous love, and is a tune that will likely be embraced as a fan favorite at every gig. Known to bring out “wild behavior” among their fans, each performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Opening the show are Joe Rock and The All Stars. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $10. 7 p.m. Aug. 18.Envy on the CoastLong Island’s post-hardcore emo band first captured the hearts of adoring fans in 2006 with a self-titled EP. For the next four years, Ryan Hunter, Brian Byrne, Dan Gluszak, Sal Bossio, and Jeremy Velardi produced hits including “Starving Your Friends” and “The Gift of Paralysis.” In 2009, however, the band began to unravel, and completely split by 2010. They decided they would reunite this past May (with a few new band members), though as stated by original members Hunter and Byrne, this is not a “reunion” but a “reincarnation.” Their upcoming Long Island concert is the second on their “reincarnation” tour, and will mark a critical point in the band’s transformation. Supporting acts include Katie Heneghan & This Good Robot. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$40. 8 p.m. Aug. 18.Sister Sparrow & The Dirty BirdsHaving a sound that is difficult to label, Glamour best described Sister Sparrow as a “mix between Tina Turner, Amy Winehouse and Mick Jagger.” Yeah. Wow. Arleigh Kincheloe is the lead singer, backed by seven men who play powerful melodies through the trombone, saxophone, trumpet, guitar, drums and harmonica, among other instruments. They all come together to create one extremely powerful sound that is best appreciated when performed live. Bound to be a fantastic performance. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $30-$35. 8 p.m. Aug. 18.YellowmanThis reggae star straight outta Jamaica will have you groovin’ and skankin’ and singin’ along to all his infectious hits, including “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” and “Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt.” That’s because reggae simply soothes the soul, and you’re not gonna wanna miss this chance to experience all its healing powers, live, and up-close and personal! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. $35. 8 p.m. Aug. 18.The BanglesThere is no reason to walk like a Long Islander when you can walk like an Egyptian! These sexy songstresses still craft catchy, timeless tunes decades after conquering the ’80s airwaves with such ear candy classics as “Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Manic Monday” and the monster hit “Eternal Flame” (which was inspired by a trip these vixens took to Graceland). Opening the show is Cardiac. You defintely do not want to miss this gig. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $25-$65. 8 p.m. Aug. 19.The Elvis Tribute Artist SpectacularThis tribute concert is an ode to “The King,” the great Elvis Presley, inarguably one of the greatest entertainers of all time. The concert transitions through Presley’s whole music career, starting with his early years up until his Las Vegas concert years. Big names coming to this concert include the Shawn Klush, Cody Ray Slaughter, DJ Fontana, and Sweet Inspirations. Shawn Klush has been given the title of the “World’s Greatest Elvis Tribute Artist,” so the show should be nothing less than a hunka hunka burnin love! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westburyvenue. $30- $99.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 19.The Fast LaneEver just want to rock out to some Eagles classics? Well, now you can. This band’s presence, sound and renditions of classic Eagles tunes have earned them global recognition. “Life’s Been Good,” “New Kid in Town,” “The Long Run,” and of course, “Life in the Fast Lane” are just some of the feel-good Eagles songs you’ll hear at this must-attend gig. You do not want to miss this tribute talent! Warming up the crowd is Zofolk. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $30. 8 p.m. Aug. 19.Blue Oyster CultWhat other Long Island band has done more for FM radio than the Blue Oyster Cult? Huh. Not many. That’s right, where would we be on the L.I.E. without “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You” and “Godzilla”? A very very sad place, we imagine. The airwaves would have been deader than a rusty doorknob on a ’56 Buick, that’s for damn sure. Thanks to the creative environs of an old house near Stony Brook’s college campus, a group of talented musicians formed the core of a band that has now been going on strong for decades in ever-evolving configurations. You most definitely want to catch them at this gig. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. $60-$70. 8 p.m. Aug. 19.10,000 ManiacsNatalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are the Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ’em what they want while the band tours to promote their latest album, Twice Told Tales, a full-length collection of traditional British Isles folk songs. This is a rare chance to catch this amazing band up close and personal! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St. Amagansset. $100. 8 p.m. Aug. 19.14th Annual Long Island Bluegrass FestivalExpect sunshine, banjos, plunking, and Bill Monroe covers. LI Bluegrass festival features the Jim Hurst Trio and Flatt Lonesome, as well as seven other artists. As per usual, the lineup contains The Fiddle Kids, a group of children from Northport School District, ages 10 to 14, who are passionate about bluegrass music. What a special day of phenomenal Americana music! Tanner Park, Copiague. $15 single, $40 family. 12-7 p.m. Aug. 20.North Fork TV FestivalThe inaugural North Fork TV Fest features a lineup of a half-dozen events that give LI’s many film festivals a run for their money. TV fest events include: an actors panel, a special screening of I Am JFK Jr., plus a Q&A with Aiden Largey, creator of Farr, a crime drama set in Northern Ireland; a Q&A with Andrew McCann Smith, producer of Riftwood Chronicles, a sci-fi show in which a dimension-traveling wizard teams up with a Canadian journalist; a Q&A with Rachel Carey, creator of Takers, which follows a trio of magicians exacting revenge on Wall Street con men that ripped them off; and the creators of They Come Up, which follows a group of friends growing up in downtown Manhattan. Wow. Greenport Theatre, 211 Front St., Greenport. $15-$25. 1:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 20.Gladys KnightSmooth and sweet soul music will be lilting through Long Island thanks to superstar Gladys Knight, who will be performing her most famous songs, including “You’re the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” and “Midnight Train To Georgia.” This gig will surely be one for the books! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $150-$200. 8 p.m. Aug. 20.Rusted RootBest described as pop rock complemented by African, Native American, and Latin percussion, along with many other influences, R-Squared’s hit song “Send Me on My Way” is still the soundtrack to countless college students, and although mainly consisted of illogical phrasings such as “oombayseeyou” and “seemoobedeeyah,” remains simply infectious. Opening the show is Toad the Wet Sprocket. Expect The Mountler to erupt into massive circles of joyous audience members, all dancin’ and singin’ and holdin’ hands as they rejoice in this glorious ’90s musical celebration! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$50. 8 p.m. Aug. 20.Air SupplyAir Supply was one of the first modern Western music acts to perform in East Asia, bringing their unique blend of pop and soft rock to the other side of the globe and spreading the message of love and musical salvation to the masses. Decades later, the duo still performs all over the world for their adoring fans. Get ready to hear tracks off their latest, Mumbo Jumbo, as well as love cuts from their career. With radio hits like “All Out of Love,” “Making Love Out of Nothing at All” and “Lost in Love,” you’ll be thinking about your crush before you know it. Don’t miss this gig! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury $49.50-$129.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 20.Sasy MankanThe Iranian pop singer-songwriter puts his heart and soul into every performance, and you do not want to miss his debut on Long Island and in New York. He has eight famous video clips online, and Reuters deemed him “one of the Iran’s best-known underground rap singers.” Expect to be dancing nonstop to some of Mankan’s hits, like “Saaghiya,” “Eshtebah” and “Yekam Yekam,” and expect to feel the healing power of these tunes, in the process. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $45-$55. 9 p.m. Aug. 20.Billboard HOT 100 Music Festival [2 day]This year’s Billboard HOT 100 Music Festival features all those impossibly contagious songs you’ve been jamming out to on the radio, including Calvin Harris’ “This Is What You Came For,” Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” J. Cole.’s “Apparently,” Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” and Martin Garrix’s “Animals.” A lineup like this is simply too irresistible, with their plethora of poppy hits and showstopping performances. And you can’t name a better venue for catching these acts that have made the soundtrack for the summer of 2016: out there beneath the stars, the ocean and multicolored sunset sky in the background, surrounded by your friends and thousands of other adoring fans. Yes yes yes. Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Jones Beach, Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. $99. August 20, 21.Long Island Indie Rock & Pop FestivalAbout a dozen up-and-coming indie rock and pop artists will take the stage in this day-long music festival at one of the coolest venues in downtown Patchogue, including: Craig Boiarsky Music, The Fearless, Paper Nautilus, The LeftOvers, Frankenblazer, Astronauto, Sunshiner, LoveSeat, Schoeffel, Gillian and Intona. 89 North is a fantastic place to catch such a gig, and there’s no doubt this show will go down in the books for its high energy and absolutely celebratory vibe. 89 North Music Venue, 89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue. $10. 2 p.m. Aug. 21.Peter CeteraFormer Chicago vocalist/bassist Peter Cetera can be credited with writing some of the most recognizable songs in the soft pop and easy listening genre. Following his departure from the band, Cetera’s hit single “Glory of Love” became No. 1 in the U.S. Billboard charts, and was even used in the film The Karate Kid Part II. “Daniel-son!” Sorry, we get very very excited about The Karate Kid over here in Press headquarters, as at least one of our esteemed writers grew up with a giant Ralph Macchio poster pinned above her bed. “We love you Danny!!” Our apologies, again. Cetera has since performed alongside Cher, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, and even Madonna. Imagine all of them on one bill–well, that’s for another day! Here, Cetera will be doing what he does best: rocking out and saving your very soul! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $165-$225. 8 p.m. Aug. 21.Surf Music And Summer SongsFilm archivist Bill Shelley screens a compilation of surf rock classics, including “Misirlou” by Dick Dale and The Deltones, “Hawaii Five 0” by The Ventures, “Pipeline” by The Chantays and many more that younger listeners likely recognize from their favorite movies, even if they don’t know the tunes or bands that played them by name. The staccato-style of guitar picking was pioneered by Dick Dale, who happens to be performing at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts in Bay Shore on Aug. 23, too! A lecture and reception follows the screening. Not to be missed. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $10 members, $15 public. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23.Ted NugentThe wild, no-holds-barred rocking master of “Shut Up ’n’ Jam” heats up Huntington for a night with The Nuge that his fans may never forget. This American guitar hero from Detroit has been blasting away for years, and he won’t stop kickin’ ass until hell freezes over—or they stop making Gibsons that look like Old Glory with strings. Want to catch some “Cat Scratch Fever”? Of course you do! Go for it, guys. With Stolen Rhodes. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $29.50-$69.50. 8 p.m. Aug. 23.Slim Jim PhantomThe drummer for the Stray Cats, the Long Island-based rockabilly band best known for their hit “Stray Cat Strut,” will be speaking and signing copies of his new book A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel. Come talk rock with this living legend and perhaps even perform a lil Stray Cat Strut of your own amid BR’s arsenal of countless literary treasures. Yowzler! Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. Aug. 24.Donavon FrankenreiterTo create his fifth full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy—and no one else. Just a dedicated duo doing what they do best: rockin’ the hell out. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflects the simplicity of their recordings and their extraordinary bond. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. Don’t miss this gig! Opening set by Jahstix Dadson. Mulcahys Pub and Concert Hall: 3232 Railroad Ave, Wantagh. $15, $20 DOS. 8 p.m. Aug. 24.-Compiled by Timothy Bolgerlast_img read more

Join the Eco Domus Eco Friendly Accommodation certification program

first_imgOne of the general goals of the Administrative Department for Tourism of the County of Istria is the sustainable development of tourism in Istria, and the development of Istria as a quality tourist destination. Following these goals, which are based on the Master Plan for the Development of Istria Tourism from 2015-2025, the Eco Domus program was launched, which aims to encourage diversification and raising the quality of accommodation through harmonization with the principles of sustainable development and sustainable tourism.  The Eco Domus program is intended for small tourist accommodation facilities that are categorized as holiday homes or as apartments (only if the entire facility in which they are located is managed by the same person) with a total capacity of up to 30 beds.  For now, the Eco Domus program includes 26 facilities that meet at least 50 basic criteria in 12 categories, namely: Villa Baldaši, Baldashi (Vizinada), Villa Milica, Sajini (Barban), Villa Ladonja, Manjadvorci (Barban), Apartment Margerita, Bezjaki (St. Peter in the Forest), House Una, Kranjčići (Svetvinčenat), Villa Dubravka, Pinezici (Tinjan), Agrotourism Ograde, Katun Lindarski (Pazin), Villa Marten, Brajkovici (Kanfanar), Apartment Oliveto, Medulin, Villa Dolce Vita, Motovun, Villa Gašparini, Cerion (Visnjan), Zatka, Čepić (Kršan), Lavarino Royal, CasaMenta and Villa Kabola from Marcana, 4 Seasons House, Roč, Apartment Nik, Mihatovici (Nova Vas Porecka), Villa Aria, Višnjan, Home & Apartments Sabina, Pula, Villa Deep Blue, Rabac, Villa Benic, Gradišće (Žminj), Villa Ana and Villa Nina, Karigador (Brtonigla), Villa Gelci, Market (Labin), Veli Kus, Badnjevari, (Žminj) and Villa Moncalvo, Golaš (Bale). As part of the Eco Domus program, through the criteria for inclusion and obtaining a stamp, local values ​​are evaluated through informing guests about local cultural and historical heritage, local natural values, facilities and events, landscaping with indigenous plant species, promotion of traditional products and souvenirs, on the possibilities of learning and / or participating in traditional customs, promotion of local cuisine and typical food products, etc.  Side dish: Public invitation for inclusion in the certification program for Eco friendly accommodation in Istria The basic characteristics of Eco Domus accommodation are social and ecological responsibility, complete protection of the environment and health, use of eco-certified detergents, use of eco-certified toiletries, use of natural materials, water and energy saving and waste sorting and recycling. “It is a continuation of activities related to the diversification of private accommodation in the Istrian County, which we started with the Istra Bike & Bed project, and continues with the Eco Domus program, which encourages private renters to adapt and offer their facilities and services in a responsible and sustainable way. “ They point out from the Istria County Department of Tourism and add that when choosing facilities, preference is given to renters from those areas where systematic selective waste collection and disposal is already carried out, who are registered for year-round operations and have been renting for at least 2 years. “Sustainable tourism development is very important because it meets the needs of tourists and the domicile population. It seeks to manage resources in such a way that economic, social and environmental needs are met by maintaining cultural integrity, basic ecological processes, biodiversity, and the systems on which life rests.. ” The head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Nada Prodan Mraković, points out: All information, conditions, forms and criteria for obtaining the Eco Domus certificate can be found in the attachment.last_img read more

End of an era for Chartwell

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Another back-to-school purchase for many families is a new home

first_imgRemax Real Estate Agent Garry Byrnes outside 314 Stanley Street, North Ward.IF you’re looking to get the best return possible for your investment property, consider buying in school catchment zones.According to Senior Buyers Advocate from National Property Buyers Rob Di Vita, houses within a school catchment zone can be up to $50,000 to $100,000 more expensive than surrounding areas.“What tends to happen is when owner-occupiers are buying in those zones, they tend to be a bit more emotional and pay a premium to get in,” he said.“While the catchment zone effect can vary from between an extra 5-20% when it comes to price, the premium families are willing to pay often depends on the school’s academic record.”With Townsville at the bottom of the property market, now is certainly a good time to invest says RE/MAX sales agent Garry Byrnes.Mr Byrnes, who predominantly sales property within the CBD district, said North Ward’s Townsville Grammar School and Belgian Garden’s State School were big draw cards for parents looking to buy.“Townsville has been experiencing some buyer activity where the buyers are taking the location of schools, both private and public, into consideration with their preferred suburb,” he said.“I’ve been fielding an increase in buyers and have been selling homes to those looking to move into North Ward, Castle Hill etc with a view that their children can attend the schools, private and public, located here. “The end result is that everyone in the family can enjoy the facilities and lifestyle these suburbs offer as well as provide good schooling.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020As properties in school catchment zones tend to be located in sought after inner-city areas, Mr Di Vita said he recommends clients buy within school catchment zones, provided they don’t pay too big a premium.“If their (the buyers’) view is to hang onto it for 10-15 years, based on historical growth patterns the property will perform and they will make their money, generally speaking, if they are buying in the right area,” he said.Di Vita says the only real no-no about buying in a school zone involves buying a home that is opposite or next to a large school as the traffic and noise may be an issue for potential buyers in the future. But not all property experts recommend buying in a catchment zone.According to Simon Pressley, Managing Director at Propertyology, investors should recognise that not all buyers are swayed by catchment zones.“It’s worth keeping in mind though that this is not a one size fits all thing; it’s not like everyone living within a particular part of town has school-aged children and or wants them to go to that one school,” he said.“Catchment zones are one of those subjective things which are important to some people and not important to others. When searching for investment properties, Propertyology places more priority on considerations like affordability, proximity to employment, dwelling styles, future housing supply, and rental return.”Can’t afford to buy, renting may be another alternative according to Di Vita.“It depends on their (buyers’/parents’) long-term goals too, but we’ve assisted with that. sometimes if it’s well beyond their means, that’s certainly a consideration,” he says.Parents and investors should keep in mind that the reputations of top schools do change over time and new schools are being built with excellent facilities.last_img read more

ESMA warns companies to disclose DB assumptions in accounts

first_img“As the discount rate is usually considered a significant actuarial assumption, ESMA expects issuers to disclose any significant judgements that management has made in its determination in accordance with paragraph 122 of IAS 1 – Presentation of Financial Statements,” it said.“In addition, issuers should provide disaggregation information on plans and fair value of the plan assets when the level of risk of those plans is deemed to be different as required by paragraphs 138 and 142 of IAS 19.”The regulator further noted that the financial impact of IAS 19 revisions – which saw changes introduced that affected how companies could smooth expected returns of DB funds – should be disclosed in an additional statement.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ESMA’s European Common Enforcement Priorities The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has warned financial regulators they must guarantee that companies publish the actuarial assumptions underlying their pension liabilities to ensure a consistent approach to reporting across the European Economic Area (EEA).Publishing the European Common Enforcement Priorities for 2013, ESMA chairman Steven Maijoor noted that a consistent approach was important to allow the accuracy on which investors relied.“Considering the focus on asset quality in the financial sector, listed financial institutions and their auditors should pay particular attention to properly measuring financial instruments and the accurate disclosure of related risks,” he added.The regulator said in its statement that it would like to remind issuers of the “importance of disclosing the significant actuarial assumptions” used to calculate the present value of any defined benefit (DB) obligations incurred by the company.last_img read more

Stabilis Energy enters deals to expand LNG, CNG presence in Mexico

first_imgIllustration purposes only (Image courtesy of Stabilis Energy)U.S. LNG producer and provider Stabilis Energy has made two strategic transactions to expand its presence in the distributed liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG) markets in Mexico.Stabilis said that it completed the acquisition of privately held Diversenergy and its subsidiaries to create a distributed LNG marketing and distribution company in Mexico.Also, the company formed a joint venture with Grupo CLISA and other former owners of Diversenergy to pursue investments in LNG and CNG assets in Mexico.Diversenergy provides the chilled fuel to customers that use LNG as a fuel in mobile high horsepower applications and to customers that do not have natural gas pipeline access.As a result of the acquisition, Diversenergy and its Mexican subsidiary became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Stabilis.The transaction was structured as an equity purchase with Diversenergy’s owners receiving cash and Stabilis common stock consideration. Financial terms of the transaction were left undisclosed.Lee Kellough, former CEO of Diversenergy, will serve as the president of Stabilis’ Mexican subsidiary Diversenergy S.A.P.I. de C.V. and SVP of Stabilis.Stabilis also formed a joint venture with CryoMex to pursue investments in distributed natural gas production and distribution assets in Mexico.The JV, operating as Energía Superior Gas Natural LLC, plans to invest in LNG and CNG production, transportation, storage, and regasification assets that serve multiple end markets throughout Mexico, including the industrial, mining, pipeline, utility, marine, and over-the-road transportation markets.According to Stabilis, the JV plans to begin immediately evaluating LNG and CNG asset development opportunities in Monterrey, Sonora, and Mexico City regions.These assets could include LNG liquefaction facilities, cryogenic rolling stock equipment, CNG compression stations, and pressurized rolling stock equipment, among others.According to an article published by the Houston Chronicle on Thursday, Stabilis Energy is eyeing Monterrey as the location of its first LNG plant in Mexico.last_img read more

Danes Plan Thor Tender Meet-Up

first_imgThe Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and Energinet are hosting a market dialogue in November for potential bidders and investors in the coming tender for the Thor offshore wind project.The market dialogue, which will be held on 25 November, aims to optimize the tendering material in order to ultimately obtain the lowest possible bid price.The main elements of the tendering process will be presented and discussed, including the timetable, pre-qualification conditions, award criteria and financial terms, compliance penalties, environmental assessment and issues related to the grid connection.According to DEA, the potential bidders will have the opportunity to influence the framework conditions and the tendering material for the project.A detailed program for the market dialogue is expected to be published at the end of September, with more information to be revealed at the end of October.To remind, DEA and Energinet held a technical market dialogue on preliminary site-investigations for the Thor site in May, which resulted in requests for supplementary surveys.Thor is the first of three 800MW offshore wind projects to be constructed in Danish waters before 2030, with an option for the developer to boost the wind farm’s capacity to up to 1GW.The project will be built off Nissum Fjord in the North Sea and is expected to feature 13-15MW turbines set to be operational between 2024 and 2027.last_img read more

UWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season

first_imgUWF Volleyball Splits Tune Up Matches with Spring Hill and Mobile, now 30-5 on the season Share Nov. 7, 2007 Box Score  MOBILE, Ala. – The West Florida Volleyball team defeated Spring Hill College 30-14, 31-29, 30-18, and then fell to the University of Mobile 30-23, 20-30, 28-30, 32-30, 13-15. The two matches were played back to back on Monday night at the Outlaw Center on the Spring Hill College campus in Mobile, Alabama. The Argonauts are 30-5 on the season, and have now tuned up for the Gulf South Conference tournament that begins on Friday in Searcy, Arkansas.The University of Mobile moved to 30-4 on the season with their win over the Argos in a five set thrilling match. The Argos lead 12-10 in the deciding game, but Mobile scored five of the last six points to pull out the win. Meanwhile, Spring Hill dropped to 16-16 on the season with their third loss this year to West Florida.Seniors Isabela Gualberto and Danielle Spitzer both hit above .400 in the win over Spring Hill. The two were very efficient, making the most of their attack opportunities. Meanwhile, Junior Luciana Rapach led the team with 10 kills. Junior Setter Madeline Gonzalez dished out 36 assists and added nine digs to help set up the middle and outside hitters. Junior Libero Jerica Carter led the defense with 14 digs, while Spitzer was responsible for 10 blocks. Spitzer’s block total was a team best for this season.In the Mobile match, Kimberly Clark put down 18 kills, seven blocks, and recorded 19 digs; however, Whitney Knight of Mobile had the best night with 20 kills and an attack percentage of .370, along with 13 digs. Mobile out hit the Argos by a .247 to .162 margin, and squeezed out the victory in a tough five game match. Rapach and Gualberto added 18 and 17 kills respectively, while Gonzalez recorded 55 assists.West Florida travels to Searcy, Arkansas this week for the Gulf South Conference tournament. The Argonauts play at 2:30 Friday against Ouachita Baptist. If they win that match, they will play either Henderson State or West Alabama in the Semifinal match at noon on Saturday. The final is scheduled for 7:00 pm Saturday night. All UWF matches will be broadcast on stretch internet. Go to the UWF Athletics home page and look for the stretch internet link on the right tool bar. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more